THE BEADY EYE SAYS. 2021 WILL BE THE YEAR OF THE BANSHEE.

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( Four-minute read) 

It is impossible to address all that is wrong with our world at this moment and time. 

We could say that history repeats itself or that it would be easier to imagine the end of the world than capitalism which like viruses doesn’t get tired. 

No matter our problems, whether they be wars, economics, pandemics, destruction of our ecosystems, mass shootings, genocide cleansing, natural disasters, inequality, pollution, finite resources, mass unemployment, racism, or our addiction to checking our smartphones. OUR COLLECTIVE DETRIMENT ACTION OF YET ANOTHER YEAR OF PUMPING CARBON INTO OUR ATHOMISPHERE OUT WEIGHT THEM ALL.

IN THE BACKGROUND NOISE OF OUR ONLINE LIVES, CONSUMERISM  WHICH FORTUNATELY HAS NOW BEING RUDELY INTERRUPTED BY THE WAIL OF AMBULANCES CARRYING COVID-19 VICTIMS IS GOING TO BE THE BANSHEE OF 2021. 

What can anyone do about it?

It is inaccurate to say that the pandemic has not brought positive changes like the growing spotlight on healthcare inequity (the result of the poor and people of color suffering disproportionately from COVID-19).

It is accurate to say that the pandemic has set in motion a tsunami of new content and it would be naïve to think none of these are going to stick.

Warnings are powerful and even dire, but they still fall on fatigued ears, immediately forgotten or superseded by the next disaster, the new normal. 

With nearly 270 million people around the globe marching toward starvation with Climate change, the next climate change world gathering in Scotland is already turned into a political coo by Boris Johnston the banshee of the European Union.    

(A Banshee is an Irish female spirit who wails outside a home to warn of the imminent death of a family member. Often heard before she is seen, her wailing is that high-pitched that nobody willingly dares to attempt to witness this terrifying spirit.)

People need to brace themselves for the cold reality of what’s in front of them.

The vaccine is not a panacea.

It’ll take a year or more before some real material changes appear to the way we live and this journey from here to there is not a simple one.

WE ARE UNABLE TO VACCINATE AGAINST THE CONTINUING DESTRUCTION OF LIFE FOR-PROFIT WHICH WE DEPLORE.

AND WHICH IS THEN IMMEDIATELY FORGOTTEN OR SUPERESED BY THE NEXT DISASTER. 

Humanity should not be an ONLINE AI TOY in the hands of a handful of rich people!

We know that those who have already died are mourned by all, the waste of life deplored by all.  May they rest in peace. 

2021 like any year holds the unknown but in the end, it is the earth that keeps us alive and it is the Sun that will kill us all. 

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THE BEADY EYE SAYS. HERE IS THE REAL BREXIT DEAL.

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( Seven minutes read with eleven-minutes listen) 

This blog has on several occasions addressed the subject of England leaving the European Union. In doing so I have held that there could be no deal that is piecemeal or offered benefits to a nonmember that current members do not have. 

After years of haggling and political maneuvering, we have a one thousand two hundred page document that is supposed to define EU_UK relations for the foreseeable future.

It contains a deal of the agreed nature of Protectionism (by both sides) with dozens of talking committees, groups, and others, all with powers and functions to make a recipe for disputes, constrictions, and contradictions of interpretation, all leading to the one and only deal that is waiting in the wings –  WTO.

Why?

Because any deal that is not watertight is a deal or agreement without end and is destined to collapse.

What do these trade laws, rules, and regulations actually mean in practice other than Protectionism? ‘

Protectionism’ is an economic policy that strives to restrict foreign imports to protect local businesses competing with the import sector, although this very same policy can (and very often in today’s world is) be down to an insular, inward-looking, rather than outward-looking trade policy.

The UK outside the Single Market and Customs Union has profound and immediate implications for every business who moves goods to, from, or through Great Britain.

Regardless of the outcome of the ongoing negotiations between the EU and the UK,  at the end of the transition period, it will bring significant and lasting change. 

