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Pleased to announce that Ben Sixsmith has hired me as golf-course-architecture correspondent of Deadspin, which will now exclusively report on cricket and golf.

Deadspin used to specialize in servicing the needs of people who hate sports but want to read sports-adjacent woke punditry, all 29 of them. For example, here is an early 2019 Deadspin article on why the Covington Catholic smirking bro really was evil:

Don’t Doubt What You Saw With Your Own Eyes

Laura Wagner, 34 minutes ago Filed to: MAGA TEEN

Two days ago, video was posted online that pretty much everyone who saw immediately recognized for what it was—footage of white teens taunting and harassing a Native American elder named Nathan Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. What was happening was clear and unmistakable, not just resonant but immediately recognizable as iconic. If you wanted to compress the history of relations between the powerful and the powerless in America, or the dynamics of the current moment, into a single image, you couldn’t do much better than to present a white teen in a MAGA hat, surrounded by a screaming horde of his peers, smirking into the face of an old Native American man.

But then the new CEO of Deadspin told the writers that, like ESPN, whose CEO told its journalists a couple of years ago to stick to writing about sports rather than how much you hate white male sports fans, to stick to sports. So yesterday many of the Deadspin writers quit. Because they hate white men more than they love sports.

Back in March I decided: I’m 60 years old and the Dodgers are probably going to win 100 games this year, so I’m going to indulge myself by following baseball closely in 2019, but I’ll make up for it by not following football. The good news is that ESPN.com proved surprisingly competent at servicing my baseball fandom needs. The bad news is that they weren’t the iSteve content-generators that I had expected from ESPN’s Colin Kaepernick era.

Then in September, I looked at the lineups of the teams that the Dodgers might meet in the postseason and said, “Holy cow, the Washington Nationals are terrifying.” But I didn’t mention it at the time — It’s not like I have an outlet to express every random thought I might have, now do I? — so I can only assert I saw it coming.

Congratulations to the Nationals and their fans.

 
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  1. Anonymous[395] • Disclaimer says:

    Steve, has anyone brought Nick Fuentes to the blog’s attention yet? My apologies if someone has.

    If you are unaware, you must follow it. Twitter or YT Nick Fuentes.

    Conservative Inc. neocons and grifters like TPUSA Charlie Kirk are finished. The death blow came two nights ago at a campus Q&A but it’s spreading on Twitter and YT comments. All of the cucked ‘Respectable Conservative’ ‘America is only an idea with no people’ ‘More legal immigration’ rats have been exposed.

    The ‘Anti-AntiWhite’ ‘White G______e’ ideas broke through and there’s no going back. Coulter, Malkin, PJW, Goldy are on board for at least answering the damn questions. Lauren Chen tweeted support then quickly deleted it. The rest of Con Inc. are unironically calling on Big Tech to cancel Nick and his guys.

    They’re going after the demographics and immigration discussion gatekeepers. Crowder, Shapiro, everybody.

    It’s big.

    Thank you kindly for your contribution.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Anonymous


    Conservative Inc. neocons and grifters like TPUSA Charlie Kirk are finished.
     
    Unfortunately no. They got too much firepower behind them. Look at Marco Rubio. I mean what a mediocrity, but that guy is one of the top politicians in GOP.

    Anyway, the hypocrisy is so glaring. If people like Kirk define Americanism as colorblind politics & deracination in favor of universal principles and if they are so ecstatic about such American Values, why are they so enamored of Israel, a nation with values and politics totally antithetical to American Values. (Yes, Israel is a democracy but a national one, not a global one. Does 'global democracy' even make sense?) Kirk wets his pants over America's global democracy and colorblind blah-blah, but he is so enthralled with Israel's radically different kind of politics. It's like someone claiming to be pacifist then showering admiration for the most militarist state in the world.

    If American values are about colorblindness, then how can any 'good American' favor Jews over Palestinians? That's 'racism'. Also, if one loves America precisely for its universal values, how can one then be head-over-heels for a nation that rejects universalism in favor of ethno-nationalism? It'd be like someone preaching Christianity saying that he's favorite OTHER nation is Satanist.

    Kirk is what happens when a goy is gelded by the Tribe. He's bought into the mono-nationalist con that Jews and only Jews deserve nationalism while everyone else must opt for globalism(dominated by Jewish ethno-nationalists). And if there's a bit of tribalism buried in his subconscious soul, it must be outsourced to serving the tribalism of the Other than that of his own.
  2. Deadspin used to be loads of fun. I think they well and truly nosedived into nonsense after the 2015 Mizzou brouhaha, when the football team threatened not to play a primetime game after they became upset by an especially hard to believe hate hoax. Deadspin of course fell for the nonsense hook line and sinker. By the time that was all over, most of the white male leadership at Missouri was gone, the football coach had resigned (supposedly to fight off a form of cancer that a colleague described as “slightly worse than a headcold”) and enrollment had dropped so sharply that two or three large dorms were permanently closed on the MU campus. Not a single reporter at deadspin or anywhere else questioned the complete unbelievability of the original hate hoax report.

    • Replies: @68W58
    @Paul Rise

    It wasn’t just Deadspin that fell for that Mizzou nonsense-on the day that all that broke, before anyone had had even the slightest chance to look into he specifics, all of the jabberers on the ESPN afternoon talk shows weighed in to comment on how terrible the situation there was. I was watching that and reading right leaning sites online and I could see that things were not matching up. Of course then you got the whole “can I get some muscle over here” business from the journalism professor which shifted everyone’s attention even while the focus remained on the university.

    Replies: @jon

    , @Russ
    @Paul Rise


    Deadspin used to be loads of fun. I think they well and truly nosedived into nonsense after the 2015 Mizzou brouhaha, when the football team threatened not to play a primetime game after they became upset by an especially hard to believe hate hoax.
     
    That was epic. The football team, whose season was already guaranteed to be a losing season, threatened not to play; yet the even blacker basketball team, whose season was just starting, wanted no part of any boycott. True commitment to the cause, that.
  3. Once Trump got to Washington, it was only a matter of time before the Nationals would win the World Series.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Once Trump got to Washington, it was only a matter of time before the Nationals would win the World Series.
     
    Don't forget the Caps last year. The Stanley Cup came to Washington, D.C. 101 years after it came to Washington state. Now it's down the street from Washington University, in a state Trump carried.

    Sadly, the Nats' success complicates their return to Parc Jarry. And the return of both the Twins and the Rangers to their birthplace.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Russ

  4. A peek into the soulless eyes of Laura Wagner, nailing the Stepford Thot look pretty well.

    • Replies: @Big Dick Bandit
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    ngl would give her the business--has Foxy Goth vibes.

    Deadspin was still excellent even if terminally woke. Drew especially is a funny motherfucker, even if he has od'ed on Correct Opinion (he's Minnesottan, they can do that)

    , @anon
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    The number 1,000 just pops into my head.

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    Ms. Wagner is wearing a choker.

    Thus, the answer to the only question that matters is most definitely.......yes....

  5. Congrats Dave Martinez. Nice to see a loyal former bench coach to Joe Maddon and former Ray make good.

  6. The picture of Anderson Cooper reminds me there is a golf match Mr Sailer can cover for Deadspin.

    Apologies to iSteve readers, if this triggers Mr Sailer into giving you more golf talk.

  7. Dear Christ, sports writers are terrible. Grown men who verbally haven’t gone beyond the stage I was in at 16 or so. You know, that age when you still think people can’t spot you being pretentious.

    This the first paragraph of the first article I found on DDG when searching for deadspin:

    Deadspin has for years been a home for journalists who took no prisoners in the world of sports and beyond. Yet now its new corporate overlords at G/O Media are dismantling this razor-edged fulcrum of athletic dissent like a buzzard chewing the gristle off the last bone.

    Get it? I’m using fancy words! You can just picture him coming across “fulcrum” and putting it away in his mental store of “grown up words” to be used later. Never mind that it doesn’t make sense. A “razor-edged fulcrum”? What does that mean? How is dissent like a fulcrum? Do birds chew? They don’t have fucking teeth. Why is calling the dissent “athletic”? Because they write about sports? Jesus Christ.

    I writer whose name I’ve forgotten called that “the verbosity of the illiterate” and I HATE it. Movie reviewers, present company excepted, are like that as well. It’s not a surprise; they’re about sports and movies precisely because they’re not entirely comfortable with words. But don’t try to compensate for God’s sake.

    • Replies: @Steve in Greensboro
    @kihowi

    The all went to "The Howard Cosell School of Sports Journalism".

  8. https://twitter.com/DavidKlion/status/1189770010492899328

    Tomorrow’s Sister Souljah will get shouted down with rape threats.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Anonymous

    2014. Telling. Exactly what "sport" was being "reported on" here, amid all this frothing political babble?
    Also: bro, you played yourself: "let's take a look back at a laughable prediction about the future which we now see was foolish."

  9. Thanks, Steve. I’ve been a bit of a fair-weather Nats fan, but it’s great for the DMV.

  10. It’s probably best you’ve got your ESPN/baseball sports time and your NY Times-reading blog-fodder time separate. Don’t mix bidness with pleasure, they say. I am not a watcher, much less some one who keeps track, of ANY organized sports, but if it’s gonna be one thing, I do like baseball.

    Speaking of baseball, or stuff like it, you wrote that this Deadspin magazine will cover only cricket now. Maybe, if they did hire you on for full coverage of golf course architecture, they could quintuple their American readership.

  11. So I guess the idea is to do a Josh Topolsky and start a new sports site with the ex-Deadspinners? I hope they had the financing lined up before they quit.

  12. I’m not somebody that hates ultra successful people or thinks they’re all idiots. With that said, ESPN’s leadership was run by absolute freaking morons. A simple venn diagram could’ve told them going the political route was dumb. As Steve points out, Their audience is mainly white males from 18 to 50. Then let’s go look at who votes Republican/conservative. Hmmm…white males 18 – 50 are pretty high up on that list.

    Of course that type of in-depth analysis was too much for the guys at ESPN.

    • Replies: @216
    @Polynikes

    Nothing changes unless people cut their cable cord.

    There is no other individual action that creates such an impact on the political climate, with a minimum of effort.

    Replies: @anon

  13. In its early days under Will Leitch, Deadspin actually did stick to sports. He apparently had no problem with the devolution of the website after he sold it. Of course he posted a message on Twitter supporting the staff that quit and blaming the new owners for ruining it.

  14. Steve, any analysis on the away team winning every game of the Series?

    • Replies: @Suburban_elk_99
    @Cloud of Probable Matricide2


    Steve, any analysis on the away team winning every game of the Series?
     
    The odds were not good?
  15. Bryce Harper has to feel real stupid right about now.

    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
    @countenance

    For signing a $300 million contract. Yeah, he is going to be depressed for 12 more years.

    , @Morton's toes
    @countenance

    Rendon's OPS this year was > 100 points above Harper's. That guy is going to make some serious money. Also Gerrit Cole.

    The visiting team won every game in the world series. This has never once before happened in the history of the universe since the Big Bang.

    , @Jack D
    @countenance

    He is crying all the way to the bank.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @istevefan, @Ed

  16. @countenance
    Bryce Harper has to feel real stupid right about now.

    Replies: @Ron Mexico, @Morton's toes, @Jack D

    For signing a $300 million contract. Yeah, he is going to be depressed for 12 more years.

  17. Off Topic: Do we know which modern population is closest to the Yamnaya, aka Indo-European, aka Aryans? I mean the group that came from the Russian Steppes and pretty much killed all the men and took the women of the older European population?

    Which group today has the most of those fierce genes?

    And which modern group is most like the original farmers, the older population of Europe, who watched their men be slaughtered and women ravaged? Has any modern European group retained a sizable genetic component of those early Europeans?

    • Replies: @Alastair Trumpington
    @RichardTaylor

    Of European populations today, Lithuanians/Baltic people in general share the most ancestry with the ancient Indo-Europeans, and Sardinians share the most ancestry with the early European farmers.

    Replies: @RichardTaylor

  18. @Buzz Mohawk
    Once Trump got to Washington, it was only a matter of time before the Nationals would win the World Series.

    https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/funny-reactions-trump-winning-presidential-elections-2016-17-58230100adbaf__700.jpg

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Once Trump got to Washington, it was only a matter of time before the Nationals would win the World Series.

    Don’t forget the Caps last year. The Stanley Cup came to Washington, D.C. 101 years after it came to Washington state. Now it’s down the street from Washington University, in a state Trump carried.

    Sadly, the Nats’ success complicates their return to Parc Jarry. And the return of both the Twins and the Rangers to their birthplace.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    @Reg Cæsar

    If that's the kind of winning Trump was talking about, well then yeah I'm tired of it.

    , @Russ
    @Reg Cæsar


    Sadly, the Nats’ success complicates their return to Parc Jarry. And the return of both the Twins and the Rangers to their birthplace.
     
    Are Tampa and Montreal still scheming to have one team play in Tampa in the spring and September, and in Montreal in the summer?
  19. Toxic masculinity and misogyny bring down Astros!

    Woke sports gods reward righteous Nationals with World Championship.

    (Well, not really “World” in that the supremacists and chauvinists that run baseball didn’t let indigenous teams from around the world play in the Series. In fact, it is fascist to use the name World Champions.)

    Houston was an overwhelming 2-1 Las Vegas favorite before the Astros suffered immediate, self-inflicted wounds.

    On the eve of Game 1, Sports Illustrated published a troubling report that Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman went off on an obscenity-laced tirade in front of three female sports reporters, boasting about his team’s employment relief pitcher Roberto Osuna.
    Before Osuna was traded to Houston, he had been arrested for domestic violence and was forced to serve a long suspension by Major League Baseball.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/washington-nationals-beat-houston-astros-game-7-win-franchise-s-n1070361

  20. My wife and I like to take short vacations to D.C. because it’s a relatively short drive and we can go to all the museums there and several Civil War battlefields close by. We usually go in July or August so we go to Nats games while there and I get them on MASN at home, so I have slowly become a fan over the years. This has been a fun team to follow; Rendon is an MVP caliber player and Soto an emerging star, the starting pitching is first rate and Scherzer is the kind of guy who can inspire his teammates. The main thing about this team is that they have a lot of fun, whether that’s the dancing in the dugout after a home run or Kendrick and Eaton doing their “race car” bit when one of them hits it out. Sorry about your Dodgers Steve, but that series was where I really started to see that the Nats might get it done, they have been comeback kids and the game five comeback was probably their best effort in that regard during the postseason.

  21. Then in September, I looked at the lineups of the teams that the Dodgers might meet in the postseason and said, “Holy cow, the Washington Nationals are terrifying.” But I didn’t mention it at the time, so I can only assert I saw it coming.

    You should have taken a ride back then to Vegas and put a few dollars on the Nationals to win the World Series.

  22. Congrats EXPOS!

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Maxwell

    And Gary Carter didn't live to see it.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

  23. @Reg Cæsar
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Once Trump got to Washington, it was only a matter of time before the Nationals would win the World Series.
     
    Don't forget the Caps last year. The Stanley Cup came to Washington, D.C. 101 years after it came to Washington state. Now it's down the street from Washington University, in a state Trump carried.

    Sadly, the Nats' success complicates their return to Parc Jarry. And the return of both the Twins and the Rangers to their birthplace.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Russ

    If that’s the kind of winning Trump was talking about, well then yeah I’m tired of it.

  24. I’m just really enjoying the “no home field wins” aspect!

  25. @countenance
    Bryce Harper has to feel real stupid right about now.

    Replies: @Ron Mexico, @Morton's toes, @Jack D

    Rendon’s OPS this year was > 100 points above Harper’s. That guy is going to make some serious money. Also Gerrit Cole.

    The visiting team won every game in the world series. This has never once before happened in the history of the universe since the Big Bang.

  26. Deadspin in general just had a sort of nasty tone to it – whether they dragged politics in or not, the angle was always to take a crap on whatever athlete or team was the subject of the story.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Arclight

    This is "journalism" now. Inexperienced sophomoric pseudointellectuals speculating about the taste of sour grapes. If you could heard Deadspin writers they would probably sound like teenagers, like the NPR eunuchs.
    -------
    The House is not voting on impeachment, it voted on a bizarre, artificial little self-approval thing patting the back of the existing "inquiry" process, including such rules as the exclusion of exculpatory evidence and the exclusion of the accused's right to counsel. This is not even going to get to be rejected by the Senate. But CNN and NPR will describe it as the House approving (and moving forward with) impeachment.

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Arclight

    Correct. They went out of their way to be uncharitable. It was tiresome.

    , @Barnard
    @Arclight

    The original tag line of the site was something like, "without access, favor or discretion." It was mostly sports coverage with some pop culture. The hook was that they were outsiders free to speak their minds without being influenced by pressures that of the legacy media has to deal with(corporate sponsors, access to players/coaches, etc.) Clay Travis worked there briefly as he pointed out while celebrating their demise yesterday. What he does now is a lot closer to what the site was like back then. By the time I stopped checking Deadspin it had already developed the nasty tone you mentioned. Transitioning into woke politics was a natural progression after that.

  27. @countenance
    Bryce Harper has to feel real stupid right about now.

    Replies: @Ron Mexico, @Morton's toes, @Jack D

    He is crying all the way to the bank.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Jack D


    He is crying all the way to the bank.
     
    The Harper situation recalls the great quote from St. Augustine: "Lord, Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet."

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @istevefan
    @Jack D

    He's already booked career earnings with the Nats that ensure he and his descendants are set for life. Most guys who have received that much money would gladly trade part of it away to be a champion.

    I bet Dan Marino would give up 25% or more of his career earnings to have won a Super Bowl. I doubt John Elway would forgo his Super Bowl victories for a doubling of his career earnings.

    Competitive people want to be champions. The money is nice, but you measure yourself against others with championships.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @Russ, @Danindc

    , @Ed
    @Jack D

    The guy will make $300M the life of his contract, has a nice young family and is the prime of his life. I’m sure he’d love to win a World Series but I’m guessing it’s not in the top 10 of his personal concerns or desires.

    Replies: @Ron Mexico

  28. I’ve never understood congratulating a team’s fans after a win. The millions of fans combined didn’t have a single RBI.

    • Agree: Liza
    • Replies: @Mister.Baseball
    @Magic Dirt Resident

    It's so often perfunctory that it's insulting. I'll accept that sometimes, sometimes, it's gratitude as expressed by largely inarticulate people who aren't paid for their public speaking. And I have some sympathy that there are great expectations for these people to be shoved in front of a microphone to express the same sort of sentimental pap that gives X% of fans warm and fuzzy feelings.

    But I wish it would stop if it isn't going to be genuine.

  29. @Jack D
    @countenance

    He is crying all the way to the bank.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @istevefan, @Ed

    He is crying all the way to the bank.

    The Harper situation recalls the great quote from St. Augustine: “Lord, Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.”

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)


    The Harper situation recalls the great quote from St. Augustine: “Lord, Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.”
     
    I don’t see the relevance.
  30. It seems that Deadspin was staffed by people with little to no genuine interest in both the subject of its coverage (sports) and its putative audience (the American sports fan).

    My surmise is that they were just clock watchers in journalism, and Deadspin was the platform at which they’d wait for better opportunities in non-sports journalism.

    • Replies: @Altai
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Welcome to everything that was once an enthusiast press. This was the same background to GamerGate.

    Replies: @bigdicknick

    , @J.Ross
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    This could be applied to "science journalism," fake nerd "culture" journalism, or movie and television criticism.

    , @Thirdtwin
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    "My surmise is that they were just clock watchers in journalism, and Deadspin was the platform at which they’d wait for better opportunities in non-sports journalism."

    And they'd probably still be there if they'd just called whatever they were doing "Critical Sports Theory". Or maybe "Critical Game Theory".

    , @Honesthughgrant
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Clock watcher? They were failed political journalists. They wanted to "heal the world" and ended up in the toy department. Hence, the refusal to limit themselves to sports.

  31. Trump’s excellent WS TV ad. So good I watched it a few times.

    • Agree: Buzz Mohawk
    • Replies: @Liza
    @Lot

    "Creating 6 million new jobs..." Smirk.

    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    @Lot

    It is a home run.

  32. @Arclight
    Deadspin in general just had a sort of nasty tone to it - whether they dragged politics in or not, the angle was always to take a crap on whatever athlete or team was the subject of the story.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @ScarletNumber, @Barnard

    This is “journalism” now. Inexperienced sophomoric pseudointellectuals speculating about the taste of sour grapes. If you could heard Deadspin writers they would probably sound like teenagers, like the NPR eunuchs.
    ——-
    The House is not voting on impeachment, it voted on a bizarre, artificial little self-approval thing patting the back of the existing “inquiry” process, including such rules as the exclusion of exculpatory evidence and the exclusion of the accused’s right to counsel. This is not even going to get to be rejected by the Senate. But CNN and NPR will describe it as the House approving (and moving forward with) impeachment.

