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Trash Protests and Leninopad

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“I’m for sure way more powerful than you are.”

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I’ve encountered a lot of interesting people in my seven years of blogging. But none have been as flamboyant as the infamous La Russophobe. Here’s an email that I received  from Ms. Zigfeld this evening that proves why:

Dear Sean,
In a recent blog post, you called for Yulia Latynina to lose her job. Not that, of course, you have even 10% of the kind of influence that would be needed to make that happen, or that she or her employer even know who you are, but I think that if you review these posts calmly you’ll perhaps see they are childish, bitter, petty and ought to be beneath you.  They make both you and your university look bad.  The mere fact that you have the time to devote to such drivel does so, to say nothing of the wretched content.  Yulia risks her life exactly the way Politkovskaya did, and she is published by editors who are among the bravest and most important of any editors of any newspaper at any time in world history.  Your comments are grossly disrespectful of their judgment and the risks she is taking. You are not qualified to pass judgment on them, to say the least. Worst of all, you didn’t even see fit to call for Zhirinovsky to lose his job, which clearly establishes that this is a personal thing you have with Yulia.  She didn’t even make a factual mistake, she just expressed an opinion that turned out to be bogus, and she owned up to it. It’s not a basis for her to be fired, just that simple.
So here’s what: I’m giving you one week to reconsider, apologize for going too far and admit she should not be fired.  If you don’t, I’m going to call for you to be fired.  In my view, I have more ammunition that you did in regard to Yulia. And I’m for sure way more powerful than you are.

As the great Stan “The Man” Lee often says, “Nuff said.”

Here’s a screen shot as proof of the missive’s authenticity. I’ve removed our respective emails.