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Italy considering paid menstrual leave


Commentary at The Last Ditch:

Italy is on the verge of requiring employers to give their female employees paid leave for those days that the ladies are incommoded by their eerie, but somewhat regular, appointment with the moon.

I predict that once this becomes firmly entrenched in American society (by government regulation, of course), it will be only a matter of time — a short time at that — before workers refer to absent co-workers as having taken “a rag day.”

I further predict that it will be only a matter of time — a short time at that — before said workers will be fired for having said it. [Ronn Neff]  Ω

No doubt…

And then, afterwards: demands for paid PMS leave, separate from regular sick leave, because it would be misogynistic to expect women to have to use up their regular sick leave time for PMS, of course. And if you disagree, you hate women; if you say it at work, you’ve created a hostile environment, and you’re fired.


Multinational corporations pushing SSM in Australia, encouraging solidarity ‘rings’ in the workplace

Australia is not immune to the culture war and the social trends that have affected the rest of the West, contrary to some idiotically smug and arrogant Aussie commenters at this blog in the past; here’s another example:

In this space, I have mentioned the concerns of several Christian readers that they will face pressure in their companies to declare themselves in favor of same-sex marriage, or stand exposed as “bigots” and marginalized. This is now happening in Australia. A reader there sends this story from The Australian. Excerpts:

Some of the country’s biggest businesses have upped the ante in the crusade for marriage equality by asking Australians to wear a specially designed “acceptance ring” until same-sex marriage is legalised.

Led by accommodation provider Airbnb and supported by Qantas, ANZ, Fairfax Media and Foxtel, the Until We Belong campaign has been billed as the “most public declaration for marriage equality” so far.

The initiative calls on Aus­tralians to signal their support for same-sex couples by committing to wearing the ring, created by designer Marc Newson.

Airbnb Australia country manager Sam McDonagh said the campaign would involve the distribution of “hundreds of thousands” of the distinctive black metal rings to its hosts and guests, business partners and “key influencers”.

Qantas staff and cabin crew would wear them, he said, while Google Australia has also provided rings for its 1300 staff to wear. “Our goal is to build ­momentum around the issue of marriage equality and spark those conversations about ­acceptance,” Mr McDonagh said.


Marriage Alliance spokeswoman Sophie York, who is ­opposed to same-sex marriage, questioned whether people who opted not to wear their acceptance ring would be called upon to explain their decision. She pointed to the recent harassment of a Price­waterhouseCoopers executive and a Macquarie University ­academic by gay activists over their links with a Christian ­institution as a sign of what could happen when individuals failed to comply with the “same-sex marriage agenda”.

“Almost every day, Marriage Alliance hears from an employee who has come under pressure at work to participate in an activity or donate funds to support the push to redefine marriage,” Ms York said.

“Now we see big corporates giving away free jewellery to those who take the pledge, while providing an easy way to identify those who disagree with the company agenda.

“We know activists will stop at nothing — even accessories — to target people for demise.”


Qantas and Google yesterday confirmed their support for the campaign, but both said staff would not be under any obligation to wear the rings.

“We usually let our people know when we’re involved with a campaign like this, but there’s certainly no expectation that they will be part of it themselves,” a Qantas spokesman said. “They are welcome to join in, but it’s certainly not a requirement.”

No, of course not. No pressure at all. If Christians, Muslims, or others who work at these companies don’t want to wear the ring, nobody will force those hate-filled bigots to do what they don’t want to do. If they choose to advertise their bigotry by not joining in the campaign, that’s on them. It’s like back in the 1950s, during the Cold War in the US: if you didn’t want to show your patriotism by wearing a flag pin, nobody was going to make filthy communists like you do it.

“Surely you support marriage equality, don’t you? Then show your support for diversity and inclusiveness!”


A Christian’s job interview

(Note: if you can’t play the video, you can read a synopsis of the sketch here.)


