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From Time:

Jeff Bezos Is Now $50 Billion Richer Than Anyone Else on Earth

By BRAD TUTTLE July 10, 2018

Jeff Bezos’s wealth has reached an incredible new milestone.

As of Tuesday, according to a Forbes estimate, the Amazon founder and CEO has a net worth of $143.1 billion—making him at least $50 billion richer than any other person on Earth.

Bezos became the world’s richest man last summer, when his net worth (then around $90 billion) surpassed that of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates, who has given much of his fortune to philanthropic efforts, now has a net worth of about $93.3 billion, Forbes reports.

That fascist dictator Trump is cracking down on media dissent so brutally that the owner of the anti-Trump Washington Post, Jeff Bezos, has only been getting richer at a rate of $1 billion per week.

Seriously, while there is much talk in recent years about how journalistic properties are all going to go out of business real soon now, have you noticed that rich guys who invest in these supposed white elephants haven’t done all that badly for themselves in terms of overall net worth. Is it possible that Jeff Bezos has big picture insights into getting and staying rich that other people don’t?

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  1. Rob McX says:

    For Bezos, the Washington Post is the equivalent of a company’s public relations department. It might be resented by the people on the factory floor because it doesn’t actually make anything. But the shareholders know its cost to the company is money well spent.

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Achilles
  2. b.t.o says:

    I am both smalltown and canadian, so what do I know, but the only way I can make sense of this is if Trump and Bezos are in cahoots. I imagine trump realizes they are ….not so much bezos

    • Replies: @Not Raul
  3. utu says:
    @Rob McX

    At $1b per week he could buy four Washington Posts every week.

    • Replies: @athEIst
  4. Anonym says:

    I’m glad Bezos can now afford the fashion consultant to tell him to let his collar escape his sweater, and shave the NW4+ as a lost cause that no amount of finasteride was going to salvage. Oh yeah, and the shades to hide his weird left eye. Good for him.

  5. Achilles says:
    @Rob McX

    For Bezos, the Washington Post is the equivalent of a company’s public relations department

    …or of Mafia goons hanging around a club.

    They don’t necessarily even have to actually go out and whack people, as long as the DC politicos understand that if they dare to take on the Boss, they could get whacked.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
  6. “As of Tuesday, according to a Forbes estimate, the Amazon founder and CEO has a net worth of $143.1 billion—making him at least $50 billion richer than any other person on Earth.”

    To use a sports analogy, if every single American(and some Canadian) sports franchise would cost on average about $1 billion to purchase, Bezos could purchase every single team in the NBA; NFL; MLB; and NHL and still have about $15 billion left over to live in comfort the rest of his life. “only” $15 billion left over. Let that sink in. All 125-28 teams.

    Every. Single. American sports franchise. And he would still have billions left over of his personal fortune.

    Now that’s pretty wealthy.

    • Replies: @Jake
    , @Reg Cæsar
    , @MarkinLA
  7. @JohnnyWalker123

    There are some people who’ve been discussing corporate greed and worker abuses for decades.

    Can anyone identify the man below? Who is he?

  8. Anon[274] • Disclaimer says:

    In the comic books, the people of Metropolis generally seem to like (and quickly forgive) Lex Luthor too. Why else would they give him so much leeway to attempt to pull off one evil scheme after another? Maybe people like pharonic-sized projects and the egos which come with them, regardless the moral hazards.

    Maybe that pharonic-enthusiasm would be better directed towards NASA type projects? Seems like when we were going to space, building tall buildings and dams really quickly and fighting world wars, the average man on the street didn’t have as much patience for the billionaire types running sweatshops.

  9. @JohnnyWalker123

    Who is this man below? Can you identify him?

    Did Walter Mondale have a point?

    A nation-wide union busting spree kicked off after Reagan fired 11,000 striking air traffic controllers. Was this a good thing or a bad thing?

    Margaret Thatcher wasn’t a huge fan of unions.

    Why did these miners celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher?

    • Replies: @jim jones
    , @AndrewR
  10. wren says:

    I wonder how much Amazon adds to the US trade deficit with China.

    They are ALWAYS promoting no-name Chinese products when I look for something.

    For example, if I search “projector,” I get these brands, in order:



    The only place I see “LG” or Viewsonic (the only brands I have heard of), they are clearly labeled “SPONSORED.”

    Trump ought to tweet about this.

  11. Start watching at 2:40.

    If you want to understand why we’re in current situation, watch from 2:40-4:00.

    This is what happened back in the 80s. This is what “Reaganomics” did to the workers of the country. There were people who attempted to fight back against these machinations, but they lost very decisively to the “free marketeers.”

    Jeff Bezos’s Amazon is just a culmination of the last 35 years of these trends.

    Behold what we have created in America.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  12. Funny and true.

    The useful idiots of America. 1:00-1:05.

    “Corporations are people.”

  13. neutral says:

    Don’t worry about it, libertarians assure me that since it is private wealth there is nothing to be concerned about, ultra rich people only care about their money and would never dream of using it to shape society in the way they want it…

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  14. You just have to understand that these are not private enterprises any longer. They are blatantly propaganda organs of the Deep State: “American Pravada” as they are known in these parts. Among other things, being deeply intertwined with our intelligence agencies yields tremendous opportunities for insider trading.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  15. Anonymous[327] • Disclaimer says:

    Incidentally, Amazon simply did not exist 30 or so years ago, therefore its market capitalization was zero, by definition.
    Thirty years back, Jeff Bezos, though a wealthy man, was no where near being a multi billionaire.

    Simply drives a coach and horses through Piketty’s thesis discussed here a few days ago.

  16. @JohnnyWalker123

    There are so many alternative employment options to Amazon that I can’t really get upset that it’s a “sweatshop.”

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
  17. @JohnnyWalker123

    I would buy some steroids from this man. He looks trustworthy.

  18. jim jones says:

    My family worked worked as miners in Durham, England – crawling around in the darkness for twelve hours a day. Now they work for Nissan in Sunderland, an easy job paying twice as much. Thank god for Mrs.Thatcher

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
  19. @Cloudbuster

    There are so many alternative employment options to Amazon that I can’t really get upset that it’s a “sweatshop.”

