Berkshire Hathaway: CEI Score 0

Armstrong Economics Blog/WOKE re-Posted May 30, 2023 by Martin Armstrong

Berkshire Hathaway managed to score a total of zero imaginary woke points on the Corporate Equality Index. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) investigates how woke a business has become, solely on LGBTQ+ policies, and assigns it a woke credit core (CEI). I mentioned in another post how this score has become increasingly harder to obtain, with the organization making obscene demands regarding employer-funded healthcare and practices. So is Warren Buffett secretly homophobic to receive the lowest possible CEI score? No.

Buffett simply declined to report Berkshire Hathaway’s business to the Human Rights Campaign. The company did not suffer as a result. No one is forced to report their company’s policies to this agency, and yet nearly all Fortune 500 companies do. The HRC states it has over “1,200 participants,” meaning companies are choosing to pander to the woke agenda.

The HRC has been cracking down on businesses for over 20 years and the requirements have become completely ridiculous. “We get surveys all the time … on all kinds of things, and we basically don’t answer them,” explained Buffett in a 2014 interview, and added it’s Berkshire’s practice not to respond to surveys. Furthermore, Buffett does not dictate policies for the companies under Berkshire.

So yes, it really is that simple. Companies need to come together and agree to refrain from reporting to the HRC and giving any credit to this social score. The HRC, backed by Soros, has turned human rights into a culture war that is destroying companies (see: Anheuser Busch). It has taken numerous failed marketing campaigns for companies to realize that the woke agenda is bad for business. I know a gay man who said he detests “rainbow marketing” and finds it offensive. These businesses try to appease the HRC but should focus on their clients. I disagree with Buffett on many topics, but this is one case where I believe he is correct.

Illegal Residents Permitted to Vote in Texas

Armstrong Economics Blog/Corruption Re-Posted May 30, 2023 by Martin Armstrong

The Democrats defeated a proposed bill that would require voters in Texas to be citizens of the United States. I could not simply enter a country where I do not have citizenship and vote in their elections. Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) brought Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 35 to the Senate floor where it passed in a 29 to 1 vote. However, House Democrats found a way to kill the proposal.

SJR 35 would have prohibited “persons who are not citizens of the United States” from voting under the Texas Constitution. This is  a massive issue since tens of thousands of undocumented persons have entered the US from the Texas-Mexico border. No one technically voted against the bill, as that would make the scheme too obvious. Instead, 54 Democrats registered “present, not voting” in order to prevent the measure from receiving the 100 votes needed to pass.

Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) condemned these actions by saying, “An open border is the long-term strategy.” This is why they do not want people to provide identification to vote. You cannot even rent a book from the library without identification. The plan is overtly obvious and shows that one side of the political aisle has absolutely no respect for the US election process.

Corporations Losing Their Minds

Armstrong Economics Blog/Politics Re-Posted May 28, 2023 by Martin Armstrong

There has been a huge backlash against Target just like Budweiser. Both boards of directors should be fired and barred from ever serving on any board or any corporation – EVER! They are engaging in indoctrination that supports changing the gender of children without parental consent. If you cannot consent to sex no matter what under the law before 18, then how can a child consent to a sex change before 18 openly denying any notification to parents?

This has gone way too far. This is no longer about equality and inclusionism. This is indoctrination and it will be remembered by historians as a critical factor for the collapse of Western society. I will NEVER buy a Budweiser product again nor anything from Target. Corporations are here to serve EVERYONE, and if they stood up and said will only vote for a Democrat or a Republican, they have entered the realm of politics. That is what is taking place here. ANY company engaging in indoctrination OF ANY KIND should be boycotted. Look at SVB. Their risk management was selected to check boxes for WOKEISM – not qualification.

Going to school and seeking degrees is no longer even important. If you do not check a box, you will not be hired in the big corporate world anymore. The WhiteHouse is bragging about being WOKE and look at the result. Qualification is now secondary.

Girls are being discriminated against in sports. Family values and traditions are to be overthrown. Those who identify as Transgender in only about .5% of the population. This whole movement is being pushed to also reduce the population. Mothers are now birthing people and women are no longer identifiable. As I have said, Thailand is the capital of Transgender surgery.  They even have their own theatre with “Ladyboys” performing and tourists go to watch. The difference is that they are openly accepted and call themselves “Ladyboy” and do not see to demand everyone else call them a woman. They are NOT confrontational and they are NOT engaging in indoctrination.

We must look behind this movement as to its real purpose and who is funding this agenda for other objectives.

Corporate Equality Index 2023 – New Criteria for the Woke Credit Score

Armstrong Economics Blog/Corruption Re-Posted May 26, 2023 by Martin Armstrong

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I mentioned how the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) is the reason companies are going WOKE. This is the imaginary social credit score based on a company’s adherence to WOKE policies. The Human Right Campaign (HRC), a massive international political lobbying group that dictates the CEI score, employs 39 million workers globally. George Soros and the Open Society Foundation fund the HRC directly.

