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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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 Friday 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 Friday 11:14am

Catholic Synod Suggests Gays Are People; Catholic Bishops Dissent

So Pope Francis is holding a synod (which, from what I gather, is essentially the Catholic version of a rave) to decide how to handle the kinds of people who actually seem pretty cool (gays, folks who don't stick in marriages that aren't working out, etc.—all that's missing is people who prefer to ejaculate/be in the… » 10/16/14 10:29pm Thursday 10:29pm

John Grisham: Protecting the Innocent

So last night (this morning, their time, not that it makes a huge difference), the BBC tweeted a story about John Grisham taking issue with the way that people who seek out child pornography are treated by the justice system, and especially the jail sentences they receive. "Okay," I thought, "he's arguing against the… » 10/16/14 10:13am 10/16/14 10:13am

YouTube Comments: Still the Champs

Elevated discourse takes many forms, but for pure bringing of the Internet crazy, YouTube commenters are still undefeated, untied, and unscored-upon. To wit: the following exchange on a video about a really controversial contemporary topic. No, not Gaza, or Ferguson, or GamerGate. Something truly important and heated:… » 10/16/14 1:15am 10/16/14 1:15am

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I would guess I'm pretty introverted—I think those categories get overused, but given my rightful druthers, I tend to go it alone, and even in groups, I tend to keep to myself (I've been asked, on more than one occasion, if I'm mad or something at a party/family meal because I tend not to talk unless there is a reason… » 10/12/14 10:56am 10/12/14 10:56am