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2008-07-17 11:09:53 PM
Maybe China shouldn't have been awarded the Olympics, even after they bribed every member of the IOC they could get their hands on. Can anyone give a valid reason why China deserves the Olympics?
 
2008-07-17 11:49:56 PM
the city's population doubled from 2000 to 2006

Jebus sweet and sour Christ you guys, stop farking!
 
2008-07-17 11:50:28 PM
That place is going to be a powderkeg after all those factory workers have been shut out of work and pay for a month+. Should be interesting to see how they quash any unrest, then again you wouldn't be able to see them crack heads through that smog anyway.
 
2008-07-18 12:04:19 AM
GAT_00: Maybe China shouldn't have been awarded the Olympics, even after they bribed every member of the IOC they could get their hands on.

how do you think the Olympics site has been decided every year?
 
2008-07-18 12:23:36 AM
I don't think we will see too many, if any, world records broken. Probably a fewpollution related deaths as well in the spectators.

ChiliBoots: That place is going to be a powderkeg after all those factory workers have been shut out of work and pay for a month+. Should be interesting to see how they quash any unrest, then again you wouldn't be able to see them crack heads through that smog anyway.

Gets popcorn.

FTFA: "When the magic switch gets flipped on July 20th, who knows what will change?" Rahn said. "That's what makes it so much fun."

I bet they find that the whole complex was painted with lead paint.
 
2008-07-18 12:55:23 AM
And yet, at least in terms of air quality, one veteran atmospheric chemist says that China's outsized efforts will have little to no impact on the air. Why? Because Beijing's worst air-quality days are often not the result of human activities, but meteorological phenomena -- namely, the lack of cold fronts pushing across the city from Mongolia.

Someone with science training claiming that an atmospheric phenomenon is not human-activity related? KILL HIM!
 
2008-07-18 01:03:11 AM
Mugato: the city's population doubled from 2000 to 2006

Here I thought Asians were good at math.
 
2008-07-18 01:15:00 AM
Someone tell me again why they chose This particular city of China to host the olympics?
 
2008-07-18 01:19:13 AM
pvd021: Someone tell me again why they chose This particular city of China to host the olympics?

The wonderful $ight$, the large number$ of worker$, and $pace to build facilitie$.

Anything el$e you were wondering?
 
2008-07-18 01:27:13 AM
ESPN had a really interesting bit on this about a month ago. Pretty sad when veteran triathletes are puking their guts out halfway through a race.
 
2008-07-18 01:32:46 AM
My son visited China last year and their first stop was in Beijing for a few days. When they left the city, he was amazed to see mountains. You couldn't see them through the pollution.
 
2008-07-18 01:42:23 AM
Whats the Olympics?
Is it going to be on Television or something?
Are they going to throw the Christians to the lions like they did in the good old days?
And how much news will be censored of the mass slaughter of the infidel Asian peoples?

/Boycott all to do with the corruption and shiat like that.
//Anyone wish for a BC Chinook for the 2010 winter Olympics?
 
2008-07-18 01:49:37 AM
I thought this would be an article about rogue physicians giving physicals.
 
2008-07-18 02:24:22 AM
puffy999: Mugato: the city's population doubled from 2000 to 2006

Here I thought Asians were good at math.


HAH
 
2008-07-18 02:24:27 AM
GAT_00: Can anyone give a valid reason why China deserves the Olympics?

Because China dominated the Asian Games for quite a long time.

Second reason, the 2008 Olympics Bidding was around after when the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO, the potential organization that can shadow EU and America in the next decade) was formed.

It's all international politics in the long run.
 
2008-07-18 02:57:46 AM
dahmers love zombie: And yet, at least in terms of air quality, one veteran atmospheric chemist says that China's outsized efforts will have little to no impact on the air. Why? Because Beijing's worst air-quality days are often not the result of human activities, but meteorological phenomena -- namely, the lack of cold fronts pushing across the city from Mongolia.

Someone with science training claiming that an atmospheric phenomenon is not human-activity related? KILL HIM!


(As someone with atmospheric science training myself) I'm 99% sure that the reporter got this wrong. I highly doubt that the atmospheric chemist is saying the smog causing particles in the air surrounding Beijing are naturally occurring. What he probably did say is that unless you get a lot of rain or wind before the Olympics, the air is going to remain polluted due to stagnation no matter how small you make emissions in the days beforehand. It really says something about the city's pollution if they have to rely on the synoptic weather patterns to clear them out.

Let me put it another way. If you build a city where there's a lack of wind and/or rain, where does the fault lie if the city's industry grows so big that it pollutes the air to where it overcomes what little wind/rain there is? We shouldn't have to rely on mother nature to clean up our messes like we're still her 4 year old child. Especially if we want new toys like the Olympics.
 
2008-07-18 03:02:07 AM
Christ, the flatulent emissions of all the farkin' Commies in the neighborhood would be enough to knock a maggot off of an egg roll cart.
 
2008-07-18 03:15:45 AM
I was in Beijing last week, along with one of my co-workers. It was my third time there, his first. I'd been saying for a while how I thought the pollution was going to fark up the games.

First day: Surprisingly clear after a thunderstorm; you could actually see the mountains. On our way to the convention center, we passed the "Bird's Nest," about of a quarter of a mile away. My buddy got some great pictures from the cab and said "Skiffy, you have no idea what you're talking about.

Third day: Heavy pollution and smog is all over the city. The stadium, which we could see clearly before, is now barely visible from the same spot a quarter of a mile away. My buddy says "Skiffy, I'm starting to see what you're talking about.

Fifth day: On our way to the airport, the stadium is no longer visible. My buddy: "Skiffy, you're right. This place is farked."

This'll be the first Olympics I've had any interest in for a long time, and it has nothing to do with the events.
 
