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Florida A&M at SLU

SLU’s offense hasn’t faced a defense quite like FAMU’s. And FAMU’s defense hasn’t faced an offense quite like SLU’s.

The Lions own the No. 2 FCS passing offense (413.7 YPG) and the No. 1 scoring offense (48.0 PPG) behind the huge right arm of Cole Kelley, the reigning Walter Payton Award winner, and a finalist again this season. FAMU has the No. 8 scoring defense (15.1 PPG) and the No. 4 total defense (257.5 YPG). The Rattlers have two finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award — pro prospect safety Markquese Bell and LB Isaiah Land, who has 25.5 TFLs and 19 sacks. Their defense is No. 8 defending the pass, allowing 168.9 YPG.

FAMU hangs its hat on its defense, but the offense has improved as the season’s progressed. This is a balanced team. Teams like SLU that are all offense, don’t emphasize defense, and are fine winning regular-season games 45-42 typically hit a wall in the playoffs. We’ll see if FAMU, whose strength of schedule is 110th, is as good as its record. But defense wins in the postseason, and the Rattlers prove it Saturday.

Prediction: FAMU 31-27

I like the fact that they continue to overlook our nationally ranked defense. I predict FAMU's offense will start slow as usual but the defense will rule the day.


A viral video has shown the moment a Florida mom bravely pulled a huge python out of her car while casually dressed in an apron and flip flops.

Mike Kimmel, who goes by the social media handle Trapper Mike, shared the moment to his TikTok account earlier this week, with the caption: "Thanksgiving in Florida."

In the video, which has racked up more than 2.6 million views in four days, Kimmel's mother is seen using her whole body weight to pull the giant snake out from the back of the parked car. Kimmel comes to her aid by threading the snake, whose head is poking out of one of the rear wheels, back through the wheel.

Their joint effort proved successful and the snake was freed, sending the woman backwards as it recoiled.
"Nice job, mom," said Kimmel. He was less lucky, however.

An off-camera voice can be heard asking: "Mike, you just got bit, what are you doing?"

But Kimmel is far from an amateur, as demonstrated by the content on his account @pythoncowboy. He regularly hunts and catches invasive species in the Everglades.

The video can also be seen in full here.

In Florida, there is growing concern over how Burmese pythons are spreading across the state.

Last week, the invasive snake was officially sighted in the north of Florida after years of speculation, meaning the population is likely growing.

An off-camera voice can be heard asking: "Mike, you just got bit, what are you doing?"

But Kimmel is far from an amateur, as demonstrated by the content on his account @pythoncowboy. He regularly hunts and catches invasive species in the Everglades.

The video can also be seen in full here.


Rutgers University officials were deep into preparations for a year-long celebration of the institution's 250th anniversary in 2016, when students recognized a major part of the story behind its founding was missing.

"It did not include an acknowledgement of the history of slavery," said Marisa Fuentes, an associate professor in the Department of History at the New Brunswick campus.

"At that time the university administration did not know the history, other than it was the anniversary of its founding, and a few of the trustees’ names."

At the students' insistence, university officials conceded—with then chancellor Richard L. Edwards acknowledging complaints that the university had ignored its past, "such as that our campus is built on land taken from the Lenni-Lenape, and that a number of our founders and early benefactors were slave holders."

He launched the Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History in 2015, and out of that came the Scarlet and Black Project, an exploration of the experiences of Blacks and Native Americans at New Jersey's largest university.

The project yielded a rich trove of research and stories, including “Scarlet and Black: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History," a volume edited and written by Rutgers scholars. The first of three historical volumes, it takes an unsparing look at how the university’s colonial-era founders and the institution itself benefited from the slave economy, and the central role that enslaved men and women played in the construction of what was then known as Queens College. Rutgers was founded in 1766.

But, just five years after the debut of the Scarlet and Black Project—a reference to the university’s colors as well as the African Americans directly impacted by the history—many Rutgers students are unaware of the work, or their school's history.

