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Friday, April 9. 2021
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Netflix Lost More Than 30% Market Share to Competitors in 2020
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VDH: Wealthy and Woke
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Accuser Alleges Cuomo "Groomed Me For Sex" As GOP Challenger Launches Gubernatorial Campaign
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"Netflix Lost More Than 30% Market Share to Competitors in 2020"
Serves them right for "Cuties."
Amazing how quickly that film was flushed down the memory hole.
It would be premature to write Netflix off.
Though they have lost market share, the market is growing in size. They have over 200 million subscribers. The article says they are financially sound.
They are probably just shrugging off the "Cuties" debacle.
I cancelled my Netflix subscription when they hired Obama and Susan Rice.
Branca (Legal Insurrection)seems to be increasingly incredulous over the inability of the prosecution to score beyond the opening sob fest. I know it is anecdotal, but lots of people, I've talked to, have done a 180 on Floyd's cause of death, which appears to be that he drowned in his own juices.
BTW, has anyone come across any information as to whether Floyd was administered Narcan. I only ask because it is so common place and routine in my area, so as to be expected. Granted, this may or may not be applicable to Minneapolis.
All I know about Narcan comes from the Internet. It is used for opioid ODs and for Meth ODs. It’s frequently used by policemen prior to the arrival of EMTs. I would guess that, more often than not, the patient’s precise drug cocktail is unknown. In some states, for all intents and purposes, it is available over the counter to family members, friends, care givers….. And, even more telling, in some states its use is covered under the “Good Samaritan” umbrella.
I’m not claiming anything about how appropriate it would be in Floyd’s case just curious as to why it received no attention.
Imagine the pressure on any juror who might now see that Floyd wasn't choked to death but did in fact die of drug overdose. Make no mistake that juror will be outed and his house burned down and family threatened or worse. The judge made a huge mistake in not agreeing to move the trial to another jurisdiction.
If this cop is found guilt I would bet that cops everywhere will begin a job search. By now it is clear to any honest person that the cop didn't kill Floyd but because of his race the cop will most likely be sent to prison. Think about how far we have come since the civil rights laws passed in the early 60's.
Question for Legal Eagles: "Jury Nullification" is a term sometimes used when the jury finds a defendant Not Guilty in spite of compelling evidence, because they think the process is corrupt (i.e., the law is being wrongly applied, or the defendant is being persecuted, or the AG is abusing his office, etc.). What is the correct term when a jury finds a defendant Guilty, in spite of strong evidence that creates reasonable doubt, or is perhaps even exculpatory - but a Guilty verdict is returned because the jury fears the social consequences, or are personally motivated by the issue, not the evidence? What is this kind of outcome called, is there a term for it?
Social justice. But only if the defendant is white and the perp/victim is POC.
Wrong, as usual.
The term is, "appealable." But the trial judge has the power to set aside a guilty verdict for insufficient evidence.
"Social justice" actually works this way: if you intend to murder anyone and escape the death penalty, make sure you are white and murder a black male. Prosecutorial discretion and jury nullification will ensure that you escape the needle.
What you really don't want to be is a black male who murders a white woman. If so, you are toast.
That's the problem with people like you, you couldn't think your way out of the warm wet paper bag you live in.
The problem with you is you don't think at all. If you did, you wouldn't be a leftist.
Excellent thoughts, OneGuy. For the record, I don't visit (or support) Legal Insurrection any more since they started censoring user comments. They're no better than Twitter now.
You gotta hand it to the hustlers who got the $27million settlement before the evidence came to light and swayed public opinion. Those monies would have gone a long way to address and remediate the damage done to small businesses by covid and the riots, the damage done to education, as well as pioneering something new, useful, and effective to counteract the drug culture.
It's hard to know what to say about the people who agreed to the settlement, but to the citizens of Dupe(d)yapolis, you get the government you deserve.
I am not a lawyer but I'm guessing ignoring Narcan is a tactical decision that benefits both the prosecution and defense. From reading the summaries at LI, the prosecution understandably wants to downplay any suggestion that Mr. Floyd was ODing on fentanyl in favor of focusing on the actions of Officer Chauvin. I've seen no indication it was administered so the defense probably doesn't want to added it to the list of 'things that could have been done given 20/20 hindsight'.
Part of the problem is that the officers on sight didn't have Narcan. AND when the EMT's got there the crowd was so rowdy that the EMT's were forced to immediately leave the area. Had the crowd been respectful perhaps Narcan would have been administered.
Thanks, it would make sense that there was no effort to use Narcan if it wasn't available. How did you find this out? Minneapolis claims to have provided police officers with Narcan starting in 2018. I'm assuming there were two squad cars present so I'm still at a loss as to why it wasn't used?
The legal insurrection site is reporting daily and discussed this last week.
You're not getting two things:
1. The jury has already made up its mind to convict, that happened in the first ten minutes because how juries are, especially for this jury in this city under these social conditions.
