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  1. 6 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

    100 kg coin is just a silly thing to do. Of course having how ever many tons of gold are still sitting at Ft Knox is silly too.

    I think it was more a display of engineering and metallurgy skill then it was to fill a practical need. The production perfection of a coin that size had never been done before. The Canadian mint prides themselves on the superior production and refining of their Gold Maple Leaf coin. As impractical as the 100 kilo coin is, it was produced more as a bit of showing off by the Canadian Mint. Hence the quote at the end of the article by the Canadian Mint when asked why the coins were made, "Because we can."

    I would have to look it up but I think those coins were made about 20 yrs ago and no other refiner or mint has produced one since. 

    The dificulty comes in the pouring of the metal also called the casting process.

    All the smaller 1 oz coins, wether American, Canadian, Australian etc.. are made from a stamping which is infinitely easier to do and control. 


  2. Update on the stolen 100 kilo coin. Arrests have been made.



    (Kitco News) - German police have made two arrests related to an audacious heist of a 100-kilogram gold coin stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin earlier this year, but they are still only one step closer to closing the case.

    million-dollar-gold-coin.JPGBalaclavas-geared armed police units raided several homes in Neukoelln, early Wednesday morning.

    According to reports, evidence against the two suspects relied on DNA results as well as surveillance footage. BBC reported that the suspects come from a “large Arab family,” with alleged links to organized crime. However, no more details have been released and the roughly $4.5-million coin is yet to be recovered. It is believed that the coin was destroyed and sold for value of the metal.

    The notorious March theft of the Canadian “Big Maple Leaf” coin came as a shock, with the extensive security measures at the museum, reinforced with the protection of bullet-proof glass.

    Local police have developed a theory as to how the heist was carried out, suggesting that the thieves used elevated railway tracks to prop a ladder that they used to enter the museum through a third-floor window. Smashing through bulletproof protection, they were able to obtain the coin and leave the museum, wheelbarrowing the massive coin down the tracks to their pulley getaway.

    The initial investigation revealed that it took less than 25 minutes for the thieves to make off with the massive coin.

    The coin, which was loan from a private, unidentified person, has a face value of $1 million. Issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007, only five have been manufactured, and have gained Guinness Book of Records status for their exceptional size and purity of 99.999% gold.

    When asked why the need for these massive coins, the RCM responded with three words: “because we can.”


  3. 6 hours ago, djhutch said:

    I didn't see a Super Bowl in Detroit - CJ

    I can understand the return on his investment wasn't enough, so he got out.  Fine.  I just don't understand why athletes don't just keep their mouths shut. He has nothing to gain from any of this, & will now alienate an entire generation of fans.  It makes me sad. 

    I heard the quotes on the radio and Valenti blew them all out of proportion inspiring the masses to pick up pitch forks and burning torches.

    To me the quotes were pretty consistent to what we had heard. He lost the fire to play, his body was breaking down and he felt to continue playing wasn't worth the risk. The only thing he added was that he didn't see the Lions competing for a super bowl any time soon which was something that contributed to his decision to retire sooner rather then later.

    The comment certainly isn't worth all the attention it's getting.

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  4. Only 5 minutes long and good all the way through. It gets interesting at 2:50 when the discuss a phenomenon called Circular Flow. Then at the very end there is an appearance by the guy who played the older brother in La Bamba (minus the mustache).

  5. https://sports.yahoo.com/news/kyle-schwarbers-outfield-defense-roller-coaster-emotions-033444456.html





    When a fly ball is hit in the direction of Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber, fans don’t know whether to lean in or look away. That’s because it feels like the probability of something spectacular happening is about the same as something disastrous happening, with little room for a result in between.

    Of course, that’s not entirely true. Schwarber has made positive strides since beginning his conversion from catcher to outfielder less than two years ago. But it’s still rarely a smooth ride. In fact, his outfield adventures would best be described as a roller coaster that takes Cubs on a wide-ranging ride of emotions.



