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  1. One other thing this tells you, and I’ve been saying it for a while, is that the NFL is afraid of just how racists their fans are, and rather than stand up and do the right thing, they placate said racist fans. These men made it clear in the leaked meeting with the players that they stand for nothing other than money. The public is likely incapable of seeing it in the moment, but history will not be kind to this era of the NFL.
  2. Well it’s official. They also gave Kaepernick’s legal team leverage, considering it was a unanimous vote: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23582533/nfl-owners-approve-new-national-anthem-policy
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    How do you balance that with people who get lucky and guess correctly? I would think the numbers on a multiple choice poll would be a lot higher simply because there’s a 25% they’d get the question right even if they had no idea what the correct answer was. I think it would be better to ask open ended questions, accept answers that are close enough, but not spot on, and then in the final report lay out how many specifically said the Executive Branch vs. the president, Legislative Branch vs. Congress/Senate and Judicial Branch vs. the Supreme Court. That way you could figure out how many Americas specifically know the branches versus those who know the gist of it.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    I looked at the methodology, and the questions are open ended. There were two interesting takeaways though. First, the number of people who could name all three branches dropped by 12% between 2011 and 2017 (from 38% to 26%), and second, Americans consistently over report how much they think they know, which isn’t really surprising.
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    NBA playoffs 2018: Will the Celtics be Raptored?

    I feel like the Warriors in general have been taking bad shots more often since Durant joined the team. They don’t move the ball like they used to, it’s just that they’re so overwhelming that you don’t notice it that much.
  6. Honestly this just goes to show how the NFL is run by bumbling morons. People like to cite VEEP when talking about our politics, but really it’s the people who run the NFL. Domonique Foxworth, a former player and president of the NFLPA, regularly talks about how at first he was nervous to sit down with the owners only to realize they weren’t particularly bright. This situation is easy to solve. Tell the players that kneeling is banned, President Trump has co-opted the message and nothing positive is coming from it anymore, and in exchange agree that each team will spend $5m a year and the league will spend $25m a year on issues the players care about. I mean, hell, only a few guys are still doing it anyways. Thought Police always win in the end in a society devoid of freedom and liberty.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    Idk, I just Googled several different generic phrases and the only thing that came up were polls about Americans. Then I searched by specific countries and just got articles about how their respective governments work, not how much the citizens knew. So I really can’t say. As far as the strictness of application goes, you’re the teacher here, so what would you do? Looking at your examples, and assuming each was worth one point on a test, maybe I’d give the response 1 ½ points……if I was throwing a pity party.
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    NBA playoffs 2018: Will the Celtics be Raptored?

    It’s why the old heads thought this team couldn’t win in the postseason. And it’s why they went and got Durant, which is confusing considering he didn’t take a single shot in the final 3 minutes and 40 seconds, and he passed up a good look on the final play.
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    The Answer is (allegedly) Sex Robots

    Uh, that’s basically what I said. I need to correspond with Smheart Jace, not Stanky Jace!
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    Just Like His Hands - More Small Things To Talk About

    I feel like this deserves it's own thread, but I'll start it here: https://www.newsdeeply.com/oceans/articles/2018/04/23/the-man-swimming-across-the-pacific-ocean-for-science
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    The Answer is (allegedly) Sex Robots

    It seems like it goes a step further than that. The dynamics of power and control are also at play. They don't just want to be with these women, they want to dominate them.
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    Exercise and Fitness: Keep On Keepin' On

    Congrats man. I've almost at my ideal weight, which is a bit lighter than I was when I played football (so in the 160-170 range). However, I keep getting set back by trying to mix some muscle imbalance. Getting old sucks!
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Good, Bad and Ugly

    Because Xfinity wasn't working again, I had to turn to Netflix, and was delighted to see they added Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee. It's a documentary about the title character, who created a lot of the anti-virus technology we use today. My three main takeaways are (i) he's absolutely insane, (ii) he probably killed a guy, or at least had his death ordered, and (iii) he gets off from eating poop. You did not misread that last bit.
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    NBA playoffs 2018: Will the Celtics be Raptored?

    I agree that the Warriors will win a tight one, but I don't see it playing out like that. I think Houston is going to have a monster 1st quarter and hold a 10-15 point lead going into half time. The Warriors will make up a lot of ground in the 3rd quarter and then we get an all out duel in 4th with Durant's greatness ultimately being too much for the Rockets. Either way, please can we get one good game!?! We mock because we care.
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    U.S. Politics; Who Watches the Watchers?

    I actually don’t think it’s that surprising. We know that Trump traffics in bigotry, can’t admit a mistake and surrounds himself with sycophants. I’m sure, if this was not ordered by the top, that some young and astute staffer did this to curry some favor with the President. Precisely. I don’t think it’s the end all be all to call MS-13 animals, but if you listen closely he almost always starts by talking about migrants/immigrants from South of the border as a preface before he goes on a rant about the gang. He’s priming his audience to automatically associate the two.