Where did Woke Business come from? What will happen to it?

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Ronald Reagan and Clarence Thomas tried to move the EEOC off the path to wokeness a long time ago.

How many times have you heard GET WOKE, GO BROKE? How many times have you seen corporations (and other organizations) do it anyway?


Why did big business adopt wokeness?

In the June 6 Morning Report, J.J. Sefton put this piece above the fold: Wokeness, the Highest Stage of Managerialism by Malcom Kyeyune, a Swedish guy writing at City Journal.

Although this piece emphasizes the fate of capitalism, I started to see references to it by people trying to understand the increase in government entities such as schools and school districts contracting with people and organizations to help them become "woke". Why do schools think they need help from outsiders in order to hire only "woke" teachers, for example?

Okay, that's government. But it seems really irrational for most corporations to adopt ideas and policies recognized as "woke". What gives?

It can be easy to forget how new our political and culture-war conflicts are. Ten years ago, critical race theory was something you'd encounter only online or in academic settings, Democratic politicians were still talking about civil unions for homosexual couples, and the media and federal government were busy pointing out how far America had come in repairing the broken race relations of the past. Today, little remains of that old order. Just how fast has this transformation unfolded? Consider a simple measure of how frequently the word "racism" appears in the nation's four largest newspapers: after staying basically constant from the 1970s to 2010, its usage explodes around 2012, with the Washington Post and the New York Times leading the charge.

Though this "Great Awokening" has scrambled political coalitions and upended widely held truths, wokeness itself remains a muddled concept. . .

A lot has been written about "wokeness" as a belief system, but the author here proposes that it is also an institutional force. How did this happen so fast?

If wokeness is an institutional force, a comparative analysis can help describe it. Most Europeans can remember when America was considered stodgy and conservative, compared with progressive Western Europe. And yet, in 2022, the U.S. is experiencing deeper levels of polarization and social strife than other Western countries. Polls suggest a rapid loss of faith in public institutions. Americans identifying with either political party increasingly see the other party as a threat to democracy itself.

Why is it, then, that people in traditionally progressive countries--my native social-democratic Sweden being a prime example--can believe the same things, read the same books, and propound the same ideas as their American counterparts, without their societies experiencing the same sort of catastrophic polarization afflicting the U.S.? . .

Managerialism as foreseen in the time of FDR

The core thesis of James Burnham's 1941 The Managerial Revolution helps explain what is happening in the West today. A former Trotskyite who later became a leading figure in postwar American conservatism, Burnham argued in that book that Western society would not see the collapse of capitalism and its replacement by socialism. Instead, he maintained, America would likely see capitalism replaced by a nonsocialist successor--one dominated not by capitalists in the classical sense but by a class of managers that would come to control the real economy, regardless of formal ownership status.

This distinction--between ownership of, and control over, capital--was a topic of some discussion in the interwar years, with early analyses noting that apparatchiks in the Soviet Union had appropriated control over public resources. . .

Sounds vaguely fascist, too. I get the impression that something like economic fascism often sorta takes over "real communism" in communist countries.

Managerialism and Wokeness

Like the managerial ideology that Burnham anticipated, wokeness both asserts a wide variety of rights that supersede ownership and insists upon the creation of a permanent caste of managers to monitor the implementation of these rights. This tendency toward intermediation now extends to almost every facet of modern society, including in areas previously seen as foundational to the political system. Democracy, for instance, is now seen as needing various forms of intermediation so as to function properly. Without the input of managers, the thinking goes, the raw expression of the popular will can lead to aberrations, such as the election of Donald Trump or Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Calls are increasingly being made to impose a layer of experts qualified to judge just what political questions and issues could be safely left to purportedly benighted voters to decide.

Why do these ideas wreak more havoc in the USA than in Europe?

In my view, the material insecurity of the American managerial classes, whose numbers, as Peter Turchin argued, have grown too large to be absorbed by society in ways commensurate with their lofty economic expectations, helps account for this development. Consider Sweden, which is far less polarized and enjoys a much more sedate cultural environment than the United States. It operates a massive government machine to furnish the scions of the managerial class with all sorts of work. My own municipality, Uppsala, a city two-thirds the size of Reno, Nevada, employs almost 100 people as "communicators." Their official workload mostly consists of managing the municipality's social media accounts and writing policy documents. The communications department is notoriously dysfunctional; the municipality hired an outside consultancy to find out what all these employees do all day. But in at least one sense, it does what it is supposed to do: provide make-work jobs for university graduates who would otherwise risk going unemployed--and become potential social agitators.

Sweden is rife with various taxes, carve-outs, fees, and other accommodations that together form a massive patronage machine employing artists, bureaucrats, gender-studies majors, activists, curators, mindfulness consultants, environmental advocates, and much more. The state aggressively pays for art, education, NGOs, and even journalism--most major newspapers in Sweden depend heavily on subsidies to stay in the black. Perhaps the best illustration of the Swedish political economy is that Swedes pay in the neighborhood of $9 per gallon for gas. This massive cost difference owes almost entirely to taxes and fees, which fund social work. At first, the gas tax was intended primarily to pay for the maintenance of roads. Today, people argue for raising gas taxes to fund environmentalist causes. The managers running these causes are trying to fund themselves by imposing regressive taxes on their blue-collar countrymen. . .

Even if they were not designed with this purpose in mind, the social-democratic welfare states of Europe as a whole have been adapted to provide a new form of welfare for the college-educated, aspirational managerial classes. . .

How long do you think the Swedes can keep up that high-priced welfare program for college graduates? Do Americans think that something similar could work in a big country like the USA? Scale matters.

Here in the USA, school districts are just one example of government entities which are hiring college educated people to fill what seem to most of us to be make-work positions. Sometimes these people are administrators inside the district, and sometimes they are in private sector organizations. But wokesters are also being hired in big corporations (See Disney).

Still, it sounds like the Swedes are far ahead of the USA in providing for all of the college graduates who think they deserve good jobs.

Remember when Obama was urging every American child to go to college? See the agitation for student loan forgiveness today. Who is going to employ all those people in their dream jobs?

You may want to read the entire piece above. I wonder how the phenomenon of Elon Musk might fit in with these ideas?

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If you would like to share this general concept with some member of a school district or the business community struggling with wokeness, you might turn to Free Black Thought:

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The author of the City Journal piece above, Kyeyune, also recommends that we read the following piece on The Genealogy of Woke Capital by Charles Fain Lehman.

Reagan and Thomas tried to stop the 'diversity' train

Much has been made of the propagation of certain ideas--call them social-justice ideology, critical race theory, or wokeness--in American institutions. But surprisingly little attention has been paid to the question of why institutions "go woke." Some address this question in philosophical or ideological terms, noting the continuity between these ideas and the work of certain twentieth-century intellectuals, from the Frankfurt School in the 1920s to the critical race theorists of the 1980s. But a historical and sociological analysis can help explain why institutions accepted these ideas as legitimate in the first place.

Race-conscious policy has become a self-sustaining force in the modern workplace. Where companies once adhered to a paradigm of "compliance," in which they adopted affirmative action to satisfy a new legal regime, they now follow the rule of "diversity," which encourages race-consciousness as an end in itself. . .

Compliance with the 1964 Civil Rights Act became increasingly difficult for companies.

Yet large majorities of the country opposed affirmative action, which became a chief target of Ronald Reagan. On the campaign trail in 1980, he identified affirmative action as an example of government overreach and micromanagement, promising to roll back "bureaucratic regulations which rely on quotas, ratios, and numerical requirements." Once Reagan took office, an entrenched bureaucracy, a hostile Congress, and courts frequently thwarted his ambitious agenda. He did, however, ease compliance pressures for a time. William Bradford Reynolds, Reagan's appointee to run the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, publicly opposed the use of quotas and endorsed colorblindness in hiring. Then-EEOC chairman Clarence Thomas shifted the focus from big systemic cases to individual instances of discrimination and tried to minimize the use of "goals and timetables." The OFCCP downshifted, and both agencies saw their staffing and funding levels slashed.

If corporations were still complying with affirmative action merely because of legal pressures, this regulatory relaxation should have induced them to reverse course. But, astonishingly, they strengthened their commitment to affirmative action, even filing amicus briefs and sending telegrams to Reagan in support of it. . .

"Astonishingly" is right. Pursuing "diversity" was a big mistake. Expanding HR departments was also a big mistake.

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A quote from Tal Bachman:

The strange figures known as Wokists currently destroying America aren't just reprises of earlier enemies. They represent something rather new. The political cult of Wokism combines the worst aspects of every political cult in history.

Whether they realize it or not, Wokists themselves combine the lunatic loyalty of the Manson family with the hollow pseudo-joy of Jonestown residents, the racism of National Socialists, the inhumanity of Mao Tse-Tung, the bratty tantrums of Veruca Salt, the nihilism of Bakunin-style anarchists, the totalitarianism of Stalin's Soviet Union, the child torture and sacrifice of the Mayans, the derangement of Heaven's Gate followers, the sadistic violence of the Jacobins, and the ruthless control-freakism of the current Chinese Communist Party.

Now add to that noxious syncretic blend the Wokist use of powerful communication technologies to shape narratives and meta-narratives, destroy opponents, and recruit new converts, and you've got yourself a thing.

How's that work'n out for the left?

Ace has done one piece, and has mentioned in another, Ryan Grim's lament at The Intercept that Meltdowns Have Brought Progressive Advocacy Groups to a Standstill at a Critical Moment in World History.

Fun reading!

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Woke Audubon Society!

Charles C.W. Cooke tried channeling an extreme wokist in response to Grim's piece, using lots of Woke lingo, characterizing big leftist non-profits as "the chamber of commerce":

Over at the Intercept, a privileged, cisgendered, straight, white person-who-does-not-menstruate named Ryan Grim has penned a fascist screed against the progressive working class that has to be read to be believed. . .
Throughout his piece, Grim repeatedly centers Western imperialist conceits such as "effectiveness," while ignoring the lived experience of the marginalized people he has elected to attack. In an irony that has clearly been lost on the author, Grim's piece ends up demonstrating exactly why the debilitating internal revolts that he disdains have become so just and so necessary.

It goes on for a few paragraphs from there.

You've got yourself a thing there, leftists. Keep it to yourselves.

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Clarence Thomas has been in the news this week. But he has been thinking about some general principles that aren't explicitly mentioned on the immediate court docket.

Clarence Thomas and The Administrative State

Even back in the Reagan era, corporations had started adopting "woke" ideas which would be detrimental to their own interests, though some of them believed that in the long term their policies would help them.

Clarence Thomas: Expanding the administrative state comes at the expense of the Constitution.

Michael Pack: Let me ask you about another set of issues that have come up. You've been a leader in the administrative state cases. What is at stake there? It seems to be a question of liberty again.

