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Editor's Note: This post refers to the announcement in Europe that local video events may soon be over and replaced with satellite broadcasts.
|Wed, Nov 24, 1999 at 14:36:09 (EST)|
|Follow The Money|
With Maharaji, this is always what one must do. Obviously, there is more money to be gained, with fewer expenses, by satellite broadcasts than from videos, and since no one was showing up at video events anyway, and apparently not buying the videos (such that Visions recently had to hold a big video clearance sale to try to get rid of that garbage), this is a way to get a constant income stream now that the video income stream has dried up. At least for awhile, until premies get bored stiff of that too.
Isn't it interesting that you have to buy the access code from Visions? We are talking profit margin here, boys. And Visions entered into the deal with the satellite company. I am absolutely certain there is a kick-back for every satellite sold and every feed done, purusant to the 'exclusive' agreement between Visions and the satellite company. He must be getting desperate for money.
So, now the premies have to buy satellite equipment, over which all M has to do is show up once in a while and deliver some of his simplistic platitudes. Hell, he can just record a 'video' and slip it in the cassette player and go off and have sex with his mistress. What a deal. He doesn't even have to leave that theme park that is his house in Malibu anymore.
Now, in the rare cases that a premie even tells a non-premie that he or she is one, people can be dragged to 'satellite' events instead of 'video' events. My, this is truly an astounding change! I agree with JM. Maharaji is settling into a conservation mode. Just try to hold on to the old timers if you can and make as much money from them as you can. End of story. The cult isn't over, it has just slogged into a kind of weird, semi-religion.