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Monday, October 07, 2019

White-collar journalists discover financialization

Sports Illustrated just laid off nearly half its staff:
Sports Illustrated cut more than 40 members of its staff on Thursday as part of a restructuring plan. The layoffs were haphazardly executed, with management scheduling meetings Wednesday evening, only to cancel them the next day about 10 minutes before the planned start time. The meetings ended up taking place four hours later, with one scheduled for staffers who were getting laid off and a separate meeting for those who were not, according to a source.

theMaven, which licensed the rights to Sports Illustrated's print and digital publications in June, is behind the decision as it takes full ownership of the company from Meredith Corporation. Meredith sold the Sports Illustrated brand and intellectual property to marketing company Athletic Brands Group earlier this year but had agreed to manage the media business for up to two years.

Rumors about impending changes and layoffs have loomed over the company ever since theMaven took over. The Seattle-based startup also announced in June that Ross Levinsohn has agreed to serve as CEO of the new company, which will be named Sports Illustrated Media. Levinsohn had a short stint as publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, but was put on unpaid leave in 2018 over "questionable behavior" in his past, which he denied.

theMaven plans to hire about 200 contractors to increase Sports Illustrated's local sports coverage, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Sports Illustrated has been subjected to some major changes in the last few years. After being sold to Meredith Corporation by Time Inc. in 2018, ABG bought the brand and intellectual property in May for $110 million. Meredith continued to publish the magazine and website.

The unusual structure of that deal suggested that the Sports Illustrated brand is much more valuable than the magazine.
The sniping is amusing. Who cares if the layoffs were "haphazardly executed". And it's even more amusing to note the emotional, near-hysterical coverage these steep cuts at an elite journalistic institution are receiving considering the way the news media has generally ignored, when they haven't openly sneered at, the suffering of blue-collar Americans.
That’s what is so enraging about Thursday’s blood-letting: It didn’t need to happen. Sports Illustrated did not have to be turned into whatever it will now become.

I asked sports journalist Patrick Hruby for his reaction to the news. “I think Sports Illustrated was caught by two different forces,” he said. “The first is the broader shift from print to digital media and the reality that in the digital world, Google and Facebook have gobbled all the advertising money. That money isn’t coming back, so there was going to be contraction to begin with. But it’s the second force we need to pay attention to. It’s the second force that turns a contraction into destruction. That is the fact that prestigious legacy journalism has been hit within the same bullshit industry—private equity—that’s ravaged so much of the journalistic world. Their business model is not ‘let’s manage a contraction.’ Instead, it’s ‘smash and grab.’ They are vampires bleeding these organizations dry and then selling them for parts. This is of course not limited to just journalism. It’s the over-financialization of our economy. What has happened to Sports Illustrated is what has happened to this country.”
The whole deal was financed by a $54 million loan to the vampires from the bigger vampires. This is the inevitable end result of usury; the methodical strip-mining of the economy.

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73 Comments:

Blogger Shimshon October 07, 2019 5:59 AM  

If I may suggest...learn to code.

Blogger NewTunesForOldLogos October 07, 2019 6:00 AM  

They should’ve expected as much when they decided to put someone in a burkini in the swimsuit issue.

Get woke. Go broke.

Blogger Dave Dave October 07, 2019 6:03 AM  

America enjoyed prosperity due to the strip-mining of the future by boomers. Start learning how to be poor and pick up Milo's book to help with the transition.

Blogger Arthur Isaac October 07, 2019 6:13 AM  

When your neighbor loses their job it's a recession, when you lose yours.....

Blogger Arthur Isaac October 07, 2019 6:14 AM  

No American really wants to be a journalist. There's no money in it. If we don't get illegal immigrants to write sports stories then magazine will cost $150 an issue.

Blogger Brett baker October 07, 2019 6:14 AM  

Shimson has the right idea.

Blogger Ora Tevzre October 07, 2019 6:30 AM  

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gods_of_the_Copybook_Headings

Blogger Robert Browning October 07, 2019 6:30 AM  

They destroy because the lack the ability to lead, create and build. They are inferior to us in every way AND they know it. It is only a matter of time.

Blogger James Dixon October 07, 2019 6:31 AM  

Shimshon beat me to it.

Blogger Andy Evick October 07, 2019 6:35 AM  

file 'hello.txt' do
content 'Learning to code is fun'
end

Blogger boogeyman October 07, 2019 6:36 AM  

One hideous institution destroying a second hideous institution. They're both cancerous, but somehow I can't summon an ounce of pity for SI. It's sort of like watching a shark eat a piranha.

