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YAY Brazil! Just another reason to LOVE you EVEN MORE!!!

Brazil has taken on more than 2,000 websites that promote sex tourism.

Early last year, Brazil started distributing posters and ads warning that sexual exploitation of minors is a crime. They were distributed in countries from where most tourists to Brazil come from — the United States, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands and Spain.

“The exploitation of sex is a crime and those responsible for it must be punished,” Tourism Minister Gastao Vieira said in the Tuesday statement.

Again, “Castration, castration, castration!!!”
🙂

 

Brazilian Rainforest Activist Couple Shot and Killed

How far would you go to protect something other than your family and the ones you love?
Here’s José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo.
Their life and love was the Amazon.

They knew that their day would come…receiving threats all the time
from those who were illegally deforesting the Amazon.
They received NO protection from the police force.

He said this, when questioned about his fears in regards to the loggers:

“I could be here today talking to you and in one month you will get the news that I disappeared. I will protect the forest at all costs. That is why I could get a bullet in my head at any moment … because I denounce the loggers and charcoal producers, and that is why they think I cannot exist. [People] ask me, ‘are you afraid?’ Yes, I’m a human being, of course I am afraid. But my fear does not silence me. As long as I have the strength to walk I will denounce all of those who damage the forest.”

One of my favorite quotes from him:

“You are defined by what you do, so if you have the courage to fight, then fight.
Because it is better to die fighting, then not fight at all.”

From wikipedia:

In Brazil, 80% of logging in the Amazon violates government controls.[15] At the core of illegal logging is widespread corruption. Often referred to as ‘green gold’, mahogany can fetch over US$1,600 m-3. Illegal mahogany opens the door for illegal logging of other species, and for widespread exploitation of the Brazilian Amazon. Recent Greenpeace investigations in the Brazilian state of Pará reveal just how deeply rooted the problem remains. No reliable legal chain of custody exists for mahogany, and the key players in its trade are ruthless.

It’s supply and demand and the US and the UK are the biggest consumers.
Is a pretty piece of wood, worth it’s weight in blood?
Not only are lives lost…but soon, the environment.

Is it worth it?
The ever and always beautiful outcomes of GREED.

You can watch the heart-wrenching story of this beautiful couple here:

http://www.vice.com/toxic

Tried to embed video but didn’t work.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Brazil, Environment, Greed, Injustice

 

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A Better Life & Other In-Flight Shenanigans

I started watching this movie, but never finished it, on my way to Holland.
So, finished it on my way back to the Bahamas.

Great movie.
Had me in tears, mostly, because the main actor reminds me of my dad.
He has the same heart, values and approach to life.

He always aims for the right, no matter the situation and no matter if those around him
use the “wrong” ways to bring him down.

It’s a great insight into the struggles of illegal immigrants and, as the name states, their fight for “A Better Life.”

I always watch Cadência just so I can get the sounds of Brazilian Portuguese in my ears.
I’ll be sad once they take the movie off of the Continental Airlines playlist.
However, I will be DELIGHTED once they finally CHANGE the movies!

A beautiful documentary. Watch it!

I sat next to a Friezen from Friesland in north Holland.
Cute, sweet older lady flying to New Jersey to spend time with her kids and grand kids.
Was really cool getting to know about her little community.

I left the hotel at 6AM (been up all night, so no sleep) and finally arrived home at 10PM.
(which would be +6 so, 4AM Holland time)
That’s almost 24 hours off travel time!

AFTER ALL the flights and layovers, I get on my puddle jumper for my 45 min flight to Freeport.
As the pilot announced our decent, we hit a pocket of turbulence and dropped.
I was like, “God, you MUST be kidding me. I know you didn’t make me travel
ALL this way just to kill me 15 mins before my FINAL destination.”

It got me thinking of a “death pill.”
Something you can take, incase you’re REALLY in a plane crash situation.
I’d like one.
Whenever I fly, I accept that there’s a chance, it’ll be my last flight.
I accept death quite easily, it’s the pain/discomfort that I don’t like.