  6. 7 minutes ago, Shelton said:

    Schwarber would be a good get. I wouldn't give up Fulmer for him, but maybe Norris. 

    I don't want anymore 1 dimensional players. We need guys to go both ways. The defensive liability and the limiting factor of an offense only guy is getting harder and harder to overcome. Especially as Miggy seems to be a player that is going to need to be slotted in as a DH sooner rather then later to help limit his time on the DL.

  7. 1 minute ago, Melody said:

    In this matter, it is definitely a shame.   The technology changes, but the need for skilled technicians does not.  And currently, kids with no desire for university are being sent out into the world prepared for nothing.   I know a couple of graduates of my district's aviation technology program.  It was a great opportunity for them.  For the past few decades the options were an expensive private vocational school or joining the military.

    And to me, what is even worse, is getting a 4 yr degree and still being prepared for nothing and the only things some of these kids have to show for their 5 yrs in school is a pile of debt.

  8. 20 minutes ago, chasfh said:

    Egads, you're right! Trade-based education is the next for-profit education frontier to drive another class of kids into crippling lifelong debt! Eureka! I gotta call my broker ...

    I guess your humor is a little too esoteric for me because I don't get your comment.

  9. I wish more kids would take up a trade. It kind of bums me out when the guy who cleaned our septic tank makes more per hour than I do. Increased number of tradesman=lower prices!

    Seriously, this is where we are making a mistake in education. Trade schools should be brought back and emphasized as a legit option for kids. Not every kid is cut out for college. There is nothing wrong with going to a trade school, working an apprenticeship then getting a decent paying job and start making some good money before the college kids have even had time to decide on a major. And the potentially best part is those kids who skipped college fro a trade have started their working life debt free.

  10. The home run derby was excellent. I think they may have finally got the format right. The guys really put on a show. Stanton and Judge are just not from this world. Judge hit 3 or 4 over 500 ft. I was amazed by this kid. 

    Bour put on quite a show too. His home crowd was going crazy. He has tremendous pull power unfortunately for him he was paired against Judge who edged him out by 1, 23 to 22.

    Stanton had a bit of a rough start to his round and came up 1 short of Gary Sanchez. 

    Overall, I think it was the best Home Run Derby yet. 


  11. http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170707/blog003/633351/tigers-tv-ratings-decline-team-struggles



    The struggling Detroit Tigers have seen their local TV ratings fall by more 20 percent versus last season.

    After 70 games — the total aired by Fox Sports Detroit through June 25 — the Tigers averaged a 5.57 household rating, down from a 7.08 rating at the same point last season, according to Nielsen Co. viewership data for the Detroit market. That's a 21.3 percent ratings decline year over year.

    Still, despite the tumble, the Tigers' local TV ratings still rank fifth in Major League Baseball, according to FSD. If they continue to play sub-.500 ball, and begin to trade away stars for future talent, that ranking could slip further. Five years ago, Detroit led all of baseball in local TV ratings with a 9.59 rating. They're now down 42 percent from that number.

    The local TV data is one of the litmus tests for a team's popularity. Another is attendance, and as Crain's reported earlier this week, the Tigers are averaging 29,731 fans per game, their lowest attendance average since 2005. They're not bad numbers, but they're evidence of an ongoing decline in fan interest in the Tigers since 2013.


    I think one thing in their favor is the rebounding of the stadium district. Potentially, if the area becomes a hot spot for night life the Tigers could see attendance boosted as a place to be regardless of the quality of the team. It wouldn't replace all the attendance lost from the 3 million plus season gates, but I don't think it will be back to the early 2000 years either of under 2 million.


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  12. I'm posting this as general information of what a market based healthcare system could potentially be like:


    Sometimes it takes a near-death experience to render the obvious observable. This happened to us on our annual summer trip to Lebanon, where a medical emergency sent us back to the future of medicine.

