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August 08, 2018, 02:38:10 am suzytr says: Hello, any good churches in the Sacto, CA area, also looking in Reno NV, thanks in advance and God Bless you Smiley
January 29, 2018, 01:21:57 am Christian40 says: It will be interesting to see what happens this year Israel being 70 years as a modern nation may 14 2018
October 17, 2017, 01:25:20 am Christian40 says: It is good to type Mark is here again!  Smiley
October 16, 2017, 03:28:18 am Christian40 says: anyone else thinking that time is accelerating now? it seems im doing days in shorter time now is time being affected in some way?
September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
September 19, 2017, 03:59:21 am Christian40 says: bbc international did a video about there street preaching they are good witnesses
September 14, 2017, 08:06:04 am Psalm 51:17 says: bro Mark Hunter on YT has some good, edifying stuff too.
September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
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31  General Category / North America / Re: NFL Anthem Protests...Hegelian Dialectic to Usher in Legalized Sports Gambling? on: October 11, 2017, 04:07:13 pm
NFL: Trump is wrong, we're not making players stand for anthem

The NFL says that President Donald Trump was wrong when he tweeted Wednesday that the league is now demanding that players stand during the National Anthem.

Trump praised NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for taking a hard line on the National Anthem protests, even though that's not what the Commissioner did.

"It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY," he said in an early-morning tweet.

But Goodell didn't demand or order players to stand.

"Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem," said Goodell in that letter. "We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us." He said it is important that the league "move past this controversy."

The NFL issued a statement Wednesday after Trump's tweet, disputing the president's claim without specifically naming him.

"Commentary this morning about the Commissioner's position on the anthem is not accurate," said the league. "As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together....Players from around the league will be in New York next week to meet with owners to continue our work together."

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said that Wednesday's statement "isn't just about the President," and that it also referred to inaccurate news reports about a letter Goodell sent to the teams on Tuesday.

In his letter Tuesday, Goodell vowed to "continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players." He did not make any threat of disciplinary action against players who take a knee or sit during the playing of the National Anthem. His letter certainly did not vow to cut, ban, bench or "fire" any players who join the protest, as Trump has advocated.

Trump's call to fire players who protest during the anthem has only prompted an increase in the number of players who now kneel or otherwise protest during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. Several NFL owners have affirmed the right of their players to peacefully protest during the National Anthem.
32  General Category / North America / Re: NFL Anthem Protests...Hegelian Dialectic to Usher in Legalized Sports Gambling? on: October 11, 2017, 10:59:16 am

Hillary Clinton announces support of anthem protests: ‘They’re protesting racism and injustice...have every right to do so’


Hillary Clinton figuratively took a knee Monday night.

The former presidential candidate pledged her support to the hundreds of NFL players who have protested during the national anthem this season while speaking at the University of California, Davis.

"Let's be clear, those players aren't protesting the national anthem or the flag," Clinton said. "They're protesting racism and injustice, and they have every right to do so!"

The 2016 Democratic nominee received a loud applause after her announcement.

Clinton's support of anthem protests is a sharp contrast to her counterpart Donald Trump's stance on the matter. Trump has repeatedly criticized players who protest during the national anthem.

Ironically only hours prior to Clinton's speech, Trump once again addressed the matter on Twitter, praising Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who announced he would bench any player who kneeled or sat during the anthem.

“A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys,” Trump wrote, “who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag."Stand for Anthem or sit for game!"”

Earlier in her speech Clinton revealed a number of the alleged Russian-linked Twitter accounts that meddled in the presidential election also 'inflamed' arguments related to the national anthem protests debate.

"Just a couple of weeks ago, accounts with suspected links to Russia flooded Twitter with posts about NFL players' peaceful protests," Clinton said. "The Russians posted on both sides of the debate using hashtags like #StandForOurAnthem or #TakeAKnee to inflame passions and stir up disagreements."

Clinton also spoke about how we as a country need to stand up against racist, sexist and homophobic rhetoric and not undo the progress we have made in recent years.

“There is a concerted effort to turn back the clock on civil rights and women’s rights and gay rights and religious rights," Clinton said, "and we cannot let that happen.”

As of late Monday evening, Trump has yet to address Clinton's comments on Twitter.
33  General Category / General News / Re: The Bizarro World of Liberalism on: October 11, 2017, 10:31:52 am
Look which Professional Sport is being sued!!!