Sara Oscilowski, a third-year student, was with a friend in front of the Sojourner Truth Apartments, an attractive 14-story dorm named after the legendary abolitionist and women’s rights activist. It was the in-depth work of the Scarlet and Black project that revealed Truth had been enslaved during her childhood by the family of Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh, the first president of Rutgers. The dorm was named after her in 2016.

“I had no idea about the apartments,” Oscilowski told WNYC/Gothamist. “I’ve never heard any professor, anyone write about it, I’ve never seen any post or anything, anywhere.”

Anusha Shanabag, a senior, said that despite living at the dorm she was also unaware and noted the lack of signage about Truth either inside or outside the building.

“There’s no information about her at all,” said Shanabag. “And in fact, people don’t even say ‘Sojourner Truth’. We call it the Yard. Or we shorten it to ‘SoTru.’”

In addition to the three historical texts, there were campus tours led by students as well as historical markers. The project helped “showcase the power of student activism,” said Fuentes, who is co-editor with historian Deborah Gray White of the first Scarlet and Black volume.

“There were also courses in the history department in particular that took the material and used it to introduce students to historical methodology and the archives on campus,” said Fuentes. “So early on there was more work done with undergrads specifically.”

A graphic with text plus an image of a historic document from Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh. The text reads "Hardenbergh Hall, built in 1956 and named for Jacob Rusten Hardenbergh, the founder of Queen’s College, later renamed Rutgers College, who was appointed its first president. Research for the Scarlet and Black Project revealed Hardenbergh’s family owned abolitionist Sojourner Truth and her parents, Bomefree and Mau-Mau Bett. The Dutch Reformed minister, who came from a prominent slaveholding family in Ulster, New York, forced enslaved people to work in his house."

But those students have since graduated, she noted, and the pandemic impacted the university’s ability to conduct public outreach.

Alexander Rosado-Torres, a graduate of Rutgers, once served as a Scarlet & Black tour guide. He remembered the feeling of standing on Will’s Way, a walkway named after an enslaved man whose unpaid labor helped build the campus. The experience, he said, was transformative.

“I was like, ‘Wow, Will, right?’”

Rosado-Torres is now a doctoral student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, focusing on the history of education. He said his own research is uncovering the experiences of LGBT teachers, during the 60s and 70s in the United States, specifically in New Jersey.

"I’d say it was really in large part because of my own experiences in Scarlet and Black and being able to do that work," he said.

But he said there was a subsequent “falloff” in public engagement after the first few years.

Darrick Hamilton, director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy at The New School, said institutions like Rutgers need to be intentional if they want to actually reach students.

“Knowledge is a necessary ingredient, but it’s not sufficient,” he said. “We also need a concerted strategy to actualize that knowledge and disseminate that knowledge through public engagement.”

Rutgers is one of a growing number of colleges and universities in the U.S. confronting their early history, and in some cases making amends. Students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., agreed to tax themselves $27.20 each semester in order to pay reparations to the descendants of enslaved people from whom the institution profited.

Students at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island are making similar efforts in the wake of a report in 2006 documenting how the university’s founders played an active role in the transatlantic slave trade.

Student ImaniNia Burton heads the United Black Council at Rutgers, an umbrella organization for Black student groups. She said elevating the facts about the university’s founders and “acknowledging the fault is awesome,” but like the students at Georgetown and Brown, wants to see the administration do more, like provide more funding for Black students and foster a more supportive environment for them.

The impact of the Scarlet and Black Project is not lost on Jonathan Holloway, a historian and the first Black president in the university’s history. He joined the university in the wake of the protests after George Floyd was killed and presides at a challenging time, when conservatives nationwide are suppressing efforts to teach American history under the pretext of fighting critical race theory.

“We have legislatures who are now trying to make it illegal—and this is a long history behind this thing—to teach certain aspects of our country’s past," Holloway told Gothamist, "literally making it illegal to teach enslavement as part of our country’s past.”

Holloway said this makes it especially important for the university to tell history, starting with its own.

“We haven't even begun and when I hear about people not knowing who Sojourner Truth is, it affirms that work is ongoing.”

Remember 3G? It's going away as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile shift to 5G. What to know about 3G shutdown

As the shift toward 5G wireless connectivity continues, we're getting closer to the end of 3G.

