Sunday, February 05, 2012

Olympics 2012: The Search For More Money

I'm going straight to the point.

This is disgusting.

Long story short with the Summer Olympics coming up in London, England this year rental property owners are actually evicting people from their homes so the owners can offer them at skyrocket prices. And the ones that don't leave could be facing "penalty" fees (translation: since the landlord couldn't kick you and charge some tourist ungodly levels of money they are going to squeeze as much as they can out of you as a form of pouting).

That's fucked up on all levels. And this isn't just a London phenomenon by any means. This has happened in most of the venues that have served as the stage for the Olympics going back quite a while. I am glad however that it seems its getting talked about more.

So we have property owners kicking people out of their homes for a money grab, London law enforcement getting the power to enter homes to remove signs that basically the International Olympic Committee doesn't like (and they tend to think "what they don't like" = "illegal"), the possible suspension of the presumption of innocence for unauthorized trading near Olympic Park, and the International Olympics Committee threatening to sue ICANN if it doesn't get the special trademark protections it wants.

And we're supposed to believe that the Olympics are all about friendly competition and unity?

If I see the smallest hint of Occupy Olympics they will have my support (well at least moral since I live a few thousand miles from the UK).