Friday, January 18, 2019

Google: The end is nigh.


He's coming.

Here's a classic scenario from a toxic work environment. A snowflake triggered by the use of an every-day normal word in a work meeting.

A Google executive sparked a fierce backlash from employees by using the word "family" in a weekly, company-wide presentation, according to internal documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Many Google employees became angry that the term was used while discussing a product aimed at children, because it implied that families have children, the documents show. The backlash grew large enough that a Google vice president addressed the controversy and solicited feedback on how the company could become more inclusive.

What does that look like in real life?

One employee stormed out of the March 2017 presentation after a presenter "continued to show (awesome) Unicorn product features which continually use the word 'family' as a synonym for 'household with children,'" he explained in an internal thread. That employee posted an extended rant, which was well-received by his colleagues, on why linking families to children is "offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong."

One guy posts a snowflake rage-fit on the internal communication network, a bunch of other people have themselves a little ShirtStorm agreeing with him, to the point where upper management has to do a groveling ritual to calm the storm.

At work? Are you kidding me?

Don't we recall the last guy who embarrassed Google with a controversial internal memo was publicly shamed and fired? James Damore, name ring a bell?

I'd go into the details of the snowflake memo, but they don't really matter. Here's the bottom line of it:

Use the word "family" to mean a loving assemblage of people who may or may not live together and may or may not include people of any particular age. STOP using it to mean "children". It's offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong.

So why is the end nigh for Google? Because they are encouraging and rewarding mobbing behavior among their employees. Using a word in the culturally normal way in a technical presentation generated a couple of days worth of uproar on the company network.

All that activity occurred during work hours. Those people were not doing any revenue generating work while they were raging on about pronouns. But worse, now every guy who has a presentation to make is worried about what harmless word is going to be the next one to cause a mob. Will it be "team?" How about "shoe" or "badminton?"

Net result, the smart people who get all the work done are going to see that and leave the company. You can't work in an environment where snowflakery is more important than a major product presentation. The ones who are left behind, such as the idiot who objected to using the word "family" in a sentence, are the ones who DON'T ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. They are a cost, not an asset.

Dead company walking.

Update: Welcome Instapundit readers!!! Woohoo!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

127 bodies in the desert, Dems yawn.

REEEEEEEE!!!!!

The way the border to Mexico is portrayed in the media, you'd think crossing it was a leisurely stroll on a Sunday afternoon. Chad and Muffy take the two kids across at Nogales AZ at 10AM, then enjoy a refreshing iced tea on the back patio at 1PM. The reality?


Yes, the sun will kill you.

On the weekend before Christmas, a group of volunteers set out to search for the remains of dead migrants on the Barry Goldwater Air Force Range, a remote desert area in southwestern Arizona where military jets from bases in Arizona conduct live bombing exercises.
The volunteers from the non-profit group Aguilas del Desierto recovered the skeletal remains of eight migrants in two days.

30 volunteers search the bombing range over a weekend and come up with eight bodies. That's a lot of bodies.

In 2018, the remains of 127 dead migrants were recovered in southern Arizona, the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office said.
The office conducts autopsies on the remains of migrants found in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties, where the majority of migrants die.
The 127 remains recovered in 2018 were slightly below the 128 remains recovered the previous year, Medical Examiner's Office data show.
Over the past two years, the number of migrants recovered in southern Arizona has dipped to some of the lowest levels in recent years. In 2010, the number of migrant deaths recorded by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office peaked at 222.
Although the number of remains recovered dipped in 2018, "we are not down to where we were," said Gregory Hess, Pima County's chief medical examiner.

They're trying hard to word this as if the difference between 127 and 128 is a "dip." Hilarious in itself, and even funnier when you read on.

Before 2000, the remains of fewer than five migrants were found each year, the Arizona OpenGIS Initiative for Deceased Migrants shows.
In 2000, just one was found. In 2001, the number soared to 79 and then to 151 the year after that. The number of annual migrant deaths since then has remained well above 100, according to Humane Borders, a Tucson-based group that compiles data and logs it on the OpenGIS website.

Coincidentally, what changed in 2000?

Migrant deaths have remained high despite a sharp decrease in the overall number of migrants apprehended by the Border Patrol, which in fiscal year 2018 totaled just less than 400,000, down from 1.6 million in 2000, when Border Patrol apprehensions peaked.

Yeah, that. Before, they'd get arrested. Now, the government just lets them die in the desert. Because arresting them is RAAAAACIST!!!! Reeeee!

