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#2938793 Urgent: Referee Watch 2014-15 Panthers Edition

Posted by rippadonn on 09 September 2014 - 09:44 AM

Sometimes the no calls are worse than the actual calls

#2938723 Urgent: Referee Watch 2014-15 Panthers Edition

Posted by rippadonn on 09 September 2014 - 09:18 AM

Ok. I was just sitting here thinking about that terrible roughing the passer penalty Sunday that I felt emboldened an already defeated Bucs squad. As Panthers fans getting pooed on by the refs is becoming almost something you can see coming as I did Sunday. The Bucs were getting embarrassed in front of their home crowd and the Panthers looked like theyre about to pull a shut out. Somehow I knew they would get "help" and so it was.

A couple plays later when DAs on the field he had one buc down behind his ankles while another basically speared him high and drove him into the ground well after the ball had left his hand. Coach Rivera was furious and... no call. This was right after the horrible penalty we got for our player running into the QB while upright and seemingly trying to pull up.

I've already ranted about the 49ers coronation we happened to be invited to last year in the playoffs. The refereeing in that game was suspect from the very start and became blatant by the end off the game with the guy jumping into our backfield and.....no call. The 49ers became emboldened when they saw THEY had the "help" that day and proceeded to do anything they wanted literally!

What can we do besides grumble? Organize! Let's call em out this year on their bulls**t! Id like to know if any of you guys have that have the capabilities to record and document theses egregious acts could record and post them here this season? The NFL should not be the WWF(WWE). Thanks!

Oh yeah! We are watching!

#2916135 Final Panther cuts 8-30-2014

Posted by rippadonn on 30 August 2014 - 10:11 AM

I will say this, if the TE corps increases its production over last year and Benjamin eclipses Smitty's stats from last year, we have to say we have improved.

I'd also add that if Philly Brown can channel Teddy Ginn this group could be very dangerous from years to come. Looking at Benjamin now, how many teams just passed on a #1 receiver? Dummies

#2890397 Arm yourselves

Posted by rippadonn on 14 August 2014 - 01:38 PM

The very profitable and fake "war on drugs" makes all this profiling and justification possible. Legalize everything and advocate self responsibility instead and 80% of this goes away.

Unfortunately cartels and crime syndicates run the nation at the moment so good luck there

#2890102 Founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth gives 45 minutes interview...

Posted by rippadonn on 14 August 2014 - 10:23 AM

You mean the 2.3T in transactions that he said was hard to track because of the outdated computer systems & the bloated bureaucracy?

Yeah, a great explanation and a great excuse. How could anybody question such an upstanding citizen and champion of truth? My bad :-/

Why didn't anybody have to answer for that? Oh yeah, we've been so busy since that announcement. Maybe we can investigate after we're out a state of emergency. Oh wait! We're still in a state of emergency?! Oh well

#2889208 Founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth gives 45 minutes interview...

Posted by rippadonn on 13 August 2014 - 04:31 PM

And what about Rumsfeld on Sept 10 2001 admitting that 1-2trillion was "missing" that they could not account for and the subsequent looting of the US treasury during the Iraq war?

If you can't smell it you must have dealt it

#2888142 Founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth gives 45 minutes interview...

Posted by rippadonn on 12 August 2014 - 05:47 PM

I don't care what anybody thinks about "truthers" or tin foil hats or the like. C-SPAN has access to almost 100 million viewers it is not a bullcrap "truther" site and some very powerful people(cable company owners) thought America needed to hear this information. If 1500newspapers, 1100 magazines, 9000 radio stations, 1500 TV stations, 2400 publishers are owned by only 6 corporations could media hyper diffusion occur? Is it possible with such a mass consolidation? I would say it would be likely(Jimmy Kimmel clowns them on that often). Like I've said here before, sometimes the view from outside may be the more realistic one. It can't hurt to listen.

