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2017-12-07 05:47:31 AM  
fark you, Donald.  Pooty won't let you go, will he?

Trump, you biatch.
 
2017-12-07 05:49:09 AM  
Also, the situation is that the same man who rigged the election for you have North Korea 20 years work of Missile Tech.

He wouldn't do that if he weren't intending for someone to set off a nuke in the United States, at your behest.
 
2017-12-07 05:50:43 AM  
Or is it because Lyndsey Vonn has already said she would not make a White House visit?  Or that she said in her mind she represents the American people, not administration?
 
2017-12-07 05:52:29 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Also, the situation is that the same man who rigged the election for you have North Korea 20 years work of Missile Tech.

He wouldn't do that if he weren't intending for someone to set off a nuke in the United States, at your behest.


Oh Christ, this timeline isn't getting THAT dark, is it?
 
2017-12-07 05:52:47 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: fark you, Donald.  Pooty won't let you go, will he?

Trump, you biatch.


He's gonna get barrel marks on his spare tire at this rate.
 
2017-12-07 05:52:50 AM  

laststarfighter: Or is it because Lyndsey Vonn has already said she would not make a White House visit?  Or that she said in her mind she represents the American people, not administration?


Lindsey Vonn...i'll Be in my bunk...
 
AOW
2017-12-07 05:55:06 AM  
Meh less they don't wanna play without the Russians, more they don't want glow in the dark athletes....
 
2017-12-07 05:57:33 AM  
This is the icing on the cake:

How to dismantle sixty years of global leadership in eleven months.
 
2017-12-07 05:57:40 AM  

Odin's Other Eye: backhand.slap.of.reason: Also, the situation is that the same man who rigged the election for you have North Korea 20 years work of Missile Tech.

He wouldn't do that if he weren't intending for someone to set off a nuke in the United States, at your behest.

Oh Christ, this timeline isn't getting THAT dark, is it?


It has a FEMALE Doctor Who, Trump is Prez, The US became first to have legalized cannabis, The UK swallowed the Trolls Bait good and proper, and there's STILL money to be made from Madeline McCann.

We're not just through the looking glass, it's the Daily Mail's f*cking looking glass.
 
2017-12-07 06:00:13 AM  

AOW: Meh less they don't wanna play without the Russians, more they don't want glow in the dark athletes....


That would make the Olympic athletes the only people in the world Trump cares about, and that's unlikely.
 
2017-12-07 06:03:08 AM  
Donald is worried they might defect.
 
2017-12-07 06:05:45 AM  
It never ceases to amaze me how few people in Donald Trump's regime have never played Metro 2033: Last Light.

When a Russian tells you that you are going to do something together, you are farked if you play along.
 
2017-12-07 06:06:23 AM  
Maybe if 45* would shut up about North Korea on Twitter the diplomats left at the state department might have a shot.
 
2017-12-07 06:09:54 AM  
Oh for farks sake.  As if we haven't alienated enough allies, now we're telling South Korea it's not a safe enough place to send some athletes due to regional instability... after our president has basically been flicking matches at the North from his twitter account from beyond the range of Lil Kim's nukes.

These "America first" assholes don't seem to realize that we've always placed America first, the only difference is that in foreign affairs we used to pretend to care about the people we were hegemonying over in order to preserve the Pax Americana... because that is in our farking interest and it just so happens to be in almost everybody else's interest as well.

If the Russians didn't collude with Trump, they should have.
 
2017-12-07 06:10:43 AM  
Where's the complaint from some knob about a political thread on the main page?
 
2017-12-07 06:11:02 AM  
If that were the actual case, and they were truly worried about NK, simply put Dennis Rodman there as a human shield. Problem solved!
 
2017-12-07 06:11:19 AM  

electricjebus: Oh for farks sake.  As if we haven't alienated enough allies, now we're telling South Korea it's not a safe enough place to send some athletes due to regional instability... after our president has basically been flicking matches at the North from his twitter account from beyond the range of Lil Kim's nukes.

These "America first" assholes don't seem to realize that we've always placed America first, the only difference is that in foreign affairs we used to pretend to care about the people we were hegemonying over in order to preserve the Pax Americana... because that is in our farking interest and it just so happens to be in almost everybody else's interest as well.

If the Russians didn't collude with Trump, they should have.


They did.  It's painfully obvious to anyone that pays attention.
 
2017-12-07 06:13:26 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: They did.  It's painfully obvious to anyone that pays attention.


Ya don't say...
 
2017-12-07 06:16:12 AM  
Oh here's a topic that our dear leader can wrap his head around, athletes and the displays of patriotism. *head desk*
 
2017-12-07 06:18:05 AM  
Yes, NK would attack its few allies who participate at the Olympics, absolutely guaranteeing their almost immediate destruction with nobody willing to protect them anymore.
 
2017-12-07 06:18:35 AM  
Subby, you are fake liberal news.
 
2017-12-07 06:20:02 AM  
I mean, China is the main reason we haven't already bombed them into nothingness, if they were to also kill Chinese athletes in an attack, literally nobody on the planet would be against an invasion.


There is literally no way NK would be behind any attack, there has to be other motives.
 
2017-12-07 06:20:46 AM  

phrawgh: Where's the complaint from some knob about a political thread on the main page?


Why's there a political thread on the main page?


You can thank my knob later
 
AOW
2017-12-07 06:22:10 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: AOW: Meh less they don't wanna play without the Russians, more they don't want glow in the dark athletes....

That would make the Olympic athletes the only people in the world Trump cares about, and that's unlikely.


Haven't seen this on Trumps twitter feed, just from the UN ambassador, so what makes you think Trump even knows about the Olympics?
 
2017-12-07 06:22:55 AM  

FlyingBacon: Subby, you are fake liberal news.


Found the knob...it goes to 11...
 
2017-12-07 06:29:47 AM  
Are US athletes to stupid to make up their own mind whether they want to go or not?
 
2017-12-07 06:42:30 AM  
Yeah, if there was any real chance of North Korea attacking the Olympics, no one would be going.

This sounds like President Highbulp submitting to his master, again.
 
2017-12-07 06:49:36 AM  

Alphax: Yeah, if there was any real chance of North Korea attacking the Olympics, no one would be going.

This sounds like President Highbulp submitting to his master, again.


With Russia not going, they might just be helping North Korea attack.  Those rocket parts may need replacing.  They seem to like a like to do War Stuff around the Olympics.
 
