02 August 2016

This Seems Fine

If you watch the Olympics (i.e., if you don't get cable or satellite TV or are a woman), you might be interested in these Olympics.  In addition to the usual, nauseating NBC backstories of the athletes (little Tabitha overcame the loss of her pet cat, Mittens, in order to train for Rio!), you now might get to see actual, physical nausea play out among the participants.

Yes, those are actually waves of garbage in the bay where the triathalon and other marathon swimming events will be held.  And below (WARNING: grisly images), you see a floating corpse in one shot, and a severed arm floating in some type of waste water near the rowing and other boating competitions.  From the linked story above:

Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study.

Rubbish is so thick in some areas that water is not visible and rats are able to live on top of the disgusting floating debris.

Not only are some 1,400 athletes at risk of getting violently ill in water competitions, but the tests indicate that tourists also face potentially serious health risks on the golden beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana.

The survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio's Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.

The first results of the study published over a year ago showed viral levels at up to 1.7 million times what would be considered worrisome in the United States or Europe.

At those concentrations, swimmers and athletes who ingest just three teaspoons of water are almost certain to be infected with viruses that can cause stomach and respiratory illnesses and more rarely heart and brain inflammation - although whether they actually fall ill depends on a series of factors including the strength of the individual's immune system.

Who knew that a corrupt cabal's decision to put on a bloated, one-worlder, athletics-related "siblinghood" event in a third world country could go wrong?


c matt said...

Maybe they should rename it the Apocolympics?

Jane Chantal said...

I'm afraid that I find it almost funny, in an utterly ghastly sort of way. It's like, "Problem? Oh, well, yes, there's maybe a problem, but hey! -- it's the Olympics! Too big to fail! Too prestigious to fail! Everybody put on those toothpaste grins and carry on."

(I'm sure my attitude has nothing to do with having gone all the way through school loathing P.E.)

Anonymous said...

Ah, raw capitalism at its best. Corporations have little if any government oversight. The rich live in gated mansions and the poor - they're on their own to provide food, clothing, housing, water and sanitation. The rich will get richer from these Olympics, and the thought that some of the wealth might trickle down to work on Brazil's infrastructure obviously hasn't happened. It is far more important that taxes on corporations and the .1% remain extremely low because they are, cough, "job creators."
The spirit of the Olympics I hope/pray remains on fire in helping us all be aware that we have far more similarities as a human race than differences, and that we all are God's creations born with His soul within.