It may hint at a winning strategy however. Perhaps we could maneuver the private equity people into destroying all the SJW institutions, then hanging all the private equity types. There are much fewer of the well dressed thieves than the SJW's, and so would be a lot easier to hunt down. I mean, Mitt Romney kind of sticks out in a crowd, and I doubt he can outrun an angry mob.

Blogger Stilicho October 07, 2019 6:49 AM  

The more I see of usury, the more I am convinced that it must be completely banned if we want a healthy society and a healthy economy. And not banned in the fake way some mohammedans ban it (pretending it is special class of equity when it is really a loan with interest). Actual equity investment will work quite well as long as it is equity and there is skin in the game for investors. Banks should be reduced to fee for service businesses (storage, transfer, etc.).

Blogger Skyler the Weird October 07, 2019 6:56 AM  

The contractors will be H1B imports. Be prepared for a lot of local Cricket coverage in SI.

Blogger Gettimothy October 07, 2019 6:57 AM  

"there are efficiencies to be gained!"

exclaimed the WSJ.

Blogger JACIII October 07, 2019 7:01 AM  

Schadenfreude. Sweet schadenfreude.

Blogger Dan in Georgia October 07, 2019 7:12 AM  

The all digital economy, relying on a functioning internet will only last until the next Carrington Event. We can’t even maintain the electric grid now, let alone rebuild it from scratch. Just imagine life without GPS navigation and cell phones. Old, rare copies of SI will still be around, and people will marvel at how we were once able to make such thing and wonder why we can’t anymore.

Blogger Stilicho October 07, 2019 7:24 AM  

"Old, rare copies of SI will still be around, and people will marvel at how we were once able to make such thing and wonder why we can’t anymore."

Cue NASA-tard voice: "we've lost the technology and it would be too painful to rebuild it".

So far, Google, Zuckerbook, et al. Haven't been buying up printing press technology to destroy it, but at some point they will.

One Net to rule them all,
One Net to find them.
One Net to bring them all,
And in the wokeness blind them.

Blogger Doktor Jeep October 07, 2019 7:26 AM  

The first step to getting rid of usury would be to ban dual citizenship.

Blogger basementhomebrewer October 07, 2019 7:31 AM  

While I enjoy schadenfreude as much as the next person, I would be happy to sympathize with the press if they started cranking out millions of articles in all the major publications lambasting the financial sector and big tech for these practices.

We get one of these woe is me articles when it's their ox being gored but they can't ever manage the same enthusiasm as when they are going after a "racist".

Blogger Mr.MantraMan October 07, 2019 7:34 AM  

Half the D-party voting base can barely read, the other half are so "woke" that to them sports is yet another cultural edifice to enforce the narrative which is basically the decades old Jackie Robinson story that 95% of humanity could care less about.

If it weren't for practically free FED bux to the connected SI would have sold for a dollar. Then you could have hired a few minimum wage guys to post video of dunks, football highlight plays on twitter and call journalism.

Blogger Cataline Sergius October 07, 2019 7:36 AM  

Their business model is not ‘let’s manage a contraction.’ Instead, it’s ‘smash and grab.’

Either strategy is equally valid for a dying industry, which glossy magazines absolutely are.

Although, the time to start "managing the contraction" was 1999.

Sports Illustrated could have been a very successful brand of women's swimwear today, if they had done it right.

Mostly at Walmart but the money IS there.



Blogger dienw October 07, 2019 7:41 AM  

Skyler the Weird wrote:The contractors will be H1B imports. Be prepared for a lot of local Cricket coverage in SI.

More likely swimming meets in the Ganges river.

Blogger Shimshon October 07, 2019 7:42 AM  

Get woke. Go broke. Learn to code.

I smell meme potential. Or the chorus to a hit song.

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei October 07, 2019 8:01 AM  

They are vampires bleeding these organizations dry and then selling them for parts.

What "parts" of SI could there be to sell? These are good ol' Mafia bust outs, and the fact that these self-styled "intellectuals" are shocked, shocked to discover it can happen to them is just joyful confirmation of how clueless, lazy and ignorant of reality they truly are.

Blogger Homesteader October 07, 2019 8:04 AM  

"The Seattle-based startup also announced in June that Ross Levinsohn has agreed to serve as CEO of the new company, which will be named Sports Illustrated Media. Levinsohn had a short stint as publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, but was put on unpaid leave in 2018 over "questionable behavior" in his past, which he denied."


