” Two man attempted to rob a drugstore, but the owner had a good defense and killed one of the criminals.”
He won’t do that again … Brazil is a little bit safer today , thanks to a man with a gun .
” A Brazilian police officer was filmed firing what appear to be live rounds at anti-World Cup protesters this weekend.”
” The incident was captured by the Associated Press close to Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium during the Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina match on Sunday.
The scenes also saw a man in plain clothes who identified himself as a police officer fire two shots into the air. He continued firing as he was driven away. The news agency was not able to confirm his identity.
Some residents have turned to artistic protest – daubing walls with anti-Fifa graffiti.
” One mural in particular, at a Sao Paulo school by renowned street artist Paulo Ito, has gone viral on social media, showing a weeping, starving Brazilian boy, knife and fork in hand, being served a football on a plate.”
Lots more here and at the link below:
” CCTV recording shows Thiago André Santos Souza, 28, at a bakery with his fiancée and daughter who he’s carrying, when he is shot three times by a 17-year old.
The gunman was arrested later the same day.”
” More than a million Rio Carnival revellers laid aside bitterness at Brazilian leaders to join wild festivities Saturday in what has been dubbed “the greatest show on Earth.”
” The Rio tourist board said 1.3 million people joined the fray to cavort as the Marvelous City’s oldest bloco or street party group Cordao da Bola Preta danced to a raucous samba beat. A total of four million are accepted during the entire five-day event.”
” But there was a reminder of some of Brazil’s social problems as festivities in the northern city of Salvador were tainted by the fatal shooting of a young man.”
” Rio’s flamboyantly dressed residents were adamant that, for now, they had spent enough time demonstrating — and wanted to let loose instead.”
“Carnival is carnival. Celebrate! Protests can wait — at least for now,” shouted Christophe Land, one of 50 men decked out in black “Spiderman” outfits.”
” Spear fishermen off Brazil have pulled from the depths an enormous cobia that weighed nearly 30 pounds more than the existing spearfishing world record, and nearly 40 pounds heavier than the angling record.
The behemoth weighed 172 pounds on two separate scales, because the fishermen wanted to be sure, and because it seemed impossible that a cobia could weigh so much.
The International Underwater Spearfishing Association lists as the men’s world record a 145.9-pound cobia subdued by Valente Baena off Mexico in 2011.
For the sake of comparison, the International Game Fish Association lists a 135-poind 9-ounce cobia as the largest ever captured on rod and reel.”
Published on Jan 16, 2014
” A mother was killed in front of her family when she was struck by lightning on a Brazilian beach.
Rosangela Biavati a 36-year-old married mother of one, died instantly when she was hit by the bolt of electricity during a trip to Guaruja, a popular seaside resort on the coast of Sao Paulo.
The first photograph shows the victim heading towards the water with outstretched arms as she warns her 11-year-old son to get out of the sea because of the gathering storm overhead. The next image captures the electrical discharge streaking down.
A Mitsubishi pickup obscures the moment the bolt hits the woman as she steps towards the water’s edge but the tragic outcome is clearly evident in the following image in the sequence of shots.
Three men, including the victim’s husband who is wearing white swimming trucks, drag her lifeless body onto the beach.
According to Rosângela’s husband, his wife had gone to tell his son and nephews, who were swimming in the sea, to get out because of the bad weather.
As she stepped into the water she was hit by a single bolt of lightning.
‘ The weather started to close in and we decided to leave. I was putting our bags into the car, and the kids were on the beach.
‘ The next minute my wife was lying on the floor. I received a mild shock,’ said a distraught Leandro Lopes Santos.
The victim’s brother Elias Biavati added: ‘When I saw my sister she was already lying on the ground and people were trying to revive her by massaging her heart.’
According to the Biavati, another sister who was standing near to Roseangela when the lightning struck received a black eye.
‘ We are in a state of shock. My brother-in-law is devastated by the sudden death of his wife. We can’t believe how it happened – it could have been any one of us,’ the victim’s brother said.
A total of 13 members, all from the same family, had gone to the beach for the day. They arrived at midday but by 3pm the sunny weather had changed as storm clouds gathered and the weather became overcast and the atmosphere heavy.
Café owner Arionaldo Garrido, who was on the beach, said he quickly realised something was wrong.
‘ We had taken our tables inside because we could see a storm was coming. Several rays had already flashed across the sky and streaked down,’ he recalled.
‘ Suddenly we heard a loud bang and saw several people running. We knew that something terrible had happened. It’s a real tragedy for the family who have lost a wife and mother.’
Climatologist Rodolfo Bonafim, from environmental organisation Friends of Water, said that the lightning bolts are common around this time of year.
‘ There is a high incidence of lightning now because of an increase in heat and humidity. It’s more concentrated at this time during the summer than at other times in the year because the humidity is higher.
‘ The seaside area is also a region bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, making it a perfect zone for this type of inclement weather,’ he said. “
” Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government’s National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist’s camera.
