Friday, December 9, 2016

The Tattler Has Apparently Attracted A Significant New Readership In Russia

Mod: Much to the chagrin of some folks who used to enjoy The Tattler (but don't anymore), our reader traffic numbers have increased markedly over the last two weeks or so. I will admit that things had hit the skids for a little bit there. And yes, there are a couple of individuals who actually monitor the traffic on this blog because they hope to prove that my inability to suck up to that barking half-mad lunatic Donald Trump like they have has somehow caused a mass desertion of readers here. Like who gives a hoot, right?  It's not like I sell advertising, or have media ratings quotas.

However, much of this burgeoning new readership is apparently not from the United States. According to the statistics that I get to see in the internal workings of this blog, and which I am sharing with you today, a big chunk of The Tattler's readership is now from Russia. Check out the screenshot of last week's numbers I have posted above. This is really quite a surprising development. One that has now nearly doubled the size of our audience.

What is the reason for this? I think it could have something to do with Russia's fascination with Donald Trump. Many in Russia believe that they are responsible for his becoming president. And having bamboozled the American people into electing (sort of - link) a candidate who seems determined to work against the interests of those who voted for him, and to the detriment of their old nemesis the United States, these Russian folks are tickled pink about it. So off they've gone to websites such as this one looking for American coverage of their new hero, the Comb Over Caligula.

The Tattler does hate to disappoint. Here is a story that I found interesting, and hope they will, too.

Donald Trump Will Produce Upcoming ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ (The Huffington Post link): President-elect Donald Trump is staying on as an executive producer of NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice” despite his impending responsibilities as leader of the free world, according to reports Thursday in The New York Times and Variety.

The popular program, which propelled the businessman to national prominence and paved the way for his eventual presidential win, is set to begin airing again in January with its new host, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The show went off the air during Trump’s presidential bid.

MGM, which produces the show for NBC, confirmed to Variety that Trump will still be one of the program’s executive producers, and that MGM, not NBC, will pay the president-elect’s fees. (MGM did not return a request for comment from The Huffington Post.)

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed the news, noting that the president-elect has a “big stake” in the program, which has licensed several international editions. 

Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with Mark Burnett. Additional details regarding his business interests will be shared December 15th,” Hicks said in a statement. 

Trump’s role is rife with potential entanglements. While his paycheck will come from MGM, the program airs on NBC, a major broadcast network with an influential news division (which employs reporters Trump has personally attacked). It’s also the same network that airs “Saturday Night Live,” a show Trump has criticized on numerous occasions for its unflattering depiction of him. And NBC is owned by Comcast, a corporation that was recently slapped with a hefty fine by the Federal Communications Commission ― an entity that will soon be under Trump’s control. 

Why shouldn't the leader of the free world also be the producer of a reality TV show, one starring another overblown gasbag noted for groping women, Arnold Schwarzenegger? After all, we are living in the "post-reality era," so it all fits. I guess.

Here's another one for my Russki pals.

Did You Notice Anything Weird About Donald Trump's Time Cover? (Esquire link): I stopped caring about Time's Person of the Year about a decade ago when the Time's Person of the Year was me. Since then, the infamous title has been given to Vladimir Putin, "The Protester," and Mark Zuckerberg—plus some less controversial choices, such as last year's pick, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and 2012 honoree Barack Obama.

These people, along with the title, annually grace the cover of Time's illustrious print magazine. This year, noted conspiracy theorist and hair-haver (and, sure, President-elect) Donald Trump was named Time Person of the Year. But there seems to be something strange going on.

Take a look at the cover of the magazine.

Do you see that?

Yes! Horns! They gave him horns! The "M" in Time it looks like horns of the bad kind, and people on Twitter are thrilled about it:


Well, there you go. Horns with a bit of a comb over failure to boot. What a "Time" to be alive in the US of A.

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75 comments:

  1. Definition of "give the horns."
    http://onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-definition-of/give-the-horns

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    1. Interesting definition,but not used in English.It is used in many lauguages to mean infidelity not English,although used by many Spanishing speaking Americans.

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    2. Obviously you have never been to Brooklyn or the Jersey shore.

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    3. Brooklyn and Jersey are heavily Latino now. It used to be used there by the sons on Italian immigrants in the early 1900's also

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    4. Sure. Whatever you say. So you know, Brooklyn has actually gentrified and is one of the hottest real estate markets in the US. But don't let the facts get in the way.

      The last battle for Brooklyn, America's most unaffordable place to buy a home
      https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/oct/03/last-battle-brooklyn-new-york-americas-most-unaffordable-place-buy-home

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    5. Brooklyn is 19% Hispanic. Not that 'heavy'. What are you so paranoid about?

