I guess I’m just going to embed AOC tweets for the duration, but goddam is this sweet. Those fuckers at Amazon tried to hold up NYC for $3 billion in tax breaks, cried like little babies when Mr. Backlash made them feel a little bad about themselves, and then they fucking caved.
Free Markets Solve Everything
Uber issues their 2018 safety report a few days before the end of 2019. All hail the self-regulating free market!
Uber disclosed 3,000 sexual assaults reported in U.S. rides last year in its long-awaited safety report, amidst widespread criticism of its safety practices and pressure to increase its transparency over the issue.
In a lengthy report, which divides sexual misconduct into 21 categories, Uber said it recorded 235 rapes last year and hundreds more reports of assault which could involve unwanted touching, kissing or attempted rape.
The report also examined other safety categories, including violent crimes such as physical assaults and motor vehicle deaths. Uber said there were 107 motor vehicle fatalities in 2017 and 2018 in a total of 97 fatal crashes involving users on the app. The company also said there were 19 fatal physical assaults over the same time period.
Of course we have no context on the deaths and assaults versus taxi services, so I don’t know if they’re better or worse than cabs. My guess is worse, since the barrier to entry to someone who wants to turn their car into a independently contracted grope wagon is lower than a driver who wants to join a taxi service.
Also, is it just me, or is Lyft’s relationship to Uber similar to Target’s relationship to Wal-Mart? Both do basically the same thing, but the bigger one’s business practices are a bit worse, so they get most of the heat.
— Justin Sink (@justinsink) December 2, 2019
On the one hand, it’s extremely in character for Brad Parscale, drunk on his self-perceived “power” to announce that You guys don’t get to sit at our table so there!!!, should make an outsized fuss about the media outlet owned by a real billionaire who is now challenging Brad’s boss.
On the other hand, it’s extremely in character for Brad Parscale, strip mall PC specialist turned campaign ‘data expert’ by the grace of the GRU, to try and preempt a(nother) breaking-news investigation by a major media outlet that will (further) damage Parscale’s direct report. Per Politico:
News organizations reacted warily to the Trump campaign’s announcement Monday that it will no longer credential Bloomberg News reporters for campaign events in response to the outlet’s decision not to investigate its owner, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, or his Democratic rivals for president.
Trump Campaign manager Brad Parscale said the move, which Bloomberg News said would ensure equal footing for each Democratic candidate, indicated a bias against Trump because the outlet would continue to cover him critically while going easy on his Democratic rivals…
The move is reminiscent of the 2016 election, when the Trump team denied press credentials to numerous outlets, including POLITICO, The Washington Post, and BuzzFeed News, because of coverage the campaign considered biased or unfair.
The 2020 campaign’s policy may extend beyond Trump’s rallies, with Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican Party, announcing that the GOP will “no longer credential” Bloomberg representatives. It could also affect White House coverage, given that Bloomberg reporters regularly travel with the president to events as part of the White House pool…
Bloomberg News, a global news organization of 2,700 journalists and analysts, has long had a policy of not initiating investigations into the billionaire businessman, his family or his foundation, and announced last week it would extend that practice to his 2020 Democratic rivals, in the wake of Bloomberg’s entry into the race.
Bloomberg News will continue to investigate the Trump administration, though it plans to reassess its policy if Michael Bloomberg becomes the Democratic nominee…
Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, took issue with the move against Bloomberg News. “We condemn any action that keeps quality news media from reporting fairly and accurately on the presidency and the leadership of the country,” he said in a statement.
But Bloomberg’s policy of not covering its owner has also drawn criticism from journalists for departing from how news organizations typically handle such situations. The Washington Post, for one, doesn’t restrict reporters from digging into its billionaire owner, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos…
I stopped making new things on thanksgiving a lot of years ago. My family doesn’t want surprises.
You go to see Springsteen, you damn well better hear Born to Run.
