Corporate Governance

Petition to change name of Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Joe Biden

A petition has been doing the rounds to change the name of Glasgow Prestwick Airport to ‘Joe Biden’ as former President Trump often uses the terminal due to its close proximity to his golf resort.

Should every city, town or airport that hosts a Trump property nearby change the name of an important landmark? Maybe rename the street of the entrance to Trump’s resort to Joe Biden Blvd? Should balloons shaped in the form of Trump in diapers be flown permanently above the town square just to rub it in his face until he is no longer alive?

As much as the left hate Donald Trump, when will the derangement end?

Yet it isn’t just about him. This isn’t a joke. It’s an extension of cancel culture which seeks to punish those the mob disagrees with.

My Pillow founder, Michael J Lindell, has had several large retail stores stop selling his merchandise because of his support of Trump. Many other brands have caved to the mob for the same reason – cowardice.

Instead of letting individual consumers decide for themselves, weak corporates are kneeling at the altar of wokeness, afraid to be cancelled by a bunch of fringe activists who aren’t likely to be customers anyway. We hope My Pillow sales boom online. Or will USPS, FedEx or UPS refuse to ship his goods down the line?

We were astonished to see a group of companies publicly denounce the Capitol riots. For the love of God, when people saw the despicable act of a few people overestimating their agency, did the names Toyota, GM or Pfizer pop into the heads of anyone as being related in any way? We’re guessing not but why did these corporates self-appoint themselves as moral guardians? Goodyear is hardly a bastion of balance when its HR pushed radical leftist training completely unrelated to the tyre business.

Why didn’t the PGA grow a spine and say that Trump’s course would provide the best golf. Do they honestly believe they’d lose a single fan? Pushing back works as proven by RedBull and Goya.

While the Prestwick Airport stunt might appear like a decent Scottish joke it is nothing more than an extension of cancel culture. For as much as the left scream about equality, compassion and fairness, they seem to want to hound Trump to his grave. Guess what, this will only embolden his supporters who are growing ever more weary of the deliberate suppression of free speech and ability to have a voice.

To the cancel culture, unity only comes from coerced conformity and every time a corporate caves, it emboldens them to go in even harder.

Be careful what you wish for.

Banks & Insurers lecture customers on morals

Baseball legend Curt Schilling has claimed that insurance company, AIG, has cancelled his policy over tweets he made about the recent events on the Capitol.

Schilling stated he had a AAA rating and no claims for 17 years.

Aren’t insurance companies supposed to assess risk? Did Schilling have a major endorsement contract with AIG? If so, we’d understand. If not, isn’t he an anonymous customer among millions?

What relevance does an insurance policy have to do with a customer expressing first amendment rights? Has AIG gone through the Twitter accounts of all of its policy holders to check they have not said anything similar to Schilling? If not, would be highly discriminatory, no? Should he sue?

Wasn’t AIG found guilty of entering into sham transactions in order to inflate the reserves and to conceal losses in 2005? Didn’t Schilling, a taxpayer, indirectly bail out AIG post the GFC?

Deutsche Bank has also moved to end its association with Donald Trump. Ironic, that a bank which has been fined repeatedly for unethical behavior such as money laundering thinks it has an opportunity to save its skin by signaling it has repented. Will a flood of customers open accounts as a sign of appreciation? Probably not.

Fascinating that – bank worth 8% of its peak value, is lecturing customers about morals when it has a self-documented history of being a bank for the Third Reich, including the provision of funds to build the Auschwitz extermination camp.

Since when did corporates self-appoint themselves as moral arbiters of their customers individual constitutionally enshrined liberties? Will customer social media profiles now form part of the loan application documents? “Sorry sir, your credit rating is outstanding but the application has been rejected for something you posted when 13 years old.” Got it?

More corporate cowardice masquerading as courage. This is nothing more than companies showing they are going out of their way to make public sacrifices on the altar of the Marxist fringe mobs in the hope they become the last to be cancelled. What a joke.

We never thought it imaginable but today, corporate PR departments have less spine than internal compliance officers.

Should the Coons be Cheesed Off?

More gutless corporate pandering to the mob. We wrote about the plan to change the brand name of ‘Coon‘ cheese last year.

The cheese was named after its American maker, Edward William Coon, 85 years ago.

It has now been changed to ‘Cheer.’

In our view, the marketers should be fired for a lack of creativity. About as useless as the PR team of parent company Saputo.

Why didn’t Saputo write about the origins of Coon on the packet? Seems sensible to educate those woke fringe groups who take umbrage at everything.

Instead, the Saputo CEO gave the all too common cave in to the cancel culture by stating,

Treating people with respect and without discrimination is one of our basic principles and is is imperative that we continue to uphold this in everything we do.”

