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1 minute ago, RandomFan said:

Meh, I disagree pretty strongly about him lacking offensive game. He can initiate the offense as a point forward, has handles, can drive, pass, shoot (which keeps improving yearly), post up smaller players (which most are smaller than him), screen and roll, pick and pop. I just don't really see an offensive weakness for him. Watching some breakdowns of Bogdanovich recently showed a big reason why he and Jrue were needed in MIL. Giannis would constantly make the right pass to someone after drawing double defenders, but those players would not knock the shot down consistently. Hard to make your teammates better when they can't take advantage of the gravy you give 'em. 

I'm like Skip Bayless. I need to get a new tv lol. I just dont see it in him

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I was reminded of that realization when I read this important NYT article about how Facebook keeps weakening news source quality controls because conservative content gets disproportionately effected by them.

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Unfortunately, this great piece of reporting by @MikeIsaac didn't mention the greatest challenge in AI news signal processing: Humans can barely separate conservative & far-right content. Which means computers can't either.

This techno-semiotic conundrum originates from the fact that in the US, because there is no moderate conservative tradition, the gravitational center of the right is far removed from the political center.

More plainly, this means that almost all the energy and organizing on the right exists on the far right. This is not the case on the US left where there is a strong moderate tradition capable of organization and force projection. Ask Bernie Sanders if you disbelieve.

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The Fox News host has a history of peddling white nationalist talking points.

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I am pretty excited for tomorrow.

I am making the chorizo and green chili cornbread stuffing muffins, 

A top loin pork roast that I rubbed down with a sweet and spicy rub and vacuum sealed it last night...there is just enough fat that once rendered bit is going to me succulent and juicy but not fatty.

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19 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

It would be lob city that's for sure


18 minutes ago, Sponge said:

Okongwu will be Trae's lob guy now. The more film I watch of him, the better I like him. 

It's already Lob City with John Collins. 

And now Capela. 

Will have to see how many minutes Okongwu gets as a rookie on a suddenly deep roster, but he should definitely be in the mix once he starts earning time.  

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1 hour ago, Big_Dog said:

Nothing but. I hope Biden brings back some of the dedicated Justice Dept folks Trump fired like Sally Yates and give them back pay and reinstate seniorty. Some were dumped within days of their earned retirement day.

At some point, we will have true liberals running the Democratic Party, if not form their own. 

When that happens, the conservatives will truly see what liberal idea really look like.

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^^^Clearly they know how to talk to rural working class voters.

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13 minutes ago, Sponge said:

I just got back. 1 outta 10 people there are not wearing mask. There was some girls checking receipts on the way out so I asked them why they wasn't enforcing the mask policy. She said because people get hostile when the try. 

Went earlier today myself, in Floyd County where it was 70% for Trump. I'm sure everyone is very very surprised when I say less than half the people in Walmart were wearing a mask. 

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