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Ó PÁTRIA MÃE

Os soldados das Tropas Pára-quedistas foram impedidos de entoar o cântico Ó Pátria Mãe no Dia do Exército. Ocorrido o protesto dos soldados dessa tropa especial durante as celebrações, o Presidente da República declarou não ter havido qualquer proibição. Terá sido uma recomendação por razões sanitárias. Advirto o leitor de que não tenho filiação partidária […]

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HUMOR, TRUTH AND SUCCESS

When truth scares audiences off, the best way to get them back is through laughter. One must avoid solemnity and presumption at all costs. Humor and laughter are not only part of life but a fundamental tool for survival. There are several types and tastes of humor, about such diverse topics as excrement and philosophy, […]

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ON THE ROLE OF FANTASY

When writing on the hazards of fantasy, I’m referring to the denial of reality and it’s highly harmful consequences, mental illness and genocides included. Religion, extremism, obscurantism and negativism are notorious examples. The good role of fantasy lies on creativity, imagination, the establishing of goals and the play with both laws of nature and society, […]

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NUCLEAR SUBS

The Berlin Wall has fallen in 1989, but the Cold War never ended and it’s here to last. This episode about submarines is both comical and tragic, for the same reason: the obsession with money and the irresponsible moronity of world leaders. As far as I can get it, Australians need subs, so they say. […]

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COUPLES AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WAR

Paradise and hell are in the same place. Quite frequently, paradise is an expectation and hell is the final result. The striking evidence of this is on the dynamics of couple relationships. Hell takes the form of psychological war. Couples inflict upon each other severe violence right from the start. The first aggression is the […]

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STATE OF ALERT

Generalized anxiety disorder is often described as being in a permanent state of alert. The heart rate rises, adrenaline is in full throttle, all cells ready to fight and escape for survival. In healthy individuals, this state is transitory and activated only in the face of danger. People with generalized anxiety disorder have this state […]

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NEGATIONISTS

There are people refusing vaccines, medicines, planet Earth as a sphere, the Sun in the center of the Solar System, Evolution, Relativity, coincidences, chance, in short, advances in science and knowledge which have been proved to be facts. They are called negationists because the term stupid is offensive. These people refuse documented history, like the […]

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IT’S ALL ABOUT BUSINESS

It took me decades to admit reality. Disgustful or not, business is constant in all human relations, not to say among all living beings. Everyone wants to survive and prosper, or to make sure their own kind will flourish. We make business in society, work, friendship, family, parenthood, brotherhood, intimacy and sex. We exchange money, […]

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A Dignity Money Check

There is money enough for this. It is possible to give a check to each citizen with the necessary amount to survive with dignity. The Gross Domestic Product of my country is 200 000 Million EUR per year. We are about 12 Million citizens, diaspora included. In my crazy math, there’s more than enough money […]

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Feeling American

The first time I felt to be an American was in September 11, 2001. Wednesday was the second. I am not one but in both days I was injured as (decent) Americans were. Extremism is also rising in my country and the events in the Capitol mirror what is latent in all Western world. We […]