If they made a “death pill” there’s obviously room for abuse. Unfortunately, cuz people suck.
If we were ever to have one though, I was thinking, everyone should get ONE in their lifetime attached to a social security type number of sorts so it can be tracked incase it was used to kill someone else.

There. Just things that go through my mind.
Brain’s not functioning today.

Slept for most of the day again.
Dunno why.
Holland, I slept too little, here I sleep TOO much.

Aaaack.

Life.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Bahamas, Brazil, Mexico, Movies, Travel

 

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The World Enslaved – Past and Present

If you’ve been following along, you KNOW that in my past life, I was Brazilian. Yes, tiz me jokin’ but I say this because I’ve always felt a connection with the people, the land, the culture and (ESPECIALLY) the language. Brazilian Portuguese has always been my #1 language, anytime it meets my ears, I can’t help but smile. When I was younger my mom always told me to concentrate on Spanish, something that was more widespread and useful. And I’d think: Useful for whom?

(Let’s just say, shakin’ hands with a “fan” in the Dominican Republic)
Main point, CHECK the JERSEY! Woohoo!
ha ha

I speak of modern day slavery and human trafficking on this site.
It’s crazy that I never thought of touching up on the subject of original slavery.
Visiting the past, helps understand the present.
It helps us see why we struggle in certain areas, where we’ve MAJORLY fucked up and hopefully see ways in which to rectify it.

If we don’t take the time to reflect on ourselves to see how we can improve
life will take a speed and direction of its own

and the result is never usually pretty.

If it’s not the good taking the time to better themselves
(and thereby the world around them)
the bad, like a virus, will take over and with their selfish and corrupt initiatives
start spreading, planting seeds and multiplying.

Ignoring a problem, is just as bad as causing it.
Ignoring automatically places you in the stance of, let it flow.
Let it go. Let it flourish.

People seem to enjoy GETTING into OTHER people’s business
when it’s unwarranted, but when it REALLY matters

where the fuck are you?

The Bystander Effect/Genovese Syndrome.
It’s so damn common they’ve got a name for it. It’s the label for the social phenomenon where “bystanders” witness an emergency situation and do not offer any assistance to the victim when other people are present.

Like: I’ll let someone else deal with it. Not my problem.

How chivalrous.

After Portugal’s invasion of Brazil, over 500 years ago
(which really isn’t that much time)
a lot of the native tribal Indians were forced into slavery and wiped out.
(Murder, small pox, measles and the common cold – in short, the aftereffects of the meddling and greedy Europeans)

The Portuguese turned to African slaves after the native resources were downsized.
Brazil became the destination for the largest amount of slaves, worldwide.

They were referenced as cargo and not treated much better than worthless
inanimate objects – packed by the hundreds with hardly any food, water nor air space.

 

A large part of the shipment arrived deceased.
After the 40 day or so voyage, most ships were abandoned because there was no one around who wanted to deal with the clean up.

The slaves were branded like merchandise.
Burnt by heated iron symbols (usually owner’s initials) into their skin.

They’d be shown and “tested” in front of potential buyers
then whipped back into their stalls.

Beautiful, huh?

Brazil, at the time, was whored out for its sugarcane.
“White Gold”

But I like to call it “Blood Crystals”

It was used by the rich to sweeten food and for medicines.
As there was no refrigeration, sugar was also used to help mask the taste of rotting food.

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

The slave owners were allowed to beat, sell and kill their slaves without repercussion as they were considered property, so they could

do with them as they pleased.

Some forms of punishments included whippings
(which were sometimes followed by applying salt and pepper to open wounds)
castration
slitting of ears
and any form of torture that would suit their fancy.

Not much has changed today in regards to modern day slaves.
The forms of mistreatment and exploitation have just taken different forms.

