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Da Rossa
Hi guys and girls,
I've removed my LI profile. I've started noticing I wasn't exactly in the market because I still have a pending work to finish in my graduation to get my degree in Law, whilst my coleagues are all earning their deserved cash. It's very sad to see people gathering experience on several workplaces, even if nowadays they don't get to stay for long in the same job. They're also developing new expertises... I'm stationary. Officially I can't even prove I know how to speak English because in this vanity country (Brazil) it's all about registered titles. I've studied everything but didn't get my diploma at advanced English because back in '07 I couldn't pay the last monthly fee.
I have also studied Physics at UnB (Brasilia's main university) for several years but did not get my degree. Then I moved to the Law School, where I used to be a brilliant student... until the eighth semester, when I failed to deliver my thesis project.
So here I am, letting the steam off to you Sad
Da Rossa wrote:

I have also studied Physics at UnB (Brasilia's main university) for several years but did not get my degree. Then I moved to the Law School, where I used to be a brilliant student... until the eighth semester, when I failed to deliver my thesis project.
So here I am, letting the steam off to you Sad
Just keep at it Da Rossa. Don't think fail as you won't until you have given up. I'm sure you're going to make it. What was it that went wrong in the delivery of the thesis?
Da Rossa
Well, mid-to-long story.. at first I chose a polemical subject regarding what we call 'transitional justice' here in Brazil, which is basically paying "damages" today for crimes allegedly perpetrated by state agents during the dictatorship from 1964-85. I believe most of the cases in which people that claim to have been tortured back then are either lying or exaggerating; nonetheless, some of them are being monthly paid a substantial ammount of R$ 3.500,00 for simply having had one article censored for one week in a newspaper. The regime was right-wing, those "journalists" varied from social-democrat to terrorist communists.
Today, the regime is left-wing 'democratic' with a communist agenda. So they're in the process of demonizing every single aspect of the 64-85 regime. One of the policies adopted is this "transitional justice': theoretically means repairing, in democratic times, for harm done in a past non-democratic time.

This first choice failed because I couldn't find any robust sources. The closes thing to a bibliography I got was a periodical printed with public money coordinated by a man that today belongs to the situational party - and also claims to have been persecuted in the past. Convenient.
So, with no reliable sources, I realised that too late back in november 2011, and consequently failed to deliver my thesis project, meaning I failed the semester.

Then I considered a work about what the Internet Neutrality has to do with a democratic society. Still, this subject was too new for a slow country like mine. No sources either. I had to jump to the third option.

It was the most interesting: a deep analysis of a particular decision by the Brazilian Supreme Court about racial affirmative action. I would discuss philosophically, according to Arthur Schopenhauer and Olavo de Carvalho, how the justices took and used themselves eristic techniques ( to rule instead of juridical arguments, in a scenario of big pressure from some groups. I couldn't do it because the subject is deeper than I had brainpower to do. A philosophy-savvy teacher also stated that I would 'misprestige' Schopenhauer by doing that with the superficiality of a graduation-level work.

Again, the timing was not favourable and I failed again. Option #4... which was close to the first one in general matter, but more specific: the political and punitive use of a civil suit. A family sued a 90-year old, wheelchaired ex-General from the 64 Regime demanding: 1- damages in the ammount of R$ 50.000,00 for alleged tortures, 2- prohibition to return to the public service and 3- end of pension. Think about it... it so out of logic that I turned my nose everytime I thought about beginning to work on this. Also a polemical issue, in which I'd certainly be on the minority side.

Then, I moved to my fifth and current theme. It's about delimiting of indigenous' people's lands. Although polemical, this one is feasible. It's focused on constitutional law and doesn't have that wide leeway for philosophical interpretation. The motivational phenomenon is this current government (the same paying those 'damages' to 'used-to-be-pursued-people') is carrying out more delimiting acts than ever, no matter if in the land actually resides a non-indian family, with a productive agro business. The agency that conducts the procedure of identifying and tracing the map of the area states 'there are evidence of traditional ocupation by indians'. Sometimes the proof is a tip of an old arrow found burried in the ground. Some families living in the same place for seven generations have been abruptly removed from their lands with absolutely no right to indemnification. Think about this in the US... an american wouldn't have to fear this. Even with well-delimited jurisdictions for indian areas, the 'urban' americans don't need to fear indians moving in from their lands, using the argument that "his people used to live in that geographical coordinates 400 years ago".

This semester my deadline was shorter, and I felt I hadn't had a robust reading on all pertinent subjects.

The grand total result: I'm headed to the 13th semester - with 29 years old, no job, no degree.[url][/url]
Life is quite a long journey and you have not even at the one third of it. My brother is still pursuing his PhD work at the age of 52 and had completed his masters at the age of 45. He was a plain graduate and opened a grocery/stationary store for living. However he never lost the zeal to start over again. You do require something for living, but that need not be a degree based job. Brazil is a country of fighters and everyone knows the dominance of your country in football. So cheer up, find something temporary for living and continue your study. You are too young to come to any final conclusion and immerse yourself in frustration.

Da Rossa
Thanks Bukaida, and sorry for the long time without getting back here at this topic.

Brazil is a country of fighters and everyone knows the dominance of your country in football

Thanks but this is the very most misconception about Brazil. I'm not quite sure if we're a country of fighters. Being good at football doesn't mean anything at all. Switzerland is good at making chocolates and some cheese, but then what?

