Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Metal Theft and the Olympic Games

Countries around the world are plagued by metal theft. One reason for this, as seen in the dismantling of infrastructure, is that the petroleum civilization is beginning to fall apart. People not only find metal theft profitable, they also don’t see as much value in existing infrastructure any more.

Japan too has had a rash of metal thefts. Just during the months of January and February, there were 1,756 reported incidents. But there’s also a big profit motive: the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Olympic games are well known for their attendant commercial exploitation and environmental damage, but they also gobble up land and resources, and steal people’s homes and land. Some of the metal being stolen in Japan is reportedly going to China for construction of facilities for the 2008 Beijing games.

There are many good reasons to discontinue the Olympic games, and this is another.

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