Garden Of Delights: Edilson And Victor

The December issue of Junior magazine will feature a spread with Made In Brazil regulars Edilson Nascimento and Victor Macedo. Photographer Didio has just released a few outtakes from the shoot.

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More after the jump and at Models by Didio.

Made In Brazil Podcast #13

Here is another podcast with some new music to get you through Thanksgiving weekend. It starts a little slow, but it does pick up in the middle for a good post-turkey and apple pie workout. To download it, click on the link below. You can then open the file on iTunes.

DOWNLOAD: Made In Brazil Podcast #13

It is 90 degrees and sunny here today. Have a good weekend.

Big Brother Brazil Hopeful Of The Week: Marcos Silva Costa

He studies interior design at night, paints on his spare time, works out 5 times a week, loves to dance, lives with a poodle, and has a lisp. We desperately need someone like him on season 9 of Big Brother Brazil.

The only thing he forgot to do in his entry video was a Cher impersonation. Click here for another video and here to view his Big Brother profile. Pictures after the jump.

Black Friday

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Gay publication A Capa celebrated black awareness this month with its first ever black cover model. The editors were kind enough to send me high-resolution images of coverboy Alberto Moreno to share with you guys. I have uploaded the pictures into a photo album.

PHOTO ALBUM: Alberto Moreno for A Capa (Warning: NSFW)

All pictures by Paulo Cabral, courtesy of A Capa.

Happy Thanksgiving

I am incredibly jealous of my American friends today. While many of them used to dread Thanksgiving, it has always been my favorite American holiday (especially after my friend Dean introduced me to cornbread stuffing two years ago).

Make sure to have some apple pie with two scoops of vanilla icecream for me today.

Death Toll Rises To 97 In Santa Catarina

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The climatic disaster in Santa Catarina over the course of this week has resulted in 97 people confirmed dead and 19 still missing. Over 78,000 people were forced to leave their homes, and overall 1.5 million people have been affected by the heavy rains, floods, and landslides in Santa Catarina. Six cities have been completely cut off, and roads have been closed off. Emergency workers have been using helicopters and boats to try to reach those left stranded. Supermarkets and other commercial establishments have been looted.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a decree today to free up R$1.6 billion of funds the country keeps as reserves for disasters this summer. The funds will go to Santa Catarina's Civil Defense department and the Armed Forces, and to help repair roads and ports and provide medical aid. Accounts in several national banks have been made available for personal donations to rescue efforts in Santa Catarina. I have listed them after the jump. Over R$1.2 million have been collected so far.

In an episode reminiscent of Katrina, the government is reported to have spent only 26% of the funds destined to the prevention of disasters and emergency measures with actual prevention efforts. In 2008, the federal government assigned R$2.4 million to Santa Catarina to be spent on preventive infra-structure, and over R$7.4 million to be spent on a relief efforts program, which means that the state was assigned three times more more to respond to disasters than it was to prevent them in the first place.

I apologize for bringing such sad news on Thanksgiving Day.

More pictures at:
Chuvas castigam Santa Catarina (UOL Notícias)

Read more at:
Brazil Frees Up Funds for Flood Damage (Bloomberg)
Brazil flood victims loot stores (AP)
SC ainda busca 19 desaparecidos (UOL Notícias)
Helicópteros levam 15 toneladas de mantimentos a áreas atingidas pela chuva (G1)
Doações em dinheiro para Santa Catarina passam de R$ 1,2 milhão (O Globo)

Watch the news report at:
Catarinenses pedem socorro (Globo)

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