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BULLETIN: NOT SO ZEN
• The Background
In another sad story of gun violence in America, a man opened fire on a yoga studio on Friday evening in Tallahassee, Florida, killing two and injuring five others, before turning the gun on himself. The suspect has since been identified as 40-year-old Scott Paul Beierle, and police have now admitted that Beierle was known to authorities — he was once accused of harassing women (he was accused of slapping, grabbing and shaking a 19-year-old woman’s rear at a nearby swimming pool) and making misogynistic remarks on YouTube. He was also arrested twice while he was a student at nearby Florida State University (FSU), once in 2012 on a battery charge and then again in 2014 on a trespassing charge. He was also arrested by Tallahassee police in 2016 on another battery charge. CNN
• What Else You Need to Know
According to reports, in the YouTube videos, Beierle ranted about being rejected by women. He complained about being stood up for dates (he said he “could’ve ripped [that woman’s] head off”) and being a virgin (“I don’t think a female can ever understand the societal pressure that’s put on an adolescent male to unburden himself of this stigma that society’s put on him. This virginity burden”). Beierle also showed support online for Elliot Rodger, the man who wrote a manifesto about the “cruelness of women” and how it was their fault he was still a virgin. Rodger then went on a shooting rampage in 2014, killing six people and wounding 14 others near the University of California in Santa Barbara. Like Beierle, the Toronto van rampage driver, Alek Minassian, also identified with Rodger’s manifesto.
• What’s Next?
Though Beierle won’t get the punishment he so much deserves, all attention has shifted to the victims of his vicious attack: 21-year-old FSU student Maura Binkley and 61-year-old Dr. Nancy Van Vessem. University staff and students gathered last night for a vigil to honour the victims.
• Debate Debacle
Twelve people were arrested and charged following a rally to protest the debate between Donald Trump’s infamous (former) senior White House strategist, Steve Bannon and American political commentator, David Frum in Toronto on Friday. (That event had sh*t show written all over it.) The charges include trespassing, disorderly conduct, and the assault of a police officer after one officer was punched and another was hit with a stick. Many critics had called on the debate to be cancelled ahead of Friday, citing Bannon’s alt-right views. The debate ended in a draw. CBC News
• U.S.: Liar, Liar
It’s probably the last thing Democrats wanted to hear two days before the midterm elections (especially when they’re ahead in the latest polls by a hair) but the unthinkable is true: one of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers lied about her story. Judy Munro-Leighton admitted to senators on the Judiciary Committee that she was not in fact the “Jane Doe” from the sexual assault report and that Kavanaugh never assaulted her (in fact, she admitted she’d never met him). She said it was simply a “tactic” to derail the judge’s Supreme Court nomination. Sen. Chuck Grassley has now asked the FBI and Justice Department to prosecute her for lying to and obstructing Congress. Global News
• World: Staying in Place
It was a close call, but New Caledonia is still a part of France. A majority of those who voted in Sunday’s referendum (56.4% to 43.6%) opted to stay with the European nation instead of getting full sovereignty and independence. The South Pacific country (which has been a part of France since the mid-19th century) has struggled with its position for decades, with those who support independence and those who don’t, clashing in violent altercations that have claimed more than 70 lives. French President Emmanual Macron praised the decision from Elysee Palace in Paris, asking all citizens to focus on building “tomorrow’s New Caledonia.” CTV News
QUOTE OF THE DAY
The treatment of the Tsilhqot’in chiefs represents a betrayal of trust, an injustice that you have carried for more than 150 years..
– Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologizing to the First Nations community for Canadian colonial officials’ hanging of the Tsilhqot’in chiefs during the so-called Chilcotin War. National Post
• Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
Vancouver’s real estate market is about to get even more insane with the opening of a 60,000-square-foot Apple office in the 400 West Georgia Street tower. The high-tech space will be located directly across the street from Amazon’s new West Coast office, which is set to open in April and offer 3,000 new jobs to the city. (If this was a Monopoly board, these are the properties you’d want to own.) BetaKit
• Cool Culture
Twitter is putting its money where CEO Jack Dorsey’s mouth is. The company has just hired its first-ever global director of culture and community. God-is Rivera comes to the role from a digital and creative agency where she led internal diversity and inclusion efforts. “As a black woman who has worked in industries in which I have been underrepresented, I feel a great responsibility to amplify and support diverse communities, and they exist in full force on Twitter,” said Rivera. In order to “better serve and engage communities on Twitter,” Rivera will be responsible for ensuring the company’s campaigns and partnerships are inclusive and “reflective of the communities” it serves, in part by developing relationships and programs with content creators, community leaders, and brands. TechCrunch
• DM Fail
Eighty-one thousand Facebook users were hacked once again this past Friday when their private Facebook conversations were leaked online. The victims confirmed that the conversations were real, and in total some 120 million accounts may be affected. This comes on the heels of the similar and yet completely unrelated recent Facebook hack, with the difference being that this time, Facebook security wasn’t breached. (Small comfort.) While nobody knows why the hackers decided to target and leak the private conversations, we do know that they were selling them online for ten cents per account. (Your guess is as good as ours.) TechRadar
• Stars On Ice: Canada’s Next Generation
The next generation of Canada’s short track speed skaters are kicking ass (pardon our French) at the Calgary World Cup. Eighteen-year-old Courtney Sarault of Moncton earned silver in the 1,500 metres on Saturday, and 20-year-old Alyson Charles of Montreal also medalled with a bronze in the 500 metres. Considering it was Charles’ first ever World Cup, that’s pretty darn impressive. This World Cup is the next quadrennial leading up to the 2022 winter Olympic games in Beijing, so the stakes are even higher, but when it comes to playing in the cold, Canada knows what’s up. CBC Sports
• Dream Team
From book to big screen to Broadway stage, the story of The Color Purple is being adapted yet again. On Friday, news broke that Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and Scott Sanders are bringing their collective powers together to produce a movie version of the musical. The Hollywood heavyweights all have connections to the title’s past incarnations: Spielberg directed the Oscar-nominated original film (based on the 1982 Pulitzer-prize winning novel by author Alice Walker, the first black women to be awarded the distinction), which starred Winfrey in a rare acting stint, with a soundtrack composed by Jones; Sanders produced the Tony-winning Broadway show. The film is early in development, with the producers searching for a screenwriter ahead of casting. Hollywood Reporter
• And Now For Something Completely Different
While most of us rocked out to Queen this past weekend, somewhere in the world, Swiss cheese rocked out to Led Zeppelin. (Yes, you read that right.) Veterinarian and cheesemaker Beat Wampfler of the University of Arts in Bern is working to determine the effects of rock ‘n’ roll on cheese production. This experiment has been going on since September and is an actual thing known as sonochemistry, or the study of sound waves on solid bodies. (You learn new things every day.) Unsurprisingly, the results are TBD. For The Win
STRAIGHT TO THE POINT…
Sometimes there’s just too much news and not enough space.
• The mayor of North Ogden, Utah was killed this weekend in an attack in Afghanistan, where he was serving with the state’s National Guard.
• More than 92,000 homes in New Brunswick (and another 8,000 across the Maritimes) had power knocked out by a massive windstorm this weekend.
• Is denim dead? Ontario retailer Jean Machine has announced it’s closing all 24 of its stores by the end of February 2019.
• After more than five months in the water, Ross Edgley has become the first person to swim all 2865 kilometers around Great Britain. (What’d you do this weekend?)
• Did anyone really expect spotlight-lovers Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson to stay quiet about their break-up?
• Just Desserts
Google released the first beta version of the Android mobile operating system on Nov. 5, 2007. It was the only one of its 16 versions (to date) without a dessert-themed codename.
• Makeup Malfunction
This is not your typical mid-set costume change.