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Lighten Up, Canada

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Posted on Feb 17, 2010
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Things got off to a rocky start when Vancouver’s ice caldron (one of two) refused to erect itself.

The Games haven’t been without their glitches, making Canada the butt of jokes as well as the host of the Olympics. But that’s part of the fun, explains the Guardian’s Marina Hyde: “Sorry for coming over all capital letters about it, but Olympic hosts are SUPPOSED to be teased. You basically pay billions of dollars for the world to laugh at you. Deal with it.”

And it’s only two years until it’s someone else’s turn:

Come 2012, London’s bigwigs will be trying desperately to present a stage-managed image of us to the world. Inevitably they will fail in various ways – mostly in a manner that will amuse us serfs – because hosting the Olympics is like going inside the Big Brother house. You might be able to put up a front for a day or two, but you can’t hide your true nature for long. Blood will out.

So any Canadians upset by people giggling at their malfunctioning ice penises or bad weather need simply wait for what is going around to come around.

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By Dingo, February 21, 2010 at 11:18 am Link to this comment
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Will they still be laughing at us as we try to pay off the $8 billion debt? (472 million/day, or 2000 per person in BC) No, the world will forget our meltdown and “green” misery, and move on to the next olympic circus. Disaster capitalists must be constantly fed fresh meat.

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By Ouroborus, February 18, 2010 at 5:45 am Link to this comment

TD is seriously out of touch with the facts on the
Most notably Amy Goodman was stopped and interrogated
at the Canadian border; because she was giving a talk
in B.C. And it had nothing to do with the Olympics.
Many others have been treated the same if they had any
reporter credentials.
Canada is going the Gestapo route of the U.S.
I used to see Canada as a refuge from American style
fascism; no more. Be warned; there is a trend here and
it shocks me Canada has bought the kool aid.

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By Russian Paul, February 17, 2010 at 11:36 pm Link to this comment

Truthdig - do you understand that when you report this trifle BS fluff story
instead on focusing on the massive protests going on outside, this seriously calls
into question the integrity of this site? These games are on stolen land, they are
costing Canadian taxpayers billions, they have completely locked down Vancouver
and turned it into a police state, with plenty of police brutality and preemptive
arrests, not to mention this is the most environmentally destructive games despite
being called the “greenest games.”

And THIS is the article you put out? I’m sure you have a more in depth look at this
somewhere on this site, but this is just a worthless story, fluff like this should not
be posted on a respectable news source.

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By NZDoug, February 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

As a CDN-NZ citizen I cringe with pride.
Go Team Canada!

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