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  1. To many on the pro Palestenian side, the US is not so much a restrainer as an enabler. Israel can rely on US weapons tech and aid, as well as a permanent security council vote, and thus far the only price is a bit of diplomatic tut-tuting.
  2. Are there no shorter operas available? If I we run with IHT's baseball analogy, you can invite a date to a baseball game even if it isn't their thing, but choosing a doubleheader seem inconsiderate.
  3. Wemby is paid basically half as much as Brunson and is like 50/50 to win MVP in the next three years, so I think the best contract in the NBA is out of reach. But Brunson is playing very well, I didn't expect him to improve so much form his time in Dallas.
  4. Speaking generally, I feel like a lot of this issue comes down to power imbalances. Young men are usually bigger and stronger than young women, and this means that if a situation comes to violence, a woman is likely to be hurt or killed. Women know this, and quite understandably seek to avoid that situation, which can often lead to sexual assault occurring via perceived rather than explicit threats. Usually these crimes happen in private settings, with little/no evidence beyond individual testimony. In addition, women know that we have a patriarchal society where a "boys will be boys" attitude is often used to excuse a great many unacceptable behaviors. This all combines to create a society where sexual assault is sadly very common and very rarely punished. Most people are disgusted and outraged about the prevalence of sexual assault and rape, and one solution is to have a default assumption of trusting the victims of assault. In most cases, this is absolutely the right approach, and can help protect victims and discourage future assault cases. However, it is an imperfect solution, and there are cases where false accusations are made and innocent people have their lives/careers ruined with very little ability to defend themselves. Which circles back to the issue of power imbalances. If we create a society where men can say "look what she was wearing!" as a defense for sexual assault, then we should expect sexual violence to be very common. Some men will exploit this huge power imbalance knowing there will almost assuredly be no consequences. However, if we create a society where we genuinely trust the person reporting sexual assault with minimal/no evidence*, then that would represent a power imbalance as well. Some women would certainly exploit that knowing there will almost assuredly be no consequences. I understand I have not made any useful recommendations on how to solve this problem. I think the best that we can do is adopt a "trust, but verify" attitude when cases of sexual assault and rape are reported. But basically no matter what, the criminal justice system is going to make some horrible errors and some people's lives will be ruined, because that's what the criminal justice system does. * I do not think this has actually occurred anywhere, ever.
  5. The refs were on the second leg of a road back-to-back and their load management program said they could only officiate 5 minutes without injury risk.
  6. We were initially planning on skipping this one, because I thought the locations near us would be clouded over. Around friday I was checking the forecasts and it looked like there was a decent chance it would be sunny in Ohio, which is only ~5 hours away with normal traffic. Our kids are 1 and 7, but we decided it would be worth it to take the chance and make the trip. I was able to find a decent 2 star hotel that was expensive, but not ridiculously so, and we left Sunday morning. With the kids you can't just go straight through, we have to take 2 hour breaks to get them out of the car and move around, which means any hope of making good time is basically impossible. I am so glad we made the trip. The weather was excellent, the eclipse was everything I had hoped and more. It is just a stunning sight to see, eerie and beautiful. Everyone loved it, including our 7 year old. The trip went smoothly, traffic wasn't as bad as I'd feared.
  7. That sounds more like a movie than a real war. A speaker big enough that it could be heard from the ground would need to be pretty big and have a significant power source, which adds a lot of weight. And for what? The cool story? Not many people would even hear it; if you're under drone attack people have a tendency to go inside ASAP. Unless it's possible those are decoy drones and the speakers just make it easier to find them? But AA defenses don't key on sound, so again, what is the point?
