Slum Wars

Well, Brazil has the World Cup and the Olympics coming up in a few years, the status quo can’t stand.

23 dead since Sunday in Brazil slum violence

Violence including clashes between police and drug gangs in the slums of Rio de Janeiro has killed 23 people since Sunday, with 188 people arrested or detained so far, military police said Thursday.

It was not immediately clear whether all the dead were gang members or whether civilians and police were among the fatalities.

The continuing unrest stems from the transfer of prisoners from local institutions to federal lockups in other states, the government-run Agencia Brasil news outlet reported, citing Rio de Janeiro Public Security Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame. Some of the prisoners being transferred ordered the violence by drug gangs, Beltrame said.

Also factoring into the situation was a police effort to remove some drug gang members from Rio’s crime-ridden slums, called favelas.

See also:
Tanks Roll Into Rio Slum Amid Drug Battles
Military vehicles enter Brazil slum
Brazil Marines join slum battles, 30 people killed
Rio police targeting slum where gang based
Brazilian Authorities Target Slum in Rio Crime Crackdown
Military deploys armoured vehicles in Rio
Rio favela violence: The two rival factions behind the violence
Armored carriers deployed in Rio crime crackdown
Rio police targeting slum where gang based

This is what happens when the Government, ether purposely or through benign neglect, cedes control of state territory to enclaves and no go zones. Eventually, to avoid embarrassment and reestablish the law and order of the majority, the enclaves have to be retaken, and at great cost. It’s cheaper just to maintain law and order in the first place and not let these areas exist and fester.

/it’ll eventually happen here, Dearborn, Michigan comes to mind

This Is Your Olympic Committee On Drugs

What the [expletive deleted] are these, some form of mutant Teletubbies?

Are London’s Wenlock and Mandeville the most bizarre Olympics mascots yet?

Anyone who thought The Fuwa (aka, “The Friendlies,” the official mascots of the 2008 Beijing Olympics) or Izzy (aka, Whatizit from the 1996 Atlanta Games) were bizarre, wait till you get a load of Wenlock and Mandeville.

Those are the names of the wacky new mascots unveiled in London on Wednesday for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

The London organizers said the one-eyed creatures — who kind of look like a cross between Muno from “Yo Gabba Gabba” and a cellphone — are supposed to help inspire kids to get involved with Olympic sports.

Wenlock is named after Much Wenlock, a town about four miles outside of London that helped inspire the modern Olympics with its own local games. Mandeville is named after Stoke Mandeville, a town about 45 miles from London where the Paralympic movement started.

I report, you decide.

See also:
Wenlock and Mandeville – Mascots – London 2012 Olympics / Paralympics
London 2012: Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville unveiled
Meet London Olympics mascots Wenlock, Mandeville
London 2012 Olympic mascots: Wenlock and Mandeville’s design features explained
London Olympics 2012: Meet Wenlock and Mandeville, drips off the old block
London’s 2012 Olympic mascots
Olympic mascots off to meet UK’s pupils
Atlanta’s Olympic mascot meets its ugly match
London Mascots Are More High Tech Than Warm and Fuzzy
It’s hard to warm to Wenlock and Mandeville
2012 Olympics Mascots Revealed to Mixed Reviews
Whose idea was this?
London Olympic Mascots Wenlock and Mandeville Will See You Now
London Unveils Creepy-Looking Mascots for 2012 Olympics Rife With Symbolism
Olympic mascots spoofed on web
Meet the London 2012 Olympic Mascot, a Ghoulish Cycloptic Phallus Named Wenlock
Wenlock and Mandeville caught mocking ‘two-eyed freaks’
London 2012 Official Homepage
2012 Summer Olympics
London 2012 from the International Olympic Committee
IOC Official Website
International Olympic Committee

Is there some requirement that Olympic mascots have to be oddly weird? Is there a secret contest with crazy prizes for the designers to make the latest Olympic mascots even more strangely surreal than the last ones? Is everyone on the International Olympic Committee whacked out on hallucinogenic drugs?

/how bizarre