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Feminist Frequencyand Anita Sarkeesian latest video, Women as Background Decoration (part 2), is thought provoking, eye opening and most importantly accurate.

In her latest video Sarkeesian examines how non playable female characters in video games are often only used as objects of sex and violence. She discusses notable titles like Hitman Absolution, Bioshock: Infinite, Watch_Dogs and massive franchises likeGrand Theft Autoand the God of War series.

In general, Feminist Frequency videos have opened my eyes to the disturbing manner women are Cheap Seattle Seahawks Jerseys frequentlyportrayed in video games in a way I often never fully considered before, and in the future will likely change the critical lens I look at video games through.

Unfortunately the video has been met with a wash of controversy and self professed gamers, afraid their beloved franchises will be influenced by the feminist masses cheap jerseys China (which is most certainly a good thing), have turned to various online communities, lashing out in hate filled tantrums. Sometimes their disgust has bubbled upin very frightening waysand has gone so far as todox  the act of releasing personal information on the internet  Sarkeesian home address and threaten her with horrifying physical violence.

Just forcreating an intelligent video series thatexaminespopular video game franchises from a feminist perspective, something that frequently occurs within other popular culture mediums, Sarkeesian has been driven out of her own homebecause of these death threats. For a group who frequently wants the medium of video games to be taken seriously, it seems strange that many people who identify as gamers are so unaccepting of criticism, especially of the feminist variety.

I usually don't share the really scary stuff. Staying with friends tonight. I'm not giving up. this woudl just not work. welcome to reality.

These gamers, who often frequent online video game communities comment sections, evangelizing what the term means in the context of their own twisted worldview, see themselves as the gatekeepers of the gaming community. They want to keep video games, now a multi billion dollar industry enjoyed by a wide variety of people and genders, confined to solely focus on appealing to young men, a group that the gaming industry has already targeted for decades.

your feminist views out of my video games, is a sentiment frequently repeated in various online gaming communities.

However, according to a recent Entertainment Software Association (EA) survey, more adult women (36 per cent), actually play games than young males (17 per cent) and this trend has beenincreasing incrementally since around 2005. In fact, the number of women playing games on mobile devices and consoles has risen to account forapproximately 48 per cent of the entire market.

In terms of the Zoe Quinn controversy, a complicated intertwining of mostly personal issues that have somehow burst into a very public harassment campaign, many of the individuals attacking her hide behind the guise of a crusade againstjournalistic corruption, and the idea of back video games from an army of justice warriors and feminists, in order to justify their brutal attacks. Unsurprisingly their allegations and numerous angry, inflammatory YouTube videos, have been proven false, althoughKotaku another popular gaming website, Polygon, have acquiesced to changing certain guidelines around transparency in coverage.

As someone who sees video Wholesale Football Jerseys games as a large part of Jerseys Cheap their life and values the medium as more than just simple, silly the toxic attitude of much of the core gaming audience is disgusting and at times even terrifying.

Questioningthe integrity of journalists who cover video games, an industry often more difficult to cover than many people tend to assumeand that is also frequently heavily Cheap Authentic NFL Football Jerseys $19.9 Free Shipping influenced by gaming PR, is a worthy cause, but pretending ensuring journalistic integrity is the focus behind theattacks on Quinn is laughable.

So as the gaming industry becomes increasingly aware of the often horrible way it frequently treatswomen, both as fictional characters in video games and in terms of game developers and even just working within the video game industry, the big question is: Where do we go from here?

Better video game story lines featuring female characters that go beyond just being love interests or figurative damsels in distress is a great place to start. Some titleshave already begun to do this, most notably The Last of Us and the game expansion, Left Behind, where much of the game is focused on Ellie, an interesting, multi dimensional young woman.

The recent Tomb Raider reboot is a for the most part positive example of video games progressing with how they depict women. Handout/Square Enix

Lara Croft in the most recent Tomb Raider reboot, although some of the game was problematic, and Ubisoft Assassin Creed: Liberation, are two other notable titles. But examples of positive female characters in gaming are rare and this is a serious problem the industry suffers from.

You may never have heard of Dick Kazmaier. After all, he played in the Ivy League, never went to the NFL and filled a position, tailback, in a formation, the single wing, that has long since disappeared.

But as the years have passed, that is what makes Kazmaier so special: that he best represented another time, when there was more whimsy and capriciousness to college athletics.

He was only 5 feet 11 inches tall, 155 pounds. He came from nowhere   which was Maumee, Ohio   and was unknown to the football staff when he arrived at Princeton University in 1948. On the freshman football team, he was fifth string. Only three years later, he was the famous Kaz, on the cover of Time magazine, winner of the Heisman Trophy, voted Male Athlete of the Year. Then, instead cheap nfl jerseys free shipping of the Chicago Bears, he went to Harvard Business School. Athletes still came out of nowhere back then and sometimes moved right on to somewhere else.

The single wing was all but gone then, replaced by the T formation, the quarterback taking the ball under center. At tailback, Kazmaier caught the hike (remember "hike"?) several yards back, and both ran and passed. Oh, a tailback was glamorous, but so demanding that it was really too much for one player. His Heisman year Kaz threw for 966 yards and ran for 861. So then we had to have quarterbacks who passed and running backs who ran.

It's ironic that 60 years later, some quarterbacks have become at least neo tailbacks, as the T formation has evolved into the shotgun into the pistol. Modern quarterbacks who run are not exactly the heirs to Kazmaier, but they do offer us a chance to imagine the past, like clothes that come back into fashion   only not quite the way they were, maybe another pleat here, a cinch there. A tailback was of his time.

Kaz was, as you might expect, modest and well liked. He's the sort of fellow my father called "a honey of Wholesale Jerseys CBS Supply a guy." After football, as a businessman and philanthropist, he lived a full, happy life, but for one great tragedy, when one of his six daughters   Patty   died of jerseys from China a blood disease at 28. A natural athlete like her father, Patty played ice hockey, and the trophy for the top female college player is named for her: the Patty Kazmaier Award.

