Quick update…


Cary and I just returned from a rally at the park, A rally against PEC 37, against institutionalized corruption, against a bill pro ‘gay cure’, against an evangelical pastor, Marcos Feliciano, taking over the Human Rights Committee; pro-education. Also there was a “marcha das Crianças” (the march of the children) happening at the same time.
Plenty of images on our respective Flickr accounts.

Marcha contra PEC 37 - POA 23/06

Marcha contra PEC 37 - POA 23/06

Marcha contra PEC 37 - POA 23/06



Nós lembramos do teu nome.


Não se esqueçam da face daquele do qual não dizemos o nome. Aquele que convenientemente esqueceu de mostrar a face durante os atuais protestos. Aquele que nasceu nos protestos, e que aparece exgeradamente na mídia mesmo depois de largar a presidência.Aquele que aparece na mídia indo fazer vacina contra gripe no posto de saúde ou até comprando misto quente na padaria da esquina. Aquele que se econtra com outros chefes de estado e fala em nome da nação, mesmo sem ser mais a autoridade máxima do país, aliás, aquele que atualmente não é nada, porque antes de ser presidente não era nada e nem sequer trabalhava, e que agora continua sem trabalhar. Aquele que continua sendo o cacique por trás de todas as articulações políticas que mantém firme e forte esta corja de larápios que atualmente ocupa as cadeiras de grife do congresso e senado nacionais. Aquele que não quer mostrar a cara porque ele não sabia de nada. Não esqueçam a face daquele do qual não dizemos o nome.



Políticos Brasileiros não entendem nada


Não creio nas coisas que escuto na GloboNews. “O governo não sabe o que vai ouvir e o que vai negociar com os protestantes porque as reivindicações são esparsas e o movimento é apartidário e não tem líder. O governo não sabe por onde começar.” Os nossos governantes são completamente idiotas, retardados, incapazes de entender que a grande moral da história de toda esta manifestação é justamente que eles, os governantes, perderam totalmente a credibilidade junto ao povo, que a POLITICA brasileira está desacreditada A TAL PONTO QUE OS MANIFESTANTES SE RECUSAM A LEVANTAR BANDEIRAS PARTIDÁRIAS DURANTE AS MANIFESTAÇÕES, pois já ficou claro que tomar partido político aqui não significa porcaria nenhuma. Vocês, governantes, não vão negociar com os protestantes porque não entendem que, para negociar com os protestantes, a primeira coisa que precisa mudar é a sua própria atitude em relação ao povo.



A política brasileira é um caso perdido.


Por exemplo: vocês lembram do Lindberg Farias, líder estudantil dos cara-pintadas há 20 anos, que ajudou o impeachment do então presidente Collor? Pois é, hoje ele é farinha do mesmo saco político que o Collor (são da mesma base aliada). Por isso que eu não acredito que a política brasileira tenha jamais a remota chance de se redimir, se reformar. A mesma coisa aconteceu com a geração de 64 (vide Zé Dirceu). A geração de 64 se tornou farinha daquele mesmo saco o qual eles combatiam (falavam de censura mas manipulam a mídia e se fazem de perseguidos políticos quando na realidade são o partido da situação, e a única censura que existe vem por parte deles, porque ninguém pode falar mal deles). A geração de 64 falhou. A geração de cara-pintadas falhou. A das diretas já falhou. Não existe uma história de sucesso na alegada democracia da política brasileira. Não vai existir, nunca. E isso que eu nem comecei a falar da bancada evangélica… a nova direita, a pior de todas.



It’s Official…


…Cesare Battisti, the convicted italian terrorist and murderer of several people, is now walking freely in the streets of Brazil, thanks to president Lula. Cesare Battisti is the new Ronald Biggs.
Dear Italian citizens: I hereby clarify, on behalf of the majority of Brazilian citizens, that we Brazilians disagree with president Lula’s decision. We are ashamed of his decision, and we think that Battisti belongs in the hands of Italian justice, nowhere else.



