Sunday, 10 July 2016

blacklgbtdeservetolive: We Want This Trend To Be...


We Want This Trend To Be Inclusive.

  • Black People 
  • Black LGBT 
  • PoC  
  • LGBT PoC
  • LGBT
  • Allies should boost and support those trending. 

Every minority group shares oppression and discrimination. 

  • We welcome any and all tweets that talk about personal experiences with discrimination. 
  • We welcome any and all tweets about what media representation means to you. 
  • We welcome any and all tweets about real life discriminatory experiences and its intersection with media representation. 
  • We welcome any and all tweets about how “everybody but us” describes your feelings towards lack of democracy, your freedom, your equality, and your happiness. 

Art imitates life. 

Life imitates art. 

While we want this trend to be inclusive, we also want one major thing to be kept in mind. 

This account started because OITNB killed Poussey Washington. They said they killed Poussey to teach white people a lesson about police brutality. We chose the imagery in our poster to underline the specific pain and fears that Black and Black LGBT people experience everyday of their life. 

As a Black LGBT account, this trend will have tweets about police brutality, experiences with the police, experiences that are unique to us, what Poussey meant to us and why representation matters to us. Please keep this in mind as you tweet and support those who tweet about their experience. 

Saturday, 9 July 2016

indigenous-caribbean: Indigenous Movement Stops Construction of...


Indigenous Movement Stops Construction of Brazilian Mega-Dam

In a historic victory, one of Brazil’s largest Indigenous Nation has managed to suspend construction of a mega-dam that threatened to submerge their home. The Brazilian Indigenous agency FUNAI finally demarcated the territory of the Munduruku People, providing the legal basis to suspend construction of the São Luiz de Tapajós dam.

These 700 square miles of land – known as Sawre Muybu – are now legally recognized as the traditional territory of the Munduruku and protected under the Brazilian constitution, which grants Indigenous people the right to free, prior, and informed consent before the government can use their land.

The Munduruku have been fighting for this right since 1975, standing up to a government more interested inquestionably “green” energy and expansion than in protecting Indigenous communities. In 2013, FUNAI actually conducted research confirming the status of Sawre Muybu as Munduruku territory, but failed to publish it due to government pressure. In response the Munduruku began the process of “auto-demarcating” their land, setting up signs and trenches to mark off their territory. They organized meetings, wrote letters, built alliances and staged occupations. Over the years they refined their strategy and took lessons from the fight against the Belo Monte mega-dam, which also wiped out species and displaced thousands of Indigenous Peoples.

Women played an important role in this struggle, as they often do in movements for land rights and against resource extraction. In 2015, Maria Leusa Kaba traveled to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference to receive the UN Equator Prize for the Munduruku’s campaign to self-demarcate their land.

“We the Munduruku People are going in the reverse direction the Europeans went 500 years ago, to tell the world that we will resist until the last man the construction of hydroelectric dams on the Tapajós River,” Kaba said.

This comes as Brazil is in political crisis and has begun the process of impeaching its president. The win to stop the damming of the Tapajós could be short-lived if the conservative, business-friendly politicians leading the impeachment process gain power and roll back land rights.

But the Munduruku have promised that they will never stop fighting for Sawre Muybu and today, I salute their hard-won victory.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Brazil Is Confronting an Epidemic of Anti-Gay Violence

Brazil Is Confronting an Epidemic of Anti-Gay Violence:


“While Americans have fiercely debated how to respond to the massacre last month at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Brazilians have been confronting their own epidemic of anti-gay violence — one that, by some counts, has earned Brazil the ignominious ranking of the world’s deadliest place for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.”

Stay safe guys. :( 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

paddysnuffles: I wonder who was the first person to be like “We should refer to human children as...


I wonder who was the first person to be like “We should refer to human children as ‘baby goats’.”

I wonder if it maybe started for a similar reason to why Brazilian moms call their kids their “little calf” (bezerrinho).

The mindset behind “little calf” being that the sound children make when calling for their mom (and the tone they do it in) sounds just like a calf calling for its mother (”Mããããããe…”)

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Being both Lusophone and Anglophone means...


