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    A glitch for every gold at the Vancouver Games

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    Feb 16, 10:13 PM (ET)
    By ERIN McCLAM

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - From fire to ice, nothing seems to be going right at the Olympics.
    The torch malfunctioned. Warm weather turned the slopes and the event schedule to slop. A Zamboni had to ride to the rescue from Calgary following a meltdown at the speedskating rink.
    By Tuesday, the Glitch Games were in full swing: 20,000 standing-room tickets for the snowboarding venue were voided because fans had fallen between the bales of hay under the melting layers of trucked-in snow.
    Want to take a picture of the Olympic cauldron? Make sure that camera is pressed up against the chain-link fence - provided there's room to squeeze in and a Vancouver 2010 banner isn't in the way.
    Organizers expect to unveil a plan Wednesday to address the rising public outcry and bring people closer to the flame, the most distinguished and enduring symbol of any Olympics.
    "Perhaps," conceded Renee Smith-Valade, a spokeswoman for the organizing committee, "we did underestimate the degree to which people would want to get close to it."
    Perhaps. At a press conference, a Canadian TV reporter asked organizers why the flame was hidden behind "a ratty-looking prison-camp fence." And the Globe and Mail newspaper chose to allude to another Olympic city - Berlin.
    Addressing the head of the Vancouver Games, the paper cried: "Mr. Furlong, tear down this fence!"
    Everyone else is getting snow and Vancouver is having warm weather. They already have about $1.5M in lost revenues for the games from cancelled tickets. Looks like a blackeye for Canada.
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    Re: A glitch for every gold at the Vancouver Games

    Welcome to the Global Warming Games of 2010

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    Re: A glitch for every gold at the Vancouver Games

    It's the phenomenom called "Reverse Winter". Generally this means irregularly high amounts of snow and cold weather in the south, with generally higher temperatures in the north. This is generally caused by El Niño.

    Effects of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: A glitch for every gold at the Vancouver Games

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    [COLOR=darkred]Everyone else is getting snow and Vancouver is having warm weather. They already have about $1.5M in lost revenues for the games from cancelled tickets. Looks like a blackeye for Canada.[/COLOR]
    They have as much control over the weather as Al Gore does......

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    Re: A glitch for every gold at the Vancouver Games

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    Everyone else is getting snow and Vancouver is having warm weather. They already have about $1.5M in lost revenues for the games from cancelled tickets. Looks like a blackeye for Canada.
    Glad they didn't come here...lol
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    Re: A glitch for every gold at the Vancouver Games

    My town has enough snow to host the Winter Olympics.

    Local County Schools have missed 21 days for this semester.

    Worst winter snow (but still lagging behind total, because in the 20th century we would get snow mainly in the spring, go figure) wise since the '50s (19--)
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    Re: A glitch for every gold at the Vancouver Games

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Glad they didn't come here...lol
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    Re: A glitch for every gold at the Vancouver Games

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Glad they didn't come here...lol
    Why? The revenue lost was due to canceled tickets.

    We've got plenty of snow.
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    Re: A glitch for every gold at the Vancouver Games

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    It's the phenomenom called "Reverse Winter". Generally this means irregularly high amounts of snow and cold weather in the south, with generally higher temperatures in the north. This is generally caused by El Niño.

    Effects of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Re: A glitch for every gold at the Vancouver Games

    There are also 2,000 or so anarchists that came from Eastern Canada, and are routinely attacking patrons of the Olympics downtown. My roommate is a security guard and she was attacked by one of them two days ago. Businesses are having their windows smashed at random.

    The whole thing is just becoming a gong show. And you know what? I'm glad. I hate the Olympics and everything they represent. Vancouver wasted billions in tax payer dollars, so now I want to see the promoters and business elites lose their money too.

    The flame being behind a chain link fence is the perfect symbol of what the 2010 Olympics symbolize: money put in, and people being shut out. Vancouver should NEVER have put in a bid to receive this sporting event.

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