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“It doesn’t require cynicism to detect a miscarriage of justice: Just an analytical perspective on a case that is surely the most glaring example of the intrusion of politics into sport. Russia, to use a phrase of today, has been thrown under the bus.”

— Ellis Cashmore, Fair Observer

Thanks to the relentless arm-twisting of the Washington powerbrokers, the Russian Olympic team will not be allowed to compete in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This is the first time a nation has ever been barred from sending a team to the games. According to Jason Ditz at Antiwar.com:

Officially, this is being done to punish Russia for doping among athletes. In reality, the move was heavily lobbied for by the US and a series of allies, a push that was primarily about US-Russia tensions in recent years.

The doping scandal, after all, was nothing particularly new, and accusations of doping among athletes from Eastern Europe have gone back for generations without any such bans being seriously contemplated.

— Russia Barred From Winter Olympics, antiwar.com

As Ditz admits, doping is nothing new in the world of sports where athletes are always trying to get an edge on the competition. But let’s not forget, the United States has its share of skeletons in the closet too, as journalist Neil Clark points out in a recent article at RT. Check it out:

Wade Exum, the US Olympic Committee’s former Director of Drug Control, handed over more than 30,000 pages of documents to Sports Illustrated magazine and the Orange County Register, which he said showed that over 100 American athletes had failed drug tests between 1988-2000, but had still been allowed to compete.

Carl Lewis, the US Olympian later admitted he had tested positive for banned substances before the 1988 Games in Seoul where he won Gold but claimed that ‘hundreds’ of fellow Americans had also escaped bans.

“There were hundreds of people getting off,” Lewis said. “Everyone was treated the same.”

But guess what? There was no McLaren style report and no blanket ban on US athletes.

(In contrast) Russian athletes have been banned (and stripped of their medals) without proof of their guilt being published by the IOC’s Oswald Commission.”

“IOC bans Russia: Cold War 2.0 politics ruins the Olympics”, RT.

That’s what you call ‘American style’ justice where the accused is convicted before he’s even been charged with a crime. And it’s even worse than that, since the prosecution has not yet produced a shred of evidence to prove its case. The IOC has operated in complete secrecy and now expects the world to ‘trust their judgment’ on a matter that positively wreaks of sordid backroom politics. Here’s more from the New York Times:

The Olympic committee provided little detail about the cases on Thursday. “The reasoning for these decisions will be communicated in due course,” the organization said in a news release. “Due to the nature and complexity of the cases, this thorough, comprehensive and time-consuming process has taken several months and had to involve external forensic experts, who had to develop a legally-defendable methodology.”

Proof? We don’t need no stinking proof. We have the Washington Mafioso on our side. That’s all the proof we need. Isn’t that the reasoning behind this farce? Isn’t that the twisted logic that laid the groundwork for Gitmo and other US black sites around the world where terror suspects were shunted away to windowless 6 by 4 cells where they were either tortured or force-fed through plastic tubes stuck up their noses until they vomited blood? Now that same rationale has been applied to the world of sports. Nice.

And let’s not pretend we don’t know what this is all about. Russia and China are building the vital infrastructure (energy and transport) that will create a “Greater Europe” spanning from Lisbon to Vladivostok, the biggest free trade zone in history that will eviscerate the economic power of the US sending the increasingly-wobbly Empire into a irreversible downward spiral. Russia has also blunted Washington’s attempt to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad and plunge the country into Libya-type anarchy, which was critical part of its geopolitical plan to redraw the map of the Middle East.

At every turn, Putin appears to be blocking Washington’s strategy to control the resource-rich landmass from North Africa across the Middle East to the Pacific Rim. The US must prevail in this Great Game to remain the dominant world power into the next century. This is why US heavyweights have been frantically searching for new ways to humiliate, punish or crush those ‘evil Ruskies’. The attack on the Russian Olympic Team– however petty and vicious it might be– is yet another way for the ‘exceptional nation’ to implement its full spectrum dominance doctrine to isolate an emerging rival and transform them into an international pariah. Here’s more from the New York Times:

The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound. Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform, and the official record books will forever show that Russia won zero medals. That was the punishment issued Tuesday to the proud sports juggernaut that has long used the Olympics as a show of global force but was exposed for systematic doping in previously unfathomable ways.

The International Olympic Committee, after completing its own prolonged investigations that reiterated what had been known for more than a year, handed Russia penalties for doping so severe they were without precedent in Olympics history.”

“Russia Banned From Winter Olympics by I.O.C.”, NYT.

Do the American people like the idea that their government is using its extraordinary power to quash the lifetime dreams of young athletes who have nothing to do with the policies of their government? It’s appalling. It’s like beating up someone who can’t defend themselves to gain some fleeting political advantage. Why not challenge them on the ‘field of play’ where everyone has an equal chance?

Russian President Vladimir Putin was disappointed by the IOC’s decision which he correctly criticized as “absolutely staged and politically motivated”….

Ain’t that the truth. As Ellis Cashmore said, the IOC’s decision to ban Russia from the Olympics “is arguably the most overt expression of political intervention in sport in history.”

Also, according to ‘blacklisted’ Sputnik News: “(Putin) also questioned the “testimony of former Moscow anti-doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, whose allegations led to investigations which culminated in the IOC’s decision… The final decision was “mainly based on the testimony of a person whose moral and ethical attitudes and psychological state raise many questions,” Putin said, without referring to Rodchenkov by name. “Most of the accusations are based on claims which have not been proven and are largely unfounded,” he added.” (Sputnik)

The testimony of Grigory Rodchenkov is at the center of the current controversy. It’s worth noting that– aside from betraying the Russian athletes who are merely the collateral damage in this geopolitical cage-match– Rodchenkov also “spent years helping Russia’s athletes gain an edge by using banned substances.”

So the IOC has decided to use the testimony of a man who is not only a proven cheater and a liar, but who has also sold out his country.

It would be interesting to hear why the IOC thinks the dissembling Mr. Rodchenko’s claims can be trusted?

It’s also worth noting that, there is no proof of a “state-backed doping program”. This is just more hyperbole from the spin doctors at the New York Times. As Ellis opines: “Apart from Rodchenkov’s statements, the other evidence appears inferential and largely uncorroborated. In another social climate in a different era, McLaren’s report would have met with skepticism or, at very least, a demand for proof. Not today.”

That’s for sure. It seems like any ridiculous anti-Russia slander one can conjure up will eventually be splashed across the headlines of one of America’s top newspapers. And it’s clear from reading the New York Times comments section that the vast majority of liberal, college-educated readers have been thoroughly brainwashed by the elite media’s campaign to prove that Russia is evil and Putin is a KGB thug. Even so, there are a small number of independent-minded readers who’ve been able to cut through the state propaganda and figure out what’s really going on. I’ve included a few of their comments below:

Thor Walhovd– “The US may be able to influence the IOC in an attempt to politicize the Olympics in support of the fact-free “Russia did it” campaign being launched by the neocon endless war lobby on both sides of the aisle, but it will ultimately damage the Olympics.

Joseph Volgin– This is a stupid and petty revenge for Russia’s policy, independent of the West. This causes only an aversion to Western “democracy.”

Thomas Keenan– What a disgraceful and obviously politically motivated judgement! However, you can’t keep Russia down! They have many of the best athletes in the world. This judgement is just another bludgeon to try to bring Russia to its knees (along with the bogus Russiangate investigation and Putin demonization).
Equilibrium–There is no doubt that this is a politically motivated decision. One witness (Rodchenkov who has problems with law in Russia against which he gives information) is enough to recognize the whole country as guilty? This is ridiculous.

Maureen– I think it’s more about Russia’s refusal to go along with the New World Disorder in so many ways. Continuing to persecute Russia while so many other BAD countries continue funding terror, etc, is grossly unfair and absolutely strange.

Max– So Russians were banned not because there was solid proof found in blood and urine tests. but by vials appearing scratched and by accounts of husband a wife that were busted by Russians themselves for (wife) using PEDs) and (husband) being a corrupt liar.

Graf von Sponek– So, we have a doping case with no doping found. The decision was based on (1) testimony of a single paid informant, and (2) analysis of scratches on the sample vials that supposedly indicated that the samples were “tampered with”. Yet the final report on this analysis results has not been made public yet. Any judge in USA will through a case out of court, if the prosecutors came in with “Your Honor, we have some circumstantial evidence, but we can’t disclose it yet”….

CJ–It is clear that Russia is being bullied this year from many angles by the American political establishment and their NATO allies, and the corporate media. The winners: the military industrial complex, who profits from a perpetual bogeyman, and the American Olympic team who stands a better chance of winning now. The losers, everyone else

Alex– Here in Russia they understand that this is only a political game. Have you seen the evidence, or do you only know about what they say to you?

John Snow— The entire point of the Olympics is so that nations put aside war and politics and compete in a show of human sportsmanship. That’s literally the tradition, nations would pause wars and conflict to play in the Olympics. So essentially by banning Russia, you are doing the Olympics wrong.

Liz Carlson– We should not ban an entire country for what some athletes have done in the past. Athletes who have been training hard their entire lives deserve the chance to earn a medal for their country, regardless of its behavior.

Alexandra Hamilton— This is heartbreaking for all the athletes who have devoted their entire lives to their sport. I hope many of them will be allowed to compete as individuals. It is a severe punishment but I don’t know that anything less would be an effective deterrent when powerful government (and corporate?) forces are determined to dope.

Again, these are not a fair sample of the comments at the NYT’s website, they are merely the one’s that coincide with my own view that Russia and its athletes are being unfairly punished by a bully power that runs roughshod over anything or anyone that stands in the way of its glorious strategic plan to rule the world.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at fergiewhitney@msn.com.

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  1. You spend over 2,00 words without dealing with the ****ing obvious. Of course, this is a petty and spiteful act by the American Government. They control the IOC and WADA, and through them Winter Sports and Track and Field. However, virtually all other sports rebuffed them at Rio.
    Every 4 years, the world’s largest and most important sporting event takes place. The FIFA World Cup. In 6 months’ time, it commences in Russia, who are hosts. America have failed to qualify.

    As well as being petty and spiteful, it’s also an admission of failure. Despite serious efforts, the American Government has failed completely in stopping Russia 2018. So it has scuppered Russia’s Winter Olympic participation instead. But in 6 month’s time, I don’t think many will remember.

    Long term, the abolition of the Olympics must have been aided by this move. IMHO no bad thing.

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    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
    Wasn't there a huge scandal recently about corruption in FIFA? I thought at the time this was the mighty US bringing its omnipotent power to bear, just like it did with Volkswagen, those French companies that sold to the Iranians, and the Swiss bankers. If Washington, DC happened to vanish from the planet (let's see if this comment gets me in the terrorism database -- certainly the US government knows terrorism, as it's behind most of it) the entire world would rejoice.
    , @Che Guava
    I agree with you and all of the commenters below yours that are expressing similar sentiments. Will adding that the inclusion of nonsenical sports with few participants and a particular sexual-orientation factor (e.g., women's rugby) is a joke. Many more, golf at the next. Exclusion of softball before, etc.

    If women's rugby is included in the name of equality of the sexes, why not throw men's synchro-swimming and rhythmic gym in?

    Svnchro-swimming is nonsense in any case, sure, it is trying for competitors, but it just looks stupid.

    Also to agreeing with Andrei Martinov's comments, as usual, very good points, particularly on systematic drug use by western competitors.

    They don't even keep their own rules, like 'single city', Tokyo is not a city, but a province (prefecture or governate), but several events are to be held, not only not in Tokyo, but in the next prefecture to the north.

    Sth. Korea is very cold in winter, but has no tradition in winter sports, sure, they have good talemted skaters now, speed and figure, but AEAIK, all trained elsewhere.

    Otherwise nothing.

    Am not knowing the Pyeonchang slogan, but Tokyo's is 'Umity in Diversity', saw it several times on a train through the epicentre of the the 'limpics, prep. on Wednsday, many excavation machhnes, one station name was especially evocative 'forest of tennis', while bulldozers were ripping the tennis courts apart.

    Whoever was making the 'unity in diversity' was thinking only of the variance of paralympic disabilities (also subject to much cheating) or a totally cynical liar.

    There should be a movement to integrate the 'Special Olympics' in the same way as Paralympics, not that I have not had retarded friends, have one now, but to make it all (IOC) look as retarded as it is.
    , @Jack Cade
    (((They))) are at war with Russia.
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  2. Yet more proof that Jewish Globalists rule America and the world.