…Always way overdoing the number of K’s when you lol on your posts/comments in Portuguese because you’re paranoid Anglophones will see “kkk” or “KKK” and get the wrong idea.


Monday, 30 May 2016

1337tattoos: Róbert Bunda What an ironic surname to have...


Róbert Bunda

What an ironic surname to have when the art piece is of a bug whose butt lights up.

(to non-Lusophones: bunda means “bum/butt” in Brazilian Portuguese)

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

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if you are in California PLEASE check your status. Voters are getting switched! #FeelTheBern

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Caught On Tape: Brazilian Minister Plots To Overthrow Dilma Rousseff

Caught On Tape: Brazilian Minister Plots To Overthrow Dilma Rousseff:


Caught On Tape: Brazilian Minister Plots To Overthrow Dilma Rousseff

A high-ranking Brazilian minister has stepped down after audio emerged of him plotting with others to bring down President Dilma Rousseff’s administration.

The Guardian reports that Romero Jucá, planning minister, will “go on leave” after a recording of a telephone conversation was released in which he said Rousseff needed to be removed to quash a vast corruption investigation which enmeshed him and many other members of the Brazilian political elite.

More from The Guardian report:

But the dubious motives and machiavellian nature of the plot to remove Rousseff are apparent in the transcript of a phone conversation between Jucá – a powerful ally of Temer’s in the Brazilian Democratic Movement party (PMDB) – and Sérgio Machado, a former senator who until recently was the president of another state oil company, Transpetro.After discussing how they are both targeted by Lava Jato prosecutors, Jucá says the way out is political: “We have to stop this shit,” he says of the investigation. “We have to change the government to be able to stop this bleeding.”

Machado concurs: “The easiest solution would be to put in Michel [Temer].

Temer is, of course, the man who stepped in as “interim President” and replaced most of the cabinet members after Rousseff was impeached.

read more

Monday, 16 May 2016

brazilianism: São Paulo tried a different approach on the war...


São Paulo tried a different approach on the war on drugs: actually helping the people addicted to crack by supporting them with food, shelter, medical aid and job opportunities. And the results are very much positive. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

brazilianism: Thousands of women take the streets of São Paulo,...


Thousands of women take the streets of São Paulo, Brazil, this Sunday to protest against the new government of Michel Temer, which was the first in decades to feature only white males as ministers. Pictures by Mídia Ninja.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Brazilian Colloquialisms, Sayings, and Slang #104

Por pouco - By little

Depending on the context it’s the equivalent of “nearly”, “close call”, “by very little”, “barely”, and/or similar words.

ex. Eu passei o teste por pouco mas passei! - I barely passed the test, but I passed!

Por pouco que o caminhão não bateu no carro - The truck nearly hit the car/the truck missed the car by very little

Saturday, 7 May 2016

The impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is a coup d’état

The impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is a coup d’état:


With the likely impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (and likely her VP Michel Temer) impending, the fate of Brazil is uncertain, as the nation will host the Olympics this August. She is one of the many politicians in that country involved in the Operação Lava Jato (Operation Car Wash) scandal.

The Câmara dos Deputados (Chamber of Deputies) voted to impeach her on April 17th, 2016 with a 367–137–7–2 vote, of which Deputado Bruno Araújo was the 342nd Yes vote. The Senado Federal will vote in the next few days whether to remove her from office.


In conclusion, impeaching Dilma will lead to a coup d’état orchestrated by right-wing forces akin to what they pulled off against João Goulart in 1964 (only this time, they are doing the Goularting in Congress, and not by the military junta) is a horrible idea.

Full post at Medium. 

Brazilian Colloquialisms, Sayings, and Slang #103

Né? - Eh?/Huh?/Yeah?/Innit?/Right?

An interjection used at the end of sentence for emphasis.

Particularly popular in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

Literally, it’s a contraction of Não é? (Isn’t it/is it not?).

ex. Tá frio hoje, né? - It’s cold today, eh?

