Cable cord cutters say they are happy with move

Cable cord cutters say they are happy with move

By Jon Lafayette   jlafayette AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreMore133 Cord cutters say they are saving an average of $115 per month, according to a new survey, which also found that within five years more than half of current cable customers doubt they’ll still subscribe to traditional pay TV. At a time when pay-TV subscribers are eroding, the poll, conducted by personal finance website LendEdu, indicates things may not be getting any easier for the traditional TV business. In the poll, 58% of cord-cutters said they cut the cord because their  TV cable subscription was too expensive, 21.2% said they used their cable subscription less because of streaming services and 11.8% said their cable subscription didn’t provide the content they wanted. The survey puts the average cost of traditional pay TV services at $116.93 per month. A smaller number of cord cutters, 4%, said the resented the “greed” of cable companies. The vast majority of cord cutters, 71.6% said they used streaming services before dropping cable. The average cord cutter in the survey had 2.77 streaming subscriptions before cancelling traditional pay TV. The cord cutters said they paid $33.74 per month on streaming before cutting the cord. After cutting the cord, they spent $35.33 on streaming services. On top of that, 34.4% of cord cutter said the also used online subscriptions that weren’t there’s and that they didn’t pay for. That password sharing was saving them about $51.38 per month. Of those subscribing to pay-TV, 79.8% said the subscribed to at least one streaming service. They subscribed to an average of 2.5% streaming services and...
America is most murderous country in the world by a wide margin. Why?

America is most murderous country in the world by a wide margin. Why?

Why the U.S. is No. 1 — in mass shootings By Melissa Healy Aug 24, 2015 | 3:48 PM Since 1966, mass shootings have occurred in the United States at a rate five times higher than in the Philippines, the country that ranked second in mass shootings, says a new study, which explores why the U.S. so outstrips other countries in such crimes. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press) The United States is, by a long shot, the global leader in mass shootings, claiming just 5% of the global population but an outsized share — 31% — of the world’s mass shooters since 1966, a new study finds. The Philippines, Russia, Yemen and France — all countries that can claim a substantial share of the 291 documented mass shootings between 1966 and 2012 — collectively didn’t even come close to the United States. And what makes the United States such a fertile incubator for mass shooters? A comprehensive analysis of the perpetrators, their motives and the national contexts for their actions suggests that several factors have conspired to create in the United States a potent medium for fostering large-scale murder. Those factors include a chronic and widespread gap between Americans’ expectations for themselves and their actual achievement, Americans’ adulation of fame, and the extent of gun ownership in the United States. Set those features against a circumstance the United States shares with many other countries — a backdrop of poorly managed mental illness — and you have a uniquely volatile brew, the new study says. With those conclusions, University of Alabama criminologist Adam Lankford set out to illuminate the...
Why there are so many mixed races couples on TV.

Why there are so many mixed races couples on TV.

The War Against Black Male/Black Female Relationships – Part 1 Posted: February 19, 2017 in Uncategorized 442 Anyone who watches television or movies or reads magazines should know exactly what this post is about When did black male and black female couples become obsolete? (State Farm commercial of a black male proposing to a white female) I have NEVER ONCE seen a commercial for a jewelry company of a black male proposing to a black female I have watched with increasing dismay the landslide of advertising over the last two years that depicts either one of the following: A dark or brown-skinned black male with a white female (with or without children) A dark or brown-skinned black male with a racially ambiguous or bi-racial female with light skin and curly hair (with or without children) A bi-racial male and female couple A dark or brown-skinned black male alone with children who are obviously bi-racial with light skin and curly hair. Black males who are isolated from other black people and are “best buddies” with white males and females A black female (often a bi-racial female) with a white male (A white male with a bi-racial female) Now, some might say, “Hey, this is racial progress! It’s about ‘diversity.’” BUT if that was true why wouldn’t there be as many black male/black female couples as there are mixed and white couples? Why is it so rare to see a brown or dark-skinned black male with a brown or dark-skinned black female paired in a commercial AS A COUPLE with children who look black? And why are the vast majority of the...
Customer ditch cable in record numbers, cables answer; rise prices

