Month: August 2019

Then shut up and start partying

Are these people serious? If we know there is nothing we can do to stop climate change, we should be partying like never before. Might as well finish on a high note than dwell in abject misery waiting til 2050 and finding out we’ve wasted 31 years on something that didn’t eventuate.

When will these nutters stop such hysteria?

Why Gerry Harvey’s comments on diversity obsessed companies speak more about our superannuation fund managers

Harvey Norman is currently valued at over $5.1bn, which is c.4x the combined value of Myer and David Jones. Good on Gerry Harvey for getting stuck into the stupidity of diversity quota obsessed boards. He is right. Why are certain funds requesting Harvey Norman hit these soft and irrelevant targets adopted by David Jones & Myer so they can invest under their self imposed ESG guidelines? Surely any company’s performance (assuming they aren’t illegally exploiting child labour) should be all that matters to shareholders? If it works without this gender balance nonsense why fight to change a winning formula?

If anyone is ever fortunate enough to meet Gerry Harvey’s wife, Katie Page (the CEO), it isn’t hard to work out that her gender wasn’t a selection criteria. Fistfuls of competence were. She gets it and not for one fleeting second could anyone ever get the idea that she plays up to the gender card. An utterly pleasant, generous and intelligent individual.

If Gerry Harvey & Katie Page thought Harvey Norman shareholders’ best interests were served by an all female board it would done so based on skill and ability to add value. The gender wouldn’t even be a factor.

Have you noticed why Harvey Norman hasn’t followed the group think pervading all the other companies who pulled their adverts off the Alan Jones Breakfast Show? Because Harvey Norman doesn’t pretend to judge the personal political beliefs of its customers. They only wish to provide the best possible goods that meet market demand, not chase imaginary pixies in the quest to morally preen. However it perfectly describes the decision making processes inside less competent boards when they blindly follow the herd rather than independently validate scenarios based on data, relevance and common sense. We now know over 40 companies didn’t.

The only diversity required is that of thought – not gender, race, sexual preference or religion. However don’t be surprised to see locals run Harvey Norman’s overseas businesses – driven by the fact they understand local conditions better than a helicoptered expat.

Maybe it is high time these superannuation funds actually decide to do some homework on the companies they invest in. To drop this focus on nanny-state driven diversity targets and actually look at the companies themselves as “businesses”.

CM guarantees that the companies that focus on this socially constructed diversity balance nonsense will severely underperform when tough times approach. Because decisive leadership in a crisis can be found with leaders like Katie Page, not with those companies that put everything else but ability as the key selection criteria.

The bigger concern down the line will be that these CSR/ESG and equality obsessed fund managers will have parked so much money in the wrong names that the retirements of millions of Aussies will be severely crimped by this muck. Let there be no mistake – super holders will not thank these woke investors for chasing irrelevant internal constructs over viable businesses when reality dawns that they have much less than they anticipated for retirement. Maybe that is what CM should have said to the ATO when he set up his SMSF.

Bega’s environmental promises & embarrassing boasts

Before it declared a climate emergency, here is how the Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) viewed its role in saving the planet.

On page 24 of the 2017/18 BVSC Annual Report (AR) noted,

61.106 passengers flew in or out of Merimbula airport, a 1,396 (+2.3%) person increase! If there is a climate emergency why would it celebrate this? How could it possibly encourage 70km of paved road repairs or fixing up 7km of bridges? Aren’t these gestures only going to contribute to a climate catastrophe by inviting more fossil fuel powered traffic?

Ah yes, but on the environment…the AR noted,

We care for the environment by:

• Managing and enhancing bushland areas

• Providing environmental and waste education and recycling services

• Responding to pollution incidents and prosecuting polluters.

• Monitoring the water quality of the Shire’s estuaries

• Planting trees and controlling noxious weeds

• Beneficially recycling and reusing treated effluent.

The amount spent on taking care of noxious plants and insect/vermin control; other environmental protection; solid waste management, including domestic waste; other waste management; other sanitation; and garbage, street cleaning, drainage and stormwater management amounted to around $11.5m out of the $92.7m expenditure in Bega Valley.

Under “environmental protection” BVSC spending fell $20,000 on the previous year to $68,000. Its a pathetic figure against all the hysteria.

Zero points

Coles has joined the list of corporates which believe their customers actually give a damn what Alan Jones said two weeks ago. CM is rather dismayed at the absolute lack of creativity put into woke press releases. Do they just Google a standard DIY template? What do they hope to achieve other than inadvertently out themselves as easily bullied?

Coles said,

Coles values diversity, respect and actively promotes the rights of all of our team members and our customers.”

Did Coles get a flood of actual customers complaining to store managers as opposed to caving in to the faceless left wing activist groups like Sleeping Giants or Mad Fucking Witches? Maybe customers ONLY care about a wide variety of quality produce at decent prices. Just a thought. CM, like most shoppers, have never ventured into a Coles store praying that diversity is being observed.