I shared with the world evidence proving some governments are building a world-wide surveillance system to secretly track how we live, who we talk to, and what we say.
I went in front of that camera with open eyes, knowing that the decision would cost me family and my home, and would risk my life. I was motivated by a belief that the citizens of the world deserve to understand the system in which they live.
My greatest fear was that no one would listen to my warning. Never have I been so glad to have been so wrong. The reaction in certain countries has been particularly inspiring to me, and Brazil is certainly one of those.
At the NSA, I witnessed with growing alarm the surveillance of whole populations without any suspicion of wrongdoing, and it threatens to become the greatest human rights challenge of our time.
The NSA and other spying agencies tell us that for our own “safety” –for Dilma’s “safety,” for Petrobras’ “safety”– they have revoked our right to privacy and broken into our lives. And they did it without asking the public in any country, even their own.
Today, if you carry a cell phone in Sao Paolo, the NSA can and does keep track of your location: they do this 5 billion times a day to people around the world.
When someone in Florianopolis visits a website, the NSA keeps a record of when it happened and what you did there. If a mother in Porto Alegre calls her son to wish him luck on his university exam, NSA can keep that call log for five years or more.
They even keep track of who is having an affair or looking at pornography, in case they need to damage their target’s reputation.
American Senators tell us that Brazil should not worry, because this is not “surveillance,” it’s “data collection.” They say it is done to keep you safe. They’re wrong.
There is a huge difference between legal programs, legitimate spying, legitimate law enforcement –where individuals are targeted based on a reasonable, individualized suspicion – and these programs of dragnet mass surveillance that put entire populations under an all-seeing eye and save copies forever.
These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power.
Many Brazilian senators agree, and have asked for my assistance with their investigations of suspected crimes against Brazilian citizens.
I have expressed my willingness to assist wherever appropriate and lawful, but unfortunately the United States government has worked very hard to limit my ability to do so –going so far as to force down the Presidential Plane of Evo Morales to prevent me from traveling to Latin America!
Until a country grants permanent political asylum, the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak.
Six months ago, I revealed that the NSA wanted to listen to the whole world. Now, the whole world is listening back, and speaking out, too. And the NSA doesn’t like what it’s hearing.
The culture of indiscriminate worldwide surveillance, exposed to public debates and real investigations on every continent, is collapsing.
Only three weeks ago, Brazil led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to recognize for the first time in history that privacy does not stop where the digital network starts, and that the mass surveillance of innocents is a violation of human rights.
The tide has turned, and we can finally see a future where we can enjoy security without sacrificing our privacy. Our rights cannot be limited by a secret organization, and American officials should never decide the freedoms of Brazilian citizens.
Even the defenders of mass surveillance, those who may not be persuaded that our surveillance technologies have dangerously outpaced democratic controls, now agree that in democracies, surveillance of the public must be debated by the public.
My act of conscience began with a statement: “I don’t want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded.
That’s not something I’m willing to support, it’s not something I’m willing to build, and it’s not something I’m willing to live under.”
Days later, I was told my government had made me stateless and wanted to imprison me. The price for my speech was my passport, but I would pay it again: I will not be the one to ignore criminality for the sake of political comfort. I would rather be without a state than without a voice.
If Brazil hears only one thing from me, let it be this: when all of us band together against injustices and in defense of privacy and basic human rights, we can defend ourselves from even the most powerful systems.”
” National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a lengthy “open letter to the people of Brazil” that he’s been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of thousands of National Security Agency documents, and that the NSA’s culture of indiscriminate global espionage “is collapsing.”
In the letter, obtained on Tuesday by The Associated Press, Snowden commended the Brazilian government for its strong stand against U.S. spying.
He said he’d be willing to help the South American nation investigate NSA spying on its soil, but could not fully participate in doing so without being granted political asylum, because the U.S. “government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak.” “
” A surfer may have set the world record for the largest wave ever surfed after riding an estimated 100ft wave off the coast of Portugal
Brazilian Carlos Burle took on the monster wave – created by the St Jude storm – at Praia do Norte, near the fishing village of Nazare. Estimated at nearly 100ft, it is believed to be the biggest wave ever ridden.”
Brazil’s Miss Bumbum Competition Rocked By Allegations Of Bribery After Rivals Accuse Contestants Of Paying Judges
Ms Amaral is on the left and Ms Sousa is on the right.
” An annual contest to find the sexiest bottom in Brazil has been rocked by scandal after two of the candidates were accused of bribing judges to rig the votes, it was reported today.
Blonde beauties Mari Sousa, 25, and Eliana Amaral, 24, are among 15 finalists in the running to be crowned Miss Bumbum 2013.
The competition, which is in its third year, has a huge following in the country and around the world, and titleholders often go on to become national celebrities.”
We apologize to our more prudish readers but we couldn’t resist putting up a post about Miss Bumbum just to tweek the feministas out there . For the open-minded , or lecherous among you there is a more revealing video below the fold .
