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  1. I voted for the Chiefs.   The demise of the Chiefs is a bit premature because they still have the best HC and the best QB not to mention they still have at least as much talent as any of their rivals.  They are a talented, experienced team under one of the great coaches in the game that knows how to win important games.

     

    The rest of the AFC West teams have added shiny new pieces but it remains to be seen if the new players and new coaches can perform up to the preseason hype. 

     

     

  2. My guess is that Kyler would probably be a better QB/leader if somebody on the Cards coaching staff (like the HC) had taken him in hand when he during his first three seasons.   That's when he should have been introduced to the obviously alien idea that the NFL is a different animal than college football, and talent alone isn't enough for long-term success.  Instead of redesigning their entire offense to suit Murray, the Cards should have also included plays that would have forced Murray to work at mastering them.   I was a teacher for nearly ten years.   Many students who could ace multiple choice tests -- or even fill-in-the-blank tests -- struggled when writing essays because they had to think.   There were no crutches to help them out. 

     

    I don't think that Kingsbury ever demanded that Murray demonstrate that he could do the football equivalent of writing an essay exam, so Kyler now figures that he can continue to slide by without putting in the effort that other starting QBs do.   Unfortunately, I don't think Kyler is going to change his attitude toward his game prep unless -- until -- something bad happens.  

     

     

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    4 hours ago, Chicken Boo said:

    The majority of people will look at this development for what it is and not what it might become.  Kyler, 24, could be scary good if it "clicks" for him and he matures.  Not exactly what you want to hear about your franchise QB, but this is the situation.

     

    He's already above average at the position without studying film.  That's impressive.

     

    It's an impressive waste of talent.  I can't see how after 3 years in the league, Kyler is going to suddenly change his attitude towards his career.   I think that the only way Murray gets the "attitude adjustment" he needs is if AZ were to cut him before the end of his contract or not re-sign him to a new contract.   it may very well be too late then for him to re-establish himself as a starting QB with another team.

     

    My guess is that in twenty years Murray will be one of those ex-players that people will say could have been great if only ... 

     

    3 hours ago, Maynard said:

    The 4 hours of study time per week shows you what kind of guy they are dealing with. Good luck with that! 

     

    Exactly.   QBs like Brady, Rodgers, Allen, Mahomes, Stafford, etc probably regularly spend 8 to 10 hours a week voluntarily studying film.   Many much less talented NFL QBs voluntarily spend far more than 4 hours a week studying film just trying to get better.

     

     

     

     

  4. 20 hours ago, Gugny said:

     

    Yeah, you are right.  He had AZ by the balls.  I hate this part of the business side of football.  

     

    Yeah, football was soooooo much better when players had to work other jobs during the off-season to make ends meet.

     

    It's the players who put their bodies and futures on the line to make the bucks for the billionaire team owners.  Nobody is going to pay money to see Jerry Jones sit in his box and smirk or scowl, and ol'  Jerry and his fellow owners aren't going to share the riches they make off the players' efforts unless they're forced to it.

  5. It was an explosion in a transformer which is not an uncommon event on electric transmission lines.  If a transformer on a pole near your home explodes, your neighborhood may be without power for several hours until it's fixed.  I don't know how an explosion at a larger transformer at a major dam would impact electricity production.

  6. I am so sorry for your mother's situation.  I think that you may have to jump through a few hoops to legally get your mother home if you don't already have some of the pieces in place.   It will help if your mother is considered legally competent, which it seems she still is.   That should enable her to assert her desire to return to her home.

     

    The place to start is, I think, the Chautauqua County Office of the Aging.  The number for the Jamestown office is 716-661-7582.   For the Mayville office it's 716-753-4471.   For the Dunkirk-Fredonia office, it's 716-679-3417.  For the Sinclairville office, it's 716-962-8131.   I think that Mayville is the main office, so you might get the best advice there.

     

    Another resource is Janell Sluga, Geriatric Care Manager for Senior Life Matters which is associated with the Lutheran Social Services in Jamestown, but SLM doesn't only help seniors at the LSS campus.  When I retired, she helped me navigate Medicare Part D. Her email is  janells@lutheran-jamestown.org and her phone is 716-720-9797.

     

    Hope this helps.

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  7. 14 hours ago, SlimShady'sSpaceForce said:


    because I thought I had a Mandela Effect moment.   

     

    It's understandable.  It's the very tail end of the off-season and we're all bored. 

  8. 22 hours ago, 4merper4mer said:

    Also it was not technically a live broadcast.

     

    I think that one of the Buffalo tv stations may have broadcast the game live.   In 1980, WNY was hockey-mad since the Sabres had been to the Stanley Cup finals about 3 or 4 years earlier plus with the games being in Lake Placid, the local stations had extra coverage.  I remember coming home from work (I was a school teacher) and turning on the game while I was making dinner.   

