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  1. The Wedge

    Football - Stolen Taxi for Pardew

    Yeah, what's up with that, Fox Sports Network? They routinely show simultaneous Champions League games on FS1 and FS2 throughout the competition. Also, could they please have someone besides Rob Stone and Stu Holden on the call? Are they actually at the games or calling it remotely?
  2. That's a leap on your part. I did foster ambitions of staying the academia, but after a semester of grad school, I realized that debts I had accumulated, and was still accumulating, would crush me. So I used the liberal arts skills and my social network to find work that started me on the track to not living in debt. I realized that within a year or two I could jump back into graduate courses, but I liked what I learned and the stability of a salaried job. Even as I started as an hourly contract worker and made the leap to salaried employee at my company, I lived an grad student life in cheap apartment and lots of ramen noodles in order to pour as much of my money into paying off loans that had a fairly high interest rate at the time. I'll grant you that today's debt loads are more insane than 20 years ago. Point being: A liberal arts degree did not stop me from getting a salaried job. It took time, tears, and a lot of support from friends who were living the same kind of life at the time. I can be done, but everyone's path is different.
  3. Anecdote: I wrote my senior college history seminar paper on the expropriation and nationalization of the Mexican oil industry in the 1930's. I was into studying Mexican history at the time and it was aimed at the professor who specialized in Mexican and Central American history. With that narrow-based thesis, I finished my history degree and moved right on to, you guessed it, the telecom industry, where I remain to this day. That history background had nothing to do with today's tech, but it did provide me the basis to use the written word to communicate in complete sentences, as well as an open mind to learn new ideas on the job. Developing friendships and networks during college also helped when I was in search of post-college employment, as well. Those are just as important as the thesis on a narrow subject (that I have since pretty much forgotten, to my shame). A liberal arts degree does not doom one to the graduate school slog or "Do you want fries with that?" unless they limit their horizons to remaining in academia. Once I recognized that, I felt free to let my skills work for me.
  4. The Wedge

    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    Some may have been intentional, but on a single party primary ballot where there's only one name listed, it can be habit to just select that name. This is the real issue. And that there was no one else willing to challenge him within the party. Granted, that district is HEAVILY Democratic and the GOP nominee is often a sacrificial lamb, so what's the benefit of challenging him besides saving face for the party? Who wants to waste money just to get trounced in the fall? Edit to add -- No GOP challenger for that seat in 2016. Dan Lipinski got 99% of the vote in the fall.
  5. The off chance that @Blaine will return with some good posts.
  6. The Wedge

    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    IIRC, the Obama campaign was fairly transparent about using available data of potential voters who "liked" or followed on various media to micro-target its message(s) to those potential voters
  7. This is an important item that has gone unaddressed. Wisconsin is a geographically big with a widely distributed state university system. For many residents who desire in-state tuition to curb expenses, they may not want to travel all the way to the main campus in Madison or one of the other satellite campuses. Having an option for a full UW education close to home is a big boon for residents in that area. Diminishing the offerings of a campus, especially something as universal to colleges as liberal arts, is not a good sign. Each one of the campuses may have its known specialty, but keeping the liberal arts as an option is a no-brainer, especially in the farther reaches like Superior, Whitewater, Platteville, etc. It's something that ties the state together. Scott Walker might be great for cutting taxes, but he's doing damage to the long term of a well regarded university system.
  8. The Wedge

    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    Nope. He's the "imperfect vessel" and will get mulligan after mulligan after mulligan. Three things he could do to torpedo his base: 1) Declare himself pro-choice. 2) Actually stand up to the NRA. 3) Amnesty for undocumented immigrants. These would have to be backed by some executive order to put teeth into them. These are the things his base cares about and would surely abandon ship in numbers.
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    U.S. Politics: The Ideas of Mueller

    The moment in the campaign when he pantomimed a reporter with disabilities. Good gods, that was in 2015. Anyone staying on after that, well, they showed their asses. What the heck else was going to push them off his bandwagon? A porn star? Pfft.
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    Small things you hate

    Or they play the single edit version of something as trite as "Love Shack" that cuts out the whispered "bang bang bang on the door baby.... i can't hear you..." lines in the middle of the song, going straight to the "BANG BANG BANG ON THE DOOR BABY.... I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!" line. Makes my teeth itch.
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    Small things you hate

    I hate it when a radio station decides to play INXS's "Need You Tonight" but then they don't let it flow into "Mediate." Hell, the drumbeat starts in Need You Tonight, but then cuts off. When that song was gigantic on MTV back in 1987, the two songs were inseparable. Now? Stupid radio programmers who don't get it! Drives me nuts and I'm not sure why I should even be upset since I could bring the album up on my phone and just play it the way I want to hear it. Still. Second example: When Pure Prairie League's classic "Amie" comes on without playing the associated intro song "Falling In and Out of Love." Back in the old days, it was a given that radio would pair them up, since they are basically two parts of the same composition. Third: The Guess Who's "American Woman" gets played without the bluesy acoustic intro where they spell out American (Say A.... Say M...) That part makes the whole punchy electric riff all the better. Why am I bothered by this? I don't know, but the loathing that fills me is palpable when this kind of thing happens.
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    Football - Stolen Taxi for Pardew

    Question from a neophyte observer on Man United and Ferguson: Does the presence of Ferguson at Old Trafford on a consistent basis not allow the club to move away from his long shadow? I ask because it seems every game shown here in the U.S. has at least a token shot of Ferguson taking in the game from the stands. I'm not a Man United fan or anything, but just curious how supporters feel about the continued presence of a legend affects the way the club is run and managed.
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    Is David Eddings any good?

    I don't think he and Leigh had any kids. The Wikipedia page doesn't mention any. For all that cash he decided to make recycling Tolkien's journey narrative, he apparently much (all?) of it away: Per Wikipedia:
  14. I have not read the book, but is Francis Begbie as much a pyschopathic evil presence there as he is in the movies? Robert Carlyle's performance in both films fills me with the fear and loathing.
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    Is David Eddings any good?

    The Mallorean tedious and feels like Eddings has to fill out five books in similar travelogue formula to the Belgariad. By "Demon Lord of Karanda," I am ready for the traveling to be done, but it just keeps on going and the domestic squabbling is tiring. The Belgariad, though, got through The Quest portion in quick order by the end of book 3, giving books 4 & 5 plenty of room to gear up for The Big Battle and The Final Showdown.
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