Clarence Thomas: The very people who say they don't want the government in their lives want this sort of expansive administrative state, which is in their lives, and then every aspect of their lives. And a lot of it comes at the expense of the very structure of the Constitution that is intended to prevent the government from coming in. The separation of powers, the enumerated powers, federalism. The whole point was to keep the government in this box. Justice Scalia and I often talked about that, that the structure was the main way to protect your liberty. The danger in the administrative state is seeing those powers all coalesce again in various agencies. If you think about your life today, there's very little major legislation that comes from the legislature. The legislation comes in the form of regulations from agencies. They tend to have all three powers. They have the executive power, the enforcement power, they have administrative judges to adjudicate, so they have all three. And the question for us is, where do they fit in the constitutional structure?

When a private right is somehow intruded upon by one of these agencies, what is the role of the federal courts? . . .

MP: I think it was James Madison who said that if you combine the executive, legislative, and judicial in one person, or branch, it's the very definition of tyranny.

CT: That's wonderful rhetoric, and it plays out that way when people look at agencies, and they think, "Of course I have no way to defend myself against an agency." And what we have simply been trying to do is to raise the question of what are the limits of that. There are different views about it. But at least when you look back at guys like [Frank] Goodnow or Woodrow Wilson or the Progressives at the close of the nineteenth century and in the early twentieth century, at least you have the advantage of them being candid. To some extent, they meant "progress"--to progress beyond the Constitution. And how that is consistent with the Constitution is something I think is worth discussing.

Who else in Washington is trying to protect us from the excesses of the Administrative State?

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California Update

Sorry that we have missed the first session of this spiritual feast. We still have time to audit the rest, though:

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Also via J.J. Sefton, Victor Davis Hanson and the Sovietization of American Life

The American Commissariat

Experts become sycophantic. They mortgage their experience and talent to ideology--to the point where society itself regresses.

The law is no longer blind and disinterested, but adjudicates indictment, prosecution, verdict, and punishment on the ideology of the accused. Eric Holder is held in contempt of Congress and smiles; Peter Navarro is held in contempt of Congress and is hauled off in cuffs and leg-irons. James Clapper and John Brennan lied under oath to Congress--and were rewarded with television contracts; Roger Stone did the same and a SWAT team showed up at his home. Andrew McCabe made false statements to federal investigators and was exempt. A set-up George Papadopoulos went to prison for a similar charge. So goes the new American commissariat.

Examine California and ask a series of simple questions.

Why does the state that formerly served as a model to the nation regarding transportation now suffer inferior freeways while its multibillion-dollar high-speed rail project remains an utter boondoggle and failure?

Why was its safe and critically needed last-remaining nuclear power plant scheduled for shutdown (and only recently reversed) as the state faced summer brownouts?

Why did its forests go up in smoke predictably each summer, as its timber industry and the century-old science of forest management all but disappeared from the state?

Why do the state's criminals so often evade indictment, and if convicted are often not incarcerated--or are quickly paroled?

Why are its schools' test scores dismal, its gasoline the nation's highest-priced, and the streets of its major cities fetid and dangerous--in a fashion not true 50 years ago or elsewhere today?

In a word, the one-party state is Sovietized. Public policy is no longer empirical but subservient to green, diversity, equity, and inclusion dogmas--and detached from the reality of daily middle-class existence. Decline is ensured once ideology governs problem-solving rather than time-tested and successful policymaking.

In a similar fashion, the common denominator in Joe Biden's two years of colossal failures is Soviet-like edicts of equity, climate change, and neo-socialist redistribution that have ensured (for the non-elite, in any event) soaring inflation, unaffordable energy, rampant crime, and catastrophic illegal immigration. Playing the role of Pravda, Biden and his team simply denied things were bad, relabeled failure as success, and attacked his predecessor and critics as various sorts of counterrevolutionaries.

Biden rejected commonsense, bipartisan policies that in the past kept inflation low, energy affordable, crime controlled, and the border manageable. Instead, he superimposed leftist dogma on every decision, whose ideological purity, not real-life consequences for millions, was considered the measure of success.

The Caving of Expertise

Entire professions have now nearly been lost to radical progressive ideology. . .

There is much more.

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Weekend Stuff

Somewhere in America, there is apparently a radio show called "Giovanni and Kim in the Morning. They recently asked "What corporate/buzzwords do you hate? These are some of the answers they got. What are your choices?


  • I hated when people were called resources
  • "Reach out to"
  • "Riding on the foreskin of technology."
  • deep dive, granular, transformative.
  • disruptive strategies

If I hear one more overly cheerful, perky customer service person say AWESOME or PERFECT when I give them my email address, I'm going to put my fist through the wall .

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Music

My sister has been teaching a workshop at the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest in Weiser, Idaho. Years ago, Mark O'Connor swept the field in Weiser as a young teen, soon after he learned to play the fiddle. And mandolin. And guitar.

This is a "show tune". It would not be acceptable for the contest, though contestants could play it for each other at "jams".

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Hope you have something nice planned for this weekend.

This is the Thread before the Gardening Thread.

Serving your mid-day open thread needs


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Last week's Thread, June 18, Journalism (and related media) 50 years after Watergate from Steven Hayward. Reuters Digital Media Report, with emphasis on the USA. People don't trust journalists much. Calls to censor renewable energy critics. The Country's in the Very Best of Hands.

Comments are closed so you won't ban yourself by trying to comment on a week-old thread. But don't try it anyway.

Posted by: K.T. at 11:07 AM




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1 Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging President Joe Biden to declare a national emergency after the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Posted by: DB at June 25, 2022 11:08 AM (geLO8)

2 Willowed

Democrat Reps Jackie Speier, Ayanna Pressley: Pro-Abortion Activists Need To “Armor Up” For “A War”…

Dems: It's okay when we do it.

https://tinyurl.com/xdwncn4p

Posted by: Archimedes at June 25, 2022 11:08 AM (/NCI4)

3 Perhaps, Satan?

Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 25, 2022 11:08 AM (7bRMQ)

4 A bit of light reading, I see.

Posted by: Darth Randall at June 25, 2022 11:10 AM (zL564)

5 Black on Black crime isn't a made up story

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 11:11 AM (2JoB8)

6 Rules for thee, but never for me.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at June 25, 2022 11:12 AM (89T5c)

7 willowed: I think maybe the roe decision was leaked early on purpose cuz it kinda took the shock (and destruction) out of last night


Zero chance of this. It was leaked for leverage.
Posted by: garrett at June 25, 2022 11:00 AM (pS7Cs)

Regardless of the reason, the women (no birthing men were effected) sitting in an abortion mills yesterday morning should have expected it and planned accordingly. Many were probably not even pregnant when the leak occurred. (Not a pun.)

Posted by: LASue at June 25, 2022 11:12 AM (Ed8Zd)

8 Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging President Joe Biden to declare a national emergency after the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Posted by: DB at June 25, 2022 11:08 AM (geLO
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Haven't we been in a national emergency ever since they stole the 2020 presidential election?

Posted by: Florida Peasant at June 25, 2022 11:12 AM (dr4Q1)

9 "Riding on the foreskin of technology"

???

Where does this person work??

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, who is happy babies aren't being killed at June 25, 2022 11:12 AM (PiwSw)

10 Girthy Post, KT.

Posted by: garrett at June 25, 2022 11:13 AM (pS7Cs)

11 Woke capital doesn't create or invent, it only destroys. It is not self-sustaining.

Posted by: Roy at June 25, 2022 11:14 AM (Ti+Tv)

12 Buddy of mine plays Weiser every year. Incredible Banjo picker.

Posted by: garrett at June 25, 2022 11:14 AM (pS7Cs)

13 Speaking of great movie themes, The Big Country is on Grit tonight.
Posted by: Texican ette

That's an EXCELLENT movie !

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 11:14 AM (arJlL)

14 garrett at June 25, 2022 11:13 AM

Take it a section at a time. Heh.

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 11:14 AM (rrtZS)

15 I am shocked a government office of 100 bureaucrats is dysfunctional.
Actually that is what it's supposed to be.

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 11:14 AM (2JoB8)

16 That's a shitload of content.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 25, 2022 11:15 AM (XG2Fi)

17 How long you been working on this post?

Posted by: BignJames at June 25, 2022 11:15 AM (AwYPR)

18 9 "Riding on the foreskin of technology"

???

Where does this person work??
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, who is happy babies aren't being killed at June 25, 2022 11:12 AM (PiwSw)

Maybe the IT department at Trojan Brands?

Posted by: Roy at June 25, 2022 11:16 AM (Ti+Tv)

19 KT : I have no idea what that is.

Customs Officer : It appears to be some sort of Pump?

KT : Never seen it before. Isn't mine.

Posted by: garrett at June 25, 2022 11:16 AM (pS7Cs)

20 Jackie Speier is a real piece of work. She is responsible for so much illegal immigration to CA, even AFTER her husband (a doctor) was killed by a drunk driver illegal. That was years ago and it didn't move the needle one bit.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at June 25, 2022 11:16 AM (jTmQV)

21 Have always hated "Touch Base"

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 11:17 AM (2JoB8)

22 Very nice picture.

Posted by: runner at June 25, 2022 11:18 AM (V13WU)

23 My most hated:

take this offline
change agent
circle back
synergy
scalable
think outside the box
journey (unless it's an actual trek to a foreign land)
and my number one hated term:
empower.

Posted by: LASue at June 25, 2022 11:19 AM (Ed8Zd)

24 HR depts are ready made political officers. These depts wield near absolute control over a company.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 25, 2022 11:19 AM (dNqv+)

25 So after all is woke and all the colors of the rainbow are represented in the mix of every workplace, every tv commercial, every marriage and every strip club, can Y-T have their own little space to do Y-T things or will it still be rayciss?

No more fried bologna for you!

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at June 25, 2022 11:20 AM (R/m4+)

26 Very nice picture.
Posted by: runner

Its no Rothko....

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 11:20 AM (arJlL)

27 When you have nothing at all to say, nod your head and say Absolutely.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 25, 2022 11:21 AM (lz5hY)

28 Shift the paradigm.

Posted by: BignJames at June 25, 2022 11:21 AM (AwYPR)

29 Wokeness on part of corps began as a pursuit of money - big business wanted to cash on on trends. Pretend that they were "into" some fad or another. Probably originated in marketing/advertising departments. Then in became a monster and now exists for itself, to feed itself.

Posted by: runner at June 25, 2022 11:21 AM (V13WU)

30
HR depts are ready made political officers. These depts wield near absolute control over a company.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 25, 2022 11:19 AM


the modern day Personnel Department is responsible for the vast majority of what's wrong with business these days

Posted by: AltonJackson at June 25, 2022 11:21 AM (ENBF0)

31 Excellent post
thought-provoking
compelling, and rich


it still confounds me how the USA as currently realized seems hellbent on squandering all its advantages and blessings and power and history


we had the best thing going EVER- and we're pissing it away

Posted by: DB at June 25, 2022 11:22 AM (geLO8)

32 Black on Black crime isn't a made up story
Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 11:11 AM (2JoB

I expect these Black Caucus members to pull off their masks and reveal they're Zombie Margaret Sangers, cackling like drunk Kamalas.

