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|6 hours 37 min ago||Wales doesn't have that many||
|6 hours 43 min ago||Weeeelllllll...not to defend||
Hoke is arguing against using bend-but-don't-break.
|6 hours 45 min ago||Are Michigan fans unique||
Not necessarily everyone . . . but I do wish Hoke good luck given his service to our program, not just as a head coach but also as a longtime assistant. Don't forget that he was on the staff of the 1997 team.
|8 hours 6 min ago||You're pulling for these||
You're pulling for these guys?
I didn't think they qualified.
|1 day 4 hours ago||That's his granddaughter,||
That's his granddaughter, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen. She is a politician but not in a leadership role.
The leader of the Front National is Marine Le Pen, daughter of Jean-Marie and aunt to Marion.
|1 day 4 hours ago||The UK is different. It||
The UK is different. It holds referendums now and then. They held one a few years back on whether they should switch to alternative voting (which failed). They held the Scottish one, of course. And as noted, they had held one on EEC membership in the 1970s.
After the Maastricht treaty was signed in 1992, most countries staged referendums, and Britain was planning on doing the same. But after France barely ratified it (51% oui, 49% non), the British government got spooked and abandoned plans for a referendum. They found a legal justification to ratify it only via Parliament, but this was something that stuck in the craw of a lot of British voters, who felt that their own political class no longer respected them.
I think it's fair to Cameron that he finally gave British voters their say, a quarter-century later. He just should have run a better campaign to stay in the EU. What the Remain campaign needed to stress was that there is basically no way Britain will get as good a deal as Switzerland or Norway, because the EU has no alternative but to punish a member state that leaves. It will make an example of Britain, which will end up with a lot of terrible bilateral treaties with the EU.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Well, the fact that half the||
Well, the fact that half the country just voted for this suggests it was a pretty significant issue to a lot of people.
I'm not saying that this was poltically astute on his part, or that the voters necessarily made the right decision, but I think it was fair for the British public to have a vote on EU membership. In 1992, most other countries held referendums on the Maastricht treaty, but Britain did not. The only time British voters were consulted was in the 1970s, when they voted for the EEC, the much less political predecessor of the EU.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Also, London's immigrant||
Also, London's immigrant population is probably more recently arrived. Net immigration to the UK was fairly modest until about the turn of this century, when it really took off.
|1 day 6 hours ago||The EU's 2nd largest||
3rd largest now. France surpassed the UK this morning.
(The two countries have had basically the same size economies for a long time.)
|1 day 7 hours ago||It may have to do something||
It may have to do something like that - although at this point, I don't know how many countries are even that enthusiastic about closer integration. Certainly not too many in the West.
The EU expanded too much, too soon. There was a lot of enthusiasm for it when it was a 12- or 15-country bloc, but adding all those Eastern European countries really changed the dynamic. It made immigration an issue. Open borders is one thing when it's just between countries that are all pretty wealthy, and another when you add a lot of countries that are much poorer. This has also made the euro really untenable, being one currency for countries on such different economic levels.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Yeah, I wouldn't assume the||
Yeah, I wouldn't assume the EU issue is a dealbreaker for Northern Ireland. People there already have the option to choose between British and Irish citizenship, so they can individually be part of the EU if they want.
Scotland may be on its way out, although the SNP may wait for oil prices to go back up before holding another referendum.
|1 day 8 hours ago||The European Union only dates||
The European Union only dates to 1993. Previously there was the European Economic Community, which had much less of a political aspect to it. Basically it was a free trade area among Western European countries. The EEC worked very well, by all indications.
It's the EU - which eliminated border controls, launched a single currency for most nations and forced member states to abide by EU legislation - that's been much more controversial. It also expanded boldly into Eastern European countries that were much poorer and eager to sent emigrants to the West.
In the case of Britain, it wasn't as fully integrated as other countries, retaining its pound and refusing to give up border controls, but it had to accept EU legislative authority all the same, and it had to grant EU citizens the right of free entry.
|1 day 8 hours ago||I respect him for doing that,||
I respect him for doing that, even if it damaged his personal political future.
There is a huge disconnect in Europe between the political classes and much of the electorate. Every mainstream European political party supports the EU. The UK Parliament would never have considered voting to leave on its own. The Conservative party has a larger number of anti-EU members than most mainstream parties, but even its members of Parliament predominantly favored membership (the breakdown is something like 200 pro-EU, 130 anti). The rival Labour party's MPs meanwhile are around 90% pro-EU, as are the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Nationalists.
And yet, the British general public always contained a large number of people opposed to the EU. They haven't had a political outlet for this feeling. This is why we're seeing the rise of all these populist political parties across Europe; the mainstream parties refuse to question the EU status quo.
