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Dr. Nilgün Birgören Premium Member Group moderatorThe company name is only visible to registered members.24 May 2008, 7:55 pm
The rainy season will have started in Beijing when the Olympics arrive. The beijing weather Modifications Office is preparing rocket launchers that will fire silver iodide into incoming clouds to flush out excess moisture before it reaches the main stadium.
In the meantime a virulent nationalism sweeps the country as Chinese feel slighted by foreign media, pro-Tibet protesters, even France. France's criticism of China recalls its anti.U.S. stance on Iraq, but with hints of vulnerability and ambivalence. The Chinese have singled out France as the ideal place to post their defiant message to the world: "You have to respect us because we are a big player now!"
An anonymous blog post, responding to the writer's commentary on http://www.time.com reads " You will be hated by 1.3 billion Chinese. Hope someday someone will spit on your face."
Is this any way to welcome the world to the Olympics - on behalf of all?