A DAY IN THE LIFE ...... OF THE CORPORATE OLYMPICS
Jackie (Login BlueJudah) Sufi Posted Jul 22, 2012 11:04 PM
(A bought-and-paid-for subsidiary of the global corporate-military complex)
Hundreds of officers in uniform - the 'Brand Army' - are scouring the streets in search of anyone who is, in their view, guilty of 'unlawful association' with the Games. The law gives them the right to enter shops and offices to carry out their snooping on behalf of the corporate giants. The 'Brand Army' has been recruited from local councils and fines of up to £20,000 can be imposed if they win their case.
The Games organisers say that rights of sponsors must be protected (but not those of the overwhelming 'sponsor', the British people). 'These rights are acquired by companies who invest millions of pounds to help support the staging of the Games. People who seek the same benefits for free - by engaging in ambush marketing or producing counterfeit goods - are effectively depriving the Games of revenue.'
Well, they're not, are they? The Games already have the revenue; and the targets are mostly not a few opportunists or counterfeiters, but small shops and family business, charities and individuals trying to get into what is left of the 'Olympic Spirit'. Even bar owners have been warned not to refer on blackboards advertising live TV coverage in their pubs to beer brands and brewers that are not official sponsors. The London Independent reported that caterers and restaurant owners have been told not to advertise dishes that could be construed as having an association with the event.
A London diner called the Olympic Cafe before the Games came to town was forced to change its name to Lympic (by painting out the 'O') and organisers of the 'Ravelympics', a knitting contest for people to knit something in the 17 days of the Games, received a letter from lawyers ordering them to rename the event because it was 'disrespectful' and denigrated the name of the Olympic Games. No, actually, the letter does that.
It is insanity that we are seeing - sheer undiluted insanity.
Marina Palomba from the McCann Worldgroup agency in London described the rules as 'the most draconian law in advance of an Olympic Games ever,' and it is yet another glaring confirmation of the way corporations are taking over human society.