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Television maps in the NY Times!

Great resource in the NY Times. There are maps of where the 50 most popular TV shows are most popular and least popular, plus at the bottom of the page you can enter a zip code and see the three most popular and least popular shows in the designated area in which the zip code is located.

I actually don’t find this as useful as the Netflix movie map which appeared in the NY Times a few years ago. The most important trend I observe, which the NY Times chose not to notice, is that people like to watch TV shows about people like themselves.

For example, most of the main characters in “Walking Dead” are white trash people, and we discover that it’s most popular in Appalachia.

There are a whole bunch of shows featuring blacks, and they are all popular in areas with large black populations.

“Teen Mom” is popular in places where I suspect there are a lot of teenage mothers.

“Deadliest Catch,” a reality show on the Discovery Channel set among fishing vessels in the Bering Sea is most popular in Alaska, which borders the Bering Sea. It’s second most popular in Maine and Washington, the two other states in the U.S. that have cold-weather fishing.

“Duck Dynasty,” about a family of country hicks, isn’t popular in urban areas.

I think I also notice a general trend that shows with middle-class white characters are more popular in the northern Midwest but less popular in California.

If you ignore the bias of people preferring to watch people like themselves, there is also a prole/SWPL divide. “Game of Thrones” is a SWPL show, while “Dancing With the Stars” is a prole show.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 27, 2016 at EDT pm

Posted in Television

More vinyl!

Reported by the NY Times (which can have good reporting when they are reporting on stuff that has nothing to do with Donald Trump or other pet liberal issues):

The alt-weekly The Nashville Scene first reported last week that the United Record Pressing plant, a mainstay of vinyl production since 1949, would be expanding its operations to a new 142,000-square-foot facility in South Nashville. In a later article by Billboard, United said that the new facility, estimated to be the size of “two football fields,” would double the plant’s production capacity, and that the expansion would help the country’s largest vinyl manufacturer keep pace with strong market demand.

That the new facility is the size of two football fields reminds us that vinyl records take up a lot of space. It’s not a practical gimmick for people who live in tiny Manhattan apartments. Even finding a place for a turntable (which needs to be a on flat stable surface that’s easy to get to) can be challenging. And on top of that, new vinyl LPs cost twice as much as the same music legally purchased digitally (and the same music can be easily obtained for free, although of course you shouldn’t do that because it’s illegal).

My theory is that the human brain didn’t evolve to understand intellectual property on an emotional level. We have an evolutionary urge to acquire resources (which used to be useful for helping to make sure your children lived long enough to have children of their own), and our illogical animal brain thinks of a vinyl record as a resource but can’t grasp a digital file as being a resource.

Nevertheless, the re-emergence of vinyl records still seems to me like a temporary fad.

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December 27, 2016 at EDT am

I Touch Myself by Divinyls

This is a song about the female singer not being master of her domain, which is what the previously blogged-about Wham! song was not about.

This is also a much better song than anything Wham! ever did.

Christine Amphlett died in 2013 at the age of 53 from breast cancer. Another eighties musician who died an untimely death.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 26, 2016 at EDT pm

Posted in Music videos

Fake news about fake news in the NY Times

All the fake news that’s fit to print?

The history of “fake news” is that yes, there were some guys in the former Soviet Union, who were NOT working for the KGB but were just independent scammers making money by getting people to link to their fake news sites, which then served up ads which they got paid for.

If the term “fake news” had simply been limited to those people, we wouldn’t be having this blog post. But the mainstream media fell in love with the term “fake news,” and everything else that the MSM didn’t like, but which traditionally had other names (like “conspiracy theories” or “biased stories”) they started calling “fake news,” but only when the MSM perceived these things to have a right-wing bias.

The MSM has a long history of serving up misleading and biased stories when it fits into their left-wing narrative. For example, leaving everyone with the impression that George Zimmerman shot some 12-year-old kid in the back who was running away from him when in reality he shot a much older teenager who was taller than him and surely stronger and more experienced at fighting, after getting into a fight that Zimmerman was losing. Giving the biased mainstream media some benefit of the doubt, it’s not clear who started the fight, but of course the biased MSM, when they do acknowledge that there was a fight, blame Zimmerman for starting it.

The MSM reported the “hands up don’t shoot” narrative when all the weight of the evidence points to Michael Brown starting the fight with the cop who arrested him after Michael Brown robbed a convenience store, and he never had his hands up or said “don’t shoot.”

When it was clear that the MSM was trying to use the term “fake news” to try to shut down the freedom of speech of people whom the MSM disagree, the conservatives successfully fought back on twitter, labeling all of the misleading and biased MSM news as “fake news” also. The success of this grass roots campaign is demonstrated by this story in today’s NY Times, which like most stories in the MSM this year is extremely misleading and slanted. The story leaves out all of the background explained above (except for the part about the scammers in the former Soviet Union). In the alternate universe of the New York Times, conservatives out of the blue just started using the term “fake news” to attack the righteous and truthful reporting of the MSM.

I label this story about fake news to be fake news, because by eliminating the important background of what really happened, a valid story of grassroots conservative opposition to pervasive liberal propaganda and threatened suppression of free speech becomes just more liberal propaganda to attack anyone who disagrees with their narrative.

