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05-08-2016, 05:50 PM
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Well, Opening Ceremonies are starting. I hope that it all goes well. I love the Olympics; it's a time where humanity comes together to settle its disputes without violence, but through sport. The platitude, "Everyone here is a winner" is actually true, because every person standing there is the best the world's nations have to offer. The Olympics are more than a sporting event, they're a celebration of the human spirit, a triumphant moment where our species transcends our petty self interest and violent disagreements to come together as one. Also revolutionary this year, though heartbreaking, is the Refugee Team, which will compete under the Olympic flag itself instead of for a nation. A group of athletes made up of those who have been driven from their nations in the chaos of the last few years.

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05-08-2016, 06:12 PM
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#SecularPraying for the safety of all the attendees.

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05-08-2016, 06:40 PM
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I think im watching metropolis, when does the automoton show up? Also, they did the flood out of order.

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05-08-2016, 08:31 PM
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Seems to be going well. Love the Parade of Nations and watching the floor fill up as everyone comes in representing their nations. Given how much NBC keeps cutting to commercials, I was amazed to get to see Micronesia's contingent.

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06-08-2016, 09:05 AM (This post was last modified: 06-08-2016 09:21 AM by tomilay.)
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How does one get to watch Rugby Sevens from the US. We seem to be at the mercy of NBC. They only show what is popular in the US or if the US is actually competing. Is there a way I can stream it?

EDIT: Never mind, I found it here http://stream.nbcolympics.com/

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06-08-2016, 11:18 AM
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(05-08-2016 05:50 PM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  Well, Opening Ceremonies are starting. I hope that it all goes well. I love the Olympics; it's a time where humanity comes together to settle its disputes without violence, but through sport.
Sorry, but my opinion is vastly different to yours. I see the Olympics as an overtly political tool—EG: the Brazilian presidency; the current Russian banning; US racism at Mexico City; earlier Egyptian and Iraq boycotts over the Suez incident; China's boycott about the Taiwanese flag; the 20-country boycott because of New Zealand's racism; North Korea's boycott of hosts South Korea; the USSR's total boycott at Los Angeles; the Arab terrorist killings at Munich; the bombing at Atlanta etc.

Quote:The platitude, "Everyone here is a winner" is actually true, because every person standing there is the best the world's nations have to offer.
Not necessarily. Oftentimes they're the ones who can make the most money for their sponsors back home, before and after the Games, and who'll continue to get rich themselves endorsing all sorts of products after the Games. It's known as the cult of personality. The Olympic Games are one of the most effective international marketing platforms in the world.

Quote:The Olympics are more than a sporting event, they're a celebration of the human spirit, a triumphant moment where our species transcends our petty self interest and violent disagreements to come together as one.
This sounds as though it's been written by someone who permanently views the world through rose-coloured glasses—or did you copy it from a travel brochure?

It's cost Australia $264 million (not a typo!) to send our team to Rio this year. And in 2012, each gold medal in London cost Aussie taxpayers $37 million. This order of money could be far better spent on health and education, and social services, all of which are struggling desperately under massive government underfunding and debts.

I'm sure the ancient Greeks would've been horrified at our commercialism and state subsidisation of our Olympic teams. They didn't waste any public income on getting their athletes to the Games. Individual athletes were trained for the Olympics because their families had paid for private athletics classes. And they weren't paid by the likes of Coca-Cola(!), McDonald's(!), Nike, Samsung, Toyota, General Electric, or Dow Chemicals.

Olympians also paid their own way to Olympia, as well as their own accommodation and personal costs during the Games. Why don't our athletes do the same? Why should taxpayers cough up the bill for these show-ponies to run around a field, kick a ball, or throw a stick?

—I guess it's more than obvious I regard the Games as a total wank, a waste of money, and a sad commentary on the massive corporatism of our Western world. I suppose the couch-potatoes stuffing their faces with pizza and beer in front of their TVs for two weeks says it all.

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06-08-2016, 02:52 PM
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(06-08-2016 11:18 AM)SYZ Wrote:  
(05-08-2016 05:50 PM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  Well, Opening Ceremonies are starting. I hope that it all goes well. I love the Olympics; it's a time where humanity comes together to settle its disputes without violence, but through sport.
Sorry, but my opinion is vastly different to yours. I see the Olympics as an overtly political tool—EG: the Brazilian presidency; the current Russian banning; US racism at Mexico City; earlier Egyptian and Iraq boycotts over the Suez incident; China's boycott about the Taiwanese flag; the 20-country boycott because of New Zealand's racism; North Korea's boycott of hosts South Korea; the USSR's total boycott at Los Angeles; the Arab terrorist killings at Munich; the bombing at Atlanta etc.
Fair enough.

