Little political mumble jumble, don't mind me.
It's interesting that United States Republicans are always so eager to talk about deporting immigrants, when, in recent years, the time that immigrants were deported the most was during Obama's administration. Also, not to mention Biden's administration with all his new policies put in place to actually deport many Mexicans and Venezuelans who get caught in the border.
I think Trump was particularly good at making these populist "promises". His government promised a lot when it comes to deportation; however, it didn't really deport many people. Why, you might ask? Because from a capitalist, communist or any other ideological point of view, it's incredibly retarded to do so. In fact, it's counterproductive, period. The only people who would possibly consider doing that are the ones who want to see the economic downfall of a country and it's people or, as I mentioned earlier, are retarded. Most Estadounidenses (aka Americans) wouldn't take on simple repair jobs themselves.
Money isn't the problem in the United States, because they essentially create wealth; the problem is that the country sabotages itself constantly (while also fucking the entire world as well), you see that everything is dictated by corporations, which is pretty ironical when you stop to think about it, especially because nowadays, companies took notice to how profitable adhering to caviar "leftist" capitalistic policies is, the wealth "leftists" get amused and they don't need to do anything in regard to the poor. (You can see that with the horrible opioid crisis, which has arisen solely because of America's big pharma lobbying to prohibit cheap medicine that doesn't have patents, like dipyrone.) which is starting to be pushed around here too together with ""highly educated"" people losing their jobs "uh oh!" and housing getting EXTREMELY expensive.
I don't doubt that in some years, you will see democrats and republicans openly pushing for deportation and closed borders when corporations find a way for robots to do the job humans do (they will say it's humane) but in fact, the average person will just get incredible poorer and die while the rich get extremely richer and thrive.
Not to say that Trump was a good politician; he was an US politician. He ordered the death of Qasem Soleimani. I put him on the same level as the drone freak and serial killer we all know as Obama. to hell with both. to hell with all them actually.
Which, in my view, is the truth. US politics are horrible (Satanic even), and western politics, in general, are no better. I'm absolutely tired of all of this. Brazil became a joke of a country when it tried to emulate the United States with the proclamation of the republic which rendered the country useless. (That by the way, was a coup that was made because the rich were pissed with the monarchy for the abolition of slavery), It recently took the same divisive route as liberals and conservatives, left and right mindsets that have engulfed the United States, along with all the identity politics (Not referring to ethnicity identity, which is actually good and real).
I giggle a bit when I see people complaining about Immigration in Europe, Mostly France and the UK, These powers displaced so many people, they invaded other sovereign countries, removed all their wealth/resources and waged fake wars, so what did you expected? The wheels of God's justice grind slowly; but they grind to powder. not to mention that now these immigrants are just that, French and English. when you see violence in England or France is not because they are immigrants, it's because they became them, they got assimilated. superficial, Godless, consumerist, raised to be poor and dogs of corporatism, just like everyone else who are forced into poverty in those countries. there's not ethnicity, nothing, it's bland. the things that are still there are just superficiality that resembles something they are conditioned to believe they still are part of, you know why? because the rich think its cute, tokenism.
Going back to Brazilian politics, Particularly with Bolsonaro, who, is in every possible way a dumb useless fuck, and paved the way for Lula (another dumb useless fuck, yet dangerous) to be freed from prison, absolved, and reelected with all the maneuvers he used to protect his corrupt family from investigations.
Now We are forced to live under this unbearable government led by Lula and the Workers' Party (which has nothing to do with Workers, fake billionaires posing as communists to retain wealth), which hurts the poor in every imaginable way, raising taxes and living expenses while favoring the rich and looking good for the North American and European "progressive" world. I despise this. The West doesn't make any sense; it's, in every possible way, a sadistic walking contradiction.
