Brazil: Blame August

August in Brazil, by tradition and local superstition, is a miserable month. It was August when President Getúlio Vargas shot himself in 1954, and when President Janio Quadros put out to sea in a fit of pea-green pique in 1961. Blaming Brazil's ills on the calendar is like blaming winter on the woolly bear; but last week, as Brazilians watched their potentially prosperous country sink deeper into economic and political con fusion, it must have been August's fault. It could hardly be President João Goulart's; he hadn't done anything.

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