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August 8, 2008
Are the Chinese Olympics a Trap?
The Onion reminds us that we can never be too careful.
Posted on August 8, 2008 at 2:10 PM
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But nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Is the USA a captive animal?
Very nicely done.
I still think the food marketing/risk story was the best I have seen from them in a long time:
Reporter: "Researchers at the Domino's Pizza Institute announced yesterday that they are nearing completion of their thirty year study testing the limits of what human beings will eat."
Scientist: "People willingly ate everything our lab created. In fact they paid money for it. The results continue to surprise me."
Reporter: "...decreasing the nutritional value and increasing the visual repulsiveness of their pizzas only makes them more popular."
Scientist: "In the final stages of the study we plan to top the pizzas with actual garbage, but judging from our findings people will probably eat those too."
Heh, the Onion should have combined the two stories -- perhaps say that the Chinese just need to put some cheap flashy-looking but unhealthy crap in a trap and Americans will fall right in.
A death trap.
BEIJING (AP) -- A knife-wielding Chinese man attacked two relatives of a coach for the U.S. Olympic men's volleyball team at a tourist site in Beijing, killing one and injuring the other on the first day of the Olympics on Saturday, team officials and state media said....
Physical security aside, I'm sure the Chinese Intelligence agency is in Full Force on the streets. Wonder how many Passive RF readers are out there just scooping up Info as it goes by...
Actually this is a great opportunity for foreign service intelligence agencies (from any country) to evaluate the Chinese methods, equpiment the Chinese precautions. Specifically to evaluate how much is deterrance (e.g. due to show of force) and how much is really effective. No doubt the game is very much afoot. Not to mention the all-out attack on the Chinese Internet filters by visitors. There is little doubt that the Olympics will have a a huge net-negative effect on the government's goals. It will be interesting to see the crackdown (quiet or not) after the games conclude. I predict we'll be talking again about China in March (6 mos).
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