Laissez le bon temps rouler

There is justice in this world and it is for just us. After being told take it or leave it by the cable and satellite TV monopolies, the cord cutting by the populace is finally biting them on the tukis.

TV Stocks Tumble After AT&T Cord-Cutting Disclosure

The research firm eMarketer says that by the end of last year 16.7 million U.S. adults had already cut the cord and that by the end of this year it will be 22 million.

A day after DirecTV parent AT&T said it would lose subscribers because people are ditching their satellite and cable television services — a phenomenon known as cord-cutting — shares of companies heavily invested in the TV industry tumbled.

Shares of AT&T, the culprit in Thursday’s sell-off, dropped 6 percent, dragging shares of its presumed merger partner, Time Warner, down 2 percent in the process.

AT&T said in a regulatory filing that in the recently ended quarter it would report gaining 300,000 subscribers to its over-the-top digital service while losing 390,000 traditional TV subscribers, for a net loss of 90,000 subs. [snip]

Thursday’s carnage included shares of AMC Networks falling 7 percent; Dish Network off 5 percent; Discovery Communications, Sinclair Broadcast Group and E.W. Scripps Co. each off 4 percent; and Charter Communications down 3 percent. [snip]

Cord-cutting is not a new concept for those who invest in TV companies, but some may be taken aback by the speed at which it is happening. The research firm eMarketer says that by the end of last year 16.7 million U.S. adults had already cut the cord and that by the end of this year it will be 22 million. [snip]

Netflix, presumably one of the beneficiaries of cord-cutting because former cable and satellite TV customers instead flock to its service, saw its shares rise less than 1 percent to $195.86, giving it a market cap of $84.6 billion, more than the combined value of Viacom, CBS and 21st Century Fox.

This shouldn’t e a shock to these companies; Who needs five channels of golf, Martha Stewart jabbers, Propaganda Broadcast Station, Political Sports Talk and the Alpha Nutworks garbage programing. What passes for comedy, the sitcoms are strained. When the ratings go down, the skirts go up, the boobs get bigger and the males get dumber. Thank God there is a limit so they have to cancel.

The movie offerings are comprised of mostly bad acting held together by production techniques. When was it that a well scripted and acted movie was produced? Our local library has a wonderfully stocked selection of DVD’s of old movies and some of the better new releases for free.

Save the loot and buy the popcorn.

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~ H. G. Wells

Iniquitous Individuals

Some creative individual has an opportunity to make a full length animated feature that should be a winner. Call it, “Hollywood: Despicable You!” Let it feature all the effete twits who pompously talked down to America about our right wing morals, our uncaring insensitive ways and anti-women beliefs. To them we are racist, rapist, gun toting wife beating caitiffs. That’s just on Mondays.

Now the overcoat has parted and their Godhead Harvey Weinstein is thrust onto stage center pantless. Weinstein wishes to play the victim now that he’s exposed.

Of more interest is the deafening silence from Hollywood and the tangle-footed scramble by the Jackasses to give back the semen coated dollars they eagerly sought during campaigning. Of course no one knew anything a forehand. Well this circlejerk is so loathsome, it will taint most of the amoral prigs in Hollywood.

Weinstein sexual harassment controversy exposes Hollywood’s double standard

When the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape leaked one year ago, capturing then-candidate, now-President Trump bragging in coarse terms in 2005 about being allowed to grab women because he was a celebrity, Hollywood had a meltdown.

Cher called Trump a “scumbag carny barker” on Twitter. Comedian Patton Oswalt labeled him a “sexist creep.” Actress Emmy Rossum wrote: “misogynistic entitled pig.”

This week, amid revelations that Oscar-winning movie and television producer Harvey Weinstein had a long history of sexually harassing women, Hollywood’s response was largely muted. Film studios on Friday all declined to comment. [snip]

The sordid allegations against Weinstein put Hollywood and Democrats in an awkward spot.

Over the years, Weinstein has given generously to Democrats and liberal causes, contributing more than $600,000 to Democratic politicians and groups, according to federal records. He donated tens of thousands of dollars to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Obama’s oldest daughter, Malia, worked as an intern for Weinstein Co. in New York last summer prior to enrolling at Harvard University. Weinstein also has contributed to the Clinton Foundation, whose website states that the producer provided well over $100,000 as of June.

Ah! Those so sensitive toward women’s issues, the Jackass Party, the Clintons, Obama, Liberal politicians across the land and of course the enablers in Hollywood who in complicity kept their mouths shut, allowed many less than powerful women be abused, coerced and threatened because they had a job and wanted to keep it.
The next question is from where did the money come and who handled the payoffs.