Somebody remind me why Trump and his wall are so eeeevile again. I forget, because I'm thinking about women, kids and old people dropping dead from heat stroke, and then being eaten by the coyotes and javelina pigs. Tell you something else, if Canadians started waking up to find dead migrants frozen in their backyards, there'd be a big honkin' wall from sea to shining sea soon afterward.

The Phantom

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

SJWs: Women's self defense is problematic!

Yes friends, it is true. SJWs have decided being a strong, independent whamyn of colour is problematic. See, SJW Zack Ford thinks you ladies should just let yourself get robbed.

No, not kidding. Boi really went there. Then deleted the tweet, because telling the truth like that is very embarrassing to an SJW.

The original tweet, transcribed:

"The punishment for armed robbery is not death, though. Of course I don't think he should have had a gun either, but if she had let him rob her, even at gunpoint, both likely would have survived. It's the praise for her gun ownership that bothers me."

There was also this piece of genius here:

"Conservatives a thrilled a woman with a concealed-carry permit shot and killed a 19 year-old would-be mugger. That's not how justice works. The penalty for theft is not death, nor do we want it to be."

Both these tweets plus some more are deleted, of course. Now there's a much longer non-apology up. Zacky was not prepared for the number of people telling him to shove it up his ass.

The problem he's having is that he already said what he actually thinks. Which is that women (and everybody, really) should let themselves be robbed, raped, what have you, because those crimes don't rate the death penalty.

I watched the video of this attack at the first link. The attacker put her on the ground. She fired at him after he drew his weapon and after he physically shoved her down on the ground. She apparently didn't have much of a gun on her, because the attacker ran away after being shot, was arrested later blocks away, and survived all the way to the hospital. Died on the table during the very expensive taxpayer funded surgical effort to save his life. So probably a .22. If he'd decided to fight, that gun wouldn't have been enough unless she put a couple or three right into his brain.

My take, carry a bigger gun, ladies. You shoot have to somebody, it should HURT him.

Here's what Zacky Ford's newer, "more nuanced" take is:

My ideal is for a world in which guns do not have to be a part of anyone's daily life and in which gun deaths are not a part of our daily news. I stand by this ideal and disagree with the proposition that more guns will make people safer.

This in the face of video showing a woman saving her own life with a gun.

So just take that little datum right there, that the plain and obvious truth on a video tape won't move this asshole, and apply it to every other fucking thing on his Twitter feed. The man is perfect SJW.

I'm reminded of previous posts where SJWs say retarded things about self defense. Plus Aaron. Can't forget Aaron, he's a special kinda special.

The Phantom

Thursday, January 10, 2019

But muh government!!!! Shutdown threatens "hellscape".

NBC has gone full retard today:

The country would face an economic hellscape if the government shutdown lasts "months or even years," as the president has suggested it might, experts tell NBC News.

 Yes friends, if the DemocRats don't make that bad orange man re-start the Great Mill of Government, we're all gonna die in Hell. No food, no water, no roof over your head.

What they're actually terrified of: the US government is shut down for 6 months, and no one notices or cares. That's got them sweating blood.

The Phantom

Monday, January 07, 2019

Gun use surges in Europe. Unexpectedly!

This article really is an example of how bad its gotten in Europe. Check this out:

Europe is still far from facing the gun prevalence and violence in Latin America or the U.S., which lead the world. World-wide civilian ownership of firearms rose 32% in the decade through 2017, to 857.3 million guns, according to the Small Arms Survey, a research project in Geneva. Europe accounts for less than 10% of the total.

The first thing to know is that the Small Arms Survey is a Leftist peacenik appendage of the UN, and pretty much everything they say is suspect. The USA did NOT lead the world in "gun violence", whatever that means.

But even using their own bent statistics, they're flipping out.

But Europe's shift has been rapid, and notable in part because of strict national restrictions. In most European countries, gun permits require thorough background checks, monitored shooting practice and tests on regulations. In Belgium, France and Germany, most registered guns may only be used at shooting ranges. Permits to bear arms outside of shooting ranges are extremely difficult to obtain.

Strict registration requirements don't account for—and may exacerbate—a surge in illegal weapons across the continent, experts say.

Europe's unregistered weapons outnumbered legal ones in 2017, 44.5 million to 34.2 million, according to the Small Arms Survey. Many illegal weapons come from one-time war zones, such as countries of the former Yugoslavia, and others are purchased online, including from vendors in the U.S.