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    • Replies: @windwaves
    who needs proof ? of course it just happens that way too many americans are in denial.
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  3. My personal hope is that this kills the Olympic movement Let individual sports have world championships The IOC is already having trouble finding host cities for the summer games Now an entire nation is banned because its politics do not please the Deep State American government Time to put the Olympics out of their political misery

    And I don’t think that the Washington Deep State has given up trying to strip Russia of the World Cup Look for some kind of incident, sporting or otherwise, by which Washington will try and pressure FIFA

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    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
    Generally agree. Olympic movement was dead by Rio Olympics' end. Now when everyone has doctors' "exceptions" for using steroids for all kinds of ailments--what's the point? As one Russian dude recently stated--why forbid, let's allow all steroids and then we will observe in fascination mutants running 100 meters in 3 second, or lifting 1 metric ton or...ahem... Norwegian biathlon women's team, you know, where everyone suffers from asthma;)) In the end, Sharapova grossly abused meldonim, LOL.

    https://i.imgur.com/p5CB6wi.jpg
    , @jjc
    "Look for some kind of incident, sporting or otherwise, by which Washington will try and pressure FIFA"

    That's already being cooked up, according to this Der Spiegel report:
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/us-delivers-ultimatum-to-nato-regarding-russian-missiles-a-1182426.html

    The US has claimed to possess intelligence that Russia is violating the INF Treaty, and is deploying a new generation of nuclear armed cruise missiles along "NATO's eastern front" with the intention of facilitating an armed invasion of the Baltic states.

    "Washington has now issued its allies an ultimatum: By the alliance summit in the summer of 2018, Mattis said at the recent top-secret meeting in Brussels, NATO must find a common position on forcing the Russians to return to INF Treaty compliance, with coercion if necessary. Should NATO prove unable to agree on a course of action including possible punitive measures, the United States, Mattis threatened, would push ahead on its own."

    So a "punitive" confrontation directed at Russia, "with coercion if necessary", is set for this summer 2018.
    , @Russ
    "Time to put the Olympics out of their political misery"

    Yes. The time for the Olympics has come ... and long gone.
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  4. eD says:

    If you read other articles on this site, you will find that US officials (such as Nikki Haley to name names) have been making noises about the USA keeping American athletes away from the games on the grounds that that they will get in the way of the war they plan to start there.

    I’m actually rooting for them to do this. It would provided more needed confirmation to everyone that the US “leadership” are completely nuts, and go some distance to destroying the Olympic Games, which probably now do need to be put out of their misery.

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    • Replies: @Larry Leisure
    There is no "U.S." leadership. Thanks to industrial-scale extortion operations against American legislators, America is a captive nation of the Global Jewish Collective that treats ALL nations as expendable (except their global gangster hideout on the Levant).
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  5. @Diversity Heretic
    My personal hope is that this kills the Olympic movement Let individual sports have world championships The IOC is already having trouble finding host cities for the summer games Now an entire nation is banned because its politics do not please the Deep State American government Time to put the Olympics out of their political misery

    And I don't think that the Washington Deep State has given up trying to strip Russia of the World Cup Look for some kind of incident, sporting or otherwise, by which Washington will try and pressure FIFA

    Generally agree. Olympic movement was dead by Rio Olympics’ end. Now when everyone has doctors’ “exceptions” for using steroids for all kinds of ailments–what’s the point? As one Russian dude recently stated–why forbid, let’s allow all steroids and then we will observe in fascination mutants running 100 meters in 3 second, or lifting 1 metric ton or…ahem… Norwegian biathlon women’s team, you know, where everyone suffers from asthma;)) In the end, Sharapova grossly abused meldonim, LOL.

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    That guy on the left looks a little bit like a woman.
    , @Diversity Heretic
    Thank you for your comment. As some of the other commentators have noted, a lot of world-class athletes suffer from asthma, justifying the use of various drugs. I've always suspected that those asthma medications masked the use of performance-enancing drugs.
    , @bb.

    where everyone suffers from asthma
     
    absolutely spot on. I did competitive swimming 15 years ago on Euro-champ level and I know for certain that almost ALL top tier athletes are, as my couch used to say 'heavily disabled' and on all kinds of exceptions as you mention. The army organization I competed for had many olympians of many disciplines (biathlon, athletics, judo, canoe) and it was very similar everywhere. I also KNEW many guys and how they trained. Needles to say, I lost my ideals about sports at a young age and it went only downwards from there.

    I am bamboozled today when I meet rational adults who still believe in fairy tales when it comes to competitive sports. Many civilians who never picked up a barbell in their life, not to speak of performing a simple somersault (I was surprised to learn of the heavy fail rate at sports faculties entry exams) have literally no idea how sports work.

    I also find it amusing when a discussion starts about legalizing all PEDs and the main argument is the athletes health risks. There certainly are some risks, but those people probably never met ambition. I came to learn that many athletes would be ready to give up their legs, if Pistorius performed better.

    Also of note is the very obvious example you give in the pictures. If having a physically/genetically (in many aspects) superior population of athletes is NOT the ultimate doping, I don't know what is. (Note that they still dope. I mean, Serena is fed AF, how nobody sees it is beyond me)
    , @Vidi

    Norwegian biathlon women’s team, you know, where everyone suffers from asthma;))
     
    LOL
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  6. jjc says:
    @Diversity Heretic
    My personal hope is that this kills the Olympic movement Let individual sports have world championships The IOC is already having trouble finding host cities for the summer games Now an entire nation is banned because its politics do not please the Deep State American government Time to put the Olympics out of their political misery

    And I don't think that the Washington Deep State has given up trying to strip Russia of the World Cup Look for some kind of incident, sporting or otherwise, by which Washington will try and pressure FIFA

    “Look for some kind of incident, sporting or otherwise, by which Washington will try and pressure FIFA”

    That’s already being cooked up, according to this Der Spiegel report:

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/us-delivers-ultimatum-to-nato-regarding-russian-missiles-a-1182426.html

    The US has claimed to possess intelligence that Russia is violating the INF Treaty, and is deploying a new generation of nuclear armed cruise missiles along “NATO’s eastern front” with the intention of facilitating an armed invasion of the Baltic states.

    “Washington has now issued its allies an ultimatum: By the alliance summit in the summer of 2018, Mattis said at the recent top-secret meeting in Brussels, NATO must find a common position on forcing the Russians to return to INF Treaty compliance, with coercion if necessary. Should NATO prove unable to agree on a course of action including possible punitive measures, the United States, Mattis threatened, would push ahead on its own.”

    So a “punitive” confrontation directed at Russia, “with coercion if necessary”, is set for this summer 2018.

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    So a “punitive” confrontation directed at Russia, “with coercion if necessary”, is set for this summer 2018.
     
    The United States doesn't have resources for any confrontation. To do nasty petty things against Russia here and there? Sure. A lot of rich aggressive rhetoric? Absolutely. Real Confrontation? No. But considering US track record of the last 70 years, some provocation, false flag ops are to be expected, especially around the time of the World Cup.
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  7. @jjc
    "Look for some kind of incident, sporting or otherwise, by which Washington will try and pressure FIFA"

    That's already being cooked up, according to this Der Spiegel report:
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/us-delivers-ultimatum-to-nato-regarding-russian-missiles-a-1182426.html

    The US has claimed to possess intelligence that Russia is violating the INF Treaty, and is deploying a new generation of nuclear armed cruise missiles along "NATO's eastern front" with the intention of facilitating an armed invasion of the Baltic states.

    "Washington has now issued its allies an ultimatum: By the alliance summit in the summer of 2018, Mattis said at the recent top-secret meeting in Brussels, NATO must find a common position on forcing the Russians to return to INF Treaty compliance, with coercion if necessary. Should NATO prove unable to agree on a course of action including possible punitive measures, the United States, Mattis threatened, would push ahead on its own."

    So a "punitive" confrontation directed at Russia, "with coercion if necessary", is set for this summer 2018.

    So a “punitive” confrontation directed at Russia, “with coercion if necessary”, is set for this summer 2018.

    The United States doesn’t have resources for any confrontation. To do nasty petty things against Russia here and there? Sure. A lot of rich aggressive rhetoric? Absolutely. Real Confrontation? No. But considering US track record of the last 70 years, some provocation, false flag ops are to be expected, especially around the time of the World Cup.

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    The United States doesn’t have resources for any confrontation.
     
    True.

    It never had any guts for a fair fight either, despite the constant, over-the-top, self-aggrandizing rhetoric.

    Historically, the US only confronts those who are in little position to fight back. If overwhelming odds are not in its favor, it cowers like a beaten pup or worse.

    And in case anyone thinks I missed something, (such as "The Big One"), I didn't.
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  8. Beckow says:

    Winter Olympics in the depths of Asia, in the wrong time zone, NHL banning its hockey players, and Russia not officially going. That will do wonders to attract an audience.

    Yeah, put the (Winter) Olympics out of their misery. This over-reach by a bunch of Anglo functionaries has killed it. We won’t have to watch ADD-drugged gymnasts (US team), asthmatic skiers from Norway and swimmers from UK (almost all of them claim to have asthma). But as WADA proudly says: ‘they did the paperwork’, so it must be all right.

    I would bet that the TV rights for the next Olympics won’t fetch the usual top dollar.

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    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    "The NHL not sending their best..."
    The Olympics are supposed to be for amateurs. When the much hated Avery Brundage (who insisted on amateurism and no politics) died the globalists quickly turned the Olympics from a sporting event into a commercial enterprise. I say "much hated" because he was an obstacle to the blatant corruption which is now the Olympic ideal.
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  9. Issac says:

    “Do the American people like the idea that their government is using its extraordinary power to quash the lifetime dreams of young athletes who have nothing to do with the policies of their government?”

    Could we do one article without pretending like these high level political stunts were put to a plebiscite? It’s incredibly childish and makes you sound like a progressive lunatic. Americans have no say in the diplomatic intrigues undertaken by their rogue bureaucracy. That much has been obvious for decades. Pretending as though the embattled American public ought to go to the mat for a few Russian athletes while they are presently fighting for their own political survival is asinine.

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    • Replies: @Alden
    agree, agree, agree
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  10. @Andrei Martyanov
    Generally agree. Olympic movement was dead by Rio Olympics' end. Now when everyone has doctors' "exceptions" for using steroids for all kinds of ailments--what's the point? As one Russian dude recently stated--why forbid, let's allow all steroids and then we will observe in fascination mutants running 100 meters in 3 second, or lifting 1 metric ton or...ahem... Norwegian biathlon women's team, you know, where everyone suffers from asthma;)) In the end, Sharapova grossly abused meldonim, LOL.

    https://i.imgur.com/p5CB6wi.jpg

    That guy on the left looks a little bit like a woman.

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  11. @Andrei Martyanov
    Generally agree. Olympic movement was dead by Rio Olympics' end. Now when everyone has doctors' "exceptions" for using steroids for all kinds of ailments--what's the point? As one Russian dude recently stated--why forbid, let's allow all steroids and then we will observe in fascination mutants running 100 meters in 3 second, or lifting 1 metric ton or...ahem... Norwegian biathlon women's team, you know, where everyone suffers from asthma;)) In the end, Sharapova grossly abused meldonim, LOL.

    https://i.imgur.com/p5CB6wi.jpg

    Thank you for your comment. As some of the other commentators have noted, a lot of world-class athletes suffer from asthma, justifying the use of various drugs. I’ve always suspected that those asthma medications masked the use of performance-enancing drugs.

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  12. We already know the olympics is nationalist bullshit. This only proves it. The picture comparing Bluto to Sharapova certainly indicates that the yankees are using steroids. We all remember that Lance Armstrong gave his left bollock to cycling, and drug use has been rampant everywhere. This is obviously one more propaganda pretext by the yankee deep state imperium and reveals the fact the olympics are a mere sham.

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  13. bb. says:
    @Andrei Martyanov
    Generally agree. Olympic movement was dead by Rio Olympics' end. Now when everyone has doctors' "exceptions" for using steroids for all kinds of ailments--what's the point? As one Russian dude recently stated--why forbid, let's allow all steroids and then we will observe in fascination mutants running 100 meters in 3 second, or lifting 1 metric ton or...ahem... Norwegian biathlon women's team, you know, where everyone suffers from asthma;)) In the end, Sharapova grossly abused meldonim, LOL.

    https://i.imgur.com/p5CB6wi.jpg

    where everyone suffers from asthma

    absolutely spot on. I did competitive swimming 15 years ago on Euro-champ level and I know for certain that almost ALL top tier athletes are, as my couch used to say ‘heavily disabled’ and on all kinds of exceptions as you mention. The army organization I competed for had many olympians of many disciplines (biathlon, athletics, judo, canoe) and it was very similar everywhere. I also KNEW many guys and how they trained. Needles to say, I lost my ideals about sports at a young age and it went only downwards from there.

    I am bamboozled today when I meet rational adults who still believe in fairy tales when it comes to competitive sports. Many civilians who never picked up a barbell in their life, not to speak of performing a simple somersault (I was surprised to learn of the heavy fail rate at sports faculties entry exams) have literally no idea how sports work.

    I also find it amusing when a discussion starts about legalizing all PEDs and the main argument is the athletes health risks. There certainly are some risks, but those people probably never met ambition. I came to learn that many athletes would be ready to give up their legs, if Pistorius performed better.

    Also of note is the very obvious example you give in the pictures. If having a physically/genetically (in many aspects) superior population of athletes is NOT the ultimate doping, I don’t know what is. (Note that they still dope. I mean, Serena is fed AF, how nobody sees it is beyond me)

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  14. This comment from the comments shown in Mike’s article bears highlighting. It is true, as in capital True.

