Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then

July 10, 2010

It’d be easier denying certain realities.

Against the Wind, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, 1980

It seems like yesterday
But it was long ago
Janey was lovely she was the queen of my nights
There in the darkness with the radio playing low
And the secrets that we shared
The mountains that we moved
Caught like a wildfire out of control
‘Til there was nothing left to burn and nothing left to prove
And I remember what she said to me
How she swore that it never would end
I remember how she held me oh so tight
Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then

Against the wind
We were runnin’ against the wind
We were young and strong, we were runnin’
Against the wind

The years rolled slowly past
And I found myself alone
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends
I found myself further and further from my home
And I guess I lost my way
There were oh so many roads
I was living to run and running to live
Never worryied about paying or even how much I owed
Moving eight miles a minute for months at a time
Breaking all of the rules that would bend
I began to find myself searching
Searching for shelter again and again

Against the wind
A little something against the wind
I found myself seeking shelter sgainst the wind

Well those drifter’s days are past me now
I’ve got so much more to think about
Deadlines and commitments
What to leave in, what to leave out

Against the wind
I’m still runnin’ against the wind
I’m older now but still runnin’ against the wind
Well I’m older now and still runnin’
Against the wind
Against the wind
Against the wind

Still runnin’
I’m still runnin’ against the wind
I’m still runnin’
I’m still runnin’ against the wind
Still runnin’
Runnin’ against the wind
Runnin’ against the wind
See the young man run
Watch the young man run
Watch the young man runnin’
He’ll be runnin’ against the wind
Let the cowboys ride
Let the cowboys ride
They’ll be ridin’ against the wind
Against the wind …


How Australia sees the BP oil spill

July 4, 2010

John Clarke and Bryan Dawe prove that satire is not dead in Australia.

Thank God.

Courtesy of Ray Borradale.


Everybody’s shaking in his boots, so don’t be bluffed.

July 2, 2010

If we can change the rewards in franchising so that sustainable franchising is more lucrative in the short- and long-term, then some progress might be made.

The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.

Kurt Vonnegut


We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.

June 30, 2010

Against monopolies

During the 1890s Brandeis began to question his views on the “industrial order in America,” write Klebanow and Jonas. Becoming more aware that there was a growing number of “giant firms” which were capable of dominating whole industries, he began to lose faith that the economic system was able to regulate them for the public’s welfare. As a result, he began denouncing “cut-throat competition” and fretted over the dangers of monopoly. “He became more aware of the plight of workers and more sympathetic to the labor movement.” His earlier legal battles had convinced him, according to Piott, “that concentrated economic power could have a negative effect on a free society.”

Against powerful corporations
As Klebanow and Jonas make clear, Brandeis was becoming increasingly conscious of and hostile to powerful corporations and the trend toward bigness in American industry and finance. As early as 1895 he had pointed out the harm that giant corporations could do to competitors, customers, and their own workers. The growth of industrialization was creating mammoth companies which he felt threatened the well-being of millions of Americans.[2]:76 Although the Sherman Anti-Trust Act was enacted in 1890, it was not until the 1900s that there was any major effort to apply it. Source

There is in most Americans some spark of idealism, which can be fanned into a flame. It takes sometimes a divining rod to find what it is; but when found, and that means often, when disclosed to the owners, the results are often extraordinary.

Louis Brandeis 1856 -1941


[Freedom of speech] isn’t something somebody else gives you. That’s something you give to yourself.

June 27, 2010

Blog.

Or shut up.

The most important message of a crucifix, to me anyway, was how unspeakably cruel supposedly sane human beings can be when under orders from a superior authority.

Kurt Vonnegut


There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.

June 22, 2010

The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.

Hannah Arendt 1906 – 1975


The big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart.

June 21, 2010

Incompetent managers should be fired.

Idiot controlling shareholders should have their companies taken away from them.

But just don’t think the new boss will be different than the old boss.

Oftentimes they’re worse.

Listen:
The waitress brought me another drink. She wanted to light my hurricane lamp again. I wouldn’t let her. “Can you see anything in the dark, with your sunglasses on?” she asked me.

The big show is inside my head,” I said.

Kurt Vonnegut 1922 – 2007


When high risk is disguised, franchise investors behave more recklessly because they are human beings

June 18, 2010

Perceived risk.

Big Franchising tries to minimize the public’s perceived risk of buying all franchises.

They:

  1. anchor their false legitimacy in “badges of authority” (FTC, banks, trade associations that claim to have a credible Code of Ethics or Ombuds program, justice system, toothless regulation and disclosure laws, government guaranteed loan programs, etc.),
  2. blame the fraud victims for their situation (ad hominem attacks),
  3. goes after military pensions by discounting worthless franchises (VetFran) and
  4. trot out the most blatant franchisee shills imaginable to hype foreign predatory systems.

Potential franchisees respond by buying higher risky offerings to satisfy their pre-existing tolerance for risks (see Target Risk: free online book by Gerald J. S. Wilde)

This is why franchising remains much, much riskier than independent businesses.

And getting riskier.

And without effective safeguards, franchising is Unsafe at any Brand.


Broken system?: Blog or die

June 15, 2010

If your franchise system is broken: WordPress weblog software is the  solution.

It is the single most important thing an individual can do to fix what’s broken. Don’t wait for anyone else: do it anonymously because WordPress doesn’t tell anyone who you are (unlike other providers). Anonymity is crucial to demonstrate how important information sharing is.

This post is the best example of the family ramifications I have ever seen. Fancy ain’t got nothing to do with it. Being real, credibility is 100% of the battle. (Read the comments in this +$1-B annual system.)

Ask these people what got the weasels by the short and curlies:

If anyone says you’re not qualified or you’re better “behind closed doors”, they are lying.

Only those who are trying to defeat, control and betray you want you off the internet.


The iron hand crush’d the Tyrant’s head

May 19, 2010

William Blake 1757-1827

A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all Heaven in a rage.

Forgiveness of enemies can only come upon their repentance.

A dog starved at his master’s gate
Predicts the ruin of the state.

The iron hand crush’d the Tyrant’s head
And became a Tyrant in his stead.


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