2008-07-18 04:20:38 AM
dahmers love zombie: And yet, at least in terms of air quality, one veteran atmospheric chemist says that China's outsized efforts will have little to no impact on the air. Why? Because Beijing's worst air-quality days are often not the result of human activities, but meteorological phenomena -- namely, the lack of cold fronts pushing across the city from Mongolia.

Someone with science training claiming that an atmospheric phenomenon is not human-activity related? KILL HIM!


In this case I feel (from personal experience in china) that the particularly special atmosphere in most major Chinese cities is not a natural phenomenon.

I also feel it would not be beyond china to hire or threaten scientists to say that they are not responsible for their actions. The air in beijing is chemical, you can taste it, and its worse in some of the less visible cities. China is quite literally stewing in their own chemical pot.
 
2008-07-18 05:29:51 AM
You guys, China isn't causing pollution, it's the climate change.

Perhaps we can learn from this, our 'pollution' issues aren't our fault, they're Mother Nature's fault.
 
2008-07-18 08:33:13 AM
Hell, the world record holder in the marathon, Haile Gebrselassie, isn't even going to run the event because of the pollution.
 
2008-07-18 08:47:49 AM
dahmers love zombie: The wonderful $ight$, the large number$ of worker$, and $pace to build facilitie$.

Anything el$e you were wondering?


¥es, there is something...
 
2008-07-18 09:34:53 AM
It's good practice for the future. Those Godless commies will be burning in Hell, so the smog is just getting them used to their eternal destination.

/got nothin'
 
2008-07-18 09:39:19 AM
Gebrselassie isn't running


/I see that was said
 
2008-07-18 10:33:30 AM
Crosshair: I don't think we will see too many, if any, world records broken.

As it turns out, every swimming record on the books will likely be broken.

http://www.boston.com/sports/articles/2008/06/29/for_swimmers_new_suit_a_stroke_ of_genius/
 
2008-07-18 10:50:48 AM
Button Fly: As it turns out, every swimming record on the books will likely be broken./i>

Depends on how polluted the water in the pools is.
 
2008-07-18 10:57:04 AM
That pic alone makes me go ugh. Do they ever get sunlight or anything....at all?
 
2008-07-18 11:14:54 AM
I wonder how such a huge and controlling regime reacts to a potentially epic loss of face before its people and the world. I wonder how the people react to such a regime.
 
2008-07-18 11:31:15 AM
Beijing is a crowded clusterfark of a city of over 16 million people, with little to no city planning. Try telling the lower caste systems to "quit polluting and enjoy the games" when they can hardly afford rent and are already stretched for cash. Still, the PRC has done a massive upheaval in construction and public programs to make Beijing Westernized enough for foreigners to shove around, look at the great wall, buy a 7 dollar t-shirt, and get the fark out.

I've lived there for 2 years, and I can hardly see the polluting cutting off a level in such a way that it will be healthy for participants to compete effectively. Unless this is a grand master plan for Chinese to underscore competition by giving the other teams bronchitis :P

/smoked one pack in Beijing....lucky strikes.
//didn't even choke on it.
 
2008-07-18 11:32:56 AM
I hope this ruins the Olympic Committee once and for all. Corrupt, lying frauds.
 
2008-07-18 12:27:08 PM
Monkeypillow: I thought this would be an article about rogue physicians giving physicals.

This...
 
2008-07-18 12:40:56 PM
barefoot in the head: I wonder how such a huge and controlling regime reacts to a potentially epic loss of face before its people and the world. I wonder how the people react to such a regime.

img352.imageshack.us

It's all international politics in the long run.

Wait: you mean to say that the Olympics aren't about peace and goodwill toward your fellow man?
 
2008-07-18 12:49:13 PM
Am I the only one surprised that they haven't built a giant fan of some sort to supplement the Mongolian cold front thing?
 
2008-07-18 04:56:14 PM
they should just have sharper image make a giant ionic breeze next to the stadium to clean out the air
 
2008-07-18 05:01:11 PM
trofl: I highly doubt that the atmospheric chemist is saying the smog causing particles in the air surrounding Beijing are naturally occurring.

My understanding is that it is. Mainly, dust particles from Mongolia blown in during various sand storms mix with pollutants to form smog.

The Phoenix Metro area often exceeds EPA limits on airborne particulate matter during the summer due high winds. It is especially bad when a haboob blows through. That said, we don't get that much smog. But it was a good opportunity to say haboob.


/haboob
//haboob
///haboob
 
2008-07-18 05:08:10 PM
Dinjiin: My understanding is that it is. Mainly, dust particles from Mongolia blown in during various sand storms mix with pollutants to form smog.

Reading that again, I see that I just said a whole lot of stupid. Because the other "pollutants" I'm referring to that mix with dust are oh-so natural.
 
2008-07-18 06:30:40 PM
kaddytothemax: they should just have sharper image make a giant ionic breeze next to the stadium to clean out the air

They can borrow ours.

farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2008-07-18 07:01:17 PM
Poor runners. They are going to be puking their guts out. And some may get scarred for life. As someone already mentioned, maybe it's all a grand plan so that China will win all outdoors competition. That way, they can prove they are the superior race, and downgrade every single one of us.

/I, for one, welcome our new Chinese overlords.
 
2008-07-18 07:21:07 PM
Mobkey: Am I the only one surprised that they haven't built a giant fan of some sort to supplement the Mongolian cold front thing?

If they did it would vibrate like hell and cause a massive earthquake.
 
2008-07-19 12:29:00 AM
Is that their stadium? Looks like an old tire wrapped in duct tape.
 
2008-07-20 09:20:40 AM
qlenfg: Is that their stadium? Looks like an old tire wrapped in duct tape.

I actually thought it looked more like the flattest rubber band ball I've ever seen.
 
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