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  • Cover your eyes! Virals about Brazil's capitulation go mad within minutes

    07/09/2014 6:34:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 9, 2014 | John Drayton
    It was a matter of minutes before the internet was overloaded with viral images mocking Brazil for their 7-1 defeat by Germany. Christ the Redeemer, the iconic statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, is normally seen as an image of hope - but the famous landmark was quickly photo-shopped at the expense of the defeated host nation, following their semi-final humiliation. Here are some of the best images from across the web...
  • Brazil a Mix of Mutiny and Mourning After ‘Biggest Shame in History’

    07/09/2014 1:49:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    The morning after the night before, Brazil will wake up, shake its head and pray it had all been a terrible nightmare. Left disorientated, punch drunk and confused by the 7-1 annihilation in the Estádio Mineirão it will take time for the full implications to sink in for a country that had so much invested – in all senses of the word – in World Cup success. The newspapers, broadcasters and websites that had spent the last few days whipping up a sentimental tidal wave of sympathy for Neymar turned on Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men. David Luiz, the capering heartbeat...
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari Refuses to Resign After Brazil's 'Catastrophic' 7-1 Humiliation

    07/08/2014 7:46:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Luiz Felipe Scolari apologised to the people of Brazil after they were humiliated 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final by Germany. SNIP Scolari, who insists he will not resign after this shameful defeat, said: ‘My message is, to the Brazilian people and fans, that we did and we tried to do what we could. ‘Please excuse us for this mistake. I’m sorry we couldn’t get to the final. This is a catastrophe. ‘It’s probably the worst moment of my career. This is the worst day of my life, but life goes on. ‘I’ll be remembered probably because I lost 7-1,...
  • Shocker! Germany Routs World Cup Favorite Brazil 7-1, Reaches World Cup Final

    07/08/2014 2:55:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/08/2014
    Germany routed Brazil 7-1 today to reach the World Cup final, handing them its worst loss ever and breaking the hearts of millions of Brazilians. Brazil played without its injured striker Neymar, who had suffered a fractured vertebra in his lower back last Friday during its quarterfinal clash against Colombia.
  • Brazil's Macumba Priests Ready Voodoo Dolls for World Cup

    07/05/2014 4:27:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NDTV ^ | July 05, 2014
    Voodoo dolls of Colombian star James Rodriguez, candles in Brazil colours and prayers to deities, Neymar and co are getting full support from the World Cup hosts' Afro-Brazilian religions. Before every game, Helio Sillman lights four yellow, green and blue candles in the colours of the national flag and places them in a rectangular box representing a football pitch. He places dolls inside and sends them "strength and energy," with the help of Orixas, the gods of Macumba and other religions that mix Roman Catholic and African beliefs.
  • Brazil's Neymar has broken vertebra

    07/04/2014 5:32:12 PM PDT · by aposiopetic · 19 replies
    ESPN ^ | 7/4/14 | ESPN Staff
    Neymar has been ruled out of the World Cup after Brazil's team doctor confirmed he suffered a broken vertebra late in Friday's quarterfinal victory against Colombia.
  • Isolated Amazon tribe has tense and rare encounter with outside world

    08/21/2013 2:43:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Aug 2013
    Members of an Indian tribe that has long lived in voluntary isolation in Peru’s south-eastern Amazon have attempted to make contact with outsiders in a tense encounter that almost ended in violence.More than 100 members of Mashco-Piro clan appeared across the Las Piedras river from the remote community of Monte Salvado in the Tambopata region of Madre de Dios state in June. They asked for bananas, rope and machetes from the local Yine people but were stopped from crossing the river by rangers posted at the settlement who directed them to a banana patch on their side of the river....
  • Amazon tribe in voluntary isolation reappears in Peru jungle seeking supplies at remote town

    08/20/2013 10:00:00 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 40 replies
    A tribe of Indians that lives in voluntary isolation in Peru’s southeastern Amazon has made a tense attempt at contact. The president of the regional FENAMAD indigenous federation says more than 100 Mashco-Piro appeared across a river from the remote community of Monte Salvado in Madre de Dios state. Klaus Quicque says they asked local Yine people for bananas, rope and machetes. Newly available video that Quique says was shot by forest rangers over three days in June shows Mashco-Piro of all ages and sexes, including men with lances, bows and arrows. Quicque said Monday there were tense moments but...
  • Untouched Amazon tribe found....AGAIN!