In 2002, Verizon was the first to launch a 3G network in the U.S., during a time when the BlackBerry was the top smartphone to own and we were five years away from the arrival of the iPhone.

At that time, we were mainly using our phones for texting, taking pictures and – gasp! – calling people.

Almost 20 years later, our smartphones now allow us to carry a miniature computer in our pocket, capable of email, photos, social media, watching TV, gaming, video calls – you name it.

Those added features mean having wireless networks to support them. As AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile usher in the 5G era, they're also about to end their support for 3G.

Here's what the farewell to 3G means for you:
When is 3G going away?

AT&T says its 3G service will shut down in February 2022. Verizon says their 3G CDMA network will go away no later than the end of next year. T-Mobile says it will retire all its 3G networks, including those obtained through its merger with Sprint, by 2022.

When it does go away, owners of 3G phones will no longer be able to make phone calls.
Which devices are impacted by 3G shutdown?

AT&T has a complete list of the phones affected by the shutdown, including all iPhones before the iPhone 6 and several Galaxy models. It also impacts 4G phones that do not support the HD Voice feature.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, other gadgets such as medical devices, vehicle SOS services, home security systems, and other connected products could stop working when 3G goes away for good.
How can I prepare myself?

The FCC advises visiting your wireless carrier to determine whether your phone is affected. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have details on which devices are impacted. Some devices might only require a software update to continue working once 3G is retired.

For other devices, check with the manufacturer to determine whether it requires a software update or an upgrade.

Another thing to consider: whether you have an older phone handy in case of emergency. Those phones won't be able to dial 911 if needed, so you should consider replacing them.
What is 5G? Does my phone support it?

It's the fifth generation mobile network, which will help our smartphones and other connected devices run faster. On our smartphones, it means we can download, upload or stream video as well as upload or download photos more quickly.

"5G is designed to do a variety of things that can transform our lives, including giving us faster download speeds, low latency, and more capacity and connectivity for billions of devices," said semiconductor chip company Qualcomm in a post explaining 5G.

Some current smartphones already support 5G, including Apple's iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lines, and Samsung's Galaxy smartphones.

For the most part, I do view being called "sir" by a larger segment of society as a show of respect. I'm comfortable with being an official "old man". However, I'm still taken aback when some dude in his 50s calls me sir.

Oh well. Like I said, this is just random morning rambling.

When I meet people and introduce myself, I say my first and last name. I like to be addressed by my first name. People younger and my age always put a handle (Mr.) on my first name. At first I didn't like it, but now it's okay. I think that it may be the salt and pepper hair and the grey mustache. :shrug:

Politics / Re: It was 6 months ago today…
« on: Yesterday at 08:26:45 AM »
This judge may have just set a devastating precedent for Trump and his allies

A Colorado judge slapped two attorneys with a substantial penalty for pursuing Donald Trump's election lies in court, and provided a blueprint for punishing the twice-impeached one-term president's legal enablers.

Magistrate judge N. Reid Neureiter ordered attorneys Gary D. Fielder and Ernest John Walker to pay nearly $190,000 to the defendants they sued in baseless election fraud case over Trump's loss, and Los Angeles Times columnist Mark Barabak hailed the news as a victory for truth and democracy.

"Here's hoping the action by the U.S. district court judge sets a precedent that spreads widely through the land, as former President Trump and his enablers continue to push the 'Big Lie' of rampant voter fraud and seek to undermine the legitimacy of the current chief executive," Barabak wrote. "It's one thing to market that mendacity to fleece donors, salve the former president's velveteen ego or build an audience on Fox News, OAN or other Trumpaganda media outlets. Things are different in a court of law, and must be."

The pair's lawsuit, supposedly filed on behalf of 160 million voters, sketched out a vast conspiracy involving Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the company Dominion Voting Systems to deprive Trump of another term in the White House, but Neureiter hauled the duo back into court after dismissing the case in April to consider possible sanctions for their actions.

"He asked if it occurred to the co-counsel — Walker, a former government lawyer; Fielder, a onetime local prosecutor — that they were being used by Trump to spread his self-serving propaganda?" Barabak wrote.

