myron.selby - (Myron Selby)Member since March 23, 2011
Habs fan since: 1975
Favorite current player: Markov
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- Comment on Sergei Gonchar will be in lineup for Canadiens against Bruins (2014-11-13 13:04:37)
I can't wait for the Habs to win the cup. I know, everyone on this site wants that (obviously.) But it's more than just watching my favorite team for over 40 years finally win again. For me, the biggest - well maybe second biggest - attraction of the next cup, is that maybe, just maybe, for at least one day I can come here without having to read Timo whining about how stupid Habs management are and how useless the players are.
- Comment on Jarred Tinordi healthy scratch for Canadiens vs. Jets (2014-11-11 12:57:33)
um - pretty much any of them that don't show Habs games?
- Comment on Canadiens vs. Canucks preview (2014-10-30 16:27:12)
OK, I'll bite - how do we know that Eller is being scratched tonight?
- Comment on Liveblog: Canadiens steal a Shootout win in Calgary (2014-10-28 19:02:55)
Still not sure if I'm going to get this game on SHaw tonight.
- Comment on Habs return to the ice after day off and a Halloween party (2014-10-24 14:03:20)
Surprisingly, Ference is a good role model. I suspect he just caught the Bruin flu which makes otherwise normal humans behave like complete assholes. He does a ton for the community here in Edmonton. He speaks out (and very eloquently) on all kinds of issues from the environment to gay rights (he marched in the Pride parade this year). He works for all kinds of charities as well.
- Comment on Habs make Jacob de la Rose their final cut before season opener (2014-10-07 17:51:14)
Thanks HC - it's almost 4:00 in beautiful Edmonton, the Habs play in like 25 hours and I still don't know which channel (if any) to set up to record the game. Or is this one going to be on CBC or TVA or Sportsnet or Transylvania South or some other obscure channel I don't get so it isn't on Center Ice?
- Comment on Habs make Jacob de la Rose their final cut before season opener (2014-10-07 14:08:35)
I should probably phone Shaw and ask them (and I will) but this place is probably a far more accurate source of information. I broke down and bought NHL Center Ice and now after showing blank screens all through the preseason they are at least showing the NHL logo on the screens. My question is when do they put up the listings for games in the guide? If they don't have them in there at least a day in advance I might as well cancel it since I won't be able to set the pvr to record the games.
- Comment on Habs will retire Guy Lapointe’s No. 5 on Nov. 8 at Bell Centre (2014-09-12 18:28:39)
It was what Chris was saying about nationalism and patriotism I was responding to, not anthems. As for patriotism and pride in your country, I just don't see why anyone should identify with something as ephemeral and artificial as national boundaries. I have as much in common with someone from Russia or France or Venezuela as I do with someone else from Canada. And if I did subscribe to some form of national identification, I would be mortified by Canada's role in the world since Harper came into office. We now have the honor of being more warlike and right wing than the US government. Harper froths at the mouth in good Pavlovian fashion at every lie put forth by his master in Washington. His unilateral support for the Israeli dispossession and ongoing attempts at genocide of the Palestinians, his support for a coup government in Ukraine that include a neo-nazi party openly calling for the extermination of Jews and Russian speakers is so one-sided and wrong-headed it's painful. If I was a patriot, I'd be hanging my head in shame. But fortunately, I'm not. I'm a Canadian by happenstance, the only categorization I willingly subscribe to is human. For sure there are harmless and positive things that can come from patriotism. Unfortunately, it is far too easy to play on those emotions and identifications to whip up jingoism and create war fervor. It happens constantly. And btw - your assumption that everyone knows these things is simply wrong. For sure some do. But I would guess that the majority have never been exposed to information from anything but official sources (i.e. the mainstream media).
- Comment on Habs will retire Guy Lapointe’s No. 5 on Nov. 8 at Bell Centre (2014-09-12 17:41:08)
Let me see if I can explain this. The reason for the quote is because the Nazis were one of the first countries (actually they borrowed it from the US where a PR person first laid out the principles) to study and make extensive use of propaganda to get their populace to support wars of aggression. They did exactly what he describes in this quote to get support. At the time the majority of the german people were firmly convinced that they were defending themselves from their neighbors and were completely justified in everything they did. Just as the US (and to a lesser extent) the Canadian populations were firmly convinced that they were justified in invading (or setting up the overthrow of) Afghanistan, Iraq, Lybia, Syria and the democratically elected governments in Egypt and Ukraine. We are always the good guys and "they" are always the bad guys. What would astonish most people is that the populace in all those places we attack are just as firmly convinced that they are in the right. And it is all down to the carefully created lies that we are fed by our governments/major media. And it doesn't matter how often the grounds for attack are proved to be outright lies (the babies being killed in incubators in Kuwait, the disappearing WMD in Iraq, the non-existent nuclear bombs in Iran) we all line up to swallow the next big lie (another quote from a Nazi).
- Comment on Habs will retire Guy Lapointe’s No. 5 on Nov. 8 at Bell Centre (2014-09-12 16:19:35)
I was too late to comment on the whole nationalism/patriotism debate on the previous thread, so I wanted to put in my 2 cents worth now. I have to agree with Chris on this one. Nationalism is a scam that elites/leaders use to get people to go along with things that are against their own best interests. It's a cheap trick played on everyone. It takes something that seems positive (love of country) and uses it to promote wars against some imaginary "other". Somehow people can be convinced over and over again that some other people - who in actual fact are exactly like them - are some horrible enemy deserving of whatever hell can be visited on them. My favourite explanation of what patriotism is used for comes from the transcript of a Herman Goring interview when he was in jail during the Nuremberg trials: Göring: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars. Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.