Levinsohn. Those damn Irish...

Blogger David Ray Milton October 07, 2019 8:12 AM  

Me interviewing server applicants at my restaurant...

Applicant: Yeah, I just graduated college, but I do need a job to pay the bills until I can find one in my career field.

Me: Oh, well we only like to hire individuals who can make long commitments to our company. What is your career field?

Applicant: Journalism...

Me: Great! You can work here forever!

Blogger dc.sunsets October 07, 2019 8:19 AM  

What, exactly, are the "parts" that make parting-out a magazine publisher profitable?

I smell pure, unadulterated #2 throughout this article. Maybe the writer(s) think the world is populated by coprophages.

Fog-a-mirror credit availability keeps unprofitable firms operating long after their employees should have found greener pastures elsewhere. By sustaining such zombie firms (across all industries), otherwise healthy, well-run firms are forced to compete by gutting selling prices and quality.

I don't know if all this is a vast conspiracy orchestrated by the oligarchy or if it's spontaneously organized self-destruction emanating from defects in human cognitive pathways...but all roads ahead look to lead into the path of a tornado.

And everything has a feel of, "let's you and him fight."

Blogger Ominous Cowherd October 07, 2019 8:24 AM  

Doktor Jeep wrote:The first step to getting rid of usury would be to ban dual citizenship.

If we did that, we might not need to ban usury.

If you read the bible, you will see that God doesn't ban interest, but God does ban oppressing your brother with a loan. That's a pretty fine distinction for a sinful people to understand and observe.

Stilicho is probably right in his @12: we're going to have to ban renting money. Doubly so, since the (((financiers))) aren't our brothers. I wonder if it would be enough to ban compound interest? That would limit the scope for a lender to oppress the borrower.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan October 07, 2019 8:30 AM  

Since ESPN is broadcasting from China this week, and an outer party NBA goof got slapped down this week put all this activity down to the shift to China and if the other sports click bait outfits are any indicator jobs for the slower graduates of the yeshivas. I'll help them pack for China, and maybe a slight chance the next generation sports entertainment has less of the Jackie Robinson, white men can't jump, blah, blah, blah we have to endure.

Blogger JG October 07, 2019 8:34 AM  

The best part of the advertising business model dying is that model is the principle method that funds our enemies. Now if y'all will just stop buying movie tickets (aside from Rebel's Run), we can end them for good.

Long live unauthorized.tv and VFM.

Blogger Nostromo October 07, 2019 8:34 AM  

I would have loved to been a fly on the wall for 2 meetings. The first one, to start selling a swim suit issue. And the second, to put fat chicks and muslims in the swim suit issue.

Blogger Miguel October 07, 2019 8:49 AM  

Learn to....

ah, man.

You guys beat me to it!

Blogger CarpeOro October 07, 2019 8:58 AM  

"The Seattle-based startup also announced in June that Ross Levinsohn has agreed to serve as CEO of the new company"

A clue that it hasn't reached the final phase of destruction yet. Every sign point to them putting the destruction process into 3rd gear:
1) Out-sourcing local sports sections to lower paid writers
2) Cutting staff in general, but not for qualitative purposes or to cut down exectutive bloat
3) Levinsohn already has the blackmail material laid out so likely to go hard pushing virtue signalers

Final phase isn't here yet, there is still plenty of value to strip starving the golden goose before they kill it and serve it up for Festivus.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( 'A Pillowed Dawn', the Boomer Horror movie ) October 07, 2019 8:58 AM  

Ross Levinsohn has agreed to serve as CEO

i'm sure that it's a great imposition that SI is making on Mr. Levinsohn.

Blogger Amy October 07, 2019 9:06 AM  

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Blogger thechortling October 07, 2019 9:10 AM  

re: the Nation article: where were these genius thoughts about morality when the cash was borrowed and being spent with abandon.

Imagine their shock when the entire US debt gets "unstructured"? Last week's far east military parade wasn't just about a really big TV show.

Blogger Chris Ritchie October 07, 2019 9:14 AM  

When they started pushing fat girls in burkini's, they put their convergence on full display.

On a not unrelated note, when a society stops recognizing beauty, in art, in architecture, in its women, that is a society in decline. SI deserves its downfall for being complicit in redefining beauty downward. In fact, isn't it gaslighting to tell people, "This is beautiful!" when their senses tell them otherwise? Lies. Good riddance.

