Great interview with Mark Steyn on Tucker Carlson last night. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Paypal, Amazon, et. al. are so huge they are de facto public utilities, and they are using that monopoly power to bury unpopular speech. Imagine if the postal service didn’t like your political views and prevented you from sending any mail. Imagine if the phone company didn’t like your position on global warming and decided to ban you from using the phone. Imagine if one company owned all of the publishing in the world and prevented any un-PC publication from going to print. What if one company controlled all of the banking in the United States and the world and decided it didn’t like your stance on the issue of immigration policy and decided to prevent you from using any banking services so that you couldn’t support yourself or make a living?
The latter is exactly what PayPal has done to VDARE.com. It doesn’t like VDARE’s positions on immigration so it has decided to cripple the site by choking off it’s revenue. All over the internet, alt-right and even mildly conservative sites, channels, books, and Facebook pages are being “disappeared” by Big Tech for expressing unpopular or conservative opinions.
Google, Twitter, Facebook, Paypal, and Amazon need to be either broken up, as Standard Oil was 100 years ago, or prevented by law from exercising any kind of content discrimination.
Just when you thought Allstate’s commercials couldn’t get any worse.
Couple questions for everybody:
1) Why is the horribly abusive boyfriend a white guy? (They make sure we can see his Ted Bundy-ish profile popping up next to his abusive texts)
2) Why is his victim a black female? (Inconvenient fact: More than 70% of black/white relationships involve a black male and a white female, not the other way around)
3) Why does the white male driver absolutely not give a shit about protecting this damsel in distress and returning her purse? (You know the answer: white guys are cold-blooded and evil.)
4) How come none of the “good Samaritan” passengers are white guys?
5) Why is her “white knight” phone returner a black guy?
As a white male myself, I’m supposed to turn a blind eye to this sort of thing, but it’s getting old.
By releasing a 3-minute commercial (seriously, Bitch?), Allstate wants you to think they’re on some kind of moral crusading social justice kick. But why? Did they get a bunch of SJW blowback from the “mayhem” commercials? (which, being actually quite funny, may have triggered accusations of thought-crime). Or are they just trying to keep up with Progressive Insurance, whose commercials feature that plucky and irrepressible feminist “Flo” and her sidekick “Jamie”, the gender-fluid ginger eunuch.
If you’re a white guy, please stop hating yourself. Your media, government, and big business hate you already, so there’s nothing gained by your piling on. It doesn’t make you a better or more noble person for doing so, and it certainly won’t make them hate you any less.
Namely, the notion that “Trump’s win was illegitimate because Russia and Vladimir Putin ‘hacked’ the election in order to damage Hillary”.
Except that all of the material that was supposedly damaging to Clinton, i.e. the DNC and Podesta emails, came from WikiLeaks. And as you can see in this interview, Julian Assange made it clear, repeatedly, that none of the WikiLeaks material came from Putin, Russia, or any other “state actor”.
But that didn’t prevent a chinless cuck like NBC’s Chuck Todd from repeatedly asserting the bogus meme that “17 American intelligence agencies” confirmed that Russia “hacked the election.” Oh yeah? Show me the evidence, Bitch.
In fact, we’ve seen no evidence at all of Russian involvement.
Many in the national security apparatus are frightened of a Trump presidency, since he’s not beholden to many people and might be seen as a loose cannon. So, instead of killing him, they’re attempting to delegitimize his election by claiming that he owes it all to his dear old friend Vlad, our supposed mortal enemy.
But truth be told the leaked material came from people within the DNC and from elsewhere in the Democrat Party apparatus itself, not from Russia, and this might explain the untimely murder of DNC “voter outreach” specialist Seth Rich back in July. Assange himself clearly hinted on Dutch TV that Rich had been the source of leaked material and might have been murdered for that reason.
So when the major media complain about “fake news”, they’re projecting. People always accuse others of what they themselves are guilty of.
Imagine getting a job in a low-wage environment such as, say, a call center, making $10-12 per hour.
