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02/07/2019 - 1:13pm The biggest gain for Big…

The biggest gain for Big Science? Money, influence, power ... same as any other human motivation (and vice). I've been in and around the scientific community for most of my adult life. Scientists are no different than any other human beings. They certainly aren't as altruistic as the media and politicians (who, themselves, have plenty to gain or lose from the outcomes of research) would have you believe. Don't be suckered into thinking otherwise.

02/07/2019 - 12:06pm Don't get me wrong - I…

Don't get me wrong - I believe that climate change IS real, and that there is strong, scientific evidence, both direct and indirect, to support that conclusion. 

However, don't be naive in believing that the money is only on the side of those who are promoting a "nothing to see here" agenda; it's on BOTH sides. That's due to many factors, including political motivation, but mainly the way science is funded through both government and private sources. 

Scientists are, after all, human beings. They have jobs, families, homes, careers, and other motivating factors that make the need for funding to support research a real thing. It also doesn't take long for them to realize that you shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you, particularly when the majority of the available funding in climate research comes from sources who want you to demonstrate that the change is happening. That doesn't mean the conclusions are illegitimate or wrong; but it opens a wide door for skeptics to ask those questions - and it's to everyone's benefit that they ARE asked. That's what good science is supposed to do in the first place. It's also why such a term as "scientific consensus" is so anti-science. 

Climate science has become so politicized that the only solution may be to make all of it double-blind, in the same way that we test pharmaceutical products. Scientists would not know the source of their funding, and the providers of funding wouldn't know who is doing the research. At the very least, it would be truly independent. Right now, it's not; and that's a problem.

01/30/2019 - 4:35pm No one outside of the MSU…

No one outside of the MSU and U-M communities will give a shit. Worst of all, most people outside of the State of Michigan don't know the difference between the two schools - nor do they care. Most of us have had conversations in which people have asked us about the Nasser scandal, and asked what "our" administration is doing about it. 

01/20/2019 - 4:35pm Schwartz’s Deli FTW! Smoked…

Schwartz’s Deli FTW! Smoked meat is one of my weaknesses. And the bagels at St-Viateur are absolutely the very best I’ve eaten anywhere. Who would have known what a difference a little honey in the water could make?

01/20/2019 - 10:22am During my winter visits to…

During my winter visits to Montreal, there's nowhere I'd rather be than Gibby's, enjoying a great slab of dead cow and one of Montreal's fine, local brews. For dessert, it's sugar pie!

01/20/2019 - 10:07am Tomorrow morning, I'm headed…

Tomorrow morning, I'm headed to Seattle for the week. Got a reservation for tomorrow evening at Canon on Capital Hill. If you haven't been there, check it out. There are 170 PAGES of whiskeys on the iPad menu.

Looks like the weather will be decent - certainly better than Michigan, and great for this time of year in Seattle.

01/20/2019 - 10:02am I think we all need to show…

I think we all need to show up to the MGoSermon one of these Sundays and join his congregation. 

When it's warmer in northern Minnesota, that is.

01/17/2019 - 8:59am It may not be the case that…

It may not be the case that the Athletic Department was trying to hide anything, but rather following what they may have believed was a bit of a non-story in hiring a consultant (or assistant coach, or whatever her actual role - I am still confused). It certainly LOOKS bad from the outside, but I think that's just as likely because Plocki and Warde didn't think through the external voices who would LOUDLY protest Faehn's hiring.

01/17/2019 - 8:48am I'm not so sure he was being…

I'm not so sure he was being protected by the Republicans. While I'm sure they knew he could still throw his around (so to speak) in the state GOP, and he certainly had his share of political frenemies who could influence the action of others, I think there was so much disgust at what he was saying and doing in his role as the Interim President that there was a general hope that the BoT would force him to go. Long-time political commentators, including Bruce Ballenger, who has covered Lansing politics for several decades, said as much in response to Engler's resignation yesterday.

01/16/2019 - 10:28pm I get the point you’re…

I get the point you’re trying to make here, but it misses on a few things. First, that he believes he is resigning because the politics of the situation bode ill for him demonstrates more clearly than anything possibly could that he has always seemed to view the Nassar scandal and its fallout as just another “Me and MSU, But Mostly Me, Against the World” battle to wage. He never understood that it was never such a thing; it was about correcting a series of terrible wrongs and the culture that made it possible.

Second, I wouldn’t go so far as to characterize his State Senate career as having a measure of “folk hero” status. He climbed the ladder as much because he could win a street fight in an elevator against members of his own party as much as (and perhaps more than) his political skill. I met then-Senator Engler for the first time in 1986, when he’d only been Majority Leader for only two years. He wanted everyone to know, even then, that he considered himself a pretty big f-cking deal, and everyone else had better think so, too, if they knew what was good for their political careers.