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    6. You assume there is something wrong with being Latino? On a census form ,or any form that asks ethnicity Latinos are white. What does gentrification and home buying have to do with slang? As of July 2015 17.6% of Americans are Latino or Hispanic And may use the term "dar los cuernos" implying infidelity. In English no I'm sorry just a fact.

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  2. Brilliantly done.
    And deserved.

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  3. Maybe Donald should dye his skull orange, too.

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  4. Who has more guns than America? Who has more retired military that know how to use those guns? BUT, remember war is fought from the air and from afar. American's freedom and safety has never been in more jeopardy than now.

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    1. Either you're and idiot or you're hoping we are. The only freedoms we are in danger of losing today and tomorrow are those denied us by extremists that control congress. The military has nothing to do with it.

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    2. Except all of the Generals Trump has put in his cabinet.

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    3. I agree- too many generals in one cabinet will likely lead again to America doing something stupid. Stuff those old fogeys back in the closet

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  5. and for that we will blow the horn in town at 1700 yet again this afternoon.. wait, why do we blow it again?

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    1. In a nationwide survey Sierra Madre was just ranked in the top ten useless-horn-blowing communities

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    2. As a tribute to George Maurer.

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    3. George also advocated that all TV's in Sierra Madre be fitted with rabbit ear antennas...like it twas in the good old days

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    4. George is an Anarcho-Absurdist.

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    5. What you don't understand about the usefulness of the emergency horn (local SOS warnings when cell towers crash from over use, etc.) would make a new world.

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    6. I understand. While all the world is crashing down around us there will be a very loud horn blaring in the background.

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  6. The Russians are big on cheating.

    Russian state doped more than 1,000 athletes and corrupted London 2012
    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/09/more-than-1000-russian-athletes-benefitted-from-state-sponsored-doping

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  7. Back in the day, I believe the horn was used to call volunteers to come fight a fire. That horn sure is loud. Sometimes us Arcadians (city void of any nostalgia but lots of big homes, residents who stay indoors and burglaries) come to your fine city to hear it blast. Does it sound on the weekend?

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    1. It's tested every Friday at 5 PM only due to a lunatic fringe that it annoys.

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    2. Another reason to avoid downtown Sierra Madre.

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    3. come on it's funny to see unsuspecting visitors startle and spill their coffee

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    4. It used to go off every day at noon and signal fires so the volunteers could respond. It was in code that would tell the location. We had a card that we could check to figure out where the fire was according to the blasts. The congregational church would blast their organ every day at five PM. Very annoying until a kid got in there and played his songs without permission!

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    5. Whatever happened to that video of the little kid falling over when the horn went off?

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  8. Simple things attract simple minds. The Times Magazine, has been on the same path as so many White House Journalists. Out of touch with the rest of the nation.

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    1. Trump's 2.6 million popular vote defeat gives the lie to that nonsense. Plus Time is probably trying to appeal to people who actually know how to read.

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    2. We're not going to have a scopes trial do-over are we?

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    3. Anything is possible these days. There are some evangelists pushing the argument that the dinosaurs died out because of homosexuality. Putin kills journalists that have offended him. I suspect there are some in the incoming administration that believe that's a good idea.

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    4. 6:56 - Yes, we do need to pay attention to the more serious issues facing America. Like the unfair portrayal of president-elect Trump on Saturday Night Live. Something so bad that Mr. Trump himself has had to tweet about it, and more than once.

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    5. Unfair? Stop you're whining! Your almost as bad as trump himself.

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  9. I may not agree or like what you say but I know where you are coming from. I will always check in on the Tattler to get the latest up to date.

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  10. Obama orders full review of Russian hacking during the 2016 election
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-hacking-election-20161209-story.html

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  11. Mod- the reason you have such a heavy Russian page-view count is because the one trump supporter on here with the atrocious grammar who posts ten times a day (then Teresa's their postings) is clearly not an SGV native. Already a known Putin apologist they are like a hired hack/spy too.

    What else explains it?

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    1. Maybe somebody put the horns on him.

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  12. Careful. Putin's team of Computer Hacker's are following your every move, if you log onto this site.

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    1. It's a Google-based site. Hard to hack.

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  13. I love that Fire Horn. It should be sounded every day at noon, and to warn the public of the emergencies. Miss hearing the Church Organ and Bells. Always knew when it was 5pm !

