Tuesday Open Mike

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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Sam in Pickering

For the first time in 13 years, the Leafs didn't sell out last night.

March 24, 2015 @ 9:27 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Sam in Pickering

And for the first time in my life, the Leafs played on a Saturday night and didn't appear on CBC.

And... for the first time since I was a kid, I've completely tuned them out. I'm not watching these days, and I typically watch from day one of the preseason. It's never, ever been this bad.

March 24, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

Stan

German passenger jet crashes in France; all 150 aboard feared dead.

March 24, 2015 @ 9:32 AM

Ryan G / hobogauntlet.blogspot.ca

Whenever I take the ferry boat across Toronto harbour to Centre Island, I wonder about a few things.

First, I think about how long I'll actually be on the island until I've become utterly bored and realize I'm trapped, leading to the drudgery of waiting for the ferry back to the city. My university used to have island parties there as part of frosh week, and one time I fell asleep beneath a tree away from the festivities. I'd like to make it clear it had nothing to do with a breakfast smorgasbord of syrupy Durango Coolers at 8:30am (side note: my life is complete..I've finally used smorgasboard in a sentence).

Upon regaining consciousness, the party had ended and it was nearly night time, and I was this close to being forced to swim back to Toronto. Another way of saying that is I was this close to dying while trying to swim back to Toronto.

Another thing I think about while on the ferry? Should the vessel begin to take on water and we are proceeding to sink, given this dire survival situation which passenger should I eat first? Oh sure, we're pretty close to shore in either direction and there would certainly be emergency personnel on the scene quickly, but it's still important to isolate and target where your next meal may have to come from. Watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom as a child has helped me in that regard, even though all those scenes were completely fucking staged.


That's me near the middle in the blue hat


Ahead of resorting to dining on Karl and Mildred from Oakville however, I've heard that on large sinking ships in the past, one just has to follow the rats since they'll instinctively know in which direction to scurry to relative safety on the lower decks.

This theory appears to have some practical applications in everyday life too. I've mentioned this on this blog previously, but last summer I was in Dublin, and I really didn't like the idea of going on a traditional tour, yet I was interested in seeing some of the cool spots around town. So, I rented a bike and simply followed the unending stream of doubledecker tour buses. They go on a huge loop around the city, so if I got too far behind one and wasn't sure which way to go, I'd just wait for another. I could also stop and take in the scenery or take a break wherever I wanted.

Similarly this morning driving to work, The Man On The Radio Box said that there was a major traffic jam on my regular route - the northbound DVP - resulting from a couple of accidents. Heading eastbound on Dundas I confirmed this visually as I passed over the parkway. However, just ahead of me I noticed a taxi who was also considering the DVP, but then he quickly dodged left and right and left through a series of streets I didn't know existed. Next thing I know I'm on Broadview near the Danforth bypassing the terribleness to my left. I laughed and laughed and whistled a merry tune as I pulled into my workplace a full 5 minutes quicker than it usually takes me.

It put me in a fantastic mood since I was fully expecting an awful commute, and as I cheerfully ordered my coffee from the local Tim Horton's, I was extra pleasant to the staff members I encountered, and wondered who I should eat first.
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March 24, 2015 @ 9:54 AM

Argie

@Mike
So true. Like you said "its never been this bad" - which is saying something.

March 24, 2015 @ 9:56 AM

Cheryl

My Nets lost last night again. Yes, the Leafs lost and I should not be happy they did. I hate the Leafs. Anyway, my Orioles had a day off yesterday. My Diamondbacks lost though.

March 24, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

My oldest son still likes to watch, so sometimes I'll watch with him just for the father-son time. Poor kid talks about Morgan Rielly like he's Bobby Orr and goes to bed dreaming of McDavid. Us seasoned Leafs fans know McDavid will never be a Leaf.

But otherwise, I completely ignore Leafs games now. This is strange for me, as I used to base my Saturday nights around Leafs games. Now, the next morning, I check my app to see if we lost, then I smile when I see we did.

At least Shanahan now knows exactly what he has, and it isn't much.