    And as long as Bozos remains more a Paul Allen than a Bill Gates … Party on!

  20. @jim jones

    There are most definitely German families in the Ruhr who enjoyed a similar move from coal mining to auto making but without undergoing all the trauma and drama of Thatcherism. It’s worth asking why.

  21. Dr. X says:

    Doesn’t Bezos pay his employees something like $12 an hour? I’m generally against unions because they’ve become so corrupt and so pro-Democrat…. but I do admit that sometimes a properly-run union can be a good thing.

    • Replies: @L Woods
  22. Jake says:

    That is one important and quick way to grasp how evil and stupid this age is. We have the worst Robber Barons in history, with no close second, and the masses follow the pleadings and demands of the Robber Barons in the name of making equal more equitable.

  23. @JohnnyWalker123

    Say what you want about some of the hypocrisy and luck-of-the-draw in terms of their time in this country’s history (I’m thinking of Steve’s subsequent post/Takimag article), but at least most of them would know a Commie when they see one. It’s getting to the point at which so many years have gone by since the end of the Cold War, and so much of the misery from Socialism/Communism is ancient history now, that people have forgotten. Peak Stupidity says it’s about that time of the century in which the Commies come crawling out of the woodwork again, like cockroaches, but on a 2 orders-of-magnitude longer timescale.

    You are one of them, JohnnyWalker, apparently, and nice job fitting in here in the meantime. Nice All-American handle you got there, too.

    Calling Ron Paul a useful idiot because he understands free markets in health care and is, in fact, an ACTUAL DOCTOR, is the utmost in stupidity. As you point your finger at the erudite and princiipled Dr. Paul, you’ve got 3 more fingers pointing back at your useful idiot ass, Johnny.

    Hey, a guy from the 1980′s German “Democratic” Republic is on the horn, Johnny. The man said “he could really use a guy like you.”

    • Agree: Desiderius, MBlanc46
    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @Desiderius
  24. OT:

    Israeli scientists will soon be able to measure the levels of anti-Semitism on the surface of the Moon. My guess is that it’s increasing and that it’s our fault:

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    , @Anonymous
  25. LOlly says:

    How much has near zero percent interest rates allowed the ridiculous Amazon/Tesla business model to expand since 2007/2008? Amazon crapped the bed for a considerable period after the 2000 Dotcom implosion. Will these thing still work if interest rates go much higher?

  26. @JohnnyWalker123

    All your bitching about “capitalism” is from your view of nothing but crony capitalism that has occured since the US Feral Gov’t took over all aspects of American life. After 50 years of steadily increasing regulation on business, which has the effect of clamping down on small business (as Big-Biz MAKES the rules), you wonder why the good jobs have gone overseas? I don’t appreciate much of President Trump’s nonsense, but his talk about cutting the regulations is on the money. He does know why it’s hard to get business done in America.

    I also noticed you have no videos of the traitorous Bill Clinton, who’d give up trade deals to an emerging superpower for a few bucks and some grade-C poontang. The change in the manufacturing might in America even from the early 1990′s to 2000 was something to behold. Ever heard of Paul Tsongas? Yes, he was a D”, but I supported him, until he got crushed by Clinton in the primaries, 1992. Then you had Ross Perot, a smarter, proto-Trump. Both of these guys knew what’d happen if American manufacturing got eviscerated. As Ronald Reagan said, it’s not so much what people like Johnny Walker don’t know that’s the problem, it’s what they do know that isn’t true.

    Forward Ignorance – Forward Soviet!

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @CJ
  27. Rob McX says:

    Exactly. Owning a paper is not just about what you publish, but what you could publish about those in power if they start giving you trouble.

  28. @wren

    I wonder how much Amazon adds to the US trade deficit with China.

    I made the mistake a few years ago of purchasing tomato seeds from Amazon. The product pictures featured packaging of U.S. Seed brands and there was no indication that the seeds were from China and Singapore respectively. I thought I was getting the U.S. Seed packet, just saving on shipping since the seeds that I wanted were not available all from one or even two sellers online.

    The seeds arrived in small clear plastic bags, labeled in English and Chinese characters. I reluctantly germinated the seeds and grew plants, but the resultant plants were not the heirloom or hybrid varieties advertised (with U.S. Brands) but rather non-true hybrids of some sort or another. The fruits were weird and sour tasting relative to what they were supposed to have been. A whole season wasted.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  29. @JohnnyWalker123

    Damn right it is steroids and Lord only knows what else.

    Am still advising all conservatives to boycott Amazon. Any true American buying from Amazon is just paying for their own noose.

    On another note, I can’t believe Warren Buffet is still alive.

    • Replies: @Thomm
  30. @Jack D

    That’s so true. By failing to be Jewish, Bezos opens himself up to be criticized as a billionaire without the ability to squirt out a protective cloud of squid ink when his critics get too close. If he were Jewish, we’d have heard about it. The “vile canards” would have been flying by now. No one would be able to question Amazon’s $600 million contract with the CIA* without getting squirted with some “blood libel” skunk oil.

    * The Details About the CIA’s Deal With Amazon

    Announcing the New AWS Secret Region

  31. peterike says:
    @Jack D

    Thank God he’s not Jewish.

    Seriously. Imagine how much more damage he could do.

  32. I haven’t bought a book from Amazon in years, and I haven’t bought anything non-book from them ever. So where is he getting all this money?

    Same with Facebook. I don’t remember ever giving Zuckerberg a penny. Not that I ever used his “services”.

    But then, I never understood where David Bowie, or Bob Dylan, got their money, either. It’s all voodoo.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @njguy73
  33. @JohnnyWalker123

    There are some people who’ve been discussing corporate greed and worker abuses for decades.

    So put Bezos in jail. Same with Gates. And Buffett. And Papa John. And Ben and Jerry.

    No one will ever follow in their footsteps.

