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  1. The irony of you calling her a racist and a black pig in the same sentence is astounding
  2. Well that's what will almost certainly happen, this is just pretend, more or less
  3. Maybe New Mexico State Police should go to Santa Fe and start looting and burning buildings. I will never understand what the fuck is wrong with people
  4. Sorry, Bowdumb is on my ignore list but my guess is he probably cited some far right wing source like Rasmussen or Fox News or newsmax or some bullshit like that
  5. A majority of Americans want to end lifetime appointments for U.S. Supreme Court justices, according to an Ipsos poll for Reuters, though less than half are in favor of other efforts to reform the judiciary. The national opinion poll, conducted on Thursday and Friday, found that 63% of adults supported term or age limits for Supreme Court justices. Another 22% said they opposed any limits and the rest did not express an opinion. The poll also found that only 38% would support expanding the size of the court by adding four more justices. Another 42% said they would oppose doing so and the rest were unsure. Liberal activists and some legal scholars have been pushing for judicial reforms as Republican leaders in Congress built a 6-to-3 conservative Supreme Court majority over the past several years, in part by blocking a Democratic nominee and allowing Republican former President Donald Trump to install three picks during his single term. Some Democratic lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation to expand the Supreme Court to 13 justices, a move that they believe would restore public confidence in the judicial branch. But the party's leadership appeared cool to the idea of pursuing that course. President Joe Biden has formed a bi-partisan committee to look at the merits of adding justices as well as other potential reforms to the court. While Congress has the power to change the number of justices who sit on the court, legal scholars believe it would likely require a constitutional amendment to end their lifetime appointments. The poll found that only 49% of Americans have a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of confidence in decisions made by Supreme Court justices. In comparison, 43% of respondents expressed a similar amount of trust in decisions made by the White House and 32% said the same of decisions made by Congress. The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. The survey gathered responses from 1,003 adults. The results have a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 4 percentage points.
  6. National Guard activated to Philadelphia as city prepares for aftermath of Chauvin verdict. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that he has activated Pennsylvania National Guard members to support local officials in Philadelphia, as the city prepares for any potential unrest that might occur following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Tom Wolfaid he signed a proclamation of disaster emergency that activates more than 1,000 guard members. The action was taken at the request of the city of Philadelphia, he said. "This declaration allows the commonwealth to take preemptive steps to ensure the safety of our fellow Pennsylvanians. The activation of the National Guard supports the current efforts in Philadelphia to protect our beloved neighbors and city," Wolf said in a news release. The duties of the guard members may include area security, security at critical infrastructure sites and manning traffic control points. Closing arguments in the Chauvin trial are set to begin Monday morning, after which the jury will get the case. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last year.
  7. You're such a fucking idiot. Republicans are Lily white, innocent is the driven snow, right? Go fuck your own face
  8. I'm tired of the smug, conservative, lying, corrupt TV fucks....
  9. You mean like every time they say something like that, that already gets all over social media?
  10. Jack Eichel is on the trade block, what's your offer?? Thanks to @daryls61 for the idea
  11. Debunked https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/apr/16/diamond-and-silk/medical-hypotheses-journal-article-lacks-evidence-/
  12. Why doesn't Silicon Valley or academia? The government wants to know if these unidentified objects pose a military threat. But they also represent an opportunity to advance science and technology. In our era of life-changing innovation, there are major breakthroughs that could well come from the serious study of a phenomenon we too often mock: UFOs. The government has reversed its official position of publicly ignoring UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomenon, the new trendy name for UFOs) and is starting to tackle the subject openly. But within academia and industry, the topic is still too frequently dismissed with a chuckle accompanied by some trite remark about “extraterrestrials.” In the long term, there could be multiple Nobel prizes, not to mention new laws of physics, for those who are willing to dive in and risk ridicule in the short term. In February, for instance, one of the biggest innovators of this century, Elon Musk, was asked what he thought about the recent Pentagon acknowledgment that Navy pilots have seen objects flying in our airspace using advanced technology we can’t identify, let alone understand or explain or reproduce. Musk’s answer was, “Honestly, I think I would know if there were aliens,” and, honestly, this response could have come from any number of prominent scientists or industry figures. Musk’s nonanswer was revealing because it suggested that he wasn’t aware of — or interested in — basic unclassified facts about military sightings of UFOs, or that the government is looking into the possibility that they are made from advanced technology that our scientists can’t yet figure out. In June, a new task force championed by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., must submit an unclassified report on unidentified aerial phenomena to Congress. It comes as several erstwhile officials, including former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and two former CIA directors, have called for a more rigorous look at these sightings. The most famous example (the one Musk was asked about) occurred when Navy pilots reported a craft resembling a Tic Tac that was moving unlike anything seen in