    I know this can work because I watched it save my wife’s life

    Lebanon is a land of contrasts. Beirut struggles to keep the lights on 24 hours a day, get the garbage collected, and what passes for a highway system would give the most jaded New York cabbie a heart attack. But there is one thing the Lebanese haven’t screwed up that we in the U.S. have turned into a royal mess. And that is the ability to deliver world class healthcare at an affordable price.


    Great Medical Service

    Our terrifying journey began with a 3:00am ambulance ride to the emergency room of the American University of Beirut Medical Center. As we learned only later, a freak metabolic imbalance triggered a life-threatening cascade in my wife that could have been caused by any number of underlying pathologies, each one scarier than the other.

    After stabilization in the ER she was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit where numerous specialists raced the clock to figure out what was happening. I will spare you the details, but the next 36 hours were a wild ride. We are grateful that by day four my wife’s good health was restored thanks to the competent intervention of a sophisticated multidisciplinary medical team, leaving her exhausted but with no long term sequelae.

    The treatment she received was as good as you could expect at any first-class teaching hospital in the U.S., including all the latest technology. Having dealt with complex hospitalizations of my late father, who was both misdiagnosed and nearly killed by preventable medical errors, I can tell you that the overall level of coordination, patient care, and staff courtesy at AUBMC was far superior to any I have seen back home.

    Finally the Bill 

    When it came time to be discharged, I headed to the billing office to figure out how we were going to handle the bill. Medicine is a cash business in Lebanon, no different than the grocery store or car dealer. I knew that my brother-in-law had put down a deposit and signed a financial responsibility form when we were admitted, but I was too distracted by the prospect of losing my life partner to pay attention to the details.

    I totaled the likely cost in my mind, aware that my wife’s extensive treatment included not just the ER visit and two days in the ICU but an MRI, CT Scan, X-rays, EEG, EKG, lumbar puncture, and too many blood test to count. She was treated by multiple internists, neurologists, phrenologists, an infectious disease specialist, residents, a phlebotomist, and a round-the-clock nursing team. Our last days of recovery where in a private room with a view of the sea.

    All we paid for was the top quality medical care we actually received

    • The bill was in Lebanese currency, so the total number of commas made me pale. I asked the billing clerk to convert that into dollars. “Seven thousand dollars,” he said. “You are due a refund on your deposit.”


      How could this be? The bill would have been ten times that in Boston.

      I’ll tell you how. All we paid for was the top quality medical care we actually received. We did not pay for the healthcare of countless strangers, a hospital bureaucratic staff larger than the medical staff, compliance officers and insurance administrators, lobbyists and legislators, benefits administrators at every employer in the country, mandates to provide medical services we would never use, nor did we pay artificial prices set by some remote pricing czar. Like any other business, we just paid for what we consumed in a market serving cash customers with prices set by the law of supply and demand.

      Does this mean that people who show up at the hospital in Beirut seeking care who can’t pay for it get turned away? Yes it does. Lebanon is not a rich society like the U.S., plus the country is dealing with an influx of a million and a half Syrian refugees who would swamp any system that offered ‘free’ services.

      Our Soviet System 

      So our own national situation is not directly comparable. But as a rich and compassionate society, if we want to provide public charity to subsidize medical care for the unfortunate, why must we do it by Sovietizing the entire medical industry?

      Why can’t we just provide the deserving poor with taxpayer funded medical vouchers in an amount and with whatever conditions and restrictions our political generosity dictates, but let the medical system achieve proper price balancing under the discipline of market forces? 

      By conflating medical care with charity then burdening it with social justice mandates, regulated employer benefits, intergenerational Ponzi schemes, and a crippled mockery of insurance underwriting designed by politicians and crony corporatists instead of actuaries, we have created an unsustainable mess destined for self-destruction.