2017-12-07 06:54:07 AM  
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2017-12-07 06:56:50 AM  
The hyperbole in this thread is of Olympic proportion.
 
2017-12-07 06:59:29 AM  

wearetheworld: The hyperbole in this thread is of Olympic proportion.


Odd, I don't see a trace of hyperbole anywhere... oh, I remember your handle.  I've never seen you say something true.
 
2017-12-07 07:02:58 AM  
Meanwhile, a real head of state would send the atheletes and affect not to be concerned. The sort of strongman that Donny wants to be would send the athletes, and taunt the rival, North Korea, about doing anything about it.

But Donny's just a scaredy cuck.
 
2017-12-07 07:08:16 AM  

BizarreMan: Maybe if 45* would shut up about North Korea on Twitter the diplomats left at the state department might have a shot.


uh, about that 'state department diplomats' thing... there's been, uh,... things are running a bit different now.
 
2017-12-07 07:10:48 AM  
SK is a fairly nasty place on a good day, how the heck did they win hosting the Olympics.

/Whores
//Booze
///Never mind
 
2017-12-07 07:11:25 AM  

Alphax: Yeah, if there was any real chance of North Korea attacking the Olympics, no one would be going.


On the other hand...if you see the Chinese team packing their bags on day two - call the airline and see if you can change your flight.
 
2017-12-07 07:13:47 AM  

Alphax: wearetheworld: The hyperbole in this thread is of Olympic proportion.

Odd, I don't see a trace of hyperbole anywhere... oh, I remember your handle.  I've never seen you say something true.


See.
 
2017-12-07 07:16:06 AM  

wearetheworld: Alphax: wearetheworld: The hyperbole in this thread is of Olympic proportion.

Odd, I don't see a trace of hyperbole anywhere... oh, I remember your handle.  I've never seen you say something true.

See.


If that's your idea of verbal judo, it's weak.
 
2017-12-07 07:21:25 AM  
Makes sense.  Trump plans to be at war with North Korea by next year.
 
2017-12-07 07:26:02 AM  

Sean VasDeferens: SK is a fairly nasty place on a good day, how the heck did they win hosting the Olympics.

/Whores
//Booze
///Never mind


Perhaps the other host cities are FINALLY seeing what a drain on resources the Olympics are, and how they manage to end up losing money while filling the IOC's coffers in the process. Every. Single. Time. Isn't that right, Rio De Janeiro?
 
2017-12-07 07:27:53 AM  

Sean VasDeferens: SK is a fairly nasty place on a good day, how the heck did they win hosting the Olympics.

/Whores
//Booze
///Never mind


Same way every country gets to host the Olympics: bribing the committee members.
 
2017-12-07 07:34:33 AM  
All those ex-pats, military dependents, and tens of thousands of military in S.K. are still ok for cannon fodder.
 
2017-12-07 07:40:35 AM  
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I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun,     it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus (russian-hooker-pee-pee tape)?
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115 West Ninety Fifth Street
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Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
 
2017-12-07 07:45:40 AM  
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2017-12-07 07:48:08 AM  

SillBinger: I mean, China is the main reason we haven't already bombed them into nothingness, if they were to also kill Chinese athletes in an attack, literally nobody on the planet would be against an invasion.


There is literally no way NK would be behind any attack, there has to be other motives.


And by invasion you mean prompt and utter destruction from the air followed by humanitarian relief for the survivors right?

Because I don't think a blatant nuclear attack on the Olympics by DPRK would result in a land invasion.

In any case, too many people forget that Kim isn't insane. He's despotic and wacky, but he's not a Bond villain. He's a threat to the world order, certainly, but he's not going to decide to commit suicide for no reason.
 
2017-12-07 07:48:49 AM  
See.

From years of looking at internet comments, I've learned that whenever a sentence begins with "See", or "How come" then the rest of the sentence will be really stupid.

I'm impressed that somebody has found a way to simplify that.
 
2017-12-07 07:53:32 AM  
Two things:

1) who cares about the Olympics?  Without USA vs CCCP and BRD vs DDR there's not a good rivalry to create drama.

2) you do realize we've boycotted the Olympics before, right?
 
2017-12-07 07:57:48 AM  
Look, we will probably be at war by then if Trump is still in office and we will have had to bring back the draft. Many of those Olympians will be going over there, just for a slightly different competition.
 
2017-12-07 07:57:51 AM  

gar1013: Two things:

1) who cares about the Olympics?  Without USA vs CCCP and BRD vs DDR there's not a good rivalry to create drama.

2) you do realize we've boycotted the Olympics before, right?


1)  I don't care about the Olympics, therefore, nobody else does either.

2)  This one thing happened in the past.  This means something.  I'm making good a good argument!
 
2017-12-07 07:57:58 AM  
FTFA: According to a report, Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is reportedly saying she's not certain we should send our athletes to the Olympics.

The terrorists have already won. Seriously, man-up you frkking pussy!
 
2017-12-07 07:59:36 AM  
Dance, you Russian puppet, dance!
 
2017-12-07 08:00:16 AM  

gar1013: Two things:

1) who cares about the Olympics?  Without USA vs CCCP and BRD vs DDR there's not a good rivalry to create drama.

2) you do realize we've boycotted the Olympics before, right?



1. Lots and lots of people. Which is why it's news.

2. Yes, and it was jackassery then, too. But not nearly as fark-tarded as this.
 
2017-12-07 08:05:24 AM  
The lighting of the Olympic fire is seen by Best Korea as a missile launch
 
2017-12-07 08:08:11 AM  
Odds that the IOC will relent and Russian athletes are reinstated?

I'd say good.
 
2017-12-07 08:09:49 AM  

AOW: Meh less they don't wanna play without the Russians, more they don't want glow in the dark athletes....


Odd that it was never a concern until the Russians were kicked out.
 
2017-12-07 08:18:15 AM  

Rapmaster2000: gar1013: Two things:

1) who cares about the Olympics?  Without USA vs CCCP and BRD vs DDR there's not a good rivalry to create drama.

2) you do realize we've boycotted the Olympics before, right?

1)  I don't care about the Olympics, therefore, nobody else does either.

2)  This one thing happened in the past.  This means something.  I'm making good a good argument!