We know with certainty that there will be new customs formalities and new regulatory requirements and for the moment a hard border on the island of Ireland is avoided while preserving the integrity of the EU Single Market and Ireland’s place in it, but the first new tariff whether it is electronic or not will stir up the hornet’s nest. shipping-containers-trade

We also know that the UK whether it like it or not is still a highly regulated and taxed economy.

As for state aid.

UK state aid is to be governed by what is called a level playing field.  Even if EU laws don’t apply EU laws form the basis for any leveling.

When it comes to services no protection has been secured. 

As for the fish. 

If the UK reduces the EU’s quotas without the EU agreement –  hay presto a new fish arrives called tariffs.

On page 405 either party with 12 months’ notice can unilaterally terminate the agreement.    

So why all the hype?

By the very nature of a trade deal, it entails an agreement between two trading ‘partners,’ on either side of the negotiation.

What does it all mean; what do global trade deals actually entail and how does it all actually work?

As Hayley Edwards says,

“We’re not talking about trade, we’re talking about rules. We’re talking about global rules, global standards, and what kind of world we want that to be…The rules that we pass and that we embrace are the rules of the game that we live in.” 

“Trade deals aren’t really about trade, not in any conventional sense of the word. They’re not about tariffs, they’re not about quotas, they’re not about GDP growth, they’re not even really about jobs.”

Protectionism has been a contributing cause of economic crises within countries across the globe.

These policies can actually have an adverse effect on a country’s consumer population whilst also further damaging the production and export industry within the country as reciprocal tariffs will usually be applied by other countries subject to import tariffs.

Tariffs can also be used as a retaliation tactic often referred to as a ‘Trade War’

With England no longer in the EU’s Customs Union, you can rest assured that it won’t be long before we see Tariffs.

Countries in the EU are part of the Customs Union, are not free to negotiate their own trade deals and relationships with countries outside of the EU, as these deals are decided as a collective, with rules for global trade applying to every EU country.

After leaving the EU the UK is aiming to do its own trade deals around the world and is now already claiming to have secured over 65 new deals ( Most of these are rollover deals that already exits with the EU) 

Such is usually achieved by reducing or eliminating tariffs – taxes or charges by governments for trading goods across borders. So what’s to stop a country doing a trade deal with England as a back door tariff-free entry into the EU. 

One way or the other the next five years will be a pivotal period, with challenges going much deeper than conventional consumerism or GDP. 

Because technology is playing and will play a major role in ensuring that societal, environmental, financial factors can be no longer be examined in isolation.

With Pandemics or Climate Change World trade or that matter, any form of Protectionism/ Sovereignty is going to be academic in the eyes of people. 

Both are already impacting everyone everywhere. 

Therefore unless we realize that any deals must start with the people and for the people, to form new relationships with trade deals – not profit and tariffs, the words happy new year will be consigned to a myth. 

Happy New Year. 

 

 

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THE BEADY EYE SAYS. HERE IS SOMETHING WE ALL SHOULD HAVE A LOOK AT. EARTH FROM SPACE.

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Until touch down the fragility and unity of life are not apparent, nor the inequity that exists on Earth.  

One billion inhabitants without clean drinking water, countless numbers hungry, social injustices rampant, conflicts, poverty, out of control artificial intelligence-driven by capitalism, racism, with near-total disregard for its overall ecosystems exploited for short term financial gain. 

Unfortunately, most of us now see the world through small windows – Smartphones, I Pads, and TV screens with our brains unable to take the above overview experience and converting such an overwhelming concept into our behaviors and thoughts.

So if you were approaching Earth from any other universe at the speed of light what would we see?

At this speed, we would be traveling back in time so our approach each day might contain one million years, each minute equivalent to 695 years, with each second to 11 years.

Earth would look like it is quivering and shaking as its faces continuously change like a living cell. 

The annually varying coloration of the earth, the spread, and retreat of the polar icecaps would be invisible. Totally new patterns would emerge, the drifting of the continents, the growth of mountains, erosion of the land, the eruption and disappearance of islands, the spreading of deserts. We would see the continents separate, and the ice ages come and go in seconds.

Our lives would be in seconds. 

Mostly for unknowing reasons earth periods of changeover from acceleration to deceleration and vice versa are accompanied by a dramatic increase in the number of species that become extinct. 

