Best posts made by gollum
RE: US Politics
Our comments in relation to the articles/videos are good examples of confirmation bias and cognitive dissonance. None of us are rational - but we are claiming we are.
That's the genuinely scary thing about the likes of Facebook & Google, they are 100% created to learn what we like & tailor our news to that. Once you have a FB news feed for a year all that is coming down that feed is news that the algorithm knows you like. Same with Amazon with our shopping. So its possible - even probable, that people feel incredibly well informed on topics, despite being staggeringly poorly informed.
Its created a silo'd society where people in each group have utter certainbty that they are right because they've read extensively on the topics. And zero trust in those outside their silo.
Pick any of the big issues in society today, Climate Change, Islamic Terror, Guns, Taxes, Elections, Vaxines, Food Allegies..
We in the West pat ourselves on the back for not reading propaganda like those in in dictatorships, while reading a very narrow stream of news tailor made not to differ with our click learned world view.
RE: All Blacks v Wallabies at Eden Park.
I feel like Savea is taking one for Todd, we were going to be bitching about something & I can almost picture Todd reading at home going
"no way? so no one on the Fern has compared me to Mark Carter?"
"nope, they are all shitting on Savea! high five! The younger ones are chanelling Rokocoko & the older ones have just thought about that 93 tour where fat Inga couldn't find the try line if there was a bucket of KFC on wheels leading him there"
While Cruden is just going "no ones goives a shit about me anymore, not even the Cheifs guys"
RE: All Blacks v Wallabies at Eden Park.
Late to the party. But the thing that stood out to me most watching the game was -
"How good / much"
I lost count of the number of times Smith & Justin asked each other "How good is Ben Smith?", "How much is ALB liking test rugby" "How good was that try", "How much did the ABs need that" "How good was that catch?" "How big was that tackle?" "How fat am I since I stopped playing cricket?", "How little did I prepare for this test" "How much much of this comentary is Nisbo saying stuff & me repeating the last thing he said, but louder?"
It got to the stage I was actually waiting to see what Smithy or Justin would ponder the how of next. Turned out it was "How good is the NZ bench"
RE: US Politics
Valid news sources....allblacks.com reporting on try scorers and final score in the big match.
I fucking hate Allblacks.com
I mean look at this -
thats the page for ABs v Aus August this year. It shows a stack of pre game articles, but is there a quick link there to the teams with who played, who subbed on, any basic stats, the match report?
Nothing. Nothing at all. Its the official fucking AB site but if I wanted to see the team & who subbed on when, who made most tackles there is fucking nothing on the main game page.
You want anything on the actual game you have to go to stats home - series - click on the game. WhyTF is that link not on the match page?
That site is a fucking abortion. And not even a good abortion, a backstreet 20 weeks-in mexican doctor with a kettle he uses to both make tea & sterilise the coathanger abortion.
Its probably all there in an easy link I just havent seen but I'm on a roll
RE: Awesome stuff you see on the internet
An 18-stone jazz fan who sued for compensation after an accident at Ronnie Scott's was fat, drunk and careless in her high heels, a judge found.
Eren Hussein, 53, blamed dim lighting at the world famous Soho club after breaking her wrist and elbow falling down stairs after a party in 2012. She wanted thousands in damages, but after a civil trial this week, a judge threw out her claim, saying the fall wasn't the club's fault. "I tumbled over and over and over and I injured myself very badly. I recall landing on my neck and the back of my head as well"Eren Hussein Judge Heather Baucher QC said Mrs Hussein was intoxicated, obese, wearing shoes with high platform heels, and not taking care by holding the bannister as she descended.
"In her inebriated, obese state on three-inch platforms, that would be an obvious, simple step for anyone presented with what they saw as a hazard," she said. During the trial, the company director, from Lower Clapton, said she had been at a birthday party with her pregnant daughter-in-law when the accident happened in March 2012. After missing a step outside an upstairs lounge, she fell, tumbling down one flight, round a corner and down another, she said.
"It was dark, it was dim and I didn't see my step as I was going down," she told the judge. "I tumbled over and over and over and I injured myself very badly. I recall landing on my neck and the back of my head as well." The mother, who has since shed five stones of weight, told the court she was walking down the left side of the stairs, whereas the banister was on the right.