  33. OT: In Britain, apparently none dare speak the words “intelligence” or “IQ”.

    “Results from thinking and memory tests done by eight-year olds may be indicative of how they will perform in the same assessments more than 60 years later, a study has found.”

    Even University College London won’t use the naughty terms, instead saying: “thinking and memory tests”

    I wonder if the word “thinking” will eventually get cooties and be replaced by the word “knowing”.

    • Replies: @res
    @Flemur


    Even University College London won’t use the naughty terms, instead saying: “thinking and memory tests”
     
    At least UCL said "Cognitive differences" in the headline.

    Hard to say how much of UCL's current stance is what they really believe and how much is fear of another blowup like:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Conference_on_Intelligence#UCL_investigation

    Though in either case their conduct seems reprehensible.
  34. OT
    The D’s have decided to put more chips on the table in the impeachment drama.

    https://apnews.com/fd2765706ced4eb29c8737348c64d55c

    Maybe this is why so many shills and trolls showed up recently in comments across multiple sites.

  35. Fangraphs let the progs in and the commenters pushed back, hard. There were a good number of counter commenters who considered it their life’s work to support the good thinkers, and the sports readers began to abandon the site. There were many articles on why aren’t girls in baseball, many more why the ghe aren’t in baseball, and one decrying the lack of Muslims in baseball. That one got 171 hilarious comments torching the column until all comments were quickly removed from that one. Anyway, someone at the top, surprisingly, got the message and the sjw is suddenly absent. It all must have been due to member dues tanking, just guessing here.

    • Replies: @Mister.Baseball
    @james wilson

    Fangraphs has toned it down but, it's still very much there. Any of the talent they had has mostly gone to do real statistical/media work for teams and what remains is a rotating cast of dopey children who, given a long leash, became so unbearable that they drove off much of the traffic, by all appearances. It went from a place to be to just being a place. The people who remain now are not very talented writers or statisticians but they just are more tactful; which is nicer but not enough to hold interest.

  36. Lauren, Laura, Kelsey and the other Deadspin girl reporters all began their resignation announcements with ‘So, I’m leaving Deadspin…’

    That might not be correct. I think one started, ‘I am So leaving Deadspin…’

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Link?

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Ghost of Bull Moose


    Lauren, Laura, Kelsey and the other Deadspin girl reporters
     
    I thought you were kidding, but sure as shit those are their actual names. I found a website that aggregated their Twitter posts announcing their resignations and noticed something interesting. Lauren goes by the name Lauren Theisen (@Theisen95) and her picture looked off. Looking into it, it turns out that Lauren was born a boy named Adam.

    I'm shocked SHOCKED that Adam Theisen thought the best place to peddle his wares was Deadspin, and equally shocked they hired him immediately.

    Also, it's amazing how easy it is to pick out someone who is trans. Then again, it might be like men who wear toupees in that you only notice the bad ones.

    https://www.thebiglead.com/posts/deadspin-writers-quitting-g-o-media-controversy-01drf9syxbdp

    Replies: @Lot

    , @Jack D
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Get Woke, go broke. The job market for reporters is not exactly great because so many newspapers have cut their staffs or closed their doors. I wonder how many of this gang will live to regret having quit? SJW principles are nice but they don't pay the rent.

  37. It’s been said politics is hollywood for ugly people(though hollywood has gotten pretty gross and ugly over the yrs).

    PC is sports for gimps.

  38. @Lot
    Trump’s excellent WS TV ad. So good I watched it a few times.

    https://twitter.com/parscale/status/1189717325735444482

    Replies: @Liza, @Charles Erwin Wilson

    “Creating 6 million new jobs…” Smirk.

  39. I thought Rice U’s Anthony Rendon had to be the first Owl on a WS winner, but nope, not even close. Lance Berkman, Norm Charlton and probably a few others beat him to it.

  40. Steve, now you are 60, don’t you think it is time you looked into Golf Croquet?

  41. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Jack D


    He is crying all the way to the bank.
     
    The Harper situation recalls the great quote from St. Augustine: "Lord, Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet."

    Replies: @Anonymous

    The Harper situation recalls the great quote from St. Augustine: “Lord, Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.”

    I don’t see the relevance.

  42. This could actually be a great method for purging a lot of magazines of all the J-school grads they hired who won’t stop talking about their menstruation or depression or whatever. “Stick to the subject the magazine is supposed to be about” and watch them all quit.

    • Replies: @Prosa123
    @Lars Porsena

    Deadspin's sister publication Jalopnik already does this. All of their articles relate to motor vehicles in some way. For example, if the Federal Reserve announces a change in interest rates Jalopnik will report on it as it might affect car loans.

    Replies: @Thea

  43. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Lauren, Laura, Kelsey and the other Deadspin girl reporters all began their resignation announcements with 'So, I'm leaving Deadspin...'

    That might not be correct. I think one started, 'I am So leaving Deadspin...'

    Replies: @ScarletNumber, @ScarletNumber, @Jack D

    Link?

  44. Re-reading Wagner’s impassioned missive (and putting aside the question of what this was doing on a sports site) what stands out is what a nothing-burger story this was and yet the Left was able to turn the teenager Sandmann into a 15 minute Emmanuel Goldstein. Of course in typical Leftist fashion, when the story started to unravel, Wagner’s reaction was to DOUBLE DOWN on the stupidity instead of backing away gracefully. The same thing happened when the Duke rape hoax unraveled, the Jackie UVA rape hoax unraveled, etc. As the ship begins to list further and further, you only shout more loudly that it is unsinkable right up until the moment it slips beneath the waves.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D

    True believers cannot be swayed by mere facts.

    My favorite example:

    The sentence at the bottom of this post has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate.

    However, right-wing true believers invariably post all sorts of nasty stuff for the first half of the sentence, while left-wing true believers get even nastier for the second half of the sentence.

    And for those of you who want to flame me for either half of the sentence, please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won't argue with people who get their "science" from Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, nor will I argue with people who get their "science" from Slate or Mother Jones.

    The fate of the planet rests on people acting on this, but nobody will act on it because it offends both left- and right- wing true believers. Worse, it offends the corporate oligarchs who fund the left- and right- wing media that spread lies.

    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse.

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    Replies: @European-American, @Daniel Chieh, @William Badwhite, @Reg Cæsar, @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Leonard

  45. Wow, Steve, it was only TWO DAYS ago I made this post which you dismissed out of hand. And now you’re stealing it?

    Deadspin is an odd site in that it’s for sports fans who don’t enjoy sports.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/how-much-is-the-great-awokening-spilling-over-into-real-life/#comment-3529153

    Anyway, the reason Deadspin has gotten much worse is that it was part of Gawker Media. Therefore, when Gawker proper got shut down, its writers and their too-clever-by-a-half viewpoint of the world had to go somewhere.

  46. istevefan says:
    @Jack D
    @countenance

    He is crying all the way to the bank.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @istevefan, @Ed

    He’s already booked career earnings with the Nats that ensure he and his descendants are set for life. Most guys who have received that much money would gladly trade part of it away to be a champion.

    I bet Dan Marino would give up 25% or more of his career earnings to have won a Super Bowl. I doubt John Elway would forgo his Super Bowl victories for a doubling of his career earnings.

    Competitive people want to be champions. The money is nice, but you measure yourself against others with championships.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @istevefan

    He’s already booked career earnings with the Nats that ensure he and his descendants are set for life. Most guys who have received that much money would gladly trade part of it away to be a champion.

    The Nats offered him $300 million for ten years. The free agent contract he got from the Phillies was 330 for 13 years, with no opt outs. Perhaps there are non public details that change the picture, but it sure looks like his agent, Scott Boras, miscalculated the market and then just held out for a record top line number even though it was worse per annum.

    Replies: @William Badwhite

    , @Russ
    @istevefan


    Competitive people want to be champions. The money is nice, but you measure yourself against others with championships.
     
    One suspects that LeBron James - he of the six NBA Finals losses - agrees.
    , @Danindc
    @istevefan

    Bryce wanted to stay in DC. The Lerner family didn’t want him. The gave him a joke of an offer. He had no choice but to go to Philly.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

  47. istevefan says:

    Obviously none of us have ever seen a series like this where the visiting team wins every game. Supposedly this has never happened in any major American sport that features a series championship. But unlike hockey and basketball where their leagues play with the same rules, baseball features different rules for the AL and NL in regards to the designated hitter. You would think there would actually be a home field advantage when teams get to play under their league’s rules.

    I recall the Royals had problems in 2014 playing at San Francisco because we couldn’t use a DH. Not only did we have to let our pitcher attempt to hit, but it necessitated pulling the starting pitcher earlier in the game than we were used to because of the different strategy involved in national league games. Therefore, we had to go to the bullpen earlier in the game.

    In fact what happened to KC in 2014 usually happens to every American league team in the series when they travel to the National league team’s park.

    Yet Houston in 2019 won every game they played under national league rules, while they lost all those that allowed them to keep their designated hitter.

    Crazy.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @istevefan

    In olden times they would use the same DH rules throughout the Series. If the National League team had 4 games at home, they would use the American League rules. If the American League team had the home field advantage, they would use National League rules.

    National League rules were used for all Series games through 1975. From 1976-85 they used the weird alternate-year rules.

    I have seen two Series games. One was 1980 game 2 in Veterans' Stadium in Philadelphia, where the DH was used. The other was 1986 game 7 in Shea, which was the first year in a over decade when the NL rules were used in the NL parks on an even numbered year.

  48. @Maxwell
    Congrats EXPOS!

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    And Gary Carter didn’t live to see it.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @Paleo Liberal

    Nor Rusty Staub, who was in Washington for the 1969 All-Star Game, but didn't play.

  49. @istevefan
    Obviously none of us have ever seen a series like this where the visiting team wins every game. Supposedly this has never happened in any major American sport that features a series championship. But unlike hockey and basketball where their leagues play with the same rules, baseball features different rules for the AL and NL in regards to the designated hitter. You would think there would actually be a home field advantage when teams get to play under their league's rules.

    I recall the Royals had problems in 2014 playing at San Francisco because we couldn't use a DH. Not only did we have to let our pitcher attempt to hit, but it necessitated pulling the starting pitcher earlier in the game than we were used to because of the different strategy involved in national league games. Therefore, we had to go to the bullpen earlier in the game.

    In fact what happened to KC in 2014 usually happens to every American league team in the series when they travel to the National league team's park.

    Yet Houston in 2019 won every game they played under national league rules, while they lost all those that allowed them to keep their designated hitter.

    Crazy.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    In olden times they would use the same DH rules throughout the Series. If the National League team had 4 games at home, they would use the American League rules. If the American League team had the home field advantage, they would use National League rules.

    National League rules were used for all Series games through 1975. From 1976-85 they used the weird alternate-year rules.

    I have seen two Series games. One was 1980 game 2 in Veterans’ Stadium in Philadelphia, where the DH was used. The other was 1986 game 7 in Shea, which was the first year in a over decade when the NL rules were used in the NL parks on an even numbered year.

  50. “Stick to sports” would have been a disaster for Deadspin. We may not agree with or like anything their writers would say, but they were effective clickbait creators. Apparently Deadspin was operating in the black. I suppose that makes sense–wokeness is pretty cheap to produce.

    ESPN without wokeness is–a sports network. Deadspin without wokeness is–nothing.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Discordiax

    Is there evidence that they turned a profit? None of these billionaire mouthpieces did. There is a steady stream of them folding or receiving more top-down money. This is the proof that they were of the billionaire mouthpiece media model rather than the better mousetrap model.

  51. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    It seems that Deadspin was staffed by people with little to no genuine interest in both the subject of its coverage (sports) and its putative audience (the American sports fan).

    My surmise is that they were just clock watchers in journalism, and Deadspin was the platform at which they'd wait for better opportunities in non-sports journalism.

    Replies: @Altai, @J.Ross, @Thirdtwin, @Honesthughgrant

    Welcome to everything that was once an enthusiast press. This was the same background to GamerGate.

    • Replies: @bigdicknick
    @Altai

    Was Gamergate the first major battle where random right wing people on social media decided to go toe-to-toe with the media? Many people seem to think it was.

  52. Thank’s Steve. There are still a few of us National’s fans that did not Boo the President….

  53. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    It seems that Deadspin was staffed by people with little to no genuine interest in both the subject of its coverage (sports) and its putative audience (the American sports fan).

    My surmise is that they were just clock watchers in journalism, and Deadspin was the platform at which they'd wait for better opportunities in non-sports journalism.

    Replies: @Altai, @J.Ross, @Thirdtwin, @Honesthughgrant

    This could be applied to “science journalism,” fake nerd “culture” journalism, or movie and television criticism.

  54. @Discordiax
    "Stick to sports" would have been a disaster for Deadspin. We may not agree with or like anything their writers would say, but they were effective clickbait creators. Apparently Deadspin was operating in the black. I suppose that makes sense--wokeness is pretty cheap to produce.

    ESPN without wokeness is--a sports network. Deadspin without wokeness is--nothing.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Is there evidence that they turned a profit? None of these billionaire mouthpieces did. There is a steady stream of them folding or receiving more top-down money. This is the proof that they were of the billionaire mouthpiece media model rather than the better mousetrap model.

  55. @Jack D
    @countenance

    He is crying all the way to the bank.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work), @istevefan, @Ed

    The guy will make $300M the life of his contract, has a nice young family and is the prime of his life. I’m sure he’d love to win a World Series but I’m guessing it’s not in the top 10 of his personal concerns or desires.

    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
    @Ed

    And who's to say he won't win in Philly?

  56. I found this post too obscure.
    I had no idea what Deadspin was, nor the latest brouhaha about it.

    At least a link to something like
    https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/30/deadspin-exodus/
    would have saved me feeling clueless and helped me get what the post was about without a Google search.
    I find Google searches tiring!

    Yes I know I can look lots of stuff up, I’m pretty good at it, even, but I prefer to choose what I research. Researching everything gets so tedious….

    I also didn’t know the Nationals won the World Series (they did, right?), but that’s closer to general knowledge (though not to people who don’t follow general news, or to most people outside the US). I’ve chosen to follow football this year, and haven’t followed baseball in years. Choices choices.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @European-American

    You might then not know that Deadspin was only one of a mange-furred, slimy, plaguebearing, sewer-scampering generation of similar pests: dinosaur media and SJW activism pretending to be hip new media. Generally they have all met some wierd bad fate like this. Is Jezebel still around? Gawker bet the house on the law not applying to them and lost. And there were many that nobody heard of, which would make news when they cut their staff and received a fresh injection of fallen angel investment.

    , @ScarletNumber
    @European-American

    Or you could just accept that not every post is going to be of interest to you, and perhaps show some self restraint by not answering.

    Replies: @European-American

  57. @Arclight
    Deadspin in general just had a sort of nasty tone to it - whether they dragged politics in or not, the angle was always to take a crap on whatever athlete or team was the subject of the story.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @ScarletNumber, @Barnard

    Correct. They went out of their way to be uncharitable. It was tiresome.

  58. I believe your prescience re the Nationals.

  59. @Reg Cæsar
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Once Trump got to Washington, it was only a matter of time before the Nationals would win the World Series.
     
    Don't forget the Caps last year. The Stanley Cup came to Washington, D.C. 101 years after it came to Washington state. Now it's down the street from Washington University, in a state Trump carried.

    Sadly, the Nats' success complicates their return to Parc Jarry. And the return of both the Twins and the Rangers to their birthplace.

    Replies: @BenKenobi, @Russ

    Sadly, the Nats’ success complicates their return to Parc Jarry. And the return of both the Twins and the Rangers to their birthplace.

    Are Tampa and Montreal still scheming to have one team play in Tampa in the spring and September, and in Montreal in the summer?

  60. @istevefan
    @Jack D

    He's already booked career earnings with the Nats that ensure he and his descendants are set for life. Most guys who have received that much money would gladly trade part of it away to be a champion.

    I bet Dan Marino would give up 25% or more of his career earnings to have won a Super Bowl. I doubt John Elway would forgo his Super Bowl victories for a doubling of his career earnings.

    Competitive people want to be champions. The money is nice, but you measure yourself against others with championships.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @Russ, @Danindc

    He’s already booked career earnings with the Nats that ensure he and his descendants are set for life. Most guys who have received that much money would gladly trade part of it away to be a champion.

    The Nats offered him $300 million for ten years. The free agent contract he got from the Phillies was 330 for 13 years, with no opt outs. Perhaps there are non public details that change the picture, but it sure looks like his agent, Scott Boras, miscalculated the market and then just held out for a record top line number even though it was worse per annum.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
    @kaganovitch


    The Nats offered him $300 million for ten years
     
    Sort of. A lot of the $300mm (I forget the exact amount) was going to be deferred way into the future, like more than 20 years out. Put a small discount rate on that and it was a lot less than $300mm.

    Harper is a really good, but not great player and the Nationals who knew him better than anyone priced him accordingly. Since his MVP season in 2015 his strikeout rate has gone way up and his defense has leveled off at "just ok". The Phillies are paying for quite a bit of production (OPS of 882, which is really good but just 37th in MLB this year) but a whole lot more of hype. I'm also curious to see how Harper's violent swing treats his lower body as he ages.

    The Nats (correctly IMO) thought that Adam Eaton + Patrick Corbin was worth more than Bryce Harper. Bonus that Eaton played so well in the World Series.

    I agree with you about Boras. He seems to think its still 20 years ago where teams threw huge money at free agents. If you back out the teams that aren't trying to win (Baltimore, Miami, etc), then back out the teams that can't afford a big name like Harper, then back out the teams that were already set with slugging corner outfielders, you are left with a pretty short list. No matter what he says publicly, I suspect Harper never thought he'd end up in Philly.

    Replies: @Jane Plain, @kaganovitch

  61. @Jack D
    Re-reading Wagner's impassioned missive (and putting aside the question of what this was doing on a sports site) what stands out is what a nothing-burger story this was and yet the Left was able to turn the teenager Sandmann into a 15 minute Emmanuel Goldstein. Of course in typical Leftist fashion, when the story started to unravel, Wagner's reaction was to DOUBLE DOWN on the stupidity instead of backing away gracefully. The same thing happened when the Duke rape hoax unraveled, the Jackie UVA rape hoax unraveled, etc. As the ship begins to list further and further, you only shout more loudly that it is unsinkable right up until the moment it slips beneath the waves.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    True believers cannot be swayed by mere facts.

    My favorite example:

    The sentence at the bottom of this post has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate.

    However, right-wing true believers invariably post all sorts of nasty stuff for the first half of the sentence, while left-wing true believers get even nastier for the second half of the sentence.

    And for those of you who want to flame me for either half of the sentence, please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won’t argue with people who get their “science” from Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, nor will I argue with people who get their “science” from Slate or Mother Jones.

    The fate of the planet rests on people acting on this, but nobody will act on it because it offends both left- and right- wing true believers. Worse, it offends the corporate oligarchs who fund the left- and right- wing media that spread lies.

    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse.

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    • Replies: @European-American
    @Paleo Liberal


    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.
     
    You have an interesting point with your “impossible statement” that will be misrepresented by both sides due to knee-jerk, poorly thought-out reasons.

    Still, you undermine your point by saying this statement

    > has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate

    I’m quite certain your complicated, messy statement has a much higher chance than 0.0001% of being proven inaccurate in the long run. It seems arrogant of you to think otherwise. Sorry, I don’t have a PhD though...

    , @Daniel Chieh
    @Paleo Liberal

    God, the pretentiousness of it all.


    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse
     
    How about you first?
    , @William Badwhite
    @Paleo Liberal


    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet,
     
    Given that "one of" could include "one of the top 1,000 " and the fact that there aren't really any other planet-wide threats (as opposed to natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanos, etc) beyond stray asteroids, your statement is accurate.

    please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won’t argue with people who get their “science”
     
    We have already established in other threads on this topic that you do not understand the science. As was explained to you then, modeling is not science.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Paleo Liberal

    Not all of us are lucky-- or wealthy-- enough to live on a walkable isthmus.

    Say, when is Pinckney Street going to be renamed? Or the whole city?

