Influenza A

---- E essa Gripe Suina, a Influenza A, não é brincadeira mesmo! Com a primeira morte em território nacional, com quase 700 casos confirmados, essa poderá ser uma das maiores epidemias da era moderna, está deixando todas as nações em estado de alerta.
---- O prefeito de Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, decretou estado de emergência sanitária nesta terça-feira na capital argentina por conta da epidemia da nova gripe. O ministério argentino da Saúde registra 1.587 infecções e 26 mortes em pacientes com o vírus H1N1, o que torna o país o terceiro mais afetado pela pandemia, só atrás de México e EUA, onde a doença surgiu.
---- Por aqui, o Ministério da Saúde confirmou nesta terça-feira 55 novos casos de pessoas infectadas pelo vírus Influenza A. Com os novos registros, chega a 680 o número total de pacientes infectados pela doença, também conhecida como gripe suína. Desses novos casos registrados, 45 são aqui do estado. A primeira vitima fatal da nova gripe também era gaúcho, um motorista de caminhão que contraiu a doença em uma viagem para a Argentina. Clicando aqui, você pode ver o mapa da doença em todo mundo.
(Créditos: Globo.com)
---- Fazendo algumas pesquisas sobre esse vírus, algumas correntes pregam que essa praga da era atual foi encontrada no Alasca em restos mortais de pessoas que viveram na época da gripe espanhola. O vírus foi revivido por cientistas americanos, ou seja, segundo essa corrente, tudo o que estamos vendo agora é o resultado dos seres humanos querendo brincar de Deus. Se isso é verdade ou não, apenas o próprio Deus sabe, porém a vacina, isso segundo laboratórios, ainda não está pronta. Quando ela finalmente estiver, ela vai sair custando caro e os países precisarão comprá-las, o que vai gerar lucro para alguns e prejuízos para outros. Muitas correntes afirmam que esse vírus foi liberado propositalmente para as atenções das pessoas ficarem retidas nele enquanto algo estaria acontecendo debaixos dos panos, onde ninguém poderia suspeitar de absolutamente nada. Alarde? Pânico? Paranóia? O governo nega ter conhecimento? Não é nenhum episódio de Arquivo X, mas essa história ainda está muito mal contada.

Ligações Perigosas: Pussycats Dolls > Busta Rhymes < Linkin Park

---- Achavam que o mês já tinha terminado por aqui? Pois e não é que eu voltei para mais postagens? No última “Ligações Perigosas”, você acha que poderia rolar uma parceria entre o Linkin Park e as Pussycat Dolls? Pois o Busta Rhymes é a ligação para lá de perigosa de agora.
>>>> Pussycats, com “Bottle Pop”.

>>>> Busta Rhymes aparece por aqui com “We made it”, parceria com o Linkin Park.

>>>> E a banda Linkin Park aparece por aqui com “Given up”.

---- E aí? Será que os estilos combinam? É claro que não, mas isso não nos impede de brincar com o fato. Já imaginaram um clipe com as moças requebrando com o new metal do Linkin Park? Ou ainda, já imagina as meninas dançando na frente dos caras? Hehehe!
---- Essa foi nosso último quadro desse especial que passou por aqui no mês de aniversário do blog das EVR. Até mais!

VERÔNICA (Brasil, 2008)


Direção: Maurício Farias. Com: Andréa Beltrão, Marco Ricca, Matheus de Sá, Giulio Lopes, Camila Amado, Flávio Migliacchio e Ailton Graça. 90 min.

Verônica (Andréa Beltrão) é professora há 20 anos e parece já estar cansada da rotina da sala de aula, pois não tem a mesma paciência com os alunos. Mas o menino Leandro (Matheus de Sá) reaviva nela a compaixão que ela havia perdido. Leandro tem os pais assassinados pelos bandidos do tráfico de drogas, por causa de um pen-drive que compromete tanto os bandidos, quanto alguns policiais corruptos. O pen-drive agora está com o menino que não conta com ninguém mais, além de Verônica. Ela que não teve filhos dedica a ele todo o amor e dedicação a fim de salvar sua vida. Abandona o emprego, sua casa e começa a fugir de todos já que ninguém parece confiável.

Andréa Beltrão dá um show de interpretação (como sempre), nesse filme dirigido por seu marido, Maurício Farias (O coronel e o lobisomem, A grande família) e participa de todas as cenas.

Verônica é produzido pela Globo Filmes, mas não parece uma novela da Rede Globo, como alguns outros da produtora. É um thriller empolgante que junta as mazelas de ser professor no Brasil (baixos salários e alunos desinteressados) com o problema do tráfico de drogas e a violência nas favelas do Rio de Janeiro. Mas o filme é mais do que isso. É sobre compaixão, determinação e abdicação de uma mulher para com uma criança órfã. Fiquei preso na história do início ao fim. (9,0)

FIM DOS TEMPOS (EUA, 2008)

Direção: M. Night Shyamalan. Com: Mark Wahlberg, Zoey Deschanel e John Leguizamo. 90 min.

Realmente M. Night Shyamalan se perdeu. Depois do grande e inesperado sucesso de “O sexto sentido” (1999) ele dirigiu os também bons, mas já criticados, Corpo fechado (2000), Sinais (2002) e A vila (2004), além do conto de fadas “A dama na água” (2006) pelo qual poucos se interessaram, nem o público, nem a crítica e muito menos eu. Agora ele vem com o suspense “Fim dos tempos”. É a história de uma toxina presente no ar da costa nordeste dos Estados Unidos que provoca o bloqueio de uma parte do cérebro que cuida da autodefesa do ser humano, então as pessoas começam a se suicidar.

O filme não perde tempo com apresentações dos personagens (como é de praxe nos filmes de catástrofes). Desde o início o suspense já está no ar quando algumas pessoas sem mais nem menos se matam. Mark Walberg vive Elliot, um professor de Ciências que se vê no meio desse turbilhão, junto com sua mulher Alma (Zoey Deschanel de “Sim senhor) que estão em crise no casamento por um motivo bobo. Junto deles está o amigo, também professor, Julian (John Leguizamo) e sua filha Jess.

É um tema forte, já que o suicídio é um tabu em qualquer lugar e nesse filme há vários suicídios. Trata-se de um suspense, já que não se tem certeza do que está causando esse caos, se terroristas ou a própria natureza. Mas é um suspense frouxo, já que depois de um tempo o espectador mata a charada e o filme já começa a cansar. Fica a esperança de que terá um final inesperado que contrarie o que parecia óbvio (apesar de estranho) mas nem isso. O título nacional também é equivocado. Fim dos tempos dá uma idéia de fim do mundo, mas como o problema só acontece em uma parte dos Estados Unidos, não procede. O título original: Happening (acontecimento) talvez fosse mais correto, apesar de vago e sem graça. Pelo menos o filme é curto e não passa de 90 minutos. Melhor sorte para M. Night Shyamalan da próxima vez. (6,0)

DIÁRIO PROIBIDO (Espanha, 2008)

Direção: Christian Molina, Com: Belén Fabra, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Llum Barrera, Ângela Molina e Geraldine Chaplin. 95 min.

Diário proibido é baseado no best seller erótico: Diário de uma ninfomaníaca de Valérie Tasso. É a história de Val (Belén Fabra), uma mulher viciada em sexo, que busca prazer com vários homens e nunca está satisfeita, até que se apaixona e o sexo deixa de ter tanta importância. Mas esse é só o começo dessa história que tem um clímax por volta de uma hora de filme, que dá a impressão de ser o fim, então toma um “fôlego” e dá uma reviravolta quando ela vai trabalhar em um prostíbulo.

Geraldine Chaplin (filha de Charlie Chaplin) faz uma participação especial nos 25 primeiros minutos, falando francês, como a avó de de Val que lhe dá conselhos para aproveitar a vida e ter quantos homens quiser. É estranho ver o nome de Geraldine em um filme erótico, mas é ela quem dá dignidade ao filme e é sua personagem quem aconselha Val a escrever seus questionamentos em um diário parta tentar responde-los. Mas depois disso, o diretor se esquece desse artifício e ela nunca mais escreve nesse diário.

Val não deixa de se questionar. Todos a aconselham a aproveitar a vida, fazer o que tem vontade, mas às vezes ela percebe que o sexo, que ela tanto gosta, está lhe fazendo mal.

