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Blue Skies for the OlympicsPosted Friday, August 8, 2008, at 8:03 AM
This isn't what I planned to talk about next, but it's so interesting that I felt someone needed to mention it on the blogs....
If you're watching the Olympic activities, you're probably aware of the pollution issue in China. I heard this morning that the pollution index in New York this morning is 31, with 50 being the level given as the top figure for human safety. Today's pollution index in Beijing is 95.
For those bloggers who've toyed around with the idea that a totalitarian government is a good idea, you must be really impressed with how the Chinese gov't can shut down factories and issue restrictions on driving.
It's pretty amazing. Some U.S. cities, like Minneapolis, have restrictions on drivers, but can you imagine the gov't telling us that cars with even-numbered license plates have to stay off the streets one day, odd-numbered the next? Wow, that's power!
Those Chinese citizens caught driving on the wrong day are being fined $14, which doesn't sound like much to an American, but it's supposedly quite stiff in China. The goal is to cut the 3.3 million cars in half during the Olympics in order to clear away the grey-brown haze over Beijing.
As outlandish as all these pollution-control techniques sound, I wonder if that's a preview of things to come for us over here in the U.S.? I remember looking out the window, as my husband and I used to fly back and forth from Alaska to the Lower 48, and I always noticed that haze over St. Louis as we came in.
Whether there's a brown haze over the games, or the government succeeds in creating blue skies, the 2008 Olympics will be an amazing glimpse into a region of the world which has been off limits to western viewers for a long, long time!
From the remote blue skies of Tillman, Mo., this is your non-Chinese-speaking rural journalist, signing off to go enjoy a COOL August morning!!!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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