Getting ready for the Olympics

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  1. Adam B.
    April 2, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    That pretty much sums it up, yes… :(

    I can’t believe anyone would participate in that charade willingly…!

    I mean, the olympics isn’t exactly the emblem of innocence and fair play (wonder how many dinners the members of the olympic committee attend while “”searching for the best place to celebrate the next games”???) but choosing the largest and most powerful dictatorship in the world to host the games is truly distasteful, not to say disgraceful!

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  2. Spanish Dancer
    April 2, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Wow. Welcome to the world stage…

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  3. Nomad
    April 2, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    UK, give us back the OG :lol:

    Well Idon’t think that the sports men are responsable ;

    That’s mean that the politics and the business men didn’t make their job ; too afraid to loose some markets and to sermon this future mighty country when they stance a weake r one, any name there ?

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  4. BuJ
    April 3, 2008 at 12:03 am

    brilliant

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  5. rositta
    April 3, 2008 at 12:29 am

    The world is afraid of China not very much will be done about. Everyone talks a good game but trade trumps all doesn’t it.
    Here is a link to a Tibetan Activist with a link to protest the torch going through Tibet. Visit and sign the please…ciao One more thing, stop buying Made in China.
    http://beijingwideopen.org/

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  6. Hareega
    April 3, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Leave sports alone. The Olympic games is still the only chance for atheletes to gather and compete in peace and good sports (usually). Athletes have achieved a lot of things that politicians could not achieve that’s why I respect them more.

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  7. Valerie
    April 3, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Oh, the nations shouldn’t boycott the Olympic games, and neither should the news networks. The tourists, on the other hand, should.

    That’s how its done. Half-empty Olympic stadiums on TV sets around the world would make a bigger impression than any wind from a politician. And, the pictures will last forever.

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  8. brooklynjon
    April 3, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I agree that national protests of the Olympics have failed even as symbolic gestures. The prevent the atheletes from competing, but accomplish little else. On the other hand, an individual athelete taking a principled stand and refusing to compete would be an impressive display of someone forgoing their own benefit for the sake of an ethically pure stance, which would be admirable.

    Of course, if we really think China is so horrible, perhaps we should be taking greater steps than a pointless boycott of an international Olympic event.

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  9. DomainDiva
    April 3, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    This is the most profound statement I have seen about Chinas’ ‘preparation’ for the Olympics.

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  10. Nomad
    April 4, 2008 at 10:41 am

    if you want to start a boycott, then throw away your computer, I bet lot of its stuff is manufactured in China

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  11. Adam B.
    April 4, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I myself avoid buying chinese goods as often as possible.

    I’m afraid half-empty stadiums is wishfull thinking – there are more than a billion chinese to send in if westerners don’t show up.

    No, I think that athletes should stay away of their own free will, and audiences around the world should avoid tuning in to the games. That would leave an impression! It’s easy for the chinese government to counter any official blokade from western governments – it’s much harder to stand up to and avoid losing face to a silent, civil embargo.

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  12. Valerie
    April 4, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    If they round of Chinese citizens to fill the stadiums, the whole world will know, and the pictures will still tell the story.

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  13. Craig
    April 4, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    if you want to start a boycott, then throw away your computer, I bet lot of its stuff is manufactured in China

    I bet you are right. But boycotts don’t involve “throwing away” merchandise that has already been purchased! And it’s about 10 years too late to be able to buy computer components that aren’t made in China. Even the Taiwanese stuff is outsourced to mainland China, these days. Back in the day (about 1990), I used to make it a point of pride to hand build my own computers from the bets of American and Japanese parts – Japanese monitors, American everything else. Then all the memory started being made in Japan, along with a lot of other integrated circuits, though the circuit boards and motherboards themselves were still available for US manufacturers (mid 1990s). Now even the so-called Japanese stuff is filled with ICs and circuit boards that are fabricated in China. Forget about boycotting China when it comes to high tech electronics. Not gonna happen. Unless all the thousands of chip foundries and board manufacturers who have closed in the last 2 decades decide to re-open, eh? And what are the odds of that happening?

    About the only important Chinese export that can be boycotted is textiles.