O filme tem cenas bem sensuais e é falado em espanhol, com exceção de dos diálogos entre Val e sua avó, que são em francês. É melhor do que eu esperava, apesar do tema central ser o sexo, não há só isso no filme, ele fala também de prazer, amor, casamento, frustrações e de vida. (7,5)

Vendaval

---- Meo Deus! E não tem como não falar no vendaval de ontem, dia 29. A destruição dos ventos foi sentida em muitas cidades aqui do Rio Grande do Sul. Aqui em Caxias, árvores caíram sobre carros na UCS. Infelizmente as árvores caíram ao lado do bloco J, ou seja, com toda certeza foram alguns alunos de contábeis que saíram no prejuízo.
---- O dilúvio que caiu sobre a cidade pouco depois das 18 horas pegou muita gente de surpresa. O banho da chuva forte acompanhada de granizo em alguns pontos, mais o vento forte, destelharam casas, derrubaram alguns muros e postes de iluminação. Todos esses estragos foram causados por mais um ciclone extratropical que se formou no litoral do Uruguai.

(Foto: Click RBS)
---- O vento se foi, mas o frio chega com tudo. Segundo a previsão para os próximos dias, acordar com 0ºC vai ser algo comum, mas a tarde esquenta com a ajuda do sol. Esse foi o plantão do tempo aqui do blog das EVR!

His Heart Was Still In Ireland

In July 1997, I received a telephone call from a cheerful lady who was answering my newspaper ad for autographs and old documents. This is my actual means of making a living. I have been a collector and dealer of autographs for over 25 years. She stated she lived in Thurmont, Maryland and that she had a steamer trunk full of artifacts and documents, mostly from the late 1800’s. We made an appointment for me to come to her home the following day.

It was late afternoon when I arrived and the first thing I noticed was the house, a beautiful Victorian style house painted deep brown with many high hedges and thick pines. A stereotypical “haunted house” we used to see in the old horror movies. I parked the car in the front and walked up the steep pavement and porch steps, each footstep on the porch creaked and moaned. I knocked on the large wooden door and almost immediately the door opened and a pleasant woman reached out her hand for mine and introduced herself. “Just call me Mary, everybody else does” she said. I said “OK, Mary. Thank you for inviting me to your wonderful home.” That was no overstatement, this place was like a step into the past…gasoliers, pedestal sinks, sconces, bronzes, etc.

She motioned to the large sitting room where a steamer chest was sitting by a beautiful daybed. She explained that her late father had collected the contents and simply placed everything in the steamer trunk. He had an interest in documents that described historic events. As well, he had collected several older autographs. The trunk was used by him when he immigrated from Ireland in the 1918.

I opened the lid and was hit in the face by the typical musty aroma of old paper. I started to sift through the items and quickly read over the papers to see exactly what was before me. Many of the items were personal letters written in Gaelic. Included were soldiers correspondence from France, no doubt during the First World War. Then I came across a 7x9 inch photo of King George V of Great Britain that was signed by the monarch. As I touched the piece, I knew there was a history behind it.

I sat motionless for a minute or so, long enough to be noticed by Mary. She inquired if anything was wrong? I told her that I got a sense of hatred and pain when I touched this photograph. She then noticed what I was holding and sighed….then tried to hold back tears. I explained to her that I was able to sense residual feelings and events and that I had performed paranormal investigations for many years. She smiled and told me why she was displaying tearful emotions.

Mary explained that her father was a member of the Irish resistance in Dublin and that he had always blamed King George V for the death of his brother during the 1916 “Easter Rising”. Her father was also captured by the British troops but managed to escape and make his way to the United States. He always wanted to go back to Ireland to reunite with family but was afraid that he would still be considered a fugitive. He eventually got married and raised a family. He worked as a gunsmith and bricklayer. Mary said he would pace in his study daily wondering how his friends and family in Ireland were getting along. In 1935, he had gathered enough money together to visit Ireland after he had received a visa. Then tragedy struck when her father suffered a severe stroke. The money he saved for his trip was used for his cremation and funeral.

Mary then stood up and said “please, follow me.” We walked down the hallway into a study and library. “This is where my father resides.” Mary stated. “I hear his footsteps and moans every night.” I was speechless. I asked her if she would mind if I tried to communicate with her father. She said “No, that’s not necessary. He wouldn’t understand…besides, he talks to me every evening.”

I did purchase the items and the steamer trunk. The signed photograph of King George V of Great Britain remains in my collection and continues to remind me of the sad Irish immigrant who simply wanted to see home one more time.

NOTE: this incident actually took place as described. Mary's recall of history may not have been totally correct but I felt that the encounter should be written as stated in her words. I continued to purchase pieces from Mary for several years after our original meeting. Sadly, Mary passed away in 2002 while on holiday...in Ireland. I was told her father's ashes were sent to Ireland to be mixed with Mary's ashes and scattered at an undisclosed location...Lon

New Cattle Mutilation Report From Puelches Region, Argentina

Another animal was found mutilated in a field in the Puelches region, some 280 km distant from the city of Santa Rosa, the provincial capital of La Pampa. The specimen involved was a Hereford, known locally as "raza pampa" (Pampa breed).

The animal presented typical incisions on one of its jaws, and was also missing one ear and inner ear, an eye, and had had all of its anal structure removed. The event took place at the Las Piletas ranch.

The owner, who works in the area, says that "lights" are frequently seen in the region and that in the month of April, during a warm evening, he was in the backyard accompanied by his son when the night "was suddenly turned to day" as a very large, bright object hovered over one of the cattle pens.

Terrified, both witnesses entered the house and monitored the strange object's maneuvers, as it hovered for some minutes and then took off at dizzying speed into space. None of the farm animals were injured on that occasion.

An aspect that intrigued them was the fact that not even dogs would approach the dead animal. Neither would the farmer's horse, which refused to approach the carcass despite its rider's insistence. The man was forced to dismount and approach the mutilated cow on foot.

This episode does not surprise them in the least, as they saw the strange incisions on dead animals during the 2002/2003 mutilation wave.

Source:
CEUFO

The Haunting of Penfield Reef Lighthouse

Since 1874, the Penfield Lighthouse has alerted boaters to the hazards of Penfield Reef, that extends for over a mile. It has also had a reputation for being haunted by a lighthouse keeper, who, anxious to see his family for the Christmas holidays in 1916, headed toward shore in a small rowboat.

Frederick Jordan, the keeper, never made it. His boat capsized and as Jordan's assistant watched helplessly, Jordan drifted away, never to be seen again -- at least not in the flesh.

Legend has it that Jordan's successor once claimed to see a hazy presence coming out of the dead keeper's former room, and after looking around the station, found the logbook had been taken down and opened to the page that described Jordan's death.

Others have reported the light not flashing properly, for no apparent reason, though the problems were attributed to the atmospheric conditions, and still other boaters claim they see the ghost of the keeper guiding them to safety in bad weather.

Plans by the Coast Guard in 1969 to tear down the granite structure and replace it with a pipe tower met with vocal opposition and the original structure still stands.

The lighthouse was automated in 1971 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Ownership of Penfield was transferred in 2008 to Beacon Preservation, which plans to use it a research facility.
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The Haunting


On December 22, 1916. Lighthouse Keeper Frederick A. Jordan (sometimes spelled Jordon) rowed a dory for the mainland, to join his family for Christmas. The sea was rough, and about 150 yards (140 m) northwest of the lighthouse, the boat capsized. Assistant Keeper Rudolph Iten said he was unable to launch a boat against a strong wind and an outgoing tide, and so he could only witness Jordan's disappearance into the water. Jordan's body was soon recovered, and Iten was absolved of blame for the death and became the next keeper.

According to a local legend, Jordan has haunted the place ever since. Iten wrote in the keeper's log that Jordan's ghost appeared two weeks later. Iten wrote that the ghost floated down the tower's stairs before dissolving into the darkness, and Iten said he found the log opened to the page that recorded the man's death. Iten also said the Penfield light began "behaving strangely" when the ghost appeared.

Jeremy D'Entremont, author of The Lighthouses of Connecticut, said that since Iten had tried to save the man, the new keeper would be unlikely to make light of Jordan's death by fabricating a ghost tale. Other lighthouse keepers later said Jordan's ghost appeared to them, and Iten even got them to sign affidavits describing the apparitions.

In one tale, Jordan was said to have pulled two boys from the water in 1942 after their boat capsized near Penfield Light. The boys said a man rescued them, but they couldn't find him when they went to the lighthouse to thank him. The boys identified Jordan as their rescuer after seeing his picture, the story goes.

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penfield_Reef_Light

Monterey, CA Native Sets Sights On Bigfoot

The wilderness is pitch-black at night and Monterey's Bart Cutino says he and his colleagues like it that way as they try to solve one of the enduring mysteries of folklore.

