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  •  The Olympics are now a boondoggle anyway (6+ / 0-)

    Billions wasted on buildings that rarely get used again and corruption.

    Hillary does not have the benefit of a glib tongue.

    by The Dead Man on Mon May 19, 2014 at 08:02:16 AM PDT

    •  The stunning corruption and inhumanity of Sochi (5+ / 0-)
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      Aximill, JeffW, ssmt, The Dead Man, codairem

      Should be the death knell of the Olympics. The Games have turned into nothing but a legal way for governments to funnel billions to cronies (better than the US system of creating phony wars, anyway), and allowing them in countries that have outrageous institutionalized human rights violations - as long as those countries funnel Olympic 'fees' back to the IOC, and the bank accounts of Olympic officials. It's sickening and a sham now.

      "Jika Anda membutuhkan produk untuk meningkatkan kualitas hubungan seksual Anda atau membutuhkan produk obat pembesar penis!" - Bintangpasutri

      by Fordmandalay on Mon May 19, 2014 at 08:26:55 AM PDT

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      •  Absolutely agreed (2+ / 0-)
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        Fordmandalay, codairem

        I was living in BC before the 2010 Olympics and although there were some infrastructure improvements, the main one being upgrading the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler, which before was an often terrifying 2 lane highway winding through the mountains, it became obvious that the main beneficiaries were well connected contractors.   My main memory of the actual games were inconveniences and far warmer weather than anyone might have expected (hello climate change)

        I haven't watched any Olympics since, probably never will.  It's not about the athletes, it's about funneling money away from useful public projects into the hands of contractors and buddies of politicians.

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