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Send in the SANZAR Special Forces

Last weekend saw the British and Irish Lions kick off their Australian tour with a 59 to 8 victory over the Baa-Baa’s in Hong Kong. The game was essentially an exhibition game between two artificial sides, yet over 28,000 people paid good money to watch them run around.

Just a thought:

Should coverage of the Wallabies be transferred to comedy blogs and TV channels?

I mean, what they are serving up is a joke.

Wallabies haunted by Ellis Park curse

The Roar is slumming it with the use of click-bait headlines?

C’mon, you’re better than this.

Cycling is just so much better with Lance Armstrong involved

I used to be of the opinion that if religion is your thing, good on you, but leave me out of it.

Sadly, as religionists have decided to continue to push their unfounded beliefs onto those, who simply don’t care and do not wish to hear about it, I have moved to a point where I immediately distrust and actively avoid such believers.

By all means quote religionist doctrine and faux scientific claptrap – just don’t expect me to give two hoots – I am well beyond that and well beyond worrying if ‘true believers’ are offended by my stance as I have been offended by their stance since I ran out of Sunday school at age six.

Why I donated to Israel Folau - and why I will again

Sorry Keith, but from where I sit it seems that you have fallen into the trap of believing that many on the religious spectrum seem to fall into.

“Free speech” cuts both ways.

Just because someone believes in mythical beings, doesn’t mean that their opinion is fact. Those with rational thought also have the rights to these free speech “rights”.

Similarly since religionists are granted the right to discriminate, those of us who see religion as a scam can dismiss religion out-of-hand and the religionists need to cop it.

The bigger issue is that this has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with contrat and employment law.

If you wish to contribute your hard earned, then good on you, but don’t feel too put out when others snort derisively and pigeon-hole you as some kind of poor soul that needs to be pitied.

Why I donated to Israel Folau - and why I will again

“Israel Folau’s comments are the harmless mutterings of a religious nutter”

I cannot agree. LGBTI youth suicide rates are many times higher than the general population, with many struggling to cope with their feelings and the stigma. Now imagine if Folau was someone you looked up to as a sporting hero and he says that unless you stop being LGBTI, something you have no choice about, then how much harder would that make it to cope?

Folau hoping to crowd-fund legal case against Rugby Australia

Without prejudice (well maybe a bit):

1 Timothy 6:9-10
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Folau hoping to crowd-fund legal case against Rugby Australia

I really do wonder why those who are firmly ensconced within the hierarchy of a church (whatever church that is) are of the belief that everyone else should fund them and their life choices?
If he really believes this stuff, then to show his God that he is a true believer shouldn’t he be willing to suffer for his beliefs?

A vow of poverty is a supposed way to show your faith, so he should fund this all on his own.

Folau hoping to crowd-fund legal case against Rugby Australia

No the AFL said the BAO vests had to go – not the wannabe warders in them…

Gillon McLachlan's press conference was an abject failure in providing clarity to the fans


Are we still talking about this?

In all honesty, who cares? An over-inflated ego with a God complex – He knew what the outcome would be but did it anyway, now he wants to bankrupt the game.

Rebels need to make it a rough night for former teammate

Maybe 18 months ago.

I work as a writer in defence and that has been the acceptable term for about that long.

We should ban footy player acronyms, IMHO

Sadly, none of your examples are, in fact, acronyms. They are initialisms.

An acronym becomes a word like radar, laser, Qantas. Acronyms are simply groups of initial letters such as NSW, AFL, ARU, NSWRL. When spoken each letter is are articulated.

Also as a side note, the term PTSD is no longer used. It is now PTS as calling it a disorder is not helpful to its sufferers.

We should ban footy player acronyms, IMHO

Umm, you do know Waltzing Matilda is about a thief who commits suicide when he is about to get caught, you do know that?

Two Aussies won't sing the national anthem. Let's find out why


71% of the earth is covered by a foreskin?

*Insert smiley face here*

Folau fired: Rugby Australia axe Israel

May the Fourth be with him – he’ll need all the help he can get.

Date set for Folau's code of conduct hearing

I wonder if these fall under the oft quoted three written warnings thing HR folk are so fond of?

Israel Folau to fight Rugby AU sanction

To quote Iggy Pop:
“I’m Bored.
I’m Chairman of the Bored…”
Could someone wake me up when they’ve finished the appendage measuring contest?

Israel Folau to fight Rugby AU sanction

Crikey, you lot are determined to take the fun out of being a fundamentalist.

Israel Folau digs in for the fight of his professional life

The ‘others’ are still particular groups of people, and are perhaps somewhat less vulnerable. I am not sure what your point is.

His homophobia is where he has come unstuck, thus it is the point of discussion.

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

I think you might have missed the lashings of sarcasm that were served with that comment…

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

Look, try and keep up.
Folau is (was?) looked up to by many young people. His actions in vilifying a particular group, who are particularly vulnerable, is is causing harm to those people – harming them is a severe form of exclusion. RA and NSWRU cannot be party to that.
Are you still with me? Yes?
He is not being excluded due to his religious beliefs, he is being sacked because he did not follow the instructions and codes of practice of his employers.
He is welcome to follow his system of beliefs, he is not welcome to cause harm to or vilify a group of people due to their sexual orientation.
TBH if religious types spent more time considering the harm they do and less time worrying about the bedroom activities of others, the world would be a better place.

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

If you can’t understand the nuance of what Folau has done then I suggest you take a step back and read RA’s full statement.

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

Well it looks like RA have spoken to the TMO and are reaching into the pocket for the red card.

SMH is saying that NSWRU are on board as well.

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

Comment of the day.

The three reasons RA must come down hard on Folau

I’d be surprised if someone of that generation knew who Borg was ????

The Wrap: Super Rugby? Now there’s something worth selling

Where to start?

When researching events that occurred a long time ago and in a different place researchers/historians/anthropologists/archaeologists need to be aware of their own biases and when drawing conclusions must look at the events and conclusions through contemporaneous eyes.

Put simply, the beliefs, world views and social norms of 2018 are vastly different to those in 200 BC or 1896 AD.

We (generally, although some dinosaurs still exist) have no doubts that all people should be seen as and treated as equals. Pierre de Coubertin did not live in such a time. His lived experience was vastly different to that of someone in the 21st Century.

I agree that by modern standards de Coubertin was off the mark, yet by the standards of his time he was on the mark. He should not be criticised for that and any conclusions about him must be sensitive to that.

Keep in mind that in two hundred years future generations will look at our social conventions and beliefs and will ask “how could they believe that?”.

Faster, higher, stronger: Tayla Harris and the Olympic Ideal