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Friday, June 21, 2013

Gothamist Celebrates The Johnson's "Bushwacker" Outpost, Bushwick is still a predominantly non white area but it is being "cleansed" quickly, and if you're a Gothamist what better way to celebrate the expansion of turf than hailing the opening of a taxi vomiters' hangout for sure!

Gothmist Celebrates "Bushwacker" Outpost, Bushwick is still a predominantly non white area but it is being "cleansed" quickly, and it you're a Gothamist like Garth Johnston, John Del Signore, Jen Chung or Jake Dobkin what better way to celebrate the expansion of turf than hailing the opening of a taxi vomiters' hangout for sure!

Welcome To The Johnsons To Open Bushwick Outpost

The future home of many unsanitary sexual exploits. Via Bedford + Bowery

Thursday, June 20, 2013

An open letter to #Shanghaiist and your readers too - Gothamist racism will be a stain on you

Let's be real folks. Were it not for the events that culminated in 1949 there would still be these signs in Shanghai parks that I don't even have to describe or illustrate. I've never been to Shanghai and I've never been to China so I can only guess that that kind of oppression lingers on in the historical memory of the city and its people. I could be wrong, yes, it's only my intuition that tells me this.

Gothamist is a business success it would seem and it has a formula. They re write the journalism of others, reprint government handouts and add a spin and they appeal to a generation of white Americans that did not live through the civil rights and Black liberation struggles, who see a president with dark complexion and African roots, who themselves enjoy African American culture and who would be outraged to be called racists. I rather think that on a personal level they are not fir the most part.

In the United States racism is still strong and in fact it rides high. There are more African Americans in prison than in college. They are stopped randomly on the streets of New York by the police and they are searched randomly.

They for the most part do not have the networks and connections to get good jobs, or in many cases any job at all. Even the lowest menial work is in large part out of their reach as it is easier to exploit immigrants than citizens.

The Gothamist Empire has to my best knowledge one African American employee and one employee of African descent who is not an African American.

Among the favored targets of Gothamist is a powerless work force of taxi drivers. This is one socially acceptable way that remains for supremacists to vent themselves, as overwhelmingly the targets of slander and abuse have no voice that can be heard or that will be respected. They are almost all of them immigrants who are not of European descent. It's fun, it's easy and until now it's been without consequence that they could be slandered and abused. Gothamist is slowly realizing that they went too far in this sport.

Now in a small way in this matter the tables have turned. Look:

Garth Johnston, a functional illiterate, writes for The Gothamist.They should be praised for giving such a highly challenged person a chance.

Go to google and search Jake Dobkin Gothamist. In just one day without any special effort on my part (yet) look what you find on the second page:

  1. "jakedobkin"! Leave a Comment on "Summer Random Set". Posted by ...

  2. Please Don't Vomit In the Taxi: Jen Chung, Jake Dobkin, John Del ...

    1 day ago – Jen Chung, Jake Dobkin, John Del Signore and Garth Johnston at The # Gothamist- You have a problem spelled "one angry cabbie blogger" ...

No doubt soon your readers will see this item on google too. Think about how you want to answer them.

And look here:

Jake Dobkin's "Urbanist Empire (or maybe it's his Invisible Empire) " As Stevie Wonder sang: Cause where he lives they dont use colored people Living just enough, just enough for the city!

Don't take my word for it- check out their staff pages.

American, Posssibly two Latina staffers. Out of how many total?

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Stevie Wonder - Living for the city 1974

A boy is born in hard time Mississippi
Surrounded by four walls that aint so pretty
His parents give him love and affection
To keep him strong moving in the right direction
Living just enough, just enough for the city!

His father works some days for fourteen hours
And you can bet he barely makes a dollar
His mother goes to scrub the floors for many
And you'd best believe she hardly gets a penny
Living just enough, just enough for the city!