There is now more than enough evidence that we are heading to another changeover that is close or even imminent so it is necessary for the next steps in the evolution of human civilization and consciousness, that we start to see Earth as a whole. 

If we could do so would the perceptions of ourselves and our planet, and our understanding of the future change?

Yes. 

So let’s put on the back trusters and slow things down to a few hundred kilometers an hour.

With the glare of the sun-Earth would remain hidden from view till we got to within around 14 billion km away when it would start looking like a star.  A pixel dot. 

Around the distance of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn it would start to become a brighter star, one of the trillions in the cosmos against a backdrop of infinity.

You definitely hear it before you would see it.

By the time of the moon, it would be a bright blue sphere, not a perfect sphere, with white swirls and areas of brown, yellow, green, and white, surrounded by a polluted atmosphere with a magnetic field. 

Perhaps it’s easy to take the view for granted if you’ve watched enough videos… but imagine for a moment that you are watching earth from a window as a single orb in the expanse of space, hanging in a void.  

Would it change the way you feel about your life, your species, and your place in the universe?

It should and the fact that we are all still here is a testament to just how resilient and capable we are of overcoming what is still to come our way.

These days, it’s not just knowing information and facts that will create change, it’s changing ourselves, how we go about communicating and re-assessing the underlying stories, ideas, and beliefs that form our world.

As divided as we may currently seem, communities all across the world, whether or not their actions are in alignment with your overall perspective of what’s going on we actually still have the same core intention.

Where some of us see things in one way while many others see things completely differently, but both think the other is flat out crazy and/or “blind” to not be in agreement with them. We cannot lose sight of that core similarity -and it’s a similarity that exists even if your beliefs aren’t as drastic as the examples

While certain mega-companies may be thriving, true heroes have risen out of this pandemic situation we now find the world in.

The sooner we cut the name-calling and instead start focusing on how we can truly get beyond this while uncovering whatever the truth really is, the sooner we can all get back to what we know and love.

It is said that Earth’s gravity comes from all its mass. 

Gravity is very important to us. We could not live on Earth without it. It holds down our atmosphere and the air we need to breathe. Gravity is what holds our world together.

It is gravity that holds the planets in orbit around the sun and what keeps the moon in orbit around Earth.

It is our created gravity of greed of inequality, that has to be stabilized if we are to see Earth as a whole, as Isna la -wica ( Teton Sioux) said away back in the 19th century,

” I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.” 

Even the most introverted among us cannot say that this Pandemic has taken its toll on all of us, but it has also given us a number of glimpses into humanity that I’m sure many of us thought we may never see in this lifetime.

To ensure 2021 and beyond we must see our world as a whole, not through a personalized window of technology but much closer to what the human experience was designed to be:

Free.

 

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THE BEADY EYE SAYS; IS THIS CHRISTMAS THE CHRISTMAS TO COUNT YOUR BLESSING.

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(Six-minute read) 

Here we are coming to the end of another year and those of us who are not grieving the loss of a loved one should be counting our blessings. However, while we should all thank the Sciences the recovery from Covid as a society is now more than about antibodies.

 

As you might have guessed the most important anchor of recovery’ is for a COVID-19 vaccination that works. The implication is that without a vaccine the world will be unable to return to any sense of normality, particularly in terms of open interaction with your fellow man.

The pandemic has demonstrated and is demonstrating as I write, yet again, those global questions that require global solutions –  which can be all wrapped up within the word Inequality.

World Governments’ first responses have naturally been national if this Pandemic echoes other defining events in our more recent history it will leave the political landscape transformed in some respects yet wearily familiar in others.  

It would be fair to say that the debate about what makes life worth living is just starting. Digital interactions are no substitute for the things of real life. 

The changes could be immense but unpredictable with digital platforms becoming the only way for many of us to work, get fit, or be educated and entertained.

It is not just purely economic survival it is also the reshaping of International relationships. 

The normal we once knew is gone.

The infinite expansion economic model is bust resetting the western peasants’ sense of entitlement.

The digital transformation of business will get faster, with more automation and artificial intelligence to approve loans, profile customers, control stock, and improve delivery. 

