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Guest Post: Another Example Of Why Central Planning Is A Bad Idea

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Submitted by Simon Black from Sovereign Man

Another Example Of Why Central Planning Is A Bad Idea

I’ve noticed something strange over the past few weeks, maybe you have too. It seems that every ‘contrarian’ website out there has joined together to collectively bash the Olympics and anyone who tunes in to watch.

This seems nuts. Nobody should feel guilty for wanting to see athletes in peak condition push the boundaries of human performance. I certainly don’t feel guilty about it. In fact I came to the UK several days ago specifically to catch some of the Olympics live.

Unfortunately it turned out to be much more difficult than I had expected.

As it turns out, the British government has centrally planned Olympic ticket issuance in a way that’s so remarkably inefficient it would make Karl Marx look like Steve Jobs.

There’s only one way to buy London Olympic tickets– through the ’official’ office that’s controlled by the government. They’ve even solidified their monopoly by making it a CRIMINAL OFFENSE for individuals to resell Olympic tickets.

The concierge at my hotel, an affable Italian named Paulo, explained to me that the police even came around to warn (i.e. threaten) him against helping hotel guests find tickets.

Paulo directed me to the government’s official website so I could buy tickets the legal way. I quickly found out how Byzantine it is– there are all sorts of ridiculous hoops to jump through; if you’re a resident of the UK, you follow one procedure. If you’re a resident of the EU, you follow another. If you’re a resident of other countries, you follow yet another.

Then after creating an online profile and giving them all sorts of personal information, they’ll actually MAIL (i.e. snail mail) the physical tickets to the address you give them in your profile… and only to the address of your legal residency. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling.

The alternative is that you could spend a couple of hours going to one of the ticket offices, all of which seem to have been strategically chosen for being in the most inconvenient locations possible.

Even if you can get through that maze, they’ve really screwed up their inventory management. Nobody seems to have any idea what tickets are available at any given time. An event may be ‘sold out’ at 10am, then have hundreds of seats available by noon.

The government’s central planning of Olympic ticketing has been a complete failure, perhaps best evidenced by the THOUSANDS of empty seats at many of the events.

  Another example of why central planning is a bad idea...

Annoyed beyond belief, I asked the concierge at my hotel if there were any alternatives. He said, ‘maybe’, told me to write down my phone number, and wait.

Within a few minutes, my phone started ringing off the hook with calls from ticket brokers; since the government made it illegal for these guys to sell tickets, they’ve been pushed into dodgy underground boiler rooms for the past two weeks as if they’re Prohibition-era bootleggers trying to move a shipment of hooch.

Negotiating ticket prices with these guys, I couldn’t believe we were talking about a sporting event… it seemed more like an arms deal. One guy asked me three times if I was a cop, and another refused to give me his phone number when I said I needed to call him back.

Totally crazy. The government has managed to monopolize an entire industry and screw it up with Soviet-level inefficiency… then make it a criminal offense for the private sector to fix it.

 Another example of why central planning is a bad idea...

This is typical of how a government operates. They take a very cavalier attitude because they don’t care about results, they only care about maintaining control. As a result, they run their operations based on the premise that people really have no choice.

With regard to Olympic ticketing, this is mostly true. My choice was either to go through the system legitimately (albeit painfully), deal with some dodgy backroom ticket broker at three times the price, or just watch it on television.

In our regular lives, though, we do have a choice. A single government need not have a monopoly over our lives.

As human beings, we are fundamentally free. We can choose where we live, where our money lives, where we pay taxes (and how much we pay), where to structure our companies, where to hire our employees, which regulations to adhere to, etc.

You can hold your savings in one country, store gold in another, own property in another, have legal tax residency in another, live in another, have a business in another, etc. This is what I call planting multiple flags… essentially using the system against itself.

And it is, by far, one of the most effective ways to take your freedom back and end your home government’s monopoly over your life.


