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Posted in: Fijian Drua, Melbourne Rebels qualify for the Super Rugby playoffs, eliminating Crusaders See in context

By this time next week they will be out. Hurricanes, Chiefs, Blues and Brumbies will be in the semis. Canes will win this year.

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Posted in: Israel describes a permanent cease-fire in Gaza as a 'nonstarter,' undermining Biden's proposal See in context

Of course. Until Israel has made itself safe from the constant terrorist attacks, and until every single hostage is returned or accounted for and until every single Hamas terrorist is eradicated - why would Israel end it's campaign now? Keep going Israel - you've got this!

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Posted in: Israel vows to intensify operations in Rafah See in context

Israel must be strong, not waiver and fight until every last Hamas terrorist and their supporters are dealt to.

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Posted in: Iran fires air defense batteries in provinces as sound of explosions heard near Isfahan See in context

Iran have brought this upon themselves.

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Posted in: G7 leaders condemn Iran, warn of risk of escalation See in context

With Israel under attack from all sides and much of it being sponsored by the terrorist state, Iran. It is completely just for them to launch a counter attack against the Islamic state. They will simply being starting a conflict that the US will relish finishing off for them.

Israel is going hard and they are being brutal - no doubt. But given the constant attacks they suffer who can honestly blame them?

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Posted in: NZ beats Fiji in Hong Kong Sevens quarters See in context

Magnificent double win from NZ men and women at HK. It seems the return of injured stars and a settling after the change of coach have NZ poised to resume their natural position at the top of the tree.

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Posted in: Muslims in Japan serve up curry for quake-hit Noto residents See in context

I don't understand why it is news what their faith is?

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Posted in: Most-capped All Black Sam Whitelock to retire from all rugby See in context

Along with Brodie Retallic he formed the greatest lock-pairing the game has ever seen.

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Posted in: 20-minute red cards? Rugby could be about to shake up its sanctioning process See in context

Not a moment too soon. Watching the last RWC being ruined by a subjective call leading to one team having 14 players was a massive stain on the legitimacy of the game. In the SH 20min RCs are the norm and it simply works better.

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Posted in: Women break into world of Japan's 'masculine' noh theater See in context

More power to them I guess. Noh, like kabuki is one of the most painfully boring experiences imaginable.

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Posted in: Israel frees two hostages; Palestinian TV says 74 killed in assault See in context

Hamas and its supporters must know by now that this is a result of their horrific attack on Israel in October. Israel will not (nor should) stop until every single hostage is accounted for. The cost to Gaza has been huge - but it is a self-inflicted cost. Sadly - all the anti-Semites commenting to the contrary expose their own ignorance on the issue.

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Posted in: New York to host 2026 World Cup final See in context

oh - SOCCER world cup. Might have been nice in the headline

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Posted in: Erasmus back in charge of world champion Springboks See in context

Great - so another 4 years of doing whatever it takes to slow the game down and not actually play any rugby... yawn!

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Posted in: U.S. conservative talk show host Tucker Carlson says he will interview Putin See in context

It is quite clear from the comments posted here that most people (especially the Americans) desperately need to learn more about the causes of this conflict. In a world where almost all MSM is driven by advertisers needs and clicks as entertainment, Tucker Carlson's long form journalism is actually quite refreshing. You already know he is conservative - but at least he presents in good faith. Which MSM news stations can honestly say that these days?

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Posted in: Barry John, Welsh rugby great, dies at 79 See in context

Perhaps the only 1ist 5/8th of the amateur era that deserves to mentioned in the same breath as the perfect 10, Dan Carter

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Posted in: 2024 Grammys preview: Five big questions ahead of Sunday’s award show See in context

It used to be about music quality. Now it is about branding and diversity. Hard Pass!

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Posted in: Six Nations lacking some star power as Europe's top rugby teams reset in new World Cup cycle See in context

For all the talk about how amazing the 6Ns is. It was THREE SH teams that made it through to the RWC2023 semis. And even though 6Ns ruined the final with their incorrect application of the laws - the world's 2 best teams are still from the Rugby Championship.

