7 Alternatives to Gmail you should really consider

The love affair with Google’s Gmail is slowing simmering for many Americans. People have become disenchanted with 24/7 surveillance from a company who once fed us the motto “Don’t be evil,’ and that is just the beginning of a long list of reasons to dump Google products. The demonetization of many dangerous personalities like Mark DiceRon Paul, as well as Diamond and Silk has also left a sour taste in our mouths.

Since its inception, Google has never been a friend. Their lineage includes funding from the CIA’s investment arm In-Q-Tel, who has quietly been pumping millions (or possibly billions) of dollars into Silicon Valley startups over the years.

Google recently decided to flex their authoritarian muscles by banning the ENTIRE Natural News website from their search engine for almost a week in late February 2017. The ban was a stark reminder of the how powerful the Google regime is. Luckily Natural News is big enough to push back against Goliath. Smaller sites won’t be so lucky and will disappear from the internet without a trace.

Since we can’t count on the Government to regulate Google and label it a public utility, which wouldn’t work anyway because the Government is 100% incompetent and utterly worthless, we need to vote with our actions and stop using Google platforms, especially Gmail. As of August 2017, an estimated 1.2 billion people have Gmail accounts, which roughly translates into a 20% share of the global market. This powerful reminder just goes to show you how much personal information to which Google has access. Just image how many emails you receive from your bank, credit card company, IRS, doctor, dentist, spouse, family, teachers, schools, etc…Scary isn’t it.

The bright side is that there are plenty of choices out there that aren’t interested in your personal data. I know it sounds too good to be true, but we have options.

Below is a list of email providers, in no particular order, that value your privacy. Please note I have no financial relationship with any of these companies and will not receive ANYTHING if you decide to use their service. As with anything exercise due diligence when choosing a company. These listed below are some I thought of as the best:

Protonmail is based in Switzerland and offers 500MB of free storage. They accept Bitcoin and offer built in encryption. Protonmail is at the forefront of privacy conscious email providers.

Disroot is a relatively new company based in the Netherlands. They offer 4GB of free storage, accept Bitcoin and offer built in encryption. Disroot is definitely a company worth checking out. They have a great platform with a tremendous amount of options.

Tutanota is based out of Germany. They offer 1GB of free storage. They don’t accept Bitcoin, but they do offer a smartphone app for Apple and Android and offer built in encryption.

Mailfence is based out of Belgium. They offer 200MB of free storage, accept Bitcoin and offer built in encryption. They also have some great calendar and document add ons and make donations to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Mailbox is another excellent service based out of Germany. They do charge a nominal fee for their service and offer a 30 free trial. They offer 2GB of storage, accept Bitcoin and offer built in encryption. They also have a lot of great add-ons like their cloud office.

Posteo is based out of Germany and has been around since 2009. They do charge a small fee for their service (1 Euro per month) and offer 2GB of storage. They don’t accept Bitcoin. They offer built in encryption; you can sign up without entering personal details and allow anonymous pay. This is a company worth checking out if you haven’t already.

Runbox is based out of Norway and been around since 1999. They do charge a small fee for their service, but it is absolutely worth it. Unfortunately, they don’t accept Bitcoin or offer built in encryption. They do offer 2-factor authentication, and your privacy is protected under Norway’s strict privacy laws.

Thomas Dishaw is the editor and creator of Govtslaves.com. You can follow Gov’t Slaves on TwitterFacebook and GAB or contact us by email at govtslaves@protonmail.com. 

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Nervous Nike employees await dreaded layoffs

Finally, the days of $200 tennis shoes are over.  According to this Oregon Live report layoffs are on the way at Nike.

Nike Inc. implemented the second phase of its downsizing Wednesday, notifying hundreds of employees they were being let go.

The athletic footwear giant faces an increasingly difficult market environment and announced in June it would lay off about 2 percent of its workforce. That equates to about 1,400 employees.

The first cuts came in June — most of them in the product development and technology side of the company. Many more, from operations, sales support and customer service and other units, got the bad news this week.

Phil Gold worked for the company for 15 years, most of them in IT roles. He was one of hundreds of technology workers laid off in June. He said veteran employees who commanded higher salaries felt the brunt of the layoffs.

“They definitely targeted tenured, experienced employees as a money-saving thing with very little regard for how the work is going to get done,” Gold said. “It wasn’t about performance.”

High anxiety reigned inside the Nike hallways as employees got emails notifying them to report to a conference room on Tuesday or Wednesday. There, human resources officials made the notifications and told them what kind of severance package, if any, they could expect.

