consultants are sandburs

Sunday, April 30, 2017


YouTube, here.

Blessed are those who outsource and who profit from aiding outsourcerers by giving for pay the means to outsource, for they will seek high office and Pilate shall not move an inch against them?

Not biblical.

UPDATE: Another online highlight of the Gianforte-Noah bible college speech; interesting in its ending conclusion.

In other contexts Gianforte does not appear that messed up, but the Noah thing, kidding aside, is troubling. It bespeaks cause to worry. Either it's a callous spiel, or he's dead serious, and either way it is cause to worry. That and the creationist dinosaur museum ring the wrong bell. Congress does not need Noah stories to cozy into Paul Ryan's will to kill social security. It's a greased skid that way. Hanging the social security kill rap on Noah is unfair to the old guy.

FURTHER UPDATE: The post before this drew a comment - an anonymous one - which I have the discretion to elevate to within a post, in this case a different one:

Haters? You have the IQ and vocabulary of a stupid teenager.

But look at the facts. It is poking one's nose into the private family decision making of others; invading their privacy.

It IS choice hatred. Inflamed as a divide/conquor tactic by cynical Republicans and those getting a living from fanning the flames, in order to have a constituency when their intent is to screw over all but the 1% while having seen when Romney got on video saying that his chance was over. So they cultivate their wedge people such as Focus on the Family, and the press plays along. It is an issue the 1% can overload with emotional syrup while cynically moving toward taking Social Security and Medicare from the old and taking the future from the young; while trying to drive a wedge there too between old and young. I find it hard to believe Gianforte can really believe the Noah myth as literal truth, and be educated at the same time. So then what's his purpose? To not pay fair taxes on his obscene wealth, which under capital gains law for portfolio wealth already cozies him fine, unlike the land poor land owners such as Libertarian candidate Wicks, per the TV network debate where Wicks made the point that many Montanans are land-millionaires, but it's illiquid wealth.

Look at the museum. What good is it to anybody besides as ego balm for Gianforte? Who else gets ANY value from it?

Look at the organizations he gives money to, as family foundation "charity?"

The foundation has given about $1.5 million to the Montana Family Foundation and Focus on the Family, which oppose same-sex marriage and abortion, and more funds to several other groups critical of homosexuality or gay rights and that support school choice.

Gianforte has given only a few thousand dollars to groups that have sided with property owners in a stream-access dispute or advocated for some private management of public lands. Yet the foundation also had made small donations to conservation groups like Ducks Unlimited and the Montana Wildlife Federation.

Gianforte mostly shrugs off the criticism, saying the foundation’s primary agenda is not political, but rather to help those in need.

Not political? That's telling people what he wants them to hear and believe. True; or not -- He says it. What else should you expect? Trump in campaigning said he'd "Make America Great Again" without ever saying when it was great, why, and how now differs [press giving him a free pass that way]. This is Gianforte doing the same thing, his way.

But with Gianforte, the newspapers get it: having reported during the cash-heavy character-lite guv try:

Jeremy Johnson, a Carroll College politics professor, agreed that Democrats could use the giving as fodder in future campaign attacks while voters might start to evaluate the Republican beyond his focus to-date on economic issues.

“He has donated to a large number of organizations that all share an agenda to promote conservatism in policy making,” Johnson said. “Although his campaign has not yet discussed policy positions in detail we can infer he has strong ideological convictions based on the sheer number of such donations.”

Of the 395 grants awarded from 2005 to 2013, nearly half went to 52 Christian missions or faith-based social service organizations. Those donations totaled $10.8 million, about a third of the foundation’s spending. Another third, or $11.1 million, was gifted to Bozeman’s Petra Academy, the Christian private school attended by the Gianforte children and where Greg serves on the board.

“We support these charities because we believe in the work they’re doing and having an impact in the community. We tend to give to organizations that we have relationships with and where we have confidence in their leadership,” Gianforte said.

"Charities" he calls them. Propaganda outlets would be an assessment others might make.

See, also: Billings Gazette. Also,, here:

“We’ve been incredibly blessed and we feel an obligation to give back, and that’s the reason we’ve given more than half our income away in the last 10 years and why I am stepping up to offer my services to bring business expertise to get Montana out of being 49th in wages,” he said. “It all stems from the same root of wanting to serve, but they are two distinct, separate areas.”

Asked what voters might learn about the policy stances and worldview of Gianforte the candidate from the spending and advocacy of Gianforte the philanthropist, campaign spokesman Aaron Flint called the question “flawed, if not outright inappropriate.”

