Germany Routs Brazil

Despite supporting Germany to win the World Cup, I was still shocked at today’s routing of Brazil. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team collapse, especially a team like Brazil known for it’s quality. I almost think Brazil should have dragged 11 random guys out of the stadium crowd and had them play the Germans instead. This isn’t to say that the German team was excellent, they were, and they made some history today.

Looking forward to see who the Germans play next.

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World Cup 2014 Thoughts: US Men’s Team

I have to say that I think the U.S. Men’s National Team did decently this time around in the World Cup. They still had some moments of their past mediocrity but in general they acquitted themselves well in a very competitive group. It was called the Group of Death with good reason after all. At least I didn’t have a moment as I’ve in previous World Cups where I thought the Women’s National Team would make a better showing against the other nation’s men’s teams. (Don’t think the WNT is good? Check their record compared to the MNT.)

So while still scratching my head in puzzlement over the absence of Donovan from the roster and the unfortunate injuring of Altidore I think overall the USMNT is on its way to improving it’s international competiveness. For the team they have much to look forward to in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia (if it remains there, but that furball of a mess is another issue).

For now I shall go on to supporting the remaining teams I favor: Germany and Columbia.

2010 Olympics

The 2010 Olympics are upon us and being this Friday, February 12, with ski jumping qualifications and the opening ceremony. I think maybe the only sport I’m uninterested in is curling. Hopefully broadcasts will be a little more balanced in their coverage in some sports, but that’s difficult given the limited airtime.

Websites of interest:
Vancouver Olympic Games Medals Results Sports : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

NBC Olympics

Short commentary takes

OK, been a while since my last post so I’m catching up on some events and things I wanted to say.

  • Congrats to the Washington Huskies for winning the WCWS Softball championship. Go PAC-10!
  • Obama’s latest foreign tour. I don’t care so long as he doesn’t keep weakening US positions by apologizing and kowtowing to our enemies, especially the Islamic nations. The Islamic states want to be treated with respect and fairness, they need to reciprocate and stop oppressing the non-Muslims in their nations. Nothing Obama says will alter the thinking of those who hate America, they’ll simply look for any excuse.
  • GM filing for bankruptcy. All I can say was I saw this coming last year when the government was feeding the American public the bullshit about the auto companies being to big to fail and therefor needing a bailout. How is that change working for you all now?
  • Continued rising unemployment. Duh. Thank the morons in government and the greedy pigs running the nations financial institutes and corporations sending US jobs overseas.
  • California Supreme Court rules on Prop 8. Not unsurprising they wimped out on making the decision. I suspect it’ll go to the US Supreme Court and Prop 8 struck down under the precept of equal treatment under the law. People need to remember why the United States has a Constitution to guide our democracy: to prevent tyranny of both the majority and minority. Just because the majority vote for something, does not mean it holds with the ideals of equality in the eyes of the law and justice in this nation.
  • North Korea and it’s fear mongering. I hope people realize that it’s decades of appeasement that have put the world in the position of this rogue state developing nuclear weapons and likely more than willing to share them with other rogue states. Remember, the Korean War never ended. It was only an armistice in place. Perhaps this time around, the DPRK’s backers (China and Russia) will realize the error of their ways and stop supporting Kim Jong Il and his fellow military junta.
  • Osama bin Laden blathering like an idiot again. Nothing new there. Probably feeling the heat now that the Paks are smacking around his supporters that were destabilizing Pakistan.
  • RIP Koko Taylor, Queen of the Blues. I’ll dust off the sax and play some blues in your memory.
  • 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square. Wow, has it really been twenty years? It’s good the Chinese government be called to account for their actions, not that they’ve ever cared what the rest of the world thinks.

Rocket Racing League

Rocket Racing League takes off with new engine, DKNY | News – Cutting Edge – CNET News and Rocket racer remade – Cosmic Log – msnbc.com

I’m happy to see that it appears the Rocket Racing League may be on it’s way to being back on track. It’s kind of strange to see a luxury clothes maker sponsoring a racer but it’s also a good idea but breaking from the traditional and expected sponsors for the RRL may spread its appeal to a wider potential audience.

