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Videos to Watch This Week

Posted on 29.10.14

I omitted videos from my links post on Monday, because I just found so many great videos over the past few weeks on everything from entrepreneurship to cute kids!

Here are some videos I encourage you to watch this week (or you know, whenever).

Backhanded "Compliments" Celebrities Face.


Interview from Steven Johnson and Fred Wilson (from a blog I love, A VC), talking about innovation and the series and book, How We Got to Now. I really want to read the book after this!



Second graders eating a $250 meal! So funny (and kind of how I feel in some restaurants). This embed didn't work, so here's the link.

Talking While Female. I could totally relate to these - on the phone, I some times get asked how old I am, because of my child-sounding voice. In meetings, I've gotten complaints from coworkers that my voice is so annoying and disruptive because of its high pitch. I've learned to now give a f&*k, but know some women still suffer, so this is worth the watch!



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Brazilian Election Results - A Country Divided?

Posted on 28.10.14

Yesterday, Brazil awoke to a hangover state. For some, it was from celebrating Dilma's win on the streets and at home. For others, it was from lamenting Aécio Neves' loss and worry about what the future holds. For the rest of us, it was really just from the weekend. 

And so this state was taken from the physical and lone citizen to social media, and it was all downhill from there. 

PT supporters screaming (in caps) they'd claimed victory, their team had won the match, it was us against them and we won again (bitcheeessss). Crying out their outrage towards those who'd voted for Aécio Neves and criticizing them for being elitist pigs.

PSDB supporters asking for prayers, declarations on moving to Miami (triggered by a Brazilian celebrity), cries on being embarassed To be Brazilian, and worst of all, wanting to separate themselves from those who voted for Dilma, mocking the northeast, calling the residents of these states uninformed poor people who didn't know any better (mind you, I'm putting it lightly here).

I unfollowed a few people, like the rest of Brazil. I also stopped scrolling down as I felt my blood rising. 

And since I can't keep my mouth shut, before heading to teach a class, I wrote a quick post with some statistics I'd come across throughout the election process and yesterday, and gave my neutral stance on why they're all wrong. 

Just to summarize, I pointed out the northeast was not responsible for Dilma's win, in fact, despite percentages of populations, the southeast had more votes for her in real numbers. So this was unecessary xenofobia. I also mentioned that we'd be "lost" either way, and the only thing that'd make significant difference was the candidates's distinct monetary policy, which we've discussed here previously. In fact, Dilma's new financial ministry announcement today should change the game for the country positively, if she's smart about it. 

After submitting my post, I ran out to class, and since I hadn't eaten, stopped at a nearby lanchonete to pick up a snack for the ride over. 

There, a short man in a suit was having a beer, and discussing the elections with a waiter, another man in a ripped tshirt and dirty jeans, and the man working at the register. The man in the suit had clearly just went on a rant, and the guy at the register and the waiter weren't having it. 

After I ordered my esfiha (my nutritionist would have killed me), I listened in to their conversation. The man in the suit started saying he wasn't going to say anything else, and the two workers at the bar started saying how wrong it was that people were saying such bad things about those in the northeast. These men made it clear that's where they were born. The guy in the ripped shirt turned over and said "They can say what they want about me. I'm an honest worker, and don't owe them shit." The waiter proceeded to saying, "Yeah, but that's discrimination. These are the same people who need us! What'll they do if we leave? Who's willing to do our jobs? Who's going to serve their food?" 

The man in the suit silently sipped on his beer. 

In no moment were the actual election results discussed (at least not in my 3 minute stay there). I left quietly and thanked them all. 

The scene stuck with me. I don't really know what to think of it except a big generalization of what Sunday's elections say about Brazil. You have the politically concerned lower class, worried about social programs and keeping their jobs. The upper class trying to make an argument, but ocassionally offending someone. And the occasional person who keeps to him or herself, not minding much about what's going on. Except in real life, it's much less dramatic than in social media.