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    , @Jack D
    @Paleo Liberal

    Certainly halting migration would be good (and better than having us all live in shipping containers or something the way Manjoo would like) but shouldn't there be technological solutions that we could be working on - taking CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up underground or reacting it with something? Fertilizing forests with powdered lime by air so that they grow faster and lock up more carbon? Replacing fossil fuels with nuclear power (I think nuclear power is dangerous but if the planet is really gravely threatened then maybe it is worth the risk). I have the feeling that no one is really seriously working on a fix that doesn't involve penance for our environmental sins because they are more interested in the penance than in actually fixing the problem. Of course it's usually penance for the little people - Farhad himself ain't moving to no shipping container.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason, @Paleo Liberal

    , @Jonathan Mason
    @Paleo Liberal


    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet
     
    Rising water levels are a problem for the real estate industry, but once the human race is extinct the planet will quickly recover within a billion or so orbits of the sun.
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    @Paleo Liberal

    You have the hubris of a young Oedipus. But you do not have enough honor to tread his path. I am anticipating the part where Oedipus seizes the two pins from Jocasta's dress and blinds himself with them. But in your case, even if you did follow Oedipus, you would be no blinder than you are.

    Global warming is an empirical question. And if man-made global warming is truly a problem, then it should be easy to predict the unbiased temperatures five years hence, and ten years hence. We know that the increase in CO2 is following a linear trajectory. If CO2 is driving up temperatures, the linear trajectory could not be easier to model. And if you can model it, you can predict the future temperatures.

    But neither you, nor your fellow-travelers have been able to predict the temperatures.

    We all know the story of Chicken Little, which you have once again recited for us. Now remind us again who is the sheep? Because your bleating betrays you, willing source of wool and wooly-headed "reasoning".

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    , @Leonard
    @Paleo Liberal


    the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.
     
    This is ridiculous.

    You must be aware that essentially the entire US ruling class is pro-immigration, in roughly the same way that Christians are pro-Jesus. Don't forget the Zeroth Amendment. And what with USG being The Leader of the Free World -- the world's superest superpower -- our catamites in Europe slavishly follow our progressive fashions. Even our so-called "anti" immigration leaders, like Trump, are pro-immigration. They are still allowed to be against illegal immigration -- just barely. Even that is contested. No person is illegal!

    To halt migration from the 3rd world to 1st, therefore,would require a regime change. That is, some event so stark that the US establishment loses control of USG.

    This is not easy. It is hard -- it is so far beyond hard that nobody has any idea how to do it.

    There are many ways we can address global warming by geoengineering. I.e. marine cloud brightening. It could perhaps be done with as little as by a single Gates-level fortune. So what's easier: you manage a right-wing revolution in the USA? Or you manage to convert one super rich philanthropist like Bill Gates to climate alarmism?

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

  62. @istevefan
    @Jack D

    He's already booked career earnings with the Nats that ensure he and his descendants are set for life. Most guys who have received that much money would gladly trade part of it away to be a champion.

    I bet Dan Marino would give up 25% or more of his career earnings to have won a Super Bowl. I doubt John Elway would forgo his Super Bowl victories for a doubling of his career earnings.

    Competitive people want to be champions. The money is nice, but you measure yourself against others with championships.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @Russ, @Danindc

    Competitive people want to be champions. The money is nice, but you measure yourself against others with championships.

    One suspects that LeBron James – he of the six NBA Finals losses – agrees.

  63. now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse.

    Baa!

    BTW, how exactly did you calculate the probability?

  64. @Flemur
    OT: In Britain, apparently none dare speak the words "intelligence" or "IQ".

    "Results from thinking and memory tests done by eight-year olds may be indicative of how they will perform in the same assessments more than 60 years later, a study has found."

    Even University College London won't use the naughty terms, instead saying: "thinking and memory tests"

    I wonder if the word "thinking" will eventually get cooties and be replaced by the word "knowing".

    Replies: @res

    Even University College London won’t use the naughty terms, instead saying: “thinking and memory tests”

    At least UCL said “Cognitive differences” in the headline.

    Hard to say how much of UCL’s current stance is what they really believe and how much is fear of another blowup like:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Conference_on_Intelligence#UCL_investigation

    Though in either case their conduct seems reprehensible.

  65. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Lauren, Laura, Kelsey and the other Deadspin girl reporters all began their resignation announcements with 'So, I'm leaving Deadspin...'

    That might not be correct. I think one started, 'I am So leaving Deadspin...'

    Replies: @ScarletNumber, @ScarletNumber, @Jack D

    Lauren, Laura, Kelsey and the other Deadspin girl reporters

    I thought you were kidding, but sure as shit those are their actual names. I found a website that aggregated their Twitter posts announcing their resignations and noticed something interesting. Lauren goes by the name Lauren Theisen (@Theisen95) and her picture looked off. Looking into it, it turns out that Lauren was born a boy named Adam.

    I’m shocked SHOCKED that Adam Theisen thought the best place to peddle his wares was Deadspin, and equally shocked they hired him immediately.

    Also, it’s amazing how easy it is to pick out someone who is trans. Then again, it might be like men who wear toupees in that you only notice the bad ones.

    https://www.thebiglead.com/posts/deadspin-writers-quitting-g-o-media-controversy-01drf9syxbdp

    • Replies: @Lot
    @ScarletNumber

    Adam/Lauren is still into chicks. Whether the lesbians he finally can have hot lezzie sex with want to do so with a hormone-deformed cross dressing man is another question.

    He matches the autogynephelia pattern perfectly with the angry combative personality and manly job of pro sportswriter.

    He started taking estrogens as an undergraduate at University of Michigan, so in that respect he breaks the middle aged wife and kids autogyn mold.

  66. @Arclight
    Deadspin in general just had a sort of nasty tone to it - whether they dragged politics in or not, the angle was always to take a crap on whatever athlete or team was the subject of the story.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @ScarletNumber, @Barnard

    The original tag line of the site was something like, “without access, favor or discretion.” It was mostly sports coverage with some pop culture. The hook was that they were outsiders free to speak their minds without being influenced by pressures that of the legacy media has to deal with(corporate sponsors, access to players/coaches, etc.) Clay Travis worked there briefly as he pointed out while celebrating their demise yesterday. What he does now is a lot closer to what the site was like back then. By the time I stopped checking Deadspin it had already developed the nasty tone you mentioned. Transitioning into woke politics was a natural progression after that.

  67. @Paleo Liberal
    @Maxwell

    And Gary Carter didn't live to see it.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    Nor Rusty Staub, who was in Washington for the 1969 All-Star Game, but didn’t play.

  68. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    It seems that Deadspin was staffed by people with little to no genuine interest in both the subject of its coverage (sports) and its putative audience (the American sports fan).

    My surmise is that they were just clock watchers in journalism, and Deadspin was the platform at which they'd wait for better opportunities in non-sports journalism.

    Replies: @Altai, @J.Ross, @Thirdtwin, @Honesthughgrant

    “My surmise is that they were just clock watchers in journalism, and Deadspin was the platform at which they’d wait for better opportunities in non-sports journalism.”

    And they’d probably still be there if they’d just called whatever they were doing “Critical Sports Theory”. Or maybe “Critical Game Theory”.

  69. It is tailspin now.

    Tiny Timmy has his take on it:

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Anonymous

    Will these people not swell the ranks of the marching Antifa Stormtroopers?

    "SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR, CRICKET IS NOT WELCOME HERE!"

  70. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D

    True believers cannot be swayed by mere facts.

    My favorite example:

    The sentence at the bottom of this post has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate.

    However, right-wing true believers invariably post all sorts of nasty stuff for the first half of the sentence, while left-wing true believers get even nastier for the second half of the sentence.

    And for those of you who want to flame me for either half of the sentence, please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won't argue with people who get their "science" from Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, nor will I argue with people who get their "science" from Slate or Mother Jones.

    The fate of the planet rests on people acting on this, but nobody will act on it because it offends both left- and right- wing true believers. Worse, it offends the corporate oligarchs who fund the left- and right- wing media that spread lies.

    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse.

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    Replies: @European-American, @Daniel Chieh, @William Badwhite, @Reg Cæsar, @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Leonard

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    You have an interesting point with your “impossible statement” that will be misrepresented by both sides due to knee-jerk, poorly thought-out reasons.

    Still, you undermine your point by saying this statement

    > has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate

    I’m quite certain your complicated, messy statement has a much higher chance than 0.0001% of being proven inaccurate in the long run. It seems arrogant of you to think otherwise. Sorry, I don’t have a PhD though…

  71. @Anonymous
    https://twitter.com/DavidKlion/status/1189770010492899328

    Tomorrow's Sister Souljah will get shouted down with rape threats.
     

    Replies: @J.Ross

    2014. Telling. Exactly what “sport” was being “reported on” here, amid all this frothing political babble?
    Also: bro, you played yourself: “let’s take a look back at a laughable prediction about the future which we now see was foolish.”

  72. @kaganovitch
    @istevefan

    He’s already booked career earnings with the Nats that ensure he and his descendants are set for life. Most guys who have received that much money would gladly trade part of it away to be a champion.

    The Nats offered him $300 million for ten years. The free agent contract he got from the Phillies was 330 for 13 years, with no opt outs. Perhaps there are non public details that change the picture, but it sure looks like his agent, Scott Boras, miscalculated the market and then just held out for a record top line number even though it was worse per annum.

    Replies: @William Badwhite

    The Nats offered him $300 million for ten years

    Sort of. A lot of the $300mm (I forget the exact amount) was going to be deferred way into the future, like more than 20 years out. Put a small discount rate on that and it was a lot less than $300mm.

    Harper is a really good, but not great player and the Nationals who knew him better than anyone priced him accordingly. Since his MVP season in 2015 his strikeout rate has gone way up and his defense has leveled off at “just ok”. The Phillies are paying for quite a bit of production (OPS of 882, which is really good but just 37th in MLB this year) but a whole lot more of hype. I’m also curious to see how Harper’s violent swing treats his lower body as he ages.

    The Nats (correctly IMO) thought that Adam Eaton + Patrick Corbin was worth more than Bryce Harper. Bonus that Eaton played so well in the World Series.

    I agree with you about Boras. He seems to think its still 20 years ago where teams threw huge money at free agents. If you back out the teams that aren’t trying to win (Baltimore, Miami, etc), then back out the teams that can’t afford a big name like Harper, then back out the teams that were already set with slugging corner outfielders, you are left with a pretty short list. No matter what he says publicly, I suspect Harper never thought he’d end up in Philly.

    • Replies: @Jane Plain
    @William Badwhite

    Congratulations on last night's win. Home field disadvantage won out.

    I'm almost always for the National League if my team isn't in it (which it rarely is), so I was happy. I did root for the 'Stros a few years back because of the hurricane, but this time, no.

    I'm no baseball expert, but Hinch shouldn't have pulled Greinke, or if he did, he should have replaced him with Cole. JMO.

    I also like the fact that the Nats are so damn old, except for Soto.

    Still, the Nats pounced & earned their win. Good job all around.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @William Badwhite

    , @kaganovitch
    @William Badwhite

    I had forgotten that the Nat money was deferred. I do think though, that the fact that there is no opt out at any point, shows that Boras was desperate/bluffing. I surmise that Boras , who has an analytics dept. to rival most MLB teams, thought that Harper even at age 26 was a declining asset. It was worth his while to sell the opt out(which to his mind would never be worth exercising) for more upfront money.

  73. @European-American
    I found this post too obscure.
    I had no idea what Deadspin was, nor the latest brouhaha about it.

    At least a link to something like
    https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/30/deadspin-exodus/
    would have saved me feeling clueless and helped me get what the post was about without a Google search.
    I find Google searches tiring!

    Yes I know I can look lots of stuff up, I’m pretty good at it, even, but I prefer to choose what I research. Researching everything gets so tedious....

    I also didn’t know the Nationals won the World Series (they did, right?), but that’s closer to general knowledge (though not to people who don’t follow general news, or to most people outside the US). I’ve chosen to follow football this year, and haven’t followed baseball in years. Choices choices.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @ScarletNumber

    You might then not know that Deadspin was only one of a mange-furred, slimy, plaguebearing, sewer-scampering generation of similar pests: dinosaur media and SJW activism pretending to be hip new media. Generally they have all met some wierd bad fate like this. Is Jezebel still around? Gawker bet the house on the law not applying to them and lost. And there were many that nobody heard of, which would make news when they cut their staff and received a fresh injection of fallen angel investment.

  74. @Paul Rise
    Deadspin used to be loads of fun. I think they well and truly nosedived into nonsense after the 2015 Mizzou brouhaha, when the football team threatened not to play a primetime game after they became upset by an especially hard to believe hate hoax. Deadspin of course fell for the nonsense hook line and sinker. By the time that was all over, most of the white male leadership at Missouri was gone, the football coach had resigned (supposedly to fight off a form of cancer that a colleague described as "slightly worse than a headcold") and enrollment had dropped so sharply that two or three large dorms were permanently closed on the MU campus. Not a single reporter at deadspin or anywhere else questioned the complete unbelievability of the original hate hoax report.

    Replies: @68W58, @Russ

    It wasn’t just Deadspin that fell for that Mizzou nonsense-on the day that all that broke, before anyone had had even the slightest chance to look into he specifics, all of the jabberers on the ESPN afternoon talk shows weighed in to comment on how terrible the situation there was. I was watching that and reading right leaning sites online and I could see that things were not matching up. Of course then you got the whole “can I get some muscle over here” business from the journalism professor which shifted everyone’s attention even while the focus remained on the university.

    • Replies: @jon
    @68W58


    Of course then you got the whole “can I get some muscle over here” business from the journalism professor

     

    Ahh, good old Melissa Click. All of you Gonzaga basketball fans will, I am sure, be glad to know that she landed on her feet:
    https://www.gonzaga.edu/academics/faculty-listing/detail/click
  75. Maybe they can start a strategic policy and intel mag for those who don’t really want to follow these things but feel the need to: Bellingcat is taken, but they can call it Deadcat.

  76. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D

    True believers cannot be swayed by mere facts.

    My favorite example:

    The sentence at the bottom of this post has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate.

    However, right-wing true believers invariably post all sorts of nasty stuff for the first half of the sentence, while left-wing true believers get even nastier for the second half of the sentence.

    And for those of you who want to flame me for either half of the sentence, please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won't argue with people who get their "science" from Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, nor will I argue with people who get their "science" from Slate or Mother Jones.

    The fate of the planet rests on people acting on this, but nobody will act on it because it offends both left- and right- wing true believers. Worse, it offends the corporate oligarchs who fund the left- and right- wing media that spread lies.

    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse.

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    Replies: @European-American, @Daniel Chieh, @William Badwhite, @Reg Cæsar, @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Leonard

    God, the pretentiousness of it all.

    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse

    How about you first?

  77. @MikeatMikedotMike
    A peek into the soulless eyes of Laura Wagner, nailing the Stepford Thot look pretty well.

    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--lEQslD7J--/c_fill,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_200,q_80,w_200/zsgd5tutd694f1ox86f8.jpg

    Replies: @Big Dick Bandit, @anon, @The Wild Geese Howard

    ngl would give her the business–has Foxy Goth vibes.

    Deadspin was still excellent even if terminally woke. Drew especially is a funny motherfucker, even if he has od’ed on Correct Opinion (he’s Minnesottan, they can do that)

  78. @MikeatMikedotMike
    A peek into the soulless eyes of Laura Wagner, nailing the Stepford Thot look pretty well.

    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--lEQslD7J--/c_fill,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_200,q_80,w_200/zsgd5tutd694f1ox86f8.jpg

    Replies: @Big Dick Bandit, @anon, @The Wild Geese Howard

    The number 1,000 just pops into my head.

    • Agree: MikeatMikedotMike
  79. the Dodgers manager still screwed up, putting in Kershaw, a known choker, who immediately gave up 2 home runs. even casual fans know that was an obvious mistake.

    conversely, the Astros manager pulled a reverse screw up, yanking Greinke at the first sign of trouble, when he was dominating and only made 1 mistake, and instead of putting in Cole, one of the most dominant pitchers ever, he put in the usual relievers. within 3 pitches, they were losing, and then they were never in the game again.

    second guessing the manager is a classic baseball pastime, but these guys blew it.

  80. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Lauren, Laura, Kelsey and the other Deadspin girl reporters all began their resignation announcements with 'So, I'm leaving Deadspin...'

    That might not be correct. I think one started, 'I am So leaving Deadspin...'

    Replies: @ScarletNumber, @ScarletNumber, @Jack D

    Get Woke, go broke. The job market for reporters is not exactly great because so many newspapers have cut their staffs or closed their doors. I wonder how many of this gang will live to regret having quit? SJW principles are nice but they don’t pay the rent.

  81. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D

    True believers cannot be swayed by mere facts.

    My favorite example:

    The sentence at the bottom of this post has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate.

    However, right-wing true believers invariably post all sorts of nasty stuff for the first half of the sentence, while left-wing true believers get even nastier for the second half of the sentence.

    And for those of you who want to flame me for either half of the sentence, please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won't argue with people who get their "science" from Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, nor will I argue with people who get their "science" from Slate or Mother Jones.

    The fate of the planet rests on people acting on this, but nobody will act on it because it offends both left- and right- wing true believers. Worse, it offends the corporate oligarchs who fund the left- and right- wing media that spread lies.

    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse.

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    Replies: @European-American, @Daniel Chieh, @William Badwhite, @Reg Cæsar, @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Leonard

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet,

    Given that “one of” could include “one of the top 1,000 ” and the fact that there aren’t really any other planet-wide threats (as opposed to natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanos, etc) beyond stray asteroids, your statement is accurate.

    please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won’t argue with people who get their “science”

    We have already established in other threads on this topic that you do not understand the science. As was explained to you then, modeling is not science.

    • Agree: TWS
  82. @Polynikes
    I’m not somebody that hates ultra successful people or thinks they’re all idiots. With that said, ESPN’s leadership was run by absolute freaking morons. A simple venn diagram could’ve told them going the political route was dumb. As Steve points out, Their audience is mainly white males from 18 to 50. Then let’s go look at who votes Republican/conservative. Hmmm...white males 18 - 50 are pretty high up on that list.

    Of course that type of in-depth analysis was too much for the guys at ESPN.

    Replies: @216

    Nothing changes unless people cut their cable cord.

    There is no other individual action that creates such an impact on the political climate, with a minimum of effort.

    • Replies: @anon
    @216

    Nothing changes unless people cut their cable cord.

    Most cable TV viewers are over 50.

    Replies: @donvonburg

  83. I believe Steve shares an alma mater with the Nats’ best player, Anthony Rendon. Saw him play for the Owls in 2010 and thought I might be looking at a future HOFer. But he’ll need a few more seasons like this one to get there. Arguably, he was the greatest freshman and greatest sophomore in the history of college baseball. The numbers make a strong case. Freakish hand-eye coordination.

  84. @68W58
    @Paul Rise

    It wasn’t just Deadspin that fell for that Mizzou nonsense-on the day that all that broke, before anyone had had even the slightest chance to look into he specifics, all of the jabberers on the ESPN afternoon talk shows weighed in to comment on how terrible the situation there was. I was watching that and reading right leaning sites online and I could see that things were not matching up. Of course then you got the whole “can I get some muscle over here” business from the journalism professor which shifted everyone’s attention even while the focus remained on the university.

    Replies: @jon

    Of course then you got the whole “can I get some muscle over here” business from the journalism professor

    Ahh, good old Melissa Click. All of you Gonzaga basketball fans will, I am sure, be glad to know that she landed on her feet:
    https://www.gonzaga.edu/academics/faculty-listing/detail/click

  85. @ScarletNumber
    @Ghost of Bull Moose


    Lauren, Laura, Kelsey and the other Deadspin girl reporters
     
    I thought you were kidding, but sure as shit those are their actual names. I found a website that aggregated their Twitter posts announcing their resignations and noticed something interesting. Lauren goes by the name Lauren Theisen (@Theisen95) and her picture looked off. Looking into it, it turns out that Lauren was born a boy named Adam.

    I'm shocked SHOCKED that Adam Theisen thought the best place to peddle his wares was Deadspin, and equally shocked they hired him immediately.

    Also, it's amazing how easy it is to pick out someone who is trans. Then again, it might be like men who wear toupees in that you only notice the bad ones.

    https://www.thebiglead.com/posts/deadspin-writers-quitting-g-o-media-controversy-01drf9syxbdp

    Replies: @Lot

    Adam/Lauren is still into chicks. Whether the lesbians he finally can have hot lezzie sex with want to do so with a hormone-deformed cross dressing man is another question.

    He matches the autogynephelia pattern perfectly with the angry combative personality and manly job of pro sportswriter.

    He started taking estrogens as an undergraduate at University of Michigan, so in that respect he breaks the middle aged wife and kids autogyn mold.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  86. @Lars Porsena
    This could actually be a great method for purging a lot of magazines of all the J-school grads they hired who won't stop talking about their menstruation or depression or whatever. "Stick to the subject the magazine is supposed to be about" and watch them all quit.

