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2021-12-08 10:35:18 AM  
Good.
 
2021-12-08 11:19:43 AM  
unless athletes aren't going, no one cares
 
2021-12-08 11:19:46 AM  
The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.
 
2021-12-08 11:20:22 AM  
No diplomats.  Athletes ok though.  Lol. It's like telling a girl you refuse to see her anymore, on Tuesday evenings.  "I may be dumb, but I'm not a dweeb. I'm just a country with low self esteem."
 
2021-12-08 11:20:28 AM  
Johnson said he did not believe "sporting boycotts are sensible," and that remains his government's policy. The diplomatic moves by Britain, the U.S. and Australia do not affect their athletes' ability to compete in the Winter Games.

Oh so athletes are still competing and nobody is actually doing anything? Very cool, super effective. This'll get China on board with human rights and stuff for sure!
 
2021-12-08 11:20:39 AM  
 
2021-12-08 11:20:42 AM  

whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.


Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.
 
2021-12-08 11:21:29 AM  
Well, okay, we'll take the diplomatic support even if it comes from this guy.

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Though it would be nice if other European countries would show some backbone as well.
 
2021-12-08 11:21:31 AM  

Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.


That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.
 
2021-12-08 11:23:13 AM  

whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.


Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.
 
2021-12-08 11:23:14 AM  

ElwoodCuse: unless athletes aren't going, no one cares


I promise you a China cares.
 
2021-12-08 11:23:34 AM  

LL316: ElwoodCuse: unless athletes aren't going, no one cares

China is no one?

https://www.cbssports.com/olympics/news/china-responds-after-u-s-announces-diplomatic-boycott-of-2022-beijing-olympics/


West Taiwan is very sensitive. Their fees fees get hurt easily.
 
2021-12-08 11:23:38 AM  
Attention all Canuckians in China: GET OOT NOW LEST YE GET ARRESTED FOR "SPYING".
We're not going through that sh*t again.
 
2021-12-08 11:24:21 AM  
. LONDON (AP) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday something he thought would distract from the Christmas party scandal..?
 
2021-12-08 11:24:45 AM  

Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.


Stop liking what he doesn't like.
 
2021-12-08 11:24:46 AM  

Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.


I'm in total agreement with you but never NEVER claim that relocating to literally anywhere in the observed galaxy FROM Ohio is a bad thing or a chore.
 
2021-12-08 11:25:53 AM  

Bartle J.: Johnson said he did not believe "sporting boycotts are sensible," and that remains his government's policy. The diplomatic moves by Britain, the U.S. and Australia do not affect their athletes' ability to compete in the Winter Games.

Oh so athletes are still competing and nobody is actually doing anything? Very cool, super effective. This'll get China on board with human rights and stuff for sure!


China is at least acting incredibly butthurt about it.  But you're right that nothing will change.
 
2021-12-08 11:25:57 AM  
Currently binging BoJack Horseman, so getting a kick out of this one
 
2021-12-08 11:26:39 AM  

Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.


whidbey's one of those bottom-feeders who bitterly resent other people for achieving things.
 
2021-12-08 11:26:53 AM  
This is serious shiat.  The UK must be only seconds away from a strongly worded memo from the Foreign Office.  Also love the bullshiat language just in case Boris does yet another U-turn...

"No ministers are expected to attend...

"There will be effectively a diplomatic boycott


Waffling spineless twat.  Get back to your Christmas party.
 
2021-12-08 11:27:12 AM  
Didn't China basically say 'Well your poopy diplomats weren't even invited to our olympics so I don't know what you're talking about.'
 
2021-12-08 11:27:42 AM  

Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.


Actually,   I have no obligation to respect that over-hyped over-commercialized psychologically damaging shiat and you might develop the understanding that everyone doesn't feel about that crap the way you do.

Sorry I have a mind.
 
2021-12-08 11:28:52 AM  

BigNumber12: Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.

whidbey's one of those bottom-feeders who bitterly resent other people for achieving things.


Translation: I handed you your ass in several threads and now you're "favorited" accordingly.
 
2021-12-08 11:29:07 AM  

Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.


And..?

So?

E-sports has more relevance across the globe at this current time than the luge.

