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The Ordeal of Civility

Someone has to be bad Hear, hear! I echo and endorse this sentiment.

Shitbagging the necessary loser has become the MSM go to for clickbait in every sport. Overdone and just plain stupid.

Now if we can just get the Vics to stop complaining about not being selected. Not everyone is good enough to make the Test team. Go O'Keefe!

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Rain is going to play havoc with this Test. This is the Windies best chance to hold out for a draw.

Carrot

Jeez Tones, I dunno when it comes to the Windies. You're right, someone has to be bad, but isn't there room for other sides to fill that bill from time to time? What about Zimbabwe or Bangladesh, both still relatively new to international cricket, and who as far as I can remember have been hosted only once each in Australia in their Test cricket histories? The fact that the West Indies have arguably the makings of a much better side already in Australia playing in the BBL speaks of pretty large-scale structural and financial problems in their game, surely things that aren't going to go away anytime soon. Frankly, I think it's time for international cricket to support a newer brand of whipping boy - it would make for a change for waiting around for the Caribbean resergence that just refuses to arrive.

Frohes Neues, by the way!

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Good session for the Windies. Sets up the day nicely.

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Looks like Tom Parker has failed once again. Time to abandon this Test.

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SOK's first Test wicket in Oz!

Great catch too from Burns.

Tom Parker

Sorry guys. I tried to put a tarp over the SCG but it just isn't big enough. I only had enough to keep the Vics in the Test squad covered and he's still complaining about the chill. Sigh, back to Bunnings I go for an outdoor gas heater.

Tony Dodemaide

You're an absolute joke, Parker.

We only recently had a Test here right at the MCG and it never rained once. What is it with you palookas in NSW? You have forced me to move a motion at the next Cricket Australia luncheon that all NSW Shield, Test, ODI and T20 matches be moved to the MCG, the home of professional cricket.

m0nty

I think we are entering a period where everyone is bad, or at least highly flawed. The Varks seem to have fallen off a cliff with Steyn losing his mojo through persistent injury, ABDV losing form by being forced to keep wicket, and Amla not actually being all that good as a captain. India post-TLM is like pre-TLM India (and sometimes during-TLM India): just can't do anything away, and sometimes vulnerable at home as well - just like NZ. England keep dropping results they should be banking, like home series against the Lankans and Black Caps, and the neutral Pakistan series. Actually it's Pakistan who is arguably the best-performed side at the moment, going 4-4-1 in their last nine series, but they don't play enough Tests to top the rankings.

The logic of doing away with tosses and allowing the visiting side to have the honour in every Test will grow as the quality of long-form cricket declines, and results swing even harder towards home teams.

Professor Rosseforp

Tony, thank you for using the long-neglected term, "bum's rush".

Carrot

If today gets rained off, at least we won't have to put up with Jane McGrath Day.

philsgone

Sale of pink umbrellas has probably gone through the roof at the SCG

Hypocrisy thy name is Oz media

Tawdry. Lewd. Indecent.

No, it's not the Daily Terror nor the SMH; it's their description of Gayle.

Tony Tea

See my tweet: "Chris Gayle was overacting his role as Chris Gayle." He is here to be the Big Bash's big swinging dick, but he let it go to his head.

m0nty

If this was a BBL game, we'd be playing.

The Ordeal of Civility

Rain is going to play havoc with this Test. This is the Windies best chance to hold out for a draw.

You heard it here first (again).

m0nty

Any guesses as to whom Rusty is referring?

Since the demise of Spanky, the field is wide open.

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I don't think tabbing between your match report and The Daily Telegraph is a crime nor even something to Tweet about.

Tony Tea

I've been wondering whether it is the right thing to ask who it was.

Big Ramifications

He sees things that "aren't much fun"?!!

Awww, poor old Rusty. I would have considered that to be a hilarious FUN diversion to the cricket.

Him and Mel McLaughlin would make a great couple. They could take offence to things and not have fun and live happily ever after.

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Still raining at the SCG, torrents of Chris Gayle stories to make up for lost play and meanwhile in Cologne child refugees go on a mass rape campaign. The ordeal of civility continues unabated.

