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Olympic rings back in Tokyo Bay; a sign of hope in pandemic

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By STEPHEN WADE

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a sign of hope in pandemic

Hope for what? More reckless spending of our hard earned taxpayers money?

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Hope only for themselves, I think...lol

26 ( +26 / -0 )

Good to see that they cleaned up the barge this time!

17 ( +17 / -0 )

Damn, I'd hoped they'd sunk into the sea of red ink this is costing.

17 ( +17 / -0 )

Why not just start a bonfire with money on the shore there? At least it would keep people warm.

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We just read that nobody will confirm or deny that delaying this shameless grift will cost us $3 BILLION more.

Which means - it will cost us $3 BILLION more. If it wasn't going to, they'd deny it.

So this is not a "Sign of Hope"

It's a sign which says, "Suck it up, you proles - this is coming and we're going to be milking you for it until your grandchildren die of old age".

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a sign of hope in pandemic

maybe........in another universe................but more realistically the rings might mean:

a sign of ignorance in the IOC and Tokyo Government?

a sign of Japan losing a LOT of money over it?

a sign of proof that the Japanese Government loves to live in the fantasy world?

a sign of giant proportions?

a sign of corruption?

a sign of trying to save face, yet fooling absolutely no one?

this list probably could go on and on...............

24 ( +24 / -0 )

I wonder how many families unable to pay rent this barge with rings on it could support?

19 ( +19 / -0 )

Olympic rings back in Tokyo Bay; a sign of hope in pandemic

This is a particularly odd use of the word "hope".

20 ( +20 / -0 )

At least they cleaned that skanky barge up a little bit.

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I wonder how many families unable to pay rent this barge with rings on it could support?

Excellent question.

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a sign of hope...

...that the article below isn't yet another cringey gush of Olympic propaganda from Stephen Wade. But it is, just like the hundreds that came before it.

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They were removed for maintenance four months ago

And I wonder how much they billed us - the taxpayers - for Abe's mate to "maintain" them for four months in what was, no doubt, a no-bid contract?

The corruption in this mire is staggering.

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Surely they could have given that crappy old barge a coat of paint too.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Remove the rings...put them back...then remove them again.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Only in Japan denial equals hope.

15 ( +15 / -0 )

LOL at the negative comments. The usual crowd saying the usual things. Their own countries falling apart, thousands of their people are dead, no food, no jobs. It must be something to be so pitiful.

Hence, this isn't the best time for an international sporting extravaganza.

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Sages say Planet Earth our 'common home' is taking its time to get healed from the wear and tear. We need to wait and hope for the best. Experts say it is possible that we will have the honor of saying "July 23, 2021 - Here we come".

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Christ, pork barrels politics never cease to amaze in Japan.

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First of all, those rings where only 2 years old, so, if they needed " restauration " then they were pretty badly made in the first place. 

Second, it still looks like complete crap. 

BUT, need to find all kinds of excuses to draw up invoices and bills, to skim money of the top and Dentsu is great at that. 

Does the journalist not ask the questions we all have ? How much did they initially cost ? Who made them ? why did they need " restauration " and why do they look exactly the same as when they were taken away ? 

Where are the bills ? Who restored them ?  Was their a tender ? Or was it just a friendly company who restored them ?

Shall I go on ?

10 ( +10 / -0 )

More hope for Dentsu, and the associated political families receiving kick-backs I guess.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

That just looks "dasai", and sums up this expensive farce.

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Robert

Does the journalist not ask the questions we all have ? How much did they initially cost ? Who made them ? why did they need " restauration " and why do they look exactly the same as when they were taken away ? 

Where are the bills ? Who restored them ? Was their a tender ? Or was it just a friendly company who restored them ?

Asking questions here is vi

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Asking critical questions here is viewed as rude and frowned upon.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

My girlfriend told me at her company last week there were a whole lot of emails sent out and a whole lot of layoffs she was petrified to even open any of hers' but fortunately her job remained safe for now.

The government needs to stop spending money on things and instead on peoples' lives as so many are loosing their jobs, homes and have no food to eat. Really, they are wanting to create more babies when they have no plans in place for the people that are here in the present.

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At this point, only Japan cares about the Olympics. The whole world has better things to do and worry about such as making sure their people safe while keeping their economy somewhat running despite pandemic. Even Greece at this point does not give a damn about the upcoming Olympics.

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What an emblem of European achievement.

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These Olympics are sure to be like no other.

No, I am sure they will resemble the 1940 and 1944 Summer Olympics.

(shhhhh, neither actually took place because of The WORLD WAR happening at that time.......kinda like a WORLD WIDE PANDEMIC is happening now.........shhhhhhhhh.)

7 ( +7 / -0 )

The Olympic rings have become a symbol of graft, greed and money-grubbing. It quit being about the athletes and athletics long ago.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

*These Olympics are sure to be like no other. *Is this an omen? Perhaps not happening at all?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Hope? I hope people go get tested, I hope the government gets their heads out of the sand. The government hasn't secured enough vaccines for the population and will suffer greatly economically after the Olympics I figure.

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There is 0% chance of a COVID vaccine being available to 100% of the population by the time they want to open these Olympics, are they insane?

Stupid, stupid Japan

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Hope? What a stupid reach.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Looking at the added cost to be, it is not a sign of hope but a sign of debt.

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The reappearance of the rings is the latest sign that organizers and the International Olympic Committee are increasingly confident that 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes can safely enter Japan during the pandemic.

what incredible denial. How's that 50,000 tests a day coming along?

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I echo what everyone else is saying here. And boy would I love to see the faces of the Japanese govt AND the entire IOC including that buffoon thomas bach if all athletes refused to come to Japan next year again just like earlier this year because the pandemic wasn't under control. That sure would make them all look like careless, selfish and clueless elitists of the highest order.

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Other cities get an Olympic Park. We get some useless rings on a rusty barge.

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Grotty.

It'll be a crap Olympics anyway and the world will laugh at how pigheaded Japan has been in desperately trying to hold this damn event.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

The Games would be a MEGA SUPER SPREADER.

It is all about the CASH v CARE. "CARE" LOSES.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

More like a sign of wasted money.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

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