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Re: Fukushima Radation
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How many people have died directly attributable to nuclear power?

How many people have died directly attributable to coal fired plants?

As for radiation that is escaping into the Pacific ocean this is extremely hypocritical. FAR, FAR more radiation was released into the Pacific ocean due to nuclear tests in the 40's and 50's.

I notice that no one focuses on the fact that much of the early reduced radiation is no longer detectable in the ocean. All of the hand wringing over the release of these isotopes....they are gone.

Here is a article from Woods Hole observatory. They do a good job of covering ocean research issues. This article dispels some of the hype. I am not saying this isn't a problem but it has been blown WAY out of proportion.

http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=127297

This is an excellent case where we have an opportunity to solve a real world problem of containment. The Fukushima incident is redefining how we deal with these incidents and the book is being written as we go.

The end fact is that as Woods Hole states, no reliable study has shown a link to ANY dead ocean life. There is no predicted increase in cancer risk to people in the area and no one working at the plant has died.

We need to put this irrational fear of nuclear power behind us. We are exposed to radiation EVERY day. In Western PA our exposure to radon gas would put us in harms way RIGHT now.

In Chernobyl the readings in the average residence is about .2 micro Sieverts per hour. Most of us are exposed to about .04 micro Sieverts per hour. This is certainly more than background radiation. Is it dangerous? No one really knows. I suspect that given the fact that Fukushima's last exclusion zone is 7.5 micro Sieverts per hour is no one is going to notice .2.

The average home that has radon gas in it is exposed .14 micro Sieverts per hour and many houses are MUCH higher than .2.

Would I currently move into a residence in Chernobyl? No. Why? Because there are PLENTY more places to live.If there weren't I would live there and probably would be exposed to less radiation than in my basement.

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Re: I'm with Trump.
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If you vote Libertarian or another route, its guarantying a Clinton win. At least this way she has to work for it.


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I hear you. That is most of my reasoning for voting the other way. Anyone but Trump for me. So I'm going for the best way to keep him from winning.


This is the typical lunacy of the current two party system. The two party system builds fear in the masses by using this lame argument.

If you REALLY believe that Trump isn't a good candidate, don't vote for him! If you think you are "settling" for Hillary over Trump, don't settle!!!!

Vote for who you think is the best candidate! Will the nation come to an end if Hillary gets the election? Nope. Will the nation come to an end if Trump gets it? Nope. Let's send a message to both of the asshole parties this election! Pick a third party candidate and vote for them!

This is how stupid the American people are: 60% of Americans think we need a third party. NEWSFLASH!!!! That is enough to dwarf the people in the two party system!!!!!

That means that if 2/3 of these 60% vote for Johnson he will win in A LANDSLIDE!!!! So in effect you HAVE a third party option you just are afraid to use it! If you think Jill Stein is the answer vote for her. I like Johnson because he has actually been a governor. Do I like all of his policies? No. We will have to deal with his policies after he is elected.

Even if the Hillary or Trump win let's let them win with a minority of the vote. You know what would even be better? Let's hope neither one of the two candidates get enough electoral votes and turn the Presidency over to the Senate and the Vice President to the HOR. That way we can have Hillary as President and Pence as VP.

Do you think the two parties will be more contrite to the voters in the future? I do. Come on....send the message this election Stein or Johnson.....For love of all that is good don't let these assholes frighten you into voting for a shithead because he is the least objectionable shithead.

If neither Stein or Johnson float your boat, write someone in but don't put a jail bird or a psychopath in the White House.


It's classic divide-and-rule. People have been brainwashed into believing there are only 2 options...right and wrong. They pick highly personal subjects to accomplish this, and they win. Every.single.time.

Black vs White
2A vs Gun Control
Pro-life vs Pro Choice
Strait vs gay
Rich vs Poor
Freedom vs Safety
City vs Country
Government-run vs privatization


Divide and rule (or divide and conquer, from Latin dīvide et īmpera) in politics and sociology is gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy. The concept refers to a strategy that breaks up existing power structures, and especially prevents smaller power groups from linking up, causing rivalries and fomenting discord among the people.






I stumbled on this. EXCELLENT (but LONG) read.

http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/1 ... n-in-the-american-public/

Edit:

Another one from them:

http://www.people-press.org/2016/06/2 ... itical-animosity-in-2016/




Personally...I find it very, very hard not to play their game.

You ask "Will the nation come to an end if Hillary gets the election?"

My answer to that is, as we know it, yes...it will. If she's elected, she will be in for 8 years...and will absolutely shred every bit of rights she possibly can during her term, along with appointing a liberal justice who will overturn Heller and effectively eliminate the 2nd amendment from the bench.



