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SHE BLINDED ME WITH...

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DNA evidence shows that modern Greeks are related to ancient Greeks. No shit, Sherlockopolus.

https://greekreporter.com/2024/04/17/new-evidence-supports-modern-greeks-having-dna-of-ancient-mycenaeans/

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DBD AV CLUB

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OUR CRUMBLING DEMOCRACY

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Meet the people who have donated more than $800k each to elect Trump. Looks like I'm boycotting Domino Sugar, TD Ameritrade, the Jets, and Johnson & Johnson.

https://popular.info/p/meet-the-people-spending-800000-or

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Speaker Johnson will reportedly put a bunch of bills to the House floor for a vote tomorrow night, essentially trying to break the stalemate with the so-called Freedumb Cock-ass (the right flank of performative bozos in the GOP) on things they don't want. The bills haven't been been made public yet, but some expect this to be the move that costs Johnson his job.

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Stormy Daniels refuses subpeen. Legally, you can't do that.

https://apnews.com/article/stormy-daniels-donald-trump-d3dce88566bafb714dbb5c1acd3e4a83

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I have questions about how one proves service if the target refuses to touch the documents. I guess witnesses could matter.

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Juror #2 excused from TFG trial hush-money. Judge Merchan instructs journalists to not report jurors' employment. 12 more jurors need to be seated.

https://time.com/6968497/donald-trump-juror-dismissed-hush-money-trial/

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.... aaaaaand the trial has lost another juror. The juror - who wasn't identified - was dismissed after there were questions about the person's truthfulness in answering questions

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The Indiana AG Todd Rokita (R) criticized that Bank of America for failing to provide services to the under-served and needs to spread out their services to more evenly because BofA is [checks notes]... socialist.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/indiana-ag-blasts-bank-of-america-s-alleged-discriminatory-behavior-you-can-t-just-pick-and-choose/ar-BB1lNP4I

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Someone important visited the Ukrainian Embassy this morning. Near the end of my run I saw a half dozen Secret Service vehicles and a bunch of people watching the embassy. Whoever it was exited the building from the underground garage so couldn’t see who it was. President is on his way to Philly and Sec. Blinken is in Italy so maybe was VP Harris.

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CAL

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Go Bears!!! (We've got the Axe!!!)

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Cal's media team has gone deep in to Meme-Lord territory that I don't quite understand

https://twitter.com/CalFootball/status/1780662052148903954

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Me neither

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[SB] No. 20 Cal Rallies Past Fresno State

https://calbears.com/news/2024/4/17/softball-no-20-cal-rallies-past-fresno-state.aspx

FRESNO, Calif. – Tatum Anzaldo recorded her 200th career hit and set a career best with four base knocks to lead the No. 20 California softball team past Fresno State on Wednesday at Margie Wright Diamond.

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[MGOLF] Cal Roars Back To Finish Third At Western Intercollegiate

https://calbears.com/news/2024/4/17/mens-golf-cal-roars-back-to-finish-third-at-western-intercollegiate.aspx

SANTA CRUZ – The No. 22 California men's golf team shot a Western Intercollegiate-low 344 in the third round to climb the leaderboard and finish in third place on Wednesday at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

The Golden Bears finished the 54-hole tournament at 14-over-par (356-364-344 – 1,064), with the 6-under 344 in the final round serving as the lowest 18-hole score in the 14-team field across three days of play. Sampson Zheng led the charge on Wednesday, carding three birdies over his final five holes to finish with a 4-under 66 and tied for fourth place individually at 2-under, just two strokes behind individual medalist Filip Jakubcik (-4) of Arizona.

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[WTEN] No. 9 Cal Hosts Big Slam In Regular-Season Finale

https://calbears.com/news/2024/4/17/womens-tennis-no-9-cal-hosts-big-slam-in-home-finale.aspx

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BERKELEY – The ninth-ranked California women's tennis team hosts the regular-season finale vs. third-ranked Stanford in Friday's Big Slam at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Prior to the Big Slam, the Golden Bears will celebrate the careers of Valentina Ivanov and Hannah Viller Moeller in their Senior Day ceremony.

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[NEWS] Knowlton's Notes: What A Time To Be A Golden Bear

https://calbears.com/news/2024/4/17/athletics-news-knowltons-notes-what-a-time-to-be-a-golden-bears.aspx

Cal Family –

Greetings from Haas Pavilion!

What an amazing time to be a Golden Bear! Our list of recent successes and exciting news is long, and it truly gives me an extra bounce in my step when I wake up every morning.

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i am feeling extra bouncy just reading about it

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I think some folks would like to bounce [something] off his nose.

Are Knowlton and Lyons really short or is Madsen very tall?

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I mean, Madsen is 6'9", so yes.

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I've walked by Knowlton (yuck!) he's shorter than I am and I'm only 5'7" (I'm sure everyone here pictured me as being 6'6".)

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Apr 18·edited Apr 18

If you notice that Knowlton is shorter, then I'm guessing he's rather short. In that picture, Madsen looks nearly head and shoulders above Knowlton and Lyons. The perspective also looks distorted.

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[BASE] Bears Host No. 5 Oregon State

https://calbears.com/news/2024/4/17/baseball-bears-host-no-5-oregon-state.aspx

BERKELEY – The California baseball team returns to Pac-12 play this weekend when No. 5 Oregon State comes to Stu Gordon Stadium.

