On the day after the mass shooting that killed six students and one employee of a school in Suzano, São Paulo, people try to explain what is unexplainable. Violent games, bullying, guns, and no guns are the scapegoats of choice. In Curitiba, Brazilian Chancellor Ernesto Araújo wants to take advantage of a BRICS meeting to request Chinese and Russian support for the Venezuelan leader Juan Guaidó. Following the worldwide outage of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, a former Mark Zuckerberg’s allied urges: “Delete your Facebook account.” And while in Brazil politicians use taxpayers’ money to investigate the death of a dog, in France hens decide to take the matter into their own hands, so to speak, and kill an intruder fox.
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As children are mourned, politicians and specialists try to make sense of the horror
In the aftermath of what has been called “Suzano’s Massacre,” people still try to make sense of what happened at the school yesterday, when two young men killed eight persons. Unfortunately, easy answers abound. Vice-president Hamilton Mourão’s scapegoat of choice was violent games. Others blamed the existence of guns, the absence of guns, and bullying. All the six dead students were mourned earlier today in a collective funeral at a gymnasium.
Ernesto Araújo wants China and Russia to recognize Guaidó as Venezuelan president
During a meeting with BRICS officials earlier today, the controversial Brazilian Chancellor Ernesto Araújo reaffirmed that he intends to request the Chinese and Russian support concerning the recognition of Juan Guaidó as the rightful Venezuelan president. BRICS is a group comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Officials of these countries are in Curitiba to discuss commercial agreements between them.
“Delete your Facebook accounts,” urges WhatsApp creator
Yesterday, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, social media under Mark Zuckerberg’s umbrella, suffered a severe instability throughout the world. Nobody knows what really happened. Meanwhile, during a lecture in Stanford yesterday, Brian Acton, creator of the popular WhatsApp, warned about the dangers of having a Facebook account. “Delete your accounts,” he advised, without explaining why. In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for US$19 billion.
In Espírito Santo, politicians have some strange priorities
Brazil has some sixty thousand murders a year and Espírito Santo has a murder rate of 32 per 100,000 people. Even so, politicians of that state are gathered at the Legislative Assembly to investigate the death of a dog. No, I’m not kidding. The CPI (Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry) on Animal Cruelty is investigating the case of a dog that died after being left alone at its owner’s apartment. The animal may have died because of excessive heat.
In France, fox is pecked to death by some three thousand chickens
In France, hens in a school farm are the main suspects of organizing a plot to kill a young fox that entered the henhouse. According to Pascal Daniel, director of the Le Gros Chene Agricultural School, three thousand hens used their herd instinct and attacked the predator with their beaks. The director believes that the hens learned how to defend themselves after a similar fox had entered their coop a year ago, when several birds got killed.