Hasn’t the food producer disrespected the 31 families bearing that surname in Australia?

Should the Coons be pressured to change their surname to Cheer? What better way to accumulate woke points with the apparatchiks than getting the Coons to renounce their origins. Why not hold a ceremony named Day 1, Year 0 where the families publicly apologize for unconscious racism and beg for forgiveness.

Perhaps Saputo can pay for all the legal costs associated with changing drivers licenses, passports, Medicare and all other manner of documentation so the dairy company can revel in even more vacuous virtue signaling so the PR department can justify having a role.

Down the line, we would love to see the empirical data on how the lives of those the name change is designed to improve have been bettered. Apart from absolutely zero, we imagine the only declining figure experienced will be the revenue line.

Another corporate own goal.

Perhaps Saputo should look at those brands who have stood up to the faux outrage groups – GoyaRed Bull – and won.

Three Cheers for the cowards.

Amazon said Parler move was in good faith

https://fb.watch/2ZUoqh2Yfy/

Amazon said its move to ditch Parler from its AWS platform was done in good faith. So much good faith that it decided with the best intentions to leak the letter to left-wing media site, Buzzfeed, before sending it to the intended recipient, Parler.

Impeccable ethics and corporate integrity right there. Who doesn’t leak important legal documents before sending to the addressee?

PGA announces 2022 switch to Pyongyang GC from Trump National

The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America has decided to sever ties with President Donald Trump after voting to take the PGA Championship event from his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course, Trump National in 2022.

PGA CEO Seth Waugh said, “We find ourselves in a political situation not of our making…We’re fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand. And how do we best protect that? Our feeling was given the tragic events of Wednesday that we could no longer hold it at Bedminster. The damage could have been irreparable. The only real course of action was to leave.”

Unconfirmed sources say that the front runner to replace the 2022 event could be the Pyongyang Golf Course in North Korea.

The PGA is believed to have received tacit approval from Big Tech companies to move forward with the event only if Kim Jong-un promises not to invite Trump as his guest. The rationale is believed to be because Kim is Trump’s last friend on earth. Being snubbed by the North Korean dictator is understood to be the best way for the PGA to get the maximum woke points necessary to prove they’ve moved heaven and earth to appease the cancel culture mob and protect their brand.

Kim was reported to have told CEO Waugh, “how can you humiliate Trump if he is no longer able to get my tweets?” Sources close to Twitter have confirmed that Jack Dorsey is considering reinstating Trump’s account for 6 hours as an act of compassion and to show conservatives that the platform is an advocate for free speech.

A senior Antifa spokesman, Lance Brick, said that he was surprised to hear of the PGA move as none of his members play golf. Brick said, “Look, none of us really like golf so the PGA was never on our radar. Thanks to the CEO’s public statement we have realised we didn’t know what we didn’t know. After an emergency plenary session, we have decided to refocus our energies on looting golf pro shops and demanding the PGA reveal which golf courses are steeped in the white patriarchy and burn those clubhouses to the ground, lest we turn our rage on them.”

Acolytes in the mainstream media have reportedly welcomed the discussions, noting potential offsite opportunities with North Korean state media to improve their delivery back at home.

How do you like dem Apples?

How is it that Twitter has survived for so long allowing violence, vitriol and hatred on its platform yet Apple and Google chose to do zip about it? We know the answer.

However, when a conservative alternative is deemed to have ‘broken’ the rules, Apple comes down like a tonne of bricks. The rank hypocrisy.

Apple has never suspended Twitter from the App Store when hateful and violent bile has been and continues to be spread.

Kathy Griffin retweeted the image of a bloody decapitated head of President Trump (the one that she was desperately sorry for in 2017) the day after the election result was called by the media. Almost 10,000 retweets, 64,000 likes and a laundry list of hateful replies. Is this not violence?

Or a more recent tweet from Griffin,

Look, you stupid bitch, go throw your dad that BJ he wants and then walk him out of the White House and the Presidency forever. Force him to resign immediately. twitter.com/ivankatrump/st…

Of course some will argue she is a comedian (a terrible one at that) and therefore deserves a pass on distasteful content as it is an art form.

Still, doesn’t suggesting that Ivanka perform fellatio on her father violate community standards? If anyone (including a comedian) suggested one of Obama’s daughters perform oral sex on her father, Twitter would censor it (appropriately) and the mainstream media would run with it for days lambasting this despicable behaviour and go out of their way to cancel the offender.

John Henson, host of Food Nation, tweeted, then deleted,

“I hope Barron gets to spend today with whoever his dad is.”

