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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The five stages of corporate convergence

An excerpt from my most recent little project. Hey, sometimes you have to go where the inspiration takes you.

Convergence describes the degree to which an organization prioritizes social justice. There are five stages of corporate convergence:
  1. Infiltrated. The corporation has been entered by people devoted to social justice, but they do not have any significant influence or authority within the company. Employees are hired, fired, and promoted on the basis of either merit or connections. The marketing tends to reflect the company's products and services.
  2. Lightly Converged. The social justice infiltrators have begun to move into their preferred areas, such as Human Resources and Marketing, but they don't have any real influence over the corporation's policies or corporate strategies. The company starts to make occasional noises about "outreach" and "diversity", but doesn't actually change its employment practices. The marketing is still mostly about the company's products, but now features improbably diverse scenarios.
  3. Moderately Converged. Social justice advocates now control Human Resources, which is used as a corporate high ground to exert influence over other departments as well as the executive team. The corporate marketing begins to devote more attention to signaling corporate virtue than selling its products. Managers are encouraged to hire diverse candidates and to stop holding low-performance employees accountable. HR begins holding mandatory awareness sessions and hiring diversity consultants. The corporation's customer service begins to go downhill.
  4. Heavily Converged. Social justice advocates now control the corporate high ground and the strategic centers. Significant elements of the executive team and the board are devoted to social justice, often in a very public manner. Implicit hiring quotas are imposed and it becomes almost impossible to fire anyone for anything short of murder in the workplace. HR openly dictates corporate policy to employees, often without consulting the executives. The marketing materials not only signal corporate virtue, but openly advocate various social justice issues. The corporation shows indifference to its core customer base and begins to obsess over new markets that mostly exist in its imagination.
  5. Fully Converged. The corporation devotes significant resources to social causes that have absolutely nothing to do with its core business activities. Human Resources is transformed into a full Inquisition, imposing its policies without restraint and striking fear into everyone from the Chairman of the Board on down. The CEO regularly mouths social justice platitudes in the place of corporate strategies and the marketing materials are so full of virtue-signaling and social justice advocacy that it becomes difficult to tell from them what the company actually does or sells. The corporation now shows open contempt for its customers.
I could use some help in identifying various corporations at each of these stages. For example, I would consider the NFL and ESPN to be at Stage Four, whereas Marvel Comics is at Stage Five. Apple is in transition from Stage Three to Stage Four; they've historically done a good job of talking the social justice game without actually believing their own BS, but Tim Cook appears to have changed that.

UPDATE: Bruce Charlton adds a few thoughts:
"Managers are encouraged to ... stop holding low-performance employees accountable."

This is correct in terms of accountability for employee performance in what is advertised as the institution's core business activities (products, services or whatever).

But does not seem to capture the whole picture, in the sense that my impression is that increasingly even the slightest degree of complaint, dissent or disobedience often seems to be enough to provoke sanctions from HR (legal sanctions, entrapment/ dirty tricks, and full-on psychological threats and harassment) - even when that employee contributes greatly to the core business.

So, as with most tyrannies, in the modern institution obedience to (the real) authority is the primary virtue, and disobedience the only sanctioned sin.

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Blogger Laramie Hirsch December 26, 2017 7:55 AM  

Speaking as an insider, I'll talk about hospitals.

Without saying too much, I can only state that I think that hospitals are usually, at most, infiltrated.

It's a strange thing. The management certainly involves female leadership. But the reality of life and death demands that the institution be effective and competent, unlike a university.

This is not to say that hospitals lack drama. Cattiness is everywhere. But I find that the medical environment is too primal to be screwed with by flippant personalities.

Blogger Lovekraft December 26, 2017 7:57 AM  

Categories of places that should be graded on this metric:

Media organizations
Social media
Religious institutions
Colleges
International NGOs
Public Libraries
Homeowner Assoc'ns
Music/Art Festivals

this list could be arranged to show gov't controlled down the line to essentially part of a supposed free market.





Blogger Laramie Hirsch December 26, 2017 7:58 AM  

* And by flippant personalities, I mean extreme flippancy--to the level of an SJW, who cannot accomplish a single constructive thing without sabotaging everything around her. The level of required competence is, for now, keeping SJWs for screwing up the medical field as completely as a university.

Blogger Lovekraft December 26, 2017 7:59 AM  

Going to mention yet again the concept of 'policy journalism' that I read about six months ago.

Someone dedicated to investigating the HR depts, how they apply their standards etc etc. Am not sure if it's even a thing or just someone's concept, but I try to push for it every chance I get.

Anonymous John Bigboote December 26, 2017 8:02 AM  

The issue you need to address is how this is even possible given free market competition. Since converged corporate performance would obviously seem compromised, wouldn't this open opportunities for competition to enter the market and take over? Or, perhaps this is in fact the case, but convergence only happens to those companies advanced enough in the market to be able to "coast" along, for a while, without challenge. However, I think it has to be explained how this can be a long term strategy for survival, when it appears not to be.

Blogger The Kurgan December 26, 2017 8:10 AM  

I'd say black rifle coffee company is not converged at all judging from their adverts on YouTube.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable December 26, 2017 8:17 AM  

I think there should be a category 0 for companies that SJWs would avoid, such as Halliburton.

Anonymous FisherOfMen December 26, 2017 8:18 AM  

>The issue you need to address is how this is even possible given free market competition.

A lot of converged businesses are not part of the "Free Market." Twitter, for example, has never made a profit-- it is purely being propped up for someone's purposes.

General Motors is pretty converged (I have family working there). But note that General Motors no longer operates in the free market-- they no longer produce anything anyone wants, and exist right now only because of government bailouts to keep them going-- again, for someone's specific purposes.

Places like Marvel, etc, are just being consumed right now. The SJWs got confused, thought that these were permanent pillars of society (like GM) and didn't understand that for something to continue, energy must be applied to it.

So in short, any company that IS part of the free market met its success before SJW infestation, and, if the company remains part of the free market, will cease to exist.

Blogger Amy December 26, 2017 8:19 AM  

No, they’re not, Kurgan.

Unfortunately, the coffee sucks, and unless that changes, they won’t be around very long.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable December 26, 2017 8:20 AM  

I don't have any personal contact with Halliburton. But I do have personal contact with SJWs that have to do business with Halliburton and resent it. I can't imagine them ever applying there, even for HR.

OpenID carldcuck December 26, 2017 8:21 AM  

USAA Bank has been putting out numerous commercials with exclusively Mixed race families/minority families, masculine females, etc.

Anonymous Rocklea December 26, 2017 8:25 AM  

The Queensland Police Service have a 50% women recruiting policy.
http://www.policerecruit.qld.gov.au/whatWeOffer/Women-in-Queensland-Police.htm

I was speaking with one of the psychologist in charge of screening. She said it is scary. They have to let through women who should not have the job and are likely to crack in stressful situations. And she's in HR.

Anonymous Avalanche December 26, 2017 8:28 AM  

@1 "Without saying too much, I can only state that I think that hospitals are usually, at most, infiltrated."

Oh, I think your eyes are just not in focus yet! Have you read "SJWs Always Lie" and "SJWs Always Double Down"? (If not, get on it -- save your future!)

Look at ALL the advertising materials, no matter the local demographics; look at all the "outreach" and "we need to do stuff for free for illegals"; look at the HIRING of vicious (also incompetent) negroes who stand over a suffocating veteran and laugh as he gasps his last; check out the replacement of American staff with immigrants for lower costs.

Check for your hospital's 'Code of Conduct' -- you KNOW they have one, and you know any White person can be fired for any perception of racism. I expect it's about 80% worse than you are noticing yet.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer December 26, 2017 8:29 AM  

Tyson foods is a 3 transitioning to 4.

P&G is a 4 transitioning to a 5.

Anonymous Fran December 26, 2017 8:30 AM  

I remember when Saturday night Live was a funny show. Sure it was a bit Liberal at first but now it's completely off the rails. Should have been canceled decades ago but they keep the money coming in so they can keep their PC crap going.

OpenID carldcuck December 26, 2017 8:30 AM  

The WWE, believe it or not, is also very converged.

Stephanie McMahon pushes the "Women's revolution" hard, force-feeding crappy women's wrestling onto everyone. She plays the hard-assed overcompensating female role on TV. They have Breast Cancer awareness segments on TV. You cant hit women, but they can hit back. Lots of open talk about Wimminz making history and now the first ever Wimminz Royal Rumble.

They do a lot of life interest stories.

Its also very PG now, nothing controversial.

