Taco Bell employees call cops on deaf man for trying to order using his phone

You know, I once had a whole mob of people furious at me at an airport because my flight had been cancelled and I was trying to find out what the PA system was saying, while everyone else was queuing up in various lines and it didn’t matter how much I pointed at my hearing aids, they were convinced I was trying to jump the line (instead of finding out WHICH line) and some looked like they were out for blood.

I did the sensible thing: I decamped entirely, found another desk for that airline at the next terminal over and got a 50% discount on the very next flight within fifteen minutes so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. But I was truly taken aback at the hostility I saw. Most of the time I get a pass–I’m quite fortunate that way. If the agent at the desk had read my note and pointed to the appropriate line, I would have simply lined up there.

This kind of thing wouldn’t surprise me a bit though. Good for the police in this instance.


Taco Bell employees call cops on deaf man for trying to order using his phone

Taco Bell employees call cops on deaf man for trying to order using his phone

A man in Kettering, Ohio, was denied service at a Taco Bell drive through because he was deaf, reports WKEF. Employees also mocked him and then called the police on him. In a video that’s gone viral on Facebook, Brandon Washburn tries to show his order to staff on his phone. They refused to take his order. “He’s had to work extra hard, harder than everyone else to prove himself, that’s he smart and that …

Source: www.rawstory.com/2019/01/taco-bell-employees-call-cops-deaf-man-trying-order-using-phone/

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Likeability is dogwhistle for sexism

Indeed.

The fact is that Elizabeth Warren is likable. She speaks frankly and in moral terms, avoiding the cajoling sliminess of politicians such as the reptilian Texas senator Ted Cruz, or her probable Democratic primary opponent, New Jersey senator Cory Booker. She is better at avoiding the air of professorial condescension that was sometimes indulged by her fellow former legal scholars Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. At times, she even achieves the unaffected folksiness that endears voters to politicians such as Beto O’Rourke or Ronald Reagan. She has an air of kindly authority that might remind you of your old school teacher – probably because she used to be one.

But none of this is what we mean when we ask whether or not Elizabeth Warren is “likable”, just as it was not what was meant when that tiresome question was asked about Clinton in the 2016 election cycle. Instead, the question of “likability” as it is applied to women candidates has become a kind of cipher through which pundits, strategists and ordinary Americans discuss our collective discomfort with women in power.

Although I can’t believe I’ve already started up the Campaign 2020 category >.<


The issue with Elizabeth Warren isn’t likability. It’s sexism | Moira Donegan

The issue with Elizabeth Warren isn’t likability. It’s sexism | Moira Donegan

The claim that a woman candidate is not ‘likable’ is code for saying she defies our shared cultural understanding that power and authority are implicitly male, says writer Moira Donegan

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What is Silicon Valley Really Up to?

This is well worth the read and I do agree with this. But the strategy I’ve employed is a little different. My IRL stuff is on FB. I keep my nom de plume for other social media sites including the more on the fringe ones, such as G+ (soon-RIP) and diaspora, etc.

Millionaires think in terms of money and profit. Billionaires think in terms of power and dominance. Zuckerberg isn’t filtering non-mainstream media off of Facebook for the good of society, and he isn’t doing it for money either. He’s doing it because he is an oligarch in the borderless new empire, and it is in the empire’s interest that dissident voices be silenced.

Silicon Valley is so intertwined with the agendas of intelligence and defense agencies that it’s gone beyond being used for surveillance and propaganda, and we now see things like Google straight up building AI for the Pentagon’s drone program. In an environment wherein money translates directly into political power, it’s impossible to grow beyond a certain size without learning to collaborate with existing power structures.

I don’t know how completely I agree with Johnstone’s analysis here, but the questions raised are absolutely worth thinking about:

Fast Company reports that time spent on Facebook is down a whopping 24 percent in a tone that seems to be warning that the company is in trouble, but Zuckerberg is actually publicly boasting about the loss and how beneficial it is for mankind. Not only has he drastically slashed his viewership, surely at great expense, but he’s also massively increased his overhead, hiring an extra 14,000 people to help fight “fake news”, which is expected to have risen to 20,000 by year’s end.