Is slut-shaming FLOTUS fair game? Is making fun of a minor appropriate? Even if people delete tasteless tweets, why isn’t Apple demanding that Twitter take stronger action and threaten to suspend it from the App Store until it has dealt with people who violate community standards?

What we find particularly sinister is the way Big Tech is flexing its muscles and bullying companies they have ideological differences with conform to their moral code. Maybe Apple should demand a seat on the board of Parler to approve its decision? It would be one thing if Apple put Twitter in the penalty box as well but alas, corporate double standards are a thing. It is not the principle that matters, but the side.

Why doesn’t Apple suspend Tinder from its App Store until it deals with the countless cases of sexual assault? In a survey conducted in Australia, 48 out of 400 Tinder users claimed they were a victim of sexual assault. Of that, 11 claimed they had a formal response from the company.

Isn’t Apple big on supporting #MeToo? It has an entire series, The Morning Show which deals with sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. So it is happy to make a buck off content that relates to inappropriate sexual behavior but not be prepared to stand up for real victims who get hurt by apps like Tinder where Apple’s very own words to “adequately address these proliferation of these threats to people’s safety” isn’t extended.

Spare us the double standards!

Stop Press: Now Amazon has piled in to dump Parler from its web services.

Welcome to the dystopian nightmare. Black is white. Freedom is slavery. War is peace. Got it?

America’s cultural revolution and the long march back to equality

Within 48 hours of the confirmation of the electoral votes, unelected tech giants displayed once again how they can dictate terms to the democratically elected leader of the free world and his followers.

The First Amendment might as well have been written in invisible ink.

Now other platforms are following suit, laying the groundwork to ensure directly/indirectly there will be little effort to help unite the country by restricting/cancelling access to conservative sites.

Who is inciting who exactly?

Three quotes to reflect on before we begin:

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it

The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again,”

and

History is written by victors.

The left is in raptures over Trump’s expulsion from Twitter. Of course they have no issues with cancelling those who don’t share their ideological views. Yet if you question their rights to free speech, hell hath no fury. After all everything that parses their fingertips is good, clean and wholesome. If you say otherwise you’ll be cancelled. Got it?

Yes, the argument will be made that privately run social media companies have the right to police those who may damage site integrity and promote the collective safety of subscribers. Have they been asleep at the wheel for the last 4 years? Even terrorists have been allowed to tweet without sanction.

The problem is that the unelected and unqualified overseers making those determinations to suspend others have shown time and time again they back the side not the principle. OJ Simpson on justice anyone?

A great example is Twitter’s Head of Site Integrity, Yoel Roth (@yoyoel), an avid anti-Trumper. Several days after the 2016 election he proudly tweeted, “I’m just saying, we fly over those states that voted for a racist tangerine for a reason.” We should sleep soundly at night that he also referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as “a personality-free bag of farts.” Surely there is no risk of conservative bias with the integrity team at Twitter…sleep soundly!

Black conservative Candace Owens proved just how biased Twitter is when she was suspended for replacing the word ‘white’ with ‘black’ and ‘Jewish.’ She proved the point with respect to the incendiary tweets made by the NYT’s then latest recruit, Sarah Jeong. Never let racism get in the way of the decision making process!

Facebook recently threatened to de-platform conservative comedian JP Sears for satire.

Now, Google has decided to remove conservative forum, Parler, from its Android store presumably just because Trump has endorsed it. So will every single thing that he has supported be shutdown or targeted? Watch out Goya!

Will Apple join the cultural revolution? Are all Parler users foaming at the mouth Trump cultists? Or do some simply like to entertain a wider spectrum of opinions?

Is this merely targeted anti-competitive behaviour? A secondary boycott? Has Parler actually committed any crime? Has Google been unethically marshaling the content and traffic of another private company to form the determination that it needs to be publicly sacrificed? Would it help to appoint a Google overseer to sit on the board of Parler, like Chinese corporates are now forced to accommodate? Will Rumble be the next conservative site to be axed from Android?

Can’t the free market determine whether Parler has a right to exist rather than a select few politburo officials from Google?

We can be sure that if Parler wasn’t experiencing the explosive growth it has had to date, Google would not have seen a need to expunge the threat. Alas too many wanted to seek an alternative platform to exchange ideas. It’s day one, year zero. Black is white. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Got it?

One has to question the legal basis for allowing a hateful and venomous platform like Twitter to function on Google Android but an upstart alternative – which couldn’t hold a flame to the incumbent – needs to be taken out?

Is this the type of healing we’ve been promised by the incoming administration? Restore unity by sitting idly by and allowing the media to silence those that disagree with them?

What better way for Biden to stamp his leadership credentials on uniting a fractured nation than stating how important the 1st Amendment is for all Americans.

