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Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Home country: Canada
Current location: Toronto, Ontario
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The bump stock ban will soon be official

From CBS News, full article here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-bump-stock-ban-will-soon-be-official/

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it is amending federal law to expand the definition of machine guns to say bump stocks fall under that term, making them likewise illegal. The department plans to submit paperwork by the end of the week, and the rule banning bump stocks will go into effect 90 days from that point. That means bump stocks will be illegal by the spring of 2019.

"The rule will take effect in 90 days from publication in the federal register," a senior Justice Department official told reporters on a conference call Tuesday morning. "At that point it will essentially become unlawful to posses a bump stock type device, they will be considered machine guns under both the National Firearms Act and the GCA — the Gun Control Act."

Mr. Trump announced last year that he intended to review bump stocks — something that came as a surprise to some. He announced that he had directed the DOJ to craft rules banning the devices earlier this year. The president hasn't taken further steps on gun control, to the dismay of gun control advocates.

One reporter on the conference call pointed out that the National Rifle Association may challenge the new rule. The senior DOJ official said that, no matter who files a lawsuit, the DOJ will defend its stance.

The only down side I can see to this is that it may mobilize NRA members to flood the organization's ailing coffers again once the direct mails about coming for your bump stocks start hitting email boxes.

Profiteroles recipe!

The recipe we did for this week is a traditional choux pastry cream puff (Profiteroles!) based heavily on the Julia Child Joy of French Cooking method. It's a pretty quick and simple recipe, and the resulting pastry puffs are light and crispy and ready to be filled with anything you really want! We filled ours with whipped cream, but you could also fill them with a pastry cream, a Bavarian cream, or even ice cream!

The basic batter/dough is also what you would use to make eclairs, it's just piped out in a different shape. You can also make a savoury version by omitting the sugar, adding a little more salt, and probably a little bit of black pepper instead of the nutmeg. Fill it with a nice creamy goat cheese filling (like the dill goat cheese we made for the smoked salmon canapes in the summer!).

A gay POC furry just won Best eSports player and the right hates it

Big congrats to SonicFox for winning Best eSports player at the Game Awards:


.@SonicFox5000 is officially the Best Esports Player presented by @OMENbyHP! #TheGameAwards

His nervous speech finished with "...I'm gay, black, a furry... pretty much everything a republican hates!" and the right has obviously taken this as an attack. Complaining that he made it about politics and made it about himself when what he's really doing is making it about visibility and representation. The gaming world has traditionally been a pretty racist and homophobic space, so it's exciting to see someone like SonicFox come in and not only be himself, but celebrate that while being the best.

The reaction from most of the furry community has been incredibly supportive (aside from a few alt-right assholes) and also highly mocking of the over-the-top right wing reaction to the end of his speech:


And there was also this amazing Twitter thread:


(I'll paste the thread below in plain text)

Lets talk about @SonicFox5000 award speech last night. He was excited, nervous and proud of who he is as a person, not just a gamer.

Of course now there is a large group of people asking why does it matter that he's gay, & black? How does a person's identity impact competition?

Gamers have this idea that society and the real world has no impact on competitive gaming, and that gaming is this meritocracy (definition below).

That idea could not be farther from the truth.

Black people have been systematically oppressed for centuries in America.

"Civil rights act was like 54 years ago!" My living parents and grandparents were alive then. Everything didnt magically fix itself after the law was created either. But thats another talk.

Black people have not had the same financial opportunities as their white counter parts, until recently. Many black people been systemically oppressed into poverty. Thats a fact, yeah there are many of us who have begun to cultivate wealth but many haven't.

So imagine growing up your parents didn't have the money to get you a PC or a Nintendo 64. The skills I learned playing goldeneye I now use in Overwatch. I have decades of experience in first person shooters. The same can be said about fighting games etc.

Sure you may now be able to afford games, consoles and PCs, but how much of a learning gap does the person whose been poor most of their life have compared to me? A lot. That already isn't a meritocracy because I'm entering the competition with skills the poor person may not.

How many LGBTQIA+ people have been thrown out of their homes for coming out to loved ones? 40% of Homeless Youth are LGBTQIA+, do you think they have the opportunity to grind out laddder wins in Street fighter when they may not have a place to sleep tomorrow? They don't.

This even extends to anyone living in a rural area. Internet access in America is mediocre at best if you're not in a major metropolitan area.

You can't get better at a game if you're lagging online every 30 seconds or getting constantly disconnected.

Competitive gaming isn't a meritocracy. If you want to go hard at fighting games, you'll need the income to travel constantly, and that shit adds up.

If you're a girl and want to go hard at any FPS or MoBA good luck finding a group who won't treat you like shit the entire time.

We have so much more work to do, in terms of accessibility for competitive gaming.

Sonicfox's declaration of being gay, black and a furry is important, because you cannot erase history or the way society has treated minorities.

Every one who is into competitive gaming should absolutely read, "The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games" by @real_chris_paul

I promise its worth the read and I'm only 60% done it.


So, big congrats to SonicFox for being the best, and for being loud and proud about who he is!

Braised Beef Short Ribs recipe

We wanted to do more braising, so we got some short ribs! This recipe bears some similarities to the beef bourguignon recipe we did recently, but is a bit simpler. It's no less delicious, however. Short ribs have a lot of flavour, and beef has a natural affinity for red wine and tomato, so those ingredients should not be skimped on!

