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Opinion, By Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon quotes former Senator Everett Dirksen (R-Ill): “A billion here, a billion there; pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” And again: “A billion here, a billion there, a billion...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - “In June and July come the World Cup, which means no one in Brazil will be allowed to work or study for an entire month because some young men kicking...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - No, the Curmudgeon was not in Brazil on April Fools Day, 1964, but he’s here now and has been observing the peculiar form of remembering that day, the first in power...
Opinion, By Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This week marks the beginning of the end for Rio traffic. The section of the “perimetral” ring road closest to downtown Rio has now been closed. In preparation for the dismantling...
Opinion, By Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - “Orçamento impositivo” is the sesquipedalian rendering in Portuguese of “pork barrel” — American English for adding provisions to legislation that force the government to spend money on something it doesn’t want...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Cubans are coming! The Cubans are coming! Card Carrying Communists infiltrated into our heartland by Fidel and Dilma! They will care for and perhaps even cure the poor of Brazil!...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Theorem: Major Mishaps do not preclude the occurrence of Minor Mishaps; rather, the Minor may precede, predict or presuppose the Major Mishap. In 2012 the “Mensalão” scandal, resulting in criminal...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Weekly news magazine “Veja” recently published an interview with Gilmar Mendes, one of the Justices of the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF). In that interview, Mr. Mendes affirms categorically that former President...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A leitmotif of the just-released MIB3 is people saying profoundly: “Never ask a question you don’t want to know the answer to.” In Brazil, a very popular tagline is “tudo acaba...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon has admitted, in a prior column, that he understands nothing at all about ecology or the environment, but what he does understand is politics. And the first Rio conference,...
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