Earlier today, the IAAF announced that Russian track and field athletes would be banned from the Rio Oympics due to allegations of systematic doping. Rune Andersen, who heads the IAAF task force overseeing Russia’s attempts to reform, said that a “deep-seated culture of tolerance, or worse, appears not to be materially changed”. “No athlete will compete in Rio under a Russian flag,” he said.
Perhaps instead of fighting this decision, Putin’s response should be a simple “thanks” because just hours later, and just 49 days before the start of the Olympics, the Rio state government declared a state of “public calamity” (yes, that’s the technical term) warning of a risk of total collapse in public security, health, transport and virtually everything else, because as the local government explained, the financial crisis is preventing it from fulfilling its requirements for the Games. Continue reading »
It’s hard to tell from this article whether they’re talking about the long-term record, or just for this year.
Vitória, capital of Espírito Santo, beats cold record for 2016 for a second day and the third time this week. Continue reading »
Waterfalls frozen. “It’s very rare movement in water freezing in Brazil,” explained the agronomist of ClimaTerra Ronaldo Coutinho.
13 June 2016 – Florianópolis has the largest cold in June of the last 115 years.
Urupema recorded on the morning of Monday, the 13th, the lowest temperature of the year in the state. Continue reading »
13 June 2016 – Frost reaches São Paulo area, tropical Brazil.
Itapetininga records -3,3ºC and water freezes on tap.
Housewife Tatiane Aparecida Gomes, 21, was startled when she opened the tap to make coffee at 6 am on Monday, 13, in Itapetininga, São Paulo southwest. Water did not spurt because it was frozen. It was 3.31 degrees below zero in the city, according to the Integrated Centre for Agrometeorology Information (Ciiagro) of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Supply of São Paulo. It was the lowest temperature since the service began operating in the city in 2007. Continue reading »
12 June 2016 – Urupema, Sierra Santa Catarina is considered the coldest city in Brazil. At dawn on Friday, 1, thermometers marked -7.2 ° C, the lowest temperature of the year.
The mercury also fell below zero in 42 other cities. In Bom Jardim da Serra made -6.1 ° C and -5.2 ° C High Bridge. In other parts of the state the minimum did not exceed 7 ° C. Continue reading »
Snow is coming and lots of frost! The cold will increase.
8 June 2016 – Southern Brazil has seen record temperatures below zero since June 3. On Tuesday, the lowest in Brazil was 2.2 ° C below zero in Santa Catarina. The temperature also fell below zero in Bom Jardim da Serra, Rio Rufino and Urubici.
The National Institute of Meteorology also recorded a negative temperature in Cruz Alta of -0.9 ° C. General Carneiro, Paraná, recorded 0.9 ° C below zero.
Meanwhile, there is the possibility of snow in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina mountains, which did not receive snow in 2015.
Santa Catarina windchill of -18 ° C at dawn Continue reading »
Professor Julian Murton, a geologist at the University of Sussex, has just returned from a trip to the crater to study its cliffs, which provide a new source of geological information that potentially dates back some 200,000 years.
This includes the last time that the Earth was warmer than it is now, when hippopotamuses and elephants wandered around the future Trafalgar Square.
Caused by “Anthropogenic Global Warming”, right???
However, it will be sometime before Siberia begins to melt dramatically. It can still experience temperatures as low as minus -68C.
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Think the Zika virus is responsible for all the cases of microcephaly in South America? Think again: There is no reliable scientific evidence linking the two. The developmental deformities are actually caused by exposure to toxic insecticide and larvicide chemicals, not Zika virus.
But because Zika virus fear fits a convenient funding narrative for chemical giants and vaccine manufacturers, it is being played up by the corrupt, criminally-run CDC and the Obama administration to funnel billions of dollars into the hands of vaccine corporations while ignoring the real causes of microcephaly.
Here are the top 10 reasons why the Zika virus fear mongering is a total scam: Continue reading »
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
In Brazil the country’s largest newspaper has published a transcript of a secret recording leaked to the newspaper. The words recorded are the plot by the rich Brazilian elite, involving both the US-corrupted Brazilian military and Supreme Court, to remove the democratically elected president of Brazil under false charges in order to stop the investigations of the corrupt elites who inhabit Brazil’s senate and bring to an end Brazil’s membership in BRICS. The Russian-Chinese attempt to organize an economic bloc independent of Washington has now lost 20% of its membership.
Democracy has been overthrown in Brazil as in Ukraine, Honduras—indeed, everywhere the dirty evil hand of Washington falls, including the US itself. Continue reading »
The prominent U.S. linguist, political analyst and writer slammed the elite in Brazil, saying they carried out a soft coup against the democratically elected president.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is the only leading politician in the country that has not engaged in theft to enrich herself but has been “impeached by a gang of thieves” through a “soft coup” led by the opposition parties in the country, renowned linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky said in an interview with Democracy Now! on Tuesday. Continue reading »
The transparency organization WikiLeaks has exposed acting President Michel Temer, who ascended to the Brazilian presidency after a soft coup deposed President Rousseff, as having been an intelligence informant for the United States.
Temer, who has served as Brazil’s vice president since 2011, took power Thursday after Brazil’s parliament suspended Rousseff pending the results of impeachment proceedings.
