Alexandre de Morais – Meus 2 Centavos
Alexandre de Morais – My 2 Cents

In this video, I address the issue of Alexandre de Morais not having the necessary moral standings to fill the seat at the Brazilian Supreme Court. I explain that in 2000, he wrote a lengthy thesis in which he clearly stated that no person working for the Executive Branch should accept a nomination for the Supreme Court because that would be construed as a form of thanking/compensating the nominee, or even having that nominee to act as a shield for the president or other members of the Executive branch if legal issues came up. That written declaration of principles was blatantly ignored by an opportunist Alexandre de Morais, who readily accepted the nomination. A very bad, a very sad start. I finish my comments saying that it’s because of scum like Alexandre de Morais and others that Brazil is still a place that has to get a lot better to be considered just bad.

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Combate ao Crime: De Volta ao Básico
Crime Fighting: Back to Basics

In this video, I talk about the situation of Brazilian prisons, the medieval state they are in and criticize the authorities for doing nothing about it. It’s all a smokescreen. Whenever a crisis erupts, they pretend to be doing something. I also present very basic suggestions on how to straighten up the crime-fighting war in Brazil — one of them is the adoption of the death penalty for corrupt people and drug dealers.

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Proposta para Tirar o Brasil do Buraco
A Proposal to Get Brazil Out of the Hole

This video was originally published on Facebook. In this video, I show a few reasons why Brazil is in such a desperate state as far as the economy goes, with chronically nearsighted and corrupt politicians thinking only of taxing citizens indiscriminately, never thinking about the country, but only about themselves. No wonder they are all considered criminals and many of them are, indeed, going to jail. I compare Brazilian and U.S. taxation, showing how absurd the Brazilian system is currently operating under. I also mention a proposal presented by a facefriend of a single tax, designed to radically change Brazil’s fiscal landscape, promoting its quick and sustainable recovery.

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José Wilker, Bem Interessante…
Jose Wilker, Quite Interesting…

The late Jose Wilker, a famous Brazilian actor, is caught on this video recorded many years ago explaining how he presented suggestions during a meeting at Globo Network. The meeting was designed to collect suggestions on how to improve programming and other aspects of the network’s activities. Mr. Wilker candidly recalls he added to his suggestions a few paragraphs from a book. During the meeting, he presented his suggestions and read the portion of the book. After everyone in the meeting complimented him, his ideas and his research, he asked if they knew where he had obtained that passage. No one knew. He explained: it was from Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”.

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E a Rede Globo Não Noticiou…
And Globo Network Never Said a Word…

The audio and pictures contained in the video above are being spread over the internet since Globo Network never reported on a serious traffic accident involving William “Bonner” Bonemer’s 18-year son, Vinicius. William “Bonner” is the most widely known news anchor in Brazil. In this explicit case of internal censorship practiced by the most powerful television network in Brazil, the public was not able to know that young Bonemer’s provisional driver’s license was expired, he was possibly intoxicated (DUI), that his cousin has suffered a spinal injury, head trauma and is listed in serious condition. The audio that serves as basis for the video came with with pictures over WhatsApp and seems to have been recorded by an unidentified police officer from the Buzios (RJ) region, where the accident occurred. In an effort to play it down, Globo Network designated a woman to briefly talk about the accident during a variety show instead of approaching the subject in a transparent and ethical fashion during its newscasts. The woman who briefly spoke about the accident, Ana Furtado, is a replacement for the show’s main attraction, Fatima Bernardes. Bernardes is Bonemer’s ex-wife and mother of  the young man involved in the accident. She was understandably absent from her show, as well as William “Bonner” Bonemer, who missed anchoring Jornal Nacional on that evening.

