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07/17/2018 - 8:02pm I'm pretty sure the meme, on…

I'm pretty sure the meme, on even the new site, demands that someone say that those are all just aliases of WD.  Sorry, WD, just trying to restore the world of MGoBlog back to its proper order.

07/15/2018 - 8:06pm I'm old because back in the…

I'm old because back in the day, only Pizza House had shakes for that late night fix (and they were open until 4am). That was before it was a nice place - it was a rat hole in an old house.

07/15/2018 - 7:28am I think I saw that episode!

I think I saw that episode!

07/13/2018 - 1:46pm ^^ Came to say this exactly…

^^ Came to say this exactly.  This was just a test to see who would talk about the points that shall not be named and everyone will get those reset to zero.

07/10/2018 - 12:21pm My understanding is that it…

My understanding is that it is a permanent closure.

07/10/2018 - 12:18pm Isn't everyone running an…

Isn't everyone running an adblocker nowadays?

07/09/2018 - 9:12pm I'm not going to disagree…

I'm not going to disagree with you, mGrowOld, but will point out that internet comment sections are going the way of the dinosaur.  ESPN just axed its comments sections.  While this site was demonstrably better than most, it has had its own issues with trolls, vapid comments, and general RCMB tendencies. I don't know the answer, but I wonder whether these sections add real value to a site. Could the moderators' time be better spent creating content rather than sifting through posts and banning trolls?

I do look forward to an improved front end to the site...

07/04/2018 - 7:41am I'm going to interject in…

I'm going to interject in this serious discussion to just point out that a user named "ak47" is advocating against police services. I think we've reached the end of the internet.

07/03/2018 - 3:04pm The problem with buildings…

The problem with buildings getting approved is that they are for expensive condos/suites that do nothing for affordability. In fact, I wonder if they help drive the prices higher. In Madison, which Ann Arbor really should be looking at as an example for growth, new developments had to incorporate affordable housing. It was considered almost egregious if there were only one grocery store within walking distance.

I am also very disconcerted by all the behind-the-scenes nonsense on the train station. I understand why they want the train station at Fuller. Among many things, the hope is that it will ease the ever growing traffic issues on US-23 and US-14. But they should just be honest about it, do real analyses and work with U of M to make sure that this will work for its employees. I also have a problem with the shadow government that is the DDA. And we've got this Gelman plume that still hasn't been mitigated. And the North side development may only now be making progress.

We don't necessarily disagree. There's a choice to be made and Rush (from Freewill) is already in front of us in that even if we choose not decide, we still have made a choice. But the problem with Taylor and the council is really a problem of dynamism and vision. Ann Arbor needs a bold leader with a plan.

Honestly, Brian, while this blog has been your hobby/outlet/job for the first part of your life my sense is that you are maybe destined for bigger things. If you ever want to dabble in another adventure, there would be a lot of folks here who would be supportive.

07/03/2018 - 2:40pm Well, if it's just Estonia…

Well, if it's just Estonia then fine.  But if you take one step closer to Latvia or Belarus then we will have words.

07/02/2018 - 8:34pm As someone who lives in Ann…

As someone who lives in Ann Arbor, the problem I have with Brian's opinion in this post is that he seems to understand that what he is proposing defies syllogistic logic. The post is not an affirmative to vote for Taylor inasmuch as a do not vote for Eaton. Following the entry points of fact he makes, neither candidate is suitable. Yet, like many elections, the attitude is to vote for the "least bad" candidate.

Again, I am someone who finds Brian's posts interesting and frequent this blog for that purpose. I frequently disagree with his assessments. But, I also think he tolerates courteous disagreement with his opinion as long as there is some thoughtful basis for it. I don't know that I would agree that he is trying to create a fiefdom or echo chamber.

07/02/2018 - 8:18pm Wait, is this Putin trying…

Wait, is this Putin trying to swing things in favor or Taylor? Or, because Putin is for Taylor, then I'm supposed to be for Eaton? Or, knowing that I would want Eaton if Putin is against him, Putin is pretending to be against Eaton so that I vote for him rather than Taylor?

I wish it were like the old days when Putin would just send an army of bots, hack emails, and make pee videos so that I would know who to vote for...

07/02/2018 - 6:19pm What isn't being said is…

What isn't being said is that the real election isn't until November. But, because Ann Arbor will only vote for a Democrat, the election effectively happens in the August primary. The only way this city will really change would be if the Council and Mayor were non-partisan positions. It would force people to actually discuss the issues.

While I welcome Brian's opinions, the train station debacle itself is a disqualifying event IMHO. The City hides behind discretionary spending limits of its own creation and cedes the real power to the unelected DDA. The power of the Mayor is to determine who is in the DDA.

07/01/2018 - 9:22pm Very glad this young man…

Very glad this young man chose Michigan. Defenders are going to have to always watch him, whether in the backfield or downfield.

I'm amazed OSU didn't go after him as that will be a decision they regret.

06/26/2018 - 8:34pm I agree completely. There…

I agree completely. There has been an obsession with stars, ignoring other obvious things that matter like coaching, QB play, and the offensive line. The latter has really been Wisconsin's recipe for success.

