If you don’t understand the image, watch ‘City of God’ to catch up on the many, fiction meets fact happenings as the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics continues to unfurl.
Over the past few months, agencies and governments – one after another have stressed that increased security will be a paramount factor at the Olympics to deter terrorism – Daesh ‘ISIS’ threats and crime. Albeit, 20 percent of the Games’ security budget was cut, just before the games, due to the state of the Brazilian economy – that seems like a reason to increase security, at least to me. And yet, the games have thus far been the most crime ridden, and if armed street criminals cannot be deterred . . . How exactly are terrorists to be deterred?
The mosquito-borne pathogen, and STD, Zika, which mutates fetuses in the womb is on the scene as well. Zika, and upon numbers of people who can be checked, has infected 166,000 and is now set to spread on a global pandemic. Thanks in part to the 500,000 foreign visitors, 88,000 security forces, 11,000 athletes, their staff, and a hefty contingent of media on the scene in Rio. Along with a threat from the waterways, besides the mutilated body parts that have washed ashore, and where dead fish litter the banks of, Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro. A result of medical waste from local hospitals, which has created a “super bacteria.” German Athlete, Heiko Kroger told CNN.“It feels like there’s some alien enemy entering your face.”
At least Team USA has been crushing it, thus far.
For these are the 2016 summer Games. Wherein the Russian Federation, as a harbinger for the disastrous chain of events in Brazil; Team Putin kicked off the Olympic-centric abasement with a campaign of, drugs, lies, and spies – for the love of the game.
Welcome to Hell,
On the ground, reporters rooms were sacked and pillaged, the plumbing has been releasing pure evil, and the rooms are falling apart. At least they’re not in the Olympic Village, which has hosted an abundance of health, infrastructure and security concerns. From faulty fire alarms, and exposed wires to burglary– this year’s Olympics appears to lack the safe zone for any rambunctious sex stories.
Even so, athletes, reporters, and fans will all have to brave the Rio monthly averages, which are set to skyrocket from the pre-Olympic monthly average; 17,116 robberies 376 murders.
At the opening ceremony, Michael Phelps, U.S. 22 Gold Medalist, and Wheaties box all-star forgot American history in the power and the glory of the moment. Phelps dipped the American Flag, at the Parade of Nations like total douche bag – and then got the hell out of there.
The paid media is primarily ignoring the incident, hoping the ‘faux pax,’ will just go away. Regardless, ignorance of the law is not a defense, and “the dip” was a breach of The United States Flag Code, wherein, the American flag “should not be dipped to any person or thing.” Unfortunately, there is no punishment for violating the code.
America does not dip its flag, even at the Olympics – a rich tradition that includes the 1936 Olympics, where American athletes did not dip the flag to Nazi Germany. A tradition continued and reflected at the 2014 Games, where the flag was not dipped to Russia at the Sochi games. The American tradition of not dipping the flag dates back to 1908, and reflects upon our national pride and refusal to bow to other nations. Yet it was refuted, by golden boy, Michael Phelps who decided, ‘Fuck history, I swim good.’
Not Duran Duran’s Rio,
Welcome to Rio, where $40,000 in equipment can be ripped off your person in less than 10 seconds. “Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand,” she is also in a “state of public calamity” with the Brazilian government near total collapse in June of this year. Brazil and its people gives-no-fucks about you, or the international community; as it is one of the few places with a global audience that will also rob para-Olympians, at gunpoint. In a related, but more disgusting case of thievery, a ‘vomit, and grab‘ diversion tactic has been developed by Rio’s thieves, to distract potential marks – allowing the distracted victims to be robbed of their goods while cleaning themselves off.
Underneath Rio, loose soil, where a specially designated subway has been partially completed to shuttle Olympic fans and staff from Ipanema Beach to the Olympic Park and Village in under fifteen minutes. The expansion was meant to be completed in time for the games, so that the event tourists could bypass the many and real dangers of mixing affluent foreigners with the populations of the 600 favelas, or shanty towns, in Rio.
Brazil also shot and killed its endangered mascot, Juma the jaguar. Juma was executed after she served her purpose at the Olympic Torch Ceremony in the city of Manaus. Allegedly, Juma, while tranquilized, somehow escaped her leash and was shot as she approached a soldier of the Brazilian Army . . . A likely story.
Despite my skepticism on the 2016 Games, and the Olympic Committees decision to host the global event in some of the more seedier destinations, I don’t hate the games. In fact, I’m looking forward to Team USA mopping the board without doped-up Russians polluting the games.
Just as well, for USA Fencing to shank their way to victory – America, U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!
At least it’s not the Sochi Olympics . . .
Featured Image – Rio 2016 – [un]official mascot and slogan – Via – sydB