Thank God it’s Friday! It’s a miracle that we made it to the weekend. Celebrate with Bwoglines (and a side of Pastor Joel Osteen you’ve never seen before).
Happening in the world: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, previously known to Americans as a woke king and Canada’s first edible prime minister, continues to face backlash after several photos and a video of him in blackface and brownface surfaced earlier this week. These racist episodes have thrown Trudeau’s re-election campaign into uncertainty, and are expected to damage the prime minister’s carefully crafted image of himself as a champion of progressive issues and an advocate for immigration, Indigenous rights, and racial equality. The Canadian election will take place on October 21st. (NYT)
Happening in the US: The gun manufacturer Colt announced on Thursday that it would halt production of the AR-15 for the civilian market. The company’s CEO cited consumer demand as the reason for the suspension, noting that the U.S. market has become oversaturated with the weapons in recent years. It’s unlikely that the change will have an effect on the availability of semiautomatic weapons, although the decision comes at a time when many retailers have cut back on gun sales in response to public pressure. The AR-15 has been used in a number of recent mass shootings, including those in Aurora, Newtown, and Parkland. (Washington Post)
Happening in NYC: With the United Nations Climate Action Summit only three days away, New Yorkers young and old are gathering for Climate Strike NYC, the widely-discussed youth climate protest scheduled to take place today in Foley Square from 12 to 5:30 pm. The protest received attention in the news earlier this week when the New York City public school district announced that it would excuse the absences of students who miss class to attend the strike. This means that as many as 1.1 million kids could participate in the march to Battery Park, where 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg and others will speak. (Gothamist)
Happening on Campus: Today, Columbia celebrates World Bone Marrow Donor Day. Stop by the Lerner ramp tables from 11 to 5 pm to join the global marrow donor registry. Any healthy person between the ages of 18 and 44 can participate! Visit the Columbia events calendar for more information about the registration process.
Slightly Niche Twitter Recommendation Of The Day: @JoelDongsteen, a Twitter bot that replaces every mention of “God” in beloved televangelist Joel Osteen’s tweets with “your dick.” The advice is often surprisingly insightful. Think of it as Co-Star for people who are guided by their penises.
a happier time in Justin Trudeau’s life via Google