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Wed, 08/08/2012 - 18:53 | 2689300 diogeneslaertius
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not that one required yet more adducements

but edification is underestimated

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:06 | 2689335 Colombian Gringo
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Central Planning...coming to a FEMA camp near you.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:47 | 2689390 Precious
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There is no "central banking" either.  It's organized crime.  It's immoral.  It's unlawful.  Just like it was 70 years ago when the whitewashing, money laundering "central bankers" funded the Nazis. There is absolutely NO difference.  Somewhere in the world, eventually people suffer because these "central planning" bankers commit fraud.  Victims might be old people. They might be feeble people.  They might be orphans.  But they suffer unjustly and maybe even die for lack of food, care, shelter, clothing, or just plain depression. Because some crooked bank syndicate, using a benevolent sounding word like "central" or "united" or "world" or "international" with the help of the government, police, military and lawyers, stole their savings through confiscation, inflation, taxation or fraud. Just like they did before, with impunity.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:19 | 2689456 AldousHuxley
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To be fair, you can't expect a sold out stadium for trampoline quarter finals.


Most of the unfilled chairs were pre-allocated seats to olympic families and VIPs who didn't show up....and VIPs sholdn't resell their free tickets to make money. Sounds like RSVP system failed to work fast enough to switch out seats.


It is centrally preferring one segment over another without properly sizing the market that's gone wrong here.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 23:01 | 2689874 knukles
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Invented by the French
Perfected by the Germans
Immortalized by the Brits

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 23:40 | 2689990 StychoKiller
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Look up the werd "Byzantine."

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 00:54 | 2690104 Monedas
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"To be fair" ?   Are you apologizing for these inept Socialist central planners ?   Auction all tickets on Ebay .... give everyone a chance to bid .... legalize scalping and flower girls in the parking lot !        If you can't sell it .... you never owned it !       Huxley, you are a primordial ooze Socialist !

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 22:28 | 2689800 jeff montanye
Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:22 | 2689372 slaughterer
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Here is the explanation of why it is a bad idea:

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:18 | 2689451 Harbanger
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You made me watch this shit?  You owe me bitch.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 21:19 | 2689616 theTribster
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me too.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:56 | 2689542 opencircle
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They do provide option to collect tickets at ticket box office.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 18:54 | 2689302 Rainman
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Hahaha....and USA loses billions delivering pieces of paper to my mailbox . USA ! USA ! USA !

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:12 | 2689351 robobbob
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No, the USA loses billions of dollars by using important government functions as EEOC jobs programs and political correctness enforcement. By the same accounting methods, the entire 15T in debt Federal government is no different than the Post Office.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:43 | 2689406 LMAOLORI
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Yup we are well on our way to becoming England but at least for now we still have our 2nd Amendment rights the Britt's have nothing to stop a tyrannical government.

Talk about politically correct this poor man with Parkinson's was arrested for not smiling!!!


Olympics spectator with Parkinson's wants 'exoneration' after arrest

Mark Worsfold, 54, says he was handcuffed by Surrey police officers 'for not smiling' while watching men's cycling road race




Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:48 | 2689415 Neethgie
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That line in bold is such bullshit and anyone who isnt devoid of intellect knows it.

when do you use your second amendment rights?

you have lived in tyranny for about 10 years now, guantanamo patriot act, endless bailouts? 

why havent you stopped your tyranical government, the second ammendment hasnt done shit for you, your living in tyranny hiding behind an amendment saying "if things get bad we can stop it" newsflash dumbfuck things are already in tyranny and none of you have stopped a single thing.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:40 | 2689499 NuckingFuts
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You are correct Sir.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 21:36 | 2689658 smiler03
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"The force has received a letter from Mr Worsfold in which he has said he ‘fully understands and appreciates the action taken by officers’, the spokesman said."

Another side of the story from another newspaper. Don't always believe one news source. Or ten for that matter.