We now know the infrastructure can cope, on the whole, and we’ll need to think carefully about which platforms we use and what we say on them.

What happens next though is open to question.

The coronavirus offers a sense of how a greener world might feel but there are now two scenarios in play. 

One scenario is that the world repeats the fossil fuel frenzy that followed the banking crisis, unleashing pent-up demand for oil and coal. Governments know this response well as a method to revive flagging economies.

The other is that every element of nature and every life form is a part of the global inventory (managed by the allegedly benevolent state, which, in turn, is owned by several suddenly benevolent wealthy people, via unregulated, biased algorithms technology).

Their goal is to count and then efficiently manage and control all resources, including people, on an unprecedented scale. 

Ultimately, the Great Reset will result in two tiers or people:

The technocratic elite, who have all the power and rule over all assets, and the rest of humanity, who have no power, no assets, and no say-so in anything.

Finally, international institutions like the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, and the European Union may be challenged to up their games – or go away.

National security capability will be judged by stockpiled medical equipment and preparedness for the next pandemic or environmental catastrophe, not just on how many tank brigades can be deployed.

Ofcom estimates that 59% of 12 to 15-year-olds have their own tablet, while 83% have a smartphone so sustainable development will be  Technocracy, and there’s not a single area of life that is left out of this Great Reset.

A strong transhumanist bend where humans merge with machines and in which law enforcement will be able to read our minds.

Our suspended life in lockdown could be incubating a grievance that, when released, triggers angry questions, a search for blame, and demands for reprisals. The fear is that our behavioral norms will have become infected by distress and hardship, that we will emerge more individual and less together.

Economic hardship will strain social ties. That’s the real test for this generation – not “can we keep our temper in lockdown?” but “can we quietly repair our social fabric in the tough times?”

If you want to change governments don’t focus on changing the government; you’re not going to get anywhere. You’ve got to change the corporations because the governments are becoming just pawns of the corporations trading online, with no ethics other than profit.    

Also, practically every problem we have can be traced back to an environmental cause so we must consume less, consume better.  We must use business to inspire and implement solutions to the forthcoming environmental crisis. ( See previous posts 0.05% for the Planet.)

The COVID-19 crisis has given new relevance to the concept behind Yang’s campaign centerpiece—an idea is known as universal basic income (UBI).

In contrast to need-based subsidies, the idea behind UBI is that everyone is eligible.

Now is the time for its introduction to offset job losses caused by the pandemic and technology. 

It would provide enough to cover the basic cost of living and give financial security not just to the wealthy but to all. It would remove the problem with existing welfare programs that keep people below the poverty line.

It’s the only solution to an economy where “a small group of people are getting very, very wealthy while everyone else is struggling to make ends meet. It would give society a much-needed ballast during the forthcoming recession. 

Automation is fundamentally changing the structure of societies. 

The question is of course who funds the income.

The top one percent ie the wealthy and tech companies paid for it.  

or 10 to 12% of GDP go directly to the universal income payments.

When it comes to Climate change it poses many challenges: 

The massive development of renewables will require the use of immense land. The rapid end of fossils will require reconverting large parts of the economy. Finally, how can we get the majority of the population to accept such a commotion?

Such an upheaval will require more than digital surveillance or the four most dangerous words being parroted by a gullible public these days are, “I TRUST THE SCIENCE.”  

Happy Algorithmic Christmas to all.

Control the world through digital surveillance, not on your nanny.   

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THE BEADY EYE ASKS. ARE ABOUT TO WITNESS THE BIGGEST FUGUE EVER WHEN IT COMES TO THE FINAL DRAFT OF A TRADE DEAL BETWEEN THE UK AND THE EUROPEAN UNION.

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After a large helping of verbal diarrhea about the level playing field, fish, sovereignty, red lines, cliff edges, etc are we arriving at WTO or a massive fugue?

The question facing the European Union does an Organisation with rules and regulations allow a non-member to operate within its Organisation against the benefits bestowed by being a member in the first place. 

Of course, this question would not have to answer if after the Referendum ( On whether England should stay or leave) had England not instigated Article 50 but remained a member while negotiating the terms of leaving. 

