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In the old days, NFL owners were rich men who accepted the risk of losing money as the cost of doing business. Thanks to the popularity of the game, the NFL and its owners—with the collusion of politicians—have created what amounts to a risk-free business environment. According to Long’s data, a dozen teams received more public money than they needed to build their facilities. Rather than going into debt, they turned a profit.

The perfect example: Seven of every ten dollars spent to build CenturyLink Field in Seattle came from the taxpayers of Washington State, $390 million total. The owner, Paul Allen, pays the state $1 million per year in “rent” and collects most of the $200 million generated. If you are wondering how to become, like Allen, one of the richest humans on earth, negotiating such a lease would be a good start.

In New Orleans, taxpayers have bankrolled roughly a billion dollars to build then renovate the Superdome, which we are now supposed to call the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Guess who gets nearly all the revenues generated by Saints games played in this building? If you guessed all those hard-working stiffs who paid a billion dollars, you would be wrong. If you guessed billionaire owner Tom Benson, you would be right. He also receives $6 million per annum from the state as an “inducement payment” to keep him from moving the team.

That’s the same amount Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pay each year in property taxes to Arlington, Texas, where his fancy new stadium is located. Except that Jones doesn’t pay property taxes because, like many of his fellow plutocrats, he’s cut a sweetheart deal with the local authorities.

Why Being a Football Fan Is Indefensible (via kenyatta)

Public funding of stadiums and arenas makes me so goddamn angry.

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Look, here’s the deal. Whenever this subject comes up, this inevitable “oh no Transformers aren’t humans why should they have gender” comes up. And it’s a weird fucking argument to me. Why? Because Transformers are in overwhelming amounts already human. 99.9% of them have two eyes, a mouth, a nose, four fingers and a thumb on each hand, a torso, two arms, two legs, feet, heels, and generally look like metal people. And this is all necessary and obviously we want Transformers to continue looking like that, right? So then why is having a gender a bridge too damn far? Why is it that having them be male and female makes them suddenly unrealistic aliens? They are already cartoon metal people! They are metal homo sapiens, down to the appearance of wearing helmets and having lips and speaking through their mouths like humans do, with their mouths forming phonemes as air passes through them and everything. They have noses. They have NOSES, like, built into their faces, for no damn reason, because those noses rarely have nostrils.

They are just dang metal humans. And so, for no damn reason that I can see as logical, having gender is not included as something these metal humans from space can have. Gender is the weird thing.

Frankly, if gender is out, so is most of Transformers-as-we-know-it. They should be incomprehensible bug creatures or maybe weird barely-sentient clouds that somehow form into Trans-Ams and F-15s. They should never be able to speak English or interact with us in any meaningful fashion, if this is going to be Super Real Sci-Fi.

And who the fuck wants that? This is something that kids need to buy. They need to walk into a store, see a dude who can turn into a car, and want to buy that dude who turns into a car. All I’m saying is, a girl should be able to buy a version of herself that can turn into a car as well.

(And, of course, they don’t all have to be gendered. Like in humans, there can be Transformers who identify outside of that binary.)

But having gender something that is already hardcoded into Transformers, no matter how much the property tries to fight it when it gets all condescending and “Good” Sci-Fi-panderingy about how Transformers are totally genderless aliens. The fuck they are. They’re barely aliens. They have noses.

They have NOSES.

David “Walky” Willis (as seen here)

well i’m glad somebody liked it

(via itswalky)

Also would like to point out that they present as male, too, in all the ways we define male in our western society. And male is the default gender, the one that makes it obvious that presenting female traits means it’s the exception to the rule.

I adored Transformers as a kid. I’d made up my own fan character who was a female Autobot. I wish I still had that art. She could transform into a car and a plane (before such characters existed in the show) and I’d figured out everything about her design and how that all worked, and even attempted to build her in Lego. I made my own because it wasn’t already there.

Her design changed a lot when female Transformers first appeared on the show, and you have no idea how pumped I felt when I saw that episode. Like, completely stoked, excited, I ran to my parents and pointed at the TV and ran back to it, riveted. This is my personal experience with “why representation matters” and I’m convinced it’s not just me.

(via kanthara)

Preach!

I’m still convinced objections to female Transformers come from a place of “No girls in my clubhouse!”

(via pterobat)

And of course, whenever one proposes that if people REALLY wanted TFs to be “no gender” that maybe “he” should not be used as the default pronoun like it is ALWAYS and one can use the perfectly viable “they”, NO WE CANT DO THAT THATS NOT PROPER GRAMMAR and I want to grate cheese.

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Awesome

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Holy fucking validation

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aaron-archer-art:

hedwig-dordt:

wimoh:

riotsiren:

Next older person to complain about millennials has to pay off a random 20-something’s student loans

Or get them a job in their preferred field

Both for a repeat offender

My gen x wifes student loans end the year my millennial kid goes into college. Student debt isn’t a new issue.

