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Kony 2012, the Conclusion

I must warn you, that this article is a conclusion to another text I wrote about the Kony 2012 campaign. I recommend you to read first “Kony, the new Bin Laden?” to fully understand this article.

Kony 2012, the campaign that has the face of Jason Russel, wasn’t bad in the beginning. I believe that all of the people who started this project have good hearts, and really want to change something, they wanted to show that “there is strength in numbers”, and for once those who really cared could really help others. Unfortunately, like many others, they were captured by the ego maniac, corrupted and killing machine. The U.S.A Government.

Turning around the good intentions of the initial project, they morphed it into a bridge to get what they really want from Africa. The sweet black gold, who kills millions of innocent humans, oil.
They were fighting against Kony lots of years ago, not just now. And in those times he was still there, he killed.
As you probably know, Jason Russel, had a mental breakdown and was found naked, screaming and masturbating in the middle of the street, during the day. I think that if I was in the same position than him, I would be crazy too.

Here I am, a simple man, without any rich guys to help me, that wants to try to help people from another country, and fought years, and years to actually accomplish something, that would improve the life of others, suddenly my well intentioned dream to help others is destroyed by some Armani suit guys that only want oil, even if it means to kill a whole continent. Jason tried to show his people, they could help others. A few years later the same people who supported him, now hate him, and bring him down. Yeah, I would fucking snap!
The most horrible thing, is that his kid, has the unfortunate possibility to watch his father getting crazy, and depressed.

I’m not a supporter of the Kony 2012 campaign, but I think we made an error, while judging Jason. He, like so many others, was caught, indirectly, by corruption. And instead of helping him, we abandoned him. Instead of helping him to get up again, and fight one more day, we attacked him, just like the elite attacks the people. Sometimes we become like them, those we hate.

Think the Truth, Teach the Truth and Help the Helpless.

– Guilherme Pedrosa

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Kony, The New Bin Laden?

Kony2012 is a charity/intervention project, whose objective is to arrest Joseph Kony. Joseph Kony is the leader of the LRA, a Ugandan guerrilla group. He’s in the top 10 most wanted criminals in the world. Through his religious beliefs, Kony and the LRA, kidnapped thousands of children, forcing them to be soldiers and sex slaves. Those children are forced to mutilate others, and kill their own families. All of this in the name of a “God” that speaks through Kony.
In May 2012, his name traveled the Internet, mainly amongst teens. A 30 minute documentary was made, promoting a charity project called “Invisible Children”, and asking the public to make Kony famous, so the U.S.A heard about the story of those children, and sent american troops to arrest Kony, as fast as possible. The website of the project Kony2012 has different kinds of merchandising to sell, and teens felt immediately that they had to help, so thousands and thousands of Kony2012 products were sold.

The problem is that nobody questioned the cause, before they had bought  the merchandising to help this project. After some research, people can discover that only 30% of the money raised  from the selling of their products, goes to help the children in Africa. I don’t know where the rest of the money goes.
Another  information that all of the viewers of that documentary should know, is that, recently was found an immense quantity of oil, evaluated  in trillions of dollars. And taking advantage of a criminal for invading a certain region is not new, as we seen with the Bin Laden and 9/11 story, and the weapons of mass destruction, that never existed.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all of the stories, news and information that we receive have always to be checked more than one time. It’s really important nowadays, to not trust in anything until a good research is made before any kind of support or opinion. We usually have the urge to help those who seem to be helping, without even research the “back story”, the truth. And that, is being naive. In this world we cannot be naive, or we, or other people will die. And yes, it’s that serious.
Even if the Kony2012 project has good intentions, we and they can’t forget that there are always some guys that always take advantage of good people that really want to help. It’s good to be suspicious, but it isn’t good to alienate an idea  just because it didn’t work the first time, or the people couldn’t execute that idea well.

