Disturbing to watch United Airlines video.  The CEO is an idiot :)

A viral video shows police forcibly removing a doctor from an airplane who was involuntarily bumped due to overbooking and refused to leave because he had to work the next day. It was disturbing to watch him get literally dragged off the plane. So much for customer service. The CEO made it worse by sending out a passive aggressive email that more-or-less dissed the passenger for refusing to give up his seat. It doesn’t bode well for United Airlines and the CEO that they can’t think of a single way to a) not overbook the tickets and b) lure a single person off the plane with some sugar. Offer first class for a year, 8 all-expense paid tickets, a free vacation for a week, and to fly the bumped person on the corporate jet – then see what happens.  P reasonably, I wouldn’t get off the plane for an 800 voucher either – I wouldn’t trust United to deliver in that there would be some fine print.  

Or appeal to common decency: “Hey a doctor up here is worried about his patients tomorrow – is there anyone here who will give up his seat for the doctor?  We can’t leave until someone is able to do that for us and him.”
The CEO should be demoted for lack of leadership.

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Disturbing to watch United Airlines video.  The CEO is an idiot :)

Loved”Hell or High Water”

Wife M and I watched “Hell or High Water.”  I loved it.

On its own, it was an attention-holding story.  I worried about the two boys (whether they’d get caught when they were trying to take care of their family), the two rangers (when the one was just a few months from retiring I had a suspicious there would be a potentially-tragic showdown) and the people along the way.  I was rooting for the boys to pull themselves out of debt, but also for the likable police officers (who reminded me of the two DEA agents in “Breaking Bad” and/or the two Sheriffs in “No Country For Old Men”).

It also had many great social comments.  It mentions poverty (“like a disease”) and small towns dying and humans being controlled by the bank.  There was definitely a point that a bank could take advantage of an impoverished old woman and that is legal, but two men robbing that same bank to protect the old woman’s land was not.  Or that it was humorous for the Ranger that the waitress was upset she’d lost her $200 tip to evidence, even after she’d made the comment she was trying to keep a roof over her family’s heads.  Also, in old Westerns you got the sense that American towns were on the path towards growth and prosperity, but in this “modern western” you got the sense that American towns were decrepit and dying.

We live in an age where exploding wage inequality will mean the vast majority of Americans will not have the money to cover illness and old age, and so will do things like take reverse mortgages for pennies on the dollar to cover those costs, which means the wealthy (who give the money for these reverse mortgages) will continue to take a larger share of the pie (e.g. houses for pennies on the dollar) all the while justifying this.  (This was actually one of the root causes of The French Revolution – the wealthy were foreclosing on the poor, who were struggling to cover the rising costs).  It’s not fair and is a huge flaw in the system, and the movie points all this out very well.

I’d love to watch this movie again.  I was too busy enjoying the story and noticing the social commentary to look for other things (symbols, etc.).

 

Loved”Hell or High Water”

Feeling like the country is in a Civil Cold War

All the killings. Don’t remember a time like this in my life in the US. What will pull us out of it? Usually it is something shocking that requires everyone to rally together, which isn’t ideal, especially since it means the underlying issues won’t get addressed. For me, I feel like at the root of it is the US government is too focused on special interests and not jus
the citizens of the world. All the other issues are casualties of that.

Feeling like the country is in a Civil Cold War

Loved “Iverson” documentary

It was wonderful to watch this documentary. Allen Iverson was fun to watch and frankly heroic – if racist hillbillies put me in prison when I was a teen for being black and famous, and if educated talking heads were always judging me after I’d survived the projects, I’d be resentful and pissed with a huge chip on my shoulder. But I’ve always thought he seemed pretty loyal, fair, scrappy and wise when I listen to the message he is actually delivering. So it was a great video to watch in my opinion, although I’m sure the people who need the themes the most will miss the point 🙂

Loved “Iverson” documentary