  34. @neutral

    Don’t worry about it, libertarians assure me that since it is private wealth there is nothing to be concerned about, ultra rich people only care about their money and would never dream of using it to shape society in the way they want it…

    Actually, isn’t that true of most of the world’s billionaires? They move to Monaco or the Caribbean, pay no taxes, and generally ignore the state back home.

    But, according to the IRS (and Congress before them), Monaco is part of the United States, as are Mars and Ceres and Jupiter. Since the taxman follows you everywhere, you may as well get something for your money.

    And that something is influence.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  35. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    To use a sports analogy, if every single American(and some Canadian) sports franchise would cost on average about $1 billion to purchase, Bezos could purchase every single team in the NBA; NFL; MLB; and NHL and still have about $15 billion left over to live in comfort the rest of his life. “only” $15 billion left over. Let that sink in. All 125-28 teams.

    Actually, he’d do everybody a favor by building each one of them a dedicated stadium. For about the same cost, or less.

    That would get the taxpayers off the hook.

    A cheap place to start would be to rebuild Jarry Park in Montreal– it was converted into a natatorium, I think. A French Fenway would be just the thing to bring baseball back to town.

    • Replies: @njguy73
  36. Marcus says:

    And WaPo has a paywall..

  37. @Jack D


    You got em on that, but only partly, as, how ’bout most of the writers at the Bezos Post?

  38. Network effect tax.

    Network effect tax.

    Network effect tax.

    What I say three times is true.

    Do you want to stop corporate Social Pozness Zombies?
    Do you want to make corporations more responsive to customers?
    Do you want to make corporations more innovative?
    Do you want rich guys to be significantly less dickish about issues immigration?
    Do you want to reduce regulatory capture?

    Network effect tax.

    Network effect tax.

    Network effect tax.

    OK so you don’t know what “network effect tax” really means.

    It means there is a liquidation value assigned to each property right that is registered as protected by government. If you have some family heirlooms hidden away in a vault somewhere or just want to take responsibility for protecting some property right, don’t register it.

    The owner of the property can exchange it for the liquidation value at any time.

    How do you assign the liquidation value?


    The government places a bid in escrow.
    People place bids in escrow and the high bid isn’t taxed, and the Fed controls the money supply to match the total liquidation value of the economy within its monetary regime.

    So, yeah, this is really a net liquidation value tax, but what the damn political economists can’t seem to get through their heads is that it ends up being, in effect, a tax on positive network externalities of civilization — value that cannot be attributed to the creative force of the owner but rather to the value of the property that is due to civilization’s network scaling law.

    And don’t tax activities internally, although tariffs can stay in place.

  39. AndrewR says:

    That was my thought too. Jeff been juicin’…

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  40. AndrewR says:

    I haven’t read enough about Thatcher’s rule to condemn (or praise) her policies, and I do understand that north England went through hard times, but that’s a bad look. I don’t buy into the philosophy that you “shouldn’t speak I’ll of the dead.” One should feel free to be as honest about the dead as one wants, under most circumstances. But celebrating anyone’s death is an awful thing to do, especially (or at least) if that person has been out of power for decades.

  41. Currahee says:

    Libertarian market theory fails totally when it comes to explaining monopoly (that is to say: the phenomenon is not self-correcting and seems an inevitable consequence of the market economy).

    Why is Amazon’ s competition virtually nonexistent.

  42. L Woods says:
    @Dr. X

    I’ve never really found compelling the argument (which I’ve heard many a time from conservative relatives) that unions are categorically bad because they’re corrupt, left-partisan organizations will little actual regard for their members’ interests. We live in a nation-state that is corrupt, dominated by corrosive dogma and has little regard for its citizens’ interests. Should we be anti-nation state?

  43. Lot says:
    @Jack D

    Who are the non-Jews who most get mistaken for Jews?

    Probably Steinbrenner and Murdoch.

    Also Oliver Goldsmith, the Irish writer, if he were alive and came to America.

  44. MarkinLA says:

    Only IF he could sell all that stock at today’s price or find enough stupid banks to lend him that money with the stock being collateral.

    What is his real net worth?

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  45. Lot says:

    As a limited defense on just that issue, Amazon has let me buy USA/Europe/Japan over China/Third World many times in a way that is impossible in a big box retailer. Lots of reviewers are concerned with buying USA too.

    Just one example I’ve been buying on Amazon for years – USA made gym socks:

    Can’t get these at Wal-Mart.

  46. Lot says:

    Bill Maher and Ann Coulter are national treasures.

  47. Clyde says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Johnny Walker is over caffeinated today or popped a pill. Today he’s posted so many you tube videos that no one will watch.

  48. anon[225] • Disclaimer says:

    The headline for this post shows financial illiteracy. What the article is dramatizing is the run up in stock price of Amazon – not money in Bezo’s bank account! Here are some sensible numbers:

    AMZN Gross profit for 2017: US$ 66 Billion
    Operating income: 4 Billion
    Net income 3 Billion

    Bezos owns owns one sixth of AMZN; His net income attributable to AMZN would be about $0.5 Billion. Large, but not $1B per week!

    Amazon, for all its greatness, makes little profit, for its size. E.g. Walmart’s net income is $10 Billion, Even Costco is $2.7 Billion.

    Another secret: Much of the profit is not from merchandising, but its much more successful AWS (Amazon Web Services) that other companies run their websites on!

    • Replies: @Lot
  49. Jack D says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    The Pauline Kael fallacy – she was The New Yorker film critic who couldn’t understand how it was possible for Nixon to be elected since not a single one of her friends voted for him.

  50. Jack D says:

    Could you buy a US made projector even if you wanted one?

  51. @Achmed E. Newman

    His blessed unions were busy bankrolling his own dispossession. He’s got to tell himself something to make it through the day.

  52. @AndrewR

    That transformation doesn’t require juice. Squats and reading Roissy et al were enough for me.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  53. @Achmed E. Newman

    Wondering when we can lose the Ubiquitous Caveat ™ ?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  54. Jack D says:
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    This is a problem with the Amazon listing system – there is a lead listing (often by Amazon) and then other sellers (who may or may not actually be selling the same item) list themselves under it and people will buy the cheapest one under that listing. You need to pay attention to who you are buying from – if not Amazon itself then from some other reputable vendor and not just the cheapest one. And if the item that you receive is not the exact item that was listed, send it back immediately (at the seller’s expense).