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Meus 2 Centavos Sobre os Refugiados Islâmicos
My 2 Cents on the Islamic Refugees

In this video I basically claim for respect and reciprocity, reaffirming the “your walls, your treatment” concept. If I go to a country like Saudi Arabia with my wife, she will be expected to cover herself, leaving only her eyes to show. If someone from one of the Islamic countries come to any Western country, they are supposed to behave like we do, and dress (and/or undress) like we do. The same way I don’t go to their countries insisting violently that they change their behavior or their way of life, I expect them to do exactly the same here. My concern is that president Temer, himself of Muslim origins, does not pay attention enough to this trap set up by his predecessor, allowing Brazil to turn into a violent chaos with more unemployed people (on top of the 12 million Brazilians already unemployed) not speaking the language, with an agenda of violent change — since they never accept the customs and habits of the countries that welcome them with open arms. Brazil runs a very serious risk of generalized chaos with the imminent arrival of these refugees. It is to be noted that First World Europe was not able to control them; what is going to happen to a Third World Farm like Brazil? Well… food for thought.

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A Empulhação Safada do 13º Salário no Brasil
Brazil’s “Thirteenth Salary” BS

This video was posted on Facebook and basically talks about the bulls**t created in Brazil decades ago about a fictitious thirteenth salary. This has been touted by the press and the administrations as a benefit, not a right. More recently, state governments have been announcing their impossibility to pay the so-called “thirteenth salary”. Citing lack of funds, those state governments split payment in several installments, creating havoc among workers. Worse: nobody in Brazil ever thought this is not a benefit. Nobody ever cared to inspect the calendar to find out that there are thirteen months hidden in a twelve-month calendar. I mention the solution to the problem: copying the U.S. system of bi-weekly payments. 26 payments (adding up to 13 months) are made without the so-called “thirteenth salary”, since those 26 payments already represent 13 months. I also suggest a way of transforming this into reality, either by contacting the representatives (senators or congressmen) to request they come up with a bill changing the payment system, or a popular initiative bill, which would require the signature of millions of Brazilians all over the country. The time has come to place this issue on the discussion table. The country cannot wait anymore.

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Reflexões Sobre o Momento Político…
A Few Thoughts on the Political Moment…

This video was posted live on Facebook and is being shared here. Essentially, I say that when it appears that president Michel Temer’s closest associates are (finally) starting to leave the administration, based on the accusations surfaced during plea bargaining on the Car Wash scandal, it is necessary for Temer to realize he does not have the luxury of time to waste. These departures should have happened (or be happening) long ago.
I start with a disclaimer: I did not vote for Michel Temer, but I believe he is the legal, legitimate man on the job who needs all our support to put Brazil back on track. Secondly, I don’t have any pet criminals. I cherish my political independence, and thus I think that anyone who sits on that chair or is around the president must be under an electronic microscope at all times, period.
I also say that Michel Temer should be acting decisively, as opposed to what he has been pathetically doing so regularly. He knows he needs Congress’ support to have his agenda implemented, but he also must know he can’s overstep that fine line that divides political maneuvering and politicking. That has very definite reason, something completely forgotten by everyone involved in this political cleansing process of late: Michel Temer cannot  be just honest; he has to give every appearance of honesty to everyone. Therefore, if any member of his cabinet is involved in serious accusations, he/she must leave the administration, take care of his defense outside the government and then — and only then, come back, if it is the case.
The way things have been conducted by this administration regarding maintaining the appearance of seriousness of business has been completely flawed and is leaving everybody worried about the chances that Michel Temer may not have enough political fuel to arrive at the end of the race in 2018.

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Meus 2 Centavos sobre Fidel Castro
My 2 Cents on Fidel Castro

This video was posted live on Facebook right after news of Fidel Castro’s death was announced. Besides the celebration with a drink (Cuba Libre — Rum & Coke), I tell a story about my life as a translator for the OAS – Organization of American States when I was living in the U.S. One day, I received a portion of the Human Rights report and part of it concerned the situation in Cuba. After a while doing the translation, I started to cry and could not stop it. The conditions described on the report were horrendous, atrocious, abject. Besides killing his people and spreading terror all over Latin America, Fidel Castro has left a legion of followers who have caused great damage in other countries. Criminals like Lula da Silva, José Dirceu and Dilma Rousseff are direct examples of this filthy heritage. Fidel Castro is finally dead! Cheers!

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