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Niner National

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#2936233 Utopia

Posted by Niner National on 08 September 2014 - 07:39 AM

I like how they basically just picked people that fulfilled stereotypes for characters



Redneck with no teeth.

Arrogant asshole atheist from Cali

Pregnant black woman

Black angry ex-con




I watched about 20 minutes of it and finally had to turn it off. It was awful.


It would actually be awesome to see an experiment like this run, but the only way you'd get any true results from it would be for it to not be a television show.

#2926800 Christian pastor offers atheists $100,000 to prove God doesn’t exist, at...

Posted by Niner National on 05 September 2014 - 09:28 AM

All things being equal, I do wonder why we have such intelligence and communication as we do?  As it stands right now, we are the only ones who can know the universe. (Of course scientists believe there is other life out there in the universe, but we don't know that for sure just yet)  Why us?  Why can't we be like all the other billions of creatures that live and have lived on this planet, and be care free?

You can make that argument about a lot of species that are unique in their own ways.


Humans only exist today because of intelligence. If not for intelligence, we'd be an extinct species. We have few natural advantages, so we had to use intelligence to use the materials around us to make us stronger.


Why do fish in the depths of the ocean create their own light? Are they divine fish because they can explore  the deep dark depths that the other fish don't even know exists? Hell no. They create their own light because that is what they had to do to survive.


Human intelligence is no different. It is a survival mechanism. Without it, we are a pathetic species. 

#2925248 North Carolina school grades 2013-2014

Posted by Niner National on 04 September 2014 - 04:38 PM

Class rank is often "one" of the criteria that they look at.....but it is way down on the list because there is very little way to calibrate the rank at one school vs at another school.


Interviews and essays are becoming more and more important.....as are GPA, classes taken, and test scores (always been very important).  These can be compared from HS to HS much easier....especially when you are talking about AP courses, as the year-end exams are standardized AP exams.


You can have kids at different schools with the same GPA, AP Scores, SAT Scores ....where one is #1 in their class and one is only in the Top 20% of their class.  Colleges rank them the same.


My son is in the process of applying to schools and for scholarships....and the criteria ranking has been very similar for all of them.  Class rank is only looking at quartiles now.

I do know that some schools limit the amount of students they'll take from a particular school.


A handful of schools in Union County and Mecklenburg County alone could fill a freshman class at UNC, but they want to get a diverse range of students, so being in the top 20 at a school with a lower quality student body means a lot more than being in the top 20 at a school where dozens of students easily meet the entrance requirements for a top university.


There was a big story about this in the Observer a few years back because a lot of very deserving students were denied admission to UNC because the school had already met their quotas from those school districts.

#2924820 North Carolina school grades 2013-2014

Posted by Niner National on 04 September 2014 - 02:08 PM

It is amazing to see how pathetic kids today are scoring on these EOG tests.  Many of the CMS high schools have over 40% scoring a 1 out of 5.  You have to be brain dead or comatose in class to score that low.


Compare that to Marvin Ridge, Weddington, Cuthbertson high schools in Union County where less than 5% score that low.


And Panthro wonders why we choose an area to live with low crime and good schools.

I get it, but if you sent your kid to West Charlotte, your kid would do just as well on tests and that is because your kid can see in you the value of education....and also probably fears punishment for poor performance in school.


My parents involvement, encouragement, and fear of punishment were definitely motivating factors for me in school when I was a child.

#2914454 Liberty @ UNC

Posted by Niner National on 29 August 2014 - 07:52 AM

Copped 2 tickets yesterday for the game Saturday. I can't wait, this will be my first time at Chapel Hill.

Does this game figure to be jam packed full, sold out or many empty seats as they are playing lowly Liberty? Anyway, anyone know how the view is section 125 row A they seem like great seats my only concern is that they are so low down to the field I might not be able to see everything clearly

Anyway, I'm excited anyone familiar with Kenan Stadium and UNC football fill me in on what I can expect and also, parking! Where is the best ace to park?

Games at Carolina almost always have plenty of empty seats. Has nothing to do with playing someone like Liberty, but yeah, a game like Liberty will probably have more empty seats than an ACC matchup.


Parking isn't difficult, but you'll have quite a hike. There isn't much parking right around the stadium and I think pretty much all of that is reserved for big money donors.


The stadium is pretty awesome though. They've done a remarkable job hiding the stadium in the middle of campus. It's a fairly large stadium, but you don't even know it is there until you're right up on top of it.

