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October 06, 2014

"When the Biomedical Industry Ignores Diseases, Private Money Saves Lives"

Private actors and actions are enormously powerful:

Fortunately, when the market doesn’t provide the right incentives, philanthropic groups have a unique opportunity to spur advances in treating diseases that affect millions but might otherwise be ignored. 

See also "Peter Thiel: the billionaire tech entrepreneur on a mission to cheat death".

Thiel believes there will be a cure for cancer in the next 20 years, and that a cure for Alzheimer’s is within reach. Immortality, he allows, may take a little longer. . . .

‘There are many arguments against life extension, and they all strike me as extraordinarily bad: it’s not natural; there will be too many people; you will be bored. But I don’t think it would be boring at all.’ He pauses. ‘People always say you should live your life as if it were your last day. I think you should live your life as though it will go on for ever; that every day is so good that you don’t want it to end.’

Related: the story of Rex Sinquefield, single-handedly trying to revive interest in the U.S. in chess.

October 05, 2014

More trouble in the Big House

The Maize and Blue lost last night to Rutgers. Rutgers?! And there's this: "Michigan Football: Poor Leadership and Bad Decisions".

Dark days for the maize and blue under the woeful guidance of a failed pizza boss. . . .

The Wolverine’s old coach, Bo Schembechler, isn’t just turning over in his grave. He is shaking his fist, blowing his whistle and shouting.

October 04, 2014

"The 20 Colleges That Make The Most Money On Sports"

It's all about the Benjamins, baby.

October 03, 2014

"Lionel Messi - Legend"

It's the right word.

September 28, 2014

"Jacoby Brissett Refuses To Be Tackled"

In case you haven't seen it, here's NC State's quarterback making a simply terrific play against FSU yesterday.

September 27, 2014

Trouble in the Big House

"Michigan Wolverines Football: From Sellouts To Handouts In Just 4 Years".

"The [athletic] department now has all the credibility of Pravda, and half the charm."

"Mighty Mites Crash Into Banner"

"Nothing gets a football team fired up for a big game like running past its cheering fans and smashing through a sign to enter the field -- except when the banner wins."

UPDATED: Working link. Thanks, Faul.

September 26, 2014

"Twins Pitcher Loses $500,000 In The Worst Way Possible"

Interesting story.

But given that Mr. Hughes earns a reported $8 million/year (and also given his likely tax bracket, therefore), I can't feel too sorry for him.

September 20, 2014

"In college sports, a top coach like Nick Saban is worth every penny"

If he wins everything, sure. If he doesn't . . . 

September 14, 2014

"What I Learned About The NFL By Watching The Seahawks-Packers Game In 35 Minutes"

"1. On NFL broadcasts, nothing is happening most of the time."

Yep. Between NFL Redzone and the DVR I'm finding it difficult now to watch NFL games in real time.

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