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”.
Fuck You YouTube. This vid has well over two and a half million views in one day and it’s not listed on YT as “trending”, but they list two videos as “trending” from the AP and CNN with 200 and 100 thousand views, respectively, which are trying to cover it up! Is anyone else sick of this shit?!
I don’t know how her handlers and media sycophants are going to be able to drag this corpse across the finish line.
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 are bad:
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.
Don’t fall for it.
Naomi Wolf explains why we have to take most big, “theatrical” news events with a grain of salt.
Hmm, what a strange title for this post. What am I getting at here?
After 6 years of obsessive research on the topic, there still isn’t a whole lot about the JFK assassination that I’m 100% sure of. However, I feel about 99% sure of the shot sequence and it would take an awful lot at this point for anyone to convince me I’m wrong. Hence the title of this post.
The numbers refer to frames on the Zapruder film.
How many shots total do I think were fired that day?
The first shot hit Kennedy at about frame 225 of the Zapruder film. The second shot hit Connally at frame 295 (give or take). The third hit Kennedy at frame 313.
The fourth shot was the one that missed and hit the sidewalk, causing shrapnel to hit James Tague in the cheek.
The third and fourth shots were virtually simultaneous and sounded like just one retort to most witnesses, hence the reason that the majority of witnesses in the plaza testified to hearing three shots and not four.
Notice that witness S.M. Holland, interviewed in the video above, said that shots three and four were virtually simultaneous but that the third shot sounded different from the other three – it wasn’t as loud. This is the shot from the knoll that created the puff of smoke Holland saw – the shot that blew Kennedy’s head off.
One shooter was responsible for shots one, two and four. The knoll shooter was responsible for the third shot, which was the fatal head shot. Two shooters in total.
The guy shooting shots one, two, and four was behind Kennedy – the kill shot or shots were intended to come from behind in order to blame patsy Lee Oswald in the School Book Depository. The knoll shooter was just a failsafe in case the first guy missed. Unfortunately for the conspirators, the knoll shooter was the one who ended up delivering the fatal shot. In that sense I think it went down exactly as James Files said it did in his 1994 and 2003 interviews. Not that I don’t think there are some other problems with Files’ story.
A distance of only 18 frames (295-313) between shots two and three proves that Oswald couldn’t have been the lone gunman that day, since Zapruder’s camera filmed at 18.3 frames per second and Oswald’s Mannlicher Carcano rifle required at least 2.3 seconds between shots. So Oswald couldn’t have been responsible for shots 2 and 3 since they are only 18 frames apart. Either he had help, or he and his Carcano were not involved at all. Oswald acting alone is an impossibility.
The paraffin tests on Oswald’s cheek were negative, which is hard to explain if he had actually fired a rifle. From all accounts of his time in the Marines, he was a horrible marksman. For these and other reasons I tend to think Oswald was not one of the shooters.
BTW Lee Bowers, the “Man Who Saw Too Much“, also testified to two of the shots being right on top of each other, practically simultaneous, although he only testified to hearing three separate shots in total. Like Holland, he also saw a flash of light or smoke from behind the picket fence on the knoll.
Jean Hill, secret service agent Clint Hill (no relation to Jean), George Hickey, and Elizabeth Carolyn Walton, like Holland, also testified to one of the shots “sounding” different than the others. From my research, the closer the earwitness was to the far end of the plaza and the grassy knoll, the more likely they were to testify that one of the shots sounded different, or that two of the shots were practically simultaneous. This fits with a second shooter being on the knoll with a different type of weapon than the first shooter.
The three passengers closest to this historic event in Kennedy’s limo were of course Jackie Kennedy and John and Nellie Connally. Jackie Kennedy’s testimony before the Warren Commission was perfunctory and brief out of respect for her grief, I suppose. She seems to have been in shock during the event and doesn’t give all that much detail.
John and Nellie Connally, on the other hand, not only testified in great detail but their stories matched each other perfectly and remained remarkably consistent until their respective deaths decades later. If you match up their testimony with the Zapruder film, you’ll see that it matches 225-295-313 perfectly. Despite the best efforts of weasels like Arlen Specter to confuse him, John (and Nellie) insisted his entire life that he had not been hit by the same “magic bullet” that you can see Kennedy reacting to beginning at frame 225. The Zapruder film backs him up completely. You can see Connally turning to look behind him after Kennedy is hit, just as he says. You can see him get hit at frame 295 after he had begun to turn his body the other way, just as he says. You can see him react and fall back into Nellie’s lap. When you match John and Nellie’s testimony with the Zapruder film, you get bullets hitting the two men at 225-295-313.
