#70

Yikes…I read Archbishop Desmond Tutu chipped in his bit mixing politics and sports in San Francisco! What and why is a religious leader participating protest in urging boycott for the Olympic Games?! (Sic!)

SAN FRANCISCO — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu said Tuesday he supported international protests surrounding the Olympic torch and urged world leaders to boycott the games’ opening ceremony in Beijing over China’s human rights record.

The retired Anglican archbishop from South Africa also called on China to negotiate with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader and fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner, who is seeking autonomy for Tibet.

Tutu praised protesters who have put themselves on the line in Paris, San Francisco and elsewhere to protest last month’s crackdown in Tibet, which claimed as many as 140 lives.

In particular, he applauded three climbers who hung pro-Tibet banners Monday from the Golden Gate Bridge. (Los Angeles Times April 9, 2008)

 

What would my Lord Jesus Christ say to this? Jesus Christ set His face on the cross to redeem and reconcile man to God and He did not use the political platform!

I hope and pray the Chinese and Tibetan authorities will be wise in handling those who would disrupt the Olympic Torch and not take the hard line on those protestors.

I hope the Tibetans will claim the significance of that the Olympic Torch stands for — peace, unity and hope. May the flame of peace, unity and hope shines brightly there. May the Tibetans respond and claim from the Chinese authorities that is rightly theirs in a congenial way. I suspect many Tibetans do not know the significance  of the Olympic Torch…if they did, they dampened their rights!

In January when I was visiting China traveling freely, I received vibes from the locals — they wonder about their enjoyment of openness to the world after the Olympic Games. Now I understand a little of their concern.

I certainly hope those of us in the open world will not put the Chinese in a difficult position…

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#69 automated restaurant

image from bbc.com

(What a pity I don’t know how to upload the video of the computerised restaurant!)

How do you like eating in a restaurant where there is no one to serve you?

I’ve eaten in Japanese fast food sushi bar collecting my choice of food from the conveyor belt but…entering a restaurant surrounded by metal works and ordering food from a touch-screen?

Apparently this first-of-a-kind fast food German-style…the S Baggers?…is located in Nuremberg, Germany. This is the brainchild of local businessman Michael Mack who wanted ‘a complete new restaurant system… that would be more efficient and more comfortable”.

The food is cooked by a human chef though…not a robot. Whew!

Perhaps a solution to the lower number in population of the X and Y generations…when the boomers-gen disappear.

#68

images taken from bbc.com

Now, now, now…I see whichever way the China government takes, there will be criticisms and dissensions. Nothing new!

Now the issue is about the presence of the blue uniform guardians of the flame…a respect on the part of the host country is construed as displaying her ‘superpower’.

What about those who fly their national flags in the ‘crowd’ in foreign soil? So the protestors are allowed? Haha…

Human beings have a way of politicising almost anything at their convenience to throw their weight around. Making a mountain of a molehill? Nitpicking?

I’m not surprised in the light of criticisms, the Olympic Torch might not get to Canberra, Australia, at all…to the glee of many!

The representation of the Olympic Torch was for unity, hope and peace has been disregarded and dishonored.

Man certainly has a way of contradicting self…do we know what we want?