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(Bitten and Bound)   The Olympic closing ceremony caps off two weeks of grueling television and is Beijing's last opportunity to hoodwink the world   (bittenandbound.com) divider line 53
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2008-08-24 10:46:47 PM
They pulled it off. And nobody died.

/lost bet
 
2008-08-24 10:49:13 PM
I think this calls for a hoodwink roundup...
 
2008-08-24 11:10:01 PM
I thought the closing ceremonies were pretty damn cool. I really don't give a shiat if they doctored any of it or not, it was still awesome. It was the best closing ceremony (and opening as well) that I've ever seen for an Olympics regardless of how much technology they utilized to achieve it.
 
2008-08-24 11:19:43 PM
Tr0mBoNe: They pulled it off. And nobody died.

Well, except for the father-in-law of Team USA's men's volleyball coach.

And who knows how many Chinese people died building all those facilities. They're pretty good about keeping things secret.
 
2008-08-24 11:33:57 PM
Yanks_RSJ: Tr0mBoNe: They pulled it off. And nobody died.

Well, except for the father-in-law of Team USA's men's volleyball coach.

And who knows how many Chinese people died building all those facilities. They're pretty good about keeping things secret.


There were undoubtedly deaths of olympic fans uring those two weeks. Traffic, heart attacks, etc.

/Beijing 2008. China, the world's grandest scam.
 
2008-08-25 12:41:03 AM
liberalish: There were undoubtedly deaths of olympic fans uring those two weeks. Traffic, heart attacks, etc.

Yeah, they were a complete failure at preventing unforeseen accidents and controlling cardiovascular systems. It's just despicable.
 
2008-08-25 12:48:31 AM
Last One Left: liberalish: There were undoubtedly deaths of olympic fans uring those two weeks. Traffic, heart attacks, etc.

Yeah, they were a complete failure at preventing unforeseen accidents and controlling cardiovascular systems. It's just despicable.


wasn't my point. but that's alright.

china is still a front for a scam. just watched the news on CBC (hey i'm in Detroit) and some british guy who has reported every olympics since forever agrees with me.
 
2008-08-25 12:51:00 AM
I liked the flagpoles with holes at the top that blew compressed air at hurricane speed to make sure the flags waved briskly.
 
2008-08-25 01:00:28 AM
liberalish: china is still a front for a scam. just watched the news on CBC (hey i'm in Detroit) and some british guy who has reported every olympics since forever agrees with me.

A scam for what, exactly? The medal count might be a bit of an anomaly, I suppose, but the US did get 83 golds (174 in total) in 1984 in California.

I didn't mean to be snarky, but even China can't control everything. People tend to die during construction, people tend to die during mega events.
 
2008-08-25 01:20:46 AM
Last One Left: liberalish: china is still a front for a scam. just watched the news on CBC (hey i'm in Detroit) and some british guy who has reported every olympics since forever agrees with me.

A scam for what, exactly? The medal count might be a bit of an anomaly, I suppose, but the US did get 83 golds (174 in total) in 1984 in California.

I didn't mean to be snarky, but even China can't control everything. People tend to die during construction, people tend to die during mega events.


The USSR boycotted the '84 games so our medal count there is an anomaly. We've almost always won close to what we did this year (there is an article on Yahoo about it).

I meant China is a scam in the way that everyone has brainwashed and commanded smiles on their faces while people's houses were demolished for the olympics (and then jailed when they complained), they set up designated protesting zones then denied all applicants, they have a mcdonalds and starbucks right in tiennamen (sp?) square but don't let them appear on camera....blah blah blah it's all a big fancy show meant to make us forget they have leaded toys, dangerous pharmaceuticals, and miles of paper documenting human rights violations.

I mean, it's almost as bad as our government!
 
2008-08-25 04:27:50 AM
72,000,000 chinese perform in the closing ceremonies, but who gets an inordinate amount of face time? Jackie Chan having fun. WTF?
 
2008-08-25 04:32:10 AM
liberalish: mcdonalds and starbucks right in tiennamen (sp?) square but don't let them appear on camera.

