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Monday, September 07, 2015

Social Justice Convergence in action

ESPN is "in a panic":
  • Disney Stock Tanks as Cable Revenue Disappoints – The Street
  • Disney stock hit on ESPN fears – CNN
  • Disney Falls as Revenue Misses, Cable Profit Outlook Darkens – Bloomberg
The table was set for this bad news in May, and internally, ESPN has been in a panic for quite some time. The cord cutting fears have gone from “potential problem” to “very real problem” faster than anyone imagined. When it became clear Keith Olbermann was leaving in early July, we explored the increasing cord cutting phenomenon, and reported how ESPN is under orders from Disney to pull a total of $350 million out of the budget in 2016 and 2017.
Mark St. Cyr explains one likely reason for the "cord cutting" at Zerohedge:
Why wouldn’t ESPN™ (or Disney™ its parent company) go to great efforts to include or push the narrative that “cord cutting” doesn’t necessarily mean “all” that cut have tuned off? In other words: why aren’t numbers from alternative viewing sources highlighted as to show they might not be viewing there – but they are over here? Unless – they aren’t.
And if they’re not – why not? After all, there’s probably no other content infringement policing company for copyright and other applicable ownership rights than Disney and all its subsidiaries. You aren’t going to see it for free or on alternative platforms unless they want or allow for it. Period.

This would also imply if they allowed it (anywhere) it would be accounted for ( i.e., click views, etc.) in some manner of form from across the internet to help take the edge off. i.e., Sure we lost millions from cable, but as you can see here, they’ve just migrated over to this service/platform as an alternative. Monetizing the alternative is a work in progress. etc., etc.

However, that seems not to be the case. The case appears – they’ve not only cut: they’ve tuned out or turned off the programming entirely. Why?

It’s hard to say. However, if I use myself as an example, I believe I know a large part of the underlying reason:

ESPN (like a few notable others such as NBC™) has seemingly transformed at near hyper-speed from sports reporting – to political sports reporting. The political edge now rampant throughout the shows, games, interviews, et al is overbearing, overburdening, and overdone.
From SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police:

The public schools can no longer educate, so people are turning to homeschooling. The universities can no longer provide liberal arts educations, so people are becoming technology-assisted autodidacts. The banks no longer loan, the state and local governments no longer provide basic public services, the military does not defend the borders, the newspapers no longer provide news, the television networks no longer entertain, and the corporations are increasingly unable to provide employment.

Even as the institutions have been invaded and coopted in the interests of social justice, they have been rendered unable to fulfill their primary functions. This is the great internal contradiction that the SJWs will never be able to positively resolve, just as the Soviet communists were never able to resolve the contradiction of socialist calculation that brought down their economy and their empire 69 years after Ludwig von Mises first pointed it out. One might call it the Impossibility of Social Justice Convergence; no man can serve two masters and no institution can effectively serve two different functions. The more an institution converges towards the highest abstract standard of social and distributive justice, the less it is able to perform its primary function.

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129 Comments:

Anonymous Wyrd September 07, 2015 4:12 AM  

ESPN suxxorz because the jocks took too many easy-A grievance studies courses in college.

Blogger ScuzzaMan September 07, 2015 4:16 AM  

Wyrd: Word

Anonymous Fp September 07, 2015 4:24 AM  

Vox's new book is looking more and more prescient all the time.

Anonymous Wyrd September 07, 2015 4:39 AM  

I taught two semesters of English composition in college as a grad student. In one class, I had two football students. One was mediocre but was there for every day. The other, when he was there, slept. The first I gave a C because he gave his best effort. The other I failed. The Sports department begged me to pass him. I refused.

Anonymous PhillipGeorge©2015 September 07, 2015 5:07 AM  

It's the ultimate irony.
People used to have to wait one day a week for a sermon. Politely sit through it and take from it what they wanted to.

Now sermons, and I mean, SJWs relentless sermonizing is 24/7 in every medium.

And what's wrong with politics. It used to concern itself with things like regulating ports, traffic, air space, counting bridges and paving stones, and budgeting for stuff like dams and irrigation systems. Now just about every word reported on from the lips of a civil servant called a politician is a moral diatribe. If the sermons were worth a toss, a horse called respect would not have bolted so very long ago. But that horse is gone.

Anonymous Ostar September 07, 2015 5:17 AM  

I cut off my cable TV (Time Warner) recently. I told them it was for ESPN disciplining Curt Schilling for saying the truth and dozens of pointless SJW channels I never watch and don't want my money going to support.
Netflix and the Internet are all I need anymore.

Blogger Markku September 07, 2015 5:21 AM  

cord cutting fears have gone from “potential problem” to “very real problem” faster than anyone imagined.

SJWs always die.

Anonymous Wyrd September 07, 2015 5:23 AM  

Lush

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7cqkpy4QrQ

Anonymous FisherOfMen September 07, 2015 5:29 AM  

>And what's wrong with politics. It used to concern itself with things like regulating ports, traffic, air space, counting bridges and paving stones, and budgeting for stuff like dams and irrigation systems.

This "state" was more than a hundred years ago. Go read "The Forgotten Man" and you'll realize you haven't had the government you thought you had since 1913 or earlier.

Blogger Doom September 07, 2015 5:32 AM  

Then why are you a moderate? Perhaps I missed something, misunderstood? But that is what I am gathering from recent notions. And I won't support a moderate. No matter how badly the left hates him, if he is truly a moderate as my brother was, he is simply waiting to surrender. If you genuinely are a moderate, and if you get to a position where you believe they would back off forever, you would turn coat in a heartbeat.

Knowing this, how can you be a moderate, or even a liberal? I'm... rethinking some things after reading a bit here, and your new book. I'll look it over, fully, before deciding if you are just a trick or not. I don't play nice because I don't play. It's all for keeps. I can walk off and not give two hoots, or stay and play, or some portion of each. But I don't have to do anything. And I won't link my fate to a moderate.

Anonymous Takin' a look September 07, 2015 5:34 AM  

-Ostar

But,but,but think of the Chilluns! Don't they need Discovery, TLC, History, Animal Planet? Paleoworld is so educational!

(What do you mean its not on anymore?!? WTF is this midget life/gypsy wedding/amish mafia crap?!?)

Cable has turned into utter drivel, and they frigging introduced commercials. Let it die and die gnashing and screaming.

Anonymous Pax Romana September 07, 2015 5:36 AM  

Good grief, aside from the thing with trains, the present and near-future seems more and more like Rand's "Atlas Shrugged."

Blogger ScuzzaMan September 07, 2015 6:20 AM  

Rand was a smart woman. Sadly, like many of us, blinded by her own intelligence into thinking she was never wrong about anything, ever.

Anonymous rienzi September 07, 2015 6:25 AM  

The HOA where I live provides very nice cable for "free". I recently clicked through all 129 channels. Nothing. Absolute and complete brainless garbage. All I've watched on it in years are football and local weather forecasts.

I have a 65" HD tv, and about all it's good for is as a humongous computer monitor. What a waste. Should have spent the money on firearms instead.

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 07, 2015 6:35 AM  

I knew that the cable companies were in trouble when my cable bill inexplicably dropped by $35 per month. That's never happened before.

On the other hand ESPN has gone political in a big way. The SJWs can never really get a hold of sports themselves, as they do not thrive in a competitive let alone a hyper-competitive environment.

However sports casting is different story altogether, I doubt if the ex-athletes who had previously dominated that field welcomed the changes that destroyed ESPN but we all know how SJW entryism works at this point.



