Daily Aggregation: Lives Of The Saints

daily-aggregation-21. SASK FLOOD COULD COST $360 MILLION Hmm. Two major floods in four years. That’s a little unusual. I wonder how insurance companies feel about governments ignoring climate change?

2. ALSO, IT WAS THE RAINIEST JUNE EVER I’m sure it’s just a coincidence and not climate change in action.

3. IT’S NOT GLOBAL WARMING! IT’S A “ONCE IN A GENERATION RAIN!” This Leader-Post’s editorial omits an important detail.

4. U.K. INFORMATION COMMISSIONER INVESTIGATES SECRET FACEBOOK PSYCHOLOGY EXPERIMENTS Yup. Why isn’t Canada investigating?

5. “I WOULD LIKE A LESS HYSTERICAL TAKE ON FACEBOOK’S PSYCHOLOGY EXPERIMENTS, PLEASE.” Okay, here you go.

6. THE PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN ON FEDERAL BOARDS HAS DECLINED UNDER STEPHEN HARPER’S CONSERVATIVES It’s true, although the numbers vary depending what’s included and what isn’t. Hunch: I bet this is because the policies that pass for conservative these days are generally not good for women, and women generally know this, which means the Conservatives have a smaller political appointment talent pool than the liberals.

7. WE’RE COMING UP ON THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAC-MEGANTIC DISASTER Here’s a recap.

8. NHL STAR CLAUDE GIROUX BUSTED FOR FELONIOUS ASS-GRABBING “Alcohol is believed to have been involved.”

9. ROB FORD RETURNS, HOLDS PHONY-BALONEY “PRESS CONFERENCE”, TAKES NO QUESTIONS Some media, including The Canadian Press and alternative weekly Now were excluded from the invite-only affair that The Toronto Star’s Royson James called an “odious infomercial”.

10. FIGHTING SNAKES WITH SNAKES Georgians frightened by (generally not life-threateningly) venomous copperheads are releasing “good” snakes to drive them away, which unfortunately for all the snakes involved will not work. In other news, I have acquired a Temporary Office Snake. I have named him Spooky.

VIDEO: THIS BILL MURRAY MOVIE LOOKS PLEASING It’s called St. Vincent. Here’s the trailer!

http://youtu.be/x-gsn_uR-pU

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: Lives Of The Saints”

  1. #1 – Although in many places insurance companies probably have issues with this, in Saskatchewan our property insurance doesn’t cover flooding. It’s the taxpayers that foot the bill through the Provincial Government. Lucky, lucky us.

  2. Instead of simply reacting to the changes in rainfall, we could be planning and reducing the impacts of this rainfall through a very effective program called Land & Infrastructure Resiliency Assessment (LIRA). It has been piloted in two communities in Saskatchewan and across Canada. It allows you to limit the impacts of rainfall like maintaining wetlands, limit legal and illegal drainage and developing our ability to respond to the growing trends of when precipitation comes in Saskatchewan. On the CBC this morning, http://www.cbc.ca/morningedition/episode/2014/07/02/expert-says-southeast-saskatchewan-should-expect-more-flooding/ John Pomeroy from the U of S said we could mitigate and reduce some of what we saw this past weekend reducing the demands on our “rainy day fund”.

  3. I was velly young but I remember the flood of ’85 (or was it ’83?). Like many people living in Hillsdale who experienced sewage and flooding this weekend, we did in the ’80s and I still remember the poopy residue over the basement floor so this time I picked up a few things of value and hoisted them high even tho the basement stayed dry (phew). But you never know, and I was trenching away in the rain to get all the water away from the house cuz water like ants and mice always find a way in so take no chances.

  4. As for overlooking the obvious effects of man-made climate change, yeah, for shame. We’ve been seeing a weird new pattern of lomng, harsh winters, wet, cool springs, and pathetically short summers. Fall has been more or less nice, tho don;t think last year was too memorable. I guess people just like to say, “Wull, that’s weather in Saskatchewan.” No it isn’t.

  5. #1&2&3 – Get real. What the heck does climate change have to do with the torrential rains, flooding and other recent damaging weather we’ve seen?! It’s sin, people. Plain and simple. SIN. Yes, the good lord is finally punishing us for our sins. Stop all your debauchery, transgressions and general evil and wickedness, you horrible sinners, and we’ll be sure to see normal weather patterns return. Simple as that. (Praise the lord.) (Bring on the pestilence.)
    #4&5 – I’m shocked a certain prominent Regina law firm hasn’t already fired up their engines to launch a class action lawsuit. (Maybe they’ll create a Facebook page!) Where do I sign up?!
    #6 – Sad to say, but there are still far, far too many women who actually cast a vote for Stephen Harper and his CONservative ilk. In fact, there are far too many otherwise seemingly smart, reasonable and genuinely nice people who vote that way. Is it drunk-voting? Sleep-voting? Cruel April Fool’s jokes? Not sure what the hell it’s gonna take for people to wake up to what’s happening in this country because of our esteemed PM Harper — and become aware of how their vote can change our country’s destiny.
    #9 – Jesus, the sooner we see the Toronto civic election, the better off we’ll all be. Unless the same tools who vote for Harper decide they want another term with Ford at the helm. If so, we’ve in bigger trouble than I thought.
    #10 – Hearty congrats on the adoption of your new baby! When do we get to see video of this glorious and most certainly adorable creature you call Spooky?!

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