God I am soooo sick of franchisee families’ pathetically, neverendingly bleating about injustice.

June 30, 2013

Moral indignation is a technique used to endow the idiot with dignity.

Mcluhan thug

The latest pathetic example is the entirely predictable Lick’s “fiasco”.

Please: give me a break. Like it hasn’t been  happening for 30, 40 years with the full knowledge of the legal, banking and political communities. Take a look at WikiFranchise.org to hear those inconvenient life stories.

Sure when you lose big-time it hurts. but where were the tears for the thousands of others that went before you?

My experience is that the real reason many franchisees are upset about not being on the power end of the relationship. They got stuck with the shit end of the stick before they could stick the next guy.

And this may sound harsh, but they will double-cross anyone that offers help in good faith.

Drop the scales from your eyes and grow up.

I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it. Marshall McLuhan.

We all believe many things that are obviously untrue.

March 25, 2012

The most destructive untruth is how easy it is to make money.

They do not love each other because they do not love themselves.

Kurt Vonnegut 1922 – 2007

Elites take criticism very badly.

November 8, 2011

Today, the term courtesan has become a euphemism to designate an escort or a prostitute, especially one who attracts wealthy clients.

Apart from their self-assurance, the most common characteristics of our elites are cynicism, rhetoric and the worship of both ambition and power. These were also the characteristics of eighteenth-century courtesans. The assumption is that the world-weary-cynicism demonstrates intellectual superiority. In reality it indicates neither intelligence, experience nor accuracy. If anything, it demonstrates mediocrity and an inability to profit from experience. To be world-weary is to be willing to go on repeating old mistakes. p.580

I am invariably struck when dealing with members of our elites by their profound  pessimism. Above all, they are pessimistic about the human character. They consider it unlikely that the average individual will work hard enough or recognize beauty or vote for the best policies or even obey in a suitable manner. They take as a given that this individual cannot or will not understand the complexities of whatever responsibilities fate has thrust upon someone who has expertise and power. p. 582

– from the chapter, The Virtue of Doubt, Voltaire’s Bastards, John Ralston Saul

List of Prostitutes and Courtesans

[O]ur élite is primarily and increasingly managerial. A managerial élite manages. A crisis, unfortunately, requires thought. Thought is not a management function.

 – Reflections of a Siamese Twin


What are you up to lately, Les?

November 2, 2011

Knights and other community stuff.

Doing a book outline.

Harold Brown, franchising activist

April 15, 2011

From the back inside cover:

Mr. Brown chose to write this book rather than a treatise because he felt strongly that what is needed to be said about franchising should not be obscured in scholarly terms. He is an activist with extensive trial experience in Anti-trust, tax, equity, labor, corporate and administrative proceedings, minority stakeholder derivative suits, mortgages, conveyances, wills, and trusts. In this age of specialists, he prefers to be known as a general practitioner.

Harold Brown graduated from Yale in 1936, magna cum laude in economics and three years later received his LL.B. from Harvard with honors in administrative law. In Washington, he served on the National War Labor Board and today is senior partner of Brown and Legihton in Boston. He was principally responsible for the passage of the Massachusetts “long-arm” statute and, as a member of the Civil Procedure Committee of the Boston Bar Association, has been working on a revision of the procedural code to be based on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Mr. Brown participates regularly in legal workshops and is a frequent contributor to professional journals and periodicals.

Brown, Harold, Franchising: Trap for the Trusting, Little, Brown and Company, 1969.

Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.

January 23, 2011

The privileged have regularly invited their own destruction with their greed.

[JKG: tallest, farthest left]

The greater the wealth, the thicker will be the dirt.

The economic system operates effectively only within firm rules of behavior. The first is common honesty – truth must be conveyed as essential information to investors, the public at large and, as already specified, to consumers. In the field of finance, however, it is especially likely that, misconduct being remunerative and damaging, this will not occur. Regulation must, accordingly, prevent false or misleading reporting as to business performance and earnings as to investment prospects. And there are numerous other designs for bilking the minimally informed or mentally innocent. p. 79

The Good Society, John Kenneth Galbraith, 1996

Franchising: Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader, Michael Moore & Daniel Berrigan?

November 9, 2010

Franchising: a processed cheesy example of greater trends.

Franchising: A second-rate Horatio Alger myth. Buy your copy at an independent bookstore.

Room BA1160, 40 St. George Street, Toronto, Canada, 5-7 pm, November 4, 2010

Lecture recorded for TVO’s Big Ideas (click here). Was there, took the picture: Brilliant!! Fill your boots and head with Truthdig.

Am I no a bonny fighter?

August 7, 2010

The world was created by hard-headed Scots. You can look it up.

Bright is the ring of words
When the right man rings them.

You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 – 1894

Lock the gates, Goofy, take my hand And lead me through the World of Self

July 12, 2010

I don’t receive any phone calls from anyone over at Blue MauMau.

I wonder why the fuck not?

Case in point.

Splendid Isolation, Warren Zevon 1947 – 2003

I want to live alone in the desert
I want to be like Georgia O’Keefe
I want to live on the Upper East Side
And never go down in the street

Splendid Isolation
I don’t need no one
Splendid Isolation

Michael Jackson in Disneyland
Don’t have to share it with nobody else
Lock the gates, Goofy, take my hand
And lead me through the World of Self

Splendid Isolation
I don’t need no one
Splendid Isolation

Don’t want to wake up with no one beside me
Don’t want to take up with nobody new
Don’t want nobody coming by without calling first
Don’t want nothing to do with you

I’m putting tinfoil up on the windows
Lying down in the dark to dream
I don’t want to see their faces
I don’t want to hear them scream

Splendid Isolation
I don’t need no one
Splendid Isolation

Splendid Isolation
I don’t need no one
Splendid Isolation

Oh, Alison, my aim is true. My aim is true. My aim is true. My aim is true.

July 11, 2010

Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking when I hear the silly things that you say.

My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant, someone who disrupts the daily drag of life just enough to leave the victim thinking there’s maybe more to it all than the mere hum-drum quality of existence.

— Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus)

Alison, Elvis Costello, 1977

Oh it’s so funny to be seeing you after so long, girl.
And with the way you look I understand
that you were not impressed.
But I heard you let that little friend of mine
take off your party dress.
I’m not going to get too sentimental
like those other sticker valentines,
’cause I don’t know if you are loving some body.
I only know it isn’t mine.

Alison, I know this world is killing you.
Oh, Alison, my aim is true.

Well I see you’ve got a husband now.
Did he leave your pretty fingers lying
in the wedding cake?
You used to hold him right in your hand.
Bet he took all he could take.
Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking
when I hear the silly things that you say.
I think somebody better put out the big light,
’cause I can’t stand to see you this way.

Alison, I know this world is killing you.
Oh, Alison, my aim is true.
My aim is true.

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