His sisters black but she is shonuff pretty
Her skirt is short but lord her legs are sturdy
To walk to school she's got to get up early
Her clothes are old but never are they dirty
Living just enough, just enough for the city!

Her brothers smart he's got more sense than many
His patiences long but soon he wont have any
To find a job is like a haystack needle
Cause where he lives they dont use colored people
Living just enough, just enough for the city!


(Living just enough for the city)
Living for the city yeah
(Living just enough for the city)
Living for the city yeah ...


Everybody's singing
La, la, la, la, la, la,
Da ba da da da da da da
Da da da da da da
Da da da da da da da da da
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

About phony rich hipster racism and why I'm at war with the Invisible Gothamist Empire and the death of Puerto Rican Williamsburg, Yeah, bro.

There is this subculture of rich hipsters who think that in some sort of a way they are Black or almost Black or pseudo Black. They like to use Black slang, they follow hip hop, they all have Black friends, some even Black lovers, but they are part of a cutting edge of ethnic and class cleansing of our cities, and they really don't give a rat's ass if they are.

Why a penniless  old ethnic Jewish taxi driver is saying this? Well, because I sometimes can almost die laughing when one of these guys gets into my taxi and calls me "bro.'" Meanwhile the African American, Puerto Rican and Dominican populations of the city decrease. Look at this cool video about the death of the Puerto Rican neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

"Bro'!" I guess because I am doing a menial job and serving them I become "bro.'" Now I love Black people, black slang, some hip hop but I know who I am not and that's Black. Or Puerto Rican or Dominican. For the record I do not call myself or anyone else "bro.

But I would bet the farm that Jake Dobkin and Garth "you stupid fuckin' idiot" Johnston do.

Anyhow this pseudo Blackness gives people like this license in their own minds and among their peers to practice something I call class and racial arrogance. In a website like Gothamist this takes the form of cabbie bashing, ie lying to defame and diminish the earning capacity of a work force that is over eighty percent non white immigrant.-

So, Dobkin runs a media empire that has hired one African American. And maybe, maybe two Latinas.

And he gets away with it. Up until now.

Regarding Taxi Drivers: The idiocy and bad journalism of John Del Signore at The Gothamist

 I removed this heading and changed it to what you see above on Thursday June 8. I expect that the new heading will be getting better google placement. Drivers:  Idiocy at #TheGothamist by John Del Signore.
I want you to read what John Del Signore a reporter or columnist at The Gothamist weekly newspaper, one that to my estimation is aimed at the moneyed nightscum community, the ones who get into taxis while beta testing new club drugs, and are so wasted that they cannot operate the credit caed swipe, or are simply emboldened to use their being wrecked as as excuses for getting free rides.. My comments will be in red alongside Del Signore's "report".

Man Insists On Paying Cab Fare With Credit Card, Cabbie Sprays Him With Chemicals - (as told by an unnamed fare beater to an unnamed ambulance attendant)


woman"Credit card? Don't even think about it." John Del Signore's mother
In the annals of crazy cabbie credit card horror stories, this one stands out from the pack. An unidentified Hoboken man says a New York cab driver sprayed him in the face with an unknown chemical substance when he tried to pay with a credit card. The victim told police he hailed the cab early Sunday morning after a work function in NYC Saturday night. 

In the annals of club scum abuse of cabbies we rarely get to learn about an entitled dirtbag passenger  who gets his comeuppance.

The Star-Ledger reports that the man told the driver he had no cash, only a credit card, and the driver said it wouldn't be a problem.

