This Professor Was Just Doing His Job On Live TV But The Kids Had Other Plans

If you’re a parent and you work from home, you know how hard it can be to get the job done with little ones running around.

Fortunately for you, however, you probably don’t have to deal with any of the fallout on live television. That wasn’t the case for this guy who’s probably too embarrassed to go outside at this point. It all started during a live interview with the BBC as Professor Robert Kelly was outlining the intricacies of South Korea’s current presidential problem. You know, easy stuff.

But these kids? They didn’t give a damn about his nonsense. If he got to be on TV, why shouldn’t they? Wanting to get that promo, an older kiddo sashayed right into the frame and because Murphy’s Law is a thing, a baby quickly followed suit. Watching it all unfold is top-notch comic relief now that it feels like the world is falling apart and whatever.

Prof: “I just want to live my life and do my job.” Kids: “OH HELL NAW.”

Read More: 18 Kids That Prove It’s Dangerous Business Raising Tiny Humans

Be sure to share this with the parents in your life to let them know that the next time their kid embarrasses them at soccer practice, they’ve still got nothing on this. And to Professor Kelly, I’m so sorry the internet exists.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/funny-bbc-mixup/


America rejoices as Twinkies head back to store shelves

http://twitter.com/#!/ibeasmart1/status/311594963379040256

If all goes well, Twinkies and Ho-Hos will return to store shelves by summer, as private equity firm Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. submitted a $410 million bid to buy the bankrupt Hostess Brands. The news might disappoint Michael Bloomberg, Michelle Obama and anyone who had stashed boxes of Twinkies in the freezer as an investment, but for the most part, Americans are thrilled that Twinkie-pocalypse wasn’t necessarily the end.

Just heard a rumor floating around #SXSW that Twinkies are going to be back by summer!!!

— SiteGoals Web Design (@SiteGoals) March 12, 2013

Hopefully they aren’t playing with my emotions….but the twinkies are making a comeback?!!!? #Yes!!

— Rachel McKoy (@MzMcKoy) March 12, 2013

Twinkies are returning.All is well in the world.

— Alan (@cuppingmaster) March 12, 2013

First, the soda ban was overturned. Now, Twinkies are returning.

— EMP_Waldangerous (@waldangerous) March 12, 2013

HALLELUJAH! I may get to finish the Twinkie stash in my office. cnnmon.ie/Y7SEKo

— Jigbie Aguirre (@CMPLICATD) March 12, 2013

Twinkies are coming back this summer!!! I repeat, TWINKIES ARE COMIN BACK!!! Lol

— Mr. 100 Bottles (@boobiegotti2) March 12, 2013

So I can start eating my stash? RT @kfyi Twinkies may be back on store shelves by this summer. That’s the word from the new owner of Hostess

— Kristen Jarnagin (@krisjar) March 12, 2013

Twinkies are coming back!!! Thank the good Lord above! :)

— Erik Lyons (@3ML21) March 12, 2013

@moviepastor We serve a great and powerful God…Twinkies are coming back!!!!

— Chris Elrod (@ChrisElrod) March 12, 2013

Hah told my mom twinkies are coming back she felt pretty dumb for freezing 40+ twinkies in our freezer

— Sam Moreno (@Sam_iAM12) March 12, 2013

The news isn’t good for unions either. The New York Post reports that Apollo will outsource production to existing bakeries and distribution to third-party drivers rather than reopen shuttered Hostess plants.

