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When Logos Attack

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There is a peculiar disease that affects a certain group of people every few years. Those people? Olympic organizers. The disease? Dumb logo mania. Whether it's cavorting panda bears or a truly ridiculous torch/bee/spring combination, the people who are tasked with coming up with an Olympic logo, a logo which is meant to show the entire world that your city is not going to screw up the Olympics, can be some real morons. And the right honorable Brits are no different.

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Olympic Skating Costume Designers Would Make Liberace Puke

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It looks like I'm not alone. While I enjoy the olympics and the figure skating has been interesting, I still am not sure what to make over some of these outfits. What are the designers thinking? It used to be skating costumes were merely "gay"-looking. Now they've moved into the realm of some kind of weird mushroom-induced, Michael Jacksonfied, when-animals-attack, Caligula-inspired, barbie-doll, mermaid-transexual, lion king afterbirth nightmare. What is the deal?

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Iranian paid $125k for refusing to wrestle Israeli

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One of the top-ranked Iranian judo competitors at the 2004 Olympics refused to wrestle and Israeli in his match and resigned from the competition. His government paid him $125k for doing so.

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Will American Gymnast Keep Gold Medal He Didn't Earn?

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It seems the U.S. Olympic officials have thrown a hissy fit in light of the International Gymnastics Federation writing to Olympian Paul Hamm and requesting he give his gold medal to Korean Yang Tae-young, who was determined to be the winner of the event after an analysis of the scores and the correction of a judging error.

The buzz online seems to be split between arrogance that Hamm can't possibly be at fault, and that other errors were made that weren't corrected, and the notion that an honorable competitor would never accept a medal he didn't earn. Personally, it seems like giving the medal to the superior competitor would not only be the right thing to do, but a great PR move on the part of Hamm. Will he do so? I saw the competition and Hamm's performance was nowhere near as good as others.

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Web Site Celebrates Last-Place Olympians

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Finally, a place to celebrate the unsung losers. We get to find out who finishes first in every race, but the fun stuff is which countries are at the top of the list in tanking every event.

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Olympics yes; American occupation, no

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The Iraqi soccer team that President Bush has been so happy about lately, touting their new freedom to win in the Olympics, is not happy with being used as a political tool to promote Bush.

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IOC ever-vigilant against "advertising terrorism"

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Athens seems like a pretty cool place to be for the Olympics, but it seems a lot of people are upset about the International Olympic Committee's obsessively facist rules to enforce what they call "Clean Venue Policy" - a nice way of saying you can't have even the slightest mention of products/logos that may conflict with a paying sponsor. One frustrated atendee said, "I was asked to turn my shirt inside out at the entrance to a match, because the logo was too large and I was sitting in front-row seats, where the TV cameras would have caught sight of me for sure,"

It's bad enough koke has taken over the event and forced even the althetes themselves to drink from label-stripped cans and bottles if they're not of a particular brand, but the IOC has gone even more overboard, policing everything from computer screen savers to spare change.

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Most Olympic participants banned from publishing web content

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Apparently, to protect its lucrative broadcasting contracts, the IOC is restricting most Olympic competitors and support personnel from publishing any first-hand accounts, pictures or related media online for the duration of the games. Again, freedom of expression seems to take a back seat to profit generation.

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Online Olympics coverage blocked

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Many of you may be excited about the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. Unfortunately, in the USA, NBC's exclusive contract regarding licensing of the content has forced outlets in other countries to limit access to superior coverage online. Other sites such as BBC have live coverage that they're forced to restrict access to from people in the United States. To make matters worse, NBC is requiring viewers to enter their credit card number online to prove they're within the proper region in order to gain access to some online Olympics content.

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