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Seven Ways Apple Is Fleecing The American Sheeple

Apple iProducts | Planned Obsolescence | Sheeple | iFlock

How Apple Inc. exploits slave labor and misplaced customer loyalty to maintain a market cap comparable to ExxonMobil and a bank balance on par with Uncle Sam.

SEVEN WAYS APPLE IS FLEECING THE AMERICAN SHEEPLE

If you’re often part of the iFlock we see milling in front of the Apple Store with their eyes and wallets wide open every time Cupertino increments the version or release number of an iProduct, consider this a wake-up call. If as the owner of a struggling small business in desperation you’re about to spend four times as much for a “cool” native iPhone app as you would for a cross-platform Mobile Web app that might do twice as much for three times the market, consider this a warning. And if you’re an Occupy Wall Street protester or supporter reading this on an Apple iPhone, iPad or iMac, we sincerely hope that device was lost or liberated then unlocked and donated for your use. Now let us proceed with our observations of the obvious – in this episode, seven ways Apple Inc. is fleecing the American Sheeple:

1. Sending jobs overseas.

“Foxconn has 300,000 to 450,000 workers which are employed in Shenzhen China at the Longhua Science & Technology Park, a cramped, walled campus sometimes referred to as ‘Foxconn City’ or ‘iPod City’… [They] make everything Apple sells… One has to ask the question: How much less money would Apple make if those 400,000+ manufacturing jobs were based in the USA?… What kind of impact would almost a half a million manufacturing jobs have in the U.S. economy?”

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2. Slashing domestic wages.

“Outsourcing [by Apple and other greedy global corporations] has become one of the biggest reasons for our economic decline… The desire of corporations to seek the cheapest labor possible has led to less work for Americans, and a larger disparity between the rich and the poor. Over the last twenty years this gap has grown tremendously, and is fueled further by the fact that Americans now take lower wages in an attempt to remain employed.”

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3. Selling iProducts with built-in obsolescence.

“The genius factory that Steve Jobs built is just another oligopoly pushing planned obsolescence [e.g. practically non-replaceable batteries] on a buying public that should know better… There’s only so much market growth a premium electronic product can wring out of the industrialized West, and Apple’s marketers know it. They don’t waste time growing the nonexistent iPad market among African bushmen who live beyond the reach of a WiFi signal. Instead, they know the real money is made from selling tiny improvements to existing customers [a.k.a. Apple Zombies] who just have to show off the latest gizmo to friends.”


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4. Avoiding corporate income taxes.

“Apple’s headquarters are in Cupertino, Calif. By putting an office in Reno, just 200 miles away, to collect and invest the company’s profits, Apple sidesteps state income taxes on some of those gains… California’s corporate tax rate is 8.84 percent. Nevada’s? Zero… Setting up an office in Reno is just one of many legal methods Apple uses to reduce its worldwide tax bill by billions of dollars each year… Apple’s accountants have found legal ways to allocate about 70 percent of its profits overseas, where tax rates are often much lower… Apple has created subsidiaries in low-tax places like Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the British Virgin Islands – some little more than a letterbox or an anonymous office – that help cut the taxes it pays around the world.”


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5. Locking in vendors and customers.

“Many consider Apple to be the most vertically integrated company in the world: All Apple hardware and software are designed in-house, and Apple also runs its own digital content store, iTunes, along with the App Store and iBooks store… Apple has consistently [conspired] to limit consumer choice, creating a situation known as “lock in”. As soon as you start buying stuff from Apple, you’ll find it difficult to move to products made by someone else without losing everything you’ve already paid for… [For example, if] you switch to an Android device from an iPhone with iMessage activated, anyone who’s previously been sending you iMessages will no longer be able to send you texts.”

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6. Obstructing Open Web development.