Quote:The platitude, "Everyone here is a winner" is actually true, because every person standing there is the best the world's nations have to offer.
Quote:Not necessarily. Oftentimes they're the ones who can make the most money for their sponsors back home, before and after the Games, and who'll continue to get rich themselves endorsing all sorts of products after the Games. It's known as the cult of personality. The Olympic Games are one of the most effective international marketing platforms in the world.

NBC has definitely proven the marketing point last night during the Opening Ceremonies. "It's been two minutes? Time for a commercial break, during a time slot where we charged (probably) twenty times the normal rate." Though while the networks may promote a cult of personality around the Olympians themselves, all it takes is one negative incident to break it, as Phelps found out the hard way when he had to spend years rebuilding his brand after smoking a bong and getting caught, something many people his age could actually relate to.


Quote:The Olympics are more than a sporting event, they're a celebration of the human spirit, a triumphant moment where our species transcends our petty self interest and violent disagreements to come together as one.
Quote:This sounds as though it's been written by someone who permanently views the world through rose-coloured glasses—or did you copy it from a travel brochure?
Just someone who views the Games through rose colored glasses because I view most other things with cynicism.

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It's cost Australia $264 million (not a typo!) to send our team to Rio this year. And in 2012, each gold medal in London cost Aussie taxpayers $37 million. This order of money could be far better spent on health and education, and social services, all of which are struggling desperately under massive government underfunding and debts.
It says a lot about how much wasteful spending our Congress engages in that you point out $264 million isn't a typo, and my first thought is "My representatives can't fart without wasting at least a billion, and that's part of why the national debt will never get paid". And that is a ridiculously high travel cost, especially considering two things: first, the points you raised. Second, the part where your team's accommodations caught fire, had sewage flowing down the walls, has exposed wiring everywhere, and were burgled while fleeing said fire.

Quote:I'm sure the ancient Greeks would've been horrified at our commercialism and state subsidisation of our Olympic teams. They didn't waste any public income on getting their athletes to the Games. Individual athletes were trained for the Olympics because their families had paid for private athletics classes. And they weren't paid by the likes of Coca-Cola(!), McDonald's(!), Nike, Samsung, Toyota, General Electric, or Dow Chemicals.

Olympians also paid their own way to Olympia, as well as their own accommodation and personal costs during the Games. Why don't our athletes do the same? Why should taxpayers cough up the bill for these show-ponies to run around a field, kick a ball, or throw a stick?

—I guess it's more than obvious I regard the Games as a total wank, a waste of money, and a sad commentary on the massive corporatism of our Western world. I suppose the couch-potatoes stuffing their faces with pizza and beer in front of their TVs for two weeks says it all.

Maybe they would, as for your final point. I actually don't know a single person offline who actually watches any of the Olympics other than the Opening Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony. They just check the medal count on their phone, laptop, or tablet, because we all have other things to do besides sit on the couch and stuff our faces with beer and pizza.

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06-08-2016, 04:22 PM
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Australia bulldozed their way through the first day. Women's Rugby Sevens. They are looking unbeatable. Canada might make it interesting in the later stages.

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06-08-2016, 05:43 PM
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(06-08-2016 11:18 AM)SYZ Wrote:  
(05-08-2016 05:50 PM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  Well, Opening Ceremonies are starting. I hope that it all goes well. I love the Olympics; it's a time where humanity comes together to settle its disputes without violence, but through sport.
Sorry, but my opinion is vastly different to yours. I see the Olympics as an overtly political tool—EG: the Brazilian presidency; the current Russian banning; US racism at Mexico City; earlier Egyptian and Iraq boycotts over the Suez incident; China's boycott about the Taiwanese flag; the 20-country boycott because of New Zealand's racism; North Korea's boycott of hosts South Korea; the USSR's total boycott at Los Angeles; the Arab terrorist killings at Munich; the bombing at Atlanta etc.

