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26  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Would eastern and western Ukraine be better off going their separate ways? on: February 24, 2014, 05:59:09 pm
Russia putting troops into Ukraine is very, very, very unlikely, unless the streets are in open revolt and they are 'invited' to enter. Which, with Yanukovich now out of office, is unlikely to happen (and was never likely in the first place).

Ukraine will sort itself out eventually.
27  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: South Australian Parliamentary Elections Thread (March 15, 2014) on: February 23, 2014, 07:47:40 pm
I think the undecideds will break very, very strongly to Labor. If they don't already hate him, they're not going to be in an anti-Weatherill mood come election day, surely?
28  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 23, 2014, 07:45:29 pm
If only Australis didn't have 2/3rds the population, and the summer games weren't significantly more competitive Sad
29  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: February 23, 2014, 07:44:27 pm
Beautiful, looks like fun.
30  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: February 23, 2014, 07:42:32 pm
Get your own thread, Eurotrash.
31  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 23, 2014, 01:36:42 pm
Closing ceremony much, much better than the opening.
32  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: South Australian Parliamentary Elections Thread (March 15, 2014) on: February 23, 2014, 09:39:47 am
I'm thinking it'll be significantly closer. Both parties to be in the 20-25 range, and while I have the Libs winning with 24 seats, I can definitely see Labor holding on. I'm giving the Libs Mt. Gambier, though, and not confident of it, so it could be a minority givernment/held up by the Independents.
33  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Tasmania 2014 on: February 23, 2014, 09:33:59 am
As quietly optimistic as I am for the ALP in South Australia... I have none of that for the Tasmanian result. It'll be a convincing win for the Liberals, and to be honest, it's probably not such a bad thing. Labor haven't done a bad job necessarily in Tasmania, but change is required. And when, by 2016, everyone in Tasmania hates the Liberals again, it goes a long way to getting Abbott out of office Wink
34  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 21, 2014, 05:48:07 am
...and she's third in the semi after the Swede went haywire. Oh well :/
35  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 21, 2014, 05:42:04 am
Holy moly Katya Crema is in the semis of the skicross. Middle Park Primary represent Tongue
36  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 20, 2014, 11:40:40 pm
As a neutral, the adjudication was questionable, but not as biased as the Russian win in the women's figure skating Tongue
37  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mitt Romney says Sochi Olympics wasted "billions" of dollars. on: February 20, 2014, 01:51:09 pm
Yeah, Barcelona has ended up with some white elephants - most tragically, the iconic diving pool - but the Olympics were the keystone of a major renewal of the city.
38  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mitt Romney says Sochi Olympics wasted "billions" of dollars. on: February 20, 2014, 02:44:45 am
I'm fairly confident Melbourne has made back the cost of the 1956 games hundreds and hundreds of times over. Yes, it was much cheaper back then, but the Olympic precinct in Melbourne is perhaps one of the best sporting zones of any city in the world. It's been through facelifts and changes over the decades, but it is still fundamentally thanks to the Olympics that those facilities in that area exist. There's a direct link from the Olympics to Melbourne hosting the Australian Open, as the most international example.

That said, it was a lot less expensive and a long time ago. But before the games Melbourne and Australia were barely known to the world. After them, even if an 8 year old only spots Melbourne on a map of Olympic host cities, that kid has an impression of the city as being part of the cities of global importance, at least a little bit more than they otherwise would have. In terms of Australia as a while, there's very little doubt to my mind that after 1956 Australia became more well known, and after 2000, more well liked (at least briefly).

Sydney doesn't have the same heritage as being a city of sporting prominence, despite the games, but is now firmly cemented as a city of global importance. Not a London or Tokyo, but pretty much level with Hong Kong and Chicago, which has importance for that city's economy in more ways than just sport.

The issue is how much is spent on venues that aren't used. The olution is to use the bloody venues, and also to turn the two weeks into an advertisement for the city and country in question. London attempted this with things like having the race walking going down The Mall, and was reasonably sucessful, although the ones that really succeeded were Barcelona and Sydney. Pre-Olympics, Barcelona was an important city but certainly not globally recognised, now it is as easily recalled as Madrid. Before the games, Sydney was the bridge and the opera house, afterwards it was the spirit of the volunteers and the genuine friendliness of the people of Australia that was the take-away, along with the sun, sand, and sea. If you host the Olympics with a clear idea of what you want the world to see, you win in the long run. The problem is, sometimes the spotlight can backfire...
39  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Rich Kids of Instagram. on: February 20, 2014, 02:16:43 am
This should be renamed "Nouveau Riche Kids of Instagram", tbh.
40  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 17, 2014, 06:17:21 pm
That's pretty squiffy, tbh.
41  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 17, 2014, 01:25:08 pm
Morris is going to get the solver or brinze...

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both would be better than expectations...

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Crash!

I feel bad about this smile, but... Surprise Silver!
42  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 17, 2014, 01:17:58 pm
HE STICKED IT!
43  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 17, 2014, 01:11:40 pm
Might be in for a medal in the men's aerials - David Morris has made the final 4, and still has a quintuple jump in his repertoire, so if he lands it would be very unlucky not to get a medal.
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: February 15, 2014, 05:30:28 pm
I'm very close to just locking this thread. Lift your game people.
45  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 14, 2014, 03:46:57 pm
Lasilla got a bronze, which means our last realistic gold chance is Chumpy Pullin in the Men's Snowboard Cross.
46  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Was boycotting the 1980 Olympics the right decision? on: February 14, 2014, 05:44:58 am
Not as dumb as the Netherlands and Spain boycotting 1956 because the USSR was allowed to attend following the Hungarian revolution.

In Melbourne, btw.
47  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 14, 2014, 05:41:57 am
4 Aussie women in the Aerials final, all genuine medal chances. The Chinese are probably stronger though, except that we have reigning Gold medallist, Lydia Lassila, who wipes out a lot more than most, but also goes for the biggest jumps. if she lands them, she wins... but *if* it a real question.
48  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Would you watch curling outside of the Olympics? on: February 12, 2014, 02:04:25 pm
95,000 spectators for a curling match is pretty amazing tbh. I doubt the Commonwealth games got 10,000 to the final of the lawn bowls in Melbourne.
49  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 12, 2014, 01:30:06 pm
Silver! Lovely Smiley
50  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The OFFICIAL 2014 Winter Olympics Thread on: February 12, 2014, 01:26:29 pm
We have a medal! Either silver or Bronze to Torah Bright Smiley
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