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Mike Street Station writes in a comment:

From the article, “Until now, that term had been widely understood to refer to fabricated news accounts that are meant to spread virally online.”

That term fake news has only been in common use immediately after the election when the media went on a 10 day fake news spree to blame the election results on viral online stories. The premise was ridiculous of course, no, Trump did not when because of a fake story that the Pope endorsed him. Blaming these type of stories for Trump winning the election is the very definition of fake news in my opinion.

Correct.

And the term quickly expanded from viral stories with fake facts, to anything that the MSM considers right-wing propaganda even if the facts are true. (Of course the MSM, masters of propaganda themselves, understand that true facts can be cherry picked and distorted to present a very false impression of reality.)

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Also, it continues to annoy me that #pizzagate is called “fake news” when that is something that has always been called a “conspiracy theory.”

There’s a liberal conspiracy theory out there that Donald Trump is a Russian intelligence agent, and that has never, to my knowledge, been called “fake news” by the mainstream media, or cited as a reason for why HRC won the popular vote instead of Trump.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 26, 2016 at EDT am

Posted in News

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham!

This is a song about a guy who loves his girlfriend more than she loves him back. And that’s all it’s about.

The late George Michael looks pretty gay in this video (not that there’s anything wrong with looking gay). The girls in the video have such nice eighties hair.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 26, 2016 at EDT am

Posted in Music videos

George Michael dead at age 53

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December 25, 2016 at EDT pm

Posted in Music videos

Santa Monica vs. Coney Island

Santa Monica, the most famous beach in Los Angeles County, is also one of the most desirable places to live in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Coney Island, the most famous beach in New York City, is prole. No one rich or famous would be caught dead living there.

Why did these two beach areas have such different outcomes? That’s the question to answer this Christmas.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 25, 2016 at EDT am

Posted in Proles, Wealth

Obama’s parting f*** you to Trump and Netanyahu

It took me a while to realize the seriousness of what Obama did, which creates huge problems for Trump and Israel.

Now I have to admit that a lot of foreign policy customs make no sense. Like Trump’s phone call with the president of Taiwan. Who knew that the president of the United States wasn’t allowed to talk to the president of a country with which we have friendly relations and to which we sell billions of dollars of military equipment? But despite all the blathering in the mainstream media about that phone call, we don’t have any treaty with China that forbids the POTUS from talking to whomever he wants, and even if we did, Trump is still a private citizen and not yet the President.

Some people think that the U.N. is powerless, but that’s not quite correct. The General Assembly is pretty much powerless, which is the way that it was set up by the five biggest powers at the end of World War II. The Security Council does have the power to create international law, which the United States respects, and that has never been a problem for the United States. The reason it has not been a problem is because the Security Council has never created any law that goes against American interests; we just veto anti-American resolutions, or anything else we disagree with. And for that matter, the Security Council has also never created any law that goes against the interests of Russia, China, the United Kingdom, or France.

Within this framework, the United States, for decades, has been vetoing all anti-Israel resolutions. This is a policy the incoming president Donald Trump has made clear he would continue. And it’s also a policy that Congress would agree with if put to a vote, and not just because Republicans would support it, but because a large number of Democrats would also support it.

This resolution gives Trump a huge diplomatic problem. Theoretically, Israel’s settlements now violate international law, and there isn’t any way to reverse that law because there isn’t a majority vote on the Security Council to repeal the resolution (which passed 14-0). The Israel-hating nations of the world will take advantage of this resolution to make Israel much more of a pariah nation than she already is. Trump has signaled that we aren’t going to support the resolution, but reversing seventy years of the United States respecting the resolutions passed by the Security Council is a massively big deal.

So you see, on a scale of 1 to 10 with respect to upsetting traditional U.S. foreign policy, Trump talking to the president of Taiwan is a 2 (China blew off a little steam about it but now it’s over and done with) and Obama failing to veto the anti-Israel resolution is at least an 8 if not a 9 (with a 10 being actually getting us into a war with someone).

Obama is the most evil president in U.S. history, and like Rubio said, he always knew exactly what he was doing.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 24, 2016 at EDT pm

Posted in International, Politics

Hanukkah in Santa Monica

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December 24, 2016 at EDT am

Posted in Uncategorized

Trump’s amazing foreign policy victories

I have to confess that, even though I’m a Trump supporter, I’m surprised by the effectiveness of Trump’s foreign policy, even though he’s not yet officially the President.

1. Obama, who hates Israel, instructed his U.N. ambassador to abstain on a Security Council resolution, sponsored by Egypt, that condemns Israel for expanding settlements in places that anger the Palestinians.

So Trump intercedes, speaks on the telephone with Sisi, the President of Egypt, and then Egypt withdraws the resolution.

2. After Russia talks about increasing it’s nuclear forces, Trump tweets that the “United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability.” And then today, as summarized by Reuters:

Russia’s Vladimir Putin said on Friday he was unfazed by President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to boost the U.S. nuclear arsenal, praising Trump for being in touch with U.S. public opinion while branding the Democrats sore election losers.

Speaking at his annual news conference in Moscow, the Russian president said earlier comments he had made about his country’s own military modernization had been misunderstood in the United States and that he accepted that the U.S. military, not Russia’s, was the most powerful in the world.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 23, 2016 at EDT am

Posted in International, Politics

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