When the Lord Mayor of Cologne told women to stop dressing slutty so the Mooselimbs would stop raping them back in 2016, a lot of people were listening. The communication was pretty clear. "Ain't nobody gonna help y'all bitches! Get off my lawn!" According to the article, both gun crime and legal gun ownership are up ~10% since then.

If the Small Arms Study says gun ownership increased 10%, you can bet it went up a lot more than that. And if they say there's 44.5 million illegal guns in Europe, you can probably add a decimal point. This despite them all having gun control since the Nazis. (Yes that's right, you NPC snowflakes, Hitler invented gun control. Easier to shove a Jew in a cattle car if he doesn't have a gun.)

Gun ownership is both expensive and tedious in Europe. The governments have done everything they could to take all the fun out of it. But despite that social and legal oppression, people are still buying them. Legally, or illegally. Gun control doesn't work,, not even in Holy Europe the land of Big Brother.

What's Trudeau want way more of? Gun control. Inevitably.

The Phantom
 

Oh Noes! Supreme court, Aieeeee!

There is no joy in Mudville, Mighty Ginsberg has stepped out.

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday the 85-year-old Ginsburg is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.


I can tell you how much "work from home" an 85 year old lady is getting done during her recovery from lung surgery. Not a lot. The description "painful" doesn't cover it. "Agonizing" is closer, but still falls short. She'll be lucky to be able to watch TV unassisted right now, between recovering from the anesthetic and the pain killers. Expecting her to read and understand legal arguments while wasted on Oxycontin, you'd have to be a Liberal to expect that.

That means SC spokesbabe Kathy Arberg's word on the issue is... I'm going with "optimistic."

Clearly the End Times have arrived, if you're a Liberal. For Conservatives, we feel kinda bad that ol' Ruthy is having a hard time, but slightly relieved that the Law of Gravity won't be getting repealed this session. Alexandria Occasional-Cortex has been heard saying gravity is racist, we were a bit concerned.

The Phantom

Friday, January 04, 2019

Apple: don't fix your phone, peasant!

Seen at Slashdot and at Instapundit, this datum should inform your choice for your next phone. You'll have to decide if you want to pay a thousand bucks for a phone that can't be repaired.

The lengthy [Apple shareholder] letter cites, specifically, that people are buying fewer iPhones because they are repairing their old ones. Apple has long fought efforts that would make iPhones easier to repair: It has lobbied against right to repair efforts in several states, doesn't sell iPhone replacement parts, sued an independent repair professional in Norway, worked with Amazon to get iPhone and MacBook refurbishers kicked off Amazon Marketplace, and has deals with electronics recyclers that require them to shred iPhones and MacBooks (as opposed to allowing them to be refurbished.) The Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, has seized iPhone replacement parts from prominent right to repair activists in the United States.

[...] Apple has never clearly articulated why it doesn't want people to fix their own iPhones or to have independent experts repair them. It has previously said that iPhones are "too complex" for users to repair them, even though replacing a battery is pretty easy and is done by average users all the time. But the fact that repair hurts Apple's bottom line came out in Cook's official communication with shareholders, who he is legally obligated to tell the truth to.

Now, we all knew this at some visceral sort of level. Down deep in your heart, you could feel that Apple did not want you to fix that iPhone. They don't sell repair parts, right? I can get repair parts for almost anything from a shovel to a big-screen TV. I can certainly get parts for my Samsung phone. But not an iPhone. And why couldn't you even open an iPhone without all kinds of specialized knowledge and tools? Because they wanted you to give up and buy a new one.

We have also seen that Apple really and truly was slowing down older phones and iPads. You didn't imagine it, it was slower. Which would have been okay-ish, I suppose, if they hadn't done it in secret. Which they certainly did.

I've seen a few generations of these phones taken apart. They are -shoddy- inside. Things like wifi antennas break because they are made of super thin plastic and stuck on with hot-melt glue like a kid's craft project. The phone gets hot, the glue softens, and the antenna wanders out of its socket. Or the plastic perishes and the teensy-tiny little ribbon wires break. Engineers don't do things like that by accident. They know it will break. But more than that, they know -when- it will break.

Back in the 1970s with the Ford Pinto we all learned a new term: planned obsolescence. This is a business maneuver where a company designs a traditionally durable-good product, like a car, dishwasher, phone, electric motor or what have you, with a deliberately limited lifespan. The Ford Pinto was famous because it rusted out in four-to-five years, and would go on fire in low-speed collisions.  Ford made it that way to maximize profit by minimizing production and material costs. They calculated that it would be cheaper to pay off potential lawsuits than build the car properly. And, they knew it would be easier to buy a new car than fix the rusty one.