Posted by: LASue at June 25, 2022 11:22 AM (Ed8Zd)

33 Passion
What's the ask?
A diverse slate of candidates
Where all feel welcome
Boil the ocean
Give 110%
Core compentency
Bandwidth
Hard stop

Posted by: Tonypete at June 25, 2022 11:23 AM (Msys3)

34 "Riding on the foreskin of technology"
???
Where does this person work??
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes"


Robomohel.

Posted by: fd at June 25, 2022 11:23 AM (vrz2I)

35 When you have nothing at all to say, nod your head and say Absolutely.
Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 25, 2022 11:21 AM (lz5hY)

*squints eyes*
*nods thoughtfully*

Posted by: LASue at June 25, 2022 11:23 AM (Ed8Zd)

36 27 When you have nothing at all to say, nod your head and say Absolutely.
Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 25, 2022 11:21 AM (lz5hY)

Alison Krause:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SCOimBo5tg

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, who is happy babies aren't being killed at June 25, 2022 11:23 AM (PiwSw)

37 BignJames at June 25, 2022 11:15 AM

Actually, I started writing something on the Ryan Grim piece before I saw Ace's piece. Then I kept seeing people referring to the "managerialism" concept elsewhere, to explain the behavior of government agencies and non-profits they hire, so I thought it was worthwhile to bring that concept forward.

The Ryan Grim piece just seemed to show that the managerialism concept was not working out as hoped.

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 11:23 AM (rrtZS)

38 HR departments are Political Commasars

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 11:24 AM (2JoB8)

39 Bandwidth
Hop on/off
Jump on/off/to
Throughput
Maximize
Leverage
Brand
Robust
Stable
Best in class

Posted by: Random Slob at June 25, 2022 11:24 AM (wKtwp)

40 How does this post not mention ESG???

Posted by: cpurick at June 25, 2022 11:25 AM (bwWDS)

41 Here's where wokeness came from:

Willowed:
It was about 10 years ago that a mutual classmate who has always had her finger on the pulse of alumni matters breathlessly informed me that Rich Levine was transexual. It was news to her at that time, suggesting that his supposed transition was relatively late in life. At the time I considered it to be a quirky and bizarre event, and he was practicing in a non-mainstream specialty (Adolescent Medicine), so not much of a threat. Little did I know that he would then came to prominence as PA's COVID czar, and later become the face of officially sanctioned insanity, anointed as a four-star admiral in the Public Health Service. He is a groomer and a fraud. No word how his wife and kids feel about the new Dr. L.
Postted by: Muldoon

Posted by: Muldoon at June 25, 2022 11:25 AM (kXYt5)

42 My former employer went all in on the woke BS just before I retired. Oh the meetings! It was getting to be all Greta and Ibram and hey, we just need you to become "an ally".

Progressivism is such a weird, puritanical cult.

Posted by: Pleistocene Megafauna at June 25, 2022 11:26 AM (aoFfE)

43 Stakeholders
Deliverables

Posted by: Random Slob at June 25, 2022 11:26 AM (wKtwp)

44 "ingesting the solution"

Seriously.

At a bank.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, who is happy babies aren't being killed at June 25, 2022 11:27 AM (PiwSw)

45 The Ryan Grim piece just seemed to show that the managerialism concept was not working out as hoped.

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 11:23 AM (rrtZS)

Shhh....I'm still reading.

Posted by: BignJames at June 25, 2022 11:27 AM (AwYPR)

46 Another reason why wokeness was allowed to metastasize in the corporate body, is the corporate trend to give reigns of management to incompetents and pretenders, the perpetual C-suit and middle management "delegators" and ass kissers, who don't know jack shit about business they are part of , and too lazy to learn.

Posted by: runner at June 25, 2022 11:27 AM (V13WU)

47 HR departments. I was a Union conscript. One hot afternoon shift, I decided to go to a union meeting, have a couple free beers and get out of the mill without an absentee check mark. At the meeting, I go to the can, come back and found my "friends" nominated and elected me to union guide. Anyway, I was putting stuff up on the bulletin board, and the HR guy was there. He brought up the title HR and said he hated it. "Look at these fucks, would you call them a resource? Hell, I have trouble with human". He quit and went back to plumbing.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 25, 2022 11:27 AM (lz5hY)

48 "Riding on the foreskin of technology"
???
Where does this person work??

*******

The tip of the Spear?

Posted by: Muldoon at June 25, 2022 11:28 AM (kXYt5)

49 *C-suite

Posted by: runner at June 25, 2022 11:28 AM (V13WU)

50 Ownership
Diversity
Inclusion/ inclusive
Culture
Workspace

Posted by: lin-duh at June 25, 2022 11:28 AM (UUBmN)

51 Bleeding edge

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 25, 2022 11:28 AM (XG2Fi)

52 Something just occurred to me... It's common knowledge among the opposition that a lot of the motivation behind legal abortion was ethnic cleansing - but not outside the opposition, because this is the quiet part the Left won't say out loud. And since they have iron control over public speech, what they don't say out loud doesn't get heard.

But now that they have defend and agitate for legal abortion at the federal level once again, for the first time in 50 years?

I bet you start seeing open discussion of racist arguments for abortion once again, probably within a year. "Do you WANT crime to go up?!" "Aren't these people better off not being born?" "What kind of life can these mothers offer?" "The welfare system is already strained." "They'll just die by 25, anyway." "Fuck it, YOLO - Lebensunwertes Leben!!!"

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 25, 2022 11:30 AM (IXpV7)

53 Thank you KT. Lots to read and study. Burnham’s thesis finds an analogy in the government bureaucracy…interchangeable one might say.

Posted by: 7man at June 25, 2022 11:30 AM (qwO6y)

54 Doug Kershaw and Mark O’Connor on stage together?! Mrs. Throckmorton just got spun around the kitchen in a private fais do do!

Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at June 25, 2022 11:30 AM (d9Cw3)

55
Flex-space
Flex-time
Flex-pay
Work/Life balance

Posted by: lin-duh at June 25, 2022 11:31 AM (UUBmN)

56 "Riding on the foreskin of technology"

"Peel it back, Big Boy !"

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 11:31 AM (arJlL)

57 FDA's Ban on Juul e-Cigarettes Halted by Appeals Court

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I don't give a rodent's rear end about e-cigarettes but I'm in favor of anything that humiliates Jumpin' Joe Flash.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 25, 2022 11:31 AM (FVME7)

58 Lean in.
Heavy lift.

Unless you're pushing the Wheel of Pain or doing actual physical labor, kindly shut the fuck up.

Posted by: Random Slob at June 25, 2022 11:32 AM (wKtwp)

59 No go diggy di.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at June 25, 2022 11:32 AM (vuisn)

60 "It"

Posted by: The Knights Who Say "Ni" at June 25, 2022 11:32 AM (PiwSw)

61 team-building
data-centircity
corporate sustainability

Posted by: runner at June 25, 2022 11:33 AM (V13WU)

62 Have always hated "Touch Base"
Posted by: Skip


*******

And its first cousin "Reach Out".

Although in its defense, "Reach Out" does absolve you of the burden of actually getting in contact with and communicating...

Posted by: Muldoon at June 25, 2022 11:33 AM (kXYt5)

63 At Chase/JPMorgan, we routinely had conference calls with 100 or more folks listening in. Not kidding.

There were more than a few folks that had business jargon related 'bingo' cards and when one got a bingo, you'd go off mute and shout 'BINGO!'.

WHO SAID THAT!!??

Posted by: Tonypete at June 25, 2022 11:34 AM (Msys3)

64 57 Had a VA doctor who was all in favor of E Cigs as a quit smoking aid, and even if you didn't quit them, a step up from the real thing. He vanished a few years ago.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 25, 2022 11:34 AM (lz5hY)

65 And its first cousin "Reach Out".

Although in its defense, "Reach Out" does absolve you of the burden of actually getting in contact with and communicating...
Posted by: Muldoon at June 25, 2022 11:33 AM (kXYt5)


is sure does

Posted by: runner at June 25, 2022 11:34 AM (V13WU)

66 cpurick at June 25, 2022 11:25 AM

ESG is a whole 'nother level of complexity.

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 11:35 AM (rrtZS)

67 U.S. Spends $50,000 To Encourage Palestinian Tourism

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Vacation With a Bang!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 25, 2022 11:36 AM (FVME7)

68 Why does Europe not polarize over the "same books"? Because they read other books, too and their education system hasn't disintegrated into a woke slurry of "studies". My nephew did a year in Sweden and found the school work better focused and less frivolous than the stuff he was getting at UofM. It was eye opening for him that the schools still taught history, and literature that wasn't modern monstrosity in outlook. If you come from a school that teaches a more classical approach to life and learning, you're not as corruptible

Posted by: CN at June 25, 2022 11:36 AM (ONvIw)

69 There were more than a few folks that had business jargon related 'bingo' cards and when one got a bingo, you'd go off mute and shout 'BINGO!'.

WHO SAID THAT!!??

Posted by: Tonypete at June 25, 2022 11:34 AM (Msys3)

Sometimes we would have hundreds and hundreds on a mailing list, and somebody would Reply to All to please remove them from the list, and another person would Reply to All to remove them from the list, and another would Reply to All telling them to not Reply to All...

It was great fun.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeper at June 25, 2022 11:37 AM (PiwSw)

70 Woke business came because woke white bitches infiltrated HR departments first, and HR bitches are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to fire because they produce nothing that can actually be evaluated objectively.

That's the source of this. The source of the woke rot sat safe in their air conditioned HR offices, utterly secure in the knowledge that no matter how catastrophically bad the insane far left blue hair diversity hire they approved was, or how much money they cost the company, the HR bitch would never face consequences for hiring them.

THAT is the source of all the woke rot.

Posted by: DudeAbiding at June 25, 2022 11:38 AM (setIA)

71 "Synergize" is great, but you gotta do that hand grip symbol when you say it.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at June 25, 2022 11:38 AM (vuisn)

72 The first step in the resolution of the current issues plaguing our Republic is to read the Declaration of Independence.

The second step is to emulate it and let the shit fly where it will.

The culmination will be a return to the system of governance the Founding Fathers intended.

Posted by: irongrampa at June 25, 2022 11:38 AM (KATBx)

73 U.S. Spends $50,000 To Encourage Palestinian Tourism

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Vacation With a Bang!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 25, 2022 11:36 AM (FVME7)

Miss some zeros?