The magic bullet and the Oswald lone nut theory are toast. Game. Set. Match.
More support here for two theses of mine:
1) America is a stupid country
2) Anti-white racism in America is becoming very cachet
Jessica Alba goes on George Lopez’ talk show and finds out, to her revulsion and horror, that she’s 87% “European”. Like, omg, does that mean, I’m (gasp) white?! She apparently wasn’t aware that Spain is part of Europe. It’s a good thing she’s pretty because she’s awfully, awfully stupid.
She’s a bigot as well, of course. But that’s ok because she hates the right people. Her reaction and the banter between her and Lopez shows just how “uncool” it is in modern America to be considered “white”.
Trump adviser Roger Stone’s accusations against the Bushes are so over the top that it tends to leave bloggers like me completely speechless (or “blog-less”). I mean, where do I even start?
Stone, with his book “Jeb! and the Bush Crime Family” (co-authored with Saint John Hunt, son of E. Howard, the CIA officer and Watergate burglar who confessed on his deathbed to being part of an LBJ-inspired CIA assassination of John F. Kennedy), has introduced the “Bush Crime Family” meme with some success in the last year. The general idea, of course, is that the Bushes are really not much different from the fictional Corleones or Sopranos, they’re just hooked into legitimate avenues of power which validate and excuse their transgressions. Stone introduces an interesting phrase, “elite deviance”, to explain how the phenomenon works – if you’re at the top of the food chain of political and economic power in this country, you get away with just about anything, whether it’s securities and banking fraud, drug running, or even murder.
I hesitate to even try to list everything Stone is accusing the Bushes of. Here’s what I can recall:
1. Poppy Bush’s dad, Senator Prescott Bush, was “Adolf Hitler’s banker”, responsible for helping finance the Nazi war machine. According to Stone, Hitler was so grateful for the assistance that he gifted a German steel factory to the Senator, complete with a full complement of slave labor from the Auschwitz concentration camp.
2. Neil and Marvin Bush defrauded S&L shareholders, as well as taxpayers, to the tune of several million dollars while engaging in banking and securities fraud in the 1980s.
3. Poppy, Jeb, and George W. were all heavily involved in CIA drug-running in the 1980s as part of the effort to fund the Nicaraguan contras, an operation under the auspices of Poppy, who was Vice President at the time. Poppy’s personal phone number was on pilot Barry Seal’s person at the time of his arrest. Seal was soon murdered in a shootout that was blamed on the drug cartel, but which was in all probability arranged by Bush himself.
4. Poppy deliberately “ran for Vice President” five times during his career, finally succeeding in becoming Ronald Reagan’s VP in 1980. According to Stone, Bush was behind the assassination attempt on Reagan on March 30, 1981, which, obviously, would have made Bush president if it had succeeded.
Had enough? Oh BTW, completely apart from Stone, there is a documentary that has been floating around the cable access world for the last several years about election fraud. It was heavily implied that the Bushes may have stolen the 2004 Presidential election. One of the IT contractors responsible for tabulating the results in Ohio in that year had close ties to the Bush family and to Karl Rove. He had been depositioned in regard to some of his firm’s election activities and had been warned by Rove not to disclose anything. While legal proceedings were still ongoing he was killed in a crash of his small plane.
Exit polls on that Tuesday in November of 2004 in key states like Ohio and Florida had media outlets ready to call the election for Kerry. Exit polling had long been thought to be extremely reliable, since it consists of voters telling the pollster who they just voted for. However, the exit polls were all wrong that year. The meme was immediately floated by “experts” like Rove that “gee, this proves that you can’t really trust those darn exit polls after all, can you?” That was Rove’s Jedi Mind Trick on the American public.
It’s pretty well understood by most that Bush’s ties to the CIA go back a lot farther than his being named Director in 1976. In “Family of Secrets”, Russ Baker even connects him to the JFK assassination by putting him in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. For my money, though, the photograph he uses to back this up is less than convincing.
Again, I’m not necessarily vouching for everything I hear because I have no real way of verifying it. I do know that America prides itself on it’s allegedly open and honest political system, so a certain cognitive dissonance is understandable when we begin to realize that it’s not really so. Our leaders tend to be corrupt, and we don’t always know how deep it goes, but I suppose it’s a lot safer and more comforting not to be aware of certain truths. Our belief in our American exceptionalism can’t really absorb a lot of reality.