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FIFA World Cup: when the best event is also the most corrupt

As John Oliver suggests in the video below, FIFA has more in common with Borgia-era Catholic church than the Heifer International-style non-profit bringing the game to the poorest of the poor.

The protests in Brazil are (I hope) well known and better documented elsewhere, the 2018 and 2022 events are in Russia, who banned homosexuality and invaded a sovereign country in the last few months, and Qatar, who seem completely disinterested in ending slavery.  Any sane group of decision makers should immediately expel these countries from consideration, but alas they’ve bought their way in.

But then there’s the mundanity of day-to-day corruption and favoritism that really drives me nuts:

This isn’t sour grapes from Portugal’s tragic comeback goal against the US.  I, like Mr. Oliver, absolutely love the World Cup and all the good things it can represent about the world.  Even the brand sponsorships are George Lois-ian “poison gas” from time to time.  I also love how I’ve been alive for the launch and growth of american soccer to where it will be in 8 years.

I simply want the organizers to show some shreds of the respect for fairness and justice that you provide the backbone for the Laws and spirit of the Game around the world.

Watch: mini-docs about the aging weapons inside “the Boneyard”

“The Boneyard” is a US Air Force facility that is the final resting place for thousands of US military aircraft. It hangs off the side of Davis Monthan Air force base in Tucson, just down the street from my elementary school.

The coolest thing to ever happen with The Boneyard was I’m really fond of

Boneyard from Andrew Arthur Breese on Vimeo.

I know it’s military propaganda / advertising, but there’s a lot of human history in those planes, and I think this captures it well.

But let’s offset the MURICA! of the above with an amazing art project, which I spotted a few years ago and promptly forgot about.

THE BONEYARD PROJECT: RETURN FLIGHT from Jason Wawro on Vimeo.

Any surface can be art and any moment can be artful. There are tons more videos, photos and words from this series at The Boneyard Projects website,.

found via Flightclub and makeblog