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Alert, not Alarmed

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In the space of 24 hours, three distinct incidents helped serve as a reminder of the current threat to the Australian Jewish community. A business associate and I were having lunch at a kosher restaurant in Bondi. As we sat enjoying a fine burger, he pointed out to me a car that was in a no-standing zone opposite the restaurant, the driver of which was taking pictures of the restaurant. Clearly, these people were “casing”…

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“preliminary” final?

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Well, with the AFL finals well underway, the one thing I can’t write about is my own team (but just you wait until 2011). My tipping in the finals has been awful, so while I still think it will be Geelong over Port, I’m not putting any money on that. What I want to comment about is the naming used in our finals system. The term “preliminary” final dates back to the days when we…

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Lebanon vs the Palestinians

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Call me old-fashioned, but I have this crazy notion about the universal value of human life. The media don’t seem to share this, and if they do, it’s not reflected in coverage. Some lives are more important than others. Sometimes the death of one is more important than that of hundreds or thousands. This might be because I associate “important” with “newsworthy”, and on reflection, they are very different things. The commercial media serves two…

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Leave the game early? NEVER!

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I have not yet fully recovered from Richmond’s Sunday devastation at the hands of Geelong. Among the many e-mails and SMSs I received from friends emphasizing what was already known to me, there was the bizarre question “how long did you stay”? My answer to that question was, is, and always will be: I proudly support my team, and I stay until the final siren, no matter what the result, and no matter when the…

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World Cup Final – what went wrong

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Today, I am a zombie. After three hours of chatting and highlights, we were about to give up and go to bed, and then saw that the covers had come off (again), and the umpires had reduced the game to 38 overs. While this was not as bad as a potential Twenty20-style slogfest to decide the World Cup champion, already some gloss had come off, and the slightly shortened game seemed to advantage Australia before…

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A better World Cup competition structure

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Well, having received some interesting comments on my previous post, and having watched Ireland & Bangladesh proceed, and India & Pakistan bomb out (all fully deserved), here is my proposal for a better system: Just for the record, the majority of previous upset wins in World Cups have either been fixed, or been genuine “one-offs”, rather than an indication of a team moving up the world ranks. I hope this will be proved wrong this…

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Cricket World Cup Group Matches

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Well, the cricket world cup has begun in the West Indies, and the first stage consists of 24 “group matches” over a couple of weeks. The pool of 16 teams is divided into 4 groups of 4, with each group containing two “contender” teams, and two “minnows” who are either in the lower rungs of the ICC one-day rankings, or are associate ICC nations. After the group matches, the top two of each group proceed…

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Independent Australian Jewish Voices

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When I read about this new organization, the Independent Australian Jewish Voices, it makes me think of a simple thought experiment I like to use whenever dealing with coverage or comment about the Middle East. What you do is reverse the positions of Israel and the Palestinians, and then just consider how the story reads. For example, when Israel investigates soldiers who have allegedly used excessive force in apprehending suspected terrorists. Would you ever read…

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Violence in Gaza

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Yet another example of Ed O’Loughlin’s twisted sense of cause and effect appeared in his latest piece of the violence in Gaza. What is going on there is surely bordering on civil war between the Fatah and Hamas factions for control of the region. Palestinians are murdering Palestinians – women, children – but this doesn’t receive the top billing as a news story that it might otherwise deserve. No worldwide condemnation, no UN statements. And…

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Serena Williams

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What is it with Serena Williams? Yes, she’s a damn fine tennis player. But please, dear, do stick to what you’re good at. Looking at the article and photo shoot in The Age this past weekend made me cringe in an “oh my god, becky” moment. The bikini is a wonderful thing, but like on alcoholic beverages, it ought to be accompanied with a label that says “we support the responsible use of this garment”….

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