Six In The Evening

6 in the EveningYour end of work-day news round-up. Because I didn’t write this this a.m. Because I was busy, all right? Sheesh.

1 FEDS HIKE SEAL QUOTAS Here’s a shock: I don’t like the seal hunt. I dislike it just like I dislike deer hunting, fur hunting, bear hunting, moose hunting, domestic cow, pig and sheep hunting and pretty much any kind of animal killing (except for fish–they must die because they are too delicious to live.) Just because I don’t like it, however, does not make it wrong. In my book there are only a couple reasons you put the brakes on animal hunting: 1.) when an endangered or threatened species is involved 2.) when it’s just too disgusting, like say hunting dogs, house cats, dolphins, apes or tame lions, and 3.) if the way the animals are killed is cruel (like, above and beyond the fact that the animals ARE KILLED). If seals aren’t endangered, and my understanding is that they’re not, and if the majority of humans don’t find the hunt grievously objectionable on emotional grounds, which might be a close call, and if killing them isn’t especially cruel, and I suppose there’s some debate around this, then, well, it’s maybe… not… wrong.

But even if they’re right, the Conservatives are still being belligerent.

2 SPEAKING OF STEPHEN HARPER’S CONSERVATIVES What a bunch of hooligans. Here’s what they’re wrong about today. They talk a lot about being “tough on crime”, but the government’s own studies show that approach doesn’t work (Toronto Star). They’ve sneakily slashing funding to organizations like libraries that provide public Internet (Toronto Star). They’re being wieners on a daily basis in question period (Globe And Mail), and they continue to be jackasses on the Afghan detainee file (CBC). The North West Territories have warmer and wackier weather but the party is infested with idiots, ignoramuses and petroleum pushers who don’t get it, don’t care and are actively hostile to facts and research–in fact, THEY’RE MAKING SCIENTISTS ASK FOR PERMISSION BEFORE THEY TALK TO REPORTERS (Toronto Star, Leader-Post). This government is terrible. That is a FACT. Vote. Them. Out!

3 FORK IT OVER, COLIN THATCHER A judge orders convicted murderer Colin Thatcher to turn over profits from his nasty little book on how he was framed for a murder he didn’t commit (CBC). Also, this seems like a good time to link to a reasonable article about how this law is stupid (Ottawa Sun).

4 MAKING FRIENDS AND INFLUENCING PEOPLE This building settlements in East Jerusalem no matter what anyone thinks deal of Israel’s? Diplomats are saying it’s the worst rift in U.S./Israeli diplomatic relations in 35 years. But Israel is apparently not backing down (New York Times).

5 RIOTS IN THAILAND AND CRAZY IN NEW YORK Bangkok protesters who want a different leader are marching around in a disruptive display of near-amokness (Washington Post). Meanwhile in a seemingly–SEEMINGLY–unrelated development, some at Fox news worry that their crazyman pundit is hurting the news network’s credibility. Are these two events unrelated? It looks like they are, but if we pull out some felt markers and a whiteboard and draw some flow charts, we can start to see this is all about liberty and socialism and about churches that talk about social justice being run by Nazis and, has anyone pointed out lately that Glenn Beck is a fucking lunatic?

6 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DOT COM! Twenty-five years ago, the first URL ending in .com arrived on the Internet. Now, there’s like hundreds! Maybe even THOUSANDS! (BBC)

Death Race 2010 Update

Here’s a link to an article that ran in the Toronto alt-weekly Now a couple of weeks ago. In the first month and a bit of 2010 in Toronto 14 pedestrians were run over and killed by automobiles. That’s insane.

Even in Regina, I find, it requires a fair bit of vigor and traffic sense to survive as a pedestrian. That’s summer and winter. Any season, really. Although winter is definitely the worst with all the ice and snowbanks. In Toronto, with the sheer volume of traffic, and the number of large roadways to accommodate commuter traffic, it’s obviously a much more deadly challenge.

And yes all you die-hard motorists out there, I’m well aware that in some instances the pedestrian who died was likely at fault for jaywalking or entering a crosswalk when the walk light wasn’t on or whatever. But come on, 14 people killed in maybe 35 days?

