[Really-OT] Rio is at a state of war

Jonathan Lynch jonathandlynch at gmail.com
Fri Nov 26 13:53:30 EST 2010


It seems like people would move out to the countryside, under situations
like what is described here. I would. I know I am missing something obvious.
I really feel for you, Andre.

If only one of us could write an application that empowers citizens to bring
peace to their neighborhoods :)

I hope no one you are close to gets hurt.
On Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 1:43 PM, Phil Davis <revdev at pdslabs.net> wrote:

> This morning there was a piece in the Wall St Journal on Rio's violence.
> (Photos here <
> http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703572404575634823185618234.html?mod=WSJ_World_MIDDLENews>.)
> Wow. So sorry Andre! Stay safe, my friend!
>
> Phil
>
>
>
> On 11/26/10 10:20 AM, Andre Garzia wrote:
>
>> Stephen,
>>
>> Thanks for the email. Yes, things are bad in here and it appears that it
>> will get worse before getting better. I live in Niteroi, neighbor city of
>> Rio. Just a 20 minutes ride from here to there where I work. My parents
>> are
>> from São Paulo which is their own criminal nightmare in itself. Rio has a
>> really odd landscape/topography with the city at sea level and the slums
>> on
>> the hills and small mountains, makes everything hard.
>>
>> Our new president is an ex-guerrilla fighter who kidnapped U.S.
>> Ambassadors
>> in exchange of liberty for political prisioners, she is also very hard to
>> deal with according to my girlfriend who is a journalist. I don't like the
>> new president, almost cried when she got ellected but hey, there were
>> worse
>> options...
>>
>> damn this country will get crazy the next four years...
>>
>> Not enough people know about Rio and Brazil in "Real Life", all they know
>> is
>> old Hollywood stereotypes. If they knew that here in Rio, the violence
>> already killed more than the vietnam war then they would think twice about
>> calling this a peaceful place. At least now they are seeing on TV that it
>> is
>> a war, finally, after 30 years someone is telling the truth.
>>
>> Eeek! the army just deployed 800 soldiers in Rio right now, things are
>> about
>> to get ugly...
>>
>> :-/
>>
>> Well, I will be at the next conference, it will be good to have some days
>> of
>> this whole situation.
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