Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Marching Band - For Your Love

He Was Right There

This isn't a 2002 flip phone interview or something.

TRUMP: You have to love people. And if you love people, such a big responsibility. (unintelligible) You can take any single thing, including even taxes. I mean we’re going to be doing major tax reform. Here’s part of your story, it’s going to be a big (unintelligible). Everybody’s saying, “Oh, he’s delaying.” I’m not delaying anything. I’ll tell you the other thing is (unintelligible). I used to get great press. I get the worst press. I get such dishonest reporting with the media. That’s another thing that really has — I’ve never had anything like it before. It happened during the primaries, and I said, you know, when I won, I said, “Well the one thing good is now I’ll get good press.” And it got worse. (unintelligible) So that was one thing that a little bit of a surprise to me. I thought the press would become better, and it actually, in my opinion, got more nasty.

Afternoon Thread

enjoy

Power

Obviously I don't have much sympathy for Uber and clearly Apple was correct here, but Apple shouldn't have the power to destroy companies. Which they do. And the dynamic is also a problem because most companies Apple decide is Bad don't get a call from Tim Cook, they get yanked from the App Store by some staffer.

For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple’s engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had secretly been tracking iPhones even after its app had been deleted from the devices, violating Apple’s privacy guidelines.

But Apple was on to the deception, and when Mr. Kalanick arrived at the midafternoon meeting sporting his favorite pair of bright red sneakers and hot-pink socks, Mr. Cook was prepared. “So, I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules,” Mr. Cook said in his calm, Southern tone. Stop the trickery, Mr. Cook then demanded, or Uber’s app would be kicked out of Apple’s App Store.

Or to put it another way, it's a problem that Apple can destroy Uber, but it's also a problem that they didn't.

Monologuing

I think my "favorite" thing about Trump is that he is the dumb evil villain in every superhero story who announces his plans in full detail.



That This Is Plausible

I think those of us who are very inclined to believe rampant employer discrimination exists in various ways tend to think it's a little bit more subtle generally.

The letter also includes new allegations of racism in Fox News’s accounting department. According to the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Slater demanded that black employees hold “arm wrestling matches’” with white female employees in her office, just down the hall from Ailes’s office on the 2nd floor of Fox headquarters. “Forcing a black woman employee to ‘fight’ for the amusement and pleasure of her white superiors is horrifying. This highly offensive and humiliating act is reminiscent of Jim Crow era battle royals,” the letter says, referring to the practice of paying black men to fight blindfolded at carnivals for white spectators’ entertainment. The lawyers argue that Efinger bragged about wanting to “fight” a black employee.

The new claims, if true, reveal not just the failures of the legal and HR departments to deal with problematic managers but also just how deep the culture of discrimination and harassment may have run during Ailes’s reign.

Midnight Post


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Evening

Rock on.

Since No One Seems To Notice

Republicans have the White House, the House, and the Senate. Even the bit of procedural nonsense the Democrats can play with in the Senate only is allowed if Mitch McConnell chooses to allow it.

It's all theirs.

Afternoon Thread

Have a video.

Lunch Thread

Get your lunch on.

What's It All About Then


There are plenty of places with much higher homicide rates than New York city, which actually isn't high crime by any measure. Birmingham, AL is one of those cities. I don't want Jeff Sessions to bring the full force his of racist Justice Department there, either, but if he's going to do it he could start at home.


Late Night Rescue Thread





Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Evening

I can't wait until Monday!!!

Disruption!

Uber, but for idiots.

I'm Sure I Have Something To Say

I joke about the lack of hot takes, but it is actually the frustrating thing about blogging as a fairly introverted person. I don't actually have hot takes on everything! At some point during the day/week I kind of run out. Anyway, I know a lot of what this blog is about is just hosting a conversation. Consider it hosted.

My Takes Are Cold

So have a video.

Lunch Thread

It actually is Friday!

Someone Invent That Fucking Time Machine

Bring this picture back with you! Warn them!!

Well Maybe You Should Stop Encouraging Him Then





Wakey, Wakey

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Matt Pond PA - So Much Trouble