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Another gripe I have is celebrity endorsements. These people are worth millions, yet companies pay them millions to promote their products. First, do companies think that people are so stupid, naive and so easily persuaded to buy their products just because a movie star or musician advertises it? Evidently, yes!

If you have a good product and is well presented to the public, why not use just a regular actor or actress to promote your product. They can use the money much more than some celeb who's net worth is in the millions and often have side gigs. You could save millions on your advertising budgets if you just hired aspiring actors and actresses. Hundreds of companies do it and their advertising is just as effective.

Stop building the gulf between rich and poor even more than it is now. I find it offensive and I personally do not purchase a product based on a celebrity telling me how great it is.

Together, these celebrities have a total of 10.191 billion dollars. They are all multi million heirs. Only poor Tonya Harding and Katie Sower between them may have $500,000 net worth.

This is obscene! All these people is to provide entertainment. They contribute nothing else to society.

Here are some examples:

Celebrity Net Worth Product(s)
Oprah Winfrey $3.5B Weight Watchers and O So Good
Ellen Degeneres $490M Spectrum Mobile
Terry Bradshaw $25M Safe Step Walk in Tub
George Clooney $500M Nespresso coffee maker
Samuel L Jackson $250M Capitol One
Johnny Depp $200M Sauvage cologne from Dior
Kevin Hart $200M Chase bank card
Anthony Anderson $35M T-Mobile
Dennis Quaid $30M einsurance
William Shatner $100M SoClean
Martin Sheen $60M Singlecare
Barbara Corcoran $80M Paycom
George Wendt $45M Dominoe Pizza
Big Freedia $4M Facebook kazoo group
Sylvester Stallone $400M Facebook group
Scott Brothers (Drew and Jonathan) $200M ADT, Dish
Dak Prescott $2M Campbells' Chunky Soup, Sleep Number Bed
Rob Lowe $60M Atkins
Mikaela Shiffrin $3M Land Rover
Phil Mickelson $400M Embrel drug
Annie Potts $8M Intuit Quick Books
Saquon Barkley $26M Campbells' Chunky Soup
Jayson Tatum $5M Rakuten
David Spade $60M Dish
Kristen Bell $20M Enterprise car rental, Lazy Boy
Jennifer Aniston $300M Aveeno
Mike Ditka $30M Medicare Helpline
Joe Namath $18M Medicare Coverage Helpline
Jesse Palmer $8M Rooms to Go furniture stores
Steve Harvey $200M AT&T wireless with Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
Neal Patrick Harris $40M Old Navy
Anderson.Paak $4M Modelo beer
Cardi B $24M Pepsi
Taylor Swift $360M Capital One
Jennifer Garner $80M Capital One, Nutrogena
Judy Greer $5M Hilton Garden Inn
Cyndi Lauper $30M prescription drug Cosentyx
Jo Koy $1.5M Sam Adams beer
Frank Thomas $60M Nugenix
Cris Berman $20M Car Shield
Megan Rapinoe $3M Smirnoff Seltzer
Doug Flutie $12M Nugenix
Andy Van Slyke $? Nugenix
JJ Watt $10M Subway
Martin Scorsese $100M Coca Cola Energy drink
Bryan Cranston $40M Mountan Dew Zero
Jonah Hill $50M Coca Cola Energy drink
James Corden $12M Keurig coffee maker
John Cena $60M Michelob Ultra, Experian
Martha Stewart $300M Tostitos dips and chips
Snoop Dog $150M Tostitos dips and chips, General insurance, Burger King
Jimmy Fallon $60M Michelob Ultra
Candace Cameron Bure $14M Life Lock
Mary Lou Retton $8 Amberen
Angie Harmon $30M Life Lock
John Walsh $25 Great Call
Bob Arnot $? Salonpas
Drew Pinkskey $20M Theraworx Relief
Travis Stork $12M Qnol Tumeric and COQ10
Tonya Harding $100T Direct Auto
Johnny Manziel $2.5M Direct Auto
Fat Joe $5M Direct Auto
Kym Douglas $5M SeroVital
Maria Osmond $12M Weight Watchers
Katie Sower $200,000 to $300,000 Microsoft Surface
Lady Ga Ga $320M iPhone 11
Kelly Clarkson $45M Wayfair
Pitbull $90M Boost mobile
Jeff Goldblum $40M Apartments.com
Mathew McConaughey $95M Lincoln, Wild Turkey
Adam Levine $120M a cologne
John Legend $45M Nissan
Chrissy Tiegen $25M Nissan
Anna Kendrick $14M Lays potato chips, Hilton hotels
Jillian Michaels $14M Soda Stream
Steph Curry $130M Rakuten
Tony Romo $70M Corona Extra beer
Jimmy Smith $1M Corona Extra beer
Lebron James $480M Calm meditation and sleep app
Alex Rodriquez $350M Planter peanuts
Aaron Rodgers $120M State Farm insurance
Patrick Mahones %10M State Farm insurance
Peyton Manning $200M Nationwide insurance
Brad Paisley $95M Nationwide insurance
Rodney Peete $5.5M Lipozene
Holly Robinso Peete $5M Lipozene
Carli LLoyd $2M Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
Dewayne Wade $170M Gatoraid
Dennis Haysbert $14M Allstate insurance
Kevin Harvick $70M Mobil 1
Clint Bower $40M Mobil 1
Dana Loesch $2M Super Beets
Tina Fey $65M All State insurance
Pat Boone $30M Safe Step Walk in Tub
The Mother of all celebrity promoters
Shaquille O'Neal $400M Ring door alarms, General insurance, Gold Bond, Icy Hot, Epson tank printer, Papa Johns