— Julia Olafson (@juliawithana) November 21, 2018
Me, I’ve no objection to an occasional holiday experiment, but…
Decline is a choice https://t.co/KkmFK3QtIf
— Andrew S. (@shoutingboy) November 27, 2019
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) November 27, 2019
This is an abomination before God and man and should be condemned in the harshest terms possible. I call on all Jews, Arabs, Kurds, Persians and other peoples of the Middle East to unite and protest this assault on our shared culinary heritage ?? https://t.co/aXCxFE79Qs
— Sam Sokol (@SamuelSokol) November 17, 2019
THIS HAS GOT TO STOP pic.twitter.com/51GON3lVS3
— “Celia” (@_celia_bedelia_) November 26, 2019
Legal Twitter: I’m dressed in a black suit outside a restaurant waiting for a friend and a curmudgeonly gentleman pulls his sports car into the driveway. While walking past, he dismissively looks at me and barks “Key’s in it.”
The Porsche is now mine, right?
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) November 26, 2019
As long as you itemize its value as a taxable gift
— RicardoSabroso (@ricardo_sabroso) November 26, 2019
Quite. The correct thing is to draw yourself up and say, "Do you know who I am?" When he says, "No", say, "Good" and drive off.
— Zoe Samuel (@zoe_samuel) November 27, 2019
Warren typically does everything she can to avoid criticizing the other candidates. Looks like that’s changing with Bloomberg’s entrance into the race –> https://t.co/9obomZ8SaJ
— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) November 25, 2019
Mike Bloomberg did enter the presidential race, after all. But he’s given my favorite candidate a very useful punching bag, so there’s that.
I’d be more concerned if I had the impression that this was actually about Bloomberg winning the Democratic primaries, and not just trolling his old NYC enemy…
NEW — @MikeBloomberg in first TV ad touts his bio & targets Trump.
Ad closes with “jobs creator, leader, problem solved. Mike Bloomberg for president.” pic.twitter.com/Bd6O00uGDH
— Kendall Karson (@kendallkarson) November 24, 2019
“I’m Mike Bloomberg, and I’m everything the current Oval Office occupant pretends to be. Choke on it, Rich Man’s Failed Kid.”
… Not to mention, the celebrity-chasing horse-race media:
After standing outside @Mike2020’s HQ for 14 hours, ?@MikeBloomberg? surprised reporters and walked out the front door. I asked him if he’s excited to be in the race as he was getting into his car pic.twitter.com/fNi9r9IEUL
— Christopher Donato (@chrisdonato04) November 25, 2019
We're about to see how much money can buy cause prior to him getting in Bloomberg's polling is not good to put it mildly.
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) November 24, 2019
Dean Baquet says he warned younger NYT reporters about embracing Warren or Bernie. "They probably want a more political New York Times than I'm willing to give them." https://t.co/CTLEhfEXlL
— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) November 18, 2019
And it ain’t you or me; it’s the plutocrats who sign his paychecks:
The executive editor of the New York Times has accused Donald Trump of putting his reporters’ lives at risk by subjecting them to personal abuse and describing them as “enemies of the people”.
Dean Baquet, who has led the news outlet during one of the most tumultuous periods in its history, said the US president’s history of verbal attacks on journalists such as the New York Times’s political reporter Maggie Haberman was “appalling” and risked having serious consequences.
“I think his personal attacks on reporters, including Maggie, are pretty awful and pretty unpresidential,” he said. “I think personal attacks on journalists, when he calls them names, I think he puts their lives at risk…
[‘Doesn’t he understand that we’re on his side?’]
He acknowledged making mistakes in the 2016 election, having failed to grasp the anger in the US that led to the election of Trump, but said he was constantly fighting against pressure to “take a full-bodied side” against the president. “The way I see it is, our job is to cover the world with tremendous curiosity. And with a desire to understand the people who voted for Donald Trump and why they voted for Donald Trump. I think some of our readers want us to dismiss some of those people. I think that’s not empathetic coverage.”
Some of these rows have now affected the newsroom, which has seen an influx of younger reporters from more diverse backgrounds, prompting what Baquet believes is the biggest change in newsrooms since the Vietnam war in the 1960s. “We have a new generation that grew up in a different world that have not only different demands of their news, they want a different relationship with their readers.” …
Best news in the article is a throwaway line: “Baquet… will step down in two years’ time”.
This guy published excerpts of the book “Clinton Cash” in the NYT, a book written by white nationalist Steve Bannon that was used to smear Secretary Clinton before the 2016 election https://t.co/81Jokb05AR
— Patrick Karlson ?? (@PatrickAKarlson) November 19, 2019