Threads for Thursday
"Cleveland's #1! ...In Sports Misery," announces HuffPostLive's Patrick McMenamin, sharing the New York Times' ranking of the most cursed sports cities in America (2,700+ shares and counting). McMenamin adds, "Paging @marclamonthill - Philly is #7, your conscience is clear! Go Cavs!" Cleveland certainly has earned its first-place ranking, although it comes as no surprise to natives who know the city has gone 147 seasons without a national title. "Need proof that #CLE deserves the championship?" NYT's Erik Piepenburg pointedly asks. Meanwhile, Matt Calkins of U-T San Diego wonders, "Only the FOURTH most cursed sports city? Should San Diegans be insulted?" Charles Homans with the New York Times Magazine argues that the list also provides "Proof that Boston is the most unjustifiably whiny city in America." No kidding--in a separate article, the Times just named Boston together with Pittsburgh as America's most successful sports cities.
Cleveland may yet have its day, but today we are offering a eulogy for Politwoops, the site that tracked tweets deleted by politicians and that just been laid to rest by Twitter. "So which member of Congress pressured Twitter to kill Politwoops?" wonders Huffington Post's Igor Bobic. While hunting for hackers, the N.S.A. has been secretly expanding Internet spying at the U.S. border. "The most important part of USA Freedom Act may be declassifying FISA court orders that re-interpret laws in secret," concludes Trevor Timm with the Guardian US. Relatedly, here's VICE's Jason Leopold on Washington's quest to bring down Snowden.
Before we wrap this up, you should also know: Gawker Media officially voted to unionize, MIss Piggy just wrote a column about why she is a feminist pig, and Barnard College has just joined the ranks of women's colleges that will accept transgender women. "It's been discussed in theory, but NYT just used 'Mx.' as an honorific for a trans person," notices Jesse Sheidlower.