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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Steve Phillips, RealGeopolitick: You know exactly who the offenders are in your Facebook feed. You have friends who like to talk about or post things on politics, religion or nearly anything else. And you can't believe how many things they say are outlandish, offensive and outrageous. What's their deal? Believe it or not, there is a pretty simple explanation for much of this kind of behavior. What you're observing is conflict neurosis. It's an obscure concept that originates in the study of international affairs, but its application goes far beyond that. The thrust of conflict neurosis is that you should expect irrational behavior when there is any significant conflict. read more

Friday, October 31, 2014

A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said.

Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January. It was not immediately known if they were able to parachute to safety.

A "serious anomaly" resulted in the "loss" of SpaceShipTwo during a test flight Friday, and the status of the pilots isn't known, Virgin Galactic said. Virgin Galactic has planned for years to sell trips in which SpaceShipTwo transports passengers about 62 miles above Earth -- the beginning of outer space -- and let them experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to ground.


This is one of those rare events where I really have to pick the home team in each game. There are some good matchups, but I don't see any of the visiting teams being good enough to defeat the hosts.

-Seattle by 17.
Carolina upsetting Seattle would be gleeful to watch. But we know that's not going to happen. The Panthers can be a surprising team, but now that Seattle has remembered who they are, this could get ugly.

-Green Bay by 10.
My favorite matchup this weekend. Look for a close game, with GB pulling away in the 4th, and Dallas just not able to catch up. This is likely to be one of those games where turnovers are the difference. Dez and DeMarco will have a good game, but it won't be enough. Having said that, this is the most likely upset.

-Denver by 6.
Payton's not been himself. Fair enough. The Broncos are still better at home than the Colts. While I was surprised at Indy's victory over Cinci, and the margin of it, I don't see them being able to match Denver on either side of the ball.

-New England by 13.
Of the three AFC North teams in the playoffs this year, Baltimore is the least impressive. Take away the turnovers, add LeVeon Bell, and we're talking Pittsburgh at Denver. But that didn't happen. Yeah, there's talk of Baltimore "having New England's number", but not this Ravens team, not against this Patriots team. Most of Baltimore's points will be in the 4th, well after it can do any good.

Most points: New England.
Most rush yards: Lynch.
Most passing yards: Manning.

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