But Judge Baucher said, given her size at the time, that should not have prevented Mrs Hussein using the rail as she walked down the metre-wide stairway. "Mrs Hussein, at 115kg, must have taken up much of the width of the stairway," said the judge, "but for some inexplicable reason, she did not use the handrail." Earlier, Mrs Hussein said she had drunk no more than a glass and a half of champagne and a glass of red wine, and was not tipsy.
But the club's barrister Catherine Foster pointed out medical records from her arrival at hospital, in which she was described as "obviously drunk" and "intoxicated". In her ruling, Judge Baucher found Mrs Hussein was under the influence, although she said she may have been affected by painkillers and the fact she had not had alcohol for six months before the accident.
"I find that the notes in the hospital records referred to her being intoxicated because she was so," said the judge. There was nothing wrong with the lighting in the stairwell, continued Judge Baucher, who visited the scene of the accident during the trial. Hundreds of people use the stairs every week and yet there had only been one other report of a person falling down, she said. Mrs Hussein had fallen because she had missed her step, something for which Ronnie Scott's management could not be blamed.
"In ordinary circumstances, she, like countless others, would have descended the staircase and gone home," continued the judge. "However, on that evening, whether due to one or more of the factors - painkillers, weight, shoes, drink - she simply missed her footing. "I find she did so through no fault on the part of Ronnie Scott's." Her damages claim was rejected.
RE: All Pinks vs Boks - Christchurch
So do the Abs tweak thier gameplan with Ardie starting, or does Ardie have to play differently to fit the game plan at the start or is his play able to just slot into the current AB gameplan?
No, Ardie plays the AB gameplan & if he does it well thats awesome (see NMS last year, similar deal), if he doesn't Matt Todd very much can play the AB gameplan. And will.
Its no different 2012 to me, where Kaino had shown the AB gameplan for a 6, Thompson, Vito & Messam (all superb athletes) then had a shot at it. Thompson played like Thompson. Vito played like Vito & Messam after briefly playing like Messam, switched to playing the AB gameplan & locked himself into the jersey till Kaino came back. Same when Luatua got a chance & played like Read, in the 6 shirt. And got dropped.
A good test match for Ardie will be one where half the fern get miffed because he is not making huge runs & popping up all over in space, because that probably means he is doing what Cane has been doing instead. If he gets a chance to gallop 60m he will & should, but above all he needs to play test match rugby as an AB 7 does.
RE: US Politics
Its not really going ahead. its 700 miles. The actual border is 2,000m. Current wall is 500m.
The issue re Trump is more he campaigned on Trust me, I'm not a polititian, I'm not a liar like those other guys, when I say I will do something I do it. 100%
And his supporters talked about how great he was with his no bullshit & straight talking & totally different that was from the liars in Washington. His whole attraction was he wasn't like Obama & co. As we were told over & over.
So its holding him to what he campaigned on & was voted in on. The big thing is the speed of the unravelling. Drain the swamp, lock her up, build a wall right across & Mexico will 100% pay for it, sever ties with the banks & bash Goldmans.
These are all dead now, 14 days before he is sworn in. Its not like he's been in 18 months trying to fight congress to get these through & having to compromise (as with the case with ACA for example). They were bullshit when he said them & he's tossed them straight away.
Honestly the whole "Mexico will pay for it" thing to me just seemed like a start point for negotiations.
There haven't been any negotiations.
Its gone day one. As with say, appoint an investigator re Clinton. Look at the degree to which Frank spamed this site with youtube "proof" Clinton was dirty & the Alt Right unit on here gleefully talked about her being investigated. He didn't even pretend to do that, he just went, day 1 "well that was buillshit obv, congrats on falling for that morons".
And thats what we have for 4 years. A great combo of him going "nope, that was just a slogan" & his cheerleaders tying themselves in knots going "well, I knew that he didn't really mean that"
RE: All Blacks v Wallabies at Eden Park.
Looking at Cane & Richie over the last 3 seasons the 2 core things we are getting from our 7 is impact tackling (ie not just tackling, but hitting the guy way behind the advantage lines & hitting him very hard indeed - something Wayne Smith is big on) and carrying in the 10 channel.
Both Richie & Cane have been doing that far more than traditional pilfering a-la Kronfield or early Richie (tho' a lot like 1987-8 Michael Jones)
One of the reasons Ardie has been a bit "M'eh" in black is he lacks the ability to tackle hard & fast like Cane has. He tackles, just without the impact. Hansen wants him to add 5kg (presumably to his chest & shoulders) and that'll get him up there you'd expect.