the U.S. arsenal: They said it “wasn’t behaving by the normal laws of physics.” The craft’s movements were, however, typical of both military and civilian UFO reports: Descending from 80,000 feet to 20,000 feet in an instant; stopping in midair and reversing direction without inertial effects; exceeding the speed of sound without generating a sonic boom; and submerging into the ocean. After The New York Times and The Washington Post reported on it in 2017 along with the military’s secret UFO tracking program, the Pentagon publicly acknowledged last year that the leaked videos in the stories were authentic. Now recently retired national security officials are speaking out. In the run-up to the task force’s report in June, John Ratcliffe, former director of national intelligence, told Fox News last month that there were “a lot more sightings than have been made public.” Similarly, James Woolsey, former director of the CIA, said on a podcast this month he was taking the subject seriously, as did a successor at the CIA, John Brennan, in December. The Pentagon hasn’t offered an official explanation for UAPs like the Tic Tac craft, calling them “unidentified.” Former officials don’t seem to be willing to utter the word “alien,” but it’s the implication of what they do say. Lue Elizondo, who ran the secret Pentagon UFO tracking unit, has publicly ruled out the theory that the Tic Tac craft came from the U.S. arsenal or from the arsenals of our adversaries, leaving only the theory that it came from “someone or something else.” According to Brennan, some of the phenomena we’re seeing “could involve some type of activity that some might say constitutes a different form of life.” U.S. Navy pilots who have actually seen the Tic Tac craft are even more direct, with one telling the Post it was “Something not from the Earth.” While it’s good that the government is finally taking UFOs more seriously, its job is primarily to figure out whether they represent a military threat. But these unidentified objects may also represent an opportunity to advance our science and technology significantly — if our other two pillars of innovation, academia and industry, are willing to catch up. Unfortunately, when scientists are asked about UFOs, they generally laugh off the subject. The well-known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, for one, said he would only take the idea seriously when aliens send him a dinner invite. Why do leading scientists show such a profound lack of curiosity in a subject that might redefine not just their fields, but also all of science? It could lead to a new understanding of our place in the universe, and new advances in materials science, biology, quantum physics, cosmology and social sciences. Part of the problem likely stems from an academic version of the old IBM rule in industry that “No one ever gets fired for buying IBM.” Similarly, no professor ever gets fired for mocking UFOs. The case of Harvard Medical School’s Dr. John Mack, though, shows the dangers if you don’t. Thankfully, small cracks are appearing in academia’s wall of mockery. Avi Loeb, chief astronomer at Harvard University, was willing to say in his new book, “Extraterrestrial,” that he thinks that ‘Oumuamua, the first object we have spotted in the night sky whose origin is definitely from outside our solar system, was most likely a technological artifact of a long-vanished alien civilization. Most academics, though, still invoke some version of Musk’s nonargument: “If aliens were here, we would know!” But the government is saying that it does know: These craft exist. My purpose today is not to convince you of the evidence, however, but to encourage academics and industry leaders to move beyond their biases into an open-minded investigation to figure out who or what created them, and how they work. I’m not naïve enough to assume that academics will study UFOs just to further human knowledge. But to point out the obvious: In the long term, there could be multiple Nobel prizes, not to mention new laws of physics, for those who are willing to dive in and risk ridicule in the short term. Scientists in Europe who dismissed the idea of rocks falling out of the sky eventually opened their minds enough to discover meteorites — ending up with a more complex understanding of the universe. The results this time could lead to new kinds of transportation devices capable of submerging into the ocean and in the air, transporting cargo and passengers across the globe in minutes, as well as ferrying humans safely beyond planet Earth. Similar rewards await industry risk-takers as well, especially innovators in Silicon Valley who are interested in speculative topics such as the Singularity and the Simulation Hypothesis. To some extent, their apathy is the predictable spillover effect from the ivory tower: Venture capital firms aren’t going to invest in something that academics haven’t stamped as “viable” technology. But peer pressure may also be at work here, too. Businessman Joe Firmage, for instance, was once the toast of the valley only to resign so as not to hurt his company’s reputation after speaking of his interest in UFOs (and being skewered as “the Fox Mulder of Silicon Valley” in the press). Despite the risks, there are some encouraging signs. Recently, Prof. Garry Nolan of Stanford University and Jacques Vallee, a venture capitalist who worked with J. Allen Hynek — a part of the Air Force’s first UFO investigation group, Project Blue Book, from 1947-1969 — have teamed up to investigate samples of materials supposedly ejected at purported UFO landing sites. My purpose today is not to convince you of the evidence, but to encourage academics and industry leaders to move beyond their biases into an open-minded investigation. As a starting point, if the ratios of the metals’ specific isotopes don’t naturally occur on Earth, the chemical composition could open up new opportunities for high-performance craft materials on- and off-planet. Vallee (inspiration for the French scientist in director Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”) told me they would go through the academic peer-review processes, which might greatly advance respect for the subject. Where does this leave us? We will know more when the Pentagon’s report on unidentified aerial phenomena comes out in June, but now that the government is starting to take UFOs seriously, it’s high time that more academics and industry leaders step up to do the same.
