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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: September 16, 2021, 10:50:00 PM »
As the healthcare system is on the brink of collapse, Alberta has declared a state of emergency and vaccine passports a couple months after declaring the pandemic was over (just in time for Stampede).

About a month ago we were talking about taking a trip to Banff in oct, and I chickened out. I told my wife I don’t have faith that Alberta is going to be out of it by then.
I said the exact same thing to my girlfriend!

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: September 16, 2021, 10:47:28 PM »
What's a team going to do if one of their high paid stars refuses the vaccine?  There has to be some dumb asses out there in the NHLPA...I know the Leafs already said everyone will be vaxxed, I want to see someone on another team refuse just to see the fall out.

Hockey culture is pretty obstinate. "Fall in line, for the good of the team", which we'd normally find bland, might actually be what pushes the NHL to be more highly vaccinated than most sports. The COVID policy is really quite a good template for other industries to follow, really pigeonholing the anti-vaxxers into extreme inconvenience.

In the dressing room, can you imagine a player saying he'd rather go through tests every 72 hours, no dining with comrades, no leaving the house at home or being completely segregated on the road (including all the maintenance stuff on body/equipment) and significantly inconveniencing the staff that assist you? I think he might last about 3 days before relenting, and at that point, there's another period of waiting for the second dose.


The sad thing is that 99% vaccinated or better is not the norm.
I mean, getting paid millions of dollars could nudge a few people back in line

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs General Discussion
« on: September 12, 2021, 08:22:15 AM »
Birthday Boy going off
That's kind of hilarious honestly haha.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: September 10, 2021, 09:33:30 PM »
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"We can't speak on behalf of all the businesses on the site and say whether they’re going to implement the vaccine passports or not. The only thing we can say is that they are in support of freedom of choice in Canada and they don't believe in segregation or discrimination based on your medical status," they said, reiterating what the site's about us section states.

Provides a tool that will be used specifically to assist segregation :) and a handy resource for everybody on where to go get Covid.
And yet that same crowd got pissed off when people required it, and forced the website to shut down due to death threats directed toward the owner? These imbeciles know no bounds.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Federal Election 2019
« on: September 09, 2021, 10:18:43 PM »
I come here for Canadian news since I don't really follow anymore, as I moved away long long ago. But I've a passing interest, as some family's there.

I see a December 2020 post about the residential schools and Canadian racism... then a September 2021 one about watching the debate. For the upcoming election.

I gather it's a snap election, initiated by Trudeau himself... but I haven't heard a good explanation of why. Is there an argument to the voters that X is why they're voting now? More specifically: what are the Liberals not able to get done in a minority government coalition with the NDP that they need a majority to do?
I think the polling may have shown that voters would give him a mandate, and showed opposition parties as weak, but as Bruce Anderson pointed out, people say a lot of things when the stakes are low and hypothetical. I don't think polling predicted the amount of traction that there'd be for Canadians not wanting an election until covid was solved more readily.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: September 08, 2021, 09:57:38 PM »
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Well, folks, we’ve found a new way to win a Darwin Award.

The title is a bit misleading, but there’s a published paper behind the article.
They're just not doing it right, duh!

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: September 08, 2021, 07:27:31 PM »
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/gunshot-victims-horse-dewormer-ivermectin-oklahoma-hospitals-covid-1220608/

I can’t think of a more American headline than this.

You might want to revisit that article, champ. When you do you'll find the following addendum right up front. Spoiler alert...turns out the story was complete bull#$#% based on lies told by someone who hasn't even worked at the facility for the past 2 months. Gunshot victims did not wait while ivermectin overdoses were treated.

UPDATE: Northeastern Hospital System Sequoyah issued a statement: Although Dr. Jason McElyea is not an employee of NHS Sequoyah, he is affiliated with a medical staffing group that provides coverage for our emergency room. With that said, Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months. NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdose. All patients who have visited our emergency room have received medical attention as appropriate. Our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care. We want to reassure our community that our staff is working hard to provide quality healthcare to all patients. We appreciate the opportunity to clarify this issue and as always, we value our community’s support.”


I appreciate the update and the correction. I’m all for truth in reporting. Not sure why you have to be rude about it though.

