If you've ever heard the song Aquarela do Brasil (often called simply "Brazil" -- here's my favourite cover
), then you'll probably enjoy this classic 1942 animation
which first made it famous. The clip is the finale from the feature Saludos Amigos
(hello friends), created during a US government-funded goodwill tour of South America aimed at strengthening Pan-American relations, which some argue
may have helped bring South America onto the side of the Allies in World War II. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul
on May 14, 2009 -
Inside a thatched-roof schoolhouse in a village deep in Brazil's Amazon rain forest, Surui Indians and former military cartographers huddle over the newest weapons in the tribe's fight for survival: laptop computers, satellite maps
and hand-held global positioning systems. Some
of the resulting maps
posted by dhruva
on Oct 11, 2007 -
Brazilian Blogger Bashing!
The respected Brazilian newspaper Estadao
decided to promote its new online presence by jokingly producing a series of ads
with obvious misfits and asking such questions as "Is this the guy giving you dating advice?" and a video
(youtube) comparing bloggers to monkeys. Bloggers are outraged
"Why would you read a newspaper that compares bloggers to monkeys?". In today's newspaper
, Estadao offers no apology but instead dryly recounts the facts. Meanwhile, the resulting controversy, with thousands of blogs weighing in, has driven a lot of traffic to their new site.
posted by vacapinta
on Aug 21, 2007 -
He wasn't the greatest technician on earth (he only studied a short time with a teacher, as states his biography
), he wasn't really famous outside Brazil, in spite of the many recordings
available under his name, of his various talents (drawing
, designing a new string instrument
), but his playing is really endearing, and whatever the material, originals
or chico buarque
, he made his point across easily.
posted by nicolin
on Aug 11, 2007 -
You folks out there in MeFi Town been keeping up with the water
themed MeFi Music Challenge
? There's been some mighty fine uploads for you to check out! But if there was ever
a piece of music deserving the water
tag, it's this
drenching wet masterpiece by Brazil's brilliant, eccentric musical genius Hermeto Pascual
, in which Hermeto and his band play bottles full of water, and flutes full of water, and, well, the lake. Música da Lagoa: water music at its very best. And its very wettest. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jul 6, 2007 -
The city of Sao Paulo passed an ordinance
last year banning outdoor advertising; photographer Tony de Marco has been documenting the skeletal remains
of the advertising infrastructure throughout the city; the impact looks like the aftermath of a new type of atomic weapon that targets marketing but leaves buildings & people unscathed.
posted by jonson
on Jun 19, 2007 -
What Brazil tells us about torture today.
A thoughtful discussion by Clive James of torture in the context of the movies in general and Terry Gilliam's Brazil
in particular. Warning: occasional descriptions of awful behavior, and the reader may have his opinion of humanity lowered. "The historical evidence suggests that on the rare occasions when a state begins again in what a fond humanitarian might think of as a condition of innocence, a supply of young torturers is the first thing it produces... In the Nazi and Soviet cellars and camps, people were regularly tortured for information they did not possess: i.e., they were tortured just for the hell of it."
posted by languagehat
on Feb 25, 2007 -
Composer and arranger Rogério Duprat passed away on Thursday
. Duprat had a substantial career in music for films and commercials, but he is best known for shaping the sound of Tropicalia
, the revolutionary stew of Brazilian folk styles, bossa nova, MPB
, rock, jazz, blues and psychedelica.
Some youtube clips: Caetano Veloso
, Gilberto Gil
, Os Mutantes
, and Gal Costa
posted by hydrophonic
on Oct 31, 2006 -
In the 1930's
, Henry Ford
transplanted a tiny piece of America
—complete with picket fences, fire hydrants, poetry readings, square-dancing, and English-language sing-alongs—into the Amazon rain forest. Fordlândia
was to be the largest rubber tree plantation
on the planet (over 70 million rubber tree seedlings) providing material
for the millions of tires Ford Motor Company
needed. It flopped. So he tried again, downriver a bit, with Belterra
. It flopped, too. By 1945, Ford threw in the towel having lost over $20 million, or roughly $200 million in modern dollars.
posted by CodeBaloo
on Aug 21, 2006 -
Pickles - The dog who won the World Cup.
There were two amazing events that happened in London in 1966 that focused on the Jules Rimet Trophy (aka The World Cup): 1: England won
; 2. the 15 inch, solid gold trophy tall was stolen, held to ransom
, and then discovered in a bush by a dog called Pickles
The English FA had commisioned a base metal replica
, which - after the Queen awarded the trophy to Bobby Moore
- was substituted for the priceless trophy in the England dressing room, when a copper swapped it
with legendary Manchester United & England fullback Nobby Stiles
. That was the one which toured the country over the next few years - not the the real one.