Blogger thechortling October 07, 2019 9:14 AM  

the other problem is that the ultimate cultural vampire in the form of insane Leftist politicians making moral declarations after decades of doing their own harvesting. This would be a case of "SJWs always double down"... mainly doubling down and profiting on the misery of those who are coming to ruin.

"As Senator Elizabeth Warren put it, “For a long time now, Wall Street’s success hasn’t helped the broader economy—it’s come at the expense of the rest of the economy. Wall Street is looting the economy and Washington is helping them do it.” Senator Bernie Sanders as well has made this critique about the health care industry, saying, “We must ban private equity funds and Wall Street vulture funds from owning hospitals.”

Blogger Seeingsights October 07, 2019 9:20 AM  

Another factor is the emergence of Alt media for sports analysis. I have probably read 50 times more sports analysis online than from newspapers and magazines. Many are doing likewise.
The newspaper columnists are usually journalism majors. The have no background in statistics, economics, law, or natural science. Just today Vox Day reprinted commentary from Maureen Dowd. Maureen Dowd compare corruption in Washington DC to the story Chinatown.
That passes for insightful commentary in the mainstream media.

Blogger Harambe October 07, 2019 9:25 AM  

Sorry no coding vacancies. we outsourced that sh*t to India 20 years ago already.

Blogger Damelon Brinn October 07, 2019 9:35 AM  

@37, Be fair, they'd done fat girls and burkinis, but not fat girls IN burkinis yet. That was on the board for next year, though it was in hot competition with an all-tranny issue featuring Bruce Jenner.

"The unusual structure of that deal suggested that the Sports Illustrated brand is much more valuable than the magazine."

A vintage shoe-phone is probably more valuable than the magazine at this point.

Blogger Chris Ritchie October 07, 2019 9:40 AM  

@41 - "Does this burka make me look fat?"

- Yes.

Blogger Skyler the Weird October 07, 2019 9:46 AM  

SI does not recognize Phi.

Blogger dienw October 07, 2019 9:48 AM  

@28
If you read the bible, you will see that God doesn't ban interest, but God does ban oppressing your brother with a loan. That's a pretty fine distinction for a sinful people to understand and observe.

You misunderstand the word "brother." It means fellow Israelite.
For Christians it would mean fellow believer and fellow national.

God hates usury.

Blogger MidnightSun October 07, 2019 9:51 AM  

I looked forward the the swimsuit issue every year. Not any more. This latest release was shocking to say the least when they displayed:
1) Several 300-pound whales
2) A lesbian soccer player Megan whatever her name is who looked more like a man than a woman
3) A negro model with some sort of hideous disease that caused her skin to peal in the shape of various sized pure white circles all over her body
It was truly frightening and left me with a sickening feeling. It was like reading a horror magazine. No wonder they went under. And they never put the 2 + 2 together. And probably would double down if they ever got the chance!

Blogger The Greay Man October 07, 2019 9:53 AM  

Learn to code!

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 October 07, 2019 9:58 AM  

As a white collar worker myself, I say there are too many white collar workers. Many of them should either stay home with the children or work blue collar.

Blogger Steve Samson October 07, 2019 10:01 AM  

More likely swimming meets in the Ganges river.

Water poo-lo?

Blogger Ingemar October 07, 2019 10:04 AM  

@28

Aquinas has a bit to say about the unlawfulness of usury, which can be read here: http://www.newadvent.org/summa/3078.htm

He even picks apart the Old Testament justifications for outgroup usurious lending.

Blogger Nikolai Collushnikov October 07, 2019 10:12 AM  

I think the burkini chick was cute.
Collushnikov now looks forward to the mass third-word invasion of his neighborhood, yes?

Blogger Ominous Cowherd October 07, 2019 10:29 AM  

dienw wrote:You misunderstand the word "brother." It means fellow Israelite.
.


Yes, that's what I thought it meant.

dienw wrote:For Christians it would mean fellow believer and fellow national.

Yes, that's how I thought it would apply.

dienw wrote:God hates usury.

Yes, but usury boils down to oppressing your brother through a loan. If you can't structure a loan so it builds your brother up, don't make the loan. I don't think we're going to be able to enforce that rule; there are too many legalists who would lawyer their way around it. So, we may have to ban renting money, or at least compound interest.

Blogger pyrrhus October 07, 2019 10:33 AM  

SI, and sports journalism in general, "your future is all used up."

Blogger Crew October 07, 2019 10:35 AM  

I hear there are a lot of coding jobs available in places like Silicon Valley and RTP ... not to mention Seattle.