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A man is suing Major League Baseball, and the Chicago Cubs, after being blinded by a foul ball.

cnn.com reports: A man who was blinded in one eye by a foul ball during a game at Wrigley Field is suing Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs.

"I am trying to protect others from going through what I and my family are going through," John Loos said at a news conference in Chicago on Monday.

During a Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game on August 29, Loos was hit by a ball traveling at high speed. The incident left him blind in his left eye he said. The vision loss may be permanent and he might need a prosthetic eye, he added.
34  General Category / End Times / Re: "For when they shall say, Peace and safety..." on: October 11, 2017, 10:02:13 am

Just In: Supreme Court tosses it out! Trump wins!

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The Supreme Court threw out one of the cases against President Trump's travel ban.

washingtonexaminer.com reports: The Supreme Court dropped one of the cases challenging President Trump's travel ban on Tuesday.

The high court said Tuesday that Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project is moot, as the 90-day ban on foreign nationals entering the U.S. expired and has since been replaced by different guidance.

"Following our established practice in such cases, the judgment is therefore vacated, and the case is remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit with instructions to dismiss as moot the challenge to [the ban]," said the Supreme Court in an unsigned summary disposition.
35  General Category / North America / Re: NFL Anthem Protests...Hegelian Dialectic to Usher in Legalized Sports Gambling? on: October 11, 2017, 09:58:23 am
Cowboys not immune to NFL TV ratings slump

By Peter Dawson


October 10, 2017 3:51 PM

The Cowboys may be America’s team, but they’re not immune to the league’s TV ratings slump.

Yes, the thriller between the Cowboys and the Packers was the highest rated national broadcast game of the weekend (bringing in a 13.6 rating for Fox). However, a late-afternoon showdown against a marquee opponent wasn’t even the team’s highest rated game this season. That honor belongs to a Week 2 blowout loss (42-17) to the Broncos in Denver, which earned a 14.3 rating.

The previous year has drawn considerably better national ratings in three of the Cowboys’ five contests.

In the DFW market, the Cowboys haven’t fared much better. Week 4’s home loss to the Rams drew only 981,599 viewers in DFW, according to television blogger Ed Bark.

The Green Bay game drew 1,232,123 viewers DFW. Although the game was an improvement over the Rams’ numbers, it still trails the season opener and the Week 3 victory over Arizona in local viewership, according to Bark.

The Cowboys’ declining ratings are consistent with falling viewership across the league. The most recent Sunday and Monday Night Football broadcasts saw season-low ratings for 2017.
36  General Category / North America / Re: NFL Anthem Protests...Hegelian Dialectic to Usher in Legalized Sports Gambling? on: October 11, 2017, 09:55:45 am
Labor union files complaint against Jerry Jones over anthem threat

By Clarence E. Hill Jr. And and Drew Davison

October 10, 2017 5:12 PM

A labor union that represents workers in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana has filed a charge alleging that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has violated the National Labor Relations Act with his threats to discipline players if they protest during the national anthem.

Local 100 of the United Labor Unions filed the complaint Tuesday with the Fort Worth office of the National Labor Relations Board. It asks the NLRB to “investigate preemptively in order to prevent illegal firings of players.”

Wade Rathke, chief organizer of Local 100, accuses Jones of violating the act, which prohibits employers from intimidating or threatening workers for their “concerted activity.”

Rathke said the NFL has already established that there is no condition of work that requires players to stand during the anthem. Rathke said players have the right to protest and act concertedly at their workplace — the playing field. Jones is violating the act by attempting to prevent them from doing so, he said.

“Jones through his efforts to bully his playing workforce is attempting to unilaterally establish a previously nonexistent condition of work,” Rathke said in a written statement announcing the charge.

NLRB Charge Against Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys, NFL by Tom Johanningmeier on Scribd

Rathke said the point is the same, whether the discipline is the benching of a player for a game or firing him by an outright release.

“Either way it’s a threat and you can’t threaten someone’s job for concerted activity,” he said in an interview with the Star-Telegram. “The point is he is threatening anybody and everybody. We are trying to send Mr. Jones a message that there is a law here. The law here is that you have the ability to act with your co-worker. You can’t just roll over someone’s rights when they are a worker. You can’t bully workers on the job. President (Donald) Trump might not get that. Jones might be confused. But these are workers with rights with the National Labor Relations Board.”