March 24, 2015 @ 10:17 AM

Mel Preston

Re Leafs: I feel as though if they aren't going to make the playoffs then this is the next best thing. They have a top draft pick, in a very strong draft year - and they actually kept it!! Plus they have Nashville's 1st and the potential to get more 1st rounders in trades during the summer. For years, they would now go on a meaningless win streak when they were out of contention and screw themselves out of a top pick and everyone would complain about that. Now that they are losing when they should be, the media are all over them about not trying. I still watch occasionally - but never a whole game. The majority of their losses are by 1 goal or a 2 goal loss with an empty netter. They out hit San Jose and out shot the Wild 18-6 in the 3rd yesterday. They are still trying. I think they just suck right now. The players know the fans and management want them lose and it doesn't matter how much you make, that has to impact ones psyche. They were 19-9-3 and leading the league in scoring in mid-December before going on this crazy 8-32-3 run. Its unexplainable. I actually want them to keep doing this. Lose by 1 or 2 goals, be competitive against playoff bound teams and secure a top 5 pick. There are analysts saying the 4th or 5th pick in this years draft would have gone first overall in recent years past.

March 24, 2015 @ 10:42 AM

Lyle Lanley

If you can't make the playoffs, you're best finishing last. At least it's a deep draft this year.

March 24, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Anonymous

The Leafs haven't won a playoff series in over a decade.

March 24, 2015 @ 10:58 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

And it felt so good!

It was April 20, 2004. We won game 7 against the Sens. Here's what I wrote that night: http://www.torontomike.com/2004/04/maple_leafs_4_senators_1.html

March 24, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Rapsfan

"I would like to bottle this euphoric feeling I have right now in order to preserve it for moments in the future I'm feeling less joyous."

I'd like to take a sip right now!

March 24, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Glen

Have any you using the program Popcorn Time received cease and desist order emails from your ISP on behalf of the movie studios lately?

One of the programmers of Popcorn Time lives in Barrie and there was a feature of him in the National Post on the weekend. It mentions many Popcorn Time users in Canada are getting those very emails.


Here's the link.....

http://business.financialpost.com/2015/03/20/piracy-powered-video-streaming-platform-popcorn-time-is-a-major-threat-to-netflix/?__lsa=fccf-ccf1

March 24, 2015 @ 11:18 AM

Drunk Johnny Fever

@ Toronto Mike....

"But otherwise, I completely ignore Leafs games now."

On behalf of the members,Welcome to the club. You have a lot of catching up to do,many of us got our 10 Year pins a few weeks ago.

March 24, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Argie

I just hope Nonis is gone well before the draft. He's done enough damage to this team. If he's still around come October, I'm done as a Leaf fan.

March 24, 2015 @ 11:46 AM

Ben V

@Glen: Nothing for me and I've watched @#$@ load of Movie's and TV on there since December.

March 24, 2015 @ 11:55 AM

Douglas

@Drunk Johnny Fever - I'm looking forward to getting my 40 year pin in this time next year!

The Leafs did sell out last night. Remember, Leafs tickets are SOLD OUT, except for maybe the SRO ones (oxygen masks optional). The fact that there are tickets available out there is a completely different subject. I wonder if the waiting list for season tickets is down under 20 years now? A friend of mine whose family has had season tickets since 1974 (five or six of them chip in and split what's available) were given a hassle some years ago when father in his 70s wanted to put the subscription in someone else's name. Fortunately, father and son have the same name, so a simple change of address was the solution.

Me, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Winnipeg Jets shut out the Capitals on Saturday night. The Jets winning just made the game better. Both goaltenders were excellent. Apart from one shift, Ovechkin was covered the whole night by recent arrival from Buffalo Tyler Myers. Ovechkin had two shots the whole game. On two opportunities, Myers did a fantastic job of checking Ovechkin before he was able to make a play. The game could have been closer, but Pavelec made some great saves in the third period.

It will be interesting to see how many seats have bums in them next Tuesday. Mine will fill one. I'm the client being appreciated by a very nice wholesaler.

Buffalo has last place pretty much locked, as "hard" as the Leafs "try". Won't both of those teams be ticked if the Oilers or a low-odds team gets first pick from the lottery.

March 24, 2015 @ 12:14 PM

Irv

@Glen

Several years ago I posted on this forum that Canipre had started monitoring P2P connections in Canada. It was obviously a data mining exercise as they knew copyright law would change.