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O meu desabafo das eleições... em números.

Posted on 27.10.14

This post will be in Portuguese because it is more relevant that way. Tomorrow I will write more about Brazilian elections, in English. 

Eu não ia falar nada, mas como não consigo calar a boca quando comovida, quero brincar de falar dos resultados das eleições também. Eu justifiquei o meu voto, mas teria votado nulo porque não acho que os projetos de nenhum dos candidatos representam minhas visões para o futuro do Brasil, e não acredito em votar no "menos pior".

Não consegui ler as minhas timelines de redes sociais hoje, porque quanto  mais eu lia, mais revoltada eu ficava com o ódio, ignorância e comemorações estilo jogos de futebol, como se as eleições fossem um time contra o outro.

Vamos voltar a vida normal e a serem amigos, sem ofensas?



Uma coisa que eu não vi, foram justificativas por tantos comentários emocionantes. Então vamos ver alguns fatos e estatísticas para fazer da sua timeline um lugar mais racional?

- A Dilma + o Aécio, ambos, prometeram: abaixar inflação para 4,5%, melhorar o bolsa família, melhorar programas sociais e para o meio ambiente, e incentivar o aumento da economia.

A maior diferença foram nos projetos monetários, e não vi ninguém falando disso. 

- o Nordeste epresenta 26,8% do eleitorado.

Os 7 maiores colégios eleitorais são:
SP 22,4% - Aécio
MG 10,6% - Dilma
RJ 8,5% - Dilma
BA 7,1% - Dilma
RS 5,8% - Aécio

SP +RS = 28,2%
MG+RJ+BA = 26,2%

Ou seja, dois estados do Sudeste foram mais "responsáveis" pela reeleição da Dilma do que sete estados do nordeste (ah, e o Maranhão teve 27% de abstenções).

- 9,8% do PIB no nordeste é devido ao turismo (maior taxa do país) - Salvador e Recife são os principais destinos para turistas paulistas no Carnaval.

- Crescimento da economia brasileira em 2014: expectativa de 0,4%. Crescimento da economia nordestina 2010-2014: média de 4% - ou seja - quem não votaria na Dilma?

A xenofobia sem base tá demais. Vamos parar? 

- Mulheres brasileiras não estão procriando mais pra ganhar mais dinheiro do Bolsa Família. A mulher brasileira está tendo, em média, menos de 2 crianças, desde 2006.

Cansei de ver a galera falando que o povo vai continuar fazendo filhos por conta de Bolsa Família. Quando as pessoas vão parar pra ler sobre esse projeto, sério? 

- Depois das eleições, o real caiu, bovespa caiu. Isso vai forçar o governo a "agir"

Hoje o Guido Mantega fez coletiva falando da prioridade de abaixar a inflação. Ele tá com o c* na mão e provavelmente não voltará para a Fazenda em 2015. 

O Brasil precisa mudar, precisa sim. A eleição da Dilma foi a melhor coisa para o Brasil? Provavelmente não, mas o Aécio também não seria.

O que mais importa é que, enquanto você está aí lamentando ou comemorando as eleições, deputados e senadores estão aumentando os seus próprios salários - ambos os partidos estão a favor deste aumento.

Eles estão trabalhando juntos, apesar de partido, para melhorar suas condições. Porque não fazemos igual? Se têm toda essa energia pra xingar os colegas no facebook, tem energias para cobrar a Sra. Presidente + todos NOSSOS legisladores.

Dilma tem trabalho pra caralho pela frente, principalmente se quiser reconquistar os eleitores que não votaram nela. Mas se ficarem de mimimi's e chupa's, não chegaremos em lugar nenhum - aceitem que agora o Brasil precisa mudar com a Dilma e o PT. Como, eu não sei. Mas sei se você ficar se lamentando ou comemorando no Facebook, isso não vai fazer nada. Pense se você está fazendo sua parte como cidadão antes de ofender algum coleguinha.