I think I mentioned this before, but I am (or better, soon to be WAS) a member of an ultra-leftist party (which the state judge us to be). the party consider themselves Trotskyist, which is ironic considering their stances don't align with the identitarian-centric policies he had (which is really good, like I always say and I can't stress this enough, Identity politics is a cancer made by the powerful). We need to focus on the majority of us, the working class, the poor. Anyway, the party is probably disbanding soon because we were being persecuted by the judicial system censorship(aligned with the ""Workers'"" Party). So, yeah, hopefully, I can sell all my things and move to the Middle East to start a little farm. No need to die for a Godless cause. just have a family, live, actually collect from the land and have peace of mind and soul, It's sad to think that my ancestors got tricked into coming here for a better life just to find themselves working as slaves in coffee plants and for the entire lineage to lose any type of ethinical culture and just become assimilated modern slaves as well.
Hello! Another Saturday Sonar has arrived. As you may have noticed, this doesn't happen every Saturday, mostly because I'm quite lazy. However, when I post these, I can guarantee bangers.
Anyway, let's get started:
First things first, let's talk about the latest single from $uicideBoy$ called "I No Longer Fear the Razor Guarding My Heel (V)."
The three tracks on this have easily become my favorites from them. The video that goes along with the first song really hits differently. If you go back to their earlier albums, you'll notice they were all about satanism, drugs, and just heavy stuff.
No doubt, those themes had a kind of allure, which made their songs super popular. But let's not forget that these deep lyrics come from a real place. $crim, in particular, was dealing with some serious drug problems and depression, and that's where these lyrics come from.
Luckily, in 2019 $crim decided to get some help and went to rehab. It's a real blessing. Like I mentioned earlier, you can really feel the difference in their lyrics from back then to now.
In the recent music video for "Not Even Ghosts Are This Empty," you'll see Ruby and $crim going into a church and standing in front of a cross. It's a pretty clear symbol of how $crim found strength in his new found faith to overcome his addictions and fight his depression.
Second, We have Carpenters by Carpenters. This album is something else, every single song just makes you feel that dreamy vibe straight out of the 70s. Most of the tracks are sung by Karen, and her voice is just hypnotic, stunning even.
Karen's presence was truly magical. It's hard to express how her passing was more than just tragic, it's beyond that honestly. Some people leave a permanent mark even in their short time on this planet. She's a prime example of that.
Listening to this album takes me back to a time that I never even lived, and that's what good music does.
In third, we have "The Bitter End" by Placebo. I don't know exactly how to categorize Placebo as a band because their sound is quite androgynous (pun intended). It's punk that is also soothing, and I find that quite amusing. This has to be my favorite album of theirs when it comes to tone.
Instead of the glam tuning, you have this gloomy feel that, paired with the weird guitar lines and Molko's nasal voice, works in a pretty good way. Honestly, I haven't listened to their discography past 2006 with "Meds," even though they're one of my most played bands. However, I'll probably give them a listen soon.
For the final piece, here comes "Around the Fur" by Deftones. Without a doubt, it's one of my favorite albums ever, and obviously, one of the most played (I love the cover art on this one). It's pure nu metal; this album has calm tracks, aggressive tracks, and blends of the two. The vocals are on point, as is the instrumental. Not to mention, it becomes incredibly loud when it needs to. All the 10 tracks within it are a must-listen, especially "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" and "My Own Summer (Shove It)."
As for a random recommendation, I rarely smoke, but try lighting up a Cuban cigar while listening to this album on a rainy day – for some reason, it just works.
Well, é isto meus amigos, tenham uma boa semana!
Sup, beautiful bastards! I am excited to announce the launch of CollaboraCanvas, the interactive chalkboard tool showcased here on my website. It has now transformed into a full-fledged service.
The basic version is already available for purchase. You can experience a live test on the CollaboraCanvas website or find it on the left side of this page. The concept is elegantly simple: it's a virtual bulletin board that enables your users to interact, leaving messages and images for the world to see. This tool provides an excellent platform for engaging with your followers.
The basic subscription is priced at $9.99 USD per month, but you have the option to save with an annual subscription at $100 USD, offering a 15% discount. Upon purchasing, you will receive an email containing an iframe code for integration into your website, along with a master password for moderating content on your platform.
The plan is to release the Standard & Pro plans in the coming months. Upgrading will be available, and if you choose to upgrade, we can offer a discount based on the price you paid for the basic version. The basic version will still receive new features; however, funding is needed to implement them, especially AI moderation. The standard version will allow users to post custom divs instead of just text and images, adding an element of fun and perhaps some chaos as well.
