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  1. Please, if Beijing's air quality issues weren't detrimental, then neither will Paris'.
  2. I still can’t get over that! “Woke” in France is “wokisme”! But yes, the hypocrisy is glaring, isn’t it! it certainly is here ATM, that’s for sure! I remember when they were looking for the Boston marathon bomber right after, & they totally shut down all of Boston for a moment in order to look for him. Some were saying that it was also a “test” in order to see how quick & effective it was to totally shut down a major American city on the notice if need be.
  3. ‘French security services arrest far-right extremist over suspected Paris Olympics plot’: https://www.france24.com/en/france/20240717-french-security-services-arrest-far-right-extremist-suspected-paris-olympics-plot-france
  4. 20,000 female condoms, 200,000 male condoms, 10,000 dental dams: will Paris 2024 be the sexiest Olympics ever? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jul/16/will-paris-2024-be-the-sexiest-olympics-ever So much for the "anti-sex beds"!!
  5. It just keeps getting better. One thing they're absolutely right about, though; the clock is ticking & no more time can continue to be wasted.
  6. I'm also starting to ponder if one of your fellow, certain you-know-who compatriots, will also make a sneak appearance.
  7. 80F degrees with mostly sunny skies sounds absolutely beautiful for the opening! It's a good thing it's not this Friday, though, cause it looks like Paris is going to have a mini-heatwave this Th, Fr & Sa, with temps being 87, 91 & 91F respectively (although the evenings still look to be nice in the mid-60's), until coming back down next week. But where is the 'price cap' for those!
  8. The interesting thing about the OC, though, is that Paris' 2024 original plan for that was to have a traditional OC at the Stade de France. It wasn't until more than four years later, after being awarded the Games, did they decide to go with this grand, 'innovative' approach. It's actually quite perplexing really, when thinking back, cause that was right in the middle of the global pandemic, & when the postponed Tokyo 2020ne Olympics were held without any spectators. And the IOC still signed-off on the river opening concept. But then again, that year the IOC was doing many "new" things, like also awarding an Olympics basically out-of-the-blue (to all the other potential 2032 contenders surprise) 11 years out.
  9. Well, the whole Copa America fiasco just keeps getting better: *Colombian Football Federation president among dozens arrested at Copa América final* https://www.cnn.com/2024/07/16/sport/colombia-fa-president-arrested-copa-america-spt-intl/index.html The guy is also part of the FIFA council. lol And his son was also taken away for the same assault charge.
  10. This is when emojis come in handy.. Operational costs would also need to be raised again. So a consecutive repeat wouldn't be an easy sell, especially when many Italians are still struggling, regardless if their economy has rebounded since the pandemic.
  11. Column: Listen to Shohei Ohtani, Manfred. Prioritize 2028 Olympics over All-Star Game https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2024-07-15/shohei-ohtani-2028-olympics-mlb This is so true. I know this has been touched upon here at GB's before.
  12. Oh my, it's suppose to be 91 degrees THIS Friday in Paris, but then drop back down to the mid-70's buy early next week at least.
  13. I see what you're saying now, but how does going to a Taylor Swift concert, since you brought her up (who's in hot demand right now), or some heavily anticipated soccer match, make anyone more or less cultured having (or not) seen these particular events? One could just as easily still find other sources of cheap(er) entertainment. I for one, would just LOVE to go to the Opening Ceremonies of the L.A. 2028 Olympics, but if tickets for those are going to be astronomical (not to mention all the other expenses once you get there, & getting there), which they usually are (Paris 2024 OC tickets are $3K if you want to be "very close to all the action"), then forget it. I'll just watch it (again) from TV. I agree, though, the middle class/poor are excluded in many, many things, but people should also have their priorities in check, too. So concerts & sporting events wouldn't be at the top of my list for price caps. Basic essentials, like food, gas & particularly rent (in this day & age of "unaffordable housing"), etc. would be, though (at least here anyway).
  14. Something tells me that would also be a big question mark: https://www.deseret.com/2022/6/23/23180154/no-money-for-2026-winter-games-milan-cortina-italy/ So would they want to really do it twice in a row.
  15. Unless climate change starts baking Brisbane by then.
  16. Brrrrr, 41F is quite chilly (even at night) for mid-July! The IOC better bring their long-johns!!
  17. Isn't the audience always overwhelmingly of the whatever respective host nation (whether it's the Olympics or the WC), though? I'd imagine that United 2026 organizers would want as many Americans in the stands anyway, in order to promote soccer even more in this country. So I don't see the direct relation with that aspect in ticket prices. The only way I can see tickets for 2026 soaring astronomically, is if the U.S. happens to be in the finals, or at least semi-finals. Once teams start to be eliminated, though, those people start to go home anyway.
  18. Well, that's a totally different topic, IMO. In a "fair" world, there would be no overpricing anywhere. I was going to say, many in the U.S. would call it a "free enterprise" to (re)sell whatever you want, at whatever price one sees fit. If someone wants to buy at an over-inflated price, so be it. But someone here also has the choice NOT to buy it at the over-inflated price (unfortunately, it's the only weapon we have here to combat such tactics). You see it here all the time on Amazon, for instance. Resellers reselling at ridiculous inflated prices. If someone is dumb enough to buy the same item at 3-4 times than what Amazon is actually selling it for, then the onus is on the buyer.
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