Srpen 2012

Valici se hrom...

3. srpna 2012 v 14:43 Clanky osvetove
Tady u nas doma (v Americe :-) ) poradaji vselijake sjezdy motocyklistu (ano, ano, ja vim ze u vas taky, a jezdi tam i Ondrej Neff, ano, jste svetovi) a kdyz je to extra moc velke tak se tomu rika Rolling Thunder - tedy Valici se hrom. Pokud jste nekdy stali na kraji silnice a prejelo okolo vas dve ste nebo tri sta Harley Davidsonu, tak presne vite o cem mluvim a proc se to tak jmenuje.

Na nedavnem Rolling Thunder byla i Sarah Palin.


A pochopitelne ani First Lady Michelle nemohla chybet.


Milionty ctenar meho blogu na dohled...

1. srpna 2012 v 18:34 | Ross Hedvicek |  Clanky osvetove
Pokud sledujete pocitadlo na mem blogu, pak vam nemohlo uniknout, ze pocet pristupu na muj blog se blizi jednomu milionu - tedy jeden milion ctenaru, nikoliv vstupu, protoze pocitadlo je nastaveno tak, aby nepocitalo opakovane vstupy ze stejneho IP (= stejneho pocitace), aby si clovek nemohl "naklikat" ctennost - jako je to mozne na Tydnu, Respektu nebo idnes.cz, kde je se ctennosti jeste i umyslne manipulovano administratory jejich blogu, kteri maji zajem na protezovani urcitych blogeru nebo urciteho typu blogeru a tak je cpou na "titulku" nebo naopak trestaji odsunem dozadu nebo zmizenim ze seznamu clanku. Manipulace je bezna a naprosto nestoudna, pokud se vyskytne nekdo, kdo kritizuje nebo se blbe divi, tak je z z vyseuvedenych blogu nemilosrdne odstranen. A to si muze jeste gratulovat, protoze v Rusku by ho nechali zastrelit.

Jak vetsina z vas vi, byl jsem z vyseuvedenych duvodu vykopnut ze vsech ceskych "nomenklaturnich" blogu, pocinaje blogem v casopise Respekt (predtim jsem mel, a dodnes mam jen blog ve slovenskem SME). Jejich administrator, mlady marxista jmenem Javurek, nemohl unest, ze me blogy cetlo neobvykle mnozstvi lidi a diskuse mych nenavidicich ctenaru pod onemy blogy se vyznacovaly neobvyklou sprostotou. A tak mne jednoduse obvinil z podvadeni se ctennosti a z pozice nejctennejsiho blogu na Respektu mne vyhodil. Po nekolika neuspesnych pokusech si otevrit blog na bloguje.cz (odtamtud prisla po registraci email "Hedvicek? V zadnem pripade!") a na blogu blog.aktualne.centrum.cz mi na mou zadost o otevreni blogu tamejsi administrator Libor Stejskal lidumilne odpovedel: "Jen pres mou mrtvolu!", jsem pronikl (zrejme pod rouskou noc a nebo nedavali pozor) na blog Lidovek.

Na blogu Lidovek byvala legrace, byla tam spousta komunistu (Hermanek, Barlej) a takove ty levicove materske typy (Nada Dubcova). Behem asi 3 tydnu se me blogy vysplhaly do spicky vsech zebricku a tam zustaly. Zebricku meli v Lidovkach nekolik. Nekolikrat se vyskytla i situace, ze me clanky drzely prvnich PADESAT mist v tabulkach nejctenejsich clanku a prvnich PADESAT mist v tabulkach ctenari nejvyse hodnocenych clanku - soucasne! Blogeri-komuniste a levicove materske typy rvali a jeceli, jako by je na noze brali, stezovali si administratorovi a psali petice proti mne. Administrator z toho mel tezkou hlavu, protoze nemel duvod mne vyhodit, zadne sproste obrazky jsem tam nemel a psal jsem slusne. Takze prisly na radu osobni urazky v diskusich (na techle systemech, okopirovanych ze slovenskeho SME nemuze bloger diskuse moderovat, jen uzavrit) a kdyz jsem diskuse uzavrel, dosel administrator k nazoru, ze jsem porusil "kodex blogera" a ke vseobecnemu nadseni ostatnich psavcu o pejscich a kocickach a uctivacu Havla mne opet vyhodil. Ale i tak jsem byl na blogu Lidovek dost dlouho, zhruba rok, a pocet pristupu byl asi tri ctvrte milionu ctenaru.

