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This edition features reader feedback about two big comebacks to the site: Chris Hedges, who resumed his weekly column after a summer break, and Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, who paid her second visit to our headquarters for another episode of "Live at Truthdig."

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From the costly -- in many senses of that word -- spectacle that is the Rio Olympics to the chaos unleashed by the notorious Powell memo, the Truthdig comment boards were host to a virtual phantasmagoria this week.

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This week's roundup includes a snappy take on the legal and ideological battle between tech leader Peter Thiel and Gawker, a pointed comparison referring to the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal and a tribute to the late, great -- actually, make that "The Greatest" -- Muhammad Ali.

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The editors of the science magazine's website last month announced they would no longer accept readers' comments under new articles. Why? Because studies suggest Internet "trolls" don't just spoil the chance for intellectual debate, they create doubt where there should be none.

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