Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Is Captain Marvel Going to Torpedo End Game?

I had a scary thought.

Brie Larson (who I truly cannot care any less about) was mouthing off about identity politics again.  This didn't change my mind about seeing "Captain Marvel" because I wasn't going to see it anyway.  The trailer told me immediately it was going to be a feminist lecture.  A 20 something actress digging a deeper hole instead of just shutting up is only going to make other people not want to see it.

But now I'm worried it's going to ruin Endgame.  Not that I hold the Avenger's franchise in as high regards as John Wick, but I loved Infinity War.  I was truly looking forward to its conclusion, Endgame.  I do not want it ruined or even infected with politics.  But if the main actress of Captain Marvel is going to keep doubling down on politics, or even just talking about politics, AND this tag-along super hero is supposedly going to rescue The Avengers, then you're blemishing what I thought was a perfect movie and it is going to deter some of the movie going public to see Endgame.

Which is tragic.

Because Captain Marvel was just supposed to be an origins movie introducing a necessary character to finish off the magnum opus of End Game.  It may simply infect the franchise right before the big payoff is due and really cost the studio some money.

Eh, I'll wait for the reviews to come in first.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Older Brother Podcast #38 - The "Denver Teachers are Scum" Episode

Live from I-10 enroute from Phoenix to Tucson, Cappy rants again

Denver teachers who piss away their money, then bitch about pay.
People who have kids they can't Denver teachers.
All the cool Meetup groups Cappy can't attend.
Why can't billionaires pay it forward to Cappy?
Why 58 year old social workers are more important than children.
Why the democrats have to be against fathers...because the would no longer be needed.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

How Kathleen Kennedy and Politics Cost Disney $3.7 Billion

There's a problem when it comes to measuring the box office success (or failure) of movies in America.  There is no standard measuring stick.  The best pundits, editors, and the media have come up with is inflation adjusted numbers, but this doesn't account for the fact the economy and number of people have grown.  For example Star Wars Episode IV "only" brought in $786 million in 1977, but the total GDP was only $2 trillion back then (compared to $20 trillion now) and there were only 220 million Americans, a full 100 million less than today.  So I tapped into my SAEG and came up with a new measure that I think beats all the other conventional measures being used - Box Office Sales as a Percent of GDP.  This accounts for inflation.  It accounts for economic growth.  It accounts for population growth.  And I think it should be used hence forth anytime people are interested in comparing box office numbers, especially when the movies are decades apart.

However, my motivation for coming up with this figure was not purely noble.  I had an ulterior motive.  I wanted to calculate just how much Kathleen Kennedy (and her commensurate politics) cost Disney and its shareholders in terms of profits/market value.  I wanted to see what percent of the Star Wars franchise's value was destroyed by politics.  Because as I've stated before, I'm getting mighty sick and tired of politics being mixed in with my fun.  Thus my hope is to attach a price tag to "being woke" and ruining everybody's movie-going fun with SJW politics so that the morons in Hollywood might get a clue before they go out of business.

First I calculated Box Office sales as a Percent of GDP (BOSPG) for each of the Star Wars movies.
This is nothing shocking as the original Star Wars was truly ground breaking, bringing in just shy of 4/100ths a percent of GDP.  This dropped significantly to .019% and .016% GDP for Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, respectively, but still impressive.  The prequels' lackluster performance also showed as they brought in .011%, .007%, and .006%.  And the sequels repeated the same, capitalizing on a new generation's hope, posting .011%, .006% and .007%.

Except there was just one tinsy winsy problem.

Episode VIII - The Last Jedi was such a betrayal to Star Wars fans that people essentially boycotted the next movie, Solo.  Solo's performance was so bad, it only got an abominable .0019% GDP, a mere 1/20th what Episode VI pulled in.

Or in plain English - Kathleen Kennedy wiped out 95% of the Star Wars franchise value.

Now we have to be fair.  The original trilogy was so revolutionary and from a different time that it really isn't fair to compare Kathleen Kennedy's modern day remakes to George Lucas' original movie productions (remember when Hollywood did those?  Originals?  Never mind, it's a Gen X thing, you youngin's wouldn't understand).  Also, it's not like the Star Wars franchise didn't go down in value with the release of the prequels.  So in intellectual honesty, I opted to compare Kennedy's performance to the prequels, as the franchise had already gone down in value as a consequence of those, and any further deterioration could logically be attributed to Kennedy and her politics.