Posted by: BignJames at June 25, 2022 11:39 AM (AwYPR)

74 Speaking of woke or death . . .

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Lawyers Who Won Second Amendment SCOTUS Case Forced to Resign From Firm

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now Is the Summer Of Our Discontent! at June 25, 2022 11:39 AM (FVME7)

75 Hated phrase:

"Our employees are our largest asset."

More than once at GM of company at all hands meeting.
He must have been checking with accounting and HR because we had layoffs soon after every damn time.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 11:39 AM (NQL1u)

76 lin-duh the number of office rooms labeled "flexspace" might make you laugh or cry

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 11:39 AM (2JoB8)

77 "Public policy is no longer empirical but subservient to green, diversity, equity, and inclusion dogmas"

It's subservient to what it has always been subservient to - the dominant religion. Now that Progressivism has supplanted Christianity (as it has for several decades now) the businesses follow it and cater to it.

Posted by: GWB at June 25, 2022 11:41 AM (uWt6J)

78 At the small, conservative firm that I work for we've been making a conscious effort to look for alternatives to many of the vendors we currently do business with. Most of them have gone uber-woke, with diversity, equity and inclusion manifestos plastered all over the home pages of their websites. It's sometimes difficult to decipher what their products and services really are, with the woke messaging monster devouring their former purpose and mission. So far, the alternatives have been few and far between. It would appear that the vast majority of businesses are all members of this insidious cult.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 11:41 AM (Xrfse)

79 Speaking of woke or death . . .

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Lawyers Who Won Second Amendment SCOTUS Case Forced to Resign From Firm


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Good, now can go in business for themselves, open shop in DC.

Posted by: runner at June 25, 2022 11:41 AM (V13WU)

80 KT, Burnham's book is a classic but he was also looking through to the wwii society that he saw. Wwii was probably the apex of administrationalism because the people and government united to fight wwii. The squabbling came back in 1946 as without a war, the elites could not keep their war powers. The administrative practices act was an end to unbridled administrative authority, the Taft Hartley act ended unbridled union power, and a welter of supreme court opinions whittled away at government censorship of opinions. Since then, the administrative state has looked toward the moral equivalent on war when they cant get the real thing like LBJ did. So, like Louis xiv created the powerful central government to unify the french state, his successors squandered by running the state bankrupt from the costs of bureaucrats. Unlike Burnham believed at the time, history is not deterministic which is a fault he shared with schumpeter. Instead. Centralized power waxes and wanes in response to.

Posted by: whig at June 25, 2022 11:42 AM (xA2KX)

81 Meh. I think it's genetic demographics. Europe use to burn and drown free thinkers for millennia and had small homogeneous fiefdoms with strong cultural and language barriers. Homogeneity and conformity was in bred. They had strong borders, requiring visas for travel up until the Euro. A few hundred years ago Europe found a land mass to which it could purge the inconveniently non-conforming. We learned from the Jab folks like that are what 10-20 % of the population. We had a concentration of that here. The 90%. My ancestors were ornery and independent types. However waves of immigration since '65 and all the progeny deleted via Roe v Wade have brought in herd mentality people en mass. We've gone over the tipping point. It's more fun to use corporate funds to play social justice than to make what ever it is the corporation is suppose to be making.

Posted by: herebeforetherevolution at June 25, 2022 11:42 AM (RnoAn)

82 The culmination will be a return to the system of governance the Founding Fathers intended.
Posted by: irongrampa at June 25, 2022 11:38 AM (KATBx)

Not if you don't change the hearts and minds of the nation back to its Christian roots. Then you'll just get a revolution leading to carp like all the others in the world.

You have to rebuild the electorate into one the Founders would recognize for the republic they built to work.

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams

Posted by: GWB at June 25, 2022 11:43 AM (uWt6J)

83 I hope that woman who yesterday, decided to throw in the towel on aborting her child because it was too far to drive, names him Dobbs and every June 24 reminds him just how close he came to being torn limb from limb.

Posted by: LASue at June 25, 2022 11:44 AM (Ed8Zd)

84 I worked for a newspaper chain and when things were tanking, the CEO's son came around desk to desk shaking hands with everyone and mumbling something.
When he got to me he stared vapidly, shook my hand and muttered, "Think digital!" before scurrying to the next desk.

Within five years corporate sold off 95 percent of their holdings.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at June 25, 2022 11:45 AM (vuisn)

85 If I hear one more overly cheerful, perky customer service person say AWESOME or PERFECT when I give them my email address, I'm going to put my fist through the wall .

***

ONE HUNDRED PERCENT!

Posted by: LASue at June 25, 2022 11:45 AM (Ed8Zd)

86 Goodness gracious, great balls of content.

Good reading.

My sense on wokeness in the workplace is this: A great deal of us don't care to politicize our jobs, we just want to go to work, make money, come home, eat with the family, lay by the pool on the weekends, worship on Sundays and perhaps discuss greater issues or lesser issues as we please with a hand-selected group of friends and acquaintances we have personally vetted and respect. And we want to touch on those subjects for a self-determined period of time ranging from all night over beers and pizza to not at all, depending on our mood.

But workness in the workplace is forcing us to debate even at places we don't want to and with people we don't want to. It's not appreciably different than interjecting politics into sports and entertainment. It's pushing derision and confrontation into the places we corridored off either to escape such topics or to avoid unnecessary conflict. People invariably desire to partition their lives so that they are able to maximize their focus and success in those areas. The bleeding of unrelated mental disciplines into the same spaces is making all things less efficient and desirable.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger at June 25, 2022 11:46 AM (V3rIg)

87 Cynical businesses killing children so they don't have to pay for labor and delivery and insurance, and the employees won't need parental leave? Classy. Molech-worshiping ghouls thinking that the companies are being altruistic? Predictable. I think the companies will walk this back when they realize the costs, just like Starbucks just walked back their woke bathroom policy.

Posted by: Eternity Matters at June 25, 2022 11:46 AM (MTm8X)

88 Everytime i say Europe, i make a vomit sound incorporated into the vowels.

Posted by: humphreyrobot at June 25, 2022 11:47 AM (h+tQf)

89 O/T
I have to emulate Skip and get some work done.
Plasma cutting, grinding, and welding to repair a tow hitch I sheared off while dragging the yard for weeds.
(Yes this comment probably belongs in the hobby/puttering thead; but, it's early.)

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 11:47 AM (NQL1u)

90 Good, now can go in business for themselves, open shop in DC.
Posted by: runner at June 25, 2022 11:41 AM (V13WU)

They already have opened their own firm. Good for them and screw Kirkland If I were looking, I'd definitely send my resume to their new firm.

Posted by: LASue at June 25, 2022 11:48 AM (Ed8Zd)

91 OK, who is ready for Tesla Phone ?? Solar charging , crypto mining, starlink compatible.

Posted by: runner at June 25, 2022 11:48 AM (V13WU)

92 I would like to know the source and extent of these National Emergency powers. I have always understood them to be more metaphorical that literal, granting, at worst, the ability of the executive to suspend it's own regulations.

Now people talk about them as if they were enabling acts akin to Rome granting dictatorial powers to a Consul.

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 25, 2022 11:48 AM (yQpMk)

93 Oh, I forgot about support for astrophotography.

Posted by: runner at June 25, 2022 11:49 AM (V13WU)

94 Riding on the WHAT of technology?

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko Solutions at June 25, 2022 11:49 AM (i5XqM)

95 Fantastic piece, K.T.

I know that many regulars within the Horde will read this and sagely nod their heads in agreement. Then, they'll come and read my comment and their emotional knee-jerk reaction emerge.

Everyone who takes a check from the federal government is an active part of the problem. Per the piece, even back in Reagan's day, the bureaucracy was the 4th branch of government. Fully, 30% of the Federal Budget pays the salaries of these "people". It's the "make-work" function in America for those who prefer the loving embrace of the State to working in the private sector (where they expect results).

Reverence for those who hold or held a federal government job, such as the military, reinforce this insanity. It doesn't matter the danger these people represent to our freedoms, because "That's my God-damned brother, you fucking commie! He would never follow orders to round me up." Because his intent when he joined was for a noble purpose, obviously - like earning a paycheck with a golden pension at the end of the rainbow.

But hey, the real problem is the other spending the federal government does, not when it spends money on things I support.

Posted by: insurgens ad opus at June 25, 2022 11:49 AM (UXA/h)

96 Universal background checks on all abortion permits. Mental evaluation too. BTW - demanding to kill babies kind of automatic fails that test. But we need sensible abortion control. Especially in the city.

Posted by: Jimco Industries at June 25, 2022 11:50 AM (buTO7)

97 If I hear one more overly cheerful, perky customer service person say AWESOME or PERFECT when I give them my email address, I'm going to put my fist through the wall .

Heh, how timely. Just this past Thursday I suffered mightily dealing with some customer support dweeb barfing up "PERFECT!" in response to nearly everything I said. It was excruciating.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 11:51 AM (Xrfse)

98 Posted by: Eternity Matters at June 25, 2022 11:46 AM (MTm8X)

Where do those businesses think their future customers/replacement workers will come from?

Posted by: BignJames at June 25, 2022 11:52 AM (AwYPR)

99 Finally, he got experted to death.

Posted by: humphreyrobot at June 25, 2022 11:53 AM (h+tQf)

100 Now people talk about them as if they were enabling acts akin to Rome granting dictatorial powers to a Consul.

Posted by: G'rump928(c) at June 25, 2022 11:48 AM (yQpMk)


That is essentially what they are in Oregon, California and California, and THAT is why there is still an emergency ongoing here.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 25, 2022 11:53 AM (xhaym)

101 I think one element of wokeism is: appeasing the mob

'We are totally into the LGBT thing, for realsies. Please burn down the other guy's store.'

Posted by: DB is well-positioned to maximize outcomes at June 25, 2022 11:54 AM (geLO8)

102 71 "Synergize" is great, but you gotta do that hand grip symbol when you say it.
Posted by: Dr. Varno at June 25, 2022 11:38 AM (vuisn)

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Are you talking about the wanking motion?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 25, 2022 11:55 AM (XG2Fi)

103 Where do those businesses think their future customers/replacement workers will come from?
Posted by: BignJames at June 25, 2022 11:52 AM (AwYPR)

Have you heard of Latin America? Our institutions, not least big business, have had ENOUGH of Americans. They want us GONE. Yesterday. They want compliant, low-wage, illiterate peasants to control for the benefit of a small group of mighty bwanas.

This desire has been made abundantly clear for decades, from the halls of government, to corporate boardrooms, to the apses of the major Churches. Replacement is the goal. No more disgusting people who knew freedom.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 25, 2022 11:58 AM (IXpV7)

104 the people I have the most problems with are people who think other people like them

there is a severe shortage of self-awareness, especially in the North

why people have begun to tune out the MSM, generated almost exclusively from NYC/DC

Posted by: REDACTED at June 25, 2022 11:58 AM (us2H3)

105 The "Managerial Revolution", combined with all the other "isms" mentioned in the excellent article, leads to our greatest threat to Freedom, Liberty, and, I dare say, to the survival of mankind itself, which is Technocracy/Transhumanism.
We live in interesting times, indeed.

