On Playing Poor: Bring on the Shanty Town and $9 Microbrew!
In case you live in a cave, the World Cup starts today. In Brazil, that means airport workers are striking, police are firing noise bombs, tear gas and rubber bullets at furious protesters, and yes, some thousands of soccer fans are streaming into $14 billion worth of overpriced stadiums and unfinished hotels. In Milwaukee, that means a bar called the Nomad and its Nomad World Copa is open for business with its brand new, bright-colored, home-grown, no-dirt-or-actual-poor-people-in sight "favela," complete with surfboard bar, taco shack, fake laundry hanging outside fake windows, and outside viewing area - originally dubbed a shanty town until charges of tasteless racism led to the name being change to courtyard - with six killer TVs to watch the action while you sip at a craft beer costing more than real favela residents make in a week. Despite the critics, the bar owner says he's glad to have "created a constructive conversation" and he's not exploiting anyone and come on down. Go capitalism!