Popcorn Time are pirates. Plain and simple. When it came to music piracy I was totally supportive of it. The industry was heavy handed and resistant to options. Remember when iTunes was going to fail? But services like Netflix, etc have pursued the concept of streaming for a relatively low cost making it available to almost all people. In short, they created options. This is simply there to undermine them. And this guy is going to get v&

FYI, if you pirate movies in Canada you are very likely being monitored. The fine is $5K which is about the same cost as a lawyers retainer fee. Pay the 3 bucks on iTunes & buy it.

I had a laugh at this guy not putting out his personal information. *snorts*. Either that's a troll or the dude is clueless. Depending on the resources put forth, it's nearly impossible to stay hidden on the internet. Ask any professional penetration tester or social engineer/security practitioner. Unless you live off the grid you're out there somewhere. And his cocky attitude is sure to attract the attention of blackhats (hackers) who will d0x him just for the lulz.

People wanted a fairer system. Netflix, iTunes, Spotify, etc gave it to them. Support them.

March 24, 2015 @ 12:19 PM

Irv

Via Anonymous HQ

http://anonhq.com/33-americans-workforce-highest-since-1978/

Last week the conversation was the low US unemployment rate & Obama. I didn't have time to comment, but I do now. The US economic recovery is all a myth.

Unemployment rates are a poor metric to use to measure economy. It's better to use labour participation rate (the number of people working). In the USA it's at it's lowest point since 1978. People have simply given up looking for work. That's why 92 million Americans are on food stamps.

And I expect the raging right wingers to come out with their simplistic answers so I'll retort now. This is a bigger problem than some President. It's a paradigm shift in the US economy & the focus is gone off track. The US has 2 powerful industries.

1. Finance: Almost all it's profit is made trading derivatives & paper. It's a casino economy. The profits fall in the hands of a few who are large enough to pressure the US Feds to write laws. Apparently total economic collapse hasn't tough the US music.

2. Technology. Silicon Valley, etc. This is a real wealth producer but the entrance bar is high. You need to understand design, development & programming. It takes years not months. For the rest of people you sling hot dogs or join the military (the worlds largest example of "socialism" aka government jobs).

This is what happens when you take the power from the voter & give it to "old white money". The government becomes a figurehead for corporate interests. That's exactly the problem in the United States. It's like passing a "Monsanto Protection Act" while farmers get sued for copyright because the wind blew a neighbors seed into their fields.

The most powerful gangster of all is old white money.

March 24, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

Irv

Apparently total economic collapse hasn't tough the US music. should be "apparently total economic collapse hasn't taught the US a lesson".

March 24, 2015 @ 12:31 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Damn. Still can't believe Tim and Sid's last show is this week. Mike you should try and get them on your podcast.

March 24, 2015 @ 1:55 PM

Anonymous

@ Irv,

Thank you for your insights re: U.S. economy. A serious thank you. I get the feeling they are trying to outrun
the hole they've dug. Can they simply 'print more money?'

March 24, 2015 @ 2:24 PM

Irv

@Anonymous

The "President" of the United States is really just one big figurehead. Oh sure, he's got some influence, but overall the direction of the nation is mostly controlled by corporate entities. The Tea Party/Republican types simply kiss the ass of that corporate control harder (which brings power and money) then try to sell the whole "just work harder and it'll be all right".

You can print money but it does no good. Most currency nowadays is "fiat" currency anyway. The value of it is a perception. Problem is what happens when the perception changes? Then you get Argentina or Brazil or Greece. Printing money is essentially what the entire financial industry did for most of the last decade.

Did you ever see the movie Wall Street? When I was young I was fascinated with the character "Gordon Gecko". Gordon did that "greed is good" speech. But in the follow up movie he speaks again, this time at a University. The movie was all about the financial crash (the Hollywood version of course) but the speech lays it right on the line. The citizens were stupid and greedy. And the corporations & world of finance built a house of cards which came crashing down. Thing is, the corporate side of things never acknowledged that they were at fault too. It reminds me of the Rick Santelli rant years ago on CNBC. He was in the trading pit and started mouthing off about the Obama mortgage bailout thing. Santelli ranted how if you can't make the mortgage, too bad, let someone else make it who can. Yet, he forget that American taxpayers bailed out HIS industry to the tune of billions if not trillions. They couldn't pay their mortgage. But it was OK to save them. And that's what started the Occupy movement.

