If you thought Trump aides were bad get a load of this guy. Biden aide TJ Ducklo threatened Politico journalist Tara Palmeri who was covering his relationship with another journalist. In conversation with the reporter Tara Palmieri he threatened to “destroy her” and then proceeded to degrade her by saying another man “wanted to f—” McCammond” instead of her. If that is not misogynistic I don’t know what is. The unfortunate thing is that the Biden administration hasn’t done anything about it. He was only suspended for a week without pay. Come on seriously, he get’s a week off work for threatening a reporter? That is a slap on the wrist for him and a slap in the face to Tara Palmeri.
Joe Biden when he began his presidency said ” If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect or talk down to someone, I promise you, I will fire you on the spot — on the spot.” What happened? Does that not apply to this situation? The message is now clear for the rest of Biden’s staff, if you disrespect people and are caught we will suspend you for a week. I’m sorry but that is bullshit.
I am vehemently against cancel culture, so this situation puts me into a tough situation. Part of me feels that he should be fired for being misogynistic, but than part of me has empathy for him. If I had a private relationship and a reporter was trying to nosy their way into it I would probably be upset too. However, there is no excuse for misogynistic comments ever. I say there is a 50/50 chance this guy gets fired. Even though he is currently suspended for a week I wouldn’t be shocked if they just let him go all together as it’s a bad look for the Biden administration. Time will tell.
Andrew Cuomo has been the pillar of good leadership during this pandemic. Initially where Trump seemed to fail Cuomo didn’t. He appeared as a compassionate public figure who was doing his best during a trying time in this nation’s history. Unfortunately that was all a big ruse. Cuomo does not care about anyone other than himself. If you didn’t think it was bad enough when he put COVID patients into nursing homes, when Trump tried to investigate him they purposely hid the data. They sent about 9,000 COVID patients into nursing homes. 15,000 people died of COVID in nursing homes in New York. Almost double what was initially reported by his administration. How Cuomo is able to sleep at night is beyond me. Clearly this man has no conscious and needs to be removed from office immediately.
I guarantee you Cuomo was trying to leverage his “leadership” from COVID into a presidential run in 2024. Hell, he already used his “leadership” to get a book deal. What is most disgusting about this is that we forget that THOUSANDS of people died as a direct result of his leadership. Who has killed more people Charles Manson or Andrew Cuomo? Let that sink in for a second. Luckily now it appears a presidential run is out of the question in 2024.
I blame CNN for the misconception that Cuomo did a good job during COVID. If Ron DeSantis did this in Florida I guarantee this would be front page news on CNN. Instead they only wrote one shitty article with a misleading headline. The reason for that being Cuomo’s brother Fredo Cuomo is changing the narrative behind the scenes at CNN to ensure his brother does not get any negative coverage. The Cuomo family needs to go away. Hopefully the revelation of Cuomo being a corrupt asshole can accelerate that process.
First off, I owned a My Pillow. Let me tell you know they suck. It was by far the most uncomfortable pillow I have ever owned. I only made it a month before I threw it out. If My Pillow was had the biggest market share in the pillow market it would make sense to try and steal their market share. However, My Pillow is not even in the top 10 of pillow brands. As a result I can’t seem to grasp the idea that there is a huge demand for pillows. I don’t know about you but I have four pillows on my bed and I don’t feel the need for anymore. If Good Pillow was founded purely to get back at My Pillow, in my opinion that is short sighted. My Pillow does not have the dominate market share that David Hogg and his business partner think they do. In Fairness, this company is still in its infancy so it is way too early to judge.
There is one red flag with this company and that is its CEO. Before you think it, no not David Hogg (While I do find him insufferable). The CEO of Good Pillow is William LeGate, at least that’s what I gathered from his twitter handle. This guy creeps me the fuck out. I don’t have a particular reason, he creeps me out similar to how Kamala Harris creeps me out. He just gives me bad vibes. This guy gives me major Billy McFarland/Lucas Magnotta vibes. His moral character is questionable as he actively attacked another Parkland survivor on twitter who criticized his company. This guy just screams used car salesman. I encourage you to check out his twitter. When isn’t trying to sell his pillow, he was trying to push GameStop which is all you need to know about him. But for real, if he still believes that GameStop is as valuable as Tesla I wouldn’t trust his business sense. He has great salami nips though.
