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Fawkes News Network

When oil prices were high it was because there was collusion between oil companies. Now oil prices are low, Saudi is heading toward bankruptcy so why no collusion?

January 22, 2016 @ 8:28 AM


What happened to episode 157 yesterday?

I'm addicted!

January 22, 2016 @ 8:31 AM


The Goodwill situation blows chunks.

January 22, 2016 @ 8:33 AM


My Coyotes lost again. This sucks. My Coyotes are in a slump. Well, my Habs will win tomorrow night. My Cardinals will win the Superbowl. Habs are going to beat the Leafs tomorrow. I sure miss Carey Price though.

January 22, 2016 @ 8:55 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@Greg, Goodwill's situation shows that the wrong management can screw up a good viable organization. The adage that you have to pay big bucks to get competent management is such a crock. As I mentioned in last week's Open Mike, all they had to do is Google and Nakamura would have been exposed.
The dollar tanking and the hit my RRSPS have taken, I may need to work until I am 70 or more, even with Wynne about to pick pocket me for about $1000 a year, which I won't get to benefit from.

January 22, 2016 @ 9:22 AM


Good night, Mune.

January 22, 2016 @ 9:38 AM

Ryan G /

On a baseball related note, you would think an ex professional athlete wouldn't have any issues with ego or sense of self, but I guess this goes much much deeper.....

January 22, 2016 @ 10:28 AM

m m

Mike, I like that your Friday post gif has the French version as well. But isn't it forum publique?

January 22, 2016 @ 10:50 AM

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@m m

Not according to the Government of Canada!

January 22, 2016 @ 10:52 AM

m m

Ok, then.
Also, Flint, how depressing and outrageous. Trying to save a buck by neglecting basic health and safety. This is mass poisoning.

January 22, 2016 @ 11:29 AM


@Toronto Mike

So.... Todd Shapiro is a dick. I'm sure you heard the clip on H+F. What an asshole.

January 22, 2016 @ 11:31 AM



I was a listener of Todd Shapiro show and a subscriber to his videos. I just unsubscribed from everything Todd. Fuck him.

January 22, 2016 @ 11:44 AM

Jason from Sudbury

What did Todd Shapiro do now?

January 22, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Ben Vidal

@M M: I was going to post on this earlier, but forgot. It's disgusting what happened in Flint. Again with a right wing government trying to cut spending at the expense of the people. The governor and all those who hid the information should be in jail or be force fed gallons of lead lined water. You see things like this in many states with the republicans in power, where they change laws or deregulate things to save a buck or help out business. In nearly all circumstances there is some immediate harm done to the people.

I'm hopeful for a change in the party control for Michigan, but with Gerry mandering and all the rules that the Republicans have implemented in that state to stay in power it's pretty unlikely

January 22, 2016 @ 2:06 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Re: Todd Shapiro.... I'm out of the loop on this one. What happened?

January 22, 2016 @ 2:08 PM

Sam in Pickering

I never understood the allure of Todd Shapiro. You couldn't pay me to listen to his show.

Good link: Who poisoned Flint?

January 22, 2016 @ 2:36 PM


@Rick C,

As I mentioned in last week's Open Mike, all they had to do is Google and Nakamura would have been exposed.

Reminds me of this one:

Not sure if the fraud would have been Googleable before, but you'd think a reference check might have been in order!

January 22, 2016 @ 3:04 PM

I.F. Stone

Depleted uranium from the yankee army in Iraq and the deformed foetuses are multiplying.
Lead in the water in Michigan and now they are doing it to their own kids.

January 22, 2016 @ 3:22 PM


I am curious as to what Todd Shapiro said or did....

January 22, 2016 @ 4:05 PM


Sam in hit the nail on the head. Blundell, to some, may be a dick. Todd, to me, was a bigger dick. I was happy when he left The Edge, actually thought Billie Dean and Derick worked well together. But let's not talk about old shows on 102.1 that will never return.
When did all the douchbagery go down? Anybody?
I like many others are curious

January 22, 2016 @ 4:49 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

What I've learned....

Humble and Fred's intern was on Todd Shapiro's show to interview him as part of an assignment he's doing for Humber College. At least I think it's Humber...