And at first..Occupy made sense. It was regular grassroots people saying "fuck this shit, I'm tired of getting the shaft while 1% types get bailed out". It was incredibly legitimate. Only without a leader it was taken over by other people with agendas (unions, etc). So in the end people had a skewed view of it.

Best part of America is that it's America. And it's fully armed. I'm looking forward to the day when the proles get tired of being ripped off & spied on by the government they pay for. Because when it happens it'll be one epic fucking shit storm.

March 24, 2015 @ 2:42 PM

Anonymous

@ Irv,
thanks. Hadn't seen the second 'Wall St.' or 'Gordon Gekko' film.

March 24, 2015 @ 3:00 PM

Argie

@Irv
I get the feeling you're only warming up....

Re: "the Bailout"
Its actually a misnomer. Nobody was "bailed out." A handful of the major banks in the US received a loan which most paid back within months. Eventually ALL of the money was paid back. It was really just a symbolic gesture to incentivize the banks to loan money - to get the economy going again.

What wasn't paid back was the billions that the US government and our government essentially GAVE to GM. You know, GM, the company that employs thousands of over-paid, under worked union "members" (as they liked to be called). It makes sense that they don't like to be called "employees" as most people know employees usually work for a living - whereas these slugs rarely do.

So anyway, I just thought I would clear up the whole "bail out" misconception you seem to have.

If the clueless occupiers knew that maybe they would be "protesting" their nearest GM plant and not Wall Street.

March 24, 2015 @ 3:02 PM

"OH."

Banks Repaid Fed Bailout With Other Fed Money: Government Report
The Huffington Post | By Mark Gongloff

Posted: 03/09/2012 2:22 pm EST Updated: 03/09/2012 2:23 pm EST

March 24, 2015 @ 3:08 PM

Irv

@Argie

The Feds bought troubled assets from the major banks Argie, to get them off their books so they're remain solvent. That's a bailout. No funds. No business continuity. And no mention of the path that took them there? Evidence abounds they recommended financial tools which were bad investments. Gee Argie, when I wrote the Canadian Securities Course I remember "know thy client". Did they take that out of the syllabus?

As for GM allow me to retort your train of thought.

You blame the union workers who assemble the cars for the failure of GM. Using your logic, we can ascertain this "worker" is so important to the company that it's very existence requires said worker. Using capitalist logic, therefore that worker SHOULD be paid high amounts of money. After all, a major factor in wages is the duties a worker does to keep a company solvent.

But let's cut the shit. Worker ants don't design and engineer cars. Management does. GM failed because management developed, designed and engineered cars people did not want. The "lazy union bums" just assembled them. That's like blaming the prep cook for a failing restaurant.

Do I think that GM workers have a sense of entitlement & are paid to much. Yep. But I feel the same for most management. And even if the executives answer to "the board" they're still rewarded handsomely for failure. It's like being a gangster with a free pass.

March 24, 2015 @ 3:52 PM

Irv

Really Argie Im just stirring the pot. This place is dead since Ford went #tangodown

March 24, 2015 @ 5:07 PM

markosaar

Hey Irv,

There's a new Therapy? album out today heh. Single: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XvmmmQKg-s

March 24, 2015 @ 5:50 PM

this guest

@ Ryan G.

:- ) ! Great blue hat! :- )

March 24, 2015 @ 6:23 PM

Irv

@markosaar: Wow, i wouldn't have imagined they were still around. Listening to "Going Nowhere" reminds me of a group CFNY used to play in the early 90s. They were somehow related to Brother Bill in some way (I think). Anyone remember

There was also Hal Harbour in the late 80s. I recall "She Wild" as a song. Anyone remember that?

March 24, 2015 @ 7:41 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Should I go back to just having the Friday Open Mike or do we still want the two a week?

March 24, 2015 @ 8:09 PM

dale

@ Mike
Only 1 Open MIke as too much same old., same old every 3-4 days.

JMOI

March 24, 2015 @ 8:31 PM

Ryan

I hate walking behind people. I often walk at a quick pace, but will slow it down every few minutes to avoid breaking a sweat.