Poccock in contrast is a very passive tackler, he rides tackles down to get up for the turnover, his tackle style is polls apart from the way the ABs are using their 7. As others have noted a big part of the AB strategy is if the first up tackler creams a guy the next guy in - regardless of who that is, has the skill set to pilfer if its on. The key skill is the creaming bit, everyone has the pilfer skill.
RE: Black Caps v South Africa
I don't really buy Guptil as a test batsman anywhere.
In ODIs if you loook at his strength its playing off the front foot straight through the ball. He drives on the up superbly, often for 6. He pulls incredibly well in front of square - off the front foot half the time. You try that as your "go to" in tests you are out pretty fast. Red ball moves more off the seam for far longer than a white ball. There are more fielders in place behind the bat, bowlers bowl shorter etc. Literally everything in test cricket is against a guy who's one textbook shot is a front foot straight drive on the up.
As for moving to the lower middle order. Yup totally, so long as he has fast feet & can get forward & back like lightning, because thats the key for every successful 5, they have to be able to cut late & fine, let the ball come on to them & move to the back foot fast to work it off their hip etc. Michael Clarke was outstanding at that.
Again, not sure thats Guppy...
RE: US Politics
Is there any constitutional way that the election can be abandoned?
Neither of these candidates deserve to be POTUS.
Turns out that it is a prime opportunity for an independent 'placeholder' President but too late now for that to happen..
Issue there is none of the alternatives were good either. Cruz should not be anywhere near government, Rubio is better but stands for nothing. The genuinely solid ones - Kasich, Kaine are too bland to get enough votes in the US, Ryan is OKish but didn't run. Santorum & Perry are atrocities, Sanders is delusional. Bloomberg would have been good, but WAY too liberal for most Americans.
Mitt Romney could have been excellent I think - Clinton without the baggage. Great experience, very centrist, willing to compromise. The GOP horribly dropped the ball not drafting him & getting 100% behind him when it became clear Jeb wasn't up to it. Jeb Bush would have been good, but its the dynasty shit again.
I don't buy the idea Clinton is not good enough. Shes not ideal, but she's got very good experience, shes bipartisan (which Obama wasn't), she'll be a solid president & nothing she does will cause any lasting damage. She may even do well in that she would work across the aisle on, say, reforming Obamacare & certainly on immigration. Obama was a disater on that front (compromise).
All the repeated garbage that Frank posts is just that, garbage. Last week she was so dirty she had Comey in her pocket so that disqualified her, then Comey goes WAY outside his remit & it turns out, oops, there's no actual smoking gun. The level of shit posted makes Winger look knowledgeable on climate change. Yesterday apparently, the whole NYPD had read Humas emails without a warrant. Now he's just literally spamming youtube shit - I'm pretty sure she did 9/11.
Its the Trump playbook - scream 400 things till people go "well, some of this must be true!". Like, sure the CIA didn't plan 9/11, but they probably let it happen... and no, the tower planes weren't missles thats stupid. Then pentagon one tho'...
Almost everything in the case against her only looks bad through a Frank / Brietbart lens. It's why even GOP media outlets are endorsing her, not because she owns the media, but because 99% of the shit against her is stuff like she wacked Vince Foster. On the flip side Paul Manafort actually on Yankokovichs payroll (100% confirmed) is no biggie.
Trump is flat out unqualified. He has zero ability to work across the aisle. He can't even work on his side of the aisle. The chance of major conflict in Ukraine or the Baltics goes way up under him. Thats beyond my own personal reasons which are more the social side - he'll put up, maybe, 3 Supreme court noms, all hard conservative. Gun laws, gay rights, racial issues, immigration, womens rights, prison reform, dug legalisation all get hit there - and not for 4 years, for 25 years. Thats why 30% of his vote is die hard christian conservatives who loathe him, but would marry satan if it repealed Roe v Wade. 90% of americans want gun laws tightened, almost 60% support gay marriage, only 20% of americans support banning abortion etc. He's socially going the wrong way on almost every issue.
On jobs & trade Trump is promising jobs that dont exist anywhere, not just in the US (digging coal by hand, manual car assembly), its an illusion & a lie.
Its too late to put up someone great. But they can vote in someone who wont criple the country (and damage the world) and focus on Ryan v... someone, in 2020.
