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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sport and politics doesn’t mix and other NZ bullshit


NZ Olympic flame bearer not concerned about protests
A Hamilton man due to carry the Olympic flame through Canberra tomorrow says he expects any protests to be peaceful.
Aaron Fleming, 24, will be one of 80 sports stars, community leaders and unsung heroes to carry the flame through the streets of the Australian capital. Fleming overcame a serious lung ailment as a teenager to train and become a competitive ironman, raising thousands of dollars for charity in the process. He won the right to carry the flame for New Zealand after a nationwide search last year.


You don’t represent me mate, as Tracey Barnett wrote in her open letter to NZ Olympians in the Herald yesterday,

We have four months until the Olympic games. New Zealand Olympians, where are you? Have you lost your voice, or just not found it yet? Whether you like it or not, from the moment you make it to that elite core of athletes who will take to the world stage, you carry a huge responsibility. You started because you loved the sport. But you ended up as a role model in this country with a public voice you may never have asked for, or honestly anticipated.

She does an amazing job of pointing out that our athletes have a moral responsibility to protest at the actions of the Olympic Host and that effort is as important as their focus on the sporting field – to do anything other than that, to silently compete devalues everything they have worked for and junks any success, very much the way Mark Inglis lost all mana when he climbed Mt Everest but left another mountaineer to die on the summit.

4 Comments:

At 24/4/08 12:15 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM ASSUMES THAT PARTICIPATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION IS A NECESSARY COROLLARY OF EXCELLING IN INTERNATIONAL ARENAS IN A GLOBALISING WORLD.BULLSHIT!

A NATION WITH VERY FEW KIWIS AT OUR OWN UNIVERSITIES AND WITH HIGHER EDUCATION PARTICIPATION RATES FOR FOREIGNERS FEELING THE SQUEEZE FROM USER PAYS AND RESTRICTED ENTRY 2009 MUST COME TO AN END SOONER RATHER THAN LATER AS WE ARE ALL SUFFERING NEEDLESSLY UNDER THE CURRENT CORRUPT REGIME AND THEIR "CONGRESSES"?

WE CAN NO LONGER DISREGARD OR EVEN ADEQUATELY COMPETE IN THE NEW KNOWLEDGE OR GLOBAL ECONOMY OF AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND WITHOUT ACCESS TO HIGHER INCOMES LIKE THOSE ENJOYED BY OUR OVERSEAS RIVALS.THIS STATE ENFORCED POVERTY STRICKEN LOW INCOMES HIGHER TAXES MONOPOLY WITH NO TAX CUTS IN THIS YEARS BUDGET BY THE WAY IS JUST A SHAM.THIS HAS HAD A GREATER IMPACT ON INTERNATIONAL ARENAS WITH TAX CUTS FOR LOW INCOMES LIKE IN OZ AT $20.00 A WEEK , BIGGER THAN ITS SIZE OR LOCATION WOULD ATTEST.

BUT THOSE WHO EXCEL ARE RARELY PRODUCTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION ALONE, INSTEAD THEY ARE FARM-GATE (OR SELF EDUCATED) INTELLECTUALS; AND THEIR PURPOSE IS NOT MAD BUT IS TO CHALLENGE THE NOTION THAT EXCELLENCE REQUIRES EDUCATION THAT IS SO AVERSE TO PLAGIARISM FOR EXAMPLE THAT STUDENTS ARE BRANDED AS CHEATS AND MADE TO SUBMIT TO ELECTRONIC DATABASES OVERSEAS LIKE TURNITIN.COM IN AMERICA IF THEY KNOW RUDIMENTARY TECH SKILLS LIKE CUT AND PASTE ON A KEYBOARD!

THESE WEBSITES REFER STUDENTS ONTO LINKS WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE AN ESSAY ONLINE IN YOUR CHOSEN SUBJECT OF CHOICE, BUT WE TUMEKE BLOGGERS PREFER TO LEGITIMISE THE ANARCHIST-UTOPIAN TRADITION IN ADULT EDUCATION POSTING ANONYMOUSLY ON BLOGS INSTEAD WITH NO THOUGHT TO GETTING CAUGHT OUT BY CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY OR UNIVERSITY AUTHORITIES, OR EVEN THE LUGUBRIOUS HELENA CATT AND HER 3 TIRELESS STAFF.

 
At 25/4/08 1:25 a.m., Blogger Paul said...

Dude, please stop with the all caps.

 
At 25/4/08 4:04 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The goals we have set ourselves are ambitious," said the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Raewyn Dalziel, who chaired the Taskforce. "As a university we are committed to academic excellence and to reflecting the diverse communities which we serve."

The Taskforce noted that equity groups include people from lower socio-economic groups and people with disabilities and has recommended that further work needs to be done in collecting data to understand the participation of these groups in tertiary education.

 
At 25/4/08 4:35 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

MEANWHILE, THE SHAH WAS MAKING DRASTIC CHANGES THAT INFURIATED RELIGIOUS MOSLEMS; INCLUDING LAND REFORMS OF LARGE-SCALE MECHANIZED AGRICULTURE AND WHICH REDUCED THE CLERGY'S REVENUES.WOMEN WERE GIVEN THE RIGHTS TO VOTE AND DIVORCE, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL A POLICY OF CO-EDUCATION WAS INTRODUCED.THESE CHANGES HOWEVER WERE INTERPRETED BY CONSERVATIVE MOSLEMS AS ENCOURAGING MORAL CORRUPTION.

ABSOLUTE POWER...
"AND DELIVERS HER LINES SEAMLESSLY";
INTRODUCTION;PAGE 7.
THE HELEN CLARK YEARS.(SORRY PAUL?)

 

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