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At least NFL prospects now know their odds: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players’ brains had evidence of degenerative disease

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From The Verge:

New data from the United States’ largest repository of human brain samples has shown that an overwhelming majority of NFL players who submitted their brains for analysis after their death suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository, based in Massachusetts, found that 76 of 79 former pro players had evidence of the condition, which can be caused by repeated head trauma.

The findings came as part of a wider study in which the department examined the brains of 128 deceased football players who had played the game at professional, semi-professional, college, or high school level. It found that even in the brains of those that had played at lower standards, the rate of CTE was high — of the 128 players, 101 tested positive for the disease. The brain condition is caused when blows to the head cause the production of tau, a protein that manifests as dense tangles around the brain’s normal cells and blood vessels. The degenerative condition can cause depression and fits of rage among its sufferers, and confusion, memory loss, and dementia later in life. . .

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30 September 2014 at 8:23 pm

The President’s protection is fraying badly

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Part of the shield that surrounds and protects the President is the common conviction that the shield is very tough and almost impossible to penetrate. But then we read:

A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident.

And a guy just ran into the White House through a front door. And it’s been established that one can fire multiple shots at the White House with a rifle and not be detected.

At some point, a crazy or a fanatic is going to think he can get through the shield because it clearly has enormous holes.

UPDATE: Do you get the feeling that President Obama gets less respect (Gov. Jan Brewer shaking her finger in his face) and less protection than other presidents? I wonder why that might be.

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30 September 2014 at 2:34 pm

If the NFL takes on the power, it also gets the responsibility

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30 September 2014 at 2:28 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

The actual dangers of Peak Oil, explained—and they’re here

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Kevin Drum has a brief post that does a good job.

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30 September 2014 at 1:51 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

Truly bizarre story (and person), but well told

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Somewhat lengthy but fascinating. It seems obvious to me that this guy has a fairly serious personality disorder (or combination of them).

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30 September 2014 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Books, Business

Interesting example of how reality trumps mere belief

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In the financial world. Very clear description, and the apologia that Krugman links to shows to what lengths people will go to somehow sustain at least a semblance of their earlier beliefs, even after reality has flatly contradicted the beliefs.

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30 September 2014 at 12:21 pm

Posted in Business, Science

Okay shave: Blade should have been changed

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It’s sort of interesting to see what a difference a slightly dull blade makes. I used a Gillette Rubie that should have been changed after the previous shave. I had to work on the rough patches and even then the blade just no longer had a sufficient edge. The razor now has a new SuperMax Platinum for my next shave.

I used the Wet Shaving Products Prince brush and (once again) Strop Shoppe’s SE Black Tie with tallow. Instant great (and lasting) lather, three passes with my Apollo Mikron, and a splash of Fine’s Clear Vetiver. And my new computer is due tomorrow, so photos will resume on Thursday.

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30 September 2014 at 8:45 am

Posted in Shaving

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