Bad news, good news


Last Friday I had my wallet stolen from within my handbag, within my office. I went to work with my wallet, and at 6:30 p.m. when I wanted to put money in it, I noticed it was missing. “I must have forgotten it home”, I thought. I went home, and after a thorough search operation that would make the best CSI look amateur I decided that yes, I had indeed been robbed, and it had been within the clinic. Panic stroke me immediately. I called operators to cancel my credit cards. When I was on the phone in the middle of canceling my checks too, my doorbell rang. Through the intercom, a man said “Hi! Are you Olivia? I’m the doorman of a building at Andradas Street and I need to talk to you, is that OK?” I was like “Hmm… Ok”. First lesson of Brazil survival guide: you do not, ever, open the door of your building at night for a strange man. Specially if you are a woman alone. So I knocked at my neighbour’s door, explained the situation and he accompanied me. Down at the door was this fat man in his early 60’s, holding a paper in his hand. He said “Hi! Is this yours? I found it sitting on a bench on the 4th floor of the building I work at.” I took the paper from his hand: it was my vaccination card. It had my address in it. I said “Yes, that’s mine, you happened to find my wallet by any chance?” He said “I found this and a pile of documents. I didn’t bring the documents with me because I wans’t sure I was going to find this street, as I didn’t know where it was, and I didn’t want to keep walking at night with a bunch of documents loose in my hand, risking to lose them. Would you go with me to where I work to get the rest of the documents?” Lesson number two of Brazil’s survival guide: suspect everyone, trust no one, looks can be deceiving, nice people can be bad. What if that man took me to some shady place and kidnapped me, raped me, or something like that? My neighbor and I exchanged looks and agreed to go with him. We went walking. Arriving at the building he worked there were people there who greeted him happily, then we knew he was really the doorman and not some conman or worse. He showed me where he found my documents and finally gave me my documents back. Lucky me, everything was there: my bank and credit cards, checks, fidelity cards of many stores, identity documents, medical license, driver’s license, photographs, bank extracts and even a Moleskine I carry with me. The only thing missing was actually my wallet. I concluded that I was robbed by a female patient of the clinic who must have entered the office and stolen it when I left for the restroom or to grab a prescription pad at the clinic’s reception. Why a female? Because my wallet was a feminine wallet, a very expensive designer’s feminine wallet, just the kind of expensive mime that you know it’s many women’s consumer’s dream.

I learned the lessons. One: do not buy fancy wallets. Two: There are good people in Brazil. I was as happy to find an honest person who gave me back my things without trying to con me, kidnap me or charge me for it. Just like there are bad people here, as the woman who stole from me, there are indeed very good people here.  Altough the man didn’t ask for anything, next week I will get him a present (I’m still thinking): in Brazil crime pays, so why shouldn’t honesty pay too?

🙂



The “House of Horrors” is taunting us again.


Last year the Brazilian House of Senate went through a careful financial inspection, which concluded there was an excessive expenditure with third party sanitation contractors – suggesting demissions should be made. That was the first of a torrent of denounces about the Senate’s excessive expenses with unnecessary employees, crass irregularities in the biddings, undue extra-pays for overtime that never happened, ghost employees*, deliberate misuse of public money and nepotism. It culminated with the #ForaSarney campaign on Twitter*, headed by a brazilian media-man and TV anchor (@marcelotas). The scandal had such broad proportions that the Brazilian Senate got the prowess of being called “The House of Horrors” in an article published by The Economist last year. (link to original text)


Well… now, after the dust settled, everything seems to be going back to what it was. The Senate is signing up for 1.600 sanitation jobs with salaries from $1.200,00 to $6.000,00 Brazilian Reais (a lot for the Brazilian pattern) – with *facepalm* the same contractor that triggered last year’s scandal!  The contractor happens to be a firm that doesn’t pay their employees when it’s due, and for that reason it has been already fined by the Senate itself in 4 million Brazilian Reais — fine which the firm hasn’t payed yet, I must add. All that will cost the brazilian tax-payers 72 million Brazilian Reais a year. I understand the Senate is very filthy place, but 72 mi is a lot even for the dirtiest politician.


