…fifa to now reduce poverty and promote healthy living?…

…imagine the possibilities…

The news is that sponsors, all US, having suddenly discovered corruption and other naughty deeds at FIFA, and as the US also sees a very lucrative market it must control, are obliquely suggesting withdrawing their participation in FIFA.

But a brief digression. The traveler, as will be any de Tocqueville, to the US is struck – occasionally, physically; even occasionally, mortally, but not that – by some stark reality. On leaving the airport and arriving at one’s destination, the first thing strange, disquieting is the ‘locals’ – very many are, as clinically defined, obese. Not only that, since that last visit, economic well-being seems to have fallen, and drastically. A casual glance at US vital statistics would suggest that mortality rates are higher than in many a much less prosperous country. Despite that one is often subjected to lectures on the superiority of the US in all matters imaginable, clearly not by those who have traveled outside the US. Read the rest of this entry »

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