"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The European Court of Justice Rules Torrent Site Pirate Bay Infringes Copyrights

We are a bit late on this important intellectual property court case decision in Europe, as the European Court of Justice has ruled that torrent site Pirate Bay infringes copyrights.

The case will probably harken the end of provider sites that knowingly enable media pirating by torrent streaming or otherwise.

See The Guardian at
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/15/pirate-bay-european-court-of-justice-rules-infringing-copyright-torrent-sites

Monday, August 07, 2017

Preseason College Football Ratings & Rankings NCAA Division I FBS 2017-2018 by SportPundit

Preseason College Football Ratings & Rankings NCAA Division I FBS 2017-2018 by SportPundit

Our preseason college football ratings and rankings for the 130 teams now in NCAA Division I FBS 2017-2018 are based primarily on our final college football rankings for the 2016-2017 college football season, as made after the completion of the bowl games and playoff games.

Past seasons show that position changes in team rankings from one season to the next are not that great on average, although there are always exceptions, and that keeps it interesting.

Our system is based on net average yards per play stats, which we calibrate primarily by adjusting for schedule difficulty. Other adjustments can also be made (*=adjustment). We take the cumulative yards per play stat data from cfbstats.com or college and university football athletic pages online, as linked below for each team.

Caveat emptor (Buyer beware): We make this material available in good fun out of interest for the sport of college football. Please do not rely on our material to place bets or wagers of any kind. No one knows the exact outcome of a game or a season before it is played and that is what makes it so interesting. We disclaim any and all liability for the consequences of anyone relying in any way upon our postings, analysis, links or reasoning -- for which we make no warranty of accuracy. May the best team win.

Preseason College Football Rankings FBS 2017-2018 by SportPundit
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Preseason RANKING 2017-2018 by Sport Pundit TEAM
Name
NAYPPA= net average yards per play advantage offense over defense, 2016-2017, stats from cfbstats.com (our calculation) yards per play offense via cfbstats.
com