Dick Kazmaier devoted himself to wholesale team jerseys the cause of women's sports. He was not a man to press his sadness on cheap nfl football jerseys others, but because I'd lost a daughter before him, cheap jerseys he felt he could speak to me once about how much he missed Patty. He wanted to know how long the missing kept hurting. I said the best I knew it never got easier, but it did somehow get softer.

"Yeah," he said, and then he smiled through his tears. Dick Kazmaier died the other day, at age 82. He was the epitome of a tailback and a honey of a guy.

Franko Discussion / Sources: Patriots keep key assistant QB coach
« on: February 26, 2018, 01:54:10 am »
And so there I was, adjusting the refrigerator thermostat to 51 degrees, putting an NFL cheap jerseys football inflated to 12.5 PSI beside the milk, waiting the 94 minutes it took to play the first half of the AFC Championship Game and

But wait. Let's back up. I won't say Bill Belichick has winning down to a science. But the Patriot coach's recent dissertation on "atmospheric conditions" and "artificially high PSI," was the most widely broadcast scientific treatise since Albert Einstein noted, "You can't win every science fair."

Belichick challenged America to lay a deeper foundation of knowledge. He re created the variables that possibly led to Deflate gate and said, "I think that anybody who wants to do those experiments should go ahead and do them themselves. Don't take my word."

Bill Nye "The Science Guy" pooh poohed Belichick's ideas, telling ABC they, "didn't make any sense."

Dave Hyde "The Science Guide" isn't so close minded. On Sunday, I bought the necessary elements to duplicate Deflate gate: An "NFL Authenticated Game Ball" as the box said; an indoor outdoor thermometer with exceptionally large numbers; and a gauge to read the air pressure in the football.

Finally, all was ready. The ball was inflated to 12.5 PSI, as the third Wholesale Jerseys CBS Supply gauge said. At least it appeared to say that. The lines on this particular gauge were so small it was hard to make out precisely.

The football was removed from its 74 degree house temperature (similar to the Patriots locker room) and put in the 51 degree refrigerator (the game temperature that day.)

And then wait was on. And, while we're waiting, it should be noted there was some variance in my experiment from the Belichickian reality.

For instance, there was no rubbing of my experimental football, as was done to the Patriots game balls, which Belichick postulated could, "stimulate something inside the football to raise the PSI."

Nor did it rain inside my refrigerator. That nba jerseys china would have ruined dinner plans. And, for the sake of scientific transparency, my wife did open the refrigerator door once during the research and the thermometer fell to the floor.

"I think it's broken,'' she said.

It wasn't broken. But I'm sure Louis Pasteur didn't face such meddling.

Also, while waiting, I read that a Pittsburgh science lab called HeadSmart announced "findings" from a "study" on "football inflation levels in different climates." It no doubt had a pristine gauge. And didn't have to find room for the footballs by moving orange juice to the second shelf.

There were several pages to the study, which I'll skip over in the manner I skipped over high school physics, and just give the conclusion:

"The study indicated that the pressure in Cheap Authentic Jerseys the wholesale nba jerseys footballs used in the AFC Championship Game could have dropped 1.95 PSI from weather and field conditions alone."

So Professor Belichick was right, if this bears out. The Patriots win again, if NFL investigator Ted Wells doesn't find a bully. This finding would not only prove what a science deficient country we are nfl store for not recognizing the relationship of atmospheric conditions and air pressure.

It would also rob us of a comically serious Super Bowl theme.

When I moved the gallon of milk and took the football out of the refrigerator, it confirmed the Pittsburgh lab's study. The ball's PSI had dropped from 12.5 to below 12. I'll need a magnifying glass to ascertain just where given the gauge's small increments.

I'm going to write it up for Scientific American in just a minute, too. Right after I research a second study: Are the Dolphins' jerseys china losing ways due to the high South Florida temperatures over inflating their footballs?

It was popular in sports to take the Ice Bucket Challenge for charity. The Belichick Challenge in the wake of Deflate gate is more educational. Do it for science. Or, as I did, to remind how you failed at science.

, Sunday, July 2, 2017. New Jersey's government shutdown dragged into a second day Sunday without a resolution Cheap China Jerseys to the stalemate between a defiant Republican Gov. Chris Christie and an unmoving Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.   The Latest on New Jersey's budget stalemate (all times local):

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has ended a three day state government shutdown and signed a $34.7 billion budget along with legislation to overhaul the state's largest health insurer.

Christie signed the legislation early on Independence Day after a deal wholesale jerseys was announced on Monday with Democratic leaders of the Legislature. His action brings to a close the first state government shutdown on his watch in two terms and the first since 2006.

The governor also signed legislation making over health insurer Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.

State parks and beaches had been closed to the public even though Christie and his family were photographed lounging and sunning themselves on a beach over the weekend.

New Jersey's Democrat led Legislature has passed a $34.7 billion budget that Republican Gov. Chris Christie says he'll sign to end a three day government shutdown.

The Assembly and Senate passed the budget early Tuesday morning.

The successful vote came after Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney announced a deal on the spending plan.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he's saddened a budget deal has come three days late but he'll sign it right away, ending a government shutdown.

The Republican governor says he has ordered all closed state parks to reopen for the Fourth of July. State parks and beaches had been closed to the public even though Christie and his family were photographed lounging and sunning themselves on a beach over the weekend.

Christie says state government will open on July 5, after the holiday. He says state workers will get a paid holiday tomorrow at his request.

Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced the deal cheap [url=]wholesale jerseys China jerseys[/url] earlier Monday.

New Jersey Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto say they have a budget deal to end the state's government shutdown.

Sweeney and Prieto unveiled the deal at a joint news conference on Monday at the statehouse.

