What do Lindsay Lohan and Danny Glover Have in Common This Week?

Posted on 23.10.14


They've both publicly supported Brazilian candidates in our presidential elections. Lindsay Lohan tweeted this week she's supporting Aécio Neves. The tweet was an endorsement from Hollywood TV, and was deleted shortly afterwards, but some of my friends tweeted about this as well:

I must say this was my favorite of all the ones I've seen though:

Naomi Campbell was also involved in the same endorsement campaign as Lindsay Lohan, but we'll focus on Lindsay because she's easier to make fun of (and the fact both she and Aécio are cocaine users, just makes it more interesting overall).

As for Danny Glover, he's more of a Dilma fan:

Tom Morello, from Rage Against the Machine has also supported Dilma

With all of this, lists of other celebrities and who they're supporting, this time Brazilian, were published, and the big debate in all this is: Does it matter?

I think it does. And a lot. Aécio Neves' Facebook fan page is filled with celebrity endorsements in his posts - and for a reason! In the US the same thing happens where you'll see celebrities showing their support or even making donations to support certain candidates. In the UK, with the Scottish referendum, you had celebrities voicing their opinions as well!

What's interesting though with the foreign celebrities, is - these are people who have nothing to gain or lose with the Brazilian elections. The Brazilian artists publicizing their votes is one thing, and that'll certainly make a difference in the elections, considering some of these celebrities have a massive social media following, and a lot of young voters are certainly influenced by the media.

This means these elections are different than elections in the past - the rest of the world is worried about/concerned with/interested in Brazil like never before.

And with good reason. These elections have been much more exciting than the others I've experienced. Although my vote will still be a non-vote, it's been interesting to see my friends and family challenging each other to vote one way or the other, and watching or reading about the debates. Most people are still voting for whomever they're general social circle is voting for (which I would find to be the same in the US amongst those who I know vote there), but many others are consistent and correct in their rationale for their votes.

What's even better for me, I think, is seeing "normal people" supporting each candidate, and this having an influence.

Like these guys:

The results of the elections, #imho, won't really help or hinder Brazil significantly, but one thing's for certain, we're on the right path to gaining more information, and political education in this country. I hope this will only get better!

If you want to read more on Brazilian elections in a more thorough context, I suggest reading my friend Rachel's blog! Foreign Policy also has some good coverage if you're keen :-)


Running, Finally, Until I Get Run Over.

Posted on 22.10.14

I know, I've been slacking. So I'm going to write a series of shorter posts over the next few days. 

Today's is to vent about being a runner in the city. Since last week, I've quite literally been running from my house to G's, twice a week, which is a little over 10 km. He usually meets me a little under halfway and we run the rest together. I've walked some of the way, obviously, but it's been great to see how in just a few runs I've started running more than walking and am really excited to keep it up!

The only thing that frustrates me about these runs, and I know I won't get rid of this anytime soon, running on roads, is... F'ing CARS. 

It frustrates me so much that they can get away with running red lights and almost running me over because I clearly should have waited for them to pass by when the light's red and I'm on the cross walk, right? Hmm.

Or when I start to run across a cross walk and a motorcyle honks at the car "letting" us pass by, and so we need to stop so the honking will stop...

I know running on roads means having to deal with cars and stopping along the way. It just frustrates me so much that in a single run I have to deal with so many assholes trying to get home from work. Listen, I'm RUNNING to dinner, jerk! You can stop for 5 seconds. 

On that note, I've decided I'm going to start to carry a handfull of small rocks to throw at windshields of drivers who happen to get away with driving carelessly/almost run me over when I have the right of way. Fixing that window will certainly cost less than a life, and may make you think a little about the way you drive (and that there are spiteful runners on the road)

You have been warned. 


Loving Dogs, Planning Outings, Cute Kids Dancing + More Link Fun!

Posted on 17.10.14

How was your week?! Mine was busy busy as I was finishing up two SEO projects. But tonight we're celebrating my friend Ana's birthday going to watch our friends' band play, which should be fun!

Want to have a listen? They play wonderful Brazilian music, good little playlist for your reading right now:

- Fellow Tarantino Lovers, watch this. He explains everyyything!

- My friends call my mom "The Oracle," because she gives fantastic advice. I thought this column on asking mom for advice was cute, and might see if she'd be into doing something similar!

- The World's Biggest food market - is in France!

- Why the US should worry about the global education problem - #fact.

- #LOL - Why plans shouldn't be made via text message!

- This hotel needs a some digital marketing advice.

- <3 a="" href="http://www.manrepeller.com/minor_cogitations/mindy-project-fox" target="_blank">Mindy Project 

- A friend of mine and I always talk about our dogs as if they were our own kids and empathize when one's pup isn't doing too well  or did something different. We also tend to hold our tongues when comparing our dogs to our friends' kids, because they get super offended with this. Well, now science is proving our friends wrong and that we have reason to think so! And on that note, here's a picture of my baby :

You'll probably wonder why I'm not linking the Economist article that talks about Brazilian elections here today in my link list. It's because I think it's shit and there is a lot of misinformation in there. Ok, got that off my chest...