01/14/2019 - 2:12pm I almost gave you an upvote…

I almost gave you an upvote for the "Snoop is a national treasure" comment. Then you permanently scarred me with "I'm pretty sure they've fucked at least once." There are not enough negative points to award you for that mental image.

01/14/2019 - 9:14am Stop with the passive…

Stop with the passive-aggressive b.s. 

I have also read Faehn's Congressional testimony. With all due respect to Brian, he gets it wrong. Under Indiana law, she was required to report allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement. She wasn't just anyone - she was a Senior Vice President of USAG, and the head of the Women's Gymnastics program. She had plenty of stripes to make the unilateral decision to notify law enforcement while separately informing the President, Steve Penny, of her decision to do so. And there wasn't just one allegation - there were three of which she was made aware. Furthermore, she didn't just fail to inform law enforcement, no one, including her, seems to have made any attempt to notify MSU or anyone else that Nassar was no longer affiliated with USAG. In fact, Penny pretty clearly instructed Faehn to cover up that fact. 

Brian's point about Faehn being in her job for 37 days when Raiman met with her is irrelevant. This wasn't a case of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." She was a very experienced former head coach of teams that had won national championships. In other words, it wasn't like she was so naive as to the ways of the world. 

So, no; no "railroading" going on here. Based on the merits of her actions (or inaction) she should not have been brought into the University in an Athletics capacity. Some other institution can be responsible for her rehabilitation. 

01/13/2019 - 7:51pm Let’s eat grandma.

Let’s eat grandma.

01/13/2019 - 2:11pm But Faehn WAS the chain of…

But Faehn WAS the chain of command at USAG. As a Senior VP and the head of the Women’s Gymnastics program, only Steve Penny, the org’s President, outranked her.

At a moment of crisis, she lacked the moral fortitude to the right thing. Would she do things differently now? Probably. But when you have the stripes of a SVP, you’re expected to make the calls that may jeopardize your career. That’s literally why she was paid the big bucks.

01/12/2019 - 4:29pm It doesn't matter who she…

It doesn't matter who she told or didn't tell internally. As the person to whom Raisman confided, it was her responsibility to ensure law enforcement was notified by the following day. It took a week.

01/12/2019 - 12:40pm I agree, and that’s what I…

I agree, and that’s what I tried to write. Most organizations treat this as a risk management problem and therefore try to identify and minimize any potential fall-out before they take any action. 

01/12/2019 - 12:09pm In this case, the law…

In this case, the law specifically requires notification of law enforcement in a matter of hours. No delay due to a "moral compass" is allowed here. 

But let's assume that she has the discussion with Raisman and is trying to figure out her first step. That's easy-peasy: per what I assume were the ethics policies of USA Gymnastics, based on literally every organization for which I have ever worked in almost 30 years, she makes at least one phone call: to the Legal Dept. She may also have been required to call HR and/or her boss. Legal would have told her what the law required; but if their reaction was instead to go into damage control mode, HR would have told her what she needed to do.

01/12/2019 - 11:50am This is exactly correct…

This is exactly correct. Humans being human, the courage to tell a boss that you're prepared to follow the law even if he isn't exceeds what many possess. Nevertheless, she was a VP. If she wanted that title, she needed to accept the responsibility that came with it.

01/12/2019 - 11:39am I understand how the failure…

I understand how the failure to report can happen at an institution like USA Gymnastics. I'm sure on one level, there was a sense of disbelief that it could happen; followed by several days when leadership is informed and the "What the f- do we do now?" questions get asked and decisions get made. 

That doesn't excuse a failure to report, however, regardless of one's fiduciary responsibilities. The law is the law.

01/12/2019 - 11:33am Not even close to a good…

Not even close to a good analogy. Enron was not a case involving the rapes of hundreds of girls and women, and subsequent cover ups by multiple institutions and governing bodies. 

01/11/2019 - 11:25am DA FUQ is the matter with…

DA FUQ is the matter with you?

01/09/2019 - 1:28pm Okay, who thought JH's…

Okay, who thought JH's response would be,

"Cool. Go Blue."

?

01/09/2019 - 10:44am Well, Jerry Garcia is dead,…

Well, Jerry Garcia is dead, so I guess Montgomery will have to do.

01/08/2019 - 8:28pm I'm a man.

But I can change…

I'm a man.

But I can change.

If I have to.

I guess.

(Si' down).

01/08/2019 - 6:02pm What does injuries on the DL…

What does injuries on the DL have to do with the price of tea in China?

01/08/2019 - 4:01pm Have you considered upping…

Have you considered upping your lithium dose?

01/08/2019 - 12:46pm I've made a pretty good…

I've made a pretty good living diagnosing organizational issues of one stripe or another. I *think* I'm right in saying this is a problem with the program's leadership. Obviously, I don't have any insider knowledge, but I've heard a few rumors in the past couple of days as well ("friend of a friend" kind of stuff) that fit with your remarks above, what we can all see from the outside looking in, and my own experience.

