The finals games start at 9:00am over here. I went to a sports bar with Willie, Mike Brownell (a bassist from Boston and a Celts fan), and Mike's friend Dave. The back room where we were seated was filled with Americans; it really seemed as if we were just watching basketball at a bar back home... that is until the commercial breaks. In the states we are familiar with game-time ads for cars, beer, financial planning, T.G.I. Friday's, Taco Bell, etc. However we were reminded ever so harshly that we were in China; instead of airing commercials, the screen instead displayed a very long message regarding the earthquake. Some very melancholy Chinese music in a minor key (the antithesis of up-beat sports music) was playing throughout these breaks. Then the screen would flash pictures of the aftermath of the earthquake, people suffering, families crying... it was very weird. I took a picture of the screen each time this message showed; here is the text verbatim:
The world laughed at you for being backward;
The world was full of envy and anxiety when you opened up and progressed into a financial powerhouse;
The world condemned you when you put law and order into the upheaval and lawlessness created by followers of a self proclaimed Robin Hood in Tibet but failed to applaud when you used your influence to save the lives of Burmese monks;
The world threatened to boycott and disrupt the August Olympics on ground of your violations of human rights standards set by the West who by apartheld policies and discrimination of coloured people blatantly violated for ages the same standards set.
Let me tell you Mother as a dragon seed brought up outside China;
They fear you Mother as you out compete them;
They fear you Mother as you are set to replace them at the healm of world order faster than they can accept;
They fear you Mother as you refused to take sides in every international dispute as you believe that to each his own and from each his best;
They fear you Mother as you have by hardwork hastened the failure and decadence of self assured western supremacy system;
And finally for the period 12th May to eternity, you have shown the world the tenderness, love and care of the best guardian government with leaders the Chinese People can ever have contrasting greatly with the aftermath of the Florida and Burmese cyclone.
Mother, words of praises and admiration will never come from the West as they have painted you falsely as a hardcore monster with no feelings for your own for too long and the Western World is watching with total disbelief on CNN, BBC, Fox Media, live, the search, rescue, care and rebuilding operations to restore life and normalcy into the millions of displaced victims led by brothers Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao demonstrating love care and simplicity with no political agenda whatsoever. Mother, we whether in or out of the Great Wall are lucky and proud to be descendants of the ever Supreme Dragon.
Bensports Satellite TV
This is a trip, right?