Smart money stays out

Rob Long on the financial disaster that is the television production business:

It’s fun to watch the color drain from the faces of these smart, entrepreneurial, risk-taking people when I tell them how much it costs to fail – and I mean fail, as in total loss – in the TV business….

Marc senses that what we’re seeing right now is a “rebuild” of the entertainment industry. And that may be the case. But it looks more to me, right now, like disruption. Like the current model of well-compensated, expensive failure – really kind of like the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy, around 1911, still riding around on horses, in bright red battle dress, about to face a cheaper, leaner, world – is about to get trampled on. I’m not sure rebuild is the word. Unless it’s what happens after “demolish.”

My Silicon Valley friends all shake their heads in amazement that the system has gone on so long.

I don’t care about the writers strike although I assume they’ve probably got a point, somewhere in there. I don’t like their industry or their product, although the points long raises does tend to make one ask that telling question… cui bono?

UPDATE – Okay, Scalzi makes it abundantly clear that the writers do indeed have a salient grievance:

Television networks not wanting to pay residuals on Internet viewings of their shows, because they’re “promotional,” even as they sell advertising on them? Kiss my ass.

Dumb enough to teach

Based on this display, BS should consider a career in the public schools:

The US public school system is one of the most richly funded in the world and also happens to be one of the worst performing educational systems in the world.

Funny how you are with those numbers. One might call it “intellectually dishonest”. Others might just say “math is hard for you isn’t it Vox?”

Check out the link BS provided – this is seriously what he cites in order to attempt proving that the USA isn’t “one of the most richly funded” school systems in the world.

“the U.S. devoted a greater share of public expenditure to education than all of the G-7 countries except Canada (Indicator 41). Further, relative to GDP per capita, the United States is among the highest spenders of the G-7 countries (Indicator 42). Finally, the United States outspent all of the G-7 countries except Canada on a measure of per student expenditure on primary and secondary education in constant U.S. dollars.”

Even with the fudged numbers provided – the USA has a high GDP per capita so using the relative figure rather than an absolute dollar-to-dollar per capita comparison tends to lower the USA’s relative position to less wealthy nations like Hungary – the USA has, well, one of the most richly funded school systems, exactly as I described it. Moreover, if private expenditures were included in the figure, this would likely send the USA to the top since the USA spends more on private education than any nation except Japan.

Regarding his defense of Nazi and Communist government-run schools, it would be very interesting to know precisely what other National Socialist policies BS advocates as well as which of the nine other pillars of the Communist Manifesto he deems worthy of support.

With critics like these, no wonder some people suspect I’m inventing them just to make myself look good. Math isn’t hard for me, but reading is clearly beyond Bob’s capacity. And about the only thing that anyone examining the numbers is going to say is “Wow, that Bob sure knows how to shoot himself in the foot!”

Mailvox: no more lesser evils

RM explains why he’s not buying the usual line this time:

The argument that we would be helping elect Hillary or some other socialist by not voting for the GOP candidate no matter who that candidate might be doesn’t work on me any more. For 30 years I told people to vote Republican. I pushed and prodded them, convincing friends and relatives vote for those I thought were good Republicans. I towed the party line telling people that all we needed was a Republican congress and Republican president to get this country’s fiscal house in order. That goal was achieved seven years ago.


And it’s not going to happen again! I am still registered as a Republican, and in fact, I am a party official in my county. My opinions are valued by others and many ask me my opinion and how to vote on issues and candidates.

It is obvious from current events and as stated in your article that I am only one of hundreds of thousands who have come to the conclusion that just preventing the worst candidate from being elected is not good enough. We will all certainly be judged by God by how we vote, just as I judge Fred Thompson by his vote to acquit Bill Clinton during the senate trial.

Fred, Rudy, McCain, Mitt the homosexualist advocate, you have got to be kidding! No way, never, ever, ever, will I support, promote, or vote for people of that quality. The Republican party has moved two steps to the left and those of us still representative of the old Republican party don’t need to form a new party, one only needs to look just a little to the right to find a political party that is now much more in line with the CONSTITUTIONAL values of the grand old party of the Gipper!

I left the Republican party a long time ago. Now, the Republican party has left its core support behind in pursuit of a “permanent majority” that was always a mirage. Basing a “conservative” strategy on winning the support of a massive influx of Mexican socialists – the two major Mexican parties, the PRI and the PRD, are both socialist parties – was about as absurd as the idea of establishing democratic government in the Middle East.

VPFL Week 10

83 East Mesa WhiteTrash
73 Winston Reverends

76 Black Mouth Curs
49 Burns ICU

71 W.C. Silver Spooners
45 Masonville Marauders

60 Mounds View Meerkats
53 Greenfield Grizzlies

43 Cranberry Bogs
39 Village Valkyries

Finally got some much needed REVENGE against the alabaster bearded cow and dragged him down to join me in the league basement. Misery just loves company, don’t you know. Nate continues to sink lower into the abyss and the Silver Spooners pull Masonville back towards the pack as they make their move towards a playoff run. East Mesa is looking dangerous again, even though LaDainian Thomlinson isn’t running rampant like last year.

Meanwhile, in the real NFL, Vikings fans are wondering why Winter Park passed on the opportunity to grab Simeon Rice for the veteran minimum. It’s not as if our pass rush doesn’t need any help.