Texas Liberal

All People Matter

First Woman President For Brazil—Third Consecutive Victory For Left In Nation Of 195 Million

For the first time, Brazil has elected a woman President. Dilma Rousseff  represents the left-of-center Worker’s Party.

(Above–Ms. Rousseff making a speech.)

Here is a profile of Ms. Rousseff from the BBC.

From the BBC—

“Ms Rousseff has a somewhat brusque manner and is reputed to have a short temper – attributes that have, perhaps unsurprisingly, led to her being dubbed the Iron Lady. Dilma Rousseff was born in 1947 and grew up in an upper middle class household in Belo Horizonte. Her father, Pedro Rousseff, was a Bulgarian immigrant. Her seemingly conventional background changed in the mid-1960s, when she was in her late teens. She became involved in left-wing politics and joined the underground resistance to the military dictatorship that seized power in 1964….Ms Rousseff, 62, joined President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s government in 2003 as energy minister. In 2005, after a corruption scandal brought down key government figures, Mr Lula made her his chief of staff, a post she held until March 2010, when she launched her campaign for the presidency as the Workers Party (PT) candidate.”

Here, in English, is the web page of Brazilian Presidency

There are at the moment three women leaders in Latin America. Costa Rica and Argentina have female Presidents.

The election marks the third consecutive Presidential victory for the Worker’s Party. Brazil is the fifth most populous nation in the world with 193 million people.

The world’s largest democracy, India, also has a left-of-center government.

Here are some facts about population and wealth in Brazil.

Here is how the victory in Brazil was reported in the leading Indian newspaper The Hindu.

From The Hindu—

“Ms. Rousseff said her most “fundamental commitment” would be the eradication of poverty and the creation of opportunities for all. She emphasized economic development, the fight against “the protectionism of rich countries,” and he need to put an end to financial speculation which increases “the volatility of capital and currencies.”

Ms. Rousseff won election by 56%-44% in a runoff. The first round of voting, which involved three major candidates, had no representative of a right-wing party. There was Mr. Rouseff, a centrist and a Green.

The outgoing President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, likely could have been elected to a third term.  He was unable to run again due to term limits.

(Below—Ms. Rousseff shaking hands with President Obama with Lula, and Abe Lincoln, looking on.)

Lula, as he is known, may seek the office again in 2014.  Lula will remain a power in Brazil no matter what.

This seems similar to the situation in Russia where Vladimir Putin may have left the top job, but seems likely to return at some point.

The contrast being that Lula has kept Brazil on a path to democracy, while Mr. Putin has in mind a different direction.

Congratulations to the people of Brazil on a successful election and on the absence of any serious right-wing contender for the highest office.

Please pass on your secret chucking the conservatives for a Presidential elections.

Here are some basic facts about Brazil. Here is a history of Brazil.

(Below—Rio de Janeiro. Must be quite a place to visit. Photo by LecomteB)

November 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Time To Put The “Mas” back in Christmas.

It is time to put the “mas” back in Christmas.

As defined by The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, “mas” means—carnival, a festival, a procession, a parade.

Above is a scene from a carnival in Brazil.

That looks like a fine way to say “Merry Christmas.”

Let’s get back to the true meaning of Christmas.

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Should I Switch To An iPhone Or A Palm Pre?

File:Ammersee 29.01.2006.jpg

Should I buy an iPhone or a new Palm Pre phone?

When leaving home I take with me, as a general matter, my very basic cell phone, a few pens, a small notebook in my back pocket and something to read.

If I go to lunch by myself on a day off from work, or when at lunch at work, I use the time to read my book or magazine and mark down anything I wish to recall in my notebook. I use my cell phone to call and check in my wife.

I don’t reject technology. I make calls on my cell. I use a Flip Camera to make videos for this blog. And, as you might guess, I use a computer to write this blog. I don’t have a laptop. I write the blog from my personal computer at home.

I gave some though to if I should switch my phone to one of these new-fangled phones. I came to the view that it would not work for me. As represented by the picture above, I’m fragmented enough.       

I don’t need to check the internet when away from home. I don’t need a phone full of applications to further distract my attentions. I don’t have time enough to read the books and magazines I already own.

Fragmentation in contrast to a more cohesive whole is not a good thing. Look at the fragmented ice in the picture. How could one walk across that ice to get from one place to another? You’d just fall into that cold water and freeze and drown.  

It’s not just the fragments in the picture that are telling—It’s the setting sun as well. If our time is so divided, how can we get something of substance accomplished before it is dark?

I might get a rebate from the so-called service provider—my cell phone company is Sprint and they provide lousy service for the most part— when I buy one of these phones, but how will I get a rebate on the hours of my life?

Excessive fragmentation is bad in our lives. It is also bad for the rain forest.

New Scientist Magazine reports that Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforst is being destroyed in large chunks that are leaving only small fragments left for trees, flowers and animals to survive.

From the article—

THE ongoing degradation of the Amazon rainforest has obscured the plight of its smaller sibling: the Atlantic forest in Brazil, which is a biodiversity hotspot. Once covering about 1.5 million square kilometres, the rainforest has been reduced to about one-tenth of its original area in the past 500 years, a new study has shown….of the remaining forest, about 80 per cent is split into fragments of less than 0.5 square kilometres. The average distance between these fragments is 1.4 kilometres, making it difficult for animals to move from one part of the forest to another.

Here are some facts about the Atlantic Forest.

Below is a painting by a Johann Moritz Rugendas of the cutting down of trees in the Atlantic Forest. This painting was completed sometime between 1820 and 1825. You see that the darker skinned people are working and the lighter skinned people are either sitting down or up on a horse.

File:Rugendas - Defrichement d une Foret.jpg

June 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments