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2020.08.05 18:45 Paramus98 [Effortpost] Using the Past to Understand the Present: The 60's and Today

Rioting on the streets during protests on police brutality, public incidents of far-right terrorism, student activism showing a generation of young people embracing radical left politics that goes beyond that of the progressives and liberals in the Democratic Party.
This may seem like a description of the current day political climate, (while rioting does seem to have largely died down from its peak in the first week or two of protests, some cities had more sustained unrest) and that wouldn't be inaccurate, but it just as well could be a description of America in the mid to late 1960's. I think looking back at our past in a time of great crisis and unrest can be useful for putting current day unrest in perspective.
A few years ago (and still today to a lesser extent) I felt uneasy reading accounts of young people being radicalized into the alt right, often through social media or other online platforms. Listening to stories of ISIS radicalization gave me a similar discomfort. And today with many left-wing political movements the trend seems the same, young, disaffected youth searching for identity find a community of people online to identify with. In the midst of a number of young people giving accounts of being "radicalized" I wanted to look at the past and compare past radical movements of the 1960's to today and see if the new factor of the internet looks to make these movements more prevalent or dangerous.
Riots and Social Unrest
First though, let’s take a look at the rioting, looting and chaotic protests that have begun during the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. The costs of riots in Minneapolis totaled to over 500 million dollars, the second highest costs of civil unrest since the 1.4 billion dollar (in 2020 dollars) bill brought on by the Rodney King Riots. 10-15 million dollars was done in Atlanta, "tens of millions" in New York City and more damage in countless other cities.
Let's try to put this into some perspective, looking back at the toll of the Rodney King riots, that was more than twice as much damage as from the George Floyd Protests in Minnesota alone, but the Rodney King riots were mostly limited to LA in a way that riots following the death of George Floyd weren't with at least 25 cities reporting some level of violence in the outbreak of protests. So, while the costs may not be as high as the Rodney King Riots, they are higher than rioting in the 60's. The Watts riots for example totaled 40 million dollars of damage at the time (327 million today), and other riots of the 60's were all less costly (at least in terms of dollar value) than the Watts riots were.
Financial cost is but one metric to look at though, human life is another to consider. A concrete answer on the extent to which protests exacerbated the spread of COVID-19 would be impossible to find (especially as contact tracers generally weren’t collecting information on if people attended protests), but keep in mind that is an additional potential cost to mass protests today. Two weeks into the George Floyd protests, the death toll was 19, and there hasn’t been a huge surge in uncovered deaths since then. Compare that to the death toll of riots in the Long, Hot Summer of 1967, 26 people were killed in Newark and 43 in Detroit. The King Assassination Riots killed 43 people. and the Watts riots killed 34. Looking at just human life lost the picture in 2020 looks much better, with nationwide deaths lower than the deaths of individual city's riots in the 60's. Meanwhile in the Rodney King Riots there were 64 deaths, many of them unsolved to this day.
While the property damage numbers today are still greater, the very substantial decrease in violence is still something to celebrate. And while a greater value of property was destroyed in recent waves of protests, part of that is likely explained by the increase of value of property between the mid 60's and today. The same level of destruction of physical property will cause more damage even after accounting for inflation because of the economic growth that has occurred since the mid 1960’s.
Revolutionary Activism
While the chaos today may be less intense than that of the 1960's. that doesn't mean the actors involved are necessarily also less radical. Next, let’s compare some of the major players in what I'll call "revolutionary politics" (and minor but important players as well) of the 60's with some of the major groups and ideologies going around in that a similar tradition today. The goal here isn't to label all these as equivalent with each other, since some are terrorist organizations who've killed a number of people while others are mostly just groups of young idealistic university students, but all of these are skeptical of a liberal democratic political framework as a possibility to attain power and put into action their ideas. Some groups don't exactly fit into that lens either as they are using current power structures to gain power within the government, but I think there's still a rejection of liberalism as a framework as well as a desire to transform the current system to one unrecognizable to the current one (or to the system of the 1960's in the case of older groups). Even if the radical label is contentious to some, the revolutionary label need not be since most of these groups are explicitly revolutionary. This list is in no way exhaustive and there are countless groups that will be missing from this list.
These notable revolutionary actors are put into three categories: Left wing groups, right wing groups and black nationalist groups. Black nationalists have some overlap with the left-wing groups (and surprisingly with some right-wing groups even) but to have them in their own category is helpful as Black Nationalism really is its own thing. Again, hopefully the focus here isn't on the categorization than the groups themselves.
Black Nationalism
Several prominent Black Nationalist groups were present and notable in the 1960's, to list just a few:
Looking at Black Nationalism in 2020 the picture is a lot smaller, but unlike other movements we’ll look at later, there's much more consistency within Black Nationalist organizations than far left and far right groups.
Black Nationalism appears to be a movement far past its prime. NOI is still going but at smaller numbers than in the past, and it’s more concerning as an extremist cult than a movement that could ever attain substantial power. Interestingly there has been at least one incident of Black Nationalist radicalization in the case of the 2016 Dallas Police shootings, so radicalization in this way could still occur today even with the ideology looking like it's on the decline.
Far Left Groups on the 60's (and early 70's)
Students for a Democratic Society: SDS is the major group to look at for left wing radicalism of the 60's, it led to all sorts of splinter groups and a powerful political movement that would end up defining much of the 60's and early 70's. The history of this group isn't really that important, basically they stemmed from a socialist group called the League for Industrial Democracy which stemmed from another socialist group called the Intercollegiate Socialist Society that was formed in 1905. In the early 60's the freshly minted Students for a Democratic Society put out the Port Huron Statement, a 250,000 word statement outlining their goals. It's a lot easier of a read than you might think, I'd recommend giving it a quick skim at the least. If you don’t have the time, here are a few important points that stick out:
SDS would grow considerably in the face of social unrest over both civil rights and an escalating conflict in Vietnam, and it reached a peak of 100k members in 1969 growing 100 times from its size at formation. Throughout its existence it was a somewhat eclectic organization, while the initial manifesto was vaguely libertarian socialist, support for civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam war were the two main issues holding a few ideologically diverse groups together. For most of its life the group consisted of liberals, Marxists, Marxist-Leninists, Anarchists, and others. Within those groups views on race and gender were varied as well, many women within the group found the group a lot more hostile to women than their rhetoric would suggest. Of course a group with that many different factions can only survive so long, and infighting would cause SDS to dissolve into a number of different groups. (My source on much of the splitting of SDS can be found here)
Eventually this divide would help lead to the fall of SDS as a prominent organization, other conflicts included conflict between Black SDS members and white women as both (obviously not universally) viewed the other with skepticism as always pushing their side of issues and ignoring prejudice against either group within SDS. Another smaller schism group was the Weathermen who would later be known as the Weather Underground, a black nationalist terrorist group responsible for a few bombings, mostly in 1970. The group's threat can be overstated though, FBI consistently had a presence in it, and overestimated the size of the group at 1000 when in reality it was in the triple digits. Certainly the group was a dangerous one, but it wasn't nearly as large as it's notoriety would suggest.
Left wing political parties probably don’t warrant a whole section, but they're fun to talk about so here are three notable ones:
So why did left wing activism decline? Several different explanations have been given, and as is often the case, some combination of them all is likely an accurate reason.
Left Wing Revolutionaries Today
After all that on the left in the 60's it’s worse comparing the left today to see what parallels (if any) can be found in the modern era.
In some ways I think it's helpful to compare DSA to SDS, but not in all. DSA currently is set up to ensure there's a good amount of diversity in leadership, requiring half of it's highest leadership to be female and a quarter to be minorities, so with stable leadership there shouldn't be the kind of splitting over race or gender issues present in SDS. As well DSA have chosen a different path to pursue their accumulation of power through in the Democratic party rather than in Universities. DSA also rejects central planning outright in favor of a greater democratization of the workplace and society. That means potentially a smaller presence of the authoritarian left within the group, so any splitting off over issues like that would be less major. There also (at least as far as we can know) isn't a mass FBI plot to destabilize and undermine the group.
Some elements still hold in common though, the groups both share(d) similar goals of democratizing society to the greatest extent, and while the early days of SDS leaned quite heavily towards libertarian socialisms, in time Marxism-Leninism would gain popularity as well, it's not impossible that could occur within DSA too. It's not as if prominent DSA members haven't spoken well of strongmen already after all. And DSA seems to be perfectly willing to support left wing autocrats like Maduro, so I'm a bit skeptical of the extent to which the organization doesn't have at the least a pretty substantial level of Marxist-Leninists. Time will tell if DSA can reach the peaks of SDS but the much more important question is how well it can stick around. There are a few roadblocks SDS had that DSA doesn't, but it's far from a certainty that there's even a clear path for them to get to the part of their goal where they split off into their own party (and when they do if they'll just end up splitting a bunch of votes).
There are a few other more issues-based groups like the climate centric Sunrise Movement or the Black Lives Matter organization, but I don't think these type groups are very sustainable. BLM for example had a director do an AMA and it was pretty poorly received due to unclear objectives and lack of transparency over how money is spent. Sunrise Movement and many other climate groups have embraced the Green New Deal and made it a purity test for supporting a politician, something I see likely backfiring, especially due to their willingness to be confrontational to Democratic Party leadership. While these groups may very well bring more attention to issues, I don't see them setting the agenda as nearly as much as they just force a topic more into the conversation.
So how does left wing activism today compare to the 60's? Well it's hard to say. We're currently in the middle of a growing moment of left wing activism among youths, if right now is it's peak the left certainly never grew as big, but if right now is more where SDS was at in 1965 with Vietnam energizing their movement, it's certainly possible the same could be happening with Trump energizing groups like DSA further, and with less outside opposition, it's possible these organizations could find themselves more long lasting in the future. On the other hand, societal shifts are still commonplace, and it's not like the landscape couldn't radically change from here on out. To best tell how successful these groups are at getting power, keep a watchful eye on these movements, since much of the activism involves changing the Democratic Party, perhaps the best indicator of their success would be watching how the Democratic party changes in response to them. If there's a level of recalibration that's not indicative of a takeover necessarily, but if Justice Dems begin to get important leadership roles within the party, then a revolutionary moment really might not be out of the question. With a very old Democratic Party leadership right now, that could open up a vacuum that the most left-wing Democrats will likely try to fill.
The Far Right of the 1960's
I initially just wanted to focus on left wing groups here, a few years ago alt right radicalization seemed to be a trend but as notable figures of that movement began to fade away I perceived the left to be filling that vacuum; however, reports of far right instigators during the George Floyd protests both made me question the movement's relative irrelevance and also wonder the extent of far right activism in the 60's.
Birchers at the time were growing in their influence over the GOP and many in elite GOP circles worried about what could happen to the party if this cancer on conservatism were to continue to go untreated. William Buckley Jr. and others at National Review with a different model of conservatism for the GOP tried to either publicly shun or keep a general distance from the group to prevent a Bircher takeover of the party. Which worked quite well as for a few decades the GOP would continue to advocate for greater immigration and more liberal trade as libertarians took hold of much of the party dogma following the end of the Bircher's influence. At their peak in the 60's they had nearly 100k members, so size wise they were comparable to the SDS, certainly that's enough to sway public opinion at least a bit.
The Far Right Today
According to George Washington University's Program on Extremism, current state of the far right is best divided into two separate groups, White Supremacists and Patriot Movement Members. There is some overlap between the two though.
There's likely always going to be some level of societal fringe racist extremists in a given country, but the increasing violence of these groups in particularly concerning. 2019 was the 6th most violent year since the ADL began keeping count and far right violence far outpaces any other such violence in the US. The rise of the alt right and the internet and social media as a means of communication no doubt have played a role in the rising prevalence of such attacks.
White Supremacist groups aren't the only far right groups that are important in American life today, since the 90's another form of extremism called the Patriot Movement has risen to prominence. The Patriot movement is characterized by extreme anti-government sentiments, and while there is some overlap with white supremacy, one certainly need not be a white supremacist to fit into this category. Some examples:
You'll notice I tried to follow up on each of the groups I mentioned in the 60's. Whether they're active today or how they fell apart or lost much influence. The last one I have to touch on is the John Birch Society, but the Birchers are an interesting group in that all the other groups I mentioned from the 60's lost a lot of their influence over the past 50-60 years, but after being rejected by the Republican Party quite soundly, the Birchers were irrelevant for decades and looked like another group who'd turn into a think of the past...
But then an interesting thing happened. In 2010 CPAC had an interesting new co-sponsor, which on one hand isn't a huge deal, CPAC has always been full of nuts, but on the other hand it was only the first step in an increasing Bircher influence within the GOP. They certainly haven't moderated their views, believing in the Illuminati (and also that the CFR is an Illuminati ally) or that George W. Bush was pushing for one world government.
Conclusions
Looking at urban unrest and violence, the situation seems better than the 60's, but the biggest question is whether the unrest we saw in early June and late May will turn out to be a one off thing or become a yearly tradition like in the 60's. A Trump re-election this year would likely only increase instability and make a continual pattern of unrest as summer approaches more likely, and certainly COVID lockdowns contributed to a sense of both outrage, boredom and uneasiness that made protests more dynamic. Likely (hopefully) future summers won't have this factor in place. Trump is far from the only reason unrest has risen though, regardless of who occupies the White House, growing unrest remains a possibility.
Looking at Black Nationalism, the movement is basically dead. While I have some reservations about implicit calls for segregation from some among the hyper progressive left, in the 60's explicit black separatism was commonplace among activists in a way it just isn't today.
Looking at left wing activism, some impediments towards long term sustainability for these movements remain the same from the 60's, but others (such as FBI interference) don't appear to be existent and others (such as family formation moderating view) occur less today than in the 60's. It's too early to tell if 2020 is the left's peak or not. I could easily see a scenario where Biden wins in November and kills a good amount of momentum for the left as they lost their best foil in Donald Trump (someone so broadly easy to hate is unlikely to win office again), but I could also see a reality where the Tea Party model is followed within the Democratic Party and leadership struggles to balance the concerns of Progressives with the concerns of moderates. Democrats should learn from the Republicans failures and ensure elites within the party can still gatekeep elections. The successful anti-Sanders campaign before Super Tuesday shows the party still has some capacity for gatekeeping, especially when contrasted with the failure of Republicans to keep the much less qualified Donald Trump from winning the nomination in 2016.
Looking at the right, far right groups still present a threat to the country and should be addressed, (and are being addressed in some cases) but I'm not concerned about the possibility of a second civil war or any of this accelerationist nonsense actually working. Revolution is unlikely.
While Justice Dems taking over the Democratic Party is a possibility I worry about, the Bircher takeover of the GOP is farther along than the left's takeover of their party. Perhaps no notable politician best exemplifies the Bircher tradition than Donald Trump, quick to throw out unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, staunchly anti-trade and anti-immigration, gives speeches opposing the "globalists". And this isn't just a Trump phenomenon, a number of Qanon supporters have won primaries this year, the current SoS thinks baseless conspiracies about Ukraine warrant investigation, Ted Cruz blames the "deep state" foremost of policy for Trump's lack of execution on policy. Arguments rooted in conspiracy are commonplace within much of the GOP today and we're likely seeing the consequences of a GOP without a Buckley like gatekeeper to the party's right to prevent the party from straying into dangerous territory. Perhaps these new Birchers will end up self-destructing like countless other extremist groups have, I'd even say it's likely, but until they do the party will continue to find itself in need of some sort of gatekeeping authority to cleanse itself of a seemingly growing neo-Bircher faction.
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You get what you fucking deserve!
posted by dopedips on /dankmemes
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Sorry ms. Resnick, you were right
posted by ssnorriss on /memes
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Every night my daughter and I look at aww before bed for a little positivity. Last night she asked me to post our good boy. Reddit meet Maximo or Max for short.
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120m tall statue in Japan looks otherworldly
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Know your fucking place, trash. Anyone over here who has seen people misusing their privilege of the benefit of doubt?
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Where is it in Japan and what's the statue? A specific god or goddess?
posted by Master_Bruno_1084 on /pics
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I just found a whole new respect for justin bieber
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120m is 70.514 Tom Cruises
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They should make an example of her and amber heard
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My 86-year-old grandmother replied \"OK, boomer\" to my boomer aunt in an argument
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Sitting here stunned and in tears
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Stepping on arrows for AMERICA
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This is what life is like for some of you gay bears isn’t it
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Seriously. The kid is awful but the people throwing their money away on awards is equally cringe imo. Gullible sheeple. ` Edit: what have I started.`
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We're Republicans, and... `A man's home is his castle! (Unless the police knock)` We hate redistribution of wealth! (Unless it's for the 1%) `We believe in state's rights! (Unless it has sanctuary cities)` We're the party of Lincoln! (With recent endorsements by the KKK) `We believe in free trade! (And the occasional old fashioned trade war)` We're the party of fiscal responsibility! (When Democrats are in office) `We're pro-life! (Except when it comes to pandemics, war, and executions)` We believe in personal responsibility! (With the exception of family planning) `We're pro-family values! (Unless it's to separate families and put kids in cages)` We're pro-personal liberty! (Gay marriage, abortion, and cannabis not included) `We believe in small government! (Unless we have to roll the army into your town)` We love the United States of America! (But go ahead and wave those Confederate flags) `We defend personal private property! (Unless we have to seize your land to build our wall)` We want a return to public decency! (Like those very fine people who marched in Charlottesville) `We believe in freedom of speech! (Though we may tear-gas peaceful protesters from time to time)` We believe in equal opportunity for all! (It's just a coincidence that our policies hurt people of color) `We're the party of law and order! (Unless it's Trump, he can break all the laws)` We believe in traditional Christian morality! (Except for electing a thrice married adulterer who ran on the promise of committing war crimes) ` America first! (Assuming Russia approves)`
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answer: there's a heck of a lot of backstory with this and I'll try to cover as much as I can as accurately as I can. I'm really sorry for the entire novel that I'm about to write, but I'll include a TLDR at the top. Basically, the main people involved are Shane Dawson, Tati Westbrook, Jeffree Star, and James Charles. `so, TLDR: Tati made a video accusing James Charles of being a predator last year. Jeffree Star backed up that allegation and has kept bringing it up over the past year. Today, Tati released a video claiming that Shane and Jeffree manipulated by using her sexual assault into making the video about James. She and James have reconciled, and he offered to be in the video with her. She claims that she fears for her life and that that Jeffree has blackmail on lots of people in the beauty community. She has a legal team that she is working with who approved her video and more information (and presumably, lawsuits) will be following. After Tati released the video, Shane pretty much lost it on an instagram live video and Ryland went on a twitter rant.` Super Long version: `I feel like pretty much everyone is familiar with Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star. But, just a quick recap if for whatever reason you don't. Jeffree Star is a beauty vlogger with a very successful makeup company-Jeffree Star Cosmetics. He also runs a youtuber merch service-Killer Merch. He's one of the biggest beauty vloggers on Youtube. A couple years ago, he became friends with Shane Dawson. Shane did his first documentary with Jeffree, mainly addressing a lot of Jeffree's past controversies such as him making racist statements and jokes, his issues and fallout with Kat von D, and basically lots of other stuff. The series was well-received and really cemented Jeffree as the top beauty vlogger and a top cosmetics brand owner. Shane and Jeffree remained friends and collaborated for a second documentary where they went through the process of creating a makeup collection collaboration that Jeffree Star Cosmetics would release. The collection and documentary was incredibly successful and the makeup sold out almost immediately. However, in the trailer for this second documentary series, it was alluded that, as part of the series, Dramageddon 2 (basically the start of this whole thing) would be discussed as Jeffree was involved with that. ` The other people involved are James Charles and Tati Westbrook. James Charles is a young beauty vlogger who basically began skyrocketing a couple years ago. He's not without his controversies, though. He became a bit of an instant celebrity due to his school photo, where he claimed to have brought a ring light to make it better, and then it came out later that it was a complete lie and he edited the photos. He's also made some jokes in very poor taste, including some about Africa and Ebola as well as other somewhat transphobic remarks. Early in his career, he became friends with Tati Westbrook. `Tati's been a beauty vlogger for about ten years now and had a steady rise to popularity. She's on the older side for a youtuber, either in her late 30's or early 40's. She and James became very close, she was a bit of a mentor to him, he did her makeup for her wedding, and they collaborated on many occasions. In 2018, she created a brand called Halo Beauty which sold vitamins for hair, skin, and nails. They were pretty expensive, about $40 a month, if I recall, but James supported her launch. ` In 2019, while at Coachella, James made a social media post sponsored by Sugar Bear Hair, Halo Beauty's biggest competitor. Tati had a bit of a freak out on social media, crying and saying that she felt very betrayed. Then, a week or two later, Tati released a video titled \"Bye Sister\", in which she insinuated that James was engaging in somewhat predatory and inappropriate behavior by trying to manipulate people's sexuality. She claimed that he had made comments about trying to have sex with straight men, trying to turn straight men gay, and made a pass at the waiter at her birthday party a month prior. She also addressed the issue with the Sugar Bear Hair sponsorship, but said that was not the main reason behind her making the video. `James responded saying that her allegations were completely unjust and that he was completely betrayed by this. He claimed that he only accepted the Sugar Bear Hair sponsorship because he was in an situation at Coachella where he needed security and they offered theirs to him in exchange for the sponsorship. ` While all of this was going on, Jeffree came out and called James a predator while making very serious allegations along those lines. He also was spreading around to other beauty vloggers that he had a voice note of a \"victim\" of James' explaining what happened. Jeffree repeatedly said that he would play this voice note both in public and in private, but never did. The waiter from Tati's birthday party came out and made a video about what James \"did\" to him, and things were looking really bad for James. He lost millions of subscribers, while Tati gained millions. After a few weeks, Tati and James basically stopped talking about all of this and didn't say anything else on the topic. Jeffree, on the other hand, kept dragging it out and trying to make it a big deal again. `Eventually, it came out that the waiter's video was completely fake. Over the past year, some more information has been trickling out, but in the past month, a few drama youtube channels have released videos where they said that Jeffree had fed them information about Tati's Bye Sister video before it was released. ` Tati's channel has been silent for months now. Today, she released a video. She starts off by saying that she and James have reconciled, that she apologized to him, and that he accepted and offered to be in the video with her. She wrote out a statement because she's been working with a legal team and is only allowed to say so much. In this video, she claims that Jeffree and Shane manipulated her into making the Bye Sister video. She said that Shane came over to her house before all of this happened and that they really connected and she shared her sexual assault story with him. After this, Shane and Jeffree began insinuating to her that James was a predator and that they had proof that he had assaulted someone, likely a minor. They had a voice note which they shared with her and because of her past trauma and the constant comments and \"evidence\" that Shane and Jeffree were sending her, she was very worried. The Sugar Bear Hair incident was the breaking point. She said that Shane and Jeffree were pressing her to make a video, and Shane even offered to edit it, create a thumbnail, and title it. At this time, before she decided that she was going to make a video, she believes they were calling and texting drama youtube channels to let them know that something was happening and to be prepared (some drama channels do back her up and have evidence of this). Tati did end up making the video, but did not let Shane or Jeffree have any part in it. `After Tati released the Bye Sister video, she said that Jeffree and Shane basically stopped talking to her. She claimed that she realized how she'd been manipulated by them. She struggled for a long time, but said that she began to fear for her life. She has moved twice because of this. She backed up all of her text messages and voice notes and told her lawyers about these backups in case something was to happen to her. She said that Jeffree has said many times that he has \"dirt\" on so many people in the beauty community and isn't afraid to use it as blackmail, which is why he's been able to get away with so much. She also believes that he has part-ownership in the brand Morphe and believes that Morphe will be releasing their own vitamins soon, which is why they targeted her specifically. She is working with a team of lawyers and she insinuated that legal actions will be following, which is why she's not allowed to go into specifics.` Almost immediately after Tati released her video, Shane went on an Instagram live and pretty much lost it, rolling his eyes when she brought her sexual assault, screamed about how he was assaulted to, kept calling her a liar, etc. Ryland can be heard in the background of the video telling Shane to turn it off. Ryland then went on a twitter rant about Tati. `That's pretty much what's going on, as of 3ish pm today, but it's likely that a lot more is going to come out over the next few days.` Edit: First of all, WOW! Thank you so much for all the love! I never would have expended this to come from following youtube drama! `Now, a couple things I forgot to clarify/say: Ryland is Shane’s boyfriend. He’s not directly connected to all of this, but he’s been in Shane’s documentaries and all over his channel. ` Another thing to add on to the whole situation from last year: James and Jeffree were friends, James appeared in some of Jeffree’s videos and in the first series with Shane. James’ merch was through Killer Merch (Jeffree’s company) and when this all went down last year, Jeffree cut off James’ merch supply, so that was a serious financial hit to him. ` Tati’s also had her share of drama as well, although not nearly to the level of Shane, Jeffree, and James. She uses filters on her videos, which a lot of people find a bit shady, since she’s showing off makeup, but it’s filtered. She’s also had a couple undisclosed sponsorships (Clarisonic comes to mind). However, until this whole thing, her drama was basically contained to her just channel.`
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Beelzeblubber.
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There's a [repo on Github](https://github.com/NARKOZ/hacker-scripts) containing code based on scripts that were used by a tech employee that his coworkers discovered after he left the company. Here's a summary of his shenanigans: `Edit: repo code is based on the story, not actually from this person` >xxx: OK, so, our build engineer has left for another company. The dude was literally living inside the terminal. You know, that type of a guy who loves Vim, creates diagrams in Dot and writes wiki-posts in Markdown... If something - anything - requires more than 90 seconds of his time, he writes a script to automate that. `>xxx: So we're sitting here, looking through his, uhm, \"legacy\" ` >xxx: You're gonna love this `>xxx: [smack-my-bitch-up.sh](https://github.com/NARKOZ/hacker-scripts/blob/mastesmack-my-bitch-up.sh) \- sends a text message \"late at work\" to his wife (apparently). Automatically picks reasons from an array of strings, randomly. Runs inside a cron-job. The job fires if there are active SSH-sessions on the server after 9pm with his login. ` >xxx: [kumar-asshole.sh](https://github.com/NARKOZ/hacker-scripts/blob/mastekumar-asshole.sh) \- scans the inbox for emails from \"Kumar\" (a DBA at our clients). Looks for keywords like \"help\", \"trouble\", \"sorry\" etc. If keywords are found - the script SSHes into the clients server and rolls back the staging database to the latest backup. Then sends a reply \"no worries mate, be careful next time\". `>xxx: [hangover.sh](https://github.com/NARKOZ/hacker-scripts/blob/mastehangover.sh) \- another cron-job that is set to specific dates. Sends automated emails like \"not feeling well/gonna work from home\" etc. Adds a random \"reason\" from another predefined array of strings. Fires if there are no interactive sessions on the server at 8:45am. ` >xxx: (and the oscar goes to) [fucking-coffee.sh](https://github.com/NARKOZ/hacker-scripts/blob/mastefucking-coffee.sh) \- this one waits exactly 17 seconds (!), then opens a telnet session to our coffee-machine (we had no frikin idea the coffee machine is on the network, runs linux and has a TCP socket up and running) and sends something like sys brew. Turns out this thing starts brewing a mid-sized half-caf latte and waits another 24 (!) seconds before pouring it into a cup. The timing is exactly how long it takes to walk to the machine from the dudes desk. ` >xxx: holy sh*t I'm keeping those`
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2020.06.18 00:17 OverlordLork [Effortpost 3 of 15] How Republicans are trying to stop you from voting

