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|2 weeks 2 days ago||What you're describing is in||
What you're describing is in no way analogous to what I'm talking about.
It always kind of boggles my mind how in conversations like this, normal people will go to great lengths to defend record companies, a group of people who simultaneously are bad for music artists and are bad for the people who enjoy music being played.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Artists don't make money off||
Artists don't make money off album or song sales, though. If you're making a bunch of money as a music artist, it's because you're touring and selling items based off that. I don't download off YouTube (I pay for Rdio) but even what I'm paying for Rdio is a very small income for artists. If people stopped paying for recorded performances but continued going to live shows, the people who'd really be hurting would be the record labels, generally not the artists themselves.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm pretty OK with the idea||
I'm pretty OK with the idea that a Michigan offer is considered a sign that major schools need to start looking more closely at a lowly-ranked player, because UM's scouts are so good at evaluating talent as a kid emerges from his junior year.
Pretty OK with that idea, for sure.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Nothing about that email||
Nothing about that email conveyed a sense of entitelment - quite the opposite. It was entirely normal and several of the things involved are more than reasonable on their face - things like maternity leave. Rescinding a job offer over an email like that is really disgusting.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||This is absolutely literally||
This is absolutely literally nothing like the situation that you've proposed here.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||This seems like an odd thing||
This seems like an odd thing to try to argue. Most teams most of the time don't have high-quality quarterbacks. 75% of teams don't have a QB who's in the top 25% of QBs. Not being able to immediately identify a QB replacement for Palmer last year wasn't an aberration for the Cardinals - it's normal. Very few teams have a 2nd string QB who can come in and win many games. It's why they're the 2nd string QB.
Maybe there will be a drought of quality pro QBs in five years. Maybe teams will switch back to more run-oriented offenses and we'll see a drop in passing yardage and scoring. It wouldn't be the first time the NFL has cycled like this.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||There are two teams in the||
There are two teams in the entire universe where a young man named Tuf Borland could commit where I just can't root for him.
He had to go and pick one of them. Happy trails, Tuf, but I can't help but think what could have been.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||At NC Stte, Russell Wilson||
At NC Stte, Russell Wilson completed 57.8% of his passes at 7.2 YPA and a 2.9 TD:INT ratio, with a career QBR of 135.
At Iowa, Rudock has completed 60% of his passes for 7.0 YPA and a 1.8 TD:INT ratio, with a career QBR of 130.
So, it's fair to say that Wilson was marginally better than Rudock before their respective transfers, but their career bodies of work don't indicate an astronomical difference.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I think there's actually two||
I think there's actually two questions here.
The first is: what's the most likely place to find life off Earth in our Solar System? That question probably has a half dozen reasonable answers - Enceladus and Europa seem the most likely, but Mars has a pretty good shot and there are lots of other places you could make the case for (comets, anyone?).
The second question, is which place are we likely to find life on first? Enceladus might be the most likely place to harbor life in the Solar System, but we're more likely to find it on Europa because it's easier to get to Jupiter than it is to Saturn. Similarly, we could find evidence of bacterial life on Mars tomorrow. We've got things on Mars, and a mission to Europa probably wouldn't arrive for another decade or potentially more, Saturn could take even longer.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||It was a moment of zen on a||
It was a moment of zen on a front page article from last week.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||AP is a 30 year old running||
AP is a 30 year old running back who hasn't played football in a year, yet is still likely to command a very high salary. He's an extreme gamble on a position where it's rare to find a player who performs dramatically higher than the replacement level, and it's likely that it would be possible to get to 85-90% of his production with a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick next year at a fraction of the price.
If the Lions were to try to sign AP, there's no chance they'd be able to resign Suh or Fairley. Does the calculus make a bit more sense now?
There's no question that signing Adrian Peterson would be a bad football decision regardless of how you feel about the way he raises his children.
|19 weeks 10 hours ago||Our justice system is not||
Our justice system is not centered around not sending innocent people to prison regardless of how many guitly people go free. That's a sophomoric understanding of the criminal justice system. Your entire line of conversation here is a non-sequitur.
Your "statistics" about rape cases which could go either way are also super disingenuous when our legal system has 250,000 rape kits just lying around untested right now. The majority of rape cases today cannot "go either way" because they're never given a fair shake to begin with. The only way they can go is "not guilty".
|19 weeks 10 hours ago||Universities aren't taking||
Universities aren't taking action against people accused of crimes beyond determining whether, to the best of their ability to conclude, they believe the student should still be enrolled at the school.
This is why I think other crimes are relevant. Nobody spent time crowing about how C'sonte York should be allowed to stay in school until the criminal justice system charged him with battery. Nobody argues that there should be a police investigation prior to someone being expelled for plagiarism. It's only rape that I see people suggesting there should be some kind of "wait and see what the cops say" standard.
