There is no disgrace in losing away games in the Tri-Nations, but the manner of the South African defeats reveals they are wasting their vast playing resources. A failure to eliminate poor discipline also indicates a leadership problem.
Shame on the South African team management for strong-arming an apology out of former Wallaby Brendan Cannon, for calling de Villiers a clown.
Monday, July 26, 2010
SHOOT: The answer is, do what you do best. Structures work for the Boks, but in NZ they won't be able to kick and chase. So stick to structures and run when you're in the opponent's 22. I don't think, given the current squad, that running would work. The kiwis and wallabies are both choosing the freer, running style. If we want to compete with themon their terms we'll have to usher in new, fleet-footed, younger Boks who can also run.
But let's face it, right now our chances of success in 2011 aren't looking good.
You may have noticed the countdown to the Soccer World Cup. The newspapers did it, some websites joined in. It has come and gone and left something of a vacuum in its place. Maybe you are counting down to the end of your work week, or to your next birthday, or the next time you see your loved one. Perhaps its a countdown to payday, or to your next holiday. Maybe you're waiting for a new phase in your life. Or for someone to call. Or for the economy to change. Maybe you're waiting for an email or for permission. But the truth is, there is a time for patience, and for action. What do I mean?
There are many factors beyond our control. And when whatever it is we are waiting for finally happens, or turns out different to how we expect, or doesn't happen at all - then we have merely invested ourselves in faith and hope. If we love our lives, and if we're conscious of the fact that death is a certainty, then we should value time, and our time with each other.
What we all have control over is the work we do. Preparation. Think of it as training. Then, when race day arrives one is best able to perform. And if race day doesn't arrive, or comes along in a guise that is not quite what we expected, at least one is in a state of healthy readiness.
I am referring to many things of course. Perhaps one fears the onset of an economic depression. Or a divorce. Or matric. Or the onset of winter. Should one wait for it, or prepare? How can one prepare? What can one do? The answer is, of course, a lot. We can cut down our expenses, or stop wasting energy. We can begin to transform our mindset beyond a 'growth at all costs' mindset, and focus on what we know is more effective. We can pursue alternatives. Whatever it is we are waiting for, I would like to encourage you not to wait.
A movie said it best: Get busy living, or get busy dying. Action, doing, making decisions and acting on them - is how we live. If you have no idea what you can do, do the most simple thing. Move your body. Exercise. Often. Because having your health counts for a lot in world where 28 million around the world are dying of cancer. And what about them? Do you wait to die? Or do you get on your bike and somehow, through sheer act of will, through preparation, keep cancer at bay.
Because cancer is a good metaphor for entropy, for those unhealthy, unsustainable habits. Endless TV and movie watching, endless excuses. Watching, learning, reading - none of that is living. It is waiting. It is a lethargic approach to one's body and mind. In fact when the mind is filled with pernicious thoughts, and our habits are a cycle of non-activity, the body begins to respond in a way that simulates sickness. One of the reasons that drives this lethargy is loneliness, or isolation. I know I am prone to this. I can be a little anti-social, and let's face it, social media is making more and more of us more and more prone not only to being anti-social, but worse, not knowing how to interact with those around us. Not knowing how to disagree,or how to have arguments, or how to resolve issues. The result tends to be alienation. This isn't good for anyone. Why?
Social connectedness is important to Ilardi. In The Depression Cure, he argues that the brain mistakenly interprets the pain of depression as an infection. Thinking that isolation is needed, it sends messages to the sufferer to "crawl into a hole and wait for it all to go away". This can be disastrous because what depressed people really need is the opposite: more human contact. More.
Exercise is the opposite. It is a healthy and creative response that embraces the world and participates in it. It's good for you. Please do not continue to waste your time. Answer the question: what should you get busy with in order to be best living out your life? Decide what you should do and do it. Go out there. You have a gift to give the world. Please give it. Today. Right now. If you can do this you stand to gain living a full life with all its joys and riches. Whenever you choose to exercise your choice to involve yourself in the world, you stand to gain the experience that knocks on your door each and every moment. Living. So what are you waiting for?
