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Google engineer fired for denigrating 20% of Google’s workforce to their face now trying to paint himself as a “hero of free speech”.

Dear James Damore:

Frankly, Google doesn’t care about your opinions. You’re free to have any opinions you want. You’re even free to spew them on a blog of your choosing, as long as you don’t present any association between yourself and Google. Google doesn’t care. Google doesn’t have to.

But when you bring your assholery onto the Google campus and insult 20% of your co-workers? Then your co-workers aren’t the problem. You are the problem.

See, here’s the thing. The Silicon Valley operates on a system of consensus. We need people who are capable of working together with other people in order to arrive at a consensus as to how to solve problems. You deliberately insulted and pissed off 20% of your co-workers. It doesn’t matter what you said to do that, Google doesn’t care, Google doesn’t have to. What matters is that you proved you’re a fucking asshole, and you’re not brilliant enough to be a coddled fucking asshole. You’re not “Googly”. You’re not a cultural fit. So Google fired your precious white male snowflake ass, and bid you good riddance.

So now you’re talking about suing Google for “discrimination”? Child. “Asshole” isn’t a protected class under California or US law, and California is an “at-will” state, meaning that barring some union contract of some kind (and you’re not a union member, you sneer at unions) Google can fire your ass for basically any reason other than membership in a protected class. Firing you for being a fucking asshole is well within their rights under both California law and U.S. labor law.

So good luck finding a lawyer willing to sue Google on your behalf. Here’s a hint, James: If the lawyer you talk to wants money up front rather than being willing to work on contingency, he’s scamming you. He thinks you have no case, and is just going to go through the motions doing the minimal amount of work not to be hauled before the ethics committee. I’m sure you can find some such shyster, and probably raise enough money from other asshole precious white male snowflakes to hire him. But you’ll still stay fired. You’ll just be a fired dude who is blackballed as an asshole by most Silicon Valley companies because you’ve made yourself infamous amongst them.

But hey, maybe Uber has an opening….

– Badtux the “Fucking Assholes” Penguin
* I do not speak for Google.
** Fuck, I don’t even *work* for Google.

Charlottesville VA police department refuses to provide protection for Jewish synagogue and Jewish worshipers targeted by Nazis.

This is part of a pattern of behavior on the part of the Charlottesville police department. They target left-wing protesters and gas or arrest them upon the least provocation, but coddle right wing protesters and Nazis and allow Nazis free rein to do whatever they want to do — something which, BTW, the police in Wiemar-era Germany did too, thus allowing Hitler to come to power on the back of his brownshirts.

At some point we have to say that this pattern of behavior is not coincidence. At some point we have to ask, “which of the people leading the Charlottesville, VA police department are closet Nazis?” In my opinion, that point is now, because this has become too blatant to be a coincidence.

– Badtux the “Nazis. Goddamn fucking Nazis.” Penguin

The rats are surely deserting the ship.

Of course Trump has Mafia connections. He’s a real estate developer in NYC and New Jersey. He couldn’t do that if he didn’t have Mafia connections. All the real estate developers there are mobbed up, it’s how things are done.

The real story isn’t Trump’s Mafia connections. It’s about how voices on the right are now feeling their way towards directly criticizing Trump, rather than the sort of lukewarm faint praise that they previously gave him out of fear of Trump’s MAGAts. Apparently despite Charlottesville, the sharks are smelling blood in the water coming from the direction of the Trump administration. And where there’s blood, eventually there will be a feeding frenzy….

– Badtux the Swimming Penguin

SNORK!. Turned out that one of the councils, the Manufacturing Council, voted to officially disband before Trump’s tweet saying he was disbanding them. And then Trump said “you can’t quit, I’m firing you!”. ROFL.

This White House has become so toxic that even right wing business leaders don’t want to associate with it. And we have 3 1/2 more years of this — maybe 7 1/2 more years, depending on whether Trump manages to get us into a war.

We are so fucked….

– Badtux the Waddling Penguin

Steve Bannon just gave an interview with the liberal magazine American Prospect where he sounds downright reasonable compared to most of the Trumpistas.

Steve. Fucking. Bannon. Well, I gotta hand it to him, he might be a vile repulsive human being, but he’s also not an idiot. He called out the Nazis and Klansmen in Virginia as “losers” — remember, Bannon is one of the guys who designed the alt-right’s de-Nazification program (where they deliberately dump all racist and Nazi symbols), which was intended to make the alt-right “family friendly” even though its core believes are still pure white supremacist. Having all these losers running around waving Nazi flags and giving Nazi salutes must irk the shit out of him, even if his boss doesn’t seem to care.

So anyhow, on North Korea: “There is no military solution.” He points out that Seoul is within artillery distance of a huge mass of North Korean conventional artillery and there’s no effective military action that could be taken without 10 million dead South Koreans (and, incidentally, a huge chunk of our economy going up in smoke — we literally can’t make cell phones without South Korea anymore).

On China: he repeats the protectionist rhetoric that got Trump elected and that a wide swathe on both the left and the right agree with.

And he claims that he’s not getting shoved out of the Trump administration, that in fact he’s marginalizing or bypassing most of his critics there.

What to think about this? I don’t know. But I can come to two conclusions: 1) whatever happens with Steve Bannon, he’s probably the most dangerous man on the far right today, because he’s probably the smartest. And 2) he enjoys burning shit down. He’s damn the torpedoes full speed ahead.

Of course, if he ends up running aground on his own torpedoes, that might be an end that he didn’t foresee….

– Badtux the Waddling Penguin

Because there’s no difference between Nazis carrying shields and pipes and wearing helmets, and people who punch Nazis.

Seriously. That was his argument. That it was okay for Nazis to beat the shit out of people because the “alt-left” (antifa?) started it by punching some Nazis.

The President.

Defended.

Nazis.

Because those nasty antifa attacked peaceful white supremacists, as this photo proves:

Fuuuuuuuck.

Y’know, about these anti-fascist “antifa”, I don’t think their tactics are necessarily good or wise, but I can’t find it in me to condemn people who punch Nazis, no matter how much the Nazis whine about being punched. That’s the difference between me and the Orange Racist Russian Stooge, an apple that apparently didn’t fall far from the tree.

— Badtux the Head-shakin’ Penguin

Mark Lanegan, “Low”, off his 2001 album Field Songs.

– Badtux the Music Penguin