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  Honesta Mente

Brazilian programmer, I live in Champaign, IL. I write what I feel like writing, whenever I have a need to write.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Global Warming


It shouldn't surprise us that Bush says that climate changes due to Global Warming do not exist.

The man does not read newspapers, believes the best way to stop a teenager from having a baby is telling a teenager to not have sex, thinks that two people that love each other cannot get married because they happen to be of the same sex, thinks he won the election in 2000, does not allow research on stem-cells, attacks Iraq in the suspicion of WMD and let North Korea sit on their nuclear weapons, thinks that cutting taxes is worth creating a 500 billion deficit from a 1 trillion surplus and giving free prescription drugs and private medical attention to the elderly is not worth 530 billion.

Oh, yeah, and he is short of saying that evolution is fake, but he does advocate creationism, you know, the religious belief that men was made by God, not through a process of evolution of the species.

So it should not surprise us that Bush doesn't believe in global warming. Even when the Pentagon tells him so. That's not some wacky, green, pot-induced report, mind you. It's the Pentagon, the most advanced defense center in the world. And they don't just think global warming exist, they are saying that it will cause mayhem as early as in 2020. That's only about fifteen years away, people.

Now, I'm not saying buy a boat or go live in the mountains, no way this is worth a repetition of Y2K craze. But it's worth at least a good look. These are the top defense scientists in the country and Bush has always made defense their priority, sort of. Most of all, the man who commissioned the report is such a guru in the Pentagon that other top officials call him Yoda, as in the little green master of the Force!

It shouldn't surprise us that Bush says that climate changes due to Global Warming do not exist.

Even still, It's surprising to me that the leader of the free world could not see scientific fact if it bit him in the left foot.

Doesn't take a degree for one to know that condoms stop teenage pregnancy or that climate has been haywire in the last ten or twenty years. Ask anybody above 40 if they wore sunscreen when they were kids. The average temperature everywhere on Earth has been growing steadily in the last 50 years.

With leaders like Bush, we will go the way of the dinosaur, really really quick.


by Mau on 2/25/2004 12:20:00 PM | #
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Sunday, February 22, 2004

One of those nights


Tonight is one of those nights.

One of those nights when I get this frustration coming through all my pores, making me feel uncomfortably sad. Tears roll down my face without a cry, without a catharsis. It's just a physical manifestation of the valley inside.

Tonight is one of those nights when I feel locked, arrested, jailed in my own life. As if I was not here in this country by choice, but on a self-exile. As if I had been forced to come by a whim and now I have to stay on a responsibility obsession.

I miss my family as a third arm. I miss my friends as a fourth. Loneliness is a bitch. It hits you when you least expect it, when everything seems fine and dandy. I mean, I was just watching TV, for crying out loud. Only this time when I watched, I was in my bed by myself, not with my family in the back room, my parents right over there, my brother hanging out, my sister in her room. I'll never have that again, that's for sure, also because my sister is married, has her happy life with her husband, great for her. My brother is starting his own life too, I'm so proud of him I think I'll explode. I'll explode from missing them too.

And then, like magic, my phone rings. It's my friend K, she just came back from Rio and wants to compare notes. A few minutes within the conversation I'm feeling much better. It dawns on me that I have friends here as well and an extended family that loves me just as much and also wants the best for me. It's different, but in a way it's still the same.

Life goes on. I go on with it.


by Mau on 2/22/2004 10:26:00 PM | #
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Criminals are stupid.


Yes, we all know that. Even still, sometimes, criminals are soooooo stupid they catch our attention.

This guy, for instance, could even be considered a regular guy trying to unwind at work, until you find out what the unwinding and his other offenses are...

They are stupid AND funny... ;-)


by Mau on 2/22/2004 10:17:00 AM | #
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You want to hear some really good music?


Check out Djavan.

He is one of the pillars of popular Brazilian music and in many people's opinion, the best poet of ballads. Ironies like "it's easier to learn japanese in braille than you deciding if you want or not". Ok, so that was a very loose translation. Anyway, the songs are way better than my translations.


by Mau on 2/22/2004 09:49:00 AM | #
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Friday, February 20, 2004

Penguin baseball!!!!