Now it’s a totally different kettle of fish. 

Even if a fugue is agreed it will be can be vetoed by any one of the remaining members.

It does not take any political genius to say that there can be no level playing field with non-members no matter what is agreed legally or otherwise. 

You are either a member with full membership or you are not. 

It also goes without saying if the European Union is to remain a Union it must uphold on all fronts what this means otherwise there is no point in being a member. 

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THE BEADY EYE ASKS. WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE TOP CURRENT THREATHS TO HUMANITY?

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There is a  radical difference between conventional threats and emerging threats which are posing a strategic challenge that must be met with a strategic response. 

On one hand, it would be fair to say that Human advances have got us into the mess, but the question is the technology capable of getting us out of the mess. 

Globalization, complexity, our relatively unsophisticated mechanisms for sharing information and making sense out of changes that we barely perceive, much less understand, all assure that any major threat — and especially non-state threats such as infectious disease – covid -19. 

So let’s look at a few things that stick out like sore thumbs when it comes to technology. 

The fear that technology could cause humanity’s downfall as such offers some terrifying scenarios that could befall our species. 

The risk of the creation of some new super virus or bug in a lab that we are unable to control if it were to escape into the wild isn’t any longer beyond the realms of impossibility. 

It means we must apply technology in ways responsive to our most immediate and frequent threats and must balance our use of technology with the intelligence cycle:

If we do not harness the fourth industrial revolution to the benefit of all we will turn the planet once more back into a snowball Earth.

We must develop reliable capabilities for developing technology advancement.

No government, no international organization, and certainly no corporation, can be relied upon to seek out and act on the truth, or even to act in the public interest.

So in my view, the greatest threat we face is unregulated software that is driving our lives. It is one of the greatest problems afflicting modern society, not because of human intelligence, but because we are allowing profit-seeking algorithms to dominate consumption.

Current economic policy is short-term creating a non-saving society for the rainy day.

One only has to look at the effects of the covid pandemic to see that a redistribution of wealth is required urgently if we are to have any chance of a caring society.

The current threats.       

Take for example. 

Cyber malware.

What is malware?  How dangerous is it? 

It is a contraction of malicious software that exploits your digital life, by mining your personal data either to profit directly or sell on the information. It comes in the form of a virus embedded in a piece of software and can spread from one file to another or computer. 

There are several types of malware.

A worm. Does not need to be triggered. It automatically propagates itself. 

A Trojan. Can be a good-looking App that will wreak havoc. 

A Ransom.  Pay up before everything is deleted.

They can be weaponized to have real-world consequences. Over fifteen Iranian facilities were attacked and infiltrated by the Stuxnet worm.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) disclosed on Wednesday that it has suffered a cyber-attack, leading to unauthorized access to documents relating to a Covid-19 vaccine.

Now imagine the threat to the stability of critical infrastructures around water, electricity, and gas that are vital to the running of nations.

The next has to be Climate change.

The main problem here is that no one whats to foot the bill. ( See previous posts) 

To achieve long-term and profound progress in environmental governance, policy focus needs to be complemented by intensified efforts to strengthen the rule of environmental law not just shallow promises coming out of Climate Conferences. 

To do so, the capacity of international courts to pronounce judgments on environmental matters, the clarity, and scope of environmental legal principles, and compliance with and implementation of judgments must be further strengthened with a constitution for the whole of the Earth. 

What’s at stake here are basic rights to life and health so the pursuing of climate policies that violate the right to life must have genuine consequences if we are to keep global warming to 2°C.

Climate change crossing borders with impunity.

Next: Poverty.

 The gap between rich and poor is now a pandemic.

No single factor can account for the large disparities in economic development among the countries of the world. Nor is the relative influence of any particular factor likely to remain the same over time.

While such things as technology and natural resources are obvious factors in economic development, they are plundered for profit’s sake by high-frequency trading run by unregulated data mining algorithms. 

However, there is no denying the fact that the rich are becoming richer and the poor are becoming poorer.

This is happing not because of human intelligence but can be attributed to numerous factors such as social immobility, globalization, more advanced technology, and taxation.

