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Boiling point: A Survey of Hemispheric Water Policy PDF Print E-mail
2012 - July 2012
Written by Jaim Coddington   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 23:06

Plentiful fresh water in Brazil From the Texas Oil Boom to the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, petroleum was undoubtedly the most notorious liquid of the last one hundred years.  While some in the international marketplace still fixate on oil, recent political and environmental developments have helped nominate a stunning rival to oil's supposed predominance: water!

It's a substance to which Plato gave highest praise: "Only what is rare is valuable, and water, which is the best of all things...is the cheapest."[1] However, in our time, water has become much rarer, or, in economic terms, more scarce than oil.

In the words of James Bond's latest nemesis, Dominic Greene, "This [water] is the most valuable resource in the world and we need to control as much of it as we can."[2] Global water resources have begun to dry up, even as water trading profitability increases.  Although this situation may seem irrelevant for those with adequate water access, it truly could presage a global water catastrophe.

This predicament has not gone unrecognized by international bodies like the United Nations.  In July 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 64/292, which "Recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights..."[3].

This document is legally binding, and could serve as a key precedent for multilateral water management.  Furthermore, most observers have interpreted the resolution as supporting public water rights [4].

On the other side of the spectrum, litigation like Sunbelt Water's Chapter 11 NAFTA claim [5] and Canada's parliamentary Bill S-11 [6] have raised concerns that potential water privatization will result in irreversible water commodification, confirming the private sector's primacy over the public.

Canada's massive glaciers, rivers, and lakes have afforded it with 7% of the world's renewable fresh water [7].  This abundance has led to a relaxed national perspective on water use: Canadian daily water consumption per capita, about 4,400 liters [8], is currently the highest in the world behind the United States, with both a lack of adequate water utilities regulation and reckless industrial water use the culprits.

Lines have been drawn in the taiga, and a number of organizations have sprung up throughout the country to take a stand on the issue.  One front in this international hydro-scuffle is dominated by private firms and the Canadian government, while the opposition consists mainly of environmentalist and civic action bodies.

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's administration has consistently opposed UN initiatives to define water as a human right.  At a 2008 UN Human Rights Council, the Canadian delegation blocked a move by Spain and Germany to officially recognize water and sanitation as human rights [8].

Canada had previously opposed two UN attempts to elevate water to human right status in 2002 and 2006 [8].  Additionally, the Harper government has tended to encourage privatization as a solution to mismanagement and inefficiency within Canada's system of water utilities.

The aforementioned Bill S-11, introduced by the Conservatives, tacitly endorses water privatization by mandating clean water access for Canada's First Nation communities (which is severely lacking) without allocating project funding or financial responsibility to any government regulatory bodies [6, 8].

Furthermore, the bill's subsection 4 (1)(c)(iii) states that "regulations may confer on any person or body the power, exercisable in specified circumstances and subject to specified conditions, to require a First Nation to enter into an agreement for the management of its drinking water system or waste water system in cooperation with a third party."[6]

This clause could force a First Nation community to accept a government-sponsored contract allowing a private firm to supply and purify that community's water.

The danger of this silent privatization is among the chief concerns of the Council of Canadians, one of the primary dissenting voices in the Canada's water debate.  The Council believes that Harper's corporatizing water policy will jeopardize Canada's right to self-determination of its own water supply [6].

Sunbelt Water's aborted Chapter 11 litigation has demonstrated that once a firm gains water rights in state party to the NAFTA, that state's federal government cannot dissolve those rights without compensating that firm for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages [6].

In the absence of this costly reacquisition of water rights, any private corporation could engage in bulk water exports, shipping huge volumes of water from the country without accountability to the public; in essence, the firm would be 'harvesting' national water resources and selling them on the international market.

This is, of course, how corn, iron ore, and other commodities are sold.  The question here is whether a public good should be allowed to become a private benefit without the full consent of the state.

A quick glance at the rest of the hemisphere can provide further insight into the status of water policy.  The United States, Canada's thirstiest client, has water rights issues of its own.  The country's water infrastructure is managed by an eclectic patchwork of private and public water utilities.

