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Welcome to this week's Tuesday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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Australia, Pakistan: the killings continue each day. No solutions, just excuses.

December 16, 2014 @ 8:38 AM

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What's the solution?

December 16, 2014 @ 8:40 AM


Radical Islam is the single biggest threat to the safety of mankind since fascism. We are blind and complacent in controlling it. It lives and breaths in our western society and rots it from within. It will get worse, as we do nothing ,due to fear and pc bull shit.

December 16, 2014 @ 8:44 AM


On the TV show "Mantracker" don't the camera crews following the contestants around giveaway their positions to the trackers?

The camera guy must leave traces of his presence like footprints or other bodily functions in the woods plus your running through a forest holding a camera. Do the trackers just ignore this for the good of the show?

December 16, 2014 @ 8:59 AM


I wish I knew. Its beyond my paygrade (to use an over-used cliché).

December 16, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Sam in Pickering

TM: How was Strombo?

December 16, 2014 @ 9:10 AM

James Edgar

@Glen Nope they don't leave any traces. It's not in the script so the mantracker couldn't see them even if they did.

@Mike that is a $64000000 question, nothing comes to mind for me at all . Being tough ,Compromising and education have all been tried but all are looking like failures to me. probably above my pay grade as well. One thing i do know is that there is no easy solution.

December 16, 2014 @ 9:16 AM

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@Sam in Pickering

He was awesome. We recorded for almost two hours and then continued our chat off-mic.

He was nice, sincere, and entertaining. I can't wait to share this episode next Monday morning.

But first, I have a great episode with Scot Turner to share tomorrow.

December 16, 2014 @ 9:17 AM



Wow, I'm a little out of the loop! You had that kind of access with Strombo? Nicely done. Looking forward to that one, for sure.

I love the job Scot does on Spirit of Radio Sunday. You're now on the circuit for prominent Toronto personalities. Exceptionally well done, Mike. Guess interviews such as these might put the squeeze on Elvis The Shithead's time on the mic.

I now understand how you'd leave your heart here in San Francisco. Happily, I'm not able to do that. My heart belongs elsewhere.

Enjoy the day everyone!

December 16, 2014 @ 9:27 AM

Ryan G

I agree with Tim. Although this guy was a nutter and likely not officially part of an organized scheme, the net result remains the same. Hitting a soft target like a fucking chocolate shop is precisely the point. Someone mentioned on 1010 today - if there are 100,000 wackjobs on the planet who take out a half dozen people every once in a while, the optics (and body count) are far more grim than 9/11.

Anytime. Anywhere. Anybody.

December 16, 2014 @ 9:34 AM

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I think Elvis would get a kick out of his new nickname: Elvis The Shithead.

Strombo and I went back and forth about his appearance for months... then yesterday, at about 4pm, he texted me and said he was coming over. He's a busy dude, but a man of his word.

I think you (and anyone else who remembers the old CFNY with fondness) will love Scot Turner's episode 102 I'm posting tomorrow. He was also very nice and accomodating and interesting.

And since we're on the subject of CFNY and my podcast, I confirmed with David Marsden yesterday. He'll likely be episode 104.

December 16, 2014 @ 9:38 AM

Al The Royal Pain

@Toronto Mike

I've been to a couple of tapings of The Hour and was blown away by the guy's skill and professionalism during the show and then after I got a chance to chat with him and he was super friendly and gracious with his time. At no time did I get the feeling he was in a rush to be somewhere else. At that point he was already one of CBC's (and Canada's) big personalities, but he was still so humble.

December 16, 2014 @ 9:39 AM

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Here I am with Canada's boyfriend.

December 16, 2014 @ 9:40 AM

Ryan G / hobogauntlet.blogspot.ca

Check out episode 3 of Hobo Guantlet Radio for a sonic journey through the decades, including Echo & The Bunnymen, Kasabian, The Art of Noise, James, The Doors, Stone Roses, LCD Soundsystem and The Stranglers, to name a few..now online at http://girthradio.com/hobo-gauntlet-radio-ep3

December 16, 2014 @ 9:41 AM

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@Al The Royal Pain

I love those tunes. Looks like a solid crowd!

December 16, 2014 @ 9:46 AM



Radical Islam is the biggest threat to Western society? Well not really. Guys with fully auto AR15's walking into movie theatre's or outside of schools seem to be a bigger threat.

