Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In

AntennaThumbby Kung Fu Zu
Over the last few years, I have found the programming spewed out of the 24/7 cable universe to be of ever-decreasing quality and interest. The cable providers stream several hundred channels to each customer, of which perhaps twenty are worth watching. This is completely ignored by the cable companies. As a result, viewers are confronted with expanding rubbish and increasing fees on a regular basis.
Like many others, I sat back and accepted this state of affairs, not paying attention as quality content dropped and prices rose. It took two unannounced price hikes, within about six months, to finally shake me out of my trance.

Once I did wake, I decided to change cable tv suppliers. I looked around and found that I had three possible options. One option for cable tv and two for satellite tv. I called Verizon to cancel my cable tv and maintain my internet connection and e-mail address. They told me that if I cancelled their cable tv programming, the cost for my internet connection would go up by about $50 per month to over $80 per month for a connection with a slightly slower speed.

After the conversation with Verizon, I sat back and thought about my situation and came to the conclusion that I did not need cable tv. In fact, I only watched about ten channels and half of those were broadcast locally. I particularly liked channels like MeTV and the Antenna Channel, which broadcast old tv shows like Perry Mason and Leave it to Beaver. I went on line to see if I could somehow receive these without cable.

[pullquote]Furthermore, after some checking I found that, in my area, there are about fifty different channels broadcast via the open airways.[/pullquote]To my delight, I found these and many other channels were broadcast locally and I only needed an old-fashioned antenna to pick up their signals. Furthermore, after some checking I found that, in my area, there are about fifty different channels broadcast via the open airways. In addition to those channels which showed repeats from the 1950’s-2000’s, these ranged from the local affiliates for ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox to movie channels and channels with local content.

So, I called TimeWarner, booked internet services with them for the same amount as I had previously paid Verizon. I then called Verizon and canceled my connection with them. (In fact it took several months to go through the cancellation process as they make it very difficult to cancel any service. I started the process at the end of May and only received my final correct invoice a couple of weeks ago.)

I checked the internet for the best antennas and bought an RCA product online at Amazon.com for about $65 which included a booster, plenty of connector cable, and delivery to my home. I removed an old satellite dish from its base and placed the antenna on that same base. Hook up time was about 15 minutes. (I was lucky as the original satellite connector cable was still in place so I could simply plug it into the cable on my new antenna.) I turned on the tv, let it boot up the new channels and presto! I had tv.

Since that day, not only have I saved $80 per month, but I have watched less tv, my blood pressure has dropped and I talk to my family more. So while Dr. Leary’s invocation might have a certain appeal, I believe he got it somewhat backward. In today’s world if one wishes to expand one’s mind I think “Turn of, Tune out, Drop in” is the prescription. Aummmmmmm.
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42 Responses to Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Marvelous essay. You give me faith again that this site was worth doing, Mr. Kung. If you could provide me with a link to the exact antenna that you bought, I’ll link it into the article.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Mr. Kung, you took the words right out of my mouth….although I have cable at the moment.

    But I watch very little TV these days. TV has just become such brain rot. Ninety percent of the content is beyond stupid. I can feel my I.Q. level slipping just walking past the TV department at Sears.

    I plan to spend more time in whatever remaining years have been allotted me doing more noble things. Oh, maybe many of them will be quite humble things…such a reading a Charlie Chan novel. But even so, reading is more of a participatory act. You use your imagination. But with TV you just sit back and have your brain cells sucked out of you. One is passively a-mused, which is to say, one’s creativity is not stoked but just the opposite. The Muses are not awakened. It is the opposite. We sit in front of the idiot box and are literally a-Mused.

    I’m much like you, I like watching old movies and such. And this really is a case in the polluted culture we live in today where we have to unplug. That is ironic since it is the libtard utopian ignoramus culture of these supposedly grownup hippies that we are unplugging from, the ones who had the stupid and trite slogans about doing so in the 60’s. And I abide by my saying that nothing good came out of any of the 60’s flower power movement. It was just stuck on stupid.

