*N.Y.P.D CHARLES BARKLEY: “EVERYONE SHOULD BE VACCINATED. PERIOD.”
NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley, 58, famous for not mincing words, had some strong language for athletes in the NBA and NFL regarding vaccination, acknowledging that he had been vaccinated while adding, “Everybody should be vaccinated. Period. The only people who are not vaccinated are just a**holes.” Barkley told CNBC that sports leagues should demand that their players get vaccinated. He stated, “Can you imagine if one of these guys that are not vaccinated, if they get one of these players’ kids, wives, girlfriends, moms and dads sick and they die over some unnecessary conspiracy bulls***? I think that would be tragic.”
Likening professional athletics to a corporate job, he continued, “There’s s*** you can’t do at work and there’s s*** that have to do at work. So every workplace has rules and I think one of the rules [should be] that guys have to be vaccinated.” “Up to 80% of NFL players, 90% of NBA players and 85% of MLB players have reportedly had at least one shot. But there have been players and coaches who have publicly refused to be vaccinated,” CNBC reported, adding, “NFL’s guidelines required vaccination for all Tier 1 staff, including coaches, front-office executives, equipment managers and scouts. However, NFL players are not required to be vaccinated.” Neither the NBA nor MLB require vaccinations of their players.
*N.Y.P.D DISCLOSES THAT ONLY 43% OF ITS WORKFORCE ARE VACCINATED:
A recent report detailed that only 43% of the New York City Police Department’s active workforce are vaccinated. The city’s police department, which is the largest in the country, has just over 23,000 of its 54,000 employees fully vaccinated, a NYPD spokesman said. Throughout the past few months, the department’s vaccination rates among its workforce have relatively plateaued, as this new report only increased by a few percentage points above the early June and May numbers, The New York Post said at the time. Although the department has not commented as to whether employees will be required to vaccinate, the report came to light as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that medical workers would be requiring “proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 tests for employees at city-run health care facilities,” a statement from his office said.
*ISRAELI PM WARNS BEN & JERRY PARENT UNILEVER OF ‘SEVERE CONSEQUENCES’ OVER SALES BAN:
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the head of Ben & Jerry’s parent company, Unilever, Tuesday that the ice cream maker’s move to halt sales in “the Occupied Palestinian Territory” could carry “severe consequences.” “Prime Minister Bennett spoke with Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever which owns Ben & Jerry’s and made it clear that he views with utmost gravity the decision by Ben & Jerry’s to boycott Israel and added that this is a subsidiary of Unilever, which has taken a clearly anti-Israel step,” the prime minister’s office said on Twitter. “Prime Minister Bennett emphasized that from the perspective of the State of Israel, this is an action that has severe consequences, including legal, and it will take strong action against any boycott directed against its citizens.” The British consumer goods conglomerate acquired Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s in 2000.
*D.C. POLICE CHIEF UNLOADS ON LAX COURT SYSTEM AFTER SHOOTING” ‘YOU CANNOT CODDLE VIOLENT CRIMINALS’:
Washington, D.C., police chief Robert J. Contee III slammed what he described as a malfunctioning justice system on Friday morning following a shooting in the crowded 14th street commercial district recently. Gunmen shot two people on the city’s upscale 14th Street, in an incident captured on video. Police have recorded 105 homicides in the city so far this year, while 2020 saw a 16-year high of 198 homicides. Contee said the Thursday shooting left people “mad as hell” in a press conference. “We could take the political route and talk about all of this fluffy stuff, but I’m going to give it to you straight, where the issues are,” Contee told reporters. “The justice system that we have right now—it is not functioning the way that it should. The courts are not open, that is a fact.” Contee said people arrested by police could up back on the streets within “three weeks,” and that there is still a backlog of cases from the previous year.
MISSOURI TEACHERS, CRT ADVOCATE PLOTTED TO HID SOCIAL JUSTICE:
The curriculum-writing team in a suburban St. Louis school district plotted with a critical race theory advocate on how to keep parents in the dark about their efforts to inject leftwing social justice advocacy into their classrooms, according to a video of their meeting leaked online.The video, posted on rumble.com in early July, is alleged to be a condensed version of a September 2020 webinar that members of the Francis Howell School District’s curriculum-writing team participated in. The webinar was hosted by their equity consultant, LaGarrett J. King, an associate professor of social studies education at the University of Missouri. He was described on the call as a specialist in the study of “race, critical theories and knowledge.” It’s unclear who edited the video, which appears to have been posted anonymously by someone with the online moniker “wokeatfhsd.”
