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Winter Olympics 2018: The Mass Propaganda Commences!

The Whether Man
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February 9th, 2018, 7:46 am #1

Games Send Audiences Around The World Into A State Of Awe—And Oblivion

Roman satirical poet Juvenal first wrote about “panem et circenses”—translated as “bread and circuses”—around 100 AD. Centuries that have passed, though his message still resonates to this day.

He wrote with disdain about how citizens effectively gave up their political voices in exchange for cheap food and entertainment—to watch gladiator matches in the coliseum. Those matches effectively were a mass distraction from societal ills, whether poverty or impending wars.

Thousands of years later, nothing has really changed. In theory, the Olympics are free of politics, a force for change and a global "coming together." In reality they're just inordinately expensive, large-scale world platforms for countries and governments to promote the status quo and distract citizens from myriad concerns they face in their daily lives. FULL STORY
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February 9th, 2018, 5:55 pm #2

That's right.

Nothing new; looks like we're putting the impending war & mayhem on hold so that we can all be entertained by the bread & circuses.
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February 9th, 2018, 9:11 pm #3

Hear hear!
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February 10th, 2018, 12:42 am #4

Sorry but I like the diversion from the realities of life for with while.
Don't think about all those things you fear. Just be glad to be here.
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February 10th, 2018, 2:42 am #5

Sean_ wrote:Sorry but I like the diversion from the realities of life for with while.
I think we all, or most of us anyhow, DO really enjoy the entertainment. I especially enjoy the winter Olympics. I was talking with someone recently who really, really liked watching curling.
Else the Olympics probably wouldn't be such a big business & so many people put out such a big effort for the GAMES.
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February 10th, 2018, 6:51 am #6

Meanwhile, On YouTube -
A Goofy Look At Popular Winter Sports

The Art Of Skiing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uSZ7qk2wO4

Goofs On Ice: Hockey Homicide


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_7ABpCyflg

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February 11th, 2018, 9:40 pm #7

On some of the events I'd seen the country notation of "OAR" assigned to some of the athletes. Did not recognize "OAR", so had to look it up; it means..."Olympic Athlete from Russia" !!??
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On paper, Russia's Olympic podium chances strong despite ban
FEBRUARY 10, 2018

Data compiled by Reuters suggests that, at least on paper, the team for this month’s Winter Olympic Games is as strong as past ones even without notable contenders such as excluded short track speed skater Viktor Ahn, a six-time Olympic gold medalist.

The IOC banned Russia from the Games over a doping scandal. All but one of the 169 athletes that were cleared to compete are taking part in Pyeongchang as neutral Olympic Athletes from Russia.

A further 47 banned coaches and athletes, including Ahn, had appealed the IOC decision but on Friday their appeals were dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Nevertheless, fourteen of the athletes taking part are medal winners at the most recent world championships in their respective disciplines. That includes two golds, individually or in relay and team pursuits events.

The Russian team at the 2010 Vancouver Games had 179 members, according to the IOC. These athletes had won 13 world championship medals heading into those Games, including three golds. At Vancouver they came away with three gold, five silver and seven bronze medals.

“I think it’s a fair comparison,” said Brian Cazeneuve, who makes Olympic podium predictions for Sports Illustrated magazine.

“Given that those (the Vancouver Games) were not perceived as being very successful Olympics for them, it gives you an idea of what they will be expected to do now.”

Wins at previous world championships or Olympics offer no safeguard against upsets and injuries that influence performance.

But the presence of several world championship and Olympic medalists suggests that some will end up on the podium.

The Russians competing in Pyeongchang won seven medals at the previous games in 2014 in the southern Russian city of Sochi, including four golds. The Russians who competed in Vancouver won eight medals at the 2006 Turin Olympics, including three golds.

The Reuters examination of Russia’s 2018 Olympians’ results did not focus on the Sochi Games, over which Russia has faced allegations of orchestrating one of the biggest doping cover up schemes in sport.
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February 11th, 2018, 9:53 pm #8

Turns Out the Olympic Ban on Russia Was Pretty Much a Joke
FEB. 9, 2018

Just two months ago, the International Olympic Committee barred Russia from competing in this year’s Winter Olympics. The move came a year after the IOC punished Russia for “systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system” dating back to the 2012 London Olympics. And yet, on Thursday, the games’ first day of competition, the US curling team defeated a pair of Russian athletes in a mixed doubles match.

Since the ban, 169 Russian athletes have been cleared by the IOC to compete in all 15 of this year’s events under the Olympic flag—more than Team Germany (157) and host South Korea (145). Instead of Russian white, blue, and red, these athletes will wear “neutral” red and gray uniforms bearing the words “Olympic athletes from Russia.” During the Opening Ceremony, the representatives marched behind the Olympic flag, and whenever they win gold, they’ll be serenaded by the Olympic Hymn.
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