Twinkies are back! The market got rid of one set of entrepreneurs and replaced them with no government bailout! news.yahoo.com/owners-hope-tw…

— Mark Thornton (@DrMarkThornton) March 12, 2013

Billionaire buys Twinkies; will restart production. Won’t rehire union workers who drove company out of business. bit.ly/15KMUbL

— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) March 12, 2013

Twinkies are back, dude.But the unions lost big. Apollo will use third-party groups to bake and distributenypost.com/p/news/busines…

— Dustin Tate (@dustintate) March 12, 2013

Will Twinkies taste better when they are NOT made by union thugs with pensions that outlast the product? nyp.st/10AAWhX via @nypost

— Georgette Orwell (@Orwell_2012) March 12, 2013

Hostess gets $410M for Twinkies brand and union thugs get pink slips. I love America #p2 #tcotmy.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/ar…

— Nathan Hale (@NathanHale1775) March 12, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/12/america-rejoices-as-twinkies-head-back-to-store-shelves/


Someone Said Twitter’s CEO Is Going To Lose His Job, And The Stock Is Soaring

The rumor mill that Dick Costolo’s time is running out continues to churn.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo with Cameron Diaz Stephen Lam / Reuters

Another week, another rumor that Dick Costolo is losing his job.

This time, the mention comes from Robert Peck, an analyst at SunTrust who said, “There’s a good chance he’s not there in a year.” Peck made the call on CNBC earlier today.

Indeed, the whispers that Costolo’s time is running out have been getting louder. Twitter has gone through three heads of product in a year, not to mention the ouster of COO Ali Rowghani. In recent weeks, the rumor mill turned to Costolo, suggesting he may be the next one to be shown the door. Shortly after Peck made the call on CNBC, Twitter’s shares rose by around 3%.

While Twitter’s business continues to churn along — monetizing the service has never been Twitter’s big problem — the company hasn’t yet found a way to reignite user growth. Earlier, BuzzFeed News reported that after Rowghani’s ouster, Twitter’s growth team was reorganized into a central unit. Meanwhile, Daniel Graf — a Google alumni — was given the job as head of product. He promptly lost his job, with Kevin Weil, a longtime Twitter employee, getting the role.

Many observers and people close to the company attribute the shortfall to Costolo, who is seen largely as an operational CEO and not a product visionary — hence the revolving door at the product role. Costolo, however, is savvy and thus far has been able to navigate turmoil at the company. Still, investor patience is waning: Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal wrote a scathing story that demonstrated some of the community’s frustration with Costolo, which sources close to the company described as “spot on.”

Costolo is beloved by a segment of employees at the company, and it’s possible that his upper-management changes have bought him enough time to see the company through the Super Bowl — an event where Twitter will no doubt see a frenzy of activity.

Still, as is often the case in technology, rumors have some element of truth behind them, and the truth seems clear to both observers and investors: Costolo is running out of time.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattlynley/someone-said-twitters-ceo-is-going-to-lose-his-job-and-the-s


A Rare Look Inside The Sausage Factory Of Media Consolidation

Modern media is dominated by a handful of giants, each with Byzantine internal structures. Here’s why.

Ursula Coyote / AMC

The media industry has been in a state of never-ending consolidation for decades, with conglomerates being swallowed by conglomerates, and others being chopped up and resold in a vast game of corporate Lego. As a result, the giants that now dominate the business are often incredibly complex: Take a look at the corporate maneuverings of John Malone’s Liberty Media empire, or the leviathan that is Comcast.

In late October, bankers at UBS tried to throw a couple more ingredients into the sausage grinder. In a pitch to film and TV giant Sony Entertainment, they proposed taking over AMC Networks, the owner of cable channels including AMC, Sundance, and IFC.

But this is media, so the deal couldn’t be that simple. Sony shouldn’t outright buy AMC, the bankers said in a presentation leaked alongside millions of others in a hacking attack late last year. Instead, the bankers said, Sony Pictures should be spun off from its Japanese parent company, into a new company, which would then be merged with AMC. Existing Sony shareholders would own 80% of the new business, and AMC would own 20%.

The convoluted exercise — never followed up on by Sony — is an example of how the complicated and sometimes baffling structure of the media industry leads to deals that are designed to satisfy needs beyond simple economic rationalism.

It’s also an example of the media consolidation arms race currently under way, as huge players look to get even bigger to remain in a similar weight class as Comcast, which is already the country’s largest cable company, and has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable, just a few years after swallowing up NBC/Universal. Telecom giant AT&T, has agreed to buy DirectTV, one of the nation’s biggest pay TV operators.

