Microsoft is going to be our new neighbor: Well, WeWork is Stranger World Headquarter's new neighbor, but Microsoft is planning on taking up an entire floor of the new office building, reports the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. (A dad joke from Capitol Hill Seattle Blog's JSeattle: "No, Microsoft is not going to acquire WeWork and rename it Microsoft Office.") Soon, our office will probably be a WeWork, too. That is if people keep buying the company's "financial snake oil."
At a congressional hearing last week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined WeWork's many critics: After originally being valued at $47 billion in January, WeWork is considering going public at a valuation as low as $10 billion. AOC isn't having it: "They had raised on a previous valuation of $47 billion, and now they just decided overnight 'Just kidding, we're worth $20 billion,'" said AOC. "You're getting fleeced," she said to the company's investors. Microsoft doesn't seem to mind the ruse. See you soon, neighbor!
New Saturday Night Live hire Shane Gillis gets fired before he can even start: Gillis was dropped from the cast after multiple separate recordings were revealed which showed Gillis using slurs against gays, Asians, Andrew Yang, and Bernie Sanders. There was other stuff but I can't keep track. Yang said he shouldn't be fired, but SNL didn't listen to him.
For the record, I do not think he should lose his job. We would benefit from being more forgiving rather than punitive. We are all human.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 14, 2019
After the firing announcement, Gillis posted another statement on Twitter, writing: "I was always a mad tv guy anyway." DON'T BRING MAD TV INTO THIS, GILLIS!
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 16, 2019
Other new (non-fired) cast members include Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman: Some snippets from those two, who are great:
"Looks like" that conversation is still happening: This impending meet-up is pregnant with hot takes.
Shane Gillis reached out. Looks like we will be sitting down together soon.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 16, 2019
Yang's UBI lottery seems to have paid off: In the last Democratic debate, Andrew Yang offered to give 10 families $1,000 a month for a year as a part of his “Freedom Dividend Pilot Program." It was a strange debate gambit, but one that garnered him $1 million dollars in 72 hours, according to the Yang campaign. Full disclosure: I donated $1 to enter the lottery—for RESEARCH PURPOSES. (Also because UBI is the only way I can pay off my student loans, which are nearly $1,000 a month until I die. And that's just for undergrad! At a state school! Us millennials aren't lying when we say we're fucked!)
Batten down the hatches: The Seattle area may experience "strong marine winds" on Tuesday, also known as gales. Winds could get up to 39 mph.
8 years of Trump's tax returns have been subpoenaed: 🎵 Bad boy, bad boy, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when state prosecutors in Manhattan come for you 🎵 From the New York Times:
Even if the Manhattan district attorney’s office is successful in obtaining the president’s tax returns, the documents would be covered by secrecy rules governing grand juries, meaning they would not become public unless they were used as evidence in a criminal case.
Milo Yiannopoulos would like to be a furry: But the furries don't want him. Yiannopoulos, the far-right commentator known for being banned from Twitter, Facebook, colleges, Breitbart, and now the Midwest FurFest, recently announced he has adopted a "fursona"—a furry persona. He even purchased tickets to a furry con, the Midwest FurFest, but organizers of the con rescinded his invitation. “The board of Midwest Furry Fandom, consistent with our posted code of conduct, has rescinded Mr. Yiannopoulos’s registration. He is not welcome to attend this or any future Midwest FurFest event," organizers of the event told Right Wing Watch.
Yiannopoulos isn't the first far-right commentator to try to recruit or co-opt furries: A passage from Mark Bray's Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, p. 111:
By framing feminism, queer liberation, and anti-racism as facets of a stultifying, unnatural, "PC" hegemony, the alt-right have given frustrated racist white people, especially men, a "rebellious" outlet to express what they had been thinking all along. Fascists and white nationalists have pursued this line of recruitment by infiltrating white-majority subcultures such as the skinhead scene, punk more broadly, metal, neo-folk, goth, video games and fantasy genre communities (evident in Gamergate), hipster culture (Nazi hipsters known as "Nipsters"), and even furries and bronies (men who are fans of My Little Pony). This tendency shows the important of anti-fascism in subcultural contexts.
The mysterious (and deadly) vape-related illness is spreading: The Washington Department of Health is now calling the vape illness a “state-wide outbreak.” As someone commented on Twitter, "Wait'll they hear about cigarettes."
Jerry Nadler says the House Judiciary Committee will not be immediately investigating recent Brett Kavanaugh accusations: Because they are busy "impeaching the president," he says. “We have our hands full with impeaching the president right now and that’s going to take up our limited resources and time for a while,” Nadler told WNYC.
Jesus showed up to the Seattle City Council today: How can Seattle be dying when Jesus is living, baby?
jesus wants us to pass the green new deal pic.twitter.com/mrLOZR2sUu
— nathalie graham (@gramsofgnats) September 16, 2019