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Re Northwestern Ruling

Here’s a nice article from Grantland summarizing the Northwestern decision: http://grantland.com/features/northwestern-ncaa-college-athletics-union/ I like that this big step has been taken towards eventually reforming the NCAA system. Even if there really existed some hazy version of amateurism once upon a time in major American college athletics (this article argues that amateurism was ALWAYS exploitative and grew from tainted roots), it’s long […]

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The Wire Creator Speaks Out

There are certain words that, in this age of American political correctness and entitled righteousness, automatically elicit a certain response, or are warped into weapons to defame, deflect, or defuse any rational line of thought. Words like socialism and racism. When casually thrown around as labels, these words are used by all different groups and interests to cripple legitimate discussion […]

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Highary Entry: Friendsgiving Edition

First I want to say that this was not the first time it occurred to me that writing while high is a good idea. I recorded some thoughts on a recent trip to a cabin in upstate New York as well, but didn’t blog them up (though many of them revolved around an epiphany about night being optional). I think […]

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Dolphins Bullying Case

If you haven’t read up on the Miami Dolphins’ ongoing bullying saga between Richie Incognito, a player with a history of disciplinary and legal problems, and Jonathan Martin, by all accounts a softspoken, friendly, and nice player who was recently admitted to the hospital on account of emotional distress, there’s plenty of material out there for you to catch up […]

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Public Shaming : World Series Game 4

I’m a pretty big fan of public shaming. Social pressure is a huge factor in shaping human behavior, and frankly I think too many people get away with way too much under the auspices of “freedom”, especially in the public sphere. How many times have you heard “free country” as a response to something unfathomably awful or stupid someone says […]

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Dystopian Diary: The Untouchables

This PBS Frontline piece aired near the beginning of this year, and it focuses on how despite all the hooplah about the commissions and task forces designed to catch the high-level bankers who nearly destroyed the American economy, none of these high-level criminals have really been prosecuted, much less placed in jail. The part of this that really stands out […]

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Dystopian Diary: Is This a Joke?

There’s bogus insanity/”fugue state” defenses for murder, which just shouldn’t be allowed to stand, but now this too? Are you fucking kidding me? How little responsibility are people going to take for their actions, through legal wrangling? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/nyregion/drivers-defense-too-drunk-to-be-guilty.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0 As for the insanity stuff…I feel like that shouldn’t be a defense at all. If you’re too insane to be in control […]

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Seven Years Ago.

My father died on October 10th, 2006.  The upcoming anniversary of his death prompted me to write about it. I’ve written a bit about this before, particularly his funeral, but I figured I’d write something different this time, and also, it felt right as the last thing to publish as someone who is 26 and stupid.  (Although I’ll keep writing […]

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Dystopian Diary: A Quick Thought on the Shutdown

During Hurricane Sandy, lines could be seen going around the block at virtually every gas station as people tried to secure some for their vehicles. This, not because of the city itself, but because oil refineries in New Jersey had sustained damage. So today’s NPR post about security concerns during the shutdown raised some similar sentiments. The lesson here is that […]

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Breaking Bad Has Ended. Vince Gilligan Might Be into Snuff Porn.

SPOILERS ABOUND. SO MANY SPOILERS.  DON’T READ UNLESS YOU’VE FINISHED BREAKING BAD, YOU DICKNOSES. *********************************************************** Upon seeing the final shot of Breaking Bad—a camera pan out of Walter White, arms and legs spread over a sterile cement floor and at peace (a contrast to his look of exhausted post-breakdown in Crawl Space)—I was left with a feeling of general satisfaction.  […]

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