Friday, February 12, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A luger from Georgia named Nodar Kumaritashvili died while training at the Vancouver Olympics. As part of the increasing Americanization of Canada, quite obvious in the jingoistic win-at-all-costs stench of the media coverage (both Canadian corporations, and the Conservative government, are planning to do very well for themselves with a pile of Canadian medals), Canada has turned to what amounts to the worst of bad sportsmanship (my emphasis in red):
"With a vertical drop of 152 metres, greater than any other facility in the world, the Whistler track is acknowledged as the fastest there is, but there are fears it will also prove the most dangerous.

'Please, let there be no accidents there because that could kill the sport,' said Andy Schmid, the performance director of British Skeleton, who condemns as irresponsible the Canadian authorities' decision to limit practice time for overseas competitors to just 40 training runs compared with the 300-plus runs set aside for Canadian athletes.

'People have the argument that it's just home advantage and that's normal for an Olympic host country, but it's different for sports involving high speed. Can you imagine in Formula One nobody being allowed on a track because somebody has home advantage?'"

Canada builds an insanely dangerous track, then allows only its athletes to properly train on it. The obvious intent is that the danger will force the non-Canadians to hold back on their runs, giving the prepared Canadians an enormous advantage. The Canadian media made sure that everybody, including other athletes, saw the death in slow motion. This grasping for medals has directly lead to the death of an athlete. There is a word for this: murder.

The Dynamite Prize in Economics.

"Did Goldman Rig Vote on UK 'Robin Hood Tax'?"

The Economist, without outright saying so, blames the undermining of Iranian nuclear, research, including the assassination of Masoud Alimohammadi, on the Mossad. Of course, this could be planted Israeli disinfo.

Still looking for that elusive Palestinian Gandhi . . . .

Businessmen demand facts, which is why the news parts - as opposed to the insane op-ed parts - of financial papers tend to be surprisingly accurate.

This video, by an Australian comedy group, is incredible. We live in an era of appropriation.

From this week's popbitch:
"John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln was the great-great-great-grandfather of Cherie Blair."
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