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12/11/2018 - 9:35pm In Michigan, trade school…

In Michigan, trade school and apprenticed professionals can make a whole lot more than university grads from elite schools.

My BIL worked his way up to director of welding at a Michigan nuke plant and then invented his own role as specialty maker of tools unique to the plant. He lives in a low-rent district, owns multiple rental properties, hasn't been indebted after age 25 and earns $450k/year plus bennies. He's retiring age 55 and will consult to various industries with reasonable expectation of fully paid up lifestyle at second location, and nearly a million USD per annum plus the ability to reap the rewards from the patents his company would sit on but he will apply for (through me as a patent lawyer) and spin off.

College is a nice tradition if you can afford that. It's only a requirement if your future profession demands it, and few fields truly require the knowledge gained as a top graduate student. 0.02

12/11/2018 - 9:17pm You should augment your…

You should augment your grandson's education if you want to avoid heartbreak. This means math camp in the summer and the like as well as home supplementation. No matter how smart the kid cannot get into a Michigan today from the background you describe. Help him. Actively. Now please if you really mean to actualize him.

12/11/2018 - 9:13pm eault, I love you. I wish my…

eault, I love you. I wish my parents had bothered 1/100,000th as much. Fortunately I test well. Thank you for the anecdote and illuminating information.

12/11/2018 - 9:09pm It's a benchmark if your kid…

It's a benchmark if your kid is STEM like me through grad degree. It's a benchmark for selection based strictly on demonstrable objective aptitude. You cannot buy your way into CalTech. You can buy your way into Brown, Columbia, Harvard and Yale.  And Northwestern. And Michigan.

12/11/2018 - 8:00pm The spotlight has been…


The spotlight has been shined on certain demographics recently. It is crowding EA at selective schools for safety now according to a well-placed "friend." It may resolve well depending on your demographic. Consider the chart and keep in mind CalTech is the benchmark for pure merit whereas Harvard and Yale are predominately nepotism and prep schools. Best of good luck to the kiddo.

12/02/2018 - 4:49pm I've been happier. My…

I've been happier. My concern being whether certain senior stalwarts will elect not to play in the bowl game. Hopefully that's unfounded.

11/17/2018 - 2:05pm The turkey invariably ends…

The turkey invariably ends up headless on our table because it's a dumb bird as with the prognostication here. An intelligent consumer can appreciate there are no free rides in this life and, therefore, the farmer will expect a return on his investment with this bill due on a date salient to the farmer.

If your turkey had been intelligent, it would have reserved some of its feed over time and used the store to bribe fellow turkeys at 7 a.m. to boost it over the fence to safety and freedom.

Michigan is no turkey and it's always about the stuffing and pie anyhow. Michigan will have its turkey and eat it too, M 34, I 13. It's stuffing and pie on Thanksgiving and I like pie.

11/15/2018 - 4:43pm Almost nobody cares…

Almost nobody cares. Snowflakes.

11/01/2018 - 10:23pm Your balls are too small,…

Your balls are too small, lack sufficient gravity, and your toasted buns too soggy from taking on another bubba's "mayo." Well and so there is the beefy that... let's not talk about your cheese issue shall we? - Daddy Redamak's, New Buffalo

10/20/2018 - 7:14pm Kind Sir,

Change 'Schnepp'…

Kind Sir,

Change 'Schnepp' to 'schnapps' and I shall toast you frequently. Regardless, it's a fine day to be a Meechigan Wolverine.

A Fan

10/20/2018 - 7:05pm Displeased by the bush…

Displeased by the bush league crap on both sides. Staeee always starts The Dirty.  We finished it winning by 300 yards advantage. I'm dancing Hawaiian War Chant and preparing to diss my Spartan employees and agents on Monday. What a fine day.

09/22/2018 - 3:07am It's faded man. Too much…

It's faded man. Too much time in the sun during SMU weekend. Cheap foreign dyes.

Oh, and Scott Frost's mother is a whore still.



09/17/2018 - 10:40pm $  50 for nasty chicken

$  50 for nasty chicken

$100 for urgent care and antidiarrheals


You do save on sunscreen and parking.

09/17/2018 - 8:10pm American football is a dying…

American football is a dying sport.

