It’s hard to escape the taint of dirty money in modern society. Hell I watched three NFL games yesterday and all 32 team owners are some of the most scuzzy dudes on the planet. But I still watch. These dudes have their hands all over the public till. I think New York State just gave the Bills like a $1B for the new stadium. I wonder if that money, could say, be used to hire more NYC subway cops? But nah, the billionare needs it more.
So I guess I can somewhat understand how billions of humans are just going to straight ignore the criminal farce of Qatar hosting the World Cup, and enjoy themselves the games. After all, in the grinding routine of life, a good ball game with family and friends sure does hit the spot. But make no mistake, these games were bought via bribes to FIFA by a corrupt petro dictatorship with stadiums built using non union indentured slave labor.
It’s like asking the Klingons to host the Olympics after they drop a battlecrusier’s worth of gold pressed latinum onto the doorsteps of the IOC. Just like FIFA, the IOC would take the money, and Kronos would host the games. Only the Klingons have additional (not optional) demands. Those who do not qualify in Heat 3 of the 100M butterfly have to subject themselves to the pain stick lineup ritual. When asked, why that specific Heat, and that specific event, the Klingons get all angry and throw half full blood wine mugs at the IOC goons’ faces.
When you leave out the slave labor, there are only a little under 400K actual Qatari citizens. It’s as if Cleveland, and only Cleveland, hosted the World Cup entirely on its own. It’s patently absurd, but then again, so is bold faced open international bribery in front of the whole planet. And FIFA is still telling the planet to just embrace the suffering. Here’s a great article from Defector on FIFA goon Gianni Infantino essentially claiming he’s all things to all people, including a Klingon, and how it’s ok to worship Satan, so long as you have feelings, real like, people feelings.
This type of immoral world where anything goes so long as you can be bought, and then talk your way around it afterwards, it’s what makes dudes like Vlad and Xi swoon. This is the world they want us all to live in. And a bunch of people are just fine to go along with it. Just ask Budweiser (an all American brand owned by a Brazilian / Belgian brewery conglomerate hedge fund) who got knee capped at the last moment on alcohol sales. What was Bud expecting? When you do a deal with the Klingons, don’t be surprised when they fuck you over on a whim and laugh to your face about it.
Enjoy the games, folks. Take what joy you can. There’s nothing you can do to fix Qatar or undo the corruption. So enjoy the month long ride as some of the planet’s most elite athletes duke it out for their homelands glory and honor.
My prediction? Hell, I don’t know shit about soccer / futbol. I couldn’t name you a single player on the American team. I do know they’re going nowhere. Because for top high school atheletes in America, soccer is their seventh sport of choice. So who wins? Uh, um, Argentina? I think I heard Messi this is his last World Cup, so he’ll play hard? And Argentina’s usually good aren’t they? So, I dunno, fuck it, Argentina.
behold: a future Qatari high school futbol stadium Circa 2027 that will look like it was built in 1964