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The #PepsiLivesMatter Ad Turning A Protest March Into Coachella Is Exactly Why White People Must Be Stopped

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In the first installment of the “White People Must Be Stopped” series, Dolezal, the Goddess of Post-Racial Fuckshit, descended from the heavens and blessed us with the trailer for Same Kind of Different as Me — which ended up being the single most entertaining thing I saw in 2016.

(Seriously, if you’re ever depressed and need a quick pick-me-up, watch this trailer and have the rest of your day filled with smiles and mirth.)

Not to be outdone, Pepsi (obviously jealous that Dolezel didn’t bestow that level of favor on them) dropped “Live For Now Moments Anthem” — a two minute and thirty nine second long spot that makes as much sense as the title of it does.

Watching it is like watching a cat take a perfect piss in an empty bottle of Aquafina. It’s too bizarre, absurd, and oblivious to be truly offended by it, so you just gawk in awe and appreciation and wonder if the cat bothered to wipe. It’s also educational, as this appropriating hodgepodge of deleted scenes from Crash is what happens when performatively progressive Whiteness is given an unlimited budget and a random Marley scion to play with. It allows us a look into the psyche of the Fisher Price: My First Hashtag liberal; showing us what protesting means to them. It’s not ducking rubber bullets and pepper spray in Baltimore. It’s crushing Pepsi cans and rocking Vans at Burning Man. Protesting is lit AF, apparently.

You can even envision the diversity checklist on the right hand side of the whiteboard in the meeting this idea was conceived in.

A solemn Asian playing an instrument? Check!

A happy nigga with a kufi? Check! 

A woman with a hijab AND a super modern nose ring just to show that Muslims are progressive and shit too? Check!

A sista with an afro and a “You’re paying me in cash for this, right?” look on her face? Check!

A Kardashian rocking Reynolds Wrap? Check!

Darth Beckys randomly brunching? Check!

Breakdancing niggas? Check!

Matt Dillon looking-ass cops dressed like cops in pornos? Check!

At the center of this all, of course, is Kendall Jenner. Otherwise known as TOKWAAJ (“The Only Kardashian With An Actual Job”). Who’s apparently supposed to be some sort of gluten-free Katniss Everdeen here, but ends up just looking and acting as taylorswiftly as humanly possible. It’s impressive, actually. Like the director just whispered “What Would Taylor Do?” in Kendall’s ear before each shot.

And, like with the Same Kind of Different as Me trailer, the most perplexing part of this all is that it even exists. The level of bureaucracy and red tape that exists when a large company like Pepsi attempts to do anything creative is almost Kafkaesque. You’re not just grabbing a camera, calling a Kardashian, and asking everyone currently in line at Zara to be in the commercial. It has to go through dozens of edits and rewrites and reshoots, has to be vetted by dozens of lawyers, and has to be signed off on by dozens of different departments. And through all of that, no one thought that the whole #PepsiLivesMatter premise would be an issue? Shit, no one just jumped on Slack or Gchat to just say “lol, this shit is wack as fuck y’all. any other ideas?

I’m actually glad they didn’t though, because I always wanted to know what would happen if I handed a cop a can of Pepsi instead of my license and registration the next time I’m pulled over, and now I know.

***2:12pm edit: So, apparently Pepsi just pulled the ad. Maybe someone sent that text after all***

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«Watching it is like watching a cat take a perfect piss in an empty bottle of Aquafina. It’s too bizarre, absurd, and oblivious to be truly offended by it, so you just gawk in awe and appreciation and wonder if the cat bothered to wipe.»
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All Those Epic American Train Routes on Your Bucket List Might Soon Shut Down

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Many of Amtrak's iconic journies face termination under Trump's proposed budget plan.
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samuel
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The loss of long distance trains effects everybody, even those in Trump leaning states. My own history with Amtrak is enormous positive. The menu system on the NewsBlur web app was entirely written on a NYC-to-Portland Amtrak ride back in 2011. I'm going to miss these trains and hope that the next president will restore government funding to what government does best: infrastructure.
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brennen
20 days ago
Probably _especially_ those in Trump-leaning states (or counties), in some ways. Aside from a couple of rides up and down the East Coast, the Amtrak routes I've traveled have almost all been through rural Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, PA...
WorldMaker
19 days ago
Got a chance to take the Coastal Starlight down the coast at the end of February with about 40 friends on the way to a cruise ship. (It was a planes, trains, automobiles, and ships vacation.) The train ride was indeed beautiful, scenic, and such a great trip. We have plans in place to do it again next year. (Hoping that the train still runs, sigh.)
emdot
19 days ago
Yet another reason (in a long list) showing why this administration sucks.
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Uber said to use “sophisticated” software to defraud drivers, passengers

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Uber has devised a "clever and sophisticated" scheme in which it manipulates navigation data used to determine "upfront" rider fare prices while secretly short-changing the driver, according to a proposed class-action lawsuit against the ride-hailing app.