    A lot of the stuff that is sold on Amazon (not by Amazon but by 3rd parties) and on ebay is counterfeit. There is a thriving counterfeit business in Asia and they will counterfeit all sorts of items that you wouldn’t even think of counterfeiting, some more convincingly than others. You can’t BELIEVE the stuff that is worthwhile to counterfeit – not just Rolex watches but modest everyday items. I needed a remote control for my stereo and the original was no longer available (a lot of mfrs nowadays don’t support their products for very long – the stereo is only a few years old – a different beef). So I bought one on ebay direct from China that had the correct model # printed right on it. Except when I got it, the font with the mfrs name was clearly different than the original and it didn’t even have the same button layout or functionality as the original. The seller offered a “partial refund” (the Chinese ebay sellers will always do that if you are dissatisfied) and I told him hell no, I wasn’t paying anything for a counterfeit, let alone one that was not really functional.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Sbaker
  55. Jack D says:
    @Tim Howells

    “American Pravada” as they are known in these parts.

    I used to own a Pravada in the ’90s. It was an Oldsmobile and it was indeed American.

  56. Flip says:

    Maybe Elon Musk.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
  57. njguy73 says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Amazon gets a significant portion of it’s revenue from video streaming, and 90 percent of Facebook’s revenue is from advertisers, last I checked.

    Oh, and that “buying Whole Foods” thing helped Amazon a bunch.

  58. njguy73 says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    If Bezos brought back the Expos, got a new SuperSonics team for Seattle and a new Norquides for Quebec, I’d let him do whatever else he wants.

    Yes. I’m a bad citizen. Distract me with sports and I’m happy.

    • Replies: @David
    , @Reg Cæsar
  59. @JohnnyWalker123

    No, no, no. ‘Anti-aging treatment.’ Totally legit. All the rich guys are doing it.

  60. @JohnnyWalker123

    Amazon gets upset if workers are always running to the bathroom or spend more than five minutes in the bathroom. They also want workers to be productive.

    Cry me a river.

  61. AndrewR says:

    I’m not saying no guys could get that big naturally. But I’m certain that not all guys could, and I bet Bezos is one.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  62. @JohnnyWalker123

    Amazon is a sweatshop.

    A sweatshop, that soon won’t have any actual sweat. (Just the pleasant whirring of well oiled robots going about their order filling day … and night … and day … and …)

    • Replies: @Dissident
  63. Dissident says:

    Who are the non-Jews who most get mistaken for Jews?

    From my recollection of when Timothy Geithner was at peak name-recognition, I’d think that he would have had to rank prominently on such a list.

    I once came across a web site that “revealed” what seemed like just about anyone whom the publisher considered a villain as somehow really being a Jew. Among the many such individuals included on the list were Josef Stalin ( Jughashvili, the esteemed scholars-in-question edified us, means “Jew-son” or “son of a Jew” in Georgian…) and Dwight D. Eisenhower (some reference to a high school yearbook photo or something).

  64. phil says:

    You’ll know if Trump is free of the Deep State if there is a serious attempt to use anti-trust laws to break up media concentration.

  65. Olorin says:

    Jeff Bezos, has only been getting richer at a rate of $1 billion per week.

    I hope it comforts his deep psyche on how he abandoned his biological father as punishment for how his biological father abandoned him. Though capitalismo and globalismo alike run on deep and tectonic psychological tensions as an engine of bigger better faster louder more more more and Growth Uber Alles.

    One of the things I always liked about Trump is that he had a good relationship with his dad and seems to have a good one with his kids. Fractured families produce fractured psyches, so my reading about Jeffrey Preston Jorgenson’s family history seemed to fill in at least part of how BezosBot has always struck me as creepy.

    A boy whose mother discarded his biological father knows that she rejected the part of his own genome that makes him different from her. Replacing the biological essence of the father with a father figure–even more different from the son than the mother–who buys him things and gives him material advantages is going to create a tension we don’t even have a name for yet. But we can get a sense of the undersea part of that iceberg by looking at its particular works.

    After all, this is the guy who envisions the world as a hive where he monetarizes billions of people’s turn to global consumerism for momentary comforts and eventually the essentials of life and death.

    (Remember, Bezos’s skunkworks [1492] has contracted with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorganChase on the One Medical Industry Software To Rule Them All project. The goal is future quadrillions in profit and unprecedented power via controlling all medical records on all people at every level…and also delivering them drugs and diagnoses. Apple’s going in this direction as well.)

    Organic, rooted genetic connection between biological units and groups is void. Passe. Supraseded. All the more reason to support and propagandize for open borders and further scramble races. And soon, replaced with AI, the uber-providing-father and uber-consumerist-teat rolled into one.

    The war on whites is a war on biology itself. Many whites are leading it. Apparently they have evidence that they can take humans as they are, their genomic legacies/racial essence, grasp that sorry scheme of things entire, shatter it to bits, and rebuild it nearer to the actuaries’ and quants’ desire.

    Not that there’s evidence that Ted Jorgenson was Bezos’s actual biological dad. Back in the ’60s, 16-year-old girls “in trouble” could say anything about such things and had to be taken at their word absent evidence to the contrary. Jeffrey Preston Jorgenson’s mom couldn’t even sign her own marriage license, being underage at the time the contract was made.

    The Secrets of Bezos (3 parts)

  66. MBlanc46 says:

    He wants to eliminate the humans altogether. Will they be any happier if he succeeds?

  67. 3g4me says:

    As I’ve noted before, here and elsewhere, I loathe Bezos’ politics and monopoly and fear what he can and will do with both. However, Amazon allows me to avoid shopping malls, the library, and any formerly public space that is now infested with diversity – so I continue to utilize it. There are limits to even my determination to live my political beliefs, and being at least somewhat insulated from diversity, at some times and in some places, is my price.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  68. Further news in Trump-era capitalism

    There is a crudely-named anti-Trump lipstick, which is apparently selling like hotcakes. Purchase of same shows true political dedication; Rimmel and Maybelline have much nicer colors:

    • Replies: @snorlax
    , @Karl
  69. MBlanc46 says:

    Unknown. It’s unknown until the wave function collapses (he sells the stock).