Anyway, Todd must have been having a bad day, because he didn't treat this intern very well. I haven't heard the clip yet, but I'm told it's pretty awful. Todd comes across... well... like a dick.

January 22, 2016 @ 4:55 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Todds, Blundell moment is in Humble and Freds Podcast extra on Wednesdays show, just listened today and no doubt Humble had the father/son talk with Todd on this one.
Kudos to Brian the intern, no doubt it was his like a deer in the headlights moment.
Hey Mike was this the reference you made on your podcast about meeting your broadcast hero and fighting out he is an asshole! If not it is fitting.

January 22, 2016 @ 5:45 PM

Rick C in Oakville

"Finding" not fighting

January 22, 2016 @ 5:46 PM


I listened to Humble & Fred out of curiosity to find out what it was. It looks like Todd has pulled the episode from his feed. (If it was #441.)

January 22, 2016 @ 5:46 PM

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@Rick C in Oakville

That was a tweet, not on my podcast.

Best: when that broadcaster you admire turns out to be a sweetheart.

Worst: when that broadcaster you admire turns out to be an asshole.

— Toronto Mike (@torontomike) January 20, 2016

I worked with Todd when he was first launching his podcast. He wanted the H+F blueprint, so I helped him out. He came over a few times... and one time for an episode of my podcast.

But I never listened to Todd... the DBS wasn't my cup of tea. I wrote this in 2003:

January 22, 2016 @ 5:57 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Here's the audio, recorded by the intern while on Todd's show:

January 22, 2016 @ 6:12 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Wow...yeah that was harsh.

January 22, 2016 @ 6:52 PM


What did you think of the Judge's verdict on the Twitter case?

January 22, 2016 @ 7:47 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I saw the result, but don't really know the details.... I read about it when he was charged, and it sounded like there was a case, but it sounds like the Judge disagrees. I'm in no position to say he's wrong.

January 22, 2016 @ 8:22 PM


The judge was absolutely right in his ruling - he found that it was a case of grownups who should know better mistaking Twitter for real life. It sounds like one of the complainants was more to blame than the accused, directing tweets at him and complaining that he shouldn'the be allowed to read what she posts in her open, public account. I can imagine all three of them sitting in their respective basements all night, frantically tweeting at each other and getting more and more upset. These are all people who seriously need to find hobbies...

January 22, 2016 @ 9:05 PM

That's because

Why does this Todd incident surprise anyone? Enjoy being a no one Todd you and Dean both deserve it. Hah Hah Hah Hah.

January 22, 2016 @ 10:11 PM


Remember that time we had a show about vampire police officers in Toronto? (Forever Knight) How the hell was that ever a thing?

January 22, 2016 @ 10:28 PM



I'm very interested in the case, but I need to do way more research into it. From some media reports it sounds like it was a poor guy set up by several vindictive women ... yet that dialogue comes from Blatchford, so I need to really look into it more to determine if there's any truth to it.

January 22, 2016 @ 10:31 PM


My Nets lost again. Another loss. When will they ever win again. Anyway, Habs over Leafs tonight. This will get the Habs back on track. Also Coyotes will win tonight. Cardinals will win the Superbowl. Let's hope so. I hope my trainer will win Major League as well. That's the only thing he can win now is Major League. Let's do it.

January 23, 2016 @ 7:32 AM

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I just caught up on the trial... judge made the right decision.

January 23, 2016 @ 9:51 AM

Not Not Dean

Todd's in damage control mode. He's worked very hard at appearing to be a nice guy when on the air when he's actually a narcissistic jerk.

January 23, 2016 @ 12:57 PM

Fawkes News Network

yo hack it's time

Yeah..straight out the dungeons of hack
where fake hackers don't make it back

"I don't know how to start this shit you"

Hackers aren't monkeys, flip em with the funky rhythm they be kicking
cause I got my Internet composition
of pain, I'm like Scarface sniffin cocaine
Holding my M16, with the keyboard I'm extreme, now
Bulletholes left in my internet peepholes
Even when I'm suited up in street clothes
Hand me a keyboard that's my 9 and I'll defeat foes
Cuz you know my steelo don't need any airplay
I keep my packets, hiding in a stairway
Or either on the corner who with part of the Celo champs
Laughing at radio faggots, trying ta sell their broken amps
102 packets to get off quick, because radio shit talking some stupid shit
I don't reminisce when the blogsphere filps
Hackers be out here ...take out this broken shit.
time to start a revolution. Catch a fucktard. And make a revolution
you won't catch me off guard cause my Mac is in my hand...

