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Extra, Extra: Post-Storm Clean-Up, Internet Lies, and Activist Football Players

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

  • The storm is over, and the power is largely back on—now the clean-up begins. The City will be putting $25 million toward removing downed trees and branches in an effort that will likely take six to eight weeks to complete and involve 600 staff. Those workers will have an unusually chilly first day on this particular job—tomorrow, continuing today’s trend, is expected to be fiendishly cold.
  • Did you see those photos of the pyramids and the Sphinx covered in snow? Did you share them with friends and hasten their spread across many social media platforms? Well, they were fakes—just like those images of that person swimming with a giant jellyfish and those other images of a pink forest in the Netherlands—and Esquire would like us all (and the media in particular) to stop breaking the internet with our lies.
  • Chris Kluwe is a charming, articulate, World of Warcraft-loving man who was a punter for the Minnesota Vikings until May 2013. He also happens to be an outspoken advocate for gay rights. (You may recall the “They Won’t Magically Turn You Into A Lustful Cockmonster” letter he wrote to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr. back in 2012). Now he’s written a longer piece about the “two cowards and a bigot” who he’s pretty sure fired him because of his views and his unwillingness to hide them.

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  • The Man With No Name

    While everyone focuses on a few guys of no consequence who don’t like gay people, our governments continue to dismantle the social safety net and aggressively attempt to siphon money from the middle class to the upper while growing the ranks of the poor. If only it were so simple to become indignant over economic policy and the reorganization of much of the western world by stealth.

    • OgtheDim

      So what you are saying is because there is institutional injustice, injustice on a smaller level, even though it involves one of the bigger institutions in American life, is not worth bringing up?

      Frankly your “a few guys of no consequence line” is a liberal version of “are there no workhouses”. Ignoring the micro for the sake of the macro is bad no matter what your view point.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        You’re putting words in his mouth. He didn’t say we shouldn’t be outraged by homophobia, he’s saying we should be even more outraged by the thimblerigging going on in the economy and government.

        • OgtheDim

          The phrase “of no consequence” means this particular case matters not to him.

          His words.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            The inside baseball of football really is of no meaningful consequence to the vast majority of people compared to the erosion of social services, pension rollbacks, corporate-eyes-only trade agreements, for-profit environmental destruction, etc, going on. Yet that’s where the emotions are focused.

          • OgtheDim

            Not in the US. Football is life for a huge swath of people down there.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            It might be “llife” for them, but Kluwe being turfed – for whatever reason – doesn’t have anything but a momentary emotional impact for 99.9999% of people who are even aware it happened. Not having him on your fantasy football team doesn’t compare to a life indebted to banks, or the offshoring of entire industries, or electoral agency being usurped by foreigners wringing their hands over the bottom line.

          • torontothegreat

            Okay we get it. Your fishing nets caught too many red herring and not enough lobster. Yeesh.

          • Randy McDonald

            It signals to the public permissible reasons for firing someone, including homophobia.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            Much of the US doesn’t have any prohibition against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. They don’t need signals, they have it carved in state constitutions. (Kluwe isn’t gay anyway, so Minnesota’s 1993 law against such discrimination doesn’t apply.)

          • Randy McDonald

            Signals like firing a vocally pro-gay person are meaningless, even in that context? They don’t signal that even well-known people can be fired if they’re even supportive of people who are gay never mind if they are gay?

          • torontothegreat

            You’re just splitting hairs and making things up now.

            The problem is that your initial defence of the OPs original point is fundamentally flawed in its logic in the first place. Which to paraphrase:

            “Who cares about a few guys that hate gays, cause the middle class is suffering over economic policy”

            The fact that you’ve resorted to “Well there is no law in the U.S. against discriminating against sexual orientation, so who cares” really is grasping at straws, but actually just undermines the point you’re trying to make (which IMHO is just to be argumentative) – the fact that there is no law, and that this is happening in such a large organization, means it IS in fact extremely consequential and necessary.

          • torontothegreat

            So we should ignore homophobia until all of the other problems of the world are solved?

            If you think exposing homophobia in a 9.5 BILLION a year, 20, 000 person, company isn’t “consequential”, what is there more to say?

    • torontothegreat

      STFU

  • torontothegreat

    Kluwe is brave for standing up and also exposing how much of a P.O.S. Priefer is. However the media and comments on various sites, prove that people are unable to see the forest through the trees. Kluwe knows damn well (and was transparent in the article about this fact) that he was fired for being a) paid too much b) a mediocre kicker (below average, league-wise).