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June 27th, 2017 @ 5:38PM


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    IN RESPONSE TO: GO Canada

    JTF2 for the win! They're so bad-ass even their name is spoken in hushed tones.
    Posted: June 22nd, 2017 @ 5:44AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: NBC tries hit piece on Alex Jones (Info Wars)

    100% agree with everything Blue said.

    I'm personally withholding judgment on the interview until I can see it in full. But regardless of how the interview goes, people need to realize that the most damning evidence against Jones are the videos and podcasts that he himself publishes and makes available to his followers.

    The man is bat-sh$t crazy. And even though he may be right about one or two things, whatever he may get right is completely overshadowed by the crazy that surrounds it. It's like the proverb that even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    I think the only reason this interview was pursued was to highlight that such a disturbed individual is held in such high regard and respect by the President. And if this interview shines a light on that relationship then I'm willing to forgive the tactics used to get Jones interviewed in the first place.

    Posted: June 19th, 2017 @ 10:25AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Firefox

    *blushes* ah shucks Reaver, you're too nice!

    @ Blue: hahaha I forgot about that! I really underestimated the potential backlash to that little stunt.

    Posted: June 15th, 2017 @ 11:25AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Firefox

    It sounds like it couldn't load your profile for whatever reason so it created a new one for you. It doesn't necessarily mean you've lost your bookmarks though. Maybe this page will help you:

    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profiles-where-firefox-stores-user-data

    And if you can find/load a previous profile and the bookmarks are still missing, navigate to Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks > Import and Backup > Restore > select a desired restore date.

    If you do find your bookmarks then for the love of Jebus navigate to Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks > Import and Backup > Export Bookmarks to HTML..

    Now you'll have all your bookmarks saved in one convenient file that you can import into any browser of your choice. Save this file to wherever you keep a backup of your important files/documents.

    Posted: June 14th, 2017 @ 10:16PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Thursday Politics

    I'd argue the harm is that it hurts your country's image politically and scientifically. Trump has marketed himself as the "best" deal-maker. He could have said yes and then put forth his own policy and timeline that addresses the spirit of the treaty while still being economically practical. By not signing he has placed America along side Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries to reject the accord. Apparently even North Korea was on board. North Korea!

    With respect to China, it may be producing twice as much CO2 as the US but in terms of emissions per capita they clock in at less than half that as compared to the US (SOURCE) - not bad since considering they have more than 4x the population. And with just a cursory search I found this report - LINK - a lot of info to take in but I direct you Figure 13 on page 22...China has invested 2.3x as much as the US into renewable energy. Then there's this article (LINK) which indicates China is investing over $360 billion by 2020.

    And looking HERE, both China and India are on track to not only meet but exceed the goals defined under the Paris Accord.

    So if you ask me, if there's one country that's dragging it's feet, its the US.

    EDIT: Fixed hyperlinks.

    EDITED: 2017-06-02 15:49:42

    Posted: June 2nd, 2017 @ 3:45PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Thursday Politics

    You guys do realize that the Paris agreement was non-binding right? As in there are no legal ramifications or penalties if you don't make your target numbers. It's a political no-brainer - you have nothing to lose by signing up and choosing to give it lip service.

    And even if it were binding, what ever happened to leading by example? What a stark contrast to the scientific, political, and diplomatic impetus America displayed back in the 70's and 80's when it came to CFCs and its effects on the atmosphere. This culminated in the overwhelming international backing of the Montreal Protocol, a land mark treaty.

    Posted: June 1st, 2017 @ 10:06PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Wednesday Politics

    Not saying it's impossible, just highly improbable given the types of content/sites most kids are visiting at that age. Hell, the only reason *I* know about this is because of this site!

    And to be quite frank, if Trump is allowing his child to do/go wherever on the internet without any kind of parental controls or monitoring then I hate to say it but tough sh$t. The internet can be a cruel place but it's the last place of true unfettered free speech. Better to educate your children on how to navigate it then bitch about something you found offensive, especially if you're the overly sensitive type and/or a controversial figure in the public's eye.

