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  1. At least temporarily. RSL is still only two points behind the seventh place (and last playoff spot) Caps with a game in hand. If the Caps beat Minnesota on Wednesday they'll vault into sixth place over the Loons and Minnesota will be on the hot seat looking at RSL. The Caps pretty much have to win their last three games to be assured of a playoff spot. Anything short of that and they'll have to depend on other teams losing. Had they really been playing at home for the whole season they would be in a safe playoff spot already. Had they had Ryan Gauld all season they would be in a safe playoff spot already. But it is what it is and this should be pretty entertaining to watch.
  2. A win would have been great but a draw on the road gives the Caps what might be a very valuable point after all is said and done. Major, major game coming up on Wednesday against Minnesota.
  3. I had the same problem. But here's the story from Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/us/art-institute-of-chicago-fires-docents-diversity
  4. I agree about the hypocrisy and self-interest of other teams. But I wonder if this identification of Newcastle with the Saudis, who are in the world's spotlight, might result in some sort of political protests at Newcastle games if Saudi Arabia again does something.....untoward.
  5. Do they, though? Based on this article, maybe they don't: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/07/sports/soccer/newcastle-saudi-premier-league.html A group led by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign investment fund completed its purchase of the Premier League soccer team Newcastle United on Thursday, moving swiftly to overcome objections to its yearslong pursuit of a place as an owner in one of the world’s most prominent sporting competitions. The sale instantly transformed Newcastle, an underachieving club whose home in the north of England is far from the power centers of European soccer, into theoretically one of the richest teams in the world, backed by the wealth of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, a vehicle that controls assets worth $500 billion.
  6. https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/british-columbia-woman-rocked-awake-by-meteorite-chunk-crashing-into-bedroom B.C. woman rocked awake by meteorite chunk crashing into bedroom Ruth Hamilton had been asleep for hours in her Golden, B.C., home when she awoke to the sound of her dog barking, giving her a moment's notice before a rock from outer space hurtled into her bedroom. "The next thing was just a huge explosion and debris all over my face," Hamilton recalled in an interview Tuesday. "I jumped out of bed and turned on the lights. I didn't know what else to do, so I called 911," she said. "Talking to the operator, she was asking me all kinds of questions, and at that point, I rolled back one of the two pillows I'd been sleeping on and in between them was the meteorite." A charcoal-grey chunk of rock roughly the size of a melon had plummeted from space, tearing through Hamilton's roof before coming to rest on her floral pillowcase, inches from where her head had been moments earlier. "I was shaking like a leaf," said Hamilton. "You're sound asleep, safe, you think, in your bed, and you can get taken out by a meteorite, apparently."
  7. Not sure where to post this but "60 Minutes" had an interesting segment on 'Deep Fakes' yesterday. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/deepfake-artificial-intelligence-60-minutes-2021-10-10/ "You may never have heard the term "synthetic media"— more commonly known as "deepfakes"— but our military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies certainly have. They are hyper-realistic video and audio recordings that use artificial intelligence and "deep" learning to create "fake" content or "deepfakes." The U.S. government has grown increasingly concerned about their potential to be used to spread disinformation and commit crimes. That's because the creators of deepfakes have the power to make people say or do anything, at least on our screens. Most Americans have no idea how far the technology has come in just the last four years or the danger, disruption and opportunities that come with it."
  8. William Shatner interviewed an astronomer who's involved with the SETI project on his latest show on RT: Something I didn't know - SETI doesn't get government financing. It depends on private donations. https://www.seti.org/
  9. Fair enough. So where is the one photo showing LBJ laughing as he's being sworn in?
  10. Fair points. But I wonder if the team waved a hefty enough contract under their noses whether top flight players might be willing to overlook the lack of European competition and the size of the city?
  11. You and others may have noticed, like I have, that there is limited discussion about the Men's National Team and other soccer topics here at CDC. If you don't already know about it, I came across this site a while ago that does have a robust discussion about the MNT: https://www.canadiansoccernews.com/forums/forum/13-mens-national-teams/ It's the Canadian Soccer News site and it has a discussion format very similar to CDC but focuses on soccer topics.
  12. I don't know about Davies. But Haaland and Mbappe? Why not? They've got the money for it and it'd certainly be a way of making a big splash.
  13. Being a casual EPL fan, I didn't know much about Newcastle's situation or even who Mike Ashley was. Then I read this article in today's NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/08/sports/soccer/newcastle-saudi-arabia-premier-league.html It points out the duress Newcastle fans have been under. But it also raises eithical questions about the fact the new owner is Saudi Arabia. I'm not sure what to make of it - other than that politics and money seem to permeate everything nowadays.
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