The winners write history

March 17, 2010

What you think as facts has been managed by those in power.

This is what Sir Winston Churchill had to say about Benito Mussolini in 1927:

What a man! I have lost my heart!… Fascism has rendered a service to the entire world… If I were Italian, I am sure I would have been with you entirely from the beginning of your victorious struggle against the bestial appetites and passion of Leninism.

And Thomas Edison’s opinion: The greatest genius of the modern age.

Franchising has only been briefly profitable for most investors.

Those days are long gone, although the propaganda persists.

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Nazis burned books 70 years ago. Fishy blocks writers/viewers today?

November 16, 2009

DeadFishAustraliadead 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.

You decide if totalitarianism is alive or dead in franchising today. Who is crooked, misleading and/or tyrants?

Either way, your comments are welcomed.


Why cheapen or kill Charity?

November 26, 2008

Charity has historically been considered to be one of the Three Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope and Charity) because they:

  1. have God for their immediate and proper object,
  2. are Divinely infused, and
  3. are known only through Divine Revelation. Catholic Encyclopedia
  • If charity is debased, it is not just man’s relationship to God [and his fellow man] that is weakened. It denies God’s existence and His/Her abilities.

All false religions need to replace the traditional existing belief systems.

hitlerdove1There was one area in which the Nazis did insist upon a clear break with medical tradition.

They mounted a consistent attack upon what they viewed as an exaggerated Christian compassion for the weak individual instead of tending to the health of the group, of the Volk. This partly Nietzschean position, as attributed by Ramm, included a rejection of the Christian principle of caritas or charity, and of the Church’s “commandment to attend to the incurably ill person and render him medical aid unto his death.”…

The matter was put strongly by Dr. Arthur Guett, a high-ranking health official, who declared that “the ill-conceived ‘love of thy neighbour’ has to disappear…

It is the supreme duty of the…state to grant life and livelihood only to the healthy and hereditarily sound portion of the population in order to secure…a hereditarily sound and racially pure folk [Volk] for all eternity.”

…”the life of the individual has meaning only in the light of that ultimate aim.” The doctor, like everyone in Nazi Germany,  was expected to become “hardened,” to adopt what Hitler himself called he “ice-cold logic” of the necessary.

The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, Robert Jay Lifton, 1986.

And, in a perhaps a bit of review, this is how mainstream Western religions view charity:

But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. Luke 14:13-14

Be careful not to do your `acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:1-4

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. I John 3:17-18

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8


The True Evil of Gag Orders

November 25, 2008

Hitler’s words on his mouth is Redeverbot or Ban on Speaking

hitlergag

The caption reads:

  • “He alone of two billion people on earth may not speak in Germany.”

This poster reflects the fact that for a period in the 1920’s, Hitler was forbidden to address public meetings in much of Germany.

The artist is Philipp Rupprecht who is best known for his cartoons Julius Streicher and Der Stürmer (“The Attacker”).

Tricking franchisees into signing gag orders when they evaluate a franchise, when they renew, when they re-finance and then when they sell is next to useless.

Gag orders are powerful but not for the way most people think.

1. The conventional wisdom is that confidentiality agreements act to stop the flow of information (negative stories) coming back to the market. Usually, information flows reward good operators or franchisors and punish opportunistic franchisors (people are unwilling to invest in their systems.

This is part of their function but they are much more useful than just that.

2. Gag orders are a sophisticated form of mind control that taps into exiting franchisees’ guilt and internal conflicts. The gag order is only the symbol of a franchisee’s betray of another person, another family.

Franchising sets up a Bargain with the Devil that is disguised within an economic model.

  1. The deal seems to say: ” You get 15% of the value of your investment you must sign a gag order”.
  2. But what it comes to mean [in the franchisee’s mind] is: “I will betray someone else in order to get my 30 pieces of silver.”

As an exiting franchisee from a deadbeat investment, you know anyone that buys the store from you will lose their life savings. You also know (at least on some level) that by agreeing to the “deal” you are becoming complicit with the franchisor: the very party who has basically ruined your family and future.

You are maneuvered into believing that the “best of the worst” alternatives is to screw another unknown future franchisee to the wall.

  • I believe franchises get really sick because of this internal conflict, of knowingly betraying a stranger in order to survive.
  • Franchisees that I have known that died, often attribute their cancer, heart attack, etc. to franchising (via stress).

Allegorically throwing anyone in front of an approaching train in order to save yourself, has some deep psychological and spiritual consequences. When you conspire into luring someone else into slavery and a life of pain, you not only join in the franchisor’s culpability…but

  • in a very real sense, you become more of a slave than the new guy because you were aware of what would happen.

This internal guilt or cognitive dissonance (two contradictory ideas at once: “I hate my franchisor for lying to me” but “I lied to escape”) is what keeps former franchisees sick, inactive and silent. You have created an internal conflict that is next-to-impossible to reconcile. It’s called being eaten alive and creating yourself as your own worst enemy. I know this very well as someone who has never signed a gag order.

Scribbling your name on a document means next to nothing.

  • Intentionally conspiring with and becoming buddies with evil, means the world.

Eugenics: False Biology in the service of the State

November 25, 2008

naziidealfamily1These are the idealized citizens that were shown on the cover of “New People” in 1938 in Germany.

These pure nordic types were an important part of the nazi’s biomedical vision and 1,000 reich.

There were 5 identifiable steps by which the Nazi party and the medical establishment carried out the principles of “life unworthy of life” (lebensunwertes Leben):

  1. coerced sterilizations,
  2. killing of “impaired” children in hospitals,
  3. killing of “impaired” adults, mostly from mental hospitals,
  4. “impaired” in concentration camps killed and
  5. mass medical killings.

The Fuhrer hold the cleansing of the medical profession far more important than, for example, that of the bureaucracy, since in his opinion he duty of the physician is or should be one of racial leadership – Martin Bormann

Under the heading First Steps: Policies and the Courts, Robert Jay Lifton in The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, states:

Only in Nazi Germany was sterilization a forerunner of mass murder. Programs of coercive sterilization were not peculiar to Nazi Germany. They have existed in much of the Western world, including the United States, which has a history of coercive and sometimes illegal sterilization applied mostly to the underclass of society…by 1920, to the enactment of laws in 25 states providing for compulsory sterilization of the criminally insane and other people considered genetically inferior.

Professor Lifton defines genetics as a legitimate scientific field of study which was in its infancy in the 1930s. Eugenics is ” term coined by Francis Galton in 1883 to denote the principle of strengthening a biological groupon the basis of ostensible hereditary worth”. Despite its evolutionary claims and later reference to genetic laws, eugenics has no scientific standing.


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