Ratings have  shown that for a long time most americans have been meh about the olympics.
 It was popular when it was a proxy fight between democracy vs communism.
 Communism lost a long time ago, and most of those old fans are old or dead.
  It has always been politicized.
People were saying the soviets and their client states should be barred since 1918 or so due to their athletes being subsidized by the state.
  Meaning they were not in fact amatuers, but paid pros.
  That is why the hockey team win in 1980 was such a big deal.
   Our college kids were playing against what amounted to an NHL all star team that had been teammates for years.
      You could make the argument that the russians have always cheated, one way or another.
    I doubt seriously a large percentage of americans care.
 
2017-12-07 08:19:00 AM  
It's unlikely Kim would attack the Olympics but North Korea has been known to kidnap and/or assassinate people(highly unlikely they'd do that either but then I never thought Trump had a chance of being elected).
 
2017-12-07 08:25:33 AM  

starsrift: Meanwhile, a real head of state would send the atheletes and affect not to be concerned. The sort of strongman that Donny wants to be would send the athletes, and taunt the rival, North Korea, about doing anything about it.

But Donny's just a scaredy cuck.


Right wing citing Jimmy Carter's decision not to send athletes to 1980 Moscow games in 3...2...
 
2017-12-07 08:26:18 AM  
Per Nick Zaccardi at NBC Sports: "USOC spokesperson on Nikki Haley comments: "We have not had any discussions, either internally or with our government partners, about the possibility of not taking teams to the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. We plan on supporting two full delegations in PyeongChang."
 
2017-12-07 08:26:19 AM  

Muzzleloader: Rapmaster2000: gar1013: Two things:

1) who cares about the Olympics?  Without USA vs CCCP and BRD vs DDR there's not a good rivalry to create drama.

2) you do realize we've boycotted the Olympics before, right?

1)  I don't care about the Olympics, therefore, nobody else does either.

2)  This one thing happened in the past.  This means something.  I'm making good a good argument!

Ratings have  shown that for a long time most americans have been meh about the olympics.
 It was popular when it was a proxy fight between democracy vs communism.
 Communism lost a long time ago, and most of those old fans are old or dead.
  It has always been politicized.
People were saying the soviets and their client states should be barred since 1918 or so due to their athletes being subsidized by the state.
  Meaning they were not in fact amatuers, but paid pros.
  That is why the hockey team win in 1980 was such a big deal.
   Our college kids were playing against what amounted to an NHL all star team that had been teammates for years.
      You could make the argument that the russians have always cheated, one way or another.
    I doubt seriously a large percentage of americans care.


It still outperforms all other broadcast when it's on, it was worth a billion dollars to NBC, and I can guarantee that if we boycott the games in allied nation because we're afraid of North Korea, people will care.
 
2017-12-07 08:30:02 AM  

gar1013: Two things:

1) who cares about the Olympics?  Without USA vs CCCP and BRD vs DDR there's not a good rivalry to create drama.

2) you do realize we've boycotted the Olympics before, right?


Two things:

Where is your national pride?  Are you too scared to cheer on American athletes just because they are American?

We boycotted the 1980 Olympics because they were in Moscow, literally the seat of power of our Cold War foe.
This Olympics is being hosted by our ally.  Why do you hate our ally?
 
2017-12-07 08:31:31 AM  

dukeblue219: Because I don't think a blatant nuclear attack on the Olympics by DPRK would result in a land invasion.


That would be a classic blunder.
 
2017-12-07 08:41:06 AM  
I see the regular Fark faux ragers are here getting their daily dose of fake news to fuel their trump rage.

Drew, this is getting ridiculous.
 
2017-12-07 08:45:10 AM  

Rapmaster2000: See.

From years of looking at internet comments, I've learned that whenever a sentence begins with "See", or "How come" then the rest of the sentence will be really stupid.

I'm impressed that somebody has found a way to simplify that.


You can tell by the pixels?
 
2017-12-07 08:46:21 AM  

skylabdown: I see the regular Fark faux ragers are here getting their daily dose of fake news to fuel their trump rage.

Drew, this is getting ridiculous.


This Just In : People are morons
 
2017-12-07 08:51:33 AM  

chuggernaught: Odds that the IOC will relent and Russian athletes are reinstated?

I'd say good.


I'd say absolutely zero because while the Russian media is in full-on 'this is ridiculous it's all lies there was no doping everyone just hates us" mode, Putin himself said fine, whatever, whoever wants to go compete as an individual, knock yourself out
 
2017-12-07 08:52:56 AM  
Muzzleloader:

Ratings have  shown that for a long time most americans have been meh about the olympics.

    I doubt seriously a large percentage of americans care.


He didn't say "americans", he said "nobody".

3.6 billion people watched the Olympics worldwide and numbers remain high.  I'm having trouble finding stats for 2016 but Gallup says 48% of Americans planned to watch the 2016 Olympics.

"The 2012 Summer Games in London were the most-watched event in U.S. TV history, pulling in 219 million American viewers over the two-plus weeks of coverage. (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/li​ve​-feed/tv-ratings-rio-olympics-opening-​ceremony-how-many-watched-917393 ).

There are 3 threads on the Olympics alone today.  For something that NOBODY cares about, it sure seems like a lot of people care about it.

We get this sentiment in every Olympic year.  I suppose some people don't actually care about sports, they just like the Olympics for the dick wagging.  I get that, but the amount of Americans who will watch the Olympics because they like sports is something north of "nobody".
 
2017-12-07 08:53:49 AM  

skylabdown: I see the regular Fark faux ragers are here getting their daily dose of fake news to fuel their trump rage.

Drew, this is getting ridiculous.


Sad!
 
2017-12-07 09:08:48 AM  

Sean VasDeferens: SK is a fairly nasty place on a good day, how the heck did they win hosting the Olympics.

/Whores
//Booze
///Never mind


The powers-that-be in rising nations who want to showcase themselves to the world pay better bribes to the IOC than do the powers-that-be in developed, mature powers who have nothing to prove.
 
2017-12-07 09:12:48 AM  
Oh, this is just farking great, a lifetime of dedicating myself to the noble art of Equestrian Dressage, straight down the shiatter.
 
2017-12-07 09:19:50 AM  
I still say the best option is for the Olympic committee to buy an island and declare it an independant competition site, with all participating nations paying a modest honorarium for upkeep and improvement. Let's stop forcing lesser nations to incur massive debt to build an athletic site just to have it fall apart faster than a Trump campaign stage.
 
