There’s secession afoot amid La Boule NY, the 40-year-old group devoted to the French bocce-like game of pétanque, or boules. About eight top players, almost all of French origin, are leaving the roughly 130-member club to form New York Pétanque Club. At least a few of of the rebels will be on the U.S. team in the pétanque world championships in Taiwan next year. Splinter-group leader Jean-Pierre Subrenat says the old, multiethnic group is too much a social club to really focus on the ball-rolling. The new club, which is laying down new gravel courts in Prospect Park, likely won’t remain all-French, he says, but adds, “Let’s not forget it’s a French game. If it was a group equal to us in France playing baseball, you would have more Americans than French.” But Ernesto Santos, who heads the original club, says that only about half of the defectors are superior. “It’s a French game but it’s also international,” he says. “The biggest growth is in Southeast Asia.” A lot of the French players here never even played in France, he says. “They were intimidated. But now they’ve taken it up as a coming-back-to-their-culture thing.”
Facebook didn’t tiptoe to avoid poking the bear on the left. They went right up to the bear and stabbed it repeatedly. And then goaded the right’s bear to join in the stabbing.
The power of leftist outrage mobs has been well-discussed. The power of conservative outrage mobs to affect corporate and political policy, even from left-leaning organizations, is arguably less acknowledged.
In no small part to placate the right, the liberal company Facebook misled the nation again and again about the nature of Russian interference in the election. They repeatedly fed right wing conspiracies while waving away criticism from the left. It’s hard to see how an ardently Trumpist company could do much better.