  13. Mike Harrington: Keep a big-picture focus on the final two months of the Sabres' schedule, devoid of results in a season that was long-ago lost. Do they look cohesive? Do they give full effort for 60 minutes? Are they improving, as a team and individually? Do they look happy playing the game? From this view, you can offer a resounding yes to every one of those questions. And that's a credit to Don Granato, an interim head coach who is looking like he deserves to get that title amended. The Sabres will have a heavy decision on their hands after the season. They have to get this coaching hire right. Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins made it official: They've tied the NHL record by missing the playoffs for 10 straight years. This has to stop. So Jason Karmanos was brought in as the associate general manager to provide another set of eyes for rookie GM Kevyn Adams. Karmanos has got three Stanley Cups in front-office roles. Terry and Kim Pegula never sniff the postseason. The owners and first-time GM can't make this call alone. There's going to be a lot of chatter about veteran coaches to interview. I doubt ownership has the appetite for the long-term, big-money deal any of them would require. This time, maybe that's not a bad thing. Granato gave quite a talk to reporters one day last week about how this team needed to have fun. And it was a window into the square-peg/round-hole world of Ralph Krueger, who wanted his defense-oriented system played even if the guys on the ice were better suited to skate and score. "If we just play a system and you focus on trying to play that system, you're really not improving your skill or your ability at the NHL level," Granato said. "We play a system, we have a system. But our focus has to be on trying to become better individually and collectively. And that is fun. That's the first thing that players do in the offseason: They go try to get better. And then in-season, they just try to survive. "And so we've flipped that and said, 'We're not trying to survive here. We're going to try to get better. And certainly we're going to focus on giving you ways that we can win this hockey game. But get better, hang on to the puck, make a play, don't just feel pressure and throw it (away).' So I think the guys find enjoyment in that." For too long, the Sabres have been bad and boring. Granato says the Sabres should be fun and entertaining. Don't you want your coach to think that way? Under Granato, Rasmus Dahlin has been reborn. Casey Mittelstadt – who Krueger said couldn't play center – is finally playing like a top-10 pick. Tage Thompson looks like he can finally lessen the blow of the Ryan O'Reilly trade. Henri Jokiharju, Rasmus Asplund and Jacob Bryson have claimed their spots. Dylan Cozens got the chance to go head-to-head with Sidney Crosby Saturday and make his mistakes. Krueger would not have done that. Jack Eichel shouldn't get a vote. He should be told to get healthy and show up in September ready to lead Granato's team. Dahlin loves Granato and assistant Dan Girardi. At this point, his view should matter as much as Eichel's. Thompson said Saturday the young core is playing with a chip on its shoulder and he's right. This team simply doesn't go away in games anymore. With so many veterans on the injured list, the young players have to take ownership. "It's a key opportunity for them and they're doing a great job of pushing, fighting and scratching and clawing," Granato said after Saturday's game, where Buffalo battled from a pair of two-goal deficits and came within a goalpost of the tying goal in the final minute. "It's going to helpful in the future, that's no question." Granato took over and practiced this team hard, knowing he was sacrificing early game results. The Sabres, remember, started 0-5-1 under him but needed to improve their conditioning. Which team was better in the third period of every game on the road trip that just ended? It was the Sabres, and not Philadelphia, Boston or Washington. That's how you have impact. Watch for subtle things, too. In the first period Saturday, Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang failed to keep a puck in at the Buffalo blue line during a power play but the linesmen said to play on. Granato immediately turned to his left and pointed to assistant Matt Ellis, instructing him to check with video coach Myles Fee for a potential offsides challenge. The puck stayed in the Buffalo zone for nearly 30 seconds but Pittsburgh didn't score and there was no need for a review. No matter. The head coach was on top of everything going on and was prepared to react. The Sabres pounded the Capitals Thursday and that's probably why the Penguins' game was so sharp off the hop Saturday. Pens coach Mike Sullivan said Friday he senses the Sabres are playing with a "free spirit." Said Capitals coach Peter Laviolette of the Sabres after Thursday's game: "They were on their toes tonight. They were forcing the issue. We weren’t at that speed or at that gear." Granato is no Ron Rolston, who players talked behind the back of for much of his eight months here as nothing more than a college coach. He's coached at all levels and has been an assistant for Joel Quenneville in Chicago. He comes from an epic hockey family (sister Cammi, brother Tony and brother-in-law Ray Ferraro). Pedigree matters for players. It should for coaches, too. It's easy to see why anyone would want the shiny new toy. But sometimes you go for the big name and you get Rex Ryan or Phil Housley. You go for the big talker and you get Ralph Krueger. Sometimes the guy you should want – and perhaps the guy you might need most – is the one right under your nose. He's already standing behind the Sabres' bench.
  14. If I have any?? I listen to fucking Slayer
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