Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cheap Blogging Crutch - 4.21.10


Too Many Numbers... Man takes a shot at quantifying the revenue generating capability of California's proposed legalization and taxation of marijuana. The only real hole in this graphic, which they readily admit, is the inability to predict what X incidents of respiratory cancer might occur as a result. But a 75% increase seems rather unlikely, yeah?

She can see Australia from her house!
When an opposition leader of an Australian political party pitches a foolish idea -- say, take unemployed twentysomething office workers and toss them, untrained, into a mine -- Americans tend to chuckle and shake their heads at the silly descendants of convicts. Australians, however, tend to compare that person to... wait for it... Sarah Palin.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for six (probably four) games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. While I don't disagree with pistol whipping his dopey ass, I think Goodell has opened a giant can of worms by, for the first time, disciplining a player who was not charged with, nor convicted of, any crime. Hey, Rog, have fun with that the next time one of the franchises in your billion-dollar organization gleefully pays a repeat offender enough to settle out-of-court with the cocktail waitress he punches around the dance floor.

The Atlantic Yards project, the ~$4 billion eminent domain "development" that's about to gut my neighborhood, just cut a check to the last holdout, Daniel Goldstein, general in the war against bullshit. And that, as a decidedly lame fictional character once said, is that.

Roger Ebert reiterated his opinion that video games can never be art. Predictably, the Internet went apeshit. Mike Thomsen of IGN gives one of the more interesting counter-arguments I've read.

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