“The dominance of Apple and Google mobile browsers is leading to a situation that’s even worse for Web programming than the former dominance of Internet Explorer, a standards group leader warned… Daniel Glazman, co-chairman of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) group overseeing the formatting and effects standard called Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), said that programmers are overlooking other browsers when they use newer CSS features – even when those other browsers support the features. The result is that those other browsers – Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera, chiefly – might have to essentially masquerade themselves as other browsers. When that happens, the ‘Open Web’ – a programming foundation based on cooperatively created standards rather than proprietary features – is being thrown under the bus.”

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7. Exploiting and accelerating technological dehumanization.

“Apple is an American success story… At one point this year, Apple had more money in the bank than the United States itself. It is a literal titan of industry… [Apple co-founder Steve Jobs] had no problem conceiving of himself as a counter-culture hero even as he became a cultural titan and business icon. Jobs’ success at presenting the company as counter-cultural, as much as any design intuition, is one of the most enduring and powerful of Apple’s assets. Apple’s success in retail is owed, ostensibly, to the fact that its products create emotional attachments to users. People (sometimes literally) love their iPhones and iPads. This relationship to technology seems dangerous. It’s dangerous because Apple is not in the love business; it’s in the business business. Apple’s goal is to make money – and lots of it… Apple is not run by a group of longhaired hippies, and it’s primary directive is not to save the world.”

http://tinyurl.com/6rgoqu5

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World War Web Advisory #6: NSA Big Brother Utah Data Center To Achieve “Total Information Awareness” By September 2013

World War Web Advisory #6: NSA Big Brother Utah Data Center To Achieve "Total Information Awareness" By September 2013

While Americans focus on Kim, Kony, Clooney and the slave-produced iPad 3, the totalitarian takeover that assures their own subjugation draws near – and only 29 years later than Orwell predicted.

WORLD WAR WEB ADVISORY #6: NSA BIG BROTHER UTAH DATA CENTER TO ACHIEVE “TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS” BY SEPTEMBER 2013

Too bad more hacktivists don’t follow @VVVPR on Twitter. If they did, Anonymous might have seen this warning in time to mitigate the impact of their infiltration and betrayal by LulzSec’s Sabu a.k.a. FBI informant Hector Xavier Monsegur:

“How do we tell the true #Anonymous (good guys) from the #CIA #DHS #FBI #NSA etc false flaggers (#fascists)? 9:12 PM – 20 Feb 12”

https://twitter.com/#!/VVVPR/status/171779210036252672

They would also have been apprised of a nemesis on the horizon that – if allowed to grow unchecked – could leave the merry band of high-minded hackers with future prospects comparable to those of the Polish Cavalry in 1938:

“With new #NSA data center, #BigBrother will achieve “total information awareness” by September 2013: bit.ly/zkZcJl #Anonymous #OWS Retweeted by VVV PR 6:04 AM – 18 Mar 12″

https://twitter.com/#!/WatchFrogsBoil/status/181320113927094273

The NSA simply calls it their “Utah Data Center”:

“Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center [UDC] is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trail – parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital ‘pocket litter.’ It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration…”

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1

The demise of Anonymous is not the sole purpose of the NSA UDC any more than the Occupy Movement was the sole target of HR 347, the bill corporate fascist puppet president Barack Obama recently signed into law (Public Law 112-98) that in certain key circumstances makes peaceful protest a felony. According to one of Wired.com’s unnamed NSA officials, “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target … not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US.”

Average American computer users, of course, are either clueless or could care less. They’re far too busy “talking about” Kim Kardashian’s Fakebook page … “liking” Kony 2012 – a credibility-challenged but viral YouTube video about the sad plight of some children from Uganda, a country most of them could not find on a map … “retweeting” kudos to actor George Clooney for his recent celebrity stand against injustice in Sudan – as if that was somehow more crucial than injustices in their own country like the Patriot Act, AUMF 2001, Citizens United, NDAA 2012, HR 658 and HR 347 … or queuing to buy the new Apple iPad 3, the latest in a long line of “iPlanned Obsolescence” products built by slave labor and bought by brainwashed zombies.

There’s not much to hope for in all this. But to close on a positive note, many of the Polish Cavalry’s charges into the invading Nazi lines were successful, and the fascists were defeated in the end.

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