Remember the Jonathan Toews-LeBron James meme that arose after their respective championships last season? It was a Twitter picture of a handwritten sheet that claimed Toews said “we” 14 times and never said “I” in his post-championship-winning press conference, while LeBron said “I” 18 times and never said “we.” It was gleefully re-tweeted by hockey fans, by hockey broadcasters, by hockey players, by thousands and thousands.
Funny thing: in LeBron’s post-game transcript he said “we” 16 times, by my count; in his on-ice interview on the CBC right after winning Toews said “I” five times. And neither number meant anything.
So why do hockey fans do this? Why does basketball, a sport in which Canada is surging, need to be torn down to lift up hockey? There’s a racial component underlying some of it, which is sad and ignorant, but why? Is it insecurity? A need to create and fend off an other? Hockey is built on an incredibly strong sense of community, on a powerful sense of team versus individual, and those are part of what makes it great. And whenever this debate rises up, a part of hockey decides that hockey’s greatness alone isn’t enough.
Just a fraction of the cool stuff I learned when researching women’s history.
"In 2006, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which conducts Internet pornography investigations, produced a list of 5,200 Pentagon employees suspected of viewing child pornography and asked the Pentagon to review it. But the Pentagon checked only about two-thirds of the names, unearthing roughly 300 defense and intelligence employees who allegedly had viewed child pornography on their work or home computers.
The defense investigators failed to check an additional 1,700 names on the list, defense officials have revealed in correspondence with Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa.
Acknowledging the lapse, the Pentagon has told Grassley that child porn investigations were not a high priority at the time of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation, and that it is now checking the additional names.”
This was revealed 3 years ago and no action has been taken since.
The government obviously doesn’t want to pursue this case because it will cause them too much embarrassment. DON’T allow them to bury this case.
The bargain behemoth’s misstep was first spotted by blog The Ethical Adman, which noticed that the model for the “Xhilaration® Junior’s Midkini 2-Piece Swimsuit -Leopard Print” featured on Target’s website appeared to have a few anatomical discrepancies. (The link now appears to be broken.)
For one thing, the young woman’s arms is bizarrely thinned out and stretches longer than it should. Then there’s the fact that hip also appears to be missing a piece. But by far the most egregious use of the infamous airbrusher is in the woman’s crotch area, where a chunk of the suit is literally chopped out.
Besides being bad practice, the effect of this photoshopping is to give the model what amounts to an artificial “thigh gap.” This extremely problematic phenomenon first garnered media attention last year after eating disorder advocates noted teenage girls were striving for a body weight so low their thighs wouldn’t touch even when they were standing with their feet together.
Transphobes will still hate trans people regardless of how nice we are.
Queerphobes will hate queer people regardless of how nice we are.
Sexists will still hate women regardless of how nice we are.
Racists will still hate people of color regardless…