very amusing…
November 5, 2008, 9:31 am
Filed under: ELEIÇÕES



WASHINGTON—After emerging victorious from one of the most pivotal elections in history, president-elect Barack Obama will assume the role of commander in chief on Jan. 20, shattering a racial barrier the United States is, at long last, shitty enough to overcome.

Although polls going into the final weeks of October showed Sen. Obama in the lead, it remained unclear whether the failing economy, dilapidated housing market, crumbling national infrastructure, health care crisis, energy crisis, and five-year-long disastrous war in Iraq had made the nation crappy enough to rise above 300 years of racial prejudice and make lasting change.

“Today the American people have made their voices heard, and they have said, ‘Things are finally as terrible as we’re willing to tolerate,” said Obama, addressing a crowd of unemployed, uninsured, and debt-ridden supporters. “To elect a black man, in this country, and at this time—these last eight years must have really broken you.”

Added Obama, “It’s a great day for our nation.”

Carrying a majority of the popular vote, Obama did especially well among women and young voters, who polls showed were particularly sensitive to the current climate of everything being fucked. Another contributing factor to Obama’s victory, political experts said, may have been the growing number of Americans who, faced with the complete collapse of their country, were at last able to abandon their preconceptions and cast their vote for a progressive African-American.

Citizens with eyes, ears, and the ability to wake up and realize what truly matters in the end are also believed to have played a crucial role in Tuesday’s election.

According to a CNN exit poll, 42 percent of voters said that the nation’s financial woes had finally become frightening enough to eclipse such concerns as gay marriage, while 30 percent said that the relentless body count in Iraq was at last harrowing enough to outweigh long ideological debates over abortion. In addition, 28 percent of voters were reportedly too busy paying off medial bills, desperately trying not to lose their homes, or watching their futures disappear to dismiss Obama any longer.

“The election of our first African-American president truly shows how far we’ve come as a nation,” said NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. “Just eight years ago, this moment would have been unthinkable. But finally we, as a country, have joined together, realized we’ve reached rock bottom, and for the first time voted for a candidate based on his policies rather than the color of his skin.”

“Today Americans have grudgingly taken a giant leap forward,” Williams continued. “And all it took was severe economic downturn, a bloody and unjust war in Iraq, terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan, nearly 2,000 deaths in New Orleans, and more than three centuries of frequently violent racial turmoil.”

Said Williams, “The American people should be commended for their long-overdue courage.”

Obama’s victory is being called the most significant change in politics since the 1992 election, when a full-scale economic recession led voters to momentarily ignore the fact that candidate Bill Clinton had once smoked marijuana. While many believed things had once again reached an all-time low in 2004, the successful reelection of President George W. Bush—despite historically low approval ratings nationwide—proved that things were not quite shitty enough to challenge the already pretty shitty status quo.

“If Obama learned one thing from his predecessors, it’s that timing means everything,” said Dr. James Pung, a professor of political science at Princeton University. “Less than a decade ago, Al Gore made the crucial mistake of suggesting we should care about preserving the environment before it became unavoidably clear that global warming would kill us all, and in 2004, John Kerry cost himself the presidency by criticizing Bush’s disastrous Iraq policy before everyone realized our invasion had become a complete and total quagmire.”

“Obama had the foresight to run for president at a time when being an African-American was not as important to Americans as, say, the ability to clothe and feed their children,” Pung continued. “An election like this only comes once, maybe twice, in a lifetime.”

As we enter a new era of equality for all people, the election of Barack Obama will decidedly be a milestone in U.S. history, undeniable proof that Americans, when pushed to the very brink, are willing to look past outward appearances and judge a person by the quality of his character and strength of his record. So as long as that person is not a woman.

(enviado pela minha dearest american friend)

November 4, 2008, 11:09 pm
Filed under: ELEIÇÕES

a ver se amanhã acordo e isto se confirma

bolivianas y bolivianos
August 10, 2008, 10:04 pm

referendum bolivia - 10 august 2008 - la paz

referendum bolivia - 10 august 2008 - la paz

dia clamo, tranquilo, com o trânsito cortado em todo o centro da cidade (talvez na cidade toda, não sei). gente a aproveitar as ruas para caminhar e andar de jinga. as notícias foram dizendo que estava tudo bem pelo país inteiro.

referendum bolivia - 10 august 2008 - la paz

19:35 Proyección de medios: Evo sube al 60% y revocan a Manfred, Paredes y Aguilar
El presidente Evo Morales logró el 60 por ciento de apoyo del electorado en el referendo de este domingo y los prefectos de La Paz, Cochabamba y Oruro fueron revocados de sus cargos con una votación mayor al 50 por ciento, según un cómputo preliminar divulgado por las cadenas de televisión.

