Essendon Win (Well, The Second Half At Least)

COLLINGWOOD 8.4 14.6 19.8 22.10 (142)
ESSENDON 1.1 2.2 7.4 11.7 (73)

Collingwood: Sidebottom 4, Fasolo 4, Blair 3, Howe 2, Moore 2, Greenwood 2, Cox, Oxley, Smith, De Goey, Adams
Essendon: Grimley 2, Fantasia 2, Langford, Brown, Daniher, Stokes, Kelly, Cooney, Merrett

Collingwood: Sidebottom, Pendlebury, Treloar, Fasolo, Reid, Adams
Essendon: Kelly, Fantasia, Hartley, Zaharakis, Goddard

Collingwood: Varcoe (hamstring)
Essendon: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: O’Gorman, Schmitt, Jeffery

Official crowd: 85,082 at the MCG

Brave Bombers Can’t Hold Geelong Out

ESSENDON 2.2 5.4 6.5 6.6 (42)
GEELONG 2.3 5.6 6.13 9.18 (72)

Essendon: Zaharakis, Laverde, Merrett, Brown, Fantasia, Stokes
Geelong: Motlop 2, Caddy, Stanley, Gregson, Cockatoo, Bartel, Lang, Smith

Essendon: Zaharakis, Merrett, Hartley, Cooney, McDonald-Tipungwuti
Geelong: Duncan, Dangerfield, Selwood, Lonergan, Taylor, Motlop, Caddy

Essendon: Jayden Laverde (shoulder), Mitch Brown (nose)
Geelong: Shane Kersten (calf) replaced in selected side by Jake Kolodjashnij

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Hay, McInerney, Mitchell

Official crowd: 42,723 at the MCG

Powerful Lesson For Bombers

PORT ADELAIDE 7.3 11.5 14.8 17.10 (112)
ESSENDON 1.4 4.6 4.7 7.9 (51)

Port Adelaide: Young 3, Dixon 3, Amon 2, R Gray 2, Westhoff 2, Boak, Ebert, Polec, Byrne-Jones, Wines
Essendon: Daniher 2, Kommer 2, Ambrose, Goddard, J. Merrett

Port Adelaide: Gray, Polec, Broadbent, Pittard, Boak, Wines
Essendon: Leuenberger, Zaharakis, Z. Merrett, Goddard, Kelly

Port Adelaide: Nil
Essendon: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fisher, Stephens, Pannell

Determined Bombers Muscle Demons For Victory

ESSENDON 2.2 7.7 8.10 11.14 (80)
MELBOURNE 1.4 6.4 7.7 10.7 (67)

Essendon: Z.Merrett 2, Brown 2, Daniher 2, Stokes, Hartley, Kommer, Langford, Parish
Melbourne: Kennedy 3, Garlett 2, Brayshaw, Harmes, Oliver, Watts, Hogan

Essendon: Z.Merrett, Daniher, Zaharakis, Parish, J.Merrett, Goddard, Kelly, McDonald-Tipungwuti
Melbourne: Kennedy, Vince, N.Jones, M.Jones, Tyson

Essendon: Fantasia (knee), Matt Dea (nose)
Melbourne: Nil

Reports: Patrick Ambrose for rough conduct on James Harmes in the second quarter.

Umpires: Fisher, Stephens, Pannell

Official crowd: 50,424 at the MCG

Apple/FBI Shenanigans Probably Just Theatre

With the news that the FBI has allegedly managed to ‘crack’ the iPhone allegedly used by the perpetrators of the San Bernardino shootings without the assistance of Apple, I can’t help but wonder what has really been going on.

Did they really need Apple’s help getting into the phone? In all seriousness, I doubt it. With NSA surveillance of just about everything happening online or near-online, the chances of them finding any information that isn’t already in the hands of US government agencies is pretty low.

In fact, I bet they find nothing they don’t already know.

My suspicion is that US authorities do know that devices such as the iPhone are difficult to get into in some instances, and that they have used this particular case to try and make an example of Apple within the context of a very public and emotive case.

“Give us a back door into your devices!” they demand. “Help us protect liberty!” they exclaim.

They just want an easier way.