Wed, 08/08/2012 - 22:31 | 2689813 jeff montanye
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what neethgie said.

well there's always a first time....

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 23:25 | 2689960 Buckaroo Banzai
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Well, maybe if you could tell us exactly who to shoot,that might help.

The problem is,the people who REALLY run this country remain in the shadows. Probably for exactly this reason.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 08:00 | 2690395 johnQpublic
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the messenger?



i'm thinking almost anyone on here could generate a good list to start on, but i'm not looking to meet anyone in a dark suit with an ear piece, so i shall remain mum

self censorship bitchez 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:53 | 2689524 JohnG
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Yep.  I talked with my postman not long ago.  The USPS barely covers its nut with junk mail delivery.  75% of it actually.  The rest is short selling thier own service with "forever stamps...", which is ludicrous.

And yes, he is very, very worried about his retirement.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 22:43 | 2689840 chipworley
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The post office is the MOST WELL funded retirement system in the world.  That is the reason they operate at a loss every year.  They pay over $5 billion into their retirement fund every single year as mandated by congress and the fund actually exists (until congress steals it at least) unlike the IOU's in the SS system.  Check it out, don't take my word, you will see it is true...

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 04:07 | 2690238 Nachdenken
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"They pay over $5 billion into their retirement fund every single year as mandated by congress and the fund actually exists..."

Yes sir, and the fund is invested in sovereign bonds, T bills and the Dow as well as the IBEX perhaps, all very safe and reliable returns for retirement.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 18:54 | 2689304 asparagui
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I figured Simon might be competing as manly of a global jetsetter he is...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:05 | 2689332 Race Car Driver
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Where does he find the time to seemingly write numerous articles a day from different countries? A better question is why ZH loves this guy so much?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 22:46 | 2689848 chipworley
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Because MSM sux.  Want the truth...

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 08:02 | 2690397 johnQpublic
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simon black, the most interesting man in the world



i may not travel much, but when i do, i gloat about it

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 18:57 | 2689309 SemperFord
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Simon, I can't believe you ratted out Paulo...he is dead now!

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:09 | 2689340 Vlad Tepid
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Not just Paulo...maybe this will be the last missive Simon sends from Merry Olde England since it looks like he didn'tcover his super sleuthing tracks very well.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 18:58 | 2689311 XitSam
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Right before I saw this, I read Stossel's article.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:02 | 2689329 Zap Powerz
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Nice.  The best way to prevent a terrorist attack at the games is to not allow anyone to actually get into the games to terrorize them.  BRILLIANT!

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:00 | 2689318 q99x2
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'You can hold your savings in one country, store gold in another, own property in another, have legal tax residency in another, live in another, have a business in another, etc. This is what I call planting multiple flags… essentially using the system against itself.'

The trick is to get the government to pay you to do all that.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:12 | 2689346 NotApplicable
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I almost thought he was going to actually write a coherent article for once, then I got to that ending.

The idea that prostrating yourself before as many governments as possible is to exercise MAXIMUM enslavement, rather than "using the system against itself."

I wonder, just who does he think he's harming with this tactic? Certainly not governments. All he does is stand in more sheeple lines than anyone I know.

Simply put, he's likely been exposed to more forms of their mental torture in the last five years than I have been in my entire life. Yet he does it willingly, all while bragging about how "free" it makes him.

Simon is Simple.

If not beyond.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:53 | 2689421 Harbanger
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The trick? No one will save (or fck) your sorry ass like your own brethren.  Lets get this party started already.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:00 | 2689319 kito
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ahhhh, the life of sovereign man...........the latest technology involving virtual reality.........................

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:56 | 2689423 Dr. Engali
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He live quite a lifestyle in that imaginary world of his.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:00 | 2689320 Zap Powerz
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So they weren't ready?  Hmmm. Weird.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:06 | 2689333 Zola
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The olympic clusterfuck is one of the BEST illustrations of the TOTAL FAILURE of central planning for the poor souls who cannot open a history book , look or talk to ex communist countries citizens or get informed about the realities of the world.

