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Charities should keep Sterling's money

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A week ago, it got out that an 80-year-old white guy made some racist comments. Considering that such an even was unprecedented in American history, the Internet blew up and the People called for blood. A few days later, LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million. Furthermore, NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it perfectly clear that he was going to press NBA franchise owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.

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Nice, but who cares? The confluence of Chaucer, Gravity and Dallas Buyers Club

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For the past couple of months I've been auditing Dr. Corey Olsen's class on Chaucer's non-Canterbury Tale works at Mythgard. I've fallen a bit behind due to deadlines related to another project, which unfortunately means I've missed the discussion about Troilus & Creseyde — the main reason I wanted to audit the class.

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Shutdown showdown

Yellowstone Park Closed – Courtesy bmills @ flickr

Andrew Cohen over at Bleeding Heart Libertarians argued earlier this week that the partial U.S. government shutdown is immoral on libertarian grounds. Cohen's opening analogy is confusingly opaque, but if you can get past the first paragraph, he does bring up some interesting points. 

First, Cohen avers that even though the government does a lot of things libertarians dislike, the shutdown won't actually stop many of them. 

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