This post cannot be read in China, because it contains the word "Eighty-Nine." And that's fine, because I'm not writing this for anyone in China. Most English-literate Chinese people can't read this blog anyway because of things we've already written, a fact that our logs show. We get more hits from the Ukraine. No, I'm writing it for you, to urge you to boycott the Beijing Olympic Games, which start tonight.
How do you boycott the Olympics? Easy. Just don't watch them. Don't click on links for news about them. But do click on this link. It's a list of Olympic sponsors, all of whom you should boycott to the extent that you can. Some are easy, such as Coca Cola, McDonald's, Volkswagen, and Adidas. You weren't going to buy a car this month anyway, and if you simply must support slave labor, Nike probably makes better athletic shoes than Adidas anyway. Some, like Visa, are harder to punish, but you can still let them know what you think.
Why should you boycott the Olympics? Because holding the games, which purport to support brotherhood among men, unity through sport, and all that jive, in Beijing in 2008 is not too different from holding them in Khartoum, Sudan. Or Harare, Zimbabwe. Or Pyongyang, North Korea. Or in a concentration camp.
And because all of that brotherhood jive is fake anyway. While the Olympics are suposed to be good for the athletes (except perhaps for the ones forced to kowtow to the Chinese government for trying to protect themselves from the deadly air the people of Beijing breathe every day) they're actually all about money. Money for the athletes in some cases, but mostly about money for the sponsors, and the host, and the network. In this case, NBC, a division of General Electric, which makes nuclear weapons and missiles. And which deserves to lose money on its joint venture with the same government which prevents Tibetan Buddhists, Fa Lun Gong supporters, and Chinese Catholics from worshipping as they will.
And honestly, you don't care about the 200 meter freestyle swimming relays anyway. You'd much rather stare at paint drying than watch something so boring. The whole Olympic enterprise is hype designed to make money for corporations and governments, and you're smart enough to know it. So be a cynic, but for a good cause this time.
Boycott the mass-murdering tyrannical censorious Beijing Olympic games.
H/ts in part: Dave, and Geekpress.