Well that's it, thank you for reading!
Welcome to another Saturday! After losing another Saturday because I was too busy listening to music and working, and not actually writing about it, here we are. Hopefully, the new 3D visuals make for a more immersive experience. Hopefully, you guys can run this. I mean, my dying $20 2GB 960 that I bought from a Chinese mining farm on AliExpress can run it, so can you!
Anyway, let's get started:
FIRST: In first (NUMERO UM) place, we have Mindless Self Indulgence's PEARL of an album with the best motherfucker album cover art that could ever be – Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy (2000). Just the fact that the album cover was drawn by Jamie Hewlett already makes it a good album. I love his art. I carry it on my skin.
Anyway, this is a great album, completely chaotic, all over the place, with a beautiful feeling of the late '90s and early 2000s. Gotta love piss (Jimmy Urine), yeah, that's his name. My recommendations for this one are FAGGOT, the F word, Not FAGGOT, I'm talking about the F song. Believe it or not, there are two F words in this album: Cocaine and Toupees, Bitches and Masturbates.
SECOND: 宇宙ネコ子 - 君のように生きれたら (Kimi no Youni Ikiretara by Uchuu Nekoko) is a chill shoegaze album by the Japanese duo Uchuu Nekoko. Lyrics about love and chilling, whispering voice tones, and incredible melodies. Interesting song name choices too, like Virgin Suicide. The first time I saw this album, I thought it would be some kind of Shock rock, but that's not the case. Anyway, listen to it in its entirety and give the other albums a try too – it's completely worth it.
THIRD: Taylor Swift - Red (Taylor's Version), as always, Taylor is back for another recommendation. This is a re-recording of the Red album from 2013. Different from the last one I reviewed, this is possibly peak Taylor. Probably my second favorite album of hers. I miss her country-pop days so much, you have no idea. And of course, "22" is on this, so it's a perfect night to dress as hipsters and have breakfast at midnight while listening to it.
FOURTH: Min - 50/50. You know, forget that South Korean shit; we're into V-POP, Vietnam, We fuck with Ho Chi Minh up in this bitch. Solid album. I love how the Vietnamese language sounds, and Min has a really beautiful voice. "Cà phê" is probably my favorite track on this one.
FIFTH: Chelmico - gokigen. Chelmico is probably one of my favorite duos, not only in Japan but probably anywhere. I absolutely love their sound. Rachel and Mamiko are absolutely crazy, and the instrumentals go absolutely wacky sometimes – in a good way. This album is an example of it. You have cozy songs like "COZY" and then crazy stuff like "O. La" that sounds like a mixture of Samba, Rap, and Electropop.
SIXTH: ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
The second longest album trackwise on the list. I have damn good memories of this one – driving near the Rio de Janeiro shoreline, listening to "Soda Pop" with a beautiful sunny day, or even karaoke-ing "Sometimes" and "Born to Make You Happy" at 1am with your friends. If you don't enjoy Britney, you're a fool. Me, Tony Montana, Henry Hill, Nicky Santoro, and Tony Soprano will whack your sorry ass. Capisce?
That's it for this week. Vejo vocês na próxima, canalhas!
My two exceptionally talented game developer blokes are releasing their first game on Steam, Orbo's Odyssey. They have invested a tremendous amount of effort into this project, so please consider adding it to your Steam wishlist. The movement mechanics in this game are truly extraordinary, and you will have immense fun while playing.
Welcome! As you can probably see, the website is yet again going through a major "rework." I was working on the game (project one) and thought, well, wouldn't it be interesting if my website was basically a hub for all my projects/interests in a really interactive way? Yeah, it would. So, I started working on this. Lain model is here doing some G59 hand signs because we fuck with $uicideboy$. Anyway, three.js is a really good framework, and I love it. However, rendering DOM elements on it has its problems. My home page is full of effects, and that's pushing my 960 to max out, which is probably a memory leak. So, I have to find a way to really optimize it. The main page will be disabled for a bit until I figure out what to do (which I will probably do tomorrow).