Cities, geographically, are too big. People are too strapped for time and are always in a rush (although they also need to stop cramming too much stuff into their days). When they’re behind the wheel, drivers are way too distracted by a whole pile of things from food and drink to cell-phones and entertainment systems. We have a car culture. Our cities are designed to facilitate the movement of cars, not pedestrians (or cyclists). Anyone, really, who tries to get around other than in a private motor vehicle. 

In the article, the authors advocate reducing the standard municipal speed limit below 50 k.p.h. to slow traffic and enable pedestrians to both navigate the streets better, plus enjoy a higher survival rate if they do happen to get hit.

Works for me. As a start, anyway.

Six In The Morning: FNUniv, Mississipi Proms, Oilberta

1 TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations made governance concessions and politicians, faculty and staff flew to Ottawa to plea for the reversal of cuts but the feds say First Nations University’s federal funding won’t be restored. (CBC)

The Leader-Post has a good interview with Randy Lundy, who tears a pretty good-sized strip off  government.

2 SASK PARTY 9-11 FLYER DRAWS FLAK FROM STATES Grunt. (StarPhoenix) Well, this is what happens when your communications is handled by visually illiterate incompetents. You get bad press. Design is important, people.

3 CANADA CRITICISES ISRAELI SETTLEMENT You know it’s really not good when Canada’s extremely pro-Israeli federal government feels obliged to complain about something Israel’s doing. (Toronto Star)

4 MISSISSIPPI: STILL A BIGOTED, BRAIN-DEAD BACKWATER A school cancels a prom rather than let a lesbian grad take her date. The student’s suing. What are the odds she’ll be living in that state in two years? The school’s decision is moronic,mean-spirited, frankly dangerous and generally just awful. (The Stranger)

5 EUROPEAN UNION STEPS IN TO SAVE GREECE Greece has been a clusterfuck lately. The country’s finances are a mess but the government’s budget cuts have sparked near-revolts. Here’s the latest. (The Guardian)

6 OIL GIANTS BEAT ALBERTA DOWN Ed Stelmach’s government slashes royalty rates to appease the blackmailing, bullying gas giants (Calgary Herald). Maybe big oil should just officially field a political party or better yet, a royal family. Albertans would probably support that. That province is absolutely ridiculous.

Rosie LaRose’s Top 6: Sask Party Oopsies, Government Spending, Chiropractors

1 SASK PARTY’S 9-11 BOO-BOO  Nancy Hoeppner, you should be Keith Olberman’s next Worst Person In The World. Oh, if you were only important enough (Globe and Mail).

2 YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK Yes, the Conservatives really watch government spending … (Toronto Star)

3 RECALIBRATION MY AUNT FANNY We don’t seem to like anybody. My bet is that the federal Liberals are waiting for Justin Trudeau to run for the leadership. (Globe and Mail).

4 TOUGH ON CRIME? SURE… Let me get this straight.  A male who’s not white gets pulled over by the cops after speeding and drinking while driving and doesn’t get tasered? And Rahim Jaffer gets charges of cocaine possession dropped? So much for Stephen Harer’s tough-on-crime, tough-on-drugs philosophy … (Toronto Star) Meanwhile, Buckdog the Saskatchewan blogger takes a trip down Memory Lane With Jaffer … (Buckdog)

5 REMEMBER WHEN SASKATCHEWAN WASN’T BROKE? Chiropractors in the province do … (CBC Saskatchewan)

6 NO RELATION AT ALL  Seriously. (CBC)

RPL Open House

Tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the Regina Public Library will be holding an open house at the Core Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre (445-14th Ave) to gather input from area residents and other interested Reginans on design concepts for the new Prince of Wales branch. To help create a cluster of community services in a convenient location, the new library will be built as an addition to the Core Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre (that’s a photographic rendering of the new facility above). Construction is expected to begin later this year.  For more info call 777-6114.

Six In The Morning: Science, Sanctions, Aussie Creeps, Corey

I’m out of the office today after a fun, character-building working weekend and long-ish Monday and Tuesday. Hooray for me! But just because I’m not there doesn’t mean there’s no news to post links to. The news does not stop because one dude has a time-in-lieu Wednesday. And Dog Blog hungers for news. This dog must be fed!

1 TRY DOING YOUR FANCY CLIMATE SCIENCE WITHOUT MONEY, FREELOADERS The Conservative government, which either doesn’t believe in or doesn’t care about climate change, has effectively destroyed an important climate research team. (Globe And Mail) Yeah. This is the Tories: “You can’t bother us with your “science” if we take your money away, nyah nyah.”

