Footy Folly

Here is the thread for all footy discussion. Last night the Socceroos went with a bees you-know-what of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup – a great effort.

This weekend I will be heading to the SFS to watch the Tahs play the Stormers in a vital game for both teams. Just don’t tell the boyf that it is an evening game as I will be heading out earlier for rugby juice to prepare for the game.

So welcome, and don’t forget to put in your picks for the tipping competition.

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We’re All Doomed. It’s Already Too Late.

As the G20 gets into full swing, there appears to be no shortage of pessmists professing that the entire talkfest risks being a momentous failure unless significant measures can be reached and agreed upon to address the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).

Given that previous G20 meetings have focused on efforts to end global poverty, the prognosis, by their own scorecard is not good.

The French, are already talking about pulling out. Which isn’t really too much of a surprise really when you think about it. If history is anything to go by – the French are too busy quaffing bordeaux, puffing on Gitanes while scraping the croissant crumbs off the bedsheets as they prepare for the next shag – in order to be concerned about worldy affairs.

And who can blame them?

“Je ne moi” or ‘not me’ (as they say in France).

However, in a report published in The Australian, the head honcho of the United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has warned that failing to act to halt the global economic crisis could lead to widespread social unrest and failed states.

“What began as a financial crisis has become a global economic crisis,”

“I fear worse to come — a full-blown political crisis defined by growing social unrest, weakened governments and angry publics who have lost all faith in their leaders and their own future.”

He said the global economic downturn affected the poorest countries the most, and noted that in these countries “things fall apart alarmingly fast”.

“Unless we build a worldwide recovery we face a looming catastrophe in human development,” Mr Ban wrote.

World leaders meet in London today to decide how to tackle the global financial crisis, but are divided on whether to boost the world economy with an injection of capital, or to focus on new rules to prevent another such crisis.

Mr Ban called for a “truly global stimulus” package, and argued that developing countries need $US1 trillion over 2009 and 2010.

He added:

“There is a thin line between failing banks and failing countries, and we cross it at our peril.”

That’s all very well for him to say. There is no shortage of people making grandiose statements about the perilous state of affairs that currently surrounds us. But are things really that dire?

What do you think?

Is that a chocolate croissant sur le table…?

Fox News – Fair and Balanced?

I picked up this story from Dailykos:

This is what Fox News said:

ALISYN CAMEROTA (Fox anchor): The White House is defending its nominee to be State Department Legal Adviser. Now, some of the criticism of this nominee, Harold Koh, is based on remarks that he reportedly made saying that Islamic Sharia law should apply in U.S. courts, even though those laws are used in some countries to justify stripping women of basic rights and even worse, frankly.

Here is what is the truth.

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke: Fox is seriously accusing the Obama administration of seeking to impose Islamic Sharia law in the United States.

Needless to say, the accusation totally false and just another example of the hate-filled insanity and paranoia of Foxaganda, America’s most-watched cable news network.

The story is based on an email that said that one of Obama’s State Dept appointees, Haraol Koh, supported the implementation of Sharia Law into the US. And Fox News, of course, does say that they were unable to reach the author of the email to verify it’s contents.  As the article says:

There’s no question about Fox’s agenda here: they are trying to fan the flames of hysterical anger against the Obama administration for their own partisan purposes.

Fair and Balanced, eh?