How do you stop this? Well you start by differentiating between "radical" and "normalized" and draw up your opinions from there. When you start viewing the "normalized" people as being radicalized it only further alienates them. So does expecting those normalized people to "apologize" or distance themselves from the radicals. I'm a white male. When a radicalized white male does something (like the Sandy Hook shooter) I'm not expected to apologize for it nor distance myself from him. He was just fucking crazy.

The rise of radicalized people is partially our fault too. We (the West) have little understanding of "Muslims" and many of us draw opinions based on stereotypes. The result is alienation. Alienation brings out emotion & emotion is what radicalizes. Suddenly that radical has the same opinion of us "westerners" as some of us do of all "muslims". The stereotype.

BTW Argie, you wanted an example of Christian brutality. I have one for you. The Canadian Native residential school system. The program was administered by the Feds (Gov) and administration was handled by..the Catholic and Anglican Church of Canada.

The result? Some 150,000 natives/Inuit children were taken (by force) from their home. They were placed into schools & not permitted to speak of their culture or their own language. Nutritional experiments were performed on them. Countless of these children were raped, molested, assaulted, violated &..over 4000 of them died. The remainder who survived left the system scarred and traumatized. Typically when people are traumatized they find escape in alcohol & drugs. To quote Gordon Tootoosis "alcohol, drugs and abuse are part of our culture now".

Hard not to place the responsibility for much of that on the Church is it Argie? There are 188,000 students in the Toronto Board of Education (elementary). Imagine if 4000 of them had died in the last..say 30 years. You think it would be "status quo".

December 16, 2014 @ 9:55 AM



I love that Scot Turner's episode number is 102. Nice.

I'll have some podcast listening to do once I'm back.

December 16, 2014 @ 9:55 AM

James Edgar

So my brother in-law sends me an email yesterday about something called the diabetes protocol. a "MIRACLE" cure for diabetes ,both Type 1 and Type 2. He has type 2 and no doubt finds it a burden . I have Type 1 and yes it's a burden.

Note for those unfamiliar with Diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes (also called Juvenile diabetes ) is the result of an autoimmune issue that destroys the insulin producing beta cells in your pancreas . Usually happens in childhood but can happen in adulthood. Requires Insulin injections to manage.

Type 2 diabetes is genetic and is often related to obesity (but not always) . the difference is not that the pancreas stops making insulin but that you bodies ability to use the insulin is impaired. It can be managed by diet and exercise by many but may also require medication and Insulin injection.

Insulin is the hormone that breaks down sugar in your body so you can use it. Pronged excess sugar in your system causes all kinds of damage.

So I listen to the spiel from the founder a "Dr." Kenneth Pullman.

How is it possible people believe crap like this??? How is it possible that people can be so corrupt that they promote this kind of thing?

Yes I'd LOVE a cure. Even better i'd love one simple thing to fix my pancreas so i could stop with the constant stress about my blood glucose and so i could stop using my stomach and fingers as pin cushions.

But that is NOT how the world works.

Magic pills are fictional characters just like Santa .

December 16, 2014 @ 9:57 AM

Ryan G

@Al - nice. Good tunes indeed and even a fucking cowbell!

December 16, 2014 @ 10:01 AM


@James Edgar

The even neater thing about Type 2 diabetes is that it costs the medical system billions on billions per year. This strains the system & we end up with "long wait times". Then we have a huge swath of people furious at those long wait times demanding the government do more.

And not one politician says jack shit about "maybe you should take responsibility for your own health".

The other day I read that personal debt was at it's highest in the history ever recorded. Irony eh. All I read is people screaming about the governments finances & those screaming are buried in their own debt. Pot. Kettle. Black.

The vast majority of the medical systems problems in Canada are due to poor lifestyles. I'm not entirely blaming that on people either. The reality is cheap, garbage food is WAY cheaper than the healthy stuff. And the government is willing to invest in many things but community centers (complete with fitness centers with child care) don't seem to be one of them.

December 16, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

Lyle Lanley

What's happening on Strombo's shirt?

Bad Santa!

December 16, 2014 @ 10:22 AM


Well this is a first.

December 16, 2014 @ 10:25 AM

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It's a second. Remember the Roots ad.

December 16, 2014 @ 10:26 AM


Irv, the great apologist for islam. I hope you like your new gig. Does it pay well? What are the benefits like? Generous pension I assume?

