Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Chocolate and Cupulate – from the Amazon rainforest to the table of the best international restaurants

Dona Nena Facilities at Combu Island - Amazon Rain Forest
When sophisticated customers of DOM restaurant in Sao Paulo Brazil eat their exotic desserts made with Dona Nena’s chocolate, they are not able to realize the astonishing sequence of management of ideas, resources, and people mobilized for it to reach their tables.

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Before going further with this matter, it is important to say that, to celebrate the 15 years of life and seven years Blog, after a long history of generating ideas in the Blemya decided to get out of the office and go to the field to search a beautiful job of talent, of people and of science – the history of chocolate and cupulates of Dona Nenas, from the island of Combu.

Along with Pernod Ricard team of mixologists, we created the Tembi-u project (from neologic Guarani "tembi'uapokuaa" which literally means "knowledge or science of making food"), with the aim of bringing Brazilian culture elements of excellence to bartending society and world cuisine.
Luiz Pagano with the team of Tembi-u Project 

To get the facilities of Dona Nena, we start from Belém (estate of Para, Brazil) towards Combu Island, by the river Guamá, three kilometers via “voadeiras”, a typical vessel in the Amazon basin.

It was only in 2006 that Dona Izete dos Santos Costa (Dona Nena), which use to sell objects made out of the fruit of the cocoa, called biojewels, decided to sell an old family recipe of chocolate and “brigadeiros” (Brazilian delicacy made with chocolate and milk jam) in Batista Campos Square in Belém PA.

Everything was going well, but one problem led Dona Nena to have the first of many good ideas.

Cocoa beans used to make the brigadeiro was ground in a pylon, in a laborious and tiring method. When thinking of something that would grind with less effort, she found in meat grinder a viable alternative, it not only offered less work to do the recipes but also found that the quality of dough had improved a consistently.
Dona Nena avoiding that ants could attack the box of bees

She realized that the grain was thinner and the process had become more hygienic, beyond what, she managed to have an uniform dough without adding sugar, creating a 100% cocoa chocolate formula.

Her new recipe was discovered by the chef of award-wining restaurants Recanto do Peixe/do Bosque, Thiago Castanho, and thus the delicious chocolate bars packed in the cocoa leaf, cocoa powder, brigadeiros and nibs (granulated cocoa covering to Brigadeiros) went beyond the state of Pará and came to the also award-winning restaurant D.O.M. of the chef Alex Atala,

She did not stop there, she had also developed the so-called 'Cupulate' bars and brigadeiros made not with cocoa dough, but with the mucilage from cupuaçu. The result is a delicious dessert, rich in amino acids even sweeter than chocolate and less bitter.
Standard EMBRAPA bee box for uruçu species (Melipona flavolineata) 

Even the fructification of cocoa and cupuassu had scientific interference, in order to respect the environment. Dona Nena added to its already large repertoire of innovations “the beekeeping”, in a joint project with Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation), Eastern Amazon and Federal University of Pará, the resources came from a financing of CNPq.

Five boxes of stingless bees of yellow uruçu species (Melipona flavolineata) have been installed on the property of Dona Nena, on the island of the Combu.
Yellow uruçu specie (Melipona flavolineata) 

Besides the spread of beekeeping and the resulting environmental education, these initiatives change for the better the lives of the local population around Dona Nena, "not only these bees pollinate cocoa and cupuaçu" she says, "but also help in fructification of another important source of income here on the island, the açai ".
Luiz Pagano lecture in which he shared the experiences acquired in the amazon at Tembi-u project

According to the researcher Cristiano Menezes, the goal is to enable the producer in the management of stingless bees techniques and demonstrate the results for the other residents of the island, in order to attract them to the activity. In addition to the pollination of fruit trees such as açaí, the uruçu yellow bees produce honey that can be exploited as a source of income.

The next steps will involve visits to demonstrate the techniques of artificial feeding insects. "As this time of year honey production is reduced due to the low amount of available flowers, bees require supplementary feeding," explained researcher Cristiano Menezes. With the end of the rainy season, the blooms intensify and bees return to produce honey.
chocolate and cupulate bars, packed in the cocoa leaf, cocoa powder, brigadeiros and nibs
(granulated cocoa used to cover Brigadeiros)

Porjeto Tembi-u and Blemya intend this actions to be the beginning of a series of others activities for valuation of people and their cultures, into viable and sustainable economic projects.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Blemya 15 years

History of Blemya - Luiz Pagano & Mauricio Bozzi - importing vodkas from Russia
Веда – русская водка
In 1997, I joined the Mauricio Bozzi, a great salesman and a great friend to create a international business company specialized in new product introduction, with some kind of difficulty in the market, named Bozzi & Pagano.