Streaming TV Services

I am a sports nut. Baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer every game. It is a good way to waste 2-3 hours of TV viewing. You also see some amazing plays. They all provide great entertainment as opposed to shows like Ancient Aliens, Curse of Oak Island, Naked and Afraid and all the other so called reality TV show that are really scripted junk.

I am a transplanted Northerner now a resident of Florida. I live in west central part of the state, only 30 miles from the Gulf. So my teams are all centered around Tampa – The Rays, Buccaneers, Lightning, and the Rowdies USL Championship soccer team, and since I am not far from Gainesville, the Florida Gators. Since there are no basketball teams in this geographic area, I follow the Orlando Magic.

In order to watch all these teams' games, I need a streaming service. There is no cable service in my area, so you have to either have a satellite service or stream. Since I have internet service with Viasat, I stream. And to get all these games, there is only one way to get them, Fox Sports Sun or Florida. So I needed to find a TV streaming service that offered these channels.

First, I tried Hulu. It was great. I was paying $45 a month for the live TV package that also included the Fox sports channels, along with FS1, FS2, NBCSN, and all the college games. Then I got an email stating that December 8th they were going to increase the cost by $10. Not happy but OK if that is what it would take to get the channels that I wanted and needed. But something happened. They dropped Fox Sports Sun and Fox Sports Florida. No more Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, Orlando Magic. I canceled my subscription and went looking for an alternative.

I found FuboTV. They offered a trial period. Great! All is back to normal. But I did a little more research and also found that Youtube TV also offered the Fox sports channels. They too offered a trial period. I found both services to be very good. No buffering, not unlike Hulu at times. But the determing factor comes down to price. After the trial period, FuboTV is $55 a month. Youtube TV is $50 a month. $5 isn't that big a deal but there is unlimited DVR too.

So for now, until a price increase or they drop the channels that I need and want, I am going with Youtube TV.

Anthony Hopkins on Why He Avoids Talking About Politics: ‘Actors Are Pretty Stupid’

How do shows such as Ellen and Oprah afford to give away such expensive gifts to an entire audience?

Let's get real here! These Tv hosts, celebs do not give away anything out of their own pockets on TV shows.

The hosts don’t pay for the items personally; most of the time items are donated by sponsors of the show in exchange for the exposure their products will get from being featured on the show. The theory is that by featuring the product on the talk show it will increase sales from viewers who watch the show and see the product.

Sponsors love viewers. Viewers love Ellen and Oprah. The sponsors will cheerfully cough up whatever the stars say they want, because the bigger the deal that gets made about it, the more viewers they’ll get. (Viewers + popular host = viewers who buy the sponsors’ products.) Oprah and Ellen look like heroes, and it doesn’t cost either of them anything. And it makes look like heroes!

Also, their studio audiences are not all that big. Watch when the camera pans out for audience reactions - it’s not even the size of a large movie theater.

Commercials That Bug Me! Have you noticed the number of car commercials that have the woman driving and the man as the passenger? What are they trying to tell us?

Have you seen the commercial for Miracle Ear hearing aid? They say it is almost invisible but the device is black. Would it be more invisible if it were tan or beige in color?

The TV ad for the drug chantix has an animated turkey on top of a sky scraper sightseeing but there are no safety railings around the top of the building. Duh! (I think they changed it and added glass panels now)

Direct Auto insurance is using Johnny Manziel, Tonya Harding and Fat Joe as spokespersons. These people are basically losers so I figure the company is also.

The following paragraphs were taken from news sites on August 7th and 8th. The point I am making over them is this, if it is permissiable for Castro and Tlaib to support what Castro did, then let them both reveal their own donor lists. Bet they won't. And another thing, Castro is chairing the presidential campaign of his twin brother Julian. How can he effectively represent the people of the 20th district of Texas and still do his sworn oath to his constitutents?

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), the identical twin brother of presidential hopeful Julian Castro, tweeted out the names and employers of dozens of Trump donors from his own congressional district.

“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump," Castro tweeted on Monday evening, before naming three of these donors. "Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as 'invaders.'"

After Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro tweeted the names and employers of donors to President Donald Trump and decried them for "fueling a campaign of hate," Castro got support for his controversial actions from fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

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