More classified documents found and turned over, this time by Donald Trump’s own lawyers

Look for me on Post as “benfell.” I’m still finding my way around there, but they’ve let me in. I am also on Tribel as “n4rky” and Mastodon as @Benfell@hcommons.social. Both Post and Mastodon appear promising, Tribel somewhat less so.

Tribel seems mostly to be memes posted by “Vote Blue No Matter Who” folks. I’m finding a number of academics on Mastodon. And I can see that Post has a few interesting folks. As Twitter continues on a full-throttle nosedive to doom,[1] its users seem to be flocking to the latter two; despite relentless hype for Tribel, I don’t think it’s catching on.


Gilead

Donald Trump

Coup attempt


Fig. 1. “Jake Angeli (Qanon Shaman), seen holding a Qanon sign at the intersection of Bell Rd and 75th Ave in Peoria, Arizona, on 2020 October 15.” Photography by TheUnseen011101 [pseud.], October 15, 2020, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Donald Trump’s lawyers have now handed over more classified documents that Trump had absconded with, pursuant to a search ordered by a federal judge in response to Department of Justice arguments that Trump and his team had not fully complied with a May subpoena for the return of all such documents.[2]

Tina Nguyen, “Has Trump Already Lost ’24?” Puck News, November 30, 2022, https://puck.news/has-trump-already-lost-24/

Tierney Sneed, “Appeals court halts special master review of documents seized at Mar-a-Lago in major defeat for Trump,” Cable News Network, December 1, 2022, https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/01/politics/mar-a-lago-special-master/index.html

Kristen Holmes, “Trump expresses support for Capitol rioters as he continues to embrace extremist groups,” Cable News Network, December 2, 2022, https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/02/politics/donald-trump-january-6-rioters-support/index.html

Bess Levin, “Donald Trump, Running for President in 2024, Defends Violent Mob That Broke Into the Capitol Over His 2020 Loss,” Vanity Fair, December 2, 2022, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/12/donald-trump-defends-january-6-rioters

Karoun Demirjian and Toluse Olorunnipa, “White House rebukes Trump’s suggestion to suspend Constitution over 2020 election,” Washington Post, December 3, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/12/03/trump-constitution-truth-social/

Kristen Holmes, “Trump calls for the termination of the Constitution in Truth Social post,” Cable News Network, December 4, 2022, https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/03/politics/trump-constitution-truth-social/index.html

Ruth Marcus, “Trump’s call for suspending the Constitution is too dangerous to ignore,” Washington Post, December 4, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/12/04/ruth-marcus-donald-trump-latest-outrage-is-too-dangerous-ignore/

Martin Pengelly, “Biden rebukes Trump for saying constitution should be ‘terminated’” Guardian, December 4, 2022, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/dec/04/biden-trump-us-constitution-terminated-election-fraud

Amy B. Wang, “GOP lawmakers largely silent after Trump suggests ‘termination’ of Constitution,” Washington Post, December 4, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/12/04/trump-constitution-republicans/

Caleb Ecarma, “Republicans Apparently Have No Red Line With Trump—Not Even His Desire to Terminate the Constitution,” Vanity Fair, December 5, 2022, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/12/republicans-trump-terminate-constitution

Jeremy Roebuck, “Rudy Giuliani doubles down on false Pennsylvania election fraud claims in disciplinary hearing,” Philadelphia Inquirer, December 5, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/news/rudy-giuliani-dc-disciplinary-board-hearing-bar-pennsylvania-election-20221205.html

Aaron Blake, “4 takeaways from the Georgia Senate runoff,” Washington Post, December 6, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/12/06/takeaways-georgia-runoff-2022-warnock-walker/

Sara Murray, Annie Grayer, and Zachary Cohen, “House January 6 committee has decided to make criminal referrals, chairman says,” Cable News Network, December 6, 2022, https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/06/politics/january-6-committee-criminal-referrrals/index.html

Jenny Jarvie, “Warnock defeats Walker in Georgia runoff, giving Democrats a 51-seat Senate majority,” Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2022, https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-12-06/sen-raphael-warnock-defeats-herschel-walker-in-georgia-senate-runoff

David Von Drehle, “The tragedy of Herschel Walker,” Washington Post, December 6, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/12/06/herschel-walker-reputation-georgia-football-politics-senate-trump/

Jacqueline Alemany et al., “Items with classified markings found at Trump storage unit in Florida,” Washington Post, December 7, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/12/07/trump-tower-bedminster-records-search/

Lloyd Green, “Georgia’s runoff was a resounding rebuke of Trumpism. Will Republicans hear it?” Guardian, December 7, 2022, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/dec/07/georgias-runoff-was-a-resounding-rebuke-of-trumpism-will-republicans-hear-it


So-called ‘ridesharing’

Drivers


Fig. 1. “Clarkdale Classic Gas Station, Clarkdale, Arizona,” Photograph by Alan Levine, October 28, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC0.

Since I noticed I was that my operating net (akin to earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization) had dropped to somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 to $40 per day and I responded by refusing any trip for which Uber would pay me less than $10, I’ve been trying to be more observant of the pay on the trips I accept.

There is now no question in my mind that Uber has cut the pay by at least a quarter and by possibly by a third from what it was a few weeks ago. This, before you consider the cuts in their incentive scheme, which means they no longer serve as an incentive: I might now earn an extra $20 for 40 trips, for example, on their incentive scheme, which doesn’t even begin to make up for what I fail to make when I accept trips for less than $10.

It’s still pretty bad. Winter is consistently the worst time of year in this business anyway, so the pay cut is a double blow.

I’ve been in this business on and off now over a period of three decades and this is shaping up to be far and away the worst winter yet. Honestly, I did better at Yellow Airport Shuttle when I first started, when the dispatchers were all burning me and burning me hard because I didn’t yet understand about tipping.


  1. [1]David Benfell, “Elon Musk’s Achilles’ heel,” Not Housebroken, December 2, 2022, https://disunitedstates.org/2022/07/10/elon-musks-achilles-heel/
  2. [2]Jacqueline Alemany et al., “Items with classified markings found at Trump storage unit in Florida,” Washington Post, December 7, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/12/07/trump-tower-bedminster-records-search/

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