Amazon Is Having a Real Problem Staying Online and Operational

Posted on
Seton Motley | Less Government |
An All Too Frequent Amazon Occurrence

Amazon is the king of online retail.  In getting there, they have engaged in many anti-competitive practices…to destroy and then become brick-and-mortar retail.

And a really well kept secret – is that retail isn’t Amazon’s most successful business.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is.  That is richest-man-in-the-history-of-the-planet Amazon owner Jeff Bezos’ cloud computer backup company.

Amazon’s Cloud Is Bigger, More Profitable Than We Think

Amazon Web Services: The Secret to the Online Retailer’s Future Success

Amazon Web Services: Holding The Profitability Bag For Amazon

Amazon Web Services turns a massive profit – which allows Amazon online retail to do obnoxious, no-profit things like this:

“Black Friday in brick-and-mortar retail circles – is the day after Thanksgiving, and marks the start of the Christmas shopping season.  It is called Black Friday because most retailers operate in the red (i.e. at a loss) – all year until then.  It is that day they break through into the black.  So obviously, Christmas for them is life-saving crucial.

“Amazon knows this.  So what do they do?:

“‘Amazon is cutting prices ferociously on its products as Christmas shopping picks up, to levels that are break-even or below.’ (more…)

It’s Time to Roll Back the Attacks against our Nation’s Inventors

Posted on
Seton Motley | Less Government |
Let’s Get Back to Protecting the Nation’s Minds

The Barack Obama Administration was a very bad era in the nation’s Intellectual Property (IP) history.

The Obama Administration was chock full of historic firsts.  To wit: It was almost unquestionably the administration most hostile ever to IP and its protection.

Perhaps the administration’s most egregious act?  Inventing a whole new way to attack patents – by abusing antitrust law.

To demonstrate the obnoxiousness of this – let’s define a couple of terms.

Patent: “(A) government authority or license conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention.”

Antitrust: “(C)onsisting of laws to protect trade and commerce from unlawful restraints.…”

Get that?  Patents are the government – granting exclusive usage.  Antitrust are the laws – prohibiting unlawful restraints. (more…)

The Biggest Impediment to Better Internet? Local Governments

Posted on
Seton Motley | Less Government |
Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here

Thanks to the obscene over-officiousness of the Barack Obama Administration, we have spent much of our time the less decade or so discussing the incredible damage the federal government can do – and was doing – to…everything.

Obama’s outsized over-officiousness – certainly warranted the outsized extra attention.  Because his one-size-fits-none government impositions – left no room for anyone anywhere to breathe.  Let alone actually engage in any sort of commerce.

We are now thankfully enjoying the much-less-federal-government Donald Trump Administration.  Trump has been slashing regulations – including many major impositions imposed by his predecessor.

One such inherited dumbness undone – was Obama’s unilateral power grab of the entirety of the Internet.  Under the guise of the very stupid Network Neutrality, Obama imposed 1934 monopoly landline phone law…upon the World Wide Web.

This made zero technological sense – let alone any sense of the economic variety.  So Trump rightly, reasonably undid it. (more…)

Amazon’s No-Profit Model: Bleed Competitors to Death – Then Do Exactly What They Did

Posted on
Seton Motley | Less Government |
Oh Look – Amazon Brick-and-Mortar

Amazon – is a monster.  Their market cap – is crushing ($851.57 billion).  Their founder, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man in the history of the world.

Amazon’s dominance of more and more sectors of our economy – is great and growing.  And they do it – the way the violent, radical Leftist Black Panthers attempted to accomplish their ends: “By any means necessary.”

Amazon has behaved this way – from their very beginning.  Some of the moves seemed at the time unorthodox – but in retrospect seem cold, calculating – and deadly for everyone…but them.

A key component of Amazon’s murderous business model – was operating for a quarter century making…almost no money whatsoever.  And for many quarters at a time – actually losing coin.  This from 2013:

Amazon: Nearly 20 Years In Business And It Still Doesn’t Make Money: (more…)

Breaking: Amazon’s Defense Dept Cronyism Comes Under Trump Administration Review

Posted on
Seton Motley | Less Government |
It May Be a Little Less Good to Be the King – And That Would Be a Very Good Thing

God bless the Internet – and its round-the-clock delivery of breaking news.

Which is disruptive to those of us who like to write about these sorts of things.

But it is like the News Fairy constantly sprinkling her fairy dust down upon us.

We have for months now been writing about the utterly corrupt crony system uber-retailer Amazon has embedded in the Department of Defense (DoD).

