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Cable Stocks Tumble as Subscribers Cut the Cord

August 8, 2015

Cable Stocks Tumble as Subscribers Cut the Cord
Last week media and cable stocks slid and tumbled while Netflix stocks jumped 20%. CBS, Disney, Comcast, all down. Viacom dropped 41% over the last 3 months while Netflix is up 56% in the same quarter; during that time DISH Networks lost 81,000 paid subscribers. Time/Warner (HBO) stocks are at a 9-month low. 21st Century Fox stocks dropped 12%.

What’s a conventional paid-subscriber media business to do? If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

“’We’re in a mature-to-declining kind of linear TV business as we know it,’ said Dish Network Corp. Chief Executive Charlie Ergen on an earnings call Wednesday. ‘We think we’re at the beginning stages of [a streaming] business that’s going to grow and accelerate.’”

— “Media stocks clobbered as Netflix drives customers to dump cable,” Trey Williams, MarketWatch


“Cracks in the cable business send media stocks tumbling,” Thad Moore, Washington Post


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The Pope’s Jumbotron

July 13, 2015

The Pope's Jumbotron

Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of Congress when he visits Washington DC on September 24, 2015. Since ticket demand greatly exceeds the capacity of the Capitol House Chamber, huge Jumbotron screens will be set up on the National Mall so tens of thousands of fans and the faithful can see and hear the Pope in real time.

After his Congressional speech, His Holiness will briefly address the crowds outside from the Capitol’s West Front while his Swiss Guards stand on the Capitol steps and fire T-Shirt Guns, pelting the throng with souvenir garb and  panini imbottito. Okay, they won’t, but they should, right?

After concluding his visit to Washington, Pope Francis will fly to New York so he can get a decent slice of pizza.


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TV Terminates Trump

July 2, 2015

NBC to Trump: 'You're Fired!'
Donald John Trump, Sr., reality television performer, real estate heirgolf course owner, beauty pageant producer, hotel and casino boss, chairman and president of Trump This n’ That, and really rich person, declared his candidacy for U.S. President two weeks ago. He also declared that Mexican immigrants are drug dealers, rapists, and killers.

Needless to say, this did not go over well with the USA’s largest ethnic group, Latinos, or with the Republic of Mexico. America’s largest Spanish-language broadcaster Univisión was the first to unplug Trump, dropping coverage of the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants he produces, and NBC followed suit. Understandably, Miss Mexico opted out of the Miss Universe competition, and so did Miss Costa Rica. NBC’s Miss USA co-hosts also bailed, Miss USA judges Zuleyka Rivera and Emmitt Smith recused themselves, and rapper Flo Rida won’t perform on the show, either.

New York City is reviewing its contracts with the Trump Organization, which manages Central Park’s skating rinks and carousel and golf links at Point Ferry Park in the Bronx. NASCAR won’t hold its awards ceremony at Trump’s hotel. Macy’s is discontinuing it’s Trump menswear line, but there’s been lots of interest in Donald Trump piñatas, hand-crafted in Mexico.


Sarah Palin Fired by Fox. Again.

June 25, 2015

Sarah Palin Fired by Fox. Again.

Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla and once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, has been let go by Fox News, where she impersonated a political commentator with the same authority she brought to the losing 2008 GOP presidential campaign. She had been fired by the network before. In 2013 Fox News ended their three-year relationship with Mrs. Palin. Of course, that was a year longer than she lasted as Alaska’s governor.


