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  1. The Matrix 4 (with Keanu Reeves)

    I actually loved Reloaded and felt it set the series up well for a mind-bending conclusion. Instead we got Revolutions, which could not have been worse. If it's more Reloaded and less Revolution, then fine. Either way, I'll probably see it.
  2. US Politics/Elections Thread

    U.S. yearly deficits to hit $1 trillion two years earlier than expected, beginning in 2020: https://www.axios.com/budget-deficit-trillion-ad34d147-1b85-4c67-a2df-58a267f6fa68.html
  3. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Once again, posting more bullshit that isn't true. https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/08/donald-trump-and-the-great-google-vote-heist/
  4. US Politics/Elections Thread

    I agree, but companies and their employees often face pressures to show revenue and profit growth. Making money isn't enough to a guarantee that one will keep their jobs or stock prices will increase in value. There could have been internal pressure to increase revenue and mid-level managers and their accountants could have taken that direction to grease operating revenues through dodgy means. There have been many companies that have made money but still cooked the books. Again, we have no way of knowing, but the fact that the SEC is investigating and have requested information on several fronts does suggest that there's something worth looking into. Many whisteblowers are often lower-level employees who may have been fired for reasons relating to not playing ball or other matters. Their station or rank isn't really relevant. Again, it could all be nothing or it could be something. But dismissing the allegations solely because Disney makes money is to ignore other instances where employees of money-making companies were cooking the books to justify bonus incentives related to revenue targets.
  5. US Politics/Elections Thread

    The reality is none of us, or anyone outside of Disney accounting operations or the SEC, really knows anything. It could be nothing, it could also be something (though I doubt Bob Iger and senior Disney management is directing park accounting staff to juice the books). And that was my original point. I just found it funny that your initial post included determinations that had nothing to do with whether the claims were valid or not.
  6. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Apparently the SEC doesn't think it's bullshit at this point in time: "The pattern of interaction with the SEC suggests the regulator is taking the allegations seriously, said Jordan A. Thomas, a former attorney in the SEC’s enforcement division and chairman of Labaton Sucharow’s whistleblower-representation practice. As Thomas told MarketWatch: “The SEC receives more than 25,000 tips, complaints and referrals each year, and the vast majority do not make it this far. The fact that the SEC has asked for more information more than once and conducted interviews suggests an inquiry is underway.” https://www.marketwatch.com/story/disney-whistleblower-told-sec-the-company-inflated-revenue-for-years-2019-08-19 Maybe you should call the SEC and give them your insider perspective as a resident of Orlando.
  7. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Your initial rebuttal made no references to these issues. You simply stated it couldn't be true because you live in Orlando and see how popular Disney parks are. That's like sitting outside of Laguardia and thinking it's a well run airport because of all the planes landing and taking off, when in fact it's probably one of America's worst run airports.
  8. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Yep. It's basically trolling in real life.
  9. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Your post literally made me laugh out loud. Disney is a conglomerate, with parks and resorts only one component of its overall business. It doesn't even account for the majority of the revenue Disney generates. So while I have no way of knowing whether the allegations are true, I do know that simply living in Orlando and watching how many kids get packed into its theme park is no way to determine the validity of such a claim. Disney is a massive company, for sure, but so was Enron.
  10. Avengers: Endgame

    You're going to be waiting indefinitely. Netflix's deal with Disney (who owns Marvel) ended at the end of 2018. Only movies released in 2018 will be streamed on Netflix. All Disney owned movies released in 2019 onwards will not be streamed on Netflix. Disney is launching their own streaming service (Disney+) in a few months and I believe it will be available when it gets rolled out.
  11. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Yeah, I don't see him winning either. There were a lot of people who sat at home in 2016 because they assumed Clinton was going to win. That presumption won't be present in 2020. At best I can see him keeping Ohio, but losing Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida.
  12. US Politics/Elections Thread

    He was in a similar position with Clinton at this point in 2015. Things will likely tighten up once the Democrats land on a nominee. The question will come down to the economy. If the economy stays healthy then Trump could conceivably win. I'm still suspicious of that outcome as Trump won't have the same advantages he had in 2016 (now has a track record, the Democratic candidate won't have the presumption of winning, he's proven to be as terrible as a statesman as he is a human being, etc.). But if the economy starts trending in the wrong direction, he's done. There are a lot of people who hold their noses when supporting Trump. The "I don't like the racism or the tweeting, but look at the economy" crowd will quickly turn on him. 2020 will likely be the ugliest election in American history if the economy starts to contract. Everyone knows Trump will run on the culture war even with a decent economy. A shit economy will only reinforce this strategy.
  13. US Politics/Elections Thread

    I'm not sure if I would blame the American leadership class. Don't consumers deserve some of the blame as well?
  14. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Agreed. To change supply changes now would take decades and there's no guarantee that it would help American workers. Americans, by and the large, have shown greater preference to cheaper priced goods than home-based manufacturing. So long as that dynamic remains in place, nothing will change with respect to bring back jobs from China and neighbouring countries. What I don't understand is why Trump doesn't see the inevitable on this matter. The Chinese can wait him out. He's got an election to win 2020 so he's not in any position to impose pain on American consumers over the next sixteen months. And he's likely not doing himself any favours with farm country, with some farmers making fifty percent less than when Trump began his bumbling plans on trade.
  15. US Politics/Elections Thread

    One of the many reasons why Trump's trade war with China will end in failure: https://www.axios.com/companies-china-supply-chains-peter-navarro-f13bf7c5-93d4-4364-b4c8-af90d2137d17.html Companies don't change course in the matter of a few quarters. It's insane to think that large multinational companies will rip up their operations in China and move production back to America. If anything, any move out of China will only benefit surrounding Asian nations that have not been the target of Trump's attacks. Even if Trump wins in 2020 he still won't be in power long enough to force trade agreements that would bring production back to America. Automation will do more to cripple Chinese manufacturing in the medium to long term than tariffs.