Try knowing what you are talking about, jackass. I was just in Beijing and there is NO McDonalds, NO Starbucks, NO anything in Tiananmen Square. The nearest multinational food vendor is a ten minute walk away.
 
2008-08-25 05:03:21 AM
testaclese: 72,000,000 chinese perform in the closing ceremonies, but who gets an inordinate amount of face time? Jackie Chan having fun. WTF?

When he popped up on the screen that look on his face made me grin like a fool. He was having a blast up there.
 
2008-08-25 05:03:31 AM
Don't forget, the American man died of his injuries, but no one talks about the Chinese guide. The Chinese girl who was also attacked died of her injuries, but no one has heard one word of it in the media.
At least that's what my friend in Beijing told me. I haven't been able to verify it due to A MEDIA COVER UP! ! :P
 
MCM
2008-08-25 05:07:44 AM
Say what you want about their politics, but you have to admit, China really knows how to throw a party...
 
2008-08-25 05:19:30 AM
How come those commie zipperheads don't have any Michael Phelps t-shirts at my local Wal-Mart yet?
 
2008-08-25 05:22:01 AM
I sort of liked how every scene with Bob Costas had Chairman Mao in the background. It was as if NBC wanted to remind us that, yes, these were some exciting sporting events with some nifty light shows (and Jimmy Page!), but underneath all the glam and glitter, there is still something that is a bit off.

It was a bright sunny day in August, and the clocks were striking thirteen....
 
2008-08-25 05:42:40 AM
Beijing is probably in for a slew of negative reports for the following reasons:

1) The prettiness was mostly fake, all "cleanness" to the city was due to shutting down factories province-wide, and in some cases, country-wide. Buildings were remodelled and repainted on the one or two sides that were visible from the venues, while the other two sides of the buildings were in shambles. The olympic opening ceremonies had many staged elements, etc etc.

2) The "free protest zones" had zero protests. In China. Hmm, something tells me they could have let a FEW through to make it look less suspicious. Oh, yeah, and those two 77 year old ladies that applied got arrested.

But, overall, the olympics went very well. I was in Beijing for most of it, and went to HK to watch the horsey-jumping... it was really a grand spectacle. The volunteers were freaking amazing, really. I hosted some friends and showed them around Beijing, it was a wonderful time.

The whole time, though, I had to explain to them that "this is nothing like the real beijing," because there were NO BEIJINGERS AROUND!! The government urged beijingers to stay at home and work at home, stay off the roads, etc... and for the most part, they did. It was basically a shell of a city hosting a huge party for 2.5 weeks.

It was surreal, especially after living in China for the past year and a half, to see the capital of China so EMPTY, yet so full at the same time.

my thoughts, anyway
 
2008-08-25 05:47:13 AM
I'm still recovering from the chaffing I received during women's gymnastics.
 
2008-08-25 05:52:31 AM
Steed Lankershim: I'm still recovering from the chaffing I received during women's gymnastics.

The best-looking athlete in the entire Olympics was Shannon Rowbury from the U.S. track team.

Even the gymnasts whose ages are known with some certainty look younger than anyone I'd feel comfortable talking to.
 
2008-08-25 05:56:25 AM
Tr0mBoNe: They pulled it off. And nobody died.

/lost bet



Just the one we know about, oh and how long you think those 70-year olds are gonna last sentenced to "re-education through labor"?

/they're 1 and 2 on anyone's death pool right about now.
 
2008-08-25 06:19:46 AM
NetOwl: Steed Lankershim: I'm still recovering from the chaffing I received during women's gymnastics.

The best-looking athlete in the entire Olympics was Shannon Rowbury from the U.S. track team.

Even the gymnasts whose ages are known with some certainty look younger than anyone I'd feel comfortable talking to.


Talking? Amateur.
 
2008-08-25 06:29:22 AM
i also lost a bet.
 
2008-08-25 06:43:08 AM
Tr0mBoNe: They pulled it off. And nobody died.

/lost bet


Ummm, you should RTFA when a bet is involved...

