6-in-the-morning1 DEAR LEADER IS IN INDIA Read about Dear Leader chasing trade agreements and eating samosas here.

2 WILL THE SASK PARTY LOWER THE DRINKING AGE TO 18? As a staunch leftist I oppose such a reckless move oh wait I certainly do not oppose this. I’m with the Saskatchewan Party on this: old enough to vote, old enough to drink. No one should be forced to cope with democracy sober. Phooey on the Saskatchewan temperance league!

3 PAKISTAN KILLS ANOTHER DAUGHTER The misogyny is off the charts in this story from a “remote village” in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, where two parents murdered their daughter with acid after she looked at a boy (twice).  That story also reports there were 943 documented honour killings in Pakistan last year. Horrible.

4 NATE SILVER TAKES ALL THE FUN OUT OF CHRISTMAS Here’s the latest post about the presidential election on the blog FiveThirtyEight. Silver currently gives Barack Obama an 86 per cent chance of re-election.

5 HEY, PAYPHONES ARE ACTUALLY IMPORTANT We apparently just learned this during FrankenSandy!  Because no one could have predicted cell phone service might go down in a natural disaster. No, we must always have concrete examples of problems before we can act on them (see also: climate change). Anyway, if we don’t let Bell Canada jack the cost of using pay phones to a buck they’re gonna take some of them away. Because they don’t make enough money on their other services, I guess. Assholes.

6 QUEBEC STUDENT LEADER RAISES A BUNCH OF CASH FOR COURT COSTS But it’s not enough. You can help him out here (site is in French, hopefully someone will set up an English language page for us monolingual losers soon). Here’s some background on the case.

HE’S SORRY, SO SORRY Have you read Paul Constant’s apology yet? It sounds like Paul wants to take a ride on the Mercy Line!

Clumsy segue: The Modern Superstitions have an incredible new CD, which you can read about here. This song isn’t on it, though! They don’t have any videos for their new album! Crazy! Kids today!