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Kids won't stop chattering and are driving the teacher crazy. Teacher goes all Wild West and begins firing that six shooter into the air to get their attention focused back on that math problem! Then when the bad guy wearing the black hat actually arrives at the school at high noon for a shootout, the teacher is already out of bullets!

Mixolyde wrote:

Obama could have prevented most of this if he had bailed out local journalism instead of banks and cars. Not that anyone could foresee what would happen outside of some historians. But, during the height of the real estate crash somwthing like 40 journalists a day were being laid off, and most never came back. That also happened in Russia.

Everyone in the newspaper publishing business knew that their business model was completely broken long before the Great Recession.

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Daily circulation had been falling since the 1970s (even while population was growing) and the only thing keeping newspapers profitable in the 90s and early 2000s was classified advertising. Classified ads went from bringing newspapers nearly $20 billion in ad revenue in 2000 to barely $5 billion in 2010. Not many businesses can survive having their primary source of revenue shrink by three fourths.

And, just for fun, here's a great quote from a 1997 Forbes article about the importance of classified ads:

Forbes wrote:

"I'll bet you that the Brooklyn Courier (a 124,000 circulation daily newspaper) has a higher brand-name recognition than Yahoo!," snorts Steve Brotman, one of the founders of Ad-One, a Manhattan based classified advertising aggregator for many of the country's mid- and smaller size newspapers, "at least among residents of Brooklyn. Local papers have ad sales staffs that can reach the local bodega, pizza parlor, hair salon. You'll never get that local attention from an Internet network.

Newspapers, especially local newspapers, are dying because people aren't paying top dollar to pay for a classified ad anymore because of the internet, which also taught people that news is basically free.

Unless you're personally subscribed to every local and state newspaper you're also part of the problem.

And I fully admit I'm not paying $10/month for my local rag because it's steadily been chopped down to almost nothing (both in depth of coverage and size, going from a real broadsheet to a "compact" tabloid that's printed in another town) with most of the actual articles just being repackaged from national wire services. It's simply not worth giving Gannett, a multi-billion corporation, $120 of my money for an occasional story by one of the handful of real reporters they still employ. Doubly so because I don't give a f*ck about local or high school sports, which now makes up most of the paper.

Sooo, in the 50s, 124% of households took a newspaper?

Jonman wrote:

Sooo, in the 50s, 124% of households took a newspaper?

People bought a morning newspaper and then an evening or final edition.

Jonman wrote:

Sooo, in the 50s, 124% of households took a newspaper?

I assume some households took multiple newspapers. Ex: 100 households sampled purchased 124 newspapers.

Once upon a time towns used to have multiple daily newspapers. Even small-ish cities.

I delivered newspapers when I was growing up--though even then the delivery system was in the process of being professionalized and contracted out. Even in my day the idyllic kid on a bike throwing newspapers onto porches was long gone. (And throwing them was severely unprofessional anyway.)

(Also, paying per customer worked out to barely minimum wage unless you were super efficient.)

OG_slinger wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Sooo, in the 50s, 124% of households took a newspaper?

People bought a morning newspaper and then an evening or final edition.

Yep. I grew up reading the Globe Democrat at breakfast, and the Post-Dispatch after school. So if the Cardinals played the night before, I would read their box core in the morning paper, unless they played on the west coast. Then I had to wait for the evening paper. When we moved to to KC, it was the KC Star and Times, and we got both of them. Although, by that point, the Star and Times had already merged, and it was only a matter of time before they went to one paper a day.

Gremlin wrote:

I delivered newspapers when I was growing up--though even then the delivery system was in the process of being professionalized and contracted out. Even in my day the idyllic kid on a bike throwing newspapers onto porches was long gone. (And throwing them was severely unprofessional anyway.)

(Also, paying per customer worked out to barely minimum wage unless you were super efficient.)

Hidden camera footage of young Gremlin hustling to collect them Benjamins from those deadbeats who killed local journalism.

OG_slinger wrote:

Hidden camera footage of young Gremlin hustling to collect them Benjamins from those deadbeats who killed local journalism.

Accurate. Collecting the payments was annoying. I was happy when they moved to a centralized billing system, though in hindsight that was part of the downslope.

I didn't deliver on my bike, though: I think newspapers got bigger over time, in a bid to sustain more interest with more content (or maybe just better printing tech). And, at least in my day, way too big to balance on a bike. Well, most days. You could maybe do it on Tuesday, since Tuesday was usually the smallest issue, but I wouldn't want to try it.

So there's that whole college admission scandal that involves Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

Maybe it's the sleep deprivation talking, but I didn't think "Aunt Becky on the lamb from the FBI" would be a thing I'd see trending on social media.

I saw this as the front page on most news sites...and I just was amazed at how we get distracted so easily by the new shiny thing.

We have a lot of serious issues in the country but we should focus on admissions scandals? On the other hand should we ignore it?

farley3k wrote:

I saw this as the front page on most news sites...and I just was amazed at how we get distracted so easily by the new shiny thing.

We have a lot of serious issues in the country but we should focus on admissions scandals? On the other hand should we ignore it?

Well, we don't have to be paying attention to it for her to still go to jail/pay whatever fines she owes. Except she probably won't, cause rich people still fail to receive just punishments whether we are watching or not.

It does seem, the more I read, like duh! Wealthy people use position, power and money to secure rewards for their kids.

Does anyone really think that isn't done regularly? So this is just more egregious?

Read the whole article to the end.

This isn't a "haha MAGA snowflakes, lol" post. I mean. It's me. Ok. It's that too.

But I find the trend of denials and lies when a neutral expert finds and expresses a problem that fixing it would benefit people. It's just incredibly dangerous that this seems to be the trend when confronted with an issue.

