Saturday, August 09, 2008

Stupid things I'm tired of hearing about the Olympics

- Security is very thight in Beijing.
No shit, Mr. Pulitzer, it's a totalitarian regime!

- The opening ceremonies were impressive.
Totalitarian regimes are always good with theatrics.

- At least Mr. Bush mentionned human rights in his speech.
Yes, I'm sure the Chinese didn't 'rofled' listening to this idiot.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to know that I'm not the only one who thinks most of the commentary about the Olympic Games is rubbish...

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ones on radio Canada were pretty trite yeah! Usual stuff about "dialogue de civilisations" etc...

Actually I'd call for a demotion from totalitarian to authoritarian (aka "Shut up and go make money/get screwed" dictatorship) for China, but perhaps I'm wrong!

12:40 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Well, can't say this kind of stuff is unexpected. China's obviously taking advantage of this opportunity to restore their image in the international community. Nothing like watching boring athletic events to take ones mind off tainted goods and human rights violations, eh? It doesn't surprise me that the majority of the mainstream media has bought into the hype as well. At least there was mention of the "proper behavior" advisories and pollution in Beijing.

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Macabre said...

I really don't see why people keep bashing China over how they're acting during this event, they have guests from all over the world visiting one of their most sacred cities...obviously they're going to try to be hospitable, what country wouldn't?

They do the same thing in ANY city on earth that hosts the Olympics...Kick out the homeless, put the area on near military lock-down in this age of terrorism/insane bombers, and suspend peoples right to protest. Do you think that if the Olympics were set in any major city in the US, that anti war protesters wouldn't jump on that shit for some free publicity? American police would keep them FAR away from the camera's, just as China is doing.

I mean, I dont think that what they're doing is right per-say, but its hypocritical to waggle your finger at China like everyone seems to be doing.

Get off your high horse.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Just because we aren't perfect doesn't mean we can't criticize those who are way out of line. (and some of what you say is false anyway)

Seriously, you're comparing apples and oranges. Brutal autoritarian oranges.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Besides I thought this was more about the dumbshit media coverage than anything else.

...but if you'd like to discuss hyprocrisy, let's start with why I can buy lead toys but not Cuban cigars and work our way from there.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

And the definition of totalitarian is:
"Of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed"

So does the government controls ALL aspects of life? They allow some freedoms, but as long as they're not in opposition with government dogma. Does that count as control? I dunno.

But damn, they've put people in jail for bitching about schools that crumbled and killed their kids during the earthquake.

"Yeah so we built shitty school buildings because we care more about turning a profit than your kid's life. What, you got a problem with that??"

Sure, that happens here too. But at least we can sue. That guy who was falsely accused of being the anthrax terrorist got 6 million dollars.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Because kids can't smoke cigars? X-)

12:46 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

XD Dammit Sirk, I had a feeling I should've said "faulty tires" because I knew someone would jump all over that. I was actually trying to point out something about hypocrisy to macabre, i.e., the U.S.' whole relationship with China is hypocritical.
Of course, you got that, Sirk, otherwise you wouldn't be joking, right? :p

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because we still have the embargo on Cuba. Fidel's dead, it should be lifted. I wanna go vacation in Cuba, goddammit. :(

4:20 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Exactly.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, basically a totalitarian state is a bit like a huge cult. It demands a large degree of commitment from each individual, the ideology is everywhere, and basically you don't even have the freedom to think. The basic principle goes, the ideology is the key to paradise on earth/eteral life/victory over anybody else, and problems are thus usually blamed on scapegoats (saboteurs/capitalists/jews/etc...) since the ideology can't be wrong. The main enemies of something like that is the outer world, ie people that don't believe in the ideology and will call you stupid, and the real world problems that make your oversimplified "miracle solutions" fail miserably.

An authoritarian state is more like, they don't care that much about what you think as long as you don't say it (or in other words, you can say whatever you like except criticize the government). Ideology plays a quite more reduced role and pragmatic concerns are more emphasized. Basically, "political power belongs to us".

11:35 PM  
Blogger -D.P.R said...

I think I wanna vacation in Cuba too! And the yummy ladies indoor voleyball team was the perfect propoganda for such a trip. They coincidentally trounced our more masculine looking US team... but clearly wasn't the important part.

I just think it's funny that after all the ballyhoo about how safe it would be, a fatal(albeit "random") stabbing occured, and the assailant committed suicide. Now, if that doesn't scream grandstanding protest, I don't know what does! Shoving it in the face of his government like that! Way to stick it to the man by showing up your heightened security AND not doing it in a "protest zone"! He was truly an hero.

(I'm not trying to make fun of the tragic death of a fellow American, that part is tragic. It's just funny how much media emphasis was placed on said safety, then THAT happened.)

8:30 AM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

It's because they didn't do the safety dance.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Major Spoosh Hallzy said...

Is its Just me or where I live.

But every 30 seconds when your trying to watch Olympics...

The 2008 Olympics was brought to you by Biffy lube, and Fast Eaddy's house of carpets and Blues. In the middle of the athletes doing what ever sport they were doing...

I mean ok they needed Sponsors yes, and its cool these people give out the $$ for them to be there.

But In the middle of a Jump or what ever is going on this is what you get.

Thank goodness that Ron's big house of pancakes was able to Feed are men and women of the 2008 Olympics.. Now they have energy to land that Jump. Thats Ron's house of pancakes.

You see that she Just made that landing.. You know why she was able to make that landing.. Its Thanks to her shampoo yes her shampoo. she would never have been able to jump in the air like that with out s.s shampoo.

So with that I have give up watching the Olympics.. I mean I kid not its like any sport you watch on tv this announcer comes in in the middle of what ever and gives you a small box to see whats happening to talk about shampoo or what ever is crappy product is Sponsored...

So I have given up watching the Olympics... and only read it in the news paper the next day..

If this is not happening to you then please let me know I love to write my cable company and bitch! Thank you.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vactioning in Cuba is easy and cheap ($42 USD a night), well, that and the your soul.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-563791/Greetings-Guantanamo-Bay---sickest-souvenir-shop-world.html

10:08 PM  
Anonymous hound said...

@ anonymous

Souls are overrated, still I can't help but wonder how many cuban cigars it would get me. xD

4:35 AM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Spoosh, I don't know how it is on the CBC since I'm not really watching the events. But from I remember of NBC Olympic events coverage when I had cable, ya, it was pretty horrible.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Major Spoosh Hallzy said...

Thank you so its not just me then. They screw it up so I stopped watching it and now read whats going on in the news paper.

9:42 PM  

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