OpenID carldcuck December 26, 2017 8:31 AM  

WWE is also on the diversity train.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch December 26, 2017 8:32 AM  

@13

Hmmm. Good catch. Yes. I see it now. Because of my demographic, I'd have a much harder time getting hired than, say, 10 years ago. So this is quite true.

Anonymous Avalanche December 26, 2017 8:34 AM  

@6 "I'd say black rifle coffee company is not converged at all judging from their adverts on YouTube."

And Starbucks is past level 6! But, Starbucks shows that, with enough of a 'lead' (monopoly?) in the market, even a converged company can keep staggering along, wearing the skin of its original purpose -- because most people won't even see it!

It can take quite a while for the zombie company to sluff off enough body parts for it to notice it has died... Even customer outrage (about such 'drives' as: "let's talk about racism, all you evil White coffee drinkers!" and "we're gonna hire 10,000 immigrants -- and discriminate against the White native population!") barely slows the zombie down... confuses it for a bit -- but doesn't CHANGE the SJW mission...

Anonymous S.J., Esquire December 26, 2017 8:37 AM  

I wonder how many other parents here have seen this absurd article, from CNN, about two TV shows that my tradchildren love:

www.cnn.com/2017/12/22/health/thomas-tank-engine-paw-patrol-fascist-cartoon-strauss/index.html

By [[[Elissa Strauss]]], natch.

I showed it to my wife, and told her I was trying to read through till the end as fast as I could, hoping that at some point, they would admit it was a satire. I was disappointed.

With respect to the OP, here's the money, near the end, when the author writes:

Here's an idea, gratis, for the creative team behind of "Paw Patrol" and "Thomas," should they want to broaden their appeal to parents without alienating their fan base: Ryder and Sir Topham Hatt retire and are replaced by their equally domineering sisters.

"Without alienating their fan base." Yeah, right, [[[Strauss]]].

Anonymous Avalanche December 26, 2017 8:41 AM  

@11 "USAA Bank has been putting out numerous commercials with exclusively Mixed race families/minority families, masculine females, etc."

Their demographic is the military -- and so they're following the military (desperation?) to get ANYone to sign up -- and since the military BRASS is pretty highly converged (or corrupt enough to pretend!), USAA is trying to 'sell' to the "not-us' that's being swept up or courted.

(As a member of USAA since it was the insurance co. started by and run for Navy and Marine Corps OFFICERS ONLY!!!! I SO resent their creeping expansionism... USED to be they had, like, a 98% pay-back on all loans, because of their demographic. Now? They're just another bank, grasping for expansion and who cares who gets hurt.)

Anonymous Looking Glass December 26, 2017 8:41 AM  

A lot of companies end up stuck at Stage 4. Stage 5 requires a company either already in a terminal state or existing on so much outside money they aren't responsive to the market.

CNN is current transitioning from Stage 3 to Stage 4 over the last year. What they spew on the channel is disconnected from the business aspects. MSNBC might actually be more locked into Stage 3 right now, given their willingness to actually move talent around.

The Guardian is a clear Stage 5 company, as they're burning through their resources as a furious clip.

Google is either at Stage 4, or the Tech guys are really at Stage 3 and the rest of the company is at Stage 5.

I'm noticing that if the company has a Cash Cow or massive Cash Pile, the company can be functionally further along, even if it's not yet killing the company. Parts of Apple & Google are clearly into Stage 5 territory, but not the entire company.

Blogger Amy December 26, 2017 8:42 AM  

Basmenthomebrewer, good catch on P&G. SC Johnson, too. L’Oréal, basically any company that markets to women and families, or is heavy on female execs in marketing or sales, internal or otherwise.

The smaller businesses that serve them with raw materials and packaging are less likely to be converged, I’d guess, but they’are at least nominally devoted to diversity and Gaia, though often accused of “greenwashing” for the sake of good image.

Anonymous Cadwallander J December 26, 2017 8:44 AM  

I would also disagree that the health system has any protection from this. Mayo Clinic a 3 likely moving to a 4.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd December 26, 2017 8:46 AM  

Amy wrote:No, they’re not, Kurgan.

Unfortunately, the coffee sucks, and unless that changes, they won’t be around very long.


What coffee do you like?

I really like Black Rifle's coffee - it is what Starbucks would be like if Starbucks were good. Their dark roasts aren't burned, there is good flavor. If you burn the beans enough, no one can tell that you used cheap, nasty-tasting beans. Starbucks burns their beans.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 26, 2017 8:49 AM  

We could apply this to Churches, as well, it probably needs to be noted.

On the bigger issue, there is a Category 0. I was thinking there wasn't, but you need an actual SJW in the company to start the Infiltration. Every company can be converged, unless you've turned the company into a secret society with blood oaths, but the existence of any hiring system will mean one can get through.

Anonymous Avalanche December 26, 2017 8:50 AM  

@18 "Hmmm. Good catch. Yes. I see it now. Because of my demographic, I'd have a much harder time getting hired than, say, 10 years ago. So this is quite true."

Which also means you really really really need to read "SJWs Always Lie" and "SJWs Always Double Down"? (If not, get on it -- save *your* future!)

You're a target, even if no one, or not many, have yet started shooting in your direction; and even if you THINK you're pretty impregnable:
"Oh, I'm the only one knows how to run this antique machine -- only I know which lever to jiggle to keep it going!" Or "I'm the only one who has the corporate history and background filling my brain to enable me to say what we HAVE tried or used to do to succeed."

THAT is competent thinking -- and a converged org does not NEED that, because keeping the zombie shuffling along is WAY less important than fulfilling SJW desires. You ARE expendable because the "product" does not have to keep coming out the production end of "the machine"; all that matters NOW is that the right color / religion /nationality people are standing around uselessly while the machine spins and smokes!

Prepare now to defend yourself: it's coming!

Blogger YIH December 26, 2017 8:52 AM  

ESPN to be at Stage Four, whereas Marvel Comics is at Stage Five.
I'd say (((Disney))) as a whole at Stage Five. I remember hearing their employment commercials ending with ''Disney is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity'' with one of their attractions featuring both Ellen (as in the most boring lesbian ever) and Bill Nye the Science Fraud.

Anonymous Shine December 26, 2017 8:55 AM  

Can confirm that in the UK, Fujitsu are a solid 4, dabbling with 5.

Fujitsu are ostensibly a global managed IT service provider. The reality is that HR and marketing rule the roost, and if they were half as interested in their core business activities as virtue signalling, their business would not be in terminal decline due to the preponderance of untouchable ow-performers.

Their programme of sending work offshore to the 3rd world has been disastrous, but it's more than one's career is worth to voice the simple truths of this, despite what the balance sheet says.

Membership of their LGBT group is a shield of total invulnerability, so long as those members do not quibble that the company is meantime, proudly delivering services to the Saudi Arabian state.

In recent years they have publicly campaigned for remaining in the EU (i.e. against Brexit) and have donated to the Labour Party.

Blogger The Kurgan December 26, 2017 8:56 AM  

Wouldn't know. I don't really drink coffee.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 26, 2017 8:56 AM  

I could use some help in identifying various corporations at each of these stages

Target appears to have been at Stage 3. When SJWs lower down the ladder made the public announcement that Target would now have gender neutral bathrooms WITHOUT telling the CEO.

Before that they had been making SJW friendly decisions without cratering their bottomline.

However, Target's CEO felt he had no choice but to let the tail wag the dog thus effectively moving them to Stage 4.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 26, 2017 9:02 AM  

Timing the descent could be really valuable. There strikes me a large chance for a Vulture Fund approach in a few years.

Blogger Amy December 26, 2017 9:03 AM  

Ominous, I like Green Mountain Double Diamond or Dark Magic. Peet’s Major Dickason, as well.

I wanted to like Black Rifle, but pressed, brewed, cold brewed, or in the Keurig, it doesn’t pass muster and tastes just a step above Folgers.

I suppose I’ll have to get away from Peet’s and GMCR because converged on some level.

One thing I will try is grinding the Black Rifle Murdered Out down a bit. The grinds are huge and thus the coffee lacks flavor and body, though it has good aroma. It performs poorly in my reusable kcups.

I don’t like Starbucks at all, and in my region you can’t spit without hitting a Dunkin Donuts, which is also horrible.

Blogger FSL December 26, 2017 9:03 AM  

After Star Wars Episode VIII it's clear Disney must be in Stage 5. So much self-destruction.

Blogger Amy December 26, 2017 9:06 AM  

Johnson and Johnson, likely all big pharma. Cannot say which stage as I’m not sure, but they’re bending over backwards to show tolerance, commitment to diversity, cater to BRICS, etc.