Problem is, when I slow Down, I usually do so right behind somebody, and become an unexpected stalker.

My options are to either continue the awkward pursuit of my unfortunate prey, or break into a sudden sweat-filled sprint to get ahead of them.

I usually opt for the latter.

March 24, 2015 @ 9:04 PM

Anonymous

Two open mikes a week would give Argie more opportunities to attack people trying to feed their families.

March 24, 2015 @ 9:35 PM

Jason from Sudbury

I don't mind the 2 Open Mikes.

March 25, 2015 @ 12:13 AM

Rick C in Oakville

2 open Mikes works for me.

March 25, 2015 @ 5:21 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

Lots of contentious and interesting issues out there to discuss, bombing Syria, Bill C-51, the undying man love that Anonymous has for Argie, the number of Conservatives past and present facing trials and/or jail time, the fall election, Canada's fractured economy etc. All I as is that we avoid the Leafs rebuild until after this season has come to a merciful end. And no more Rob Ford rumours (you have to let it go now people, he's not the mayor anymore, I mean ya, he killed all those people but lets move on).

March 25, 2015 @ 7:43 AM

Broni

I like reading Open Mikes more often than 1 a week.
Although sometimes it feels like an Open Mike gets posted pretty quickly after another "major" entry, which sometimes seems to take away from the other entry. So maybe roughly every 3-4 days but not set to Tuesday/Friday?

March 25, 2015 @ 8:12 AM

this guest

@ Nigel,
that was good. :-)

@ John Tory: I really didn't see this coming and am very impressed (if it's for real):

Mayor John Tory (open John Tory's policard) has opened the door to big change in the way Torontonians choose their city representatives, throwing his support behind ranked ballots in the next civic election.

March 25, 2015 @ 8:12 AM

Argie

@Nigel
Hilarious post. I'm afraid Anonymous' "man love" or just plain old fashion "love" will alas go unrequited.

March 25, 2015 @ 8:35 AM

markosaar

@Irv,

You couldn't possibly be thinking of 13 Engines could you?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqSsQVFhfvM

March 25, 2015 @ 8:53 AM

markosaar

@Toronto Mike,

To me it seems more a matter of keeping one on the front page. When you used to have only one, the Open Mike would drop off the front page occasionally.

March 25, 2015 @ 8:55 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Wow. 13 Engines. Now there's a band I haven't heard in ages.

March 25, 2015 @ 8:57 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I remember 13 Engines. Lots of airplay on 102.1 in the 90s.

March 25, 2015 @ 9:12 AM

Javed Jafri

@Irvine

Here's some bio info about Hal Harbour:
http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Barron

I remember driving up to the cottage in the early 90's and hearing a cover his group did of the Beach Boys "Do It Again" on CFNY. . Must have been just a demo as I have not found or heard it again but a nice cover that I wish I could hear again.

March 25, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

Cheryl

I like having two open Mikes, but it's really up to Mike, isn't it. Anyway, my Coyotes won for a change. That's great. Also my Habs lost. That is too bad they did. They have trouble scoring goals, but Carey Price is amazing. Well, they will win the cup. My Orioles won as well yesterday handily 9 to 2 so they're coming along, but my Diamondbacks lost. Anyway, all the stuff about the Panam games. Let me tell you it's going to be plain hell from July 10 to August 15. There's half the summer. I wouldn't be surprised if my trainer didn't make it here or he quits before all this happens. What they're going to do is make it so there will be these HOV lanes and you need three or more people in a car to be able to use them. No three people, you're screwed. What I'm goingo to do is have my groceries come as early as possible, put them in the earliest delivery window. That's the only way something like that is going to work. I don't want pan ams. I really really don't. Oh well, stupid people want them. They want a mess.

March 25, 2015 @ 10:39 AM

Douglas

I vote for having two Open Mikes per week, Mike. Assuming that this is a democracy.
(We really don't know if it's that or benevolent dictatorship.)

March 25, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

James Edgar

For reasons i can't quite explain I bought 13 Engines Perpetual Motion Machine CD when it was released

I found it that last time i moved and put it in the rip pile But it hasn't made the cut so far anyway. just not all that interesting 20 years later.