Fortunately, this Kony thing actually brought something good to the teens who watched the video. It grew an activist inside of them, that they didn’t know. And even some of them learned from U.S.A vs Middle East bullshit, and immediately questioned and researched, before taking any naive and early conclusions. And this the “big boys” (the fuckers with all of the money), weren’t expecting.
They should be scared, because, in the end, we are still animals. And when animals feel trapped and without an exit, they attack. And that is about to happen.
Be careful rich people! 

 

– Guilherme Pedrosa

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Music, what it was, what it is, and what it will be…

Music traveled with mankind throughout it’s history. When society changed or needed a change, music changed too. Music lacks of spirit nowadays, and needs a transformation. What the fuck happened to music? What caused this?

1. The Past
Music was a form of expressing deep feelings, express anger, happiness, political views and philosophical views, unfortunately we lost that. Music was able to change minds and moods in matters of second. Music told the truth. It triggered the good and bad in each one of us, love, universe, society, feelings… It was ugly and beautiful.
Don’t get me wrong though. We always had lame bands and singers, but even those had some talent. They had morals, they felt what they were singing. Creativity was lost, experiences were always being done with instruments and new ways of expression. Music had a “boom” and you could fit anywhere you wanted. You had Punk, Rock, Grunge, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Hip Hop and so much more. The Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Kids, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Living Color, Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead, Cake, Anvil, Blur, The Flaming Lips, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Kinks, Mr. Bungle, The Pixies, Spin Doctors, The Pop Group, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth, B.B.King, John Maher, Howlin’ Wolf, War, Cab Calloway, Nina Simone, Fred Anderson, Bob Marley, Sublime, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and so many more, unfortunately I can’t name them all.
All of them had great musicians, and brought creativity and real and deep feelings to their songs. Why have we lost this amazing fucking bands? What happened?

2. The Present
The real reason music has lost it’s meaning is simple. Money and society. I believe this two things rotten music. Before this world crisis, we had money, everybody was happy and blinded by the capitalist dream, at least the ones that could actually hear music, because some had nothing. The industry of music changed, minds changed, and instead of personal expression and meaning for the music, we wanted money. Money caught music. It was the first priority, to make money. Adding that with the lazy fat and “puppetish” society, music started to die.
Music has no creativity and has a plastic false content. It’s all about, how you are not alone in this world and how you will be happy, we all know that is false. They don’t mean anything of what they say on their songs, they don’t care.
While music channels had music and accepted new music, nowadays MTVs and shit like that only have stupid reality shows, and only accept music that have boobs, or a guy with a six pack that looks like a girl and reads lyrics from a paper. We actually got to this sad point, where music is weaker than ever. Fortunately, there are some  bands/singers that actually can make good music. The Black Keys, Jamiroquai, Gorillaz, At The Drive-In, Bloc Party, Blood Red Shoes, Cage The Elephant, Das Racist, Dead Weather, Death From Above 1979, Death Grips, Efterklang, Every Time I Die, Johnossi, Justice, Lightning Bolt, M.I.A, Mumford And Sons, OFWGKTA, The Rapture, Seasick Steve, Streetlight Manifesto, Tom Vek, Willy Moon, The Subways, Tame Impala, White Stripes, Yeasayer and many more, but, once again, I can’t name them all.

3. The Future
What will happen to music? I strongly believe that music will not die, and will actually rise up again. We are facing the greatest problems of humanity, people are dying, people are changing, people are mad, and are getting tired of this capitalism bullshit we live in. All of this will be reflected in music, the anger, the agony, and all of this shit we are surrounded by.
I think we will face another “music boom” and music will be born again. Good, and real music, will be heard again.
With society (r)evolution, we will have a music (r)evolution.

– Guilherme Pedrosa

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Suit Up

Believe it or not, people still have doubts on the subject that I’m going to analyse in here.
I was once watching the news on the TV, where top politicians were all together smiling and shaking each other hands, wasting time taking photos, instead of trying to find solutions. Back to the issue, I noticed that all of them have fancy suits, super shining shoes, and incredibly expensive cars.
So, I shared with my family that if they wore less expensive clothes, and had affordable cars, maybe that money could help their own countries. For my surprise, someone answered me that, they need to dress up nice, after all, they are representing our country. I was overwhelmed by such stupidity.