Then imagine that the company you worked for required you to pay and be responsible for your own computer, software, phone, desk, office rental, and all other operating equipment required to do your job. All capital expenses including purchase, maintenance, repairs and depreciation come out of the $10 an hour they’re “paying” you.
Let’s make it even worse. Instead of performing a low-risk job in an office setting, such as a call center, let’s say that this job requires you to engage in an activity that constitutes the most serious risk to death and bodily injury that all of us face in the course of our day-to-day lives – namely, driving.
Instead of the average yearly miles driven of 13,476, you now have to drive 40, 50, 60, 70 thousand or more miles a year just to scrape by.
When you begin to drive for Uber or Lyft to make money, this is what you are doing – you’re absorbing all of the capital expenses of the business, while putting yourself at a hugely elevated risk for death and bodily injury.
In 2015 35,092 people in the United States died from traffic accidents. 2.44 million people were injured, with many of those resulting in life-changing, permanent disabilities. If you were driving the roughly 13,500 miles a year that the rest of us drive, then your risk for these consequences would be average. But since you’re now driving several times that number of miles in your new “job”, you have 3, 4, 5, or 6 times the risk. You’re now taking massive chances with your life and health for that $10-12 an hour you appear to be making.
But you’re not even making that, because you haven’t accounted for the cost of the vehicle, gas, maintenance, and depreciation that come with your new “gig”. You’re responsible for all the capital expenditure involved in maintaining and operating the vehicle.
So how much are you really making after all of the expense is taken into consideration. How about $2.53 per hour? Let’s have an actual Uber driver, relating his experiences on Glassdoor, break it all down for you:
“I have been in business for myself for over 30 years and started driving for Uber at the behest of my wife and daughter, who thought I would have fun driving for them. I told them that I thought it was ridiculous to treat your personal car as a cab hauling people around with all costs of operation including risk on your own back, then UBER taking 25% plus riders fee as their take for virtually doing nothing except us… ing their software. A truly incredible business model though…..for them to get rich, not you….ever. No one was ever able to explain to me if it actually made dollar sense to drive, so I took a one month part time challenge driving 70 hours total on some weekdays and some weekends. Don’t believe the liars who say they make $1,500 a week or more. They would have to work non-stop to even come close, and even then, the other costs that Uber takes and the cost of maintenance, insurance, gas, etc. would make that evaporate. Based on AAA costs of operating a motor vehicle for a mid-sized four door sedan driving 20,000 per year (you will double that with Uber) the cost is at $0.48 per mile which includes gas, maintenance, insurance, depreciation, financing (unless you own outright) tire wear and tear, and several other factors. I did long airport runs and short city runs (longer runs make more $) and drove 2,142 miles over 3 1/2 weeks in April 2016 making a total after Uber cuts of $1,076.82. The AAA based that $0.48 on $2.85 gas which is more like $2.00 now, so take that into account now which would put operating costs today at 30% lower for FUEL ONLY and not the other expenses, so let’s put it at $0.42 instead of $0.48. This is pretty simple math, so look at the facts. Instead of $1,030 cost to operate at driving 2,142 miles it will be $900 because of $2.00 gas. I made $1,076.82 before taxes and my operating costs were $900 giving me a net total of $176.82 for 70 hours of work. Now my car is paid off and will have lower depreciation, but that is about $2.53 per hour after expenses if your car is newer and not paid off. They tout you can make $16-$20-$30 an hour. In the REAL world you are actually making $1.60-$2.00-$3.00 per hour. I hope this helps people who have never been in business and who UBER and LYFT and any other companies out there that take advantage of others to get rich. These people will win in the end though and will be laughing all the way to the Bahamas when the scam runs to the end. Hope this helps anyone who does not just want to do this for fun, but thinks you can pay your bills with this ‘job’.