Te vejo amanhã à tarde, né? - I’ll see you tomorrow afternoon, right/yeah?

is the colloquial shortened form of está (she/he/it is)

Friday, 6 May 2016

Unlike in English, in Portuguese most of the days of the week have nothing to do with deities.Monday...

Unlike in English, in Portuguese most of the days of the week have nothing to do with deities.

Monday is segunda-feira (literally, “second-fair/ second-market”, Tuesday is terça-feira (third-market/third-fair), and so on. 

The only faith-based days in Portuguese are Saturday (sábado) after sabbatum (the Latin word for Shabbat, Hebrew for “Sabbath”) and domingo from the Latin word Dominicus (of the Lord). 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

buzzfeed: These Brazilian kids have been learning English by...


These Brazilian kids have been learning English by gently correcting celebrities’ grammar on Twitter. 

Friday, 22 April 2016

amypoehler: statecide: acid-eater: Isn’t it curious how...




Isn’t it curious how Brazilian media completely ignores the protests against the coup?

Media doesn’t ignore it. They even publish details about it: the $$ paid for ppl to protest, buses full of Bolivians to help in numbers, videos and photos of iron bars pro gov folks use as a form of intimidation, protest guidelines asking for more “suburban looking” (their words not mine) protesters…Etc etc. However I agree: it should not only be a few articles, it should be HIGHLIGHTED everywhere


and this folks, is why we say our media lies to everyone 

“Indeed, most of today’s largest media outlets – that appear respectable to outsiders – supported the 1964 military coup that ushered in two decades of rightwing dictatorship and further enriched the nation’s oligarchs. This key historical event still casts a shadow over the country’s identity and politics. Those corporations – led by the multiple media arms of the Globo organisation –heralded that coup as a noble blow against a corrupt, democratically elected liberal government. Sound familiar?“

Monday, 18 April 2016

What’s going on in Brazil? #05 - The Impeachment


Alright, so some of you might have seen us Brazilian screaming through the internet and sharing a few more memes than usual last night, and some of you may know why (an impeachment process voting starting), but I felt like, for the sake of everyone’s understanding (and because some of you asked me) I should try to detail last night and our Impeachment law for foreigners (and for all of us inside the country who are also kind of lost with all this new information). 

If you’re totally lost on Brazilian politics and the protests right now I’d recommend that you read my previous post on this explaining all that went down in march that kind of led to this and giving a bigger panorama of our politics, and  this article here that is quite on point. 

First of all, let’s understand the law in Brazil. By our latest constitution, a president can only be removed from office if involved in a serious crime (like, murder) or in a responsibility crime (defined as crimes specifically committed by people who hold high offices regarding their jobs, decisions, and how that influences the powers, the constitution, the finances of the state and so on). An Impeachment process might be filled by parties, organizations, etc, and has to be authorized by the President of the House of Representatives (basically the congress leader, 3rd in line for presidencial succession, in our case, Eduardo Cunha). Once authorized and voted by a especial commission, it follows to be voted in congress, and there the deputies have to decide if an official investigation and judgment will be opened, you need 2/3rds of the votes for that. If that happens, the process is taken up to the Senate where the senators will judge the case and decide if the process continues to the supreme court. They need 50% +1 of the votes for it to pass. If it happens, the president takes a leave of up to 180 days while the Supreme Courts president (Ricardo Lewandowsky) judges the case and again submit his input to the Senate, where it will be voted again - this time, it needs 2/3rds of the votes to be finished. That having happened, the president is officially off office and the vice-president (Michel Temer) (unless investigated as well, which is not the case now), takes over.

Whats is our president, Dilma Rousseff, accused of? It’s being called pedaladas fiscais, and it can be summoned basically by purposefully delaying payments to banks to make state’s finances look a little better and keep people investing.

Now, let’s take down the reasons this process is dubious and why the country has been divided in condemning her (and especially at why some people are referring to the process as an equivalent to a coup d’etat):

- The pedaladas have never been considered a responsibility crime. We know it was used in the last two presidents (Lula and FHC) governments, and in over a dozen Governors in office right now (none of which are being investigated or suffering consequences because of it). It could be a responsibility crime, but it seems a little too convenient to consider it just now, and just on her government. 