    Replies: @Prosa123

    Deadspin’s sister publication Jalopnik already does this. All of their articles relate to motor vehicles in some way. For example, if the Federal Reserve announces a change in interest rates Jalopnik will report on it as it might affect car loans.

    • Replies: @Thea
    @Prosa123

    That is actually very smart and takes talent, discipline and imagination.

    Deadspin had an opportunity to stand out from the crowded field of SJW sites by requiring some displace on the part of their writers.

    Do we really need 500 articles a day on why handsome white men suck? Surely 400 would get the point across. These whiners who quit blew it.

  87. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D

    True believers cannot be swayed by mere facts.

    My favorite example:

    The sentence at the bottom of this post has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate.

    However, right-wing true believers invariably post all sorts of nasty stuff for the first half of the sentence, while left-wing true believers get even nastier for the second half of the sentence.

    And for those of you who want to flame me for either half of the sentence, please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won't argue with people who get their "science" from Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, nor will I argue with people who get their "science" from Slate or Mother Jones.

    The fate of the planet rests on people acting on this, but nobody will act on it because it offends both left- and right- wing true believers. Worse, it offends the corporate oligarchs who fund the left- and right- wing media that spread lies.

    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse.

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    Replies: @European-American, @Daniel Chieh, @William Badwhite, @Reg Cæsar, @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Leonard

    Not all of us are lucky– or wealthy– enough to live on a walkable isthmus.

    Say, when is Pinckney Street going to be renamed? Or the whole city?

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Reg Cæsar

    I don’t live on the Isthmus. I live in a much cheaper neighborhood on the outskirts of town.

    If I paid off my house, the value would be about enough for the down payment for a crack house in coastal California.

    I do have a kid who is a resident assistant at a dormitory on the isthmus. That takes more luck than wealth to pull off.

  88. And which modern group is most like the original farmers, the older population of Europe, who watched their men be slaughtered and women ravaged? Has any modern European group retained a sizable genetic component of those early Europeans?

    Sardinians, if I understood it correctly. I’m not sure, but I think Basques too, and maybe fellow islanders Corsicans and Sicilians. People from hardly accessible fringes of southwestern Europe.

  89. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D

    True believers cannot be swayed by mere facts.

    My favorite example:

    The sentence at the bottom of this post has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate.

    However, right-wing true believers invariably post all sorts of nasty stuff for the first half of the sentence, while left-wing true believers get even nastier for the second half of the sentence.

    And for those of you who want to flame me for either half of the sentence, please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won't argue with people who get their "science" from Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, nor will I argue with people who get their "science" from Slate or Mother Jones.

    The fate of the planet rests on people acting on this, but nobody will act on it because it offends both left- and right- wing true believers. Worse, it offends the corporate oligarchs who fund the left- and right- wing media that spread lies.

    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse.

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    Replies: @European-American, @Daniel Chieh, @William Badwhite, @Reg Cæsar, @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Leonard

    Certainly halting migration would be good (and better than having us all live in shipping containers or something the way Manjoo would like) but shouldn’t there be technological solutions that we could be working on – taking CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up underground or reacting it with something? Fertilizing forests with powdered lime by air so that they grow faster and lock up more carbon? Replacing fossil fuels with nuclear power (I think nuclear power is dangerous but if the planet is really gravely threatened then maybe it is worth the risk). I have the feeling that no one is really seriously working on a fix that doesn’t involve penance for our environmental sins because they are more interested in the penance than in actually fixing the problem. Of course it’s usually penance for the little people – Farhad himself ain’t moving to no shipping container.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    @Jack D


    shouldn’t there be technological solutions that we could be working on
     
    Paying people a living wage to not go to work, provided that they live in households without internal combustion engine powered vehicles, lawnmowers, or charcoal barbecues would be a start.

    Or a massive move towards public transportation for workers along similar lines to school buses. Passenger vehicles could tow multiple bicycles.

    , @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D


    Certainly halting migration would be good (and better than having us all live in shipping containers or something the way Manjoo would like) but shouldn’t there be technological solutions that we could be working on –
     
    Let's look at some of these ideas:

    taking CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up underground or reacting it with something?
     
    This is something scientists have been discussing for a long time. And we may HAVE to do this. The trouble is, the process is extremely expensive and energy wasteful unless it is done at the source. With current technology, scrubbing the CO2 at the smokestack is expensive, and requires about 10-20% of the energy produced by burning the coal in the first place.

    Fertilizing forests with powdered lime by air so that they grow faster and lock up more carbon?
     
    I don't know enough to say if this is a good idea or not.
    A similar idea is to increase the growth of seaweed in the oceans. This would involve dropping iron fillings as fertilizer. I read somewhere recently that if we grew seaweed on 4% of the ocean surface, and then ate the seaweed, it would take 42% of the current annual CO2 emitted worldwide.

    One possible use for the seaweed? Cattle feed. One of the biggest greenhouse gas issues is bovine excrement and flatulence producing enormous amounts of methane (CH4) gas. Because methane is so rare in the atmosphere, it has a much greater greenhouse gas effect. Adding greenhouse gases does not have a linear effect. At some point a certain gas is more or less saturated. For example, doubling the water vapor in the air would only increase the greenhouse effect of the water vapor by a small amount, while doubling methane pretty much doubles the damage done by methane, since there is so little methane in the air. Each greenhouse gas only absorbs IR radiation at certain frequencies.

    Anyway, various studies using seaweed as part of cattle feed show a decrease of bovine flatulence of anywhere from 60-90% per head.

    Replacing fossil fuels with nuclear power (I think nuclear power is dangerous but if the planet is really gravely threatened then maybe it is worth the risk).
     
    I agree. There are nuclear technologies available which are much safer than technologies used in the past.

    In addition, solar and wind power are far cheaper these days than in past years. There are some issues with rare earth elements in batteries, which are mined mostly in China, so there is a danger we could be dependent on the Chinese if we are not careful.

    I have the feeling that no one is really seriously working on a fix that doesn’t involve penance for our environmental sins because they are more interested in the penance than in actually fixing the problem. Of course it’s usually penance for the little people – Farhad himself ain’t moving to no shipping container.
     
    There ARE people working on the technological fixes. They don't get as much publicity as the scolds, though.

    And you are correct about this being penance for the little people. How many people flew in private jets to the celebrity global warming conference?

    The man who initially coined the phrase "Green New Deal" is not exactly happy with the AOC version. His version was quite simple. Do a few simple and cheap fixes, stop taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuel industries, and subsidize "green" energy with the money that was going to subsidize fossil fuel. In other words, he wanted the biggest bang for the smallest buck.

    The AOC version of the Green New Deal is more red than green. I am not saying that universal baby sitters is necessarily a bad idea, but that is a completely separate issue from saving the planet.

    Unfortunately, AOC and her mod squad claim that global warming means we have to INCREASE immigration. I understand the reasoning that there are climate refugees, and there will be more, but the least efficient way of handling the climate refugee issue is to force those countries with the largest per capita carbon footprint to take in and support anyone on the planet who claims to be a climate refugee. That would bankrupt all the first world nations very quickly.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Reg Cæsar, @Polynikes, @TWS

  90. @William Badwhite
    @kaganovitch


    The Nats offered him $300 million for ten years
     
    Sort of. A lot of the $300mm (I forget the exact amount) was going to be deferred way into the future, like more than 20 years out. Put a small discount rate on that and it was a lot less than $300mm.

    Harper is a really good, but not great player and the Nationals who knew him better than anyone priced him accordingly. Since his MVP season in 2015 his strikeout rate has gone way up and his defense has leveled off at "just ok". The Phillies are paying for quite a bit of production (OPS of 882, which is really good but just 37th in MLB this year) but a whole lot more of hype. I'm also curious to see how Harper's violent swing treats his lower body as he ages.

    The Nats (correctly IMO) thought that Adam Eaton + Patrick Corbin was worth more than Bryce Harper. Bonus that Eaton played so well in the World Series.

    I agree with you about Boras. He seems to think its still 20 years ago where teams threw huge money at free agents. If you back out the teams that aren't trying to win (Baltimore, Miami, etc), then back out the teams that can't afford a big name like Harper, then back out the teams that were already set with slugging corner outfielders, you are left with a pretty short list. No matter what he says publicly, I suspect Harper never thought he'd end up in Philly.

    Replies: @Jane Plain, @kaganovitch

    Congratulations on last night’s win. Home field disadvantage won out.

    I’m almost always for the National League if my team isn’t in it (which it rarely is), so I was happy. I did root for the ‘Stros a few years back because of the hurricane, but this time, no.

    I’m no baseball expert, but Hinch shouldn’t have pulled Greinke, or if he did, he should have replaced him with Cole. JMO.

    I also like the fact that the Nats are so damn old, except for Soto.

    Still, the Nats pounced & earned their win. Good job all around.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Jane Plain


    I’m almost always for the National League if my team isn’t in it (which it rarely is), so I was happy. I did root for the ‘Stros a few years back because of the hurricane, but this time, no.
     
    Well, the Astros should be in the National League. And Milwaukee in the American.
    , @William Badwhite
    @Jane Plain

    Thanks! When the Nats came to town it was easy to start rooting for them b/c while they were terrible, they were trying to get better whereas the other "local" team - the Orioles - were awful, not trying, and are owned by an awful person.


    I also like the fact that the Nats are so damn old, except for Soto.
     
    Oldest team in baseball, but that's kind of skewed by some more recent pickups such as Rodney (will not be around next year), Cabrera, Suzuki, Howie Kendrick, etc. They also have Soto, Robles, Trea Turner. Nice blend of young and old.

    The Nats stumbled onto a bit of the new moneyball - nobody wants old guys anymore so really productive guys like Kendrick, Cabrera, Suzuki are available cheap. Plus you can get those guys on 1 and 2 year deals so keep your roster flexibility.

    Replies: @68W58, @Jane Plain

  91. Max Scherzer is a notorious heterochrome.

  92. @European-American
    I found this post too obscure.
    I had no idea what Deadspin was, nor the latest brouhaha about it.

    At least a link to something like
    https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/30/deadspin-exodus/
    would have saved me feeling clueless and helped me get what the post was about without a Google search.
    I find Google searches tiring!

    Yes I know I can look lots of stuff up, I’m pretty good at it, even, but I prefer to choose what I research. Researching everything gets so tedious....

    I also didn’t know the Nationals won the World Series (they did, right?), but that’s closer to general knowledge (though not to people who don’t follow general news, or to most people outside the US). I’ve chosen to follow football this year, and haven’t followed baseball in years. Choices choices.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @ScarletNumber

    Or you could just accept that not every post is going to be of interest to you, and perhaps show some self restraint by not answering.

    • Replies: @European-American
    @ScarletNumber

    Sure, but since I wasn’t sure what he was talking about, I couldn’t judge whether it interested me or not. I actually found this news item about the mass walkout of a sports site due to freedom of expression reasons quite interesting.

  93. @Ed
    @Jack D

    The guy will make $300M the life of his contract, has a nice young family and is the prime of his life. I’m sure he’d love to win a World Series but I’m guessing it’s not in the top 10 of his personal concerns or desires.

    Replies: @Ron Mexico

    And who’s to say he won’t win in Philly?

  94. @William Badwhite
    @kaganovitch


    The Nats offered him $300 million for ten years
     
    Sort of. A lot of the $300mm (I forget the exact amount) was going to be deferred way into the future, like more than 20 years out. Put a small discount rate on that and it was a lot less than $300mm.

    Harper is a really good, but not great player and the Nationals who knew him better than anyone priced him accordingly. Since his MVP season in 2015 his strikeout rate has gone way up and his defense has leveled off at "just ok". The Phillies are paying for quite a bit of production (OPS of 882, which is really good but just 37th in MLB this year) but a whole lot more of hype. I'm also curious to see how Harper's violent swing treats his lower body as he ages.

    The Nats (correctly IMO) thought that Adam Eaton + Patrick Corbin was worth more than Bryce Harper. Bonus that Eaton played so well in the World Series.

    I agree with you about Boras. He seems to think its still 20 years ago where teams threw huge money at free agents. If you back out the teams that aren't trying to win (Baltimore, Miami, etc), then back out the teams that can't afford a big name like Harper, then back out the teams that were already set with slugging corner outfielders, you are left with a pretty short list. No matter what he says publicly, I suspect Harper never thought he'd end up in Philly.

    Replies: @Jane Plain, @kaganovitch

    I had forgotten that the Nat money was deferred. I do think though, that the fact that there is no opt out at any point, shows that Boras was desperate/bluffing. I surmise that Boras , who has an analytics dept. to rival most MLB teams, thought that Harper even at age 26 was a declining asset. It was worth his while to sell the opt out(which to his mind would never be worth exercising) for more upfront money.

  95. Here are some nice deadspins.

  96. @Jane Plain
    @William Badwhite

    Congratulations on last night's win. Home field disadvantage won out.

    I'm almost always for the National League if my team isn't in it (which it rarely is), so I was happy. I did root for the 'Stros a few years back because of the hurricane, but this time, no.

    I'm no baseball expert, but Hinch shouldn't have pulled Greinke, or if he did, he should have replaced him with Cole. JMO.

    I also like the fact that the Nats are so damn old, except for Soto.

    Still, the Nats pounced & earned their win. Good job all around.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @William Badwhite

    I’m almost always for the National League if my team isn’t in it (which it rarely is), so I was happy. I did root for the ‘Stros a few years back because of the hurricane, but this time, no.

    Well, the Astros should be in the National League. And Milwaukee in the American.

  97. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D

    True believers cannot be swayed by mere facts.

    My favorite example:

    The sentence at the bottom of this post has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate.

    However, right-wing true believers invariably post all sorts of nasty stuff for the first half of the sentence, while left-wing true believers get even nastier for the second half of the sentence.

    And for those of you who want to flame me for either half of the sentence, please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won't argue with people who get their "science" from Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, nor will I argue with people who get their "science" from Slate or Mother Jones.

    The fate of the planet rests on people acting on this, but nobody will act on it because it offends both left- and right- wing true believers. Worse, it offends the corporate oligarchs who fund the left- and right- wing media that spread lies.

    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse.

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    Replies: @European-American, @Daniel Chieh, @William Badwhite, @Reg Cæsar, @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Leonard

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet

    Rising water levels are a problem for the real estate industry, but once the human race is extinct the planet will quickly recover within a billion or so orbits of the sun.

    • Agree: El Dato
  98. @Jack D
    @Paleo Liberal

    Certainly halting migration would be good (and better than having us all live in shipping containers or something the way Manjoo would like) but shouldn't there be technological solutions that we could be working on - taking CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up underground or reacting it with something? Fertilizing forests with powdered lime by air so that they grow faster and lock up more carbon? Replacing fossil fuels with nuclear power (I think nuclear power is dangerous but if the planet is really gravely threatened then maybe it is worth the risk). I have the feeling that no one is really seriously working on a fix that doesn't involve penance for our environmental sins because they are more interested in the penance than in actually fixing the problem. Of course it's usually penance for the little people - Farhad himself ain't moving to no shipping container.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason, @Paleo Liberal

    shouldn’t there be technological solutions that we could be working on

    Paying people a living wage to not go to work, provided that they live in households without internal combustion engine powered vehicles, lawnmowers, or charcoal barbecues would be a start.

    Or a massive move towards public transportation for workers along similar lines to school buses. Passenger vehicles could tow multiple bicycles.

  99. Anonymous[391] • Disclaimer says:

    I follow the Braves at http://www.talkingchop.com and it’s apart of SB Nation/Vox Media but I didn’t see any click-bait SJW stories during the season so it was a good outlet. They have a Dodger’s page under the same umbrella company at https://www.truebluela.com/ if you’re interested.

    Braves dominated the National’s all season which made blowing it to the Cardinal’s which are an inferior team to the Braves due to poor managing (and Freddie Freeman’s elbow) difficult. That series never should have reached a game 5.

  100. @Magic Dirt Resident
    I've never understood congratulating a team's fans after a win. The millions of fans combined didn't have a single RBI.

    Replies: @Mister.Baseball

    It’s so often perfunctory that it’s insulting. I’ll accept that sometimes, sometimes, it’s gratitude as expressed by largely inarticulate people who aren’t paid for their public speaking. And I have some sympathy that there are great expectations for these people to be shoved in front of a microphone to express the same sort of sentimental pap that gives X% of fans warm and fuzzy feelings.

    But I wish it would stop if it isn’t going to be genuine.

  101. @216
    @Polynikes

    Nothing changes unless people cut their cable cord.

    There is no other individual action that creates such an impact on the political climate, with a minimum of effort.

    Replies: @anon

    Nothing changes unless people cut their cable cord.

    Most cable TV viewers are over 50.

    • Replies: @donvonburg
    @anon

    People "cut the cable cord" and immediately start paying online streaming services that are worse.

    Replies: @anon

  102. @ScarletNumber
    @European-American

    Or you could just accept that not every post is going to be of interest to you, and perhaps show some self restraint by not answering.

    Replies: @European-American

    Sure, but since I wasn’t sure what he was talking about, I couldn’t judge whether it interested me or not. I actually found this news item about the mass walkout of a sports site due to freedom of expression reasons quite interesting.

  103. @Anonymous
    It is tailspin now.

    Tiny Timmy has his take on it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOiJhXaL6iY

    Replies: @El Dato

    Will these people not swell the ranks of the marching Antifa Stormtroopers?

    “SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR, CRICKET IS NOT WELCOME HERE!”

  104. @Jack D
    @Paleo Liberal

    Certainly halting migration would be good (and better than having us all live in shipping containers or something the way Manjoo would like) but shouldn't there be technological solutions that we could be working on - taking CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up underground or reacting it with something? Fertilizing forests with powdered lime by air so that they grow faster and lock up more carbon? Replacing fossil fuels with nuclear power (I think nuclear power is dangerous but if the planet is really gravely threatened then maybe it is worth the risk). I have the feeling that no one is really seriously working on a fix that doesn't involve penance for our environmental sins because they are more interested in the penance than in actually fixing the problem. Of course it's usually penance for the little people - Farhad himself ain't moving to no shipping container.

    Replies: @Jonathan Mason, @Paleo Liberal

    Certainly halting migration would be good (and better than having us all live in shipping containers or something the way Manjoo would like) but shouldn’t there be technological solutions that we could be working on –

    Let’s look at some of these ideas:

    taking CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up underground or reacting it with something?

    This is something scientists have been discussing for a long time. And we may HAVE to do this. The trouble is, the process is extremely expensive and energy wasteful unless it is done at the source. With current technology, scrubbing the CO2 at the smokestack is expensive, and requires about 10-20% of the energy produced by burning the coal in the first place.

    Fertilizing forests with powdered lime by air so that they grow faster and lock up more carbon?

    I don’t know enough to say if this is a good idea or not.
    A similar idea is to increase the growth of seaweed in the oceans. This would involve dropping iron fillings as fertilizer. I read somewhere recently that if we grew seaweed on 4% of the ocean surface, and then ate the seaweed, it would take 42% of the current annual CO2 emitted worldwide.

    One possible use for the seaweed? Cattle feed. One of the biggest greenhouse gas issues is bovine excrement and flatulence producing enormous amounts of methane (CH4) gas. Because methane is so rare in the atmosphere, it has a much greater greenhouse gas effect. Adding greenhouse gases does not have a linear effect. At some point a certain gas is more or less saturated. For example, doubling the water vapor in the air would only increase the greenhouse effect of the water vapor by a small amount, while doubling methane pretty much doubles the damage done by methane, since there is so little methane in the air. Each greenhouse gas only absorbs IR radiation at certain frequencies.

    Anyway, various studies using seaweed as part of cattle feed show a decrease of bovine flatulence of anywhere from 60-90% per head.

    Replacing fossil fuels with nuclear power (I think nuclear power is dangerous but if the planet is really gravely threatened then maybe it is worth the risk).

    I agree. There are nuclear technologies available which are much safer than technologies used in the past.

    In addition, solar and wind power are far cheaper these days than in past years. There are some issues with rare earth elements in batteries, which are mined mostly in China, so there is a danger we could be dependent on the Chinese if we are not careful.

    I have the feeling that no one is really seriously working on a fix that doesn’t involve penance for our environmental sins because they are more interested in the penance than in actually fixing the problem. Of course it’s usually penance for the little people – Farhad himself ain’t moving to no shipping container.

    There ARE people working on the technological fixes. They don’t get as much publicity as the scolds, though.

    And you are correct about this being penance for the little people. How many people flew in private jets to the celebrity global warming conference?

    The man who initially coined the phrase “Green New Deal” is not exactly happy with the AOC version. His version was quite simple. Do a few simple and cheap fixes, stop taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuel industries, and subsidize “green” energy with the money that was going to subsidize fossil fuel. In other words, he wanted the biggest bang for the smallest buck.