    And they still are. These libtards are now voters and they are voting us into intellectual, moral, and financial oblivion. I will unplug. I have unplugged to a great extent. And, as some may have noticed by this site, I have no intention of just having StubbornThings be yet another bitch-a-thon. I’m unplugging from that as well.

    I’d rather talk about movies, books, history, the arts, Classic Western Civilization, etc. I do care that Obama and his Marxist ilk are forever voted out of office and that I never have to hear some nitwit say the words “social justice” again. But even so, even though these red diaper doper babies (including quite a few “libertarians”) are ruining this country, I will not obsess on it.

    We are surrounded by fools, nitwits, and just really uncouth people who believe inanely stupid things. That is not where I want to go. I will defend myself, which assumes some political involvement in trying to beat back the Leftist horde. But even so, I think a good deal of this is inevitable now. We can’t stop it. We can just try to stay out of the way when it all comes crashing down. We can laugh at these fools as they try to get off on their naive utopian dreams and narcissistic urges.

    And in the meantime, we can feed ourselves good, nutritious things. Maybe sometimes these are slightly popcorn things, such as a Chan novel. But even popcorn is more nutritious than the crack cocaine of idiocy, degeneracy, and juvenile tastes that abound in our culture and blacken it like an eclipsed sun. We must make our own light. And we will.

  3. MarkW says:

    “which included a boaster”
    Is this the component that constantly tells you how good it is?
    Kind of like Microsoft?

  4. LibertyMark says:

    I have a slightly different take on this. I clearly respect Mr. Zu’s decision to opt out, having just looked at my own Verizon FIOS bill and beat my head on the desk.

    Let me explain my different take. I have a neighbor who does not and never has had cable. He’s older than me, so is of the next prior generation (let’s just say he’s pre-boomer). What concerns me about people like him is that there perhaps millions of them across America. My concern is, where do they get their news? Print? The three traditional networks, CBS, NBC, ABC? Even local news outlets are horrid – just watch your local news station for how they are handling the Gubmint “slowdown”.

    This is not to memorialize Fox Cable, nor to take responsibility for my neighbor’s information consumption, but what are these millions of non-cable watchers getting for information? Your thesis, Mr. Zu, highlights the severity of where we are with the Ministry of Propaganda (i.e. “MSM”) in the US, especially leaving out cable.

    • Kung Fu Zu says:

      I see your point, but I wasn’t thinking about those who were never connected to cable or the internet in the first place.

      Perhaps more importantly, I wasn’t even writing this from the political point of view. My point of view was simply that I, and I suspect, many others are wasting time and money on a product which generally caters to the lowest common denominator aspect of society. As a result, it adds to the general mental dullness and flaccid morals one encounters, all too often, in our country.

      • LibertyMark says:

        Agreed on all points.

        AND, if you happen to want to watch any shows on TV (the new show Blacklist is somewhat good), most of them are available after they show on TV on that network’s website to be viewed on demand.

  5. David Ray says:

    I had a short phone service with Verizon. I don’t have a smart phone, just a bare-bone model.
    They never sent the rebate, and the $40+ agreed upon morphed into $80 – $90+ a month. I paid for awhile while attempting to resolve these issues. My bills had no details as they were on-line. Just the price. With nothing but guff on sending another rebate, I dropped ’em.
    They still send that final bill, but they can hold their breath.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I have a bare-bones “Boost” phone that costs me $20 every couple months. As you might guess, I don’t live on the phone. I have it for emergencies mostly. I don’t have money to burn on $100 a month or more just to jabber away mindlessly on the phone as many people do.

      Still, I would like to have an iPhone 5 now that the hardware and software are fully fleshed out (according to a very non-koolaid-drinking friend of mine who is also an Apple enthusiast). I’d like it just for the wireless access to the internet, not particularly for the phone. And maybe for some of the apps.

