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  1. Well, I have to give Translink here credit for making the idea of having the Vancouver International Airport be connected to downtown Vancouver by SkyTrain a bold one. I do not think Toronto or Montreal have such transport service with their subway systems to their international airports. Yet, those two Canadian cities are bigger and "more well-known internationally" than Vancouver, according to that controversial university study about what is deemed a global city.

  2. China and Russia would never be another West, no matter what system, cultural imports from the outside world, if they are still possibly secure the notion of MotherLand (That's extremely different from the Ocean-Civilizations of Europe), that means they are still remain the heavey heritage thousands years ago left to them. It's so complicated to simplify an issue just about criticising on the surface, sometimes we are always singing we are the one,Or one world, one dream....but that's already the most basic to learn and share with each other, like Olympics.

    I don't know, but maybe to listen to allow the other voice commin out is interesting and very good way to learn.

    Frankly, who cares about what China, Russia or other nations will end up turning into. Just make sure that these nations do not go arrogant and think that they can impose their views on others that disagree with it. However, that is easy to say that than actually putting it into practice, right?

    Just remember one thing that BOCOG has already said over and over again: the Olympic Games is "just another international sporting event." I tend to agree with that, but it is a lot difficult to show that, right?

  3. That article, Maryjane, reminded like the comment I posted earlier in another topic. It is almost like some of the Chinese people are already thinking that the "colonialists" may try to return to China to "take back their Chinese lands" from those earlier times. As an example, some are already saying (underground of course) that the British were not true to their word and could try to subvert the Hong Kong people to accept the return of becoming a British colony again, as an example, with the old flag. Talk about paranoia out of control in some ways. And, it is not just China here. Some say that these fears "has spread" to other countries in the region, like Myanmar. Hence, the government's "hostile reaction" to having aid given out by "foreign infidels."

    Now, in a different matter, it seems that the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games may be giving rise to something even more sinister that has nothing to do with the Chinese whatsoever: the heating up of the Cold War. For example, the Russian armed forces are showing off their new armaments to tell the world that "we will become a superpower again." Kind of a bit of bad timing, when Sochi is preparing to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Maybe CAF can tell me what is going on over there, but someone trying to exaggerate big time that the German Democratic Republic (GDR) could be returning again (flag, East Berlin as capital and so on)?? :o :o :o

    Like, give me a break here. You got to love the Internet for allowing such drivel to come out for all of us to see. :rolleyes: China is about to host the Olympic Games and, all of the sudden, the negative news about it (directly and indirectly) just comes out like a flood from Noah's time. This torch relay has already given indication of that. Next thing you know, some group of very ignorant idiots are going to start reporting that the number of Olympic gold medals won by certain countries determines which countries "are a master race or civilization." I have indirectly heard that already, no thanks to someone from my part of the world that have officially said that "Beijing 2008 could be compared to Berlin 1936." I had to get that out of my chest. :angry: :angry: :angry: Really sad and tragic here!

  4. It has been a long while, since this topic had any updates about this project. How is it going so far?

    Why I brought this topic back to the forefront because the Calgary aldermen and the city's transportation planning committee may be coming around and put one of Calgary's LRT lines underground in the downtown core. That undertaking could cost as much as the entire budget for the new West LRT line the city just approved for construction last month. In fact, there is a short tunnel suited for the LRT already done, as a test marker for future development of the idea.

  5. Thanks, jiejie. When I heard this drivel coming out from my local news networks, they make it sound like a "very big deal."

    Again, you got to love the various exaggerations they and it wants to portray here just for ratings. Exaggerations that "cars are evil" to "eating meat is evil." PETA will love that other comment for sure, as they keep saying that humans should not eat meat whatsoever, in order to protect the world's environment "from those like the evil Americans." More so, the thought of "squishing 3 families of 4 into 'a single 3-bedroom apartment'" to save the environment just shook my rocker. I wouldn't be surprised, if some of those extremists would think famines, like the one that struck Ethiopia in 1984, would be good for the planet, too. Can't wait for "1984" to arrive in my lifetime. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

  6. 3 months to go! And, on top of that, China got a surprise, courtesy of the National Geographic. I have to still find the article to claim what my local news networks had broadcast just now. Out of the 14 countries it surveyed, despite the obvious environmental scenes we see on TV lately, NG placed China AT THE TOP of "good environmentalism" in the world. This is no joke: China are better keepers of the environment than a country, like Canada, "by a long shot."

