Foxconn CEO Sees Workers as Animals

Foxconn is a Taiwanese electronics company. They are also planning on building a $10 billion complex in Wisconsin that would supply between 3 and 13,000 new jobs. Sounds like a good deal, right? There’s just one small hitch in the plan: Foxconn’s CEO seems to be under the impression that the people who work for him are basically zoo animals (which, if you’ve ever been to a Packers game, isn’t too far from the truth…)

The Journal Sentinel reports: “(Foxconn parent company) Hon Hai has a workforce of over one million worldwide and as human beings are also animals, to manage one million animals gives me a headache,” Foxconn CEO Terry Gou was quoted saying in 2012 at a company party held at the Taipei Zoo.

Soon after making his comments five years ago, Gou had Chin Shih-chien, the director of the zoo, participate in Foxconn parent company’s annual review and spoke to his executives about how to manage animals based on their temperaments, according to Want China Times, a Taiwan-based news outlet that has since ceased publication.


“I am managing over one million animals every day and it’s such a headache. But our zoo chief knows that he can put tigers and lions together, but not tigers and chickens together. So I want to learn from him,” Gou said at the company party at the zoo, according to a translation of his comments shown on FTV, a cable news station in Taiwan.

I grew up on a farm, so I’ve dealt with animals a lot. I know how to feed chickens, build fences, and tag cows. That means I qualify as CEO of an international electronics company, right?

In response to news reports, Foxconn at the time released a statement that said Gou did not mean to speak negatively about his employees but understood his comments could be misinterpreted.

Misinterpreted? No, impossible!

“In an effort to encourage his management team to learn from all aspects of life, Mr. Gou did say that, since all humans are members of the animal kingdom, it might be possible to learn from Mr. Chin’s experience as his team looks for lessons that can be applied to business,” according to the statement posted on the technology website

“Mr. Gou’s comments were directed at all humans and not at any specific group.” 

All humans are animals, not just his employees! That makes it ok, right?

It’s just a coincidence that Foxconn has had so much trouble with employee morale that they’ve dealt with “mass suicide protests.” I’m sure that the people who work at zoos deal with that problem all the time, also! I’m sure that this won’t be a problem for any of the workers in warm, sunny Wisconsin.

0% Turnout for Iowa Town Election

Who says local politics aren’t important? Apparently all of the locals!

Voter apathy has been the concern of the politically-minded for years. Democracy only works when people participate, after all. The town of McIntire, Iowa, just hit a record low with their voter participation. In fact, they hit the lowest number you can: Zero.

NBC reports: Apparently it was a not-so-special election in the tiny town of McIntire, Iowa, where none of its 70 registered voters showed up to cast ballots.

Tuesday’s ballot asked two questions: Should the term of the mayor be raised to four years from two, and should the terms of council members be raised to four years, staggered, from two years.

A Mitchell County deputy auditor, Barbara Baldwin, told the Mason City Globe Gazette that the poll workers didn’t even vote. None of them live in McIntire.

So is this one of those “no news is good news” situations? If nobody in town thought that it was important than it must mean that the city government is doing ok! Might as well keep everybody on board a while longer.

Besides, if none of the 70 people in town ever bother to vote, it would make sense to extend the terms so they don’t have to bother with elections as often.!

Sword Open Carry Legal in Texas

Have at thee, partner!

What do guns and swords have in common? Most people’s knowledge of them come from TV and video games, there’s a thin line between collecting them as a hobby and as an obsession, and both are now legal to openly carry around in the state of Texas.

Thanks to a new law passed by the state legislature, Texans will now be allowed to carry blades longer than 5.5 inches. They’ve already been able to carry knives below the 5.5 inch length, but the new law allows Texans to carry swords, spears, and daggers.

Time reports: Texas is not the first state to enact such a law. Montana and Oklahoma have both passed legislation scrapping their bans on bladed weapons in the past few years, CNN reported. But after a man was accused of killing a University of Texas at Austin student and wounding three others with a hunting knife, debate on the legislation was delayed.

Still, State Rep. John Frullo, who authored the bill, told CNN he stands by his law. “House Bill 1935 provides a common sense solution by prohibiting any knife with a blade over five-and-a-half inches in certain location restricted areas,” he said in a statement.

Fortunately the same Texan line of thinking with guns still applies to swords. “If everybody has one, nobody is gonna be crazy enough to use theirs!”

It’s still illegal to carry your sword into religious buildings, schools, hospitals, bars, or anywhere where firearms are generally banned. The law does not take effect until September, so those katanas will have to stay on the wish list for just a little while longer.

Pastors Sue Coca-Cola for Being Unhealthy

Two preachers from the Washington D.C. area are suing Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association for lying about the health risks of their beverages.

According to the CDC in 2012, regular soda drinking was most prevalent in Latino and Black communities. The pastors are suing for the companies deliberately misleading people (and these communities in particular) about exactly how unhealthy soda is.