Pak nasledovalo kratke extempore na blogu idnes.cz, kde vladla technicky neschopna a navic anti-semitska Nada Strakova, ktera vyhodila nejen mne, ale i radu mych kamaradu (ano, opet se stydim, Krystlik byl jeden z nich) se zduvodnenim, ze jsem to vsechno ja a vydavam se za ne. Jak moc musela byt ta baba jebnuta, aby ji napadlo, ze ja se vydavam za Krystlika?
Nada Strakova se sama haji, ze proti me nic nemela, ze mne vyhodila na prikaz vedeni Idnes. Zdalo se, za ma proslulost stoupa a psi hlas do nebe dovolal. Ostatne stiznosti tomu vedeni od manzelky predsedy vlady Spidlove a z USA deportovane Evy Pallotto urcite taky hraly roli.
Takze na idnes.cz jsem byl tak kratce, ze jsem tam s bidou ukoristil tak sto tisic ctenaru.

Pak jsem zkusil sve clanky postovat na americkem serveru blogspot, ale k memu uzasu jsem zjistil, ze prumerny cesky ctenar ma panicky strach z jakekoliv internetove adresy, ktera nema na konci napsano .CZ - jak je tam neco jineho, treba COM tak radsi rychle pryc, to bude neco tou imperialistickou anglictinou a to my nerozumime a treba by si tam nekdo z nas delal srandu a nebo bysme dostali virus... radsi prchame. Bezny cesky uzivatel internetu negoogluje - on jde automaticky na seznam.CZ, kdyz chce zpravy, tak jde na zpravy.CZ a libo-li mu porno, tak jde na porno.CZ - vubec nezertuji, to mam odpozorovane.

A tak mi byl prateli doporucen BLOG.CZ a uz jsem tu ctyri a pul roku a jsem spokojen. Zadne manipulace se strkanim mladych komunistu na "titulku" jako to dodnes delaji vsichni vysezmineni, zadne sikanovani a hlavne lepsi software. (Vedeni blogu.cz - DEKUJI!) Muzu moderovat a mazat ty sproste utoky na mne - ktere prumerny cesky idiot povazuje za "diskusi". A zhruba pred rokem a pul jsem si sem zavedl to pocitadlo a zacal jsem od nuly. Uplne umyslne ceske pocitadlo, aby k nemu mel cesky skeptik duveru, ale taky proto, ze bylo technicky docela dobre - a porad je, tudiz predpokladam, ze skutecny pocet navstevniku meho blogu bude temer 3 miliony - a to nepocitam par set tisic z predchozich blogu, odkud mne vyhodili.

Takze tenhle prvni UPLNE OFICIALNI MILION ctenaru povazuji za prijemne jubileum a uspech. A proc maji me clanky takovy ctenarsky uspech? Ja sam si myslim, ze je to tim, ze me clanky vyplnuji nepokrytou a nevyplnenou poptavku. Kdyby prumerni cesti ctenari byli schopni najit tytez infomace, kterymi je zasobuji ja, v beznem ceskem tisku a nebo ceske "blogosfere" - necetli by mne a neotravovali by se s mymi texty bez diakritiky. Ale neni to tak. Aby potencialni bloger prezil v idnes.cz, lidovkach a jinych oficialnich nomenklaturnich blogserverech, tak musi byt trvale prikrcen a v tak hlubokem predklonu, ze v podstate "ryje drzkou v zemi" (coz je citat, ktery znate). Ja nejsem prikrcen, protoze je mi to fuk - ja u vas na nic nekandiduji a nikoho se nemusim o nic prosit. Proto taky musim cas od casu celit zaplavam nenavisti od ceskych vlastencu od vas i ze zahranici. To je riziko, se kterym musite pocitat.

