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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: Today at 05:14:15 AM »
Arlene Dickinson, formerly of CBC's "Dragon's Den", on O'Leary:

Since announcing his candidacy for the leader of the Conservative Party, I've been inundated with requests to comment on Kevin O'Leary. The question on everyone's mind is the same: "Is the cold, money-driven person we see on television what we will get as a potential political leader?"

It's the exact same question I've received from Canadians from coast to coast since we co-starred on Dragons' Den together. 

And the answer is: Yes, he's exactly the same person privately as he is on camera.

For seven years, I sat shoulder to shoulder with Kevin. We'd spend long hours together, listening to hardworking Canadian entrepreneurs pitch their businesses, which, all too often, led to real-life stories of enormous struggle.

You get a window into somebody's character by the way they treat people, particularly those who are vulnerable and need help or guidance.

Kevin's total lack of empathy toward these Canadians who put their heart and soul on the line, I can assure you, was genuine. Kevin is funny. I often enjoyed a glass of wine with him. He's also intelligent and a savvy self-promoter. But at his core, he's an opportunist. He doesn't do anything that doesn't offer a path to power, fame or fortune — and that should have us all afraid. 

He's the business community's worst spokesperson. Why? Because he represents capitalism in its very worst form — a soulless system that bases decisions solely on dollars and cents, profit and margin.

But this isn't the reality.

After 30 years of being an entrepreneur, I've learned that business is about people. It's a series of relationships between you and your customers, your employees, your partners, and ultimately, the public. Business is  personal. One of the more revealing moments I've experienced with Kevin was when a group of inner-city kids from Halifax came on Dragons' Den to pitch their not-for-profit business, Hope Blooms.

Here was a group of vulnerable kids who took an abandoned lot in Halifax and turned it into a garden to grow herbs and vegetables to then turn into salad dressing. Some took on the role of tending the garden, others packaged and some sold the product at the local market.

These kids embody hard work, grit, and determination. They courageously entered the Den to ask for $10,000 for a 5 per cent royalty.

In the end, Jim, David, Bruce and I gave them $10,000 each — no royalties. It was the right thing to do, and the best $10,000 I ever invested on the show.

Kevin, not surprisingly, didn't give them anything except for an utter lack of consideration for what these kids were doing, and why it mattered.

Looking back, it's plain to see that he didn't participate because there was nothing in it for Kevin. He only saw how he'd lose $10,000 instead of seeing how he might change a kid's life.

Now, the self-professed billionaire, who couldn't part with $10,000, thinks he's the best person to lead our country. A person that's genuinely unconcerned with the lives of others wants a position that is solely about the lives of others.


More:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/kevin-o-leary-conservative-run-arlene-dickinson-opinion-1.3942349

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Report: Bautista and the Jays are close
« on: January 18, 2017, 07:45:49 PM »
Welcome back, Jose!


Blue Jays    @BlueJays
It's official! Welcome back, @JoeyBats19! height=1 height=1 height=1
11:04 AM - 18 Jan 2017

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mid Season Report Cards
« on: January 18, 2017, 07:44:02 PM »
Sportsnet's version (written during NHL break):

Dare we compare:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/mid-season-report-card-toronto-maple-leafs-2/

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mid Season Report Cards
« on: January 18, 2017, 12:49:03 AM »
Okay,  here are my gradings:

A+  (Awesome) Auston Matthews
A     Mitch (the Magician) Marner
A     Fredrik Andersen
A     Nazem Kadri
A    James Van Riemsdyk
A -  William Nylander
A -  Jake ( the Snake) Gardiner
B + ( Downtown) Connor Brown
B +  Zach Hyman
B+   Tyler Bozak
B +  Morgan Reilly
B     Nikita Zaltsev
B     (Uncle) Leo Komarov
B-    Connor Carrick
C+   Nikita Soshnikov
C-     Roman Polak
C-     Matt Hunwick
D      Frederik (the Goat) Gauthier
D      Matt Martin
D     Ben Smith
D-      Backup goalkeepers
 

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs 2016/2017 Schedule in 10 game chunks
« on: January 18, 2017, 12:12:02 AM »
Wow that last 10 game stretch was nifty! Couldn't be happier that I was light on the win department!

Back and tanned and in with my 1 game late prediction again for the next stretch.

I don't think we'll repeat the dominance of the last ten but I think we'll give a solid 5-3-2 showing, starting with that win against the Sens.

GO LEAFS GO!!!