“Scale [is] becoming increasingly critical with recent wave of cable consolidation (Comcast / TWC / Charter, AT&T / DTV) and large scale content M&A expected to shortly follow,” the presentation says.

A Sony spokesperson declined to comment; AMC and UBS did not respond to requests for comment.

The presentation, which was included in a trove of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton’s emails leaked by hackers last year, was prepared by UBS investment bankers. The rationale for the complex deal was Sony Pictures was “missing valuable U.S. cable network portfolio” that would turn Sony into a “leading television business with content production and distribution across all platforms and geographies.”

The proposal envisioned Sony purchasing AMC at a 30% premium to its then-price of $58.44 (the stock is now at $63), a $8.48 billion deal including AMC’s $2.8 billion in debt. A person close to Sony said that the presentation wasn’t solicited by Sony executives and wasn’t considered by Lynton, although such proposals are often prepared by investment bankers and presented to companies they have relationships with.

AMC Networks, which broadcasted the Sony-produced Breaking Bad on its flagship channel, has a “proven original programming model, secure distribution, valuable brand for advertisers and strong international channels,” the pitch said, and would, importantly, provide “significant cash flow generation for Sony.”

Many analysts consider companies with a library of high-quality original serialized content ready for broadcast — like Time Warner’s HBO and AMC Networks’ AMC — as increasingly valuable thanks to the ability to distribute shows like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones more widely to devoted fans throughout the world.

Richard Greenfield, an analyst at BTIG, said he didn’t think AMC was a good buy, and wouldn’t be purchased by anyone in 2015 because two of its three must-watch shows, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, have ended or will end. On top of that, TV advertising is still under pressure, the cable TV “bundle” is being gradually picked apart, with only truly must-see “appointment” TV holding up pay TV’s expensive pricing. And if cable bundles shrink in size — like Dish Network’s new streaming Sling TV service — AMC could be left on the outside (it’s not included on Sling TV).

But with a cable network, Sony would also have a natural destination for the shows it produces, international distribution through Chellomedia, the overseas cable business AMC acquired from Liberty Media in 2013, and would get access to steady revenue from AMC’s payments from cable providers.

AMC has long been rumored to be an acquisition target, and its recent success with Don Draper and Walter White added to the sheen. Investors and analysts have also long pushed some kind of reorganization of Sony and making its entertainment and movie assets somewhat independent from the company.

Activist investor Dan Loeb advocated for listing a 20% stake of Sony’s entertainment business so that it could get its own stand-alone from investors. Sony executives have long said they don’t have any interest in splitting up the company. Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai told Variety last year, “I’m not entertaining even the notion of selling our entertainment assets.”

Like many deals dreamed up by finance types, the numbers behind the proposed tie-up are more complicated than just adding up all the cash the businesses generate on their own. UBS projected that the deal would generate $3 billion in value from the combined companies, just by taking a piece out of Sony — the assumption being that investors would pay more for a pure-play entertainment company than they would for one locked up inside a sprawling consumer electronics business. The bankers also projected some $100 million in “synergies” — essentially, money saved by getting rid of work that is duplicated — between the two.

UBS estimated Sony’s television and movie business had revenues of $8.4 billion, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization of $752 million, and a multiple — meaning the ratio between a company’s per share earnings and its overall value and a measure of investor’s estimate of growth of future revenues — of 8X. The new company with AMC would have revenues of $10.7 billion, EBITDA of $1.47 billion and a new multiple of 10.5X.

Sony Pictures, the bankers estimate, is worth $10 billion, and the two companies together would have an enterprise value of $18.5 billion. The value of AMC’s stock when the presentation was given, however, was $5.6 billion. AMC today has a market capitalization of $4.45 billion.

An additional complication in the proposed deal was how to treat the Dolan family, which controls two-thirds of the shareholder votes at AMC through their ownership of the company’s class-B shares, which carry extra voting power.

