Six In The Morning: Phish Turns 30

6-in-the-morning1 GOOD OL’ STABLE, RELIABLE RESOURCE ECONOMY PotashCorp cuts 1,045 jobs. Roughly 440 Saskatchewan jobs went kerblooey and multimillionaire CEO Bill  “philosophy of failure” and “gospel of envy” Doyle feels bad for them. “But you know,” I imagine he said, “corporations don’t exist to create jobs.”

2 WILL IT HELP IF I SPEAK SLOWLY? Guardian editor in chief Alan Rusbridger patiently tells British MPs why reporting on an out-of-control spy agencies is essential.

3 MEANWHILE IN SASKATCHEWAN An armed robbery and a stripper bylaw in Saskatoon, more on that highway pile-up  and the NDP want to see a bill of rights for patients in long-term care.

4 I WAS JUST TRYING TO BE NICE TO THE HELL-BOUND INFIDELS Manitoba Conservative leader Brian Pallister’s political opponents are “torquing” his perfectly reasonable holiday greetings just to make him look bad. I feel his pain. I get in trouble every single time I try to spread cheer to all the superstitious mystics who believe in magical babies.

5 FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING Icelandic police shot and killed an armed man who was shooting at them. It’s the first time police have killed someone in Iceland. Ever.

6 THE MALE PILL It could happen.

BONUS NEWS ITEM ALPHA Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection. Hopefully this will teach freeloading pensioners a lesson: next time don’t grow old and retire, you bums.

BONUS NEWS ITEM BETA  A Tory MP tabled a private member’s bill to take power away from party leaders such as, for example, Imperious Leader Stephen Harper.

WHAT’S PHISH UP TO THESE DAYS? Holy smokes, the psychedelic jam overlords just marked 30 years of electric noodling! Phish played its first gig under the name Blackwoods Convention on Dec. 2, 1983. Time flies when you’re playing scales. Here’s my favourite Phish song, “Chalk Dust Torture”.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth will never, ever pass up a chance to make a Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo pun.

13 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Phish Turns 30”

  1. Maybe, rather than projecting words into someone’s mouth, you could let him/her speak for him/herself.

  2. Okay Barb, how about this:

    “In its final years as a Crown corporation, we were losing about $100 million a year. Some people thought that was acceptable performance because it kept a lot of people employed, even though we were wasting their efforts and the province’s resources.”

    –Bill Doyle.

  3. This quote refers to the performance of the Crown corp., not the present situation. Don’t they ever teach you about context, in J-school?

  4. Bill Doyle just laid off more than 1,000 people so his past statements on the inefficiency of keeping allegedly superfluous workers employed seem relevant to me. You’re welcome to disagree and defend the multi-millionaire CEO, just as I’m welcome to express my opinion, based on things he’s said, that Doyle doesn’t much care about laid-off workers.

    Perhaps other commentators have opinions they’d like to share as well.

  5. You err, Stephen, by your usual tactic of ascribing motive because it suits you, not because it’s a fact. I hold no brief for Mr. Doyle; I do respect proper journalism, which does not permit mind-reading, projection, and making stuff up, and which values well-thought-out writing, not knee-jerk reactions. Your original post would have been much more effective had you written a bridging statement between Mr. Doyle’s recent comments and the past ones, and then provided the links. You’re welcome.

  6. Barb, you mistake your own taste for “proper journalism”. Doyle’s on-the-record comments are certainly fair game and certainly relevant. The imagined comments were clearly labeled as such. As for your bizarre claim that “proper journalism” does not permit projection, I suppose you’ve never followed election night results?
    Perhaps you’ve confused journalism with reporting, who knows?

  7. I’m here because Brad sent me, but now I don’t see his comments like I was expecting, so either I’m lost, or he was confused about where he commented.

  8. 1) Why did Potashcorp layoffs overshadow layoffs that happened with other potash mines in Sask? Layoffs are nothing new in the wonderful world of the Postash industry.
    I hope some potash workers have a small nest egg for emergencies.

    The politics are mind numbing.

    3) Stripping bylaw in Saskatoon subject to change.

    6) Sperm pills…Blech!

    For Conservative MP Michael Chong, I say good for him.

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