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(Gizmodo)   Don't worry, everyone, all the reports of terrible conditions at Sochi are overblown, and the result of a few malcontents. The shower surveillance videos prove it   (gizmodo.com) divider line 227
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2014-02-06 12:36:53 PM
That's gay.
 
2014-02-06 12:44:47 PM
I'm not surprised by this.
 
2014-02-06 12:52:18 PM
"We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day," he said. An aide then pulled a reporter away before Mr. Kozak could be questioned further on surveillance in hotel rooms. "We're doing a tour of the media center," the aide said.

I don't know why but I laughed when I read that.  Probably because I'm not surprised by it.
 
2014-02-06 01:00:34 PM
You have to work to fark up this badly.
 
2014-02-06 01:10:32 PM
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2014-02-06 01:11:53 PM
Well Im sure that makes all those journalists feel much more comfortable.
 
2014-02-06 01:12:45 PM
I just hope the disasters in Sochi are funny ones, like rooms in the Olympic Village being flooded with sewage or something along those lines.  I hope they aren't tragic, like the bobsled track collapsing and killing athletes.  Or even worse than that.
 
2014-02-06 01:22:17 PM

lennavan: "We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day," he said. An aide then pulled a reporter away before Mr. Kozak could be questioned further on surveillance in hotel rooms. "We're doing a tour of the media center," the aide said.

I don't know why but I laughed when I read that.  Probably because I'm not surprised by it.


It is somewhat Simpsonsesque.
 
2014-02-06 01:26:50 PM
On the one hand, I'm sure that there are countless problems with these Games.
On the other hand, I also know that some people are really, really happy to make certain places seem as bad as possible.

I think it's funny how people will rail on the media about how biased it is and how it's not to be trusted, but when it reinforces their ideas of a situation they know nothing about, then they're all about spreading that word.
 
2014-02-06 01:42:21 PM

IAmRight: On the one hand, I'm sure that there are countless problems with these Games.
On the other hand, I also know that some people are really, really happy to make certain places seem as bad as possible.

I think it's funny how people will rail on the media about how biased it is and how it's not to be trusted, but when it reinforces their ideas of a situation they know nothing about, then they're all about spreading that word.


The Russian guy said  "We havesurveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day,".How is that media bias?
 
2014-02-06 01:43:34 PM
I really thought the headline was an exaggeration. This is comically bad. People are going to be uploading lots of video from the USSR Russia next week.
 
2014-02-06 01:56:17 PM
What?  All those complaints about non-working water, brown water, incomplete hotel rooms, toilets with no dividers, stray dogs, lack of pillows, obvious construction are false, and to prove it we have video footage of someone leaving their shower on all day.
 
2014-02-06 01:58:13 PM

James!: The Russian guy said  "We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day,".How is that media bias?


Not really referring to this one in particular; more all the other stories. Other countries do have a vested interest in making foreign areas look as bad as possible.

/you guys never had the friends that would deny stuff that they were embarrassed by by making up something that was actually way worse but they didn't realize it until later?
 
2014-02-06 02:04:07 PM

IAmRight: James!: The Russian guy said  "We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day,".How is that media bias?

Not really referring to this one in particular; more all the other stories. Other countries do have a vested interest in making foreign areas look as bad as possible.

/you guys never had the friends that would deny stuff that they were embarrassed by by making up something that was actually way worse but they didn't realize it until later?


So far it's just been reporters tweeting and posting pictures about the shiatty conditions.  Are you saying the reporters have some shady ulterior motive?
 
2014-02-06 02:04:18 PM
Guys Guys Guys - It's OK. They came back and said that that thing he said wasn't a thing and nobody needs to worry about being watched in the shower.

/Can't wait til a reporter finds the camera in their bathroom
 
2014-02-06 02:05:12 PM
I never turn my shower off. Saves me the trouble of having to turn it on each and every time I take a shower. What a hassle!
 
2014-02-06 02:08:04 PM
Shower surveillance!??!??!?

*SPROING*
 
2014-02-06 02:08:07 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: I never turn my shower off. Saves me the trouble of having to turn it on each and every time I take a shower. What a hassle!


I never turn my shower on. Saves me the trouble of all that tedious drying off afterwards. What a pain!
 
2014-02-06 02:08:27 PM
They can't connect a pipe to a toilet, but they can install a hidden camera? I don't buy it.
 
2014-02-06 02:09:03 PM
You leave the water running all day if you have heard the water supply is tainted. It flushes the piping system out and you just hope you win the fresh water intake lottery.
 
2014-02-06 02:10:16 PM

Three Crooked Squirrels: I never turn my shower off. Saves me the trouble of having to turn it on each and every time I take a shower. What a hassle!


- Hey, did you leave your computer on all night?
- Yeah, it just takes a really long time to re-boot in the morning.
- Hey, you know what else takes a long time? BUILDING A NEW EARTH.
 
2014-02-06 02:10:39 PM
That PA from NBC Sports who played the buttplug auto-erotic asphyxiation game in his bathroom last night is sweating bullets.
 