The series starts at 6:05 p.m. Friday, while Saturday's contest has been moved up to a 4:05 first pitch. Sunday's series finale remains a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. All three games will be streamed on Pac-12 Insider.

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[BVB] No. 7 Cal Closes Regular Season At Stanford Invite

https://calbears.com/news/2024/4/17/beach-volleyball-no-7-cal-closes-regular-season-at-stanford-invite.aspx

BERKELEY – The No. 7 California beach volleyball team closes out the regular season this weekend with a trio of matches at the Stanford Invite.

Competition begins Friday with a doubleheader against No. 17 Grand Canyon at 9 a.m. PT and No. 12 Washington at 1 p.m., and finishes Saturday with a single match against the third-ranked Cardinal at 1 p.m. Live stats will be provided for all matches and a live stream will be available for Saturday's contest.

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[T&F] Cal To Compete In Mt. SAC Relays

https://calbears.com/news/2024/4/17/track-field-cal-to-compete-in-mt-sac-relays.aspx

BERKELEY – California track & field will compete as a team once again this week, sending athletes from all five event groups to the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays on April 18-20 at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut. Both the collegiate and elite divisions are chock-full of Golden Bears; the majority of the collegiate competitions will take place on Friday, while most of the elite events are scheduled for Saturday.

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Describe the view from a window where you are now

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A few apartment buildings, a dozen or so mansions, and a four way stop at which people tend to behave rather badly. Also some blue sky with puffy white clouds and a couple of rows of magnolias and giant ficus trees.

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A profusion of flowers, lush green grass, trees blooming. Thank you Winter rains.

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1 small window about 8 feet above the ground on the 4th and 1/2 floor of the 100+ year old building in Martinez, CA. I see a little bit of blue sky and HVAC equipment.

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Looking out from the 6th floor over Oakland's Chinatown past an elevated section of I-880 towards SF Bay and the Peninsula. Hazy when looking towards the west. Many low buildings and taillights visible on the one-way street below headed towards the Webster Street Tube.

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A lemon tree.

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a haiku for the occasion ...

- family room view

- so far, trees bare of leaves

- dreary day upstate

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Where they may have filmed The Hills Have Eyes….

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you folks stay on the main road now, you hear?

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Well played

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CHART

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ELSEWHERE IN COLLEGE

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OSKI DISCIPLE’S TRIVA FUN, A DAILY DBD FEATURE

Famed French impressionist Claude Monet reportedly did a spot on Johny Wayne.

(All trivia verified by the International Trivia Foundation.)

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Nice one OD, thanks for continuing to bring us chuckles.

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PRO

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JFC, Q-Ron Rodgers spouts more conspiracy bullshit.

https://twitter.com/keithedwards/status/1768363233176416418

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Nikita Kucherov becomes the fifth person in NHL history to reach 100 assists in a season. It's been 32 seasons since someone reached 100 assists.

Apropos: Wayne Gretsky did it 11 seasons in a row.

https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/39965807/lightning-nikita-kucherov-5th-nhl-player-100-assists

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The amazing Gretsky stat is if you just look at his assists, he still has the highest point total in history. 1963 career assists. 2nd place in total points is Jagr with 1921 total points.

https://records.nhl.com/records/skater-records/points/most-points-career

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the Great One .. for a good reason

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I think the only person that has ever had the minimum waiting time for HOF waived upon retirement...for good reason.

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Keaton Winns pitchers’ duel

https://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2024/4/17/24133144/giants-marlins-recap-keaton-winn-matt-chapman-patrick-bailey

Keaton Winn’s 2024 has been an exercise in the word almost. It’s been a masterclass in the idiom close but no cigar. It’s been ... nevermind, you get the point.

The San Francisco Giants young pitcher, still technically in his rookie season after ending 2023 a hair under the prospect graduation eligibility requirements, earned high praise at the start of Spring Training ... but quickly suffered an injury setback. He was then penciled into the fifth starter spot for the first half of the season ... but the team signed Blake Snell at the buzzer. And then, in his first three starts of the year filling in for Alex Cobb, he pitched well ... but always with one or two moments that threw the good out the window.

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It's not super clear in the teaser, but the Giants beat the Marlins 3-1

https://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore/_/gameId/401568749

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Nationals steal a series as Dodgers offense takes the afternoon off

https://www.truebluela.com/2024/4/17/24133475/dodgers-offense-shutout-landon-knack-mlb-debut

Last time the Dodgers lost a regular season game without scoring a single run was at the end of July in 2023. Raise your hand if you had the Jake Irvin-led Nationals handing them their next shutout defeat. Most of us certainly didn’t, but that’s what happened in Washington’s 2-0 win on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

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A’s get back in the win column with 6-3 victory

https://www.athleticsnation.com/2024/4/17/24133371/as-get-back-in-the-win-column-with-6-3-victory

The impossible has happened: Paul Blackburn gave up a run. Three, in fact.

The righty didn’t have his best stuff Wednesday afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals but for the first time in 2024, his team around him were really able to rally to get Blackburn the win - his second of the season. The 6-3 win puts the A’s now at 8-11 for the season as they avoid the sweep.

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i was talking to a Dodgers fan yesterday (not HAG) who said they are traveling to Oakland for a game vs the Dodgers in their final season in Oakland

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oh when is that series? I may have to get some tickets as well.

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oh looks like first weekend in Aug.

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there might be more LA fans than A's fans there!

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