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The Winter Olympics: A Dying Proposition? (Why Demographic trends portend a dire future)
American Thinker ^ | 03/2010 | Joseph Finlay

Posted on 03/07/2010 1:59:53 PM PST by SeekAndFind

The current 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada presents a confluence of sport, civilization, and pageantry -- all of which, upon reflection, are uniquely Western. With the notable exceptions of a few winter sports-loving Asian nations like Japan, South Korea, and China -- nations that have to varying degrees opened to Western technology -- the Winter Olympics have historically been a showcase for the northern nations of Europe, North America, and the former Soviet Union.

Whereas the Summer Olympics dwarfs the sister Winter games in terms of worldwide participation and popular interest, the Winter Olympics features sports that necessitate freezing-temperature playing fields and national training programs -- the Jamaican bobsled team notwithstanding -- that would be hard to implement or sustain in most of the populated world, where athletic development and training consists of kicking first a can, and later a soccer ball.

Winter sports such as figure skating, luge, downhill skiing, or speed skating also face an inherent "brain drain" as the events have become "niche" sports that require dedicated parents, money, proximity to snow-capped mountains, and a close-to-year-round Arctic climate in order for a young hopeful to one day compete on the Olympic stage. Liberal notions of equalized outcomes, equality at all costs, and an imposed level playing field take a beating here, as no amount of social engineering is likely to increase the odds of a tropical climate nation becoming a fixture on the Winter Olympic medal stand. Most of the world is probably OK with that fact.

Not to be outdone, a global warmist might also be tempted to add that the Winter Olympics faces a terminal prognosis due to snow melt and climate change. He would be only half-right: the Winter Olympics in the not-so-distant future may face a death sentence, but the reason has nothing to do with a lack of snow, or even waning public interest or corporate sponsor money. The actual diagnosis is as simple as it is pernicious:

The Winter Olympics nations are dying.

Consider the top eight Winter Olympic medal-winning nations since 1924: Norway, Russia, the USA, Austria, Germany, Finland, Canada, and Sweden. These nations have spawned the lion's share of great figure skaters, hockey players, alpine skiers, and downhill legends, while serving as host nations on numerous occasions. These same countries also share another dubious honor. If there were a medal count for "lowest birth rates in the world," the Winter Olympics bloc nations would just as certainly sweep the gold, silver, and bronze.

Norway, the most decorated medal country in history, crosses the pole at number 181 among the roughly 228 total nations of the world with a scant 11.12 births per 1,000 people. Russia follows closely behind at number 182 and 11.03 births/1,000. Traditional medal powerhouses Austria and Germany literally bring up the rear standings at numbers 223 and 226 respectively, with an astounding 8 births/1,000. Such numbers prompted one German official to provide the ominous forecast that his country will soon be "turning the light out if its birth rate did not pick up."

Even Japan -- barely outside the top eight medal-winning nations, but a traditional figure skating titan that gave the world the incomparable Midori Ito, the first woman to land a triple axel -- has the 227th ranked birthrate per 1,000 at 7.87. The USA finishes a somewhat more respectable 153rd with 14.3/1,000, but will anyone eventually care to watch a Winter Olympics in 2050 that features only China and the USA?

Technology, military strength, social cohesion, religious values, and economic clout all play central roles in sustaining a civilization into the future. But no single factor outweighs the vital necessity of avoiding a trajectory of negative population growth. A 2005 study by the RAND Corporation outlined the population dilemma confronting Europe:

These demographic trends portend difficult times ahead for European economies. For example, a shrinking workforce can reduce productivity. At the same time, the growing proportion of elderly individuals threatens the solvency of pension and social insurance systems. As household sizes decrease, the ability to care for the elderly diminishes. Meanwhile, elderly people face growing health care needs and costs. Taken together, these developments could pose significant barriers to achieving the European Union (EU) goals of full employment, economic growth, and social cohesion.

