Tuesday, February 15, 2011

When Is The Last Time You Saw Such A CEO?

A Mel Toast Business Ethics Exclusive

 "We in Japan learned during the bubble economy that businesses who pursued money first failed. The business world has lost sight of this basic business ethics tenet."
 -JAL CEO Haruka Nishimatsu

 Can American Executives Lead A Civility Evolution by Stopping the Legalized Human Slave Labor Trade?

What a guy. He rides the bus to work, shuns Armani and buys his suits at thrift shops. JAL's CEO Haruka Nishimatsu is the Anti-hubris, and  his is an amazing story of humility and sense of team with his company and workers.  

Dubbed as CEO of the People, note that in the above video, Mr. Nishimatsu's employees were fellow citizens who need jobs and not a gaggle of cheap imported human slave laborers. A few U.S. gluttonous "thought leaders" and cult addled wannabes could learn a thing or two from decent human beings like this CEO who chose to lead his company with compassion and civility by putting the needs of his local citizens and the company's customers first.


Mel Toast

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Valentine Message

(Very Special Thanks to Pepe Le Pew)

"In the good old days, cartoon characters were allowed to smoke."
-Youtube Commenter 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

2Truthy's Happy Friday Dance Hour: Groove Is In The Heart

 (Special Thanks to Dee Lite - Back by Popular Demand) 
2Truthy's Whirlwind Weekly Roundup

Obama Dresses Down Chamber, GOP Congressman Loses Shirt  for Dressing Down on Craigslist, AOL Bags Arianna, Hizzoner Rahm's 4 Letter Word and Mubarak Out

Thumbs Up to President Obama. While Ralph Nader, this country's most formidable consumer and civil rights advocate ripped Obama a new one for his Chamber of Commerce speech on Monday here, (h/t Dandelion Salad) we must applaud the president for giving it the good old college try by prodding those ungrateful, transnational bound American oligarchs who, you know, love lots and lots of heaping government U.S. taxpayer subsidies but could do a WHOLE LOT more to “reform” unsustainable outsourcing and insourcing hiring practices by stopping the influx of cheap labor that discriminates against American citizens:

As you know, it's not always profitable in the short-term for you to invest in basic research. That's why government has traditionally helped invest in this kind of science, planting the seeds that ultimately grew into technologies from computer chips to the internet." 
Obama then explains to these merciless ingrates how the benefits should go to U.S. workers as he appealed to their "spirit of patriotism" and "sense of mutual regard and common obligation" that has carried us before in harder times:

If the government is going to invest in innovation, that innovation should lead to new jobs and manufacturing on our shores. Now is the time to invest in America." 

Arianna Huffington Sells Out to AOL. Who knew? The author of PIGS AT THE TROUGH knows how to bring home the bacon. Six years after the diva celebrity of pop-politico “progressive” blogozine tabloid journalism hit the nets with her signature Huffington Post, it's about time she cashed in on that thing which rapidly spiraled down into a filthy lucre driven censorship pit. Who cares if she stealthily exploited the Left and lured millions and millions of unwashed, faithful, hopeful, left-leaning, downstairs commenters along with many upstairs bloggers and investigative journalists like Al Giordano who offered up their bloggy goodness FOR FREE who might not be getting a cut of her ba-ba-ba-booty? What – did they think the author of PIGS AT THE TROUGH was The Good Witch of the North or The Easter Bunny or something?

Rahm Emanuel Says He'll Lead Chicago's “New Economy”. And he will because Hizzonner Rahm is the guy who tells it like it fucking IS, bitches! He said “I know Chicago is up to facing the truth”. Aside from his ambitious and worthy plans to clean up crime (code for “the ghetto”), here's the next rare town hall meeting question: What will he truthfully do to clean up the cheap labor lobby and put that 4 Letter Word JOBS thing on rails for educated middle class unemployed/underemployed citizens?

Married GOP Congressman Dude Loses His Shirt (Seat) Over Shirtless Pictures on Craigslist. Since the married, upstate New York Republican Congressman's dirty sexy shirtless photo was allegedly directed at a LADY, this story naturally has less legs. Must have been a slow news week for this one to hit wires, but then, this morning's biggest news to bust the pipes...something about an Egyptian dictator...