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In the initial years, business was really prosperous, Dynamic Cooking Systems industrial line, American competitor of Viking ranges had a representation agreement with us, and we also outsourced the sales team of Austrian energy drink Flash Power, while this category had not yet specific legislation in Brazilian territory. Our businesses were performing outstandingly at that point.

We felt privileged to have this big luck in business, we travel; we were always at parties, and on top of such great happiness we were always conjecturing how could we have a better world.

Mauricio was a very enterprising guy, focused on making money, but also was really dedicated to help friends in their needs. It was frequent for us to make a massive shopping in a supermarket for unemployed friends, or collecting some old clothing for donations. In 2008 we lived the boom of energy drink, we earned more money than we needed and we start to devote a relatively small portion of our earnings to help needy friends.
Blemyas over the years

Due to some of our own immature moments at the time, we were omitting from our wives these little 'spending with friends' and every time they asked about where was some given sum of money that we had won, we said that a 'little female monster' had eaten it, giving them the impression that we were spending money with an extramarital love affair.

Later, Mauricio started working as an employee of Flash Power and I tried to keep Bozzi & Pagano Company alive on my own. In April 2000 we tried to introduce a multi distilled cachaça in Brazil, and to export it to some countries that we had contact, but the business were not going well. One day I went to show this cachaça to a French chef of cuisine, friend of mine here in São Paulo... he made a frustrating assessment:

"Are you only working with this cachaça?" Asked the chef, I said yes and then he retorted "that cachaça is horrible, you'll have no future with her. I’ll introduce you to some friends of mine, who are behind a cool business here in Brazil."

And so, on a Monday, May 8th, 2000 I started working as an employee in the introduction of Veuve Clicquot in Brazilian market. On Thursday of the same week, I went for a beer with Mauricio to celebrate.

He was delighted to see me working with this brand and also with the help that such a great chef had given me. In the bar table, we spoke also about the cachaça company, which had little chance of success in the format it adopted and which one of the partners was a relative of Antoninho da Rocha Marmo, a holy child, responsible for numerous miracles in the city of São Paulo.

We recall the many people who we had helped in our prosperous times and we decided that if one day we return to prosper again, we would dedicate part of our earnings to research and development of intelligent mechanisms of humanitarian aid, and thus, our ‘little female monster’ would live again.

At that moment I remembered a dream I had, it was about a trip I’ve made with the family of Marco Polo, in which we’ve found a futuristic city of Blemias, headless monsters that had their faces on the chest.

The Blemias were part of a race that had evolved from humans, there were only women in the tribe, and they were individuals of bright intellect. In my dream, they were so smart that they managed to survive in secret from the rest of humanity for millennia, in a city on the heights with an ingenious holograms projector that disguise the whole city as a mountain.
Dream of Blemyas - Luiz Pagano's Agenda May 11th, 2000

These beings were helping humanity to achieve the end of the world wars, and to get rid of the Cold War in the 80s and 90s - the reproduction of the blemias, even in my dream, were a mystery too.

We decided that the name of this great social welfare company would be blemia, nothing more appropriate for a company dedicated to foreign trade, such as Marco Polo was, having a blemia as an institutional mascot. The blemia or Blemya, as we wrote, would be the company whose mysticism and kindness toward our society would be as big as the holy child, Antoninho da Rocha Marmo.

In 2007 I created a blog for the company Bozzi & Pagano and also for Blemya, once we could not have Blemya as a real company, we would make it live virtually.

My partner passed away in December 2010 and we never managed to revive the Blemya in its full form, at least in the design we had create that Thursday afternoon. But Blemya lives - the blog has had nearly 200 thousand accesses and much of our ideas, some pioneers, are widely discussed on the Internet.
As we've seen, Blemyas exists in only one gender, feminine. The reproduction of the Blemias is no longer a mystery, it happens when one man (the masculine form for mankind) helps another in a very genuine spirit.

For me it is a great pride go through with this project, I'm sure that someday we will live in a post-scarcity society, in which religions will respect each other, within the omnism principle, that we will understand that the concept of waste does not exist, and that our maximum proposal, that we are individuals that must interconnect, one to another, on this planet, with the spirit of fraternity and mutual help.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Spece Rusian Roulette

Warning!!  be aware of the falling spaceship

In this extraordinary issue of Blemya monster report, an urgent alert about the unmanned Progress 59 spacecraft that is doomed to burn up in Earth's atmosphere in the next few days after failing to deliver more than 3 tons of supplies to the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly told reporters in a series of televised interviews. Video directly from Progress 59 has shown it to be tumbling in an out-of-control spin.

