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  1. techboy

    WaPo Journalist killed in Saudi Consolate

    Or because Turkey is increasingly authoritarian with each passing year, is itself hostile to a free press, and probably just wants to use this as leverage, something that is not served by releasing the goods, at least not completely.
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    ES Soccer Thread

    I've seen chatter that Barca may actually be taregeting him, perhaps for the winter. Speaking of which, Vermaelen is out six weeks, and Umtiti is out an indeterminate amount of time, which leaves Barca with only two center backs healthy, and no left back sub, because that was supposed to be either Umtiti or Vermaelen. That might explain said interest. Also Pique has been terrible lately, and Barca has dropped like 7 points in 4 matches against bottom sides, leaking goals. Fun times.
  3. techboy

    Happy TARP Day!!!

    That's a rather cavalier brush off of the averting of a disaster of potentially epic (and global) proportions. I'm not sure the people in emerging market countries would have appreciated starving so politicians in the US could look tough. In any case, I'd suggest the real issue lies in not doing enough afterwards to punish the people responsible for the mess, but that's not TARP, though it is my greatest disappointment with President Obama.
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    ES Soccer Thread

    So apparently Messi wasn't kidding when he committed to winning Champions League. Geez.
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    Election 2018 Thread

    Heres some additional speculation: 1. He knows that Trump (and Hillary Clinton) have contrasted to make him look even better. He's a winner. 2. He knows that means he can have a big part in who gets the next nomination. 3. He knows that nominating a socialist will probably get Trump re-elected, but there's definitely going to be a heavy push for "purity" from the left. 4. He knows that if he DOESN'T endorse leftist and socialist candidates in districts where they are popular, he looks biased against them, reducing his ability to influence that wing of the party against #3s self immolation. I have no actual proof of this, but it makes sense to me.
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    ES Soccer Thread

    Last year Barca won the Double running away and was within one game of an undefeated season domestically. Effectively, they had one match all season that mattered in which they lost (Unfortunately, that was the Roma 3-0 debacle). Despite this, a large number of Barca fans want(ed) Valverde gone because he ran a 4-4-2 and it wasn't a pretty enough style. If Mourinho was made manager they'd probably burn down the Camp Nou. Barca is an actual club run by the members with voting rights. I can't imagine any Board doing that.
  7. Um, 1. That's not the Constitution. That's the Declaration of Independence. 2. For someone supporting Kavanaugh, you're pretty lousy at the strict constructionism.
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    What do you Believe??? (Religion)

    It's not really relevant to my overall point, but being me, I looked it up, and you're right... He says it was a more gradual process, so I must have misremembered something.
  9. techboy

    What do you Believe??? (Religion)

    I don't really have time to get into this, but a couple points for thought: 1. The best historical references we have for the life of Jesus are the texts that ended up in the Bible. That's not because of some giant conspiracy, or books being intentionally removed... it's because they're the oldest, most extant, and best preserved. Books like the Gospel of Mary tend to be dated later, and provide excellent insight into the beliefs of people at the time of their writing, not what Jesus did and taught. The Gospel of Mary, for example, tends to be used to analyze the tensions in middle 2nd century Church politics. It's not really written as a biography anyway.... like the other gnostic books, it's very mystical. 2. Using the letters of Paul to keep women out of positions of authority in Church is understandable but problematic, because it ignores (among other things) that he literally placed (and acknowledged) women into positions of authority in church, and writes about it positively in other places. Dr. Craig Keener has an interesting analysis of it here: Was Paul For or Against Women in Ministry? It's a thorny issue, and I think it's important to remember that Paul's letters were written to different groups with different contexts, which doesn't mean they can't be divinely inspired, which brings me to 3. There's nothing wrong, per se, with a literal and strict interpretation of divine inspiration, but I'd caution against making it a central tenet of the faith, which certainly isn't supported by the Biblical texts themselves (in that you must believe it to be saved). There are many stories of people elevating a strict Biblical literalism to a central idea, then falling away from the faith when they couldn't make it work. Bart Ehrman is a very famous example of this... He's a fantastic scholar, and he just couldn't reconcile his simplistic and unrealistic view of Biblical inerrancy with his scholarly work, and rather than adjust his viewpoint on inerrancy, he tossed the whole thing. I'd argue, for example, that the Gospels are written in the manner of Greek Biographies, comparable to the works of Herodotus. In that style, it was permissible to move chronological events around for the benefit of the narrative. That's not inaccuracy, that's a stylistic choice, and I'd prefer to view the Gospels that way than trying to go through the mental backflips required by the alternative (having Jesus cleanse the Temple twice, for example). Historians don't have a problem using this to reconstruct events, and again, it doesn't mean the texts aren't divinely inspired. If you want more on these topics you can probably search out the novels I've written on this site on textual criticism, Biblical inerrancy, the divinity of Jesus, and so on. Carry on.
  10. Okay, sure, you CAN approach it that way, but you'd be much better off with a broadly diversified, low cost portfolio, over a period of many tournaments. Player picking is a suboptimal approach. Just watch ALL the players. You'll still get to enjoy the best matches, but the only cost is the electricity for your television. I'm on my phone right now, but when I get home I'll post 75 links to top experts in the field with relevant excerpts.
  11. "Someone"? I'm hurt. Seriously, though, this thread is advocating picking up nickels in front of a steamroller. Good luck with that. And really, far be it from me to attempt to give investing advice to someone who believes that markets are being secretly manipulated under the noses of a free press and all of the world's financial academics who have no incentive to hide such a system and every incentive to expose it. That's not a viewpoint I'm going to waste my time engaging. (Have I matured?) Interested parties can always use Google to search "index funds site:" I'm pretty sure my thoughts on investing are there somewhere or other.
  12. techboy

    Standing during the Pledge or National Anthem

    You're half right. If Kaep was Aaron Rodgers, he'd have a job no matter what he did, short of going Aaron Hernandez. So in some sense it IS skill related. He's not good enough to be untouchable. Back up quarterbacks, though, especially ones with starter experience, are typically a valued commodity. Look at the scrubs that have jobs for years. RGIII is still in the league, for Pete's sake. He was clearly blackballed, even before we consider the other evidence. I admire what he's done, and I'm glad he's getting a contract from Nike. I suspect Nike will make more money than they lose, anyway.
  13. techboy

    Unpopular Opinions Thread (Non-Political)

    I love Dali. If you're ever near Figueres, Spain you should go to his museum there. It's his hometown, and the theater was closing down. Dali, hardly the wilting flower, went to the mayor and suggested they turn it into a museum honoring himself. The mayor agreed and Dali renovated and redecorated the whole thing. It's like walking through one of his works because that's pretty much what you're doing. His house is also in a nearby beach town, and possibly even better to visit. I can't describe it except to say that it's pretty much what you'd expect from him.