Sorry if I hurt your feelings, but I've seen a lot worse from many of the regular posters on this forum over the years. I'm just tired of people repeating nonsense as if it were truth, without questioning. Stories about people overdosing and "shitting their brains out" because of ivermectin are mostly made up and people just accept it because it comes from CNN or Rolling Stone or whichever authority figure they choose to follow.
I find it somewhat bizarre that you would say that about certain reporting but you aren't questioning your own what is appearing to be further and further defense of people self administering ivermectin over taking a now proven variety of vaccines.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« on: September 06, 2021, 08:01:54 PM »
Sad news.

Brutal. He was so good in The Wire but it seems to have taken a huge toll on him.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs General Discussion
« on: September 06, 2021, 01:13:39 PM »
4-year deal for Denis Malgin with the Zurich Lions, taking him off the Leafs roster/pipeline

Thanks for ruining my Labor Day.  Another asset gone for zzzzzzilch.  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( :o
It definitely is frustrating seeing Mason Marchment at least have some depth usefulness for Florida. Malgin didn't really do anything.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: September 06, 2021, 01:08:43 PM »
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/gunshot-victims-horse-dewormer-ivermectin-oklahoma-hospitals-covid-1220608/

I can’t think of a more American headline than this.

You might want to revisit that article, champ. When you do you'll find the following addendum right up front. Spoiler alert...turns out the story was complete bull#$#% based on lies told by someone who hasn't even worked at the facility for the past 2 months. Gunshot victims did not wait while ivermectin overdoses were treated.

UPDATE: Northeastern Hospital System Sequoyah issued a statement: Although Dr. Jason McElyea is not an employee of NHS Sequoyah, he is affiliated with a medical staffing group that provides coverage for our emergency room. With that said, Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months. NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdose. All patients who have visited our emergency room have received medical attention as appropriate. Our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care. We want to reassure our community that our staff is working hard to provide quality healthcare to all patients. We appreciate the opportunity to clarify this issue and as always, we value our community’s support.”
Rolling Stone has had issues with reporting in the past. Hopefully the truth of the matter comes out. However, this doesn't change the main issue, which we have discussed at length earlier. The issue is still the fact that people are taking, and overdoing (which doesn't necessarily mean death or an ER visit) on Ivermectin based on questionable studies and is being pushed by further questionable individuals like Alex Jones.

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2021 Blue Jays General Discussion Thread
« on: September 04, 2021, 06:29:06 PM »
So I hardly know anything about baseball stats but it does seem interesting that the Jays are 2nd in run differential in the entire MLB but aren't even close to the WC spot yet.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: September 04, 2021, 06:07:39 PM »

Amen.
I don't understand why people don't think some level of responsibility is required in order to have rights in civil society. It's not that difficult.

In the event that people are on the fence for the vaccine we literally have only two options: get the vaccine and reduce the health burden on society or don't and increase it to a point that grossly impacts others (and eventually yourself), far more than choice 1.

In the famous words of Rush, "if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."

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Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Minor Ex-Leaf News
« on: September 03, 2021, 10:32:08 PM »
Our old friend Nik Kulemin is playing with Ufa Salavat Yulaev this season, i.e. Rodion Amirov's team. He scored a hatty en route to a 5-1 win.
Man, I'm getting old because Kulemin looks old to me now.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: September 01, 2021, 11:32:53 PM »
Cue the “you need to be nicer to the non-vaccinated crowd.  Give them cookies instead of the stick” nonsense.
I was thinking about this. I mean, at what point does the carrot not work, and at what point is it not on public health communication for failure to capture certain groups of people? When you're up against outrageous claims and outright lies that aren't held to the same level of scrutiny then the fight is completely asymmetrical, especially in people who are reflexively anti authority/government anything.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: August 30, 2021, 10:44:53 PM »
It's a huge overpay for Kotkaniemi for sure, but for only 1 year, and who knows he's 21 maybe he takes a step and the contract doesn't look as bad next summer.  If not, they've lost a couple of draft picks so it's like blowing them on a bad rental at the deadline. I'm just happy it screws the Habs.
I'd like to see how the season shakes out if he doesn't do well and how they would arrive at a contract. Let's say he scores 35 points, what happens then? Kotkaniemi has to know this is a show me contract and won't get it again if he doesn't deliver.

Is Montreal even against the cap? The more I think about it the more I don't see why they wouldn't retain and just eat an extra $2M in dead money or whatever.

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