Lance Armstrong – Not Innocent Enough

Despite his continued insistence that he is innocent of all charges made by the USADA’s that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the most prestigious event in the sport from 1999 to 2005, Lance Armstong has decided not to continue his fight to clear his name and will now be stripped of all seven of his Tour de France titles.

He issued a statement on his website, Lancearmstrong.com, protesting his innocence but confirmed he will not fight the charges because of being weary of the doping accusations that have dogged him for years.

“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough,'” Armstrong said in his statement.

It strikes me that someone who had protested so strongly for years to clear ones name and retain the titles they vehemently attest to winning without the use of performance enhancing drugs or methods (such as blood transfusions etc) would now suddenly just give up the fight.

Afterall, this is a man who battled against testicular cancer, and came out the other side as a winner. This is not a man, if you believe the hype and his publicists, who simply “gives up”.

Perhaps the fact that the USADA were to present 10 of his former team mates to testify against his use of banned substances, including the blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO), steroid and blood transfusions, as far back as 1996 might have had something to do with his decision to discontinue his contest against the charges laid before him.

Now that he has chosen to simply accept the allegations that he cheated, he will go down in history, not as the superhuman cyclist who was a legend, unmatched and unequalled, but rather the image of yet another sports “hero” who cheated his way to the podium rather than winning on pure merit and sheer talent alone.

There’s an old saying my Mother uses always…..“There’s no smoke without fire”. True, but perhaps Armstrong would have you believe another one – “There’s none so deaf as those who will not hear”.

You’ve Seen How Old Jean Claude Van Damme Is, Right?

Getting on for 51 years of age, Jean Claude Van Damme’s latest advert for Coors beer is really showing his age. No longer blessed with the swooning good looks women used to go weak at the knees at, he is starting to look pretty wrinkled. One would think that an aging star such as himself would have gone under the knife to maintain, stretch and coax every last bit of youth from his ever ageing skin. But it seems that Van Damme has elected for the “Growing Old Gracefully” mantra.

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

Yes, I like my iPhone and no I do not have an iPad. And yes, I found blocking Flash pretty ignorant. Even arrogant. So I have never been an Apple groupie. But like many, I really loved the brand called Steve Jobs. Creative genius extraordinaire and probably the only candidate worthy to be christened the “Rockstar of the computer industry”.

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011. Leader by example. He will probably inspire many thousands of entrepreneurs how to live their lives, even decades after his death.

A remarkable person, that grabbed me most with his speech: How to live before you die. Here we see Steve Jobs delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. In it he talks about getting fired from Apple in 1985, about finding himself, and about life and death.

That Steve Jobs was a genius, a giant influence on multiple industries and billions of lives, has been written many times since he retired as Apple’s CEO in August. He was a historical figure on the scale of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford or Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and set the mould for many other corporate leaders across every other industry

He did what a CEO should: Hired and inspired great people; managed for the long term, not the quarter or the short-term stock price; made big bets and took big risks. He insisted on the highest product quality and on building things to delight and empower actual users, not intermediaries like corporate IT directors or wireless carriers. And he could sell. Man, he could sell.

As he liked to say, he lived at the intersection of technology and liberal arts.

A brilliant man died today of cancer! I wish that another brilliant man is born today to find a cure for cancer !

I’ll end with a quote from the great man himself;

“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

Don’t Mess With Matt Damon

I literally stumbled upon this video the other day. Whilst I’m not one of these bleeding heart lefties who thinks that what spurts out of the mouths of Hollywood’s “A” list should be espoused as genuine political debate fodder, I AM someone who hates idiot American girls, masquerading as someone who has a functioning brain between their ears, when really, it’s more likely than not that they fucked the executive producer to land their first job as a “reporter”…..and I’ll use that LAST term loosely.

Matt was in the US at a “Save Our Schools” rally, along with his Mom who is a teacher, when afterwards, some bimbo reporter asks him if teachers who have “job security” (American for “we can’t just fire your ass”) have no incentive to actually teach America’s children and thus implying that this is the reason for Americas poor educational standards.

I’m not sure which is my favourite bit….the camera man spouting out some made up, conjured out of thin air “fact” that 10 percent of all teachers are bad, and when challenged where he got that little tidbit, replied “I don’t know, aren’t 10 percent of every profession bad?“. Rule number one as a cameraman is to hold the camera and film what’s in front of you whilst keeping your fucking mouth shut. Given how much head this “reporter” must have given to get IN FRONT of the camera, I’m surprised she didn’t tell the cameraman just that!

Or maybe my favourite bit was when this airhead reporter claims that “She (Damon’s mother) was a teacher, I was in school. I’m JUST as educated as she is“……O KAY!! So, going to school and playing the popularity game, dancing like a muppet in cheerleading class (or whatever it is American teens deem essential curricular activities these days) and landing some lame ass job as a supposed reporter does not exactly exhibit a high degree of education now, does it?….Especially when you factor in the possible casting couch.

So well done to Matt Damon……I think he’s fast becoming the 21st century replacement for Chuck Norris 🙂