What does that mean to me come November? I'm still struggling with it.

Do I think Trump is going to "Make America great again"? No. I think he's pandering just as much as anyone. I don't, however, think he'll be bad for the country...unless he's a complete snake in the grass, which he very well could be.

My guy (Rand Paul) was never given a fair chance. I can say with integrity I wrote his name in during the primary...but I see where that got me...nowhere.


We have had the 2nd amendment with a number of Liberal and moderate Presidents. I don't think in any way that Hillary will get rid of our 2nd Amendment rights. Now do I feel that the Stanleys and eer_4da_beers of the world will eventually chisel away at the rights over the next 20 years? Probably?

I think that Hillary is FAR more moderate than Obama. If we kept our rights under Obama we will keep them under Hillary. We kept them under Bill, I don't really see things going any different.

The ban on guns is the Democrat equivalent of the Republicans banning abortion. A lot of hot air about the subject because it incites the masses but not a lot of movement. There was a lion's share of the time that conservatives held the majority of the bench. Was Roe versus Wade overturned? Nope. Its all just talk.

I am no lawyer but I think they have to do a lot more than overturn Heller to do away with the 2nd amendment rights. Those rights have been affirmed over the last 200+ years in Supreme Court rulings so I am not too worried.

At the end of the day Hillary has to overcome Republicans.

Oh....and I am hoping to send Pat Toomey from PA packing this year for his failure to confirm the moderate Supreme Court justice. As a result I am sure Hillary will nominate someone more liberal, probably.

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Re: I'm with Trump.
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If you vote Libertarian or another route, its guarantying a Clinton win. At least this way she has to work for it.


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I hear you. That is most of my reasoning for voting the other way. Anyone but Trump for me. So I'm going for the best way to keep him from winning.


This is the typical lunacy of the current two party system. The two party system builds fear in the masses by using this lame argument.

If you REALLY believe that Trump isn't a good candidate, don't vote for him! If you think you are "settling" for Hillary over Trump, don't settle!!!!

Vote for who you think is the best candidate! Will the nation come to an end if Hillary gets the election? Nope. Will the nation come to an end if Trump gets it? Nope. Let's send a message to both of the asshole parties this election! Pick a third party candidate and vote for them!

This is how stupid the American people are: 60% of Americans think we need a third party. NEWSFLASH!!!! That is enough to dwarf the people in the two party system!!!!!

That means that if 2/3 of these 60% vote for Johnson he will win in A LANDSLIDE!!!! So in effect you HAVE a third party option you just are afraid to use it! If you think Jill Stein is the answer vote for her. I like Johnson because he has actually been a governor. Do I like all of his policies? No. We will have to deal with his policies after he is elected.

Even if the Hillary or Trump win let's let them win with a minority of the vote. You know what would even be better? Let's hope neither one of the two candidates get enough electoral votes and turn the Presidency over to the Senate and the Vice President to the HOR. That way we can have Hillary as President and Pence as VP.

Do you think the two parties will be more contrite to the voters in the future? I do. Come on....send the message this election Stein or Johnson.....For love of all that is good don't let these assholes frighten you into voting for a shithead because he is the least objectionable shithead.

If neither Stein or Johnson float your boat, write someone in but don't put a jail bird or a psychopath in the White House.

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Re: Move along people, nothing to see here
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My point was very clear: both sides play by the same rules. One side works and actively votes to get corporate money out and the other does not.

Both sides are NOT equally sh!tty on this one. Sorry...the Republicans suck much worse on this one. Just a fact.


It shows to me that the Democratic Party Elites who favor getting money out of politics have no problems stomping on the First Amendment. I don't particularly like that. I favor making sure that campaign ads tell the truth. I favor making sure that when claims are made by candidates that there be some way to ascertain the veracity of those claims. We live in a society today that makes it so easy to test most claims. Even claims that are exaggerated. So I don't really see that big of a problem.

Money in politics is not all that big of a deal. Money in politics follows the same economic laws as it does in anything else in our economy....specifically the law of diminishing returns. Once you get to a certain level (a level by the way that in spite of the accusations about the Koch brothers Mitt Romney did not achieve in 2012) to get your name and message across to the number of voters you need to, in order to sway voters you progressively need more and more money and that money requirement goes up exponentially.

If you don't like big money in politics then vote against it in the elections. It doesn't take a genius to figure out who HAS the money and who is SPENDING the money. Vote against them. If that is what you feel is THE most important subject. I don't think that the money is swaying anything in politics. I think most people know who they are going to vote for in the 2020 election right now. I think that is sad but I would be shocked of much under 94% of people could not have their 2020 vote predicted right now.

