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  • I’m not sure I want this to happen. I’ll read the bill, but I’m not convinced they’ll do it right. For example, UBI is supposed to replace other need-based social programs such as disability, welfare programs, government housing, etc. The entire point is that the money from those programs, which collectively have quite a lot of waste, goes into UBI so everyone can participate in society on a more fair level.

    For example, I have a neighbour who is on some kind of government assistance. He gets very little money, and his rent for an entire house is $105/mo. With UBI, he’d get a full basic income, but his housing would no longer be subsidized, removing the need for a public housing corporation known for being awful and wasting money.


  • WhipTheLlama@lemmy.worldtoMovies@lemmy.worldWell, it was nice while it lasted?
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    8 months ago

    Why would they have to keep up with their appraisal? There is no downside to not doing it, other than not being worth as much if they want to sell or IPO, but that would be true even without the equity firm’s investment and appraisal. No law says they have to meet the expectations set by a single investor. There is no legal duty requiring a company to maximize profits or shareholder value.

    However, even if such a law requiring them to maximize profits existed, it’s very reasonable that they would legally continue making the same types of movies that earned them that value in the first place. There couldn’t possibly be a requirement for them to change business strategies, else every company would eventually all end up in the same, most profitable industry. They’d all be selling movie theatre popcorn or something.



  • it was competitive with basketball 30 years ago

    Bettman supporters keep saying how much the revenue has grown under his leadership while conveniently forgetting that every other league has grown its revenue faster than the NHL. As you say, the NHL used to be competitive with the NBA, and in fact, had higher overall revenue 30 years ago.

    Bettman hid most of his underperforming league revenue by expanding the league. The new teams didn’t perform well, but they boosted overall revenue enough to let Bettman keep his job. Now we’re left with a league where 6-8 teams should die in order to improve overall league health. It’s unlikely that Bettman or any future commissioner will admit how massive the problem is, so we’ll just get teams that are always threatening to become bankrupt, dragging down the rest of the league.


  • They truly believe that any gay symbolism is pushy.

    It is in your face, especially during pride month. But that’s the point. It’s in your face so we can talk about how gay people are treated, what they’ve overcome, and show that they are being included in places they previously weren’t. You can’t do that if it’s not in your face.

    So, they’ve got a point when they claim that gay symbolism is pushy. I’d ask them why they think it’s useful to be pushy.


  • I hate ads as much as anyone and have been blocking them for almost as long as ad blockers have existed. I still acknowledge the fact that ads are the primary revenue source for a lot of things on the Internet, and I selectively enable them for content I want to pay for.

    How do you think Youtube is supposed to survive without ads or subscriptions? When they puts ads on their site, the unsaid agreement is that you exchange your ad views for their service.



  • WhipTheLlama@lemmy.worldtoLemmy Shitpost@lemmy.worldThe truth about Canada
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    9 months ago

    Thanksgiving, where we celebrate what we did to the natives.

    Despite all the awful things that settlers have done to Aboriginals in Canada (and Native Americans in the USA), neither country’s Thanksgiving is about that. Canada’s Thanksgiving was originally a celebration of arrival in the New World. Over time, it became a harvest celebration.



  • It’s not about the needle, it’s about how Reddit acts during its death throes.

    Reddit can’t make money unless they monetize every user in every way possible, including selling their personal data if they have it. The API garbage was an attempt to monetize users in ways even their own app doesn’t, and also an admission that advertising isn’t paying the bills, or they would have just started advertising through the API.

    So now we’re seeing how Reddit behaves once they realize that charging for API access doesn’t work. They will sell everyone and everything until they shut down.




  • WhipTheLlama@lemmy.worldtoAntiwork@lemmy.worldIt's working
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    9 months ago

    Most of the anti-capitalism stuff on Lemmy has nothing to do with Capitalism and everything to do with humans being greedy. Anyone who thinks there’s a path to evenly distributing the wealth is an idiot because even people who advocate for that will end up finding ways to hoard more wealth for themselves if they get the chance. It’s the way we’ve always been and the way capitalism and socialism always turn out.