06/24/2018 - 9:21pm Don't do it in a "Hello"…

Don't do it in a "Hello" post. Ever. This is a big moment for the kid and his family. Your opinion, while valid, doesn't belong there. It's kind of like taking a dump in a cooler - just because you can doesn't mean you should.

06/24/2018 - 9:14pm The key difference is that…

The key difference is that you have the simple decency not to shit on a kid's "Hello" post. Sure, we want to recruit 5-stars every year but I'd place the whole "stars matter" obsession behind "coaching matters", "QBs matter", and "the offensive line matters". I think every Michigan fan should be pretty damn proud of the defense these past couple years. I think every Michigan fan is unhappy about the team's record against MSU and OSU. But the latter should never come up in a kid's "Hello" post unless it's in the context of how that kid will help turn the tide.

Anyway, given the new look of the site and the nattering nabobs of negativism, I very eagerly await MGoBlog v3.1...

06/15/2018 - 7:25pm Another idea is to put the…

Another idea is to put the cable modem and router on an uninterruptible power supply/battery backup...

06/15/2018 - 7:22pm Having recently left DirecTV…

Having recently left DirecTV after 17+ years, part of what was holding me back was the DVR issue. YouTube TV has a robust (unlimited?) cloud DVR. While you can have up to 6 users on an account, you can only stream 3 simultaneously.  Not an issue for me as I was only using two TVs with DirecTV and now I save $90/month.

06/08/2018 - 1:01pm The Canadian redshirt senior…

The Canadian redshirt senior finished in a career-best 28 minutes, 34.53 seconds, edging pre-meet favorite Vincent Kiprop, of Alabama, by .46 of a second.

06/06/2018 - 6:54pm Thank you, but please either…

Thank you, but please either put in an option for DARK MODE or go away from the ghastly white background.

05/26/2018 - 6:49am FWIW

I sat next to one of the incoming, highly touted, recruits on a flight a while back. Nice guy and we had a short conversation. One question I had was how the decision process occurs and is made. He said the process starts too early and they are basically told by the NHL teams on which route to take.

05/02/2018 - 1:13pm I have high friends...

does that count?

04/26/2018 - 7:53pm At the next downturn

the expectation is that instead of buying a vehicle, you will use an autonomous vehicle/carpool if you live in a city. If you need a vehicle, the larger vehicles will have decent mileage and there will be hybrid/electric options. If a small vehicle is needed, they are already made overseas and will just be shipped here. No big deal and not as much risk as you are suggesting.

04/26/2018 - 7:49pm You're the exact reason...

they are dropping cars. You don't drive very much, keep your car for long periods of time, and will likely switch to an autonomous vehicle/carpool in the future (as that will be the most economical and Eco-Friendly option).

04/26/2018 - 7:33pm I don't think it's "inevitable"...

The simple fact is the most Americans prefer larger vehicles at this time. A car is more useful as a performance vehicle, but Ford is keeping the Mustang. A car is more fuel efficient, but Ford is planning on its lineup to be hybrid/electric. A car is better able to navigate cities, but with driverless vehicles expected in the next decade, it may be unnecessary to own a vehicle (or park it or feed it gas) in major cities. Ford is giving people want they want and is already importing the small vehicles to the U.S.

04/26/2018 - 7:23pm It won't matter

Because the fleet will be hybrid or electic.

03/31/2018 - 8:38pm The Sister Jean getting boned thread

Needs to go away... Thankfully, we're mostly a classy bunch and that drunken poster is getting appropriately neg-bombed. >>EDIT - you beat me to it, it's already gone, thx.

03/31/2018 - 4:45pm Raback or BKFinest?

This board has seen guarantees by posters before, even from folks on CounterStrike... I hope you're right and think the other schools fighting for their players will bolster Shea's evidence here. Time will tell, but at the end of the day both the NCAA and Ole Miss are horrible institutions.

03/28/2018 - 1:03pm "time to kill"

I see what you did there...

03/25/2018 - 4:24am I was there too

And loved watching the Fab Five play, but those banners don't mean anything. It's better to leave then down as a reminder that there is a right way to win. These Michigan teams' victories under Beilein are really special and the old banners are not at the same level. No, I'm not for ostracizing the Fab Five, but they no longer define Michigan basketball.

03/16/2018 - 8:28pm Concussion protocol in basketball

Shouldn't they have one?

03/10/2018 - 7:20am Behind every great robot

Is a great human

03/09/2018 - 5:52pm Private insurance companies have become the problem...

Let's start with Michigan's current proposed program. Right now it's one doctor. I understand the slippery slope argument, but right now it's one guy so let's catch our breaths.

Next, let's not kidd ourselves about money. The fact that you have insurance already means you have greater access to care than someone without. So, if you accept the premise that insurance is not universal (I'll get to that later), then you've already accepted that access to care is dependent on other things (e.g. having money, a job, etc).