2017-12-07 09:20:24 AM  

brap: Oh, this is just farking great, a lifetime of dedicating myself to the noble art of Equestrian Dressage, straight down the shiatter.


There's always Vienna.  Or the Charreada.
 
2017-12-07 09:26:14 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Muzzleloader: Rapmaster2000: gar1013: Two things:

1) who cares about the Olympics?  Without USA vs CCCP and BRD vs DDR there's not a good rivalry to create drama.

2) you do realize we've boycotted the Olympics before, right?

1)  I don't care about the Olympics, therefore, nobody else does either.

2)  This one thing happened in the past.  This means something.  I'm making good a good argument!

Ratings have  shown that for a long time most americans have been meh about the olympics.
 It was popular when it was a proxy fight between democracy vs communism.
 Communism lost a long time ago, and most of those old fans are old or dead.
  It has always been politicized.
People were saying the soviets and their client states should be barred since 1918 or so due to their athletes being subsidized by the state.
  Meaning they were not in fact amatuers, but paid pros.
  That is why the hockey team win in 1980 was such a big deal.
   Our college kids were playing against what amounted to an NHL all star team that had been teammates for years.
      You could make the argument that the russians have always cheated, one way or another.
    I doubt seriously a large percentage of americans care.

It still outperforms all other broadcast when it's on, it was worth a billion dollars to NBC, and I can guarantee that if we boycott the games in allied nation because we're afraid of North Korea, people will care.


All 15 people on the planet that are stupid enough to think it is because we are scared of NK, maybe.
     Everyone else will look at it as donnie just being putins biatch.
 
2017-12-07 09:26:33 AM  

skylabdown: Drew, this is getting ridiculous.


Yeah, it is. Dumbf*cks can just post whatever they want, but it's ok, because his dumbf*uck friends might be reading said dumbf*ckery.
 
2017-12-07 09:30:42 AM  

chuggernaught: gar1013: Two things:

1) who cares about the Olympics?  Without USA vs CCCP and BRD vs DDR there's not a good rivalry to create drama.

2) you do realize we've boycotted the Olympics before, right?

Two things:

Where is your national pride?  Are you too scared to cheer on American athletes just because they are American?

We boycotted the 1980 Olympics because they were in Moscow, literally the seat of power of our Cold War foe.
This Olympics is being hosted by our ally.  Why do you hate our ally?


Actually, we boycotted the moscow olympics because the soviet union invaded afghanistan the previous december.
    People screamed at carter for politicizing the games, but they had always been political.
  Our way is better, even in sports, should be their motto, it would be far more honest.
 
2017-12-07 09:43:36 AM  

Ketchuponsteak: Are US athletes to stupid to make up their own mind whether they want to go or not?


"To stupid"?
 
2017-12-07 09:45:44 AM  

Muzzleloader: HotWingConspiracy: Muzzleloader: Rapmaster2000: gar1013: Two things:

1) who cares about the Olympics?  Without USA vs CCCP and BRD vs DDR there's not a good rivalry to create drama.

2) you do realize we've boycotted the Olympics before, right?

1)  I don't care about the Olympics, therefore, nobody else does either.

2)  This one thing happened in the past.  This means something.  I'm making good a good argument!

Ratings have  shown that for a long time most americans have been meh about the olympics.
 It was popular when it was a proxy fight between democracy vs communism.
 Communism lost a long time ago, and most of those old fans are old or dead.
  It has always been politicized.
People were saying the soviets and their client states should be barred since 1918 or so due to their athletes being subsidized by the state.
  Meaning they were not in fact amatuers, but paid pros.
  That is why the hockey team win in 1980 was such a big deal.
   Our college kids were playing against what amounted to an NHL all star team that had been teammates for years.
      You could make the argument that the russians have always cheated, one way or another.
    I doubt seriously a large percentage of americans care.

It still outperforms all other broadcast when it's on, it was worth a billion dollars to NBC, and I can guarantee that if we boycott the games in allied nation because we're afraid of North Korea, people will care.

All 15 people on the planet that are stupid enough to think it is because we are scared of NK, maybe.
     Everyone else will look at it as donnie just being putins biatch.


And in your mind that means they won't care?
 
2017-12-07 09:45:54 AM  

brap: Oh, this is just farking great, a lifetime of dedicating myself to the noble art of Equestrian Dressage, straight down the shiatter.


Mitt, is that you?
 
2017-12-07 09:46:12 AM  

brap: Oh, this is just farking great, a lifetime of dedicating myself to the noble art of Equestrian Dressage, straight down the shiatter.


Pretty sure they weren't going to have dressage outside. In the winter. In Korea.
 
2017-12-07 09:48:07 AM  
Home of the brave, my ass.
 
2017-12-07 09:48:32 AM  

Muzzleloader: chuggernaught: gar1013: Two things:

1) who cares about the Olympics?  Without USA vs CCCP and BRD vs DDR there's not a good rivalry to create drama.

2) you do realize we've boycotted the Olympics before, right?

Two things:

Where is your national pride?  Are you too scared to cheer on American athletes just because they are American?

We boycotted the 1980 Olympics because they were in Moscow, literally the seat of power of our Cold War foe.
This Olympics is being hosted by our ally.  Why do you hate our ally?

Actually, we boycotted the moscow olympics because the soviet union invaded afghanistan the previous december.
    People screamed at carter for politicizing the games, but they had always been political.
  Our way is better, even in sports, should be their motto, it would be far more honest.


Sending American athletes to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, just one Olympics removed from Munich probably was the right call.
 
2017-12-07 10:05:35 AM  

stoli n coke: brap: Oh, this is just farking great, a lifetime of dedicating myself to the noble art of Equestrian Dressage, straight down the shiatter.

Pretty sure they weren't going to have dressage outside. In the winter. In Korea.


AND I wasted $100,000 getting the blacksmith to forge my trusty steed, Fancy Prancer hoove-sized snowshoes?

WELL FARK ME SQUARED.
 
2017-12-07 10:06:24 AM  
"hurrr who cares, not like we're snubbing our nose at a close ally while simultaneously conveniently throwing Russia a bone"

fark. you.
 
2017-12-07 10:16:11 AM  

BizarreMan: Maybe if 45* would shut up about North Korea on Twitter the diplomats left at the state department might have a shot.


Most of them are gone
 
2017-12-07 10:21:17 AM  
Still trying to convince yourselves there's a Russia connection?
LOL. The left really has gone loony.
Been a year, and ~$7 million spent on investigation, and still nothing.
 
