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    According to the results of a poll released on Thursday by the Datafolha polling institute, just 8% of respondents surveyed across the country said Ms. Rousseff’s administration was “good or excellent,” while 71% considered it “bad or terrible.” The outcome was the lowest approval rating given for any sitting president since the São Paulo-based polling agency began its survey in 1990.


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  • Headlines are becoming literary masterpieces.

    Revolutionary president of Bolivia hands down italian far-left militant from the "years of lead" after joint operation with media star fascist president of Italy and lap dog puppet president of Brazil, social democratic spanish news paper makes lots of praise in what have become a plot point from a moderate criticizing to a lightly supportive stance to Bolsonaro in the past months. Brazilian major media reports about the affair ranges from fake news to pulp fiction. Not strange, as it was a circus including lots of twitting with bad jokes, selfies and nauseating public submissive behavior.

  • On pension reform, Bolsonaro told reporters at an Air Force event that the minimum retirement age would be 62 for men and 57 for women, effective five years after any legislation is passed.

    That is lower than the minimums of 65 years of age for men and 62 for women that were proposed by ex-president Michel Temer.

    All step by step. Using famous capitalist approach - to make our numbers better you need to live worse.

  • @RoadsidePicnic

    Time to read Lenin. Very actual for Brazil.

    Can start from

    Thing that you see is ruling class preparing, they'll certainly loose the war, but can make lot of blood.

  • We are down the road to hardline institutional dictorship.

    Last week the actual government published the decree 9.527/2018 by which institutes the "Intelligence Task Force to combat the organized crime in Brazil". The constitution of this task force will be the presidency security cabinet, federal intelligence agencies, military intelligence agencies, departments of the ministry of security and a economic council of ministry of finance. The powers and objectives of the task force will be subsidize and define the public policies and actions of security regarding "organized crime" that will be implemented by the government. It will be self-governed.

    Today the characterization of organized crime is broadened by the Anti-terrorism Law, by which any "sabotage" or interruption of normal service, the intent or organization to do so of public services, communication infrastructure, transportation, etc, cause it damage or not, is punishable with imprisonment in high security penitentiary.

    Bad as it is, there is a device in Anti-terrorism Law that exclude social and political movement groups, parties and alike or any kind of manifestation revindicating rights or freedoms from that characterization.

    There are two projects, one in senate other in the deputies chamber, to remove that device from the law, broadening the typification to any kind of action made by "organized" groups that in any way, by example, interrupt the transit, be subject to special police powers, punishable with imprisonment in high security and typification as a terrorist.

    The new government already have 15% far right seats and a lot of supporters. Army generals are mobilized and intervening in the public affairs. The son of the principal candidate to the executive seat, himself a deputy, expressed a couple of times insinuations to closing the Supreme Tribunal of Justice. Bolsonaro himself is making declarations of intent to persecute politically the opposition if he becomes president and that he will "cleanse" the country. All that backed with monetary and capital owning support and following an ultra liberal agenda.

    Already there reports of intensification of activity off the books from military police, army intelligence agents and the like.

    At this rate even if moderate candidate Haddad win against the odds, he will be unable (or unwilling to do so) to impede the institutional machine from spinning down to the violent degradation of social order and the hardening of fascism in Brazil.

    Some comments about the situation above from a legal perspective:

  • Bolsonaro IS one of the elite! He has been in politics almost 30 years.

  • @samuelcabral

    There's no dialog anymore. The country was split.

    And it is good sign. Bad sign is if nation suddenly will start to unite around elite.

  • I wish i could express in english how crazy is the situation here. You just realize that you are surrounded of "friends" who support this kind of maniac. They just look blind and agressive all the time. There's no dialog anymore. The country was split.

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    «Deutschland über alles» and «Gott mit uns».

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  • "We will beat them up" said the PSL president, Gustavo Bebbiano about the tatics of Bolsonaro for the 2nd round of the presidential elections, "if there's a second round, we will go direct confrontation. There's no talking with PT".

    "We are prepared for the confrontation", he said. A pacification will be needed, in the view of the PSL leader, but only after the final results on the urns. "After the election things are different, we will govern for all Brasil", he affirmed. "The country need to pacify for the good of everyone".

    "Pacification" word everywhere.

  • In the past days, Chief General staff of the army also expressed "concern with the divisions" and "a need to pacify the country" a couple of times and declared that "the army is ready to intervene if needed". The vice-president candidate, an army general, also make clear that he see the possibility to a military coup if called by the president.