    The AOC version of the Green New Deal is more red than green. I am not saying that universal baby sitters is necessarily a bad idea, but that is a completely separate issue from saving the planet.

    Unfortunately, AOC and her mod squad claim that global warming means we have to INCREASE immigration. I understand the reasoning that there are climate refugees, and there will be more, but the least efficient way of handling the climate refugee issue is to force those countries with the largest per capita carbon footprint to take in and support anyone on the planet who claims to be a climate refugee. That would bankrupt all the first world nations very quickly.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Paleo Liberal

    "One possible use for the seaweed? Cattle feed."

    In Wales the locals have been eating seaweed for centuries - great fried with bacon, although you have to ignore the fact that it looks and smells like the green stuff that clings to wooden pilings at the harbourside.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laverbread

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Paleo Liberal


    the least efficient way of handling the climate refugee issue is to force those countries with the largest per capita carbon footprint to take in and support anyone on the planet who claims to be a climate refugee.
     
    Shipping the green crowd, all tens of millions of them, to the Guineas, the Congoes, and the former Rhodesias would accomplish the same, with far less environmental effect.
    , @Polynikes
    @Paleo Liberal

    Just use more hairspray. Since that’s what caused global cooling in the 70’s it should be fairly simple.

    Replies: @anon, @YetAnotherAnon

    , @TWS
    @Paleo Liberal

    Go live in a cave. Maybe you'll inspire others .

  105. @james wilson
    Fangraphs let the progs in and the commenters pushed back, hard. There were a good number of counter commenters who considered it their life's work to support the good thinkers, and the sports readers began to abandon the site. There were many articles on why aren't girls in baseball, many more why the ghe aren't in baseball, and one decrying the lack of Muslims in baseball. That one got 171 hilarious comments torching the column until all comments were quickly removed from that one. Anyway, someone at the top, surprisingly, got the message and the sjw is suddenly absent. It all must have been due to member dues tanking, just guessing here.

    Replies: @Mister.Baseball

    Fangraphs has toned it down but, it’s still very much there. Any of the talent they had has mostly gone to do real statistical/media work for teams and what remains is a rotating cast of dopey children who, given a long leash, became so unbearable that they drove off much of the traffic, by all appearances. It went from a place to be to just being a place. The people who remain now are not very talented writers or statisticians but they just are more tactful; which is nicer but not enough to hold interest.

  106. @RichardTaylor
    Off Topic: Do we know which modern population is closest to the Yamnaya, aka Indo-European, aka Aryans? I mean the group that came from the Russian Steppes and pretty much killed all the men and took the women of the older European population?

    Which group today has the most of those fierce genes?

    And which modern group is most like the original farmers, the older population of Europe, who watched their men be slaughtered and women ravaged? Has any modern European group retained a sizable genetic component of those early Europeans?

    Replies: @Alastair Trumpington

    Of European populations today, Lithuanians/Baltic people in general share the most ancestry with the ancient Indo-Europeans, and Sardinians share the most ancestry with the early European farmers.

    • Replies: @RichardTaylor
    @Alastair Trumpington

    Thank you ... well that makes sense although I had assumed it was the Swedish or Germans who had the most Indo-European genes.

  107. Deadspin was founded by NY Times sports writers, IIRC. So this all makes sense. I never thought Deadspin would last without being on some corporate teat, and this only confirms it.

    I’ve noticed, btw, that in the last ten years or so many hardcore leftist men have become outwardly super-fanatical about pro sports. In my personal life, I’ve met a few like this—guys who are wimpy-looking commies who claim sports fanaticism. Many times, its channeled towards Euro league soccer; they even wear the scarfs. But sometimes its for other sports.

    For example, Greg Proops, a fey leftist comedian who insists he’s married to a woman, started hyping his “obsession” with baseball. Ellen Degeneres’s producer/director has a twitter feed that’s almost all LA Kings psychofan stuff.

    I suspect there’s a lot of father figure-not-around compensation going on here, a la far-lefty Bill Simmons becoming obsessed with the Celtics and Red Sox right after his parents’ divorced when he was a young child. Either that, or lefty men trying in some way to assert their masculinity and imply that they are not homosexual.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @R.G. Camara

    I remember when Rosie O'Donnell had a TV show and insisted on every episode that she was obsessed with Tom Cruise. I think it's more like that. Now I'm reminded of Rachel Maddow's early efforts to evince a love of science. These people are all artifice and cannot see the hokiness in an ordained protestation of virtue, so maybe it's not even lying.

    Replies: @donvonburg

    , @ScarletNumber
    @R.G. Camara


    Greg Proops, a fey leftist comedian who insists he’s married to a woman
     
    Shit, there's a bet I would have lost. Then again, Patton Oswalt is on his second wife.

    far-lefty Bill Simmons becoming obsessed with the Celtics and Red Sox right after his parents’ divorced when he was a young child
     
    This was to become close to his father who still lived near Boston. Simmons and his mother lived in Fairfield County, Connecticut, which is definitely Yankees/Giants territory. I will say that his early ESPN work it bitingly funny and not PC at all. For instance, he stated point blank that one of this female older relatives (either his mother or his aunt) told him to make sure to meet the mothers of his girlfriends just to make sure they weren't fat. Becoming the father of a daughter ruined him.

    Replies: @Keypusher

    , @LondonBob
    @R.G. Camara

    The left knows sports are a right wing thing, they just don't want to leave us anything. The invasion of football here in Europe by the woke gang is particularly incongruous.

  108. @Reg Cæsar
    @Paleo Liberal

    Not all of us are lucky-- or wealthy-- enough to live on a walkable isthmus.

    Say, when is Pinckney Street going to be renamed? Or the whole city?

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    I don’t live on the Isthmus. I live in a much cheaper neighborhood on the outskirts of town.

    If I paid off my house, the value would be about enough for the down payment for a crack house in coastal California.

    I do have a kid who is a resident assistant at a dormitory on the isthmus. That takes more luck than wealth to pull off.

  109. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D


    Certainly halting migration would be good (and better than having us all live in shipping containers or something the way Manjoo would like) but shouldn’t there be technological solutions that we could be working on –
     
    Let's look at some of these ideas:

    taking CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up underground or reacting it with something?
     
    This is something scientists have been discussing for a long time. And we may HAVE to do this. The trouble is, the process is extremely expensive and energy wasteful unless it is done at the source. With current technology, scrubbing the CO2 at the smokestack is expensive, and requires about 10-20% of the energy produced by burning the coal in the first place.

    Fertilizing forests with powdered lime by air so that they grow faster and lock up more carbon?
     
    I don't know enough to say if this is a good idea or not.
    A similar idea is to increase the growth of seaweed in the oceans. This would involve dropping iron fillings as fertilizer. I read somewhere recently that if we grew seaweed on 4% of the ocean surface, and then ate the seaweed, it would take 42% of the current annual CO2 emitted worldwide.

    One possible use for the seaweed? Cattle feed. One of the biggest greenhouse gas issues is bovine excrement and flatulence producing enormous amounts of methane (CH4) gas. Because methane is so rare in the atmosphere, it has a much greater greenhouse gas effect. Adding greenhouse gases does not have a linear effect. At some point a certain gas is more or less saturated. For example, doubling the water vapor in the air would only increase the greenhouse effect of the water vapor by a small amount, while doubling methane pretty much doubles the damage done by methane, since there is so little methane in the air. Each greenhouse gas only absorbs IR radiation at certain frequencies.

    Anyway, various studies using seaweed as part of cattle feed show a decrease of bovine flatulence of anywhere from 60-90% per head.

    Replacing fossil fuels with nuclear power (I think nuclear power is dangerous but if the planet is really gravely threatened then maybe it is worth the risk).
     
    I agree. There are nuclear technologies available which are much safer than technologies used in the past.

    In addition, solar and wind power are far cheaper these days than in past years. There are some issues with rare earth elements in batteries, which are mined mostly in China, so there is a danger we could be dependent on the Chinese if we are not careful.

    I have the feeling that no one is really seriously working on a fix that doesn’t involve penance for our environmental sins because they are more interested in the penance than in actually fixing the problem. Of course it’s usually penance for the little people – Farhad himself ain’t moving to no shipping container.
     
    There ARE people working on the technological fixes. They don't get as much publicity as the scolds, though.

    And you are correct about this being penance for the little people. How many people flew in private jets to the celebrity global warming conference?

    The man who initially coined the phrase "Green New Deal" is not exactly happy with the AOC version. His version was quite simple. Do a few simple and cheap fixes, stop taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuel industries, and subsidize "green" energy with the money that was going to subsidize fossil fuel. In other words, he wanted the biggest bang for the smallest buck.

    The AOC version of the Green New Deal is more red than green. I am not saying that universal baby sitters is necessarily a bad idea, but that is a completely separate issue from saving the planet.

    Unfortunately, AOC and her mod squad claim that global warming means we have to INCREASE immigration. I understand the reasoning that there are climate refugees, and there will be more, but the least efficient way of handling the climate refugee issue is to force those countries with the largest per capita carbon footprint to take in and support anyone on the planet who claims to be a climate refugee. That would bankrupt all the first world nations very quickly.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Reg Cæsar, @Polynikes, @TWS

    “One possible use for the seaweed? Cattle feed.”

    In Wales the locals have been eating seaweed for centuries – great fried with bacon, although you have to ignore the fact that it looks and smells like the green stuff that clings to wooden pilings at the harbourside.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laverbread

  110. You have the rare combination of being really smart with good instincts. We should all be so lucky.

    I too have thought the Nats 3 starting pitchers could make a big dent in October. Corbin wasn’t very good as a starter but saved our ass as a reliever.

    What a great run to the title for Nats fans. It was really fun. No other DC championship comes close.

  111. @R.G. Camara
    Deadspin was founded by NY Times sports writers, IIRC. So this all makes sense. I never thought Deadspin would last without being on some corporate teat, and this only confirms it.

    I've noticed, btw, that in the last ten years or so many hardcore leftist men have become outwardly super-fanatical about pro sports. In my personal life, I've met a few like this---guys who are wimpy-looking commies who claim sports fanaticism. Many times, its channeled towards Euro league soccer; they even wear the scarfs. But sometimes its for other sports.

    For example, Greg Proops, a fey leftist comedian who insists he's married to a woman, started hyping his "obsession" with baseball. Ellen Degeneres's producer/director has a twitter feed that's almost all LA Kings psychofan stuff.

    I suspect there's a lot of father figure-not-around compensation going on here, a la far-lefty Bill Simmons becoming obsessed with the Celtics and Red Sox right after his parents' divorced when he was a young child. Either that, or lefty men trying in some way to assert their masculinity and imply that they are not homosexual.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @ScarletNumber, @LondonBob

    I remember when Rosie O’Donnell had a TV show and insisted on every episode that she was obsessed with Tom Cruise. I think it’s more like that. Now I’m reminded of Rachel Maddow’s early efforts to evince a love of science. These people are all artifice and cannot see the hokiness in an ordained protestation of virtue, so maybe it’s not even lying.

    • Replies: @donvonburg
    @J.Ross

    In the present era, most politicians and media figures have "interests" in hobbies, sports, recreation that are manufactured for public consumption rather than real. And this extends to many people not in the public limelight as well.


    This explains a good part of the skyrocketing market for Veblen goods of conspicuous consumption and why those goods are often not actually all that good. A man who worked for an exotic car dealership once told me that they sold a Bugatti Veyron to a celebrity who was absolutely terrified of it and drove it as little as possible. He had to have his driveway repaved and smoothed so he could get it in the garage without scraping and the insurance made him put in a fire suppression system in the garage. He was dismayed at those expenses and was bothered as to why they made it that low. So the salesman asked him what it was that made him want the car in the first place. The man said that he figured after taxes, being known as a Veyron owner had made him able to get another ten million on his five year contract. The executives took him that much more seriously.

    This is exactly why a concert violinist's biggest expense is not the note on his Manhattan condo apartment or weekend house in the Hamptons, but his violin. Ownership and use of a Old Cremona violin means higher ticket prices and better concert bookings, even though it's been proven no audience can consistently tell the difference between a Strad, Amati or Guarneri or a better modern violin in the ten thousand dollar range.

    With pianos, there is no particular premium on any "vintage" models, though more concert artists play Steinway exclusively than do not (and it would be difficult to play any other brand "exclusively" because no other brand is sufficiently ubiquitous: because of the logistics of piano moving and maintenance, you always wind up playing on different pianos.) Steinway offers a "deal you can't refuse" to those who play Steinways exclusively in that they will source, maintain, tune and tweak their pianos anywhere in the developed world if you agree to do so as an established artist. That was the inspiration for the Nikon Professional Service that made the Nikon camera overwhelmingly dominant among actual working pros from the mid-1960s to recent times.

  112. @istevefan
    @Jack D

    He's already booked career earnings with the Nats that ensure he and his descendants are set for life. Most guys who have received that much money would gladly trade part of it away to be a champion.

    I bet Dan Marino would give up 25% or more of his career earnings to have won a Super Bowl. I doubt John Elway would forgo his Super Bowl victories for a doubling of his career earnings.

    Competitive people want to be champions. The money is nice, but you measure yourself against others with championships.

    Replies: @kaganovitch, @Russ, @Danindc

    Bryce wanted to stay in DC. The Lerner family didn’t want him. The gave him a joke of an offer. He had no choice but to go to Philly.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Danindc

    The joke here in the Imperial Capital is, "Lerners! Please buy the Redskins!"

  113. @kihowi
    Dear Christ, sports writers are terrible. Grown men who verbally haven't gone beyond the stage I was in at 16 or so. You know, that age when you still think people can't spot you being pretentious.

    This the first paragraph of the first article I found on DDG when searching for deadspin:

    Deadspin has for years been a home for journalists who took no prisoners in the world of sports and beyond. Yet now its new corporate overlords at G/O Media are dismantling this razor-edged fulcrum of athletic dissent like a buzzard chewing the gristle off the last bone.
     
    Get it? I'm using fancy words! You can just picture him coming across "fulcrum" and putting it away in his mental store of "grown up words" to be used later. Never mind that it doesn't make sense. A "razor-edged fulcrum"? What does that mean? How is dissent like a fulcrum? Do birds chew? They don't have fucking teeth. Why is calling the dissent "athletic"? Because they write about sports? Jesus Christ.

    I writer whose name I've forgotten called that "the verbosity of the illiterate" and I HATE it. Movie reviewers, present company excepted, are like that as well. It's not a surprise; they're about sports and movies precisely because they're not entirely comfortable with words. But don't try to compensate for God's sake.

    Replies: @Steve in Greensboro

    The all went to “The Howard Cosell School of Sports Journalism”.

  114. I thought I had experienced the heights of good sportsmanship when I heard the Toronto Raptors fans cheering when Kevin Durant went down with a ruptured Achilles tendon in game 5 of the NBA finals.

    But then I heard the Washington fans booing the President and realized that there were still new heights in sportsmanship yet to be achieved.

    • Replies: @gsjackson
    @Steve in Greensboro

    I've spent a good portion of my life in the D.C. area, suffering with and without Washington baseball since 1962. I love this team, and have been an Anthony Rendon fan since seeing him play in college. But when the WaPo-zombie, globo-homo "fans" started doing that it was all I could do not to root for Houston, just to see them unhappy. Disgusting.

  115. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D


    Certainly halting migration would be good (and better than having us all live in shipping containers or something the way Manjoo would like) but shouldn’t there be technological solutions that we could be working on –
     
    Let's look at some of these ideas:

    taking CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up underground or reacting it with something?
     
    This is something scientists have been discussing for a long time. And we may HAVE to do this. The trouble is, the process is extremely expensive and energy wasteful unless it is done at the source. With current technology, scrubbing the CO2 at the smokestack is expensive, and requires about 10-20% of the energy produced by burning the coal in the first place.

    Fertilizing forests with powdered lime by air so that they grow faster and lock up more carbon?
     
    I don't know enough to say if this is a good idea or not.
    A similar idea is to increase the growth of seaweed in the oceans. This would involve dropping iron fillings as fertilizer. I read somewhere recently that if we grew seaweed on 4% of the ocean surface, and then ate the seaweed, it would take 42% of the current annual CO2 emitted worldwide.

    One possible use for the seaweed? Cattle feed. One of the biggest greenhouse gas issues is bovine excrement and flatulence producing enormous amounts of methane (CH4) gas. Because methane is so rare in the atmosphere, it has a much greater greenhouse gas effect. Adding greenhouse gases does not have a linear effect. At some point a certain gas is more or less saturated. For example, doubling the water vapor in the air would only increase the greenhouse effect of the water vapor by a small amount, while doubling methane pretty much doubles the damage done by methane, since there is so little methane in the air. Each greenhouse gas only absorbs IR radiation at certain frequencies.

    Anyway, various studies using seaweed as part of cattle feed show a decrease of bovine flatulence of anywhere from 60-90% per head.

    Replacing fossil fuels with nuclear power (I think nuclear power is dangerous but if the planet is really gravely threatened then maybe it is worth the risk).
     
    I agree. There are nuclear technologies available which are much safer than technologies used in the past.

    In addition, solar and wind power are far cheaper these days than in past years. There are some issues with rare earth elements in batteries, which are mined mostly in China, so there is a danger we could be dependent on the Chinese if we are not careful.

    I have the feeling that no one is really seriously working on a fix that doesn’t involve penance for our environmental sins because they are more interested in the penance than in actually fixing the problem. Of course it’s usually penance for the little people – Farhad himself ain’t moving to no shipping container.
     
    There ARE people working on the technological fixes. They don't get as much publicity as the scolds, though.

    And you are correct about this being penance for the little people. How many people flew in private jets to the celebrity global warming conference?

    The man who initially coined the phrase "Green New Deal" is not exactly happy with the AOC version. His version was quite simple. Do a few simple and cheap fixes, stop taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuel industries, and subsidize "green" energy with the money that was going to subsidize fossil fuel. In other words, he wanted the biggest bang for the smallest buck.

    The AOC version of the Green New Deal is more red than green. I am not saying that universal baby sitters is necessarily a bad idea, but that is a completely separate issue from saving the planet.

    Unfortunately, AOC and her mod squad claim that global warming means we have to INCREASE immigration. I understand the reasoning that there are climate refugees, and there will be more, but the least efficient way of handling the climate refugee issue is to force those countries with the largest per capita carbon footprint to take in and support anyone on the planet who claims to be a climate refugee. That would bankrupt all the first world nations very quickly.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Reg Cæsar, @Polynikes, @TWS

    the least efficient way of handling the climate refugee issue is to force those countries with the largest per capita carbon footprint to take in and support anyone on the planet who claims to be a climate refugee.

    Shipping the green crowd, all tens of millions of them, to the Guineas, the Congoes, and the former Rhodesias would accomplish the same, with far less environmental effect.

    • Agree: Bubba
  116. @anon
    @216

    Nothing changes unless people cut their cable cord.

    Most cable TV viewers are over 50.

    Replies: @donvonburg

    People “cut the cable cord” and immediately start paying online streaming services that are worse.

    • Replies: @anon
    @donvonburg

    People “cut the cable cord” and immediately start paying online streaming services that are worse.

    Cable is bundled in virtually all markets. That's one way MSNBC, CNN and other Woke channels get funded. As Boomers and older X'rs give up cable one way or another, there will be effects.

    The streaming services are indeed no better, and can be worse, but one can cut Hulu easier than CNN.

  117. Come on, it’s just resting.

    And, after all, that is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.

  118. Anonymous[381] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    Steve, has anyone brought Nick Fuentes to the blog's attention yet? My apologies if someone has.

    If you are unaware, you must follow it. Twitter or YT Nick Fuentes.

    Conservative Inc. neocons and grifters like TPUSA Charlie Kirk are finished. The death blow came two nights ago at a campus Q&A but it's spreading on Twitter and YT comments. All of the cucked 'Respectable Conservative' 'America is only an idea with no people' 'More legal immigration' rats have been exposed.

    The 'Anti-AntiWhite' 'White G______e' ideas broke through and there's no going back. Coulter, Malkin, PJW, Goldy are on board for at least answering the damn questions. Lauren Chen tweeted support then quickly deleted it. The rest of Con Inc. are unironically calling on Big Tech to cancel Nick and his guys.

    They're going after the demographics and immigration discussion gatekeepers. Crowder, Shapiro, everybody.

    It's big.

    Thank you kindly for your contribution.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Conservative Inc. neocons and grifters like TPUSA Charlie Kirk are finished.

    Unfortunately no. They got too much firepower behind them. Look at Marco Rubio. I mean what a mediocrity, but that guy is one of the top politicians in GOP.