What kind of corporation does that? What kind of multibillion dollar corporation slashes its own profits that drastically without being legally compelled to, and does it for the good of “people’s well-being and society”?

Why, indeed?


Why I Disagree With The Strategy Of Exiting Facebook, Twitter And YouTube

Why I Disagree With The Strategy Of Exiting Facebook, Twitter And YouTube

Earlier this month Ben Swann, an important voice for whom I have nothing but respect, expressed a sentiment in one of his excellent…

Source: medium.com/@caityjohnstone/why-i-disagree-with-the-strategy-of-exiting-facebook-twitter-and-youtube-29f308be9dcc

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The Amazing Power of Cooperation in the Workforce…

We desperately need to rework how we set up our businesses. In particular we need to move away from the shareholder is the lord god almighty of a business. It’s killing us, to be blunt. Companies need to consider much more than short term bottom line profits if we are to ALL prosper and not just a smidgen of the top one percent.

By prioritizing worker autonomy, co-ops provide more sustainable long-term employment, but not only because worker-owners seek to protect their own livelihoods. If a company runs into economic distress, Perotin says, co-ops are generally more adept at preserving jobs while planning longer-term adjustments to the firm’s operations, such as slowing down expansion to maintain current assets—whereas traditional corporations may pay less attention to strategic planning and simply shed jobs to tighten budgets.

While co-ops vary in form, the underlying philosophy, particularly in Europe, is the co-op as both democratic enterprise and public trust. Often worker-owned firms are mandated—either by law or corporate bylaws—to reserve a portion of assets for longer-term preservation of the integrity of the co-op model.

 

Worker Cooperatives Are More Productive Than Normal Companies

Worker Cooperatives Are More Productive Than Normal Companies

When maximizing profits isn’t the only goal, companies can actually work better.

Source: www.thenation.com/article/worker-cooperatives-are-more-productive-than-normal-companies/

 

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Look upon my works ye Facebook and Despair

What would you use besides Facebook? G+ is going away. There’s the run-amuck depornified Tumblr. Instagram. Whatapp. Tindr/Grindr (I kid, I kid)… Twitter (which I would never in a billion years use my real name at)… Diaspora, Friendica, MeWe (which seems mostly a white supremacist site)…

My problem with FB is that the real life groups I’m a member of have Facebook connections. It’s not like I do anything on FB other than keep in contact with them, though I am sure FB datamines the hell out of all those connections. Even if I left FB, all those friends of mine have my email and phone numbers in their contacts which FB plunders with impunity off my friends’ phones because I can’t prevent them from installing the app on their phones even though I never have. Ugh.

The truth is that Facebook is nothing special. It is a website. A very big and clever website but a website that is completely reliant on its users to post their own content. Those users don’t need Facebook and they could, in a matter of seconds, decide to tap on a different app and post their thoughts and updates there, instead. If enough people make that decision, the company collapses. All 340 billion dollars of it.


Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

No one likes a lying asshole

Source: www.theregister.co.uk/2018/12/20/facebook_disaster/

 

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Happy Winter Solstice to all!

 

Happy Winter Solstice to all!

Unless you’re in the southern hemisphere, of course. Then you’re on your own 😉

 

WINTER SOLSTICE – December 21, 2018 | National Today

WINTER SOLSTICE – December 21, 2018 | National Today

Grab your finest stationary, it’s National Letter Writing Day on December 7! We have the best tips, gifts, and ideas to celebrate this delightful holiday.

Source: nationaltoday.com/winter-solstice/

 

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Amazon: judge, jury, executioner

Well if you needed more reasons to stay away from Amazon, here’s a couple more.

Amazon is far from the only tech company that, having annexed a vast sphere of human activity, finds itself in the position of having to govern it. But Amazon is the only platform that has a $175 billion prize pool tempting people to game it, and the company must constantly implement new rules and penalties, which in turn, become tools for new abuses, which require yet more rules to police. The evolution of its moderation system has been hyper-charged. While Mark Zuckerberg mused recently that Facebook might need an analog to the Supreme Court to adjudicate disputes and hear appeals, Amazon already has something like a judicial system — one that is secretive, volatile, and often terrifying.