Trump rally lifts stocks, Wall Street at record high

As with Brexit, economic doom and gloom forecasts appear to have been misplaced:

Hong Kong (AFP) – Wall Street hit a record high on Thursday as most world markets extended gains on hopes Donald Trump’s plan to kickstart the US economy will succeed.

Tokyo surged nearly seven percent as Asian markets caught up with a post-election rally elsewhere and European bourses mostly built on Wednesday’s upturn except for London, a touch lower after running into profit-taking.

“Financial markets have swiftly reassessed Trump’s win, embracing it with bullish gusto,” said Mike van Dulken, head of research at Accendo Markets.

The dollar firmed after sliding Wednesday on worries that uncertainty over Trump’s policies would cause the Federal Reserve to hold off an interest rate rise.

Haven currency the yen was a big loser Thursday, slumping to a 3.5-month low at 106.43 yen to the dollar.

“Perception now is that the controversial multi-billionaire TV presenter and property mogul could be good for business; and talk of tax cuts and heavy spending on infrastructure would certainly be good for growth,” said Lee Wild, head of equity strategy at stockbroker Interactive Investor.

World stock markets have recovered from a sharp initial downturn to Trump’s win, with Europe’s leading indices gaining up to 1.6 percent on Wednesday.

Why, it’s as if, despite initial freakouts, upon reflection, rationality ultimately ends up prevailing…


Posted by on November 10, 2016 in America, business, good news


How is Britain doing economically, a month after the Brexit vote? Just fine.

A month after the Brexit vote, seems the U.K. is managing just fine, contra all the naysayers:

It has been a month since the UK voted to leave the European Union — but something is missing. Where is the economic collapse? What of EUpocalypse Now? Where is the Brexageddon that we were promised? To the shock of many — not least business titans who bankrolled the Remain campaign — the instant collapse doesn’t seem to be happening. The UK economy is, for now at least, taking Brexit in its stride.

The oft-predicted job losses? During the three weeks from 23 June, job listings were up 150,000 compared to the same period last year according to Reed Group, a recruitment consultant. ‘That’s an 8 per cent rise,’ says James Reed, its chairman. ‘The vote hasn’t affected things — people are still hiring.’

How about all those international banks quitting the City of London? Last week the US banking thoroughbred Wells Fargo forked out £300 million for a new world headquarters — in London. Since Brexit, the likes of Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have hailed the City as ‘one of the most attractive places in the world to do business’, citing its ‘stable legal system’ and ‘deep liquid capital markets unmatched anywhere in Europe’.

But surely leaving the EU is so rash it’ll spark financial collapse? While UK stocks took a hit straight after the referendum, the FTSE 100 share index is now 6 per cent higher than before we voted. Even the FTSE 250, comprised of smaller, more UK-centric firms, has almost completed its recovery.

Ah, but the pound has been hammered since Brexit — sterling is about 10 per cent lower against the dollar than a month ago. Bad news for some, but a boost for British goods sold abroad. Especially welcome for a country that borrows in its own currency and runs a big trade deficit. Last summer, the International Monetary Fund warned that a strong pound was hampering UK recovery. Now with sterling lower, our growth prospects have presumably improved.

Not so long ago, the IMF said that Brexit would result in economic chaos. Christine Lagarde, as she campaigned alongside the then-chancellor George Osborne, envisioned scenarios ranging from ‘pretty bad to very, very bad’. That same IMF now takes a ‘benign’ view of Brexit, suggesting growth of 1.7 per cent this year and 1.3 per cent the next — better than Italy, France or Germany.

So, far from Britain shooting itself in the foot, there’s a growing realisation that leaving the EU could be a shot in the arm. Far from shunning us, the likes of Germany and even France are playing nice. Countries as diverse as Australia and South Korea, Mexico and India have made very positive noises about trade deals with the UK. Having put us ‘at the back of the queue’ before we voted, the Obama administration now wants to ‘maximise the economic opportunity’ and strike a deal with Britain ‘as fast as possible’.

