некултурны. #sochi #rsrh

“Nekulturny,” or “uncultured” in English. I learned it as “nyeh kulturny,” back when it was the nastiest thing that you could possibly call a Soviet Russian. Ah, the dubious joys of the Second World:

Beating women with whips for the cameras.  Russian regimes never change.

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Two-Fisted Second World Adventure Tales! #Merica #murica #sochi #olympics

Via USA Today:

Bring home the gold, Johnny. Just… have it assayed first, OK?

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I think that it’s adorable that plucky little Russia is hosting the Olympics, really.

I know that a lot of people are mocking them for their pretensions along those lines, but you have to remember: Second World nations like Russia have a ceiling for expectations, as it were.  You simply have to take that ceiling into account.  They certainly mean well, or at least they mean something…


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Concerns over Americans’ safety at Sochi Winter games. #olympics

I find this simultaneously depressing and confusing:

The Wall Street Journal reports that the State Department is “telling American athletes competing in the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics to avoid wearing team gear outside the games’ venues amid growing concerns over terrorist threats in the Russian resort town.”

According to the Washington Post, the FBI thinks the Russians aren’t listening to their suggestions or accepting their help: “David Rubincam, who served as the FBI’s top representative in Moscow from May 2011 to October 2012, said the Russians have been reluctant to accept American aid in securing Sochi and are suspicious of the offers of assistance.”

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