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  2. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion about the 2022 World Cup in ~sports

  3. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion about the 2022 World Cup in ~sports

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    This part of the article is about attendance to local games. World Cups are not about local teams. 1994 Word Cup also happened in a country with no football culture, and it was a great success....

    This part of the article is about attendance to local games. World Cups are not about local teams. 1994 Word Cup also happened in a country with no football culture, and it was a great success. There are many reasons for that, including the fact that the US is more of a destination and has a lot of immigrants.

    A tiny country in the desert has a problem on their hands for sure. But if they got enough people from abroad, their games would fill. It's not a long Cup and given the chance fans will go to all games, including the Qatar national team. Some might organically cheer for them, specially if Qatar helped finance the trip.

    But I guess monarchies don't really do "organic" :P

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  4. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion about the 2022 World Cup in ~sports

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    What baffles me is that none of that was even remotely necessary. Wanna fill stadiums with loud fans? Make the tickets super cheap, or give them free. Maybe pay for part of the air faire or...

    What baffles me is that none of that was even remotely necessary. Wanna fill stadiums with loud fans? Make the tickets super cheap, or give them free. Maybe pay for part of the air faire or accomodations. Subsidize everything. They got the money.

    Football is the most popular sport in the world. People wanna be there already. Tap into that.

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  5. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion about the 2022 World Cup in ~sports

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    Brazil 1 x 0 Switzerland November 28, 2022 (Monday) Casemiro stunner ends Switzerland resistance to fire Brazil into last 16. With that result, Brazil is qualified for the playoffs and will play...

    Brazil 1 x 0 Switzerland
    November 28, 2022 (Monday)

    Casemiro stunner ends Switzerland resistance to fire Brazil into last 16.

    With that result, Brazil is qualified for the playoffs and will play against Cameroon next Friday with no obligation to win.

    Videos (multiple options to avoid geoblocking):

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  6. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion about the 2022 World Cup in ~sports

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    Brazil: The Country of Football - Episode 1. A good 10-minute documentary about the Brazillian football style, the ginga, where it comes from, and how adversity is at the root of how we play....

    Brazil: The Country of Football - Episode 1. A good 10-minute documentary about the Brazillian football style, the ginga, where it comes from, and how adversity is at the root of how we play.

    Brazil: The Country of Football - Episode 2. A good 10-minute documentary about Brazil's football culture.

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  7. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion about the 2022 World Cup in ~sports

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    Brazil 2 x 0 Serbia November 24, 2022 (Thursday) This is the first Brazil game that I watch since the tragical match in 2014. There were people crying in the stadium, in their houses, and in the...

    Brazil 2 x 0 Serbia
    November 24, 2022 (Thursday)

    This is the first Brazil game that I watch since the tragical match in 2014. There were people crying in the stadium, in their houses, and in the streets. It was like Germany was playing a different game, or adults playing children. It is hard to express the effect that had on me, but 8 years without watching the national team can give you an idea.

    Because of that, I didn't know almost anything about this team. Neymar is the only player I recognize.

    The team was initially nervous and timid, afraid to kick towards the goal, trying to "carry it in". Richarlison scored at 62" in what seemed like a happy accident, and also at 73" in what I say with some certainty will probably be the most beautiful goal in the entire competition, and one of the most beautiful goals in its entire history.

    I am, of course, elated and hopeful. I know our team is considered by many the favorite. I can't say I'm in total agreement with that, but now I understand what they are talking about. Especially knowing that Argentina and Germany had bad starts. The dream of the Hexa seems more possible than ever.

    And oh, Neymar was limping after the match. Doesn't seem serious, and he's got 4 rest days ahead of him. Hopefully, he'll make a full recovery.

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  10. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion about the 2022 World Cup in ~sports

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    The irony: anyone that's ever been to Pernambuco (or any Northeast state, really) knows that it's not exactly an LGBT paradise...

    The irony: anyone that's ever been to Pernambuco (or any Northeast state, really) knows that it's not exactly an LGBT paradise...

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  11. Comment on World Cup 2022: How to watch the matches online and on TV in ~sports

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    @random, how important is the World Cup in Brazil? Well, this is a street in my hometown: Image 1 The number "13" on the ground is a reference to Lula. 13 is the number for the Worker's Party....

    @random, how important is the World Cup in Brazil?

    Well, this is a street in my hometown:

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      • The number "13" on the ground is a reference to Lula. 13 is the number for the Worker's Party.
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    • Image 03.

    I'm so glad that the Brazilian flag and colors once again mean the Seleção and not Bolsonarismo.

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  12. Comment on 'Now I'm one of you,' Hamilton tells Brazil as he becomes honorary citizen in ~sports

  13. Comment on If you speak another language other than English, what are some interesting differences with English in its vocabulary? in ~talk

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    When I write in English, I feel that I'm trying to be precise and specific. English has a lot of specific words that efficiently communicate very specialized things. You can ascribe that to an...