Blogger YIH September 07, 2015 6:41 AM  

@4 Wyrd:
The other I failed. The Sports department begged me to pass him. I refused.
Racisss!

Blogger The Original Hermit September 07, 2015 6:42 AM  

I had cable when I first moved out of the boonies about 10 years ago. At the time there were still a few good shows to watch. But I noticed after a month that all the shows available we had already seen, there were 300 channels where 60 would have been sufficient. And there were still commercials. We kept it for longer than we should have because there was On-demand shows that were ok, but Netflix has replaced that with something better.
I get somebody walking through the neighborhood every month or so trying to get me to add cable. I wouldn't do it for free.

Blogger Joe A. September 07, 2015 6:45 AM  

Holy shit. I've been under a rock. I didn't know Disney owned ESPN. That explains a lot.

Blogger VD September 07, 2015 6:48 AM  

I'm... rethinking some things after reading a bit here, and your new book. I'll look it over, fully, before deciding if you are just a trick or not. I don't play nice because I don't play. It's all for keeps. I can walk off and not give two hoots, or stay and play, or some portion of each. But I don't have to do anything. And I won't link my fate to a moderate.

Doom, why are you still, after all these years, under the impression that anyone here cares what you do or what you think? Yes, you have considerably missed something. You usually do, because you are too narcissistic to pay any sufficient attention to anything that is not your navel.

The fact that you would somehow reach the conclusion that I am a moderate means that you are not even close to being tall enough for this ride.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 07, 2015 6:51 AM  

Sports media is a white minstrel show. Take Mike & Mike an ok show to listen to on Mondays during football season, but during the Jenner hysteria the "Thought Leader" Greenberg leading the jock thru an utter embarrassment of cheering on Jenner, I almost felt sorry for that shlump.

Anonymous MrGreenMan September 07, 2015 6:51 AM  

@18 Joe A

Disney owns the most of the ABC hydra -- they spun off ABC radio, but kept the television and sports networks.

Through the A&E partnership with Hearst, they own the History Channel.

Blogger VD September 07, 2015 6:52 AM  

I don't play nice because I don't play. It's all for keeps. I can walk off and not give two hoots, or stay and play, or some portion of each. But I don't have to do anything. And I won't link my fate to a moderate.

There is no us, Bob. We don't exist.

Blogger YIH September 07, 2015 7:14 AM  

@18 Joe A.:
I didn't know Disney owned ESPN.
ABC bought up ESPN, then (post-'85) Disney bought up ABC.

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 07, 2015 7:14 AM  

I'm not sure how well Disney is doing at the moment.

ESPN was the jewel in the cable crown and now it's gone.

ABC, lets face it, is a money loser. They don't care if it doesn't make a profit. The fact that they renewed both Galavant and Agent Carter proves that. It's only there to raise brand awareness, so far as Fort Mickey is concerned.

They are putting money back into the parks, which had languished under Eisner. I'm glad for that.

The Disney Vacation Club on the other hand has begun to suck. At this point it's just too big to be as enjoyable as it used to be.

It was at first a good deal for both the members and for Disney. Whenever they put up a new resort half would be hotel the other half would be vacation club, which meant they could retire construction loans almost immediately.

Aulani in Hawaii was a disaster for them, the DVC CFO screwed up the exchange rates for the yen and the yuen and China and Japan were the primary markets for that Vacation Club. The blood was ankle deep on the floor after that one.

The movies look to be breaking even. When they should be solidly in the black but they have had a couple of mega-bombs (John Carter, Tomorrowland) courtesy of two PIXAR directors. They will be in the red if a single Marvel movie fails. I have no idea how they finance those movies but the paper has to be very high interest, so a box office bomb is going to have an outsized effect.

Plus side. Disney KNOWS how to take care of their brands. That has always been the secret of Disney's success.

If the SJWs get a hold of those in a serious way and Mickey starts preaching about pan-gender inclusion and diversity, then it's over.

Blogger YIH September 07, 2015 7:33 AM  

@24 Cataline Sergius:
If the SJWs get a hold of those in a serious way and Mickey starts preaching about pan-gender inclusion and diversity, then it's over.
The SJW's got a hold of Disney 30 years ago.

Blogger Jack Ward September 07, 2015 7:34 AM  

Maybe I missed something, but, in checking the first week of NFL schedule I saw a lot of mortar and brick networks carrying the games. CBS and NBC, FOX were there, a lot. Not so much ESPN. Only on the Monday game. Pardon me, Monday games. When did they go to double Monday games? I thought it was a mistake to move Monday Night Football to ESPN. That try for cable subs did not work out so well, did it? We don't use cable here and have a fringe antenna to pull in the cities channels. If I watch a game it's usually with the sound off. I can see the action and don't need to spoon fed what's going on.

Blogger Thordaddy September 07, 2015 7:38 AM  

The desire for radical autonomy is self-annihilation... So an ESPN that seeks a radical autonomy will inevitably become anti-ESPN... A total annihilation of ESPN... This is a part of the collapse. ESPN is in some a "victim" of the professional sports leagues that followed the very same process, but clearly before ESPN set about to seek radical autonomy. So it was first the NFL and NBA and MLB going the way of anti-NFL/NBA/MLB and ESPN has only really conformed to the liberationist pact.

Blogger dlw September 07, 2015 7:42 AM  

@22:
We don't exist.
---
...and we don't care.

Anonymous George of the Jungle September 07, 2015 7:54 AM  

The quote about serving two masters is apt. You'd think these companies would have people at the top who are smart enough to figure that out on their own. But then I always remember that these clowns are first and foremost in bed with the government, so everything that comes from that has a sort of tragic predictability about it.

Anonymous zen0 the Unprincipled September 07, 2015 7:57 AM  

@26 Jack Ward

If I watch a game it's usually with the sound off. I can see the action and don't need to spoon fed what's going on.

Once, long ago, lost in the mists of time, in a fit of experimentation, a network broadcast a game without any commentary, just the stadium noise. I remember it fondly, or at least, think I do.

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 07, 2015 8:13 AM  

@YIH

I didn't say there weren't SJWs at Disney.

I said they don't have control of the branding and they don't. If they had you would see Minnie having sex reassignment surgery in addition having Goofy and Pluto celebrating a different kind of love.

Blogger totenhenchen September 07, 2015 8:38 AM  

I remember that. It was ABC, I think. I watched with my dad as he strummed his acoustic guitar and occasionally remarked how nice it was to watch a game without people telling you what to think every second.

Anonymous Red September 07, 2015 8:50 AM  

That experiment was on NBC in about 1980 with the Dolphins and i can't remember who. It was one of the better game broadcasts that I remember.

Anonymous Gapeseed September 07, 2015 9:12 AM  

Grantland will be gone in less than a year, no doubt. I heard it was a big money loser and point of contention in the Bill Simmons blowout. There was some SJW sensibility there, but Grantland also employed some very smart writers doing some heady statistical analysis.

Blogger VD September 07, 2015 9:17 AM  

Grantland will be gone in less than a year, no doubt.

It wouldn't surprise me. No boutique operation spending lots of money on name writers has succeeded online.

Blogger David-093 September 07, 2015 9:22 AM  

SJWs aren't running the MCU movies. Kevin Feige is ruthless about making sure the movies don't turn off the customers, and so far, three phases in, they're still either neutral or anti-SJW.

But Disney channel and ABC are pure trash. I remember watching them as a kid and even then there was some of the leftist tripe, but it wasn't relentless, usually there was one message per show and that was it. Now, their shows about gay people, trannies, sluts, etc. They shouldn't be wondering why their revenue is plummeting.