FTA : "including the death of Minnesota CEO Todd Bachman and the critical injuries suffered by his wife Barbara Bachman"
 
2008-08-25 06:50:57 AM
The choreography of those waving bodies on that tower was awesome! Also, it appeared that each & every one of those women in gold (and/or silver)was scorchingly beautiful. Those guys beating on giant cream-filled donuts was pretty cool, though. The friggin' CBC did a really half assed job of broadcasting it though,

And WTF does Jimmy Page & Whole Lotta Love have to do with the Olympics? I lol'd.
 
2008-08-25 06:51:00 AM
How do you say... Potemkin Village " in Chinese?

www.moonbattery.com

www.moonbattery.com
 
2008-08-25 06:52:33 AM
giant FLYING cream-filled donuts, I might add.
 
2008-08-25 07:02:41 AM
bmasso: How do you say... Potemkin Village " in Chinese?

I take it those facades were erected for the Olympics?
Cool pics. Yours?
 
2008-08-25 07:48:23 AM
testaclese: 72,000,000 chinese perform in the closing ceremonies, but who gets an inordinate amount of face time? Jackie Chan having fun. WTF?

Hey, he's arguably the most sucessful Chinese film star in the
western movie world. And he's a mega super duper star in Asia,
so it makes sense.

The "Tower of Memory" looked more like something of an HP Lovecraft story.....
 
2008-08-25 07:56:20 AM
I have for a long time been upset that more was done in response to Tiananmen Square, however our business got right in bed with the Chinese when there was a buck to be made.

All countries have skeletons in their closet. I hope we keep the door open on human rights and pollution issues. However we need to remember where we came from when we point that finger.

I watched the closing and it seemed a bit much. I still remember in Barcelona when that guy shot the arrow and lit the torch. That didn't cost billions and it still is biggest in my mind. I know that was an opening ceremony thing. This closer was a bit of a mess for me.

I hope this leads to good things for Chinese people. I wish good things for us too. Maybe someday people will treat each other right. This was just a sporting event. The Chinese and us have a long way to go.
 
2008-08-25 08:08:28 AM
NetOwl: I sort of liked how every scene with Bob Costas had Chairman Mao in the background.



It's a law or something. If you are filming in China, you must have Chairman (rofl) Mao in the picture. Just like if you film in France you must have the Eiffel Tower in the window no matter where in France you are.

/which landmark will they use in 2012?
 
2008-08-25 08:14:51 AM
Masterstuff: which landmark will they use in 2012?

Tower Bridge, The Eye, Big Ben, 30 St Mary Axe!
 
2008-08-25 08:20:53 AM
Had to go find the picture I took. This landmark would work, wouldn't it?

i63.photobucket.com
 
2008-08-25 08:41:11 AM
testaclese: 72,000,000 chinese perform in the closing ceremonies, but who gets an inordinate amount of face time? Jackie Chan having fun. WTF?

Jackie Chan probably has a lot in common with those young gymnasts from his days at his Peking Opera School.
 
2008-08-25 08:56:54 AM
Haven't watched any of it so far, and I'm not going to watch this.
 
2008-08-25 09:26:27 AM
Fark China.

How did the world (and the IOC) let them get the farking games? Oh yeah, money.
 
2008-08-25 09:27:45 AM
DjangoStonereaver:
The "Tower of Memory" looked more like something of an HP Lovecraft story.....


Visually, it looked like a bunch of ants swarming over a blob of food. From the name, though, I kept thinking "The Memory Hole".

/We have always been at war with Eurasia
 
2008-08-25 09:28:56 AM
liberalish: china is still a front for a scam. just watched the news on CBC (hey i'm in Detroit) and some british guy who has reported every olympics since forever agrees with me.

Well if some british reporter agrees with you count me in!

\I do agree with you though
 
2008-08-25 09:30:35 AM
uppitynegronetwork.files.wordpress.com

Approves.
 
2008-08-25 10:14:44 AM
Kinda looking forward to reading what reporters have to say over the next week or so now that they don't have the Chinese Ministry of Happy Thoughts monitoring every word that gets sent out.
 
