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Old 08-08-2008, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Did you see the ceremony with the drums?
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Still watching it! Actually the US is about to walk on through...

My favorite was the human-operated cylinders...OMG, that was incredible.
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watching all the nations right now, opening ceremony with the guys with lights was freaking spectacular!
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Did you see the lighting of the Torch?

Goodness.
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to hell with tape delay for prime time bitches.
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hate to be a downer but i still think there will be some act of terrorism there..... just my opinion .......with the world being like it is nowadays...

...anyways back to the crazy awesome olympics......
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The giant LCD screen, teh rising and falling towers with lil asian doods inside, and the 2,008 tai chi masters circle were prolly some of the coolest things I have ever seen in my life.

I got my $8 dollar super lotto ticket also. weeee

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Old 08-08-2008, 09:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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So much for the olympics being a time of peace between countries ahaha

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By Charles Clover in Moscow and Harvey Morris in New York

Published: August 9 2008 03:00 | Last updated: August 9 2008 03:00

Diplomats scrambled last night to avert a wider crisis after the Russian military clashed with Georgian government forces in South Ossetia in the worst fighting in the breakaway enclave for nearly 20 years.

At the UN in New York, Russia and Georgia traded accusations of ethnic cleansing during the Security Council's second emergency session on the crisis within 24 hours.

Irakli Alasania, Georgian envoy to the UN, said Russian air attacks had extended to Abkhazia, another breakaway territory in Georgia.

Russia's Vitaly Churkin said the Georgian authorities were to blame for the flight of civilians following their destruction of schools and hospitals in South Ossetia.

The crisis could bring Moscow into confrontation with Washington, which backs Georgia.

Condoleezza Rice, US secretary of state, said: "The United States calls for an immediate ceasefire to the armed conflict in Georgia's region of South Ossetia. We call on Russia to cease attacks on Georgia by aircraft and missiles, respect Georgia's territorial integrity, and withdraw its ground combat forces from Georgian soil."

In Beijing, US president George W. Bush and Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, both attending the Olympics opening ceremony, discussed the situation.

Russia intervened to back the separatist government in South Ossetia and a small Russian peacekeeping force after the Georgian army began asserting control over the region on Thursday night.

Georgia said it reserved the right to use all means to protect its civilian population. President Mikheil Saakashvili told CNN: "We have Russian tanks moving in. We have continuous Russian bombardment since yesterday. . . specifically targeting the civilian population . . . Russia is fighting a war with us in our own territory."

In another televised address he put the Georgian death toll at 30.

Mr Putin condemned "aggressive actions" by Georgian troops and said Russia would be compelled to retaliate. "They have in effect begun hostilities using tanks and artillery. It is sad, but this will provoke retaliatory measures."

Last spring, Georgia began negotiations to join Nato, angering Russia.

Moscow has always supported the South Ossetian government, as well as the neighbouring region of Abkhazia, and Georgia accuses Russia of seeking to annex the two territories, which Russia denies.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:07 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Todd and Barbara Bachman of Lakeville, Minn. — parents of 2004 volleyball Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman and in-laws of U.S. men's volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon — were attacked by a Chinese man while visiting the 13th-century Drum Tower.

The U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed Bachman died from knife wounds and that Barbara Bachman suffered life-threatening injuries. She and their Chinese tour guide, who was also injured in the attack, were being treated in a Beijing hospital.

Elisabeth Bachman was with them at the time of the attack, but uninjured. Her father was chief executive officer for Bachman's, Inc., a home-and-garden center based in Minneapolis.

The assailant, Tang Yongming, 47, leapt to his death from a 130-foot (40-meter) -high balcony on the Drum Tower, just five miles (eight kilometers) from the main Olympics site, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The midday attack sent shock waves through the games precinct after the Olympics' spectacular opening ceremony had set an ebullient tone. President George W. Bush, in the Chinese capital for the games, expressed sadness while American athletes and Olympics officials reacted with disbelief.

There was no indication that the assailant knew that his victims had any connection to the games. "For all intents, it appears to be a random attack by a deranged man," an American member of the International Olympic Committee, Jim Easton, told The Associated Press. "The only thing we've heard is they were not identifiable except for a small volleyball pin which would probably be invisible to a guy."

Easton said the attack has stunned the Olympic community.

"It's certainly a down day, certainly for the U.S. people," he said. "Here it is supposed to be a great time of happiness and peace and all that. That's what we work hard for, then for one person to be able to put a dark cloud on that."

The U.S. women's indoor volleyball team heard about the killing of their former teammate's father before they took on Japan in a match Saturday. After their victory, player Logan Tom was obviously shaken.

"God, we all love Wiz," she said. "It's hard to put it in words. That's not something that's supposed to happen."

Tom then turned away, crying.

"It's just tragic," said U.S. woman's basketball coach Anne Donovan. "I don't know if there's another word for it. We said a prayer for them in the locker room. I get goosebumps talking about it. It's something obviously that just changes the events right now for the Olympic Games."

Violent crime against foreigners is rare in tightly controlled China, and the assault at the Drum Tower, five miles from the main Olympics site, occurred despite major security measures that have blanketed the capital city during the Olympics: A 100,000-strong security force plus countless volunteer guards have been deployed to protect against any trouble.

Beijing's Communist leaders are hypersensitive about anything that could take the shine off the games. China's Foreign Ministry said it had no immediate comment on the attack. It was not mentioned in the main evening news bulletin on state-controlled television, though it was reported by the official Xinhua News Agency and other Chinese-language media.

Interpol said initial investigations found nothing indicating the murder was linked to terrorism or organized crime.

"So far, our database check and preliminary analysis suggest that today's murder-suicide was an isolated, though brutal, murder of one person and assault on two others," said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

Tang's name was run through computers containing more than 178,000 individuals, including 12,000 suspected terrorists, and came up blank. But Noble noted that the investigation was not complete.

Interpol said Tang had apparently recently divorced and had not been seen by relatives for two months.

U.S. Ambassador Clark T. Randt visited the victims in hospital, and the embassy issued a statement later that said the attack "appears to be a senseless act of violence."

"We don't believe this was targeted at American citizens, and we don't believe this has anything to do with the Olympics," embassy spokeswoman Susan Stevenson said.

Jennie Finch, a member of the U.S. softball team, said her heart skipped a beat when she heard about the attack, but was undaunted.

"I'm here with my husband and son, so it's not easy but we're living our dreams and we're not going to live in fear," she said. "We're going to go out there every day and enjoy every day and celebrate it."

Attacks on foreigners in China are extremely rare. A Canadian model was murdered last month in Shanghai — police said she stumbled onto a burglary. In March, a screaming, bomb-strapped hostage-taker who commandeered a bus with 10 Australians aboard in the popular tourist city of Xi'an was shot dead by a police sniper.

Shanghai and Beijing are still safer than most cities of their size. Punishments for crimes against foreigners are heavier than for crimes against Chinese, and police-linked neighborhood watch groups are highly vigilant. Chinese are not allowed to own guns. Still, the U.S. government has warned Americans against muggings, beatings and even carjackings, especially in the nightlife and shopping districts of large cities.

The Drum Tower is one of few ancient structures still in fast-developing Beijing. Long ago, drummers pounded their massive instruments on the hour to let people in the imperial city know the time. It is located on an important central axis of the city, to the north of the Forbidden City, which was home to the emperor.
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