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President Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to “poop every other day” to help save the environment

Um, yeah…that’s a big fat NO THANK YOU. It is NOT healthy to practice this recommendation. What a whack job this guy is.

From Daily Mail: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Friday that people ‘poop every other day’ as a way to save the environment, after he came under fire for a surge in deforestation of the Amazon since he came to power.

The far-right leader offered this idea in response to a journalist’s question as to whether it was possible to simultaneously spur economic growth, feed the world’s hungry and also preserve the environment.

‘It’s enough to eat a little less. You talk about environmental pollution. It’s enough to poop every other day. That will be better for the whole world,’ said Bolsonaro, who earlier this month sacked the head of a government agency that had reported a major increase in Amazon deforestation.

Bolsonaro has been criticised for a rapid acceleration in deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, which which covers vast swathes of Brazil and is considered vital to combatting global warming.

According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which tracks clear-cutting of the rainforest, around 2,254 square kilometers (870 square miles) of the Amazon were cleared in July, an increase of 278 percent from a year ago.

The rapid rise in deforestation has triggered a global outcry and threatens to create problems for the recent free trade agreement between the South American trade bloc known as Mercosur. The pact includes Brazil and the European Union.

That followed a 90 percent increase in June compared to the year prior – figures that Bolsonaro has called ‘lies,’ and which prompted the sacking of INPE chief Ricardo Galvao on August 2.

The Amazon is vital to the exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere — a check on global warming.

But Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said the INPE data was published in a way that satisfied “sensationalist interpretations” and was aimed at getting “more donations from foreign NGOs”. Data from INPE, an institution of international repute, showed that overall deforestation has increased 40 percent in the last twelve months compared with the same period a year ago.

Bolsonaro, a combative politician frequently denounced for derogatory remarks about women and minority groups, said the rapid rise in populations around the world needed to be addressed.

“When you see how the world’s population is increasing by 70 million a year, you need a family planning policy,” said the former army officer, declining to use the term “birth control” for fear of an adverse media reaction.

“Don’t make me say that, otherwise (the daily) Folha de S. Paolo will run a headline saying I favor birth control,” he said.

“But you can see that more educated people have fewer children. I’m an exception to that rule, I have five,” he said.

President Bolsonaro: The exception to the rule…

Read the whole story here.

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Obama in Brazil: US gun laws don’t make sense; you can even buy a machine gun!

From Daily Mail: Former president Barack Obama has claimed US gun laws ‘don’t make sense’.

The Democrat – who pushed for tighter restrictions during his two terms in office – said it was too easy ‘to buy machine guns.’

Obama made the comments on stage during a sit-down interview at VTEX DAY, a digital convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday.

Speaking about the Sandy Hook school shooting that saw 20 children and six adults massacred, he described it as the ‘hardest day of his life’.

‘The worst thing for me was that I could not bring their children back or promise that we would change the laws,’ he told the 10,000-strong crowd.

‘Gun laws in the United States don’t make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon, anytime without, you know, without much if any regulation. They can buy over the Internet. They can buy machine guns.

Obama’s comments come just months after Brazil passed laws making it easier for people to buy and carry guns. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed the temporary decree in January came amid a record wave of murders.

Obama – considered by many as the ‘most anti-gun president in American history’ – made several attempts to limit the size of gun magazines, expand background checks of gun buyers during his two terms in office.

But they all proved unpopular in Congress and failed to pass. The 44th US President has repeatedly described his inability to tighten gun laws as the ‘greatest frustration of his presidency’.

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Female UFC fighter beats the crap out of mugger with “cardboard” gun

You go girl!

From NY Post: UFC star Polyana Viana left a man with horrific facial injuries after he tried to rob her with a cardboard gun.

The cowering thief even begged her to call the cops in fear of another beating after targeting the wrong person.

Viana was waiting for her Uber in Rio de Janeiro when the misguided criminal demanded she hand over her phone.
After the would-be robber claimed he had a gun, Viana said she punched and kicked him before locking him in a rear-naked choke. Viana, 26, kept the man in submission while she waited for police to arrive.

“When he saw I saw him, he sat next to me,” she told MMA Junkie. “He asked me the time, I said it, and I saw he wasn’t going to leave. So I already moved to put my cellphone in my waist. And then he said, ‘Give me the phone. Don’t try to react, because I’m armed.’

“Then he put his hand over [a gun], but I realized it was too soft.”

The “gun” turned out to be a cardboard cut-out.

“He was really close to me. So I thought, ‘If it’s a gun, he won’t have time to draw it.’ So I stood up, I threw two punches and a kick,” Viana said. “He fell, then I caught him in a rear-naked choke. Then I sat him down in the same place we were before and said, ‘Now we’ll wait for the police.’”

Viana, who is 1-1 in the UFC but won nine of her 10 MMA fights before that, insists she was calm throughout the attack. “I was fine because he didn’t even react after. Since he took the punches very quickly, I think he was scared,” she said.