December 16, 2014 @ 10:27 AM


And for those of you with the Uber love in, did you read this http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/12/15/uber-backtracks-after-jacking-up-prices-during-syndey-hostage-crisis/

Seems Uber price spiked rides out of the hostage zone. How classy. This comes maybe a week after a well known and respected IT security hacker (of which I might know something about) said their Android app was basically "malware". The reply from Uber? Don't install it. How fucking arrogant. What's next, some black hat exploits a weakness & dumps the entire customer DB online in a pastebin?

According to the article above Uber also raised prices during Hurricane Sandy. How classy.

December 16, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

this guest

hold your two index fingers
and two thumbs together
squeeze them tight
and make a little diamond

look through it
this is called 'opinion'

now put your hands by your sides
look at what is called 'world'

now imagine
the mind's eye seeing through a tiny diamond

December 16, 2014 @ 10:39 AM



Apologist for Islam? LOL. How is that?

I'm not sure who you think I am going to work for Argie, but the only "new gig" in my future with benefits and a pension would be me getting accepted into the Canadian Armed Forces. But let's talk salary. The salary listed for what my chosen profession to do in the military is quite low. And that comes at rank of captain. If you're not at the rank of captain, the salary is WAAYY lower. I haven't really reviewed the pension stuff Argie, I been training for the fitness test.

For your own edification, here are the pay rates for the Department of Defense. Hope the lineup at the coffee shop wasn't too long Argie.


December 16, 2014 @ 10:40 AM

this guest

thank god
for those who see
through a bigger diamond


December 16, 2014 @ 10:41 AM


One last thing Argie. Regarding your "high salary, great pension" comment, the data below comes from the CSEC careers website. CSEC is the "NSA" of Canada. They, along with CSIS, do foreign intelligence monitoring, data mining, intelligence, etc. Payscale is for a foreign intelligence analyst. Cyber Security pay starts at 70K a year.

Now Argie, go out and google what a private industry CISSP or CISO makes. And tell me who gets paid.

Salary Range

From $63,155 to $82,475 per year.


All positions are located in Ottawa, Ontario.

December 16, 2014 @ 10:46 AM


You missed my point but that's OK, you tired really hard.

December 16, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

this guest

jacking prices during a
hostage situation.

Geez. How do they decide
like that.

December 16, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

this guest

Uber drones delivering pizzas
to hungry kids in the mud
at Woodstock for
199.99 a slice.

December 16, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

this guest

Can drones deliver take out food
to traffic helicopter pilots?

December 16, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

Ryan G / hobogauntlet.blogspot.ca

btw Mike, what exactly did you do with that candy cane after (or before) that photo. Strombo's smile is revealing.

December 16, 2014 @ 11:57 AM


I'm guessing Uber prices are algorithm driven. It tries to determine "popular" and "high traffic" areas that are more valuable. Probably relies on Twitter and other social media for cues.

I'm sure this works out great when 50k people are tweeting about how they're going to go to a Leafs game Downtown Toronto. People + event + location = higher fares.

And then because any automated system like that is ultimately flawed (and greedy, but that's an argument for a different day)... you get shit like that. Whole bunch of people tweeting about a certain place in Sydney. People + event + location = higher fares.

If I were in charge there, for PR purposes I'd scuttle the whole system immediately to avoid another black eye. And then I'd create a price review department to review ANY fare hikes over x% over y hours and flag it for manual review before it goes live.

Actually, I would have had that department in place before going live with the system, because otherwise you're just asking for a PR nightmare when your "brillant" system goes haywire.

December 16, 2014 @ 12:14 PM


The media whitewashing the fact that the Sydney Siege was an act of Islamic Terror is simply unbelievable. This attacker was not a "lone wolf" as he has been portrayed by many. Just take a look at what he himself had to say on his website:

“Islam is the religion of peace, that’s why Muslims fight against the oppression and terrorism of USA and its allies including UK and Australia. If we stay silent towards the criminals we cannot have a peaceful society. The more you fight with crime, the more peaceful you are. Islam wants peace on the Earth, that’s why Muslims want to stop terrorism of America and its allies.”

As well, he forced a hostage do video recording saying the hostage takeover was "an attack on Australia by the Islamic State” and had the hostages refer to him as "our ISIS brother."

Yet according to many in the media this guy was just "mentally ill" and a "maniac" no different from the Sandy Hook shooter or the Colorado movie theater gunman. The clear facts say otherwise.

December 16, 2014 @ 12:34 PM


So because the crazy guy said he wasn't crazy that means it was an attack by ISIS and not an attack by an unstable man.

Thanks, Justin. I am glad you're on the case to clear up the lies by the media.