Europe cannot make up the population deficit by promoting immigration and hope to maintain any vestiges of its cultural identity. On this point, the golden calf of multiculturalism collides with the realities of Islamic incursion and potential extremism as this recent U.K. Telegraph article attests:

Europe's Muslim population has more than doubled in the past 30 years and will have doubled again by 2015. In Brussels, the top seven baby boys' names recently were Mohamed, Adam, Rayan, Ayoub, Mehdi, Amine and Hamza.

Europe's low white birth rate, coupled with faster multiplying migrants, will change fundamentally what we take to mean by European culture and society. The altered population mix has far-reaching implications for education, housing, welfare, labor, the arts, and everything in between. Yet EU officials admit that these issues are not receiving the attention they deserve.

The mortal wounds of many of the nations represented in Vancouver are largely self-inflicted. By increasingly embracing the suicide pact and lethal cocktail of abortion on demand, the assault on the traditional family, the sexual revolution, the devaluing of life, and a departure from traditional religion, to name but a few factors, the Winter Olympics nations competing on the slopes, rinks, and tracks of Vancouver this week have much more at stake than securing medal counts at these or future Olympic Games. The game is called "survival," and the goal is in doubt.

Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith, And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

- The Gods Of The Copybook Headings by Rudyard Kipling

-- Joseph Finlay is an avid sports fan with a background in human services and education.


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: 2010olympics; demographics; dying; trends; vancouver; winterolympics
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1 posted on 03/07/2010 1:59:53 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
no amount of social engineering is likely to increase the odds of a tropical climate nation becoming a fixture on the Winter Olympic medal stand. Most of the world is probably OK with that fact.

Well, the relatively warm country of Australia surprisingly won 2 Golds and a silver in the Vancouver Olympics.

But then, Australia is a rich country. There's no reason why a rich, tropical country cannot pay for talented kids to live, work and train in Colder countries.
2 posted on 03/07/2010 2:03:01 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The title is wrong it should be,
“The Olympics, a dying proposition...”
They should be held in the same dedicated areas
(winter and summer) each time,
thus saving time and money.


3 posted on 03/07/2010 2:06:08 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And with Global Warming...no more snow.


4 posted on 03/07/2010 2:09:24 PM PST by carjic (Laid off since Dec 08...HELP!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Worth repeating in its entirety:

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

5 posted on 03/07/2010 2:09:57 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: SeekAndFind

What about Curling?

If a middle eastern country can build an indoor ski hill you’d think they could manage a curling rink or ten.


6 posted on 03/07/2010 2:15:52 PM PST by PeteB570 (Airborne, the only way to get to work in the morning.)
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To: SeekAndFind
the Winter Olympics in the not-so-distant future may face a death sentence

When? In few hundred years? The author makes the common mistake of believing all trends continue inexorably in the same direction.

The winter Olympics also have the advantage over the summer of having interesting, eye pleasing, and novel sports to watch. Bob sled and curling have a certain exotic attraction that shot put never will.

7 posted on 03/07/2010 2:16:06 PM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: SeekAndFind

Australia has some decent recreational ski slopes not far from it’s population centers. Once the kids are hooked, it’s a cheap flight to NZ’s south island for proper alpine slopes.

That and almost any Aussie ski bum can find some foolish North American to seduce and leech off of in the Rockies resort towns.


8 posted on 03/07/2010 2:17:25 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: SeekAndFind
I guess I have a "so what?" to add.

Do we eliminate the winter olympics because it is primarily white europeans competing ? How egalitarian and "tolerant" is that?

Sorry folks no Africans or Indians or Muslims playing ? Then obviously the sport has no value?

I am sick of the liberal whining . I LIKE the winter olympics , I live in a cold area that does produce Olympians from the middle class .

Maybe we should just hang out the sign that is hung out for the tryouts for the college and professional football and basketball leagues...No white athletes need apply

9 posted on 03/07/2010 2:17:48 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: PeteB570

I would actually like to try that..BTW Ice skating is mostly indoors as well


10 posted on 03/07/2010 2:18:57 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: SeekAndFind

I think it is looking good for Bavaria (Germany) to get the next Winter Olympics.