Voter fraud can mean someone voting multiple times, or voting when they're not eligible, or voting under someone else's name. Republicans frequently overstate the threat of voter fraud in order to implement restrictions on voting, such as requiring photo ID to vote or restricting who can vote by mail. But this is almost always just an excuse to keep you from voting.

Part 1: The myth of voter fraud

According to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice, voter fraud is exceedingly rare and vastly overstated. Some findings:
And sure, you might say "But these guys are biased! They're a voting rights group, so they're naturally inclined to undercount rather than overcount!" So let's look at someone from the other side: NH Governor Chris Sununu (R). Sununu is always talking about the threat of voter fraud and the necessity of voter ID. To prove his point, he had the state investigate every vote cast in the 2016 elections, and did not find a single case of voter impersonation. He found one case of a person registering and voting in two different towns, one case of a woman filling out her husband's absentee ballot right after he died, two cases of NH residents voting in the wrong town for the Dixville Notch meme, one case of someone voting in the wrong precinct based on mistaken information from an elections official, and 51 unproven cases of people potentially voting in NH and another state. That's from over 700 thousand votes.
This analysis by News21 found only TEN cases of alleged voter impersonation since 2000, out of billions of votes cast. Remember that voter impersonation is the only type of fraud that voter ID can possibly be useful to prevent. It's useless against multiple registrations or registering when ineligible, so don't let Republicans use those to convince you that voter ID is needed.
In 2017, Kris Kobach headed a federal commission to find the "millions of illegal votes" that Trump claimed were real. Despite being a "bipartisan" commission, one of the Democrats on it had to sue just to get access to the committee's procedings. Rather than do things in the open and reveal that there was almost no fraud, they gave up and shut down before finding a single case.
Thanks to COVID-19, there's been a huge surge in mail voting, with some states trying to switch primarily to mail voting. Republicans are outraged, with Trump saying "To really vote, and without fraud, you have to go and you have to vote at the polling place".
But there are plenty of ways they ensure mailed ballots are legitimate. For example, states match the voter's signature to a signature on file. If it doesn't match, the state can follow up with the voter to give them a chance to prove that they are who they say they are. Also, since ballots can only be mailed to the address you're registered at, it's hard to vote as other people.
Plenty of states have been doing primarily mail-in voting for years, and they're doing just fine. The above News21 study found just 491 cases of alleged absentee ballot fraud since 2000, out of hundreds of millions of absentee votes cast.
Another common claim is that noncitizens frequently register to vote. This is also quite rare. Pennsylvania estimated that 544 noncitizens voted between 2000 and 2017, out of 93 million total votes.

Part 2: How your vote is suppressed

Voter ID Now that we've established voter fraud doesn't really happen, maybe we should take a closer look at all the restrictions that republicans have implemented under the guise of stopping it. The biggest one is requiring ID to vote. They claim this is to stop voter fraud, but we've already seen that voter fraud is exceedingly rare, and that very little of it would even be stopped by an ID law. Maybe there's a different reason...
According to a survey, 11% of otherwise-eligible voters (and 25% of otherwise-eligible black voters) lack the kind of ID that's often required to vote. And they can be hard to get: there are hundreds of thousands of voters in voter-ID states who lack vehicle access and also live more than 10 miles from an office that issues state IDs. And sometimes those offices have very partuclar hours, such as the one in Sauk City, WI, which is only open on the FIFTH Wednesday of every month. Most months don't even have a fifth Wednesday!
After Alabama implemented a photo ID law, they followed up by closing driver's license offices - mostly in majority-black counties. Many of these counties were left without any place to get a photo ID at all. It took action from the Obama administration's department of justice to get some of them to reopen.
North Carolina Republicans were caught looking up statistics of ID type by race when crafting their voter ID law, so that they could be sure they were excluding more black voters than white voters.
Spread the Vote is a charity which helps voters get the required IDs. In one case, they found a black man who was born in a town that refused to issue birth certificates to black people back then. They had to file a FOIA request just for proof that he was born, so that he could begin applying for the documents that would then let him apply for an ID. And since he couldn't get a drivers license, Spread the Vote had to drive him around to these offices. All told, it cost them $189 dollars. Back in the 60s, a $3 poll tax was considered to be enough of an outrage that we passed a constitutional amendment to ban poll taxes, but apparently today $189 for certain voters is fine!
Voting Rights Act Prior to 2013, this type of suppression was kept somewhat in check by the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which required states with a history of voter suppression to get a federal judge to sign off on any change to their voting laws. But a 5-4 conservative-majority Supreme Court ruling struck this down, on the grounds that Congress hadn't updated its list of suppressive states in years. And the Republican-controlled congress obviously refused to pass an updated list.
Polling place closures Now these same states are at it again. In addition to the voter ID stuff, over a thousand polling places in those states have closed recently, mostly in minority-heavy locations. This not only makes it harder to get to the polls, it significantly increases wait times once you're there. Minority voters are 6 times as likely as white voters to wait more than an hour in line while voting. Georgia is particularly bad about this. Between the closures and the voting machines which break suspiciously often in majority-black areas, there were thousands of voters who faced lines of over four hours in this year's primary. Some didn't get to vote until after midnight. And then, since they were "suspicious black people" out after midnight, they had the cops called on them!
Purges In order to prevent the voter rolls from getting clogged up with dead people and those who have moved, states can periodically purge their rolls of inactive voters. Ideally they make every effort to only target inactive voters, and to give voters plenty of notice before going through with the purge. But for many states, this often winds up just being another tool of suppression. The rate of purging has grown faster than the population has in recent years, and purging has particularly ramped up in those states that no longer require preclearance. Texas secretary of state David Whitley had to resign a few months ago after attempting to fraudulently purge 95,000 voters on the grounds that they supposedly weren't citizens.
One of the worst tools for overzealous purges was Kris Kobach's Crosscheck. This supposedly helped states look for people who were registered in more than one state, by letting the states share voter info and search for people with the same full names and dates of birth. But since it's possible for many different people to have the same name, the false positive rates were astoundingly high: Ada County, Idaho purged 766 voters under Crosscheck, but undid every single one after realizing the system was worthless. Nationwide, the false positive rate was over 99 percent. And due to the differing popularity of different names, it disproportionately targeted minority voters.
Felon disenfranchisement 48 states ban people from voting from prison. Many also have varying restrictions on felons voting even after they get out. This can be used to disenfranchice specific populations, such as when the Nixon administration used drug laws to target hippies and black people, since they weren't voting for him.
And then once they're disenfranchised, some states try very hard to keep them that way. Texas bans people on probation from voting, but rather than just check whether people are eligible when they try to register, Texas instead lets them register and prosecutes them for doing so. One woman was sentenced to five years for voting in 2016, even though she didn't know she was ineligible. This serves to intimidate other potential voters into staying home if they don't know all the rules.
Even registering people to vote is a felony in Texas if you don't jump through all their hoops first.
Florida had previously banned ex-felons from ever voting, but a ballot measure overturned that law in 2018. Then the Republican legislature re-passed a ban for the ex-felons who have unpaid court fees. Not only is this a blatant poll tax, but it's hard for many of these people to even find out how much they owe. They created another situation like Texas where people are worried about registering out of fear that they'll be sent back to prison for it. The law was mostly struck down as a poll tax, but people who can afford it will still have to pay the fines. See this writeup for details.
COVID-19 and voting by mail With increased need for voting by mail, the pandemic is providing even more opportunities for voter suppression. Trump threatened to cut Michigan's COVID funding if they didn't cut back on their efforts to expand mail voting.
This year's Wisconsin judicial elections took place at the height of Wisconsin's COVID lockdown. Due to the lack of poll workers willing to work in a pandemic, Milwaukee only had FIVE polling stations open instead of the usual 180. Governor Evers tried to delay it in order to give the state more time to get everything in order, but Republicans in the legislature wouldn't let him. Evers then tried to ease the unnecessary restrictions on mail voting, such as requiring a witness to sign the ballot. How is a quarantined person with COVID going to find someone to sign their ballot? Evers also tried to delay the deadline for getting ballots mailed in, since many voters hadn't even received their ballots by the deadline. The Supreme Court overruled both of these in another 5-4 conservative split.
Legislative obstruction The first thing Democrats did after retaking the House in 2018 was to address most of these issues and more with a comprehensive voting rights bill. But Senate Republicans refused to even put it up for a vote, with Mitch McConnell calling those voting rights protections a "one-sided power grab". The House tried to put COVID-specific voting protections into another bill, and Trump admitted that we would "never have a Republican elected in this country again" if we had high enough levels of voting.
It's as simple as this: they don't want people voting. They know that the majority of the country dislikes them and would elect Democrats if given the chance. Cynics often say "if voting really could make a difference, they'd have made it illegal by now". But that same logic works even better the other way. Republicans at every level of government are trying their damn hardest to make it illegal for you to vote. If your vote didn't matter, they wouldn't need to bother.
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2020.06.16 04:28 mission_improbables Systemic Racial Bias in Policing and the Rise of White Nationalists in Law Enforcement

DOJ findings of systemic racism in police departments across the country
Stop and Frisk is one particular example of systemic racial bias by police in New York
Instances of law enforcement racial bias and support for white supremacy
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2020.06.02 18:23 Woodennickel20 Defending the Draft: New England Patriots