Amazon’s judgments are so severe that its own rules have become the ultimate weapon in the constant warfare of Marketplace. Sellers devise all manner of intricate schemes to frame their rivals, as Plansky experienced. They impersonate, copy, deceive, threaten, sabotage, and even bribe Amazon employees for information on their competitors.


Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace

Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace

“These schemes really require the mind of someone whose depravity knows no bounds.”

Source: www.theverge.com/2018/12/19/18140799/amazon-marketplace-scams-seller-court-appeal-reinstatement

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I do NOT need one of these…I do NOT need one of these…

 

I do NOT need one of these…I do NOT need one of these…

 

..but I bet a certain Bruce Shark would love ’em…

Little Stackers Shark Hamper

 

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This is one of the buildings Gaudi designed. They pop up in unexpected places throughout Spain and especially in…

This is one of the buildings Gaudi designed. They pop up in unexpected places throughout Spain and especially in Barcelona… Everyone thinks of the Sagrada Familia, but honestly these & others in Barcelona are the real delight.

Such a treat. Why don’t we design things like this these days? All boring boxes, glass and concrete and no color 😛

Originally shared by Bruce Wessel

Barcelona

Spain

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google plus importation

I am importing selected collections into this blog. Turns out I have about 10K posts over the years (since 2011) at G+ (although to be fair, I deleted quite a few, such as the entire Campaign 2016 collection which was probably 10K in its own right) plus a number of others already, so I may have been at 20K or so. I’m hardly going to keep even all of these; I’ve saved off the posts in RSS format (using this exporter tool). Given how G+ has been moving its time table up, and disabling some key features, I don’t expect the ability to download one’s stuff to be around for much longer.

Anyway, so that’s why the sudden influx of posts, even though technically I posted nothing here for five years 🙂

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Ha ha ha, what these things don’t show you is the eleventy billion passengers jockeying for a good photo spot when…

Ha ha ha, what these things don’t show you is the eleventy billion passengers jockeying for a good photo spot when going around this curve, heads all hanging out the windows.

Fun ride, otherwise.

Originally shared by Roberto Melotti

Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Jacobite steam train.

Highlands, Scotland.

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Evangelicals, Race and Abortion

It’s surprising how quickly we forget (although admittedly I was pretty damn young in 1971).

In 1971, two years before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, the biggest white evangelical group in America, the Southern Baptist Convention, supported its legalization. The group continued that support through much of the 1970s. And the late Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority, did not give his first antiabortion speech until 1978, five years after Roe

Though opposition to abortion is what many think fueled the powerful conservative white evangelical right, 81 percent of whom voted for Donald Trump, it was really school integration, according to Randall Balmer, chairman of the religion department at Dartmouth. The US Supreme Court ruled public school segregation unconstitutional in 1954. In 1976 it ruled against segregated private schools. Then courts went after the tax exemptions of these private all-white Southern schools, or so-called segregation academies, like Falwell’s Liberty Christian Academy.

 

Race, not abortion, was the founding issue of the religious right – The Boston Globe

Race, not abortion, was the founding issue of the religious right – The Boston Globe

Nothing lit a fire like the federal government’s threat to all-white schools.

Source: www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/02/05/race-not-abortion-was-founding-issue-religious-right/A5rnmClvuAU7EaThaNLAnK/story.html?event=event25

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I chortled.

 

I chortled.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – Proof

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – Proof

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal –

Source: www.smbc-comics.com/comic/proof

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A Woman’s Obituary

Sheesh.

This Is How a Woman Gets Written Out of Her Own Obituary

This Is How a Woman Gets Written Out of Her Own Obituary

Sondra Locke has died. She was a director and Oscar-nominated actress, but by The Hollywood Reporter’s account, she was just Clint Eastwood’s money-grubbing ex-girlfriend.

Source: jezebel.com/this-is-how-a-woman-gets-written-out-of-her-own-obituar-1831097072

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Another gorgeous view…

Another gorgeous view…

Originally shared by Derek Grant

Sunwapta Falls, Jasper National Park (June 2013)

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