Blogger ReluctantMessiah December 26, 2017 9:16 AM  

I'd rate JPMC at Stage 3/4. They market Diversity and Inclusion a lot. One thing they rolled out were Diversity Pillars. Black, Female, LGBT, Veterans, and... Other. Considering the tech side is mostly Indian this is hilarious. From one outcast caste system to another.

Blogger pdwalker December 26, 2017 9:17 AM  

Mozilla Foundation? 4?

Gnome Foundation, 4+? Last I heard when I was paying attention to them, they blew through most of their donations on women’s outreach programs or some such bullshit.

Blogger Thomas Henderson December 26, 2017 9:18 AM  

Without saying too much, I can only state that I think that hospitals are usually, at most, infiltrated.

May be true in the US, but convergence is much more advanced in Canada and other places with socialized medicine. One time the churches ran the hospitals and did so on shoestring budgets and staff who saw their roles as vocations. Now it's a government operation: top heavy with administrators with bloated salaries and staff who see their jobs as careers.

Nurses once went to nursing school right out after high school, got two years hands on training, and were on the floors with an eye for the comfort and safety of patients. Patients are no longer called patients (no need to be patient in our sufferings anymore apparently) but healthcare consumers. Meanwhile, nurses go to university for three to four years to get an undergraduate degree (and converged) before moving into another two years in a Bachelor of Nursing regiment. After completion most are too debt ridden with student loans to be anything other than indentured slaves to the hospital system; which means you get everybody: the wheat and the tares, the compassionate and the heartless, the competent and the ditzes.

Many nurses are clipboard carriers or equipment operators. Most of the hands-on tasks have been passed to personal care workers, who are understaffed. The whole shebang is ruled by public administrators, who are overstaffed and overpaid. Job justification means they have to been seen doing something. Programming is introduced that has little to do with healthcare.

Wards and rooms are no longer segregated by sex, i.e. by "gender" to be hip with the jargon. Today everybody is non-binary. Healthcare consumers are treated as an interchangeable cog in an incomprehensible bureaucratic nightmare.

I would argue that, outside the US, medicine has been 'moderately converged' at least and moving into the 'heavily converged' category. Government largess has turned the health science industry into a money pit, enough to threaten to bankrupt several Canadian provinces.

Leftism is the ideology of technocrats and any institution that is run by technocrats will be converged.

Blogger JACIII December 26, 2017 9:19 AM  

GE put out a letter to employees to protest Trumps travel ban and to promise protection from such hatefulness. I am looking for it.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 26, 2017 9:21 AM  

YIH wrote:ESPN to be at Stage Four, whereas Marvel Comics is at Stage Five.

I'd say (((Disney))) as a whole at Stage Five. I remember hearing their employment commercials ending with ''Disney is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity'' with one of their attractions featuring both Ellen (as in the most boring lesbian ever) and Bill Nye the Science Fraud.


I disagree. I'd say it's at Stage four as an average with some major hold outs in some quarters of the company.

Example: Disney Parks is far too merit driven (as yet) to allow for much in the way of infiltration. Call it Stage 2. If you want to work at Disney Parks you start at the bottom picking up litter and then move on to worst costumes available in the parade, (it used to be the Pain and Panic costumes from Hercules which were basically rubber wetsuits worn in 90 degree weather. SJWism there has to be imposed from on high.

Disney Cruises, same notation.

Marvel Comics on the other hand is not only at Stage 5 but is actually destroying the entire comic book industry.

The Lucasfilm unit is clearly at Stage 5 and is in the process of self-destructing.

Marvel Films is harder to judge. Kevin Feige is a solid lefty but appears to be too sane to be an actual SJW. His twitter feed is mostly movie promo stuff and Stan Lee worship, although there was one worrying Patton Oswalt retweet. So as I said solid lefty but too achievement oriented to tolerate SJWism in his unit. Sort of like Steve Jobs I guess.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 26, 2017 9:23 AM  

@39 addendum

So call Marvel Films Stage 3. I have no idea if Kevin Feige as any control over Marvel comics at all.

Blogger JACIII December 26, 2017 9:25 AM  

Also GE has an initiative to achieve a 50/50 sex parity in "tech" jobs. This was from early/mid 2017.

http://fortune.com/2017/02/08/general-electric-gender-parity-workforce-by-2020/

You have and engineering problem? We have just the Gurls for you!

OpenID crapulux December 26, 2017 9:27 AM  

Besides companies, also consider open source projects. Some of them are quite vital to the web (and many businesses).

An attempt was made on Linux Kernel itself (that I know of, there are probably many more...)

https://www.infoworld.com/article/2989588/linux/linux-is-sarah-sharp-a-social-justice-warrior.html

Fortunately, good old Linus is a natural, and has proven time and again that he is more than willing to unleash fire and brimstone whenever needed. They won't get him.

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2015/11/04/feminists-are-trying-to-frame-linus-torvalds-for-sexual-assault-claims-open-source-industry-veteran/

However, high caliber software projects have a problem: you will often find quite a lot of Aspergers in the team, and these seem to have trouble identifying SJWs and dealing with the threat. Case in point: the famous James Damore is one, which kind of explains why this highly intelligent man did not foresee how his memo would get him fired.

Node.js forked several times due to SJWs.

https://www.quora.com/Why-was-Node-js-forked-to-Ayo-JS

Projects like Gnome or Django... or others...

https://www.djangoproject.com/diversity/
https://github.com/opal/opal/issues/941 (click on SJW profile for laughs)

..oops.. Vox already covered this last one:

https://cailcorishev.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/open-source-software-now-with-100-less-sjw/

Also PHP:

https://cailcorishev.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/open-source-software-now-with-100-less-sjw/

One of the arguments in favor of open source is that even if the developers were run over by a bus, someone would take over.

Thanks to SJWs this is no longer the case. The organization may very well expel the best contributors and slowly let the project you count on rot for political reasons. Yes projects can be forked, they can be defended, but this takes time and energy away from what matters...

Thankfully awareness is developing, but programmers and nerds tend to be averse to stirring up conflict and making hard decisions...

A SJW in OSS black list would be sorely needed.




Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 26, 2017 9:29 AM  

Could there be crossover with government? Just read an account of the hapless idiots at the top of the FBI and they seem to be the type of rats who eat the seed corn without a hint of awareness of the larger situation.

Blogger Nate December 26, 2017 9:29 AM  

The primary thing to remember here is that SJW and Liberal are not the same thing. One could be a full on commie and not be an SJW. And would could be an SJW and be a moderate.

Anonymous Taco Town December 26, 2017 9:30 AM  

Convergence becomes less self-destructive when most of all of the competition is similarly converged

Blogger Nate December 26, 2017 9:31 AM  

so SJW is a leftist phenomenon, it can and does appear anywhere in the leftist spectrum.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky December 26, 2017 9:33 AM  

Stage Five Fully Converged features open contempt for the customers, significant devotion of resources to SJW causes that have nothing to do with the core mission, and leadership regularly mouthing SJW platitudes. So I don't see how the NFL or the BSA escape that designation.

Blogger Lovekraft December 26, 2017 9:35 AM  

@ Nate: semantics aside, for the purposes of this discussion, someone who applies threats, lies, state power to impose invalid (objectively, altho this is a debate in itself) rules/standards.

So an SJW is, by definition, NOT a moderate.

In another time, perhaps these 'moderate SJWs' as you like to call them, were harmless and should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Those days are well past us. We're at the 'if you're not with us, you're against us' stage.

Blogger JACIII December 26, 2017 9:40 AM  

I'm going with level 4 to 5 on GE.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=49&v=sQ6_fOX7ITQ

Blogger Wuzzums Fuzzums December 26, 2017 9:41 AM  

Seeing how converged institutions will eventually fail economically, why isn't there a company that puts forth a fully converged face publicly but in practice it's at stage 0 of infiltration so to speak?

What better way to handicap your competition that to shame them into accepting an ideology that will lead to bankruptcy eventually.
Kinda like how Jews created communism come to think of it.

Anonymous BBGKB December 26, 2017 9:42 AM  

it becomes almost impossible to fire anyone for anything short of murder in the workplace.

Unless they are a white man, with the possibility exception of easily fired white women in healthcare settings.

"Without saying too much, I can only state that I think that hospitals are usually, at most, infiltrated."

I have seen a white female nurse fired for looking up lab results for an outside physician, that they claimed was a hipaa violation & didn't bother to check, at the same place a groid whose job was replaced by a computer moved to a do nothing job, then downloaded a porn virus that took out computers in the entire hospital for a week that couldn't be fired.

But the reality of life and death demands that the institution be effective and competent, unlike a university.

