Um espelho que reflecte a vida, que passa por nós num segundo (espelho)

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Dez 13

O Homem também se abate pela boca

 

O problema neste momento para a maioria da população portuguesa que pouco ou nenhum dinheiro tem na sua carteira é que nem sequer pode comer, tendo sido vítima de ilusionismo político e económico deliberado e manipulada conscientemente por ineficiência de educação financeira e inexistência oficial de alternativa alimentar. Previamente dividindo os portugueses em duas classes distintas os novos nutricionistas governamentais criaram assim esta situação inevitável e irrevogável, mas aceitável e compreensiva por coerção e desespero: de um lado os Comes – gordos e estúpidos mas bem alimentados e dominadores – e do outro lado os Calas – simétricos dos primeiros. No entanto como para o nosso caso particular e como portugueses o simétrico de zero é zero ainda temos esperança.

 

(imagem – Web)

publicado por Produções Anormais - Albufeira às 16:36

Teacher to student:

You can't be Santa – you're black!


Nancy Reagan and Mr. T – 1983

 

The family of an African-American high school student in New Mexico says he's crushed after a teacher questioned why he was wearing Santa garb during a school holiday dress-up day last week, CNN affiliate KOAT reported.

 

The teacher told Christopher Rougier, a freshman at Cleveland High School, that he couldn't be Santa because Santa is white.

 

(imagem: RETRONAUT – texto: CNN)

publicado por Produções Anormais - Albufeira às 13:26

“Vivendo num país Sem Presidente em que um indivíduo reclama desse estatuto apesar de nada querer fazer com ele – só pensando em si próprio e no grupo que o inclui e protege – vejamos então a vida dum verdadeiro Presidente e da sua experiência de vida: José Mujica”.

 

Uruguay's president José Mujica: no palace, no motorcade, no frills

(The Guardian)


José Mujica, the Uruguayan president, at his house in Montevideo

 

If anyone could claim to be leading by example in an age of austerity, it is José Mujica, Uruguay's president, who has forsworn a state palace in favour of a farmhouse, donates the vast bulk of his salary to social projects, flies economy class and drives an old Volkswagen Beetle.

 

But the former guerrilla fighter is clearly disgruntled by those who tag him "the world's poorest president" and – much as he would like others to adopt a more sober lifestyle – the 78-year-old has been in politics long enough to recognise the folly of claiming to be a model for anyone.

 

"If I asked people to live as I live, they would kill me," Mujica said during an interview in his small but cosy one-bedroom home set amid chrysanthemum fields outside Montevideo.

 

The president is a former member of the Tupamaros guerrilla group, which was notorious in the early 1970s for bank robberies, kidnappings and distributing stolen food and money among the poor. He was shot by police six times and spent 14 years in a military prison, much of it in dungeon-like conditions.

 

Since becoming leader of Uruguay in 2010, however, he has won plaudits worldwide for living within his means, decrying excessive consumption and pushing ahead with policies on same-sex marriage, abortion and cannabis legalisation that have reaffirmed Uruguay as the most socially liberal country in Latin America.

 

Praise has rolled in from all sides of the political spectrum. Mujica may be the only leftwing leader on the planet to win the favour of the Daily Mail, which lauded him as a trustworthy and charismatic figurehead in an article headlined: "Finally, A politician who DOESN'T fiddle his expenses."

 

But the man who is best known as Pepe says those who consider him poor fail to understand the meaning of wealth. "I'm not the poorest president. The poorest is the one who needs a lot to live," he said. "My lifestyle is a consequence of my wounds. I'm the son of my history. There have been years when I would have been happy just to have a mattress."

 

He shares the home with his wife, Lucía Topolansky, a leading member of Congress who has also served as acting president.

 

As I near the home of Uruguay's first couple, the only security detail is two guards parked on the approach road, and Mujica's three-legged dog, Manuela.

 

Mujica cuts an impressively unpolished figure. Wearing lived-in clothes and well-used footwear, the bushy-browed farmer who strolls out from the porch resembles an elderly Bilbo Baggins emerging from his Hobbit hole to scold an intrusive neighbour.

 

In conversation, he exudes a mix of warmth and cantankerousness, idealism about humanity's potential and a weariness with the modern world – at least outside the eminently sensible shire in which he lives.

 

He is proud of his homeland – one of the safest and least corrupt in the region – and describes Uruguay as "an island of refugees in a world of crazy people".

 

The country is proud of its social traditions. The government sets prices for essential commodities such as milk and provides free computers and education for every child.