- The President of the House of Representatives, Eduardo Cunha, only declared himself as opposition to the government after investigations on him started happening, and he is the one that authorized the process to start. He currently faces charges for having hidden accounts in Switzerland (and therefore illegal money from bribes), but the judgment always seems to have been belated… He becomes vice-president if Rousseff falls. The current vice-president is also accused of being involved in corruption scandals for personal enrichment. Funnily enough, Rousseff is one of the only politicians who have not been accused of accepting bribes or embezzlement.

What happened yesterday?

The second step of the process was completed. Congress voted on whether it should follow to the Senate, and it passed. It was a little wild, though, and clearly demonstrated that our problem is far from being just the presidency. Besides the historical event that was congress working on a weekend (and on a Friday! and on a Thursday! wow! and people showed up! lots of people!!!! I’m serious, they tend to make every weekend a long weekend), there were some funny and some terrible situations, not to mention the suspicious ones. For starters, 80% of the investigated in the latest corruption scandal voted “yes”. A couple of weeks ago, when Cunha opened the process and submitted it to a especial commission, 35 out of the 38 people who voted in favor where being investigated. The deputies had about 10 seconds to give their votes, and they made the best of it by making maybe the weirdest short speeches the world has seen. Although my favorite of the night was one congresswoman who praised her husband in the fight for corruption as mayor and woke up the next morning to the news that said husband had been arrested for corruption, the most important point was watching investigated people thanking god and claiming to end corruption for “the future of their children and families”. Near to nobody used their 10 seconds to actually defend their opinions as to Rousseff’s guilt, which tells us a lot. One person stood and sadly put that she’d vote “yes” because her party demanded it.  Another important highlight was Jair Bolsonaro’s (PSC, very conservative person about whom i’ve spoken on the blog before) disgusting speech praising and thanking one of the biggest torturers of our dictatorship as “Dilma’s terror” (she was tortured) before voting yes. He later got spit on by another deputy, which was the cool part of the night

So now the process follows to the Senate, and it will likely pass, according to the latest pools. Now that you know what happened, my personal views:

Our problem, as demonstrated by everything that happened last night, lies deeper, and taking down a government that is allowing investigations to put up a president and a vice president very much involved in corruptions is not only far from ideal, but dangerous. While Rousseff might be guilty, and an eventual trial against her could be fair - this is not a defense to her clearly poor management (although you can’t Impeach a president for being bad at their job here) or to her actions - to think that we will rise above corruption once she is out, or to think that we can overthrown the rest of the corruption once Temer and Cunha hold office is, to say the very least, naive. Blindsided by hate and manipulated by big media outlets, Brazilians are on their way to miss the biggest opportunity to fight corruption we ever had: Rousseff’s government.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Brazilian Colloquialisms, Sayings, and Slang #102

Correndo pra lá e pra cá que nem barata tonta - Running around like a dizzy cockroach

The Brazilian equivalent of “running around like a headless chicken”.

Literally, “running to there and to here like a dizzy cockroach”.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Holiday Traditions: April Fool’s

In Brazil April Fool’s is called Dia da Mentira - “Lie Day” (or, even more literally, “Day of the Lie”)

Friday, 25 March 2016

Holiday Traditions: Easter #1

In Brazil the Easter Bunny is called Coelhinho da Pascoa (literally, “Little Rabbit of Easter”, or “Easter Bunny”).

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

brazilianism: qirlunderyou: assgod: i love google street view...




i love google street view

this is a modern renaissance painting

Fun fact: this was in brazil, more especifically, in São Paulo, during the primaries for PSDBs candidates for mayor of the city. Those people are fighting over who they want for mayor.

Friday, 18 March 2016

What’s going on in Brazil? #04 - Politics crazy week especial edition


Lots of you asked me to explain or to give my opinion about all the crazy things that are happening right now in Brazil, sooo I figured I’d put together one of these. I’ll start with a small introduction of the political scenario and names people outside the country have to know in order to understand the situation cause I’m trying to be didactic here. Written 18/03/2016. Beware, it’s big and I didn’t ever cover all I wanted.