Cronyism: Having Your Ex-Employees Award Government Contracts…:

“…makes it much more likely you’ll get government contracts….

“Behold the United States Digital Service (USDS). And the Defense Department’s portion thereof: The Defense Digital Service (DDS)….

“When attention is not paid (to cleaning out Barack Obama Administration holdovers) – you get…things like…(USDS Product and Technology Leader Deap) Ubhi.

“(Who) is simultaneously working for the government – and his own private company. How very Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton-Huma Abedin Weiner of him….

“(I)t seems more than a little odd – and perhaps legally problematic??? – to simultaneously work for the public and private sectors…. (more…)

Trade Deals – Like Everything Else – Are Immutably Subject to Human Nature

Posted on
Seton Motley | Less Government |
Lions for Lambs

Commercial trade between people and peoples – is subject to what everything else on the planet is subject: human nature.

Much of what one should know about human nature – could have been learned in high school.  Life – is high school on steroids.

Life has cliques – just as high school did: Jocks, geeks, nerds, spazs, etc.  You may have different group names – but not different group types.  And these personality types – channel people from the cradle all the way through life.

You’re born a certain way – and life will inexorably catch up and catch on.

They say politics is Hollywood for ugly people.  But both Hollywood and DC are populated by representatives from all those high school groups – and they view the world through these respective prisms. (more…)

There Is So Much Wrong with the Left’s State-Level Pushes for Net Neutrality

Posted on
Seton Motley | Less Government |
At Every Level of Government There Is

Ever since the Donald Trump Administration’s Trump Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it was undoing the Barack Obama Administration FCC’s unilateral, Congress-free imposition of 1934 monopoly landline telephone law on to the Internet – under the guise of the very awful Network Neutrality – Leftists have been flexing the crazy they have long since gone.

Trump’s FCC Wants To Kill A Free And Open Internet

Trump’s FCC Bids Farewell to the Internet as We Know It

Trump & Rupert Murdoch Team Up to Kill the Internet

RIP: Freedom of Speech – Trump Administration Kills Internet As We Know It

This Leftist histrionic nonsense has been – Leftist histrionic nonsense.  Aptly documented on a daily basis by FCC chief of staff Matthew Berry.  Who has on his Twitter page – since the Trump FCC rightly and reasonably rolled back the Obama FCC nonsense – been counting the days of…no change whatsoever to the Internet. (more…)

Let’s End Welfare Recipient-Fake Energy Wind and Solar – Not Actual Energy Source Coal

Posted on
Seton Motley | Less Government |
As Does Anyone Who Likes Actual Energy

The ongoing, rolling fact is – “green energy”…is neither green nor energy.

“Green energy” sources – are all demonstrably worse for the environment than the traditional energy sources (like coal and oil) they seek to replace.

Wind farms – are bird blender fields.  And the turbines – are uber-toxic.

So too are solar panels unnatural environmental disasters.

And the alleged energy produced by “green energy” – is a tiny fraction of the energy produced by traditional sources.  So the respective costs-per-kilowatt-hour – are ridiculously inefficient. (more…)

On Patents – Like Immigration – It Depends on Who Is Doing the ‘Reforming’

Posted on
Seton Motley | Less Government |
Let’s Make Sure
We’re Headed in the Right Direction

Believe me when I say: I believe with moral certitude and every fiber in my being that the federal government – in ways more numerous than the stars in the sky – is way overdue for massive and dramatic reform.

But I am a staunch conservative – and less government proponent.  You know who else says DC is in dire need of “reform?”  The biggest of big government Leftists.

You can probably ascertain my definition of “reform” – is more than a mite different than theirs.

To wit: The Feds spend $4 trillion per annum.  My reform – would get that closer to $1 trillion.  Theirs – would get that closer to $40 trillion.

Dramatically different outcomes – but we’ve both “reformed” DC. (more…)

Taxation w/o Representation. Interstate Commerce Usurpation. Murdered Federalism. Internet Sales Tax

Posted on
Seton Motley | Less Government |
Breaking Backs…Everywhere

The Supreme Court last week issued a really ridiculous and awful ruling.  In blatant violation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause and its protections of federalism – and of the “Taxation without representation” foundational rally cry of the American Revolution that preceded it.

First – the Constitution violation.  Behold Article I, Section 8, Clause 3:

“[The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;”

This has come to be known as the (Interstate) Commerce Clause.  The Commerce Clause was a very good idea:

“For the first century of our history, the primary use of the Clause was to preclude the kind of discriminatory state legislation that had once been permissible.” (more…)