@ Howard Davies: Howard is on the money. Boxing is …

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@ Howard Davies: Howard is on the money. Boxing is the art of self defence. It gives troubled kids a sense of discipline and self worth.
Police latched on to this as a social rehab tool many years ago. Police Boys Clubs flourished. The anti-boxing brigade should spend a week or a month in a sawdust gym. Kids learn to take a whack on the nose without getting angry. They learn to defend themselves. And you can see them grow. Jamesy Swan is the perfect example of the benefits of this art.
Just ask old Fred. And GK Ross. The Gap gym. I think the anti-boxing brigade would get something really positive to think about.

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Knock-out concussion causes irreversible brain damage
Boxing has a long Olympic Games tradition that gets around the problem of the KO.
Athletes wear protective head gear, get specific points for certain punches and are monitored closely by the ref.
The moment that the ref thinks an opponent cannot properly defend himself or herself, e.g. has difficulty keeping hands up, the fight is over. Three rounds makes it an art of self defence, not a 12 round slugfest.
Professional boxing is different. Chalk and cheese. But it is what people want.
Kostya Tszu epitomised the absolutely magnificent athletes that these pro warriors of the ring actually are.
It is the trainer who brings respectability to the contest.
Johnny Lewis agreed to coach Kostya on one condition only … that it was the trainer’s right to stop the fight if he judged that Kostya would get too hurt if he continued.
Against Ricky Hatton in Manchester, at the end of the 11th round, Johnny did just that, even though the fighters could not be separated on points. Kostya was really dirty on Johnny for a day or so afterwards. But his family thanked Johnny.
We should be targeting UFC, not boxing.
It is disgusting thuggeey that promotes street violence. You can see the difference in the fans it attracts every Sunday arvo at the Olympic Hotel. Appalling and un-Australian.


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@ Domenico. So many people whom you loosely call “deniers” agree with you that action is to be taken to reduce pollution yet disagree strongly with you and those who are loosely termed “alarmists” on the anthropogenic percentage cause of impending catastrophic global warming. And on how to deal with the problem. So both sides are tired of arguing.
However, all scientific argy bargy and arguments of methodology aside, there are serious ethical issues in the debate on catastrophic global warming that will not go away or be silenced.
A major ethical issue for me is this question: How can any alarmist in government or oppositiin or in the general public morally justify the continued sale of fossil fuel coal to other countries?
It seems to be hypocrisy writ large to me.


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Millie and John. Just in case you may have lost touch with Gordon and Norma.
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If young people can so easily say and post just about anything to bully in a public media forum, then it stands to reason that their respect for the privacy of others must gradually be eroded.
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Worked with Joe Croft in DAA in Canberra.
Crofty was a goodhearted bloke and he listened to what everyone had to to say.
That struck me about Crofty. He was a great listener.


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To put King or Queen Canute into perspective.
Four centuries ago, the overwhelming consensus was that earth was, indeed, flat. The “real world” of the day. Then along came Galileo.
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