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I am Ram

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  1. Can't have it all, I guess. I still want to go someday. The game day pictures on Google looks spectacular.
  2. Played Eastern Washington. PSU got kicked out of Providence Park in downtown Portland some years ago because of scheduling conflicts with the Timbers and Thorns. For the past few years, they've been playing at Hillsboro Stadium, two suburbs and about half an hour's drive from PSU's campus. I never went because I was mourning Providence Park and don't like the idea of having to drive home from an event that should be a drinky kind of event. Anyway, yesterday I went with my son and a bunch of his friends, and my, was it nice! I mean, the perfect fall weather helped, but the whole experience was just amazing. Small stadium, so the 6k (?) fans filled it up nicely, very friendly and familiar atmosphere. The stadium is part of a larger sports complex, and they kept the gates open, so no one cared if small kids would run around on the other fields or adults snuck out for a smoke/vape. No bag checking, no nothing. LOTS of tailgating! And best of all: Fast-paced game, minimal TV timeouts. Game was done in 2.5 hours. I need to go to more FCS games. Are there any Montana (State) fans here? Is this what your game day experience is like, just bigger and more awesome? Because that pretty much sounds like college football heaven.
  3. Interesting piece in the Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2023/10/dean-phillips-joe-biden-2024-primary/675784/
  4. You can also use archive.is to bypass pretty much any paywall. If you're the first to archive the page, it might take a moment, but with NYT articles chances are it's already been done.
  5. To be fair, you'll find 50 people marching for anything. Give me a few hours and some money for pizza, and I'll get you 100 to march for the dead squirrel I saw on my way to drop the kids off this morning. This is a pretty sane number for Clemson.
  6. CSU fans at the half, remembering there is beer and leftover lasagna in the fridge: CSU fans at the water cooler on Monday:
  7. Oh, I don't know. A bit of indulging here and there seems perfectly healthy.
  8. Oh, time to come out of the woodwork! \o/
  9. And yet, you seem to dislike it when people have a choice of who to work for and how big a paycheck to collect. I'm curious what a conservative's ideal state of things would look like. If corporate greed isn't a factor here, do we just need a nice pool of underpaid poor people so that our 8-pack of burritos costs $3 instead of $4 while Kraft Heinz can still pay us a heathy dividend?
  10. I personally don't see why I should pay good money just to watch commercials all night. I pay $50 for very fast internet plus a few bucks here and there for streaming services, which I cut when I notice no one in the family has used it in a while. I'm not really into TV shows, but Hulu usually has a $1.99/m offer around Black Friday, so we have that. That's about all the TV we need. My kids don't even understand the concept of linear TV anymore, and our TV is sometimes off for weeks on end. We pretty much only use it to play Nintendo Switch and for the occasional football game. Not judging. My FIL has Comcast and seems happy with it. I'm not going to try and convince him to quit. What cracks me up, though, is the thought that boomers not only pay ever increasing fees because no one else uses cable anymore, but that their sky-high charges also subsidize all that sweet high-quality American content in smelly foreign countries.
  11. This is the only bread recipe you'll ever need if you're not into baking bread. It's a German Bauernbrot, and it's easy enough to replace most of your crappy grocery store bread with should you so choose. It's not inherently healthy, but it has five ingredients, and you can experiment with adding seeds, using whole grains, etc. The bread this recipe makes is fairly small, but you can just double the ingredients for a larger loaf. 500 g (about 18 oz) all purpose flour 7 g (1/3 oz) dry yeast 300 ml (just over 10 oz) lukewarm water 10 g (just a little over 1.5 ts) salt 0.5 ts sugar (to get the yeast all sexed up) Throw stuff together. Knead using either: Your man hands Your fancy-ass Kitchenaid (which used to be so much better before they became a lifestyle product and were made in China) Your hand mixer Do this for about 8 minutes till you get a nice smooth dough. The dough should have absorbed all the water and flour and not be very sticky. Add small amounts of flour or water as needed. Don't worry if your dough doesn't turn out great, it'll still taste awesome. Put in a bowl, cover, throw into the fridge overnight. You COULD let the dough rest for just two hours at room temp and get a decent bread, but letting the yeast work overnight at cool temperature is key to great flavor. Fire up your oven to about 430. While your oven heats up, knead the dough one more time by hand and try to shape it into a nice round ball. Put in a proofing basket or any old bowl with a bit of flour or towel to prevent stickiness. Let your oven heat up for an hour. Any oven telling you it's reached temperature before that is lying to you. Put the bread in for about 45 minutes. Score with a lame or sharp knife. Your bread is ready when you knock it and it sounds hollow. If you have a thermometer, it should read just over 200. Enjoy! Get some nice butter, nice honey and be in heaven!
  12. The image makes it look like before/after scenes, but according to the article, the tanks (above) got stuck because their supply trucks (below) got destroyed.