That is the reason you have Hillary support right now. I have no idea how you could have a person that very arguably should be in prison right now like this guy:

http://www.startribune.com/sailor-fac ... on-nuclear-sub/390661021/

At the very least she should have her security clearance taken from her. I know people that work in the defense industry and if they wanted to take less secret stuff home to work with than she had on her email server they would lose their job.

The people who are voting for Hilary have decided that years ago. There is no information that could be given to them that would effect their decision so explain why we care how much money is spent.

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Re: I'm with Trump.
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What is a even a single based in reality reason to vote for Trump?

(other than not Clinton)


He supports the teaching of grammar and punctuation in our school system?

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Re: Conference Armageddon: The Official Conference Speculation Thread
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A number of folks keep saying OU to the Big 10 but as far as I can determine, OU is not an AAU member.


Neither is Nebraska.

Don't let the Big Ten fool you with its "education concerns." If it can add Oklahoma, it will. It would boost the Wester Division in football, add a lot in other sports and bring in a shitload of money.


Nebraska WAS an AAU member when they entered the Big 10 and leading up to it.

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Re: Conference Armageddon: The Official Conference Speculation Thread
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In the future, it is NOT going to be about conferences, per se, but about matchups. This will especially be true if the playoff expands to greater than 5, like to 8. I suspect this will happen in 2025 at least. I hope it happens earlier. That would really throw a lifeline to the Big 12. A guaranteed "in" to the playoff might keep OU and Texas in the league. If the Big 12 loses credibility it will be easier for them to leave and the league fold.

There will be no reason to get a "footprint" because you will be paying for streams of your games. There will be no advantage for picking Missouri because it is the thirty-'leventh largest television market that still uses rabbit ear antennae.

The issue will be, do people want to see this team play. By and large there are some people in Missouri that want to see them play but it is wrong to believe that most of Kansas City and St. Louis want to see them play.

While Mountaineer fans are a smaller market than many other schools, our fan base is pretty darn passionate as can be seen by our support at bowls. Major conferences will want our inclusion.

It would not surprise me that in the future the power 5 conferences don't think about kicking out members. I think in the next round there will be a reshuffling.

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Re: I'm with her
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Oh, I assure you, Hillary is NOT a PATHOLOGICAL liar.

She benefits from every one of the lies she tells.

I find it humorous that people want a politician that tells it like it is. Then Trump comes along and regardless of what I think of him as a candidate he definitely tells it like it is.

Then the press runs with it and takes it to the highest level of stupidity.

I find it humorous when those on here talked about the "fake" outrage of Obama not attending Scalia's funeral. Now we have Trump saying things, the media completely making things up, and then being outraged at what Trump says.

It is hilariously hypocritical.

I would say between the two of them Hillary or Trump, at least Trump provides entertainment. Hillary is just a complete snake in the grass. I have never seen anyone stand for less than the Clintons... both of them. She wants the office, the fame, and most importantly the speaking fees.

I doubt she could give you a prioritized list of things she will do as President. Her current list of things she would do is carefully calculated to give her the most votes she can get without actively contradicting herself.

At the end of the day...she will do nothing or next to nothing.


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Re: I'm with her
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Johnson: really wanted to like him...but after the libertarian debates he looks like a Republican opportunist to me. You don't have to agree.


I agree....but when your choices are a colonoscopy with a chimney sweeps brush and a dozen kicks in the nuts, suddenly bathing in muratic acid doesn't seem all that bad.

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Re: Conference Armageddon: The Official Conference Speculation Thread
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AAU membership is all about research. While, academics can be important the basis of AAU membership is in a school's research position. This is separate from the academic arguments against WVU which I personally think are BS arguments anyway.

WVU became a Research I school a few years ago, I believe. There needs to be a HUGE push for funding the University in the research direction.

I don't hold a lot of hope that the WV legislators can see it but a research upgrade at WVU would really help the struggling post coal economy.

One of the biggest ways to speed AAU membership is to start poaching top researchers from other institutions. Big 10 researchers might not be good targets but there are a lot of schools which have world class researchers and looking at bringing in some foreign researchers would help a lot.

AAU membership is most important for Big 10 membership because the Big 10 has the Committee for Institutional Cooperation where partnerships in research are negotiated. The Big 10 is one of the few/only(?) conferences which is much so much more than sports.

This is in contrast to ACC complaints about our academics. I think we are upgrading our academics over the last 20 years and anyone not familiar with that in the ACC can suck it! Because they are making decisions about a school they haven't had any relationship with in 70 years.

