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  1. Yeah if I had kids I'd avoid the disney ecosystem altogether. I'd probably also give away all the tv's in the house, and dumbdown to flip phones. Apple+ must be struggling. I had 2 free months thanks to their Will Smith promotion, maxed out viewing everything I wanted (basically just Slow Horses and Acapulco) so canceled and the free trial ended March 7. I opened Roku on Monday and there was an offer on the screensplash for 3 more free months of Apple+. I logged in with the very same apple id I used up until March 7 and snagged the free 3 months so have it back for the weekly drops of TL. Disney's bundle worked except their new subs slowed way down and that was the metric everyone has used to define success. That hasn't stopped the bundling model from being copied. Paramount+ now is bundled with Showtime+. HBOmax will be rolling out a new bundle and supposedly are going to change the name to just Max. The thing about the Disney bundle is you can get all 3 of their services for less than the cost of 2 purchased individually, so why wouldn't you do it? For example, espn+ is $10 and hulu no ads is $15. But a bundle of those 2 (ad-free) plus disney is $20.
  2. Content is king. You know you're aggy when you can't handle a question at your own press conference from a full-time fluffer like Olin Buchanan. How many of those imbeciles attach that tag to their posts? afaf ---- Nothing expressed in this post constitutes legal advice. If you are in need of legal advice, or you may be in need of legal advice, whether you are aware of it or not, you are encouraged to directly contact an attorney. Some say Chaturbate dot com is a particularly useful site for contacting under-employed attorneys. Further, the views and opinions included in this post belong to their author and do not necessarily mirror the views and opinions of the company. Our employees are obliged to refrain from writing any defamatory clauses, and may not infringe, or authorize infringement of any legal right. Therefore, the company will not accept any liability for such statements included in message board posts. In case of any damages or other liabilities arising, employees are fully responsible for the content of their Surly posts.
  3. SIAP not reading the thread to avoid spoilers.
  4. I don't think I've ever listened to DeSantis speak until today. Sure, I've read quotes of some of the horrible and stupid things he's done and said. I've read about the lifts he wears to make himself appear not short. I've read about whatever he wears to make himself look thcc. But when I turned the volume up on this clip, it gave me vibes about him being a closeted dude. I think it's the way he moves his head along with his hands, and the awkwardness he displays speaking about something tangentially sexual. His mannerisms scream probably homosexual imo. Before pressing 'submit' I did a quick search to read if any ink has been spilled on the Ron is in the closet theory and a couple articles appeared so fuck it I'm posting.
  5. "Plan on him" calling the plays. Do we know he wasn't referring to god calling 'em, like they did last year?
  6. I mean, if you're 100 percent confident does that mean your post is self-authoritative? There's literally nothing else the FDIC could have done other than give the depositors of SVB special treatment, and create a scenario where every bank is TBTF but only the largest receive the TBTF risk assessment. Really glad you could crystallize it.
  7. As someone with no twitter account, there were two days I noticed that I got served ads last week (1st time ever). And then they totally disappeared again. Just like translate option seems to have also disappeared. The link below leads to a long reuters article published today about how minor collisions in an EV can lead to the entire vehicle being junked because there's often no way to pull data from the battery to ensure it's operating correctly, nor to pull out the battery and inspect for scratches. Apparently Tesla is the worst offender because they've made batteries a structural part of the vehicle. But they're not the only offender. Insurance rates on EVs are on average higher than non-EVs. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/topstories/scratched-ev-battery-your-insurer-may-have-to-junk-the-whole-car/ar-AA18PU3J almost forgot
  8. I read it. I agree in part, and am skeptical in part. If SVB had bothered to mitigate their risk they wouldn't have had the credit rating problem they had with Moody's which it seems to me was the trigger (edit: I should have written, it was a key trigger, certainly not the only one) for the run. Also if they had been treated as TBTF I don't see the Fed just turning a blind eye to the huge, unhedged bets they made. I'll just leave it at that because I'm not certain what other conclusion we're meant to draw from his post. I heard a former FDIC director say on Preet Bharara's podcast that if there had been a 10 percent haricut across the board for SVB's depositors that would have avoided a bailout. I think it's a huge mistake treating them like their TBTF; we've not seen anything showing their failure was a systemic risk. But if the FDIC now wants to treat every bank failure as deserving of a bailout, that seems likely to require congressional action, which was something else the former FDIC director (Sheila Bair) said.
  9. SVB had zero hedging in place even though they bet heavily on the side of continued low interest rates. I don't know how you pass a stress test when you're a bank who hasn't hedged a lick of the securities in your portfolio but maybe the Fed doesn't look at that type of thing for the TFTF banks, though it would be completely asinine if they didn't. SVB could have hedged just as easily as any of their clients.
  10. Arkansas was 8-10 in conference play, seeded 8th, one behind aggy, aggy was pissed they were even in the tournament and now their presence in the sweet 16, per aggy, gives meaning to how just how damn good aggy really is.
  11. You are likely correct. I'm just saying, the carts are new since I last visited. Also the palace sits in between the town and the park, and it's a 20 minute walk to get from from the palace to the beginning edge of the park. So the convenience of a cart for a non-mobility challenged person is that you could theoretically spend some time in the Park, gardens and palace, as well as the town, in one go without it taking up your entire day.