2 FSIN/FNUniv DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT, FINALLY The Federation  of Saskatchewan Indian Nations asks the U of R to manage its money. Time to restore funding. (CBC)

3 AUSSIE THUGS BEAT CANADIAN IN WHEELCHAIR Assholes! (Toronto Star)

4 ANOTHER STADIUM PITCH Read all about it. (Leader-Post)

5 LOG ON… TO FREEDOM! The United States removes Internet sanctions on several countries including Cuba. (Guardian)

6 RIP COREY HAIM Drug addiction sucks. (TMZ)

Six In The Morning: Jobless Future, War On Science, Palin

1. JOBS NOT PART OF CANADIAN RECOVERY: Thanks in part to Stockwell Day’s slash and burn approach to employee relations, last year’s lone source of new jobs — the public sector — just dried up. If the economy recovers at all in 2010, it’ll do so without boosting employment. Thanks for the help during tough times, Stock. I thought your government’s goal was to get people back to work? (Globe and Mail)

2. BOOKSELLERS BRACE FOR AMAZON INVASION: Canadian booksellers are calling on the Heritage Minister to halt Amazon’s plans to open a distribution hub here. (Globe and Mail)

3. SORRY KID, YOUR SCHOLARSHIP’S BEEN FNUC’ED: Looks like the FNUniv administration was dipping into scholarship funds when their general coffers were low. Advanced education minister, Rob Norris, is asking the Ministry of Justice to look into $400,000 missing in scholarship funds. (Leader Post)

4. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, WOMEN… LOVE, BRAD WALL: Whitworth is telling me that on CBC radio this morning they reported that today, the day after International Women’s Day, the Sask Party government canceled a domestic violence program in Saskatoon. Nothing’s up on their website yet. Oh lookit, the Star Phoenix has it covered. (Star Phoenix)

5. CREATIONISTS AND GLOBAL WARMING DENIERS COMING TOGETHER AT LAST: This is from last week but worth reading. Creationists in the States are using the public’s growing doubts about climate change to help shoe horn their batshit crazy ideas about people living with dinosaurs in the garden of eden into science classrooms. That creationists find the arguments of climate deniers compelling really should be the final nail in the denier’s coffin. Think it’ll work out that way? Yeah, me neither. (New York Times)

6. WE’LL SWAP YOU ONE DANNY WILLIAMS FOR YOUR SARAH PALIN: She probably just wanted to be liked, you know, when she admitted before a crowd in Calgary that when she was younger her family would scoot across the border to get treatment from the Canadian healthcare system she now vilifies. Liberal bloggers and pundits in the States are tearing her apart for it. Poor kid. Isn’t it cute how she’s pretending to run for president.This Hour Has 22 Minutes can do the rest of the heavy lifting on this story. Go get her, Marge!

Six In The Morning

1 HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Canada ranks 50th in female politicians world-wide. Maybe we need some affirmative action? (Toronto Star) 

2 UH OH, HERE WE GO? When politicians say their next budget will “be about getting government spending under control, reducing the size of government,” it’s bad, bad, bad, bad. (CBC)  Saskatchewan NEEDS public spending: schools, libraries, hospitals, roads, welfare and arts and culture benifit us all and need to be supported. Big government is not the problem. BAD government is the problem. Let’s hope we don’t have one here. The Saskatchewan Legislature returns today.

3 THE CUTS COMETH  Treasury Board president Stockwell Day, a radical Christian who for some reason wields massivepolitical power in this country, just vapourized 245 positions on government boards and agencies. As usual, arts and culture takes a hit. Observation:  in the photo with the article he totally looks like Star Wars’ Galactic Emperor Palpitine, who once famously dissolved elected government and gave power to regional strongmen who answered to him. UPDATE: Holy crap, while I was writing this the Globe totally swapped out the awesome photo for a less sinister pic of Day. But he STILL looks like the Emperor. (Globe And Mail)

4 CANADIAN SPIES QUESTIONED CAPTIVES I had no idea people thought CSIS agents wouldn’t have questioned  Afghan POWs. Regardless, story’s here. (Toronto Star)