Now it's time to face the real problem - insurance companies (or at least the private, for-profit ones). They want your premium dollars and don't want to ever pay a cent for your care. Why do you have to pay deductibles, copays, and coinsurance? All made up words to prevent you from getting your premium dollars. Most insurance companies are purely money-making machines. And what insurance companies expect from doctors is beyond ridiculous. Meaningless box-checking. Seeing patients every 15 minutes, no matter the complexity. Endless red tape, denials, pre-authorizations. The talk of "burnout" in medicine is very real and it lies at the feet of insurance companies (in addition to bureaucrats and administrators). The doctors I know who are leaving the insurance-model are not doing it to make more money. They plan on making the same or less. They are doing it to save their sanity and would otherwise quit medicine. They are doing it to be able to actually take care of their patients. And, honestly, they are doing a damn good job of it now that insurance companies are out of the way.

There are multiple new models including concierge-style, direct patient care and in-betweens like MDVIP. This is a good thing. Our healthcare spending in this country is unsustainable. There's a lot of blame to pass around, but when UnitedHealthcare is making a billion dollars a quarter then maybe there's a problem. When politicians don't allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, that's another.

It's time to try new things. I also don't think anyone should be left behind. I'm not going to get political except to say that both parties are to blame and both have particularly bad ideas. However, would it be unreasonable for all of us under 65 to be able to purchase Medicare? Would it be unreasonable for Medicare to negotiate drug and device prices? That's not "socialized" medicine and would bring down costs fairly rapidly. It would also bring down profits for insurance and pharmaceutical companies and there's a reason they spend a half billion dollars or more lobbying every year. My advice is to talk to the people who are actually caring for patients (doctors, nurses, PAs) and ask them what they think of insurance companies.

03/08/2018 - 6:43pm Is that a change?

I thought the committee took into account recent play for bubble teams. Maybe I need to lay off the whisky...

03/07/2018 - 6:13pm I was shocked to recently learn

that some schools cheat when it comes to recruiting. Shocked, absolutely shocked.

03/04/2018 - 6:41pm GO BLUE!

Great game!

02/25/2018 - 11:04pm Great suggestions ...

I would say, though, that what I'd suggest would depend on the bourbon you are currently pouring yourself. If you're drinking something like Angel's Envy, then go with Glenmorangie, Macallan, Balvenie or Dalwhinnie (or secondarily, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich).

02/25/2018 - 10:56pm ^^ this

good advice...

02/25/2018 - 10:53pm Love your post

And the OP should definitely stick to the second half of your post. I'm a fan of Laphroaig, but will describe it to the uninitiated as a mixture of jet fuel and paint thinner (OP: it's very peaty).

02/22/2018 - 9:13pm I don't know anything about apophasis...

but I think you're on to something...

02/22/2018 - 9:11pm God help me

But it would be the dyslexic who says that... And agnostics say there isn't enough information to know... So it probably should be: What did the dyslexic say to the atheist?

02/07/2018 - 8:13am Where are you seeing that?

I read that they were "thinking" of firing him for cause, but even still would get a $4 million buyout.

02/07/2018 - 6:37am Not sure I'd read too much into this...

While it's certainly possible he could get hired, my guess is McElwain is going to sit on his buyout this year. I'm sure he has a clause that he has to be looking for work. I truly doubt he's going to come up north just for the opportunity to be a position coach. Now, if Pep leaves for the NFL and an OC position opens up then I can see him coming to rehab for a year or two before getting another HC job or jumping to NFL.

01/27/2018 - 5:05am Same game

Different rules. Don't worry, there will be a new scheme to beat taxes. One idea will be to route the PSD through a business if you can. Or the University could count donations to the athletic department towards the PSD. Ultimately, we'll need to wait for some guidance from the IRS and I'm sure that universities are all trying to figure out a solution.

Unfortunately, I think this doesn't lower ticket prices or the PSD but rather prices some people out of the market.

01/22/2018 - 6:29am Things to consider

While the symptoms you describe could be transmission related, other considerations include your spark plugs and coils, timing belt, oxygen sensor, fuel filter, etc. One easy thing to check is your air filter and intake valve. If the latter is sticking, you can get some of the problems you describe. I'd expect your local garage would have checked those...

01/16/2018 - 1:22pm Moderator Action Sticky 2018?

I was checking to see if the crew had already reported the BNB asshat and thankfully the gang is on top of it. So, instead, I'll just wonder if we're going to get a new sticky for the new year? Or maybe just wait for new site?

12/25/2017 - 11:09am Agree completely

I'm sure there will be a book about it someday, especially if Brady gets hurt. This was a situation like when you had Steven Young as backup to Joe Montana (or Aaron Rodgers as backup to Brett Favre); I always thought Jimmy was going to get his due in New England...

12/24/2017 - 8:29pm IDK

If Stafford had an O-line or a running back who could get 100 yards in a game, maybe it'd be a different conversation. I can't help but think that Stafford in New England, Dallas, Green Bay or Pittsburgh might have gotten (our will get) a championship.

12/24/2017 - 8:22pm Like you said...

Not intending this to be a debate. Whether you agree with the Catholic faith is irrelevant. The belief is the belief. Jesus is not viewed as being "in between", he is viewed as being both. In that faith, he is not lesser to God the Father. Again, I'm not looking to argue here and if it upsets you then you can take it up with the Catholic Church.