Fielder claimed they had a "good faith" belief that President Joe Biden had stolen the election, based on conspiracy theories from Trump and others, including MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, which the attorney described as "serious allegations made by serious people."

"While they were at it, Fielder and his co-counsel might have consulted the works of Dr. Seuss," Barabak wrote, "who had some interesting and authoritative things to say about Lorax and Sneetches, which would have held just as much water and benefit to their case."

Neureiter wasn't impressed by the duo's claims, and he took action against Fielder and Walker, just as other judges and legal authorities have against Trump allies who tried to overturn the election results in court -- including Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Lin Wood.

"For that reason it's worth toasting Neureiter's decision to slap a price tag on the spread of Trump's Big Lie. Maybe dollars and cents will prove a deterrent," Barabak wrote. "Cheers."

Sports Forum / Re: New ASU football coach
« on: November 26, 2021, 01:14:28 PM »


Vaccines might not work due to the extremely high number of mutations.

A new variant of coronavirus that was first identified in a patient in Botswana has scientists worried since it has twice the number of mutations seen on the Delta variant, NPR reported. The news comes shortly after infections have spiked in European countries like Austria and Germany, even after vaccinating over 60 percent of their population. So far, the spike in cases has not been linked to this newly found variant.

Viruses undergo rapid changes in their genetic makeup as they reproduce inside the host cell. These changes help the virus become more infectious or evade the host immune system. Over the summer, the Delta variant that had 11-15 mutations in its spike protein became the dominant infection around the world.

Scientists are more worried than ever because the new variant, named B1.1.529, has 32 mutations in its spike protein which could significantly alter the virus' structure. Since vaccines have been designed around the original structure of the spike protein, even the vaccinated may not be protected against the new variant, Business Insider reported. Details as to whether the new variant is more infectious or causes more severe infections are still unknown.

So far, 82 cases have been reported, including the first detection in Botswana on November 11. Since the first patient, 77 cases have been reported in neighboring South Africa, and one other report coming from Hong Kong in an individual who had traveled to South Africa. Eric Feigl-Ding of the Federation of American Scientists tweeted this about the Hong Kong case in a thread about the new variant.

As a precautionary measure, the U.K. has already put six countries in Southern Africa into its "red list" and canceled flights to the region, NPR reported.

Ravindra Gupta, a professor of clinical microbiology at Cambridge University tweeted

Based on preliminary data, John Burn-Murdoch from the Financial Times tweeted that although the total number of cases caused by the new variant was quite low at the moment, the variant was spreading rapidly in South Africa, out-competing even the Delta variant.

The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) of the World Health Organization is scheduled to convene today to discuss the variant and suggest appropriate measures, its COVID-19 technical lead, Maria Van Kerkhove tweeted a little earlier.



Black Tradition of Arms - NAAGA

Weapons + other ordnance... :nod:

« on: November 26, 2021, 12:18:54 PM »
Making up titles to threads again.

Feeling better today?

You lost it yesterday when C-F merely mentioned he didn’t like you.  Your response was that of 6 yo.  :lmao:

CIAA-FAN put Operation Slap the Taste Out of Wh(?)y's Mouth into action.  :snicker

If there is another George Floyd incident, Ben Crump or Lee Merriweather will get paid, and there will be a prosecution. The will be protests, riots and looting. However, I think it is far fetched to think that Black folks in America would seriously resort to an armed revolution. Again, what would be the goal to take over the government.
Come on man.

I do think it more likely that some state like Texas may try to secede. I also think any attempt to secede would shut down with the quickness.

With all due respect sir, I think that you have it backa--wards. I don't think it would be Black folks resorting to armed revolution, it would be those who have already made attempts on the federal government starting the revolution. Black folks would be simply defending themselves if open armed conflict were to began.

AOC Powerfully Rebukes Republican Who Tweeted An Anime Video Showing Him Kill Her

Earlier this month, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar was once again the subject of intense backlash after he tweeted a photoshopped anime video depicting him killing his colleague, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Immediately after, Ocasio-Cortez responded in a tweet, saying “a creepy member I work with who fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups shared a fantasy video of him killing me.”