5 THE OSCARS HAPPENED And for the first time ever a female director won a shiny statue. Also, too bad they forgot to mention Farrah Fawcett in ths memorium section. Ebert writes on the awards here. (Roger Ebert)

6  PART OF THIS STORY IS MISSING A Regina woman is in hiding after her home was torched and pet cat killed while she was in the hospital giving birth. The story doesn’t say anything about this (because it’s, you know, journalism, not, ahem, reckless speculation), but anyone want to calculate the odds that an angry, disturbed and jealous man is involved? Happy International Women’s Day. (CBC)

The Coca-Cola Case

March 11 at 4 p.m., the National Film Board documentary The Coca-Cola Case is being screened at the University of Regina in the new theatre in the Lab Building. Written and produced by German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia, the film serves as a devastating indictment of the Atlanta-based multi-national for its union-busting activities in Columbia, and Guatemala that includes the funding of para-military groups in those countries who intimidate and even assassinate union leaders. According to the filmmakers, since 2002 over 470 labour activists have been brutally murdered. Here’s the trailer (YouTube)

University News

You got any plans for next Tuesday? If not, and even if you do, consider dropping by the Multi-Purpose Room at Riddell Centre between 7-9 p.m. as the University of Regina kicks off a process to develop a new Campus Master Plan that will guide development at the university for the next five years and beyond.

In a press release, U of R president Vianne Timmons (pictured) said “As part of the community, the University of Regina always welcomes comments from the public. The reason for doing a Campus Master Plan is so the university can meet the changing needs of students, staff, faculty and the larger community in the years to come.”

Accessibility and sustainability are only two of many issues that will be looked at. The target for completing the plan is December 2010, with implementation to begin in 2011. For more info see: www.uregina.ca/physplnt/masterplan

Six In The Morning

Dog Blog’s morning news round-up, which has probably never, ever actually been posted at 6:00 a.m.

1 BUDGET! “Steady Budget Offers few Surprises”, says CBC. “Hope Keeps Flaherty’s Balanced Budget Afloat“, says the Globe And Mail. “This Budget Will Set Conservative Hearts Aglow“, says the Toronto Star’s Chantal Hébert. “Feds Aim For 17.6 Billion In Savings Over five Years“, says the Leader-Post.

2 MORE BUDGET! Saskatchewan’s Finance minister ironically says the federal budget is marred by wishful thinking on revenues. (I like the fact Gantefoer acknowledges the irony. Yes, he had to, I know. I still like it. I like it when politicians admit their screw-ups — makes them seem human.)

3 STILL MORE BUDGET “Canada’s Wind Energy Sector Laments Loss of Incentives” says the Leader-Post. “PM Gambles that Voters care About The Deficit, Little Else” says the Globe’s John Ibbitsion.

4 JAPAN WON’T JOIN TUNA BAN “There is no choice for the Japanese government. We Japanese eat tuna,” says one Japanese wholesaler. (Washington Post) Well here’s a thought, moron: let’s just fucking eat all the bluefin tuna and then it will be gone forever. How’s that sound Japan, you fucking idiots?

5 VATICAN GAY SEX SCANDAL A “Gentleman Of His Holiness”–yes, that’s apparently a job title–was busted for negotiating with a male prostitute. Huh there’s a shock, closeted gays in the Catholic Church. (Guardian)

6 DID YOU HEAR? A GUNMAN WAS KILLED TRYING TO ENTER THE PENTAGON LAST NIGHT. So, an angry white nutter who believed the U.S. government was behind the 9-11 attacks turns to armed, anti-government violence. (He was a marijuana user too–so much for the cliche of the mellow pothead.) (Washington Post) What did I just say?

Six In The Morning

1 STADIUM STADIUM STADIUM STADIUM The Leader-Post has nine (!!!) stories on their website right now on the proposed downtown stadium. Judging from their headlines, most seem generally positive and excited. Us? We range from conditionally pro-stadium (me and POSSIBLY Rosie, I think) to undeclared and mysterious (Greg) to hostile (pretty much everyone else.) Links here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. (Leader-Post)

2 IT’S BUDGET DAY Here’s the link to the Globe’scoverage . Nice to see the paper’s pulled in Tom Flanagan, who’s kind of like Canada’s Karl Rove, to answer budget questions from readers. Barrrrf. (Globe And Mail)

3 OUT ON HIS ASPER Izzy’s son David officially cedes control of CanWest. (Winnipeg Free Press). Confidential note to Mr. D.: So prairie dog’s now outlasted Conrad Black andthe Asper brood. High five!