11 posted on 03/07/2010 2:21:00 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: SeekAndFind
Considering the Winter Olympics began less than 90 years ago, their fall into desuetude will hardly stand as a marker for the Fall of the West. The fact is that even if we have already seen the last of them, nothing noticeable will have changed.
12 posted on 03/07/2010 2:23:52 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind
As long as the Winter Olympics continue to be broadcast by networks like NBC who expect the viewers to be satisfied watching countless hours of figure skating and ignoring the more exciting sports The Winter Olympics will continue to lose their overall appeal.

Curling? Now that was fun to watch. It's a drinking sport!

13 posted on 03/07/2010 2:27:34 PM PST by WellyP
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I think it is looking good for Bavaria (Germany) to get the next Winter Olympics.


Bavaria would be nice because it´s not too far away from me.
Ok but if our skiers dare to suck again this bad next time i guess every austrian will either boycott the games or commit suicide :-) There was a major national crisis because of the games in Canada ;-)


14 posted on 03/07/2010 2:28:00 PM PST by darkside321
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To: Berlin_Freeper
If they get moved out of Sochi, Russia it would be a good place. Unlike Vancouver, they actually have snow on the ground in the winter!
15 posted on 03/07/2010 2:30:13 PM PST by WellyP
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To: WellyP
Curling? Now that was fun to watch. It's a drinking sport!

YES!!! if any sport cries out for a keg and "penalty beers," it's curling.

16 posted on 03/07/2010 2:30:27 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Thanks for posting. Long time since I read that. Forgot all the great lines.


17 posted on 03/07/2010 2:38:06 PM PST by Bhoy
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To: SeekAndFind

I assume the Olympics is the same outhouse any other international organization, i.e., the UN, etc., is.


18 posted on 03/07/2010 2:39:25 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: RnMomof7

“I am sick of the liberal whining . I LIKE the winter olympics , I live in a cold area that does produce Olympians from the middle class.”

Then ya better tell the women in your cold area to start making future potential Olympians or the Turd World nations are going to dominate in no time.

Hmmmm... Maybe once the jihadis have taken over Europe they will simply do away with traditional olympic competitions in favor of more Muslim-favored ones like the 100 meter dash for the crowd of infidels with bombs strapped to the runner’s chest.


19 posted on 03/07/2010 2:41:10 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: SeekAndFind
Any word from the hey-hey-ho-ho-Western-Civ-has-got-to-go hippies?
20 posted on 03/07/2010 2:42:32 PM PST by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Personally, I wouldn't miss the Winter Olympics. I simply don't identify with them and have no interest in them.

Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement, was opposed to winter games because winter sports were the exclusive purview of the wealthy and privileged. And, while it may be ironic or even hypocritical for someone with a title to say such a thing, I agree with him.

21 posted on 03/07/2010 2:44:31 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Hachodesh hazeh lakhem ro'sh chodashim; ri'shon hu' lakhem lechodshey hashanah.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess the author never saw “Cool Runnings.”


22 posted on 03/07/2010 2:45:22 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I'm Ellie Light!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I maintain as long as non-sports are allowed, like figure skating, the Olympics (both seasons) should be allowed to die.


23 posted on 03/07/2010 2:46:38 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I'm Ellie Light!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Camel races are also big


24 posted on 03/07/2010 2:52:57 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: SeekAndFind; rmlew
Consider the top eight Winter Olympic medal-winning nations since 1924: Norway, Russia, the USA, Austria, Germany, Finland, Canada, and Sweden. These nations have spawned the lion's share of great figure skaters, hockey players, alpine skiers, and downhill legends, while serving as host nations on numerous occasions. These same countries also share another dubious honor. If there were a medal count for "lowest birth rates in the world," the Winter Olympics bloc nations would just as certainly sweep the gold, silver, and bronze.

25 posted on 03/07/2010 3:05:28 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Interesting story. I’m not sure I understand what that guy’s point was. “Amateur athletics” in general is pretty much the exclusive purview of the wealthy and privileged — and has been since the modern Olympics were established.


