I will pay a reasonable price (*) for commercial free episodes of the shows I like. I mostly use Hulu with the commercial free option, and would pay double if they actually had more of the content out there. Now things are going to disparate services, or wholly owned services (likes individual apps from networks themselves), and all without even the option of paying for commercial free. There's no commercial free option for Sling, there's no commercial free version for PS Vue... why pay for a service and still be saddled with commercials? At the same time, iTMS style per-episode pricing adds up too quickly to make it worth it.
At the same time, neither will I illegally download someone else's IP. I don't have the right to unilaterally take that away from them just because I don't want to pay, but if they made it easier and more reasonably priced to get the content legally then it's not hard to imagine they'd be increasing their sales.
Of course, some selfish cheapskates wouldn't pay no matter how reasonable it was, but then they wouldn't be losing out on the sales from those people, either.
So yeah, I like the Walking Dead... and I will wait until next year to watch this year's episodes commercial free on Netflix. I don't care about spoilers, and I'm generally a patient person - especially when it comes to something so inconsequential as TV shows.
People pretend this doesn't happen, or that it's the exception. My wife is an immigrant who came here legally and we jumped through all the hoops for her to become a citizen, legally. She was attending English classes at local school where she encountered immigrants from ALL over, not just Mexico, who would actually BOAST about how they got medical treatment for free, lying to the emergency room personal both about the severity of their symptoms and that they had insurance, they just didn't have the cards with them, etc.; we know another couple from my wife's country that we were friends with, and now not so much; she was illegal, but had an anchor baby. He was legal (I helped him come here legally, too); they joke about the government handouts they get. They get two gallons of milk a week because they can, not because they need it. They end up throwing one away every week. It's baffling why they can't just say "we only need one." No, they take it because it's given to them and then they just throw it away, it's disgusting.
Meanwhile, most of the slashdot crowd probably knows mostly immigrants from college or work - here legally, on Visas, or even naturalized citizens. The vast majority of illegals, on the other hand, are uneducated takers - and since many send a lot of that under-the-table money back home, no, they don't pay taxes on that, not even local sales taxes.
It's true, but you'd think we'd have had a much faster, better "recovery," given the staggering amount of debt used to prop up the economy during the Obama administration. Bush inherited a recession, too; the internet bubble was bursting and he had to deal with 911, he spent like a drunken sailor on shore leave and I was extremely angry with how much extra debt he saddled us with - think of how I feel about the Obama administration, and for what? Stagnant wages and a recovery so slow it would have happened anyway (much like Roosevelt recovery) don't make feel like "well, at least we got that." So yes, both parties screw us by running up the debt and kicking the can down the road, but Obama essentially doubled it.
The only reason Clinton could balance the budget was because republicans (only because they didn't have the executive branch) forced it, and it wasn't difficult with an economy propped up by the internet bubble. But as soon as republicans got the executive branch, too, all hell broke loose and "deficits don't matter." I thought it might get better when democrats took over congress, but it actually got worse - you really can't win with these guys, but keep berating people like me for voting third party.
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