Do You Want Some Fries With Those Human Filled Empanadas?11.17.14

On Thursday, November 14, 3 people went to trial within the Country of Brazil, due to their arrest, which occurred back in 2012, on the basis of allegedly slaughtering 2 women, whom they ate and baked into empanadas- a long time favorite pastry of Brazilians-that they subsequently sold to the public.

It’s believed that the group was able to bake human filled pastries by luring at least 2 women to their residence by falsely promising them nanny positions. After killing their victims, the group would eat various parts of the the victim’s bodies. The other parts of the bodies that they did not eat directly, where grounded up like beef and used as a main ingredient of their cannibalized empanada-like pastries.

What’s really disturbing about this trio is not that they just killed and subsequently cooked and eat their victims, they gave their human filled empanada to a small 5 year old child that lived with them and sold it to other people within their community.

And as if things couldn’t get even more disturbing, it’s also reported that they would inflict a gruesome death on their victims via a “purification ritual” which entailed, beating them to death, hacking up their bodies and draining their blood. Brazilian authorities were able to make an arrest when they found the remains of two women, that partially buried on their property. When questioned about the motives of their killings, the trio said that they belonged to a group that believed in the purification and reduction of the world’s population. When I first read about this story in the Los Angeles Times, it honestly reminded of the Tom Rothman movie “Turistas” from back in the day. We truly do live in a messed up world.

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Deforestation and Climate Change in the Amazon11.03.14

A report by a Brazilian researcher claims that the Amazonian rainforest has become so degraded by clearing and fires that it is no longer able to regulate local weather systems. This is disturbing because (among other reasons) the area is a hotbed of biodiversity, and it seems to be connected to a severe drought in the nearby heavily populated area around São Paulo.

We should respond to this in three ways: First: do what we can to slow the deforestation. Making sure that any products containing tropical wood are harvested responsibly and not buying agricultural products imported from Brazil seem to be harsh but necessary measures. Investment in alternate business ventures that do not entail Amazonian deforestation and thereby giving the area a way to make a living in a sustainable fashion should be a priority.

Second: Landscaping in nearby urban and suburban areas with a broad mix of native plants would help defray some of the damage. Also, adding green space to the cities on a massive scale may be quite helpful.

Third: educational and policy changes slowing or stopping deforestation could be instituted at local through national levels. Education may have to come first, as this is what will facilitate policy change.

Either way, the people who live there like Gianfrancesco are horrified about what’s going on.

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Loss of Amazon Rainforest is Causing a Severe Drought in Brazil Headline11.03.14

Stop logging and burning the Amazon rainforest. The rainforest regulates weather systems by channeling moisture from aerial rivers. It brings in water from other large bodies of water to inland. São Paulo is experiencing at this moment the terrible effects of this vulturistic devouring of the rainforest for so long. More extreme weather is probably yet to come. The story of a man experiencing the devastating effects of the massive loss of the Amazon rainforest tells what he is going through at this site.The logging and burning are only getting worse, driven by “ruralistic” agribusiness. In the last month, a satellite image shows there has been a 190% rise in deforestation in August and September. Loss of the rainforest due to logging, clearing and burning is causing a loss of intake of moisture from outside to inside. This has created dry seasons that begin earlier each year in São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil as I’ve just read on VentureBeat using FreedomPop. They are experiencing the worst drought since 1930. This was all predicted over 20 years ago when loss of rainforest was studied. Will anyone listen now to this wakeup call? Loss of rainforest changes climate. Under Dilma Rousseff, loss has been accelerating due to agribusiness lobbying in Congress. Odd humans.

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