Some cities' water authorities, such as Portland's (a public entity) [9], are considered to be more on the sustainable side, but many such organizations are careless when it comes to conserving water.  While desert agriculture and cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix in the American Southwest rely on water imports for sustenance, U.S. water providers look further and further afield for viable water supplies.

Under the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), one of the constituent NAFTA pacts among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, U.S. water utilities both public and private can obtain a virtually unlimited amount of Canadian water through artificial river diversion [10].  While U.S. renewable freshwater resources are nowhere near Canada's 7% world share, every year Americans consume more water per capita than any other nation in the world [11].

Commercial water use also plays a significant role in America's ravenous water appetite.  Extensive agricultural projects in the Midwest depend on the Ogallala Aquifer, a vast subterranean water table concentrated in Nebraska and the surrounding states; in fact 30% of all water used for irrigation in the U.S. comes from the aquifer [12].

The aquifer would take 35 years to replenish its stores to original levels in the absence of water consumption [12].  It is impossible to know exactly when the aquifer will be depleted, but when its wells run dry, the United States agricultural system may well collapse in lieu of an alternative water source.

The country's vast monetary wealth has allowed it to avert any major water disasters so far, but merely buying more water from neighboring Canada is both financially and environmentally unsustainable.  Not only that, but such bulk importation of water will inevitably lead to its commodification and leave it vulnerable to the whims of irresponsible speculators.

Fluctuations in oil prices have plagued worldwide economic health in the past, but a scenario in which water - necessary to human life - is bought and sold by faceless investors is unfathomably disturbing.

Turning south, the condition of Brazilian water management provides a different glimpse at the future of regional and global water policy.  Largely thanks to the Amazon River, Brazil's annual volume of renewable freshwater is more than that of the United States and Canada combined [7]; however, the distribution of water is inequitable, as the northeast suffers chronic droughts while the southeastern region typically has an embarrassment of water riches.

One government after another has made efforts to address the capricious but economically compelling topic of Brazilian water resources.  As early as 1934, the Brazilian Water Code sought to secure government control of Brazil's waterways for hydroelectric projects [13].  This early doctrine set a precedent of a public, rather than private, system for water management.

In 1997, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso used this precedent to boost social and humanitarian water projects.  The National Environmental Policy Act of 1981 and the Federal Constitution of 1988 had previously recognized the environmental value of sustainable public water use [14], and Cardoso's initiative solidified water's resistance to private acquisition.

In one of history's most radical water policy decisions, Cardoso's National Water Act of 1997 categorically defined all Brazilian waters as public property [15].  As a result, Brazil has both abundant renewable freshwater resources and the administrative ability to control them.

It is unlikely that the Brazilian government would accept any move to privatize water, and current President Dilma Rousseff's populist stance suggests that water commodification has no place in Brazil for the time being.

There are still many inefficiencies within this nascent system; for example, poor water access in key agricultural states like Pernambuco and Paraíba leave the northeastern region vulnerable to unpredictable droughts [16].  The future of Brazilian water policy lies in expanded access and more workable distribution methods.

This evaluation of hemispheric hydro-policy in three of the world's largest producers and consumers of water indicates a looming battle between private and public for control over the world's most precious resource.

One of the most contentious issues prompted by this conflict is total water commodification, although that is unlikely to occur without extensive water privatization.  While privatization registers slow but steady progress in the United States and Canada, the Brazilian government maintains a firm grip on the South American giant's water supply.

Each of these systems is viable (although not perfect), for now.  Examination of the past failures and successes of privatization in Bolivia and Chile demonstrates the merits of some forms of private water, while confirming that total water privatization can have disastrous consequences.

Both systems aspire to provide the highest water quality, the most expansive access, and the least amount of waste, and each nation has its own perspective on which water distribution system truly embodies these ideals.

However, the time has come for water enthusiasts (i.e., humanity) to take a stand; policymakers must make bolder decisions when it comes to our pluvial resources.

Chronic world water shortages and the UN designation of water as a human right could soon force aqua-giants like Canada, Brazil, and the U.S. to adopt more decisive, sustainable, and internationally engaged roles in managing their water.

