Daily Aggregation: Coming Out

daily-aggregation-21. CLIMATE SUMMIT WRAPS UP Speeches and promises, some harsh criticism, some reflectionmore reflection,  and a reminder that Canada’s prime minister is an enemy of global warming action.

2. HUMAN BAGS OF FECES BEHEAD ANOTHER PERSON Unacceptable. Yes, it’s a complicated problem. But for now let’s just enjoy the widespread agreement that Islamic State militants are turds.

3. SOME WEATHER It’s unseasonably warm. (See what I did there?)

4. SIAST NO MORE The college changes its name to Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

5. CONSERVATIVES TALK TOUGH BUT ARE WIMPS ON RUSSIA Our oil-loving government avoids putting sanctions on Russian oil companies because money talks and it told them not to have any principles.

6. CONSERVATIVES STILL HOPELESSLY OUT OF TOUCH ON POT Sigh. Legalize it already.

7. INDIA CONQUERS SPACE Great! I hope the country conquers misogyny next.

8. MAYBE THE U.S. SHOULD NUKE SMALL TOWN AMERICA? No no no, that would be extreme.

9. “FORGET THE STICKS. DIG OUT THE CARROTS” The Leader-Post has a right-on editorial on Regina Transit. I hope the paper remembers it’s “we should invest money in public services” argument the next time someone ponders writing an editorial endorsing smaller government or calling for tax cuts (which  — spoiler alert — pay for public services like transit).

10. “THE DARK GUY IN THE MIDDLE” The Vancouver Sun makes a joke and gets in trouble. Racist? Maybe, but I doubt it. Kinda think it’s the opposite, actually. But given the amount of racism in both society AND hockey, it’s just too soon.

11. ROB FORD’S WILD NIGHT New details on the incident that led to Rob Ford entering rehab. Addiction is a hell of a thing. It’s too bad Ford has been an angry, mean homophobic jackass — he could’ve had a ton of support for his problems. Ultimately, sympathy is better saved for down-and-outers who don’t have the backing of multimillionaire families.

12. GETTING BENT OVER THE iPHONE 6 My next phone apparently bends? Uh oh.

“I’M GAY. GET OVER IT.” A Pennsylvania state senator who wants the state’s hate crime laws expanded to protect LGBT citizens comes all the way out of the closet with style. He’s funny, he’s inspirational and he’s worth 107 seconds of your time. (via Paul Constant at The Stranger)

http://youtu.be/QyT-jmVswbw

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

5 thoughts on “Daily Aggregation: Coming Out”

  1. (2) Tribalism is a curse.
    (3) Get out there and dig up your carrots while the ground is (reasonably) dry!
    (4) “SaskPoly” just doesn’t sing like “SIAST”.
    (7) Unfortunately, that old sexist wheeze “If they can put a man on the moon, why can’t they put all of them there?” does not exactly apply, here.
    (8) Free speech, no matter how stupid, is still constitutionally protected.
    (10) How old was the guy who wrote that cutline?
    (11) Either you support those who seek help for addiction, or you don’t. Your opinion of the “worth” of those individuals is irrelevant.

  2. #9 – Bus-ted
    It is worth mentioning that the author of this Leader Post article does not have a hot clue what is going on at the University of Regina Students’ UNION (not Students’ “Association” as they mistakenly call it) regarding the U-Pass plans. The author quite boldly spouts off complete misinformation, claiming that “students – including those who either live on campus or nearby – or who come into the city daily from rural areas and thus have no need for public transit-” would be forced to pay for U-Pass. Wrong. Just like most U-Passes at Universities across the country, U of R’s U-Pass will have opt-outs for students whose circumstances negate their need for the U-Pass. The U-Pass at the U of R will have opt-out clauses for students living outside of the City limits, students living on campus, as well as other opt-out clauses. Just because someone’s piece gets printed in the Leader Post does not mean that the author has done their homework.

  3. David: Thanks for the comment: good reminder that details matter. One extremely minor quibble: The L-P used “students association” as a synonym, not a proper name, so they’re on firm enough ground. It’s reasonable to call URSU a students association.

  4. 8) interesting…. being from CO I found it odd that they had a story from Yuma and video from Boulder imbedded? If you watch the video you’ll see the contrast between the largely ultra-conservative small town US and Boulder which a primarily left leaning university town. If you asked people in Denver you’d get something in between. But yes, nuking small town America is probably a little too extreme.

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