#2886184 8/11 Practice Thread

Posted by rippadonn on 11 August 2014 - 10:36 AM

Next draft: OL, RB obviously. The running backs haven't seen any daylight since Otah.

#2862965 Air Algerie loses contact with flight AH5017 *Missing*

Posted by rippadonn on 24 July 2014 - 10:35 AM


As good a place to start as any. There's a lot going on underneath the surface and apparently a media boycott of certain stories. Since we're inside the bubble the more realistic view may be from outside our media bubble. Found this article interesting in light of all the aviation foolery

[quote] A former Malaysian prime minister has declared the CIA knows where the missing Malaysian Airways flight is located and is refusing to give it back.[quote]

[quote] He also insisted that the plane could be operated “remotely by radio or satellite links by government agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency,” suggesting that perhaps the CIA took over the controls of the downed plane and, after stripping it of its MAS markings, is hiding the plane in an undisclosed location. [quote]

#2857709 Lance welcome presss conference. 1pm

Posted by rippadonn on 19 July 2014 - 12:01 AM

So, indirectly or directly...you are defending Bonnell? Hmmm.

Either way, you seem intelligent enough from your post to realize that if you do not have a Stephen A. Smith to counteract your Skip Bayless, stay neutral and state the facts. Bonnell's opinion is useless that far left or right unless it has a purpose, as in to start an insightful dialog. Considering he is the Charlotte version of the Lone Ranger, he may want to STFU.

I thought ur gif meant that we were beating up on the guy.lol Then I thought about it a bit and it is indeed his employers fault. Like, is Fowler the other NBA beat writer or not? If not they need another guy for the Hornets. You need a Bonnell but you need balance also. It makes the paper look like they're anti Lance or anti Hornets all the time. Not good.

#2857259 Lance welcome presss conference. 1pm

Posted by rippadonn on 18 July 2014 - 05:10 PM

The Charlotte beat writers have a serious inferiority complex. I'm sick of it. Thats why he looked at the guy like 'why wouldn't I want to come here?!?'

Said he has family here. Hope that's a plus come contract time.

#2822694 Don't give up on him yet.

Posted by rippadonn on 17 June 2014 - 07:09 PM

Sacramento was pissed they lost Gerald Wallace. They were trying to keep him. MKGs game reminds me of GW. GW developed his jumper though.

I'd keep him unless the offer was insane

#2822638 GMO

Posted by rippadonn on 17 June 2014 - 06:06 PM

Mav I think it's genetically engineered BT that's causing trouble. BT is a naturally occuring toxin of course. Chemical companies should have a very limited role in something that by necessity should be as "natural" as it can possibly be for healths sake.

Big chemical/pharma have imposed their will to the point of great destruction. I heard a qoute attributed to Einstein : " If the bees were to die off mankind would have four years until extinction".

When former lawyers from these companies in question here go on to become head of the FDA and go on to sit on the Supreme Court influence shifts against the will and welfare of regular citizens as far choice goes. Rights are trampled upon. These genetically modified foods should be labeled and a person should be allowed to choose. These corps don't want labeling. Why? People have the right to shop elsewhere where "GMO's" are banned so the market will correct but what about the bees or the land that has been contaminated by these insecticide oozing plants they've engineered and forced into the market.

One of these companies scientist insist on "organic" foods being in their cafeteria. Why won't they eat it?

As you would all

#2822351 GMO

Posted by rippadonn on 17 June 2014 - 01:42 PM


Concerned about the bees and the butterflies? Interested in celebrating National Pollinator Week? It’s happening next week, June 16-22.

And it’s brought to you, in part, by none other than Monsanto and Bayer.

New York March Against Monsanto. Glynnis Jones / Shutterstock.com
In 2007, the U.S. Senate designated a week in June as National Pollinator Week. Every year, the Secretary of Agriculture signs a National Pollinator Week proclamation. As the public has grown increasingly concerned about the link between toxic chemicals and the die-off of bees and monarch butterflies, National Pollinator Week has evolved into the Pollinator Partnership. The Pollinator Partnership is a nonprofit that describes itself as “the largest organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.”

