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So the Olympics is over. I found it hard to get enthusiastic about the whole thing as the enforced camaraderie was rammed down our throats and jingoism ran rampant. (Always good to stuff the french obviously and watch Aussies cry in their 4X). The cherry on the turd was the seemingly endless parade of convicted drug users, would be gangstas and stripper look-a-likes wheeled out as popstars to piss on Freddie mercuries grave at the closing ceremony…

So I find it strange that I’m feeling so much more up for the Paralympics.

Certainly Channel 4 have some great adverts out for it now.

But I think it’s more than that.

They seem unencumbered by the commercialism that polluted the games so far. They seem to cling to the actual ideals of the Olympics. Strive to win, but winning is not the all. Broken and damaged in body maybe but with better spirits and nobler passions than the glory hunting of some of the last 2 weeks.

Or maybe I’m just a victim of one of the best adverts I’ve seen in years. Watch this and tell me it doesn’t move you in some way… Roll it Chuck D.

North Korea and China must be kicking themselves. All the time, effort and money on censoring the internet and combating twitter. Turns out all you need is some faux outrage caused by a supposedly free media about someone goading an Olympic athlete

Tom Daley, photogenic media darling of the British Olympic team didn’t win. Apparently the media seem to think that the gold was his by rights I think. Anyway, someone known as ‘Rileyy69’ hit twitter and said: “You let your dad down i hope you know that.”

Now bear in mind Daley lost his father last year and is 17. Upsetting? Certainly. Likely to offend? Almost certainly. But worthy of a police investigation, resources and an arrest? Really? Is there really a need to hunt down each and every comment that may cause offense on the internet? Daley is a public figure. He participates in events that he knew would attract media attention. If it comes as a shock that there may be some people willing to wind him up then how the hell did he survive a playground as a kid? Will we be issuing extradition requests for anyone on the internet in foreign countries who say something the Daily Mail finds offensive? When is everyone just going to grow up and get over it?

Meanwhile, some G4S drone spits at and verbally abuses a soldier who is made to cancel leave and fill in for the great cluster fuck that is G4S by doing their job for them, not so much as a caution so far for what is certainly common assault, and possibly worse.

The internet is dying on it’s arse. Enjoy it while you can before it the likes of the drug fueled Menschotron are able to get their way

The advertising, the endless drip of North Korean style you must be happy hysterical propaganda, the relentless stream of (LOCOG approved naturally) advertising.

Now this… You are not even allowed to post a link to their website unless…

Links to the Site. You may create your own link to the Site, provided that your link is in a text-only format. You may not use any link to the Site as a method of creating an unauthorised association between an organisation, business, goods or services and London 2012, and agree that no such link shall portray us or any other official London 2012 organisations (or our or their activities, products or services) in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise objectionable manner. The use of our logo or any other Olympic or London 2012 Mark(s) as a link to the Site is not permitted. View our guidelines on Use of the Games’ Marks.

So no saying nasty things about them ok? Like it’s a colossal waste of our money when we’re broke. That for a glorified egg and spoon jamboree that was supposed to benefit the country it only seems to benefit Coke and MacDonald’s. That it is simply fucking outrageous that troops have lost leave to provide cover for the farce that is the home office and G4S. That from now on I will do my best to avoid any product or service that is an official supporter of the Olympics

Of course I can’t link to their website now so you can find which corporations to avoid for yourself.

I can link here though

And again, it fails because once you are outside the UK their law does not apply to the internet you morons.

This week saw the insanity of the olympics reach new proportions as the organising committee (LOCOG) got Space Hijackers removed from twitter. A peaceful bunch of protestors who seek to maintain public spaces for public uses. Who in their own words seek to

“battle the constant oppressive encroachment onto public spaces of institutions, corporations and urban planners. We oppose the way that public space is being eroded and replaced by corporate profit making space.”

Not a notorious terrorist organisation – their crime? spoofing the olympic symbols.

Note, that is a crime they stand accused of, not copyright infringement as such. Such is the Orwellian reach of this vanity project the political classess have made it criminal to encroach on their ability to profit from these games. Any undue advertising, protesting or anti games sentiment is not permitted. It has been made criminal with officials having the right to enter property and seize anything they deem not in accordance with the games legislation.

It is for instance now an offence to use branded phrases such as

The word ‘London 2012’
The words ‘Olympic’, ‘Olympiad’, ‘Olympian’ (and their plurals and words very similar to them – eg ‘Olympix’
The words ‘Paralympic’, ‘Paralympiad’, ‘Paralympian’ and their plurals and words very similar to them – eg ‘Paralympix’

The legislation goes wider, you may not use specific words in conjunction as described

For the purpose of considering whether a person has infringed the London Olympics association right a court may, in particular, take account of his use of a combination of expressions of a kind specified in sub-paragraph (2).
(2)The combinations referred to in sub-paragraph (1) are combinations of—

(a)any of the expressions in the first group, with

(b)any of the expressions in the second group or any of the other expressions in the first group.

(3)The following expressions form the first group for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)—

(a)“games”,

(b)“Two Thousand and Twelve”,

(c)“2012”, and

(d)“twenty twelve”.

(4)The following expressions form the second group for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)—

(a)gold,

(b)silver,

(c)bronze,

(d)London,

(e)medals,

(f)sponsor, and

(g)summer.

So not only have they effectively trademarked the year 2012, you are committing an offence if your advertising has the words London 2012 on it.

So what of the legacy? Surely that is the real payoff from all the disruption and cost?

So lets take a sport dear to me – shooting. The promises of lasting venues is a sham. Rather than use the money to invest and improve in a lasting venue there is a purpose built one to be torn down after the games. The government have been forced to enact temporary law to allow pistol shooting, but permits only cover the athletes and then only for the games. So the British Olympic team will again be forced to train outside of the UK. Although it is amazing there are any as the funding for the pistol shooters was removed whilst rifle and shotgun continue to be promoted.

So despite the private roads for the profiteers and politicians, denied to ambulances, why should you care? Well how about on cost?

The olympics were supposed to cost £2.4bn when bid for. Latest estimates concede that has risen to around £24bn (and that’s official accounting, I dread to think what is hidden). That’s £400 for every person in the UK, or about 2 and half grand for an average family. For 2 weeks glorified egg and spoon with associated hangers on. That’s 10 brand new hospitals right there.

The spirit of the games is dead. It was trampled to death in the rush of the great and the good to profit in both cash and vanity. It died of a heart attack feasting on the official food of the games, McDonalds, it lost its teeth to the offical drink Coca Cola and the official chocolate Cadburys, it went blind from Dow Chemicals in Bhopal,

I actually quite like the Olympics themselves, I like watching the obscure stuff, it’s usually hilarious. But I’m inclined to agree with the spacehijackers

We’re not opposed to the sports events, and we’re all in favour of having a big party – but only if everyone’s invited.

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