    Quite expected. Capitalists become concerned a little that it won't be puppet socialists anymore.

  • With 99% of the votes counted, liberal and far right parties win more than 2/3 of chairs in both congress houses. The leading candidate to the presidential seat is a far-right candidate who recently included ultra-liberal economic advisors in his campaign. State Governor seats follow the pattern in the south, south-east and west. In the north-east almost all of the Governors seats will be with social leaning, claimed left, parties. Public opinion tend to follow, but there's significant far-right support in north-east also.

    Next four years of government will be marked by almost unopposed office for the liberal/far-right government (or clearly inoperable in the case social leaning government wins) and profound division in the states.

    In the past days, Chief General staff of the army also expressed "concern with the divisions" and "a need to pacify the country" a couple of times and declared that "the army is ready to intervene if needed". The vice-president candidate, an army general, also make clear that he see the possibility to a military coup if called by the president.

  • Polls show pro-Israel front-runner, known for repeated offensive comments against women, gays and the poor, can count on more than one in three ballots.

    Main thing here is that he is "pro-Israel" :-) all else is just minor stuff. Quote from happy Israel newspaper.

  • Despite spending 27 years in government, Bolsonaro is campaigning as a “drain the swamp” outsider. With the blessing of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the jailed ex-leader of the Workers’ Party, Haddad is promising to restore economic prosperity.

    Having secured support from several influential evangelical leaders, Bolsonaro also supports religious interference in public life. Last year, Bolsonaro declared that Brazil is a Christian country; that there is no such thing as a secular state; and that those who disagree should leave or bow to the majority.

    Bolsonaro is an expert at sowing division. Following the populist playbook, he portrays Brazilian society as comprising two homogeneous and antagonistic groups: the “real people” and the “elites.”

    Strange things.

  • Brazil broke its own record for homicides last year, according to new figures which showed that 63,880 people were killed in 2017 – a 3% increase from the previous year.

    Data from the independent Brazilian Public Security Forum said that an average of 14 people died at the hands of police officers every day – an increase of 20% from the previous year.

    Rapes also rose 8% to 60,018, while murders of women increased 6.1% to 4,539.

  • According to a study published in June by Brazilian polling agency Datafolh, about 52 percent of the wealthiest Brazilians — those with a monthly income of more than $2,500 — want to emigrate, while 56 percent of college graduates have plans on leaving the country.

    Even people who get most profit from capitalism are not much happy as it turned out that you can't sit at home with guns and protection all the time.



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  • @RoadsidePicnic

    BTW, some places in Brazil already have fielded mass surveillance with facial recognition (of everyone) in gatherings and events.

    It is standard approach used by ruling class now.

    Even simple smartphone or camera recording is stored in cloud and run via recognition software, always.

  • "John J. Sullivan, the USA Vice-Secretary of State, realized a visit in Brasília in 22 of may, accompanied by the Adjunct secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh, and for the interim Adjunct secretary for Occidental Hemisphere, Francisco Palmieri.

    By occasion of the meeting, the Ambassador and the Vice-Secretary launched the Permanent Forum of Security Brazil-USA [...] based in the strengthening of the collaboration between the organs and agencies of public security of both countries.

    The Forum will be coordinated by Itamaraty (External Relations Ministry) and the U.S. Department of State and has the objective of create favorable conditions for inter-agencies articulation and the development of operational strategies around six predefined themes: narcotics trafficking, weapons trafficking, cybernetic crimes, money laundering and financial crimes, terrorism and institutional cooperation.

    The Ambassador and the Vice-Secretary also discussed other priority objectives in the bilateral relations, according the "10 points agenda Brazil-USA", like commerce and investment, spacial cooperation and defense. [...]" (DefesaNet, military and defense focused news portal)

    BTW, some places in Brazil already have fielded mass surveillance with facial recognition (of everyone) in gatherings and events.

  • Also, there's really big issues with ANCINE. Previous audits indicated 75% concentration in the funding of points of exhibition into 3 companies (related to multiplex corporations), one year in witch one of the three have received more than a entire national program to original content production.

    Also, there's numbers pointing that ANCINE has not been very efficient with the concentration of productions also.

    The problems put question to the effectiveness that ANCINE have to reach the goals of the setted public policies, but the TCU is more concerned with accounting.

    But surely shutting down all the production off the year to make changing in accounting systems and routines, with which will not change shit, seems great.