The deal calls for a $34.7 billion budget that includes more than $300 million in Democratic spending priorities and is part of an agreement to overhaul the state's largest health insurer.

When EA Sports got the exclusive rights to the NFL, football fans around the world soon realised that the deal was a huge mistake. Many of us remember the days when we could play alternative NFL related titles such as NFL Game Day and Joe Montana Sports Talk Football, but after EA muscled out the competition, our choice was severely restricted. In the dark days of 2D gaming, our imagination was king. Big blocks of crude color kind of resembled the teams that we were trying to control, and the game play was far from realistic, but we didn care. At the time, each successive release was a step up in game play and graphics. Even though it was all bad, it was all good.

When the 3D games started to come out, we all had a lot more to enjoy. The graphics kept getting better, and with the introduction of both the PS3 and Xbox 360, we saw a massive increase in quality. Better consoles allowed the designers to increase the game play value Cheap China Jerseys of our football games while still maintaining improvements in the graphics. The early 2000s saw a panoply of good football titles and even though Madden was king, pretenders to the throne were making their presence felt. Unfortunately, in 2004 the competition was dealt a lethal blow with the signing of the exclusivity deal.

Madden NFL became the undisputed leader of all NFL football games because it was the only one that had all of the teams and all of the players. Gamers that wanted a slice of NFL Sundays had nowhere else to go, and so we became unwilling subscribers to the franchise. The alternatives were available at first, but soon Madden was all that there was. Most gamers soon found themselves going along for the ride, and the official licenses, along with the yearly innovation, kept us clucking.

The innovations in game play and graphics were always improving. Early cartridge consoles had basic graphics as you might expect, and the PS1 games naturally gave us big improvements. Game play on the PS2 and Xbox versions took the experience to another level with Superstar and Franchise modes, so when the PS3 and Xbox 360 releases were announced, fans were excited for the future. The new consoles promised so much in terms of graphics and game play for all games, so we were all devastated when Madden 07 came out. For PS2 and Xbox owners, the franchise continued to improve, but the PS3 and Xbox 360 owners found that a lot was missing. By the time that Madden 10 hit the shelves, most of us owned a PS3 or and Xbox 360, so all we knew was the product that had been put in front of us on our chosen platform. Madden 10 looked better than anything that was ever on the PS2 and Xbox consoles, but the game play, namely the franchise mode and other features, was severely lacking. Even three years after Madden 07, the features still hadn caught up to where they were on the previous console generation.

This funk carried on longer, and many fans expressed their issues on public forums. The anger amongst gamers erupted into liturgy when a class action suit was brought against EA Sports. Gamers claimed that EA had a monopoly and that they could thus hold their customers to ransom. While it was certainly true that gamers had no alternatives to the Madden franchise, EA admitted no wrongdoing. They did, however, settle out of court and they offered a cash pot for gamers to apply to in order to reclaim some of the money that they had spent on the games that they believed to be sub standard. The case name was Pecover v. Electronic Arts, Case No. 08 cv 02820 CW, and the total cost, including lawyer fees, totaled $ 36 000 000.

EA seemed to take the suit seriously because the Madden franchise began to improve. By Madden 12, the game play and features had finally reached the level that they were at before the change to the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation of consoles. The NFL experience was almost flawless, but there still seemed to be a feeling amongst gamers that unless you were playing online, the game play consisted of playing a game, getting back to the home screen, and then starting another game. Madden 13 changed all that with the introduction of an experience point feature which gave the player more to do between games. That and other small features showed that the franchise was finally back on track.

The wholesale nfl jerseys future of Madden looks to be bright. While EA developed through the dark early days of PS3 and Xbox 360, they learned some valuable lessons. Nobody is perfect, but in a world where you own the exclusive rights to one of the world wholesale authentic jerseys most marketable sports, you better be right most of the time. It is uncertain whether the PS4 and Xbox wholesale nfl jerseys One versions will suffer the same regression of quality, but we should try to be optimistic. The original exclusivity deal that was signed in 2004 was extended in 2009 to carry on until 2013, so there may be an end in sight. With luck, the market will be broken wide open in the future, but remember, EA has a lot of power. We may have to carry on being unwilling subscribers and keep on clucking.

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Silicon Valley (as in California's tech hub, not the landfill where used breast implants go) has reached near mythic status. It's a magical land, where with enough ingenuity and hustle all of your wildest dreams can come true. It's like a sci fi utopia   complete with a seedy sci fi underbelly. But minutes from the glittery high rise buildings housing Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix, and   shockingly   Yahoo once stood "The Jungle," a 68 cheap jerseys acre shantytown filled with homeless people who have nowhere else to go. "Big deal," the worst section of your brain is probably thinking. "Every city has homeless people." That's true   but not every city has a small population of employed homeless people who can't afford to live where they work.

The Jungle was shut down in 2014, but San Jose is currently trying to figure how to house the 7,000 homeless people in the area. Like most cities, the area has its fair share of people with mental problems and drug issues who just can't keep it together in mainstream society. But Silicon Valley's homeless population also includes bus drivers, carpenters, medical clerks, and caterers who can't afford San Jose's average rent of 2,633 clams per month.

So, what's a working man or woman who can't afford to move to Middle America do? Some of the bus drivers who shuffle Apple's workers between their suburban homes and glitzy offices end up sleeping in their cars between shifts. Others don't have cars, so they opt for the next best thing: sleeping on a bus every night.

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Which is absolutely the most depressing case Cheap China Jerseys of taking your work home we've ever heard.

San Jose has one bus that runs 24 hours a day: It's called Line 22, and for $8, anyone can ride "Hotel 22" from Santa Clara to San Jose, over and over again, until morning. Some of the bus' nightly "residents" include people who have lived in the area since the town was full of orchards and ranches. One guy on the bus used to work as a chef at Microsoft. Everyone brings blankets, because this is as good as it gets when the shelters are full and you're stuck choosing cheap jerseys between sleeping in the alley, a hobo camp, or staking out the best awning on a sidewalk on a rainy night.