The board in Fort Worth will assign a field agent to investigate the charge. The first step will be to contact the NFL players association and the team.

Messages left with the Cowboys and the NFL were not immediately returned.

Meanwhile, NFL owners are expected to discuss the league’s policy regarding the national anthem during meetings next week in New York.

The NFL game operations manual says players “should” stand for the national anthem. Changing the “should” to “must” is an option the owners and league could pursue during their meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, said NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart.

“I think there will be a discussion about the entire issue, including the policy. … I’m not going to predict what might happen,” Lockhart said.

When told of the NFL’s plans of possibly of changing the language of the policy and making standing a requirement, Rathke said, “they haven’t done it yet and the threat is right now.”

Rathke also said the NFL Players Association might have an issue with the league changing policy in the middle of an agreement.
37  General Category / North America / Re: NFL Anthem Protests...Hegelian Dialectic to Usher in Legalized Sports Gambling? on: October 11, 2017, 08:26:46 am
Uh Oh! Look Why Roger Gooddell Decided To Have An Emergency Meeting!

Earlier today, Roger Gooddell sent out an emergency memo, informing players and owners of an upcoming meeting discussing the Anthem protest.

In the memo, Gooddell stated:

"Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players."

There is a good chance Gooddell sent out the memo in response to Monday Night Football's 17 percent dip from last week's game.

From deadline.com:

With the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears were tied near the end of last night’s Monday Night Football, it looked for sure that the game was going into overtime. Then, even with injured quarterback Sam Bradford put on the field, the Vikings took control and won the game 20-17.

That now finds Minnesota 3-2 in the fifth week of the 2017 season. However, even with the much plugged world debut of the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer at halftime, for the NFL and ESPN it was not such a great result in what is clearly a season of lower ratings amid protest controversies surrounding the national anthem – even on a night when the latter was not shown on-air.

Snaring a 7.0 in metered market results, MNF was down double digits from last week’s Kansas City Chiefs win over the Washington Redskins. Down 17% in the ratings, that’s actually a regular-game season low for ESPN and matches the MM result of the second game of the doubleheader MNF opener on September 11.
38  General Category / Current Events / Re: President Trump News on: October 10, 2017, 08:56:43 pm
Trump demands border wall funds for Dreamer proposal
By Olivia Beavers - 10/08/17 07:55 PM EDT

The White House on Sunday said it would seek more funds from Congress to finance building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the resources to hire thousands more immigration officers.

The Trump administration's new "immigration principles and policies" call for a crackdown on border security, more resources to catch individuals residing in the country illegally and a merit-based system that limits chain migration to spouses and children.

The new demands would have to be met for President Trump to agree to legislation that would protect from deportation young immigrants who entered the country illegally as children. These recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often called "Dreamers," have been the focal point of recent talks between Trump and Democratic leaders of Congress.

"These findings outline reforms that must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients," Trump said in a statement following the announcement of the proposal on Sunday. "Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end."

Trump announced the winding down of the DACA program last month but has expressed interest in a legislative fix.

The tough demands on enforcement may make it harder for the two sides to reach a deal, however, as Democrats were quick to criticize the White House announcement on Sunday.

The White House said in order to properly protect the nation's borders, Congress must approve of the construction of a border wall to deter human and drug trafficking.

"Success of border walls are undeniable from the perspective of their operators," U.S. Customs and Border Protection acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello said Sunday.

The plan also takes a hard-line stance against unaccompanied minors who enter the country, advocating for the removal of the legal limitations, or what it calls “loopholes,” currently in place that prevent “unaccompanied alien children” from being deported from the U.S.

"These loopholes in current law create a dramatic pull factor for additional illegal immigration and in recent years, there has been a significant increase in the apprehensions of [unaccompanied alien children] at our southern border. Therefore, the Administration proposes amending current law to ensure the expeditious return of UACs and family units," a press release stated.

Trump is also calling on Congress to reduce funding for so-called sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal authorities in enforcing immigration law. The proposal calls on Congress to cut funding from certain grants and agreements to punish the "states and localities that refuse to cooperate with Federal authorities." 

Additionally, the administration is advocating for a "refugee ceiling" that caps how many are let into the country to an unspecified "appropriate level."

"The refugee ceiling needs to be realigned with American priorities," the press release continued, pointing to the nation's historically high average of resettling refugees compared to "the rest of the world combined."

