Good News of the Day: Trump’s Nobel Nomination; Disney’s Huge Loss and more

So much good news coming across the wires this morning, so little time.

First, President Donald Trump has been nominated to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to broker a Middle East peace agreement between Israel and the UAE:

Unlike the joke award given to Barack Hussein Obama shortly after he assumed office in 2009, President Trump actually worked hard and earned this nomination.

From a story in the New York Post:

President Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for helping broker a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, according to a report.

Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament and chairman to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, submitted the nomination, Fox News reported.

“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde, told Fox News.

In his letter to the Nobel Committee, Tybring-Gjedde wrote that the Trump administration has played a key role in the establishment of relations between the two nations.

“As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game-changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity,” he wrote, Fox News reported.

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It is highly unlikely that the globalist-dominated Nobel committee will approve this award, but the nomination itself tells a story of real achievement, a rarity in Nobel world these days.

Disney Loses bigly. – This press release just came into my email inbox and it is glorious. Could not happen to a nicer bunch of people.

Disney Suffers $4.72B Loss in 3rd Fiscal Quarter as Park Revenue Collapses By 85%

According to the research data analyzed and published by StockApps.com, Walt Disney Co. made a $4.72 billion loss. This stood in sharp contrast to its 2019 Q3 performance when it reported a net income of $1.43 billion.

Total revenue for the period was $11.78 billion, a 42% drop year-on-year (YoY). It was significantly lower than analysts’ estimate of $12.39 billion according to FactSet.

Parks Segment Loses $3.5B as Disney+ Surpasses 60M Subscribers in 8 Months

There was a profit of 8 cents in earnings per share (EPS) against an expected loss of 64 cents per share. This marked a 94% drop YoY. One of the key reasons for the dismal performance was the closure of Disneyland and other parks and resorts.

According to a Statista report, the parks, experiences and products segment dropped from $7.4 billion in Q1 2020 to $983 million in Q3. This segment alone accounted for losses surpassing $3.5 billion, marking an 85% drop YoY. Studio entertainment was also badly hit due to theatre closures and movie release delays. It dropped from $3.76 billion in Q1 to $1.74 billion in Q3.

During the same period, most entertainment companies also suffered losses. For instance, AT&T reported an $830 million loss while Live Nation revenue declined by 98%. But Sony Corp was less badly hit thanks to its gaming section, reporting only a 1.1% decline YoY.

Among the few positive reports for Disney was the fact that Disney+ had surpassed 60.5 million subscribers. It is noteworthy that at launch, the new streaming service had the goal of reaching 60 to 90 million subscribers by 2024. In total, Disney’s paid subscribers numbered over 100 million across streaming services. Hulu had 35.5 million subscribers while ESPN+ had 8.5 million.

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Is that awesome, or what? There had to be something positive about our nation’s insane response to this pandemic, and we have found it.

The Oscar Academy has now set gender quotas for consideration of films beginning in 2024. – Ric Grenell’s response to this bit of idiocy was so hilarious that I just had to share it:

Perfect. If I knew how to add a row of little laughy-faced emojis right here, I’d do it.

UPDATE: Grenell tweeted this hysterical bit later in the day:

 

Then there is this bit of awesomely awesome great news. – Public support for major sports is in the toilet because of all the social justice warriorism that has taken every bit of the joy out of them this year:

From the story at the New York Post:

More people have a negative view of pro sports than a positive one, as public support for America’s athletics industry plummeted amid the coronavirus pandemic and athletes’ backing of the Black Lives Matter movement, a new survey released Monday reveals.

Americans who have a positive view of sports dropped from 45 percent positive in August 2019 to 30 percent last month, the Gallup poll found.

The number of citizens who had a negative view shot up from 25 percent last year to 40 percent in August 2020.

That’s a shift of 30 points — from a plus 20 percent positive rating to a minus 10 percent negative rating.

The stunning drop comes at a time when sports such as baseball have shortened their season because of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, athletes have walked out of games, kneeled during the national anthem or wore Black Lives Matters shirts to protest racial injustice following the deaths of unarmed black men in police custody.

