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« on: August 05, 2016, 04:38:29 AM »
I have an article coming out for Sunday Brunch on the Olympics, but I thought we could get an early kick off on this.

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Nobody wants to host the Olympic Games anymore. Can you blame them?


Despite the almost daily tales of cataclysm and corruption, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the organizers of the Rio 2016 games continue to insist it will be a success. In one very narrow sense, they are correct. Between the opening ceremony this Friday (Aug. 5), and the closing ceremony on Aug. 22, the games will, as they always do, provide fans with hours upon hours of high-performance athletic competition. The games’ broadcasters and advertisers will be pleased, and the views will be spectacular. After all, this is a city that managed to stage the Pan American Games in 2007 even as Complexo de Alemao—a large favela located a mile or so from the games’ main stadium—was under lockdown, and police and drug gangs fought running battles in the streets.

What happens after the cameras leave and the Olympic Village empties, however, will be a different matter.

 Rio is already an exemplar of the Olympics’ disastrous model of urban development and planning. No medals have yet been awarded, and Rio is already an exemplar of the Olympics’ disastrous model of urban development and planning.This is a disaster 30 years in the making. As with almost all host cities over the last couple of decades, Rio is unlikely to see any perceptible post-Olympics rise in growth, employment, wages, or tourism, and the gains that are made in terms of new transport infrastructure and housing are overwhelmingly focused on neighborhoods that are already super wealthy.

There will be very little new public space, and what is built will be difficult to access. Rio’s police officers may not all be getting paid at the moment and levels of security and safety may be dipping, but the city has been superbly equipped with CCTV and the very best in contemporary riot gear.

London, Beijing, Sotchi, Athens—this is a pattern. It’s time for the IOC to face the facts: The modern Olympics, in which one city attempts to host the games via the massive expenditure of funds and energy, is a failure.

In the recent past, this has resulted in a host of problems including zones of concentrated Olympic super development that create separate and sealed neighborhoods that are scrubbed clear of the poor, sometimes through forced evictions and mass displacements; athletes’ villages that turn into high-end gated communities (or, in the case of Athens, a poverty-stricken ghetto);  The modern Olympics, in which one city hosts the games via the massive expenditure of funds and energy, is a failure. transportation projects that primarily benefit the few and are subject to spiralling costs; white-elephant stadiums built under dangerous and sometimes repressive working conditions with significant resources lost to corruption and rake-offs in the construction industry. And, of course, the Olympic games also offer countries like Russia the opportunity to whitewash their national problems on primetime.

So what, if anything, can be done? One alternative that periodically makes the rounds is the idea that the games have a single permanent site, perhaps in Greece. This kind of one-off investment would certainly bring an end to the corrupt circus that is the competition to host the games.

On the other hand, questions such as who would run the complex, pay for its immense running costs, and make use of it during the rest of the four-year Olympic cycle present immense practical and political difficulties. Even if someone could come up with a plan to make use of all those five-star hotels in Olympia, the cosmopolitan, globalist luster of the games would be lost.

A better option for taming the Olympics would be to spread the games out from a single host to a network of cities, not necessarily in the same country. This is less radical than it sounds. Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Games, but the vast majority of the competition occurred in the mountains of Whistler, 70 miles away. Similarly, the Beijing 2022 winter games will take place in Zhangjiakou for the most part, which is 120 miles northwest of the capital. The sport of sailing has long forced landlocked cities to become creative as well: In 1936, the infamous Berlin Games made use of Kiel, Atlanta in 1996 deferred to Savannah, and London in 2012 to Weymouth. All these examples demonstrated the ways a smaller and more compartmentalized competition structure can work effectively—and even beautifully.

The experience of the world’s major football tournament is also instructive. The World Cup has, for the most part, used national hosts with eight to 12 co-hosts. South Korea and Japan shared the tournament in 2002 across 16 cities, and three European championships have been split amongst neighbors: Belgium and the Netherlands in 2000, Austria and Switzerland in 2008, and Poland and Ukraine in 2012. The 2020 tournament is due to be staged in 13 cities across the whole of Europe from Baku to Dublin. A better option would be to spread the games out from a single host to a network of cities, not necessarily in the same country.

Might it be possible imagine an Olympics held in the Baltic States, or even an extended games incorporating the great maritime cities of Poland, Germany, and Scandinavia, which would make it closer to the games of a new Hanseatic League? And while no city in Africa outside of Cape Town has been able to make a serious bid for the games recently, perhaps a cooperative bid split between urban centers—such as across Abidjan, Accra, Lagos, and Douala—could succeed where others have failed.

