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Is Qatar’s World Cup Worse Than 9/11?

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Soccer vs. Terrorism: Qatar’s World Cup is expected to take more lives than 9/11.

A recent report released by the International Trade Union Confederation says that an estimated 4,000 migrant workers will die before the 2022 World Cup. The reports estimates are based on the migrant mortality trends currently seen in Qatar.  The working and living conditions of the 1.4 million migrant workers living in Qatar, many of whom are there to build stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, are so bad that overworked migrant workers are dropping like flies in the sweltering Qatari heat – a much slower death than a quick plane crash. Deadspin 

Girl Scout RecordAn Oklahoma City Girl Scout has broken the Girl Scout cookie-selling record – without the help of drugs. 12 year-old Katie Francis sold 18,107 boxes of cookies in seven weeks, breaking the national record and smoking 13 year-old Danielle Lei, who famously set up shop outside a San Francisco marijuana shop hoping to cash in on stoners looking for a munchies fix. Katie said the secret of her success is asking everyone she meets to buy a box: “There are three ingredients to the cookie sale. It takes lots of time, commitment and asking everybody I see.” It’s as easy as ABC! Always be closing. BBC News

muslim-brotherhoodEgypt appears to be weeding out the Muslim Brotherhood – and by weeding out, I mean handing out death sentences. On Monday more than 500 members of the now-illegal Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death by an Egyptian court. The charges ranged from murdering a police officer to attacking police to supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Then on Tuesday, the same court began the mass trial of 683 Islamist suspects, all suspected of murder and sabotage. Considering the trial of the first 500 members only lasted two days, I suspect there will be an increase in death sentences by the end of the week. Reuters

judge-joe-brown-arrestedIf anyone should know how not to behave in a courtroom, it’s Judge Joe Brown. But the TV personality appears to have forgotten his 15 years of trashtastic television experience and was arrested and sentenced to five days in jail for contempt of court. Brown was in court to represent a client in a child-support case, but he completely lost it when he found out his case was not on the afternoon docket. Judge Joe “incited a near riot” and became verbally abusive toward the judge, challenging his authority and causing a ruckus. He was reportedly held in contempt five times before being forcibly removed from the courtroom. Maybe he can get Judge Judy to put in a good word for him? Hollywood Life

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Adidas Stops Selling Sexual World Cup T-Shirts

T-shirts withdrawn by Adidas for the Brazil World Cup.

Adidas has agreed to stop selling two raunchy t-shirts in the run up to the 2014 World Cup.

But this time it wasn’t a Mormon mother who was horrified at the indecent t-shirts, it was Brazil’s ministry of women’s affairs that launched a series of complaints that the shirts sexualized the country’s image and associated Brazil with sexual tourism.

One of the now discontinued t-shirts read “Looking to score?” next to a bikini-clad woman with open arms. The other had an “I love Brazil” heart resembling a upside down thong-clad butt.

The ministry of women’s affairs said the t-shirts were not only offensive to Brazilian women but also exposed them to the “barbarism” of sexual predators.

“This is all the more shocking in a country that just elected a woman as its highest authority, which brought greater respect for women and zero tolerance for any form of violence against them,” a ministry statement said.

Dilma Rousseff – Brazil’s first female president – also reacted to the sexual stereotype scandal.

“Brazil is happy to receive tourists for the World Cup, but it is also ready to combat sex tourism,” she said on Twitter.

Even Brazil’s tourism board was outraged over the Adidas apparel, urging the sportswear giant to pull the shirts from its shelves. The country’s tourism board, Embratur, says it is vehemently against any products that link Brazil’s image to sex appeal and the tourism ministry declared that “such an attitude indirectly contributes to committing crimes such as sexual child and adolescent exploitation”.

Following the controversy, Adidas, one of the main sponsors of the World Cup, decided it was better to just stop selling the t-shirts.

“Adidas always pays close attention to the opinion of its consumers and partners,” the company statement read.

It was either that or Dilma Rousseff would have to go around buying out every store’s inventory Mormon Mom Style.

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Brazil Should Have Built a Vagina Stadium… And Other News

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Brazil’s World Cup stadium partially collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least three people.

The workers were killed when an evil crane collapsed while lifting a piece of the stadium’s roof into place, causing the roof to buckle and destroy part of the stands. Brazil has been rushing to finish the Itaquerao Stadium in order to meet FIFA’s December deadline to have all 12 venues ready – but now that the crane has cause damage to the exterior many are wondering if they will be prepared. Considering the workers’ union is halting construction for 30 days while authorities investigate, I’m going to go with ‘not prepared.’ Looks like they should have consulted with Qatar first and built an ultra sturdy, vagina-like stadium. A vagina stadium would never kill anyone – minus all those migrant workers who died building it. Globe and Mail

NorveloAmerican women need to start working on a Plan C, because apparently Plan B is ineffective for women over 176 lbs. A European version of the “morning-after pill” called Norvelo (identical to Plan B) has planned to introduce a new warning label, warning consumers that the emergency contraceptive starts to lose potency in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. And after 176 lbs, the pill becomes completely ineffective.  The average American woman weighs 165 pounds, so many of Norvelo’s current users may want to switch to a new type of morning after pill – unless they want to pay a visit to the abortion clinic– or if they live in Texas, deal with a bunch of obese ‘mistakes’ running around in nine months. CBS News

BADSANTA.jpgMerry Christmas: A 62 year-old mall Santa in Massachusetts has been charged with groping an 18-year-old elf. The Bad Santa (not to be confused with Billy Bob Thornton) has been released on $1,000 bail after pleading not guilty to indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping his 18-year-old assistant/elf. Herbert Jones denied pinching the elf’s butt and making suggestive comments but until the case is resolved Hones must stay away from the mall and refrain from putting on his big red Santa suit. TIME

