At the heart of the French issue is the unilateral imposition, without a vote, by the apparently socialist (but in reality just as no-liberal as the rest of the West) French government. This imposes a relaxing of the 35 hour weekly work-time rule.
This is said to be good for employers.
Foxconn, one of the world’s largest computer & electronic equipment makers is ditching 60, 000 people, for robots!
This is said to be good for…. erm….
Not Only That, But Also
Well, Big Mcdonald’s in the USA may be ditching workers for robots
We all have to eat and in The West we use money to pay for it all. We also pay for our dwellings and all the knick-knacks that make our lives what they are (studies thumb while blundering down high street with little box in hand).
The role of money in our lives and how we get it is paramount.
Now let’s consider those workers striking to keep their hours down, their money up and the role of robots in all of this, because it affects us all.
Sooner or later, most of us will have to consider our place in this robotic world. Really. What will you do?
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Workers Going Nowhere in France
Work is NOT the be-all and end-all of everything.
Happiness is the be-all and end-all of everything. (n.b. not the pursuit of happiness, just your average, every day happiness. Goddit?)
McDonald’s and other fast food outlets ditch real human workers for robots (maybe just a food window like on the Star Trek Enterprise?),
waiters are replaced by robots,
computer makers ditch real people for robots,
doctors and even surgeons are replaced by robots,
trains, planes, buses and cars are all driven by robots…
…then we will all have much more free time.
BUT, and it is a big but,
How will we pay for our free time?
And for all those tut-tutting about the French workers on strike and jealous of a fully paid 35-hour working week…
Where will your job be?
Where will you get your money?
Where’s your protestant work ethic now?
How will universal happiness be attained?
Not everyone is blessed with the muses.
Not everyone can be a politician.
Not everyone can run quaint tea shops and sell tat to tourists.
Not everyone can be a plumber.
Don’t start the argument that people will be needed to fix the machines, the phones, the computers. Electronic devices are consumables now and do not need fixing. They just get replaced. The people that currently devise new machines have been redundant for many years.
In fact, most new computer circuitry is designed…by computer!
…and with robots creating robots that do all the work, what place for people? With decision-making robots, maybe the Terminator series are closer than we think?
Lifevantage (LV) announced that, at the unanimous recommendation of its Board of Directors, it has terminated for cause its relationship with Jason Domingo and Ovation Marketing Group, Inc., one of the Company’s lead distributors. The Company also announced that it has filed suit against Mr. Domingo and Ovation in Federal Court in the State of Utah for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets. See typical market report.
The detail (see link below) shows that LV made $10.9m in 2010 and $208m in 2013 – this is despite the investigative activity into Protandim, LV’s main product, by LazyManAndMoney and others…! Distributors were paid $91m from which $2.6m went to Domingo. They say he was the lead distributor.
The Detail in the Lifevantage Case
The case details are on PACER – summarised here:
2:13-cv-01037-DB Lifevantage v. Domingo et al
Dee Benson, presiding
Date filed: 11/19/2013
Date of last filing: 11/19/2013
Assigned to: Judge Dee Benson
Cause: 28:1332 Diversity-Breach of Contract
Court Filings of Lifevantage v Jason Domingo
You can view the court documents (19 pages) on the attached file:
Jason Domingo,President, Ovation Marketing Group, Inc.
Domingo has been in business for many years. This letter of his to the FTC is dated May 28, 2006 and he states he’s been in network marketing for 14 years, meaning he started back in 1992. Chillingly, he quotes a Dr Charles King that by 2016 one in two Americans will be involved in network marketing. Thankfully, we don’t appear to be treading that path.
The Court Case
The letter of his makes good reading, especially with regard to the free market and in comparison to the Lifevantage court case…. In this, they claim he:
Has been laying the groundwork for setting up a competitive business
Disparaged the company
Is setting up a competitive business
Used his disposal of 90% of his stock as proof of these claims
Sent an email to Randy Haag disparaging the company where he said “there is no statement too strong that speaks to the malfeasance of this management team. Greed and ego has gripped my (sic) beautiful company by the throat.” – Stirring stuff indeed!
If Domingo had worked properly, they’d have paid out tens of millions more to distributors.
In total there are three main actions, divided into a myriad of clauses.
They want a 12 man jury public trial.
They want all costs.
They want $775,000
Domingo used the word malfeasance to describe the LV management team. I had to double-check the meaning. It means:
The commission of an act that is unequivocally illegal or completely wrongful.