  13. vs. https://abcnews.go.com/US/dr-fauci-wear-goggles-eye-shields-prevent-spread/story?id=72059055
  14. What you are saying is those of us who can afford to do so take "common sense measures." Everybody else is +++++ed unfortunately. I had some junk hauled from my property the other day. The guys doing the work were huffing and puffing next to each other without adequate protection and then got into the small cabin of their truck together. Pretty sure they didn't choose to work that way. Also pretty sure they'd been fired on the spot if they had approached a customer the way they were working next to each other. I'm not entirely sure I understand how this is an issue that the government can't help solve about but individuals can. Overwhelming evidence from the US and from our "peer" countries suggests that's not true. Edit: I do agree that it's everybody's responsibility to protect themselves. But government needs to provide the appropriate policies and infrastructure so people can actually do so.
  15. Face shields may work great in certain situations, but if aerosol transmission is a major factor, they won't work without masks in many settings.
  16. And let's not assume these people can keep going forever. I'm sure many are at the brink of exhaustion now.
  17. There was an interesting article in the Atlantic last week that discussed a model which predicts that the percentage of infected people to achieve herd immunity is way lower than previously thought. I don't remember the details, but the basic idea is that people susceptible to COVID (for various reasons) got hit early and hard in some places. Those people are still the ones most likely to get sick, but they are immune now. And everybody else is less likely to get sick in the first place. So the bottom line is that you don't need to get the majority of people immune - just the majority of people who are likely to get sick (and sick again). Here's the article: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/07/herd-immunity-coronavirus/614035/
  18. Promising indeed. And all the more reason to follow proper safety precautions now. Experts have told us from the start: It's not about preventing every single one infection; it's about buying ourselves time to come up with better management, treatments, and eventually a vaccine. Obviously, every hospitalization and every death suck, but they will seem even more painful if in a couple months we'll look back and know that almost all of them would have been easily preventable with the right course of treatments. It's like dying from cholera just before someone realizes "Hey, tons of fluids might be a really good idea!"
  19. And the 6 feet might not even matter if you can cut the air in a classroom after a few hours. Can you imagine the fear in the teachers and staff being forced to go to work like this? If schools open and things don't feel adequately safe, we'll see mass retirements, quitting, and strikes.
  20. Haven't they already tried that like a thousand times? What's different now?
  21. But what factors into average life expectancy is car deaths per capita, not absolute numbers. And per capita deaths are way, way down since their peak in the 70s. Definitely. I follow this German YouTuber, don't ask me why. He's this 23 year old kid, used to rate fast food, talk about what he bought at the grocery store, and a bunch of video game crap. Basically spent his life in a chair. About a year ago, he had a come to Jesus moment and realized his life was in the crapper. He decided to cut the fast food and get out of the house. Today's videos are a difference like night and day. He used to have these weird lack of focus tics, slapping his forehead, making weird noises - you could tell his brain wasn't working right. Today, he's a fairly normal computer nerd. And it's not like he runs 5 miles a day now. He's still 250 pounds or whatever, and he still spends a ton of time in his gamer chair and his car. But the difference the better nutrition and a bit of exercise make is staggering. By the way, this development isn't even a major theme of the channel. I'm not sure the guy even realizes just how much better he is than just a year ago.
  22. Absolutely. Which is also what we are seeing in countless Covid cases right now. It's easy to say, "Wear your masks, avoid indoor settings!" Well, if your healthcare depends on your shitty job, and your shitty boss happens not to "believe" in the coronavirus, then good luck with that. The total dependence one's job and employer is part of the quality of life problem I mentioned above. Should have included that.
  23. I'm not questioning that. What I'm saying is that neither gun deaths nor traffic accidents are what cuts off years of average life expectancy compared to other developed countries.
  24. Pretty sure the US could afford all its gun and traffic deaths (both at historic lows as far as I know) and still compare favorably if it got its lifestyle back on track. It's a sad fact that many Americans a piss poor quality of life when it comes to factors like time off, childcare, nutrition, and exercise. I'd wager that although the members of this board enjoy above average incomes and live in places with above average quality of life (especially Fort Collins, of course), there's a sizable number of members who never eat real cheese, never had a chicken that wasn't a water-soaked monstrosity, never take a vacation longer than a week, etc, etc. Small things, but if a hundred of them add up, things are bad. You can't be healthy like living the lifestyle many people live. You can keep going somehow, but you can't be healthy as an individual nor as a society. Which is sad because fixing these quality of life issues for most Americans would be well within our means.
  25. And yet until not long ago, American total life expectancy was very much in line with the rest of the world. So what happened during the last two decades? The country didn't get bigger. Traffic deaths are near a historic low (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_vehicle_fatality_rate_in_U.S._by_year#/media/File:US_traffic_deaths_per_VMT,_VMT,_per_capita,_and_total_annual_deaths.png). Canada is an even bigger (and more diverse) country with a much better life expectancy. However, I agree that declining life expectancy is not the fault of the quality of the healthcare system (it is far too expensive though). Just like the police, schools, and some other institutions, healthcare in America is asked to do far too much and far too many things outside its core duties.
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