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NFL Win Totals

Every year we project the NFL win totals against what Vegas has picked to find opportunities to benefit financially. This year we are wagering on Cincinnati, San Diego, Chicago, and the Rams on the Over their Win total and the Jets, Oakland (Bill only), Dallas, Detroit and Tampa on the Under their Win total.

East Ron Bill Book East Ron Bill Book
New England 12 12 11.5 Philly 11 10 10
Miami 6 7 6.5 Dallas 6 7 8
Buffalo 7 6 6 NY Giants 7 7 7
NY Jets 4 5 6 Wash 6 6 7
North North
Pittsburgh 9 10 10 Minny 11 10 10
Baltimore 7 8 8 GB 9 10 10
Cincy 8 8 6.5 Chicago 8 7 6.5
Cleveland 5 5 5.5 Detroit 6 7 8
South South
Houston 10 10 8.5 NO 10 10 9.5
Jax 10 9 9 Atlanta 10 10 9
Tenn 9 8 8 Carolina 8 7 8.5
Indy 6 7 6.5 TB 4 5 6.5
West West
San Diego 11 10 9 LA Rams 12 11 9.5
KC 9 9 8 SF 8 8 8.5
Denver 7 8 7 Seattle 7 8 8
Oakland 8 6 8 Arizona 5 5 5.5
Ron
AFC Division winners: New England, Pitt, Houston, San Diego
AFC Wildcards: KC, Jax
AFC Championship game:  New England over Pittsburgh
NFC Division winners:  Philly, Minny, New Orleans, Los Angeles
NFC Wildcards:  Green Bay, Atlanta
NFC Championship game:  Minnesota over Los Angeles
Super Bowl Champs: Minnesota over New England
Bill
AFC Division winners: New England, Pitt, Houston, San Diego
AFC Wildcards: KC, Jax
AFC Championship game:  Pitt over San Diego
NFC Division winners:  Philly, Minny, New Orleans, Los Angeles
NFC Wildcards:  Green Bay, Atlanta
NFC Championship game:  Los Angeles over Minnesota
Super Bowl Champs: Pitt over Los Angeles

Ron
AFC Division winners: New England, Pitt, Houston, San Diego
AFC Wildcards: KC, Jax
AFC Championship game: New England over Pittsburgh

NFC Division winners: Philly, Minny, New Orleans, Los Angeles
NFC Wildcards: Green Bay, Atlanta
NFC Championship game: Minnesota over Los Angeles

Super Bowl Champs: Minnesota over New England

Bill
AFC Division winners: New England, Pitt, Houston, San Diego
AFC Wildcards: KC, Jax
AFC Championship game: Pitt over San Diego

NFC Division winners: Philly, Minny, New Orleans, Los Angeles
NFC Wildcards: Green Bay, Atlanta
NFC Championship game: Los Angeles over Minnesota

Super Bowl Champs: Pitt over Los Angeles

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Ariana Grande and Preacher at Aretha Franklin's funeral

Minister Who Groped Ariana Grande Apologizes

Minister Who Groped Ariana Grande Apologizes For The ‘Brush Up’

Bishop grabbed singer’s breast at Aretha Franklin’s funeral

A minister who shamelessly grabbed at Ariana GrandeOpens a New Window. during singing icon Aretha Franklin ‘s funeral has apologized.

As RadarOnline.com has reported, after Grande’s spellbinding performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the memorial, Bishop Charles Ellis made a joke about her namewhile wrapping his hand around her, reaching for her right boob.

Ellis said in front of the crowd gathered to celebrate Franklin on Friday, “I’ve got to apologize because I have to brush up. My 28-year-old daughter tells me, ‘Dad, you are old at 60.’ When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell. Girl, let me give you all your respect.”

Grande, 25, who wore an inappropriately short black dress, performed in front of former President Bill Clinton , putting him in the inevitable “Oggling” situation.

 

On Friday after the debacle, Ellis, the pastor of the 6,000-member Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, told the AP “I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community. When you’re doing a program for nine hours, you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there.”

He explained that the alleged grope was an accident and claimed that he had hugged all the performers, both male and female.

“It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast. … I don’t know; I guess I put my arm around her,” Ellis said.

The Bishop, in another apparent faux pas after his Taco Bell joke, also said, “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar, but again, I apologize.”

Many women, however, are still outraged about how Ellis treated Grande.