The 2023 Corporate Equality Index toolkit has a point system for various woke policies. The new policy has expanded these woke policies and makes it increasingly difficult for companies to operate outside of the far-left narrative. For example, spousal and partner benefits can earn a company up to 20 possible points. An employee does not need to be legally married for their partner “regardless of sex” to receive benefits, which include surrogacy benefits, expensive IVF treatments, foster care assistance, cryopreservation, and adoption assistance.

Transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits (25 possible points) entail a full page of demands, including puberty blockers and hormone therapy for minors, and reconstructive surgical reassignment surgery (including reconstructive chest, breast, and genital procedures). Employers “MUST” offer these procedures to all employees. They must also offer at least five out of 10 “essential services,” including travel expenses, tracheal shaving, facial feminization surgery, voice modification surgery, voice therapy, and hair removal surgery.

Outreach or engagement to the broader LGBTQ+ community is worth 15 points, meaning that businesses must show they are either trying to recruit more gay employees, working with gay-friendly third parties, providing philanthropic support to at least one LGBTQ+ organization, and more. This criterion is forcing businesses to recruit other businesses into the woke agenda. Forget qualifications! As long as they’re part of the gay community, they’re hired.

The criteria for a 100 CEI score rose dramatically in just one year. Religious organizations or employers are demonized for holding true to their values. Are we really forcing employers to pay for breast augmentations and voice therapy? The most disturbing piece is that employers must now provide “gender-affirming care” procedures to the CHILDREN of their employees. If you look around, nearly every business is adhering to this agenda as the CEI social credit score has become just as important as the ESG climate social credit score.

Is the Rise of LGBTQ Part of the Decline & Fall of the West?

Armstrong Economics Blog/ECM Re-Posted May 25, 2023 by Martin Armstrong

QUESTION: What do you think about Target now selling books on this transgender stuff for even first graders? This has gone full circle from recognizing their rights to pushing their influential anti-religion on everyone else. We should boycott Target like Bud from what I see.


ANSWER: This has indeed gone from equal rights to denying civil and religious rights of everyone else. Target rolled out its Pride collection offering over 2,000 products, including books for kids aged 2–8 with titles like “Pride 1,2,3,” “Bye Bye, Binary,” and “I’m Not a Girl.” Target also suggested “The Pronoun Book” to kids aged 0–3.

If they wanted to crucify Epstein as a pedophile for having girls 16 and 17, which are legal ages in Europe and Asia, they do not even teach sex education at such a tender young age. Barbie and Ken dolls did not have genitalia when my daughter was growing up. So now showing child pornography is prison time but not books like these teaching sex to pre-puberty children?

I am just glad I am not raising kids today. I would agree to not shop at Target and I would no longer take my children to Disney.

It is one thing to discriminate against LGBTQ, and another to promote it shoving it down children’s throats at such a young age. This is all going too far and instead of promoting equal rights, it is severely dividing the country offending the religious rights of others. How about we teach atheism in first grade that there is no God and it is all fiction? Would that be acceptable? The world has really gone insane. Civilization works ONLY when everyone benefits – not by dividing it into groups and pitting them against each other.

The Christians were persecuted BECAUSE they refused to respect the beliefs of others. When Rome started to fall, they were persecuted because the Romans thought they offended the gods by refusing to show any respect for other religions. From a historical perspective, this LGBTQ movement is no longer about inclusion and equal rights. This becomes a movement that has no respect for other people’s religious beliefs and is promoting their beliefs and forcing them upon everyone else. This is clearly offending the First Amendment and is courting our own demise.

I fear when the History of the Decline & Fall of Western Civilization is written, as our computer is projecting, there will be an equal parallel to the religious divisions that also tore Rome apart. We are becoming so divided, it will be IMPOSSIBLE to stand together as one nation or society. During the 1840s, gun battles were taking place even on the streets of Philadelphia between Catholics and Protestants. We are messing around with a tinder box. This is feeding into the cycle of our demise for 2032.

Feds Drop Almost All Charges Against Illegal Alien Driver of U-Haul Who Attempted to Ram White House Gate, Kill and Kidnap Biden

Posted originally on the CTH on May 26, 2023 | Sundance 

On Monday night Sai Varshith Kandula, 19, of Chesterfield, Missouri, attempted to crash a U-Haul truck through the security perimeter of the White House.  He was arrested while saying he was attempting to kill and kidnap Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Oddly, during the event the Capitol Police never called the bomb squad, never moved the crowd or media back away from the truck, and simply opened the vehicle and started placing the contents -including a swastika flag- on the ground for the media to photograph.  The entire event, including the way the authorities handled the truck, was seriously sketchy.

