Sunday Link-Off: Put Out The Flame, The Sham is Over

Greetings once again readers. Happy days are here again! Or, at least, they will be once the closing ceremony is done and the Sochi LOLympics are done for good. Then we can stop pretending that Russia is awesome. It’s not just their domestic policies that are terrible. Just look at their influence in Syria and Ukraine that are causing those countries to self-destruct.

Anyway, it’s Sunday so it’s time to kick the week off with the links. Since the SI Swimsuit Issue came out last week, here’s a little Canadian content with model Kate Bock.

Ukraine has been caught in a tug-of-war between closer ties with the EU and Russia. The government wants Russia. The people, the EU. This is the outcome. (NPR)

And the truce between the Ukrainian government and protesters doesn’t seem to be doing much to calm things. The protesters seem to have taken over Kiev while Yanukovych is on the run. (New York Times)

It’s a sad state of affairs when the media is more interested in who is reporting the news and using that to influence their interpretation of the reporting than they are in what is being reported. News just isn’t going to be the same as it was in the good old days. (Politico)

Have you ever wanted a behind the scenes look at a secret society of the 1%? New York Magazine has a look inside a meeting of the Wall Street chapter of Kappa Beta Phi. (NY Mag)

It might have been called a school but Florida’s Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys was a personal hell for the black children who attended it. (Mother Jones)

Good news! The city of Detroit has a plan to bring itself out of bankruptcy. It doesn’t even involve the old Robocop plan of creating Delta City. Is that the premise behind the new Robocop because that would be pretty timely. (Al Jazeera America)

The NCAA coined the term “student-athlete” not to accurately describe the athletic pursuits of those going to college but to protect themselves from any liability to the so-called student-athletes. And that’s how you solidify a multi-billion dollar business. (Deadspin)

A lot of people think they can make money gambling. Some go so far as to make it their full-time job. But a day in the life of a professional gambler isn’t as easy as you would think. (BuzzFeed)

The Daytona 500 is today. If you ever wondered what it’s like to run on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway at speeds over twice the highway limit, Fox Sports sent a novice to try it out. (Fox Sports Buzzer)

How big is WWE star Daniel Bryan? Even USA Today is covering his cultural influence. (USA Today)

Speaking of the WWE, Hulk Hogan is back, brother. (With Leather)

You know, Fallon is doing decently for himself doing taped skits that he can retake rather than live. Who knew that all he needed was an editor to make him a star? Anyway, here’s that editor making him a star with NBC Evening News’s Brian Williams and Lester Holt doing Rapper’s Delight.

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