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I stick by what I have said, I have never met a person who is not a "power player" or a "RI people behind the scenes" who felt that this venture was a good idea.. Schilling was a big part of this, he had an idea, but no experience in managing something like this and understanding how to operationalize it... it came about due to with Schilling's star power and our easily influenced politicians who just followed along.

He could not pitch his way out of this jam..
I'm not disagreeing with you on that last line. If Curt had gotten out of the way of the management people he had brought in from the gaming industry, 38 Studios would have had a good shot.

The one disagreement is the "star power" on the politicians and others. That worked on average people - the folks he brought in (and mostly because it was assumed that he would have friends who could help him finance it easily).

When you start talking about venture capitalists, government-level law firms, super-rich contractors/commercial real estate guys, and others at that level, "star power" is often indicative of "easy mark."

Everything I've told you about 38 is true.
 

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Everything I've told you about 38 is true.

As is everything I told you about how RI'ers feel about this mess... it was not a very popular move by our GA & Gov.. The same GA who stalled and allowed the PawSox to move to Worcester.. it is what they do, get bogged down in trivial stuff, and let the more important stuff go by..
 

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As is everything I told you about how RI'ers feel about this mess... it was not a very popular move by our GA & Gov.. The same GA who stalled and allowed the PawSox to move to Worcester.. it is what they do, get bogged down in trivial stuff, and let the more important stuff go by..
Oh, trust, me, I don't doubt that at all.

Funny, though, that the guy who spoke against it form the start, and loudly, seemed to take as much heat if not more than the guy who did the deal.
 

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How has this thread just turned into a bunch of guys not knowing what different economic systems are?

All these pages of pontification about what communism is and workplace democracy/unions don't even come up once.
 

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My point was that players like Perry, Niekro, and even Schilling, to an extent, built their reps on stats from longevity, whereas some of the greatest pitchers had shorter careers due to the kind of ball they threw or the times.
I haven't had a lot of time but I started working on a comparison of all of the HOF players using the same stats. One problem I saw right away was that the lack of home run hitters in the early days gave them a huge advantage with ERA and HR's allowed. That put many of them at the top and skewed the numbers of any modern players who exceled in those categories, especially against players of the same era who were weaker in those categories.

Sandy Koufax is one of the better examples of a shorter career player who's deserving of all the accolades. There's also the higher mound that needs to be considered but I don't know what can be done about that. I'm working on it though and didn't forget you.
 

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There are distinct and important lines between "character development" and religion. He doesn't use them apparently.
It is probably a good idea to have a staff member who specializes in developing the players' emotional intelligence, psychological self awareness, and constructive social behavior. They have specialists for every other kind of development, and the big college programs have about given up on it as one of their responsibilities.
But to honor our social code, that person needs to clearly not be pushing a belief system.
Not only that, but looking for early signs of CTE. There's clearly lots of players who are heading off the rails, and identifying them early would be important to get them treatment. We've had what is likely another reminder of this recently.
 

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You think Sihanouk was any better? He wasn't. You can go all over the world and see killings of every stripe and color. It's not even that hard to do, from the mass genocides in Africa, Hitler and the Balkans, the UK in India, South and Central America, etc. In China, in just one year, 1927, they killed over a million communists. Japanese invasion of China lead to 20 million dead.
Oooh! Getting into something I know something about! No, Sihanouk was not anything like the Khmer Rouge or anywhere near as bad although of course he was a repressive Authoritarian by the time he was overthrown by Lon Nol. Certainly you can observe mass killings of any political variety, doesn't take much effort. And you can observe dozens of different flavours of socialism/communism, some of which worked okay (although most did not) and most of which didn't result in a mass slaughter.

I actually work in an officially Socialist country and have worked in several others in various stages of socialism/communism in Southeast Asia (including Cambodia). There are none remaining that actually practice it other than for political control although there are vestiges in places like China, Laos and Vietnam which attempt central planning while much of what happens is just business. None of them are likely to result in any sort of bloodbath (China is a possibility), but are more likely to transition to capitalist semi-democracy similar to what has basically happened in Cambodia.
 

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Oooh! Getting into something I know something about! No, Sihanouk was not anything like the Khmer Rouge or anywhere near as bad although of course he was a repressive Authoritarian by the time he was overthrown by Lon Nol. Certainly you can observe mass killings of any political variety, doesn't take much effort. And you can observe dozens of different flavours of socialism/communism, some of which worked okay (although most did not) and most of which didn't result in a mass slaughter.

I actually work in an officially Socialist country and have worked in several others in various stages of socialism/communism in Southeast Asia (including Cambodia). There are none remaining that actually practice it other than for political control although there are vestiges in places like China, Laos and Vietnam which attempt central planning while much of what happens is just business. None of them are likely to result in any sort of bloodbath (China is a possibility), but are more likely to transition to capitalist semi-democracy similar to what has basically happened in Cambodia.
Sihanouk is just one example of someone who killed people prior to a Communist regime that also killed people. Chiang Kai-Shek is another. But heck, what about Japan? So many authoritarians have killed millions and they have come from many stripes of ideologies. That was the main point I was making. Saddam killed a ton of people. Millions. etc.

I'm sure this isn't the place for a discussion of Socialism really, but there are countries that practice it successfully. Denmark and Norway are two, and though they have very wealthy people in those countries, most everything (school, health care, etc.) is free, and they even have a universal basic income. But whatever, I'm not here to argue these things. I was just pointing out that the idea that Socialism is somehow more given to mass killings is weird, given all the examples throughout history, Hitler, Kai-Shek, Hirohito, Saddam, etc. On and on. You could also look to see what the Colonials did in Africa. Mass extermination.
 
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