Skip to comments.Civil Unrest in Brazil: Lessons from a Tourist
Posted on 10/04/2012 11:06:06 AM PDT by Kartographer
Please dont think that Brazil is an overly dangerous place. I went twice for a month each time and nothing dangerous ever happened. But I was aware of my surroundings and I had expert guides in the form of local residents. Without them I am sure I would not have been as safe or seen as much as I did. I am writing about the danger I experienced in Brazil because it exposed what happens when a whole society is left to its own devices and the chaos/order that develops. In other words it provided a glimpse into the end of the world as I know it.
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The way things are going travelling to Rio for the Olympics might be slightly safer than going to Chicago for the Olympics would have been. But only slightly.
I like the way it's done in the US. Just look for the street named "Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd" and stay as far away from it as you can.
Today, the safest place to live is around a prison. If an inmate escapes, he will not hang around but get the heck outta Dodge as fast as he can. However, if/when it hits the fan and the prisons bust loose, the most unsafe place to be is around a prison. The inmates won’t be afraid to occupy Dodge and take anything they wish.
When I was in private practice, one thing I did was psychological evaluations for Texas Rehab. Commission. I would travel to Galveston and likely the person I was evaluating was a just released prisoner from Huntsville prison.
I discovered that's where they go when let out of Huntsville prison and getting on a bus - straight to the ocean. They stay a few weeks at a half-way house, then have to leave there. Galveston had the highest rate of burglaries per capita than any other city in Texas (at least at that time, don't know now). They have no job, get hungry, and break into houses. They try to live on the beach.
I was testing such a fellow one time there, and he said he hadn't eaten in two days. I had a sandwich with me and gave it to him right then. I thought maybe I was saving someone’s house from being broken into that day.
I would never be on that beach after dark, nor would I live in Galveston.
It's safe to live in Huntsville because when one gets released from that prison, he's leaving there on the next bus and likely heading to the end of the US land mass, Galveston.
What about police stations?
Sorry, but these articles simply remind me of Rudy, in New York, when he took over.
He simply asked the cops (and DAs, I’m sure) what the laws were. He was likely told things like “yes, we can put them in jail for 3 years for coke, but we never do, we just warn them”.
He then said: “We will now”.
Bottom line - if you elect someone that actually WANTS to clean up the joint, he can - almost always.
I think if Romney wins, Rudy would be an excellent Attorney General.