New HBO programming president Casey Bloys met the press Saturday and the first question he fielded was about the future of the HBO fantasy drama. Casey confirmed that the plan is for the yet-to-be announced eighth season of the adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy drama is to be the final season. The final two seasons will also only be 7-8 episodes instead of the traditional 10 episodes that have been done for every season.
“We’ve talked about it,” he said. “It’s not something I’m opposed to but it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure the guys can wrap their heads around it when they are about to start production. We’re open to it; the guys aren’t opposed to it but there’s no concrete plans right now.”
As winter dawns, Daenerys is poised to become Queen of Westeros and the Others are surely getting passed the Wall. Sorry, Dolorous Edd. One thing we know for sure is, the last two seasons are going to be epic.
Now it is no secret that Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had the democratic primary process rigged in favor of a Hillary Clinton coronation from the debate schedule, pushing false narratives at the democratic state convention in Nevada, and with her endorsing Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2008. With WikiLeaks releasing over 20,000 official DNC emails from Guccifer 2.0, there is some damning evidence in some of the emails that shows the system was rigged against Bernie Sanders and that the DNC colluded with the Clinton campaign and media outlets.
DNC already preparing a statement on Bernie Sanders dropping out and suspending his campaign in APRIL. He still hasn’t suspended his campaign.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants to contact Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC to make Mika Brzezinski the co-host of Morning Joe to apologize for saying she should step down because of biases against Bernie Sanders.
Here we have them openly admitting that her transparency and campaign donors are an issue.
This is only the surface of the emails. Still surfing through them, expect more updates and articles on this.
Striking out isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it usually results from a batter being overly aggressive from trying to hit the ball for extra bases rather than to put the ball in play
In baseball the worst outcome for a batter is usually considered striking out, a result that nets no benefits for runners on base as they don’t have an opportunity to advance from the ball being put into play as well as the batter himself as he too has no chance to get on base (unless on a very rare dropped third strike). While this is a negative, striking out isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it usually results from a batter being overly aggressive from trying to hit the ball for extra bases rather than to put the ball in play.
In 2015 the leader in strikeouts was Orioles first basemen Chris Davis who struck out 208 times, which is good enough for 5th most in a single season as well as a rate of striking out in 31% of the time, an impressive amount of strikeouts for anyone, but while he struck out 31% of the time he also led the major leagues in homeruns with 47 and a whopping .300 ISO (only beaten by Bryce Harper in that category by .019). Chris Davis showed that a hitter’s willingness to risk a strikeout for extra bases can pay off. His 147 WRc+ (10th in the majors) showed that his devotion to hitting for extras pays off as he created 47% more runs than the average hitter.
Chris Davis though wasn’t the only hitter to have a high strikeout percentage, 16 players who qualified for the batting title put up 25% or greater K% rates. Among these players were such sluggers as Kris Bryant, JD Martinez, Nelson Cruz, and Joc Pederson. Of the 16, 12 hit 15 or more home runs, 8 posted a .200 or higher ISO, and 13 of the 16 posted a 90 or better WRc+. These high strikeout players also tend to put up very high hard contact rates, for example JD Martinez who struck out 27.1% of the time also made hard contact 42.8% of the time, best in the majors. This means that these hitter are making solid contact which is among the most effective ways to get a hit, especially for extra bases. These players also post above average line drive percentages which create an astonishing 1.26 runs per out compared to 0.13 per fly ball out and 0.05 runs per out for ground balls.
These numbers bring up the point that strikeouts can be a necessary evil for extra base hits and creating runs. The most important part of this is that hitters shouldn’t be afraid of striking out for the chance of putting the ball in play because the value of extra base hits far outweighs the small chance of a weak contact single. While batters shouldn’t put all their faith in swing for the fences they also shouldn’t be afraid to go for it either as it has proven that these high strikeout players put up exceptional numbers towards creating runs despite their low batting averages. The worse thing a hitter should do is try to make weak contact simply for the purpose of putting the ball in play. While high strikeout numbers are frustrating both to have and watch, the value of the good power numbers make up for this problem.
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, speaking to over 27,500 people in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena at a campaign rally on August 10, 2015. | AP Photo
Bernie Sanders has a narrow path towards the Democratic nomination. He needs to win 65% of the remaining pledged delegates up for grabs in order to take the lead in pledged delegates. In superdelegates, he is way behind. Hillary Clinton has 519 superdelegates while Sanders only has 43. Superdelegates do not count until the Democratic Convention in July, but as of right now it doesn’t seem like those superdelegates have any obligation to flip towards Sanders in terms of the pledged delegate race. The only things us Berners can place hope is in an indictment for Hillary Clinton regarding her emails or a huge blowout in California. As of now, both aren’t likely. So as things are looking right now, it appears Hillary Clinton will become the Democratic nominee.
Now that I got the doom and gloom out of the way let’s talk about how he can try and maintain his revolution towards this election and onwards. Bernie has impacted this election in many ways. He has pushed Hillary Clinton to the left on the Keystone Pipeline, Trans Pacific Partnership, and the minimum wage. It is doubtful that her stances on those policies will stay because she will promise whatever the electorate wants to hear in attempt to get elected. The most logical answer to this would be to support down ballot candidates in the house and senate who have similar beliefs to Bernie. His campaign has also given campaign money to three down ballot candidates. For more information on down ballot candidates similar to Bernie, visit http://www.grassrootsselect.org/. He has also brought light to several issues on a national stage such as income inequality, breaking up the big banks, legalization of marijuana, a $15 federal minimum wage, abolishing private prisons, and campaign finance reform.
A hard question to answer is what can he do outside of the box to keep ahold of this movement’s energy. What I think Bernie should do is to be on the picket line with unions as he has been. He should organize protests on specific issues. Issues that I think he should continue to push would be climate change, income inequality, and breaking up the big banks. He should filibuster more often. His last filibuster on the continuation of the Bush tax cuts by President Obama which lasted 8 and ½ hours gained him national spotlight. The filibuster sent Obama in a frenzy. It forced former President Bill Clinton to talk to the White House press and tried to sell the public on the tax cuts. He should continue shouting out down ballot candidates and should do so on national television and speeches. Bernie needs to direct this energy towards possibly helping line up a presidential run in 2020 for someone like Alan Grayson, Elizabeth Warren, or Tulsi Gabbard.
The biggest problem with the Occupy Movement was that there wasn’t a leader. We now have one. Bernie will still hold a lot of power beyond these primaries, how he uses it is a whole different story.