Daily Archives: August 12, 2012

Open democratic national debate about US military bases and not secretive and conspiratorial manoeuvres

Armed Forces of the United States will not be establishing military bases in Australia to protect our interests! If conflict arises between the East and the West, Australia should be a neutral player that will help resolve or avert such a conflict and not to be a part of it.

Nana Akyea Mensah of Ghana argued that Africa should not align itself with NATO, AFRICOM, SCO (Shanghai Corporation Organization), the West nor the East:

In a fundamental matter such as this, that has serious implications on our status as an independent nation, that could even mean life or death to Ghanaians, as we have seen in the bombs that continue to fall on marriage ceremonies in Afghanistan, the minimum expectation ought to be an open democratic national debate and not secretive and conspiratorial manoeuvres”.

Australians should also be saying:

In a fundamental matter such as this, that has serious implications on our status as an independent nation, that could even mean life or death to Australians, the minimum expectation ought to be an open democratic national debate and not secretive and conspiratorial manoeuvres”.

“Brisbane Anti-War Co-ordinating Committee” group.
To view this discussion on the web, visit https://groups.google.com/d/msg/bawcc/-/a2cgiClmB9UJ.

Mohamed we adore you

Olympic Rant #18 On the fourteenth day God resumed work

THE squabbles and rancour of this year’s Ilympics were run into the ground on Day 14 as Great Britain, Jamaica and the United States turned in memorable performances.
Britain’s Mohamed Farah was stunning as he held off Ethiopia and Kenya to take gold in the 5000m.

Mohamed Farah

I usually cheer for the African nations in middle distance events as I love their team strategy in running. But my hat and running shoes go off to Mohamed Farahwho won his second gold medal of London 2012 with a thrilling victory in the 5000 metres on the final night of athletics.
Farah was denied any hope of assistance from GB team mate Nick McCormick who failed to make the final.
Here were the other things stacked against Farrah:
# He admitted to tiredness after his win the 10,000m seven days earlier
# He ran 3rd in his heat.
# He was ranked 11th in the world and was competing against seven of those rated above him.
Farah took the front with 700m to go but had little peace. American Galen Rupp sprinted quickly but could not cross the Brit.
Sensing the American might have weakened the leade,r the Africans queued up to have a crack at Farah. He repelled each one and kicked on the home turn.
The fastest runner over the distance this year was Dejen Gebremeskel and he made his move, looking to have Farah’s measure half-way down the straight.
The Brit kicked again and safely held the Ethiopian for a magnificent courageous victory.
             Farah said each of his twin girls due to be born shortly would have a Gold Medal from the London Games. They will be the heroes of show and tell in a few years, especially if Dad is part of the presentation.
USAIN Bolt took his third Gold when Jamaica raced to a world record in the 4x100m relay.
Bolt was a little less certain that Rio 2016 might be beyond him than he was after his 200m win.
I’ve thought about it but I think it’s going to be very hard because Yohan (Blake), he’s just come into the game and he’s running pretty well, and I’m sure there’s going to be a lot more cats coming up to run.
I’ll take it a step at a time.
THE U.S. captured the women’s 4x400m relay and Allyson Felix achieved her third gold medal.
Felix ran the second leg after a brilliant start by DeeDee Trotter gave her a big lead at the first change. American 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross ran the anchor leg and the U.S. won in 3:16.87 – the fastest time run in 19 years.
 Russia was three seconds behind Jamaica took the bronze.
Russia had its revenge when Anna Chicherova won the women’s high jump ahead of American Brigetta Barrett. Another Russian Svetlana Shkolina was third.

           The Chinese are yet to get the knack of track and field and the Americans comfortably were ahead in the medal count in gold and total.

Leaders after Day 14
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Total
1
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44
29
29
102
2
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38
27
22
87
3
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28
15
19
62
4
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21
25
32
78
5
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13
7
7
27
6
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11
19
14
44
7
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10
11
12
33
8
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8
7
8
23
9
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8
4
5
17
10
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7
16
12
35
11
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6
14
17
37
12
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6
6
8
20
13
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6
4
10
14
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5
4
9
18
15
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5
3
5
13
16
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4
5
3
12
17
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4
4
4
12
18
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4
3
5
12
19
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4
2
6
AT Beijing 2008, the count was
Rank
Country
1
36
38
36
110
2
51
21
28
100
3
23
21
28
72
4
19
13
15
47
China’s fall in medals and CB’s rise tell us that in any sporting contest, home field advantage is real.
So let’s hear the Unofficial Official GB London Games Anthem. Take it away one more time.
Bernie Dowling, August 12, 2012