April 13th seems so long ago, doesn't it? That's the day I posted my Stanley Cup predictions, and let's be charitable and say I wasn't wholly accurate. But how inaccurate? Let's take a look.
There were four Western Conference divisional semifinal series, and I predicted the Dallas Stars would defeat the Minnesota
In the second round, I said the St. Louis Blues would defeat the Dallas Stars in 4 games, and they also took the full 7. That series is 57% accurate, and I'm at 0% again in the other western series: I didn't think Nashville or San Jose would even be in there. Finally, in the Western Conference Final I correctly identified the Blues would lose in 6 games though I obviously got their opponent wrong. 50% accuracy there, let's say.
There are a total of 7 series in each conference, and my efficiency was 83,100,0,0,57,0,50, for a Western Conference accuracy rate of 43%.
Again, four opening series in the first round. I first predicted that Washington would defeat Philadelphia in only 5 games, it again took six giving me 83% efficiency. I predicted the NY Rangers would defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in 7 games, and obviously Pittsburgh did slightly better than that. I did correctly predict that the NY Islanders would defeat the Florida Panthers in 6 games. I also correctly predicted that the Tampa Bay Lightning would defeat the Detroit Red Wings, though my accuracy was only 71% as I thought it would take 7 games rather than 5.
In the second round I predicted the Washington Capitals would be defeated, though I obviously got both the opponent (Pittsburgh, not New York) and the number of games (6, not 5) wrong, for a 42% efficiency rating. I did guess the number of games right in the other series, but I thought that the Islanders would defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning rather than the other way around for a 0% efficiency rating. Finally, I was 0% in the conference final since I had both teams completely wrong.
For the 7 games in the Eastern Conference, therefore, my efficiency was 83,0,100,71,42,0,0, for an Eastern Conference accuracy of 42%.
I predicted that the Los Angeles Kings would defeat the New York Rangers in 6 games, scoring a total of only 19 goals. Instead, 26 goals have been scored already with 3:01 time left in Game 6, and obviously neither team was present making my guess 0% for the final as well. With 15 series to play, I averaged 39% efficiency with my predictions.
Not bad, not bad. How did you do? Comment below.
Star Trek's 50th anniversary is coming up, and with it Third Edge of the Sword will be dedicating some coverage, reviews, and the like related to the 50th anniversary.
But first, a call for requests. Where do you get your Star Trek reviews from? Tor? Jammer's? Onion AV Club? The M0vie Blog?
If there's more that do extensive reviews of Trek, please add them to the comments.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet reportedly discussed the issue last week, and while no formal decision was taken, one top-level official said: “They have made up their minds and are working on the right narrative to support it.”Justin's retarded government is discovering that in the real world -- that mythical realm that he and his social-justice-warrior MPs know nothing about -- formal agreements are binding, and that there are consequences to actions. You can't just agree to something and then decide when far-left weenies worry about that natural order of things (to wit: Muslims murdering other Muslims) to negate the agreement you've already made.
Rather than a full replacement of the air force’s aging CF-18 fighter fleet, it’s believed the purchase will be labelled an interim measure to fill what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has warned is a pending “gap” in Canada’s military capabilities.
The Liberals promised during the election campaign not to buy the F-35 to replace the CF-18s. But the government has been struggling with how to fulfill that promise for fear any attempt to exclude the stealth fighter from a competition will result in a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit, according to one senior Defence Department official.
More importantly (for their Ottawashed lifestyles), they're finding that every now and then the press calls them out on their endless lies and bullshit.
Liberal suggestions that Canada’s CF-18s are on their last legs appear to have come out of nowhere, after the previous Conservative government announced in 2014 that it was upgrading the CF-18s so they could continue to operate through 2025. That $400-million initiative was intended to buy the government time to make the right decision on a replacement.
It's something that the notorious anti-military and anti-international treaty Liberal Party is going to have to get used to. They are already seeing the impacts of bad choices in military procurement first-hand, and are starting to get the dim idea that maybe their far-left mindset isn't up to the task of revamping a defense procurement system that is still keeping Canada from meeting its NATO commitments. (Similarly, a retarded Mongloid might get a similar sense when looking at a chalkboard full of complicated mathematical equations, but I don't know if Shiny Pony's cabinet is quite at that mental level yet)
There are only two things farmers complain about†: too much rain, and not enough rain.
For most of 2016, it was the latter that caught our attention, culminating of course in the Fort Mac forest fires that gained international attention (and retarded analysis by global warming fanatacists).
However, right on cue for May Long Weekend (which is almost as reliable a bad-weather predictor as Klondike Days is) the skies above Alberta opened up and gave a heavy dump of rain, ruining camping trips (doubly so, if you went camping in Leduc county) and giving parched lawns and forests a much-needed dose of rain. Farmers are mostly happy about it too: the thing about complaining about too much rain is when it happens at the absolute wrong time, like 24 hours after you've cut the hay crop. Right after you plant is much better.
† Pre Rachel Arab's sick anti-farmer government, of course
Rainfall varies a lot, of course: out at Lac St. Anne they apparently got a mere 25-40mm of rain this weekend. Edson and Grande Prairie got Friday morning snowfall, and sadly Fort McMurray itself got a mere 5mm.
As for Edmonton, we got 76.5mm of rain‡ between May 19th and May 23rd, with most of it falling on the even numbered days and smaller amounts on the odd numbered days§. That's a pretty big chunk of rainfall, you might be thinking, and you're right.