  6. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    FYI, here’s the link to the exact antenna that Mr. Kung referred to. And it’s a top item with glowing reviews at Amazon…and the priced has been reduced. I’m in the market for one which is why I note this now.

  7. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    One thing I could get used to about watching free commercial television is watching Johnny Carson every night for an hour before retiring.

    It’s a great time machine. Last night was November 1985. Bret Saberhagen (World Series MVP, league MVP, and winner of the Cy Young) and his Royals had just won the World Series. He had a nice interview on Carson. He talked about the great timing because his contract was going to expire by the end of the year. He was, of course, in a grand bargaining position.

    So I just had to look up the numbers. In 1985 he was 20-6 with a 2.87 ERA. The following year, fresh off signing what must have been a pretty decent contract, we went 7-12 with a 4.14 ERA. Ooops. But he got better after that and won another Cy Young.

    And what a shocking contrast between the adult, though playful and creative, Carson and the man-childs who populate late night TV today. So I might enjoy a little Carson time and just find something to do when the commercials come on.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      One thing I could get used to about watching free commercial television is watching Johnny Carson every night for an hour before retiring.

      I couldn’t agree more!

      I also like seeing old Dick Cavett(?) shows every now and then. He had some very interesting guests and gave them a lot of time to talk.

      I also enjoy watching old game shows, particularly “What’s My Line” and “To Tell The Truth.” Compare the level of discourse on those shows with what is on today and you will pine for the days of yore. Vulgar society indeed!!!

  8. Lucia says:

    We cut our sat TV service for 3 years and streamed videos for our favorite programs and news until my husband couldn’t stand it anymore. We live in the mountains and can’t receive local channels via a converter antenna so we had to get sat TV reinstalled. I can only bear to sit and watch one hour of TV per night, so I read novels while my husband watches the outdoor shows, junk picker shows, military and police drama reruns. Even though I’m reading I manage to comment anyway on the leftist bias of these old reruns just in case he misses it. Maybe I spoil them, I don’t know, but it’s amazing how subtle the propaganda was when it first started in the 60s. Now there’s nothing subtle about it. It hits you between the eyes.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Lucia, it is indeed amazing how subtle the propaganda was and how early it started.

      But there are other reasons that TV can annoy ya. I was watching Johnny Carson last night and one of his guests was Joan Rivers. I find her particularly annoying. I had to change the channel.

      But I’ll keep the antenna for a few football games now and then and maybe the odd old program. I watched a couple “Hogan’s Heroes” episodes the other night. It’s obvious Schultz was the forerunner of Hillary: “I know nothing. I see nothing.”

      Who could have thought you’d could make a comedy out of prison camp and Nazis? What’s next, “Allah’s Heroes,” a show based on Gitmo? That would be the modern equivalent.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        MAD Magazine ended it’s “Hokum’s Heroes” parody with a sample parody of “Hochmann’s Heroes” — set in a concentration camp. A lot of people have noticed the similarity between Schultz and many Demagogues today in scandal investigations.

  9. Gibblet says:

    ” a show based on Gitmo”

    The absurdness of reality in the plot would be its own humor. Throw in a pet pot belly pig as a running gag, and I think you’ve got something.

  10. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here’s an update on my cable/TV viewing situation.

    First off, I bought this antenna last May. It’s an improvement on what I had but not as go0d as taking that RCA antenna Mr. Kung mentioned. But using the RCA antenna would require drilling holes and mounting it on top of the building. I know I’d get more reliable reception if I went that route. But that Winegard FlatWave antenna does a “good-enough” job for the time being. It’s mounted flat against a windows at the top of the room. Occasionally channels have spotty (or no) reception due to factors that puzzle me. Sun spots? Atmospheric conditions? I just don’t know.

