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A towel with a politician’s face is a symbol of democratic decline



A towel with a politician's face is a symbol of democratic decline

In 2006, a decision was made to ban many symbols of our democracy who are still in their teens from participating in elections. Shows were banned, as well as key chains, caps, pens, gifts in general. Even the adviser’s shirt, known as a contraceptive, did not escape the wave of bans.

There was no shortage of experienced people to warn that the rule would be harmless enough to moralize campaign finance in the face of the Mensalao scandal.

There were several punning voices saying that the election would turn from a pro-democracy party into a pro-democracy commemoration, given the required dose of seriousness.

Law no. 11300/2006 states that “during an election campaign, it is prohibited to produce, use, distribute by a committee, a candidate or with their permission T-shirts, key chains, caps, pens, gifts, basic baskets or any other goods or materials that may provide an advantage to the voter.“(emphasis mine)

It’s a simplistic premise, with little to do with reality, to assume that all the freebies and even the demo mice brought votes to the candidate who provided them. People are more complex.

We have a plague of vote buying, so the basic food basket is in law, reminding us that there are those who take advantage of human misfortune. However, this does not mean that the T-shirt or the show wins votes.

The pre-election time tradition was to go to all the performances and, if necessary, put on all the shirts and raise all the flags to see the performers.

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After that, our moms decided which T-shirts would become pajamas and which ones would go straight to the floor, depending on political preferences or the availability of sleepwear in the family.

The thing is, no one took these things very seriously. Political symbols can have an affective meaning depending on who gave them to you and under what circumstances. They were a symbol of that action, not something limited in the object itself, which would have been commonplace.

The man wore a Diretas Já shirt, remembering an important personal memory, a PT star given by someone significant, a symbol that everyone used during the march when friends were united and believed in a better future.

We have gone from the moment when the priority was people and the dream of the future of the country, to the moment when the symbol of consumption is an end in itself.

It was the union of high technology and informality at work with populism that brought us the towels of political idols. In the last elections, Jair Bolsonaro’s T-shirts were the fever.

Now they have started making towels, a technological advancement in cloth printing. Lula had her national debut on Lolapalooza as Pablo Vittar. The Lulismo symbol was created there, which sellers are also trying to offer to Bolsonarists and even cirists, but with much less hype and success.

Lying on the imprint of the face of your favorite politician is something very far from the concept of democracy. Wipe yourself on it, I think, even more so.

This past weekend, Mac Naninha extrapolated the creativity of using a towel by singing “Dou prá Velho” while swaying on stage while two assistants picked up Lula’s towel right behind her.

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Party or candidate symbols are no longer just a sign of an important moment or a people’s dream. They have become a form of expression and identity.

This suggests that these candidates, in the opinion of those who use the symbols, are able to fulfill their dreams and aspirations by representing the image that these people want to convey.

But don’t these people have the right to want it and do it? Of course yes. They also enjoy the right to move further and further away from the concept of liberal democracy.

These are symbols that perpetuate in the popular imagination the notion that the human figure represents the will of the people. It is known in democracies that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

There will be no towel to clean up the mess we make.

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



Germany sentenced Russian to life imprisonment for political murder by order of Moscow - 12/15/2021
BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

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“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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