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Jul 25

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“Yes, there is a distinction between criminal acts and violations of the league’s proscribed rules, rules that carry specific — if arbitrary — punishments. But if the justification for punishing each kind of off-field crime is that it’s necessary to defend the game’s “integrity” and ensure players act as role models, then the league is putting these disparate crimes under the same moral rubric.” —

Ray Rice and the NFL’s insanely inconsistent discipline problem

Rice’s laughable two-game suspension underscores the league’s capricious handling of its players’ crimes

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Today’s best editorial cartoons

Today’s best editorial cartoons

“Besson dismantles the idea that superheroes are all regular people with the same human impulses we have. As Lucy evolves, each move forward differentiates her because she’s no longer a typical human being. She experiences the world differently and ceases to relate to her old self.” —

Why Lucy is the shot in the arm the superhero genre needs

By questioning the very humanity of its protagonist, Lucy shows the limitations of Hollywood’s favorite genre — and points to a new direction going forward

Why you should really take a nap this afternoon, according to science
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“But the reason we shouldn’t eat dogs is related to the same reason it is more heinous and hateful to burn a synagogue than a community center, or that it is more of a violation to burn down a man’s home than the two rental properties he owns of an equivalent dollar value. The spaces, objects, and even animals we sanctify with our respect, friendship, and time really do enter into different moral categories. It is not inherently evil to smash a picture, but it is a gesture of hatred to tear a beloved family photo.” —

Why you shouldn’t eat dog. Not even once.

It may be irrational to object to dog-eating. But when rationalism is divorced from human feeling, it becomes crude and vulgar.

Jul 24

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Queen Elizabeth II masterfully puts all other photobombs to shame

Queen Elizabeth II masterfully puts all other photobombs to shame

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Today’s best editorial cartoons

Today’s best editorial cartoons