RE: NH club rugby
Straight into a comentating gig on Sky last Saturday morning for the Super Rugby coverage too, he was pretty good opposite Noddy. A hell of a lot better than Fitzy tends to be, good chance to step into the roles that Ali Williams had sewn up until he got nose snuffle issues & shot his future earning in the face.
RE: US Politics
@taniwharugby I hope its all over Wednesday our time, I dread the thought of it dragging on.
God no! This thread is the best piece of the internet, ever.
The best bit about this thread is the way people have slowley let their crazy show. And then they desperately try roll it back every 20 posts or so. Its like ranting about the Jews / blacks / immigrrants / women & how they are scum, then every 10 posts going "not all of them, I have a black friend."
Then after 50 odd pages those rolll backs are coming less & less. Like the way 20 odd pages into climate change a poster on the odd side finally went "well the lord god made the world 6000 years ago.." and it was "Oh! there it is". Frank started out 30 pages back posting pretty solid stuff, he is now calling out satanism.
This whole thread is like that for finding out if posters are bigots, morons, belive conspiracy theories etc.
I know, I know.. the irony.
RE: Uber v Taxis
That is a pretty big fail. Can't use the "same colour as the sky" defence from the other incident.
On the plus side, it stays bang on dead centre in the lane. So for all bar the last half second that software is functioning perfectly.
This is sort of the thing that annoys me - and will more so in the future with self drive. That video will be on the news, it'll be viral, it'll be front page. The 2,000 identical instances where a drunk driver, a sleeping driver, a guy texting, changing the radio, trying to answer his phone etc do exactly that wont be.
I'd be more alarmed if we were choosing between pretty good self drive & perfect humans, but we are choosing between pretty good self drive & staggeringly poor drivers with bad attention spans & reflexes that, compared to a computer, are pigshit. Self drive dopesn't have to cause zero deaths, it just has to cause 10% fewer than the alternative
That's old twitter, before people worked out how to use it. Now it's good jokes, sick burns, and interesting news from people in your niche. 99% of it is shit, of course.
I'm on Twitter now (recent), but purely passively, I follow a dozen comedians & a couple of other famous randoms. Agree they are great. What I don't get is who follows the "normals" who tweet? No one. No one fucking does. Hence it failing horribly. That 99% can't be carried (moneywise) by the 1%. And they (the 99%) are still tweeting their fucking breakfast.
Number of people I know who have gone "dude! follow me on twitter!" & then been offended when I go "so I can hear that you are shocked that David Bowie died or that you had a wicked Bulletproof for elevensies? fuck off you tedious C, I'm bored talking to you 3 minutes a day in the lift, I don't need your vapid thoughts 24/7 on my fucking phone, show me ONE original tweet you've done in the last month that doesn't make me want to punch you in the ballsack"
RE: Spinoff Article about Chris Rattue
I agree with a few points he makes, especially -
“New Zealanders are quite insecure about the national identity. They get very defensive about anything they feel is sort of non-patriotic. On one side, we have this overly patriotic ‘can’t criticise New Zealand’ crowd, then on the other side you have someone like me, who people deem to be overly critical. We’ve never been strong in that middle ground of putting ourselves into perspective without using a sledgehammer.”
The issue I generally have with Rattue is more that, for a guy with a BIG platform in a top NZ paper, and a very strong view on things, he's wrong WAY too often. Really wrong. Carter at the WC being an obvious one. But I'm sure if you took 100 articles by him where he makes definitive calls, he's barely right 50% of the time. And in most jobs that gets you fired.
If Aaron Smith threw 50% of his passes into the stands he'd get sacked. And Chris does that on paper week in week out.
I'm cool with him being loud mouthed & outspoken, but he's a journo FFS, you have to be at least a wee bit accurate.
When you read the backstory - adopted, raised on welfare etc, you do get a pretty solid insight into why he is the way he is. Its like when a porn star says "So my uncle used to touch me.." & you go "ooohhh!, phew! now I'm seeing how you ended up doing triple anal"
RE: US Politics
Once again you reveal how you never actually bother to read something properly. I never said one was more dangerous than the other. The word I used was WORSE.
You said she wasn't a safe pair of hands, and she was as bad as Trump. Again, there's no way anyone can look at her policies & his & go "well, they are equally troubling to the world"
Seriously, a guy who is promoting the idea of an expansion in the number of nuclear states - especially in the South China sea, and who wants to loosen the conditions for nuke use is equally dangerous as someone with bad email security & a hidden does of the flu.
