Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Devil is Brazilian


There's a Brazilian popular adagio that states, "God is Brazilian".  
It can only be some kind of mockery.
Some bad taste kind of mockery.
You go to Rio, take a car ride from Ipanema to Ilha do Governador (Governor's Island) and  see a huge "favela" surrounding the road.  That is Favela da  Maré, one of Rio's most dangerous spots.  Don't be surprised if you witness a theft, maybe more than one, then you'll be thinking, is this Rio?
Yes, mate, this is.
At that same long road, you'll notice several youngsters strolling amongst the cars when the traffic is jammed, selling cookies packages.  You'll wonder if this is a way of making a living.  In this country,  it is.  I warn you, though:  many of those boys aren't sellers, but thieves.  
If you're unlucky enough to be robbed or to witness a crime, perhaps you ask yourself, where is the police?  
Where?
Rio's police is worse equipped than Mare's outlaws, and poorly trained.    There are no few policemen who dread organised crime.  And there are also those who pretend it doesn't exist or are allied to it.
Most of Rio's politicians are gangsters.  Frank Underwood is from Rio. So is Jeoffrey Lannister.  Or they reckon themselves comedians, like the mayor, who said a roo would suffice to make Aussie athletes put up with their damaged apartments at the Olympic Village.
Many entrepreneurs are outlaws.  Wilson Fisk lives in Leblon, loves Ipanema's art galleries and bookshops, but carries business in Favela da Mare, Morro do Alemao and beheads his enemies with his corny limo's door.
Organised crime is also very strong in Northern and Central  regions of Brazil, where law is not but a joke.  Agribusinessmen behave as gangsters:  they devastate huge land extensions and NEVER get sued or fined. They NEVER go to jail, even if they  menace and kill whoever dares to question or criticise their deeds.  Remember nun Dorothy Stang.  
Oh, they get elected to the Senate and the House of Representatives!  You bet!  They have recently succeeded to change Brazilian Codigo Florestal (Forest Protection Act) into a "License to Devastate Act".
You recognise them easily.  They (recklessly) drive huge pickup trucks and SUVs. They behave as if the whole world were their own backyard.  They speak aloud, invade other people's space and become very cross and rude to whoever dares to ask them speak lower.

In fact, many Brazilians behave alike and even think it's "cool". 

Brazilian House of Representatives has been infected by religious extreme rightists and gangsters.  People who think that public revenue  is theirs by divine design. A Congressman flew to a marriage party in a military aircraft and was not sued.  It has been recently disclosed that another congressman has a U$ 5 million bank account in Switzerland, amount which largely exceeds his earnings as a representative.

Brazilian judges are petty tyrants who convict anyone who dares to criticise them publicly.  A newsstand owner has been convicted for 7, seven years in jail, just because of his Facebook posts (only to his friends visible) on a judge, deemed as offensive.  In the meantime, a Brazilian politician, criminally convicted in France, has never been convicted in Brazil, where he is friends with many judges from São Paulo...

There are no passenger trains in Brazil.  Once upon a time, there used to be.  My grandfather, a Portuguese immigrant, worked as a blacksmith for Sorocabana Railways, which is now just history.
The decision to dismount  railroad passenger transportation was  undemocratically taken by the then Government,  headed by Mr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, aka FHC.
This decision's result is easily visible:   Kilometres' ride of traffic jam on roads.
Nobody has ever been sued because of that disastrous and illegal decision.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Estela Pacheco: o machismo matou

14 de outubro de 2000.  Estela Pacheco, 35 anos, professora, foi morta no apartamento do pecuaristas Mauro Janene Costa, em Curitiba.  Ela despencou do 12o. Andar do edifício onde o fulano morava com a mãe.  O laudo da necropsia concluiu que ela morreu por esganadura, antes de ser jogada do 12o. Andar.  O principal acusado, Mauro Janene, ainda não foi julgado!  Os júris foram sucessivamente adiados:  11 de maio de 2011;  26 de maio de 2011;  17 de agosto de 2011 (sempre por manobras da defesa, advogado do réu Mauro Viotto);  14 de dezembro de 2014.  O réu eh primo de Jose Janene, pivô do Mensalão e do Petrolao.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ANAC: despreparada e autoritária

Em seu sítio eletrônico, a ANAC - Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil do Brasil, noticia orgulhosamente a adoção dos famigerados "procedimentos de inspeção" nos aeroportos brasileiros, a partir de 18.07 (anteontem), nos vôos domésticos.  Essa porcaria começou de repente, sem NENHUM motivo, sem NENHUMA preparação dos funcionários envolvidos e, pior, sem NENHUMA consideração com os passageiros.  Esses "procedimentos de inspeção" estão dificultando o embarque dos passageiros, provocando filas longas e demoradas, agressões e truculência de agentes aeroportuários  contra passageiros.
E mais:  no sítio dessa autarquia consta a notícia de que esses "procedimentos" não tem prazo para terminar e nem relação com as Olimpíadas.
No maior descaramento, a ANAC pede que os passageiros cheguem 2, DUAS horas antes do embarque em vôos nacionais!
E muita incompetência e desrespeito ao cidadão!
Nota ZERO para o Presidente da ANAC, Jose Ricardo Pataro Botelho de Queiroz, por seu autoritarismo, total despreparo e falta de qualificação para a função, fome de notoriedade.  Esse sujeito só faz isso para aparecer.
E aparece da pior maneira possível.
Renuncia, Pataro, se tiver vergonha nessa sua cara gorda de Wilson Fisk!
Ah, vejam isto:  neste exato momento, o sítio eletrônico da ANAC está fora do ar!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

La Guerre des Bêtes

Les terroristes ne méritent aucun respect.  Le terreur a longtemps déclaré guerre contre le monde civilisé.  Ils doivent être vus comme des ennemis à la guerre: ça veut dire, ils n'ont pas besoin d'être jugés:  ils doivent être détruits.  De quoi l'Europe aura besoin pour comprendre qu'il faudra fermer ses portes a ses ennemies?

Beasts War

No, terrorists deserve no respect.  Terror has long declared war against the civilised world.  They must therefore be treated as war enemies:  they do not need to be tried:  they must be destroyed.  How long is it going to take , what Europe needs to realise that it should have already closed its doors to its enemies?

Guerra das Bestas

Não, os terroristas não merecem nenhum respeito.  O terror declarou, há muito, guerra contra o mundo civilizado.  Os terroristas tem que ser tratados como inimigos de guerra:  não precisam ser julgados, e sim destruídos.  Quando a Europa vai entender que tem que fechar as portas para seus inimigos?