    “John Snow— The entire point of the Olympics is so that nations put aside war and politics and compete in a show of human sportsmanship. That’s literally the tradition, nations would pause wars and conflict to play in the Olympics. So essentially by banning Russia, you are doing the Olympics wrong.”

    The very point of the Olympics was putting aside conflict and political differences.

    The one and only time I have taken the trouble to register my political opinion was when I dialed the White House and asked to speak to President Carter. I wanted to straighten him out about a thing or two regarding his proposed boycott of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. The man who answered the phone wouldn’t get the Pres. up out of bed, but he did take my message and promised to forward it to the Man himself. However, I don’t believe I ever heard back from Carter, I don’t remember clearly, there was a lot of wine involved, the details escape me….

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    • Replies: @Phyllis A
    I have the same thought anytime I listen to Nutti Nikki and Trump at the UN.

    The UN was created for peace after the horrors of WW2. To be threatening nuclear holocaust while in the UN building is the ultimate disrespect. Not disrespect to some institution or building. But total disrespect to the billions of people who wanted peace after the horrors of WW2.

    And now, total disrespect to the notion of peace at the Olympics.

    Note that you do not hear a word from the US about an Olympic tradition that dates back to Greece. The idea of an Olympic Truce. The idea that for just a couple of weeks we stop killing each other and stop creating more mental and physical cripples and that we put that awful phrase 'collateral damage' on hold while the Olympic Flame burns.

    Instead, the US has in recent years used the time of the Olympics to launch an attack. That happened during the last Winter Olympics when the US decided to overthrow a democracy and sponser the return of fascism to the European continent while the Olympic Torch was burning.
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  15. Ben Frank says:

    Who benefits if US and Russia fight? Hint: What superpower shares a long border with Siberia?

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  16. windwaves says:
    @Priss Factor
    Yet more proof that Jewish Globalists rule America and the world.

    who needs proof ? of course it just happens that way too many americans are in denial.

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  17. Tick Tock says:

    Americans must stand up against this nonsense. Hopefully, someone can start a grassroots campaign to shame these slime that have destroyed the United States. What a pathetic joke the country has become. As for the Olympics, who gives a $hit. Its only about the money. Nothing else and has been since the 1970′s. Same with all sports. Money Money Money Money Money!! It is not only a disgrace to the United States it is an insult to the whole of humanity. Well at least one can see the USA for what it has been all along, a Pig! Oink Oink…

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  18. Kiza says:

    To paraphrase Madeleine Albright: “What’s the point of having this superb IOC if we do not get to use it?”

    As others commented, I hope that this ban finally puts a stake through the hole where the heart of the Olympics should have been. Compare the Ancient Greek ideals and the founding principles of the modern Olympics with what the West has turned them into. The most rotten have appointed themselves as judges and are judging the others. Whatever the US Empire touches turns into sh**.

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  19. Boycott!

    Not by the Russian government. But by me. I won’t watch a minute of these Olympics. Take that NBC/Comcast!

    The greedy capitalists at the NHL had already destroyed the crown jewel of the winter by keeping the best hockey players out of the Olympics. And even then, Canada v Russia is the classic grand matchup in a hockey tourny, and now there’s a double-whammy on that.

    The rest of winter sports, I watch a little bit. But, there’s already too many FIS ski races for me to really watch or keep up with, so not watching the Olympics isn’t a big loss. And who would ever care if they don’t see on American TV the endless hours of friggin Curling that they seem to show these days. Which of course only started when they found a few Americans who can slide a stone down a pond almost as well as the Canadians.

    Boycott! Hit NBC/Comcast where they’ll notice …. lower ratings and thus advertisers who complain that they didn’t get there money’s worth.

    Boycott!

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    Hello pretend 'Jesse Owens':

    There is the very real Jesse Owens, a black US Olympic athlete who debunked the lie that Hitler snubbed him because of his race.

    Jesse Owens, after winning his events, said:


    "When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany."
     
    and:

    "Hitler didn't snub me—it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram."
     
    Hitler and other heads of state were forbidden by Olympic officials from visiting any athletes after their events.
    Hence the lie that Hitler deliberately avoided Owens is debunked.

    Jesse Owens was never invited to the White House nor bestowed any honors by Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) or Harry S. Truman during their terms.

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  20. Phyllis A says:
    @ThreeCranes
    This comment from the comments shown in Mike's article bears highlighting. It is true, as in capital True.

    "John Snow— The entire point of the Olympics is so that nations put aside war and politics and compete in a show of human sportsmanship. That’s literally the tradition, nations would pause wars and conflict to play in the Olympics. So essentially by banning Russia, you are doing the Olympics wrong."

    The very point of the Olympics was putting aside conflict and political differences.

    The one and only time I have taken the trouble to register my political opinion was when I dialed the White House and asked to speak to President Carter. I wanted to straighten him out about a thing or two regarding his proposed boycott of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. The man who answered the phone wouldn't get the Pres. up out of bed, but he did take my message and promised to forward it to the Man himself. However, I don't believe I ever heard back from Carter, I don't remember clearly, there was a lot of wine involved, the details escape me....

    I have the same thought anytime I listen to Nutti Nikki and Trump at the UN.

    The UN was created for peace after the horrors of WW2. To be threatening nuclear holocaust while in the UN building is the ultimate disrespect. Not disrespect to some institution or building. But total disrespect to the billions of people who wanted peace after the horrors of WW2.

    And now, total disrespect to the notion of peace at the Olympics.

    Note that you do not hear a word from the US about an Olympic tradition that dates back to Greece. The idea of an Olympic Truce. The idea that for just a couple of weeks we stop killing each other and stop creating more mental and physical cripples and that we put that awful phrase ‘collateral damage’ on hold while the Olympic Flame burns.

    Instead, the US has in recent years used the time of the Olympics to launch an attack. That happened during the last Winter Olympics when the US decided to overthrow a democracy and sponser the return of fascism to the European continent while the Olympic Torch was burning.

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    "Note that you do not hear a word from the US about an Olympic tradition that dates back to Greece. The idea of an Olympic Truce."

    Spot on. That's what I'm talking about.

    The United States' prompted ban makes it look as though the U.S. doesn't want its athletes exposed to any real, living Russians; afraid probably that walls will crumble, defenses be let down and the Americans will come away with the misunderstanding that Russians are likable human beings.
    , @Wally
    ".... the US decided to overthrow a democracy and sponser the return of fascism to the European continent while the Olympic Torch was burning."

    Since you seem to know, please tell us what fascism is, why it's bad, etc.
    , @jacques sheete

    The UN was created for peace after the horrors of WW2.
     
    It was?

    How did you arrive at that conclusion?

    There's a 7 letter word that describes the "reason" given for its existence. (Hint: the first three letters are "pre," and the last 4 are "text.")
    , @El Dato

    Instead, the US has in recent years used the time of the Olympics to launch an attack.
     
    You may remember the 2008 Summer Olympics and a little event in Georgia that took place at exactly that time. It always struck me as "well chosen".
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  21. @Phyllis A
    I have the same thought anytime I listen to Nutti Nikki and Trump at the UN.

    The UN was created for peace after the horrors of WW2. To be threatening nuclear holocaust while in the UN building is the ultimate disrespect. Not disrespect to some institution or building. But total disrespect to the billions of people who wanted peace after the horrors of WW2.

    And now, total disrespect to the notion of peace at the Olympics.

    Note that you do not hear a word from the US about an Olympic tradition that dates back to Greece. The idea of an Olympic Truce. The idea that for just a couple of weeks we stop killing each other and stop creating more mental and physical cripples and that we put that awful phrase 'collateral damage' on hold while the Olympic Flame burns.

    Instead, the US has in recent years used the time of the Olympics to launch an attack. That happened during the last Winter Olympics when the US decided to overthrow a democracy and sponser the return of fascism to the European continent while the Olympic Torch was burning.

    “Note that you do not hear a word from the US about an Olympic tradition that dates back to Greece. The idea of an Olympic Truce.”

    Spot on. That’s what I’m talking about.

    The United States’ prompted ban makes it look as though the U.S. doesn’t want its athletes exposed to any real, living Russians; afraid probably that walls will crumble, defenses be let down and the Americans will come away with the misunderstanding that Russians are likable human beings.

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    I think that's what happened at the last winter olympics in Sochi; Not only did they find out that Russians are likable, they found out that the country is, in many ways, "normal" and a lot like theirs. Can't have that now, can we? Enemies must be dehumanized.
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  22. JL says:
    @ThreeCranes
    "Note that you do not hear a word from the US about an Olympic tradition that dates back to Greece. The idea of an Olympic Truce."

    Spot on. That's what I'm talking about.

    The United States' prompted ban makes it look as though the U.S. doesn't want its athletes exposed to any real, living Russians; afraid probably that walls will crumble, defenses be let down and the Americans will come away with the misunderstanding that Russians are likable human beings.

    I think that’s what happened at the last winter olympics in Sochi; Not only did they find out that Russians are likable, they found out that the country is, in many ways, “normal” and a lot like theirs. Can’t have that now, can we? Enemies must be dehumanized.

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  23. Alden says:
    @Issac
    "Do the American people like the idea that their government is using its extraordinary power to quash the lifetime dreams of young athletes who have nothing to do with the policies of their government?"

    Could we do one article without pretending like these high level political stunts were put to a plebiscite? It's incredibly childish and makes you sound like a progressive lunatic. Americans have no say in the diplomatic intrigues undertaken by their rogue bureaucracy. That much has been obvious for decades. Pretending as though the embattled American public ought to go to the mat for a few Russian athletes while they are presently fighting for their own political survival is asinine.

    agree, agree, agree

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  24. @Verymuchalive
    You spend over 2,00 words without dealing with the ****ing obvious. Of course, this is a petty and spiteful act by the American Government. They control the IOC and WADA, and through them Winter Sports and Track and Field. However, virtually all other sports rebuffed them at Rio.
    Every 4 years, the world's largest and most important sporting event takes place. The FIFA World Cup. In 6 months' time, it commences in Russia, who are hosts. America have failed to qualify.

    As well as being petty and spiteful, it's also an admission of failure. Despite serious efforts, the American Government has failed completely in stopping Russia 2018. So it has scuppered Russia's Winter Olympic participation instead. But in 6 month's time, I don't think many will remember.

    Long term, the abolition of the Olympics must have been aided by this move. IMHO no bad thing.

    Wasn’t there a huge scandal recently about corruption in FIFA? I thought at the time this was the mighty US bringing its omnipotent power to bear, just like it did with Volkswagen, those French companies that sold to the Iranians, and the Swiss bankers. If Washington, DC happened to vanish from the planet (let’s see if this comment gets me in the terrorism database — certainly the US government knows terrorism, as it’s behind most of it) the entire world would rejoice.

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    Having failed to scupper Russia 2018 diplomatically, I am sure elements of the American Permanent State are devising much more violent strategies, like "terrorist" bombings and the like. There's more where the Tsarnaev brothers came from.
    I'm sure the Russian security services are very aware of this. But this is one World Cup where you certainly want to watch at home, rather than attend in person.
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  25. Realist says:

    The Olympics is a useless, expensive endeavor. It does nothing for humanity. But this situation does show one more example of the pettiness of the US on it’s trip down the shit slide.

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    "The Olympics is a useless, expensive endeavor. It does nothing for humanity."

    Except build unity, character, and showcases our skill and talent as human beings.

    "But this situation does show one more example of the pettiness of the US on it’s trip down the shit slide."

    The ruling was the final confirmation that Russia was guilty of executing an extensive state-backed doping program, which rivaled East Germany. They must go back.

    And don't let Mr. Whitney's posturing about American doping, because that is a red herring.
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  26. @Fidelios Automata
    Wasn't there a huge scandal recently about corruption in FIFA? I thought at the time this was the mighty US bringing its omnipotent power to bear, just like it did with Volkswagen, those French companies that sold to the Iranians, and the Swiss bankers. If Washington, DC happened to vanish from the planet (let's see if this comment gets me in the terrorism database -- certainly the US government knows terrorism, as it's behind most of it) the entire world would rejoice.

    Having failed to scupper Russia 2018 diplomatically, I am sure elements of the American Permanent State are devising much more violent strategies, like “terrorist” bombings and the like. There’s more where the Tsarnaev brothers came from.
    I’m sure the Russian security services are very aware of this. But this is one World Cup where you certainly want to watch at home, rather than attend in person.

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  27. DanC says:

    Great article, documents the fraud and cronyism of the IOC.

    One thing to add, though, is that, at it’s heart, this is another propaganda effort on the part of the globalists.

    The idea is to control the narrative about Russia, to keep inserting claims about how Russia is, fascist, oppresses homosexuals, cheats at sports, and generally is thoroughly reprehensible, and needs to be forced into the “enlightened, liberal” western fold.

    Of course, they’re losing their grip, but you can expect this kind of crap to continue, and more and more “regular people” to roll their eyes, and generally become dismissive of this Commedia dell’arte.

    Unfortunately, the Olympics will probably survive this latest fiasco, just like they survived the boycott of the Moscow Olympics for bullshit political reason (and driven by the same US political interests) and they survived the shootings at the Munich Olympics, and they survived the embarrassment of the 1936 “Nazi Olympics.”

