Australia's decline as an athletic nation has continued at the Edinburgh games.
What we have here is clever, tricky and cynical. It isn't a great big tax it is a tiny one – barely noticeable. After all if 175,000 of us pledge just $1, the Pararoos are saved!
More importantly, in terms of top 50 and 100 world performers since 2000, the decline in walking and field events appears less dramatic than evident by running.
Whereas 31 Australians made the top 50 lists in 2000, the figure had declined to 11 by 2013.
No thanks, men are not confused, as many journalists like to suggest. It's just hard at times to know what to say, without being attacked by someone.
The squeamishness of the public, media and NRL officials alike is, of course, not real disgust but the theatrical performance or pretence of disgust that is used to shame Carney in the context of scandal reporting.
Some countries produce athletes that run faster than others - destiny or drugs?
In areas of our cultural life that are particularly important to us, especially sport and show-business, we are arguably far more tolerant of bad behaviour than would otherwise be the case.
Sport is the new form of international warfare. Countries fight it out on the sporting field rather than the battlefield.
The 2014 World Cup tournament will burn through enough energy before it's over to fuel almost every one of the 260 million cars and trucks in the United States for an entire day, or the equivalent of what 560,000 cars use in a year.
To a certain extent the game is a victim of its own success – so popular it has fallen into the hands of people who wish to squeeze it for every dollar they can make.
The national dialogue surrounding men's violence against women shifts attention from male perpetrators and onto female victims.