Crazy people with a Christian background are crazy. Crazy people with a Muslim background are evil doers and let's blame the faith.

December 16, 2014 @ 12:38 PM


Russia's central bank spiked their interest rates, from 10.5 to 17.0%. H/t to Eye on a Crazy Planet.
Now will Rogers Cable finally dump Russia Today from its leading first position at its news mix channel 179?

December 16, 2014 @ 12:40 PM


The difference, McNulty, is Christians don't kill people and wage wars in the name of God simply because others don't subscribe to their ideas. This Sydney terrorist, the self-styled Sheik Man Haron Monis, was acting as a soldier in a Holy War against the Western world for not being Muslim. Meanwhile, Adam Lanza was a gun enthusiast with behavioral issues. But as many in the media see it, they are no different.

December 16, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

Tiny Montgomery

Justin @ 12:47
'The difference, McNulty, is Christians don't kill people and wage wars in the name of God simply because others don't subscribe to their ideas.'

Oh really?

'God' told George Bush to attack Iraq.
1,000,000 dead and counting.

December 16, 2014 @ 1:04 PM


I wish you had been able to ask Strombo if he had ever gone to a Boney M concert with Jimberly Richards...

December 16, 2014 @ 1:06 PM

this guest

christians don't kill people
they told her
tying her to the wooden
and piling dried branches
around her feet

December 16, 2014 @ 1:14 PM

this guest

do not argue.
focus on the positive, amazing, amusing, bewildering.
take your medicine.
don't react to reactionary thoughts.
stay focused.
stop hogging band width.

December 16, 2014 @ 1:22 PM


I've been down this road you're on - you know, the road that deals in facts, reality, truth. Unfortunately we're outnumbered by those who would rather stick their heads in the (Saudi) sand.

We can say it a million times: "not all muslims are terrorists" or "most victims of Islamic terrorism are muslim" but they don't care. They just want to deflect (liberal speak) the argument to only blame Christians for something they did 800 years ago.

Just a matter of time before Phil shows up.

December 16, 2014 @ 1:35 PM


@ Argie

My only point is that this asshole was crazy and Justin seems to think the media is supressing it for some reason. Justin's proof is the crazy guy's website. How does Justin rationalize it?

This guy was as nutty and unstable as the attacker on Ottawa and the shooter in Colorado.

Justin makes a lot of claims that are soley based on the crazy guy's words. That's my point.

December 16, 2014 @ 2:03 PM


"The difference, McNulty, is Christians don't kill people and wage wars in the name of God simply because others don't subscribe to their ideas."


And who said we didn't have good satirist in the Toronto Mike comments?

December 16, 2014 @ 2:19 PM


Of course all of these effers are crazy. The debate is what motivates them to carry out these acts. Is it something abstract they dream up in their demented heads or is it an actual cultural/religious movement (cult) that they embrace? The stats in the past 15-20 years shows its the latter.

What Justin is saying (and I agree), the politicians and MSM go out of their way to dissociate Islam from this violence - which happens on a frequent basis.

December 16, 2014 @ 2:21 PM

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@Ryan G

I'll never tell.

December 16, 2014 @ 2:49 PM


I wouldn't say they are withholding it but not always using Islam as the reason for his craziness.

I think this nut would have done something similar with or without an Islamic influence.

December 16, 2014 @ 2:50 PM


in the Fantasy Genocide League who is your top Muslim pick? Christian? Let's check the stats.

December 16, 2014 @ 3:07 PM

Tiny Montgomery

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

Imagine by
John Lennon

December 16, 2014 @ 3:24 PM


"Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world..."

December 16, 2014 @ 3:58 PM



Aren't you always telling us that "civil servants" are overpaid. I posted Department of Defense salaries (military salaries). They don't look high to me. I also posted the salaries for cyber security/threat analysis employers at Canadian Security Establishment Canada. They're no where near what a seasoned/skilled "hacker" would make in the private market. In fact the wages of Non Comm soldiers ain't that great. Canada pays it's soldiers well compared to the USA. Just don't get blow to bits because you get a lump payout. Good work soldier. Sorry about your missing limbs and your PTSD but it ain't our problem.

There are well in excess of 1 billion Muslims. The vast majority are peaceful people who have the same desires in life as most people; happiness, some level of success/wealth & a family. They are not the enemy. The enemy is the radicalized factions who are not about the words of the Qu'ran, they're about power, money & control. Your problem is you seem to have difficulty separating civilians & radicals. Those civilians also face the wrath of those religious zealots.