#2908909 NCSU Football in 2014 - should I even try to watch?

Posted by Niner National on 25 August 2014 - 01:21 PM

What ECU has built, with their budget, is nothing short of remarkable.


They have, hands down, the best football fanbase in the state. They routinely fill the stadium to play opponents that are not even half as interesting to the general public as the teams that ACC schools play week in and week out.

#2905595 NCSU Football in 2014 - should I even try to watch?

Posted by Niner National on 23 August 2014 - 04:22 PM

Read what he said and tell me one place where he even said anything of substance about UNC other than the "do less with more" comment which is TRUE. UNC's success measured against their resources in football creates a pretty underwhelming and straight up dissapointing result.


I don't entertain "ifs" very often and I have less respect for people that try to use them as evidence in any opinionated statement; but no, no UNC wouldn't have been in the championship game every season in the past 10 years in CUSA. It's not anything worth writing home about but you act like it's I-AA for god sakes it just makes you sound ridiculous. I'd HOPE they'd be competitive and win some conference titles. Pre 2013, CUSA had a lot of talent and actually had quite a few good football teams. None of them were marketable within the conference, but UCF, Houston, Southern Miss, TCU, USF, Cincinnatti, and Louisville helped make up the original CUSA. In its original form it was a pretty great conference to watch a football game but it was just hard to find the channel the game was on, which is why it has become what it is today with only 1 maybe 2 programs left that are worth a damn.


You are exactly what's wrong with UNC fans. What has UNC even done in football? At all? Won 3 bowl games in the last 15 years? Congratu-fu*king-lations. I don't even really care to argue about an ACC program's resources vs. East Carolina because obviously the answer to that is in the pudding (without any doing by you for the record, so the elitist schtick just makes you look more like a douche). But honestly UNC's football program sucks by any and all "power program" standards. UNC hasn't won an ACC championship in 34 years, UNC hasn't won a meaningful football game in god knows how long, and UNC didn't even PLAY in a meaningful postseason game in the BCS era (that includes even COMPETING for a conference championship which Wake and Duke can both say they did). So what makes this football argument even valid? Because UNC has had better teams than ECU for the vast majority? Sh*t, I hope they do! They started playing football before ECU was even an all woman's teacher's college much less a damn university. I hope that history is worth something! You know what sucks, though? No matter what the beloved preseason AP or coaches polls say, they don't right now. And that's what makes this even more fun.


I love when UNC fans like you run around talking about "oh it's their Super Bowl it's their Super Bowl" and then here you come bringing it up out of nowhere! Wait, I thought UNC fans were supposed to be "above" this? Hm, weird. Anyway, see you in Greenville, it's gonna really suck that UNC's fanbase is going to have to go another year making this same sad argument after getting their asses whipped. Maybe this time while you're tucking your tail between your legs it'll get stuck in your ass.


At least this time it won't be at home, though. At least there won't be an opportunity for an opposing fanbase to take over the whole stadium like over at the Woofie's house last year.

Great post.


Only thing wrong with it was UCF was not a part of the original CUSA. They were invited in 2003 after Cinci, Louisville, Marquette, DePaul, Charlotte, and Saint Louis left.

#2898484 Cheap flights to Florida

Posted by Niner National on 19 August 2014 - 03:09 PM

Allegiant is about to announce plans to fly to St Petersburg, FL and a few other locations in FL as well.


Imagine we'll eventually see a flight to Las Vegas as well since Allegiant is HQ'd there.

#2898482 Will you support your parents financially even if they make terrible money de...

Posted by Niner National on 19 August 2014 - 03:08 PM

nice upbringing that you had to turn out like such a turd.

maybe he didn't have a nice upbringing and that is why he won't help his parents out.


All parents aren't worth helping.


As for mine, I'd do anything I could realistically do to help them that didn't come at the expense of my own retirement. I wouldn't want to repeat the cycle with my children.


If it meant them living with me, so be it. If it meant simply writing them a check, that's fine too. My parents don't have any gambling, drug, or alcohol addictions, so I know that if I gave them money, they'd use it for legitimate purposes.

#2890043 Reparations for black descendants of the slaves

Posted by Niner National on 14 August 2014 - 09:56 AM

I doubt that.

The people in Ballantyne like to use fuzzy math to make that point.