Also, the Senate is renewing the contract with “Plansul Planejamento e Consultoria”, a firm in the communication and media sector, for 327 jobs that will cost 17 million Brazilian Reais to tax-payers. Those are jobs like ‘spokesperson’, ‘substitute-spokesperson’, ‘spokesperson-assessor’, ‘spokesperson secretary’, ‘spokesperson manicurist‘ and so on.


I feel embarrassed as a Brazilian citizen for the shamelessness of my corrupt politicians.


*Ghost Employee is a corruption phenomena in Brazilian politics: it’s a bogus public employee that only exists in the payroll, while someone else deliberately and illegaly (a politician or another public employee) receives his salary.

*The #ForaSarney campaign on Twitter was a movement that aimed to bring down the president of the Senate and former-President of Brazil, José Sarney. It wasn’t restricted to Twitter, people also protested in the streets. By now I think you could have guessed it didn’t work.



Minor Update “Projeto Ficha Limpa”


President Lula has finally sanctioned “Projeto Ficha Limpa”, it’s been published in the Brazilian Official Daily paper today: that means it’s now a law, citizens condemned by the Justice are not allowed candidacy for anything public/political.


For further info about “Projeto Ficha Limpa (Project Clean Record)” check my previous posts:

http://bit.ly/aVwCh0

http://bit.ly/aspXt5



News Bullets


  • Today Mr. not-so-governor José Roberto Arruda left jail – only to go to the Cardiology Institute for a cardiac procedure.  After catheterised, he was sent back to jail.  He should go through an angioplasty soon (apparently, the man happens to have a heart indeed). His lawyers are trying to use his heart disease as an excuse for him to be under house arrest rather than in prison, but their attempts have so far been in vain.
  • Today the infamous Paulo Salim Maluf, the greatest and more notorious Brazilian corrupt politician, made it to the Interpol “hall of fame”, and he’s now Wanted in every square inch of the planet earth – but Brazil, since there’s an issue that states that one country cannot extradict it’s very own citizens.
  • A major political fight is going on over the royalties of the pre-salt off-shore oil reserves, with people’s protesting the streets and everything else. Reminded me of the 80’s “Diretas Já”.
  • President Lula made a visit to the Mideast. While visiting Israel, he declined an invitation from Israeli government to visit the tomb of  Theodr Herzl, father of zionism, and he deffended the creation of a Palestine nation and also visited the tomb of Yasser Arafat, presenting his memory with a flowers garland.
  • Today is the last day for the Brazilian health care personnel to take their shot against H1N1 Influenza. This ends Phase one of vaccination campaign. Phase 2 starts on Monday, the 22nd through April 2nd, and the target public are pregnant women, infants from 6 months to 2 years old, and not elderly people with chronic diseases.


News Bullets on the Weeks most important facts


  • Soon-not-governor of GDF José Roberto Arruda remains behind the bars.
  • Increase in Brazilian taxation over American imports is now supported by the Wold Trade Organazation.
  • President Lula’s still (fairly) getting lots of criticism for his words on the Cuban political prisoners, and he has been having to apologize and retreat, as he always does when he says the usual bs that he always says. And then everyone goes back to liking him and putting him on a pedestal as they always do, as if nothing ever happened. And as the world turns, we’re still stuck in the same old s***
  • President Lula is visiting Middle East in order to put his finger on the palestinian cake and pretend that we’re a too important nation and that He’s doing something for them.
  • Glauco, a crazy but famous brazilian cartunist, has been murdered. He was the leader of a crazy hippie mistique cult (“Sant Daime”) that, amongst other non-sense, preached against psychotropic drugs (yet they have no problems with pot). He was murdered by a schizo guy who was hallucinating (claiming he was Jesus) cause he wasn’t taking his meds cause the cult forbid it.


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