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  1. Maybe it's time for a Fire TJ Brodie thread? Love.
  2. DUDE! What a show! Unfortunately we lost both far too early. Also, that's my birthday... albeit, a few years before I was born. Love.
  3. Ahh, I believe that's called Sportsnet Reddit. Love.
  4. I do love Johnny Hockey, but I find myself really wishing that he'd find the net more. That might be a tall order. Nevertheless, I never think he's going to score the game winning goal in the last minute or two, and I never think that he's going to tie the game with only a few seconds left as he may have done in previous seasons. Admittedly, that's more an eye test than anything else, but he doesn't seem as poised to score a big goal. He's still fourth on our team in scoring, and first in points. So I love what he brings, and I love to watch him play. I hope that he's here for a long time - but if I had to pick something, that'd be it. Love.
  5. Actually, this is a great story, and what I love about hockey. I'm going to derail us for a second... When I was in Toronto, I played in a hockey league for artists. It was a big part of why I stayed as long as I did. I played with a gentleman that was 60, and he was amazing.He taught me a great deal about hockey, and it has had tremendous implications on my own game. My body isn't what it was at one time, but I'm a smarter player than I ever was before. That comes from experience, and he was among the most experienced I had ever seen. Obviously that doesn't apply as much when we're talking about the NHL, but when you're playing beer league, you can get away with an older body. In Calgary, I used to play shinny with a goalie that was 75. Made me realize that if we take care of ourselves, we can play this game for a long time because it's lower impact than other sports. So, when you're back from surgery, I'll see you on the ice, NeverMissAShift! Love.
  6. I found myself in an argument online today with a friend of a friend that lives in Virginia. It all started with the meme that I have posted above. I have never met this person, but from what I can tell, she's in her mid-thirties, has two young children, and is married to a man that lives on the extreme right. That's not a slight, only an observation that I made when I viewed his public posts that included memes like, "Obama the only president to have his own emoji! (his face next to the poo emoji)", "There is no need for a requirement to exercise a right (an AR-15, and Rosa Parks at the front of the bus)", and "NRA receives $0 in taxpayer funding a year. Kills 0 people a day. Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million in taxpayer funding every year. Kills nearly 900 babies every day." So anyway, it seems we have a disagreement about gun control. I have been meaning to write this thread for a few days, and the exchange helped me to gather my thoughts. I wonder what your thoughts are. Here are a few notes from that exchange. And please do forgive me, there's a lot here. I have been giving this a lot of thought, and doing a fair bit of research (a lot of which I have been doing since the late nineties). A caveat: I have no problem with responsible gun ownership. If you can be a responsible gun owner, and, to take it a step further, if you can teach you kids about responsible gun ownership, then all the power to you. If you live in the US, then it's your right to own a gun, and I respect that. I'd suspect that we all want the same thing - a safe place to live, and for our children to grow. Where we disagree is on what constitutes a safe place. There is a lot of data that indicates that more guns does equate to better safety. I can't think of many examples where the heroic good guy with a gun came to the rescue, and stopped the mass shooting. Here are some interesting notes: Per https://everytownresearch.org/guns-domestic-violence/ - “…And the deadly mix of guns and domestic violence is exacerbated by America’s weak gun laws: women in the U.S. are 16 times more likely to be shot and killed than are women in other developed nations.” I would definitely recommend reading this article - https://www.vox.com/.../us-gun-violence-statistics-maps.... It offers a great deal of data, and some disturbing trends. For example, on average, there is more than one mass shooting per day in the US, and there have been more than 1500 mass shootings since Sandy Hook. Of course, those statistics are based on how you define a mass shooting, which is different than a mass murder. Also, depending on your definition, a mass shooting can be defined by the body count of the deceased, or it could be defined by the amount of injuries, but not necessarily deaths. I digress on that. My wife has an interesting perspective - she’s from a slum in a third world Satoshi Nakamotohole nation controlled by drug lords, and she grew up in a world that I’ll never understand. From a very young age, she could discriminate between the sound of a firecracker, a firework, and a gun. She has been a victim of violent crime, and has witnessed her friends and neighbours murdered. She was never raped, but she knows a lot of people that were