Well, I fucked up, forgot to post last week, desculpa!
anyway, another week another set of recommendations!
When the topic of country music comes to mind, I can't help but think of some of the greatest names in the genre. What makes this particular group/album truly special is that it brings together four of these legendary names: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson.
This album holds a place of honor among the greatest in country music history, and one song, 'Highwayman,' stands out as an incredible and timeless masterpiece in the country music canon.
Fugazi is one of the best post-punk bands to have ever graced the earth. This album is an amalgamation of what can be called their best songs. So, give it a listen. This is not just a recommendation; if you've never listened to Fugazi, get your shit together and listen to this now.
I really like Taylor Swift. Carly Rae Jepsen is great too, but this Saturday is Taylor Swift's time to shine. Anyway, I'm a big fan of old-era Taylor Swift, especially her country girl albums. Her recent remake of Fearless, entitled Fearless - (Taylor's Version), was like a literal gift to me. However, I'm starting to like more and more of her recent work, with some exceptions.
Not the case with 'Midnights' though, this album is really good. EXCEPT for the deluxe version, which is a considerable downgrade, especially because it includes the version of 'Karma' featuring the horrible singer 'Ice Spice.' This is something I'd like to talk about in the future, by the way - how record labels coerce artists into making dumb ass collabs for exposure and also force them to completely do a 180 with their careers to adapt to what is hip and cool. Anyway, the songs here are really catchy, perfect for night trips, and surprisingly comforting on rainy days.
Metric is a really good band, probably one of the most memorable Canadian indie rock bands. I love Emily Haines; she is a really talented artist who simply cannot make songs that are not catchy. This whole album has a distinct 2010s essence. My particular song recommendations are 'Lost Kitten' and 'Artificial Nocturne'.
Not really an album, but a single. Sophia is an incredibly talented Venezuelan musician that I've been listening to lately.
This single just dropped, and I absolutely recommend it. Her style kinda reminds me of Emily Haines in some ways; however, she somehow manages to be incredibly calm and soothing with her vocals and instrumental in a really unique way.
That wraps up this Saturday's recommendations. I hope you find these albums enjoyable. See you next Saturday!
Another week, another set of recommendations.
I've always believed that Pinegrove is severely underrated, so it was quite satisfying to witness them catching the attention "even if it's because of the zoomer algorithm." It's about time they receive the recognition they deserve. This album features some really cozy and calm songs. my personal favorites are Darkness, Easy Enough and Light on.
I can't stress enough how amazing Soviet music is, and Kino is with the lack of a better word *KINO*, he truly shines as one of the most exceptional songwriters from the golden era of Soviet rock. His songs are simply remarkable, and the album "Gruppa Krovi" is an absolute must-listen. If you're a fan of Soviet rock or simply appreciate great music, this album should be at the top of your playlist. you won't be disappointed.
I'll be honest, I wasn't a big fan of Polachek's solo work initially. However, this album has really grown on me. It's filled with catchy tracks that have become my favorites for road trips. There's just something about listening to them while driving that adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the journey. Give it a shot next time you're on the road.
I discovered this band on Bandcamp last year, and I have to say, they have a really great sound. Not only that, but their album covers are pretty cool too. If you're into the Japanese indie scene or just looking for something new to listen to, I highly recommend checking them out. They're definitely worth a listen.
You can listen to them for free right here, if possible support them buying their album: Listen to Kurayamisaka
That wraps up this Saturday's recommendations. I hope you find these albums enjoyable. See you next Saturday!
Hey, we're switching things up a bit, and I'd like to make this a regular occurrence—specifically, a Saturday tradition.
As someone who listens to music a lot, this will be an opportunity to share some albums I really enjoy, without any specific theme in mind. Anyway, let's jump right in.
When it comes to unique songs, Atarashii Gakko is truly exceptional. This album is a testament to their talent.
I highly recommend the tracks "楽園にて、わたし地獄" (Rakuen nite, watashi jigoku), "ストリッパーに栄光を" (Sutorippā ni eikō o), and "雨夜の接吻" (Uraya no seppun). The blend of Jazz and J-pop in these songs is exceptional, making them an immensely pleasurable listen overall.
