National Post View: Game misconduct for crazy parents

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One of the more reliable of Canadian winter traditions is also among the least edifying: the spectacle of hockey parents behaving badly.

The latest example of adults embarrassing themselves and their children is from Nanaimo, where the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association is contemplating a ban on parents who can’t control their outbursts when little Johnny or Janie are on the ice.

“The abuse happens in every game, in every rink, every weekend. Officials take the brunt of the derogatory comments but we have players being booed, hissed at, chastised,” league president Jim Humphrey told the Vancouver Sun.

“I’ve been involved in administering hockey for 30 years and it’s always been there. But in the last 10 years it’s been getting worse.”

Police have been called, referees escorted from their dressing rooms, players have burst into tears on the bench over the antics of their parents and grandparents. About…

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Maurice calls Blues ‘best team in the league’ ahead of tonight’s game in Winnipeg

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Remember our old Tuesday Tire Pump? (It’s OK if you don’t, it didn’t last that long.) I ask because Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice seems to have utilized the format, albeit on a Thursday — prior to tonight’s key Western Conference clash against the Blues, Maurice put some major air in St. Louis’ whitewalls.

“I think St. Louis is the best team in the League,” Maurice said, per the Post-Dispatch. “So we have to be at our very best, shift-to-shift. They have been tight games because for the most part we have done that, but we’re going to need a little bit better in everything that we do.”

To their credit, the Jets nearly topped the NHL’s best team last Tuesday, when they rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third period to even things up… only for Barret Jackman to score an outrageous game-winner from center…

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Finding The Elusive Big Wisdom In Big Data

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You probably already know ‘Big Data’ is top of mind heading into 2015. How could you not? You are hearing about it constantly from vendors and journalists alike (guilty as charged). And you know what that hype says, right? Big data is going to provide all the answers, make your companies run more efficiently and help you make brilliant, data-driven decisions that give your organization a sharp competitive edge.

To some extent that’s true, but like like any over-hyped technology, many companies find implementation is hard and the reality is very different from the hype. They may have figured out effective ways to collect and process the data, but putting it to work it to make better decisions is another matter. These companies are finding a key missing link between big data and big understanding, and if they don’t find a way to resolve this, they will be left with a big…

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Born to Run: One last chance

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Bruce Springsteen has been making music for forty years. But his career almost came to a halt in the mid-seventies. Though critics applauded them, Springsteen’s first two albums were not commercially successful, and his record label was thinking of dropping him. Pressure was on the young musician to create a hit third album, and that pressure produced a rock classic.

He had one last shot to prove to the music world that he was a serious rock artist. While his first two albums had been released nine months apart, production on the third took over a year. Springsteen was determined that this album would deliver what his record label wanted: a hard-hitting, full-fledged rock record. In an interview from 1987, Bruce said “When I did Born To Run, I thought, ‘I’m going to make the greatest rock ‘n’ roll record ever made.’”

According to the documentary “Wings for Wheels”…

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Suspended senators to lose pension benefit

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OTTAWA – The Harper government has moved to preclude disgraced senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau from the parliamentary pension plan while they are under suspension from the upper house.

Amendments to the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act are included in a 375-page omnibus budget implementation bill introduced today in the House of Commons.

READ MORE: Brazeau, Harb due in court next week over Senate expense charges

The move is aimed at ensuring the trio don’t accrue pensionable service while under suspension for making allegedly fraudulent expense claims.

The three were suspended without pay last November for the duration of the parliamentary sitting, which is expected to continue until 2015 – the same year all three would ordinarily become eligible to collect a generous parliamentary pension.

READ MORE:: Liberal senators want to use new independence to make Senate more responsive

The government was embarrassed to…

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Bruce Springsteen Has High Hopes

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Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes Liner Notes
I was working on a record of some of our best unreleased material from the past decade when Tom Morello (sitting in for Steve during the Australian leg of our tour) suggested we ought to add “High Hopes” to our live set. I had cut “High Hopes,” a song by Tim Scott McConnell of the LA based Havalinas, in the ’90s. We worked it up in our Aussie rehearsals and Tom then proceeded to burn the house down with it. We re-cut it mid tour at Studios 301 in Sydney along with “Just Like Fire Would,” a song from one of my favorite early Australian punk bands, The Saints (check out “I’m Stranded”). Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level. Thanks for the inspiration Tom.

Some of these songs, “American Skin” and “Ghost of Tom Joad,” you’ll be familiar with from our live versions. I felt they were among the best of my writing and deserved a proper studio recording. “The Wall” is something I’d played on stage a few times and remains very close to my heart. The title and idea were Joe Grushecky’s, then the song appeared after Patti and I made a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. It was inspired by my memories of Walter Cichon. Walter was one of the great early Jersey Shore rockers, who along with his brother Ray (one of my early guitar mentors) led the “Motifs”. The Motifs were a local rock band who were always a head above everybody else. Raw, sexy and rebellious, they were the heroes you aspired to be. But these were heroes you could touch, speak to, and go to with your musical inquiries. Cool, but always accessible, they were an inspiration to me, and many young working musicians in 1960’s central New Jersey. Though my character in “The Wall” is a Marine, Walter was actually in the Army, A Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry. He was the first person I ever stood in the presence of who was filled with the mystique of the true rock star. Walter went missing in action in Vietnam in March 1968. He still performs somewhat regularly in my mind, the way he stood, dressed, held the tambourine, the casual cool, the freeness. The man who by his attitude, his walk said “you can defy all this, all of what’s here, all of what you’ve been taught, taught to fear, to love and you’ll still be alright.” His was a terrible loss to us, his loved ones and the local music scene. I still miss him.

This is music I always felt needed to be released. From the gangsters of “Harry’s Place,” the ill-prepared roomies on “Frankie Fell In Love” (shades of Steve and I bumming together in our Asbury Park apartment) the travelers in the wasteland of “Hunter Of Invisible Game,” to the soldier and his visiting friend in “The Wall”, I felt they all deserved a home and a hearing. Hope you enjoy it.
—Bruce Springsteen