Saturday, July 07, 2012

Does this mean we can cancel the Olympics?

In which the fundamentally fraudulent nature of the Olympic Games is revealed:
In what some might consider a predictable incident, the Olympic flame was extinguished today as the torch relay took to the water on a raft through the canoe slalom venue in Essex. Day 50 was a difficult one for the torch relay, after a crash between two motorcycles earlier forced a delay and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s turn carrying the flame was marred by pouring rain. In the first setback for the day, the torch convoy was held up for 20 minutes after two motorbike riders collided near Chelmsford around 7.40am,and had to be rushed to hospital with suspected broken bones....

It isn’t the first time the Olympic flame has gone out as it makes its way through the UK. Back on May 21, just three days into the relay, the flame on a torch attached to para-badminton star David Follett's wheelchair burned out while in Devon. In another early hitch to proceedings, the flame was blown out by a gust of wind as it was being lit for the first time in Greece. It had to be relit before being handed to a torchbearer.
Symbols and traditions are important and worthy of respect, but the Olympic symbolism is simply fake through and through. It's a pity the torch isn't genuinely some sort of augury, or we could hope that the games would be cancelled as a result of all these bad omens.



Anonymous Matt July 07, 2012 1:05 PM  

They supposedly have a backup "original" flame they keep in a miner's lamp. No idea if it's the truth or if they use a Bic, but at least nominally the re-lit flames are not fake.

Anonymous Difster July 07, 2012 1:08 PM  

For your overhyped Olympic reading pleasure, here's the info on THE TORCH

Blogger IM2L844 July 07, 2012 1:23 PM  

Given that my spotless record of inversely proportional prognostication must be equal to at least a series of 20 coin flips in a row, it is worthy of entertaining the notion that I could ensure a trouble free Olympics, with a 5 sigma certainty, simply by predicting their demise. After that, maybe I will save the world from the 2012 apocalypse.

You're welcome.

Anonymous scoobius dubious July 07, 2012 1:58 PM  

The LOLympics (or at least the contemporary version) are a little bit like the James Bond franchise: all the fun sort of leaked out of it once the Cold War was over, because back then subtextually it was all really about Who Will Win? The steely joyless Iron Curtain, or the cheeky gadget-building oversexed Free World? Every so often there'd be an unexpected amusing gold medal from say Uruguay, but mostly it was USA And Friends versus USSR And Steroid-enhanced Shemale Friends. That gave the whole thing a cosmic-drama sort of entertainment value. ("For Canadian gymnast, UK judge says: 9! Soviet judge says: 2!")

The Chinese aren't nearly as much fun as villains. (And make no mistake, they are the new villains, and they have no intention of giving up the role. The Muslims? Pfft, who really cares. The Muslims are villains at our sufferance. Quit funding doles, immigration, and maternity wards, and stop the cowardly pandering to this human slime, and the Muslim threat is over in a week.)

With the Chinese it's like fighting the Borg instead of the Klingons. The Klingons gave you some adrenaline-value for your money; with the Borg it's just like having cancer or something. Plus also, you have even less fun over the struggle because the ChiComs and the Muslims are non-white, so it still seems culturally like bad manners to point out that yes, they are indeed the enemy. This will have to change.

Of course DWLs and YKW are the real enemy, but we're not officially supposed to notice this, either. Too bad they can't field their own Olympic teams, so we could name them in public. (Can you imagine? The Williamsburg/Austin/Portland Soft-handed Bien-Pensant Anti-Racist "Please Rape Our Daughters" Basketball Team, and the ADL/ACLU/SPLC/DNC/AIPAC "Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain!" boxing squad!)

Maybe there should be two sets of Olympics: one for the entire world, so we can have the tedious multicultural pageants and silver medals for Burma or whatever; and a separate one for just the Western world --- "Hey sorry, but after all us white folks invented all this crap, and sometimes we just want to ski and play tennis and do gymnastics by ourselves. Call us back in another two weeks, Mmmkay? And quit raping our daughters!"

That's something I could be talked into giving a shit about.

Blogger Giraffe July 07, 2012 2:00 PM  

You're welcome.

Why don't you predict that I will be poor for life. At least one of us will break his streak.