Black head nurses & black charge nurses I have encounters must have been promoted to protect patients from them.

The junkie nurse & doctor programs must have been created to hold onto DieVerse employees. Their motto "it's hard to see a heplock in someone's leg if they are white"

USAA Bank has been putting out numerous commercials with exclusively Mixed race families/minority families

I saw an ad for FarmersOnly dating service it had only whites, talk about everything (((they))) hate

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 26, 2017 9:42 AM  

Two examples of lefty CEOs who aren't SJWs. The late Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos.

THis kind of CEO while hostile to us politically is too results oriented to permit SJWism to progress beyond stage 3.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 26, 2017 9:48 AM  

SJWism being women's will to power.

Jerkboys not only wanted but needed.

Blogger seeingsights December 26, 2017 9:50 AM  

YouTube, which is owned by Google, is at least at Stage Four. YouTube has demonetized videos that have right-of-center politics. YouTube put into limbo an anti-migrant video by the Polish government. Same thing happened to Cernovich.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 26, 2017 9:51 AM  

Any company with at least 1000 employees is de facto at Stage 1. There's always a SJW in the mix, though preventing Stage 2 from happening is very possible.

Here's a Machiavellian play, for free, if anyone is in a position to use it. If you have major influence in a company that is in either Stage 1 or 2, seek out ways to convince your competitors to go full SJW. Depending on the field, some donated funds to the right "charity" can get the ball rolling for a full-blown SJW freak out in the company you're targeting.

Takes some deep knowledge of your field and the competitor, but you can reasonably predict SJW actions. This means all you need to do is give them opportunity to cause trouble in your competitor(s). Added bonus is that most of the approaches are probably legal, haha.

Blogger Lovekraft December 26, 2017 9:52 AM  

re: Marvel Comics

The new Editor-in-Chief did a major purge in the past week, cancelling under-performing SJW books (GwenPool, Defenders, Luke Cage, Iceman, America, among others).

New Editor-in-Chief C B Cebulski was brought in and cancelled these books in mid-run. D & C advises us to wait about another five months before passing judgment, as that will be when the new editorial slant, if any, is revealed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rgVdT_jdWY

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 26, 2017 9:57 AM  

My own view is that Youtube is at Stage 5. It arrived there when they began their "YouTube Heroes" program.

YouTube is so converged they actually felt a need to crowdsource their SJWism in order to meet their perceived internal need for MOAR Social Justice.

Blogger U PC BRO? December 26, 2017 9:58 AM  

Wells Fargo is at least a 4. The messages to employees are all diversity, all the time, and how fully embracing diversity will open new markets and strengthen the bank. There are high executive positions in the bank who do nothing but work on diversity initiatives full time.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 26, 2017 10:01 AM  

Last one for me. Penzey's Spices. Stage 5.

Bill Penzey actually went out of his way to insult and drive off his customers in the name of Social Justice.

Blogger Lucas December 26, 2017 10:02 AM  

VD, how do you say "virtue-signaling" in italian? From there I think I can come up with a Portuguese one.

Thanks.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 26, 2017 10:08 AM  

YouTube has been at Stage 5 for a couple of years. The issue is that Google poured so much money into them that Google's systems keep them afloat. They also have that Google-ness factor where they still have top technical talent doing the technical stuff. Rest of the company is an utter joke, but the ad-rates on Mobile Video are increasing, so they aren't a sinkhole of money right now.

Thinking about it, most of the Franchised fast-food chains are pretty low on the ranking. Is it possible that the Franchise model limits the shift from Stage 2 to Stage 3 because of the structural inability to exert that much power over the Franchises?

All of Hollywood is in stage 4 or 5. This is part of the reason the ChiComs prevented their companies from getting involved anymore.

Blogger Amy December 26, 2017 10:11 AM  

@ Cataline re Penzeys, they did! I got an insulting email some while back and immediately dropped them. Shame, too, they have terrific product, and his sister’s company doesn’t have quite the same offerings.

I’d happily do business elsewhere but sometimes the quality isn’t comparable. Make it do or do without, I suppose.

Blogger BassmanCO December 26, 2017 10:13 AM  

Interesting. I have quite a few friends in the office (all former military) who love Black Rifle coffee. I think it's decent, but nothing special.

Blogger Zundfolge December 26, 2017 10:14 AM  

@The Kurgan: "I'd say black rifle coffee company is not converged at all judging from their adverts on YouTube."

Except for their support and encouragement of a former Afghan Muslim Soldier they've brought in house to print T-Shirts.

I've seen this from many of our GIs that served over there with local Muslim soldiers, they seem to think just because they fought side by side with them and that they were good warriors that they'll remain loyal to their American friends and not go Jihadi when the opportunity arises.

Blogger jdgalt December 26, 2017 10:19 AM  

@OP: This pretty much corresponds with what I've seen, but I'd change the bit about "impossible to fire anyone" in step 4. That's about the point where people start getting fired either on trumped-up harassment charges, or simply fired from ambush with no reason given. A year ago I was in a company that purged at least a quarter of its staff this way within a six month period -- and it hadn't even begun to lose customers as a result of convergence yet.

Anonymous Mike Rock December 26, 2017 10:28 AM  

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/12/jeff-bezos-humiliation-amazon-employees-embroiled-sex-trafficking-scandal/

Ooops, Jeff.

Blogger seeingsights December 26, 2017 10:30 AM  

I'll make assorted points in one post, instead of separate posts.

A question raised is, "How do SJW converged companies survive in the marketplace?" Adam Smith said, "There is a great deal of ruin in a nation." Smith's statement means that it takes a great deal of bad decisions by political leaders to bring down a country. Similarly, there is a great deal of ruin in a company. A company that is SJW converged takes on unnecessary costs, but the costs are not big enough to put the firm in financial jeopardy.

Ever since I was a teenager, I've thought that Human Resources was one of the most worthless occupations--and I am a bit surprised that it exists, for it exists in the marketplace. Worthless occupations are usually government jobs, and jobs connected to the welfare/regulatory state (e.g. the 'caring professions'). The SJW convergence of companies have re-inforced by opinion of Human Resources.

One way to get SJWs out of an organization is to doxx them. This can work even if a company is at Stage 3. I found out that a leftie (though not strictly speaking a SJW) employee had a DUI while employed at a company. He didn't tell his employer about it. Apparently, the company doesn't do annual background checks. The company terminated him when they found out about the DUI. The leftie has been unemployed for over 29 weeks.

Blogger tuberman December 26, 2017 10:34 AM  

This is a very good summary on converged companies. I copied it over to a file for personal use.

There are industries that go beyond these company based convergence themes, such as Hollywood, the music industry, and the MSM. Perhaps in the furure we can track pervert levels.

Blogger Zundfolge December 26, 2017 10:38 AM  

Is it a coincidence that "SJW Convergence" and "Islamization" follow the same pattern?

Blogger Wuzzums Fuzzums December 26, 2017 10:44 AM  

Doesn't everything? An extremist has an agenda. A moderate/centrist/normie has no strong convictions therefore they will eventually defer to the strongest voice(s).

If nazi Germany is any metric, 10% idealogues is enough to sway any populus.

Anonymous Dan December 26, 2017 10:46 AM  

"Seeing how converged institutions will eventually fail economically, why isn't there a company that puts forth a fully converged face publicly but in practice it's at stage 0 of infiltration so to speak?"

This describes a lot of Silicon Valley companies until recently, although the activists are catching on. They all have problem solving challenge questions in interviews that are heavily G-loaded. They selected top applicants from top schools and wound up with a very high-IQ, elite workforce, even while spouting off all manner of equalitarian jibberish. Programming or other engineering work is intellectually rigorous (your code either does or doesn't compile), as is graduating with an Engineering degree from a top school. Thus Silicon Valley companies have been partially protected from the poison that they spread.

"The issue you need to address is how this is even possible given free market competition. Since converged corporate performance would obviously seem compromised, wouldn't this open opportunities for competition to enter the market and take over? Or, perhaps this is in fact the case, but convergence only happens to those companies advanced enough in the market to be able to "coast" along, for a while, without challenge. However, I think it has to be explained how this can be a long term strategy for survival, when it appears not to be."

Simply look at media companies. CNN loses to Fox News. How can this be? CNN was a giant, they should have been unmovable from their commanding heights. Print media is failing badly.

The problem with media as compared to those silicon valley companies is that media doesn't have the built in high-IQ hiring, whereas silicon valley has always had extremely G-loaded hiring.

Anonymous Steve December 26, 2017 10:46 AM  

Re: Tim "Get out of the stock!" Cook.

