Oh Good: The Waters Being Used For The Olympics In Rio de Janeiro Are Highly Contaminated With Human Feces
Yum – Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.
An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.
It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites.
Brazilian officials have assured that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes and the medical director of the International Olympic Committee said all was on track for providing safe competing venues. But neither the government nor the IOC tests for viruses, relying on bacteria testing only.
Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil, where the majority of sewage is not treated. Raw waste runs through open-air ditches to streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites.
As a result, Olympic athletes are almost certain to come into contact with disease-causing viruses that in some tests measured up to 1.7 million times the level of what would be considered hazardous on a Southern California beach.
Of all things an Olympic athlete would want to swim through, I have to imagine human sewage is very low on the list. It might not even be on the list. I guess this is the risk you take putting the Olympics in Brazil, but this is obscene. Also. maybe test the waters and get this information out to the public BEFORE you choose where the Olympics are being held. Now you have people going there to train and getting sick because they’re swimming through human shit. The most shocking stat comes at the end, as some waters that were tested were up to 1.7 million times the level of hazardous conditions. 1.7 million! That’s an insane number no matter what you’re testing for, but when the tests include human feces, it’s downright nasty. I don’t know what the remedy for this is, and I know there isn’t one that’s going to make these waters safe by next year, so Mr. Olympic has some serious decisions to make.
For Some Reason a Boston Bruins Fan Got a Tattoo of the PK Subban/Shawn Thornton Water Bottle Incident
Not sure what the point of this is. Didn’t the Bruins lose that series? And didn’t they lose it to the Canadiens, their hated rivals? Why would you want to commemorate that series? Yeah the water bottle incident was funny but it died out after about 40 minutes, and then your team lost the series and went fishing. Maybe next time get a tattoo of a happy Boston Bruins memory. That way you won’t start sobbing every time you have to explain the tattoo.
H2NO – Gwyneth Paltrow is causing controversy again with a statement on her lifestyle website Goop about her belief that water might have feelings.
The 41-year-old actress, who recently split from her husband Chris Martin, endorsed the work of Japanese doctor Masuru Emoto, who has published several books on the theory that human consciousness can change the structure of water.
“I have long had Dr. Emoto’s coffee table book on how negativity changes the structure of water,” Paltrow wrote on her blog. “How the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed around it.”
“I am fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter,” Paltrow added.
Paltrow goes on to share the theories of Emoto through Dr. Habib Sadeghi in her newsletter. In his column, Sadeghi claims he “proved that energy generated by positive or negative words can actually change the physical structure of an object.”
Glad Gwyneth is staying sane after the uncoupling or whatever the hell happened with Chris Martin. Maybe water has feelings, maybe water doesn’t have feelings. But why waste your time even writing something like that? We need water to survive and according to The Doctah our bodies are at least 89% water, and frankly I think he’s lowballing it. Is it a thing where you become famous, live in Hollywood then just think of the craziest thing in the world and starting saying it like it’s your own personal Bible? Gwyneth compared internet trolls to be being a wartime solider and now this; Charlize Theron compared being followed around to actual rape, and Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise. Maybe celebrities should tone the crazy for awhile, and unless water starts screaming at me from my water bottle telling me not to drink it I’m going to continue drinking 8-10 bottles a day.
The Story of Danny from Bridgewater, MA is Exactly Like the Plot of the Waterboy Except 1,000 Times Cooler
– via BuzzFeed
As far as news stories go, this one is pretty awesome. Just a heartwarming story about some cool kids who refuse to let their team water boy get bullied. Good for the 5th graders on this football team. If had Danny’s style sense at 6 years old I’d probably be President of the United States right now. That sport coat has chick magnet written all over it.