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(Quartz)   Next year's Winter Olympics will be held right in the middle of one of the world's hottest conflict zones   (qz.com ) divider line
    More: Scary, North Caucasus, cultural bias, Sochi Olympics, olympics  
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3932 clicks; posted to Sports » on 24 May 2013 at 12:03 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-05-24 03:22:36 PM  
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ongbok: grinding_journalist: puckrock2000: Are you seriously equating 80s LA with Rio? Really? Point me towards the cartel-run favelas in LA and I'll hear you out.

You mean, like Compton? South Central LA?

While I agree that gangs basically ran Compton in the 80s, I really don't think you can compare it with Rio.

From wiki: With roughly 23.8 homicides per 100,000 residents,[8] muggings, robberies, [9] and gang violence[10] Brazil is one of the most criminalized countries of the world.

Whereas LA has less violent crime than Detroit.

/meant to say can't blame ya for godwinning

The bloods nor the crips never used a rocket launcher to shoot down a police helicopter like the gangs in areas of Rio did. The United States military has never gotten into street to street battles with the gangs of Compton like the Brazilian army has with the gangs in Rio.


I read a letter in the local paper written by a WWII combat veteran who said (he was writing about immigration, I believe) that he and his generation didn't go off and fight and die in WWII just to watch the cities in this country turn into Quito or Rio.
2013-05-24 01:36:19 PM  
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grinding_journalist: puckrock2000: WTF Indeed: 2014: Caucasus region - Several ongoing regional civil wars and city controlled totally by the Russian mob
2016: Rio - City run by gang warlords
2018: South Korea  - Tubby with Nuclear weapons to the north

1988: South Korea - Shorty with nuclear weapons to the north

Are you referring to Russia or the Norks? Pretty certain the Norks didn't have nukes in '88. The Russians wouldn't start WW3 over the Olympics.


Okay, not nukes in 1988, but certainly nerve gas and other chemical and bioweapons.

1984: Los Angeles - city run by gang warlords

Are you seriously equating 80s LA with Rio? Really? Point me towards the cartel-run favelas in LA and I'll hear you out.


You mean, like Compton? South Central LA?

1980: Lake Placid - tiny town in the middle of absolutely nowhere in the Adirondacks, with only one road in or out of town

Because Turin, Lillehammer, and Albertville are such huge cities.


Population in 2012:
Turin: 911,823
Lillhammer: 26,639
Albertville: 18,480
Lake Placid: 4,549
The only Olympic city with a smaller population than Lake Placid was Squaw Valley, CA, which was an unincorporated village with only one resident at the time the games were awarded.

1936: Berlin - you know who else liked physical culture?

Can blame ya for Godwinning.
2013-05-24 12:48:14 PM  
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SlothB77: It is in the Russians best interest for the Olympics to go as smooth as possible.  The Russian mobsters won't harm the games.  But that would be a coup de grace for any country Russia has pissed off - Chechnya, Dagestan, Georgia, etc, which all happen to be quite close to Sochi.


Yeah the Russian Mob will be well paid off from the government to stay far away from any venue and to keep their activities to a minimum. As far as the other guys, there will probably enough Russian military around the city to start 3 wars.
2013-05-24 12:35:06 PM  
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There are fears that Islamist groups from nearby Chechnya and Dagestan could be plotting attacks already

And yet somehow Richard Jewell will still get blamed.
2013-05-24 12:31:50 PM  
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I don't think 'conflict' will affect NBC's ability to present personal interest stories about Americans interspersed with the occasional footage of the athletic performances of said Americans.
2013-05-24 12:19:30 PM  
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theurge14: Well that's why they're bringing the Olympics in, silly.  The Olympics cures all ills..


Well, for Seoul... yeah, it kind of did.
2013-05-24 12:13:08 PM  
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WTF Indeed: 2014: Caucasus region - Several ongoing regional civil wars and city controlled totally by the Russian mob
2016: Rio - City run by gang warlords
2018: South Korea  - Tubby with Nuclear weapons to the north

1988: South Korea - Shorty with nuclear weapons to the north
1984: Los Angeles - city run by gang warlords
1980: Lake Placid - tiny town in the middle of absolutely nowhere in the Adirondacks, with only one road in or out of town
1936: Berlin - you know who else liked physical culture?
2013-05-24 12:07:52 PM  
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2014: Caucasus region - Several ongoing regional civil wars and city controlled totally by the Russian mob
2016: Rio - City run by gang warlords
2018: South Korea  - Tubby with Nuclear weapons to the north
2013-05-24 11:57:33 AM  
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And in 2018, the Winter Olympics will be held in Korea.
 
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