Of course, merely spreading out the games is not itself a panacea. The advantages of more ready-built facilities, less demand for unnecessary infrastructure, and fewer temptations to indulge in giant, nationalistic municipal renovations might be matched by increasing problems of coordination, conflict, and duplication, and the loss of an obvious festivities center.

The number of serious bidders for the games is in vertiginous decline. There were just two contenders for the 2022 winter games. Of the four cities vying to host the summer 2024 Olympics, Rome looks set to pull out, and Budapest is a lightweight. In both competitions, numerous cities previously withdrew after public opposition made bidding impossible. A multi-city, multi-country option might encourage more innovative bidders and calm public fears.

For over a century the Olympics have been promising a cosmopolitan celebration of humanity, but as the dysfunctionality of Rio and other recent games demonstrates, the Olympics needs more than a change of scenery if it wants to survive the next hundred years.

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Murder Shocks The Rio Olympics
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2016, 08:04:08 AM »
Since they probably have a dozen murders a day in Rio, why is this "shocking"  :o ? ???  :icon_scratch:

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RIO GETS REAL08.04.16 9:00 PM ET
Murder Shocks The Rio Olympics


On the eve of the Games, a man en route to the athletes’ village grabbed the gun away from a would-be robber and shot him dead on the spot.

RIO DE JANEIRO — The hope that Olympic security fears might prove overblown were shattered in spectacular fashion on the eve of the Games when a man claiming to be a Russian diplomat shot dead a carjacker on a busy street close to the Olympic park.

Tackling the violence that mars one of the world’s most beautiful cities was one of the legacies that the 2016 Olympic organizers pledged to bequeath to Rio’s residents. Like almost every other legacy pledge, organizers and the state government have fallen well-short of what they promised.

Crime is not confined to the mean streets of Rio, there have been reports of cash and equipment stolen from right inside the Olympic village. A Filipina journalist said thieves had bypassed the biometric locks on her media village accommodation and stolen money, while some members of the British Olympic team have reportedly banned cleaning staff from entering their rooms after kitbags containing competition swimwear went missing.

The road that leads from central Rio to the athletes’ villages and main Olympic hub to the west of the city is a near-permanent crush of traffic exacerbated by dedicated Olympic lanes and a new “rapid” bus service. In the midst of that traffic on Thursday, local media reported that two men on motorcycles attempted to rob a family at gun-point.

Marcos Cesar Feres Braga, 60, a lawyer who said he’s Brazilian but also a Russian vice consul in Rio, was with his wife and daughter. When the thieves reportedly smashed the window of his car to try to steal his watch, Braga, who is trained in jiu-jitsu, grabbed the weapon from his attacker and shot him dead on the spot.

The robber’s body lay at the side of the road for five hours as Rio’s overworked homicide division investigated the crime scene. A Russian embassy spokesman denied that a member of staff had been involved, but photographs of the scene appeared to confirm that a fatal incident had taken place on the road to the main Olympic venues.

Police in Rio apparently told local reporters that the man was Russia’s vice consul, but Folha de Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest newspaper, reported that Braga was using false papers and pretending to be a member of staff at the Russian consulate.

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The deadly shooting one day before the Opening Ceremony, would be exactly the sort of high-profile outbreak of violence that Brazilian officials have dreaded as the eyes of the world settled on Rio.

Uneven attempts to “pacify” the most violent sections of Rio’s population have come to symbolize the difficulty in meeting the legacy goals outlined when Rio bid to host the games last decade.

In 2009, when Brazil was awarded the Olympics, the country’s economy was booming and a mood of optimism persuaded Brazilians to believe the unlikely pledges that hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics this summer would prove to be the catalyst for Brazil to be transformed.

With the Opening Ceremony just hours away, those dreams are in tatters.

On Thursday night, the rhythmic clank, clank, clank of a hammer rang out across the iconic Copacabana beach.

Construction was still underway on the beach volleyball arena. Three men—two of whom were wearing hard hats—were working into the night amid the tangle of rusted metal scaffolding that makes up the temporary arena.

Four languid members of the Australian women’s team towered above the men as they passed along the half-finished walkway after a final warm up on the Olympic volleyball court. They had none of the protection the construction workers were enjoying.

Despite the last-minute work, the arena will be finished on time. Perhaps not to the standards that were originally envisioned but it will be just enough to get by.
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That has become a common refrain across the Olympic projects: just enough to get by.

Like the beach volleyball arena on the Copacabana, however, the foundations for many of the projects seem to be built on sand.