Quote:The platitude, "Everyone here is a winner" is actually true, because every person standing there is the best the world's nations have to offer.
Not necessarily. Oftentimes they're the ones who can make the most money for their sponsors back home, before and after the Games, and who'll continue to get rich themselves endorsing all sorts of products after the Games. It's known as the cult of personality. The Olympic Games are one of the most effective international marketing platforms in the world.

Quote:The Olympics are more than a sporting event, they're a celebration of the human spirit, a triumphant moment where our species transcends our petty self interest and violent disagreements to come together as one.
This sounds as though it's been written by someone who permanently views the world through rose-coloured glasses—or did you copy it from a travel brochure?

It's cost Australia $264 million (not a typo!) to send our team to Rio this year. And in 2012, each gold medal in London cost Aussie taxpayers $37 million. This order of money could be far better spent on health and education, and social services, all of which are struggling desperately under massive government underfunding and debts.

I'm sure the ancient Greeks would've been horrified at our commercialism and state subsidisation of our Olympic teams. They didn't waste any public income on getting their athletes to the Games. Individual athletes were trained for the Olympics because their families had paid for private athletics classes. And they weren't paid by the likes of Coca-Cola(!), McDonald's(!), Nike, Samsung, Toyota, General Electric, or Dow Chemicals.

Olympians also paid their own way to Olympia, as well as their own accommodation and personal costs during the Games. Why don't our athletes do the same? Why should taxpayers cough up the bill for these show-ponies to run around a field, kick a ball, or throw a stick?

—I guess it's more than obvious I regard the Games as a total wank, a waste of money, and a sad commentary on the massive corporatism of our Western world. I suppose the couch-potatoes stuffing their faces with pizza and beer in front of their TVs for two weeks says it all.

Oh, boycotts have gone on with the olympics almost every 4 years. And anyway, what the hell are you talking about, it's worth watching just to see this guy from Tonga.





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06-08-2016, 06:20 PM
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(06-08-2016 05:43 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  
(06-08-2016 11:18 AM)SYZ Wrote:  Sorry, but my opinion is vastly different to yours. I see the Olympics as an overtly political tool—EG: the Brazilian presidency; the current Russian banning; US racism at Mexico City; earlier Egyptian and Iraq boycotts over the Suez incident; China's boycott about the Taiwanese flag; the 20-country boycott because of New Zealand's racism; North Korea's boycott of hosts South Korea; the USSR's total boycott at Los Angeles; the Arab terrorist killings at Munich; the bombing at Atlanta etc.

Not necessarily. Oftentimes they're the ones who can make the most money for their sponsors back home, before and after the Games, and who'll continue to get rich themselves endorsing all sorts of products after the Games. It's known as the cult of personality. The Olympic Games are one of the most effective international marketing platforms in the world.

This sounds as though it's been written by someone who permanently views the world through rose-coloured glasses—or did you copy it from a travel brochure?

It's cost Australia $264 million (not a typo!) to send our team to Rio this year. And in 2012, each gold medal in London cost Aussie taxpayers $37 million. This order of money could be far better spent on health and education, and social services, all of which are struggling desperately under massive government underfunding and debts.

I'm sure the ancient Greeks would've been horrified at our commercialism and state subsidisation of our Olympic teams. They didn't waste any public income on getting their athletes to the Games. Individual athletes were trained for the Olympics because their families had paid for private athletics classes. And they weren't paid by the likes of Coca-Cola(!), McDonald's(!), Nike, Samsung, Toyota, General Electric, or Dow Chemicals.

Olympians also paid their own way to Olympia, as well as their own accommodation and personal costs during the Games. Why don't our athletes do the same? Why should taxpayers cough up the bill for these show-ponies to run around a field, kick a ball, or throw a stick?

—I guess it's more than obvious I regard the Games as a total wank, a waste of money, and a sad commentary on the massive corporatism of our Western world. I suppose the couch-potatoes stuffing their faces with pizza and beer in front of their TVs for two weeks says it all.

Oh, boycotts have gone on with the olympics almost every 4 years. And anyway, what the hell are you talking about, it's worth watching just to see this guy from Tonga.





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[Image: o-TONGA-OLYMPIC-FLAG-BEARER-facebook.jpg]


And for you fellas....the Brazilian supermodel, Gisele Bundchen

[Image: 155884.jpg]

Whats the matter with you SYZ? Tongue

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