In detail, it means:
Intentionally doing something either legally or morally wrong which one had no right to do. It always involves dishonesty, illegality, or knowingly exceeding authority for improper reasons. Malfeasance is distinguished from “misfeasance,” which is committing a wrong or error by mistake, negligence or inadvertence, but not by intentional wrongdoing. Example: a city manager putting his indigent cousin on the city payroll at a wage the manager knows is above that allowed and/or letting him file false time cards is malfeasance; putting his able cousin on the payroll which, unknown to him, is a violation of an anti-nepotism statute is misfeasance. This distinction can apply to corporate officers, public officials, trustees, and others cloaked with responsibility.
Well. Most of what I have seen about LV fits into that. It’ll be interesting to see how this case pans out. I suspect it’ll not come to court.
Over the weekend, I received over 600 spams from someone called Willie R (with a number appended to the name) to my gmail account which I now use for my spam-trapping on an old email address that I use for registrations and the like… See the screenshot of one page above!
Centurion Wealth Circle
On checking out a sample I found that most point back to Centurion Wealth Circle with a small array of other dubious links included. The spams I got had almost identical formats (except for differing ‘from’ addresses). The differences were in a couple of links. These are the two spam types:
Type 1: Includes Link to AutoXten.com
CWC Spam Type 1
Type 2: Includes Link to TextAdBrokers.com
CWC Spam Type 2
The amazing thing taken straight from http://textadbrokers.com/?premier1 is the spelling mistake for their prime selling point! Under the headline “What is TextAdBrokers?” we see:
TAB was created as the premier Partner for marketing and distribution For the newly created contextual advertising Platform hitcralwer.com
hitcralwer.com (or HitCrawler.com) has already spawned a long chain on Scam.com that starts with a scam warning, then features server outages, lawyer warnings, lawyer bebunkings and various personal threats and revelations about the contributors. For me, this is all very entertaining stuff, but the key facts for me are that;
I have been heavily spammed, all links tending to the same source and all pointers pointing to the same destination(s).
TAB’s own blurb can’t even spell correctly!
From that, you’ll gather which side of the honesty fence I think this lot come from…!
Willie R Burke kindly leaves his address in one spam type as “41 Merker Dr, Edison, NJ 08837”. This ties in with the WHOIS of the source. However, I don’t see why I should have to follow THEIR suggestion to stop the spam coming from them. After all, I have over 600! The suggestion is not everywhere, but only on some of the pointers.
Five domains are in nearly every spam, (from those that I checked in my deluge.)
– Under their earnings disclaimer, they claim “that AutoXTen is not a get rich quick scheme but is a business” and that “all customers are essentially purchasing advertising”….?
– considering the deluge I just got, their spam policy takes some beating! e.g. “Unsolicited commercial email (UCE), while regarded as legal in some jurisdictions, is regarded as spam by most Internet service providers (ISPs), and may not be used to promote CWC”. Larry Harper, take note! I am not prepared to wade through 600 email headers just to prove that your spam policy works… You do it. Start with the source. YOU!
CWC Pyramid Details
Their business model is based on buying “tokens”, keeping them as a “portfolio” or something for a bit, and then cashing in 50% of the “investment” at some ill-defined “maturity” point. Although they claim otherwise, this is classic pyramid scheme technology. They make clear the exponential growth that potentially exists in their own blurb, and ONLY pyramid schemes promise exponential growth.
– here I find out that I “have been invited to join ClixSense by robbie1201”. Oh really! Thanks for nowt robbie. It’s a site called “ClikSense, advertising that pays” but the domain name remains the same. On their user agreement, point 10, Spam Policy, they helpfully remind Robbie and Willie R that “Spamming is a federal crime. Any member caught Spamming will not only have their account terminated immediately and lose any past, present and future earnings, but shall also be held liable for spamming as we shall cooperate with any authorities and investigations that may arise from the spamming incident. ClixSense may fine your account up to $5 per spam email reported from you email address.” I don’t think they were listening!
The registrant of http://infinityleadsystem.com/ is;
5802 Bob Bullock C1 Unit 328C-195
Laredo, TX 78041-8813
However, the server is located in Quebec, Canada!
Why this should be so when so may sites (like mine here) are served from the massive data centres in the US (like Texas, say!) is beyond me. But I find the Canadian connection strangely comforting.
It stinks. From the initial deluge to burrowing through the various “systems”; it stinks. Leave it well alone folks. Any business of note should NOT be resorting to Spam for new business. The scale of this spam deluge emphasises the non-credibility of these charlatans much more than their cheesy website offering ever could.