Anonymous cheddarman July 07, 2012 2:38 PM  

For the Olympics to be genuine, I would at least like to see some animal sacrifices on top of Mount Olympus, with a pagan priest to read the entrails...and America should have to stop all of its wars, at least for the duration of the games



Anonymous Cinco July 07, 2012 2:46 PM  

List of solutions for a more "entertaining" olympics.

1. Go down to two hours worth of events. That means getting rid of any "sport" that takes longer than 5 minutes to complete.

2. Any "sport" that uses ratings by judges as the sole source of determining the winner is no longer an olympic event.

3. No male/female divisions. The best athletes compete period.

That would make it watchable...

Anonymous daddynichol July 07, 2012 2:51 PM  

The Chinese could set a Tibetan monk on fire and send him on his way.

Anonymous scoobius dubious July 07, 2012 2:54 PM  

I think they should all compete naked, like the Greeks did in the good old days.

That might make it watchable.

Anonymous scoobius dubious July 07, 2012 2:56 PM  

"animal sacrifices on top of Mount Olympus"

Now there's an interesting question: did the Greeks ever actually GO to the top of Mount Olympus? If they had, then they would have seen with their own eyes that there weren't any gods living up there.

Huh. I never thought of that before, wonder if they did.

Anonymous bob k. mando July 07, 2012 3:21 PM  

scoobius dubious July 07, 2012 2:54 PM
I think they should all compete naked, like the Greeks did in the good old days.
That might make it watchable.

it would appear that you and Cinco are diametrically opposed. Cinco proposes a rule which, practically speaking, would result in women no longer competing ...

Difster July 07, 2012 1:08 PM
For your overhyped Olympic reading pleasure, here's the info on THE TORCH

"Remarkable means of transportation were used in 1976, when the flame was transformed to a radio signal. From Athens, this signal was transmitted by satellite to Canada,[7] where it was received and used to trigger a laser beam to re-light the flame."


Anonymous revrogers July 07, 2012 3:32 PM  

Pirahnas in the swimming pool

Tennis balls lobbed at the gymnasts

Anonymous Dr. T July 07, 2012 3:36 PM  

Fun fact: The torch relay was introduced by the Nazis for the Berlin olympics. As suggested by a Jew.

Blogger IM2L844 July 07, 2012 3:40 PM  

Why don't you predict that I will be poor for life. At least one of us will break his streak.

You have a new daughter. Seems like a no-brainer. Consider it done.

Anonymous Godfrey July 07, 2012 6:38 PM  

The tradition of the Olymipic flame started with the 1936 games in Berlin.

Anonymous T14 July 07, 2012 7:47 PM  

"Symbols and traditions are important and worthy of respect"
Meh, most are made up nearly on the spot anyway. See, e.g., Hawaiians luaus and various other Native American "traditions."

As to the games, people were predicting televised gladiatorial combat years ago. Bring it on already.

Anonymous The other skeptic July 08, 2012 2:15 AM  

Google used to say Do No Evil

Blogger James Higham July 08, 2012 7:25 AM  

Vox, can we? May we cancel the Olympics? No one over here wants them.

Anonymous The OASF July 08, 2012 10:27 AM  

But where else would the anti-Christ find such a great venue to make his appearance? Maybe even disguised as some benevolent alien? Interesting.

Anonymous JI July 08, 2012 3:22 PM  

Vox, please explain what you mean when you say the Olympic games are "fundamentally fraudulent".

Anonymous scoobius dubious July 08, 2012 6:10 PM  

"But where else would the anti-Christ find such a great venue to make his appearance? Maybe even disguised as some benevolent alien?"

Well we've already (quite literally! check the source) got President Nyarlathotep, so I suppose anything's possible.

Blogger Eric Mueller July 08, 2012 6:20 PM  

I know a lot of people who are excited to watch the Olympics. I've never cared about them, even before I know how corrupt the whole thing was. That includes corruption among the committee, steroid use and cheating by the athletes, and further corruption by the sponsors, like Visa being the official sponsor of some Olympics, so you can't use any other means to purchase overpriced merchandise.

Hey, remember how one of Obamessiah's first acts as President was to beg the Olympic committee to hold the 2012 games in Chicago?

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