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Posted in: New Zealander Schmidt confirmed as new Wallabies coach See in context

This is great for NZ rugby. Having a strong and competitive Australian team is vital for NZ player development. The sabbaticals and seasons spent in Japan's soft domestic tournament just makes our players go backwards.

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Posted in: 'Barbenheimer' sitting pretty as Oscar nominations to be unveiled See in context

That we live in a time when a movie such as Barbie is even in contention for an award shows how far we have fallen as a society

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Posted in: World's richest five men double fortune since 2020: Oxfam See in context

What else does one expect when countries rushed to print money (quantitative easing) during covid? That debt-creation drove wealth directly into the financial markets and drove up the equity of the wealthy's holdings. Exactly as orthodox economics predicted it would. I.e. - it was socialist and Modern Monetary Policy ideas that drove the wealth increase of the already wealthy. And yet - the ignorant will quickly seek to blame this ill-defined set of ideas they dismiss as being 'neo-liberal economics'.

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Posted in: Israeli strikes in central Gaza kill at least 35 as Netanyahu says war will continue for months See in context

Then can be no ceasefire until all hostages have been returned an Hamas (and their supporters) have answered for their heinous crimes. Israel must stay the course.

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Posted in: Foreign English teacher in Japan calls student’s ability garbage; says it was an 'American joke' See in context

If you pay peanuts - you get monkeys.

I was on JET in the mid 1990s. Although I had a post-graduate degree in economics I had zero idea what it meant to be a classroom teacher. I did however receive a salary about 30% more than a fully qualified teacher in my home country, health benefits, social insurance, housing subsidy and professional development.

Skip forward 10 years I was doing the exact same job for 40% less pay and zero benefits as a 'contractor'. Can you guess how that affected my motivation? I valued that job as little as I was valued by the local city office.

Now I am a qualified teacher in my home country teaching in an area I am an actual expert in - running a department. I am listened to by senior management, valued, paid a 6-figure salary and genuinely enjoy the work.

Volumes and volumes have been written about how badly Japan has handled second language teaching; and there is no single solution. However, paying for qualified teachers seems a pretty basic start.

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Posted in: Princess Kako turns 29 See in context

she is a bit of a looker isn't she...

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Posted in: Was 2023 a tipping point for movies? 'Barbie' success and Marvel struggles may signal shift See in context

The MCUs downfall has been Disney's insistence on pushing their woke agenda into their films - they are unwatchable, woke nonsense now, for the most part. Barbie, actually, wasn't much better. In a year that had a masterpiece like Oppenheimer, Barbie's success merely reminds us that people still enjoy unthinking fluff as well.

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Posted in: 'Barbie' leads Golden Globe nominations with 9, followed closely by 'Oppenheimer' See in context

Utterly woke nonsense.

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Posted in: Eddie Jones to be re-appointed as Japan head rugby coach: reports See in context

A terrible move by the JRFU

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Posted in: No Gaza hostage release before Friday, Israel, U.S, say See in context

Israel should be wary of giving terrorist group Hamas any breathing space at all. History shows that they only use times like these to prepare more attacks upon Israel. Scorched earth and the annexing of Gaza is the only real solution for Israel's safety.

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Posted in: This Thanksgiving − and on any holiday − these steps will help prevent foodborne illness See in context

Is Thanksgiving not the weirdest day? It is constantly on movies and TV shows and yet 90% of the world have no idea what is and care even less...

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Posted in: Japan to ban cannabinoid HHCH from Dec 2 after gummies make many ill See in context

Just legalize cannabis. So easy.

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Posted in: Israeli forces cut off north Gaza to isolate Hamas as Palestinian deaths surpass 10,000 See in context

Hamas only have themselves to blame for this result. The people living in the Gaza strip and on the West Bank are clearly not serious about peace as they constantly are attacking the citizens of Israel. At the end of the day when the terrorist group Hamas attacked Israel in such an horrific manner on October 7th they brought response upon themselves. Sadly - the rise of anti-Semitism, particularly from the left wing side of Western politics, is a sad reminder of how we have to go.

Israel must stand strong and do whatever is in their power to rid the middle-east of Hamas and other terrorist groups of their ilk.

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