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|2 years 5 weeks ago||Agreed. Also, towns and ski||
Agreed. Also, towns and ski resorts bid millions of dollars to host the start and end of each stage. This affects the route more than any factor aside from clockwise/counterclockwise in alternate years and a few historical considerations. Yes, they need summit finishes because they increase tv ratings, but the summits bid dollars for the privilege.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Sagan never said that.||
Sagan never said that. Everyone remembers him saying it, and he said beeeeyons often, but never conjoined.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||It's true that no-one is||
It's true that no-one is forcing them, but an employer has the responsibility to identify risks, enact prevention and mitigation measures, communicate them and ensure they are fully understood. They also have the responsibility of conducting an incident investigation, identifying both root causes and causal factors and then communicating them across the organization and sometimes the industry. Only degrees of this may apply to football depending on the type of injury, but the NFL has obfuscated, denied, and colluded to misrepresent the risk of brain injurires. College and earlier levels of football even further externalize all the risk onto the player.
Accountabiliy for risk is shared by the organization. It's not enough to acknowledge "there are risks" and make it entirely the player's responsibility. If people (and parents) knew all of the risks it would change things, be it decreased participation or coaches sitting more players out of caution.
Smoking: aside from marketing, manufacturers colluded to suppress and manipulate science. Maybe "everyone knew it could be bad for you" but they certainly did not know how bad (this is not dissimilar to the NFL's manipulation of brain injury studies the past two decades though they did not go nearly as far). I'm not discussing the political solutions and lawsuits but those companies lied about their product so they share some of the risk with smokers irrespective of how they were held accountable. It's simply not true the organizations are not responsible for the end use of their processes, product or brand.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||You'd only have a real time||
You'd only have a real time accuracy of at best 3 yards. You could do better, but the ball would have to rest at is forward location for 15 minutes and you'd have to repeat it 6 hours later with different satellite constellations. Video is the only option but then you'd have to review nearly every spot so the only realistic option is goal lines or by coaches challenge.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||But when you watch football,||
But when you watch football, half the time you are watching men lay on top of or underneath other men. So either football players are gross and nasty, or your comments regarding cyclists are totally fourth grade gay.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||So are you grossed out by all||
So are you grossed out by all camera shots of men's asses in footpall pants? Cyclists essentially wear the same outfits as football players minus shoulder pads, though there is one notable difference: football pants are the Capri version of bicycle shorts.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Voeckler has spoken out on||
Voeckler has spoken out on this issue previously. I think he has a point, but if I remember correctly he is a bit of a retrogrouch and doesn't train with a cadence and power monitor. He doesn't like technology, which is part of his panache. It definitely could contribute to risk taking as well as distract a rider when infinitesimal reactions are required. They are banned from all races but the world tours, so it would be interesting to see them banned and the impact that has on strategy. Teams would have to rely more on their captain, rogue breakaways may be more likely to succeed, and there may be more individual attacks. But you can make an argument they improve general well being and safety with greater communication for medical and mechanical needs.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Corporations/industries often||
Corporations/industries often fail to disclose risks, attempt to prevent or mitigate risks, train their employees, or provide the necessary personal protective equipment. Coal mining is an excellent example. The Massey explosion in 2010 could have been prevented, but Massey deliberately falsified safety reports. Best industry practice following a high potential hurt near miss in one mine would be to have an immediate safety stand down in all mines, to communicate what happened and the root cause determined by the incident investigation. Dozens of people died because the company deliberately failed to disclose. It is true that you assume some risk in taking those jobs, but the employer must disclose and if a risk increases, take steps to prevent or mitigate it or they are negligent.
In football, there is an assumed risk that you can be injured, under the assumption that the opponent's intent (on defense) is to stop the advancement of the football. If the opponent's intent changes to deliberately injure you, the risk has increased. However, that increased risk was not disclosed. If the NFL knew the risk had increased, they would have the responsibility to implement preventative and mitigative measures to decrease the risk (either the probability, consequence, or both) to the previous level. There is a name for this in HSE: management of change. As employees of the NFL, each member of the Saints had the obligation to report that the working conditions had changed and that there was an increased risk of injury. If that is not part of labor union policy or NFL policy, then they have a shitty safety management system and have a gaping hole leaving them liable in lawsuits.
In any other industry, if you or your coworkers deliberately engaged in actions that increased the risk to others, you wouldn't be suspended but terminated. Moreover, if you observed a change in condition that increased risk but did not speak up, you could be terminated if that increased risk had high potential. Most large corporations have this encoded in their HSE policies. NFL players are professionals. There is no reason we should not hold them to the same professional standards that you are I are held to.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Stone is in Escondido,||
Stone is in Escondido, California.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Yes, you need 12 credits to||
Yes, you need 12 credits to be classified as a full time student and to maintain your scholarship/eligibility. This was the basis of the Ann Arbor news "academic" scandal that preceded practice-gate. Football players who took 14 credits and had to drop a class midsemester were funneled into late-add independent studies with the same professor, so they could maintain 12 credits. Having that flexibiilty is a good thing, but how it was done and their workload for 1-2 extra credits was dubious. The exception is if you need fewer credits than 12 to graduate, you do not have to take 12.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||He's not playing the same||
He's not playing the same position as last year, moving from mostly the slot to the outside. Plus, the change in scheme did way with those sick Denard steps toward the line sucking the linebackers and safety in but designed throw to Roundtree plays.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Roads -- even toll roads --||
Roads -- even toll roads -- are in need of constant subsidies too. They are colossal money losers, and would be even moreso if you added in the externalized costs (a 10 ppb decrease in ozone, for example, increases productivity up to 4%.)
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Note that Ryan Mundy||
Note that Ryan Mundy essentially set that up with the block in the back. Angry Michigan Safety Hating God!
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Sure, we've recruited talent||
Sure, we've recruited talent on par with those schools, but we've also lost that talent: attrition and injury. The talent on our roster is less than those schools in my opinion, not just more youthful. It would be different if we could have kept those bodies committed, accepted, enrolled, and intact.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Almost every college has its||
Almost every college has its own police force, even private ones much smaller than Notre Dame. They likely don't have to comply with newspaper requests due to exceptions to open records laws for student privacy. For example, an 18 year old drinking is a civil infraction, and publicly drunk requires a night in jail, but almost all university police departments handle those issues discretely, and aren't required to file formal reports that create legal records. Regarding this case: the sample size of one article is too small to make anything of it.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Nadal or Djokovic will get||
Nadal or Djokovic will get the cover (unless it goes to print Saturday night/sunday morning.)
|6 years 2 weeks ago||The only thing dumb about the||
The only thing dumb about the shirt is that an East Lansing woman is not negotiable in price. Seriously, have you ever hooked up with a Spartan? You always pay $5 for a beer cup at the door, and then you pretty much get to choose whatever woman you want. That fee is more flat than Claire Danes was in "My So Called Breasts."
|6 years 9 weeks ago||(No subject)|
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Philip Banks experiences||
Philip Banks experiences rejecting, not rejection.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||If Bradley can hug it out||
If Bradley can hug it out with a Slovenian, so can you two.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||I just finished my PhD in||
I just finished my PhD in geophysical oceanography, and field work (on land or sea) is pretty much an excuse to get shitfaced (well, not at sea; ships are dry for a reason -- because people fall off and disappear in the middle of the night.) I've been to other conferences with booze, but not other conferences where every single person is double fisting Sierra Nevada at 3pm, served free. In fact, the AGU meeting at the Moscone center in San Francisco each December is the busiest convention for drinking they see all year. Employees at the local bars aren't allowed to request time off because it is when they make the most money, even though other conferences have more people.
Of course, we have to drink that much, because our women are ugly.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||Regarding Rutgers||
Regarding Rutgers sucking:
|6 years 11 weeks ago||I don't know why this makes||
I don't know why this makes me want to dance.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||I believe there is||
I believe there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe; however, I don't believe we'll ever encounter it. I place the probability of any lifeform able to cooperate and sustain itself long enough at a high level for interstellar communication or travel without population overshoot and resource depletion to be zero. See, e.g., peak oil and climate change.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||More like a horse giving||
More like a horse giving birth to a zebra.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Homo's don't eat deviled||
Homo's don't eat deviled eggs. They are too fattening. And what kind of potato salad? Mustard, Mayonnaise, or Hot German?
|6 years 14 weeks ago||It's also good for beating off||
It's also good for beating off the Giant Squid.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Oh noes! Now I'm never going||Oh noes! Now I'm never going to learn why Otis did it.|
|6 years 15 weeks ago||I agree with you. He could||
I agree with you. He could have said "Morgan is a tremendous athlete, possessing as much physical prowess at his position as anyone I have seen. I was really excited to work with him and have him in my secondary when I arrived, because based on his sophomore and junior years, he had a lot of potential, and we were expecting to build on that. His senior year, however, he seemed to struggle with the transition to a new coaching staff and defensive scheme. We were hoping for more leadership and consistency both on and off the field. He did make some outstanding plays for us and I believe he possesses the physical tools to play in the NFL in some capacity if he regains his motivation; his speed and strength could be an asset on special teams."
That would be a fair evaluation as a coach. You can acknowledge weaknesses. The professional way is to state them as areas to be developed, not directly as liabilities, and if there are any positives, you mention those too. Of course, it is highly possible that RRod did mention all the positives. For all we know, he could have said "Morgan has the tools to succeed in the NFL," it just did not get reported in the game of telephone.
To me, it's more telling that Carr heard from NFL scouts "what's the deal with RRod saying these things about Trent?" and then relaying it back to him. I'm not going to speculate without reading the book; and I'm not going to read the book. It sounds about as compelling as the autobiography of Omar Vizquel.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||No points.||
If what you say is true, I'd expect Leon Hall, Dhani Jones, and Chris Perry to have spoken poorly about Michigan, too -- as well as Jeter. I mean, seriously, how could he possibly be on the sidelines once per year when he played for Steinbrenner. No points.