The replica was sold £254,000 by Sothebys in 1997... to FIFA
, whereas the original was stolen again in Brazil
, and has never been seen since. The replica is on long term loan to the National Football Museum
in Preston, Lancashire - though they don't always tell you
: it's a fake
posted by dash_slot-
on Jun 5, 2006 -
Flora Brasiliensis [flash needed]
was published between 1840 and 1906. It contains taxonomic treatments of 22,767 species of Brazilian flora. The beauty of the illustrations and the level of detail you can magnify to is magnificent (sorry, direct linking to example images is not possible but trust me, go and have a look).
posted by tellurian
on May 3, 2006 -
From the top:
Lula da Silva*
posted by airguitar
on Apr 13, 2006 -
The Roofless realm
. Prestes Maia, is a colossal abandoned clothes factory
that towers over central Sao Paulo: "At first glance Prestes Maia, which sem-teto members occupied in 2002, resembles a chaotic, multi-storey shantytown; cardboard spews out of its cracked windows, graffiti litter its walls and children rattle through its wide corridors on bicycles. But the community is meticulously organised."
It was first occupied as part of the Movimiento dos Sem Teto
, an organized movement of homeless families and workers and now houses over 468 families.
But, now, an injunction has been issued for the repossession of the building. Everyone must leave by February 15th
but there is no plan and the authorities fear violence will erupt. There's a Flickr community
posted by vacapinta
on Feb 14, 2006 -
Brazilian mayor outlaws death.
Faced with a shortage of cemetary space, and other options outlawed, what are the choices?
"Of course the bill is laughable, unconstitutional, and will never be approved," said Gilson Soares de Campos, an aide to the mayor. "But can you think of a better marketing strategy?"
posted by Balisong
on Dec 14, 2005 -
The second Indigenous Nations' Games of Para doesn't have a website and there's not even an AP story describing the events, but there are a lot of photos from the games
posted by hellx
on Aug 23, 2005 -
Update on the killing of the innocent Brazilian man by London police at Stockwell station.
A special report by the Observer reveals some of the key elements emerging from the ongoing investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Jean Charles de Menezes "wasn't wearing a heavy jacket. He used his card to get into the station. He didn't vault the barrier. And now police say there are no CCTV pictures to reveal the truth
." So now the inquiry will have to rely exclusively on eyewitnesses accounts. It appears the man they saw vaulting the barrier was one of the armed officers in plain clothes, while de Menezes "simply walked towards the platform unchallenged". The plainclothes armed unit that shot de Menezes was not the same team that had been following him from his London flat: "there was a delay in calling an armed team to arrest de Menezes, which meant he had already entered the station by the time the officers arrived
". Also, it appears that once inside the station, the armed officers had no radio contact with police on the outside. As new details emerge, more questions remain unanswered.
(As previously discussed here
posted by funambulist
on Aug 14, 2005 -
Coke. Guns. Booty. Beats. In the slums of Rio De Janeiro, drug lords armed with submachine guns have joined forces with DJs armed with massive sound systems and rude, raunchy singles. Welcome to the most exciting—and dangerous—underground club scene in the world.
posted by Count Ziggurat
on Jul 30, 2005 -
"We must remain faithful to the established principles of the scientific method and not allow theological beliefs and dogma to interfere,"
Pedro Chequer, director of the Brazilian government's AIDS program, said in an interview in Brasilía. [NYT link] Earlier this year Brazil was the first country to reject US aid for fighting HIV/Aids because of the provision in The Leadership Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003 which would have required Brazil, where prositution is regulated and legal, to condemn commercial sex work. Along with the global gag rule, which prevents NGOs receiving US aid from discussing abortion with their clients (or even from advocating for safe and legal abortions with their own governments), US policies based on theological imperatives are endangering women worldwide. "Using a conservative estimate, U.S. assistance could have helped prevent 10 percent of the over 2 million deaths in developing countries from unsafe abortion over the past 30 years."
Also: The Global Gag Rule Impact Project
posted by OmieWise
on Jul 25, 2005 -
"When they emerged after 50 yards, the landscape no longer looked anything like the southern edge of the Amazon forest.
It looked like Iowa.
In Mato Grosso, Brazil the rainforest is vanishing. And all because of soybeans and beef.
"If we were an aggressive tribe, we would have killed the land owners already," said Tupxi, one of the canoeists, who estimated his age at 77. "
good Washpost story...
posted by punkbitch
on Jun 12, 2005 -