Blogger Newscaper312 October 07, 2019 11:17 AM  

@21 Cataline -- The SI branded swimwear is actually a pretty genius marketing idea. Yes, you're right it would have ended up as a meaningless bottom feeder orphaned brand that only exists as a trademark to be exploited, like Ocean Pacific, or RCA and GE for cheap electronics --- but it would have had SOME residual value.

@41 Damelon
Actually, if they *had* covered up the fatties in burkhas it would not have been quite as horrific. Muslims not wrong there.

@41

Blogger Up from the pond October 07, 2019 11:20 AM  

@27

"spontaneously organized self-destruction emanating from defects in human cognitive pathways"

That explains it all.

Blogger justaguy October 07, 2019 11:21 AM  

SI is slowly realizing it is just like buggy whips and tech has passed it by. Will they change into something current or become like the Sears Christmas Catalogue?

Blogger cloom October 07, 2019 11:33 AM  

At low interest rates compound interest is immaterially different than simple interest.

Aquinas talked about ideas of usury for a consumption good differing from other goods, like land, a capital good. The borrower at interest for consumption is the loser by unnecessarily sharing his income or future income by his own ignorance. On the other hand, the borrower for the SI case is the winner not the loser, and it is not a consumption good.

Usury is the interest being unlawful, not the loan being unlawful, and so a financialization at no interest is lawful. However, we are thinking the loan would not be made. Also it is perhaps not called financialization until we get to the root of it, which is the leverage multiplying non-zero interest, whereas 10 x 0% = 0%. That is no-usury solving it. No leverage on a capital good, and thus a higher interest rate than ours, would also solve it.

Blogger Newscaper312 October 07, 2019 11:38 AM  

@51
The line between usurious and non-usurious lending of money -- if such a thing truly exists -- would be clearer if we didn't have fractional reserve banking that allows the banks to lend -- and get interest on -- money they don't even have in the first place. Of course ending that will take a truly catastrophic crash, all the way down... which seem less unlikely each year that goes by.

Re "non-usurious" lending -- debt in and of itself, vs equity, does not seem wrong at a fundamental level, if you think about someone running/starting a business and needing to raise capital. It seems reasonable that the owner should be able to choose to take on -- or not -- investors as partners, who may then have some control, and who get a proportion of any unexpected upside, and cannot be got rid of if they choose not to sell back their stake. OTOH, a lender has no direct control, and the external obligation of the owner is more
limited and has an endpoint. Reasonable an owner might want to take one path or another. Maybe its just one of those things where it is so inherently prone to abuse that that is enough to taint otherwise ok fundamental concept. Still thinking about this.

Another example to think about -- I rent you a tractor to farm with. You may have to rent that tractor from me forever, or starve. OTOH I loan you the money to buy your own tractor at a reasonable rate of interest. It is low because I know you are a good risk, and I don't want you to fail whereby I get all the principal plus interest you already paid plus get my tractor back. Once the loan is paid off you no longer have a dependency on me. Moral difference is not obvious to me here. The wisdom of leasing vs. buying with or without a loan in a specific situation is a separate question, answerable by a proper financial analysis leavened with prudence about risks in case of problems.

Blogger Tars Tarkas October 07, 2019 11:41 AM  

Whenever I see a story like this it just makes me wonder to what degree this is being caused by the universally far-left/progressive views of the "journalists"
This started happening before the internet. They always had an excuse for why they were failing. Back then it was the rise of things like CNN. If they had something worth reading, they could put it behind a paywall and not need to rely on advertising.

Blogger dvdivx October 07, 2019 12:07 PM  

"Sports Illustrated has been subjected to some major changes in the last few years" like adding land whales and trannies to the swimsuit edition? Or trying hard to paint the ape looking Serena Williams as hot and sexy?

Blogger Dirk Manly October 07, 2019 12:16 PM  

@42

" "Does this burka make me look fat?"

- Yes."

You really don't know how to twist the shiv.

It goes like this:

"Does this dress/skirt/X make me look fat?"

[long pause]

"No...... No, it's not the dress...."

Blogger rcocean October 07, 2019 12:22 PM  

I'm amazed SI is still in business. I thought it'd gone the way of Time or Newsweek. Who reads a WEEKLY sports mag except dental patients and people over 70?

In any case, good riddance. A bunch of SJW Sports writers, (most of whom hate sports), got fired. Boo Hoo. Guess they'll have to subvert America's favorite Past-times somewhere else.