Works Cited

1.            Euthydemus, P.

2.            Conant, J., James Bond Takes on the Corporate Water Privateers. Upside Down World, 2008.

3.            Assembly, U.G., Resolution 64/292. 2010.

4.            Program, U.N.W.f.L., Human Right to Water. United Nations, New York, New York: USA, 2010.

5.            Canada, F.A.a.I.T., NAFTA  -  Chapter 11  -  Investment: Cases Filed Against the Government of Canada. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Ottawa, Ontario: Canada, 2009.

6.            Canadians, T.C.o., The Safe Drinking Water For First Nations Act (Bill S-11) Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. The Council of Canadians, Ottawa, Ontario: Canada, 2011.

7.            Cooley, P.H.G.a.H., Total Renewable Freshwater Supply, By Country. Pacific Institute, 2009. World Water 2008-2009.

8.            Karunananthan, M.B.a.M., The Harper Record. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2008.

9.            Bureau, P.W., Water Quality Regulations and Portland’s Drinking Water. Portland Water Bureau, Portland, Oregon: USA, 2012.

10.          Lake, M.A.V.a.J.E., Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America: An Overview and Selected Issues. Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC: USA, 2009.

11.          Hanemann, M.W., The Economic Conception of Water. University of California, Berkely: USA, 2005.

12.          Horne, M.V.G.a.J.E., The Ogallala Aquifer. Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Inc., 2000.

13.          Vargas, G., Código das Águas. Ministério da Agricultura, Rio de Janeiro: Brasil, 1934.

14.          Antonio Herman Benjamin, C.L.M., and Catherine Tinker, The Water Giant Awakes: An Overview of Water Law in Brazil. Texas Law Review, 2004. 83:2185.

15.          Amaral, H.K.d., Brazilian Water Resource Policy in the Nineties. Institute of Brazilian Business and Public Management Issues, The George Washington University, Washington, DC: USA, 1996.

16.          Nelson, B.M., Water Reform in Brazil: An Analysis of its Implementation in the Paraíba do Sul Basin and a Consideration of Social Marketing as a Tool for its Optimal Success. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan: USA, 2008.

 

 

This analysis was prepared by Jaim Coddington, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs - www.coha.org. The organization is a think tank established in 1975 to discuss and promote inter-American relationship. Email: coha@coha.org.



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written by jon, July 06, 2012
Ah, Harpy...diverting all Canada's water to his buddies in the oil sands
Privatization - the wrong strategy for Brazil regarding freshwater resources...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 06, 2012

Ricardo: Brazil should never privatize its freshwater system in any way, and I gave the solution for Brazil to develop its freshwater system on my article "The Smartest Thing China Could Do Right Now: Invest US$ 200 Billion in Brazil".

The author of the above article said: “It is unlikely that the Brazilian government would accept any move to privatize water, and current President Dilma Rousseff's populist stance suggests that water commodification has no place in Brazil for the time being.”

It's obvious to me that the author of the above article is in favor of privatization of the water system in Brazil, and place it on the hands of a few major corporations for them to rape the people as they did in Bolivia a few years ago.

He describe the current policy in Brazil as: “populist stance suggests that water commodification has no place in Brazil for the time being.”

That means that this fool thinks that in the future the corporations are going to muscle in and get their way at the expense of the population in Brazil.

He also said on this article: “In one of history's most radical water policy decisions, Cardoso's National Water Act of 1997 categorically defined all Brazilian waters as public property. As a result, Brazil has both abundant renewable freshwater resources and the administrative ability to control them.”

It was not a radical water policy decision as the author mentioned on his article. And in my opinion former president Cardoso was 100 percent right to define all Brazilian waters as public property.


Here are the links to my article:

Brazzil Magazine – October 2007
"The Smartest Thing China Could Do Right Now: Invest US$ 200 Billion in Brazil" - Written by Ricardo C. Amaral

Monday, 01 October 2007 - Part 1 of 4
http://www.brazzil.com/compone.../9977.html

Friday, 05 October 2007 - Part 2 of 4
http://www.brazzil.com/compone.../9979.html

Thursday, 11 October 2007 - Part 3 of 4
http://www.brazzil.com/compone.../9983.html

Tuesday, 16 October 2007 - Part 4 of 4
http://www.brazzil.com/compone.../9985.html


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I also posted a copy of the entire 4 parts article on my blog at:

"The Smartest Thing China Could Do Right Now: Invest US$ 200 Billion in Brazil" - Written by Ricardo C. Amaral
http://chinadirectinvestmentinbrazil.blogspot.com/

If you want to learn about the subject of freshwater regarding Brazil then read the following items that are part of my long article about economic development in Brazil:

1) Global freshwater supply

2) Freshwater usage

3) The Guarani Aquifer

4) Privatization - the wrong strategy for Brazil regarding freshwater resources

5) Freshwater policy in Brazil

6) A new global trend

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Jon
written by João da Silva, July 06, 2012

Ah, Harpy...diverting all Canada's water to his buddies in the oil sands


An interesting article, Jon. The author of this article seems to be a Canuck like your good self, because he is highly critical of your honorable P.M.'s policy.smilies/wink.gif

While the author gives extensive details on the per capita consumption of water in Canada and the U.S., he has failed to quantify our use of this precious commodity (or did I miss it in the article?) I would imagine that the Brasilians consume water as much as the Yanks, though we certaily wouldn't like to sell it our neighbors who also have plenty of it. When I have time, I intend researching on it.smilies/cool.gif
Privatization - the wrong strategy for Brazil regarding freshwater resources...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 06, 2012

Bolivia Water Wars
http://youtu.be/aTKn17uZRAE


Extracted from The Corporation documentary about the 2000 Cochabamba water wars. The Bolivian people took to the streets after the water giant, Betchel, took over the public water infrastructure. The privatization of the water in Bolivia was a condition of loan from the World Bank.



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Blue Gold - World Water Wars. (Full Film) – November 20, 2011
http://youtu.be/gSxaVcJ1sDA


Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive?


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written by jon, July 07, 2012
Joao,

The Council of Canadians have made a great deal of noise about the issue of bulk water exports to the US. It has been a fantasy of some Canadian politicians and business leaders, (and some Bilderbergers ), of selling our water. One idea back in the '70's was to dam James Bay, smaller part of Hudson's Bay, and then divert that water to the southwest USA..see below if interested.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Recycling_and_Northern_Development_Canal

Brazil and Canada have huge water resources that are coming into play and yes we waste alot up here. Harper is intent on transforming Canada into a petro-state but has cast his eye on our water resources for a future Plan B.
Joao da Silva and Ederson
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 07, 2012

Ricardo: I just posted this info on the Elite Trader Economics forum at:

Central Banks and the US Dollar
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...number=103


July 6, 2012

SouthAmerica: Today a friend of mine called me to tell me that he had just received a investment newsletter from James Dale Davidson, and he noticed that James Dale Davidson had quoted me on this newsletter regarding the US dollar.

Then I checked the web and I found this video and a copy of the newsletter as follows:

James Dale Davidson on minute 33 min. 40 sec. of this video he mentioned Jim Rogers, Bill Gross, and Brazilian economist and strategist Ricardo C. Amaral regarding the US dollar.

James Dale Davidson -- Fall of Capitalism
http://youtu.be/m49w2eTu50U

James Dale Davidson, the author of "Blood in the Streets" predicted on this video the coming fall of capitalism and US dollar

James Dale Davidson is an American investment writer, co-writer of the newsletter Strategic Investment, and co-author with Lord William Rees-Mogg of “The Sovereign Individual” (1999), “The Great Reckoning” (1991), and “Blood in the Streets” (1987). He also wrote “The Plague of the Black Debt – How to survive the Coming Depression” (1993). He is also the founder and former head of the National Taxpayers Union.

James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg edit "Strategic Investment, " one of the world's more widely circulated private investment letters. Davidson is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, with investments in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and New Zealand, as well as high-tech projects in North America.

The legendary London Times editor, Lord William Rees-Mogg attended Charterhouse and Balliol College, Oxford and was President of the Oxford Union in 1951. He became a writer for The Financial Times in 1952, and then moved to The Sunday Times in 1960. He was first Deputy Editor and then editor of The Times (from 1967 to 1981). He was vice chairman of the BBC and also a member of the BBC's Board of Governors, and chairman of the Arts Council, with James Dale Davidson, he authored such popular, free-market oriented books as “The Sovereign Individual”, “The Great Reckoning”, and “Blood in the Streets”. He is a director of the Private Bank of London. He is Chairman of The Zurich Club and also of the London publishing firm Pickering & Chatto Publishers.


