Rio Olympics looking for new security commander, apply within
Is the glass half empty, completely empty or stolen?
Welcome to the weird road to the Rio Olympics, where one of the people in charge of keeping fans safe is no longer around (likely due to wanting to be safe himself).
Help wanted: 1 Olympic security commander
If you are heading to the Olympics and are interested in hiring a personal bodyguard (and you should be), you're in luck: there will be at least one more available for employment after next week.
But, the downside is that this person used to be a security commander for the Games.
Leader of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Brazil?src=hash">#Brazil</a>’s Nat'l Force for Public Security, which will be deployed at Olympics, resigned this week <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters">@Reuters</a> <a href="https://t.co/R9aO3LPqDO">https://t.co/R9aO3LPqDO</a>—@LatinAmDispatch
Colonel Adilson Moreira stepped down from his post as head of the National Force for Public Security, which means that this particular position has opened up. Since President Dilma Rousseff is still a little tied up with defending her impeachment proceedings, please take the initiative and forward any resumes directly to the Brazilian government.
Glass half empty
Remember when the IOC president said he wasn't worried about lagging ticket sales, that only half of the ones available were sold? Because it's Brazilian "culture" to plan late?
Well, that same nation, and its culture, is very concerned about lagging ticket sales.
Brazil gov't highly concerned with low ticket sales ahead of <a href="https://twitter.com/Rio2016">@Rio2016</a> Olympic Games <a href="https://t.co/ymfybnX1iU">https://t.co/ymfybnX1iU</a> <a href="https://t.co/Otpag3X5aS">pic.twitter.com/Otpag3X5aS</a>—@XHNews
Some scalpers aren't fazed by the poor sales, nor the lack of actual physical tickets being distributed, and are already scalping…something. Possibly IOUs.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rio2016?src=hash">#Rio2016</a> ticket scalping starts in Brazil, even without the tickets: <a href="https://t.co/U4VxtueIRy">https://t.co/U4VxtueIRy</a> <a href="https://t.co/rnHX5zFaUC">pic.twitter.com/rnHX5zFaUC</a>—@CBCOlympics
OK, glass completely empty
Adding to the misery, construction of a key Olympics venue has been halted due to the massive corruption scandal gripping the country.
Construction Funds Blocked to Rio 2016 Deodoro Complex <a href="https://t.co/ISYxFFrZYc">pic.twitter.com/ISYxFFrZYc</a>—@tortugadiaz
Reports have surfaced that crime in the notorious favelas in Rio is spiking in the lead-up to the Games.
Favela crime spiking again as <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Olympics?src=hash">#Olympics</a> approach because of new generation of criminals <a href="https://t.co/kBw9LSLDaM">https://t.co/kBw9LSLDaM</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbc?src=hash">#cbc</a> <a href="https://t.co/VR0yjKK3L4">pic.twitter.com/VR0yjKK3L4</a>—@kimbrunhuber
Security experts are concerned that the Olympic torch could be a prime target for any protests (likely) targeting the Brazilian government, its scandals, the Olympics, the crushing nationwide recession, frustration with bankrolling two astronomically expensive events in two years during said recession, Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany in that last expensive event held in the country — and about a few dozen more legitimate issues that they could protest about right now.*
Should we be worried <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/yosoypanamericano?src=hash">#yosoypanamericano</a> <a href="https://t.co/hLUZIYcD7p">https://t.co/hLUZIYcD7p</a>—@rncpeterkin
*This is probably the ideal place to remind you about that whole hiring a personal bodyguard if you're attending the Olympics.
The glass has been stolen
You may think this possibly can't get any worse right now, as you consider that this might be the shakiest lead-up to an Olympics in a very long time.
And that's when you find out about the potential swine flu outbreak.
Alarming rates of swine-flu deaths in Brazil as <a href="https://twitter.com/Rio2016_en">@Rio2016_en</a> loom <a href="https://t.co/FD8kjD9YYF">https://t.co/FD8kjD9YYF</a> <a href="https://t.co/7oKFKh8rRb">pic.twitter.com/7oKFKh8rRb</a>—@ONENewsNZ
Which is where we come to what could be the smartest idea of the last month.
ICYMI: Liberia might not send athletes to <a href="https://twitter.com/Rio2016">@Rio2016</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Olympics?src=hash">#Olympics</a> over cost and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Zika?src=hash">#Zika</a> <a href="https://t.co/BkIwY1VOzX">https://t.co/BkIwY1VOzX</a>—@karolosgrohmann
And we didn't even mention the water this week...