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With rain to continue for the rest of the week the only question of importance now is will the Windies apply to have the Test awarded to them due to Tom Parker being unable to prepare a Test standard pitch?

The precedent has been set. Windies would be quite happy with a 2-1 series result. This young band of cricketers fighting back after a two Test drubbing to claim respect and enhanced future prospects. I can see the media stories being written already, interspersed with bouts of hard core porn, wymins studies lectures and the White Patriarchy burned (Queimada!)in effigy.

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Any news on Jarryd Hayne? He's disappeared off the radar!

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Time for a replay of The Batsmen of the Kalahari.

Tony Tea

I've never seen that Python skit; in fact, I've never even heard of it. Good luck getting it up today.

Tony Tea

Sydney wants two Tests, but it can't even host one. Greed karma.

philsgone

Hopefully if they ge the second test, it will be another colour apart from pink

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I'd never heard of it either. Came across it whilst looking for the "rain, rain, raaain, more rain" cricket clip from Python.

Re. the 2nd Sydney Test, it would be best to move them to Autumn or Winter. I could be statistically wrong but it seems to rain less then than it does in Spring or Summer. Better for the A-League too.

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Not sure why I capitalised the seasons. It's a bad habit I've fallen into. Much like the rest of the population's inability to use an or a correctly.

Tony Tea

Everyone should write in Latin where there are no articles.

Big Ramifications
Much like the rest of the population's inability to use an or a correctly.

What's your call on "an" before "h" words? eg. "An historic day". I was ALWAYS taught it was "a".... but then some time in my mid teens there was a big push for "an".

I was stressing about it in my post above re: "a hilarious". I kinda think "an" sounds better, dammit.

Also a period [full stop] before or after the close quotation marks? I prefer after.... but was taught it goes before.

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Great idea! And return to the pre-Paul VI apostasy Latin Mass.

philsgone

that was the rin interuption at the writing of "The return of the native" from memory

Tony Tea

I'm definitely in the* "a" before "h" camp. I mean, "an horse" would be stupid, yes?

* "definitely in the", definite article, the - that's a joke, son.

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It would be "an historic day" as the haitch/aitch is not pronounced.

This where some confusion comes in as *some* people (we won't mention the Fenian scum* here) have a tendency to pronounce aitch haitch, thus "a historic day".

I posted this once at Blair's blog, castigating him for his ungrammatical usage (which was the laugh as he prides himself on his grammar, tra la! He subsequently changed his post without alerting anyone to the change. Double tra la! as he also often chides others for post post changes without posting the fact that the post was changed ex post facto.)

*Fenian being another misunderstood and misused term. Scum is correctly employed in either case, so I am led to understand.

Tony Tea

A "rin interuption" is, not to be a nit picker, a "rinteruption". (But not "an rinteruption")

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PS. I am a cunt.

Tony Tea

If you say "HAITCH" instead of "AITCH", you probably say "DINNER" instead of "LUNCH" and "TEA" instead of "DINNER".

Some Young Guy

Collect.

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What the hell *is* a "rinteruption" anyway, philsgone?

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Insightful analysis from Cricinfo: The fourth day has been abandoned too, without a ball being bowled. Increasingly, a draw looks inevitable.

Tony Tea

Twinteruption.

philsgone

a rin interuption is very much like a rain interuption. its just a matter of a missing vowel. Also pinched nerve in my arm means finger numbness so my typing has turned to crap

Big Ramifications

I wonder what % of people would understand the joke in the "Collect" comment by Some Young Guy.

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Cheers for the elaboration, Pat. You are correct in there are two types of "h" words. Tony's example of "an horse" is definitely a good one.... but I think I should have used "an hilarious" in my example.

Great Tony Blair story. I had a similar experience with Andrew Bolt. He PAID OUT on a state teachers union for being dumb and not having an apostrophe in their title. I wrote a carefully worded reply, and walked him thru an example, as to why the apostrophe is optional and that he needs to retract his post....

*crickets chirping*

Him or his moderators wouldn't even publish it. Slimy prick.

Big Ramifications

I think the example I used was a club for people called Jeff. Lots and lots of Jeffs. A club for Jeffs.

