Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

Eight Eight Eight

Posted by redsatellite on August 8, 2008

8-8-08. And let the games begin!

The Chinese LOVE the number 8. And now we get to watch the Olympics- or at least try and watch it (depending on how bad the smog is).

Billions of dollars in the making, the Summer Games carry with them the ambitions of a nation seeking its place as a global superpower. The anticipation over the Beijing Olympics was unmistakable in China’s capital city.

The Opening Ceremony was scheduled to begin at 8:08 p.m. local time (8:080 a.m. ET) Friday. Thousands of dancers will be part of the 90-minute show.

Is that enough 8s for you?

But this version of the Olympics brings with it controversy, discord that began in 2001 when the 2008 Games were awarded to Beijing. Criticism over China’s policies on human rights for its citizens, its policies in Tibet and the persistent pollution across the country have been the focus of much international criticism and media attention.

The latest expression of that concern came on Friday. The head of the Australian Olympic Committee complained about pollution in China, as well as Internet access and uncomfortable transportation for his country’s athletes to venues, according to news reports.

Heavens to Mao Tse-tung! Too many rickshaws and not enough internet?…oh the humanity! (What with the smog and the drama…I’m getting all choked up.)

In the spirit of the Olympics…I will refrain from yappin’ about politics today. But trust me…it’s only- a 24 hour moratorium.

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