One veteran of more than 10 years told The Oregonian/OregonLive he received 25 weeks of severance pay. Like other newly unemployed workers, he didn’t want his name used for fear of losing his severance.

It’s unclear how many of the 1,400 layoffs will be in Oregon. The company employs 74,000 worldwide, including 12,000 at its headquarters and neighboring business parks in Washington County. It’s in the process of a billion-dollar expansion of its headquarters, launched long before it talked of cutbacks.

Desperation? Simon Property Group (the biggest mall owner in America) sues Starbucks over Teavana closures

Simon Property Group

Simon Property Group, the largest owner of malls in the United States has filed a lawsuit against Starbucks according to this USA Today report. The announcement comes on the heels of Starbucks announcement to abruptly close down all 379 Teavana locations.

Simon Property Group has filed a lawsuit in Marion County against the Starbucks Corp. over for its plans to shutter all of the Teavana stores operating in Simon malls nationwide.

In the lawsuit filed Aug. 21, Simon officials argued that their shopping centers rely on each of their tenants fulfilling their lease obligations, including  continuously operating in the space for the entire lease term.

But when Starbucks announced July 27 that it would be closing all 379 of its Teavana stores, including the 78 stores in Simon shopping centers, the company “put its stock price above its contractual obligations, the viability of Simon and its Shopping Centers, other retailers and consumers who count on the Teavana stores.”

The lawsuit also noted that Starbucks made the decision “unilaterally, without prior consent from Simon.”

During the July 27 announcement, Starbucks officials said the Teavana stores will be closed by next spring and the 3,300 employees will be able to apply for jobs in Starbucks stores, where it is expected to create 68,000 new jobs in the next five years.

Simon, the Indianapolis-based shopping mall giant, is now seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction to keep Starbucks from closing the stores early, as well as all appropriate relief as a result of this legal action.

“Starbucks does not contend that Simon breached any lease or that Starbucks cannot remain viable if it continues to honor its promises in its leases for stores in Simon’s Shopping Centers,” the lawsuit states. “Instead, Starbucks simply believes it can make more money if it violates the leases than if it honored the contractual promises and obligations.”

Mall retailer Perfumania has filed for BANKRUPTCY…64 stores to close


More bad news for retail. Perfumania has announced they will be filing for bankruptcy and closing  65 stores according to this Richmond.com report.

Discount designer perfume retailer Perfumania plans to close its store in Williamsburg Premiums Outlets as it trims 65 stores nationwide, part of a Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy petition.

Perfumania Holdings Inc. filed the bankruptcy petition Saturday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

The company, based in Bellport, N.Y., has a total of 230 stores, including two in Virginia. In addition to the store in Williamsburg, the company operates a store in Potomac Mills in Prince William County in Northern Virginia. The Potomac Mills store will remain open.

“This process will allow us to more quickly adapt to the shift in consumer shopping habits by focusing more of our resources on implementing our e-commerce strategy, making Perfumania a stronger and more competitive company,” said Michael Katz, Perfumania president and CEO.

P/C Phillip Pessar

Using Airbnb now considered ‘terrorist’ by NYC Hotel Association

Anyone who dares to roam off the plantation will be gently nudged back to safety using fears of terrorism according to this Tech Crunch report.

The hotel industry is in decline thanks to companies like Airbnb. Unfortunately, the campaign to stop you from using anything but overpriced hotels has reached a new low….Terrorism.

The war between Airbnb and the hotel industry rages on, and it’s reaching new lows here in New York.

A campaign, backed by the Hotel Association of New York City Inc. and the union that represents hotel workers, launched a 10-day, 30-second ad that links Airbnb’s short-term rentals to public security threats.

The ad sets the stage for fear-mongering, stating that NYC remains the number one target of terror in the world, citing the NYPD police commissioner, and reminding viewers that there are 40,000 Airbnb listings in NYC.

The ad even goes so far as to say that Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was staying in a short-term rental apartment when he staged and executed the attack, being sent massive packages.

Airbnb has said that Abedi’s unit was not an Airbnb listing, and has rightly called the ad “an outrageous scare tactic.”

RELATED: Stop buying toxic products from Amazon and Walmart…

“The fact is Airbnb had nothing to do with the tragic events in Manchester and we are one of the only hospitality companies that runs background checks on all U.S. residents, both hosts and guests,” Airbnb Press Secretary Peter Schottenfels told the NY Daily News. “Hotel CEOs have a responsibility to tell us why they don’t do the same and why they continue to fund this sort of despicable, cynical advertising.”