      Glimmers of a cash medical services business are already rising from the ashes of Obamacare, a natural response to its massive deductibles. Rather than fight this return to cash with ill-conceived policies conjured up by our dysfunctional Congressional sausage factory, why not lean into this trend and take medicine back to the future by setting it free? I know this can work because I watched it save my wife’s life.




  13. 34 minutes ago, Gehringer_2 said:

    somebody calls about Fulmer, the best thing that happens is the conversation turns into a deal for someone else. So I guess if I'm Avila, I'm not going to say anyone is untouchable because sure, you want that guy to call anyway. But it just goes to the truth that you generally don't want to put all your cards on the table before you start a negotiation. Al doesn't need anyone to tell anyone what the bottom line of his untouchable list is.

    Of course MTS doesn't operate under those constraints!

    This is how I would look at it. You never know where a conversation might lead. Even if nothing comes of that specific conversation and a deal isn't reached at that time, it allows you to get a sense of where the other guy is at for future negotiations down the road into the off-season. Because of injury, performance (under or over), development surprises/disappointments a team is a fluid thing. Needs change frequently, strengths change. A guy might not be willing to deal a specific player today, doesn't mean he won't trade him at the winter meetings depending on a multitude of factors transpiring between now and then.

  14. 2 minutes ago, Casimir said:

    Again, I am listening.  I ain't shopping.  If someone wants to offer 3 of significant prospects in exchange for 1 right now performer, you have to consider it, right?  It might just so happen that the requesting team overvalues Fulmer and undervalues what they are willing to offer.

    I think so.

  15. I need a point clarified on Verlanders option year:

    Justin Verlander rhp
    7 years/$180M (2013-19), plus 2020 option

    • 7 years/$180M (2013-19), plus 2020 vesting option
      • signed extension with Detroit 3/29/13
      • replaced final two years of previous deal
      • 13:$20M, 14:$20M, 15:$28M, 16:$28M, 17:$28M, 18:$28M, 19:$28M, 20:$22M vesting option
      • 2020 option guaranteed with top 5 finish in 2019 Cy Young vote 
      • award bonuses, including $0.1M for All-Star selection
      • no-trade protection

    That reads to me like a team option for 22M if JV finishes in the top 5 of the Cy Young and if he doesn't the team can refuse the option?

    Why are teams thinking of a 70M obligation when it is really 56M? If he finishes top 5 he would certainly be worth 22M.




  16. Regarding the market for JD, something that bears watching is the Marlins and Loria's desire to decrease payroll to make the sale of his team more attractive. Rumors are starting to float that he may be finally motivated enough to move Stanton. Ozuna has been rumored to be on the block and even a few rumors attached to Christian Yellich.

    Stanton has 3 yrs remaining at 25 per year then he has a player option as well as full no trade control.  With all options exercised he has a contract through 2027 valued at 295 million remaining. I realize it's unlikely he would be moved, but it's certainly not out of the question. That's a big chunk of money for a player who seems to miss a significant amount of time each year due to injury, yet there's no denying Stanton is an impact player equal to JD.




    More likely seems to be Ozuna, 26yr w/ 2 yrs arbitration remaining at 3.5m this year.

    Yellich, 25yr signed through 2021 at about 11-12m a year.

    We may be partial to JD, but by waiting this long to move him or longer these type of developments will impact his ultimate value.

  17. As far as people watching, Holy Mackerel!, the women are amazing in Vegas. Make sure you bring dark sunglasses!

    Pro-Tip #1 from 28 yrs of marriage:

    Before you go to Vegas practice and perfect the move where you see a hot chic coming in your peripheral vision and you turn head away from her so she eventually walks into your view. Don't make the rookie mistake of turning your head towards her to gawk. Too obvious and that behavior tends to **** of the wife. For a harmonious trip display the patience of a grizzled veteran and wait for her to innocently walk into your view, thus your wife can't accuse you of checking out other girls. It's not your fault the hottie just happened to walk where you were looking.

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