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Here are a few of the most interesting and entertaining things I have been reading, listening to and watching over the last week or so.

Read

Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports
I am just getting started on this book. I like the initial approach but I have doubts about any suggestion that it is possible to “kick pills out of the locker room once and for all”. Check out the book here.

The hook that caught me was the following.

“It’s easy to assume that drugs in sports have always been frowned upon, but that’s not true. Drugs in sports are old. It’s banning drugs in sports that is new. 

With that said, I doubt the below will ever be achieved, although I have not made it to the author’s solution yet. Who knows, maybe Johnson Mark will change my mind. Yes, the author has a last name for his first name and first name for his last name 😉

Spitting in the Soup offers a bitingly honest, clear-eyed look at why that’s so, and what it will take to kick pills out of the locker room once and for all.”

Performance-Enhancing Drugs, Sports and the Ideal of Natural Athletic Performance. American Journal of Bioethics
While this article raises some important and interesting points, ultimately I think the conclusions are flawed. But you be the judge.

Why we should allow performance enhancing drugs in sport
Similar to the above, there are some decent points made, but the conclusions more-or-less fall apart when scrutinized. While I am sympathetic to arguments of safety, when these same arguments are applied to other areas of sport, the argument simply do not hold water. A better title would have been “Why we should allow PED in sport if we think they are safe enough”. It is worth a read anyway.

The NBA’s China Problem Gets Worse After 2 American Arenas Eject Hong Kong Supporters
I am a sucker for an excellent summarizing and quotable statement at the end of an article. “The NBA needs to think carefully about whether winning in China is worth losing in America.” In other words, get your shit straight NBA! Check out the Reason article here.

Listen

From Part of the Problem.

  • Ep. 493 – Deep State Soup: A Retrospective
  • Ep. 494 – The Pathetic Chuck Todd

From the Tom Woods show.

From the Peter Schiff Show Podcast

From the Reason Podcast

Tunes

Watch

  • Peaky Blinders Season 5 – Love this show!
  • El Camino – They should have left Breaking Bad alone if this is what they were going to do with it. You can skip this one.
  • The Spy – Great miniseries!