I'm a sucker for Indie Folk, and bands that capture that vibe truly resonate with me. Heyndericks's debut album is a prime example of high-quality work. The melodies are incredibly gentle, and her voice, along with the masterful fingerpicking techniques, creates a marvelous cohesion throughout the album. One track that stands out is "The Bug Collector," which exudes a captivating aura, reminiscent to me of the emotionally charged songs by Cartola, a great Brazilian musician, as well as elements of Argentinean regional music.
$uicideboy$ is undoubtedly one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite trap-metal group. The album visuals, particularly the video clips released on their YouTube channel, are an experience in themselves. Besides the striking visuals, it's truly heartening to witness the growth of $crim and Ruby in terms of their mental well-being, which is particularly evident in this album. Take, for instance, "5 'N the Mornin'," where Blanco's lyrics convey the sentiment that "Life can be fucked up, but I'm grateful to be here." These albums have genuinely left me feeling content and satisfied.
George Harrison, one of my all-time favorite artists and undeniably my favorite Beatle, created a masterpiece with "All Things Must Pass." This album is an absolute must-listen, as it carries significant messages of spirituality and introspection. If you are a believer, this album serves as a beautiful testament to faith and the essence of life itself. Its profound impact resonates deeply, making it an essential addition to any music collection.
Among John Maus's discography, this album stands out as my personal favorite. Each track possesses an enchanting quality that remains captivating no matter how many times you listen to it. Maus's distinctive style of Synth-Pop is truly mesmerizing, offering a musical experience that is truly unparalleled. I highly recommend watching the performance of "The Man Who Would Never Be... What They Made Him To Be"" from MDE: World Peace, which features the song "Cop Killer." The entirety of the performance is nothing short of incredible, leaving a lasting impression on anyone who witnesses it.
That wraps up this Saturday's recommendations. I hope you find these albums enjoyable. See you next Saturday!
Radio Operator: SmokeTeam6, this is Base, over.
SmokeTeam6: This is SmokeTeam6, receiving you loud and clear, Base. What's the situation, over?
Radio Operator: SmokeTeam6, we have an update on Operation Big Brother's Bane. The target package, codename "Didntask," is en route. ETA to destination, T-minus 5 minutes. I repeat, T-minus 5 minutes, over.
SmokeTeam6: Copy that, Base. Maintain visual on the target package and stand by for further instructions, over.
Radio Operator: Affirmative, SmokeTeam6. Target package is a ceramic coffee mug, disguised as a harmless beverage container. Inside lies the key to defeating Big Brother and his pervasive surveillance. Our intel suggests "Didntask" is the chosen one to wield this power. We cannot afford any mishaps, over.
SmokeTeam6: Understood, Base. We'll ensure the safe arrival of the target package. Our extraction team is standing by, ready to deliver liberation in the form of a steaming cup of coffee. We won't let "Didntask" down, over.
Radio Operator: That's the spirit, SmokeTeam6. Remember, this mug holds the potential to shatter the chains of surveillance. Stay focused and deliver that freedom-inducing elixir without fail. Base out.
SmokeTeam6: Roger that, Base. We'll secure the perimeter and await the arrival of the target package. Operation Big Brother's Bane is a go. SmokeTeam6 out.
[Five minutes later...]
SmokeTeam6: Base, this is SmokeTeam6. The package has arrived at its designated location. I repeat, the package has touched down safely, over.
Radio Operator: Excellent work, SmokeTeam6. We couldn't have asked for a smoother delivery. "Didntask" will soon possess the means to confront Big Brother's watchful gaze. Prepare for extraction, over.
SmokeTeam6: Copy that, Base. Extraction team, move in and secure the target package. We have accomplished our mission. The mug, codenamed "Big Sister Eyes," has been delivered. SmokeTeam6 out.
Radio Operator: Mission accomplished, SmokeTeam6. Head back to base for debriefing and recharge your own spirits. Base out.
