Goodbye, Olympics

Some people hope that the Olympics will foster good feelings among nations, and I guess it does that. (Along with fostering bad feelings.) But I just hope that it’s an incentive for people to get off their asses. Step away from their phones and computers. Take a long walk, and then when you’re finished, raise both arms in the air as if you just crossed a finish line in first place.

http://distractify.com/trending/2016/08/12/schmitt-battles-depression

Women’s Gold Medalist Gets Real About Not Being Able To ‘Get Over’ Her Depression

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37103450

Sakshi Malik, the female wrestler who got India’s first medal

She was born in India’s Haryana state, where women were for some time not allowed to take part in wrestling events. The 23-year-old started training young, having gained support from her parents to pursue the sport. Media reports say locals initially berated her parents, telling them that their daughter would become undesirable to potential suitors.

But she went on to earn a silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and walked away with the bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games…

https://mic.com/articles/151485/meet-michelle-carter-the-first-american-to-win-gold-in-shot-put#.uH5XNztFS

http://distractify.com/humor/2016/08/12/olympics-twitter-rxns-day-6

Kevin Seccia @kevinseccia
After he won a couple of gold medals in swimming I was like “Whoa!” After twenty it’s like… “I don’t know, can you do any other stuff?”

Thinking of you, Louisiana

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/19/490605862/catastrophic-floods-in-louisiana-have-caused-massive-housing-crisis

“Even for a state accustomed to natural disasters, this flood is like nothing they’ve ever seen before,” Debbie says.

She spoke to Wayne Norwood, who, with his wife, Debbie, owns an antiques museum that was destroyed in the flooding. The couple, both retired police officers, also had four rental homes damaged in the disaster.

“We have fire insurance, but we don’t have flood insurance because we’re not in the flood zone,” Wayne Norwood tells Debbie. “And that’s what happened to thousands of people.” …

I’ve been through some pretty bad shit in my time, but I’ve never lost everything, like the thousands of people in the Louisiana floods. Donald Trump is visiting today, saying it will be rebuilt. Trump probably sees the destruction as an opportunity for money to be made, while insurance companies are getting ready to fleece hundreds of customers.

Hurricane Katrina and now this, Louisiana? In 2005, hundreds of thousands of Katrina refugees flooded into Texas and surrounding states, but many of them returned to Louisiana. Why?

Seriously, if you live in Louisiana, you should think about moving. I thought Florida would be the first state to fall into the sea, but maybe it’s gonna be Louisiana. California’s not too safe either, as one earthquake could make the whole state disappear. (If you’re a Lost fan, right now you’re thinking of that one scene when the whole island disappears into the water.)

Where should we live, you ask? Colorado, of course. We should all move to Colorado.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/08/18/man-who-claims-god-punishes-gays-with-floods-has-his-home-destroyed-in-flood-of-biblical-proportions/?tse_id=INF_1799deb0655e11e6b10b5d9a0843669a