Month: July 2013

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Due process, Bud Selig-style

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Alex Rodriguez to be banned for life? I haven’t followed this very closely, but my understanding is that under the CBA the maximum punishment to which he’s supposed to be liable is a 50-game suspension. (Update: EF Goldman explains in comments that Selig can invoke the league’s anti-Soviet slander “conduct detrimental to the good of […]

Black Lung Blues

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Black lung is returning with force to the miners of Appalachia. Coal companies have fought against meaningful reforms (or even recognizing it exists) for over a century, and longer if you go back to the coal mines of 19th century England.* The only time workers have ever managed a major breakthrough was with the passage […]

Legacy Pollution

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On July 31, 2013

In Carson, California, Shell Oil used to have an oil tank farm. Then, thanks to America’s lax environmental regulatory state, a housing development was built on top of it when Shell no longer ne

Conservatives in Kentucky are very angry. After all, the state might adopt scientific standards that teach actual science instead of Christian mythology. The responses are quite rational: Matt Singleton, a Baptist minister, is one of the opponents who spoke to the board about why the standards should not be adopted, according to The Courier-Journal. “Outsiders […]

More Farina

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On July 30, 2013

An outstanding obituary of the great Dennis Farina by Alex Pappademas. Farina is one of those people who had a fairly minor career in the big scheme of things, but who affected so many people and who

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