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Thursday, July 31, 2008

The State of the World

As someone who came of age hanging out at Amherstburg's House of Shalom at least three nights a week, I'm a little saddened, but not surprised at reports on the difficulties local community centres are enduring. Workers and members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee chalk it up to everything from awareness, to the cost involved to use the space, to the unappealing image attached to centres ["I think of young kids playing basketball," said one area youth].

I wish them the best, I know I certainly wouldn't be the charmer I am today if I hadn't had a place to go to at as a youth.

God. Damn: In the worst bit of press for Greyhound ever, an 18-year-old man was stabbed to death and beheaded by his seatmate on a bus trip from Winnipeg to Edmonton Edmonton to Winnipeg. Witnesses say when the act was finished, the attacker carried the head of the victim to the front of the bus and casually dropped it, "...like he was having a day at the beach." Again: God. Damn.

Served with ample grains of salt: Johnny Depp as the Riddler? Related: Warner Brothers claims victory in keeping The Dark Knight off torrent sites for 38 hours. Wait, what?

Missed Joss Whedon's webshort series Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog when it aired in segments? Have 42 minutes to spare? Knock yourself out.

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