During the webinar, King told the predominantly white team members that “This is not a safe space,” but rather a “racialized space,” because “In many ways a safe space is a space where white people tell us how not racist they are. And this is not that space.” King said “the first thing we have to understand is that our social studies and our history curriculum is political and racist,” and “there is no such thing as neutral history.” He then asked the team members to question whether they are developing black history curriculums through the historical lens of the oppressor. “We have made those who have oppressed people, the oppressor, we have humanized them,” he said.
The nation’s founding “means nothing to black people,” he said, calling history “psychologically violent” but one-sided. He also seemed to justify violence in the name of racial justice.
*10 WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE CORPORATIONS SLAMMED BY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR’S FIRST ANNNUAL BROKEN WINDOWS AWARD:
Best-selling author Michael Levine, whose book, Broken Windows, Broken Business, has been ranked as one of the most influential business books of the last decade, has declared war on 10 large U.S. corporations for, in essence, turning the concept of customer service into an episode of “The Twilight Zone”. In response, Levine has created the First Annual Broken Windows Award, spotlighting the 10 worst customer service corporations in the United States. After hearing from thousands of readers in all 50 of the United States over and over again about the horrid state of customer service in many large corporations, Levine decided the time was overdue. “Finding decent customer service from major corporations shouldn’t feel harder than pushing a wet mattress up a spiral staircase,” said Levine.
In no order of importance, 2021’s 10 worst customer service corporations in the United States, alphabetically, are:
Few industries are as widely detested as the insurance industry, and American consumers appear to dislike health insurance giant Cigna the most. Ironically, health insurance company Cigna’s customer service may very well make you sick.
Every good company wants to be known for something. DISH apparently wants to be known for disappointment.
What can you say about a consumer credit reporting agency that allows itself to become the target of one of the largest data breaches of all time, waits a month and a half to make a public announcement, and then forces consumers to agree not to join a class-action lawsuit in order to see if their information was hacked? How about offering them a new company slogan: “We’re not happy ‘til you’re not happy”.
Bad customer service? How about no customer service? Have you ever spoken to a live human employee of Facebook? Exactly. It’s impossible. You’d have better luck landing a tell-all interview with Bigfoot.
In light of McDonalds’ current reputation and its most recent ad slogans, “I’m lovin’ it” and “Choose lovin’”— the company has obviously chosen to target the masochistic fast-food demographic.
Monsanto is responsible for making and selling deadly chemical products including DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, and Roundup, not to mention genetically modified organism seeds—GMOs. What’s the ultimate in bad customer service? How about actually killing your customers? That’s one way of dealing with consumer complaints.
Suspicious charges, bogus fees, unfair billing practices. You’d have to admire their honesty, though, if they changed their company slogan to, “Just bend over and take it.”
United is clearly your ideal airline – if your standards are lower than a limbo bar.
United States Postal Service (USPS):
Its website states: “Performance is what the Postal Service is all about. We strive to be best-in-class in all we do.” Right. Face it—the USPS is the postal version of erectile dysfunction.
The bank’s slogan is “Life’s Better When We’re Connected”. Considering its offenses against its customers, perhaps it should more accurately be, “Your Life Will Be Better When We’re in Prison”.
“This list is much more than a press announcement. It is the beginning of an all-out consumer war against the disgraceful corporate disregard for customers as humans,” added Levine.
In preparation for next year’s 2022 Second Annual Broken Windows Award list of the worst consumer service corporations, Levine is issuing a nationwide search. “I want consumers to send us examples of their horrible customer service experiences with major corporations (not to exceed 100 words), along with any photos, videos, or other supporting documentation.” This may be sent to: BrokenWindowsAward2022@gmail.com.
The latest completely revised edition of Broken Windows, Broken Business was recently released after having become a top-selling business book internationally for 15 years.
***Distancing from failure or embarrassment is part of every politico’s skill set. I knew a top Democrat in the Clinton era who distanced himself from his own son during a touch football game after the kid played badly. James Baker and Dina Powell, advisers to Republican presidents, may have been the all-time masters of this dark art, simply gliding away from their administrations’ catastrophes like black silk. —- Maureen Dowd.
***The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. Never lose a holy curiosity. … Don’t stop to marvel. – Albert Einstein
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