1 NOBODY LIKES HIM, EVERYBODY HATES HIM … According to this review, Mel Gibson is better off going off to the garden to eat worms (The Guardian). At least Mel had the decency not to speak to the press during the Cannes Film Festival … unlike a certain Danish producer (The Globe and Mail) … Gee. Rape a 13-year-old in Hollywood, like Roman Polanski did, and the French bend over backwards for you. (Salon) Sympathize with Hitler and they give you the cold shoulder … (AP via Yahoo!)
2 GUESS WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE READING ABOUT FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS At least, unlike this guy, I got my kicks against Harper early. (National Post) And a tip of the lynch lid to Lyndon Surjik, former University of Regina student council president and now living in Vancouver, for digging up what Parson Manning once had to say about Senate appointments … (Facebook)
3 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT AND I FEEL FINE Since The Rapture is supposed to be coming (about 4 p.m. Regina time on Saturday), (Business Insider) there’s not much use in planning for your weekend. But for the doubters in the audience, here’s evidence that the apocalypse has already happened (BuzzFeed) and evidence that if this numbnuts gets it wrong, it won’t affect his followers (Time). Then again, most Christian religions claim to believe in the Apocalypse, so why should Christians be mocking someone who’s got the balls to give a date and time?
4 NATIONAL SECURITY AS A MAKE WORK PROJECT One of Canada’s most dangerous terrorists is also a CSIS informant. Government funding of a homegrown terrorist, and Carle Steele can’t even get a Canada Council grant … (Toronto Star)
5 MARGARET WENTE, PLAGARIZER? You know, if the Globe and Mail had actual, you know, editors, this woman would be in plenty of trouble. (Media Culpa)
6 I MISSED MY CALLING There’s a new book out about the founding and early years of ESPN, arguably the most influential network in the television world. Cathal Kelly tells some of the book’s war stories, (Toronto Star) while Deadspin has been posting some of the sections of the book that got deleted by the lawyers (NSFW).
NOW, YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN I’ve posted The Decemberists once before, and this song has stuck in my head since I fist heard it. “This Is Why We Fight” became an unofficial anthem for Wisconsin protesters winter. Here’s the band performing the song live at New York’s Beacon Theatre last January.