El Jefe de Estado subió seis puntos más en relación a la elección del 18 de diciembre del 2005, cuando obtuvo 53.74 por ciento de los votos válidos a nivel nacional. Con esta victoria el Jefe de Estado ve fortalecida su gestión gubernamental.

Tras conocer los datos preliminares, un grupo de militantes y simpatizantes del Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) se dieron cita en la plaza Murillo de la ciudad de La Paz para saludar el triunfo de Morales en las urnas, quien ayer anticipó que se produciría una redefinición del escenario político boliviano.

En la próximas horas está previsto que el Presidente de la República brinde un mensaje a la nación, en el que posiblemente convoque a los prefectos que hayan sido ratificados para retomar el diálogo a fin de superar la crisis política que atraviesa el país.

En cuanto a los prefectos, los datos proporcionados por cadenas de televisión reflejan que Manfred Reyes Villa de Cochabamba, José Luis Paredes de La Paz y Luis Alberto Aguilar de Oruro, están revocados de su mandato obtenido en diciembre del 2005. Erbol, La Paz

in La Razón

bolivia referendum - 10 agosto 2008 - la paz

bolivia referendum - 10 agosto 2008 - la paz

comparada com outras missões de observação, esta foi muito tranquila. desta vez não tive direito a cartão de observador internacional, nem à companhia da alegre comitiva.

os tug'observadores - timor-leste eleições presidenciais - Julho 2007 - Laleia

10, 11, 12, 13, 14, …
July 4, 2007, 9:52 am

e pois, ainda lá estão. os resultados provisórios por distrito às 17:30 (hora de Dili) de hoje diziam que a FRETILIN levava 29.2%, a CNRT 22.9%, ASDT-PSD 15.8% e PD 11.7%. O número de votos contados era aquela hora, segundo a Comissão Nacional de Eleições, de 399,216 num total de eleitores registados de 529,198. A participação nas eleições foi de 81%, equivalente a um total de votantes de 426,237. Espantoso é que a diferença entre o total dos pequenos partidos todos juntos – 20.4 – seja tão alto.

6, 7, 8, 9, …
July 3, 2007, 11:58 pm

continuam. os resultados provisórios por distrito às 8 da noite de ontem diziam que a FRETILIN levava 29.1%, a CNRT 22.5%, ASDT-PSD 16.2% e PD 11.6%. O número de votos contados era aquela hora, segundo a Comissão Nacional de Eleições, de 316,117 num total de eleitores registados de 529,198. Sem informação ainda de número de registados que foram a votos. Os outros 10 partidos mais pequenos obtiveram até aquela hora um total conjunto de 20.7%

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ….
July 2, 2007, 11:57 pm

ainda estão na contagem. os resultados provisórios por distrito às 8 da noite de ontem diziam que a FRETILIN levava 30.5%, a CNRT 22.3%, ASDT-PSD 16.8% e PD 11.4%. O número de votos contados era aquela hora, segundo a Comissão Nacional de Eleições, de 195,790 num total de eleitores registados de 529,198. Sem informação ainda de número de registados que foram a votos.

os observadores das eleições
July 2, 2007, 7:20 am

os tug’observadores

estes são os outros quatro observadores a que me juntei às 6:15 da matina para o pequeno almoço no Hotel que, para nossa grande infelicidade, estava fechado – como todos os outros sítios. Foi assim que assistimos à abertura da votação na Escola Primária ao pé do farol ainda de barriga vazia. Depois do farto pequeno almoço fomos andando em direcção a leste a visitar uns poucos de postos. Hera. Metinaro. Manatuto. Lacló e mais não digo. Como não havia nada de extraordinário a registar – quero com isto dizer, coisa séria mais ou menos negativa que aqui mereça atenção – e tudo estava a correr bem parámos a meio do caminho para dormir a sesta na praia. precisávamos de descansar a vista depois de observar tantas coisas. diria eu que o grupo de observadores dos tugas levou a cabo uma excelente missão.