Tim Cook and company in the Apple leadership seem to have remembered the planned obsolescence part, but they forgot the part where Ford nearly went bankrupt from the class-action lawsuits over corrosion and exploding cars killing people. The company was served with murder charges, which nearly sent the Ford corner-office guys to jail in 1980.

Lately we've seen a big advertising push from Apple that their next-gen 10-s phones will last longer, to be more environmentally friendly.

Sure. I believe those boys care about the environment. Because their failed attempt to make the phones legally unrepairable would have nothing to do with that, right?

Note to read-until-offended Lefties: When I say that Silicon Valley Liberals are a bunch of lying assholes who do not mean a single word they say, this type of thing above is why. Tim Cook, for sure, does not care a single damn about the environment, or Diversity!!!, or anything other than the almighty dollar. Just turn the sound off and watch what he does.

UPDATE: It seems Apple has finally discovered that humans don't like being spied on.


My thoughts on this parallel my thoughts on Tim Cook's ecology crusade. Their whole business model is built on iPhones tracking their owner's movements and interests. They make more out of selling that data to advertisers than they make out of selling the phones.

Seeing that sign makes me giggle. What happens on your iPhone gets transmitted to Cupertino every ten seconds.

To be fair, Android is no better. The only difference between them is the location of the server farms. But please, lets not pretend Apple gives a good Goddamn about your privacy. They're the reason you don't have any.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

#Don'tBelieveTehWamyn!

Well well, looks like Bernie Sanders is about to get a taste of the #MeToo lash.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his chief lieutenants are offering contrition as some of his 2016 campaign staffers face allegations of sexual harassment that threaten to derail a second White House bid before it begins.
Hours after a New York Times report detailed allegations of unwanted sexual advances and pay inequity on his first campaign, Sanders apologized late Wednesday "to any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately."
"Of course, if I run again, we will do better next time," Sanders told CNN.
Yet there were immediate signs that the allegations, which did not directly involve Sanders, could hurt the self-described democratic socialist's 2020 ambitions in the midst of the #MeToo era. In the wake of the report, some Democratic activists and operatives complained about the aggressive culture during the first campaign when male staffers and supporters were sometimes labeled "Bernie bros."

Scratch a Commie, find a pervert. They're like hogs and mud.

While it would be -hilarious- to see BernBern dragged through the same knot hole as Kavanaugh and Roy Moore, we all know how this works. We only #BelieveTheWoman when the accused is Republican/Conservative. When the accused is a DemocRat/Liberal, the woman is a lying bitch even if she has a blue dress with a sperm sample on it. Bernie could be a Furry in his off time and we will never, ever, hear a word about it.

Which, frankly, is why I do not read newspapers or watch television. The only time "news" impinges on my sphere of attention is when I need to fact-check some atrocious lie or disinformation campaign. Like this one.

The Phantom

Update: Welcome Instapunditeers, and thank you Sarah Hoyt for the linkosity! Flying monkey airforce, ATTTAAAAAAACK!!!

Southern Poverty Law Center getting sued for a change.

I'm familiar with this SPLC group because of their activity in liberal gun control policy and propaganda. I'm used to seeing them being not even wrong on a wide variety of issues. Generally I expect to see 2+2=Aardvark from them.

But lately, since the Fall of Hillary (aka the election), they've been getting excitable. Net result, they're getting sued.

In December 2018, a Baltimore lawyer filed a devastating lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and two of its employees. The SPLC targeted Glen Keith Allen over his former ties to the National Alliance (NA), a white nationalist group. In doing so, the liberal group allegedly violated laws and legal codes of conduct by receiving and then paying for stolen documents in violation of confidentiality agreements. The group went after Allen with the intent of getting him fired by the city of Baltimore and permanently destroying his future prospects.
 
In August 2016, the SPLC published an article branding Allen a "neo-Nazi lawyer" and insinuating that this lawyer's work for the city of Baltimore was racist. Beirich, the article's author, smeared a small political party as racist and then published allegedly stolen documents protected by confidentiality agreements connecting Allen to the National Alliance.

The lawsuit is not only about defamation, it also includes documents stolen by paid SPLC informants.

Why care about some neo-Nazi lawyer? Where's the beef?

Its Soviet censorship, being done by private companies and an NGO supported by private money.

Its funny to see the same Lefties who never stop moaning about McCarthyism doing stuff that would have made McCarthy blush. Stolen documents, paid informants, the lawsuit allegations read like a Cold War spy novel.

The Phantom

Tuesday, January 01, 2019