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Public Service Announcement

18 July 2019 - 05:18 AM

FYI....

 


 

Regulators previously advised consumers not to purchase or use Big Penis Male Sexual Stimulant three years ago. The FDA also identified the supplement while examining international mail shipments then.

The supplement contains sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra and other erectile dysfunction medications, according to the FDA. The drug can lower blood pressure to "dangerous levels" when taken with prescription drugs containing certain nitrates, including nitroglycerin, the FDA said in its notice..............https://www.usatoday...ice/1764407001/

 

Try this instead. It's safer.

 

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18 Game Schedule. Players limited to 16b games

13 July 2019 - 04:57 AM

And of course, fans will be asked to watch and pay for an inferior product.

 

 

NFL team owners have pushed for an 18-game regular-season schedule for years. NFL players have resisted the idea for fears of the added physical toll that would incur. The owners’ proposal during early negotiations is one that radically would reshape roster and game strategy. Here’s a starting point to consider how radical the idea is: Every team would need its backup quarterback(s) to start a minimum of two games each season.

What are the potential hurdles?

The 18/16 proposal would solve the wear-and-tear issue — but potentially raise a whole host of new concerns and questions.

Such as:

    Are there enough quality quarterbacks in the NFL to keep the product from being watered down?

    Rosters likely would have to expand as well, and there might be an even greater need for a developmental league to prep players — especially QBs — for action.

    Would, say, Kansas City Chiefs fans be on board with paying full price for a game in which Patrick Mahomes doesn’t start?

    Are there enough quality offensive linemen to go around?

    What about kickers, punters, long snappers and holders — would every team need to roster two of each?

    Could players be placed on some sort of exemption list on weeks when they’re not playing to preserve roster spots?

    Would highly competitive players be OK with sitting and watching for more than 10 percent of the regular season?

    The NFL has warmed on its stance toward gambling on its sport, but this type of lineup tinkering would have a massive effect on the sportsbooks.

    Might a team in last place opt to sit all of its key contributors for the final two games of a season and effectively raise questions about tanking and competitiveness?

And so on and so forth ....https://www.msn.com/...9I&ocid=U508DHP

 

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We Knew This

11 July 2019 - 01:18 PM

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With all the great QB's and receivers the Ravens will have to face, the defensive secondary is the one spot the team needs to be deep and talented.

The Ravens are ranked #1 at this spot and #1 as to having the deepest position group in the NFL.

 

 

NFL's deepest position groups in 2019: Ravens secondary on top

1) Baltimore Ravens secondary

CBS broadcast prodigy Tony Romo cited Don Martindale's defense as the league's premier combination of scheme and talent, specializing in blitzing, disguising coverages and shutting down outside receivers. The cornerback corps was deep enough not only to survive but to thrive during the early-season absence of Jimmy Smith, Baltimore's stingiest cover corner. Sidestepping Eric Weddle's decline phase, the Ravens upgraded the back end, swooping in to sign replacement Earl Thomas, the gold standard for safety play in the modern NFL. As star-studded as Thomas' legendary Legion of Boom defenses were in Seattle, they never boasted the extraordinary depth that Martindale will carry into the 2019 season. Beyond the four starting-caliber cornerbacks, the Ravens have stashed a bevy of young draft picks in Anthony Averett, Iman Lewis-Marshall, Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliott to go with jack-of-all-trades Anthony Levine........http://www.nfl.com/n...econdary-on-top

 

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Sanders on Student Loan Debt

10 July 2019 - 03:01 AM

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A decade ago, America committed trillions of dollars to bail out Wall Street banks, whose greed had cratered the economy. Now, it is time to commit a fraction of that to cancel the student debt that is crushing 45 million Americans and dragging down our economy.

Let’s be clear: The younger generation was dealt an enormous blow by the Wall Street crash of 2008 and the Great Recession that followed. Millions of them saw their parents lose their jobs, homes, and life savings because of the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior of a handful of financial executives.

 

While those financial executives were rescued by the government, young people were told to lift themselves up by their own bootstraps—specifically, by getting a higher education. But as financial support from state governments declined, millions of them graduated college or dropped out of college with suffocating and oppressive debt.

In the wealthiest country in human history, it does not have to be this way—and in fact, it was not this way for earlier generations.

In 1944, as World War II was coming to an end, the U.S. government did the right thing and passed the G.I. Bill, which made free higher education available to all those who served in the Armed Forces. That act not only improved the financial well-being of the Greatest Generation, but it also laid the groundwork for the biggest expansion of the American middle class in modern history. 