Is the promised comprehensive overhaul of the city’s transport infrastructure ready? No, not really. But they’ve done just enough to get by.

Bus projects and subway extensions that would help the whole city, including the poorest districts, have not materialized. Instead we have Linha 4—a new line on the metro system that links Copacabana and Ipanema with the Barra da Tijuca. Rio’s first new subway line in 30 years was supposed to stretch much further but it was cut back amid delays and overspends.

It was scheduled to open to the public last year, but didn’t begin running until last Saturday and even then it is only for Olympic athletes, officials, and people with tickets for the Games. It will close again after the Paralympics to be finished off and apparently to undergo full safety checks, which begs the question of exactly how safe it is for the duration of the Games.

Cynical “Cariocas” (residents of Rio) have noticed that the new line will go far enough to benefit the wealthy property developers in Barra da Tijuca but not far enough to connect ordinary workers with the bus network that takes them home.

Still, it should be just enough to get by.

One of the venues which has attracted the most scrutiny and concern in the build-up to the games is the sailing facility at the Marina da Glória. Guanabara Bay, where it is found east of Copacabana, is polluted with the raw sewage from many of the city’s favelas.

Torrents of human feces, a fridge and even a dead body are among the unwelcome items to be spotted floating in the water in the weeks before sailors and windsurfers will compete.

Cleaning up the bay was another legacy pledge, but it has been long-since abandoned.

Willie McBride, coach of the U.S. women’s skiff team, was in the boat yard making final adjustments to the competition boat on Thursday night.

He said the sailing team had been making repeated trips to the bay since 2012 and they were there every month this year. He hasn’t seen much evidence of the supposed rush to improve the conditions. “There have been these eco-boats out in the water to clean up but I have never seen one in action,” he said.

McBride said the U.S. team were taking some special measures like carrying antibacterial wash on the boats, but he said he didn’t know of a single U.S. sailor that had been forced to miss training due to illness in all the months of sailing in Guanabara Bay.

“It’s one of those sports where you roll with the punches,” he said.

Competitive sailors are used to getting by.
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Re: Rio Olympics 2016
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2016, 08:13:18 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2016, 06:20:52 PM »
Isn't it exciting? - I wonder if there will be fireworks !  And balloons !!!

What I know you are all waiting for is the women's beach volleyball.

Here is a taster.























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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2016, 06:26:11 PM »
I started a thread for the Rio Olympic already!  I will merge this in.

Nice graphics.  lol.

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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2016, 08:05:04 PM »
In the 1930s the games were in the US, and everything was built as demountables to save money.  The IOC was not impressed.  Then Germany bid for1936 and said they would do it all on a grand scale.  They wined and dined the top IOC people, and won the bid.  Then they started saying that blacks and jews should not be welcomed as they were untermenschen.  Lots of people objected that Jews were not allowed in the German team and that Germany should be stripped of the games, or boycotted.  The IOC told Hitler he would have to allow jews based on qualifying times.  Instead he had ONE blonde blue-eyed jew - a woman in the fencing team.  The IOC said OK.

The games were spectacular, there was world-wide radio coverage, local TV coverage, film was transported by Zeppelins to the US, the Olympic Torch was taken from Athens to Berlin, the poor in the streets were all snatched and dumped elsewhere - all for the first time ever.  The IOC loved it, and it has been tradition ever since.

At most 100,000 people can attend any event, and the rest of the world watches it on TV/internet.  So a VIRTUAL Olympics is quite possible.  Expect a Google Olympics next time.
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2016, 08:22:58 PM »

At most 100,000 people can attend any event, and the rest of the world watches it on TV/internet.  So a VIRTUAL Olympics is quite possible.  Expect a Google Olympics next time.

The problem with a Virtual Olympics is the live spectators don't get to go to a lot of different sports.  So it is no different than World Championships in any single sport, just held on the same general dates.  The athletes from all the different sports also do not get to meet each other and you can't do the big Opening Ceremonies thing with all the teams marching into the stadium.

The other solution being pitched around is to make a Permanent Home for the games.  Athens is pitched out as the natural home, and they did build all the venues though they have fallen into disrepair.  Repairing them would be cheaper than building a whole new set somewhere else.  The problem with this idea is who pays for maintenance on these facilities for the 4 years in between each Summer Olympics?  Obviously not the Greeks.  So the IOC would have to levy some kind of tax on the governing bodies of all the sports to try and cover this bill.  They would then need to pass that cost on to all the athletes in all age groups. This has already been an issue in gymnastics. MOST of the revenue for the sport comes in from the age group kids, but most of the money gets spent on only a few top athletes.  When I left the sport, the yearly registration fee for team kids was $60.  For a coach, it cost over $200 by the time you did registration, background check and safety certification.  I don't know how much it would add to the cost to maintain unused facilities in Athens, but I am sure it would be a lot, even spread out across all sports and countries.