The falling oil prices will have a dramatic & ugly effect on Russia. Russia requires prices near $90 dollars a barrel to make money. They're a one trick pony too. All economic eggs in one basket. In less than 1 fiscal year shit will get ugly for them. Their future is pretty dim too because they extract oil to quickly which causes well depletion. "Get the $$$ now" at its' finest.

December 16, 2014 @ 4:36 PM


And let's not forget the 120 children slaughtered today in the name of that religion of peace.
Wake up People, the Muslims have a huge problem and the vast majority ignore it or hope it will go away.

December 16, 2014 @ 4:38 PM


Well, my Suns lost last night and the Raptors won. My Nets play tonight. I hope they can find a way to beat the Raptors. I am lousy in my basketball pool. The guy who has the Raptors and Clippers is miles ahead of me. There really is no such thing as SAnta? How can a fat man go down a chimney anyway? The answer is he can't. It's just phony stuff.

December 16, 2014 @ 4:49 PM

this guest

children slaughtered
a nauseating and chilling reality
from a crude medieval mind-set
then we have cheney
representative of
another religion of peace
and his torture talk
so many tortured, degraded,
butchered for profit.

a pox on both their houses

December 16, 2014 @ 5:08 PM


“The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001,” it said. “We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)”


This group, strangely called the GOP are thought to be hackers employed by Kim Jong in North Korea. Apparently "hackers" are well regarded in the country and considered the elite. Coincidentally these attacks coincide with the day a movie about attacking North Korea comes out.

You'll be happy to know Mike that the commies use Linux aka "Red Star" . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Star_OS

They also have the internet in North Korea as they have active IP numbers. Lovely website too. You can pay to visit North Korea just read the terms and conditions (like not ever returning).

December 16, 2014 @ 5:18 PM

this guest

When I was a teenager I checked a book out of the library
about brainwashing techniques the North Koreans used on
captured G.I.s.
A few black and white photos.

December 16, 2014 @ 5:22 PM

4x4 Time

@Irv - Do you happen to know what it costs to produce a barrel of oil from Alberta? Just curious as to how far the loonie will slide.

December 16, 2014 @ 5:48 PM



Alberta oil production costs vary. If they're established conventional wells (drill hole, oil comes up) it can be $20-30 dollars. These type of wells only make up for a tiny amount of production. The rest is oil sands & fracking where costs vary but generally producers prefer $60.00 & up. Newer wells/oil sands has break even around $85.00.

I been in Calgary a fair bit lately. The mood changes weekly. They had a oil services guy on the CBC this morning (The EyeOpener). He had 400 staff & had already let go 60 of them. They were tradespeople too. I spent a fair bit of time in the industry in the tech side & the folks I have casual chats with are very concerned.

If the price doesn't increase by the second quarter of 2015, I would expect massive layoffs (thousands). Already future budgets are being hacked and chopped. Having lived here on and off since the late 70's I've seen a few busts notably the early 80's. It's nasty.

The oil industry in Alberta is like the weather in Calgary. Most of the days are bright and sunny but when storms come they're violent and nasty. Newcomers often don't realize how wild the swings can be. That's why people drown in thunderstorms (really) and people get their financial asses handed to them when the oil price crashes.

It'll hit all of Canada too, especially the Feds. The money tree is closed for a while.

December 16, 2014 @ 6:18 PM

this guest

It's one thing to moan and groan online
in the safety of Canada
about who does what wrong and who
isn't performing perfectly or as one
would like
but my god the bravery of that girl Malala
and others like her
when those monsters
attack schools.

December 16, 2014 @ 6:28 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Re: oil prices
All I know is gass has been cheap lately below a buck a litre in some places and that's all I care about. Hopefully it stays that way for a while. Hopefully no more of this buck 40 a litre nonsense.

December 16, 2014 @ 6:48 PM


@this guest

If the politicians in Pakistan had half the courage, bravery and honesty that Malala has , then maybe their Country wouldn't be the hell hole that it is.
She truly is a role model for the world, however I am afraid that the monsters will finish the job on her someday.

December 16, 2014 @ 6:51 PM

this guest

@ Speysidephil

Let's hope she beats the odds.

December 16, 2014 @ 7:06 PM



Until you realize the huge tax contribution made to Ottawa by Alberta. And the good paying jobs it offers all Canadians.