Jeffs Club.

So in my HUMBLE opinion, Teachers' Union and Teachers Union are both correct.

m0nty

Meanwhile, on the Subcontinent...

A Mumbai schoolboy has made history by becoming the first batsman in any class of cricket to score 1,000 runs in a single innings.

Fifteen-year-old Pranav Dhanawade smashed his way to 1,009 not out off 323 balls as he obliterated a 117-year-old record for the highest number of runs scored in one innings.

Dhanawade, the son of an auto-rickshaw driver, soared past Arthur Collins’ previous record total of 628 in England in 1899 during an inter-school tournament in the western Indian city.

“Congrats #PranavDhanawade on being the first ever to score 1,000 runs in an innings. Well done and work hard. You need to scale new peaks!” Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar posted on Twitter.

Dhanawade’s epic knock included 129 fours and 59 sixes and came at a phenomenal strike rate of 312.38.

m0nty

The first rule of Jeffs Club is you don't use an apostrophe in Jeffs Club.

Big Ramifications

Zackly.

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Dhanawade, the son of an auto-rickshaw driver, soared past Arthur Collins’ previous record total of 628 in England in 1899 during an inter-school tournament in the western Indian city.

Going waaay back to when I was single digit aged, and mum's old copy of the 1978 Guinness Book of World Records that I read cover-to-cover a couple of times....

I'm pretty sure I remember that 628 score being listed. I particularly remember a quote from the scorer [also a school kid]: "Plus or minus 20 runs, shall we say."

The Ordeal of Civility

The rain has actually stopped for several hours now but nobody realised because they were all in Tom Parker's shed watching hard core porn.

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I would like to take this opportunity, as we celebrate Pranav Dhanawade's unbeaten 1,009, to remind all of the problem of "Poo in Capital... The Legacy of Open Defecation".

This may be the Pink Test but let as all celebrate Brown Day.

Thank you.

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It's raining again out west and there will be more than likely more of it at the SCG. I'm wondering what is the point, really, of continuing this Test?

At what point can a Test be called off and determined a draw?

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Warney's suggestion "Play starts at 1145am.... Will the Windies declare ? Then Aussies declare 0/0 and Windies set a target ??? Hope so !!!!!" is pretty good.

If I were the Windies I'd want to get over 300 first.

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SOK's 2nd Test wicket in Oz!

And another great catch.

I am and will always be Non Trampis

O'Keefe has bowled a number of no=balls. I am wondering why the umpire hasn't called them. It only occurs when he goes wide.

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Bowling outside the return crease?

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SOK gets his third and just after the scheduled dinner.

Right then, time for some bratwurst, eggs and boxty.

I am and will always be Non Trampis

A bowler cannot touch the return crease. Test umpire also do not think short runs are important either when at the bowler's end.

The Ordeal of Civility

Is his backfoot outside the return crease? Front foot is ok.

I am and will always be Non Trampis

It aint when he bowls wide

Tony Tea

That's the back lawn done.

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Well, I'm a little confused as to what you are calling no balls but I will keeep a close eye in the Windies 2nd dig (assuming they have one).

Warney reckons Ozzies will go for a quick 130 to get past the follow-on target and then declare.

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That's the back lawn done.

I can't believe you are mowing the lawn with so much on the line here in this third and final decider.

Tony Tea

I had to drag myself away from the tv (which wasn't even on).

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It's heating up here! Just burned the roof of my mouth on my boxty annd Oz aare 0/69 off 11.

I am and will always be Non Trampis

I assume you blokes have talked about Gayle and Mel.

I wrote about it and got more hits than Danny Green!

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You're right that "she ain't no Debbie Spillane".

m0nty

But then again, who is?

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Prediction: If the scheduled finish is 6 then I reckon both captains will agree to a draw at 5:30, or shortly thereafter.

Professor Rosseforp

I'm with the Teachers' Federation or Teachers Federation (never Teacher's Federation as 1 teacher can't really be a federation).
English uses noun clusters (I suppose German just runs them all together -- Carrot, do you know if that's correct?). Clump a couple of nouns together to form a concept: railway station ; building application. You can't really say the first part is an adjective. Sometimes that first noun is a plural, or looks like one, but is not in a possessive relationship with the second. Therefore no apostrophe.

