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A few years ago Brazil had a president, round 2013. She was running for a second term in 2014.
As an observer observing Brazilian politics from the lofty view point of a glass of beer, I thought to myself… “The Brazilian people can’t be that stupid…” 2014 came around and proved that they were… that stupid; the idiots re-elected her. She didn’t see the end of her term, the Brazilians realised their folly and impeached her. That left Brazil with the vice-p an idiot who couldn’t vocalise his rhetoric and ran around flapping his arms in all directions.
Then along came 2017 and the run up to another election and there wasn’t really a candidate to choose from. Until some-one tried to stab a fellow, relatively unknown duing one of his moments of verbal diarrhea, and got him right in the guts.
Sympathy got this guy the vote. Brazil had an evangelical idiot as president. This guy was an idiot of some monumental proportions. Without any hesitation he began to screw up the country, then…
Covid appeared. The president’s view “gripezinho” (a little flu) and that was how he managed the looming crisis.
500,000 dead later…
He’s up for re-election next year, and it leaves me wondering again… Are they that stupid?
Foreign Office hoarding 1m historic files in secret archive
Justice secretary signed authorisation to place retention of files – some created in 19th century – on legal footing for 12 months
The Foreign Office has unlawfully hoarded more than a million files of historic documents that should have been declassified and handed over to the National Archive, the Guardian has discovered.
The files are being kept at a secret archive at a high-security government communications centre in Buckinghamshire, north of London, where they occupy mile after mile of shelving.
Most of the papers are many decades old – some were created in the 19th century – and document in fine detail British foreign relations throughout two world wars, the cold war, withdrawal from empire and entry into the common market.
They have been kept away from public view in breach of the Public Records Acts, which requires that all government documents become public once they are 30 years old – a term about to be reduced to 20 years – unless the department has received permission from the lord chancellor to hold them longer. The secret archive is also beyond the reach of the Freedom of Information Act.
The Foreign Office is not the only government department that has been unlawfully hoarding files. This month the Guardian disclosed that the Ministry of Defence was unlawfully holding more than 66,000 historic files at a warehouse in Derbyshire, including thousands of files from the army’s Northern Ireland headquarters.
However, the Foreign Office’s secret archive, which is estimated to hold around 1.2m files and occupies around 15 miles of floor-to-ceiling shelving, is believed to be far larger than the combined undisclosed archives of every other government department. One of Britain’s leading historians describes its size as “staggering”
A long-running feud has pitted protesters from a small town of 2,000 people in the shadows of Australia’s temperate rainforest against one of the world’s most recognisable brands.
Tranquil Tecoma, 35km (20 miles) east of central Melbourne, has become a battleground between McDonald’s and “community” protesters over the construction of a 24-hour drive-through restaurant.
Opponents say the restaurant would be too close to a nursery and primary school, would damage other businesses and disrupt the fabric of a leafy community known for its artists and wildlife.
The plan was initially rejected by the local council, but the fast-food giant won an appeal at a state planning tribunal, and work on the site is under way.
It’s been a two-and-a-half-year fight spanning two continents.
Last month, campaigners delivered a petition containing 97,000 signatures to the company’s global headquarters in Chicago.
Looking for a ‘tree change’
“We knocked on the door of every house in Tecoma and we discovered that nine out of 10 people didn’t want this,” says Garry Muratore, a spokesman for No McDonald’s in the Dandenong Ranges, who denies the group is on an anti-corporate crusade.
“They have the legal right, but they don’t have the moral right.
An Alaskan airport has closed an aircraft access route because of a flaw with Apple’s Maps app.
Fairbanks International Airport told a local newspaper that in the past three weeks two motorists had driven along the taxiway and across one of its runways.
Apple’s app directs users along the taxiway but does not specifically tell them to drive on to the runway.