Monday, August 4, 2008
I am not a sports fan.
I know - I know - that makes me a bad person, or un-American, or something. That's pretty much old news to me. But I am not happy that the Olympics will be starting so soon. What's left of watchable TV will shrink even further. I will be reduced to watching the Game Show Network practically all the time.
But more importantly, I will never understand why The Powers That Be chose Beijing for the site of the games. Aside from the fact that China is totally out of step regarding human rights, which does not, to my mind, fit comfortably with the ideal of good sportsmanship, etc. - just look at the place. Air quality is atrocious - not exactly ideal for the athletes. And to deal with that (superficially) they are cutting down on how often their citizens may drive their cars; they have shut down factories in the area, depriving owners of profits and workers of jobs; and in order to build the Olympic Village to begin with, they simply pushed their people out of their homes and off their land. According to Amnesty International, human rights violations in China have actually increased since they were awarded the Olympics.
Once again, politics rears its ugly head.