This has been the Trump supporters policy right through, the idea that all their flaws (and the both have a lot) are the same level, the idea they are equally unqualified & risky. But its bullshit.
She took cash from banks (in line with every other global polititian), he took it from the fucking mafia (in line with Silvio Berlusconi & Putin), she hid the flu, he had his gastroenterologist write a mispelled letter while Trump waited in a limo & Trump then attributed it to the doctors (dead) father, she released her tax returns, he wont, He founded Trump university which is being sued, she was sec of state when the US killed Bin Laden, - but they are equally bad etc.
Do I trust her? No of course not. But I don't see her doing anything in 4 years that will materially damage the world or the US. Him on the other hand, even if you actually like the idea of a social war on any group not a white male (and many do), the global implications are off the scale. I don't get how any NZer could (financially) embrace the rise of guy advocating protectionism & trade wars for example, that'll help us how?.
RE: Black Caps vs Bangles
Neil Broom? Fecking hell... thats a staggeringly big "we have nothing" when they are playing the Bangles in NZ, where they will be awful, and rather than blooding a couple of 19 year olds we are drafting in a 33 year old who has never worked & a 37 year old who had one good period of about 6 months...
I'm assuming Justin Vaughan, Dimi Mascaranes & Craig McMillian are overseeing our youth development program.
RE: Awesome stuff you see on the internet
Growing issue that AI's are being built to interact & learn off the internet. And the internet is sexist, racist & kinda unpleasant.
As when Microsoft tested "Tay" on twitter -
“hellooooooo world!!!” Tay tweeted on the morning of March 23, 2016. She brimmed with enthusiasm: “can i just say that im stoked to meet u? humans are super cool.” She asked innocent questions: “Why isn’t #NationalPuppyDay everyday?”
By early evening, she was firing off sexist tweets: “gamergate is good and women are inferior” “Zoe Quinn is a Stupid Whore.”
“I fucking hate feminists and they should all die and burn in hell.”
etc. its pretty good... its like "would you want Me, BSG & Jegga teaching your kid everything they need to know?". I hadn't actually thought of that re Machine Learning before...
RE: US Politics
Investigators believe it's likely the newly recovered trove will include emails that were deleted from the Clinton server before the FBI took possession of it as part of that earlier investigation.
Keep it quiet until after she is elected.
If they have that & she's elected they can indict & she is no longer pres. If they don't have that & the go live now (as they've done) they risk swinging the election & ensuring she cannot be pres, and then going "oh, nope, there was nothing there".
They said "it's likely the newly recovered trove will include emails that were deleted from the Clinton server before the FBI took possession of it as part of that earlier investigation" I completely buy that, she calls Huma her second daughter, I'd be amazed if she had not sent personal emails to her & then deleted them, same way she deleted emails to Chelsea. Especially with Huma going through a divorce at the time. You are confusing that "likley there are emails" with "likley there are illegal emails".
That's why its is very unusual for him to go - right before the election "We MAY have something, MAYBE, we don't know, its not even from this case, but I think I should send an open letter to congress a week before the election"
You are acting like if she is voted in the FBI cannot then make a case against her. This isn't a dictatorship, she's not bulletproof Nov 9th.
Also, you & I had a discussion last week where you felt the Clinton machine had forced the FBI into not doing anything & that was a core reason she was unfit. My line was the opposite, Comey had actually not been gagged at all & had even over stepped his remit.
That still working for you? You still think the FBI & Comey have their hands tied by a shadowy evil cabal? Or was all that paranoid delusional bullshit?
Also I was off for the weekend as usual, but you wrere suggesting people listen to Stefan Molyneux -
""Molyneux argued that violence in the world is the result of how women treat their children, and that "If we could just get people to be nice to their babies for five years straight, that would be it for war, drug abuse, addiction, promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, ... Almost all would be completely eliminated, because they all arise from dysfunctional early childhood experiences, which are all run by women.""
(thats one of his most mainstream views)
Seriously man, you need to really take a closer look at the people who are driving your world view, because everyone you have posted on here is basically running / promoting a cult & exploiting the stupid, the vulnerable & mentally unstable
RE: New rugby website: yes or no? what should it contain?
Yeah, I've read his analysis of Irish games I have zero interest in just because he writes really interesting stuff.