A uplne nejvyssim vyznamenanim mi je, kdyz oficialni cesti "novinari" (ja je nazyvam "nomenklaturni novinari"), kteri tise ctou clanky na mem blogu, pak me clanky PLAGIARIZUJI v ceskem tisku v nadeji, ze "kdyz jsem v Americe, tak se to stejne nedozvim". Vetsinou se to dozvim a uz mam z techto plagiatu slusnou sbirku.

Ale jsem rad, ze tam bude za chvili ten MILION. Jak nas baseballovy genius Yogi Berra pravil "It ain't bragging - if you've done it!" (pokud jste neco dokazali, tak to neni chlubeni!) Otazkou je, co potom - az dosahnu toho milionu. Dam vam tady nekolik moznosti - vyjadrete se.

a) Po dosahnuti milionu ctenaru dat na blog video ohnostroje nad prazskym hradem?
b) Po dosahnuti milionu ctenaru dat na blog video vystrceneho chlupateho zadku, krouticiho se do rytmu na melodii "Kde domov muj?"
c) Zorganizovat tridenni party v hotelu Atlantis na Paradise Island, Bahamas- uz jsme tam dlouho nebyli, ze?
d) Mel bych jit uz konecne do prdele a prestat psat nenavistne clanky proti ceskemu holubicimu narodu?
e) Neco jineho?



Jak jsem lhal a predstiral, ze jsem Cech...

1. srpna 2012 v 15:53 | Ross Hedvicek |  Clanky osvetove
Videnske letiste Schwechat je takove malinke letistatko, velikosti srovnatelne s okresnimi letisti tady v USA, ale aspon tam clovek nebloudi a nemusi jezdit vlakem metra od brany k brane jako v Atlante nebo Las Vegas. Pred vyjezdem z letiste, v te posledni zatacce je benzinka, zelene barvy, 24 hodin, plna Turku a se zamcenyma zachodama, ktere se oteviraji na 1 Euro minci. Pokud uz odlitate a uz nemate zadne Euro, tak musite zajit vedle, kde je budova parkoviste taxikaru - taky pouze Turci, kde jsou zachody zadarmo, akorat musite rict "salam". "Cabajka" nebo "kabanos" neplati - musi to byt "salam".

Ja jsem tam koncem kvetna stal u cerpaciho stojanu ve ctyri rano pred odletem a doplnoval jsem nadrz sveho rentovaneho auta pred navracenim. Z opacne strany u tehoz stojanu stal par starsich manzelu a polohlasem se bavili anglicky, jasne dumajice nad tim, kolik litru je do jednoho galonu, aby si ujasnili, jak priserne je drahy benzin v Evrope. "Ctyri!", prohlasil pak manzel a mne bylo jasne odkud jsou. Slovo "ctyri" neboli "four" vyslovil jako "fuuooo" (nikoliv jako "foor" nebo "for"), takze bylo slysitelne, ze je z vychodni casti New Yorku.

Podival se na mne, tak nejak v marne nadeji, ze bych mu asi sotva mohl rozumet a byl prekvapen, ze jsem mu odpovedel anglicky.

"No sleep till Brooklyn?" pravil jsem.

"Jak jste to poznal?", hned se divili oba.

"Slysel jsem vas vyslovit CTYRI", rad jsem vysvetlil.

"Aha!", vzali to jako dost dobry dukaz, "ale vy mate jizansky prizvuk! Georgia?"

"Nee," zakroutil jsem hlavou, "ja jsem odsud, tedy kousek odsud, tak sto mil na sever, z Ceske republiky, z Moravy (Moravia)".

