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We have a winner!

The writers of FOTM voted for what each considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; a #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of the 233rd FOTM Caption Contest, with four #2 votes, totaling 8 points, is . . .

Cornell!

Here is the winning caption:

We’re not just computer nerds anymore, we’re revolutionaries now, Micronistas!

andre, boydownthelane, bry, Gunny T, Jackie Puppet and Reaper are in 2nd place, each with one #1 vote and 4 points. Here are their captions:

andre: “Lucifer pitching the “deal” to the Antichrist to rule the world.”

boydownthelane: “Do you like your conservatives fried, baked or roasted?”

bry: “Tim Cook: ‘My final offer…I’ll give you 6 programmers for the latest NSA backdoor passwords.'”

Gunny T: “Pichaii – I want Asia, China, and the Pacific Islands.
Cook – I want North and South America
Both – We can give Europe and Africa to @Jack
All – HAHAHAHAHAHAHA”

Jackie Puppet: “Here’s to getting rid of Trump once and for all!!”

Reaper: “‘What are we going to do today, Brain?’ ‘What we do everyday, Pinky, plot to take over the world!’”

Auntie Lulu and DFJ150 are in 3rd place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points:

Auntie Lulu: “The sheeple are so stupid, they will not realize what we have done until it is too late.”

DFJ150: “Explain to me again how we get the horse’s head into Trumps’ bed.”

WELL DONE, EVERYONE!

Cornell!!!

For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here later today for our next, very exciting Caption Contest! 😀

~Eowyn

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The High-Tech Conspirators Caption Contest

This caption contest is now closed.

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This is the 233rd world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

About the pic, see “Google and Apple conspire in secret pact to control the Internet“.

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in two weeks, at the end of Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Pichai to Cook: “And if anyone accuses Google and Apple of conspiring to control the Internet, we’ll sic our media lapdogs on them with the label tinfoil hat-wearing ‘conspiracy theorists’.”

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

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Google and Apple conspire in secret pact to control the Internet

Google is a behemoth, controlling as much as 92% of internet web searches worldwide.

Finally, on October 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 11 states filed a lawsuit against Google for violating anti-trust laws — the U.S. government’s biggest antitrust case in two decades.

It is noteworthy that all 11 states are red states in the 2016 presidential election: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas. The other states must not care about Google being a monopoly that stifles and impedes competition. 

The DOJ’s press release of October 20, 2020 says:

As one of the wealthiest companies on the planet with a market value of $1 trillion, Google is the monopoly gatekeeper to the internet for billions of users and countless advertisers worldwide. For years, Google has accounted for almost 90 percent of all search queries in the United States and has used anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in search and search advertising.

As alleged in the Complaint, Google has entered into a series of exclusionary agreements that collectively lock up the primary avenues through which users access search engines, and thus the internet, by requiring that Google be set as the preset default general search engine on billions of mobile devices and computers worldwide and, in many cases, prohibiting preinstallation of a competitor….

The Complaint alleges that Google’s anticompetitive practices have had harmful effects on competition and consumers. Google has foreclosed any meaningful search competitor from gaining vital distribution and scale, eliminating competition for a majority of search queries in the United States. By restricting competition in search, Google’s conduct has harmed consumers by reducing the quality of search (including on dimensions such as privacy, data protection, and use of consumer data), lessening choice in search, and impeding innovation. By suppressing competition in advertising, Google has the power to charge advertisers more than it could in a competitive market and to reduce the quality of the services it provides them. Through filing the lawsuit, the Department seeks to stop Google’s anticompetitive conduct and restore competition for American consumers, advertisers, and all companies now reliant on the internet economy.

In particular, the DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit targets a secret deal between Google and Apple, worth billions of dollars to both companies, by making Google the primary search engine on Apple’s devices.

According to the New York Times, the secret pact was first inked 15 years ago and has rarely been discussed by either company. 3½ years ago, Google and Apple renegotiated and renewed the secret deal, symbolized by the chief executives of the two companies, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Apple’s Tim Cook, having dinner together at an upscale Vietnamese restaurant, Tamarine, in Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA.

From the NYT:

Nearly half of Google’s search traffic now comes from Apple devices, according to the Justice Department….

Apple now receives an estimated $8 billion to $12 billion in annual payments — up from $1 billion a year in 2014 — in exchange for building Google’s search engine into its products. It is probably the single biggest payment that Google makes to anyone and accounts for 14 to 21 percent of Apple’s annual profits….

[A] senior Apple employee wrote to a Google counterpart that “our vision is that we work as if we are one company,” according to the Justice Department’s complaint.

A forced breakup could mean the loss of easy money to Apple. But it would be a more significant threat to Google, which would have no obvious way to replace the lost traffic….

The deal is not limited to searches in Apple’s Safari browser; it extends to virtually all searches done on Apple devices, including with Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, and on Google’s iPhone app and Chrome browser.

A lucrative “secret pact”.

If the deal between Google and Apple were legitimate, there would be no need for secrecy.

The dictionary defines conspiracy as a “plot”; “an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons.

