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Filthy water in Winter Olympic residences.
Solzhenitsyn's "The Gulag Archipelago" | 5 February 2014 | OldNavyVet

Posted on 02/05/2014 7:12:44 PM PST by OldNavyVet

Regarding the polluted, undrinkable water now reported at Russian residences where Winter Olympic athletes are staying, I’m reminded of the opening lines in the Preface of Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago.”

Those lines are … “In 1949 some friends and I came upon a newsworthy news item in Nature, a magazine of the Academy of Sciences. It reported in tiny type that in the course of excavations on the Kolyma River a subterranean ice lens had been discovered which was actually a frozen stream – and in it were found frozen specimens of prehistoric fauna some tens of thousands of years old. Whether fish or salamander, these were preserved in so fresh a state, the scientific correspondent reported, that those present immediately broke open the ice encasing the specimens and devoured them with relish on the spot. The magazine no doubt astonished its small audience with the news of how successfully the flesh of fish could be kept fresh in a frozen state. But few, indeed, among its readers were able to decipher the genuine and heroic meaning of this incautious report.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; FReeper Editorial; Russia
KEYWORDS: dontdrinkthewater
Looks like not much has changed for people living in Russia.
1 posted on 02/05/2014 7:12:44 PM PST by OldNavyVet
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To: OldNavyVet

My buddy who lived in China for 7 years says the pics out of Sochi make China look positively modern.


2 posted on 02/05/2014 7:15:45 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: OldNavyVet

this is not looking good for Putin.odds are we are going to hear these hospitality horror stories all next week.what next?some toilets wont flush and misc plumbing problems? bears roaming around hotels looking for food?


3 posted on 02/05/2014 7:18:22 PM PST by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: OldNavyVet

This is Russia, from Communism to Kleptocracy. Not much of a difference between the two and we are almost there with the Democrats and GOPe trying to usurp our Constitution.


4 posted on 02/05/2014 7:30:47 PM PST by OldMissileer
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To: OldMissileer

and I thought Putin was the leader of the world!,guess not? then who? Hillary? Christie?


5 posted on 02/05/2014 7:35:50 PM PST by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Cruz_West_Paul2016
this is not looking good for Putin

Don’t worry . . . Be Happy.

6 posted on 02/05/2014 7:47:35 PM PST by YHAOS
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To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

““this is not looking good for Putin” “

Considering that probably at least a billion or two from the Sochi construction contracts are now in his personal accounts he probably doesn’t care how it looks.


7 posted on 02/05/2014 7:50:13 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

Not bears, but hordes of wild and hungry dogs.


8 posted on 02/05/2014 7:53:21 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: OldNavyVet; a fool in paradise

Silver lining: at least the Olympics are not being held in Detroit.


9 posted on 02/05/2014 7:55:23 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

http://deadspin.com/a-users-guide-to-the-bizarre-toilets-of-sochi-1516518904


10 posted on 02/05/2014 8:13:51 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: OldNavyVet
En Whrrrrrussia, Whatter ged youuu.


11 posted on 02/05/2014 9:08:24 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: OldNavyVet

Saw an article today with tweet after tweet from journalists bitching about the dreadful conditions they were being required to endure.

Then it occurred to me that these are the people who by and large are cheerleading for Obamacare, and I realized it is rather perverse to be worrying about Soschi when people over here by the tens of thousands are losing the health coverage they were promised they could keep. Other thousands are finding the premiums/deductibles are shocking, can’t see the doctor they were told they could keep, etc., etc..

Don’’t let these boot-lickers distract attention from what is really important!


12 posted on 02/05/2014 9:38:21 PM PST by Vesparado (The American people know what they want and they deserve to get it good and hard --- HL Mencken)
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To: bigbob

I lived in three remote parts of China for 7 months in winter ‘76-’77. It was far worse than this in China back then.


13 posted on 02/05/2014 10:00:39 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: OldNavyVet

If people had watched the Jim Bakker Show, they would have known to bring a Seychelle water bottle with the new Advanced/RAD Filter that filters out radiation.A sports-sized bottle filters 500 gallons of water.


14 posted on 02/05/2014 10:02:32 PM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: OldNavyVet

What you must remember is that the news media is deliberately grasping for every negative about Sochi so as to make Putin’s anti-gay stance crumble in popularity.


15 posted on 02/05/2014 10:05:22 PM PST by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: OldNavyVet

Aquacera, just sayin’.