"Morava!", svitlo chlapovi: "To je stejna Morava, jako Moravsti bratri (Moravian Brothers), ta cirkev?"

"Presne tak. Moravane nemeli tu manualni dexteritu jako Svycari, tak nemohli vyvazet hodinky, tak aspon exportovali paganismus."

"A kde jste sebral ten prizvuk?"

"To je moravsky prizvuk. Na Morave se bezne mluvi anglicky, akorat maji moravsky prizvuk!"

"Vazne?"

"No jiste!", konecne jsem prepnul svuj "bullshit switch" do pozice "forsaz". "Nejen ze tam vsichni mluvi anglicky, i kdyz s mym prizvukem, ale za zachody se tam neplati jako tady, vsichni jsou tam prijemni a usmivaji se na vas, pro turisty tam maji specialne nizke, primo dumpingove ceny, pivo je tam lacinejsi nez voda ve flaskach a je to tam tak bezpecne, ze tam ani auta pres noc nezamykaji!"

Doplnil jsem nadrz a sel Turkum zaplatit. Kdyz jsem prisel zpatky, oba uz byli taky pripraveni odjet. Zamaval jsem na ne a popral prijemny pobyt. Jeste jsem zaslechl manzelku jak v podstate narizuje manzelovi: "Tak dopoledne se podivame do Schonbrunnu a odpoledne zajedem na tu Moravu. Kdyz rika ze je to jen sto mil?"

Tak jsem mel dobry pocit, ze jsem svym doporucenim prispel ke zvyseni turistickeho ruchu na Morave. Obejel jsem letiste jeste jednou, vratil auto na parkoviste pro rentovaci auta, klice hodil do schranky, zadna dezurnaja u toho nebyla a odesel cekat na odlet domu. Uz se mi styskalo po te zeleni, blankytne obloze, modrem mori a slanem vzduchu. Vsude dobre, doma nejlepe.


Novy kapitan Klos!

1. srpna 2012 v 14:43 Clanky osvetove

Peklo na zemi...

1. srpna 2012 v 14:22 | Jaromir Masa |  Clanky jinych autoru
Pane Hedvíček

už je to dlouho, co sport prestal byt sportem, zabavou, vyplni volneho casu, vyrazem telesne radosti a krasneho pocasi ci podobnych "nesmyslu". Zacali s tim Rusaci, to je pravda: pamatuji na ty debakly, kdy americane byli skutecne sportovci, amateri, odnekad z duluthu, a rusaci si trenovali svaly na masinach a zrali kdovijake opici kvapky a tabletky.

A pak prisli politicti pletichari: bolsevizmus je lepsi, protoze bolsevici vyhravaji hokej s puckem. hned za rusakama se do toho pustili dederoni, vlastne ono uz to zacinalo za hitlera, olpmpiadou v prdline. Byl tam jakysi boj Cechu s Nemci, uz nevim v cem, byl to kolektivni sport.

Dneska cely sport je jen reklama na podvlikacky, boty, tricka, zubni pasty, amaterizmus z toho vymizel totalne, on totiz amater je od amare, milovati, a to uz dnes neumi nikdo.

Dneska lidi milujou jen ten potisteny hajzlúpapir, kteremu rikaji penize a ktermu prikladaji jakousi nepochopitelnou hodnotu.

Vite, pro mne sport zustane timto: kdyz jsem chodil do mestanky, v Karline, mezi barakama a Invalidovnou byla takova vysoka drevena ohrada, byvale DTJ. delnicka telecvicna jednota (moje maminka rikala, ze se tomu vysmivaly jako hollky: Dej Teleti Jetel) tam byly asi ctyri sloupku na volej a drevena bouda na takove ty kone a jine naradi.

