Monday, August 13, 2012

Okay, So The Flight Out Of London Got Delayed

I guess we're not leaving Great Britain quite yet. First off, we have a medal change to announce. The original gold medalist of the women's shot put, Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus, has failed her drug test and has been stripped of her gold medal. Everyone below her thus moves up one spot.

The new gold medalist in the women's shot put is Valerie Adams of New Zealand. Evgeniia Kolodko of Russia trades her bronze medal for silver. And Lijiao Gong of China will be sent a like-new bronze medal in the mail.

So because Adams didn't get her moment in London... ladies and gentlemen, would you please rise for the national anthem of New Zealand.

That handled, we return to post-Olympics regular service, and... well, we're still in Britain, as there's a TED talk to share out of Edinburgh, presented by Ivan Krastev of Bulgaria, who theorizes that an increase in democracy brings about a decrease of trust:

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