Customer ditch cable in record numbers, cables answer; rise prices

People are ditching cable at record speed, so of course AT&T is hiking prices Chris Mills @chrisfmills December 6th, 2017 at 1:37 PM 2017 has been a standout year for cord-cutting. In July, August, and September, cord-cutters set a new record for ditching traditional pay-TV, with an estimated 1.2 million people ditching their cable or satellite subscription in those three months alone. So how is AT&T, one of the biggest providers of cable and owner of satellite service DirecTV, going to deal with this existential threat? By raising prices, of course. TV Predictions spotted a series of upcoming changes to DirecTV pricing that will take effect in the new year. Depending on what package DirecTV subscribers have, the price increase on the plan will be anywhere from $2 to $8. Some areas are also getting a hike of up to $1 on the “Regional Sports Fee,” a neat way of charging customers twice for the content they’re paying for. “Due to higher costs of programming, the monthly rate for the below services will increase on January 21, 2018, and the changes will appear in billing statements starting on that date,” AT&T reportedly said in a statement. Price increases likely won’t be limited to DirecTV’s satellite brand, either. AT&T CFO John Stephens hinted to analysts last month that the company may increase prices on DirecTV Now next year, thanks to a planned update to the service that should roll out in early 2018. Price increases are likely to come alongside new features like DVR and pay-per-view events. Unfortunately, DirecTV Now competitors like Sling and YouTube TV already offer those features, and...
List shows fastest download speeds for cable and wireless companies

List shows fastest download speeds for cable and wireless companies

(note: with the nation moving more and more to digital for content delivery, broadband speeds is becoming more important.  Higher speeds are necessary for watching HD and 4K video. What is surprising is that with new technology instead of the prices for faster broadband service going up, they are actually going down.  However, some carriers count on their customers being uninformed,)     Stealth Communications, a competitive carrier providing service to businesses in New York City, offers the fastest average download speeds of the top 40 carriers in the U.S., according to new research from BroadbandNow, a company formed to fill in gaps left behind when the government cut back on funding for the interactive National Broadband Map. Stealth’s average download speed was 145.9 Mbps. BroadbandNow used broadband measurements from M-Labs in compiling the fastest average U.S. download speeds by carrier. M-Labs is a partnership between New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University’s PlanetLab and other organizations. It has conducted millions of speed tests on actual broadband connections nationwide. “M-Labs is one of the more trusted speed test tools,” said Jameson Zimmer, director of content for BroadbandNow, in an email to...
Colorado residents vote in favor of city run broadband

Colorado residents vote in favor of city run broadband

Mallory Locklear,Engadget Thu, Nov 9 11:28 PM EST Internet access and quality varies widely depending on where you live in the US. There’s a huge rural broadband gap that the FCC, companies like Microsoft and the Trump administration have said they’d like to close in the coming years and as Cleveland’s situation shows, service can be drastically different even within the same city. One solution that has been proposed as a fix for spotty or inadequate broadband service is city-run internet, and it’s one that Colorado communities are continuing to back. Colorado state law requires municipalities to hold public referendums before they can provide services like broadband internet access. And as of Tuesday’s elections, Ars Technica reports, 31 of the state’s 64 counties have opted to allow their local governments to build broadband networks. Voters in Fort Collins, Colorado joined those supporting municipal broadband, approving a ballot measure giving its city council permission to establish a city-run network. The measure passed despite an anti-municipal broadband group that spent nearly half of a million dollars campaigning against it. The group was funded by the Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association and the city’s chamber of commerce, which Comcast and CenturyLink are members of. And though it doesn’t mean each of them will actually build their own broadband networks, over 100 cities, towns and counties in Colorado have now passed ballot measures allowing their towns to do so, Motherboard reports. Other states have been even more aggressive in their attempts to restrict municipal broadband. Earlier this year, a Virginia politician proposed a bill that would make municipal internet nearly impossible to establish throughout...
Confessions of a liberal White racist

Confessions of a liberal White racist

reprinted for Yahoo I am the co-owner of a successful business with clients across the U.S. and in 27 countries. We have a racially diverse staff of 22. Over the years I have supported efforts to improve the conditions of “underserved” blacks. And I think it’s fair to say that, while I see the color of a person’s skin, I am able to get beyond it. I am a white man but I attended an integrated junior high school, dated across the race line, and two of my four adopted children are black. There is a good chance my two beautiful daughters will one day bless me with black grandchildren. And I am racist. Racism, I recently came to understand, isn’t about me having some kind of hate in my heart for black people in general, nor is it about me believing that the failures of individual black people in our society are because they are morally or intellectually inferior. Racism is more than individual beliefs and actions. It is a complex system that has given — and continues to give — my racial group a host of advantages and power by oppressing and disadvantaging others. Understanding and confronting that system begins with a history lesson and some simple math. I received that history lesson over the course of a two-day workshop in New Orleans that I attended to better understand disparities. My company’s clients, public sector and nonprofit agencies, have increasingly put disparities at the center of any serious efforts to improve outcomes for children and families. And, perhaps because of the recent presidential election, we are seeing both an increasing sense of urgency and greater willingness to...
Black owned media suffering slow death