Mubarak is OUT! No more Pharaoh Phodder now for millions of Egyptians or let the good times roll!

Happy Friday, Loserettes!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Rahm's 4 Letter Word for Chicago: RAHM

Chicago Rahm Emanuel Reveals his Four Letter Word for Chicago

Rahm Emanuel Announces His Four Letter Word for Chicago: JOBS

Or is the four letter word RAHM? Kind of like REAM, only in a mysterious way?

As in to rahm off the people of Chicago who have earned pensions, worked for teacher tenure, paid into social security and medicare, and need good paying jobs for themselves and their children? We HOPE not. We really do want to get behind Rahm, so less than five minutes into the video, let's review some soundbites into his new jobs and budget plan:

Our city's economy is set up to support the economy of our fathers and grandfathers.”

We don't know, but Rahm immediately starts punching words like global and international this and that, so it looks like he's talking about fleecing those fathers and grandfathers using the code word New Economy that Neo-Frat Boy Corporate State CEO's, politicians and cheap labor lobbyists/shills use to steal jobs from Americans below:

We need a government that supports the 'New Economy' “.

(Define new economy: NASSCOM lobbyists who bribe U.S. politicians to essentially take necessary jobs from the city's fathers and grandfathers and their educated kids as mentioned above who built the fucking city of Chicago?)

Is Rahm talking about comparative advantage? It's not a FOUR letter word, but it may as well be. Plus it's synonymous with “new economy” which means LABOR ARBITRAGE which means drive down wages here to third world levels. And we know where he's going with the rest of his international third world labor arbitrage loving sales pitch here:

We are home to international companies with an international footprint with an international workforce with the ability to compete on a global stage.”

Rahm must be no stranger to investment banks who are notorious for pumping up “technology” startups and climate exchange bubbles either:

Chicago is home to giants like Groupon, young companies like Threadless and Brighttech...”

Support! Whenever you hear a politician utter the word “support”, can you say SUBSIDY SLUT? Note that Rahm says he wants to help support “established” businesses like the above grow, but last time we checked, Groupon is a fucking STARTUP from way way back in 2008 so how does it get an instant “established” definition? Maybe he's talking about the established deep venture capital pockets who heart subsidies lining this operation?

About 3 minutes in he says something about a company in his “old neighborhood” that wants to:

“...bring jobs from the suburbs to the city.”

HOW does all that commuting help suburbanites with their travel times and carbon footprint? Ah. Twenty somethings can all pile out of their parents' suburban basements and into the city to work and rent an exotically overpriced love shack loft from some of the City's finest slumlords? Now THAT is what I call a stimulus plan! Again, we don't know...

About that FOUR letter word thing Rahm promises called JOBS?

Whose jobs? For Americans or imported labor? What kind of jobs? Shitty ones? We need more splainin'! Unless Rahm is talking a good game for now to roll his wealthy donors for campaign contributions with a firm commitment to put the kibosh on dubiously skilled imported cheap “best and brightest” labor and their hustlers bribing city pols to steal jobs from U.S. citizens, Rahm offers no specific details here to favor unemployed/underemployed Americans with his particularly punchy new economy, global international, competitive jobs and budget plan.

NOPE. Nuthin' to see HERE.

Of course, I could be wrong, so WAKE me the FUCK up when RAHM wants to SHOW us the money by a plan to hires Americans first and stops age discrimination.

Enough already with the FOUR LETTER WORDS! 

But hey, we would prefer to see Rahm's success built upon doing the right thing by putting educated Americans back to work first instead of the same old corporate/politico cheap labor lobby BLOW JOBS mancrush machine that is wrecking the U.S. economy.

Until Rahm opens up his kimono and stands up for the educated Americans kicked to the curb by outsourcing and insourcing American JOBS,

Fuck. This. Shit.