The plan suggests measures that allow for a swift deportation process once Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other authorities detect and catch those residing in the country illegally.

Administration officials also emphasized the need to change the immigration system from family-based to merit-based, a proposal made by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) in August.
39  General Category / The Economic Collapse / Re: IT HAS STARTED! Wealth Confiscation Is Now Starting To Happen All Over The Globe on: October 10, 2017, 08:52:27 pm

BREAKING: OPEC is BEGGING the United States for ‘OIL HELP’
Breaking News By Amy Moreno October 10, 2017

Did you ever think you’d see the day when OPEC was begging the United States for help?

It’s amazing, the strides the U.S. has made in becoming not only oil independent, but also able to sell oil, as well.

Thanks to President Trump, things will only get better.

OPEC, however, isn’t having such a pleasurable go of it, and they’re begging the U.S. for help.

From Zero Hedge

While OPEC has been presenting an optimistic facade in recent months, repeating at every opportunity that the global oil market is “rebalancing” and demand is rising, the oil production cartel made a rare slip today when it addressed what should not be named in public: US shale production. Speaking on Tuesday, OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo called on U.S. shale oil producers to help curtail global oil supply, warning extraordinary measures might be needed next year to sustain the rebalanced market in the medium to long term. Which is odd because in every other public address by OPEC members, we hear precisely the opposite: that the market is already in a state of “healthy rebalancing” and… the oil production cut which was supposed to last until this past June may now be extended beyond March of 2018.

“We urge our friends, in the shale basins of North America to take this shared responsibility with all seriousness it deserves, as one of the key lessons learnt from the current unique supply-driven cycle,” said Barkindo quoted by Reuters during a speech delivered at the India Energy Forum organized by CERAWeek in New Delhi.

“At the moment we (OPEC and independent U.S. producers) both agreed that we have a shared responsibility in maintaining stability because they are also not insulated from the impact of this downturn,” Barkindo said, referring to a slide in oil prices that spurred OPEC to agree production cuts late last year.
“The call by independents themselves (is) that we need to continue this interaction.”

Some independents… but not all, and certainly not the cash-flush US shale producers.

Which is why it is unclear just how much this “call” by non-shale independents will bother, or even be heard, by shale producers: fundamentally it is all about liquidity and cash flow, and whereas much of OPEC is at or just shy of its all-in breakeven costs (when factoring in government budgets), shale has no problems obtaining funding courtesy of a massive bond bubble, which allows it to keep its balance sheet stocked with cash, even if the cash flow from operations is barely positive. As such, all shale is doing is capturing market share from those OPEC producers who are prohibited from spending more to replenish existing output, something which the overly generous US junk bond market will allow shale to keep doing indefinitely, and at least until there is another sharp drop in oil prices.
40  General Category / North America / Re: NFL Anthem Protests...Hegelian Dialectic to Usher in Legalized Sports Gambling? on: October 10, 2017, 08:43:04 pm
Breaking: NFL Commissioner Just Issued A Memo To The Entire League!!

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued a memoir to the league in which he tells players he believes everyone should stand for the Anthem.

To: Chief Executives
Club Presidents

From: Commissioner Goodell
Date: October 10, 2017
Re: Fall Meeting/National Anthem

We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.

I'm very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities. At our September committee meetings, we heard directly from several players about why these issues are so important to them and how we can support their work. And last week, we met with the leadership of the NFLPA and more players to advance the dialogue.

Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.

Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week's League meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. We want to ensure that any work at the League level is consistent with the work that each club is doing in its own community, and that we dedicate a platform that can enable these initiatives to succeed. Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.

I expect and look forward to a full and open discussion of these issues when we meet next week in New York. Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force for good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country. The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified. In that spirit, let's resolve that next week we will meet this challenge in a unified and positive way.
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47  General Category / Massacre of Innocence – The Occult Roots of Abortion / Re: The Truth About Margaret Sanger! on: October 10, 2017, 06:14:32 pm

The Evil Fruit Of Feminism: Eugenics, Abortion, Fornication & Manly Women
Series:  The Menace of Feminism  · 2 of 2
10/9/2017 (MON)
Audio: http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=109172218441
48  General Category / Revelation Prophecy / Re: End Times Sorceries And Debautry on: October 10, 2017, 06:13:50 pm

