Going silent for a short time

I’m going off line for a few weeks. Wednesday, Thursday and today I was on training for the ISTQB Technical Test Analyst Certificate. I write the exam on the 20th July, so for the next few weeks I’ll be studying hard. This post is going to be about two things I’ve been thinking about.
Firstly, the FIFA scandal.
A few weeks ago, the Swiss Police, acting on an extradition request from the FBI, arrested a number of high ranking officials from FIFA. The indictments were for various offences related to taking bribes in exchange for votes. A number of the charges relate to bribery around South Africa’s successful 2010 World Cup bid.
I am rather upset about the affair, even though I’m not really interested in Football. Like many South Africans, I was despondent when South Africa lost the 2006 hosting bid to Germany. I was elated when we won the right to host the 2010 World Cup. And when it was over I was proud that we had made a success it.
And now, everything has gone sour.
We now know that Morocco should have won, but that a bribe of $10 million was paid to Jack Warner so that it would come here instead.
What has been amazing, and not in a good way, is the response of local politicians to the crisis. One of the signs of deception is when a person’s story keeps changing. The very earliest responses were along the lines of “the US is jealous!”, which would have been laughable even if the Swiss authorities (who carried out the raids and arrests) weren’t involved. Then came the comment that the bribe would never be found. Right after that, Chuck Blazer’s confession was unsealed, and yes, a bribe had been paid. Story No. 3 was that the payment was not a bribe, but a donation to the African Diaspora (a lot of Carribean people are descended from African slaves). As the press pointed out, a donation of that size, assuming it was legitimate, would have been trumpeted as loudly as possible. Then the details emerged that the “donation” went to accounts controlled by Jack Warner, one of the people charged in the matter.
This has soured everything for me. I felt pride, and now I know we won by cheating. Imagine you were part of a team that won the prize for “most productive team of the year”, and said prize was dinner at the most exclusive restaurant in town. And then imagine that a few months down the line it emerged that another team had been more productive but your team leads had lied so your team got the prize. Wouldn’t you feel bad, even if you had been genuinely unaware of the deception? I know I would.
The other thing I’ve been thinking about is Gigi Jordan, who was recently sentenced to 18 years in jail for killing her autistic son Jude Mirra. Jordan, from the sound of things, was a curebie. She spent large sums of money trying to “recover” Jude. When that failed, she killed him.
I have no sympathy for Jordan. She was an extremely wealthy woman who could have afforded therapists who knew Applied Behavioural Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, tutors who specialise in autistic children and round the clock care for Jude. She had resources that most parents of severely autistic children can only dream about, and instead of using them to get Jude the support he needed, she killed him. I’m beyond words.

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