    Also, yesterday was the national championship game in college football. The game could only be found on ESPN or services that included ESPN. The best option I could find at a spur of the moment was Sling TV. Basically you stream it to the TV from a downloadable app on your phone or pad. How you do so can vary. I did it via a wired HDMI connection to an old Android tablet I have sitting around that has a mini HDMI port on it. I have a mini-to-standard HDMI cable so I already had the hardware I needed.

    That’s not the only way to get streamed content to your TV. Here’s a guide with some options.

    It’s all a little complicated, as far as I’m concerned. What could have been better or easier than to just be able to activate a Sling app built into (or downloadable to) my Vizio smart TV — exactly the way Netflix works, for example? With Netflix, I need no outside hardware or wires.

    But for some reason, Sling doesn’t or can’t have an app that you can use right inside your smart TV. I guess this is where and why such devices as Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast come in (as well as Roku).

    But the end game for me was that in order to watch the game last night (which I did), I needed something to work with what I had. There was no time to buy any additional hardware or wiring. My older brother had told me a few days ago that, of course, the game would be on free TV. But it wasn’t.

    Anyway, Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial that you can supposedly easily cancel. (Still getting notices from the assholes at Milk Street for a “free” magazine sample I got…and then wrote “cancel” as instructed on the invoice…and months later am still receiving bills). Let’s hope I don’t have a similar experience with Sling.

    But for $20/mo. you get their “orange” lineup of channels. Cable (or streaming) services still pad their lineup with a bunch of garbage. But if I didn’t already have Netflix, this $20/month lineup doesn’t look too bad. You get 3 versions of ESPN, AMC, HGTV, The History Channel, TNT, Food Network, TBS, and the Travel Channel. Your tastes may vary, and I can’t say I’ve done as exhaustive review of these sundry channels (such as “The Cheddar Channel”), but most of this looks like the usual junk from a quick look at their offerings.

    That’s one of the strengths of the Sling TV app. It does make it easy to see what’s on. But, frankly, from playing around with this last night, the only programming I miss at all is watching The Pickers and AMC. The Pickers I cold probably rent or stream from somewhere if I need to and there are many ways to get old movies. But I always liked AMC.

    For $20/month, those eight channels (or ten if you include the 3 versions of ESPN) would be worth it. And, who knows, maybe some of the sundry channels would turn out to have some good content upon further review.

    But when looking through all this junk it hit me that it isn’t the price, per say, that puts me off. If I didn’t already have Netflix, $20/month is pretty reasonable. But the whole ecosphere of cable is something I just don’t miss. I mean, the rotten atmosphere was summed-up by the halftime show at the college championship game. I had it on in the background but went to my computer to do some work. And then this horrible noise came on. It was the halftime show featuring some Neanderthal (if that) rapper. I cry for Western Civilization anytime I see garbage celebrated like this. It wasn’t about not being “hip” to the latest music. This wasn’t music. It was garbage with a beat.

    And that, to me, represented what modern cable has to offer. The Disney Channel? Sounds fine, right? But the lineup I saw was complete junk. And, of course, it will be a cold day in hell before I willingly hand over any money to the pussified goons as ESPN. That’s a deal-breaker from the get-go.

    But if that’s not a non-starter for you, Sling TV may be something you want to check out if you are appalled at the excessive price of cable TV but still miss some of your old channels.

    I realized I don’t miss most of this stuff. I will be canceling Sling TV, but I’ll give it its full trial period. There are also technical and ease-of-use issues against Sling TV. Streaming via wire is always a spotting thing. My old Android device had trouble. It would constantly need to rebuffer the picture. When I later ran the app on my iPad (which I’m very sure has better wireless connectivity), I didn’t have that problem, although because I had no means to stream the picture onto the TV, I didn’t use this method to watch the big game.

