Why is everyone against Qatar hosting the World Cup?
Essentially its the rampant corruption that has plagued the whole selection of Qatar from start to finish. But here are some of the worse reasons why Qatar sucks as a choice.
The games have typically (always?) been played in the summer break months of the european leagues of June and July. In Qatar the temperature can hit 45C (with 50C not being unheard of). This is bad for both the players and those watching in the stadiums. For those not fortunate enough to get tickets but still travelling to the country to enjoy the atmosphere and watching the game on a big screen, outside with zero shade this is also very bad (Add alcohol dehydration and this only gets worse).
The country has a population of about 2 million, with 2 major metropolitan centres. It is expected that a million travellers can travel to watch the world cup. Does the country have both the shelter and the infrastructure to deal with a 50% increase in population? Many impartial people are sceptical.
They dont have the stadiums…yet. Which is why they are basically importing workers from India, china, Nepal and North Korea (yes THAT North Korea) and quite literally working them to death. Qatari law says you are only allowed to work x number of hours a day outside and those hours may not be during the hottest of the day. They are forgetting to apply these rules to the foreign workers they have imported. They are also forgetting that they have to pay these people (in the case of North Korea they are just paying the North Korean government a ‘fee’ per worker and bypassing the worker altogether!) Not only are they “forgetting” to pay alot of the workers but they take their passport as a condition of work (“we will look after that for you, it would be terrible if you lost it”) and then making workers waive their backpay when they want to leave the country. They have also lost a huge number of workers due to quite literally working their “slaves” into the ground and ignoring any health and safety.
This is just a quick list of why alot of people are against Qatar, add to this the fact that people are advised not to do anything homosexual, drink alcohol outside of designated areas and did I mention the rampant corruption surrounding the whole thing?
Why Don’t Sponsors like Coca Cola Withdraw from the Qatar 2022 World Cup?
Because they care more about reaching a global audience during the World Cup than they do about supporting human rights. They know exactly what the situation is, and they have an insufficient financial reason to care.
Why does coke in a glass bottle, or in a can, taste noticeably different from coke from plastic bottles?
The polymer that lines aluminium cans might absorb small amounts of soluble flavor from the soda. Conversely, acetaldehyde in plastic bottles might migrate into the soda. The FDA regulates this kind of potential chemical contact, but even minute, allowable amounts could alter flavor. Glass is apparently the best for keeping its true flavor.
How is a degree from a place like Harvard or Yale any different from a degree in the same subject from somewhere else?
For starters, many of these places have good reputations because they have cutting edge research and the best academics who are at the forefront of their respective fields. It should be noted that this doesn’t always translate to the best teaching, but that might well be beside the point.
Some economic theories of the value of education are that it is a signalling mechanism – that by getting a degree you can prove your competency/commitment to a potential employer (as opposed to actually making you a more valuable employee). With that in mind, a degree from a prestigious university indicates that you achieved their stringent entry requirements and put in the required work.
How are Netflix originals profitable? Since they’re released to everyone paying monthly, there is no way to earn money from them, right?
Simple. They keep people paying and might encourage new people to sign up and start paying so they can watch them.
It’s the same as any content made for a subscription service. Make good content, and people will pay the subscription. Making original shows gives them an advantage over competitors because Netflix is the only place you can legitimately watch them.
Why do Americans overwhelmingly support the troops; yet veteran affairs, benefits, and programs are depressingly lacking?
Because they are confused. They believe that a politician saying “I support the troops” means “I want to help the troops” when it really means “I support the military industrial complex and war in general.”
Why does the U.S. incarceration rate dwarf those of other developed western nations?
Mainly The Glorious War on Drugs.
That system dumps people into serious prison time for fairly minor drug offenses, and since the system is not really set up to rehabilitate people, they leave prison as much harder criminals than they went in as.
There are other things that add to this, like the 1:100 sentencing disparity between powdered coke and crack. Cocaine is a rich white person’s drug, while crack is a poor person’s drug, yet they are really the same drug. Due to bullshit testimony to Congress by people pretending to be experts, sentencing for crack offenses was set 100 times higher than cocaine, sending more poor people to jail for a longer time.
The rise of private, for-profit prisons has made things worse. They see prisoners as revenue sources, so they do things to make sure more people get locked up. Private prison companies negotiate sweetheart deals with governments that guarantee that a certain number of cells must be filled, or the government has to pay a fee, so there is more pressure on prosecutors to send people to prison. More than one judge has been caught taking kickbacks from private prison companies for giving people–including kids–harsher sentences than the crime warrants.
A couple of years ago a report to stockholders of the GEO Group, one of the world’s largest private prison companies, actually came out and said in black and white that anything that resulted in fewer people being incarcerated–like ending the war on drugs–would be BAD for business. These guys employ truckloads of lobbyists, I wonder what they do all day?