SmokeTeam6: Wilco, Base. Returning to base for debriefing. Over and out.
[The mug successfully arrives at its destination, ready to empower "Didntask" in their quest against Big Brother and his invasive surveillance.]
In "Fractured Reflections," The Communist Party of China (me) engages in a thought-provoking dialogue with The Gweedo Enjoyer and Glarm Sloopy. The conversation revolves around the ongoing riots in France and their underlying causes. The trio delves into the historical context of colonization, marginalized communities, and the challenges faced by first-world nations. As they discuss potential solutions for integration and societal harmony, they grapple with the ambiguous notion of what it truly means to be French. Through their exchanges, the text raises questions about identity, inclusivity, and the complex interplay between religion, culture, and societal acceptance. "Fractured Reflections" offers an insightful exploration of the multifaceted issues confronting modern France, leaving readers pondering the path to meaningful change and unity.
I've been feeling weird for the past 4 years. I started feeling really weird. I already had some minor symptoms, but things really started to go south 2 years ago.
I started having really painful skin problems with rashes, and after a while, my eyes also started getting bloodshot. My joints began to feel horrible, not to mention it also makes me have an uncomfortable feeling around my guts.
I think it took almost 2 years to diagnose it as Lupus because doctors really don't give a fuck around here, so they will look at you and just go by the most common things.
Anyway, it's a bitch. Waking up sometimes feels like a chore, especially when your body is hurting and your head is aching with an insane migraine.
Can you believe this shit is also affecting my eyes in a way that could make me blind? Not looking forward to that.
Hopefully one of the new medications kicks in, and I can at least feel better for the most part. The shitty thing is the one I tried, "Corticosteroids," attacks my anxiety for some reason, so I really hope I get something better, I don't know.
I'm not really depressed or anything, but physical pain really does suck a lot.
I also sold some shirts, so I'm really glad for whoever bought them. I'll see if I put my art as prints there too because, you know, being a Brazilian and making some dollars is a really good thing, especially because the employment situation here sucks and lupus is fucking me up physically.
Anyway, I also have new ideas for the website. My plan is to make something interactive, and you know, I really like Serial Experiments Lain, so I'll probably do something related to the anime. I can already see it taking shape, so it will not be really that difficult. However, I do need to plot it locally because updating a page here on Neocities all the time as I develop is kind of a hassle.
I need to update some things on the Antarctica Status website as well, mainly related to content because I dropped the entire archive thing I was going for. I still have the data collected, but I really don't want to categorize everything because of the amount of work I would have to deal with. I'll see what I can do.
It's pretty funny how corporations / goverments have gotten so good at manipulating what's considered acceptable in everyday life, and it's impressive how many people actually buy into it. I remember reading an article years ago about a company getting a class action for spying on people, and back then, everyone was up in arms about it. But now, it seems like that kind of thing is just the norm. truth is people are becoming more and more okay with these big powers pushing stuff on us just to create some artificial sense of comfort.
Corporations and governments possess an incredible ability to persuade and exert control over our perception of what is deemed acceptable. They employ various tactics, such as advertising, lobbying, and media influence, to shape public opinion and redefine the limits of acceptability through trial and error. It's a society driven by desires, fears, and dreams. a society carefully crafted to serve their own interests.
It's really tough to stand up against these things, nowadays when you don't go along with it, people think you're crazy or you just get yourself in danger. going against all of this can make you an outcast. I live in a place where simply questioning the government is starting to be seen as a crime against democracy. Which is honestly surreal to see people buying that when corruption and the government/corporations go hand in hand here, no matter which political party / ideology is in power.
We are living in the stockholm syndrome era.
First of all, I would like to offer my sincerest Easter greetings to all my Orthodox siblings and fellow believers. This is truly a joyous occasion as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let us rejoice, for HE HAS RISEN!
In honor of this special occasion, I would like to dedicate this blog post to sharing some beautiful chants with you all. Additionally, I would like to bring attention to some issues that we, as Christians, need to come together to address.
Without further ado, I would like to share with you some prayers and chants that hold special meaning for this holy day:Lina Sleibi - ܐܒܘܢ ܕܒܫܡܝܐ (The Lord's Prayer)
As you listen to these chants, may your soul be touched by God and guided towards salvation.