While I am skeptical I do wish Good Pillow nothing but the best. I hope there company succeeds and are at least more comfortable than My Pillow. I will remain skeptical until they prove me wrong. They do need to work on their twitter game as their account is one of the creepiest around. Get a good night sleep :).
I wrote about how the GameStop stock boom a few days ago and you can read that here. Disclaimer: this is not financial advice, I bought AMC stock and sold it for a small profit.
As of this week it appears that the reddit stock boom is over. As I am writing this GameStop is currently at about $71. It’s down about 82% this week and it continues to drop even further. In case you haven’t heard the Reddit stock boom is referring to the Reddit forum r/wallstreetbets, which was responsible for the boom of several stocks including GamesStop and AMC. If you go onto r/wallstreetbets you will see some very frightening things. First off you will see people who clearly have no investment experience talking about how they bought hundreds of shares of GameStop at $300 a share. This is the problem with the Reddit boom, you have people who have never invested before now investing. Which on paper is a great thing, but the issue arises when they do not make smart investment decisions and then they lose all their money. GameStop is not a valuable company and in no world is it worth $100 a share, let alone $400 a share like some people seem to believe. The amount of people saying that they took out loans or invested their life savings in GameStop is incredibly sad because now most of their money is gone.
Wallstreetbets has seen an incredible rise in membership this past week with them getting a little over 5 million new members. With millions of new people joining many of them have turned into sheep and blindly invested their money into GameStop. People saw others making money through GameStop and they got FOMO. They invested their money at a crazy value that wasn’t sustainable and now they are shit out of luck as the price continues to drop. While I do believe Robinhood and the other brokerages are partly to blame for this, it is still irresponsible investing.
The weird thing is that the Reddit boom has somehow turned into a “fuck Wall Street” movement. People have been buying and holding this stock as a way to get back at the “man.” The thing is that this really isn’t a movement. There are people who made a lot of money off of this and they took their money and got out. A lot of people that post onto that forum are trying to stick it to Wall Street, but they fail to realize that the people who work at Wall Street generally are not fucking idiots. While r/wallstreetbets definitely did initially fuck over several hedge funds, that is over. The Hedge Funds have covered their positions to try and minimize their losses. What these people fail to realize is by buying more GameStop you aren’t actually hurting the hedge funds, you are only hurting yourself. Losing all your money isn’t cool nor does it make you morally superior.
If you are reading this and you invested in GameStop and the other Reddit stocks I wish you nothing but the best. I don’t want anyone to lose money ever. However, This point in history should serve as an example of how not to act. Don’t be a sheep, don’t be a follower. Investing your money is serious business, you can get rich or you can become poor. Wall Street is not a casino, despite what some people want to believe. Take care of your money, stay safe.
Disclaimer: I bought and sold AMC stock on Monday. I am not a financial adviser.
The past week the Stock Market has been going crazy as a result of the price boom of several stocks specifically GameStop and AMC Entertainment. The reddit page r/wallstreetbets has fueled the boom of these companies. However, as the results of this week have shown so far that the boom appears to be over. I personally blame Robinhood for this and you can read about what I wrote about Robinhood here and here. Robinhood and other brokerage firms by limiting the amount people could buy of GameStop and AMC have caused the price to tank because people could not buy anymore of the stock. We will never truly know the demand of those stocks because of Robinhood. This boom is over.