Brazil is a presidentialism with a multiparty system, and although we have hundreds of parties, there’s three bigger ones that are the focus of this crisis: PT (stands for Workers Party, self proclaimed left-central wing, current hold of the presidency with Dilma Rousseff and before her, from 2003 on, with Lula), PSDB (stands for Brazilian Party of the Social Democracy, totally right wing, holds the government of some important states and a considerable share of congress/senate, etc. Important names include Governor Geraldo Alckimin of São Paulo, Senator Aecio Neves [who ran for president against Rousseff and lost last year]. Senator José Serra [who ran for president a bunch of times too and lost] and ex-president Fernando Henrique Cardoso [98-2002]) and PMDB (Stands for Brazilian party of the Democratic Movement, ironically enough, as you’ll find out through the text. Center party who will literally support anyone who’s good for them. Right now they control most of the ministries, the presidency of the Senate [Renan Calheiros] , the presidency of the chamber of deputies [Eduardo Cunha], and the vice-presidency [Michel Temer], which is to say, in case of Rousseff leaving the presidency, all possible immediate substitutes are from there. Some of them declare themselves as opposition, some declare support to the government, which makes it the most confusing and unpredictable party ever). Also, it is important to keep in mind that we had a couple of decades of real harsh dictatorship last century and that democracy as it is is a relatively new reality to the country (1985 on). 

 The political crisis, the economical crisis, and the corruption investigations

For a few years now, our economy has been going badly. But it got particularly worse after 2013′s elections (where Rousseff was re-elected with approximately 55 million votes against about 50 million votes to senator Aecio Neves from PSDB). The more the political crisis was installed, the worse the economy got. And where does the political crisis come from? Corruption scandals. Now, keep in mind that all through Brazilian history people have accused others of corruption to take government, but I’ll explain the accusations against everyone bellow because, differently from the past, this time several people were actually investigated and even arrested. And some…were not.

Accusations against Rousseff, PT, and the goverment in general

- A name you should know: Lava-Jato, literally means car wash, and it’s the name of the operation to investigate all this, by the Federal Police. PT-related politicians (and others, from many other smaller parties, and people from PMDB too) are accused of embezzlement from state companies, especially Petrobrás (brazilian petrol company), which made the company’s actions lose A LOT of value and money and the economy drop more. Also embezzlement related to the construction of hydroelectric/nuclear plants and other important constructions. Specifically, people accuse Rousseff of being negligent in the buying of an oil refinery when she was the Minister of Energy and Mines and of having purposefully belated payments to banks in order to make state’s finances look better, which are some of the arguments the opposition is using in their several fillings for Impeachment processes. More importantly for this weeks news are the accusations against ex-president Luis Inacio (Lula) da Silva: the fostering of construction companies in bids in exchange for personal favors or bribes (those being a 3-store apartment at São Paulos littoral and a country house, none of which are actually in his name, but we’ll get to that later).

Corruption in the opposition and PMDB

Although some people seem to think that PT is the root of all evil, there are, surprise surprise, A LOT of accusations against the opposition too. Here’s how most of the Lava-Jato investigation is going: people who got caught are spilling their guts in order to get reduced sentences, and lots and lots of politicians names are coming out. Remember Senator Aecio Neves, who lost the presidential race in 2013? Well, he’s been making some noise accusing the government and protesting for a better country…….He’s also been mentioned five different times just in Lava Jato. Other, previous, accusations against him include the building of a small airport in his uncle’s land for private use with public money, the embezzling of money from the state of Minas Gerais (of which he was a governor) department of health, relations to the contraband of a few thousand kilos of cocaine and others. Governor of São Paulo Geraldo Alckmin and Senator José Serra? Accused of a gigantic scheme of cartel-formation in São Paulos subways and possible embezzling out of the money destined to food in public schools (yeah, kinda stealing kids lunch money but big). And the most important to this week: Eduardo Cunha (PMDB, but proclaimed opposition, president of the chamber of deputies), accused of hiding money in Switzerland accounts (and therefore or illegal gain) is being processed to decide whether he can keep his position in government or should be impeached… But he can still work meanwhile, and he has a lot of control in congress. Most of the processes against the opposition have been (suspiciously enough) archived, and the investigations not entirely pursued, though.