    Anyway, the hypocrisy is so glaring. If people like Kirk define Americanism as colorblind politics & deracination in favor of universal principles and if they are so ecstatic about such American Values, why are they so enamored of Israel, a nation with values and politics totally antithetical to American Values. (Yes, Israel is a democracy but a national one, not a global one. Does ‘global democracy’ even make sense?) Kirk wets his pants over America’s global democracy and colorblind blah-blah, but he is so enthralled with Israel’s radically different kind of politics. It’s like someone claiming to be pacifist then showering admiration for the most militarist state in the world.

    If American values are about colorblindness, then how can any ‘good American’ favor Jews over Palestinians? That’s ‘racism’. Also, if one loves America precisely for its universal values, how can one then be head-over-heels for a nation that rejects universalism in favor of ethno-nationalism? It’d be like someone preaching Christianity saying that he’s favorite OTHER nation is Satanist.

    Kirk is what happens when a goy is gelded by the Tribe. He’s bought into the mono-nationalist con that Jews and only Jews deserve nationalism while everyone else must opt for globalism(dominated by Jewish ethno-nationalists). And if there’s a bit of tribalism buried in his subconscious soul, it must be outsourced to serving the tribalism of the Other than that of his own.

  119. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D


    Certainly halting migration would be good (and better than having us all live in shipping containers or something the way Manjoo would like) but shouldn’t there be technological solutions that we could be working on –
     
    Let's look at some of these ideas:

    taking CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up underground or reacting it with something?
     
    This is something scientists have been discussing for a long time. And we may HAVE to do this. The trouble is, the process is extremely expensive and energy wasteful unless it is done at the source. With current technology, scrubbing the CO2 at the smokestack is expensive, and requires about 10-20% of the energy produced by burning the coal in the first place.

    Fertilizing forests with powdered lime by air so that they grow faster and lock up more carbon?
     
    I don't know enough to say if this is a good idea or not.
    A similar idea is to increase the growth of seaweed in the oceans. This would involve dropping iron fillings as fertilizer. I read somewhere recently that if we grew seaweed on 4% of the ocean surface, and then ate the seaweed, it would take 42% of the current annual CO2 emitted worldwide.

    One possible use for the seaweed? Cattle feed. One of the biggest greenhouse gas issues is bovine excrement and flatulence producing enormous amounts of methane (CH4) gas. Because methane is so rare in the atmosphere, it has a much greater greenhouse gas effect. Adding greenhouse gases does not have a linear effect. At some point a certain gas is more or less saturated. For example, doubling the water vapor in the air would only increase the greenhouse effect of the water vapor by a small amount, while doubling methane pretty much doubles the damage done by methane, since there is so little methane in the air. Each greenhouse gas only absorbs IR radiation at certain frequencies.

    Anyway, various studies using seaweed as part of cattle feed show a decrease of bovine flatulence of anywhere from 60-90% per head.

    Replacing fossil fuels with nuclear power (I think nuclear power is dangerous but if the planet is really gravely threatened then maybe it is worth the risk).
     
    I agree. There are nuclear technologies available which are much safer than technologies used in the past.

    In addition, solar and wind power are far cheaper these days than in past years. There are some issues with rare earth elements in batteries, which are mined mostly in China, so there is a danger we could be dependent on the Chinese if we are not careful.

    I have the feeling that no one is really seriously working on a fix that doesn’t involve penance for our environmental sins because they are more interested in the penance than in actually fixing the problem. Of course it’s usually penance for the little people – Farhad himself ain’t moving to no shipping container.
     
    There ARE people working on the technological fixes. They don't get as much publicity as the scolds, though.

    And you are correct about this being penance for the little people. How many people flew in private jets to the celebrity global warming conference?

    The man who initially coined the phrase "Green New Deal" is not exactly happy with the AOC version. His version was quite simple. Do a few simple and cheap fixes, stop taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuel industries, and subsidize "green" energy with the money that was going to subsidize fossil fuel. In other words, he wanted the biggest bang for the smallest buck.

    The AOC version of the Green New Deal is more red than green. I am not saying that universal baby sitters is necessarily a bad idea, but that is a completely separate issue from saving the planet.

    Unfortunately, AOC and her mod squad claim that global warming means we have to INCREASE immigration. I understand the reasoning that there are climate refugees, and there will be more, but the least efficient way of handling the climate refugee issue is to force those countries with the largest per capita carbon footprint to take in and support anyone on the planet who claims to be a climate refugee. That would bankrupt all the first world nations very quickly.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Reg Cæsar, @Polynikes, @TWS

    Just use more hairspray. Since that’s what caused global cooling in the 70’s it should be fairly simple.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Polynikes

    Just use more hairspray. Since that’s what caused global cooling in the 70’s it should be fairly simple.

    No, no, no, that was the ozone hole. Totally diff moral panic. Totes diff.

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Polynikes

    The CFC/ozone hole story is a very good one, although now fridges catch fire more often as Freon is replaced by flammable liquids like propane (see Grenfell Tower for details), although some is still produced in China and India .

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/2019-ozone-hole-is-the-smallest-on-record-since-its-discovery


    Antarctic ozone slowly decreased in the 1970s, with large seasonal ozone deficits appearing in the early 1980s. Researchers at the British Antarctic Survey discovered the ozone hole in 1985, and NASA’s satellite estimates of total column ozone from the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer confirmed the 1985 event, revealing the ozone hole’s continental scale.

    Thirty-two years ago, the international community signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This agreement regulated the consumption and production of ozone-depleting compounds. Atmospheric levels of man-made ozone depleting substances increased up to the year 2000. Since then, they have slowly declined but remain high enough to produce significant ozone loss. The ozone hole over Antarctica is expected to gradually become less severe as chlorofluorocarbons— banned chlorine-containing synthetic compounds that were once frequently used as coolants—continue to decline. Scientists expect the Antarctic ozone to recover back to the 1980 level around 2070.
     
  120. anon[920] • Disclaimer says:
    @donvonburg
    @anon

    People "cut the cable cord" and immediately start paying online streaming services that are worse.

    Replies: @anon

    People “cut the cable cord” and immediately start paying online streaming services that are worse.

    Cable is bundled in virtually all markets. That’s one way MSNBC, CNN and other Woke channels get funded. As Boomers and older X’rs give up cable one way or another, there will be effects.

    The streaming services are indeed no better, and can be worse, but one can cut Hulu easier than CNN.

  121. @J.Ross
    @R.G. Camara

    I remember when Rosie O'Donnell had a TV show and insisted on every episode that she was obsessed with Tom Cruise. I think it's more like that. Now I'm reminded of Rachel Maddow's early efforts to evince a love of science. These people are all artifice and cannot see the hokiness in an ordained protestation of virtue, so maybe it's not even lying.

    Replies: @donvonburg

    In the present era, most politicians and media figures have “interests” in hobbies, sports, recreation that are manufactured for public consumption rather than real. And this extends to many people not in the public limelight as well.

    This explains a good part of the skyrocketing market for Veblen goods of conspicuous consumption and why those goods are often not actually all that good. A man who worked for an exotic car dealership once told me that they sold a Bugatti Veyron to a celebrity who was absolutely terrified of it and drove it as little as possible. He had to have his driveway repaved and smoothed so he could get it in the garage without scraping and the insurance made him put in a fire suppression system in the garage. He was dismayed at those expenses and was bothered as to why they made it that low. So the salesman asked him what it was that made him want the car in the first place. The man said that he figured after taxes, being known as a Veyron owner had made him able to get another ten million on his five year contract. The executives took him that much more seriously.

    This is exactly why a concert violinist’s biggest expense is not the note on his Manhattan condo apartment or weekend house in the Hamptons, but his violin. Ownership and use of a Old Cremona violin means higher ticket prices and better concert bookings, even though it’s been proven no audience can consistently tell the difference between a Strad, Amati or Guarneri or a better modern violin in the ten thousand dollar range.

    With pianos, there is no particular premium on any “vintage” models, though more concert artists play Steinway exclusively than do not (and it would be difficult to play any other brand “exclusively” because no other brand is sufficiently ubiquitous: because of the logistics of piano moving and maintenance, you always wind up playing on different pianos.) Steinway offers a “deal you can’t refuse” to those who play Steinways exclusively in that they will source, maintain, tune and tweak their pianos anywhere in the developed world if you agree to do so as an established artist. That was the inspiration for the Nikon Professional Service that made the Nikon camera overwhelmingly dominant among actual working pros from the mid-1960s to recent times.

  122. Don’t be so hard on the non-sports-stickers, Deadspin was like iSteve: if you take out the tv and movie criticism and golf course architecture and a million other random interests, and stuck to HBD, it’d be a lot less fun around here.

  123. @R.G. Camara
    Deadspin was founded by NY Times sports writers, IIRC. So this all makes sense. I never thought Deadspin would last without being on some corporate teat, and this only confirms it.

    I've noticed, btw, that in the last ten years or so many hardcore leftist men have become outwardly super-fanatical about pro sports. In my personal life, I've met a few like this---guys who are wimpy-looking commies who claim sports fanaticism. Many times, its channeled towards Euro league soccer; they even wear the scarfs. But sometimes its for other sports.

    For example, Greg Proops, a fey leftist comedian who insists he's married to a woman, started hyping his "obsession" with baseball. Ellen Degeneres's producer/director has a twitter feed that's almost all LA Kings psychofan stuff.

    I suspect there's a lot of father figure-not-around compensation going on here, a la far-lefty Bill Simmons becoming obsessed with the Celtics and Red Sox right after his parents' divorced when he was a young child. Either that, or lefty men trying in some way to assert their masculinity and imply that they are not homosexual.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @ScarletNumber, @LondonBob

    Greg Proops, a fey leftist comedian who insists he’s married to a woman

    Shit, there’s a bet I would have lost. Then again, Patton Oswalt is on his second wife.

    far-lefty Bill Simmons becoming obsessed with the Celtics and Red Sox right after his parents’ divorced when he was a young child

    This was to become close to his father who still lived near Boston. Simmons and his mother lived in Fairfield County, Connecticut, which is definitely Yankees/Giants territory. I will say that his early ESPN work it bitingly funny and not PC at all. For instance, he stated point blank that one of this female older relatives (either his mother or his aunt) told him to make sure to meet the mothers of his girlfriends just to make sure they weren’t fat. Becoming the father of a daughter ruined him.

    • Replies: @Keypusher
    @ScarletNumber

    Agree he wasn’t PC at all. But I don’t think it was as simple as him having a girl, because I think he moved left before that. Maybe it was conviction, but I suspect he felt he had no choice.

  124. @Lot
    Trump’s excellent WS TV ad. So good I watched it a few times.

    https://twitter.com/parscale/status/1189717325735444482

    Replies: @Liza, @Charles Erwin Wilson

    It is a home run.

  125. @Paul Rise
    Deadspin used to be loads of fun. I think they well and truly nosedived into nonsense after the 2015 Mizzou brouhaha, when the football team threatened not to play a primetime game after they became upset by an especially hard to believe hate hoax. Deadspin of course fell for the nonsense hook line and sinker. By the time that was all over, most of the white male leadership at Missouri was gone, the football coach had resigned (supposedly to fight off a form of cancer that a colleague described as "slightly worse than a headcold") and enrollment had dropped so sharply that two or three large dorms were permanently closed on the MU campus. Not a single reporter at deadspin or anywhere else questioned the complete unbelievability of the original hate hoax report.

    Replies: @68W58, @Russ

    Deadspin used to be loads of fun. I think they well and truly nosedived into nonsense after the 2015 Mizzou brouhaha, when the football team threatened not to play a primetime game after they became upset by an especially hard to believe hate hoax.

    That was epic. The football team, whose season was already guaranteed to be a losing season, threatened not to play; yet the even blacker basketball team, whose season was just starting, wanted no part of any boycott. True commitment to the cause, that.

  126. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D

    True believers cannot be swayed by mere facts.

    My favorite example:

    The sentence at the bottom of this post has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate.

    However, right-wing true believers invariably post all sorts of nasty stuff for the first half of the sentence, while left-wing true believers get even nastier for the second half of the sentence.

    And for those of you who want to flame me for either half of the sentence, please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won't argue with people who get their "science" from Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, nor will I argue with people who get their "science" from Slate or Mother Jones.

    The fate of the planet rests on people acting on this, but nobody will act on it because it offends both left- and right- wing true believers. Worse, it offends the corporate oligarchs who fund the left- and right- wing media that spread lies.

    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse.

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    Replies: @European-American, @Daniel Chieh, @William Badwhite, @Reg Cæsar, @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Leonard

    You have the hubris of a young Oedipus. But you do not have enough honor to tread his path. I am anticipating the part where Oedipus seizes the two pins from Jocasta’s dress and blinds himself with them. But in your case, even if you did follow Oedipus, you would be no blinder than you are.

    Global warming is an empirical question. And if man-made global warming is truly a problem, then it should be easy to predict the unbiased temperatures five years hence, and ten years hence. We know that the increase in CO2 is following a linear trajectory. If CO2 is driving up temperatures, the linear trajectory could not be easier to model. And if you can model it, you can predict the future temperatures.

    But neither you, nor your fellow-travelers have been able to predict the temperatures.

    We all know the story of Chicken Little, which you have once again recited for us. Now remind us again who is the sheep? Because your bleating betrays you, willing source of wool and wooly-headed “reasoning”.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Your post is complete and utter bullshit.

    Other than rather stupid and pretentious ad hominems, when you get to actual science you come out as completely ignorant.

    The aggregates of the most respected models show a range of global temperature possibilities with, of course, a level of confidence and error bars. The predictions made by the aggregate models have been correct. Predictions made by scientists decades ago about what the global average temperatures would be today have been accurate within the error bars.

    In addition, the global mean temperature for the past 411 consecutive months has been above the century mean. The probability of that happening by chance is 1/2**411, or 1 out of a number far larger than the total number of atoms in the universe.

    Add onto that the fact that every one of the 20 warmest years recorded have been within the last 22 years, and this year is shaping up to be the second warmest year on record so far.

    So you whining about Chicken Little only shows your complete ignorance, either due to stupidity or willful blindness to facts which the corporate masters who fund Rush and Fox News don’t want you to see.

    Stop posting lies.

    Replies: @petit bourgeois, @TWS, @Thea

  127. @Polynikes
    @Paleo Liberal

    Just use more hairspray. Since that’s what caused global cooling in the 70’s it should be fairly simple.

    Replies: @anon, @YetAnotherAnon

    Just use more hairspray. Since that’s what caused global cooling in the 70’s it should be fairly simple.

    No, no, no, that was the ozone hole. Totally diff moral panic. Totes diff.

  128. Then in September, I looked at the lineups of the teams that the Dodgers might meet in the postseason and said, “Holy cow, the Washington Nationals are terrifying.” But I didn’t mention it at the time, so I can only assert I saw it coming.

    I have discovered a truly remarkable proof of this theorem which this margin is too small to contain. And this proposition is generally true for all progressions and for all prime numbers; the proof of which I would send to you, if I were not afraid to be too long.

    Q.E.D.

  129. @ScarletNumber
    @R.G. Camara


    Greg Proops, a fey leftist comedian who insists he’s married to a woman
     
    Shit, there's a bet I would have lost. Then again, Patton Oswalt is on his second wife.

    far-lefty Bill Simmons becoming obsessed with the Celtics and Red Sox right after his parents’ divorced when he was a young child
     
    This was to become close to his father who still lived near Boston. Simmons and his mother lived in Fairfield County, Connecticut, which is definitely Yankees/Giants territory. I will say that his early ESPN work it bitingly funny and not PC at all. For instance, he stated point blank that one of this female older relatives (either his mother or his aunt) told him to make sure to meet the mothers of his girlfriends just to make sure they weren't fat. Becoming the father of a daughter ruined him.

    Replies: @Keypusher

    Agree he wasn’t PC at all. But I don’t think it was as simple as him having a girl, because I think he moved left before that. Maybe it was conviction, but I suspect he felt he had no choice.

  130. @Charles Erwin Wilson
    @Paleo Liberal

    You have the hubris of a young Oedipus. But you do not have enough honor to tread his path. I am anticipating the part where Oedipus seizes the two pins from Jocasta's dress and blinds himself with them. But in your case, even if you did follow Oedipus, you would be no blinder than you are.

    Global warming is an empirical question. And if man-made global warming is truly a problem, then it should be easy to predict the unbiased temperatures five years hence, and ten years hence. We know that the increase in CO2 is following a linear trajectory. If CO2 is driving up temperatures, the linear trajectory could not be easier to model. And if you can model it, you can predict the future temperatures.

    But neither you, nor your fellow-travelers have been able to predict the temperatures.

    We all know the story of Chicken Little, which you have once again recited for us. Now remind us again who is the sheep? Because your bleating betrays you, willing source of wool and wooly-headed "reasoning".

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    Your post is complete and utter bullshit.

    Other than rather stupid and pretentious ad hominems, when you get to actual science you come out as completely ignorant.

    The aggregates of the most respected models show a range of global temperature possibilities with, of course, a level of confidence and error bars. The predictions made by the aggregate models have been correct. Predictions made by scientists decades ago about what the global average temperatures would be today have been accurate within the error bars.

    In addition, the global mean temperature for the past 411 consecutive months has been above the century mean. The probability of that happening by chance is 1/2**411, or 1 out of a number far larger than the total number of atoms in the universe.

    Add onto that the fact that every one of the 20 warmest years recorded have been within the last 22 years, and this year is shaping up to be the second warmest year on record so far.

    So you whining about Chicken Little only shows your complete ignorance, either due to stupidity or willful blindness to facts which the corporate masters who fund Rush and Fox News don’t want you to see.

    Stop posting lies.

    • Replies: @petit bourgeois
    @Paleo Liberal

    Because, you know, human beings are able to change climate because a bunch of monkeys (human beings) on a rock in the solar system (earth) are more powerful than THE SUN.

    Which of course is arrogant and nonsensical.

    If you knew anything resembling science, you would know that CO2 levels have always followed warming periods, not the other way around.

    https://youtu.be/oYhCQv5tNsQ

    Just another chicken little swindle which is political, not environmental. But go ahead and perpetuate the propaganda of your leftist religion, comrade.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @MikeatMikedotMike

    , @TWS
    @Paleo Liberal

    You do realize that we are at the tail of an interglacial period? The Earth is generally much warmer. We are scheduled to go into another massive cooling. The good news is that we'll get a chance to start over.

    There will never, ever be 'runaway warning' on Earth. We survived palm trees in the Arctic. We'll survive if they return.

    Cooling on the other hand that's a much worse problem. If we had the guts we could turn the Sahara into a garden. Greens would kill themselves to stop it.

    Cooling will kill billions but don't worry, I'm sure some nutjob will tell us we need to sacrifice children on a pyramid to keep the sun rising in the post-apocalypse.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    , @Thea
    @Paleo Liberal

    It’s likely too late to change it. Even if everyone gave up every possible fossil fuel and we returned to the Bronze Age, the “ scientific models” show it’s too late as we are in a feedback loop. At least be honest what the scientific consensus agrees on:

    If the models are correct then it’s too late.

    So either enjoy the heat or accept it wasn’t caused by humans. But no amount of solar power this and that can undo it if industrialization was the cause.

    Screaming Greta is 100 years tardy.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

  131. @Alastair Trumpington
    @RichardTaylor

    Of European populations today, Lithuanians/Baltic people in general share the most ancestry with the ancient Indo-Europeans, and Sardinians share the most ancestry with the early European farmers.

    Replies: @RichardTaylor

    Thank you … well that makes sense although I had assumed it was the Swedish or Germans who had the most Indo-European genes.

  132. @Paleo Liberal
    @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Your post is complete and utter bullshit.

    Other than rather stupid and pretentious ad hominems, when you get to actual science you come out as completely ignorant.

    The aggregates of the most respected models show a range of global temperature possibilities with, of course, a level of confidence and error bars. The predictions made by the aggregate models have been correct. Predictions made by scientists decades ago about what the global average temperatures would be today have been accurate within the error bars.

    In addition, the global mean temperature for the past 411 consecutive months has been above the century mean. The probability of that happening by chance is 1/2**411, or 1 out of a number far larger than the total number of atoms in the universe.

    Add onto that the fact that every one of the 20 warmest years recorded have been within the last 22 years, and this year is shaping up to be the second warmest year on record so far.

    So you whining about Chicken Little only shows your complete ignorance, either due to stupidity or willful blindness to facts which the corporate masters who fund Rush and Fox News don’t want you to see.

    Stop posting lies.