Cutino, 35, is an unabashed, unapologetic member of The Bigfoot Research Organization, a diverse group of about 200 researchers and adventurers. They wander through the deep woods for days at a time in search of a legendary creature — indeed, they believe there are thousands of them — inhabiting the forests of North America and the world.

The vast majority, they're convinced, are in the Pacific Northwest. Cutino says there have been at least 10 sightings over the years in Monterey County, the most intriguing by a University of Southern California psychology professor who says he saw one at dusk at the Fort Hunter Liggett military base while boar hunting in 2002.

"Sometimes I'll just drive through the forest with the headlights off, moving at about 4 mph, using a thermal-imaging unit to see every living creature. I'll do that for seven or eight hours at a time," Cutino, who was born and raised in Monterey, says.

Other times, he and fellow researchers will go out in pairs or small groups, watching, waiting, listening and searching in the darkness for any evidence of a mostly nocturnal animal with an eternal life-span that got its nickname from a newspaper in 1958.

The "Bigfoot" moniker, he says, makes many of his fellow researchers wince because it implies to too many people that there is only one. It is believed to be a shy, enigmatic, probably mythical creature that reveals itself for precious seconds at a time, almost always to somebody without a camera or a camcorder.

Misinformation and pranksters have further belittled the ongoing quest to find the real-life Sasquatches, believed to be wood apes.

'It wasn't scary'


Cutino, an associate with NCW Group Wealth Management in Monterey, believes there are actually about 6,000 to 7,000 in North America alone — and is convinced that there's nothing mythical about them.

Indeed, on Aug. 18, 2007, he feels certain he saw one on Chinook Pass, near Naches, Wash., during an outing he took with about 14 friends, including several other Bigfoot researchers.

According to a report he filed that summer for the Bigfoot Research Organization, he was standing a short distance from his campsite around midnight when he heard the breaking of a branch. He decided to check out the sound with a hand-held thermal-imaging unit, a device that uses body heat to make living things visible in the darkness.

What he saw 50 yards down a path appeared at first to be human being peering at him from behind a large tree, peeking first around one side of the trunk, then the other.

"About 20 to 25 seconds later, it stepped out from behind the tree and dropped on all fours, knees on the ground, arms extended and did this little head rotation in my direction," Cutino says. "At that point I knew what it was, and it was surreal. It wasn't scary. I just couldn't believe it was happening."

He says the Sasquatch propped itself momentarily onto its right shoulder and inched itself forward, at which point Cutino began snapping his fingers, trying to get the attention of a colleague who was 30 yards away, near a truck containing recording equipment.

"Every time I snapped my fingers, this thing would make a full-body, convulsive-type movement — very agile, very animalistic — and it would pause-freeze every time I stopped snapping my fingers," Cutino says. "Then it rotated back onto its right shoulder, put a hand up next to its face, and splayed out the hand so I could clearly see all five digits on the hand."

The creature stood up, went down again, then stood again before Cutino made a decision to run in the opposite direction, toward his friend with the recording equipment. By the time his colleague got the complicated recording equipment set up and directed, the Sasquatch was gone, Cutino says.

He's convinced

Based on measurements taken later, using a 6-foot-3, 175-pound colleague as a model in the same location, Cutino estimates that the creature stood about 7 feet tall and weighed up to 575 pounds, with the vast majority of the weight in its upper torso.

The head was relatively small and unusually round, and its arms were an astounding length, perhaps even longer than its legs.

That there is no photographic evidence is disappointing, but Cutino says it didn't temper his exhilaration that night.

"At the time, I'd been going out there looking for one of these for about four years, and wasn't 110 percent convinced that they really existed, even though I had talked to a lot of people who said they had seen one," he says. "But after that night, I'd bet everything I love and I'd sit back and smile, knowing that Bigfoot is real. That's how certain I am of what I saw out there."

Legendary Sasquatch

Cutino hails from a well-known Monterey family. His father, Bert, is co-founder and chief operating officer of the Sardine Factory restaurant and a principal in Cannery Row Co. and Foursome Development Co.

His late uncle, Pete, was a Hall of Fame water polo coach at the University of California-Berkeley. Both of his grandfathers, first-generation Sicilian immigrants, were fishermen on Monterey Bay during the heyday of the sardine era.

"Both of my nanus — my mom's dad and my dad's dad — used to see our version of the Loch Ness Monster out there in the bay. All the fishermen called it 'Bobo,'" Cutino says. "Looking back at all the reports, I'm guessing that it might have been an oar fish — a very lengthy, serpentine-like fish that looks like it has a mane."

Those tales, plus an interest his brother, Mark, had in Bigfoot, captured Bart's fascination when he was only 6. He began reading everything he could about the legendary Sasquatch, watching TV reports and later scouring the Internet for information. Over the past six years, he's spent over 200 nights in the forest.

Sightings have been reported in every state except Hawaii and Rhode Island, numbering in the thousands, with Washington (465) and California (411) at the top of the list. Nine Canadian provinces, and seven other countries — led by Malaysia, with 36 — also have turned in reports.

Skeptical scientists


The vast majority of the scientific world considers the Bigfoot phenomena to be largely bunk. Scientists have expressed doubts that such a species could exist in numbers great enough to perpetuate itself, wondered how such a creature could find enough food to sustain itself and noted that nobody has ever found the remains of a Sasquatch. They have also questioned the validity of the famous Patterson-Gimlin film, shot in Bluff Creek in 1967, that purports to show a female Sasquatch retreating from her pursuers.

But Bigfoot researchers have arguments to combat each of those concerns.

"People have a right to be skeptical, especially when you consider an evidence pile littered with hoaxes, and what a poor job we've collectively done presenting our case as researchers," Cutino concedes. "However, even sifting through the debris, one will find more viable, intriguing physical evidence and eyewitness testimony than 99 percent of our court systems receive."

Technology, he says, is finally catching up with the needs of researchers, and he believes irrefutable images of a living Sasquatch are likely to be captured in the next few years.

Until that happens, and as long as his family — including his wife and baby daughter — remains supportive, he intends to continue his quest.

"My idea of a good time might be unpopular, being a Peninsula resident, but everybody else can have their tee times," Cutino says. "Just put me in the middle of a dark redwood forest at 3 a.m. and I'm the happiest guy in the world."

Reports of Distraught Michael Jackson Fans Committing Suicide


The man behind the world's biggest online Michael Jackson fan club has said heartbroken followers of the star have committed suicide because of his death.

Gary Taylor, president and owner of MJJcommunity.com, said he understood the tragedies had mostly taken place outside of the UK but he believed one may have been British.

"I know there has been an increase, I now believe the figure is 12. I believe there may have been one Briton who has taken their life," he said.

"It is a serious situation that these people are going through but Michael Jackson would never want this. He would want them to live."

Jesse Jackson, a friend of the singer, has recorded a YouTube film on the site urging fans not to "self destruct".

He said: "This is a time when hearts are heavy. There is great pain but great cause to celebrate Michael's life.

"It made Michael happy saying 'We Are The World'. Don't self destruct.

"We fall down sometimes, we get back up. That's the right thing to do. In Michael's name let's live together as brothers and sisters and not die apart as fools."

MJJcommunity.com was formed 10 years ago by Mr Taylor, a London office manager, and has more than 14,000 online users and 30 staff worldwide.

He said the singer's death had left his fans on the forum "in a surreal place".

"They can't accept it, they feel in some sort of different reality," he said.

"I'm stunned that he's dead. One minute he is coming here for concerts and the next he is gone.

"I think the funeral will be where the reality kicks in that he is gone and won't be coming back, there will be a huge depression in the fan community when that happens."

Thousands of Michael Jackson fans are expected to gather for a vigil on July 13 at the O2 Arena where the star was due to perform.

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Bonzinhos Só Se F#@$?

