Drop That Unauthorized Keychain, Or We’ll Shoot!

Canada is no United States, but they’re learning. For instance, what’s the fun in having free speech if you can’t trample on it and throw it in the garbage when the need suits you? The IOC and the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee asked themselves that very question recently, and came up with a devilish plan.

The 2010 Vancouver OOC will be sending roving teams of observers throughout the city before and during the games, but they’ll have the power to do more than observe. Selling an Olympic Teddy Bear with an unauthorized Vancouver 2010 logo? We’re confiscating that (grabs bear, kicks you in shin). But that’s not all. Read more…

Want to Lose Money Faster? Host an Olympics!

The hosts of the next two Olympics have found themselves laden with debt already with no relief in sight.  Vancouver’s city council had to advance cash to the builders of the Olympic village just to be sure of their solvency and now have to wonder if they’ll be able to sell off the housing to private developers for condos after condo development has practically ceased in that city.

2010 Vancouver Olympics mascot

(To save money, Vancouver mascot Quatchi takes up a second job)

Also, the London Olympics have already run up a $15b bill with more to come.  As the Credit Crunch has sapped private donations expected for the 2012 Games, the government has been forced to step in and drain the contingency fund more quickly than expected.  No wonder they’re talking about saving money on flowers.
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