So it's entirely possible that, as you're reading this, someone who contributed to the technology supporting your device is currently wholesale jerseys China sleeping on a bus because they have nowhere else to go at night. But at least we're seeing a united public response to this humanitarian crisis from the tech sector, right?

The Guardian

Your Tea Could Be Covered In The Shit Of The Workers Who Harvest It

Tea has always been the drink of choice for the regal and dignified, but the conditions of those who actually collect the tea leaves couldn't be further from that image. A BBC led investigation into Indian tea plantations where many major companies get their product discovered that workers were subjected to atrocious conditions in their homes and their workplaces. Poking your pinkie out while drinking a cup of tea isn't genteel; it's sanitary. Coffee may be for closers, but tea is open to anybody and everything that comes out of their body.

And we mean everything. The investigation revealed the terrible sanitation conditions that workers endure in Assam, a state in Northeastern India. Many of the families went without toilets and had no other option but to poop among the tea leaves. How's that for shitting it to the man?Your English breakfast leaves were grown in the remains of an Indian dinner.

The plumbing drains that are in use are usually clogged and overflowing with waste. In some extreme cases, there are cesspits overflowing into homes. Nine out of 10 workers were underfed, and we're guessing that the other one in 10 weren't suffering from obesity.

Chemicals are sprayed without protection for the workers, and their kids were working their butts off on some of the plantations. The children of the families often cycle in and out of the hospital, usually suffering from curable diseases that they don't have the resources to fight. If you're waiting for a joke in this paragraph, here it is: Knock knock. Who's there? Tea stained tragedy. Seven years old sounds young for a child to have a smartphone, but it isn't too young for them to start mining dangerous minerals to produce them. There are children right now doing the Cobalt Crush so that you can play Candy Crush.

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Behold: the raw material that lets you rant on Facebook about today's kids being super lazy.

Cobalt is a key component used in producing lithium batteries, and child labor is a key component in retrieving it from the ground for big brands like Apple and Microsoft. An Amnesty International investigation traced the cobalt used by 16 multinationals to mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which used child labor. For your kids to be able to play Minecraft, it takes about 40,000 kids enduring literal minecraft.

Franko Discussion / Will the Rams' offense slow down?
« on: November 10, 2017, 04:03:30 am »
His online service partnered with CBS last year knowing it would benefit from the network's broadcasts of the Winter Olympics and the NCAA basketball tournament. Now viewers will hear CBS SportsLine, the main online site of Levy's SportsLine USA, mentioned over and over again when the Miami Dolphins and other black miami dolphins jersey AFC teams play.

When we initially went into the deal with CBS, we had a good feeling they would make a strong effort to get the NFL back,'' Levy said after Tuesday's contract announcement.

As an official NFL partner, CBS will have the rights on the Internet to do a lot of great things with content. I think it should add a lot of traffic to the site through the promotion on the games on Sunday.''

That should help CBS SportsLine compete with rivals, particularly ESPNet Sportszone, which falls under the Disney, ABC and ESPN umbrella.

Levy, 51, has built SportsLine from the ground up, starting with just two employees. The steps he took to do so offer insights into the nature of entrepreneurs and how the successful ones adapt to rapid change.

Levy didn't start as a novice in either business or sports. He previously built Lexicon, an electronics company in Fort Lauderdale that spun off a company that made a computerized system for coaches to analyze video for games.

He talked about developing SportsLine during a two hour interview at his company's headquarters off Cypress Creek Road.

Levy left Lexicon in May 1993, after an outside investment group took over. He said he quickly got his fill of playing tennis, but didn't have a clue about what would happen next. He sent his resume to corporate recruiters, who didn't offer anything attractive, and venture capitalists, who didn't offer anything at all.

In November 1993, he went to the Comdex technology convention in Las Vegas. I came to the conclusion that if I was going to start something, I'd have to do it myself,'' he said.

While staying at Caesar's Palace, he went down to the sports betting area and saw a lot of betters watching large screen TVs and tote boards for betting. His first inspiration was to develop a machine that would let you place a bet from your seat _ on something as minor as whether a football team would get a first down on a particular drive.

He met with Bill Shillington, a partner with Arthur Andersen, in December seeking advice. A few weeks later he got it in the form of a fax: Another company is doing exactly what I was thinking,'' Levy said. I said all right, scratch that idea.''

Still the idea of a consumer sports product stuck in his head. He had long been an online user and logged onto Prodigy during the 1994 college bowl season. They weren't even updating the games,'' he said.

A month later Levy started SportsLine with Kenneth Dotson and Ellen McGowan, two former employees from Sports Tech _ the Lexicon spinoff that made the video system for coaches. The idea was develop a dial up online sports service. The Internet? Levy said he didn't know what that was.

I was funding the company out of my own pocket at that point,'' Levy said, but he was already thinking of offering stock at some point. He made sure to have a major accounting firm, Arthur Anderson, and womens bengals jersey a large legal firm, Greenberg Traurig of Miami.

Space for meetings was another matter.

Levy said he and Dotson would meet for hours in the lobby of the Westin Hotel at Interstate 95 and Cypress Creek Road, sometimes adjourning to the coffee shop.

I'm surprised they never threw us out,'' Levy said.

They sent out a business plan to venture capitalists and struck out. Then they decided to do a private placement, seeking $2 million in 20 units of $100,000.

I approached everyone I knew and had some response,'' Levy said, but it was either Cheap San Francisco 49ers Jerseys from China going to be $2 million or nothing.''

A friend said what he needed was a gorilla _ a big famous name. The friend knew Joe Namath, so Levy sent his business plan to Jimmy Walsh, Namath's agent in New Orleans.

Levy said Walsh, who got his share of screwball pitches, was gruff when it came to Levy's tentative plan. What do you mean you thought' or think' _ if you don't know, you shouldn't be talking,'' Levy recalled him saying.