    02/12/2011 5:16:35 AM PST · by Puckster · 53 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News.com SciTech ^ | January 2011 | Christina Chauvenet/Tess Thackara
    UPDATE: 4 February An extraordinary new film of the tribe in these pictures has been released. It is the first aerial footage of any uncontacted community. Watch now » New photos obtained by Survival International show uncontacted Indians in never-seen-before detail. The Indians are living in Brazil, near the Peruvian border, and are featured in the ‘Jungles’ episode of BBC1’s ‘Human Planet’ (Thurs 3 Feb, 8pm, UK only). The pictures were taken by Brazil’s Indian Affairs Department, which has authorized Survival to use them as part of its campaign to protect their territory. They reveal a thriving, healthy community with...
  • 'Lost' Amazon tribe a publicity stunt

    06/23/2008 10:13:51 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 39 replies · 187+ views
    News.com ^ | June 23, 2008 | staff reporter
    HE man behind photos of warriors from an "undiscovered" Amazon tribe that were beamed around the world has admitted it was a publicity stunt aimed at raising awareness of logging. Indigenous tribes expert, José Carlos Meirelles, said the tribe had been known of since 1910, and had been photographed to prove that they still existed in an area endangered by logging, The Guardian reported. Mr Meirelles, who was working for Funai, the Brazilian Indian Protection Agency dedicated to finding remote tribes and protecting them, said he spent three years gatheiring "evidence" about the tribe, and then planned the publicity to...
  • Soccer ‘R Not Us

    07/02/2014 4:35:56 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 69 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-2-2014 | MOTUS
    I know - it seems like it’s been going on forever! And still two weeks to go. It’s not the World Cup itself, it’s the Google Doodles. How many more of these stupid multicultural soccer gifs on its header (hee, hee) do we have to endure? 48 so far, and counting:Yeah, Team USA lost to the chocolate people - and no, that’s not racist, it’s just who they are:Sure, it would have been nice to win something for a change, as we’ve been on a losing streak for a while now. First we were handed a bitter loss when the...
  • This Terrifying Brazilian Island Has the Highest Concentration of Venomous Snakes Anywhere

    06/30/2014 10:54:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | June 25, 2014 | Natasha Geiling
    Brazil's Ilha de Queimada Grande is the only home of one of the world's deadliest, and most endangered, snakesFrom Iguazu Falls to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, there are some breathtakingly beautiful places in Brazil. Ilha da Queimada Grande, located about 90 miles off the São Paulo coast, seems like another one of those beautiful places—at first glance. Almost every Brazilian knows about the island, but most would never dream of going there—it's infested with between 2,000 and 4,000 golden lancehead vipers, one of the deadliest snakes in the entire world. These vipers' venom can kill a person in under an...
  • 'Mustache Goal' Gets Fred Going at World Cup

    06/23/2014 10:50:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | Tue, June 24 2014 | Tales Azzoni
    Brazil striker Fred got his first goal just in the whisker of time at the World Cup, scoring as the group stage was coming to an end. He's attributing the change in fortunes to the new mustache. The much-criticized forward scored Brazil's third goal in a 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday, helping his team reach the second round. SNIP "As incredible as it seems, the ball came in hard and it ended up hitting my mustache," Fred said. "It was a mustache goal." SNIP
  • Polio virus found in Sao Paulo sewage, no human case: WHO

    06/23/2014 2:40:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 23, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE NEBEHAY
    The polio virus has been found in sewage samples near Sao Paulo, one of the venues for the soccer World Cup in Brazil, but no human case of the disease has been reported so far, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The virus discovered in Sao Paulo sewage collected in March at Viracopos International Airport, and reported by Brazilian health authorities last week, is a close match to a strain isolated in a case in Equatorial Guinea, the WHO said. "(The) virus has been detected in the sewage only ... To date no case of paralytic polio has been...
  • FIFA Investigates Homophobic, Racist Remarks From Mexico And 3 Other World Cup Nations