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The fireball could be bright enough to see in broad daylight, Krag said. But with more than 70% of the Earth’s surface covered by water, and only 3% of the land heavily populated, the chances are slim that anyone will witness it, let alone be struck by debris.

Holger Krag, head of the European Space Agency’s space debris office in Darmstadt, said the risk of anyone being hit by falling parts of the Progress vessel are extremely remote. In six decades of spaceflight, no one has ever been hit by falling space hardware, he said.

“It doesn’t all come down in one piece. Most of the destruction happens between 80km and 70km high, and a very limited number of components have the potential to survive. These are scattered over a huge distance, up to 1,000km, so you might find a single piece every 100km or so,” Krag told the Guardian.

BUT don't worry!! every year 100 tonnes of space hardware re-enter the atmosphere, with the majority of it burning up before it hits the planet. Defunct satellites and spent rocket bodies fall to Earth every week. Larger items, such as the Progress cargo vessel, re-enter roughly once a year.

Blamya says - I'm affraid of no falling spaceship...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Playing hide and seek in the clouds

Cloudrunner is a type of ‘air jet sky’, which uses an involucre full of gas, as its accessorial force, conjugated with support propellers, as helicopters or 'drones' does.
One of the first paradigms that Santos=Dumont had broken, took place on July 4th, 1898, when he flew in his balloon called ‘Brasil’, which used hydrogen for ascensoral power in its 113m3 involucre, with only 19.7feet in diameter, the smallest balloon ever built. After that, he has broken many other paradigms up to the first flight of the ‘heavier than air”, by his14Bis.

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Undoubtedly, the airship that Santos Dumont liked most was the so-called 'Baladeuse' (carriage in French), in the year de1903.

It was indeed an 'aerial chariot' with an involucre of 220m3 of hydrogen, driven by a 3hp Clement Bayard engine, this wonder came to 18.6 mph. The goal of Dumont with the 'Baladeuse' was to create an urban vehicle to serve as a practical and elegant individual transportation.

Since then, very little has been developed in relation to the individual air transportation, the autogyro and jetpack are the closest thing to it.

Since science seems to be stuck on this segment, the dream of reaching skies, jumping from cloud to cloud, after 110 years, is still a distant dream.

Order not to lose hope, the team of blog NIMPS in partnership with Blemya created in a fictional way, the 'CLOUDRUNNER', also called 'cloudracer'.
This is a type of ‘air jet sky’, which uses an involucre full of gas, as its accessorial force, conjugated with support propellers, as helicopters or 'drones' does.
Cloudriders playing hide and seek in the passing clouds 

Ascension engines of the 'Cloudrider' are not so demanded to take the aircraft from the ground, since a sophisticated gas mattress with a ‘gas mixing system’ under different pressures, almost does that alone.

It reaches great heights and the flight can be silent on some specific atmospheric conditions, favorable for disengage the engine, and its speed varies according to the wind velocity.

According to our imaginary test pilots, it is impossible to describe the emotion of playing hide and seek in the clouds, like a mischievous young angel, therefore, only a poet like Wallace Stevens to describe the sweet sensations of delight in the clouds.

“The Pleasures of Merely Circulating

The garden flew round with the angel,
The angel flew round with the cloud.
And the clouds flew round and the clouds flew round
And the clouds flew round with the clouds”.
Wallace Stevens

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Opportunities for you to change your life in 2015, if you 'LOVE BRAZIL'

01 – Create blockbuster movies that make real money with 100% Brazilian heroes
The Blog 'LOVE BRAZIL - <3>] - has listed 14 business opportunities that can make you a millionaire from 2015 on. The marks shown in the bottom left corner of the images show whether these initiatives have already been made (green) or if it does not exist (red):

01 – Create blockbuster movies that make real money with 100% Brazilian heroes

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For this theme we should mix movies elements such as those that deal with the Japanese culture, as Ultraman and Godzilla, with the spirit of 'love your city' presented by 'Ghostbusters' for New York. So we created the 'Heroes of the Obelisk', 32 superheroes, each with specific superpowers and characteristics of the Brazilian people, defending the city of São Paulo from cruel villains like 'The Anahngá', a terrible monster from Anhangabaú Valley and corrupt forces of flesh-and-bone enemies from the big tropical city.

02 - Build a factory of shirts with motifs of Brazilian tribes paintings

02 - Build a factory of shirts with motifs of Brazilian tribes paintings

This idea works well for the small entrepreneur, who with little investment ,can get to have multiple variations of several tees, taking into account the 238 indigenous peoples of Brazil.