During a six year period from 2004 - 2010 Steve Jobs rolled out the iPod Mini, the Mac Mini, the iPod Shuffle, the iPod Nano, the MacBook, Apple TV, the iPhone, the Magic Mouse, the iPad, and many other impressive products.

Since Cook took charge in 2011 the only major new non-iterative product Apple has released is the Apple Watch.

Generally, by the time a successful business gets around to building its its spiffy new headquarters, it's all downhill from there.

Apple's $5Bn new corporate Xanadu / bugman hive opened earlier this year.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 26, 2017 10:51 AM  

@72 Steve

It gets better with Apple. They put much of their lead design staff... on building their HQ.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable December 26, 2017 10:56 AM  

Oh you can tell that Twitter is stage 5 because of their Orwellian "Trust and Safety Council," which is anything but and has only driven content creators away.

Anonymous Leeroy Jenkins December 26, 2017 10:57 AM  

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Blogger jdgalt December 26, 2017 11:03 AM  

@25: Another set of candidates for "stage 0" might be companies whose core business model depends on treating their employees so badly that no SJW would want to work there. I'm thinking of Amazon and McDonalds. Both those companies have some "diverse" advertising, but I haven't seen either pursue SJ issues in company policies (though Amazon is much too willing to ban books in response to call campaigns by snowflakes -- which suggests that we should be using that tactic against SJWs).

Anonymous P_Ang December 26, 2017 11:07 AM  

I know you mentioned Marvel already, but that ignores the giant liberal douche in the room: Disney. Marvel, ABC, ESPN, Star Wars, the Muppets, and now Fox are owned by Disney, and they've shown LONG ago they are willing to lose billions on convergence.

Blogger VFM #7634 December 26, 2017 11:16 AM  

Roman Catholic Church: Stage Five.

Blogger pyrrhus December 26, 2017 11:20 AM  

@76 McDonalds is an old school company, where many of the executives used to be proud that they never attended college, but came up the hard way. And it is a nuts and bolts business of managing supply chains, etc, so the SjW stuff will likely be confined to the advertising...

Blogger dc.sunsets December 26, 2017 11:23 AM  

@ Amy, J&J is a solid 3, with hints of 4, but the individual operating companies have some freedom (there's a lot of variety spanning drugs to cosmetics to baby shampoo.)

Last I checked, a bitch of a woman was ascending rapidly toward the chairman position and the board was long ago staffed with cucks, crooks and yes men.

Yet another American institution in open decline, living on glories long past.

Blogger Wuzzums Fuzzums December 26, 2017 11:24 AM  

I've been listening to a bunch of podcasts with visual artists talking shop (people who work for game development or movies). Due to the amount of knowledge you need to know about computers and the necessity to solve problems with no guidelines such jobs also are selective of high G.
I've been looking in job offerings for quite some time now and the trend is clear. Low tier jobs (from a company hierarchy title perspective) are the most sought after, almost non existent in the job market. What are easy to get are jobs like lead-blablabla, chief-blablabla, blablabla-manager. These are positions the company has to fill in order to play the corporate-game, but in practice they offer no real power, influence, or future job prospects. The boss is not your manager, the boss is your colleague who is either pals with the founder or has the most experience.

Naughty Dog, one of the biggest names out there, has a requirement for each new potential hire to pass a 30 days test. No exceptions. Only after you pass the test do you get to the interview phase. So far this triage seems to have kept the company stable.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 26, 2017 11:28 AM  

I know this is a serious thread, but if you want a feel good story of corp converg over at zerohedge they have a story about Microsoft and Asian sex slaves.

A company so converged that sex is off limits and the spergs have to go to the interwebs to find some lovin. Where on the scale I do not know.

Blogger pyrrhus December 26, 2017 11:31 AM  

Bruce Charlton also points out the completely subjective nature of SJWism:
Therefore, in the converged corporation (as in the Soviet Union) nobody and no group is ever safe - at least, not for long. Any sometime celebrated and indulged group (e.g. The Proletariat) can later become relabelled as public enemy number one (white, male, native-born 'rednecks').

My personal opinion is that SJWs and their insane activities are just another aspect of Mouse Utopia as it envelopes the West.

Blogger Seth Schueler December 26, 2017 11:34 AM  

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Anonymous Avalanche December 26, 2017 11:38 AM  

@45 "Convergence becomes less self-destructive when most of all of the competition is similarly converged"

Still destructive to the consumers and civilization!

Blogger Seth Schueler December 26, 2017 11:38 AM  

I worked there and did encounter a few.

Blogger Karl December 26, 2017 11:40 AM  

This post is a keeper. Keep up the great fight.

Blogger Seth Schueler December 26, 2017 11:41 AM  

I encountered 2 there and they were both instructors at their mud school.

Anonymous Avalanche December 26, 2017 11:46 AM  

@70 "Doesn't everything? An extremist has an agenda. A moderate/centrist/normie has no strong convictions therefore they will eventually defer to the strongest voice(s)."

Thus the DESPERATE need for a return to Christianity in the West, esp. Europe!

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum December 26, 2017 11:50 AM  

You ARE expendable because the "product" does not have to keep coming out the production end of "the machine"; all that matters NOW is that the right color / religion /nationality people are standing around uselessly while the machine spins and smokes!

Avalanche, you just described my employer to a T.

Anonymous Victor F. Michaelson December 26, 2017 12:01 PM  

@Ominous Cowherd, do you live near Anchorage?

Blogger Wuzzums Fuzzums December 26, 2017 12:11 PM  

Yeah but the major icons of the church are converged. The Right is making a comeback and its momentum is due to its strong proponents. The same cannot be said for Christianity.

Dawkins always said he considered himself a cultural christian. Had he not have had a stroke he might've been useful to get atheists (some) to accept christian values. Now this role seems to have been filled now by Molyneux and Peterson.

Blogger Gordon Scott December 26, 2017 12:19 PM  

Well, an interesting perspective. I was kind of hoping to see Voxiversity 2.0 get rolling, but perhaps that was just a dream. Or, hire an adjunct to do the teaching while the professor does research. That model is in use some places. I'm not keen on Malwyn as the adjunct.

Blogger VD December 26, 2017 12:20 PM  

I was kind of hoping to see Voxiversity 2.0 get rolling, but perhaps that was just a dream.

We're getting close. Just be patient.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd December 26, 2017 12:22 PM  

Looking Glass wrote:. Is it possible that the Franchise model limits the shift from Stage 2 to Stage 3 because of the structural inability to exert that much power over the Franchises?

Each franchise is a small business, owned by a proprietor who lives off the proceeds. SJWs are very free with other people's money. Franchise proprietors would have to be free with their own money, which limits their descent into SJW-sim.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd December 26, 2017 12:24 PM  

Victor F. Michaelson wrote:@Ominous Cowherd, do you live near Anchorage?

About 350 miles north of there. I'm a couple hours drive outside of Fairbanks.

Anonymous Random #57 December 26, 2017 12:37 PM  

@72 Steve:


"Generally, by the time a successful business gets around to building its its spiffy new headquarters, it's all downhill from there.

Apple's $5Bn new corporate Xanadu / bugman hive opened earlier this year."

Another sign that it is at Level 4 is that the building is seriously lacking in space for people to work, it puts the workers in trendy open offices. Which has become big in the Bay area because most startups exist to get more funding, and those make it easy to show lots of employees apparently working hard.

The whole Bay area tech ecosystem may be at Level 5, venture capital has stopped making money for investors, but there are always more suckers hoping they'll invest in a fund that will invest in the next Google. Big pension funds also seem to be compelled to gamble a small amount of their money in the sector.

Blogger VFM #0168 December 26, 2017 12:39 PM  

This is probably why government gets so involved with how hospitals operate and make demands of employees that do not make substantive impacts. E.g. the forcing of employees to receive the flu shot as a condition of employment. I see these small incursions as the government then trying to force even more nefarious demands that then impact diversity over competency.

Blogger michaeloh59 December 26, 2017 12:43 PM  

#64
"I've seen this from many of our GIs that served over there with local Muslim soldiers, they seem to think just because they fought side by side with them and that they were good warriors that they'll remain loyal to their American friends and not go Jihadi when the opportunity arises."

As I recall when shrinks interviewed combat vets they discovered that what the vets were fighting for was not flag or country or commander. Those seem to be merely Harveywood tropes. What they were fighting for was their buddies. The phenomenon of veterans enthusiastically shilling for immigration and other bene's for their foreighn former comrades is another example of veterans elevating loyalty to comrades above loyalty to country.