I also have a hunch that, if some catastrophic event happens on Earth that would trigger the survival-of-the-fittest rule, the Brazilian would be the first to die. I don't know why, it's my intuition.

There is also a list built by an American individual of 20 reasons he hated living here. I agree with ~18 and I feel embarassed about it.


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20 Reasons I Hate Living in Brazil
+25 by Still Here

Of course I'm generalizing and exceptions abound, but after living in Brazil for 3 years with my Brazilian spouse, my observations are as follows. In general:
1. Brazilians have no consideration for people outside their immediate circle, and are often just plain rude. For example, a neighbor who plays loud music all night; and even if you ask him politely to turn the volume down, he tells you to f**k off. And basic politeness? A simple "excuse me" when someone almost knocks you over on the street? Forget it.
2. Brazilians are aggressive and opportunistic, and usually at someone else's expense. It's like a "survival instinct" in high gear, all the time. The best example is driving. If they see a way to pass you, they will, even if it means almost killing you, and even if they're not in a hurry. So why do they do it? It's just because they can, because they see the opportunity. They feel like they always need to take whatever they can, whenever they can, regardless of who is harmed as a result.
3. Brazilians have no respect for their environment. They dump big loads of trash anywhere and everywhere, and the littering is unbelievable. The streets are really dirty. The natural resources, abundant as they are, are being squandered at an amazing rate with little or no recourse.
4. Brazilians tolerate an amazing amount of corruption in both business and government. While all governments have corrupt officials, it's more obvious and rampant in Brazil than most countries, and yet the population keeps re-electing the same people.
5. Brazilian women are overly obsessed with their bodies and very critical of (and competitive with) each other.
6. Brazilians, especially men, are highly prone to extramarital affairs. Unless the man never leaves the house, odds are he has a mistress.
7. Brazilians are very expressive of their negative opinions of others, with complete disregard about possibly hurting someone's feelings.
8. Brazilians, especially people who perform services, are usually unreliable, lazy and almost always late.
9. Brazilians have a very prominent classe system. The rich have a sense of entitlement that is beyond a caricature. They think the rules do not apply to them, that they are above the system, and are very arrogant and inconsiderate, especially with each other. The poor, meanwhile, are paid so little that they never have an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty and therefore often turn to crime or simply become lazy and indignant regarding their jobs because they see no hope for the future and no point in trying to do a good job.
10. Brazilians constantly interrupt and talk over each other. Trying to have a conversation is like a competition to be heard, a shouting match.
11. Brazilian police are essentially non-existent when it comes to enforcing laws to protect the population, such as enforcing traffic laws, finding and arresting thieves, etc. Laws exist, but no one enforces them, the judicial system is a joke and there is usually no recourse for the citizen who is robbed, cheated or otherwise harmed. People live in fear and build walls around their houses or pay high fees to live in gated communities.
12. Brazilians make everything inconvenient and difficult. Nothing is streamlined or designed with the customer's convenience in mind, and Brazilians have a high tolerance for astounding levels of unnecessary and redundant bureaucracy.
13. Brazilians tolerate such high taxes and import duties that make everything, especially home products, electronics and cars, unbelievably expensive. And for business owners, following the rules and paying all your taxes makes it almost impossible to be profitable. As a result, corruption and bribes in business and government are commonplace. The bureaucracy, laws and high taxes exist to provide the opportunity for the corrupt to facilitate "working around" the system. Meanwhile the consumer is forced to bear an extraordinarily high cost of

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14. It's hot as hell 9 months out of the year, and central heating/cooling doesn't exist here because the houses are not constructed to be airtight or insulated or include air ducts. So you either suffer for 9 months or confine yourself to a small room with a wall a/c unit. And in the 3 months where it actually gets "cold," you freeze at night.
15. The food may be fresher, less processed and generally healthier than American or European food, but it is bland, repetitive and very inconvenient. Processed, frozen or ready-made foods in the supermarket are few, expensive and generally terrible. Most foods are made from scratch and if you can't afford a maid to do it for you, you'll spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Restaurants abound but there are few convenient options, as Brazilians favor sit-down meals and there are almost no drive-thrus except crappy fast food.
16. Brazilians are super social and rarely spend any time alone, especially meals and weekends. This is not necessarily a bad quality but personally I hate it because I enjoy my space and privacy, but the cultural expectation is that you will attend (or worse, invite) friends and family to every single meal and you are criticized for not behaving "normally" if you choose to be alone.
17. Brazilians stay very close, emotionally and geographically, to their families of origin their whole lives. Like #16, this is not necessarily a bad quality but personally I hate it because it makes me uncomfortable and affects my marriage. Brazilian adults never "cut the cord" emotionally and their family of origin (especially their mothers) continue to be involved in their daily lives, problems, decisions, activities, etc. As you can imagine, this is extra difficult for a spouse from another culture where we generally live in nuclear families and have a different dynamic with our families of origin.
18. Electricity and internet service are completely unreliable.
19. Water safety is questionable. Brazilians drink it without dying, sure, but based on the total lack of enforcement of other laws and abundance of corruption, I don't trust the government that says it's totally safe and won't hurt you in the long term.
20. And finally, Brazilians only have 1 kind of beer (a watery pilsner) and it really sucks, and of course, imported beers are expensive.
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