And it wouldn't have been a problem had the night person intended from the start to pay for his ride. Now that taxi owners do not charge the drivers a "per swipe" fee the drivers have little reason to object to being paid by credit card. It also offends common sense to imagine that the taxi driver would rather spray this dirtbag with something he concocted (hopefully urine) than get paid for the service he rendered the slime ball.
But when they arrived outside his Hoboken apartment, the driver demanded cash,  (or other payment which the passenger declined to produce) _which the man did not possess.  (If the man had two or three bucks he could have rode with the hoy polloy on the Port Authority Trains Hudson train to Hoboken but perhaps feeling that being fucked up and well. being himself and all that, he should be chauffeured to his home in any circumstance.)  The ensuing dispute allegedly culminated with the driver yelling “F--- you!” and spraying him in the face "with a chemical substance."  click here The victim screamed for help, and a Good Samaritan came to his aid and summoned the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, who flushed out his eyes. By this time, the hack was long gone, and the victim wasn't able to identify the type of vehicle or provide a description of the driver. So they'll probably never find the guy. But on the plus side: Free cab ride? Don't get any ideas like that if you are in my taxi Johnny boy._

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Garth Johnston, a functional illiterate, writes for The Gothamist.They should be praised for giving such a highly challenged person a chance.

In doing a "once over lightly" on idiot John Del Signore of The Gothamist I came upon this little piece of work done by  Garth "You stupid fuckin' idiot"  Johnston. My comments will follow the article by this ignoramus.:

1,320 Taxi Drivers Caught Overcharging Trips To The Suburbs


Photograph by heath brandon on Flickr
Remember back in 2010 when folks were shocked, shocked, to learn that cabbies were systematically scamming fares heading out to the suburbs by charging them the out-of-city rate (Rate 4) the whole ride? Well, despite new warnings installed in Taxi TV, it seems the practice has not gone away. But at least it has gotten far less prevalent!

Garth, you moron. Look. The "great scandal" of 2010 ended with a fizzle as almost all of the cases wee withdrawn, dismissed or found not substantiated. Matthew Dauss, the Taxi Commissioner at that time soon departed as helmsman of the TLC. In almost every case the "rate 4 button" had been pressed after the ride was over, therefore having none, zero. zilch effect on the fare presented to the passenger. If you recall, the entire mess was generated by one complaint of one passenger. The other "cases" were generated by TLC incompetents under the direction of Dauss, who was branded an idiot in the mass media and who now has two sinecures granted for his loyalty to Giuliani and Bloomberg. See below this item for what the Daily News had to say, you schmuck.

During 2010, 35,558 drivers, 75 percent of the licensed hacks in the city, were found to have clipped at least one passenger . Simply a lie. A recent examination of fares and taxi GPS data found 1,936 overcharges by 1,320 drivers in 2012. Hitting the wrong button at the end of a ride does not constitute an overcharge, it constitutes a simple error, that were it say to be a typing error would be remedied with the backspace and delete functions. And where is the evidence that the driver in question would not have said "Ooops I made a stupid mistake, sir, so knock of half of this fare."  How many actual passenger complaints were involved here? Wouldn't a reporter covering the story want to know??? My guess is we are talking about one or two passenger complaints which when you consider we cabbies carry around 700,000 passengers a day would be cosidered an admirably low error or even overcharge rate in any other retail field. In fact, Garth out of around 270 million taxi rides, an error rate of hmmm let's see now, 270million rides,  1,320 cases of error and peraps possibly overcharges. Can New York City's supermarkets make such a claim for so few questionable ring ups? Still not great, but also a massive improvement. Especially as 1,097 of those drivers overcharged only once—a strong indication those were accidents.
Still, the TLC isn't taking any chances. "We believe that drivers should at this point be well aware of their circumstances and how to operate their equipment," TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg said of the "Rate 4 violations."
According to the TLC, it brought up charges on all of the incidents. More than 30 percent were settled before trial, with the cabbies paying fines. Seven drivers, who overcharged three or more times within three years, had their licenses revoked. All of which is to say if you are going to take a cab into the suburbs (really?) pay attention to what the meter and the alerts on Taxi TV say. Don't overpay! And don't get stabby!
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Hacking the facts: Commish's bogus fare-cheat claim defamed city cabbies