Anonymous Gx September 07, 2015 9:28 AM  

I stopped reading Grantland when it became obvious that it was more TV/Hollywood gossip magazine (not to mention that preachy fat leftie of Pierce and his "we must repent and accept the State as our Lord and Saviour" schtick) than it was about sports.

Though watching ESPN not understanding why eSports are making a lot of moolah (maybe because a lot of young men migrated there instad of pink NFL?) is hilarious.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 07, 2015 9:32 AM  

a network broadcast a game without any commentary, just the stadium noise.

I'm waiting for people to start doing Rifftrax-style simulcasts to go with games: mute your TV and listen to someone else do streaming commentary over the net. I'd think the speed should be good enough for that now. Anyone with a couple friends who could do entertaining patter during the game could try it.

Whether it could be profitable is another question, but I think there could be a market for alternative audio of that sort. I already do it sometimes by muting the TV and turning on the radio, where the local guys know the team much better than the network TV guys who fly in for the weekend. But if you don't have a good local radio crew, or if you'd like more strategy discussion or more commentary and less play-by-play, or just play-by-play without commentary, wouldn't it be nice to have choices?

Now someone will tell me thousands of people are already doing just that, and I'm behind the times.

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler September 07, 2015 9:46 AM  

Thank you VD for that quote from your book. You are right on. I will quote that in my next book by applying it to the Church. Everything you said in those two paragraphs can be said about the RCC and all the mainline Prot Churches.

But this is the core element. Our whole society, our culture, our civilization, our philosophy, our educational institutions, our churches, our media, have all been converted into serving the Jew and his ideology. We are all Jewish. SJWism is Cultural Marxism and that is all SJWism is, Jewish Ideology. Everything is Jewish. The whole world is Jewish. The European liberal weenie to the European Atheist, who all are SJWs, are practicing Judaism, and they don't know it.

Everything has been converted to Judaism. What they have done is attached morality to their ideology and then it must be enforced, therefore the Totalitarianism of SJWism. SJWs are patsies, stormtroopers of the Frankfurt School.

Blogger bob k. mando September 07, 2015 9:48 AM  

10. Doom September 07, 2015 5:32 AM
Then why are you a moderate?




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_4bp8bBNVw

Blogger Jack Ward September 07, 2015 10:00 AM  

@30 You remember right. I saw that game live. They did it once. It was OK.
Above folk were talking about limiting themselves to things like Netflix. Denninger at the market ticker is onto net neutrality this morning. Again. And, Netflix figures prominently. The thing is those netflix users hit the bandwidth hard, especially in the early evening. Netflix has done a masterful job of hogging bandwidth but not paying for it themselves. The ISP's are not allowed, by law, to id those companies that do not pay their fair share for bandwidth and want that cost to be transferred to ALL users. Nice if you can get away with it. I suppose Netflix payed off politicians, or whatever. Problem is I get to make up the difference, me and a lot of other normal bandwidth users, while the movie freaks think they are getting a deal. They are. I'm paying for it. I thnk Denninger once figured that a Netflix user, properly paying for bandwidth used, would pay about $50 or more a month for movie streaming. Those ISPs are not going to operate at a loss. Not for long. They are not allowed to backcharge companies like Netflix thus, are coming after all users. If I choose to be reasonable to save money? won't work anymore. You people with your heavy hitting of the bandwidth? Go ahead, keep it up. Ruin it for all of us. See market-ticker.org and its archives for details. Brother Karl used to run an ISP and knows of what he speaks.

Anonymous HardReturn¶ September 07, 2015 10:02 AM  

ESPN's heyday was a long time ago. Unless it's playoffs I mute sound for NFL when I watch it because of political blather. College football coverage on ESPN is m ore annoying too. Maybe it's the dead air problem of covering football, although the classic networks are less annoying and don't showboat like ESPN. Sports with constant action like hockey or soccer are not conducive to announcers delivering didactic SJW homilies so maybe the SJW announcers just gravitate toward football.

Blogger Nate September 07, 2015 10:02 AM  

This is some excellent ammunition for #fireallSJWS

Anonymous Porky September 07, 2015 10:04 AM  

@7

SJW is the disease that cures itself.

Blogger Nate September 07, 2015 10:05 AM  

it should be noted that SJWs are particularly destructive in the entertainment industry because much of entertainment is escapism and they simply have no way to relate to that. Because their agenda IS their escapism.

So they ruin everyone else's escapism by injecting the very bullshit politics that everyone is there to get a break from.

Blogger Gunnar von Cowtown September 07, 2015 10:16 AM  

@ 20

I can rarely stomach Mike & Mike anymore, as Greenburg is absolutely nauseating in his full blown SJW-ism. Unless there are fags, trannys, Rhonda Rousey or token female intern coaches to discuss he's worthless. Cripes, man. Golick hardly ever shows up anymore, and is often replaced by some annoying AA hire. Jamele Whatsherface has the most irritating radio voice since Dick Vitale.

Last week I was hoping for some fantasy draft advice and tuned in right in the middle of a Greenburg tirade about how putting female reporters in a lockerroom full of nude athletes is an unalloyed good and whatever the hell triggered him was an unparalled blight on the face of society.

Now that Colin Cowherd isn't headlining the ESPN morning radio show anymore, Mike & Mike have no value.

Anonymous Gapeseed September 07, 2015 10:19 AM  

I had dealings with Disney a while back, and they employ a brutal and brutally smart group of people. They have more than their fair share of SJWs, but my sense of the company was that money was their god, all else be damned. And it makes sense - a public company must answer to its shareholders. If there was a way of conclusively showing a link between SJW preaching and declining market share, the preaching would eventually grind to a halt. Too bad we can't get some of the stat-heads at Grantland on the case. Muting Disney would be a major victory in the culture war, one won without firing too many shots.

Anonymous Porky September 07, 2015 10:21 AM  

I blame that annoying voice-over guy who says "SportsCenter..........brought to you by........Mike's Hard Lemonade."

Blogger James Dixon September 07, 2015 10:22 AM  

> The ISP's are not allowed, by law, to id those companies that do not pay their fair share for bandwidth and want that cost to be transferred to ALL users.

Netflix isn't using the bandwidth. THE ISP's customers are. If the ISP isn't billing their customers enough for their bandwidth usage, that their problem, not Netflix's.

> Problem is I get to make up the difference, me and a lot of other normal bandwidth users, while the movie freaks think they are getting a deal. They are. I'm paying for it.

Then don't pay for it. Go somewhere else.

> They are not allowed to backcharge companies like Netflix thus, are coming after all users.

Exactly as they should. Again, Netfix isn't the one using the bandwidth. The ISP's customers are.

What you're arguing for is metered usage. Which is fine, but almost nobody else wants it. In a thriving marketplace, you'd be able to choose an ISP that offered it anyway, as they would be a niche provider and price accordingly. But since the Internet service is now effectively a regulated monopoly of the telco and cable providers, that's not an option.

Anonymous The other robot September 07, 2015 10:35 AM  

OT: Refugees go on rampage in Europe.

Blogger VFM bot #188 September 07, 2015 10:51 AM  

Only semi-OT: Stumbled on a Netflix movie last night. It turned out to be a set-up for SJW shit-value messages: Busted families, big-city careerist single mother, hip teenager rebelling against stupid old fogies with their stupid old fogey values, ignorant farmers going to their stupid churches, kids attending foolish church youth groups, the hip big-city teenager showing them how to rebel, and then---oh boy!---teen pregnancy! Abortion the solution! I groaned as it unfolded: Here comes the SJW propaganda.

