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Entertainment and Television / FIFA's insane hosting demands
« Last post by dpareja on Today at 10:53:39 am »

theBreaker has obtained a copy of FIFA’s requirements for governments bidding for 2026. The Swiss-based organization, still reeling from the FBI’s 2015 crackdown on FIFA’s massive bribery and kickbacks, requires host governments agree to grant it huge tax breaks for an entire decade and allow it to import and export unlimited amounts of foreign currency. FIFA also requires host taxpayers pick up the full bill for safety and security and assume liability should there be any security incident of any size.


The general tax exemption, the FIFA bid manual states, “must comprise all taxes that may be applicable in the host country/host countries. The sole exception to the general tax exemption is taxation on the sale of tickets to third parties (i.e. tickets not used by FIFA, the 2026 FWC [organizing] entity, the 2026 FWC subsidiaries (if applicable) or any other FIFA subsidiary for its own purposes), but limited to VAT, sales tax or the like at a unified rate of a maximum of 10%. No other taxes may be charged on any revenues or profits generated through the sale of tickets.”

The hosting agreement also includes a clause guaranteeing the “unrestricted import and export of all foreign currencies to and from the host country/host countries by means of bank transfer, as well as the unrestricted exchange and conversion of all foreign currencies into local currency, U.S. dollars, Euros or Swiss francs, is unrestricted, not subject to any taxes in the host country, and in line with the conditions prevailing on the international foreign exchange market.”

The guarantee, however, “will by no means limit or restrict the applicability of laws and regulations in the host country/host countries to prevent money laundering.”

Security operations, to be paid by host governments, will extend from stadiums to team training facilities, official hotels, media centres, the FIFA Fan Site, airports, train stations and bus stations. Host governments will also assume liability for safety and security incidents.

FIFA also requires special laws and enforcement against counterfeiting, trademark violation, ambush marketing and “the prohibition of the secondary ticket market in relation to the competition.”

For its workforce, FIFA wants a visa-free environment where work permits are issued “unconditionally and without any restriction or discrimination of any kind.”

“It is also requested to grant exemptions from labour law and other legislation for companies and personnel directly involved with the competition, provided that these exemptions do not undermine or compromise the government’s commitment to respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights.”

For a breakdown of some of the tax exemptions FIFA demands, here's an image:

Religion and Philosophy / Re: Christian News Network fundies
« Last post by Jocasta on Today at 10:18:55 am »
Speaking of Matthew T Mason, A.K.A. slidellman4life, Jason Todd, Jerome Horowitz, Maxwell Edison, and now Billy Pilgrim:

His Twitter feed shows a few new interesting things, including:

- David Hogg, school massacre survivor, is a "crisis actor"
- He still wants to tell us all about Jesus
- The militant homosexual agenda is targeting our children
- "conversion therapy" is a term invented and then discredited by the left, used to ban secular "therapy", intimidate churches, and shut down ministries
- he is a fan of Ruth Buzzi (?????????)
- he is boycotting Dick's Sporting Goods
- He STILL wants to tell us all about Jesus
- "Call Me By Your Name" is a homosexual/pedophile romantic drama
- Assorted transgender bashing
- Worst of all:  He defends this utterly disgusting children's book.  Synopsis (if you can stand to read this):  Alfie is a young boy whose pedophile uncle moves in, molests  him and "turns him gay".  Alfie sees a counselor, who tells him he's just confused, and suddenly he's not gay anymore. So it blurs the lines of homosexuals and pedophiles and affirms conversion therapy all at the same time.
Society and History / Re: Not-Good Things People Say on the Internet
« Last post by SCarpelan on Today at 07:05:42 am »
I should know by now not to read incel quotes while eating. Ugh...
Society and History / Re: Worst of Social Justice - Take 2
« Last post by Kanzenkankaku on Today at 05:58:20 am »
I've got a classic hot take off the main page that fits into this thread:
I'm beginning to wonder if we should have a dedicated thread for incels, since they're such a constant source of horrible. Also I've been reading a LOT of IncelTears threads recently.

Here's a thread about Incels taking creepshots

And getting angry at a girl being nice

Content Warning on these next to, since they deal with rape & sexual violence.
Giving out rape advice

Then well... this is a thing
Politics and Government / Re: The lead-up to the 2018 midterms begins
« Last post by Askold on Today at 05:38:41 am »

Look, Trump's lack of manners and racism are spreading to other GOP members. Let's see if it works for them as well.
You mean "Kaiser Kim" the cyborg ruler of North Korea? Yeah, this comic is well in the "so bad that it is actually good" territory if only to laugh at how the Libertarian apparently sees the world.

The writer understands so little about politics and economy that they actually have negative amounts of information.
Surprised this thread didn't get any replies.

I mean look at this
SPONTANEOUS ORDER: The name of a loose organization of hackers who work together to undermine the government’s plans and help the Voluntaryists. They will often don masks of Frederic Bastiat and Lysander Spooner to show solidarity.
All the statist characters are Red and evil and one of them is literally a guy with a swastika and a hammer & sickle on his chest.

A literal Commie-Nazi
Found this interesting bit of European history browsing around the internet a bit

This is because of the Norman conquests. This was mentioned a little bit in world history back in High School (I'm American), but I'd assume European schools probably go more in-depth into this part of history.
Politics and Government / Re: Best Political Cartoons
« Last post by Askold on Today at 04:55:42 am »

EDIT: oops wrong thread originally.

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