I am a big supporter of Gee's attempt. I have not heard much about the progress. He originally stated that he wanted to have WVU ready to meet the standards in 2020. But in order to get AAU status you have to be invited to join. For this we will need Gee's pull. He is a well respected administrator and he is not getting any younger so I am a little worried there.

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Re: New Commitment
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Beating Arizona, Indiana, UConn and Kansas for a recruit?

Nothing to complain about there.


I didn't realize what section I was in. Thought I was in football. Look at that list from a football perspective and I thought you were being sarcastic. LOL

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Re: 5 Reasons To Vote For Gary Johnson As President
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let's see - Today in Trump.

Asks Russian government to spy on a US government official. Possibly treason.

Still refuses to release tax returns that show actual worth and most likely heavy financial ties to Russia.

Forgets what state Tim Kaine was from.

Yeah, Really GOP? We need you to do better than this. An actual OPTION to the DNC would be good.



At this point I think Trumpster is taking the Howard Stern approach. Just spout off whatever pops in your head and see how people react.

In my opinion Kasich was a good candidate for the conservatives. I wouldn't vote for him but, I never understood why he didn't go over good with republicans.


The thing that scares me is that all Clinton needs to do is sit back, roll her eyes at his behavior, and stroll into the white house. Hello corporatocracy.

Sometimes I think Trump is all a conspiracy to get Clinton in instead of some tea party conservative who will threaten the oligarchy.


Trump cannot keep his hotdog muncher shut. This Kahn deal is the perfect example. This stupid bastard is willing to lose the election just to get in the last word. Watching him speak is like watching Kenny Powers have a locker room meltdown only not funny. All I can do at this point I'd shake my head and mumble Jesus Christ.


Absolutely, positively could not agree more. I think to myself.....just STFU please.....for the love of all that is pure, STFU!

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Re: 5 Reasons To Vote For Gary Johnson As President
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Probably going to vote for Johnson. I agree with Zwaaa. I think, in general, the whole Libertarian thing is pretty naive in this day and age but, in my opinion, he is the best candidate of the 4 that I know of. I just got back from Mexico this last week so I have to get up to speed on this mess of an election.

I can't really see much of a debate between Hillary and Trump. I would suspect it will be Trump yelling "Liar! Crook!" and Hillary screaming "Idiot! Egomaniac!" and for the first time in political debating they will be speaking the truth for an entire debate although this will not help us decide who to vote for.

I just don't see Jill Stein as being a viable candidate as she has never held office and this inexperience is why I have voted against Obama and Perot and will vote against Trump. This election really sucks and I will say that I support everyone's position to support whatever candidate. I don't really see a candidate that is far and away the best choice.

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Re: The "Super Awesome Responsible Gun Owners in the News" Thread....
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Each year about 40 toddlers die from being left in hot cars. About 60 toddlers die from gun shots each year. Even if we assume negligence how can you eliminate these type of numbers when approximately the same number of parents can't remember to take their kids out of the car.


We should do nothing about cancer research because each year lots of people die from heart disease?


You miss the point. It isn't about how many people die specifically. But when you realize that next year 60 toddlers will die from gun shots out of 15,953,000 children between 1 and 5. That is .00038% of children below the ages of 5.

It is a waste of precious resources to further attempt to reduce these rates of death when these values are background noise compared to other causes of death. Spend money and time on heart disease AND cancer as these are both statistically really big causes of death.

For goodness sake, more children die in bathtubs than are shot. But we focus on the gun issue because that strikes a chord with people. The root cause of these discussions are for one reason or the other. Either the issue of gun control/gun safety focus is more an insidious attempt to eliminate guns and use this as the reasoning (I do NOT subscribe to this reason by the way) or it is because our background experience is jaded by the media in a way that warps our sense of frequency. For example, the gun homicide rate is DOWN 49% since 1993 but occurrence of news stories promoting gun homicides are up 600% since then. As a result 84% of our population actually believe that gun crime is UP!

There are all sorts of examples of this phenomena unrelated to guns where people are led to believe things that simply aren't true.

How about INSTEAD of focusing on the elimination of guns we spend our money and time on mental health. Mental health awareness/solution would reduce gun homicides by about 1/3 if it were successful. On the other side getting rid of guns won't stop a person from killing themselves and while it would reduce the number, the number of innocent victims of gun violence would go up and the incidence of non-gun related homicide will increase.

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Re: The "Super Awesome Responsible Gun Owners in the News" Thread....
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BTW, there is no such thing as an "accidental" shooting.

100% of unintended firearm deaths are negligent.


Not sure I would agree with that. I don't really think it is all that relevant though. Accidents happen all of the time. People kill themselves and others in all sorts of ways. It is easy for me to see accidental shootings. People make mistakes.