Preface
Going into the 2019 season, the Patriots held very high expectations. The defense that had just shut down the high-powered 2018 Rams offense had arguably gotten better. Although the offense had lost Rob Gronkowski, the addition of first-round WR N’Keal Harry and free agent Demaryius Thomas seemed to at least keep their offensive options. Combining this with Sony Michel coming off a successful rookie campaign and 4 of 5 starters of a strong offensive line, with Trent Brown being replaced by 2018 1st round selection Isaiah Wynn, the offensive situation looked optimistic for New England.
As the team progressed through the 2019 preseason and into the season itself, things began to look even better. Although N’Keal Harry injured himself in the first preseason game, the team was eventually informed that Josh Gordon would be reinstated, even being allowed to start Week 1. The defense showed its prowess throughout the preseason, especially against the Lions and Panthers, with the only bad game coming against the Giants, when the Patriots mainly played people at the bottom of the depth chart. To add to New England fans’ excitement, they saw their team sign WR Antonio Brown the night before the team’s debut against the Steelers. As New England embarrassed Brown’s former team 33-3, and then the Dolphins 43-0 it seemed almost inevitable that New England would become the first franchise to win 7 Super Bowls.
However, that was not how the season progressed. Brown couldn’t handle himself even under Belichick’s control, and his decision to threaten the children of one of his accusers of sexual assault found him released from the team. Josh Gordon was injured Week 6 against the Giants, eventually being medically released and later found to have relapsed when he was on the Seahawks. The rest of the offense was riddled with injuries: Julian Edelman had nagging rib injuries, Philip Dorsett hurt his foot early in the year and also sustained a concussion, Mohammed Sanu sustained an ankle injury in his first game, early kick/punt returner Gunner Olsewski was injured in Week 7, Brady himself reportedly struggled with his elbow. The worst effects of injury came against the Offensive Line, as 4 out of the 5 starters sustained some injury, and this is not including the fact that C David Andrews missed the whole season because of pulmonary embolism. The most impactful injury out of this bunch was LT Isaiah Wynn, as the team had to deploy Marshall Newhouse to replace him, a role that Newhouse did not fill adequately, to say the least. Blocking also suffered when FB James Devlin suffered a season ending injury, followed by his backup Jakob Johnson also being put on IR only a few games later. Matt LaCosse and Ben Watson both missed multiple games, forcing the team to only roll with Ryan Izzo at tight end at some times.
These many injuries, as well as a terrible TE corps, not only stunted the passing attack but also crippled the running game. Michel was often met and tackled in the backfield, resulting in a terrible YPC despite being the AFC East’s leading rusher. Despite these offense struggles, the team’s excellent defense performance, in combination with facing many subpar offenses, carried the team to a 12-4 record and the 3rd seed in the AFC. However, the offensive struggles were too great for the team; although the team’s defense held the red-hot Titans offense to 14 points and gave the offense multiple chances to pull ahead, the offense failed to perform when needed, unable to finish drives, even when on Tennessee’s 1-yard line. Sometimes you really do need an offense to win a championship.
Pre-draft
Notable Losses
QB Tom Brady, FA, Buccaneers: The one loss that seemed unthinkable until it really happened. Even though we knew that Brady’s contract voided after this year, many fans thought he was still going to re-sign and finish his career here. However, New England really did not have the cap space to do so and build a satisfactory team around him, causing Brady to decide to sign with the Buccaneers, a team with high offensive potential and has a shot at the super bowl. The Greatest QB of All Time will be missed here in New England, as the team experiences uncertainty at the position for the first time in nearly 20 years.
FB James Devlin, Retirement: When it was announced that it was a neck injury that sidelined Devlin for the rest of the season, his future with the team was in doubt. Once the team signed free agent Dan Vitale, it was almost certain that Devlin would announce his retirement sooner or later. James Devlin was an underrated part of the Pats’ success in the 2010s, where he proved to be a reliable lead blocker, bolstering the effectiveness of New England’s run game. His absence for most of 2019 was palpable as the team consistently struggled establishing a run game, and the Patriots have a tall task of finding an effective replacement for him.
K Stephen Gostkowski, Released: Gostkowski’s departure represented another long-time Patriot staple leaving the team, although the Patriots had started to live without him as his season ended very early due to an injury that required surgery. The Patriots missed Gostkowski’s leg last year, as the team could not reliably score field goals longer than 40 yards, causing the offense to attempt 4th down conversions deep into enemy territory.
LB Kyle Van Noy, FA, Dolphins: One of Belichick’s greatest successes in terms of correctly utilizing players that were previously viewed as ‘busts’ because their coaches could not use them correctly. Van Noy was acquired from the Lions for a measly swap of 6th and 7th picks midway through the 2016 season. Throughout his tenure with the Patriots, especially within the last two seasons, Van Noy became a staple piece in the team’s LB corps with his versatility and great fundamentals. Van Noy now joins his former LB coach Brian Flores in Miami, who will likely maximize Van Noy’s potential.
LB Elendon Roberts, FA, Miami: Elandon Roberts joined his teammate Van Noy in joining Miami to be coached under Brian Flores. Roberts was promoted to captain for his final season in New England, and primarily played most of his defensive snaps as a run-defending thumping linebacker. Roberts also filled in as an emergency FB when both Devlin and Johnson were injured, and played decently well for a third-string FB, I guess. Roberts represents another role that the Patriots had to fill through free agency and the draft.
LB Jamie Collins, FA, Lions: The Patriots added a familiar face in the athletic freak Jamie Collins heading into the 2019 season. Collins’ athleticism allowed him to flash in the early parts of the 2019 season, when he obtained a pick-six at Miami and almost blocked a Bills field goal attempt by broad jumping over the Bills’ line. Like Van Noy, Collins heads to a former Patriots defensive coach in Matt Patricia in Detroit. Unlike the Dolphins, the Lions front office did not watch the second half of the 2019 season, where Collins tended to lose discipline and become a liability in the defense, showing off some of his former issues. I highly doubt Lions fans will think Collins is worth his $10 million APY contract
DT Danny Shelton, FA, Lions: Patriots North scoops up another Patriots player, what a surprise. Going into the 2019 preseason, Shelton seemed like he might be on the outside looking in for the Patriots roster. It looked like other tackles such as Mike Pennel had the ability to replace Shelton. However, Shelton impressed and was able to earn his spot on the team. The nose tackle’s primary role throughout the season was to be a run defender, a role he played quite well. Shelton will help add some strength to a Lions defensive front that played badly last year.
DB Duron Harmon, Traded, Lions: Duron Harmon was a long-time player at the safety position, filling in the role of the third safety while working alongside McCourty and Chung. He earned the nickname of “the closer” due to his performances at the end of matches where he would end the game through obtaining an interception. The Patriots quickly found their replacement for Harmon, most notably adding DB/ST Adrian Phillips, so there really isn’t much worry for him leaving the team.
OL Coach Dante Scarnecchia, Retirement: Arguably the greatest loss that the Patriots suffered outside of Tom Brady, the OL guru has again decided to retire. Scarnecchia is responsible for the Patriots having great offensive lines throughout his tenure and is a sometimes underrated aspect of their wild success. Unlike Scar’s previous retirement in 2014 where he was replaced by Dave DeGuglielmo, both Cole Popovich and Carmen Briscillo have experience being an understudy of Scarnecchia, which will likely help to soften the blow of his retirement. There were also rumors that Scar was still advising New England on scouting the OL position for the draft, so perhaps you can never keep this man away from this team.
Additions, Extensions, Retentions,
C David Andrews, Returning from IR: Although this technically does not fit this category, Andrews deserves to be mentioned. Even though Ted Karras played decently as he was thrust into the starting role, the Patriots felt Andrews absence, especially in the run game. Losing Andrews also likely contributed to the rest of the IOL (especially Mason, who played a lot of the season with a foot injury) not performing as well as they could have. Andrews' return will improve Jarrett Stidham’s performance, both through his protection as well as increasing the effectiveness of the Patriots’ rushing attack.
OG Joe Thuney, Franchise Tag: Bringing back Thuney was a wise move for the Patriots. The star left guard will be instrumental to protecting young quarterback Jarrett Stidham as well as ensuring the run game operates smoothly. Although some consider IOL to be a low-value position, Thuney will help the team acclimate to the other changes that happened around the offense. Having a solid line is an important element of building a good offense, and Thuney will ensure that the left guard position will work reliably.
DBs Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung: With Brady leaving, the Patriots found it valuable to keep long-time veterans around the team to maintain their team morale and culture while acclimating to the personnel change. McCourty has been a captain and locker room leader of the Patriots for quite some time and will be an important leader as the team adjusts to 2020. Both McCourty and Chung will feature in what should be a very strong secondary unit throughout the 2020 season.
DB/ST Adrian Phillips, FA: Boy do the Patriots love versatility special teamers! Phillips has played well as a special teamer and also played in many positions in the Chargers secondary, and will bring his veteran experience to the Patriots secondary. He will likely play in the rotation of safeties with Chung and McCourty, filling in a similar role to Harmon, who was traded the day before Phillips was signed.
DT Beau Allen, FA: The former Buccaneers DT will likely fill in as a replacement for Danny Shelton, who left the team to play for Detroit. Allen projects to play as a run-stuffing nose tackle that will ensure the Patriots can control the run.
FB Danny Vitale, FA: Vitale is an interesting signing. While he is listed as a fullback, he probably will not be a straight replacement for the retired James Devlin. Devlin primarily filled in as a lead blocker and sometimes as a rusher, but very rarely was used as a downfield threat. Vitale has some decent athleticism and pass-catching experience that the Patriots will likely utilize. His versatility may mean the Patriots move him around a lot instead of just using him as a lead blocker, though he has decent experience at that position as well.
LB Brandon Copeland, FA: Copeland was a signing the Patriots made to help account for the losses they had in free agency. The veteran LB recently played for the division rival Jets, where he primarily performed off the ball under Gregg Williams. Copeland brings some versatility and leadership as he has had to adapt from playing from the defensive line to off the ball.
WRs Marqise Lee and Dameire Byrd, FA: Byrd’s main attribute is straight-line speed, though he really has never been able to convert it into a high amount of production, in part due to injuries. Perhaps it’s because Dorsett was on this team for three straight years, but I am not going to bet on Byrd producing just because he has speed. Lee is much more interesting, as he was able to produce solidly during 2016-17. However, Lee has not performed nearly at all in the last two years because of injuries. If Lee can return to his pre-injury form, (though not very likely), he could carve out a pretty decent role on this New England roster.
The Draft:
2.37 Kyle Dugger, DB, Lenoir-Rhyne:
It wasn’t a surprise to many Patriots fans that the team elected to trade out of their first round pick, though some that held up hope the Patriots would make a selection might have been disappointed. Many fans wondered where the team would go with their first pick, and when it was announced that the team chose a DB from a division II school, people were initially exasperated.
Belichick’s record with 2nd round defensive backs is quite well known such that it has become a meme within the fanbase and around the NFL. His main success with the position in the second round was with Patrick Chung, and even he wasn’t very successful until his second stint. Obviously, we can’t declare a player a success or failure just because of prior trends or draft position and instead should look at the player himself if we are to make a judgement upon him.
Coming out of high school, Dugger only received offers from DII schools because he was very undersized. As he eventually grew into his frame in Lenoir-Rhyne, he elected to commit to the school that recruited him. Dugger is a hard-hitting player who most likely will transition to playing in the box as a safety for the Patriots, likely eventually taking over for aging veteran Patrick Chung.
What separates Dugger from many other defensive backs the Patriots have selected over the recent years is his athleticism. Dugger running a 4.49s 40, jumping 42 inches in the vertical jump and 134 in the broad jump while being 6’1” and 217 pounds presents a mixture of speed, size, and athleticism that is rare for a safety. The main aspect of his game that the Patriots need to work on is his transition to playing against NFL-level competition. Generally, the jump from a DI school to the NFL is quite large, the difference from DII to the NFL is even larger. It will likely take a year or two for Dugger to be ready to be a significant contributor on the defense as he adjusts to his new system. Adapting to these circumstances, the Patriots have ensured that Dugger will not have a lot of pressure to perform on defense early on through extending Chung and signing Phillips. Interestingly, Dugger’s coaching throughout his years at Lenoir-Rhyne has been inconsistent, he had to play under three different coordinators during his four years at the school. Hopefully with some great coaching and system stability with Bill and Steve Belichick Dugger can carve out his role as a future player in the secondary.
Perhaps to the disappointment of some Patriots fans, Dugger’s contributions early in his career will most likely be on special teams. Dugger had experience being a returner in college, and I would not be surprised if that becomes his primary role early on in his tenure. Dugger’s athletic ability gives him the potential to become a future star on the team if he can adapt to the NFL. Only time will tell whether he works out or becomes another player too add to the list of failed second round picks.
2.60 Josh Uche, OLB, Michigan:
Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio remarked that prior to day two, the Patriots had three players they had a priority on acquiring: Dugger was one of them, and Uche was the other that the Patriots were able to draft with their selections.
Like Dugger, Uche is an explosive athlete with great speed as well as motor. Due to enduring an injury in the senior bowl, he was unable to participate in the combine. However, his athleticism shows up on film. Uche is a very versatile player, being able to play both on the line as well as off the ball and his efforts got him named the most versatile player by PFF in their 2020 draft guide. Michigan DC Don Brown said that he put Uche in nearly every position on the defense. I am sure Belichick was quite happy when he saw the 245 pound linebacker in coverage downfield against Penn State WR KJ Hamler. Amongst his versatility, his pass rush ability is what truly stands out. His 23.2% pressure rate and 28.2% pass rush win rate were second in both categories in the FBS. Uche achieved these great statistics through his incredible getoff off the line as well as good hand placement combined with his fantastic athleticism. Don Brown stated that Uche’s primary motivation was to become the best pass rusher in the country, and the dedication and work that Uche put in to be amongst the best in the country showed throughout the 2019 season. The primary aspect of Uche’s game that he needs to solidify in order to increase his role on the Patriots is increasing consistency with run defense.
Uche marked the first of five consecutive selections the Patriots made that addressed pressing needs. Considering the amount of LB talent that left over the offseason, it is possible that Uche will see a decent amount of playing time on the defense, perhaps in a similar role to former Wolverine Chase Winovich, whom Uche now rejoins in New England. I see Uche likely being the second-most impactful rookie to play for the Patriots this season, helping to strengthen the team’s pass rush, resulting in a more effective pass defense overall.
3.87 Anfernee Jennings, OLB, Alabama:
Jennings’ selection serves as a nice complement to Uche’s. While Uche is this very athletic and undersized linebacker, Jennings better fits into the traditional, big, physical type of linebacker. Coming from Alabama, Jennings offers great fundamentals and football IQ that come from developing under Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban. While he may not be the most athletic or flashy player, Jennings will likely cement his role in the Patriots defense as a solid and reliable player, especially against the run. Jennings registered great production during his time at Alabama, leading edge defenders in FBS for run-stop rate at 12.6%. The Alabama product has often been compared to former Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy due to his ability to be a versatile piece across the line.
Jennings is a very persevering player as well. In 2018 he suffered a worrying knee injury. Fortunately, the injury did not prevent him from returning to the field, but Jenninngs had to put in a lot of effort in order to return to his previous form. Saban also complimented Jennings’s dedication to improving himself in practice sessions. Jennings likely projects as an edge defender who will play very well against the run while also sometimes dropping into coverage. Jennings will likely see a fair amount of action as a rookie, especially on rushing downs. While he may not have a high ceiling, Jennings will likely be an anchor of the Pats’ defense as he progresses through his contract.
3.91 Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA:
On the offense, New England desperately needed to do something with their TE situation. Matt Lacosse may be a replacement level backup, but Ryan Izzo is not an NFL-caliber player. With very little cap space to address the position in free agency, the Patriots looked to the draft to fill their TE position. By selecting Asiasi in the third round, it is the first time the Patriots have spent a day two or higher pick on a tight end since 2010, when they selected Gronkowski.
Asiasi will likely become the Patriots number 1 option at the position. When looking at Bill Belichick’s 1991 scouting notes shared by Daniel Jeremiah, NBC analyst Phil Perry noted that Asiasi seems to fit the bill for the number one role. Devin Asiasi displayed great catching ability throughout his year starting at UCLA, only having one drop throughout the entire year. Asiasi also demonstrated great ability to run after the catch, averaging 5.6 yards in this category. Another ability that Asiasi brings as a TE that the Patriots sorely missed in 2019 is blocking. Even if Asiasi won’t perform as a great blocker (which is best reserved for #2 or #3 TEs anyway), it will most likely be better than the awfulness that was Patriot tight end blocking last year.
Asiasi was suspended for three games in the 2018 season for undisclosed reasons by Chip Kelly. However, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are on good terms with UCLA head coach Chip Kelly, meaning that they were able to confer with Kelly and confirm that Asiasi would be a good fit with the team and his suspensions were nothing to.worry about. Asiasi also possesses high football intelligence, being able to run complex concepts such as option routes in Kelly’s TE heavy offense. Even though Asiasi is undersized for what people normally think of a #1 TE , only being 6’3” and 257 lbs., his athletic ability and smooth movement should translate well into the NFL. Although Asiasi will likely be the starting Y-Tight End for the Patriots offense, I would not bet on him to break the trend of rookie TEs having low production, though Asiasi will definitely contribute in blocking.
3.101 Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech:
The Patriots also repeated something that they did 10 years ago, which was taking two tight ends in the draft. Dalton Keene is an interesting prospect to project for the Patriots. His playstyle resembles that of an F or move tight end. Even Belichick admitted after drafting Keene that they would have work to do in terms of finding him a role on this team, since the role that Keene played in the Virginia Tech offense is nothing like anything the Patriots run in their offense.
If Keene seems to be such a confusing fit for the Patriots, then what made the team trade back up into the third round in order to select him. The most defining feature that Keene exhibits through his play is toughness. He is a very dedicated and ruthless player, oftentimes toughing it out through injury and not playing with high regard to his health while on the field. The aggressiveness that Keene displayed both during practice and games caused his teammates to give him the nickname of “Rambo”. Keene’s offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen called him the toughest player he has ever seen. Keene has never produced that much in the receiving game, only racking up 341 yards in his most productive receiving season. Perhaps given his athletic talent it suggests that Virginia Tech underutilized his ability in the passing game, instead placing more focus upon his ability in the run game instead. Keene will be a versatile player and likely fill multiple roles as the Patriots’ second tight end, primarily being used as that F tight end, move tight end, or perhaps H-back. He may in fact share similar duties to FB Danny Vitale. I would be more than happy if Keene and Asiasi can combine for about 600-700 receiving yards and a few touchdowns in their rookie year.
5.159 Justin Rohrwasser, K, Marshall:
Another need that the Patriots needed to fill during the draft or free agency was the kicker position. Many people expected the Patriots to take someone like Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia Southern kicker Tyler Bass, or Chase Vinatieri from South Dakota. When the Patriots selected Rohrwasser, a kicker who was so unknown that he didn’t even have a profile on the NFL’s website many people were confused.
What caused the Patriots to select this unknown kicker from Marshall. Rohrwasser displayed great performance throughout the 2019 season, having a statistically better season compared to the other higher profile kickers in the draft. Rohrwasser made 18 of 21 field goals and 35 of 36 XPs. He was perfect on kicks greater than 50 yards out, even hitting a clutch field goal from 53 yards against Western Kentucky after being iced twice. Belichickj stated that the Patriots have watched over 250 kicks and were impressed by his ability to kick in clutch situations as well as poor conditions, something Rohrwasser will have to do often in the AFC East. It is unclear whether Rohrwasser will relieve punter Jake Bailey of his kickoff duties (thought I think it’s more likely than not). If there is any position I trust Bill to evaluate, it’ s the placekicker. Rohrwasser will likely be the most impactful rookie on the patriots, mainly because he is the only surefire starter out of all of them. If Rohrwasser succeeds, the Patriots will be able to not go for fourth downs deep in enemy territory again and have a good kicker on a cheap rookie deal.
6.182 Michael Onwenu, OG, Michigan:
After addressing many immediate needs, the Patriots decided to take some shots at reserve linemen. Considering what happened in 2019, it is smart for the Patriots to add some young talent to the Offensive Line in order to account for things not going according to plan.
The first thing that strikes people when they look at Onwenu is his size. This man is HUGE, especially for an interior lineman. Coming in at 6’3”, around 350 lbs (he actually weighed closer to 370 during the season at college), Onwenu is a very physically imposing presence. He is very good at doing his job of not letting defenders get by him. During his past two years at Michigan, Onwenu played 1198 snaps, Onwenu only allowed 13 pressures and 2 sacks. He plays with great power and if he is able to get his hands on the defender, then it is over. Onwenu also possesses decent movement ability for his size; he will be able to perhaps do downfield blocking a bit better than people expect him to. Also, according to Michigan’s OL coach Ed Warriner, Onenwu really doesn’t have the ability to go much lower than 345 lbs.
Onenwu will start out on the team as a backup in the iOL, though more likely in his natural position of RG. Onenwu is quite different compared to New England’s other iOLs, he is 50 pounds heavier than the rest of our starting interiors. It will be interesting to see how Onwenu is able to execute the Patriots’ offensive scheme considering how physically different he is compared to Thuney, Andrews, and Mason. Either way, Onenwu will be a reliable depth piece that can protect Stidham if any of the starters go down.
6.195 Justin Herron, OG/OT, Wake Forest:
The second lineman that the Patriots invested draft capital in was Justin Herron. Herron started 51 games for Wake Forest, exclusively at the LT position. Herron’s experience at the position will likely slot him in as the primary backup to Isaiah Wynn, who has spent a lot of time of his career injured. Herron did suffer an ACL tear in the first week of the 2018 season, but rebounded quite well in 2019. Herron, like Onwenu, is a great pass-blocker. In 2017, the season prior to tearing his ACL, Herron allowed zero sacks. In 2019, when he recovered from his ACL injury, he only allowed four sacks and 13 pressures.
Some analysts raise questions about Herron playing tackle at the next level, instead projecting him as a guard. Interestingly, analysts made similar remarks about now-starting LT Isaiah Wynn. Considering that he only played left tackle during his time in college, I think the Patriots evaluated him and will use him as a tackle. If New England wanted an interior lineman, they likely would have selected someone else. Another concern that some have about Herron is his athleticism, which showed up at the combine, especially in his 8.41s three-cone drill. Scarnecchia often said the Patriots don’t care too much about athleticism in the OL, saying that they only needed to be athletic-enough. If the Patriots were that concerned about his athletic ability, he likely wouldn’t have been selected. Even so, it’s a great idea to grab a tackle who played solidly in college and will spend most of his rookie deal as a reserve player. This pick will be a success if Herron makes the team and can competently back up Wynn if he finds himself injured again.
6.204 Cassh Maluia, LB, Wyoming:
In the midst of the Patriots grabbing multiple offensive lineman, the Patriots selected another linebacker to increase their depth. During the 2019 season, Maluia went relatively under the radar due to his fellow linebacker and 65th overall pick Logan Wilson. However, those who studied Wilson likely saw Maluia pop out on a few occasions and make great plays. Maluia is an athletic and undersized linebacker, weighing in at only 231 lbs. His athleticism showed up both on tape and on the field, where Maluia displayed versatility across the field being able to both be a thumper as well as a decent coverage player. Maluia’s biggest concern is probably his tackling form, as his aggressiveness caused him to miss a fair amount of times. If Maluia makes the 53 man, he will likely contribute mostly as a special teams player, though his athletic ability might allow him to play a few snaps at defense.
7.230 David Woodard, C, Memphis:
With their final selection in the 2020 NFL draft, the Patriots threw a dart at another reserve lineman. Woodard played all across his the iOL throughout his college career, displaying the versatility that is desired in a backup lineman. Woodard does not have athletic testing available, though some analysts expressed concern about his athletic ability and his size, as Woodard only weighs 291 lbs. As detailed earlier, the Patriots generally concern themself more with technique than pure size and athleticism, and Woodard displays great technique. He graded out as the best run-blocking and second best pass-blocking center in 2019 through PFFs metrics. The Patriots will likely have to still improve Woodard’s technique to make him a future part of the team. Woodard projects as a reserve interior guy, particularly backing up C David Andrews if he makes the team.
UDFAs
Considering that a UDFA has made the New England roster for 16 straight years, I think it is appropriate to talk about some of the more interesting prospects in short. These are not all of the FAs the Patriots signed but some that I think are the most interesting and have the greatest chance to make the team.
For the QB position, the Patriots signed Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke and Louisiana Tech QB J’Mar Smith. Lewerke initially showed promise but a shoulder injury he suffered in 2018 really derailed his career. Smith is more interesting, as he displayed his athleticism throughout his career, as well as possessing great arm strength and ability to make flash off-platform throws. He was suspended for a game, but in his 11 starts he went 10-1 and won C-USA offensive player of the year. Neither QB really poses much threat to Stidham, but if one of them shows promise (especially Smith, who reportedly had a few offers from other teams), don’t be surprised if Belichick makes space for them on the 53 man roster.
For the WR position, which many people were surprised the Patriots did not take a shot at in the draft, the most interesting players are Auburn WR Will Hastings and Miami WR Jeff Thomas. Hastings was Stidham’s former slot receiver in college, racking up 26 receptions and 525 yards with the QB in 2017. Hastings tore his ACL prior to 2018, and Stidham missed his reliable option during the season. Hastings ran a 4.49s 40 and a blistering 6.64s 3-cone during his pro-day. Hasting’s connection with Stidham may allow for him to sneak onto the team. Thomas, on the other hand, mostly specialized as a deep threat for the Hurricanes. Even though he is undersized at 5’9 and 170 lbs, many scouts said he displayed draftable talent throughout his career. The aspect of Thomas that was more influential in making him a UDFA is his character concerns. Thomas has had an issue with nearly every coaching staff that he has interacted with, and got kicked off the 2018 team for attitude issues. If Thomas can pull himself together and realize that there are no more chances, he could transform into a future weapon for the Patriots.
Arizona RB J.J. Taylor is another interesting pickup for the Patriots. He is very short, coming in at only 5’5” tall (never in my life did I think I would be taller than a Pats player), but still manages to pack 185 lbs. Despite his size, Taylor is quite talented, displaying some decent shiftiness as well as the ability to bounce through contact. Perhaps because of his size and elusive playstyle, he has drawn comparisons to former Patriots RB Dion Lewis. If Taylor can show enough ability throughout the offseason, he might be able to get the Patriots to replace a RB, primarily Rex Burkhead, who many Pats fans theorize the team will cut for a few years now.
Ohio State TE Rashod Berry is another interesting player the Patriots picked up. He reportedly may change his position to OLB. Berry had some experience playing defense for Ohio State early in his career, though he did some snaps along the defense for a few games in his senior year. Many Ohio State fans say that Berry is a very athletic player who was underutilized by the Ohio State system. Wherever he plays, it will be interesting to see how his skill translates to the next level.
On the defensive side of the ball the Patriots were able to sign Auburn EDGE Nick Coe after negotiations between him and the Bills fell through. Coe was one of the top ranked free agents after the draft talent-wise, as he produced well in his first few seasons at Auburn. He is a much more prototypical big edge player the Patriots generally use in their system, but also has the versatility to play off the ball. However, Coe seems happiest playing as an edge rusher off the line. Coe’s main issue is his off-the field issues, where he feuded with his coaching staff over his assignments on the team, and also did not put in as much effort as a result. Coe is a very high-potential signing, but he will have to accept whatever role New England gives him if he wants to succeed.
The signing that gave the most guaranteed money went to Arkansas LB De’Jon Harris. Harris primarily plays as a thumping linebacker, which will likely be his role if he manages the Patriots. He has been theorized to fill a similar role to Elandon Roberts did last year (though likely not as a FB on offense). As a thumper, Harris’ best ability is tracking down and meeting the ball carrier, except he does suffer from some tackling issues.
The Patriots somehow managed to convince Bill Murray to join the team, where he will slot in on the defensive line. The DT from William & Mary displays good ability to be disruptive along the defensive line, though keep in mind that this was against FCS competition. Murray also managed to block 10 kicks during his tenure, something that Belichick is surely proud of. He reportedly is also a guy who is great at making his teammates laugh, perhaps like his celebrity counterpart. Considering that DL is a weaker position on the Patriots, Murray has a real shot to get on the team with his talent.
If I am going to talk about UDFAs that have a great chance of making the team, I am not going to overlook the secondary. The DB that the patriots signed this year was Washington’s Myles Bryant. Bryant is another undersized player, only coming at 5’8” and 183 lbs.. and primarily played free safety in 2019 after playing slot corner for the previous two years. Bryant showed good short-area quickness on the field as well as in athletic testing, running a 6.81s 3-cone. His greatest weakness is tackling, likely worsened by his small size. Bryant will need to improve his tackling if he wants to make the team. I also wanted to shout out 2019 UDFA UNM DB D’Angelo Ross, another undersized corner that showed some promise in the preseason prior to suffering a season-ending injury. I still don’t fully understand why Belichick spends so many premier picks on DBs when he can just pull great ones out of his rear nearly every year in the UDFA market.
Roster Projection:
Projecting the Patriots roster is especially difficult due to the amount of bodies at many positions such as OL, LB, and DB. This problem is exacerbated by the fact I haven’t seen anyone play yet or have the most recent updates on everyone’s health. I am not confident that this roster will be that accurate to the final roster that appears week 1.
QB (2) - Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer
RB (5) - Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden, Damien Harris
FB (1) - Dan Vitale
WR (7) - N’Keal Harry, Mohammed Sanu, Julian Edelman, Marqise Lee, Jakobi Meyers, Matt Slater, Jeff Thomas
TE (2) - Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene
OL (9) - Isaiah Wynn, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, Yodny Cajuste, Justin Herron, Hjalte Froholdt, Michael Onwenu
DL (4) - Adam Butler, Beau Allen, Lawrence Guy, Byron Cowart
EDGE/LB (9) - Deatrich Wise, Chase Winovich, John Simon, Josh Uche, Anfernee Jennings, Dont’a Hightower, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Cassh Maluia, Brandon King
CB (6) - Stephon Gilmore, Joejuan Williams, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Justin Bethel,
S (5) - Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Adrian Phillips, Kyle Dugger, Terrence Brooks
K - Justin Rohrwasser
P - Jake Bailey
LS - Joe Cardona
KR and PR - Dugger
Conclusion?
The Patriots enter a time of uncertainty that hasn’t existed in my lifetime. This 2020 squad is very hard to predict because of all the unknowns that exist all over the team, most notably at QB. It is possible that the Patriots perform better on the offense this year due to the sheer amount of players that are now healthy, especially alongside the offensive line. Although it is most likely the Patriots will not be a contender this year, depending on how well Stidham and the rest of the offense perform and develop, the team could bring itself into contention as early as 2021. I anxiously, but optimistically, await this team’s future.
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2020.06.02 00:15 drhoondeh A primer on how to identify narrative manipulation on Reddit - posted by u/inconvenientnews


OP is here from u/inconvenientnews
Comment text:
Unfortunately, Reddit racists are already using it as a "spot the difference" racist meme. (Better non-racist "spot the difference" memes: https://np.reddit.com/PoliticalHumocomments/gtzx79/visible_confusion/ https://np.reddit.com/SelfAwarewolves/comments/gtebjk/spot_the_difference/)
Their other tactics today:
Their other tactics on Reddit:
Steve Bannon bragging about these tactics:
the power of what he called “rootless white males” who spend all their time online and they could be radicalized in a kind of populist, nationalist way
http://www.businessinsider.com/steve-bannon-white-gamers-seinfeld-joshua-green-donald-trump-devils-bargain-sarah-palin-world-warcraft-gamergate-2017-7
Bannon: "You can activate that army. They come in through Gamergate or whatever and then get turned onto politics and Trump."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/07/18/steve-bannon-learned-harness-troll-army-world-warcraft/489713001/
Gamingcirclejerk captures them doing their thing.
These tactics have been successful for a while.
John Ehrlichman, who partnered with Fox News cofounder Roger Ailes since 1968 on the Republican "Southern Strategy":
[We] had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying?
We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.
We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.
Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.
"He was the premier guy in the business," says former Reagan campaign manager Ed Rollins. "He was our Michelangelo."
Ailes repackaged Richard Nixon for television in 1968, papered over Ronald Reagan’s budding Alzheimer’s in 1984, shamelessly stoked racial fears to elect George H.W. Bush in 1988, and waged a secret campaign on behalf of Big Tobacco to derail health care reform in 1993.
Hillarycare was to have been funded, in part, by a $1-a-pack tax on cigarettes. To block the proposal, Big Tobacco paid Ailes to produce ads highlighting “real people affected by taxes.”
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-roger-ailes-built-the-fox-news-fear-factory-20110525
Adam McKay:
Every day I have to marvel at what the billionaires and FOX News pulled off. They got working whites to hate the very people that want them to have more pay, clean air, water, free healthcare and the power to fight back against big banks & big corps. It’s truly remarkable.
Lyndon Johnson in 1960 calling out their tactics:
If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1988/11/13/what-a-real-president-was-like/d483c1be-d0da-43b7-bde6-04e10106ff6c/
A playbook that they brag about on their subreddits:
https://np.reddit.com/minnesota/comments/7jkybf/t_d_user_suggests_infiltrating_minnesota/dr7m56j/?context=1
More screenshots:
https://i.redd.it/k4rsav2ov1pz.jpg
https://np.reddit.com/worldnews/comments/5txz03/michael_flynn_resigns_trumps_national_security/ddpyyb6/?context=1
https://twitter.com/contrapoints/status/896823834338263041
https://imgur.com/a/efvQqve
https://imgur.com/a/yeP9T6S
https://medium.com/@DeoTasDevil/the-rhetoric-tricks-traps-and-tactics-of-white-nationalism-b0bca3caeb84 (explanations of the screenshots)
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2020.05.11 14:30 lisajean1234 Solutions! We already know the problems.