The Evil Fruit Of Feminism: Eugenics, Abortion, Fornication & Manly Women
Series:  The Menace of Feminism  · 2 of 2
10/9/2017 (MON)
Audio: http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=109172218441
49  General Category / War On Family / Re: Sodomite Transgender Agenda Hitting Mainstream on: October 10, 2017, 06:13:15 pm

The Evil Fruit Of Feminism: Eugenics, Abortion, Fornication & Manly Women
Series:  The Menace of Feminism  · 2 of 2
10/9/2017 (MON)
Audio: http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=109172218441
50  General Category / Evolution is a religion / Re: Satanic Roots of Evolution: Old Paths Baptist Church MN on: October 10, 2017, 06:12:26 pm

The Evil Fruit Of Feminism: Eugenics, Abortion, Fornication & Manly Women
Series:  The Menace of Feminism  · 2 of 2
10/9/2017 (MON)
Audio: http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=109172218441
51  General Category / Family/ Parents/ Children / Re: MENACE OF FEMINISM: Identical Rights Or Equal Rights? on: October 10, 2017, 06:10:58 pm

The Evil Fruit Of Feminism: Eugenics, Abortion, Fornication & Manly Women
Series:  The Menace of Feminism  · 2 of 2
10/9/2017 (MON)
Audio: http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=109172218441
52  General Category / War On Family / Re: Sodomite Transgender Agenda Hitting Mainstream on: October 10, 2017, 05:16:02 pm

WTF? California Can Throw You in Jail if You Use the Wrong Gender Pronouns
Politics By Eren Moreno October 10, 2017

Just when you thought California couldn’t get anymore cooky…

Governor Jerry Brown just signed legislation last week that allows the state to jail someone who uses the wrong gender pronouns.

From Fox News

California health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient’s “preferred name or pronouns” could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation last week.

The sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, has argued adamantly that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun.

“It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections,” he said in a statement last month.

But the language seemingly allows for the possibility, however remote.

The bill itself is aimed at protecting transgender and other LGBT individuals in hospitals, retirement homes and assisted living facilities. The bill would ensure those facilities accommodate transgender people and their needs, including letting them decide which gender-specific bathroom they prefer to use.

“It shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to take any of the following actions wholly or partially on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status,” the bill reads.
53  General Category / North America / Re: Sports Stadiums Throw Taxpayers for a Loss on: October 10, 2017, 04:56:13 pm
Economic benefits of NFL stadium boom are 'vastly overblown'
Daniel Roberts
Yahoo Finance September 21, 2017

Perhaps you saw the many mocking social media posts last weekend pointing out the rows and rows of empty seats at the LA Rams and LA Chargers games in Week 2 of the NFL season. Both teams are playing in temporary homes — the Rams in LA Coliseum, a college stadium, and the Chargers in StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., a soccer stadium — until they move into LA Stadium at Hollywood Park, projected to open up in 2020 and cost $2.6 billion.

The Chargers got 25,381 fans at a stadium that holds 27,000, while the Rams only attracted 56,612 to a stadium that holds more than 90,000. As many stories pointed out, the two NFL games combined had a smaller in-person audience than the USC vs. Texas college football game Saturday night at the Coliseum, attended by 85,000 people. (The empty NFL seats were “not a great look,” the AP wrote.)

The reasonable conclusion from the low turnout might be that LA doesn’t have enough NFL fans to support two new teams. And that, in turn, may look like a reminder of how outrageous the trend is of teams relocating and building $2 billion-plus stadiums, and, often, obtaining public money to help build them.

But it doesn’t really matter if the new LA stadium doesn’t fill up for games. The pricey stadium trend is likely to continue, because cities — which consist of local construction companies to trade unions to bank branches to architecture firms to hotels — see appeal in having an NFL team and stadium.

“Not a very good economic proposition”

It’s about enhancing the culture and image of the city, says Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Smith College in Massachusetts, and author of a wide range of books that strip back the financial impact of sports arenas and major events like the World Cup and Olympics.

“The main reason you want the stadium is because you want the team, and the main reason you want the team is because in United States culture these days, football is particularly prominent,” says Zimbalist. “What a sports team does is provide some coherence to a city’s culture. It provides a common thread that helps people in the community relate to each other. It enhances the city’s identity. People now have a way to relate to each other… A large percentage of the people in the community are experiencing the football team. That’s a very important function of the culture, to me. Now, some people might argue that, ‘Gee, it’s too bad, we need other kinds of culture instead of football culture.'”

