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sci-universe:

Why the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia could be a disaster
By far the most expensive Winter Olympics in history, costing a ­staggering $50 billion (Vancouver’s cost about $7 billion all in) will begin on Friday (7th Feb.), but there are several reasons why it could all end up in catastrophe:
Failed constructions: sidewalks are half built; wiring is still unfinished; and piles of trash are collecting within a short distance from the Olympic Park. A lot of journalists arriving in Sochi reported to not have water and electricity in their hotel rooms.
Ignoring the safety precautions: buildings have been set up on unsuitable surfaces and areas like bogs. Environmentalist groups claim they have broken many pledges, including dumping waste illegally and endangering local wildlife.
Damaging the local inhabitants: a lot of people have been kicked out of their homes and their houses/apartments have been destroyed, because the government said to need more area for the Olympics
Ignoring more human rights: last year, Russia passed anti-gay legislation that banned the production and dissemination of what was dubbed “gay propaganda”, in other words, images that depict homosexual relationships positively. There is the possibility of discrimination against homosexual athletes and visitors observing the Games.
More than one-third of the $50 billion budget has been siphoned off by corruption
Alexei Sorokin, owner of Basia Services, a private extermination company, told ABC News that Sochi officials have employed him to kill as many stray dogs as possible before the Games because they posed a threat to competitors and tourists.
I put this together using multiple sources as almost every newspaper has a story about it by now. Already in 2013 a documentary was made detailing the irregularities I brought out.

Not to mention the house arrest and killing of suspected ‘black widow’ women…
BTW, here’s one of the strays that has survived thus far. :)

sci-universe:

Why the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia could be a disaster

By far the most expensive Winter Olympics in history, costing a ­staggering $50 billion (Vancouver’s cost about $7 billion all in) will begin on Friday (7th Feb.), but there are several reasons why it could all end up in catastrophe:

  • Failed constructions: sidewalks are half built; wiring is still unfinished; and piles of trash are collecting within a short distance from the Olympic Park. A lot of journalists arriving in Sochi reported to not have water and electricity in their hotel rooms.
  • Ignoring the safety precautions: buildings have been set up on unsuitable surfaces and areas like bogs. Environmentalist groups claim they have broken many pledges, including dumping waste illegally and endangering local wildlife.
  • Damaging the local inhabitants: a lot of people have been kicked out of their homes and their houses/apartments have been destroyed, because the government said to need more area for the Olympics
  • Ignoring more human rights: last year, Russia passed anti-gay legislation that banned the production and dissemination of what was dubbed “gay propaganda”, in other words, images that depict homosexual relationships positively. There is the possibility of discrimination against homosexual athletes and visitors observing the Games.
  • More than one-third of the $50 billion budget has been siphoned off by corruption
  • Alexei Sorokin, owner of Basia Services, a private extermination company, told ABC News that Sochi officials have employed him to kill as many stray dogs as possible before the Games because they posed a threat to competitors and tourists.

I put this together using multiple sources as almost every newspaper has a story about it by now. Already in 2013 a documentary was made
detailing the irregularities I brought out.

Not to mention the house arrest and killing of suspected ‘black widow’ women…

BTW, here’s one of the strays that has survived thus far. :)

(via i-l-lusive-deactivated20140330)

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theatlantic:

The Internet Just Sent Jamaica’s Bobsled Team to Sochi

Jamaica’s underfunded underdogs are going back to the Olympics—and this time their trip is backed not by wealthy businessmen but by a legion of generous Internet fans.
Bobsled driver Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon qualified for the Sochi Games, but their entry was in jeopardy after they came up $80,000 short of the funding needed to make the trip.
Enter the Internet.
Crowdfunding sites Crowdtilt and Indiegogo took up the Jamaicans’ cause, hauling in six figures in just two days from donors around the world (the original fundraising deadline was nine days). “The outpouring of support at the grassroots level through crowdfunding sites was tremendous and humbling,” said Chris Stokes, a member of the 1988 team that inspired the movie Cool Runnings and the current head of the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation.
Read more. [Image: Photo: Robert Laberge/Getty Images; National Journal illustration]


This is who I’m rooting for. #TeamInternet

theatlantic:

The Internet Just Sent Jamaica’s Bobsled Team to Sochi

Jamaica’s underfunded underdogs are going back to the Olympics—and this time their trip is backed not by wealthy businessmen but by a legion of generous Internet fans.

Bobsled driver Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon qualified for the Sochi Games, but their entry was in jeopardy after they came up $80,000 short of the funding needed to make the trip.

Enter the Internet.

Crowdfunding sites Crowdtilt and Indiegogo took up the Jamaicans’ cause, hauling in six figures in just two days from donors around the world (the original fundraising deadline was nine days). “The outpouring of support at the grassroots level through crowdfunding sites was tremendous and humbling,” said Chris Stokes, a member of the 1988 team that inspired the movie Cool Runnings and the current head of the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation.

Read more. [Image: Photo: Robert Laberge/Getty Images; National Journal illustration]

This is who I’m rooting for. #TeamInternet

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If I were one of the top athletes on the planet, I would demand my number be Pi. Is that irrational?

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lovelolo:

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAA~

Haha <3. Djokovic? More like Joke-ovic, at least in that match compared to Rafa. Too good. He had his lefty wrist-snapping spin magic dialed up. Actually, he had everything in sublime working order: cross-court spinners, pace-melting flat blast shots and slices, the occasional indelible drop shot, unbelievable transition from defense to offense,  lethal passes… too much for Djoker.

lovelolo:

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAA~

Haha <3. Djokovic? More like Joke-ovic, at least in that match compared to Rafa. Too good. He had his lefty wrist-snapping spin magic dialed up. Actually, he had everything in sublime working order: cross-court spinners, pace-melting flat blast shots and slices, the occasional indelible drop shot, unbelievable transition from defense to offense,  lethal passes… too much for Djoker.