Since it was OK for such oppression and cruelty to fellow (powerless) human
beings in the past

I say we flip history on its ass and take back control from vicious
“slave-drivers”

and give them the treatment they so JUSTLY deserve.

We can call it: The Evolution and Progression of Good over Evil.

Slaves who became pregnant would intentionally abort themselves so their children wouldn’t have to go through the same diabolical fate.
I actually wish this was still a popular solution because one large problem with human trafficking today is parents selling their children for profit or because they can not afford another mouth to feed.

Trust me, DEATH before birth is a MUCH better outcome than the life these children are forced/sold into.

Let’s hit up on the Catholic Church a bit.
Shall we?

🙂

The High All Mighty C. Church turned a blind eye when it came to the fornication and breeding between the Europeans and slaves.
Most of the children from these interactions were placed right into slavery.
Like nothing.

Like BUSTING a fucking load and creating a life without worth or importance.
Just another slave.

That’s some WHACKED out shit, don’t you think?

The C. Church lovingly used their powers to make slavery acceptable and justifiable as to help spread the faith making it obligatory for slave owners to

baptize their slaves.
Peachy, no?

A RELIGION used and manipulated for alterior motives?
You DON’T SAY?!?!!?

Shocking, huh?

How so many can put their faith in religion with such a seedy and evil past, is beyond me.

Sheep.

Cult sheep.

Greed. Manipulation. Power.

(I can go on and on, but this isn’t an entry about the Catholic Church)

Wouldn’t it have been nice if everyone just respected each other’s land and spaces from the very beginning? Left well enough alone.
Left greed behind. Left CONQUERING behind and just lived peacefully and civilly sharing the same earth?

“Playing fair.”

But no.

We gotta bully and take advantage of the weak.

Not much has changed today.
Why would we expect it to?

Slowly, slowly we seem to be making steps to better our surroundings
but have we really come that far?

With the greed of humanity
have our achievements really been GOOD?

We’ve basically pushed many groups of people into near extinction
fucked up the ecosystem
and continuously, without pause, pollute the earth.

Soon, all the world will be is one big pile of shit.
(biological and inanimate)

Congratulations HOMOSAPIENS!

At present, we have created a monster.
A world where we are falling deeper and deeper into technological addictions.
We are moving further and further away from our natural resources and human contact.

Why have we focused so highly on the advancement of technology
(mind-numbing distractions)

when humans remain so paralyzed and behind in regards to the positive advancements of their souls?

I passed out yesterday watching a documentary:

Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight

It was really good.

Interesting how much thought is placed into the characters.

I have a newfound appreciation for the superhero
🙂

and have decided to, from here on in, go by the name of

BATBITCH.

Watch the doc, and you’ll totally understand.
That is, if you don’t understand the character already.

I woke up a few hours later.
It was 12:30AM.
From then on, I was up til 5AM with this ideas flashing through my head
for this present blog
made the appropriate notes and finished it off today.
I hope you’ve enjoyed.

Thanks for stopping by, as usual, and for your time.
Be BETTER than yesterday, today and even BETTER than tomorrow, as each day is blessed upon you.
xoxoxo

You can actually watch the BATBITCH inspired documentary here if you’d like:

 

 

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The Chinese Are Coming!

Sleep.

What’s that?
Brain’s kicked into gear and I can’t settle it enough for even 3 hours of a full night’s rest.
Ah well.

Could be worse.

Looked up a movie recommended by my friend Marije.
She couldn’t remember the name, but remembered key points
like the three cities, Bangladesh, Bangkok and Mexico.
I found it.

The movie’s called Whore’s Glory by Michael Glawogger.


