SPRING TRAINING OFF-TOPIC Thread

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  1. Gebbeth

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    Could have sworn the guy playing Bowie was Jimmy Fallon.

    I've tried to get into Vinyl, but it's almost too much. The Richie character is so unlikeable, such an blatant douche that's it's a real downer. His constant yelling and madness is too much and it over-shadows almost every other story line.

    It's almost like I wish they killed him off and went in a different direction.
     
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    i liked the piano and life on mars ending
    that was rick wakeman on the original btw
    interesting that people see it so differently regarding the show
    he's clearly a huge megalomaniacal douchebag but cocaine made a lot of us that way back in the day
    when he murdered dice clay that seen actually reminded me of madness i have found myself involved in
    without out the death part of course
     
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    still in éire?
     
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    Well, yeah, you do. But the fantasy is OK, just like the melding of the late 60/70/80s kinda. I'm OK with fantasy , like GoT, because I can get all the stark reality I can use by walking out the front door.
    Character development and all the neccessary plot elements are there, imo, and well played by the main actors.
    Dice is coming on strong, and was terrific in his eps.
    Real old, proven pros behind this project, except maybe Jagger. But his life experiences are invaluable, I'm sure.
     
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    And Cannavale so good at it. He grew up in the right place for research on it, I'll tell you.
     
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    Eric Byrnes, not exactly Vin Scully or a great baseball mind being a given, did have an interesting point today..."there are 10, 000 plays a year at 2b...is it really neccessary to change the whole game forever because 2 or 3 plays go wrong each year"?
    In that light, I have to agree with him...what say anyone else? Anyone?
     
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    Didn't know Canavale and Rose Byrne are a couple. Damn, I've had a crush on her for years.
     
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    nah mate i be back making craic in LA
     
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    It's that Union City, NJ, yelling and screaming coke fiend attitude that gets them every time, bro. I think they just had a son, named him Rocco.
     
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    But his wife has nice tits...
     
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    Agree
     
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    Homicidal maniacs have escaped from an asylum in Washington St.
    Rumored to be on his way south, to CA, possibly SF or LA. Look like Bum and Booger.
    Destroy on sight. Immediately.
     
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    All true, that is until a NY player gets his leg broken in the playoffs....
     
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    what is this football thing you speak of, and who are these rammers?
     
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    TBT

     
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    Because we're all billionaires and should think like that.

    How many Hispanic-American low to middle income people like Trump?
     
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    Hmmm, yeah, much better to sit on your feeble ass and wait for someone else to help you wipe it for you...

    You're a real man! You should be running.
     
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    The Panama Papers are exactly why Hillary Clinton can’t be President
    by Robert Tracinski | The Federalist — 2 hours ago

    The revelations from the Panama Papers—leaked documents from a secretive Panamanian law firm that helps political elites hide their money—have been hitting home across the world, exposing the widespread corruption of world leaders and their hangers-on.

    It ought to hit here, too, because it reminds us of everything that should give us the heebie-jeebies about Hillary Clinton.

    The Panama Papers have simply confirmed everything we already pretty much knew. This is just the way things work in much of the world. Clawing your way into high political office means that you have a lot special of favors to give out, contracts to distribute, land and timber and shipping deals to approve, and so on. So you dole them out to friends, relatives, and backers—and they naturally show their gratitude by kicking some of it back to you. And if you don’t officially get rich—well, mi casa es su casa, what’s a little sharing between friends? This has long been Vladimir Putin’s method. “In 2010, US diplomatic cables suggested Putin held his wealth via proxies. The president formally owned nothing, they added, but was able to draw on the wealth of his friends, who now control practically all of Russia’s oil and gas production and industrial resources.” The Panama Papers shed light on the fortune of Putin’s old friend Sergei Roldugin, who has somehow amassed billions as an obscure classical musician. Putin knows how easy it is for corrupt officials to live like kings without officially owning anything, because that’s the way things worked in the good old days of the Soviet Union.

    In most of the world, this is known and more or less accepted as the way things work. But not traditionally in the US and in the developed countries of the West, where our governments have been structured, either from the beginning or over many years of civil service reforms, to prevent corruption and conflicts of interest. So when they are exposed, it’s a major scandal. That’s why they’re pretty much ignoring the Panama Papers in Moscow, but in Iceland, crowds swarmed Raykjavik and forced the resignation of the prime minister.

    And that confronts us with a question: do we want Panama here?

    Because a couple of other names pop up in the Panama Papers, including those of a few well-known associates of Hillary Clinton: longtime Democratic Party fixers John and Tony Podesta and Clinton sycophant Sydney Blumenthal. And why not? Hillary Clinton has been up to her neck in crony deals from the very beginning. All the way back in 1978, for example, she indulged a sudden mania for trading cattle futures, from which she made just shy of $100,000 in less than a year—a lot more money back then than it is now, and a whole lot for a young couple like the Clintons. She has shown no interest in commodities trading since, which is surprising considering how successful she was at it. But maybe not so surprising when you consider that her trades back then were made under the guidance of an attorney who worked for a large company that just happened to be regulated by her husband. Gee, that almost looks like a bribe.

    That’s the kind of thing that’s all over the Panama Papers, and it’s what Hillary Clinton has been doing forever. It’s how the Clintons suddenly made $100 million in the first few years after leaving the White House, with nothing to offer the business world but their political connections. It’s why the Clinton Foundation got massive donations from Russian businessmen with deals that required State Department approval.

    The problem is wider than Hillary Clinton, of course. Donald Trump has openly bragged about his role in this system from the other end, as the businessman who buys the influence of politicians. Even Bernie Sanders, who has been making hay from the Panama Papers, advocates a much bigger role for government, particularly in regulating international trade—which is precisely the kind of playground for corruption revealed by the Panama Papers. Only Ted Cruz, despite playing footsie with protectionism during the South Carolina primary, advocates a smaller role for government in picking winners and losers in the economy.

    The fact is that the reason official corruption is rampant across much of the world is not just that they have insufficient civil service reforms. It’s because their governments have vast, arbitrary powers. Hillary Clinton is one of the most visible reminders of this kind of wheeling and dealing among the global elites—and she presents us with the prospect of bringing the whole sordid system back from Panama and straight into the Oval Office.
     
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