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    WCC v All Stars Game

    They have these lands. The blue ones are registered claims which haven't been through the determination process yet.
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    NRL players seeking SL deal

    I think most NRL squads would be finalised so maybe Q Cup might be his best option.
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    NRL players seeking SL deal

    Looking at their lineup here, they could afford to shed 2 forwards. There's at least 4 forwards permanently nailed on for spots - Finucane, F Kaufusi, Nelson A-S, Jesse Bromwich.
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    NRL players seeking SL deal

    Yes there are 2 x Kaufusi at Storm. (I used to buy them in bulk, too. Much cheaper.) I can see them dumping Patrick.
  5. "take the means of killing yourself away then suicide goes down." Since gun suicides make up about 50% of US suicides, then I think the access to guns is relevant. As is a comparison between two wealthy countries with similar suicide rates and very different levels of gun access. In the UK, the highest rate of suicide was recorded as 14.4 deaths per 100,000 population in 1988. What year was coal gas replaced?
  6. I see the suicide rate as indicative of underlying mental health problems rather than seeing an uncomfortable statistic as the problem in itself. Belgium has a higher suicide rate than the USA. Is there a big gun culture in Belgium? (I'll save anyone checking: Number of civilian firearms per 100 head of population: USA 120, Belgium 12)
  7. Given that 60% of those deaths were men committing suicide, maybe they need a National Emergency to address men's mental health. Also, given that US suicides outperform homicides by 2 to 1, maybe they need a National Emergency on mental health in general.
  8. There's nothing Australia can do for UK. Our biggest trading partners are in Asia so I can't see UK matching them on price and unless the UK suddenly re-opens a massive steel industry then what are we selling? UK is slipping lower and lower on the list of Australia’s trading partners - it currently makes up about 5% of our trade and will probably be overtaken by Thailand and Malaysia within 10 years.
  9. Neither side wants to talk too deeply about race and homicide, especially about white perpetrators. Even with all the mass shootings by whites, the white homicide rate is the same as Canada - US 1.7/100K, . That's barely higher than Finland and France and actually lower than Belgium. Does anyone think Belgium is a very violent place? (Finland and France 1.6/100K. Belgium 2.0/100K) US homicide stats are a can of worms. Fox News can get away with cherry-picking bits and pieces and Dem-leaning commentators can only criticise them on their tone and presentation, not on the facts. The whole race/homicide discussion has to be conducted in broad-brush, party-slogan-style rhetoric because the facts themselves are so clear, blatant and consistent. The only "good" thing you can say about race/crime stats in USA is that homicide is becoming less segregated. Blacks and whites are more likely than ever to kill across racial lines. MLK would be proud.
  10. He's always been very good but his knees and ankles are wearing out
  11. FINAL SQUAD 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 20. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend (c) 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner (c) 3. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley INTERCHANGE 14. Isaac Liu 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Lindsay Collins 17. Nat Butcher
  12. Here are the oldest National Emergencies still in force: Jimmy Carter Nov 14, 1979: The National Emergency With Respect to Iran, in response to the Iran hostage crisis. Considering all the subsequent actions taken against Iran this could be scrapped. President Bill Clinton Nov 14, 1994: The National Emergency With Respect to the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, that combined two previous national emergencies focused on weapons of mass destruction. Possibly after the dissolution of the USSR there was some concern over the ownership of weapons in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, etc? Jan. 2, 1995: The National Emergency With Respect to Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process placed economic sanctions in response to the Jerusalem bombing. Again, this is probably covered by various subsequent legislation regarding banned transactions. March 15, 1995: The National Emergency With Respect to Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources was an effort to prevent potential deals between oil companies. Iran again so redundant given the current US stance on Iran. October 21, 1995: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers Centered in Colombia was declared after increased reports of drug cartels laundering money through American companies. Redundant given all the legislation relating to money laundering March 1, 1996: The National Emergency With Respect to Regulations of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels with Respect to Cuba was after civilian planes were shot down near Cuba Trump has stalled on relations with Cuba so he would probably want to keep this one. November 3, 1997: The National Emergency With Respect to Blocking Sudanese Government Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Sudan implemented economic and trade sanctions. Was this a response to Darfur or to Osama bin Laden moving his base to Sudan? Either way, the change in State-sponsored violence levels against the Fur people and the birth of South Sudan would probably mean this one could be scrapped. The rest are here:
  13. I keep checking AOC's wiki page and yep, it says she majored in Economics. Did she attend any lectures? She seems to believe that, now NYC won't be giving Amazon $3 billion in tax rebates, they will be able to spend that money on teachers, fire fighters and the subway. If I was NYC I wouldn't be offering mega-corporations any discounts to move there either but at least I would understand how tax rebates work. She literally thinks that NYC will now have an extra $3 billion to spend on services. Who was her lecturer at Uni, Diane Abbott?
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    The Culture Wars

    And now, it's semi-official:,amp.html
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    The Culture Wars

    Latest on the Jussie Smollett gay/race hate crime: After seeing the video footage of the two men walking around the area of the crime at approximately the correct time, Smollett gave police a positive ID and the two men were tracked down by authorities. These are the two white supremacist, Trump-supporting, gay bashers: So, as if their gay- and race-hate attitudes weren't bad enough, they have exacerbated the situation by issuing photos of themselves in blackface. OMG! These people are monsters! Meanwhile, like any normal victim, Jussie has hired Harvey Weinstein's PR firm and Michael Cohen's defence lawyer.
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    If money was no object...

    In fact, about 6 or 7 years ago I did buy a share in HKR.