Party on, plebes!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The High Cost of Incivil Society

Demonizing Public Workers, Expensive Dental Work and Tort  Laws with Teeth

Oh, the morality and social civility! A couple of things:

Stop demonizing public workers. Why is it that the One Big Party of Money's increasing demonization of ordinary public employees like teachers, firefighters, garbage men and other public servants (you know, most of the ones with very few exceptions who DON'T hold Congressional seats) for “public money handouts” and “special treatment” in the form of tenure, pensions, and health care is en vogue but as far as most members of Congress are concerned, it's “hands off our Cadillac health care plans, multiple terms and a golden ticket to K Street on the way out the door”? Meanwhile, A high profile anti-teachers union billionaire (with a high school education) recently asked why teachers should be eligible for tenure while sausage makers are not. Maybe out of touch billionaires like this need to put on their thinking caps to understand that most dedicated public school teachers have invested in advanced degrees and trade off higher salaries working in the more lucrative private sector for a lifetime commitment of extra long hours to the teaching profession with negotiated earlier retirement. Conversely, what is the educational cost of entry and professional prerequisite to the demanding field of sausage making? A couple of mermaid tattoos and a background in car boosting?

Tort Laws are Vital as Dental care is very expensive. Let's take the most recent high profile example of why we need to strengthen consumer protection laws. Anyone who has ever had to undergo complicated and extensive dental work will tell you that no matter how good your health care plan is, dental work is just a token, nominal sprinkling on the cake. As we learn that Congressman Dennis Kucinich had to endure grueling and complicated dental work after chomping down on an olive pit that clearly did not belong in his sandwich, dental emergencies can and do happen, and strong tort laws are vital. Aside from a ridiculously minimal amount per annum for limited work and cleanings, individual, corporate and government sponsored health care plans - even the very best health insurance plans (like the one Congressman Kucinich has, for example) don't cover anywhere near the costs of necessary dental procedures. At least he has a job to afford the cost prohibitive dental work that he unfortunately had to endure, unlike the increasing millions of unemployed educated U.S. citizens kicked to the curb for age discrimination. (h/t Patrick Thibodeau and Sharon Machlis at Computerworld.)

It's Not the Economy, Stupid. It's Your Job!


Monday, February 7, 2011

AOL (Assholes On Line) Bags HuffPo

Only the Rich Can Save Us Now.”
-Ralph Nader

HuffPo Finally Finds a Suitor

Our Arianna Huffington is all grown up now, announcing that AOL has bought The Huffington Post. The virtual brass ring of “progressive” media has finally settled on a big, fat suitor as the deal came down on Super Bowl Sunday.

What do we have here? Either an obituary OR a new beginning, where the undisputed doyenne of sensationalist political blogging could turn the corporate AOL brand into an uncensored news outlet that truly benefits the American people by marginalizing the Neo-Frat Boy Corporate State perps instead of the educated American middle class for a change. It could happen.

Let's start with the obituary.

Agenda driven news outlets are typical and as old as Methuselah, but 2005's Huffington Post debut will go down in the history books as revolutionary for incorporating journalists, celebrities, politicians, economists and a slew of corporate sycophants (bloggers) with millions of ordinary people (commenters) in a caste oriented, Victorian UPSTAIRS/DOWNSTAIRS format that would make Gandhi and Dickens both spin in their ethers. The Huffington Post's unique online salon format broke ground by sensationalizing the “far Left” reaction to G.W. Bush's unarguably horrible eight year ride across the U.S. Constitution while jobs for educated Americans were and continue to be sold out to the lowest foreign bidder which HuffPo's agenda driven editors conspicuously omitted. But the blog's ONE everlasting redeeming legacy will forever be known by enormously entertaining commenting plebes like “Moe, Larry and Jesus” and others who burned the online midnight oil as they raged against the machine. All good, all good.

Not to mention the weekly upper left hand column that featured Arianna's undeniably rich essays and insights which really had legs back in the day.

Here is my all-time favorite from the Divine Ms. Stassinopoulos entitled Obama Happens: A Cautionary Tale for Perfect Little Hillarys Everywhere that struts her writing chops, mingling brilliant political insight and a telling touch of sour grapes mash with a whimsical bent for enchanting fairy tale fiction that only the mistress of real girl writing could artfully serve up with such precision and conviction. (Yours truly had commented on this post, but the message today reads “Comments for this entry are currently under maintenance but will be restored soon.” At least they haven't scrubbed the whole post.)