Posted by: Kwai Chang Mandelblit at June 25, 2022 11:59 AM (0AUR/)

106 It's the "make-work" function in America for those who prefer the loving embrace of the State to working in the private sector (where they expect results).

Posted by: insurgens ad opus at June 25, 2022 11:49 AM (UXA/h)

Check just about any locale's "10 largest employers" and 4 or 5 will be govt. agencies.

Posted by: BignJames at June 25, 2022 11:59 AM (AwYPR)

107 Prayers for my cousin please!
Her husband was one of six killed in a helicopter crash in West Virginia this past Wednesday. They could only identify him by his dental records. She is now a widow at 48 with two teenage boys, one severely autistic.

Posted by: Jmel at June 25, 2022 12:01 PM (bVhJi)

108 "Leverage our expertise..."

Posted by: Oddbob at June 25, 2022 12:01 PM (nfrXX)

109 Inclusive, inclusiveness, inclusivity

Posted by: Tuna at June 25, 2022 12:01 PM (gLRfa)

110 8 Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging President Joe Biden to declare a national emergency after the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Posted by: DB at June 25, 2022 11:08 AM (geLO
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Haven't we been in a national emergency ever since they stole the 2020 presidential election?
Posted by: Florida Peasant at June 25, 2022 11:12 AM (dr4Q1)

Actually, we've been in a declared state of national emergency since 9/11, with each new Presidency extending the SoE, and Trump extended it when it was his turn.

Posted by: Kwai Chang Mandelblit at June 25, 2022 12:02 PM (0AUR/)

111 Jmel

Okay

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 12:02 PM (arJlL)

112 So that point about make-work for the managerial class is very interesting. We do have in the US a large group of people who got good grades in school and have come to believe that therefore they are Smart and deserve to make Good Money. But good grades usually reflect an ability to absorb material and regurgitate it on command - not actual intelligence. (I say this as a former straight A student) And these people, who I notice are mostly women, are not smart enough to realize they might be above average, but there's a lot of room between above average and actually smart. So they enter the workforce and find out they're not all that...and instead of concluding that maybe they are, in fact, not as smart as they think they are, they instead agitate. A very interesting point.

Personally, I don't think I'd be willing to pay the taxes to subsidize these people with make-work jobs, even if it did mean they would shut the hell up. I'd prefer a solution where they come to realize their incompetence and find work more in alignment with their actual skills.

Posted by: Mrs. Peel at June 25, 2022 12:02 PM (8548M)

113 As I said, emulate and let the shit fly.

Didn't say it'd be easy, but we DO have a pretty good record throughout our history of meeting and prevailing over issues even more serious than this. Part of our heritage, you might say--continuing the struggle to insure our Republic endures. With an unbroken record of success.

Posted by: irongrampa at June 25, 2022 12:03 PM (KATBx)

114 KT, many thanks for the fiddle link. You may enjoy this, which is one of my faves: Death by Triple Fiddle, features country fiddlers Sam Bush and Mike Marshall, with classical violinist Joshua Bell and the great Edgar Meyer on bass:

https://tinyurl.com/y5ps6xf8

On the subject of the Burnham's "Managerial Revolution", George Orwell reviewed it when it was first published. As always, Orwell is worth reading - though, of course, with reservation:

https://tinyurl.com/mzz88rkc

Posted by: Nemo at June 25, 2022 12:05 PM (S6ArX)

115
No word yet on how the fake Christian george bush is celebrating the Court's opinion?

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 12:06 PM (/u4P4)

116 Giving into the woke mob was asinine in the first place. Coddling mental illness and stupidity never, ever ends well. For anyone involved.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 25, 2022 12:06 PM (BFigT)

117 The large health insurance company my wife works for announced yesterday afternoon that their employee coverage would now include expenses to travel and pay for an abortion. But as my wife pointed out, they still won't cover Lasik eye surgery or hearing aids.

Posted by: Turn two at June 25, 2022 12:06 PM (0D6zF)

118 113 As I said, emulate and let the shit fly.

Didn't say it'd be easy, but we DO have a pretty good record throughout our history of meeting and prevailing over issues even more serious than this. Part of our heritage, you might say--continuing the struggle to insure our Republic endures. With an unbroken record of success.
Posted by: irongrampa at June 25, 2022 12:03 PM (KATBx)

If we had a unbroken record of success our Republic wouldn't be the mess it is today. It's been one long, degenerate slide down the slippery slope, with the bottom coming in to view.

Posted by: Kwai Chang Mandelblit at June 25, 2022 12:07 PM (0AUR/)

119
Incidentally, I predict you'll hear more on that: how it's "only" the Court's "opinion," not a "decision."

Because we're dealing with stupid people brainwashing even more stupider people.

Posted by: Justice Soothsayer at June 25, 2022 12:07 PM (/u4P4)

120 116 Giving into the woke mob was asinine in the first place. Coddling mental illness and stupidity never, ever ends well. For anyone involved.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 25, 2022 12:06 PM (BFigT)


Truth

Posted by: Kwai Chang Mandelblit at June 25, 2022 12:09 PM (0AUR/)

121 If I hear one more overly cheerful, perky customer service person say AWESOME or PERFECT when I give them my email address, I'm going to put my fist through the wall .

But WHY would you give them your e-mail address? Why would you even do that? The correct response is "I don't use e-mail."

They know you're lying. But they will not challenge you.

Posted by: Guy Smiley at June 25, 2022 12:10 PM (eiN05)

122 Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging President Joe Biden to declare a national emergency after the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Posted by: DB at June 25, 2022 11:08 AM (geLO

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Isn't it ironic that of all groups put there, it would be the Congressional BLACK Caucus that opposes anything that makes abortion more restrictive.

Blacks have been the target of the Sanger Holocaust from the beginning.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 25, 2022 12:12 PM (XG2Fi)

123 HR departments are American socialism's answer to Soviet socialism's workplace Party commissars. Same exact people, but wearing Oxford cloth and silk blouses instead of suits made from upholstery remnants.

At most firms, they have more power than the C-suite, and they let it be known. They strut around, sneering with contempt, because they can lift a finger and permanently destroy *anyone.*

I work for a fairly large business which has managed to keep its HR department to one sweet little old lady who is also the accountant. Hiring is handled by managers, firing is handled by the *entire board.* It makes it a much better place to work than most.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 25, 2022 12:12 PM (IXpV7)

124 A lot of digest. Thanks, KT!
So, the bureaucracies are eating ithemselves because of feelz?

Love the video- it is possible that I might have dated a guy or two just b/c they played the banjo, back in the day.

Posted by: sal at June 25, 2022 12:12 PM (y40tE)

125 eatery in Great Barrington has wings

24 bucks for 12 wings

this should be illegal

Posted by: REDACTED at June 25, 2022 12:12 PM (us2H3)

126 For the purposes of across state line abortion trafficking, when does a medical procedure become murder? Where is the line?

When do you become a fugitive of an adjacent/home state's laws?

Is that still a federal matter? Amnesty for murder?

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 25, 2022 12:13 PM (0ocXn)

127 https://www.americanthinker.com/biden sneaking amnesty through for as many as a million illegal border crosser
https://tinyurl.com/2n4y5urk

Basically not prosecuting any border crossers

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 12:13 PM (2JoB8)

128 And the Legal adviser to ICE is the one doing it

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 12:14 PM (2JoB8)

129 @118 So go over in the corner and suck your thumb, champ.

There's nothing wrong with acknowledging the gravity of any particular situation, but that attitude of "we lost" is guaranteed to result in defeat in whatever endeavor is undertaken.

Posted by: irongrampa at June 25, 2022 12:14 PM (KATBx)

130 And the Legal adviser to ICE is the one doing it
Posted by: Skip

Speaking of ICE, its HOT out thar !

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 12:16 PM (arJlL)

131 I goes deeper than this. Investors are being pressured to only invest in woke companies. Woke companies are able to access government cronyism where non-woke are not. non-woke companies are actively attacked by the government (congressional hearings, investigations, DOJ lawsuits etc) over anything they can manage.

Basically, what Jesse Jackson was doing with the Rainbow Coalition, by blackmailing companies into putting members on their board? Obama managed to do nationally with the federal government.

Play along or you suffer.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 25, 2022 12:17 PM (llsW/)

132 Look at the number and median size of 501c3 organizations that exist in this country today compared to 30 years ago for a snapshot picture of woke facisim .

Posted by: Sock Monkey * Ungovernable at June 25, 2022 12:17 PM (akzTc)

133 It would appear that the vast majority of businesses are all members of this insidious cult.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 11:41 AM (Xrfse)

See: Jo-Ann's and Cracker Barrell.
Could have just sold fabric and food, but nope

Posted by: sal at June 25, 2022 12:18 PM (y40tE)

134 Oh, and big banks are less wiling to give loans to non woke companies because of government influence and infestation by leftists in banking.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 25, 2022 12:18 PM (llsW/)

135 On a lighter note, I had a wonderful evening with a couple horde members last night.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 12:20 PM (IcyNP)

136 134 That's the primary function of ESG.

Posted by: CZ = FNG, Free Republic of Florida at June 25, 2022 12:21 PM (MkuC5)

137 Oh, and big banks are less wiling to give loans to non woke companies because of government influence and infestation by leftists in banking.

Yep.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 12:21 PM (Xrfse)

138 On a lighter note, I had a wonderful evening with a couple horde members last night.
Posted by: Infidel

Go on.....

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 12:21 PM (arJlL)

139 Not fiddle, but amazing banjo from an incredible talent

https://youtu.be/6CNB5OLUPM0

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 25, 2022 12:22 PM (llsW/)

140 lol JT, pizza, drinks and great conversation.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 12:23 PM (IcyNP)

141 The geniuses at the perpetually well-funded Rand Corporation have another intense study that could only be topped by a field grade officer in the name of Captain Obvious.
It seems that the Army and Marines have higher amounts of substance abuse and mental health issues. As if living in the mud and being treated like mindless cattle isn’t a hallmark of the grunt services.

https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=127136

Posted by: SMH at what's coming at June 25, 2022 12:23 PM (+k1PK)

142 The old socialist system at least had internal logic. When put to the test it failed because it misunderstood human beings, but one could have argued in the 1800s that it would work.

People kept it going long after it was obvious it did not provide a better human experience then capitalism, because it is a great means to power.

But this new wokeism is literally insane. It rages against the very tenets of reality and the universe.

Posted by: 18-1 at June 25, 2022 12:24 PM (ESjRY)

143 Before I leave the thread, let me apologize to the commenter on 118 for the thumbsucking remark.

That was uncalled for and I regret it.

