Daily Aggregation: R.I.P., Mike Nichols

1 daily-aggregation-2THE COURT IS LISTENING Canada’s Supreme court will hear a historic* case about indigenous rights.

2 CBC ISN’T LEARNING The public broadcaster bans an employee who criticized the egomaniac-coddling network.

3 SPEAKING OF THE CBC I’m all for criticizing the broadcaster’s bungles but let’s not forget that a lot of these problems can probably be traced to the fact the CBC has been under aggressive fiscal and ideological attack for more than 30 years. Of course CBC tolerates toxic personalities when those personalities bring better ratings. It’s sensible to want a better public broadcaster but let’s not use recent idiocies to help the causes of the cowardly CBC-bashing politicians who want to hurt CBC because they know a strong, independent public broadcaster can expose them as shills for big business billionaires. People who hate our public broadcaster are communists who should move to a country like China that has no free media.

4 LEAK AT THE REFINERY An investigation is underway. I still remember the windows rattling in the downtown Shopper’s Drug Mart after last year’s Christmas Eve explosion. Thought it was a car accident in the parking lot. Nope!

5 SONA DESERVES THE SLAMMER Here’s an editorial on why the Conservative’s convicted election fraudnik absolutely should be behind bars.

6 BAMBI MURDERING SEASON IS OPEN IN SASKATCHEWAN Deer are cute and I wish people wouldn’t shoot ’em. Even if they weren’t cute I wouldn’t want people to shoot them. I’m not saying hunting is wrong. I’m just saying shooting animals makes me sad.

7 A BLUE JACKET GOES BANKRUPT A sad, cautionary story about why none of us should blindly trust people just because we love them. More here.

8 WHY BILL COSBY IS DONE GQ writer Lindy West, who is just sooo great, delivers the closing remarks in the public trial of an accused rapist. Well worth reading. Related: here’s my favourite editorial cartoon of the year.

9 SPEAKING OF ALLEGED RAPISTS A Swedish court still wants to get its hands on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

10 BONO: MORE THAN A BOO-BOO U2’s lead singer really got beat up in that bicycle accident.

REST IN PEACE, MIKE NICHOLS The director of The Graduate has passed away. Really liked that movie–it’s a classic. I was also fond of his forgettable but sweet 1991 film Regarding Henry, which is about how men are much nice after they’ve been shot in the head. Good date movie.

*Yes, I said “a historic”, not “an historic”. I am not cockney. I don’t say “corr, blimey”, and I pronounce the “H” in “historic”.

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.

10 thoughts on “Daily Aggregation: R.I.P., Mike Nichols”

  1. (1) It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but it won’t be quick.
    (2) Mr. McIntyre’s choice of words, as he said himself, was poorly thought out. He’s already apologized to Mr. Mansbridge for mentioning him in the same breath as Mr. Ghomeshi. As for the late Peter Gzowski, also awkwardly juxtaposed, well, you can’t libel the dead.
    (3) Excuses, red herrings, and name-calling, Stephen, as usual.
    (5) Absolutely he should go to jail.
    (6) Venison sausage is delicious.
    (7) Leonard Cohen was screwed over by his manager, who was not related to him, so malfeasance can happen under many different circumstances. People just have to keep a closer eye on their business affairs, whether it bores them silly or not.
    (8) Chickens coming home to roost, if I may quote Malcolm X.
    (9) He should face the charges instead of hiding out. Enough, already.
    (10) Wow, that was a bad crash.

  2. I haven’t seen all of Mike Nichols’s movies, but of those I have, I’d rate “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” the best, followed by “Silkwood” and “Carnal Knowledge” (the latter being my pick, just ahead of “The King of Marvin Gardens”, as the most depressing film ever made). I saw “The Graduate” again recently, and was rather surprised that it didn’t hold up well at all. Like “Easy Rider”, it was of its era.

  3. Oh, forgot “The Birdcage”. With all due credit to Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, I thought that Hank Azaria ran away with the movie.

  4. I’ve been a little worried about the Graduate not holding up, and have been avoiding re-watching it.

  5. Really? It seems to me that most romantic comedies end much less ambiguously than “The Graduate”, where the question hanging over Benjamin Braddock at the start — “What do I do now?” — has become “What do we do now?” That long shot of Elaine and Ben in the back of the bus, sobering down after their escape from the church, hardly signals a happy ending.

  6. If you don’t want us to shoot deer then you’ll need to find some way to force humans to leave enough wild habitat for a healthy population of predators.

    But deer are mean, vicious creatures that will eat unwary birds and rape human women. Don’t expect a lot of informed and knowledgeable support for your opinion.

  7. 1) Better late than never. Wonder how much compensation the Fed’s will have to cough up when the Supreme Court makes it’s “decision”.
    2) CBC has an old inner circle type of culture.
    3) Money talks no matter who it is.
    4) The Coop Refinery is showing it’s age.
    5) Agreed. Anyone caught messing around with election tampering deserves the slammer.
    6) Not all deer are Bambi. Some will be sad to see deer shot & some will be glad. Using a gun is less messy than killing a deer with a vehicle on the highway.
    7) Sad situation for a would be millionaire.
    8) That’s a disturbing CBC editorial cartoon.
    9) He’s a coward, plain and simple.
    10) Bono ain’t so pretty looking now. Youch!
    Yay! Saw Harrison Ford in the trailer!.

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