(Source: 2-lives)

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breakingnews:

Lightning strikes as Usain Bolt wins gold
Lightning struck at the moment Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt crossed the finish line, winning the 100 meters final at the world championships in Moscow.
Read more from NBC News: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/12/19986959-lightning-strikes-as-usain-bolt-storms-to-world-championship-gold
Photo: Olivier Morin / AFP - Getty Images

breakingnews:

Lightning strikes as Usain Bolt wins gold

Lightning struck at the moment Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt crossed the finish line, winning the 100 meters final at the world championships in Moscow.

Read more from NBC News: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/12/19986959-lightning-strikes-as-usain-bolt-storms-to-world-championship-gold

Photo: Olivier Morin / AFP - Getty Images

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breakingnews:

Bartoli gets 1st major title with Wimbledon win over Lisicki 
AP: Marion Bartoli of France beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon women’s final on Saturday.
Previously Bartoli appeared in the Wimbledon finals in 2007.
Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images via NBCSports.com

breakingnews:

Bartoli gets 1st major title with Wimbledon win over Lisicki 

AP: Marion Bartoli of France beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon women’s final on Saturday.

Previously Bartoli appeared in the Wimbledon finals in 2007.

Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images via NBCSports.com

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Emotional win by Jerzy Janowicz over his Polish countrymate Kubot in the Wimbledon 2013 quarterfinals. Well done. The football pitch jersey/Jerzy exchange should be in more sports, heh.

UPDATE: Well, that sucks. They took down the video.

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breakingnews:

14-year-old Tianlang Guan makes cut at Masters
AP: Tianlang Guan become the youngest player to ever to make the cut in PGA Tour history on Friday.
With 10 shots off of the lead, Guan, an eighth-grader from China, just barely made the cut. Earlier Friday, Guan was penalized for slow play.
At the end of the second round, Jason Day lead the Masters by one stroke.
Photo: Amateur Tianlang Guan waves after a birdie putt on the 18th green during the first round of the Masters. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

One of those &#8220;what were you doing at 14&#8230;?&#8221; moments.

breakingnews:

14-year-old Tianlang Guan makes cut at Masters

AP: Tianlang Guan become the youngest player to ever to make the cut in PGA Tour history on Friday.

With 10 shots off of the lead, Guan, an eighth-grader from China, just barely made the cut. Earlier Friday, Guan was penalized for slow play.

At the end of the second round, Jason Day lead the Masters by one stroke.

Photo: Amateur Tianlang Guan waves after a birdie putt on the 18th green during the first round of the Masters. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

One of those “what were you doing at 14…?” moments.

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Good, about time. Get these fuckin’ idiots outta here that do this kind of thing.

However, it really wasn’t quick enough:

Rice’s termination comes nearly four months after the university’s athletic director, Tim Pernetti, suspended him for three games and fined him $50,000, with little elaboration. On Wednesday, Pernetti said that he erred in not taking stronger action and that he would “work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”

The verbal and physical abuse of men’s college basketball players was caught on video (linked to in the article), and it was aired just yesterday on ESPN. Good for them. That forced Rutger’s reluctant hand, because the video exploded on the Internet. I’d say get that Pernetti guy out of here as well for doing the absolute wrong thing.

Although I don’t follow college sports at all, I’m posting this because I happened to see this video, and I’m happy that reporters did their job and that people got rightfully pissed and that people as ridiculous as that coach get what they deserve. I also can’t stand abuse of power.

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On the comeback trail.
Nadal beat Nalbandian (who is also coming back from a long injury) to win the Brazil Open.

On the comeback trail.

Nadal beat Nalbandian (who is also coming back from a long injury) to win the Brazil Open.

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(Source: Guardian)

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blusky86:

Final

This is probably gonna be a damn battle, starting in less than an hour.

blusky86:

Final

This is probably gonna be a damn battle, starting in less than an hour.

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A serious narrative war going on with this Lance Armstrong thing. Like him or hate him, it’s obvious that he’s damn good at using narrative as a weapon, thanks in no small part to his fortune. This kind of makes it sound like Oprah was an outclassed pawn. But I did read that OWN made 50% more on advertising spots during the interview.

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The Lance Armstrong/PED debacle in cycling sounds like the whole thing was an endemic arms race. And Armstrong came out on top because he was more ruthless and more committed to PEDs and the process than the others. At least that’s the impression I’ve always had after it became obvious that PEDs were rampant in the sport. I think this is the same mentality present in people who don’t want gun control, and of course it’s the same mentality countries adopt militarily. It’s a fundamental human impulse, like it or not, one that always threatens to escalate out of control.

However, that which is fundamentally human is not necessarily fundamental in Nature. Things can change.

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orbis-non-suficit:


He truly is the best in the world, breaking Muller’s record for most goals in a year. How can you not like him? World class this guy.


Not seeing any Messi on my dashboard, so I&#8217;m becoming the change. If you score 86 goals in a year where it&#8217;s not uncommon for games to end 1-0, then you are doing something special. MESSI!!!

orbis-non-suficit:

He truly is the best in the world, breaking Muller’s record for most goals in a year. How can you not like him? World class this guy.

Not seeing any Messi on my dashboard, so I’m becoming the change. If you score 86 goals in a year where it’s not uncommon for games to end 1-0, then you are doing something special. MESSI!!!

(Source: 3-ws)