Hlidal to tehdy tak 40 lety chlap, rikali jsme mu Akela. Byla tam skvarovka na stofku, a podobne. A po sichte, a z kanclu, tak kolem 16 hodiny prichazeli chlapi, svlikli se do trenyrek a hrali volej, nohej, nebo tenis, kluci hrai pinces. Vsem bylo dobre. No a tak kolem 18 - 18,30 jsme se sebrali a domu na veceri. Byla samozrejme tepla. Domov byl domovem.

Vite, ono to bylo jedno, jestli to bylo komunistcky, skautsky, urednicky nebo jaky, ten Akela byl pak vratnym v Hotelovem dome na Invalidovne, psal si dennik, no bohatej nebyl. Ale ani muj tata, ktery byl zastupce Westphälische Union GmbH und Drahtkontor in Hamm in Westphalen nebyl zadnej kresus. My jsme tam chodili vsichni, co chodili tehdy do Skautu.

Byli vsichni veseli, spokojeni, meli domovy, nikam nespechali, dovedli si oddachnout, nepotrebovali ani TV, ani radio, lide si stacili sami. Ne, nebasnim, nemekne me starim mozek, ale ono to tak opravdu bylo.

Ale ten svet nezkazil jenom Stalin. Nejspise taky ten patatej prezident, ktery zacinal tim, ze prodaval v Americe tkanicky do bot po bytech.

Pohadka mladi se nikdy nevrati, ani kdybychm sezrali tri tuny krupicove kase.

Mejte se. Ze to tam nedate. At me vsechny TV, rude, zlute, a ja nevim jako, krajcvajs. Jakpak mohu pomoci japonskym starenkam, ktere se boji, ze tam zas budou zametat cunami. Jak pomohu Tibetanum, kteri chteji zit podle sveho ve sve vlasti a nikoliv pod bicem cinskeho otrokare? Jak pomohu krestanum v Syrii, Iranu, a ja nevim kde vsude, ktere likdviduji, rozbijeji jim kostely, baracky, znasilnuji dcery. Ze to vim?! To jim je na enono. A kdo pomuze cloveku jako ja, ktery bojuje o to, aby mel kde bydlet? Vubec se nedivim tem lidem, kdo se zapaluji.

Co tady? Vzdyt je to peklo na zemi.


Nevedomost je pozehnanim - u vas...

1. srpna 2012 v 11:43 Clanky jinych autoru
A tady vidite, co to dela, kdyz neumite anglicky - jste celozivotne v temnotach. Protoze VASE noviny vam o tomhle nikdy nenapisou. Dejte si pivo.


Forging of the Mandarin mermaid: How Chinese children are taken away from their families and brutalised into future Olympians

  • Chinese state earmarks potential champions from young age
  • Youngsters are sent away to gruelling training camps
  • Olympic champion Ye Shiwen said her extraordinary swim was a result of 'hard work and training'
PUBLISHED: 20:21 EST, 30 July 2012 | UPDATED: 11:03 EST, 31 July 2012
Watching the new 'Mandarin Mermaid' glide to another suspiciously easy victory yesterday - the prelude to what will doubtless be her second gold medal of these Games - my thoughts returned to the disturbing interview I conducted with another swimming sensation many years ago.
Just like China's Ye Shiwen, East German Petra Schneider had astonished the world in winning the 400 metres medley - this time at the 1980 Moscow Olympics - producing a performance of such awesome power that her rivals (including Britain's Sharron Davis, who won silver) seemed to be lesser mortals.
And as with 16-year-old Ye in London on Saturday night, so striking was Schneider's superiority over young women who had trained equally long and hard that many observers wondered how she could possibly have been so much stronger, fitter and faster.
Winning at all costs: Children are put through their paces doing punishing exercises to toughen them up
Winning at all costs: Children are put through their paces doing punishing exercises to toughen them up
Children are trained at camps where the word 'gold' is hung on the wall to make them focus on success
Children are trained at camps where the word 'gold' is hung on the wall to make them focus on success
Sweat and tears: A young girl is pushed through a tough gymnastics exercise
Sweat and tears: A young girl is pushed through a tough gymnastics exercise

This disquieting question cast a shadow over her achievement for 18 years. But then, during that unforgettable interview, in her cramped apartment in Chemnitz - or Karl-Marx-Stadt as it had been known when she was among the stars of the East German state swimming project - the five-time world record-holder finally came clean.

