Thursday, June 21, 2007

New reasons to be frustrated with China, hate the Olympics

Given the reports of worker abuse in making Olympic goods, I have been reminded of my frustration with China and my hatred of the olympics. Oh goodie, another reason for both:

China plans to build a highway on the side of Mount Everest to ease the Olympic torch's journey to the top of the world's tallest mountain before the 2008 Beijing Games, state media reported yesterday.

Construction of the road, budgeted at $19.7 million, would turn a 67-mile path from the foot of the mountain to a base camp at 17,060 feet “into a blacktop highway fenced by undulating guardrails,” the Xinhua News Agency said.

A road. A road to Everest. a road THROUGH everest. a road through EVEREST with UNDULATING GUARDRAILS.

Shit, why don't they just liquify all their coal as quick as they can, mandate that every car in China be a gas guzzling SUV and WAIT FOR ALL THE FUCKING ICE AND SNOW TO MELT! Then, YOUWON'TNEEDAROAD.


A ROAD TO THE TOP OF EVEREST?! What, are they going to put a fucking mickey ds at the top? maybe Ronald McDonald can hang out at the top, greeting people that actually hiked it with a free cup of coffee. "Hey, neighbor, if you want it iced, just step outside. hah hah hah."

20 million dollars for a road, sullying one of the only natural things we have left.

I'm not a huge hiker. I imagine you have a better chance of seeing me elected president in 2008 than seeing me hike Everest. (and I won't be 35 in 08). But that doesn't mean it's fucking okay to put a road through the tallest mountain the world.


If they really want to decimate attractions, wait till they break ground on the Chucklenutz Library. I'd even take 2 million for it.

(see, Lilit, reading the sports pages is good sometimes)


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