There are certainly some changes you could make to this to suit your own tastes. You can switch up the herbs you add to the braising liquid, and also the greens and herbs you add to the sauce at the end. You can switch up the type of wine (but like with the bourguignon, we recommend a bold red with a good tannic structure), and you could add garlic if you want it as well. Either minced at around the same time as you add the shallot, or whole cloves right at the beginning to cook and get soft along with the beef.

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

So, there's that classic mix of roasted beets with goat cheese. You see it on menus frequently, and it is really delicious. The sweet and earthy roasted beets and the rich and slightly sour chèvre make an amazing combination. Sometimes they'll add some toasted walnuts, but we're going to take it even further! We're adding a salad of bitter greens dressed with a very acidic dressing made from red wine vinegar and mustard, so the whole dish is bitter, sour, sweet, with some richness, and a bit of salty. The whole thing comes out very well balanced and delicious.

For the bitter greens, we used Belgian endive, black kale, and radicchio, but you can replace these with your favourite bitter greens. Frisée also works very well in this dish. The trick is that the dressing needs to be acidic enough and salty enough to counteract the intense bitterness of the greens your using. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but it brings a great balance to the dish. Also a great balance of textures, too. There's the crunchy leafy greens, the unctuous goat cheese, the soft roasted beets, and the crispy toasted walnuts.

(I did discover that with those dark beets and all of those dark greens, it's rather hard to get a good photo)

Parmesan Crisp recipe

So, hubby wanted to do a recipe that was a little less carb-ey after the Trash last week (though, we went through that trash really fast, it's so delicious). So this week is a different crispy party or snack food: Parmesan crisps! This is a super easy recipe, and really helps to satisfy the cravings for something crispy when you're on a low-carb or keto diet. The only ingredient is Parmesan cheese (plus any flavouring you may wish to add)! Please note, you do need to start with real Parmesan cheese for this, the powdered stuff that comes in a tube will not work, because it normally includes anti-caking agents that will interfere with the baking process.

Really, you can flavour these however you like. We did end up using a bit too much of the hot pepper in the spicy ones, but these all came out delicious. We also discovered that the pepper we happened to use was very hot indeed and the heat transferred to the other herbs we chopped for the rosemary and chive crisps! This recipe is gluten-free and keto friendly, and so incredibly versatile you can add whatever herbs or spices you like. Make little Garam Masala crisps! Sprinkle some taco seasoning on them! Add some powdered garlic! You can also use other aged dry cheeses like Parmesan, and Grana Padano or Pecorino will work as well.

Why Your Trump and Putin Gay Jokes Aren't Funny

From The Nib a cartoon by Damian Alexander: https://thenib.com/trump-putin-gay-jokes

"Trash" party mix recipe

It's holiday party season! Hubby wanted to do this classic party mix recipe for people to be ready to entertain this season. It's a super easy recipe (especially after that incredibly complex recipe last week!) and it is a highly addictive party food! If you put bowls of this out at your party, they will disappear! It goes by a lot of different names: Party mix, snack mix, Chex Mix (if you've got Chex on hand), but we just call it Trash.

Obviously, it is highly customizable. Replace any of the cereals with something similar. Replace the Goldfish crackers with any sort of cheesy cracker (Cheese Nips, Cheez-Its), use your favourite nuts, make it spicier with more Tabasco, whatever suits your tastes. A few things we usually find are indispensable, though: Plain Cheerios, Crispix, and those seasoned Planters dry-roasted peanuts. It is very much a mix-and-match sort of recipe of whatever you like. Warning: It is highly addictive and you will just want to keep putting it in your face.

Boeuf Bouguignon recipe!

Okay, it's been a rough year, and everyone's exhausted and depressed, and we all need some comfort food, right? Well, this is definitely the most complicated recipe we've ever done for our channel, but it is amazingly delicious. This is an adaptation of the French classic Boeuf Bourguignon, and believe it or not, we've simplified this! It's got a lot of steps, but it is truly a delicious and decadent dish. Basically it is beef stewed or braised in red wine, and is full of delicious and rich things. Bacon, red wine, beef, butter...

Traditionally this is made with a red wine from the Burgundy region of France, but we love to buy local. Thankfully, Ontario has some stunning wineries, and we used a 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from an amazing local winery called Kacaba. Any delicious big red will do. Also, we highly recommend that you use a wine that you have more than one bottle of, that way you can drink the same wine you've used in the recipe! (this is also a good reminder to use nice wine in your cooking, it really will make it better!)

From-Scratch Pumpkin Pie Recipe

After last week's pie crust, of course we were going to follow up with pumpkin pie! Nothing evokes the holiday season like the smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven! When we can, we like to make it from scratch with fresh pumpkin, but you can use canned pumpkin puree if you can't get fresh. Please remember: Those big pumpkins that you carve for Hallowe'en are not really great for this. They don't have as much flavour, and the flesh isn't as nice to work with.

Again, you can customize with your favourite pumpkin pie spices. You can also adjust the amount of sugar in this recipe. When hubby adapted this recipe, he cut down the sugar quite a lot, and it could go down even more. We find that with too much sugar the texture isn't as nice, the whole thing gets weighed down by all that sugar.

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