An all-cash acquisition of AMC, the bankers said, would mean a hefty tax bill for the Dolans. If, however, Sony Pictures and AMC were combined into a new company, the Dolans would own 3.4% of its stock and pay less in taxes than if they received cash or Sony stock.

Odd structures to reduce taxes are common in this kind of dealmaking. In March, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway announced a deal to exchange 1.6 million shares of Graham Holdings for cash, Berkshire shares, and a TV station. The deal structure helped the companies avoid nearly all taxes.

And the diverse holdings of media tycoon John Malone, the Michael Jordan of media dealmaking, contain many complex corporate structures that have helped avoid hundreds of millions in taxes.

The leaked emails show that Sony executives, including Lynton and Sony Television chief Steve Mosko, have relationships with AMC CEO Josh Sapan and have discussed deals with the companies in the past. In June, Mosko emailed Sapan to inquire about a deal to acquire some Chellomedia assets, “Are you considering spinning off pieces of chello? If so …we may be interested,” Mosko wrote. Sapan responded, “We’re currently holding on to all of it” but added “If you ever identify opportunities for us to pursue together that are new, we would like to examine.”

The emails also indicate that UBS banker Sam Powers, who is the co-head of the bank’s technology, media, and telecommunications practice, met with Lynton in the middle of October. The presentation came back to Lynton on Oct. 30.

On the night of the Emmys, Lynton emailed Sapan congratulating him on the network’s wins, including Breaking Bad‘s five trophies, and asked if he could get a copy of Boyhood, the Richard Linklater film produced by AMC-owned IFC.

“If we could get a copy I would, for just a day, be a star around my house,” Lynton wrote. “See you soon I hope.”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewzeitlin/a-rare-look-inside-the-sausage-factory-of-media-consolidatio


Twitter has fun creating socialist band names

http://twitter.com/#!/ChrisBarnhart/status/192769502302318592

We know that Twitter should only be for serious business and all… but we can’t resist highlighting the best #ReplaceBandNameWithSocialist tweets.

https://twitter.com/#!/adamsbaldwin/status/192767755257253888

#ReplaceBandNameWithSocialist Lenin Skynyrd

— Holly Jaunese (@hjaunese) April 19, 2012

#ReplaceBandNameWithSocialist Guns 'n' Rosenbergs

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) April 19, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/amish1979/status/192770624714833920

Alan Grayson's Project #ReplaceBandNameWithSocialist

— RJC National (@RJCHQ) April 19, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/MotherBreitbart/status/192771060733722626

Rage against the 1 percent #ReplaceBandNameWithSocialist

— Ragin' Cajun (@PolitiCajun) April 19, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/bryansiegfried/status/192771298596884482

Chris Brownshirts #ReplaceBandNameWithSocialist

— Kevin (@kevswords) April 19, 2012

Barackman Turner Overdrive #ReplaceBandNameWithSocialist

— Eric White (@EricTheWhite) April 18, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/AndrewJKiss1/status/192770095578234880

Huey Long and the News. #ReplaceBandNameWithSocialist

— ن Miké Ramoné ن (@ThePantau) April 19, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/echo4H/status/192765011549110273

https://twitter.com/#!/FirstTeamTommy/status/192768782014496768

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/04/18/the-best-of-replacebandnamewithsocialist/


L&T bags orders worth Rs 1,458 crore

Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has said that its construction arm has bagged orders worth Rs 1,458 crore across business verticals. “The construction arm of L&T has won orde

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/business/lt-bags-orders-worth-rs-1458-crore/article9065019.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication


Empowerment? Cosmo editor: Self-defense for women is ‘icky’

http://twitter.com/#!/elisabenson/status/475851310567526402

Hey “crazies,” don’t you dare hold Cosmopolitan social media editor Elisa Benson responsible for her own words! What did she say? Well, as Twitchy reported, the winner of the Miss USA pageant was asked a question about sexual assault on college campuses. She suggested women learn how to defend themselves. The horror! Cue feminist freak-out, natch.

