The consequences of extreme sports are manifest

american-football

America seems to finally be paying attention to the private lives of the athletes of the National Football League. To me it has always been ironic that middle Americans act shocked when they demand extreme behavioral characteristics from athletes and politicians only to find out that the extremes extend beyond their professions. American football is the soul of our national …

Eric GarlandThe consequences of extreme sports are manifest
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In which US school districts receive grenade launchers

Police Shooting Missouri

The militarization of American institutions is apparently not limited to its police forces: More than 20 school districts in the United States have been equipped with military-grade equipment through the federal program that provides such gear to local and state authorities free of charge, according to a new report by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. When …

Eric GarlandIn which US school districts receive grenade launchers
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Starting a great new war with ISIS

Middle-East-systems-map

So we’re at war with “ISIS.” I’d just like to point out that America is super-shitty at going to war with complex things. Domestically, our wars with cancer and poverty aren’t doing too well, and the War on Drugs is actually being won by the people on drugs. Nothing for the highlight reel there. Which brings us to our complex …

Eric GarlandStarting a great new war with ISIS