---- Estava devendo alguns assuntos, por isso chegou a hora de falar dos bonzinhos, daquelas pessoas sem malícia, aquelas pessoas que são boas até demais, daquelas pessoas que sempre apóiam, mesmo quando não devem, enfim, aquela pessoa bozinha que sempre acaba se ferrando na final da história.
---- Eu já tive aquela fase bobona onde ajudava todos, gastava meu tempo com o próximo esquecendo de mim mesmo, dedicando meu tempo para ajudar quem necessitava. Foram alguns anos assim, mas depois de tanta paulada, depois de tanta traição, agora seleciono quem merece minha ajuda. Sei que a frase soa prepotente, mas vamos combinar que simplesmente existem pessoas que não merecem ajuda alguma. Outras não conhecem a gratidão e outras apenas se aproximam porque querem algo. Depois que abri meus olhos, decidi conhecer melhor as pessoas antes de sair ajudando. Isso evita dores de cabeças futuras.
---- Hoje eu conheço muitas pessoas com o coração puro, com boas índoles, porém vejo muitas sanguessugas ao redor. Vejo também muitas pessoas boas agindo como eu, dando o mesmo conselho que eu costumo usar. A ajuda hoje não é algo que deva ser dado gratuitamente já que existem muitas pessoas que simplesmente pisam em cima de você quando tudo vai bem ou mesmo esquecem que você existe depois que a maré baixa. Escutei um comentário recentemente que acabou chamando minha atenção. “Quando precisava, eu sempre era lembrado, porém nunca fui convidado sequer para um aniversário.” Fato ou mito?
---- Fato! É fato constatado por grande parte das pessoas que ajudar o próximo nem sempre é a melhor coisa a ser feita. Muitas vezes ajudar demais cria pessoas comodistas, pessoas que se conformam em receber tudo de todos em toda hora. Sei que essa postagem não é lá a ideal para fechar o mês, mas precisamos admitir que nos dias de hoje, os espertinhos gostam de tripudiar sobre os bonzinhos. Não estamos encorajando os bonzinhos ao egoísmo, mas sim estamos encorajando-os a pensarem em si mesmo ao invés de pensar nos outros. Isso lá é crime?
---- Será mesmo que a lei da conveniência impera sobre o bom senso? Se for mania de brasileiro se dar bem nas costas do outro, eu realmente não sei. Fato é que hoje em dia ser o bonzinho da história para se dar mal no final é algo para tolos. Mais do que nunca o olhar objetivo precisa reinar sobre o subjetivo. Ajude sim, mas saiba para quem você estará prestando favores. Dores de cabeças futuras nascem muitas vezes dos laços de amizade mais simples. Conhecido não é amigo, por isso fique atento!

Dica de Blogs

---- Blog das Estranhas Verdades Relativas fez 1 ano de vida no dia 1º de Junho. Disso você já sabe, eu acho. Estamos crescendo e fazendo novas ligações com outros blogs, por isso essa postagem vai dar dicas de blogs interessantes que nós recomendamos.
-- Não é Uma Brastemp é parada certa para quem curte papos mais sérios, para torcedores do Inter, para pessoas que gostem de estar bem informados sobre nossa cidade, sobre cultura, que também curta postagens falando de comportamento e também curiosidades e imagens que não poderiam passar despercebidas, ou seja, é um blog cultura.
-- Limão ou Queijo Ralado foi uma das minhas recentes descobertas. Esse blog com um foco bem humorado apresenta postagens bacanas e que farão vocês rir. Esse blog traz um diferencial em minha modesta opinião. Eu estou curtindo muito esse blog, por isso acessem.
-- Para quem gosta da série “Lengend of the Seeker”, o blog do mesmo nome é uma parada certa. Muitas informações sobre a série estão por lá, por isso se você curte a série, acesse!
-- Bem Legaus foi outra das minhas descobertas, blog esse com destaque no Yahoo, onde muitas postagens descontraídas e coisas legais são expostas. Blog recomendado para quem curte curiosidades.
----Temos ainda blogs animais com serviço, textos, informações e extras sobre cães e gatos. Ainda temos outros blogs que vocês podem conferir observando o lado direito de sua tela, na aba “Blogs que Recomendamos.” Vale à pena!

Top 10 Clipes - 02ª e 01ª Posições

---- Blog das EVR quase finalizando o mês. Hora de descobrir quem foi que levou as duas primeiras posições do Top 10 Clipes. Curiosos? Apenas digo que ambas pertencem ao rock, ou aos seus derivados.
---- Desde já, agradeço novamente a todos que visitam esse blog e que estão votando no Top Blogs. Muito obrigado mesmo! O Top 10 Clipes nada mais é que uma forma de mostrar para vocês que estilos de música eu curto. Nesse caso, eu mostrei os meus 10 clipes favoritos.
2ª – O Nightwish é o dono da 2ª posição, levando a medalha de prata com o clipe de “Nemo”.

1ª – Linkin Park leva a medalha de ouro com o ótimo clipe de "Numb". Acho esse clipe foda, tanto que é dele a posição mais alta do meu ranking.

---- Acabou! Esse foi o Top 10 Clipes, by Estranhas Verdades Relativas, by Robson! Espero que tenham gostado. Até mais!

Video: Pink / Green UFO - Mexico City, Mexico - 6/22/09




Prof. Ana Luisa Cid writes to inform about yet another sighting - substantiated by videotape - in the vicinity of Mexico City International Airport (MCIA):

"Lic. Daniel Sánchez Rosales recorded a luminous shape in the skies over Mexico City, in a neighborhood near the airport, around 20:00 hours on June 22, 2009.

"The witness remarks that he saw the same object the next day, adding that in both cases he was accompanied by his nephew (corroborating witness)

"It should be noted that I received a similar videotape in 2008, taken by Ing. Victor Gonzalez in Texpepan, Mexico State."

Crop Circles Appear in Southern Russia’s Krasnodar Region






Mysterious pictograms consisting of several circles have appeared on a wheat field in Southern Russia’s Krasnodar region. Was it someone’s joke or did aliens visit us?

Sky watchers in southern Russia are trying to explain the appearance of geometrically perfect crop circles in a field. The mystery has attracted dozens of UFO experts in search of extraterrestrial life.

From a bird’s eye view you can clearly see the perfect geometrical figures: giant circles and connecting lines drawn on a wheat field.

Who or what caused them to appear overnight remains a mystery.

The site is near the small village of Dinskaya in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, right next to a busy highway. Nonetheless the circles usually appear at night and nobody saw the culprits.

Local reporters have already turned it into a landmark and families go to take photos.

According to enthusiasts from Kosmopoisk (Space Search group), it’s not the first time such a phenomenon has been discovered. Group members have visited the spot to carry out research and film the area from an unmanned helicopter.

“The figure consists of eight circles and rings around them that are interconnected,” the group coordinator, Vadim Chernobrov, told Interfax news agency. “Their sizes vary from 5 to 25 meters.”

He said they had known in advance of an approximate date when signs would appear.
How do they appear?

Most people are certain that the circles were made by aliens, although some give the credit to local farmers, saying the figures are not that hard to make. All you need to do is stretch a rope across and walk along it, and the wheat will be pressed down.

The Kosmopoisk website reports that according to area residents, the night the circles appeared shining balls were seen in the sky. The experts now seek to determine whether the marks in the fields are man-made or whether their origin can be explained by someone’s joke.

The activist from the group set up special “watching points” to spot the appearance of the pictograms in the areas where they might appear, judging by past experience. They choose the highest places in the area.

According to Chernobrov, each time it happens the same way. At about 1.15 AM some animals start to show anxiety, especially cows and dogs. But in exactly five minutes they all calm down and complete silence falls within a radius of 20-30 kilometers from the place where the circle will later appear, and no sounds of frogs or insects can be heard.

Then the observers notice a shining light in the field, it can last from a few minutes to several hours. Sometimes people begin to panic by this time and feel a desire to leave the zone. Also, from time to time cars won’t start and mobile phones and cameras may be down.

Farmers fear


The mysterious phenomenon hit several areas in the region. Pictograms appeared not only in Dinsky district, but also on one of the fields near the town of Armavir. But the Ufologists had no opportunity to study them: the farmer who spotted the circles was scared that the mysterious things will make superstitious customers refuse to buy his wheat, so he leveled the pictograms with a tractor.

The activists of Kosmopoisk often complain about locals. When similar things happen in the West, many farmers use it as an opportunity to earn money from the sensation. But in Russia many people fear radiation (while its level doesn’t rise in the “enigmatic zones”) and, as they call it, “dangerous” wheat in the area. So they do everything to trample the pictograms down.

While skeptics are trying to prove that the circles are a hoax, Ufologists from groups like “CosmoResearch” are expecting another visit from outer space.

Their tools are simple, but their intentions are serious. To catch little green men, or whoever may come out at night, the Ufologists have night vision goggles and magnetic field analyzers that beep whenever the magnetic field changes.

Many “CosmoResearch” members have degrees in engineering and physics, but they say the circles are too complex to be forged by humans.

World enigma

Just like in the movies, most Ufologists would love to get in touch with the extraterrestrials. Chernobrov, who has spent more than a decade exploring the unknown, says this may happen someday, but for now even observing the crop circles could lead to a breakthrough if we break their secret code.

“You cannot forge these figures easily, like in Photoshop. It’s a complex matter of non-human origin. According to many we are already being contacted, and crop circles are like text messages that we have to decode,” Chernobrov says.

Groups of enthusiasts investigate the pictograms in the fields and work in 35 countries throughout the world. Similar phenomena have been reported in the UK, the US, Canada, Denmark, Spain, and Germany.