We may see one more real Olympics, but after that it is pretty much done I think.  I have an article on this coming out for Sunday brunch.

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The problem with a Virtual Olympics is the live spectators don't get to go to a lot of different sports.   

I once went to Wembley Stadium to watch my team in the FA Cup Final - 100,000 screaming fans, segregated by team to opposite ends.  There's no doubt it is a tremendous experience, and we beat Manchester United !  And tomorrow we can watch the weight-lifting, and the day after the womens netball or the 4x400 backstroke relay qualifiers - I don't think so.

The thing about the Virtual Olympics is it will always have its single sport followers, so the venues will always be full.  Who cares if it's the same people?  They are just "the crowd".

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So it is no different than World Championships in any single sport, just held on the same general dates.

Yes, it isn't any different.  It never was, was it?
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Everyone knew this was going to be a Clusterfuck even before it began, Brasil President Dilma Rudolf was Impeached, the entire Brasilian political system is infested with corrupted cockroaches, the Brasilian Real is dropping like a rock in value, extreme poverty and inequity is systemic through the society and besides all that they are DEAD BROKE and the "venues" they constructed for this extravaganza are shoddy at best, and in many cases outright dangerous.  They are running water based events like sailing and canoeing in water simming with sewage.  Besides all that, they have Zika Virus running around the neighborhood on the back of a very large mosquito population, So it's not a real enticing place to go at the moment.  Even the Brazilians themselves recommended people NOT come to Rio for the Olympics.






The Ruskies in a sense got LUCKY here, they were banned from coming for drugging allegation, which of course is totally political, everybody drugs up to win these days in all professional sports, it's only a question of who gets caught and who TPTB wish to prosecute, much like financial crimes in the Bankstering Industry.



https://images.scribblelive.com/2016/7/30/d1c97957-ba68-449c-8cc7-7864a2dc706c_500.jpg The first big issue already cropped up before the Torch has even been lit, instead the accomodations for the Aussies were torched.  Probably not on purpose, but the building is simply not real safe with a lot of wiring left hanging, smoke alarms not working either because they just don't work or were purposefully shut off, etc.  Just about all these structures are accidents waiting to happen, a few months back part of the Bicycle track collapsed from shoddy materials.



It makes you wonder just WHY the various Olympic Committees from all the nations who are showing up would participate in such a clusterfuck?  The reason for that is they DEPEND on the Olympics financially, it is their big once every 4 years opportunity to showcase, and then hopefully get more people registering and paying dues into the organizations which are approved as the Official Governing Body of a given sport.  For the athletes themselves, they are subect to the whims and decisions made by their IOC affiliate, and after spending most of their lives prepping up for this event with countless hours and sacrifices made along the way, they don't want to pull out no matter HOW dangerous it is to go to Rio.  For the Tennis Players and Golf Pros, it is not a big deal, they make plenty of money on their own professional circuits.  So in these sports, many big names HAVE pulled out and declined the opportunity to win an Olympic Gold Medal, and then get on the circuit of endorsements and reality TV and Talk Shows.  For sports that do not have such professionalised outlets like Track & Field and Gymnastics though, the Olympics is the Big Kahuna.  If you want those big contracts from Nike and Adidas, you gotta have the Olympic Gold.



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So this is where we are today, and even before it starts, it is as mentioned already a clusterfuck.  Before we witness how it all goes down in the end though, let's review a little Olympic History.



From my own end of personal history, the Olympics were a big part of my life in my youth.  I returned from Brazil in late 1967 at the age of 10, and when the 1968 Olympics were broadcast on Television by ABC, I ate it up.  I loved sports, I myself was an athlete in those years, a swimmer, diver, gymnast and acrobat.  About the only time you got to see those things on TV was during the Olympics.



In those days also, ABC covered the Olympics often live and often in the wee hours of the morning, due to time differences.  It was mostly coverage of the actual events themselves, not "Up Close & Personal" recorded interviews with favored athletes, particularly of course the Amerikan ones.  The athletes were also mostly real "amateur" athletes, in the sense that a huge bizness in endorsements had not yet evolved.  There were no professional Basketball players, Baseball players or Soccer Players in the Olympics in those years, and Tennis and Golf were not even approved as Olympic Sports.



