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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Celebration of Light: A cash cow for the rich and the richest

The 2010 Winter Olympic hosting City of Vancouver is famous for its beautiful sceneries, diverse multiculturalism, friendly neighborhood, and the spicy night scenes. Since 1990, we, the Vancouverites, has had the privilege to host a variety of events, with probably the most memorable and still ongoing event being the annual displays of fireworks. This event started out in the early 90's and continues on to this day as "The Celebration of Light". It is a series of firework exhibitions from different competitors (of different countries) every half week, for up to 2 weeks between late July and early August. The spectacle attracts huge crowd from all over the Lower Mainland to the downtown core, and, with it, brings business, tourism and surging profit to the ever-thirsty entertainment establishments. On the surface, the event is hailed as an invigorating and exciting family-oriented event, a perfect gathering for all ages to enjoy. Yet, what the commentators frequently failed to disclose is the darker and more sinister underlying purpose behind this event.

We all know "The Celebration of Light" is a perfect, legitimate opportunity for the local business to gain a few quick bucks, but what we don't know is the sponsors' intention to purposefully hide the ongoing human-rights abuse, animal abuse and civic unrests of the competing nations, making them oblivious to the commoners. What they are trying to do is to paint a bright and beautiful picture over the impoverished, deteriorating and stenching reality. Their ultimate aim is to brainwash Westerners to a degree such that one would voluntarily visit or take vacation in one of the competing countries.

So, when will the general public wake up and realise they've been undermined by the rich and the super rich, and have been played as a puppet in the arena of the richest? When will the public realize that one of the country is still under an ongoing dispute over its recent presidential-election, and confronts an impending water shortage crisis for most of its inhabitant? And, when will they understand that one of the other country has a long history of human-rights and animal abuse, and is responsible for countless acts of aggression, torture, confinement and murder against its own people?

It is only until we've well fed the rich and the richest would we realize our mistake, but by then it would've already been too late!

Note: The City of Vancouver is no better in handling it's own crisis, just look at the sprawl of homeless people in our backyard!

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