Grande hasn’t yet commented on the mens’ bizarre behavior at Franklin’s funeral.

 

Slightly un-douchebagged from the DoucheBag Source: Ariana Grande Minister Who Groped Her Apologizes

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Asking for a favor? How do YOU behave after asking?

I ran into a frustrating situation recently and typed-out this mile-a-minute stream-of-consciousness post soon after. Instead of hitting “enter” and having yet another post out in Facebooklandia that could be interpreted as a downer, I went with the copy-and-paste-into-a-blog option. Here’s the situation:
Co-worker posts a request seeking someone to help them out with something work-related.
 
1) I reply to the post informing them that I’ll let them know if I can help once I learn about one of the two possible dates for a prior commitment. No response, but no big deal so far.
2) I learn that I can help them out but can no longer find the original post (did they actually delete it instead of commenting to let others know it was taken care of? Not sure)
3) I reply to them in a similar thread that another co-worker posted, letting them know I can help. No response. I notice that they left their # to text as that’s their preferred way of being contacted. So I text them to let them know I can help. No reply
4) I notice that they are, in fact, still alive as they have and are posting on facebook since.
 
This person is super-sweet and a joy to be around but guess if whether or not I’m going to go the extra mile to attempt to help them next time. Take a wild freakin’ guess.😀
 
You never know what people have going on and how much flukes, coincidences, and whatever else is preventing someone from keeping things in order so you shouldn’t pass judgement. You can’t just assume that they really don’t care about anything else beyond their own needs, despite being smiley and friendly (it happens). But make sure you don’t waste your energy either.
 

 

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Irish author warns: Trial runs for fascism are now in full swing

Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Times

To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we are living with is pre-fascism.

It is easy to dismiss Donald Trump as an ignoramus, not least because he is. But he has an acute understanding of one thing: test marketing. He created himself in the gossip pages of the New York tabloids, where celebrity is manufactured by planting outrageous stories that you can later confirm or deny depending on how they go down. And he recreated himself in reality TV where the storylines can be adjusted according to the ratings. Put something out there, pull it back, adjust, go again.

Fascism doesn’t arise suddenly in an existing democracy. It is not easy to get people to give up their ideas of freedom and civility. You have to do trial runs that, if they are done well, serve two purposes. They get people used to something they may initially recoil from; and they allow you to refine and calibrate. This is what is happening now and we would be fools not to see it.

 

One of the basic tools of fascism is the rigging of elections – we’ve seen that trialled in the election of Trump, in the Brexit referendum and (less successfully) in the French presidential elections. Another is the generation of tribal identities, the division of society into mutually exclusive polarities. Fascism does not need a majority – it typically comes to power with about 40 per cent support and then uses control and intimidation to consolidate that power. So it doesn’t matter if most people hate you, as long as your 40 per cent is fanatically committed. That’s been tested out too. And fascism of course needs a propaganda machine so effective that it creates for its followers a universe of “alternative facts” impervious to unwanted realities. Again, the testing for this is very far advanced.

Moral boundaries

But when you’ve done all this, there is a crucial next step, usually the trickiest of all. You have to undermine moral boundaries, inure people to the acceptance of acts of extreme cruelty. Like hounds, people have to be blooded. They have to be given the taste for savagery. Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group. This allows the members of that group to be dehumanised. Once that has been achieved, you can gradually up the ante, working through the stages from breaking windows to extermination.

People have to be given the taste for savagery. Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group

It is this next step that is being test-marketed now. It is being done in Italy by the far-right leader and minister for the interior Matteo Salvini. How would it go down if we turn away boatloads of refugees? Let’s do a screening of the rough-cut of registering all the Roma and see what buttons the audience will press. And it has been trialled by Trump: let’s see how my fans feel about crying babies in cages. I wonder how it will go down with Rupert Murdoch.

 

To see, as most commentary has done, the deliberate traumatisation of migrant children as a “mistake” by Trump is culpable naivety. It is a trial run – and the trial has been a huge success. Trump’s claim last week that immigrants “infest” the US is a test-marketing of whether his fans are ready for the next step-up in language, which is of course “vermin”. And the generation of images of toddlers being dragged from their parents is a test of whether those words can be turned into sounds and pictures. It was always an experiment – it ended (but only in part) because the results were in.

