Archive for August, 2006

fox sports 3 to be launched

August 27, 2006

http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,19315659-23210,00.html

I have a bad feeling about this.Sure there will be expanded coverage for sports that didnt get it before and whatnot,but they will be on the prowl for more stuff to snap up from sporting organisations desperate for decent coverage on tv. So that means less sport for people who cannot afford $50+ a month to watch tv.

Also with the loosening of the anti-siphoning legislation, they will exploit the loopholes to spirit away big sporting events like bledisloe cup etc.This will intensify the efforts of pay tv to do so.Like andrew demitriou (sp?) said everyone has a tv capable of accessing FTA tv.Whereas subscribers to Austar and foxtel probably number less that a million (rough estimate would be probably three quarters of million) so why should the vast majority be denied sporting events.

There is an argument that alot of sports that are pay tv exclusive, wouldent get coverage on FTA anyway and that would be good if they stayed in that niche( and benificial to those who had to put up with substandard coverage on FTA).The people who run pay tv are sharks,want to get all the big events on there and deprive those who cant afford it etc access to it.

I believe that the governments needs to let new channel on FTA on the market and give existing channels a chance to have multiple channels (i.e one for sport one for movies etc).This applies to digital and analog formats and is the only way to combat pay tv.

Yours truly

Adam

Hitler da homie

August 24, 2006

Oh man this video wrong and funny

Enjoy

Crispy’s version of Australian history

August 23, 2006

Hey if howard wants to have history classes again i reckon he should include this.

“kids, let me tell you a story about a big, wide land called Australia. it used to be empty. well, the aboriginals lived on it and had their customs and values and land management, but they weren’t called “people” back then. anyway, england had too many prisoners, so they sent a bunch to sydney. they killed lots of aboriginals and used alcohol for currency.

then different groups of english people started arriving and starting cities so the french, who they were fighting on and off at the time, couldn’t get there first like they did in canada. most of the people died because they had no idea how to work, so they brought in irishmen, italians and anyone else to do the work they didn’t want to do. someone found gold, so there was a lot of work to be done trying to get rich. back then, australia was a dictatorship, and people who disagreed with the government could be killed. but a bunch of irishmen, italians and other people doing work said “we’ve had enough” and that was the eureka stockade. most of them died, but as a result of these new unions, victoria became a parliamentary democracy. then the colonies decided that after years of letting chinese, afghans and anyone else into the country, this should be stopped. so they banned non white people from coming to australia.

then australians thought “let’s get together and federate!” so by an act of the british parliament, after a rigged referendum, australia became a “commonwealth”. no, that’s not the same as the commonwealth games. this established a federal government in canberra, whose first act of parliament passed was the Immigration Restriction Act 1901.

then we fought several wars for grand old england, and were so busy in europe that when the japanese finally did attack us, we almost weren’t ready. so by another act of the british parliament, we got our defence and foreign affairs back from the british. about 20 years later, while fighting another war for a different colonial master, some people (most of the country actually) thought “this is wrong”, and within five years, we had free university education, aboriginals had rights to not be taken from their families and beaten up by churches, non whites were finally allowed back in, and national health care was established so everyone could afford to see a doctor.

but the rich and powerful people didn’t like that, so they got the prime minister fired by a governor general and a high court judge, clearly representatives of australian democracy, and got rid of national health care. somewhere in there, we also did deals with the indonesian military so they could take over papua and east timor and we’d turn a blind eye. then there was the 80s. so much money was splashing around that noone quite knew what to do with it. so instead of fixing australia, they gave it to corrupt businessmen who ended up in jail.

then in 1992 – yes, after most of you were born – a group of white judges figured out that we actually had stolen the country from the aboriginals and owed them something in return. our prime minister got it almost sorted out but got howled out of office by the rich and powerful, who tried to reverse it, undid free education, destroyed the national health care system and introduced mutual obligation which means “we’ll exclude you from any meaningful work or from getting an education, and we’ll make you work anyway.” they locked refugees who’d risked everything to come here in detention camps, and helped their colonial masters once again in another war of oppression against third world people who are clearly inferior to us, and limited our freedoms and told us this was protection against terrorists. meanwhile they set about banning the very unions without which australia would not be a democracy. yes, that’s the australian way.”

 http://www.tvaus.com.au/viewtopic.php?p=363392#363392

But after reading that i dont think howard would like that it doesnt paint a very good picture and confronts head on the stuff he has avoided ever since 1996 that he would NEVER have in history classes.

Yours truly

Adam

SA libs being petty and nasty- whaddaya know?