  7. May I, for the record, renew my objections to the Everest climb? Between security that makes Everest look like the Green Zone and the expulsion of US climbers and the BBC from the Everest base camp, the torch bearers/climbers could die attempting to summit the mountain and no one would know. This I think is a far more serious issue than potential Tibeten protests at the base camps.

    Ah well... I suppose as long as BOOC gets their publicity and pretty pictures, who cares who dies?

    It is noted. Besides, when I typed that post, it is going to be assumed that state TV in China would consider such statement to its audience as true. Now that the Olympic torch is on home soil, the people carrying it will be considered "heroes of the Motherland." Let Mao be praised for giving us a powerful nation.

  8. Update today from the IOC for the basketball tourney so far. For the women here, these teams have been grouped already:

    Group A: Australia, Korea, and Russia

    Group B: China, Mali, New Zealand and the USA

    Group A still has 3 more spots to fill; Group B still has 2 more spots to fill. The June 9-15 event at Madrid, Spain, will determine all those spots. As a review, these teams still can qualify here for Beijing 2008:

    - Senegal

    - Angola

    - Cuba

    - Brazil

    - Argentina

    - Japan

    - Chinese Taipei

    - Spain

    - Belarus

    - Latvia

    - Czech Republic

    - Fiji

    For the men, these teams have already qualified: Angola, Argentina, Australia, China, Iran, Lithuania, Russia, Spain and the USA.

    There are still 3 more spots to fill. The July 14-20 event at Athens, Greece, will determine all those spots. As a review, these teams can still qualify here for Beijing 2008:

    - Cameroon

    - Cape Verde

    - Puerto Rico

    - Brazil

    - Canada

    - Lebanon

    - Korea

    - Greece

    - Germany

    - Croatia

    - Slovenia

    - New Zealand

  9. Well, to some Chinese, they think this "farce" on the Olympic torch relay is really trying to break China and Chinese people around the world apart, so that Europe and the Americans would make themselves look powerful. Even more so, some are rumoring that they may try to make China go backward to the concessions era of the 19th century and force Chinese people to go into slavery and servitude to their "white man masters" again. Oh, yes. There seems to be that kind of paranoia in certain parts of the country. They range from Great Britain wanting Hong Kong back to the former colonizers wanting "their Chinese land back" along the coast.

  10. Okay. I thought I was hearing things about "shooting protesters" in the news yesterday. Guess that article showed me that I wasn't hearing things. The bigger question and test is for the next stop of this relay: Canberra. Didn't some news show mentioned that the "Chinese guys in blue" will be arrested and charged with assault, if the protesters in Canberra get manhandled in some way by them and full view of the world's media?

  11. I had thought that one of the possible London 2012 Olympic international torch relay scenarios would somehow repeat the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton relay. Anyway, like I said, after the Athens 2004 one, I thought it just doesn't make real sense to do it nowadays. Some could say that some forms of it could be mistakenly interpreted as "national chauvinism." I remember that there was one planned for Barcelona 1992, but that didn't pan out.

  12. Wouldn't be the Olympic torch relay a great plot for the next but one James Bond thriller? London as host in 2012 - the MI6 fighting against some terrorists, who want to exchange the real torch with a bomb, which explodes during the Opening ceremony?

    ;)

    There was already a Doctor Who episode that had London 2012 involved in some form. If I saw a picture from the episode correctly, the good Doctor time traveler even got to hold the Olympic torch.

  13. Aw jesus christ, here we go again <_<

    Seriously, stop using the olympics as a window for protests. No matter how much reason they have, that's not a good pretext to ruin a cool event. Cut it out already.

    Well, one particular First Nations band did destroy part of the Calgary Olympic Arts Festival because they used the Games to protest against their living standards then. However, since then, that group's living standards has gone down even further over time.

  14. Good question, about how extent does the Aurora Borealis stretches from the North Pole. I haven't lived in Vancouver for a long while, but it doesn't mean that the natural phenomenon cannot be seen from there. From time to time, in the early morning hours in Calgary, I do see it. Sometimes, I need to pinch myself to make sure that I wasn't seeing things.

    Barrack, I had that idea about China's international route should had followed the old Silk Road, too. However, from what I have seen so far, some could get assumptions that it is nothing more than showing the world what China could end up doing, once it becomes a superpower. In turn, some think that the Cold War didn't really go into history, but it is more than alive right now. From the shady parts of the Internet, you do not want to know what kinds of ideas that some people are typing to be true in their conspiracy theory world.

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