2017-12-07 10:22:26 AM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Ketchuponsteak: Are US athletes to stupid to make up their own mind whether they want to go or not?

"To stupid"?


Yes, are they?
 
2017-12-07 10:22:55 AM  

Ketchuponsteak: Are US athletes to stupid to make up their own mind whether they want to go or not?


Not so much stupid, but broke.  Go on your own, and pay for everything, including security, or see what your national governing group will cover?  My kid is just beginning to seriously consider an Olympic run, and the dues to join his particular group are not cheap, but they cover a bunch of stuff like liability insurance at the venues, and security and transportation of the team to venues, etc.  We like watching the Olympics on TV, and had no idea all the stuff going on in the background until 1996 and being in Atlanta.  IIRC, in the 2016 Games, there were a few unattached athletes from countries like Sudan, Somalia, maybe a few Arab places as well.  Those athletes had it rough getting there and hanging in there.  The Americans should go no matter what.
 
2017-12-07 10:27:44 AM  

stoli n coke: Muzzleloader: chuggernaught: gar1013: Two things:

1) who cares about the Olympics?  Without USA vs CCCP and BRD vs DDR there's not a good rivalry to create drama.

2) you do realize we've boycotted the Olympics before, right?

Two things:

Where is your national pride?  Are you too scared to cheer on American athletes just because they are American?

We boycotted the 1980 Olympics because they were in Moscow, literally the seat of power of our Cold War foe.
This Olympics is being hosted by our ally.  Why do you hate our ally?

Actually, we boycotted the moscow olympics because the soviet union invaded afghanistan the previous december.
    People screamed at carter for politicizing the games, but they had always been political.
  Our way is better, even in sports, should be their motto, it would be far more honest.

Sending American athletes to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, just one Olympics removed from Munich probably was the right call.


The Soviet Union would have kept them safe. The 80s boycot was purely a political decision.

Also, the Soviet Union didn't invade Afghanistan. Its not called invading when the sitting government asks you to come, whether you happened to like them or not. Under the Soviet Union, and their proxy government, girls got to go get an equal education and all that jazz. I doubt that's the case with the USA now controlling the same portion of the nation.
 
2017-12-07 10:28:44 AM  

mrsleep: Still trying to convince yourselves there's a Russia connection?
LOL. The left really has gone loony.
Been a year, and ~$7 million spent on investigation, and still nothing.


But, hillary benghazi benghazi emails!!!!
 
2017-12-07 10:30:25 AM  
I would like to see a Trump-themed video of "Back in the USSR" by The Beatles.
 
2017-12-07 10:31:15 AM  

mrsleep: Still trying to convince yourselves there's a Russia connection?
LOL. The left really has gone loony.
Been a year, and ~$7 million spent on investigation, and still nothing.


They've already arrested numerous people involved with the administration and two of them have been wearing wires.
 
2017-12-07 10:40:09 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: mrsleep: Still trying to convince yourselves there's a Russia connection?
LOL. The left really has gone loony.
Been a year, and ~$7 million spent on investigation, and still nothing.

They've already arrested numerous people involved with the administration and two of them have been wearing wires.


Dude, what part of "NOTHINGBURGER!" do you not understand?

Sure it's piled high with extra patties, lots of cheese, and all sorts of toppings, but NOTHINGBURGER!
 
2017-12-07 10:40:39 AM  

mrsleep: Still trying to convince yourselves there's a Russia connection?
LOL. The left really has gone loony.
Been a year, and ~$7 million spent on investigation, and still nothing.


The grand jury seems pretty convinced.
 
2017-12-07 10:48:46 AM  
This headline is exactly what is so flucked up about the political environment now.  Perfect example of what should be ignored and treated as some idiot's comment, but will instead be taken as information to be digested.
 
2017-12-07 10:49:58 AM  

mrsleep: Still trying to convince yourselves there's a Russia connection?
LOL. The left really has gone loony.
Been a year, and ~$7 million spent on investigation, and still nothing.


The ones who have already pled seem convinced.

Now toddle back to Big Orange Daddy. If you use extra slobber you might be promoted from making Little Donny Great Again to Putin's cloaca-cleaner
 
2017-12-07 10:53:10 AM  

cherryl taggart: Ketchuponsteak: Are US athletes to stupid to make up their own mind whether they want to go or not?

Not so much stupid, but broke.  Go on your own, and pay for everything, including security, or see what your national governing group will cover?  My kid is just beginning to seriously consider an Olympic run, and the dues to join his particular group are not cheap, but they cover a bunch of stuff like liability insurance at the venues, and security and transportation of the team to venues, etc.  We like watching the Olympics on TV, and had no idea all the stuff going on in the background until 1996 and being in Atlanta.  IIRC, in the 2016 Games, there were a few unattached athletes from countries like Sudan, Somalia, maybe a few Arab places as well.  Those athletes had it rough getting there and hanging in there.  The Americans should go no matter what.


That's not what I meant.

Why not just let athletes make the decision on their own accord?

I assume once you made the US olympic team, the money for staying in Korea isn't an issue. Security ought to be paid for by the South Korean government btw., as long as you don't leave the designated areas at least.
 
2017-12-07 10:54:36 AM  
So Nikki Haley is concerned about NK nuking a couple of hundred US Olympic athletes, but not about the thousands of US Military personnel and their families? (never mind the millions of South Koreans)

This is Trump saying "I'm with my Vladdy"
 
2017-12-07 11:02:39 AM  
Christ, what a Russian puppet.
 
2017-12-07 11:02:54 AM  

laststarfighter: Or is it because Lyndsey Vonn has already said she would not make a White House visit?  Or that she said in her mind she represents the American people, not administration?


This. The ambassador's unofficial-but-still-tweetable-hallway​-aside-made-to-a-FOX-reporter approach​is the White House's way of bossing athletes around without taking responsibility for it. It is just telling athletes to be obedient or they won't get to do the thing they have been preparing for all their lives.  Just reason number 5,672 to loathe Trump.
 
2017-12-07 11:07:39 AM  
Donald's ham-handed political hackery aside, I've got to say they might just have a point in this case.

 We know that North Korea's leader is... less than stable. The Whole World will be having a party right next door, here's hoping the ONLY fireworks are ones the IOC planned.
 
2017-12-07 11:18:11 AM  
Since when is it up to her?