The sea reveals itself today to be energised. This vigor fuels the length of the beach so there is a traffic jam of surfers, probably 30-40 of 'em, jostling for space.
The water is unusually brisk. It's another one of those days where you have to be on top of your game because the size of the waves demands it. I see a cormorant diving around for lunch, and notice a longish fish dart through the lime green shallows.
In the opening stages of this session I stand on an avalanche that swallows me into a foaming abyss. I windmill through in a standing position, my board glancing by my jaw, then flashing by my shoulder, then feathering a calf, the telltale temporary tugging of my ankle providing the only sense of reality - a tug must mean the board is behind me, being funneled by a wave. When I emerge I clamber back onto my board and ponder the similarities between surfing and being in utero. Suspended in fluid, an umbilicus, and a thundering heartbeat droning through a dark though milky emulsion. Birth and light - intertwined.
I seem to have made progress as I seem to purchase a few seconds of standing within the sets of animated symmetry.
But, to be honest, I am still struggling to get my one leg higher up on the board, and the inescapable conclusion I have reached is: my big round stomach is in the way. I need to reduce belly size, and being a little lighter can't hurt either. I will have to add a few runs to the week's workload.
Around me body boarders, long boarders and surfers are making the most of the sets moving through. This is also one of the best days I've experienced here. For once there's variety and good vertical size, and also reasonable water depth after the wave break.
Walking back, I'm amazed and grateful for the opportunity to spend a Sunday afternoon in this way. If you're in Bloemfontein, what is there to do that comes close to this?
"First there were caravans, then 4x4s, and now people are investing in mountain bikes so they can be outdoors."
And, of course, mountain biking has more surprises than road cycling. Swarming bees on the Karkloof cross-country race last year forced cyclists to divert into the forest.
This year the Mabalingwe Lion Man Mountain Bike Race in the Waterberg in May had close to 1500 riders - a tenfold increase on 10 years ago. The Lion Man is the only race in a Big 4 nature reserve, although the riders of the tough 80km course are probably going too fast to do much game watching.
SHOOT: I think if you can combine Mountain Biking with the elements that make up hiking and game viewing, well that's got to be a winner.
SHOOT: Problem is you might not be able to find it.
Everything will reflect in this -- the trees, the birds, the
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Were mortgage debt to shrink by even half of $4tn [for example, if homeowners crystallised the debt by defaulting], the US economy would slump
"On the balance of probabilities it seems that, in at least one quarter in the next three, US GDP will record a quarter-on-quarter decline. Such a development would excite talk of a 'double-dip' recession. But it should, more accurately, be interpreted as evidence of an economy in depression."
SHOOT: No one has dared use the 'D' word...until now. Of course energy prices [at a premium] have driven and will continue to drive world economies to ruin. A new system has to be derived, one that does not involve growth or fossil fuels.
The possibility of an investment-led recovery is not the only reason to be cheerful cited by bulls on Wall Street.
He ignored the museum's last-ditch attempts to preserve the site, located below the open-air museum, by using materials other than those from which the original structures had been built.
SHOOT: One word - greed.
"We determined that T rex, in fact, grouped with birds - ostrich and chicken - better than any other organism that we studied. We also show that it groups better with birds than modern reptiles, such as alligators and green anole lizards."
And Smit, in fairness, has not been the only senior statesman in the Springbok side to look unacceptably off the pace, despite doing certain grapple ‘n grunt tasks to fair enough standards.
We are not seeing great rugby either, at present, from iconic men like Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana, while all of Zane Kirchner, Wynand Olivier, Morne Steyn, Pierre Spies and Schalk Burger can hardly be branded automatic, confident shoe-ins for the New Zealand challenge on the Highveld.
SHOOT: Where is Francois Steyn? Meanwhile the Currie Cup presents a great opportunity to look at the CV's of a few new players - and coaches.
In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks.
SHOOT: This can't be good.
61 percent of Americans "always or usually" live paycheck to paycheck,
83 percent of all U.S. stocks are in the hands of 1 percent of the people
66 percent of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans
36 percent of Americans say that they don't contribute anything to retirement savings
A staggering 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved up for retirement
24 percent of American workers say that they have postponed their planned retirement age in the past year