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Old June 11th, 2018, 10:42 AM   #101
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But....why do all cable companies bundle the sports into the cable package??... In a free market system somebody would figure out that there are people who want an ala carte package and market to those people.... The only thing close to that is DISH and I believe that is satellite....This makes me think that there is some sort of government regulation behind it....

Now if I just "suck it up" as you say...then I am still subsidizing the overpaid football players, which I do not want to do.....hmmmmmmm???
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Old June 11th, 2018, 10:51 AM   #102
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So police killing unarmed minorities is BS and not based in fact?
If I can interject here: I think black nationalists and mainstream liberals in the US have made a big mistake by framing increasing police aggression as strictly an issue of race! Rightwingers can raise easy objections like "more whites are killed by police each year than blacks"...which is true if we're looking at raw numbers without breaking them down to study the odds of being shot or even harassed if you're black as compared to white. But the almost total emphasis on race, means that neither black activist movements like BLM nor middle class white liberal supporters have any interest in doing what should be obvious: networking and working with white communities in steep economic decline who are facing increased policing also! If it's just "Black Lives Matter," do "White Lives Matter" also? Or do you just abandon them to Trump and rightwing populist(fascist) movements? And the stats would indicate that the state doesn't really care that much what color you are as much on which side of the economic divide you're standing on!

Anyone living outside the US...even just across the northern border can see that US law enforcement in most cities looks more and more like what we would expect to see in most third world countries: militarized police serving to protect wealthier, whiter, older, gentrified neighborhoods/while being increasingly ruthless, punitive and deadly to those who 'don't belong there' and treating impoverished, mostly black urban centers as occupied warzones. Pretty soon, the slums of American cities will look like the favelas in Brazil....difference being that people living in the favelas have suffered through a long history of state oppression and don't expect it to change....so they cooperate and work together for their own protection.

In Brazil's graduated shades of racism....those who are whiter are viewed as higher status, while darker means more likely living among the homeless in the favelas and working menial jobs for money. But, they seem to generally recognize that the system is class-based and not simply structured around skin color, unlike in America, where this problem is almost totally discussed in terms of race because there's so little awareness of the importance of economic class in determining quality of life and how friendly/unfriendly police and the "justice" system is going to be towards you!
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you do have a choice - don't have cable

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I went to school and studied marketing....Not having cable is a choice but it is not a good choice....a better choice would be a lower cost ala carte package...I want news, weather, history science and cartoons (no Japanese, Toonami, crap, though)...You would think some cable marketing genius would see that....like why is my mother and other senior citizens like her, being forced to pay $90 a month for a cable package with ESPN in it and they never watch an NFL game?? or baseball or ice hockey.. Only answer I see is that there must be some government regulation (fettered capitalism) causing it.... Yes??....No??
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I went to school and studied marketing....Not having cable is a choice but it is not a good choice....a better choice would be a lower cost ala carte package...I want news, weather, history science and cartoons (no Japanese, Toonami, crap, though)...You would think some cable marketing genius would see that....like why is my mother and other senior citizens like her, being forced to pay $90 a month for a cable package with ESPN in it and they never watch an NFL game?? or baseball or ice hockey.. Only answer I see is that there must be some government regulation (fettered capitalism) causing it.... Yes??....No??
There is a very good reason that do that. To screw you in multiple ways. That's why the Republicans so like protecting their rich buddies.

See, by bundling the channels where they intentionally put crap channels that no one with two bits of brain to rub together would order with popular things like sports, they force you to get those shit channels.

And some branch of the cable company owns the production companies that make those shit shows for the shit channels.

Then they can tell advertisers that your ads on this shit channel will be going into a gazillion and a half households so pay me lots.

It's that simple.
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Oh. So YOU THINK YOU GET TO decide which protests are worthy and which are not?? WOW!

As far as I'm concerned it doesn't matter WHY people protest. The point is that they CAN protest. It is our right. We can protest FOR or AGAINST ham sandwiches. WE can protest FOR or AGAINST anything we want.

Protests are about sending messages and starting debates. Protests are supposed to bring attention to problems that need to be solved or people who need to be saved.
In the past protests HAVE OFTEN inspired social changes. Protests encourage the development of an engaged and informed citizenry. They strengthen representative democracy by enabling direct participation in public affairs. They enable individuals and groups to express dissent and grievances, to share views and opinions, to expose FLAWS in governance and to publicly demand that the authorities and other powerful entities rectify problems and are accountable for their actions.