‘Devious’ infants

And the results are quite satisfactory. There is good news on two fronts. First, Rupert Murdoch is happy with it – his Fox News mouthpieces outdid themselves in barbaric crassness: making animal noises at the mention of a Down syndrome child, describing crying children as actors. They went the whole swinish hog: even the brown babies are liars. Those sobs of anguish are typical of the manipulative behaviour of the strangers coming to infest us – should we not fear a race whose very infants can be so devious? Second, the hardcore fans loved it: 58 per cent of Republicans are in favour of this brutality. Trump’s overall approval ratings are up to 42.5 per cent.

Fox News mouthpieces outdid themselves in barbaric crassness: making animal noises at the mention of a Down syndrome child, describing crying children as actors

This is greatly encouraging for the pre-fascist agenda. The blooding process has begun within the democratic world. The muscles that the propaganda machines need for defending the indefensible are being toned up. Millions and millions of Europeans and Americans are learning to think the unthinkable. So what if those black people drown in the sea? So what if those brown toddlers are scarred for life? They have already, in their minds, crossed the boundaries of morality. They are, like Macbeth, “yet but young in deed”. But the tests will be refined, the results analysed, the methods perfected, the messages sharpened. And then the deeds can follow.

More here

 

 

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Animals sick of our crap, calling it a day…

(A lynx at night. photographed by George Shiras)

After looking at 62 mammal species on six continents, a recent study published in Science found that 83 percent of these species are doing more and more of their business in the dark rather than deal with humans and all of our accompanying guns, cars, noise and other forms of harassment.

Read the full story here:

https://www.ecowatch.com/animals-are-becoming-more-nocturnal-2586172715.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb&ts=1531660577

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Politics

Should we be posting politically on Social Media?

I’ve seen that posting about any point that is owned by either “the left” or “the right” is only going to bum people out and risk pigeon-holing (“holing” how does one “hole”?) the person posting it. Nobody’s opinion is going to be changed about anything. Any time I vote, sign a petition, or send a letter to my Congressman, I imagine how many posts I’ve seen from people that do neither and then I just sit back and enjoy the math on that.


I think there’s also the risk of revealing more about ourselves than we care to when we post about some of these polarizing topics. When I see a friend express anger on a certain issue while completely neglecting to show any concern on another, I’m assuming I’m the only non-psychiatrist /non-sociologist / non-genius that can piece together what that means. Posts don’t exist in a vacuum – context is matters.

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Mattress Mack is the guy who opened his stores to hurricane victims

Jim McIngvale is Mattress Mack – the guy who opened his stores to hurricane victims.

His Twitter handle is @MatressMack.

His Instagram is @JimMcIngvale

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The more you know,trivia,general knowledge,knowledge is power,knowledge,information,frequently asked questions,faq

The more you know…

Animals

The flashlight fish projects light that’s created by luminescent bacteria that live in the pockets below its eyes.

Male seahorses carry the eggs and birth the babies.

Also called the Mexican Hairless Dog, the Xoloitzcuintli breed was used by Aztecs for companionship, and occasionally for lunch. Prized for their body heat (hence the lack of fur), Xolos are still used in Mexico as nature’s hot water bottles.

Why do angelfish feel safe inside the mouths of hammerhead sharks? They share a symbiotic relationship as natural toothpicks, picking out parasites from between the shark’s teeth.

There are 4 chambers in a dog’s heart.

Art

Claude Monet is the painter started the impressionist movement.

Food and Beverage

“K” is an important letter to pronounce correctly when chatting with a Russian bartender. Voda is water, while Vodka is a beverage that’s just a little bit stronger.

If you pour beer foam on the brown patches of grass in your yard, the lawn will drink up the fermented sugars and return to its normal shade of green. But then you’ve just intentionally spilled beer.. so there’s that..
Brown-shelled chicken eggs are identical to white-shelled chicken eggs in both content and nutrition.

Lifehacks

To remove chewing gum that’s gotten stuck to your clothes, put the item of clothing in the freezer. Once frozen, you’ll be able to remove the gum in one piece.

Spear the cream in your Oreo cookie with a utensil for easier dunking.

A Macbook or iPad’s charger can do double-duty as a bottle opener.

Music

The only father-daughter collaboration to hit number one on the Billboard pop chart was “Something Stupid” by Frank & Nancy Sinatra in 1967.

Jimi Hendrix actually opened for the Monkees.

