Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jan 2017 13:43 UTC
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Alphabet Inc.'s Google delivered a sharp message to staff travelling overseas who may be impacted by a new executive order on immigration from President Donald Trump: Get back to the U.S. now.

Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai slammed Trump's move in a note to employees Friday, telling them that more than 100 company staff are affected by the order.

The Trump regime's measures also impact the visa program for, among other long-time US allies, The Netherlands. Did anyone tell the Trump regime that it's a very bad idea to make it harder for your third largest investor to, uh, actually invest? Are these men really that dumb?

Interesting to note, though, that Google had to be actually impacted by the Trump regime before it spoke up (only in an internal memo, but still). Meanwhile, Elon Musk is kissing the ground Trump walks on, and Tim Cook, CEO of the most arrogantly and smugly (supposedly) liberal tech company is meeting with Trump, Trump's daughter (...?) and other Republican leaders. From other tech giants who always touted the liberal horn of equality and progressiveness - a deafening, but quite revealing, silence.

So far, it seems like the tech industry leaders are opting for appeasement instead of resistance to the Trump regime's corruption, conflicts of interest, racism, war on science, and Christian extremism. I would be disappointed if it wasn't so utterly predictable to anyone who wasn't blinded by the fake smiles, hollow promises, and empty praise of equality, science, and progressive ideals.

They still have time to be remembered as people who stood up for those that need it the most. I'm afraid, though, we will remember them as spineless cowards, hiding behind shareholders while the free world crumbles to dust.

I hope it'll be worth it.

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Being Judgemental
by cranfordio on Sun 29th Jan 2017 13:02 UTC
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Meanwhile, Elon Musk is kissing the ground Trump walks on, and Tim Cook, CEO of the most arrogantly and smugly (supposedly) liberal tech company is meeting with Trump, Trump's daughter (...?) and other Republican leaders. From other tech giants who always touted the liberal horn of equality and progressiveness - a deafening, but quite revealing, silence.


I find it interesting you assume that because Tim Cook has decided it was best to sit down and talk with Trump and his "advisors" he must be supporting him. Whether we like it or not Trump is President and one can either choose to try and ignore him and fight him on everything he does, which with a person like Trump would probably just make him dig his heels in even deeper, or you can be respectful of the Office of President and try to speak with him to find a middle ground.

By the way Tim Cook also responded to Trump's immigration order and he doesn't agree with it either. Although I do wish he was a bit harsher in the tone, Tim Cook has never been known as being harsh. http://www.macrumors.com/2017/01/28/tim-cook-on-immigration-order/

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RE: Being Judgemental
by shotsman on Sun 29th Jan 2017 17:47 in reply to "Being Judgemental"
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2005-07-22

Elon Musk is a lot closer to Donald than Tim Cook.
Just my opinion though

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RE[2]: Being Judgemental
by tylerdurden on Mon 30th Jan 2017 01:59 in reply to "RE: Being Judgemental"
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Elon Musk has not choice but to be close to whoever sits in local/state/federal government, since some of his ventures are heavily dependent on subsidies.

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RE: Being Judgemental
by Cutterman on Tue 31st Jan 2017 22:52 in reply to "Being Judgemental"
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2006-04-10

Tim Cook is being naïve if he thinks that Trump will take any notice of him or even absorbed a word he said.

The only reason Trump agreed to meet him is because he is a wealthy corporation CEO, a photo-opportunity and to give the impression he cares. I think that Cook knows this, but felt that it was something he had to do. Same for Musk and all the rest of them.

Trump only listens to the voices in his head.

Tony Schwartz who ghost-wrote "The Art of the Deal" says that he never got to know Trump, see http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/donald-trumps-ghostwri... and now regrets his involvement. Trump promised to donate his royalties to charitable causes - no trace of that! Schwartz has now donated most of his royalties to charities like the National Immigration Law Center. And Trump tried to stiff him for half the huge cost of the extravagant book launch.

You guys have got a real big problem on your hands, but you'll come to understand that it's much bigger than you ever thought or could imagine. Sorry to tell you..

Mac

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