Cosmo’s Ms. Benson enlightened everyone with her thoughts about Miss Nevada’s answer: Oh so “icky.”

http://twitter.com/#!/elisabenson/status/475829677148631040

Icky old guns and stuff. That’s for boys, huh Ms. Benson? Wow, you’ve come a long way baby.

http://twitter.com/#!/JohnEkdahl/status/475853127837822976

And their forgetfulness:

http://twitter.com/#!/GPollowitz/status/475846205164257280

Oops.

Twitter users rightly gave Ms. Benson the business.

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/475855679673356288
http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/475856378876411904
http://twitter.com/#!/BiasedGirl/status/475853343685091328
http://twitter.com/#!/chelseagrunwald/status/475850542900445184

Bingo. Empowerment? Not so much.

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/475863003871838208

Yep. Once again, it is feminists and the Left who have a war on women. Defend yourselves? Heaven forfend. Just let them pat you on the head while you scurry to make them some sammiches.

And an exit question for Cosmopolitan:

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/475847935100338176

Related:

‘Rape culture wins’: Feminist freakout after Miss Nevada dares suggest self defense training for women

Fight like girls: Conservative women explain how gun ban zealots wage real war on women

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/09/empowerment-cosmo-editor-self-defense-for-women-is-icky/


Sick death-wish Dem triples down on the depraved; He’s a martyr, you guys

http://twitter.com/#!/allanbrauer/status/381846847309885440

He wasn’t forced to resign because he is depraved and unhinged. No, no! Totally his choice and he did it because he’s such a caring giver. All about the party, baby! He’s like a martyr and stuff.

As Twitchy reported, Allan Brauer, the foul former communications chair for the Sacramento Dems, wished death on the children of Amanda Carpenter, Ted Cruz’s speech writer. Twitchy then exposed his history of revolting hate and misogynist attacks. Brauer was then forced to resign. But, did he learn any lessons? Is he even the slightest bit remorseful?

Evidently not, as his Twitter feed proved on Sunday. Take a gander:

http://twitter.com/#!/allanbrauer/status/381819068652593152

Wow. Just when you thought he couldn’t get any more shameless or shameful.

http://twitter.com/#!/DocNelson_68W/status/381819506512785408

Ding, ding, ding!

http://twitter.com/#!/allanbrauer/status/381823542611832832

Look at him, look at HIM!

http://twitter.com/#!/allanbrauer/status/381831228623568896
http://twitter.com/#!/allanbrauer/status/381846410028539904
http://twitter.com/#!/allanbrauer/status/381847341218557953

Didn’t you hear him, guys? Move on. It was just mean words or something.

http://twitter.com/#!/robtr2/status/381959562263162880

Just “mean words!”

Those with a moral compass continued to rightly give the cretinous Brauer the business.

http://twitter.com/#!/mplatt00/status/381905958420508672
http://twitter.com/#!/HG_Pennypacker/status/381950562230480898
http://twitter.com/#!/chrismcm66/status/381861171025817600
http://twitter.com/#!/jenniferglynn/status/381840081960460288
http://twitter.com/#!/MichelleInCAL/status/381932511690887168

Bingo.

And some exit words of wisdom:

http://twitter.com/#!/BellJV/status/381899335795228673

Yes. Please do.

By the way, Brauer also retweeted this post, which knocks Amanda Carpenter.

http://twitter.com/#!/allanbrauer/status/381843522699018240

But, you know, he’s totally altruistic and stuff. Sorry? HA!

Once a hate-filled misogynist, always a hate-filled misogynist.

Related:

Death-wish Dem Allan Brauer forced to resign

Ace demolishes Allan ‘Death Wish’ Brauer, communications director extraordinaire

Exposed: Death-wish Democrat official Allan Brauer’s long history of online hate, misogyny & GOP kid-bashing

#AllanBrauerProWritingTips: Inside the mind of ‘gibbering homicidal’ Dem official

Calif. Dem spox: Comms. chair’s death wish was wrong, but Ted Cruz is the real problem!

