Excerpt: Air Quality Difference between Northern and Southern Hemispheres

From Chapter 2: Why Brazil? – Air Quality

Planetary atmospheric airflow follows a simple pattern. Cold air from the poles travels to the equator, heats up along the way, and then circulates back to the pole of origin. Very little air from the northern hemisphere enters the southern hemisphere and air from the south stays in the south.

Now consider this, – all pollution and airborne radiation poison from, a) the past sixty years of worldwide above ground nuclear testing, b) the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan, c) Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and other nuclear accidents, d) the steady emission of radiation and related toxins from nuclear power plants, e) the exhaust of massive amounts of depleted uranium dumped on Iraq over the last fifteen years, in Afghanistan, in parts of northern Africa today, from training exercises conducted on U.S. domestic military bases, and very likely soon to be dumped on Iran, f) the radiation fallout from Japan’s nuclear reactor meltdown cause by the 2011 tsunami and, g) all the industrial toxic pollution from every nasty source imaginable, – coal, gas and oil burning, chemical manufacturing, factory farming of animals, spraying of agricultural crops, car and airplane exhaust, heavy exhaust from the launching of space-bound craft, etc., etc. – stays in it’s hemisphere of origin!

Now look at a map of the world. Note that nearly all major industrialized nations lie above the equator, – United States, Europe, India, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, Russia, and most of Africa. The few exceptions would be Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, and they are relatively very light in the production of these kinds of pollution.

Why is this important? Well, for starters, there are now tens of thousands of man-made airborne chemicals in the atmosphere, most of them, if not all of them, harmful to living organisms (i.e. you). This is considered by many to be one of the leading, if not the leading, contributor to the explosive rise in chronic disease in the United States and most of the northern hemisphere. Another major contributor to disease is food grown in depleted and polluted topsoil covered with herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and petrochemical fertilizers. If you aren’t eating it directly, then the animals that your are eating are eating it! The heaviest of these nasty airborne toxins settle down to the ground thereby polluting land, rivers, lakes and streams. You breathe them, you eat and drink them, and you bathe your bodies in them.

Excerpt: Sound Economics of Brazil

From Chapter 2: Why Brazil? – Sound Economics

Brazil is now the most self-sufficient country on planet Earth, overflowing with an abundance of all the essential natural resources to last for centuries.

Here is an eye-popping list of how Brazil ranks in the world in some critically important areas:

  • #1 in acreage and cubic meters of fertile topsoil.
  • #1 in fresh water, Brazil has one-third of the world’s drinking water.
  • #1 in known iron ore deposits. Brazil has enough known iron ore to meet the entire world’s estimated needs for the next 500 years.
  • #1 in Kilowatts of hydroelectric power generated.
  • #1 in solar power potential.
  • #1 in length of tropical coastline.
  • #1 in beautiful women (not easily replicated).
  • #3 in airplane manufacturing.
  • #5 in auto-manufacturing.
  • #1 in acreage of protected wetlands.
  • #1 in acreage of tropical rainforest (the Amazon basin).
  • #1 strongest currency in the world over the past six years.
  • #1 growth in stock market for about six consecutive years (Note: this was 2002 to 2008, avg 30-60% per year when stated in the U.S. dollar).
  • #8 in known oil & natural gas reserves with more discoveries being made.

Here are several other noteworthy items:

  • Never instigated a major war, – civil or foreign, nor has been attacked.
  • No dispute with neighboring countries and Portuguese is very similar to Spanish, which makes intra-continent communication easy.
  • No foreign enemies, generally loved by all. Out of harm’s way, far from planetary “hot zones”.
  • Easy language (Portuguese) to learn for English speakers.
  • Quality of life is a higher priority than work and material consumption.
  • No earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes or tornados. Near ideal weather just about everywhere. Very low human to habitable acreage ratio. Easy access to the bounties of the sea.
  • So much farmland they are giving it away.
  • Rapidly emerging permaculture and organic movement.

Excerpt: Medium and Long-term Housing Rental

Excerpt from Chapter 4: Long-Term and Life-Long Stays – Medium-term and Long-term Housing Rental

If you do not buy a house or apartment right away, you will likely be looking for a place to live. Some options are as follows:

Negotiated extended stay in a hotel, serviced apartment, or pousada

The advantage here is that the place is serviced and furnished and there is no long-term contractual obligation. Further, co-signers are not needed nor is rental insurance nor is a large security deposit.

Renting a private, furnished apartment directly from the owner, or a service agency representing the owner

This is often the same or similar to the short-term furnished rentals discussed in section two of this book. The only difference is that you are staying longer and can negotiate a lower rate. Here, you can also avoid the requirement of a co-signer, rental insurance and large security deposit, though some kind of deposit is often required, maybe the equivalent of one month’s rent.

Renting an unfurnished house or apartment directly from the owner

There are not always easy to find because the homeowner will often place their property in the hands of a rental agency and the agency will have much stricter application requirements. However, some owners don’t want to pay the 10-15% commission per month to the rental agency and rent directly to the tenant.

Advantages of renting in this way is that the term is often left open, no co-signers are required, no renter’s insurance is required and no large security deposit is required.

The offers are usually found on neighborhood bulletin boards, by word of mouth, and by wandering through neighborhoods looking for signs place out front of the rental home.

Renting an unfurnished house or apartment from a rental agency

This is how I’ve rented long-term houses and apartments, though it is often the most complicated. I am fortunate that in the neighborhood I live in, a security deposit equivalent to three months’ rent is accepted in lieu of co-signers or renter’s insurance.

The section continues with details on renting from rental agencies…