March 25, 2015 @ 11:40 AM

James Edgar

Oops I forgot!
I still like the two open Mikes even if I don't post all the time.

March 25, 2015 @ 11:41 AM

Anonymous

Javed/Markosaar

No, it was not 13 Engines. The band was related in some way to Brother Bill (I think) or it was another staffer at the time. It was a sort of B track that got some airplay. As for the Hal Harbour thing it was a band called Stunt Chimps - She Wild. If you listen to it some of you might remember it. (see video below)

@Nigel: This blog doesn't need more talk about terrorism, etc. It is simply too divisive. If you're "that" concerned about terrorism, then educate yourself in how to interrupt the chain of ISIS communication (hacking) or go to a Canadian Forces office & sign up even as a reservist. You can join up to age 57 you just need to pass the fitness test. If you want a copy I'll post it here. Divisive issues simply marginalize this blog so it's the same 10 characters saying the same 10 things. The rest of the population tunes out.

Stunt Chimps - She Wild.


March 25, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Argie

Ok folks, 'Anonymous' doesn't want anymore talk about terrorism. After all, terrorism isn't important as some one-hit band from the 90s played on a ridiculous station that has always refused to play anything by the Beatles, The Stones, Rush, Led Zeppelin, etc. Ok now?

March 25, 2015 @ 12:42 PM

GUNTer

@Cheryl
I have to admit I am annoyed with the three people HOV and all the other traffic problems that come with hosting Pan-Am. However, I am a hypocrite because if we were hosting the Olympics I wouldn't mind at all.
Pan-Am is just not my thing - zero interest.

March 25, 2015 @ 12:55 PM

Javed Jafri

@Argie

re your comment:
" played on a ridiculous station that has always refused to play anything by the Beatles, The Stones, Rush, Led Zeppelin, etc. Ok now?"

Maybe before your time but CFNY at one time had one of the deepest album library of any Toronto Radio station and they mixed modern music with deep track classics. Not just the same old tired tracks heard on classic rock stations. The only other station that has matched them in Toronto was the original free form CHUM FM. These were stations with few boundaries and on the original CHUM FM you heard experimental electronic, classical, blues, Jazz etc along with quality rock. CFNY while not as experimental as the original CHUM FM was anything but ridiculous in it's prime.

March 25, 2015 @ 1:19 PM

Argie

The most annoying and repetitive award for a Twitter user goes to pretend-journalist Bruce Arthur. His tweets are either him declaring his undying love for Steve Nash or how much an anti-Christ Ted Cruz is. Check it out for yourself.

March 25, 2015 @ 1:20 PM

Argie

@Javed
I agree all stations have their boundaries but don't you find it odd a station that popular, with that history can ignore practically all of the great bands of rock? I know not everyone loves the Beatles or the Stones but it is kind of strange, no?

Despite their deep library you would still hear the Hip and OLP (in their prime) played to death.

March 25, 2015 @ 1:25 PM

markosaar

@Argie,

Most station die-hard fans would say the Hip, and especially OLP, were from long after the station's prime.

March 25, 2015 @ 1:52 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

@anonymous
I didn't see terrorism on my list, but don't let that stop you from introducing it into the conversation anyway. My concern is not terrorism. I have a better chance of being crushed by an elephant than being killed by a terrorist in Canada (unfortunately Mr. Harper has done nothing in response to the Pachyderm threat). I am however, fascinated by the the rhetoric around the terrorism threat and what's being offered up as a credible solution.
And as for terrorism being to divisive on this particular website or anywhere else for that matter, I don't think you're going to find many here that would be in support of it. So unless you can "educate" me on why I should be for terrorism, I will remain against it.
Seeing as your relatively new here, I will tell you that the different opinions and the exchange of ideas is what makes the conversations interesting. And unless your sitting in your mom's basement wearing a Guy Fawkes mask the "anonymous" thing has really been done to death. If you're having problems thinking of new handle, I'd be more than happy to offer up some suggestions.

March 25, 2015 @ 2:28 PM

Andrew

The family is booked in again with Jenny at White Birches Cottages. Looking forward to a week of doing nothing but hiking, swimming and hanging out near Algonquin Park. Let's hope it's a little warmer this summer :)

Finally home after a long winter... Jays start in two weeks.