  70. @Desiderius

    Sorry, Desiderius, I don’t get this response. BTW, dang-it, I’ve been trying to put superscripts in, but just “sup” tag doesn’t take. Do you just spell it out?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    , @Desiderius
  71. Dissident says:

    A sweatshop, that soon won’t have any actual sweat. (Just the pleasant whirring of well oiled robots going about their order filling day … and night … and day … and …)

    If what we’ve been hearing is accurate, it won’t be much longer before men throughout the land will be working-up a sweat with certain specialty well-oiled robots

  72. eah says:

    Jeff Bezos Is Pocketing $1 Billion Per Week

    Uhh, no he isn’t unless he’s selling stock worth $1b + whatever income tax is due every week.

    His wealth is based on the price of AMZN stock — 2016 was AMZN’s first year where every quarter was profitable (most of AMZN’s profit comes from their cloud business, not from retail) — AMZN currently has a P/E ratio of well over 200 — current average for S&P 500 companies is approx 24.

    What goes up can go down and usually does.

  73. I went to the same high school as Jeff Bezos. (He graduated before I was born, so I don’t have any cute stories.)

  74. Dan Hayes says:


    I believe the jury is still out on Murdoch.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  75. @Flip

    Elon Musk doesn’t have enough of the “culture of critique” about him. He’s rich but he’s not telling everyone else they’re shameful hypocrites who are destroying the world. That’s why Bono seems more Jewish than him.

    • Replies: @Lot
  76. @Reg Cæsar

    True, Reg, and I want to know if America is the only country in the whole world with a government that (tries to) tax its citizens no matter where in the Solar System they are making money. Are there any finance guys here who know? The way out is to renounce citizenship, but if you owe anything still, don’t go making a visit.

    That’s one sick, sick operation that got unleashed by Amendment XVI.

    • Replies: @EdwardM
  77. CJ says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I don’t appreciate much of President Trump’s nonsense, but his talk about cutting the regulations is on the money.

    It isn’t just talk. EPA regulations have already been slashed in a major way, and the effect on employment is already visible. I’m hoping the EEOC is next.

    You are correct that a lot of the damage occurred after Reagan left office. Wal-Mart was still touting Made in the USA products in the early 1990s.

    • Replies: @prusmc
  78. @Cagey Beast

    By examining ancient artifacts with ultra modern technology,they have discovered traces of anti-Semitism that predate Abraham…

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
  79. snorlax says:

    People I was very surprised to learn were NOT Jewish:

    George Steinbrenner
    F. Murray Abraham
    Jamie Dimon
    Elia Kazan*

    *In fairness to me, he deliberately changed his name from Elias Kazantzoglou in order to be mistaken for Jewish.

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @njguy73
  80. CJ says:

    Michael Richards, Michele Bachmann, Seth Meyers, Mike Myers, Jon Corzine, Bruce Springsteen, F. Murray Abraham, Alan Alda, David Letterman, Norman Jewison, Ringo Starr. When they were alive, Hugh Hefner and Elia Kazan.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
    , @Rob McX
  81. Thomm says:
    @The preferred nomenclature is...

    Am still advising all conservatives to boycott Amazon. Any true American buying from Amazon is just paying for their own noose.

    That is stupid. The real place to boycott is Facebook. In theory, Google too, except that is very hard.

  82. David says:

    New what for Quebec? Do you mean les Nordiques de Québec?

    On your comment about never being born in 1973 again, two 90-year-old guys told me this past forth of July that they felt their period of life had been the optimal in history.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  83. njguy73 says:

    One, please pardon my spelling. And two, being born in 1928 made you too young for WW2 and too old for Vietnam, plus your prime earning years would have matched precisely with the Superpower America era.

  84. @njguy73

    If Bezos brought back the Expos, got a new SuperSonics team for Seattle

    No, no, no. Enough of the watermelon-through-the-toilet-seat.

    Bring back America’s first Stanley Cup champions, the Seattle Metropolitans!

  85. @David

    this past forth of July

    Would that be the Firth of Forth of July?

  86. @Thomm

    That is stupid. The real place to boycott is Facebook. In theory, Google too, except that is very hard.

    A boycott is when the customers walk away. When the product does so, that’s called a strike.

  87. herp derp says:

    actually today it has to be rachel maddow. she screams jewish, but isn’t. although, apparently a few generations back she does have a jewish ancestor. so technically she is part jewish after all.

    it’s almost impossible to hide that kind of thing going by appearance and behavior. they’re so telltale. so even part jews are often readily detectable. like cochran and harpending studying other small religious populations. over time amish get more amish. mormons get more mormon. and probably, jewish people got more jewish. the behaviors and reflexive reactions must be innate and VERY strong now.

    for the amish, it’s become a bland, industrious farmer with strong beard genetics. but with her kind, it’s always attack the mainstream normal society with everything you have, plus a vaguely off appearance that hints slightly at some background swarthiness in the genome.

    • Replies: @Karl
    , @Rob McX
  88. @Father O'Hara

    You are correct. Scientists have discovered that a glacier, which left a boulder on Alan Dershowitz’s property during the last ice age, was rabidly anti-Semitic.

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
  89. herp derp says:

    yes we’re fortunate bezos is just some random northern european interested mainly in science and technology endeavors with his money and free time, instead of nation wrecking. but that hasn’t helped us with bill gates, who has now crossed the rubicon into obvious nuttery.

    bill can get every question correct on the old SAT and answer every question on the wechsler, but his ideas about human populations and human potential are sheer nonsense, and no amount of encounters with reality is going to change his mind now. he’s dedicated his life to total exacerbation of the world’s most important graph. chris langan, who unlike bill never accomplished anything with his giant brain, seems to have at least grasped this concept.

    gates recently sponsored this crazy video:

    A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place

    essentially encouraging people to think that a third world population explosion is a net benefit for the planet.

    but the more people = more advancement argument only works for one population. western europeans. and under moderately eugenic conditions, as well. we already have billions of third worlders who produce effectively nothing.