SHOCCK! Couldn't have been more wrong. Should have known, with Tom Selleck in it. Check it out on TV or Netflix. It's 12 years old but you'll never hear anything about it from the hip, sophisticated Hollywood media.

You'll love it.

Blogger VFM bot #188 September 07, 2015 10:55 AM  

"The Twelve Mile Road".

Blogger Rabbi B September 07, 2015 11:10 AM  

"Should have known, with Tom Selleck in it."

Well that may be . . . but his other show "Bluebloods" peddles the SJW agenda pretty well, unfortunately.

Anonymous Realguyfake name September 07, 2015 11:19 AM  

Bought Apple a couple years ago. Jobs had died. The stock was beat up and they just started paying dividends.

Cook took over. My eyebrows were first raised when he was quoted at a board meeting telling shareholders that were concerned about there climate change "investments", that if they didn't like it to sell the stock. Then he writes an op ed on gay marriage.

I was less concerned about the politics then the arrogance. I sold.

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother #225 September 07, 2015 11:27 AM  

The Disney Channel is purely revolting. I do not watch or allow my kids to watch anything from that channel. The only Disney shows worth watching we watch from Netflix.

We still have cable only because Netflix is now available through cable and we don't have strong enough internet service to handle Netflix reliably.

Blogger BunE22 September 07, 2015 11:28 AM  

"What you're arguing for is metered usage."

Like back when I used AOL to get on the internet and paid by the hour? I would get $700-$800 AOL bills, fun times.

Where are these people that get ISPs for less than $50 a month? Not where I live. My daughter is in a rural area with one provider and pays $75 a month, just for internet.

Anonymous The other robot September 07, 2015 11:33 AM  

Someone should send Radley Balko a copy of SJWs Always Lie.

Anonymous Donn #0114 September 07, 2015 11:35 AM  

If you watch sports turn off the tv sound and put on the local radio. They are way too busy describing the action to bother with anything else. Made watching baseball bearable again for me and I had quit watching for a decade. Whenever the wife turned it on I would grab a book and head for my library.

ESPN going down? Oh no! They should have stuck to sports or moved the political crap to ESPN 8, 'The Ocho' If it's Almost a Sport We've Got it Here!

Anonymous Tom B September 07, 2015 11:40 AM  

Gapeseed, The fact they allowed the SJWs in in the first place is why we're having this conversation. Disney's money-hungry people succumb to the siren song of the SJW, and now they are in the minority in their own company. Disney has this same problem in a lot of its new subsidiaries. Marvel movies had to be separated from the parent comic book company because of the damage the SJWs have done with their "recasting" if their proprietary characters. The Hulk is now a teenage Korean genius. Thor is a woman. Captain America is now Black and flies. Ms. Marvel is Muslim. The list goes on.so now the movies will continue to follow a more "orthodox" plot line while the comics sink further into the abyss. It's no surprise that ESPN has gone the same way.

OpenID corvinus333 September 07, 2015 11:45 AM  

ESPN (like a few notable others such as NBC™) has seemingly transformed at near hyper-speed from sports reporting – to political sports reporting. The political edge now rampant throughout the shows, games, interviews, et al is overbearing, overburdening, and overdone.

Looks like there needs to be a movement for ethics in sports journalism.

Blogger dc.sunsets September 07, 2015 11:49 AM  

Being a hydra, Disney Corp can hand various prices of the pie to factions within it. If you want to see where Disney lets the Left go wild, tune to ABC Family channel, a cesspool featuring every cultural Marxist trope in existence while inverting every aspect of ACTUAL family. They hired the same people to name the channel as the ones who christen congressional legislation.

Personally, I detest the endless circuses (organized spectator sports.) What a wonderful way to divert the rabble's limited attention span.

Disney (the people who own and run it) can all dissolve and evaporate as far as I'm concerned.

@PhillipGeorge, my observation about the endless moral harangue today is that the USA has been a de facto theocracy since at least Lincoln's War. Today simply is the theocracy letting it all hang out, a lot like the Volstead Act.

Anonymous Gapeseed September 07, 2015 11:50 AM  

@59 - Tom B, you are no doubt correct. But wouldn't it be great if a shareholder could bring a suit against Disney and other companies armed with proof that hiring SJWs inevitably causes a wasting of company assets, and is thus a breach of the officers' fiduciary duties towards the company? Given what @54 Realguyfake name said about Apple's slide seemingly corresponding to the hiring of SJW Cook, it might be an excellent way of engaging in guerrilla warfare against the entrenched SJWs. If there are any securities lawyers on the thread, please enlighten us.

Blogger dc.sunsets September 07, 2015 11:52 AM  

Vox, rarely have I encountered a brief excerpt that more made me want to read the rest. Of course, I love to indulge in confirmation bias as much as anyone else.

Blogger dc.sunsets September 07, 2015 11:54 AM  

If my views of the future trend for stocks is remotely correct, those setting the tone at most public corporations will be tossed on their ears (or defenestrated, if we're lucky) in less than a decade.

Anonymous anonymous coward September 07, 2015 12:09 PM  

SJW channels I never watch and don't want my money going to support.
Netflix and the Internet are all I need anymore.


Talk about "out of the frying pan and into the fire"!

Boy, you are in for a massive surprise in 10 years when you'll finally be using your Google (tm) Device to connect the the Google (tm) Network to watch approved Google (tm) Provided Content. (LGBTBBQ-themed, of course. You're not a bigot, are you?)

Anonymous Eric the Red September 07, 2015 12:12 PM  

All SJW's engage in cultural marxism. The same fatal flaw that is wrong with economic marxism, is also intrinsic to cultural marxism. The state in reality cannot monitor and regulate every aspect of every detail of its citizens. The state can never hope to have all the information it purports to need in a timely manner, nor can it ever effectively process nor react quickly enough to whatever information it may already have. If it tries to do so, it initially succeeds but ultimately fails miserably by creating chaos in any organization it seeks to control by destroying the original function. Also, the state must inevitably set up a politicized tyranny of 'who-whom' to enforce its will, thereby breeding subversive resistance.

To a great extent, the basic question of any society is "who do you trust". A conservative society relies on traditions and morality to answer that question. However, cultural marxism trusts no one, and so attempts to codify into law, rule, and regulation every aspect of human existence.

Blogger bornagainpenguin September 07, 2015 12:13 PM  

@14 rienzi

I have a 65" HD tv, and about all it's good for is as a humongous computer monitor. What a waste.

It doesn't have to be a waste. Connect that computer, add a remote control and\or a nice wireless keyboard (I like the Logitech K400 myself) and install Kodi (formerly known as XBMC, formerly acronymed as the X-Box Media Center) on the computer and start watching TV again. There are all sorts of streaming addons and programs which can make your TV come to life again. I'm fond of the Home Cinema Experience addon which can take your movies and create a dynamic playlist which includes preview trailers, those nostalgic popcorn and coke intermissions and etc. I also love a program called PseudoTV Live which organizes your local videos and adds streams to various shows and other online videos to recreate the channel surfing experience. Additional stuff can be purchased separately to tie in Netflix to PTVL and add even more shows.

Then of course there's gaming on the TV (whether via emulation or whatever PC games you prefer) and uses such as Skype! There's something really cool about being able to video chat with family miles and miles away on a big screen. Using it as a "giant monitor" is not a waste by any means!

Anonymous anonymous coward September 07, 2015 12:21 PM  

If my views of the future trend for stocks is remotely correct, those setting the tone at most public corporations will be tossed on their ears (or defenestrated, if we're lucky) in less than a decade.

There might not be a 'stock market' in a decade. We're entering very turbulent waters right now. Think a 1914 kind of moment.