  • By the way, since last year TCU and ANCINE have pactuated to cooperate. While the TCU appointed risks and errors, it recognized the relevancy of the Agency as public policies instrument and the challenges to operate in that segment. ANCINE in their part, accepted and validated the previous audit in the media, compromising with the requests and urging that the cooperation could help it better make to it's goals (to strenght the national industry, to foment the national production, to foment the development of new agents, etc).

    So, that move is kind of 180° turn from previous positions of TCU.

  • The Brazilian Court of Audit (TCU) is conducting a procedure to investigate the need to put sanctions on the National Cinema Agency (ANCINE), the prime institution responsible to fund the national cinema and television productions, to foment the audiovisual industry etc.

    The procedure finds roots in anterior manifestations of TCU about the poor accounting control of ANCINE (they must verify the funds they lend to projects) and to the concentration of funds lended, observed in major lines of incentive related to expansion and modernizing of points of exhibition (cinema).

    The actual procedure seems to be centered on the failure to make effective accounting validation of projects (primary affect small companies, producers, auteurs and original national production).

    All normal things here, every year it happens, every year ANCINE and TCU have that shit.

    The great thing is that now the TCU is willing to put sanctions on ANCINE (effectively crippling most of the national production). The president of ANCINE published a desperate article in Folha (one big newspaper) alleging that the guys of TCU in Rio recommended for the suspension of funds (can't verify that, the process is classified).

  • Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro went out on a limb to support a truckers strike that paralysed Brazil and forced the government to reinstate costly fuel subsidies, and the strategy may have helped his chances of beating one of several pro-business reform candidates in October's election.

    World of paradoxes and cheats :-) This is that happens if you have no proper party and leaders.

  • @RoadsidePicnic

    Yep. Capitalists slowly realize that old advisers/media tricks work worse or stop work at all.

  • Business and investors media talk about strike spread.

    "On Tuesday, the paralizations spread to new sectors [...] The Sao Paulo Motoboys Union (Sindimoto) called for stoppages throughout the country against the rise in ga prices, the teachers of private schools in the city of São Paulo decided to start a new paralization, [about the collective convention], Metroviários in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, also promised to reduce the operation of the subway from this Tuesday. By commencing an indefinite strike, the union claims that the passage will not be increased [...] The Workers' Union of Road and Collective Urban Transport of Manaus and the Amazon (STTRM) also indicated a stoppage for today. The municipal buses in Florianópolis should also stop in support of the truck drivers [...] The tankers will strike a warning of 72 hours from Wednesday, 30 [they claim the] reducing of fuel prices, maintaining jobs, the resumption of refinery production, the end of imports of petroleum products, and the resignation of Pedro Parente from the company's presidency. As of this Tuesday, teachers and employees of the University of São Paulo Paulo (USP) and the University of Campinas (Unicamp) also start a strike [...] Yesterday, dockworkers working in the Port of Santos, representatives of the unions of Oil Tankers, Graphers, Construction Workers and Judiciaries joined a march in support of truckers , in the port city.

    Government Secretary Carlos Marun assured on Monday that the price of diesel in the pumps of the gas stations would be 0.46 real lower already on Tuesday. It would, in theory, allow the truckers to return home permanently. But it may not be enough for the country to return to normalcy." (Exame - business directed magazine)

  • The government about the R$ 0,46 reduction of diesel fuel.

    "Secretary of Government Ministry Carlos Marun said he counts on the 'reason and patriotism' of the owners of the gas stations in the relation to the effort being made by the Government and he expects to see the reduction of prices reaching the final consumer. 'It's a crime of lèse-nation someone to usurp for themselves the discount that is being given,' he said" (El Pais)

  • Brazil faced a deepening crisis as the nation’s truckers refused to abandon a crippling strike despite a series of concessions from the government and other workers threatened to join the movement. 

    For now all going not bad.

    The Brazilian Truck Drivers Association – a key union that claims to represent 600,000 drivers – even said the strike was over. But truckers have yet to return to work.

    This is how slowly voice of masses rise.

    Among the truckers in the Régis Bittencourt, there was no sign of abandoning the strike. They said they had organized themselves spontaneously across the country through WhatsApp and social media, such as Facebook — not through the unions, which they distrusted. Large banners attached to their trucks said: “The unions don’t represent us”.

    Also good, as ruling class usually is in very good relations with all big unions.