    Also, using the streaming method you’re forced to use your phone or tablet as a control device. There are many advantages to controlling the TV via apps. You can look ahead and see what’s playing on another channel without having to change the channel. But it still seems like a hassle. For instance, once you’re using the Sling TV app (whether on my Android table or the iPad), that device is pretty much a committed and glorified remote control. You can’t switch out of the app to do something else on your phone or pad. If you do, the streaming stops. There may be ways around this, but there is something to be said for the simplicity of a dedicated remote control and apps built into the TV.

    At $10/month, I might keep it. But I really don’t want to increase my TV viewing time. I like that I’m reading more books now. And if you’re paying money for something, you just feel the need to use it and get your money’s worth. At $10.99/month, with Netflix if I catch a movie or two each month (and it’s usually more than that), I feel I’ve gotten my money’s worth.

    I wish Acorn TV, for example, would have an app built-into the TV. For $5.00 month, I’d consider having access to all those British dramas, mysteries, and comedies. And perhaps I will do that in the future now that I know what streaming from a device to the TV entails. One option I’m considering is getting an Apple to Lightning Digital AV Adapter so that, as with my Android table, I could directly wire (the iPhone, more likely) the tablet to the TV. I already have a spare HDMI cable sitting around (a standard one), so the Lightning adapter is all the hardware I would need. I’ll report back on that if I decide to try the 7 day trial of Acorn TV.

    Some of these series from Acorn TV have appeared, or still appear, on Netflix. A few of interest that I see in Acorn’s lineup are:

    Foyle’s War

    Midsomer Murders

    Doc Martin

    Murdock Mysteries

    George Gently

    Vera (a favorite of Mr. Kung)


    There are various and sundry shows listed that I’ve never heard of. But surely there is an unfound gem or two in that mix. “Field of Blood” catches my eye. I would also want to check out “The Brokenwood Mysteries.” Maybe “Thorne.” Most of the really good British comedies (at least the ones I’m aware of) don’t seem to be in their lineup. But for $5.00/month, maybe subscribing for two or three months would be the ticket.

  11. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Today I purchased one of these Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapters to hook my iPhone (or iPad) to the TV in order to stream content….such as I recently did when I tried the free trial of Sling TV (but did so via my Android table which, compared to the Apple devices, has crappy wireless pickup).

    I have nothing bad to say against Sling TV. It worked well, it’s reasonably priced, and had good content for the price. But I realized from the trial that I’m an “on demand” kind of guy. Many of the channels on Sling were good but I’m not going to match my viewing habits to their schedule. And it was easy to cancel my trial subscription. I still have the assholes at Christopher Kimball’s “Milk Street” hassling me to pay for their free sample magazine. I guess writing “Cancel” on the invoice as instructed wasn’t good enough for them.

    But I digress. I still had streaming on my mind. I ran into this Guide to Streaming Video Services. And via this guide I discovered a service called FilmStruck. Basically for $8.25 per month (on an annual pre-pay) you get access to this venture between Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection. Between the two of them they have a whole lot of old movies locked up. This is surely why you can find so few classic old movies on Netflix.

    As soon as the Apple adaptor arrives I’ll try their 14-day trial. You can browse through their library. It’s got some big names (On the Waterfront, Oliver Twist) mixed in with many movies I’ve never heard of…which can be a good thing. Even old junk is better than modern junk by a long shot. I’ll report back later.

  12. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    I wasn’t sure where to post this so since the guy in question looked like he had an antenna on his head, I decided to post it here.


    My question is how would they know it was him? And I believe “actor” is going a bit far in this case.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Wikipedia, in its biographies of entertainers, differentiates between acting and just providing a voice. Incidentally, for some time there were claims that Tinky Winky was somehow connected to homosexuality. Apparently this originated with some homosexual activists, who celebrated the character.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Ballet dancer. Tinky Winky. Choreography. Am I right supposing this guy wasn’t hit by a bus? But he had two kids and a wife. Whatever the case may be, I’m sure he was well loved and will be missed by many.

      An interesting thing about “Teletubbies” is that I think it set the intellectual standard for television of its era and beyond. Put on the antenna and what else is “The Big Bang Theory”?