These are the unimaginative press releases on Alan Jones from other companies,

Anytime Fitness,

The comments made last week by Alan Jones regarding Jacinda Ardern do not represent our view or values,

ME Bank,

We removed all our advertising this morning after the situation as we take this very seriously and these types of comments don’t reflect our values

Snooze,

We take the comment made by Alan Jones on the 15th of August about Jacinda Ardern very seriously. These comments do not reflect the values of Snooze

Bing Lee

The comments made earlier this week on the 2GB breakfast show do not reflect our values...

Koala Mattress,

Koala has cut ties with Alan Jones. We’re a significant buyer in the medium, and it’s something we should have done earlier. Climate change is real, violence against women starts with words and the bloke has had too many chances. @2GB873 time to wake up.

Was “wake up” an unintended oxymoron for the bedding company? Of course Koala is only too happy to endorse the likes of Clementine Ford whose slander makes Jones look like a choir boy.

CM is sure that when recession really starts to bite and revenue dollars are actually even harder to come by than now, these zero value add marketing departments will realize their moral code has absolutely no positive impact on business.

It isn’t just Alan Jones. Israel Folau lit up similar stupidity.

Rugby Australia wrote,

As a sport that is proud of the values of inclusion, passion, integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork that underpin our game globally and our Code of Conduct, we will defend those values and the right for all people to feel safe and welcome in our game regardless of their gender, race, background, religion or sexuality.

ANZ Bank

We do not support the views of Silver Fern Maria Folau and have made our views known to her employer Netball NZ.”

ASICS

We believe sport is for everyone and we champion inclusivity and diversity…While Israel Folau is entitled to his personal views, some of those expressed in recent social media posts are not aligned with those of ASICS.”

These corporates need to understand that no one cares what values these corporates have. They can decide for themselves without being lectured to like school kids on detention.

Lowering the standards for gender balance

The Left has lost its mind. Literally. Surely the whole point of an equal society is to provide a fair playing field. What an insult to women who legitimately a) want to do engineering & b) worked hard to meet the requirement at UTS to have standards lowered for women so thru can artificially boost numbers in a field where studies have shown women have less interest.

While we’re at it, let’s reduce the entrance mark for cardiology or brain surgery. If patients die on the operating table perhaps the sub-par doctor can say at least your husband died on the altar of diversity and inclusion.

Australia has lost the plot. Where are the politicians slamming this stupidity given taxpayers fund it!

Northern Beaches Council to declare a climate emergency

Well done Northern Beaches Council (NBC) for joining the echo chamber group think fest. Shame on it for being so late to the party. What does being the 800th odd city/country to declare actually mean other than inability to think critically for themselves?

In the 2017/18 annual report it states the council saved 293 tons of CO2. Given that Australia produces around 561m tons, this amazing effort has meant a reduction of 0.0000522% of Australia’s total. Put it against Australia’s CO2 impact vs the entire atmosphere means that Northern Beaches have hammered home a mammoth 0.000000000699857% saving! Yes 9 zeroes. Does every bit count?

At 1% of Australia’s population, how much is Northern Beaches willing to spend in ratepayers’ coin to save sea level rises? Maybe the council should ask why it hasn’t seen a cataclysmic residential fire sale from residents living by the beach?

The bigger joke was the invite of former Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery to talk to the council ahead of the climate emergency vote. How can a man who has made so many dud predictions be called upon for expert advice? Well the reality is if NBC want to justify their action to declare a climate emergency who better to do their bidding inside the echo chamber than Flannery. Who is willing to bet against the proposition that no one was invited to prosecute the other side of the argument?

For CM the largest irony is the cover of the 2017/18 annual report features a Yamaha VX Waverunner. It has a gas guzzling 3-cylinder 1049cc engine. It gets 9mpg which would be at the absolute bottom on an engine capacity basis for fuel economy across all NBC fleet vehicles.

CM did notice that the spending on “environment” fell by around $13.5m on last year. Not to worry – the $81m spent on “Environment” essentially includes noxious plants and insect/vermin control; other environmental protection; solid waste management, including domestic waste; other waste management; other sanitation; and garbage, street cleaning, drainage and stormwater management.

Yawn. More pathetic virtue signaling.

Hugh Grant on parenting, morals and Divine Brown

Actually, Hugh, your remarks are the complete opposite of what your grandfather fought two world wars for. In case you didn’t get it, a democratic referendum taken by the people who voted to leave the EU. It has been thwarted by self-interested politicians going out of their way to go against the will of the people because they, like you, think they know better.

Good to see the Left still can’t prosecute an argument without resorting to profanity. CM is sure Hugh Grant’s kids will one day be proud of his parenting skills and high moral code he holds over others.

Daddy, who is Divine Brown?

No sweetheart. Divine Brown is the name of ice cream.”

How come you were arrested for eating ice cream in the back seat of a car?

Well you see, your Daddy wasn’t eating ice cream at all…