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    1. But it doesn't warn anybody of anything. If an emergency truly happens word will spread east enough either by mass media or in the rare chance that's all inacessible, then by word of mouth. A blowing horn doesn't do anything except annoy people or scare them. If there was a real urgency to it the highways will all be jammed and you're stuck in kersting court anyway. Horn is obsolete

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  14. John it's amazing that most of my posts get deleted, here's a good post for your readers,,,. 1) Obama signs Presidential clemency to let 1050+/- prisoners out of jail (how much money does Obama get paid or bribed for each prisioner released?) 2) Obama signed 350+/- executive orders to enforce his wishes with out having the House or Senate's approval. I believe there is something wrong with this picture and further believe the Clintons will also have their day of rechensatation. You might want to Read the Art of the Deal, Trump tells you that the Clintons are wonderful people, but I don't think he really believes that.. do you?

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    1. Probably depends on what they were in jail for. Was it low level stuff like marijuana possession, or are they full on axe murderers? Details, man. That is where the real world lives.

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    2. Your idiocy might be why your posts don't go through. The republican controlled Congress is so useless it won't even consider the presidents Supreme Court nomination which has been submitted for months now. So his fufulling his presidential oath by executing his duties and protecting the constitution from domestic enemies.

      Your idiotic assertion that obama is taking bribes to let convicts out of jail is so worthless it doesn't mention discussion. But even a joke

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    3. 10:43 - If you're going to make silly nonsense up, at least make it believable. This stuff you posted here this morning is beyond ridiculous.

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  15. Yeah, low level. Now that the early release folks received all that job training and counseling. Statically speaking, they will find their way back into society and resume a new outlook on their life.
    Well; hopefully the the individuals with a supportive family will.

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  16. The Tattler appears to retain 3 to 4 regular bloggers, now the Russians may add contributions, who knew?

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    1. Yeah, just those 3 or 4 people. That's why The Tattler has lasted for eight, going on nine years.
      Thanks, John. We're grateful to you.

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  17. Keep the Fire Horn.
    How often do you talk to your neighbors and how informed are they?
    The orginal warning and communications system is unique to this town relying on Volunteers.
    Oh that's right. Few Volunteers these days because everyone's life is so much more involved and hectic.

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    1. That's why it will prove useless- because it's unique. We need a better system if one is even needed at all. I know all my neighbors. Maybe get out of your house more?

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    2. I'm not real keen on a insurance salesman playing fireman is who I want responding to a fire at my home - be nice if we had a real fire department instead of a good ole boys club

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    3. I grew up in a town with a volunteer fire department made up of insurance salesmen, dentists, school teachers and clerks. They did a great job.

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    4. Me too Sierra Madre!

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  18. President Trump is on his thank- you tour. I'm still smiling. Thank you.

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    1. You're easily impressed.

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    2. You are velcome, comrade.

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  19. Dow nearing 20,000. Finished record breaking week since Trumps winning the election.

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    1. Sure. Trumpy is going to cut all of their taxes and add a few trillion more to the national debt. Plus pull all of those protections put into place after the Bush Recession. What's not to like? Wall Street owns him.

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    2. Cute but naive perspective on economic growth. The real truth is the stock market is up over 120% during Obama's tenure, including the second longest sustain bull market in history.

      That's the real deal. Meanwhile trump still can't find the billion dollars he lost..

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  20. Hey, If the First Lady can do push-ups on Ellen and do Karaoke in a cab that circles the White House, I suppose the President can do the Apprentice. Remember one past President played the horn on some talk show. The office of the President sure ain't what it used to be, ain't what it used to be, many long years ago.

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    1. Donald Trump is going to be our next First Lady?

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    2. No stupid. Haven't you accepted the fact that he will be our next President or are you one of those still needing counseling because you candidate LOST the election as set out in our Constitution? Don't give me the popular vote rhetoric. Popular vote is not what is in The United States Constitution.

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    3. Trump's inability to win the popular vote means millions of Americans will never see him as being a legitimate president. Pitch all the kook fits you want, but as a believer in democracy I will never see that toad as my president.

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    4. Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-orders-review-of-russian-hacking-during-presidential-campaign/2016/12/09/31d6b300-be2a-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html

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  21. Time Magazine is doing so well; negoations being held today for the sale.

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    1. At least there is a buyer. Can't say the same for Trump's Atlantic City and other casinos.

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  22. The Village of Sierra Madre and all of it's population are unique.

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  23. Foes of Russia Say Child Pornography Is Planted to Ruin Them
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/world/europe/vladimir-putin-russia-fake-news-hacking-cybersecurity.html

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  24. Trump is going to have one of his fits because the Time mag photo shows the scalp peeking through the thin combover.
    WooHoo!!

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    1. That spot is kinda shiney.

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  25. Maybe God hath not forsaken us sounds like Giuliani is out as S.O.S.......

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    1. He's just as corrupt as his old buddy and Bush appointee Bernie Kerrick - another swampy exploiter of 9/11

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    2. Giuliani is a fruitcake.

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