The IOC is a scam that makes FIFA look like Habitat for Humanity.

Maybe the people really good at 18th century pastimes should try contributing something worthwhile to society instead.
 
2021-12-08 11:29:20 AM  

omg bbq: Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.

I'm in total agreement with you but never NEVER claim that relocating to literally anywhere in the observed galaxy FROM Ohio is a bad thing or a chore.


As someone still stuck in Ohio, I'm really proud of Kristina for getting resident athlete status and her achievements. But more for getting out of Ohio.
 
2021-12-08 11:30:48 AM  
everyone should hate the IOC for being one of the biggest grifts in the world but damn, hating the athletes is some psycho shiat
 
2021-12-08 11:31:15 AM  

EyeballKid: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

And..?

So?

E-sports has more relevance across the globe at this current time than the luge.

The IOC is a scam that makes FIFA look like Habitat for Humanity.

Maybe the people really good at 18th century pastimes should try contributing something worthwhile to society instead.


I didn't realize snowboarding was an "18th century pastime".
I'm betting you've never bought athletic clothing or sports equipment before.
Oh, you have? Thank you olympics.
 
2021-12-08 11:31:30 AM  

Elliot8654: omg bbq: Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.

I'm in total agreement with you but never NEVER claim that relocating to literally anywhere in the observed galaxy FROM Ohio is a bad thing or a chore.

As someone still stuck in Ohio, I'm really proud of Kristina for getting resident athlete status and her achievements. But more for getting out of Ohio.


I feel like that's what the medal should be for.
 
2021-12-08 11:32:24 AM  

whidbey: Actually,   I have no obligation to respect that over-hyped over-commercialized psychologically damaging shiat and you might develop the understanding that everyone doesn't feel about that crap the way you do.

Sorry I have a mind.


Especially compared to your own impressive life achievements...
 
2021-12-08 11:32:34 AM  

LL316: ElwoodCuse: unless athletes aren't going, no one cares

China is no one?

https://www.cbssports.com/olympics/news/china-responds-after-u-s-announces-diplomatic-boycott-of-2022-beijing-olympics/


It's really easy to needle them. This is essentially meaningless but they have to react.
 
2021-12-08 11:33:32 AM  

Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.


Having known several Olympians, I would be just fine with abolishing the event. It absolutely warps people. They wind up wrapping up all of their self-worth in their achievement in a sport that no one actually cares about. It's toxic, and the vast majority of the athletes aren't really left with much.

I wish the Olympics would go back to being every four years instead of every two. That would sharply decrease the incentives for most Olympians to train as hard as they do.
 
2021-12-08 11:33:38 AM  

whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.

Actually,   I have no obligation to respect that over-hyped over-commercialized psychologically damaging shiat and you might develop the understanding that everyone doesn't feel about that crap the way you do.

Sorry I have a mind.


Translation; Being one of the best in the world at something is dumb.

/Seriously, you can hate the IOC and the bureaucracy all you want. But to dump on athletes for being the best at something is stupid and petty.
 
2021-12-08 11:34:25 AM  

ElwoodCuse: unless athletes aren't going, no one cares


I thought the same, until China apparently announced that they were outraged, and there would be "counter meassures".

They could just have ignored it. All it means to them is less people to have to protect.

Maybe its the reason that makes them angry. They seem to get pissy whenever someone mentions Tibet, Taiwan, human rights, democracy, etc. Anything that's their "internal affairs".
 
2021-12-08 11:35:01 AM  

ElwoodCuse: unless athletes aren't going, no one cares


It would be a dick move to tell the athletes they have to stay home another 4 years. it's all pointless posturing anyways, so why fark them over it?
 
2021-12-08 11:36:22 AM  

Ruinous Works: Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.

Having known several Olympians, I would be just fine with abolishing the event. It absolutely warps people. They wind up wrapping up all of their self-worth in their achievement in a sport that no one actually cares about. It's toxic, and the vast majority of the athletes aren't really left with much.

I wish the Olympics would go back to being every four years instead of every two. That would sharply decrease the incentives for most Olympians to train as hard as they do.


Unless they're competing in both summer and winter games, that wouldn't have any impact on the athletes.
 