It’s an image thing, then. And a recent comment by former San Diego Chargers quarterback turned broadcaster Dan Fouts backs this up. Fouts said it’s “embarrassing” for the Chargers to play in a 27,000-seat stadium, even temporarily. (But if the team can’t even fill the stadium, what’s embarrassing about it?)

Cities want a new NFL team even though the popular claim teams make when they relocate — that the team and stadium will have a positive economic impact on the local economy — is usually “vastly overblown,” Zimbalist says. That’s because the majority of the money that gets spent at and around the stadium is spent by local residents who would be spending their money in the area anyway. As for the players, they are generally unlikely to live in the local community, so they’re not infusing the area near the stadium with any new money.

And the typical NFL stadium, with some exceptions, “is going to be used 10-15 times a year out of 365 days. The rest of the year it’s going to be sitting idle… It’s not a very good economic proposition.”

And yet, cities keep welcoming new teams. In March, the Oakland Raiders got NFL approval to move to Las Vegas, and team owner Mark Davis plans a $1.9 billion stadium. $750 million of that cost will come from a public subsidy already approved by the local Clark County government in Las Vegas. (The San Diego Union-Tribune called it, “peak public stadium financing.”) If the economic impact will be minimal, why grant public money?

Zimbalist uses this analogy: “Cities don’t sit around and say, ‘Should we maintain Central Park [in Manhattan] because it’s going to help our economy?’ That’s not why you have Central Park, you have Central Park for cultural reasons. So a similar argument, I think, can be made for sports teams.”

How the NFL avoids blame for teams moving

When teams like the St. Louis Rams move to LA, or the Oakland Raiders ditching town for Las Vegas, many outraged fans blame the NFL for allowing it to happen.

But it’s important to note that the NFL charges teams a hefty fee to relocate. The fee varies, gets paid out over time in installments, and gets split up equally among the other NFL teams. The Raiders will have to pay $378 million, while the Chargers and Rams have to pay $645 million each.

“So the NFL can say, ‘We’re actually discouraging teams from moving,'” Zimbalist points out. “The NFL has the view that all of the potential markets in the United States belong to the NFL, they are NFL assets. And if the NFL allows the teams to use these assets, they will charge them for it.”

Even with the relocation fee, a new stadium is likely to be extremely lucrative for a team. Apart from ticket sales, which they share with the rest of the league, the stadium owners get to keep all money from sponsorship deals, concessions revenue, and from PSLs, or personal seat licenses, which are fees that fans pay up front for the right to buy tickets for a certain seat at the stadium. Your seat license is like a membership fee you pay each year, on top of the price of your actual tickets.

“Part of the problem with that financing mechanism,” Zimbalist says, “is that if the owner gets money for the seat upfront, before the team ever steps on the field, then the owner has less incentive to put a winning product on the field. This works a little bit against the fans’ interests.” The Atlanta Falcons, playing this season in a brand new $1.6 billion stadium, had already made more than $250 million on PSLs before the season began.

And so, in many cases, with a new NFL stadium, the local economy loses, the fans lose, and the stadium may not fill up for games — but the team owner still wins.
54  General Category / North America / Re: NFL Anthem Protests...Hegelian Dialectic to Usher in Legalized Sports Gambling? on: October 10, 2017, 04:38:57 pm
Tens of thousands of empty seats likely at Rams-49ers game

Following the disrespectful actions of the NFL players which decided it was a good idea to kneel during the playing of the national anthem following the example of kneeler and former San Francisco 49-ers now-free agent Colin Kaepernick, the situation with the league escalated to a level never seen before. And now pictures have emerged of a Giants game showing something horrific.

The league faced several setbacks, including outraged fans, who burned seasonal tickets, made sure their TV ratings dropped lower than ever before and left the stadiums during the games empty.

The situation was no different today, when Twitter user James K. shared a photograph of the Giants’ most recent NFL game, which showed the stadium being half empty, a situation also referred to as “ghost town.”

But this is only the beginning of the NFL downfall, as their ratings and empty seats are not their only problem they are facing. Following President Donald Trump’s harsh comments on the whole situation, several major sponsors as well as many minor ones have pulled their ads from the league, expressing their outrage and revealing that they do not stand with nor support the actions of the disrespecting players, as they support the veterans, the soldiers, and everyone else risking their life for the safety of the American citizens.

