That's a real indictment on the next level.
Posts made by gt12
RE: Harvey Weinstein
I've already alluded to this, but I've worked with a number of guys who were proper creeps. And, I didn't do shit. Mostly, that's because in order for me to get my contract renewed, I needed their support (in two cases, they were my direct boss), or they were clients and I'd justify it by saying it's none of my business.
For that reason, I've suggested it's much easier to comment on the situations of others than it is to speak up.
I should add that I now work for a great place - but even here, we seem to have resistance to hiring women, because babies.
RE: Religion, Morality and Political Correctness on campus
I wonder if the irony was lost on the writer about highlighting the gap between the two sides, then setting out to widen it and harden the attitudes of those on the right towards even listening to the points raised by the other side.*
He presents a pretty scary thesis without any real support, and IMO mis-represents supporting ideas he uses in the essay. For example, he implies that the Dems want to destroy the constitution based on one essay which asks for gun control - it doesn't actually even suggest that the second amendment be repealed, although it certainly sees the interpretation of the amendment as a 'cancer'.
For all their shortcomings, conservatives at least have a limiting principle for politics. Most of them believe, for example, in the principles enshrined in the Constitution and maintain that no matter how bad things are, the Bill of Rights is a necessary bulwark, sometimes the only bulwark, against tyranny and violence. In contrast, here’s Timothy Egan of The New York Times arguing unabashedly for the repeal of the Second and Fifth Amendments.
I didn't see anything about amendment five in that source, nor actually any real suggestions about amendment 2 beyond implementing gun control. And besides that, it's an amendment anyway.
Neither, in this essay did I see any actual data to show that those on the left are being 'radicalized' faster than those on the right. I assume that I'll need to go to the Pew research myself to find examples.
Even when he tries to suggest that that violent revolution is the goal of the left, the writer has to imply another person's intentions from a hazy speech about the French revolution, and even then it's only from one writer. Overall, all I see is a huge amount of implications being drawn to support a thesis the writer already believes.
- don't get me wrong, I think many writers from the left are ridiculous and make stupid, even dangerous claims.
RE: EOYT 2017
And, in case anyone thinks I’m a super fan, I’m actually not that super keen on him. I just would really like a player who can cover multiple positions in a WC squad. That’s one nice point for Buckman (for example). Without starting the Ice wars again, that was the thing which made him so useful.
RE: EOYT 2017
He’s covered 10 (and from drunk memory, played there in the case of injury) for the chiefs - so my point was only that he could make a useful squaddie or bench player in a small WC squad, where he could cover that from the bench against Namibia etc.
He primarily would go as a midfielder who can cover FB easily, plus wing off the bench. That’s a nice utility to have when he’s world class at 12 and 13, plus super handy at 15.
Anyway, I don’t see a place for him. He’s permanently broken, which is a shame.
RE: Harvey Weinstein
To the best of my knowledge, Weinstein wasn't running for president, so I'm not really sure why the comparisons are that relevant? It's certainly a juicy story for the gossip rags, but I personally couldn't give a fuck about Hollywood and whether Weinstein is a scumbag (he's clearly worse). These rumors are certainly not new and it's only now that the story is coming out (because, ironically he got caught on tape like Trump) so people are supporting rather than breaking it.
On the other hand, I certainly care about whether the president of the United States is a scumbag - although, even then I'm not too concerned about whether they cheat on their husband/wife or not.
Anyway, I'm not sure how anyone is surprised about people choosing their own personal situation over publicizing the problems closer to them - it may be hypocritical but it's certainly safer, and I, for one, sadly can't say that I've taken the high road or even necessarily acted in the most honorable way in such situations.
RE: EOYT 2017
@stargazer when I looked forward to a possible RWC mix (as I am sure the selectors are doing as well) it was obvious that somewhere (or in two areas) the back selection has to contain players adept in more than one area. Not just wing and fullback. With the squad sizes as they are you need to have a 9/10 (very rare these days), a 10/15, a 10/12 (again, not very common now) and/or a midfield/wing.
DMac becomes important here as the next decision is which spot he primarily fills. Do you have him in your back three quota or your 10 quota? If you put him in the back three you end up carrying 4 potential 10s and reducing squad options. I think they will have fingers crossed that he shows he can handle time at 10, become the third option there and get room for 2 others to join Bender and Ioane in the outsides quota.
In that case, a player like Seta could be gold as he covers midfield and wing well. An excellent squaddie and potential bench player. Another in the same category is Ngatai, who can play anyway from 10 out.