Anonymous RobertL December 26, 2017 1:08 PM  

UK Police Service seems to be Stage 4 converged.
Implicit hiring quotas are imposed and it becomes almost impossible to fire anyone for anything short of murder in the workplace.
- Unless they offend against Diversity: the Greater Manchester Police Chief tweeted the dismissal of a volunteer policeman who wrote "homophobic" things on FB. Meanwhile no officer has been disciplined after any of the muslim rape gang cases.

HR openly dictates corporate policy to employees, often without consulting the executives.
- The Chief Constables are largely Common Purpose, so this point is irrelvant.

The marketing materials not only signal corporate virtue, but openly advocate various social justice issues.
- Rainbow cop cars anyone? Nail polish?

The corporation shows indifference to its core customer base and begins to obsess over new markets that mostly exist in its imagination.
- Announcing that it will no longer be sending staff to investigate burglaries and taking boots off before entering a mosque? It's there.

Anonymous RobertL December 26, 2017 1:16 PM  

seeingsights wrote:Ever since I was a teenager, I've thought that Human Resources was one of the most worthless occupations--and I am a bit surprised that it exists, for it exists in the marketplace. Worthless occupations are usually government jobs, and jobs connected to the welfare/regulatory state (e.g. the 'caring professions'). The SJW convergence of companies have re-inforced by opinion of Human Resources.

You can almost see the answer in your comment. HR exists to 'protect' the company from non-compliance with government regulation. While the government regulations exist, you are going to have to have HR.

Blogger Resident Moron™ December 26, 2017 1:19 PM  

Thomson Reuters are at least 4 to 4.5. Just check out their website home page

Universities in general in the West are at 11 (not corporates per the usual understanding but big businesses)

Blogger MeneMene December 26, 2017 1:25 PM  

Black female CEO of Sam's Club: "Just today we met with a supplier and the entire other side of the table was all Caucasian males. That was interesting. I decided not to talk about it directly with [the supplier’s] folks in the room because there were actually no female, like, levels down. So I’m going to place a call to him."

Blogger michaeloh59 December 26, 2017 1:26 PM  

#26

@11 "USAA Bank has been putting out numerous commercials with exclusively Mixed race families/minority families, masculine females, etc."

Their demographic is the military -- and so they're following the military (desperation?) to get ANYone to sign up -- and since the military BRASS is pretty highly converged (or corrupt enough to pretend!), USAA is trying........

Avalanche a slightly different way of thinking about The Armed Forces in general and USAA specifically is that each and every individual inducted into the Armed Forces is subjected to enormous amounts of propaganda supporting the Cult of Equality. Besides the propaganda the Cult has real power in that many incentives, such as promotions, are tied to reciting cult doctrine and achieving cult goals like diversity. Each of these individuals- very often solid working and middle class patriots- is subjected to cult propaganda and coercion to make them suitable employees of the Federal Government. Its the GI'fication of Red State patriots into Cult of Equality moral pussies. Naturally many servicemen just play along for the sake of their carreer but even those become numbed to the kind of anti-white appeals that USAA is making in their advertising, and the rest, well it is exactly the sort of cult messaging that they believe in and have come to expect. The sad fact is that some of the biggest cucks on the planet have been GI'd- think Navy Jack from Oathkeepers and the odious David 'Rear Echelon' French who loves to Cuck as much as he loves to post pics of himself in his soldier suit complete with brand new, never used body armor.

Lest anyone misinterpret my remarks I am grateful to the grunts who do the heavy lifting so that I get to be a happy-go-lucky civilian. But nation comes before gratitude and that is the way to make sense of a cucked military.

Blogger Koanic December 26, 2017 1:32 PM  

> Lest anyone misinterpret my remarks I am grateful to the grunts who do the heavy lifting so that I get to be a happy-go-lucky civilian.

The only thing they're lifting is the other end of your chain.

Anonymous Difster December 26, 2017 1:48 PM  

Whole Foods - #4 transitioning to #5. I doubt that's changed since Amazon bought it either. Even though the CEO is said to be somewhat libertarian, the company isn't run or managed that way.

Blogger Geoarrge December 26, 2017 1:52 PM  

The stages of creative convergence:

1. Infiltrated: no externally observable effects, but the actual creators have become partially dependent on SJW labor, rendering themselves vulnerable whenever the SJWs eventually decide to exercise their leverage.
2. Lightly Converged: The product retains most of its integrity, but SJWs have secured some token concessions, which are then denounced as 'tokenism'.
3. Moderately Converged: In order to clear the accusations of tokenism and achieve 'authenticity,' SJW-approved co-authors must be involved in the creative process. They immediately chafe at their lack of executive control.
4. Heavily Converged: Increasing creative control is demanded for the SJW authors, putting them in charge of some projects. The last remaining restraint is that of the top level management
5. Fully Converged: The SJWs have effectively taken over management.

OpenID ghostofelberry December 26, 2017 1:54 PM  

I worked in a hospital 2007-9, as a secretary for therapists (physio etc.). They were surprisingly redpilled, perhaps because contact with the wastrel dregs of the welfare society, and of course diversity, is inevitably sobering. The therapists loathed the bureaucracy to which they were subject, and so loathed the whole mechanism & the higher-ups. Even the low-tier managers would sigh about the "bullshit" they were forced to perform & inflict on others. My guess is I would have had to go significantly higher up to meet true believers in bureaucracy & Leftism.

Anonymous Drummergirl December 26, 2017 1:56 PM  

Mayo Clinic - #3 where I'm at (I'm sure it varies a bit depending on the location) - looking for a diversity committee chair among other things.

Blogger DonReynolds December 26, 2017 1:56 PM  

By my own experience, I have not seen the SJWs take an interest in actually working in Marketing, but I have seen a keen interest in them controlling the Marketing. They really want to be the Branding Manager, to manage the company brand and community image. They want to do Advertising and Public Relations, because they get to talk directly to the media and reporters. Information Manager will do nicely. They will do whatever they have to do to get into Community Affairs, Corporate Giving, Community Outreach, UNITED WAY, because that allows them to use their SJW Network connections (friends) to minority and community activist organizations, churches, food banks, voter drives, and Leftist media. Nothing says "Boss" like being the SJW who shows up with a fat donation check from the corporate account. Don't forget to include the Liberal small business types down at the Chamber of Commerce. They are always good for a few bucks. It is called being "plugged into the community". It is also a good place for local rich guys to park their cute sugarbabies. (The local rich guys donate money for tax write-off and in return, sugarbaby gets a cushy job in an office environment.)

Blogger DonReynolds December 26, 2017 1:59 PM  

That is the easy way to deduct your sugarbaby expenses from your income tax, without the wife finding out....or the IRS.

Blogger Lance E December 26, 2017 2:16 PM  

Dan wrote:This describes a lot of Silicon Valley companies until recently, although the activists are catching on. They all have problem solving challenge questions in interviews that are heavily G-loaded. They selected top applicants from top schools and wound up with a very high-IQ, elite workforce, even while spouting off all manner of equalitarian jibberish. Programming or other engineering work is intellectually rigorous (your code either does or doesn't compile), as is graduating with an Engineering degree from a top school. Thus Silicon Valley companies have been partially protected from the poison that they spread.

Half true. Only the technical staff are subject to this filtering. SJWs can and do still infiltrate through the usual channels, especially HR, and use it to not only infiltrate leadership but create entirely new parasitic divisions generally led by a "VP of diversity", which then either sets policy directly or influences it heavily. Eventually loopholes are created in the technical hiring process as well (diversity hiring).

I don't believe that it's possible to play both sides. If you pretend to be SJW, you'll attract actual SJWs and be converged. Silicon Valley has not been "immune" - arguably it has converged much faster than any other industry. Google is less than 20 years old and Twitter is barely 10.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants December 26, 2017 2:16 PM  

I'd advise independent guy who got ran out of business by being way too pro-white: RisinSunCoffeeCo
He's a Canadian Leaf, but I've heard great things about his coffee beans. I don't drink coffee, myself.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd December 26, 2017 2:19 PM  

MeneMene wrote:Black female CEO of Sam's Club ...