December 16, 2014 @ 7:14 PM

4x4 Time

Thanks Irv, interesting.

December 16, 2014 @ 7:39 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Irv. I have always been surprised how low the pay scale is for the Forces, especially for the guys in the line of fire.
They should be making far more than the OPP or Metro Toronto Police Service due to this danger.
Mike the new format is great, especially from a mobile phone.

December 16, 2014 @ 8:42 PM



Yep, it is low. Figure that starting pay for a Private is 2806 a month. It's even worse in the USA. I worked with a Captain & a Sergeant (E5 - the standard 3 chevron sergeant). Their pay for enlisted men is awful. Let's talk 20K a year.

Private E1 - 19K
Private First Class - 21K
Corporal - 23K
Sergeant - $26K
Staff Sgt - 28K

It increases with years experience but it's still very low. And then they get released from the military and end up homeless.

December 16, 2014 @ 9:12 PM

Anonymous Coward

For the sake of the rest of us Argie, please build yourself a bomb-shelter or panic room already and seal yourself in so no one else has to suffer the unpleasantness of reading your paranoid delusional shit.

December 16, 2014 @ 10:57 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Irv: Yes I do know all about the good jobs in Alberta. I've got lots of friends and family from New Brunswick who have either relocated to Alberta for work, or they work camp jobs and go home on days off. Those who relocated, like my cousin for example, left NB 15 years ago and only goes back once every 3 or 4 years. Same as my uncle he's been in Alberta since 2010 and wishes he had gone much, much sooner.

December 16, 2014 @ 11:24 PM


In reference to your comment that I include our soldiers/security experts with the underworked, overpaid, hefty govt office worker who despite his/her brutal work performance can never be fired, is not true.

Our defense dept's should be compensated well - not just because they deserve it but it would also attract more qualified candidates.

December 17, 2014 @ 8:55 AM

this guest

Went out early in the drizzle.
Overheard a conversation at the hardware store.
Realized the guy talking had a very direct energy.
He did not have to navigate one thousand points of light or darkness
to make it to his destination.
He just got there.
He won't write like Kafka perhaps, there are no shadows pushing him
into contortions....
But then again when you think of Kafka it's how he negotiated the shadows
that made him the brilliant 'oarsman' he is.

December 17, 2014 @ 9:15 AM

this guest

@ Speysidephil,

hey, did you hear about Dylan's latest project? Sinatra covers!
Done with the band in the studio - direct takes as a group.
To be released in Feb I think.

December 17, 2014 @ 9:19 AM


@Jason: In the movie Fubar 2, one of the guys is filling up with gas and they are lowering the price. He comments something that he's happy. Next scene oil is "in the shitter" and he's laid off. The oil sands are the last place plain old working class people can find a good paying job. This morning on CBC (I'm in YYC right now) 4 major players announced huge budget cuts. I read yesterday CIBC warned falling oil will take some 5 billion out of Federal coffers.

Speaking of Alberta, I was reading yesterday that the Wildrose Party members are defecting to the Alberta PC's. What does one say. Just a few months ago this party was running ad's how "tired" the PC's were, how they had been in power too long. Suddenly, they're joining their ranks. Anyone wonder why people are cynical of politicians? Talk about lack of integrity.

December 17, 2014 @ 9:19 AM

this guest

@ speysidephil,

yes, that was a good article. I like that guy's thought process.

December 17, 2014 @ 9:22 AM

this guest

just reflecting on Irv's post it seems
with a name like 'Wildrose' that
Wildrose Party members
really miss the boat by not dressing like
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys

Great name but you simply can't look
like you are dressed for a Tim Horton's takeout
window and live up to the potential of the word.

December 17, 2014 @ 9:29 AM


@this guest
Nope I hadn't heard of Dylan's new project.
Now this should be interesting, I'm all over it when it is released.

December 17, 2014 @ 9:47 AM

James Edgar

"The even neater thing about Type 2 diabetes is that it costs the medical system billions on billions per year."
Yup :( and according to my endo that's going up and up.

While it's true that lifestyle has a significant impact on whether people have Type 2 Diabetes people in good shape get it too. Genetics playing an even more significant role.

Of course if you're genetically inclined but only marginally so ,taking good care of your health reduces risk factor substantially.

One thing to note that doesn't seem to ever be mentioned is that screening for type 2 has been increased over the last twenty years . There was a study done back in the 80's and early 90's called The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial that conclusively proved that tight management of blood glucose slowed the onset of complications by huge percentages. So screening for diabetes is much more common now than it had been .