Current economic policy is dominated by short-term thinking so there is a serious lack of savings for the rainy day. 

The COVID-19 pandemic will and is widening the gap between the rich and the poor, especially in the emerging online markets and developing economies.

Next. 

Nuclear Armageddon.

The threat of nuclear Armageddon has receded these days replaced by Climate Change.

Still, it’s a worrying thought alongside artificial intelligence, biotechnology warfare it is and remains inconceivable to our comprehension other than an instant self ext to our existence.

Next 

Enslavement by self-replicate robotic robots created by nano-sized technology.

It may well be a piece of code – not a nuclear weapon or infectious disease or indeed climate change  – that brings about humanity’s downfall.

Next

The needs of 7 billion people. 

Precious resources:

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As our culture advanced and our species invented many things that will make our lives easier, our demand for raw materials increased by leaps and bounds. We get these resources from the other. The problem is, we’re using too much and without care. Our planet just can’t keep up with our ever-increasing demands.

Finally:  With quality education becoming more and more expensive only an investment in people and not profit has any hope.  

Our demand for knowledge shows no sign of abating.

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THE BEADY EYE SAYS; HERE ARE SOME HARD FACTS CONCERNING BREXIT AND ITS AFTER EFFECTS.

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Britain has left the European Union after 50 years of membership.

It will occur on Jan 31st characterizing as a backward step into nationalism and no longer a global force.
The old virus of Brexit polemicism will long outlast any trade deal as it is an Island.

As such the recurrent theme in British mythology, with all its sieges, invasions, noble defeats, and begrudging collaborations will haunt its decisions into the future as it once more attempts to redistribute power. The forthcoming referendum on Scottish Independence and Northern Ireland.

The exploration of the working classes and the stratification culture has been exposed by the only world power as a pandemic.

In the wake of the betrayal of Brexit, it will see a resurgent working class as they realize that they have being stabbed in the back.

This will happen because of the emergence of global online communication platforms which provides a glorious digital brewery in which discontent and division fester.

There is no place for a centralized system that seeks to protect the hierarchies that can hide to serve those at their summit.

The days of being quarantined by covid lockdowns and individualism are at an end. 

So if the European Union does not want to b entangled with an Island of discontent for the next 50 years there is only one course of action.  To trade deals other than WTO.

The penitentiary of WTO with no faith or care for anything other than the fleeting fulfillment of wayward wants ultimately will decide whether it is the island of self that must change or remain trapped within. 

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THE BEADY EYE SAY’S. THE RETAIL APOCALYPSE IS NOW ON US WITH MORE FRONTS THAN ONE.

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As if the world has not got enough problems much of the retail sector is now buckling under the weight of COVID-19.

And now we have  Amazon, trying to position itself as the forerunner in e-commerces.

From everything from health care to fresh food to your weekly shop, it is rapidly becoming the “retail apocalypse” and the search tool instead of Google.

With over 300 million customers it is using your shopping data to do so by promoting its own products before any others using its platforms, even if they are more expensive than competing products.

When the dust settles, we’ll see an evolution where there’s less focus on huge one-day sales like Black Friday to Cyber Mondays with more emphasis being put on a multi-day and multi-week [series of] continuation of sales.

(The term Black Friday refers to stores going into the black – becoming profitable – for the season.

Americans spent 6.3 million dollars (5.26 million euros) every second (!) On the Internet.

Online sales during the recent Black Friday and Cyber Monday for independent businesses selling on the platform topped $4.8 billion in worldwide sales, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, up 60% from the year before.Black Friday Spending Statistics, Trends, and Fun Facts (US & UK)

Commodity value means assigning a value to different goods and services and of course, Amazon pontificates its green ambitions in its blurb. 

But sustainable development is not just about the forest, nor is it a communist conspiracy, rather it relates to how humans operate.

All of us live in ecosystems, the only difference between them being how much they have been altered to suit human habitation.

Who decides what is sustainable?

Besides, sustainability requires recognition of the fact that how we obtain resources is having devastating impacts on the other species we share the planet with.