    06/22/2014 5:17:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Latin Times ^ | 6/19/14 | Donovan Longo
    World Cup nations Mexico, Brazil, Croatia and Russia are currently under investigation by FIFA. The international governing body of association football are reportedly looking into the fan behavior of these four national football teams regarding recent actions at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Fans of “El Tri,” the Mexican national football team currently competing in the international tournament are allegedly set to receive disciplinary actions, according to NBC the penalizing procedures have already begun for Mexico’s loyal fans. FIFA’s response comes in the wake of fans seemingly obvious, though still at this point “alleged” racist and homophobic remarks and...
  • Modi targets counterterrorism as a key policy

    06/21/2014 7:07:04 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    The National ^ | June 21, 2014 | Harsh V Pant
    While his government’s focus remains squarely on domestic issues, Mr Modi is also charting a rather ambitious foreign policy course. He has already visited Bhutan and his future destinations over the next few months are likely to include Japan, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Australia and Nepal. Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister has saluted the new Modi government for injecting “new vitality into an ancient civilisation”.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Rio at Night

    06/21/2014 1:39:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | June 20, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In this night skyscape setting stars trail above the western horizon over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a venue for the 2014 World Cup. Gentle arcs from the bright, colorful stars of Orion are near the center of the frame, while the starfield itself straddles planet Earth's celestial equator during the long exposure. Of course, trails from more local lights seem to create the strident paths through the scene. Air traffic smears an intense glow over an airport at the far right, while helicopters fly above the city and boats cruise near the coast. Striping the waterfront are tantalizing reflections...
  • Coffee Is About To Get More Expensive Everywhere

    06/21/2014 4:33:09 AM PDT · by blam · 53 replies
    BI, The Wire ^ | 6-21-2014 | DANIELLE WIENER-BRONNER
    DANIELLE WIENER-BRONNER, The WireJun. 20, 2014 ï‚‚Months after we all started fretting over the prospect of a global coffee shortage, it seems we might actually start to feel the caffeine-related effects of Brazil's massive drought and Central America's coffee fungus, in the form industry-wide retail price increases. The Washington Post reported back in February that coffee costs were expected to rise later in the year: For now, retail prices for coffee are stable. Roasters typically have enough supplies to cover themselves for a few months. But if the price of the Arabica (pronounced uh-RAB-ick-uh) beans continues to rise, consumers could...
  • Street kids murdered to clean up Brazil ahead of the world cup

    06/18/2014 8:33:28 AM PDT · by PapaNew · 32 replies
    cyberwarzone.com ^ | May 27, 2014 | CWZ
    On Facebook a picture has gone viral titled ‘Street kids murdered to clean up Brazil ahead of the World Cup’. The message claims that the picture has been made in Brazil, right after the Brazilian police shot multiple kids in the favelas. As the World Cup is going to take place soon, a lot of media and attention is being given to Brazil. The ‘Street kids murdered to clean up Brazil’ picture is one of the shocking things that are taking place in the Brazilian favelas.
  • How the UK taught Brazil's dictators interrogation techniques

    06/18/2014 2:12:22 AM PDT · by Renfield
    BBC News ^ | 5-29-2014 | Emily Buchanan
    As the world focuses on the World Cup, which opens in Brazil in less than a fortnight, many Brazilians are wrestling with painful discoveries about the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985. The BBC has found evidence that the UK actively collaborated with the generals - and trained them in sophisticated interrogation techniques. Brazil's 21-year dictatorship is less well known abroad than that of Argentina or Chile, but it was still brutal. Hundreds died and thousands were imprisoned and tortured. One of those tortured was a left-wing guerrilla who is now the country's president, Dilma Rousseff....
  • World Cup Day Six

