The Freedom of Speech Debate is Back

Do you really know what freedom of speech is?

Sure, we all know the gist – freedom of speech is the right to express any opinion without censorship. It certainly sounds simple.  A year ago today, I believed questions like “what’s better, In-N-Out or Five Guys?” or “Is Eli Manning a Hall-of-Famer?” were more controversial than any question around free speech. I’d bet most Americans would have joined me in hearty debate over burgers and football without giving the civil right that enables that debate a second thought… and for the record, the answers are In-N-Out (recent polling be damned) and absolutely not (sorry Eli).

The controversies of the last year, however, have raised questions around the limits of free speech. Is hateful language protected under freedom of speech? Can the NFL really fire a player for taking a knee during the anthem? Separate from what the law currently says, to what extent should hateful or disrespectful speech be protected?

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Moneyball and the Many Ways of Knowing

There is a scene in Moneyball, the 2011 film based on Michael Lewis’ novel, that captures a critical tipping point in how we understand the world around us.

Moneyball tells the story of Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics. Beane pushed aside decades of conventional baseball wisdom in favor of analytics, found a competitive edge, and turned his low-budget baseball team into a championship contender. Relying on data analysis to make decisions might sound commonplace today, but the scene below shows just how revolutionary Beane’s approach was:

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The 5 Best NFL Over/Under Bets for 2017

A little more aggressive, a little less moderate… 

The calendar has turned over to September, Carrie Underwood is cashing checks, Roger Goodell is fumbling his responsibilities like a virgin cracking open his first condom wrapper… football is back! With the NFL season just days away, let’s take a look at Aggressively Moderate’s best win total over/under bets for the 2017 season:

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