RAPIDINHAS

    RAPIDINHAS

    More and more artists are taking control of their own recordings.
    Rita Peixoto and Carlos Fuchs have taken self-production several steps further.
    By Brazzil Magazine

    "No one was born with a rigid sexual role, everybody is everything in a bigger or
    smaller degree, the rest is fear of ridiculous and absurd ghosts, that never sustained
    themselves on their misty little legs."

    "We live according to rules and standards for which no human being was made."

    "Exclusive heterosexuality, limitation. Exclusive homosexuality, limitation.
    Bisexuality, normal… Pansexuality, the future, the chance of universalizing love’s
    aggregating force."

    "I didn’t sin against luxury. The one who sins is he who doesn’t do what he was
    created to do."

    "Taking it on your thighs is something that requires know-how to be decently
    enjoyed. The woman has to train her posture, to be sure that she will reach an
    orgasm—even more so when the man is semi-adolescent and comes in two tenths of a
    second."

    "I have a fixation in the oral phase, cannibalistic oral phase naturally; I adore
    every form of ingestion. At that time I was already hooked on this kind of fixation, today
    this is perfectly clear."

    "The devirginating was really a great day…. Virginity you only lose once, and
    since I had created the opportunity to get rid of it the way I had imagined, I would not
    waste such full satisfaction."

    Crime
    Disarming Rio

    "Rio, lower your weapon!" With this catchy slogan, Rio de Janeiro’s governor
    Anthony Garotinho has started a campaign to reduce the number of weapons in the state and
    in turn reduce the crime rate. He promises the effort will be serious and concrete and not
    just a new publicity stunt. Garotinho wants to forbid the sale of weapons in the entire
    state. According to insiders, today there are approximately one million weapons—legal
    and illegal—in the state of Rio in the hands of civilians. Numbers from Rio’s
    Secretaria de Segurança Pública (Bureau of Public Security) reveal that the number of
    legal weapons is about 600,000. Garotinho is sponsoring a bill by Assemblyman Carlos Minc
    from the leftist PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores—Workers’ Party). Minc’s proposal
    forbids commercialization of pistols, revolvers, and bullets, among other devices.

    The governor has threatened to impose sanctions on weapons stores in case the project
    is not approved. One way of doing this would be by not renewing or issuing new permits for
    this kind of business. "And how about the constitution?", a reporter asked.
    "Unconstitutional is shooting all over," he answered.

    Rubem César Fernandes, executive secretary of the peoples’ empowerment movement Viva
    Rio and one of the leaders of the antigun initiative, has made a special appeal to women
    to participate in the campaign by ridding their own homes of weapons. He said, "By
    and large, women fear weapons and they are the ones who suffer the consequences of the
    violence by losing husbands, sons, and fathers because they were armed."

    Garotinho has compared past governmental efforts to disarm the population to drying
    ice. "The only way for us to get a positive result," he said, "is by
    eliminating half of the weapons we have now."

    There will be no new weapon registration. Surprise traffic blitzes will be intensified.
    Every legal weapon found will have to be re-registered and illegal ones will be destroyed.
    On the other hand, the Bureau of Security will create a Center of Intelligence in order to
    find how illegal weapons fall in the hands of civilians.

    According to sub-secretary of Security Luís Eduardo Soares, the initiative inspired by
    New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani is to be taken seriously: "The government and police
    will actively participate. The basic idea is zero tolerance for weapons."

    Health
    What’s Wrong
    With the Kids

    In São Paulo, Brazil’s richest city, 46.5 percent of the children who are five years
    old or younger suffer from anemia. This is the same rate nationwide for children up to
    three years of age. And as the São Paulo case illustrates, the problem that does not only
    affect the poor has become worse in recent years. Escola Paulista de Medicina, an elite
    medical school from São Paulo, has been studying the situation since the 70’s when it
    pioneered the study of anemia in the country. They found at that time that 23 percent of
    the five-year-old or younger children had anemia, a lack of iron in the blood.

    When the study was repeated in 1985 by Núcleo de Pesquisas Epidemiológicas em
    Nutrição e Saúde (Center for Epidemiological Research in Nutrition and Health) from USP
    (Universidade de São Paulo) the rate of child anemia had increased to 35.5 percent. The
    index is even worse with younger children. Currently in São Paulo, 67 percent of babies
    between six and 24 months of age suffer from anemia. And the problem starts with mothers,
    30 percent of whom are also anemic.

    Is there a special reason for these alarming rates? Carlos Augusto Monteiro, who leads
    the USP research team, thinks he has the answer. In an interview with Brasília’s daily, Correio
    Braziliense, he said: "This increase can be related to the type of today’s diet
    which is based mainly on milk." Milk, unless it’s mother’s milk, he says, does not
    contain iron even though it has most of the nutrients needed by a child.

    The Health Ministry knows what to do, but complains there are not enough resources.
    Despite this, it has just started a program to guarantee that 300,000 children in 512
    municipalities in nine northeastern states get weekly iron supplements.

