In the old days, NFL owners were rich men who accepted the risk of losing money as the cost of doing business. Thanks to the popularity of the game, the NFL and its owners—with the collusion of politicians—have created what amounts to a risk-free business environment. According to Long’s data, a dozen teams received more public money than they needed to build their facilities. Rather than going into debt, they turned a profit.

The perfect example: Seven of every ten dollars spent to build CenturyLink Field in Seattle came from the taxpayers of Washington State, $390 million total. The owner, Paul Allen, pays the state $1 million per year in “rent” and collects most of the $200 million generated. If you are wondering how to become, like Allen, one of the richest humans on earth, negotiating such a lease would be a good start.

In New Orleans, taxpayers have bankrolled roughly a billion dollars to build then renovate the Superdome, which we are now supposed to call the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Guess who gets nearly all the revenues generated by Saints games played in this building? If you guessed all those hard-working stiffs who paid a billion dollars, you would be wrong. If you guessed billionaire owner Tom Benson, you would be right. He also receives $6 million per annum from the state as an “inducement payment” to keep him from moving the team.

That’s the same amount Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pay each year in property taxes to Arlington, Texas, where his fancy new stadium is located. Except that Jones doesn’t pay property taxes because, like many of his fellow plutocrats, he’s cut a sweetheart deal with the local authorities.


Why Being a Football Fan Is Indefensible (via kenyatta)

Public funding of stadiums and arenas makes me so goddamn angry.

(via wilwheaton)

luxvriously:

My anaconda will consider it

vorkosigans:

Loki: Agent of Asgard #5

I know what I am. And I love it.

exghoulfriend:

it is crucial to believe and respect girls when they say a guy is giving them bad vibes even if they don’t give you a reason why

lastofthetimeladies:

freshest-tittymilk:

portraits-of-america:

     “I got both of them from local shelters. When I got her in 2006, the staff told me she was a shepherd husky. I go to the dog park, I’m meeting people with shepherd husky mixes, and they look nothing like her. I get in my car, I’m driving, I look in the rearview mirror, I see these eyes and I’m like, I’ve got a wolf in my car. Then, when she was 10-months old, there was a shepherd breeder and trainer in the dog park, and at the end of the lesson, the trainer came up to me and asked, ‘What kind of dog is that?’ And I’m thinking, Shepherd husky. You should know, you are a breeder. She said, ‘That’s a wolf.’” 

Bethlehem, PA

Thats mildly hilarious

   

stevencrewniverse:

From composers Aivi and Surasshu:

A few tracks from Mirror Gem, Paul and Raven’s amazing episode. This is the show’s darkest set of songs so far! I recorded a special version of Lapis Lazuli’s theme for the crew blog.

Strings performed by Jeff Ball and promo art by Paul Villeco!

foodstain:

sadfag:

seruant:

ah yes, its almost halloween. 

please desist forever immediately 

IM SCREAM LAUGHIGN!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS THE END FOR OLD FOODSTAIN

4chan is dead →

cornerof5thandvermouth:

curiouslyhigh:

rincewitch:

poison-liker:

19thperson:

sanesaga:

superhighschoolleveldoujinauthor:

holy fuck hahahaha

sic semper tyrannis and thanks for all the fish or whatever meme is appropriate here

iiiiiiiiiiiiihihihihihihihiii

ironic that they get so mad about social justice then turn around and essentially cry about not having a Safe Space

rest in piss

tl;dr is moot put new mods in charge who won’t put up with dogshit sexist/racist/gross opinions and now /b/ is crying because apparently it’s more important to make sexist remarks than to be decent human beings

praise be unto satan

typette:

captainhanni:

i love planet earth and the fact that is an actual real creature

roflmao the commentary by the marine biologists watching

THEY’RE BASICALLY US AREN’T THEY

lydiduh:

But why is Danny Elfman doing the music for 50 Shades of Grey?!

"He’s going to touch me… there!”

[Wacky haunted circus music surges in intensity]

SHOP THE LOOK: Luci - The Wicked and the Divine

aroguemonster:

Specifically her courtroom look:image

Jacket: H&M Single Breasted Blazer - $49.95image

Tuxedo Shirt: Dobel - Laydown Collar, Plain Front Tuxedo Shirt - $24.95

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PANTS: Calvin Klein - Body Skinny White Cotton Stretch Suit Pants - $34.99

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SHOES: Bella-Vita Wow in White - $89.95 (if you find something similar for less, lemme know!)

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Find yourself a short flat gold chain and some small gold stud earrings to accessorize, and give yourself the smokiest of smoky eyes to go with a nude lip, and you are ready to set the world on fire!

earhats:

>the looking glass so shiny and new

>how quickly the glamour fades

laura is SO FUCKED

what’s going to happen in wicdiv 5????????

nagisakaworu:

"what’s your favorite game?"

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