The cables — marked “sensitive but unclassified” — contained summaries of conversations Temer, a Brazilian federal lawmaker at the time, had with the U.S. intelligence officials. Continue reading »
When we explained yesterday the next steps in the Dilma Rousseff impeachment process, we predicted that “Brazil’s problems are only just starting” for several reasons, chief among them being that the man who is now Brazil’s next active president, Michel Temer, is almost as unpopular as the president he is replacing, and is stained by scandals of his own.
As AP noted, “Michel Temer, who hasn’t won an election on his own in a decade, is famed as a backstage wheeler-dealer, and his critics say he’s leading the plot to replace his boss, embattled President Dilma Rousseff.” And with Temer now the acting president, the AP frames the big question as follows: can he avoid ouster himself. Continue reading »
In a vote whose outcome was largely expected, moments ago the Brazilian Senate concluded a marathon 21 hour session with a 55 to 22 vote to suspend President Dilma Rousseff from office to face an impeachment trial, ushering in a new government to take command of Latin America’s largest economy. Rousseff will be tried on allegations she illegally doctored fiscal accounts to mask the size of the budget deficit.
When officially notified later on Thursday morning, Brazil’s first woman president will be suspended, ending 13 years of rule by the leftist Workers Party, and the “market friendly” Vice President Michel Temer will become acting president during her trial. Continue reading »
With The Olympics set to open in less than 3 months, Brazilian soccer great Rivaldo is telling tourists to stay away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of the danger of endemic violence. As AP reports, Rivaldo posted the warning on his Instagram account and alluded to the case of a 17-year-old woman killed on Saturday in a shootout.
“Things are getting uglier here every day,” Rivaldo wrote. “I advise everyone with plans to visit Brazil for the Olympics in Rio — to stay home. You’ll be putting your life at risk here. This is without even speaking about the state of public hospitals and all the Brazilian political mess. Only God can change the situation in our Brazil.“
In several cities
29 Apr 2016 – The city of Urupema in Santa Catarina, was the coldest point, recording -4 ° C in the early hours of Friday (29), according to Climatempo.
Snow in the city of Serra Catarinense covered roofs, cars, vegetation and open fields over the past three nights. The last time the city recorded so cold was in September 2015, with -5.4 ° C on the 13th.
Still in Serra, frosts also hit the city of São Joaquim. At 08 hours, the National Institute of Meteorology also recorded -1.8 ° C in Bom Jardim da Serra, -0.5 ° C and -0.3 ° C in Caçador in Lages Continue reading »
With feces-infested waterways, Zika-carrying mosquitoes, a collapsing economy, and political corruption that runs from top to bottom, Brazil is in trouble. All that excludes now impeached president Dilma Rousseff who refuses to step down, which has cast the country in political limbo.
But just a few short weeks ahead of The Olympics, the people are revolting as Sao Paulo state governor Geraldo Alckmin warns “Rio de Janeiro is close to social collapse” after state payments to retirees have not been made. Of course, none of this matters as long as Ibovespa is soaring and Real is strengthening: Continue reading »
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Mainstream news outlets are already starting to use the phrase “economic collapse” to describe what is going on in some areas of our world right now. For many Americans this may seem a bit strange, but the truth is that the worldwide economic slowdown that began during the second half of last year is starting to get a lot worse. In this article, we are going to examine evidence of this from South America, Europe, Asia and North America. Once we are done, it should be obvious that there is absolutely no reason to be optimistic about the direction of the global economy right now. The warnings of so many prominent experts are now becoming a reality, and what we have witnessed so far are just the early chapters of a crushing economic crisis that will affect every man, woman and child in the entire world. Continue reading »
With only four month to go until the Brazil summer olympics, only half of the tickets have been sold. Brazil’s new minister of sports Ricardo Leyser suggested that the Brazilian government may purchase tickets that will be distributed to public schools. He said public officials must also work to boost worldwide confidence in Rio’s ability to host the games and ensure travelers’ safety.
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The latest numbers coming out of Brazil confirm what Goldman Sachs said last December: “What started as a recession … is now mutating into an outright economic depression, given the deep contraction of domestic demand.”
Translation: President Dilma Rousseff’s attempt to stimulate the slowing economy via massive insertions of new debt has in fact had the opposite result.
Consumers have cut back by more than eight percent across the board, while investment spending has declined more than 10 percent last year, with cumulative capital spending down by 21 percent in the last two-and-a-half years. And there appears to be no end in sight. In Rio de Janeiro alone, 1,200 small businesses have already closed thanks to rising costs and slowing sales. Unemployment is now at 16.5 percent and the real, Brazil’s currency, has lost a quarter of its value against the dollar just in the last 12 months. Continue reading »
Update: Confusion abounds as the government is now said to delay Lula’s appointment after Senator Delcidio Amaral’s plea bargain. According to Veja, Rousseff’s former chief of staff Aloizio Mercadante allegedly offered financial, political and legal aid in exchange for Amaral’s silence.
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Just last week, the BRL was riding high on news that former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was detained in connection with money laundering. He was then charged with corruption by state prosecutors. The market hoped his arrest and possible prosecution would give momentum to the effort to impeach Rousseff. Then, in a dramatic turn of events, Rousseff invited Lula to accept a ministry post yesterday. Initially, reports indicated he would resist the idea of accepting, but that soon changed.
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