The troubled life of a Snowflake

It must be terrible to live in constant fear of some triggering event or object be it the sight of a statue, an errant sign or a shoe lace. What else can terrorize one so quickly: An unperfumed fart in a dorm elevator perhaps?

Michigan State Launches Investigation Into a Shoelace Mistaken For a Noose

A stray shoelace on the Michigan State University campus being mistaken for a noose led to an investigation and a strong condemnation by the university president and a police investigation.

In a statement on the “racial incident” at a residence hall on Oct. 4, MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon applauded a student for the “courage” she displayed by reporting an item she found outside her room. The statement also claimed an investigation was being conducted by the MSU Police and the Office of Institutional Equity.

Simon also condemned the “noose”— which, again, was later found to be a shoelace — as a “symbol of intimidation and threat that has a horrendous history in America” that “is not tolerated on our campus”:

I want to be clear: This type of behavior is not tolerated on our campus. No Spartan should ever feel targeted based on their race, or other ways in which they identify. A noose is a symbol of intimidation and threat that has a horrendous history in America.

After the investigation was conducted, however, MSU spokesman Jason Cody issued another statement saying the police have determined the item was a “packaged leather shoelace and not a noose.” [snip]

Cody also clarified that the person who lost the shoelace lived on the same floor as the person who reported the incident and did not intend harassment.

In 2015, the University of Delaware launched a hate crime investigation over paper lanterns on campus. At Bowling Green State University, a student reported lab equipment in a window as a Ku Klux Klan meeting, while a stray banana peel triggered the cancelation of a Greek life event at the University of Mississippi earlier this year.

There is more than a bit of humor in this. If one knows a smattering of their early history, you might recall the Battle of Thermopylae. If you suffered under a recent public school education, perhaps you saw the movie “300”. That’s the short version.

Michigan State’s cognomen is the “Spartans”; one cannot believe those real Spartans would be triggered by much of anything.

The Snowflakes at MSU befoul the name “Spartans and the University should convert the the name to the “Daunted”.

Food Follies

Man is an omnivore, no a herbivore and not just a carnivore. One look at the dental arrangement confirms this. We don’t have the heavy enamel on our teeth to allow for the constant grinding necessary to break down cellulose. Nor is our digestive system made to deal with meat the way a carnivore does. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to find out there is a problem with a strict vegetarian diet.

Pregnant vegetarians are three times more likely to have kids who abuse drugs and alcohol, study finds

  • A new study has found that the children of pregnant women who are vegetarian have a higher risk of struggling with addiction
  • The report’s researchers observed 15-year-old children whose mothers did not eat meat during their pregnancies
  • These children were twice as likely to engage in underage drinking and smoking

Women who avoid meat during pregnancy dramatically raise the risk of their children becoming hooked on drugs and alcohol, according to new research.

A study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that adolescents aged 15 whose mothers refrained from eating meat while they were pregnant were more prone to substance abuse.

Specifically, they were almost twice as likely to indulge in underage drinking and smoking, and nearly three times as likely to use cannabis.

While recent health trends reflect larger numbers of people converting to vegetarianism, researchers are warning of the adverse affects of the lifestyle that could harm children.

For the study researchers analyzed the habits of 5,109 women and their offspring. The children of those who ate meat daily during their pregnancies were compared to those whose mothers abstained from meat during that time.

The due dates of the women the researches observed were between April 1, 1991, and December 31, 1992.

The researchers evaluated 5,246 of their children and the median age of the adolescent participants was about 15.5 years old.

The alcohol, drug and tobacco use habits of all the children were evaluated, which led researchers to link vegetarianism during pregnancy to an increased risk of substance abuse. [snip]

Most vegetarians have a B12 deficiency while pregnant, as the vitamin is mainly available from meats and shellfish.

Vitamin B12 is essential for the body to metabolize folic acid, a nutrient vital for the development of a healthy fetus.

Because of this, the implementation of vegetarian foods that are B12-rich along with more widespread use of supplements could prove beneficial for pregnant vegetarians.

Dr Hibbeln said: ‘Among Western populations infants of vitamin B12 deficient mothers have poor brain growth, developmental regression, irritability, thrive poorly and demonstrate residual deficits in cognitive and social development.’

There is always a penalty for living outside the normal.

Lagniappe

All you need to do with this is enjoy.

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