    When I write in English, I feel that I'm trying to be precise and specific. English has a lot of specific words that efficiently communicate very specialized things. You can ascribe that to an overwhelming cultural tendency that is expressed in philosophy, science, and religion. English is great for all of those things, and also literature. Due to the larger vocabulary, it is easier to avoid word repetition, and at every turn something minuscule, but valuable, can be added, cornering the subject little by little until you can finally capture it. Educated English speakers are fond of manuals of style, and many have strong beliefs about how things should be written. That makes for beautiful and efficient texts that are a joy to read, but such an obsession with correctness may sound neurotic at times.

    As a Portuguese speaker, it is both odd and interesting appreciating a language without grammatical gender. On the one hand, it is advantageous to be able to adopt inclusive language so easily. On the other, the use of gendered language in romance languages is not as much of an issue since it carries different social meanings. Unfortunately, we have been blindly importing North American concerns into our culture, trying to "solve" problems that were never ours in the first place.

    English phonetics is a lot less regular than in romance languages, and by that, I mean that the same written patterns can be pronounced very differently depending on the origin of the word. In Brazilian Portuguese, most sounds are stressed and follow a more predictable shape.

    Because it is the product of so many influences, English does not feel very cohesive, it is a language of exceptions that probably requires more memorization than most (because following patterns is less guaranteed to render correct English).

    Aesthetically, I feel that Portuguese is largely misunderstood by Americans. Their intuitions from Spanish lead them to believe Portuguese is an ugly and oddly nasal counterpart. Like Spanish, English is not very nasal. Unless it is French, I suspect nasal sounds unsettle English speakers' ears.

    Spanish is spoken vividly and with passion. There are lots of airflow and strong punctuation. Portuguese is kinda melancholic as if the words were meant to circle back into our lungs, and even our expressions of joy are marred by notes of introspection. There is a deep longing in Portugal's culture that is expressed in their former colonies. It is another kind of beauty. Sadly the idea that Portuguese is just "weird Spanish" prevents people from appreciating the unique features of our language. I mean, do you really think this is ugly?

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  14. Comment on Lula narrowly defeats Bolsonaro to win Brazil presidency again in ~news

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    Bolsonarist trucker blockades in Brazil could hit ag exports, farm group says.

    Bolsonarist trucker blockades in Brazil could hit ag exports, farm group says.

    Brazil's Federal Highway Police (PRF) said on Monday that truckers have partially or fully blocked roads in 12 states, up from the six states an independent truckers group had estimated earlier on Monday. Truckers are one of far-right leader Bolsonaro's key constituencies, and they have been known to cause economic chaos in Brazil when they shut down highways.

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  15. Comment on Lula narrowly defeats Bolsonaro to win Brazil presidency again in ~news

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    A curiosity: in Brazilian Portuguese, when you split the name "Jair" into syllables, you can form the expression "Já ir", which can be translated as "already go". Hence the chant "Tá na hora do do...

    Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin and campaign aides jumped up and down chanting, "It's time Jair, it's time to leave already," in a video circulating on social media.

    A curiosity: in Brazilian Portuguese, when you split the name "Jair" into syllables, you can form the expression "Já ir", which can be translated as "already go". Hence the chant "Tá na hora do do Jair, já ir embora" (it is time for Jair, just go away...). Reuters' translation was actually pretty good, given the inherent difficulties of translating wordplay.

    It's a jingle.

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  16. Comment on Lula narrowly defeats Bolsonaro to win Brazil presidency again in ~news

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    That would be a violent assault on our sovereignty, and not one I'd be inclined to approve. US and Europe devastated their own ecosystems, profited from the devastation of many more, and are still...
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    That would be a violent assault on our sovereignty, and not one I'd be inclined to approve. US and Europe devastated their own ecosystems, profited from the devastation of many more, and are still doing so. Maybe we should invade North-America to stop fracking.

    If the US decided to invade Brazil to save the Amazon, you can fully expect me to fight back.

    It is also profoundly upsetting to see that the only time Brazil is viewed as worthy of mention is when it comes to the interests of North Americans and Europeans. Wanna help the Amazon? Try to remember that there are people in this country too. IDK, at least fake an interest, a humanistic concern. Make us into allies[1]. That is the way.

    Finally, why should I believe that North-Americans would be any better at preserving the Amazon? Historically, the preservation of the colonies is not a major concern in imperialist nations. Maybe the only reason they're not devastating more is that there's not much left.

    [1] Which would not be hard. Brazilians love the US.

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  17. Comment on Lula narrowly defeats Bolsonaro to win Brazil presidency again in ~news

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    I expect that to be the case. Brazilian law is not at all permissive in that regard and the transmission of power is not at the discretion of the current president. Bolsonaro doesn't have the...

    Hope the transfer of power goes smoothly as possible.

    I expect that to be the case. Brazilian law is not at all permissive in that regard and the transmission of power is not at the discretion of the current president.

    Bolsonaro doesn't have the support of the media, even those that are traditionally in the right. He is also weak and incompetent.

    Additionally, one of the advantages of runoff elections is that there's not as much space to question the results. The people have spoken.

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