    What I’m hoping will finally kill off this corrupt gravy train for sports parasites once and for all is the massive debt and fiscal chaos it causes for host cities:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/rio-olympics-financial-disaster-2017-6

    We’ve already seen cities like Boston refuse to bid on the Olympics due to public backlash:

    http://mashable.com/2015/07/27/boston-olympic-bid-2024-dropped/

    Hopefully this trend will accelerate:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/02/23/why-cities-are-increasingly-reluctant-to-host-the-olympics/

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    " they survived the embarrassment of the 1936 “Nazi Olympics.”

    Indeed, Germany was the overwhelming medals winner and Jesse Owens was accorded respect from Hitler that he did not get from the US govt. ... according to Owens himself.

    www.codoh.com

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  28. Corvinus says:
    @Realist
    The Olympics is a useless, expensive endeavor. It does nothing for humanity. But this situation does show one more example of the pettiness of the US on it's trip down the shit slide.

    “The Olympics is a useless, expensive endeavor. It does nothing for humanity.”

    Except build unity, character, and showcases our skill and talent as human beings.

    “But this situation does show one more example of the pettiness of the US on it’s trip down the shit slide.”

    The ruling was the final confirmation that Russia was guilty of executing an extensive state-backed doping program, which rivaled East Germany. They must go back.

    And don’t let Mr. Whitney’s posturing about American doping, because that is a red herring.

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    "Except (that Olympics) build unity, character, and showcases our skill and talent as human beings".

    Spot on, genius! Sitting in bars guzzling beer watching the pros go at it is a great way to build character. America's obesity problem derives from not watching too much of things that build "unity, character, etc.".

    How about banning these commercial spectacles and using a fraction of the money saved to build gyms and training facilities for ALL youngsters? Show these iPhone and facebook addicts that it can be fun to kick the ball, to swing the bat, and to do even a modest power lift? But I guess that wouldn't quite "showcase our skill and talent as human beings".
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  29. Wally says: • Website
    @Jesse Owens
    Boycott!

    Not by the Russian government. But by me. I won't watch a minute of these Olympics. Take that NBC/Comcast!

    The greedy capitalists at the NHL had already destroyed the crown jewel of the winter by keeping the best hockey players out of the Olympics. And even then, Canada v Russia is the classic grand matchup in a hockey tourny, and now there's a double-whammy on that.

    The rest of winter sports, I watch a little bit. But, there's already too many FIS ski races for me to really watch or keep up with, so not watching the Olympics isn't a big loss. And who would ever care if they don't see on American TV the endless hours of friggin Curling that they seem to show these days. Which of course only started when they found a few Americans who can slide a stone down a pond almost as well as the Canadians.

    Boycott! Hit NBC/Comcast where they'll notice .... lower ratings and thus advertisers who complain that they didn't get there money's worth.

    Boycott!

    Hello pretend ‘Jesse Owens’:

    There is the very real Jesse Owens, a black US Olympic athlete who debunked the lie that Hitler snubbed him because of his race.

    Jesse Owens, after winning his events, said:

    “When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany.”

    and:

    “Hitler didn’t snub me—it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn’t even send me a telegram.”

    Hitler and other heads of state were forbidden by Olympic officials from visiting any athletes after their events.
    Hence the lie that Hitler deliberately avoided Owens is debunked.

    Jesse Owens was never invited to the White House nor bestowed any honors by Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) or Harry S. Truman during their terms.

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  30. Wally says: • Website
    @Phyllis A
    I have the same thought anytime I listen to Nutti Nikki and Trump at the UN.

    The UN was created for peace after the horrors of WW2. To be threatening nuclear holocaust while in the UN building is the ultimate disrespect. Not disrespect to some institution or building. But total disrespect to the billions of people who wanted peace after the horrors of WW2.

    And now, total disrespect to the notion of peace at the Olympics.

    Note that you do not hear a word from the US about an Olympic tradition that dates back to Greece. The idea of an Olympic Truce. The idea that for just a couple of weeks we stop killing each other and stop creating more mental and physical cripples and that we put that awful phrase 'collateral damage' on hold while the Olympic Flame burns.

    Instead, the US has in recent years used the time of the Olympics to launch an attack. That happened during the last Winter Olympics when the US decided to overthrow a democracy and sponser the return of fascism to the European continent while the Olympic Torch was burning.

    “…. the US decided to overthrow a democracy and sponser the return of fascism to the European continent while the Olympic Torch was burning.”

    Since you seem to know, please tell us what fascism is, why it’s bad, etc.

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    > Why is fascism bad

    Gee, I dunno.

    Because it's nepotism on steroids, even bigger assholes rise to the top even faster with no way of dislogding them save Barret Light Fifty to the head and everyone is behaving like flaming faggots marching around in leather strapped uniforms.

    Also, control economy, which is retarded beyond words.
    , @Anon
    Ever heard the name of Nuland-Kagan? How about Right Sector - an openly neo-Nazi organization that is currently represented in Kievan government of the US choosing? What about the nomination of Saakishvilli, who is wanted in his native Georgia, a governor of a large Ukrainian region (Odessa)? Still believe in benevolent unicorns?
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  31. Wally says: • Website
    @DanC
    Great article, documents the fraud and cronyism of the IOC.

    One thing to add, though, is that, at it's heart, this is another propaganda effort on the part of the globalists.

    The idea is to control the narrative about Russia, to keep inserting claims about how Russia is, fascist, oppresses homosexuals, cheats at sports, and generally is thoroughly reprehensible, and needs to be forced into the "enlightened, liberal" western fold.

    Of course, they're losing their grip, but you can expect this kind of crap to continue, and more and more "regular people" to roll their eyes, and generally become dismissive of this Commedia dell'arte.

    Unfortunately, the Olympics will probably survive this latest fiasco, just like they survived the boycott of the Moscow Olympics for bullshit political reason (and driven by the same US political interests) and they survived the shootings at the Munich Olympics, and they survived the embarrassment of the 1936 "Nazi Olympics."

    What I'm hoping will finally kill off this corrupt gravy train for sports parasites once and for all is the massive debt and fiscal chaos it causes for host cities:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/rio-olympics-financial-disaster-2017-6

    We've already seen cities like Boston refuse to bid on the Olympics due to public backlash:

    http://mashable.com/2015/07/27/boston-olympic-bid-2024-dropped/

    Hopefully this trend will accelerate:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/02/23/why-cities-are-increasingly-reluctant-to-host-the-olympics/

    ” they survived the embarrassment of the 1936 “Nazi Olympics.”

    Indeed, Germany was the overwhelming medals winner and Jesse Owens was accorded respect from Hitler that he did not get from the US govt. … according to Owens himself.

    http://www.codoh.com

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  32. Mikhail says: • Website

    Corvinus,

    For your edification:

    https://www.sott.net/article/370414-The-US-Inspired-Olympic-Ban-on-Russia-Another-Pyrrhic-Victory-for-the-Ailing-Empire-of-Chaos

    http://www.eurasiareview.com/06122017-ioc-bows-to-anti-russian-pressure-analysis/

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/12/12/countering-anti-russian-propaganda.html

    When the Winter Olympic ban on Russia was first announced, the BBC and some other Western news outlets erroneously claimed that the penalty was because of Russian state sponsored doing – something which the IOC denied – instead stressing a series of doping irregularities among Russian athletes – not proven as part of a Russian government plan.

    To date, the IOC and WADA haven’t fully substantiated the claimed evidence of otherwise clean Russian athletes having their samples tampered with at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. These athletes in question have had extensive testing for years inside and outside of Russia.

    Elsewhere, the US based National Public Radio let US WADA legal politico Travis Tygart get away with his suggestion that he’s even handed, when he noted his efforts against Lance Armstrong. Missing as follow-up is the fact that Tygart never sought collective punishment against all US cyclists, let alone all US athletes – much different from his stance on Russia. This kind of double standard relates to Canadian sports legal politicos Dick Pound and Richard McLaren.

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  33. Vidi says:
    @Andrei Martyanov
    Generally agree. Olympic movement was dead by Rio Olympics' end. Now when everyone has doctors' "exceptions" for using steroids for all kinds of ailments--what's the point? As one Russian dude recently stated--why forbid, let's allow all steroids and then we will observe in fascination mutants running 100 meters in 3 second, or lifting 1 metric ton or...ahem... Norwegian biathlon women's team, you know, where everyone suffers from asthma;)) In the end, Sharapova grossly abused meldonim, LOL.

    https://i.imgur.com/p5CB6wi.jpg

    Norwegian biathlon women’s team, you know, where everyone suffers from asthma;))

    LOL

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  34. unit472 says:

    As I understand it, Russians can still compete just not as part of a “Russian National Team”. Maybe that should be how the Olympics should be run anyway. Enough of the stupid ‘medal count’ where nations compete instead of individual athletes. We already know East Africans ( no matter what nation they are running for) will win marathon races and West Africans the sprint events. Various Track and Field Associations know who the premier athletes are in each event so invitations could be extended to them and a ‘walk on’ competition held for positions for true amateurs to ‘qualify’ for the finals.

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  35. There were five olympic gold medalists on my college wrestling team. None of them did performance enhancing drugs of any kind. Neither did Dan Gable, our coach and legendary olympian himself.

    Some drank to tragic excess.

    I knew some of the other old-timers like the Peterson brothers. Extremely religious, no drugs. A lot of those Iowa State guys were into Jesus.

    It isn’t something you really see in wrestling that I was aware of. I never knew anyone, and I knew a hell of a lot of them, that did them in wrestling except some idiots in high school that thought speed was going to help them. None of them even placed at state. Those kinds of guys didn’t wrestle in college, not at any kind of elite level.

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  36. Tom Welsh says:

    “It’s appalling. It’s like beating up someone who can’t defend themselves to gain some fleeting political advantage”.

    True. But this is being done by the same (or similar) people who thought fit to attack numerous nations without the slightest pretext, utterly destroy several of them, and kill (at the very least) ten million civilians since the Korean War. Which they also did for “fleeting political advantage” – or, indeed, illusory political advantage. When the US forces were driven out of Vietnam in utter panicky rout, the next thing to happen according to Washington should have been that the “Domino Effect” would have led to all South-East Asia, possibly followed by Indonesia and India, “going communist”. Yet nothing of the sort happened. Which proves conclusively that the whole rationale for the Vietnam War was a crock of shit. (Likewise Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, etc. etc.)

    “Why not challenge them on the ‘field of play’ where everyone has an equal chance?”

    Good grief, what a weird old-fashioned notion! One might as well expect American soldiers to fight patriot “rebels” on a “level playing field”. Whereas in reality, they huddle in their shelters and call in overwhelming air strikes to bury their enemies in high explosive, white phosphorus and napalm.

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  37. wayfarer says:

    … politics, politicians, “power,” government, governance, laws, greed, corruption, war – toxins that attenuate the human spirit.

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  38. Banning Russians seems like a good way to tilt the table in one’s favor so’s to obtain bragging rights about which country has the most medals.

    There’s little doubt in my mind that something similar goes on with Nobel prizes, Poolitzers and all the rest of the prominent “awards,” most, if not all, of which ultimately serve obvious political ends.

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    "...something similar goes on with Nobel prizes, Pulitzers and all the rest of the prominent “awards,” most, if not all, of which ultimately serve obvious political ends."
    -- Agree. Exhibit one is our Peace Prize Laureate, Obama the Fraud.
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  39. Joe Hide says:

    To Mike Whitney,
    Way to go Mike! You know, the information and analysis You gave was great, readable, and not too long. Some authors who think we seekers of Truth at Unz.com are looking for a long textbook instead of a well written, concise, and focused information source as You just presented. Especially great was Your changing “New World Order” into “New World Disorder”… Ha! Keep it up Champ.

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  40. Ken S says:

    If President Trump is serious about establishing better relations with Russia (highly questionable), there would be no better time for him to Tweet about the unfairness of what the IOC (under the thumb of the USA) is doing to Russia. This IOC action will, I hope, speed up the demise of these ‘games,’ which have been used by both countries in advancing the Cold War hysteria. However, since the fall of the USSR, it has been exclusively the US at fault. I know that I will not be watching, and I hope millions more will more productively spend their leisure time (like reading a book for a change).

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  41. If Putin played by the rules of international law and kept out of Ukraine, no one would see any reason to punish Russia. Indeed, Russia wasn’t “punished” for anything until someone (probably an American) filled Putin’s head with pipedreams of “Eurasian” imperial glory.