Who supports (i.e. funds) the Pollinator Partnership? Among others, Bayer and Monsanto—the very companies that are killing pollinators with insecticides and genetically engineered crops.

It’s all part of a well-documented, well-funded (and shameless) public relations campaign by the pesticide industry to give the appearance of “caring” about the die-off of bees and butterflies, while diverting attention from the cause of those die-offs—highly profitable products made by Monsanto and Bayer.

Let’s take back National Pollinators Week. By spreading the truth about the connections between Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops, Bayer’s neonicotinoid insecticides and Colony Collapse Disorder.

In honor of Pollinator Week, share this article. And make plans to join a pollinators celebration that hasn’t been taken over by the agrichemical and biotech companies: Bee Against Monsanto’s Global Swarm to Save the Bees on Aug. 16.

Three ways Monsanto and Bayer are killing the bees:

1. Monsanto’s genetically engineered, herbicide-tolerant “Roundup Ready” crops

In 2000, scientists discovered that genetically engineered traits in pollen can be transferred to bees though their digestive systems.

Researcher Hans-Hinrich Kaatz, a leading German zoologist, released bees in a field of canola that had been genetically engineered to tolerate Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. He then fed the canola pollen to younger bees and observed that the bacteria in the guts of the young bees took on the traits of the canola’s modified genes.

Kaatz’s research predated Colony Collapse Disorder. That term, for the disappearance of bees from the hive, wasn’t coined by scientists until 2006.

With the mass death of bees yet to come, the discussion of Kaatz’s findings focused less on how Monsanto’s genetically engineered herbicide-tolerant “Roundup Ready” crops could harm bees, and more on his research’s suggestion that all types of bacteria could be contaminated by engineered genes, including those that live inside the human digestive system. Scientists warned that this would impact the bacteria’s vital role in helping the human body fight disease and aid digestion. Even worse, if the antibiotic-resistant gene used in genetically engineered crops crossed over to bacteria, it would cause human infections to become resistant to antibiotics.

The warnings were prescient. Kaatz’s work foreshadowed the correlation between the increase of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops in the human diet, and the rise of gastrointestinal disorders, immune diseases and antibiotic resistant infections.

Inadvertently, he also predicted how the increased use of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops would spur Colony Collapse Disorder in bees.

When Colony Collapse Disorder hit in 2006, others picked up where Kaatz left off.

In 2010, Terrence N. Ingram, a commercial beekeeper for 55 years, published an article in 2010 in Mother Earth News that detailed the struggles he’d had since his neighbors started spraying Roundup on their genetically engineered herbicide-tolerant soy in 1996. He went from producing 15 tons of honey a year down to four.

“The bees never had a chance,” he wrote, “and all of the hives were dead before winter.”

In 2012, his bees disappeared while he was out of town. This time it wasn’t the neighbor’s herbicide sprays, it was the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA). Under the pretense that Ingram’s hives were infected with foulbrood, the agency destroyed them to prevent the spread of the disease.

Ingram believed IDA’s action had more to do with his 15 years of research into the effect of Roundup on honeybees. His suspicions were fueled by the fact that IDA’s theft included the hive of a queen bee that may have had a genetic resistance to Roundup.

“Knowing that Monsanto and the Department of Agriculture are in bed together, one has to wonder if Monsanto was behind the theft to ruin my research that may prove Roundup was, and is, killing honeybees,” Ingram told local Prairie Advocate reporter Tom Kocal.

Ingram hasn’t been able to get his bees back. But his hunch that Roundup was killing his bees is gathering support.

The suspicions voiced in Ingram’s 2010 Mother Earth News article were backed up with scientific evidence in 2013, when plant pathologist Dr. Don Huber published a paper written for the Center for Honeybee Research that names glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, as a possible cause of Colony Collapse Disorder.