Blogger rcocean October 07, 2019 12:25 PM  

The only good sports writing is analysis. X's and O's. But all we got from SI - and others - was SJW propaganda and soap opera. Y'know, who's fighting with their wives, who hates who on the team. who's unhappy and wants to be traded, and so-and-so's heart-rending comeback from adversity and a bad childhood. Up close and personal chick stories.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash October 07, 2019 12:28 PM  

Harambe wrote:Sorry no coding vacancies. we outsourced that sh*t to India 20 years ago already.
"Learn to code" is the standard Libertarian/Wall Street Journal/GOP talking point whenever the subject of manufacturing and mining jobs lost to Mexico and China comes up. Joe 50-year-old coal miner will just have to learn to code. And if he can't, there's always heroin.

Blogger Worlds Edge October 07, 2019 12:51 PM  

The whole deal was financed by a $54 million loan to the vampires from the bigger vampires. This is the inevitable end result of usury; the methodical strip-mining of the economy.

I saw nothing in either article about whether or not Sports Illustrated is actually, ya know, profitable in the here and now, or profitable on an EBITDA basis or whatever magical term you'd care to use. Not even a "management declined to comment." Almost as though this isn't a pertinent question. I guess I could see the SJWs at the Nation unconcerned with filthy lucre, but you'd think to CNN Business it would be a question they'd want to ask.

Blogger Ken Prescott October 07, 2019 1:03 PM  

The big publishers have exactly one asset worth looting: a backlist to digitalize.

Coming to a Big Publishing House near you (if you live in New York)

Blogger Ominous Cowherd October 07, 2019 1:05 PM  

Ingemar wrote:Aquinas has a bit to say about the unlawfulness of usury, which can be read here: http://www.newadvent.org/summa/3078.htm

Thanks, Ingemar. I'm reading that, and I'm finding some of his arguments unpersuasive; he assumes things that don't make sense. Perhaps he proved them to his own satisfaction elsewhere. Based on the bit I've digested so far, I think Aquinas would agree with my take: when we strip out all the legalism, we're left with ``don't oppress your brother.''

Newscaper312 wrote:The line between usurious and non-usurious lending of money -- if such a thing truly exists -- would be clearer if we didn't have fractional reserve banking that allows the banks to lend -- and get interest on -- money they don't even have in the first place.

Fractional reserve banking is legal counterfeiting. It would be wrong even if usury were right.

Newscaper312 wrote:Once the loan is paid off you no longer have a dependency on me. Moral difference is not obvious to me here.

Building your brother up is OK. Oppressing him is not. If you're making a deal, it needs to be helpful for the other party. For your tractor example, rent-to-own might be OK, if you ensure that the tractor has significant residual value - still has years of plowing left in it - at the end of the contract.

If we aren't going to lend, we're going to have to give.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash October 07, 2019 1:45 PM  

I love that this thread went from "Learn to Code" to Tomas Aquinas.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( 'A Pillowed Dawn', the Boomer Horror movie ) October 07, 2019 3:17 PM  

to the 300lb land whales and lesbians i have only one thing to say:

Learn to cook

Blogger Dan in Georgia October 07, 2019 5:48 PM  

Compound interest helps keep the poor poor. They don’t understand the math and get taken advantage of by Our Greatest Allies. Ban usury and watch the payday loan industry evaporate while OGAs cry racism for forcing PoC to save their money and live modestly.

Blogger Monotonous Languor October 07, 2019 8:49 PM  

It's not only journalists that have been hoisted with their own petard. The same cluelessness is rampant in the entertainment industry. White actors/actresses have been frantically virtue-signaling for the last few years about how more awards and parts must be given to non-whites. It's been fun to watch because it's an obvious case of hoping the alligator will eat them last.

It would be even more fun to start a guerrilla campaign of agree-and-amplify. Insist they must dispense with all those delaying tactics, and no longer have ANY white film/tv stars. Go for broke, and see how they like it.

Blogger MrNiceguy October 08, 2019 5:54 PM  

file 'sportsillustrated.txt' do
content 'Trans-female athletes are beautiful and brave'
content 'Black lives matter'
content 'Burkas are swimsuits, too'
end

I just replaced their entire writing staff.

Blogger Edgar Abbey October 08, 2019 8:21 PM  

I like that metaphor, the strip-mining of the economy. I have been laid-off twice, once from a manufacturing facility that was closed down and shipped overseas, and once from an engineering design firm that saw all of its business dry up during the Great Recession. I have absolutely no sympathy for these journalists. They had nothing but contempt for those of us in the real America.

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