Nah, will be watching. Nothing else to do.
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think this should be moved to the Olympics sub forum...at least this will become the biggest thread in that
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One China, One Family. 1300000 Chinese hearts support the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games"
FWIW, I'm going to be travelling at the time, and I'm not really that worried about missing it all, though I will try to make an effort to catch the opening ceremony. Should be cool.
For example, does pollution concern me? Yes. Am I going to go around attacking coal power plants to stop it - no that's an overreaction based on how concerned I am. Am I going to stop using a car altogether? Maybe, but again its probably an overreaction based on how much it would disrupt my life. But will I try to get the least polluting car I can afford and look for other ways I can reduce my impact? For sure.
Same thing with my objection to some of the Chinese government's policies. Am I going to go join a freedom fighter's guerilla army and try to overthrow their state - of course not. Am I going to going to not watch something I'm really interested in, or that would be important to me to make a point - no I don't feel that strongly about it. Am I going to elect not to watch something that would be somewhat interesting and enjoyable for me if it were held elsewhere, because I don't want to buy into a propaganda exercise that's been attached to it - sure.
I freely admit I don't know as much about the Bangladeshi political situation as I do about China - but honestly I probably wouldn't bother to watch Australia vs. Bangers because it would be a **** match in all likelihood. But I would boycott an Australian tour of Zimbabwe if they did one at the moment. I don't feel the need to be absolute in these things - I think there's room to take each case on its merits without actually being hypocritical.
A more pertinent example might be - would I have boycotted the Olympics if it had been held in America around the time of the Iraq invasion - I think I probably would have.
BTW, love to know the basis on which you decided I'm a Johnny-come-lately, or that the issue with Tibet - for instance - is passe.
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Haha, the Olympics.
The real beef I have with China is their environmental policies. It's going to lead to their self-destruction anyway, so meh.
"Come on Tim/Andy!" - Makes me cringe so much.. A sport that we are so consistantly woeful at should be banned tbh..
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