16 posted on 02/05/2014 10:09:03 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: OldNavyVet

I’m pretty sure Sochi is positively wonderful compared to the average working class city in Russia. It’s a resort town on the Black Sea so it would be a tourist designation for Russians and nicer than normal areas. I spent quite a few months in Constantia Romania a few years back and it probably has a much higher standard although similar by Western standards to Sochi. Really nice places are probably few and far between with all the private residences being rented out to those who had the means far in advance and for huge profits to the locals. I don’t know what people really expected. By Western standards this area just came out of pre-WWII conditions 20 years ago and just isn’t up to our standards and there was no way it ever would be. People’s apartments are probably pretty decent inside and for those that can are probably renting out quite a few - just my guess from being around there and everyone thinking nonstop on how to make a buck. I remember asking why lots of buildings facades were crumbling or in disrepair and even fairly recent buildings and was told by a construction guy that because of limited wages and pay the workers would sell a portion of the material and add inferior free sand and stuff to pay for their beer and drinks after work.


17 posted on 02/05/2014 10:18:24 PM PST by Sheapdog (Chew the meat, spit out the bones - FUBO - Come and get me)
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To: YHAOS

Good ole “Pollutin’ Putin’, the environmentalist wackos best friend.

You protest his non-existent environmental policies and he “wacks” you.

Siberia hides a lot of secrets, comradeskis.


18 posted on 02/06/2014 1:10:29 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: OldNavyVet

BWHAHAH THEM COMMIE ROOSKIES REALLY KNOW HOW TO ‘PUT ON THE DOG’ EH, folks?

.........ONE THING THE SOVIEES ARE GOOD AT ...AND THAT’S MAKIN’ DAMN SURE ‘COMRADE CITIZEN’ GETS THE BEST OF THE BEST OF THE GOOD LIFE....IF YOU DON’T COUNT SAFE DRINKING WATER AND MODERN TOILETRY that is

...........WHAT AN OUTFIT....THESE LOSERS HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS SINCE WHAT? 1917?

ALMOST 100 YEARS NOW, AND THE COMMIE BOZOZ CANT EVEN GET DUMPERS OR POTABLE WATER...RIGHT

....IT IS A WORKERS PARADISE ‘CEPTIN I DONT THINK I’M GOIN TO GO THERE ANYTIME SOON...

....good goddd what a collection of INCOMPETENT LOSERS...

ONE WOULD THINK THEY DONT HAVE A FREE MARKET ECONOMY....or SOMETHING..


19 posted on 02/06/2014 2:51:20 AM PST by jimsin
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To: OldMissileer

...which is why I don’t understand free people’s admiration of Putin. This is Russia - today and forever.


20 posted on 02/06/2014 3:57:17 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: stars & stripes forever

Forget China, Japan. . .just look at the chlorine in tap water in the USA. People are affected by bathing in it, drinking it, washing clothes in it, and residue lingers on plates/silverware. Poor little babies and probably the unborn don’t have a chance unless under the safety of our Lord Jesus Christ.


21 posted on 02/06/2014 5:50:46 AM PST by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: Vesparado
ccurred to me that these are the people who by and large are cheerleading for Obamacare, and I realized it is rather perverse to be worrying about Soschi when people over here by the tens of thousands are losing the health coverage they were promised they could keep.

But they want Obamacare for OTHER people, not for themselves. Here, they they find THEMSELVES in the horrid circumstances.


22 posted on 02/06/2014 5:56:19 AM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is)
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To: OldNavyVet
I'm waiting for some of the athletes to leave Sochi in disgust & fear for their lives.

How does one bathe in water so discolored it is obviously heavily polluted? Disease & poisoning are a clear threat.

Who wants to sleep on bedding or wear clothing washed in this sludge, or eat food cooked in it?

If the water is so polluted, what else in Sochi could be a health threat to the athletes & spectators?

I am surprise that Putin, whose credibility is on the line, big time, allowed this mess to happen.

23 posted on 02/06/2014 6:21:21 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Next time they should hold the Winter Olympics in Mexico.


24 posted on 02/06/2014 7:11:01 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: OldNavyVet; Revolting cat!; GeronL
Russian? You should take your time.


25 posted on 02/06/2014 7:13:22 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: OldNavyVet

I can’t think of many places I’d go to and drink the local water. And that includes most of the US.


26 posted on 02/06/2014 7:17:50 AM PST by grania
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To: Sheapdog

A local tv reporter said he visited Sochi and when he was there he saw only a couple of hotels and a handful of restaurants so while it has been a resort it has been a restricted resort for the party elite in the past. All the accomodations are essentially new and often not yet complete so its like walking into a construction site. Dirty water and other indignities are par for the course in construction in Russia I guess.


27 posted on 02/06/2014 7:30:42 AM PST by xp38
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To: Sheapdog

I don’t like the idea of gangs of feral dogs running around the streets day and night.

Who cleans up their poop?


28 posted on 02/06/2014 3:24:48 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: Mister Da

Not to mention the roaches and bedbugs.


29 posted on 02/06/2014 3:26:50 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

My friends who went to China in 1980 were shocked to find out that the “Ladies Room” was a hole in the ground!


30 posted on 02/06/2014 3:28:01 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: jimsin

...and Obama wants to make the good old USA just like that!


31 posted on 02/06/2014 3:29:20 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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