I don't give a fark about the Olympics, so I don't care either way, but neither this dumb biatch nor her farking stupid boss have much of a say on this, short of some sort of official order that nobody from the U.S. is allowed to go to the Korean peninsula.

Which would be super-popular, I'm sure, LOL.
 
2017-12-07 11:19:41 AM  

grumpfuff: HotWingConspiracy: mrsleep: Still trying to convince yourselves there's a Russia connection?
LOL. The left really has gone loony.
Been a year, and ~$7 million spent on investigation, and still nothing.

They've already arrested numerous people involved with the administration and two of them have been wearing wires.

Dude, what part of "NOTHINGBURGER!" do you not understand?

Sure it's piled high with extra patties, lots of cheese, and all sorts of toppings, but NOTHINGBURGER!


The ex-National Security Adviser pleading guilty and rolling on people is just politics as usual.
 
2017-12-07 11:25:21 AM  

grumpfuff: HotWingConspiracy: mrsleep: Still trying to convince yourselves there's a Russia connection?
LOL. The left really has gone loony.
Been a year, and ~$7 million spent on investigation, and still nothing.

They've already arrested numerous people involved with the administration and two of them have been wearing wires.

Dude, what part of "NOTHINGBURGER!" do you not understand?

Sure it's piled high with extra patties, lots of cheese, and all sorts of toppings, but NOTHINGBURGER!


All those ties and contacts and meetings with Russians are just coincidences! All 100+ of them!  And we always seem to lie about them, fail to disclose them, or forget them, because there's nothing to them whatsoever.
 
2017-12-07 11:29:33 AM  

mrsleep: Still trying to convince yourselves there's a Russia connection?
LOL. The left really has gone loony.
Been a year, and ~$7 million spent on investigation, and still nothing.


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2017-12-07 11:30:15 AM  

Mollari: This is Trump saying "I'm with my Vladdy"


"Without any doubt, we will not declare a blockade, we will not prevent our Olympians from taking part (in the Games), if one of them wants to participate in a personal capacity," Putin said on state television.

Don't be stupid. This has nothing to do with Russia, this is Trump threatening war against North Korea.
 
2017-12-07 11:49:11 AM  
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2017-12-07 11:51:23 AM  
I just want to watch women's curling.

/HARD!!!!
 
2017-12-07 12:00:32 PM  

AOW: Meh less they don't wanna play without the Russians, more they don't want glow in the dark athletes....


Gonna have to erase that line in the anthem then I guess.
"Home of the brave" my arse!!
 
2017-12-07 12:00:33 PM  
I have to say, I never thought I'd see the day where the IOC has more of an ethical spine than the U.S. government.  Carry on.
 
2017-12-07 12:19:57 PM  

skylabdown: I see the regular Fark faux ragers are here getting their daily dose of fake news to fuel their trump rage.

Drew, this is getting ridiculous.


I agree

Your posts are ridiculous
 
2017-12-07 01:00:18 PM  

BizarreMan: Maybe if 45* would shut up about North Korea on Twitter the diplomats left at the state department might have a shot.


What Diplomats?!? Rumpledtaintskin is making sure we don't have any Diplomats assigned anywhere!
 
2017-12-07 02:55:33 PM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: electricjebus: Oh for farks sake.  As if we haven't alienated enough allies, now we're telling South Korea it's not a safe enough place to send some athletes due to regional instability... after our president has basically been flicking matches at the North from his twitter account from beyond the range of Lil Kim's nukes.

These "America first" assholes don't seem to realize that we've always placed America first, the only difference is that in foreign affairs we used to pretend to care about the people we were hegemonying over in order to preserve the Pax Americana... because that is in our farking interest and it just so happens to be in almost everybody else's interest as well.

If the Russians didn't collude with Trump, they should have.

They did.  It's painfully obvious to anyone that pays attention.


Collusion is such a harsh term. You have to get your intel on your opponent somehow and there's always a Chinese wall for that kind of stuff.
 
2017-12-07 05:37:28 PM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: fark you, Donald.  Pooty won't let you go, will he?

Trump, you biatch.


Well, that was disrespectful
 
2017-12-07 07:10:41 PM  

Alphax: Yeah, if there was any real chance of North Korea attacking the Olympics, no one would be going.

This sounds like President Highbulp submitting to his master, again.


This.

For the record, there have been cases where the Olympics have been first moved, then cancelled, due to war.  The Olympics were cancelled during World War I and World War II, and the 1940 Summer Olumpics was originally meant to be in Tokyo (who ultimately cancelled it because they were invading half of Asia at that point), after which the IOC moved it to the second runner-up in Helsinki (where it ended up being cancelled due to the Winter War), after which it finally got cancelled altogether.  Likewise the 1940 Winter Olympics was originally awarded to Sapporo, Japan (same deal, pretty much cancelled because Japanese government wanted to spend money on invading half of Asia instead), then re-awarded to St. Moritz, Switzerland (who eventually cancelled their bid because the Swiss Olympic Committee couldn't get their shiat together, then reawarded again at the last minute to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany...and then the Germans invaded Poland, and pretty much the entire concept of having a damn Olympics went out the door altogether.

This is also NOT the first time we've had to worry about North Korea during an Olympics!  There was actually a Summer Olympics in Seoul back in 1988 (you know, Seoul.  Smallish city of about twelve million people that is the primary target of the North Koreans should they decide to try to make all of Korea Best Korea.  Little town that pretty much was expected to get bombed down to the bottom of the earth's crust in the first 10 minutes of any exchange, and that was BEFORE Best Korea had nukes.  Yeah.  That Seoul.)  In the Cold War, yet, at a point where North Korea was doing as many threats if not more than now (including multiple invasion tunnels discovered in that period), in an area that (thanks to old Warsaw Pact and NATO agreements back then as well as pacts Best Korea had with the Chinese) if North Korea invaded pretty much guaranteed global thermonuclear war.  I'll also note that Seoul is considerably closer to the DMZ than Pyeongchang is (Seoul is only about 50 miles from the DMZ, enough that the South Korean government has occasionally pondered moving the seat of national government).

If the IOC wasn't worried about Seoul, they're not going to be worried about Pyeongchang.  If they WERE worried about Pyeongchang, they'd be moving the shiat to Munich (which was runner-up) or (more likely) they'd cancel the Games entirely.

I have to think it's the Suka In The White House throwing a hissy over the fact that the Khuilo in Moscow pretty much got told that the Russian OC is a bunch of Cheating Cheaters and thus isn't allowed in the Games.