Even Osborne, who used the Treasury machine to generate and promote absurdly precise predictions of post-Brexit penury 15 years hence, has changed his tune. Being outside the EU means the UK ‘can reach out to build stronger economic and trading ties with old allies… and new partners’, he said last week. By George, I think he’s got it. Free to strike our own trade agreements, Britain can forge vital bilateral deals with the fast-growing markets of the East, rather than being hamstrung by the commercial sensitivities of 27 other EU members.

Britons made the right choice.


Opponents of megachurches are ‘stinking selfish’, megachurch pastor says

Pastor Andy Stanley, son of Dr. Charles Stanley, recently said in a sermon:

When I hear adults say, “Well I don’t like a big church, I like about 200, I want to be able to know everybody,” I say, “You are so stinking selfish. You care nothing about the next generation. All you care about is you and your five friends. You don’t care about your kids [or] anybody else’s kids” … If you don’t go to a church large enough where you can have enough middle schoolers and high schoolers to separate them so they can have small groups and grow up the local church, you are a selfish adult. Get over it. Find yourself a big old church where your kids can connect with a bunch of people and grow up and love the local church. Instead… you drag your kids to a church they hate, and then they grow up and hate the local church. They go to college, and you pray that there will be a church in the college town that they connect with. Guess what? All those churches are big.

He later retracted his remarks when people got offended.

(My experience of an American megachurch…)

(Against the megachurches…)


I don’t want your services, washroom attendant; I don’t owe you a fucking thing, so just fuck off

First of all, what are you doing in a place like this, for Pete’s sake? Back in the day, when I would occasionally visit peeler bars, there you were, some intimidating-looking black guy in the washroom selling cheap colognes and such, coming near me to spritz me with a water / cheap cologne mixture, or to try to hand me a paper towel after I washed my hands.

Now, you’re a young Millennial white hipster-looking guy in a washroom in an upscale hotel, on the floor of the hotel occupied mostly by a restaurant that’s Canada’s biggest steakhouse chain, but still the same deal; some idiot loser trying to sell stuff I don’t want to buy. I can buy cologne if I want it, or not buy it, elsewhere; if I wanted it, I’d have already bought it. I can reach the paper towel roll myself, or the hand dryer; I don’t need you offering me paper towels.

Why do I have to firmly but politely say ‘no thank you!’ to you, yet you act like I’m a jerk and mouth off under your breath at me?

You entitlement-mentality little Millennial hipster asshole!

You and your ilk are the lowest scum of salesmen.

Most people selling you something have stores, restaurants, offices, etc., which one can choose to go into if in the market for a particular good / service – or not go into, if not interested.

Others may try to phone people, which one can still simply ignore.

Others come to one’s door; one can always just not answer.

But you, like a homeless squeegee-armed twit trying to wash my windshield at an intersection, you force me to say no to you, because you try to force your services on me.

Yes, you’re as bad as those squeegee homeless assholes.

People need to piss / shit, sometimes before returning to their own rooms; they don’t need some asshole trying to force his business upon them.

What is this, some Third World city outdoors with street urchins, or gypsies in some east European capital coming up to people trying to sell them shit? (Truly First World places should not have such problems.)

Fuck off.

P.S. Hotel, you’ve lost any potential future business of mine that you otherwise might have gotten. Classy establishments do not have their washrooms attended to like that of a peeler bar. Peeler bars are not classy places, even if Yank ones bill themselves ‘gentlemen’s clubs’, a dumbass phrase if I ever heard one which we thankfully don’t use much up here in the Great White North. Peeler bars apparently rely on the presence of such people to act as free security, stopping drug use, fights, sex in washroom stalls. Classy hotels shouldn’t need that; people can have sex or do drugs discreetly in their rooms, they should be of a class that don’t get into fisticuffs; if just visiting the restaurant, they can go outside to fight or home to do drugs / sex.


Posted by on February 15, 2016 in Brave New World Order, business, The Decline