Sunday Link-Off: The LOLympic Dream

kate-mara-gq14-02We’ve reached the midpoint of the Sochi LOLympics and I understand that Canada is doing well which is nice. On the other hand, I’m mildly perturbed that people don’t take my boycott and the reasons for it seriously. Mostly family and coworkers at my day job but it’s still discouraging that sports trumps the rights of gays, dogs and the people of both Syria and Sochi.

Anyway, I suppose that since it’s Sunday, we should do the links. Let’s start with Kate Mara. You know, I really should watch House of Cards.

The US Labour Secretary has a good point. How can some smaller companies thrive despite paying livable wages while the big ones who make a mint thanks to low wages say they’ll go under if minimum wage gets to a livable level? (Daily Kos)

Subscribers to Newt Gingrich’s email list get an odd assortment of “news items” sent to them. These include stories about alleged cancer cures, Obama’s secret mistress (it’s Beyonce like the tabloids already told us so it’s not a secret) and The Illuminati. And you wonder why many people consider the GOP to be a laughing-stock. (Media Matters)

It’s kind of amazing how quickly a story disappears. One year ago, a kid on Facebook made a joke about shooting a school. He was quickly arrested because some people don’t have senses of humour. Now, he faces 10 years in prison. I know that’s a sensitive topic but some people just take life way too damn seriously. (Dallas Observer)

After a rocky launch, it looks as though the Affordable Care Act is starting to work.  This could swing the conversation at election time this fall. (Washington Post)

Sports Illustrated’s stories about how NFL execs reacted to Michael Sam coming out as openly gay played right to the typical NFL stereotypes. Suddenly, the New York Times, ESPN and OutSports were no longer leading the coverage of the Michael Sam story that they broke the news of. SI used shoddy reporting and sensationalist writing to twist Michael Sam into their story. (Slate)

After hockey, Canada’s most popular winter sport is curling. So how is the comparatively slow-paced chess on ice Canada’s second most popular ice sport? (Deadspin)

Drake has gone Justin Bieber stupid. He is cursing the media and swearing off magazine interviews because he was bumped from the Rolling Stone cover for a tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman. That’s a pretty petty attitude. On behalf of Canadians, I call for his citizenship to be rescinded. (HyperVocal)

In good Canadian news, Ellen Page came out as gay this weekend. Here’s someone Canadians should be proud of. (Gawker)

In the new age of social media and instant feedback, is the old spoiler alert dead? (Fast Co)

Paula Deen might be off TV for now but that doesn’t mean that she isn’t famous. She’s still popular enough to have her own celebrity cruise. (Gawker)

“Again.” – Herb Brooks

This weekend, we got a new OSW Review with a ECW-themed theme song.

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