Ok, so I hate baseball. This still is a great time-waster!

Penguin Baseball


by Mau on 2/20/2004 02:24:00 PM | #
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Scientists say Bush is a liar


So, Wired magazine still has some relevant articles, every now and then.

Check this out: Scientists: Bush Distorts Science


by Mau on 2/20/2004 10:27:00 AM | #
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Monday, February 16, 2004

Plasma from a grape!!!!


How to make a glowing ball of plasma in your microwave with a grape:

http://c3po.barnesos.net/homepage/lpl/grapeplasma/


by Mau on 2/16/2004 06:06:00 PM | #
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The japanese, this extremely organized society.


My father used to call the Japanese "the New Germans", alluding to their obstinate spirit and the organized society based on obedience.

Well, you take a look at the line in front of the Apple Store in Ginza, when it first opened, and two things are clear:

1) Japanese people really like Macs.

2) What an organized people!

I cannot fathom a line that big anywhere else. Except, perhaps, in Germany.


by Mau on 2/16/2004 03:47:00 PM | #
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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Clean Money, Clean Elections


In politics, the candidate with more money wins.

That is an adage that tends to be true in televised democracies, but even more true when the populace has no connection with reality than what they see in the media, i.e., rural societies. The over-televised, research-driven democracy in the US has its own brand of lack of connectivity and that makes money a powerful ally for a politician.

How does a politician get money? He or she plays ball. They take money from special interests and when they are elected, do whatever the money supplier tells him or her to do. This is what we are used to, not what it's supposed to be.

I really like this new initiative, Clean Money, Clean Elections, that offers money for all politicians in a race, equally. It also matches contributions by organizations or large personal funds with federal money. It is the leveling field of elections. It is a great idea and it works. I wonder how long until it is implemented in the federal level.

Hopefully, not too long.

This would be a great example to be followed by less developed nations and would eventually stop a George Bush-clone from taking the power from the actual winner, like in the last elections, by introducing new faces and ideas to the race. It also engages people who would otherwise be disgusted by the whole process, like me. I would actually feel obligated to vote in a system like that. I would feel guilty not to.

This is already working in Arizona and Maine. I see as the biggest obstacle for this the same system they are trying to beat. The system must be implemented by politicians who are in power now, the ones who would not benefit from it because they are the ones getting the big money. I have no idea of how it was done in Arizona or Maine. Maybe they have serious people there. I'm sure the site above will tell you, though.

So then, with some luck, the politician with the best ideas, leadership skills, character and intentions will be the one winning elections in the future.


by Mau on 2/11/2004 06:01:00 PM | #
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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

in depth Studies of the Future!


Ok, so there's this project called GoogleTalk that is very cool. It is here:

http://douweosinga.com/projects/googletalk

I entered "HyperSol is a". Answer: HyperSol is a neat site with lots of in depth Studies of the Future.

Cooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.....


by Mau on 2/10/2004 02:50:00 PM | #
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Monday, February 09, 2004

My candidates are as bad as yours.


I never really got into the Dean bandwagon. The man never mentioned issues, he only said he's against the war and "everything else that Bush stands for". Ok, big deal, you told me what you're against. That still does not tell me what you want to do, Mr. Dean. And now, Dean people do this:

http://commons.deanforamerica.com/vote.php

Now, seriously, I know Internet kids are probably against the RIAA, which is fine. I know there's a lot of Internet kids in the Dean campaign and all. But that is a blatant copy of Apple's Switch ads, which probably means they want people to switch to dean. Fine and dandy, but as creative as a white ceiling. Plus, it probably infringes on more copyrights than anyone can count.

When I see the american candidates for presidency this year, and I'm including Kerry, Bush and Clark in this, I feel good that I am Brazilian and therefore don't vote here. But then I remember the Brazilian candidates for president, and the mess Lula is making after his election and I don't feel so good.


by Mau on 2/09/2004 01:39:00 PM | #
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Thursday, February 05, 2004

Mother's day gift (?)