      Although we had our share of stupid programming (Mr. Ed), we also had Mr. Wizard (or at least re-runs of him). But we had no equivalent of Barney or perhaps the most annoying creature ever made for TV, Elmo.

      And although Mr. Rogers fulfilled the role of TV babysitter, he did so in a way that wasn’t creepy or that was indoctrinating emotional stupidity. Even Captain Kangaroo wasn’t completely inane. He and his puppets would joke around and have fun, although I rarely watched the show because I thought it was pretty stupid. Mr. favorite cartoon was Johnny Quest.

      Wonder where the Snowflakes came from? It all starts with idiotic and emotionally vapid stuff such as “Teletubbies.”

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I remember a nice parody of Mr. Rogers at the masquerade at a Rivercon one year. It had Mr. Rogers noting that people wondered why he was so emotionless, wondering whether he was on Valium or was a Vulcan. Then he pulled a certain item out of his bag and said, “Can you say ‘pod people’? Mr. Rogers found one of these in his garden one night. Now everybody in the neighborhood talks just like Mr. Rogers. Would you like to come visit me? Would you like to be my neighbor? Can you say, ‘I will not fall asleep at night’?”

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        An interesting thing about “Teletubbies” is that I think it set the intellectual standard for television of its era and beyond

        I first ran into these horrible little blobs during the 1990’s in Singapore. I could not understand how anyone over the age of three could find them of interest.

        I was too old to watch Mr. Rodgers as a child, but when I saw him later I thought he was smoking dope.

        I watched some Captain Kangaroo and liked Mr. Green Jeans.

        I think Romper Room sticks with me as I waited, in vain, for the nice lady to say she saw Fu Zu out in TV land whenever she looked through that magic mirror which looked like a un-strung tennis racket.

        “I see Robert and Billy and Susan and Jimmy.” Never Fu Zu.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I once did a short parody, after CNN checked out the accuracy of some (unusual) conservative parody on SNL, about them checking out old chidren’s shows. Among the results were that Dennis wasn’t that much of a menace, Captain Kangaroo wasn’t a kangaroo (but Crabby Appleton was rotten to the core), and not much romping happened in Romper Room (although Elizabeth said Rompers were children’s clothing of some sort).

  13. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Can anyone explain to me, what this project is all about? A clock that chimes once a century?


    Is this a vanity project, CIA idea or what? With Jeff Bezos behind it, I get suspicious.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      “It’s a special Clock, designed to be a symbol, an icon for long-term thinking,” a blog post signed by Bezos says.

      I know you think that Jeff Bezos is a little nuts, Mr. Kung. This clock does not work to give an opposite impression.

      Bezos is likely another godless atheist Leftist materialist for whom only matter exists. If so, there is no eternal. There is no long-term significance of your life or your actions. The best you can do is build a stupid clock that runs a long time.

      As a piece of urban art, it might be justifiable on aesthetics alone. But it sounds as if this idiotic piece of Leftist fluff is going inside a mountain.

      Think of what could be done if you took the money wasted on this (any Timex watch for $5.00 keeps great time) and helped children suffering with a disease. You see how narcissistic these liberals actually are. They have no soul…or whatever soul they started with has leaked out.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Bezos is likely another godless atheist Leftist materialist for whom only matter exists. If so, there is no eternal. There is no long-term significance of your life or your actions. The best you can do is build a stupid clock that runs a long time.

        I am reading “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” by Richard Rhodes and he spends some time showing how some of the most intelligent people in history did not believe the materialist meme. And these people were not religious in a sense that most people would understand the word. Another way of putting “materialist” is “mechanical” which was commonly used a century or so back.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Well, I understand that Oppenheimer responded to the test explosion at Alamogordo (the fat cottonwood) with a famous quote from the Bhagavad Gita: “I am created Shiva the Destroyer, Death, the Shatterer of Worlds.”

