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I'm a big NFL fan, but have never actually participated in a real fantasy football season. Until now at least, as this year my buddies decided we should give this a shot. I did great in week one, scoring the most points in the league, but my prospects this week look considerably dimmer, as my team has all of 11.4 points so far, despite two key players (Christian McCaffrey and Mike Evans) having already played on Thursday. There's still hope of course, as there's no reason my opponent can't have a couple of stars pull stinkers as well. But you can't win 'em all, so I'll just try to keep an even keel whatever the outcome.

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17. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 16, 2019, 14:06 jdreyer
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 16, 2019, 04:02:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 17:41:
French city makes its buses free, spurring new ridership and decreasing car use.

I've long argued for this in my city. Instead, they have spent billions on light rail and 100s of millions on new lanes for the highway.

Would each bus include a police officer who would be there to constantly escort homeless people off the buses? Otherwise there’s never be an empty seat in the winter, and the driver would be passed out from the incredible stench.

This isn’t some “hatred of the homeless”, it’s simply that making a warm(er) and dry place free to access for people with literally nothing would be VERY attractive in bad weather.

This wouldn't be a problem. There's already a city program to provide bus passes to the indigent, and while you occasionally see one on the bus, they're not constantly riding. And our bus drivers are good about policing passengers that would disrupt the other riders like those that don't shower.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 16, 2019, 04:02 HoSpanky
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 17:41:
French city makes its buses free, spurring new ridership and decreasing car use.

I've long argued for this in my city. Instead, they have spent billions on light rail and 100s of millions on new lanes for the highway.

Would each bus include a police officer who would be there to constantly escort homeless people off the buses? Otherwise there’s never be an empty seat in the winter, and the driver would be passed out from the incredible stench.

This isn’t some “hatred of the homeless”, it’s simply that making a warm(er) and dry place free to access for people with literally nothing would be VERY attractive in bad weather.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 22:44 Cutter
 
The problem with Free Will as a philosophical proposition is that is presupposes Divinty and us as the creation of it. Obviously we have free will, we simply have a predisposition to choose A over B because of the combination of nature and nurture. One of my favorite expressions has always been, 'Sometimes I must say no to my desires in order to know I'm truly free.'
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 17:51 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 17:37:
I know why you like driving. It's because you hate flying.
Well, I don't hate flying -- I hate modern security. It also is probably based off the fact my father was the same way, I am imagine I "learned" it from him...
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 17:41 jdreyer
 
French city makes its buses free, spurring new ridership and decreasing car use.

I've long argued for this in my city. Instead, they have spent billions on light rail and 100s of millions on new lanes for the highway.
 
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The land in Minecraft is flat, Minecraft simulates the Earth, ergo the Earth is flat.
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 17:37 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 16:54:
Simon Says wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 13:08:
Fascinating article on free will. Seems like Libet's experiment has taken a serious hit, just as I predicted it would.
I have occasionally wondered about how the mind makes "meaningless" decisions. For instance, I like driving (don't ask me why, I just do) so I will sometimes go driving around town without any planned path or destination. On numerous occasions I have a approached a T in the road, and had no conscious preference or reason to go left or right. And have consciously wondered how I would decide, and then purposely attempted to either empty my mind or think about something totally unrelated and see if I can determine what causes me to choose left or right. I haven't reached any conclusions...
I know why you like driving. It's because you hate flying.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 17:36 jdreyer
 
NKD wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 16:42:
I've read a lot about the concept of free will and frankly most of the "debate" is almost semantic in nature. It's less about whether it exists and more about how to define the concept.

Some folks think we have free will because we feel like we're making choices and decisions, and that's all that really matters. At the other end you have people who posit that without some magical outside force that we're using to compel the brain into action, you can't have free will.

I tend to fall in the latter camp. Our brains are a physical system like any other, and the thoughts and actions we take are the result of the laws of physics acting on that system.
When you watch videos of people with short term memory loss, you see them saying the same thing over and over in the same way. It's really uncanny and makes me wonder about if there's actually free will.
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 17:31 jdreyer
 
Rigs wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 15:23:
Am I the only one getting this every time I visit? I've hit 'I accept' each time and it still pops up whenever I come back. And where did it come from anyway? Doesn't look like it's part of Blues. Or am I being paranoid?

=-Rigs-=
I got it yesterday after not getting it for months. But haven't seen it today.
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 16:54 Mr. Tact
 
Simon Says wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 13:08:
Fascinating article on free will. Seems like Libet's experiment has taken a serious hit, just as I predicted it would.
I have occasionally wondered about how the mind makes "meaningless" decisions. For instance, I like driving (don't ask me why, I just do) so I will sometimes go driving around town without any planned path or destination. On numerous occasions I have a approached a T in the road, and had no conscious preference or reason to go left or right. And have consciously wondered how I would decide, and then purposely attempted to either empty my mind or think about something totally unrelated and see if I can determine what causes me to choose left or right. I haven't reached any conclusions...
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 16:49 RedEye9
 
Blue wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 16:36:
Rigs wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 15:23:
Am I the only one getting this every time I visit? I've hit 'I accept' each time and it still pops up whenever I come back. And where did it come from anyway? Doesn't look like it's part of Blues. Or am I being paranoid?

It's a legit cookie consent from the folks who handle the advertising here. You should only have to deal with it once, though, so if it keeps happening please let me know so I can have it looked into.
I've been getting it a lot lately.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 16:42 NKD
 
I've read a lot about the concept of free will and frankly most of the "debate" is almost semantic in nature. It's less about whether it exists and more about how to define the concept.

Some folks think we have free will because we feel like we're making choices and decisions, and that's all that really matters. At the other end you have people who posit that without some magical outside force that we're using to compel the brain into action, you can't have free will.

I tend to fall in the latter camp. Our brains are a physical system like any other, and the thoughts and actions we take are the result of the laws of physics acting on that system.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 16:36  Blue 
 
Rigs wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 15:23:
Am I the only one getting this every time I visit? I've hit 'I accept' each time and it still pops up whenever I come back. And where did it come from anyway? Doesn't look like it's part of Blues. Or am I being paranoid?

It's a legit cookie consent from the folks who handle the advertising here. You should only have to deal with it once, though, so if it keeps happening please let me know so I can have it looked into.
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 16:34 Mr. Tact
 
I have seen something like that previously, but not getting it now. Just FF and Ublock-origin...  
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 15:46 The Half Elf
 
Rigs wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 15:23:
Am I the only one getting this every time I visit? I've hit 'I accept' each time and it still pops up whenever I come back. And where did it come from anyway? Doesn't look like it's part of Blues. Or am I being paranoid?

=-Rigs-=

Also getting it.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 15:23 Rigs
 
Am I the only one getting this every time I visit? I've hit 'I accept' each time and it still pops up whenever I come back. And where did it come from anyway? Doesn't look like it's part of Blues. Or am I being paranoid?

=-Rigs-=
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 14:39 Hoop
 
Blue Thanks for the link to the sciatica fix.
I use to get it through my right leg then it went to both this last year ironically since building a lot of muscle & fitness back.
Never really held out much hope but the first lying down exercise works a treat as mine is from lower disc damage in my early twenties.
In only two days I feel transformed.
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2019, 13:08 Simon Says
 

Fascinating article on free will. Seems like Libet's experiment has taken a serious hit, just as I predicted it would.
 
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