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Miles Franklin Quarterly
http://archive.constantcontact...#daviddesk

James Dale Davidson's Bold Predictions
Author : David Schectman
Published: May 16th, 2012

In today's daily, I feature a report by James Dale Davidson and I take his warnings very seriously, and so should you!

...A recent report in The New York Times has announced the birth of an entirely new currency in the U.S. - the BerkShare.

Also, Jim Rogers (one of the world's shrewdest investors) has denounced the dollar too, saying if something isn't done soon to resurrect it, it will "lead to a huge decline in the standard of living of U.S. citizens like nothing we've seen in nearly a century."

And Bill Gross, the world's biggest bond investor, has advised all his clients that if they had just one investment idea, it should be an investment in non-dollar, non-euro currency.

As Brazilian economist and strategist Ricardo C. Amaral recently said: "The U.S. dollar served its purpose since the end of WWII and became the major foreign exchange reserve currency...(but) the days of the U.S. dollar playing that special role...has reached the end of the line...today that system is very sick."


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commodities or the perceived value thereof and waste
written by Simpleton, July 07, 2012
Roughly six years ago I was touring the boonies outside of Rio with the missus and my best friend. We went to see her tehenna near to where she grew up. (Originally it cost her / her dearly departed father 469,000 cruzieros.) The heat and sun were a bit too much for my gal so I ran to the nearest minimarket to buy some bottled water. Lo and behold, the only bottled water they had for sale other than the huge jugs was from a famous bottled water company from here in our own state in the US and sourced by a natural spring location I have visited many times! (Or at least that's what the packaging said.) I do hope those Canucks don't do stupid things and suck everything dry. In a drought year like this the artesian well in my backyard (that feeds my private fishing ponds) has halted completely. It normally flows at between 135 mil to 190 mil liters per day, year in and year out at 49F. Right now the flow stoppage is due to the drought, the ritzy neighbors uphill inisting of watering thier lawns and the subdivision pumping 24/7 just to keep the 7 acre shared pond topped up and pretty for the pediatrician that has the prime location bordering it. I'm hoping my downstream neighbor the sod farmer doesn't swing by and ask me to pull the plug on my drain to dump a half a million gallons into his ditches so he can draw on it to maintain his crops. Puxa!
I just checked my email, and one of the emails was a “Death threat” contract against me....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 07, 2012

Ricardo: I just checked my email, and one of the emails was a “Death threat” contract against me....and you can read it at:

http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...enumber=62

The email says: "Attention!

I want you to read this message very carefully and wisely, and then keep the secret with you till further notice.

I'm a professional; hence you have no need of knowing who I am, where am from, until I arrange for a face to face meeting. I have been duly paid $50, 000.00 in advance to terminate your life for some reasons listed to me by my employer..."


*****


Before I forget, whoever sent me this email I want you to go to hell - and I am sending a copy of it to the FBI.

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pay attention to good advice rickey
written by Simpleton, July 07, 2012
I think a.norlina showed the common tendency towards paranoia - the who's following you, who's out to get you, etc., etc., in the other thread. Being you put your contact info out there into the public spectrum so freely and willingly, you might just have to get accustomed to the hacks out there having their quirky fun with you. No doubt that whomever sent you such a blatant direct threat is just blabbing. People who openly discharge their desires to do harm to a specific person rarely take action. If any of them did then most certainly some of those I know from first hand experience are well connected personally with some really really bad bandidos would have arranged to doff me already. Money does talk in some locales but are you really worth 50K? Those that send such stimulating thoughts on the net / through e-mails also are unlikely to be stupid enough to leave a traceable trail of IPs and what not in the headers that would support even the Foreign Bastards from Illinois tracking them down / proving it was them. Use your mente and put back on your calm, cool, sophisticated, relaxed and logical demeanor. Or take a pill, smoke something, quaff an ice cold something or other (I just made a bucketful of caparinhas) if that's what's necessary.
Reply to Simpleton
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 07, 2012

Ricardo: I had received various "death threats" in the last few months mostly related to what I write about "Goldman Sachs the Pillage People". They gave various warnings the last one I mentioned here on Brazzil magazine.

