Amway Up

Quixtar lawsuit! Long overdue? It’s called BSM or “business support materials”… you know, the books, tapes, and conference tickets that no one technically needs. Think of it as a kind of “parallel business” to the Amway structure. Finally, “class” met “action” and the lawyers talked.

In normal commerce, companies like Coke and Pepsi can’t share the same directors. That creates a conflict of interest because they essentially compete with similar products. If one person was a high executive in both companies, that person might be called an “interlocking directorate”.

But, in MLM, the game is different—it’s not if a leader is in similar companies, but non-similar/overlapping companies. Most MLM’s forbid their business members (or distributors or IBO’s) from being involved in another MLM. But BSM is like a kind of second MLM, creating a potential “conflict of interest”… at least that’s the way I see it.

BSM… the tools, the tapes, the books… They are great, actually.  · · · →

Was It the Dog or the Jellyfish?

This article originally ran May 25, 2012 and was re-recorded January 30, 2017.

After three years in Asia, this was the first beached jellyfish I’d seen. But, before I explain how I rescued a beached jellyfish in Taiwan, allow me to tell of the cockroach who saved my life.

Normally, when a country-born Michiganian sees a cockroach on its back, the first inclination is to step on it. Call me cruel, but I’d prefer the gratification of knowing it just sat there on its back. Yes, I pulled wings off a fly when I was young. But, that’s because he bit me when I never did anything to him! All that’s in the past, now, and here I was looking at an Asian cockroach doing the cockroach dance.

When you think of it, cockroaches are quire useful creatures. Imagine how many corners would be so much dirtier if they didn’t clean up!  · · · →

Can of Worms, Anyone?

Escalation is the LAST thing anyone wants. What part of “provoked” don’t we understand? If Zimmerman walks, it won’t be for long, sadly. That’s because of the precedent that would be set.

This isn’t about racism or profiling, but that’s where it will go if we don’t figure out where we went wrong.

If you see a “suspicious person” then you’d best stay away—DAH! Why on earth would anyone want to get close to someone who presented a reason to call the police? If you are stupid enough to pursue and provoke a “suspicious” person, that person is the one who can plead “self-defense”, not you.

As I blogged recently, according to reports, 911 instructed him not to follow. The police had been advised. Had he obeyed the police, no one would have been hurt. Instead, the assailant was cut, punched, beaten… and the other guy was in far worse condition: Trayvon’s injuries were few, but fatal.  · · · →

Does Literature Cause Division among Christians?

Recently, I had a large number of hits on my blog from a single location. Someone sat at his computer and literally clicked through every article I’ve posted. I know when someone is doing their homework on me, whether through a blog or checking my references… not that I mind of course. Let’s just be clear that background checks are rarely done in secret. More importantly, it made me remember something I noticed in the highly-divided American denominations: lack of fellowship.

American denominationalism—including divisions between “independent” congregations with a denominational spirit—are filled with argumentative Christians who are well-versed in literature of their “opponents”. Very few, however, show any sign of regular fellowship with influential leaders from the “other side of the tracks”. Christian denomination leaders don’t seem to actually sit down and have regular fellowship inside their respective cliques.

At most, they accidentally meet back stage at a conference like Promise Keepers.  · · · →