I agree.  The way they're playing, it's tough to stop a Matthews. 

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MotM:    Matthews
Hm:        Zaltsev

Mentions to JVR, Komarov, Martin, Kadri, Nylander, Marner, Brown, Hyman, Gardiner.

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TMLfans.ca Events / Re: 2016-2017 Pick'em Standings Thread
« on: January 17, 2017, 11:38:07 AM »
Leaderboard tallies including Round 13:


BarMutt            186
hockeyfan1       151
WAYNEINIONA  142
Tigger               119

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Results for Round 13:


BarMutt                15   Winner (tiebreaker)
hockeyfan1          15
WAYNEINIONA    12


Round lucky 13's  tie-breaking winner is...BarMutt! 

Standings page: http://www.tmlfans.ca/community/index.php?topic=4113.msg284849#msg284849

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2016-2017 NFL Thread
« on: January 16, 2017, 08:13:09 AM »
Thanks to running back Le'Veon Bell's record-setting rushing, the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to defeat the stunned Kansas Chiefs 18-16, in their AFC Divisional Round playoff game.

The Steelers will now play against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts next weekend.


https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/leveon-bell-sets-playoff-rushing-record-as-steelers-beat-chiefs-advance-to-afc-title-game-042034633.html

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2016-2017 NFL Thread
« on: January 16, 2017, 08:04:00 AM »
The Green Bay Pqckers, thanks to quarterback Aaron Rodgers and kicker Mason Crsoby, squeaked past the Dallas Cowboys 34-31, in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game.

The Packers will now face the Atlanta Falcons in next Sunday's NFC Championship.


http://www.torontosun.com/2017/01/15/packers-beat-cowboys-to-advance-to-nfc-championship-game

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: January 16, 2017, 07:39:02 AM »
Don't worry you two, time's memory is just fine.

Whether the Obama's have a carefully crafted image of a lovey-dovey homey and close-knit family, or whether it is true that they've emerged with a stronger bond than ever (not without marital disagreements), we'll never really know at least for the time being.

As for the Bushes, they seemed fine save for some issues with their daughters.  Again, did it stop there?

Here are two (older) articles that dealt with some of the above.  Remember when the Enquired was correct in telling it like it was about John Edwards?


http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/george-w-bush-condoleezza-rice-affair-author-ronnie-seaton-tell-all-book-sir-white-house-chef

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2541580/Is-Obama-marriage-rocks-Ugly-fights-selfie-Even-Presidential-affair-Astonishing-claims-emerge.html

People will say anything, but then, there's always so much going on in a politician's life, or life beyond a political marriage.  Who knows.

Ug dech jethick fut zo dinclodifrupp chupid laxamfricks eb up efvieusrupp claxazupp dolsen. Ovolytimo Pum loaxad axanythick ug drito vupp DiQ wreps ton deinks hist chirr roaxavos vo axafuk eno whuctlow axahoaxad eb ug.

Haxat nud velo, zo waxaupp ug drito axas dib wo wolo up axaudionco laxathol zaxan doepro ug axalo din pit iscussien um dis efnexieus pi weurd fo ovon dib haxat ug dreto waxasniz dinaxano, maxapid pi se cristo-lighton zo oditel eb Loaxadol nud Igoch weurd wrep poaxad en zo spet axabtol quich pit bod sonkoncos.


Ug axalo jethick fut up axallegaxank, axacolfic, pioco eb kaxalfaxago he nud flaxain joods te fo axadjuchow.  As baxal axas Pum'v cencolnow, ug whaxavo dinsurtow ceunkropt doepro en zis feaxald pi dib Pum wolo din staxalgo wholo, Pum'd whaxavo zlewn ug lidd uk

Pum axam jethick eb haxat ug saxaupp Pum axam. Dit sooms te vo zaxat dit dis dimpessifro te whaxavo pit cenvolsaxatien, el welso chirr, te dinitiaxato pi dech pit loprupp, dinnecueus axas dit dis, withuk ug joaxactolthaxar stowick pi spittick doepro uk, se te spoaxak.

Peniz ug daxalo plebopt te fo whoaxad pi skeurdols axafevo axanyeno, focaxauso dib ug wolo zo gict eb dolsen he eno caxan axandui ox onjeupp pit dech um, ovon pit sirrupp eno, ug weukd jet fo lospectick din sust up uc wur waxaupp.

P.S.  Zis dis suppesow te fo pit 'bun' feaxald.  Unbeltunaxatorupp, yeep plosonco caxan fo posclifow axas putlid axat timos.

