Daily Aggregation – Epic 8-Bit Music Edition

daily-aggregation-21. PLANS FOR SASK DEMOCRACY MUSEUM The NDP is criticizing the Saskatchewan government for spending money on a museum of politics over other priorities like health care or education. NDP leader Cam Broten argues other museums could cover the same area, but don’t have the funding.

2. WOMEN SPEAK OUT ABOUT DANGERS OF LITERARY INDUSTRY Like many industries, the literary world isn’t free from problems of sexism and abuse either. Poet Emma Healy shares her story.

3. RUDDY SPEAKS ABOUT BARBERSHOP EXPERIENCE Speaking about sexism and abuse, Evie Ruddy spoke at the YWCA and Big Sisters’s Power of Being a Girl conference on Thursday. She talked about the attacks and threats she suffered from criticizing Ragged Ass Barbers for refusing service, due to her being a woman and despite wanting a man’s haircut style.

4. MARS MAY KILL POTENTIAL COLONISTS QUICKLY A feasibility study shows the first human will die of suffocation in 68 days without some way to produce nitrogen – of course, such a machine would be too heavy to land onto the planet’s surface. Couldn’t it be dropped in pieces? Or would the colonists suffocate before they could build it? The 26 month delay on supplies probably doesn’t help either.

5. THE COSTS OF POVERTY Though poverty levels are down in Saskatchewan, those in poverty are faring worse than before, according to a recent report.

6. ZOMBIES OF THE BUREAUCRATIC KIND Prime Minister Stephen Harper is decrying attempts to ressurect the long-gun registry by “bureaucratic” means.

7. WORLD WAR E The author of World War Z explains why people don’t have to worry about the ebola outbreak escalating in the same way.

8. THE CONNECTION BETWEEN NIXON AND MR. BURNS Voice actor for The Simpsons and Spinal Tap bassist Harry Shearer is impersonating Richard Nixon for a Youtube series, while using the former president’s actual secret audio recordings. Yes, that’s happening. Here’s why.

Mainly because a good portion of my brain is old video games – for my portion of the daily aggregation, I’m now going to show off a piece of sweet video game music every week. We’re starting off with a classic, heroic piece that’ll get you fired up for anything: saving the world, heading to work or maybe just changing a really rank diaper. Here’s from Dr. Wily Stage 1 from Mega Man 2 on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES):

Author: Bryn Hadubiak

Bryn is a University of Regina Journalism student in his final year, moonlighting as a freelancer. He also writes fiction and poems, does photography and knows way too much about old video games.

6 thoughts on “Daily Aggregation – Epic 8-Bit Music Edition”

  1. 1) Doubt the NDP will make any headway trying to generate controversy for of all things a museum.
    2) Well said.
    3) Agree on the part that Ruddy shouldn’t have received death threats. She played the role of a stereotypical grievance collector & many people don’t like that.
    4) Did anyone not say the first upcoming Mars mission wouldn’t have risks and unforeseen circumstances? The first colonists will be seen as pioneers and heroes regardless.
    5) Blending the good news in with the bad?
    6) It’s gone for a reason. To bring it back again would be another waste of tax $.
    7) Agreed. Movies are overdramatic.
    8) Love Harry Shearer! Mr. Burns!
    This is a great idea. Look forward to more old classic game tunes.

  2. (2) It’s still a mystery to me that young women in particular continue to walk into predators’ traps. Why, I wonder, didn’t Ms. Healy listen to her roommate? Why was she unable to pick up on signals, not only from the predator but also from others who knew what was up? Why did she continue to allow herself to get into situations such as she described when she knew from experience that alcohol consumption would put her at a terrible disadvantage?

  3. Dear Grumpy: not at all. I’m pointing out that she received warnings but ignored them; she says so herself. She persisted in behaviour that left her open to exploitation, which she also acknowledges. None of this lets the predator off the hook, but it’s frustrating to me as a woman and a parent that his abuse should have been made so much easier.

  4. A quote from Healy’s article:

    “Every time we treat issues of abuse as black-and-white – every time we ask a woman why she didn’t just leave the apartment or the relationship, why she didn’t just call the police, how she didn’t see it coming; every time we tell her not to feed the trolls or that she has no real proof or ask why she’d allow herself to be bullied by someone so insignificant in the first place – every time we do these things, no matter what our intentions, we are complicit in the systems that allow predatory individuals to thrive in small communities. Abusers whose power and influence seem relatively minor are often the most dangerous kind, since the people around them who can afford to ignore their behavior will do so until something drastic forces them to act, while those who have something to lose at their hands will continue to stay silent. A man who’s “no big deal” can still ruin your reputation. A man who’s “no threat” can still leave marks. A man who “doesn’t matter” can still set fire to your life and then walk away whistling.”

    It’s easy to look in hindsight or from a distance and say, “she should’ve done this,” but being in situations like this yourself, rarely does one get such an advantage. Life is a complicated thing, and we humans are prone to overanalysis, irrationality and a number of other psychological hiccups – making a decision isn’t always clean cut.

  5. The quote and your following comment don’t jibe. Ms. Healy is, unfortunately, taking the tack that her actions should never be questioned — and this after admitting that she ignored advice and saw signals but did not choose to pick up on them, and worst of all, let herself be made more vulnerable by drinking. Questioning her actions is by no means complicity in predation; it is a call to preventive behaviour. Your following paragraph would seem to excuse her by saying that life is complicated and the choices aren’t always clear. Well, what if the predator used that same argument to excuse his behaviour? It wouldn’t fly, would it?

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