    Posted: May 31st, 2017 @ 9:47PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Wednesday Politics

    Really? Trump's 11yr old saw this? As in he's actively perusing CNN and/or following Griffin's Tweeter feed? I call BS on that.
    Posted: May 31st, 2017 @ 12:17PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Wednesday Politics

    LINK

    "But for months, right-wing media outlets have floated unproven theories that Rich was the person who provided Wikileaks with thousands of internal DNC emails, and suggested his death was retribution for the supposed leak. No real evidence has been provided to support such claims."

    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. And the only "evidence" that I've been able to actually find about the claims being perpetuated by Hannity and others boil down to the parsing of some of Assange's words which some have decided to interpret as proof positive that Rich was the leaker even though when pressed he back-peddled and said "others have suggested that" (start at 1min mark)

    That's it.

    Everything else can be distilled down to hearsay, speculation, or just sloppy journalism. Like that whole Rod Wheeler revelation that there was evidence Rich had made contact with Wikileaks - that as it turns out was information he "heard" from a Fox news reporter. And surprise surprise that story was retracted shortly thereafter.

    Correlation does not equal causation. Something being coincidental or suspicious is a not a smoking gun. Conjecture and speculation are not proof.

    So yeah, count me as one who's still very skeptical of what is (until proven otherwise) a crackpot conspiracy theory. Either pony up and provide some real evidence or stop politicizing this man's death and let law enforcement do their job.

    Posted: May 24th, 2017 @ 9:20PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: WOW!!! Trudeau Sets World Record In Avoiding Questions!!!

    So I'm a little embarrassed to say I spend way too much time looking into American politics that I often overlook/dismiss the scandals that take place in my own back yard. So I was curious and started googling.

    In a nutshell, this is about a family trip the PM took to a private island that is said to have cost tax payers in the neighborhood of $127,000. Of that amount, around $72,000 can be attributed to his security detail. No one is apparently taking issue with that (ie. its a reasonable amount that would have been incurred regardless of his destination).

    The PM like others in the past reimburses the taxpayers the cost of what would have been an equivalent commercial flight. That amount is around $5000 in this case. No one takes issue with that. The round trip from Canada to the Bahamas (where he vacationed) is said to be around $32,000 and like his security detail a portion of that would have been incurred regardless of his destination. No one is taking issue with that.

    So where is all the outrage aimed at? Well it appears that during that 3h flight, ~$1700 was spent on food. That and the use of the island's owner's private helicopter (instead of a government aircraft) has the opposition's panties all in a twist to find out if he violated the guidelines for what gifts government officials are aloud to accept. Hence the investigation by the ethics commissioner.

    Now the fun part - context. The average cost to American tax payers for each trip that Trump takes to Mar-a-Lago is $3.6 million. And while there is definitely a portion of that expense that would be incurred regardless of where the President were to travel, it's kind of funny to see the respective scales of each scandal - a few thousand dollars for one Christmas trip vs. the millions that is spent almost every week when Trump takes a break from the hard work of delegating his duties to his subordinates in order to play a few rounds of golf.

    Now I remember why I don't keep up with Canadian politics :)

    Posted: May 15th, 2017 @ 6:44PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Wednesday & Thursday Random News

    John Oliver....

    Has anything remotely good or intellectually honest ever come out of Breitbart? Oliver taking advantage of a tax loophole doesn't make him a hypocrite, it makes him fiscally pragmatic. Who here by simple virtue of their principles would choose to pay more for something than they legally have to? Now if you can point to evidence that he has or is secretly lobbying to expand or create new tax loopholes that disproportionately benefit the wealthy then by all means lets call a spade a spade. That would be a smoking gun.

    The difference here is Oliver is using his new-found wealth and celebrity status to bring to light a lot of important issues and topics that are factually accurate albeit biased at times - which in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing depending on the execution. Whether you find him funny or not is incidental to the fact he is using comedy as a medium to educate the masses in a meaningful and engaging way (I see parallel's to Reddit's ELI5) that frankly the mainstream has failed to do.