We started out with Myspace, Yahoo! chat rooms and Craigslist. There were no Trolls, MAGAots or Demorats then. What has changed?
Nothing.
What is different? Privacy policies. Some are using manipulation, Social Psychology, confusion, and propaganda to gain political power. A good government would have programs to end hatebait, propaganda and division... if they wanted to.
Of course there have been think tanks, scholars, universities, advisors, historians, governments, physicians, military and more who have studied every aspect of manipulation. You can look all of this up for yourself.
So in a nut shell what has Lisa (me) learned? What did they miss? What loophole is there for us? What is our next steps?
There is much we can do about our government. We have acquired a belief that the only solution to our problems is via our government. WE are America. The only solutions now are via us. Together. (We are going to need a lot of 'us' so maybe lighten up on the immigrants?)
Solutions! We already know the problems.
Only a like minded mob can be manipulated. Join the other side. Subscribe to their channels. Read their websites. Friend, follow, watch. They want us divided. Do the opposite of that. Open the closed information loop with objective information from you, fellow American. Our grandparents built this country, together. We trained for wars, together. We are America, together. We. Us.
Divide, revolt, war, new government. That makes the next step in their plan; Riot, To cause a riot simply revoke rights; Guns, abortion, LGBTQ, immigration, press, grievances. There are solutions, many, many solutions. There is only one purpose to revoking rights. Riot. Don't.
Go to your state and fix the problem.
The government is causing problems the States are solving problems. Check with your state and see where they stand on these dividing issues. There are amazing resources available, find them, use them.
Within our grasp is the electoral college. The electoral college is a manipulation of our democracy and does not represent the majority. National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Ending the Electoral College doesn't require the daunting task of changing the constitution. States decide how they pick electors. 16 states so far are adopting a measure that would award Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote. We only need 74 more! Get your state to join.
What if WE manipulate the masses? We can establish internet etiquette and teach to predict. We, the People, have an advantage we have never had before in history. Until the internet only the rich or their puppets influenced our lives. Only a select few could manipulate the masses. Now anyone can be heard. Anyone can influence. WE can be heard. WE can influence. What if we used the exact same manipulation methods they use on us? We know they work. We could use these super powers for good!
There are laws, many, many laws which would prevent the people from using this new form of communication for a better society. When they revoke our communication, that is when the third part of their plan starts. War.
Stop the division. Don't riot. Guard communication sources.
Next on the agenda; Citizens United.
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2020.03.11 17:48 N8theGr8 Police, racism, and white supremacy

Systemic Racial Bias in Policing and the Rise of White Nationalists in Law Enforcement

DOJ findings of systemic racism in police departments across the country
Stop and Frisk is one particular example of systemic racial bias by police in New York
Instances of law enforcement racial bias and support for white supremacy
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2020.03.02 18:21 axolotl_head_ferns how are 'lol alabama incest' memes not dead yet? I swear I remember them from 2018...

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2020.03.02 14:16 TheFencingCoach 32 Teams/32 Days: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Division: NFC South
Record: 7-9 (3rd in the Division)
Memes: So Many

Intro: Break it Down, Arthur Fleck

I used to think that being a Bucs fan was a tragedy. But now I realize it’s a comedy. For my whole life, I didn’t know if this team really existed, but I do, and people are starting to notice. NFL didn’t listen, did you? You just make the same Jameis memes every week. “Eating W’s,” “MRSA,” “30/30,” are you having any negative thoughts? All we have are negative thoughts.
Loretta Winston used to tell Jameis to smile and put on a happy face. She told him he had a purpose: to give the ball to the world. So what do you get when you cross a mentally ill QB banned from Uber with a subreddit that abandons him and treats him like a meme? You get Buccaneers! Have you seen what it’s like out there, NFL? Do you ever actually leave this sub? Everybody just yells and screams at each other. Nobody’s civil anymore. Nobody thinks what it’s like to be a Bucs fan. You think men and women like the mods of NFL ever think what it’s like to be Bucs fans? To be somebody but themselves? They don’t.
They think we’ll just sit there and take the memes, like good little boys! That we won’t werewolf and go wild! I know it seems strange. I don’t mean to make you uncomfortable. I don’t know why everyone is so rude, I don’t know why you are; I don’t want any more memes from you. Maybe a little warmth, maybe a hug, NFL, maybe a bit of common decency!
Because all of a sudden, you’re going to respect us. You’re going to see what this team is becoming next season. We are on the cusp of playoffs. And you? You wouldn’t get it. Shut your mouth and read on. The joke’s on you.

2019 Key Statistics

Category 2018 Ranking 2019 Ranking Δ
DVOA Offense 12th 21st -9
Total Offense 6,648 Yards 6,366 Yards -282
Total Passing Yards 5,125 Yards 4,845 Yards -280
Total Rushing Yards 1,523 Yards 1,521 Yards -2
DVOA Defense 32nd 5th +27
Total Defense Allowed 6,134 Yards 5,503 -631
Total Passing Yards Allowed 4,151 Yards 4,322 Yards +171
Total Rushing Yards Allowed 1,983 Yards 1,181 Yards -802
Total Sacks 38.0 47.0 +9.0
TurnoveTakeaway Differential -18 -13 +5
Penalty Flags 117 134 +17
Player Arrests 0 0 0

Top Stories of the 2019 Season

Jameis Winston gets a 30/30 Special, and I Ain’t Talking About ESPN: Jameis’s stat line from the 2019 season is the ultimate Rorschach test for where fans stand on the man. “He threw for 5,109 yards and 33 TD’s!” “Yes, but he also threw 30 INT’s and lost an additional 5 fumbles!” Bruce Arians recently make the assessment that about 20 interceptions were Jameis’s fault, the other 10 on his receivers. I don’t disagree. Watching NFL All-22, my personal conclusion was about 21 fell on him.
The biggest problem with Winston after year 5 is less the turnovers themselves, but the clustered manner in which they happened.
In other words, he was 3x as likely to turn the ball over 3+ times in a game than he was to throw 0 picks. And that is objectively bad. It’s not all terrible with Jameis—his mechanics and footwork look drastically improved under Arians and the rapport he established with his top receivers was fantastic. In 5+ years of writing this series, I can’t bring myself to label Winston a “bust.”
I can’t help but think he’s close to becoming the QB who he was expected to be 5 years ago. It’s my hope we franchise him, because it’s not quite time to hit the reset button on this roster. More on that below.
The Year of the Breakout: The Jason Licht era has been full of meme picks, bad picks, and outright stupid free agent signings. This was the very first year that his choices started making sense, and we saw huge breakout years for:
49 Days on the Road: No team was screwed by the NFL’s schedule makers like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019. Due to the NFL’s continued flirtations with London games, the Buccaneers volunteered to play a “home game” in London in the middle of a difficult away stretch of games. From week 4-9, the Buccaneers flew to LA, New Orleans, to London to play the Panthers, then to Tennessee, and finally in Seattle. A total of 20,378 air miles to be precise. I shouldn’t complain too much though, because whatever Shad Khan is cooking up for the Jaguars is likely to look far worse in comparison.
New Uniforms Coming in April: Whoever thought our current uniforms were a good idea deserves to be tar and feathered and thrown in Guantanamo Bay. The design is an unaesthetic nightmare, created as if a cat drank 3 week old curdled milk, an alarm clock, and rotten Chinese food and vomited, and that’s what our current jerseys look like. Poorly received by all and made fun of by many, it’s no surprise that as of 2 weeks ago, the Bucs announced that new uniforms were coming in April 2020. As the old Russian proverb says: “don’t kill the tzar til you know who his replacement is,” but whatever they give us has got to be better.
Bruce Arians Takes a Chainsaw to the Culture: When we hired Bruce Arians last year, I never saw him as a long-term solution, but saw plenty of short term value in bringing him on board because of what he would do with our culture. Sure enough, he wasn’t messing around. In the most recent coaching eras, the Buccaneers had an aura of arrogance and lackadaisicalness that showed up on the field, particularly in the 4th quarter. Bruce Arians came in and said “not today, idiots.” Missed blocking assignment? You’re benched for the rest of the game. Dropped ball that led to an interception? You’re benched for the rest of the game and he’s going to call you out to the media. Six interception game in London? …Okay you get a free pass for that one. Bruce Arians did not come for playtime with Barney the Dinosaur. He was so irate with VH3’s lack of hustle after a botched play that he cut the 2016 1st round pick the next day (in reality, that was the straw that broke the Bruce’s back since VH3 was trending towards megabust anyways). There’s an old joke: what’s the difference between the Bucs and a dollar? You can get four quarters out of a dollar. Well, Bruce got four quarters out of the Bucs this year and the team is starting to buy into his jam. It’s what gives me hope for the future of this team. Have to credit Todd Bowles here too, who made the defense look its best in over a decade. One Jets’ trash is another Bucs’ treasure.

Free Agency – Select Analysis of Key Free Agents on the Docket

Player Status Analysis
Jameis Winston (QB) UFA The decision we make at QB will ultimately determine if I think this is a playoff team or not. Due to Philip Rivers moving his family to Florida, there have been emerging rumors that Rivers could be a potential target for the Bucs. But Rivers is 38 years old and a shell of his former self, and Jameis is still only 26. In spite of the many terrible stinkers played by Jameis in 2019 (e.g. his 6 INT game in London), I sadly believe Jameis Winston gives the Buccaneers the best chance to compete in 2020. Would I make a long-term commitment to him? Positively not. Verdict: Franchise tag. 1 year, $27M
Sack Ferret (Edge) UFA Just as we all predicted: the guy who we signed on a 1 year, $4M deal would lead the league in sacks with 19.5 and an additional 6 forced fumbles. Ferret was one of the team’s pleasant surprises in 2019, and he’s such a cool guy, he even went on camera to urge everyone to kneel before Mike Glennon. The Buccaneers have had a long drought of quality pass rushers up until trading for Jason Pierre-Paul (JPP) last year. It’s going to cost a pretty penny to retain Barrett and pay him based on only one year of top production, but it’ll be worth the gamble. Verdict: Re-sign him. He should command a contract of 5 years, $110M with $60M in guarantees.
Demar Dotson (RT) UFA Demar Dotson spent most of his career in Tampa as one of the better performing and underrated RT’s in the league. A relic dating back to the Raheem Morris years, Dotson has been a fan favorite due to his mostly solid on-field play but his stunning candor in interviews. But he’s well beyond his prime and at 34, isn’t worth an investment in at this point. Verdict: Look to free agency or the Draft for a RT It’s time to let Dotson hit the market.
Breshad Perriman (WR) UFA It’s been an interesting journey for Perriman, who came into the league as a 1st round pick for the Ravens, battled injuries, then had a decent resurgence for the Browns before signing in Tampa on a 1-year deal. To start the season, Perriman was more of his usual stone-handed self: In weeks 1-9, Perriman had a combined 11 catches for 139 yards. But with injuries to both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Perriman stepped up later on in the season, finishing with 25 catches for 506 yards in the remaining 5 weeks. By the way—he had more yards in those final 5 weeks then he had had in any season up to that point. Perriman represents more of a luxury re-signing at this point, and the team is likely to turn to Scotty Miller (2019 6th round pick) as a more budget WR3. Verdict: It was a good year for Perriman, but he’s likely to get a better deal on the open market. Let him walk.
Jason Pierre-Paul (Edge) UFA This is probably the hardest Free Agent to make a verdict on. JPP was acquired from the Giants for a 3rd round pick last year then went onto become our 1st 10+ sack rusher since Simeon Rice in 2007. Another offseason freak accident for JPP last year resulted in a fractured neck that took him out for the first 6 games of the season. He still managed to amass 8.5 sacks in 8 starts. At 31, JPP is still playing at a high level, but when the Bucs restructured his contract to allow him to become a UFA last season, the writing seemed to be on the wall for his future in Tampa. I’d love to find a way to re-sign him on a 2 year deal, worth ~$10M or so, sure, keep him around. Otherwise… Verdict: Try to keep him on a cheap 2 year deal. But he’s likely to want one more big pay-day, and if that’s the case, let him get it.
Ndamukong Suh (DT) UFA Ndamukong Suh didn’t show up on the stat sheet much, and he didn’t even show up that great on tape. But he was worth every penny of his $10M deal for the culture add to the locker room. Suh has always been a violent and determined player, a contrast to the players that we had in the KoetteSmith/Schiano eras. I’m not sure what value he brings in 2020, and he’ll probably try to win one ring before calling it quits. Verdict: Let him go donkey kick some other QB’s balls elsewhere.

2019 Draft Outlook

Round/Pick Player Analysis
Round 1, #5 Overall Devin White (LB – LSU) What I said when we made the pick: “White is a speed demon LB with excellent coverage skills…his attitude alone will be uplifting to a milquetoast team…His transition to the NFL won’t be without growing pains, but it’s a pick that fills a huge need and should be an upgrade…” What I say now: White had some unfortunate injury and illness issues to start the year, but by the end of the season, it was clear why he was a top 5 pick. He was all over the field and a number of turnovers, stops, and passes defended. If he stays healthy, he will be a top ILB next year. Outlook: Very positive.
Round 2, #39 Overall Sean Murphy-Bunting (CB – Central Michigan) What I said when we made the pick: “And with Greedy Williams still on the board, we picked…Sean Murphy-Bunting. The pick seemed like a little bit of a reach to me…I’m whelmed by this pick.” What I say now: When I’m wrong, I admit I’m dead wrong. SMB was nothing short of awesome as a rookie, racking up 3 INT’s while only allowing 528 yards in the air. He came up with big plays in a number of clutch situations and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team. Outlook: Positive
Round 3, #94 Overall Jamel Dean (CB – Auburn) What I said when we made the pick: “A high risk/high reward potential draft pick here… He’s a freak athlete who ran a 4.3 at the Combine and that speed showed up on his game tape too. Against Alabama, in particular, he was tested on the deep ball a few times and stayed with his receiver in stride, giving up no big plays…This to me was a pick based more on his potential than his production” What I say now: Dean didn’t look like a 3rd round pick, and when he got tested by the fires, he rose to the occasion. He was good enough to be named to PFF’s all-rookie team. I’m more excited about his trajectory than even SMB’s. Outlook: Very positive.
Round 3, #99 Overall Mike Edwards (S – Kentucky) What I said when we made the pick: “Woah nelly I did not like this pick. You know how when you turn on Rookie mode in Madden and the safeties bite on play action almost every time? That’s what I saw with Mike Edwards…Angles he took on tackles were often whiffed…this was probably my least favorite pick of this draft.” What I say now: Woah nelly I did not like this pick. You know how when you turn on Rookie mode in Madden and the safeties bite on play action almost every time? That’s what I saw with Mike Edwards…Angles he took on tackles were often whiffed…this was probably my least favorite pick of this draft. Outlook: Negative
Round 5, #145 Overall Matt Gay (Thiccer – Utah) What I said when we made the pick: “…when Licht rolled the dice on Gay, I had zero issue with it, given how many 5th round picks he’s wasted in the past …I don’t have any qualms with burning a draft pick to address a serial need for us.” What I say now: Gay was inconsistent as a rookie, going 77.1% on field goals and 89.6% on XPS. In a vacuum, those numbers aren’t great, and he cost us a few games. But he’s better than what we’ve had and we can only hope the numbers will tick up with experience. Outlook: Neutral
Round 6, #208 Overall Scotty Miller (WR – Bowling Green) What I said when we made the pick: I don’t think Scotty Miller makes the final roster…Miller’s separation was unimpressive to me from the limited tape I saw. Not a lot to be excited for here. What I say now: Miller looked decent when we turned to him for more looks later on in the season after losing Evans and Godwin. He may be our starting slot receiver on opening day 2020. Outlook: Neutral
Round 7, #215 Overall Terry Beckner Jr. (DT – Missouri) What I said when we made the pick: He may be Terry Beckner Jr., but if you look at how he’s bulked up, it looks like Terry Becker Jr. ate Terry Beckner Sr.” What I say now: Turns out he bulked up like that because he was using the PED’s. He tested positive and got cut. Outlook: Ded.

Top Needs Entering Free Agency and the Draft

  1. OT- If Jameis Winston becomes a free agent, QB becomes priority #1 for obvious reasons, because the only remaining QB on our roster at that point will be Ryan Griffin. And…just…nope. Don’t want that guy starting unless we’re trying to tank for Trevor. Demar Dotson is set to become a UFA, and that leaves a gaping hole on the right side. Donovan Smith will be cuttable after this year, providing an opportunity to draft a guy and plug him into the right side as a rookie before transitioning to the blindside. Possible Solutions: Jack Conklin, Meckhi Becton, Jedrick Willis
  2. DT- My fellow Buccaneers fans may say Safety is a clear #2 need, which I’d disagree with. Vita Vea has filled in nicely at 0-tech, but the Bucs are in need of more depth and pass rushing prowess on the inside, particular with four-man front looks. Possible Solutions: Chris Jones (can bounce to DE and has that versatility), Arik Armstead, Javon Kinlaw
  3. RB- RoJo had a great step forward in year 2, but his bone-headedness in blocking and suspect vision make him a more one-dimensional back. Peyton Barber is a free agent and seems best suited as a 3rd down back at this point. In short, the Bucs don’t have a feature back on the roster right now. It’s remained an area of need since Doug Martin became Drug Martin. Possible Solutions: Kareem Hunt (ew, I hate typing that), David Johnson (via trade), D’Andre Swift
  4. Edge- Depth, depth, depth. You don’t compete in this league with a narrow DL, and with some of our free agency departures, that’s what we’re looking at. Jason Licht ought to look at the 49ers model for success (give me your Kyle Shanahan memes in the comments) and give the Bucs a young and fearsome pass rush. Possible Solutions: Yannick Ngakoue, Kyle Van Noy, Robert Quinn, AJ Epinesa
  5. S- I’ve got Safety a little lower here because I have a lot of confidence in our young core of DB’s. Liked a lot of what I saw from Jordan Whitehead this year and think he’s poised for a breakout in year 3. Justin Evans remains a big injury question mark, and 1st year safety Mike Edwards just didn’t look great to start. Somewhere out there, a Buccaneers fan just whined about passing on Derwin for Vita Vea. Tell me that fan’s address so I can give that fan a wedgie. Depth and quality here is still needed. Possible Solutions: Eric Berry, Anthony Harris, Laughter Lewinsky-Blowjobs, Grant Delpit

Free Agency: The 2020 Wish List

I’m making this list more from a practicality standpoint. It sure would be nice if the Bucs somehow signed all the top free agents, but we have plenty of our own guys to keep in-house.
  1. Jack Conklin – RT (Titans): Yes, he’s torn his ACL twice. But ACL injuries aren’t as concerning as they were say, ten years ago. Conklin would be an instant plug and play starter to replace the aging Demar Dotson at RT, and given injury history, he may not command the same kind of top dollar as other OT’s.
  2. Vic Beasley – Edge (Falcons): Beasley would provide nice depth at edge and come at a lower price than what it might take to re-sign JPP. Beasley is the kind of player who has been up and down in his career but at 27 years old and with 37.5 sacks in his career to date, he could provide a solid plug and play option.
  3. Anthony Harris – Safety (Vikings): Unlikely the Vikings let Harris walk, but we can dream, right? Harris has been a ball-hawking Safety who’s also been an asset in stopping the run. Entering his prime at 28, Harris’s agents could be trying to get him the same kind of market-breaking deal that Landon Collins secured last year.
  4. Arik Armstead – DT/Edge (49ers): Armstead would be a instant upgrade from Suh and the kind of player who would keep the ferocity of the Bucs’ 2019 DL intact. He’s going to make a lot of money, and I see few scenarios where the Bucs cough up a competitive deal for him.
  5. Melvin Gordon – RB (Chargers): Gordon held out to start the 2019 season and it bit him in the ass. He was slower, less explosive, and he had ball security issues to boot. It’s part of the reason I think Gordon is going to be available at a bargain price that pays him closer to what Mark Ingram is making in Baltimore (3 years, $15M) then the kind of Gurley money that Gordon initially sought.

In Memoriam: FactCheckOnTheFly

Back in December, Buccaneers lost a cherished member of our community in FactCheckOnTheFly. Fact Check was the kind of guy who you could feel his enthusiasm pouring out of every comment and dank me me he posted. He was hilarious, in short, his attitude was contagious, and he had the kind of sense of humor that contributed daily to the what the fuck is wrong with you people? culture that exists on Buccaneers.
The majority of the people we interact with on Reddit are strangers we’ll never meet. But spend enough time shooting the shit in comments, sharing laughs, and celebrating in the rare victory together, and eventually it feels no different from kicking back and crushing beers on the porch with an old friend. RIP Fact Check. You will be missed.