I watched probably every Olympics through about 1992 Barcelona, whih featured what I consider the absolute BEST "Lighting of the Torch" ceremony EVAH, with an Archer shooting a Flaming Arrow to light the big torch high above the main Stadium (see the vid at the top of the article).



With the transition of the games from ABC to NBC, the coverage deteriorated substantially, packaged down to maybe 2 hour segments with highlights and fluff pieces.  Almost nothing came over live anymore, and you only got to see big showcase sports like track, gymnastics and swimming.  The only time you got to see a small sport is if an Amerikan happened to have won it, and all you saw was the Final Victory and award ceremony and the playing of the National Anthem.



Much like the big professional sports in the FSoA of MLB, the NFL and the NBA, the Olympics became increasingly corrupted by big money and increasingly less interesting to watch.  I stopped following all of these things around the same time the mid 1990s.  Prior to that though, I do have fond memories of the Olympics, and it did encourage me to take up a career coaching in my own sport of gymnastics, which I pursued at first part time and then full time until I injured my neck while spotting a couple of years ago and my working life came to an end.



http://cache4.asset-cache.net/gc/2628427-olga-korbut-the-russian-gymnast-doing-a-chest-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=0L%2FkBHVURhNIb0Sx9itdYrYtV9K5a9quJRSRSqmJrA8NhSbV2lFIxtMOi%2F4t3cif I remember well when Olga Korbut did the first back tuck on the Balance Beam.  I remember when Nadia Comaneci got the first Perfect 10 ever awarded a gymnast at the Olympic Games.  I remember when the Magnificent 7 defeated the Ruskies for the Team Championship in the sport they had so dominated.  I remember when the Amerikan Men's Gymnastics Team got the Gold, even though it was spoiled because the Ruskies were banned from the 1984 Olympics and ran their own games.



I remember when Bob Beamon made the incredible long jump that blew out the old world record by more than 2 feet, in a sport that usually gets new records set in fractions of an inch.  I remember when George Foreman defeated an older and more experienced Ruskie boxer to take home the Gold.  I remember when Vasily Alexyev of the ENORMOUS belly lifted World Record after World Record, thoroughly dominating his sport for the peak years of his career.  I remember the tragedy and disappointment in the eyes of Mary Decker, who was sabotaged and tripped up on purpose in her race for the Gold.  I remember the amazing performance of Mark Spitz, winning 7 Gold Medals in all 7 races he was in, and setting new World Records in all of them.  I even remember the amazing feat (feet) of Abebe Bikila, who won the Olympic Marathon runnning it in his BARE FEET over the streets of Mexico City, even though I did not watch the 1964 Olympics while living in Brazil.  It was replayed many times over though in succeeding Olympic years.  I remember when the FSoA Hockey team, full of young college kids defeated the highly favored Soviet Hockey team composed of what were really professionals in the Soviet Army.  The "Miracle on Ice" it was called.



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In the background of that history of the "Thrill of Victory & the Agony of Defeat" in the Wide World of Sports though, there was a lot of insidious Economic & Political SHIT going on even in those days with respect to the Olympics, and really going back all the way to the origin of the Modern Olympics in 1896, held in the location of the original Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.  Well, the original ones were in Olympia, not Athens, but close enough.  I was completely unaware of all of this stuff until fairly recently, although it does predate my interest in Collapse Topics, which took off seriously in 2008 with the failure of the investment banks Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.  I can trace my first writings on collapse back further than that to when Katrina hit NOLA, but I became aware of the insidious nature of the Olympics even before that.



http://www.greatthoughtstreasury.com/sites/default/files/pierre2[1].jpg First note the DATE of the first Modern Olympics, 1896.  This coincides with the real EXPLOSION of the Industrial Revolution, and also coincides with the date of the big World's Fair in Chicago in 1893.  Like the World's Fair, it was Advertizing for the Industrial way of life, and the "Olympic Movement" was pioneered by a registered member of the Illuminati, one Baron Pierre de Coubertin.  After getting his little organization formed up of the International Olympic Committee, the IOC then had various sites around the world who hoped to become Major Players in the world of the future COMPETE with each other to hold the games.  This would in theory bring Revenue into the city and gain notoriety.  Local Politicians ate this stuff up, and competed for the right to hold these games, and whoever promised the BEST DEAL to the IOC got the right to hold the games, usally scheduled about two quadrenniums ahead.



Sadly of course for about about all cities that EVER held the Modern Olympic Games, they were ALWAYS a money losing proposition for the Taxpayers, who had to foot the bill for building all the venues necessary for one of these shindigs, and all the housing necessary for the athletes, useful for a big 3 weeks or so.  However, the IOC and Advertizing sponsors for these games generally made out like bandits for a full century running the show.



