Down on Bullshit Avenue

International Symbol of Deaf and Near-Deaf

International Symbol of Deaf and Near-Deaf

A second great depression upon us all and all the U.S. media gives the world is BS.

The reasons behind the recent worldwide economic crisis are the same things that are killing franchising: inappropriate regulatory structure.

Industries require rules and enforcement to make sure the pirates don’t take over the ship from the ethical operators. Chesterton said that there are two ways to succeed: doing good work or cheating.

Absent any meaningful oversight and considering human nature, Guess which one always trumps the other?

  • Every time…under all conditions…The lesson learned from World Depression I.


Long Play: I would direct your attention to a very good article called Turning a Blind Eye: Wall Street Financing of Predatory Lending by Kathleen C. Engel and Patricia A. McCoy. It is 65 pages of the most comprehensive and accurate explanation of what happens when you let the 2 year olds loose in the candy store. Free download. [What’s not to love about]

Short Play: Listen and follow along with George Harrison‘s 2002 posthumously released album.

Our gullibility and laziness are used as the yeast that leavens frauds of many colours. Don’t look to the baker; if he doesn’t do it, someone else will assuredly know the recipe.

Maybe thinking for ourselves and questioning the glib sound bites is a way around and through this sewage?

Brainwashed, George Harrison

Brainwashed in our childhood
Brainwashed by the school
Brainwashed by our teachers
and brainwashed by their rules

Brainwashed by our leaders
By our Kings and Queens
Brainwashed in the open and brainwashed
behind the scenes

God God God
A voice cried in the wilderness
God God God
it was on the longest night
God God God
An eternity of darkness
God God God
Someone turned out the spiritual light

Brainwashed by the Nikkei
Brainwashed by Dow Jones
Brainwashed by the FTSE
Nasdaq and secure loans
Brainwashed us from Brussels
Brainwashing us in Bonn
Brainwashing us in Washington
Westminster in London

God God God
You are the wisdom that we seek
God God God
The lover that we miss
God God God
Your nature is eternity
God God God
You are Existence, Knowledge, Bliss

The soul does not love, it is love itself
It does not exist, It is existence itself
It does not know, It is knowledge itself
“How to Know God” Page 130

They brainwashed my great uncle
Brainwashed my cousin Bob
They even got my grandma when she was
working for the mob
Brainwash you while you’re sleeping
While you’re in a traffic jam
Brainwash you while you’re weeping
While still a baby in your pram
Brainwashed by the Military
Brainwashed under duress
Brainwashed by the media
You’re brainwashed by the press
Brainwashed by computer
Brainwashed by mobile phones
Brainwashed by the satellite
Brainwashed to the bone

God God God
Won’t you lead us through this mess
God God God
From the places of concrete
God God God
Nothing’s worse than ignorance
God God God
I just won’t accept defeat

God God God
Must be something I forgot
God God God
Down on Bullshit Avenue
God God God
If we can only stop the rot
God God God
Wish that you’d brainwash us too

Namah Parvati Pataye Hare Hare Mahadev
Namah Parvati Pataye Hare Hare
Namah Parvati Pataye Hare Hare

Shiva Shiva Shankara Mahadeva
Hare Hare Hare Hare Mahadeva
Shiva Shiva Shankara Mahadeva
Shiva Shiva Shankara Mahadeva

Namah Parvati Pataye Hare Hare
Namah Parvati Pataye Hare Hare
Shiva Shiva Shankara Mahadeva
Shiva Shiva Shankara Mahadeva

3 Responses to Down on Bullshit Avenue

  1. Carol Cross says:

    Here in the United States, I would call it not only “inappropriate regulatory structure” but DISHONEST regulatory structure, especially the FTC Rule that governs the sale of franchises to the naive public.

    When you read the books about the meltdown, you can see that “stealing by deceit” is legalized and that our elected officials are educated to make and to change the laws that enabled this great feast of lust and greed these past 30 years or more.

    Doesn’t look hopeful! So little attention paid to the recently released reports of the experts who investigated the cause(s) of the meltdown. Looks like more of the same will produce more of the same!


  2. Ray Borradale says:

    Regulatory Capture is bipartisan in its support of all major political parties around the world. It is the power to turn a corner or not turn a corner. Peasant curriculums cover ‘this is how it works’, not ‘this is how it should work but it doesn’t’. If the GFC wasn’t a wakeup call I’m not sure what it would take.


  3. Carol Cross says:

    Sure! The average citizen thinks franchising is “great” and has no understanding of the exploitive nature of the business model. The IFA says that the average Congress person doesn’t know the difference between a franchisor and a franchisee. They too! — our elected representatives, just like prospective and innocent buyers of franchises, think that franchisors can’t succeed if the franchisees don’t succeed. They don’t understand or want to look at “managed churning” and the underlying truth of how risky franchising is for franchisees whose assets (small businesses) can only be used in the service of the brand franchisor.

    This business model, called franchising, becomes deadly for franchisees when the risk in terms of UNIT performance doesn’t have to be disclosed to new buyers. Prospective franchisees innocently and unknowingly invest in pigs and dogs that are eligible for government loans. Compounded churning becomes invisible and the growing visibility of franchises suggests that franchises are good investments.

    It just really ticks me off that my government in the Land of the Free and the Brave lied about the SUBSIDY that they have given to the franchisors and the other special interests who profit from dishonest and inappropriate disclosure of the risk of buying a franchise.

    Just easier and more profitable for the three branches of government to do nothing about FLAWED regulation and let the victims, whose voices can be silenced, fade away into obscurity!


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