Dotson negotiated a different deal that would give Walsh and Namath 200,000 shares and warrants to buy 200,000 more at $5 per share.

But Walsh still wanted Levy to raise $2 million before signing the deal. This time it was Walsh who had a friend _ Burk Zanft, a New Yorker who owned six plastics plants. Zanft took the whole $2 million, which led to Namath and Walsh subsequently signing their deal with Levy.

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Chinese e commerce giant Alibaba Group posted US$1 billion ($1.39b) of sales within the first five minutes of its Singles' Day shopping bonanza, Bloomberg reports.

Singles' Day, which Alibaba spearheaded in 2009, is a 24 hour online shopping event some commentators believe gives clues to the health of the Chinese economy.

The November 11 event dwarfs US sale events Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is set to tally up to $US21 billion worth of sales by 40,000 merchants in just 24 hours.

Alibaba Group cheap super bowl jerseys Chief Marketing Officer Chris Tung called the gala "a global carnival, a world class performance that involves the audience throughout the event with many touch points and is like nothing else you have experienced."

In the three weeks leading up to the event, Alibaba has been rolling out hi tech innovations that bring virtual reality and gaming into the customer experience.

The company kicked off its Singles Day promotions last month with a live streamed, eight hour fashion show that cheap packer jerseys attracted more than six million viewers.

Shoppers were able to order in real time after spotting creations from brands including Burberry, GAP, Levi's, La Perla, Paul Smith, New Balance and Under Armour on the catwalk.

FILE   In a Wednesday, April 20, 2011 file photo, people gather near crosses  11 for the workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and one for the Gulf of Mexico, center   during a vigil to mark the first denver broncos white jersey anniversary of the BP PLC oil spill on a beach in Grand Isle, La. judge on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, approved an agreement for British oil giant BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company's role in the 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. judge agreed to let the London based oil giant plead guilty to manslaughter charges for the deaths of 11 rig workers and pay a record $4 billion in penalties. District Judge Sarah Vance doesn resolve, though, is the federal government civil claims against BP. The company could pay billions more for environmental damage from its 2010 spill.

Vance noted that the company already has racked up more than $24 billion in spill related expenses and has estimated it will pay a total of $42 billion to fully resolve its liability for the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The judge said the $4 billion criminal settlement is punishment for BP, even though the company could have paid far more without going broke. In accepting the deal, Vance also cited the risk that a trial could result in a much lower fine for BP, one potentially capped by law at $8.2 million.

The criminal settlement calls for BP to pay nearly $1.3 billion in fines. The largest previous corporate criminal penalty assessed by the Justice Department was a $1.2 billion fine against drug maker Pfizer in 2009.

The plea deal also includes payments of nearly $2.4 billion to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and $350 million to the National Academy of Sciences. The two groups will administer the money to fund Gulf restoration and oil spill prevention projects.

The $4 billion in total penalties are 160 times greater than the $25 million fine that Exxon paid for the 1989 Valdez spill in Alaska, Vance noted.

Before she ruled, the judge heard an apology from a BP executive and emotional testimony from relatives of the 11 workers who died when BP blown out Macondo well triggered an explosion on the rig and started the spill.

heard and I truly understand your feelings and the losses you suffered, Vance told the family members.

Keith Jones, whose 28 year old son, Gordon, died in the rig explosion, said $4 billion isn adequate punishment.

is petty cash to BP, he told Vance. stock went up after this plea deal was announced. Anderson, whose 35 year old son, Jason, died in the blast, recalled the trauma of watching the disaster play out on television.

men suffered a horrendous death, he said. were basically cremated alive and not at their choice. agreed in November to plead guilty to charges involving the workers deaths and for lying to Congress about the size of the spill from its broken well, which spewed more than 200 million cheap patriots jerseys gallons of oil. Much of it ended up in the Gulf and soiled the shorelines of several states. The company could have withdrawn from the agreement if Vance had rejected it.

BP America vice president Luke Keller apologized to the relatives of the workers who died and for the spill environmental damage to the Gulf Coast.

knows there is nothing we can say to diminish their loss, he said. lives lost and those forever changed will stay with us. We are truly sorry. of the families of rig workers who were killed or injured in the explosion already have settled their claims against BP, through a process separate from this plea deal.

Courtney Kemp Robertson, whose 27 year old husband, Roy Wyatt Kemp, died on the rig, said workers had referred to it as the from hell before the explosion.

cutting corners, they gambled with the lives of 126 crew members to save a few dollars, she told the judge before turning to address Keller. gambled and you lost. series of government investigations have blamed the April 20, 2010, blowout on time saving, cost cutting decisions by BP and its partners on the drilling project.

Vance told victims relatives who were in court that she read their gut wrenching written statements and factored their words into her decision. She also said she believes BP executives should have personally apologized to family members long before Tuesday hearing.

think BP should have done that out of basic humanity, she said.

BP also has separately agreed to a settlement with lawyers for Gulf Coast residents and businesses who claim the spill cost them money. BP estimates jacksonville jaguars jersey uk the deal with private attorneys will cost the company roughly $7.8 billion.

In a court filing before the hearing, attorneys for BP and the Justice Department argued that the plea agreement imposes corporate punishment and will deter BP and other deep water drilling companies from allowing another disaster to occur.

The Justice Department has reached a separate settlement with rig owner Transocean Ltd. that resolves the government civil and criminal claims over the Swiss based company role in the disaster.

Many relatives of rig workers who died in the blast submitted written statements that were critical of BP deal. Vance, however, said she couldn get involved in plea negotiations and only could impose a sentence that adheres to the agreed upon terms if she accepted it.

In other criminal cases, four current or former BP employees have been indicted. BP rig supervisors Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine are charged with custom bengals jersey manslaughter, accused of repeatedly disregarding abnormal high pressure readings that should have been glaring indications of trouble just before the blowout.