 03 - Using the fact that Brazil is the country that invented Aeronautics and produce new aircraft.

 03 - Using the fact that Brazil is the country that invented Aeronautics and produce new aircraft.

Thank God that companies such as Embraer, ITA and the FAB, in a joint effort, had this vision (if you do not love Brazil, you probably believe that who invented the airplane were the Wright Brothers, and them, this topic will not make any sense at all)

The KC-390, the revolutionary aircraft intended to replace the already tired Hercules, fully designed and constructed in Brazil, was presented at last November 21, at Embraer's factory in Gavião Peixoto (SP). For the first time, the press and representatives from over 32 countries had the opportunity to see firsthand the largest aircraft ever developed and manufactured in Brazil.

04 - Provide smart solutions and engineering to the ‘Favelas’ 

04 - Provide smart solutions and engineering to the ‘Favelas’

The ‘Favelas’ (Brazilian slums) are part of history, culture and Brazilian society, trying to exterminate the slums to make public housing has proved a very mistaken policy.

The solution presented by Blemya blog in 2010 (http://blemya.blogspot.com.br/2010/01/estado-de-arte-no-empreendedorismo.html ) was to create a company specialized in bringing sanitation, comfort and infrastructure in the state of art, at low prices to the ‘Favela’ areas.

05 - Toy Art of Orishas and Brazilian dolls

05 - Toy Art of Orishas and Brazilian dolls

Great potential to become a cult (at least it made big success on my blog, I have several emails asking to buy one (http://ameobrasil.blogspot.com.br/2012/11/orixas-em-toy-art.html ). Following inspiration in Blythe doll, created in 1972 by designer Allison Katzman, and gained prominence in 1997, when the journalist Gina Garan began to photograph it in several places, thus giving inspiration to his book "This is Blythe".

06 - Serve Brazilian dishes in your restaurant

06 - Serve Brazilian dishes in your restaurant

The cult chef Alex Atala is the main protagonist of this my article and of course, leads Brazil to the world and to the Brazilians as a 'good thing'. Opened in January 2009, the restaurant Dalva e Dito brought to the city of Sao Paulo, a culture already well entrenched in Belém do Pará, to value our dishes as Brazilian culture.

07 - Edit segmented magazines about TUPI-POP culture 

07 - Edit segmented magazines about TUPI-POP culture

Like the J-Pop culture (Japanese) and K-Pop (Korean), we also have segmented and enjoyed the culture of our indigenous people, with ads in ‘ Tupi Antigo’, Nheengatu, and other local languages.

08 - Apply indigenous body paintings techniques in your spa 

08 - Apply indigenous body paintings techniques in your spa

The Pihin technique (indigenous body painting), seeks to bring urban civilization supreme balance through the ancient knowledge of the art of the indigenous body painting (http://ameobrasil.blogspot.com.br/2013/09/spa-pihin-ou-spa-nova-tupi-uma-nova.html ). Also known as 'the complete therapy', the Pihin technique promotes the improvement of the individual in all its aspects; physical, aesthetic, mental, spiritual and psychological, besides being a great manifestation of affection from one person to another.

09 - Make cosmetics with natural Brazilian products

09 - Make cosmetics with natural Brazilian products

Natura is one of the most exciting examples of culture 'New Tupi'. Founded in 1969 by Jean-Pierre Berjeaut and the current president, Luiz Antonio da Cunha Seabra, Natura had the goal of selling personal care products that were produced with natural formulas, high quality and at competitive prices.

The line 'Natura Ekos' uses 14 Brazilian biodiversity substances, the supply and distribution of benefits generated, over the years, more than R $ 8.5 million in funds. Thus, Natura Ekos supports social development, strengthening the economy and taking care for the environment in the communities.

10 – Go surf in Pororoca (longest Brazilian tidal bore)

10 – Go surf in Pororoca (longest Brazilian tidal bore)

As example of the investment made by Red Bull in winter sports, in Switzerland and Austria, Brazil also enters this scenario, with the practice of sports among the forces of nature, also sponsored by the Austrian energy drink brand.

In 2005 Serginho Laus managed to accurately measure what is surfing the tidal bore of the Araguari River; He was 12.18 mph, for a distance of 7.33 miles, which lasted 36 minutes.

The ABRASPO - Brazilian Association of Surfing in Pororoca is the entity that since 1999 years promotes and disseminates surfing the tidal bore. This is also a way to encourage tourism and cultural exchange between the young audiences.

