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Saturday, November 01, 2021

uh huh huh huh
It’s cheated death before, but it appears that “King of the Hill” is being canceled after its current 13th season wraps.

I never did warm up to the show. It really did seem like a watered-down version of “Beavis and Butt-Head”, with the obvious similarities between Hank Hill and Mr. Anderson. In the few early episodes of “Hill” that I watched, I half-expected a scene to open with those trademark “huh-huh-huh’s” to be heard walking off in the distance.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/01/2021 06:59:14 PM
Category: Comedy, TV
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I do believe we’ve come up with the most perfect label for last month’s financial meltdown: “Red October”.

It works on so many levels:

- “Red” is for both the massive ledger losses, and the socialistic fiscal intervention taken to stem the damage.

- Similarly, Russia’s October 1917 Bolshevik Revoltion is often referred to as “Red October”, so there’s an historical antecedent to the phrase.

- Labeling the entire month of October 2008 reflects the multi-day timeframe in which the disaster took place, thus avoiding a direct parallel with 1929’s Black Thursday (although even that single-day mark is not wholly accurate).

The wordplay is set. I only wish I’d come up with it myself.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/01/2021 05:57:58 PM
Category: Business, History, Politics, Wordsmithing
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missing in action
So I had a mostly good time at last night’s West Village Halloween Parade. I camped out early on 6th between 19th and 20th Streets; I thought it might be too close to the end of the parade route to see all the participants before they pooped out from exhaustion. But it was fine: I saw a horde of Richard Simmonses; a reenactment of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”; and some neat parade-scale ghost puppetry, vaguely Dead Poet Society-themed.

What I didn’t see: Any real sign of the Project Bueller thing.

One of the women I was with had to point out to me the beergarden maiden float that rolled by just after 10PM. I assume this was the end result of the attempt to recreate a little piece of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; maybe the “Twist and Shout” portion petered out at the start of the parade, or else never happened at all. The Project tumblog is silent on the matter so far; perhaps we’ll never know for sure.

In any case, it was a fun enough outing. Freaky sightings galore, and I managed to meet a couple of lovely ladies as a bonus. Way better than if I’d gone to one of the millions of overpriced bar parties around town.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/01/2021 12:43:43 PM
Category: Movies, New Yorkin', Pop Culture
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The above amount represents the ownership share each U.S. taxpayer holds in the bailed-out banking industry, according to the New York Times’ informal calculations:

This figure is based on the $250 billion that the Treasury Department is investing in banks to prod them to start lending again. We divided $250 billion by 140 million, which the Internal Revenue Service says is the number of individual tax returns filed last year. By our count, that gives every taxpayer a $1,785.71 stake in JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and the rest.

How to exercise this fiduciary people-power? The leading suggestion is to eliminate ATM fees. Personally, I’d settle for a quickie buy-out of my share, at a premium of, say, 500 percent.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/01/2021 11:44:51 AM
Category: Business, Society
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