Nobody knows why the delusional raging narcissist-in-chief had Qasem Soleimani assassinated

It’s Pittsburgh in January. And there is no snow. We have had some 50° days, even a couple where the mercury touch 60°. It’s not at all what I remember from 50 years ago.

There have been occasional snowfalls. But any accumulation melts away within a few days.

And while the driving is easier, as an Uber and Lyft driver, it isn’t helping business. I just had one of the worst days I’ve ever had doing this. I really can’t afford days like this because I’m too close to the margin as it is.

Meanwhile my fury about my job hunt situation just grows.

I don’t even know what I’m doing this for. I can’t afford to take any time off or any time to explore what Pittsburgh has to offer besides the white supremacism that is in my face with nearly every corner I turn. All I do is work. I take abuse from the companies. I take abuse from other drivers. That’s my entire fucking life.

And I have a Ph.D. But hey, I’m supposed to be satisfied with driving for Uber and Lyft. Sorry, this needs to end.


Iran and Iraq

Today, I followed a thread on the decision-making process that led to Qasem Soleimani’s assassination. The various versions of the story include that no one really fucking knows[1] and that Donald Trump has “Obama envy.”[2] Which is pretty much par for the course for this presidency. Also, nobody knows how we’re going to avoid a war with Iran. Which, of course, is just fucking brilliant.

These geniuses are running the country while I’m driving for Uber and Lyft. How do I rationalize this to myself? I can’t.

Missy Ryan et al., “How Trump decided to kill a top Iranian general,” Washington Post, January 3, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/how-trump-decided-to-kill-a-top-iranian-general/2020/01/03/77ce3cc4-2e62-11ea-bcd4-24597950008f_story.html

David Nakamura, “In confrontation with Iran, Trump wrestles with the shadow of Obama, ‘the metric he has to beat,’” Washington Post, January 5, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-confrontation-with-iran-trump-wrestles-with-the-shadow-of-obama-the-metric-he-has-to-beat/2020/01/04/2bd11a80-2e49-11ea-9b60-817cc18cf173_story.html

Paul Waldman, “Trump’s rationales for the Soleimani killing are falling apart,” Washington Post, January 5, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-confrontation-with-iran-trump-wrestles-with-the-shadow-of-obama-the-metric-he-has-to-beat/2020/01/04/2bd11a80-2e49-11ea-9b60-817cc18cf173_story.html

Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, “Pentagon Rules Out Striking Iranian Cultural Sites, Contradicting Trump,” New York Times, January 7, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/us/politics/trump-esper-iran-cultural-sites.html


  1. [1]Missy Ryan et al., “How Trump decided to kill a top Iranian general,” Washington Post, January 3, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/how-trump-decided-to-kill-a-top-iranian-general/2020/01/03/77ce3cc4-2e62-11ea-bcd4-24597950008f_story.html; Paul Waldman, “Trump’s rationales for the Soleimani killing are falling apart,” Washington Post, January 5, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-confrontation-with-iran-trump-wrestles-with-the-shadow-of-obama-the-metric-he-has-to-beat/2020/01/04/2bd11a80-2e49-11ea-9b60-817cc18cf173_story.html
  2. [2]Paul Waldman, “Trump’s rationales for the Soleimani killing are falling apart,” Washington Post, January 5, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-confrontation-with-iran-trump-wrestles-with-the-shadow-of-obama-the-metric-he-has-to-beat/2020/01/04/2bd11a80-2e49-11ea-9b60-817cc18cf173_story.html

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