[News] All Around The World

A posting place for news from places around the globe, outside of the US/Europe.

I haven't posted here in a while, so let me fix that:

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's presidential front-runner, stabbed at rally

A front-runner in Brazil's presidential election, Jair Bolsonaro, has been stabbed during a campaign rally.

The far-right politician was attacked in the midst of a crowd in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais.

He underwent surgery for injuries to his intestines and is expected to recover, hospital officials said.

The controversial politician, who has outraged many in Brazil with racist and homophobic comments, has performed strongly in recent polls.

Polls suggest he would get the most votes in next month's presidential elections if former President Lula da Silva fails in his attempt to overturn a ban on him standing.

Far-right politician... front runner... great.
Stabbing is awful too obviously.

While the US is focused on Florence, the strongest storm of the year is about to hit the Philippines:

WP: Super Typhoon Mangkhut, 2018′s strongest storm, to slam into Philippines

The planet’s strongest storm in 2018, so far, is on a collision course with the Philippines. At least four times as intense as Hurricane Florence, Super Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to make landfall on the island of Luzon early Saturday, local time.

The typhoon, equivalent in strength to a Category 5 hurricane, contains sustained winds of more than 165 mph at its core, with gusts approaching 200 mph. Evacuations are ongoing in Cagayan, the northernmost province of Luzon.

Gremlin wrote:

While the US is focused on Florence, the strongest storm of the year is about to hit the Philippines:

Listen, we don't even care about our own islands, don't expect us to start caring about other people's!

In all seriousness, I hope everyone there makes it through okay, and I hope they take evacuations more seriously than we do (although it would be hard not to).

We're hit by storms a lot so most of us are more prepared than the average person, I would think. Classes have been suspended in the capital and surrounding regions since Friday and many took the time to stock supplies and batten down the hatches. We have 5 days worth of ready-to-eat food at the apartment, and we specifically selected it for its elevation and wind protection. Others who have had to select lower elevation housing have been advised evacuation. Most heed it.

Several deaths have been confirmed. The winds really are something else. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has been convened since Thursday and they appear to be taking this very seriously.

Stay safe, Larry. We love you, man.

Mixolyde wrote:

Stay safe, Larry. We love you, man.

Well, strong like. Plus a large amount of respect.

LarryC wrote:

We have 5 days worth of ready-to-eat food at the apartment, and we specifically selected it for its elevation and wind protection.

Initially I thought, "What the hell kind of food is this?!"

Okay, it's dark humor, like, pitch-black humor, but this did make me laugh.

Duterte confesses: 'My only sin is the extrajudicial killings'

I feel like that's one of the biggies, Rodrigo.

He tends to overlook the fact that some people take murdering badly. Mass murder, too. That's like, Tuesday for them. What's the big deal?

Hello thread! Long time, no see!

Anyway, so as should've been expected, Jair Bolsonaro is the new leader of Brazil.

Think Ill just sit over in this corner and cry for a while.

It's like this relentless onslaught of terrible news, both in America and across the world. It's so hard to stay positive.

Honestly I can't blame them. I think Bolsonaro is going to be a disaster, but they were already having a disaster and were desperate for anyone that wasn't associated with Lula.

If you’re talking about electorate, then polls showed that Lula would have won if he was actually allowed to run.

If he's anything like Duterte, he'll be a total disaster. We now have cops who claim on camera that raping the relatives of suspects is just SOP for the police. The victim was a 14 year old girl.

Today, I talked to a recent Canadian (formerly of Brazil), he feels like Bolsonaro can’t be worse than Lula’s corruption. I hope he’s right, but it doesn’t feel like a step forward.

Further probing is difficult, even with his English being 1000x better than my Portuguese. (All 4 words... and I’m not counting “Shakira”).

Aetius wrote:

I think Bolsonaro is going to be a disaster, but they were already having a disaster and were desperate for anyone that wasn't associated with Lula.

Basically. I also think Bolsonaro is going to be a disaster, but yeah, considering the spectacular corruption PT had been linked to and the homicide rate, I can understand how he got the gig.

Wink_and_the_Gun wrote:

Today, I talked to a recent Canadian (formerly of Brazil), he feels like Bolsonaro can’t be worse than Lula’s corruption. I hope he’s right, but it doesn’t feel like a step forward.

Further probing is difficult, even with his English being 1000x better than my Portuguese. (All 4 words... and I’m not counting “Shakira”).

Communication is overall better when one's hips are incapable of falsehood.

(BTW, wish the guy luck with winter for me.)

Wink_and_the_Gun wrote:

(All 4 words... and I’m not counting “Shakira”).

That's good. Because the Incredible Shakira is Colombian!

TAZ89 wrote:
Wink_and_the_Gun wrote:

(All 4 words... and I’m not counting “Shakira”).

That's good. Because the Incredible Shakira is Colombian!

Oh shiiiiii.... 0.o

As for the winter... he was super-pumped when we got some (probably here to stay) snow, yesterday. I didn’t have the heart to say “yeah, just wait until it’s still here in March/April”.