“So he didn’t react anymore. He told me to let him go, like, ‘I just asked for the time.’ I said, ‘Asked for the time my ass,’ because he saw I was very angry. I said I wouldn’t let go and that I was going to call the police.
“He said, ‘Call the police, then’ because he was scared I was going to beat him up more.”

Viana had passers-by call the cops, who took the man to the hospital for treatment before hauling him to the police station. She was told the man had been arrested before and recently released for a previous crime.

It is not the first time the UFC fighter has had to fend for herself on the streets of Brazil. In fact, another robber tried to take her phone while she was in her hometown of Belem.

“He broke my umbrella and tried to take my phone. I said I wasn’t going to give it to him,” Viana said. “He tried to take it from my hand, I punched him in the face, and he was scared. This time I was scared. I don’t know if it was because there were two of them. So I was scared, but I think he was more scared than I was, so he jumped on the motorcycle and left.”

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Penguin swims 5,000 miles every year to visit Brazilian man who nursed it back to life

This will warm your heart!
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Via Daily Mail: Retired bricklayer and part time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, from an island village just outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, discovered a tiny penguin languishing on rocks in 2011. The helpless creature was starving and covered in oil but Mr. de Souza took him in and nursed him back to health, naming the South American Magellanic penguin Dindim.
It took him a week just to clean the sticky black residue from the bird’s feathers.  When Dindim was well again Mr. de Souza released him back into the sea, never expecting to see his new friend again.
He was astonished when, just a few months later, the penguin returned to the island where he recognized Mr. de Souza and returned home with him. Now, Dindim spends eight months of the year with Mr. de Souza and spends the rest of his time breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile.
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The flightless bird is believed to swim around 5,000 miles every time he returns to Mr. de Souza. ‘I love the penguin like it’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me,’ Mr. Pereira de Souza told Globo TV.  ‘No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.
Mr. de Souza said he fed Dindim a daily diet of fish to improve his strength then took him back to the sea to let him go. ‘He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.’
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Biologist Joao Paulo Krajewski, who interviewed Mr. de Souza for Globo TV, said: ‘I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well. ‘When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight.’  Another expert said it appears as though Dindim recognizes Mr. de Souza as he would another penguin, and acts accordingly.
There’s a video at the Daily Mail article. Go see it here.
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Environmental Hypocrite: Leonardo DiCaprio borrows the FIFTH largest superyacht in the world to party in Brazil

British designed and German made luxury motor yacht “Topaz” is docked on July 9, 2013 in Nice, French riviera. The 147 metres (482 ft) lenght vessel was delivered in August 2012, becoming the fourth largest yacht of the world. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

This is a repost from 2014.

Dr. Eowyn reported on DiCaprio’s expansive real estate holdings. The “environmental activist” once stated:

“Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity… We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.” (famousquotes)

Raising awareness on the most pressing environmental issues of our time is more important than ever.” (Brainy Quote)


DailyMail: Hollywood superstar hypocrite Leonardo DiCaprio has taken over one of the world’s largest superyachts in order to watch the World Cup in style. DiCaprio and more than 20 friends are said to have taken over the 482-foot Topaz while staying in Brazil for the football tournament.

The yacht is owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and owners of Manchester City FC.

The Topaz was custom made for billionaire Sheikh Mansour in 2012 and is the fifth largest superyacht in the world.

Seen in the stands wearing a Brazilian scarf around his neck, the 39-year-old actor tried to keep a low profile as he watched the game. However, it was hard for his yacht to do the same considering its imposing size.

It’s not clear whether DiCaprio and his friends have borrowed the yacht from Sheikh Mansour of if they are renting if off the wealthy Man City owner.

It appears Sheikh Mansour and the Hollywood star hypocrite has been in contact about the vessel in the past, as this is not the first time Leo has thrown a party on the Topaz. In April this year, Leo teamed up with Jamie Foxx and Orlando Bloom to host an 80s themed party on the Topaz in New York.

Whoever is paying, if Leo of his guests tire of the football there is plenty for them to do on the Topaz. The stunning vessel features a deck top Jacuzzi, a swimming pool, fitness hall, cinema and large conference room.

And if getting to the games is a problem, the yacht also has not one, but two helicopter land pads.

So much for practicing what you preach. Ride that massive yacht and party like it’s not emitting any carbon! HYPOCRITE.

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Turtle lives, after 30 years in a box

Turtles are famous for their longevity, many living for more than a hundred years.
One giant tortoise named Adwaita is said to have lived 255 years in the Calcutta Zoo. He finally died of liver failure in 2006.
How do turtles manage to be so long-lived?
This is fascinating: Researchers have recently discovered a turtle’s organs do not gradually break down or become less efficient over time, unlike most other animals. Instead, the liver, lungs, and kidneys of a centenarian (100-year-old) turtle are virtually indistinguishable from those of its younger counterparts.
But the survival skills of turtles may be even more astounding.
A turtle in Brazil managed to survive, after being trapped in a wooden box in a shed for THIRTY years.

