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  1. They do well in basketball because it has become a larger sport on the international level, but they still aren't any where close to our level. And they don't have hockey, football, or baseball teams that can compete with anything in the US. (and it isn't just the individual sports I mentioned before or those, they don't compete with us in volleyball.) And again, it is just the men's soccer. The women's soccer here is the same set up, and it has no problem competing internationally (because US women are not being pulled off into football, baseball, and basketball to the same extent that US men are). Do you have kids playing youth sports? There isn't a town travel team in the area where I live in that doesn't have professional trainers running some of their practices. The best kids end up town teams that only have professional trainers (they call them the elite teams.) And soccer is certainly more fluid in that I know more people that are leaving their town to play soccer on a better team than I do any other sport. My daughter plays a year up in another town to play on a better team (and we don't pay more because we are coming from another town). And the club teams offer "scholarships" and many of them are "sponsored". We have European soccer teams getting together with big companies and sponsoring whole training and club teams. And while the big shoe companies pay for the high level AAU teams that isn't really an issue any other sport more so than basketball. There is MORE support out their for high level youth soccer teams than high level baseball, hockey, swim, or volleyball teams. (It is also funny to hear somebody talk about the AAU basketball coaching as a positive when so many people involved in youth basketball complain about AAU as a negative, especially in the context of the coaches NOT being good coaches and NOT coaching people and only really being recruiters that placate the best players and their familes. There's plenty of people that would tell you that you are wrong and that the big money in AAU basketball has made the youth training situation WORSE and we are churning out poorer basketball players because of it.)
  2. We compete against the word in so many other sports to act like soccer would be any different if there was interest just doesn't many any sense. That the Germans and French are better than us because of their development schemes in soccer, but not basketball, swimming, gymnastics, figure skating, etc. just isn't credible. Especially, when the US women dominate those teams. Our youth development programs are not that superior to them in all of those other sports. The difference is the most athletic US males for the most part go into other sports, while in Europe the most athletic males are heavily drawn to soccer. I will say at a high level, I've never seen more cases than in soccer where one team can dominate the other team and end up losing the game. Compared to most other sports, soccer seems to be prone to that than most other sports. (Now, whether you consider that a good or a bad thing I guess depends on your perspective.)
  3. This guy: could not play a pretty important role on a championship level team (at any position) in any higher soccer league. Somebody like Westbrook might have an easier time transitioning to soccer then most soccer players to basketball, but there is no doubt it is easier to be a good team with a good, but out of shape player in basketball than soccer. (I haven't heard anybody mention swimmers. Those people are in crazy good shape.)
  4. @Why am I Mr. Pink? Yeah, that's my thought too. I don't really want to be in a party with the Black Panthers,but I also don't want to be in a party that is supported by David Duke. And also, I'll say it for like the 10th time. Donald Trump is President because of the people that voted for him. If he wins again, it will be the fault of the people that vote for him. Nobody else. People are responsible for who they vote for.
  5. I looked the dates on the e-mails between Devine and Manafort are most recently from 2010. That's when they were working together on political stuff in the Ukraine. There are more recent ones with Devine on them (2014), but those don't include Manafort and include R. Gates (who I would assume is Robert Gates). Probably Devine telling Gates what he knows about Manafort.
  6. From my reading, it seems unlikely. Remember, the Manafort stuff mostly goes back years. Devine worked in the same law form as Manfort back when the Russian-puppet was trying to become President of Ukraine (don't remember the guys name). Manafort's law firm was working for that guy (who would then later help embezzle dirty Russian money out of Russia (with Manafort's help)). Devine quit about that time. This is all ended back in 2010 though and Devine quit. I haven't seen any dates on these e-mails, but it seems like Devine was starting to understand things were dirty and got out, and these e-mails are part of the paper trial where Devine was starting to understand they were really working for the Russians, and this guy was a Russian puppet. (Now, this doesn't rule out that later around 2016 Devine and Manafort weren't working together against Hillary (with Russia), but it doesn't seem like that is a necessity either. And certainly in 2016, Devine should have known that Manafort was dirty.)
  7. ***2018-19 NBA Offseason Thread*** Anthony out of OKC to Atlanta, who will probably negotiate a buy out and make him a FA. OKC gets Dennis Schroder. Somehow the Sixers snuck into the trade sending Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot to OKC and Justin Anderson to Atlanta for Mike Muscala. Atlanta also picks up a protected 1st round pick that will likely turn into 2nd rounders. Schorders' got 3 more years at $15.5 million each. Carmelo was in the last year of his contract. Might have just waited it out if I were OKC and kept the picks. If Schroder becomes a good 6th man and leader of their bench unit, it might have been worth it. Not sure about the Sixers role. Both of the guys they traded could turn into good players if they can stay healthy. It might work out, but I wouldn't have wanted to give them both up for Muscala. From Atlanta's perspective seems like a completely reasonable deal in terms of starting a rebuild.
  8. Which diverts money back to large banking institutions (which help the wealthy). Credit cards divert money from local stores (and the local economy) and mostly middle class (maybe upper middle class) people to the most wealthy.
