Como mudar a política desse nosso país?

Taí uma iniciativa bacana:

Achei muito sensatas as idéias deles e concordo com vários pontos de vista. Apesar de alguns críticos por aí falarem que isso é utópico, que não se faz política sem político, eu não acredito nisso. A minha opinião é que a gente precisa mesmo mudar de vez o jeito que política é feita nesse país. Vou mandar minha carta de apoio =)
Resumidamente, os principais pontos são:

  • Os cargos eletivos são oportunidades de prestação de serviço e não carreira profissional.
  • Todo gestor público ou privado deve trabalhar com metas.
  • É dever do partido dar suporte ao candidato antes e durante o mandato.
  • A reeleição consecutiva para cargos legislativos deve ser vetada.
  • A gestão eficiente resulta em melhores serviços e menos impostos.
  • A prestação de contas do Estado deve ser feita de forma transparente e acessível.
Mas além disso, eu vi alguns vídeos de palestras dos fundadores. Eles parecem ser pessoas sérias e competentes, que têm um discurso com conteúdo e princípios, diferente do que a gente vê por aí nos períodos de eleições.
Eu nunca tive muitas expectativas com a política no Brasil. Política não pode ser somente um jogo de interesses, de alianças e de troca de favores, e é isso que eu vejo desde que sou obrigada a votar. Campanhas ruins, de ataques ridículos ao adversário, promessas vazias que se repetem a cada 4 anos, um desespero de obter resultados e obras no ano da eleição… A política não devia ser movida a eleições, e sim a sociedade. Claro que todo candidato não é assim, mas os que não são, são exceções. Raríssimos, alías, e difíceis de encontrar. Todo mundo sabe como funciona a política no Brasil, e é frustrante. Eu anulei meu voto a maioria das vezes pra não ter que votar no “menor pior”. Acho isso um desaforo, e sempre fiquei pensando se tinha alguma coisa que eu poderia fazer pra melhorar.
Taí. Acho que essa pode ser uma boa maneira de começar. Pra essa campanha eu dou sim meu total apoio, e viro uma daquelas pessoas políticas chatas que vai tentar ficar te convencendo dessas idéias e princípios. Mas eu acho mesmo que não tem muito que convencer, a proposta fala por si só. E o que é bom, é bom sem precisar de propaganda, ou slogan, ou jingle.

Ah mon dieu… encore une fois!

I had to come to Marseille for this winter school, and since there were no direct flights, I took one with a connection in Paris. I got to Charles de Gaulle and quickly looked for the gate I had to board, it would start in 15 minutes. Then the boarding started, I entered the plane and sat at the last seat, by the window. I did not choose the seat, since I was alone, and this was assigned to me at check in. Everything was going well and I was looking at the people loading the airplane with luggages. Then I saw my bag, standing there right next to the thread mill that takes the bags inside. Suddenly the guys stopped loading and sat down on the cart. My bag was still there… One guy got up and scanned the barcode on it, he sat again. Then another guy scanned it. Still left it there. Then one guy got up, got my bag, put it on a cart and started driving away. I was watching everything from that little window, and I just wanted to shout “hey!! that’s my bag! come back here!”. But he would not listen, so I called the flight attendant, pointed out and said: “Do you see that red bag they are taking away? It’s mine!!”. The lady certainly did not see that coming. She started making phone calls, asked for my bag ticket and passport, talked to the pilot. But nothing helped… I could see my bag going away, but they could not find it and the plane had to leave. She apologized a hundred times, of course. How crazy is that? I actually saw what was going on and there was nothing anybody could do!! So after we landed she said I should go to the lost and found in Marseille so they could put my bag on the next flight.

As soon as I landed I went to the lost and found. The guy said that the bag was still in Paris and it should arrive in Marseille on the flight on 11 at night, or tomorrow morning. Really?? I knew that my bag was not arriving with me before leaving Paris! And he could not even assure me that it would arrive in Marseille the same day? What kind of logistics is that? He said the bag should get to the lost and found on Charles de Gaulle before being dispatched. Stupid protocols… making our lives harder.

I really don’t understand how these airline companies are able to control the flights’ times, organize a million airplanes on ground and on the sky and still loose baggages in stupid ways like that… Now I am in Marseille, with no clothes other that what I am wearing. Let’s just hope my bag makes the 11 pm flight.

Dog days are over

Just so I don’t lose the habit of posting songs. And to celebrate my very last course exam =D
Hopefully I won’t have to take courses again for a very very long time!!

News from Brazil

Yesterday at night we turned on the only channel from Brazil we have on TV to see some news. Here’s what we got:

– A guy reacts to a robbery, manages to immobilize the robber but then the robber’s friend comes and shoots the guy. In the middle of the street.
– A woman is stabbed to death on her own bed by the husband while the kids are hidden in the bathroom with the nanny. Hours latter, the husband is found dead, also stabbed, in a motel.
– A lady is killed in what seems to be a religious ritual and had her eyeballs and skin face removed.
– Police officers from Salvador are on strike and by now 78 people died, stores were robbed and buses were robbed, just because the police is not on the streets.

Really? I felt very bad hearing that… I don’t think I’ll watch the news ever again. It makes me sad that people do this kind of stuff, and afraid at the same time because of my family and friends in Brazil. Not that I’m not running risks here myself, but being killed because of a robbery is just ridiculous.

I started wondering several things. My first instinct was to really stop watching the news. I can get them on the internet every now and then, and if they continue to bother me, I can choose not to look at all. Then you’ll say that I am an alienated person, that I’m not up to date with what’s happening in the world. True. But do I really want to be up to date with those things? Sometimes ignorance is a blessing. I don’t think these news will add anything, except my lack of faith in humanity.

Then I thought what’s the good in putting such kind of news on TV. I mean, it’s worth maybe to know that the police is on strike, but a weird religious murder, a couple’s murder/suicide and cold blooded murder on the streets… why? Are they trying to alert us that there are crazy people out there? Or is this done just for the audience? I’m not sure what is the line between information and just gossip.

At last, as expected, I wondered why people do that stuff. Did this also happen centuries ago or is it something that emerged with our society? Is this part of human nature or was it developed with progress? I really have no idea… but I think that if we find the cause, it will be easier (or maybe not so hard) to make it better. More questions than answers at this point… if someone knows of literature on the subject, please let me know.