    Music
    Betrayeds’
    Anthem

    A composer, who for more than three decades has been singing of unrequited love and
    betrayed lovers, has become an unexpected sensation and cult singer among the Brazilian
    middle-class in the South with a song he composed and has been performing for 14 years.
    The tune is called "Garçon" and the composer is the Recifense (from
    Recife, state of Pernambuco) raised in Rio, Reginaldo Rossi, 54.

    Rossi sings a kind of campy music known as brega, whose lyrics tell stories with
    such exaggerated colors and drama that they become funny and cult. He went back to his
    hometown Recife in the 70’s looking for the applause and fame he was not getting in the
    Rio-São Paulo axis and there became King of the Romantic Song in the Northeast. Rossi had
    started composing songs for the Jovem Guarda movement. He is the author, for example, of
    "O Pão" (The Hunk), which in 1966 became a hit sung by Sérgio Murilo.

    The recent fame of the singer/composer came through Bahia. It was the singing of
    "Garçon" by celebrities such as Beijo and Cheiro de Amor bands as well as Jamil
    e uma Noites and Ricardo Chaves that has spread the tune as a legitimate Baiano sound and
    given it extra appeal.

    Rossi has been enjoying his sudden fame. In a recent interview with Rio’s daily Jornal
    do Brasil he said: "Before, in every bar party people would sing `Boemia, aqui me
    tens de regresso…’ (Bohemia, you have me back here). Today everyone sings
    "Garçon."" He also explained the popularity of the tune: "It
    expresses in a simple way the drama that everyone from the trashman to the President faces
    one day: the pain to be betrayed by the woman he loves."

    With admitted flourishes for dramatic impact, Rossi introduces his songs on shows or
    CDs with a text that explains the origin of the tune. Before singing "Garçon"
    he tells that he used to be a "scoundrel who betrayed his little woman three times a
    week" until he finds her in bed with Ronaldinho, who says: "I’ve already scored
    15 goals." He doesn’t commit any violence against the man or the woman but goes to a
    bar, where he composes the song, which gets the immediate verdict: "It will be a
    smashing hit".

    To the press Rossi gives another version. According to it, he was once visited by a
    singer friend who complained to be without money and to have been betrayed by his wife.
    The song was done in three days. The composer felt he had a hit on his hands, but resisted
    the temptation to sing it himself. But that’s what he ended up doing anyway when the
    producer felt that his friend didn’t have the right voice for that kind of song.

    The new version of "Garçon" released last year by Sony has already sold
    around 300,000 copies. The CD also contains, among other tunes, "A Raposa e as
    Uvas" (The Fox and the Grapes), French-titled "Mon Amour, Meu Bem, Ma
    Femme" (My Love, My Sweetie, My Wife) and "Tô Doidão" (I’m Stir Crazy).

    Rossi attributes his success to his sloppy way of doing his shows. "My show has no
    scenario, no direction, no dancers. I get on stage not knowing what I am going to sing.
    That’s why I’ve been singing for 30 years."

    Garçon

    Reginaldo Rossi

    Garçon, aqui nessa mesa de bar
    Você já cansou de escutar
    Centenas de casos de amor
    Garçon, no bar todo mundo é igual
    Meu caso é mais um, é banal
    Mas preste atenção, por favor
    Saiba que o meu grande amor
    Hoje vai se casar
    E mandou uma carta pra me avisar
    Deixou em pedaços o meu coração
    E pra matar a tristeza,
    só mesa de bar
    Quero tomar todas
    Vou me embriagar
    Se eu pegar no sono
    Me deite no chão
    Garçon, eu sei que eu tô
    enchendo o saco
    Mas todo bebum fica chato
    Valente, e tem toda razão
    Garçon, mas eu só quero chorar
    Eu vou minha conta pagar
    Por isso eu lhe peço atenção

    Waiter

     

    Waiter, here on this bar table
    You’re tired of listening
    To hundreds of love stories
    Waiter, in the bar everyone is equal
    My case is just another one, it’s banal
    But pay attention, please
    See, my great love
    Is getting married today
    And sent me a letter to tell me
    Leaving my heart in pieces
    And to ease the sadness,
    only a table of a bar
    I want to drink all
    I’m getting drunk
    If I fall asleep
    Lay me down on the floor
    Waiter, I know I am
    getting on your nerves
    But all drunks become pests
    Bully, and are always right
    Waiter, but all I want is to cry
    I’m going to pay my bill
    So I ask your attention

    Behavior
    Miracle
    Express

    Pure capitalism? Printing shop owners say it is not, but a Saint Expedito fever that
    has been sweeping the nation has become a blessing for them. Three million santinhos
    (cards with the stamp of the saint) were printed in one month by a São Paulo printer
    alone, which is conveniently called Santo Expedito. The fad is being fueled by an economic
    crisis that has seen record unemployment, recession, and the fear of a return of
    unmanageable inflation.

    Similar to a chain letter but in a much larger scale, people who are granted a grace
    are supposed to print 1,000 of the santinhos, which bear the necessary prayer to
    get a grace as well as the warning that 1,000 new santinhos need to be printed. The
    little cards with the saint can be seen everywhere: at shop counters, private companies,
    hospitals, and churches.