Closest you get in NZ is Justin Marshalls chalkboard, which isn't as good & is static (ie no GIFS), and much more shallow
I mean compare those, its like Michalanglo v the scrawl your kid did at school & you reluctantly put on the fridge despite them clearly being a tard
RE: Awesome stuff you see on the internet
I cannot express how awesome I find this.
Gluten-free diets adopted by growing numbers of health-conscious consumers enhance the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, scientists have warned.
A major study by Harvard University suggests that ingesting only small amounts of the protein, or avoiding it altogether, increases the danger of diabetes by as much as 13 per cent. The findings are likely to horrify the rising number of people who are banishing gluten from their daily diet, encouraged by fashionable “clean eating” gurus such as Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley.
"People without Celiac disease may reconsider limiting their gluten intake for chronic disease prevention, especially for diabetes"Dr Geng Zong, Harvard University Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley and gives food a chewy texture and elasticity during the baking process. Only around 1 per cent of people are genuinely gluten-intolerant, a condition called coeliac disease, however some estimates put the proportion of adults adhering to gluten-free diets in the UK at more than 12 per cent.
The researchers behind the study have suggested that people who are limiting their gluten intake who are not coeliacs should think again, and pointed out that there is no evidence that going gluten-free has any health benefits. The Harvard team examined 30 years of medical data from nearly 200,000 patients. They found that most participants had a gluten intake of below 12g a day, which is roughly the equivalent to two or three slices of wholemeal bread.
Within this range, those eating the highest 20 per cent of gluten had a 13 per cent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared with those eating up to 4g a day. The study showed that those who eat less gluten also tended to eat less cereal fibre, a substance known to protect against diabetes. “We wanted to determine if gluten consumption will affect health in people with no apparent medical reasons to avoid gluten,” said Dr Geng Zong, a Harvard research fellow.
"Gluten-free foods often have less dietary fibre and other micronutrients [such as vitamins and minerals], making them less nutritious and they also tend to cost more. “People without coeliac disease may reconsider limiting their gluten intake for chronic disease prevention, especially for diabetes. It is estimated that more than four million people are currently living with Type 2 diabetes in the UK at present, which is around 6 per cent of the population.
The disease occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin, and it is most commonly associated with obesity, rather than, as in the new study, potentially a lack of micronutrients, or presence of unhealthy ingredients to replace gluten.
The UK “free from” market is growing rapidly and expected to be worth £550 million by 2019. Market analysis Mintel claim that in 2015 12 per cent of new food products launched in the UK carried a gluten-free claim, up from 7 per cent in 2011. Last year Catherine collins, the chairman of the British Association of Dieticians, said the dramatic increase in people opting for free from diets was partly down to the rise of celebrity food bloggers such as Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as a new culture of posting photographs of food on social media.
The new research was presented yesterday at a meeting of the American Heart Association in Portland, Oregon. The study was observational, meaning participants reported their gluten consumption.
RE: US Politics
One things for sure, Patton wouldn't stand for any shit from the ruskies!
Unless he had 3 casinos & a hotel build in Moscow riding on it & a massive Russian resort in the Crimea all good to go as soon as sanctions disappear...
RE: Six Nations 2017
North needs a rest and/or a different coaching regime.
He definately needs a different tackling regime, classic example of a guy who was huge as a kid so tackled with his head in any position he wanted & now as an adult cops 16 stone guys thighs in the head every time he makes a tackle. And as a result now tackles with the enthusiasm of a DJ mixing Max Keys latest album
RE: The Failed policy of Multiculturalism
The important thing to me is to discriminate between refugees & economic migranrts, as Mooshld says, the Train assaults were almost all (all?) north africa economic migrants, usually there illegally. I've lost count the nymber of times they interview a refugee on telly he's actually a Pakistani or Algerian. They can fuck off back in a Hercules. It doesn't even have to land, it can just get low & open the doors. Its a massive failure in Europe that no one is trying to actually vet anyone. It took the press about 3 days to find out a 16 year old "child" let in to the UK was 25.
The vast majority of people desperately fleeing for their lives will do everything then can to fit in. Economic migrants coming over to earn some cash to send home are different.
Re how I'd treat the migrants differently, I'd wave through families with young kids, women, especially with a professional qualification (ie able to contribute), all of Syria's middle class has fled, thats a lot of doctors, engineers etc. Most of whom speak some other language. Women with young kids are what Europe needs. And they very rarely explode.
