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The fear-mongering of the month is [spins wheel]... Monkey Pox. On one hand, y'all are probably not at risk because it's primarily an STD. On the other hand, [looks at picture]... yeesh.

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-has-17-suspected-monkeypox-cases-officials-say-it-s-not-highly-contagious-or-severe-1.5910246

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Classic Dieter on Sprockets....

https://youtu.be/DLlbWiTo_wQ

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This is the part in Sprockets where we DANCE!

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I have bevies' "huh, huh" in my head now

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I had never heard of a haboob until my brother moved to Scottsdale. Crazy stuff. But hey, cheaper housing!

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Heh...that's what I thought she said when I heard it.

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Elon Musk reportedly being sued by one of his private plane flight attendants. He allegedly encouraged her to get her massage license during flights. Musk allegedly propositioned her (including offering to buy her a horse) and exposed his pp as he begged for hanky-panky.

https://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-paid-250000-to-a-flight-attendant-who-accused-elon-musk-of-sexual-misconduct-2022-5

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Not being sued -- he already settled this for $250K a couple of years ago. I just do not understand the Cult of Elon.

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May 20, 2022·edited May 20, 2022

I met some Muskavites recently. I tried to understand this, then realized they were just taking sides in the billionaire culture wars as they were bashing Bill Gates. I had never really stopped to think about whether I have a preferred billionaire as I think they are all out of touch, have far too much power, and serve as poster boys of excessive capitalism. I don't think that response gave them much to work with.

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Ah so you have like rooting interest in a particular billionaire. It’s like when folks on here adopted rooting interests in the Indian cricket league thing

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According to Forbes, Rihanna is a billionaire now so I will pick her!

https://www.forbes.com/billionaires/

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He has a talent for spotting and capitalizing on the creativity/inventiveness of others. Outside of that he seems like a total creep and douche. But I think at this point he exists more as a meme than as a man, so character exposes like this don’t really affect his popularity because they are not about the meme. If he shat the bed on a business deal, that would affect his image more.

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Likewise

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Supposedly it might scare away some investors in the Twitter deal.

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I still don't understand how Twitter has like any monetary value at all

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It's not worth $45 billion. The business model is ho-hum. The weird thing is that it was created out of a project at its predecessor firm Odeo a music start-up which had raised about $8 million but was going out of business. The idea of sending tweets of a limited number of characters was seen as something that would support the music biz, but the founders convinced the VCs to take some money back, bury Odeo and re-launch as twitter, founded by the same dudes that had started the blogger platform which they sold to google for a small sum in the dark dotcom bust days.

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So, one of the more successful pivots of a dying start-up...

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that being said...I use it all the time for "news" and funny things

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The only time I use it is when I smell smoke and check if there's a wildfire nearby. People tweet really fast before any news break out.

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twitter was how I heard about the earthquake / tsunami in Fukushima - I was up late & was seeing updates on twitter well before any US based news organizations were getting any information out.

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Elsewhere in college

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Former USC Trojan Su'a Cravens says Pac-12 schools were straight but SEC schools blatantly offered $10k-20k just to visit. The timing implies that Alabama was one of them.

https://twitter.com/iammsuzy/status/1527290562147102722

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as I have been saying since Pete Carroll left and the sanctions hit, those SC teams have been getting results like nobody has been getting paid - so if money has been changing hands, it was wasted.

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Jordan Addison picks USC. Man, the Trojans are going to be stuffed with high-quality talent

https://twitter.com/petethamel/status/1527397045543239681

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Addison reportedly is making $3.5 million in an NIL deal...that’s $2M more than 2nd round NFL draft picks are making.

Major NIL reform is coming, and quickly.

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You think it's coming? I mean, it should. But the NCAA seems incapable right now.

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May 23, 2022·edited May 23, 2022

I do, in some way, shape or form.

Also agree that the NCAA has definitely lost a fair amount of clout, but the Jimbo/Saban spat has been a rough look. More importantly, USC basically tampering to get the best WR to come to South Central for like $3M to play with 2 other transfer studs from Norman, one of which is also making $2M from an iconic, international rap-star booster, is likely a bridge too far, IMHO. Something will be done…it has to, but who knows what or even how effective it will be.

Saban accusing Jimbo of paying all his new recruits is big-I-IRONY considering all the ‘Bama players that have been driving cars over the years from one of Coach’s Tuscaloosa car dealerships…

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I hope you're right, but the NCAA works at glacial speed even in the best of circumstances.

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Yes. You know it’s almost assuredly rankling the feathers of some NCAA higher ups to see players like Jordan Addison head to La La land for the bag and they can do nothing about it.

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some of these players will be disappointed once they turn pro and make less money.

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Whether USC will continue to underachieve relative to its talent is unknown. It seems like each coach since Pete Carroll has failed to get the program moving. Will the Oklahoma guy make a difference?