Red-footed tortoise pictureA red-footed tortoise, like Manuela (photo by Fabio Maffei)

Richard Schiffman reports for the National Geographic, Feb. 1, 2013, that in 1982, a red-footed tortoise named Manuela mysteriously “disappeared” from the home of the Almeida family in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The family assumed that their pet escaped from the house after construction workers had left the front door ajar.
Flash forward 30 years.
Recently, Leandro Almeida was cleaning out a storage shed and was about to throw away an old wooden box he’d found in the shed: “I put the box on the pavement for the rubbish men to collect, and a neighbor said, ‘You’re not throwing out the turtle as well are you?’ I looked and saw her. At that moment, I turned white, I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
Inside the box was an old record player and Manuela, their long-lost tortoise, still alive after more than three decades.
Leandro’s sister, Lenita, who was given the tortoise as a childhood pet, said, “We’re all thrilled to have Manuela back. But no one can understand how she managed to survive for 30 years in there—it’s just unbelievable.”
Even the experts are stumped. Jeferson Peres, a Rio-based veterinarian, said that red-footed tortoises have been known to go without eating for two to three years in the wild—but 30 years is off the known charts. He speculated that Manuela had survived by eating termites and other small insects and licking condensation.
Turtles also have reserve fat pads that they can draw on when food is scarce, Anthony Pilny, a veterinary surgeon and specialist in birds and reptiles at the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine in New York City, said by email.
Like snakes, turtles are able to go for long periods without eating. Wild turtles can also lower their body temperatures and other physiological processes and enter into temporary states of suspended animation from which they’re able to recover. But Pilny does not recommend that pet owners try this with their own turtles.
As for Manuela, Pilny has some advice for the family. “They should go very slowly—start by warming her up and rehydrating Manuela before feeding … Give her warm water soaks and offer a small meal after she seems stable. Then take her to a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles for a checkup and some bloodwork.”
~Eowyn
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They grow them on trees in Brazil !

Chayote is an edible plant belonging to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, along with melons, cucumbers and squash.
Also known as pear squash, vegetable pear, christophene, cho-cho, chouchoute, choko, pipinola, merleton, and xuxu (in Brazil), chayote is originally native to Mexico or Central America where it grows abundantly and has little commercial value. The gourd has been introduced as a crop all over Latin America, and worldwide. The main growing regions are Brazil, Costa Rica and Veracruz, Mexico.
The gourd usually looks like this:
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But in Brazil, one woman’s xuxu decided to grow like this. The poor woman looks so embarrassed. LOL
Chuchu
H/t FOTM’s Miss May.
~Eowyn

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The Coat Hanger


A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her small daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication. She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the car.
She didn’t know what to do, so she called home and told the baby sitter what had happened. The baby sitter told her that the fever was getting worse. She said, “You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door.”
The woman looked around and saw an old rusty coat hanger that had been left on the ground, possibly by someone else who at some time had locked their keys in their car. She looked at the hanger and said, I don’t know how to use this.” She bowed her head and asked God to send her help.
Within five minutes a beat up old motor cycle pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head.
The woman thought, “Is this what you sent to help me God?” But she was desperate, so she was also very thankful.
The man got off of his cycle and asked if he could help. She said, “Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?”
He said, “Sure.” He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said,
Thank You So Much! You are a very nice man.”
The man replied, “Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out less than a day.
The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, “Oh, thank you God! You even sent me a Professional!”
~Steve~                                                H/T Joseph

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Out of the mouths of babes…


The President goes to a school to talk to the kids.
After his talk he offers question time.
One little boy puts up his hand, and the President asks him his name.
“Walter,” responds the little boy.
“And what is your question, Walter?”
“I have four questions:
First, Why did the USA Bomb Libya without the support of the Congress?
Second, Why do you keep saying you fixed the economy when it’s actually gotten worse?
Third, Why did you say that Jeremiah Wright was your mentor, then said that you knew nothing about his preaching and beliefs?
Fourth, Why are we lending money to Brazil to drill for oil, but America is not allowed to drill for oil?”
Just then, the bell rings for recess. The President informs the kiddies that they will continue after recess.
When they resume Obama says, “OK, where were we? Oh, that’s right: question time.. Who has a question?”
A boy puts up his hand. Obama points him out and asks him his name.
“Steve,” he responds.
“And what is your question, Steve?”
Actually, I have two questions.
First, Why did the recess bell ring 20 minutes early?
Second, What happened to Walter?”
~Steve~                       H/T  Jean

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School Shooter in Brazil was Muslim Extremist!

From the Libertarian Republican Blog 4/8/2011

Muslim kills 11 Schoolchildren in Brazil Execution Style – 36 Paragraph AP article; no mention of Islam

 

BREAKING NEWS…
From Eric Dondero:
11 School Children were killed and at least another 18 injured in a western Rio de Janeiro school yesterday. According to various reports he came into the classroom shouting “I’m going to kill you all.” He then lined many of the victims, mostly all girls, up against the wall, shooting them in their heads execution style.   Continue reading
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