I posted this in another thread in 'etc. etc.', but I feel it warrants its own thread as it is majorly topical right now, and the headline speaks volumes. It's been spoken of before in this forum, but when I hear all the 'oohs' and 'aahs' over the opening ceremony of the Olympics, it just makes me sick to the stomach. Here is the repost, and I hope it makes some people reconsider their views on the debacle that is the Chinese Olympics. The opening ceremony I am sure was SPECTACULAR, and within the next 20 years I am sure that another opening ceremony will be written about in such lustful regard. In the meantime however, what about the Chinese Governments blatant disregard for it's own people in its drive to create this spectacle that will create wonder and awe? While you are all 'oooohing' and 'aaaahing', RIGHT now there are HUNDREDS of thousands of people left destitute, homeless, beaten by developers and governmental thugs, or locked up in jail for complaining. Also, some have gone missing. Don't believe me, watch THIS. OVER 1.5 MILLION Chinese people have been evicted, often by brute force, to make way for the Chinese Olympics. Not some bandwagon that I have pointedly jumped on either, but in all actuality, a fact I have known about for some years. After reading 'Seven Years in Tibet' as a teenager, I've always felt anger and reproachment at the Chinese Government and watch them with a suspicious eye. Also, yes actually, they do use slave labour in China, much of the official olympic merchandise on offer were made by children, working long hours for a menial wage. In this day and age, that to me is slave labour. And the Chinese Government are very canny....if found out, they will report the finding of the child labour factory in the (state controlled) press, and say that officials are investigating. In the meantime, the labour goes on. But the World thinks...'ok, something is being done'. All you who choose to enjoy the Olympics, you should do....after all thousands of innocent people were forced out of their homes and livelihoods, with little or no recompense, destitute, in jail for protesting...after all, nothing untoward must be seen on China's tightly controlled streets. These are PEOPLE WITH SOULS, HUMAN BEINGS, not just stories, or pixels on a screen. Keep those blinkers on, while you watch the games on your huge plasma screen in your cosy home, with your Grandparents, parents, spouses, your children...all that you hold dear, privileged and safe. Again, watch THIS... (if you dare). WOW, just look at that amazing Olympic Torch. BULLSHIT. BULLSHIT. BULLSHIT. If we truly live in a World where our people, our kind, can so easily turn a blind eye to the wrongs done by the corrupt powers that be to others, then lets face it, we are FUCKED. It's fucking shameful. And utter shame on those who wilfully wear those blinkers. Shame on you.