03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
Woah. Seriously guys, WOAH. If you've read any newspaper recently you will have seen that the traditional tour of the Olympic torch from Mount Olympus in Greece to the Olympic host city, Beijing, has turned into a logistical, security and PR nightmare. In every country that the flame has visited there have been people protesting the ongoing Chinese suppression of the distubances in Tibet as well as its human rights violations. There were pictures of spooky, tracksuited Chinese secret service dudes in the National Post this week. Just about every stop along the route has be met with protesters trying to disrupt the relay or extinguish the torch. Planners have rerouted the relay, cut it short and tried other tactics to keep the torch away from protesters and the media. So much for the games "for the people".
As we get closer to the games which begin August 9th, I see these protests escalating. I don't have a very good feeling about these Olympics. I'm worried that protesters might do something very drastic to disrupt the games and that the Chinese authorities would conduct a crackdown in full view of the worlds media.
Oh yeah, what's up with these lame French rollerblade-cops? C'mon France, is that the best you can do? Seriously.
I know you guys are all big BSG watchers. I plan to become one myself. First I have to get through Lost S. 3, Deadwood S. 3, The Wire (At least S. 1) and Dexter (At least S.1).
Here is a blog website [redundant, consider revisiong] [EDIT: spelling error, consider revising] by a creative producer and writer for BSG, Buffy and Star Trek TNG. Naturally, she is very smart.
If you read Friday, April 11's post, she brings up one of Neil's favourite topics, how Hollywood movies of old managed to do things much more economically.