Sometimes, it’s really hard to come up with a theme with a linkdump post. I know I’ve said that a few times before but I’m struggling to come up with a title and intro for this post. So I’m just going to shut up and let links happen.
And with that out of the way, it’s time for the Sunday set of links. Since Jackie covered off San Andreas yesterday, today, let’s cover off Pitch Perfect with Elizabeth Banks.
The 2016 Presidential campaign hasn’t really started but Jeb Bush is already slinging mud and lies. This is going to get ugly people. (Washington Post)
RIM/BlackBerry was one of the many short-lived great Canadian tech success stories. This time, it wasn’t a tech bubble that killed a Canadian tech giant but leadership that killed RIM. (MacLean’s)
A man threatened to kill himself so his girlfriend called the police. He ended up getting killed. Is suicide by cop a problem with the suicidal person or the cops? (The Daily Beast)
Another week has come and gone. It seems as though I don’t know where the time goes but I still don’t think that time goes quickly enough either. Maybe it’s more like everything I am obligated to do in my life seems to take forever while I don’t have enough time for other things in my life like reading and blogging and friends and hobbies.
Anyway, if it’s Sunday, that must mean that we’re here to do the links. Let’s kick things off with Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard.
The Globe’s Elizabeth Renzetti wins the day with her column about why Ontario parents fighting against sex ed are doing more harm than good. (The Globe and Mail)
It didn’t take conservative attack ads to derail Justin Trudeau’s momentum. All he had to do was back the government’s so-called “anti-terrorism” legistlation. (ThinkPol)
On that note, the former Bradley Manning says that the US government needs to be more open and transparent about it’s doing. (The Guardian)
He may not have had the best first three-quarters of the 2013 IndyCar season but Will Power closed out last season going from 11th in points to 4th. To start the 2014 campaign, he’s picking up where he left off with a win to open up the season by taking the checkered flag in St. Pete.
It’s the end of the week and hopefully we can get the blog running like normal next week. Okay, this blog you won’t notice it on but on et geekera you will. Well, the IndyCar report will be back this week with some F1 too. Speaking of normal things on the blog, here’s Anna Kendrick who is one of our favourite women in the world.
What does it say when The Onion makes the most compelling argument for military intervention in Syria? (The Onion)
If you work for Glenn Beck and use eco-friendly lightbulbs, you’re going to lose your job. (Yahoo)
It’s the article that has everyone talking. It’s Rolling Stone’s profile of former NFL player and accused murderer Aaron Hernandez. (Rolling Stone)
I’m back on duty with the Wednesday links. I’m trying to do up a Fan Expo experience post for the end of the week but I can’t guarantee it. If not this week, definitely next week. There are definitely some things that happen that don’t go mainstream so I’m planning to tell those tales.
In the meantime, since we have a new Batman, here’s Jennifer Garner.
We might write-off moronic statements by politicians as pandering to their base but in other countries, they take these statements seriously. In Egypt, moronic statements are undermining America’s influence in the country during its unrest. (MSNBC)
The Republican’s game of political chicken with Obamacare could make or break their electoral chances. The only problem is that they have a tall order ahead of them convincing the electorate that Obamacare won’t work when it sounds like a great idea. (The Week)
Here’s a theory I’ve never heard before. Did Bobby Riggs throw his tennis match against Billie Jean King at the mafia’s orders. (Outside the Lines)
It’s the end of the week which means it’s time for some links. A quick FYI: Jackie’s taking over the Sunday links next week while I’m off. It also means that I won’t have an IndyCar write-up for you next week either. Granted, that terrible schedule of their’s probably deserves its own write-up.
For now, here’s Maitland Ward who you might remember from Boy Meets World and not a whole lot since.
Things have pretty well completely gone to hell in Egypt. Here’s one reporters look inside the protests where he got caught up in the violence. (The Daily Beast)
The investigation into the Rob Ford crack tape hasn’t ended. Police are looking to Ford friends who tried to acquire the tapes themselves. (Toronto Star)
Al-Qaeda tried using Twitter to solicit media tips. Well-intentioned Twitter users took the opportunity to troll them. (BuzzFeed)
It’s the end of the week so it’s time for the links. While longer form pieces are a little bit harder to write about with none of the usual topics providing much to write about, it should pick up this week.
For now, let’s start the links with Nina Agdal.
Joe Biden might be the butt of many jokes but he just might be the most qualified man to be the next President of the United States. (GQ)
The cover might have been controversial but Rolling Stone magazine did a proper story with their profile of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Rolling Stone)
The EPA headquarters building has been named in honour of Bill Clinton. He’s certainly earned that one. (Washington Post)
It’s the weekend so it’s time for the links. Remember when I called this the Weekend Link-Off? That was the good old days when we had like 30 uniques a week. Good times. No, wait. Those times were simpler but I never felt like I was accomplishing anything. Okay, the top posts still make me fell that way but at least people are reading now.
Anyway, let’s start this post with one of our favourites, Kim Cloutier.
And, yes, I meant to spell the title that way.
Using Edward Snowden’s data, here’s a look at how Microsoft collaborated with the NSA to give them your data. (The Guardian)
A former CNN producer and current journalism professor says that it might be time to stop considering CNN a news network. (Gawker)
Sharknado may have been all the rage on Twitter but it wasn’t SyFy’s highest rated original movie. Maybe that’s because Twitter isn’t a good proxy for the general population. (Slate)
It’s the last link-off of the Google Reader era. What am I going to do without it? I basically rely on it to help run my blogging pseudo-empire. Well, I’m boned. In the meantime, here’s our pre-Canada Day linkdump. We have our usual Canada Day fare tomorrow with the F1 recap and analysis on Tuesday.
So let’s start off our day before Canada Day post with Canadian model Andi Muise.
Texas governor Rick Perry is just the worst. He thinks filibustering god Wendy Davis should support a near ban on abortions in Texas because she was a teenage mother. What a fool. (Think Progress)
Rather than allow general trolling, two major newspapers used a new commenting system to categorize the people commenting on stories about gay marriage. (Nieman Lab)
Pandora might be great for us as music lovers but it doesn’t pay to have your music on there. (The Trichordist)
You know, it’s tough to have weekend plans completely ruined by the incompetence of a parcel service. You promise delivery on a Thursday but rather than fly the parcel from Mississauga UPS drove it from there to Northern Ontario. Yeah, why use the convenient airport that’s right there.
Anyway, today is a Sunday which means that it’s time for the end of the week links. Let’s start with Dutch model Valerie van der Graaf.
Bad news for people claiming that the “tax and spend liberals” are crippling America’s economy, they need to do a little fact-checking. The federal deficit is actually shrinking. (NPR)
In professional wrestling, Hulk Hogan could use his political clout to influence the outcome of matches. Now, he’s trying to do the same to the First Amendment. (Mugshots)
Are blogs dying or just evolving from their classic form? (The Dish)