People are spreading rumours that I am an untrustworthy, obsessed and unbalanced person.
Should I write a book or continue to be black-balled?
A dead fish’s reputation washed up on the shores of Australia last week.
Carol Cross is a friend of mine.
She drives me crazy at times with her repetition. But, then again, I irritate people too.
I allow anyone to post on FranchiseFool. Carol tells me she is still banned from contributing at the FranchiseeFishNet.org.
This is unacceptable to me.
Carol cannot even see The Fish on her computer: that’s right, she’s that blocked. This is wrong on so many levels.
It’s not wrong because she’s my friend: It’s evil because she is a person. Plus a citizen of the greatest democracy on earth. A veteran’s wife. A former franchisee invest0r.
This is offensive to anyone that ever believed in the right of free speech, natural justice, military honour, the rule of law, democracy…
If you feel you “have to” block, censor, gag or burn books, you better take another look at your business model.
And, I suggest, the “friends” you have as advisors.
Any industry that can be shown to be fascists by an little old lady isn’t deserving of any investment, let alone respect.
PS: I was stopped for a day (Nov 12, 2009) as a registered contributor to The Fish last week. I’ve put up with 1,001 cheap shot comments for a full 3 years (459 points) now. I have no fishy, behind-the-scenes telephone calls: I never explain or complain or apologize. I had to post as a Guest and was reinstated for a day.
My offense? I wrote and posted a very valid post (I think) about economic fascism (Arguments in the Service of Power (subjective truth)) that was clearly addressed to Ray Borradale in Australia. I intentionally hid the Hitler, Goebbels and Mussolini quotes. I wonder when the post will be deleted? Good thing I captured it beforehand.
If anyone else alive or brain-dead took offence to having their behaviour compared to fascists…well..if the show fits…
Then the fish goes ahead and wears it.
That post and and 16 McLuhan quotes were thrown into the fish’s text ghetto: Ranter’s Soapbox, Way Off Topic Posts. This is where all politically honest objective truth posts are put.
I was reinstated and my posts exist (for now). Some old lady named Carol is still is banned from the fish. I tested the waters, intentionally, one day after Canada’s Remembrance Day. My parents both fought and my Uncle Neil died resisting historical Nazis in WWII. I was not going to be bullied by a Guest troll.
Either way, your comments are welcomed.
Canada has always been the first country that U.S. franchise systems export their concepts.
Congratulations to Franchise-chat.com for catching the product of two press releases this week:
The national group estimates the number of franchise establishments will decline by 1.2 percent this year, or an estimated 10,000 locations…Franchise closings will cost 207,000 jobs this year, the group says.
This report is interesting to those 1st time business investors risking their life savings as a civilian because the IFA both:
The IFA promotes a veterans program called VetFran in America which I wrote about in July. Carol Cross and I share both a similar military/franchising background and a little bit more than ambivalent view of this marketing program.
Little Ceasars while participating in the IFA/VetFran program in the United States, offers a discount from $10,000 to $68,000 for a business that has a startup cost of $50,000 to $150,000 and a total investment of $185,050 to $519,000. Source
The Little Caesars Veterans Program was launched by Little Caesars in the U.S. in 2006 and is making a difference for veterans,” said Richard Greville, general manager and vice president, Little Caesars of Canada, “Little Caesars wants to provide a similar opportunity to Canadian veterans…
The Same with a little Difference: Little Caesars will give a bigger discount if the veteran is “medically released“. Actually, if you qualify, you can get up to a $35,000 discount rather than the $10,000 for able-bodied Canadian soldiers.
The press release states:
Little Caesars has developed relationships with the Transition Assistance Program (T.A.P. part of the Department of National Defense [sic] – Veterans Affairs Canada Centre for the support of injured veterans and their families), Veterans Affairs Canada and Right Management (a job placement partnership contracted by Veterans Canada to help honorably released veterans transitioning to work in civilian life).
Please note the difference in range of discounts (U.S v. CDN) while being silent on both the CDN startup costs and total investments. Little Caesars Canada appears not to be a member of the Canadian Franchise Association, CFA and therefore chooses not to, necessarily,…
“…abide by this Code of Ethics and to further the Associations goals in encouraging and promoting ethical franchising in Canada” [Quote].
Followup: When I called Veterans Affairs Canada at 866-522-2122, they knew nothing of this program but were very helpful. A call to the TAP (800-883-6094) has not been returned just yet.
I will be following this discounting to Canadian military veterans very, very closely.