According to Huber, “The exposure, physiological damage, and biological impact of glyphosate are consistent with all of the known conditions related to CCD. Of all of the potential individual factors implicated in CCD, glyphosate is the only compound extensively used worldwide where CCD occurs that impacts all of them.”

2. Monsanto’s insecticide-producing, genetically engineered “Bt” Crops

In research from 2001-2004, Hans-Hinrich Kaatz conducted another investigation into the impact of Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops on honeybees. This time, he looked at “Bt crops” that have been genetically engineered to produce insecticide.

Kaatz found that genetically engineered Bt toxin didn’t kill healthy honeybees.

But as it turned out, not all the bees in his study were healthy. Just by chance, some of the bees were simultaneously exposed to a parasite along with the engineered toxin. In that group, there was a “significantly stronger decline in the number of bees.” According to Kaatz, the bacterial toxin in the genetically modified corn may have “altered the surface of the bee’s intestines, sufficiently weakening the bees to allow the parasites to gain entry.”

Because of the harmful effect that the pollen of Bt crops could have on bees, in 2012, Poland’s Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki imposed a complete ban on growing MON810 corn, a Bt crop that is the only genetically engineered crop grown in the EU.

3. Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds treated with Bayer’s insecticides

Looking at the science, it’s hard not to wonder if Monsanto isn’t killing bees intentionally. Especially when the company buys out a bee research firm and proposes use genetic engineering to address Colony Collapse Disorder.

It’s bad enough that Monsanto produces genetically engineered crops that screw with honeybees’ gastrointestinal health, making them more susceptible to disease. But here’s the kicker: Monsanto also treats its genetically engineered seeds with a class of systemic insecticides that’s straight-up toxic to bees.

Insecticides known as neonicotinoids, or “neonics” for short, are the smoking gun of Colony Collapse Disorder. Bee colonies began disappearing in the U.S. one year after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allowed these new insecticides on the market in 2004-2005.

A pile of studies implicate neonics in bee die-offs. Neonics are nerve poisons that disorient bees so they can’t make it back to the hive. They also trigger immune system failure, causing the bees to fall prey to opportunistic infections. Last year, the EU imposed a two-year ban on all neonics.

Monsanto routinely treats its seeds with neonics. Unlike insecticide sprays, neonic seed treatments cause the insecticide to spread through every cell of the plant as it grows. The insecticide is present and active in the plant’s pollen and nectar.

Take something that’s toxic to bees, get it to grow in plants’ pollen and nectar, and you’ve got a bee-killing machine.

Monsanto has a partner in this crime. It’s Bayer, the main manufacturer of neonic insecticides, as well as Syngenta, who together with Bayer controls the neonic market. They’re partners in Pollinator.org, part of their massive public relations disinformation campaign to distract the public and policymakers from thinking that pesticides might have something to do with bee death and destruction.

We can’t let these companies control what the American public knows about Colony Collapse Disorder. Celebrate National Pollinator Week by exposing their crime and the cover-up. Share this article and make plans to join the Global Swarm to Save the Bees on Aug. 16.

Alexis Baden-Mayer is political director of the Organic Consumers Association. Ronnie Cummins is national director of the Organic Consumers Association.

#2811060 Welcome home, Hugo!

Posted by rippadonn on 05 June 2014 - 11:44 PM

Had a great time at the Hornets Open House this evening. Plenty of fans there lined up to show Hugo LOTS of love. It was beautiful to see how a purple and teal bug suit took people back to their childhood (spoiler alert: It's not the same guy in the suit folks). Grown men were gushing like they'd just ran into their best friend from jr high. People were hugging him, double high fiving him, two guys lifted him up. There is no mistaking the love affair with Hugo and the fans. The kids were all super excited too!


Got off a couple of snaps before we were all told "no photography allowed!!" oops!



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