11 - Manage a hotel/restaurant Ethnicity
11 - Manage a hotel/restaurant Ethnicity

Choose an indigenous ethnic group, then, with the aid of its own members let your customers eat dishes of the tribe, learn their stories and mainly help the tribe to disseminate their culture and raise funds for its own expansion of land in a sustainable way.
12 - Create The Kaüim, a new segment of beverages

12 - Create a new segment of beverages

The Cauim remains a ritual beverage of the Indians produced only in their tribes and the distilled cassava, ‘the Tiquira’, still being produced with bad quality.

I've been doing a series of experiments in order to produce the Cauim (Kaüim in Old Tupi) http://ameobrasil.blogspot.com.br/2013/09/receita-em-tupi-antigo-para-o-preparo.html
and I'm sure this can be a great dinning drink to accompany Brazilian dishes, like the Sake and Sochu.
13 - Create zoomorphic items

13 - Create zoomorphic items

Inspired by Indian objects, and also in Frank Gehry's Fish Lamps, we see this 'lamp Pirarucu'.
14 - Express your own history

14 - Express your own history

Give value to your Tupi-Pop culture, like the Japanese with the J-Pop and Korean with K-Pop, valuing their rituals, their music, their culture, incorporating urban attitudes of today and being happy with their very own essence. In the photo, woman uses a plexiglass botoque (piercing) window.

The good news is that the few Brazilians are increasingly proud of Brazilian products and this generates a great business opportunity for entrepreneurs who 'LOVE THE BRAZIL(in reference to a Brazilian Blog with the same title http://ameobrasil.blogspot.com.br )'. The bad news is that there is much still to be done.

Entrepreneurial brands like Havaianas, Natura, Alex Atala’s restaurants DOM and Dalva e Dito, understood and doing great with this bet.

It would be inconceivable for a Brazilian, in the year 1973, to go to a Brazilian food restaurant, take cachaça, a classic poor ‘Boteco’ drink at the time, using a pair of ‘Havaiana’s’ sandals, spending the equivalent of US$ 450.00 on the tour.

In other hand, Japanese culture insists in supporting Japanese companies. This is why Microsoft has been doing much worse than Sony in Japan. The same sort of thing exists in the US too. Many american like to support American companies, so the 360 demolished the PS3 in the US. But in Brasil, we still believe that everything that comes from abroad is better that Brazilian stuff.

Some time ago, in the seventies, launching products related to Brazilian culture would be a certain failure, today things have changed a lot, but still has a lot yet to change, which means that it we still have a lot of business opportunity ahead.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Forces of nature against corruption

What does corruption, the pollution of urban rivers and the not-so-recent shark attacks on swimmers in Recife have in common? - Everything.

Let's start by sharks - before the construction of the port of Suape we had no record of these attacks in the waters of the reef, so the most logical thing would be to blame the situation created by the arrival of the port and its environmental impacts, but that does not seem to be the determining factor.

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In the documentary "Shark Rebellion," presented on the Discovery Channel, Lawrence Wahba investigates the attacks and identifies the culprit species, the Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas). Wabba dive with these sharks in Cuba and they seem to be extremely quiet, the biologist gets really surprised by the peacefulness of the animals in Cuba.

The Carcharhinus leucas has a pattern of eating rather passive, they seek their food that arise in abundance in coral reefs and they hardly spend energy on attacks to feed. This seems contradictory to what happens in Recife, for devouring men requires a great deal of energy in the attack.

Why does then the Sharks attack the beachgoers?

In the same documentary Wabba realized that the beaches in Cuba, with clear waters has an abundance of small fish, carcasses and other passive food for sharks. But in Recife, the pollution dumped on beaches by polluted rivers, made murky the waters, and decimated much the presence of fish and other passive food for the Carcharhinus leucas. The scarcity of this food has taken the animal out of his comfort zone to attack swimmers. That became the only option.
Carcharhinus leucas "Bull Shark" Swimming on polluted waters of Recife - Brazil
To pollute rivers of big cities is undoubtedly the least intelligent practice that the public administration and the private sector can do. You could say that whomever does it not differ from the one who defecates by the door of his own home.

Worse yet, to compromise the already scarce reserves of fresh water on the planet, man creates himself the additional problem of water shortages and to threaten hydropower generation (see the problem that affects Cantareira water supply system in the State of São Paulo).

Why then do we continue to make that mistake that bad?

Simply because investing public money in sanitation does not generates votes. Added to this corruption at all levels of administration, which undertakes these works that are very expensive and too slow to be completed. The amount of disease caused because of this lack of sanitation is huge and ultimately affects education because sicker children miss classes.

