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Augeas

(ôjē`əs), in Greek mythology, son of Helios and king of Elis. He kept his huge herds of cattle in the Augean Stables. As his sixth labor, Hercules cleaned the stables in one day by diverting the course of a river (possibly the Alpheus) through them.
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The calling of the outsider to cleanse the Augean stables possesses a mythic quality.
It might have been easier for Hercules to clean up the Augean stables.
So, does this all mean that the Augean stables have been cleansed?
Some 30,000 appeals dating back to the 1980s were still outstanding last February, Tax Commissioner Yiannis Tsangaris said on Thursday, likening the situation to the mythological Augean Stables, which had not been cleaned for years.
Cleaning the Augean stables exposed him to enteric pathogens from the vast quantities of manure generated by teeming herds of cows, sheep, horses, and goats.
In myth, the Augean stables held 3,000 oxen and had not been cleaned for decades.
They are secretly longing for a fearless character to do the job of cleaning the Augean stables.
Should it not be the responsibility of the Health Ministry to take stock of this and do its homework for cleaning up the Augean stables of adulteration which is a mega business in itself?
Analogies have been plentiful (Tammany Hall, Enron etc) since Blatter's announcement, but the tale of Hercules and his task of cleaning the Augean stables appears particularly relevant.
Similarly, the national chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has explained that Buhari's main preoccupation would be cleaning the Augean stables if he secures victory.
Certainly, I don't have the vision of the broom needing to be used in the Herculean task of cleaning out the Augean stables.