Around the time of the 1976 Olympics though, the scheme began to unravel.  Montreal ended up with a bill it took them a full 30 years to pay off.  Cities started to become a bit less interested in buying into this conduit scheme, although enough dopey pols in enough cities would still keep bidding on it to keep the games rolling.  Unfortunately now for the IOC, the local populations in most cities are waking up to the scam, holding referendums and REFUSING to play host to the Big Show.  In reality of course, there is no place on earth that can afford to run this athletic extravaganza for 3 weeks, just for a few extra tourists to show up and to get the whole world looking at THEM as a "Great City".  This was a good meme for the early years of the industrial revolution as Advertising for everyone from Coca-Cola to Visa, but now as this comes to a close it is a fucking LOUSY idea and most people know it now.  It is a total WASTE OF MONEY they don't have!



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Beyond the economic stupidity though is the fact that the Olympics became a kind of vicarious playing field for political and racial ideologies.  This first became obvious in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, when Adolf Hitler walked out of the stadium after a Black Man, Jesse Owens won the Gold Medal in the Marquee Event of the 100 meter sprint, earning the title of "The Fastest Man on Earth".  A Black Man beat the Aryans!  INCONCEIVABLE!



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http://www.dallassouthnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/TommieSmithAP276.jpg This of course was not the last time Race & Politics hit the Olympic Stage.  In 1968, during the peak of the political melee that engulfed the FSoA in violence and protest during that period including the Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, race and politics reared its ugly head again at the Olympics.  The Gold and Bronze winners of the 200m Sprint, Tommy Smith and John Carlos, both Black Men who won the Gold & Bronze medals respectively, raised their Fists in the Black Power Salute during the award ceremony with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.  A "shocking" display in a supposedly "apolitical" sporting event!  Right.



Nor was the Olympics spared from Terrorism either.  In the 1972 Olympics held in Munich Germany, 11 members of the Israeli Olympic Team were held hostage, and eventually killed at the end of the siege.  Jim McKay, the Sportscaster for ABC News who was the face of Sports on the ABC Wide World of Sports weekly show went 24/7 to report on this story, morphing from Sportscaster to Newscaster on the spot.  It was some of the most dramatic news broadcasting ever done, right up there with Walter Cronkite's coverage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.






Those were dramatic events, but on the political stage of the time, there was an even bigger battle going on for Prestige between the FSoA and the FSU (Former Soviet Union), and to a lesser extent China.  Medal Count of various nations was your Measure of Success as a Nation-State.  National Pride was at stake!  Every battle which featured an Amerikan top contender versus a Russian top contender was the focus of extreme interest.  The doping scandals began at this time also, with Russians and East Germans constantly accused of using performance enhancing drugs, and in the case of the East Germans, also having trangender men competing in women's events.  In the current Olympics, once again the Ruskies have been banned for using drugs.  Do you really think Amerikan athletes don't shoot up the steroids?  See Lance Armstrong for this.



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As we move into the first week of the Olympics in Rio, we already got a couple of nice calamities that have taken place, a fire in the Oz Team accomodations and a BOMB in the Maracana Stadium, even before the fucking opening ceremonies!  It does not presage well for a peaceful and friendly exhibition of politically neutral sporting prowess by any means here.



So what about Rio? Is it going to be less bad, as bad or WORSE than preceeding Olympic Games?  According to the Daily Beast, it won't be as bad as the Top 5 Worst Olympics.




With the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse apparently saddled up and riding toward Rio, it’s been claimed that Brazilian organizers are making preparations for the “worst ever” Olympic Games. But despite a war-like atmosphere (police killings, mass protest, and civil disobedience), and pestilence (Zika and raw sewage in the water), Rio 2016 has an incredibly long way to go to make it into the Olympic Games hall of shame.



Fascism, mass murder, racism, state-sanctioned cheating, moral and fiscal bankruptcy, and outright chaos have all marred previous stagings of The Greatest Show on Earth.



So, who was responsible for hosting the worst Games in Olympic history? Here are the worst five, in reverse order:

File photo from July 27, 1996, showing a deserted Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta after an early-morning bomb blast detonated among Olympic revellers during the 1996 Summer Games, killing two and injuring at least 100 people. A longtime fugitive suspected in a series of bombings in the southern United States, including at the Olympics in Atlanta and an Alabama abortion clinic, was captured May 31, 2003 in the North Carolina town where he left his last trace. Eric Robert Rudolph, "the most notorious American fugitive on the FBI's most-wanted list," was apprehended by local authorities in Murphy, North Carolina, Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a statement.

