So the Flames suck… Who Cares!

February 2, 2010

You know that you live in a sad time when, for the fourth day in a row, the front page story of every major newspaper in the city has an article about major league hockey. Are you really telling me that in a city of a million people, province of four million, country of 30 million, and a world of more than six BILLION people, that a dozen or so men in their late twenties smacking a hard plastic disc around with pieces of wood is the most exciting thing to happen for four straight days! Come on, the only newsworthy part about the NHL is how obscene the salaries are!

Although it is true that I have a generally bleak and somewhat “Chomskian” view of sports in general, and think, like our good friend Noam always says, that professional sport “offers people something to pay attention to that is of little or no importance,” I do enjoy attending the odd NHL game, if only for the social aspect and heroin beer (edit: how hilarious that that definition even exists!). I also admit that hockey plays (pun not intended) an important cultural role in this country and is one of few things that brings people together.  But seriously, get it off the front page of the news every freaking day, nobody cares!

I’ll let my good friend Noam conclude, he says it best…

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Double Standard

February 7, 2009

Holocaust-denying bishop promises to review evidence

Last Updated: Saturday, February 7, 2009 | 11:55 AM ET Comments29Recommend6
CBC News

Bishop Richard Williamson of the ultra-conservative Society of St. Pius X told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that based on research he did in the 1980s, he became convinced of his views about the Holocaust, which historians say resulted in the deaths of six million Jews.

Williamson is quoted by Der Spiegel as saying he would re-examine “everything again and look at the evidence.” However, he said he won’t be visiting the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

“Since I see that there are many honest and intelligent people who think differently, I must look again at the historical evidence,” the British bishop was quoted as saying.

“It is about historical evidence, not about emotions,” he added, according to the report. “And if I find this evidence, I will correct myself. But that will take time.”

So let me get this straight. This man denies a fairly recent historical event because of a lack of tangible evidence which he himself has has seen, yet is high up in a religious system based on age-old blind faith? Wow, I don’t even know what to say. At least he will now have an easier time understanding my views on his religion.



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