Don’t look for The Glorious War on Drugs to end anytime soon, either, it has become an ENORMOUS money-making machine for corporations, and a way for previously-minor government agencies to increase their budget and clout. Pretty much the same for The Glorious War on Terror, it has become an industry.
Why did the Dreamcast fail?
The Dreamcast’s performance was underwhelming. The main reason: it launched in the West only six months before the PlayStation 2. When the Dreamcast launch, marketing for and buzz around the PS2 was massive. The PS2 would have far better graphics than the Dreamcast, and had a range of extremely high-profile desirable titles in the works — Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Silent Hill, Crash Bandicoot, FIFA, NFL. The marketing centred on the technological power of it, with tons of tech demos, and Sony pursued a more adult image — they ran a bunch of disturbing surrealist commercials and emphasised games like Metal Gear and Silent Hill that appealed to teens and young adults a lot more than the relatively childish image Sega was promoting (based almost entirely around Sonic the Hedgehog). Even the machine was a sleek black thing with jagged edges, next to the beige plasticky-looking Dreamcast.
What was more, everyone was pumped about the PS2 being built around DVD technology. This was 1999, DVDs were pretty new and the players were expensive, but everyone knew it was the next big thing. The PS2 launched as one of the more affordable DVD players on the market, and it doubled as the most advanced console ever released, with a bunch of the most desirable franchises. (Sony sold the consoles at a loss; they planned to make money from people buying games, and also had a strong interest in promoting the DVD format, which would be profitable for the film arm of the company.) Games on DVDs seemed truly next-gen — a DVD could hold as much as twelve CDs! — so the fact that the Dreamcast had CDs or 1 GB discs compared to the PS2’s DVDs/8.5 GB discs really made it seem old hat.
In the West, the Dreamcast was just destroyed by the hype for the PS2.
Plus there’s the background: the 32x, Sega CD, and Sega Saturn had all been huge failures. Sega hadn’t launched a successful console in 11 years, which meant that a lot of people had almost forgotten about them, and had switched to the PlayStation. Sega’s key franchise, Sonic, hadn’t had a hit in 6 years, and in that 6 years a ton of new franchises had appeared (Metal Gear, Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, Pokemon), so that many had stopped caring. So Sega wasn’t in a great position anyway. Remember that Sonic targeted the under-15s, to whom 6 years might as well be eternity.
The Dreamcast launched much earlier in Japan, and it did better in Japan than it did elsewhere, but it still struggled; it launched without anything of interest and many perceived that it took way too long for the interesting titles to come out. It was competing there with the N64 and PS1; although the Dreamcast was technically much superior, it really struggled because those two consoles were at the time releasing a barrage of entries from super-popular franchises to rave reviews — while the Dreamcast launch was being marketed, people saw its rivals release Ocarina of Time, Tomb Raider 2, Crash Bandicoot 3, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo, Starcraft, Xenogears, F-Zero X, Resident Evil 2, Final Fantasy 7, Pokemon Silver, Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye, Symphony of the Night, all of which are commonly ranked among the best or most successful games of all time. The Dreamcast launched with four games, only one of which got positive reviews. By the time its lineup was fleshed out, people were hyped for the PS2.
After all of this, Sega could still have stayed in business, could have released another console. But a large part of the management were tired of the hardware business, and had wanted Sega to become a software developer for Nintendo/Sony for a long time. There was a debate between the pro-hardware and anti-hardware factions in management as far back as ’94. The spectacular failure of the Dreamcast in the West didn’t drive Sega into despair, it just gave the anti-hardware faction the justification it needed to reorganise the company. Their pitch was along the lines of “We failed with the 32x, failed with the SegaCD, failed with the Saturn, and failed with the Dreamcast. We COULD gamble on yet another system for launch in 2005, trying to recapture what we last did in 1989, and just endure the next 5 years… or we could start writing software for the 30 million PS2s out there today and guarantee steady profits”, and few could argue.
How is it that humans advanced more rapidly based on where they lived geographically?
It’s directly correlated with how much energy a society can extract. More extraction = less time spent foraging / less malnourished people and more time/energy developing technology/civilisation.
Basically things explode once you develop agriculture but stagnate if you are a hunter/gatherer society. Essentially some area were better suited for agriculture or where near enough to others that technological developments spread.
How do we know what the universe looks like today when all the light we see is from millions or billions of years ago?
The picture we have of the universe is a picture of the past universe. The reality is that what the universe is like nowis irrelevant, because we won’t experience that in any menaingful way until the future when the light reaches us.
We can of course make predictions about where these galaxies/stars are today even though we’re seeing them thousands or millions of years in the past.
The only “real” universe is the one we can observe, and that’s the one that’s limited by the speed of light.
everything is limited by the speed of light, even your kid’s soccer game, but the difference doesn’t really matter because it doesn’t impact us. The same thing applies to space.