01/08/2019 - 12:06pm Perhaps they're not firing…

Perhaps they're not firing shots at Fort Schembechler out of concern for their program access, but I get a feeling that John U., Sam, and Angelique probably know a lot more than they're letting on.

01/08/2019 - 12:04pm Like the Titanic, the…

Like the Titanic, the Captain of the SS. Michigan Football probably played a role in hitting this iceberg.

01/08/2019 - 11:51am If it's the players leaving,…

If it's the players leaving, it could be a "f-ck Michigan" vibe. If the STAFF leaves, it's a "f-ck Harbaugh" vibe. These coaches are rebelling against the boss.

01/08/2019 - 11:41am I've commented on these…

I've commented on these pages before that something clearly happened in the locker room and/or staff meeting rooms in the days and weeks before and after the OSU game that broke the program. Whatever it was, I hope the loss of so many talented players to graduation, early draft, and transfers, as well as the departure of 3 key coaches on the defense, won't mean the issue causes another lost decade for Michigan Football.

01/08/2019 - 11:36am Unless Brown counseled…

Unless Brown counseled Washington that he (Brown) was also getting ready to bail.

12/31/2018 - 6:37pm On behalf of the Redbox Bowl…

On behalf of the Redbox Bowl committee and all of the many dozens of people who work listlessly across the country to bring yesterday's movies to people without cable or streaming video, I'd like to present the winner's trophy to both fans who remained in their seats to the bitter end of whatever that was on the field today.

12/26/2018 - 9:06am 1. It’s actually a mistake…

1. It’s actually a mistake. I was creating an acronym for “Now Just Another Investor” after I had left an employer in the early ‘00s and accidentally transposed the I and A. Because I was already using it in websites where I could have an anonymous screen name, I chose it for MGoBlog as well.

2. The avatar pic is of one of my closest friends (left; we met in the late 80s as Aero undergrads) and his colleague, another fellow alum from a different year, who were working as safety divers at the Johnson Space Center. They got to don space suits at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab for a training event. 

12/23/2018 - 5:05pm Nothing tonight, but I’ve…

Nothing tonight, but I’ve got a bottle of Prosecco and peach nectar and fresh orange juice for Bellinis and mimosas at my family’s brunch tomorrow. For Christmas Day dinner at my in-laws, I have a bottle of Barolo.

12/22/2018 - 8:23am That’s probably my favorite…

That’s probably my favorite bourbon. Enjoy!

12/21/2018 - 5:13pm The new AG, who has no…

The new AG, who has no political or other ties to Engler (and is the other party) may see it differently.

We can hope, anyway.

12/21/2018 - 1:28pm You millennial slacker…

You millennial slacker snowflake (but I repeat myself). GET OFF MY LAWN!

/s

12/21/2018 - 9:24am If Hatter weighs in here,…

If Hatter weighs in here, take it under advisement.

12/21/2018 - 8:44am I am really looking forward…

I am really looking forward to Christmas morning. I am surprising my wife with two tickets to see Corey Hart and Glass Tiger in Victoria, BC in June. Corey is my wife’s favorite singer by some measure, Glass Tiger is her favorite band, and Victoria is her favorite city on the planet (so far).

I am hopeful that it produces some good Christmas banging.

12/20/2018 - 3:53pm Only 1 taker for the Aloha…

Only 1 taker for the Aloha Bowl? Honolulu? That's the sort of venue to which you buy a one-way ticket, and send your boss a bridge-burning email the day you leave.

12/19/2018 - 6:53pm Don, you might have one of…

Don, you might have one of the worst cases of BPONE ever documented on these pages.

12/19/2018 - 7:25am Now THAT'S funny.

Now THAT'S funny.

12/18/2018 - 6:03pm 65% of all statistics on the…

65% of all statistics on the internet are completely made up.

12/18/2018 - 12:12pm I have a hand-signed,…

I have a hand-signed, unopened bottle of Charles Woodson 2010 TwentyFour Cabernet Sauvignon. It's valued at $198 on ebay. If it appeases whatever gods despise Michigan, I'm all for making the sacrifice.

12/18/2018 - 4:11am Smoked chicken enchiladas…

Smoked chicken enchiladas wrapped in blue corn tortillas and smothered in Hatch green chile salsa with a fried egg on top bests them all.

12/11/2018 - 5:46pm Wanna know how I know that…

Wanna know how I know that you're new here (besides the MGoPoints, I mean)?

12/11/2018 - 5:45pm And with used car salesmen,…

And with used car salesmen, too.

12/11/2018 - 5:41pm But wouldn't demented clowns…

But wouldn't demented clowns make the best attorneys?

12/11/2018 - 5:38pm A proud MGoLawyer from a…

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A proud MGoLawyer from a family of MGoLawyers....