Posted by: irongrampa at June 25, 2022 12:24 PM (KATBx)

144 K.T., thanks for the Doug Kershaw. That man can fiddle!

Posted by: Napoleon XIV at June 25, 2022 12:25 PM (AiZBA)

145 Actually out on deck having hoagie for lunch, 82 degrees

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 12:26 PM (2JoB8)

146 51 Bleeding edge
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 25, 2022 11:28 AM (XG2Fi)

The leading edge of the F-104 wing was so fine it was covered to protect ground crews from injury. Hence, the "bleeding edge".

Posted by: Fox2! at June 25, 2022 12:27 PM (BPbaR)

147 143 Before I leave the thread, let me apologize to the commenter on 118 for the thumbsucking remark.

That was uncalled for and I regret it.
Posted by: irongrampa at June 25, 2022 12:24 PM (KATBx)


No offense, we're on the same side, we all have our own opinions.

Posted by: Kwai Chang Mandelblit at June 25, 2022 12:28 PM (0AUR/)

148 Actually out on deck having hoagie for lunch, 82 degrees
Posted by: Skip

In the shade, right ?

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 12:28 PM (arJlL)

149 147 143 Before I leave the thread, let me apologize to the commenter on 118 for the thumbsucking remark.

That was uncalled for and I regret it.
Posted by: irongrampa at June 25, 2022 12:24 PM (KATBx)


No offense, we're on the same side, we all have our own opinions.
Posted by: Kwai Chang Mandelblit at June 25, 2022 12:28 PM (0AUR/)


I'm not saying we lost, I'm saying we are in view of the slide, and it's been a verrry long slide, perhaps since the beginning.

Posted by: Kwai Chang Mandelblit at June 25, 2022 12:31 PM (0AUR/)

150 The large health insurance company my wife works for announced yesterday afternoon that their employee coverage would now include expenses to travel and pay for an abortion.

Abortions are a lot cheaper than maternity leave.

Duh.

Posted by: Fred In Accounting! at June 25, 2022 12:31 PM (I2/tG)

151 People are leaving and I've just arrived.
Well, the comments are still here.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 25, 2022 12:32 PM (OSzuF)

152 Not every conception is valid. I think he's heading up a blind alley.

Posted by: Art Deco at June 25, 2022 12:33 PM (1BrBu)

153 Yeah from a business perspective, pregnant women are a huge expense. Its the secret nobody wants to say anything about today but was always known and understood. A man is a better investment for a business, no matter how good the woman is simply because he'll never, ever get pregnant (no matter what leftist lunatics say) and disappear for months of paid leave. He's just more productive.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 25, 2022 12:33 PM (llsW/)

154 Deck is shaded, have a big sycamore and maples around me

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 12:33 PM (2JoB8)

155 Abortions are a lot cheaper than maternity leave.

Duh.
Posted by: Fred In Accounting! at June 25, 2022 12:31 PM (I2/tG)

Did mayor Pete take maternity leave or paternity leave?...enquiring minds.

Posted by: BignJames at June 25, 2022 12:34 PM (AwYPR)

156 Investors are being pressured to only invest in woke companies. Woke companies are able to access government cronyism where non-woke are not. non-woke companies are actively attacked by the government (congressional hearings, investigations, DOJ lawsuits etc) over anything they can manage.

Yeah, ESG is a new form of regulation, and a new barrier to entry.

Established firms can strangle potential competitors by putting all sorts of onerous requirements on them. Most regulation is intended to have that effect.

Posted by: The ARC of History! at June 25, 2022 12:35 PM (I2/tG)

157 The ARC of History! at June 25, 2022 12:35 PM

Meant to destroy your retirement savings.

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 12:36 PM (rrtZS)

158 Lot's of HR denigration going on.

If your employer is woke, the infection started in HR.

If it isn't, the infection is being fought there. And those folks in HR are the one's fighting it. It is a constant battle, and the people fighting it know what will happen if they lose.

So put the selector switch on semi, or short burst, people. Full auto is killing the friendlies along with the enemy.

Oskar Schindler's HR team saved a lot of lives.

Posted by: CZ = FNG, Free Republic of Florida at June 25, 2022 12:37 PM (MkuC5)

159 He's just more productive.

Also, after a couple has a kid, the man tends to work more and the woman tends to work less.

Obama very briefly tried to paint parents as an oppressed group in the workplace, but abandoned that quickly, as many people noted it's the single people who tend to work nights and weekends when it's necessary to get something done.

Posted by: The ARC of History! at June 25, 2022 12:37 PM (I2/tG)

160 Alison Krause:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SCOimBo5tg



https://youtu.be/xNU7iIdw7Ss

Same song, Keith Whitley this time. I think he wrote it.

Posted by: Puddleglum at work at June 25, 2022 12:41 PM (ifUkZ)

161 "wokeness both asserts a wide variety of rights that supersede ownership and insists upon the creation of a permanent caste of managers to monitor the implementation of these rights."

The stakeholder concept is OK, from my view, but on a more fundamental level. A local company with local employees has a stake in the community, may offer scholarships or build parks, various such thangs.

It maybe could work on the "pro-liberty, pro-America" level. But my guess is we got Wokeness" as the perversion of a genuine "stake" in the community, or in Liberty. That did not happen naturally, it was imposed on us from the globalists, extending the Critical Theory, pushing it as they (Soviets, then others).

Europe was less influenced ... maybe because they were already more Woke? Also their demographics were less "diverse" than ours. America has been "BigSatan" for a long time, and as Reagan said, we have been the Shining City upon a Hill.

https://tinyurl.com/5daas6wy

Posted by: illiniwek at June 25, 2022 12:42 PM (Cus5s)

162 Posted by: CZ = FNG, Free Republic of Florida at June 25, 2022 12:37 PM (MkuC5)

This is true. A good HR department stops the rot. And doesn't get political. For instance: I happen to know that our HR lady despises wokeness. And she put a quick stop to our solitary office wokester and her constant tirades. But did not recommend she be fired. She just made her stop.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 25, 2022 12:43 PM (IXpV7)

163 "That did not happen naturally, it was imposed on us from the globalists, extending the Critical Theory, pushing it as they (Soviets, then others) ... marched through our institutions. (I meant to say)

Posted by: illiniwek at June 25, 2022 12:44 PM (Cus5s)

164 Why did big business adopt wokeness?

The TLDR version is "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

I'll read some of those pieces later, but I too think the Frankfort School is also largely to blame, the long march thru the institutions being largely complete.

And that's when the fights started. Good assembly of thoughts, KT.

Posted by: GnuBreed at June 25, 2022 12:46 PM (F0YaR)

165 And that's when the fights started. Good assembly of thoughts, KT.

Yes, thank you for the thread.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 12:48 PM (Xrfse)

166 The abortion travel expenses gambit is a cheap virtue signal. It shows the world that, like all decent bien pensant drones, you are Good People who do their part in America's bloodsoaked war on the innocent.

But the baby-chopping harlot knows in her black little heart that what she's doing is shameful - very few of these filicidal mattressbacks will actually have the nerve to file that expense report.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 25, 2022 12:49 PM (IXpV7)

167 I watched some msnbc clips on you tube re: Roe. Hilarious shit.

Posted by: Joe XIden at June 25, 2022 12:50 PM (3vQN0)

168 I have to agree with the comment on buzzwords. A couple of times I have dang near went off on a customer service rep for using the word "perfect" over and over. What is your name? Answer. Perfect. What is your account number? Answer. Perfect. Arrghh!!!

Posted by: SSR at June 25, 2022 12:51 PM (7NmRg)

169 Have not been an attendee in corporate meetings for many years, so my hated phrase is an oldie "I just want to make sure we are all on the same page.

Posted by: French Jeton at June 25, 2022 12:52 PM (zEKdf)

170 As a company i have two options

1. Pay $3k for a one time abortion trip

2. Pay for weeks if not months of maternity leave plus additional health care costs that will drive my company’s insurance prices higher. And then have an employee who will be taking time off for kid doctors appointments and violin recitals and all sorts of shit for the next 10 years.

Hmmm, tough choice, lol.

Posted by: Joe XIden at June 25, 2022 12:53 PM (3vQN0)

171 I used to hate Charles C.W.Cooke, now I love hiim.

Posted by: TATER THE EUNUCH at June 25, 2022 12:53 PM (z9V4B)

172 Was this a bookmark clearing post or what?

Posted by: weft cut-loop at June 25, 2022 12:58 PM (IEa8U)

173 Have not been an attendee in corporate meetings for many years, so my hated phrase is an oldie "I just want to make sure we are all on the same page.

Another hated one for me is "We must exercise due diligence...".

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 12:58 PM (Xrfse)

174

'Not a problem' is the default zoomer response to every single customer service interaction around here.

I want to make it a problem.

Posted by: Victor Viagra at June 25, 2022 01:02 PM (5Yq7E)

175

Duke Energy 2021 ESG Report

https://tinyurl.com/5afsznym

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at June 25, 2022 01:02 PM (63Dwl)

176 Truly woke companies would pay bonuses to people with uteruses for having abortions.

Posted by: The Next Step! at June 25, 2022 01:04 PM (I2/tG)

177 Remember, one square only!

Posted by: Sheryl Crow at June 25, 2022 01:05 PM (a3Q+t)

178 Truly woke companies would pay bonuses to people with uteruses for having abortions.
Posted by: The Next Step! at June 25, 2022 01:04 PM (I2/tG)

Is it depraved? Can you imagine it? Then people with power WILL do it... Just a matter of when, not if. Our ruling class is evil for the sheer joy of the exercise. Til they are extirpated root and branch, all of this is inevitable.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 25, 2022 01:07 PM (IXpV7)

179 I used to introduce a little used word at work just to see how far it would travel. I would use the word repeatedly for a week or so and then quit. Sure enough it started popping out of the mouths of co-workers all over the company.

After running its course I would introduce another one a couple of months later. The goal was to get everyone saying at least one of words. It was surprising easy to get people to start using the word especially those that probably didn't understand the word meaning.

Posted by: Beartooth at June 25, 2022 01:08 PM (qyyfk)

180 Seriously - all anyone would have to do is say in an HR meeting: "you know what would really show these wretched flyover peasants who really counts? $5k bonuses for abortions!"

It'll be policy within a week. Maybe an hour.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 25, 2022 01:13 PM (IXpV7)

181 Burnham is the best person you can read as far as secondary sources to people like Auron MacEntyre.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at June 25, 2022 01:13 PM (ybIRR)

182 My work is all in on the DIE bs. Diversity (but not of opinion) Equity (Puh-lease we are a not for profit the only equity I need is my paycheck) and of course Inclusion. (which seems to be, invite the weirdos to share TMI and everyone is coerced to applaud them, yuck.)

