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I have to say I'm a little worried about the return of violence to São Paulo. For those who haven't heard, a large criminal gang is again setting fire to busses, shooting and throwing bombs at things, like they were doing in May. They've even shot at a Metrô station, which is what worries me most, as next week I'll be using the Metrô during commuter hours (as if the thronging crowds wasn't bad enough!).

These guys are purported to have around 30,000 members outside of the prisons, and Brazil's government doesn't seem to have the first clue about how to resolve the situation other than brute force. I was reading somewhere that the murder rate in Brazil is high enough to classify the country as in a low grade civil war. Ho hum...

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It was nice knowin' ya. *waves sadly*

Sheesh, thanks! ;-) There have been a lot less people killed this time, but I guess all it takes is being in the wrong place at the wrong time. These guys have burned out around 70 busses, so I can just see attacks on the Metrô being the next logical step...

You know how to protect yourself against email bombs, right? By creating a shell account and re-routing email there? Simply apply the same techniques by creating a "shell person" and re-route the bomb to another target. It's easy in theory!

I was lost after "You...". Or do I need to glue shells to my jacket?

That might work. Unless they're artillery shells, which of course would cause you to blow up more spectacularly than a 4th of July parade.

The world is falling apart, too much violence!
Look at what is happening with Israel/Palestine/Lebanon right now. It's bad, very bad for all of us.
Even here in the U.S. in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, 4 people were shot to death this morning in 4 separate incidents. I've lost count as to the number killed by shootings so far this year, but I'm sure it exceeds the number of days that have past in the year to date.

I don't know if you believe in God or not, but I think we all better start praying and mean it.

Stay safe!

I get the feeling that Hamas want Israel to go all out and start a war, so that the rest of Palestine join in, ideally with Syria and Iran. If that happens then the USA and the UN are likely to be drawn in as well, and that could be an epic disaster.

Here in Brazil they need to sort the prisons out, but it's not a vote winner so the politicians aren't bothered.

That's so terrible. I guess I can just ground myself from Brasil then, as otherwise my mum will just do it. It so sux. Why can't I ever go to visit my family.
Just yesterday I was to meet up with Jane, who of course hadn't called me and then happened to be in another State in another city. I mean, thanks for letting me call you Jane after not replying to my text message asking if you were still up for hanging out. And it was her suggestion too to do something yesterday. Marie or Raquel would never do that to me!!!
They are always there when they say they will be and have never left me sitting around on my own while they went out with their friends. Pooh...

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