Matthew M. Heekin and Bruce W. Burton (Charlotte): When is Minority Not Minority: NCAA Ignores Two Centuries of Anglo-American Contract Law Respecting Legal Status. Jonathan Chait on why markets are not the solution to the NCAA’s problems. College F-ing Football: Johnny Manziel is not the issue — it's finally time to occupy the NCAA. If the NCAA ran the country: Josh Levin on how the college sports business model would fix Hollywood, Wall Street, and every other industry. Rachel Bachman on saving college football's greatest rivalries: Why are the most historic of rivals ducking out of their annual spectacles? The most loved, hated college football team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish. What if American colleges abolished football? David Macaray wonders. Matt Connolly on why college football video games are done. Zachary Miner on infantilization and fantasy football. Is it o.k. to watch football? Ian Crouch wonders. The safest sport? Everything that you’ve heard about football is wrong. You won’t watch football the same after League of Denial. Marc Tracy on why we are all to blame for the NFL's concussion crisis. Gregg Easterbrook on how the NFL fleeces taxpayers: Public subsidies, tax breaks, and exorbitant salaries — it's time to stop enriching the league, and the feudal lords who own its teams. President Obama says the Redskins should “think about changing” the team's name. Obama doesn’t bring us together — football does. John J. Miller on football and the American character.
From Ctheory, Ruth Miller (UMass): Eradicated Alphabets and Radical Algorithms: Script Reform, Secularism, and Algorithmic Revolution; and Jussi Parikka (Southampton): Dust and Exhaustion: The Labor of Media Materialism. Wells Tower on the Elvis impersonator, the karate instructor, a fridge full of severed heads, and the plot 2 kill the president: Remember that crazy story about the dude in Mississippi who mailed ricin to Obama and then tried to frame some other dude in Mississippi for the crime? The story is a thousand times crazier than you thought. Two Tales of One City: Blaze Burgess on the foundations of money in Menger and Marx. Holly Case on Stalin's Blue Pencil: Revising history is a brutally effective tactic — and pen and sword together are mighty indeed. The first chapter from Undiluted Hocus-Pocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner. Speak for yourself: Stuart Whatley on a meditation on the marketplace of ideas. Richard Osman on the 100 top things you honestly don't need to do before you die. From Swans, Michael Barker on Kinsey-sex and the Rockefeller Foundation (and part 2). From the Toronto Standard, is there media bias against Rob Ford? "The crack story is too elaborate to be made up". Why is there no Krugman on the center right? David Warsh wants to know.
Lloyd Green on the GOP’s backdoor impeachment scheme: Republicans have lost at the ballot box and the Supreme Court, so they’ve decided to nullify President Obama another way — keep his government from working, period. If Republicans were once the daddy party, now they're the abusive ex-husband with a substance abuse problem party. What is most striking about the present is not the virtues of moderation but of the potential power of conviction — one detects, behind all the anxiety about “extremists”, “radicals”, and “militant minorities” a degree of envy. William Boardman on minority government at work: Why don’t we call these people nihilists? Nathan Schneider on why the government shutdown is not an anarchist utopia. As polls plummet, Rightbloggers get to work on their new shutdown excuses. Robert Costa on five myths about House Republicans. Matt Taibbi on how Democrats must stop Ted Cruz's Hollywood ending. Who is John Galt? Now we know — Slavoj Zizek on financial meltdowns and government shutdowns (and more). Robyn Pennacchia on the 5 creepiest things about how the Koch brothers engineered the shutdown. Cash-strapped FreedomWorks is in state of financial disarray. America needs a grand bargain, but not on the budget — it's time to disarm the partisan war’s new weapons of mass destruction. Bruce Bartlett on the dangers of debt limit brinksmanship. If he has to, Obama should raise the debt ceiling unilaterally: Emily Bazelon and Eric Posner on how the law’s clearly on his side, and the markets won’t actually be spooked.