After a #deleteuber campaign, which was a reaction to the (odious) founder Travis Kalanick’s appointment to Trump’s economic advisory council, Kalanick has resigned from the council. Apparently that bit of hashtag activism worked.
Update: As pointed out by multiple commenters, another reason for #deleteuber was Uber’s decision to institute surge pricing during a taxi driver work stoppage which was a reaction to the Trump’s immigration fiat.
(image via LGM)
What’s “odious” about him?
@Trentrunner: Where to begin?
@Trentrunner: He’s a big Ayn Rand fan and libertarian.
I thought #deleteuber was about their willingness to take advantage of the NY taxi driver’s strike in protest of Trump’s Muslim ban.
I thought the “delete Uber” campaign was because they tried to undercut the immigrant taxi drivers who refused to drive to JFK after the anti-immigration EO was released and advertised that Uber drivers would happily act as scabs.
@Mnemosyne: Given that those two comments were almost the same, I’d almost think you two were the same person; except I’ve both of you in the same place at the same time.
If we were the same person, why would we need to post it twice? How would we get the two comments so close together?
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@Roger Moore: @Mnemosyne: there were people here in SF protesting them before that, though their signs didn’t make it clear why. I guess it was probably this advisory council thing.
The funny part is, they were blocking the middle of market street, which screwed up Muni all over the city, so I had to take a car to the train station or else I’d have been an hour late to work. ALMOST went with Uber, just for kicks, but used Lyft.
nice touch with natzi uniform but no way the dick looks as fit as that pic shows.
Which of course leads to the speculation that YOU, Roger, and Mnem are ALL the same person.
I, for one, have never seen all “three” (yeah, right) of you in the same room at the same time.
QED and LS/MFT.
@Major Major Major Major:
Were they specifically pushing the #deleteuber thing, though? I know Uber has some problems with SF in general, including the whole thing with their testing self-driving cars without proper permits.
We could be sock puppets.
Fun fact I came across in the Chernow biography of Hamilton: he was an OG sock puppeteer. He would write a pamphlet under one pseudonym and then write a second one under another pseudonym agreeing with himself.
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@Roger Moore: not in so many words but the banner said something about collaborating with Trump.
Dumb fucking move blocking Market street though. That’s just driving business straight to Uber.
@amk: Should have used Goering as the model.
@SFAW: There are photographs.
On the First Day of Black History Month, Beyoncé Gave To Us… TWINS
February 2, 2017
Listen. We needed something good. We were all in dire need of some news that will lift our spirits and make us SANG. Yesterday, the Matron Saint of Being EVERYTHING, Beyoncé,broke the internet. She has been laying low for months and minding her business. But yesterday, she made her triumphant return by making us all lose our shit with news that she is pregnant with twins.
I almost cried like I know the woman. It was as if I was there as she
was doing the sonogram that revealed TWO instead of one. I was in my feels for this lady. It was like November 8-gate happened and she lookedat Jay-Z and said in all her selfless glory “We need to bring some light into the world.” And so it was done.
We needed this, man. We needed this like edges need castor oil. We needed this like New York men need Timbs.
We needed this like Nigerians need rice.
We needed this like Democrats needs spines.
We needed this like we need Captain Planet to swoop in and save us all.
As always, Black women to the rescue.
Lemme go buy Blue Ivy a “Big Sister” tshirt. Red Petunia and Purple Hibiscus are going to bust on to the scene in this year of our Lord, to keep our hope alive as we watch our country crumble.
Well, you can’t spell “Mary Rosh” without some of the letters in “Roger Moore,” so that’s a pretty solid case right there.
@Mnemosyne: @Roger Moore: Thanks I added that to the post.
Great headline I saw today (HuffPo?): “Trump Loses Uber Allies.”
Then you need to check with Ruckus, who has been to several events with all three of us.
@rikyrah: Did you see this week’s New Yorker magazine cover?
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@Roger Moore: unless Ruckus is all three of you.