That's bullshit. It's "outright" appropriate to examine dimensions of a candidate, to see what form of human wants your vote, and "wanting to serve" should be judged in the context of having a firm and "partners" pushing a software product with it's sole business value to customers being to fire some people and outsource jobs more easily and to thus gain greater profits. "The same root" seems, in fact, to be wanting to generate wealth for himself and then when the fine Oracle sale nest egg is there, finalized, to spend his remaining life at minimizing the cash flow from the giant nest egg going to support government which is where public goods are created; such as DARPANET being a government funded thing that led to the web which is what his entire wealth is based upon. He got his that way, and bless all the rest of the world, once he's hunkered in.

You don't see it that way? Well, reconcile this. Your sales tax on the groceries; vs his income tax on the annual money generated by his massive portfolio; and to him, big surprise, your groceries being taxed seems optimal to Ginaforte. Gee. Go figure.

And the man has flat out admits DARPANET seed government funding which led to development and growth of the Internet was his springboard to cashing in big time:

Where did the idea for RightNow come from?

Three primary factors:

First, disruption creates opportunity for innovation. The desire to grow a large software business required reinventing a business process that was being disrupted. The Internet was empowering consumers and disrupting the power balance between consumer companies and their customers.

Secondly, traditional software was going to be disrupted by Cloud delivery because Cloud eliminated 80% of enterprise software ownership costs and delivered value five times faster.

Thirdly, I was a software guy.

So the original Business plan was “Internet Software for Customer Experience delivered in the Cloud”.

What is your business model?

We sold directly to large consumer businesses a subscription to our software service. Our customers were organizations like Travelocity, Nike, Nikon, Motorola, Electronic Arts and about 2,000 others. We saved them a lot of money and they paid us a portion of those savings in the form of subscription fees.

He sold a technology allowing off-shoring and outsourcing to where U.S. workers could be fired and cheaper foreign site labor could be rolled almost seamlessly into customer operations; gaining them big bucks by outsorucing with G-man's firm taking a cut. He flat out says it exactly that way.

Then, he talks fine and convincing as having Montanans collective interests close to his heart, while saying Noah did not retire and did not cash social security checks, so fuck you if you expect me to not go after your social security hand-in-hand with Paul Ryan, who also is a salesman first. Get this, Gianforte's principle of how he operates:

These people thought that if they had self-service capability on the website that allowed consumers to get answers without having to pick up the phone or send an e-mail that would be goodness. I asked them what they would pay for that, and they threw some numbers out. I spent six weeks building the first product. I called them back and said, “I have it now; would you like it?”
A lot of entrepreneurs, particularly technology entrepreneurs, confuse shipping and selling. They are two distinct and separate activities. You don’t need a product to try to sell something. Immerse yourself with prospective clients; understand where their pain points are. If you can solve a pain point for less money than they are willing to pay to solve it, you have the basis for a business.
At RightNow, I had forty customers before I hired the first employee. Then we doubled revenue every 90 days for two and a half years without raising any outside money.

[italics added]. So when in debates he continuously pats his own back over going statewide and visiting peoples' homes he is guaging their vulnerabilities; where their "pain points" are via immersive schmoozing "prospective clients," voters in the instance of a very smooth politician. He's looking for sucker points, Noah and all. Dinosaurs and all. He's doing a con job is how my subjective bullshit meter unpins from zero and pins full scale. Others see it as sincere. I see a salesman.

More guile than substance. When stripped of a friendly sounding veneer. Perhaps not. It's subjective. Some may be out there saying that of Quist. I do not see how they could feel that, but it at bottom is a guiding feeling; and you vote by that.

BOTTOM LINE: As saying at the outset, outsourcing is not mentioned in the bible, old or new testament, and new testament there is the Sermon on the Mount which nowhere says "Outsource your neighbor." So, out of decency why not just say your intent is to work with Paul Ryan to kill Social Security; and leave the Noah mythology out of it as a confusion of the actual issues?

FURTHER UPDATE: Okay. Found it. Cain and Abel, Genesis 4:4 onward, KJV:

And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.

[...] And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? 10 And he said, What hast thou done? it is your software that led to your brother's outsourcing. 11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, [...] a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. 15 And the LORD said unto him, Don't worry go to DC amid a congress of sinners and vagabonds. And the LORD set a dollar sign upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. 16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of DC, on the east of Eden.

Yeah, I think I got that text correct. But ask Greg. He'd likely change the subject, however, to Noah never applied for nor received food stamps, but went hungry to his ark building old age duty.

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