Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維 (webcowgirl) wrote,
Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維

How I feel about the Olympics

Years ago I decided the Olympics was just a big money-churning machine like the rest of organized sports, designed to squeeze money out of governments and promote the b.s. concept of athletes "representing" anything besides their corporate owners. The Olympics actually became even smarmier in my eyes as I saw them bullying anyone and anything that might impinge on their "intellectual property" (which was pretty funny for someone living near the "Olympic" mountains), thus reducing the amount of money they could get from licensing fees.

And, well, then they decided to hold it in China. Leaving aside the issue of Tibet, China's treatment of its citizens is horrid, and has only become worse since the loosening of control of the financial markets. Pollution, slave labor, property seizure, all of this on top of the political silencing of its citizens that has gone on without end since ... well, in some ways, throughout Chinese history, at least if you were poor.

In some ways, it was the perfect match, China and the Olympics. When I saw on the TV at the gym today what looked like someone about to light a torch, I turned away and studiously worked on my mystery novel. Those three seconds will be all I watch of this ... thing.
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