During this Easter season, it's important to remember those who are experiencing injustices in places like Palestine, Nicaragua, and war-torn areas, as well as those who are battling poverty. Let's take a moment to pray for them and shed light on their struggles, so they can receive the blessings and strength of the Almighty.
By joining together in this collective effort, we can all play a role in helping those in need.
There are many misconceptions about my beliefs and ideals, which I would like to clarify. First and foremost, some could say my views align with those of classic "leftist" ideals, although I disagree with the notion that political parties and terms like "leftist" or "right-wing" can fully summarize a wide range of complex ideals. To me, reducing complex issues to simplistic labels only leads to incoherent decision-making that often comes at the expense of individual liberties.
This can be observed in several countries, including the United States, Brazil, and France, where the two main political parties often seem more alike than different. Whether it's the Democrats and Republicans in the US or the parties in Brazil and France, both sides tend to prioritize their own interests over those of the general population. This results in policies that favor the wealthy and powerful while neglecting the needs of the poor and marginalized.
For me, social policies are the way forward, although I reject any kind of identitarianism as, to put it bluntly, It's 'bullshit.' In a world where a majority of people suffer from poverty, hunger, and hopelessness, I cannot prioritize identity politics over the more pressing issues of food, water, and shelter.
As a Christian, my faith is central to my beliefs. I believe that losing one's faith and sense of morality is the worst thing that can happen to a person. Unfortunately, the modern world is increasingly detached from reality, focusing more on social media, drama, and consumerism. This has led to a loss of basic human values, with corporations, governments, and lobbyists all contributing to the erosion of our society's moral fabric.
The notion of a free market is often portrayed as a beacon of individual freedom and prosperity, but the reality is often a far cry from this ideal. In many cases, corporations prioritize profits over people, exploiting workers and trampling on basic human rights in the process. They often use social issues as political currency to present a facade of compassion and social responsibility, even as they engage in unethical practices. This is particularly evident when these same corporations try to appeal to identity politics as a way to distract from their harmful actions.
However, it's not just the private sector that is at fault. Governments also play a critical role in perpetuating these issues. For example, in Brazil, the current "leftist" government of the PT party has implemented illegitimate protectionist policies (Which were also being considered by the last "Right-wing" government) that prevent people from accessing cheaper products from China. Instead, they are forced to pay exorbitant prices for the same products sold by Brazilian oligarchs or settle for lower quality goods produced domestically. This illustrates the need to prioritize the needs of individuals over the interests of corporations, which would make it possible to achieve a true free market.
Both political groups labeled as "leftists" and "rightists" are responsible for policies that cause suffering for the poor. They tend to give more importance to less urgent issues instead of focusing on more pressing ones. Greed plays a significant role in these policies, as they often prioritize corporate interests at the expense of the general welfare of the population.
These issues not only exist within political ideologies but also extend to the actions of certain individuals who identify as Christians. For example, some support illegitimate countries like Israel in their genocide of Palestinians, Muslims, and Christians, or the US's illegal sanctions and invasions of countries such as Iran and Afghanistan. Despite these actions being contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ, these individuals often advocate for those who disrespect their faith, pray for those who spit on their beliefs, and ignore the suffering of innocent people. Such actions are deplorable and should be condemned.
I believe that humans should have the freedom and liberties that God gave us through free will. However, governments, corporations, and even some religions have taken on the role of a false messiah, replacing God and his teachings with their own flawed ideologies.
It is our responsibility as individuals to resist these forces and work towards a more just and equitable society. This means prioritizing the basic needs of all people, regardless of their background, while also working towards a more prosperous future and avoiding falling prey to the false promises of the antichrist.
I want to make it clear that my criticism is not directed towards individuals considered to be successful. I understand that ignorance and misguided beliefs can exist at all levels of society. However, my primary concern is with mega-rich people, corporations, and governments that exacerbate problems through their actions. I believe in the right to private ownership, but I oppose the concentration of enormous amounts of wealth and money in a few hands. Therefore, I advocate for heavy taxation of these individuals and entities, and the funds should be directed to free social programs that provide healthcare and education. This would also ease the tax burden on the poorest classes who shouldn't have to pay taxes when the majority of the world's wealth is held by a small group of entities and people who refuse to share it.
