Daily Aggregation: Loose Balls

daily-aggregation-21. PSYCHIATRIC TESTS ORDERED FOR ACCUSED MASS MURDERER Seems like a good idea.

2. “FUCK WHALES!  YAY PIPELINES!” Problem: protecting humpback whale habitat gets in the way of pipeline approvals. Solution: say whales aren’t endangered. Easy!

3. SPEAKING OF PIPELINES… Brad Wall isn’t happy with the Keystone XL pipeline being in limbo*. I guess it’s better that he’s saying this than an NDP premier. That would be demoralizing.

4. 18-YEAR OLD REGINA WOMAN KILLED IN LATE NIGHT CRASH Jesus, how awful.

5. HERB GRAY HAS PASSED AWAY R.I.P.

6. TAXPAYER VANDALIZES PUBLIC ART Story here. Artist’s blog here. My opinion? Well, I can’t judge a piece from an Internet picture. Seems like something that I’d enjoy walking past every day. I like being reminded that people are thinking about things, and this is a thinky piece.

7. UKRAINE: TAKING PICTURES AND LOOKING FOR NAMES Are heavily armed paramilitary troops in Ukraine actually Russian special forces units? Meanwhile, the United States has pledged $50 million to Ukraine.

8. THE U.S. SUPREME COURT SAYS IT’S OKAY FOR VOTERS TO BAN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Ugh.

9. A TORONTO LADY FINDS AN ESCAPED PET SNAKE IN HER BATHROOM AND IT’S APPARENTLY NATIONAL* NEWS But I guess don’t mind because I like snakes, and, fair enough, a lot of people honestly find them scary. Still, everyone in this story is smiling, from the woman who discovered it to the cop gleefully carrying it around. The snakeypoo is clearly relaxed too. The species, by the way, is a ball python and it’s incapable of harming a person. It’s also, irrationally, illegal to own in Saskatchewan.

*Yes, I know the report’s by CTV Toronto but I found it on CTV’s national page.

LET’S ALL LEARN ABOUT BALL PYTHONS TOGETHER Well, about keeping them as pets, anyway.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees.

5 thoughts on “Daily Aggregation: Loose Balls”

  1. (4) Link?

    (6) Covering a sculpture with a tarp is neither defacing nor vandalizing: it’s fair comment. Now, if he’d wrapped it with a chain and winched it off its base, or spray-painted it, that would be a different story.

  2. 4.) Fixed. Thanks Barb!

    6.) Looked to me like the plaque was knocked over. That’s damage. But yes, I was using the term generously. “Censorship” would be dead-on accurate though, don’t you think?

  3. The plaque is not the art, just as label copy in a gallery is not the art. No, I don’t think this is censorship; the tarping and alternative copy are street theatre, as well as fair comment. I thought it was rather restrainedly clever, myself.

  4. I would’ve liked the “street theatre too if I hadn’t read the guy’s opinions, which were just mean and anti-art. It’s hard for me to get past that context. Then again, back in the day I was pretty darn pleased by the Saskatchewan farmer who painted his barn red and blue to protest Voice Of Fire. And I think Voice Of Fire is cool.

    As for the plaque, in the case of a public installation like this it adds essential context. It’s not exactly analogous to a label in a gallery.

  5. Make it “guerrilla theatre”, then, because it’s more hard-edged.

    I really hesitate to get into what is and isn’t art. The guy who did the tarping has a right to his opinion; as the limerick goes, “Art with a capital F”, has often been foisted upon the public who are then labeled dopes or philistines because they haven’t been to Art School and absorbed all the jargon and attitudes. While it’s tonic, every once in a while, to have one’s intelligence insulted, one has a right to recognize that when it happens.

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