August 23, 2006

Geoff Tapp writes: SA Libs party president Chris Moriarty recently took a giant swipe at SA No Pokies Nick Xenophon as being populist and that he had been allowed by the Libs to control the last election agenda. Excuse me, but for a major political party to be scared of one person (who almost gained the same amount — 20% — of electoral support as the whole State Liberal Party — 25%) seems a pretty soft option. I would have thought that the Labor Party would have given the Libs a far larger target. Had the Libs’ attack on Mr X happened within 12 months from an election I’m fairly sure they would see another chunk of their upper house vote go to Nick. Hmmm, wonder when was the last time a major party amassed fewer votes than an independent?

Another classic one from crikeys readers :).It seems the liberal party does two things if its losing 1. turn on itself 2. attack others who are being successful or they just dont like.Well lock in number two eddie its seems, i mean seriously after iain evans suggesting they can win on the back of IR laws in this state at the next federal election.It cant get much worse and the SA labor party must be sitting back pouring themselves a drink and watching all this unfold whilst waiting for there chance to pounce.

They seem to making themselves look stupid and incompetent into a fine art.If it wasnt for people like nick xenophon, we wouldent have an opposition and ol mikey would be able do what he pleases.The liberal party need to lift there act.

Yours truly

Adam

Francou retires

August 23, 2006

Absolute legend 🙂

http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200608/s1722390.htm

This is sad we have lost another Port Adelaide legend, it seems all the players i grew up watching are now retiring. 😦

Good luck in your future and thanks for the memories josh.

Yours truly

Adam

Parallel Universe

August 21, 2006

He said he represented neither US imperialism nor support for “the bearded one”, 

This is a statement from the opposition candidate in the venezuela presidential election Manuel Rosales which i think most represents the change that South America has undergone and its shift to the left after many years of incompetent and corrupt government and military dictatorships.

This has brought sweeping social reforms and benefits for all and probably long after the current bunch of leaders the south american revolution has begun.

This is in stark contrast to the first world where there has being an almost universal shift to right.Social Reforms long fought for are being swept away with a stroke of a pen, there is less democracy and less debate by the lack of debate and discourse in these societies as people are being placated and being made to feel comfortable with there government.

Also the critisism and debate of America role in the world is sorely lacking amongst politicians and general society, for a opposition leader to call the US imperialists would be considered “undermining the alliance” or “anti-american bigotry”.

The most damning thing is saying nothing at all, that the leaders of our countries in the western world dont have the spine to say anything at all. That is absolute cowardice and lack of leadership (especially on the opposition part).

We must hold these governments to accountable,we must united to have an left alternative,resist this shift toward the right.We must have discourse and debate once again,  functioning democracies with all the check and balances.

We used to pride ourselves on democracy but its lagging, south america is leading the way with the grassroots showing the way and throwing out the old system and starting anew.

Yours truly

Adam

Enough freaking finance aunty!

August 18, 2006

I was talking to a friend and he wasnt happy about ABC because of all of the finance programs on ABC especially the late news and the midday news.

I agree with him the ABC is the peoples station they shouldent be catering more to people who are obsessed with there shares.

There are internet,newspapers specialising in it and not to mention dailies and weekly that have finance section in it and if you want to go the whole hog you can austar or foxtel and get 1-3 24hr a day finance channels in the comfort of your own home.

Finance is and always will be an niche interest to a few, ABC shouldent be focussing on it ,when there could be much more engaging subjects in the whole news category, that could of more interest to people.

In short coverage of finance/business should of a minumum like most FTA channels (not saying that they should copy them).Those who do follow it most likely can afford other probably better alternatives.

More doco and current affairs and less finance!

Yours truly

Adam

rather interesting stuff about lebanon

August 15, 2006

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4794363.stm

The syrian president made some good points on this about america and such.This is a big thing because the ol prez of syria and syria in general hasnt said or done anything in this conflict despite having a role of sorts.

The reason people who are against israel and america, have being embolden by this is because israel and america have being made to look really bad in this conflict in the middle east people have being gravitating toward hezbollah and Hassan Nasrallah and hezbollah is gaining strength in lebanon and the middle east whilst hezbollah is moving away from armed conflict they are going to be an political force for many years to come.

another interesting article

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4791873.stm

Yours truly

Adam

Mr president of iran improve your freaking server!

August 14, 2006

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4790005.stm

It seems that the great satan of the west (sic) has joined the world of blogging welcome mr president!. He has seem to have written 2,000 word entry geez the boy must have carpal tunnel (sp?) after that!.

I might read it that is when the server is working!.I cant wait until he starts commenting on US foreign policy and israel should be a doozy.Should be good laugh and to piss off the conservatives (well western conservatives he IS a conservative by middle east standards) of which no matter what your faith is is fun!.

Enjoy sir!

Yours truly

Adam

Great satans blog http://www.ahmadinejad.ir

Peace in lebanon- for now

August 14, 2006

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4789569.stm

I really do hope that this sticks for the people of lebanon.After almost total destruction of lebanon and the dithering of the international community we have peace for now.

I hope its stays that way

Yours truly

Adam