Given that the next 4 years will be Hell, I think it’s helpful to take any opportunity to laugh at Trump
Yes, I’ve seen “your” excellent photographs. Are you hinting that “Mnem” and “Roger” will start doing the same, to throw us off the scent?
Those could be models, like the kids allegedly gunned down in Newtown./InfoWars
A Ghost to Most
another reason I stay out of Texas
Hey, let’s all get a school photo of us saluting and saying Hail Trump.
@Major Major Major Major:
Great, now we’re up to FOUR sock puppets. (Well, I guess it’s technically only three, since one of them has to be the “real” one.)
It’s a conspiracy, I tells ya. If only Danny Casolaro were here to unravel it.
@Major Major Major Major:
I forgot to have ruemara tell you the story of her internal reaction when Ruckus drove up to pick her up in a windowless cargo van like Ted Bundy used to drive.
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@SFAW: unless I’m the only real poster and they’re all my sock puppets, and I’m framing Ruckus to throw you off the scent.
Nice try — pretending to have a conversation with yourself.
@Major Major Major Major:
@Mnemosyne: Ted Bundy drove a tan VW bug with the passenger seat removed. I know my serial-killer trivia.
So close. If only there had been a typo leaving out the “i”.
I’m glad I live in a small town with no Uber. One less scumbag to think about.
the white butthurt is hilarious.
@Major Major Major Major: We are the Borg.
@Roger Moore: Could you describe the ruckus?
The artist is from Maine. Our marches were small but mighty in creative spirit.
Mingobat f/k/a Karen in GA
I thought the main problem was that Uber didn’t institute surge pricing during the taxi strike, so they could take advantage of the lack of cabs?
@SFAW: There is photographic ebidence! Well, okay, there is also Photoshop, but the meetup looked real.
@Mingobat f/k/a Karen in GA:
@Larkspur: I’m not that good with Photoshop.
Find out how your Reps and Senators are voting, almost in real time, here:
You probably already know about it; I just learned tonight.
I called my Republican Rep the other day to say, “Do NOT vote to repeal the “Stream Protection Rule.””
Not because I thought he’d change his mind–he’s a big Trump supporter, and as bad as they come.
But because I wanted him to know that people are watching.
So today I called his office and said, “well, did he vote to repeal the Stream Protection Rule?”
The intern said she didn’t know, but she would get back to me if I gave her my address. So I did.
Then this evening I found govtrack.us, which reports the votes.
Now I know that my rep voted to gut the Stream Protection Rule, and also voted to let crazy people buy guns. Because of course he did.
So tomorrow I will call my rep, and talk to his nice interns, and ask them if they know whether he voted to allow crazy people to buy guns. And when they lie to me and say that they don’t know, I will direct them to govtrack.us
I suppose the site will be taken down pretty soon in any case. In a democracy, it is imperative that the people not know how their representatives vote.
Dear Some Guy,
At Uber we’ve always believed in standing up for what’s right. Today we need your help supporting drivers who may be impacted by President Trump’s new immigration ban.
Drivers who are citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen and live in the US but have left the country, will not be able to return for 90 days. This means they won’t be able to earn money and support their families during this period.
It’s important that as a community we do everything we can to help these drivers. Here’s what Uber will do:
• Provide 24/7 legal support for drivers who are trying to get back into the country. Our lawyers and immigration experts will be on call 24/7 to help.
• Compensate drivers for their lost earnings. This will help them support their families and put food on the table while they are banned from the US.
• Urge the government to reinstate the right of US residents to travel—whatever their country of origin—immediately.
• Create a $3 million legal defense fund to help drivers with immigration and translation services.
If you are a driver or a friend or family member of someone who has been affected, please contact us here.
Uber is a community. We’re here to support each other. Please help Uber to help drivers who may be affected by this unjust and wrong immigration ban.
Uber Founder & CEO
@Major Major Major Major: Puppet! Puppet! You’re the puppet. Wee puppet man. Self esteem is for everybody, self esteem is for everyone! You can dream and be anybody, but self esteem is how you get it done.