And Apple stands up and says “you know what? No…”

If a backdoor is provided – (and even if appropriate legal trimmings are placed around the use of it) – it will still be used by law enforcement for purposes in which it should not be used.

Laws only stop those people who are inclined to follow laws. Once a backdoor is in there, hackers will find it and use it.

Bravo to Apple for standing its ground – but when it comes to the privacy of data on your phone – (or any other device) – that horse already bolted years ago.

The authorities can already get at your stuff if they want to – the backdoor will only make it easier for others to get to your data.

This is just theatre.

Improved Second Half Not Enough For New Bombers

GOLD COAST 5.5 11.9 15.14 17.19 (121)
ESSENDON 1.0 5.1 7.5 9.6 (60)

Gold Coast: Lynch 4, Martin 2, Day 2, Hall 2, Ah Chee, Malceski, Lonergan, Miller, Sexton, Prestia, Ablett
Essendon: Stokes 3, Zaharakis 2, McKernan, Daniher, Crowley, Langford

Gold Coast: Hall, Ablett, Rosa, Sexton, Rischitelli, Lynch, Malceski
Essendon: Zaharakis, Stokes, Parish, Z.Merrett

Gold Coast: Kolodjashnij (illness) replaced in selected side by Ah Chee
Essendon: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Hosking, Hay, McInerney

Official crowd: 16,239 at Metricon Stadium

MH17 Final Report Released

The Dutch Safety board has released its final report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in July of 2014.

Here is the summary video of their findings:

Investigations into aircraft accidents are not only important with respect to providing closure for all affected people, they also provide an opportunity to use the collected information to improve safety for the future by allowing airlines and aircraft manufacturers to improve their systems, procedures and aircraft to avoid similar accidents.

While this is considered the “final report”, typically crash investigations are never considered “final” as there is always the possibility of new evidence being eventually unearthed, and a criminal investigating into this accident is still underway.

Most importantly, may the 298 souls aboard rest in peace.

National Nine News – Indian Edition?

While on a brief break from work, I’ve been re-acquainted with just how bad daytime television can be. Just now I was flicking channels, and caught literally the last few seconds of Punjabi News on SBS2.

Have a listen:

Music sound familiar?

Should do – take a listen to the Nine Network Australia’s ident from 1992 to 1995:

Still the one?

Still the music!

Essendon Sink Collingwood In Thriller

COLLINGWOOD 4.2 8.3 12.5 14.8 (92)
ESSENDON 3.2 9.5 11.7 14.11 (95)

Collingwood: Kennedy 2, White 2, Blair 2, Fasolo, Adams, Moore, Elliott, Crisp, Greenwood, Reid
Essendon: Stanton 3, Hocking 3, Hooker 2, J Merrett, McKernan, Goddard, Melksham, Zaharakis, McKenna

Collingwood: Adams, Sidebottom, White, Fasolo, Marsh, Reid
Essendon: Stanton, Heppell, McKernan, Hocking, Zaharakis, Fantasia

Collingwood: Brown (cut head)
Essendon: Nil

Collingwood: Alan Toovey replaced Brodie Grundy in the third quarter
Essendon: Shaun Edwards replaced Elliott Kavanagh in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: O’Gorman, Deboy, Ryan, Armstrong

Official crowd: 42,270 at the MCG

Essendon Go Down In Chappy Farewell

ESSENDON 2.0 5.0 6.2 7.5 (47)
RICHMOND 1.4 4.10 7.12 10.14 (74)

Essendon: Hooker 3, McKenna, McKernan, Howlett, Dempsey
Richmond: Vickery 2, Deledio 2, Maric, Martin, Thomas, Grigg, Miles, Edwards

Essendon: Heppell, Hurley, Hooker, McKernan, Stanton, O’Brien
Richmond: McIntosh, Lennon, Thomas, Deledio, Houli

Essendon: Nil
Richmond: Deledio (possible concussion)

Essendon: Jackson Merrett replaced Conor McKenna at three-quarter time.
Richmond: Sam Lloyd replaced Chris Newman in the third quarter.

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Hosking, Schmitt, Ryan

Official crowd: 37,864 at the MCG.