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2019-01-15 04:59 by Karl Denninger
in Company Specific , 310 references
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The best a soy-boy can get....

Days after the American Psychological Association (APA) announced that “traditional masculinity” is “harmful” to society and can lead to homophobia and sexual harassment, razor brand Gillette released a new ad campaign touching on the same topic.

"Traditional masculinity" is harmful to society?

This is the same group (the APA) that says that one's sex isn't immutable and determined by genetics at conception.

And, I remind you, this is the same APA that appears to say that pedophilia is a "disorder" -- unless, of course, you do not feel shame or guilt about that desire, then it becomes a mere "orientation."

Traditional masculinity gave us men on the moon, flush toilets, tampons (believe it or not), mass-produced automobiles, electric lights, sewage treatment plants (which essentially stopped all manner of formerly-widespread disease and death), mechanical refrigeration (refrigerators and air conditioners for those of you who failed English comprehension) and countless additional innovations -- including P&G as a corporation.

It also gave us stable, heterosexual, two-parent families with one (usually the man) getting up every morning to work his nuts off so as to provide for his wife and children at home.  This drive and desire, centered around men, fulfilled P&G's so-called "toxic" masculinity.  While that social arrangement certainly had trade-offs and some of them might have been bad ones, including a few occasions of serious abuse of the women (and occasionally children) involved the fact remains that one person out of a family being able to provide for three or more others, including a roof over all four's head, food on the table, flushing toilets, children playing in the yard without being molested or shot and functioning electrical service -- all without bone-crushing debt and everyone over the age of 15 asking would you like fries with that? does seem to have been a rather decent way of life most of the time, all things considered.  Oh, and those toxic men also went out and got their asses shot at and often shot off when the occasion required in defense of their nation along with defending the women and children they loved.

Today's soyboy mentality, along with the APA's bend-it-all-and-call-it-ok nonsense has, in large part, been responsible for the complete destruction of that way of life.  I'm sure all the altar boys that came to discover that the candlestick wasn't used to provide a beacon of light for mass but rather was stuffed up their ass would take rather serious umbrage at the idea that said priest's desire to do so was a mere "disorder" -- or an "orientation."

I remind you again that Gillette is not a singular company; they are owned by Proctor and Gamble, one of the largest consumer-goods manufacturers in the world.

Perhaps those of us who find outrageous the redefinition into a mark of shame the very essence of what made the creation and rise of the company in question to be possible, along with P&G's newfound alliance with an organization that has gone out of its way to trivialize pedophilia, should see what we can do about turning said firm's sales numbers into something truly toxic.

Like, for example, $0.00.

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2019-01-01 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Company Specific , 260 references
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It's all over but the screaming folks.

It was inevitable, by the way.  Infinite exponential growth is impossible.  Everyone knows that who bothers to stay awake in math class.  But far-more important then the "infinite growth" lie with these companies is the dope dealing and consuming behavior that they not only permit and provoke they rely on it to remain in business.

The drug in question is legal -- at least when produced in your body.  It's called dopamine and these firms all calibrate their "algorithms" to give you just enough of a hit through psychological manipulation that you want to come back for more.

Unfortunately the "echo chamber" problem is unsolvable with these media, since it's inherently necessary to their mission: To get you to seek just one more hit like the crack addict crawling around on the carpet looking for the tiny piece of crack he dropped an hour ago.

Never seen someone do that?  You're lying.  You see people do it every single day with their face buried in the screen.

The amount of wasted resource -- time employers pay for but get nothing from as employees do this sort of thing on company time -- is enormous.  And the worst part of it isn't even that aimed at consenting adults -- it's the outrageous scam of aiming it at kids, which our government permits by allowing those under 18 to be addicted by these vultures and then screwed out of adolescent experiences that are utterly critical to success come adulthood.

There's nothing wrong with a healthy ego; in fact it's necessary to overall psychological health.  But these sites and apps don't promote that; instead, they promote gross inferiority complexes since someone will always have more and the number of young, cute "things" parading around in ridiculous opulence will never disappear.  Nobody pays attention to the fact that someone will always have more and yet no matter how well you're doing you can't win that game -- or break even.

The number of suicides among young people directly traceable to these apps and sites is uncountable.  And no, "if you need help call someone" campaigns are not only ineffective they're counter-productive.  The issue is simply that these platforms have to wave "superior to you" in your face to survive.

This may be the year we finally reach revulsion.  Facebook has certainly been trying hard to push people over that knife-edge into the abyss.  Oh sure, they'll deny it but the facts say something different.  Coupled with our nation's utter refusal to indict anyone or any large firm for anything irrespective of how ridiculous or even felonious (witness the millions of people Wells Fargo screwed without a single person going to jail) there's no reason at all for Zuckerpig to believe he won't get away with selling your private messages.  So he did, although he maintains he didn't "sell" them.  Uh huh.  "Selling something" doesn't require that the exchange be denominated in dollars; if you blow me in exchange for my fixing the brakes on your car you certainly sold sex!

The revulsion trends are always interesting to watch since they tend to play out slowly -- then all at once.  The tipping point with the "millennial" generation all seemed to mostly come at one time, but now their kids are entering middle and high school, and there's an interesting change taking place: They have seen the destruction that their parents have brought not only upon themselves but upon their kids too, and they've borne the brunt of it.