Single males, especially young single males need to be made to jump through a shit-ton of hoops, first of which is to prove who they are and where they are from. And even then they should be on a staggeringly short leash. EG you turn up as a single 25 year old male, once you prove you are Syrian & not say, Pakistani or Saudi or Iranian, great, you now have a 5 day a week job picking up rubbish & on your off days you are learnig German / English.
And obviously, full DNA database for everyone coming in.
Anyone turning up & demanding to go to x country instead can get in the Hercules too.
RE: Hurricanes v Highlanders
I think it's only a matter of time before he's as dominant at Super rugby and test level rugby.
But then again, everyone on this forum has been wrong at some point about a player potential.
He does look outstanding. Easilly the best, most dominant, head & shoulders above other 12/15's at his curent levels since...
Who I had pencilled in as a guarenteed 100 test AB
RE: The Failed policy of Multiculturalism
I'd argue we (in the west) should be clearly outlining the things that are no compatable with Western society and actively targeting them without fear of being brought up as non PC. IE if we clearly define that we are not cool with FMG, forced marriage, child marriage, spousal abuse (which in theory we aren't regardless of religion) then we target that agressively.
But only if combined with "agressive" tolerance of other aspects. IE a head scarf ban is fricking pointless & petty & does nothing bar stop women going out & make them feel persecuted. So anyone discriminating re that needs to be come down on like a ton of bricks, as does hate speech inciting that. You wont stop people muttering "Raghead" as a woman walks past them with her kids, but it can't be where we are heading where they feel they can shout it. Its no different to the way there are homophobes & racists around, but they have been supressed from shouting Fag or Nggr at people.
We are alas moving towards that being OK with regard to Muslims because they are all terriorists who don't assimilate, hate our freedoms & want Sharia.
The bullshit stories of no-go areas or Sharia being enforced are utter dross. Most of the things 99% of Muslims do day in day out is completely compatible with Western society.
Same as with Orthodox Jews, the Amish, Jehovas Witnesses etc, the Mormons (who used to like polygamy) - any of the slightly harder core religions.
We are in a bad place now in that we are moving towards persucuting Muslims for being Muslims, instead of persecuting the (small) minority who do stuff incompatible. And we are empowering a generation of ignorant bigots, which just pushes more people to the extremes.
Politically what needs to happen is recognition that not all Islam is the same and just because the Saudis & Qataris have lots of money & are our "allies" does not mean we should be green lighting wahabbism. In contrast as Nick noted an Ahmadi mosque is a HUGELY different beast from a Wahabbi mosque, and should be treated as such. Knee jerk populist polititans wont help this as their followers will simply see "Islam" as opposed to the variations.
RE: Your 4 midfielders for the Lions
X-Factor is overrated.
Settle down Domehead.
Anyway, most players considered not to have x factor have massive x factor and guys who are considered to have x factor get their steadyness downplayed even when they're steady.
@SammyC I think the comments from Billy Tell might suggest Proctor is underrated.
I always read X factor as "this guy is shithouse, but I really like him"
IE if a guy is great defensively, has great hands, can kick, is good under the high ball, can flat pass both ways, has a good motor, has good pace, people say "Ben Smith guy is great defensively, has great hands, can kick, is good under the high ball, can flat pass both ways, has a good motor, has good pace!" when justifying picking him.
If a guy has the brain of a fricking headless chook, rushes up in D, drops half his passes & tosses every second offload to the opposition or the ground but once a Super game breaks 5 tackles before throwing it into touch so gets the crowd up on their feet they say "He's an X-Factor player!" to justify picking him.
Unless you are Justin Marshall & someone goes "do you like him Justin?" & you go "Whooom-PAH! X-Factor! Nisbo! BOOMPF!". Which means "I have watched him play & made a detailed study I lack the words to express, but yes"
RE: All Blacks v Wallabies at Eden Park.
A big plus they like re Savea is his defence, he's a fucking brick wall, makes some enormous hits. A few times this year I've seen someone creamed & thought "god I love Kaino" & nope, its Savea.
His positioning is excellent, he's almost the Kahui option - when we want a more defensive winger.
His all round game is superb, he's dropped down on the try scoring from 1 game to 1 every 1.2 games... but thats not huge, its not like he's gone tryless this season.