Edmonton's total avergage annual precipitation is 476.9mm (365.7mm of rain plus 123.5cm of snow), which means that over four days Edmonton received a whopping 16% of our total annual precipitation over that span. That also represents an astounding 21% of our total annual rainfall. More to come, too, as the forecast calls for more rainshowers into Memorial Day Weekend. By contrast, the entire precipitation for the month of April was 9.9mm, and 14.1mm in March.
‡ This again is very location-dependent: southwest Edmonton got more rain than northeast Edmonton did
§ The May Long 2016 rainfall, therefore, follows the same rule as Star Trek movies
Almost literally switching between feast and famine, the Capital Region is finally swimming in rainfall, and the crops and gardens and lawns and parks are finally going to grow like they were supposed to, just as soon as we start getting actual nice weather again. Just in case you worried we'd run out of things to complain about, this rain is just at the right time to provide a huge boon in the mosquito population.
We probably won't need any rain for a while now. Just in time, come to think of it, for Klondike Days.
TSN.ca columnist Scott MacArthur is mentally retarded.
What other conclusion can you draw from this insane column in which he basically objects to the recent Rangers and Blue Jays suspensions because of "old school" thinking like...cracking down on incessant rule breaking in order to establish order.
Gibbons got three games because he’s a repeat offender. This isn’t the first time Gibbons has re-entered the playing field after being ejected earlier in a game. Such an affront was it that it warranted a suspension only five games less than Odor’s, who decided it was time to be Muhammad Ali on a baseball field.Gibbons was suspended for returning to a game he was kicked out of. He's done it multiple times, therefore the suspension increases. Repeat offenders bear a more significant penalty than non-repeat offenders. This should not be a new concept to a human being. Google "three strikes law" if you need a real-world-stolen-from-baseball example (to bring right back 'round to baseball). It's hard to see what all this has to do with Cassius Clay, of course: the notion that a physical blow during a physical game should necessarily always always always be penalized more than the physical action of trespassing just hangs openly in the article and hopes that you (irrationally) agree with it.
Chavez gets three games because he hit Prince Fielder with a pitch in the bottom of the eighth. It’s an automatic suspension because warnings had been issued to both benches after Bush deliberately hit Bautista. Follow that logic. This magic “warning,” yeah, it’s time to scrap it. Enough is enough.I'm not sure who gave MacArthur the line about "with all the celerity of a tortoise crossing the street" but it certainly wasn't him, because nobody who thinks to use "celerity"† is also so functionally brain-fucking-dead that he can't grasp this concept either. MacArthur literally seems shocked that a suspension -- which is a higher penalty than a fine -- is issued out only in more serious cases‡. Namely: continuing to hit batters with a pitch, which has been specifically warned against in order to avoid games escalating. This event, of course, is precisely what happened after those players flaunted the warning. Rather than say "oh, turns out the rules are there for a reason", MacArthur is still thinking it's somehow a crime against nature that Jesse Chavez didn't get away with making a situation worse even after being warned against it...a warning that came with an automatic suspension, so he knew the consequences going into it. Matt Bush didn't: he could have been fined or suspended or gotten away with it scott-free. The league fined him for deliberately hitting Bautista. MacArthur's insane bloodlust for more penalties for more Rangers doesn't make any sense. Bush deliberately hit a player in a circumstance where MLB sort of kind of discourages it. There are other circumstances where they recognize it can be more dangerous or more serious, and then they discourage it more. Just like you're allowed to break a guy's arm if he's repeatedly punching you, but not so much if he only did it once. Again, this is basic stuff taught in High School law courses.
Bush, and remember the league has established his intent, doesn’t get suspended for hitting Bautista because it was pre-warning. Chavez gets nicked because he hit Fielder post-warning.
Going back to the beginning, MacArthur has nothing but a slew of false equivalencies. Rangers manager Jeff Banister "was speaking vaguely about the situation" and didn't even get a fine, dammit! Meanwhile Gibbons merely enters a game he was ejected to and gets punished. What's up with that? Does MacArthur think that a random visitor to the TSN studios should be treated exactly as harshly as one who has a court order keeping him 175m away from Kate Beirness at all times? Probably not. But then, he's been known to let his pathetically tiny brain shut down completely when his home team is concerned, so what's another case?
Meanwhile, the mental midget isn't done yet...
It’s time to disincentivize the intentional hit-by-pitch as a method of retribution. It is old school silliness in the same vein as the U.S. Constitution’s second amendment, which was penned long before sawed off machine guns existed.This moron already was showing himself on the same mental plane as a frying pan, and then he turns around and shows complete ignorance of American history, firearms, and philosophy all in a single line. A "sawed-off machine gun" wouldn't even work properly, for one. For two, the inalienable human right to bear arms is not dictated by the U.S. Second Amendment (for example, British and Canadian citizens have this same inalienable right codified in Common Law, and like all fundamental human rights§ it isn't at the whim of lawmakers. Finally, any sensible reading of the Second Amendment involves U.S. citizens having the right to any weapon used by their military, including things far more powerful than machine guns.
Scott MacArthur is an anti-gun and anti-logic retard. No wonder he cheers for Toronto.
† Since celerity is derived from Latin, you might think perhaps that he's just French, until you remember his last name.
‡ MacArthur, if he could take the time away from sticking his own finger up his ass and then licking it thinking that it's a lollipop, might argue that the original hit-by-pitch is serious. I disagree, since I don't think hitting any Blue Jay with a projectile is serious, but most critically it can be serious without being more serious.
§ More accurately, human right since there is only one human right, the inalienable right to properly.