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Day 101: I wish I had $725 billion!

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Money is everything. Yes, it is a strong statement and sadly it is true. When the bigwigs open up their wallets, they play the power game and even the dice plays in their favor. We see that with the Nat Geo- Fox deal. Fox is a sly animal. I never liked them. The media group is very much so. Now, even though the Nat Geo channel has had over 2 decades (or a couple of years less) of partnership with 21st century Fox for distribution, it is sad to see how that sly fox company (Rupert Murdoch) now owns a big chunk of Nat Geo.

Nat Geo magazine began with an intention to support science and research. It was established with a non-profit ideology (Nat Geo Society) and it has consistently funded scientists to conduct research. It has been one such group which has embraced technology for the best and used it to provide deeper insights and research. Now, with Murdoch's 73% stake, this makes me wonder about the state of this 'liberal' magazine (organization). Even though, the organization denies Murdoch's influence on the editorial and the content, I'm sure the magazine will slowly be under the 'claws' of this conservative group. Science grants and funding probably might again take a turn in how, 'who', or what is funded. Even though the CEO of Nat Geo insists that Murdoch won't get involved with the magazine or its contents it still doesn't make sense to me as to why else would a person like Murdoch invest in something like Nat Geo (the philosophies that he doesn't believe).

I wish I had the money (yeah, $725 billion!!!) to save Nat Geo society from the clutches of a 21st century fox ! Let's hope the magazine continues to run on the 'left' side and hope that little yellow window remains the 'true' window to the world and not be muddled by the hands of a peeping fox. 
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