The London 2012 Olympics of Shenanigans, Scandals, and Shame

The London 2012 Olympics Games have had more than its share of shenanigans and scandals. The London 2012 Olympic Games started off with a horrible Opening Ceremony which featured giant smoke pipes and dancing bankers in top hats and it hasn’t had many great moments since.

Olympic Pyramid of Providence

Olympic Pyramid of Profits and Providence

Voula Papachristou
Even before the Olympic Games got started, the Olympic Committee’s secret police was in full force monitoring social media of all the competing Olympians. The first Olympian to be removed from the Olympic Games was the Greek triple number Voula Papachristou for repeating a bad and tasteless joke on her twitter account. It has been reported that she also retweet posts from a controversial right wing Geek politician in addition to a tasteless and racist joke that has been translated as “With so many Africans in Greece … at least the West Nile mosquitos will eat homemade food!!!,” More telling that her joke, which I find immature for a 23 year old, is the Geek Olympic Committee’s decision to remove her from competing in the Olympics.

Twitter User Arrested
Greek Olympians where not the only ones on Twitter making tasteless jokes, a a 17 year old from Dorset, England has been arrested for tweeting offensive remarks. The tweet in question was the following, “i’m going to find you and i’m going to drown you in the pool you cocky twat your a nobody people like you make me sick.” By all measures this is an idle and harmless threat. Trash talking has been an integral part of competitions since the first olympic games but now it’s illegal.

NBC Suspends Journalists Twitter Account
Twitter was the center of another olympic size scandal when it suspended the account of Guy Adams, and independent journalist, after he had tweeted a complaint about NBC broadcast of the games. Tweet in question reads as follows, “The man responsible for NBC pretending the Olympics haven’t started yet is Gary Zenkel. Tell him what u think! Email: Gary.zenkel@nbcuni.com” As of right now, Guy Adams has under 20k followers, which means only about three emails might have been sent because of the tweet but that was enough for NBC to complain and have the account suspended. NBC retracted the complaint and the Twitter account was restored.

Olympian Booted For Spending Time with Family
St. Kitts and Nevis sprinter Kim Collins was expelled from the London 2012 Olympic Games, not for tweeting offensive remarks, but for spending time with his wife. It seems that the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee forced him out for not staying at the Olympic Village and instead staying with his wife. It is reported that Kim Collins posted the following message on his Facebook page, “Hours before my 5th 100m olympic race, i now find out i cant run,all because i was in a hotel with my wife/coach. S.K.N.O.C REALLY? Are you freakig kiddin me!!!!!!!!”

Australian Boxer Faces Sanctions
It has been widely reported that even spectators can’t wear their own clothes if they don’t have the official corporate logos of the Olympic sponsors. Well, Olympians seem to have more stringent dress code. Australian boxer Damien Hooper is in hot water with the Australian Olympic Committee for wearing a t-shirt with the Australian aboriginal flag on it prior a fight. It appears that the Australian Olympic Committee is not aware that the aboriginal flag has been appointed as an official flag of Australia.

Badminton Match Fixing
I haven’t seen any news on NBC regarding the the badminton match fixing but other news agencies are reporting that eight Olympians have been disqualified for match fixing. Chinese and South Korean teams were purposefully loosing to take advantage of loopholes in the teams are grouped and ranked.

Saddest Story of the Olympics
The gold medal for the saddest story of the London 2012 Olympic Games goes to Shin Lam of South Korea. All the South Korean fencer needed to do to move on to a gold medal match was not to be touched for one second. Unfortunately for Shin, the clock never started after the referred signaled the match to restart. Because of this error with the timekeeper, she lost the match. She remained in the playing surface to content the decision, but eventually was removed by security.

Flag for a United Middle East

Have you even wondered what a united Middle East would look like? An end to settlements and refugee camps. An end to mortar attacks and border crossings. An end to politicians pandering to the military industrial complex. What would a flag look like for a Israel-Palestine state?

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union
This flag uses the design of the flag of Israel and it adds the colors of the flag of Palestine. In addition, a red eight-sided star known as Rub el Hizb is added next to the Star of David. The eight-sided star has been used Islamic culture and it has been associated with Jerusalem.

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with Star and Crescent
This variation for a combined flag uses the Star and Crescent to to represent the Palestinian people, most of which are Muslim. The star and crescent is a universal symbol used by many cultures but in the 20th century it was widely adopted in a symbol in the national flags in the Middle East.

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with Star and Cresent

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with Star and Cresent

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union Stars United
To better represent the idea that the two peoples of Israel and Palestine have a lot more in common than their perspective governments would like to admit, the following variation on the design aligns and embedded the stars together.

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with Rub el Hizb

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with Rub el Hizb

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with White Rub el Hizb

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with White Rub el Hizb

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with Red Rub el Hizb

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with Red Rub el Hizb

Flag of Israel-Palestine with Olive Branches
The olive branch is an international symbol of peace so the following design incorporates two olive branches.

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with Olive Branches

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with Olive Branches

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with Green Olive Branches

Flag of Israel-Palestine Union with Green Olive Branches