Figure to start this up as we're not that far from the Winter Olympics - this time with palm trees! Just watched HBO Real Sports segment on the building & corruption surrounding this event. I'm sure that this has happened with most Olympic games, but in this age of media saturation, Putin should have been smarter. But I guess when one controls the media, he thought he'd get away with it. 1 stat I was shocked to hear - Sochi has spent more $ to build, then all previous Winter Olympics combined, wow. And Sochi and lots of Russia, has serious poverty. Shame they couldn't help the people there, at least give a toilet that flushes (I type this while dropping the kids off at the pool) Well I guess future travelers to Sochi can hit the beach then go ice skating. As the Don King of the East, Putin says - Only in Russia Comrade! Anyway, I'm going out on a limb here, snow will be an issue. Lastly let's start the chant now - U S A, U S A!