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    Seems like your trolling for you try to mix international law (something this country can't even spell) Nam Syria Iraq Libya and a host of other counties are proof of that into the doping and the games...
    , @nickels
    Sounds like somebody has eaten one too many of Victoria Nuland's cookies.
    What do you have against Eurasia? Have your Ukrainian neo-Nazi buddies turned you into some kind of racist?
    , @AnonFromTN
    Sorry to point out the obvious, but the world is not centered on Ukraine. Ukraine (or the Ukraine, as Trump aptly put it) is no more than a third-rate country the US tried to use as a battering ram against Russia and failed. Not for the lack of trying: just Ukraine turned out to be a lot more rotten than anyone could expect. The game is much bigger: the US Empire is losing its domination to the China-Russia alliance (in fact, an unnatural alliance, forced on both countries by totally insane and dangerously belligerent actions of the US).
    As far as the international law goes, the US has torn it to shreds many times over, Kosovo and Iraq war being the most blatant examples.
    , @norse nestor
    Michael Kenny, feeling safe behind US army,

    It's not about Putin.
    , @Anon
    "If Putin played by the rules of international law ..."
    Fantastic proposition by a hardened ziocon. Why did'not you keep out your Nuland-Kagan from making the regime change in Ukraine, in violation of all international laws? It was a blatant coup d'etat that has resulted in impoverishment of ordinary Ukrainians and in the spectacular rise in corruption. And, a cherry on a top of your Kaganist poop, the regime change has empowered Ukrainian neo-Nazis. The latter is some very special contribution by the Kagans' clan to the memory of WWII.
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  42. @Andrei Martyanov

    So a “punitive” confrontation directed at Russia, “with coercion if necessary”, is set for this summer 2018.
     
    The United States doesn't have resources for any confrontation. To do nasty petty things against Russia here and there? Sure. A lot of rich aggressive rhetoric? Absolutely. Real Confrontation? No. But considering US track record of the last 70 years, some provocation, false flag ops are to be expected, especially around the time of the World Cup.

    The United States doesn’t have resources for any confrontation.

    True.

    It never had any guts for a fair fight either, despite the constant, over-the-top, self-aggrandizing rhetoric.

    Historically, the US only confronts those who are in little position to fight back. If overwhelming odds are not in its favor, it cowers like a beaten pup or worse.

    And in case anyone thinks I missed something, (such as “The Big One”), I didn’t.

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    Russia vs Checnya was a fair fight ?
    Russia vs Afghanistan ?
    Oh Vlad looks so masculine on a horsey tho......
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  43. @Phyllis A
    I have the same thought anytime I listen to Nutti Nikki and Trump at the UN.

    The UN was created for peace after the horrors of WW2. To be threatening nuclear holocaust while in the UN building is the ultimate disrespect. Not disrespect to some institution or building. But total disrespect to the billions of people who wanted peace after the horrors of WW2.

    And now, total disrespect to the notion of peace at the Olympics.

    Note that you do not hear a word from the US about an Olympic tradition that dates back to Greece. The idea of an Olympic Truce. The idea that for just a couple of weeks we stop killing each other and stop creating more mental and physical cripples and that we put that awful phrase 'collateral damage' on hold while the Olympic Flame burns.

    Instead, the US has in recent years used the time of the Olympics to launch an attack. That happened during the last Winter Olympics when the US decided to overthrow a democracy and sponser the return of fascism to the European continent while the Olympic Torch was burning.

    The UN was created for peace after the horrors of WW2.

    It was?

    How did you arrive at that conclusion?

    There’s a 7 letter word that describes the “reason” given for its existence. (Hint: the first three letters are “pre,” and the last 4 are “text.”)

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  44. bluedog says:
    @Michael Kenny
    If Putin played by the rules of international law and kept out of Ukraine, no one would see any reason to punish Russia. Indeed, Russia wasn't "punished" for anything until someone (probably an American) filled Putin's head with pipedreams of "Eurasian" imperial glory.

    Seems like your trolling for you try to mix international law (something this country can’t even spell) Nam Syria Iraq Libya and a host of other counties are proof of that into the doping and the games…

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  46. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:

    The Empire missed again. Those who orchestrated shameful decision by IOC to ban Russia from 2018 Olympics, based on the presumption of guilt (how else can one interpret the statement that sportsmen must prove that they are doping-free), did not cause any anti-Putin sentiment in Russia. Instead, they caused a lot of anti-Western feelings and forced Putin to declare that he is running for president again earlier than he planned. His support stands at ~68% today (according to the polls), so any Western politician can only envy him.
    The Olympics, however discredited, still matter. However, the US and its vassals via wholly owned IOC and WADA are doing their level best to destroy the Olympics. A pity.

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    The Olympics, however discredited, still matter. However, the US and its vassals via wholly owned IOC and WADA are doing their level best to destroy the Olympics. A pity.

    Olympics has turned into stupid showbiz. Did you see recent winter olympics with all those junky new competitions to make it seem more cool and hip?
    , @Curmudgeon
    According to WADA, these 2 - running a sub 10s 100m, while smiling and not being winded - are clean.
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  47. Che Guava says:
    @Verymuchalive
    You spend over 2,00 words without dealing with the ****ing obvious. Of course, this is a petty and spiteful act by the American Government. They control the IOC and WADA, and through them Winter Sports and Track and Field. However, virtually all other sports rebuffed them at Rio.
    Every 4 years, the world's largest and most important sporting event takes place. The FIFA World Cup. In 6 months' time, it commences in Russia, who are hosts. America have failed to qualify.

    As well as being petty and spiteful, it's also an admission of failure. Despite serious efforts, the American Government has failed completely in stopping Russia 2018. So it has scuppered Russia's Winter Olympic participation instead. But in 6 month's time, I don't think many will remember.

    Long term, the abolition of the Olympics must have been aided by this move. IMHO no bad thing.

    I agree with you and all of the commenters below yours that are expressing similar sentiments. Will adding that the inclusion of nonsenical sports with few participants and a particular sexual-orientation factor (e.g., women’s rugby) is a joke. Many more, golf at the next. Exclusion of softball before, etc.

    If women’s rugby is included in the name of equality of the sexes, why not throw men’s synchro-swimming and rhythmic gym in?

    Svnchro-swimming is nonsense in any case, sure, it is trying for competitors, but it just looks stupid.

    Also to agreeing with Andrei Martinov’s comments, as usual, very good points, particularly on systematic drug use by western competitors.

    They don’t even keep their own rules, like ‘single city’, Tokyo is not a city, but a province (prefecture or governate), but several events are to be held, not only not in Tokyo, but in the next prefecture to the north.

    Sth. Korea is very cold in winter, but has no tradition in winter sports, sure, they have good talemted skaters now, speed and figure, but AEAIK, all trained elsewhere.

    Otherwise nothing.

    Am not knowing the Pyeonchang slogan, but Tokyo’s is ‘Umity in Diversity’, saw it several times on a train through the epicentre of the the ‘limpics, prep. on Wednsday, many excavation machhnes, one station name was especially evocative ‘forest of tennis’, while bulldozers were ripping the tennis courts apart.

    Whoever was making the ‘unity in diversity’ was thinking only of the variance of paralympic disabilities (also subject to much cheating) or a totally cynical liar.

    There should be a movement to integrate the ‘Special Olympics’ in the same way as Paralympics, not that I have not had retarded friends, have one now, but to make it all (IOC) look as retarded as it is.

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    You may be an old leftist, Senor Guava, but you talk a great deal of sense. I suppose it's because you live in Tokyo, not San Francisco. You rather remind me of that Donald Collins, Democrat bloke, who writes for Vdare. It must be horrible to have to put up with all that modern Neo-Marxist insanity that masquerades as modern leftism.
    As Donald Collins would agree, a Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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  48. nickels says:

    America is dispicable and seems to have accepted its inheritance as Empire of absolute immorality from the Brits without missing a step.

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  49. nickels says:
    @Michael Kenny
    If Putin played by the rules of international law and kept out of Ukraine, no one would see any reason to punish Russia. Indeed, Russia wasn't "punished" for anything until someone (probably an American) filled Putin's head with pipedreams of "Eurasian" imperial glory.

    Sounds like somebody has eaten one too many of Victoria Nuland’s cookies.
    What do you have against Eurasia? Have your Ukrainian neo-Nazi buddies turned you into some kind of racist?

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  50. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @Michael Kenny
    If Putin played by the rules of international law and kept out of Ukraine, no one would see any reason to punish Russia. Indeed, Russia wasn't "punished" for anything until someone (probably an American) filled Putin's head with pipedreams of "Eurasian" imperial glory.

    Sorry to point out the obvious, but the world is not centered on Ukraine. Ukraine (or the Ukraine, as Trump aptly put it) is no more than a third-rate country the US tried to use as a battering ram against Russia and failed. Not for the lack of trying: just Ukraine turned out to be a lot more rotten than anyone could expect. The game is much bigger: the US Empire is losing its domination to the China-Russia alliance (in fact, an unnatural alliance, forced on both countries by totally insane and dangerously belligerent actions of the US).
    As far as the international law goes, the US has torn it to shreds many times over, Kosovo and Iraq war being the most blatant examples.

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  51. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @AnonFromTN
    The Empire missed again. Those who orchestrated shameful decision by IOC to ban Russia from 2018 Olympics, based on the presumption of guilt (how else can one interpret the statement that sportsmen must prove that they are doping-free), did not cause any anti-Putin sentiment in Russia. Instead, they caused a lot of anti-Western feelings and forced Putin to declare that he is running for president again earlier than he planned. His support stands at ~68% today (according to the polls), so any Western politician can only envy him.
    The Olympics, however discredited, still matter. However, the US and its vassals via wholly owned IOC and WADA are doing their level best to destroy the Olympics. A pity.

    The Olympics, however discredited, still matter. However, the US and its vassals via wholly owned IOC and WADA are doing their level best to destroy the Olympics. A pity.

    Olympics has turned into stupid showbiz. Did you see recent winter olympics with all those junky new competitions to make it seem more cool and hip?

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    You may be right. I didn’t watch TV for more than 10 years.
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  52. I recall South Africa was banned during Apartheid yrs.

    So, why is Israel allowed to compete even though it continues to occupy West Bank?

    Of course, there are no principles at work here. It’s all behind-the-scenes politics, and these IOC people are nothing but whores of the Empire.

    Btw, the US should be banned for 100 yrs for destroying so many nations in the 21st century.

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    So, why is Israel allowed to compete even though it continues to occupy West Bank?
     
    If being involved in an occupation is the standard by which you get banned from the Olympics than you yourself should be very satisfied that Russia is banned . Russia currently occupies Checnya ,Dagestan ,Kaliningrad and Crimea. That's your rules prissboi.

    Furthermore according to your standards many more countries would be banned including but not limited to :
    Turkey occupying Cyprus and Kurdistan
    Indonesia occupying Papua
    Morocco occcupying Western Sahara
    Sudan occupying Darfur
    Nigeria occupying Biafra
    China occupying Xinyang an Tibet
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  53. @Beckow
    Winter Olympics in the depths of Asia, in the wrong time zone, NHL banning its hockey players, and Russia not officially going. That will do wonders to attract an audience.

    Yeah, put the (Winter) Olympics out of their misery. This over-reach by a bunch of Anglo functionaries has killed it. We won't have to watch ADD-drugged gymnasts (US team), asthmatic skiers from Norway and swimmers from UK (almost all of them claim to have asthma). But as WADA proudly says: 'they did the paperwork', so it must be all right.

    I would bet that the TV rights for the next Olympics won't fetch the usual top dollar.

    “The NHL not sending their best…”
    The Olympics are supposed to be for amateurs. When the much hated Avery Brundage (who insisted on amateurism and no politics) died the globalists quickly turned the Olympics from a sporting event into a commercial enterprise. I say “much hated” because he was an obstacle to the blatant corruption which is now the Olympic ideal.

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  54. Svigor says:

    The Soviets and Russians had a doping regime to end all doping regimes. Sitting out an Olympics or three seems an appropriate consequence.

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  55. Svigor says:

    Btw, the US should be banned for 100 yrs for destroying so many nations in the 21st century.

    True, but doping’s a bit more immediately relevant to the Olympics than warmongering.

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  56. @AnonFromTN
    The Empire missed again. Those who orchestrated shameful decision by IOC to ban Russia from 2018 Olympics, based on the presumption of guilt (how else can one interpret the statement that sportsmen must prove that they are doping-free), did not cause any anti-Putin sentiment in Russia. Instead, they caused a lot of anti-Western feelings and forced Putin to declare that he is running for president again earlier than he planned. His support stands at ~68% today (according to the polls), so any Western politician can only envy him.
    The Olympics, however discredited, still matter. However, the US and its vassals via wholly owned IOC and WADA are doing their level best to destroy the Olympics. A pity.

    According to WADA, these 2 – running a sub 10s 100m, while smiling and not being winded – are clean.

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    Yea, WADA is as trustworthy as the State Department, or as Colin Powell with that vial in the UN.
    , @Truth
    They were only running for 9 seconds, how winded should they be?
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  57. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @Anon
    The Olympics, however discredited, still matter. However, the US and its vassals via wholly owned IOC and WADA are doing their level best to destroy the Olympics. A pity.

    Olympics has turned into stupid showbiz. Did you see recent winter olympics with all those junky new competitions to make it seem more cool and hip?

    You may be right. I didn’t watch TV for more than 10 years.

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  58. Svigor says:

    True.

    It never had any guts for a fair fight either, despite the constant, over-the-top, self-aggrandizing rhetoric.

    Historically, the US only confronts those who are in little position to fight back. If overwhelming odds are not in its favor, it cowers like a beaten pup or worse.

    And in case anyone thinks I missed something, (such as “The Big One”), I didn’t.