On the other hand, the pictures of the empty Giants stadium can be seen below, and we suggest you take a close look and see how bad the situation with the league has become:

James Kratch


Not sure how much this photo will show, but from my seat in the press box ... #Giants
11:50 AM - Oct 8, 2017

Fox News


Poll: NFL Sinks to Least Popular Top Professional or College Sport http://bit.ly/2fTMo7P
10:35 AM - Oct 8, 2017
55  General Category / Weather/Earthquakes/Global Science Hoax's / Re: Wildfire in drought-parched Northern California threatens small town on: October 10, 2017, 02:21:13 pm

Breaking: California Wild Fire Casualty Count Climbing!!

The Associated Press


BREAKING: California fire officials: 2 more people dead in wildfires, bringing total number of fatalities to 3.
6:25 PM - Oct 9, 2017

    BNO News

    At least 1,500 structures destroyed in fires raging in California wine country, fire chief says - AP

    BNO News

    At least 10 people have been killed in massive wildfires in California; 7 in Sonoma County, 2 in Napa County, and 1 in Mendocino County
    6:44 PM - Oct 9, 2017

Tony Bermudez @BerMEWdez728

Wildfires raging in California in October right now. These pics were from the 2003 Cedar Fire here in San Diego.
6:36 PM - Oct 9, 2017
56  General Category / Current Events / Re: Rooftop Sniper Stephen Paddock Kills 50+, Wounds 200+ In Worst Mass Slaughter In on: October 10, 2017, 02:14:29 pm

Breaking: New details ermerged about Las Vegas shooting just changed everything!!


Matt Pearce


Wow: Sheriff Lombardo is now saying that Mandalay Bay security guard was shot BEFORE the attack on the Las Vegas concert.
5:14 PM - Oct 9, 2017

    Matt Pearce

    Wow: Sheriff Lombardo is now saying that Mandalay Bay security guard was shot BEFORE the attack on the Las Vegas concert.

    Matt Pearce

    That's a significant change to their timeline and to their story of the guard essentially stopping the shooting at the concertgoers.
    5:14 PM - Oct 9, 2017
57  General Category / The Mark / Re: The MARK, HEADLINES!!! on: October 10, 2017, 02:07:39 pm
How artificial intelligence is changing accounting
Companies should strategize now for how to use this revolutionary technology.
By Sarah Ovaska-Few

Artificial intelligence isn't coming. It's already here.

Early investments by large firms, including several of the Big Four, have paid off with advanced technology that can, among other things, slash the amount of time accountants spend on complex audits and asset estimates.

Now all firms, even small ones, should be thinking about how to adopt advanced technology like artificial intelligence (AI), whether it will be by contracting with specialized technology companies or building their own departments, said Derek Bang, CPA, CGMA, the chief strategy and innovation officer at Chicago-based Crowe Horwath, one of the largest accounting firms in the United States.

"They're going to have to have a strategy," Bang said. "You need to start putting some money aside into innovation."

Reports of machines replacing accountants by the thousands are likely overblown, and capable accountants will be needed to oversee and utilize advanced technology, said Tom Davenport, a Babson College professor who studies business applications of AI. 

"At some point, there might be some job loss on the margins, but mostly we're giving people more sophisticated work to do than just looking through documents," Davenport said.

AI explained

AI is technology that enables computers to perform decision-based tasks previously left to humans. It shows up in multiple forms, including machine-based learning that can progressively become better at analysis and decisions the more it is used, and speech-based technology that can understand different voices and languages.

More than 80% of executives believe AI leads to a competitive advantage, and 79% believe it will increase their company's productivity, according to a recent MIT-Boston Consulting Group survey of more than 3,000 business executives.

AI is being developed by multiple accounting firms and will dramatically change the profession in coming years, said Jon Raphael, CPA, Deloitte's audit chief innovation officer.

"We're at a real pivot point in terms of being able to wrangle and use data in ways we've never even contemplated before," he said.

That doesn't mean walking, talking robots like Star Wars' C-3PO and R2-D2 will be handling client meetings anytime soon.

Instead, AI is largely being used to digest and analyze large volumes of data at speeds well beyond what any person or team of people could do, Davenport said.