    "Pure economic profiteering, just a marketing strategy from the printing
    shops," says Father Fernando Altemeyer, from the São Paulo Metropolitan Curia . In
    an interview with Jornal da Tarde, Altemeyer said there is no evidence that there
    was a Saint Expedito, who is celebrated on April 19. These doubts, however, did not
    prevent Saint Expedito from becoming the patron saint of the military police.

    Who is the saint depicted in a red cape holding a crucifix and a palm branch? According
    to some biographers, he was an Armenian legionnaire who in 303 AD was decapitated by Roman
    Emperor Diocletian, accused of being a Christian. In accordance with his name the saint is
    best known for expediting things, granting graces faster than his heavenly colleagues.

    (The santinho’s back)

    Prayer to Saint Expedito

    Feast April 19. Celebrated every 19

    If you have any PROBLEM OF DIFFICULT SOLUTION and need URGENT HELP, ask Saint Expedito
    for help, who is the saint of businesses that need ready solution and whose invocation is
    never too late.

    Prayer – My Saint Expedito of the just and urgent causes, help me in this hour of
    distress and despair, intercede for me before Our Lord Jesus Christ! You who are a warrior
    saint, you who are the saint of the distressed, you who are the saint of the despaired,
    you who are the saint of the urgent causes, protect me, help me, give me strength, courage
    and serenity. Heed my request: "Make the request." Help me to overcome these
    difficult hours, protect me against all those who can harm me, protect my family, heed my
    request urgently. Give me back peace and tranquility. I will be grateful for the rest of
    my life and I will take your name to all those who have faith. Thank you. Pray 1 Our
    Father, 1 Hail Mary, and make the sign of the cross.

    Know the Church of Saint Expedito

    Rua Quedas, 564 – Parada Inglesa – São Paulo – SP

    Printed at Editora Santo Expedito

    R$38 one thousand

    Tel: (011) 69511.2099

    or call free 0800.55.1904

    Free delivery at your home in all of Brazil

    As a way of saying thanks I ordered the printing and distributed one thousand of these
    prayers to spread the benefits of the great Saint Expedito. You too should order the
    printing soon after you make your request.

    Health
    Pee
    Therapy

    Father Durval dos Santos is a defender of alternative medicine and the author of
    best-selling books Rejuvenescer Comendo e Bebendo (Rejuvenating by Eating and
    Drinking), As Plantas (The Plants), Meus Amores e Curas (My Loves and
    Cures), and Curas com Urina (Cures with Urine), and others. He also does and
    recommends something that most people would not consider very religious: drinking urine
    daily to cure and prevent a series of diseases.

    According to dos Santos, among the afflictions that urine can cure are baldness,
    impotence, chronic hepatitis and even cancer. He cites close to five dozen other diseases
    curable with urine. What’s good in the popular pee? It contains lots of good stuff,
    including vitamins, hormones, mineral salts and amino acids, says the priest. To keep
    healthy you need to drink half a liter a day. To avoid serious diseases the dose increases
    to one liter and to cure cancer the amount to be consumed becomes elephantine: up to five
    liters of the yellow liquid daily.

    Father Durval and others who defend this practice are reviled by doctors who consider
    urine plain and useless trash eliminated by the body. The ingestion of the liquid
    according to them is dangerous and can cause gastritis and lack of appetite.

    The priest continues to find new uses for urine, though. He preaches, for example, that
    the product is an excellent skin cream. He believes that the human body produces no
    garbage and that everything produced is for self-defense. Nose secretion, for example,
    would be good to heal wounds. The same goes for saliva. The priest is now studying the
    therapeutic properties of human feces.

    In an interview with Goiânia (capital of Goiás state) daily Diário da Manhã,
    the controversial priest declared: "I drink urine everyday, naturally, why should I
    waste it?"

    Nation
    Free With
    Catches

    The Brazilian Catholic Church was the organization in charge of issuing birth,
    marriage, and death certificates in Brazil almost until the end of the Empire. It was D.
    Pedro II, who in March 1888, just one year before being deposed, turned these
    registrations into a public service. The task, however, for lack of state structure soon
    went into private hands with the understanding that the service would be provided at no
    cost. It never was. A law passed last year reaffirmed this obligation, but again the
    legislation has been mostly ignored.

    In Brasília, the nation’s capital, for example, the owners of the ten cartórios de
    registro civil (civilian registration notary publics) have adapted the law to their
    own taste. There, only the poor get the birth or death certificate for free. And how do
    they know you are poor? The person has to declare that he or she cannot pay. In an
    interview with Brasília’s daily Correio Braziliense, Emival Moreira, president of
    Associação de Notários e Registradores do DF (Anoreg-DF), said, `’While the rich pay
    for the poor we will continue to work. If not, everybody will be without a
    certificate." According to Moreira, these certificates bring two thirds of all the
    money collected monthly by the cartórios.

    In bigger cities, some notaries that perform functions like offering escrow and trust
    deed services are subsidizing birth and death certificates, but in smaller towns across
    the country the obligation of free certificates is being completely ignored. An amendment
    to the law creating a fund to compensate losses was presented last year, but it was vetoed
    by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

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