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Brazilian Farmer | Tobacco Road


Following up on a recent post-translation on Brazilian anti-tobacco policies in relation to the thriving, logistically unstoppable –not even drones can manage it,  Embraer or not — Sino-Paraguayan Silk Road smuggling industry.

The Estado de S. Paulo metro daily — more of a viewspaper than a newspaper, really — has recently been paid to organize a series of events on this topic featuring industry lobbyists and a visit from the minister of foreign relations, José Serra, promising said drones and a massive allocation of federal police to the hinterlands,  with special duty pay.

The ESP then covers its own event as though it were a newsworthy development in its own right.

By the way I am using this post — see above — to inaugurate a flat-file, Markdown-based content management system called Yellow, running on my Apache2 localhost server on Arch Linux and using a simple bootstrap theme.

Linux lowerarchy47 4.6.4-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Jul 11 19:12:32 CEST 2016 x86_64 GNU/Linux

It makes for a nice personal browser based HTML editing app.  I would also like to go back and refresh my CSS knowledge, learn to integrate the simpler PHP plugins and the like. In Yellow this seems very doable. I would consider it for a lead Web app on my own server, when I can afford a domain of my own.  Continue reading

Oi-Telemar | A Public Utility


Item: The Oi-Telemar bankruptcy in depth from Google News in English, with little follow-up since the announcement last month.

Breaking Brazilian news in  re:
the largest bankruptcy in Brazilian history involves a court ruling on prior permission from Brazilian federal  communications agency Anatel to transfer shares of the company.

The  Rio de Janeiro federal judge fund ruled that Oi and Telemar are public utilities and therefore subject to agency oversight. Industry lobby not happy.

CartaCapital magazine weighs in with an I told you so on the deal that has still-birthed the long sought-after Brazilian super-telecom.  Continue reading

The (Big) State of Brazilian Journalism


Pitiful, how the Estado de S. Paulo metro daily has taken to the production of quasi-fake news of late, in the form of topical coverage of conference events produced by the newspaper itself for its various clients and then reported on as if objectively newsworthy.  Continue reading

Car Wash Judge: Spy for the FBI?

Together with [Supreme Court Justice] Gilmar Mendes, Judge Moro symbolizes the biased and partisan justice system that plagues Brazil.

Paulo Nogueira of the Diário do Centro do Mundo on recent debate over Brazilian friends of Uncle Sam and his beloved GWOT.

Marilena Chauí was quite right to say some of what she said recently about Judge Moro.

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A Boot Camp for Brazilian Anti-Corruption Troops

The joke that is going around is this.

Q: Why have the United States never suffered a coup?

A: Because they have no U.S. embassy to help plot one.

The prolific Brazilian commentator Luis Nassif parses a possible Cablegate case in point. Continue reading

«Assault on Mercosul» | A Decade of Brazilian Diplomacy To Be Undone


Governor Zé Serra in an unfortunate PR lapse with a military police assault rifle

Source: Jornal GGN (Brazil)

Translation: C. Brayton

Temer’s and Serra’s attacks on the Mercosul are based on ideology

According to a number of experts consulted for a recent report by Rede Brasil Atual, interim president Michel Temer and interim secretary of state José Serra are set on weakening Brazil’s ties with the Mercosul, based on their own personal convictions.
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Crawling IVC with Navicrawler & WIRE


Source: IVC (Instituto Vericador de Comunicação), the Brazilian publishing and media industry circulation institute — led principally by big advertisers, major advertising agencies, and media groups (Abril, RBS, Editora Globo, Estado de S. Paulo, Infoglobo, Diários Associados) …

The institute was  known as the Instituto Verificadoir de Circulação until May 2015. Its services encompass …

  1. [Free publications]
  2. [Daily newspapers]
  3. [Magazines]
  4. [B2B]
  5. [Web sites]
  6. [Events (log-in required) ]

The IVC Web is extremely valuable as a «hub and authority» Web site, enabling the creation of an extensive if partial roster of the industries it covers.

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