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    Re: Wisconsin Public Schools After ACT 10

    John,

    that's a pretty dismal (but no doubt accurate picture) of what's going on. I actually may be joining the UW system soon--most of my experience has been in K-12 so far.

    Tom
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    Re: Wisconsin Public Schools After ACT 10

    I agree. I just did a long interview with the former police chief of our town, and got a little bit of an understanding for the law enforcement perspective.



    I think it's pretty clear, and was...
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    Re: Wisconsin Public Schools After ACT 10

    TLT, serious question: do you honestly believe that everyone has the same array of choices? Or do you agree that some people's choices are severely limited by circumstances, genetics, health,...
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    Wisconsin Public Schools After ACT 10

    Some of you may remember THIS THREAD on the Wisconsin protests against Governor Walker and the Rpublicans' Act 10 legislation in 2011. This is the legislation that is most remembered for ending...
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    Re: First year of winning.

    Good list, Chris, but Trump has been documented with 2,140 public lies after a single year in office by the WASHINGTON POST, not 200.

    That's an average 5.9 lies a day.

    Trump. The leader of the...
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    Re: What is wrong with white women?

    SB, do you really mean that? What about the ongoing destruction of the State Department?



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    That doesn't strike you as reckless and potentially damaging?

    Or how about Trump's habit...
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    Re: Partisan Gerrymandering.

    Knowing a little about how the Supreme Court operates, I'm not surprised that they blocked the order while the Wisconsin redistricting case is still under review. It will be interesting to see how...
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    Re: What is wrong with white women?

    I get what you're saying, SB. A person's vote is theirs. Perhaps "something wrong with them" is not the way I would put it after some reflection.

    But white women (and other Trump supporters) have...
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    Re: What is wrong with white women?

    No, it's a sober and objective assessment of what their votes got us all into.

    Tom
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    Re: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients - redux

    Of course you probably realize that not everyone has the luxury of formal education like you and I did. My grandfather left school after 6th grade, my father-in-law after eighth. Many never even get...
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    Re: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients - redux

    Hey, redeye,

    in post #25 you inserted someone else's paragraph (yours, I think?) into a quotation credited to me. Can you fix that, please? I get enough trouble just from the things I ACTUALLY say...
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    Re: Another sign of tide turning

    It's about time Wisconsin started heading back to its long tradition of progressive leadership. I was glad to see this happen. But also wary of thinking it's a guarantee of anything better coming...
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    Re: How much money should I save to build my boat?

    I built this 18' boat (minus the excellent sail I bought) for under $2,000:

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    My brother built this 15-footer (again, minus the sail) for about $1,500, I'd guess:

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    That said, I...
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    Re: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients - redux

    Well, the reality is that Republicans won't consider raising the minimum wage because they'd rather give tax breaks to the wealthy.

    But beyond my ideological differences with the Republican...
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    Re: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients - redux

    Jobs should pay enough that people can afford the childcare expenses necessary to holding a job, then.

    And speaking as a veteran myself, why on earth do you think non-veterans are any less...
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    Re: Phil Bolger consensus?

    That makes sense--thanks for the clarification. I misread your message, then. My bad!



    It's been a while since I read much Bolger, but I wonder if perhaps he is at least in part commenting on...
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    Re: -3 degrees forcast for Tuesday night

    Around here they don't close schools until it hits -45 F with wind chill. -3 sounds pretty nice!

    Tom
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    Re: Phil Bolger consensus?

    I suspect there is even more evidence that there is significant ignorance about traditional (what I guess you are calling "unconventional") rigs. I don't think I've ever met someone in a production...
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    Re: Phil Bolger consensus?

    I believe it was long before the digital Small Boats Monthly--it was Small Boat Journal, actually.

    Tom
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    Re: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients - redux

    However, "the welfare programs" are not the ones deciding to test anyone. That decision is being made by Republican legislators--who would have the authority to impose testing more broadly through...
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    Re: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients - redux

    The goal is NOT to prevent drug usage. Drug usage happens across all social strata, and this program is focused only on the poor. In fact, during the current opioid epidemic, heroin use among people...
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    Re: Warren Buffett's bet

    I think you mean "would exceed"--otherwise you are doubling the "not" from earlier in the sentence, and making it sound as if Buffet thinks hedge funds will beat index funds.

    Tom
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    Re: Small boat pron.

    Beautiful hull. Seems like that mizzen would make it more than a little awkward for the helmsman to move from side to side when tacking, though. Still, this is one of the first beach cruiser-type...
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    Re: A Whilly Tern in Oz

    I'm curious about how the heel of your mast fits into the step. I've always seen a shoulder on the mast heel so that the tenon fits into the step, but the weight of the mast is held by the shoulder,...
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    Re: Small boat pron.

    Kurylko Alaska:

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    Phoenix III and Kurylko Alaska together:
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    Re: Small boat pron.