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I think the emphasis next year is going to be "score early score often" because the defense isn't going to be massively improved. So if that plan works, SC will make some noise in the Pac12. Which would be a start.

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So a typical Lincoln Riley team

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pretty pretty much

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The talent edge on offense alone should be more than enough for SC to win the P12, which remains light on talent across the board, especially on defense.

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May 20, 2022·edited May 20, 2022

They may struggle on a national scale v. elite programs...and there will be the occasional stumble on the road at, say, the Palouse on a snowy night in late October. But the underachieving days of Clay Helton are done.

SC will dominate the P12 for the foreseeable future.

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Man, Jimbo is pissed at Nick Saban

https://twitter.com/ChrisVannini/status/1527305737059196934

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Also, the kid that Saban singled out at Jackson State as getting a million dollar NIL responds.

https://twitter.com/TravisHunterJr/status/1527286428853358592

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I don’t even understand the gripe. Just seems sore that A&M is handling NILs well?

Old guys and change don’t often mix well.

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My friend shared this article about her work:

https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/uw-husky-football/fighting-the-good-fight-how-uw-coaching-legend-jim-lambrights-brain-donation-pays-dividends-years-after-his-death/?utm_source=marketingcloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morning+Brief+5-20-22_5_20_2022&utm_term=Active%20subscriber

UW coaching legend Jim Lambright’s brain donation pays dividends years after his death

Lambright died on March 29, 2020, at age 77, following a decadelong battle with dementia. His children, Kris and Eric Lambright, suspected Jim’s deterioration was due to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a neurodegenerative disease found in former athletes, military veterans and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma.

“He was knocked unconscious in football multiple times, and who knows how many times he slammed his head into someone else’s, over and over and over,” Eric Lambright said. “And he did it when he was coaching, too, with no helmet on.”

Kris and Eric donated their dad’s brain to the UW Medicine Brain Repository and Integrated Research (BRaIN) laboratory following his death, in hopes it could assist medical research and improve treatment of brain injuries.

The results were not what either expected.

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Thanks, this reminded me of my mother. Also makes me wonder about myself in the future.

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I'm actually getting sort of exhausted with all this college football nonsense. I wish there would just be a Super League for all the schools with insane boosters and then a league for normal schools. Then I could ignore the Super League.

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May 20, 2022·edited May 20, 2022

It's ridiculous. What little days of parity that ever existed in CFB are gone.

Until if/when they mandate some sort of eligibility requirements, the CFP is going to be comprised of the same cluster of teams...Alabama, Georgia and whatever flavor of the month SEC school is good (LSU, A & M, Ole Miss, maybe); Ohio St. and whatever cyclical Big Ten team is good b/c the schedule lined up (Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn St.); Clemson and maybe an occasional Miami or Fla St; Baylor, if they run the table in the dogschitt B12 now; Notre Dame; USC, maybe Oregon if they ever get a QB.

The problem is, if the CFP expands, chances are it's just going to reward more teams from this list...

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OUR CRUMBLING DEMOCRACY

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Racist admits to equating brown people to "invasion"

https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/1527512999711211520

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CPAC head says the quiet part out loud

https://twitter.com/LeahFeiger/status/1527346434214768640

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Does Matt think every aborted fetus is a white, christian zygote?

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Black and brown women die at a higher rate from childbirth so it is a “win-win” for these people. They gain more (poor) white babies and black and brown women die while giving birth.

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He very well might - and even if not, it would have been an American zygote

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I don’t even understand the concept of applying the Great Replacement nonsense to African-Americans. Most white Americans trace their American-ness only to early 20th Century, late 19th. African-Americans have in general been here much longer. Putting aside the immorality and racism, the theory doesn’t even make internal sense. If I could channel my older brother when we were teenagers, I would say that these nutters just really badly need to get laid

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I wouldn't say that "data" and "logic" are strong suits of these assholes

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Candidate in GOP primary for mayor in a TN municipality claimed she had early lead, but is then disappointed to learn that she later lost by 0.7%. She pulls a Trump and sues, saying the election was stolen from her.

One of her core allegations is that the DEM party conspired to vote for her opponent (note: not illegal since it's an open primary). Her proof was that significantly FEWER Democrats voted in the GOP primary. The logic was that clearly Dems wanted to hide the cross-over vote, so they somehow convinced people to re-register as Republicans... and since local GOP by-laws require bona fide party allegiance to vote in a GOP primary, there was and never has been any sworn allegiance oath records made available by election officials, and no tracking of people's party registration - that clearly there was a conspiracy against her. The circumstances are laughable. What isn't laughable is that the Trump administration laid the blueprint for what is to come... it will be Big Lies from here on out.

https://newschannel9.com/news/local/sabrena-smedley-contesting-republican-primary-results-for-hamilton-county-mayor

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1/6 Commission apparently has video evidence of Rep Gohmert (R-TX), Jordan (R-OH), Gaetz (R-OH), Boebert (R-CO), Taylor Greene (R-GA), Gosar (R-AZ) and Biggs (R-AZ) giving private reconnaissance tours to insurrectionists. This was known, but it's interesting to know that it's in the Commissions hands and means it will likely be in the DOJ's hands soon. Whether Garland will actually do his job is another issue.

https://twitter.com/TristanSnell/status/1527375953575325715

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I am reticent to believe that anything of substance will happen before the clock runs out (midterms)

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Same and Garland is proving to be a huge disappointment.