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Oh, I didn't think the captains could agree to a draw until half an hour before the scheduled end of play.

Big Ramifications
"Poo in Capital... The Legacy of Open Defecation".

That was a bit mean. But on that topic.... What do you do if you're hosting an international event and it is revealed that there is HUMAN SHIT EVERYWHERE?

Play the race card, of course. Mike Fennell sounds quite the well-intentioned flogger.

Warning that the event had reached crisis point, Mike Fennell, the president of the Commonwealth Games Federation said the village due to house about 7,000 competitors was in a “shocking condition”. British team officials threatened to pull out and spoke of a squalid, insanitary site.

“People have been defecating in all sorts of places,” Craig Hunter, the English chef de mission, told The Times. Commonwealth Games Scotland said that the accommodation allocated to its athletes was “unsafe and unfit for human habitation”.

Lalit Bhanot, general secretary of the Indian Organising Committee, tried to brush off the criticism. “Everyone has different standards about cleanliness. The westerners have different standards. We have different standards,” he told reporters.

Mr Hunter said that if the accomodation was not improved, “athletes may well question whether it's appropriate to come”.

Officials said that time was running out for an event blighted by rampant corruption, a deadly dengue fever epidemic, the withdrawal of star athletes, a refusal by the Queen to attend the opening and an attack on tourists by gunmen in Delhi on Sunday.

The England team issued an upbeat press release last week, with some suggesting that the Delhi facilities surpassed those at the Beijing Olympics.

It was only when India's monsoon rains resumed after a brief dry spell that team officials realised the shoddy state of their accommodation and that about a quarter of the double rooms allotted to the 560 English team members - the first of whom are due to arrive on Friday - were not watertight.

The poor workmanship is being seen as confirmation that Delhi's preparations have been botched by a plethora of competing - and allegedly corrupt - committees. In all, 23 bodies oversee the organisation of the Games.

“The chairmen of these committees hardly ever meet,” the head of the Indian Olympic Association, Randhir Singh, has admitted.

In January, Mr Fennell called doubters “western snobs”, but has since been “driven nearly insane” by the lassitude of Indian officials, insiders say.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/archive/sportold/bridge-collapse-lack-of-readiness-and-withdrawals-throw-games-into-crisis/story-fn66fst6-1225927667990

Carrot

Hi Prof, just saw your comment just now! Tony is actually more your guy for a question like that being that he's actually a German teacher, but if I remember rightly, German doesn't use apostophes anyway. The Genativ, or possessive case just adds an -s or -es to the end of a word. "Carrots Buch" or "Das Buch des Carrotes" (Carrot's book or the book of Carrot). It gets more complicated with different genders, or course. You're right about the noun clusters too - "Teachers Association" becomes "Die Lehrerverband".

Where apostrophes become a complete clusterfuck is in Dutch, where they use them for both possession and plural - so "Carrot's foto's" or "Carrot's taxi's". Even when you know it absolutely right, for your typical or garden-variety grammar Nazi such as myself, it just LOOKS wrong.

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Professor Rosseforp

I didn't know Tony was a Germanteacher. Apologies to Tony and thanks to Carrots.
Speaking of Germans, I had the misfortune to watch some Eddie McGuire quiz show last night, and there was a big competitor with a German background, but obviously Aussie.
Eddie asked another contestant something about Rommel, and the contestant didn't know, whereupon Eddie turned to Hans (his real name apparently) and said, "You'd know this, Hans" -- I'm surprised he didn't mention losing the war when Hans eventually exited.

The Ordeal of Civility

Tones is a German teacher? I thought he was WASP.

Related, and a viz a viz the end of the Test Summer Series leaving us all with time on our hands, here's our own Dr. Frank Salter, an "Australian political ethologist", discussing Germany's Jeopardy.

