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  1. UnkNuk

    NFL thread

    He's got a team that's in first place in its division. What's the problem?
  2. UnkNuk

    NFL thread

    Yep - Dallas can lose tomorrow against Arizona, go 2-4, and still be alone in first place.
  3. Forbes estimates Biden's net worth at around $9 million dollars. https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelatindera/2019/08/28/joe-bidens-net-worth-how-the-2020-presidential-candidate-built-a-9-million-fortune/#416abb10104d Apparently, most of his wealth came after his stint as vice-president, from book deals and speaking engagements. An excerpt from the above article: ************************************************************************************************************************************************ Even so, the Biden’s personal finances were not in great shape. That same disclosure also listed liabilities worth at least $780,000. Since 1998, when Biden built his home in Wilmington, he has frequently refinanced the property over the years. Before Biden’s son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015, the vice president said he was worried his son would have to resign from his job as Delaware’s attorney general while he was sick, and he considered selling his Wilmington house to help out his son. President Barack Obama discouraged him from selling the place, stepping in to say he would personally lend him the money if he needed it. When Biden ended his term as vice president in January 2017, he filed another financial disclosure form, listing assets and liabilities worth somewhere between negative $897,000 and positive $489,000. But over the next 23 months, the Bidens earned more than $15 million, according to tax filings. Joe Biden got $1.8 million from book tour events and $2.4 million in speaking fees, according to his most recent financial disclosure. He also earned $775,000 from the University of Pennsylvania to lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement as the Benjamin Franklin presidential professor of practice. Jill added $700,000 in speaking fees. Those earnings allowed the couple to buy a 4,800-square-foot house by the water in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in 2017, and pay off at least one mortgage on their Wilmington house. They also contributed over $1 million to charities, including two controlled by their own family. They gave $150,000 to the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children and $100,000 to the Joseph Biden Foundation.
  4. I was going to lead off this excerpt from the CBC with some thoughtful remark but I'm not sure what I think about nuclear energy. Full article at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bains-small-modular-reactors-net-zero-1.5763762 ***************************************************************************************************************************************** The federal government says it's investing $20 million in the nuclear industry to help Canada meet its target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The investment in Oakville Ontario's Terrestrial Energy is meant to help the firm bring small modular nuclear reactors to market. "By helping to bring these small reactors to market, we are supporting significant environmental and economic benefits, including generating energy with reduced emissions, highly skilled job creation and Canadian intellectual property development," said Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains in a media statement. Small modular reactors — SMRs — are smaller than a conventional nuclear power plant and can be built in one location before being transported and assembled elsewhere. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited says it sees three major uses for SMRs in Canada: Helping utilities replace energy capacity lost to closures of coal fired power plants. Providing power and heat to off-grid industrial projects such as mines and oilsands developments. Replacing diesel fuel as a source of energy and heat in remote communities. The reactor that Terrestrial Energy hopes to have in production by the end of the decade is an Integral Molten Salt Reactor. The company says the reactor can provide additional utility power and power for industrial projects. The company says that the reactor can produce up to 195 megawatts — enough to power a city the size of Regina — likely making it too powerful for use in remote communities. Bains said nuclear energy is part of the energy mix Canada must have to reach its climate targets.
  5. Could you expand on this a bit? I thought the article outlined "what could have been" had an outsider president been elected who was willing to act in an independent manner.
  6. There was an interesting article in the NYT by Bret Stephens about what could have happened if Trump had really been a politically incorrect President: *********************************************************************************************************************************************************** Where would we be now if we had a truly politically incorrect president? Donald Trump is supposed to be politically incorrect, but, for the most part, he isn’t. He’s mainly just a jerk. Jerkishness is often mistaken for political incorrectness, in the way that blind luck is easily mistaken for great skill. They’re fundamentally different. Political incorrectness is an expression of intellectual independence. Jerkishness is a personality defect. The former requires a sense of inner rectitude. The latter reveals an absence of inner boundaries. Politically incorrect people are prepared to deviate from their own party, ideology or personal interest for the sake of a moral principle. Jerks are always in it for themselves alone. Andrei Sakharov and Liu Xiaobo were politically incorrect: honest men in dishonest systems. Trump is a dishonest man in a country with an increasingly tenuous grip on the concept of honesty itself. With this in mind, let’s imagine an alternative history for a (politically incorrect) Trump presidency. January 2017: Shortly after his inauguration as president, Trump fulfills a campaign promise by releasing his full tax returns. In a statement, the president says he’s releasing them for two reasons. “First of all, if our dishonest media ever gets a hold of them, and they will, they’ll lie about what’s in them! And second, they show just what’s wrong with our tax code. As a real estate developer, I make no apologies for taking advantage of every loophole. As president, I will close these crazy holes for the sake of the American people. #IAloneCanFixIt. #MAGA.” February 2017: Infuriating movement conservatives, Trump resubmits 64-year-old Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying he wants to uphold the principle — denied to his predecessor — that a president has the right to nominate a candidate to fill a vacant judgeship at any point in his administration. But he does so as part of a deal in which one of the court’s older conservative justices steps down from the bench in favor of Neil Gorsuch, 49. The subsequent retirement of Anthony Kennedy and the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean the court regains its conservative majority, with three younger justices, by the end of Trump’s first term. October 2017: Following the massacre of some 60 people (and the injury of more than 800) by a lone gunman in Las Vegas, Trump delivers a prime-time address on the subject of gun control. He observes that, at the time the Second Amendment was written, a skilled marksman could fire, at most, three or four rounds a minute. “The right to bear arms cannot become a license for American carnage,” he says, borrowing a line from his inaugural address. “We’re either going to get serious about regulating the ability of just about anyone to get access to high-powered, rapid-firing weapons, or we’re going to start requiring every gun owner to spend every other Sunday doing drills in their local ‘well-regulated militia’ — just like it says in the Constitution.” May 2018: In the face of a migration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump proposes a grand-immigration bargain with congressional Democrats: full funding for a border wall, in exchange for a path to citizenship for Dreamers. Later, he expands the proposal to a $2 trillion infrastructure bill with “Buy American” provisions, in exchange for expedited environmental reviews for federal projects and a repeal of the Jim Crow-era Davis-Bacon Act, which has long inflated the labor costs of public works. June 2018: Invoking Gerald Ford’s congressional testimony regarding his presidential pardon of Richard Nixon, Trump agrees to sit before the House Intelligence Committee on the subject of his campaign’s links to Russia. He expresses regret for hiring Paul Manafort as campaign chairman and for his praise for WikiLeaks, which he concedes interfered in the 2016 election. But he challenges the factual basis of the Steele dossier and the legal basis for the F.B.I.’s investigation of his campaign. July 2019: In a telephone call with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump makes no mention of the Biden family. February 2020: Warning Americans that the novel coronavirus risks becoming the greatest global health emergency of the century, Trump tells Americans that we can beat this, and keep the economy strong, by adopting common-sense social-distancing measures: avoiding crowded public transportation, sports arenas, concerts and bars. Going further than even his own health experts recommended, he talks up his well-known germophobia and insists that everyone in the White House wear a face mask. But he also warns state governors that attempts to lock down entire communities in an effort to contain the spread is a futile cure that will impose ruinous economic costs. June 2020: After the killing of George Floyd, Trump convenes a conference of law enforcement officials and others to develop a set of national police standards. He asks the Democratic Representative Val Demings of Florida to lead the conference. For many conservatives (including me), some of these proposals would have been hard to accept. Liberals would have their own objections to some of this ideological jujitsu. Then again, what an interesting and fruitful administration it might have been. America still awaits a politically incorrect president — while it waits out the jerk. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/12/opinion/trump-2020.html?campaign_id=39&emc=edit_ty_20201013&instance_id=23086&nl=opinion-today&regi_id=56405277&segment_id=40798&te=1&user_id=dc88543b79693b0f05322365a827e237
  7. Speaking of reversed situations and taking the high road, one thing that bothers me is: suppose the situation had been reversed back in the Spring of 2016 - there was a Republican President and a Democrat majority in the Senate. And a vacancy in the Supreme Court occurred. Would the Democrats have taken the high road and allowed the President to appoint a judge of his choice or would they have behaved just like the Republicans? I'm not sure.
  8. War of the Worlds. On CBC. Watched the first episode of this eight part mini-series based on the HG Wells novel a few days ago. I really enjoyed it. It's a European production and has a 'serious' tone to it that I like. If the rest of the series is like the first episode, this could be a treat.
  9. It seems a near certainty that Barrett will be confirmed so this is political theatre. That being said, I've watched a couple of hours of it and I found it quite interesting. The kind of thing I wished I had more time to watch.
  10. UnkNuk