Obviously, Cameron expected to win the referendum, as he did in Scotland, and it looks like a blunder for him now. But he gave the voters what they'd been asking for a long time. I respect that. I do question whether a simple majority should be enough to pull the UK out, though. Perhaps there should have been a higher threshold? 51.9% voted to leave - is that sufficient?
|1 day 9 hours ago||Where does the blue come||
Where does the blue come from? I thought only Scotland had blue in its flag.
I don't think the UK would change its flag even without Scotland, though. It's too well-known as the "brand" of the country to change it.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Whew - Valentine's off the||
Whew - Valentine's off the board.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Soccer is light years behind||
Is it? Soccer (both in terms of participation and as a spectator sport) is very popular among American children and young adults. Now, MLS itself is behind the other major sports leagues, yes, but many people are fans of the sport without necessarily following MLS.
|2 days 2 hours ago||If you recall, a year ago at||
If you recall, a year ago at this time, there were concerns about Jay Harbaugh's qualifications. The play of our TEs last year appears to have put those to rest.
|2 days 3 hours ago||I think we can conclude, at||
I think we can conclude, at any rate, that there wasn't unified support for the name, and for a public university it's probably for the best that they let it go.
I'm glad we picked an animal instead.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Actually, they never held a||
Actually, they never held a referendum. You may be thinking of student groups who were opposed.
|2 days 4 hours ago||If you have X number of kids||
There are more youth soccer players in America than in nearly every other country in the world. I don't have a link, but I saw not long ago that only Brazil, Germany and I think one other country had more than us as of the most recent data.
Even if a somewhat higher proportion of American young athletes go on to play other sports than in other countries, our potential talent pool is still huge. The argument that our team isn't good because "our athletes don't play" just doesn't hold water.
Rather than believe that we're just unlucky and that somehow all the kids destined for soccer greatness don't play it here, it may be more sensible to examine what we actually do with those youth players. The way soccer players are developed in the United States is very different from how it works in many other countries. We don't stress the kind of intensive indvidual skill development that European and South American youth academies do. We prefer little travel teams coached by parents with few qualifications.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I get the point completely.||
I get the point completely. There is no reason to believe that a tall, heavy guy like LeBron with a high center of gravity would be very good at this sport, other than cheap platitudes like "He's a born athlete."
In Europe - where soccer is the #1 sport in most countries - "athletes like him" aren't playing soccer. They play basketball, because that's what their physical frame is better suited to. You don't see a lot of 6'8" dudes playing in the Euro or Copa America.
|2 days 5 hours ago||The thing about soccer is||
The thing about soccer is that the critical period for learning essential skills is earlier on in your lifetime than it is in basketball or really any other North American sport. If you're not getting high-level instruction when you're like 10,11 years old, you're not going to become a star down the road. It's not like that for basketball. You hear all the time of guys who never played until they hit a growth spurt in eighth grade and gave it a try. That kind of thing doesn't happen for elite soccer players.
|2 days 5 hours ago||LeBron would be a basketball||
LeBron would be a basketball player no matter what country he lived in. Guys his size in Europe are playing basketball, just like they are here.
|2 days 5 hours ago||US problem is the system||
Lots and lots of American kids play soccer these days. The argument that we don't have enough participation is a bit dated.
|2 days 6 hours ago||I don't think that's the||
I don't think that's the right way to look at it. Most coaches don't expect to win a World Cup on the job. Only a select number of countries can aim for that. Coaches do want to get to the WC, though, and the U.S. has shown that it can do that - every time since 1990.
The U.S. job isn't bad. The pay (AFAIK) is solid, the level of competition in CONCACAF not too tough, and the federation is reasonably patient - Klinsmann lasted five years, and Bradley five years before him. And fans here are nowhere near as ruthless as they are in Europe or South America.
|2 days 7 hours ago||But, I think down the road||
In most cases, it has not been the tribes themselves asking for name changes. It's been the NCAA and various other organizations.
|2 days 7 hours ago||The worst was EMU going to||
The worst was EMU going to Eagles. Blah. EMU Emus would have been amazing.
|2 days 7 hours ago||The NCAA has requested that||
The NCAA has requested that schools with Native American tribal mascots receive approval from those tribes to keep using them, or else it will deny them the right to host official NCAA events. FSU (Seminoles) and CMU (Chippewas) are two schools that have received tribal permission.
In the case of North Dakota, there are two Sioux tribes concerned. IIRC, one voted in a referendum in favor of the name, while the other never held a vote because its tribal constitution doesn't have a provision for referendums. This was then interpreted by the NCAA as a lack of tribal support, and it demanded that UND drop the name.
|2 days 7 hours ago||But for a hockey team,||
But for a hockey team, badass-ness ranks rather high on the list.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Not sure about him. But||
Not sure about him. But Caris LeVert will.