    Replies: @petit bourgeois, @TWS, @Thea

    Because, you know, human beings are able to change climate because a bunch of monkeys (human beings) on a rock in the solar system (earth) are more powerful than THE SUN.

    Which of course is arrogant and nonsensical.

    If you knew anything resembling science, you would know that CO2 levels have always followed warming periods, not the other way around.

    Just another chicken little swindle which is political, not environmental. But go ahead and perpetuate the propaganda of your leftist religion, comrade.

    • Agree: TWS, William Badwhite
    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @petit bourgeois

    "a bunch of monkeys (human beings) on a rock in the solar system (earth) are more powerful than THE SUN"

    However the sun is 93 million miles away, the earth is right here, and the bunch of intelligent monkeys have massively terraformed the earth.

    Remember it may be that a bunch of not very intelligent bacteria transformed the earth two billion years ago.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Oxidation_Event

    (Not that I necessarily disagree with the thesis that "CO2 levels have always followed warming periods, not the other way around", but I think a precautionary approach is justified. The fate of the Martian atmosphere is ever before me, although it could be that it was the cessation of volcanic and tectonic activity which was the death-blow to planetary life.)

    , @MikeatMikedotMike
    @petit bourgeois

    The guy to follow is Tony Heller...

    https://realclimatescience.com/who-is-tony-heller/

    of Real Climate Science:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCprclkVrNPls7PR-nHhf1Ow

    He debunks just about all of the bullshit PL just spouted off.

  133. @R.G. Camara
    Deadspin was founded by NY Times sports writers, IIRC. So this all makes sense. I never thought Deadspin would last without being on some corporate teat, and this only confirms it.

    I've noticed, btw, that in the last ten years or so many hardcore leftist men have become outwardly super-fanatical about pro sports. In my personal life, I've met a few like this---guys who are wimpy-looking commies who claim sports fanaticism. Many times, its channeled towards Euro league soccer; they even wear the scarfs. But sometimes its for other sports.

    For example, Greg Proops, a fey leftist comedian who insists he's married to a woman, started hyping his "obsession" with baseball. Ellen Degeneres's producer/director has a twitter feed that's almost all LA Kings psychofan stuff.

    I suspect there's a lot of father figure-not-around compensation going on here, a la far-lefty Bill Simmons becoming obsessed with the Celtics and Red Sox right after his parents' divorced when he was a young child. Either that, or lefty men trying in some way to assert their masculinity and imply that they are not homosexual.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @ScarletNumber, @LondonBob

    The left knows sports are a right wing thing, they just don’t want to leave us anything. The invasion of football here in Europe by the woke gang is particularly incongruous.

  134. @Steve in Greensboro
    I thought I had experienced the heights of good sportsmanship when I heard the Toronto Raptors fans cheering when Kevin Durant went down with a ruptured Achilles tendon in game 5 of the NBA finals.

    But then I heard the Washington fans booing the President and realized that there were still new heights in sportsmanship yet to be achieved.

    Replies: @gsjackson

    I’ve spent a good portion of my life in the D.C. area, suffering with and without Washington baseball since 1962. I love this team, and have been an Anthony Rendon fan since seeing him play in college. But when the WaPo-zombie, globo-homo “fans” started doing that it was all I could do not to root for Houston, just to see them unhappy. Disgusting.

  135. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D


    Certainly halting migration would be good (and better than having us all live in shipping containers or something the way Manjoo would like) but shouldn’t there be technological solutions that we could be working on –
     
    Let's look at some of these ideas:

    taking CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it up underground or reacting it with something?
     
    This is something scientists have been discussing for a long time. And we may HAVE to do this. The trouble is, the process is extremely expensive and energy wasteful unless it is done at the source. With current technology, scrubbing the CO2 at the smokestack is expensive, and requires about 10-20% of the energy produced by burning the coal in the first place.

    Fertilizing forests with powdered lime by air so that they grow faster and lock up more carbon?
     
    I don't know enough to say if this is a good idea or not.
    A similar idea is to increase the growth of seaweed in the oceans. This would involve dropping iron fillings as fertilizer. I read somewhere recently that if we grew seaweed on 4% of the ocean surface, and then ate the seaweed, it would take 42% of the current annual CO2 emitted worldwide.

    One possible use for the seaweed? Cattle feed. One of the biggest greenhouse gas issues is bovine excrement and flatulence producing enormous amounts of methane (CH4) gas. Because methane is so rare in the atmosphere, it has a much greater greenhouse gas effect. Adding greenhouse gases does not have a linear effect. At some point a certain gas is more or less saturated. For example, doubling the water vapor in the air would only increase the greenhouse effect of the water vapor by a small amount, while doubling methane pretty much doubles the damage done by methane, since there is so little methane in the air. Each greenhouse gas only absorbs IR radiation at certain frequencies.

    Anyway, various studies using seaweed as part of cattle feed show a decrease of bovine flatulence of anywhere from 60-90% per head.

    Replacing fossil fuels with nuclear power (I think nuclear power is dangerous but if the planet is really gravely threatened then maybe it is worth the risk).
     
    I agree. There are nuclear technologies available which are much safer than technologies used in the past.

    In addition, solar and wind power are far cheaper these days than in past years. There are some issues with rare earth elements in batteries, which are mined mostly in China, so there is a danger we could be dependent on the Chinese if we are not careful.

    I have the feeling that no one is really seriously working on a fix that doesn’t involve penance for our environmental sins because they are more interested in the penance than in actually fixing the problem. Of course it’s usually penance for the little people – Farhad himself ain’t moving to no shipping container.
     
    There ARE people working on the technological fixes. They don't get as much publicity as the scolds, though.

    And you are correct about this being penance for the little people. How many people flew in private jets to the celebrity global warming conference?

    The man who initially coined the phrase "Green New Deal" is not exactly happy with the AOC version. His version was quite simple. Do a few simple and cheap fixes, stop taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuel industries, and subsidize "green" energy with the money that was going to subsidize fossil fuel. In other words, he wanted the biggest bang for the smallest buck.

    The AOC version of the Green New Deal is more red than green. I am not saying that universal baby sitters is necessarily a bad idea, but that is a completely separate issue from saving the planet.

    Unfortunately, AOC and her mod squad claim that global warming means we have to INCREASE immigration. I understand the reasoning that there are climate refugees, and there will be more, but the least efficient way of handling the climate refugee issue is to force those countries with the largest per capita carbon footprint to take in and support anyone on the planet who claims to be a climate refugee. That would bankrupt all the first world nations very quickly.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @Reg Cæsar, @Polynikes, @TWS

    Go live in a cave. Maybe you’ll inspire others .

  136. @Paleo Liberal
    @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Your post is complete and utter bullshit.

    Other than rather stupid and pretentious ad hominems, when you get to actual science you come out as completely ignorant.

    The aggregates of the most respected models show a range of global temperature possibilities with, of course, a level of confidence and error bars. The predictions made by the aggregate models have been correct. Predictions made by scientists decades ago about what the global average temperatures would be today have been accurate within the error bars.

    In addition, the global mean temperature for the past 411 consecutive months has been above the century mean. The probability of that happening by chance is 1/2**411, or 1 out of a number far larger than the total number of atoms in the universe.

    Add onto that the fact that every one of the 20 warmest years recorded have been within the last 22 years, and this year is shaping up to be the second warmest year on record so far.

    So you whining about Chicken Little only shows your complete ignorance, either due to stupidity or willful blindness to facts which the corporate masters who fund Rush and Fox News don’t want you to see.

    Stop posting lies.

    Replies: @petit bourgeois, @TWS, @Thea

    You do realize that we are at the tail of an interglacial period? The Earth is generally much warmer. We are scheduled to go into another massive cooling. The good news is that we’ll get a chance to start over.

    There will never, ever be ‘runaway warning’ on Earth. We survived palm trees in the Arctic. We’ll survive if they return.

    Cooling on the other hand that’s a much worse problem. If we had the guts we could turn the Sahara into a garden. Greens would kill themselves to stop it.

    Cooling will kill billions but don’t worry, I’m sure some nutjob will tell us we need to sacrifice children on a pyramid to keep the sun rising in the post-apocalypse.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @TWS

    Satellite data shows no warming this century. Sunspot activity has been very low for the past few years. We may be entering a Maunder Minimum.

  137. @Polynikes
    @Paleo Liberal

    Just use more hairspray. Since that’s what caused global cooling in the 70’s it should be fairly simple.

    Replies: @anon, @YetAnotherAnon

    The CFC/ozone hole story is a very good one, although now fridges catch fire more often as Freon is replaced by flammable liquids like propane (see Grenfell Tower for details), although some is still produced in China and India .

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/2019-ozone-hole-is-the-smallest-on-record-since-its-discovery

    Antarctic ozone slowly decreased in the 1970s, with large seasonal ozone deficits appearing in the early 1980s. Researchers at the British Antarctic Survey discovered the ozone hole in 1985, and NASA’s satellite estimates of total column ozone from the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer confirmed the 1985 event, revealing the ozone hole’s continental scale.

    Thirty-two years ago, the international community signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This agreement regulated the consumption and production of ozone-depleting compounds. Atmospheric levels of man-made ozone depleting substances increased up to the year 2000. Since then, they have slowly declined but remain high enough to produce significant ozone loss. The ozone hole over Antarctica is expected to gradually become less severe as chlorofluorocarbons— banned chlorine-containing synthetic compounds that were once frequently used as coolants—continue to decline. Scientists expect the Antarctic ozone to recover back to the 1980 level around 2070.

  138. @petit bourgeois
    @Paleo Liberal

    Because, you know, human beings are able to change climate because a bunch of monkeys (human beings) on a rock in the solar system (earth) are more powerful than THE SUN.

    Which of course is arrogant and nonsensical.

    If you knew anything resembling science, you would know that CO2 levels have always followed warming periods, not the other way around.

    https://youtu.be/oYhCQv5tNsQ

    Just another chicken little swindle which is political, not environmental. But go ahead and perpetuate the propaganda of your leftist religion, comrade.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @MikeatMikedotMike

    “a bunch of monkeys (human beings) on a rock in the solar system (earth) are more powerful than THE SUN”

    However the sun is 93 million miles away, the earth is right here, and the bunch of intelligent monkeys have massively terraformed the earth.

    Remember it may be that a bunch of not very intelligent bacteria transformed the earth two billion years ago.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Oxidation_Event

    (Not that I necessarily disagree with the thesis that “CO2 levels have always followed warming periods, not the other way around“, but I think a precautionary approach is justified. The fate of the Martian atmosphere is ever before me, although it could be that it was the cessation of volcanic and tectonic activity which was the death-blow to planetary life.)

  139. @Paleo Liberal
    @Jack D

    True believers cannot be swayed by mere facts.

    My favorite example:

    The sentence at the bottom of this post has a probability of at least 99.9999% of being scientifically accurate.

    However, right-wing true believers invariably post all sorts of nasty stuff for the first half of the sentence, while left-wing true believers get even nastier for the second half of the sentence.

    And for those of you who want to flame me for either half of the sentence, please start out by telling me what field of science you earned your Ph.D. I won't argue with people who get their "science" from Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, nor will I argue with people who get their "science" from Slate or Mother Jones.

    The fate of the planet rests on people acting on this, but nobody will act on it because it offends both left- and right- wing true believers. Worse, it offends the corporate oligarchs who fund the left- and right- wing media that spread lies.

    To those of you who are tempted to flame me: you are making your corporate masters very happy, now be good sheep and get in line for the slaughterhouse.

    Man-made global warming is one of the greatest threats to our planet, and the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    Replies: @European-American, @Daniel Chieh, @William Badwhite, @Reg Cæsar, @Jack D, @Jonathan Mason, @Charles Erwin Wilson, @Leonard

    the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.

    This is ridiculous.

    You must be aware that essentially the entire US ruling class is pro-immigration, in roughly the same way that Christians are pro-Jesus. Don’t forget the Zeroth Amendment. And what with USG being The Leader of the Free World — the world’s superest superpower — our catamites in Europe slavishly follow our progressive fashions. Even our so-called “anti” immigration leaders, like Trump, are pro-immigration. They are still allowed to be against illegal immigration — just barely. Even that is contested. No person is illegal!

    To halt migration from the 3rd world to 1st, therefore,would require a regime change. That is, some event so stark that the US establishment loses control of USG.

    This is not easy. It is hard — it is so far beyond hard that nobody has any idea how to do it.

    There are many ways we can address global warming by geoengineering. I.e. marine cloud brightening. It could perhaps be done with as little as by a single Gates-level fortune. So what’s easier: you manage a right-wing revolution in the USA? Or you manage to convert one super rich philanthropist like Bill Gates to climate alarmism?

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Leonard

    You raise an excellent point.

    Limiting immigration would be technologically the easiest solution, but it is politically difficult.

    A real limit of immigration would not only take a massive uprising of the people against the ruling class, but the courts would be so stuck on the status quo we would probably have to pass at least one amendment to the Constitution.

    Things can change very quickly when people are fed up.

    Gay marriage became a "thing" very quickly, because the oligarchs were in favor. (Full disclosure, I was strongly in favor of gay marriage because I believe a married gay couple is better for themselves and society than a gay couple living without marriage, esp. if they are raising children).

    Things can change quickly when the populace gets really fed up. During the Great Depression, people turned to FDR, who at least stood up to the oligarch to some extent.

    In 2008, the entire system was in danger of falling apart. Obama was elected on his Hope and Change. Instead of real change, he got Bankster Biden as his VP, put a few band-aids on to keep the economy going, and the oligarchs made out like bandits. Obama never stood up to the oligarchs.

    People were fed up in 2016, so Trump came to power. The first thing he did was ram Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell's tax cut agenda through. He didn't exactly stand up to the oligarchs, except for a few battles on immigration.

    At this point, Ms. Warren has an excellent chance of getting elected. She is a real reformer, and wants to take on many of the powerful interests that neither Obama nor Trump ever fought. There are only three problems with Ms. Warren. First, she has made some compromises to get in good with mainstream Democrats on matters like immigration. Second, some of her policies are probably too extreme. Third, the oligarchs will find a way to stop her, either by fighting her every move, or getting her thrown out of office, or both.

    At some point the populace may decide to try something truly revolutionary: someone with some common sense solutions to the problems the oligarchs don't want to face. If that person survives, we can get real change.

    My biggest fear is that the voters will turn to a truly dangerous demagogue at some point. Many on the Left claim Trump is that demagogue. Well, he isn't the one who got us into two endless wars, nor is he the one who crashed our economy twice. He is nowhere near as good as his fans think, and not nearly as bad as his enemies think.

    But, things can get dangerous. Look at all the countries that turned to demagogues in times of danger. I hope we can get a real populist overhaul of society without that happening, but I would no longer bet on that.

  140. Your comment about them “hating sports” was right on. The dead-heads at “Deadspin” were the standard SJW/Leftists Journo grads. They weren’t smart enough to get a job reporting politics or reviewing Broadway for the Times, so they went to work reporting Sports from a SJW/Leftist perspective.

    Lots of Racism. Lots of Sexism. Lots of Transphobia and Homophobia. Lots of deplorable sports fans and nasty “owners” who probably voted for Trump. Lots of articles on the latest SJW/Liberal TV series or movie. It was obvious that most of them cared more about who won the Academy Award then the Superbowl. It all follows the Bill Simmons model, where Sports is just treated as part of the “Entertainment Industry”. And the writing wasn’t very good. You can always tell a hack writer by how many 4-letter words they use. When you need to pad out your writing or keep the reader interested by dropping F-bombs, you got nothing.

  141. @Jane Plain
    @William Badwhite

    Congratulations on last night's win. Home field disadvantage won out.

    I'm almost always for the National League if my team isn't in it (which it rarely is), so I was happy. I did root for the 'Stros a few years back because of the hurricane, but this time, no.

    I'm no baseball expert, but Hinch shouldn't have pulled Greinke, or if he did, he should have replaced him with Cole. JMO.

    I also like the fact that the Nats are so damn old, except for Soto.

    Still, the Nats pounced & earned their win. Good job all around.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @William Badwhite

    Thanks! When the Nats came to town it was easy to start rooting for them b/c while they were terrible, they were trying to get better whereas the other “local” team – the Orioles – were awful, not trying, and are owned by an awful person.

    I also like the fact that the Nats are so damn old, except for Soto.

    Oldest team in baseball, but that’s kind of skewed by some more recent pickups such as Rodney (will not be around next year), Cabrera, Suzuki, Howie Kendrick, etc. They also have Soto, Robles, Trea Turner. Nice blend of young and old.

    The Nats stumbled onto a bit of the new moneyball – nobody wants old guys anymore so really productive guys like Kendrick, Cabrera, Suzuki are available cheap. Plus you can get those guys on 1 and 2 year deals so keep your roster flexibility.

    • Replies: @68W58
    @William Badwhite

    Howie hit .344 this year because he made an adjustment in his stride. That was due to the hitting coach noticing that he could cover the plate more if he stepped straight towards the pitcher. Strasburg was told not to tip his pitches by waggling his glove in game six by the pitching coach. The GM did a good job finding talent, but the coaching staff certainly earned their keep.

    Replies: @Jane Plain, @William Badwhite, @William Badwhite

    , @Jane Plain
    @William Badwhite

    You're welcome.

    I love Max Scherzer's eyes!

  142. @Danindc
    @istevefan

    Bryce wanted to stay in DC. The Lerner family didn’t want him. The gave him a joke of an offer. He had no choice but to go to Philly.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    The joke here in the Imperial Capital is, “Lerners! Please buy the Redskins!”

  143. @Prosa123
    @Lars Porsena

    Deadspin's sister publication Jalopnik already does this. All of their articles relate to motor vehicles in some way. For example, if the Federal Reserve announces a change in interest rates Jalopnik will report on it as it might affect car loans.

    Replies: @Thea

    That is actually very smart and takes talent, discipline and imagination.

    Deadspin had an opportunity to stand out from the crowded field of SJW sites by requiring some displace on the part of their writers.

    Do we really need 500 articles a day on why handsome white men suck? Surely 400 would get the point across. These whiners who quit blew it.

  144. @Paleo Liberal
    @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Your post is complete and utter bullshit.

    Other than rather stupid and pretentious ad hominems, when you get to actual science you come out as completely ignorant.

    The aggregates of the most respected models show a range of global temperature possibilities with, of course, a level of confidence and error bars. The predictions made by the aggregate models have been correct. Predictions made by scientists decades ago about what the global average temperatures would be today have been accurate within the error bars.

    In addition, the global mean temperature for the past 411 consecutive months has been above the century mean. The probability of that happening by chance is 1/2**411, or 1 out of a number far larger than the total number of atoms in the universe.

    Add onto that the fact that every one of the 20 warmest years recorded have been within the last 22 years, and this year is shaping up to be the second warmest year on record so far.

    So you whining about Chicken Little only shows your complete ignorance, either due to stupidity or willful blindness to facts which the corporate masters who fund Rush and Fox News don’t want you to see.

    Stop posting lies.

    Replies: @petit bourgeois, @TWS, @Thea

    It’s likely too late to change it. Even if everyone gave up every possible fossil fuel and we returned to the Bronze Age, the “ scientific models” show it’s too late as we are in a feedback loop. At least be honest what the scientific consensus agrees on:

    If the models are correct then it’s too late.

    So either enjoy the heat or accept it wasn’t caused by humans. But no amount of solar power this and that can undo it if industrialization was the cause.

    Screaming Greta is 100 years tardy.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Thea

    I fear you are correct.

    At this point, things can only get worse.

    Some of the cars sold today will still be on the road in 2050.

    Melting tundra has probably pushed us into a feedback loop with methane gas being released. The albedo ("whiteness") effects of losing ice and snow, first measured by Dr. B. Franklin on a snowy Philadelphia winter day, may already be sufficient to push us into a feedback loop.

    OK. I am being completely honest here. The question is NOT whether we can stop global warming. It is not whether things will get really bad.

    The real questions?

    How bad will things get?
    How much can we slow down the warming?
    What can we do to adapt to an unstable climate so the lives of our progeny won't be a living hell?

    And, the very lowest hanging fruit is an almost complete stop to immigration from the Third World to the First World.

    Suppose for the sake of argument I am wrong.

    Suppose the global temperature being above the mean for 411 consecutive months is just a big coincidence, although the odds of that are 1/2**411.

    Sort of a Pascal's wager here.

    If I am right, but we don't limit immigration, we are looking at a country which could probably not support nearly as many people as we have now, but will have a population of 500 million to 1 billion or more. Hell on earth.

    If I am right and we do limit immigration, we have a country with 350-450 million people that will be less livable than what we have now, but at least won't be an absolute living hell.

    If I am wrong, but we limit immigration anyway, we are looking at a warmer but still stable country with a population of 350-450 million.

