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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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August 6, 2008 11:41 PM

Insert your own smog joke here

Posted by Ron Judd

Air quality: Good! insist Chinese officials, in spite of scenes like this in the city center Aug. 7. Photo: Andrew Wong/Getty Images

David Letterman, between feigned chokes and coughs, discussing the air in Beijing tonight:

"Everybody in Beijing already has 'Olympic fever' -- or as it's also known, bronchial asthma."

Dave also offered up some sympathy for U.S. cyclists caught on camera arriving in town with breathing masks. They had to, he said. "The only way they say they're going to be able to get fresh air is to suck it out of their tires."

Meanwhile, funny blog post by Randy Harvey, sports editor of the L.A. Times, about Chinese officials' air-quality ratings:

According to Bloomberg News, the World Health Organization recommends a maximum reading of 50. I repeat: Maximum.

In Beijing Wednesday, the reading was 87 inhalable particles. Now remember that the maximum is 50. Yet, Beijing officials declared the air quality that day was good.

On Tuesday, the reading was also 87. Also good, according to the officials.

What does it take to be bad?

On July 27, the reading was 118. What was that, hell?

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