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Polo fits White Wealth Winter Olympics

You might wonder why a polo player features so prominently on the official clothing of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Well of course, because the haberdasher au contract is Ralph Lauren, who one-upped Lacoste so many years ago when so many of the hoi polloi began sporting the little alligators that yuppies needed to differentiate themselves once again.   Of course a snotty sport like polo is not unrepresentative of winter sports. It's exclusive, requires expensive equipment, and near full-time access to snow, meaning globe-trotting jet setters. What's appropriate too about this logo is its size. You didn't remember it being so big? It's targeted at generation Ralph Lauren, now needing reading glasses.

Yanks overseas pretend to be Canadian but how do you do that in Vancouver?

Since the overt militarization of Pax Americana, US citizens traveling the world are advised to pretend they're Canadians. It only took this week's unexpected team USA victory over Canada in men's Olympic hockey, to ignite anti-American feelings. Even before the games began, the USOC's USA House was the only hospitality venue whose address was not made public, conveniently too because it was safely not open to the public. Now visitors leaving USA House are reminded not to wear or behave in any fashion that would distinguish them as Americans as they make their way to their accommodations. 15085

Norway ties USA for Olympic gold

Does it matter really in transnational games between warmonger countries? Nearly all Winter Olympic participants are NATO occupiers of Afghanistan. Though Norway was among several who condemned the Iraq invasion, its oil company is complicit in exploiting Iraq's oil. 15080

Suomi hockey team beats Slovenska for bronze at 2010 Jeux Olympiques

What does it say across the front of the Finnish hockey jersey "SUOMI?" Is that an acronym or an internet initialism? While it could be enthusiasm for Olympic mascot Sumi, Suomi is Finnish/Saami for what they call their country. Apparently the Finns didn't get the memo about bringing Olympic text into uniform English-compliance. 15048

Medal count reflects Wealthy Olympics

The US media ranks the US ahead in the Vancouver Winter Olympics based on most medals won. The non-American consensus rates competitors according to their gold, Germany often leading. If your average win is silver, it does seem queer to declare yourself in first place. Not to mention that total wins appear irrevocably linked to the size of the teams fielded. Inspired by 538 giving 2010 odds based on statistical analysis, I thought about other likely predictors. Number of athletes and population size are both outweighed by Per Capita Income as the deciding factor for final rankings. 14985

Rachael Flatt will not be assimilated

Rachael Flatt is neither fat nor homely, but it doesn't take an Olympic judge to downgrade her prospects in figure skating. Embarrassingly, sports commentators were poised to preempt confused TV viewers from sitting up in alarm. Who is this stout little duckling flailing, albeit with precision, among our swans? The awkward freshness of Flatt's execution made it look all the more miraculous, but I think the between-the-lines verdict was that Flatt flunked her screen test. 14982

Forget Olympic Gold, US claims a ring

The Olympic rings represent continents don't they? I can almost see the globe laid flat traversed by the five rings, even the colors seem culturally appropriate. B, Y, Bk, G, R are the US, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. What is North America but the US with its oil reserves isolated in the state of Canada and its cheap non-citizen labor pool confined in the state of Mexico? Actually the Olympic organization conflates South America with North to accommodate a ring for Oceania. Australia can have a ring of clear wallpaper. The indigenous revolution of Latin America deserves a ring of African dimension. If any powers can stand merging it's US and EU. The Winter Olympics could be represented by a single white ring. 14893

McDonalds: Eat Like Fat Olympians

The authentic moment in the McDonalds commercial "Eat Like Olympians" is where an athlete walks amazed past tables of A-list Olympians stuffing their faces with Chicken McNuggets. He's not starstruck, but dumbstruck at the sight of athletes poisoning themselves/selling out. Would they, could they? Not and hope to win. Center stage is US speed skater JR Celski and it's a damn shame. I always hope medalists will seize their moment in the spotlight to hold their fists high like Mexico 1968. No, they're so self-obsessed they shill for McDonalds and dope the minds of their admirers with Olympic strength toxin. 14826

Shoot him in the chest – I want his hat

Olympic television audiences can be shown Sunday's violent luge death, over and over, but they won't see the video recently leaked from Nigeria, of last summer's cleanup effort against Islamic rebels. Nigeria is a US client state, violently repressing indigenous resistance to Chevron oil environment rape. Footage shows government soldiers leading unarmed men to lay face down in the public square for summary execution. Said one officer before killing a victim: "Sit properly we want to take your picture." Another officer shouted: "Shoot him in the chest not the head -- I want his hat."

The white Olympics

Today I watched the opening ceremonies of the White Olympics in Torino.   Yes, White Olympics. Virtually all the athletes are white. White because winter sports take place in northern climes where most everybody is white. White because winter sports require equipment beyond what tropical non-developed countries can afford their athletes. White because that is the color of the world aristocracy. 129

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