Since we live in ecosystems, and all ecosystems rely on communities of different species to be maintained; reducing the number of total species may have negative impacts on human populations. Research already shows that reducing biodiversity may influence rates of the spread and infections of certain pathogens and diseases

Amazon sustainability is a word used to promote collectivism.

An argument can be made for the idea that online shopping is less detrimental to the environment than traditional retail, but this is often untrue.

It is true that shopping online yields a smaller carbon footprint. However, it is also true that online sales create more vehicles, more traffic, and potentially more emissions.

As hundreds of millions of customers order simultaneously and expect two-day delivery there are more stops per delivery trip, with still more potentially nitrogen oxide emitted.

Unfortunately, Amazon is becoming one of the greatest promoters of unsuitability even if you believe in its commitment to Zero carbon by 2040.

Key Takeaways.

  • Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
  • Investors can be wary of companies that commit to sustainability. Although the optics can be beneficial to share price, investors worry about companies being transparent with their earnings results.
  • Big brands often make pledges to sustainability, but it often takes a long time to achieve sustainability goals.
  • Twenty years to do so is not good enough. 

Have I used Amazon?  Yes.  Will I use it in the future?  Yes, but not for fresh food or any item that can be produced locally.  

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THE BEADY EYE SAYS: WE NOW HAVE A NEW FORM OF CAPITALISM CALLED DIASTER CAPTILISM.

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Since its creation, Capitalism has been reinventing itself.  

If we look at COVID-19 through the lens of disaster capitalism, it promotes free-market, for-profit corporate solutions that may succeed in creating company profits but ultimately fail in terms of democracy, fairness, and justice.

The total mortality from COVID-19 on a global scale is as yet unknown, but we have been thinking of it as a disaster for months now till the arrival of a vaccine 

What exactly is the disaster, then? What makes something a disaster?

Why aren’t other more deadly causes of mortality (heart disease, cancer, diabetes) considered disasters?

Just imagine if cancer, heart disease, and diabetes were framed in the same language and sense of urgency as COVID-19.

This is difficult to imagine because chronic morbidities are a built-in artifact of the disaster that free-market capitalism has created.

A society that is organized around the principle that companies should not be prevented from making things that kill people must also accept as ‘normal’ that many people will die in large numbers from these things.

We now have what’s called Disaster \Capitlism enriching the few.

No longer able to sustain itself by selling dreams Capitalism now thrives on the management of nightmares online. 

Why?

Because of several events.

The Financial Crash in of 2007–2008 – Save the banks – Save the Economy – not the people – GDP at any cost. 

Covid-19 is now an opportunity to rebalance power and wealth in society. 

It has exposed the need to move GDP away from growth at any cost which makes no economic sense to start saving for the rainy day and redistributing wealth to those that make it possible in the first place.

Covid-19 or rather with the arrival of vaccines Post covid -19 is an opportunity to rebalance both power and wealth in society, away from labor and towards capital or the other way away of capital to labor. 

Even Diasters relief is transformed into profit and the current pandemic will be no exception as we are experiencing not one, but two disasters.

There is the virus, and then there is the societal reaction of bringing our entire fiscal and economic infrastructure to a near-complete standstill affecting the most vulnerable social and economic groups. 

There’s been a lot of dithering about whether or not COVID-19 is a disaster but rest assured if big business activities have the way they will seek to create products that consumers purchase due to fear of some type of potential or impending disaster.

Over time, the term disaster capitalism will be applied to profits made due to climate change that will generate anxiety that can only be relieved by consuming a given product.

Creating responses that may have a much more deleterious effect than the virus itself.

Now is the time to move away from GDP to the distribution of wealth.  

We have witnessed the weakening labor and strengthening the power of Capital with stimulus quantitive easing and tax cuts –  corporations dished out cash to their shareholders to buy up their own stock during the Financial Crises.   

Which would you pick?

The current capitalist objectives of growth at any cost – GDP

or

The redistribution of economic wealth, to one and all, by the introduction of a Basic Universal living wage.  

Save for the rain day

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THE BEADY EYE SAY’S : LET’S LOOK AT ON LINE SHOPPING. JUST WHO OR WHAT IS BENEFITING.