I won't bore you with the mathematical details (posted below), but the short version is this.  Using the prequels as a baseline, you could expect your average Star Wars movie to earn about .0077% GDP.  Right now with Solo, Kennedy/politics sits at .0019%, a full 75% drop/destruction in the value of the Star Wars franchise.  If you prorate this out, assuming one new Star Wars movie every 4 years and some other mathematical assumptions, the estimated total cost to the Disney shareholders and Disney's profits is around $3.7 billion.  And remember.  That's basing it off the prequels.  It would almost be $7 billion if we included the original trilogy into the baseline.

I need that to sink into the shareholders and corporate executives at Disney, Sony, Century Fox and any other movie makers in Hollywood.

Your politics has CONSERVATIVELY wiped out 75% of the value of the world's most profitable movie franchise and cost you an estimated direct financial cost of $3.7 billion.  You had the golden goose and because you lacked creativity, originality, and cannot simply shuck your SJW, virtue signaling politics, you killed it.  And it's very doubtful if it's ever coming back.

Now, of course the future of Star Wars hinges on many things.

Will you continue to force feed politics into people's fun?
Will Kathleen Kennedy be replaced by a non-ideologue who loves Star Wars and returns it to its original greatness?
Is it so bad that the franchise is essentially dead?

And these questions will be answered in another decade or so.

But if we can stop now, take inventory of the true financial costs and consequences of jamming politics and personal agendas into cherished franchises, and simply follow the common sense rule of NOT putting politics into people's fun, Hollywood is guaranteed to be multiple billions of dollars richer in the future than the path it is currently on now.  Oh, and not that Hollywood cares, the movie going public will be happier and more satisfied as well.
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cops or It Didn't Happen

And by "cops" I mean cops from 20 years ago that should have been called the second the rape occurred.  

Also, may I recommend a book that is very germane to this topic called "The Pence Principle?"  Nah, never mind.  This fake rape accusation stuff sure is fun isn't it?

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Can I Have Representative Chris Quinn's Wife?

Let me explain something to you noobs when it comes to politics.

Politicians are going to tender stupid legislation and try to force invasive laws into your personal lives where it doesn't belong.

This won't stop.
This won't end.
Politicians do this because they need to seem like they're "doing something" when they should be doing the OPPOSITE and eliminating laws since we are WAAAAY past the point of the "optimal number of laws."  So instead of eliminating stupid laws, they create more like banning plastic bags and banning plastic straws.

The latest one is a piece of legislation offered by a Representative Chris Quinn where he wants to tax "violent video games" because THAT will stop school shootings.

Now you can get angry at the legislation.  Or that politicians are going to politic.  But you're doing it wrong.  There's no point in arguing the inanity of the legislation.  You just have to point out the politician's name, what a cuck he/she is, and then maybe go chase his wife. Because you know that if you are offering this lame and pathetic of legislation then you are a cuck, you are a pussy, and your wife can't possibly be satisfied.  So I'm wondering if this asshole is going to get into my personal life and tax me 10% pointlessly (because this tax will NOT stop school shootings), can I get into his personal life and finally satisfy his wife?

See, you need to name these balless fuckwonders and expose them by name. Not roll your eyes and say "this legislation is stupid!  We must do something." 

No, name these fuckers.  And if they're getting their noses a little bit too much into your personal life, then maybe you see if they have a personal life you can shove your nose into as well.

Anyway, Mrs. Quinn, contact me when you're done with pencil dick over there.  We'll play some COD and chill.

Friday, February 08, 2019

The True Purpose of Public Schools

1.  To enrich teachers
2.  To indoctrinate students
3.  To provide an institution to raise children because American parents don't love them and don't want to raise them.

Point #3 is why we will NEVER get rid of public schools, because Republican "women" love their careers more than their children.  Thus BOTH sides of the aisle want public schools.

Truth hurts.

Suck it up.

Here's Your Rape Culture

Oh look, it ain't Western Civilization.

Well, in that case it's alright and doesn't count.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Going to be On With Rich Cooper/Entrepreneur In Cars

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Church or Captain Marvel: Choose Your Sermon

It's very simple - people don't want politics mixed in with their fun.

We all work 40-60 hours a week.  We commute 10.  And after another 15 hours of chores and basic requirements of life, what few precious hours of freedom we have we cherish and value above all else.  And it is those few hours of freedom that ultimately determine the happiness and enjoyment we get out of life.  And the hell if we're going to ruin it with politics.

