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    God save us....

    I assume hes talking about Jussie Smollett. Chicago police saying he did not fake it, but Page 6 (reputable? I've no idea) saying that the men in custody are Nigerian actors with connection to his show. So if true, still potentially a hate crime, just sexuality-based and not race-based. But people are speculating this is a ruse to get the show not to write him out. It is a weird story, tho ...
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    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    Stay hard, Mars Opportunity rover ...
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    God save us....

    Paul Manafort’s day in court spells trouble for Trump Manafort finds himself in a much worse position than he was as a cooperating witness trying to whittle down his potential sentence for eight felony convictions handed down last year in Virginia. “Manafort is either the most self-destructive, irrational liar in history, or he is still protecting a secret so dark that exposing it would kill his chance for a pardon,” former Justice Department spokesman Matt Miller tells me. “Now that he’s facing a jail sentence that could stretch for the rest of his life, we’ll find out if his risky gamble will pay off.” This, in short, was collusion — Trump’s top campaign official giving material to a suspected agent of a hostile foreign government that the campaign had already been warned was attempting to interfere with our election. Whatever you call it — direct or indirect evidence — this now is one link proven in court between the campaign and the Russians. We know of others, of course, including the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 designed to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, Trump’s public call for Russia to go after Clinton’s emails, and more than 100 contacts between Russian figures and members of the Trump circle.
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    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    Stay hard, Daddy Warbucks ...
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    God save us....

    As inartfully as she may or may not have rolled it out, at least she's throwing ideas out there which is more than can be said of anybody on the right (and, frankly, from the center-left as well), most of whom are still denying that climate change is a human-caused problem. I suspect Ocasio-Cortez is smart enough to know that some of the GND is a politically impractical progressive pipe-dream. It is (or at least should be) intended as a negotiating stake in the ground. Personally, I'm for throwing a shittonne of federal money at technology development ... clean energy, carbon capture/sequestration, energy infrastructure, etc. I think tying this in with Medicare-for-All and increased labor collective bargaining is a fairly ridiculous bridge too far (and potentially counter-productive as the labor unions are going to be some of the most resistive to industry disruptive technology investment), but I think it is wise that the progressives are at least paying lip-service to the fact that all disruptive technologies result in economic losers whose plight shouldn't be ignored.
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    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    I can forgive 7-year-old you for your lack of a fully developed soul, but I cannot forgive your parents for enabling the poor choices of that soul ...
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    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    I was just looking through the #1s from the 90's, which IMO was a fantastic decade for (rock) music, and none of that stuff made it to #1. Not even Smells Like Teen Spirit. The highest it ever got was #6 behind "Black or White" by MJ, which wasn't a bad song, but it was followed up at #1 by "All for Love" by, I shit you not, Color Me Badd. I don't want to live in this world ...
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    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    I'm realizing now that this all should have been in the Music Thread, but oh well. So today's reviewed #1 was from September 11, 1971 and was Donny Osmond's "Go Away Little Girl" which kept the epic "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone" by Bill Withers out of the top spot. It's this sort of thing that makes me realize that American culture has been effed up for a long time. I can't imagine the soullessness of a human that would prefer to listen to the former over the latter. It makes me shiver a little ...
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    Sciency stuff

    More cool moon photography from the Chinese ... Breathtaking Photo Shows The Far Side of The Moon And Earth in a Single Shot
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    Sciency stuff

    I thought this was interesting. Apparently Frisky with her unnatural alternative hearing deprived lifestyle would be at no disadvantage judging a music contest ... http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21583974-top-musicians-are-judged-much-their-movements-their-melodies?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/pe/thesoundofsilence
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    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    Cheating a little only in so far as seeing what the Billboard #1s for 1981 were (otherwise I'd have no clue)... -What was the second video ever played on MTV? -What was the first video to be repeated? -Name one of the three songs which were played 5 times each in the first 24 hours. Jessie's Girl, Bette Davis Eyes, Rapture for any or all of the questions above ...
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    Sciency stuff

    Interesting counter-point to the pervasive notion that human population will continue to rise exponentially over the rest of the century ... The World Might Actually Run Out of People Lutz has this saying that the most important reproductive organ for human beings is your mind. That if you change how someone thinks about reproduction, you change everything. Based on his analysis, the single biggest effect on fertility is the education of women. The UN has a grim view of Africa. It doesn’t predict much change in terms of fertility over the first quarter of the century. But large parts of African are urbanizing at two times the rate of the global average. If you go to Kenya today, women have the same elementary education levels as men. As many girls as boys are sitting for graduation exams. So we’re not prepared to predict that Africa will stagnate in rural poverty for the rest of the century.
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    God save us....

    I have always found the SotU the most unwatchable of all political theater. Even when the person delivering it is a reasonable adult human.
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    FROGS in PRO FOOTBALL 2019

    Yeah the Rams definitely won the best uniform contest ....
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    FROGS in PRO FOOTBALL 2019

    I thought it was a master class in defensive football. I was entertained by the game.
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    Uniforms: 2019 Edition

    I really don't care all that much about the uniforms, but I want a fat frog on the helmet. That is the only relatively iconic thing we've got on the uniform. It's one of the few things a viewer who doesn't know us can see that distinguishes us from Northwestern ... And, that said, I'm not a huge fan of the chrome. I think it looks cheap. Give me scuffed up matte...
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    God save us....

    Some debate as to whether it is constitutional or not, but Warren is definitely further left of most of the others who have thrown their hat in the ring. She's definitely "solid left" rather than "left-of-center".
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    God save us....

    One man's "extreme" is another man's "left/right-of-center". It's the political corollary to Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity ... where you place someone else on the political spectrum depends on their position relative to you on the political spectrum ...
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    Hey, @NewbombTurk!

    Yeah, there are no excuses for broadcast blackouts from now on ...
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    Graduate Transfer QBs

    A good thing that Shawn Robinson has to sit out a year ... NCAA hits Missouri with one-year postseason ban, recruiting restrictions for academic violations
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    TGBDS: Epic Randomness

    I ran across this website where a guy is re-reviewing every Billboard Top 100 #1 since that chart started in 1959. It is a pretty fascinating trip down popular music history and written in an accessible (non-music critic style) way. It is interesting to see how sometimes terrible songs knock great songs out of the top spot and how quickly tastes changed, particularly in those first 10-12 years. He's only gotten to mid-1971 ... sorry @Boston Frog, but there is a noticeable fall-off in music quality as the 60's move into the early 70's. https://www.stereogum.com/category/franchises/the-number-ones/
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    Weather Thread

    It's not "historically" cold here like it is in Chicago and Minneapolis. It got down to -5 or so last night, which is damn cold, but a number we've probably reached every 3-4 years or so since I've been here. Supposed to be nearly 60 by Monday ...
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    God save us....

    Speaking of statements of faith ....
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    Too early to start a 2018-19 Basketball thread?

    KenPom still has us at 28th, Sagarin at 26th. Palm has us as a 9-seed, although it doesn't look like he's updated those numbers since the Tech game. Two weeks ago we blew out WVU by 30. Still undefeated at home since conference play started. We've won 3 of the last 5. We're in a tough damn league. We're going to lose some games. I admit the Fisher loss hurts, but what percentage of our games over the last two years has he played? Come on back into the building, people ... I'm not sure the ledge can support all the weight ....
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    God save us....

    The whole "states rights" excuse has been awfully effective over American history in legitimizing the disenfranchisement and discrimination of Americans ...
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