    06/17/2014 11:50:44 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 47 replies
    Today is Day Six Of World Cup 2014 in Brazil. In Group G: Belgium defeated Algeria 2-1. Game underway shortly between Brazil and Mexico. Russia and South Korea will play their first game tonight.
  • Soccer Fan Drives from San Francisco to Brazil for 2014 World Cup

    06/11/2014 2:11:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014
    It's a long way from San Francisco to Brazil. But a 1955 Chevrolet 235 pickup truck named "Nellie" got a Dutch soccer fan there in one piece. Ben Oude Kamphuis drove Nellie nearly 13,000 miles to watch his team play in the 2014 World Cup. "Four years ago when we, Holland, lost again in the final I was crying one more time -- that's three times that I cried in the final,” Oude Kamphuis said. “So I was telling my friends and family back in San Francisco, you know what, I'm driving old Nellie to Brazil." His journey began on...
  • Lichtenstein: Soccer Is Boring TV, Which Is Why Most Americans Don’t Care About World Cup

    06/10/2014 4:24:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    CBS New York ^ | June 10, 2014
    Barring Unlikely Run By U.S., Planet's Biggest Sporting Event Lost On This CountrySoccer fever will grip the planet this week as the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil. I already have a headache. Before you pounce on me with derivations of “ugly American,” hear me out. I know full well why this 32-team tournament has such a large global following, including a very healthycontingent of soccer nuts in this melting pot called the United States. For many countries, this is the most major team sport with which they grew up. Baseball may hail its World Series, but no one...
  • World Cup 2014: Monorail partial collapse kills one in São Paulo

    06/10/2014 8:04:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/10/2014
    One person dies and at least two others are injured after a beam falls at the construction site of a monorail project in São Paulo. One person has died and at least two others were injured after a beam fell at the construction site of a monorail project in São Paulo, it was reported. The accident happened at around 5.20pm local time on Monday in the south of the city, which is due to host the opening match of the World Cup on Thursday, according to news website G1. The monorail had been due to be finished and running before...
  • World Cup Fans Face Rough Landing in Brazil

    06/10/2014 7:36:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Real Clear world ^ | June 10, 2014 | Adriana Gomez Licon & Jenny Barchfield
    Before they see their teams battle on the fields, soccer fans arriving in Brazil will first have to fight their way past airport scaffolding, terminal flooding and two-hour taxi lines. The World Cup opens Thursday and airports are bracing to welcome the crush of international travelers flying in for soccer's premier event. Brazilian authorities insist they're ready, but passengers may find themselves in for a rough landing. For example, officials had nearly seven years to prepare Brazil's largest airport, Sao Paulo's Guarulhos, yet only a quarter of the new $1.3 billion international terminal is operational. Many weary travelers will deplane...
  • Welcome To Brazil: Home Of $35 Pizzas

    06/08/2014 1:48:30 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 8 2014 | Justin Smith
    Those traveling to Brazil this summer to the World Cup better bring their credit cards. Brazil has become one of the most expensive country’s in the world, and it’s shocking those visiting for the World Cup expecting low prices due to the country’s astounding poverty rate. Unlike the countries surrounding Brazil, where American and European money seems to last forever, Brazil is astoundingly pricey. Pizza in Rio commonly sells for $35, and cheeseburgers go for upwards of $17. The steep prices in Brazil are commonly referred to as “Brazil Cost,” the combination of high taxes and import tariffs coupled with...
  • Brazilian Nightmare: World Cup, Spanking and Abortion

    06/05/2014 9:52:23 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 1 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Brazilian Nightmare: World Cup, Spanking and Abortion By Julio Severo For foreigners coming to Brazil for the World Cup, this mega-football event often spells “sex tourism.” But for Brazilians, it’s the old Roman appeasement politics of “bread and circuses.” Give football to Brazilians and they will forget their social and moral woes — at least for a while. The special reason the Brazilian government under socialist President Dilma Rousseff has staged the World Cup is for Brazilian to overlook the consequences of her ill-fated politics and planned woes. In the recent few days, with Brazil under the spell of...
  • Brazil building new nuclear submarine to safeguard offshore resources

