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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The State of the World

The big story locally, aside from the Ictus show on Friday, is the start of Windsor Pride, commenced with a flag raising at City Hall this morning. Yes, everybody's saving their energy for the parade on Sunday, but there's so much more than that going on, so check out the website for a full list of events.

Robin Long signed up for the army in 2003. He thought his country was right to invade Iraq, and wanted to do his part. When it came out Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, combined with the abuse of prisoners at Abu Gharib by American soldiers, Long decided he would not go, and fled to Canada. After a lengthy debate, Long was deported back to the States this morning, to be returned to his army unit and handed whatever punishment they decide.

According to the piece, 94 per cent of deserters have been handed dishonourable discharges, instead of being dealt with criminal charges. The judge in Long's case said Long did not present sufficient evidence to prove he would be singled out by the military due to the press his case has garnered.

Followup: In the wake of the New Yorker cover [which four people at work asked me about today. I have no idea why they want it, if they'd ever read the New Yorker they know the rarely correlates to the contents], newspaper examines how and when you can poke fun at the second coming of Kennedy.

Professor X gets tenure.

Full tracklist for Rockband 2. Yeeeah. I know I'm a Guitar Hero loyalist who argues I don't have enough friends to justify buying Rockband, but that song selection is to die for. When the Lady saw Modest Mouse, it was all over.

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