Closing Thoughts: We’re Almost There

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Bucs were a fun team to watch last year in nearly every game. It’s a nice cultural shift from the milquetoast mentality from the days of yore.
I predicted the Bucs would go 7-9 last year (the 2nd year I got our record correctly in a row, by the way). There’s not a lot to say looking back here, but depending on the moves we make in free agency and the draft, I’ll have a lot to say looking forward. This team is on the cusp of playoffs again (with or without the expanded field with the new CBA).
I’ll be watching with eyes wide open for both the draft, free agency, and some dank new uniforms. Fire the cannons. Shoutout to Buccaneers and my fellow mods. Love y’all.
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2020.02.20 14:34 SwansAndTheSwimming 32 Teams/32 Days: Cleveland Browns

General Review of the Season (Big Picture)

Let’s address the elephant in the room right up front. The Cleveland Browns were probably the most talked about team in the 2019 off-season, due to their perceived improvement from a historically bad 2 year stretch, a rising 2nd year QB who had just captured Rookie of the Year and seemed to talk the talk AND walk the walk, their aggressive acquisition of media obsession Odell Beckham Jr, and gum chewing, white sneaker wearing GM John Dorsey, ya know, a real “Football Guy”. Some pundits were calling the Browns a Super Bowl favorite, and the talk on Reddit, albeit skeptical, was commonly Browns-related on any given day.
So, with that in mind, many readers will be coming into this review thread with preconceived notions and firmly held beliefs that they already know the story of the 2019 Browns. Many of those readers will be giddily skipping this section to jump ahead, eager to reaffirm their well established memories of the tire fire Browns or comment something negative without even reading the review. However, we all know narratives can grow beyond verity quickly in the modern age, and in particular in the meme obsessed sphere of social media, and the truth often becomes established early, and reinforced often by selective posting of circle-jerk, upvote grabbing headlines and high(low)lights.
Now, if you’re still reading this recap section, I want to make a pact with you, one that we both have to agree to honor despite our self-assured knowledge of the game of football, the factory of sadness Browns, and the players that made so many headlines and so little success in 2019. The pact is this: we will honestly and objectively, with open minds, review the 2019 season. What went wrong, what went right, and why. So if you don’t like analytics, don’t like traditional scouting, hate OBJ, love Baker, but only when he’s quiet, or good, love Larry Ogunjobi, or hate Myles Garrett, please read and respond with a fresh palette. Because if you don’t, what the hell did I do all this work for anyway???
So, with all that said, let’s review the 2019 Cleveland Browns.
In 2018, the Browns began the season with Hue Jackson, despite a historically bad stretch of 1-31 football, and ended it being helmed by Gregg Williams as interim coach, with an offense led nominally by Freddie Kitchens, the supposed offensive wunderkind who’d arrived from the shadows of positional coaching to lead a top 5 NFL offense from Week 9 onward. Their offensive DVOA rank jumped from 31 to 17 over that span, Baker Mayfield’s completion percentage jumped from 56% to 68% during that run, and his TD-INT ratio exploded from 8 TD to 6 INT to 19-8.
As a result, John Dorsey and Jimmy Haslam decided to promote Kitchens to Head Coach, marking a surprising and questionable rise from positional coach to head coach in less than a year. The field of coaches under consideration were not particularly strong or noteworthy that off-season, with Kevan Stefanski allegedly beloved by the “analytics” crew in the Browns front office (including Paul Depodesta and Andrew Berry), but the relationship Kitchens and Mayfield had formed was seen as the deciding factor, and even skeptics pointed out the folly in breaking up that burgeoning pairing.
So with Freddie Kitchens now in place, and a promise from him at his introductory press conference that the losing was finally over in Cleveland, the Browns appointed exiled Arizona Cardinals Head Coach as Defensive Coordinator, and enviable position overseeing a rising young defense with major assets in place, as well as Todd Monken as Offensive Coordinator. Monken had overseen an explosive and supremely capable offense in Tampa Bay, but was discarded with the bath water with the firing of Dirk Koetter and hiring of Bruce Arians down in Tampa.
But the Browns and John Dorsey weren’t content to simply run back the 2018 Browns with a new coaching staff. Dorsey, determined to bring in some more “real” football players, went about aggressively redefining the team in his image, and spending some of the hard won assets of the Sashi Brown regime (namely draft picks). In a stunningly audacious move in March, Dorsey and fellow football guy Dave Gettleman swung a deal to trade OBJ to Cleveland, along with talented but highly-paid and oft injured pass rusher Olivier Vernon. Although Cleveland also sent players to NY in the deal, along with draft picks, this was seen overall as a fleecing of the old-fashioned Gettleman, who simply couldn’t “deal” with a diva like OBJ.
We’ll get into the finer details of all of these moves later on, but for now, suffice it to say that the Browns were widely viewed as major favorites to advance to the playoffs for the first time in decades in 2019, with an offense led by Baker Mayfield, and weapons like perennial Pro Bowl possession receiver Jarvis Landry, superstar OBJ, electric running back Nick Chubb, and a first round TE from 2017, David Njoku.
Alas, as you all well know, as does the rest of the NFL world, the 2019 Browns fell flat on their face. A stunningly inept offense finished 20th in DVOA and saw Baker Mayfield regress so far that the world now questions his ability to lead an NFL team. The Browns finished 3rd in the AFC North, a division that saw a Steelers team led by Mason Rudolph (foreshadowing alert) and Duck Hodges, finish 2nd. And the nature of their failure was so very complete, so embarrassing, that the Browns were forced once again to fire their Head Coach after just 1 season. Along the way, we learned of Browns players begging opposing coaches to trade for them, Browns superstar Myles Garrett, known for writing poetry and loving Dragon Ball Z, became a national villain, first by ending Trevor Siemian’s season on a late hit, then by ripping Steelers’ QB Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and smashing him in the head with it after the play.
So, in short, Head Coach Freddie Kitchens appeared to be so far in over his head, that his team lost respect for him, his players publicly acknowledged the lack of planning and communication. Ultimately his failure to adapt or grow under pressure, including failure to delegate in-game play calling to experienced OC Todd Monken, ultimately sank the 2019 Cleveland Browns season before it really ever began. Despite a few highlights, such as beating the seemingly invincible Ravens, and Nick Chubb almost winning the rushing title (although his failure to reach that title is ultimately another shocking mistake by Freddie), the Browns were a sum that was much worse that it’s parts.
Lastly, and perhaps most criticized/scorned in the national media, was the untimely ousting of widely respected GM John Dorsey. I’ll certainly write more about this later, but suffice it to say that Browns ownership decided that John Dorsey would not agree to lesser responsibility and a new vision going forward, and decided to cut ties sooner rather than after another season of mismatched organizational vision. This move set the stage for a massive overhaul in the 2020 Browns front office and coaching staff, and was the final axe blow in a chain of events that began with the decision in 2019 to hire Freddie Kitchens as head coach.

Coaching/Front Office Changes

Out>Hue Jackson (HC), Gregg Williams (DC/Interim HC), Todd Haley (OC), Ken Zampese (QB Coach), Bob Wylie (hut hut)>Amos Jones (ST Coordinator)

In>Freddie Kitchens (HC), Steve Wilks (DC), Todd Monken (nominal OC, with no play calling), Ryan Lindley (QB Coach), James Campen (OL Coach), Mike Priefer (ST Coordinator)

Fired Coaches
New Coaches
Front office
Added Players
2019 Draft
1st Round - Traded to NY Giants as part of OBJ trade
2nd Round - Greedy Williams (CB) LSU
3rd Round - Sione Takitaki (LB) BYU
4th Round - Sheldrick Redwine (S) Miami
5th Round - Mack Wilson (LB) Alabama
5th Round - Austin Seibert (K) Oklahoma
6th Round - Drew Forbes (OT) Southeast Missouri State (Note: Profiled as Player X prior to draft by Sports Illustrated)
7th Round - Donnie Lewis Jr (CB) Tulane
Significant Undrafted Free Agents - Jamie Gillan (P), Stephen Carlson (TE), JT Hassel (S)
Lost Players
There were a ton of players leaving as Dorsey continued to rebuild the Browns roster in his own image, adding “real players”. I can’t possibly write up all the players who left, but I’ll highlight the major losses and mention the noteworthy but less significant losses.
Other losses not worth a full write-up unless you’re a diehard and you already know this anyway:
2019 Week One Starting Lineup
QB: Baker Mayfield
RB: Nick Chubb
WR1: OBJ
WR2: Jarivis Landry
SLWR: Rashard Higgins
TE: David Njoku
LT: Greg Robinson
LG: Joel Bitonio
C: JC Tretter
RG: Eric Kush
RT: Chris Hubbard
DE: Myles Garrett
DE: Olivier Vernon
DT: Sheldon Richardson
DT: Larry Ogunjobi
WILL: Christian Kirksey
MIKE: Joe Schobert
SAM: Adarius Taylor
CB: Denzel Ward
CB: Terrence MItchell
FS: Damarious Randall
SS: Morgan Burnett
K: Austin Seibert
P: Jamie Gillan
For some context, let’s look at the ESPN prediction for the 2019 Browns (Predicted Record 11-5)
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2020.02.13 16:02 ADanishMan2 Pre-Combine Mock. 1st Round, No Trades.

CIN –– Joe Burrow, QB (LSU) This is a no-brainer. I know the draftniks are working ‘round the clock to come up with wild shit like “Will the BEARS annex Lakeshore Drive in order to secure the #1 pick?” but unlike last year, there shouldn’t be any doubt as to who is going to Cincinnati at the top of the draft. Burrow will almost certainly start from day one for a Bengals team in need of a savior.
2. WAS –– Chase Young, EDGE (Ohio State) Another pairing that should be carved in stone, Chase Young follows up on a stellar college season by joining Ron Rivera’s defensive unit in Washington. This team has a lot of needs, but Young is a game changer who will benefit from the tutelage of Rivera and DC Jack Del Rio.
3. DET –– Jeff Okudah, CB (Ohio State) Like his teammate Chase Young, Jeff Okudah will head to the NFL on the momentum of an excellent season for the Buckeyes. Okudah will fill a position of immediate need, as Darius Slay will likely leave the Lions in the offseason. There’s some chatter about the Lions taking a QB here, but both GM Bob Quinn and HC Matt Patricia are facing questions about their future with the team after two disappointing seasons. Okudah is a win-now selection that will help Detroit compete in a tough NFC North.
4. NYG –– Tristan Wirfs, OT (Iowa) Wirfs is a player that SCREAMS Gettleman. His positional flexibility, his high school wrestling title, and his collegiate career in the (inferior) corn state of Iowa, all fit the “hog mollies” mold that Gettleman so craves on both sides of the football. The Giants get their right tackle and continue to build a wall in front of Eli Jr. Daniel Jones.
5. MIA –– Tua Tagovailoa, QB (Alabama) Good news! Recent reports show that Tua’s hip injury is healing nicely, and his camp hopes for more positive medical reports before the draft. Miami isn’t competing for a title next year, so rather than being ground to bone meal behind Miami’s offensive line (more on this later), Tua would likely have the luxury of sitting for most (if not all) of the season and rehabbing his hip.
6. LAC –– Isaiah Simmons, ILB (Clemson) The Chargers are a tricky team to parse at this point in the offseason. Earlier this week, the team parted ways with longtime quarterback Philip Rivers, putting them squarely in the running for a new signal caller. However, the team has number of holes that need to be filled, and while it’s easy to see them picking a quarterback or investing in some –– any –– offensive line help, the idea of Simmons and Derwin James terrorizing the middle of the field is too nasty to pass on here.
7. CAR –– Derrick Brown, DT (Auburn) Like the Chargers, the Panthers have left some wondering about the future of their quarterback position. Cam Newton spent most of the 2019 campaign injured, leaving Kyle Allen to either hand the ball to Christian McCaffrey or throw a dump off to Christian McCaffrey. By all indications, Owner Dave Tepper has given new HC Matt Rhule and OC Joe Brady a fairly long leash, so there’s no reason to not see what Newton has left in the tank. Brown is a mauler on the defensive line who racked up 55 tackles and 4 sacks for the Tigers last season.
8. AZ –– AJ Epenesa, EDGE (Iowa) The Cardinals... need help. Everywhere. It’s true that the defense recorded 40 sacks last season, but as always, there is room for improvement. In a tough NFC West, quality pass rushers are a must have. Epenesa brings a fierce presence to the defensive line and, as a bonus, will draw attention away from stud pass rusher Chandler Jones.
9. JAX –– CeeDee Lamb, WR (Oklahoma) Jacksonville is facing that old football problem of “If you have two quarterbacks, you have none.” Will the phallic Philly father figure Nick Foles be under center next season, or will it be the hot shot youngster and Wazzu legend Gardner Minshew? Either way, Jacksonville’s offense could use some juice, and Lamb will leave both quarterbacks licking their chops. (I’m not sorry.)
10. CLE –– Andrew Thomas, OT (Georgia) Despite the recent hype behind tackles like Mekhi Becton and Jedrick Wills, I still think Andrew Thomas is the best of the bunch, Wirfs at #4 notwithstanding. Cleveland’s offense struggled last year, due in large part to the offensive line (and also to Freddie Kitchens’ inability to find his way out of any empty room.) Thomas is the most pro-ready tackle in this draft and can easily replace Greg Robinson at left tackle.
11. NYJ –– Jedrick Wills, OT (Alabama) Sorry, Jets! You missed out on the Thomas sweepstakes. Not to worry, however, as Jedrick Wills is a powerful lineman who can make a difference for Gang Green from the get go. Wills is likely capable of holding down either tackle spot: either replacing Kelvin Beachum on the left or something called a Brandon Shell on the right.
12. LVR –– Jerry Jeudy, WR (Alabama) The Raiders finally get the receiver they’ve been missing since trading Amari Cooper to Dallas during the 2018 season. Of course, it’s not their fault Antonio Brown gave himself frostbite and tried to throttle Mike Mayock, but that’s besides the point. With incredible ball skills and the ability to stop and juke the corner he burned ten yards back, Jeudy is considered by some to be the best receiver in this class and gives the Raiders an elite receiver to harken in a new era in the desert.
13. IND –– Justin Herbert, QB (Oregon) The Colts signed backup Jacoby Brissett to a two year extension last year after Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement two weeks before the start of the season. Brissett is by no means a bad quarterback, and frankly did as well as anyone could expect given those circumstances. However, he will be a free agent in 2021, and I doubt the Colts are looking to turn to Brian Hoyer again if Brissett should miss any time next season. With the 13th pick, Justin Herbert finds a new home with Indianapolis, and the Colts get a promising rookie that can develop behind Brissett. Should Herbert wind up as the Colts starter, he could do a lot worse than a team with a solid offensive line and a defense that can keep games close.
14. TB –– Mekhi Becton, OT (Louisville) Tampa Bay is another team with some real questions at quarterback. Is Bruce Arians going to keep Jameis around for another year? Is this the team Philip Rivers moved to Florida for? Will the Bucs spring for a Justin Herbert or a Jacob Eason and start anew? Regardless of who’s under center, the Bucs could stand to improve an offensive line that gave up 47 sacks in 2019. Becton is an athletic tackle that is shooting up draft boards, and while he is a bit raw, he has tremendous potential and a bright future protecting Jameis as his Lasik-adjusted eyes help him figure out which team he’s throwing to.
15. DEN –– Javon Kinlaw, DT (South Carolina) At last, we come to my boys in Orange & Blue. Denver is in a bit of a no man’s land as far as draft positioning, so much so that I’m kind of resigned to the idea that there really isn’t anyone I’d be upset about Denver drafting. Unless they took, like, JK Dobbins. That would be weird! Anyways, Denver is probably losing one (or both!) of Derek Wolfe and Shelby Harris this offseason, creating a liability on the defensive line. Enter Javon Kinlaw, who is a goddamn man among boys and would give Vic Fangio’s defense the Akiem Hicks-esque piece it was missing last season.
16. ATL –– K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE (LSU) Like so many of his teammates, Chaisson declared for the NFL Draft after helping LSU win the College Football Playoff. Chaisson is a bit raw as far as pass rushers go, but he’s got an incredible motor and kinda just plays like hell on wheels. Also, I think Atlanta would collectively storm the Dimitroff residence if the team took anything but an edge rusher here. Atlanta gets a talented defensive piece to help them get a leg up in what could be a wide open NFC South.
17. DAL –– Kristian Fulton, CB (LSU) Fulton gets to scoot one state over and live in the nightmares of quarterbacks facing the Cowboys. This is a pick that just kinda makes sense, as the Cowboys aren’t likely to re-sign Byron Jones this offseason. Fulton is my second cornerback behind Okudah and fills an immediate need in the secondary.
18. MIA (via PIT) –– Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE (Penn State) With their second pick in the first round, the Dolphins address the defensive side of the ball. Gross-Matos is a disruptive pass rusher who can play all three downs and make an immediate impact for a barren Dolphins front seven.
19. LVR (via CHI) –– Kenneth Murray, ILB (Oklahoma) The Raiders get their thumper in the middle with their second pick. Murray was a stalwart on an Oklahoma defense that, for a long time, felt like it was being carried by him. Murray joins a shallow Raiders linebacking corps that currently consists of players such as Nicholas Morrow(?) and Vontaze Burfict, who played in exactly four games before attempting to behead Jack Doyle and being suspended for the rest of the season. Anyways, I have mocked Jeudy and Murray both to the Raiders now, and that makes me sick. Fun!
20. JAX (via LAR) –– CJ Henderson, CB (Florida) Much like the Raiders, Jacksonville uses their second pick on a defensive player after picking a star receiver early on. After shipping Jalen Ramsey to the Rams, the Jags had a pretty glaring hole in the secondary, although players like Tre Herndon stepped up and made the absence a bit more tolerable. CJ Henderson is a skilled corner from just down the road that would likely come in and start in the Jags defensive backfield.
21. PHI –– Henry Ruggs III, WR (Alabama) As much as the Eagles need secondary help, I think I’ve seen more people crowing for Ruggs at this spot than anything else. And why not? Philly has an obvious need at the wide receiver position. Desean Jackson played in three games last season. The team spent a second round pick on JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who caught ten (10) passes last season. Alshon Jeffrey remains dead. Ruggs is a fast receiver with great hands and will also be able to contribute as a blocker in the run game. He is the answer to the prayers of Philadelphians everywhere, and he will almost certainly be catching balls from Mecha-McCown by week 10.
22. BUF –– Tee Higgins, WR (Clemson) It was tempting to give Buffalo an edge rusher here, but the need for a big bodied receiver is equally pressing for Josh Allen’s offense. Higgins had 1,137 yards and 13 touchdowns on 59 catches for the Clemson Tigers last season. As much as we all love watching Allen yeet the ball downfield to noted giants John Brown and Cole Beasley, adding the 6’4” Higgins to the mix would be a boon to Buffalo’s passing game.
23. NE –– Neville Gallimore, DT (Oklahoma) I was unsure what to do with the Patriots here. Sure, I could have given them a wide receiver, but it’s the Patriots. They’ll sign, like, Emmanuel Sanders in the offseason and he’ll have a million yards if he doesn’t retire during training camp. Tight end is a need too, but I just don’t love any of this year’s crop to put them in the first round. So tough shit, Pats. You get one of the meanest defensive tackles to come replace Danny Shelton and wreck opposing offenses once again.
24. NO –– Laviska Shenault, Jr., WR (Colorado) I am of the mind that Drew Brees will be back for another season, so rather than give Sean Payton a shiny new Jordan Love to play with, the Saints get a Swiss army knife in Shenault. An explosive player and threat to make a huge gain whenever the ball is in his hands, Shenault would give a new dimension to a Saints offense that saw Michael Thomas catch 149 passes, because Tre’Quan Smith and Ted Ginn, Jr. weren’t cutting it. Who knew!
25. MIN –– Trevon Diggs, CB (Alabama) Who would have though years of the “Vikes taking a first round DB” meme would end up being a good idea? That’s the reality facing Minnesota this offseason. Trae Waynes is probably gone, as is Mackensie Alexander. Xavier Rhodes is a husk of his former self. This leaves recent draft picks Holton Hill and Mike Hughes atop the pecking order for the Vikings. Diggs gives the Vikings not only another Diggs, but a talented defensive piece at a position that sorely needs the help.
26. MIA (via HOU) –– Josh Jones, OT (Houston) Hoping to start building an NFL-quality line, Miami gets the best tackle remaining at this point in the draft. Josh Jones made an impression at the Senior Bowl recently, and would give the Dolphins a solid bookend to Julien Davenport.
27. SEA –– Terrell Lewis, EDGE (Alabama) With most of the top-shelf WRs off the board, Seattle gets a new toy in their front seven. Terrell Lewis had six sacks last season for the Crimson Tide and would give the Seahawks another pass rusher to pair with Jadaveon Clowney, who will presumably be getting extended.
28. BAL –– Julian Okwara, EDGE (Notre Dame) Baltimore snags a pass rusher to help bolster their defensive front, an especially pressing need with Pernell McPhee and Matt Judon hitting free agency. Okwara had four sacks in eight games for the Fighting Irish last season.
29. TEN –– Tyler Biadasz, IOL (Wisconsin) The Titans have other needs, especially on defense, but I’m giving them a big boy from the OL University of Wisconsin to help bolster their offensive line. After a surprising 2019 season that saw the Titans advance to the AFC championship behind Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee gets a talented player to help pave the way for their offense in an AFC South that was totally up for grabs at the end of last season.
30. GB –– Patrick Queen, ILB (LSU) The Packers have zero (don’t fact check this) linebackers that should be starting full-time, as Blake Martinez and BJ Goodson are slated to be free agents. Patrick Queen racked up 85 tackles for LSU last season and would have an immediate role in the middle of the field for the Packers’ defense.
31. SF –– Grant Delpit, S (LSU) The first safety is finally off the board as the NFC champs take the fifth LSU Tiger in the first round. Delpit had a bit of a down year after a 2018 campaign that saw him earn 74 tackles, five picks, and five sacks. The biggest knock against Delpit is that he is prone to taking bad angles when it comes to tackling, but under Robert Saleh’s tutelage, Delpit can be an elite safety for the Niners as they look to build on their Super Bowl run.
32. KC –– D’Andre Swift, RB (Georgia) The reigning champs (God I hate saying that) don’t seem to have any holes on the offensive side of the ball. Why, then, draft a running back? The answer is simple: Damien Williams had 1,231 yards rushing... in his CAREER. Lesean McCoy is a free agent who was fine, for as much as the Chiefs used him, and last season’s rookie Darwin Thompson struggled to earn more touches than an aging McCoy and the guy who couldn’t get a starting job in MIAMI. Yes, having Patrick Mahomes covers a lot of deficiencies, but adding a running back with actual talent to this offense gives the Chiefs yet more firepower as they look to win their second Lombardi since the first moon landing.
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2020.01.25 23:19 313btfu Each team's highest ranking in the 2010s, how they got there, and how they finished (Part 1: ACC)

I decided to take a look at every team's highest point in the AP Poll in the 2010s and do a brief summary of how they reached that position and how they finished out the season/where the team went from there. For teams that reached the same point multiple times, I'll only be focusing on the first time that it happened.
Boston College Boston College: reached #17 in 2018
Clemson Clemson: reached #1 in 2015
Duke Duke: reached #19 in 2014
Florida State Florida State: reached #1 in 2013
Georgia Tech Georgia Tech: reached #8 in 2014
Louisville Louisville: reached #3 in 2016
Miami Miami: reached #2 in 2017
NC State NC State: reached #14 in 2017
North Carolina North Carolina: reached #8 in 2015
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh: reached #15 in 2010
Syracuse Syracuse: reached #12 in 2018
Virginia Virginia: reached #18 in 2019
Virginia Tech Virginia Tech: reached #5 in 2011
Wake Forest Wake Forest: reached #19 in 2019
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2020.01.05 17:45 Auberron New England Patriots Offseason: All Positions, Free Agents, Needs, Tendencies, Draft

Crosspost from /NFL_Draft
With the Patriots’ season being over and mock-draft season about to get going, I thought it may be helpful for people to go through the Patriots’ roster, free agents, and needs. Now, the Patriots are notoriously difficult to predict and I’m not going to pretend that I know what they are going to do, but I think there are some tendencies there that may be helpful when you consider who to mock to the Patriots for the upcoming draft.
I’m going to go through all the positions individually, talking about strengths, weaknesses, free agents, and needs, and then have my opinions on how they are going to approach the offseason and the draft at the end. Before we begin, I think it’s worth mentioning that with the Patriots in particular it is a good idea to separate immediate needs from future needs, because they will often try to address immediate needs in free agency, if possible, and prepare for future needs through the draft. I will take this into consideration in my evaluation.
Two more things to address before we get going. The first is draft capital. The Patriots do not own a second-round pick due to the Sanu trade, but they will likely get 2 3rd round comp picks and they own the Bears’ 4th round pick, meaning they will have 4 mid-round picks closely together. Expect some trading to be done here, with a lot of further late-round draft capital available to move up, if desired. Moving down is also an option, I would not be surprised if the Patriots trade down with their first-round pick.
The second thing I want to mention is cap-space. According to overthecap, the Patriots are projected to have about 50 million $ in cap space, allowing for some moves, although there are several free agents that they would probably like to bring back, but more on that later on. There are some players to keep an eye on for trades or cuts to free up some more cap space. The two players most likely to impact this are Hightower and Sanu. Cutting Hightower would free up almost 9 million $, Sanu 6,5 (with no dead money). While Hightower is considered the leader of the defense and one of the most important players on the team, he is also going to turn 30 in March and has a history with injuries. Personally, I think he is going to be a Patriots next season, because his leadership is vital and the defense has always looked considerably worse without him in recent years, even though his stats may not be impressive. On the other hand, he would free up a lot of money and it would not be the first time Belichick decides to move on from a player. Sanu I will say more about in the WR section, and with that out of the way, let’s finally get going.
 