"What AI is doing is sort of a more sophisticated version of what spreadsheets do," he said. "The more analytic and decision-oriented computations, at least for the next 20 to 30 years, will still require humans."

Full speed ahead

At Deloitte, auditors can access AI tools with natural language processing capabilities to interpret thousands of contracts or deeds, Raphael said. The technology can extract key terms and compile and analyze that information to perform risk assessments or other functions.

Entire populations or datasets — a large company's leases, for example — can be assessed in a shorter period of time, whereas the samples previously examined by accountants could have taken a lot longer.

"It's creating a new view about where the profession is going," Raphael said.

Applications of AI and machine-based learning vary from firm to firm, with huge variances in how companies develop the technology, Bang said.

"AI and machine learning is as deep a field as accounting is," he said.

That means firms can differentiate themselves and corner areas of the market by specializing in different areas.

At Crowe Horwath, Bang and his team of 20 data scientists have harnessed technology to tackle complex billing problems in the health care industry. The team was able to use machine-based learning to sift through enormous but disparate billing systems of its health care clients to flag accounts where there are time-consuming and costly complexities in claim processing and reimbursement. In those cases, the health care companies and hospitals can use the technology developed by Crowe Horwath to proactively deal with those complicated cases instead of waiting for the problems to make themselves known, a development that can save clients hundreds of man-hours.

"We're finding we can solve problems that couldn't have been solved otherwise," Bang said.

Instead of talking about hypothetical future uses, Bang prefers to show his firm's leaders what he and his team have already developed, from health care billing solutions to conducting the background research needed to apply for research and development tax credits.

At Deloitte, the excitement about AI is shared by its clients, with auditors showing how they are using AI-based applications to quickly conduct accurate assessments of vast real estate holdings or analyze thousands of contracts to compile the risks a large company faces.

"Clients want to do this in their own business," Raphael said. "We spark the thinking of where they can go."

How to prepare

To prepare for the oncoming wave of AI, Raphael suggested that interested CPAs gain database and IT skills by taking on specialized projects in their workplace, attending seminars, completing self-directed learning, or taking classes.

Having a solid basis in data management and a high comfort level with new technologies will give those practitioners an edge as AI use increases in the field.

He said that the professional skepticism auditors are trained to have is needed as well to be able to spot when the analyses are off and to deal with exceptions.

"We don't want to have people relying on a tool blindly," he said.

What's ahead

Smaller firms don't have the same resources as largest firms to develop and fine-tune their own AI products. But experts say that the technology will be more widely available in coming years, and they expect it eventually to become standard fare.

Davenport likens it to the advent of the internet. When the World Wide Web was first publicly available, only a few large companies could afford to go online or develop their own intranets. That changed, of course, and today there is scarcely a firm, or person, left unconnected to the web.

The same will happen with AI, and it may become as common as the internet is now, Bang said.

"The accountants of the future will exist, but they will know how to interact with machines," he said.
58  General Category / Wolves in Sheeps clothing / "Hell" (Excerpt) - Oliver B Greene (12-31-1974) on: October 09, 2017, 09:44:52 pm
59  General Category / War On Family / Re: The-Kinsey-Syndrome on: October 09, 2017, 09:34:07 pm

Breaking: California is now a sanctuary state for another type of crime


/pol/ News Infinity @polNewsInfinity

California is now wanting to move people off the sex-offender list if they possessed child pornography.

California isn’t safe for children.
3:00 PM - Oct 9, 2017
60  General Category / Weather/Earthquakes/Global Science Hoax's / Re: Hurricane Irma Thread on: October 09, 2017, 09:28:55 pm
October 9, 2017, 4:11 PM
Death toll from Florida nursing home where Irma knocked out power rises to 14

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Police say two women who were taken from an overheated Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma have died, becoming the 13th and 14th fatalities linked to the home.

Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman told The Associated Press on Monday that Cecilia Franco, 90, and Francesca Andrade, 95, died from ailments suffered when the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power Sept. 10 during the hurricane's passage.

On Sept. 13, eight residents died and other residents were evacuated from the sweltering facility after the electric transformer that powered the facility's air conditioning was damaged during the storm. Grossman didn't say exactly when the women died, but said police are treating the deaths as part of the criminal investigation.

The Miami Herald reports Franco's husband, Miguel Antonio Franco, who also had lived at the home, died Sept. 13.
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