David Rainey, BP former vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, was charged with withholding information from Congress about the amount of oil that was gushing from the well.

After months and months of waiting, the highly anticipated 2016 NFL regular season is approaching. There have been a number of offseason roster changes to take into consideration heading into the new year. For the first time since 1997, Peyton Manning will not suit up, as he rode off into the sunset following the Broncos' Super Bowl victory. Polarizing cornerback Josh Norman was franchised by the Carolina Panthers, then he wasn't, was released, and signed a lucrative deal with the Washington Redskins, where he will be able to match up with arch nemesis Odell Beckham Jr. for a minimum of two times this season. Veteran running backs Matt Forte and Arian Foster have new homes with the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins respectively. The 2016 NFL Draft featured two quarterbacks, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, going first and second overall. Super Bowl winning backup quarterback Brock Osweiler was given a busload of money to appear under center for the new look Houston Texans, while Indianapolis Colts star Andrew Luck was given the largest contract in NFL history.

On the negative side of things, there have been drug suspensions (of the abuse and performance enhancing variety) as well, but unfortunately that comes with the territory in the NFL. Appeals Court judge.

All in all, it's been a very exciting offseason. Now the question is whether or not the offseason developments will translate into an incredible regular season. As always, the answer is a resounding "yes".

Here are five bold predictions regarding the upcoming year.

1. Andrew Luck Will Have More TD Passes Than Jay Cutler and Matt Ryan Combined

Let's not beat around the bush. Last year was an absolute disaster for Luck. After breaking out at an elite level in 2014, a year in which he threw for 4,761 yards, 40 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, the Colts' franchise quarterback played just seven games and threw 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In those seven games, his rating was 74.9, compared to 2014's 96.5 mark. It was clear that he was playing at less than 100 percent for at least a couple of his seven starts, but nonetheless, he struggled. In order to put more of the emphasis in his hands this season, the Colts have moved from a two wide receiver, two tight end primary formation on offense (likely due to the departure of tight end Coby Fleener) to a three wide receiver, one tight end look. This will allow Luck to spread the ball to more elusive and more dangerous playmakers and will place much of the offensive burden on his shoulders and away from veteran Frank Gore and the running game. That being cheap jerseys said, look for numbers like 2014 to become a reality once again for Luck, who knows he needs to live up to his massive contract and perform like an elite quarterback for his team to win games.

Cutler threw 21 touchdown passes last season with relatively no weapons other than Alshon Jeffrey and wholesale authentic jerseys Matt Forte on the field. While he will gain second year wideout Kevin White, who missed all of last season, the loss of Forte places major questions on Jeremy Langford and the rushing attack. Pro Football Focus ranked the Bears' offensive line 30th out of the 32 NFL teams heading into the season. That doesn't exactly translate to optimism for Wholesale jerseys Cutler and the Bears offense.

With Ryan, at this point in his career, you pretty much know what you're going to get. Last year, he tossed 21 touchdown passes. Over the past three seasons, he's averaged 25 scores. Julio Jones is the only real formidable and dependable threat in the passing game and with more emphasis on Devonta Freeman and the running game, don't expect Ryan to go off in 2016.

2. The Green Bay Packers Will Go 14 2 And Be The NFC's Top Seed Heading Into The Playoffs

Now that Teddy Bridgewater is out for the season with a torn ACL, the Green Bay Packers' schedule just got a whole lot easier. Despite Minnesota's solid defense, the Packers should now have no trouble going 6 0 in the NFC North Division. Looking outside of their divisional schedule, the Pack actually have quite a difficult schedule, but are currently favored in all 16 games this season.

Opening the season in Jacksonville against the Jaguars is no joke and meeting the Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, Texans, and Seahawks among others, Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay will get the job done, especially since Jordy Nelson is back and healthy and Eddie Lacy is back to looking and playing like his old self. If last year taught Green Bay anything, they learned that their defense can play similarly to some of the other top squads in the NFC. The Panthers caught fire and finished 15 1 in 2015. This is Green Bay's year to make a similar run.

3. Robert Griffin III Will Throw More Touchdown Passes And For More Yards Than Kirk Cousins

Ahh, the RG III prediction that will undoubtedly either make you roll your eyes or agree with me. There's really no in between when it comes to this polarizing player. While I definitely don't always look at preseason performance as a determinant of regular season success, it was nice to see Cleveland's head coach Hue Jackson, who is opting to call offensive plays for his new team, let Griffin loose. In many ways, the Washington Redskins tried to limit Griffin, especially when it came to high risk plays. From what was shown in the preseason, Jackson will not be afraid to let Griffin air the ball out and also run with the ball in certain situations. With Terrelle Pryor emerging as a legitimate deep threat, and fellow former Baylor wideouts Cory Coleman and Josh Gordon (once he returns from suspension) on the field, this offense actually has a chance to be pretty good. Out of the backfield, Duke Johnson Jr. is a pass catching threat as well, which will give Griffin yet another option. The big question mark is whether or not the offensive line will give him enough time to make a ton of plays happen. It's hard to ignore the clear Baylor connection between Griffin and his two wideouts. Will that spread style of play be featured? I think it will and I believe it will be like something we've never seen in the NFL yet.

Regardless, I'm not really excited about the Redskins offense heading into 2016. I'm not a believer in Kirk Cousins yet and as we have seen, the second full season of a quarterback's career can be a troublesome one. Defenses have a full year's worth of game tape to study. Tendencies are picked up. Looking at Washington's roster, other than Jordan Reed, who are you incredibly excited about in the passing game? Redskins fans might be wondering "what if" after seeing RG III out perform Cousins in 2016.