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(Ten-minute read) 

Shopping used to be a social activity but Covid -19  pandemic driving up demand for online shopping has and is creating a perfect storm for retailers forcing them to radically rethink what they need to do to remain profitable.

It is said that we are more connected with the internet rather than been isolated.

With smartphones verbally this is true but we are in a world that is disconnecting its self from genuine social contact onto platforms run by algorithms for Profit to the detriment of sensibility, and sustainability of the planet we live on.

(An algorithm is a series of instructions telling a computer how to transform a set of facts about the world into useful information. The facts are data, and the useful information is knowledge for people, instructions for machines, or input for yet another algorithm.)

We are now living in a world where algorithms, or software buying agents, “go shopping” on our behalf.

Every piece of technology that you touch involves many algorithms. They live in our computers and dictate our digital lives at random invisibly existing in the abstract. 

While they fully automate the shopping process, they are capable of keep customers stuck

to one retailer and one product.

They can make thousands of calls or website visits a day.

It’s why people’s Google Search results will look different when they’re looking up things in different parts of the world, or why the ads that follow you across the web are different from your friends’. You never really see the complexities at work, simply the results. 

This sounds very much like a quasi-monopoly.

In a world where algorithms make shopping decisions on our behalf, all

bets are off that shopping will ever return to the high street.

Humans stand no chance against bots when trying to access products and services that might be in demand.

The longer the lockdowns- the more driven demand increasingly via smartphones.

The emerging Economy of Algorithms, where software agents act on our behalf, has the potential of dramatically changing the way we live, work, and think.

We need clear rules that govern the behavior of software buying agents.

We also need a coordinated approach for software buying agents to disclose who they are, in situations where they can be confused for a human.

We need regulations governing profit-seeking algorithms with control of algorithmic trading. With the right mechanisms for the protection of competition in the markets, regulating access to products and services, and enforcing minimum quality standards of algorithms that shop on our behalf. 

Shopping ads are known to produce well over 85% of retail paid Google search clicks. As such, they routinely produce a 400 to 1000% return on cash spent on ads.

Google Shopping entails how to get your product types featured on the nifty Product Ads on Google’s page search results.

Today the majority of stock market transactions are fully automated and executed by algorithms.

AMAZON Net profit roughly tripled to $6.33 billion. Its advertising business, reported $5.4 billion in sales, a 51% jump.

The real reasons that online shopping is replacing conventional shopping habits are.

Reduced overheads expand your market beyond local customers.

With online shopping, you can compare prices from hundreds of different vendors.

No pressure sales.

There are no fixed hours to shop.

One does not have to get in a car, find or pay for a parking spot, get clamped, pay parking fees, pay tolls, get mugged, spend hours in traffic jams, or have a nice day.

Online stores want to keep you as a customer, so they may offer deep discounts, rewards, and cashback if you sign up for their newsletters.

The downside however is you can’t try things on. None of them offer the on-the-spot, take-home advantage that a physical store does.

And shipping costs, are sometimes even more than the cost of what you buy. In-store shopping has no need to charge extra for shipping.

Online sales now accounting for around one-quarter of the total retail market.

There is a clear need for greater speciation, specialization, and differentiation because the consumer is in the driver’s seat, enabled by technology to remain constantly connected and more empowered than ever before to drive changes in shopping behavior in both the physical store and digital retail landscape.

Retailers are still competing with each other but also face new competitors who have different operating models and cost bases and this rate of change is showing little sign of slowing.

The greatest danger that remains with on-line shopping is Privacy and security.

These are legitimate concerns for any online shopper. Your payment information could get stolen from the site or someone who works there could copy your bank details and use them later on their own purchases. It’s also hard to immediately recognize whether an online store is real or just there to scam you.

There are tons of online shopping sites where you can buy everything from plane tickets and flat-screen TVs to food, clothes, furniture, office supplies, movies, and lots more.

Paying attention to whether or not the site uses HTTPS.

Artificial intelligent algorithms will know everything about you- where you live, where and what and when you buy, how often, your likes and dislikes, your bank account, your wife, your children, your friends, infected or not. 

If you want a life go and get it. 

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