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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Compared to Monsanto's Abusive and Destructive Cartel

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Compared to Monsanto's Abusive and Destructive Cartel
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:38:54 +0000
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Rapid Rise in Seed Prices Draws U.S. Scrutiny

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| The price increases have not only irritated 
| many farmers, they have caught the attention 
| of the Obama administration. The Justice 
| Department began an antitrust investigation 
| of the seed industry last year, with an 
| apparent focus on Monsanto, which controls 
| much of the market for the expensive 
| bioengineered traits that make crops 
| resistant to insect pests and herbicides.


The New Paradigm of Advantage


The Future of Advantage: Sharing and Serving

,----[ Quote ]
| But the ones he chooses in contrast are 
| pretty significant:
|     And the past:
|     Extractive. Over two decades, Microsoft 
|     has honed its extractive edge, coming up 
|     with cleverer and cleverer ways to 
|     extract profits from customers and 
|     suppliers. But Microsoft's just a flea 
|     on Wall St's elephant â who mastered 
|     extractive advantage by finding ways to, 
|     ultimately, extract trillions from you, 
|     me, and our grandkids. Extractive 
|     advantage asks: how can we transfer 
|     value from stakeholders to us, 10x or 
|     100x better than our rivals?
|     Protective. Think Microsoft's the master 
|     of 20th century advantage? Think again. 
|     Monsanto's Round-up Ready strategy 
|     protects genetically modified crops with 
|     proprietary herbicide that crops need to 
|     flourish. The result? A protective 
|     advantage: Monsanto's made sure that 
|     farmers are locked in to Monsanto as 
|     tightly as possible. Protective 
|     advantage asks: are buyers and suppliers 
|     locked in to dealing with us, 10x or 
|     100x more tightly than to rivals?
| Hmm, Microsoft and Monsanto, what a 
| combination - and interestingly, it's the 
| latter that is singled out as clearly the 
| worse of the two (which is why I am writing 
| increasingly about the company and its 
| activities.)



Gates Official Comes Under Investigation by Senate Committee

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| The head of global health for the Bill &
| Melinda Gates Foundation is under scrutiny
| by members of Congress for his previous job
| at one of the world's largest
| pharmaceutical companies.
| The Senate Finance Committee is
| investigating whether the drug company
| GlaxoSmithKline knew of possible health
| risks associated with the diabetes medicine
| Avandia. The committee's senior members,
| Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, and
| Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa,
| released a report over the weekend that
| says that the company intimidated outside
| researchers from studying the drug.
| [...]
| Only a small portion of the 334-page report
| focuses on Dr. Yamada. But it says he made
| phone calls to officials at the University
| of North Carolina and the University of
| Pennsylvania to shut down studies of
| possible negative side effects of Avandia.
| At the University of Pennsylvania, two
| researchers said that phone calls by Dr.
| Yamada and other drug company executives
| "were highly unprofessional and had a
| chilling effect on their professional
| activities."

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