    06/04/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Brazil is constructing five new submarines, including one atomic-powered vessel, to boost patrolling across the South American country's 8,500km coast. The $10bn project is being undertaken by a joint venture comprising the Brazilian Navy, construction firm Odebrecht and French state-defence firm DCNS, reported AFP. The new submarines are expected to replace the navy's existing ageing fleet of five conventional vessels. "The new submarines are expected to replace the navy's existing ageing fleet of five conventional vessels." Construction on the nuclear submarine, named SNBR, is expected to commence in 2017 with its launch targeted for 2025. Brazil Navy official Gilberto Max...
  • Brazilian man goes under the knife to look Korean (Interesting Transformation)

    06/01/2014 5:27:41 PM PDT · by equalator · 30 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 5-28-2014 | Gabriel Galli
    Originally blue-eyed with blonde hair, he became interested in having plastic surgery after spending some time as an exchange student in Korea. He was inspired by how common plastic surgery is here. Xiahn, who asked not to be named to protect his family from Internet scrutiny, underwent 10 surgical procedures on his eyes, along with other less-invasive procedures, which cost him around $3,100. He also began wearing contact lenses to change his eye color.
  • A true World Cup journey: One man’s drive from San Francisco to Brazil

    05/30/2014 8:36:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    SI ^ | May 30, 2014 | Grant Wahl
    If you go on Google Maps and ask for driving directions from San Francisco to Salvador, Brazil, you get a discouraging response: “Sorry, we could not calculate directions from “San Francisco, CA” to “Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.” But that didn’t stop Ben Oude Kamphuis, a hardcore Dutch soccer fan and Hulk Hogan look-alike, from hopping into his orange 1955 Chevy truck, Old Nellie, and going on the road trip of a lifetime to the World Cup. “The whole experience has been mind-blowing,” Oude Kamphuis, 52, told me via Skype recently from a pit stop in Urcos, Peru. “It all started four...
  • Brazil Has Barely Finished A Third Of The Structures It Promised To Build For The World Cup

    05/30/2014 7:21:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/30/2014
    Football legend Ronaldo, a member of Brazil's World Cup organizing committee, said only 30 percent of the infrastructure projects undertaken for the tournament would be completed. Brazil promised a host of projects in conjunction with the World Cup to improve its roads, airports and urban transport networks. But the country has struggled to finish even essential ones such as stadiums, and has shelved much of the rest. "I think we're missing an opportunity. A series of investments were promised that won't be delivered. Only 30 percent will be delivered," two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo told a forum organized by newspaper...
  • Blatter Says No Reason to Take Action Against Israel (World Cup Soccer)

    05/28/2014 12:43:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/28/2014
    Head of Israel Football Association says he's willing to hold match "for peace" if Palestinian side agrees. FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter said yesterday that he does not see a reason to take actions against Israel in next month’s FIFA Congress, though Palestinians have said they will urge delegates to do so. Palestinians say Israeli security forces, who control movement between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, frequently prevent athletes from traveling freely between the two separated territories.
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die"(1966)

    05/25/2014 1:41:16 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1966 | Henry Levin
  • The Anarchists Who Plan to Go Nuts at the World Cup

    05/25/2014 11:05:14 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    RealClearWorld ^ | 5/24/2014 | Ioan Grillo
    SAO PAULO, Brazil - Their faces hide behind scarves, gas masks and motorcycle helmets. TV images show them smashing cars, hurling bricks at police and setting tires ablaze on the streets of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian politicians have claimed they are a national security threat. But who really are these protesters who plan to run riot at the World Cup as soon as the inaugural game kicks off on June 12? Brazil's police allege the militants form an extremist group called the Black Bloc, and say they are watching its leaders. The local press has published exposes...
  • Obama to promote foreign tourism in upstate NY (tourists, or . . . ?)

