Matt Forney made an interesting observation last week – Salon.com, which has been operating since 1995, in the very early days of the internet, has never once turned a profit. Its not as though this is some podunk website – with a current global rank of #2,100 on Alexa, Salon is one of the most frequently linked sites on Facebook and Twitter feeds by liberals everywhere.
Similarweb cites Salon as having 26.1 million views per month. For reference, the only website that Free Market Shooter contributes to that has more monthly page views is ZeroHedge. As per Similarweb, none of the others have more than 1 million pageviews per month. Yet, all of them still turn a profit, despite having far less traffic than Salon. In the case of ZeroHedge, Salon’s nearest traffic competitor that this website contributes to, the profitability of the website is likely significant.
So, how exactly is Salon.com still in business? More importantly, how has it been able to operate, despite losing money for over 20 years?
It appears Trump isn’t going to stop with one tweet about the F-35, because last night, he again tweeted about the defense project.
And, as covered by Zerohedge, the market for both Lockheed and Boeing shares reacted accordingly, as can be seen below:
Like many cities across the United States, Philadelphia has experienced a surge in anti-Trump demonstrations following Trump’s victory in the election. Protesters took to the streets, and remained there even after over a full week since Election Day had passed, continuing to protest. As NBC10 reported, protesters took to the streets during the day, during clearly organized protests with obvious evidence of central planning:
“This event is to protest president-elect Donald Trump, vice president-elect Mike Pence & the Electoral College,” an organizer wrote. “Trump is a racist, bigoted, misogynistic, narcissist who makes fun of the disabled and he does NOT represent me or the hundreds of millions of people who did NOT vote for him.”
(Question: Do these people have jobs? If so, are their employers OK with them taking time off to protest? Or, are they paid professional protesters?)
I’ve been hesitant to write about Pizzagate, primarily because the rest of the internet has already covered the story incredibly well. It felt like without something substantial to add, anything I said would just end up being a hodgepodge of links from other sources who did a better job of describing the saga than I ever could. After constant commentary from readers, all of whom were upset with the MSM burying the story, I finally deciding on a new perspective to share.
This story is never going away. No matter how hard the MSM, authorities, or establishment tries to bury it, it will never die.
On Thursday, December 1st, Yasmin Seweid was allegedly assaulted by Trump supporters in NYC. According to BuzzFeed and the NY Daily News, the attack took place at the uptown 6 train stop at 23rd Street in midtown Manhattan. The assaliants allegedly called Seweid a terrorist, broke her bag strap, followed her when she tried to get away from them, and tried but were unable to pull her hijab off of her head.
Both Tamerra Griffin and Ben Kochman, the authors for BuzzFeed and the NYDN stories, did not include any additional sources for their story, other than Seweid’s personal account and a statement from police that the “investigation was ongoing” with no further comment. It seems both read her Facebook post recounting her story (which has since been removed), and after speaking with her, they took it and her account of the incident as fact, without verifying her story anywhere else. Even though Seweid was their sole source for the story, they didn’t even bother to include the word “allegedly” as I did in italics above. The NY Daily News said Seweid stated the following:
It takes a lot to stand out in a “swamp” full of self-serving politicians who say one thing and do another, lining their pockets in the process, but somehow, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill never ceases to amaze.
After a lengthy career as a Missouri state politician, including a failed 2004 bid for governor, McCaskill won election to the senate in 2006. Her only tangible accomplishments seem to be her support of Obama, including her role as one of the deciding votes for the failure that is Obamacare. Otherwise, her tenure has been littered with scandals and cronyism.
If Trump’s tweet and subsequent commentary about Air Force One’s bloated price tag didn’t scare all defense and government contractors, his tweet about the F-35 should frighten them beyond belief.
As I have previously detailed, at an estimated $1.5 trillion dollars, the F-35 is perhaps the biggest defense program in the US DoD’s budget, and unsurprisingly, it is far behind schedule and way over budget. But the worst part about the F-35 is that it just can’t do the job it was designed for. Essentially a stealthy bomb chucker with a little bit of maneuverability, air-to-air capability, and a lot of high-priced avionics, it doesn’t even beat the jet its supposed to replace (the F-16) in within-visual-range engagements, and is almost totally reliant on its stealth to avoid them.
All of this begs the question – why didn’t the DoD instead choose to extend the F-22 line, and build a stealth fighter/bomber with more range and payload, scrapping the maneuverability requirement which held the plane’s performance back?
After two weeks of constant criticism and many influential outlets debunking their journalism, the Washington Post finally retracted its story on “fake news” sources. Though, upon examination of the retraction, it is questionable if you can even call it that. The original story was left up, unedited, with an “editor’s note” posted at the top. It reads as follows:
The designation/callsign “Air Force One” has been around since around the time of WWII, with FDR being the first president to fly while in office. Since 1943, with only a couple exceptions, the Air Force has been flying custom versions of Boeing commercial airliners for the presidential flight mission. Most recently replaced in 1990, the president currently flies in a modified 747 with the military designation “VC-25”; two copies were produced for a cost of $325 million apiece, and the callsign “Air Force One” is only used when the president is onboard.
Even though it is still extremely advanced, Air Force One is due for a replacement. Currently, the operating cost for each VC-25 is $210,877 per hour; an extremely high figure, likely because of the dated nature and high maintenance costs of both the airframe and the avionics suite.
However, with a total program cost estimated to be around $4 billion dollars, Boeing is clearly gouging the taxpayer. The newest derivative of Air Force One will end up being over six times as expensive as the last one, which was built on the same airframe. I guess Boeing just thought the higher price tag was going to slip through the cracks of a bloated DoD budget?
On Friday, the gun control group Sandy Hook Promise released a video, “Evan”. It is a short video detailing two students trading messages on a desk, without knowing who the other is. When they finally meet on the last day of school, a shooter interjects into the scene, and the video proceeds to cycle through several shots in the video that had no focus in the prior clip.
It is important to note, that the gun rights and gun control groups stand in unison on this issue – we are all working to identify troubled individuals looking to do harm, and make sure they get the attention they deserve. No one takes issue with SHP working to cut down on gun violence.
However, after closer inspection of Sandy Hook Promise and what the group has done since its inception, I do have a big issue with the group’s practices, including this video, which is very misleading at best. At worst, the group claims to offer help that it does not provide, and is disingenuously offering to educate the public as a way to promote their own gun control agenda.