Transcript here.

philsgone

I saw a tv program a while back that said 400 million Indians dont have access to a flushing toilet. MNaybe thats why they get so many runs. boom boom

philsgone

Also vale the test season, started with a bit of a bang, definitely ended on a whimper. Key outcomes - Lyon no.1 off spinner in the world; Voges likes playing WI; Pink ball tests wont last 5 days.

Tony Tea

Surely WASPs (no apostrophe) can be German.

PS: I am not a German teacher.

Professor Rosseforp

Philsgone, the highlight for me definitely Steve O'Keefe's mid-match haircut. Maybe it's trying to broaden cricket's appeal to North Korea, as it was a real Kim Jong-Un look.

philsgone

Prof, forgot to record first seession, so missed the haircut. SOK celebrating the Hydrogen bomb perhaps? Commie in the Australian cricket team. Now thats something to celebrate

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Surely WASPs (no apostrophe) can be German.

Assuredly not. WASP is a sociological term which now refers to all British derived peoples in the Anglosphere; an expansion on the original academic and pejorative ethnic description of the British derived elite in the USA.

As to who came up with it there is much contention as to who first coined the term.

Contra Wikipedia, Hacker did not use the W for wealthy but did in fact use the W for White, as anyone who wants to read the original, and has a JSTOR account (free), can readily attest:

First of all, they are "WASPs"---in the cocktail party jargon of the sociologists. That is, they are white, they are Anglo-Saxon in origin, and they are Protestant (and disproportionately Episcopalian). To their Waspishness should be added the tendency to be located on the Eastern seaboard or around San Francisco, to be prep school and Ivy League educated, and to be possessed of inherited wealth.

Page 1011. Liberal Democracy and Social Control. Andrew Hacker.

Why Wikipedia misquotes the original is anyone's guess.

Speaking of the Desert Fox, I thought it a moment of serendipity to see that the academic Salter cited (alliteration) was none other than "Rudolf Rummel at the University of Hawaii", aka the Beach ʻAlopeke.

Let's get ready to Rummelllll!

Tony Tea

Always thought it meant White Anglo Saxon Protestant, which ticks all boxes for the Germans.

Carrot

Wait, what - you're not? Sorry Tones, I've been under that misapprehension for years! Tony T. the Teacher teaches German. Obviously not! What do you teach, then?

The Ordeal of Civility

Tones.

Tony Tea

Power system engineering. Power lines, transformers, poles, generators, protection, etc.

Carrot

Well, shit. Sorry about that! No idea where I got German from - something about a link to Der Spiegel on the Phil Hughes story, plus other bits and pieces over the years maybe, but I clearly had the wrong end of the stick.

Tony Tea

I don't know why everyone is apologising for thinking I was German teacher. It doesnt worry me. It's not as if you thought I was a German sturmbannfuhrer.

Big Ramifications

Thanks to your buddy Rusty, SJWs on major sporting websites are calling for the porn-watching journalist's ENTIRE LIFE TO BE DESTROYED. Apparently there were many witnesses - male and female - but only Rusty saw fit to blab.

http://www.theroar.com.au/2016/01/07/spiro-case-porn-watching-reporter-mcg/

I know it's a tired analogy.... but the guy was watching people make love. Imagine if the bored journalist was flicking between watching a Die Hard movie or Lethal Weapon movie where people murder each other en masse.

Calls for his immediate sacking? I think not.

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As I have noted earlier, these details are easily verifiable. They are so specific that they can be (and probably already have been) tested for their accuracy. That being the case, the career of the reporter needs to be ended.

Wowee. Not just summarily dismissed by his employer but have his entire career ended. This is a remarkable insight into the mind of Spiro.

What Rusty, Spiro and, at first glance, the majority of commenters on the linked Roar article have missed is that the journalist's actions are covered under the Fair Work Act 2009 and Regulations.

For all their SJW/White-Knight hand-waving, moral preening and posturing, they cannot adjudicate the summary dismissal of a fellow employee without recourse to law (let alone the desired career guillotining).

If I were Rusty (heaven forbid and I pray God never allow me to sink so low) then I would *not*, repeat *not*, expose this person without first seeking legal representation for what would most probably end in a defamation suit. If his employer allows him to write on its behalf then sure, they can foot the legal bill. But if Rusty does it on his own wherewithal then Rusty stands alone-though SJW sainthood through legal martyrdom would be confirmed.