The blood sport demographic that grew up watching the game is attriting by death and migration to other sports or pastimes. Parents don't want their sons to play a sport that is likely to damage young men irreparably. The game has become incredibly technical instead of smash mouth or artisanal. Every player runs a 4.3 so there are fewer Anthony Carters who blast off at warp speed and amaze us by their separation from the pack.

The forces-that-be know death is imminent and they are trying to milk the sport for every penny and self-promotional opportunity possible until it surrenders to the inevitable and dies.

09/07/2018 - 9:11pm You know, that bronco looks…

You know, that bronco looks like he could play ball at tackle better than anything we have there. Hmmmm ....

09/07/2018 - 5:37pm It's Western Michigan and I…

It's Western Michigan and I don't care. Nanner nanner nanner la la la la la-a-a-a-a. You don't count Jimmy Harbaugh. This team is dead to us.

09/05/2018 - 1:59pm I've had my fill of Michigan…

I've had my fill of Michigan lore. We've stunk for a generation and we don't matter much anymore. This was consensus at the Telluride gathering over the weekend with alumns going back to the 60's.

I'll nearly always say 'GO BLUE!' to you on the street. But the love affair dating from childhood is kaput. With exception of the AI lab on North Campus, I see no reason to support the institution itself let alone the athletics department.

We have been living off the past for well too long. No thanks.

08/23/2018 - 8:38pm It's all converged. Mega…

It's all converged. Mega business, gamblng and insanely-profitable management of student-athletes. There's no way forward except to end college sports for several generations. We're at a juncture when we must realize the wrong folks were rewarded and the strivers got screwed for the most part. End it.

08/13/2018 - 10:53pm Can we habs a ferkin…

Can we habs a ferkin Michigan football game now please!!! It's been a long winter and we needs to hab Michigan Feetsball NOW. Hell-o-o-0 Gawd and are you listening? Jeebus wept for Meechigan football, but not this year.

08/13/2018 - 9:33pm I use all-new reformulated …

I use all-new reformulated 'ultramax.' Now, my 'little soldier helmet guy' looks bigger and da missus and I claim he's faster, stronger and more explosive than ever before. It makes me happy. I expect him to have a big year, better and crisper. My game feels like it has slowed down, definitely the experience factor. Let's not talk chicken bits however.

08/12/2018 - 12:02pm ND will always have that…

ND will always have that twelfth player in the form of biased referees. This alone makes me nervous. Right now I believe we'll beat ND by two touchdowns because we have our first excellent QB of the Harbaugh era and the offense will generate points when it should and since when has that happened reliably?

07/23/2018 - 3:51pm Sucks to admit, but if your…

Sucks to admit, but if your kid believes his future is professional sports then Michigan is the choice, otherwise, if athletics are not the likely future then Stanford is superior choice for a profession. Life on campus, with exception of the weather, definitely favors Michigan. Stanford campus social life pales in comparison. Herron is likely calculating that football is not his ultimate destination, which is fine for him, it's the safe position to adopt. Next.

07/17/2018 - 6:35pm MODS:  Please ban all…

MODS:  Please ban all posters to this thread because 1) politics and 2) politics. Also politics. Thanks!

07/17/2018 - 6:28pm The current site version is… The current site version is just a placeholder for the most awesome MGoBlog ever to come. It's platform friendly and the dreaded ilk are still working on the amazing version as I type this. Rumor does have it though that the gnomes are threatening to strike, so we may need to wait until closer to football season for the usual underpants concessions because profits.
07/06/2018 - 2:16am Cade McNamara != Cade McNown…

Cade McNamara != Cade McNown.

I had glanced by this and irrationally thought you were discussing the latter Cade. Who I became acquainted with, and wished a pox upon his house, through the Bears front office. My first triggering, who'd a thunk it? Good luck Cade McNamara. Suffer Hell's own horrors, Cade McNown. That is all.

06/06/2018 - 3:28pm During World War II, 1.2…

During World War II, 1.2 million African Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces and 708 were killed in action, or 0.00059 which is less risk than a poor black child living in Chicago today. Michael Clodfelter. Warfare and Armed Conflicts – A Statistical Reference to Casualty and Other Figures, 1500–2000. 2nd Ed. 2002 ISBN 0-7864-1204-6. pp. 584–585

06/06/2018 - 11:57am Are you one of the six…

Are you one of the six-figure ones? Probably not adjudging from your writing.