If you look onto the reddit page r/wallstreetbets you will see people saying “Hold the line” and “buy the dip.” This kind of rhetoric is insanely irresponsible as GameStop and AMC are not valuable companies. GameStop is a dying business and will go the way of the Blockbuster within the next few years. While I love going to the movies as much as the next guy, AMC is not a valuable company in a pandemic with hundreds of their theaters closed. These companies stock prices won’t go back up to their peaks from last week ever again. So it is irresponsible of all these idiots who think they are sticking it to the man to double down and continue to lose money. Currently on r/wallstreetbets you will see dozens of posts of people losing money on GameStop and AMC. Losing your money isn’t funny or cool. This boom was fun while it lasted, but its now over, sell your stock and invest in other ideas. Be smart and good luck.
The police have done it again, in Rochester, NY a 9 year old girl was pepper sprayed by police. What the fuck is wrong with some people. If you as a police officer can’t handle a 9 year old girl and detain her without any harm coming to her then you suck as a police officer. A 9 year old weighs a maximum of like 100 pounds, if you can’t pick them up and place them into your car than you are too weak to be a police officer. The sad thing is this isn’t the first time police officers have done something like this before. It seems to happen far too often that children are arrested by the police too harshly. In this situation specifically there is absolutely no excuse for the officers actions.
I don’t know how anyone could ever justify pepper spraying a 9 year old girl. However, the Rochester Police Union disagrees as the President of the Union said this “There was a decision when they couldn’t get her into the car despite everything they were trying. There was a short blast of capsicum. It worked. It calmed her down. It got her in.” Police unions really are huge scumbags. They spend so much time and resources defending asshole police officers who don’t deserve their job, than they do protecting good police officers. Police unions need to be reformed, along with teacher unions (but that is for another blog).
It is clear this girl had some sort of mental issue. The police were responding in the first place because she was apparently suicidal. So there obviously is something wrong with this girl that the police are not fit to address. I don’t think police officers are trained properly to deal with mentally ill people, so their interactions with mentally ill people should be limited. I wonder how the presence of a social worker would have changed the outcome of this situation.
I would consider myself to be a pro law enforcement person. However, especially after the events of this summer it is important to realize that law enforcement and the way they do things needs to change. Law enforcement needs to adapt its tactics and policies in order to make their communities safer.
I wrote about Robinhood earlier today you can see that here.
What Robinhood is doing right now is illegal. Not only are they actively manipulating the market, now they are selling their customer’s shares of GameStop without their permission. It has been established that Robinhood has done this at the order of the Hedge Funds that own it. Robinhood does not care about their costumers they just want to protect the 1% over the 99%. As a investor who has used Robinhood for 3+ years I am disgusted that I ever trusted them with my money. There is no one on earth who can defend what Robinhood has done today. I know that other firms are doing the same thing, but Robinhood has made it a part of their brand to “Democratize finance for all.” Bullshit, its ok to democratize finance when regular people are losing money, but as soon as the 1% loses money its not ok.
Robinhood has been silent all day. It’s been impossible to get ahold of their customer support and their twitter account hasn’t tweeted since this morning. That’s how you know they’ve done something wrong. They’re hiding, they hope that we will forget about this. Never forget, we cannot stop until Robinhood is shutdown and their executives are in prison.
Disclaimer, this is not financial advice in any way.
Robinhood a company that claims to “Democratize finance for all” is now limiting the ability of the little man to make money in the name of protecting a few billionaires. Robinhood has banned the trading of GameStop and AMC and few other stocks that were being pushed heavily on the reddit forum wallstreetbets. Robinhood is only doing this because they are owned by a hedge fund which owns a hedge fund who is currently shorting GameStop. Not only is this extremely unethical, it should be considered illegal and I would encourage you to delete your Robinhood account as soon as possible like I have.
How is this not market manipulation? I would love for someone to explain to me how this is not illegal. The stock market literally is manipulation, countless hedge funds and billionaires use it to their advantage everyday. Yet when the average joe decides to buy stock because a reddit forum said so that’s manipulation? This whole thing started because hedge funds were short selling these stocks, which is also market manipulation by the way. The stock market is no longer a free market, it is only free for the billionaires and all the hedge funds. That’s what’s really disgusting about this, millions of Americans lost all their money in 2008, yet no one from wall street was ever punished. Wall Street’s sole purpose is to make the rich richer. That’s why they are terrified with the notion of a regular person making money through the stock market. Any form of dissent will not be tolerated, they want us to stay poor so they can stay rich.
