Once upon a time owning a clock was a status symbol. Only the very wealthy and powerful could afford one. Ordinary people had to rely on the church- or town-clock. Privately owned clocks were only found in the finest places and were displayed in prominent positions for all to admire.
The expensive clock on the mantelshelf is no longer distinguishing. New artifacts have replaced them as status symbols.
The House of Saud under King Salman and his son Clown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have developed a taste for a specific type of these. They can be seen in dozens of official photos of the Salmans meeting foreign and domestic dignitaries. Unlike decent clocks these artifacts are of little use in their actual context.
The various artifacts the Salmans collected are of different designs but are all sourced from the same manufacturer. Their inevitable center place stinks of product placement. We know that the Salmans need money. They nabb, incarcerate and torture the richest people of their country to rob their wealth and assets. The Salmans originally expected to make $800 billionfrom the current raid. They now cut their expectations down to a mere $100 billion. In the end it will less than half of that. It will not be enough to fill the holes in the Saudi budget.
But paid for product placements in official pictures? The few million dollars such product placements bring are like a drop of rain in the Najd. It evaporates before it reaches the ground. Are the Salmans THAT broke?
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An alternative explanation is possible. CISCO products like these telephones are infested withNSA snooping software. It might well be that some crafty U.S. agent convinced the Salmans to put these always-on microphones wherever they meet with someone of interest.
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