You know what we don’t see a lot of? Poor people and working-class folks who are really into libertarianism. Not a lot of hard Randians below $55k/year.
You know what there does seem to be a lot of lately? Randians in the 1%, .1%, and .01%. In fact, they might actually outnumber the air quote “libertarians” beneath those wealth levels.
@amk: I called Kamala Harris and she not only did my bidding, but got Dianne to as well. Not that it worked. Darn. I am feeling untethered this evening. Violence is wrong, but I wish to do it. Don’t worry, I won’t. Probably.
ETA: just remembered I get to dogsit my favorite golden retriever starting tomorrow, so no violence. Whew, close call.
What’s up with Haley criticizing Crimea annexation and Israeli settlements? If it’s not some x-dimensional chess, it seems like more evidence of how dysfunctional the Bannon admin is. If reports are to be believed, seems like Kushner is po’d about Bannon’s power plays.
Trump put together a really unwieldy coalition and now they want to be paid. This is an advantage to be exploited by dems until they can get their ish together. Stern’s comments are really helpful. Trumps desire to be liked is a weakness. The pressure on Uber is also instructive although people already had enough reason to boycott boycott them.
@Jeffro: I used to live with a libertarian. She was 3 months younger than me and collected SSI, while doing unreported art commissions on the side. She also used to brag about how she would skip class to play pokemon and how much she liked to slack at her night security job, which fired her for being trans, not for not doing the job for weeks at a time.
I did see it. I really liked it.
Good thing Carl Icahn’s Lyft market share is growing. Hope Icahn shares this wonderful news with his pal, Trump.
Armani probably not happy about being Trumpov’s uniform of choice in his new stylish White House
I love it! Men must be sharp and well-groomed, women must “dress like women”, and so on.
Bannon gets a pass, though…whatever he wore for the past three days is still good…not making that up, either.
@rikyrah: Awe. Some.
That’s kind of the hall monitor version (and wrong-headed at that) of busting Al Capone for tax evasion, isn’t it?
Still, if a good thing happens for the wrong reasons…it’s still a good thing. And if a libertarian gets canned for slacking, well, color me not at all surprised. They’re just children in adult bodies.
@Larkspur: Look at you, dropping a Buffy reference the other day and teeing up with Angel today
; – )
So, I don’t know if this came out before or after the “deleteuber” campaign or not. It doesn’t matter–we still need to act whenever you find someone supporting Trump.
They need to know that anyone supporting Trump or associating with Trump will be called out and their business hurt. Trump’s name and contact need to be totally toxic.
So, yeah, LL Bean is off my list. Forever. Let Lands End and Orvis and the others think, “Gee, that could happen to me.”
Last week some sandwich chain owner (Taylor’s Gourmet) got his photo shaking Trump’s hand. Afterwards claimed he went to talk to Trump about his employees, some of whom are immigrants, are “family.” Got his sandwich shops boycotted. I don’t know if he was telling the truth or not, but it doesn’t matter: Make shaking hands with Trump, for whatever reason, toxic. Business destroying.
This writer’s tweet raised over $100,000 to wipe out students’ school lunch debts
3 Hours Ago
With a single tweet, New York City-based writer Ashley C. Ford sparked a movement that’s raised thousands of dollars towards paying off student lunch debts across the country.
Students that can’t afford cafeteria lunches have the option to receive a meal at no charge — often a cheese sandwich and a carton of milk — and the cost is carried by the school district. Communities are rallying en masse to help pay off that debt.
Since these modest meals are sometimes distributed from a separate line, it can make a student’s financial distress obvious to classmates. Ford herself received substitute lunches, and wanted to make a wider audience aware of the opportunity to help. The tweet resonated with her 66,000 (now 68,600) followers.
Kristina Arwood of Evansville, Indiana, was one of those followers inspired by Ford’s words. She launched a campaign that so far has raised nearly $24,000 to pay lunch debts in her region.
“It really hit home for me. I grew up on free and reduced-price lunches, but even that 40 cents was hard to get together with four kids,” Arwood told the Associated Press. “There were times I wouldn’t eat because I didn’t have money and didn’t want to be labeled as the poor kid.”