But of course, nobody will say anything and the sheeples will keep on worshipping the idiots in charge

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:16 | 2689359 NotApplicable
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Not to discount his clusterfuck experience, but it appears that the problem had nothing to do with public tickets he discusses, but rather the freebie tickets that were given to the beautiful people. I'm betting they ended up with multiple tickets to concurrent events (must have everything, right?), and they would just choose which one to go to without regard to the other tickets.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:57 | 2689544 JohnG
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Well hell...I'm beautiful (don't hate me!). Where the fuck are MY tickets?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 08:10 | 2690406 johnQpublic
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i just visited the ticketing site, and frankly its all jacked up

i couldnt even find a way to get an idea of the price of a ticket

even creating an account is a pain in the dick

no wonder the seats are empty

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:31 | 2689384 BeetleBailey
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100% correct. Governments SUCK at everything they fucking do. Period.

What Black points out are how BAD they suck at doing ANYTHING.

I fucking laugh in the faces of the assholes that are "for" Obama or "for" Romney - especially the older people.

They should know better - stupid fucking fools.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:10 | 2689343 Neethgie
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i got half way through this and thought, hmmm this post sounds oddly whiny, with a faint air of bragging, i immeadiatly clicked on that it was none other than the dos equis man himself simon black, i have been simoned again..

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:50 | 2689401 Rusticus
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I made it all the way to the end but alas, Mr Black failed to identify a country devoid of any central planning, that has hosted a successful Olympic games.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:39 | 2689496 goat
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Good ole Simon had me fooled until I read:

In our regular lives, though, we do have a choice. A single government need not have a monopoly over our lives.

Here is a fun trick.  Copy-Paste any article on any website, and then append it with the last few paragraphs of this post.  VIOLA - an instant SImon Black, International Man of Awesome essay.


You too can be Simon Black (just not as awesome).



Wed, 08/08/2012 - 21:47 | 2689692 smiler03
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Simon's articles stand out before you even read anything.

He has the annoying habit of using one sentence per paragraph

Probably so he can make his article stretch over more than two normal paragraphs.

Easy when you lack detail.

Accurate detail that is.


Thu, 08/09/2012 - 04:09 | 2690239 Nachdenken
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ancient and modern Greece ?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:11 | 2689349 Vlad Tepid
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I wondered about those empty seats...with whole sections empty and others crowded it seems like the stupid Brits (gov't) are selling block by block, hence the "now we're sold out, now we're not," bit.  What a waste.  I guess I'm glad I didn't go...onecan see more on TV or online anyway.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:17 | 2689360 Neethgie
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I guess you'll be running the 10,000m simon given that in the past 3 days, youve been to switzerland lithuania norway and england..


Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:24 | 2689375 fuu
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"or just watch it on television"

You still watch television?


Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:36 | 2689393 Dr. Engali
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Damn it! I got half way through before I realized it was a Simon Black post.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:23 | 2689464 merizobeach
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At his first use of the word 'my', it dawned on me with an, "oh, dammit".

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:29 | 2689474 Bohm Squad
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I made it to, "In fact I came to the UK..." before scrolling up.  Guess I need to take a break from ZH...getting too familiar and all.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 19:44 | 2689409 blunderdog
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Of course a government's simulation of ticket sales is going to suck.  Of course, you do often see empty seats at the free-market managed sporting events.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:04 | 2689435 Atomizer
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After the Olympics come to an end.. The spin doctors will start to report Olympic investment shortfalls. ‘Our revenue forecasts on this big event didn’t meet the bloody target’s.'

We need to tell the Muppets to fork over more monies or face a new cataclysmic failure within the Financial GLOBAL SYSTEM.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 00:46 | 2690102 Midas
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You guy should try what I do.  I scan the first dozen comments and decide from that if it is worth reading.  MDB does ruin it for me though.  You guys really got to stop encouraging him.  But anyway, thanks for sparing me from another Simon Black ode-to-self....