2021-12-08 11:37:11 AM  
Ruinous Works:

Having known several Olympians, I would be just fine with abolishing the event. It absolutely warps people. They wind up wrapping up all of their self-worth in their achievement in a sport that no one actually cares about. It's toxic, and the vast majority of the athletes aren't really left with much.

I wish the Olympics would go back to being every four years instead of every two. That would sharply decrease the incentives for most Olympians to train as hard as they do.


Lol, check out the loser that doesn't have a gold medal. What a loser. Sure I got mine on ebay, but I still have one.
 
2021-12-08 11:37:31 AM  

ElwoodCuse: everyone should hate the IOC for being one of the biggest grifts in the world but damn, hating the athletes is some psycho shiat


I wouldn't say I hate them.

I just don't believe so much time, effort, and expenses should be wasted on what's otherwise regarded as niche hobbies.
 
2021-12-08 11:39:56 AM  

Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.

Actually,   I have no obligation to respect that over-hyped over-commercialized psychologically damaging shiat and you might develop the understanding that everyone doesn't feel about that crap the way you do.

Sorry I have a mind.

Translation; Being one of the best in the world at something is dumb.

/Seriously, you can hate the IOC and the bureaucracy all you want. But to dump on athletes for being the best at something is stupid and petty.


I dunno man, I've got you favorited because we agree that the Democrats need to be in power, but dude, this is a really conservative view.  Kind of Boomery.
 
2021-12-08 11:39:57 AM  
China must be quaking in their shoes at the strong US-UK stand against their multiple crimes against humanity.
 
2021-12-08 11:40:06 AM  

Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.


Athletes should have better goals than participating in a corrupt, abusive system.
 
2021-12-08 11:42:12 AM  

whidbey: BigNumber12: Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.

whidbey's one of those bottom-feeders who bitterly resent other people for achieving things.

Translation: I handed you your ass in several threads and now you're "favorited" accordingly.


lol, that's right, Principal Skinner, when threads keep piling onto you for bringing moronic feelings to the table, it's everyone else who's wrong.
 
2021-12-08 11:42:32 AM  

whidbey: I dunno man, I've got you favorited because we agree that the Democrats need to be in power, but dude, this is a really conservative view.  Kind of Boomery.


Why, it's as if conservative Boomers are the driving force behind the Democratic Party these days!

For what it's worth, I agree with you about the Olympics.
 
2021-12-08 11:42:53 AM  

Ketchuponsteak: ElwoodCuse: unless athletes aren't going, no one cares

I thought the same, until China apparently announced that they were outraged, and there would be "counter meassures".

They could just have ignored it. All it means to them is less people to have to protect.

Maybe its the reason that makes them angry. They seem to get pissy whenever someone mentions Tibet, Taiwan, human rights, democracy, etc. Anything that's their "internal affairs".


Dictators often suffer from low self-esteem. They take anything that looks like a slight personally.
 
2021-12-08 11:46:25 AM  

whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.

Actually,   I have no obligation to respect that over-hyped over-commercialized psychologically damaging shiat and you might develop the understanding that everyone doesn't feel about that crap the way you do.

Sorry I have a mind.

Translation; Being one of the best in the world at something is dumb.

/Seriously, you can hate the IOC and the bureaucracy all you want. But to dump on athletes for being the best at something is stupid and petty.

I dunno man, I've got you favorited because we agree that the Democrats need to be in power, but dude, this is a really conservative view.  Kind of Boomery.


I think of it more as a "people should be free to take things as seriously or casually as they want". I teach and train taekwondo, and competed in AAU events, but that's as seriously as I want to take it. I have in-class only kids who will probably never compete, and we have a girl that just relocated to colorado to be a resident athlete because she loves the sport.

It just kills me that the idea of "this is what i want to do with my life and i want to be great at it" is only acceptable for some people in certain situations. You wanna try to be the best at something? Go for it.

The time it becomes a problem is when people get the attitude of "you didn't get the gold medal? you're worthless". But if someone is happy being a serious athlete, I don't see a problem.
 
2021-12-08 11:46:25 AM  

whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.


