Six In The Morning: Comets, Killers, Football, Kiddie Porn, And Rob Ford

6-in-the-morning1 ARE POLICE SUPPRESSING INFORMATION ABOUT A SERIAL KILLER IN REGINA? No.

2 GREY CUP PREPARATIONS CONTINUE The Leader-Post has a series with stupid, obnoxious auto-playing videos. Can we please ban those from the internet? Playing videos needs to be a reader decision, not a publisher decision.

3 “SELFIE” It’s the word of the year.

4 MEANWHILE IN AMERICA The court order that paved the way for the U.S’s spy-on-everyone program is revealed; President Obama’s poll numbers are poo-poo; the family of a famous war criminal has a schism; and Methodist priest discovers he’s in a dumb, mean, bigoted church full of dirty rats.

5 ISON UPDATE A potentially awesome comet might be disintegrating but who knows, we’ll see.

6 A NEW KIND OF CHILD PORN RING Is it child pornography when everyone involved in making and sharing it a teenager? Probably not, says me and, essentially, the people interviewed in this story. Sounds more like something that should be treated as potential bullying. There’s an actual interesting issue here with technology and culture changing much faster than laws.

BONUS: THE USUAL Rob Ford’s powers have officially been super-reduced. And he knocked over a lady city councillor. And he’s sorry and angry at the same time. And he’s making headlines around the world. And he’s supposedly quit drinking and “come to Jesus”, metaphorically I think? And he’s raising the profile of addiction so let’s all have a lovely conversation. And he and his brother are vicious, name-calling fuckers and liars.

And Rick Mercer seems like he might be sorta implying that governments should never consider raising taxes in a somewhat under-cooked rant. Nah. Ford’s alleged popularity isn’t about taxes. It’s a testament to the power of lies, demagoguery, very successful conservative propaganda, and perception over reality.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

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

9 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Comets, Killers, Football, Kiddie Porn, And Rob Ford”

  1. (6) You’ll note from the story that the school is taking this incident more seriously than some parents are, and that, I think, speaks volumes about both the abuse of social media and the abdication of parental responsibilities.

  2. So basically, some guys are sharing pics of their “look what I did / got a photo of” list with each other, and charges of kiddie porn are being laid on them. Every aspect of that is pretty icky.

  3. I hate the word “selfie”, in fact, I hate any noun that ends in “ie” be in selfie, postie, Saskie, etc. Ugh. Undo.

  4. 2) Relax SW, This isn’t anything new as Youtube already pioneered autoplay. People pay more attention to videos than reading.
    The Grey Cup Festivities will pass quickly. Our last chance to enjoy history in the making before we say goodbye to Mosaic Stadium in a few years.

    I agree with Rick Mercer’s tidbit. Rob Ford was voted on his policies to turn things around in Toronto. Not because of of his recent oversensationalized downfall & flawed, stubborn & erratic personality.

  5. 2) Autoplay is the worst. I work in web development, mb, and the only reason autoplay exists is for ad dollars. Stephen’s exactly right with his sentiments. I’ve sent them messages of complaint. It’s irritating.

    6) Regarding the kids sending naked pictures via Snapchat, this quote from the chair of the parents committee is horrifying:

    “Sexting and this type of exchange is a new form of flirting — it’s a new way of showing that I’m interested in you.”

    PARENTS, this is not flirting!! They are sending naked photos of themselves to their friends. That is not flirting. That is irresponsible, dangerous, and NOT OK. Yes, it’s porn. I’m not sure if the legal charges fit what happened exactly, but it boggles my mind that a parent would say sending pics of your boobs to your 14 year old crush is “just flirting.”

  6. Bang on, Collette.

    What no one has mentioned yet is that if these intimate images are posted beyond kids’ phones, professional child pornographers and other predators can pick up on them, adding new dimensions of danger to children’s lives.

  7. I’m fairly sure charging teenagers for making child pornography is not the solution to the many problems inherent to teenage sexting. Not sure what is, however.

  8. Agreed Collette. Now you know why autoplay won’t be disabled if it affect’s Youtube or other’s $ bottom line for revenue.
    It’s good there are adblockers available now for most internet browsers.
    And one other Firefox/Google Chrome plug in called NoScript comes in real handy to prevent anything from starting up on webpage without your say so.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NoScript

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