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  1. He went at 6 in mine last Wednesday. After Jones and before Adams and Zeke.
  2. In the words of Brett Gurewitz: Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie The full moon is rising over dark water And the fools below are picking up sticks And the man in the gallows lies permanently waiting For the doctors to come back and tend to him, The Flat Earth Society is meeting here today, singing happy little lies, And the bright ship Humana is sent far away with grave determination... And no destination, Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Yeah, nothing feels better than a spray of clean water And the whistling of wind on a calm summer night But you better believe that down in their quarters The men are holding on for their dear lives, The Flat Earth Society is somewhere far away, with their candlesticks and compasses And the bright ship Humana is on its way with grave determination And no destination, The Flat Earth Society is meeting here today, singing happy little lies, And the bright ship Humana is well on its way with grave determination And no destination, Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie Lie lie lie
  3. Fair enough. I can only speak for myself. My household is in the top 10% of household incomes (juuust barely, mind you ) but I would be okay with paying higher taxes for infrastructure improvements. I know the American Jobs Plan is mostly paid for by corporate tax changes, but in general I am okay with the idea of paying more for the common good. If Biden sticks to his $400,000 and up number for income tax changes we are talking about the top 1.8% of households, and even then taxes will only go up on income over that amount. I just think there is room here to make changes and help pay for things we need without significantly hurting anyone's ability to build wealth.
  4. The top 1% of incomes own 25% of wealth in this country. The top 20% of incomes own 70% of wealth. The bottom 60% of incomes own only 14.7% of the wealth in this country. The disparity gets even worse if you compare households by wealth (as opposed to income) as a percentage of total wealth. This extreme wealth inequality strikes me as a pretty solid reason to maintain a progressive tax system. The current system is not hampering the top tiers from greatly increasing their wealth (since that always seems to be the goal). Link to Federal Reserve data
  5. There were all checked in the jurisdictions I am familiar with. This is not done at the state level, it is done at the local level by the clerks. So one person is not checking millions of ballots, the clerks in charge of their local elections are responsible for verifying voters in their jurisdictions. See my long post in the "Healing" thread about my experience with the integrity of these clerks. They check every absentee ballot against state signature databases. If something doesn't match, they contact the voter to get it corrected (if there is time). If an invalid ballot comes in on election day, it doesn't get counted. They also check the ballots against death certificates in their jurisdiction to make sure dead people are not voting.
  6. Here's my personal anecdote, for what it's worth. I work for a local government in one of the battleground states, and part of my job is working very closely with local clerks who run our elections on the town/village/city/county level. I know many of them personally, both conservatives and liberals. I will say that these people, without exception, are all 100% focused on running honest elections, following the law, and making sure votes are counted quickly and accurately. They are not political operatives, they are not doing the job for power or money or influence. It's a crappy, thankless job and they are doing it out of a sense of civic duty and engagement. These are my neighbors and fellow public servants who care about making their little local section of government operate effectively. So when I hear these grand conspiracy theories about dead people voting, votes being counted twice, IDs and signatures not being required and all kinds of other stuff with no proof, it really bothers me. I have never missed an election since I turned 18 decades ago. I voted via absentee ballot this time because of Covid. I had to upload a pic of my driver's license to the state website in order to get a ballot mailed to me by my local clerk. I had to sign my envelope and have it signed by a witness. Both signatures were checked against signature databases before the ballot was accepted. The ballot can only be counted once electronically because it has a unique ID. Trump ordered and received a recount here and the counts came out nearly identical. Beyond that, Conservatives control all levels of state government here (including the supreme court) except the governorship. Yes, changes to election law were made quickly but it was due to Covid, not a Democratic plot to steal. These changes were challenged by Trump in court and the conservative majority Supreme Court dismissed his case. There simply was no widespread voter fraud, or even an attempt at it. The system that is in place to run elections and count votes is sound and being run by real, competent, honest people...not by Trump's or Biden's operatives. I never questioned the integrity of the election in 2016 when I was mad that Trump won, and I don't question it now in 2020 when I am happy that he lost. I'm not sure any article or explanation is going to convince conservative skeptics that the number of votes for Biden was legit. And that's fine...but I wish they could see what I see and have the confidence that I have in the system because it would help us all move forward.
  7. I know that Charles Koch has been rehabilitating his image in the mainstream lately, and I'm willing to accept that he has moderated a bit since his brother passed away. I like that they support NPR, and they were never big fans of Trump. I recognize there are huge political donors with too much influence on both sides. But I live in state (WI) where in 2010 the Kochs decided to experiment with influencing state/local politics in order to seize control of local government and impose a conservative political agenda on a 50/50 state. We were not "trending red" then, any more than we are "trending blue" now but the Kochs saw an opportunity to force the issue in a census year and thus gain control over the politics of the state for the next decade through redistricting. Americans for Prosperity, ALEC, and other national political organizations dumped money into local/state races before the 2010 election, going negative and driving wedges in the electorate on a scale we were not prepared for in Wisconsin. People are pretty nice around here but things got ugly real quick. In many ways it was a test run for what happened on a national scale 5 years later. Candidates they supported managed to gain complete control of state government before democrats even understood what was happening. Scott Walker and others immediately proceeded destroy public unions, pitting the taxpayer against the parasitic teachers and public employees. Private sector unions were next. Then the candidates they promoted proceeded to gerrymander the state so badly that even though Wisconsin is a 50/50 state overall, conservatives hold 2/3 of the seats in state government despite getting a minority of total votes. The Koch brothers have moved on to bigger and better things but people are still at each other's throats here after their little experiment. Put me down in the "very negative opinion" category, but I'm glad to hear about the way Charles in handling Georgia Pacific, etc as Joe mentioned. Maybe my mind can be changed in the future.
