FIFA World Cup: New Matches; Same Protests

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

Just awhile ago, Group E started as Switzerland and Ecuador go head to head in the FIFA World Cup 2014. Later today, the play continues with France and Honduras at 2:00 pm and then again at 5:00 pm with Argentina and Bosnia. Many people predict that Switzerland and Ecuador will give each other a very hard time due to the fact that, if either team loses they will be faced with the fact that they may no longer move up. Some people believe that Switzerland will win this match, not only because they are ranked highest in the group at the moment (6th), but because they qualified at the top of the European table. Winning both matches in the pre-world cup friendlies against Jamaica (1-0) and Peru (2-0). Another reason people may believe the Swiss will when is because Ecuador has lost a key player.

A Recap of Previous Matches

On Thursday June, 12 was the start of the FIFA World Cup with Brazil winning 3-1 against Croatia.
Friday June, 13 Mexico faced Cameroon with Mexico winning 1-0. Later that day Spain and Netherlands went head to head with Netherlands winning by 4 points (1-5) and Chile and Australia with Chile winning 3-1.
On Saturday June, 14 there were 4 different matches: Colombia vs. Greece (3-0), Uruguay vs. Costa Rica (1-3), England vs. Italy (1-2), and last but not least, Cote D’ivoire vs. Japan (2-1).

But with all the exciting matches and games, have we forgotten whats going on behind the scenes? Many people are protesting the games, mainly because the government spent millions of dollars on the arena and everything else, when they could have used that money to help rebuild the cities and just overall help the Brazilian people. But there are people and web sites like Midia Ninja, who’s journalist and reporters are constantly out there with the activists, with their smartphones and cameras capturing everything that is going on in the streets where the games are being held. Although Fifa predicted that this World Cup would leave a legacy in Brazil, many other people completely disagree.

No one believes the World Cup will leave a legacy in Brazil, as Fifa claims,” says Felipe Altenfender of Mídia Ninja.

Although the World Cup itself might not leave a legacy for Brazil, all the protests against it just might. With everything else going on, many people are upset because many people in Brazil who are not in the upper class cannot even get tickets to watch their home team play. Some might not even be able to watch the games on TV. And that reason alone can be very upsetting for them, especially since it is a very soccer oriented country. Activist Danilo Cajazeira agrees stating,

“People are losing their houses, they are losing their lives, and in the end we are not even able to watch the games,
so I think the message is, ‘these are not for you,”



Slender Man: Fiction Turns Into Real-Life Horror

Slenderman With Girl

Slenderman With Girl

Two 12-year-old girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, responsible for the stabbing of a friend in Waukesha, Wisconsin are to appear in court today, where the judge will determine whether or not the two girls will go to juvenile court instead. Both girls have been charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

The girls story is that they led their friend, also 12, into the nearby woods to “play hide-and-seek” where they then stabbed the girl nineteen times. After her attackers left, the girl crawled out of the woods to a nearby road where a bicyclist miraculously found her and called 9-1-1. Geyser and Weier were allegedly “sacrificing” their friend so that they could go live with an internet fictional character by the name of Slender Man. They believed that by killing the girl for him, he would appear to them and they would then become his proxies.

In Hamilton, Ohio, another Slender Man inspired stabbing has happened. An anonymous woman reached out to reporters to tell her story. The anonymous woman claims that her 13-year-old daughter attacked her one night coming home from work.

I came home one night from work and she was in the kitchen waiting for me and she was wearing a mask — a white mask,” the woman said. “She had her hood up and had her hands covered with her sleeves and the mask.”  

The woman suffered injuries to her face, neck, and back. The mother says that her daughter has had some previous mental issues and was almost obsessed with horror fan-fiction and the fictional character, Slender Man. The woman had said that in the past few weeks she had been writing about Slender San and that she would often write about “killing”. She had also been making worlds for Slender Man in the popular game, Minecraft. The daughter claimed she had no recognition of the attack, and she will face charges as a minor.

Eric Knudsen, the creator of the the fictional character and his spokeswoman publicly announce that he was “Deeply saddened by the tragedy in Wisconsin and my heart goes out to the families of those affected by this terrible act,”. The administrator of Creepypasta, David Morales, and Erik Knudsen both push the fact that the website where Slender Man was first made is not a website to make children violent. David Morales said in a statement, We are not teaching children to believe in a fictional monster, nor are we teaching them to be violent.

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