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  1. On 4/6/2017 at 0:22 PM, Boges said:

    The IOC isn't going to compensate a network for basically stealing their tournament every four years. The reason we're in this mess is that the IOC refuses to compensate the NHL for insurance and travel costs. They also won't let the NHL cross promote the fact that their players are playing in the Olympics. 

    The more you look into it, the more the IOC is the bad guy here and not the NHL. 

    I agree with this.  But i don't know if bad guy is the right term.  I suspect that the IOC has looked at hockey costs and decided 'not worth it'.  It is hard to imagine the Olys without meaningful hockey, but how big is that for the IOC?  Many Europeans love to watch hockey, but they are also much more supportive of many other events,while not many Canadians are watching biathlon or cross country skiing.  Perhaps their calculation is that it is cheaper to just drop good hockey, and save themselves both the $10 million the NHL wants and the urge from other federations to pressure them for a cut of the pie.

  2. 44 minutes ago, Wilber said:

    Which begs the question, will this election be another referendum on Brexit?

    Nope.  It is or will be an affirmation of Brexit.  May was a waffler on Brexit before the referendum, and was chosen as party leader and thus PM because she was not an avid campaigner for either side.  Cameron quit because he felt, and rightly, that he could not negotiate Britains Brexit after working hard to reject Brexit.


    Corbyn is a waste of skin who was just barely popular enough  within his party to squeal through a leadership vote post Brexit.  The Labour voting system saved him, he won't do anywhere as well in a general election as he did now.  I doubt that many Labour stalwarts will be willing to hold their noses and vote for him over May in the election.  None of the other parties matter much. She will cruise to a majority and perhaps a larger majority than now, because I reckon Labour will lose seats.


    Oh, and the First Past the Post system in the UK has 11 parties represented in the current parliament.

  3. Turkey: new home of fascism.  Goosestepping lessons Mondays and Thursdays.


    Bloodshed is inevitable.


    Ataturk would be absolutely horrified by these events.  Turkey just took a huge step backwards into the arms of oppressive elements of fundamental Islamic ideology.  I expect we'll see Erdogan start bombing his own Kurds soon.  Why? Because he can, now.  And the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iraq and Syria will explode into a war that will make Syria look like a minor spat.

  4. 1 hour ago, kimmy said:

    The Leafs are doing great!  Calgary is in a lot of trouble, but the other 4 Canadian teams are all leading their series.  The Habs and Oilers are probably not a surprise, and I think the Sens-Bruins series was kind of a pick-em. But the Leafs leading the Capitals is a huge surprise, and with the Capitals history of playoff disappointment... they must have deja vu right now.

    Another huge surprise has to be the Blackhawks being in deep trouble against the Predators.  They finally scored a goal last night, which is about the only good news for them.


    The Oilers are not a surprise?  They are to me.  They finished 29th in the league last year, added 33 points to finish second in their division, and fourth in conference.  Now they are leading the Sharks, who went to the Cup final last year and have essentially the same team this year.  And they are not doing well in this series because of McJesus alone, this has been a total team defensive effort.  



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    Shutting down for the Olympics would be no different than shutting down for the world tournament because the junior worlds are also held in the middle of he season. 

    Of course it is different- the current junior worlds are mostly held during a scheduled Xmas break, taken mainly because the players are kids who go home to their families.  The players in the WJC only miss a few games, not the three weeks just before league playoffs.


    The IOC and IIHF would not compensate the CHL for lost revenue any more than they would compensate the NHL.


    The NHL-CHL relationship is not a factor?  You cannot be serious:


    In November of 2013, the CHL entered into a lucrative deal with the NHL that runs until June 30, 2020. The seven-season agreement pays the CHL as much as nearly $80-million over the entirety of the deal, labelled as a ‘grant’. This includes substantial benefits for individual teams that graduate players to the NHL.

    The CHL is not going to jeopardize their relationship with the NHL by going to the Olympics.

  6. On 4/6/2017 at 11:00 AM, Wilber said:

    There would be financial considerations to be ironed out so I guess the question is, would they be easier to do with the juniors than the NHL


    Many juniors may be drafted but they aren't playing for, or being paid by by the NHL. Even if they have signed a contract, they are no more at risk than if they were playing in their league games or the World Juniors. There would be no increase in the number of games they would play in a season.

    No, the financial considerations are not much  different for the Juniors.  About 90 junior teams would shut down for the Olympic Games, and every one of those 90 teams would suffer financial loss.  Some junior teams make money, many more are very small market organizations that live on a financial knife edge.


    Another factor is that the NHL and the CHL(which is the premier junior team league in the world) have a long and closely connected past and future.  That relationship is far, far more important to them than anything between the CHL and the IIHF or the IOC.