What happened this week???

So, with all that in mind, we can start listing the latest political twists and turns.

- 04/03 is the day the mess started, when ex-president Lula was forced to depose for the Federal Police, conducted by police cars and everything, for the reasons mentioned above. Another important name now is of the Federal Judge Sérgio Moro, who conducts the investigations in Lava-Jato, and ordered this after the ex-president didn’t show up for deposition a few days previously. Some jurists judge that the forceful conduction wasn’t necessary and potentially illegal, but there isn’t a consensus. Judge Sergio Moro alleges that everything he did was to protect the ex-presidents image, but when you get a 24-hour news cover of a person with helicopters in their house and at the place of deposition and literally entire newspapers dedicated to cover a deposition one might point out otherwise. But what’s the real problem against the accusations against Lula? Well, as said before, none of the houses are in his name, but in friends or families names, so to convict him, one would have to prove the ownership first. 

- 13/03, Sunday, a protest is organized around the country, summoned first by PSDB “against corruption” (you can laugh, it IS funny to have them ask for a protest like that) and for the Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. As it is, it gets bigger and several other movements join in calling for people to participate dressing green-and-yellow on the streets, and the protest is huge. The organizers estimate 6,8 million people went to the streets around the country, the police estimated 3,6 million, but, anyhow, a lot of people. My personal problem with those protests is that there ARE people there who are in for military intervention or the election of people like Bolsonaro (…think trump, then take the money away, you’ll get the figure) and that most people don’t get how their support of some of these groups might as well be encouragement for a coup. Best part of it was that Aecio Neves (PSDB), one of the main speakers summoning people, got booed when he tried to visit the manifestations at Paulista Avenue together with Alckimin.

- 14/03, Monday, the complete deposition of Lula is published, people start commenting (and making memes), and a rumor that he might take office to get privileged forum starts to arise. 

- 15/03, Tuesday, the complete plea bargain of Senator Delcídio do Amaral, regarding the corruption scandals, comes to public. Looooots of names mentioned. Most important points now were the Ministry of Education (Aloísio Mercadente, PT)  having offered money in exchange for the omission of information in his deposition and the mention again of Senator Aecio Neves related to secret Liechtenstein bank accounts.

- 16/03, Wednesday afternoon, government announces ex-president Lula will be the new Chief of Staff in order to try to make the dialogue between parties better (he’s a respected politician and that really could work, to be fair, but it also does give him the privileges of having to interrupt the investigations and proceed to take them to Supreme Court, which could take years).

- 16/03, Wednesday night, Judge Sergio Moro makes public the recording of the tapping of “Lula’s” phone (an assessor, really, but he was the one who used it)… Particularly, of his conversations with President Dilma Rousseff. Here’s the problem: As soon as it was announced that Lula was to take office, Judge Sergio Moro, supposedly, ordered police to stop the recordings, cause then they would be illegal… But the recordings take a couple of hours more to actually stop because of “problems in communicating with the company who does it”, and the Judge, allegedly not realizing there were a couple of illegal hours recorded in the bunch, publishes the whole thing. Except that in those hours Lula and Dilma Rousseff had spoken, and, especially out of context, the talk was VERY compromising. And it spread like wildfire in the media for the next few hours, making people go to the streets to protest against Lula taking office. The recordings were of Roussef telling him she’s sending him his possession term for him to sign and use “in case of need” (interpreted as “in case police knocks on your door”). Although theoretically the recordings are illegal, once they’ve been published everywhere it’s pretty hard to escape it, and obviously lots of people start accusing Moro of being partial and possibly corrupt, again, while other people are just losing their minds on the Lula/Dilma thing.

- 17/03, Thursday morning, ex-president Lula takes office and in the ceremony president Dilma Rousseff alleges that what she meant in that conversation was that it was for him to use in case he “couldn’t make it to São Paulo, since his wife is sick”.