How one can smile and find entertainment at set ups like these, is beyond me.
Shit like this creates a broken sadness in me of hopeless desperation.
I have not been able to find a version online to watch.
😥

Hopefully it’ll come out for purchase/viewing soon.
It was hard enough to find a trailer in English!!!

http://documentary.net/whores-glory-prostitution-in-thailand-mexico-and-bangladesh/

So, the Chinese are in Africa.
Shocker!
ha ha Not really.
The damn Chinese seem to infiltrate even the SMALLEST of countries.
Like, the Bahamas!
🙂

(Yours truly!!)

On my first trip to Holland, I signed up for a Kung Fu course.
In the first lesson, my teacher (sifu) discussed the history of martial arts and how it originated in China.
As I grow older, I’ve learned to embrace my heritage.

I’m always usually the only asian in my “herds” of friends.
Or, at least the only Chinese.
My collection of asians has been growing in the last few years…but they mainly consist of Thais, Filipinos
Indonesians, and Indians.

I plan on heading out to China next year.
Need to hit up ma peeps, as I like to say.

I’m currently watching “The Chinese are Coming.”

Very good documentary.
(2 hours long)

First hour is about the Chinese current presence in Africa and the ways in which they are influencing the
lives, culture and work ethics of the Africans.
The next hour covers the Chinese influx of Brazil.
(Where I’ll be living soon…need to get my Portuguese back up to par)

🙂

Description of film:
(Full-length video below)

Enjoy!

Travelling across three continents, Justin Rowlatt investigates the spread of Chinese influence around the planet and asks what the world will be like if China overtakes America as the world’s economic superpower. In the first of two films, he embarks on a journey across Southern Africa to chart the extraordinary phenomenon of Chinese migration to Africa, and the huge influence of China on the development of the continent.

While many in the West view Africa as a land of poverty, to the Chinese it is seen as an almost limitless business opportunity. From Angola to Tanzania, Justin meets the fearless Chinese entrepreneurs who have travelled thousands of miles to set up businesses.

Justin Rowlatt crosses Brazil and the United States on an epic journey as he continues to investigate the spread of Chinese influence around the planet.

In Rio, local industries, including bikini factories, are threatened by cheap Chinese imports, and in the Amazon, Justin witnesses the phenomenal impact of the Chinese hunger for resources on the indigenous people and the environment.

In the US, from California to the rust belt, Justin encounters the rising undercurrent of American fury over their own decline in the face of competition from China.


 
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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Africa, Brazil, China, Prostitution

 

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Desculpe Meu Amigo – I Am SO Ashamed!

I’m up. Can’t sleep. It’s 3:41AM here in Holland.
Bumped into a friend today who’s ISN’T on Facebook.
Amazing, vibrant and sweet Brazilian guy.
He said he emailed me twice over a month ago and I never responded so
he said: “Forget about her.”

In a nice way.
He’s not a skeevy womanizer at all.
Ball of genuine kindness.

Seriously.

So, this made me feel SOOOOO awful cuz I never saw his email.
Now more than ever my email is “out of control”
I tried to explain to him that I have over 4,000 unread emails.
(In that one account alone)

4,265 to be exact, as of today.
My life just gets so hectic and I hate that I’m sometimes unable to keep up with it.
Especially when I come across blessed tokens along my journeys.

I’ve promised to make a mental note to write him later
AND
be better at corresponding.

I hate that I made the guy feel rejected or forgotten in some way.
I need more time in a day.
If I ever had to factor a full-time job into my life, I seriously don’t know how I’d cope!

Maybe I’ll dedicate today to organizing myself and sorting out my inbox.
Cuz it keeps growing and it’s getting quite ridiculous!

My life for the past few days has been very hectic, intense and all over the place.
Need to “re-center” myself!

I shall make you proud.

🙂

Right, on to my current “mission”

You’ll see…

it’s coming up right after this post!!!!!

xoxoxo

(In my defense, I DID tell him to get FB as I check that more frequently. NOT a guarantee, but the odds are MUCH better at a response!)

I always say I was Brazilian in my past life.
I can’t help but smile everytime I hear the language.
Ahhhhhhhhh.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Brazil