2014-02-06 02:11:50 PM
IAmRight:
/you guys never had the friends that would deny stuff that they were embarrassed by by making up something that was actually way worse but they didn't realize it until later?

You mean like Seahawks fans who didn't realize that biatching about the refs at the Super Bowl made them look worse than if they'd simply admitted that their team lost, congratulated the Steelers, and moved on?

/ not that I have room to talk
// 2nd-generation Raiders fan
/// my dad STILL gets riled up if anyone mentions the Immaculate Reception
/\/ ok, back to the Olympics
 
2014-02-06 02:12:37 PM

Shame Us: Guys Guys Guys - It's OK. They came back and said that that thing he said wasn't a thing and nobody needs to worry about being watched in the shower.

/Can't wait til a reporter finds the camera in their bathroom


honestly, i wouldn't be surprised if they had cameras all over the competitor's compound and dorms, given how the stories of the crazy amount of sex they're having over there are getting legendary.

/when they go through something like a quarter million condoms in a single games...
 
2014-02-06 02:13:03 PM

rag819: They can't connect a pipe to a toilet, but they can install a hidden camera? I don't buy it.


If you've ever travelled around Russia it makes total sense.  Plus, the two responsibilities would likely be handled by two entirely different entities.
 
2014-02-06 02:13:44 PM

Car_Ramrod: - Hey, did you leave your computer on all night?
- Yeah, it just takes a really long time to re-boot in the morning.
- Hey, you know what else takes a long time? BUILDING A NEW EARTH.


About 7 days
 
2014-02-06 02:17:16 PM

James!: So far it's just been reporters tweeting and posting pictures about the shiatty conditions.  Are you saying the reporters have some shady ulterior motive?


I'm saying that when you're doing nothing but combining all the bad things people have to say about something, especially some really pampered journalists, then things will seem worse than they are.
 
2014-02-06 02:19:53 PM

IAmRight: James!: So far it's just been reporters tweeting and posting pictures about the shiatty conditions.  Are you saying the reporters have some shady ulterior motive?

I'm saying that when you're doing nothing but combining all the bad things people have to say about something, especially some really pampered journalists, then things will seem worse than they are.


I don't consider myself pampered, but if I stay in a hotel I expect the door knob to stay in the door when I try to open it.
 
2014-02-06 02:20:34 PM

Diogenes: rag819: They can't connect a pipe to a toilet, but they can install a hidden camera? I don't buy it.

If you've ever travelled around Russia it makes total sense.  Plus, the two responsibilities would likely be handled by two entirely different entities.


Hi, I Vlad - I camera guy.
But the water isn't running...
Ivan is water guy - I camera guy - this is Ivan problem not Vlad problem
 
2014-02-06 02:21:42 PM
I hate to be a buzzkill, but I believe he was saying that he has seen a video of someone on the work crew testing the shower by pointing it at the wall and running it for a camera to prove it works and not that he has seen a video of someone staying in the facility being secretly recorded while running a shower. This appears to be a phrasing issue.

/But still... damn.
 
2014-02-06 02:21:54 PM
Those who speak ill of Great Sochi Olympics will be sent to the vodka mines.
 
2014-02-06 02:22:33 PM

James!: I don't consider myself pampered, but if I stay in a hotel I expect the door knob to stay in the door when I try to open it.


Eh, I've had 'em come off before. Didn't feel a need to share it with the world as an example of how the place I was visiting was so terrible. Just fixed it.
 
2014-02-06 02:24:46 PM

xanadian: Shower surveillance!??!??!?

*SPROING*


Counterpoint: moist Helen Thomas.
 
2014-02-06 02:25:02 PM

IAmRight: James!: I don't consider myself pampered, but if I stay in a hotel I expect the door knob to stay in the door when I try to open it.

Eh, I've had 'em come off before. Didn't feel a need to share it with the world as an example of how the place I was visiting was so terrible. Just fixed it.


Did the knob come off in the hotel you were staying in at the Olympics? Did that hotel also not have a lobby yet?  Was the water brown?
 
2014-02-06 02:26:03 PM
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2014-02-06 02:26:36 PM

quickdraw: Well Im sure that makes all those journalists feel much more comfortable.


Fark them. I feel bad for the people who have to live there.
 
2014-02-06 02:27:00 PM

This Looks Fun: I hate to be a buzzkill, but I believe he was saying that he has seen a video of someone on the work crew testing the shower by pointing it at the wall and running it for a camera to prove it works and not that he has seen a video of someone staying in the facility being secretly recorded while running a shower. This appears to be a phrasing issue.

/But still... damn.


Well, if the Russian Deputy Prime Minister says something to the world media in an attempt to stop the bleeding from a PR nightmare on the world stage, I think we should all accept it on its face and not question it any further.
 
2014-02-06 02:30:39 PM

James!: Did the knob come off in the hotel you were staying in at the Olympics? Did that hotel also not have a lobby yet?  Was the water brown?


