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Bad, bad fashion choice - Jason Lindquist
Idle ramblings of an idle mind
Bad, bad fashion choice
Ralph Lauren's company is promoting its Olympic team parade uniform. With the white pants and the white hat, it makes them look like a bunch of prep school dorks, or country club dweebs. Do our athletes need to look like they're all sucking up to Judge Smails?

This can, however, be easily mitigated. They can all wear the filter masks the cycling team wore. (The Chinese Olympic Committee and government are offended? Fuck them.)

The press, again, needs to grow a pair and keep hammering the Chinese on their air quality. Picking Beijing to host is a mistake from a political and human rights perspective--it rewards the Chinese for doing nothing, and enables them to double-talk their way through it, in front of a world audience. And from a health perspective, they could have put the Games in a fucking coal mine and had the same effect. Putting people who depend on high-performing respiratory systems in one of the world's pollution capitals? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
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dannyman From: dannyman Date: August 8th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
wahwahwah Countries with human rights and pollution problems hosting the Olympics is nothing new. Seriously: Hitler.

. . . . .

China has a serious inferiority complex because after a long streak of mediocrity they've been fucked by European powers, the Japanese, and then Communism for more than a century now. They're getting their shit together, and yes, they're far from perfect.

But look at yourself, America. Are we setting an example in reducing greenhouse emissions? Suspending due process? Torture? No, instead we feed the beast, addicted to the cheap immediate gratifications of consumerism, going heavily into debt to buy all the shit produced in those dirty Chinese factories. Meanwhile we have our own environmental problems that we ignore, like massive run-offs of nitrogen fertilizers and animal shit from factory farms.

The press could grow a pair and confront the American people for their part of the mess--the troubles on this planet we can change--but doing so would turn off viewers. Much easier to throw up our hands and blame the yellow people.

jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: August 8th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
nothing new. Seriously: Hitler.

That was wrong too.

They're getting their shit together, and yes, they're far from perfect.

Economically, you're absolutely right. Socially, the only progress they've made is in PR spin-doctoring. They lose points for the transparent illusion they're trying to sell. You don't get to play offended when someone calls you on your atmosphere you know to be toxic.

Damned straight, our press ought to be holding our own leadership to the fire. At least we still have an open enough society that we get some information out, and we can discuss it publically and stridently with only minimal (though still inexcusable) interference from jackbooted thugs. And we still have enough of a court system that you still have a good chance of getting relief if some badged cockburglar does start fucking with you.
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