The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus “Sochi used to be much prettier... These days crooks from Moscow come here to build and sell skyscrapers and apartments, although it used to be such a small, lovely town."
via The New York Review of Books
article on "Why Sochi"
Putin explicitly links the Games to the humiliations of the recent past: “There is also a certain moral aspect here and there is no need to be ashamed of it,” he said. “After the collapse of the Soviet Union, after the dark and, let us be honest, bloody events in the Caucasus, the society had a negative and pessimistic attitude.” The Olympics, he explains, are a necessary part of an effort to “strengthen the morale of the nation.”
posted by spamandkimchi
on Feb 6, 2014 -
At first, it seemed the Azeris would win the Olympic Pants War handily
, but then Norway, with its argyle advantage
(in crazy and crazier
varieties), seemed to have taken the lead. Now, US snowboard cross racer Nate Holland (competing, of course, in this wonderful outfit
) is stepping in to set the pants rules for his own sport
. But in the end, no matter what country they're competing for, it's the figure skaters
who have won. As history has shown us, they always have the best pants of them all
posted by ocherdraco
on Feb 19, 2010 -
Hot nude bronze gay hockey action.
Do you associate the Winter Olympics with middle-aged curlers in warm-up jackets, Lycra-clad former linebackers sardined into a bobsled, and sparkly figure skaters’ outfits (and whatever the girls are wearing)? Oh, you’re so
last century! For Vancouver 2010, the Olympics’ first-ever Pride House for gay athletes will feature a bronze sculpture (by Edmund Haakonson) of a hockey player. It’s a dude, and he’s naked save for skates, helmet, and gloves. Of course he’s carrying a big stick.
posted by joeclark
on Jan 6, 2010 -
Dale Begg-Smith is being called the "golden boy of the slopes
" by the Australian media after winning gold in the Turin Winter Games. However, when asked about his business, which has reportedly earned him millions of dollars and enabled him to buy a Lamborghini, Begg-Smith became "..vague about its nature." "It's complicated," he said. "We make the technology for companies to monitor their online advertising campaigns."
What is emerging now
is that Begg-Smith's companies, AdsCPM and CPM Media, are linked to home page hijacking
, spyware, porn redirectors, and other unsavory internet practices.
A quick WHOIS of AdsCPM.com
reveals that the same IP address is shared with porn domain names and websites that are notorious for distributing spyware. Bloggers using the Wayback machine
have turned up similar information. Is he a willing spyware merchant who has now reluctantly been bought to our attention
, or a legitimate internet entrepreneur?
posted by davem
on Feb 17, 2006 -
Will this spoil the party in Canada ?
(NYT reg req) Great victories by the men
and the women
. Sure. But then one is reminded again in the NYT today about last week's controversy - "The judge, Marie Reine Le Gougne, said the pressure she felt was unlike any in her 14 years of judging, that it intensified as the Olympics drew near and that it came from one country, Canada
" You cant help but wonder.
posted by Voyageman
on Feb 24, 2002 -
Russians Challenging Hughes Skating Gold
Russian Olympic officials lodged an official protest, demanding that Olympic Silver Medalist Irina Slutskaya be awarded a gold medal, accusing the ladies figure skating judges of being biased against the russian skater. This is the biggest batch of sour grapes I have ever seen in sports.
posted by Lanternjmk
on Feb 22, 2002 -