26 posted on 03/07/2010 3:22:40 PM PST by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: Bhoy
Kipling knew. He had a lot of deep knowledge of human nature -- plus a perfect ear for dialogue.

Have you read his late short stories? They are out of this world (in some cases, literally, like "They" or "Wireless".)

27 posted on 03/07/2010 3:30:16 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought NBC did a horrible job. I remember ABC and Jim McCay, they did a great job with the olympics.


28 posted on 03/07/2010 3:50:55 PM PST by diverteach (D.C. has become Jonestown)
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To: SeekAndFind

One of the Arab Emirates (can’t recall which) is building a gargantuan indoor mountain snow ski slope. All it takes is money.


29 posted on 03/07/2010 3:55:22 PM PST by luvbach1 (Worse than we could have imagined.)
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To: luvbach1

yes money definitely helps! But can you imagine someone training for downhill indoor? ;-)


30 posted on 03/07/2010 3:58:49 PM PST by darkside321
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To: SeekAndFind
Winter sports such as figure skating, ... that require ... proximity to snow-capped mountains, and a close-to-year-round Arctic climate in order for a young hopeful to one day compete on the Olympic stage.

The writer probably needs to be told about air conditioning and refrigerated indoor rinks.

31 posted on 03/07/2010 3:59:35 PM PST by PAR35
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To: RnMomof7
BTW Ice skating is mostly indoors as well

That is Just Wrong!

32 posted on 03/07/2010 4:00:44 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: RnMomof7

They also have goat shagging.


33 posted on 03/07/2010 4:10:52 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is the winter olympics really diverse enough? Doesn’t it discriminate against africans and stuff?


34 posted on 03/07/2010 4:27:54 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (let the rich eat the rich.)
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To: Cailleach

ping


35 posted on 03/07/2010 4:29:15 PM PST by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: SeekAndFind

As an aside...I wonder how much $$$$$ Canada will lose by having the Olympics in Vancouver?


36 posted on 03/07/2010 4:32:34 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Cyber Liberty
I guess the author never saw “Cool Runnings.”

Can't tell that from the text, but it seems that he at least knows what it was about.

37 posted on 03/07/2010 4:43:18 PM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: SeekAndFind
With the notable exceptions of a few winter sports-loving Asian nations like Japan, South Korea, and China -- nations that have to varying degrees opened to Western technology -- the Winter Olympics have historically been a showcase for the northern nations of Europe, North America, and the former Soviet Union.

TRANSLATION:


38 posted on 03/07/2010 5:19:06 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Cyber Liberty

And I guess the author never saw “Blades of Glory.”


39 posted on 03/07/2010 5:24:19 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Winter Olympics nations are dying.

Abortion doesn't just kill babies, it kills civilizations.

40 posted on 03/07/2010 6:47:10 PM PST by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: Don Corleone

RE: As an aside...I wonder how much $$$$$ Canada will lose by having the Olympics in Vancouver?


Depends on how much they spent on this spectacle.
We can for instance look at the Beijing Olympics as a guide.

According to this article entitled :

IS CHINA THE NEXT DUBAI ?

http://www.theglobalguru.com/article.php?id=284

“Much like little bubble brother Dubai, the problem in China is best summed up in a single word: “over-investment.” Even as U.S. and global consumers are closing their wallets , China is building more steel, more factories, and more malls for which there is almost no demand. Much like in Dubai, many Chinese skyscrapers stand empty, even as whole new cities are being built where the vacancy rates are as high as 75%. One blogger described one of Beijing’s leading malls, “The Place,” as “stunningly dysfunctional, catastrophic... with fifty percent of the eateries in the basement boarded up. There is simply too much stuff, too many stores and no buyers.” Perhaps no project better illustrates China’s dilemma than the spectacular, $450 million Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium, designed to last for 100 years and withstand a magnitude-8 earthquake. Yet, the stadium now stands empty, with paint peeling ignominiously from its slick girders. “You build it and they will come” is a better Hollywood movie plot, than a sustainable development strategy.”