    05/22/2014 10:40:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    Promoting travel to the U.S. as a job creator, President Barack Obama wants to make it easier for people from other countries to visit the 50 states and spend money at their hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other businesses. Obama planned to discuss the economic benefits of tourism to the U.S. and the latest steps he is taking to boost it at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, on Thursday. Obama acted two years ago to speed the processing of tourist visas for visitors from China and Brazil, steps that have dramatically reduced the length...
  • WATCH: The Worst Grenade Toss Ever – What Were They Thinking? (Video)

    05/18/2014 7:16:18 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 30 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-18-2014 | Top Clip
    Yikes! During training of the cadet corps of the Units of Pacifying Police (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro last week, Brazilian police evidently thought it would be a swell idea to let this girl with zero experience toss  a grenade -- a LIVE grenade. Well let's just say it didn't exactly go as planned... WATCH:
  • Brazilian police reportedly warn World Cup 2014 visitors not to scream if robbed

    05/13/2014 11:55:28 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 38 replies
    National Post ^ | May 13, 2014 | National Post Staff
    Brazilian police reportedly have a warning for those visiting for the World Cup this summer: If you are robbed, don’t scream. The instruction comes in a pamphlet advising visitors on how to stay safe that will be distributed by Brazilian embassies and consulates, according to a report. “Do not react, scream or argue,” the brochure says. The advice is meant to keep tourists from provoking robbers into further violence once a robbery is underway, as robberies that end in murder are becoming increasingly common. It is also recommended that visitors avoid showing off valuable objects, be careful at night, avoid...
  • 30-year New York Times Science Writer Out After Writing Book About Genetics, Race

    05/11/2014 10:16:48 AM PDT · by mojito · 63 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/10/2014 | Chris Reed
    Nicholas Wade, a British-born science reporter and editor for more than 30 years with The New York Times, is no longer with the newspaper — just days after the release of his latest book, in which he depicts blacks with roots in sub-Saharan Africa as genetically less adapted to modern life than whites and Asians. Was The New York Times uncomfortable with Wade’s science or his conclusions? It’s unclear. Neither Wade nor his former employer returned requests for comment. Wade’s last Times article appeared April 24. His Penguin Press book “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History” arrived in...
  • IOC Says 'Totally Unfeasible' for London to Step in for Rio as 2016 Olympics Host

    05/10/2014 11:33:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 9 May 2014
    Rio's preparations damned as 'worst ever' but IOC knocks down suggestion London could be last-ditch replacementMisty-eyed fans can forget about digging out their Team GB shirts, the army of 2012 volunteers can leave their distinctive purple uniforms in the wardrobe, and Boris Johnson can stand down. Much to the disappointment of those hoping for an action replay of the heady summer of 2012, the International Olympic Committee has rejected as "totally unfeasible" claims that London could step in for troubled Rio to host the 2016 Olympics. A report in the London Evening Standard has claimed that the capital had been...
  • FIFA official says World Cup soccer fans will have hard time in Brazil

    05/10/2014 1:19:55 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | Marissa Payne
    “How do you say [in advance] it is not going to work?”
  • IOC chiefs "make secret plea" to use London 2012 venues

    05/09/2014 2:46:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 9,2014 | Telegraph Sport
    So worried are Olympic organisers by how far behind schedule the 2016 Rio Games has fallen, London has reportedly been asked, in secret, if it could host the event at the last minute. According to the London Evening Standard, an informal approach has been made by IOC chiefs to ascertain whether London's 2012 Olympic venues could be brought back into use.
  • Brazilian soccer fan killed by toilet bowl thrown from stadium stands

    05/04/2014 7:32:37 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 55 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 3, 2014 | Jaime Uribarri
    Soccer riots in Brazil claimed the life of a man who was killed by a toilet bowl thrown from the stands at Arruda Stadium, the latest scene of fan violence that has plagued the country in the lead-up to next month's World Cup. Globoesporte of Brazil reported that rioters ripped three tiolets from the stadium bathroom and tossed them from the stands during Friday night's 1-1 draw between Santa Cruz and Parana. One of the toilets struck a fan identified as 26-year-old Paulo Ricardo Gomes da Silva, killing him instantly.
  • The List: The World’s Largest Untapped Oil Fields

    12/01/2008 4:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 2,878+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 2008 Issue | Jerome Chen
    In a world running low on oil, several countries are still sitting on massive supplies. If only they could get to them. The Ferdows, Mound, and Zageh Fields Location: The Persian Gulf, off the coast of southern Iran Estimated Reserves: 38 billion barrels Details: Discovered in 2003, these three interconnected fields are among the largest oil deposits ever found. Ferdows is the largest, with 30.6 billion barrels. This figure may seem astounding, but it’s usually not possible to extract all the oil from a field due to technological and financial constraints. Plus, assessing how much oil these deposits can actually...
  • Preparing the US military for the 'threat multiplier' of climate change.