2016-
2017
yards
per play
defense
via cfbstats.
com

2016-
2017
2016-2017
Schedule difficulty based on Massey Ratings, Sagarin,
& our ratings of average rank of opponents
x 3 / 100 is deducted from NAYPPA (*=adjusted)
Won-loss record (W-L) for the past 2016-2017 season - with 0.2 rating points deducted
per loss)
Post-Bowl 2016
-2017 Team Rating
by
Sport Pundit
1Alabama2.56.473.9940***14-1+1.1
2Clemson1.66.194.6310***14-1+1.1
3Ohio State1.76.024.3620*11-2+0.7
4Michigan1.65.854.2120*10-3+0.4
5USC1.06.405.380***10-3+0.4
6Washington2.26.834.6150*12-2+0.3
7Penn State1.56.505.0420*11-3+0.3
8Wisconsin0.55.454.920***11-3+0.3
9LSU 2.06.714.7630*8-4+0.3
10Oklahoma1.77.545.8535*11-2+0.3
11Louisville2.57.214.6955*9-4+0.0
12Florida State1.2 6.455.2720*10-3+0.0
13Stanford0.45.775.350***10-3-0.2
14Auburn1.16.135.0710**8-5-0.2
15Florida0.55.194.660***9-4-0.3
16Tennessee0.66.445.8420*9-4-0.8
17Washington State0.16.116.040***8-5-0.9
18Pittsburgh0.76.715.9820*8-5-0.9
19Texas A&M0.86.375.5525*8-5-0.9
20Virginia Tech0.75.734.9925*10-4-0.9
21North Carolina1.36.645.3740*8-5-0.9
22Miami (Florida)1.76.434.7560***9-4-0.9
23Oklahoma State0.86.735.9340*10-3-1.0
24Georgia Tech0.86.535.7640*9-4-1.2
25West Virginia0.96.425.5650*10-3-1.2
26Kansas State0.05.745.7715***9-4-1.2
27Iowa0.15.205.1110***8-5-1.2
28Colorado0.75.544.8735*10-4-1.2
29San Diego State1.66.484.9080*11-3-1.4
30Houston0.55.324.8040*9-4-1.5
31South Florida1.37.175.8280**11-2-1.5
32Georgia0.25.445.2625*8-5-1.5
33Western Michigan0.86.665.8270*13-1-1.5
34Northwestern-0.15.265.4010*7-6-1.6
35North Carolina State0.65.755.1335*7-6-1.6
36Western Kentucky 2.57.655.20120*11-3-1.7
37Temple1.45.994.6480*10-4-1.8
38Utah0.25.785.5640*9-4-1.8
39Arkansas-0.76.036.750***7-6-1.8
40Mississippi0.06.166.1815***5-7-1.8
41Boise State1.66.845.2095***10-3-1.9
42BYU-0.15.435.5235***9-4-1.9
43UCLA0.65.434.8630*4-8-1.9
44TCU0.66.085.5140*6-7 -2.0
45Indiana0.55.595.0940*6-7-2.0
46Michigan State0.15.645.5310*3-9-2.0
47Tulsa0.76.155.4770*10-3-2.0
48Appalachian State 1.16.134.9985*10-3-2.0
49Toledo1.47.205.8190*9-4-2.1
50Nebraska-0.25.365.5340*9-4-2.2
51California-0.85.956.710*5-7-2.2
52Notre Dame0.76.075.4045*4-8-2.2
53Minnesota0.45.244.8260*9-4-2.2
54Texas0.35.905.6340*5-7-2.3
55Oregon0.26.616.4130**4-8-2.3
56Kentucky0.26.266.0845*7-6-2.3
57Mississippi State-0.26.076.2435*6-7-2.3
58 Memphis0.56.255.7765*8-5-2.4
59South Carolina-0.55.155.6215*6-7-2.4
60Louisiana Tech1.77.515.79105*9-5-2.4
61Texas Tech-0.56.527.0520*5-7-2.5
62Baylor 0.76.135.4365*7-6 -2.5
63Air Force0.26.025.7970*10-3-2.5
64Troy0.75.725.0585*10-3-2.5
65Navy0.56.826.3465*9-5-2.5
66Boston College-0.74.425.0925*7-6-2.6
67Wake Forest-0.84.575.3320*7-6-2.6
68Wyoming-0.56.056.5930*8-6-2.6
69Colorado State0.66.686.1170*7-6-2.7
70Arkansas State0.45.374.9970*8-5-2.7
71UCF-0.14.684.7840*6-7-2.7
72Oregon State-0.25.525.7630*4-8-2.7
73Iowa State-0.1 5.915.9730*3-9-2.8
74Missouri0.36.346.0750*4-8-2.8
75 Vanderbilt-0.75.195.9025*6-7-2.8
76Maryland-0.15.615.6745*6-7-2.8
77Arizona0.06.086.1035**3-9-2.9
78Miami (Ohio)0.45.675.2470*6-7-3.1
79Northern Illinois0.15.865.7960*5-7-3.1
80Idaho (last season at FBS level) -0.65.616.2460***9-4-3.2
81New Mexico0.66.856.29100*9-4-3.2
82Illinois-0.25.325.5440*3-9-3.2
83SMU-0.55.496.0045*5-7-3.2
84Ohio0.35.475.1380*8-6-3.3
85Old Dominion1.06.415.41120*10-3-3.2
86Arizona State-1.95.217.070*5-7-3.3
87Duke-1.15.156.2920*4-8-3.3
88Middle Tennessee1.56.925.47130*8-5-3.4
89Syracuse-1.55.456.9110**4-8-3.4
90Eastern Michigan 0.15.925.8475*7-6-3.4
91Utah State0.55.695.2370*3-9-3.4
92Virginia-1.54.866.330**2-10-3.5
93Army (West Point)0.85.895.09110*8-5-3.5
94Central Michigan0.15.805.7480*6-7-3.7
95East Carolina-0.56.006.4550*3-9-3.8
96Purdue-1.15.116.2230*3-9-3.8
97Akron-0.15.996.0580*5-7-3.8
98South Alabama 0.15.735.6385*6-7-3.9
99Cincinnati-0.15.285.3475*4-8-3.9
100Southern Miss0.36.015.71100*7-6-3.9
101UNLV0.15.955.8785*4-8-4.0
102Ball State-0.75.646.3855*4-8-4.0
103Tulane-0.54.835.3655*4-8-4.0
104Georgia State 0.45.314.9185*3-9-4.0
105UTSA -0.35.385.6975*6-7-4.0
106Hawaii-0.45.996.3875*7-7-4.0
107Georgia Southern-0.75.245.9465*5-7-4.0
108Bowling Green-1.25.136.3240***4-8-4.0
109Rice-2.35.167.43***3-9-4.1
110Rutgers-2.24.136.350**2-10-4.2
111Kent State-0.44.855.2165*3-9-4.2
112Kansas-1.14.966.0440*2-10-4.3
113San Jose State-1.15.336.4855*4-8-4.3
114Louisiana Lafayette -0.35.005.3085*6-7-4.3
115Nevada-1.15.536.6360*5-7-4.3
116UMass-0.85.336.1355*2-10-4.4
117UTEP-0.16.026.1290**4-8-4.4
118New Mexico State (final season in the Sun Belt Conference)-1.15.446.5655*3-9-4.5
119North Texas -1.05.086.0765***5-8-4.5
120UConn-0.94.815.7260*3-9-4.5
121Buffalo-0.85.165.9265*2-10-4.7
122Florida International FIU-0.95.436.3475*4-8-4.7
123Charlotte -1.14.926.0365*4-8-4.7
124Marshall-1.35.046.3555*3-9-4.7
125Louisiana Monroe-1.55.116.6560*4-8-4.9
126Florida Atlantic FAU-1.25.706.9165*3-9-4.9
127Fresno State-1.04.685.7255*1-11-4.9
128Texas State-1.94.316.19***2-10-4.9
129Coastal Carolina (bowl eligible only starting the 2018 season)0.85.85.1175*10-2-4.9
130UAB -(Blazers back starting this season after a 2-year absence)------------