    NFL thread

    Well, let's see: the Cowboys have a poor defense, a decimated offensive line, and now they've lost their starting quarterback for who knows how long. All in all, I'd say they have a good chance of winning the NFC East.
  11. Jesse Ventura interviewed documentary film maker Jeremy Corbell on his show on RT America: And then Tucker Carlson had a bit on the documentary "The Phenomenon" on his show on Fox: https://streamable.com/0yjm7j
  12. UnkNuk

    NFL thread

    Surprisingly low scoring first half in the Pats/Chiefs game. My over-48.5 bet is looking a bit iffy.
  13. UnkNuk

    NFL thread

    From an article at the NFL website: "The Dallas defense under [defensive coach Mike] Nolan has been a mess. Sunday's 307 rush yards allowed to the Browns was the most in a single game in Cowboys history. The 126 points allowed over the past three games is the most in any three-game span in team history. And the 38-plus points allowed in three consecutive games is the first time a Cowboys club did so since 1960, the first year of the franchise's existence. We've been looking at a historically bad Cowboys defense. Defenses around the NFL have been mostly bad to start the 2020 season, but Dallas takes the cake." https://www.nfl.com/news/stephen-jones-cowboys-have-no-plans-of-making-drastic-coaching-changes-after-1-3
  14. UnkNuk

    NFL thread

    NFC East: Let's improve to 3-11.
  15. I haven't followed wrestling in years but I came across this clip from 22 years ago that is good: