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b_b  ·  397 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The misremembering of the McGwire-Sosa Home Run Race

What's dumb is someone who was a toddler when steroids were big thinking that they have any insight whatever into what steroid culture was like on the 90s.

b_b  ·  398 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The misremembering of the McGwire-Sosa Home Run Race

Probably Olerud too. My whole high school football team was on steroids in 1998. A dude in my class has a seizure during drafting class because of all the shit he was using to bulk up. My buddy who went on to pitch independent league ball in early 2000s was on steroids. Lance Armstrong was on steroids, as you note. Steroids were so common and so cheap and so easy to obtain in the 90s that usage was probably far higher than anyone imagines. I wouldn't be surprised if it was over 90% in some sports. It's one of those things that we need to just forget about, because it was a product of the era and not specific to individuals, even if certain guys were more conspicuous than others (I remember sitting in row 1 being the dugout and being shocked to see Raphael Palmiero's neck and traps up close).

b_b  ·  399 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Squeezing the Worker

This is yet another area where the powerful and powerless have diverged. Try to give an executive level person anything more than a 6 month, strictly in market non-compete and they will laugh so hard they choke. McDonald's, on the other hand, routinely uses them.

b_b  ·  399 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Squeezing the Worker

It would be interesting to know a couple things about the data, including the percentage of employees who receive benefits, and how that compares to smaller employers. Also, I'd like to know the total SNAP benefit amount normalized to the company's revenue per employee. I guess my point is that we don't so much know how shitty the pay is if we can't accurately compare it across all employers. I bring this up, because for example Cleveland Clinic is on Ohio's list, and I'm sure I'm not alone in not immediately thinking of them when thinking of evil companies. Wichita public schools makes the list in Kansas, which is even more fucked up, since it means that us federal tax payers are paying for their complete unwillingness to collect state taxes to do any good whatever. These data are really interesting, but just a little incomplete, IMO. Hating big companies is easy, but the hard part is how to fix our tax code to encourage better behavior--we can only do that with good data. (Anyway, don't get me wrong--as a taxpayer I'm getting pretty goddam sick of paying Amazon for everything and then still having my tax dollars go to their employees, when that company barely pays taxes themselves. Walmart is easy to hate, and for good reason, but at least they pay taxes.)

b_b  ·  399 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ocean cleanup system sets sail for “Great Pacific garbage patch”

If only we had a 1.6 million sq kilometer park :'(

b_b  ·  399 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ocean cleanup system sets sail for “Great Pacific garbage patch”

What to do with it after they collect it? Send it to a recycling plant in China where it will be washed out to sea again?

b_b  ·  405 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'Five Eyes' governments call on tech giants to build encryption backdoors — or else

Good point. I feel safer now.

b_b  ·  405 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'Five Eyes' governments call on tech giants to build encryption backdoors — or else

I know a couple whose daughter was adopted from Korea who have been unable to obtain a learner's permit from our Secretary of State (our version of the DMV) because her birth certificate and adoption records don't prove she's an American to the Trumpist Michigan government. For real. A fucking learner's permit.

b_b  ·  406 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Happens When Fandom Doesn't Grow Up?

Bud Dry or death

b_b  ·  408 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Microwave Weapons Are Prime Suspect in Ills of U.S. Embassy Workers

I guess the US will have to start keeping chocolate bars in all of their embassies in hostile territories as a Canary in the coal mine. Melting candy spells trouble!

b_b  ·  408 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Much Trouble Is Ted Cruz Really In?

Remember Ted's speech at the convention? He told Republicans to "vote their conscience". I'm sure Trump hasn't forgotten.

b_b  ·  409 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Stem Cell Benefits May Let You Cheat Death

:D

b_b  ·  409 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Jaguar-Land Rover wants you to know they take autonomous vehicle trust VERY SERIOUSLY.

Turns out British made garbage doesn't improve when taken over by an Indian company. Who could have guessed?

b_b  ·  409 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Roger Stone would like you to give him money because Mueller is about to charge him.

How do you think Stone felt about Nixon's "Deep State Goons"? Trying to imagine the cognitive dissonance that he must have, and I'm coming up empty.

b_b  ·  409 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Jaguar-Land Rover wants you to know they take autonomous vehicle trust VERY SERIOUSLY.

Technically the thing was probably designed while Ford still owned them (since the conception to delivery life cycle can be anywhere from like 4-9 years), so it's a grey area whether it was a pure ripoff, or, say, a self-citation. Either way, you couldn't pay me to drive one of those motherfuckers again. My wife bought it before we were married, so I was only a legal owner by default. The only thing worse than Land Rover engineering is their customer service, whose only function seems to be to piss you off even worse than an unexpected $5000 breakdown, so that you finally just hang up and pay their ridiculous prices out of frustration.

b_b  ·  410 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Jaguar-Land Rover wants you to know they take autonomous vehicle trust VERY SERIOUSLY.

Lol. I was the proud (sarcastically) owner of an Evoque a couple years ago. It was bar none the biggest piece of shit on a per dollar basis that has ever hit the road. The turbo and the transfer case each blew when the thing was like 3 years old. I would only fear for my safety as a pedestrian if JLR were the dickholes manufacturing the thing.

b_b  ·  410 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Random Quotes of the Week (Aug26-Sep 1 2018)

Wouldn't you love to see a politician campaigning to strengthen the museum sector?

b_b  ·  411 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 29, 2018

I didn't get there, but my dad swears by the Waimea canyon hike in Kauai. It might be a good alternative if you can't get on Kalalau, which is as good or better than you imagine it to be. There's also a hike (can't remember the trail name) up to the waterfall on the big mountain that is visible from the north side of the island.

On Maui I would recommend the Hoapili trail in Makena. It's a hike over a lava field, and one of the few places on the island where there aren't very many people, because (a) it's a bunch of sharp rocks, and (b) it's a pain in the ass to get to. Other than that any of the side trails I've been on around Hana highway are worth exploring.

b_b  ·  416 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Manhattan D.A. Eyes Criminal Charges Against Trump Organization

Funny to watch the language he's been using recently. Cohen "flipped". Manafort "didn't break". Etc. It's almost as if he's actively trying to act like a crime boss.

Edit: lol. Nyt beat me to it: With a Vocabulary From ‘Goodfellas,’ Trump Evokes His Native New York

b_b  ·  418 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Paul Manafort Convicted in Fraud Trial

Still could be one. They only convicted 8/18. They didn't acquit on any of the 10, but just couldn't come to a verdict. Very possible the case could be refiled after his next trial. Probably depends on the total sentence he receives in both trials. If he's already gone for life, then what's the point?

b_b  ·  418 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 22, 2018

No way. Imagine the blowback from republicans! I'll bet at least half a dozen of them would publicly go on record as saying that the president's actions are unfortunate.

b_b  ·  419 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Paul Manafort Convicted in Fraud Trial

I don't necessarily buy it either. If it pisses Trump off though, I guess I don't care about the intent.

b_b  ·  419 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Paul Manafort Convicted in Fraud Trial

Amazing that Giuliani can spin this as, "This proves Trump isn't guilty."

Meanwhile, Melania is trolling the shit out of him. Guess she likes her New York friends more than her husband. Big surprise.

b_b  ·  419 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Paul Manafort Convicted in Fraud Trial

When the manafort jury took so long I was convinced that one or more of them were being paid off or threatened into not convicting. I was a little surprised actually that it came back guilty. I thought the Russia/Ukraine/Trump crime axis was doing the dirty work.

b_b  ·  419 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Paul Manafort Convicted in Fraud Trial

$4 million in income that he didn't pay tax on apparently. It's hilarious that these morons, manafort included, never seem to want to pay taxes, even though (a) they would still have a lot of money and (b) they wouldn't go to jail. Is it like part of some special club whose roles are that you can't pay taxes to be a part of it? Good I hope the president hours down for tax evasion, too. Nothing, not even Trump rotting in jail, would make me happier than to see him poor.