06/02/2018 - 5:45pm Vic Should Monetize

Launch a travel show displaying his 'weakly' visits to college towns. Mint.

05/31/2018 - 7:10pm Dear Lawd Savorie Of The Cheeses

You erred. My numbers were in kilograms ;>)  Apology for the brag.

05/31/2018 - 5:39pm Benches 405, Squats over 600

At 6'4", 310. 4-year letterman at Moeller no less.

Schnykes. I was a big deal in my h.s. corner of Michigan when I benched north of 300 and squatted 450 free weights. And I'm under six foot so my "achievements" were easier in comparison.

Is this the new standard for incoming college frosh? We may have a chance against the robots when the metal ones come for us.

05/17/2018 - 6:37pm As A Kid Tossed Out At 17

By divorcing parents of epic self-centeredness, I am freakishly fortunate to have fulfilled amost all of my wanderlust. Yet I crave more. I work to travel, explore and capture images. I've been doxed here and was unhappy with that but you are free to contact me directly in respect of travel plans at [email protected]. I'll do my best to provide global travel suggestions and links to resources while appreciating not everybody has yet obtained the means of exploring the globe at this point in time without sacrifice. Just get your butt out there and look around. Then share your information with others when you can.

05/17/2018 - 3:35pm Some Alternatives For Consideration

I've trekked 100+ countries. I'll suggest additional destinations: Bora Bora for sea life (huge manta rays and sharks in shallow water but scuba required) and Fiji for similar, Seychelles for ease of access to funky fish, Kauai for its North Shore surf, local sea life and hiking Hanakapiai Falls and Napoli Coast (permit required for the latter), St. Croix USVI for its underwater wall if you want to see big fish via scuba and also Buck's Island reef is convenient for snorkeling colorful tropical fish, Galapagos Islands diving for sea turtles the size of golf carts and 15ft white tip reef sharks nestled in caves as well as amazing hikes relating to volcanoes and Darwin, Barbados for a beautiful low-key ocean background with some of the nicest folks on earth, Australia's Gold Coast up through Lady Elliott Island (whales and other marine life) to Cairns diving the Great Barrier Reef, Eilat Israel for scuba diving and kite surfing, and St. Martin for kite surfing and high brow social life/parties.

You might obtain a cheaper overall deal or a superior experience with these.

Belize, Dominican Repubic, Cuba and Jamaica are as you know very poor. The Dominican has some all-inclusive resorts which are pretty cheap but attract loud and obnoxious people. Cuba is not ready for prime time, although it's fascinating and worthwhile. The poverty in Jamaica and class differences are painful to experience firsthand.

Here's an outlier. Consider the French island of Guadaloupe -- almost nobody goes there. It's shaped like a butterfly with French people and their culture on the Pointe a Pitre side and jungle backpacking/seaside/rural/adventure culture on the Basse Terre side. Moreover, Basse Terre has La Soufriere, a very active volcano with boiling pits of sulfur etc. on top and with beautiful views and it's often hikeable, athough you should check local conditions first because it blows up sometimes.

Hope this helps, and have fun.

05/16/2018 - 2:27pm SPAM and MacNcheese

Add some pineapple and it's Hawaii's national dish. Yeah I know, but it's still true.

05/11/2018 - 7:42pm The German Equivalent


05/11/2018 - 7:34pm Pad Level Be

Tampax at six o'clock.

05/10/2018 - 7:01pm Excellent Piece

Most probably I'll actually read it a few days before ND. So if you would please distill it to essence, given Patterson, are we or are we not going to win all our games and the NC this season? Just pretend I won't read this and skip forward to January 7, 2019 thanks.

05/08/2018 - 11:23pm So That's Your Admission

You hang the "change sheets" sign on the doorknob and wank yourself to sleep holding a picture of Beyonce. And Kanye and Kim. Then you claim "famous foursome!" And oversleep the free breakfast.

I kid, I kid.

05/08/2018 - 10:37pm Gahhh!