Offense
 
Quarterback: With Brady being a free agent for the first time is obviously going to affect the entire free agency and draft process. Personally, I think he will play next season, he has always said he wants to keep going and I don’t think he has changed his mind about it. I also think he is going to be a Patriot and that all the rumors about him and Belichick not getting along anymore are just bullshit. So, until we hear otherwise, I’m going to assume that Brady will be the Patriot’s QB in 2020. With that out of the way, I think drafting a QB is not completely ruled out, but not in the first round, unless Tua for some reason falls all the way down there, though even then I would think it unlikely, because his medicals would have to be really worrying for that to happen.
I’ve seen Jordan Love mocked to the Patriots quite a bit in the first round, and I just don’t see it. The Patriots are in my opinion not the kind of team to reach for a QB solely on his physical attributes, especially if he’s coming off the season he just had. I can see the Patriots continuing to draft QBs on day 2 and 3 though. They went into the season with Stidham as the only QB and it seems they like him a lot, but I think Kessler will not be brought back and they might bring another guy in as a #3 to compete with Stidham. I think someone like Jake Fromm would be interesting for the Patriots, especially if they trade out of the first round or accumulate more draft picks through trades.
Verdict: Could draft one, but more likely on day 2 or 3.
 
Running Back: Michel is on a rookie contract, White is under contract next season, so is Burkhead. And then there’s Damien Harris, who they drafted in 2019 and who was inactive for most of the season. This should not be taken as a sign that he plays no role in their plans, though. White also barely saw the field in his rookie season. Harris was drafted as an insurance policy for Michel and Burkhead, both of which had injury concerns. It’s one of those cases mentioned earlier, where they drafted for the future and I think Harris will feature much more prominently in 2020. Cutting Burkhead would open 3 million $ in cap space and with the team looking to address quite a few needs, I could see him getting cut. I think Bolden will remain on the team for his special teams abilities, but he can be featured in the run game if needed, leaving the Patriots with 4 RBs in case Burkhead is cut. I think they would like to bring in one more guy, but only for very cheap.
Verdict: Burkhead could be cut with Harris taking over for him. A cheap RB could be brought in in free agency or as a late round draft pick, which may be relevant for those of you who do 7-round mocks, but if they bring someone in, it will likely be someone who can also feature on special teams, so take that into consideration.
 
Fullback: Develin was out for the season and sorely missed. With him out, O-line injuries, and little help from the tight end position, the Patriots run game suffered a lot in 2019. Even though Elandon Roberts stepped it up down the stretch, fans will be looking for Develin to be back for 2020 and hopefully stay health. Verdict: No moves
 
Offensive Tackle: Isaiah Wynn’s return was much needed after the disaster that was Newhouse and he has been solid. I think has proven that he can be an NFL tackle, which some had concerns about when he was drafted. With him and Cannon under contract for the next two seasons, there is little here, though Cannon could be a surprise move. Now, I don’t think this is likely, but I think it’s worthwhile to consider. Cutting him would leave more dead cap than it would free up, but he is 31 years old, did not have the greatest season, has had injury problems in the past and on a relatively cheap contract. Again, I don’t think it’s likely, but I also would not be shocked to see him traded to acquire more draft capital or fill another position of need. Before people go wild over this idea, also consider that the Patriots drafted Yodny Cajuste in the 3rd-round last year. After being on IR with what may or may not be a case of Foxborough-flu, he looks to be part of this team in 2020, again, one of these picks drafted for the future. He was considered raw coming out of college, but with Scar as O-line coach I would not be surprised if he’s ready for the NFL in 2020. If the team likes him, he could take over at RT and have the Patriots try to get some more ammo for the draft. If not, he will likely serve as the Backup for Wynn and Cannon and hopefully provide at least quality depth.
Verdict: Unlikely to be addressed in the draft, unless Cannon gets traded, which may have the team looking for a swing-tackle as backup in the middle rounds.
 
Offensive Guard: Shaq Mason is on a long-term contract, and although he had a down year, he is going to be the starter at RG next season, no question. LG is a peculiar position with Joe Thuney being a free agent. Thuney has been immense for the Patriots, being a starter since his rookie-season and having improved each year. I think a lot of Patriots fans have hoped that he would slip under the radar, allowing the team to re-sign him for good value, but with so many teams looking for O-line help and Thuney getting a well-deserved Second-team All-Pro nod this year, the Patriot’s chances of retaining him are slim. That said, the Patriots do have some cap-space available and Thuney is certainly among the high-priority free agents after Brady and the Patriots have been able to keep some high-profile free agents in the past, such as Hightower, McCourty, or Mason, all of which took a discount to stay in New England. That will probably be the best hope, as Thuney is almost guaranteed to get offers the Patriots will be unable to match.
I’ve quite a few people mock the Patriots a guard in the first-round in anticipation of Thuney leaving, but even if they are unable to bring him back, I don’t think this will be the route they are going, for two reasons. First, the Patriots don’t draft guards highly. While this is not a definitive argument against the possibility (after all, the same was said about wide receivers for a long time), it still makes it highly unlikely, in my opinion. If memory serves me correctly, Belichick has never drafted a guard in the first round (Logan Mankins was drafted as a tackle, I think, and kicked in to guard), with both Mason and Thuney being drafted in the mid-rounds. And again, the Patriots seem to have already prepared for this scenario last season, when they drafted Hjalte Froholdt in the 4th-round. Just as Cajuste, Froholdt spent the season on IR and will be ready in 2020. A lot of people liked the pick at the time and in my opinion, he will take over at LG if Thuney leaves.
I’d like to mention another, though highly unlikely possibility, namely that, if Thuney leaves, they kick Isaiah Wynn at guard and draft a left tackle or paly Cajuste there, if the are convinced of him. Wynn was rated as a future All-Pro guard by many coming out of Georgia. As I said, I think he proved he can be a good left tackle in the NFL, and the possibility of this happening is slim, but also not out of the world.
Verdict: May be addressed in the mid-rounds for depth, unlikely as an early choice.
 
Center: This is a big question mark going into 2020. Losing David Andrews was a big blow to the o-line this year and I don’t think it has been clarified if he will be back for 2020. Ted Karras did a solid job replacing him, but he is a free agent. I think expectation is that Andrews will play again in 2020, but even then he is in the final year of his contract. The Patriots will likely draft another interior offensive lineman to provide depth, but even if Andrews does not come back, do not expect this position to be addressed early on. The previous centers were not drafted highly, with Bryan Stork being the highest taken in the 4th-round. Long time center Dan Koppen was a 5th-rounder, while Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, and Andrews himself all went undrafted.
Verdict: Likely to be addressed in the draft, either with a versatile interior player, or maybe even with a new starter, but neither case is likely to be addressed in the first 3-rounds.
 
Tight End: Perhaps the biggest problem child of the team. The Patriots faced a lot of criticism for not replacing Gronk, but Gronk was never replaceable and cap space was not friendly to the Patriots last year. Tight End is probably the most mocked position for the Patriots in the 1st-round and I would advise against it, for various reasons. For one, this does not appear to be strong class, and the Patriots have never been known to reach purely out of need. That being said, the Patriots are also not against drafting Tight Ends high and they do grade players differently than most other teams do, so if they fall in love with someone, they could definitely make the pick. But Tight End is also a position that typically takes a while to adapt to the NFL and under the assumption of Brady coming back, the window is tight and help will be needed immediately on offense. There were a lot of rumors about the Patriots trying to trade for O.J. Howard and I think free agency or a trade are much more likely scenarios than a 1st-round tight end in this class. When doing your mocks, take into consideration that not mocking the biggest need to a team in the 1st-round is not a sign of a bad mock, even though a lot of the replies you will receive will make it look like that.
If you still mock a tight to the Patriots, consider that if you play that position for that team, you will have to be a good blocker. The Patriots will not draft someone who is essentially a bigger wide receiver who can’t block. If you do a deeper mock, you may also consider a tight end later on, as no one currently on the roster is particularly inspiring, and don’t be afraid to mock a good blocker, even if your pick is not a great receiver. It is not only Gronk, as a receiver and a blocker, that the Patriots were missing, Dwayne Allen was also sorely missed. Though he never did much in the passing game and caught a lot of flak for it from the fanbase, Allen was a huge factor in the successful run game in previous years. No matter whether Brady is back or not, the Patriots will be looking for a strong run game again in 2020, with a healthy O-lone and Develin, and with improved help from the tight end position.
Verdict: Perhaps the biggest need of the team, but more likely to be addressed outside the draft for the primary need, though a second tight end may be added later on through the draft. Remember these guys will have to be good blockers.
 
Wide Receiver: Tough year for a group that looked exciting at one point with Edelman, Brown, Gordon, Thomas, and a shiny new 1st-rounder, plus several options out of the backfield for Brady, only for it to turn out to be a (banged up) Edelman and some guys who can’t get on the same page as Brady. There will be a lot of talk about this group in the offseason, though I don’t see the situation as dire as some others. There was a lot of hype around N’keal Harry, and so far he has not lived up to it. Still, he is a rookie coming into and offense that All-pro wide receivers have had trouble picking up in the past and missing half the season with an injury did not do him any favors either. It’s easy to point at A.J. Brown and Deebo Samuel, both of which were heavily rumored to be picked by the Patriots in last year’s draft, and say they are so much better and Harry is a bust, but no one knows how they would have done in this offense and speculating is useless anyway. In my opinion it is stupid to write off a player after just his rookie season, particularly given the circumstances. I still think Harry can be great. His workload increased toward the end of the season, an while there were some rookie mistakes, there were also things to be excited about. Down the stretch, he was the only WR other than Edelman I even had hope for, for despite his struggles with communication, reading the defense, and separation, he was the only guy good for a big play, for a highlight catch in a contested situation. I think with another (hopefully healthy) offseason under his belt, and our OC (whether it’s going to be McDaniels or someone else) using him more effectively, he can be a key player going forward.
Jakobi Meyers also has potential to play himself into this team and be productive, and along with Edelman, there is at least some hope there. The same cannot be said about Dorsett, who started hot, but who Brady grew visibly frustrated with as the season went on. He will be a free agent and likely not be brought back.
Then there’s Sanu, who played through injuries, but still disappointed. Bringing him in almost felt like a Hail Marry, because the Patriots needed something on offense, but likely did not have the cap space for Sanders and were unable to land Howard. With the cap situation he might get cut or traded, but that would also leave the Patriots very thin at WR.
Which brings us to the offseason. This position is guaranteed to be addressed in several ways, but it’s hard to say how. There are so many scenarios here that I will only go through a few. As has been mentioned, there is some cap space, but great wide receivers are expensive. Odell Beckham trade rumors will be hot this offseason, and while I could see it happen, I don’t think it’s likely. Don’t discount Antonio Brown, if his case is resolved in his favor. He seems to be willing to play for the Patriots and they have taken a shot at difficult characters in the past, even given them multiple shots, as was seen with Josh Gordon. Still, I would not bank on it, and Brown may have burned the bridges for good already.
Then there’s the draft. For a long time, the Patriots have not drafted a WR in the 1st-round and in the first season it has not worked out well for them. I doubt they would try it again, but then, who knows? A year ago, I would have dismissed every R1 WR mock entirely. With a great WR class coming up though, who says it may not happen again? With all the option available in the draft, it is difficult to even guess at what’s going to happen, the Patriots could address the position anywhere from the 1st-round to undrafted players and may pick multiple guys. What the Patriots definitely need is speed. The group is slow and needs a spark. So, all I’m gonna say here is, keep an eye out for good value, for example, I would not be shocked at Ruggs going to New England. He has all the qualities the Patriots are lacking, and even though most mocks have him go earlier than the Patriot’s pick, especially with everyone expecting him to blow up the 40 at the combine, it‘s not impossible for him to slip down, given how strong this class is.
Having said all that, I think a trade is more likely here. With two rookies already on the roster, I don’t know if the Patriots want to rely on another young player who may struggle to pick up the system to invigorate their offense. What I could see is a move similar to the Cooks trade, with the Patriots either trading back to accumulate more picks and then trading one of them, or just straight up trading a pick, even their 1st, for a new guy. Beckham I mentioned, I don’t know who else could be in the mix. I’d guess they would approach teams that have more than one great receiver and see if they’d be willing to part with one of them for the right price, especially if their cap situation is tight. Think the Vikings, Buccs, Rams, or Lions, though if a deal can be made there is a big question mark.
In terms of free agency, there is not a lot to get excited about. Cooper will be too expensive, and as of right now, Sanders and A.J. Green seem to be the most likely targets to pursue, though with a weak free agency class, there will be stiff competition, and with Green there is the question of how much he has left in the tank following his injury-riddled season.
Verdict: Very difficult to predict, anything’s possible here, free agency, draft, and trades are all equally likely, both for big and small names, as this corps in lacking both at the top and in quality depth.
 
Defense
 
Interior Defensive Line: Lawrence Guy had another great year and is under contract through 2020. Danny Shelton is a free agent and Adam Butler a RFA. Rookie Byron Cowart barely saw the field. Butler will likely be brought back, whether Shelton will be a Patriot in 2020 will depend on what kind of deal he is willing to take. He took a cheap 1-year contract this season, but with his snap count increasing from 31% to 49% from 2018 to 2019, and with how good the Patriots defense was, it seems likely that he will look for a better deal and it’s uncertain if the Patriots will have the cash to keep him. Overall, the group is thin and aside from Cowart there is not one player on contract beyond 2020.
Verdict: Likely to be addressed in the draft, could be one of the earlier picks. Players will have to play both the run and the pass well.
 
Defensive Ends: John Simon and Deatrich Wise are in their final years. While Simon proved to be a pleasant surprise, Wise saw his snap count almost slashed in half compared to 2018. Derek Rivers is also in the final year and has thus far spent more time on IR than on the field, and while Chase Winovich had a promising rookie season and is already a fan favorite, this is one of the positions to look out for in the 1st-round. The patriots had trouble creating pressure without having their linebackers blitz and with some huge question marks in that position (more on that in a minute) this is one area where the defense needs to improve in 2020. With premium edge rushers demanding deals that will likely be outside be Patriots’ range, look out for this to be addressed through the draft and cheap veterans. Being able to set the edge and play the run is still a necessity in New England, so keep that in mind in mocks.
Verdict: Will be a need in 2020 and beyond that could be addressed in the 1st-round.
 
Linebackers: Ja’Whaun Bentley is currently the only guy under contract beyond 2020. Hightower is entering his final year, and van Noy, Collins and Roberts are all free agents. As I mentioned before, cutting/trading Hightower would free up quite a bit of cap space and would not be a move without precedent in New England, especially considering his injury history. That said, I don’t expect it to happen, and with Bentley looking solid, the two of them look set to be the inside duo for 2020.
Roberts I expect to be back as well. He is rather one dimensional and a liability in coverage, but he is well-liked by the coaching stuff, plays on special teams, showed his worth when he jumped in at fullback at the end of the season, and is unlikely to have a big market, meaning he will be a cheap and solid depth piece.
That brings us to van Noy and Collins. Van Noy had an excellent stint with the Patriots, surprising everyone following his underwhelming time in Detroit. He is well-liked and seems to enjoy being a Patriot. That said, he is 28, finally looking for a big contract, and making no secret of it. He will get a nice contract and I don’t expect the Patriots being the ones to give it to him. It would be great to have him back, but someone’s going to overpay for him and given the needs and cap situation, the Patriots will not have the room to pay van Noy. I would be very surprised to see him back in New England next year.
Collins, on the other hand, already had a big contract. He’s coming off a cheap prove it deal, and has definitely proven himself, even garnering DPOY buzz throughout the first half of the season. Although his numbers have slowed down in the second half of the season, he still had a great year, but given his age and a history of not playing with full effort, I’m not sure there will be a big market for him, which may allow the Patriots to bring him back, perhaps on a 2-year deal.
Still, this looks like a position that will need to be addressed, and Linebacker is a position where the Patriots often go through the draft. I don’t it will be in the 1st-round, especially with Dylan Moses seemingly returning to Alabama for his senior year.
Verdict: Will likely be addressed at some point in the draft, but probably not early on. Note that the Patriots value versatility in their linebackers and that they will likely have to play special teams as well.
 
Cornerbacks: The premier position in the Patriots’ roster, but that does not mean that it should be ignored in mock drafts. Gilmore is under contract for two more years and everyone knows how well he has played. J.C. Jackson has taken a big step forward, looking like a legit #2 opposite Gilmore and will be RFA after 2020. Jonathan Jones is also locked up, and Joejuan Williams was drafted just last year, though he has barely seen the field, which is not surprising given the competition.
Jason McCourty missed the final stretch of the season due to injury and even though he’s under contract through 2020, he has hinted at retirement before and could also free up 4 million $ in cap space.
I know random 2nd-round defensive backs are a meme for New England, but given the fact that McCourty may not return and Jackson being an RFA after 2020, this seems like one of those picks that addressing future needs. Plus, cornerback is not a position you want to lack depth in either, so even though the group looks stacked and poised for another great season, watch out for another pick on Day 2 if there is good value.
Verdict: May be addressed at some point in the draft, as early as Day 2.
 
Safeties: McCourty is coming off a spectacular season, being once more a cornerstone of the defense, but he is also a free agent, will be 33 by the time the next season starts and has been rumored to think about retiring. Now, I think he will be back in 2020 and on a team-friendly deal ( he has done it before), but given his and Patrick Chung’s age, and the fact that Duron Harmon is in the final year of his contract, Safety is one of the biggest future needs the Patriots have.
A lot of mocks I see currently have the Patriots go with Xavier McKinney out of Alabama in the first round and I think that’s a reasonable take, it fits with their draft philosophy and given that WR is deep, TE weak, and the options for edge rushers in the Patriots’s 1st-round range looking rather unspectacular, this may well turn out to be the actual pick, given the Patriots stay put.
Verdict: Big future need that could already be addressed in the 1st-round.
 
Special Teams: Last but not least, special teams, always an important factor for the Patriots, but rarely for mock drafts, as they are mostly relevant for those diving into 7-round mocks. Special team standouts Slater and Ebner are free agents, I would assume both will be back, unless Slater retires, which I don’t think he will. Brandon King will be back spending the season on IR, so the core special teams unit looks to be strong once more in 2020.
Bailey will be the punter in 2020, even though his final games were lackluster. Kicker could be a position to watch, Gostkowski is 35 years old, coming off IR and a weak start to the season before he went to IR, and would free up almost 4 million $ in cap space. If the team does not trust him to get back to his reliable old self, I think they will move on.
That leaves returners for last. Gunner Olszewski was serviceable as a punt returner, but nothing special, and following the departure of Cordarrelle Patterson the return game has taken a huge step backwards, with the team often being unable to gain a good field position if forced to return it.
Verdict: Again, for 7-round mockers, keep an eye out for an electric return guy and a capable kicker in the late rounds.
 
And that’s it, quite a long post, I realize. A quick summary for those who only do early-round mock-drafts (which are most), I think safety and edge rusher are the safest bets, followed by interior d-line. I also would not rule out linebacker or wide receiver. On the other hand, I think tight end, quarterback, and interior o-line are all rather unlikely, for more information as to why, refer to the individual sections.
I hope this will be helpful for those looking for mock draft, and if you have feedback or contrary opinion, I’ll be glad to hear them.
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2020.01.05 17:35 Auberron New England Patriots Draft Guide: All Positions, Free Agents, Needs, Tendencies

With the Patriots’ season being over and mock-draft season about to get going, I thought it may be helpful for people to go through the Patriots’ roster, free agents, and needs. Now, the Patriots are notoriously difficult to predict and I’m not going to pretend that I know what they are going to do, but I think there are some tendencies there that may be helpful when you consider who to mock to the Patriots for the upcoming draft.
I’m going to go through all the positions individually, talking about strengths, weaknesses, free agents, and needs, and then have my opinions on how they are going to approach the offseason and the draft at the end. Before we begin, I think it’s worth mentioning that with the Patriots in particular it is a good idea to separate immediate needs from future needs, because they will often try to address immediate needs in free agency, if possible, and prepare for future needs through the draft. I will take this into consideration in my evaluation.
Two more things to address before we get going. The first is draft capital. The Patriots do not own a second-round pick due to the Sanu trade, but they will likely get 2 3rd round comp picks and they own the Bears’ 4th round pick, meaning they will have 4 mid-round picks closely together. Expect some trading to be done here, with a lot of further late-round draft capital available to move up, if desired. Moving down is also an option, I would not be surprised if the Patriots trade down with their first-round pick.
The second thing I want to mention is cap-space. According to overthecap, the Patriots are projected to have about 50 million $ in cap space, allowing for some moves, although there are several free agents that they would probably like to bring back, but more on that later on. There are some players to keep an eye on for trades or cuts to free up some more cap space. The two players most likely to impact this are Hightower and Sanu. Cutting Hightower would free up almost 9 million $, Sanu 6,5 (with no dead money). While Hightower is considered the leader of the defense and one of the most important players on the team, he is also going to turn 30 in March and has a history with injuries. Personally, I think he is going to be a Patriots next season, because his leadership is vital and the defense has always looked considerably worse without him in recent years, even though his stats may not be impressive. On the other hand, he would free up a lot of money and it would not be the first time Belichick decides to move on from a player. Sanu I will say more about in the WR section, and with that out of the way, let’s finally get going.
 
Offense
 
Quarterback: With Brady being a free agent for the first time is obviously going to affect the entire free agency and draft process. Personally, I think he will play next season, he has always said he wants to keep going and I don’t think he has changed his mind about it. I also think he is going to be a Patriot and that all the rumors about him and Belichick not getting along anymore are just bullshit. So, until we hear otherwise, I’m going to assume that Brady will be the Patriot’s QB in 2020. With that out of the way, I think drafting a QB is not completely ruled out, but not in the first round, unless Tua for some reason falls all the way down there, though even then I would think it unlikely, because his medicals would have to be really worrying for that to happen.
I’ve seen Jordan Love mocked to the Patriots quite a bit in the first round, and I just don’t see it. The Patriots are in my opinion not the kind of team to reach for a QB solely on his physical attributes, especially if he’s coming off the season he just had. I can see the Patriots continuing to draft QBs on day 2 and 3 though. They went into the season with Stidham as the only QB and it seems they like him a lot, but I think Kessler will not be brought back and they might bring another guy in as a #3 to compete with Stidham. I think someone like Jake Fromm would be interesting for the Patriots, especially if they trade out of the first round or accumulate more draft picks through trades.
Verdict: Could draft one, but more likely on day 2 or 3.
 
Running Back: Michel is on a rookie contract, White is under contract next season, so is Burkhead. And then there’s Damien Harris, who they drafted in 2019 and who was inactive for most of the season. This should not be taken as a sign that he plays no role in their plans, though. White also barely saw the field in his rookie season. Harris was drafted as an insurance policy for Michel and Burkhead, both of which had injury concerns. It’s one of those cases mentioned earlier, where they drafted for the future and I think Harris will feature much more prominently in 2020. Cutting Burkhead would open 3 million $ in cap space and with the team looking to address quite a few needs, I could see him getting cut. I think Bolden will remain on the team for his special teams abilities, but he can be featured in the run game if needed, leaving the Patriots with 4 RBs in case Burkhead is cut. I think they would like to bring in one more guy, but only for very cheap.
Verdict: Burkhead could be cut with Harris taking over for him. A cheap RB could be brought in in free agency or as a late round draft pick, which may be relevant for those of you who do 7-round mocks, but if they bring someone in, it will likely be someone who can also feature on special teams, so take that into consideration.
 
