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Tuesday August 05 2008

On Saturday I hazarded the guess that since the rain had cleaned the sky in Beijing, and that nothing was now dirtying it again, it would stay clean.  Luckily I added, as I often do: “But what do I know?” Not much, it would seem:

Bad news: Well, it doesn’t appear to have just been “morning mist” today, as I speculated earlier.  Below and after the jump, a few pictures from the Olympic site early this afternoon. At this point, 100 hours before the opening ceremony and seven years after the decision to hold the Olympics in Beijing, there is really not anything to “do” about the city’s air anymore - except hope that whatever cleansing wind blew through over the weekend comes again.

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To be totally selfish about this, I would like everyone in Beijing for the next month to choke to death, because that would make little old me look like a clever little old blogger for airing this issue here.  Ho ho.

That has always struck me as the most pervasive sort of media bias, namely media bias in favour of themselves and their own correctness and cleverness and wonderfulness, or in this case, myself and mine.

My basic verdict ever since I tuned into this story has been: Bad Choice, and this has already been proved entirely right, even if the Beijing sky goes back to blue for the the duration.  The IOC were mad to take this risk, mad to believe the Chinese government that it wasn’t a risk.  However, when it comes to predicting whether or not the Beijing sky really is going to turn blue again, I now officially Give Up.

UPDATE:  I’ve just learned that the architectural planning for the Beijing Olympics is being done by one Albert Speer.  Yes, he is related.  Son.

Oh wow, that was quite a masterful stroke in the update, Brian!
And the link to Khruscheva!

You just can’t make that stuff up, no srsly!

Posted by Tatyana on 06 August 2008

Frankly, Brian my old feller, who the hell cares (or ought to care) whether we can see anything going on at these hijacked Fascist Smugfests called “Olympics” any more? IMHO they have been corrupted since 1936 (and probably before for all i know) by big-states that want to show off their willies to the world.

The sooner Boris Johnson pulls London out of the 2012 lot the better. but I can’t see it happening sadly.

Posted by David Davis on 06 August 2008

Thomas Rohregger’s first breath of Olympic air was not what he expected. “I hadn’t thought that it would be so bad,” the Austrian said after his first training ride. “Really awful, my lungs and even my eyes are burning.”

Rohregger rode only the flat stretch of the road race course and didn’t get into the climbs. “That’s why I tried to ride a bit faster. But the pressure on my lungs was nearly unbearable. Three hours of training felt like six hours,” said Rohregger to Austrian television sender ORF.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2008/aug08/aug06news3

DD: zzzzzz

Posted by Blognor Regis on 06 August 2008

DD

I think it is perfectly possible to despise the Olympics, yet to consider this particular manifestation of the idiocy quite important, unlike the next lot in London, which will only matter because it will cost me and my fellow Londoners and fellow Brits so much bloody money.

China, and how it handles the world, and how the world responds to such handling, is very important.  More important, in my opinion, than Islamic Fundamentalism, unless Islamic Fundamentalism succeeds in letting off an atom bomb somewhere.  These Olympics are a big part of that.

My guess - only a guess - is that the Chinese Government will end up thinking this was more trouble than it was worth.  But, we shall see.  Maybe this is just wishful thinking on my part.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 07 August 2008

Around the blogs it does seem rather in vogue to pooh-pooh the Olympics and whinge about them, boringly but probably accurately, as DD does above. But once all is said and done, I still really like them. I shall definately be up before 7 tomorrow (Sat) and tuned in.

Posted by Blognor Regis on 08 August 2008

Just below the medal table on the BBC Olympics site, they have helpfully added a LATEST BBC AIR PARTICLE READING. (Although I presume that they’re measuring particulates in the air, rather than actual air particles).
Anyway, it’s currently just over twice the WHO recommended levels.

Nice.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympics/default.stm

Posted by 6000 on 09 August 2008

The Olympics are generally awarded by one group of ghastly people to various other groups of ghastly people, and they invariably cost too much money, which has been stolen from less ghastly people.

However, I really enjoy them from a sporting perspective, although I could do with the swimming finals being on at some time other than 3am.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 10 August 2008
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