Arwood is just one of hundreds of people who’ve sprung to action.
Btw great tweet thread going on (wish I knew how to post Twitter links, threads, etc) from Christopher Stroop @C_Stroop explaining how “evangelicals want to be seen as broad-minded, openhearted, and good, while driven to dominate others…and hold onto demonstrably false and harmful beliefs…they do [small] good deeds, true, but a primary purpose of those deeds is to deflect criticism…”
Case in point: abortion, an evil so horrible that they can countenance most anything (i.e. Trump, or dissolving the social safety net, or both) because, well, ABORTION!
Go check it out (and perhaps the more talented amongst us could provide linky help?)
I’ll try it…here goes…
Wonder if there’ll be any 3AM tweets about this
Nordstrom has officially cut ties with Ivanka Trump’s brand
I know nothing, I wasn’t there, this isn’t my beer, I didn’t do it.
@Thor Heyerdahl: 4 AM, but yes, it’ll happen, good call…
“Nordstorm has been on the decline for years and it’s sad. Ivanka’s brand = INCREDIBLE! And has nothing to do with me, haters!! Looking forward to once proud chain declaring bankruptcy”
@Jeffro: No, I mean they fired her for not doing her job, she just SAYS they fired her for being trans.
@Teddys Person: Pretty darn shiny, huh?
But if they have learnt their lesson and have publicly repudiated lil fingered vulgarian’s racist ‘policies’ and backed it up with action, I don’t see much point in ‘destroying’ them.
It’s not very smart to get in a war of words with a writer.
agreed, Trump toxicity is the goal, and I am pretty sure Kalanick understands that now. Good.
@Larkspur: Guess you just aim to misbehave.
ouch. you betcha there will be 3 am tweetragegasm tomorrow.
@Teddys Person: I love you.
@Ruckus: You are taking the SGT Schultz defence-you see nothing, you hear nothing, you know nothing?
@Larkspur: What’s that make me? A. BIG. DAMN. HERO.
It wasn’t exactly accurate: odious Olympic-class douche rocket would be nearer the mark.
… says the guy who had a picture where the sky was yellow and the son was blue.
And who had a “photo” of Deadbeat Shitgibbon, where his hands were the size of Joe Namath’s.
ETA: Is it difficult keeping all your personae straight in your mind? I have a tough time with all the voices in my head, from all my own other personalities. But at least all my personalities are real, not sock puppets. [Hey, shut up you guys! I’m trying to type here!]
Friggin’ space cowboys.
@Thor Heyerdahl: Here’s an easy one. Boycott all his hotels and protest in front of his properties. Especially the one in DC.
@Teddys Person: I’ll be in my bunk.
ETA: Or possibly in my bunker.
Probably followed by a press release announcing that lord shortfingers is shocked, shocked at numerous labor law violations uncovered during surprise OSHA inspections at various Nordstroms locations.
“The president has discovered, to use his words, that “some of these regulations are actually pretty neat, and I’ll use ’em like a hammer on whoever deserves it”.
No questions were taken and the aide left the podium immediately.
Okay, this quip only just occurred to me and hopefully no one beat me to it, but:
Sweeties, if you want to make the point that you’re not a fascist, burning books is probably not a good starting place.
@Larkspur: Be careful or you’re going to burn in a very special level of hell.
@SFAW: Careful now or I swear by my pretty floral bonnet I will end you.
@bluehill: The Trump Hotel in Toronto is in some trouble.
Toronto Life: “What’s going to happen to Toronto’s Trump International Hotel and Tower now that it’s up for sale?“
@randy khan: yeah. a yuuugely successful writer at that.
D. Trump’s total lack of a sense of appropriateness is remarkable. At the National Prayer Meeting this morning he took the opportunity to once again point out that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ratings aren’t very good. Needless to say, it was absurdly gauche for Trump to do that, but Arnold’s not shrinking violet so he came back at Trump on Twitter with an exchange winning response. It was also nice to see Arnold show Trump the appropriate respect by calling him “Donald” rather than Mr. President. Schwarzenegger could have improved his response by pointing out Trump’s own very poor ratings nationally. I was surprised he didn’t.
