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Green is the New Red

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Better dead than red. How many remember this? No one? Okay, how ’bout, McCarthyism? Strike a chord? The root word of Communist is, commune. Everyone lives together in perfect harmony, as it’s also the root word of community. Everyone shares with everyone else, and all are equal, as everyone’s contributed something. Great in theory, anyway, but we all know how that worked out, right? Without getting into the politics of the 50′s, it boils downto, Socialism on steroids, and the USSR, or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, collapsed under its own weight in the early 90′s. I could look up the exact date, but my mythical deadline is way past. In any case, see Animal Farm, and 1984, both by George Orwell.

Now, where were we? Well, as previously discussed, I’m always in Redondo Beach, except when I’m elsewhere, and we don’t know where you are. Well, you do, or at least you should. If you don’t, you need to go back to remedial Bulletproof Monk school.

Oh, and if you truly believe it’s ok to be unique, just like everybody else, you probably don’t need to read on. As you’ve already drank the metaphorical Koolaid downto the dregs. That’s right, you’re on dregs. There, I said it. Now it would seem that I’m simply typing to pad my word count, so, I might get to a point soon. Sooner if I could type faster.

See, the problem with Socialism, is it’s borderline Communist. And yet, there are those that are okay with it. The other problem is, it only works on a small scale, not in a macro environment, like a large country. Like Russia. Aside: I took two years of Russian Studies at ‘SC, but apparently, I had to give them back. The bigger names you hear about on the far left feel that since they have all the money, it doesn’t matter if they give some of it away in the name of higher taxes to provide for the less wealthy, simply because they wish to remain in power. Free money is a toxin, actually.

I was forming this thought mentioned in the title long before I read something similar to this story, which prompted me to write. The sad truth of the matter is, those that believed Communism was okay, are mostly the same people that  have become environmentalist wackos. The whole Green movement is designed to make sure that those that have the power stay in power, and those that don’t have access to a wind farm, continue to pay for ‘inferior’ methods of power generation and consumption, at a higher rate, eventually pricing everyone out of the market, except for those that have indeed, gone Green.

The Law!!! will kick in at some point, as it inevitably does, and hopefully someone will call Bullshit, even though Penn & Teller probably already have. I think it was in the 3rd season, actually. I just hope we’re not too late….

Adjust Your Expectations Accordingly.

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Commented on “Twittercism”

Hmmm… Yet another instance of, The Law!!! rearing it’s ugly head…

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Commented on “Credit Writedowns”

Wow. Didn’t have to sit through the rest of 60 Minutes to see this. Thanks!!!

Ok, my take, on this whole thing, and what prompted me to write more than a simple comment that can be tweeted out is this:

Conan may believe that he didn’t get screwed, and that’s fine. However, there are those of us that did. Get screwed I mean. Leno IS the bad guy in this whole thing, as originally, he stated he was going to retire when he originally gave the tonight show away.

As it got closer, he realized that he still wanted to do it, however, they’d already hired Conan to takeover. This started a chain of events, and of course, The Law!!! kicked in, and as you know, whenever that happens, everyone gets screwed.

NBC can justify their move by saying Conan’s ratings were less than Leno’s. What they forget to mention, is the reason for that was that Leno’s ratings at 10p, were not up to expectations, and as a result, local news ratings at the various affiliate stations were down, to the point where they were stating they were going to change affiliations.

That’s huge.

I don’t necessarily know how that works, as I live in a major city, therefore it’s not an option for any network here, as they’re the network. However, it’s my understanding that affiliates sign on for the National feed from whatever network, and back in the days before cable, this was an issue of long term contracts, and who had the best shows, say if you live in Cedar City, Utah (just as an example), your local station there has chosen one of the big three or four, at which point, at 11p, you do your local news. After which at 1130, you go back to broadcasting your network of choice.

As a result of Leno’s ratings not being up to par, local affiliates like the theoretical one above, threatened to pull the plug as it were, and go somewhere else, the choices being ABC, CBS, or Fox.

NBC literally pushed the panic and eject button almost at the same time, as Conan mentioned in the interview.

As a result, me as a viewer of some shows on NBC, although these days, less and less, as it would seem their entire Entertainment division suffers from what we’ll call Leno syndrome, can’t seem to put any good and decent shows on the air, I have been passively boycotting the network and its shows, and actively speaking out to anyone who’ll listen.

And again, I predicted bad things for NBC back when they made the monumentous decision to be the 5th place network back when they first announced that Leno would have a primetime show. But of course, no one listens to me, except you, my three readers….

Adjust your expectations accordingly.

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Commented on “Christopher S. Penn’s Awaken Your Superhero”

Expert in most things I tackle and accomplish, connoisseur of a few. Hopefully one day I’ll achieve a balance :)

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Commented on “David Risley”

#Fail. I guess taking action, and letting others know that I have, is something I need to work on. Thanks for this contest, DR. You’ve given me some things to think about, as well as take action with.

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Commented on “Blag Hag”

Well played, Busdriver, apparently, I can’t reply to your reply :) So, to answer your questions, I know, and yes. Maybe some of the commas should be semi colons, however, the point is, I’m pausing for emphasis. Read it as if I’m saying it to you. Thanks!!!

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Commented on “Blag Hag”

You do know that I know all that already, right? I was really only responding to the grammar of Klaus’ post, and not the one he was responding to, as, I”m pretty sure I didn’t read the original comment that generated his reply. Had I done so, I probably would’ve said much the same thing, but probably more elegantly.

It truly doesn’t matter whether or not Klaus is German, as, he’s writing an sentence in English, or more specifically, American, and therefore should conform to the matters grammatical of the language hence.

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Commented on “Blag Hag”

Fascinating. For my 400th Disqus comment, I’d like to say, WTF???

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Commented on “Blag Hag”

That should be too many…. Hate to be the grammar police, and I can’t even quote the specific rule, however, if you’re going to insult someone, at least do it right….

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Why I’m not currently Tweeting at my Usual Rate….

Waiting for a film to import to iMovie, and I’m going to watch The Mentalist while it does….