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What we are witnessing this year is the self-inflicted death of the previous model for major sports in America. This current group of selfish, wealthy athletes is destroying the deal for future generations.

Honestly, this formerly-rabid sports fan just doesn’t care. Do you?

That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

 

26 thoughts on “Good News of the Day: Trump’s Nobel Nomination; Disney’s Huge Loss and more

  1. Reply
    Jimmy MacAfee - September 9, 2020

    I’m guessing the cuties who service the players will have to look elsewhere, as their incomes dribble away and their stocks go limp.

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    Jimmy MacAfee - September 9, 2020

    Maybe Disney could build a gigantic park in China!

    I have a suggestion for the newest location: in Shanghai, a bit downriver from the Three Gorges Dam.

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      brian - September 9, 2020

      A water park… great idea. The ccp thinks the chinese citizens will love it… or rather they will be told they will love it…

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    phineas gage - September 9, 2020

    At this point I am just standing back and watching the bonfire of the vanities along with everyone else.

    I do hope that major sports can recreate itself and come back some day, but if not I have found I can live without it just fine.

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      Jimmy MacAfee - September 9, 2020

      I like my marshmallows burnt, and then re-burnt. Carcinogenic, yes, but the texture is so much better! Sometimes, bonfires grow too large to approach with even a long stick; you just have to sit from a distance and wait for the fires to ebb, and then use the coals.

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    Rick - September 9, 2020

    I and my wife have enjoyed a couple of visits to Disney World particularly Epcot for the beer and food around the world but no more. I am not a big believer in boycotts but enough is enough. The same goes for professional sports, no more, and after the BLM walk in T-town they are on the chopping block too.

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    Bob - September 9, 2020

    I have stopped watching pro sports for some time now. I was rarely watching the NFL as I was turned off by the strike years ago, but I could not let go of my Cowboys. I had to follow them and watch a game or 2 per season. The second Kaepernick kneeled, the NFL was done for me. I haven’t watched a game since. I would discuss this with co workers and they would sometimes say that he wasn’t protesting the flag or the country. I would show them the words written from his mouth, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,”. Anyway, pro sports is done for me, have no time for it.

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      phineas gage - September 9, 2020

      I admire you for that. I held on for longer than I should have, and in hindsight I regret it.

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    Rick O'Shay - September 9, 2020

    I only watched my Packers and paid attention to news and stats for my fantasy football teams.

    I ran a 24 team league for almost 15 years. Great excuse to get all the boys (and an occasional girl) together once a year to drink, visit, and just generally act stupid.

    The covid Karens in the league cancelled themselves this year and rather than compromise the legacy and intent of the league I pulled the plug.

    Hated to give up the camaraderie and fellowship but we had a good run. Damn global TDS!

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      Jimmy Taiwan - September 9, 2020

      Now that Madden has made Kraperdick a part of every team on the video game, maybe people who are still playing can disable the jerk? Is that possible?

      Instead of “take a knee,” say “take his knee.”

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      Silas - September 9, 2020

      “Damn Global TDS” Heh heh! I like it! And it is a true statement.

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    GrabbyJoe - September 9, 2020

    Grenell’s tweets are hilarious! Great catch, Dave!

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    StinkyJoeBiden - September 9, 2020

    Hey, PLA! Over here!

    1. Reply
      ImpotentJoe - September 9, 2020

      No, here!

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    Jonesy - September 9, 2020

    Watching privileged rich athletes complain about oppression is not something I want to do. How can America be a racist country when pro sports are dominated by people of color? And handsomely overpaid, I might add. I’ll tune out rather than be lectured.

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      phineas gage - September 9, 2020

      Just as in the case of Disney and Marvel, what these clueless sports owners don’t realize is that, after driving away their traditional base audience and destroying their marketing brand, the woke crusaders are not going to replace that audience. The same is true for the major college sports, which are essentially billion-dollar businesses.

      The woke crusaders are interesting in destroying the leagues, not forming a new audience base. They will just move on to the next Alinsky target and repeat the process.