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Having been identified as a potential champion as a little girl, she told me, she had been removed from school and placed in a ruthless training camp where she was identified by a number, Sportsperson 137, rather than a name.
There her every waking hour was devoted to bringing swimming glory to her country.
To increase her oxygen uptake she was forced to swim for hour upon hour in a vacuum contraption that sucked out the surrounding air; she was fed like a battery-farm turkey on a protein-rich diet; and, of course, she was injected with steroids - so frequently that, even then in her mid-30s, she suffered a plethora of health problems.
'Sharron Davies was not racing against another swimmer that day - she was racing against a different species,' she told me tearfully in an extraordinary mea culpa which later saw her ask for her world records to be expunged. 'I was programmed to take the gold.'
Was the equally invincible Ye Shiwen similarly programmed? As with everyone who marvelled at the way she eased through the water yesterday, like a killer whale in her white cap and black costume, I hope - oh, how I hope - she was not.
Yet recalling the photographs Schneider had showed me of herself at a similar age, one well understands the fears voiced by America's top swimming coach.
Indeed, they must have flashed through the minds of even the most casual spectator yesterday, so much stronger did she look than the young women beside her.
Ye Shiwen astounded the swimming world by knocking more than a second off the world record for the 400m individual medley
Ye Shiwen astounded the swimming world by knocking more than a second off the world record for the 400m individual medley

Winner: Miss Ye poses with her gold medal on the podium. Ye insists that her 'results come from hard work and training'
Mission accomplished: Miss Ye poses with her gold medal on the podium. Ye insists that her 'results come from hard work and training'
Ye Shiwen possesses that same masculine, almost wall-like figure; the same impossibly wide shoulders and huge, rounded thighs; the same armchair-leg calves. Rebecca Adlington is a strong woman, to be sure, but she still looks feminine; Ye, though barely out of adolescence, appears androgynous.
China's recent swimming history mitigates against Ye, too.
Ye Shiwen was picked out because she had an unusually masculine physique with extremely large hands and long limbs
For during recent years its swimmers and coaches have been caught cheating so many times it is difficult to keep count - and it has modelled its draconian training system on precisely that which produced Schneider and other turbo-charged East Germans before the Iron Curtain fell.
It began in the Eighties when, determined to end the nation's perennial humiliation at major athletics and swimming championships, China's Communist regime decreed that a generation of future champions must be harvested and honed.
To that end, school teachers were ordered to scrutinise their pupils for signs of natural sporting ability and report any child with obvious potential to regional coaches who would install them in one of 3,000 new state training camps.
According to her mother, Qing Dingyi, as quoted by the Chinese state media, little Ye 'expressed a wish to become a swimmer at the tender age of seven'.
In truth, she was picked out because she had an unusually masculine physique with extremely large hands and long limbs: attributes at first thought best suited to a career in track and field.
Young boys and girls are put through their paces at the Chen Jinglun Sports School, the alma mater of Ye Shiwen
Young boys and girls are put through their paces at the Chen Jinglun Sports School, the alma mater of Ye Shiwen