4. The San Diego Chargers Will Be The Worst Team In The NFL

Not much is expected of the Chargers in 2016. At least the Joey Bosa debacle is over, but they likely won't see their prized No. 3 overall pick in gametime action until he proves himself in practice and in situational designed packages. Of course, this prediction isn't based on the success of one player. While Philip Rivers is a sensational quarterback, he will, yet again, have to deal with a complete lack of a rushing attack. That makes his job way more difficult than it needs to be.

Defensively, there are a whole lot of questions. Not having to face a healthy Peyton Manning and the Broncos twice a year will benefit them in their division, but the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders are both poised to be solid, playoff caliber teams this year and right now, I'd rank the Broncos ahead of them despite the major question mark at the quarterback position. Luckily for San Diego fans, they will be able to celebrate earning the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

5. Just Four Of Last Year's Playoff Teams Won't Be Postseason Contenders In 2016

Only the Broncos, Bengals, Vikings and Redskins won't be back in the playoffs this season. The Texans, Steelers, Seahawks, Packers, Chiefs, Patriots, Cardinals and Panthers will all be back in the hunt. Look for the Raiders and Jaguars to have breakout years in the AFC and the Saints and Buccaneers to make playoff appearances in the NFC.

Franko Discussion / 49ers to give $500K for bump stock ban efforts
« on: October 27, 2017, 04:19:50 am »
Welcome back to another Bob Asmussen chat. Hope everybody had a great weekend.

I watched a lot of sports and supervised the cuting down of this year's Christmas tree. Sorry about that neighbor.

I turned in my Heisman ballot on Sunday. I will tell you my choices in next Sunday's paoer, along with a story wrapping up the Illinois football season.

Congrats to members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. Their job would be a lot easier if they were picking cheap Brown jerseys eight teams. Here's hoping that change is made soon.

Enough stalling, time to get to your questions. Thanks as always for your participation. I really appreciate the effort.

Great to hear from you again. Hope all is going well. Neal played in 11 games for Auburn, recording 29 tackles in 11 games to finish 11th on the team. Though the players weren't actually traded for each other, Illinois got more production from Auburn transfer Gimel President, who had 40 tackles, including 4.5 sacks. While I hope both players get a shot at the next level. President will be more appealing to the pros partly because he worked with Lovie Smith this season. I won't be surprised if he has a long NFL career.

The good news for Neal is that his team went 8 4 and he will be playing in a bowl. I don't think he would have helped put Illinois over the top this season.

Ke'Shawn Vaughn's case is a mystery. He was projected as a star and even went to the Big Ten media Russell Wilson jerseys Wholesale kickoff. But he must have gotten on the wrong side of the coaching staff, because his contributions fell off from his rookie season. He is a good guy and a talented player, so I hope he sticks around. But I won't be at all surprised if he looks for another school to continue his career. I think there will be a lot of interest in him.

I am sure Lovie Smith is looking for sone grad school transfers to help in need areas. He might also look to junior colleges, but it is more difficult to get those players in school. That's a shame. Think of the great work done by Geronimo Allison and Jihad Ward in recent seasons. They made good use of their time at Illinois.

Great timing on the question. We ran my complete season grades in Sunday's paper.

I gave the coaching staff a D. I don't think they did a very good job adapting their offense and defense to the talent on hand. And there seemed to be a disconnect between the staff and some of the players. Of course, that happens with every transition, but I think it was difficult for some of the coaches who were used to tbe NFL ways. It is hard to go from unlimited time with your players to a shorter week. The staff will learn over time.

I think the staff found out that the college game is better than they expected and that there is a lot of really creative stuff being run by schools in the Big Ten and beyond. Again, it was the first year of what figures to be a long tenure for Lovie Smith. Nobody should have expected instant success, but I thought it was interesting that the team won two fewer games with a lot of the same players.

I understand some fans are concerned about the low number of recruits at this point, but I think that might be a good thing. No reason to get a lower level player now when you have a chance to bring in better players later. The SEC is famous for last second commits and I think that might work for Illinois, too.

The top two selling points for Illinois are the chance to play right away and the staff's knowledge of what it takes to play in the NFL. Those will be the talking points as the players come for their visits. And if the recruits do their homework, they will realize the quality of the education they will get at Illinois.

I don't worry at all about rankings. But I think Illinois wants to be in the upper half of the Big Ten. Top five will be very difficult. Top 7 8 is possible. Right now, Illinois wants to stay ahead of Northwestern, Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers and Maryland. It can aim higher in future years.

I will see Foster next week and will find out how he is doing. I don't imagine it is too severe. I will also see Lovie Smith later in the week and will ask him,

I think Soloomon will be needed this season because of some of the graduation losses. There are holes to fill and he seems capable.

I want to talk to Vaughn to see what happened to him, It is possible he was banged up and never felt right physically. He is a much better player than his number ins 2016 indicate. If he is here, he will have a chance to get back on the field.

In the first year of the Lovie Smith era, the actual recruiting grade is not all that important. The staff has to fill needs, which I think will be the goal. The big class is the one that signs in 2018, when the talent is China jerseys better in the state and the staff has more time to make connections. That one needs to be in the Top 30.

While the last stadium upgrade was more for the fans, this one will be more geared toward th players and staff. I think you will see better locker rooms, weight room, meetings rooms, coaches offices, ect. Right now, I would say Illinois is among the bottom three in the Big Ten in terms of football facilities. And everybody is working to get better. Northwestern is doing massive work on its facilities.

I believe Lovie Smith is aiming high in recruiting. He might see the players differently than most coaches. He comes from an NFL perspective.

While the coaches are certainly working on the 2017 class first, there is also a look forward 2018. That is a smart move,

Like everyone else, I can't wait to see what the Illinois staff comes up with in terms of prospects this season. The 25 players will be expected to help right away. I think there will be some Mikey Dudek type finds.

No question, the folks at Indiana learned from what happened at Illinois. I think there is much more care taken in how the players are treated and I think the ADs and presidents are willing to listen to the athletes. It is a different world today than even 10 years ago. The expectations from the athletes and families is that they will be treated like people. Coaches aren't allowed to humiliate an athlete or guilt the athlete into playing when he/she is injured. That is a good thing.