- 17/03, Thursday, about an hour or two later… A judge published an injunction (filled by people) that stops Lula from exercising office, based on the accusations of justice obstruction and so on. At night, the injunction would be put down, and another would would appear, from a different judge. The Chamber of Deputies starts to pick the 65 deputies who will judge the Impeachment of Rousseff process recently approved by Eduardo Cunha. All afternoon and night some people (but in smaller number than the previous days) would go to the streets.

- 18/03, afternoon, second injunction against Lula taking office is put down, no others have been approved yet. “Pro-government” (”against-a-coup”) protests happen in the country, with no official counts yet.

So far, this is it, this is the mess. People tore between a bad situation and the possibilities of worse situations and the tension of a country that at any time now might be turned upside down. And no, there is not really a “good side” to support here.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Brazilian politics: *does something important*

Brazilian politics: *does something important*
Brazilian people: ...
Brazilian people: it's meme time

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Brazilian Colloquialisms, Sayings, and Slang #102

Cara de um, focinho do outro - Face of one, muzzle of the other

A way of saying two people look just like one another, that they’re look-alikes, ringers.

pastworld: Milk chocolate cigarettes

Brazilian Colloquialisms, Sayings, and Slang #100



Fulano, Sicrano, & Beltrano

All three are name fillers for when you don’t know a person’s name (or when it doesn’t matter what they’re called).

Kind of like the equivalents of “So-and-So” and “What’s-His-Face” in English.

Usually if you’re only “naming” one person you use Fulano, if you need two you add Sicrano, and if you need three you add Beltrano.

Like in England when u say “tom, dick and harry”

Very close, but not quite, ‘cause no one would name their kid Fulano, Sicrano, or Beltrano. They’re not real names. :)

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Brazilian Pop Culture: Protesting #31


Mr. Governor

I dare you 

to sustain your family

on my salary!

*come watch my classes!*

“Sr.” (Sir/Mr.) is usually added before the title of someone who works in a high up position in the government, such as a governor. Basically like how the US president is called Mr. President when people talk to him, except anyone in a high position gets the honourific too.

Brazilian Portuguese Grammar: Homonyms #5

acento - accent

assento - seat

Thursday, 10 March 2016






This post is going to rushed but I’m still shaking and it’s hard to type but I NEED people to know this

My mom just took my dog to the vet
She(my dog) was(still is?) having a seizure

Last month we took my dog to the vet and they told us she had developed diabetes, they told us it was caused by the food she was eating, purina beneful.
They told us that there have been many many many reports of Beneful has been causing diabetes, seizures, and even death in dogs.

We had no idea

We immediately switched her food and put her on a special diet plan for her diabetes, unfortunately the effects were already permeate.

Today at 11:20 my mom woke me up crying, I helped her carry my dog to the car (while she was still having a seizure) and watched her drive away red faced and still crying.

Please please PLEASE if you are feeding your pets Purina beneful PLEASE switch their food ASAP
Beneful is poising dogs and I don’t want anyone else to experience what I just did
Also if you could please help me signal boost this so everyone can know

This would explain why my dog has seizures now…fucking hell

Reblog and save lives of dogs

It also causes mouth and throat cancer

Brazilian Portuguese vs European Portuguese #5

esparadrapo, bandeide (band-aid) vs penso, penso-rápido

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Brazilian Colloquialisms, Sayings, and Slang #101

Qué vai querendo (passa a mão no chão e sai correndo) - You want it, keep on wanting it (swipe your hand to the floor and run)

A commonly used phrase used by parents when their offspring are getting whiny/throwing tantrums over wanting something.

The second part (the one about swiping the floor) is just because it rhymes. Like rhyming slang except that it’s not slang… 

Literally, “You want it, go [on] wanting (pass/swipe your hand on the floor and exit/go running)

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

brazilianism: Super Interessante made an interesting article on...


Super Interessante made an interesting article on Asexuality, one of the very first times I see the topic talked about in Brazil! 

Thank you, Lê, for the Scans!