Comms. Chair of Sacramento Dems apologizes to Amanda Carpenter for ‘may all your children die’ tweet

‘May your children all die’: Comms. Chair of Sacramento Dems attacks Amanda Carpenter

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/09/23/sick-death-wish-dem-allan-brauer-triples-down-on-the-depraved-hes-a-martyr-you-guys/


But Thats None Of My Business

But Thats None Of My Business

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Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky explains why conservative women are so dumb

http://twitter.com/#!/hboulware/status/453915496396488705

That’s the least he could do.

Yesterday, Kirsten Kukowski, an RNC press secretary, appeared on MSNBC to discuss the so-called gender wage gap. The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky got a big kick out of it, because conservative woman:

http://twitter.com/#!/kakukowski/status/453909933810270208

According to Tomasky, conservative women are better off being seen and not heard:

http://twitter.com/#!/mtomasky/status/453863661233135617

Here are some highlights:

OK, on reflection, I do feel a little sorry for her. That she had only gibberish to spout in response to that question isn’t really her fault. It’s the fault of her party, all those men in her party, all those Southern men and their Southern beliefs and ways. One is tempted to believe that Republicans vote against things like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act because of the demands of their corporate contributors, and that’s undoubtedly true, to some extent. But it isn’t corporate benefactors who make Todd Akin and some of these other men say the batshit crazy things about women they say. That’s culture.

Kukowski had nothing to say because George W. Bush sat in the White House for eight years, six of them with a compliant Republican Congress, and never passed or that I can recall even introduced or even talked about one bill aimed at workplace gender fairness. She had nothing to say because since Barack Obama became president, the Republicans have voted no no no on any measure of this sort. Four Senate Republicans did vote aye on Lilly Ledbetter back in 2009. Yep, you guessed it: the “girls”—Collins, Hutchison, Murkowski, Snowe. Not a single man. In the House, Ledbetter got three.

It’s partly a corporate thing, a business thing. But mostly it’s cultural. Women just aren’t supposed to be that pushy. “All Republicans support equal pay for equal work,” claimed the first sentence of the memo Kukowski and two colleagues released Tuesday. Of course, they have to say that. But obviously, all Republicans do not, or they’d have done something, on their terms, during those six years Bush and Denny Hastert and Bill Frist were running things. Very few Republicans do. Especially the Southern ones, who by and large run the party, or at least provide its cultural ballast. It isn’t how they were raised, and it doesn’t feel right to them. They think the Paycheck Fairness Act has its origins in that night when a likkered-up Mickey Gilley slashed Johnny Paycheck’s tires.

Shorter Tomasky: Damn sexist southern Republicans … Also, can you believe conservative women are so stupid?

http://twitter.com/#!/hboulware/status/453915024948330496

Very impressive.

http://twitter.com/#!/whignewtons/status/453876103929921536
http://twitter.com/#!/seanspicer/status/453906953786626048
http://twitter.com/#!/whignewtons/status/453874420361482241
http://twitter.com/#!/KatiePavlich/status/453891304217665536
http://twitter.com/#!/KatiePavlich/status/453891606320803840
http://twitter.com/#!/hboulware/status/453916263186571264
http://twitter.com/#!/hboulware/status/453916976125992961
http://twitter.com/#!/hboulware/status/453917683025580032
http://twitter.com/#!/hboulware/status/453918390600482816
http://twitter.com/#!/hboulware/status/453919461838290944
http://twitter.com/#!/jones4440/status/453918521966096384
http://twitter.com/#!/EllieWallace/status/453914196900872192

Michael’s quite a catch.

http://twitter.com/#!/DLoesch/status/453918946136059904

Guess he got shot down one too many times. Color us surprised.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/04/09/abominable-doucherocket-daily-beasts-michael-tomasky-explains-why-conservative-women-are-so-dumb/