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#2742094 Blake Griffin believes that Earth is 6,000 years old

Posted by mav1234 on Today, 09:38 AM

From everything I've heard and read, the earlier people are introduced to religion, they more likely they are to be religious.  However, I don't have any studies to back this up, so that could be completely false.  However, it seems reasonable to me, and if we were to grant that as the case, then, what would determine what religion those people are introduced to?


I don't know that religions need to be "broken free" of, as there are very religious people that are able to critically think and engage in meaningful intellectual dialogue quite easily.  There are also rabidly insane people from every religion or belief system (or lack thereof) that disregard the opinions of others wholesale when they disagree with their own.


All that is aside of the fact that believing the earth is 6000 years old indicates a willful ignorance of the world around you, which is potentially dangerous given how our actions are influencing the planet.  But meh.  He's an athlete, and he apparently may have been joking.  So long as he doesn't try to force his beliefs on me (e.g. with voting for stuff like gay marriage bans) I won't care more than to comment on an internet forum thread about him.

#2740087 Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine has begun. Obama sends additional fighte...

Posted by mav1234 on 15 April 2014 - 02:27 PM

I was reading stopfake website that investigates news reports from both sides and says if it's fake or not. They investigated few pro-Russian attackers in Ukraine that were pictures without ski masks on. All of them are Russian citizens from Moscow and St. Petersburg. Apparently, main people behind riots are Russian citizens but Russia denies it's involvement. Russia has been very sloppy at handling this.


Putin is gambling on two things it seems to my fairly uneducated self on this:

1) Ukraine being afraid of annihilation and thus not doing anything and allowing Russia to take huge swaths of land uncontested

2) The US and Europe being too chickenshit on destroying the world economy to help Ukraine when so many can claim it's just a popular revolution not influenced by external forces (...which is stupid, but you know, Putin is banking on people just accepting that).


Recent reports suggest he was wrong about #1.  And I don't know if Putin has the balls to full-out invade Ukraine, because that could force #2 to change as well, since an invasion is much different and could be the impetus the US needs.


Putin scares the crap out of me.  Always has.  He's incredibly smart and ruthless, but I think he is also so arrogant he has a serious chance of a massive misstep here.

#2734030 leave it to the French.....no work emails after 6pm

Posted by mav1234 on 10 April 2014 - 09:12 AM

^This. When we were in VT, I worked for a "web design" company that realized they had a lot of socially awkward people working for them, & I taught a workshop on how to design/write for a LARP. This was done so people would take vacation days.


That's awesome, I bet people benefited from that greatly.  I've found LARPing is a great tool to get a lot of socially awkward people out of their shells. 


On the topic at hand, while I do think France's labor laws at times seem to go a little overboard, I am unquestionably influenced by an American perspective that places a huge amount of value on work effort and time, and thus, a lot of our happiness is tied up in our jobs.  I think this is one reason we have such issues with depression. Pure speculation here, but I think that when so many of us derive so much satisfaction in life from something we have very limited control over the managing of (e.g. most of us are not managers in this country), I think that leads to a lot of dissatisfaction and feelings of powerlessness.  This is derived from my own observations in different work environments where I had varying levels of autonomy and control. 

On the "Europeans have it easier to travel" bit - that's true, but this country is far more diverse than most European countries overall.  I don't know about the Carolinas, but in all of the places I've lived in the Northeast (barring some time in a community under 1k people in VT), there have been cultural festivals that at least expose us to different things and ideas that are not purely American.  I think that still gives perspective, albeit not nearly as much as travelling abroad.

#2728470 High Court Voids Overall Contribution Limit

Posted by mav1234 on 05 April 2014 - 08:57 PM

ugh. so scary.

#2728464 Mozilla CEO ousted for views in 2008

Posted by mav1234 on 05 April 2014 - 08:52 PM

Marriage is a not a right, it is a privilege. Driving is a privilege, not a right etc. People should know the difference between rights and privileges.


Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival...


Chief Justice Earl Warren.