This time the person who sent me the email said: " that he had received in advance $ 50,000 US dollar to terminate my life.

I contacted the FBI and gave them this information for them to investigate who is behind these death threats.

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Jon
written by João da Silva, July 08, 2012

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Recycling_and_Northern_Development_Canal


Thanks for another interesting link. I was interested and therefore went through it!

Brazil and Canada have huge water resources that are coming into play and yes we waste alot up here.


Yes. But...but...but..., my research on our per capita consumption of water was a bit different.smilies/sad.gif We seem to consume just 145 liters/day, which seems to be closer to reality. The author's stats on Canada & U.S. are way off, IMHO.

Of course, the COHA Researchers are much more knowledgeable & investigative than poor sods like me.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
Privatization - the wrong strategy for Brazil regarding freshwater resources...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 09, 2012

Ricardo: The Elite Trader Forum moved my thread "World Water Wars" from the economics forum to the Chit Chat forum.

Usually they move a thread to "chit chat' when they don't want people to see the information posted on the other forums.

anyway, here is the new address for the "World Water Wars" thread:

http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...did=245623


Keep in mind: We live in an era when crop shortages mean riots, and revolution.


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I just posted the following on that thread:


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Privatization - the wrong strategy for Brazil regarding freshwater resources...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 09, 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek – July 5, 2012
“Drought Stalks the Global Food Supply”
By Allan Bjerga


When rain doesn’t fall in Iowa, it’s not just Des Moines that starts fretting. Food buyers from Addis Ababa to Beijing all are touched by the fate of the corn crop in the U.S., the world’s breadbasket in an era when crop shortages mean riots.

This year they have reason to be concerned. Stockpiles of corn in the U.S. Tumbled 48 percent between March and June, the biggest drop since 1996, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said last week. And that was before drought hit the Midwest. Chicago last month saw its first 100F June day since 1988, the year parched ground caused $78 billion in crop damage. The percentage of the corn crop with top-quality ratings was 48 percent as of July 1; it was 69 percent a year ago. And with little rain in the forecast, farmers can only hope to preserve what crops they can while watching corn futures rise 33 percent since June15, to $6.75 a bushel.

This year’s dryness is intensifying just as the plants reach their most sensitive development stage. If ample rain doesn’t fall by mid-July, U.S. farmers may face catastrophe, says Matthew Rosencrans, a National Weather Service meteorologist who specializes in drought.

Food prices actually have fallen in recent months. World nutrition costs in May were 13 percent lower than their April 2011 peak, in part because of a global grain crop that was nearly 7 percent larger than the previous year. U.S. corn acreage is at its highest since 1937, and favorable weather is boosting staple-foods production in the European Union. Ample rice supplies may also lower food-supply risks, while a potential El Niño weather pattern later this year may help northern-hemisphere crops, says Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization in Rome.

Still, a failed crop in the U.S., the world’s biggest exporter of corn and wheat, would raise food costs and stifle the U.S. farm boom that has been built on growing overseas shipments. If prices keep rising, that could mean trouble elsewhere around the globe, where failed crops can mean failed states.

In 2010 a drought that withered Russia’s wheat crop sent consumer prices in North Africa and the Middle East skyward, contributing to unrest that fed the Arab Spring. More than 60 food riots occurred worldwide between 2007 and 2009, when rapidly rising commodity prices wreaked havoc on family budgets, especially in poorer countries, where 70 percent of a household’s income may go to food. An extended U.S. drought would have a “tremendous” impact on world food prices, as a higher cost for one dollar-denominated export crop cascaded into others, Abbassian says. “The world looks to the U.S. as the safest source of supply,” he says. “Everyone watches the U.S. because they can rely on it. Without it, the world would starve.”

The U.S. isn’t the only place with problems. Early-season dryness again threatens to wither Russia’s wheat, and the worst start to India’s monsoon season in three years is endangering crops, raising the specter of a return to the export restrictions in the region that drove prices up sharply five years ago.

