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The Olympics | by Cr1TiKaL

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This is the first Olympic Games in which the U.S. sent more women than men (269 compared with 261), and that move paid off: U.S. women won 58 medals in London to the men’s 45.

The US finished with 46 golds and 104 total medals to easily outdistance second-place China, which tallied 38 golds and 87 total medals.The U.S finished with 29 silvers and 29 bronze to top the list in the second- and third-place columns as well. Women made the biggest impact, claiming 29 of the 46 U.S. gold medals, which would be good enough for a second-place tie in the gold-medal count with Britain if they competed on their own.

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Who run the world? Girls!
Who run this motha? Girls!

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Happy Third Chocolate Day!

In which Hank discusses the Valentine’s day, one of the three candy-based holidays in America. Why do we have candy-based holidays in America? I don’t know, probably because we get to choose the gods we worship and the god we’ve chosen is chocolate. We could do worse. 

Also, he discusses the Olympics and how weird they are and why we value these weird things and how it doesn’t really matter why because caring is valuable for it’s own sake.

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being a Russophile these days

Okay, anyone who knows me will tell you that I have an inexplicable place in my heart for (nearly) all things Russian.  Since writing a novel set in Siberia during the Russian Civil War, my love has only increased.  I would be very excited about seeing The Olympics held in Russia, but, well, it kind of brings up a lot of the things that I really don’t like about Russia.  Mostly, that it’s a giant propaganda move for this asshole:

For those of you not in the know, Vladimir Putin came into power after Boris Yeltsin left things a highly corrupt, useless mess.  He cleaned things up and made something that actually resembles a functioning government.  But then came the whole “staying in power” thing, and that involved creating right-wing nationalist fervor and squashing dissenting voices.  This is what you’ve heard about in the news: Aleksey Navalny becomes the first opposition politician to emerge as a real threat, and promptly gets hit with corruption charges.  Pussy Riot performs an anti-Putin protest and get thrown in jail.  New, harsh, anti-gay legislation is enacted because homosexuality is viewed among those in the right to have come in from the West.  

Luckily for me, Vladimir Putin does not equal all Russian people, or Russian society and culture as a whole.  The Russians that I’ve been lucky enough to meet have been wonderful people, many of whom are dedicated to change and equality.  These people represent what I love about Russia, and what thoroughly deserves support in their country.  

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