    04/22/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by machogirl · 41 replies
    Slate via Stripes.com ^ | 04-21-2014 | Eric Holthaus
    The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. Its conclusion: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization as we know it, but we can still fix it if we decide to work together. But in addition to the call for cooperation, the reports also shared an alarming new trend: Climate change is already destabilizing nations and leading to wars. That finding was highlighted in last week's premiere of Showtime's climate change docu-drama...
  • The U.S. Cut Military Spending in 2013, While These Two Global Powers Did the Opposite

    04/23/2014 6:26:00 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 14 Apr 14 | Elizabeth Kreft
    Global military spending dropped by nearly two percent in 2013, led by the United States which dropped it’s spending by 7.8 percent. By contrast, the military industrial complexes in Russia and China are bustling; seeing a 4.8 and 7.4 percent increase, respectively. "For the first time since 2003, Russia spent a larger percentage of it’s Gross Domestic Product on military expenses than the United States… " The U.S. dropped spending from roughly $690 Billion in 2012, to $640 Billion in 2013, shrinking to 3.8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. The reduction is noted in real terms, which means the...
  • Ghost Ship, Found

    04/19/2014 2:50:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 51 replies
    A German submarine sank to its watery grave somewhere off the coast of South America in 1943. This is the exact moment it's discovered. Secrets of the Third Reich: The Ghost of U-513 The pride of the wolfpacks, German sub U-513, became a tomb for all but seven of her crew after being bombed by a U.S. patrol plane in 1943. The U-boat then vanished off the South American coast, where it was lost for more than 68 years. Now, witness the ghost ship's story through rare archival footage and interviews with U-boat vets, and follow the Brazilian entrepreneur who...
  • Biden to attend soccer’s World Cup tournament

    04/14/2014 10:41:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2014 7:11 PM EDT
    Vice President Joe Biden is planning to be among the crowds at this summer’s World Cup soccer tournament. The White House announced Monday that Biden would travel to Brazil for the event in June. He also plans to attend a U.S. national team game. …
  • Prepare For Orange Juice Sticker Shock

    04/14/2014 2:15:46 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 29 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 14 April 2014 | Krystal Steinmetz
    Florida, the source of the majority of oranges used to make orange juice in the U.S., experienced an unusually cold winter, plus a fruit disease. Groves in Brazil, the world's largest orange exporter, are experiencing the worst drought in decades.
  • Suspected illegal immigrants arrested at Mass. flight school

    11/08/2010 12:52:48 AM PST · by South40 · 26 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 11/5/2010 | Jade Walker
    Federal authorities have arrested 34 suspected illegal immigrants who've been attending a flight school in Stow, Mass., The Boston Globe reported. Strict security controls put into place after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks ban illegal immigrants from taking flight lessons and require background checks on all foreigners training to fly in the United States. Thiago DeJesus, the owner of the TJ Aviation Flight Academy at Minute Man Air Field near Boston, was among those arrested in the sting. A Brazilian immigrant and licensed pilot, DeJesus was charged in July with being in the U.S. illegally, but continued to give...
  • Greenfield: The Paranoid Party

    04/13/2014 5:04:57 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 11 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, April 13, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, April 13, 2014 The Paranoid Party Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog The Democrat may no longer believe in God, the Constitution or even motherhood and apple pie, but he devoutly believes with all the faith of a 9/11 Truther in the impermeability of steel and of a Neo-Nazi in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion that somewhere out there Republicans are sitting in a sealed room and plotting to bring back the 50s. And if not the 50s, then at least the early 60s. The left accuses the right of being deeply paranoid. Meanwhile...