Game Changers: Brazilian Game Names #7


Both the name of the boardgame Clue/Cluedo and the name for the party game Murder Mystery.

Literally translates as “Detective”.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Brazilian Colloquialisms, Sayings, and Slang #100

Fulano, Sicrano, & Beltrano

All three are name fillers for when you don’t know a person’s name (or when it doesn’t matter what they’re called).

Kind of like the equivalents of “So-and-So” and “What’s-His-Face” in English.

Usually if you’re only “naming” one person you use Fulano, if you need two you add Sicrano, and if you need three you add Beltrano.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Brazilian Colloquialisms, Sayings, and Slang #99


The last round of drinks at the bar/restaurant/pub before you go home.

The word’s not really translatable in and of itself, but its root words are saída (exit) and sair (in this context, to exit/leave).

brazilwonders: Salvador - Bahia (by @germanmoldonado)


Salvador - Bahia (by @germanmoldonado)

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Brazilian Colloquialisms, Sayings, and Slang #98

Doença de primeiro mundo  - First World illness/disease


Literally, "Illness/disease of [the] First World"

"I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to..."

“I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death. They thought nobody can make a living from being a writer in Brazil. They were not wrong.”


Paulo Coelho

No, dear. You can’t live off of your writing in Brazil because everyone back home knows you’re a phony. There’s plenty of people able to make a living off of being writers in Brazil. In fact, according to my mom (who’s a writer/poet/lexicographer/editor/journalist who has won the highest national award for writing), it’s easier than in North America, because the competition isn’t as fierce.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Terms of Endearment #3

cutedeadgal: This whole “I’m hot and fuckable but you can’t have me” thing seems counterproductive....


This whole “I’m hot and fuckable but you can’t have me” thing seems counterproductive. I’m referring to things like the SlutWalk and feminists who argue with MRAs like, “So you secretly wish you could fuck me.” Instead of saying that women are objects that you can’t fuck, we should say that women aren’t objects in the first place. I understand that women are currently being viewed as objects, but I’ve seen things like, “Just because someone is making food doesn’t mean you could eat it, and so if a woman hot and sexy and desirable doesn’t mean she’s yours.” But women aren’t food; food is meant to be eaten. We shouldn’t speak out against rape culture with ”women are objects that you can’t have,” but rather, “women aren’t objects altogether.”

bird-on-a-leash: paperwhale: claydols: your bra strap is showing please hide it because it is...

Brazilian Memes

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Terms of Endearent #2



Querida/querido - Darling

Literally, “wanted one”.

Unless said in the diminutive or with a sassy voice. Then, actual brazilian “fight me”

^ What they said.

Terms of Endearent #2

Querida/querido - Darling

Literally, “wanted one”.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

catsbeaversandducks: A Magellanic penguin that migrates from...


A Magellanic penguin that migrates from Patagonia and a retired bricklayer in a Brazilian fishing village have struck up an unusual friendship.

João Pereira de Souza, a retired bricklayer, has shared his homestead and sardine supply for four years with the seabird. The penguin disappears into the sea for days—sometimes months—only to return to the spot where Mr. de Souza raises chickens by the beach in this remote fishing village of 1,300 residents on the island of Ilha Grande. During the bird’s visits, the two go for long walks on the beach, swim together in the surf and converse in pidgin penguinese.


ifuckingloveminerals: Rose Quartz Sapucaia Mine, Galileia,...


Rose Quartz

Sapucaia Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Of course it’s from Minas. If it’s a rock and from Brazil, it’s always from Minas. lol (There’s a reason the state’s name literally translates as “Lots of Mines”! ;D) 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

brazilwonders: Mercado Ver-o-Peso - Belém, Pará (by Max Levay)


Mercado Ver-o-Peso - Belém, Pará (by Max Levay)

brazilianism: brazilwonders: Chegada do material tóxico que...



Chegada do material tóxico que matou o Rio Doce ao Oceano Atlântico. Veja tudo sobre o que acontecerá

Toxic mud from the barriers that broke 500km inside the country is now reaching the ocean through the contaminated river