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Northern Sol

Member Since 10 Dec 2006
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#2995631 RL in London - the BBC's view

Posted by Northern Sol on 14 September 2014 - 11:08 PM

Yes, but if the RFL give extra support to London, they need also to give it to Gateshead, North and South Wales, Oxford, Gloucester, Coventry and maybe there are not the resources to split the pie so many ways.

If we're honest, there isn't the resources for London at all. How many millions do people imagine that the RFL has available per year to fritter away?


The money needs to go on development officers not propping up failing clubs.

#2979245 17/08/14 - London Broncos v Leeds Rhinos KO 3pm

Posted by Northern Sol on 17 August 2014 - 09:44 PM

Weakened opposition or not, a win is a win. Great for the young players at Broncos. They needed to experience a win.

#2976741 Death to Jews

Posted by Northern Sol on 13 August 2014 - 07:26 PM

You think your bigoted post deserves civility?

I think CKN is the judge of "bigotry" let him deal with that but civility is a requirement in the terms and conditions.

#2975496 Expansion

Posted by Northern Sol on 11 August 2014 - 05:19 PM

Thought the buzzword now was all about "Organic growth" which means stick yourself in a field and if something blossoms other than weeds then we'll give you a pat on the back.

No, it means have sensible plans. No more "We hope to be in SL in 2 years' time and we'll probably withdraw our investment midway through the season if that ever happens".


The only successful expansion of SL has been Catalans. We need to replicate that.


The heartlands has a RL network of amateur clubs and semi-pro clubs. Professional heartland clubs would find it difficult to exist without it but expansion clubs have to. France has its own RL network that's why expansion worked in Catalonia. London has half a network and Wales has less than that. We need to build RL networks in every UK region.

#2975493 Middle east violence

Posted by Northern Sol on 11 August 2014 - 05:11 PM



Just because some Jews are against Israel does not mean that many pro-Palestinian types are not openly anti-Semitic.

#2973133 Scottish Independence Referendum

Posted by Northern Sol on 07 August 2014 - 05:10 PM

The Scots wanted the Euro until Euro started to look dodgy and they changed their mind and wanted the pound. If they do vote for independence, but have the pound as their currency how will they be independent? If anything they'll be less independent than they are now.  They'll have a currency which is controlled by another country. They'll have no say in economic policy or fiscal policy where that currency is concerned. Personally i don't think Salmond has thought this currency thing through. Once his dream of using the Euro and being in some sort of economic confederacy with Iceland and the Irish Republic had fallen apart due to the recession, he just used a bit of economic sticking plaster by saying they'd use the pound. I think the SNP at bottom are a bit like the Lib/Dems, they adopt policies that they never expect to see enacted just to gain votes.

Salmond is a very smart man and knows his economics. The reason why he wants to keep the pound is because analysts will have told him that cross-border trade is good for the Scottish economy and that iScotland couldn't afford to bail out its banks alone - he wants us to help resolve any future Scottish banking crises.

#2973124 Middle east violence

Posted by Northern Sol on 07 August 2014 - 05:01 PM

Again you're deliberately equating Jews and zionists.

No, you are equating Israelis and Zionists. That's like saying that all Iraqis are religious extremists.

#2973106 Middle east violence

Posted by Northern Sol on 07 August 2014 - 04:34 PM

No it isn't it's anti-Zionist. Anti-Zionism is not synonymous with ant-Semitism. Maybe you think that ant-Zionist Jews are anti-Semites too? Self-hating Jews maybe?

That would be like banning Pakistanis but arguing that it wasn't anti-Muslim because not all Muslims are Pakistanis. Whether it is anti-Semitic or not, it is certainly racist.

#2972682 Catalans Rumour

Posted by Northern Sol on 06 August 2014 - 09:34 PM

Read the post that you are replying to!

They are using the same NAME "Crusaders" are they not? How can that possibly be the "EXACT OPPOSITE" of emphasising the connection to the old club?(!)