Frankly a fair percentage of the people in this cohort deserve to be locked out in the cold when the crap hits the fan, and it will.  There are plenty who say it won't, or worse, know it will but believe they'll be out of office before it does.  Trump is in the latter group; he's said so himself.  When you think about the utter insanity of such a position -- to knowingly promote policies that you know will kill a third of the country but you do it because you think you'll be out of office before it all goes down the toilet -- you have to marvel at the audacity and narcissism involved.

Not that Obama was any different; his "signature" legislation is guaranteed to kill upwards of 30 million Americans when it detonates and there is no way to continue any material part of it and not have that happen.  He was right, of course, in that he's out of office.  Smarmy jackass to the end -- with Secret Service protection you pay for.  Isn't that special?

It's pretty easy to join the revulsion trend too.  Many "local" places you may be thinking of patronizing are kind enough to stick labels on their doors or signs asking you to "like" them on Facesucker and similar. If you see one just walk on by or even better, stick your head in and tell them you won't spend money there as long as they're on such platforms.  Make 'em choose.

In any event I'm looking forward to the current players becoming Myspace.  It's coming folks, and no, searching for the "next" one to take their place won't make you any money either, because the problem isn't that the "next one" will get it right.

It's that you can't make billions off so-called "social media" without screwing people blind.

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2018-12-21 08:45 by Karl Denninger
in Company Specific , 171 references
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So Zucker****er appears to be a perjurer, which means he's now an accused felon.

He lied to Congress, specifically, telling them repeatedly in testimony that you own your data and have complete control over who it is shared with.

That was a lie.

Specifically, Facebook has been peddling private messages to their "partners."

But an investigative piece in yesterday's New York Times involves a very different kind of ethical breach — one that critics say rises to outright betrayal.

Facebook is merchandizing access to your private messages.

That is like a gut punch — the one area on the post-everything site where its more than 2 billion users felt assured they had absolute privacy.

And yet, documents obtained by the Times show the company granted Netflix and Spotify the ability to read confidential messages.

The company says any such "sharing" only happened with user consent.  But this too is a lie.  It's a lie because you cannot give consent for someone to see your associate's message, in whole or part, quoted or not, as there is no circumstance under which you can consent on behalf of someone else.

You're not the other person.  You cannot consent for the other person.  Never mind that nobody would read a "consent" document, or terms-of-service as granting permission for some third party, no matter who, to have access to personal, private messages except under penalty of law (e.g. subpoena.)

Yet that's what the NY Times says happened.

Facebook says they have never "sold" your data.  Of course they have; that a transaction is not denominated in dollars, specifically, for the specific act doesn't mean it wasn't "sold."

If anything of value was received then the data was sold.  And much of value was received -- Facebook says over $25/per-person/per-quarter in North America, meaning in the United States (mostly) -- including for all those "users" who are really cats, dogs, and your second parakeet.

I have pointed this out now for years, yet the company continues to see its stock price remain "attractive", there are still "investors" and there are still 2 billion users, all of whom, I assert, have been conned repeatedly while Zuckerpig has lied before Congress, a felony, and yet is not in irons.

This firm must be destroyed and all of its executives imprisoned.


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2017-07-20 15:38 by Karl Denninger
in Company Specific , 266 references
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How do you stop Zuckerpig's privacy invasions?

Boycott anyone who advertises on those sites -- do not buy and do not do business with in any other way.  How do you know they're advertising?  You see "Sponsored" or any sort of video ad from a given entity.

This post is exempt and will never go away.  I will add to it as I see new companies, and if you do and can confirm it to me I'll add them.  Here's my pledge: If I see an ad from your firm on any of Zuckerpig's properties or sufficient confirmation (e.g. seeing such an ad on someone else's device in the app) I will never buy anything from you.

You choose -- you advertise and pay that company to do so, you lose my business.  To get it back you must permanently pledge to never again advertise on any Facebook-owned property, in public, via a formal press release or other similarly-verifiable and public method.

Oh and you get one second chance, never more.

Advertising is legal.  So is refusing to do business with you because you are the primary and in fact nearly the sole source of funds for a company that does things I consider detestable.

So here is the start of it folks, and yes, it will grow.... check back often!

  • Best Buy (Oh well; I've bought plenty there)
  • REI (this one hurts; I like them.... but no more!)
  • Big Green Egg (Sorry *******s, I was interested but NOT NOW!)
  • Southwest Airlines (all airlines SUCK, but now these ****ers are on my blackball list)
  • Consumer Reports
  • Inked Magazine
  • Runner's World (oh well!)
  • 30A clothing company (oops -- that one's local)
  • The Heritage Foundation (oops again!)
  • Huffington Post (no loss there)
  • A&E TV
  • We Are The Mighty (Military-oriented news org)
  • Orbitz
  • LinkedIN (be a paying customer and you're blackballed - as employer or employee!)
  • iHeartDogs.Com
  • Pensacola Runners Association (ouch; they sponsor races I'd run in...)
  • National Geographic (oh well)
  • CNet (Bleh)
  • 22 Words (Clickbait garbage, but heh)
  • (oops again; and I have bought quite a lot from gearup...)
  • 12 Tomatoes
  • The Penny Hoarder (yeah, another clickbait garbage site, but..)
  • SoWal (oops -- bye-bye Walton County beach businesses..)
  • Innermost House (San Fran Non-profit... good for some west coasters)
  • NTD Television
  • The New York Times (shock - NOT!)
  • Conservative Tribune (news)
  • Netgear (Router/ipCam/etc manufacturer)
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