It's so creepy how the site owner has so perfectly imitated Individual 1's "writing" style. Not only is modern civil discourse becoming less civil, it's becoming more like fourth grade recess chatter -- and it's spreading. God help us all.

oilypenguin wrote:

Read the whole article to the end.

This isn't a "haha MAGA snowflakes, lol" post. I mean. It's me. Ok. It's that too.

But I find the trend of denials and lies when a neutral expert finds and expresses a problem that fixing it would benefit people. It's just incredibly dangerous that this seems to be the trend when confronted with an issue.

Wallace wrote:

"No lost passwords, no breach of database, no data changed, minor problem fixed. We're angry by the attempt, FBI notified,"

Did we just discover Trump's alter ego? This totally sounds like a Trump tweet. Sad.

Real human Mitt Romney celebrates his 72nd Earth birthday.

If you listen hard enough you can hear The Cars' "You Might Think" playing from every phone and laptop in Romney's office.

Well, that was weird.

farley3k wrote:

We have a lot of serious issues in the country but we should focus on admissions scandals? On the other hand should we ignore it?

I'm pretty sure that this will somehow circle back to the Trump family in some fashion like how the Robert Kraft visiting a parlor staffed by sex slaves turned into China getting access to Trump.

https://www.newsweek.com/vasectomy-b...

The Testicular Bill of Rights would consider men having sex without a condom as “aggravated assault” and require DNA testing of a fetus when a woman is 6 weeks and 1 day pregnant to determine the father “who shall IMMEDIATELY start paying child support.” Kendrick also suggested putting in place a 24-hour “waiting period” for men to buy porn or sex toys in the state.

“Ggggooooodddd morning! Introducing my "Testicular Bill of Rights" legislative package. You want some regulation of bodies and choice? Done!” Kendrick wrote in a tweet alongside a screen grab of her email.

Asked to respond to those who might argue it is unfair to restrict men's reproductive rights, she told Newsweek: "Ya think?! Imagine that—men thinking it unfair to restrict or legislate men's reproductive rights. Wherever did I get this idea?"

Funny stuff.

farley3k wrote:

It does seem, the more I read, like duh! Wealthy people use position, power and money to secure rewards for their kids.

Does anyone really think that isn't done regularly? So this is just more egregious?

Okay, you can't complain that this is done all the time with no consequences, and then complain that the news is reported that there are arrests and potential consequences. Speaking as a father whose daughter has been working herself to the point of tears prepping for her ACT and building up her volunteer and extracurricular hours for college applications, I'm extremely glad to see those who think money should let them bypass that hard work put in cuffs, and the truth of their crimes spoken to the world.

The whole paying NC teachers (who are already chronically underpaid) an insulting 5% raise for carrying a gun to school is such a uniquely American way of half-assing a "solution" and calling it "freedom".

trichy wrote:

Okay, you can't complain that this is done all the time with no consequences, and then complain that the news is reported that there are arrests and potential consequences. Speaking as a father whose daughter has been working herself to the point of tears prepping for her ACT and building up her volunteer and extracurricular hours for college applications, I'm extremely glad to see those who think money should let them bypass that hard work put in cuffs, and the truth of their crimes spoken to the world.

If the system changes that is great but as far as I can tell it simply means that the parents will have to give more money and directly to the college instead of paying off lower level employees.

If the system changes that is great but as far as I can tell it simply means that the parents will have to give more money and directly to the college instead of paying off lower level employee

A return to status quo?
Seriously, these people. They are so full of themselves they want to create their own monarchies. I get the feeling that it isn't about their kids but about their ego and bragging rights (although rites fits here as well) for their legacies.
If anything, this is a desperate cry for more socialism.

The only thing I'm surprised by here is that they didn't do the usual large donation to the school as a quid pro quo for admission. Looks like someone just tried to get fancy.

farley3k wrote:
trichy wrote:

Okay, you can't complain that this is done all the time with no consequences, and then complain that the news is reported that there are arrests and potential consequences. Speaking as a father whose daughter has been working herself to the point of tears prepping for her ACT and building up her volunteer and extracurricular hours for college applications, I'm extremely glad to see those who think money should let them bypass that hard work put in cuffs, and the truth of their crimes spoken to the world.

If the system changes that is great but as far as I can tell it simply means that the parents will have to give more money and directly to the college instead of paying off lower level employees.

Isn't the first step to the system changing punishing those who pull this kind of crap, and making that stuff public?

trichy wrote:

Isn't the first step to the system changing punishing those who pull this kind of crap, and making that stuff public?

Is there any talk about changing the system or just lots of attacking celebrities? If meaningful reform comes from this great but I think it is just distraction from the bigger issues of the higher education system

farley3k wrote:
trichy wrote:

Isn't the first step to the system changing punishing those who pull this kind of crap, and making that stuff public?

Is there any talk about changing the system or just lots of attacking celebrities? If meaningful reform comes from this great but I think it is just distraction from the bigger issues of the higher education system

The arrests happened yesterday. This kind of thing is absolutely critical to kick off the process of reform. I'm not saying this is necessarily the triggering event, but I will say that schools are going to start bending over backwards to prove that they aren't as crooked as the people who did this. It's a start. Again, don't let perfect be the enemy of good. A lot of entitled jackasses are going to be held accountable for doing wrong. That's a start.

farley3k wrote:
trichy wrote:

Isn't the first step to the system changing punishing those who pull this kind of crap, and making that stuff public?

Is there any talk about changing the system or just lots of attacking celebrities? If meaningful reform comes from this great but I think it is just distraction from the bigger issues of the higher education system

Won't someone think of the endowments?

How will universities continue to pump millions of dollars into their semi-professional sports teams if they're not getting envelopes stuffed with cash in exchange for bad students??