     

    Then again, maybe I am suffering from false memories.  :D

  9. I have to go with the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.   I can still see the hockey stick flying into the air after the buzzer .

     

    A lot of people don't remember that the win against the Russians wasn't the gold medal game.   The US team had to beat Finland later in order to take the gold, which they did.

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  10. 14 minutes ago, shrader said:

     

    Is it still the same OP that you remember from 3 years ago?  That would be the ultimate mandela effect, bringing an otherwise idiotic thread full circle.

     

    I don't remember this thread from three years ago at all.  I was going to respond to a post on the first page of the thread when I realized it was started 4 years ago ... and went on for 27 pages of mostly the OP denying the possibility of his memory being faulty. 

     

  11. 11 hours ago, T&C said:

    From what I understand it came up out of nowhere so it takes some mind adjustment to figure out what is going on in a matter of seconds. I've never encountered anything like that... closest would be monsoon rain and snow squalls that also came out of nowhere.

     

    Haboobs, the big walls of dust that are created when desert thunderstorms collapse, can be seen approaching from a long way away -- if you're in relatively flat terrain and happen to be looking in the right direction.  Otherwise, they seem to come out of nowhere.   My guess is that this was something similar to a haboob, only far removed from any real deserts because of the western drought.   In the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, dust storms became fairly common on the Great Plains because of the extreme drought conditions at the time.

  12. 6 hours ago, Poleshifter said:

    Not trolling. It is something I strongly believe in.

     

    Admittedly, it is hard to convince anyone else about it, but that is OK. I was only trying to let other folks know about the opportunity, but some folks get all bent out of shape about it.

     

    Skepticism is a good trait for any investor.   You could use more of it since you seem to have bought into some significantly faulty information.

  13. Contrary to the headline, these days $125k is a pretty paltry purse for a stakes races.  On the same day as the Los Alamitos Derby, there were at least 7 stakes races run around the country worth at least $250k, topped by the $1 million Belmont Derby and the $700k Belmont Oaks Invitational (which are both run in New York where Baffert can't run his horses).   On Sunday, Belmont ran 3 non-stakes races with purses over $90k each.  Churchill Downs, which finished its meeting a week ago or so, has a purse structure similar to the big NY tracks Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga. 

     

     

     

     

     

  14. 16 minutes ago, TBBills said:

    More reasons why social media should be regulated. Too much false information around,  this all started about 2016 and has gotten worse every year. 

     

    Poor guy like poleshifter gets false information from amateur YouTube videos and fake Twitter posts and think it's real. Then he invests all his money into it all the while not realizing his information is bad.

     

    It's not social media that needs to be regulated but cryptocurrencies to limit the exposure of all investors to shady practices.   Other than that, all the "good" information in the world isn't going to deter people who view investments as get-rich-quick schemes because those people only listen to what supports their schemes and dismiss warnings about the risks.

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  15. 4 hours ago, BillsFan4 said:

    Afaik XRP is not backed by gold. There are some coins that are, but XRP isn’t one of them. In fact, I believe Ripple’s (the company that made XRP) CTO David Schwartz even said if XRP was backed by gold it would limit its capabilities.

     

    Here’s a list of all the current gold backed crypto:

     

    https://www.goldscape.net/gold-blog/gold-backed-cryptocurrency/

     

     

    XRP not an asset backed cryptocurrency at all. It’s not really backed by anything but the company that made XRP (ripple), who’s currently facing an SEC lawsuit over what XRP actually is. The SEC is alleging that XRP is a security (not a commodity) so it should be regulated like a security, and that all XRP is currently considered unregistered securities so ripple’s owners sold it illegally.

     

    ripple says XRP is a utility coin.

     

    https://www.protocol.com/fintech/ripple-sec-xrp-lawsuit-trial

     

     

    and here’s more on asset backed cryptocurrencies:

     

    https://medium.com/the-capital/what-are-asset-backed-cryptocurrencies-f341d9359292

     

    https://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/gold-backed-cryptocurrency/#What_Is_Gold_Backed_Cryptocurrency

     

    Thanks for the links. 

     

    If I understood the article on asset backed cryptocurrencies correctly, they don't seem to be quite ready for prime time investing by John Q Public.   While they offer more stability than other cryptos, they still have some significant problems that make them much riskier than more traditional investments.   At present, the advantages of asset backed cryptos -- namely, the ability to buy tiny shares of expensive assets and the ease of liquidity -- can be had by individual investors using traditional investment vehicles like mutual funds that invest in assets like real estate or precious metals, so asset backed cryptos seem to be redundant and riskier. 

  16. 4 hours ago, Poleshifter said:

    XRP is backed by gold. XLM is backed by silver.

     

    Gold and silver are the assets.

     

    Most people are not accustomed to crypto being backed by anything but hope.