I hope the FAA deems the crafts safe enough for the proposed exhibit at the Reno Air Races.

Minor Olympic Brouhaha

Controversy Brews Over Lip-Synching – AOL Sports

It’s rather disappointing to see some crazy notion of “perfect” being applied to these two little girls. While it is laudable to try to put your best in such events as the Olympics such activities are a disservice to China’s reputation and credibility as many will point to this as another example of the negative side of China. Both the are cute and the fact that some Politburo member pushed some notion of “Chinese perfection” to replace one girl for another is pathetic. I’m not really surprised given that during the opening ceremony I noticed amongst the children representing the many cultures and ethnicities that there was not one Uighur, Mongolian or other Turkic peoples amongst them.

I also found it sad that there is a perfectly clear picture of the girl used in the ceremony to lip-sync but nothing but a grainy one of the actual singer. I guess over emphasis of appearance over ability is a universal bias, even when appearance is equally “cute” but cute for different reasons.

Sad. Not unexpected, but sad.

News round up

Note: Potential spoilers at bottom of page on Olympic results for West Coast and Hawaiian viewers.

Invisibility cloak one step closer, scientists say | U.S. | Reuters Very interesting stuff, in my opinion. But then I’ve been reading about proposed technology like this for about a decade.

NASA abandons plan to fly new spaceships by 2013 | Reuters This is to be expected given the lack of funding available for NASA. Given recent tensions with Russia and potential future unreliability as a result, I think plans to retire the shuttle fleet may need to be reviewed or the government will need to increase funding to NASA to fast track Orion. I doubt either option is palatable in Congress given the current economy and world turmoil. Neither is allowing Russia, with its currently anti-Western leanings, to have sole access to the ISS in the immediate future.

Northrop contract for U.S. patrol plane upheld | Politics | Reuters
Good to finally have that dispute settled. I, for one, am getting tired of complaints being filed simply because I company lost a contract. Yes, there is a need to ensure fairness but it’s annoying when protests seem to be made more for spite than anything else.

Boeing may not bid on $35 billion tanker deal: report | Politics | Reuters Interesting, if true, though I doubt any aircraft company capable of competing for a contract would simply bypass an opportunity given the current lean times for the aerospace industry.

Half of all Americans have poor eyesight: study | U.S. | Reuters
I believe it.

Bush could weaken Endangered Species Act – CNN.com
*sigh* Bush and his ilk just don’t get it. What good is business and
projects if there is no environment left in which to run their
businesses and projects. I think the little protection and caution the
EPA provides is a good thing. Removing that protection and letting
agencies biased in favor of projects is like putting the fox in charge
of the hen house. The fox and its cubs will be fat and sassy for a short time but
eventually will starve to death. This attitude that business and the
environment cannot coexist needs to be eliminated from political
thought.

Russian-Georgian War

Polish, Ukrainian, Baltic leaders to visit Georgia | Reuters Well they are the ones who face the greatest threat from Russia’s current belligerence given the West’s rather lackluster response to the invasion of Georgia.

Anti-Russia protests over invasion of Georgia:
Anti-Russian protest by pro-Georgians outside London embassy – Telegraph

Georgians hold anti-Russia protest – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

And Russia’s counter: Russians decry Western “propaganda” over crisis | Reuters My previous posts about the conflict shows the double standard Russia applies when it comes to “propaganda”. The article itself ends with some hilarious propaganda claims. Don’t want to be called an ‘aggressor’ and a ‘militant empire’ then maybe Russia should not have behaved as one by invading Georgia. The U.S. has taken its knocks over the years by the international media over just about everything, including Iraq and Afghanistan. What Russia has done makes the U.S. look positively kittenish.

Olympics

I’m pleased to see the continue success of the U.S. swim team, both men and women. Phelps is one step closer to reaching his goal.

The energy from the crowd at the women’s water polo match between the U.S. and China was pretty amazing, with the crowd being pretty vociferous for both teams. It was almost as interesting to observe as the game itself.

In Women’s Basketball, Team USA defeated China. Russia squeaked by the ROK.

Azerbaijan scored it’s first medal: a gold in men’s judo. I always like seeing the smaller contingents succeed.