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  1. btron3000

    Julian Assange arrested by UK police

    I'm not arguing "for" his character, and I'm not defending (or attacking) the **** allegations. His character is not the issue when it comes to wikileaks. He can't be prosecuted for his character. That Honest Gov ad above says it all - are we (as a people) being sidelined into focusing on his character instead of whether he actually committed a crime? I'm also not arguing about whether or not he should stand trial/be found guilty for wikileaks. My natural inclination is to be anti-authority and to be glad he was exposing the government/system, but I know that I don't know enough about the particulars to comment. What I do know is that the issue is very subjective. It's not like proving murder with forensic evidence. It's a debate about how far people should be allowed to go to expose the government versus the right for a government to have confidential information and the trust we have in them to do the right thing with that information. Everyone is going to have different values regarding this. That's why his fate is such a political issue. Regarding trusting the US government, I'd ask "what have they done to earn that trust"? Here is a regime that refuses to let us know what happened to their own President (Kennedy) 50 something years ago, and have a history of entering conflicts for dubious reasons, and behaving dubiously when in those conflicts, why would we trust them to tell the truth about other things? Here's an interesting perspective which also questions our own government's shady dealings: https://www.globalresearch.ca/assange-arrest-warning-history/5674239?
  2. btron3000

    Western Sydney Stadium Open!

    Nothing. They can do that if they want. Re: the viewing area, there was a set of blinds on the player’s side, so I imagine if they want they can keep their warmup private. Unlike most, I think the top row is too far back. I like being close. Like most stadiums, I think the best spots are the back rows of the lower section or the first rows of the upper section.
  3. btron3000

    Julian Assange arrested by UK police

    Why pick and choose? Why not? Assange has no responsibility to target Russia or China just because he exposed the US. He doesn’t have to ensure equal exposure for everyone. He’s perfectly entitled to choose whichever targets he likes. The issue regarding Assange’s exposure is not whether he’s a twat, whether he only targeted the west, whether he raped someone, or whether he’s a narcissist. It’s whether what he did was in the interest of the public good.
  4. btron3000

    Julian Assange arrested by UK police

    Are you a spy?
  5. I know I’m old now. I have NO IDEA what a fortnite floss is.
  6. Well, I can say I was here for the stadium’s first Dance Cam. What a moment in history.
  7. I’m here. It’s a stadium, got seats and stuff. You can get a salmon poke bowl at the shop behind RBB. Can’t wait to be scoffin down one of those and checking my social medias during the Poznan. In all seriousness though, it’s good but being here just makes me realise the atmosphere is what we make it. At the moment it’s concrete and plastic. We gotta make the feels The dressing sheds aren’t ready. Haha the Eels have a week for it to be sorted The dugouts are the bomb. Man it’s big! We’re gonna need to be on our game, singing wise
  8. btron3000

    Last ANZ Derby Drawn

    Totally agree. We were the better team - granted they were backing up - and our team is full of kids and bit part players with a couple of good uns. Get some quality in there and we’ll be amongst it again.
  9. btron3000

    Last ANZ Derby Drawn

    I thought the “lack of conviction” was just his command of the English language. ABJ was great, and Bridgey’s touch was s bit rusty, but I thought Bridge showed how poor the vision our players is. He got into great spots about 5 or 6 times and they just don’t see the pass.
  10. I look forward to Corica saying that they should have won it with that Le Fondre chance at the end.
  11. “The deflection made it pick up speed” Classic Slater.
  12. btron3000

    Music Thread 3

    Add It Up is definitely better! What a song. Great teen angst album. I distinctly remember sitting up the back of the bus with everyone - even the "cool" girls - singing the "I take one, one, one cause you left me" buildup from Kiss Off and the whole bus just exploded at the "ten ten ten ten for EVERYTHING EVERYTHING EVERYTHING EVERYTHING" Such a good moment. Brought different groups of teenagers together. When I thought back on it a little later it just made me realise that everyone at that age has similar angst and frustration. And a weird punky folky band connected with us all. Go figure.
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    Finals Hopes Extinguished