The child with the education deficit becomes the adult with deficiency in environmental perception, and this cycle tends to continue until something more dramatic happens.

It's a shame that most politicians do not surf in Recife, since the shark attack to one of them, would be the best way to close this cycle, and who knows, the commotion caused by the tragedy, would lead to a review of their concepts, and could end the bad Brazilian habit of polluting rivers in almost all urban centers.
Bruzundanga Heroes Saga, #2 - Brazilian Hero 'Assum Preto' a sensitive and violent 'cangaceiro' tired of being deceived catches a corrupt politician by the collar - He decides to take justice into his own hands.
While a Brazilian beast does not revenge the so worn class (corrupt politicians), ‘The Bruzundanga saga’ hero, Assum Preto, a sensitive and violent 'cangaceiro' seems to be the only option of solace for Brazilian people, lol.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The rise of Primatological Fitness

Luiz Pagano working out Primatological Fitness, inspired by monkeys and Ranxerox
Since we, Humans share a common ancestor with modern African apes, we sometimes envy our simian cousins because of their strength, dexterity and lightness. The way they swing from branch to branch, among the trees, as talented as Olympic gymnasts. We envy them because they find great pleasure in such activities and the mere act of imitating his gestures bring us great pleasure and fun.
With this in mind I created during the 1980s the bases of Primatological Gymnastics, Ape Fit, Monkey Fitness, Ape Academy, or any other name of the same effect.

I remember when I was a high school student, just to have fun, running back home, racing with friends using the gestures of chimpanzees, doing monkey movements or mimicking an ape. During the eighties, we were reading the graphic novels such as Ranxerox, a science fiction about a robotic monster, Frankenstein type, punk, futuristic, created by Italian artists Stefano Tamburini and Tanino Liberatore. In escape situations, Ranx used to run mimicking the gestures of a monkey and reached enormous speed, I remember of getting mesmerized with that.

Here comes the Primatological Fitness

The (late) emergence of Primatological Fitness (or APE FIT) was simply inevitable. Sooner or later, someone would create such a series of movements and would study its dynamics and its beneficial effects to humans.
Comparative Anatomy - of apes and man, it's incredible how we work the the most unusual muscles during those sessions of 'Primatological Fitness'
We have many similarities with apes; we do some instinctive movements very much like they make, especially when we are babies.

Who better than a Brazilian fitness aficionado, to study apes (self-bullying - lol).

Ad of the "New APE FIT RUNNER X2 - best way to discover nature" -(both brand APE FIT and the APE FIT RUNNER X2 handset are fictitious, were created by Luiz Pagano just to illustrate this article)

The mere reflex to grab the finger of the father is one of many innate acts of a baby. Put your finger on the palm of a baby, he will instinctively tighten with their small and powerful fingers. Is worth mentioning that, the handgrip of a newborn is so strong that it can easily support its own weight for a while.

Why do babies do this? Because it is an instinctive practice related to the survival of primates.

Watch a mother monkey in nature; soon after birth little monkeys cling to the fur of the mother monkey who goes from side to side, taking her young. The babies who do not cling to mothers get loose on the lawn, and become easy victims of predators.

Base exercises - Construction of strength in the hands

The flow of Primatological Fitness follows the following order:
Primates must first increase their strength on the hands and paws (fits), then forearms and calves and ultimately the connections between members with the torso. This dynamic had to be corrected to make sense in the human race.
Ab workouts upside down - perfect to oxygenate the brain and provide a different angle to observe nature.
Since evolutionary changes drew off the prensil feature of the human’s feet, we must compensate for this loss with strong exercises for the feet and calves.

In this logic we know that the muscles located in forearms control the fingers. The forearm flexor muscles control the closing of the hand, while the opening of the hand is controlled by the extensors of the forearm. The exercises should be designed to control both movements.

When you build your hand strength you also build and thickens these muscles, giving the forearms a strong and powerful appearance.
If you do not have the appropriate arms extenders, you can do these exercises on stairs supporting your body on the handrails between a leap and another
Doctors theorize that the hands operate as great supporters the the work of the heart - when we exercise our hands, we pumped the blood from the extremities and improve our blood circulation.

The principal form of strengthen the hands is through exercises like chin-ups and the 'pulley'. Designed to stiffen up the huge and strong back muscles, these exercises fully trust the movements of the large muscles in the mere ability of your hands to hold such weight.
these arms extenders were based on the hand-piece used by British actor Andy Serkis during the footage of King Kong
Another way to increase strength of the hands would be to use Crushing Grip, COC (Captain of Crush). These exercises are not recommended for Primatological series of Fitness because it does not bring fun.