Fairbanks desperately needs a Costco, so we can all drop our Sams Club memberships.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants December 26, 2017 2:38 PM  

I agree w/this, especially in regards to the county where I live. It's about 64% white, 28% hispanic, the rest Asian/Black.
IOW, very low black & Asian populations & frankly, very little actual bills paid by the Hisp pop, past basic medicaid/Medicare.
However, the hospital system is pretty nice here, very high tech, all new facilities, with huge gardens filled w/statues & ponds w/rock waterfalls. Upscale.
They send out tons of expensive mailers, glossy books advertising their specialty services, cosmetic surgery, diet & weight loss clinics, cosmetic skin removal, etc. other specialty services involving vision corrections, knee surgeries, premie babies, heart facilities, etc.
Most/many procedures aren't even covered, or are barely covered by good insurance, & out of reach for cash/government covered individuals.
So, the booklets are filled w/pics of all the wealthy white Boomers using those services, right?
Wrong. They're full of blacks, Asians, Hispanics & then they throw in a random white.
The hospital system is always doing ethnic outreach/free programs. Giving them free parenting classes, car seats, offering them free basic exams on "Wellness Days," etc.
The hospital board has tons of monied charity balls, raising money for minority causes.
So, I don't know about the inner workings of the hospital system, but I do know that our system's outer face is definitely, at least, somewhat converged.

Blogger tublecane December 26, 2017 2:44 PM  

@1-I worked at a hospital too, and though there is a life-and-death limit, there's a lot of wiggle room there. I mean, not everyone is going to die. A lot of people come into the emergency room with the sniffles.

Lawsuits are a concern for every little thing, though. Not just death. Which is one of the reasons the administrative side is enormous. I remember coming in on weekends, and the usually full parking ramp would be a ghost town, despite the fact that in some areas of the hospital there'd be more patients than usual. That's because all the paper-pushers would be at home.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants December 26, 2017 2:44 PM  

There are right wing SJWs, as well. Look at the Jeff Flake, David French, types. They are SJW politicians considered to be "conservative."

Blogger DonReynolds December 26, 2017 2:45 PM  

@81 Wuzzums Fuzzums
"The boss is not your manager, the boss is your colleague who is either pals with the founder or has the most experience."

I have tried to explain how terribly uncomfortable the executive class is with dealing with the slugs that actually do the work. They are not just averse, it is like they might catch a social disease, just being in the same room with low-life.

You are correct. Your "boss" is not your boss. The decision to hire you was made by your boss's boss (or higher) and the decision to terminate (or promote) you may be made at an even higher level. The only thing your real boss knows about you is what your immediate supervisor tells them. If you should actually meet your boss's boss, it will only be because there is not enough time to avoid it. Normally, your boss's boss will probably never talk to you about the work you are doing or hear your recommendations.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd December 26, 2017 2:58 PM  

DonReynolds wrote:I have tried to explain how terribly uncomfortable the executive class is with dealing with the slugs that actually do the work.

The boss, the real boss, is far to important to know what you are doing, let alone understand it. He really doesn't care to understand, and he may not be able to understand. He trusts someone, maybe your supervisor, to understand what's going on and to tell him what he needs to know.

That all sounds crazy, but for a larger organization, it's necessary. Knowing the whole business and managing all the details just doesn't scale very far.

Even a technically competent manager has to choose between managing or being involved in the technical stuff.

Anonymous Ages December 26, 2017 3:04 PM  

McDonalds ... [has] some "diverse" advertising, but I haven't seen either pursue SJ issues in company policies

Depends on the country. Check out this McDonald's ad from Sweden (timecode 20:28): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkD5rgWYmx0

Anonymous Ages December 26, 2017 3:08 PM  

Mayo Clinic - #3 where I'm at (I'm sure it varies a bit depending on the location) - looking for a diversity committee chair among other things.

My lord, why does a top-tier cancer hospital need a diversity committee? The patients are going to come whatever race they are, and they sure as hell better be hiring the best people with no account whatsoever for race.

All we need is people dying from rare cancers because their doctor was Jamal Williams who only got his doctorate (and barely, at that) because of the university's affirmative action program and was only hired because of a diversity quota at the hospital. My gosh.

OpenID markstoval December 26, 2017 3:24 PM  

"... because their doctor was Jamal Williams who only got his doctorate (and barely, at that) because of the university's affirmative action program and was only hired because of a diversity quota at the hospital."

I find it terrible that anyone should be denied a university spot or employment due to being a white man.

We are talking about racism and sexism against the white male. The next civil war can not come fast enough.

Anonymous Reziac December 26, 2017 3:26 PM  

Colgate: I don't know how converged they are, but the company embraced the "animal rights" nonsense (no testing on animals, even if it means humans wind up blinded) close to 30 years ago. And that's never a good sign.

Anonymous Just another commenter December 26, 2017 3:30 PM  

I've heard is said that "personnel is policy."

It would appear that one top priority for an organization is to do everything possible to un-converge HR, and keep it un-converged. Start there, work outward.

Anonymous Bad Attitude December 26, 2017 3:35 PM  

@51 "I saw an ad for FarmersOnly dating service it had only whites..."

Not all of their commercials are only whites. They occasionally run a commercial with a black female who is quickly picked up by one of the white guys.

Blogger Owen December 26, 2017 3:58 PM  

Is having a chief diversity officer stage 4 or 5?

Blogger VD December 26, 2017 4:00 PM  

Is having a chief diversity officer stage 4 or 5?

Four. Five is when the CDO gets promoted to CEO.

Anonymous Victor F. Michaelson December 26, 2017 4:11 PM  

@Ominous Cowherd,
About 350 miles north of there. I'm a couple hours drive outside of Fairbanks.
The closest I get to Fairbanks is Anderson in the spring.

Anonymous Dan December 26, 2017 4:45 PM  

Lance #111 wrote:

"Silicon Valley has not been "immune" - arguably it has converged much faster than any other industry. Google is less than 20 years old and Twitter is barely 10."

I don't believe Silicon Valley is deeply converged in practice (maybe that will happen, but they aren't there yet). That is, all of their public statements are perfect recitations of the modern PC religion, but they continue to deliver their core products and have huge sales leading me to believe that they have basically remained meritocracies. True convergence is where you are unable to deliver your core product and your bottom line begins to collapse. This apparently has not happened with big tech yet (just look at the profits and market caps), but it has started to happen with the NFL, and has already happened in sci-fi and the media for example. Required mastery of high tech may be the garlic that helps ward off the worst of the SJW wreckers.

To me, full convergence = functional failure. Full convergence was where the purely affirmative action Obamacare website contractors took in gorillions of dollars and could not create a working website. Full convergence was the Hillary Clinton campaign with people like Admiral Lena Dunham charting a course through the stormy seas.

Anonymous Dan December 26, 2017 4:54 PM  

I wrote,

"I don't believe Silicon Valley is deeply converged in practice (maybe that will happen, but they aren't there yet). "

Let me clarify. Twitter is in fact deeply converged. Their market cap is half of what it was five years ago and the only thing that their leadership thinks about all day long is apparently who to ban next. Censorship is apparently the only thing they have worked on in the last half decade and they have yet to turn a profit. This is impressive since they are essentially a monopoly.

Blogger VFM #7634 December 26, 2017 4:54 PM  

Four. Five is when the CDO gets promoted to CEO.

By that token, yes, the Catholic Church is definitely stage five.

"The corporation devotes significant resources to social causes that have absolutely nothing to do with its core business activities... The CEO regularly mouths social justice platitudes in the place of corporate strategies"

Like Fake Pope Frankie gassing on about being nice to migrants.

"Human Resources is transformed into a full Inquisition, imposing its policies without restraint and striking fear into everyone from the Chairman of the Board on down."

It's a known fact that priests who actually try to be Catholic priests (such as by preaching about the dangers of going to hell) get landed on like a ton of bricks.

"and the marketing materials are so full of virtue-signaling and social justice advocacy that it becomes difficult to tell from them what the company actually does or sells."

And because of this, people think the Catholic religion itself is an SJW cult, rather than an SJW cult wearing the Catholic Church like a skin suit.

"The corporation now shows open contempt for its customers."

The Vatican loves everyone except practicing Catholics.

Blogger Lance E December 26, 2017 5:10 PM  

Dan wrote:I don't believe Silicon Valley is deeply converged in practice (maybe that will happen, but they aren't there yet). That is, all of their public statements are perfect recitations of the modern PC religion, but they continue to deliver their core products and have huge sales leading me to believe that they have basically remained meritocracies.

You really have no idea how bad it is.

Most SV corps are at least 4 on this scale. The fact that near-monopolies are currently able to continue operating at a net profit is irrelevant.

Blogger tublecane December 26, 2017 5:11 PM  

@116-Considered to be, yes. But such things are relative. David French may be right-of-center at Harvard or your average Washington cocktail party, but he's certainly way to the left of me. He's almost certainly left-of-center in the context of the entire country.

Anonymous Dan December 26, 2017 5:27 PM  

"You really have no idea how bad it is.

Most SV corps are at least 4 on this scale. The fact that near-monopolies are currently able to continue operating at a net profit is irrelevant."