  7. The Jays could just barely maybe possibly squeak into a playoff spot.  But to do it, they'll have to make some additions: somebody who can run the bases because this team is seriously slow, a left handed bat for the middle of the lineup, and a much better bullpen.  It is beyond belief that the only lefty in the pen is Loup.  Loup is not even a major league player IMO, he has sucked very hard for over 2 years.  To make significant changes, they'd have to trade at least one of their starting pitchers..


    And as I've said a hundred times: this falls squarely on Shapiro and Atkins.  The team has gotten steadily worse since they took over.

  8. One of the best outcome of battles like Vimy, and WWI in general, was that Canadians learned never to have foreign commands- like British and French generals/polticians- send thousands of your soldiers to utterly pointless deaths.


    Our generals may have done the same things in the trenches, but at least then Canadians would be somewhat accountable for decisions and outcomes.

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    But yes I believe, since the Bible is God-inspired, every word is sacred, and true

    So, kill adulterers and homosexuals, etc etc etc.


    No possibility of applying the grace and forgiveness of Jesus to everybody, not just The Chosen??

  10. Fortunateley or not, every person charged with a crime in Canada is entitled to due process.  It is up to the judge conducting the trial-not the Somali defendants lawyer- to determine how much time is invested in considering the applicability or admissibility  of such evidence.


    I don't think the process if broken, but we do have some shitty judges.

  11. On 4/6/2017 at 6:22 AM, betsy said:

    It depends.  Is every word true?

    The Bible  has figures of speech.  If it says it rains cats and dogs, are we supposed to take that literally?


    Is every metaphor to be taken literally?  Like the Shepherd and the sheep?  The Lamb of God?

    That was not a very effective dodge to a simple question.

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    Now what do they do in replacement? 

    The NHL?  They have already said they aren't going.  Junior teams are also in mid season, they won't be spending their players to both the Worlds and the Olympics.


    Numerous players have complained about wanting to go to the Os.  How many are prepared to walk away from their teams, and potentially end their careers, to support the IOC?  It s like donating to a Mafia run charity.  

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    “We need to give a push, a strong push to the political talks in Geneva. We have to unite the international community behind these negotiations,” Mogherini said as she went into the Syrian aid conference in Brussels.

    It is just the usual handwringing wankery you'd expect from the Buffoons in Brussels.


    Everybody, and I mean everybody, involved knows that there will be no peace, no negotiations, and no settlement, as long as Assad is part of the process.  That lack of settlement suits Assad, since his option are limited.   If he surrenders power, it will result in the immediate yet perversely slow deaths of himself, his family and every person associated with his regime.  or, he can keep Russia as a friend and remian President for life.  There is no peaceful solution, or any change at all, unless Russia steps aside.  Another bloodbath will follow that.


    The statement is pointless and ultimately very cynical.



  14. 22 hours ago, capricorn said:

    A funeral parlour in Québec has obtained a liquor license and will be selling beer and wine to the bereaved. No hard liquor at this time until demand has been evaluated. The funeral director says consumers want a package deal and this responds in part to that demand. Sorry, the linked article is in French but google translation would do the trick. I expect English media will carry this soon.


    In my experience, our once go-to funeral parlour was located mere steps from a hotel. Needless to say mourners would travel back and forth between establishments and I cannot recall any major drawbacks. Personally, I see nothing wrong with booze on site at a funeral parlour.

    Do you perceive negatives and do you think this could catch on in more funeral parlours?

    Yes, I can see a nagative.  My freind is a funeral director, and I once asked her if the people she meets daily are generally at their worst or best.  She said that as a group they are usually  are evenly split between stunned emotionally, and at their very worst.  Alcohol on site  wouldn't help either group.  It would help the funeral home make money, but it would be offset by fights, broken things and security costs.

  15. Both the Olympics and the NHL are big businesses.  The NHL suspends their business for 3 weeks to enable the other business to profit, with no attendant cost or risk.  I cannot get too worked about about their hijinks.  On the other hand, it is always enjoyable to see the IOC get a hard and well deserved  kick in the sack.


    Bettman has been lambasted in the media, somehow they overlook the reality that Gary works for a Board of Directors, and they don't see the advantage to themselves or the league to go to Korea.

  16. 8 hours ago, hernanday said:

    Yeah and we had alot better standard of living comparatively in the 80s and 70s, you seem to be forgetting that back then only one income bought a house and raised a family of 6 kids with 2 cars, debt free.

    Ah yes, nostalgia for the good old days, which did not in fact exist.

    A single income anytime bought the average working class family either a very, very  modest home by todays standards.  Or more likely, they rented.  

    And both of those outcomes are possible today for a single middle class wage earner.

    What has changed is peoples expectations, and that has been dramatic. That small, tired 900ft2 bungalow in the iffy neighbourhood That was the norm for Mum and Dad back then is not acceptable to many first time buyers.  They want the 2000ft2 new house, 2 new vehicles, new furniture and 2 weeks in the sun every year. That takes two people working full time at decent jobs with no time off for having kids or getting laid off.  Both of them will vote for the party that promises subsidized day care too.

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