Uber: I’d like to give Travis Kalanick credit, we’ll see if we can

Update: nope
Update: Hell no!
I’ve lost track of all their problems so far this year. The CEO yelling at a driver, toxic culture for women at the company, unethical and aggressive tactics against Lyft and using a app to systematically avoid giving rides to government officials. And the drivers don’t get paid very well.
I regret that Uber isn’t available in my area so I would have the opportunity to boycott them.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/289743
I think there is a good chance that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is being genuine in his surprise and effort in fixing the sexism at Uber. Uber has some major ethical issues. Some of them may be based on how blind he has been at the kind of company Uber has become. His meeting with female engineers is helpful, as is his appointment of someone like Eric Holder to investigate claims of sexism. I do have to allow this is perhaps just someone alert enough to be acting to save his own skin, and that of Uber. We shall see. How will we know if this is really meaningful? Ask the female employees at Uber in future. Preferably in private. Ask the people affected if he has improved things. I spend most of my life thinking everything was fine when it came to race and sex in society. That comes from selecting who to associate with and mistakenly believing that most people are like me.. and those that I see around me. The last 10 years have been a painful wake-up call. A sort of “oh, shit” when it comes to evaluating what humans are capable of and where we are at with our society and progress. There is nothing special about the period of time in history for that wake-up call, just a realization that I had it wrong. If I believe that I can wake-up, change and grow as a human, I have to believe that other people can as well. That includes Travis Kalanick. We will have to see how this goes.

I’ve never been a fan of John McCain.. until now.

Ok, maybe fan isn’t quite the right word. But I do respect his dislike of Trump and his methods. I wish the GOP had the guts to stand up to Trump
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/17/john-mccain-just-systematically-dismantled-donald-trumps-entire-worldview/?utm_term=.4078af567085
I’m hoping the “press” or “new media” is too big, independant and dispersed world-wide for Trump to really be able to suppress it.
If you want to know why the news media is definitely Trump’s enemy, look for pictures of the Obama inauguration compared to the Trump inauguration. Then read his statement and the statements from Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer. Trump is telling people what he believes the facts are, or should be and just wants you to believe them. He has people working for him that are supporting flat out lying about demonstrable facts. I’m old enough to be used to being lied to by politicians, but usually has to do what their opinions are or what their policies will do. But when you lie about facts based on no evidence and get angry at the evidence, it’s frightening and a sign of someone that’s mentally unstable.
If some politician is lying to us, it can spoil the game, if it’s the president and he’s lying to himself, it can smash the board. This President is doing both.

ICE agents arrest undocumented Woodburn man

This was a mile from my home. He was a family man. Just got pulled over because they were looking for his brother, who apparently had a DUII about 10 years ago. I’m going to be keeping an eye on it to see if he gets deported. Makes me sick to think Trump is directly responsible for tearing this family apart.
http://www.kgw.com/news/ice-agents-arrest-undocumented-woodburn-man-family-says-he-has-no-criminal-history/407765696

Learning Swift

I’m excited to be learning Swift finally. I was holding off because I’ve been so busy and Swift was still changing. I also didn’t have any reason to build something in Swift. I’m focusing on iOS development right now because that is was I’m most interested in and that’s where Swift is being used. It’s a different world, not just the language, I’d say that’s less a part of what I’m learning than the frameworks for developing on iOS.