So I was in a chat late last night and someone pointed me to this (it's in portuguese):

Homenagem do dia das mães.

The male DJs of Jovem Pan, a radio from São Paulo, called their mothers saying they were breaking up with their girlfriends, moving out, leaving work and school, all because they met this wonderful person: a man named Jorge. Their reaction is always very emotional, extremely strong. It's the closest thing to a coming out taping I have ever heard and let me tell you, it's funny, really funny.... if you understand portuguese (or even spanish), it's worth the time. In the very end, they tell their mothers it was just a joke, they wanted to show them they loved her by doing that on the air. Some people are just screwed up...

As a side note, these are people in São Paulo, the third biggest metropolis in the world. Still, the coming out of a son is seen as a failure by the parents, something to cry about, something to get angry about, some people think that they can discipline their children by spanking them, and these are not children, they are mostly in their 20s. I don't have children and I am not gay. However, I now understand a little better what it must be for someone that is gay to come out and I also see how hard it must be for a parent. Only one of the mothers said that she did not care if the son was gay or not, she was disappointed because he was leaving school because of a romantic adventure, which, I believe, is the best response and the one I think I would choose. I am also certain that my reaction, should something like this happen, is a mystery.


by Mau on 2/05/2004 03:38:00 PM | #
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Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Mr. Picasso-head


I never thought I could paint. Now, I'm sure I suck painting even when I have the right tool:

http://www.mrpicassohead.com/create.html


by Mau on 2/03/2004 07:54:00 PM | #
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Monday, February 02, 2004

Everybody's free (sung by Yoda!)


Everybody knows the Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen song. If not the song, the e-mail with the song that's been circulating for a while. Well, Weird Al made this parody, sung by Yoda. This, my friends, is a funny set of advices for living...


Sunscreen, good.
No sunscreen, bad.
Rest of advice based on years of Jedi teaching experience, yes.

This advice, I dispense now:
Enjoy the power and beauty of the Force
Understand the Force you will not
until you have used it.

Fabulous is how you look.
Fat as Jabba the Hutt, you are not.
Worry not about the Dark Side
Worrying is as effective as trying to stick C-3PO together with bubblegum.

Do one thing, everyday, that would scare even Darth Maul.
Hmmm, Yes...
Floss.

Waste time not at Mos Eisley,
in the end hung over you will be, yes.
Kind to your lightsaber be,
for when it's gone, miss it you will

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your own swamp on Dagobah
Beauty magazines read you not,
make you feel ugly and green they will, yes!
Just one minute you wait!
What is wrong with being ugly and green, I ask?

Get to know your father, you never know if Darth Vader he will be
Live on ice planet Hoth once
Leave, before hard it makes you
Live in Naboo once
But leave before soft it makes you

Travel at lightspeed
but make sure hyperdrive works.

Accept certain inalienable truths
Luke and Leia: related they are.
Wookies: shed all over the furniture they will.
And sound a lot like Grover on Sesame street, I do.

Respect Mace Windu.
Very good in Pulp Fiction he was, yes...

With your hair mess not
Or by the time you're 800
One thousand it will look!

Be careful of advice and... Boba Fett.

But trust you me on the sunscreen,
Yes!


by Mau on 2/02/2004 04:27:00 PM | #
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A Hazy Shade of Winter


Time, time, time, see what's become of me
While I looked around
For my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around, leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hear the salvation army band
Down by the riverside, it's bound to be a better ride
Than what you've got planned
Carry your cup in your hand
And look around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That's an easy thing to say, but if your hopes should pass away
Simply pretend
That you can build them again
Look around, the grass is high
The fields are ripe, it's the springtime of my life

Ahhh, seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won't you stop and remember me
At any convenient time
Funny how my memory slips while looking over manuscripts
Of unpublished rhyme
Drinking my vodka and lime

But look around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Look around, leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground...


by Mau on 2/02/2004 04:21:00 PM | #
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