The school also trained Sun Yang, who won the 400m freestyle at London 2012
The school also trained Sun Yang, who won the 400m freestyle at London 2012
After being whisked away from her modest two-bedroom apartment, in Hangzhou, a city of 6.2 million, and installed into the Chen Jingluin sports school, however, it was decided she would be best suited to swimming, and by 11 she had won her first major junior championship.
Her mother insists she and her husband, a manual worker, had always impressed on her that 'results are not important, but you should always enjoy the taking part'. One doubts she dares voice this opinion in the presence of her daughter's coaches.
In swimming, as in most other Olympic sports, they enforce a regime so relentlessly harsh that it has been compared, by those few Western observers who have managed to penetrate the obsessive secrecy with which it is guarded, to that in some 19th-century prisons.
Indeed, after being shown how China's child gymnasts are trained some years ago, in his capacity as an Olympic observer, Britain's Olympic gold-winning oarsman Sir Matthew Pinsent - a man who knows a thing or two about pushing the human body to its limits - pronounced it a 'pretty disturbing experience'.
Practice makes perfect: Children are put through their paces in a training session at Chen Jinglun Sports School
Practice makes perfect: Children are put through their paces in a training session at Chen Jinglun Sports School
Taking the plunge: Some have likened the strict training regime to life in '19th-century prisons'
Some have likened the strict training regime to life in '19th-century prisons'
Children who our own sports authorities would deem far too young even to countenance focusing seriously on one sport, let alone be taken away from their parents and billeted in these boot-camps, had been driven so hard that they wept, and one claimed to have been beaten by his coach.
The International Olympic Committee promised then to investigate his claims but seven years on there is no evidence that anything has remotely changed.
Only last January harrowing photographs were posted on the internet showing Chinese children crying in pain as they were put to work.
In case they had forgotten why they were there, a large sign on the wall reminded them. 'GOLD' it said simply.
Virtual brainwashing of this sort is another feature of the state sports project, whose charges are taught by rote that their mission in life is to beat the Americans and all-comers to the top of the podium.
Their child stars of the future are also taught from the earliest age to deliver vapid answers to media questions - though there are signs that the current generation of Olympians, emboldened and awakened, perhaps, by increasing contact with the West via social media websites, are starting to rebel.
Indeed, this week one of Ye's swimming team-mates, 23-year-old Lu Ying, risked serious repercussions back in Beijing by attacking China's grindingly repetitive coaching regime and saying how much she preferred the freer, more enjoyable system in Australia, where she was permitted to train prior to the Games.
Recently, other former Chinese athletes have broken ranks, describing how they were so rigidly programmed in the sports camps that they could barely fend for themselves when their athletic careers ended, much less find jobs and integrate with their peers.
Starting young: Olympic champions Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen were earmarked from a young age as potential future champions
Starting young: Olympic champions Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen were earmarked from a young age as potential future champions
The school recruits about 900 children from kindergartens in Hangzhou each year
The school recruits about 900 children from kindergartens in Hangzhou each year, with their parents all but forced to accept their fate