The Best of ‘The Best of 2014′ Lists

December 31, 2014

The Best of ‘The Best of 2014′ Lists

2014 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“Top 10 Least Reliable Cars of 2014,” Jason Siu, AutoGuide

“Best of Lacrosse 2014,” Lacrosse Magazine

“Top 10 Best Bollywood On Screen Kisses Of 2014,” Business of Cinema

“The 14 most glorious posts on Craigslist in 2014,” Jessica Contrera, Washington Post

“17 worst selfies of 2014,” Brian Koerber, Mashable

“Top 10 Misguided Climate Deniers’ Quotes of 2014,” Mitch Jones, Food & Water Watch

“The top 10 graphic novels of 2014,” Michael Cavna, Washington Post

“Top 10 New Species of 2014,” Jeffrey Kluger, TIME

“NASCAR: Best Pit Crews And Crew Members Of 2014,” Christopher Olmstead,

“Cricket in 2014: 10 memorable moments,” Mike Selvey, The Guardian

“Top 10 temporary structures of 2014,” DesignBoom

“Top 10 worst candidates of 2014,” Jessica Taylor and Cameron Joseph, The Hill

“Top 5 Egregious Political Fails of 2014,” Patrice J. Lee, Independent Women’s Forum

“The 10 best moments in political comedy this year,” Kali Holloway, Salon

“The Top 10 Vinyl Releases of 2014,”

“Top 25 Best Fuzz Pedals of 2014,” Gabriel Tanaka,

“14 striking findings from 2014,” George Gao, Pew Research Center

“Barbara Walters: ‘The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014,'” ABC News

“The 25 Most Intriguing People of 2014,” People Magazine

“The Least Influential People of 2014,” Drew Magary, GQ

“The Best Science Books of 2014,”  Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“The Five Best Anime of 2014,” Richard Eisenbeis, Kotaku

“The best (and worst) commercials of 2014,” Joshua Rivera, Entertainment Weekly

“The top 27 GoPro videos of 2014,” Brian Koerber, Mashable

“The 6 best classical music viral videos of 2014,” Daniel Ross, Classic FM

“The 12 Most Stylish Music Videos of 2014,” Alyssa Vingan, Fashionista

“10 Great, Underrated Movies From 2014,” Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

“Top 20 most pirated movies of 2014,” Todd Spangler, Boston Herald

“Top 10 Toys of 2014,” Eliana Dockterman, TIME

“2014 ’10 Worst Toy’ List,”

“11 of the Worst Policy Ideas of 2014,” Wonkblog staff, Washington Post

“Top 5 Russian military innovations of 2014,” Tatyana Rusakova, Russia & India Report

“The 10 Most Memorable New Products of 2014,” Kristina Monllos, AdWeek

“The 10 most tasteless sales items of 2014,” Cliff Weathers, Salon

“Best Tall Buildings of 2014,” Adam Williams, GizMag

“Top 101 Convenience Stores of 2014,”

“11 Remarkable Health Advances From 2014,” Alexandra Sifferlin, TIME

“The 8 Most Bogus health claims of 2014,” Julia Belluz, Vox

“The 20 Best Comedians of 2014,” Hudson Hongo, Paste

Best poetry books of 2014,” Don Share, Boston Globe

“The five best Romance novels of 2014,” Sarah MacLean, Washington Post

“Best of 2014: Biggest Bromances,” Kamala Kirk, E! Online

“The Top 10 Celebrity Weddings of 2014,” Kristen Klein, Bridal Guide

“The Best Wrestlers of 2014,” Kyle Dunning,

“The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014,” Jeff Benjamin and Jessica Oak, Billboard

“The 2014 Top Ten Higher Education List,” Robert Kelchen, College Guide

“The 19 Best TV Couples Of 2014,” Shaunna Murphy , MTV News

“Notable deaths of 2014 from the worlds of technology, science & inventions.” Bob Brown, NetworkWorld

“Best of 2014: Kate Middleton’s Most Regal Styles This Year,”  Lindsey Sirera, E! online

“The 10 Best Football Managers of 2014,” Sierra Godfrey,

“Best Bishoujo Of 2014,” SeventhStyle

“Top 10 Innovations 2014,” The Scientist

“The 25 Best Cigars of 2014,” Cigar Aficionado

“Most Wasteful Government Tech Projects Of 2014,” Elena Malykhina, Information Week