4 SASK PHARMACISTS CAN DO MORE When your doctor’s on vacation they can give you a prescription refill, plus there’s a few other things. Sounds reasonable. (CBC)

5 ALLEGED NUDE DUDE IN COURT And he’s not happy. (CBC)

6 ONLY WHINY SISSIES HAVE TEA PARTIES A new American political movement takes their caffeine without crumpets, thanks. (Guardian)

Six In The (Barely) Morning

1 THEY’RE BAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK Federal politicians return from their Harper holiday with a big fat 6000 word throne speech. (CBC)

2 NO PANTS RAMPAGE Nude dude invades mayor’s office, Fiacco said to  unharmed. (CBC)

3 TORIES PLAY PARTISAN POLITICS WITH RIGHTS AGENCY PICK Story here. The three sitting opposition parties don’t like the guy the Tories appointed to run this very divided and troubled funding agency. (Globe And Mail)

4 GAY MARRIAGE: D.C. JOINS 21ST CENTURY Hooray! (Washington Post)

5 WILD TIGER CUB DISCOVERY END IN DEATH AND CENSORSHIP Blah. Here’s an idea, lets not have six billion people elbowing every wild thing on the planet out of the way. Sheesh. (Guardian)

6 THE STUPIDEST SIGNS IN CANADA. Wow. This baffling bunch of no-parking signs is hi-LAWR-iously awful. It should win international awards for badness. (Canada.com)

Four in the Afternoon: Dome Stadium, Closeting Gays and Mediocre TV

Whoops. Was supposed to do a Six in the AM this AM and completely forgot. So, after receiving a chastising e-mail from Whitworth, here I am with my first Four in the Afternoon on the new blog.

1. THE “FEASIBLE” DOME: The consultants announced yesterday that a new covered stadium would be feasible for downtown Regina. And while reps from the city, provincial and federal governments were in attendance, no one would commit any money to the project at this time. In fact, figuring out how to pay for the initial construction has yet to be worked out. Which makes me wonder how they can say it’s “feasible” if they haven’t even worked out if they can pay for it. What did they spend that million bucks working out exactly? Oh yeah, how much it’ll cost. Which, as it turns out is not the $350 million we were all initially told. If we get the non-retractable dome version, the price comes in at $386 million, the retractable dome version is $431 million. And you know what, projects like this never come in under budget. Never. Never. Never. So we’re looking at at least half a billion dollars spent on a sports stadium. And, realistically, much more than that. Do you know how much we could accomplish if the three levels of government and private industry threw that kind of cash into our libraries? Our downtown? Our civic infrastructure? The mind boggles.

Oh, also, some of the ways they’re considering paying for this seems to be using cash from the casinos or from some new lottery. Meanwhile, on CBC this morning, they were talking about how post-secondary students are increasingly suffering from gambling addictions. Great. So we’re going to get a stadium by making students pay for it. Not to mention all the other poor saps who blow their pay cheques in the casinos and on scratch tickets. (Leader Post)

2. “PSST, THEY’RE NEW HERE. DON’T MENTION THE GAYS.” Our Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, pulled any mention of gay rights from the study guide given out to new immigrants to Canada. Now why would he do that, I wonder? Kenney, by the way, fought hard against gay marriage back in the day. But I’m sure his personal feelings had nothing to do with it. (Globe and Mail)

3. POLLEY TAKES NAME OFF FLICK: When she discovered a short-film she’d made for the Heart and Stroke Foundation to promote women’s heart-health would also be used to promote Becel Margarine, Sarah Polley, the activist/actor/director, announced she’d rather not be associated with it. (Globe and Mail)

4. MORE REPUBLIC OF DOYLE: The CBC is announcing that the makers of CBC series, Republic of Doyle, are cheered to learn their series has been renewed. Good for them. Still, on a lark, I watched an episode of this show last night (on my computer). Wow, did that ever take me back. It reminds me of all those 70s and 80s PI shows like Spencer for Hire or Rockford Files. And I’m not sure if I needed or wanted reminding. My wife thought the show had to be a parody because, she reasoned, the writers couldn’t possibly believe that what they’d made was a high quality program. My wife hasn’t watched nearly as much television as I have. (CBC)

Six In The Morning

Your (week-)daily morning news update and linkapalooza.