To correct your horrible understanding of law, additionally: Preponderance of the Evidence does not mean you assume people are guilty. It means that you collect evidence, and upon reviewing that evidence, you believe that person probably committed the crime. Applying it to a rape case means you're saying "I've reviewed all the pertinent evidence, and I'm fairly sure that person raped the person they are accused of raping." At that point, it is totally and wholly logical for an university, which I'm positive will have student conduct policies that explicitly outlaw rape, to take the strongest possible action against the student: expelling them.
Being expelled from school is not a criminal sentence. It's not a violation of someone's rights. They're simply removing that student from school exactly the same as thousands of other students who've been removed from school for breaking school rules.
|19 weeks 17 hours ago||I realize this is a nitpick,||
I realize this is a nitpick, but it's important: Something did not "happen with Clark". Clark did something. Domestic violence is not a passive event. Using the passive voice when talking about Frank Clark sheds his responsibility for beating his girlfriend (something for which he is totally responsible).
It's not a shame what happened, it's a shame what he did.
|19 weeks 17 hours ago||So universities which believe||
So universities which believe that they have a rapist on campus should be forced to keep that rapist on campus, potentially preying on additional students until such time as the criminal justice system convicts that person? Charges them? Indicts them?
Are there any other crimes you feel where the accused should receive special protections until the criminal justice system concludes their case? Theft? Assault? Battery? Vandalism? Plagiarism?
Why shouldn't a university be allowed to determine who has lived up to its code of conduct and remove people appropriately? What about their determination system makes it a "kangaroo court"?
|19 weeks 17 hours ago||You might want to go look up||
You might want to go look up statistics on the incidence of false rape accusations, because when you say "Rape accusations aren't only made when someone says no", it's clear that you're misinformed on the topic. Rape accusations don't happen nearly as much as rape itself, and false rape accusations are nearly non-existent.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||I think you're spot on||
I think you're spot on regarding violence against men that's not reported. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that a lot of it suppressed by men themselves - the "be a man, don't complain" mentality runs strong and deep through society, even when things definitely cross the line into behavior that's actually illegal. Ending this idea that hitting men is somehow better than hitting women would be a great step for society as a whole.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||That alternate universe||
That alternate universe simply does not exist.
There is however, an alternate universe in which he blows his entire UM salary on Ribs and Beer.
It may be this universe.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Wilson's career at NC State||
Wilson's career at NC State was not great. It was pretty mediocre. If he'd had a great career at NC State, he would've gone pro that year. Instead, he had one really nice year at Wisconsin and was able to turn that into a draft pick, where he's had lots of success in the pros.
Wilson to Wisconsin was very much not a guarantee. It looked pretty desperate at the time.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||You might want to hold off on||
You might want to hold off on that, France has had a pretty tough week and you're not likely to be well-received.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||A convicted murderer? I||
A convicted murderer?
I mean, Aaron Hernandez is available, but that seems drastic.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||The logic there appears to be||
The logic there appears to be quite sound, and while we obviously can't tell the future, I wouldn't write this off exclusively because of the source.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||First they came for my||
First they came for my pictures of women in bikinis...
Then they came for my thinly-veild nazi references because owners of a private site enforcing basic rules of behavior being compared to nazis or censors is childish behavior which I should've grown out of in the third grade.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Er no, it's not.||
Er no, it's not. Additionally, you may way to avoid posting about your feelings on women's roles within society while doing so using the name of a current coach at UM. Impersonating other people is the type of thing that can get really thorny really quickly and it's generally not the kind of issue you want to have to deal with.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Telling a player that they're||
Telling a player that they're not likely to see the 3 deep and that you would release them from transfer but won't be renewing their scholarship is very definitely not oversigning, which is offering a player a scholarship, having them commit, and then rescinding that scholarship without warning because you don't have enough slots.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Whether or not we're favored||
Whether or not we're favored at PSU or Minnesota depends pretty heavily on what we do against Utah and BYU.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Just five? I like your||
Just five? I like your optimisim.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Our opponents in the NCG will||
Our opponents in the NCG will forfeit for fear of safety of their players.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I genuinely don't think we||
I genuinely don't think we can say anything about our quarterbacks or receivers. Our offense the last few years has been so badly schemed that we did things like almost never send Devin Funchess, who's going to be a top 60 draft pick, deep. A guy like Chesson may or may not have over the top speed - the previous coaching staff never even decided to see whether that was the case. When we did send a receiver longer than 7 yards down field, Devin Gardner's confidence was so shot he'd refuse to throw the ball.
It's entirely possible that every single receiver and QB on this team is a giant pile of flaming crap, but it's really, really unlikely. With a coach that will devise an offensive scheme more complicated than "Hope we play Indiana every week", there's going to be skill that's going to be showing up on the field on Saturdays that we don't think we have. These kids are not terrible. They were just terribly coached.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Have you considered the||
Have you considered the possibility that OSU was more easily able to handle MSU's defense due to the fact that OSU was able to use game tape from when they played Oregon as a way to find things to exploit?