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SPORTS CODES AWASH WITH DRUGS

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

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What we hear about is only the tip of the iceberg because media has paid many millions for rights and they, and the clubs, fear adverse publicity. I am not saying these drugs are taken for enhanced performance but more and more players are constantly testing positive to drugs that have been taken in players’ own free time.

Deals have been done between clubs and code administrators whereby players are given the option of being reported in the normal way or taking time off on the basis of a perceived mental illness or pretend injuries, to attend rehab centres.

I can’t divulge any names on the lists provided to me from various sources as they are mere sources and I have difficulty getting confirmation from any authority... and players hang up as soon as the word drug is mentioned.

But my experience is that when this many unrelated sources confirm a story, then something big is afoot that mainstream media will not (or cannot) touch.

The main drug concerned is cocaine and I can’t see how that could be performance enhancing... it is usually taken as a party drug with indigenous players reportedly concentrating on ice. 

I have no idea how ice will affect a player’s performance but the amounts the Federal Police are hauling lately are astonishing.

Border Force Commander Sheehan said a total of five tonnes of methamphetamines and precursors to the drug has been seized in the past six months. Ice is cheaper but cocaine is more readily available.

"The commercial scale of drug trafficking comes hand in glove with the potential for violence, as evidenced in Western Sydney by the seizure of an increasing supply of illegal hand guns," Commander Sheehan said.

Increased police monitoring of night clubs using sniffer dogs has seen record amounts of a variety of drugs seized. Yet as soon as a large seizure is made, the same, if not more of the same drug, immediately fills the void. “It’s a losing battle”, another officer said.

                            Over $1 billion worth of ice in various containers

Pics of AFP Officers standing behind these massive drug hauls, serve the AFP well in terms of them doing their job, but the unfortunate results for users are devastating. 

Once a shortage is established the street price immediately increases convincing backyard factories to mushroom and new suppliers to ramp up production. The quality is then invariably poor, depending on what is laced with it to increase quantities.

The problem will never be solved with prohibition, just as prohibition never solved the alcohol problem. Cheaper and dangerously poisonous industrial alcohol, used during the early 1920s and 30s, killed 10,000 users who frequented the speakeasies of New York alone. 

The skyrocketing cost, and harmful effects of alcohol, has convinced many that party drugs are the go, and well worth the risk.

Overdosing today is common, but the reason for so many deaths is that users continually try to achieve the same ethereal effect they had the first time they used it.That just doesn’t happen, so they keep taking the stuff, “chasing the dragon”, until the amount, maybe not the poisonous nature of the substance itself, kills them.

I know you guys think I’m mad, but sooner or later there must be some control. Drugs must be regulated eventually. What we do now is simply not working because people will always take what they want. And the illegality makes it that much more attractive, as alcohol once was.

                                            Stoned kids, could one be yours?

Footballers will do what they want to, but we cannot allow our kids to die needlessly any longer. You can’t keep asking your kid to abstain from whatever his or her peers are doing. Sooner or later he/she will succumb.   

Regulation and the treatment of unfortunately addicted users is far more effective and cheaper than throwing them in gaol and sustaining an entire AFP Border Force that is only exacerbating a worsening drug problem. 



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What have the Saudi's done with what they had purchased up until this sale seeing they are accused of funding and supplying weapons to their proxy militias, the US could be seen to be supplying bullets to shoot US personal somewhere in the Sunni world that doesn't like the USA .

TomG...a couple of new carriers sitting in Sydney harbour spring to mind.

All would be well in tis world if only the Americans could convince the Saudis to "Saudi-ise" all these weapons systems just as we here in Australia spend billions "Australian-ising" the ones we buy from them or the Europeans. That increases the price fourfold, adds ten to fifteen years to the time it takes for them to become operational AND usually results in them not working anywhere nearly as well as the original 'off the shelf' model.

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Not a peep out of Ray Hadley this morning about the NRL plan to bribe the Rugby League players $400,000 p.a per club , to stop them taking narcotics and steroids , stop urinating into their mouths and in public , stop belting their wives and family ,stop physical assaults on the public , stop drunkenness in public thus bringing the game into disrepute and to stop consorting with the underworld . That doesnt leave a lot left for an overpaid , under intelligent Ape to do all day except l suppose training 9 to 5.30 x 5 days per week , like the AFL do.

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Unreason and anti-intellectualism abominate thought. Thinking implies disagreement; and disagreement implies nonconformity; and nonconformity implies heresy; and heresy implies disloyalty — so, obviously, thinking must be stopped. But shouting is not a substitute for thinking and reason is not the subversion but the salvation of freedom.

Adlai Stevenson, A Call to Greatness (1954), p. 99

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“The two countries signed a series of agreements,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters later at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

He said the “total value of investments… (is) in excess of $380 billion”, including by Saudi Arabia in American infrastructure, and US investment in developing the kingdom’s defense industry. “We expect that these investments over the next 10 years or so will provide hundreds of thousands of jobs in both the United States and in Saudi Arabia,” Jubeir said.

Tillerson clarified that almost a third of the total figure is military-related.

In announcing the deal earlier this month, a White House official said Israel would still maintain its qualitative edge in the Middle East.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended the signing ceremony Saturday and will hold a press briefing later in the say

The White House official described the agreements as “a significant expansion of the over seven-decade-long security relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Saudi Arabia is already one of the largest customers of US arms.

The State Department said the wide-ranging deal would cover five specific areas, including border security and counterterrorism, maritime and coastal security, air force modernization, air and missile defense, and cybersecurity and communications upgrades.

“Included are offers of extensive training and support to strengthen our partnership and the Saudi armed forces.”

The package includes tanks, artillery, armored personnel carriers, and helicopters. On the naval side there are “Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships, helicopters, patrol boats, and associated weapons systems.”

The release said that it would also include Patriot and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system (THAAD), which was recently deployed by the US in South Korea to defend against the threat of North Korean missiles.

According to reports earlier this month, the proposed weapons contracts include the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the M109 artillery piece, as well as the Littoral Combat Ship and some $1 billion-worth of munitions, including armor-piercing warheads and laser-guided bombs, Reuters reported at the time.

A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 fighter jet, illustrative (Photo credit: YouTube screen capture)
A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 fighter jet, illustrative (Photo credit: YouTube screen capture)

A preliminary deal worth $6 billion to assemble 150 Lockheed Martin Blackhawk helicopters in Saudi Arabia was separately announced at the Saudi-US CEO Forum held in Riyadh during Trump’s visit.

The programme to “support the final assembly and completion of an estimated 150 S-70 Black Hawk utility helicopters” will support around 450 jobs in the kingdom, said a forum statement.

US defence contractors are major suppliers of weapons to Saudi Arabia, which for more than two years has led a coalition conducting air strikes and other operations against rebels in Yemen.

The new deals come despite mounting pressure on Washington from rights groups to stop arms sales to Riyadh, which has come under repeated criticism over civilian casualties in Yemen.

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