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5. Atlanta, 1996



It could have been far worse. Heroic security guard Richard Jewell spotted an unattended green bag in the Olympic Park early on the morning of July 27. He had no idea that a 40-pound pipe bomb was hidden inside, but he alerted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and a full evacuation was already underway when the device exploded.



The blast still killed local resident Alice Hawthorne, 44, and injured more than 100 other people. A Turkish cameraman also died of a heart attack in the panicked aftermath of the bombing. An anti-abortion fanatic was later jailed for the terror attack.



Even before the bombing, the Atlanta Games, which were accused of crass commercialization, had been chaotic. Buses that were supposed to shuttle athletes around the city were mired in traffic problems, huge lines, and drivers getting lost. A reigning Olympic judo champion was even disqualified from defending his crown after arriving late for the weigh-in (although it sounds like it was mostly his own fault).

Three Athenians display a banner at the foot of Acropolis which reads: " We are against the Olympic games 2004 in Athens, Citizens Initiative ", on September 3. About 50 members of the group, which has campaigned against the host of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, gathered below Acropolis to express their arguments two days before the IOC decision in Lausanne. GREECE OLYMPICS – RTR6C5N

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4. Athens, 2004



The Greeks snatched the hotly contested title of most ludicrous financial mismanagement from Montreal 1976. Their budgetary mistakes were all the more foolish since they—like every Games since—had the warnings from Canada ringing in their ears. (When the Athens closing ceremony came to an end almost three decades after Montreal, the Canadian city was still paying off its Olympic debt.)



The Greeks chose to build permanent stadiums and arenas financed purely by a government infrastructure program. The $4.6 billion budget more than tripled, an overspend of $60,000 for each Greek citizen. It’s too simplistic to claim the huge debt helped cause Greece’s financial crisis, which began five years later, but it certainly didn’t help.



What makes the overspend so much more heartbreaking is that financially crippled Greece has been unable to afford the upkeep of the new facilities. The Olympic Park now stands like a ghost town; the venues are empty, overgrown, abandoned, and decayed.



The Games themselves were pulled off successfully, but Dimitris Evangelopoulos, Greece’s national track and field coach, told The Guardian that his team is now forced to travel to Cyprus to train in decent facilities. “It’s as if the lights went out at the closing ceremony and that was it,” he said.

Hundreds of Russian gymnasts caught in mid-air performing flip during opening ceremonies of 1980 Olympic Games.

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3. Moscow, 1980



Six months before the Games were due to begin, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The U.S. would eventually go on to arm the jihadi fighters rebelling against the communist regime and its Russian supporters, but first Jimmy Carter announced a boycott of the Moscow Olympics.



The most powerful Olympic team withdrawing from the first Games behind the Iron Curtain was damaging enough, but the White House convinced 64 other nations to join the boycott. The smallest number of teams took part since the Melbourne Games, which were held in far-away Australia long before air travel was a common commercial enterprise.

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The medal table at the end of the Games was topped by the Soviet Union, followed by East Germany, Bulgaria, and then Cuba in fourth. It was hardly an inspiring celebration of the universality of sports.



It was later confirmed that East Germany had been operating a revolutionary state-sponsored doping program, which pumped its athletes full of steroids, amphetamines, and human growth hormone whether they wanted them or not.



As many had suspected at the time—it is now certain that a huge proportion of the Olympic medals handed out in Moscow went to drug cheats.

Berlin Olympics – 1936, Adolf Hitler, the Führer and Patron of the Games, in the Stadium with the leaders of world sport.

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2. Berlin, 1936



In 1931, the International Olympic Committee decided it was time to help end Germany’s post-First World War isolation and allow Berlin to host the Games in 1936. Two years later, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor. His viciously racist, anti-Semitic domestic agenda was already well known by 1936. There was much talk of an international boycott, but that never came to pass.



Instead, Hitler was allowed to stage one of the most visually spectacular and impressive Games in sporting history. Many of the Nazis’ flourishes would go on to become regular fixtures at future Olympics.



The Games had been co-opted by a monster, whose goose-stepping brown shirts and fluttering swastikas bolstered the the Nazi propaganda coup, immortalized by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, whose other most notable work was “Triumph of the Will.”



What Hitler could not control, however, were the performances on the track.



He had mocked the U.S. team for relying on what he referred to as America’s black auxiliaries.” The first African-American to win gold at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium was Cornelius Johnson. Hitler left rather than congratulate Johnson in person as he had done the two previous winners.