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I’ve got a rather large (8” x 10”?) softcover version of that big red book on my shelf, Mr. Kung. I bought it years ago for pennies but haven’t gotten around to reading it.

          One of the interesting thoughts (at least I hope it is) that I had recently intersects with that: From all reasonable appearances, life (particularly the details of the cell) is a result of design (and programming, if you will).

          This idea is abhorrent to the ass-wipes, pinheads, jerk-offs, f-tards, and “brites” who have been programmed in materialism and think they are smart because they don’t believe in bullshit such as religion.

          Sorry to be so blunt. But these people deserve to be rhetorically bitch-slapped. They are a part of the acid of Darwinism, Freudianism, and Marxism that is eroding our culture. Some are unwillingly and unwittingly programmed into it. They need the ice bucket of rhetoric even more so.

          So let us remember a key point: These same f-tards are the ones who think religious people (or just anyone who isn’t a materialist atheist) are full of themselves for believing in God and believing that mankind is special (and not just a pointless random accident). (I think a frog is pretty damn special as well, but that’s another story.)

          I would then say to one of these candy-ass rocket scientists, “Look at all the amazing inventions and creations of man. The microchip. Airplanes. Lasers. Digital cameras. How effin’ stupid and arrogant would a person have to be to believe that if man can invent such things that, in all of time, and in all the weird spaces outside of time, that no one could have invented anything greater…including our very selves.”

          I would grant to these little dumb shits that we do not have all the answers in regards to Creators, other realms, etc. Religion might be seen as a guess, perhaps an informed guess. But to see what we ourselves have done with the material and to imagine that nothing an order of magnitude above us could exist — that we are the greatest creators ever — is the very height of unenlightened arrogance and dip-shittedness.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            I’ve got a rather large (8” x 10”?) softcover version of that big red book on my shelf, Mr. Kung.

            That’s the one.

            Sorry to be so blunt. But these people deserve to be rhetorically bitch-slapped. They are a part of the acid of Darwinism, Freudianism, and Marxism that is eroding our culture.

            I came to the same conclusion some time back. For example, that is why I am rude about the whole homosexual agenda. Nature is not perfect and makes mistakes. Normal people understand this do not want to eradicate these mistakes, but they also do not want to see them increase.

            But people like Magnus Hirschfeld try to foist their deviancy on the rest of us. He founded the “Institute for Sexual Science” in Berlin in the 1920’s. People like him and Kinsey open such institutes in order to give their perversions a patina of normalcy. They are then able to claim “science” is on their side, when it is in fact only propaganda on their side. Note how much of the “science” of psychology has been co-opted by such propaganda. For example, “Heinz 57” doesn’t even begin to cover the number of genders that some of today’s “psychologists” appear to recognize.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              People like him and Kinsey open such institutes in order to give their perversions a patina of normalcy.

              There are a whole bunch of people doing that these days, Mr. Kung. It’s interesting to consider where it was all formalized and started.

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                I believe most of this was formalized in what would be called “The German Speaking Area” (Der deutsche Sprachraum) of Europe.

                The Germans have a genius for organizing and formalizing systems, even if the contents of the systems are rubbish. Marx is so influential due to this ability. What he came up with was absolute rubbish, but it was impressive rubbish to much of humanity.

                I don’t want to rub a sore spot, but had Avi Davis chosen to point out the huge amount of such nonsense that has come out of this area, I would have whole-heartedly supported him.

                For example, think Hegel. Or of the Frankfurt School.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                I don’t know much about Hegel, but I do think dialectical materialism has some use as a concept.

  14. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Seems we at ST were, once again, ahead of the curve.


  15. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Speaking of cable-cutting (also see Mr. Kung’s Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In-Update), I pulled the plug on Netflix yesterday. No, it was not a reaction to the further liberalization of one of my favorite shows (Call the Midwife). Nor was this about saving 12 bucks or so, per se.