I've seen all those things at some point in my life, yes. Obviously not at the Olympics, but that's a stupid qualifier to use.
 
2014-02-06 02:32:16 PM

SpartacusHobbs: IAmRight:
/you guys never had the friends that would deny stuff that they were embarrassed by by making up something that was actually way worse but they didn't realize it until later?

You mean like Seahawks fans who didn't realize that biatching about the refs at the Super Bowl made them look worse than if they'd simply admitted that their team lost, congratulated the Steelers, and moved on?

/ not that I have room to talk
// 2nd-generation Raiders fan
/// my dad STILL gets riled up if anyone mentions the Immaculate Reception
/\/ ok, back to the Olympics


your dad sounds awesome.

first generation raiders fan here, and i have been for 44 years.  i was eleven when that travesty happened, and we were in town (I'm a farm boy) christmas shopping.  i watched it on one of the hundred or so tv's that were on in montgomery ward's.  it was horseshiat then, and it's still horseshiat.

/now back to the thread.
 
2014-02-06 02:34:00 PM

Orgasmatron138: quickdraw: Well Im sure that makes all those journalists feel much more comfortable.

Fark them. I feel bad for the people who have to live there.


Reporters (well, reporters at the top of the fame pyramid) are kinda like that Tosh joke about Survivor, where we're all talking about how it's super impossible to get through these conditions...people live there, y'know. If it were THAT deadly, it wouldn't be a city; everyone would be gone.
 
2014-02-06 02:34:24 PM

IAmRight: James!: Did the knob come off in the hotel you were staying in at the Olympics? Did that hotel also not have a lobby yet?  Was the water brown?

I've seen all those things at some point in my life, yes. Obviously not at the Olympics, but that's a stupid qualifier to use.


Why?
 
2014-02-06 02:35:07 PM

LeafyGreens: xanadian: Shower surveillance!??!??!?

*SPROING*

Counterpoint: moist Helen Thomas.


Oh damn you. DAMN YOU!

/sets eyes on fire
 
2014-02-06 02:36:07 PM

IAmRight: James!: Did the knob come off in the hotel you were staying in at the Olympics? Did that hotel also not have a lobby yet?  Was the water brown?

I've seen all those things at some point in my life, yes. Obviously not at the Olympics, but that's a stupid qualifier to use.


While you're clearly the most rugged person in this thread - you're still not rugged enough for Putin to sleep with.

/I personally draw the line at potentially face-melting water
 
2014-02-06 02:37:32 PM
Russia invited the world to come watch snow sports in their city then half assed the preparations in a hilarious way. Somehow it's the reporters fault for noticing.
 
2014-02-06 02:45:03 PM

SpartacusHobbs: You mean like Seahawks fans who didn't realize that biatching about the refs at the Super Bowl made them look worse than if they'd simply admitted that their team lost, congratulated the Steelers, and moved on?


We're over it now, but one of the refs admitted that he farked up in that game, so we did have some room to be annoyed about it:

"It was a tough thing for me. I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game, and as an official you never want to do that," said the veteran of 15 NFL seasons and two Super Bowls.

"It left me with a lot of sleepless nights, and I think about it constantly," Leavy said of the February 2006 game. "I'll go to my grave wishing that I'd been better."


That said, it is kind of part of the game, though. You're always going to have tough calls.
 
2014-02-06 02:45:29 PM

James!: Russia invited the world to come watch snow sports in their city then half assed the preparations in a hilarious way. Somehow it's the reporters fault for noticing.


Technically speaking they didn't so much "invite the world" as "bribe the IOC to send the world"
 
2014-02-06 02:48:06 PM
Maybe they just wanted western visitors to feel like they were being watched all the time by the government. Sort of a little touch of home
 
2014-02-06 02:48:26 PM

Tigger: James!: Russia invited the world to come watch snow sports in their city then half assed the preparations in a hilarious way. Somehow it's the reporters fault for noticing.

Technically speaking they didn't so much "invite the world" as "bribe the IOC to send the world"


Either way, they can't act surprised that reporters showed up and started reporting things.
 
2014-02-06 02:49:08 PM

Shame Us: This Looks Fun: I hate to be a buzzkill, but I believe he was saying that he has seen a video of someone on the work crew testing the shower by pointing it at the wall and running it for a camera to prove it works and not that he has seen a video of someone staying in the facility being secretly recorded while running a shower. This appears to be a phrasing issue.

/But still... damn.

Well, if the Russian Deputy Prime Minister says something to the world media in an attempt to stop the bleeding from a PR nightmare on the world stage, I think we should all accept it on its face and not question it any further.


Don't be silly. It's a PR disaster and it should be. I was just explaining the actual context of this quote in case people thought there was state-sponsored shower surveillance.
 
2014-02-06 02:51:29 PM
I wonder if the journalists over there feel any restraint on 'telling it like it is'. Meaning, is it possible they are afraid of getting booted out of the country is they report how bad it really is and what we are hearing is just the tip of the berg? The stories that come out after the games are over might be even better.
 
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