Wow! Most weeks I have a hard time finding three or four things that I believe are truly worth the consideration of others. Somehow, this week was full of really terrific pieces on a breadth of topics; there's enough reading here to take you all the way from lunch today to the weekend.
Yes, you have my permission to take the rest of the day off and read. It's good for you.
Roger Goodell is just an awful person
No, seriously. My dislike of him is well documented here, and is exhaustive. Sure he's incompetent, and a hypocrite and a liar. But how he's largely escaped persecution for his behavior related to the NFL's abhorrent handling of domestic violence is beyond me. Maybe it's because they force their broadcast partners to read statements like this.
Brady, Belicheck are a perfect match
On the other side of the NFL coin is why I continue to watch the sport despite my conflicted conscience. Whenever this golden era of Boston sports comes to a close (I suppose it already has for my beloved Celtics), I'm not sure how we'll get by after years of being spoiled. Last weeks game against the Ravens was just another reminder of how wonderful it is to watch Bill Belicheck do his thing every week.
The Way of the Wu
The Wu Tang Clan is one of my top five acts of all time. I've got a longer post about them (and the things we can all take from the Tao of the Wu) coming in the next few days, but this article looks at the career arc of the Wu through the lens of their latest album and the Kung Fu movies that have inspired much of their mythology.
The 'Fail Mary' and PTSD
Lance Easley was the replacement NFL referee who made the famous 'Fail Mary' call in the Seattle-Green Bay game that was the catalyst for bringing back the permanent referees. In big moments like that, we often lose sight of the impact they can have on the people involved. Yahoo! circles back around with Mr. Easley today and uncovers how in many ways that moment has contributed to a significant (and sad) unraveling of his life.
California is driving out the poor
Last week I posted an article about the deceptive disparity between income in red and blue states. The LA Times has a good follow-up to that, about how California's skyrocketing housing costs are pushing out the poor and middle-class families essential to a thriving economy. Like many blue states, California is upside down, and it's intriguing to see the people a government like theirs ostensibly benefits flee for greener pastures.
Why do we put our addresses in e-mail signatures?
It's actually a really good question I'd never considered. Apparently out of habit.
Detroit's bankruptcy and the future of municipal finance
After Detroit initially filed bankruptcy, I stopped paying attention to most of the proceedings. I wish I had, as the American Interest highlights some of the dubious decisions that have been made by the bankruptcy court (such as saving the city's art collection), and the potential far-ranging implications for municipal finance down the line.
Why the rules of the road don't prevent us from dying
I've never fully understood how and why speed limits are decided. FiveThirtyEight this week posted an explanation of why and how speed limits are developed, and ways they contribute to safety on the road. There's some interesting examinations of alternative ways to improve road safety as well. My personal opinion is that until they're enforced consistently, no one will ever obey them.
Europe's continued path to economic ruin
Switzerland's decision yesterday to remove controls on its exchange rate relative to the Euro was a surprise (well, to all but this guy), and I think an interesting indicator of their confidence in the future of the Eurozone's economy. To those that don't follow the politics of the Eurozone particularly closely (like me!), this primer on Bloomberg is a good explanation on why the Swiss central bank made this decision and impact on Europe as a whole.