“The Best Cosplay Of 2014,” Luke Plunkett, Kotaku

“The Best Poetry Books of 2014,” Sarah Crown, The Guardian

“Top 10 Golf Shots in 2014,” T.J. Auclair,

“The 5 worst art exhibitions of 2014,” Richard Dorment, The Telegraph

“Michelle Obama’s Best Outfits of 2014,” TIME

“The Most Over-The-Top Christmas Trees Of 2014,” Chris McGonigal and Carol Kuruvilla, The Huffington Post

“10 Worst Leveraged ETFs of 2014,” Tom Lydon,

“16 memes that broke the Internet in 2014,” Annie Colbert, Mashable

“The Best of the Best New Supermarket Snacks of 2014,” Anne Monette Roberts, Pop Sugar

“The Top 10 Cleanses of 2014,” Charlotte Hilton Anderson, Shape

“Politics Dominates the Top Ag and Food Stories of 2014,” Peggy Lowe, Tri-States Public Radio

“Top 12 Agriculture Blogs of 2014,” Farm Futures

“Instagram’s top 10 most-tagged destinations of 2014,” Maeve McDermott, USA Today

“10 Best Feminist Music Videos of 2014,” Feministing

“The 10 Best Up-And-Coming Female Singer-Songwriters You Need To Know,” Diane Cho,

The Sexiest Female Athletes of 2014,” Hilary Sheinbaum, Men’s Fittness

“The Hottest Women of 2014,” Men’s Health

“The 12 Most Powerful Feminist Hashtags Of 2014,” Elizabeth Plank, Huffington Post

“18 Badass Women You Probably Didn’t Hear About In 2014,” Rossalyn Warren, BuzzFeed

“Top 10 Muslim women that made headlines in 2014,” Dina al-Shibeeb, Al Arabiya News

“Top 10 educational facilities of 2014,” DesignBoom

“The Top 10 Offbeat Moments of the 2014 Tennis Season,” Chris Oddo, Tennis Now

“The 15 best subreddits of 2014,” Max Knobblauch, Mashable

“Top 10 WWE Superstars of 2014,” Renjith Ravindran, SportsSkeeda

“Top 10 3D printing stories of 2014,” DesignBoom

“The least essential albums of 2014,” David Anthony, Laura M. Browning, Marah Eakin, Josh Modell, Sean O’Neal, and Annie Zaleski, A.V. Club

“The 15 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2014,” Daniel D’Addario, TIME

“The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014,” Thomson Reuters

“Cleaning All-Stars: The Best Cleaning Products of 2014,” AllYou

“4 Worst Government Data Breaches Of 2014,” Jai Vijayan, Information Week

“The Best User Interfaces Of 2014,” Mark Wilson, FastCoDesign

“The 10 Best Ads of 2014,” Tim Nudd, AdWeek

“The 25 Best Inventions of 2014,” TIME

“20 Best Metal Songs of 2014,” LoudWire

“Top 2014 Invertebrates Books,” Marc Srour, Teaching Biology

“21 Greatest Selfies of 2014,” Brian Koerber, Mashable

“The Best Wall Street Analysts of 2014,” Institutional Investor

“Top 5 Poker Players of 2014,” Lee Davy, Poker Update

“The Top 10 [Marijuana] Strains of 2014,” Danny Danko, High Times

“The 12 Best Documentaries of 2014,” Geoff Berkshire, Andy Crump, Michael Dunaway, Tim Grierson, Jeremy Mathews, and Tom Meek, Paste

“Hip-Hop’s Biggest Fail Moments of 2014,” Emmanuel C.M., XXL

“The 19 best drone photos of 2014,” Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Mashable

“Best kisses of 2014,” Christina Ascani, Mashable

“The Best Snowshoes of 2014,” Berne Broudy, Outside

“2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully,” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“The 20 best cassettes of 2014,” Fact

“The Most Interesting Product Controversies of 2014,” Vauhini Vara, The New Yorker

“Top dog names of 2014,” Victoria Taylor, NY Daily News

“Scientific American’s Top 10 Science Stories of 2014,” Scientific American

“Top 10 Feuds of 2014,” Denver Nicks, TIME

“The Worst Instances Of Public Nudity In 2014,” Tess Barker, MTV

The Best Red Dresses of 2014,” Chrissy Rutherford, Harpers Bazaar

“Top 10 phone scams of 2014,” Phil W. Hudson, Atlanta Business Chronicle

“Top Xbox 360 Games of 2014,”

“Here are Wall Street’s six worst trades of 2014,” Melvin Backman, Quartz

“The 10 Worst Things Wal Mart Did in 2014,” Alyssa Figueroa, Salon


It’s Beginning ….

