You were a fine month, packed full of zombies as only the best months are.
In the last issue, we reported on a seance the Western Development Museum was planning as a Halloween fundraiser and how religious groups in the community were up in arms and got it shut down.
Well, tomorrow, the Victory Church of Moose Jaw — one of the main agitators against the seance — will be holding a banquet to help support the museum. The event is at 6pm, in the Victory Church (637 Main St N) and will cost $15 per person. There will be live entertainment (presumably of the non-non-corporeal sort) and the meal is being catered by Charlotte’s Catering. For more information contact the VCMJ at 691-5051.
In other news, plans for a seance fundraiser have been resurrected. On October 30, the mentalist and maybe-medium we interviewed last issue, Jeff Richards, will be trying to contact the other side — and perhaps visiting doom upon all of us — at the Hopkins Dining Parlour in Moose Jaw. This event is being co-organized with the WDM and tickets cost $25. For more information call 631-9508.
Seeing as I’m still striking out on getting an interview with Pastor Larry Gerow of the Victory Church of Moose Jaw — the main seance opponent — I thought I would run the complete, mostly-unedited interview I conducted with mentalist Jeff Richards. It comes up after the jump. This version shows more clearly how I went into the interview thinking I’d be talking to a stage magician who might tip his hand to the fact that seances are all stagecraft and psychology and nothing supernatural. As the interview went on, I couldn’t tell if he was spinning me a line when he claimed he might contact the spirit world with a ouija board or if he was a true believer. Ultimately, I decided to just go along with it and see where we’d end up. Made for a much more interesting interview….
Looks like you don’t need to be jealous after all, Stephen.
Carle Steel’s name is misspelled on imdb.com. Carle’s in the movie I Heart Regina.
Gainer the Gopher never did make it out to the Mascot Challenge that Service Canada Centre for Youth hosted on the Scarth St. Mall over the noon-hour today to promote summer youth employment. Thus, we weren’t able to approach him about loaning us one of his old gopher costumes for us to reaccessorize with a Mao jacket and cap, a hammer and sickle pennant and a Karl Marx watch fob as I discussed in the 14 Days section our July 2 issue to create Prolie the Prairie Dog. (scroll down to July 7.)
Oh well, maybe next year. But as you can see from the accompanying photos, plenty of other mascots did make it out to this event, where they competed in a work-related obstacle course. Most of the tasks they performed qualified as “odd jobs” like watering plants, moving and stacking cardboard boxes and sweeping up. All were done to a thumping techno beat that attracted a decent-size crowd on a sunny and warm summer day.
Tomorrow at noon, Regina-based rock/funk/blues band the Red Shells are playing on the mall. Check it out if you get a chance.
More pics after the jump.
Here’s a letter we received today addressed to Carle Steel, who made me open it because she thought the thickly-stuffed thing was more likely a subpoena than a bundle of cash. Actually this letter was the surprise behind door number three: a three-page essay dismissing the opinions of people who find the awful, fear-mongering, guilt-tripping anti-abortion ads on Regina buses to be shitty, mean and stupid.
“The thing that you said in your article was that [Advertising Standards Canada] was interested in TRUTh in advertising. Please explain why, when the TRUTh is spoken or displayed in graphic images, the pro-abortion folks want to discredit, call names, even lie or tell half-truths to try and hide the TRUTh. Why? Why do you want silence in the public square? Why do you want legal silence? Why do you want political silence on this issue?”
That’s a lot of questions for a busy guy with dozens of articles to assign and edit but I’ll take a stab at it.
So here’s how it looks to me today: in Canada we have a government minister calling protesters “thugs and anarchists” after his government spent two billion dollars on a party for the global ruling class. In Great Britain, a new right-wing government has whacked public services in a deficit-smashing rampage. And in America, Republicans want to make it a crime to marry same-sex couples, judges say government can’t stop to deep-sea drilling and, oh, and the U.S. Supreme Court vandalized freedom of speech and freedom of association. And also, it’s apparently worse to expose military murders than it is to commit military murders.
The planet is warming, the fanatics are praying, the oceans are dying and massive resources are pissed away in pointless regional wars that make nothing better and no one safer. Things have been getting steadily worse and worse and worse for 30 years.
Oh, and the days are now growing shorter.
And now I have to get ready to be on CBC radio in an hour for fun times with Chris Kirkland and Michelle Hugli. Happy thoughts, happy thoughts…
UPDATE: Now Scott Neidermeyer’s gone and retired! Arrrgh!
Thursday’s prairie dog is out the door. (The virtual Internet door, that is.) Here’s the view from our office at the moment it went. You will note that it’s very late. It is much later than it should be. Everything is all my fault. I am a bad dog.
As always, I apologize to my co-workers, our poor designer Paul, Doug at the print plant and the entire Hullabaloo Publishing board of directors, who would ritually murder me in a thrice-stabbed heartbeat if I wasn’t one of them (and if they didn’t need me–they’re screwed that way).
The new prairie dog hits streets Thursday afternoon. I’ll be curious to see if the editorial I just wrote makes any sense. The issue’s really, really strong though. I promise. Editorials aside.
Using my Dog Blog Administrator Powers I’ve learned Rosie is writing his scheduled Thursday Six In The Morning post right now. (If it’s not up soon it’ll have to change to a Four In The Afternoon). While we wait to read… whatever… here’s a link to a cool story in Wired about a solar sail for spaceship propulsion. And if that’s too boring here’s another Wired story about bat bombs and goo canons. Enjoy.
This article from the Leader-Post made me curious: how do the prairie dog readers feel about getting free hugs? The LP talks to Dahlila Kreiser, who spent this past Friday giving them out on the Scarth Street Mall:
Reactions to Kreiser’s offer were, predictably, mixed. Some smiled and kept on their way. Some took the long way around Kreiser to avoid an unwanted embrace. One woman even told Kreiser what she was doing was illegal. Of course, Kreiser was only hugging those who approached her since, as she put it, “I don’t have any interest in being punched in the face.”
Personally, I don’t really have any interest in being hugged by a stranger, despite my time spent in various Catholic youth groups back in the day. Whenever I see Free Hug people on the U of R campus, I generally avoid them. At the same time, they aren’t trying to force themselves onto me and seem just generally harmless.
I never saw Kreiser – I’m rarely on the Scarth Street Mall unless I’m going to the prairie dog‘s offices – so I didn’t get the chance to witness any of the free hugging. Did any of you folks? Did you actually receive hugs? What’s the verdict?
Side note: in the photo, Kreiser is seen giving away a hug, but she didn’t put down her “FREE HUGS” sign. Was she giving awkward, pseudo-one-armed hugs all day?
A heads up: Dog Blog’s comments seem to be screwed. People post comments and they’re not appearing. I have no idea why or how to fix it. But we’re on it.
If you have any suggestions to fix this, please write a comment. (Ha! You can’t!)
UPDATE: So it looks like there’s a default setting somewhere that says we have to approve comments. I can approve them but I can’t change the setting to automatic approval. We’ll get this fixed as soon as possible.
UPDATE 2: They work! Open fire! Comment away!