  12. @Gordon Shumway I asked my new travel agent* to put together a 7 day itinerary that matches your criteria. Whaddya think? Day 1: Arrival in Porto Explore Porto's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the famous Porto Cathedral and the Clérigos Tower. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Ribeira district and try some of Porto's delicious traditional cuisine. Optional: Visit one of the many Port wine cellars and do a wine tasting. Day 2: Day trip to Douro Valley Take a scenic train ride along the Douro River and admire the breathtaking landscapes of the valley. Visit a vineyard and learn about the wine-making process. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride along the river. Return to Porto in the evening. Day 3: Beach day in Matosinhos Take the metro to Matosinhos beach and enjoy a day in the sun. Taste some of the freshest seafood in the area. Visit the nearby Forte de Nossa Senhora das Neves. Day 4: Day trip to Braga and Guimarães Visit the historic city of Braga, known for its Baroque architecture and religious landmarks such as the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary. Continue to Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the Castle of Guimarães and the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança. Return to Porto in the evening. Day 5: Travel from Porto to Lisbon Take a train from Porto to Lisbon (approx. 3 hours). Check in at your Lisbon accommodation. Take a walk around the city center and explore the Baixa and Chiado neighborhoods. Day 6: Explore Lisbon Visit the historic Belém district, home to the Tower of Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery. Take a tram ride through the winding streets of Alfama. Visit the São Jorge Castle and enjoy the panoramic views of the city. Optional: Take a day trip to Sintra and visit the Pena Palace and the Quinta da Regaleira. Day 7: Departure from Lisbon Explore the vibrant Bairro Alto district, famous for its nightlife and Fado music. Visit the colorful Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon's famous food market. Depart from Lisbon and head to the airport for your flight home. Note: This itinerary is just a suggestion and you can adjust it to your preferences. Also, consider booking any tours or activities in advance to ensure availability. *ChatGPT Mar 14 Version. Free Research Preview.
  13. The golf carts are new and would definitely make getting to both the park and town possible. I can see a trip to the Palace at Versailles being a long, miserable day if it's crowded and you maybe don't gaf about gardens. But I was there on a weekday in the Spring when there were less than 200 visitors, and the gardens were absolutely amazing. The palace was nice but not particularly memorable. I loved the smaller buildings built at the discretion of Marie Antoinette. I understand they've recently restored the small theater she had built. I'd love to see it. We wandered around those gardens for a good couple of hours and practically had them to ourselves. The town of Versailles has a bunch of interesting places to see, as well.
  14. The jokes seemed a little more tired. He's probably taking Ozempic, the diabetes drug that's the new, miracle weight loss Rx. $1k per month and it may give you the runs but for an actor it's a cost of doing business.
  15. Penelope has an excellent list of airbnbs in Porto if you dm her. Rick Steves tv show has eps for both Lisbon and Porto on prime. And Somebody Feed Phil (netflix) filmed an episode in Lisbon. Tours By Locals or the Get Your Guide websites each have guides you can hire if you want to go that route.
  16. Common rookie mistakes - In both London and Paris, the 1st floor is what we in the States call the 2nd floor. Our 1st floor is their Ground Floor. In both London and Paris, unless it's a large hotel you can't assume the building you're staying in will have a lift. In both the UK and France, it's not month/day/year, it's day/month/year. In Paris, the shopkeepers will greet you with 'Bonjour' as you enter and you're expected to greet them similarly. In London they'll ignore you and think you're a knob if you do otherwise, unless you have a question for them. In the Paris thread a couple weeks ago I posted a NYT article with a list of food recs in each arrondisement.
  17. Leaked video of the NCAA tournament committee after they figured out how to make ATM a 7th seed, pit them against a really strong 10th seed that "rarely commits fouls" and force them to tip off at 9 pm, well past their usual bed time.
  18. Joining the SEC while also claiming some sort of moral high ground doesn't seem likely to end well. But maybe I'll be surprised.
  19. What if I told you he previously was on the Board of Governors at the SF Federal Reserve?
  20. Interesting. Maybe you need to get your eyes checked. So "self-capitalized" = no direct taxpayer contribution. Got it. Really bizarre term you used imo, esp because of the part where the US Treasury steps in with loans if the job is too big for the FDIC. That's not enough direct taxpayer involvement, being the guarantor for the entire operation? They're also literally funded by a fee/tax on their users who in turn pay the fee that the FDIC collects from the banks. In other words the fee comes from Ma and Pa who've set up their accounts and get hit with hefty bank fees motivated in part by the bank's need to recover what they're paying the FDIC. Speaking of "self-capitalized", how about Texas highways, which don't receive a direct contribution from the taxpayer but charge a user fee at the gas pump. Is TxDOT "self capitalized" too? As you point out, I am but a simpleton and you are in the self-appointed genius category however I raised a flag about your use of the term "self-capitalized" because it struck me as some type of bullshit but admittedly I don't know your motivation for framing it that way. However, when it all comes out in the wash the fee that funds the FDIC is ultimately paid for by the taxpayer. The shifting of who pays the fee that funds the government program does nothing but keep taxpayers in the dark about the FDIC and also ensures that Congress gets few chances to influence the program and the funding. Just my dumbass opinion.
  21. What is "self-capitalized"? LOL. Do you maybe mean they're primarily funded by an insurance premium paid by banks on a per account basis? And who do you think pays the banks the money they need to pay the FDIC? You really do think the money is free.
  22. Oh? You should probably send an email to the motherfucking fdic. https://www.fdic.gov/resources/deposit-insurance/understanding-deposit-insurance/
  23. I'll be looking for details on what made SVB worthy of creating a special fund, apparently out of payments to banks by depositor's with accounts under 250k in order to guarantee accounts with a much higher dollar amount (who could have and should have mitigated their own risk). SVB was itself a strong cause for any erosion of trust in the US banking system. There's more than sufficient evidence that had their political cronies not rigged the game in their favor they would have already been out of business.
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