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Mar 8, 2016 Madasshatter commented on Maria Sharapova Failed Drug Test!.
A person born in a two-bit town in Siberia just before the implosion of the Soviet Union, in a province you've never heard of, to parents who moved there fleeing the Chernobyl disaster... well, that's pretty much the apotheosis of privilege.
Dec 3, 2015 Madasshatter commented on State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw Will Challenge U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott in 2016.
Given the critical nature of seniority in Congress, change for change's sake--he admits he'd vote the same!--is irresponsible, both to party and district.
Nov 9, 2015 Madasshatter commented on Is the Right-Wing Media Killing White Americans?.
There's are a few reasons the paper didn't get published in a reputable outlet (the data are interesting, but it's purely descriptive and the assertions of what may cause it are pure speculation, not exactly up to social scientific standards).

But maybe the big one is the fact that once you take into account that the relevant age group is older than it used to be (large baby boom bubble means average age in that age cohort is older than it was 20 years ago), it's just no longer that relevant a finding:

In brief: brief increase, holding steady since 2005, meaning most of the cultural things Mudede is attributing this trend to, which happened in the past decade, are of little help in explaining things.
Oct 23, 2015 Madasshatter commented on Winter Beertail Alert: The Fernet ‘Bout Me.
...obviously that's not a photo of the drink in question. Obvious by the caption, but also obvious because think for a second what Fernet mixed with porter would look like.
Oct 20, 2015 Madasshatter commented on Seahawks' Stupid Season Continues Stupidly With Another Stupid Loss.
To think the offensive success of the last couple years is solely due to Lynch ignores the fact that Lynch couldn't carry the team in Buffalo. Yes, Lynch is good. But a big factor is Wilson. Rawls looks good, our receiving corps is getting better, and defensive lapses can only continue so long.

It's the goddamn O line. Without that problem being solved, 3-and-outs will continue, our defense will be out there too long, and breakdowns at the end of the game will occur.

Too bad we've got fuck all for answers about improving it.
Sep 23, 2015 Madasshatter commented on What Is Your Professor Really Like? A Peek Into His or Her World.
Nice article, mostly spot on.

I was really looking forward to sending this to my students to read until that last part, but that makes sending it from me problematic to say the least.
Aug 20, 2015 Madasshatter commented on Greece Is Being Forced to Do What the Germans Have Rejected: Privatize Water.
Whether this is a good or bad policy, comparing Greece to Germany is a bit off, and your framing of the comparison/question tips your hand, Charles.

The Greek public sector is massively bloated, a huge check on economic development, and horribly corrupt. All while providing pathetic levels of service.

The German public sector? Not so much.
Aug 11, 2015 Madasshatter commented on The Bad Politics of the Black Lives Matter Protesters Who Interrupted Bernie Sanders.
@59 If you think that specific aspect of the issue--getting white liberals to buy into it as their fight--is important, then how can you not agree that antics that vilify white liberals and openly deride them are counter-productive? (Which is the _entire_ point being stressed by Mudede and others.)

At least be consistent, like Marissa Johnson. She at least says she doesn't give a fuck in convincing white liberals it is their cause, too.
Aug 11, 2015 Madasshatter commented on The Bad Politics of the Black Lives Matter Protesters Who Interrupted Bernie Sanders.
@54 Are you being purposefully obtuse? Throughout this thread, and in the original post, "them" in context signifies the activists. Not African Americans as a whole.
Aug 11, 2015 Madasshatter commented on The Bad Politics of the Black Lives Matter Protesters Who Interrupted Bernie Sanders.
@51 And that's really bad politics. Which was the point Charles, other commenters, and I are trying to make.…