Tuesday swag

25 May

POLICY: Informative piece entitled “3 myths about marijuana.” A bit of logically obvious news that is nevertheless nice to hear proven:

A World Health Organization survey published last year found that in the Netherlands — where adults are allowed to possess small amounts of marijuana and purchase it from regulated businesses — the rate of marijuana use is only half of ours. When Britain ended most marijuana possession arrests in 2004, the rate of marijuana use went down, not up. After reviewing data from U.S. states that have decriminalized marijuana, the National Research Council concluded, “there is little apparent relationship between severity of sanctions prescribed for drug use and prevalence or frequency of use.”

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TV: Totally outdated but in the running for blog post of the year (no kidding: Matthew Baldwin of defectiveyeti.com writes a fake script for The Office. So, so good. And best yet, it’s in PDF format so you can read it at work without fear of getting caught surfing. 

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SPORTS GUY: Love this reader mail:

I just wanted to say you suck. We’re all sick of the weekly NBA articles, and they’re so long that I have to go back to the homepage to see if Rick Reilly is up to anything new. Chances are you’re also going to write an NBA article in freakin’ August (nowhere near NBA season) discussing topics such as the number of hairs on Ben Wallace’s head and Iverson’s newest tattoos. The only reason I click on your face is for the bi-monthly mailbags. I am also drunk and watching “Hoosiers.” I love you. Peace.

— Joe, Annapolis, Md.

For all the asinine things Simmons writes about baseball, I have never not loved one of his mailbags. 

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IDIOCY: Joe Posnanski takes down ESPN village idiot Steve Phillips in the nicest possible way. The point is clear though — Phillips is a moron whose opinion should be ignored. 

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HACKERY: I know none of you like him, but here is further evidence that Rick Reilly is a hack. Tell your grandpas to find a new writer. 

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LOVABLE DOUBLE STANDARDS: 

Mary Kay Letourneau and her former sixth-grade student — the father of her two youngest children — are hosting a “Hot for Teacher” night at a Seattle nightclub.

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