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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Federal Law Against Sports Betting Found Unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has found unconstitutional a federal law against sports betting, finding it encroaches on the rights of the States to make their own laws on gambling.

Debra Cassens Weiss has the story at Supreme Court strikes down federal law that bans sports betting.

We previously commented on Gambling and Gaming Laws and Online Fantasy Sports : What is Legal? What can be Prohibited?
 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Horse Riders: Equestrian Stories from Today and Yesteryear

At Scientific American, Roni Jacobson reports on new evidence linking horse riders ("equestrians") to the emergence of Proto-Indo-European language ("PIE"). See Scientific American.
After reading that article, take a look at our decipherment of the Avebury Henge Megaliths at our Ancient World Blog, in particular Avebury Henge Stone #42, which in our analysis represents the stars of Sagittarius as a horse rider.
Are we right? You better believe it!

(updated March 13, 2018)

Our view is that either you know something about this world, or you do not. Those of you who do want to know something, do read about the equestrian paradise Wellington, Florida, a playground for the richest of the rich.
 
Interesting for those of you out there who read beyond horse-blindered search engines such as Google Scholar,
is the Wellington Saga series (so its title in German), written originally in English by Jessica Whitman in the name of Nacho Figueras, the world's best-known professional polo player and Ralph Lauren model -- the "David Beckham of polo".
See Nacho Figueras Presents and his polo team Black Watch at https://www.facebook.com/Black-Watch-Polo-Team-8628204013/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackWatch_Polo_Team

Is there a larger "horse connection" at Wellington? Absolutely. As written at the Wikipedia: "Wellington is host to the Winter Equestrian Festival, the largest and longest running horse show in the world from January to April."

Wellington, Florida also has interesting connections to Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, see below.

Donald Trump
If you drive due West on US 98 from Mar-a-Lago, you arrive in Wellington after about 15 miles. Black Watch (former) owner Neil Hirsch lives in Wellington https://wikivividly.com/wiki/Neil_Hirsch and he is a childhood friend of Black Watch owner Peter M. Brant, who is a childhood friend of U.S. President Donald Trump. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_M._Brant
And read a bit about the The Polo Crashers....

Bill Gates and Wellington

Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs and Wellington

So, just as in the days of far distant European antiquity, when it all comes down to where it's really at, it's the horses!





Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The Travel Invention of the Decade for Travelers? A Rideable Suitcase

A rideable suitcase? Now that is AWESOME.
Not cheap, but we want one.
This looks like the invention of the decade for travelers....
Take a look at
Robb Gear: Modobag Rideable Suitcase
This is not an ad on our part, but only info.
We have no affiliation with the product manufacturer.

A Coming Revolution in American Football: Robots Replace Humans for "No-Tackling" Practice Drills: Are the Huskers Listening?

The future of football practice is a superb article by Adam Kramer with photography by Rich Miyara at Bleacher Report covering the use of robots to replace humans for football practice drills in a "no-tackling" system.

The system was introduced at Dartmouth by Buddy Teevens and is producing a veritable sports revolution because of its massive reduction of football-caused injuries to players and even its apparent increase in the playing skills and savvy of the players.

Are you listening in Huskerland?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

College Athletes Settle Suit Againsts Electronic Arts (EA Sports) for $60 Million

At Bleacher Report, featured columnist Matt Fitzgerald has the story in College Athletes Who Appeared in EA Sports Games to Share $60M Settlement.

See also Darren Rovell, ESPN Senior Writer in Athletes whose likenesses appeared in Electronic Arts games will share a $60 million settlement.

See also EA Sports.

The case of the players alleging NCAA antitrust law violations continues.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Nike Flyknit Chukka Sneakers in Stanford Cardinal and Nebraska Cornhusker School Colors


"The Nike Flyknit is the world's first mass-produced consumer product made using additive manufacturing." -- Maurice Conti, Autodesk.

These sneakers may already be collectors' items, even if they are never worn.
There was no way we could resist buying a pair of these pioneer shoes.

In fact, we got lucky enough to find a fitting pair in the only shop in Germany (burner.de) currently offering the new Nike Flyknit Chukkas online:

Nike Flyknit Chukka Sneaker
 
This may not be the color combination that most people would buy, but we thought these colors were perfect to match the college school colors of our alma mater undergraduate and graduate universities:
  • the scarlet and cream of the University of Nebraska Huskers
    and
  • the cardinal red and white of the Stanford University Cardinal.
We note here, as in the last posting, that this is NOT paid advertising.

Rather, this is industrial and manufacturing history in the making.

Crossposted from LawPundit.


Sky Earth Native America


Sky Earth Native America 1 :
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
    ,
    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
    The image on the cover was created using public domain space photos of Earth from NASA.

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    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
    that there is ample evidence that some ancient cultures in Native America, e.g. the Pawnee in Nebraska,
    geographically located their villages according to patterns seen in stars of the heavens.
    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
    together with mounds and earthworks, were made to represent territorial geographic landmarks
    placed according to the stars of the sky using the ready map of the starry sky
    in the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".
    That mirror image of the heavens on terrestrial land is the "Sky Earth" of Native America,
    whose "rock stars" are the real stars of the heavens, "immortalized" by rock art petroglyphs, pictographs,
    cave paintings, earthworks and mounds of various kinds (stone, earth, shells) on our Earth.
    These landmarks were placed systematically
    in North America, Central America (Meso-America) and South America
    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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