41 posted on 03/07/2010 7:04:22 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Cyber Liberty
"I maintain as long as non-sports are allowed, like figure skating, the Olympics (both seasons) should be allowed to die."

The truth has been spoken. The same goes for diving and synchronized swimming in the summers. If an event cannot determine a winner through direct results and instead relies upon judges to score it, it is not a sport. One more thing, make women's sports competitions be required to field women, not little girls.
42 posted on 03/07/2010 7:28:15 PM PST by Free_SJersey (Celebrate Diversity------------ Divide and Conquer?)
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To: donna
Abortion doesn't just kill babies, it kills civilizations.

That's true in part. Birth control is another factor, although I don't advocate banning it. Marriage and family is now held in low esteem.

In fact, liberals have brainwashed too many into believing there are too many people for the "good" of the Earth.

European and American history are taught in terms of how oppressive it supposedly has been.

Really, it is no wonder the population growth is waning.

43 posted on 03/07/2010 8:38:49 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: SeekAndFind; RnMomof7; hinckley buzzard; Jack Hydrazine; Paleo Conservative; Alberta's Child; ...
Europe's low white birth rate, coupled with faster multiplying migrants, will change fundamentally what we take to mean by European culture and society. The altered population mix has far-reaching implications for education, housing, welfare, labor, the arts, and everything in between. Yet EU officials admit that these issues are not receiving the attention they deserve.

The mortal wounds of many of the nations represented in Vancouver are largely self-inflicted. By increasingly embracing the suicide pact and lethal cocktail of abortion on demand, the assault on the traditional family, the sexual revolution, the devaluing of life, and a departure from traditional religion, to name but a few factors, the Winter Olympics nations competing on the slopes, rinks, and tracks of Vancouver this week have much more at stake than securing medal counts at these or future Olympic Games. The game is called "survival," and the goal is in doubt.

*This* is the point of the article, and I was wondering how long it would take him to mention abortion. He never did state how much of a negative impact that death by healthcare rationing/euthanasia would have on the number of coaches, officials, doctors, etc.

History tells us that every time abortion is sanctioned, euthanasia is not far behind. Although he seems to be on the verge of it, the author doesn't go far enough in his reasoning as to the main causes of the ultimate demise of the Winter Olympics.

44 posted on 03/07/2010 9:20:01 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (No tag line - I travel light.)
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To: WellyP

Sochi actually has a HIGHER average winter temperature than Vancouver.

Be prepared for an unpleasant surprise.


45 posted on 03/08/2010 12:27:53 AM PST by Don W (I only keep certain folks' numbers in my 'phone so I know NOT to answer when they call)
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To: Lauren BaRecall

The internal holocaust, abortion, will eventually lead to the external holocaust, euthenasia.


46 posted on 03/08/2010 4:48:15 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine
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To: SeekAndFind
will anyone eventually care to watch a Winter Olympics in 2050 that features only China and the USA?

Oh sure like the USA will still exist in 2050. The landmass formerly knows as the USA will by then be the Peoples Republic of Obamastan. There will be no sports in Obmastan as the people will have to work 16 hours a day to pay off the nations crushing debt load. And people will be required by law to use all their spare time to worship "The One". /sarc
47 posted on 03/08/2010 4:53:24 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Don W

My next door neighbor is from Russia... she told me Sochi is where people go to swim during the Summer!


48 posted on 03/08/2010 4:58:42 AM PST by o2bfree (This president is giving me a headache!)
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To: Lauren BaRecall

gee wow silly me for being inspired at the beauty of the performances and the commitment and talent of the athletes and wholesome spirit of competition among the nations. Now I see the whole thing for the miserable farce it is. Those kids need to give back their medals.


49 posted on 03/09/2010 10:16:27 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (let the rich eat the rich.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I didn’t mean my post in the way you took it. As a matter of fact, I sent it out to several people, including you, as food for thought.


50 posted on 03/09/2010 6:22:23 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (Re the War on Obesity: how can you have multiculturalism if you can't have any ethnic carbs & fats?)
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