you are skewing your results toward single people, mostly men, who may or may not have any social skills outside work
I think this is exactly the point. RethinkDB seems to want the most productive individual they can get. By going after someone who does dedicate him/her self to coding outside of work, they will more likely find somebody willing to go the extra mile outside of work hours. The slight of "well-adjusted people" appears intentional to me.
If no one actually bootlegs the event, who pays the monetary damages and attorney fees?
The attorney fees become built into the ticket price. I know what music festival I'm not going to this summer!
USSR not producing enough grain and having to continually import it (with exceptions of course).
While there were certainly droughts and other organic factors that affected output, the main reason for lack of grain in the 1930s was Stalin's forceful drive to convert the USSR from a primarily agricultural economy to an industrial one. Through collectivization, grain was gathered from the peasantry and traded abroad for heavy industry. This led to an industrial boom in the cities, at the immense cost of mass starvation in the countryside. Ukraine was a notable victim of this process.