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at June 25, 2022 01:14 PM (3cGpq)

183 Beartooth that sounds like a fun game.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at June 25, 2022 01:16 PM (3cGpq)

184 Russian Army Political Commasars were executed immediately by the Nazis when caught

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 01:18 PM (2JoB8)

185 Our work/HR likes the core competency term too. And EVERYONE has the DEI bs as a core competency they need to have.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at June 25, 2022 01:18 PM (3cGpq)

186 Buzz-Words are so much easier than critical thinking.

Posted by: davidt at June 25, 2022 01:18 PM (oTZbj)

187 But then critical thinking became a buzzword.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at June 25, 2022 01:19 PM (3cGpq)

188 One of my cousins works "for" his wife. His late father-in-law started the company, but it's in her name so that they can get the perks of a minority- and female-owned business.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at June 25, 2022 01:19 PM (/+bwe)

189 Take it to the next level: use a rare word (or wholly fabricated one) in a completely wrong way, and see if it sticks. "Did you know 9 in 10 vironomers agrees that the vaxx will increase your libido?"

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at June 25, 2022 01:20 PM (IXpV7)

190 This week my phone died while deicing and I didn't have a charger. So I listened to the radio. Commercial after commercial about pride.

You cannot escape it.

Posted by: Joe XIden at June 25, 2022 01:20 PM (3vQN0)

191 >>> But the baby-chopping harlot knows in her black little heart that what she's doing is shameful - very few of these filicidal mattressbacks will actually have the nerve to file that expense report.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice
-------

You're showing your age.
Amongst the zippers there is no shame, there is no privacy, all is good.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 25, 2022 01:20 PM (OSzuF)

192 NOOD Flowers!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 01:21 PM (X7dk/)

193 We'll, how are we gonna shift the paradigm if we don't drive synergies, maximize throughput, and utilize best practices? Looks like someone didn't get but in from key stakeholders.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 01:21 PM (u73oe)

194 Yeah zoomers grew up telling their darkest and most shameful secrets to everyone in chat and on social media. They don't have any barriers.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 25, 2022 01:22 PM (llsW/)

195 This is true. A good HR department stops the rot. And doesn't get political. For instance: I happen to know that our HR lady despises wokeness. And she put a quick stop to our solitary office wokester and her constant tirades. But did not recommend she be fired. She just made her stop.

Just because the cancer is isolated doesn't mean it won't metastasize. If the HR lady ever leaves the cancer will spread unless it's removed before then.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - On my phone, identifiers may vary at June 25, 2022 01:23 PM (NXDm5)

196 Whenever I read Vic's comment about the RAMIREZ cartoon I always hear it in my head as the Kurgan from Highlander. Anyone else?

Posted by: InCali at June 25, 2022 01:24 PM (IUxzY)

197 Diggy Diggy Lo needs some upright (according to buck). I spy it in the background but they used electric for that number.

I'm still plinking away on my arpeggios through Autumn Leaves. I wouldn't mind doing some Americana music either.

Posted by: InCali at June 25, 2022 01:27 PM (IUxzY)

198 You're showing your age.
Amongst the zippers there is no shame, there is no privacy, all is good.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 25, 2022 01:20 PM

You ain't kidding! A friend's daughter shared an apartment with a girl who decided to have an abortion. Another roommate said it was no big deal: she'd already had two. Neither of the roommates were old enough to drink.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at June 25, 2022 01:28 PM (/+bwe)

199 "Reach out" makes me think of R. Lee Ermey's comment about "reach arounds". In other words, it sounds like an activity that someone who rides foreskins might enjoy.



Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at June 25, 2022 01:30 PM (bW8dp)

200 I am guilty of texting perfect as a response. I use it all the time, usually I write "this is perfect, thanks" or perfect, thanks.

I must hear people saying it, I have no idea where I picked up that habit.



Posted by: CaliGirl at June 25, 2022 01:33 PM (h3dRk)

201 "Paradigm"

Posted by: Unclezip at June 25, 2022 01:35 PM (CUMtI)

202 That comparison of "wokeism" to all of those 20th century totalitarian horrors and delusions was nice, but in general I just substitute slimmed down adjectives to do the same thing.

These idiotic slogans and policies are racist, totalitarian, and sociopathic. Period.

And the spread of this destructive poison beyond the dark corners of (intellectually and philosophically) collapsing academia is entirely the fault of low character in "leaders" in business and other walks of life.

Posted by: rhomboid at June 25, 2022 01:42 PM (OTzUX)

203 our HR lady despises wokeness. And she put a quick stop to our solitary office wokester and her constant tirades. But did not recommend she be fired. She just made her stop.

*

Guess what happens the moment she retires?

They HAVE to be fired, and they have to be told that their divisiveness, hatred, and racism is the reason.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - screw anyone here who thinks he should tell Americans what they need or should buy at June 25, 2022 01:43 PM (C2d4q)

204 Speaking of risqué Americana, I like the version of salty dog that goes

I like bacon
I like grits
I like rubbing on big ol feet
Honey let me be your salty dog

Posted by: Moron Robbie - screw anyone here who thinks he should tell Americans what they need or should buy at June 25, 2022 01:45 PM (C2d4q)

205 First time I heard "reach out" in a work setting was probably after it had become common. I was shocked, almost amused, since the guy saying it was older than I was. It just perfectly encapsulates a lot of the vapid creepy narcissistic ewww vibe of so much in recent years.

How about "call them" or "contact them"?

Posted by: rhomboid at June 25, 2022 01:47 PM (OTzUX)

206 200 I am guilty of texting perfect as a response. I use it all the time, usually I write "this is perfect, thanks" or perfect, thanks.

I must hear people saying it, I have no idea where I picked up that habit.

Posted by: CaliGirl at June 25, 2022 01:33 PM (h3dRk)

Next time try "Amazeballs!!!"

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 25, 2022 01:49 PM (trdmm)

207 I like bacon
I like grits

I like motorboating big ol' tits

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 01:56 PM (arJlL)

208 The article linked above by Skip, on the mass de facto amnesty now being enacted at DHS, ends with what can only be called a delusional element. The author calls on Republicans in Congress to compel enforcement of immigration law, and to impeach officials who obviously are not doing it.

Imagine being so out of touch with at least 15 years of American life that you could without irony or humorous intent call on the congressional GOP to do anything at all to restore rule of law in immigration.

Red wave. Right.

Posted by: rhomboid at June 25, 2022 01:56 PM (OTzUX)

209 Had a co-worker tell me that she was working to dispatch for a customer but was sure exactly when they would be out. I told her I'd call them and said I would be vague. She thought it was funny. So many words out there and our vocabularies are shrinking to just a few.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 01:59 PM (YynYJ)

210 Reach out...and touch someone!

Posted by: Smokin' Uncle Joe Biden at June 25, 2022 01:59 PM (Xrfse)

211 I've noticed a trend in my company, and it is becoming pronounced and difficult for management to deal with.

Retirement rather than put up with bullshit.

It really started when the vax mandate started, and my company, to their credit, dropped the mandate and masks as soon as the courts overturned them.

We build satellites. This is a very complicated process that requires expertise from over a dozen highly technical disciplines that can't be cross trained. Your radiation expert can't become your mechanical expert, but you must have both to do the job. And it takes years of experience to be able to do the job, you can't hire a woke new grad to do it. 25+ years of expertise is the norm for the technical leaders.

We are seeing a lot of the long time expert retire or threaten to retire, rather than put up with any managerial bullshit. And this includes struggle sessions or anything like that. The greybeards simply ignore anything beyond a 30 minute slide show on diversity. If you tried to schedule a live session where everyone explored the personal struggle, they just don't bother to show up. And you can't hire replacements for them, there aren't any on the market.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 02:01 PM (5p7BC)

212 91 OK, who is ready for Tesla Phone ?? Solar charging , crypto mining, starlink compatible.
Posted by: runner
------------------------

Must I go to the stupid app store?
Is it compatible with Windows and IOS?
Is it really private/turn off tracking?
Is the battery replaceable?

Posted by: Braenyard at June 25, 2022 02:01 PM (OSzuF)

213 "The great irony is that tonight Democrat cities will be burned down by Democrats in Democrat states where abortion will still be legal."

Posted by: @dc_draino at June 25, 2022 02:02 PM (D6lWx)

214 F'n Traitor Senate Repubs... Biden signed the hurried through Gun Control law.... my that was fast.

Only took like a week to totally destroy a couple of Rights.

Posted by: Romeo13 at June 25, 2022 02:03 PM (oHd/0)

215 213 "The great irony is that tonight Democrat cities will be burned down by Democrats in Democrat states where abortion will still be legal."
Posted by: @dc_draino at June 25, 2022 02:02 PM (D6lWx)

Reminds me, I need to go to the store, I'm out of popcorn.

Posted by: Romeo13 at June 25, 2022 02:04 PM (oHd/0)

216 One of Rufo's first exposes was the outrageous nazi CRT garbage "training" for *SENIOR PEOPLE AT NUCLEAR AND HIGH TECH WEAPONS GOVT. LAB IN NEW MEXICO* (an off-site "retreat" I recall).

There are innumerable milestones (as noted in KT's post, in a "journey" of just a few years, actually) of degradation in the decline of the US, but this was a blaring siren.

An unserious - and seriously degraded - country, from top to bottom, horizon to horizon.

Posted by: rhomboid at June 25, 2022 02:06 PM (OTzUX)

217 Retirement rather than put up with bullshit.

It's becoming a trend and an unfortunate one. Wokeism is driving out the "keepers of the keys", i.e. those who were once willing and able to pass along the baton of knowledge.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 02:07 PM (Xrfse)

218 Work smarter!

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at June 25, 2022 02:10 PM (BeZ5e)

219 A measure of how variously brain-dead and stupid and desperate the GOP base is can be seen in a *gun control* monstrosity being supported by much of the Senate GOP, in an election year, with a Dem WH and congressional party in as desperately weak a position as seen for any faction in some time.

The Senate GOP does this without the slightest concern over consequences.

Red wave, pretty exciting.

Posted by: rhomboid at June 25, 2022 02:10 PM (OTzUX)

220 Empower
Impactful
Utilize (instead of “use”
Actualize
DEI (I call it “DIE”
Equity

I have to confess to saying “Awesome” lately. I didn’t use that word when I was a Customer Service Rep nor as a “Subject Matter Expert.”

Posted by: March Hare at June 25, 2022 02:12 PM (lwrAe)

221 Malcom Kyeyune pro Sweden piece fails note Sweden's increase in rape & domestic violence, wonder why. What was the Swedish government's response to the increased rape of Swedish women by Muslim immigrants. They told women to wear bulky clothing, to hide their bodies/shape, etc.. so as not to raise the sexual desire of Muslim men. They told women to stay home, or go out in large groups, or only go out when they could be accompanied by a male family member. Yeah, Sweden is so far ahead of the USA on life issues. BS.