Blogger bornagainpenguin September 07, 2015 12:28 PM  

@41 Jack Ward

Netflix has done a masterful job of hogging bandwidth but not paying for it themselves.

Netflix pays for their connection and usage. I pay for my connection and usage. That's the end of the story. Any games where cable companies (and other double-dippers) want to pretend that the pipe allows them to set up a tollbooth is an illegal and immoral attempt to use a monopoly to protect profits of one division with another.

Those ISPs are not going to operate at a loss. Not for long. They are not allowed to backcharge companies like Netflix thus, are coming after all users. If I choose to be reasonable to save money? won't work anymore. You people with your heavy hitting of the bandwidth?

This isn't about reason, this is about control. The ISPs took billions in unsecured loans from the public trough to build out their networks and upgrade their pipes. They decided to pass along the money as dividends and profit off the backs of taxpayers instead. All this talk of congestion and supposed bandwidth hogs is little more than an attempt to finagle another bailout at the expense of the American taxpayer.

Fuck that.

Big Media doesn't get to change the rules to suit themselves. People can and will find something else to do. The way ESPN is already hurting shows exactly this--people aren't getting their sports from other streams, they're bypassing ESPN altogether.

Blogger Lovekraft September 07, 2015 12:40 PM  

Let us all cheer inside for the possible imminent failure of an SJW-infiltrated body.

Anonymous Too-Soon-ami September 07, 2015 12:53 PM  

@24 If the SJWs get a hold of those in a serious way and Mickey starts preaching about pan-gender inclusion and diversity, then it's over.

It's over.

Blogger Thucydides September 07, 2015 12:55 PM  

Wow, while I always thought that Ayn Rand had some genius insights, I never had her pegged as a prophet....

When will we be able to draw the sign of the dollar over the ruins of Progressive society?

Anonymous AlanP September 07, 2015 1:05 PM  

"The more an institution converges towards the highest abstract standard of social and distributive justice, the less it is able to perform its primary function."

Brilliant insight, Vox.

If the US government loses its superpower status, this will be the reason. After which, no one will care what American SJWs think about anything.

Blogger rycamor September 07, 2015 1:14 PM  

47. Gapeseed September 07, 2015 10:19 AM

I had dealings with Disney a while back, and they employ a brutal and brutally smart group of people. They have more than their fair share of SJWs, but my sense of the company was that money was their god, all else be damned.


No, Disney is significantly creepier than that. I honestly don't know what it is, but I fully expect history to look back on the ultimate revelation that Disney is a run by a core group of Satan worshippers carrying out their own Bohemian Grove type ceremonies, and who knows, maybe even human sacrifice.

Blogger Anthony Gillis, the Hydra-Headed Mockery September 07, 2015 1:16 PM  

But wait, I thought what every sports fan wanted, after a hard week's work, was to sit down with a beer and be lectured about social justice by people who may or may not even particularly care about sports themselves?

Just like every investor wants a CEO who pontificates about transgender equality, as opposed to say, cost controls or new product development.

Anonymous Satan's Hamster September 07, 2015 1:20 PM  

@69: "Netflix pays for their connection and usage. I pay for my connection and usage. That's the end of the story."

Uh, no.

Not in the slightest.

ISPs have peering agreements, where they typically accept traffic from each other on the basis of near-equal traffic flows in both directions. Netflix, on the other hand, is almost all traffic to the ISP's customers. Little traffic goes the other way. This is well-documented across the web, if you can be bothered to read about it.

This is a problem for ISPs, particularly when they limit the bandwidth from Netflix, and the ISP's customers then complain to them that Netflix performance sucks.

The Internet was never designed to replace broadcast TV. Either Netflix subscriptions will have to go up, or ISPs will spread the cost over all their customers.

Anonymous Jack Amok September 07, 2015 1:24 PM  

I recently clicked through all 129 channels. Nothing. Absolute and complete brainless garbage.

I don't know the ultimate cause of (and perhaps it's simply SJWs too busy pushing their agenda to actually do their jobs), but there's the phenomenon of cable channels that started out filling some niche people really wanted, did great, and then after a few years stopped actually serving that niche and became nothing but themed reality shows. I know theoretically reality show are supposed to be cheaper to produce, but how can a reality cooking show be cheaper to produce than a traditional how-to-cook show?

I guess the other way this could be related to SJWs is that once you stop serving the niche and instead just theming a channel, it's easier to stuff in the sermons. Sports-themed sermons, cooking-themed sermons, science-themed sermons, nature-themed sermons, hey, whaddaya complaining about? You've got a eight hundred different flavors you can have your SWJ sermon in.

Anonymous Ostar September 07, 2015 1:26 PM  

@61 - Trivia: ABC Family has the name because Pat Robertson, the original owner when it was the Family Channel, had a contract clause mandating the channel have the name Family in it even after sale. (It was Fox Family, then ABC Family.)

Blogger Cail Corishev September 07, 2015 1:26 PM  

Netflix pays for their connection and usage. I pay for my connection and usage. That's the end of the story.

Exactly. Netflix isn't getting away with anything. The problem is that people flip on Netflix now like they used to flip on the TV, because they've gotten used to bandwidth being free. That's going to change, because the ISPs simply can't afford to have every household pulling a couple video streams all day, unless they bump the rate up to $200/day or something. The math just doesn't work. So you're going to start seeing data plans like you have now with phones, and people will have to think about whether they really want to watch that movie right now, or if something else could provide background noise.

It's kind of a screwy situation right now, because stuff like video and audio streams, which are perfect for broadcast through the air because they're primarily one-way and a certain amount of loss is acceptable, have moved to the net where they have to be funneled down through each person's individual pipe with all the overhead that involves. At the same time, much two-way voice communication, which was crystal-clear across copper when I was a kid, is now done through the air on crappy signals that cut out all the time. It's backwards, but it's something the market should straighten out eventually.

Anonymous Jack Amok September 07, 2015 1:37 PM  

So they ruin everyone else's escapism by injecting the very bullshit politics that everyone is there to get a break from.

Nate nails it here, and this highlights the worst aspect of SJWs. It's not enough for them to do things they like - if the rest of us don't "like" those same things too it sends them into a fit.

Anonymous praetorian September 07, 2015 2:15 PM  

College Game Day now has a personal interest sob story every week. Every week.

Nothing is sacred.

Burn it to the ground.

Blogger Josh September 07, 2015 2:56 PM  

College Game Day now has a personal interest sob story every week. Every week.

Nothing is sacred.

Burn it to the ground.


Game day is awesome

Anonymous Jack Amok September 07, 2015 3:03 PM  

It's kind of a screwy situation right now, because stuff like video and audio streams, which are perfect for broadcast through the air because they're primarily one-way and a certain amount of loss is acceptable, have moved to the net where they have to be funneled down through each person's individual pipe with all the overhead that involves.

Yeah, and most of the reasons are bureaucratic and IP-related. Twenty years ago I worked on tech that was TiVo-ish, and the bureaucratic hurdles involved in it were prodigious. Far more difficult than the technical challenges.

Too many no-contribution parasites are putting food on their tables with the current system for it to shake out easily. it'll take the near-collapse of government-sponsored roadblocks to really fix it.

Anonymous praetorian September 07, 2015 3:04 PM  

Game day is awesome

Trump will do what needs to be done.

Blogger James Dixon September 07, 2015 3:21 PM  

> Where are these people that get ISPs for less than $50 a month?