2. Floyd may or may not have been dying from a drug overdose, but even if he was, if that ex-officer shortened his life by an hour or less by doing anything wrong -- which is the real issue -- he's still criminally liable at some level.
"if that ex-officer shortened his life by an hour or less by doing anything wrong..."
The prosecution expert witnesses have already confirmed that the officers knee was NOT on the neck but rather on the shoulder of the dying man.
And you're not paying attention either. It doesn't matter what experts or eyewitnesses say or even what the truth is. The jury made up its collective mind long ago.
Look at it this way. Just as this forum will believe whatever it wants to or feels comfortable with, the jury will do the same. Big exception: their vote counts, yours doesn't.
You cannot even imagine how much it saddens me to say I agree with you. I do think that the policeman will be sacrificed on the alter of social justice.
Amazon warns Texas: Don’t pass bill that would drive up wind power costs
More than two-dozen companies which have invested heavily in renewable power have fired off an angry letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and other officials over a new bill working its way through the state legislature which would require power producers to bear the costs of services which help keep the electrical grid stable.
Signatories include Amazon, Google, Bank of America, Citi, BlackRock, Berkshire Hathaway Energy and others
Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.
The problem is that wind and solar power are very expensive. So a menu of subsidies has been set up to make it appear affordable and possible. The better known subsidy is a straight payment to the builder that can be as much as 50% of the cost of the solar facility. But then another more hidden subsidy is that all the power companies were required to buy the wind or solar power and offset it's much higher cost by charging all consumers of electricity a higher rate. Then too in a strange irony, the largest consumers of electricity get a discount so they actually pay less of the generous subsidy that other rate payers are forced to pay.
You may ask why would solar ands wind power need so many high subsidies? There is a simple explanation. Solar and wind power are untenable. That is once you factor in all the costs without the subsidies solar and wind can never return more power/income than it took to manufacture, install and maintain. It is in fact a scam. It has always been a scam. A lot of people have become quite rich from this scam and some of those people are the same people who voted for it.
They're putting shots across the Governor's bow, but what they're really worried about is that the free ride is coming to an end. Alternative Energy has been allowed to perch on the infrastructure without taking up their fair share of the cost of maintaining it. With the disastrous showing this past winter, people are starting to take a closer look at who is actually paying for all this virtue. It's about time, JMHO. I'm all for innovation and all for supporting fledgling technology experiments, but adult fledglings must fly and prove their mettle in the field of other adults.
Also see: The Great Culture Revolution; The Great Leap Forward.
It took a century to build Notre Dame. Over the centuries since then, it's been an ongoing project to keep it standing. 15-20 years to repair it after that catastrophic fire is nothing. Better to do a good job slowly than a half-baked job quickly.
OH LOOK BIDEN'S CREATING A COMMISSION TO STUDY EXPANDING THE SUPREME COURT
President Biden will sign an executive order Friday establishing a commission to study whether to add seats to the Supreme Court, the White House announced.
Speaking of COVID — when aren’t we? — this sure makes for some bracing reading ...
"It’s my considered view that it is entirely possible that this will be used for massive-scale depopulation"
funded, of course, by Bill Gates.
and then, this gem showing that he's not much of a fortune teller:
In October, Yeadon wrote a column for the United Kingdom's Daily Mail newspaper that also appeared on MailOnline, one of the world's most-visited news websites. It declared that deaths caused by COVID-19, which then totaled about 45,000 in Britain, will soon "fizzle out" and Britons "should immediately be allowed to resume normal life." Since then, the disease has killed about another 80,000 people in the UK.
Yeardon is a k00k.
['b]"This Isn’t About Safety Anymore"[/b]
What serious person ever thought this ridiculous farce was ever about public health? It was obvious to me from the first week of this idiotic hoax that the whole thing was a sham. And now they have a vaccine that isn't a vaccine and people are still walking around with these dipshit diapers on their faces.
My faith in humanity has been destroyed.
The most tragic thing about this shameful episode is that, due to non stop lies by corrupt governments funded by corrupt corporations, we'll never know anything true about this strain of the goddam seasonal flu. We'll never know.
Get the disease and die or recover.
Just do anything but stop the virtue signaling. This is getting boring.
Everyone on earth has been exposed to it by now. This is all circus designed to make people with no morals feel moral by obeying scumbag liars.
"This Isn't About Safety Anymore"
In my blue state public school enrollment numbers dropped over 40,000+ this past year. If you track and understand this type of data you will immediately realize this number is stunning. Some may say this is bad, but others may say this is good.
These things do serve to clarify the corruption of government at every level. It also serves to show how the people in charge of this charade are fine with the harm it is causing.
This is evil in action.
Chauvin... what ever the verdict, rioting will be nation wide.
Every week black people die by the the hand of other blacks
in the great Democrat run cities, without a mention in the news.
How many more will die as drugs flow across the border to
these cities that support drug gangs. Thanks to welfare
and now stimulus money the poor can buy more drugs.
In NY the average welfare family receives $3000.00 a month
in cash benefits.