One recurring theme I keep reading about when I read about the Olympics being held in China: China is taking this for serious. They banned cars to try to cut pollution. They hired 10,000 people (and are installing a fence) to fight an algae bloom. It's pretty awesome that an event like this can unite a country (although it breeds that nationalism I detest so much). I guess I never really cared about the Olympics, since we always ended up dominating them (my only memory of the Atlanta Olympics was checking out the newspaper and gleefully noting that we took more medals than any other country by a pretty large margin - oh, how young and foolish I was).

Posted by roy on June 30, 2008 at 09:22 PM in Ramblings, Sports | 1 Comments

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Comment posted on June 30th, 2008 at 10:02 PM
the scary part is, they don't have to "hire" them. Plenty of volunteers to go around. The Chinese are masters of organizing the masses.

For the past few years, for every minor regional sports tournament, Communist Chinese Television has been televising the elaborate opening ceremonies that seem to put the ceremonies of the last four Summer Olympics to shame. I can only wonder what kind of a show they're going to put on next month.