Had she not won gold, and become a pampered darling of the Communist Party, that would have been the life that awaited Ye. We are told, again by state-controlled newspapers, that she is never happier than when painting her mother's toenails, reading detective stories, and chatting to friends on her pink mobile.
'Sharron Davies was not racing against another swimmer that day - she was racing against a different species: I was programmed to take the gold.'
Petra Schnedier, East German swimmer,
who was found guilty of doping
Perhaps so, but for the past six years she has lived in a Spartan dorm with five other swimming hopefuls.
At seven she could already perform 20 chin-ups - an exercise beyond the capability of most fit adults. She swims every day for several hours - only getting a break when the pool 'needs cleaning' according to one of her coaches, Wei Wei.
She will also have been drilled remorselessly in the niceties that can make a difference in big competition: keeping a fixed facial expression, behaving impeccably in view of the judges, showing no weakness or pain.
Her only consolation is that her diet will be far more nourishing than that of an ordinary Chinese teenager.
Food and legal supplements apart, though, the question gnaws away - is she being propelled by some other, more sinister fuel?
Ye¿s team-mate, 23-year-old Lu Ying, this week attacked China¿s grindingly repetitive coaching regime
Ye's team-mate, 23-year-old Lu Ying, this week attacked China's grindingly repetitive coaching regime
A group of young boys await their turn in the pool
A group of young boys await their turn in the pool
Banned: Last month 16-year-old Li Zhesi was expelled from the Chinese team after being caught using the performance-enhancing drug EPO
Banned: Last month 16-year-old Li Zhesi was expelled from the Chinese team after being caught using the performance-enhancing drug EPO
If so, she will join an infamous shoal of Chinese swimmers dating back to the 1994 World Aquatic championships in Rome, when their performance in winning 12 of the 16 gold medals available was attributed by state officials to ingesting an 'ancient brew' of toad-skin and bird's nests.
Not long afterwards, at the Asian Games, 11 of their number tested positive for a banned testosterone and China was stripped of nine of its 23 golds.
Further scandals followed at regular intervals throughout the Nineties and 2000s, including the discovery, in 1998, of 13 vials of a human growth hormone - enough to supply the entire team - in the kitbag of a female Chinese swimmer during a routine search at Sydney airport.
That was the incident which prompted Schneider to tell me about her drug abuse, which she said had been forced on her in ignorance by her coach.
And only six weeks ago another Chinese swimmer, 16-year-old Li Zhesi, was expelled from the team after being caught using the current performance enhancing drug of choice among swimmers: a substance called EPO which boosts red blood-cells to increase oxygen uptake.
She was caught, as the Chinese will doubtless point out, by their own anti-doping agency, set up before the Beijing Games as part of an avowed intent to make them clean.
Chen Jinglun Sports School: At seven Ye could already perform 20 chin-ups - an exercise beyond the capability of most fit adults
Chen Jinglun Sports School: At seven Ye could already perform 20 chin-ups - an exercise beyond the capability of most fit adults
'I was programmed to take the gold': East Germany's Petra Schneider says she would have swapped her medal for Sharron Davies's soft, feminine looks
'I was programmed to take the gold': East Germany's Petra Schneider says she would have swapped her medal for Sharron Davies's soft, feminine looks
Whether or not she was a patsy, sacrificed to create an impression of vigilance so that others with better hopes of a medal in London (such as Ye) could slip through the net, as some cynics here were suggesting yesterday, remains to be seen.
As I say, I hope and pray this isn't the case - and not only because of the damage that any exposure as a cheat would do to these Games.
When I met Petra Schneider, she was suffering from rigid musculature, which had forced her to give birth to her only child by Caesarean section, and also an irregular heartbeat, abnormally high cholesterol and constant back pain.
Having grown an Adam's apple and developed a manly jaw, she had also been deprived of her femininity, and told me she would willingly have swapped her gold medal for Sharron Davies's soft, feminine looks.
That is the price Sportsperson 137 paid for her moment of glory.
We must hope that the Mandarin Mermaid will never have a similar story to tell.



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July 2012 Ratings: CNN Continues to Struggle

By Merrill Knox on July 31, 2012 3:31 PM
CNN was down double digits across the board in July.Compared to July 2011, the network is -20% in Total Viewers and -23% in A25-54 in Total Day. In primetime, CNN is down -23% in Total Viewers and -26% in the demographic.
The ratings for July 2012:
  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 488,000 Total Viewers / 149,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 355,000 Total Viewers / 109,000 A25-54
Compared to the July 2011, Erin Burnett's 7pm hour - home last year to "John KingUSA" - is down -21% in both Total Viewers and younger viewers. "Piers Morgan Tonight" is down -18% in Total Viewers and -24% in A25-54 viewers. The 10pm edition of "Anderson Cooper 360″ is down -34% in Total Viewers and -36% in A25-54 viewers.
There is some good news for CNN in the 8pm hour of "AC360," which is up +6% in the demographic and is the only cable news program in primetime to increase among younger viewers year-over-year.
Compared to last month, all of CNN's daytime and primetime programs are up by double digits in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers. Burnett is up +12% in Total Viewers and +15% in the demographic, Cooper is up +27% in Total Viewers and +31% in the demographic, and Morgan is up +18% and +20%, respectively.
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