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General / Cut the IP crap
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:09:08 PM »
If you don't want to support IP, stop consuming copyrighted material.  Don't use your opposition to IP to justify pirating content.  You will not die if you don't watch that copyrighted movie or listen to that song.  Support artists that don't use IP if you want to get rid of it. 

The Show / Ian...please read this.
« on: July 24, 2011, 05:27:53 PM »

Please click on the link and then listen to the pronunciation. 

{It's like nails on a chalkboard}   :twisted:

General / Ian is amazingly limber
« on: January 21, 2011, 04:24:56 PM »
I'm listening to the 1/19/11 show and it's amazing to see the degree to which Ian (and to a lesser degree, Mark) can twist and bend to continue to defend Momma Ally.

The Fixes (sp?) were pissy customers who perceived they were wronged.  All businesses, no matter how well run, are going to have customers that act this way.  Momma Ally and her partner clearly don't know how to deal with these types of customers.  How to deal with them?  Make a reasonable offer to fix the problem.  If they refuse it and continue to escalate, restate the offer publicly and then WALK AWAY.  Let them trash talk or post on blogs or whatever.  Momma Ally royally messed up by using angry rhetoric and further escalating the situation.  Additionally, publicly posting what could easily be considered to be a racist statement on Facebook is an incredibly bad business decision.  As was mentioned on the show, the Fixes never said that she was a racist, they just copied and pasted her words and let people draw their own conclusions. 

I'm from the South too and going around saying the "N" word would have been considered racist and/or stupid.   Posting it online would have been considered a career limiting move. 

What should Momma do now?  Cut the angry rhetoric, don't engage the Fixes other than to offer them a free meal at PorcFest (delivered to the Fixes site), and  leave your "guard" dogs at home when going to PorcFest.

General / Outing myself
« on: January 18, 2011, 11:35:47 PM »
I feel that as a former Amplifier, an FTL listener, and sometimes poster on this message board, that I need to come clean....I am a state government employee.  In fact, while I am not an LEO or participate in the war on drugs, I am still probably one of the worst in the eyes of Mark and Ian as I am a college professor.  I have a state pension.  I have really great healthcare. 

Working for the state can be extremely frustrating.  The level of bureaucracy is mind-numbing.  But I love teaching and participating in the campus community, especially the great campus that I work for.  Unfortunately, the state has a near monopoly on higher level education, so I had few options elsewhere. 

I'd like to clear up a few things that I hear on air.  The pensions are a blessing and a curse.  The defined benefit is good, but, as my colleagues like to refer to it, it is a "golden leash".   One of the purposes of the pension is to keep you from looking for opportunities elsewhere.  The value of the pension benefit is practically nil in your first few years, but increases in value the longer you stay. 

As a result of the motivations to not look for opportunities elsewhere (i.e. pensions and the tenure clock), academics face wage compression.  For example, my department has hired three additional faculty  since I was hired, each one receiving a higher salary than I currently receive. 

While the pensions and healthcare are great, the salaries are often not competitive with those in private industry (at least not for business professors).  I was offered a higher paying corporate job before I took the academic job that I have now.  I really wanted to be a professor, so I took a pay cut.   

At best, we receive a 3% cost of living increase each year, even in good times.  Merit pay is virtually nonexistent, which I don't agree with.  For the past 2 years, we've taken a 5% pay cut.  I hear a lot of people saying that we're lucky that we even have jobs, but the unemployment rate for business PhDs is still pretty close to 0%.

The nice thing about my school is that we only receive about 1/3rd of our funding from the state.  The administration and many of the faculty would actually like to receive less because state funding hampers our ability to serve students.  Each in-state student is subsidized by tax dollars.  When the fixed amount of subsidy dollars runs out, we can't take anymore in-state students in and so we focus on bringing in out-of-state and international students, who pay full price.    We turn away good in-state students because they are automatically subsidized. 

I somewhat agree with Mark and Ian when I hear that college is  overrated.  It is certainly overrated for unmotivated students.  For motivated students, it truly is a chance of a lifetime.   At my school, most of your instructors have PhDs, meaning that they likely spent around 10 years in college learning about the subject that they are teaching you.  You really have to love the subject to spend that much time learning about it.  Many of us (including myself) also have private industry experience and we can introduce students to people in the industry to get their careers started. 

There are endless opportunities for motivated students.  I set up a program at my school last year that allows students in my major to get experience working with industry professionals to compete in a competition.  We set up internships to give students industry experience.  I encourage students to complete independent studies to focus on something that they are passionate about.