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our impotent DOJ

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Procrastination

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just got around to getting COVID for the first time, so take that fellow procrastinators

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Congratulations! Rest up and heal quickly.

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Same here

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Ugh hope you feel better soon.

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I'm still procrastinating

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pqtm

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I'm here, aren't I?

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Heh

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as long as I can.

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my absolute number 1 skill

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I'll get to this in a minute...

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i started already. does that mean i am better at procrastinating?

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PRO

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Everton actually managed to go from being down 2 goals to winning 3-2 against Crystal Palace, a game they had to win to avoid relegation since nobody expects a win against Arsenal on Sunday. I had been on a bunch of calls and decided to turn on the game in maybe the 70th minute (after Everton had their first goal) - expecting to see them fade away, but no!

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Biggest W’s game of the series tonight, as Dallas has played very well following blowout losses this season and figure to bounce back...was game 1 a sign of things to come in the series, or just a blip for Cuban’s crew, with reports that Luka’s struggles were caused by illness now surfacing.

Luka should play better...the question is: will it be enough? The surrounding players in DAL are solid, but unspectacular, and they seem to lack the athleticism to hang with the W’s. If the W’s are careless with the ball, Mavs have a shot...if the W’s continue to play efficiently, look out....

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Looks like the Warriors are doing a watch party for the home game tonight. They've done it in the past for away games but I guess they're starting it for home games also. No 2 and I were going to find a sports bar in the Mission but we'll probably do this instead. I'm 0-2 on watch parties at Chase so we'll see how this goes.

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Apparently you don't really care about the Dubs winning, do you?

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Hopefully 1-2 after today then 2-2 after Tues.

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0-4 confirmed

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yup.

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CAL

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May 20, 2022Liked by SGBear

Go Bears!!!

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Flight, hotel, and party bus ticket booked. I'll see y'all in South Bend, IN. No tailgate by me this year. I'm tired and don't want to do all the work associated with hosting one.

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Ditto, where to stay? What to do for game day? Anyone ever actually enjoy the tailgates? Have the flight, best way to get (decent) tickets? Visitor seating probably low down in the end zone?

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happy to host pre-game party/bbq/drinking at our airbnb in lieu of tailgate ...

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I need to book the hotel still. Any suggestions?

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[BASE] Cal smashes Utah 13-1. Must win one of two games against Utes to secure berth in Pac-12 Championships.

https://calbears.com/news/2022/5/19/baseball-bears-bash-utes-13-1.aspx

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On Friday Cal crushed Utah 18-2 and are on their way to the Pac-12 tournament, Good luck Bears and may you reach the college world series.

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All arms on deck.

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Now that the Pac 12 is changing up things, let's hope that they do something about Cal playing both UCLA and USC each year. Break it up so that we play one at home, while Stanford plays the other on the road. That way, the fans get their Bay Area/LA trip. We, on the other hand, get a better chance at having a conference schedule that is competitive.

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DBD A/V Club

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ST Strange New Worlds

i like how it is more "episodic" rather than a continuous story arc like almost every TV show these days. even ST Picard was one long story.

reminds me of the "good ol days"

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Terrible local news. The Shattuck Cinemas are about to close. Berkeley which used to boast the UA, the UC, Oaks, Elmwood, Shattuck, Fine Arts, Berkeley, Acts One/Two, Northside, Telegraph, soon will be down to the UA and Elmwood (there's also the PFA but they rarely show first-run films). A blow to film buffs and the downtown area. https://www.berkeleyside.org/2022/05/19/shattuck-cinemas-berkeley-landmark-closin

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Ugh.

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Still watching Bad Batch, the artwork on some of the episodes is quite impressive. Really enjoying "The Offer" - about the making of The Godfather, fucking catnip for someone like me. Wife is finally along for the ride.

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I liked the bad batch but could not stand the sound of Omega's voice. It sounds like someone doing a really terrible aussie accent and then come to find out the actress is kiwi...

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Yeah, I feel you on that, less than ideal.

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Bad Batch is great. i also think that the art work at the end of Mandalorian and Boba Fett episodes is worth watching for

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YES YES YES, my daughter got me an art book of Mandalorian for X-Mass, which I quite enjoy.

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