Alas, I also expect eventually the US is going to be banned from the Games and Paris will end up getting the Games in 2024 if there's not a 180 done with the direction of the country...probably for similar reasons that have led to Germany being banned twice (for the better part of a decade over World War I with the rest of the Axis Powers, then in 1948 along with Japan over World War II and the human rights abuses from those countries) and what got South Africa and Rhodesia banned (apartheid teams--Rhodesia actually tried to hide the fact its team was an apartheid Olympic team).  Yes, the IOC CAN ban your country from the Olympics if your country is a festering shiatheel of a racist regime and pretty much everyone else is threatening to boycott the Games if the Festering Shiatheel Racist Regime shows up (I actually suspect a threat of a mass boycott IS why they banned Russia ultimately).  At least NBC won't fark it up then...though admittedly with the loss of net neutrality that VPN to watch the Beeb or CBC coverage is gonna get expensive...
 
2017-12-07 08:06:28 PM  

kling_klang_bed: Sean VasDeferens: SK is a fairly nasty place on a good day, how the heck did they win hosting the Olympics.

/Whores
//Booze
///Never mind

Perhaps the other host cities are FINALLY seeing what a drain on resources the Olympics are, and how they manage to end up losing money while filling the IOC's coffers in the process. Every. Single. Time. Isn't that right, Rio De Janeiro Montreal?


FTFY--it's actually been an issue at least from the 70s onward (apparently the only Olympics that has been run in the past 40 years that's come out in the black was the LA Olympics in 1984, and McDonald's might argue THAT one with you what with the minor "US wins everything and probably everyone in the US won at least three Big Macs apiece" thing being the direct inspiration for certain Simpsons eps). Hell, Montreal (in Quebec, you know, Canada, you know, an actual developed nation that can afford Nice Things like infrastructure and provincial-level universal healthcare coverage and inexpensive college) only paid off the debt incurred from the 1976 Olympiad in 2006.
 
2017-12-07 08:32:34 PM  

Ketchuponsteak: cherryl taggart: Ketchuponsteak: Are US athletes to stupid to make up their own mind whether they want to go or not?

Not so much stupid, but broke.  Go on your own, and pay for everything, including security, or see what your national governing group will cover?  My kid is just beginning to seriously consider an Olympic run, and the dues to join his particular group are not cheap, but they cover a bunch of stuff like liability insurance at the venues, and security and transportation of the team to venues, etc.  We like watching the Olympics on TV, and had no idea all the stuff going on in the background until 1996 and being in Atlanta.  IIRC, in the 2016 Games, there were a few unattached athletes from countries like Sudan, Somalia, maybe a few Arab places as well.  Those athletes had it rough getting there and hanging in there.  The Americans should go no matter what.

That's not what I meant.

Why not just let athletes make the decision on their own accord?

I assume once you made the US olympic team, the money for staying in Korea isn't an issue. Security ought to be paid for by the South Korean government btw., as long as you don't leave the designated areas at least.


Erm, here's a few things you might not have thought about.

a) The training to qualify isn't cheap, and isn't just the physical training but things like "regular piss tests to make sure you're not doping" (this is normally covered by the national Olympic Committee before the athlete gets to come to the Olympics--hence why Russia is functionally banned, its national Olympic Committee got decertified after the doping mess in Sochi and the IOC is now desperately pulling all Russian medals awarded there), the liability insurance, and so on.  This is even BEFORE one gets to the Olympics.

In general, if there is a functioning Olympic Committee for your country they are the ones who not only handle this but handle the process of working with the IOC to see which players will qualify for their nation's Olympic team and whom to extend formal invitations to (yes, every Olympic athlete is actually formally invited to the Games; this invitation is normally delegated to national OCs, and for those few cases like people in countries with no functioning national Olympic Committee the IOC sends invitations directly).

The national Olympic Committee and IOC also work with the authorities in the host nation to get things sorted like visas (yes, typically athletes have to have a specific visa to even enter a host nation as an Olympic athlete--this includes in some cases working with multiple governments which are officially at states of war with each other or which do not legally recognise the other's government to allow participants to even enter (special arrangements are being done in this regard with North Korea's Olympic team to allow them to enter South Korea for the Pyeongchang games, and similar arrangements have been done with China in past to allow the Taiwanese team (which competes under "Chinese Taipei") to compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics).  This is doubly important in the case of those participants who are from countries without a national Olympic Committee and who are participating as "Unaligned Athletes"--many of these participants have historically been from nations without wide recognition, from nations which are banned from the Olympic Movement (either due to cheating or extreme human rights abuses like apartheid or frank genocide) who are under international sanctions programs, from nations without a functioning government, or whom are functionally stateless and may actually be competing in the Games under UN travel documents provided in lieu of passports to stateless persons.

Also, each host nation DOES provide and pay for its own security--not the IOC.  (And this is very expensive since the Munich Massacre in 1972 and the Army of God terrorist attack on the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 (yes, the US has had an Olympics attacked by a dominionist terrorist group--Eric Rudolph was a known member of the Army of God and was also linked to Army of God terrorist acts against women's clinics and LGBT nightclubs).  Much of the expense for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, for the Rio Olympics, and pretty much every Olympics in the past 40 years and especially in the past twenty or so have been security-related, particularly aimed at preventing a terrorist attack by the likes of Daesh against the Olympics.)  I would in fact argue that Daesh attacking the Olympics is more of a risk than the North Koreans, and even THAT is a negligible risk nowadays.
 
2017-12-07 08:34:22 PM  

FlyingBacon: Subby, you are fake liberal news.


How is it fake if she actually said it? Not that she has any authority over whether we send athletes to the Olympics. I don't think even the president can stop athletes from attending the Olympics. he can say they don't represent the country, but he has no legal authority over the athletes attending and competing.
 
2017-12-07 08:34:29 PM  

shroom: I have to say, I never thought I'd see the day where the IOC has more of an ethical spine than the U.S. government.  Carry on.


At this rate FIFA has more of an ethical spine than the present misadministration.  Just sayin'.
 
2017-12-07 10:55:36 PM  

skylabdown: I see the regular Fark faux ragers are here getting their daily dose of fake news to fuel their trump rage.

Drew, this is getting ridiculous.


Now point on the doll and tell us where Fark touched you.