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:30 | 2689475 Quaderratic Probing
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Need ticket liquidity provided by HFT computers. Should be able to fill the seats with synthetic persons. Then create a secondary market off the books of leavered second traunch non existent ticket buyers ............

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:42 | 2689502 orangegeek
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Option 4:  Read the online news and watch the highlights on youtube, EXCEPT FOR USAIN's 100M RUN.  TV KNOBS TRYING TO CONTROL CONTENT AGAIN.  TOOK 3 DAYS FOR HIS RUN TO SHOW UP ONLINE.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:46 | 2689506 same old story
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Ok Tyler,


It is time you let us all in on the joke.  Why do you post this stuff? Apart from the fact that it sounds like Mr Black sounds like a made up wanker, his solutions to what to do about what is going on make a farce or your work here.  So, this has to be your idea of fun or something.

Mon, 08/13/2012 - 22:17 | 2702839 MeelionDollerBogus
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I can't believe you don't believe in Mister Black.

I always put my faith in the honesty of Mister Black

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 21:11 | 2689593 dolph9
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Or could it be that the Olympics are hard to get worked up about when you live in a dreary police state on an island whose worldwide power collapsed 67 years ago?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 21:43 | 2689680 AssFire
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I can't believe they don't just ban anyone not at the embassy level minimum?

Why should non-government types be allowed to attend??

They didn't build anything.. so cool, being in charge.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 21:58 | 2689710 tony wilson
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with the simple concept of bbc and government mind control.

seb coe said last week the events are choc full.

it is the greatest sucess ever

it is the greatest sucess ever

it is amazin


it is amazin


better openin dan bayging

we have become

it only happinin once in are little life times


it only happin once in are lifes


it is always full

it is perfect

i cried 

we are der best 


i am a man

we are so lucky to be english and have der bbc

i cried


the tavistock institute today has so many control tools.

low frequency sound waves


nano breathable technologies.

hd tv numbing

we are not gettin brighter just dumber

dats whys we needs der bbc to guide us and tell us how we are feeling


Wed, 08/08/2012 - 22:13 | 2689759 amadeusb4
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Central planning my ass. How do empty seats have anything to do with Simon Black's whining? All slots available to the public were sold despite the poor process for getting them. Empty seats were in blocks of seats reserved for corporate sponsors and sports federations. Apparently, Simon Black has never been to a sporting event in his life?????

Why, Tyler? Why with the lowbrow pandering to the knuckle draggers who think they understand Adam Smith.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 23:06 | 2689864 GoldbugVariation
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Exactly like Amadeus said, the empty seats are in blocks reserved for certain groups.  Also London 2012 tickets are session tickets (e.g. morning session) and quite often ticket holders don't stay for the whole session - for example if a morning session started with qualifying rounds early in the day, then semi-finals, a good proportion of ticket holders don't arrive until it's time for the semi-finals.

The reason it's generally been tough to buy London 2012 tickets at the last minute is that the public tickets for almost every event have been sold out because they are (understandably) very popular.

Other factual inaccuracies in Simon's piece.

The online ticket sales process is managed by the private sector (Ticketmaster, who also sell tickets to rock concerts and other large popular events), not by the UK government.

Ticket buyers didn't have to have tickets mailed to their home address, there was also a collection option.   There is a ticket collection point at every Olympic venue in London - - also Horseguards Parade and The Mall in central London so hardly 'out of the way locations'.  Simon appears to be a dumb fucktard who can't read.


It's really irritating to read this kind of crap written about what is turning out to be an extremely smoothly run and popular Olympic Games.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 01:06 | 2690120 Monedas
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Why didn't the altruistic Socialist VIPs scalp their tickets or give them away ?  The free market .... at the right price .... can fill a stadium to watch paint dry !   The athletes, the vendors .... deserved full stadiums .... it's a perfect example of fuckfastic spasmodic Socialism in action !

