Dozens of beach-goers in Brazil were taken to the hospital and treated for various injuries when they were attacked by several piranhas in the last couple of months. The population of the flesh-eating fish is growing in the country and authorities say that might have caused the animals to add humans to their regular preys.
Officials have advised beach-lovers to wear protective gears before they go into the water. Piranhas do not often attack humans and they avoid coming to the shallow waters of the beach but scientists say declining food in their natural habitat has forced the animals to the beach.
The last incident happened in the coastal region of Piaui over the weekend. The region is home to high concentration of piranhas. The victims were treated at a local hospital and discharged.
Authorities plan to introduce tilapias to the local food chain and they hope that it will help to bring the attack which has been going on for about two months down.
Piranhas are well known “cats of the sea”. They only inhabit countries that Caucasians do not live in.
In Other News
Campus Republicans at the University of California Berkeley have cooked up a storm of controversy with their plans for a bake sale. During the sale, scheduled for Tuesday, baked goods will be sold to white men for $2.00, Asian men for $1.50, Latino men for $1.00, black men for $0.75 and Native American men for $0.25. All women will get $0.25 off those prices
Sean Lewis, president of Berkley college republicans, had this to say:
Welcome to Berkeley!
Where ideas are exchanged and disagreement is encouraged as a part of this awesome idea known as higher education. As a white, conservative male, where could I hope for a more rigorous challenging of my personal, political, and philosophical ideas than at UC Berkeley? For the past two years I’ve been here at Cal, I have experienced incredible conversations with people I disagree with politically, and have formed some of my closest friendships with long-committed Democrats. Anyone who knows me knows this to be true.
What I have seen and heard in response to the Berkeley College Republicans’ “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” has been far from healthy disagreement or challenging of ideas.
Instead, I have witnessed the harassment of the creators of the Facebook event, threats to those who plan on participating in the event, and a total mischaracterization of the purpose of the bake sale.
This event is in response to SB 185, a bill passed by the California legislature and on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. It would allow the UC and CSU systems to consider race and other factors in college admission decisions, in direct defiance of the will of the voters with Proposition 209. After the UC Berkeley student government endorsed the bill, we decided a response was needed. Thus this bake sale was formulated. Participants will be offered a discount based on their race and gender. If preferences based on skin color are ok for college admissions, they should be ok for other aspects of life. We agree that the event is inherently racist, but that is the point. It is no more racist than giving an individual an advantage in college admissions based solely on their race or gender.
Blanket statements have been made to the Berkeley College Republicans and anyone participating in this event, claiming they are all ‘Ignorant rich white kids’ or ‘WASPy Conservatives’. If you’ve ever been to a BCR meeting, you would know we have an incredibly diverse membership from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. But we don’t keep tab.
In addition to these grossly misguided comments, there has been a surprising amount of implicit and expressed threats targeted toward the supporters of the event. Several people have threatened they will “stop by the table only to knock it over” or “buy a cupcake just to throw it at [us]“. These physical threats are no joke. Further implicit threats were made, including one ASUC Senator who directly messaged me and warned of the “repercussions we will face” if we go through with our event.
Threatening and intimidating political opposition should not be part of the Cal Community.
It is my hope that any student or student organization should feel comfortable and safe in voicing their views on a current issue, especially when that view is in the minority.
To see the full description/info of the mentioned bake sale, please click here: http://tinyurl.com/3prko9f
President, Berkeley College Republicans