1 CANADA SETS MEDAL RECORD I know eh?

2 CHILE HIT BY THREE AFTERSHOCKS The country is in shambles after an Armageddon-class 8.8 magnitude earthquake smote it on Saturday. Sounds like there’s been a wise decision to recognize the difference between looters and quake victims just trying to find urgently-needed provisions, so that’s good. Our thoughts go to the nation’s people. Read more by clicking on this link. (New York Times)

3 ROGUE OVER The Olympics are done and parliament is back Wednesday for the throne speech. There’s a lot to talk about. One really ominous quote in that Toronto Star article is from Ralph Goodale. who says the Conservatives “”want to cripple the fiscal framework. That is a deliberate strategy.” Well, he’s a politician playing politics but he’s also 100 per cent right. Taxes have been cut to a level that doesn’t support spending. It’s called a structural deficit–and the nice thing about structural deficits for government-hating politicians is they give you an excuse to trash spending. bad bad bad stuff. One thing that’s different from a few months ago: it’s not likely we’ll have an election anytime soon. (Toronto Star)

4 SASK GOVERNMENT REACHES TENTATIVE DEAL WITH GOVERNMENT WORKER’S UNION Well, good! (Leader-Post)

5 EBERT SPEAKS?!? Apparently some software wizards have built a program that will let Roger Ebert “talk”using a “voice” rebuilt from samples of his own, pre-cancer surgery voice. I love this! This is news from a world I actually want to live in. (Associated Press/CBC) 

6 MEANWHILE IN U.S. HEALTH CARE Wondering where that’s all at? Here’s a ginormous article you can read. I got three graphs in myself, I’ll have to come back to it later.  Dudes! I’m busy here! (TPM)

FOOTNOTE: This Six In The Morning was written while I was blowing out my ears with the New Pornographers. The superstar mostly-Canadian band (prominent players are Carl Newman, Dan Bejar and honourary Canadian Neko Case) has a new disc coming out this spring, too. Yeehaw!


The New Pornographers – All For Swinging You Around
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Six In The Morning

 

Your daily Dog Blog a.m. news round up. Today’s episode is brought to you by the letters J, X and the number seven. 

1 WE WERE JUST SAYING, YOU GUYS After 55 EA contracts were not renewed, there were reports that Saskatchewan’s government was planning massive cuts to educational assistant jobs–from over 3,000 to around 800. Nope, says Minister Ken Krawetz. Just the regular government doing its job and exploring options thing. (CBC)

2 THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR TEAM AND THEIR TEAM When UN climate experts make mistakes there’s an independent review. When climate liars get facts wrong and take money from oil-funded think tanks, uhhh, wait. Does anything happen to them? (Guardian)

3 MEANWHILE IN CANADA Maxime Bernier, who you may remember as the the guy who leaves secret documents at his biker-moll girlfriend’s house, says climate change worries are over-rated (Globe And Mail). A (translated) quote from the letter Bernier sent to La Presse newspaper: “It would certainly be irresponsible to spend billions of dollars and impose exaggeratedly severe regulations to solve a problem whose gravity we’re still far from discerning.” This is of course factually wrong (Guardian) and I can’t see how he’s not either 1.) an idiot and a dangerous fool or  2.) a sleazy, lying energy industry stooge. But anyway. He’s way off message here. But the Tory bloggers apparently love him for saying this. And that means trouble for Stephen Harper. (Globe And Mail)

4 MEANWHILE IN REALITY An iceberg the size of Luxemborg broke off a south pole glacier today. Could disrupt ocean currents apparently. But we don’t need currents. That’s all socialist elitist science-talk. (Reuters)

5 IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Some recent news that didn’t get blogged: another beauty queen contestant is against gay marriage because God said the gays are abominations who will die (Salon), the state of Utah is about to criminalize miscarriages (Jezebel.com) and a Christian politician introduced a bill to ban abortions in Florida (Tallahassee.com).

6 NO BRIDGET, MY SISTER IS NOT CRAZY She really did see a big, weird, green light swooshing through the early morning Winnpeg sky yesterday. (Winnipeg Free Press)