Black owned media suffering slow death

(note: this is an excerpt from a 2012 article in The Final Call)                                                                            (note i: logos shown are formally Black owned media that are out of business or now owned by the Hispanic conglomerate Univision or other non Black companies despite whose face they put out front.) CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) – Living in dangerous times is how Sherman Kizart of Kizart Media Partners described the current state of Black-owned media companies during a panel discussion, “Telecom: Minority Media Ownership: Can We keep Hope Alive?” at the 41st Annual Conference of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund. Blacks own less than one percent of full power commercial television stations and less than three percent of commercial radio stations, yet make up nearly 14 percent of the total U.S. population. Multi-media consolidation by huge corporate conglomerates, lack of access to capital and advertisers that do not target Black and minority stations are a few challenges making it tough to get a foothold in ownership. Mr. Kizart related the fate of Inner City Broadcasting, a New York-based company founded in the early 1970s that recently shut its doors. At one time, it was the largest Black owner of radio stations nationwide, co-founded by the late Percy Sutton. The company was a founding member of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, which advocates for Black media ownership in television and radio. “As of July 12...
Dr. Martin Luther King took a knee also

Dr. Martin Luther King took a knee also

by Paul Lee 9 24 17 On Feb. 1, 1965, a cold, rainy day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (left), Dr. Ralph David Abernathy (center) and nearly 800 hundred other “black” and “white” nonviolent freedom fighters took a knee against voting-rights restrictions, racist violence and poverty at Selma, Ala., then one of the bastions of southern “racial” segregation. Shortly after praying, mass arrests were made, but Dr. King and Dr. Abernathy refused to post bail as a witness against these injustices.   It was Dr. King’s first arrest since he received the Nobel Peace Prize the previous December. “If Negroes could vote,” Dr. King declared in a speech at Selma’s historic Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church before the march, “there would be no Jim Clarks [the sheriff responsible for most of the racist violence], there would be no oppressive poverty directed against Negroes, our children would not be crippled by segregated schools, and the whole community might live together in harmony” (The New York Times, 2/2/65, p. 1). DELIBERATE, PLANNED PROTEST “I must confess this is a deliberate attempt to dramatize conditions in this city,” Dr. King told reporters (The Washington Post, 2/2/65, p. A1).   However, the march was not spontaneous nor were the arrests unexpected.   Indeed, Dr. King was carrying a washcloth and a toothbrush when he was arrested and he and Dr. Abernathy were allowed bags of cookies and peanuts in jail (Newsday [Long Island, N.Y.], 2/3/65, p. 1; Chicago Tribune, 2/1/65, p. 1). As an unpublished six-page “master plan” by Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) explained:   “After Dr. King is in jail, a letter dealing with...
Revered actor and football star Bernie Casey dead at 78

Revered actor and football star Bernie Casey dead at 78

His film résumé includes ‘Boxcar Bertha,’ ‘Never Say Never Again,’ ‘Brothers,’ ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ and ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.’ Actor Bernie Casey, who appeared in such films as Boxcar Bertha, Never Say Never Again and Revenge of the Nerds after a career as a standout NFL wide receiver, has died. He was 78. Casey, who also starred in Cleopatra Jones and several other blaxploitation movies of the 1970s, died Tuesday after a brief illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his representative told The Hollywood Reporter. In the Warner Bros. drama Brothers (1977), Casey distinguished himself by portraying a thinly veiled version of George Jackson, a member of the Black Panther Party who was killed in what officials described as an escape attempt from San Quentin in 1971. His writings had inspired oppressed people around the world, and Bob Dylan recorded a song as a tribute to Jackson in 1971. Casey also wrote, directed, starred in and produced The Dinner (1997), centering on three black men who discuss slavery, black self-loathing, homophobia, etc. while sitting around the dinner table. Casey played a heroic former slave and train robber in Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha (1972), was CIA agent Felix Leiter (a recurring character in Bond films) in Never Say Never Again (1983) and portrayed U.N. Jefferson, the president of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity, in Revenge of the Nerds (1984) and two follow-up telefilms. In Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), Casey played schoolteacher Mr. Ryan (“Who was Joan of Arc?” he asks, and Keanu Reeves’ Ted guesses, “Noah’s wife?”), portrayed a detective opposite Burt Reynolds in Sharky’s Machine (1981)...