    Yeah it’s weird the club didn’t organise something. I’d have thought most away teams have a meal together before a match. Also, wouldn’t giving the players free food be a smart way around the salary cap? I’m pretty sure I read some years ago that some Italian cubs have even been known to go to a hotel the night before their home games so they can focus without distractions.
  14. Yeah i get it. I’d prefer it not to happen, but what can you do, we don’t own it. We didn’t play the first game at Parra stadium, but we made it our own. In a few years (months if we rebound well) it’ll be clearly ours and these few months won’t matter. The Eels won their first game at Parra Stadium 36-6, and swept all before them that year, but everyone still calls them losers. Perennial success is more important.
  15. btron3000

    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 2

    The worst thing about the cap is not that it stops teams signing good players (though that is a problem), it’s that it encourages short term contracts. You can’t make money from producing kids, so you can’t grow the league or improve the quality of the players you bring in. The league has stagnated because it relies on Fox for money, whereas one genius junior could make a club millions (now and into the future if the sale is handled well). What business shuts down one of it’s main forms of revenue? Then if you hit on a good un from overseas with your limited funds, they ask for more or piss off, so all you’ve done is reignite someone’s career with a one or two year loan. And if you take a punt and sign someone for multiple years, they can drift off and play **** knowing they can’t be replaced, just like Vedran. Caps only work on leagues that are closed economies (American sports, AFL etc.). Even the NRL loses players to England and Rugby.
  16. Dodgy politicians running our game.
  17. btron3000

    Finals Hopes Extinguished

    I don’t know about anyone else, but anytime I’ve eaten a Kebab at any time other than the end of a night out, I felt like a lazy, fat bloated derro. Certainly not the food of champions, is it.
  18. Then again, Inter and Milan share a stadium permanently. So do Santa Fe and Millonarios in Bogota, and they HATE each other to the point where there are deaths sometimes. They’re all different situations. I think people are overreacting - saying FFA don’t care about home grounds. I hate the FFA, but I think the preferred venue was always SCG, so this is a unique situation. People whinge if the a-league is played on poor surfaces, and yet don’t want smurfs to play on the newest surface there is. For the record, i’d prefer them to play at Kogarah or ANZ, but whatevs.
  19. I think differently to most about smurfs at the stadium. Not because I want the A-League to have the best spectacle possible, which is the main reason stated by people who think the smurfs should play at PARRAMATTA, but because I won’t be attending their games so I couldn’t care less where they are played. They could play their finals on the moon and I wouldn’t be interested, except to hope they lose. (Ok, maybe on the moon I’d be interested, but that’d be more about playing in minimal gravity than the game itself...) Second, it’s our own fault. Whingeing about a team playing at our ground when we could have had a final there if we were good enough, just comes over as lame. We knew when the stadium was due to be completed, we should have been thinking that our first game would be a final, not thinking about some lame excuse for a game against Leeds. If Popa was still here, you can bet he’d have been pushing this club forward in an attempt to hold a GF there this year. We’ve lost our way, and if seeing the smurfs on our ground doesn’t light a fire, nothing will. Also, no matter who plays there, IF our club stops bending over for the FFA, AND deals with security properly, AND we get the proper RBB back, AND the team is half decent, we’re gonna rock it like no other. But there are many things to fix for us to get back to where we want to be, in terms of team and atmosphere. tldr: who cares where smurfs play, we should fix our own stuff before worrying about them.
  20. btron3000

    Finals Hopes Extinguished

    The wood chopping is awesome. That thing where they make displays out of fruit is pretty good too.
  21. btron3000

    Finals Hopes Extinguished

    I don’t understand how a fullback educated in Spain thinks it’s ok to defend three metres away from the opposition. And Vedran has to go. It’s that simple. The biggest brain fade when he rushed out of his box in the derby was clearly the mistake of a man who is not switched on. When no-one is surprised by the kebab story that tells you all you need to know about the bloke. See ya buddy
  22. So... you haven’t sold it out then. You’ve sold the casual tickets and are trying to sucker people into buying a membership by holding tickets back, even though the season’s started. Nice.
  23. These stadium names are all good, but c’mon... Shannon Cul-de-sac.