**Hacker State of Mind**.

January 23, 2016 @ 11:04 PM

Javed Jafri

With the reference to name that tune on the blue jays/cfny post I was reminded of a brain buster radio contest I had taped off the great David Wisdom's show on CBC stereo in 1996. Creative radio on commercial radio was hard to find at this time but CBC Stereo carried on the the tradition of playing all kinss of music from obscure indie to more well known. Test your music knowledge. There's bits from 100 songs ranging from punk-new wave to country, psychedelia, pop, rock and R&B and more:

January 23, 2016 @ 11:58 PM


Habs finally win. That's great beating the Leafs even though it was in a shootout. Now they will be back on track and keep it going. coyotes won as well. Again they will keep it going. Habs and Coyotes to the final. Suns also won. It's about time. My Cardinals will win today.

January 24, 2016 @ 5:23 AM

Al Fredo

Really nothing at all going on in the sports-world until Tuesday night when the men's curling league gets going again.
Can't wait !

January 24, 2016 @ 7:26 AM

Buddy Hack

How did Todd get a show on a comedy channel? Shouldn't being funny be required?

January 24, 2016 @ 1:32 PM


My Cardinals lost. This really sucks. Now they won't go to the Superbowl. This is really awful. They got clobbered. Who cares about the Superbowl now. My Habs play home and home against Columbus. Bluejackets are not very good. Habs will win. Coyotes will win tonight. My Nets won last night so that is great. Yes, tomorrow my trainer plays so that's good. He has to win Major League.

January 25, 2016 @ 6:57 AM


Hey Toronto Mike have you heard anything about the switch in the morning show on indie 88? Looks like Brian has been scrubbed from the site and facebook

January 25, 2016 @ 9:47 AM

numbers man

Non-Natives Collect 84.5% of Agriculture Income on South Dakota Reservations

but the natives are of course the 'free loaders.'
how much shit like this goes on here?

January 25, 2016 @ 3:53 PM


My Habs lost again. Yes, Columbus did win. Habs should have won. Price won't be back for three weeks though. Anyway, when Price comes back, he will take the Habs to the finals. My Coyotes won though. That's great. Louis Domingue is a fantastic goalie. Anyway, so my trainer curls tonight. My trainer is going to win Major League.

January 26, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

Al Fredo

Men's Tuesday night curling mere hours away.
Anyway,can't wait.

January 26, 2016 @ 12:55 PM


Bell Lets Talk Day is tomorrow & Bell with be sponsoring every tweet that is sent.

Mental health is becoming more of a situation now more than ever with more people discussing - be it players & former players in all sports, actors, musicians, radio personalities & the everyday person like most of us.

Means a lot to me with my 1 son years ago.
Tweet to your hearts content everybody.

As Landesberg says, SICK NOT WEAK.

January 26, 2016 @ 6:12 PM


Forgot - every tweet must have H/tag for Bell Lets Talk

January 26, 2016 @ 6:33 PM


My Habs lost again. Yes again. Columbus beat them twice. This sucks. My Coyotes lost as well. Also my Suns and my Nets lost. So many losses. My trainer didn't curl last night. My trainer had something else he had to do so didn't curl and there was a spare on his team instead. I don't know if they won or not.

January 27, 2016 @ 10:15 AM


My Suns lost again. This is no good. That's about all that happened in sports last night. There will be no more hockey this week until Tuesday. That's a drag. Well, don't know if my trainer's team won or not, but my trainer wasn't on it so maybe they didn't win. I really need them to win this though.

January 28, 2016 @ 9:51 AM


Cheryl - your trainers team didn't win just ALL as of your other favorite teams.

January 28, 2016 @ 6:00 PM

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