    I think not biting off more than you can chew and, say, turning Europe into an ash heap, getting tens of millions of people killed, and your country split in half and turned pozzed as fuck is probably a good policy.

    P.S., what’s Russia’s glorious history of nobly fighting evil bigger than itself? To ask is to laff.

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  59. Svigor says:

    Russia got their asses kicked by the Mongols, I guess that qualifies, but their behavior was hardly their finest hour.

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    Wasn’t that many centuries ago? And where are these Mongols now? Russia beat united Europe to a pulp in the nineteenth century (Napoleon), and then in the twentieth century (Hitler). Europe is united again, making silly noises again, so I am happy not to be in Europe.
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  60. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @Svigor
    Russia got their asses kicked by the Mongols, I guess that qualifies, but their behavior was hardly their finest hour.

    Wasn’t that many centuries ago? And where are these Mongols now? Russia beat united Europe to a pulp in the nineteenth century (Napoleon), and then in the twentieth century (Hitler). Europe is united again, making silly noises again, so I am happy not to be in Europe.

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    aaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
    It's all about Ded Moroz>
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  61. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @Curmudgeon
    According to WADA, these 2 - running a sub 10s 100m, while smiling and not being winded - are clean.
    https://africa.cgtn.com/wp-content/photo-gallery/2016/08/bolt.jpg

    Yea, WADA is as trustworthy as the State Department, or as Colin Powell with that vial in the UN.

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  62. Swan Knight says: • Website

    The Saker correctly called this action against Russia petty harassment. The Olympics long ago should’ve been put to sleep. The Olympics combine the worst of globalism, nationalism, corporatism, and consumerism. It bankrupts poor countries and uses security as an excuse to employ totalitarian measures on supposed free countries. The facilities built for the Olympics prove useless after the Olympics. The LA Coliseum proved so useless for any other sport that LA lost the NFL for almost three decades. Montreal lost the Expos as a result of their Olympic Stadium proving a post games disaster. The Atlanta Turner Field is already demolished. Brazil is bankrupt and many of their people go hungry as the Olympic facilities decay. London put snipers on the roofs of private home owners and sent secret stasi to protect trademarks. Fuck the Olympics. Mother Russia is better off without them. Like in 1984, any victory without Russia is hollow. The less people watch on TV or buy tickets the better. They say all good things come to an end. This bad thing can’t end soon enough

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  63. Mikhail says: • Website

    Svigor,

    According to WADA/IOC, an acknowledged stat shows Italy with more Olympic sport documented drug cheats than Russia – while having less as many competitors as Russia. About three other countries have a higher per capita doping problem than Russia, with two others being on par with Russia.

    This matter is clearly about an extreme anti-Russian bias as noted here with related links:

    http://www.unz.com/mwhitney/petty-backstabbing-washington-sinks-russias-olympic-dreams/#comment-2117767

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  64. El Dato says:
    @Phyllis A
    I have the same thought anytime I listen to Nutti Nikki and Trump at the UN.

    The UN was created for peace after the horrors of WW2. To be threatening nuclear holocaust while in the UN building is the ultimate disrespect. Not disrespect to some institution or building. But total disrespect to the billions of people who wanted peace after the horrors of WW2.

    And now, total disrespect to the notion of peace at the Olympics.

    Note that you do not hear a word from the US about an Olympic tradition that dates back to Greece. The idea of an Olympic Truce. The idea that for just a couple of weeks we stop killing each other and stop creating more mental and physical cripples and that we put that awful phrase 'collateral damage' on hold while the Olympic Flame burns.

    Instead, the US has in recent years used the time of the Olympics to launch an attack. That happened during the last Winter Olympics when the US decided to overthrow a democracy and sponser the return of fascism to the European continent while the Olympic Torch was burning.

    Instead, the US has in recent years used the time of the Olympics to launch an attack.

    You may remember the 2008 Summer Olympics and a little event in Georgia that took place at exactly that time. It always struck me as “well chosen”.

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  65. El Dato says:
    @Wally
    ".... the US decided to overthrow a democracy and sponser the return of fascism to the European continent while the Olympic Torch was burning."

    Since you seem to know, please tell us what fascism is, why it's bad, etc.

    > Why is fascism bad

    Gee, I dunno.

    Because it’s nepotism on steroids, even bigger assholes rise to the top even faster with no way of dislogding them save Barret Light Fifty to the head and everyone is behaving like flaming faggots marching around in leather strapped uniforms.

    Also, control economy, which is retarded beyond words.

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  66. I think the Russians are also worried about Kim Jong-un, that being said if they have any sway over him at all. The Russians might provide North Korea with some incentives to lob a few artillery shells at one of those South Korean islands or another torpedo attack against ROK patrol boat a few weeks before the opening ceremonies. That might sway a few top athletes to stay home which could turn the entire thing into a financial fiasco.

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  67. Truth says:
    @Curmudgeon
    According to WADA, these 2 - running a sub 10s 100m, while smiling and not being winded - are clean.
    https://africa.cgtn.com/wp-content/photo-gallery/2016/08/bolt.jpg

    They were only running for 9 seconds, how winded should they be?

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  68. Svigor says:

    Wasn’t that many centuries ago? And where are these Mongols now? Russia beat united Europe to a pulp in the nineteenth century (Napoleon), and then in the twentieth century (Hitler). Europe is united again, making silly noises again, so I am happy not to be in Europe.

    Well, yeah. History goes back many centuries, what can I tell ya? The point was that Russia has no history of waging aggressive wars for the good of humankind, which calls the relevance of Jacques’ point into question. Point is, nobody has such a history.

    As for the Mongols, they were vile, lice-ridden, bandit scum, the worst people in history, and I’m glad they’re complete nobodies now. If I had my way they’d be wiped out to make sure they never try it again.

    Russia didn’t beat the Nazis to a pulp. In fact, the Germans embarrassed the Russians, nearly decapitating the scumbag Soviet regime with inferior tanks and far fewer men, despite Russia’s vast territory, and the fact that the Reds were fighting on home territory. And they still needed Britain and USA to eke out the scant win they got. That’s where communism gets you.

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    { In fact, the Germans embarrassed the Russians, }

    Oh yeah: this MasterRace scarecrow sure embarrassed that poor, poor Russian Untermensch.

    [A Red Army soldier marches a German soldier into captivity.]
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/46/Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-E0406-0022-011%2C_Russland%2C_deutscher_Kriegsgefangener.jpg

    {.... they still needed Britain and USA to eke out the scant win they got.}

    Britain and USA saved half of Germany from the Red Army steamroller that would have rolled all the way to the Channel, if not for USA coming to save the Nazis*.
    And British expeditionary force ran like chickens in front of Panzers and were saved from annihilation by Hitler's charity for his fellow Anglo Saxon kin.
    And bled out Nazis gave a hell of beating to GIs, who were saved only by the mighty US Air Force at the Battle of the Bulge.

    So much for Brits and USA supposedly helping USSR to wipe out the Nazi war machine.

    ______________
    * Yep: USA recruited lots of of Nazis after the war ended (e.g. Reinhard Gehle, etc). In fact committed Nazi von Braun is who put US men on the moon.

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  69. Pericles says:

    I want muh winter sports. Russia should if nothing else reuse Sochi and invite the world’s nations to compete in, say, the Russia Winter Games every four years. (Two years out of sync with the Winter Olympics as a courtesy.) Choose a nice and sensible subset of the available sports to keep costs down.

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  70. @AnonFromTN
    Wasn’t that many centuries ago? And where are these Mongols now? Russia beat united Europe to a pulp in the nineteenth century (Napoleon), and then in the twentieth century (Hitler). Europe is united again, making silly noises again, so I am happy not to be in Europe.

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
    It’s all about Ded Moroz>

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  71. Avery says:
    @Svigor

    Wasn’t that many centuries ago? And where are these Mongols now? Russia beat united Europe to a pulp in the nineteenth century (Napoleon), and then in the twentieth century (Hitler). Europe is united again, making silly noises again, so I am happy not to be in Europe.
     
    Well, yeah. History goes back many centuries, what can I tell ya? The point was that Russia has no history of waging aggressive wars for the good of humankind, which calls the relevance of Jacques' point into question. Point is, nobody has such a history.

    As for the Mongols, they were vile, lice-ridden, bandit scum, the worst people in history, and I'm glad they're complete nobodies now. If I had my way they'd be wiped out to make sure they never try it again.

    Russia didn't beat the Nazis to a pulp. In fact, the Germans embarrassed the Russians, nearly decapitating the scumbag Soviet regime with inferior tanks and far fewer men, despite Russia's vast territory, and the fact that the Reds were fighting on home territory. And they still needed Britain and USA to eke out the scant win they got. That's where communism gets you.

    { In fact, the Germans embarrassed the Russians, }

    Oh yeah: this MasterRace scarecrow sure embarrassed that poor, poor Russian Untermensch.

    [A Red Army soldier marches a German soldier into captivity.]
    {…. they still needed Britain and USA to eke out the scant win they got.}

    Britain and USA saved half of Germany from the Red Army steamroller that would have rolled all the way to the Channel, if not for USA coming to save the Nazis*.
    And British expeditionary force ran like chickens in front of Panzers and were saved from annihilation by Hitler’s charity for his fellow Anglo Saxon kin.
    And bled out Nazis gave a hell of beating to GIs, who were saved only by the mighty US Air Force at the Battle of the Bulge.

    So much for Brits and USA supposedly helping USSR to wipe out the Nazi war machine.

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    * Yep: USA recruited lots of of Nazis after the war ended (e.g. Reinhard Gehle, etc). In fact committed Nazi von Braun is who put US men on the moon.

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    Trump said that he want NASA to go to moon next year.
    Some people believe that Moon landing newer happened.
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  72. Jack Cade says:
    @Verymuchalive
    You spend over 2,00 words without dealing with the ****ing obvious. Of course, this is a petty and spiteful act by the American Government. They control the IOC and WADA, and through them Winter Sports and Track and Field. However, virtually all other sports rebuffed them at Rio.
    Every 4 years, the world's largest and most important sporting event takes place. The FIFA World Cup. In 6 months' time, it commences in Russia, who are hosts. America have failed to qualify.

    As well as being petty and spiteful, it's also an admission of failure. Despite serious efforts, the American Government has failed completely in stopping Russia 2018. So it has scuppered Russia's Winter Olympic participation instead. But in 6 month's time, I don't think many will remember.

    Long term, the abolition of the Olympics must have been aided by this move. IMHO no bad thing.

    (((They))) are at war with Russia.

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  73. @Michael Kenny
    If Putin played by the rules of international law and kept out of Ukraine, no one would see any reason to punish Russia. Indeed, Russia wasn't "punished" for anything until someone (probably an American) filled Putin's head with pipedreams of "Eurasian" imperial glory.

    Michael Kenny, feeling safe behind US army,

    It’s not about Putin.

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  74. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Russia has reoccupied it’s pedestal as the premier pysop. It is all theater to divide the zombies, just like the cold war. The US and Russia are actually very close. They’ve worked together to depopulate and displace. The spoils and strategic resources in the Middle East are divided. Keep this in mind when you consider all things Syria. The two allies are polite and professional: “After you. No after you. We’ll bomb some of your people so you can flatten a bunch of cities. Thanks.”

    ‘Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia’. That famous ruse from 1984 that the ‘Party’ made up for their citizens. The proles could then be conveniently bombed.

    It’s obvious. The Russian show is being offered to Americans as an easy A or B choice.

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  75. Wally says:
    @El Dato
    > Why is fascism bad

    Gee, I dunno.

    Because it's nepotism on steroids, even bigger assholes rise to the top even faster with no way of dislogding them save Barret Light Fifty to the head and everyone is behaving like flaming faggots marching around in leather strapped uniforms.

    Also, control economy, which is retarded beyond words.

    Your description reads like communism.

    http://www.codoh.com

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  76. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Wally
    ".... the US decided to overthrow a democracy and sponser the return of fascism to the European continent while the Olympic Torch was burning."

    Since you seem to know, please tell us what fascism is, why it's bad, etc.

    Ever heard the name of Nuland-Kagan? How about Right Sector – an openly neo-Nazi organization that is currently represented in Kievan government of the US choosing? What about the nomination of Saakishvilli, who is wanted in his native Georgia, a governor of a large Ukrainian region (Odessa)? Still believe in benevolent unicorns?

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  77. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @jacques sheete
    Banning Russians seems like a good way to tilt the table in one's favor so's to obtain bragging rights about which country has the most medals.

    There's little doubt in my mind that something similar goes on with Nobel prizes, Poolitzers and all the rest of the prominent "awards," most, if not all, of which ultimately serve obvious political ends.

    “…something similar goes on with Nobel prizes, Pulitzers and all the rest of the prominent “awards,” most, if not all, of which ultimately serve obvious political ends.”
    – Agree. Exhibit one is our Peace Prize Laureate, Obama the Fraud.

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  78. yeah says:
    @Corvinus
    "The Olympics is a useless, expensive endeavor. It does nothing for humanity."

    Except build unity, character, and showcases our skill and talent as human beings.

    "But this situation does show one more example of the pettiness of the US on it’s trip down the shit slide."