Cheers,
Andrew

March 25, 2015 @ 3:22 PM

Speysidephil

Forecast high for today---9 degrees
Current temp-----1 degree

These guys are incredibly inept, stupid or just don't give a shit anymore .

March 25, 2015 @ 3:55 PM

Speysidephil

Obama trades 5 Taliban Terrorists for an American Army Deserter!
Well done Barack, you Moron!

March 25, 2015 @ 5:11 PM

Anonymous

Taliban? You mean Ronald Reagan's heroes?

March 25, 2015 @ 5:57 PM

Speysidephil

@Anonymous

Regan was 34 years ago , get over it!

March 25, 2015 @ 6:09 PM

markosaar

I watched Rambo 3 for the first time a couple of months ago. Taliban were the good guys in it, ha.

March 25, 2015 @ 6:37 PM

Anonymous

Jesus was 2,000 years ago. :-)

March 25, 2015 @ 7:27 PM

Speysidephil

@markosaar

Yep friends become enemies and enemies become friends. Welcome to the real world.
It doesn't take away from the huge mistake Obama has made in this deal.
I feel sorry for the family of that young girl who was an aid worker captured by ISIS. Why didn't Obama deal for her??

March 25, 2015 @ 7:28 PM

Dan Quail

Maybe Reagan was born in Kenya and had a secret agenda.

March 25, 2015 @ 7:58 PM

Speysidephil

It's official!
The left is blind, and refuses to accept reality.
You all need a dose of real news, tune into CNN, MSNBC, HAHAHAHAHAHAH.

March 25, 2015 @ 8:25 PM

Dan Quail

It's not even a left or right discussion to mock the president sipping tea with 'Holy Warriers' in the Oval Office. Did he think it was 'ethnic night' at the PTA meeting? Picture a SNL skit.

March 25, 2015 @ 10:31 PM

Islamic State Hacking Division

~materialize~

March 25, 2015 @ 10:51 PM

Cheryl

Olympics here would be worse I think as if Pan-Am isn't bad enough. Anyway, if they're only going to allow cars with three or more people in them during those times, then my trainer won't be able to come. I have no idea what he'll do. Now fortunately there is a break from July 27 to August 7 so hopefully we get a break and they let single cars go so my trainer can come, but it is going to still be the summer of hell. It really is. My Orioles lost yesterday. That's no good. Also my Nets won, but Thaddeus Young got hurt and he may be gone for the season. This sucks. My Suns lost. The Raptors lost, but they're in the playoffs unfortunately. Anyway, my Habs and Coyotes will win tonight. Let's hope so. Yes, opening day for baseball is less than two weeks. I can't wait.

March 26, 2015 @ 9:44 AM

legal skolar

Councillor Rob Ford (open Rob Ford's policard) will apologize at next week’s city council meeting for racial slurs he made during his chaotic term as Toronto mayor.

ANYTHING to keep our minds off the trial of his henchman accused of extortion.

March 26, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

Ben V

Crazy developments in the whole German plane crash.

I can't even imagine the feeling of being on that plane hearing and seeing the pilot banging trying to get into the cockpit....

March 26, 2015 @ 11:18 AM

Mel Preston

This is apparently the 7th time in 20 years a pilot has taken down an airliner deliberately. Not sure how you can stop this? Making the cockpit secure is a neccessity - but why not have a bathroom in there so no one has to leave the cockpit or make sure there are 2 pilots in there at all times? Would lead to extra staffing but could potentially help with these types of scenarios. So tragic.

March 26, 2015 @ 12:54 PM

e.

Crazy thought but aren't they doing experiments at the Hadron Collider in the Alps right now? What if something weird happened and they can't explain it. Like the copilot suffered brain damage or something.

March 26, 2015 @ 12:54 PM

James Edgar

@ Mel 7th time in 20 Years? Honestly I had no idea.

I can't believe someone would kill so many others while killing themselves ( in a non political suicide anyway)

March 26, 2015 @ 2:37 PM

Javed Jafri

@E

I think the large Hadron Collider is currently on a break from smashing all those tiny particles, last big discovery was the Higgs boson. Will have to see what they discover when they resume the smash-fest !

March 28, 2015 @ 12:53 PM

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