  90. Today he’s posted so many you tube videos that no one will watch.

    Heck, he’s posted so many that I blocked him.

  91. @Thomm

    I boycott all three of them. And what’s stupid about not giving money to the owner of the WaPo blog Mr. Einstein.

  92. Ever notice that Bezos looks a lot like the bad guy in Ant Man?

    At the checkout line in Whole Foods:

    When asked if Alexa/Echo is a potential invasion of privacy:

  93. Lot says:

    The biz press often mentioned Dimon is Greek.

    Kazan and Abraham is news to me!

    F. Murray Abraham is half Assyrian and half Italian, which is a bit like a synthetic Ashkenazi.

    • Replies: @snorlax
    , @Stan Adams
  94. Lot says:
    @Cagey Beast

    “he’s not telling everyone they’re shameful hypocrites who are destroying the world”

    To be fair, the world contains much selfish hypocritical world-destroying behavior.

    My consolation is there is much ruin in a nation.

  95. Lot says:


    Why would someone care if the increase to their net worth is in the form of appreciation of a liquid asset v earnings from assets?

    If anything the appreciation of assets is better since it is taxed much less than business earnings.

    Though Bezos like all super billionaires is not much of a taxpayer.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  96. Karl says:
    @Rosamond Vincy

    75 Rosamond Vincy > Rimmel and Maybelline have much nicer colors

    if you’re managing a brand-name-&-distribution empire, it’s almost guaranteed that you don’t bother making the cosmetics yourself. There’s contract-manufacturing companies that will do it cheaper, better, and faster than you could.

    And if you want to put out a “Rosamund Vincy” line of lipsticks which just happen to have the same exact ingredients and colors as Maybelline has…… they’ll do that too. Just don’t use the word “Maybelline” on the ultimate package or in an advert. Most contract-manufacturing companies will never touch you again, if you break that rule.

    I know an Israeli lady in Los Angeles who will turnkey deliver your own brand-name personalized line of lipsticks for as few as 500 dozen-packs of lipstick.

    i hate to break this news to you, but Maybelline formulations are mostly SUGGESTED to Maybelline, by the contract-manufacturers.

    And the contract-manufacturers aren’t even the beginning of the line. There’s agri-management guys at Cargill who spend 40 hours a week, just doing QA & price-surveillance of the Shea Oil coming out of plantations in Ghana and Cameroun.

    You city kids are funny to listen to.

  97. Karl says:
    @herp derp

    95 herp derp > for the amish, it’s become a bland

    you might believe that, if you’ve never done business with them.

    or played against them in ice hockey

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  98. Seriously, while there is much talk in recent years about how journalistic properties are all going to go out of business real soon now, have you noticed that rich guys who invest in these supposed white elephants haven’t done all that badly for themselves in terms of overall net worth.

    Now, to be fair, the Washington Post isn’t the only business that Jeff Bezos owns. He has financial interests in Amazon, as well as various other ventures.

  99. @Karl

    Good comment. Who does the animal testing for cosmetics? I once spent an afternoon in one of P&G’s animal test labs for shampoos and such. It was about as ‘top secret’ as the R&D at Dow and much tighter than GM, Ford, or even Amway.

  100. tomv says:
    @Jack D

    Thank God, indeed. So we can notice and discuss him here on iSteve without being accused by certain fellow commenters of a bizarre and uncouth pathological obsession.

    Still, that doesn’t keep an anti-obsession campaigner from bringing up the topic.

    Someone should invent the Self Awareness Quotient, which I’m sure will predict a wide range of behaviors (like projection, for one).

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  101. MarkinLA says:

    The point is that the earnings are real and the asset appreciation could just be a fleeting illusion, like all those Qualcomm Quillionaires in the dot com boom and bust.

  102. snorlax says:

    The biz press often mentioned Dimon is Greek.

    Yeah, but that’s not mutually exclusive. I figured he was because you know, Neil Diamond, Jared Diamond, the Dimona nuclear reactor, plutocrat banker, and he’s about the most E. European-looking Greek you ever saw.

    Nobody mentioned so far has been news to me although I’ll amend my list to add Michael Richards and Paul Volcker.

  103. @Karl

    Can they use the same color names? Can I call my pinkish-beige “Romantic Rose” as long as I don’t mention Maybelline?

  104. @Jim Don Bob

    strike (strikethrough, one of my favs), of course the bold, italics and blockquote (haven’t used the MORE one). I tried to use centering, but it showed in PREVIEW mode, but not on the normal page view. Link tags work, and to me, that’s the most important.

    If this is not in color, then the font tag doesn’t work. I see it OK right at this moment in preview mode.

    Aaah, too bad, color and size attributes worked in PREVIEW mode, but not once I mashed SUBMIT

  105. @Lot

    Yeah, Abraham is a surprise. Very interesting, given that he has played many explicitly Jewish characters:

    (The filmmakers turned the most sympathetic Jewish character in the novel, Judge Kovitsky, into a Magic Negro played by Morgan Freeman.)

  106. Anonymous[333] • Disclaimer says:

    Just sixteen posts into this comment thread and I believe 25 videos have been posted.


  107. Anonymous[333] • Disclaimer says:
    @Cagey Beast

    They’ll turn right around when they find out how high the prices are.

  108. Anonymous[333] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    I bet he wishes to G*d he were, though.

    As things stand he’s a big fat target for everyone.

  109. Anonymous[333] • Disclaimer says:

    What’s wrong with eBay? It offers more accountability for one thing.

  110. Yngvar says:

    Bezos held a talk about his Blue Origin rocket program a few months back and told the audience the project cost was around a billion dollars a year. He joked, “so you know that there is no problems with the financing!”
    The guy is a genius, never allowing Amazon to turn a profit, but always plowing the revenue into expansion, into new investments.

  111. BenKenobi says:

    We started with Godwin’s Law.

