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03 October 2009 @ 05:19 pm
Oh FFS ...  
I just read a journalist's opinion that the failure of Chicago to secure the 2016 Olympics is indicative of the fact that Obama is now seen as an unpopular figure. That comment has as much intellectual rigour as the assertion that my current choice of dark red lipstick spells the end days for the colour pink.

Bugger that malarky, instead, HURRAH! Well done, Brazil! At last, the first Olympics in South America! I believe the 'failure' of North America to secure the 2016 games probably stems from FOUR Summer Olympics being held in the US, one in Canada and one in Mexico. Is it too much to ask that South America be allowed one? Similarly, bad luck, Tokyo, but you've had them before and Madrid, really? Barcelona was not that long ago and Europe has been the home of most summer olympic games, so it's not a big ask to share this one out.

News from Samoa and Sumatra is still depressing, now Sicily has seen a serious mudslide kill many people. I hope that the Italians on my flist have all their friends and family acounted for. In Sydney, it is raining, which is lovely.

Many thanks to those who were able to give the Red Cross some help. It is by thinking of each other that we are at our best, and when we can sometimes extend a hand to strangers with no hope of personal reward for it, I think we feel most thoroughly a part of the human race.
Heather: I like Saturdaysfaynia on October 3rd, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Oh crap, seriously? It's freaking Armageddon, isn't it? Time to hide under the covers with my stuffed monkey and puppy.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 3rd, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
Sadly, Sicily is prone to mudslides due to volcanic soils that will move with rain. It's the one think I will say for Australian soils: two inches of top soil may be rubbish for food production, but it's very safe!
Heather: Lizzie and Cielfaynia on October 3rd, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Doesn't make it any less ominous when added to every other natural disaster occurring in the past few weeks.

Who needs home grown food when you can get it all shipped in anyhow...
It's a Deensedeensey on October 3rd, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
Seriously. The winter are in Vancouver this year, they weren't going to get the summer ones this go.
This Girlthisgirl_is on October 3rd, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
Madrid? Seriously? The entire population of the city leaves during summer so as not to die of the heat. They were proposing people run marathons there? Optimistic, Madrid. Optimistic.

So hooray for Brazil!

Have been shilling for Red Cross donations about the place. and in fact, must make use of that NZ Red Cross page I've had open in a tab for days now. *facepalm*
monster_o_lovemonster_o_love on October 3rd, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
I'm with ya, sister!! Cheers to Brazil!!! Funny enough, the radio station I have to listen to at work called some random person in Brazil to congratulate them and the female DJ had to let her male partner take over as she got a little overwhelmed by the incredible sexyness of the guy who answered the phone. And this was a RANDOM CALL!!! Congrats Brazil on the Olympics and for being oh-so-sexy!!!!

Also, one of my co-workers is from the Philippines and she was able to confirm that her friends were ok via Facebook. I hate the facebook but I LOVE that people are able to use to it in times of crisis to let their loved ones know they're ok! :D We live in strange times, my friend, very, very strange.
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on October 3rd, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
Seriously, as soon as I heard the list of candidates, I knew it would be Brazil. It just makes sense, for the reasons you described.

Also, to go back to another conversation - it's totally cool to just ignore that I fic I sent you and told you to forget about. I just couldn't remember what the hell I'd given you (shows how much I actually cared about getting it back! lol).

Also, I miss you! :(