Frontier phone and Internet for $65/month. Actually closer to $75 after they add in all the taxes and extra fees. But that means that Internet service is actually about $45 or less. They claim their packages start at $48. Now, that's 6Mbps DSL, which barely qualifies as broadband any more, but it's what you can get in many rural areas. We can actually only get 3Mbps here at our house.

> Netflix, on the other hand, is almost all traffic to the ISP's customers.

That's the case for almost all home user traffic. It's why the ISP's can get away with asymmetrical connections. They know most of the traffic will be down to the customer.

> The Internet was never designed to replace broadcast TV. Either Netflix subscriptions will have to go up, or ISPs will spread the cost over all their customers.

Well, yeah. The ISP's have over promised the bandwidth they can provide. That's their fault, not Netfix's.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 07, 2015 3:31 PM  

I worked for the first ISP in my town. There's always been far more down than up, and it's always been a race to keep up with the customers' usage without going broke. Nothing's changed from when we had a bank of 48 28.8Kb modems funneling into one 128Kb uplink, except that people now watch TV online, making them all power users, so you can't oversell at a 10-to-1 ratio anymore.

It's okay, though. ISPs will switch to metered data (I already have a 15GB/month cap for $50/month, out here in the sticks). People who want to stream TV every day will have to pay extra, and the non-TV-watchers won't. At least, that's what the market would bring about if people stopped trying to "fix" the problem with government.

Blogger Joel #0164 September 07, 2015 3:43 PM  

What I don't understand is why Netflix is different than YouTube? Isn't YouTube streaming video as well? I don't use Netflix, but I do use YouTube quite a bit. What's the difference? Or is there one?

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler September 07, 2015 3:48 PM  

Has anybody thought of this: Once Germany has accepted this "immigrants", they can't and won't be able to deport them? If Germany once again becomes nationalistic and attempts to deport them, will Nato be bombing Germany like it did Serbia?

Anonymous Jim Milo September 07, 2015 3:50 PM  

Today's big story in Canada was a candidate in a no-hope riding caught pissing in a customer's sink.

Three years ago. Says more about the vetting process than the SJWs who recycled it.

Channel surfed for ten minutes today. The only thing remotely interesting was a 90's review with clips of Jobs about the iMac, and an Ingmar Bergmann doc. Not in a mood for sports either.

The only reason I even have cable (IPTV) is because I share this house and triple play is cheaper than net only.

Anonymous Jim Milo September 07, 2015 4:01 PM  

@15 There is a CFL commentator and former pro football player on Canadian sports channels that is also a lawyer.

A friend (Navy vet, electrical engineer) won a lawsuit against him at the Ontario Court of appeal.

Pro se.

Even dicta from the Court on how such a shitty lawyer he was.

Anonymous A. Nonymous September 07, 2015 4:05 PM  

The movies look to be breaking even. When they should be solidly in the black but they have had a couple of mega-bombs (John Carter, Tomorrowland) courtesy of two PIXAR directors. They will be in the red if a single Marvel movie fails. I have no idea how they finance those movies but the paper has to be very high interest, so a box office bomb is going to have an outsized effect.

Plus side. Disney KNOWS how to take care of their brands. That has always been the secret of Disney's success.

If the SJWs get a hold of those in a serious way and Mickey starts preaching about pan-gender inclusion and diversity, then it's over.


It'll be interesting to see how this new Star Wars film performs. Jew-in-charge J.J. Abrams appears to be pitching a thuggish-looking black man (named "Finn" of all things) as "the new Luke Skywalker", along with a diminutive female staff-fighter as the new Leia and a "Hispanic" fighter pilot as the new Han Solo. The only North/Western European-looking man in the main cast is one of the villains.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 07, 2015 4:05 PM  

I don't use Netflix, but I do use YouTube quite a bit. What's the difference? Or is there one?

Mainly a difference of quantity. Most people use YouTube to watch something short, and then go do something else. Or they're doing searches in between videos. Most aren't streaming it constantly for hours like they are with Netflix. Many YouTube videos are also low quality, so they aren't that large. Not many YouTube users are pulling bandwidth like the Netflix user who turns on a TV show in HD and watches it all day long.

If YouTube (or Hulu or any other service) becomes as popular as Netflix and pushes the same quality of video (with the same restrictions from the content providers on how long the data can remain on your system), it'll present the same problem. A guy I know who works for a local ISP says 60% of their traffic is from Netflix. So for now, nothing else comes close. Not even porn, amazingly enough.

Anonymous Satan's Hamster September 07, 2015 4:13 PM  

@85: "That's the case for almost all home user traffic. It's why the ISP's can get away with asymmetrical connections. They know most of the traffic will be down to the customer."

Sigh.

We're not talking about ISP to customer. We're talking about ISP to ISP.

You're connected to ANet. I'm connected to BNet. You're watching a video from foo.com, which is connected to BNet. I'm watching a video from bar.com, which is connected to ANet. The traffic between ANet and BNet is equal. There's no point charging for that traffic, because it's just another level of bureaucracy where we'll end up paying each other pretty much the same amount, with a lot of overhead on top.

Now we both go to Not.flix, which is on BNet. Suddenly there's a lot of traffic from BNet to ANet, but hardly any traffic from ANet to BNet. Now ANet wants to be paid to carry all that traffic from BNet, because it has to pay the cost of delivery, but sees no similar benefit from BNet paying the cost of traffic going the other way... because there isn't any worth speaking of.

Which part of this is so hard to understand?

@87: As I understand it, Google have agreements with the ISPs they pair with to pay for that traffic.

Blogger rcocean September 07, 2015 4:15 PM  

Other than sports, old movies, and reruns of a few old TV shows, Cable TV is a wasteland. Someone up thread got it right, you click through 300 channels and its all worthless crap. Its all either SJW or aimed at morons. Games have to TiVo'd otherwise you have to watch 400 commercials and listen to inane SJW announcers.

Anonymous Jim Milo September 07, 2015 4:15 PM  

@30 In Montreal it was common to put the Expos/Allouettes/Habs on in French (many games were also only on in French) and listen to CFCF or CJAD give the calls in hang-lish.

Hockey Night In Canada was on CBMT analog channel 6 which we often listened to in the car (audio at 87.75 FM).

The mere idea of PAYING to watch sports on TV offends me.

Blogger rcocean September 07, 2015 4:16 PM  

If there any way to see College Football and the PGA without Cable TV? If so, sign me up.

Anonymous RCPete September 07, 2015 4:25 PM  

For what it's worth, satellite internet is metered. I have a mid-range package combined with a mid-range TV service, and the two cost about $120 a month (that's $65 for the net).

Off peak (2AM to 8AM) bandwidth is 50GB a month, with primetime 10GB a month. Considering my alternatives are cell-phone based or dialup, I'll go with it. I usually skip the videos and other streaming stuff, and do the heavy downloads in off-peak.

When I went to school, Illinois had terrible teams (it was between recruiting scandals), so I didn't get much into college sports. I'll usually skip pro football, unless Da Bears make it to the Superbowl.

Blogger astrodominant September 07, 2015 4:31 PM  

ESPN does not cover sports they cover political correctness in the sports world by lefty blow dried pussies and she he's pretending to be women. I hope they dry up and blow away. Monday night football used to draw a 70 share in the 70's and Howard Cosell, Don Merideth and Frank Gifford were fucking drunk off their ass and could do a better job than these political correct pussies.

After living overseas for a few years and seeing normal coverage again I can't watch any US sports broadcast. I read about it the next day or find live stats on games while doing something else.

On Sundays every once in a while we eat at a sports bar for early lunch and I always point out to my wife that the sports show on Telemundo has screaming hot short skirted high heeled women and we have land barge battle axes. As a woman she agrees she would rather watch Telemundo even though she does not understand Spanish.