Actor/comedian Chevy Chase occasionally played pick-up drums for one of the original lineups of Steely Dan, known as The Leather Canary.

Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, and Mahler all died before completing a tenth symphony.

Carl Perkins is the American singer-songwriter wrote and first recorded the song “Blue Suede Shoes” in 1955.

Brian May played lead guitar for the British rock band Queen.

Science!

Light from the sun takes approximately 8 minutes to reach the Earth.

The flashes of colored light you see when you rub your eyes are called “phosphenes.”

Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive.

Diamonds are actually unstable at surface temperature and pressure. Every diamond above ground is very, very slowly altering into graphite, another form of pure carbon.
Holograms are images made using lasers. That said, if you make a hologram of a magnifying glass, the resulting image would also function as a magnifying glass.

Engineers have created a pulse sensor thinner than a dollar bill and the size of a postage stamp that may soon allow doctors to externally monitor the health of newborns.

In the late 1890s, Bayer marketed a cough, cold & pain remedy that contained Heroin.

Sport and Games

In the 1940s, Eleanor Abbott invented the board game Candy Land as a diversion for children recovering from polio.

Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Roman Colosseum, and Vatican City could all fit inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway – at the same time!

Milton Bradley introduced the memory game Simon at Studio 54 in 1978.

Television, Film, Theater

Charlie Brown’s dad is a barber.

In the Peanuts comic strip, Peppermint Patty’s real name is Patricia Reichardt.
Before changing the name to Fraggle Rock, Jim Henson had originally called the series Woozle World.

In 1991 Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse, married Russi Taylor—the voice of Minnie.

A sculpture of Darth Vader’s head appears on the outside of the Washington National Cathedral as a grotesque (similar to a gargoyle).

World

Gureng-gureng, Gabi-Gabi, Waga-Waga, Wemba-Wemba, and Yitha-Yitha are all names of native Australian languages.

The Arctic gets its name from the Greek word for “bear” (arctos) because of its proximity to the constellation “Ursa Major” (“great bear” in Latin).

Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world.

Robert Smalls was a slave who was sent off to learn trade by his slave-owner who also happened to be his father. While  he worked as a deck hand, he stole a boat from the Confederacy and gave it to Union. He ended up being a congressman and bought the house he was owned as a slave in.

Potpourri

In 2009, Josh Muszynski used his Visa to buy cigarettes. Due to a Visa “glitch,” he was charged over over 23 quadrillion dollars. To be exact: $23,148,855,308,184,500

The Jaws of Life were invented by George Hurst, who was a mechanical engineer and auto racing enthusiast. He conceived the idea after witnessing an accident at the Indy 500 where the driver died because he couldn’t be extracted from his car in time.

12+1 = 11+2, and “twelve plus one” is an anagram of “eleven plus two.”

After Doyle killed off the popular Sherlock Holmes in the mid 1890’s, over 20,000 readers of The Strand (the magazine the stories were published in) cancelled their subscriptions. Later, a reluctant Doyle brought the character back to life for a series of further adventures.

The Republic of Ireland has the busiest Supreme Court in the world, handling more than double the number of cases of the Supreme Court of the United States per year.

Duct tape was invented in 1942 for use by the U.S. Army as a waterproof sealing tape for ammunition boxes.

Don’t let the name fool you: Joyce Hall, who made millions developing the Hallmark brand name, was a man.
Fathers were not allowed in the delivery room until Jay and Marjie Hathaway found a doctor that allowed Jay to be present for the birth of their son James in 1965. The couple went on to found the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth.

Francis Galton, the inventor of modern fingerprinting methods, had many other notable ideas: the weather map, the phrase “nature vs. nurture,” and the silent dog whistle.

In 1942, Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr co-invented spread spectrum communications, the forerunner to today’s CDMA cell phone technology.

Have any trivia you’d like to share? Please comment below!

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Drunk guy pees on everyone at music fest

Drunk fest-goer starts peeing on everyone (NSFW)

Some fans got more than they bargained for when a drunk fest-goer dramatically fails to stay in his lane (while it isn’t suitable for work, there is no nudity shown)

Usually one of our favorite shady spots at the fest but we’ll remember to look over our shoulders for drizzle from here on out!

Here’s a super slow-motion shot

Here’s a super duper slo-mo version… with dramatic musical score!

and if that wasn’t slow enough for your inspection, here’s the super SUPER duper slow motion cut.

 

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