Taxi & Limousine Commission Chairman Matthew Daus leaves office this week the author of what will be an enduring urban legend: that New York taxi drivers stole $8 million from unwitting passengers.
They didn't. Nice work, Mr. Daus.
Daus, whose legacy includes having introduced annoying backseat TV screens and a credit card payment system that costs cabbies money every time it's used, claimed two weeks ago that he had discovered a massive scam: He had caught thousands of yellow cabbies red-handed. More than 35,000 hacks had at least once improperly charged the suburban rate when only the city rate was warranted.
"It's very disturbing," Daus said.
"Some of these people could face serious charges," chimed in Mayor Bloomberg.
How did Daus know? By analyzing the data from GPS devices that the TLC had demanded be installed in every cab. A careful look at the numbers, he said, proved that drivers had wrongly set the sophisticated new meter - another Daus innovation - to the suburban rate.
The notion seemed preposterous to us from the beginning. Sure, some cabbies were prone to cheat - but that many? Couldn't it have been an error? Where was the proof of fraud?
On Monday came a bit of truth from Daus before a City Council hearing: "It may have simply been a mistake by the driver," he conceded, and the number of cheats "is going to be a lot smaller" than the tens of thousands he initially pegged, and sometimes the wrong button was pressed but it didn't increase the fare.
Daus will no doubt make a good living for himself in the private sector, or wherever he lands. But where do the city's hardworking hacks go to get their reputations back?

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Violations Found in Nearly 60% of Supermarket Inspections

Beware the man with the pricing gun.Daniel Acker/BloombergBeware the man with the pricing gun.
Nearly 60 percent of supermarket inspections in the last year turned up violations of consumer protections, an increase over the year before, even amid a high-profile city crackdown, the Department of Consumer Affairs said.
In response, the department has called for a law that would force stores to pay customers 10 times the amount of any overcharge.
After Consumer Affairs found violations at 52 percent of their inspections over the year ending last August, the city ramped up enforcement, doubling the number of inspections. The results: violations at 59 percent of inspections across the city in the past year, the department’s commissioner, Jonathan B. Mintz, said on Thursday.
Violations, large and small, include failing to place price tags on individual items, not making scales available, inaccurately pricing goods, taxing products that should not be taxed, and improperly scanning items at the register, which could result in overcharging.
About 27 percent of stores inspected were found to be overcharging, officials said.
“I had hoped that our efforts, the strong reaction of the public, the doubling of the number of inspections would make a difference in the investment that the supermarket industry in the city made when it came to making sure that they were doing right by the customers at the checkout counter and complying with the city’s consumer protection laws,” Mr. Mintz said. “Unfortunately, this did not happen.”
Of the five boroughs, Manhattan had the least compliant supermarkets, with nearly 62 percent of inspections uncovering violations, followed by Queens with 61 percent, Brooklyn with 58 percent, Staten Island with 56 percent and the Bronx with 51 percent. The department has posted an online guidefor shoppers.
Under the Grocery Shoppers Have Overcharge Protection (Grocery SHOP) Act proposed by Mr. Mintz, supermarkets would be required to pay 10 times the amount of the overcharge and give the item to the consumer for free. Fines for violations would increase threefold. Currently, the fines for overcharging start at $350.
“For too long, I believe that stores have been enjoying the rewards of these overcharges,” Mr. Mintz said in the release. “I believe that when customers get overcharged, supermarkets should pay for it, not profit from it.”
The measure would have to be adopted by the City Council and signed by the mayor to become law.
Patricia Brodhagen, the vice president for the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, a grocers’ trade group, said that many of the violations cited —  including failing to place labels on items, one of the most common violations — do not affect how consumers are charged. Many supermarkets already give customers their items for free if they are overcharged, she said, making that penalty in the proposed law besides the point.
Ms. Brodhagen added that the Consumer Affairs department did not seem to be concerned with all price discrepancies. “Nobody,” she said, “keeps track of how many undercharges there are.”