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Obama and Friends
Credit to: OldMaison @ Flickr

The Olympics have come and gone and Canada has apparently won “The most medals Evar” by a host nation.  Which is nice I suppose.

With a price tag of 8 Billion and counting I hope that the balance sheet works out for Vancouver as the Recession continues unabated.  Right?  Around here I think people would be willing to literally shovel shit for work as the job market tightens into a tight ball like a potato bug and doesn’t show any signs of letting up; never mind the HUNDREDS of positions in the want ads.  If the news tells you that it’s poverty-aggeddon then you should behave like it is.

Good luck recouping those costs that have been laid out on your behalf;  by comparison the estimated cost (dollars) for each day in Afghanistan is approx. 3 Million (  with the expected total cost to be 11.3 billion.  Just think, for 3 Billion more Canada could have been saving Iraq too!  How exciting; huh?

All of that nonsense aside; the Winter Olympics have indeed brought out some nice nationalism in the Canadian people; allowing them to show again that even in the face of glorious victory they don’t destroy their own downtown in celebration.  I’m not naming names or anything; but at least one big fratboy neighbor on the Continent can’t really say the same.

I still say that Canada should boycott the Olympics (updated)

The Olympic torch relay passed through Xinjiang last week under tight security, with all but carefully vetted residents banned from watching on the streets and tight controls over foreign media covering the event.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie

Chinese Authorities Demolish Mosque

I suspect that the Chinese net-bullies might be up in arms over this story from Yahoo,  as there is as much nationalism in China as there is an any jingoistic state out there.  I was surprised at how vitrolic the chinese community could be and was ready to just dismiss the chinese as backwards nationalists with no real place in the world.  Then I remembered “Freedom Fries” and “Freedom Toast” and it all become clear to me.

Chinese Nationalists are just as stupid and single-minded as any other nationalist and I shouldn’t look at them as an example of their people.  I should look at the actions of the people as a whole.

Well, that certainly sets me straight.

From Twitter:

fowgre @nitemayr Yes, and then the world should boycott Vancouver because of the way we’ve treated the First Nations people here.

nitemayr @fowgre Sure, why not? It’s only fair.