    Ross Lillistone Phoenix III:

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    Re: Small boat pron.

    Thanks--they worked ok when I first posted, not sure why that happened. I'll try to repost them soon.

    Tom
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    Re: Small boat pron.

    And more from the Rahmi Koc Musezi:

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    Anchor watch caught napping:
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    Re: Small boat pron.

    How did I ignore this thread for so long? Thanks, Peter--perfect for winter perusing, with temps at -20 F and no soft water to be found. Here's a bit more, from Istanbul:

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    Re: My Winter Build - Arch Davis' "Maine Peapod"

    Well, my "one-year build" took me seven years... Worth it, though:

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    I did coat the exterior (strip-planked) with 2-3 coats of epoxy before painting. Epoxy is a great primer if nothing...
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    Re: Tandem rowing boat to Farallon Is. from SF Bay

    You may be overstating the lack of windward ability to whitehall-type boats. My Alaska does just fine to windward with a standing lug--not that it's the ideal boat for this trip, as it's not big...
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    Re: Impeachment Odds

    [/FONT][/COLOR]Someone doesn't understand how odds work. If the odds are 4-7 that he will be impeached, whoever came up with those odds thinks it's nearly twice as likely that he WON'T be impeached....
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    Re: Tandem rowing boat to Farallon Is. from SF Bay

    Check out The Voyage of the Cormorant by Christian Beamish. He sailed an Oughtred double-ender solo out to the Farallons (I think--but maybe the Channel Islands now that I think of it) as a...
  34. Re: Hey, you guys have opinions about boats. I'm being indecisive. Help please.

    Build it. Find a simple diagram that explains the points of sail (tacking, reaching, running, etc) and go sail it. It's pretty simple to teach yourself to get a sailboat to go generally where you...
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    Re: Christmas day

    John,

    thanks for this thread, and a happy Christmas to you and your friends and family. I hope our paths will cross in person in the not too distant future if the fates allow.



    That's...
  36. Re: Fire-Drake Does BCís Inside Passage, north section (mostly)

    James Campbell writes about taking his teenage daughter on Arctic paddling trips, and dealing with his A-fib along the way in Braving It: A Father, A Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey Into the...
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    Re: Nikki took names at the UN

    I'm glad you asked. I would want to do it to show Trump and his enabling lackeys in the Republican party that their bullying tactics are contemptible, their arrogant disregard for the rest of the...
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    Re: So, what's the last word on posting photos?

    You can post direct from your computer via the Forum reply box. It's quite simple--no need for outside photo hosting anymore.

    1. Simply hit the photo icon in the top bar.
    2. When the pop-up...
  39. Re: DNR says "Don't worry, it's just a house cat."

    They did--before Gov. Walker fired all the scientists.

    Tom
  40. Re: NY Attorney General Just Put A Stop To Trumpís FCC Plan To Split Up The Internet

    And Wisconsin is not. Double dang!

    Tom
  41. Thread: Amazon

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    Re: Amazon

    Arthur Ransome's early-20th century children/sailing book series, Swallows and Amazons. They're great.

    Tom
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    Re: I find it disturbing and a bit insane

    Dulce et decorum est pro Halliburton mori.

    Tom
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    Re: my how suddenly things can change

    Oh, man--sorry to hear about you both. Best wishes for good full recovery. Table saws and riding mowers on steep slopes scared me even before reading all this...

    Tom
  44. Re: America facing a threat similar to Hitler's Nazi Germany in the 1930's?

    I wish they were treated like humans. Then their income would be taxed at a rate higher than 20%. And if they did something wrong, you could incarcerate them. Or execute them.

    Tom
  45. Poll: Re: single chine, multi chine lapstrake or smooth round hull for motorsailer?

    Yes, I don't mind the chine showing a bit at the stern. At the bow, it's not my thing at all.

    Tom
  46. Poll: Re: single chine, multi chine lapstrake or smooth round hull for motorsailer?

    I don't like #2. I prefer to keep the chine below/at the waterline for looks. Having them pop up at the ends always look awkward to me.

    Tom
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    Re: Welsford Houdini or Navigator?

    Well, this boat:

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    was built with Baltic birch ply and hasn't had any problems whatsoever. Been around the Great Lakes, Texas 200, Everglades Challenge, and lots more. I certainly would have...
  48. Re: Extreme Diet Reversed Type 2 Diabetes in Up to 86% of Patients

    And it IS good. Surprisingly like popcorn.

    Tom
  49. Re: An Island in the Chesapeake ~ Marsh Sailing in November

    Thanks for this thread--I love marsh sailing, though around here it's fresh water.

    Sometimes I wonder why I still live in a state where all the water ices over in November. If it weren't for that...
  50. Re: Coal Miner "I have a lot of faith in President Trump"

    Rural vs. urban is too simplistic in Wisconsin's case. A much bigger reason for the differences between Wisconsin and Minnesota politics these days, I think, is that Wisconsin Republicans have been...
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