The Primatological Gymnastics is a serie of exercises for mind and body. Important part of the exercise is to have fun with the movements, if the series does not bring you any pleasure, then you are doing something wrong.

Monkey see, monkey do
To make the move 'swing between branches' correctly, it is very important that the loose arm make a move of a full circle, and act as a pendulum - thus propels the body forward - it takes a lot of strength and confidence in the hand to make this move.
The most fun part of this movement is to swing the body with the goal of putting the heels on the front bar

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Brazilian Positivism - Where are the ‘order’ and ‘progress’?

Brazilian Positivism
In 2014 Brazilian republic will be 125 years old, and the ideas of prosperity that guided our hopes were simply forgotten, Auguste Comte is occasionally mentioned in schools, the works of French philosopher are rarely published in Brazil, the few issues when found in used bookstores, or are part of a collection of thinkers of the early 1970s. 

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Perhaps the surge of hope caused by the belief in the powers of science to make Brazil a highly advanced nation had been an exaggeration, or perhaps the ideas with scientific and moral implications were contrary to the selfish corruption desire of our political class. 

As Comte said “In order to secure the true employment of material power we must at once begin by respecting it generally, save in exceptional instances of fraud”. 

The philosophy of positivism became a secular religion in Brazil and even churches were created, two of them exists to this date 2014, one in Porto Alegre and other in Rio de Janeiro (it is noteworthy that the temple of Porto Alegre, has been suffering with the evasion of adherents and now has just over thirty followers throughout the state). The philosophy of positivism was instrumental in the propaganda to replace Dom Pedro II.
 Positivism postulates the possibility of systematization and explanation of all phenomena, mathematical or social stipulating constant laws based on observation.

Auguste Comte Positivism
Jean-Jacques Rousseau is often touted as the philosopher of the French Revolution.  Robespierre took the idea of sovereignty and radical virtue as the rally cry for the revolution. But it was in Brazil, in a radically different way, that the revolution from empire to republic, with the positivism of Auguste Comte seemed to have the potential to lead us to a privileged position among all other countries in the world.

The "Order and Progress" inscription, always green, is an abbreviated of Comte positivism political motto: Love in principle and Order as base; the progress ultimately ("L'amour pour principe et l'ordre pour base; le progrès pour but").

Euclides da Cunha, a student of Benjamin Constant, said: "The motto of our flag is a wonderful synthesis of what is highest in politics"

“Live for others in order to live again in others and by others” with these words Comte pretty much sums his philosophy by stating that as more and better you do for your system, the more you will be remembered, and thus, your memory will live longer in society.

Positivist church worships the adoration to the ‘positivist trinity’, which consists of:
-       Nouveau Grand-Être Suprême (New Supreme Great Being, collective, real and abstract entity, formed by the set of convergent human beings of the past, the future and the present, that have contributed to the progress of civilization);

-       The Grand Fétish (the Earth with all its constituent elements: plants, animals, water, land etc.);

-       The Grand Milieu (Cosmic Space, stars and universe).

Correspondence between the stars and the units of the federation

Everything in our symbols was based on logical aspects and with well defined purposes, including the stars on our flag. Each celestial body represents the different personalities of the states of the federation:

- The stars of constellation of Crux constellation represent the top five states then: São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Espirito Santo;

- The Espiga star, only one located above the white band represents the state of Para, perhaps because Belém, the state capital, were the most northern of the country, or because the state of Pará had been the last state to join the federation Independence;

- The Federal District has always been represented by sigma star in the constellation of Octant, also called Polaris Australis or Southern Polaris; Sigma Octantis have a unique position in the southern sky, because every other star appear to rotate around it.
Positivist Church in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro

The Post-Positivism - ignored by Brazilians

 After World War II the entire world was terrified by the might and power that were given to people in government who, from the misuse of their representative offices, took advantage of the legality offered by positivism to install governments of oppression and discrimination.

 It was impossible to continue with a legal discourse that preached a rigid, inflexible, and highly coercive burden devoid of moral law, a merely mechanical Judiciary and Legislature with complete freedom to "manufacture" of that type of standard.

 When the Brazilian people realized that the forces that formed their republic falling out of favor, simply preferred to deny positivism in all its essence, instead of accepting only the good values ​​of doctrine, or to adopt what was called post-positivism.
 For Karl Popper, one of the founders of the philosophical movement of post-positivism, the purpose of science is not to obtain absolutely certain enunciations. The achievement of absolute truth, in his view, is unattainable.