Advice to Management
No advice to management, you don’t need it. You have already developed a cash cow that uses people and their assets up until they are no use to you anymore with new ones replacing them daily. You treat them as employees under the guise of independent contractors getting your cake and eating it too. The scam will end some day but I’m sure you will be hiding in the Bahamas with your billions. Yes, you know that already”.… [Bold and Italics mine]
As you can imagine, turnover with Uber is enormous, which is why they need to keep recruiting new suckers to drive for them. They’re just biding their time until they can take over the roadways with their driverless cars. Don’t fall for this scam.
For the 15th anniversary of 9/11, this naïve young interviewer asks WTC leaseholder Larry Silverstein to “Take us through your day on 9/11.”
Lol. He didn’t really think he’d get an answer, did he? Instead of the minute-by-minute account the young man was probably hoping for, he got a rambling cliché-ridden speech about how jumbled and chaotic the day was and how Larry couldn’t really remember anything. Surprise, surprise. Silverstein has finally gotten smart and stopped giving detailed interviews regarding the topic, except to point out his determination that “this will not stand”, and “we will rebuild”, blah blah blah. The usual patriotic boilerplate. We heard nothing about being absent from work due to a dermatology appointment or how his two children also conveniently failed to show up at the office that day. No mention of telling the fire department to “pull it” when referring to Building 7.
See my previous post for details on all of the problematic interviews Silverstein gave in the years immediately following 9/11. He’s obviously learned the old adage, “loose lips sink ships”.
Still think “9/11 Truth” is just for kooks and crazies? Check out this interview with a veteran New York City firefighter and fire marshal who was there. He heard the explosion that brought down WTC 7 in a controlled demolition and saw the pools of molten steel at ground zero with his own eyes.
Could it be that the real author of The Declaration of Independence was not Thomas Jefferson but rather the radical Thomas Paine, author of the influential pamphlet “Common Sense”? Click here to see a persuasive argument to that effect.
The language and tone of the Declaration match Paine’s known writings but not Jefferson’s. Paine’s authorship was concealed because of his non-American background and his hostile attitude toward Christianity, as expressed in later writings such as “The Age of Reason”.
I got such a chuckle out of this one – according to Bloomberg, annual pay raises for employees arebad:
A once-a-year payment schedule is too infrequent to change someone’s work ethic. In theory, money signals how good (or not) someone is at their job. But, it’s impossible to give someone feedback on an entire year’s worth of work with a nominal pay increase. Plus, it’s rarely an indication of how well someone did the job over a full year. Managers don’t remember how people performed all year long, and they admit to rating sub-par workers the same as stand-out employees. Workers also complain that hearing about their flaws once a year gives them no chance to respond and change behaviors.
Awww … so to help the poor workers complaining about those traumatic once-a-year performance reviews that go with their raises, we’re going to spare them the pain and the misery by not giving them any raise at all. I get it now. Makes perfect sense.
Don’t worry, though. GE, a pioneer in screwing over the American treasury by its innovative tax-avoidance strategy, has a new compensation system designed to replace the old and worn-out pay-raise paradigm:
GE Company, which recently moved away from the annual review, is considering scrapping annual compensation hikes. “We uncovered an opportunity to improve the way we reward people for their contributions,” Janice Semper, GE’s head of executive development, told Bloomberg. GE declined to elaborate on what its new system might look like, but Semper cited the vague goals of “being flexible and rethinking how we define rewards.”
I see. They’re going to “be flexible” and “rethink” everything. They’ve scrapped annual raises but haven’t replaced it with anything comparable, much less better, for employees. Maybe that’s why she “declined to elaborate” when asked what their new compensation “system” would be.
The reason these traitorous multi-national corporations are getting rid of raises is the same reason they cheat on their taxes – it saves them money. As the article pointed out, you can give bonuses instead of raises. No corporate profit, no bonus. Failed to meet a sales goal, no bonus.
Huge corporations have no loyalty to the American government, the American worker, or the American taxpayer. The sooner you realize this, the better off you will be. Huge conglomerates own all of the major media. So when they take away your annual raise this is the kind of article you see – they get the “news” outlets they own to frame it as a good, necessary and positive thing.