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« Topic Start: August 02, 2008, 12:08:03 pm »

I know a lot of people who usually watch the Olympics don't plan on watching this summer because they're in Beijing. What about you?
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« Reply #1: August 02, 2008, 12:16:19 pm »

I know a lot of people who usually watch the Olympics don't plan on watching this summer because they're in Beijing. What about you?

I don't normally watch sports, but I am boycotting the major Olympic sponsors, and I know that I definitely not going to be watching them.
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« Reply #2: August 02, 2008, 12:33:12 pm »

I know a lot of people who usually watch the Olympics don't plan on watching this summer because they're in Beijing. What about you?

Chiming in with Mel here: I don't typically watch sports, anyway, but the Olympic Committee's compliance with China's human rights violations has convinced me to boycott any official sponsors of the Olympics.
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« Reply #3: August 02, 2008, 12:42:28 pm »

I know a lot of people who usually watch the Olympics don't plan on watching this summer because they're in Beijing. What about you?

SAme as Mel.  Is there a list of major sponsors somewhere. Given I don't actually watch broadcast or cable anywhere but at work, it's hard to find out that way.  And at work it's a couple minute here and 5 minutes there, since they pay me to take care of people. not watch tv
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« Reply #4: August 02, 2008, 12:48:38 pm »

SAme as Mel.  Is there a list of major sponsors somewhere. Given I don't actually watch broadcast or cable anywhere but at work, it's hard to find out that way.  And at work it's a couple minute here and 5 minutes there, since they pay me to take care of people. not watch tv

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http://en.beijing2008.cn/bocog/sponsors/sponsors/

I knoew i  had to give up diet coke, but you know, that wasn't exactly unexpected.
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« Reply #5: August 02, 2008, 12:51:18 pm »

SAme as Mel.  Is there a list of major sponsors somewhere. Given I don't actually watch broadcast or cable anywhere but at work, it's hard to find out that way.  And at work it's a couple minute here and 5 minutes there, since they pay me to take care of people. not watch tv

There is probably another list, but this was the first one I could find. Not sure exactly how support is divided up, but it looks like there are various categories.

http://en.beijing2008.cn/bocog/sponsors/sponsors/
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« Reply #6: August 02, 2008, 01:54:43 pm »

There is probably another list, but this was the first one I could find. Not sure exactly how support is divided up, but it looks like there are various categories.

Hmph...makes me glad my new debit card is a Mastercard.  I've only had Visa for as long as I've had a credit/debit card, but our new bank has a Mastercard-sponsored debit card.

Of course, certain boycotts will be difficult, if not impossible.  Samsung, for example, manufactures a LOT of LCD screens that are then rebranded for resale by other LCD sellers or used (sans branding) in laptop computers, but at least I don't have to buy directly from Samsung in a case like that.

And, of course, there go my dreams of one day owning a VW New Beetle convertible Wink.  (Ah, who am I kidding...once I saw the Smart, VW lost me anyway Grin)
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« Reply #7: August 02, 2008, 02:04:56 pm »

Hmph...makes me glad my new debit card is a Mastercard.  I've only had Visa for as long as I've had a credit/debit card, but our new bank has a Mastercard-sponsored debit card.

Unfortunately for me, my debit card is Visa.  Since there is no point in me closing my current bank account and starting another when the Olympics would be over in a few weeks anyway, I'll let it slide.

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Of course, certain boycotts will be difficult, if not impossible.  Samsung, for example, manufactures a LOT of LCD screens that are then rebranded for resale by other LCD sellers or used (sans branding) in laptop computers, but at least I don't have to buy directly from Samsung in a case like that.

And, of course, there go my dreams of one day owning a VW New Beetle convertible Wink.  (Ah, who am I kidding...once I saw the Smart, VW lost me anyway Grin)

And I'm not planning on buying any electronics or cars so that is one that I don't have to remember.
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« Reply #8: August 02, 2008, 05:55:44 pm »

I know a lot of people who usually watch the Olympics don't plan on watching this summer because they're in Beijing. What about you?