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Don't worry, little feller, we'll give them a stern talking to if they make your PMDD flare up again.
 
2017-12-08 01:50:17 AM  

Great Porn Dragon: Ketchuponsteak: cherryl taggart: Ketchuponsteak: Are US athletes to stupid to make up their own mind whether they want to go or not?

Not so much stupid, but broke.  Go on your own, and pay for everything, including security, or see what your national governing group will cover?  My kid is just beginning to seriously consider an Olympic run, and the dues to join his particular group are not cheap, but they cover a bunch of stuff like liability insurance at the venues, and security and transportation of the team to venues, etc.  We like watching the Olympics on TV, and had no idea all the stuff going on in the background until 1996 and being in Atlanta.  IIRC, in the 2016 Games, there were a few unattached athletes from countries like Sudan, Somalia, maybe a few Arab places as well.  Those athletes had it rough getting there and hanging in there.  The Americans should go no matter what.

That's not what I meant.

Why not just let athletes make the decision on their own accord?

I assume once you made the US olympic team, the money for staying in Korea isn't an issue. Security ought to be paid for by the South Korean government btw., as long as you don't leave the designated areas at least.

Erm, here's a few things you might not have thought about.


Not really. I am sure the US olympic commity has the funds.
 
2017-12-08 09:24:30 AM  

Ketchuponsteak: Great Porn Dragon: Ketchuponsteak: cherryl taggart: Ketchuponsteak: Are US athletes to stupid to make up their own mind whether they want to go or not?

Not so much stupid, but broke.  Go on your own, and pay for everything, including security, or see what your national governing group will cover?  My kid is just beginning to seriously consider an Olympic run, and the dues to join his particular group are not cheap, but they cover a bunch of stuff like liability insurance at the venues, and security and transportation of the team to venues, etc.  We like watching the Olympics on TV, and had no idea all the stuff going on in the background until 1996 and being in Atlanta.  IIRC, in the 2016 Games, there were a few unattached athletes from countries like Sudan, Somalia, maybe a few Arab places as well.  Those athletes had it rough getting there and hanging in there.  The Americans should go no matter what.

That's not what I meant.

Why not just let athletes make the decision on their own accord?

I assume once you made the US olympic team, the money for staying in Korea isn't an issue. Security ought to be paid for by the South Korean government btw., as long as you don't leave the designated areas at least.

Erm, here's a few things you might not have thought about.

Not really. I am sure the US olympic commity has the funds.


If they're having Olympic athletes "decide on their own" (news flash: they already do, in that they reach out to the USOC and decide whether or not to participate, etc.) in the manner you were discussing (pay their own way, etc.) this is the point you're essentially telling them to participate without an Olympic Committee.  (Meaning they're pretty much in the same boat as the Russians and Kuwaitis (who also have been banned from the Olympics due to their national OC being found as too corrupt even for the IOC) and those competitors from Unrecognisedstan.)

And it's not even so much a matter of FUNDING in a lot of cases.  In a lot of countries, you have to obtain a visa for sporting events (hell, technically to attend even something like a Cisco Live event or some  other seminar you have to get a business visa in a lot of countries, you technically are violating immigration law if you come in as a tourist)...usually it's a variation of the visas they provide for professional performers and the like.  In a lot of places you have to have an explicit invitation from a sponsoring company to be able to be permitted this visa--when metal bands come to the US or Europe, for example, their visas under "performing artist" categories are actually sponsored by the promotion company in that country or region doing the tours.  (For example, when Babymetal--I'm just using them as an example as a well known Japanese act--comes to the US, they have to get a professional performer visa, which is applied for by their production company in Japan and the proof of formal invitation to go on tour is presented by the promotion company in the US that's wanting Babymetal to do a tour.  Likewise, when they go to Canada there's a visa applied for with the Canadian promotion company sponsoring and showing proof of invitation.  Likewise in Europe (almost always the invite is done by a company in the Schengen region--often a German or occasionally Swedish promotion company--and this tends to be good for the Schengen region).

In the case of the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee is the sponsor, and generally the whole process of arranging visas with the host country is done via the national OC (as a de facto extension of the IOC) who can pretty much hop down to the Consulate or Embassy of the host country and point out "Why yes, person *foo* is coming here as a member of the US Olympic Team and here is our proof we are a certified National Olympic Committee in good standing with the IOC, plz to give them a visa with IOC d/b/a USOC  as sponsor" and it's less of a problem.  (The IOC actually has enough pull as an international sanctioning body of sport that merely being a member of a national OC is enough to get you a visa to enter the country as a participant.)

For folks without a national OC, you have to first get a formal invitation from IOC (unlike the process with the USOC where you can actually audition to get on the team, the IOC has to decide first that you're good enough, you're sporty enough, and goshdarnit, they like you).  You then have to actually get this document authenticated to a standard that international authorities consider valid (meaning you often have to take it to a notary public AND to an embassy of Switzerland to have an apostille fixed--the IOC is based out of Lausanne, Switzerland), then you have to bring THAT as proof to the embassy of the host country (along with fee for a visa--typically in most countries with reciprocity, the fee is $140) to get a visa to attend the Games, then you have to have this independently confirmed by the host country with both the IOC in Switzerland AND the national Olympic Committee hosting the games in the host country.

It's pretty much for this reason only a handful of players participate under the "Olympic flag".
 
2017-12-08 11:39:59 AM  

Great Porn Dragon: Alas, I also expect eventually the US is going to be banned from the Games and Paris will end up getting the Games in 2024 if there's not a 180 done with the direction of the country...probably for similar reasons that have led to Germany being banned twice (for the better part of a decade over World War I with the rest of the Axis Powers, then in 1948 along with Japan over World War II and the human rights abuses from those countries) and what got South Africa and Rhodesia banned (apartheid teams--Rhodesia actually tried to hide the fact its team was an apartheid Olympic team). Yes, the IOC CAN ban your country from the Olympics if your country is a festering shiatheel of a racist regime and pretty much everyone else is threatening to boycott the Games if the Festering Shiatheel Racist Regime shows up (I actually suspect a threat of a mass boycott IS why they banned Russia ultimately). At least NBC won't fark it up then...though admittedly with the loss of net neutrality that VPN to watch the Beeb or CBC coverage is gonna get expensive...


You were on a roll up until here.  Paris already has 2024.  LA has 2028.  Neither of those are moving anywhere because literally nobody else was willing to bid.
 
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