As I am currently writing this AMC is now down to $7 a share after previously being up as high as $19 yesterday. Absolutely disgusting. This is all because they won’t let people buy the stock. The free market is no longer free. I have one final message, if you work for Robinhood, you can go fuck yourself.
There is a great piece that from the Daily Beast which goes extensively into the problems that NFL cheerleaders face on the daily, you can find it here. The article was really well written and I was surprised that it didn’t get the coverage it deserved.
The issues and abuses NFL cheerleaders have faced is nothing new. The issues that they have faced has been covered numerous times before, but yet nothing has changed. Becoming an NFL cheerleader is difficult and those who are to become one are some of the best dancers in the world. Despite this talent and expertise NFL cheerleaders are paid as low as $2.50 an hour, with some making only $1,000 for the whole season. This is beside the fact the cheerleaders often need to pay for their own uniforms and subjected to ridiculous fines and fees. The teams and the league make billions of dollars a year yet they cannot afford to pay their cheerleaders decent and fair wage, or at least pay for their uniforms? At this point NFL cheerleaders are practically living as real life slaves.
For a league that says it cares about women and wants to include women more in the game. Whether it be as a coach or in a league executive role or even a women’s summit, the NFL wants to appear that it values women. However, just by looking at the way the NFL treats its cheerleaders is disgusting. Commissioner Roger Goodell the scumbag that he is claims that it is the teams responsibility to ensure that their employees are paid a fair wage. But to that I say bullshit, the NFL micromanages every aspect of the league from its player’s cleat color to who can attend press conferences. So at fair pay for women the NFL draws the line to not get involved? Roger Goodell time and time again proves that he is the worst human being alive, he hates women fuck him. Hopefully NFL cheerleaders can eventually get the compensation that they deserve. #cheerleaderlivesmatter.
Last night I saw that the National Women’s Hockey League the preeminent women’s professional hockey league got in a feud with Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini. Basically it started with a tweet Nardini sent in which she was puzzled as to why the NWHL would not want to associate with Barstool Sports and I have to say that I agree with her. It does make sense from a pure business perspective to ignore the brand power Barstool Sports has.
NWHL is a growing brand in sports. They have about 55,000 followers on twitter, with the individual teams having about 10-20,000 followers each. They streamed some of their games on twitch and got about 60,000 viewers a game. Now they have a new deal with NBC Sports to broadcast games, so things seem to be looking on the up and up for the league. With any growing brand you would want to associate itself with bigger brand such as Barstool to increase viewership right? With millions of followers who love sports Barstool would seem to be the perfect partner for a growing sports league. However, the NWHL and its players would seem to disagree.
Women’s professional hockey is almost a representation women’s professional sports as a whole. The women are world class athletes for their sport, yet they basically are semi-professional athletes because of poor conditions and the fact that they make far less than their male counterparts and have much crappier conditions whether it be accommodations or training grounds. Women’s hockey has also seen its fair share of other leagues fail such as the CWHL. So it really baffles me that the NWHL would not want to associate itself with a brand such as Barstool to gain more viewers to increase revenue and brand exposure. From the players perspective they only make about 15k a year, so I assume that all the players have to get second jobs. So its surprising that they would deny the opportunity to gain revenue for the league which would increase their potential salary.
The main criticism of Barstool that I have seen is that they are racist. I have been following barstool for about 4 years I really have never seen any racist content from them. It’s that the NWHL has a problem with Barstool Sports but not Amazon. They stream on Twitch which is owned by Amazon, so I guess they don’t mind the numerous workers rights violations Amazon commits every day. That is the thing about Twitter activism everyone at the end of the day is a hypocrite. NWHL right now seems more concerned about getting retweets on twitter than growing its business which is fine by me because I don’t watch hockey.