 This is how we, Brazilians, should review the forces that led us to the republic. The scientific method applied to public administration should be a quest for a constant approximation to the truth.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Politicians - Wipe out corruption and have a happier life with more votes

While natural human evolution has slowed, technological evolution is accelerating - everything that has market appeal receives investments and thrives, while useless items are merely shelved. Unfortunately it has not happened in politics. With regard to public administration, it seems that our politicians do not have the slightest idea of ​​how to evolve, and continue acting like in the days of Ancient Greece and Rome.

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Here in São Paulo we are living a curious situation, after the increases of the IPTU (property tax) barred by court decisions, the mayor of São Paulo, Fernando Haddad (PT) still wants to appeal in court. On the other hand we see a study conducted by the Department of Competitiveness and Technology (Decomtec) Fiesp (Federation of Industries of São Paulo), which showed that the economic and social damage caused by corruption in Brazil reaches R$ 69 billion dollars per year.

Does Mayor Haddad not realize that instead of deciding by increased IPTU, he should combat corruption?

Besides having more money in the public treasury, the mayor would be applauded for doing something that no one else did and would certainly be reelected with the highest approval rating ever seen.

We all know that cities like Rio de Janeiro, Recife, São Paulo are full of cars, with little or no investment in public transport because of the suspect relation of automotive companies and governments. We all know that municipalities allows the emergence of 'favelas' because corrupt politicians turned a blind eye to the irregular possession and construction of houses in exchange for votes. All this must stop.

Recently I’ve been in Denmark, (I felt envious as Hell!) before I landed at the Copenhagen Airport, the Organisation of Developed Countries OECD had just declared Denmark as the happiest place on earth. The country also consistently is being ranked either zero or the least corrupt country in the world. As Brazil ranks 72nd out of 178 countries surveyed.

Fighting corruption has long been a high priority for Nordic countries and for the international development cooperation.

A change is needed – politicians believe me, this will be only way to earn our votes from now on.

Let’s understand our enemy

Political corruption is the use of power by government officials for illegitimate private gain. An illegal act by an officeholder constitutes political corruption only if the act is directly related to their official duties, is done under color of law or involves trading in influence.

Forms of corruption vary, but include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement. Corruption may facilitate criminal enterprise such as drug trafficking, money laundering, and human trafficking, though is not restricted to these activities. I preach the politics of post-scarcity http://postscarcityblog.blogspot.com.br , but even before thinking in semi-fictional terms, we need to moralize what is already going very badly.

Less corruption - more happiness

If you were living in a place with no corruption, you would realize that everything works better; taxes are channeled to where it really should be. You do not need to pay a supplemental health plan because the state already has the perfect one. You also do not need to pay a supplementary pension plan for the same reason.

Your citizenship increases because besides you are a better-educated man (the money actually went to the school and education), you would realize that the squares, streets and avenues are more beautiful and functional, (the money that should be used to beautify the square was not diverted) and you start feeling proud of belonging to that city. I should remark that you must be a superior ‘Paulistano’, as I am, to be proud of São Paulo in the situation that it stands today.

An interesting report made by a reform activist tells what we can do reverse this trend:

1 - First and basic Directive - Taxpayers' money should never be used to pay for individual benefits, one must be aware that this attitude is immoral and shameful;
2 - The non-payment of salaries for the positions such as municipal councilors, State and Federal Representatives;
3 - Full transparency in the accounts of all political activities through Internet sites, audited by impartial companies;
4 - Hearings, Bids, votes and important meetings should be transmitted in real time by public TV stations;
5 - The taxpayer should have the same rights and obligations of shareholders in a corporation;
6 - The representative of the people should act as such, give all the satisfactions of what makes even when not requested to do so;

Less Criminals - more Peace

Our present methods of dealing with criminals have not made society safer and crime-free, rather they have made the problems worse.

Once we ended the corruption, it is much more easy to re-socialize the criminals (including the corrupt politicians who were arrested). In a criminal justice system free from corruption, the inmate realizes that he has a chance to be truly accepted in fair society.

A leading American prison reform activist tells what we can do reverse this trend:

1 - Learn to recognize the influence of socially sanctioned hatred;
2 - Make drugs a public health problem instead of a criminal justice problem;
3 - Separate violent and nonviolent offenders right from the start;
4 - Regain compassion and respect for those who wrong us;
5 - Allow for transformation, not merely rehabilitation;
6 - Join and support the restorative justice movement;
7 - Take the issue of crime and punishment personally;

We have everything we need to live in a less corrupt and happier society!!

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