Some researchers say that the geography of the circles is not chaotic, claiming that if one draws the lines on the map, connecting the places in Europe where they appear, he will draw several parallel arcs.

New Apartment High Rise 'Falls Over' in Shanghai, China





A construction worker was killed on Saturday after a 13-story block of flats collapsed in China, highlighting fears that building safety standards are being overlooked in the country's rush to modernization.

The block, in the outskirts of the eastern city of Shanghai, toppled around dawn and ended up lying on its side in a muddy construction field.

Construction work on the block appeared to have been nearly completed, with windows fitted and a tiled facade. Other identical blocks in the same property development were still standing nearby.

The official Xinhua News Agency said that a 28-year-old worker, surnamed Xiao, had gone into the building to get his tools and tried to jump out the window when the building fell. He was from Anhui province in eastern China.

The accident occurred in the "Lotus Riverside" residential community in Shanghai's Minxing district.

Sub-standard workmanship has been a major concern in China's building sector, as the country rolls out enormous city expansions and finishes off vast infrastructure projects to keep pace with fast economic growth.

Whales May Equal Apes In Human Character and Emotion


As the annual International Whaling Commission meeting stumbles to a close, unable to negotiate a compromise between whaling opponents and people who’ve killed more than 40,000 whales since 1985, scientists say these aquatic mammals are more than mere animals. They might even deserve to be considered people.

Not human people, but as occupying a similar range on the spectrum as the great apes, for whom the idea of personhood has moved from preposterous to possible. Chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos possess self-awareness, feelings and high-level cognitive powers. According to a steadily gathering body of research, so do whales and dolphins.

In fact, their capacities could be even more ancient than our own, dating to an evolutionary explosion in brain size that took place millions of years before the last common ancestor of the great apes existed.

“If an alien came down anytime prior to about 1.5 million years ago to communicate with the ‘brainiest’ animals on Earth, they would have tripped over our own ancestors and headed straight for the oceans to converse with the dolphins,” said Lori Marino, an evolutionary neurobiologist at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.

The idea of whale personhood makes all the more haunting the prospect that Earth’s cetaceans, many of whom were hunted to the brink of extinction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are still threatened.

At the annual International Whaling Commission being held this week in Portugal, officials failed to curb the continuing killing of some 1,000 whales every year, mostly by hunters from Japan, Norway and Iceland. Many scientists say populations are still too fragile to support commercial hunting or, in the case of Japan, “scientific research” that appears to kill an especially high number of pregnant females.

Mortality from hunting, however, may be the least of the whale’s worries. Industrial pollution has suffused their bodies with heavy metals and toxins. Noise pollution drowns out the vocalizations on which whales rely to find food and navigate. Overfishing punches holes in oceanic webs of life. Whales and dolphins are also accidentally caught in nets and struck by ships.

Such collisions appear to be pushing the North Atlantic right whale to oblivion, and the IWC says that ship strikes “should be reduced to zero as soon as possible.” But though the U.S. has set speed limits off its northeast coast, the World Shipping Council has fought such measures internationally. It’s also possible that Navy sonar tests, which may have caused mass beachings in the Bahamas, are to blame. The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down restrictions on the tests. And though President Obama has noble intentions on ocean policy, pollution and overfishing is a global problem.

nur02002In the midst of this, research has continued on whales and dolphins, which have long been difficult to study. Whales can’t be kept in captivity. Scientists require expensive ships and tools that, despite their sophistication, produce relatively low-resolution readings of whale life.

Most findings come from bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, sperm whales and humpback whales — the species that scientists have painstakingly studied for a few decades, and now continue their work with improved gene sequencing and song analysis tools. In these four species, scientists see considerable social complexity and individual distinction. They talk of whales and dolphins in terms of cultures and societies, and say cetaceans possess qualities of personhood. They say the same is likely true of other species, who simply haven’t been studied yet.

“It’s only due to our lack of knowledge that humans remain this exclusive species,” said Shane Gero, a Dalhousie University marine biologist. “We’re getting a lot of long-term studies in cetaceans, hitting multiple generations, and we’re finally able to get at these questions.” Though there’s still more evidence for primate than cetacean personhood, Gero said accumulating research “will start tipping the scales.”

Gero trained under Dalhousie University biologist Hal Whitehead, who started studying whales in 1977. Researchers from his lab and that of St. Andrews University biologist Luke Rendell, another former Whitehead student, have studied sperm whales around the world. They’re responsible for much of what’s known about the whales’ social behavior, which involves wide variations in group formation, hunting and child-rearing. Groups even appear to communicate in their own unique dialect.

“Based on what we know, I’d guess that cetacean culture is intermediate between humans and chimpanzees. Not in material culture, but in most other respects,” said Whitehead.

Culture is an especially important measure of personhood in whales, since it’s difficult to administer the sorts of tests that have found chimpanzees to be capable of basic math, altruism, laughter and complex communication, the latter of which can be neurologically imaged in real-time.

dolphinrecognitionBut if cetaceans can’t take these tests, they have met one critical laboratory benchmark of higher cognition: self-recognition. With Wildlife Conservation Society cognitive scientist Diana Reiss, Lori Marino showed that bottlenose dolphins can use mirrors to investigate marks hidden on their bodies. “When they look in the mirror, they’re saying, ‘That’s me,’” said Marino. “They have a sense of self through time.”

And in a much-celebrated first documented example of tool use in marine mammals, a family of dolphins in Australia uses sponges to hunt.

Cetaceans even surpass most primates in their use of sound. “We’ve known for some time now that the communication systems of these animals is more complex than we can imagine,” said Marino. “People are starting to use some interesting statistical methods to look at their vocal repertoires, and they’re finding structural complexity that suggests there may be something like grammar, syntax, even language.”

Fueling the evolution of cetacean communication is an ability, observed in dolphins, humpback whales and sperm whales, to pass songs and codas between generations and individuals.

“One of the ways in which dolphins are unusual among mammals is their ability to imitate sounds. Most apes are barely able to modify the sounds that they make vocally, based on what they hear,” said Peter Tyack, a biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. “To be able to learn sounds and incorporate them is really important for human communication.”

According to Tyack, the individually distinctive calls of dolphins may even be equivalent to names. “That’s an open research question,” he said.

In addition to cultural evidence, researchers who’ve studied cetacean brains — many of which are among the largest in the animal kingdom — have found highly developed analogues to human structures. Whale brains appear to have undergone massive growth about 30 million years ago, a process linked in primates to the development of complex cognition and culture.

“The parts of the brain that are involved with processing emotion and social relationships are enormously complex, and in many cetaceans even more highly elaborated than in the human brain,” said Marino. “If we assume that the limbic system is doing what it’s doing in all mammals, then something very high-level is going on.”

As for the nature of a whale’s inner life, it’s difficult to say but possible to speculate.

“My strong suspicion is that a lot of sperm whale life revolves around social issues,” said Whitehead. “They’re nomadic, live in permanent groups, and are dependent on each other for everything. Social structure is vital to them. The only constant thing in their world is their social group. I’d guess that a lot of their life is paying attention to social relationships.”

These relationships would be “interestingly different from ours, for a variety of reasons,” continued Whitehead. “There’s nowhere to hide, they can use sound to form an image of each other’s insides — whether you’re pregnant, hungry, sick. In a three-dimensional habitat, it’s probably much harder to say something is mine, or yours, whether it’s a piece of food or a potential mate.”

Tyler Schulz, another researcher in Whitehead’s lab, recently refined a method for linking sperm whale codas to the individual who composed them. That should help researchers get an even better appreciation of personal traits.

“He found that in one group, most of the animals had a similar repertoire of calls, but the mother of a baby had a different one,” said Whitehead. “As we analyze the data, we’ll be able to figure out whether that was the mother’s originally vocabulary, and she was a weirdo, or if maybe that was just baby talk. We all know women who change their vocabularies when they have babies.”

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Resultado: Enquête Junho

---- Olha só! Parece que o pessoal está curtindo o blog do jeito que ele está hoje. Feita a pesquisa com os leitores do blog, vamos ao resultado?
---- Com 20 votos no total, 16 pessoas acham que o blog está legal do jeito que está hoje, ou seja, uma variedade de assuntos. Muito obrigado em quem votou aqui. Esse reconhecimento ajuda a manter o blog com força total!
---- Séries, textos, música e cinema, assuntos esse que eu curto muito, vieram na seqüência. "Séries" recebeu 14 votos, por isso eu preciso pesquisar e postar mais assuntos relacionados às séries listadas aqui à direita, na galeria “Séries que o Blog Recomenda”.
---- Metade da galera que votou quer quadros novos. Trabalharei em cima disso, por isso fiquem de olho. Postaremos mais notícias por aqui sim. Conteúdo municipal, estadual, nacional e mundial passarão por aqui.
---- As demais alternativas também serão trabalhadas, porém focarei nas mais votadas. Desde já eu agradeço quem votou! Muito obrigado! Continuaremos o trabalho das EVR com força total!
PS: Vote nas EVR no Top Blogs elegendo um dos melhores blogs na categoria Variedades. O link está no lado superior direito. Valeu!