The charismatic and enterprising Arianna Huffington put the “P” in personality and featured wit master Stephen Colbert with The Gettysburg Address of Comedy: Colbert's 2006 Bush Roast who put the “T” in truthiness along with Al Gore whom she helped throw the book at Global Warming. It was never so much a question as who Arianna Huffington was, as renowned investigative journalist Maureen Orth left no stone unturned in her 1994 award winning Vanity Fair article entitled Arianna's Virtual Candidate or who she's carrying water for. What tangible displays of integrity and solidarity towards the educated American middle class has she demonstrated in her high profile “progessive” media push to stop the increasing marginalization by the Neo-Frat Boy Corporate State?

So how would a large corporate tax cutter cow like AOL possibly embrace the unprecedented need for uncensored, uncontaminated, non-culty and objective investigative journalism at the local level with Arianna Huffington?

If it's any consolation, AOL plans to put Arianna in charge of capitalizing on crowd control at the very local level with online “local” news Patch.com. WTF is this? Salem Witch hunt season in America? Or will AH configure Patch.com to resurrect all the talented journalists kicked to the curb by the integrity challenged Neo-Frat Boy Corporate State? That would depend upon whether or not the On Becoming Fearless book author loathes educated middle class Americans as much as Chris Hedges says self-appointed corporate sponsored media elites in America tend to do, as he writes in his latest essay Recognizing the Language of Tyranny:

Those who administer empire—elected officials, corporate managers, generals and the celebrity courtiers who disseminate the propaganda—become very wealthy. They make immense fortunes whether they deliver the nightly news, sit on the boards of corporations, or rise, lavished with corporate endorsements, within the vast industry of spectacle and entertainment. They all pay homage, even in moments defined as criticism, to the essential goodness of corporate power. They shut out all real debate. They ignore flagrant injustices and abuse. They peddle the illusions that keep us passive and amused. But as our society is reconfigured into an oligarchic system, with a permanent and vast underclass, along with a shrinking and unstable middle class, these illusions lose their power. The language of pleasant deception must be replaced with the overt language of force. It is hard to continue to live in a state of self-delusion once unemployment benefits run out, once the only job available comes without benefits or a living wage, once the future no longer conforms to the happy talk that saturates our airwaves. At this point rage becomes the engine of response, and whoever can channel that rage inherits power. The manipulation of that rage has become the newest task of the corporate propagandists, and the failure of the liberal class to defend core liberal values has left its members with nothing to contribute to the debate.”

While AH is an excellent writer of Swiftian proportions and a knowledgeable connoisseur of history, the agenda driven HuffPo blog gradually degenerated into a slow as molasses loading, cult-driven house of hysteria as it succeeded in its apparent divide and conquer mission of pitting American citizens against each other with endlessly boring and predictable faux Left/Right screeds from featured bloggers that hatefully pitched against “hate speech” by deploying hate speech. BORING. Adding insult to injury, both teabaggers (Right) and fleabaggers (Left) flooded the comments section in empty headed tail-chasing exercises, albeit some entertaining. But all too soon the monotonic voice of GROUPTHINK aka wisdom of the laugh out louds reared its anti-individualistic conformity head and buh-bye, open forum, intelligent discussion driven media model and the smart people it rode in on. The name of the game is co-option.

R.I.P., Huffington Post? Or is there an Afterlife “good” reincarnation waiting in the wings for what pro-American worker agenda driven journalism could be once AH digs her heels into AOL? As Ralph Nader says, only the rich can save us now.

Score ONE for the Dark Side as it co-opts another talented writer into the gates of Hell's monopolistic, cult-driven Neo-Frat Boy Corporate State's One Big Money Party black hole that is sucking the life out of educated middle class Americans across this country. With Arianna's expanded role at AOL, maybe she can help turn that tide around and even find something for cutting edge investigative journalists like Maureen Orth to do, too.

Party on, plebes!