Adding to the uncertainty are government policies that have intentionally kept world crop reserves at levels lower than they were traditionally, says David Anderson, an agricultural economist at Texas A&M University. Unlike the 1980s, when many governments bought up supplies during boom years to store for poor harvests, inventories are being kept intentionally leaner so farmers will be more responsive to market forces. “It’s just-in-time inventory for farming,” he says. The system works fine, adds Anderson, as long as the weather cooperates.

Increasingly, in a global food supply chain where Iowa’s weather affects India’s prices, it seems that lean inventories pose serious risks. Longer term, the solution may lie in developing alternative regional sources of food production to augment supplies when a major grower, be it the U.S., Russia, Brazil, or some other country, goes down.

President Barack Obama, in his first address on global food security last May, announced $3 billion in pledges from companies including Cargill and Syngenta, for farm development in Africa over the next decade. “Fifty years ago, Africa was an exporter of food,” Obama said. “There is no reason why Africa should not be feeding itself and exporting food again.”

Until then, the world is watching the U.S. Corn Belt. A USDA crop production estimate that considers the drought in its calculations will be released July 11. Implicit in the numbers will be the forecast for famine.

The bottom line: With U.S. stockpiles of corn down 48 percent, concerns are mounting that this year’s crop won’t meet the world’s needs.

Source:
http://www.businessweek.com/ar...ood-supply

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reserves
written by Simpleton, July 09, 2012
Sure miss the dole out on the government stockpiled cheese from way back when. Guess I'd better put the chest freezer back into service and prepare to jump on loading it to the brim when the short lived dumping of beef and other grain fed stock occurs. I had already noted that prices for some things were seemingly low during the weekly promotions over the past three weeks. They won't be for long.

Is this another good reason for China to put billions to work on Brasil's infrastructure and loosen up on the rain forest destruction prevention measures or would that just lead to a bust and plummeting prices when weather implications don't deal a blow to other parts of the world?
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, July 10, 2012

I had already noted that prices for some things were seemingly low during the weekly promotions over the past three weeks. They won't be for long.


Ah wish our grocery stores also would bring down the prices of essential food items. The weekly "promotions" seem to be a strategy to jack up the prices and not to lower them. smilies/shocked.gif

No wonder ASP decided to stay "on the road" in the U.S., taking advantage of all the "promotions".smilies/wink.gif I checked with the local PF about his status as a permanent resident "alien" and they told me he could stay outside our country for 2 years.He has plenty of time to return to his leaky cabana and hence I am withdrawing my 90 days eviction notice.smilies/wink.gif
tails & bass
written by Simpleton, July 11, 2012
Thanks for doing the relevant reseach Joao, I'll be sure to let the warden and parole board members know about asp's pressing timeline issue.

You're right wrt staples pricing. The specials on brasilian shrimp tails and chilean sea bass just haven't come to our local markets yet (most go to europe for the season). It's okay though, I'll return in the fall and get my fill down there. When I left, the supply of Argentinian products was on the rise but I generally try to avoid those. Much lower quality.
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written by asp, July 12, 2012
aha, joao,i knew it was you behind the actions of police federal to let me back in and not inspect my luggage, therefor fooling me to leave the sensual hot dripping with foxes and bargains and mambo shores of miami...i even went on the south beach diaria plan and lost a few pounds which the cold here has promtly forced my to gain back

godamn i was there when the heat won the nba....and that was a f**king great thing for me....would never have seen it where we live, joao

man, sao paulo airport is depressing, and you get herded around like cattle and sent to a bus to get back to where we live

yeah, dont trust privatised water, totaly agree , congradulations to brazil for having its polocies

and sorry ricardo for the f**ked up dumb asses sending you those e mails...they are nothing but punk bitches...i think the real people who do that would never let you know...they just do it
poundage
written by Simpleton, July 12, 2012
asp, I was there / you were here I did see the heat play although round ballers never have interested me much. Why would you pay for a diaria plan in south beach to reduce weight and put you back into good physical form getting your daily alta actividade fisica? For sure you might find something mighty fine to take care of the problem but it's expensive. It's far cheaper by the week or by the month there although you may have to spend more time shopping around to find one you could trust not to rob you. You know the cold really doesn't cause you to pack on the pounds. It was hotter than hades here when I returned and the first three weeks did not go well on that front.
Democraship exported from S.America to Mideast
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 12, 2012

Ricardo: Agrarian reform is a very complex problem in South America, including in Brazil. And we don't want to turn South America into another Zimbabwe.


