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The irony of Trump’s “locker room talk”

As has been well-documented, our dearly beloved President-elect — the one with an ironic penchant for safe spaces — repeatedly took refuge during his election campaign in the proverbial locker room. Every time he did, I could not help but recall a semi-prescient New Yorker cover originally published back on June 1, 2015:

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Someone get the NFL a dictionary. And a calendar.

They called it Super Bowl 50 so you’d forget the “L” stands for “lies”.

During this year’s Super Bowl pre-game ceremony, the broadcaster mentioned that the league was celebrating the “fiftieth anniversary of the Super Bowl”. As it happens, you can listen for yourself in the very first few seconds of these official NFL Super Bowl highlights:

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Jon Stewart’s guest last night could use some serious perspective

Millionaire hedge fund manager Bill Browder visited Jon Stewart last night to promote his new book, Red Notice. The book describes an incident in which Browder’s Russian lawyer was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by corrupt businessmen he had testified against in Russia.

In addition to writing a book, Browder also worked to pass American legislation that would punish individuals who participated in such shameful behavior. Here’s how he described the consequences of getting on the list created by that piece of legislation:

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Marshawn Lynch is right: Why bother talking to the media when this is what they do to his words?

The WSJ published a short blog post today titled “Marshawn Lynch: ‘I’m Just Here So I Don’t Get Fined’“. The post itself was a rather dry recounting of the running back’s appearance at Super Bowl media day. Here’s a sample: Continue reading Marshawn Lynch is right: Why bother talking to the media when this is what they do to his words?

No, John Oliver does not owe the Keene Police Department an apology

A little over two months ago last night, John Oliver* — in a segment on the phenomenon of police militarization, prompted by then-recent events in Ferguson — poked fun at the Keene Police Department for having cited the tiny town’s annual pumpkin festival as justification for its purchase of a Bearcat** (which looks like this):

keene bearcat

So when this year’s festival erupted in riotous disarray, a whole mess of people gleefully and predictably gloated that those events somehow served to vindicate the Keene PD. Here’s a brief sample:

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Denmark went on a giraffe-killing spree during the Olympics. What was it thinking?

[Editor’s note: I originally pounded out a post based on roughly the same set of facts back when they appeared in actual headlines. That post got a lot of views, but suffered from the fact that it didn’t make a lot of sense. I decided to take advantage of a brief airport layover to reformulate what I had written into something more sensible. You can still check out the original post, in case you want to compare for some reason.]

Denmark has had a pretty quiet showing at the Olympic games in Sochi, amassing precisely zero medals thus far. Maybe that’s because it’s been busy taking care of some business back at home.

Giving lie to the aphorism that any publicity is good publicity, the country managed to make headlines in the world of sports for the sharpshooting talents of the Copenhagen Zookeepers:

A Danish zoo sparked outrage Sunday when it put down a healthy young giraffe . . . The fate of 18-month-old Marius shocked animal lovers around the world, with thousands signing an online petition to save him and a billionaire offering to buy him and keep him in his Beverly Hills garden.

However last-ditch efforts to spare Marius were to no avail . . . A crowd of visitors, including small children, looked on as the giraffe was put down. Some grimaced while others took photos as he was autopsied and chopped up.

In case that wasn’t enough, news soon leaked that another Danish zoo was planning to kill a second young giraffe by the name of — you guessed it — Marius. Real creative, these Danes.*

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You won’t believe what one Danish ice skater wore to his Olympic performance

[Editor’s note: I originally pounded out this post in a huge rush. It got a lot of views, but suffered from the fact that it didn’t make a lot of sense. I decided to take advantage of a brief airport layover to reformulate what I had written into something more sensible. You can check out the replacement post, in case you want to compare for some reason.]

Denmark has had a pretty quiet showing at the Olympic games in Sochi, amassing precisely zero medals thus far.

Meanwhile, giving lie to the aphorism that any publicity is good publicity, the country has managed to make headlines in the world of sports for the sharpshooting talents of the Copenhagen Zookeepers:

A Danish zoo sparked outrage Sunday when it put down a healthy young giraffe . . . The fate of 18-month-old Marius shocked animal lovers around the world, with thousands signing an online petition to save him and a billionaire offering to buy him and keep him in his Beverly Hills garden.

However last-ditch efforts to spare Marius were to no avail . . . A crowd of visitors, including small children, looked on as the giraffe was put down. Some grimaced while others took photos as he was autopsied and chopped up.

Apparently no one told Denmark that shooting giraffe is a competition traditionally held during the Summer Olympics. (Unsurprisingly, Kazakhstan dominates.)

But Denmark wasn’t done. In an event that has yet to air in the United States, the country sent one of its skaters out onto the ice looking like this:

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The only sportswriter who completely forgot about Richard Sherman this week

An article was published Tuesday in the Everett Herald that was unremarkable for its content — you can catch its general drift from the headline, Russell Wilson hopes for ‘best 60 minutes of my life’.

Pretty sure he’s been saying that every week.

Considerably more remarkable were the article’s opening two sentences:

A year ago, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. Unfortunately for the Seahawks and their fans, none of Wilson’s teammates joined him.

Oh, how quickly they forget:

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Indian treasure hunt going according to plan; gold-diggers don’t realize it yet

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a treasure hunt just getting underway in India. In place of the traditional “X marks the spot approach” to treasure-hunting, Indian authorities had undertaken an enormous dig in the hope of finding 1,100 tons of buried gold only on the basis of a Hindu holy man’s dream.

As I noted at the time, “If you will, it is no dream”:

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One thousand and one… Indian nights?

The world is a big place, and archaeologists don’t typically run around shoveling dirt just anywhere; usually, they have a pretty good idea of what they hope to find.

The dig that began late last week beneath the Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh fort in Uttar Pradesh, India, is no exception. The archaeologists knew exactly what it is they were looking for: gold. 1,100 tons of it, to be precise. And what makes them think there’s a chance in Naraka they’ll find it?  A guru dreamt it was located there, of course. Per Newser:

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