Slum Wars

Well, Brazil has the World Cup and the Olympics coming up in a few years, the status quo can’t stand.

23 dead since Sunday in Brazil slum violence

Violence including clashes between police and drug gangs in the slums of Rio de Janeiro has killed 23 people since Sunday, with 188 people arrested or detained so far, military police said Thursday.

It was not immediately clear whether all the dead were gang members or whether civilians and police were among the fatalities.

The continuing unrest stems from the transfer of prisoners from local institutions to federal lockups in other states, the government-run Agencia Brasil news outlet reported, citing Rio de Janeiro Public Security Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame. Some of the prisoners being transferred ordered the violence by drug gangs, Beltrame said.

Also factoring into the situation was a police effort to remove some drug gang members from Rio’s crime-ridden slums, called favelas.

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This is what happens when the Government, ether purposely or through benign neglect, cedes control of state territory to enclaves and no go zones. Eventually, to avoid embarrassment and reestablish the law and order of the majority, the enclaves have to be retaken, and at great cost. It’s cheaper just to maintain law and order in the first place and not let these areas exist and fester.

/it’ll eventually happen here, Dearborn, Michigan comes to mind

World Record Jesus

I’m not sure that this should be the object of competition but, apparently, it is.

Christ statue is worlds tallest

A HUGE statue of Jesus Christ — said to be the world’s tallest — has been put up in a small Polish town.

The controversial effigy stands at 33m (108ft), one metre for every year that Jesus lived, according to creator Reverend Sylwester Zawadzki.

With its gold crown, the white landmark is 36m (118ft) tall, and if the mound it stands on is also taken into account, it measures 51m (167ft).

Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue, the previous record holder, stands at 39.6m (130ft).

Mr Zawadzki, 78, the local priest in Swiebodzin, about 40 miles from the German border, said: “I have never been as happy as I am today.

“This is the culmination of my life’s work as a priest. I felt inspired to fulfil Jesus’ will, and today I give thanks to him for allowing me to fulfil his will.”

Some believe the £1million statue will bring more visitors to the area.

But others say the money would have been better spent elsewhere.

See also:
Giant Jesus statue goes up in Poland
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Poland With The Highest Statue Of Christ
Poland set to unveil world’s tallest Jesus statue
World’s tallest statue of Jesus assembled in western Poland
Poland Builds World’s Tallest Jesus
Gigantic statue of Christ erected in Poland
World’s tallest Jesus looms over Poland
Polish town, Swiebodzin, erects world’s largest Jesus Christ statue–bigger than Rio de Janeiro’s
Giant Jesus statue rises above Polish countryside
Giant Jesus statue completed in Polish town
Giant Jesus rises in Poland
In brief: Statue of Jesus rivals Rio’s icon
World’s tallest statue of Jesus Christ erected in Swiebodzin, Poland

That’s certainly a whole lot of big Jesus.

/but is it too much Jesus?