UMA NOITE NO MUSEU 2 (EUA, 2009)



Direção: Shawn Levy, Com: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Robin Williams. 100 min.

O mesmo Shawn Levy que dirigiu a primeira aventura, está de volta no comando dessa continuação que traz de volta todo o elenco original e mais alguns acréscimos, com a diferença que o papel de Robin Williams – Theodore Rosevelt – aqui é bem menor que no anterior.

Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) agora não trabalha mais como vigia noturno do Museu de História Natural, pois virou inventor e dono de uma empresa de sucesso. Mas dessa forma não daria para criar uma história, então sem nenhuma explicação, ele resolve visitar o museu e descobre que o dono está revolucionando e vai mandar as atrações que ganham vida à noite para o depósito, pois acha que elas estão ultrapassadas. Um roubo acontece e os amigos de Larry, incluindo o cowboy em miniatura, Jedediah (Owen Wilson), vão parar em um complexo de 9 museus e todos precisam da ajuda do antigo vigia que não titubeia e parte para o resgate.

Agora o título nacional faz mais sentido, já que toda a ação acontece em uma única noite, ao contrário do primeiro que se desenrolava em várias noites, sendo mais apropriado “Noites no museu”. Há vários personagens novos, como a aviadora Amélia Earhart (Amy Adams) que se apaixona por Larry e em momentos românticos do casal, aparecem três anjinhos cupidos (dublados pelo grupo Jonas Brothers) cantando More than a woman e My heart will go on. Além dessas, ainda há outras duas músicas do grupo na trilha sonora e a animada “Let’s groove” de Earth, Wind and Fire, já no desenlace.

É um show de efeitos especiais. Agora é possível entrar em quadros na parede e participar das cenas. O mafioso Al Capone também aparece com sua gangue, toda em preto e branco, ao contrário do restante dos personagens, todos em busca da placa que veio do Egito e dá vida aos bichos, dinossauros e personagens de cera.

O primeiro filme de 2006, rendeu 250 milhões de dólares só nos Estados Unidos, enquanto este já fez mais de 2,3 milhões de espectadores nos cinemas brasileiros, nas 5 semanas em que está em cartaz. É um bom passatempo para qualquer idade, mas ao final deixa a impressão de piada velha e de já ter ouvido algo parecido antes, por isso ainda prefiro o primeiro filme. (7,0)

PERSÉPOLIS (França, 2007)

Não conhecia esse filme francês que me foi presenteado em DVD por uma amiga (Tacilda Aquino) do curso de Cinema e Educação. Foi indicado ao Oscar 2008 de melhor animação, mas perdeu para Wall-E da Disney/ Pixar e é baseado nas histórias em quadrinhos de Marjane Satrapi, que também assumiu a direção e o roteiro ao lado de Vincent Paronnaud. Marjane é também o nome da protagonista desse história, uma menina que cresceu no Irã durante a revolução islâmica, vendo a partir de sua inocência, guerras, perseguições, prisões e mortes (inclusive de parentes e conhecidos) e a obrigação do uso do véu pelas mulheres, que funciona como repressor para elas que se sentem inferiores aos homens. Com a intensificação da guerra que dura oito anos e deixa milhares de morto, sua família resolve manda-la a Viena (Áustria) para a casa de uma filósofa meio louca que tem um cachorro tarado. É em Viena que Marjane cresce, conhece o primeiro amor, depois revelado homossexual, um outro que a trai e um terceiro com quem se casa, mas também não é o homem de sua vida.

Apesar de ser um desenho animado, Persépolis não é destinado às crianças. É um filme com tema forte e às vezes desagradável e é em preto e branco, com exceção de algumas cenas atuais com Marjane. Em um primeiro momento, a animação parece precária e os desenhos meio infantis, como se fossem feitos por uma criança mesmo, mas isso foi intencional para transmitir a inocência daquela criança crescendo em um mundo selvagem o qual ela não entende completamente.

Há vários momentos singelos, como a ligação de Marjane com sua avó, que a ensina como manter o seios sempre redondos e a ficar sempre perfumada, colocando jasmins no sutiã.

O filme é carregado de cultura pop americana. Marjane é apaixonada por Iron Maiden e arrisca a pele para comprar uma fita cassete do grupo; suas colegas têm LPs do Bee Gees e do ABBA e em uma das cenas mais belas do filme, ela canta Eye of the tiger (do filme Rocky – Um lutador) quando consegue finalmente sair da depresssão.

Chiara Mastroianni (filha de Marcelo Mastroianni) e Catherine Deneuve dublam respectivamente, Marjane e sua mãe, nesse filme muito interessante que além de divertir ainda ensina sobre a história do Irã, do islamismo e de uma guerra que como todas as outras, a gente não entende muito bem porque começou e qual a sua utilidade. O DVD infelizmente não traz nenhum extra. (8,0)

JOHNNY VAI Á GUERRA (EUA, 1971)

“Existe alguém que está contando com você
Pra lutar em seu lugar
Já que nessa guerra não é ele que vai morrer.”
Renato Russo

Direção: Dalton Trumbo. Com: Timothy Bottons, Donald Sutherland e Jason Robards. 106 min.

Johnny vai à guerra foi o único filme dirigido por Dalton Trumbo, que foi perseguido pelo MacCarthismo e fez roteiros para vários filmes com pseudônimo. Este também tem roteiro seu a partir de um romance de sua autoria. Joe (Timothy Bottons) tem uma namorada, com quem tem a primeira noite de amor antes de ser enviado à 1ª guerra mundial. Já no front é ferido em uma explosão e tem que ser internado em um hospital militar, quando se dá conta que a explosão fez com que ele perdesse os braços, as pernas e o rosto (boca, nariz, olhos, ouvidos), não pode ouvir, não pode falar, escrever ou gesticular e mesmo assim quer e precisa se comunicar com os outros, pois seu cérebro continua funcionando perfeitamente, apesar dos médicos duvidarem. Mas como se comunicar?

As cenas no quarto do hospital são em preto e branco, para dar um ar mais desolador e sem esperanças, já as lembranças e delírios (sonhos) são coloridas. Joe relembra o amor por sua namorada, sua mãe, os amigos, um passeio com o pai e a estima que este tinha por uma vara de pescar e pela guerra, pois achava que morrer pela pátria era enobrecedor para qualquer pessoa, o que talvez tenha influenciado o filho a lutar na guerra.

Johnny vai à guerra é um filme difícil e triste, pelo tema e também pela falta de perspectivas, pois o espectador desde o início tem a impressão de que aquela história não vai terminar bem, mas não como negar sua originalidade na forma como Trumbo escolheu para denunciar o absurdo de todas as guerras e a falta de sentido em se lutar com outras pessoas sem nem saber o porque. Os soldados morrem ou ficam deformados enquanto a “pátria” e os políticos enriquecem. Um letreiro ao final mostra que desde 1914 (até 1971) já morreram 80 milhões de pessoas nas guerras, enquanto outros 150 milhões foram feridos ou desapareceram.

Há um alento de esperança quando chega ao hospital uma enfermeira que consegue gostar de Joe e a compreendê-lo. A comunicação parece possível quando ela “escreve” com os dedos em seu peito e ele começa a se comunicar por código morse. Mas nem tudo é tão simples. A questão não é só entender e sim compreender e ajudar a superar os traumas.

Trumbo não fez com esse filme apenas um manifesto contra a guerra, fez também uma parábola sobre a incomunicabilidade do ser humano. As pessoas estão tão próximas umas das outras, mas não conseguem se entender, não querem ouvir o que o outro tem a dizer e quando ouvem não podem ajudar ou não querem. Em um diálogo, Joe desabafa: “Se eu tivesse braços, me mataria, se eu tivesse pernas, fugiria; se eu pudesse falar eu gritaria para as pessoas, mas elas não me ouviriam, nem Deus ouviria, pois Ele não existe mais.” (7,5)

Top 10 Clipes - 04ª e 03ª Posições

++++ No Top 10 Clipes que entra na reta final, hoje conheceremos quem ficou na 4ª e na 3ª posição. Ambos são da música pop e já namoraram. Curto muito a música de ambos, mas ela levou a medalha de ouro no Top 30. Já sabem de quem eu falo?
04ª - Justim Timberlake aparece por aqui com o ótimo clipe de "What goes around, comes around". A música é muito boa e o clipe é muito bacana e que me lembra de Jaded do Aerosmith.

