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  1. O.M.F.G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is takes my breath away. I could write at great lengths as to how bloody angry I am at Sepp and FIFA right now but I honestly do not care any more. This is totally unspeakable. All loosing bids should be asking for their entry fees and costs back from FIFA.
  2. I don't think the issue is where individual members come from. It's probably better that the members come from countries unlikely to host the event in their own right, thus more likely to make a decision on merits rather than national pride. I agree there are too many Asian members, but that is ultimately a result of the growing importance and population in Asia. The problem is the size of the organisation. With so few members, results can be easily manipulated by just a handful of votes. While the IOC has made some dubious decisions in the past, it is far harder to orchestrate conspiracies, collusion or establish corrupted factions in an organisation with 200+ members.
  3. Is this the first time Russia has played in a RWC? I also notice that Argentina qualified for Group B ahead of England. That must also be the first time England hasn't been the "top" nation in their group (though I do remember them playing South Africa in the group stages of 2003).
  4. Certainly. It's only the totally economic naive who someone think cities are some how "broke" just because they run a deficit more than they run a surplus or have debt liabitlies. I expect these floods to have some effect on the QLD and Federal bottom line in the short-term (perhaps the next 3 years), though it will probably have a number of positive effects on QLD's economy in the lead up to a Commonwealth Games (increased labour demand, low inflationary pressure, slower growth).
  5. Of course the floods will have a negative, short-term fiscal impact and push Queensland (if not Australia) into a technical "recession". As you point out Rols, logistically it is still well and truly possible. It won't be unreasonable for QLD to be borrowing and increasing its debt for this event and the flood clean up. I believe all Australian states, territories and Federal Government still maintain an AA+ credit rating so sourcing and repaying the funds won't be difficult. The biggest hurdle will be convincing the public. If the floods had a greater effect on the Gold Coast, it could perhaps be used an event to "show off" how well the region had recovered by 2018.
  6. On some side notes; Mr Assange is an Australian citizen, not Swedish. He is also yet to be charged with any offence relating to his Wikileaks work, in any country. Effectively, to the letter of the law, he has done nothing wrong. Similarly, in terms of laws, FIFA isn't accountable for anything either. Morally, its all subjective.
  7. I would be completely disgusted if you were correct. Why should a bunch of 22 men put their own desires to be President ahead of the correct and preferable decision in effectively writing a several billion dollar cheque for a country??? To me, while England's early exit in 2018 is dubious, Russia isn't an entirely bad result. The Qatar decision has lost FIFA all respect aside from 600,000 people in Doha.
  8. I'm certainly not looking forward to the 2012 race if she does win the candidacy. I can just imagine the jokes that will float around re: President Palin and the Mayan prediction of the apocalypse in December, 2012.
  9. Correct me if I am wrong, but haven't all Presidents since Reagan experienced loosing control of either the house or senate at some point during their Presidency? I tend to agree Baron. I'm guessing the original intent was to keep leader on their toes and to encourage them not to sit idle for their term and just wait from the next election to swing around. You are right though, it clearly seems to be failing.
  10. WTF has Obama done so far? Excellent little mini-site that summarises well the massive amount of achievement the Obama administration has racked up in its first half-term. In saying that, what Obama has failed at (spectacularly might I add) is selling his message....which in a country where voting is not compulsory, that can be a major sticking point. American politics, while interesting, is incredibly low-brow, dumbed down and real gutter stuff IMO.
  11. Glad you distinguished Americans from American voters. Very different groups of people.
  12. That's a common argument against almost any public spending initiative or project. The fact remains that while the event itself may not turn over a profit, the economic activity a Commonwealth Games could produce would provide a net-benefit to the Queensland economy in the long run. I somewhat agree with your point about Australia hosting the event too often, too soon. However on the other hand, I think its more a matter of how a city has developed. I mean, the Gold Coast is increasingly becoming a major metropolitan area in its own right. An event such as this somewhat "announces" the fact the the Gold Coast is quickly joining other prominent cities in Australia. The Games will attract more investment, great diversity in activities and above all more $$$ to the Gold Coast. I agree hosting the Commonwealths in Brisbane or Sydney (or even Perth) again would offer little to the cities that they don't already have or benefit from.
  13. I think you are a little too kind with respect to "Preparations" and "Operations" The sport, competition and ceremonies itself were top notch. All the bad publicity about the Games probably garnered more interest in the event overall. In some respects, more exciting than any Games I've seen. The complete and utter failure of the Games was the ticketing, the village conditions and the preparation of venues. To me, these were verging on failures. Overall, India was saved by high quality competition...something that is ultimately (at least mostly) out of organisers control. While the event panned out well, I get the feeling they almost got lucky and fell across the line.
  14. It's a shame this occurs so often, where politics is considered ahead of policy. The Opposition party shouldn't need a "Barrack Obama" style candidate. It's high time a lot of people learn that an alternative government can be just as effective without being as glamorous as the (albeit unpopular) incumbent party. Its pretty clear Canada needs a change and regardless of how unattractive that change is, its probably worth taking the risk. Despite being a deeply rooted liberal (Labor, Labour, Democrats etc), I'm somewhat glad the Conservatives managed to fall across the line in the UK. Changing government creates a real awakening of debate on both sides of the political spectrum.
  15. Could someone please explain why Harper is so unpopular with respect to domestic issues?
  16. So effectively, the 5th (potentially 6th) fastest person in the event (dependent on the calibre of the other UK competitor disqualified) will get a bronze medal. What a shambles that race was.
  17. The question here is where do you draw the line? What qualifies as an independent false start and what does not? I agree in this circumstance she was correctly disqualified (though should never have been allowed to run the race, celebrate, and almost receive a medal!!!) though some serious questions should be raised with respect to how the rules are applied.
  18. Do you think Cape Town has a greater global presence that Shanghai? Or at least it did at the time of Shanghai bidding? While Shanghai is a much larger and economically more powerful city, I don't think it is as recognisable on a global level; namely because of China's position on IR up until the last decade. The Chinese are using Shanghai to make a statement about their progress and how they're becoming more open to the world. I'm not sure Cape Town (or South Africa) needs to do that. In any event, Cape Town would be a fantastic host.
  19. The athletes didn't actually complain. In fact, they laughed off the fact officials were cleaning the pool anyway. They commented that they were fine with swimming in the pool as they would merely dive through where the moths landed anyway.
  20. It was confirmed by the Australian swimmers in the 4x100m relay (D'Osogna) that they were moths...or at least it was moths blocking their lane before the beginning of the race.
  21. The Expo did a number of good things for Brisbane (along with the Commonwealth Games) in helping it transition from being just an Australian city, to more of a global city. A city like Cape Town (despite being smaller) is probably already past this point.
  22. Later confirmed to be several moths falling from the roof.
  23. I noticed that. I hardly recall any advertising at the Melbourne games. It was almost all Games branding...and even when it was official partners or advertisers, it was in keeping with the rest of the branding. With Dehli it seems to be Honda, Honda, Honda, Small non-descript Games logo, Honda.
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