Blogger Joel #0164 September 07, 2015 4:51 PM  

@91 Thanks for the reply and explanation, Cail. Makes sense.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 07, 2015 5:09 PM  

If there any way to see College Football and the PGA without Cable TV?

I just get free broadcast TV with a rabbit ears. There were at least half a dozen college games on free network TV Saturday. A fairly minor PGA tournament was on NBC on Sunday, and boxing was on CBS. The leaders' rounds of the three American PGA majors were all on broadcast TV; only the British wasn't.

There's been hardly any preseason NFL, but once the season starts, I'll be able to watch all but maybe 2 of my region's team's games for free. Overall, there will be 3-4 games on every Sunday afternoon, another Sunday night on NBC, and Thursday night games on CBS & NBC. The only prominent games I'm likely to miss are the ones that happen to fall on Monday night.

Basically, you can watch a lot of sports on free broadcast TV; you just can't always choose exactly what to watch, and you don't get to watch a bunch of guys discuss it for several hours before and after.

Anonymous RedJack #22 September 07, 2015 5:18 PM  

I don't watch ESPN anymore. Not sure when I stopped, but I don't even watch College game day, which used to be a favorite.

I guess it was when they started cutting coverage of football for women's softball.

Anonymous Brian September 07, 2015 5:39 PM  

ESPN. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network.

Which word comes first?

Anonymous Wyrd September 07, 2015 5:44 PM  

@4 Wyrd:
The other I failed. The Sports department begged me to pass him. I refused.
Racisss!


Damn straight.

Anonymous Jim Milo September 07, 2015 5:58 PM  

@78 you just know someone is going to buy it, put porn on and call it Family Style.

Canadian Learning Television is now the Oprah Canada channel, and the Alberta PBS is now City-tv. In a good move, the regulators stopped policing genre.

If you ever worked in Canadian media, like I did, you know all about cancon regulations. The McKenzie Brothers on SCTV started off as them taking the piss because the show was longer in the Canadian market.

Blogger Owen September 07, 2015 6:20 PM  

Sports was a sanctuary from politics.

No more.

The one reason folks never "cut the cord" was sports programming, Once that became political, why keep it?

Blogger Owen September 07, 2015 6:21 PM  

I think the sports broadcasting will collapse before rebuilding into "Just sports"

Oh, it will eventually go Leftist, but like local radio stations promoting "Just music, no commercials," sports TV will start to church, "Just sports, nothing else"

Blogger James Dixon September 07, 2015 6:25 PM  

> It's okay, though. ISPs will switch to metered data (

I actually expect them to do both: Jack up overall rates and switch to metered data over a certain limit.

> We're not talking about ISP to customer. We're talking about ISP to ISP.

For peering, yes. But peering is a backbone function and not the concern of either end of the connection. They're paying their provider for their bandwidth usage, and it's up to the providers to work out the details of providing the bandwidth.

> Now ANet wants to be paid to carry all that traffic from BNet, because it has to pay the cost of delivery, but sees no similar benefit from BNet paying the cost of traffic going the other way... because there isn't any worth speaking of.

And this should concern the customer why exactly?

> Which part of this is so hard to understand?

Why it's any of the customer's concern.

Which part of this is hard to understand? ANet's customers are paying their bills. ANet has promised them X bandwidth. BNet's customers (in this case Not.flix) are paying their bills. BNet has promised them Y bandwidth. If either or both can't deliver, that's their problem, not the customers. It's call breach of contract. How to provide the bandwidth is up to ANet and BNet, not the customers.

You're arguing that the customer bills don't properly reflect the costs of providing the services they require. No, they don't. But that's for the market to resolve.

Blogger James Dixon September 07, 2015 7:16 PM  

> If there any way to see College Football and the PGA without Cable TV? If so, sign me up.

Collete football without cable? Yes. PGA, not really.

Your options, as far as I know them are over the air broadcasts and slingtv (https://www.sling.com/), the latter of which includes ESPN. I'm aware that there are supposedly more questionable ways of getting the regular broadcasts, but I've never looked into them.

If you don't care if the coverage is live or not, then I believe that most broadcast games find their way onto youtube not too long after the game is completed.

Anonymous A.B. Prosper September 07, 2015 9:02 PM  

I only watch TV because of household inertia and I've never watched football or any other sports other than a very rare martial arts or archery match so ESPN could go dark for all I care

To be fair there are a bare handful of shows that are actually good. I'd say 4 or 5. None of them are dramas interestingly and though I have HBO I don't watch Game of Thrones . Just couldn't get into it late in the show.

Best of all is Ice Lake Rebels. Its its about a community of highly individualistic people living on Great Slave Lake in the Yukon Its completely free of R types since anyone not paying attention and able to handle adversity either leaves or dies. Not a rabbit in sight which is so refreshing.

Also Molly MacKinnon on the show is singularly the most fetching woman on TV now, bar none.

I don't think a single woman in showbiz is feminine, capable, very attractive, tough (lives on in the arctic circle, you have to be. cooks and scavenges.

Also Homicide Hunter Joe Kenda is pretty good for dumb viewing showing the banality of murder to a nice degree but I am biased, its set in my old home town Colorado Springs

Blogger Were-Puppy September 07, 2015 9:35 PM  

The Impossibility of Social Justice Convergence is one of the best insights I got from SJWAL.

Now, if this is what is happening in ESPN, then I wonder how long it will take for them to do something with Marvel, who is so SJW infested I can't even.

Blogger Were-Puppy September 07, 2015 9:38 PM  

@6 Ostar
I did the same thing over a year ago. But I did it for purely financial reasons. You need internet, and if you can swing a combo of Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus and Netflix, you will find you aren't missing much.

Blogger Were-Puppy September 07, 2015 9:50 PM  

@31 Cataline Sergius
@YIH

I didn't say there weren't SJWs at Disney.

I said they don't have control of the branding and they don't. If they had you would see Minnie having sex reassignment surgery in addition having Goofy and Pluto celebrating a different kind of love.
----

I wish they would take a bigger hand in Marvel Comics. I mean, the actual comics part, not the movies, cartoons etc. Because they are more than halfway to what you've described already.

Anonymous Rolf September 07, 2015 9:59 PM  

I've never had cable TV. Or dish / satellite, or whatever. Broadcast and antenna only until about three (four?) years ago, when the other half talked me into Netflix. Don't miss 300 channels of nothing - especially the sports / sitcoms / foreign language. I didn't see anything worth shelling out for from Disney, in spite of having kids... No, scratch that; especially BECAUSE we have kids.

Blogger ray September 07, 2015 10:34 PM  

"ESPN (like a few notable others such as NBC™) has seemingly transformed at near hyper-speed from sports reporting – to political sports reporting. The political edge now rampant throughout the shows, games, interviews, et al is overbearing, overburdening, and overdone."


Yeah. The book quote fit too.

ESPN started filling a fun niche, got corporatized (mammonized), and in the past five years went full PC/feminist/NWO. It's pervasive -- on field, commercials, PSAs, execs, announcers, etc. Clearly, athletics now are far secondary to advancement of their anti-religion.

Many radio sports-talk shows are similar. Endless 'reporting' on the latest Domestic Violence arrest of a Horrible Other Guy or legalistic wranglings from emasculated male announcers. Daytime t.v. for the New Wo/Man.

Women are now everywhere in televised men's athletics, forced down our throats constantly by our Betters.

The last time I watched a super bowl at a married guy's house, at the moment of kickoff, his wife entered with a duster, stood in front of the screen, and pretended to dust for awhile.