In this article, I want to share with you some photographs that I took as part of a final course project in collaboration with a friend. The theme of our project was to show the precariousness of public spaces in the Greater São Paulo area, which are being threatened by the invasion of large shopping centers and skyscrapers. We wanted to capture how these developments affect the urban landscape and the lives of the people who live there.
Public spaces are essential for the social and cultural life of a city. They are places where people can meet, interact, relax, play, exercise, and enjoy nature. They also contribute to the identity and diversity of a city, as they reflect its history, culture, and values. However, in many cities around the world, public spaces are disappearing or being neglected due to urbanization and privatization.
This is what is happening in Greater São Paulo, where large real estate developments are taking over the urban space and reducing the availability and quality of public spaces. These developments offer everything that people need in one place: shopping, entertainment, services, housing, and work.
As a result, people have less incentive to go out and explore the city, and more reason to stay inside these enclosed and controlled spaces. This has several negative consequences for the city and its inhabitants, including the loss of movement and vitality on the streets. The streets are the arteries of a city, where people can circulate freely and encounter different people and situations. However, when people prefer to stay inside shopping centers and buildings, the streets become empty and lifeless, creating a feeling of insecurity and fear, especially at night when the streets become dark and deserted. This also makes it harder for the police and private security guards to patrol and protect the area.
The destruction of green areas and leisure spaces is another consequence of large developments in Greater São Paulo. Public spaces are being replaced by concrete and asphalt, which has a negative impact on the environment and the health of the people. Green areas provide oxygen, shade, beauty, and biodiversity to a city, as well as opportunities for recreation and relaxation for people of all ages and backgrounds. When these areas are eliminated or reduced, people lose access to these benefits and suffer from stress, pollution, noise, and heat. Additionally, there is unfair competition with local small businesses as many of them depend on the movement and diversity of people on the streets to survive. When people choose to shop and consume inside large developments, small businesses lose their clientele and revenue, which can lead to their closure or bankruptcy and affect not only their owners and employees but also the local economy and community.
This situation also has negative impacts on the mobility and accessibility of the city. The large developments generate more traffic congestion and pollution, as their residents depend on private vehicles to commute to work, school or other activities. Moreover, they also reduce the availability and diversity of public transportation options, as they are often located in peripheral areas with poor infrastructure and services. Additionally, they also hinder the development of alternative modes of transportation, such as cycling and walking, as they create barriers and obstacles for pedestrians and cyclists.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Cabo Frio, in Rio de Janeiro, and was surprised by the transformation of the area where I used to stay. Before, there were several historic houses with many trees in front, allowing for an incredible view of the beachfront. However, when I returned in 2023, I was surprised by several huge and unattractive buildings that completely obstructed the view and had no green areas, in addition to being completely walled.
This example illustrates how the expansion of large developments can affect not only the environment and the quality of life, but also the identity and the memory of a place. Cabo Frio is a city with a rich history and culture, dating back to the colonial period. It has a unique architectural heritage that reflects its diverse influences and traditions. However, this heritage is being threatened by the indiscriminate construction of large developments that disregard the local context and character.
Given this scenario, it is essential that authorities and society work together to find solutions that promote the revitalization of public spaces, preserving green areas and ensuring a safe and dynamic environment for all. It is necessary to rethink the development model that values the construction of large developments at the expense of public spaces. Some possible actions include:
In conclusion, the uncontrolled expansion of large real estate developments in Greater São Paulo and throughout Brazil represents an alert about the problems that these developments can generate. In addition to the lack of movement and insecurity on the streets, this expansion results in the destruction of green areas, harming the environment and the quality of life of the population. Therefore, it is urgent to change this paradigm and to value the public space as a common good hat belongs to everyone and that contributes to the improvement of the urban landscape.
Writen by Ongezell [E. Mangia] & C.Kodama