Each year about 40 toddlers die from being left in hot cars. About 60 toddlers die from gun shots each year. Even if we assume negligence how can you eliminate these type of numbers when approximately the same number of parents can't remember to take their kids out of the car.

I am thinking about examples where a loaded gun is accidentally dropped, goes off and shoots the handler or another person.

I agree that the vast majority of unintended shootings are negligent just not 100%. I can see some of them being accidental just from the fact that, through safety training I have seen people die in some pretty unfortunate ways and not all of them were things that was the person's fault or were preceeded by events that an average person would see it coming. (Even though safety people believe that ALL accidents are preventable.)

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Re: Conference Armageddon: The Official Conference Speculation Thread
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These choices suck...

They should have pulled all the stops to lure UL, FSU and Clemson from the ACC before they signed their GOR...

This is the Big East 2.3...adding teams just to add them.

In all reality, the Big 12 should just give up and split the teams up between the remaining P4 conferences.


I agree, but unfortunately WVU could be one of the teams left out in this scenario. Basically you have three open spots. One in ACC and Two for SEC. ACC has pretty much already rejected WVU multiple times. SEC taking WVU as 16th team is no sure thing either. SEC could easily go with OU and OSU. No way Big 10 or Pac 12 take WVU. Therefore, I'd rather try to make it work in the Big 12.


While that is true and I will say, I personally have no desire to BE in the ACC, the fact is this is a whole different dynamic in the ACC now.

First, at least, our administration said that at no time did we apply and while it is true we weren't invited it seems like there was more to the expansion than was in the control of the ACC...(Hint ESPN's telling the ACC who to take.)

The big no votes that kept us out of the ACC was Duke, UNC and NC State. The fact is that these guys including Clemson and Virginia are not even a majority now. In place are a lot of programs that wouldn't mind WVU being in the league.

I suspect that in the future if the ACC chooses to expand WVU would be the logical choice to go in and have the votes to do so.

I do worry though about WVU getting left out if the Big 12 dissolves. It doesn't have to be that way but then again it doesn't seem like there has been any common sense in any of the conference expansion even given monetary issues.

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Re: Days to Kickoff
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WVU is 12 point favorites against Mizzou.


What do you think about that?

Here is a Mizzou team in turmoil. New Coach. Sounds like it is a mess there.

Coming into an experienced quarterback. Good offense....Possibly the best center in college football.

I think we will have a sound defense.

12 points isn't even two TDs and extra points. I don't think Mizzou can travel here AND keep up with the offense. I understand the 12 odds I just think we should beat that by about 10.

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Re: Push for Buctober
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If I were Bell I would consider retiring. It is only downhill from here.

But this brings up something that I have talked about for years. Here is a guy that comes up and makes his mark quickly. Now IF he were to take over the first base position next year and were to struggle. I am OK with giving him some time.

In history with the Pirates all I have heard about a player is....you have to play him every day and see what he can do. BS!! A guy should earn his spot on the roster by being a guy that you can't deny. We have had a couple lately. Polanco comes to mine. Josh Harrison REALLY comes to mind. How long did he have to play a bit part while we gave Pedro "more time". Another guy I thought should have been a starter for longer for us was Freddie Sanchez.

Here are some guys from my memory that needed more time to show us:

Jeff King
Brad Eldred
Pedro Alvarez
Brandon Moss
Jason "Meathead" Schmidt

The list goes on.

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Re: Push for Buctober
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They played well. I would love a sweep but would be satisfied with 2. Let all those Cubbies play in a game that means nothing and let our guys get a few days rest


I hope the Cubs make it to the World Series this year if the Pirates don't. I want the idiot Cub fans to realize that by voting ALL of their players in against the best of the American League they cost themselves home field advantage.

Idiots!

There is no way that they justify 6 of the 9 positions in the ASG (if Arietta or Lester starts). In order to be that deserving they should have already clinched a playoff spot.

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Re: Push for Buctober
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I'm still looking for Liriano to get traded to make room room for Glasnow. Pitching, even the bullpen has been great which no one could say that before. Word is we get Cole back sunday as well which will help.


Liriano has more than wore out his welcome. I heard that a couple of weeks ago during a bull pen throwing session between starts Ray Searage stormed out of the bull pen and off the field because he was so pissed at Liriano.

The Pirates want Liriano to pitch from the same spot on the rubber everytime and he will not do it. I look for him to be gone.

I think it also may show another problem in the Pirate miracle pitcher handling. If Liriano no longer respects the Pirates pitching recommendations that would signal to me that Jim Benedict was the real sage and that at least Frankie doesn't respect the rest of their suggestions.

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