Blogger ray September 07, 2015 10:54 PM  

34 -- Bill Simmons is a feminist punk.

Blogger ray September 07, 2015 11:00 PM  

'I'm waiting for people to start doing Rifftrax-style simulcasts to go with games: mute your TV and listen to someone else do streaming commentary over the net.'


Good idea. I'm old enough to remember MNF when it was goofy, irreverent and fun, with expert analysis.

Toss the Thought Police corporations and employees off the air. Use The People against them for a change.

Anonymous TheVillageIdiot(Ret.) September 07, 2015 11:56 PM  

Netflix just added the movie:
THE PATRIOT
#SecessionNow

DannyR

Blogger papabear September 08, 2015 1:37 AM  

Disney/Lucasfilm: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/463533/Soldier-reveals-homosexuality-Star-Wars-book

Blogger Dirk Manly September 08, 2015 9:52 AM  

Here's the problem: Peering agreements

Why? Because they're stupidly archaic.

If the ISPs are too stupid to pull their heads out of the 1980's long-distance telephone model... WHY is that supposed to be Netflix's problem?

The routers run... they cost the same amount to run regardless of which direction the bits are flowing.

This whole false dilemma is nothing more than ISP execs being nothing more then warmed-over telco execs who came into the business in the 1980's, and can't imagine the concept of throwing away peering agreements and just agreeing to connect with each other for the good of providing better service for their customers.

Blogger riptapart September 08, 2015 10:19 AM  

Same here. That makes it that much easier to cheer the demise or ESPN. It is just another channel, an extra socialist propaganda network.

Blogger riptapart September 08, 2015 10:19 AM  

Same here. That makes it that much easier to cheer the demise or ESPN. It is just another channel, an extra socialist propaganda network.

Blogger riptapart September 08, 2015 10:19 AM  

Same here. That makes it that much easier to cheer the demise or ESPN. It is just another channel, an extra socialist propaganda network.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 08, 2015 10:31 AM  

The routers run... they cost the same amount to run regardless of which direction the bits are flowing.

Yeah, I'm a little spooked by the notion that data travelling one way makes it cheaper to transmit it the other way, or whatever that was about.

I've worked with one of those ex-telco ISPs (actually a small telco that added an ISP to its services), and they're just that. Telcos run on a mess of regulations and subsidies and transfer payments going back to the monopoly days, and they can't imagine a world without them. They're not the least bit free-market oriented. (Nor are they privacy-oriented or anti-authoritarian. They like enforcing DMCA orders.) They're willing to make money selling the free-wheeling Internet, but they don't really like it, and they wish it were a lot more respectable.

Anonymous BGS September 08, 2015 10:40 AM  

Captain America is now Black and flies.

Does he personally fly or is he covered in flies?

If Germany once again becomes nationalistic and attempts to deport them, will Nato be bombing Germany like it did Serbia?

Luckily the US military is not what it was, the 69th light Tranny division will be deployed to help the moslems, & the moslems will behead their allies.

Jew-in-charge J.J. Abrams appears to be pitching a thuggish-looking black man ... as "the new Luke Skywalker

An actual majik negro.

Blogger sysadmn September 08, 2015 11:06 AM  

Case in point: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/donald-sterling-audio-racist-remarks-los-angeles-clippers-nba/

Brian Grantland describes the process approvingly:

A certain opinion — and I’d argue that this is, in nearly every case, an opinion that falls on the lefty side of the political spectrum — is articulated. It surfs Twitter. The opinion builds momentum until it becomes, with a few noisy exceptions, the de facto take of the entire sportswriter intelligentsia (perhaps the wrong word).

That opinion then becomes something like a movement. Pressure is exerted on people and institutions — in this case, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Sterling’s fellow-owners, even Michael Jordan. The sportswriterly consensus doesn’t necessarily match the fans’ take — see the case of NCAA amateurism, where I’m pretty sure the writers are ahead of many or most of their readers. But watching the speed with which this happens has been astounding. It’s something like the sports-page equivalent of community organizing.


Heaven forbid you should search the sports blogs wanting sports news; they're an Army of SJW righteousness.

Blogger Danby September 08, 2015 12:03 PM  


This whole false dilemma is nothing more than ISP execs being nothing more then warmed-over telco execs who came into the business in the 1980's, and can't imagine the concept of throwing away peering agreements and just agreeing to connect with each other for the good of providing better service for their customers.

Bullshit
Bandwidth costs money. Peering agreements are a way to share that cost from both parties that benefit. If you benefit and it jsut costs me money with no benefit, why should I peer with you?
The way the ISP market is currently structured (priced at bandwidth per month), non-netflix users subsidise netflix users, and non-torrenters subsidize torrenters.
Simply, the market won''t support that.
So the choice for netflix users is either they pay more to netflix, who use the money to pay ISPs to carry their traffic, or they pay more to their ISPs. Either way they will pay.
I fully expect to see ISPs to try to introduce no-streaming plans in the near future. And to be shot down by people like you who think you have a right to freeload.

Anonymous Jack Amok September 09, 2015 1:19 AM  

Absolutely, bandwidth costs money. It costs more money when it comes with a bunch of useless but expensive ex-telco execs as overhead.

But... cumulative bandwidth doesn't really cost money. Capacity does. If I have 100 MBit capacity between point A and point B that I use an hour a day, that has pretty much the same cost as if I used it 23 1/2 hours a day. A little more electricity, but the equipment and the cables cost the same if they're in use or not.

The problem is that the ISPs sell me "100 MBits" that they don't really have. They don't have it because they've sold all my neighbors the same 100 MBits in the hope that we each only use it occasionally and don't notice when the throughput goes down when everyone gets on at the same time each night. It's sorta like fractional reserve banking, they sell the same megabit of bandwidth to multiple people on the assumption not everybody will need to use it at the same time.

The solution - now that devices are almost constantly connected - is to get on a "hard currency standard" and sell people what the ISPs can actually deliver. But I don't expect crony capitalists to do anything so honest.

Anonymous Jack Amok September 09, 2015 1:31 AM  

I fully expect to see ISPs to try to introduce no-streaming plans in the near future. And to be shot down by people like you who think you have a right to freeload.

No, they'll be shot down by the big-money content providers who don't want the only market for their content that's growing to be strangled by metered charges. If Amazon, Netflix, Google and Disney line up against some ISP that wants to charge per-bit and screw up their business model, I know who I'm going to bet on.

Anyway, per-bit is the wrong thing to charge for as it doesn't really reflect the cost. Like I said above, capacity is what drives the cost, so charging for that (which is what the current model does, though with the "fractional reserve" shenanigans) is the right way to do it. People may have to pay more for the capacity to stream Netflix on five devices simultaneously, but they won't pay per bit.

Blogger SirHamster (#201) September 09, 2015 6:24 PM  

But... cumulative bandwidth doesn't really cost money. Capacity does. If I have 100 MBit capacity between point A and point B that I use an hour a day, that has pretty much the same cost as if I used it 23 1/2 hours a day. A little more electricity, but the equipment and the cables cost the same if they're in use or not.

On the margins it does. And cumulative bandwidth demonstrably has value to the end-users.

The bits of a video game have a different value than the bits of an email or the bits of a video stream.

Maybe some people don't care what bits they get over their internet connection, but most people do. They want a specific song, or a specific video, or a specific piece of intellectual property. The capacity of their pipe matters only in that they want it now.

That extra copy of a video game may cost cents to stream to the gamer, but it is worth dollars to him. What it costs the business does not dictate how the business charges the customers - whether for the content, or the delivery of that content.

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