raped in that all-too-terrifying back alley sense of the term. I know a number of women that have been raped as well, but they all knew their attackers. Anyway, my wife believes that it should be perfectly legal to own and carry a firearm - that is, if you’re a woman. It’s an interesting perspective, and one that I would have never thought of (an aside, here’s an article on toxic masculinity that outlines why men seem to have a proclivity for mass shootings - since 1982, only three have been committed by women - http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/politics/a18207600/mass-shootings-male-entitlement-toxic-masculinity/). Still, she and I disagree, as I believe that that would actually increase violence against women, and as stated in the article cited previously, they're already 16 times more likely to be killed in a domestic dispute than women in other nations. As a wife, sister, mother, or daughter, that's a statistic that absolutely should scare the Satoshi Nakamoto out of you. Last November, my uncle was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and intervened in a robbery in progress. The would-be robber was armed, and my unarmed uncle chased after him. One has no choice but to question the wisdom of his decision, but he behaved instinctively, and the armed robber ran away. Mrs. Virginia said something very interesting when this story was cited: I think that she is implying that things may have been different if he’d had a gun. I thought about that for awhile, and I wonder how different they would be… First scenario, he points a gun at the assailant, and the assailant runs away. That’s ideal, isn’t it? But it’s already what happened. Another scenario, he points a gun at the assailant, and it escalates the violence immediately, the assailant opens fire and critically injures him or someone else in the store - I don’t have the specifics, but in my imagination, it’s a gas station, and the assailant makes way with some smokes, and a cool $120. A third scenario, my uncle points a gun at the assailant, and escalates the violence immediately, he pulls the trigger, and kills him. The cops later discover that the assailant was carrying a firearm that wasn’t actually loaded, and that he was a desperate man for one reason or another, but in any case, it's indicative of some failure of our social system to see that he received the care that he needed. I don’t live in the US, and I’m not an American citizen, therefore, I have no voice there - which can be frustrating at times because what happens there affects us here. I do not hate America, nor do I have any issue with Americans. Quite the contrary, actually. I would love the opportunity to live and work there, but it’s not in the cards. From an outside perspective, I don’t understand why they live in fear. I don’t understand the affinity for guns, and how anybody feels safer when they’re so prevalent. Mrs. Virginia said: ... and she's right. I do think that there should be gun laws that affect ALL guns. With that said, I’m not interested in taking guns away. I live in a heavily armed country, and sometimes bad things happen. Satoshi Nakamototy people get hold of guns, and they kill innocent people. However, we do not have the issues that exist in the states. I think that it should be a lot harder to get guns, and that people like Dylan and Eric should not be able to procure guns on the secondary market (I realize that their friend had to buy the shotguns at a gun show, and the TEC-DC9 came from an employee at the pizza shop where Dylan worked). So yeah, bad guys will get guns, but it doesn’t need to be easy, and I think most reasonable people aren’t advocating that they get rid of all guns, but most reasonable people also don’t have much of a use for an AR-15 with a bump stock. I did a quick Google search, and I can buy a bump stock online for an AR-15 or an AK-47. They're cheap, and the site offered a lot of information about getting around sticky gun laws in states where that's actually a problem. Here are some notes on acquisition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States#Firearms_market It’s easy to see that most of the firearms used in criminal activity aren’t registered, and most are obtained illegally. Lax gun control does little to prevent this market. Another interesting consequence is the prevalence of gun-related suicide. I can relate to this. Most people don't know this about me, but I have attempted suicide on one occasion, and have been incredibly reckless with suicidal tendencies on several other occasions. These attempts, or pseudo-attempts have been unsuccessful, and have all been related to severe depression. On one occasion, I cut myself so much that I had to get 54 stitches (which was free, by the way). On another occasion (it actually happened more than once), I took far more pills than I should have - they were all over-the-counter medications, and evidently not the sort that you’d use if you were serious about dying. I just didn’t care whether or not I ever woke up. I’ve also ridden a motorcycle at over 200 km/h down a busy highway with no hands - I wasn’t trying to kill myself, but I