    ^^^

    4 hours ago, Warcodered said:

    And you can't just invest in gold or silver? Why do you need an extra step?

     

    Crypto mining techies aren't going to make quick fortunes investing in gold and silver.    They will make big $$$ selling their versions of crypto to the "world economy is going to tank tomorrow" crowd who wouldn't be interested in "mainstream" crypto like Bitcoin.

     

     

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  17. 19 hours ago, Warcodered said:

    The insolation from typical dangers because of modern technology/civilization makes people really stupid sometimes. I mean cows kill people every year and that's a species we've bred to be livestock.

     

    My guess is that even more people are killed -- and certainly injured -- by horses, which were likely the second species that humans domesticated after the dog, sometime more than 5000 years ago, and have been used all that time as close partners to humans.  

     

     

    17 hours ago, Limeaid said:

    I used to go Erie County Fair regularly and there were a pair of bison there in a corral for a few years. 

    I'd top by the agricultural building each day and pick up vegetables left behind after contest and take bag full to bison.

    After the first night they would recognize me and one would stamp his fore log like a horse and other would stick out lounge waiting for me to feed them.

    They liked broccoli and leafy greens the most but would eat carrots, squash, green beans and most of the other non-acidic produce (no tomatoes) and when in mood would eat apples and pears.

    Both of them would let me bet them afterwards with them looking to see anything left in bag.

     

    On second trip back someone was refilling hay and water and he told me not to get to close for sometimes they had bad temper.

    The male then turned his head and stuck in over corral towards me.

    I scratched it on side of neck and it just stuck its tug out like a dog and moved tail.

    His response "I have never seen him act like that" and then pointed to sign saying caution.

    After he left I fed them the second load of vegetables which did not win any prizes.

     

    Those days I was planning to go to college to be a vet. 

    It did not work out but when young I took every opportunity to interact with and care for animals.

     

    Raising domestic bison for meat  (and hides, I suppose) used to be popular.  There was a big bison "ranch" out by Salamanca/Ellicottville in Catt County, and bison meat could be found in supermarkets.  I visited with my stepmother.  They used railroad ties as fence posts and industrial sized metal gates.  I think they didn't herd them much but called them in with food.   People never got into the pens with them (like they sometimes do with cows) but moved and/or separated them using chutes.  

     

  18. Large or venomous snakes, like many other exotic animals that some people think are "cool" to make into pets, should be left in their native habits because they can become dangerous as adults, primarily because of size and/or temperament.   Once these animals become habituated to and dependent upon humans, they can rarely be returned to the wild and always have to live in captivity for their own safety and for the safety of people who cross their paths.   Too often, when the animals become problems for their owners, they get dumped.

     

    Many exotic pets are collected illegally from the wild and smuggled into the US without regard for the animals' health or the possibility of spreading disease.   The only way to truly stop this illegal trafficking is to dry up the market so that it's not worth it to smugglers to bring the animals into this country.

     

    Hopefully this snake is an escaped pet that can be reunited with its owner.

  19. One attraction that hasn't been mentioned is the Erie County Fair in Hamburg for about 10 days in mid/late August. It's one of the largest county fairs in the US (I think that Los Angeles County Fair may be larger) and is larger than some state fairs.  It has a massive midway, top grandstand shows, all kinds of shows, exhibits, and/or demonstrations -- conservation, historical, agricultural, and cultural.   

     

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  20. 22 hours ago, KDIGGZ said:

    I was painting with a broad brush to make a point. Sure it is speculation but Bitcoin specifically is no more risky than a piece of art or an expensive piece of sports memorabilia. Like any such commodity (notice I didn't say currency), you need a buyer on the other end for it to be worth something. I can scribble on a piece of paper and it's worth nothing and Josh Allen can scribble on a piece of paper and it's worth potentially hundreds of dollars. Is the utility of his ink more impressive than what I produced? Or is it equally worthless but certain buyers are willing to give it a high value because they find it desirable to own?

     

    With Bitcoin there is a set amount of only 21 million and many thousands if not millions have already gone missing. There's 8 billion people in the world. If more and more people decide to buy, whether as a commodity, a currency, a hedge, or whatever, at some point people will have a harder and harder time getting someone to sell to them and then we are in a supply/demand situation.

     

    I personally see it as digital gold. The next guy might see it as better than USD (inflation anyone?) and easier to transact with online (internet/metaverse). And yet another person might see it as just something rare to collect. When I see people say it has no utility I laugh because it is more useful than most things people buy. 

     

    The difference between gold and "digital gold" is that gold has a track record; it's been desirable for at least five thousand years.   As long as others view crypto as "digital gold", your investment has value.  If too many others decide that something else is the new "gold" digital or otherwise, crypto may go the way of the Dutch tulip in the 17th century.  

     

     

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