    This was about the increasing deterioration of the quality of content overall. And I’ve been that frog in the slowly-heating pot of water. A little crap here. A little mediocrity there. You start to get used to it. But, honest to goodness, there is very little that is good o Netflix these days unless you have the mind of a Vulgarian.

    I regret having to do this. I subscribed to Netflix years before they added a streaming service and soon switched to the streaming-only option. Netflix has the best connection technology I’ve run into. They’ve refined it far beyond anyone else, especially quitting a show and being able to start up exactly (more or less) where you left off. Most other streaming services still struggle with this.

    Obviously there was something going on internally with Netflix regarding their quality because not that long ago they go rid of customer reviews and their star rating system. Now you can only thumbs-up or thumbs-down a program. They knew they were dispensing crap but when you’re making billions doing so, who’s to care?

    If you have Netflix and find enough good stuff to watch, good for you. But I was finding it increasingly difficult to find anything but mediocrity. “Netflix Original” became synonymous with “worse than even a low-budge network made-for-TV movie”. Thankfully there are alternatives (such as BritBox and FilmStruck, amongst others) that have a higher standard of quality. And I still have Prime Video. I almost have two many choices as it is. But no longer will I give those mediocrity-mongers at Netflix my bucks. Good riddance.

    An interesting side note is that Apple is preparing to spend billions on content for their Apple TV service. They plan on going more of a PG, family-friendly route. I hope that works for them. Their content will almost certainly be obnoxiously and poisonously liberal, but I hope their cleaned-up approach at least works for them. And f-bombs and such aren’t Netflix’s problems, per se. It’s just their lack of doing anything creative. It’s all boilerplate stuff shlocked out as if on a conveyor belt.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      It can be disappointing when a good service goes sour. Nothing lasts forever, but nowadays, the speed at which things slide is incredibly fast.

      I generally find a good book to be more entertaining than the junk that is presently being turned out on TV and other visual media.

  16. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    It would appear that people have increasingly decided to cut cable and go back to over-the-air TV.


    I just replaced the first antenna which I bought when I wrote the above piece. We have had several major hail storms since then and part of the old antenna broke off. It still picked up most stations, but reception quality dropped off, especially in stormy weather. My new antenna is doing quite nicely.

    This is the new antenna I bought.


    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The way I stay plugged into this is through talking to young people. I don’t know anyone under 35 who pays for a cable TV subscription.

      There is no love lost for me in regards to the demise of cable companies. If you’ve ever seen the compressed, artifacts-laden picture that pretends to be a professional broadcast, it’s a wonder people put up with this. I think people get used to low quality.

      And then there’s the price. And then there’s the fact that people only watch maybe 5% of the channels, most of which are utter crap. This is one reason more specific streaming services (such as BritBox and others) can be a much better buy. You can streamline it down to what you really want.

      And if you really must have “cable,” services such as SlingTV (which I tried and easily discarded) are there to give you at least 90% of what people will ever watch on a full $85.00–$120.00 or more per month cable subscription. ESPN. The History Channel. Etc.

      No love lost at all. I’m now down to one pay service: BritBox. And I’m not far from canceling it. I’ve found a few gems on it. And there are some great standards such as Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Who, Perot, Cadfael, Inspector Morse, and others. But I’m sort of tired of reruns at the moment.

      I’m hoping someone will step in and fill the gap left by FilmStruck. To some extent, the various free Roku channels fill in a little. Most of the streaming quality for the old old stuff is often pretty bad. But you can find some classics you’ll find nowhere else.

      Finally, add what you can now get over-the-air for free an in often HD quality. It’s just hard to justify the high monthly cable fees. Frankly, I think even SlingTV’s $25.00 per month is too high as well.

      But $6.99 for BritBox is a bargain. And the leaves me room to pick and choose a few others at about the same price and ride them a while. There’s nothing at the moment the begs to be paid for. But I’m bound to run into something.

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