The saving grace of these despicable Games was what Jesse Owens did next. The African-American Ohio State student proved himself to be the world’s best athlete; winning gold in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the sprint relay, and the long jump.

Munich: Armed police drop into position on a terrace directly above the apartments where between nine and 26 members of the Israeli Olympic team are being held hostage 9/5 by Arab "Black September" extremeists. The extremists raided the Israeli quarters in the early morning hours and shot and killed a wrestling coach as they forced their way in.

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1. Munich, 1972



Mark Spitz won a record seven gold medals as he dominated the pool in Munich, but the sport at the 1972 Games was largely forgotten.



Eleven Israeli coaches and athletes were taken hostage and murdered by terrorists who scaled the fence of the athletes’ village and broke into two apartments where members of the Israeli Olympic team were sleeping.



It emerged only late last year that Palestinian militants from Black September tortured the captured athletes. One of the victims, weightlifter Yossef Romano, was shot and castrated in front of the others after fighting back.



During a terrifying standoff with German police that was broadcast live around the world, the Palestinians demanded the release of hundreds of prisoners held in Israel. An attempt to ambush the militants and free the hostages ended in disaster.



Jim McKay, the ABC sportscaster, broke the news to millions of people watching in horror back home: “Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They’ve now said that there were 11 hostages. Two were killed in their rooms yesterday morning, nine were killed at the airport tonight. They’re all gone.”




I am not quite so sure as the DB that Rio will not make the Top 5.  As I write this article, the Opening Ceremonies haven't even started yet.  Plenty of opportunities here for a Terrorist Attack that makes the 11 Israelis killed in Munich look like Chump Change.  These days, innocent victims get mowed down by the 100s on a practically weekly basis.



The Future of the Olympic Games?  For so many reasons, they are not long for this world.  From The Guardian:




Eighteen months ago the IOC’s “Olympic family” gathered in Monte Carlo. “There could not be a more symbolic host,” said the president, Thomas Bach, in his address, “than his serene highness Prince Albert of Monaco,” the monarch of a state memorably described by Somerset Maugham as a “sunny place for shady people”.



It was an extraordinary session, called to address “the challenges we are already facing and, more important, the challenges we can already see on the horizon”. Bach was not referring to Russia’s state doping regimen, or Rio’s readiness for the 31st Summer Games which begins a week on Friday, but another problem entirely, one that, to the International Olympic Committee’s hive mind, felt altogether more pressing. While those two headline issues have damaged its brand, this third, far less reported, may ruin its business.



Two months earlier, Oslo had cancelled its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics because there was so little public support for it. Earlier in the year, Stockholm withdrew for similar reasons. Krakow also cancelled after a referendum found almost 70% of residents opposed the bid. For Munich’s bid, the figure was nearer 60%. For Davos, it was 53%. In Barcelona, the mayor deferred until 2026, then canned the plan altogether. A similar thing happened in Quebec City. So from nine candidates, the IOC was left with two potential hosts. One was Almaty, in the dictatorship of Kazakhstan, and the other was Beijing, not hitherto noted as one of the world’s great winter sports resorts. Beijing won, though most of the events will be held 140 miles away in Chongli.



It is not just the winter cities with cold feet. In 2015 the US nominated Boston for the 2024 Summer Games, until Boston withdrew because of low public support. Germany nominated Hamburg but it pulled out after the local government lost another referendum. Toronto’s mooted bid was scrapped when its economic development committee voted against it. Right now, the four candidate cities are Rome, Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris. In Hungary, the supreme court has just blocked a proposed referendum. And in Italy, Rome’s new mayor, Virginia Raggi, has repeatedly said she opposes the bid, and the Italian Radical Party has been gathering signatures needed to force a referendum.




As for me, I won't be watching the 2016 Olympics from my TV set in the wee hours of the morning, since I no longer own a TV.  I will check the daily newz reports though to see if there is anything collapsy enough to be worthwhile to write further on as they progress.  As far as who wins what medal in what sport from what country?  I could give a rat's ass about this anymore, even in my own sport of gymnastics.  Like in the movies, you just get a parade of new actors all the time doing the same old stuff, over and over again.  Is it really IMPORTANT who is the "Fastest Man on Earth"?  Why does anyone CARE who wins the Olympic Golf tournament?  Why do you care to watch Illuminati Spawn competing in the Equestrian events?  It is a Circus in the Bread & Circuses meme, and it is not a very good one anymore either.



The Ruskies on the other hand have been putting on a FABULOUS show in their Tank Olympics, showcasing their military hardware.  This is GREAT STUFF!




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