3ª - Britney Spears aparece por aqui na 3ª posição, surpreendendo quem me conhece. Pensaram que ela estaria no 1º lugar, não é? Mesmo ela sendo minha artista favorita, o clipe que eu acho o melhor não é dela. Quem será então que está na 1ª posição? Medalha de Bronze para Britney e seu "Overprotected darkchild remix".

++++ Palpites para as 2ª e para a 1ª posição? Na terça-feira conheceremos as últimas duas posições do Top 10 Clipes. Até lá!

Vida De Estudante

---- Aproveitando o gancho da postagem abaixo, que tal falar da vida de estudante? Com o passar dos tempos, com os dias cada vez mais corridos, foi-se o tempo onde o adolescente apenas se preocupava em estudar. Hoje as pessoas precisam se virar cada vez mais cedo, o que é bom já que os adolescentes atuais não são iguais aos de antigamente. Independentemente disso, não importa a idade de quem estude, a vida de estudante não é mais a mesma.
---- Os estudantes acadêmicos que o digam. Como não existe um misera universidade federal por aqui, a solução é partir para as universidades particulares, ou seja, todo inicio de mês temos aquela fatia do bolo, digo, do salário que vai para nossos cursos superiores. O investimento é ótimo, porém muitas vezes não traz aquele resultado, ainda mais quando pegamos professores que nem ao mesmo sabem do que estão falando. Independentemente (gosto dessa palavra) disso, o investimento em ensino nunca é demais.
---- Agora, falando da vida cotidiana, essa sim não entra em rotina. Acordamos cedo, trabalhamos o dia inteiro, estudamos a noite e muitas vezes usamos parte da madrugada para estudar ou fazer algum trabalho. Como resultado, dorme-se cada vez menos e acumula-se estresse cada vez mais. Todos sabem a correria que a semana de provas causa, ainda mais quando temos trabalhos para fazer. Bom, nesse período nós fazemos o milagre da multiplicação já que temos que fazer mil e uma coisas ao mesmo tempo. Algumas pessoas possuem a sorte de seus pais bancarem tudo, o que os deixa uma única e exclusiva tarefa de passar bem nas disciplinas. A grande maioria se banca e precisa passar já que o investimento feito é caro e reprovar em uma disciplina não é lá algo em questão.
---- Não estou aqui reclamando dessa rotina porque gosto dela. Mantemos nossa cabeça ocupada e também porque estamos em freqüente contato com outras pessoas. A única observação que deve ser feita é sobre o tempo de lazer. Pessoas com a agenda social lotada precisam, obrigatoriamente, abrir um espaço para o lazer. O blog recomenda aquele momento de lazer já que assim como o corpo, a mente também precisa de descanso.

Bizarras Da Semana

---- Vamos as rapidinhas da semana. Para começar, um gato é preso nos EUA pela segunda vez depois de atacar um cão da raça Maltês e seu dono que passeavam pela rua. O dono do animal, Lee Noltimier, de 82 anos, rebateu as acusações e disse que "Hoppy", nome do felino que tem 19 anos de idade, está muito velho e tem medo das pessoas, mas nunca causou ferimentos em ninguém. Já os vizinhos afirmam que o gato é perigoso já que ele atacou um cão e seu dono em outra oportunidade, em 2007. O gato foi levado para o centro de controle e proteção de animais, onde ficou "preso" em observação. Ele foi libertado na última terça-feira (23) depois de receber um microchip e ser vacinado contra a raiva.
---- Continuando nas terras do Tio Sam, um norte-americano chamado Stephen Murdoch, de 45 anos, foi preso em Tustin, no estado da Califórnia, de minissaia enquanto a assistia a um filme pornô na sala de ginástica do condomínio no qual mora. De acordo com o polícia, Murdoch tentou se esconder, mas após vasculharem a mochila dele, os policiais encontraram maconha, um cachimbo para fumar a droga e metanfetaminas.
---- Partindo agora para a Europa, o albanês Afrim Nikoci fugiu de um presídio de alta segurança na Suíça depois de cavar um buraco na parede utilizando apenas um prato de plástico, segundo um jornal local. Nikoci descobriu que a parede da prisão é feita de um material que desmancha facilmente. Para fugir, ele usou o próprio prato das refeições e cavou um buraco de 25 centímetros por 36 centímetros.
---- Eta mundo bizarro mesmo. Gato rebelde (não curto muito felino, mas...) que ataca pessoas, senhor tardão com tendências estranhas e fugitivo que usa um prato plástico para fugir de uma penitenciária de alta segurança com paredes frágeis é para acabar!
(Fonte: Globo.com)

Crítica do drama de guerra Num Céu Azul Escuro


Várzea Grande-MT, 28 de Junho de 2009. 01:54PM...

...E mais um post inútil.


Nos últimos 8 dias, 3 filmes vistos. Dividirei esse quadro provisório em duas partes.


Garotas Malvadas (Pretty persuasion, 2005).

Assistindo-o, logo vem a mente a comedia de grande prestígio Meninas Malvadas (Mean Girls, 2004). pode-se dizer que Garotas é uma espécie de primo pobre do sucesso de 2004, escrita pela, até então desconhecida Tina Fey. Evan Rachel Wood (Across The Universe) cumpre bem de Kimberly Joyce, uma adolescente rica e mimada, prestes a elaborar um plano contra seu professor de literatura e teatro – um suposto pedófilo. Para que a jogada dê certo, Kimberly passa a manipular com frieza duas companheiras de classe. No meio dessa historia esta uma intrometida repórter lésbica (?!).

O início da fita chega a ser promissor, ao retratar com sarcasmo as nuances egocêntricas e o senso de esperteza de certos personagens. Mas conforme a metragem vai terminando proporcionalmente as chances de um final menos mal resolvido e abrupto aumentam. Uma pena.

Num Céu Azul Escuro (Tmavomodrý Svet, 2001).

Belíssimo drama de época conduzido cuidadosamente pelo oscarizado Jan Svérak (Kolia, 1996). Com ares de Pearl Harbor – e com menos interlúdios desnecessários que o concorrente – a historia se passa no início da segunda guerra mundial. Em meio aos combates intermináveis, dois pilotos, vindos da Tchecoslováquia tomada pelos nazistas, acabam se apaixonando pela mesma mulher, uma infeliz dona-de-casa cujo marido se encontra também no front.

Contando com excelentes cenas de batalhas aéreas, Num Céu Azul Escuro explora de maneira sincera temas como a desilusão e mudança abrupta de vida. Vale – e muito – a locação.

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Volto numa nova oportunidade para a segunda parte do quadro. Boa semana a todos, um abraço e até mais.

Dia do Cinéfilo Inútil. Um viva a (in)utilidade dos cinéfilos.

Photo: Trail Camera 5/26/09 - Sierra National Forest


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(Copyright - David Raygoza)

I received these images from the SangerParanormalSociety.com Sunday with the following note:

Please look top left hand corner. You need to zoom in. Feel free to crop it and clean it up or go to my web site where its already cleaned up. If you use the picture on this email, please put on there Copyright David Raygoza. He is a BFRO investigator who was with me and this picture is his property. We are going back this Wednesday to take measurements of the tree and see if there are any tracks or hair samples. I am also going to stand in the same place and have a picture taken. This is not a bear. Look how long the arms are. They go past the knees. Also, the face looks more human than bear. Jeffrey Gonzalez

NOTE: I'm not going to comment on these images at this time. The images were from a motion sensored trail camera in the Sierra National Forest...image dated 5/26/2009 at 12:13 PM. The camera was retrieved June 7th 2009 at an undisclosed location. Hopefully, further evidence and followup information will be forwarded to me...Lon

Alien Message Crop Circle - South Field, Wiltshire



NOTE: Amazing crop circle found in South Field, near Alton Priors, Wiltshire. Seems to indicate an alien message of some kind...Lon

Anomalous Strangers in Araucania, Chile

It was the winter of 1997. Mr. EJFP, 43, a security guard at a major industrial concern in Malleco (Chile) was monitoring Section 22, occupied by a water treatment plant some 20 meters distant from the main plant. The watchman was alone and pulling the 15:00 to 23:00 shift. He stood near a light post in a corner, as the guard post afforded poor visibility. It was a dark night, overcast but with no rain. Toward the northern reaches of the compound there was a wire fence, 10 meters away from the position he occupied. At 21:15 hours, his attention was drawn by something immediately beyond the barbed wire fence.

