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Posted 18 August 2008 - 05:47 AM
Posted 18 August 2008 - 01:25 PM
Which part did you like the best... the one where the little girl lip-synced, or the computer generated fireworks? Actually, I think the opening ceremony is a wonderful metaphor for everything else; it's all just smoke and mirrors.
The Opening Ceromany is best described as Awesome!
Posted 18 August 2008 - 03:34 PM
They run as if the very whips of their masters were behind them.
Posted 18 August 2008 - 06:21 PM
Edited by m0le, 18 August 2008 - 06:23 PM.
Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:16 PM
Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:44 PM
it's all just smoke and mirrors.
I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!
Posted 18 August 2008 - 10:09 PM
Posted 19 August 2008 - 03:01 AM
Unless you were just inviting debate
At the risk of sounding like a 'softy', I personally give them credit for the hard, hard work and ability to win so many medals.
The individual Chinese person doesn't scare me - rather, it's the government and the mass of citizens as a group quickly running out of land.
Posted 19 August 2008 - 07:43 AM
Posted 19 August 2008 - 09:27 AM
Posted 19 August 2008 - 11:22 AM
Edited by woodyblade, 19 August 2008 - 11:23 AM.
Posted 19 August 2008 - 11:53 AM
It honestly would not surprise me that it would require (another) revolution to turn China around.
“In the middle of the night, while they were sleeping, people came in and broke up the courtyard wall. There were lots of people living there together in this building, they had a shop, it was really dangerous, there were still people living there.”
—“Zhang,” friend of a forcibly evicted Beijing family
China’s rapid urban development, fueled in Beijing by preparations for the 2008 Olympics, is leading to the eviction of homeowners and tenants in violation of Chinese law and international standards on the right to housing. In many cities, Chinese local authorities and developers are forcibly evicting hundreds of thousands of homeowners and tenants who have little legal recourse. Evicted residents left with few avenues of redress have increasingly taken to the streets to protest, where they have met police repression.
Developers often work with local government officials to request and implement forced evictions. Widespread corruption can lead Communist Party officials to favor the interests of developers over those of residents. Courts often refuse to hear eviction cases because of pressure by local officials. As a result, people who challenge their eviction cannot properly pursue their claims through arbitration or in court. Where residents do receive compensation, it is often inadequate. Human Rights Watch said that national legal reforms have had minimal impact in reversing this situation.
Posted 20 August 2008 - 12:41 PM
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Posted 20 August 2008 - 01:00 PM
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 12:39 PM
Edited by woodyblade, 21 August 2008 - 12:39 PM.
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