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 10:22 | 2690954 ffart
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So the official government shill line for why the seats are always so empty looking is that they are SOLD OUT. If so many people don't stay around for the whole session, why can't you fucking resell your tickets?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 23:30 | 2689968 dunce
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English bureaucrats were tricked into making utter fools of them selves in front of the whole world by evil capitalist conservatives. Obama blames George Bush.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 23:55 | 2690021 AU5K
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I'm sure the bureaucrats will do better at managing our nation's health care system.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 01:45 | 2690153 Quantum Nucleonics
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The Soviets would have had every seat filled.  "Sit here Pavel or its off to the Gulag, and 2 to the back of the head if you don't cheer for the red hammer."

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 03:03 | 2690194 AnAnonymous
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People are free and shall be free not to show up to an event for which they bought a ticket.

Were the tickets sold or not? If yes, how is it a failure?

It reads more like an angry US citizen who resents lacking the connections to get a ticket and who had to overpay tickets as a result.

Networking, communauty building and stuff...

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 03:10 | 2690201 Element
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Musical chairs anyone?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 06:50 | 2690314 chistletoe
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believe it or not, you had another choice ....


Why "watch" at all?  Why care at all?  What is the fun in watching other people play games

(isn't that all it is, really?)

I find it far more fun, and interesting,and challenging, to play my own games with my friends, anyway .....

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 07:59 | 2690392 Byte Me
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Simon Black. The only pseudonymous pseudoblogger who thinks he's going to 'buy' an Olympic ticket during the event - probably because he's 'American' and thinks 'he's' owed special treatment as a result of an accident of birth. Just about all of the Americans (not the ersatz ones like 'Black') that I have met during MY life, have been upstanding credits to their nation and great guys and gals to have a laugh and a drink with.

'Black' is a whiney little pussy who probably has a bad complexion, is an overweight dweeb, doing all of his "research" on Mommy's old MacBook in her basement. The utter boners that he experiences (such as crossing between Italia and Switzerland last month) within his faultily researched Schengen Zone bitches, are to laugh at - if they weren't so pathetic. And today the pattern continues.

When setting up the ticketing process, the UK government and the olympic committee wanted to avoid the "empty seat syndrome" (which was far worse in Seoul) but had to provide for the three "classes" of nationalities that 'Black' correctly identifies on as equitable a basis as possible.

To adopt a Free-Market approach would have been idealogically wonderful -- and would have failed miserably as all the bucket shops and touts monopolised the distribution and charged TEN TIMES face for a ticket.

So quit yer bitchin' "Black", jump into the TARDIS lurking in the corner of Mommy's basement, and go back to last year - whick is when you should have bought your ticket through the ballot process (which you conveniently didn't mention)

Incidentally, these 'photos' of 'empty seats' could have easily been taken between sessions either as seats were vacated or being occupied for the next session. Pretty much all of the TV coverage (at all times - morning afternoon and especially evening) have shown VERY impressive crowds at ALL venues and in the streets too. And THAT on different nation's feeds of different events at the same time. If anything should be said about London 2012 it's that it is a resounding success on all fronts and has set a new standard for subsequent olympiads.

Apart from 'Black' there's been a quite uncharacteristic lot of "Olympic Bashing" from many US posters at ZH. What the FUCK is wrong with you people?

Are you such spineless fucktards that you can't bear someone else having a bit of success at an event that is intended to unite humanity in peaceful sporting excellence even if that is a difficult concept for you to wrap your bitchiness around? Or has the ZHeeple degenerated into a self-congratulatory bunch of (equally spineless) backbiters that just have HATE and denigration as their collective driving force?

Or are you ready to add to your medal tally by getting Gold for Bankster Lynching?

(@ Simon Black, "Better luck getting a Paralympics ticket later this month - you'll enjoy it much more - sitting watching your peers.)