That is actually one reason there seems to be an epidemic, more people who might have gone undiagnosed are getting diagnosed. A large number of people diagnosed with Type 2 used to be diagnosed years after onset and having already done significant damage . . Early screening gets people managing things earlier.

That's not to say that peoples lifestyles are not a factor.

December 17, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

this guest

re: Wildrose Party name:

You simply can't fill a warehouse storage room with crushed cardboard
and burlap bags of coal,
dangle a bare lightbulb on a cord,
put on Gloria Gaynor singing 'I Will Survive'
and call it a 'disco.'

December 17, 2014 @ 10:23 AM


Re: Wildrose and PCs
They're one in the same and the sooner Smith realizes she's not a leader, the better off she and party will be.

December 17, 2014 @ 10:44 AM



I was a supporter of the Wildrose Party in the early days. I felt they were grassroots & Libertarian & they had some good ideas (like tax breaks for volunteering TIME instead of giving money).

The problem with the party is they simply became the parking spot for a bunch of racist redneck old white men. The gay "lake of fire" comment or the YYC "white is superior" comment. The party was overrun by those old redneck white men & Smith simply couldn't control it. Smith isn't like Harper. She doesn't rule with an iron fist and I agree with that. Harper forces his MP's to tow the line. Smith let her MLA's vote on their own judgement & what their constituents wanted. Unfortunately, her party was filled with yeehaw rednecks & they brought the whole thing down. It looks good on them.

The end result was that Wildrose never was a force. They own nothing in Edmonton and nothing in Calgary proper. They're relegated to South Alberta, the "More Alberta, Less Ottawa" faction. In the last byelection in Calgary, WR came in 3rd place in a riding that includes Upper Mount Royal, the richest area of Alberta & home to all the oil moguls. The Alberta Party came in second place. What's that say?

@This Guest

Wildrose is the provincial flower of the province of Alberta. It's a light purple colour. That's where the party's name came from. The slogan on the license plates was "Wildrose Country". Unlike Ontario, symbols in Alberta carry significance. The provincial flag (a blue flag) is commonplace at many businesses & you often see stickers of the flag on cars. Paul Brandt sang it best on the song Alberta Bound "Yeah, I've got independence in my veins".

Say what you want about Alberta, but I was here when the flood happened. Folks let strangers stay at their homes. People showed up from all over and helped people salvage their homes. And it was HOT that week. 38C in burning bright sun. That type of spirit is what those symbols define man. And there is a great deal of truth to them.

December 17, 2014 @ 11:13 AM


My Nets lost. That's no good, but my Habs and Coyotes won. Anyway, I need my Nets to beat the Raptors. Please do it. I am so behind in my pool. I need a bunch of Raptors losses.

December 17, 2014 @ 11:22 AM


Got something against rednecks?

That sense of community and helping your fellow man exists in Ontario. Not in the 416, but in the 519, the 905 and 705.

December 17, 2014 @ 11:46 AM

this guest

Thanks Irv re: provincial flower. did not know that.

In terms of helping complete strangers the old city of Toronto used to care a fair bit for strangers. I remember Olivia Chow as a city council member bringing in free dental care for seniors and children from low income families.

December 17, 2014 @ 11:58 AM



I'm using the term redneck in the pejorative way not in the hard working stand on your own two feet "redneck" sense. With 20+ years of life in Alberta & I still maintain a rental (business mostly) I'm entitled to toss the word around.

There are good people and a sense of community in every province Argie. But there is a strong "support your own" especially in Alberta. The Calgary CO OP, a 1.2 billion dollar Calgary only grocery chain. When the makers of Bud sued smaller breweries for making "Lime" beer, they left Big Rock alone. Stomping on Big Rock & Ed McNalley in their hometown would ensure you felt real cowboy wrath. Much the same in Edmonton which is the incubator of a substantial number of companies.

I actually prefer Edmonton over Calgary myself thought it's not as "pretty". Some years ago while living in Edmonton I was severely injured and forced to use a wheelchair for a bit. The Sobeys in my building wasn't open so I stupidly attempted to roll the 3 blocks to Safeway (Whyte and 112th was my place). I got stuck. It was about -40C and I was just sitting there. A great big jacked up Ford pulled over, parked & the guys pushed me to Safeway, got my stuff & got me some beer & pushed me back to my unit. Classic E-Town.

