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      02-03-2014 03:27 PM #1
      Could be rozap, but regardless, I thought this was pretty interesting.

      http://gizmodo.com/sochis-olympic-vi...ash-1512657018

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      02-03-2014 03:31 PM #2
      good comment here:

      Kilometers of sidewalk can be poured in a day, same with sod rolled out. Those buildings are all precast and will go together like Lego. The sewers only have to last two weeks, really, they lay pipe and as long as it's at least 0.5% slope down then it's all good, they probably designed the pipe diameter larger than any peak flow. Cleanup crews with hi-hoes and dump trucks could have the garbage gone over night.

      Are they pressed for time? Yes. But you can't look at a sidewalk and and pile of garbage and go all America vs USSR on them.
      also, just as good

      How are the terrorists going to find anything to blow up? Threat avoided, mission accomplished
      things can happen a lot faster over there, they don't have to wait for permits and contractors taking their time. its do or die for anyone working in Russia

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      02-03-2014 03:48 PM #3
      It sounds like the Gizmodo cherry-picks from areas that are known to be unfinished, while most of the remaining Olympic area is complete. Ah well, still funny...
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      02-03-2014 03:58 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by bluerabbit0886 View Post
      It sounds like the Gizmodo cherry-picks from areas that are known to be unfinished, while most of the remaining Olympic area is complete. Ah well, still funny...
      Gawker site gonna Gawker.

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      02-03-2014 04:02 PM #5
      I'll say its fair picking.....Media picked on the Vancouver, London...etc, why not mother Russia...

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      02-03-2014 07:00 PM #6
      That article above was from Thursday...

      This one is from today http://gizmodo.com/can-sochi-get-its...her-1514828222

      Seems like they published the same article twice.

      Way to go Gizmodo.

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      02-03-2014 08:13 PM #7


      Cozy.
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      02-03-2014 08:16 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Hostile View Post


      Cozy.
      We have a bar in town that has no urinals, just toilets. It gets better though, there are no barriers between the toilets.

      Worst case scenario, you sit down to ****, and then someone stands right next to you, eye level, and pisses right next to your face.

      There are four toilets in there, all about a foot apart from each other. It's a real fine establishment.

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      02-03-2014 08:24 PM #9
      Back in high school the men's bathroom at the end of the foreign language hall was never remodeled and it had toilet stalls with very short walls. So short that if you sat down on the toilet the wall would only come up to your shoulder. They also didn't have doors. They had a chain that you would hook across the opening to keep people out. No one used these toilets. Well almost no one. The awkward, weird kid in my Spanish class named Jeff did. I walked in on him one day taking a crap.
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      02-03-2014 09:16 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Hostile View Post


      Cozy.
      Could be worse.

      Last edited by Egz; 02-03-2014 at 09:19 PM.

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      02-03-2014 09:24 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by efrie View Post
      We have a bar in town that has no urinals, just toilets. It gets better though, there are no barriers between the toilets.

      Worst case scenario, you sit down to ****, and then someone stands right next to you, eye level, and pisses right next to your face.

      There are four toilets in there, all about a foot apart from each other. It's a real fine establishment.
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      02-03-2014 09:30 PM #12
      i hope gawker is wrong, they usually are, but it would be a shame to have a failure on the scale they are reporting.
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      02-03-2014 10:24 PM #13
      Ramp for wheel chairs on the right?


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      02-03-2014 10:30 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by spockcat View Post
      Ramp for wheel chairs on the right?

      That's the luge course

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      02-04-2014 03:36 AM #15
      sochi should rethink that ban on gays. they can really clean up a neighborhood.

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      02-04-2014 04:40 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Egz View Post
      Could be worse.

      I took this one a few months ago.


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      02-04-2014 05:06 AM #17
      A guy in my FB is a sound engineer at the national broadcasting company here and he's on a work assignment at the olympics. He posted a picture on FB of himself in Sochi, not wearing a coat and with palm trees in the background and no snow in sight and the picture's caption was "Winter games".

      Anyway, they built pretty much everything from scratch there. Here's only some things I've heard from Sochi:
      -Snowboarders are complaining the slopes have jumps too dangerous. One top boarder was already injured.
      -Not enough accommodation capacity is ready for the games, so e.g. accredited journalists can't reside in the area
      -People's homes were demolished because they needed the land for the olympics but in reality they just forcefully took over the expensive land to build holiday homes there and sell them at high prices when the olympics have upped the area's profile
      -The ski jumping hills were built on some swampy land and they were sinking, so they had to be supported to prevent further sinking
      -Corruption was common in the building phase
      -The games are going to cost 50 billion dollars instead of e.g. Vancouver's 2 billion dollars.

      It's Russia, what can you expect?

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      02-04-2014 06:25 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Son View Post

      It's Russia, what can you expect?
      I am expecting quite a bit worse, actually.

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      02-04-2014 06:42 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      I am expecting quite a bit worse, actually.
      Well, true.

      It was some Goodwill Games about a decade ago in Russia that had such dirty water in the swimming pools that swimmers refused to swim in it.

    20. 02-04-2014 10:36 AM #20
      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/-ol...ing-the-scene/

      Sports Illustrated article stating something similar............with only 2 or 3 days to go.

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      02-04-2014 10:40 AM #21
      It'll be interesting to see how it turns out.

      In mother Russia, games olympic you.

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      02-04-2014 10:41 AM #22
      More like Paralympics! Amirite?
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      02-04-2014 10:53 AM #23
      More room in these toilets.


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      02-04-2014 10:58 AM #24
      OT, where any thread can become a thread about toilets.

      In this example you've got privacy, but I'm not sure any full size human could actually use that toilet. It may be safer to skip the toilet completely and just hit the shower.


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      02-04-2014 11:34 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/-ol...ing-the-scene/

      Sports Illustrated article stating something similar............with only 2 or 3 days to go.
      ah, a more creditable source. Russia's going to end up looking like **** over this. moreso I mean.

      one wonders what, if any, measures they will take to stifle social media that paints a poor picture...

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...132_story.html
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