Under the Berkeley Skies-Day 39: Brazil you suck!

Hello lovelies,

I know, I know I skipped a day. I have a very good reason: my iphone died! No, I don’t post via my phone (hmm, I should try though), I was just pissed off. I’m the type of person that gets extremely frustrated when things don’t do what they are suppose to. I’m sure we all do, but I take it to the next level: I stop what I’m doing, research what the problem or error online, try it out, “still doesn’t work!”, get pissed, look at device, yell extremely colorful words at it, share my frustration on Facebook, look at it again, try to figure it out again, “still nothing? I’m done!”, toss it to the other side of the room. Wallow in my anger and frustration, until I angrily fall asleep. At this point I’m of no use to anyone, I’m the bitchiest person in the planet. I know I have some anger issues, I have to work on that. Another entry for my to do list.

Luckily for me and the rest of the world, we are back on track. My phone is working and everything is A-okay! However, now let me tell you what happened to me at the Apple store…maybe not. I was going to quickly tell you how the A-hole guy that was helping me totally left me waiting for him for 30 minutes and then walked out of the store. I know, Apple will be receiving a very angry letter from me, this is bullshit.

snapMy bad. I guess I did go there. Shit, since, I’m here let me tell you this: it was the 4th Street Apple Store in Berkeley. Boom. What?

Moving along to better things, what I really wanted to share with you was the following story:  I was sitting at the Apple store (the one in 4th Street, just in case you forgot which one), waiting for the A-hole “guy” to come back and check on my phone as he said he was going to. In the same little table as me a ‘genius’ was working with an older gentleman. I was already starting to get annoyed because I couldn’t find my “guy” anywhere on the floor. All of a sudden I realize the gentleman is speaking to me, I look his way and this happened:

Mr.: Excuse me can I ask you a personal question?
Me: Oh, sure (I brace myself)
Mr.: How does it feel to be so beautiful? 
Me: (I’m blushing and smiling) Oh, thank you. 
Mr.: No really, you are just gorgeous. 
Me: Thank you, thank you very much! loved it
Ego is beaming at this point, I must say I walked out of there with some extra sassiness. 

I’m not really sure how to make this transition, but here we go, off to Brazil.

brazil-14Why Brazil?

Easy, have you not seen all the crap that is going on down there? It’s just awful and extremely heartbreaking. With less than 6 days away things are extremely chaotic in that country. I’ve been seeing posts on my social media with pictures of kids and women crying, police beating up protestors, police dragging protestors leaving a blood trail behind. Videos have also hit the internet that depict the sounds and the heinous acts that the government is committing against its poor.

Let’s not kid ourselves, this is definitely against the poor. The government is forcing people off their lands to build f’n parking lots! Parking lots!? It’s just unbelievable, the government is insane thinking that investors are going to see this and think “Brazil? Oh yea they have their shit together let’s invest there!” In case you didn’t know this is why they are hosting the World Cup. The economy in the past 3-4 years has been affected drastically, their stock market is tanking, inflation has caused prices to soar. As if this was not enough, in 2013; which was when the protest actually started, the government decided to increase public transportation cost in Sāo Paulo. I should mention, that this came after a high tax increase.

The numbers speak for themselves:
Brazil has invested $11.3 billion in Cup-related infrastructure improvements, a third of which went into building or overhauling stadiums in a dozen host cities. It has been estimated that Brazil will spend $18 billion to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. 

As per Anthony Boadle’s article “World Cup leaves Brazil costly stadiums, poor public transport”:

Four arenas were built in cities that have only third-tier football teams and small chance of recovering the investment: Manaus, Natal, Cuiaba and the capital Brasilia, where the magnificent National Stadium cost 1.6 billion reais, more than double the original price tag. City auditors say Brazil’s most costly stadium still needs 300 million reais to finish the exteriors after the World Cup.

Insane right? If you’re disgusted by this can you imagine how the people of Brazil feel? These ridiculous costs are what ignited more than a million citizens across Brazil to take the streets. Brazilians protested political corruption, economic injustice, poor health care, meager schools, crappy mass transit, and a decaying infrastructure, and with every right, the insane costs to host the Wold Cup.

I mean seriously these billions could be spend on the citizens, on their REAL needs. It just does not make sense, it’s Beijing all over again.

People are getting killed, beaten, families are forced off their lands, and as per one recent article I came across orphaned street children are “disappearing” to make the streets look more aesthetically appealing to the tourists. Are you f’n kidding me?

You know what really gets my panties in a bunch; don’t get me wrong this just all pisses me off, but wait until I tell you this: The President, Dilma Vana Rousseff, was a socialist and was a member of a Marxist urban group that fought against the military dictatorship in the 1970’s. She was captured, jailed, and tortured in 1970-1972. I’ll give you a moment to pick your mouth up from the floor.

This same woman, who helped fund the Democratic Labour Party (PDT) in Rio Grande do Sul, is the very same one who is okay with all of this chaos. She’s okay with the violence and the cruelty that her voters (I’m assuming most of the considered middle to lower class voted her into office), are receiving at the hands of her government.

12 monkeys
This is my: “what type of democracy are you talking about lady?” look

She continues to defend this decision, in her eyes this stuff happens all the time “it’s part of democracy” what the hell? What type of Democracy is she serving?

Hmm, are you starting to get scared? Not sure if you should travel to Brazil, don’t be sweatheart, she’s got your back: “We fully guarantee people’s security,” she said. It’s apparent that it is her people’s security and livelihood that she does not care a flying ‘puck’ about.

WebWhat am I doing? I’m officially boycotting the World Cup! I look forward to the World Cup every four years, it is really the only soccer I ever watch. But with all of this tomfoolery you really think that my conscious will allow me to watch this? What type of humanitarian would I be? What type of human being would I be? Which is why it is so hard for me to understand that people are still traveling to Brazil, worst yet that the players are still going. In all honesty, they should boycott the cup. I mean, seriously people what about this are you confused about? This government is violating every single human right you can think of and it’s all for SOCCER! Give me an F’n break!

Thus, I say this from the bottom of my heart:

Brazil you suck, because of your insane need to hide the reality of your country to tourist and possible investors I will not be enjoying the World Cup this time around.

All I can say is that I hope that the 2018 cup doesn’t come with so much unrest because then I’ll just have to start watching Cricket matches. Update: Just realized these will be held in Russia! Cricket it is! 

See these sponsors, I will be boycotting them too.
See these sponsors? I will be boycotting them too.

Again, Brazil you really suck. I mean you suck big time!  I was looking forward to some soccer but now I look forward to hearing about the populace stampeding your streets demanding respect, healthcare, education, and a livelihood.

With this being said, I feel the need to explain something, I do support protest. As long as they are peaceful, I do not support violent protest, this means: I do not support the harming of any persons or property. I believe these acts take away from the message you are truly trying to get across. As the great Pele said in an interview in Mexico City:

Some of this money could have been invested in schools, in hospitals,” he said. “Brazil needs it. That’s clear. On that point, I agree (with the protests). But I lament what protesters are doing, which is breaking and burning everything. It’s money that we will have to spend again.

Want to  know something that’s extremely interesting? Mexico withdrew its bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups due to financial reasons. Couldn’t Brazil have done the same? The government should have had a ‘coming to Jesus talk’ and faced the facts: they don’t have what it takes to do something of this caliber. Apparently, that’s too much to ask for-obviously!

In short, today we learned that the Brazilian government and that ‘guy’ from the Apple Store suck-big time!

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