A half-century ago, the cost of attending some of our best public colleges and universities was virtually free. And 40 years ago, the maximum federal Pell Grant paid for nearly 80% of tuition, fees, room, and board at a four-year public college.

By contrast, today it costs over $21,000 a year to attend those same schools, and maximum Pell Grants cover only about 30% of those expenses.

That means the average college senior graduates with over $30,000 in student debt—and more and more, this debt lasts a lifetime. Since 2004, the number of Americans 60 and over with student loan debt has more than quintupled—from 600,000 to 3.2 million—and tens of thousands of older borrowers have had their Social Security benefits seized by the government to pay for student loans.

Not surprisingly, at a time when workers’ real wages have stagnated, this debt hits students from lower income and minority families the hardest.

One 2013 study found that students from families making between $40,000 and $59,000 a year racked up $13,000 more debt than did those from wealthier families who make $150,000 or more a year. Meanwhile, upon graduating African Americans have about $7,400 more in student debt than white graduates do, and just four years after graduating, the debt gap widens to nearly $25,000. 

It is not merely immoral to doom an entire generation to endless educational debt—it is also bad for our economy.

The Federal Reserve reported that in 2014 alone, student loan debt prevented 400,000 young Americans from purchasing homes. Karthik Krishnan, a professor at Northeastern University who specializes in student debt, told CNBC last year that people with $30,000 in student loan debt are 11% less likely to start businesses than are those without debt.

“You do stand to see longer-term negative effects on people who can’t pay off their student loans,” Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told Congress in March 2018. “It hurts their credit rating; it impacts the entire half of their economic life.”

Under our legislation to cancel all $1.6 trillion of student debt, the economy would get a boost of approximately $1 trillion over the next decade and up to 1.6 million new jobs would be created each year, according to a report from the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. At the same time, millions of Americans would have the financial resources they need to buy new homes, buy new cars, or open up small businesses.

Moving forward, our legislation will also make every public college and university, historically black college and university, trade school, and apprenticeship program in America tuition-free and debt-free, because we understand that education must be an economic right for all, not a privilege for the few.

Of course, doing all of this will take resources—and that is where Wall Street comes in. We will pay for this initiative by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculators, similar to what exists in dozens of other advanced economies. Ten years ago, the working class bailed out Wall Street. Now, it’s Wall Street’s turn to pay them back. 

If we do not act boldly, our younger generation will have a lower standard of living than their parents and grandparents did. We cannot let that happen.

It is time to end the absurdity of sentencing an entire generation—the millennial generation—to a lifetime of debt for the “crime” of doing the right thing: getting a college education.

Wall Street will almost certainly fight us at every turn, as will the student loan servicers who make big profits off the status quo. But I am confident that if we stand together and build a grassroots movement, we can treat education the way we should: as an inalienable human right.


Talk and Speculation

09 July 2019 - 04:07 PM

Right now it's all talk, hype, guess work and speculation.

Really, nobody knows if this Ravens offense is going to be powerful and explosive....most of those pieces are in place....or....average.

Yet in the offseason one can dream and take heart in statements like this..........

 

 

"I've got to make sure I understand the offense, forward and backward," Griffin said, per the team's official website. "The offense will look different. I think we'll shock some people with what we're going to do. If we need to run it 60 times, we can do it. But if we need to throw it 30 to 40 times, we can also do it. I think that's what we're working on, to make sure we have those capabilities. "This game is about mismatches and that's what we're trying to create," Griffin said. "You get a guy like Hollywood {Brown}, it's a speed mismatch. When you get a guy like Boykin, it's a height and reach mismatch. Get them in situations where they can be successful. If we can get Hollywood out there in training camp, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. Because the guys we have out there already, I think, are playing phenomenal. It's exciting."

RG3 isn't wrong. The Ravens have some pieces that should scare opposing defenses. They were already a good running team a year ago, and then they went out and added Ingram in free agency and Hill in the draft. They also drafted two receivers in Brown and Boykin. Don't overlook Roman's importance to the offense. He saw success with both Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco and Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo.

Of course, all of it will come down to Jackson's development. That's what makes the Ravens such an interesting team. If Jackson takes the next step, it's not difficult to see the Ravens making the playoffs despite being stuck in a difficult division. But if Jackson's development stalls, the Ravens could find it difficult to win games the way they did a year ago....https://www.cbssport...ck-some-people/

 

 

He didn't even mention the TE's, Ingram and Hill.

That's a scary load and too much for a defense to cover. Especially one that has to worry about Lamar.

Well.....many of us are worrying about Lamar.... :gorave:

 

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