Thats not true, the Olympics have been around a long time. But traditionally they are for older countries like Greece and Rome.
 
2021-12-08 11:46:40 AM  

BigNumber12: whidbey: BigNumber12: Elliot8654: whidbey: Elliot8654: whidbey: The Olympics are such an overrated holdout from the 20th Century anyway.

Like Winter Holidays.

Except that for a LOT of sports, that is the pinnacle of achievement and athlete's dream.

That really sounds like Christmas bullshiat lol.   They wake up and find a gold medal in their stocking.

Ok. i will revise.
They dedicate a massive portion of their lives to be the best in their discipline, including relocating from Ohio to Colorado to be a resident athlete in their early teens. They train daily, often twice a day, fitting their education around that. It's a full-time job for them in addition to their other responsibilities.

But yeah, just "christmas bullshiat".

/Stop dumping on people's hard work and achievements.

whidbey's one of those bottom-feeders who bitterly resent other people for achieving things.

Translation: I handed you your ass in several threads and now you're "favorited" accordingly.

lol, that's right, Principal Skinner, when threads keep piling onto you for bringing moronic feelings to the table, it's everyone else who's wrong.


So you basically have nothing to offer up in this thread but personal attacks against me.  Again.

Lovely.
 
2021-12-08 11:48:14 AM  

Elliot8654: I think of it more as a "people should be free to take things as seriously or casually as they want". I teach and train taekwondo, and competed in AAU events, but that's as seriously as I want to take it. I have in-class only kids who will probably never compete, and we have a girl that just relocated to colorado to be a resident athlete because she loves the sport.

It just kills me that the idea of "this is what i want to do with my life and i want to be great at it" is only acceptable for some people in certain situations. You wanna try to be the best at something? Go for it.

The time it becomes a problem is when people get the attitude of "you didn't get the gold medal? you're worthless". But if someone is happy being a serious athlete, I don't see a problem.


That sounds really idealized, given the psychological traumas we've seen in people who were pushed or self-pushed to achieve that kind of success.

I think it's neurotic as f*ck, personally.
 
2021-12-08 11:50:14 AM  

whidbey: Elliot8654: I think of it more as a "people should be free to take things as seriously or casually as they want". I teach and train taekwondo, and competed in AAU events, but that's as seriously as I want to take it. I have in-class only kids who will probably never compete, and we have a girl that just relocated to colorado to be a resident athlete because she loves the sport.

It just kills me that the idea of "this is what i want to do with my life and i want to be great at it" is only acceptable for some people in certain situations. You wanna try to be the best at something? Go for it.

The time it becomes a problem is when people get the attitude of "you didn't get the gold medal? you're worthless". But if someone is happy being a serious athlete, I don't see a problem.

That sounds really idealized, given the psychological traumas we've seen in people who were pushed or self-pushed to achieve that kind of success.

I think it's neurotic as f*ck, personally.


I don't get it either. But i'm not that kind of person. I don't have that inherent drive to be the top. It is rather neurotic. But i would MUCH rather they opt to work that out in sport, rather than the top alternative for neurotic sociopaths; business. Because that's how you get Zuckerberg and Bezos.
 
2021-12-08 11:50:38 AM  

LL316: ElwoodCuse: unless athletes aren't going, no one cares

China is no one?

https://www.cbssports.com/olympics/news/china-responds-after-u-s-announces-diplomatic-boycott-of-2022-beijing-olympics/


Yeah I was in the camp of the Chinese are getting the athletes, so I am sure this diplomatic boycott is more for domestic optics than any true sanction. But then I forgot how China is basically the "Karen's" of the current world order, and get butthurt over everything. It seems in China optics are more important than substance, because optics and media control are the only tools that can keep such a massive population toeing the official Communist Party line.
 
2021-12-08 11:51:39 AM  

Sexy Jesus: No diplomats.  Athletes ok though.  Lol. It's like telling a girl you refuse to see her anymore, on Tuesday evenings.  "I may be dumb, but I'm not a dweeb. I'm just a country with low self esteem."


Athletic participation should be a big "No!", but it's kind of hard when Beijing is ready to go!
 
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  4. Click here to submit a link.