Put Together a Dream Team Of Criminal Athletes

OThe problem of performance-enhancing drugs is part of the headlong rush of humanity into the future that was prophesized by Aldous Huxley in his futuristic book "Brave New World," where social peace was preserved because everybody was zonked out on a drug called Soma. We're halfway there now, with half the population skunked-out on Prozac because they're disoriented by life and the drug calms them down. these zombies are hard to detect you never know whether you are talking to a normal person or a freakin Pod Person from outer space. I got a feeling that these lab rats are leading the charge to enforce conformity on the rest of us!

One astute observer has suggested that since we are never going to get rid of steroids anyway, we might as well make them mandatory for all athletes, to level the playing field. I'd like to advance this Swiftian analysis to its logical conclusion and advance the argument that since so many players and coaches are engaged in criminal behavior we could put

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Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.

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Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.

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New alternative to Trump's wall would create jobs, renewable energy, and increase border security

A consortium of scientists and engineers have proposed that the U.S. and Mexico build a series of guarded solar, wind, natural gas and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border.

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  • The proposal was recently presented to several U.S. members of Congress.
  • The plan still calls for border security, considering all of the facilities along the border would be guarded and connected by physical barriers.
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