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July 14th, 2007

Weekend Reflections is on again. Please comment on any topic of interest (civilised discussion and no coarse language, please). Feel free to put in contributions more lengthy than for the Monday Message Board or standard comments.

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  1. July 14th, 2007 at 13:48 | #1

    What a shocker for the Socceroos, hey?!

    But the best team won on the night, by far Iraq were the better team. We still have a massive hole in th midfield (bring in Nicky Carl!) and our defense has gone AWAL.

    The main culprit here is Neil, who as the most experienced defender together with Emerton, should be organising and keeping the back together. Instead, he has been unfit and totally useless. Just like the useless red card he got for himself in the last couple of minuted of the game, for mouthing off? No leadership, no maturity, and totally ineffective.

    Now, our only chance is if the other teams draw and we need to win against the already qualified Thais in Thailand! Not impossible but by far the toughest game yet.

    We so should have played against Argentina, but they cancelled the game we were to have a week after the Uruguay game, ‘cos they thought we were not worth the trip and the trouble so close to their Copa America. We would have lost by 5 goals or so, but it would have woken everyone much earlier!

  2. July 15th, 2007 at 07:56 | #2

    dr haneef

    …. may be connected to the london terror plot. so far, no visible evidence. but they’re going to keep him one way or another- it is the nature of thought police to never be wrong.

    most ozzies imagine totalitarian police states can only happen in a foreign language. those who are a little nervous are relying on the other wing of the party to save them. none have any notion of struggling for self determination.

    their chains are mental, still. but people are beginning to disappear into ‘down time’, and years of uncharged ‘down time’ are real chains. i keep saying: “wake up!” but it is ever more clear that ozzies only understand “baah”, or “mooo”.

    Posted by al loomis at 22:53 | Permanent Link | Comments (0)

  3. gaddeswarup
    July 15th, 2007 at 10:19 | #3

    Hans Rosling and associates seem to have developed a software to present economic data. It looks very interesting. If you have not already seen it, check:
    http://roslingsblogger.blogspot.com/2007/06/debunking-myths-about-world.html

  4. gaddeswarup
    July 15th, 2007 at 13:10 | #4

    About Dr. Haneef,
    After encountering some racism in the early days, I am beginning to feel comfortable in Australia. This incident puts a bit of damper on my enthusiasm. Tomorrow a Telugu poetess and social worker with Mohammed in her name is coming to attend a feminist conference in Townsville. I am already worried about immigration, customs etc. Anyway, I will go to the air-port (she flies via Melbourne) to see how things work out.

  5. BilB
    July 16th, 2007 at 07:47 | #5

    Gaddeswarup,

    Thankyou for that link to Hans Rosling. That is one of the most significant internet finds of the year. Hans Rosling has developed a truly spectacular tool for information animation. I am spreading awareness as broadly as I can.

  6. MikeM
    July 16th, 2007 at 12:45 | #6

    The Times of India reported yesterday, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Indians_Overseas/Australian-Indian_docs_concerned_over_adverse_media_attention/articleshow/2205007.cms:

    QUOTE
    Australian-Indian docs concerned over adverse media attention

    SYDNEY: As media attention on “Indian doctors” refuses to wane even after two weeks since Mohammad Haneef’s detention for the British terror plot, Australian-Indian doctors are concerned this episode may put a cloud on their years of dedicated work in this country.

    Hemchandra Rao, former president of the Overseas and Australian Medical Graduates Association (OAMGA), said: “OAMGA members are deeply hurt by the adverse impact of publicity on Indian doctors, who have been working and helping the health services in Australia for decades.” ….

    Media reports on Haneef and others… are “damaging the reputation of all doctors of Indian origin and even their children who are doctors. Unfortunately, the patients are unable to differentiate the honest dedication of Indian doctors because of the adverse publicity….”

    Many doctors, who have qualified overseas, have migrated to Australia especially since 1970. Forty percent of all doctors in Australia were overseas trained and almost 15 percent of overseas trained doctors in Australia are Indians. A large proportion of these doctors hail from the Indian subcontinent.

    Shailaja Chaturvedi of Hindi Samaj said: “It is high time the media stopped identifying people’s religion and nationality. This episode will have huge implications for ‘Indian doctors’ here and those aspiring to migrate here from India. But I am hopeful that the status we have enjoyed as competent professionals would continue.”

    About 3,000 foreign medical graduates a year are allowed into Australia, many of them under the 457 Visa scheme.
    END QUOTE

    What’s the betting that this monstrous affair is the start of an even worse doctor shortage than Australia already has?

    At least Haneef has been let out on bail although the SMage reports that, “It is unclear where Haneef will live while his case proceeds. During their investigation police allegedly trashed his Southport flat in their search for evidence.”

    Perhaps that’s what John Howard had in mind in remarks reported in The (Calcutta) Telegraph this morning,

    QUOTE
    Howard said the tough laws, introduced in 2004, were necessary “to the very last letter� and opened the door to possibly strengthening them.

    “I believe the present laws are all necessary; I have an open mind as to whether they might need to be strengthened,� he told ABC radio.
    END QUOTE

  7. BilB
    July 16th, 2007 at 14:35 | #7

    Gadeswarup,

    Australia is a mature multicultural society, with a very sophisticated Customs system. Incoming visitors are vetted on a large number of criteria. If your visitor has close links to terrorists then she may have a problem, but if her only connection to the terrorist underworld is having a similar name then she will most likely exit through the green gate.

    The only serious risk to the prospects for overseas medical staff wishing to work in this country is the possibility that the government may correct its massive mismanagement of medical training in this country, something that is unlikely to happen in a hurry.

    As to national perceptions, far more damaging than any possible link to terrorist activity is the deluge of calls directed at homes and businesses, from Indian and other national call centres, pushing dodgy services. These calls have done more to create a local feeling of discomfort with people of like accent to the unwelcome callers. I’ve had two such calls today from some foreign accented person telling me that my phone calls will now be virtually free, all I have to do is give them my personal details and my credit card number.

  8. gaddeswarup
    July 17th, 2007 at 09:20 | #8

    I am pleased to report that Maha Mohammad Jabeen (pen name Mahe Jabeen) came through immigration without any problems. I know her only through a slim volume of poems and met her for the first time yesterday. For the next few days she will be at the conference:
    http://www.feministagenda.org.au/Summit/summitIndex.html

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