Michael Tomsic http://mtpr.org en It's Winner-Take-All In NASCAR's New Chase http://mtpr.org/post/its-winner-take-all-nascars-new-chase NASCAR's old point system was a mathematical labyrinth concerned with consistency: Drivers didn't have to actually win a race to make the playoffs, as long as they were in the top 10 often enough.<p>Even NASCAR CEO Brian France has joked that fans needed a computer next to them to figure it out. Take this announcement at a race in Richmond, Va., last year:<p><blockquote><p>"Joey Logano is still barely clinging to that 10th spot in points, but he's 25th two laps down. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Michael Tomsic 15303 at http://mtpr.org It's Winner-Take-All In NASCAR's New Chase Case Sheds Light On The Murky World Of Asbestos Litigation http://mtpr.org/post/case-sheds-light-murky-world-asbestos-litigation This is a case about a bankrupt company, legal shenanigans, and a rare type of cancer.<p>You may have seen TV commercials about mesothelioma, mainly caused by inhaling asbestos — minerals many companies once used in insulation and other products.<p>According to <a href="http://www.gao.gov/assets/590/585380.pdf">a 2011 report</a> from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, companies have set aside more than $30 billion for mesothelioma victims since the 1980s. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Michael Tomsic 14549 at http://mtpr.org Case Sheds Light On The Murky World Of Asbestos Litigation