But tell that to the Gen X'ers who now command the majority of CSR, marketing, and advertising departments in Corporate America and Hollywood.  Talentless, fresh-out-of-ideas, unoriginal, and common, these low-IQ marketing heads only know the one trick they were taught in business school and that is "politics-trumps profits," "corporate virtue signaling," and "jam your socialist politics into the fun of everybody else."  They have no value except the politics they were spoon-fed in college, and think the rest of society is equally valueless, also desperately clinging a parasitic socialist ideology as their only core value in life. And so any sort of fun MUST have some sort of socialist sermon, lecture, moral, or proselytizing forced in it, thus putting a turd in America's punch bowl of fun.

The latest example is Brie Larson's interview with Digital Spy where she views her acting as a form of activism in the upcoming movie "Captain Marvel."

If you don't know who Brie Larson is, or what Captain Marvel is, it really doesn't matter.  This is just another Hollywood actress, mouthing off about politics, telepathing to you potential movie goers that there will be leftist politics, feminist sermoning, and a political lecture that nobody asked for and nobody wanted in this upcoming movie.  It's further proof that anybody under the age of 50 seems to think their politics is all that matters.  And it's also further proof that Hollywood doesn't understand who they work for.  They do not understand their product.  They do not understand their audience. And they are so tone deaf, so brain dead, so autistic, they can't understand the simple concept that people don't like politics mixed in with their fun.

Unfortunately, this seems to be the case corporate wide and Hollywood wide. Gillette thinks accusing men of rape, assault, domestic violence, in a condescending commercial will help boost sales.  Starbucks wants to have "conversations about race."  And Kathleen Kennedy needs to remind you that the force is female and will add three huge scoops of purple-haired vagina on your latest Star Wars movie, whether you wanted feminism or not.  There is hope that maybe corporate America is getting the message that people don't like politics in their razors, coffee, and movies in that the Super Bowl 53 commercials were absent of SJW commercials.  But I think given the trillions that were invested in Gen X'er's educational brainwashing, it's going to take about a decade of stagnant sales and boycotts to get it through their thick skulls to stop ruining people's fun with politics.

Thus, I have a suggestion for those of you who are sick of politics ruining your movies - go to church.

This is not a plea for Christianity (I loathe organized religion), but to point out that going to church or synagogue or even mosque would be preferable and much more beneficial than going to see Captain Marvel.  At least with a religious sermon there is usually some kind of wisdom that is practical and useful to your life.  You know with a religious sermon you are going to be sermoned.  And even if you don't agree with said religion, it does pay to sit, think, and reflect on ancient scriptures and texts that compile and condense thousands of years of human wisdom. Brie Larson is just going to parrot and repeat the same, tired, beaten, old, common, tiring, tiresome, obsolete feminist mantra of "we can do it too/fuck men/we're oppressed/strong independent woman/you go girl" that they have been for 50 years.  Oh, yeah, and she'll beat the bad guy in the end.

I wish I was being tongue and cheek, but I'm not.  I honestly think the movie-going public and America as a whole would be way better off and $20 richer if they just took in an actual sermon instead of a political one disguised as a movie.  And while you may not belong to a church or a synagogue, you can easily download a sermon from Ligonier Ministries, read an article about Judiasm,  or learn about debt avoidance through Islam.

Because here's the other reason you should just spend your Sunday afternoon taking in an actual sermon instead of a Captain Marvel one.  If you do go see Captain Marvel, and enough people make the movie profitable, reluctantly accepting they're just going to be lectured at like little children, this will never end.  Hollywood, Corporate America, and the legions of brainwashed Gen X marketing executives will continue to ruin your fun with politics...







And I don't know about you, but my life is to precious and enjoyable to be having a turd floating around in my fun.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The Older Brother Podcast #37 - Nerves of Steele Episode

Cappy and John Steele talk about:

"The Mistakeless Economy"
The "Stupid People Economic Fallacy"
Is Corporate Virtue Signaling Dead?
Ain't No White Guys in Commercials Anymore.
It Wouldn't Matter if We Killed Half the Men in America.

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You Can't Escape Stupid People

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Monday, February 04, 2019

The Lack of Politics and Sermons in the 2019 Super Bowl Ads

I did not watch the whole thing.  But I was sure as hell that Corporate America would continue to lecture and sermon real Americans about being racist, sexist, and generally bad people.

Apparently they didn't.

