The days used to be like this… nowadays, they are like this.
ROBERTO CAMPOS Festival (He would be 100 years old this year)
(1917-2001) Economist, Diplomat, Minister of Planning during one of Brazil’s authoritarian regime‘s administrations
“Socialism promised the paradise, but cannot guarantee the supply of toilet paper.”
Roberto Campos in November, 1989, kind of seeing what would happen with the current Bolivarian Venezuela.
The common citizen writes a check for R$500 (around US$120) and the Brazilian IRS knows about it. Odebrecht pays more than R$3,3 billion (around US$1,1 billion) in corruption money and the Brazilian IRS’s supercomputers never have a clue.
In order to send 10 euros abroad, it’s a savage bureaucracy. During decades, fortunes were transferred illegally from Brazil to other countries and nobody saw anything.
This video-commentary is a very serious wake-up call to president Michel Temer. His administration seems to be on the brink of disaster, and he does not seem to be doing anything whatsoever to save it. He has no new plans, no bold initiatives, no nothing — and still wants to penalize the hard-working population in a crooked welfare reform. People are fed up with what is going on. Nobody wants the return of the criminals from the Workers Party — far from it!!! — but Michel Temer must do something to tend to the needs of the people. The main portion of this commentary was written by journalist Silvana Destro, from Sao Paulo, right after a pathetic exclusive interview given by Michel Temer to a Brazilian TV network (Bandeirantes). Just this afternoon (April 18) Congress was invaded by… police! Officers from all over Brazil came to protest against the welfare reform plans that are being discussed by congressmen. The situation will continue to escalate, unless president Temer decides to engage the public opinion and offer new, sound, sustainable alternatives.
O papa Francisco deve fazer uma visita extraordinária ao Brasil em breve para anunciar a canonização de diversos santos brasileiros de uma só vez, retratados acima.
Pope Francis should be coming to Brazil shortly for a previously unscheduled visit. He will be announcing the canonization of several new Brazilian saints, as pictured above.
A pessoa da foto no topo é Herman Benjamin, corregedor-geral do TSE. Os cientistas tentam decifrar um mistério genético: investigam se ele é o resultado de um cruzamento feito secretamente com células obtidas de Elton John e de Luiza Erundina.
The person pictured at the top is Herman Benjamin, chief justice of Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court. Scientists have been trying to solve a genetic mystery. They are investigating if Justice Benjamin is the result of a crossbreeding secretly performed with cells obtained from Elton John (the famous singer/composer) and Luiza Erundina (an aging leftist Brazilian politician).
•The first inquiry is about payments of bribes to the criminal organization headed by Lula da Silva.
•The second inquiry deals with payments of bribes disguised as fraudulent lectures, reform/upgrade of the Atibaia home and the acquisition of a building where the Lula Institute is located.
•The third inquiry deals with the 4 million reais sent to the Lula Institute by the Odebrecht’s Bribe Department.
•The fourth inquiry deals with payment of bribes to Frei Chico, Lula’s brother.
•The fifth inquiry is about Lula’s work as Odebrecht’s lobbyist, dealing with Dilma Rousseff. He tried to benefit Odebrecht in the construction of Jirau hydroelectric plant.
•The sixth inquiry deals with payment of bribe to the Haddad campaign and payment to Joao Santana in exchange for “legislative measures” favorable to Odebrecht.
•The seventh inquiry is about the robbery against Sete Brasil (a company) with a 1% “toll” of bribes on top of all contracts to irrigate the Workers Party finances.
•The eighth inquiry deals with the Car Wash (Lava Jato) obstruction attempts through the approval of MP 703.
•The ninth inquiry is about the 3 million reais paid to Carta Capital magazine by the Odebrecht’s Bribe Department.
•What now, Lula? Emilio Odebrecht has told the authorities that the payment of lectures was a disguise for bribes.