The fact that most domains were hidden “for privacy” plus the fact that the websites are almost incomprehensible as they struggle to disguise their real motives and modus operandi are just bonuses!
The cause of all of this was a cease and desist request to me via email by a lawyer, Matt Thomson working at Kronenberger Burgoyne. They found me by the simple expedient of checking my WHOIS for this website. This public visibility is something that in his earlier business of Just Think Media and many of the websites run by him, Jesse Willms obviously failed to do – it being very well documented on-line in such places as the legal settlements with the various organisations and persons that he offended, say. Currently, his WHOIS is visible, and I’ve now discontinued those postings or comments and/or their threads above, as requested.
The cause of my postings was my observance of the extremely high level of complaints by users of Mr Willms services at his websites, and reported as such on a host of consumer-focussed websites and organisations, which I won’t list here for brevity, but are widely available. This is what attracted my attention and I would not have published anything without this high level of consumer complaint. (Obviously, why would I suddenly start spouting on a personal blog site about a Canadian about whom I knew nothing? Like der!)
The effect of the wide complaints, was that users of Mr Willms services complained to their finance organisation using such terms as “deceptive practices” and “unlawful withdrawals” from their bank or credit accounts. (n.b. this is the recommended procedure as reported here with a concert ticket selling scam – Added 12/11/10)
Whether we think that all these people were under the mass delusion that they all had the same experience, or not, the effect of this was that credit processing was limited to Mr Willms businesses which made transactional business difficult for him.
Mr Willms therefore sought to apportion blame to his customers and any organisation reporting their complaints for his downturn in business. ( His earlier businesses for which he reached a legal settlement with Oprah Winfrey et al he appears to have terminated.)
This, for all the above in this paragraph above entitled “Cause and Effect”, is my opinion of the history surrounding Jesse Willms and his businesses over the last few years. How he now conducts business is a different issue entirely, which is why I’m stating the fact here.
This “Cause and Effect” paragraph now ends.
I’ve published the full message to myself below, and it makes interesting reading for those interesting in such things.
A very interesting part of the threatening letter to myself from Matt, was the limits to my free speech on something that only they deem confidential and that may or may not be subject to copyright laws! Matt says:
This letter is without prejudice to the assertion of any and all rights and remedies of Mr.Willms, all of which are expressly reserved. This is a confidential legal communication and is not intended for publication, including publication on a website or via email distribution. Any republication of dissemination of any part of this letter will constitute infringement of copyright and a breach of confidentiality.
Remember, the letter was sent to me without my request. Now as far as I’m concerned, and as a subject of the United Kingdom of Great Britain etc, anything I receive, except something from HM Government in the UK that is subject to the Official Secrets Act, I can publish or copy as I see fit if I have a copyright. Is this letter copyrighted? Even if it is, and I profoundly disagree that it is…..I can still publish. How so?
Being a published musician with my copyright works being plundered on-line, I’m not unfamiliar with copyright law.
This is some Crawling Chaos music for you to enjoy and has Jeff Crowe at his finest and for which I have a Copyright that allows me to play it here etc.
A clause in the US version, which almost exactly follows that in the UK and elsewhere through international treaty and general agreements, is that it’s not illegal to reproduce copyright work under the “Fair use” clause for a host of reasons. This is the clause below, taken from the Cornell Uni. Law School website which is copied from the required US law. (They state: Title 17 of the US Code as currently published by the US Government reflects the laws passed by Congress as of Feb.1, 2010, and it is this version that is published here.)
§ 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include— (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
Cease and Desist
And here’s the cease and desist to myself Link, to which I’ve complied with all listed terms and by the removal of listed exhibits.
I’ve complied in that all of what I’ve said previously about Willms and a host of other on-line businesses and services, (don’t forget), is either
repetition of opinion, fair comment and prior art from other sources when I consider them as such. My website history shows that I’ve blocked commentary or linkage that is tortious, slanderous, insults appearance, race or sexual orientation of a person, is bigotted etc.
Now back to checking the internet to ensure that businesses are run fairly and that consumers (i.e. me, you and everyone else) do not suffer. This website, and all its contributors, will continue in this vein. All documentation and IP Addresses is available to any legal process, especially those that seek to protect the common man from the bad people and iniquities that exist in our fast-changing world.
After all, it’s always the common man that suffers from the actions and decisions of the creative types… Mostly, they just want to get on and live their lives free from harassment. Here ends my bit for now.
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