I spend my free time on the MGoBlogs. I can always become acculturated later. *



* Oh please develop a sense of humor.

05/06/2018 - 11:59pm There Isn't A Definitive Locus

Nor will everything you find even on the dark webz provide you with reliable information. It's a journey, try to enquire and prepare without becoming paranoid in the process. Topics you will want the answers to won't be addressed commonly, for example, your purchasing battleship armor plate (the thick hardened steel sheets that cities drop over holes in their streets) to have cut locally and formed into safe spaces and firing positions and which will stop government .50 cal HDEP rounds inter alia. Or what fire extinguishers give you biggest bang for the buck in terms of extinguishing molotov cocktails/gasoline fires. How to keep razor wire under cover until you need it, then secure it in place. Buying anti-microbials from vets and aquariums etc.

Here's a beginning point. And I have no financial or other interest in the company General Ecology, however, I vouch their water purifiers including BaseCamp and FirstNeed Elite are the best available anywhere. Start with water storage (polyethylene) barrels and puros and then fuel, electrical generation, food and ultimately self-defense. Meet up with locals similarly interested. Good luck, urban survival is quite doable for up to six months or more -- it's bugging out, at least immediate aftermath, that is questionable.

05/06/2018 - 9:27pm Not The Boring Bovines

It's the pigs and geese that are highly interesting and entertaining. Although I grew up near fruit farms, as my backyard was both an abandoned Welch's vineyard and orchard complete with creek and our family garden, I ate local to table without choice :>), the real lessons were from working family livestock farms in Michigan on the maternal side.

My aunt Faith for example raised flocks of commercial geese that were supervised by Brutus The Goose who, among other behaviors, herded us small kids around honking, pecking and flapping just as if we were subordinate geese. He kept us in flock. We hated that ba$tard but never killed it despite spending our days shooting at practically anything we could hit to include box kites we'd fly and shoot after dipping our ammo in different colors of paint. We also hunted a lot and ate what we shot, arrowed or trapped. (I don't care for trapping at all, I witnessed too much cruel murder with that practice.)

Pigs I love to this day and I hesitate to eat them although as kids we did experiment feeding bacon to other pigs and they didn't register any objections. They will maneuver you into a hierarchy and herd and nip you into place unless you learn how to firmly and cleverly push back, literally with your knees and willpower because pigs are always testing you. Pigs are scary smart, sentient and emotional, in some ways like humans and in many other ways brilliant still yet uniquely pig-like.

I'd liken what I eventually developed via the livestock farms to a sort of disassociative sociopathy. My friends and family weren't keeping the animals around as pets or friends. We killed them or sold them off to be slaughtered. So I learned early to make artificial, one might argue, distinctions between which living beings might be my buddies for awhile and those to die on Monday.

That changes perspective, and I don't believe urban kids have any clue in this regard. But it's strange because, although I developed a deep and genuine appreciation for all life forms, I happen to be an urban survivalist living in Chicago. Among other survival implements like water storage and puro, medicine and food, I have a small semi-automatic arsenal and in any rioting or insurrection comparable to Baltimore or Ferguson etc., I have the ability, expertise and willpower to mow down 500+ criminal arsonists or other invaders within minutes and then to sleep soundly after enjoying a beer or two.

It's what I mean by "disassociative sociopathy" because even soldiers who killed in combat but were raised in urban environments would likely have problems with the destruction of life while folks who spent a lot of time as children on livestock farms probably wouldn't suffer after effects from their killings -- even of human beings.

An odd phenomenon, love of life and ability to detach and dispatch life all rolled into a bundle and this is something those raised urban/suburban cannot understand I suspect. 0.02

05/04/2018 - 5:21pm Dunno, But I Can See Them From Here

And it looks like they are holding up a huge sign which says "Save Ferris Bueller."

05/04/2018 - 5:02pm Chicago The School

Attracts a surprising number of outgoing, sociable undergraduates - even in STEM fields. It's changed a lot in this regard over the past two decades.

So Maroons bond over experiences like parties, festivals, trips into the city, road trips, drug trips, foreign study, etc. same as at other schools. There was even a small group of Chicago undergrads who showed up on weekends to jump at my home dropzone, Skydive Chicago.