And that's all that remains of the old Crusaders club - the name and even then it's not quite the same. Crusaders were never called "North Wales", they were always billed as Wales' club or even "Celtic", the new name emphasised the regional status and nailed them down as North Walians.


The club belongs to the owners and other stakeholders such as the fans. They say that it isn't the same club reformed but an entirely new club. That's unique in RL history as far as I know.


When Keighley Cougars reformed, the new owners insisted that the holding company might be different but it was the very same club. Every other reformation went along these lines AFAIK.

#2972634 Middle east violence

Posted by Northern Sol on 06 August 2014 - 08:16 PM

They usual comeback from the Israeli fanatics and neocons is to label people like miko peled, Noam chomsky, Norman finklestein etc as self hating Jews.

And yet none of us have done.

#2972615 Middle east violence

Posted by Northern Sol on 06 August 2014 - 07:52 PM

I fear the right wing reactionaries on here will just dismiss Peled Geoff, but they'll have some difficultly in calling him an anti-semite. I'm sure they'll think of something!

It's more the case that it's foolish to hype one person as "the source of ultimate truth" of any issue.

#2972041 Middle east violence

Posted by Northern Sol on 05 August 2014 - 08:24 PM

Those are shocking morals you're showing.  Borderline psychopathic.  You'd last about two minutes in the British Army before having a rather terminal "accident" caused by your own side if you fired into children.

I wouldn't be in the British army in the first place but I think you are being disingenuous. I didn't say that it was okay to fire near children. I said that it is a different level of wrongness. 


Civilians die in wars. That's why we try to avoid fighting them. The blame for these kinds of events should be shared with the people who 1) started the war by firing rockets into Israel 2) position rocket firing sites next to schools.

#2971585 Middle east violence

Posted by Northern Sol on 04 August 2014 - 11:03 PM

If I didn't know any better that could have been written by mark regev, nothing but Israeli propaganda. I'll ask you what I've asked other apologists of Israel:
Hamas as an organization have only been in existence since 1987 and have only been in power since 2006, what was Israels excuse for occupying gaza for the 20 years before Hamas even existed and the 40 years before Hamas was democratically elected?
Also I'll pose another question to you, there are no Hamas in power in the West Bank and no Hamas rockets and suicide bombers hitting Israel so why does Israel continue to militarily occupy the West Bank and East Jerusalem? Why do the illegal settlements still exist in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem? Why are the current existing illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem expanding? Why are there new illegal settlements separate from the existing ones being approved by Israeli courts in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank?

I don't think anyone thinks that Israel does no wrong. Israel can be a flawed state and yet this particular conflict can be largely the fault of Hamas.


Martyn can speak for himself but I'm convinced that the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza was wrong; settlements are wrong and East Jerusalem should be returned to the Palestinians BUT Hamas started this conflict.

#2971426 Middle east violence

Posted by Northern Sol on 04 August 2014 - 07:35 PM

If were an Israeli commander and I wanted to take out Hamas, here's what I would do.


Scenario 1:  Hamas actually uses civilians as cover, especially in sensitive areas.  Let them fire their rockets then track them back to their bases.  Publish the videos of this openly and invite international scrutiny, even allowing known neutrals to perform the tracking themselves using Israeli surveillance assets.  That's the PR war part that stops much of the conspiracy theories.  At the same time, open the border publicly to humanitarian convoys, providing many of them myself and be the good guy while clearly making Hamas the bad guy.


Scenario 2:  Hamas doesn't do the acts of Scenario 1.  The Israelis know where they are, they know who the people are who give the orders.  The Israelis have some of the best quick reaction squads in the world.  Surgical strikes based on their location, close to the border then armed raids, far from the border then small tactical airstrikes.  In certain locations you could flatten them with artillery within seconds of them getting off their rocket rounds.

Can't argue with that.

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#2971379 Catalans Rumour

Posted by Northern Sol on 04 August 2014 - 06:06 PM