Kandula was then federally charged with threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict harm on a president, vice president or family member, assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, destruction of federal property, and trespassing, according to U.S. Park Police.  However, yesterday the DOJ dropped all the charges except depredation of federal property.

Considering that J6 attendees have been charged and locked up for simply parading around the Capitol Hill building, the contrast of the way the authorities are handling Sai Varshith Kandula is rather stark.

CNN — The man accused of crashing a U-Haul truck into a security barrier near the White House Monday night praised Adolf Hitler to investigators after his arrest and said that he aimed to “kill the President” if necessary to overthrow the government and install himself in power, according to court documents.

Sai Varshith Kandula, 19, of Chesterfield, Missouri, is in custody and has been charged in federal court with one count of depredation of property of the United States in excess of $1,000. US Park Police originally arrested Kandula on several charges, including threatening to kill or harm a president, vice president or family member. 

Kandula, in handcuffs and wearing a t-shirt and shorts, appeared in DC Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, US Park Police told CNN, and was held in custody without bail. He has not yet entered a formal plea in federal court – where his case is expected to continue with an initial appearance on the single charge Wednesday – and a lawyer for him in that case has not yet been named publicly.

The Secret Service said no agency or White House personnel were injured in the incident.

The truck, which carried a Nazi flag among other items, crashed into security barriers on the north side of Lafayette Square at 16th Street just before 10 p.m. ET, the US Secret Service said. A preliminary investigation revealed the driver may have intentionally struck the barrier, the agency later said.

Kandula made threatening comments regarding the White House at the scene, including that he wanted to kidnap and harm President Joe Biden, law enforcement sources told CNN. Authorities are considering the role mental health may have played in this incident, one source said. (read more)

Walk around the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, and you are a domestic violent extremist terrorist hunted by the FBI.

Drive a U-Haul into the White House security perimeter, waving a Nazi flag, while admitting you are trying to kidnap and murder the president and vice-president, and you are a bad driver.

Suspicious Eddie is, well, suspicious.

The United Nations Wants to Normalize Pedophilia

Armstrong Economics Blog/Ethics Re-Posted May 23, 2023 by Martin Armstrong

The most disturbing aspect of our “new norm” is this push to indoctrinate impressionable children to accept the woke agenda. I did not want to write about this subject because it makes my blood boil. But you need to know. This is starting at the United Nations, the global agency that is working toward creating a doomed one-world government. Reports began circulating from the UN in March about legalizing pedophilia.

“Sexual conduct involving persons below the domestically prescribed minimum age of consent to sex may be consensual in fact, if not in law,” the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists wrote on March 8, 2022. The United Nations believes minors can consent to sex with adults and wants others to accept this as fact. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN! They even want to rebrand pedophiles as “MAPS” or “minor attracted persons” and label them as a protected class. I think they should be called the scum of the Earth.

Normalizing pedophilia is happening on an international level. This is part of the Great Reset. They are slowly implementing the idea that adults have the right to sexually assault children as they demonize all morals and values that once existed. There is no room for God in the Build Back Better agenda with branches that spread far. There is no room for parents either as children are molded by the leftist schools they attend as mom and dad work their lives away to get by with the new norm for the cost of living. The woke agenda is working to normalize this concept by introducing children to drag queens during school hours and telling them that they can choose their gender before they even know their ABCs.

Popular retailer Target, working to maintain that CEI score, put out a ton of LGBTQ+ attire in the children’s section. Target is now selling “chest binders” and “packing underwear” for CHILDREN. They sell shirts that say “trans rights are human rights” in toddler sizes. Toddlers can’t even use the restroom alone, but they can be an advocate for transexuals? Children cannot drive to the store and purchase the clothing themselves. Their brainwashed attention-seeking parents are indoctrinating them to accept a warped reality not supported by biology. As DeSantis said in a recent speech, pronouns were not an issue “until about two weeks ago” when teachers began demanding that kindergarteners choose their pronouns.

The video above discusses the books that parents want to be banned from school. “BOOK BANS? BUT HITLER!” the liberals scream. No. I think even Hitler would be disgusted by this demonic ideology. These books depict graphic pornography and are inappropriate for children. Even the man who made the video said the terms were something he did not need to know as an adult. He and others in the gay community are appalled that people want to bring children into the LGBTQ+ ever-growing arena. LEAVE THE KIDS ALONE.

We the people outnumber the ruling elite. They have to pit us against one another and divide us based on gender, sexual orientation, politics, and wealth so that we do not seek out those truly oppressing the people. “Gender-affirming care” includes childhood castration and sterilization. They say it is a conspiracy, but the writing is on the wall. THEY ARE COMING FOR YOUR CHILDREN; we must protect them at all costs.