It's an eclectic mix, but alums do bond without Div. I athletics. Chicago also has a lively greek system including Sigma Chi.

05/04/2018 - 4:40pm Business

Chicago holds a reputation as a highly quantitative school. This may be a consideration if your son intends to make his career in a quantitative field. Contra, Michigan holds a reputation as developing more outgoing personalities into C-level leaders.

Does your son wish to live on the periphery of a large cosmopolitan city like Chicago, or would he be happier in the quintessential college town of Ann Arbor? (And no, Detroit cannot compare to Chicago as a world class city.)

I'd accept the offer and then make a final decision within the next several weeks. Good luck.

05/03/2018 - 9:56pm Why Care About Oklahoma State?

Or if it's that other OSU, they'll be going full Froggy Style this season, which is kinda like reverse cow girl but asplayed. You heard it here first.

05/02/2018 - 6:27pm Across The Applicable Distribution

Our players are demonstrably less g intelligent when compared with those of Stanford. Place your emotions aside and consider what it takes to be accepted to Stanford.

Jim was overly ambitious, loves his players, and committed to a scheme his players could not assimilate. We're gonna get the right schema in place and our guys will get their shot at a NC. And fulfill themselves as men beyond university.

05/01/2018 - 10:24pm Sigma Chi Attic Bar

Back in the day. I drank with world leaders and piranha fishes alike. Basically the same creatures with a beautiful view of A^2 especially at night. Phone scam (ahem) added to the entertainment.

04/30/2018 - 6:20pm Very Poor And Unnecessary Fiction

Allied invasion barrage blimps were inflated with non-flammable helium for the most part; the US had a virtual monopoly on helium from its massive oil fields in Louisiana and Texas, and we supplied our allies with the same although Britain did utilize hydrogen for its home realm defense balloons because the brits produced hydrogen as a byproduct and it was cheap. Explosives were experimented with back in the states, however, the shock wave from a detonating satchel would destroy the blimp and leave a gap in the defenses for subsequent aircraft to exploit.

The expected mechanism for dissuading dive bombers and strafing aircraft was the thick steel cables mooring the blimps to a ground anchor which would shear-off a plane's wings and not explosives beyond a few sad experiments to include countering the buzz bombs. Nobody was kept underneath these blimps for the obvious reasons, and absolutely zero Americans of any descent strapped their bodies to any party's balloons, ever.

Even the Nazi's didn't strap their victims to barrage balloons. I had to laugh at this post, and I really did. Thanks for that much, my family did lose members as a result of WWII.

African-American casualties in WWII were, as a percentage of the ultimate US total casualties and the A-A population at the time, quite low. POC serving under the French and British experienced greater attrition because they were more frequently at the pointy end of the spear, including fighting rearguard actions. During World War II, 1.2 million African Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces and 708 were killed in action, or 0.00059 which is less risk than a poor black child living in Chicago. Michael Clodfelter. Warfare and Armed Conflicts – A Statistical Reference to Casualty and Other Figures, 1500–2000. 2nd Ed. 2002 ISBN 0-7864-1204-6. pp. 584–585


04/30/2018 - 2:10pm Quinn Nordin

Needs more treehouse or sleepover or whatever time with Harbaugh. Really worried about this position for close games when we'll need every point possible.

One of my favorite players is Karan Higdon. Evans frequently disappointed last season, and like Brian says, Higdon is slight improvement away from being a total package - blocker, plow, evasive, catches the ball and smart.

With Patterson aboard, and despite the tackle weakness, this looks to be our best season since the early 2000's.

04/26/2018 - 12:59pm Americans Want Big Vehicles

These are more flexible and safer for the passengers. It's why American suburban soccer moms transport the brood with SUVs that would have qualified as armored military troop carriers in the 1960's. The SUvs and trucks of today manage better mpg than sedans achieved during the 60's. Since the big stuff delivers a higher profit margin, Hackett is smart to eliminate barely-profitable sedans and the like. I'm sure Jim will give the workers affected the best treatment possible, he does have a soul.

04/09/2018 - 11:43pm Ontonagon

It's quaint and I backpack and snowmobile in Da Yoop whenvever possible.You should too.