  8. I concur. Bloom's stuff is the content I am most eager to read each week. I would say his player tiers, sleepers, and buy low-sell high are my favorite weekly content. I understand that his material is more of a "hot take" than other writers, but that is also why I enjoy reading his stuff more than some of the others. He takes more chances and has some misses, but he has definitely helped me identify some trends and outliers in dynasty. This, in turn, has allowed me to consistently pick up players before they enter they general FF consciousness (usually the following week). As an aside, I would love to see a more robust weekly player tier system - maybe it's just me, but tiers/detailed rankings are way more useful to me than projections. I didn't even notice Bloom's typo on Henry last week because I only really care about how players are ranked compared to each other (and Henry was a top option in every format). Even just adding tier breaks and injury comments to the site's official rankings would be a useful addition IMO.
  9. QB: Josh Allen RB: Austin Ekeler RB: Mike Davis WR: Stefon Diggs WR: DeAndre Hopkins WR: Justin Jefferson WR: Diontae Johnson TE: George Kittle K: Harrison Butker DEF: Indianapolis Lost CMC and Mixon so had to muddle through with two replacement type RBs all year (Davis, Bernard, Edmonds, Moss) until I traded for Ekeler at the deadline. Kittle was gone for most of the year so it was Engram/Logan Thomas filling that spot. My QBs and WRs carried me through as I was able to consistently start a top QB and 4 WRs who were #1/#2 types (had McLauren, Jeudy, Pittman, Gallup on the bench). But really it was only the Allen/Diggs combo that won the championship for me. Traded away all my 2021 picks in order to fill RB spots throughout the year, but it was worth it.
  10. Before (Sunday morning), but I'm not sure it matters much. A possible Cook injury was pretty much baked into Mattison's price anyway.
  11. 12 team PPR: Gave: James Robinson, Darrell Henderson Received: Alexander Mattison, DeeJay Dallas, 2021 1st (mid-low?)
  12. It's a $100 entry league, but I don't think the amount matters TBH. Some guys are just unwilling to throw in the towel and accept a lost season in the third week of the season. Sitting on an injured Barkley, losing games all year because he thinks he should be able to get a Josh Jacobs in return was not going to happen with this owner. And since you can start up to 4RBs in this league, they are very hard to pry away from owners. There are a couple teams with deep RB stables but they are all contenders and they can actually start them all. No way they are trading a Jacobs for Barkley.
  13. This was touched on higher up in the thread but there are only a few teams in any given league that have the right mix of factors to consider a deal like this. 1) Must be willing to make a core-altering deal with lots of risk. Probably 1/4 of the teams in this league are too scared to do much besides nibble around the edges of their rosters, much less trade their starting RB stable in week 3 for a guy who just tore his ACL, meniscus, and MCL. 2) Must be willing to accept a rebuilding year, maybe more than one. It seems like a given that any owner should be willing to take a pass on the season and rebuild when it makes sense, but I know multiple owners who just cannot bring themselves to be uncompetitive every single year. Even if they start out acquiring picks they end up trading them away when they are in contention near the end of the season. 3) Must have the young(ish) RBs to trade to even get in the door of negotiations. I get that Drake and Conner are not elite guys, but they are due for heavy workloads on good teams, and they both still have futures beyond this year. These mid-upper level starters are kind of the sweet spot for this type of deal. They can actually help the receiving team compete this year, they some upside in the future, but are just old enough that a rebuilding team should be thinking about moving them ASAP. I definitely would not have moved CEH or Taylor or Sanders in a deal for Barkley. Just the way I roll. If I had owned those guys I would have just kept them as my core instead of hoping for a return to form by Barkley 12+ months from now (along with an improvement by his team).
  14. I acquired Barkley from a contender for James Conner, Kenyan Drake, and Le'Veon Bell. Ingram and Fournette were his other viable RBs. I was not really in contention before the trade and was happy to take a pass on the rest of this season while hopefully improving my chances next year. 12 teams, 30 man rosters, 1QB/2RB/2WR/1TE/2FLEX
  15. 12 team ppr QB/2RB/3WR/TE/FL Team A gave up: Todd Gurley Antonio Brown Team B gave up: Christian McCaffrey 3.01 4.01
  16. For me it's less about White in particular and more about not trusting Wikipedia for accurate info. Cameron Artis-Payne's Wiki says he is 22. It's pretty widely known he is a very old rookie (25). He graduated highschool in 2008. But all of that is conveniently edited out of his bio, and it only mentions his two years at Auburn.
  17. Nice! Good investigative work there. I have no idea why I even care about this, but here goes...he graduated from highschool in 2010, presumably at 18. Went to one year of community college, but sat out the second year. Then came back in 2012 for another year of CC. Then two years at WV. So yeah, 22, turning 23 makes sense.
  18. Was the other Kelvin Benjamin? Yes. It's in the link. Wikipedia has him listed as 22 and everyone seems to be using that. He is listed as 21 on the Bears website. Also 21 on MFL. It doesn't matter much either way, but the discrepancy is kind of strange for such a high profile prospect.
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