“Fun Monday!” she wrote. “Well, back to work bc institutions don’t protect woc.”

The next day, Gosar released a statement, not apologizing for sharing a video depicting him killing his colleague but rather saying there had been a “gross mischaracterization of a short anime video produced by his office” and that the video is “a symbolic portrayal of a fight over immigration policy.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also did not directly condemn the behavior, per CNN, but said, “I called him when I heard about the video, and he made a statement that he doesn't support violence, and he took the video down.”

Gosar’s tweet was ultimately deleted, and today, the House of Representatives voted to censure Gosar and remove him from his committee assignments, making him the first House member in more than a decade to be censured, according to CNBC. Censure is the second harshest formal punishment in the House and, per the network, it required Gosar “to stand on the House floor while Pelosi read the rebuke aloud.”

During the House debate on the censure, Ocasio-Cortez delivered her own blistering remarks about the incident, saying that not only did Gosar’s video and his response convey a “certain contempt for the meaning and importance of our work here” but that the incitement of violence “trickles down into violence in this country.”

“I grew up as a little girl with awe about our nation’s Capitol, the reverence and the importance and the gravity of our work here,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “So the question I pose to this body in response is: Will we live up to the promises that we make our children? That this is a place where we will defend one another regardless of belief? That our core human dignity matters?”

Watch her entire speech here, or read it in full below:

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I’ve been serving in this body just under three years. In that three years, an enormous amount has happened. But in response to the Republican leader’s remarks when he says that this action is unprecedented, what I believe is unprecedented is for a member of House leadership of either party to be unable to condemn incitement of violence against a member of this body. It is sad. It is a sad day in which a member who leads a political party in the United States of America cannot bring themselves to say that issuing a depiction of murdering a member of Congress is wrong and instead decides to venture off into a tangent about gas prices and inflation.
What is so hard? What is so hard about saying that this is wrong? This is not about me. This is not about Representative Gosar, but this is about what we are willing to accept. Not just the Republican leader, but I have seen other members of this party advance the argument, including Representative Gosar himself, the illusion that this was just a joke. That what we say and what we do does not matter so long as we claim a lack of meaning. Now this nihilism runs deep, and it conveys and betrays a certain contempt for the meaning and importance of our work here. That what we do, so long as we claim that it is a joke, doesn’t matter. That we say here doesn’t matter, that our actions every day as elected leaders in the United States of America doesn’t matter. That this chamber and what happens in it doesn’t matter. And I’m here to rise to say that it does. Our work here matters. Our example matters. There is meaning in our service.
And as leaders in this country, when we incite violence with depictions against our colleagues that trickles down into violence in this country, and that is where we must draw the line independent of party, identity, or belief. It is about a core recognition of human dignity and value and worth. So when we talk about, as mentioned in the resolution, that these depictions are part of a larger trend of misogyny and racial misogyny, racist misogyny, this House results in dampening the participation.
So this vote is not as complex as perhaps the Republican leader would like to make folks believe. It’s pretty cut and dry. Do you find, does anyone in this chamber find this behavior acceptable? Would you allow depictions of violence against women, against colleagues, would you allow that in your home? Do you think this should happen on a school board? In a city council? In a church? And if it’s not acceptable there, why should it be accepted here?
Lastly, when the Republican leader rose to talk about how there are all of these double standards and lists a litany of all these different things, not once did he list an example of a member of Congress threatening the life of another. This is not about a double standard and what is unprecedented and what is tragic is the dissent of transgression in this body. I grew up as a little girl with awe about our nation’s Capitol, the reverence and the importance and the gravity of our work here. So the question I pose to this body in response is: Will we live up to the promises that we make our children? That this is a place where we will defend one another regardless of belief? That our core human dignity matters? If you believe that this behavior is acceptable, go ahead, vote no. But if you believe that this behavior should not be accepted, then vote yes. It’s really that simple.

White people will destroy themselves yet.
I am not one to stand in their way... :nono2:

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