While I don't expect this to be anywhere near as bad as the 1936 Olympics, I have no desire to watch China try to spin itself into a great country instead of a human rights violator on a major scale -- so I will not be watching or even bothering to track the medal results.
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« Reply #9: August 02, 2008, 07:56:01 pm »


I knoew i  had to give up diet coke, but you know, that wasn't exactly unexpected.

I've been dying for a Vault or Vanilla Coke since the sponsors list was announced. Cheesy

I'm so disappointed in VW though; I'd've bought that brand of vehicle when I got my car if not for the extra expense of repairing foreign cars around here.  *le sigh*
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« Reply #10: August 02, 2008, 08:07:45 pm »

I've been dying for a Vault or Vanilla Coke since the sponsors list was announced. Cheesy

I've been having cravings for regular Coke.  I love my Mountain Dew, don't get me wrong, but I need more variation in my choices of caffeine sources.

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VWs are too small to fit my legs in so I wouldn't even bother (then again, so are a lot of cars).  Plus, they're just plain ugly.
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« Reply #11: August 02, 2008, 08:22:43 pm »

VWs are too small to fit my legs in so I wouldn't even bother (then again, so are a lot of cars).  Plus, they're just plain ugly.

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How tall are you Mel?  I'm 6'4", and the only non-gas-guzzling car I've ever been more comfortable in than my dad's 2000 VW Beetle is my wife's '05 PT Cruiser.
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« Reply #12: August 02, 2008, 08:25:53 pm »

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How tall are you Mel?  I'm 6'4", and the only non-gas-guzzling car I've ever been more comfortable in than my dad's 2000 VW Beetle is my wife's '05 PT Cruiser.

Okay I probably misspoke.  They just LOOK too small for me to be comfortable in.  I never been in one.  And you're an inch or two taller than I am.
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« Reply #13: August 02, 2008, 08:48:32 pm »

Okay I probably misspoke.  They just LOOK too small for me to be comfortable in.  I never been in one.  And you're an inch or two taller than I am.

Hehe...I was shocked the first time I sat down in the New Beetle and found it to be so roomy.  We had just been test-driving a Saturn dad was thinking about helping me make a down-payment on, and the leg-room (and head-room) was absolutely abysmal in the Saturn.  Climbing into the VW was like the difference between night and day.  I've wanted one of my own ever since, but, like I said, I could live with having a 50 MPG non-hybrid Smart Grin
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« Reply #14: August 02, 2008, 09:48:35 pm »

I know a lot of people who usually watch the Olympics don't plan on watching this summer because they're in Beijing. What about you?


I loathe the human rights abuses, the lack of political pluralism, and the absence of sound environmental stewardship as practiced by the current Chinese Communist Party.

However, I equally loathe our own ruling class. People who make great show of saluting the flag, gutted this nation's industrial base. They forced our workers to compete with peasants willing to work for pennies per hour, under conditions outlawed 100 years ago in the USA. The lesson they've taught us, is that our own business and political leaders love the dollar more than they ever loved America.

The Chinese Communist Party is collectively guilty of many things, but nobody on Earth has empowered it more than the United States of America. And we won't even get into my own nation's many misdeeds.

I'm torn, because the spirit of the Olympic Games is supposed to be beyond politics. The point is that all our nations can compete peacefully, on the athletic fields...not on the battlefields. The Olympic Games seem especially important now, with the world so much more interconnected than it used to be. All of us live on the brink of extinction.

I also wish that the concerned parties had allowed an actual priestess of Hera (there are many!) to send the first Olympic torch runner on his way, instead of hiring a Greek actress to do the job.

I wish all of China the best with regard to the hosting the Olympic Games. May Zeus grant that all the athletes acheive glory, and that a good time will be had by all attendees.

As for me, I'll probably keep track of the running events.
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