      And again, all of those billions of dollars previously spend on these woke leagues are going to go somewhere. Some smart entrepeneur is going to see that opportunity and make a fortune by providing a valid alternative.

      American pro athletes are not just ‘handsomely overpaid’. They are, without doubt, the most privileged people on the face of the earth, with the possible exception of the Saudi royal family.
      Their ignorance to this fact as they immolate themselves makes the spectacle that much more entertaining.

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        brian - September 9, 2020

        I’m think’n underwater basket weave’n on an Olympic scale competition…

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      phineas gage - September 9, 2020

      In terms of being lectured, you will not be able to escape it. It will be in the end zones, it will be on the sides of helmets, it will be in pre-game ceremonies, it will be programmed into the announcer script and the pre-game,halftime, and post-game shows. It will also be saturated through every commercial.

      The only way to escape will be to not watch at all. And in the process discover that you really don’t need this

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        Jimmy MacAfee - September 9, 2020

        A lot of things are changing. More than you know. Some good, some not:

        A new emphasis on small grains (as opposed to corn) is happening, particularly in oats. This has been happening over the last few years, but the pace is picking up. What does that have to do with your post? Everything.

        Revenue for professional sports will disappear, and same for Hollyweird. Notice the recent silence from Hollyweird? Like the sound of the jungle when a predator is nearby? A jungle cat is roaming, and the monkey are hunkering down.

        We will probably see the loss of ethanol soon, too, and the subsidies; inefficient, it does nothing but cause corrosion in engines, particularly small engines. Agriculture is due for some big changes. But I don’t remember the last time a farmer lectured me on anything – G0D Bless ’em! Pray for our farmers and small agribusiness.

        As for me: growing a small plot of winter wheat, oats and rye grains. Oats may not last a hard winter, but I’ll save seed for a spring planting if they don’t survive. Prepping isn’t just buying canned stuff.

        Get your chaps on and giddyup! Big changes coming! Hold on tight!

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        Silas - September 9, 2020

        No need to escape what you don’t subject yourself. And the ratings debacle will be spectacular. I only wish I could be a fly on the wall of all the board rooms as they discuss how they’re going try and save their empires built on the cult of personality and greed. Owners, sponsers and networks going down in flames.

        As you have pointed out many times, the loss of eyeballs and dollars will not be replaced by the bolsheviks. They will be focused on the next target of opportunity.

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    Silas - September 9, 2020

    So here in Oregon, we have fires popping in here to fore cities and suburban areas that rarely saw “wildfires”. And I am beginning to think it’s co-ordinated. Although they have arrested an arsonist in Southern Oregon who “may or may not” be responsible for some of the northern fires.

    It’s all too effing coincedental to me. And Wreck It Brown finally declared a state of emergency.
    Finally. Worthless demoncrat bag of skin.

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      David Blackmon - September 9, 2020

      There is no doubt it is coordinated. It’s radical enviros trying to spread panic about climate change. No question about it at this point.

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        Silas - September 9, 2020

        The authorities in the Portland metro area are, as far as I know at this time, are being mum about the cause. Wonder why?

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        phineas gage - September 9, 2020

        It’s also good distraction from the (now) politically damaging riots.

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          Silas - September 9, 2020

          Ain’t it though? I hope all involved are caught and prosecuted under federal law and locked away for life. Preferably in a cell with a big, bad dude named Bubba who will teach them the meaning of submission.

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        brian - September 9, 2020

        This very thing was done in Australia last year. Eco’s running around starting fires everywhere. Have to agree that the terrorism is going to increase, not just here but globally. The ‘new world order’ is not our friend and they want the rule any way they can get it. Violence and chaos are the precursors to their offered ‘solutions’.

        The god of this world is insane and his time is running out. This is why the chaos is global in nature and accelerating at feverish pitch. Setting the stage for the one who will appear and offer peace globally, for a time. It’ll be a false peace.

        Like Jimmy warns… best get ur knickers cinched up because its gonna get rough.

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