When a rider uses Uber's app to hail a ride, the fare the app immediately shows to the passenger is based on a slower and longer route compared to the one displayed to the driver. The software displays a quicker, shorter route for the driver. But the rider pays the higher fee, and the driver's commission is paid from the cheaper, faster route, according to the lawsuit.

"Specifically, the Uber Defendants deliberately manipulated the navigation data used in determining the fare amount paid by its users and the amount reported and paid to its drivers," according to the suit filed in federal court in Los Angeles. Lawyers representing a Los Angeles driver for Uber, Sophano Van, said the programming was "shocking, "methodical," and "extensive."

The suit (PDF), which labeled the implementation of Uber's technology as a "well-planned scheme to deceive drivers and users," is one of a number of lawsuits targeting the San Francisco-based company. The suits range from disputes over drivers' employment rights to sex discrimination to trade-secrets theft. Just weeks ago, Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick, declared that he needed "leadership help."

This latest lawsuit claims that Uber implemented the so-called "upfront" pricing scheme in September and informed drivers that fares are calculated on a per-mile and per-minute charge for the estimated distance and time of a ride. "However, the software that calculates the upfront price that is displayed and charged to the Users calculates the expected distance and time utilizing a route that is often longer in both distance and time to the one displayed in the driver’s application," according to the suit.

In the end, the rider pays a higher fee because the software calculates a longer route and displays that to the passenger. Yet the driver is paid a lower rate based on a quicker route, according to the suit. Uber keeps "the difference charged to the User and the fare reported to the driver, in addition to the service fee and booking fee disclosed to drivers," according to the suit.

The manipulation of prices between the amount charged to Users and the amount reported to drivers is clever and sophisticated. The software utilized in determining the upfront price is specifically designed to provide a route distance and time estimate based on traffic conditions and other variables but not to determine the shortest/quickest reasonable route based on those conditions. Meanwhile, the software utilized in the driver’s application, which navigates the drivers to the User’s destination, utilizes traffic conditions and other variables to provide the driver with a more efficient, shorter, or quicker route to the User’s destination, resulting in a lower fare payout to the driver.

The suit claims breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraud, and unfair competition. The suit seeks back pay and legal fees, and it demands a halt to "the unlawful, deceptive, fraudulent, and unfair business practices."

Uber declined comment.

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Wooooooooow
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reconbot
20 days ago
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Hahhaah, uber charging passengers one price and paying drivers another.
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satadru
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Bloody hell.
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Six jobs are eliminated for every robot introduced into the workforce, a new study says

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The threat of robots taking our jobs is very real.

Job-stealing robots aren’t some distant scenario that’s unlikely to cause problems for another “50 to 100 years” from now, as Donald Trump’s treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin said in an interview last week.

New research released from the National Bureau of Economic Research yesterday shows that between 1990 and 2007, when one or more industrial robots were introduced into the workforce, it led to the elimination of 6.2 jobs within a local area where people commute for work.

The report, which was authored by economists Daron Acemoglu of MIT and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University, found that the wages of workers also declined slightly as a result of robots entering the U.S. economy. Wages dropped between 0.25 percent and 0.50 percent per 1,000 employees when one or more robots came into the picture.

Within the years studied, robots were responsible for the loss of up to 670,000 manufacturing jobs, a number that could rise as more companies are expected to turn to industrial robots in the coming years, according to the paper.

Though these numbers might not seem dramatic, the definition that the authors used for a robot was rather narrow, borrowing from the International Federation of Robotics, which says a robot is “an automatically controlled, reprogrammable and multipurpose [machine].” That means that software that could be used to automate away retail and paperwork-heavy jobs, as well as machines like coffeemakers and conveyor belts, were not considered to be robots in this research.

So what does this mean in the long run?

Looking at projections for how many robots are set to enter the workforce in the next 10 years, one aggressive scenario from the Boston Consulting Group, as cited in the new report, estimates that the count of industrial robots across the world could quadruple by 2025. A more modest scenario from BCG foresees that industrial robots will increase by less than threefold.

If the findings from this study represent a trend moving into the future, then job loss could increase as more robots are introduced into the U.S. economy. More people will have to find new ways to make ends meet, and that could mean job-retraining programs or some kind of subsidized support, like from a universal basic income system, for example.

Either of those would likely entail some kind of political action. But if Mnuchin’s comments are to be taken seriously, the threat of unemployment due to technological advancements is “not even on [the Trump administration’s] radar screen.”


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How Trump's Stooge in Congress Fucked Up His Wiretapping Investigation

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Meet Devin Nunes. The Republican congressman from California is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee and earned his badge of infamy this week when he claimed that President Trump and his associates were “incidentally monitored.” On Friday, Nunes backed down from that claim. Very embarrassing.

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