    If I am wrong and we do NOT limit immigration, we are looking at a warmer but still stable country with 500 million to 1 billion people, which would be heck.

    Replies: @Thea, @Pontius

  145. @Cloud of Probable Matricide2
    Steve, any analysis on the away team winning every game of the Series?

    Replies: @Suburban_elk_99

    Steve, any analysis on the away team winning every game of the Series?

    The odds were not good?

  146. “Gentile takes over magazine, Jewish staff resigns” is basically the story of both New Republic (Chris Hughes) and Jim Spanfeller (Deadspin). Imagine it the other way around, the entire staff of National Geographic resigns when new Jewish owner takes over. Would never happen.

  147. anon[123] • Disclaimer says:

    What really killed Deadspin? A private equity company guy who expected employees to do their job. Boo-hoo-hoo!

    G/O Media is a collection of websites owned by the private equity firm Great Hill Partners. Two months earlier, Deadspin’s former editor in chief also quit, claiming that Great Hill Partners wanted to cash out quickly rather than invest in the long-term growth of the site.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/deadspin-revolt-is-latest-clash-as-private-equity-swallows-media/ar-AAJEWDC

    Guess who is all in support of the Deadspin “workers”? Old man Bernie, the Commie, of course.

    Sanders, the independent Vermont senator seeking the Democratic nomination for president, chimed in late Thursday with a tweet supporting Deadspin workers and lambasting Jim Spanfeller, chief executive officer of Deadspin parent G/O Media.

    Hey, maybe they coulda formed a union? I’m sure that would work in the glorious global economy.
    I was going to smugly write “learn to code” but these are journolists.

    Deadspinners? Learn to run a leaf blower.

  148. Anon[163] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve been reading up on the Deadspin developments, and I am simply amazed.

    My first reaction was “What is so hard about dealing with insubordinate employees?” I figured the management was infected with bit of wokeness, or fear of wokeness.

    But no, they clearly told the employees what to do, and continued to do so, and fired a guy when he flat out refused.

    Further reading surfaced that the employees were completely outrageous. I guess they thought they were still working for Nick Denton. They were publishing insulting articles about the management and owners, they were publishing things completely unrelated to sports (and not even political) and tagging the posts with “stick to sports,” and they were publicly trashing their employer.

    They mention the independence of editorial, as if it is like tenure, if tenure was even some legal limit. Usually when editorial independence is spoken of, it means that advertisers, or the publication’s owner, should not have a say in controlling articles that concern some wrongdoing by them. It doesn’t mean that editorial staff can define the overall subject matter of the publication, the scope of coverage, the overall tone, the target market, and all that. The management controls that, albeit in some cases it does so via firing the editor in chief and putting in someone more appropriate.

    Overall, I cannot believe the bubble that these New York web writers are living in. It must come from the instantaneous feedback loop of 24/7 Twitter and Slack.

  149. @Thea
    @Paleo Liberal

    It’s likely too late to change it. Even if everyone gave up every possible fossil fuel and we returned to the Bronze Age, the “ scientific models” show it’s too late as we are in a feedback loop. At least be honest what the scientific consensus agrees on:

    If the models are correct then it’s too late.

    So either enjoy the heat or accept it wasn’t caused by humans. But no amount of solar power this and that can undo it if industrialization was the cause.

    Screaming Greta is 100 years tardy.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    I fear you are correct.

    At this point, things can only get worse.

    Some of the cars sold today will still be on the road in 2050.

    Melting tundra has probably pushed us into a feedback loop with methane gas being released. The albedo (“whiteness”) effects of losing ice and snow, first measured by Dr. B. Franklin on a snowy Philadelphia winter day, may already be sufficient to push us into a feedback loop.

    OK. I am being completely honest here. The question is NOT whether we can stop global warming. It is not whether things will get really bad.

    The real questions?

    How bad will things get?
    How much can we slow down the warming?
    What can we do to adapt to an unstable climate so the lives of our progeny won’t be a living hell?

    And, the very lowest hanging fruit is an almost complete stop to immigration from the Third World to the First World.

    Suppose for the sake of argument I am wrong.

    Suppose the global temperature being above the mean for 411 consecutive months is just a big coincidence, although the odds of that are 1/2**411.

    Sort of a Pascal’s wager here.

    If I am right, but we don’t limit immigration, we are looking at a country which could probably not support nearly as many people as we have now, but will have a population of 500 million to 1 billion or more. Hell on earth.

    If I am right and we do limit immigration, we have a country with 350-450 million people that will be less livable than what we have now, but at least won’t be an absolute living hell.

    If I am wrong, but we limit immigration anyway, we are looking at a warmer but still stable country with a population of 350-450 million.

    If I am wrong and we do NOT limit immigration, we are looking at a warmer but still stable country with 500 million to 1 billion people, which would be heck.

    • Replies: @Thea
    @Paleo Liberal

    Nuclear powers would help a lot.

    It’s a bitter irony of history. It took the industrial revolution to help us produce technology that allowed us to see the effects of the industrial revolution on the atmosphere. Just about 300 years later.

    , @Pontius
    @Paleo Liberal

    White flight jamming up the gears again I see...

  150. @Leonard
    @Paleo Liberal


    the easiest way to slow down global warming is to halt migration from the Third World to the First World.
     
    This is ridiculous.

    You must be aware that essentially the entire US ruling class is pro-immigration, in roughly the same way that Christians are pro-Jesus. Don't forget the Zeroth Amendment. And what with USG being The Leader of the Free World -- the world's superest superpower -- our catamites in Europe slavishly follow our progressive fashions. Even our so-called "anti" immigration leaders, like Trump, are pro-immigration. They are still allowed to be against illegal immigration -- just barely. Even that is contested. No person is illegal!

    To halt migration from the 3rd world to 1st, therefore,would require a regime change. That is, some event so stark that the US establishment loses control of USG.

    This is not easy. It is hard -- it is so far beyond hard that nobody has any idea how to do it.

    There are many ways we can address global warming by geoengineering. I.e. marine cloud brightening. It could perhaps be done with as little as by a single Gates-level fortune. So what's easier: you manage a right-wing revolution in the USA? Or you manage to convert one super rich philanthropist like Bill Gates to climate alarmism?

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    You raise an excellent point.

    Limiting immigration would be technologically the easiest solution, but it is politically difficult.

    A real limit of immigration would not only take a massive uprising of the people against the ruling class, but the courts would be so stuck on the status quo we would probably have to pass at least one amendment to the Constitution.

    Things can change very quickly when people are fed up.

    Gay marriage became a “thing” very quickly, because the oligarchs were in favor. (Full disclosure, I was strongly in favor of gay marriage because I believe a married gay couple is better for themselves and society than a gay couple living without marriage, esp. if they are raising children).

    Things can change quickly when the populace gets really fed up. During the Great Depression, people turned to FDR, who at least stood up to the oligarch to some extent.

    In 2008, the entire system was in danger of falling apart. Obama was elected on his Hope and Change. Instead of real change, he got Bankster Biden as his VP, put a few band-aids on to keep the economy going, and the oligarchs made out like bandits. Obama never stood up to the oligarchs.

    People were fed up in 2016, so Trump came to power. The first thing he did was ram Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s tax cut agenda through. He didn’t exactly stand up to the oligarchs, except for a few battles on immigration.

    At this point, Ms. Warren has an excellent chance of getting elected. She is a real reformer, and wants to take on many of the powerful interests that neither Obama nor Trump ever fought. There are only three problems with Ms. Warren. First, she has made some compromises to get in good with mainstream Democrats on matters like immigration. Second, some of her policies are probably too extreme. Third, the oligarchs will find a way to stop her, either by fighting her every move, or getting her thrown out of office, or both.

    At some point the populace may decide to try something truly revolutionary: someone with some common sense solutions to the problems the oligarchs don’t want to face. If that person survives, we can get real change.

    My biggest fear is that the voters will turn to a truly dangerous demagogue at some point. Many on the Left claim Trump is that demagogue. Well, he isn’t the one who got us into two endless wars, nor is he the one who crashed our economy twice. He is nowhere near as good as his fans think, and not nearly as bad as his enemies think.

    But, things can get dangerous. Look at all the countries that turned to demagogues in times of danger. I hope we can get a real populist overhaul of society without that happening, but I would no longer bet on that.

    • LOL: YetAnotherAnon
  151. @William Badwhite
    @Jane Plain

    Thanks! When the Nats came to town it was easy to start rooting for them b/c while they were terrible, they were trying to get better whereas the other "local" team - the Orioles - were awful, not trying, and are owned by an awful person.


    I also like the fact that the Nats are so damn old, except for Soto.
     
    Oldest team in baseball, but that's kind of skewed by some more recent pickups such as Rodney (will not be around next year), Cabrera, Suzuki, Howie Kendrick, etc. They also have Soto, Robles, Trea Turner. Nice blend of young and old.

    The Nats stumbled onto a bit of the new moneyball - nobody wants old guys anymore so really productive guys like Kendrick, Cabrera, Suzuki are available cheap. Plus you can get those guys on 1 and 2 year deals so keep your roster flexibility.

    Replies: @68W58, @Jane Plain

    Howie hit .344 this year because he made an adjustment in his stride. That was due to the hitting coach noticing that he could cover the plate more if he stepped straight towards the pitcher. Strasburg was told not to tip his pitches by waggling his glove in game six by the pitching coach. The GM did a good job finding talent, but the coaching staff certainly earned their keep.

    • Replies: @Jane Plain
    @68W58

    Good points, but Kendrick proved that 36 isn't necessarily over the hill, even after an Achilles tendon rupture.

    Oh well, the good times had to end at some point.

    Sean Doolittle decides to woke it up because of his lefty-woke wife. That puts any other player, even those who don't necessarily like Trump, in a bad place.

    , @William Badwhite
    @68W58

    They did a great job of not over-using Kendrick. He's 36 and coming off a torn achilles. Watching him hit, the temptation to put him in the lineup every day, particularly when they were struggling, must have been tough to resist. To Martinez's credit, he held Howie to 370 plate appearances.

    Same goes for Matt Adams - he can be productive but wears down quickly. They held him to about 330 plate appearances and he responded by hitting 20 homers.

    , @William Badwhite
    @68W58

    Just to add to this: The Nats knew at the end of last year they had to do something at catcher (Matt Weiters in 2018 was awful), at 2nd base (had to let Daniel Murphy leave - too old to play defense) and at 1B where its assumed Ryan Zimmerman will get hurt. Instead of spending huge money on free agents or giving up a lot of someone like JT Realmuto, they went to the "platoon cheap veterans that can still hit, but nobody wants because they're over 30" route.

    Catcher: platooned Kurt Suzuki and Jan Gomes and got 28 home runs and 100 rbi.
    2nd base: used Kendrick, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Brian Dozier, production of 30 HR and 96 rbi.
    1st base: used a bunch of guys and got 37 HR's and 128 RBI.

    Of all the guys they used at those 3 positions, only Ryan Zimmerman was making big money.

  152. @Paleo Liberal
    @Thea

    I fear you are correct.

    At this point, things can only get worse.

    Some of the cars sold today will still be on the road in 2050.

    Melting tundra has probably pushed us into a feedback loop with methane gas being released. The albedo ("whiteness") effects of losing ice and snow, first measured by Dr. B. Franklin on a snowy Philadelphia winter day, may already be sufficient to push us into a feedback loop.

    OK. I am being completely honest here. The question is NOT whether we can stop global warming. It is not whether things will get really bad.

    The real questions?

    How bad will things get?
    How much can we slow down the warming?
    What can we do to adapt to an unstable climate so the lives of our progeny won't be a living hell?

    And, the very lowest hanging fruit is an almost complete stop to immigration from the Third World to the First World.

    Suppose for the sake of argument I am wrong.

    Suppose the global temperature being above the mean for 411 consecutive months is just a big coincidence, although the odds of that are 1/2**411.

    Sort of a Pascal's wager here.

    If I am right, but we don't limit immigration, we are looking at a country which could probably not support nearly as many people as we have now, but will have a population of 500 million to 1 billion or more. Hell on earth.

    If I am right and we do limit immigration, we have a country with 350-450 million people that will be less livable than what we have now, but at least won't be an absolute living hell.

    If I am wrong, but we limit immigration anyway, we are looking at a warmer but still stable country with a population of 350-450 million.

    If I am wrong and we do NOT limit immigration, we are looking at a warmer but still stable country with 500 million to 1 billion people, which would be heck.

    Replies: @Thea, @Pontius

    Nuclear powers would help a lot.

    It’s a bitter irony of history. It took the industrial revolution to help us produce technology that allowed us to see the effects of the industrial revolution on the atmosphere. Just about 300 years later.

  153. @Paleo Liberal
    @Thea

    I fear you are correct.

    At this point, things can only get worse.

    Some of the cars sold today will still be on the road in 2050.

    Melting tundra has probably pushed us into a feedback loop with methane gas being released. The albedo ("whiteness") effects of losing ice and snow, first measured by Dr. B. Franklin on a snowy Philadelphia winter day, may already be sufficient to push us into a feedback loop.

    OK. I am being completely honest here. The question is NOT whether we can stop global warming. It is not whether things will get really bad.

    The real questions?

    How bad will things get?
    How much can we slow down the warming?
    What can we do to adapt to an unstable climate so the lives of our progeny won't be a living hell?

    And, the very lowest hanging fruit is an almost complete stop to immigration from the Third World to the First World.

    Suppose for the sake of argument I am wrong.

    Suppose the global temperature being above the mean for 411 consecutive months is just a big coincidence, although the odds of that are 1/2**411.

    Sort of a Pascal's wager here.

    If I am right, but we don't limit immigration, we are looking at a country which could probably not support nearly as many people as we have now, but will have a population of 500 million to 1 billion or more. Hell on earth.

    If I am right and we do limit immigration, we have a country with 350-450 million people that will be less livable than what we have now, but at least won't be an absolute living hell.

    If I am wrong, but we limit immigration anyway, we are looking at a warmer but still stable country with a population of 350-450 million.

    If I am wrong and we do NOT limit immigration, we are looking at a warmer but still stable country with 500 million to 1 billion people, which would be heck.

    Replies: @Thea, @Pontius

    White flight jamming up the gears again I see…

  154. @Altai
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Welcome to everything that was once an enthusiast press. This was the same background to GamerGate.

    Replies: @bigdicknick

    Was Gamergate the first major battle where random right wing people on social media decided to go toe-to-toe with the media? Many people seem to think it was.

  155. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    It seems that Deadspin was staffed by people with little to no genuine interest in both the subject of its coverage (sports) and its putative audience (the American sports fan).

    My surmise is that they were just clock watchers in journalism, and Deadspin was the platform at which they'd wait for better opportunities in non-sports journalism.

    Replies: @Altai, @J.Ross, @Thirdtwin, @Honesthughgrant

    Clock watcher? They were failed political journalists. They wanted to “heal the world” and ended up in the toy department. Hence, the refusal to limit themselves to sports.

  156. @William Badwhite
    @Jane Plain

    Thanks! When the Nats came to town it was easy to start rooting for them b/c while they were terrible, they were trying to get better whereas the other "local" team - the Orioles - were awful, not trying, and are owned by an awful person.


    I also like the fact that the Nats are so damn old, except for Soto.
     
    Oldest team in baseball, but that's kind of skewed by some more recent pickups such as Rodney (will not be around next year), Cabrera, Suzuki, Howie Kendrick, etc. They also have Soto, Robles, Trea Turner. Nice blend of young and old.

    The Nats stumbled onto a bit of the new moneyball - nobody wants old guys anymore so really productive guys like Kendrick, Cabrera, Suzuki are available cheap. Plus you can get those guys on 1 and 2 year deals so keep your roster flexibility.

    Replies: @68W58, @Jane Plain

    You’re welcome.

    I love Max Scherzer’s eyes!

  157. @TWS
    @Paleo Liberal

    You do realize that we are at the tail of an interglacial period? The Earth is generally much warmer. We are scheduled to go into another massive cooling. The good news is that we'll get a chance to start over.

    There will never, ever be 'runaway warning' on Earth. We survived palm trees in the Arctic. We'll survive if they return.

    Cooling on the other hand that's a much worse problem. If we had the guts we could turn the Sahara into a garden. Greens would kill themselves to stop it.

    Cooling will kill billions but don't worry, I'm sure some nutjob will tell us we need to sacrifice children on a pyramid to keep the sun rising in the post-apocalypse.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Satellite data shows no warming this century. Sunspot activity has been very low for the past few years. We may be entering a Maunder Minimum.

  158. @MikeatMikedotMike
    A peek into the soulless eyes of Laura Wagner, nailing the Stepford Thot look pretty well.

    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--lEQslD7J--/c_fill,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_200,q_80,w_200/zsgd5tutd694f1ox86f8.jpg

    Replies: @Big Dick Bandit, @anon, @The Wild Geese Howard

    Ms. Wagner is wearing a choker.

    Thus, the answer to the only question that matters is most definitely…….yes….

  159. @petit bourgeois
    @Paleo Liberal

    Because, you know, human beings are able to change climate because a bunch of monkeys (human beings) on a rock in the solar system (earth) are more powerful than THE SUN.

    Which of course is arrogant and nonsensical.

    If you knew anything resembling science, you would know that CO2 levels have always followed warming periods, not the other way around.

    https://youtu.be/oYhCQv5tNsQ

    Just another chicken little swindle which is political, not environmental. But go ahead and perpetuate the propaganda of your leftist religion, comrade.

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon, @MikeatMikedotMike

    The guy to follow is Tony Heller…

    https://realclimatescience.com/who-is-tony-heller/

    of Real Climate Science:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCprclkVrNPls7PR-nHhf1Ow

    He debunks just about all of the bullshit PL just spouted off.

  160. @68W58
    @William Badwhite

    Howie hit .344 this year because he made an adjustment in his stride. That was due to the hitting coach noticing that he could cover the plate more if he stepped straight towards the pitcher. Strasburg was told not to tip his pitches by waggling his glove in game six by the pitching coach. The GM did a good job finding talent, but the coaching staff certainly earned their keep.

    Replies: @Jane Plain, @William Badwhite, @William Badwhite

    Good points, but Kendrick proved that 36 isn’t necessarily over the hill, even after an Achilles tendon rupture.

    Oh well, the good times had to end at some point.

    Sean Doolittle decides to woke it up because of his lefty-woke wife. That puts any other player, even those who don’t necessarily like Trump, in a bad place.

  161. Deadspin was funny when it started. A non-serious look at sports and poking holes at ESPN’s self-importance. “You’re with me leather” and drunk photos of athletes. Then, like most things, veered leftward over time; going so far into uberWoke marginal sports coverage. Good riddance.

  162. @68W58
    @William Badwhite

    Howie hit .344 this year because he made an adjustment in his stride. That was due to the hitting coach noticing that he could cover the plate more if he stepped straight towards the pitcher. Strasburg was told not to tip his pitches by waggling his glove in game six by the pitching coach. The GM did a good job finding talent, but the coaching staff certainly earned their keep.

    Replies: @Jane Plain, @William Badwhite, @William Badwhite

    They did a great job of not over-using Kendrick. He’s 36 and coming off a torn achilles. Watching him hit, the temptation to put him in the lineup every day, particularly when they were struggling, must have been tough to resist. To Martinez’s credit, he held Howie to 370 plate appearances.

    Same goes for Matt Adams – he can be productive but wears down quickly. They held him to about 330 plate appearances and he responded by hitting 20 homers.

  163. @68W58
    @William Badwhite

    Howie hit .344 this year because he made an adjustment in his stride. That was due to the hitting coach noticing that he could cover the plate more if he stepped straight towards the pitcher. Strasburg was told not to tip his pitches by waggling his glove in game six by the pitching coach. The GM did a good job finding talent, but the coaching staff certainly earned their keep.

    Replies: @Jane Plain, @William Badwhite, @William Badwhite

    Just to add to this: The Nats knew at the end of last year they had to do something at catcher (Matt Weiters in 2018 was awful), at 2nd base (had to let Daniel Murphy leave – too old to play defense) and at 1B where its assumed Ryan Zimmerman will get hurt. Instead of spending huge money on free agents or giving up a lot of someone like JT Realmuto, they went to the “platoon cheap veterans that can still hit, but nobody wants because they’re over 30” route.

    Catcher: platooned Kurt Suzuki and Jan Gomes and got 28 home runs and 100 rbi.
    2nd base: used Kendrick, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Brian Dozier, production of 30 HR and 96 rbi.
    1st base: used a bunch of guys and got 37 HR’s and 128 RBI.

    Of all the guys they used at those 3 positions, only Ryan Zimmerman was making big money.

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