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  14. Eric
    April 5, 2008 at 4:16 am

    Valerie: Great ideas. BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT.

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  15. Adam B.
    April 5, 2008 at 9:08 am

    … and lots nad lots of food supplies! Buy thai noodles!

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  16. san123
    April 5, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    I think that politicians from other countries shoud boycott the Olympics and thus not go to see the games and the opening ceremony. Well, it would be a weak symbolic statement and probably not very realistic as for obvious reasons the politicians would not want to affront the Chinese government.

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  17. EgyptianKangaroo
    April 6, 2008 at 7:42 am

    and your point is ??? ….. mate look in your own backyard before pointing at others. When Egypt hosts the African cup or any other tournament why don’t you call for a boycott especially with what goes on in Egyptian police station. I don’t really think the Egyptians have a say here. Think we need to clean up our mess first than look at clean someone else’s.

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  18. Nomad
    April 6, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I maintain that we should not impose to the sportmen this moral dudty : their whole time and energy are devoted to competition without borders ; let them go to China and get all the medals, the chinese “proudness” will suffer enough with that.

    Now, as far as boycotting chinese goods, it’s up to anyone ; I myself don’t buy their cheap merchandises, except that I like to go in their good restaurants in France.

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  19. karen
    April 6, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    The IOC chose China knowing its human rights record. That is where the problem lies. Also, that the Munich Olympics went on after the Israeli athletes were murdered tells me that to some, sports are more important than people’s lives.

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  20. tedders
    April 6, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    “Also, that the Munich Olympics went on after the Israeli athletes were murdered tells me that to some, sports are more important than people’s lives.”

    I don’t see it that way at all Karen. If the games had been cancelled then the murdering sociopath terrorists that killed the Israeli athlete’s would have won. The IOC owed it to the victims to continue the games, I believe those murdered athletes would have wanted the games to go on. The idea that because the games went on meant that officials felt the games were more important than human life is, in my opinion, false. By the way, everyone of the people that helped plan and carry out the Munich massacre were in turn exterminated by the Mossad.

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  21. karen
    April 6, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Tedders,

    Have you read Vengeance by George Jonas? I read a long time ago. It’s good.

    Anyways, I guess from what your saying is that we shouldn’t mix politics and sports, period. I remember those games (Munich) and even as a child, the rest of the event meant nothing to me. Those games were overshadowed by politics. They were ruined in my opinion.

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  22. tedders
    April 6, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    ” Those games were overshadowed by politics. They were ruined in my opinion.”

    Yeah, kind of an understatement there. It was the terrorists who tried to make it a political event, they were successful at that but I think they failed in their enormously in the long run, their actions only fomented disgust and hatred for their evil deeds and did their cause much harm. If anyone mentions the Munich olympics you know what image comes to mind but I still think it was a failure for the terrorists.

    I was fortunate to have gotten to visit the olympic complex the summer of 2000, it’s an amazing work of architecture. All I could think of at the time was what a cowardly act had taken place by a pack of armed criminals and thugs.

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  23. tedders
    April 6, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    “Have you read Vengeance by George Jonas? I read a long time ago. It’s good.”

    No I haven’t, I’ll put that on my to read list though, thanks! :)

    Wasn’t that the book that “Munich” the movie was based on?

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  24. winston
    April 7, 2008 at 3:14 am

    This is very powerful! Thanks for sharing this. China is a disgrace to humanity and dignity of mankind.

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  25. joyce
    April 7, 2008 at 3:19 am

    One can only hope that exposure to the civilized world will have a positive impact on China in the long run. I think the people of China will eventually pressure their Communist government to reform itself politically.

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  26. karen
    April 7, 2008 at 4:02 am

    I think it was Tedders. I didn’t see the movie, but I think it wasn’t as good as the book, if I remember correctly ( or it added a kind of ideological twist that wasn’t in the book or intended by the author, George Jonas). It was so good that I plan on reading it again.

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  27. Xylo
    April 7, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Chinese atrocities have been known for decades. The question is why the Olympics were awarded to China in the first place.

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  28. Mac
    April 8, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    DAMN! That is one POWERFUL poster!

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  29. jodiann
    September 17, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I have being working to get in the olympics

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