I am not talking about word, I am talking about deed. Google is able to recite politically correct gibberish with unerring perfection.

But look at their actual employee demographics in 2017. Two percent black, up from 1.82 percent four years ago.

http://fortune.com/2017/06/29/google-2017-diversity-report/

Anonymous Diversity Requires Anonymity December 26, 2017 5:41 PM  

Kaiser is at least Stage 4. The organization itself is broken out into three entities, being hospitals, insurance, and doctors, and the doctors are all still required to not-kill their patients, so they can't put their politics ahead of their work. Nevertheless the rest of organization holds diversity as paramount, far surpassing performance. But any organization with a Chief Diversity Officer is going to behave like that.

Like GM, they'll survive as long as the government wants them to.

Blogger Crisis December 26, 2017 6:19 PM  

Why should American policy be surprising?

Monopoly Capitalism leads to Monopoly Intellectualism, esp if the monopolization of industries is controlled by a single ethnic group.

In the end, free speech is secondary to Power Speech. Even if every American has equal speech rights as an individual, most voices go unheard. If, out of1000 people, everyone has the same right to speech but only one person has control of the megaphone, only one voice has Power Speech that is heard over all other speeches.

Not only is there corporate monopoly of media in the US but there is a ethno-monopoly of the media. If the US minded its own business, it wouldn't matter so much.

The Mass Media had long been monopolized. The internet allowed some degree of alternative voices, but Platform Monopoly by Google, Facebook, and Twitter means entire voices will soon be shut down or shadowbanned. Also, financial services like Paypal deny service to men like Jared Taylor who never committed a crime while criminal thugs of BLM and Antifa are protected. Or, the Media stir up 'Russia Hysteria' to spread fear that alternative voices and news are all controlled by Putin as New Hitler.

Some say this is 'leftist' or 'cultural marxist', but isn't it odd that Monopoly Intellectualism also targets BDS, trying to criminalize it nation-wide? BDS has long been associated with the Left, but even Democratic Party bigshots side with Sheldon Adelson and Neocons when it comes to Palestinian rights.

The dogma of PC and cult of Homomania also further Monopoly Intellectualism because so many scholars and media people were raised from cradle with the notion of Holy Homo. It's their religion.

Blogger Elizabeth December 26, 2017 6:21 PM  

Amy wrote:Ominous, I like Green Mountain Double Diamond or Dark Magic. Peet’s Major Dickason, as well.

I wanted to like Black Rifle, but pressed, brewed, cold brewed, or in the Keurig, it doesn’t pass muster and tastes just a step above Folgers.

I suppose I’ll have to get away from Peet’s and GMCR because converged on some level.

One thing I will try is grinding the Black Rifle Murdered Out down a bit. The grinds are huge and thus the coffee lacks flavor and body, though it has good aroma. It performs poorly in my reusable kcups.

I don’t like Starbucks at all, and in my region you can’t spit without hitting a Dunkin Donuts, which is also horrible.


Here in NJ, Quick Chek is the retail establishment that offers in the best coffee.

A law firm that I worked in for many years offered the best coffee that I've ever drunk.

Blogger Miguel December 26, 2017 6:23 PM  

Thanks Leeroy Jenkins.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 26, 2017 7:28 PM  

@105 Difster

You actually just gave the reason that Whole Foods sold out to Amazon, on some thought. The ownership knew they couldn't prevent the eventual convergence. The CEO was a noted libertarian, but he ran a company that gave Lefties what they wanted. The Convergence was always going to be unstoppable, so they bailed at the right time.

They probably didn't view it that way, but their instincts probably told them it was a good time to bail.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 26, 2017 7:31 PM  

I've noticed a massive mindset shift in myself in regards to this. In the past, I'd have looked at this as a "how horrible" situation. Now, all I can think about is, "man, there's a lot of money to be made in the future off this".

Blogger papabear December 26, 2017 8:00 PM  

For conffee, consider Mystic Monk Coffee: https://www.mysticmonkcoffee.com/

Blogger papabear December 26, 2017 8:21 PM  

"But look at their actual employee demographics in 2017. Two percent black, up from 1.82 percent four years ago."

Who needs blacks when there are plenty of browns and yellows at the company?

Anonymous JEBStuart December 26, 2017 8:38 PM  

NorthropGrumman is a solid level 2.

Blogger rycamor December 26, 2017 8:48 PM  

As a traveling consultant I've spent the past 5 years visiting different corporations and government agencies. Mostly these are in the "serious work" category, so I haven't found much beyond Stage 1 in the Fortune 500 ones I've visited. State Farm looks to be a solid #2, IMHO. Mastercard at #1. The part of Cisco that I worked with looked to be a 0, but I'm sure they are infiltrated somewhere.

However, the Washington DC federal bureau I worked at most recently was... interesting. Let's just say at least 70% of its IT employees are not only not born in the USA, but were not even born in any Western country. I don't know if that ratio goes for the agency as a whole, but it sure looks like Americans are being replaced in the most central agencies that run our country.

Blogger rycamor December 26, 2017 8:50 PM  

@141, yes, spent some time at Northrop Grumman too. Agreed it is at #2.

Blogger Koanic December 26, 2017 9:00 PM  

Just Google the Calverty 2017 diversity report and get the S&P top 100 ranked by diversity score on page 29. Cisco gets a perfect score.

Blogger rycamor December 26, 2017 9:29 PM  

Koanic, I find that pretty funny, considering that on the team of elite engineers and R&D people I worked with there was zero discussion of nor lip service given to "diversity." Of course, what I saw was a very small part of a large company, but it was a part of the serious value core. I suspect that Cisco, like other big corporations, has been very crafty at finding ways to tick all the right boxes while still getting serious work done, because, getting serious work done is what they indeed do. It was one of the more enjoyable assignments I worked on.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 27, 2017 1:46 AM  

rycamor wrote:However, the Washington DC federal bureau I worked at most recently was... interesting. Let's just say at least 70% of its IT employees are not only not born in the USA, but were not even born in any Western country.

ATT is at stage 4, there's a VP of diversity, but making money is still the bottom line. The VP brags about how ATT is the "Most diverse workplace in the Seattle Area", which means only about 20% born in American, and many of those are ethnically Chinese.

AT&T, at least the tech dept I'm in, is about 50% Hindu, about 20% each American and Chinese, and the remaining 10% Arab, Pakistani, Israeli or African. Virtually everyone in an actual tech position is a contractor, and the great majority of them H1b. In the one site I'm most familiar with, there are about 600 actual tech people, and maybe 50 of them White Americans, and maybe 20 of them are ATT employees.

Strangely, almost no American Jews or American Blacks in the tech side. Given the small population of Blacks in the NW, they probably decided that the Africans give them sufficient cover.The lack of American Jews kind of stands out though. It's the first large tech organization I've worked in where there isn't a cabal of Jewish tech people.

Blogger s j December 27, 2017 3:15 AM  

Boeing is 2 transitioning to 3. The usual Happy mixed-race groups in all their advertising, but planes still have to stay in the air, so there's a need for competent people. Like hospitals.

Anonymous Bag December 27, 2017 6:19 AM  

Atos is a very high 3. Almost a 4.

Blogger CynicalMan December 27, 2017 11:44 AM  

I believe that BP is fully converged.

Blogger Silly but True December 27, 2017 12:20 PM  

NYT: The Women Who Run the Star Wars Universe
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/22/movies/star-wars-last-jedi-women-run-universe.html


"Kathleen Kennedy founded the group in 2012 when she succeeded George Lucas as president of Lucasfilm, putting Kiri Hart, a former film and TV writer, in charge of the unit. Ms. Hart’s first move was to make the story group entirely female, starting with Rayne Roberts and Carrie Beck."

OpenID paulmurray December 27, 2017 1:06 PM  

@ 5. John Bigboote "The issue you need to address is how this is even possible given free market competition."

Easy: there is no free market. The laws make it impossible to be an employer without being big enough to have a full HR department to manage potential lawsuits. So almost every part of the economy is run by a monopoly or noncompetetive oligopoly.

Anonymous Luke W. December 27, 2017 8:44 PM  

One of the companies I work with regularly just released their new employee manual. Half the language in the thing is the language of convergence. I asked about the manual and it turns out the company did not write most of the thing, it was mostly written by the company's insurance provider and the bulk of the language in there has to be in there in order to remain covered.

Seems like a wicked way to back door convergence into a company that does not have any insiders sowing those seeds of destruction. Insurance being such a requirement in so many fields puts that industry in a terrible position to impose "converge or else" policies on provider's clients.

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Blogger Phillip January 03, 2018 9:22 AM  

They are trying hard, though....

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