That being said, I am supremely confident going forward Corporate America and their Gen X Marketing SJW Overlords will not be able to help themselves because that is all they know what to do - virtue signal.  Remember, these people do NOT have as their primary goal profit or productivity.  It is politics that drives them.  Like millennials, these Gen X'ers never really worked real jobs in their lives either and their brains were equally weak and thus susceptible to marxist brainwashing in college.  They offer nothing of value but their politics and they're going to force it down your throat whether you like it or not.  The Super Bowl was just a fluke.

Isabel O’Shaughnessy Gets Equality

If you didn't know Ms. O'Shaughnessy was this young lady here who, in addition to being mentally ill, thought it would be funny and perfectly alright to grab a man's genitals.

Unfortunately, she is now being treated as an equal and getting charged with sex abuse.

What piqued my interest though was the mention of the Catholic University of America. I  looked it up and it is indeed a catholic university.  But, as is with many things in Christianity, it's more concerned about green credentials and leftist politics than it is religion or JC.  If there was any morality within the CUA they would expel Ms. O'Shaughnessy, but something tells me they like her mammons she pays in tuition.

Taxation is 65% Theft

 The only time I was ever on a bloodsports show was Taleeb Starkes' program where under some other pretense he had me on with an avowed communist from Canada.  The communist was indeed mentally ill and I don't say that because we differed ideologically, I say it because he WAS mentally ill.  Still lived at home, didn't believe North Korea was a bad place, and lived off of the Canadian government.  It was painfully obvious he supplanted any tangible level of production and worth in life with the religion of communism, and he was consequently paying the price for living a lie.

But one thing he did keep bringing up was "social democracy."  And he used the term as a euphemism to deflect the fact that communism/socialism is theft and he was living off of other people.  In short social democracy means since people voted to take your money, then it's not theft - it's "social democracy."  Thus, everything is morally hunky dory super dooper OK.  And so this "social democracy" arrow is guaranteed to be in the quiver of every leftist because they can't stand the truth that they and their ideology are parasitic.

Any intellectually honest person can see right through this pathetic canard.  It doesn't matter how somebody else ended up with your money - whether it be at the end of a gun, or people voting it in...and consequently also at the end of a gun - if you didn't want somebody else to have your money, it's theft.  But the left is infinitely cowardly when it comes to getting your money, both avoiding any physical confrontation to get it, and hiding behind the excuses as to how they got it.  Alas, very much like lawyers, the most common way leftists will hide their parasitism is by pointing out it's legal, completely disregarding whether it's moral.

At the other end of the spectrum you have your sperg-out-a-lot libertarians.

These guys, just like our communist friend above, also supplant any real world accomplishment with a blind fanaticism to their religion.  They too also live in their parents basement and constantly parrot the conservative talking point that "all taxation is theft."  And again, they hide their intellectual dishonesty behind nuanced technicalities and arguments, notably that since if you don't pay your taxes you will have men with guns force you to, otherwise you will be put into a cage.  And while technically correct, I have yet to have a libertarian explain to me how a world governed solely by "positive reinforcement" and "good wishes" would be practical, feasible, and even possible.  Will people "willingly" pay taxes to form an army to fight off the army of the other country where they conscripted soldiers and forcibly taxed their citizens to arm them with more and superior tanks and fighter bombers?  Will people "willingly" form a large enough posse to fight off the band of bandits created by a smarter tactician who decided theft was easier than labor?  Will you finally discipline your children, or are you going to continue to try to intellectually rationalize with a 2 year old about the philosophical and moral merits of not screaming in the house?  These questions usually send the sperg-out-a-lot libertarians back to their parents' basement much like asking communists how using euphemisms change reality.

But never fear, Cappy is here.  And I am going to provide you all with the correct answer as to what taxation is and is not, so the next time this topic comes up you can provide a link to this convenient post and conclude the discussion more accurately informed than when the discussion began.


Taxation is 65% theft.

The reason taxation is 65% theft is because that is the percent (on average) of state, federal and local budgets (in the US) that goes to other people's pockets.  It will of course vary by state and location, it will vary based on your income and taxes you pay, it will also vary over time, but right now, in the US, on average, you can expect 65% of your taxes to go to another person WITH NOTHING ELSE IN EXCHANGE.