    I’ve seen a local contrarian here use the phrase “Niwdog’s Law”: the longer an Unz thread goes on the chance that the Jews are brought up reaches 1.

    Now you point out a phenomenon that I am going to title “Windog’s Law”: the longer an Unz thread doesn’t mention the Jews the chance someone will point out that the Jews haven’t been mentioned reaches 1.

  112. @Achmed E. Newman

    There aren’t many caveats in your comment. When you find it, reflect on how ubiquitous it is and why that is.

    Imagine a world where it isn’t (anymore). It’s easy if you try.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  113. @AndrewR

    He’s not that big. He’s just hard(er).

  114. rob says:

    I wonder about Amazon’s model going forward. America is getting lower trust and more criminally-inclined. I know reported crime is decreasing, but we have a huge criminal underclass socially and geographically isolated from easy marks, and a huge prison population that will be released as soon as Kemela is elected. Sending anything through the mail is iffy outside the first world. Porch pirates were a big thing last Christmas. Shipping stuff to sit on people’s porches seems like it’s facing a less amenable society.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  115. Speaking of – Forbes has Kylie Jenner front page as self-made billionaire and the web goes crazy with ‘she’s not self-made’. Unlike all those other self-made women billionaires who made it on their own without any help.

    Can’t think of one, can you? Maybe I’m missing something but rich women always ride on someone’s back as far as I’ve seen.

    Jenner is as talented at making and keeping wealth as any of them, seems to me. So far anyway. How much talent did young Mick Jagger have when he was already an international star in the 1960s? Couldn’t sing, couldn’t dance, just heaps of attitude (and an Economics degree).

    • Replies: @snorlax
  116. Rob McX says:

    Also Steven Wright the comedian (Scottish and Italian ancestry).

  117. Rob McX says:
    @herp derp

    actually today it has to be rachel maddow. she screams jewish, but isn’t.

    She’s one quarter cent Jewish.

    • Replies: @peterike
    , @Rob McX
  118. Anonymous[221] • Disclaimer says:

    Crime has been increasing since 2015 in most of America’s major cities, if not nationwide. It had been decreasing for twenty years before that.

  119. njguy73 says:

    George Steinbrenner

    No Jew would have traded Willie McGee for Bob Sykes.

  120. @Desiderius

    Aha! (I think). Do you mean qualifications regarding Pres. Trump, or voting for a D (in a primary election)?

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  121. @Karl

    I buy local honey from them. They have a wicked sense of humor about us “English.”

  122. Rob McX says:


    Stormy Daniels arrested in Ohio during strip show.

    The weirdest part of this report is the explanation of the grounds for arrest: “An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act proscribes anyone touching a nude or semi-nude dancer, unless they are related“.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
    , @Not Raul
  123. peterike says:
    @Rob McX

    She’s one quarter percent Jewish.

    Rachel’s father is of half Ashkenazi Jewish (from Ukraine and Lithuania) and half Dutch (Protestant) ancestry.

    Oy. Ukraine and Lithuanian Jewish. That’s extra toxic and probably ups her to 40% at least. Though she acts like a 100% Jew.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  124. Anon[680] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clifford Brown

    Ever seen the same comparison for Elon Musk? Apparently a few billion dollars does wonders for your look.

  125. @Rob McX

    DaIly Mail’s version better: She whacked a female officer across the face with her bare boobs.

    Bet the male officers at that precinct are cursing the captain for not assigning them to this one.

  126. Rob McX says:
    @Rob McX

    Meant to write “one quarter Jewish”!

  127. Not Raul says:

    I also think that Trump and Bezos are in cahoots; but I’m pretty sure that if they really are, they both realize it. Bezos didn’t get rich by being obtuse.

  128. @Achmed E. Newman


    Careful not to fall behind the curve of implication there…

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  129. This is the guy who thinks truck drivers make too much money. I hope he has a run of very bad luck.

  130. @peterike

    How do you explain Lauren Bacall (100%, AFAIK). She and Rachel Mad-dog seem scarcely the same species.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  131. prusmc says: • Website

    Unfortunately, the EPA guy got the deep six. The evironmental extremists were after his scalp from day one. Sad to say he gave them plenty of reasons by his personal extravagence, arrogance and apparent greed. The EEOC will never be touched since PDJT has decided to keep the hag in charge that Obama appointed. There is no chance that just changing management will stop these malicious mischief makers. Starvation by cutting funds is the only answer and agreements to roll over budgets deprive no agencies of money.

  132. snorlax says:
    @truzer snake

    Oprah? And the Mary Kay woman.

  133. athEIst says:

    If he can keep it up(I mean a billion a week)for twenty years he can die the world’s first trillionaire.
    I like that(the he can die part, not the trillionaire part).

  134. Dr. Doom says:

    In this issue of Moola Magazine, we profile Lex Luthor, CEO Tycoon and advocate of destroying Superman as the main cause of male pattern baldness. Starting Luthorcorp after the death of his Father and taking over the business of Luthor Enterprises and renaming it Luthorcorp, he has taken his father’s millions and turned it into a Multinational Global Enterprise called Luthorcorp dedicated to helping mankind, especially women and people who are not very smart, as well as ending male pattern baldness by destroying Superman.
    In an underground bunker with lead lined walls and soundproofed completely we met the man who will Kill the Man of Tomorrow to Own the Future. First you must realize he is not a crook, and the forty or so investigations were probably done by the costumed vigilantes calling themselves absurdly “The Justice League”. He has lobbied constantly to remove the veil that hides these terrorists from all the damage they cause to society while pursuing vigilante justice.

    Moola: “Hello, Mr. Luthor.”

    Lex Luthor:”Yes, Hello. Can we hurry please? I’m a busy man. I’m happy to answer just three questions, but then I have to leave.”

    Moola:”Can we ask why you are in a hurry?”

    Lex Luthor:”Certainly, but that’s a question from the three. I have to go to the bank and deposit about a Billion Dollars I made.”

    Moola:”How long did it take to make that?”

    Lex Luthor:”Just Today. I’m the supergenius that runs it so I naturally get paid much more than the mere peasants that just work at a pedestrian level.”