Posted by: sirknob at June 25, 2022 02:15 PM (niQtX)

222 174 'Not a problem' is the default zoomer response to every single customer service interaction around here.
I want to make it a problem.
Posted by: Victor Viagra at June 25, 2022 01:02 PM (5Yq7E)

I had a contracted start date to put solar on my house last week... emailed my Sales guy Tuesday because no one from the company had contacted me... 'oh, its still in permitting'. Weds... uh, it's been in permitting for over 2 weeks, can you check on the hold up? Sure, I'll send an email.

Thursday rolls around, no contact so at noon I get ahold of my Local Town Plans department, and find out no paper work was ever submitted. Call my solar company directly, and do my old Crusty Salty Navy NCO thing, to which they finally pay attention. I find out FRIDAY that it is now submitted, they had sent it to someone (personal email) in the town's business department.

Still no start date on my install... now a week late... ths will end up costing me about $400 or so in electricity, as we are now in the 105 degree range of summer here.

I've noticed that even basic business practices are not working... no accountability... which leads to no trust.

Posted by: Romeo13 at June 25, 2022 02:16 PM (oHd/0)

223 It's becoming a trend and an unfortunate one. Wokeism is driving out the "keepers of the keys", i.e. those who were once willing and able to pass along the baton of knowledge.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 02:07 PM (Xrfse)

I taught network engineering for years in Denver. Last company I was working as a contractor, and they announced they had found someone who would work for less, so either I had to take a pay cut (significant), or they would replace me.... I said OK, bye.

Then then asked me to do one more set of complete courses, with my replacement sitting in as one of the students, so he could see how to teach the courses...

I said 'not only no, but Fuck no' (yes, that is a quote).

Posted by: Romeo13 at June 25, 2022 02:19 PM (oHd/0)

224 I've noticed that even basic business practices are not working... no accountability... which leads to no trust.

It's rapidly becoming irreparable. I have no clue as to how that can be fixed.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 02:19 PM (Xrfse)

225 I said 'not only no, but Fuck no' (yes, that is a quote).

Spot on. Good for you.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 02:22 PM (Xrfse)

226 Then then asked me to do one more set of complete courses, with my replacement sitting in as one of the students, so he could see how to teach the courses...

I said 'not only no, but Fuck no' (yes, that is a quote).
Posted by: Romeo13

Well done!
Replacement qualifications:
H1B visa and Indian accent?

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 02:26 PM (Ut78G)

227 Basic business practices work, problem is - they are not doing them.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 25, 2022 02:26 PM (OSzuF)

228 I said 'not only no, but Fuck no' (yes, that is a quote).
Posted by: Romeo13 at June 25, 2022 02:19 PM (oHd/0)

You are my new hero

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 25, 2022 02:28 PM (4vRk5)

229 Blacks have been the target of the Sanger Holocaust from the beginning.
But the young, unmarried black women don't want the babies.

It's synergy.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at June 25, 2022 02:31 PM (BeZ5e)

230 so many people who need to learn the words zek and shovel.

Posted by: MONKEYPOX IN GARY at June 25, 2022 02:38 PM (FhXTo)

231 I know I come across as an old coot here from time to time and for all intents and purposes, I am. I'm just having a difficult time reconciling this collapse. I won't give up but some days it seems like it ain't worth the effort. Gotta quit my bitchin' and carry on.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 02:38 PM (Xrfse)

232 I've noticed that even basic business practices are not working... no accountability... which leads to no trust.

Business philsophy undergoes a shift every generation or few decades, trying something "fresh" and "new" that changes the paradigm and somehow gives a competitive advantage over everyone else that also adopts exactly the same thing.

I suspect we're on the downward turn of the woke business model, as companies begin to question and look for a new model. But how long it will take to find a new one and whether that will be any better, who knows.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at June 25, 2022 02:42 PM (llsW/)

233 Any phone is chargeable by solar.
I bought some portable panels and a battery pack, just because my utility keeps suggesting there will be outages. It's coming in handy in general. I used it to run the dishwasher yesterday. Handled it like a champ.

Posted by: gourmand du jour at June 25, 2022 02:42 PM (jTmQV)

234 https://pjmedia.com/robert-spencer/what could go wrong bidens handlers-allow members of a foreign terrorist organization to enter the u.s.

Sundowner's Puppeteers I bet are all over this, permitting Iranian Guard into the country

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 02:45 PM (2JoB8)

235 >>> But the young, unmarried black women don't want the babies.

PPH plants itself close to black neighborhoods to become a familiar then accepted part of the community. Thus altering the culture of the community. Now that it will no longer be there culture will change again.
It will change organically without any forced legislation.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 25, 2022 02:45 PM (OSzuF)

236 sirknob

I have followed Malcom Kyeyune for a while. He is a former Marxist - it is hard to say he is a maga guy, but he sure sounds like it sometimes - and he is very based from a right wing point of view.


He is very aware of what is happening in Sweden and is anti immigration. Mom is Swedish and dad is immigrant. Overall smart guy and his prior pieces are well worth reading.

Posted by: Justin Castreau at June 25, 2022 02:47 PM (ZW1rs)

237 I had to look up Tal Bachman, and yes it's the same Tal Bachman who had a hit in 1999 called "She's So High" and is the son of former The Guess Who and BTO guitarist Randy Bachman.

He's now an ex-Mormon and right wing commentator.

Posted by: JoeF. at June 25, 2022 02:48 PM (mR6Gs)

238 231 I know I come across as an old coot here from time to time and for all intents and purposes, I am. I'm just having a difficult time reconciling this collapse. I won't give up but some days it seems like it ain't worth the effort. Gotta quit my bitchin' and carry on.
Posted by: Notorious BFD
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The Marines have a motto... don't know what it is,
but it's something like - Never Quit, Never Give Up -
Two things:
_1. It scares the hell out of their opponents
_2. They usually win

It's the American way.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 25, 2022 02:49 PM (OSzuF)

239 I like bacon
I like grits
I like motorboating big ol' tits
Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 01:56 PM (arJlL)

Hi handsome!

Posted by: Nancy Pelosi, Saggy Boobs Rule! at June 25, 2022 02:53 PM (R/m4+)

240 It's the American way.

Yep. Stay focused.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at June 25, 2022 02:59 PM (Xrfse)

241 What I don't get is charging portable devices without being connected physically to a power.

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 03:00 PM (2JoB8)

242 The Ny yankees changed their logo online to ther dumb Pride Logo, then they heard loud and clear from fans that it was stupid and divisive, and saw that the only support they recieved was from people who didn't give 2 craps about the team or sport, but just wanted to cheer gayness and attack anyone who disagreed. The team didn't wait until the end of Pride month to change it back to normal.

Conservatives and moderates make up a vast majority of the country, hell the whole world, if we push back these companies will learn not to cater to the fringe mentality ill and the celebrities that endorse and push that shit.

The only thing we can't fight back against in china's pull on the companies, and china is the one using its power over teens with tiktok, to really push wokeness and amplify a tiny minority in to looking bigger, since they push these videos everywhere so teens and companies think the whole world wants to be woke, when it's just china's attempts to destroy its global competitor by making us weak.

Posted by: Rbastid at June 25, 2022 03:12 PM (Mf806)

243 The ideal worker would be decanted from a test tube; no uterus involved

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 25, 2022 03:22 PM (AGQFW)

244 PET NOOD

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 25, 2022 03:27 PM (AGQFW)

245 When some employee wants to take advantage of the benefit 3 or 4 times every year.....

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at June 25, 2022 03:31 PM (BeZ5e)

246 >>> The only thing we can't fight back against in china's pull on the companies, and ... tiktok, to really push wokeness and amplify a tiny minority in to looking bigger, ... so teens and companies think the whole world wants to be woke, when it's just china's attempts to destroy its global competitor by making us weak.

Posted by: Rbastid
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And boots on the ground. Lot's of boots.
And quislings.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 25, 2022 03:59 PM (OSzuF)

247 I recommend the Gun Thread next explore what one does with their gun while using a public toilet. I've used several options and one would actually be amazed maybe at how many sworn police officers get disciplined for forgetting their guns in public bathrooms. Guns are heavy, awkward, and difficult to handle.

Posted by: LenNeal at June 25, 2022 04:14 PM (U11/V)

248 The only thing we can't fight back against in china's pull on the companies

As Conservatism gives way, and it is, to whatever the next movement calls itself on the right, the reflexive defense of corporations can't die soon enough. Nobody would care about China's grip on corporate america, if corporate america hadn't been supported for so long by the right.

I think, as we transition to MAGA - or Nationalist Populism - that little problem will take care of itself.

Posted by: Here We Go Again at June 25, 2022 04:21 PM (IDDzA)

249 I suspect we're on the downward turn of the woke business model, as companies begin to question and look for a new model. But how long it will take to find a new one and whether that will be any better, who knows.
----
Hoping you are right and it goes the way of six sigma.

The one benefit of the upcoming recession is that it focuses businesses on survival. They don't have the luxury of paying people to be woke.

Useless people and troublemakers are the first to be laid off.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at June 25, 2022 05:32 PM (5p7BC)

250 "Synergize" is great, but you gotta do that hand grip symbol when you say it.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at June 25, 2022 11:38 AM

Reminds me of the underrated 2004 movie "In Good Company" where they mock the "synergize" and all other corporate-speak bullshit.

Carter Duryea: I'm gonna have to let some people go.
Dan Foreman: Why do you say let them go? They don't WANT to go. Why don't you just say fire them?
Carter Duryea: Because it sounds better.
Dan Foreman: Not to the person getting fired it doesn't.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at June 25, 2022 05:44 PM (Do5/p)

251 In Good Company (2004) - Questioning Teddy K

https://bit.ly/3QN0gAW

Dan Foreman: I'm not sure I understand what you're talking about.

What I mean is... what do computers have to do with sports? Are you literally saying there should be a section in the magazine about computers? Who's going to want to read that?

And I'm not sure I understand how the way the world is changing is actually going to change how we do business. We're still selling a product, right? Which hopefully someone needs. We're human beings with other human beings for customers. So I don't see how this company is like its own country.

I mean just because we sell different kinds of things, that doesn't mean we should operate by our own laws, does it? Beside which, countries, at least democratic ones, they have some obligation to their citizens, don't they? So how do layoffs and bottom line thinking fit into that?

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at June 25, 2022 05:53 PM (Do5/p)

252 In Good Company (2004) - Synchronize and Synergize!

https://bit.ly/39QkLfs

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at June 25, 2022 05:55 PM (Do5/p)

253 33 Passion
What's the ask?
Bandwidth
Hard stop
Posted by: Tonypete at June 25, 2022 11:23 AM (Msys3)
----
Interdict
leverage
networking
blue sky

Posted by: Ciampino leveraging my advantages at June 25, 2022 06:45 PM (qfLjt)

254 IF
you can, get the woke to start fighting among themselves (shouldn't be hard to do.)

The woke are cannibals, and will eat their host. Get them to start eating each other instead... ;-)

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