They include Ballantyne, all up through Providence road and even into Myers Park and say "look, South Charlotte is paying 50% of the taxes"


When you include 30% of the damn city into your argument, and it is all the wealthiest parts, then of course you're going to arrive at a number like that. What they don't realize though is people in Myers Park/Eastover/South Park are not the same as people in Ballantyne. The income levels in those areas on on another level.


Most people don't realize that residential development pays a pretty low amount of property taxes compared to the space it takes up. Ballantyne without the corporate park and commercial property would be paying a much lower % of property taxes than they do now, but it makes people feel good about themselves to think they're footing the bill for everything.

#2889146 Reparations for black descendants of the slaves

Posted by Niner National on 13 August 2014 - 03:31 PM

They didn't live on the whole US as it is today of course.  Yet I'll tell you this, native americans have a 1000% more respectable history than black americans do.  There's a reason they don't have people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton speaking for them.  They did get paid, no matter how small it was, and ultimately they have more respect.

Native Americans are the poorest income demographic in the U.S.


They are, to this day, ignored by everyone in this country.


They do have people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton speaking for them, but they don't get air time.



Some reservations have poverty levels that are on par with Central American countries. People living in shanty towns without basic amenities that are taken for granted even in the shittiest urban housing projects.

#2889075 Reparations for black descendants of the slaves

Posted by Niner National on 13 August 2014 - 02:30 PM

I disagree.  Now in this world, you will always have poverty.  Yet with reparations, more people will come out of it and go on to succeed in life.  Remember we have a disproportionate amount of black people in poverty, and that is a direct result of not being paid reparations in 1865, and the subsequent era of discrimination/terrorism.  Reparations will solve this problem for sure.  It's the natural result.  The biggest thing is overall, the country will prosper like at no other time in our history.  More money will come into the country at the result of all these black people coming out of poverty.  Now they are being a successful working class in this nation.  So there will be more money to do whatever we need, and then some.

Evidence suggests otherwise.


The lottery is a good case study on what reparations would be like because it gives people (often middle income or poor) unexpected money in sums they've never had before.



From lottery to bankruptcy

According to a 2010 study by researchers at Vanderbilt University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Pittsburgh, the more money you win in the lottery, the more likely you are to end up bankrupt.

The authors divided past lottery winners into two separate groups: Those who had won cash prizes between $50,000 and $150,000, and those who had won $10,000 or less. What they found is that those who had won the more sizable sums were more likely to have filed for bankruptcy five years later. Similar research from the National Endowment for Financial Education estimates that 70 percent of people who had unexpectedly come into large sums of money ended up broke within seven years.



Money doesn't fix problems.


IF money was ever awarded for reparations (which it won't be. Ever.) it would need to be in the form of supplemental income and not a lump sum.


Also, giving away government money in the form of reparations is not bringing more money into the country.

#2889002 Reparations for black descendants of the slaves

Posted by Niner National on 13 August 2014 - 01:32 PM

Yeah sure, some people, but a large number of individuals out here just want a better quality of life for themselves and their families.

My money would be on more people pissing it away than improving their situation.


Poor people in general, regardless of race, are really poor stewards of money.


A huge percentage of people in this country have ZERO retirement savings. An even larger percentage of people don't have enough / aren't on track to have enough to retire on.


People put the here and now ahead of the future and there is no reason to think people that receive reparations will act differently.


When you're broke and haven't been able to afford the things you've wanted for years, it's really easy to go spend it on those things...which generally turn out to be useless in a short period of time.


I have little doubt that middle class black families would do responsible things with the money, but they're not the ones that I generally see bringing up reparations because they're doing ok on their own.

#2888915 Reparations for black descendants of the slaves

Posted by Niner National on 13 August 2014 - 12:38 PM

I'm all for programs targeted to fight poverty, esp. minority poverty, and to help combat institutional racism, but reparations directly paid to individuals will not alleviate any problems. 

Agree, but there are people out there that won't be happy until they get a big ol' fat check. 

#2878575 Largest teacher raise in NC history

Posted by Niner National on 06 August 2014 - 09:22 AM

Why should an UNDER performing teacher get any pay increase? 

Lot's of 'underperforming' teachers are put in no win situations. Going into a low-performing school with a majority of students in poverty is one of those situations.


That's a big part of why I decided not to teach. Charlotte pays the most in NC, but they're going to stick you in a horrible school when you first start out and I didn't want to deal with that.

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