  9. But the law that was struck down in Citizens' United applied to corporations and unions. It wasn't like unions could spend whatever they want and corporations couldn't. What the lawsuits did was loosen regulations on all political spending- union and corporate. There were restrictions on both, and unions had different reporting rules (unions have to report what they are spending and get stakeholder approval. Corporations only have report what they are directly spending, not what they give to 3rd parties (e.g. the API or the NRA), and don't have to get share holder approval). The GOP just wanted more money in politics- not just more money to compete with the union money.
  10. I'm over 6-5, but got small hands (and a small wing span- only 6-4 (whoever said knowing your wing span is must is right)). I've never been able to palm a basketball well where I could hold it while going up. When I was young, I could cuff a ball and dunk (and do a girls ball easily because I could palm it). Today, I can still get a hand over the rim, but I can't get up enough that I can dunk, while cuffing the ball. I've not tried with a girls ball since who knows when, but I suspect I could still dunk one. (And I'm insulted that my competition for 2nd leading scorer is LKB. I know I'm taller than him, and I suspect he and Predicto are the only people that post regularly in the NBA thread that are actually older than me. @stevemcqueen1 My competition is somebody that is almost certainly shorter than me and older? That's crazy.)
  11. I'm not sure how that it is inconsistent with what I said in terms of it being a combination of things, especially when they did not find an effect with salami, which almost ways contains nitrates. If it is just nitrates, all nitrate meats and many vegetables should show the same effect. I actually doubt that you are doing this. What companies do is instead of using nitrates they will use a concentrated vegetable juice that is high in nitrates for curing. I'll bet your nitrate free hot dogs have something like celery or broccoli juice listed on the ingredients. Instead of just adding nitrates they are adding a vegetable juice that has nitrates in it, but they don't have to list nitrates on the ingredient any more. (Same thing in the study for the nitrate free beef jerky. Without more detail, I seriously doubt it was nitrate free, but that the nitrate came from something else like celery juice, which double makes me think it isn't really (just) the nitrate.)
  12. I'm not saying that the Russians don't have something on Trump, but when you think about it, I'm not at all surprised how Trump acts around Putin and other dictators. Trump is a bully. He's going to bully other people that he can bully. And like any bully, when he runs into a bigger bully, he turns weak. Then especially, with respect to Putin, Trump derives his self-worth from his wealth and his power. While nobody knows how much Putin is actually worth, it seems like he actually has a lot more money than Trump, and Putin actually does order the murder of people. By the metrics Trump uses to measure success and self-worth, Putin is more successful than him.
  13. Yes (plants take up nitrate to convert it into other things (first ammonia)), but many vegetables have pretty high nitrate levels. The use of the s in nitrates in food preservation comes from the fact that nitrate is an ion, and they will use different salts of nitrate (e.g. potassium and sodium nitrate). The plants are really taking up the nitrate ion itself, but (most) cells naturally have plenty of potassium ion and some sodium ion so that seems very unlikely to make a difference. For example, the pepperoni in my fridge has sodium nitrate. However, food normally contains other preservatives too and nitrated meats have been treated differently than other products in most cases. The pepperoni my fridge also contains BHA and BHT (as well as some other stuff), and in general has been treated differently than other meat products. To hang the effect simply on nitrate and not the result of a combination of things seems to be a big jump. More basically, it seems they have found that processed meats that are treated with nitrates are linked to issues. To specifically pick out nitrate and not some combination of other things seems to be a jump. The title of the actual study is: "Nitrated meat products are associated with mania in humans and altered behavior and brain gene expression in rats" It isn't necessarily nitrate. It could as easily be the drying process of treating the meats and if they used something other than a nitrate salt, you'd get the same effect. Or it could be the nitrate in combination with something else commonly used in such products. It isn't like they looked at total nitrate up take or just feed people or the rats actual nitrate (salts) and saw an effect.
  14. I missed it then, and I'm not sure how accurate some of it is (the stuff about the Trump and Alfa bank servers), but it is a little scary to consider.
  15. "During the Soviet era, Russian intelligence cast a wide net to gain leverage over influential figures abroad. (The practice continues to this day.) The Russians would lure or entrap not only prominent politicians and cultural leaders, but also people whom they saw as having the potential for gaining prominence in the future. In 1986, Soviet ambassador Yuri Dubinin met Trump in New York, flattered him with praise for his building exploits, and invited him to discuss a building in Moscow. Trump visited Moscow in July 1987. He stayed at the National Hotel, in the Lenin Suite, which certainly would have been bugged. There is not much else in the public record to describe his visit, except Trump’s own recollection in The Art of the Deal that Soviet officials were eager for him to build a hotel there. (It never happened.) How do you even think about the small but real chance that the president of the United States has been influenced or compromised by a hostile foreign power for decades? Trump returned from Moscow fired up with political ambition. He began the first of a long series of presidential flirtations, which included a flashy trip to New Hampshire. Two months after his Moscow visit, Trump spent almost $100,000 on a series of full-page newspaper ads that published a political manifesto. “An open letter from Donald J. Trump on why America should stop paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves,” as Trump labeled it, launched angry populist charges against the allies that benefited from the umbrella of American military protection. “Why are these nations not paying the United States for the human lives and billions of dollars we are losing to protect their interests?”