Fullback: Develin was out for the season and sorely missed. With him out, O-line injuries, and little help from the tight end position, the Patriots run game suffered a lot in 2019. Even though Elandon Roberts stepped it up down the stretch, fans will be looking for Develin to be back for 2020 and hopefully stay health. Verdict: No moves
 
Offensive Tackle: Isaiah Wynn’s return was much needed after the disaster that was Newhouse and he has been solid. I think has proven that he can be an NFL tackle, which some had concerns about when he was drafted. With him and Cannon under contract for the next two seasons, there is little here, though Cannon could be a surprise move. Now, I don’t think this is likely, but I think it’s worthwhile to consider. Cutting him would leave more dead cap than it would free up, but he is 31 years old, did not have the greatest season, has had injury problems in the past and on a relatively cheap contract. Again, I don’t think it’s likely, but I also would not be shocked to see him traded to acquire more draft capital or fill another position of need. Before people go wild over this idea, also consider that the Patriots drafted Yodny Cajuste in the 3rd-round last year. After being on IR with what may or may not be a case of Foxborough-flu, he looks to be part of this team in 2020, again, one of these picks drafted for the future. He was considered raw coming out of college, but with Scar as O-line coach I would not be surprised if he’s ready for the NFL in 2020. If the team likes him, he could take over at RT and have the Patriots try to get some more ammo for the draft. If not, he will likely serve as the Backup for Wynn and Cannon and hopefully provide at least quality depth.
Verdict: Unlikely to be addressed in the draft, unless Cannon gets traded, which may have the team looking for a swing-tackle as backup in the middle rounds.
 
Offensive Guard: Shaq Mason is on a long-term contract, and although he had a down year, he is going to be the starter at RG next season, no question. LG is a peculiar position with Joe Thuney being a free agent. Thuney has been immense for the Patriots, being a starter since his rookie-season and having improved each year. I think a lot of Patriots fans have hoped that he would slip under the radar, allowing the team to re-sign him for good value, but with so many teams looking for O-line help and Thuney getting a well-deserved Second-team All-Pro nod this year, the Patriot’s chances of retaining him are slim. That said, the Patriots do have some cap-space available and Thuney is certainly among the high-priority free agents after Brady and the Patriots have been able to keep some high-profile free agents in the past, such as Hightower, McCourty, or Mason, all of which took a discount to stay in New England. That will probably be the best hope, as Thuney is almost guaranteed to get offers the Patriots will be unable to match.
I’ve quite a few people mock the Patriots a guard in the first-round in anticipation of Thuney leaving, but even if they are unable to bring him back, I don’t think this will be the route they are going, for two reasons. First, the Patriots don’t draft guards highly. While this is not a definitive argument against the possibility (after all, the same was said about wide receivers for a long time), it still makes it highly unlikely, in my opinion. If memory serves me correctly, Belichick has never drafted a guard in the first round (Logan Mankins was drafted as a tackle, I think, and kicked in to guard), with both Mason and Thuney being drafted in the mid-rounds. And again, the Patriots seem to have already prepared for this scenario last season, when they drafted Hjalte Froholdt in the 4th-round. Just as Cajuste, Froholdt spent the season on IR and will be ready in 2020. A lot of people liked the pick at the time and in my opinion, he will take over at LG if Thuney leaves.
I’d like to mention another, though highly unlikely possibility, namely that, if Thuney leaves, they kick Isaiah Wynn at guard and draft a left tackle or paly Cajuste there, if the are convinced of him. Wynn was rated as a future All-Pro guard by many coming out of Georgia. As I said, I think he proved he can be a good left tackle in the NFL, and the possibility of this happening is slim, but also not out of the world.
Verdict: May be addressed in the mid-rounds for depth, unlikely as an early choice.
 
Center: This is a big question mark going into 2020. Losing David Andrews was a big blow to the o-line this year and I don’t think it has been clarified if he will be back for 2020. Ted Karras did a solid job replacing him, but he is a free agent. I think expectation is that Andrews will play again in 2020, but even then he is in the final year of his contract. The Patriots will likely draft another interior offensive lineman to provide depth, but even if Andrews does not come back, do not expect this position to be addressed early on. The previous centers were not drafted highly, with Bryan Stork being the highest taken in the 4th-round. Long time center Dan Koppen was a 5th-rounder, while Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, and Andrews himself all went undrafted.
Verdict: Likely to be addressed in the draft, either with a versatile interior player, or maybe even with a new starter, but neither case is likely to be addressed in the first 3-rounds.
 
Tight End: Perhaps the biggest problem child of the team. The Patriots faced a lot of criticism for not replacing Gronk, but Gronk was never replaceable and cap space was not friendly to the Patriots last year. Tight End is probably the most mocked position for the Patriots in the 1st-round and I would advise against it, for various reasons. For one, this does not appear to be strong class, and the Patriots have never been known to reach purely out of need. That being said, the Patriots are also not against drafting Tight Ends high and they do grade players differently than most other teams do, so if they fall in love with someone, they could definitely make the pick. But Tight End is also a position that typically takes a while to adapt to the NFL and under the assumption of Brady coming back, the window is tight and help will be needed immediately on offense. There were a lot of rumors about the Patriots trying to trade for O.J. Howard and I think free agency or a trade are much more likely scenarios than a 1st-round tight end in this class. When doing your mocks, take into consideration that not mocking the biggest need to a team in the 1st-round is not a sign of a bad mock, even though a lot of the replies you will receive will make it look like that.
If you still mock a tight to the Patriots, consider that if you play that position for that team, you will have to be a good blocker. The Patriots will not draft someone who is essentially a bigger wide receiver who can’t block. If you do a deeper mock, you may also consider a tight end later on, as no one currently on the roster is particularly inspiring, and don’t be afraid to mock a good blocker, even if your pick is not a great receiver. It is not only Gronk, as a receiver and a blocker, that the Patriots were missing, Dwayne Allen was also sorely missed. Though he never did much in the passing game and caught a lot of flak for it from the fanbase, Allen was a huge factor in the successful run game in previous years. No matter whether Brady is back or not, the Patriots will be looking for a strong run game again in 2020, with a healthy O-lone and Develin, and with improved help from the tight end position.
Verdict: Perhaps the biggest need of the team, but more likely to be addressed outside the draft for the primary need, though a second tight end may be added later on through the draft. Remember these guys will have to be good blockers.
 
Wide Receiver: Tough year for a group that looked exciting at one point with Edelman, Brown, Gordon, Thomas, and a shiny new 1st-rounder, plus several options out of the backfield for Brady, only for it to turn out to be a (banged up) Edelman and some guys who can’t get on the same page as Brady. There will be a lot of talk about this group in the offseason, though I don’t see the situation as dire as some others. There was a lot of hype around N’keal Harry, and so far he has not lived up to it. Still, he is a rookie coming into and offense that All-pro wide receivers have had trouble picking up in the past and missing half the season with an injury did not do him any favors either. It’s easy to point at A.J. Brown and Deebo Samuel, both of which were heavily rumored to be picked by the Patriots in last year’s draft, and say they are so much better and Harry is a bust, but no one knows how they would have done in this offense and speculating is useless anyway. In my opinion it is stupid to write off a player after just his rookie season, particularly given the circumstances. I still think Harry can be great. His workload increased toward the end of the season, an while there were some rookie mistakes, there were also things to be excited about. Down the stretch, he was the only WR other than Edelman I even had hope for, for despite his struggles with communication, reading the defense, and separation, he was the only guy good for a big play, for a highlight catch in a contested situation. I think with another (hopefully healthy) offseason under his belt, and our OC (whether it’s going to be McDaniels or someone else) using him more effectively, he can be a key player going forward.
Jakobi Meyers also has potential to play himself into this team and be productive, and along with Edelman, there is at least some hope there. The same cannot be said about Dorsett, who started hot, but who Brady grew visibly frustrated with as the season went on. He will be a free agent and likely not be brought back.
Then there’s Sanu, who played through injuries, but still disappointed. Bringing him in almost felt like a Hail Marry, because the Patriots needed something on offense, but likely did not have the cap space for Sanders and were unable to land Howard. With the cap situation he might get cut or traded, but that would also leave the Patriots very thin at WR.
Which brings us to the offseason. This position is guaranteed to be addressed in several ways, but it’s hard to say how. There are so many scenarios here that I will only go through a few. As has been mentioned, there is some cap space, but great wide receivers are expensive. Odell Beckham trade rumors will be hot this offseason, and while I could see it happen, I don’t think it’s likely. Don’t discount Antonio Brown, if his case is resolved in his favor. He seems to be willing to play for the Patriots and they have taken a shot at difficult characters in the past, even given them multiple shots, as was seen with Josh Gordon. Still, I would not bank on it, and Brown may have burned the bridges for good already.
Then there’s the draft. For a long time, the Patriots have not drafted a WR in the 1st-round and in the first season it has not worked out well for them. I doubt they would try it again, but then, who knows? A year ago, I would have dismissed every R1 WR mock entirely. With a great WR class coming up though, who says it may not happen again? With all the option available in the draft, it is difficult to even guess at what’s going to happen, the Patriots could address the position anywhere from the 1st-round to undrafted players and may pick multiple guys. What the Patriots definitely need is speed. The group is slow and needs a spark. So, all I’m gonna say here is, keep an eye out for good value, for example, I would not be shocked at Ruggs going to New England. He has all the qualities the Patriots are lacking, and even though most mocks have him go earlier than the Patriot’s pick, especially with everyone expecting him to blow up the 40 at the combine, it‘s not impossible for him to slip down, given how strong this class is.
Having said all that, I think a trade is more likely here. With two rookies already on the roster, I don’t know if the Patriots want to rely on another young player who may struggle to pick up the system to invigorate their offense. What I could see is a move similar to the Cooks trade, with the Patriots either trading back to accumulate more picks and then trading one of them, or just straight up trading a pick, even their 1st, for a new guy. Beckham I mentioned, I don’t know who else could be in the mix. I’d guess they would approach teams that have more than one great receiver and see if they’d be willing to part with one of them for the right price, especially if their cap situation is tight. Think the Vikings, Buccs, Rams, or Lions, though if a deal can be made there is a big question mark.
In terms of free agency, there is not a lot to get excited about. Cooper will be too expensive, and as of right now, Sanders and A.J. Green seem to be the most likely targets to pursue, though with a weak free agency class, there will be stiff competition, and with Green there is the question of how much he has left in the tank following his injury-riddled season.
Verdict: Very difficult to predict, anything’s possible here, free agency, draft, and trades are all equally likely, both for big and small names, as this corps in lacking both at the top and in quality depth.
 
Defense
 
Interior Defensive Line: Lawrence Guy had another great year and is under contract through 2020. Danny Shelton is a free agent and Adam Butler a RFA. Rookie Byron Cowart barely saw the field. Butler will likely be brought back, whether Shelton will be a Patriot in 2020 will depend on what kind of deal he is willing to take. He took a cheap 1-year contract this season, but with his snap count increasing from 31% to 49% from 2018 to 2019, and with how good the Patriots defense was, it seems likely that he will look for a better deal and it’s uncertain if the Patriots will have the cash to keep him. Overall, the group is thin and aside from Cowart there is not one player on contract beyond 2020.
Verdict: Likely to be addressed in the draft, could be one of the earlier picks. Players will have to play both the run and the pass well.
 
Defensive Ends: John Simon and Deatrich Wise are in their final years. While Simon proved to be a pleasant surprise, Wise saw his snap count almost slashed in half compared to 2018. Derek Rivers is also in the final year and has thus far spent more time on IR than on the field, and while Chase Winovich had a promising rookie season and is already a fan favorite, this is one of the positions to look out for in the 1st-round. The patriots had trouble creating pressure without having their linebackers blitz and with some huge question marks in that position (more on that in a minute) this is one area where the defense needs to improve in 2020. With premium edge rushers demanding deals that will likely be outside be Patriots’ range, look out for this to be addressed through the draft and cheap veterans. Being able to set the edge and play the run is still a necessity in New England, so keep that in mind in mocks.
Verdict: Will be a need in 2020 and beyond that could be addressed in the 1st-round.
 
Linebackers: Ja’Whaun Bentley is currently the only guy under contract beyond 2020. Hightower is entering his final year, and van Noy, Collins and Roberts are all free agents. As I mentioned before, cutting/trading Hightower would free up quite a bit of cap space and would not be a move without precedent in New England, especially considering his injury history. That said, I don’t expect it to happen, and with Bentley looking solid, the two of them look set to be the inside duo for 2020.
Roberts I expect to be back as well. He is rather one dimensional and a liability in coverage, but he is well-liked by the coaching stuff, plays on special teams, showed his worth when he jumped in at fullback at the end of the season, and is unlikely to have a big market, meaning he will be a cheap and solid depth piece.
That brings us to van Noy and Collins. Van Noy had an excellent stint with the Patriots, surprising everyone following his underwhelming time in Detroit. He is well-liked and seems to enjoy being a Patriot. That said, he is 28, finally looking for a big contract, and making no secret of it. He will get a nice contract and I don’t expect the Patriots being the ones to give it to him. It would be great to have him back, but someone’s going to overpay for him and given the needs and cap situation, the Patriots will not have the room to pay van Noy. I would be very surprised to see him back in New England next year.
Collins, on the other hand, already had a big contract. He’s coming off a cheap prove it deal, and has definitely proven himself, even garnering DPOY buzz throughout the first half of the season. Although his numbers have slowed down in the second half of the season, he still had a great year, but given his age and a history of not playing with full effort, I’m not sure there will be a big market for him, which may allow the Patriots to bring him back, perhaps on a 2-year deal.
Still, this looks like a position that will need to be addressed, and Linebacker is a position where the Patriots often go through the draft. I don’t it will be in the 1st-round, especially with Dylan Moses seemingly returning to Alabama for his senior year.
Verdict: Will likely be addressed at some point in the draft, but probably not early on. Note that the Patriots value versatility in their linebackers and that they will likely have to play special teams as well.
 
Cornerbacks: The premier position in the Patriots’ roster, but that does not mean that it should be ignored in mock drafts. Gilmore is under contract for two more years and everyone knows how well he has played. J.C. Jackson has taken a big step forward, looking like a legit #2 opposite Gilmore and will be RFA after 2020. Jonathan Jones is also locked up, and Joejuan Williams was drafted just last year, though he has barely seen the field, which is not surprising given the competition.
Jason McCourty missed the final stretch of the season due to injury and even though he’s under contract through 2020, he has hinted at retirement before and could also free up 4 million $ in cap space.
I know random 2nd-round defensive backs are a meme for New England, but given the fact that McCourty may not return and Jackson being an RFA after 2020, this seems like one of those picks that addressing future needs. Plus, cornerback is not a position you want to lack depth in either, so even though the group looks stacked and poised for another great season, watch out for another pick on Day 2 if there is good value.
Verdict: May be addressed at some point in the draft, as early as Day 2.
 
Safeties: McCourty is coming off a spectacular season, being once more a cornerstone of the defense, but he is also a free agent, will be 33 by the time the next season starts and has been rumored to think about retiring. Now, I think he will be back in 2020 and on a team-friendly deal ( he has done it before), but given his and Patrick Chung’s age, and the fact that Duron Harmon is in the final year of his contract, Safety is one of the biggest future needs the Patriots have.
A lot of mocks I see currently have the Patriots go with Xavier McKinney out of Alabama in the first round and I think that’s a reasonable take, it fits with their draft philosophy and given that WR is deep, TE weak, and the options for edge rushers in the Patriots’s 1st-round range looking rather unspectacular, this may well turn out to be the actual pick, given the Patriots stay put.
Verdict: Big future need that could already be addressed in the 1st-round.
 
Special Teams: Last but not least, special teams, always an important factor for the Patriots, but rarely for mock drafts, as they are mostly relevant for those diving into 7-round mocks. Special team standouts Slater and Ebner are free agents, I would assume both will be back, unless Slater retires, which I don’t think he will. Brandon King will be back spending the season on IR, so the core special teams unit looks to be strong once more in 2020.
Bailey will be the punter in 2020, even though his final games were lackluster. Kicker could be a position to watch, Gostkowski is 35 years old, coming off IR and a weak start to the season before he went to IR, and would free up almost 4 million $ in cap space. If the team does not trust him to get back to his reliable old self, I think they will move on.
That leaves returners for last. Gunner Olszewski was serviceable as a punt returner, but nothing special, and following the departure of Cordarrelle Patterson the return game has taken a huge step backwards, with the team often being unable to gain a good field position if forced to return it.
Verdict: Again, for 7-round mockers, keep an eye out for an electric return guy and a capable kicker in the late rounds.
 
And that’s it, quite a long post, I realize. A quick summary for those who only do early-round mock-drafts (which are most), I think safety and edge rusher are the safest bets, followed by interior d-line. I also would not rule out linebacker or wide receiver. On the other hand, I think tight end, quarterback, and interior o-line are all rather unlikely, for more information as to why, refer to the individual sections.
I hope this will be helpful for those looking for mock draft, and if you have feedback or contrary opinion, I’ll be glad to hear them.
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2020.01.01 01:17 Future-Edd 2019 Review

