OK, so today’s post title is not alliterative.
From the late Roger Ebert: “Any belief that does not allow others the right to believe something else is based more on fear than on faith.” Discuss among yourselves.
OK, I’ll start. Ebert is (was?) rejecting the “once useful, now dangerous, human trait of tribalism.” I have written that human beings are tribal and that tribalism is probably part of our DNA at this point. I also recognize that like ALL behavioral paradigms, tribalism practiced to an extreme is not a good thing for the world.
“If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.”
I am only human and have never claimed to be otherwise. The dramatic decline in readership over the last 10-15 days is most disappointing.
In the past, I have had “evidence” that reducing the amount of automotive content is actually good for readership numbers. The last 10-15 days seem to indicate otherwise.
It is completely possible that like the vast majority of blogs, this one has simply run its course. I can’t ask people who are not reading Disaffected Musings why they are not reading.
OK, without looking at the name of this photo can you tell me what it shows?
This is a SATA/USB adapter cable. It allows the transfer of data from internal hard drives that have been removed from a computer to another computer.
When I/we get rid of our old computers I always remove the hard drive. I have many old hard drives in my office. Within seconds, an internet search revealed how to transfer the data from internal hard drives. The cable was all of $11.
I hope to do the data transfer by the end of the week, although nothing is stopping me from doing it after I finish writing today’s post except inertia. Well, maybe that and the literal pain in my neck that has been bothering me for weeks. Actually, it feels more like a pulled muscle and, actually, it’s less painful than just very uncomfortable.
Ibuprofen provides temporary relief, but the minimum therapeutic dose seems to be 800 mg for me, four tablets, which cannot be taken every day. Maybe I should have a lower opinion of my pain in the neck.
Here are two links to articles about the “Wild West” of student-athletes being paid for their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL). The first is by Michael McCann on Sportico; the second is by Ross Dellenger for Sports Illustrated. Dellenger’s piece is about the effect of NIL on the Southeastern Conference (SEC), college football’s most powerful league, and the title ends with, “We’re All Money Laundering.”
In its usual ineffectual way, the NCAA is lobbying Congress to “fix” the problem through legislation. As McCann writes,
“For starters, nothing is stopping the NCAA and its members from adopting new rules and enforcement mechanisms to regulate NIL, employment, collectives, agents and related topics.
Stated differently, Congress isn’t needed to accomplish what the NCAA wants.
The NCAA is a private and voluntary membership organization that, like other organizations of its kind, can craft rules for members. If the NCAA and its members can’t agree on new rules, members of Congress will question why it would be appropriate for Congress to offer those same rules as proposed federal law.”
As I have written before, I think if universities can pay their head football coaches eight-figure annual salaries, as Alabama and Georgia do, then the players can be paid as well. If that means the end of men’s cross country or women’s field hockey, so be it. No one has a constitutional right to be able to play “their” sport at the intercollegiate level.
I think it is entirely possible that football players at Division I schools will eventually be classified as employees with salary caps to be bargained. Stop me if you’ve read/heard this before: the only constant in the world is change.
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