People and CEOs Who Hide Out in the Web
I’m a see guy not a hear guy.
I write better than I talk.
Expressing myself on the phone is difficult while e-correspondence is a breeze. I’m good at it; I get to the point; I don’t waste people’s time.
Nothing drives me crazier than the voice-mail jail that certain organizations have instituted. They start with the following recorded message:
“Your call is important to us …”
Whereupon I am given a world-class runaround of confusing choices―all recorded―that takes me further and further into the corporate labyrinth. One wrong choice and I am sent back to “GO.” Finally I get:
“All our representatives are currently busy … However, your call is important to us …”
What that message is really saying: “We’re having happy hour here in India and you are a big fat pain in the ass.”
The Forthcoming California Political Tsunami
What triggered this rant was my sad-sack attempt to reach someone in authority in the campaign organizations of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Attorney General Jerry Brown (D-CA).
Boxer is on track to be unseated in the upcoming election by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who fired 18,000 employees, sent the jobs overseas and sent HP stock tumbling 60 percent before she herself was fired. Fiorina is on Portfolio’s list of the “Worst American CEOs of All Time.” Others on the list: Ken Lay (Enron), Bernie Ebbers (WorldCom), the great 19th century Robber Barron Jay Gould and the vicious the 19th century union buster Henry Clay Frick, who was voted the most hated man in America.
California's Attorney General Jerry Brown (formerly the state's governor in the mid to late 1970s) is in a life-and-death struggle with former eBay CEO, billionaire Meg Whitman to replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Whitman presided over what appears to be one of the largest, most pernicious worldwide criminal conspiracies and fencing operations the world has ever seen. On her watch, the stuff sold on eBay cost the consumers (whose homes and warehouses were burglarized) and the businesses, patent and copyright holders of all sizes (whose merchandise and intellectual property were plundered) hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars, in addition to the many millions more insurance companies paid for the losses.