China is locking down Beijing. I heard somewhere that only one in ten cars will be on the streets during the festivities next week. I wonder if the cameras will pan over the city and it will look like 'The Omega Man'.
The MSM is blowing a gasket about internet censorship during the
I heard months ago that this would happen. The fact is, if something
happens during the games that makes China look bad, don't expect to get
a story until people travel back to their country of origin. And,
expect them to have no media to show for it.
One of the cementers says the media was promised an opening of the
rules during the games. What freedoms they did have for a while didn't
really work because no one in the field was told to let them report.
The concept of the games being separated from the games has been
completely ignored. China is using the games to show off how great
their system of government is and it is just not working for them. So,
the old rules are slamming doors in the faces of reporters.
I say, welcome to China. What the hell did you expect? They are an
oligarchy by comity. They are a bunch of communists.
There are designated protest areas. This kind of thing has happened
in past Olympics. A cementer was all happy that China was not mowing
down the crowds with flame throwers (yet)
I predict a calm and orderly games with no funky happenings that the
Chinese government doesn't like. Then, after the games are over and
contracts are signed, news will trickle out that all this evil shit
happened behind the scenes. By then, the news cycle will have cycled
and the west will seem indifferent when we are really indifferent.
China will continue doing what China does all the wile buying the
third world block by block for the promise of a few bobbles without
strings or moral outrage in the press.