    The ruling was the final confirmation that Russia was guilty of executing an extensive state-backed doping program, which rivaled East Germany. They must go back.

    And don't let Mr. Whitney's posturing about American doping, because that is a red herring.

    “Except (that Olympics) build unity, character, and showcases our skill and talent as human beings”.

    Spot on, genius! Sitting in bars guzzling beer watching the pros go at it is a great way to build character. America’s obesity problem derives from not watching too much of things that build “unity, character, etc.”.

    How about banning these commercial spectacles and using a fraction of the money saved to build gyms and training facilities for ALL youngsters? Show these iPhone and facebook addicts that it can be fun to kick the ball, to swing the bat, and to do even a modest power lift? But I guess that wouldn’t quite “showcase our skill and talent as human beings”.

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  79. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Michael Kenny
    If Putin played by the rules of international law and kept out of Ukraine, no one would see any reason to punish Russia. Indeed, Russia wasn't "punished" for anything until someone (probably an American) filled Putin's head with pipedreams of "Eurasian" imperial glory.

    “If Putin played by the rules of international law …”
    Fantastic proposition by a hardened ziocon. Why did’not you keep out your Nuland-Kagan from making the regime change in Ukraine, in violation of all international laws? It was a blatant coup d’etat that has resulted in impoverishment of ordinary Ukrainians and in the spectacular rise in corruption. And, a cherry on a top of your Kaganist poop, the regime change has empowered Ukrainian neo-Nazis. The latter is some very special contribution by the Kagans’ clan to the memory of WWII.

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    Russia has indeed broken international laws, but their pretexts are far better. I doubt the Ossetians and Abkasians would fair well under Georgia, and US NGOs are obvious CIA fronts which forced Russia to play a bad hand in Ukraine. Kind of strange how Ukraine got world bank loans too as an active conflict area... such rule of law there. The US meanwhile breaks international laws Did bombing Serbia go through the UN? didn't think so.....This is to say nothing of Israel....
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  80. There is a problem with this analysis; it is logical and appeals to moral principles. In so doing, it deals with the facts pertinent to the injustice of banning Russian participation in the Olympics and ignores, probably purposefully, the root cause.

    As an American with Syrian ancestry, I have been watching the events in Syria closely, aided by organizations that mostly tell the whole truth. These include the Saker, RT, Southfront and syria.liveuamap.com. By watching events day to day, it was possible to determine that the US was fomenting chaos and that Russia was working for peace.

    By watching Israeli provocations, both with cross border attacks and with lies and partial truths delivered at the UN and via US media, it is clear who the puppet master is. That the military-industrial complex is also involved cannot be ignored, but their role is more like the big brother who has a drug habit that can only be fixed by getting into brawls, whereas the role of Israel is like the little sister who enables the drug habit and at the same time gets big brother to beat up other kids she does not like.

    Prime culpability rests solely with Israel.

    That a nation chooses to promote its own interest, even when violating international laws, is something I can abide. What irks me is the way our own country has been subverted in order to do Israel’s bidding. To what subversion do I refer and what can be done about it?

    This raises the question: Do the ADL, SPLC, AIPAC and other organizations that appeal to a commonly held belief in the superiority of Zionism (as evidenced by the way certain questions about whether Zionism is even moral or not are disallowed, AKA Crimestop) and in doing so effectively establish a state religion that we used to call politically correct thinking but now simply wi6thout naming them, but implicitly thinking only the correct thoughts that are compatible with Ingsoc.

    The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It does not use the phrase “separation of church and state.”

    It seems to me that so much that is going wrong with my country right now is due to a tacit acceptance of the religion Judaism as expressed in the Talmud, combined with laws such as prohibition of hate crimes and prohibition of the BSD movement.

    I hereby reject Judaism and Zionism as the state religion of the United States of America as 1) unconstitutional and anti-American, 2) Zionist supremacist and 3) immoral.

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  81. @Avery
    { In fact, the Germans embarrassed the Russians, }

    Oh yeah: this MasterRace scarecrow sure embarrassed that poor, poor Russian Untermensch.

    [A Red Army soldier marches a German soldier into captivity.]
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/46/Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-E0406-0022-011%2C_Russland%2C_deutscher_Kriegsgefangener.jpg

    {.... they still needed Britain and USA to eke out the scant win they got.}

    Britain and USA saved half of Germany from the Red Army steamroller that would have rolled all the way to the Channel, if not for USA coming to save the Nazis*.
    And British expeditionary force ran like chickens in front of Panzers and were saved from annihilation by Hitler's charity for his fellow Anglo Saxon kin.
    And bled out Nazis gave a hell of beating to GIs, who were saved only by the mighty US Air Force at the Battle of the Bulge.

    So much for Brits and USA supposedly helping USSR to wipe out the Nazi war machine.

    ______________
    * Yep: USA recruited lots of of Nazis after the war ended (e.g. Reinhard Gehle, etc). In fact committed Nazi von Braun is who put US men on the moon.

    Interesting development!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Trump said that he want NASA to go to moon next year.
    Some people believe that Moon landing newer happened.
    So we will se if conspiracy theorists were right!

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    {Some people believe that Moon landing newer happened.}

    Some people believe that the Earth is flat: I do to, because when I drive long distances in middle America e.g. Iowa, Kansas, etc, all I see is endless flat fields of corn, wheat,....I don't see no round Earth.

    During the space race, when US and SU were viciously competing on the world stage to demonstrate which system - capitalism or communism - is better , either side would try to make the other look bad and publicize their failures. If US had not landed men on the Moon, you'd never hear the end of the 'fraud' from USSR propaganda organs. And they had the technology and the means to prove it: USSR had landed Lunokhod robot on the moon in early 70s. They could easily send multiple spaceships to the moon to provide video/photo proof if US had not landed men, if they had not.

    SU knew US had, and that they had lost _that_ race, and quietly abandoned their own efforts to land men on the moon.

    , @Truth
    We can't go. They lost the 1967 technology.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl1H1WxWTuc
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  82. Avery says:
    @Ilyana_Rozumova
    Interesting development!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Trump said that he want NASA to go to moon next year.
    Some people believe that Moon landing newer happened.
    So we will se if conspiracy theorists were right!

    {Some people believe that Moon landing newer happened.}

    Some people believe that the Earth is flat: I do to, because when I drive long distances in middle America e.g. Iowa, Kansas, etc, all I see is endless flat fields of corn, wheat,….I don’t see no round Earth.

    During the space race, when US and SU were viciously competing on the world stage to demonstrate which system – capitalism or communism – is better , either side would try to make the other look bad and publicize their failures. If US had not landed men on the Moon, you’d never hear the end of the ‘fraud’ from USSR propaganda organs. And they had the technology and the means to prove it: USSR had landed Lunokhod robot on the moon in early 70s. They could easily send multiple spaceships to the moon to provide video/photo proof if US had not landed men, if they had not.

    SU knew US had, and that they had lost _that_ race, and quietly abandoned their own efforts to land men on the moon.

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    Please do not talk to me stupid. (I do not insinuate that you are stupid.)

    Obviously you do not follow alternative media. (there were some interesting things.)
    If there was a moon landing, was it only act to prove the prestige of US?
    Does the moon exploration have any scientific value?
    Why after 45 years passed there was no any progress from knowledge gained by landing on the moon?
    What about building a permanent station on the moon for scientific exploration and experiments?
    Or because Wernher Von Brown died?

    Trump, when he said that he wants new round trip to moon, he did not submit any justification.


    So this is for me simply strange affair.

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  83. TT says:

    Just wonder why no single country willing to stand up for this blatant abuse of American hegemony, by boycotting the Olympic together, especially so call Russia ally like China, Iran, North Korea, Philippine President who pledged to be ally of Russia China axis, Syria, Brics, SCO, Cuba, Venezuela,…if all these countries will stand up and say in unity, Russia or nothing, it will crush the OIC decision. Olympic Committee is after $ in its blood, and SKorea will cry to have its Winter Olym only having US&Nato war gaming without China & Russia.

    These countries are like those cowards who just hope they will not be the unlucky one pick by the school bully while watching someone getting beat up by a group of thugs, instead of all unite and sanctioned these USNato bullies.

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  84. Vidi says:

    Just wonder why no single country willing to stand up for this blatant abuse of American hegemony, by boycotting the Olympic together, especially so call Russia ally like China, Iran, North Korea, Philippine President who pledged to be ally of Russia China axis, Syria, Brics, SCO, Cuba, Venezuela,…if all these countries will stand up and say in unity, Russia or nothing, it will crush the OIC decision. Olympic Committee is after $ in its blood, and SKorea will cry to have its Winter Olym only having US&Nato war gaming without China & Russia.

    Because the IOC probably makes far more money from just the U.S. than from all those countries you mentioned, combined. So a simultaneous boycott by those countries would be a waste of time, as it would not begin to sway the IOC. What would hurt is for the world to run out of countries willing to shell out the serious $billions needed to host an Olympics. That may be happening.

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  85. Truth says:
    @Ilyana_Rozumova
    Interesting development!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Trump said that he want NASA to go to moon next year.
    Some people believe that Moon landing newer happened.
    So we will se if conspiracy theorists were right!

    We can’t go. They lost the 1967 technology.

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  86. Russ says:
    @Diversity Heretic
    My personal hope is that this kills the Olympic movement Let individual sports have world championships The IOC is already having trouble finding host cities for the summer games Now an entire nation is banned because its politics do not please the Deep State American government Time to put the Olympics out of their political misery

    And I don't think that the Washington Deep State has given up trying to strip Russia of the World Cup Look for some kind of incident, sporting or otherwise, by which Washington will try and pressure FIFA

    “Time to put the Olympics out of their political misery”

    Yes. The time for the Olympics has come … and long gone.

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  87. @Avery
    {Some people believe that Moon landing newer happened.}

    Some people believe that the Earth is flat: I do to, because when I drive long distances in middle America e.g. Iowa, Kansas, etc, all I see is endless flat fields of corn, wheat,....I don't see no round Earth.

    During the space race, when US and SU were viciously competing on the world stage to demonstrate which system - capitalism or communism - is better , either side would try to make the other look bad and publicize their failures. If US had not landed men on the Moon, you'd never hear the end of the 'fraud' from USSR propaganda organs. And they had the technology and the means to prove it: USSR had landed Lunokhod robot on the moon in early 70s. They could easily send multiple spaceships to the moon to provide video/photo proof if US had not landed men, if they had not.

    SU knew US had, and that they had lost _that_ race, and quietly abandoned their own efforts to land men on the moon.

    Please do not talk to me stupid. (I do not insinuate that you are stupid.)

    Obviously you do not follow alternative media. (there were some interesting things.)
    If there was a moon landing, was it only act to prove the prestige of US?
    Does the moon exploration have any scientific value?
    Why after 45 years passed there was no any progress from knowledge gained by landing on the moon?
    What about building a permanent station on the moon for scientific exploration and experiments?
    Or because Wernher Von Brown died?

    Trump, when he said that he wants new round trip to moon, he did not submit any justification.

    So this is for me simply strange affair.

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  88. @Che Guava
    I agree with you and all of the commenters below yours that are expressing similar sentiments. Will adding that the inclusion of nonsenical sports with few participants and a particular sexual-orientation factor (e.g., women's rugby) is a joke. Many more, golf at the next. Exclusion of softball before, etc.

    If women's rugby is included in the name of equality of the sexes, why not throw men's synchro-swimming and rhythmic gym in?

    Svnchro-swimming is nonsense in any case, sure, it is trying for competitors, but it just looks stupid.

    Also to agreeing with Andrei Martinov's comments, as usual, very good points, particularly on systematic drug use by western competitors.

    They don't even keep their own rules, like 'single city', Tokyo is not a city, but a province (prefecture or governate), but several events are to be held, not only not in Tokyo, but in the next prefecture to the north.

    Sth. Korea is very cold in winter, but has no tradition in winter sports, sure, they have good talemted skaters now, speed and figure, but AEAIK, all trained elsewhere.

    Otherwise nothing.

    Am not knowing the Pyeonchang slogan, but Tokyo's is 'Umity in Diversity', saw it several times on a train through the epicentre of the the 'limpics, prep. on Wednsday, many excavation machhnes, one station name was especially evocative 'forest of tennis', while bulldozers were ripping the tennis courts apart.

    Whoever was making the 'unity in diversity' was thinking only of the variance of paralympic disabilities (also subject to much cheating) or a totally cynical liar.

    There should be a movement to integrate the 'Special Olympics' in the same way as Paralympics, not that I have not had retarded friends, have one now, but to make it all (IOC) look as retarded as it is.

    You may be an old leftist, Senor Guava, but you talk a great deal of sense. I suppose it’s because you live in Tokyo, not San Francisco. You rather remind me of that Donald Collins, Democrat bloke, who writes for Vdare. It must be horrible to have to put up with all that modern Neo-Marxist insanity that masquerades as modern leftism.
    As Donald Collins would agree, a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    I may be an old-style leftist, I still like the JCP to some extent.

    My u-name is only intended as a joke, but thanks for being perceptive enough to pick that up.

