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  1. ^^^ Wen I think your right, the hairy chest megaphone on China caused the virus and Australia will lead the charge for China to be investigated was what started this... However the position now makes it difficult backing down ... and is something we can't do. As an aside, China is no innocent in all this neither... the questions asked about the virus, and a number of other issues should be asked... Issue was it was for Europe or the US or a combined Europe / US to ask.... it was a mistake of the highest order beyond foolish .... being right makes no difference... especially when he had the lessons of Hawke and Howard in front of him...
  2. Interesting .... the podcast at the end of the article is worth a listen... https://www.theage.com.au/please-explain/please-explain-podcast-can-the-labor-party-solve-its-identity-politics-20201204-p56kpj.html As the federal opposition grapples with an identity crisis after three successive election losses, Labor frontbencher Chris Bowen has warned the ALP will again lose the next one if it attempts to "boil the ocean" with a complex array of promises and policies. He is among 30 Labor Right frontbench MPs, unionists and faction activists who have penned essays on how Labor must govern post-COVID Australia in a book titled The Write Stuff: Voices of Unity on Labor's Future. The book urges the party to reflect on why it lost its voter base, drop its left wing populism, reconnect with the suburbs, and stop scoffing at parents who choose to send their children to faith-based schools. In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and national affairs editor Rob Harris discuss the future of the Labor Party.
  3. Little Johnny is watching his dad shave one morning and his dad was making a lot of mistakes. Suddenly his dad screams " bitches and asses!" Johnny asks what it meant and his dad replied " aunts and uncles" Oh. next thing he hears is “dicks and pussies!” Johnny asks " what’s that mean?" To which his dad replied " uh coats and hats." Oh next thing he know he sees his dad jumping around the the bathroom yelling " F******, F***,****,F***" " what does that mean dad?" And his dad yells " cut Johnny, it means cut!!!" Oh. Next week is Thanksgiving and the doorbell rings and Johnny answers it and says " Hey bitches and asses, hang your dicks and pussies here, dad’s in the kitchen F***ing the turkey.
  4. I have already posted this in the international thread... but interesting topics discussed...
  5. My first contribution is a shorten of a German interviewer with Elon Musk... No one is perfect and Musk in many ways has a lot of issues but his drive to change Climate Change and the Space Industry are not note worthy... interestingly I will put an additional post at the end and its a shorten version again ... its a doco made by National Geographic about Musks last try to get a rocket into space and to return... many may have already seen this... however in a male dominated industry his CEO is a woman and many of his engineers were women.... while a long way from perfect SpaceX hiring of engineers was purely based on skill, race gender etc played little part... its worth watching IMO for the degree of women in the vid and if you went to NASA, Boeing etc almost totally male at the time... This is the interview I was talking about...
  6. Hope this works but I will post things not kinda related to a particular thread as a topic and maybe are across a number of threads... I will not agree with everything said in things I post and at times may disagree, however I will respect the speaker.
  7. https://www.theage.com.au/sport/soccer/everything-up-for-grabs-as-football-enters-fast-moving-broadcast-market-20201201-p56jia.html A few months ago, there were fears football in Australia could be left without a television partner. Now there could be a bidding war on multiple fronts as almost the entirety of the sport's broadcast inventory goes up for grabs next year - and insiders are bullish about how an increasingly fragmented market could play in football's favour. Much has changed since Fox Sports tore up the remainder of its three-year contract to televise the A-League in the middle of the pandemic, replacing it with a cut-price, one-season deal worth $28 million, which expires in July. The decision to shorten the length of the deal, according to multiple sources, was taken not by Fox but by Football Federation Australia and the clubs, which read the industry's tea leaves and prioritised flexibility over security. It was a gamble - one that surprised Fox - but it might be paying off. The recent emergence of Stan Sport (owned by Nine, the publisher of this masthead) means there is now another active competitor for sports rights, and one that is considering a bid for football. And despite Foxtel chief Patrick Delaney's claim that he is now "quite fearless of losing a sport", industry sources say Rugby Australia's move to align with Nine and Stan has stoked fears within the struggling pay-TV company about dropping another code to a rival broadcaster. The A-League has been unable to arrest a worrying decline in ratings in recent years, but the competition is no longer football's big-ticket item. That tag belongs to the Matildas - and specifically, the 2023 Women's World Cup, which will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand. FIFA is set to take the rights for that tournament to market mid-next year, around the same time the newly-independent A-League will be looking for a new deal. FFA chief executive James Johnson said at last week's AGM the timing presented a "big opportunity", and the governing body would work with A-League clubs to try and make the most of it. The process for the 2023 rights will be run by FIFA, not FFA - but Johnson is a former high-ranking FIFA executive and a close ally of president Gianni Infantino, and co-host nation status should give FFA some degree of influence over where they land. Another entity - Football Marketing Asia, the AFC's commercial arm - is also in the broader conversation. FMA holds the rights to the third round of Socceroos World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022, due to begin in September 2021, but also the 2022 Women's Asian Cup, the 2023 Asian Cup and the AFC Champions League. Industry sources say Nine, Seven and Ten have all shown strong interest in the Socceroos matches, but the process has been delayed by COVID-19, while further complicating discussions is the lack of certainty over where they will be played and, thus, what timezones the games will be in. Football stakeholders are keen for all of the sport's content to land in one place, if possible. That marries up quite well with the strategy taken by Nine and Stan, who have just bought all of rugby union's content, from Super Rugby to internationals, intending to be the go-to home of the game they play in heaven. Optus Sport, meanwhile, is quietly booming. The telco has built an active subscriber base of 868,000 and has beaten its own viewership record for English Premier League matches six times in the last two months. If they hold any serious interest in broadcasting domestic football, 2021 is surely the time to show it. Sources also say Amazon Prime is keeping a close eye on Australian sport, and that they and several other international parties have spoken to FFA about opportunities outside of match broadcasting - for instance, documentary-style features akin to The Test, Amazon's series on the Australian cricket team. But there could be a surprise contender for football's TV rights - the game itself.A-League clubs, due to win legal independence from FFA by the end of the year, are being advised by US merchant bank the Raine Group in their search for private equity investment to fund a planned move into OTT broadcasting. They know that the sports rights bubble has burst, and extra competition won't necessarily drive up prices. Johnson has previously foreshadowed a football-specific direct-to-consumer streaming service, which would be run in partnership by FFA and the A-League through a 'special purpose vehicle' company. That entity could buy up the rights to World Cups, Asian Cups and international qualifiers, and then on-sell portions of content to other broadcasters or streaming platforms. "The broadcast market is changing ... I don't think we can just go out and change the broadcaster and get the same amount of money in," Johnson said at last month's Football Writers' Festival. "I think we need to move into the OTT world, into the digital space. That sounds all good, it's good blue-chip thinking, but in a practical sense that would require significant investment to set something like that up. "We would need to look at potentially bringing in capital into the sport to allow us to invest in such a vehicle - but if we were able to do that, that's something that would set our sport up very well for the future."
  8. Remember when they painted the red trains blue.. They show the blue trains in this vid
  9. Brilliant Excellent and very much how I feel... not everything he says but the idea of a corporate take over of election...
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