I don't know that you can say that the NBA didn't take fights seriously back then. Sure, the fines weren't very high, but the league office did act quickly to change the rules and allow players to chew bubble gum while on the court. » 10/21/14 11:18pm Tuesday 11:18pm

A couple of years ago a newspaper published the salary of every employee of the school I attended (some FOIA thing), and I was surprised at how many of my professors made that much or close to it. I don't come from money, so I would have assumed that someone making that kind of salary must be doing well (and,… » 10/21/14 5:40pm Tuesday 5:40pm

I have to imagine that Choire's interlocutor (yes, I will use the most pretentious noun I can think of rather than dignifying that username) spends most of his time saying remarkably stupid things, then walking away from stunned-into-silence debate opponents brushing his hands victoriously. » 10/21/14 3:41pm Tuesday 3:41pm

It's a syllogism. Think "All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore, Socrates is mortal." In this case, it's something like, "All unpleasant exchanges are bullying. A casual joke is an unpleasant exchange. Therefore, I don't understand (or acknowledge) the concept of degrees." » 10/17/14 11:47pm 10/17/14 11:47pm

You say encouraging/capitalizing on hysteria based on a tangential relationship with the theme of the blog, I say journalism. Potato, potentially (we don't know yet, but it's my responsibility to throw it out there) ebola-ridden potahto. » 10/17/14 11:14am 10/17/14 11:14am