Suing franchisees will Learn what the word Farce means

September 7, 2008

Ever wonder why there are so many unhappy lawyers? The best bit is at 7:37.

“Stringing a case out”.

  • Wondered why everyone says: “Better talk to a lawyer specializing in franchise law?
  • Because you do not know if you have a good case [law services are a credence good] you can easily be convinced that there is no hope or, taken on as a client until your cash flow ends and then discarded.

The Franchise Bar controls access to the Courts and routinely sabotages perfectly good cases. This is especially true in the smaller markets such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. I have seen it dozens of times.

  • The law has been bought and paid for by Big Franchising but this is not such an unusual situation in public administration.

Franchisees who want to sue their franchisor will likely never see the inside of a Court. You should go to a civil court and find out how much of a joke it is. I love the law but dislike the practice of law very much.

  • There is no excuse for looking to the law for help: Franchisees and ex-Ees need to rely on themselves.
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HELP! HELP! I’m being repressed!

September 7, 2008

Authority within societies has been justified in several ways over the years.

To assume that market forces support democracy or is neutral to it, is a very false notion. Historically, corporate interests do very well under totalitarian regimes, such as fascism or absolute monarchies. During WWII, companies such as IBM, Daimler Benz, Bayer and Fiat prospered.

The pretense of a functioning democracy is a very worthwhile image to keep citizens asleep.

  • Personally, I like that The Lady of the Lake gave a sign by choosing Arthur to wield excalibur. About as good as any other form of government, I reckon.

But this very silly bit shows may point to a more sophisticated truth: Maybe start thinking for yourself instead of just moving shit around?

  • Okay: You’ve been struck across the head with a sharp stick.
  • Something has happened that is “unfair”.
  • What are you going to do about it?

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975

Words after a bit

WOMAN Well, ‘ow did you become king then?

ARTHUR The Lady of the Lake,
[angels sing]
Her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur
From the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I,
Arthur, was to carry Excalibur.
[singing stops]
That is why I am your king!

DENNIS Listen – strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

ARTHUR Be quiet!

DENNIS Well you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ‘cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

ARTHUR Shut up!

DENNIS I mean, if I went around sayin’ I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me they’d put me away!

ARTHUR Shut up! Will you shut up!

DENNIS Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.

ARTHUR Shut up!

DENNIS Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! HELP! HELP! I’m being repressed!

ARTHUR Bloody peasant!

DENNIS Oh, what a give away. Did you here that, did you here that, eh? That’s what I’m on about – did you see him repressing me, you saw it didn’t you?


If the Oz Franchise Bar took over an Airline

August 28, 2008
  • Notice how being a pilot is a credence good just like being a franchise lawyer.

Not very funny at the time but black humour is a very, very effective way of coping with, at times, overwhelmingly negative emotions.

If you don’t do your interior work, you remain vulnerable and cannot properly grieve for the person you used to be.


Spring Surprise: Accurate, comprehensive, clear, high quality, transfat free, organic and bloody absurd disclosure

August 21, 2008

This 3:28 minute Monty Python skit demonstrates the problem with the fish-on-a-hook disclosure schemes.

  • Wanting more and more and more of totally irrelevant and bullshit information does not allow for good investment decision making,
  • But this cynical gamesmanship is 100% legal, notwithstanding this skit.
  • Substitute poo for lark’s vomit.

The franchise industry (Whizzo Chocolate Company) is played by Terry Gilliam. John Cleese is the superior and Graham Chapman is the poor wretch.


Life’s a piece of shit, When you look at it

August 1, 2008

Busy right now installing inground irrigation systems. Try this 3:55 Monty Python bit from the movie Life of Brian.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best…

And…always look on the bright side of life…
Always look on the light side of life…

If life seems jolly rotten
There’s something you’ve forgotten
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you’re feeling in the dumps
Don’t be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle – that’s the thing.

And…always look on the bright side of life…
Always look on the light side of life…

For life is quite absurd
And death’s the final word
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin – give the audience a grin
Enjoy it – it’s your last chance anyhow.

So always look on the bright side of death
Just before you draw your terminal breath

Life’s a piece of shit
When you look at it
Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true.
You’ll see it’s all a show
Keep ’em laughing as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

And always look on the bright side of life…
Always look on the right side of life…
(Come on guys, cheer up!)
Always look on the bright side of life…
Always look on the bright side of life…
(Worse things happen at sea, you know.)
Always look on the bright side of life…
(I mean – what have you got to lose?)
(You know, you come from nothing – you’re going back to nothing.
What have you lost? Nothing!)
Always look on the right side of life…


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