National Football League 2017-18 (Off Topic Discussion)
ShocKed3-4 years ago, Russel Wilson wasn't scrambling around so constantly and creating havoc for himself. In recent years, it's like he's become the QB that people expected RGIII was going to be.
The thread in which we sift through the smoldering wreckage of the American experiment (Off Topic Discussion)
New NBA thread (Off Topic Discussion)
Zimbabwe Coup (Off Topic Discussion)
Your choice of food (Off Topic Discussion)
ejBigwigSocial crackersThis is what we call our This Is Us viewing party.
2017-18 RT-OT Fantasy Basketball League (Off Topic Discussion)
Infinitus CorsairBigwigI'd say it took me forty seconds this time.Should've spent a few more seconds on that one.
BigwigI'd say it took me forty seconds this time.
MosesBigwig, I haven't seen the Steelers in a month. Is Big Ben done?
The everything thread (Off Topic Discussion)
NimChimpskyThis New Yorker Profile of Tom Cotton makes it pretty clear, I think, that Cotton is the "smart Trump" threat coming down the pike that EA has warned about.
MeowBigwigI've probably seen like ten musicals.I even saw a musical with RTers.Heathers was actually really fun. Sweeney Todd had top-shelf talent but I was like, please end. If I ever see a third musical, what would you recommend?
BigwigI've probably seen like ten musicals.I even saw a musical with RTers.
Harvey Weinstein hired a shit ton of lawyers in anticipation of two stories about him (Off Topic Discussion)
What former countries do you like the most? (Off Topic Discussion)
Ivan the TerribleI'm partial to the Empire of Trebizond, if only because it was a good challenge to recreate the Byzantine Empire, and from there the greater Roman Empire, with it from the 1419 start in Europa Universalis.
An estimated 24 dead in church shooting near San Antonio (Off Topic Discussion)
Esoteric AllusionThere is a very obvious, strong correlation between the number of guns a nation has and the number of deaths and injuries by guns that nation has. The graphs showing the relationship are a near platonic ideal for showing a correlation. But once you take out the self-inflicted gun casualties - suicide attempts mostly - the relationship isn't nearly as clear. The correlation is weak with all sorts of exceptions to the expectation that gun homicides would go up as guns per capita does. It's not as simple as gun availability = gun violence. There are nations that have a lot of guns per capita and relatively easy access who have low rates of gun violence and nations with few guns per capita with lots of gun violence.There's something about US culture, I don't know if anyone fully understands it, that produces mass gun violence in a way that doesn't happen elsewhere in the Western world. Mass shootings definitely are on the rise and I wasn't kidding when I said I think a big part of the problem is the amount of attention they get.Here's a paper on that subject:http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2016/08/media-contagion-effect.pdf
NimChimpskyhe likelihood that you or someone you know will ever be injured or killed by a mass shooter is miniscule.?