    Moola:”Do you have anything to say about claims you are paid the lion’s share, while your workers scrounge for a living and eat off the public dole?”

    Lex Luthor:”Certainly. Life’s not fair. I have more skills. Just ask Superman. Can these peasants claim Superman considers them a threat? I am a supergenius. I can do whatever my Billions, connections and deals afford me. Even Superman fears me.”

    Moola:”Can we ask you about Superman and your battles against him?”

    Lex Luthor:”Read the funny papers. You asked the three questions. I’m going to the bank now, and then to my ginormous mansion where I’m having a yacht party with girls in my indoor pool.”

    There you have it. Capitalism isn’t about fairness. If you want the big bucks, you have to be so smart that even Superman is afraid of you. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  135. @Desiderius

    He does spout out some silly stuff, Desiderius, no doubt about it. However, the behind the scenes stuff, the SC judge picks, etc. are all great to hear about. Of course I care more about what’s done than said, but I just wish this guy would motivate the American people to help him do the job. We would be glad to. He can’t do it all by himself.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Desiderius
  136. @Rosamond Vincy

    Look up Maddow’s high school picture. Pretty sure Bacall was a trendy lib too.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  137. @Achmed E. Newman

    Does he?

    If that’s the case, surely you can come up with some examples off the top of your head.

    I can’t.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  138. @Achmed E. Newman

    Agree with the second part, but that’s not why the caveat is ubiquitous. Compare to Clinton supporters, who never feel compelled to offer one, despite far more justification.

  139. EdwardM says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Very few countries tax their citizens’ and corporations’ worldwide income. See, e.g.,

    With FATCA ramping up in recent years, it’s gotten worse.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  140. @Desiderius

    Pretty sure Bacall was a trendy lib too.

    She was pro-Adlai Stephenson, but that’s hardly on a par with some of Maddow’s opinions.

    Look up Maddow’s high school picture.

    OMG. Why? Why??

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  141. @Desiderius

    My first example would be from Day 1, as they say. After he made the comment about Mexican rapists, etc, he then backtracked. OK, I understand totally saying some word to qualify his remarks, such a “No, there are lots of good people, but it’s not worth the bad ones … etc.” with some numbers, but, alas, he isn’t a details guy. Instead it was all: “These are great people. We love ‘em” – I’m paraphrasing, but my point is he just shoots off words that might be fine at an all-hands corporate meeting – just making everybody feel good.

    It does not make me feel good when Trump goes back and forth about DACA, other amnesties, the non-existent wall, etc. He will say things that nobody before had the honesty or courage (maybe both) to say before, such at the talk about Europe in a subsequent iSteve post. Then, he’ll come back with not just a qualification of some sort (not always necessary), but something almost the opposite. Let’s hope we don’t hear: “Oh, yeah I said that, but we LUV LUV LUV our Moslems!”

    That’s all I meant, Desiderius, but no, I don’t have to qualify praise of Trump. I did that time, as I was writing about things he’s said, not done. It’s the doing, per CJ’s reply to me, that I appreciate more than the back-and-forth talking and tweeting.

    I hope that helps. I don’t need another Jack Hanson telling me that because I don’t like some things about the guy, I am a supporter of the Hildabeast and the Globalists. Jack, I! DON’T! GET! THAT! [/bizarro-Tucker-Carlson]

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  142. @EdwardM

    Thanks for the link, Ed. It sound like my answer is ONLY AMERICA (as far as worldwide taxation). FATCA is making it harder for people to live as expatriates. I wonder what Fred Reed thinks of it. Were I him, I’d move most of my money out of the US dollar anyway – no, not necesarily all Pesos, but possibly some real money.

  143. @Rosamond Vincy

    Just do it.

    What happened to that girl is a tragedy.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  144. @Achmed E. Newman

    That’s not what I mean. Ubiquity implies impersonal, so don’t take it personally.

    Just noticing the caveats, and speculating that they may soon become superfluous.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  145. @Cagey Beast

    Glaciers, of course,are blindingly…white.

  146. Sbaker says:
    @Jack D

    Jack I’ve been ripped by Amazon too. Whether it is 3rd turd party or not, Amazon is partially liable despite their disclaimer, for harboring what they know full well is counterfeit. I bought a DVD of an older movie that would not play on an American DVD player platform. It required a European DVD format/platform. I attempted a return but the restocking fee and shipping exceeded the value of the DVD. I was offered a good deal on a European format/platform player as a sign of further goodwill. Since then, I have not ordered anything connected to Amazon. I won’t comment on how Amazon made their fortune by screwing states out of sales tax collections.

  147. @Desiderius

    Fair enough, Desiderius. Sometimes bringing up a caveat is sort of a way to put lefties at ease, such as when I admitted (it’s true) that “yeah, Trump is kind of a playboy, etc.” to some guys, as related here about a week after the ’16 election. I said, “but still, at least he’s not a lyin’ sack-o-shit.” or something to that effect. “What has she ever lied about?” was the hilarious answer.

    I hope it does become superfluous.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  148. @Desiderius

    Already did–I meant why, why, would she do that to herself? This makes no sense to me.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  149. @Rosamond Vincy

    She was 18 years old. It was done to her.

    The original point being that she may not have been so different from Bacall as one would think.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  150. @Achmed E. Newman

    Lefties don’t want to be at ease. It’s why they’re lefties.

    The caveat is about relative power and so they correctly take them as a sign of weakness. Of course once good faith has been established, caveats are common courtesy, but the hermeneutic of suspicion is explicitly about disavowing good faith.

  151. @Desiderius

    Most of us don’t look the way we did as teens (which isn’t always a bad thing), and not everybody wants to maintain that bleach job. But cutting her hair so short, not wearing the kind of makeup she could…. it’s not like she has to do glossy lipstick and ten coats of mascara like a Fox bimbo; she could do the suburban soccer mom makeup and look both respectable and attractive.

    I thought the whole “not being taken seriously if you look too pretty” thing was a 2nd-wave feminism stipulation.

  152. Anonymous[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dan Hayes

    The evident stupidity of the Murdoch children has settled this question once and for all.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes

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