#2728135 Mozilla CEO ousted for views in 2008

Posted by mav1234 on 05 April 2014 - 03:23 PM

It means it is not some radical view.


If he had donated to the 48% side I doubt there would be a social uprising though


Why would there be a social uprising if he had donated to the "other side"?

He advocated bigotry.... And had years to see the error of his ways, and did not.  *shrugs*

#2719618 Rivera: We would be interested in Jackson...depends on #'s

Posted by mav1234 on 28 March 2014 - 01:00 PM

According to 1 picture?


No.  It was widely reported they're close.


but he's not coming here.  He'll want more than we can afford to pay.

#2719296 Rivera says Cam wasn't consulted in WR moves

Posted by mav1234 on 28 March 2014 - 10:37 AM

some in this fanbase have been convinced Cam was going to bolt since we drafted him and are looking for every excuse in every offseason to explain why.


We went 12-4 last year and won our division.  This offseason isn't even done yet.


No reason to panic.

#2719181 Rivera says Cam wasn't consulted in WR moves

Posted by mav1234 on 28 March 2014 - 08:28 AM

Cam's smart enough to understand this is a business and that he's a player.  He may get asked his opinion on WRs sometimes, but he's not going to be the reason we make business decisions relating to the WRs.. and really, he shouldn't.


Players have a lot more comradarie between each other than they do with the FO... and that's *good*.  The players can't be unbias.  We can hope that Gettleman can be a little more objective than they are.


We had a team where the front office ran operations as if they were buddies with everyone on the team, and we ended up with a bunch of awful contracts to mediocre veterans.  fug that. Gman could have handled the Smitty departure WAY better, but consulting Cam wouldn't have been the way to do that.

#2714376 Kenny Britt visiting Carolina

Posted by mav1234 on 24 March 2014 - 11:16 AM

Remember that our #1 receiver is still on the team, too.

#2713628 Kenny Britt visiting Carolina

Posted by mav1234 on 23 March 2014 - 05:46 PM

So let me see if I got this right? We may, or may not, have interest in Britt. He may, or may not, have interest in playing here. He may, or may not be coming, had already been here, or he may not even have plans of coming here. But...If he does, and we do, we still don't want him?



You may or may not be right, but if you are, I'll never admit you are, but if you aren't, I'll make sure to point out this post in the future.

#2713448 Has this week calmed your Gettle-fears?

Posted by mav1234 on 23 March 2014 - 02:30 PM

I had to laugh after reading several of the posts made about how horrible of a job DG was doing, that he was a lost cause and needed to be fired. The dude turned our front 7 into one of the best in the league last year, added a spark to the offense by nabbing Ginn. 


Somehow all of this is forgotten in less than a couple months?????


people forget what Ginn was before he came to us... which is why I'm actually really excited about Underwood.


I see a pattern in the type of players Gettleman is grabbing, and I really like where he is going.


What a lot of people aren't seeing here is that this is a team being built to win long-term... the GM isn't going to destroy our future to try to win next year, he's going to field a team that can win year in, year out.  That means you develop an elite core of players and fill in roleplayers around them.  He's doing just that.

#2713442 World War 3?

Posted by mav1234 on 23 March 2014 - 02:18 PM

Last time it was this bad, Peanuts was in the WH.


When did GWB get the nickname Peanuts?

#2713183 Whodathunkit, Roddy White is a classless POS

Posted by mav1234 on 23 March 2014 - 09:43 AM

Man I knew this thread had potential, but this is a direction I didn't expect.  We're wading into TB territory now

#2713121 The New York Jets QB Situation

Posted by mav1234 on 23 March 2014 - 08:53 AM

Ummm, Jets had the 6th ranked running game last year and had a better YPC than we did.

He had the 11th ranked defense behind him too.


There was a time when you looked for a rookie QB to show you glimpses... and I think that is what Smith did.


Do I think he's going to be a top QB in this league?  Probably not.


But he could turn out to be a solid starter with the right pieces and development time.  I dunno if that'll happen, but I think it's too early to claim he's washed up.

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