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A blog about my life, universe, etc. At any given time you might find something endlessly interesting or just me ruminating on something else, which no one (not even myself) finds interesting. That's the way blogs go, I suppose. Anyway, I was eleventh in line, and you weren't. Hah!
Scripture of the Moment 2 Nephi 2:27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
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A Note About Chatting and Emails
I'm not what you would call an extremely social or extraverted person. As a matter of fact, I tend to test 100% introvert on Myer-Briggs and other personality profile tests. Therefore, please be aware that most of the time, if I don't already know you (either in person or through weeks/months/years of email contact) the chances are I won't be very talkative if you IM me. I like having a long time to consider what I say, and that goes double for what I say to total strangers. Please don't think me scary, rude, hateful, or even just someone in a perpetual bad mood, if chat efforts are unsuccessful. Quite frankly, it's probably better for you to go find someone else to chat with, unless you have something significant to say. And if it's that important, you should probably email me. Which reminds me to let you know now that if you do choose to email me, it might be days, weeks, months, years, or never before I email you back. It takes a lot of energy for me to come up with replies to random inquiries from strangers, and most of the time there's something I'd rather be doing instead. Your understanding is appreciated. I'm not saying don't try, I'm just saying -- have minimal expectations, okay? Thanks. Oh, and if you DO know me, don't treat this statement as an excellent excuse not to talk to me. You know who you are.
I've been watching the Olympic closing ceremonies...
And I am somewhat annoyed by the time delay (once I realized that it's like, 3am in Great Britain right now, everything was ruined ^_^), but that's not why I'm thinking or blogging about them. You see, I just got to the last bit of it, where the host country of the next Olympics (Summer 2008, I mean) gets to showcase itself for a few minutes, to let everyone know what exciting culture the IOC officials partook of -- I mean, that we can expect to see even more televised displays of, next time.
And it occurred to me that it's Beijing, China.
Now, okay, sure, I know it's impolitic to think "egregious human rights violations" when someone says "China," but let's face facts here, I was 8 when those students stood in front of tanks, and it seems to me that not much has changed. Doesn't anyone in totalitarian countries ever think about how the exposure and press focus on their country might be, oh I don't know, bad for business, when they decide they want to invite the Olympics and its attendant world media representatives in? Doesn't anyone feel concerned that maybe by letting so many foreigners in, with their satellite trucks and cell phones and cameras and SUVs and so forth, that maybe news of the outside world will get in (imagine the coffee shop conversations [amongst the employees; even if they won't let their citizenry associate with reporters and athletes, SOMEONE will have to run the athlete's village and surrounding establishments] -- "I hear they're allowed to access blogs in their country... and even publish to Blogger without being arrested!") and news of just how "splendid" life is outside the special economic zones? What about those nosy NGOs that might try to make a mess of things? I know I'd be concerned, if I were a dictator.
Then again, if I were a dictator, I'd also probably be really fearful of joining the UN Commission on Human Rights, or UNICEF (as you can see, the Chinese have a firm commitment to public health), or signing a set of accords like Kyoto. Of course, all those fears would prove utterly unfounded, as the UN is pretty much a dictator's happy playground of fun "let's all call the US nasty names day" events and "issuing condemnations of Israel for daring to exist" committees, and it's not like there are high expectations for honesty, integrity, tolerance, or free market/free expression values in Olympic host countries (for crying out loud, they let HITLER host the darned thing).
So maybe the whole 'happy lantern people/Cirque du Soleil miniature gymnast/innocent toddler singing' thing makes sense after all. Don't worry, China, be happy; this whole thing will just allow you to further sugarcoat your regime with even more gooey feelery nonsense and pseudo-capitalist veneer. Everything is working according to the plan.
And on the plus side for those of uswho aren't on the side of tyranny, NBC's incredibly irritating coverage policies (gotta love that "what, of course we're not doing live internet broadcasting -- and oh, you're blocked from watching the BBC's coverage? So very sorry about that folks, really we are" bit) might be done after 2008, as that's when their contract expires. posted by Sarah at 9:59 PM. |