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SOCHI OUCHIE – Far Right Olympic Ring Afraid to Come Out of Russian Closet

Ok, it’s not funny.  Well, it’s kinda funny.  It would be less funny if Russia wasn’t generally a douche about things like human rights; you know, if, say, Canada’s rings had malfunctioned, everyone would be apologizing and Twitter would be afloat with comments like “ohh, sorry” instead of the ones that are up there right now, like ‘Oops. Malfunction! One of the massive Olympic doilies is broke. Someone must pay!’ and ‘£30Billion and they couldn’t even get the rings right!

Oh, Russia.

But seriously though Pootie Poot, don’t shoot a stage hand for this.

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Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

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2014 Winter Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

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Thanks BBC News, Metro UK!

…and for all of you people out there who would rather have the Sochi Ouchi read to you, I’ll let Christina Marie tell you allllll about it:

Man Killed by ‘Column of Sound Equipment’ at Russian Protest in Moscow

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The sign reads:
“Freedom for the 6 May prisoners”

This is a strange story to find — but a man in Moscow at an anti-Putin rally has been killed by a “column of sound equipment” that fell off of the stage.  From the Associated Press:

MOSCOW – Moscow police say a man helping construct the stage for a major protest rally has died after a column of sound equipment collapsed.

The accident at midday Monday came just a few hours before opponents of President Vladimir Putin were to gather for a demonstration. The rally marks the one-year anniversary of a protest on the eve of Putin’s inauguration that ended in clashes between police and demonstrators.

About two dozen people face charges stemming from the clashes; most remain in jail a year after the protest.

The Interfax news agency said the man killed Monday was a 25-year-old opposition supporter.

A city safety official was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying investigators were inspecting the accident site at Bolotnaya Square, on an island near the Kremlin.

I’ve seen some of the rigs that get approved by officiants at these protests — it’s amazing that these stories aren’t more frequent.

To all entertainment professionals out there working political events across the world:  Keep your wits about you at these things.  You’ve seen what happens when people get stampede-minded at a concert, shit absolutely hits the fan and things get destroyed, and people get killed.  The world isn’t in a great state of calm and peace right now, everyone is pissed more or less in a majority of the countries on this planet.  These political events can get really hot and really violent very very quickly.  If you work for a company that does a lot of these events, just please — watch yourself.  Watch for things out of the ordinary, and I know that’s a stretch for our business, but you know what I’m talking about.  Just be careful.  Consoles and equipment are not worth your safety or your life — don’t defend the gear, just haul your rear out of the situation if things get dicey.

This is a breaking story, check back for developments.

The Stalin Lamp

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I just cannot resist the obligtatory “In Soviet Russia, Lightbulb Lights YOU!

Okay, now that is over…

I found this image on a website called English Russia.  The lamp appears to be some sort of ornamental neon arc, but I really have no idea.  It’s more the idea that Stalin is forever encased in a glass envelope as a filament of some sort!

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