How about we let the voters of this nation DECIDE what is worthy of protest?
Some attention needs to be given to WHERE you are allowed to protest also! Recently, this G-7 meetup in Quebec City naturally had the massive police presence that's come to be expected for these international events, and police dealings with G-7 protesters from various groups made few arrests and I didn't see any vids of baton-wielding police clubbing protesters into the asphalt like comes to be expected now at every non-rightwing protest in the US. Nevertheless, the protesters were restricted to a "free speech zone" as has become so common in recent times, which was far enough away from where the politico's and MSM media were gathering to be noticed. So, the only reports from the 'free speech zone' have come to us by way of foreign and alternative media.

In light of that, even though our police don't apply the heavy hand and gestapo-like tactics that are happening in the US, are we really living in a society that allows protests that are out of synch with governing interests? If the only reporter you'll get to talk to is Amy Goodman from Democracy Now, I'm not so sure.
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There is a very good reason that do that. To screw you in multiple ways. That's why the Republicans so like protecting their rich buddies.

See, by bundling the channels where they intentionally put crap channels that no one with two bits of brain to rub together would order with popular things like sports, they force you to get those shit channels.

And some branch of the cable company owns the production companies that make those shit shows for the shit channels.

Then they can tell advertisers that your ads on this shit channel will be going into a gazillion and a half households so pay me lots.

It's that simple.

In your simple little mind it might be simple...But you still haven't answered the marketing question....First, the salaries the over-paid football players get is in large part created by what ESPN levies on the cable providers....which is then in turn passed on to me and grandma, who never watches the stupid game in the first place....Second, those advertisers are paying the cable companies, which is then siphoned off to pay ESPN who creates the salaries for the overpaid football players..... Let the idiot who wants to watch football all day and night pay for the salaries......
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There is a very good reason that do that. To screw you in multiple ways. That's why the Republicans so like protecting their rich buddies.

See, by bundling the channels where they intentionally put crap channels that no one with two bits of brain to rub together would order with popular things like sports, they force you to get those shit channels.

And some branch of the cable company owns the production companies that make those shit shows for the shit channels.

Then they can tell advertisers that your ads on this shit channel will be going into a gazillion and a half households so pay me lots.

It's that simple.

Right wingers think it's that simple.

They have the right to charge you that $90 or nothing if you choose not to subscribe.

They know that the overwhelming vast majority will go for the $90. Why should they take the risk of losing over half their $90 customers in favor of becoming $50 customers for the advantage of gaining a FEW more $50 customers?

That's why regulations are important in EVERY industry - but the right wing doens't believe in them. They believe in corporations get top dollar for all and screw the public.
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Of course they are replaceable. At some point Tom Brady will have to be replaced. But the fact is that there aren't 10 players waiting to replace him who are just as good. So if Brady said let me kneel or I walk, Robert Kraft would be laying down the blanket himself so Brady’s knee wouldn’t get dirty.
I forget where tom went in the draft again...oh yeah 199th overall...dead last amongst quarterbacks.

How is take a knee colin doing this year?


If if and butts were candy and nuts OJ would still be in the record books.
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Old June 11th, 2018, 11:28 AM   #109
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In your simple little mind it might be simple...But you still haven't answered the marketing question....First, the salaries the over-paid football players get is in large part created by what ESPN levies on the cable providers....which is then in turn passed on to me and grandma, who never watches the stupid game in the first place....Second, those advertisers are paying the cable companies, which is then siphoned off to pay ESPN who creates the salaries for the overpaid football players..... Let the idiot who wants to watch football all day and night pay for the salaries......
Yes I did answer it. They are screwing you because they can. They know that your poutrage is impotent. You will not cancel your cable bundles but keep meekly paying the bills. So they win.

And of course, your Republican President is much more interested in making his rich friends richer than he is of giving you a fair break so you are being royally screwed by him and you keep gobbling that knob.
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Stick to the point...nobody is forcing me to get cable....The sports channels are bundled into the cable package...I want the news and history etc., but why am I forced to take the sports channels with it ??... Is there a reason?? That is what I asked Hollywood, but getting an intelligent answer from him is like pulling teeth..
Cut the cord brother. You can get all of your sports ala a cart and beam them directly to your TV. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to pay those conglomerates a cent.
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