We call these expenses "income transfers" and they are a direct transference of your money to somebody else.  When I pay for some soccer-mom's snot nosed brat to go to school, that is an income transfer.  When I pay the additional property taxes so her other "autistic brat" gets overpriced free school baby sitting "special education" that is an income transfer.  When I pay for some pothead baby boomer who didn't save up enough for retirement for their social security or medicare, that is an income transfer.  And shucks howdy, when I just give the lazy and parasitic cash in the form of food stamps, welfare, TANF, or any one of a number of direct cash programs, that is also an income transfer.

It is theft.
It is one person benefiting at the expense of the other.
It is ALSO slavery as you are working for that person for a percent of your life.
And it is parasitism.  Yes, you are a parasite if you need other people's money.  That is not debateable or "social democracy."  It's a fact.  You are a leech.

The remaining 35% are what are called "public goods," meaning that my consumption of them does not exclude yours.  Or a shorter explanation, "we get something in return for that 35%"

For example defense.  At least I get something in exchange for my tax dollars when they go to pay for the US military - defense.  Same thing with the cops.  At least I get something when I pay taxes for the cops - protection.  We all benefit from a department, say like the US Department of Commerce which regulates (in theory) corporations and companies from putting acid in our soup.  And we all benefit from the Department of Transportation that builds and maintains the roads.  AND in all instances one person's consumption of the good does not exclude others.  My driving on the road does not prevent you driving on the road.  Your taxes dollars going to pay for that F-16 to patrol the skies does not prevent me from enjoying the protection provided by it.  In short, that 35% of your taxes paid on public goods is NOT theft.  It is legitimate taxation.  You get something in exchange for it (although, I can understand you may not want it).

There is however an important distinction to make where it may not be as clear cut as "Taxation is 65% Theft" - charity.  Because just as sure the arrow of "Social Democracy" is in a leftist's quiver, the arrow of "I Don't Mind Paying More in Taxes" is also guaranteed to be in there.

I don't for a second believe leftists don't mind paying more in taxes.  Every time a liberal friend of mine worked as a contractor and failed to make the quarterly tax payments they were APOPLECTIC when they had to pay their - *ahem* - "fair share" come April 15th.  They would do EVERYTHING in their power possible to NOT pay taxes.  Also, it's not like you can't cut a check to the US Treasury for shits and giggles.  And all the rich liberals in Hollywood, Washington DC, and trust fund babies can just start cutting checks if they don't mind paying more in taxes.  It's the fact they don't means you know they're lying.

But let's just take them at their worthless word and assume they do indeed not "mind paying more in taxes."

This then introduces a charitable element to the "Taxation is Theft" argument and makes it more of a personal issue.  If you're like me, you don't believe in charity, you don't WANT to give money to other people, and so when you're forced to, taxation is indeed 65% theft.  That's my money.  That's my life.  I do not want it going to anybody else.  But if you "don't mind paying more in taxes," or have a philosophical argument that we as a society owe it to the rest of society to provide some kind of safety net, then the argument could be made in your personal case that "Taxation is 65% Charity."  That you're OK paying 65% of your taxes to somebody else.  And there's nothing wrong with that.  It's your personal choice.  But that only applies to your individual case and your personal situation.

As is usual for leftists, they don't let it remain a personal choice.  They need to loop other people into their world.  They need to force other people to be socialists.  They value their politics/religion over other people's property rights or moral rights.  Yes there may be that one leftist who donates his or her money intellectually honestly to help out the poor because they personally believe they have a moral obligation to do so.  But the remaining 99.9999% of the case is most leftists want to use YOUR MONEY to make them feel better.  They want YOUR MONEY to advance THEIR politics of parasitism and laziness and fuzzy wuzzies.  And I cannot emphasize what a violation of morals that is right there.

Most leftists think absolutely NOTHING about stealing from you simply to make themselves feel better.  

Admittedly, at least they're not the democrat party who steals from you to bribe other degenerates to vote for them.  But rank and file democrats are not much morally better thinking they have a moral right to your life-labor, that they have the right to enslave you for a significant percent of your working life, simply so they can vote to have warm fuzzies and feel good about themselves.

Alas, when you realize just what few leftists and democrats are indeed charitable souls, with a soul within them, who willingly donate their own money to help their political cause, the "Taxation is Charity" argument is moot.  No democrat "doesn't mind paying more in taxes."  They all do.  Therefore, 65% of the taxes you pay are indeed theft.  In part to pay for parasites too lazy to work.  In part so leftists can feel good about their unaccomplished, worthless selves.  In part so the democrat party and buy votes.

You have the right to be pissed off 2/3rds the time about your taxes.
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