    There was an alternative union for tech. workers, first they were forbidden to be on the grounds, had to hand out leaflets outside, now vanished. The only unions to remain, I don't knowing the precise expression in English, but a company thing, staff association is accurate, I think.

    I look at modern leftism in the west, am horrified, must looking at the writing of this Collins.

    Merry Christmas to you, and thanks too!
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  89. Che Guava says:
    @Verymuchalive
    You may be an old leftist, Senor Guava, but you talk a great deal of sense. I suppose it's because you live in Tokyo, not San Francisco. You rather remind me of that Donald Collins, Democrat bloke, who writes for Vdare. It must be horrible to have to put up with all that modern Neo-Marxist insanity that masquerades as modern leftism.
    As Donald Collins would agree, a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    I may be an old-style leftist, I still like the JCP to some extent.

    My u-name is only intended as a joke, but thanks for being perceptive enough to pick that up.

    There was an alternative union for tech. workers, first they were forbidden to be on the grounds, had to hand out leaflets outside, now vanished. The only unions to remain, I don’t knowing the precise expression in English, but a company thing, staff association is accurate, I think.

    I look at modern leftism in the west, am horrified, must looking at the writing of this Collins.

    Merry Christmas to you, and thanks too!

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  90. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @jacques sheete

    The United States doesn’t have resources for any confrontation.
     
    True.

    It never had any guts for a fair fight either, despite the constant, over-the-top, self-aggrandizing rhetoric.

    Historically, the US only confronts those who are in little position to fight back. If overwhelming odds are not in its favor, it cowers like a beaten pup or worse.

    And in case anyone thinks I missed something, (such as "The Big One"), I didn't.

    Russia vs Checnya was a fair fight ?
    Russia vs Afghanistan ?
    Oh Vlad looks so masculine on a horsey tho……

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    Oh, your Kagans' darlings look so amazing in Ukraine: http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/12/no-stopping-him-saakashvili-keeps-on.html
    "Supporters of the former president of Georgia and the former governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, have stormed the building of the October Palace in Kiev. Having broken the front door and overcoming the national guard, activists penetrated inside the building. Law enforcers used fire extinguishers against them, leaving activists covered in foam. Three small explosions were also heard, doctors are at the scene."
    This Mikheil Saakashvili -- "On August 7, Saakashvili went for the military option. The Georgian military launched a massive artillery attack on Tskhinvali, followed the next day by a ground assault involving tanks. "This was a city with no pure military targets, full of civilians who had been given no warning and were expecting peace talks at any moment." http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2008/08/15/mikheil-saakashvili-war-criminal/
    Saakashvili is wanted by Georgia's government on multiple criminal charges...
    , @Anon
    Aren’t your fair neo-Nazis, supported by the US StateDept and by the hapless Brussels’s “fighters for democracy” (Libyan style), doing great in Ukraine? http://thesaker.is/a-tale-of-two-ukraines-health-care-in-war-torn-lugansk-and-peaceful-kiev/
    “Under the watchful eye of the Ukrainian-American Ulana Suprun, who as Ukraine’s Health Minister pushed Ukraine to legalize the organ trade … and the Ukrainian government now takes your loved one’s organs without consent. Suprun has likewise destroyed cancer treatment in Ukraine. She did this by systematically refusing to purchase the medications needed to treat cancers, heart conditions, and disease...
    Most of the parents of today’s Ukrainian leadership were Nazi soldiers and officers. They fought for Hitler and after WWII they slaughtered another 30,000 Ukrainian civilians in their homes. It took more than 5 years for the Soviets to root out the OUNb and UPA (WWII era Nazi organizations) after WWII. They have come back with a vengeance to Ukraine. Ask Ulana Suprun, her father was a Nazi soldier. Before she came to Ukraine she served the UWC (Ukrainian World Congress) which still celebrates its dead Waffen SS concentration camp guards and teach their children to emulate the actions of WWII Genocidists. These issues are part of the reason that even Bloomberg is questioning why “The West Backed the Wrong Man in Ukraine.”
    --- Ukraine is another "triumph" of Kagans' clan. Why, indeed?
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  91. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor
    I recall South Africa was banned during Apartheid yrs.

    So, why is Israel allowed to compete even though it continues to occupy West Bank?

    Of course, there are no principles at work here. It's all behind-the-scenes politics, and these IOC people are nothing but whores of the Empire.

    Btw, the US should be banned for 100 yrs for destroying so many nations in the 21st century.

    So, why is Israel allowed to compete even though it continues to occupy West Bank?

    If being involved in an occupation is the standard by which you get banned from the Olympics than you yourself should be very satisfied that Russia is banned . Russia currently occupies Checnya ,Dagestan ,Kaliningrad and Crimea. That’s your rules prissboi.

    Furthermore according to your standards many more countries would be banned including but not limited to :
    Turkey occupying Cyprus and Kurdistan
    Indonesia occupying Papua
    Morocco occcupying Western Sahara
    Sudan occupying Darfur
    Nigeria occupying Biafra
    China occupying Xinyang an Tibet

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  92. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @anon
    Russia vs Checnya was a fair fight ?
    Russia vs Afghanistan ?
    Oh Vlad looks so masculine on a horsey tho......

    Oh, your Kagans’ darlings look so amazing in Ukraine: http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/12/no-stopping-him-saakashvili-keeps-on.html
    “Supporters of the former president of Georgia and the former governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, have stormed the building of the October Palace in Kiev. Having broken the front door and overcoming the national guard, activists penetrated inside the building. Law enforcers used fire extinguishers against them, leaving activists covered in foam. Three small explosions were also heard, doctors are at the scene.”
    This Mikheil Saakashvili — “On August 7, Saakashvili went for the military option. The Georgian military launched a massive artillery attack on Tskhinvali, followed the next day by a ground assault involving tanks. “This was a city with no pure military targets, full of civilians who had been given no warning and were expecting peace talks at any moment.” http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2008/08/15/mikheil-saakashvili-war-criminal/
    Saakashvili is wanted by Georgia’s government on multiple criminal charges…

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  93. @eD
    If you read other articles on this site, you will find that US officials (such as Nikki Haley to name names) have been making noises about the USA keeping American athletes away from the games on the grounds that that they will get in the way of the war they plan to start there.

    I'm actually rooting for them to do this. It would provided more needed confirmation to everyone that the US "leadership" are completely nuts, and go some distance to destroying the Olympic Games, which probably now do need to be put out of their misery.

    There is no “U.S.” leadership. Thanks to industrial-scale extortion operations against American legislators, America is a captive nation of the Global Jewish Collective that treats ALL nations as expendable (except their global gangster hideout on the Levant).

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    Typical Unz dork , whining and crying 24/7 year after year about how bad America is and how its run down the toilet by the Jews who control it. Screaming how great Russia and Iran are. Yet and still they never leave the Jew hell hole of USA to move to Russia or Iran. Put your money where your mouth is , weakling.

    Guess I cant expect much more seeing as the whiners writing for this site (saker) (shamir ) etc also vote with their feet and live in USA as well.
    , @Ilyana_Rozumova
    On the clear day you can see forever.
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  94. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Larry Leisure
    There is no "U.S." leadership. Thanks to industrial-scale extortion operations against American legislators, America is a captive nation of the Global Jewish Collective that treats ALL nations as expendable (except their global gangster hideout on the Levant).

    Typical Unz dork , whining and crying 24/7 year after year about how bad America is and how its run down the toilet by the Jews who control it. Screaming how great Russia and Iran are. Yet and still they never leave the Jew hell hole of USA to move to Russia or Iran. Put your money where your mouth is , weakling.

    Guess I cant expect much more seeing as the whiners writing for this site (saker) (shamir ) etc also vote with their feet and live in USA as well.

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    I do have to say it.
    That was bellow the belt.
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  95. Ghost says:

    Petty, backstabbing, war-mongering, murdering America, the world’s #1 nasty drunken sailor looking for trouble, never apologizing, never thinking before firing.

    I’m ashamed of my country.

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    Move to the paradise of Russia or Iran. Why stay in a country you hate ? Why torture yourself ?
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  96. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Ghost
    Petty, backstabbing, war-mongering, murdering America, the world's #1 nasty drunken sailor looking for trouble, never apologizing, never thinking before firing.

    I'm ashamed of my country.

    Move to the paradise of Russia or Iran. Why stay in a country you hate ? Why torture yourself ?

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    WILL YOU DESIST FROM REPORTING THE PEDOPHILIA BEHAVIORS OF YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS?

    Those who want antiwar anti interventionist American leave US should think of leaving this world for failing to love this world,work towards peace,for sup[porting destruction of innocents and killing of children and raping of minors.
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  97. @Larry Leisure
    There is no "U.S." leadership. Thanks to industrial-scale extortion operations against American legislators, America is a captive nation of the Global Jewish Collective that treats ALL nations as expendable (except their global gangster hideout on the Levant).

    On the clear day you can see forever.

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  98. @anon
    Typical Unz dork , whining and crying 24/7 year after year about how bad America is and how its run down the toilet by the Jews who control it. Screaming how great Russia and Iran are. Yet and still they never leave the Jew hell hole of USA to move to Russia or Iran. Put your money where your mouth is , weakling.

    Guess I cant expect much more seeing as the whiners writing for this site (saker) (shamir ) etc also vote with their feet and live in USA as well.

    I do have to say it.
    That was bellow the belt.

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  99. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @anon
    Move to the paradise of Russia or Iran. Why stay in a country you hate ? Why torture yourself ?

    WILL YOU DESIST FROM REPORTING THE PEDOPHILIA BEHAVIORS OF YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS?

    Those who want antiwar anti interventionist American leave US should think of leaving this world for failing to love this world,work towards peace,for sup[porting destruction of innocents and killing of children and raping of minors.

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  100. TT says:

    That’s right, US are just over powerful to dictate everything. that today US so blatantly obscene warn the whole world in UN it will take down all names who vote against its Jerusalem embassy decision. Russia will be squeeze out gradually in the world in all areas. Its time for Russia to truly alliance with China for its existential survival by combining all Russia technology wth China economy and manufacturing might to leapfrog US led strangling before the noose close up.

    Imagine what will happen if China got unlimited access to all Russia technology and resources to join produce complete array of military defense system and consumer products? Russia will reap the joint venture awesome profits, got unlimited access to China financial, manufacturing capacity and market to conduct all next gen R&D, producing consumer goods with world market access. It will be a Turbo boost to both countries in every aspects, GDP to shorten the tyranny of US.

    But Ruskies are still keeping its high technology closely afraid China may become too strong to threaten it even facing USNato threat. Another 10 or 20 yrs China will not need Russia technology anymore, Russia will miss such great opportunity.

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  101. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @anon
    Russia vs Checnya was a fair fight ?
    Russia vs Afghanistan ?
    Oh Vlad looks so masculine on a horsey tho......

    Aren’t your fair neo-Nazis, supported by the US StateDept and by the hapless Brussels’s “fighters for democracy” (Libyan style), doing great in Ukraine? http://thesaker.is/a-tale-of-two-ukraines-health-care-in-war-torn-lugansk-and-peaceful-kiev/
    “Under the watchful eye of the Ukrainian-American Ulana Suprun, who as Ukraine’s Health Minister pushed Ukraine to legalize the organ trade … and the Ukrainian government now takes your loved one’s organs without consent. Suprun has likewise destroyed cancer treatment in Ukraine. She did this by systematically refusing to purchase the medications needed to treat cancers, heart conditions, and disease…
    Most of the parents of today’s Ukrainian leadership were Nazi soldiers and officers. They fought for Hitler and after WWII they slaughtered another 30,000 Ukrainian civilians in their homes. It took more than 5 years for the Soviets to root out the OUNb and UPA (WWII era Nazi organizations) after WWII. They have come back with a vengeance to Ukraine. Ask Ulana Suprun, her father was a Nazi soldier. Before she came to Ukraine she served the UWC (Ukrainian World Congress) which still celebrates its dead Waffen SS concentration camp guards and teach their children to emulate the actions of WWII Genocidists. These issues are part of the reason that even Bloomberg is questioning why “The West Backed the Wrong Man in Ukraine.”
    — Ukraine is another “triumph” of Kagans’ clan. Why, indeed?

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  102. gwynedd1 says:
    @Anon
    "If Putin played by the rules of international law ..."
    Fantastic proposition by a hardened ziocon. Why did'not you keep out your Nuland-Kagan from making the regime change in Ukraine, in violation of all international laws? It was a blatant coup d'etat that has resulted in impoverishment of ordinary Ukrainians and in the spectacular rise in corruption. And, a cherry on a top of your Kaganist poop, the regime change has empowered Ukrainian neo-Nazis. The latter is some very special contribution by the Kagans' clan to the memory of WWII.

    Russia has indeed broken international laws, but their pretexts are far better. I doubt the Ossetians and Abkasians would fair well under Georgia, and US NGOs are obvious CIA fronts which forced Russia to play a bad hand in Ukraine. Kind of strange how Ukraine got world bank loans too as an active conflict area… such rule of law there. The US meanwhile breaks international laws Did bombing Serbia go through the UN? didn’t think so…..This is to say nothing of Israel….

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