Aids in GreeceGood news: People are not giving themselves HIV in Greece to get benefits. The World Health Organization retracted their claim that half of new HIV cases in Greece were self-inflicted so that the individuals could get benefits of $1,000 a month. WHO blames a “gross editing error” for the HIV statistic that was published in a report last month. The bad news: there are still some people intentionally injecting themselves with the HIV virus to collect state benefits – but not nearly as many as the WHO first claimed. The new statement reads: “Half of the new HIV cases are self-injecting and out of them few are deliberately inflicting the virus.” Few is better than half! The Guardian

Rouhani Music VideoHassan Rouhani: Iranian President…. and pop star? Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has been featured in an online music video, entitled Nowsafar (New Journey). To celebrate his 100 days in office and presumable to pay tribute to Barack Obama’s 2008 Yes We Can video, Rouhani’s music video shows him delivering a speech at his endorsement ceremony with Iranians singing/speaking his words.  Now that I think of it, the black and white clip is a total rip off of Obama’s music video! The video opens with Rouhani’s speech: “In the presence of the holy Koran and before the nation, I swear to the omnipotent God to safeguard the official religion of the country and the Islamic Republic as well as the country’s constitution.” Ok, it’s a little different from Obama’s… The Atlantic

Hot SauceTime to stock up on Sriracha hot sauce! After a month long battle between Huy Fong Foods and neighbouring residents over the strong smell of the hot sauce, a California judge has ordered that the plant must stop any operations that cause the strong odours and quickly make the changes necessary to limit future smells. Although the judge stopped short of shutting down the factory entirely, it’s a victory for residents of the Los Angeles suburb who complained that the hot sauce fumes were “extremely annoying, irritating and offensive to the senses.” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran has previously said that he will not change the type of chilli pepper used because it makes for a better hot sauce. Tran’s slogan throughout the controversy, “If it doesn’t smell, we can’t sell!”, has now become “ If it smells, I’m going to jail.” Catchy. USA Today

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The Accidental Vagina: Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Stadium Looks A Little Familiar…

Vagina Stadium Qatar

Designs for Qatar’s first World Cup stadium, Al-Wakrah, have been released and it bears a striking resemblance to a very large vagina.

The architectural firm that designed the 2022 World Cup stadium based the building on a traditional pearl fishing Qatari dhow boat, but with its shiny, pinkish tinge, its labia-like side attachments and its large opening in the middle, it’s clearly a vagina.

The stadium, with a capacity of 40,000 people, is expected to be completed by 2018. Hassan al-Thawadi, the general secretary of Qatar’s 2022 committee says Al-Wakrah is the first of six stadiums already in the latter stages of the design process.

No word yet if the other designs will also feature vagina-like traits but I say bring it on! There’s enough penis imagery in buildings today – it’s time to usher in a new era of architecture: vaginas.

Aside from being an eye pleaser, the vagina shaped stadium serves another (accidental?) purpose. It’s taken away from the controversy surrounding Qatari labour conditions. Qatar has faced criticism over allegations of migrant construction worker exploitation. According to Amnesty International, these workers are often subjected to non-payment of wages, dangerous working conditions, squalid accommodation, and are sometimes referred to as “animals”.

Yes, hundreds of migrant workers have been slaving away under the hot Qatari sun for this giant vagina. But not to worry, the building designers plan to install a cooling system in the giant open-air vagina to offset the extreme summer temperatures. No one wants to sit in a sweaty vagina watching men play with their balls.

Via: The New Zealand Herald

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Qatar 2022 World Cup Organizers Have Modern Day Slaves

Qatar Slaves

People from a rich Middle Eastern country treating migrant workers as slaves?? Yeah, I can believe it.

The Guardian reported that Nepalese workers in Qatar “face exploitation and abuses that amount to modern-day slavery”. Apparently these slaves are dying at a rate of almost one per day – mainly young men succumbing to heart attacks after working round the clock in 45 degree weather.

The investigation also found that forced labour was used in some World Cup projects, passports and IDs were confiscated, salaries delayed/not paid for several months, and no access to free drinking water.

“We’d like to leave, but the company won’t let us,” said one Nepalese migrant who is working on the construction of the 90,000-seater stadium that will host the World Cup final. “I’m angry about how this company is treating us, but we’re helpless. I regret coming here, but what to do? We were compelled to come just to make a living, but we’ve had no luck.”

To make matters worse, almost all migrant workers owe huge amounts of money to recruitment agents in Nepal who got them their job.  So when you combine debts with non-payment of wages and confiscation of documents, it becomes a little like modern-day slavery.

And to make matters even worse (for Qatar’s reputation), this is in sharp contrast to what is happening in the lead up to the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Brazil is taking men who, in their previous jobs, worked in conditions that were classified as slave labour and is employing them to work on World Cup construction. The whole thing is part of a state-sponsored program that trains former “slaves” in construction skills and helps them adjust to the regular workforce.

Qatar – what do you have to say for yourself?

The Qatar 2022 World Cup organizers say they are “appalled” by the findings of the migrant workers investigation and insists that  “the health, safety, well-being and dignity of every worker … is of the utmost importance.”

Fifa called for an immediate investigation into the deaths of dozens of Nepalese workers and the mistreatment of migrant workers in general.

The 2022 World Cup is already under scrutiny because of concerns about the effects Qatar’s disgusting summer heat could have on soccer players. If 20-year-old migrant workers/slaves are dropping dead left right and center, who knows what could happen to the precious athletes…

Via: The Guardian

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