Daily Aggregation: YouTube Vs. Radiohead

daily-aggregation-21. SASKATCHEWAN LOVES PIPELINES! The provincial government is happy that the federal government has conditionally approved Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. Even Saskatchewan’s Opposition NDP supports it Saskatchewan NDP leader Cam Broten supports Keystone XL but has said of Northern Gateway, “Looking at the facts, I don’t think it’s a wise project.” Still, I suspect the majority of Saskatchewanians back this pipeline. But I’ll bet that if we could send 100 randomly picked Saskatchewanians to the Great Bear Rainforest — the pristine region that, sooner or later, WILL be devastated by this development — 80 to 85 of them would come back opposed. And that’s without even getting into the pipeline’s climate change downside.

2. AND IN OTHER ENVIRONMENT NEWS U.S. President Barack Obama orders an expansion of a Pacific marine sanctuary, India tells Coke it’s using too much water and, wait, let me just copy and paste this quote: “The UN has expressed alarm at Australia’s proposal to dump 3m cubic metres of dredged material into the Great Barrier Reef world heritage site.” Barbaric!

3. THE U.S. PATENT OFFICE HAS CANCELLED THE “REDSKINS” TRADEMARK Huh. Too bad team ownership didn’t get out in front of this by changing the team’s racist name voluntarily.

 4. QUEEN CITY MACHETE RAMPAGE  Ugh.

5. WASCANA PARK GETS NEW FROGS Hey, here’s some nice news: Grey tree frog calls have been recorded in Regina. The frogs haven’t been found here before. Pretty darn cool!

6. OUR TROUBLED WORLD The world has become a less peaceful place. There’s violence in Ukraine and chaos in Iraq (which is now asking the U.S. for air strikes). Meanwhile, former U.S. vice president and Iraq war architect Dick Cheney said a bunch of evil garbage.

7. WILL YOUTUBE BLOCK ALL THE GOOD MUSIC VIDEOS? Idiots. How is it good for YouTube to block stuff like this? Maybe YouTube should be a public utility rather than a private service.

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: YouTube Vs. Radiohead”

  1. Where there are tree frogs, there is tree frog discharge. Abraham Lincoln said that.

    As for the pipeline, it’s disappointing to hear the Sask NDP supports it especially since Mulcair said a federal NDP govt would set aside the Conservative Party decision. Makes me cringe, like when West Virginia Democrats speak ill of Obama cuz of his “war on coal”.

  2. Actually from what I’ve read the Sask NDP supports Keystone, not necessarily Enbridge. Are you sure about this?

  3. *Anxiously awaiting my mad props from NDP head office* … Tumbleweeds…

  4. > Maybe YouTube should be a public utility rather than a private service.

    Public to which country? Google is not a Saskatchewan or Canadian based company. They are not run by the government — they are a for-profit corporation.

    They are in no way shape or form ‘public’.

    There have been people trying for well over a decade to democratize public access to digial video and audio — to create robust public utility services that offer it. They have been demonized in public as being ‘pirates’ and ‘thieves’, while users flocked to for-profit corporations like Youtube.

    Well now, we see the consequences of that.

    It doesn’t have to be this way. Stop watching youtube videos. If you have to, use a tool like http://clipconverter.cc, download each video before you watch them and then host them yourself. Don’t let Youtube become a central point of failure for your culture or you will be exploited.

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