December 23, 2014

It's Beginning ....
On the shelves of Retail America, it began to look like Christmas the day after Halloween. The perfume and electric shaver ads began appearing a few weeks later, and we’ve already had two weeks of commercial-heavy seasonal TV specials. Try to dig yourself out of the blizzard of consumerist frenzy.

Tom Magliozzi, 1937 — 2014

November 3, 2014

Tom Magliozzi, 1937-2014

Tom Magliozzi, co-host of NPR’s “Car Talk” brother act, died on Monday at the age of 77. Besides joking and giving car repair advice, he and brother Ray ran a garage and a self-help car repair facility in Cambridge MRA, their hometown. A graduate of MIT, Tom also taught, worked in industry, and played bass in a Bluegrass band.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi put their weekly Car Talk radio program up on blocks in September 2012, and NPR has been recycling the good parts each week since then. The program ran for 10 years as a local feature on Boston’s WBUR-FM before being picked up by NPR stations nationwide 27 years ago.

Tom and Ray received a Peabody Award in 1992 and have been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. More importantly, they have been honored by the Martin Guitar Company with a special edition Click and Clack Martin Guitar (great muffler inlay on the fifth fret).


In the USA, the Real Plague Is Fear-Mongering.

October 22, 2014

In the USA, the Real Plague Is Fear-Mongering.

The Ebola virus is deadly for those who catch it; i.e., most of them die. But it’s transmitted by contact with bodily fluids, so it’s not very contagious and spreads slowly. You’re very much more likely to catch and die from the Flu. Unlike the Flu, Ebola isn’t transmitted through the air, but that doesn’t stop American fear-mongers from poisoning the political and media atmosphere with Ebola panic:

“‘Fear-bola’ hits epidemic proportions,” Mel Robbins, CNN

‘Ebola Is Bringing Out The Worst In Cable News,” Joaquim Moreira Salles, Think Progress

“PBS science reporter: Fox’s Ebola coverage is ‘a level of ignorance we should not allow,'” David Edwards, Raw Story

“CBS Medical Correspondent Shuts Down Fear-Mongering On The Transmission Of Ebola,” Media Matters

“You’re more likely to die of a shark attack or bee sting than contract Ebola in the US,” German Lopez, Vox

“Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker



October 19, 2014

TV talker Bill O’Reilly has waged a persistent campaign denying the existence of White Privilege. Jon Stewart recently confronted him about it, asking about his upbringing in the original suburban subdivision, Levittown, on New York’s Long Island.

“It gave you a nice stable, a cheap home,” said Stewart, “there were no down payments.It was this incredible opportunity … Those houses were subsidized … It wasn’t lavish.”

O’Reilly: No, they weren’t subsidized. They were sold to GIs, and the GIs got a mortgage they could afford.”

Stewart: “Did that upbringing leave a mark on you even today?”

O’Reilly: “Of course. Every upbringing leaves a mark on people.”

Stewart: “Could black people live in Levittown?”

O’Reilly: “Not in that time — they could not.”

Stewart: “So that, my friend, is what we call in the business ‘white privilege.’”


Enjoy It While It Lasts, White Folks ….

October 6, 2014

This week’s Saturday Night Live included a “public service announcement” (above) reminding white people that they won’t be in the majority for long, so they better enjoy the “final few years of white dominance” while they can.

On a less humorous note:

“Soon to become a minority in the US, whites express declining support for diversity, psychology study finds,” Stuart Wolpert,

“Whites think discrimination against whites is a bigger problem than bias against blacks,” Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post



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