 

Key energy and telecommunications industries are nationalised. Under Mujica's predecessor, Uruguay led the world in moves to restrict tobacco consumption. Earlier this week, it passed the world's most sweeping marijuana regulation law, which will give the state a major role in the legal production, distribution and sale of the drug.

 

Such actions have won praise and – along with progressive policies on abortion and gay marriage – strengthened Uruguay's reputation as a liberal country. But Mujica is almost as reluctant to accept this tag as he is to agree with the "poorest president" label.

 

"My country is not particularly open. These measures are logical," he said. "With marijuana, this is not about being more liberal. We want to take users away from clandestine dealers. But we will also restrict their right to smoke if they exceed sensible amounts of consumption. It is like alcohol. If you drink a bottle of whisky a day, then you should be treated as a sick person."

 

Uruguay's options to improve society are limited, he believes, by the power of global capital.

 

"I'm just sick of the way things are. We're in an age in which we can't live without accepting the logic of the market," he said. "Contemporary politics is all about short-term pragmatism. We have abandoned religion and philosophy … What we have left is the automatisation of doing what the market tells us."

 

The president lives within his means and promotes the use of renewable energy and recycling in his government's policies. At the United Nations' Rio+20 conference on sustainable development last year, he railed against the "blind obsession" to achieve growth through greater consumption. But, with Uruguay's economy ticking along at a growth rate of more than 3%, Mujica – somewhat grudgingly, it seems – accepts he must deliver material expansion.

"I'm president. I'm fighting for more work and more investment because people ask for more and more," he said. "I am trying to expand consumption but to diminish unnecessary consumption … I'm opposed to waste – of energy, or resources, or time. We need to build things that last. That's an ideal, but it may not be realistic because we live in an age of accumulation."

 

Asked for a solution to this contradiction, the president admits he doesn't have the answers, but the former Marxist said the search for a solution must be political. "We can almost recycle everything now. If we lived within our means – by being prudent – the 7 billion people in the world could have everything they needed. Global politics should be moving in that direction," he said. "But we think as people and countries, not as a species."

 

Mujica and his wife chat fondly about meetings with Che Guevara, and the president guesses he is probably the last leader in power to have met Mao Zedong, but he has mixed feelings about the recent revolts and protests in Brazil, Turkey, Egypt and elsewhere. "The world will always need revolution. That doesn't mean shooting and violence. A revolution is when you change your thinking. Confucianism and Christianity were both revolutionary," he said.

 

But he is cynical about demonstrations organised by social networks that quickly dissolve before they have a capacity to build anything lasting. "The protesters will probably finish up working for multinationals and dying of modern diseases. I hope that I am wrong about that."

 

(The Guardian – Jonathan Watts – 13.12.2013)

publicado por Produções Anormais - Albufeira às 13:14

“Todos os dias à nossa volta, uma infinidade de coisas acontecem”


O Meteorito de Chelyabinsk – Foto: Evgeny Andree

(há dez meses atrás)

 

Imagem do meteorito que sobrevoou a região russa de Chelyabinsk no dia 11 de Fevereiro deste ano explodindo e desintegrando-se ao atravessar a atmosfera terrestre, sendo na altura acompanhado pela respectiva onda de choque que provocou avultados danos e prejuízos em habitações e outras estruturas da região, além de muitas centenas de feridos.

 

(imagem – seti.org)

publicado por Produções Anormais - Albufeira às 00:59

QUE TE PODE LEVAR MUITO LONGE – ATÉ AO BRASIL

 

Empresa dissolvida este ano com 1.000.000 de euros de dívida

 

Foi lançado em Portugal neste crítico mês de Dezembro de 2013, o concurso solidário “Pai Natal NTM”, tendo sido seleccionados com a ajuda indirecta do jornal Público e após rápida análise económico-financeira, os seguintes e ilustres oito candidatos (entre muitos outros):

 

PESSOAL NTM

(por ordem alfabética)



Agostinho Branquinho

Ângelo Correia

Couto dos Santos

José Pedro Aguiar-Branco

Luis Filipe Menezes

Marco António Costa

Miguel Relvas

Pedro Passos Coelho

 

O resultado deste concurso será divulgado o mais brevemente possível, dependendo a data da sua divulgação das acções desenvolvidas pelo MP/DCIAP/DIAP. Não se aceitam reclamações nem inscrições de última hora, dado o elevado número de candidatos suplentes.

 

(imagem – Web)

publicado por Produções Anormais - Albufeira às 00:48

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