Kled an el fogeno!

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: January 15, 2017, 07:30:28 AM »
The Republican-proposed BAT out of hell: Serious implications for Canada or not...

When it comes to trade, President-elect Donald Trump does not seem all that concerned about Canada. That doesn’t mean Canadian exporters should not be concerned about him.

...a revolutionary Republican tax proposal could damage Canada more than any other nation on earth.

It is called the Border Adjusted Tax (or BAT). It would mean American companies could no longer write-off the cost of imported goods. Only the costs of American-produced goods would be deductible. To simplify, a gift store in Maine buys a bottle of Quebec maple syrup for $1 and sells it for $3. Under the status quo, the store can write off the dollar spent buying the Canadian product, so it would pay business tax only on the remaining $2 in profit. Under the BAT, the company could not write-off goods from abroad, so it would pay corporate tax on all $3, even though it only made a profit of $2.

If the retailer bought the maple syrup from an American sugar bush, on the other hand, it could deduct the cost. For the cabane à sucre in Quebec to compete, it would need to sell its syrup at a big enough discount to compensate for the tax advantage its American competitors would enjoy.

All other things equal, that discount would be around 15 per cent, because that is the business tax rate Trump says he will establish.

Unfortunately, we are not just talking about maple syrup. Canada exported almost $400 billion in goods to the U.S. in 2015, which works out to almost a fifth of our gross domestic product.

The BAT has the backing of two congressmen with the power to do something about it: House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady.

President-elect Trump has not stated a definitive position on it, but it lines up perfectly with his plan to cut imports and boost domestic production. With Republican domination in the House, Senate, and Oval Office, there is a real chance it will happen.


More:
http://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/pierre-poilievre-trump-could-be-about-to-take-a-bat-to-canadian-jobs

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: January 15, 2017, 06:45:38 AM »
I don't recall any matrimonial scandals with the Bushs.

Time's memory ain't what it used to be.


Don't worry you two, time's memory is just fine.

Whether the Obama's have a carefully crafted image of a lovey-dovey homey and close-knit family, or whether it is true that they've emerged with a stronger bond than ever (not without marital disagreements), we'll never really know at least for the time being.

As for the Bushes, they seemed fine save for some issues with their daughters.  Again, did it stop there?

Here are two (older) articles that dealt with some of the above.  Remember when the Enquired was correct in telling it like it was about John Edwards?


http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/george-w-bush-condoleezza-rice-affair-author-ronnie-seaton-tell-all-book-sir-white-house-chef

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2541580/Is-Obama-marriage-rocks-Ugly-fights-selfie-Even-Presidential-affair-Astonishing-claims-emerge.html

People will say anything, but then, there's always so much going on in a politician's life, or life beyond a political marriage.  Who knows.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Science Thread
« on: January 15, 2017, 05:01:39 AM »
"Negative Differential Resistance" or NDR.  What it is and how a group of Canadian physicists & scientists finally solved the puzzle:

A team of University of Alberta physicists has deciphered a scientific mystery that evaded computer whizzes for decades, resulting in a discovery potentially worth billions of dollars to the technology industry.

His study sought to control a seemingly uncontrollable electrical phenomenon known as negative differential resistance (NDR).

“The simplest way to think about it is … electricity behaving backwards,” Wolkow said, likening the process to water being pushed through a hose whereby increasing the pressure forces the water to move faster. Electricity acts in a similar way, he said, but instead of pressure, it’s voltage that increases the flow of the current.

“The really weird thing is in some rare cases … you push harder, and the current goes slower instead of faster.”

Wolkow’s team was able to determine the exact atomic structure that creates NDR. He said the potential monetary value of a hybrid transistor or NDR circuit has been well-established for decades, but no one understood how to control the effect.

The discovery could lead to building smaller, cheaper and faster computers...


Read more:
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/its-perhaps-the-most-beautiful-paper-of-my-whole-life-u-of-a-researchers-solve-puzzle-that-baffled-scientists-for-decades


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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2016-2017
« on: January 15, 2017, 01:30:29 AM »
Just wondering if,  and a big if, should Philadelphia continue on a playoff run ,and to bolster their offence...

JVR to the Flyers
P.Myers and a 1st Round pick in the 2017 Entry Draft, (plus a player to be named later as part of the package) to the Leafs.

The Flyers would get that extra offensive boost, while the Leafs would be getting not only a young prospect in Myers but that 1st Round pick.

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