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 08:51 | 2690529 Vlad Tepid
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Not to jump to Simon's defense, but if most of the American's you've met in your life have been upstanding credits to their nation, then you must not be American, must not have known many Americans (maybe just the Mormon missionaries on occasion?) and have never EVER been to a WalMart.  

Most Americans I've met have been the type that wondered what was wrong with Ms. Ms. Teen South Carolina that everyone was making such a fuss about.  So go back to your seat on the IOC and say hi to all the non-fat ass, non-moron-level intellect Americans you meet in your journeys.

And such as.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 19:13 | 2692492 Fields and meadows.
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You are wrong about tickets.

Ticketing problems are the ONE issue that has proved to be negative about these Olympics (if you like Olympics, I live down the road and have zero interest).

Even radio journalists have had to admit their frustration at the ticket situation when attempting to visit with their families; and they are paid money to be positive.

ps your 'para' jibe was...was what it was.

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 04:01 | 2693389 Byte Me
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(if you like Olympics, I live down the road and have zero interest).

If you have zero interest in the Olympics, then:

1)  Why were you even reading this article?

2)  Why did you decide to respond to my post?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 08:34 | 2690466 toomanyfakecons...
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The tide is turning. Centralization has proven itself deadly. You will see decentralization on an unprecedented scale once the MASS ARRESTS occur, the FED is dissolved, real money returns, and the Constitution is restored...

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 08:55 | 2690541 Vlad Tepid
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Again with the capitalized mass arrests. Tell me, does it ever just hurt your head to be you?  Does saying this optimistic, pie in the sky bull make you sleep batter at night?  Who exactly are you trying to convince?  I'd seriously like to know.  Because if it is as you assert - that all of this great stuff will magically happen for no reason - why do you need to keep convincing us?  Huh?  <Jeopardy music plays>

Mon, 08/13/2012 - 21:57 | 2702806 MeelionDollerBogus
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June, 2010 - G20 Toronto - mass arrests became reality. That erases conspiracy theory and replaces it with conspiracy fact.

Police in the streets said "this isn't Canada anymore" so the only rules are those made by their guns not their authority as police for having revoked the state itself.

It's that simple.

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 08:54 | 2690538 shovelhead
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Simon Black is to ZH what Ric Astly is to You Tube.



Thu, 08/09/2012 - 09:20 | 2690638 Xandrino
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Olympics, all doped up athletes, corruption everywhere. All politics.

Remember who came up the Olympic rings? Why give your money to those Bitchez?

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 09:25 | 2690667 sandhillexit
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Germany tried something similar with the World Cup in 2006 but economic sense prevailed as professional US scalpers flew in from as far away as LA to sort it out. But with football there would have been riots if the stadiums had had empty seats.  The blocks of empty seats really do seems to reflect corporate purchases and waste. What a shame, these events live really do create a shared Euopean experience.  Showing such contempt for the atheletes and the local familes who would like to attend is such a crude display of power.  They would have done better to send everyone in England four tickets by lottery and let Brit ingenuity and the internet sort it out. They average housewife in Cardiff would have done as well as anyone at screening out riffraff before she sold her diving or dressage passes.  

Starting to enjoy this dancing horse thing, no fancy footwork, just easy listening music, and smiling Danish princesses.  


Thu, 08/09/2012 - 19:02 | 2692457 Fields and meadows.
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I very close and old friend of mine owns an employment agency.

They are major suppliers to the Olympics

They turn over $50 pa so that's the size of his business. Anyway, he tells me that his American 'partners' have been incredibly unprofessional and failed to recognise important practical difficulties. Instead prefering to enjoin him to,"C'mon...get with the Olympic spirit!!" Honest. That's what I am told.

No one needs another article explaining that State provision will always fail (with respect to this writer). It could be that we need an explanation for why American firms think that something called 'the Olympic spirit' will provide enough qualified fork lift drivers in time........  


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