CBS reports: “The background of this lawsuit is that there’s an epidemic of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a range of other degenerative diseases in the black and Latino communities, and really throughout America. For me, as a pastor, I see the toll it takes on families and children when they lose their parents much too soon,” Delman Coates, the pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, in Clinton, Maryland, told CBS News.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of Coates and William Lamar, the senior pastor at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.

“It is a matter of life and death in our communities,” Lamar told CBS News.

The defense lawyers for Coke probably responded, “Really? Who were we fooling?”

If the pastors are that concerned about the health of their flock, why not switch their congregations to Diet Coke? That stuff has no health risks at all!

Newfoundland Criminal Banished to Alberta

Prison colonies: Because some traditions from the British Empire still survive!

A Canadian court in Newfoundland has decided to enact an old, old punishment on one of their criminals. Gordie Bishop, a 32 year old man who has never left Newfoundland, will be banished to the harsh, godless wasteland of Alberta.

The Calgary Herald reports: “It is important to know that this is not designed to foist a criminal on another jurisdiction,” Bishop’s lawyer, Stan MacDonald, told the court, as reported by The Telegram in St. John’s. “It’s designed to break a cycle of criminality.”

MacDonald and the prosecution jointly recommended the sentence, and the judge agreed.

Banishment dates back to ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Bad seeds in a community, with serial patterns of misbehaving, were sent off to wander alone — often in the wilderness. The idea was that they would have ample time to live their shame and reflect upon the error of their ways and, perhaps, change.

Or else perish.

I’m sure that Newfoundlanders everywhere will miss Mr. Bishop, who has a 27-page record. On the bright side, maybe spending some time in a new setting will help him make a new start… Or Alberta just got stuck with a big troublemaker. Only time will tell!


Scaramucci Ousted

The Mooch expired faster than a jug of milk! I guess that shouldn’t be too surprising, considering he was already sour.

Anthony Scaramucci, successful in his curse-filled vow to get his boss Reince Priebus fired, seemed to be the new teacher’s pet. He was like Trump in so many ways; brash, egotistical, and more than willing to rabidly go after his enemies. As Communications Director for the Trump White house, he was on top of the world.

That all exploded faster than one of the president’s tweets, however. After only 11 days on the job, he was told to Vamooch.

AP News reports: Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job — and just hours after former Gen. John Kelly took over as President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff.

Hoping to turn the page on a tumultuous opening chapter to his presidency, Trump had insisted earlier Monday that there was “no chaos” in his White House as he swore in the retired Marine general as his second chief of staff.

Not long after, Scaramucci, who shocked many with a profane outburst last week against then-chief of staff Reince Priebus, was gone.

Nope, go chaos going on at all! It’s perfectly normal to go through two Communications directors and a chief of staff halfway through year one of the presidency.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump felt that Scaramucci’s profanity-laced comments against Priebus “were inappropriate for a person in that position” of White House communications director. The president had not publicly expressed disapproval of those comments in the days after they became public.

Well that’s the pot calling the kettle orange!

President Trump reportedly brought on Mr. Kelly to bring on some much needed military discipline to the White House. Scaramucci, unfortunately, did not fit into the scheme of “discipline.”

In only 11 days the Mooch was able to cuss his way into all our hearts. He will be dearly missed. It’s true what they say, the brightest flames burn the quickest. If anything can be said about Scaramucci, he definitely burned.

Israeli Politician Calls for National Recognition of Armenian Genocide

It’s like the most depressing “welcome to the club” ever.

Yair Lapid, founder of the Israeli “There is a future” (Yesh Atid) party, has called on his nation to recognize the Armenian Genocide. For those of you who may not know, the Armenian Genocide was committed over a century ago during World War One. The Ottoman Empire, fearing rebellions by the Armenian Christian population, decided to massacre that part of their own population. The genocide is made especially controversial today because only a relative handful of nations recognize that it even happened (despite the fact that, y’know, it did.)

So this is a good move, right? Israel, of all nations, should recognize the Armenian Genocide! Who better can sympathize with a whole people group that was brutalized?

Armenpress reports: The Israeli politician’s proposal comes as Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had made some strict statements for Israel regarding the metal detectors at the entrances to the al-Aska mosque compound in Jerusalem.

“Turkey needs to know they cannot continue to kick Israel, and Israel will come back and ask for more. The time has come to stop ingratiating ourselves to the Turks, who every time come and kick us harder. We need to say ‘okay, we understand, now we have to run our own policy: from now on we support the establishment of an independent Kurdish state, we need to recognize the Armenian genocide, we need to do all the things that we didn’t do when we had good relations with Turkey, because we don’t, and we will not have in the future,” he said, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Oh, so it’s not out of undergoing similar tragedies or sympathy, it’s because of political spite. Well, the right thing for the wrong reasons is still right, right?