@This Guest

I have to say Calgary did shine in the floods. That's where I give Trudeau credit, he walked into High River & helped clean up. Trust me, it takes REAL balls as a Liberal to walk into High River with the name Trudeau.. I lived for some time in Mission, a Calgary neighborhood next to the Elbow River. My old condo was wiped out..8 feet of water, uninhabitable for 2 months. I was there to do work and I was in the south when a CBC alert came up on my iPhone. Most of downtown being evacuated. . People had maybe 2 hours to get out of work, get home and flee. People on my Facebook were offering places to sleep, food, showers, etc. Yet people came by the thousands from all over to help out strangers. They dug out meter deep sludge in basements with shovels. They ripped out drywall by hand. People just went door to door "do you need some help". It was an inspiring moment in humanity.

December 17, 2014 @ 1:31 PM

Irvine. The orginal

Looks like CFOX in Vancouver needed some free press for their shitty ratings


PS. I see Drex is being his typical company man self. Slurp slurp

December 17, 2014 @ 3:43 PM

this guest

@ Irv

great news about Alberta! thanks.

December 17, 2014 @ 4:34 PM

Tiny Montgomery

Way to go Australia. WTF.

Australia Refused Iran’s Previous Attempts to Extradite Sydney Attacker
Iran Sought Monis on Fraud Charges in the Late 1990s.
by Jason Ditz, December 16, 2014
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Details continue to emerge on Man Haron Monis, the Iranian-born attacker who was slain earlier this week after taking hostages in a Sydney, Australia cafe.

Iranian officials say that Monis had been wanted for decades over fraud he committed while the manager of a travel agency, and that he had fled to Australia under a fake name in the late 1990s.

Iran tracked Monis down, and sought to extradite him from Australia, but the Australian government refused when Monis sought “political asylum.” During his time in Australia, he was charged with multiple crimes, including accessory to murder of his ex-wife, but was out on bail.

December 17, 2014 @ 5:26 PM


She said her party had worked hard to push for balanced budgets, elimination of wasteful spending, a respect for property rights and ethics in government. - Danielle Smith


December 17, 2014 @ 8:07 PM


Its nice to see that Canada is not the only country that seems to have an affinity for m/e terrorists. You're tight, WTF!

December 17, 2014 @ 8:14 PM

Tiny Montgomery

Since when does Canada have such an 'affinity?' Or Australia? The 'WTF' question is probably answered by Australia's 'Iran-o-phobia' and desire to 'stick it to them' with this nutcase they wouldn't deport. It, of course, backfired stupidly as so many things do.

December 17, 2014 @ 10:03 PM


HOLY SHIT IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD ... if I were to listen to a fraction of Argie's idiotic crap.

December 17, 2014 @ 10:48 PM



Yes it must be the end of the world.
I just read your idiotic crap!

December 17, 2014 @ 11:27 PM


Dean Blundell 2

CFOX, (Vancouver's Edge 102) morning man Jeff O'neil had Trudeau on his show. While on the air as it was simulcast on CKNX (CFRB Vancouver essentially) he asked Trudeau if he would "Fuck, Kill or Marry" Harper's wife, Rona Ambrose & former GG MIchealee Jean.

His show is now on "hiatus" until the new year. What do you say? Twitter is full of his own peers lambasting him for his stupidity. I'm not against shock jock humour. Hell, my favourite comedian is Chris Rock. But there is a time & place for things.


Danielle Smith and 8 others defected to the Alberta PC's. She said her mission was complete and she had returned many thing to government including "ethics". Few things shock me anymore but she comes close. Is so dense she believes the public will buy that shit about "ethics". 1 month ago the PC Party of Alberta was "corrupt & had been in power too long". Now she's part of it. Apparently her Facebook is under attack by angry voters (and likely angry financial supporters). Left, Right, Liberal....all politicians are sleazy douche bags. The bigger problem is the "selfie generation" is too busy shopping. The only people that are actively involved in change are hackers & trolls on the internet.

December 18, 2014 @ 9:05 AM


Correction: That's CKNW, not CKNX. CKNX is a fabulous country station located in the charming town of Wingham, Ontario.

December 18, 2014 @ 9:30 AM


My Nets lost. Yes, the Raptors won again unfortunately. Seems like the Raptors can't lose. I may consider dropping out of the basketball pool. I'm doing lousy in it. My Suns won though. That's good. My trainer also won on Tuesday night. My trainer's team only lost one game in the Major League. I wish they would win some spiels.

December 18, 2014 @ 4:56 PM

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