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Official 2008 Olympics Thread (FINAL:USA most medals, China most golds)


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#421 Koggit

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 06:11 PM

I only like a thing or two from the opening and closing ceremonies. 90% of it was pretentious ego stroking.


Most of the pieces were about unity & change... how is that pretentious? I thought they were great, both in spectacle and message.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 06:23 PM

so these olympics were the most watched television program in history, let alone the most watched olympics ever.

so why did so many people watch? from the opening ceremony i was watching every day until midnight or later. i've never watched the olympics like i did this time around in such volume.

it's kind of strange. was it the primetime coverage? curiosity of china? michael phelps?

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 06:30 PM

Most of the pieces were about unity & change... how is that pretentious? I thought they were great, both in spectacle and message.


Which is laughably (unless your Tibetan) ironic considering the host country.

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#424 Koggit

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 06:48 PM

Which is laughably (unless your Tibetan) ironic considering the host country.


Not really, it isn't -- at all.


You hate communism, we get it. I ignored your first post for a reason. Moving on...

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 07:25 PM

Really? All I see is you whining about how China's Government is so bad. In fact, none of your 3 posts are ABOUT the competition. Keep crying please~

I hope to god that NBC never gets to show the Olympics ever again. Why the Fuck do they do these stupid interviews when they should be showing either live coverage or replays? Cutting parts here and there, I wonder if their diving commentary is even live.


Because the government and the games go hand in hand. You can't justify the ends when the means were so fucked. The competition was great, I watched almost every night, but that was for the athletes. I'm not going to praise the Chinese like every other idiot for putting up some pretty lights and loud music after seeing what they did to put them up in the first place.

And again, Koggit, ignorantly taking a legitimate issue and brushing it off as hate speech. Yeah, real worldly. Doesn't matter how shit happened as long as it makes things on the boob-tube look good? Class-A.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 07:26 PM

Nobody mentioned that Jimmy Paige did the vocals to Stairway to Heaven. :(


Probably because he didn't do the vocals and the song he played was "Whole Lotta Love" not "Stairway to Heaven". :roll:

#427 Koggit

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 08:38 PM

Yeah seriously who was that? I agree with neocisco and Greetard though.


I actually downloaded the ceremony (1.5gb) just for her. I got some screengrabs...

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I've always had a thing for violin chicks, even when they aren't in hot pants.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 08:51 PM

boy shorts... wow she looked nice

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 09:43 PM

I actually downloaded the ceremony (1.5gb) just for her. I got some screengrabs...

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I've always had a thing for violin chicks, even when they aren't in hot pants.


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Posted 26 August 2008 - 11:00 PM

Really? All I see is you whining about how China's Government is so bad. In fact, none of your 3 posts are ABOUT the competition. Keep crying please~

I hope to god that NBC never gets to show the Olympics ever again. Why the Fuck do they do these stupid interviews when they should be showing either live coverage or replays? Cutting parts here and there, I wonder if their diving commentary is even live.


So legitimate human rights concerns about the Chinese government qualifies as "retarded shit, whining, and crying?"

It doesn't surprise me how well the Olympics did ratings-wise. This one stood out with superstar athletes whose performances were spread throughout the entire duration of show.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 11:19 PM

Legitimate human rights concerns are retarded, whining, crying shit when interjected into discussions where it has no place. It's a topic I'd love to discuss (and one I've studied extensively) but this isn't the place. Start a thread in vs if you have any important points to make.

It's akin to if America had hosted the games, done a fantastic job, and discussion about the games resulted in nothing but petty bickering about the war and shady lobbyist deals. There's a time and place for criticism of China, but it's not here.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 11:32 PM

Probably because he didn't do the vocals and the song he played was "Whole Lotta Love" not "Stairway to Heaven". :roll:


Shows what I know. I just heard about though, I didn't actually watch it. But now I know. :wave:

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 11:33 PM

I actually downloaded the ceremony (1.5gb) just for her. I got some screengrabs...
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I've always had a thing for violin chicks, even when they aren't in hot pants.


You don't have to have a thing for violin chicks to appreciate that. :drool:

#434 neocisco

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 12:23 AM

If some of us want to discuss Chinese communism in relation to the Olympics hosted by China we can and we will. If you don't agree with an opposing opinion to yours, guess what? You can do that. But trying to tell me where and when I'll discuss it? Try again. By the way, when you use phrases like "retarded, whining, crying shit" it robs you of all credibility.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 12:52 AM

"retarded, whining, crying shit"


That was paraphrased from DQT, who paraphrased gokou36. Try to keep up.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 01:08 AM

Say what you want about China, they are the world's next superpower and will soon eclipse the U.S.. Gonna have to learn to live with 'em.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 02:47 AM

Legitimate human rights concerns are retarded, whining, crying shit when interjected into discussions where it has no place. It's a topic I'd love to discuss (and one I've studied extensively) but this isn't the place. Start a thread in vs if you have any important points to make.