But we are told there are no conspiracies, and that those who think there are conspiracies are tinfoil hat-wearing “conspiracy theorists”….

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~Eowyn

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Obama dines with President Trump-basher De Niro and Chicom-lover Tim Cook

The Daily Mail reports that former President Obama had dinner with TDS-infected actor Robert De Niro and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

From their story:

Former US president Barack Obama met acting legend and vociferous Donald Trump critic Robert De Niro and Apple CEO Tim Cook for dinner in New York on Monday evening. The trio spent several hours eating together at Yves Restaurant in Tribeca.

Left-leaning De Niro campaigned for Obama as president in 2008 and has consistently expressed his support for the former leader.

He has previously stated that Donald Trump ‘should not be president, period’. De Niro infamously gave a speech at the 2018 Tony Awards during which he declared: ‘I’m gonna say one thing. F*** Trump.’

Read the whole puff piece here.

Gee, wonder if Obama and De Niro discussed the lawsuit De Niro is facing in which a female employee charges De Niro with creepy and abusive behavior. The abusive behavior includes leaving her voicemails threatening “you’re f—ing history” and calling her a “bitch” and a “brat.”

And I wonder if Obama and Chicom-lover Tim Cook discussed Cook’s appointment as chairman of the advisory board for Tsinghua University’s economics school in Beijing. This is the same Cook who has come under fire over Apple’s decision to remove an app that let Hong Kong protesters track police movements in the territory, kowtowing to Chinese censors.

Or maybe Obama and Cook discussed the Muslim prisoners in China’s concentration camps who are reportedly subjected to gang rape and medical experiments?

Great dining companions there, Obama. Really impressive.

DCG

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The new face of fascism: 181 CEOs say profits & shareholders no longer their main concerns

In America today, privately-owned businesses are no longer motivated by profit and service. Instead, businesses have become “woke capitalism” — an arm of the Democrat Party by discriminating against conservatives and promoting the Left’s agenda — of abortion, climate change, gun control, illegal “immigration”, LGBTs, etc.

See, for example:

On August 19, 2019, Business Roundtable — a group of 181 chief executive officers (CEOs) from major U.S. corporations — formalized this de facto trend by issuing a statement redefining the “purpose of a corporation”. The signatories include:

  • Mary Barra, 57, chair/CEO of General Motors.
  • Jeff Bezos, 55, founder/president/CEO of Amazon.com; owner of Washington Post.
  • Tim Cook, 58, openly “gay” CEO of Apple Inc.
  • Jamie Dimon, 63, chairman/CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and chairman of Business Roundtable.
  • Brian Moynihan, 59, chairman/CEO of Bank of America.
  • Dennis A. Muilenburg, 55, president/chairman/CEO of Boeing.

CNBC‘s Maggie Fitzgerald reports that gone is the age-old notion that corporations function first and formest to serve their shareholders and maximize profits. Rather, “investing in employees, delivering value to customers, dealing ethically with suppliers and supporting outside communities are now at the forefront of American business goals.”

Business Roundtable chairman Jamie Dimon piously said in a press release: “The American dream is alive, but fraying. Major employers are investing in their workers and communities because they know it is the only way to be successful over the long term. These modernized principles reflect the business community’s unwavering commitment to continue to push for an economy that serves all Americans.”

Here is Business Roundtable’s Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation:

Americans deserve an economy that allows each person to succeed through hard work and creativity and to lead a life of meaning and dignity. We believe the free-market system is the best means of generating good jobs, a strong and sustainable economy, innovation, a healthy environment and economic opportunity for all.

Businesses play a vital role in the economy by creating jobs, fostering innovation and providing essential goods and services. Businesses make and sell consumer products; manufacture equipment and vehicles; support the national defense; grow and produce food; provide health care; generate and deliver energy; and offer financial, communications and other services that underpin economic growth.

While each of our individual companies serves its own corporate purpose, we share a fundamental commitment to all of our stakeholders. We commit to:

  • Delivering value to our customers. We will further the tradition of American companies leading the way in meeting or exceeding customer expectations.
  • Investing in our employees. This starts with compensating them fairly and providing important benefits. It also includes supporting them through training and education that help develop new skills for a rapidly changing world. We foster diversity and inclusion, dignity and respect.
  • Dealing fairly and ethically with our suppliers. We are dedicated to serving as good partners to the other companies, large and small, that help us meet our missions.
  • Supporting the communities in which we work. We respect the people in our communities and protect the environment by embracing sustainable practices across our businesses.
  • Generating long-term value for shareholders, who provide the capital that allows companies to invest, grow and innovate. We are committed to transparency and effective engagement with shareholders.

Each of our stakeholders is essential. We commit to deliver value to all of them, for the future success of our companies, our communities and our country.

As we have seen in the policies and practices of Chase Bank, Bank of America, and countless others, the new objectives that now drive these corporations — those of “investing in employees” and “supporting outside communities” — mean, in practice, support for the Left’s agenda, as well as discriminatory policies against conservatives and Christians.

~Eowyn

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