It’s not a new issue, but it’s a growing issue. The cost of a college education in 2010 was up 600% since 1980 and had tripled since 1995, AFTER adjusting for inflation. The size of the average student loan has been going up by more than 6% each year, and the interest rates doubled in 2013.

On the plus side, recent reforms cap federal student loan payments at 10% of income post-graduation and forgive the remaining balance after 20 years, but that doesn’t help anyone getting loans at the state level or who graduated before those reforms went into effect.

wilwheaton:

My kids are probably the last generation to be able to identify this on sight. That’s weird.

I’m sure it’ll continue to be identifiable as “that save icon thingie” for generations to come.
Much the way an old Western Electric Model 302—and especially its handset—still screams “phone” even to people who were born a generation after it was made.

wilwheaton:

My kids are probably the last generation to be able to identify this on sight. That’s weird.

I’m sure it’ll continue to be identifiable as “that save icon thingie” for generations to come.

Much the way an old Western Electric Model 302—and especially its handset—still screams “phone” even to people who were born a generation after it was made.

obscuruslupa:


onebay1:

SMELL LIKE A MAN
SPORT SCENT SO EVEN WHEN YOUR CLOTHES ARE CLEANED AFTER SPORTS YOU STILL SMELL LIKE SPORTS
SMELLING LIKE SPORTS MEANS YOU ARE A MAN BECAUSE ALL MEN PLAY SPORTS AND IF YOU DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE SPORTS SMELL YOU NEED TO MAN UP!
SMELL LIKE YOU CAN MAN AND ALSO LIKE YOU CAN SPORTS

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!


Isn’t “sports smell” a euphemism for “Toxic sweat and BO in dire need of washing?”Thanks, Bounce. In your relentless pursuit of gendered marketing, you’ve made the first product that promises your clothes will smell worse coming out of the laundry than they did going in.

obscuruslupa:

onebay1:

SMELL LIKE A MAN

SPORT SCENT SO EVEN WHEN YOUR CLOTHES ARE CLEANED AFTER SPORTS YOU STILL SMELL LIKE SPORTS

SMELLING LIKE SPORTS MEANS YOU ARE A MAN BECAUSE ALL MEN PLAY SPORTS AND IF YOU DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE SPORTS SMELL YOU NEED TO MAN UP!

SMELL LIKE YOU CAN MAN AND ALSO LIKE YOU CAN SPORTS

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!

Isn’t “sports smell” a euphemism for “Toxic sweat and BO in dire need of washing?”

Thanks, Bounce. In your relentless pursuit of gendered marketing, you’ve made the first product that promises your clothes will smell worse coming out of the laundry than they did going in.

therobotmonster:

therobotmonster:

RAMPAGER REX

Dinosaurs in Power Armor. Yep, You heard me, I’m taking the nuclear option when it comes to action figures, and I’m starting with this Shapeways printable beauty, Rampager Rex.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • He’s the size of a Battle Beast and you could put a rub symbol on his chest armor if you were so inclined.
  • His arms lock on with 5mm pegs (BMOG Compatible!), his hand grip is 3mm.
  • The blue armor is the current revision. The yellow armor renders are to show the sculpt more and show the arms locked into place.
  • I’m not taking any kind of markup on him until he’s tested in full-color sandstone.  

What’s that last one mean to you? Well, if you want to grab one early, you can get it cheaper than anyone else. Click here to pull up the Shapeways page.

Basically, the system is saying it can print in the full-color sandstone material, but it needs testing due to a few thin areas (tip of tail, tops of claws, etc.) found by the auto-check. I’ve never tested this style of shoulder joint in Sandstone either. Everything should be fine in the other materials offered, but I’m still holding off on markup until it can be tested. 

Reminder, this is a thing.

thehumanbutt:

congalineofdurin:

lifting-spirits:

mr-noodle-arms:

willycheesesteak:

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy - Dancing Groot

“Baby Groot dancing is 100 percent me. I was too embarrassed for anyone to be there, so I made everyone leave the room and I set up a camera and I videotaped myself dancing. Then I sent the video to the animators and had them animate over that. I begged them not to leak the video! Two of my closest friends came to an early screening and said ‘Hey, I recognize those moves! That’s you dancing isn’t it?!’” - Vin Diesel

reblogged before but that comment just makes it that much better

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Vin Diesel is actually precious and we must protect him

notalickofsense:

TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE

notalickofsense:

TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE

agoodcartoon:

anyone who spouts that highest tax rate in the world bullshit should go drive off a fucking cliff, agc

Burger King’s 2013 Effective Tax Rate in the US: 27.5%.
Tim Horton’s 2013 Effective Tax Rate in Canada: 27%.

agoodcartoon:

anyone who spouts that highest tax rate in the world bullshit should go drive off a fucking cliff, agc

Burger King’s 2013 Effective Tax Rate in the US: 27.5%.

Tim Horton’s 2013 Effective Tax Rate in Canada: 27%.