The philosophical differences reason at Indiana could have just as easily been "we are fearful of a nasty lawsuit." I believe what actually happened will be written/talked about by the fine reporters in the state. Indiana might want to make it go away, but that dosn't mean it will happen.

People I know in coaching were not impressed with Wilson.

No question, the folks at Indiana learned from what happened at Illinois. I think there is much more care taken in how the players are treated and I think the ADs and presidents are willing to listen to the athletes. It is a different world today than even 10 years ago. The expectations from the athletes and families is that they will be treated like people. Coaches aren't allowed to humiliate an athlete or guilt the athlete into playing when he/she is injured. That is a good thing.

The philosophical differences reason at Indiana could have just as easily been "we are fearful of a nasty lawsuit." I believe what actually happened will be written/talked about by the fine reporters in the state. Indiana might want to make it go away, but that dosn't mean it will happen.

Franko Discussion / High-Flying Adventures In The Research Notes: Week 8
« on: October 27, 2017, 04:17:37 am »
No matter how many times the NFL calls it unsportsmanlike and throws fines and penalty flags at it, excessive celebration after scoring might actually help a team win. And it's true in just about every sport. A study found that players who overtly celebrated with their teammates   particularly during an important game were   more likely to come out on wholesale nfl jerseys top.

This is what victory looks like.

The study looked specifically at shootouts in soccer. For those of you who just frowned at the word "soccer" or try to avoid any information related to it out of principle, just pretend we're talking about sudden death in hockey. For the completely unfamiliar, a shootout is exactly what it sounds like: Five players from each team get to fire off one penalty kick with only the keeper to beat. Whichever team scores more goals wins. It's not the ideal way to settle a winner but it beats tacking on overtimes until it becomes one of those endless and absurd sports.

Yeah, we're looking at you cricket.

The study found that when a player scored, his team was more likely to go on to win if he showed visible signs of elation. So walking away with a "that's how you fucking do it" smirk might make you look cool, but it's not helping your team.

Even stranger, the study found that celebrating while facing the crowd didn't help, the player has to be celebrating in the direction of his team.

And this strategy won't help anything.

Why? Well, the action simultaneously encouraged everyone else in the same jersey and seemed to mess with the other team's heads, causing them to miss a high percentage of shots directly after watching their opponents jump all over each other. That's right: Science says classy players lose. Go call your old little league coach and tell him to suck it!Wearing Red

We've already covered how wearing red makes you more attractive to the opposite sex, but now it looks like we might as well throw away any non rose toned clothing because it turns out it makes you more likely to win at sports too.

This man will humiliate you on the field and then take your girlfriend.

Two British researchers studied the results of the 2004 Olympics and found that the team or person wearing red was more likely to win in close matches   and that's across a huge variety of team and individual sports, like soccer, tae kwon do and wresting.

The key though, is close matches; if you were ranked 23rd and had to wrestle the 1 guy in the world then no amount of cheap sports jerseys red is going to save you.

No one's buying it, Cleveland.

But in an even match up, wearing red is a statistically significant factor in winning. The researchers think the reason for this might not be all that different from why red attracts us to people: Red equals dominance.

Basically, once you get the mechanics of a sport honed and perfected, it's best to just let it happen. Choking occurs when people who know better start thinking too hard about what they need to do. The added pressure forces your brain into a state called "paralysis by analysis" where the "working memory" part of your brain literally stops working, and the more talented you are the more working memory you have meaning the harder the failure.

But it turns out that the solution to all of it can be as simple as singing.

Research indicates that doing anything that your brain also controls (singing or humming) preoccupies your mind from the task at hand and will keep those pathways from becoming over active. This in turn keeps your working memory from shutting down and prevents you from choking. It's essentially just distracting your conscious mind long enough that your muscle memory can finish the job.

This man's catchy tunes could save your life.

Golfers consistently use a variation of this strategy to avoid psyching themselves out. They will count down from 10 while putting to keep their mind from over analyzing the situation. You probably participated in group cheap JJ Watt jerseys song that time you served on the chain gang. Regardless of the activity, as long as you don't mind mouthing lyrics on the free throw line or humming at the plate then it turns out providing your own soundtrack can actually help your game.

We hate it as much as you do when Glee ends up being right.

A study found that sports drinks work because they activate the pleasure center of your brain. You don't even have to drink them, just swishing some around in your mouth and spitting it out has the same effect.

However, motor oil will not "unlock the power" like the bottle says.

The carbohydrates in the drink stimulate receptors in your mouth that then send your brain messages that things are all totally cool. Your brain, in turn, becomes more active in the pleasure center, allowing you to enjoy feeling the burn far longer than some idiot without a sugary drink. It also stimulates the part of your brain in charge of movement control. So not only will you be content while kicking your water drinking opponent's ass, you'll actually be kicking it harder.

At some point, we've all at least been near a television while a women's tennis match was on and (even if briefly) mistaken the sounds for porn. Particularly the noises Monica Seles used to make. Grunting, and sometimes almost screaming, is common place for many male and female athletes and while it might seen ridiculous and distracting, according to one study, grunting in tennis actually helps those players win.

But the right clothes make you famous.

Now as intuitive as it may seem that grunting would help put more muscle into a swing (like karate guys screaming "HIYAA!!" when they hit you), that's not what the study suggested.

Instead, the grunt is effective because it can disorient the opponent. Even when a non grunting tennis player is used to playing someone who makes a lot of noise, each and every grunt in every match actively affects the tennis player's ability to return the ball. This is likely a result of the shock the sound causes on the opponent, making it harder for him/her to perceive where the ball is at any given time. It also, drastically slows the reaction time of someone trying to return a serve from a heavy grunter; after a player grunts, the ball will travel on average two feet further before being returned than it would have with no noise at all.

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