Even as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was winding down, the destruction of large tracts in Rio de Janeiro was already well under way in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics. As reported by the AP in the July 16 Bellingham Herald, work isn't going very well in Rio, with construction-related deaths and serious injuries reported along with inevitable budget nightmares.
Kudos to Brazil for hosting the World Cup, and, next, the Olympics. These events do attract the best athletes in the world to do their best while in the crucible of global attention. Such spectacles also expose the excess of money and corporate-political power behind the images we are served via media propaganda sources: smiling, attractive, super-athletic young people performing incredible routines in world-record times, and when it's over, the product sponsors, like the feral dogs in Sochi, sniff out the personalities and faces they want to support and exploit.
The money spent on preparing a new Olympic venue every two years could fund a sizable national economy, and spending is most likely done at the expense of the host-country's citizens on ground where the poor no longer live. Wouldn't it make sense to choose one venue for all future Olympics (throw in the World Cup, too)? I know: totally crazy. But certainly no worse than the current wasteful insanity.