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      In today's Divisional Debacle, the Defense under Greg Manusky in the first half, gave up 207 yards of offense (105 rushing/102 passing) and two touchdowns.  That said, they did manage a single INT on which the Offense actually managed to score a touchdown off of. They allowed 12 of 16 passes to be completed . 
       
      In the second half it was 107 yards given up (58 rushing//49 passing) a field goal and a touchdown. They traded their first half pick for a second half sack. However, Dallas completed all five of their pass attempts. 
       
      Don't read that thinking "Well it seems like they tightened up some in the 2nd half."  They didn't. They simply had about half the plays in the second half. 30 plays in the First and 18 in the Second.
       
      So far in two Divisional matchups, the Defense has faltered in the Second half. They start out like a house of fire for the first few drives until their opponents gradually make adjustments. This Defensive coaching staff fails make any adjustments, whether in game or at the very least at Halftime. They've given up over 30 points per game for a total of 63 points given up in two games. While the Bears are up next, the Pats await and they've put up over 70 points in two games. Yeah. Ok. They did shut out the Dolphins today which is looking like the NFL version of ... ahem... shooting fish in a barrel. 
       
      The frustrating thing is Manusky is the DC that the Front Office actively looked to replace during the off season without firing him. When you know they're looking to replace you, most people would make a concentrated effort to show an improvement. Yet Manusky's Defense still keeps acting like it's starring in Groundhog Day.
       
      In his post game presser, when asked directly about if any coaching changes would be made, Gruden said "No, I think after two games – you’re talking about playing two very good offensive football teams and two of the best offensive lines in pro football we just played back-to-back. That’s no excuse whatsoever, but I don’t think we need to hit the panic button yet. We just have to continue to focus on what we can do better to win. Get Jonathan [Allen] in here, get a couple of our corners back in here and let’s go back and strap it up against Chicago [Bears] next week and see what happens.” 
       
      Here's another frustrating thing. The defensive communication was an issue last season as well. Wasn't this supposed to have been worked on during OTA's and Training Camp? It's understandable that the rookies would still be on a learning curve, but NFL vets like Collins and DRC you'd think they would have down by the start of the season. 
       
      Gruden said they're a very talented group on Defense but that they weren't reaching them. When questioned as to why the coaching staff that has been in place for several years, wasn't reaching them, he defended the comment as them being a young defense. “We have some moving parts now. Landon Collins is a veteran guy but this is his first year, [Montez] Sweat’s in his first year, [Cole] Holcomb, it’s his first year, [Jon] Bostic is in his first year. We’re playing Dominique [Rodgers-Cromartie] at corner and this is Jimmy Moreland’s first year, so it’s not like we are the most experienced group. We feel like were very talented, but we`re still fighting through somethings. There are a lot of things to look forward to, without a doubt, but we do have to play better and strap it up and get back to work."

       
       
       
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ThinkProgress: Trump confidant dumped millions in steel-related stock last week (Also the Trade War thread)

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They were never going to win a trade war against China unless Europe and most developing Asian countries were brought onboard to isolate it further. 

 

The way to defeat China was global isolation through vehicles like the TPP. China has expanded its global reach at the same time as we have tried this bungling mess of a trade war. 

 

At this point, it’s far more likely that we will cave on some really big issues (like technology) to end this. China has all the incentive in the world to push their boots on our necks as we face a national election next year.

 

The really bad part of this is that TPP and other forms of isolation would have really put China in a bad spot right now. The world is paying attention to what is happening in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. China’s global image is suffering and it could have been a lot worse if they were facing global isolation. 

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Yeah, let's get rid of the free trade zone that includes 40% of the world's GDP, and excludes China.  A spastic array of reflex tariffs announced by tweet is the key to Winning.  

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Just now, visionary said:

Market manipulator.

 

Who really really wants to be a currency manipulator, too.  

 

(And I'll just file the idea that the GOP isn't going ape **** over Trump casually mentioning that he'd really like his staff to weaken the dollar, next to them not saying a word about him attacking NATO, or suggesting we default on the national debt.)  

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Also admiring the logic.  

 

"I insist that my tariffs have no effect on Americans whatsoever, and are paid entirely by China.  Therefore I'm delaying implementing them till after the black Friday sales."  

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Here’s What New Tariffs Will Cost the Average American Household

 

The average American household will be down $1,000 per year thanks to the newest round of tariffs on Chinese goods, according to J.P. Morgan.

 

The firm estimates the average annual tariff cost per household will increase from $600 from the first two rounds of tariffs. The new tariffs are scheduled to begin Sept. 1 and in mid-December.

 

“What distinguishes China Phase III tariffs from preceding tariffs is the impact to Consumption and Capital goods whereas previous tariffs focused more on Intermediate goods,” J.P. Morgan head of U.S. equity strategy Dubravko Lakos-Bujas said in a note to clients. “This suggests that the expected consumer impact should be larger in the latest round.”

 

President Donald Trump surprised investors earlier this month by ending a tariff ceasefire with China and announcing new tariffs of 10% on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports, starting next month. He later delayed some of the tariffs until Dec. 15. This third tranche of duties affect consumer goods more than the previous levies did.

 

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That'll teach him to ask whether China or the Fed were bigger enemies.  

 

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"How can we fix this?"

 

"Sir, I recommend we keep doing what we're already doing, only more!"

 

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I'm certain that an escalation of the trade war will make things better. 

 

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Relax, Donald's gotta it all figured out. Everything he touches turn to gold. #STABLEGENIUS

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16 hours ago, Cooked Crack said:

 

 

 

Changes like this in supply chains are likely permanent, meaning that even after Trump, most businesses won’t recover. 

 

People who vote for him again in 2020 really are a special bunch of cortically damaged numpties.

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30 minutes ago, Riggo-toni said:

When did Ed Asner become secretary of agriculture?

 

When Eddie Albert quit.  

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