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Much is made of the old bromide “Bread and Circuses” as how the elite of ancient Rome (“the I percent”) placated the masses by giving them free grain and sporting events to make them forget the stratified social order. True or not, times have certainly changed. Brazil, home of the 2014 FIFA World Cup has the modern adaptation of that rule.

According to estimates from the federal government, the World Cup will cost the public treasury somewhere around 26 billion reais ($11.6 billion).

Oh they’ll get the stadiums built…but not much other promises will be kept. So not much for bread. How about those circuses?

The cheapest World Cup final ticket will cost the average Brazilian 25 hours of work

The circus is for other people. Although FIFA the organization makes out well, hoovering up as much as they can out of Brazil.  What they cannot carry, they’ll leave for the International Olympic Committee in 2016. And that’s the unkindest Brazilian of them all.



In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

I'm just an average moron who in reality is a practicing civil rights and employment attorney in fly-over country .