But why bother? The tech giants are firmly on his side. After the last 4 years, it is high time to make sure that a monster of their own creation never upsets the political apple cart ever again. We await the glowing support of the climate change agenda, Paris, WHO, discrimination-driven racial equity and the benefits of allowing a path to citizenship or 11 million illegal immigrants.

It does not matter that Trump recently tweeted a video to his followers to go home peacefully and respect law and order. That was deemed incendiary and subsequently blocked. Don’t believe your lying eyes because we will be told what we can and can’t consume. Obviously we aren’t capable of thinking for ourselves.

Clearly to Jack Dorsey’s mob, it was imperative to prevent any sensible commentary by Trump from seeing the light of day. We wouldn’t want anything to challenge the narrative. The tech giant had to ensure that he was portrayed in the worst possible light before cancellation. No right of reply. Voltaire would be rolling in his grave.

We don’t deny Trump has said many silly things over his term but compared to some of the bile that has never faced sanction, it is laughable.

We fear that such moves will only fan the flames of division.

It seems these platforms want to proactively create an atmosphere that allows for the incoming administration to clamp down even harder on supposed enemies of the state. What better way than to douse their opponents in high octane fuel while carelessly playing with matches?

We are always amazed that more haven’t seen the TED talk by a black musician, Daryl Davis, who befriended the KKK by simply ‘listening‘ to them. That was all it took to get so many to hand in their robes.

Note the word “listen.”

Sadly, social media platforms have long drowned out reasoned debate well before the commissars found the need to jail dissidents with sanctimonious edicts.

This is a dangerous precedent being set. By muzzling a country that is built on a constitution that enshrines free speech, it is playing with fire. We ain’t seen nothing yet. America will be decisively cut in two.

In closing we’ve long argued that Trump pulled the scab off the festering wound of deep seated division. He was the catalyst. Not the cause. With the incoming administration, failure to address the growing power of big tech will lead to more people taking the law into their own hands.

We don’t condone unlawful behaviour but will be the least bit surprised if those who feel the most marginalized think they’ve nothing to lose.

If we thought 2020 was a horrible year, 2021 could well destroy that myth but thanks to social media you’ll only be able to view the world through the rose tinted glasses of willfully dishonest propagandists.

The social media giants will do well to remember that “before setting out on revenge, first dig two graves.”

Sen Josh Hawley pushes back on publisher intimidated by the mob

Good on Senator Hawley pushing back on the publisher that caved to the mob by cancelling his book, ironically about the importance of free speech and the 1st Amendment.

Did the publisher, Simon & Schuster (S&S) have a contractual right to scrap his publication?

Do S&S get to make the legal call on ‘sedition’ as the reason for cancellation? If Hawley isn’t convicted of that crime, they would have no legal basis to make that call.

This is not the same as a Christian baker refusing to make a cake for a gay couple based on their religious beliefs.

S&S have clearly done it to make their intentions known they don’t want to become modern day kulaks in the cancel culture world.

This is a clear call against free speech. We hope that Hawley is successful his plight and a braver publisher picks up the ball and runs with a book that shouldn’t be incendiary.

This is not new.

In Australia, fringe mobs like Sleeping Giants and Mad F*cking Witches pretend to represent the mainstream and have had success intimidating corporates to capitulate despite often breaking secondary boycott rules in the process.

Time for more people to stand up to these corporate cowards. The irony is that the very people pushing cancel culture are the least likely candidates to consume the products they protest. So why do corporates wimp out without a fight?

Utterly pathetic. Proving Hawley’s point about free speech & censorship

Pathetic. Even though Democrats did exactly the same thing as Senator Josh Hawley post the 2016 election, Simon & Schuster made a sanctimonious gesture to cancel publication of his book looking at the dangers of big tech censorship. Aren’t they proving the same point as Hawley’s book by their action?

The publisher released this statement:

We did not come to this decision lightly. As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: at the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.

Zero spine. Double standards writ large.

One of the biggest dangers to democracy and freedom are unelected tech giants censoring democratically elected officials over free speech they are ideologically opposed to. Do social media apparatchiks speak on behalf of all?

Isn’t it galling to see all the vacuous virtue signaling in Trump’s last weeks, including those resigning from his administration on the grounds they rejected what happened yesterday? This is what appeasing to the mob looks like. Feeding friends to an alligator in the hopes it eats them last.

If Simon & Schuster are handing out lectures to the rest of us in morals and standards, pass the bucket.

Media worth consuming – a recap of December 2020

My good mate Jonathan Rochford of Narrow Road Capital has compiled a brilliant summary of the recent madness in markets, politics and economics. One could be forgiven for thinking it is a lot like satire. Link here.