When we find a motivated student, they are celebrated in our department.  We let good employers know about them.  We push them to apply for scholarships.   We work hard to make sure that they are successful.  Unfortunately, many students aren't very motivated.  Well, at least not beyond hitting the bars on the weekends. 

I get frustrated with unmotivated students.  Students that just want a grade.  It's those students that say that college is a waste of time.  And for them, it is. 

A lot of kids go to college without knowing why they are going to college or what they are going to study when they get there.  I would advise anyone in high school to work for a few years before going to college if they don't know what they want to do.  I have two children and we are homeschooling them.  My plan is to have them finish their schooling at 16 and then work at something for two years.  Ideally, they'll start businesses providing a good or service.  It will give them a chance to earn money for college and get to work in the real world for a while.  I think it also teaches responsibility and time management.

I set this up in the hijack-free zone to answer any questions that you might have about college or the college experience.  If you come to bash, I'll just erase your comment. 

travel with small children.  My family went on vacation to Orlando last week and on our way out there (from Milwaukee, WI) and back (from Orlando International), we were at security gates that had body scanners.  On our way out, we weren't in the direct line to use the scanner, but we also could have been waved over.  On our way back, we were in the line for the scanner and the TSA guy blocked us from going through it and directed us to the metal detector along with everyone else that had small children.  It turns out that it is against DHS/TSA regulations to separate parents from their children as part of the security screening (I found it on their website) and the body scanners are a one person at a time thing. 

What does this mean?  This screening method is absolutely useless.  All you have to do is bring a small child with you and you can blow the airplane up along with an additional child. 

General / Momma Ally is the new Ed Brown
« on: December 27, 2010, 09:23:41 PM »
I consider FTL and the people that are involved in its orbit:  Sam, Ridley, Dale, etc. to be the face of the liberty movement in NH to the rest of the country.  As such, it should be more careful about which people and causes that it champions.  Why?  If I perceive the liberty movement as filled with people like Ed and Momma Ally, it's not a movement that I want to be associated with.

So what's wrong with Momma?  To put it as nicely as I can, she's white trash.  She should lay off the hair dye.  Learn grammar and spelling.  While I am a huge proponent of homeschooling (both of my children are homeschooled), it frightens me that her daughter is homeschooled.  She needs to lay off the racial slurs and "tough girl" talk.  Skipping out on bail that someone donated for you and putting yourself in positions to get arrested when you are a single mom are stupid moves.  

Posting her mom's phone number all over the place and calling up a national radio show to get people to harass her is horrible.  What other choices were there for her daughter? A foster home?  We don't know anything about her mom, but Ian was more than willing to let Momma give out her phone number.  


The Show / Problem with the freekeene.com plug
« on: September 25, 2010, 08:38:13 PM »
You all assume that everyone is familiar with Keene (and how to spell it).  When you say it, it could sound like freaking.com or it could be spellded Freekeen.com, freekean.com, or freekeane.com. 

General / Mark's Yeshua Problem
« on: March 30, 2010, 09:04:38 PM »
Mark has used as a prime example of not trusting the Bible the fact that Christ's name was originally Yeshua (or Joshua) not Jesus.  The problem with this is that Yeshua is a word in Hebrew and the New Testament (which gives the name of Christ) was written in Greek, not Hebrew.  The name for Christ in the original text was the Greek name Iēsos, Yeshua is a translation of the name given in the Greek, just as Jesus is a translation of the original Greek into English. 

General / Suggestion for Totasak
« on: February 02, 2010, 12:35:58 PM »
Hi Ian and Mark,

If you ever talk to the Totasak guys I have a suggestion for an add-on product that would push me over the edge to buy the Totasak:  a milk jug strap.  I get so annoyed when the milk isn't bagged and I have to use an entire hand to carry in one item.  So, if the Totasak guys could make a strap to go through the handle that would work with the Totasak, I would be all over it. 

What are some products and services that 1. you use and would recommend to a friend 2.  would appeal to a nationwide audience, and 3.  would appeal to FTL listeners?  Here are a few that I use and would recommend:
1. Zenni Optical
2. American Science and Surplus  (www.sciplus.com)
3. Netflix/Roku
4. (for students) iChapters (www.ichapters.com)

The Show / Congratulations on KZYM
« on: August 12, 2009, 01:31:47 PM »
I grew up in Joplin and this is a great station for you to be on.  It's a strong conservative/small government area.   :D

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