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Elizabeth Warren v Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Founder Zuckerberg To Go To The Mats Against Warren

Politics is a funny thing. Sometimes in response to it people say some funny things. Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has been touting her policies during the campaign for the presidential nomination and some of those policies have been revolving around big tech companies. The basic gist of it is that she wants to take on the big tech companies and curtail what she perceives has near monopoly positions that some of them have such as Facebook and Google. She has been threatening to break up the companies as a anti-trust measure aimed at protecting the consumer.

Obviously the big tech companies are not very happy with the move. It is reminiscent of the fight the Commerce Department had with Microsoft all those years ago when it was thought that the company had a monopoly over the software market and was using it to stifle competition. At the time Bill Gate vigorously defended his company and after losing the first court case against the government came back and won on appeal. This time it is the brash young CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, that is in the firing line and he has come out swinging. His response, interestingly, was to say he would “go to the mats” against Warren. 

What is interesting is the analogy that he uses. Going to the mats is a reference to MMA fighting where two opponents go to the mats and fight until one either “taps out” and is submitted by their opponent or they are knocked out. It is interesting that MMA has become so popular that is has become the new reference in the place of using boxing reference (going toe to toe) or baseball (knock it out of the park). It is testament to how far MMA has come. Probably shows why MMA mats are so popular. Now we don’t know what kind of mats Zuckerberg was referring too. Was it MMA mats, was it foam mats,  or even jigsaw mats he didn’t say.

jigsaw mats

Market Watch EVA Foam Mats

Donald Trump’s recent moves with tariffs and trade barriers have had a remarkable effect on the US dollars value against other currency. This has been accompanied with severely fluctuating equity markets which have been spoked by the prospect of a trade war with China and America’s other trading partners. All of this has had an effect on USD / RMB exchange rate with the Chinese currency climbing against the USD. 

When the USD loses value against the Chinese currency it inevitably leads to a rise in manufactured goods as they become costlier in USD value. Fortunately the USD / AUD exchange rate hasn’t fluctuated so much so that the rise in imported goods from China have not risen so much. The same can be said about EVA foam mats which have also been effected by recent market fluctuations. Although Ezymats have been able to absorb some of the price rises there has been an effect on the price of 40mm EVA foam mats.

There is a likelihood that the recent moves by the Trump administration is just a bargaining plow designed to extract better trade deals for the USA. If that is the case then it is hoped that the currency fluctuations and general market fluctuations will settle down and the effect on EVA foam mat pricing with be limited.