    Contrast that with Trump who...
    * Used his fortune and influence to apparently help create this loophole in the first place.
    * Refuses to release his tax records (what controversial business dealings is he trying to hide?) despite it being an understood practice since Nixon
    * Failed to establish a blind trust for his business assets and instead handed it off to family members with a wink and a nudge on the "promise" to the people that nothing untoward would happen....just trust him!
    * and about a dozen other things I could mention if I were so inclined (don't even get me started on his health plan replacement that was pushed through without even a cursory CBO review or his 3 page "detailed" tax plan he finally made public)

    Yeah, screw that liberal commie pinko bastard Oliver. He's clearly the real douche/hypocrite.

    Posted: May 11th, 2017 @ 5:47PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Delicious Liberal Tears: TRUMP FIRES FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY

    Well to play devil's advocate, Comey didn't say there wasn't any evidence against Hillary, but that in his opinion there was insufficient evidence to prove intent and guarantee a conviction. All that notwithstanding, it's a little disingenuous to lay the blame squarely on his/FBI's shoulders as it's ultimately up to the Justice Department / AG to decide whether or not to charge someone and pursue a criminal case.

    Also, the timing of the firing is more than a little suspect. I won't indulge in the conspiracy theories you're likely to find on Reddit and 4Chan but suffice to say it does bring to mind some disturbing similarities to Nixon and the people he fired who were investigating him for his involvement in Watergate.

    Posted: May 9th, 2017 @ 8:42PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Arrow / The Flash

    Haha, well in that case you've won the argument!
    Posted: May 9th, 2017 @ 1:12PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Arrow / The Flash

    Who's missing from the Flash? And there is no way Super Girl is the best of the 3. Arrow has jumped the shark but I'd still rather watch that then Super Girl.
    Posted: May 9th, 2017 @ 8:47AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Official Trailer

    Denis Villeneuve as director....this has a lot of potential then. He did a great job with Arrival - one of the best sci-fi movies to come out in the last while.
    Posted: May 8th, 2017 @ 3:08PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2

    I don't know how it is elsewhere, but where I live I've noticed a very disturbing trend by all the various movie theater chains regarding 3D. And that's the fact that while they do offer non-3D (2D) showings, they are as far as I can tell *only* offered before 6pm. So unless you go on a weekend and want to effectively see a matinee show, you screwed.

    It's just another way the theater can jack up their prices as 3D movies are always several bucks more expensive. Even when the vast majority of 3D is garbage and is only used for a handful of scenes in the entire movie.

    Posted: May 8th, 2017 @ 3:02PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Awesome

    Deuce! I thought you fell off the face of the earth. Good to see you're still around even if it's as a lurker :)
    Posted: April 28th, 2017 @ 6:33PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Awesome

    Hahaha, so true!
    Posted: April 27th, 2017 @ 8:47PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: United Has a Lot to Answer For

    RE: Another perspective...

    So after reading that I'm left with two thoughts.

    1) Even if what the author has stated is 100% factually correct, they lose a lot of credibility when they resort to saying things like "There’s a reason for these laws–it’s called 9/11". I'm sorry what? The only thing that drives me more nuts than when people try to justify something by saying "But think of the children!" is when they try to justify something with "But, but...terrorists!".

    2) Even if you discount #1, the entire situation is a customer relations nightmare. I mean how hard would it have been to make the following announcement to all the passengers:

    "Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the following inconvenience however we are looking tor x passengers to voluntarily disembark to accommodate a number of airline employees to ensure no other flights are unnecessarily delayed or cancelled. We understand this is an inconvenience and as such are willing to arrange and compensate you a complimentary flight free of charge to your intended destination along with $500 cash/check. Please come to the front of the plane if your are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity."

    You wait 5 minutes and then bump the payout to $1000. I guarantee you you will have a line of people willing to jump at that offer. And how do I know? Two words - Black Friday. If people are willing to fight tooth and nail over a sale on a $10 crappy waffle makers, you bet your ass they'll accept a free flight and money.

    So instead of playing it smart and shelling out $1000 per person to disembark, this will likely end with the airline having to offer a 5 or 6-figure settlement payment in order to avoid a lawsuit.

    EDIT: hehe, just realized I'm echoing Wootah's comment :)

    EDITED: 2017-04-12 16:37:40

    Posted: April 12th, 2017 @ 4:34PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Monday Random News

    "...but boy I just ate a whole pizza and am super lazy right now..."

    Your thoughts intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter :)

    Posted: April 10th, 2017 @ 6:01PM



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