Well I'll be. We've done it. We all made around the sun for 2019. A good majority of you believed that I was leaving DA, buuuuuuut...that was a typo that I forgot to fix. You see I was translating between two languages while writing that journal entry back in June and I kinda screwed up on keeping track of what I was actually saying. So whoops! Lbat is definitely failing that English test.
If I were to be truly leaving DA I would make the title very sad. Something like either "Goodbye..." or "My Farewell" would do it. Besides that won't happen in the near future since I've been in this site for like four years.
Speaking of four years, this is my fourth end of the year review in a row (expect for the fact that my 2016 review got delayed till March 2017, but it was nearing completion in mid December of 2016 which still counts). This is for anyone who's new to this, you see I tend to post a review recapping events that has happened during the year into one thing. There's also some rants which you already know of since I've done two of them this year. You know I can become very brutal when comes to ranting. Trust me they're not pretty. Oh and I tend write these things like at either towards the end of June and mid July about the stuff that just happened before coming back to it in late October and early November while adding even more information. That's how things work.
Anyway with that out of the way, I present to you, Lbat1901's review of 2019 broadcasted worldwide on this day of December 31st (or the 1st of January; it depends on your timezone really).
Even though I've had a great time making my 2018 review despite some detours here and there caused by my depression, overall 2018 was a good year. I mean there of things that came out of it. Plus 2018 was a great year for E3 2018 mixed with some unexpected deaths. Stephen Hawking as an example of being one of those deaths.
2019 seemed a little better but we lost the OG actor of Chewbacca from Star Wars. Well this isn't a bad thing, there's another actor to play the part. If deaths weren't always there to make a year bad, then it would be a person's own downfall. I'm talking about the downfall of the one and only ProJared. Oh god....when I heard the news that he and his wife were filing for a divorce, it wasn't good at all. Well it was bad at first, but it got worse when his ex-wife stated that he cheated on her. That took me by surprise, but I was a like: "Ah well. Things can't get any worse than that, right?". Unfortunately things did got much much worse.
ProJared was reported for doing some sexual activity on Tumblr. He actually DMed a minor and said some explicit stuff to them. Oh boy....that was a shocker. Due to this, everyone and his fans couldn't find it in their hearts to forgive him. By the way ProJared at the time reached the milestone of 1,000,000 subscribers. That...later went down. A couple of months later, ProJared posted an apology on Twitter which didn't make any sense. In reality doing that kind of stuff like that could land you in some legal troubles and you won't be able to recover from it.
It really sucks and it hurts me a lot when it should be considered that ProJared is one of my favorite gaming channels on YouTube and one of my inspirations for all that sweet comedy gold. His videos are so good along his random commentary and jokes. Plus him working together with PeanutButterGamer, another YouTuber that I like, gave out some great positive vibes of collaboration. It's going to take me a very long time to get over this and find it in my heart to accept his apology, but for now, I'm taking a break from ProJared.
...Aye I'm just kidding! It turns out that in late August, he uploaded a video explaining what really happened which means I can forgive him. I rate ProJared's explanation video: "a fixed reputation out of 10."
Another thing that happened was the suicide of another well known YouTuber that I like, that goes by the name of Etika. You see Etika is known for his reaction video especially when it comes to stuff like Nintendo such as Smash Bros. His DLC reveal reactions were priceless and hilarious. At the time, I never knew he had mental issues since it wasn't clear onto why he always acts up giving off this destructive behavior. I've always believed that he did this for to be funny, but now I look back at it, his reactions were a bit too much. Shockingly before his death, he was went to some mental place and even came out from suffering from depression.
Soon afterwards, his family and his fans all reached out to him, but Etika pushed them all to the side. After that, he released a video saying how sorry his was shortly before he took his own life out. When I first heard about it from IGN, I didn't believe it. But after awhile it turned out to be true. Etika really did killed himself.
I'll say this once: killing yourself isn't an option. Sure it maybe a solution to end your problems but in reality it makes everyone around you fall in deep despair. This is coming from a person who had depression in the past along with some forms of PTSD and schizophrenia. If you're suffering from depression don't turn down help. There's always a light at the end of tunnel waiting for you to go towards it. Don't stop waking to it. And Etika if you're reading this, from wherever you might be, I hope you're doing better than you were before since your now considered to be free from your troubles. All of us are going to see you again. Even though I haven't meant you in person, you're still a cool guy to me. Stay awesome.
Okay enough of the heavy feels. You all know what's coming up next. It's the part where I rant about the things that have happened this year. And hey, new people, you get to have a front row seat for this. The ranting part always gets my reviews a whole lotta views, making them somewhat popular. Here we go!
Alright...I'll get this part out the way. Is it just me or was it that January 2019 was a very painful month to get through? No? If you're living in a part where it's warm everyday for the full entire year, good for you. You don't have to suffer. But....can we like trade places? I want 90 degree weather all year long. Why you such lucky things. January, according to parts of the world that snow, is considered to be one of the slowest yet worst months of the year. Plus it doesn't help that fact that it's still winter and it's the first month. I have always believed that January is a very slow month, but January 2019....oh my lord, it was brutally slow. Also January is also known to be the month of severe depression since nobody can hold onto their New Year resolution.
January 2019 felt like a drag. Plus I was still lingering to some of my depression after trying to recover from it after November 2018. It was a really bad time for me even though November is usually fast, but it felt I was being stabbed repeatedly. January 2019 was no different. Oh and don't come to me stating that February comes after January and that it's a fast month. That is true, but 2019 had to drug up February with depression pills making that a month of total despair. At least once it hit March 2019 things got better and much smoother.
January and February 2019, umm...what the f**k happened to you? January, I don't expect anything magical about you, but February 2019, my god, you were supposed to be a better month. You had one job and failed at it that's for sure.
This year's review would like to take the attention and put it on Venezuela for once. During the first half of the year, many countries around the world has talked about the crisis in Venezuela. Venezuela is known to be a country in South America to have an oil industry which helps the country be successful. The current president is Nicolás Maduro and let's be honest here, he's a horrible person. Why? It's because all of the things that he has done were quite questionable and he has said some controversial things mostly being related to storages. So far there has been several riots, people getting killed in some of those riots, nobody can get any food or medication due to power outages. It continues to get worse as time goes by. Most Venezuelans fled the country because it becoming a sh*thole and I don't blame them. I would be fleeing from the country too if I can't get anything. As I said before, countries around the world have been talking about the issues happening in Venezuela. There are some countries that support Maduro while other countries such as the US supports Juan Guaidó who vows to oppose Maduro. This kinda triggers the 2019 presidential crisis in Venezuela; however Guaidó has been given support by 54 countries as of June 2019. Although there is some competition, nobody should be getting in the way since this is Venezuela's fight and it's basically their freedom of speech. They must fight the powers that be.
What's coming up next is something that I refuse to ignore. Article 13 getting passed. You heard that right folks, they did it. They actually fking did it. In March 2019, the EU were having a debation on whenever or not to pass Article 13. If you don't know, the EU created a whole bunch of rules for each country in Europe to follow. Some are good and some are just plain stupid. Article 13 is kinda like Europe's version of Net Neutrality...only if it were on steroids. Article 13 has some tight restrictions but the most controversial thing to come from is that it kills off anything that has to do with copyright. Anything like music, video games, and of course memes won't exist and guess what? Those motherfkers in the EU actually said "f*k it!" and let the thing pass and all thanks to this lovely son of a bch, Axel Voss
sighs heavily
Axel Voss...why? Why? Just why? Why would you say yes? Months before the voting in March, you were supposed to be hope. I trusted your word. I thought you knew what to say, but you had to say the complete opposite. And do you want to know what my reaction is? Do you really want to see it? Oh I'll give it you you. Here is goes. All I have to say is....wow, you really f**ked everything up big time and here's my message towards you all:
Fk the EU! Fk Article 13! Fk everyone who allowed to let this thing get approved and have it take effect two years later! And finally, fk you Axel Voss! F**k you all! I hope all you will burn in hell for this.
Now it's time for the star of the show and the main topic I talk about every year, Trump.
Oh my where I do even begin? 2019 was the year on how low Trump can go as a president and as a person. Well he already is low.
I know that there's a huge like and dislike ratio with this man. If you support Trump and would like to dismantle any argument that I make that is totally against everything he says and does, then that's great! Now do me favor: GO F**K YOURSELF!!!
I had enough of this man and I am sick of this nonsense! Hell I've been sick of it already. He's done way too much and he's been tripping all over the place as well.
Why are there still people out there supporting this guy? Like seriously, what is wrong with you people?
I have a feeling that you're going to say this: "What makes him bad to you? He basically done a lot in the past three years. He lowered my taxes so I won't have to pay that much".
Um excuse me? Does it look I fking care if you don't have to pay that much for taxes? Abso-fking-lutely not. I don't give a sh*t if you're paying less in taxes along with telling me that it's raining tacos. Must I remind you that this man ordered a government shutdown for the first part of the year which, bear in mind, lasted 30 days all because he wanted a wall to be built between the Mexican and American borders? Let's not forget that the president of Mexico already said no to paying that wall.
So yeah, Trump was throwing a tantrum over it. Why not you just build a wall of Legos? It's cheaper.
The more I think about this, the more I pay attention to the audience in Trump's rallies. What do I see, I hear you ask? Nothing but basic white people and that's exactly my point. In most of Trump's rallies, you don't see any black, Hispanic, Asian, or Somalian people in the stands. That's because would they support Trump? All you see is just white people and the majority of them have blonde hair and blue eyes.
They're not just any white people, they are the ones with the guns, Trump hats, the pick up truck, and the Confederate flag. They are also known as those die hard rednecks that love to spread hatred and racism. I do have to admit that I love rednecks with their Southern accents and charm (expect for the racism), but not the rednecks that love an orangutan that cares about himself and money.
This orangutan is also businessman who seems to have an obsession on running a business to the ground which is exactly what he's doing to America. Plus he doesn't think that global warming is real. Uh huh, you might want to tell that to California and its many wildfires, the farmers who had so much rainfall this year and can't sell their crops due to tariffs, and pretty much to the entire world or you can just act like an idiot which leads into me calling you, and say it with me, a whiny little b*ch.
Oh Trump honey, you and you're little friends are in so much trouble when it hits January because you've got impeached and you were basically whining on Twitter about it. All I heard was doom and gloom and the sounds of a baby crying. Awww....does little Trump want his nappy wampy? Might as well tell your queen Mike Pence that you need one, because you're losing this chess game.
I can't get the image of Trump showing off a map on where Hurricane Dorian was going to hit out of my head. He may got the part on where it was going to hit Florida right, but he pointed out that it was going to hit Alabama. Technically that map was outdated and Hurricane Dorian didn't hit Alabama, but he didn't say that he was wrong. Instead he just circles on where the hurricane was going to hit with a white sharpie and had a proud look on his face saying "Look what I did, daddy. I'm smart". He pretty much made the entire state of Alabama fall into a panic.
He was so proud of himself that he phone called his best friend Putin about it. I swear that Putin has something on him and the reason why he wanted Trump to win is so that he can get Trump to do whatever he wants. Trump is basically Putin's b*ch.
Plus Putin rewrote the Russian constitution which Trump doesn't even seem to care about America's own constitution at all. Even his own party members don't care about it. They seem to care about the 2nd amendment more and it's a dying shame that all of them will be voted out of office when 2020 hits. Can't wait for it.
Unfortunately, when there's a new president, there's going to be a lot to fix since no one trusts America anymore since Trump ruined everything especially getting out of that deal with Iran. That had to be the most dumbest thing that he's ever done. Big mistake, Trump.
All he did was claim that Obama gave them money? No he didn't. The agreement was to see what America was giving to Iran along with unfreezing their money just so they feed their people. But no, blame everything on Obama because why not.
Honestly the current Republican party blame things that happened on former presidents and the Democrats. People also say that the Democrats have gone way too far onto the left, but here's the thing, the Republicans were the party that actually had the balls of steel, but now they've gone completely off the rails allowing their own president to break the constitution just get information on a political rival from a foreign leader which is a violation and illegal. Do the Republicans seem to care about rules being broken? Of course not. What are these people on exactly? Dope? I would sure love to have some of that just so I won't have to deal with crap.
Most of my year end reviews on what Trump did is hard. Why? It's because he doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. Again, why is there people out there who support this man? He's a crook. You might argue with me that he's a businessman. And? You're point is? Listen, how can he be a businessman when filed for bankruptcy several times? That's not a good businessman, that's a bad one. When are you people going to get that through your thick skulls?
Can you imagine if it were Obama doing the crap that Trump had some so far? Oh god, the Republicans would have his head. The Republicans now? Nah, they don't want to bother since they don't want to lose their power. Ahh....that's too bad, you're going to be losing that during the senate trail next year.
Speaking of Alabama, they were the first state to pass an anti abortion law, but guess what? Women don't know if their pregnant in six weeks so why bother. Oh wait, I keep forgetting that the American government is being run by old white men that like taking a giant step back in time where woman didn't have any rights. Back in the 1960s, doctors wouldn't tell women about their health but only told it to their husbands. Yeah that's right, women weren't treated as as people and it was pretty messed up. Now a few decades before that time period, women couldn't walk around unless they were with their husbands. Can you imagine that being written in law in this current time period? It would be f**ked up even though it was back then and it still exist in other countries to this day. What's even worse is that women weren't taught how to read or weren't sent to school. That was centuries ago mind you.
2020 is going to be the start of whole new decade. The 2010s weren't that bad, but it was till the near end were it got bad. 2020 is going to be the year of adios Trump.
Anyway, this has been Lbat1901 reporting last time in 2019. See you in 2020 and in a whole new decade.
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Now i can reward shitty memes
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UPS driver goes the extra mile on an icy driveway.
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This took a lot of effort to make
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If drug cartels just started selling insulin, cancer drugs and other life saving meds they’d probably be viewed in a much more positive light.
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George was planning this all along...
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It would change rap music forever.
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I love the little thumbs up at the end
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huh I don’t remember making this
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I learned to stop worrying about Aphelios by just playing Mundo
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Official Polandball World Map 2019
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Its all coming together
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There is an entire Wikipedia article called [\"The Racist Views of Donald Trump\" ](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_views_of_Donald_Trump?wprov=sfla1) `Some examples are:` \"In 1973 the [U.S. Department of Justice](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Department_of_Justice) sued [Trump Management](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trump_Organization), Donald Trump and his father [Fred](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Trump), for discrimination against African Americans in their renting practices.\" ` Taking out a full page ad calling for the death penalty of 4 falsely accused black teenagers who allegedly committed a violent rape. The evidence that they were innocent was and still is overwhelming. When they were exonerated, Trump didn't back down. ` `In October 2016, when [Trump campaigned to be president](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump_presidential_campaign,_2016), he said that Central Park Five were guilty and that their convictions should never have been vacated, attracting criticism from the Central Park Five themselves and others. \"\"` \"In a 1989 interview with [Bryant Gumbel](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryant_Gumbel), Trump stated: \"A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market.\" Fortune Magazine reported that Trump's statement was not confirmed by studies of factual evidence concerning the impact of an applicant's race on their job prospects. `In his 1991 book [Trumped!](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumped!_(book\)) John O'Donnell quoted Trump as allegedly saying:` I've got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing [yarmulkes](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kippah).... Those are the only kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else... Besides that, I tell you something else. I think that's guy's lazy. And it's probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks.\" `\"During the early 1990s, competition from an expanding Native American casino industry threatened his Atlantic City investments. During this period Trump stated that \"nobody likes Indians as much as Donald Trump\" but then claimed without evidence that the mob had infiltrated Native American casinos, that there was no way \"Indians\" or an \"Indian chief\" could stand up to the mob, implied that the casinos were not in fact owned by Native Americans based on the owners' appearance, and depicted Native Americans as greedy.\"` \"In April 2005, Trump appeared on [Howard Stern](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Stern)'s radio show, where Trump proposed that the fourth season of the television show The Apprentice would feature an exclusively white team of [blondes](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blonde) competing against a team of only African-Americans.\" ` \"In 2011, Trump revived the already discredited [Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_citizenship_conspiracy_theories) that had been circulating since Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, and, for the following five years, he played a leading role in the so-called \"birther movement\"\"` This is all BEFORE his presidency. `Here are a FEW examples of his racism during and after his campaign and presidency. ` \"At a rally in [Birmingham, Alabama](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham,_Alabama) on November 21, 2015, Trump falsely claimed that he had seen television reports about \"thousands and thousands\" of Arabs in New Jersey celebrating as the World Trade Center collapsed during the [9/11 attacks](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/9/11_attacks).\" `\"In August 2016 Trump campaigned in [Maine](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine), which has a large immigrant [Somali](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somalis) population. At a rally he said, \"We've just seen many, many crimes getting worse all the time, and as Maine knows — a major destination for Somali refugees — right, am I right?\" Trump also alluded to risks of terrorism, referring to an incident in June 2016 when three young Somali men were found guilty of planning to join the [Islamic State](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant) in Syria.\"` \"Prior to and during the 2016 campaign, Trump used his political platform to spread disparaging messages against various racial groups. Trump claimed, \"the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our cities is committed by blacks and Hispanics,\" that \"there's killings on an hourly basis virtually in places like Baltimore and Chicago and many other places,\" that \"There are places in America that are among the most dangerous in the world. You go to places like Oakland. Or Ferguson. The crime numbers are worse. Seriously,\" and retweeted a false claim that 81% of white murder victims were killed by black people.\" `\"During the campaign Trump was found to have retweeted the main influencers of the #WhiteGenocide movement over 75 times, including twice that he retweeted a user with the handle @WhiteGenocideTM.\"` \"Trump also falsely claimed that, \"African American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they've ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever,\"\" `\"Trump also suggested that evangelicals should not trust [Ted Cruz](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Cruz) because Cruz is Cuban and that [Jeb Bush](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeb_Bush) \"has to like the Mexican illegals because of his wife,\" who is Mexican American.\"` \"Speaking in Virginia in August 2016, Trump said, \"You're living in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed – what the hell do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump?\"\" `\"On January 27, 2017, via [executive order](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13769), which he titled [Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13769), President Trump ordered the U.S border indefinitely closed to Syrian refugees fleeing the [civil war](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Civil_War). He also abruptly temporarily halted (for 90 days) immigration from six other Muslim-majority nations: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.\"` \"In June 2017, Trump called together a staff meeting to complain about the number of immigrants who had entered the country since his inauguration. The New York Times reported that two officials at the meeting state that when Trump read off a sheet stating that 15,000 persons had visited from Haiti, he commented, \"They all have AIDS,\" and when reading that 40,000 persons had visited from Nigeria, he said that after seeing America the Nigerians would never “go back to their huts.\"\" `\"The [U.S. Department of Justice](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Justice) concluded that [Arizona](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona) sheriff [Joe Arpaio](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Arpaio) oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling in U.S. history. The illegal tactics that he was using included \"extreme racial profiling and sadistic punishments that involved the torture, humiliation, and degradation of Latino inmates\". The DoJ filed suit against him for unlawful discriminatory police conduct. He ignored their orders and was subsequently convicted of [contempt of court](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contempt_of_court) for continuing to racially profile Hispanics. Calling him \"a great American patriot\", President Trump pardoned him soon afterwards, even before sentencing took place.\"` \"In his initial statement on the rally, Trump did not denounce white nationalists but instead condemned \"hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides\". His statement and his subsequent defenses of it, in which he also referred to \"very fine people on both sides\", suggested a moral equivalence between the white supremacist marchers and those who protested against them, leading some observers to state that he was sympathetic to white supremacy.\" `\"On January 11, 2018, during an [Oval Office](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oval_Office) meeting about immigration reform, commenting on immigration figures from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and African countries, Trump reportedly said: \"Those shitholes send us the people that they don't want\", and suggested that the US should instead increase immigration from \"places like Norway\" and Asian countries.\"` \"In August 2018, Trump sent a tweet stating that he had ordered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to look into [land seizures](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_reform_in_South_Africa) and [the mass killing of white farmers](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_farm_attacks) in South Africa, acting on a [racist conspiracy theory](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_genocide_conspiracy_theory).\" `\"In May 2019, the Trump administration announced that there was no plan to replace the portrait of Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill with that of Harriet Tubman, as had been planned by the Obama administration.\"` \"On July 14, 2019, Trump tweeted about four Democratic congresswomen of color, [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez), [Ayanna Pressley](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayanna_Pressley), [Ilhan Omar](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilhan_Omar), and [Rashida Tlaib](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashida_Tlaib). This group, known collectively as [the Squad](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Squad_(United_States_Congress\)), had verbally sparred with Speaker of the House [Nancy Pelosi](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Pelosi) a week earlier: ` I HAVE NOW EXCEEDED THE REDDIT COMMENT WORD COUNT.`
posted by ohcadana on /FragileWhiteRedditor
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Not sure why there's so many haters on here opposed to cleaning up the ocean - yes there is a vessel used to deploy these tests, but the premise is to make a sustainable network of cleaning devices and if you watched or knew the project, you'd understand that `We def need to kill the issue at it's root and that manufactorers and regulatory bodies need to step up - but even if that happens tomorrow, we need to clean the ocean still. ` I applaud those who spend their time trying to make the planet better - fuck the haters
posted by juberish on /videos
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The republicans have spent the last 30 years stacking the courts and higher offices so this type of deliberate and treasonous disregard for our constitutional protections could go unpunished. They don’t believe in democracy. Mitch McConnell is a self-described confederate and wants a single party theocracy, designed to preserve the wealth of the oligarchs with unimpeded corporate power . This is his endgame; he’s on the one yard line and it’s 4th down (excuse the terrible analogy). They’ve been pursuing this level of unchecked power for decades and he knows it’s all in or he and the rest of the Republican Party will crumble and suffer for their injustice. He sees support for trump remains strong despite the mounting piles of evidence, and he’s just hoping they’ve got just enough support that they can push us past the point of rescue. He’d rather go down in a hail of gunfire manifesting this death of democracy than to lose even one ounce of the power they’ve accumulated; and he thinks of himself as the champion willing to sacrifice himself to deliver the deathblow. He is a servant not of the state, but a patriot of oligarchy.
posted by Branch-Manager on /politics
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>He stands down the whole of court and makes maintenance come in to check all pipes for any leaks, cracks, ANYTHING ` He didn't check ALL the cracks.`
posted by phthalo-azure on /tifu
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Anakin's and Luke's arcs from OT/PT completely undermined because JJ wanted Rey to be the real hero and chosen one. No explanation for how Palpatine survived or what he was doing the past 30 years. Or how he created Snoke. `Palpatine dies via his own lightning cause Rey got a shonen powerup from some dead Jedi. But if Palps can surive getting thrown into a reactor then blown up along with the Death Star who's to say he can't survive that too?` Rey ends the movie on a planet she nor the Skywalkers have any positive connection to and she takes the names of people she barely knew because JJ wanted that good ol Tatooine nostalgia. `Galaxy ends in the exact same place as the end of Ep 6 with a destroyed Republic.` Rey's \"accomplishments\"? Takes down the Empire excuse me i mean First Order, kills Palpatine, ends the Sith, turns a Skywalker back from the dark side, and is the last surviving Jedi. Sound familiar? It should cause that's what happened in the OT.
posted by BrolyBR on /StarWars
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Blursed Replica
posted by T_max04 on /blursedimages
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Second Place
I love my parents, thank you mom and dad for everything you do for me, I love you guys
posted by MlTCH-LASAGNA on /wholesomememes
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TIL that the Sony PlayStation was never meant to be a product. It was intended to be a new console that would play exclusively Nintendo games on CDs. Instead Nintendo backed out of the deal at the last minute. Sony went ahead and launched what would become the most successful console of all time.
posted by Mtbguy56 on /todayilearned
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Fourth Place
he needs to be honored
posted by LydoPlays on /dankmemes
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H.Res.755 - Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors
posted by News2016 on /politics
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Perhaps the most bizarre part of this classic story is that the PlayStation actually thrived. 3DO failed, Sega CD failed, CD-i failed, Saturn. . . Struggled. But PlayStation, a console by that company who made your VCR and Discman, managed to get companies like Konami, Squaresoft and Namco to make exclusive games for them within the first year. How in the blazing fuck did Sony pull that off and manage to outsell their competitors who were seasoned veterans with huge followings?
posted by Phoequinox on /todayilearned
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ARTICLE I: ABUSE OF POWER `The Constitution provides that the House of Representatives “shall have the sole Power of Impeachment” and that the President “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. In his conduct of the office of President of the United States—and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed—Donald J. Trump has abused the powers of the Presidency, in that:` Using the powers of his high office, President Trump solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 United States Presidential election. He did so through a scheme or course of conduct that included soliciting the Government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations that would benefit his reelection, harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and influence the 2020 United States Presidential election to his advantage. President Trump also sought to pressure the Government of Ukraine to take these steps by conditioning official United States Government acts of significant value to Ukraine on its public announcement of the investigations. President Trump engaged in this scheme or course of conduct for corrupt purposes in pursuit of personal political benefit. In so doing, President Trump used the powers of the Presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process. He thus ignored and injured the interests of the Nation. `President Trump engaged in this scheme or course of conduct through the following means:` (1) President Trump—acting both directly and through his agents within and outside the United States Government—corruptly solicited the Government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations into— `(A) a political opponent, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.; and` (B) a discredited theory promoted by Russia alleging that Ukraine—rather than Russia—interfered in the 2016 United States Presidential election. `(2) With the same corrupt motives, President Trump—acting both directly and through his agents within and outside the United States Government—conditioned two official acts on the public announcements that he had requested—` (A) the release of $391 million of United States taxpayer funds that Congress had appropriated on a bipartisan basis for the purpose of providing vital military and security assistance to Ukraine to oppose Russian aggression and which President Trump had ordered suspended; and `(B) a head of state meeting at the White House, which the President of Ukraine sought to demonstrate continued United States support for the Government of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.` (3) Faced with the public revelation of his actions, President Trump ultimately released the military and security assistance to the Government of Ukraine, but has persisted in openly and corruptly urging and soliciting Ukraine to undertake investigations for his personal political benefit. `These actions were consistent with President Trump’s previous invitations of foreign interference in United States elections.` In all of this, President Trump abused the powers of the Presidency by ignoring and injuring national security and other vital national interests to obtain an improper personal political benefit. He has also betrayed the Nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections. ` Wherefore President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.`
posted by segvcore on /politics
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Thank you for Voting in 2018! ` Be sure to Vote in 2020!`
posted by drewkungfu on /politics
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Here’s to history everybody. See you in text books 40 years from now.
posted by tnick771 on /politics
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Fun fact: Nintendo continued that CD-based game console with Phillips. ` The result was the CD-I, known for... pretty much nothing except the infamously bad Zelda CD-I games.`
posted by Rum_N_Napalm on /todayilearned
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Canadian Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to resign imminently His resignation comes as a direct result of new revelations that he was using Conservative Party money to pay for his children’s private schooling
posted by 1920sremastered on /worldnews
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Campaign official: People are 'starting to notice that Bernie Sanders has a real shot'
posted by lrlOurPresident on /politics
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Bernie Sanders Should Be Democrats' First Choice
posted by rbiv908 on /politics
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I drew all the boys together and i did it for the internet
posted by Sickpupz on /memes
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Today is my “fake” birthday
posted by Mishimimim on /CasualConversation
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Achievement Get : **Master of Puppets**
posted by A_Very_Brave_Taco on /AskReddit
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The Second Amendment was incorporated against state and local governments, through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. (McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742) `\"An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as inoperative as though it had never been passed.\" (Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425)` \"Congress does not have the power to pass laws that override the Constitution.\" (Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137) ` “If the State converts a right into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right with impunity.” (Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham, Alabama, 373 U.S. 262)`
posted by Liberty_Pr1me on /gunpolitics
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Third Place
imagine you tag this man in tag and you start running away, only to hear thudding behind you as you see this guys spinning shadow in front of your feet and he tags you back. terrifying.
posted by ibamboozle_ on /nextfuckinglevel
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The 0.4% of people who watch porn on their 3DS are godless, forsaken creatures. ` Edit: Please stop upvoting this, I don’t want to be remembered for a comment about game console porn statistics`
posted by Sinister_Blanket on /PS4
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So basically, Bannon's gold-selling company also ran their own message boards for the game. He noticed that a lot of participants there felt ostracized by society and he thought he might be able to use those feelings to steer them towards far right political views. He saw a group of people who felt disenfranchised and wanted to take advantage of that to gain followers by giving them things to blame their problems on other than themselves. That's around the time that \"SJW\" started being used by those groups in a derogatory sense, that was one of the biggest boogiemen used to gain their support. `The whole Gamergate thing? Bannon took advantage of that to turn it into an alt-right recruitment drive, too. He directed Milo Yiannopoulos to start using it to their advantage and literally overnight Milo went from publishing articles criticizing the \"sex, drugs & violence\" in video games, blaming video games for Elliot Rodger's actions the day before \"The Zoe Post\" that kicked off the Gamergate nonsense, and [said gamers need a good slap](https://web.archive.org/web/20150413201308/https://twitter.com/Nero/status/504221455861952512) just days before publishing the article [\"Feminist Bullies Tearing The Video Game Industry Apart\"](https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2014/09/01/lying-greedy-promiscuous-feminist-bullies-are-tearing-the-video-game-industry-apart/).` All the current pro far-right, anti-SJW rhetoric in gaming communities is intrinsically linked to Bannon and, by extension, to Trump's campaign and the rest of the alt-right. ` More on Bannon's WoW gold-selling business, too.`
posted by Vandrel on /SubredditDrama
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