As for Spiro's ludicrous suggestion there is only one solution possible: Rusty must make a complaint to his/her (Rusty probably prefers gender fluidity) employer that he was sexually harassed in his/her workplace.

The repercussions for the porn watching fella depend on his employer's workplace policy, and whether it has been repeatedly notified to staff with statements as to repercussions, one of which would be summary dismissal (no employer can guarantee career death, fortunately. As a matter of fact it would be a restraint on trade).

Maybe Spiro should visit his local Cop Shop and see if charges can be laid for some sort of public indecency. He'd need Rusty on side to make a statement. In fact, Spiro *must* make all attempts seeing as his guilt over Spanky needs a sacrificial victim totally unrelated and out of all proportion. His SJW god demands it!

(Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Rammers. We stand united.)

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To begin with, how can the public or the organisation employing the reporter trust him to handle a matter like the Chris Gayle public harassment of Mel McLaughlin with a proper understanding of the issues involved?

Spiro reckons anyone who has ever seen hard-core porn cannot comment on the Gayle fiasco. This would exclude the majority of Victoria state politicians who actually regulate the laws covering such matters.

As for the Australian public it seems our hard-core porn watching tastes exclude us from all commentary as well. This leaves Spiro and Rusty alone to tell us all how the matter should be handled.

Sturmbannfuhrers? As Huey Long said: “The Fascists of the future will be the anti-fascists.”

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Causes for summary dismissal under the Fair Work Act 2009:

The employee being intoxicated at work;

This may pose a problem for all those journalists throwing stones in their glass-house. Christopher Hitchens would have been summarily dismissed were he employed in Oz and some vengeful person took it upon themselves to report him.

People should be very wary when throwing the first stone as for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, so the puritanical Newton informs us.

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Comment that I hereby echo and endorse:

gel said | January 7th 2016 @ 1:28pm | Report comment

I find this whole article to be quite sickening actually.

These people knew, and defended Roebuck – and they are still doing it (half of the content of this article is espousing the virtues of the man, FFS).

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But did we excuse inexcusable behaviour on his part, which led undoubtedly to his bizarre and untimely death, because we were in love with Roebuck the writer and excused Roebuck the villain, the user and abuser of young men?

I stand guilty, I am sad to say.

Then how about an article detailing what you and your "we" knew, when you knew it, what was discussed about it and why you didn't do anything about it? As you say, you "stand guilty". Rather than burning some luckless journo on the bonfire of your moral-vanity how about you, Spiro, make full public disclosure about Roebuck and media complicity? That would be the right thing to do.

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This considered opinion just came in via Skype: "Rusty should have his T levels tested as he is showing signs of inordinate high estrogen even for that of a beta white-knighting cuck."

Big Ramifications

Nice wrap up Mr Civility.

The thing is, I reckon Rusty is an AWESOME sports journalist. I wish I could say to him to leave the SJW stuff alone.... but I guess it's in his charter now. All sports journos, for that matter. Gotta fill those column inches.

Rusty wrote a lengthy article on the Adam Goodes saga not long ago. With logic full of holes he concluded that the only reason to boo Goodes was racism. Made me wanna barf.

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For Rusty.

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Re. Goodes and Rust, saw this one on social media: conundrum. If Chris Gayle gets booed tonight is it assumed that the crowd is being racist ala Adam Goodes?

Big Ramifications

This one's for Tony. From Ricky Nixon's Facebook page. You'll love it.

At the next Melbourne Renegades match my mate Rowan Lamanna will be personally walking around rattling a tin to help raise money for Chris Gayle's $10,000 fine.

The left over money will be donated to Mel McLaughlin to buy a sense of humour


http://www.facebook.com/rickynixon19/posts/10156440119150338

For a DISGRACED football agent, I am surprised how popular he is. He has maxed out his FB friends count and he has many MANY females who have his back in comments threads. 13½ thousand "Likes" for that post alone.

He has an open page policy, so there are plenty of comments calling him a flogger loser. It's not all ass-kissing from FB friends.

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