  8. If they wanted to actually move America more towards bipartisanship, then they ought to do it by fighting in the primaries of both parties, rather than fielding 3rd party candidates with no chance of winning. If they supported people like Hogan in Maryland, Collins in Maine, Dolan in Ohio, and Tester in Montana, that would help make bipartisan deals in the Senate a bit more possible. You could do ever better in lower profile races in the house, to help fund more mainstream candidates against the edges of both parties. I'm not saying that would be a particularly exciting or impactful effort (those "mainstream" candidates are typically well funded anyway), but it would probably show some results and successes would at least be possible. Instead, they're trying to win the hardest race in the country first, without even a ghost of a chance of actually succeeding.
  9. Yes, in terms of "new homework" No Way Home is probably the worst MCU movie. They have references to 6 other movies that previously weren't relevant to anything. And yet, No Way Home was the most successful superhero movie since they killed Thanos. I personally had never seen Venom or AS2 or Far From Home, but I had seen previews so I could follow the plot and who Jamie Foxx was just fine. I'm sure I missed things, but whatever. People like having ties to other things, even if they miss some of them. Unless it is just such a tangled mess that the movie doesn't make any sense, then those sorts of ties are basically always a good thing.
  10. This is sort of true, but there were some bad MCU movies in the glory days of the MCU (2012-2019). Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, and Thor 2 come to mind. They all made money, and in the case of Iron Man 3, made a TON of money. If you want to argue the overall quality for Marvel movies has gone down, yeah, I'd agree, but I don't think it's that dramatic. It's just after the first Avengers there was a ton of excitement and good will towards the MCU, and that was enough momentum to carry even bad movies to profitability. That momentum no longer exists, and thus bad movies crash and burn.
  11. Perun did a video about a potential Venezuela-Guyana conflict, and the takeaway was that Venezuela would have a great deal of difficulty invading via the land border, even if it is totally unopposed militarily. If Guyana were to get even modest foreign assistance, Venezuela's position would quickly become hopeless because of how bad the supply situation would be. The US, China and Brazil have all made meaningful investments in Guyana and its oil fields in the past few years. If Venezuela were to invade, the only scenario where they succeed is if no one does anything, and just lets them take over (and in the process steal billions in investments made by US/Chinese/Brazilian companies). Venezuela knows that is not a good bet to make.
  12. It is an interesting choice between Daniels and Maye at #2. Daniels is an incredible runner and a fantastic passer out of a clean pocket. His numbers on deep balls with a clean pocket are just ridiculous (IIRC something like 87% completion rate). LSU has good receivers, but still, that is ridiculous. However, his passing stats get a lot worse when he's under pressure, and that isn't usually a good sign for qb prospects. He is fairly slight by NFL standards, akin to RG3 or Teddy Bridgewater. And he has so much confidence in his legs that he can be very quick to resort to running, and which exposes him to a lot of hits. From everything I've seen, the RG3 parallels are pretty ridiculous. Both might go #2 overall to Washington, and both had a ridiculous WR in college that might be covering up a lot of mistakes (remember Josh Gordon?) Maye is something of a safer pick, in that he has prototypical size, a great arm, and good athleticism. Some people have compared him to a slightly less ridiculous Josh Allen. But with that comparison comes red flags, because Josh Allen was an extremely questionable prospect coming out of college, and took two years to completely reinvent his mechanics to be a good NFL passer. Maye was much better as a junior (with some NFL talent around him) than his senior year on a UNC squad that was terrible. He has footwork problems that some scouts say are minor and others say will require a complete rework. And he also struggles somewhat with handling pressure. The good news is that I'm still not really a Washington fan, so it won't bother me nearly as much when whichever one they pick gets ruined.
  13. It is pretty funny that Reddit went recently went public and, in spite of $800 million in revenue last year, was valued similarly with Trump Media. Really drives home how incredibly out of whack the Trump Media valuation really is. The company would still be a small fish in this marketplace even if it grew by 10X, and it is showing no signs of any such trend.
  14. All four of the women's elite eight were 1v3 seeds. That's weird. We'll get at least one more with NCstate vs SC, and we could have the streak go all the way to the National Championship for 7 straight 1v3s.
  15. I have watched very little of the tournament thus far, but that does seem pretty likely. On paper it would be a good game...
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