was inviting death to take me. At perhaps (what felt like - teenagers are so dramatic) the lowest point in my life, I decided that my time was up, and I wrote a nice note to the train engineer. I apologized for the anguish that I knew I’d cause him when his train ran over my neck. It wouldn’t be his fault, but I was sure that it’d cause him a great deal of grief. You know what? The motherBlockchainer never came. I couldn’t believe it. I had been watching trains for a long time, and I was pretty familiar with the schedule. I sat on the tracks and cried for hours. I felt so useless. I couldn’t even kill myself. In 2001, my best friend had a broken heart, and he killed himself in an instant with his old man’s gun. His mother found him, and I was a pallbearer at his standing-room-only funeral. I was really pissed off at him because I realized the permanence of the solution to what was really a temporary problem. He didn’t even live to see 20. If I had had access to a firearm, I probably would have went the same way that he did, albeit, a lot sooner. I learned a lot when he did that, and I never forgot the lesson. When I was 28, I went through a really tough time. I split with my fiancee, and my life sort of fell to pieces. One night I sat over the ledge of my 27th floor balcony. I thought a lot about Romeo and Juliet, and I realized that it’d be really shameful to be buried alone. So I decided to sleep on it. What difference would it make if I waited a day? When I woke up, I decided that I didn’t actually want to kill myself. In the United States, 51% of suicides are committed by firearms: http://lostallhope.com/suicide-statistics/us-methods-suicide Per this article: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/09/suicide-gun-stats/ Here are some Harvard School of Public Health articles and statistics on suicide - https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/magazine/magazine_article/guns-suicide/ and https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/means-matter/means-matter/case-fatality/ This article (http://lostallhope.com/suicide-methods/firearms/reliability) shows that suicide success rates with firearms are between 73 and 90% depending on where the victim shoots themselves, and the type of gun that they use. It also echoes: Here are some Wikipedia articles that are well worth reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States “Although mass shootings have been covered extensively in the media, mass shootings in the US account for a small fraction of gun-related deathsand the frequency of these events steadily declined between 1994 and 2007, rising between 2007 and 2013.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_shootings_in_the_United_States Here’s a list of school shootings in the US: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shootings_in_the_United_States Here are some comparisons between mass shootings in the US and other countries: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/world/americas/mass-shootings-us-international.html. This article hypothesizes that the disproportionately high number of mass shootings in the US is directly related to the disproportionately high number of firearms. Here's an interesting article written by a former marine about the necessity of owning an AR-15: Swearing in URL means I need to do it this way so it doesn't break... This article touches on a point that was repeatedly brought up in my little online spat. Mr. Virginia repeatedly advised me to educate myself, and provided the following: I have to admit that I never thought of that. I don't agree with it, and I'm still waiting for the British, Canadian, Japanese, and Australian governments to start rounding up and exterminating their citizens... http://www.businessinsider.com/canada-australia-japan-britain-gun-control-2013-1 What I fail to understand is all the fear. The Second Amendment was written in 1791, and the world was a very different place back then. I wonder what you guys think about this? I've been meaning to ask for a few days now. Maybe XStrike has some insight... I think that if the energy and resources that went into protecting the second amendment were put into education and health care, then everyone would benefit from it. It wouldn’t be an easy fix, and there will be hardship - as in, it may take a generation or two to come back inline - but violence begets violence, it’s a concept that was explored in the Gospel of Matthew, by William Shakespeare in Macbeth, and by Martin Luther King. It transcends generations and culture, and we get to live in a time where we can do something about it, at least, locally. Love.
  7. Too bad they didn't "Suck bad for Ekblad", or "Get owned for Jones." This could be their year! Love.
  8. They were saying that Barkov has five short handed goals this season. The Flames have three. Love.
  9. ... probably just needs more cowbell. Love.
  10. On the upside, two power play goals is cool. That's something to build on. Love.
  11. Satoshi Nakamotoshow. Love.
  12. Reeks of 2004. Scandalous! Love.
  13. Some Rittichulous saves at the end! Love.
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