Trump is living down to expectations every day and most days exceeding the lowest possible expectations. I wonder if this experience will teach any of his November supporters that it’s a bad idea to elect a thin-skinned, narcissistic sociopath. Probably not.
That comes from a Tee shirt that I bought in Daytona one yr. Though they do have the same sentiment.
just like his ‘presidency’. hoocuddanoed.
Now I feel even better about preferring Nordstrom over Macy’s.
Imma be like Thelma Ritter next time I go to Nordie’s.
They’d have to first recognize what he actually is. Then they’d have to admit they made a horrible mistake. That I bet is beyond many if not most of them.
Nope. Ruin them. As examples for the next guy.
Make it so no one–who isn’t a fucking Nazi–wants to be seen in the same room with him for any reason.
Actually Uber suspended surge pricing during the strike.
Sort of makes a difference but seemingly not to the Uber haters.
@Trentrunner: Every god damn think is awful about Travis K!
@Major Major Major Major:
I thought it had been firmly established that everyone is DougJ!
@Teddys Person: I promise I won’t speak Latin in front of the books. And with that, bonum nox noctis.
@Thor Heyerdahl: Yeah, unpredictable right? I read that one/some of his condos are taking down the Trump signs. Must drive him nuts. His name is on a prominent hotel in Chicago and he’s got a hotel in Vegas. Golf courses in FL, CA and Scotland. I don’t know where else. I think they’re mostly licensing his name. Would be great to get his name removed from other buildings. I can only imagine how important that is to him.
@Larkspur: Good night my new friend.
I think it’s the other way around — people think that Uber was undermining the strike by suspending surge pricing.
@Thor Heyerdahl: Oh shit. Now there will be a EO closing our borders to Canadians.
Multiple birds with that stone: I think Trump gets to deport David Frum as a result. Oh, and Ted Cruz, of course.
I’m wondering what the over/under is that none of the Royals meet with Trump if he visits England. (I’m saying “if” because the visit isn’t tomorrow. Who knows what offense he will give between now and his scheduled trip.)
Ah, the “oneness” of it all.
This also means BJuice might have a lot fewer actual readers (and commenters) than we thought.
@Mnemosyne: It was an no win situation for Uber.
Would they have been better off sticking with the standard surge pricing? Should they have pulled the plug on the servers and had all of their drivers stand down?
All I can say is my worst Uber experience was better than my best taxi experience, in the US at least.
Good luck with that — I am a leaf on the wind.
Publicly trumpeting that you’re going to help people circumvent a strike to protest Trump is probably a bad idea.
I’ve never used Uber, in part because the company seems to be run by assholes, and in part because I just haven’t had a need.
Uber, done and deleted.
It asks you why you want to delete, BTW. Heheheheh.
@Mnemosyne: To each his or her own.
Uber and Lyft have kept a lot of drunks off the road who otherwise wouldn’t have waited 45 minutes for the guy to show up in the cab he lives in. Say what you will about these services but when it comes to blatant corruption they have nothing on the cab industry.
I was shopping at Nordstrom a few days before X-mas. I have an odd (extremely large) foot size which means that I can frequently find awesome shoes on sale as the popular sizes sell out. I picked up a pair of silverish heels which were pretty cute but saw “Ivanka.” I said her name with disgust and put them down. The lady next to me laughed and the saleslady gave me a thumbs up.
@Mnemosyne: But if they hadn’t suspended surge pricing they’d get hammered for price-gouging, no?
@Brynlyn Lehmann: Dead thread, but yep. On November 10, I had to take my car in for service, and when I said hello to the office manager and told her I just literally couldn’t say “Good morning”, she said, “Oh yeah, everyone who’s come in today is in the same mood, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
PS: Is your nym more or less real? Cause I know someone with that last name, minus an “n”, who had nothing to do with the notorious Lehman Brothers.