Monday, July 31, 2017

What Happens When Congress Tries to Play President and Conduct Foreign Policy

What happens when the "locally-elected" representatives of the U.S. Congress try to break out of their provincial hamlets and -- Walter-Mitty-like -- attempt to enter the big stage of international affairs to play President and to conduct foreign policy?

The immediate result, as we see from news reports, is the quick souring of world politics on an unprecedented scale, even among allied nations. See the BBC News piece at Russia's Putin orders 755 US diplomatic staff to be cut.

Nothing the Trump administration may have done wrong in the last six months compares in stupidity with this inexcusable Congressional overreaching of its Constitutional legislative powers, which are normally subject to the doctrine of the "separation of powers" that marks the executive, judicial and legislative branches.

Without ANY probative evidence that the Russian government actually interfered in the past U.S. Presidential election, Congress has usurped the President's  Constitutional duties and has decided to go ahead with stiff retaliatory sanctions against Russia anyway -- usurping thereby the foreign policy sphere of the President -- and even threatening U.S. allies in THEIR economic relations with Russia if they do not toe the U.S. Congressional line.

Normally, the President makes foreign policy, not locally-elected foreign-policy-clueless local State representatives.

No sane nation conducts foreign policy through parliaments... and for good reason not. So, what now? Another Act of Congress in retaliation ... etc. etc.? Surely the people in Congress jest!

This Congressional usurpation is all the more difficult to understand given the widespread ignorance among voters and their locally-elected State representatives about all things foreign.

In the USA generally, try finding any news beyond even greatly limited local happenings on your local TV channels or radio stations. The rest of the world is mostly invisible somewhere "out there".

As one U.S. cashier in the dark fields of the republic said to a customer (true story): "Y'all talk funny. Where ya from?" Answer: "London". Reply: " Is that near England?"

That and similar knowledge gaps are not a good information basis for foreign affairs. And that is why parliaments are not responsible for foreign policy.

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    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
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