Helmet-Cam Captures Terrifying Moment Brazilian Thief Stole Motorcycle At Gunpoint Before Undercover Cop Shot Him DeadClick Pic For Video
” A dramatic video posted online by a biker shows the tense moment when he is held at gunpoint and ordered off his bike by a thief before an undercover cop steps out from nowhere and shoots him dead.
The video was captured by the owner of the motorbike who had a camera attached to the top of his helmet.
Posted on LiveLeak from an unknown location in Brazil, it begins innocently enough following the biker as he zooms around the streets before coming to an intersection where he slows down. “
” The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff announces publicly the creation of a world internet system INDEPENDENT from US and Britain ( the “US-centric internet”).
Not many understand that, while the immediate trigger for the decision (coupled with the cancellation of a summit with the US president) was the revelations on NSA spying, the reason why Rousseff can take such a historic step is that the alternative infrastructure: The BRICS cable from Vladivostock, Russia to Shantou, China to Chennai, India to Cape Town, South Africa to Fortaleza, Brazil, is being built and it’s, actually, in its final phase of implementation.
No amount of provocation and attempted “Springs” destabilizations and Color Revolution in the Middle East, Russia or Brazil can stop this process. The huge submerged part of the BRICS plan is not yet known by the broader public.”
When Obama promised “Hope & Change” he didn’t say who would reap the benefits , did he ? Now we know he was really talking about the emerging markets of the world with the “west” reduced to riding in the back . No wonder the rest of the world was more enthusiastic about his presidency than were the American people .
” BRICS Cable… a 34 000 km, 2 fibre pair, 12.8 Tbit/s capacity, fibre optic cable system
- For any global investor, there is no crisis – there is plenty of growth. It’s just not in the old world
- BRICS is ~45% of the world’s population and ~25% of the world’s GDP
- BRICS together create an economy the size of Italy every year… that’s the 8th largest economy in the world
- The BRICS presents profound opportunities in global geopolitics and commerce
Links Russia, China, India, South Africa, Brazil – the BRICS economies – and the United States.
Interconnect with regional and other continental cable systems in Asia, Africa and South America for improved global coverage
Immediate access to 21 African countries and give those African countries access to the BRICS economies.
Projected ready for service date is mid to second half of 2015.”
” The Bitcoin, a virtual currency that circulates outside regular financial systems, is catching on in Latin America.
Mexican systems engineer Moisés Briseño is a user and student of this completely digital cash system that is independent of any central issuing authority.
“I buy and sell Bitcoins. I check the exchange rate quotations and trends. They are still not much used in the region. One of my aims is to encourage existing businesses to accept them and to show their advantages for users and businesses,” said Briseño.
The Bitcoin was invented in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto – thought to be the pseudonym of a Japanese programmer or group of people. The software to issue and exchange it among a network of users was published in January 2009.
It isn’t just a “fashionable” online currency, but something far more revolutionary, Fernando Ulrich of the Instituto Ludwig von Mises in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre told IPS.
Ulrich is a Bitcoin enthusiast, saying that not only does it reduce transaction costs, but it also represents a new way of thinking about the international economy without interference from national states and central banks.
“I was astonished at its revolutionary potential. It is a robust network and an innovation that can change the way people conduct transactions, by liberating people from dependence on the monopoly of money issued by the state,” Ulrich said.
Each Bitcoin is produced by computers that solve highly complex cryptographic problems.”
” Science fiction gets some things about the future amazingly right. But nobody’s perfect. Even great sci-fi flicks include feature that make you say, “No way they’re still using that technology is that year.”
Blade Runner (1982)Set in: 2019
Problem: Dash-mounted videophones but no mobile phones
The cardinal rule of sci-fi movie fandom is that you don’t say anything bad about Blade Runner. The twisty plot about super-powerful human clones and the understated performance by Harrison Ford are top notch. The movie predicted genome sequencing, pervasive advertising, and something like Skype for videoconferencing. The glaring problem is the use of stationary “videophones” in cars and in an apartment. It’s not 2019 yet, but even now telepresence suites by companies like Cisco have ceded the field to iPad apps like FaceTime. Videoconferencing is a much more valuable tool when it is mobile and instant.”
” Brazilians were outraged when they learned their country was a top target of the U.S. National Security Agency’s overseas spying operation, with data from billions of calls and emails swept up in Washington’s top secret surveillance program.
Yet when it comes to the cloak and dagger effort of catching philandering lovers, all high-tech weapons appear to be fair game – at least to the tens of thousands of Brazilians who downloaded “Boyfriend Tracker” to their smartphones before the stealthy software was removed from the Google Play app store last week, apparently in response to complaints about privacy abuses and its potential to be used for extortion or even stalking.
The app, called “Rastreador de Namorados” (Portuguese for Boyfriend Tracker), promises to act like a “private detective in your partner’s pocket.”
Functions include sending the person doing the tracking updates on their partner’s location and forwarding duplicates of text message traffic from the targeted phone. There is even a command that allows a user to force the target phone to silently call their own, like a pocket dial, so they can listen in on what the person is saying.”