It's akin to if America had hosted the games, done a fantastic job, and discussion about the games resulted in nothing but petty bickering about the war and shady lobbyist deals. There's a time and place for criticism of China, but it's not here.


You know, I agree with you that this is not the thread for criticizing China, but you of all people should not talk about being off-topic in threads.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:04 AM

So legitimate human rights concerns about the Chinese government qualifies as "retarded shit, whining, and crying?"

It doesn't surprise me how well the Olympics did ratings-wise. This one stood out with superstar athletes whose performances were spread throughout the entire duration of show.


Yes, because like Koggit said, there is a POLITICS FORUM. If you want to talk about how the Chinese Government screwed you over, go to that forum and post away. There is no need for that shit in here.

If anyone thinks I am defending the Chinese Government, they are idiots. I hate communist but that doesn't mean that I should cry about the good work that these people put into the show.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:05 AM

You guys keep on trying to separate the injustices done to their poor from the topic of the Olympics, when I'm trying to highlight the injustices done to their poor because of the Olympics. The Iraq war would have no bearing on the Olympics if it were held in the U.S.- we wouldn't bulldoze poor neighborhoods and force people to work endless hours at less than minimum wage because of it. That's a terrible analogy, especially for someone who (OMG!!) studied human rights extensively.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:08 AM

That was paraphrased from DQT, who paraphrased gokou36. Try to keep up.


Learn to use quotes then. They're a useful tool. There's a difference between paraphrasing and quoting. A good example would be my last post.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:25 AM

You guys keep on trying to separate the injustices done to their poor from the topic of the Olympics, when I'm trying to highlight the injustices done to their poor because of the Olympics. The Iraq war would have no bearing on the Olympics if it were held in the U.S.- we wouldn't bulldoze poor neighborhoods and force people to work endless hours at less than minimum wage because of it. That's a terrible analogy, especially for someone who (OMG!!) studied human rights extensively.


Hello, they were talking about the ceremony show. Do you want me to go back to quote them and yourself on why this subject even existed?

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:34 AM

Learn to use quotes then. They're a useful tool. There's a difference between paraphrasing and quoting. A good example would be my last post.


Quotation marks are for quotes, and I didn't quote anything.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:11 AM

Hello, they were talking about the ceremony show. Do you want me to go back to quote them and yourself on why this subject even existed?


I have a hard time swallowing your alleged "seriousness." If you can't get the fact that this is a general discussion of the Olympics, then I really don't know what to say. I feel sorry for you.

I quoted Koggit on his statement about the ceremonies not to chime in on their impressiveness, but to bring light to another issue. About the Olympics. Which belongs in this thread. Designated to the Olympics.

It doesn't fuckin' matter what they were talking about before. This is an entirely different animal- one that can co-exist with the ceremony talk.

I'm done responding to you. It's a waste of time.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:25 AM

Neocisco, I agree with your fundamental viewpoints on the Chinese government, but to insinuate that they somehow coerced their volunteers is silly. I'm sure a lot of it is nationalistic sentiment. Plus it's the Olympics! If the Olympics came to my hometown, I would volunteer in a heartbeat.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:33 AM

I have a hard time swallowing your alleged "seriousness." If you can't get the fact that this is a general discussion of the Olympics, then I really don't know what to say. I feel sorry for you.

I quoted Koggit on his statement about the ceremonies not to chime in on their impressiveness, but to bring light to another issue. About the Olympics. Which belongs in this thread. Designated to the Olympics.

It doesn't fuckin' matter what they were talking about before. This is an entirely different animal- one that can co-exist with the ceremony talk.

I'm done responding to you. It's a waste of time.



Sure it does matter what they were talking about. You are the one that came in here to cry about the Chinese Government for no reason.


Plus it's the Olympics! If the Olympics came to my hometown, I would volunteer in a heartbeat.


I agree with this. You show your patriotism by volunteering, not because of being forced or doing it for money.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:25 PM

Neocisco, I agree with your fundamental viewpoints on the Chinese government, but to insinuate that they somehow coerced their volunteers is silly. I'm sure a lot of it is nationalistic sentiment. Plus it's the Olympics! If the Olympics came to my hometown, I would volunteer in a heartbeat.


To clarify, I didn't mean to insinuate that everyone was coerced. I'm sure there were legitimate volunteers, probably even the majority of them. But judging by the past actions of the government I'm confident there were "strong suggestions" and incentives for some of them.

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