2008-08-25 10:15:13 AM
Pope George Ringo: I liked the flagpoles with holes at the top that blew compressed air at hurricane speed to make sure the flags waved briskly.

i was actually wondering how they did that
 
2008-08-25 10:29:00 AM
I don't think they mangaged to fool anyone except Canada.
 
2008-08-25 10:49:40 AM
Supercheeks: I don't think they mangaged to fool anyone except Canada.

Nope. Not fooled.
 
2008-08-25 12:25:03 PM
MCM: Say what you want about their politics, but you have to admit, China really knows how to throw a party...

A Communist party???
 
2008-08-25 12:29:17 PM
Last One Left: liberalish: china is still a front for a scam. just watched the news on CBC (hey i'm in Detroit) and some british guy who has reported every olympics since forever agrees with me.

A scam for what, exactly? The medal count might be a bit of an anomaly, I suppose, but the US did get 83 golds (174 in total) in 1984 in California.

I didn't mean to be snarky, but even China can't control everything. People tend to die during construction, people tend to die during mega events.


In fact, with 1.3 billion people in the country, of which 16 million live in Beijing, the odds that none of them died during the two weeks of the Olympics are... ummmmm.... carry the two.... really small.

/math is hard
 
2008-08-25 12:45:05 PM
To all the biatches and haters out there, I'd like to offer you a healthy serving of SHUT THE FARK UP with a complementary side of 土豆丝 or 米饭.

Having lived in both America and China, I can tell you that 99% percent of the anti-China posts in the Fark Olympic threads are pure bullshiat.

China is no worse than the US. As a poster above said, every country - pretty much every civilization since the dawn of time - has skeletons in its closet.

One negative thing about China, a large portion of the population is pretty xenophobic. But, as these threads have sadly indicated, we aren't even different on that count. It's amazing how the US - and absurdly multicultural nation - is still so narrow-minded and lacking in empathy when it comes to other nations.

Most of my Chinese friends in Beijing had a chance to go out and catch 2-3 events, and a few of them - lucky bastards! - made it to the opening ceremonies. From everything I hear, most of the people there - locals and foreigners - were able to let go of petty arguments for a short time, and enjoy the spirit of competition.
 
2008-08-25 01:12:02 PM
NetOwl: Steed Lankershim: I'm still recovering from the chaffing I received during women's gymnastics.

The best-looking athlete in the entire Olympics was Shannon Rowbury from the U.S. track team.


www.nbcolympics.com
Please tell me you're kidding.
 
2008-08-25 01:37:18 PM
Obviously he missed seeing Lolo Jones. I made sure my husband saw her...she is stunning.
 
2008-08-25 01:46:29 PM
cache.boston.com

Slightly better, but what, are they sisters? I recall much greater talent being there.
 
2008-08-25 03:31:46 PM
Fei Xue: Beijing is probably in for a slew of negative reports for the following reasons:

1) The prettiness was mostly fake, all "cleanness" to the city was due to shutting down factories province-wide, and in some cases, country-wide. Buildings were remodelled and repainted on the one or two sides that were visible from the venues, while the other two sides of the buildings were in shambles. The olympic opening ceremonies had many staged elements, etc etc.

2) The "free protest zones" had zero protests. In China. Hmm, something tells me they could have let a FEW through to make it look less suspicious. Oh, yeah, and those two 77 year old ladies that applied got arrested.

But, overall, the olympics went very well. I was in Beijing for most of it, and went to HK to watch the horsey-jumping... it was really a grand spectacle. The volunteers were freaking amazing, really. I hosted some friends and showed them around Beijing, it was a wonderful time.

The whole time, though, I had to explain to them that "this is nothing like the real beijing," because there were NO BEIJINGERS AROUND!! The government urged beijingers to stay at home and work at home, stay off the roads, etc... and for the most part, they did. It was basically a shell of a city hosting a huge party for 2.5 weeks.

It was surreal, especially after living in China for the past year and a half, to see the capital of China so EMPTY, yet so full at the same time.

my thoughts, anyway


Cool post - I love getting the inside story from someone who actually lives in China. I'd love to travel there some day & see the country for myself.
 
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