A person stood there facing him, average height and completely dressed in white. He could not tell if the garment was a tunic, but it was clearly visible in the darkness. The watchman, as was his duty, challenged the arrival, as no one was supposed to come close to the facility. But the figure did not move, nor did it issue any sound or word whatsoever.

Precisely at that moment, a vehicle conveying the watchman's immediate supervisor approached the area. The watchman turned to look at the arriving vehicle, but when the turned to look at the figure in white, it was no longer there. No shrubs or trees could have offered concealment - the figure simply vanished. The dim light kept the watchman from making out any features on the figure. He asked his superior if he had perhaps seen something beyond the perimeter with his vehicle's headlights, but the reply was negative. Other security guards patrolling the area had already remarked that "strange things" were sometimes seen in the area.

Two months later, while pulling a duty shift from 23:00 to 07:00, Mr. EJFP was assigned to watch the La Laguna sector, a forested area some 200 meters from the main plant. He only had a medium-sized flashlight with him, and it was turned off. At around 04:00, while walking along a trail that crossed the woods, EJFP noticed the silhouette of a very tall person approaching him along the path. This figure was somewhat hunched over and walked noiselessly.

When the figure came within a distance of four meters, the watchman turned on his flashlight and pointed it at the intruder's face. He couldn't see any features beyond the fact that he had two glowing eyes "that were not those of a human being". The figure was dressed completely in black and was clearly looking at the sentry. EJFP felt fear, turned around and made a run back to the public roadway some 200 meters away, remaining there until dawn, when his shift ended.

He claimed to have seen the outline of a head and shoulders, but the overwhelming fear caused him to run for safety. EJFP added that another watchman fainted when he found himself in the presence of this tall, glowing-eyed presence. At least six similar encounters have occured in the vicinity of this plant, and it is even common to see UFOs; on one occasion, large fleet of unknown vehicles, looking like arrowheads, flew over the area no more that 100 meters over the ground.

Museum's Spirits Play Out the Past

Hunters shifted quietly on cold, white tile or slick hardwood floors. Very rarely would anyone speak above a whisper. Their ears and eyes kept alert listening for an unexplained sound.

“Did someone do something unjust to you” one person asked. There was no audible response because the entity being questioned was possibly one of the many ghosts that reside on the third floor of the Vaughan Smitherman Museum.

Friends of the Vaughan Smitherman Museum sponsored the Paranormal Weekend, which was held Friday and Saturday at the museum.

Though there were plenty of seasoned veteran ghost hunters, there were a couple going on their first investigation.

“This is my first time doing anything like this,” said Kathy Boothman said. “I’ve wanted to do it, but for whatever reason I haven’t until now. I’ve seen spirits of loved ones as a child and adult. I wanted to know if it is possible to hone in the gift.”

Boothman lived in Selma for a time in the 1970s when her then husband was stationed at Craig Air Force base. She said she enjoyed coming back to Selma especially to see one particular sight.

“We had a friend who lived in the old slave quarters above a house and we would go up to the widow’s peek there,” she said. “Every time we went up it was just a creepy feeling. My husband and I got to go back there today and it was really neat.”

Southern Paranormal Researchers, Montgomery, and a few other historians and paranormal investigators led the weekend. Cindy Stoudenmire told the history of the museum and Alston Fitts filled everyone in on the interesting history of Selma. Paranormal investigators gave lectures on everything from equipment and research to how paranormal and religion fit together.

Each night concluded with an investigation into an area building – Vaughan Smitherman Museum, The Foundry and Adams Grove Church and cemetery.

Saturday afternoon the group gathered to discuss their findings of the museum.

Shawn Sellers, clairvoyant and founder of Southern Paranormal Researchers, said the museum has a lot of residual energy, which is like an imprint on time.

“I always love coming to the Vaughan Smitherman Museum,” he said. “The history here lends to a lot of residual energy plus there has been a lot of personal experience in the building. This is one of my favorite places to come and I do this with the Southern Paranormal Researchers all over the United States.”

Participants of the weekend agreed that there was something paranormal in the museum. Some smelled smoke or felt a drop in temperature in certain spots in rooms. Southern Paranormal Researchers used a ghost box to try to communicate with anyone on the other side willing to communicate. A ghost box is an instrument that produces random voltage to create raw audio from an AM tuner. It is then amplified and fed into an echo chamber. The machines create audio bits and white noise that ghosts can manipulate into forming.

Through the machine, two stories emerged, but stable communication was not established.

Though the weekend was coming to a close, many hunters looked forward to the next great pursuit, but reflected on the weekend in Selma.

“I love coming to Selma and helping out people or just doing hunts like this weekend’s,” Sellers said. “It has a lot of ghost activity. I look it as a smaller Savannah.

Big Cat Sighting and Investigation in Winslow, Maine

A reported sighting of a mountain lion late Monday afternoon by a woman and her sons has caught the interest of state experts.

Informed of the Winslow sighting on Tuesday, Wally Jakubas, mammal-group leader for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the agency's point person on mountain lions, said there had been another possible mountain lion report last week in the northern Augusta area, in which a feces sample (also known as scat) was recovered and is being analyzed.

Although around 20 sightings are reported annually, there have been only two scientifically confirmed cases of mountain lions in Maine: The first was in 1938 near the Maine-Quebec border and the second was in 1995 in Cape Elizabeth.

Mountain lions are also known as cougars and pumas. State officials believe most mountain lion sightings, if they're legitimate, are of animals that have been captive and are released.

"I'm intrigued," Jakubas said. "We had this report of the scat (in Augusta). I think the important thing is these are unconfirmed reports and the general history of these things is, when you look into them, they don't pan out."

Even so, the Winslow sighting "is a very convincing story," he said, and a state biologist from the department's Sidney office is investigating.

The sighting occurred around 4:45 p.m. Lin Stout said she and her sons Cullen, 9, and Liam, 5, were at a swing set in their backyard off South Ridge Drive when they saw the long tail bobbing through ferns and brush. They live on a 5-acre property within a subdivision that is surrounded by woods.

The tan tail, standing about 3 feet high, had a 3-inch, dark brown tip, Stout said. It was about 20 feet away, she said. Cullen ran back to the house; Liam and his mother watched.

"My 5-year-old says, 'Mommy, a lion's tail!' I said, 'It's not like a lion you see at the zoo; it's a mountain lion,'" Stout said.

Stout said they were about 30 feet away from the house and back deck. They froze in place as the tail disappeared back into the brush, silently.

"We did not hear any snaps of twigs, no crunches of leaves; it was like it was a ghost," Stout said. "My son said it's a ghost cat."

Stout said she and her son began slowly walking back toward the house when the animal stepped out from the woods -- in full view -- less than 20 feet away from them. Stout said she recognized the animal as a mountain lion, describing it as perhaps weighing 130 pounds, with a large cat-like face, yellow eyes, "huge" paws, and that long tail they had seen in the brush.

Racing through Stout's mind was the thought of what she would do if the animal leaped at them. She decided to drop to the ground and cover her son, if it came to that.

But Stout said the mountain lion seemed uninterested in them and focused on a nearby marsh area. Stout said they began slowly backing up because the mountain lion seemed not to be interested in them.

"It didn't look menacing to us; it didn't growl or show its teeth," Stout said. "It was looking at the marsh. I didn't feel that afraid; I felt more calm."

Then, as Stout picked up her son, the 5-year-old screamed.

"I think he realized then this was a very large animal and it was wild," she said. "That startled the animal, but it did not ever come at us."

That's also when Stout finally saw what the animal had been fixated on: a black, domestic cat that had wandered into the marsh area. Liam, she said, screamed, "Run kitty, run!"

Stout said the mountain lion then took one giant leap back into the woods -- without making a sound. The entire encounter with the animal in full view lasted perhaps 30 seconds, Stout said.

After the encounter, Stout contacted Charles Theobald, animal control officer for the Winslow Police Department.

The animal fit the description of an eastern mountain lion, Theobald said. He suggested that the Stouts take extra precautions when going out in the area -- such as having the kids wear bells.

"It's wildlife; it's Maine," Theobald said. "You're going to come across wildlife."

Over the years, many people have mistaken mountain lions and their tracks for bobcats, coyotes, foxes, even house-cats, Jakubas said.

But there's no evidence of a sustained, wild population of mountain lions in Maine, he said.

The nearest such populations are in Iowa and Michigan -- it's debated whether they are wild in Quebec -- and so legitimate sightings of mountain lions likely involve animals that have been released into the wild, he said.

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