I came up with a simple question, would you prefer a president that had solutions but dressed up like a homeless, or a president that doesn’t do shit but is always “well dressed”?
Believe it or not, people actually stopped to think about it, when their answer should obviously be, the president that can actually solve problems. Instead, people told me that of course they would want a president that could solve their problems, but he had to dress up nice, a president can’t wear a t-shirt and some jeans. I couldn’t believe in what I was hearing! People actually cared about the looks of the president.

First of all, most of government representatives, that represent different parts of the population, don’t actually represent us, but themselves. Most of them just spend their time insulting other members of the parliament. Nowadays, government is just like football (soccer). They gain millions, and the only thing they do is just bitch about how they are better than others. Football stars gain millions and millions, for buying mansions and sports cars, and do they do? Run after a ball for 90 minutes.

I think a maximum wage could be a really good solution for this kind of problem. Money will be saved for important things, like the fucking country, not some rich people. Waste of money by the members of the parliament would be stopped, and minimum wage, could actually raise. We would have a more just distribution of money and people would learn how to behave with money on their hands, without spending everything in expensive cars and Armani fucking suits.

“Think rich, look poor” – Andy Warhol
This quote just resumes the whole message I am trying to share. You have to think and innovate and you don’t need to be dressed with a suit to do it.

– Guilherme Pedrosa 

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Fashion is a Lie!

What is fashion? Fashion it’s merely a very well constructed brain wash, that makes you feel ugly, with the urge to buy the “right” clothes. Don’t be a fucking toy!

I don’t understand how people avoid some types of clothes, just because some magazines or people say that what you want to wear, is ugly. How the fuck is that possible? If I like to wear flip flops with white socks, I will wear them! What kind of authority does a man that dresses women have, about what I should wear? He’s simply a human just like the rest of us, there’s nothing special about him. People have different tastes, and see things in a different way, so no one in this planet has the authority or the morals to have an opinion about style. Not even a child, or the fucking president should have a most important opinion about the way you look.

You can have opinions, and give them, or take them too, but you cannot make the mistake of being affected by them. Analyse it, but don’t take it to personal. Everytime someone tells me: “You look ugly with that” I simply respond: “I like it”. And that’s enough for me.

If you like it, then who cares about the others? Style is different than fashion.
Style is some type if cloth that actually tells something about you and the way you are. The clothes you wear, reflect the person you are. Fashion is a way to make money, by telling you what color, dress, or shirt you have to wear.

Just fucking wear what you like, I may not like, because I have my opinions, but if you like it, I honestly don’t care. And neither should you.

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Words of a Madman

Aníbal Cavaco Silva is the President of the Republic, of Portugal. At a press conference, a journalist asked him about how was he going to get the christmas and vacancy subsidy, while the rest of the country, would not receive that privilege due to the crisis. The President stopped for a while and looked at the journalist, a few moments later he decided to respond. He said to the journalist that after his calculations, his retirement payment per month would be around 1300€ (something like 1690$), complaining that such payment would not be enough for his expenses. The country was shocked.

Before us is the President of the Republic saying to the people of Portugal, that his retirement money isn’t enough for him, while in our country, we have a great percentage of old people that gain less than 300€ (390$) per month, and still have to pay the bills, food and medication..

People got so angry that in a visit to inaugurate a new project in a city of Portugal, when the President appeared with his wife, he was heavily booed and insulted.
Nuno Luís Marreiros is an unemployed with 35 years and made an online petition demanding the immediate demission of the President, almost 4000 people have signed that petition. They saw the words of their President as a lack of respect.

According to the law, for a petition to be discussed in the Assembly, are needed at least 4000 citizens to sign the petition. We are almost there.

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