Pepe Escobar: Democraship exported from S.America to Mideast – July 12, 2012
http://youtu.be/gZ5f-3ks8oI


In his first major interview since he was ousted, Paraguay's former president Fernando Lugo has told RT he was forced out - after the opposition threatened widespread violence if he didn't go.


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ASP, thanks for your concern regarding this death threat.

I already have contacted the FBI and gave them this information just in case.

I usually don't pay attention to the "death threats" that I receive. In the last 6 years I received 4 other "death threats" in 4 different occasions.

If this one was a real death threat then it would have been the 5th time, and the first time that I received it by email.

The first time was in response to what I wrote about the Iraq war. The second time was in response of what I wrote about Pakistan and their nuclear weapons. The 3rd time I have no idea why the writer of the death threat was pissed about regarding my articles and postings in the web. The 4th time was related to what I write about certain stocks of companies in the USA.

I don't have time to waste with this type of stuff, and I don't worry about it.

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Clarification...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 12, 2012

Ricardo: The 4th time was related to what I write about certain stocks of companies in the USA. (Goldman Sachs the Pillage People).

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more lies and frauds by brazil
written by american superiority, July 12, 2012
first these little worms in brazil boast about the huge oil deposits hidden in the deep oceans .then its the rising economy and new middle class .then its the huge water sources ..guess what ?,,its all bull sh*t !!!!..thats right bull sh*t !!!!..go fk yourself brazil the only export you have is a few commodities to china which incidentally is down 50% in new orders and dropping faster than barack obama ,s chances of getting re-elected .and of course brazil,s number 2 export poor illiterate inherently criminal brazilian nationals on phony tourist visas to the usa only to overstay in violation of us laws ...
asp
written by João da Silva, July 12, 2012

aha, joao,i knew it was you behind the actions of police federal to let me back in and not inspect my luggage, therefor fooling me to leave the sensual hot dripping with foxes and bargains and mambo shores of miami...i even went on the south beach diaria plan and lost a few pounds which the cold here has promtly forced my to gain back


What are friends for,ASP? I had to intervene with PF to let you in, but...but...but.., it just cost me a couple of minutes of phone call and I ain't going to charge ya for it. I am glad you are back in without being mauled by the alligators in FL and Ah bet Simp is breathing a sigh of relief that you got back into your leaky cabana.smilies/wink.gif

man, sao paulo airport is depressing, and you get herded around like cattle and sent to a bus to get back to where we live


GRU is as depressing as JFK, even though GRU is trying to modernize. But...but...but..., I still think ORD is as good as Frankfurt.

Nevertheless, I had a great time in the U.S.of A. smilies/wink.gif
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written by S.P. Sucks, July 13, 2012
12 July 2012 Last updated at 10:52 ET

Brazil gunmen kill eight amid football celebrations


Eight people have been shot dead in greater Sao Paulo during celebrations for the win by local team Palmeiras in the Brazilian Cup final, police say.

Men on motorbikes and in cars drove through the town of Osasco, opening fire in different locations.

Police said the attackers took advantage of the partying to disguise their gunshots.

The victory meant Palmeiras qualified for the Copa Libertadores, South America's top club competition.

The gunmen opened fire indiscriminately in several parts of Osasco, which lies within the Sao Paulo metropolitan area, police said.

Seven people were killed on the spot and one later died in hospital. Another person was injured.

The shootings happened close to bars where drugs are sold, officers said.

There was no indication those killed were targeted for being football fans nor that the shootings were linked to the win by Palmeiras.

"The criminals took advantage of the time when people were setting off fireworks to disguise the sound of their guns," a police statement said.

Palmeiras triumphed in the cup final against Curitiba, winning 3-1 on aggregate.
American superiority and a reality check
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 13, 2012

Ricardo: Reply to American superiority

American superiority and a reality check:

Today the USA has the largest debt in world history, and no nation comes close to the United States in borrowing money from other nations for its economy to stay afloat one more day.

If the US dollar was not the main world reserve currency, then the entire US economy would have collapsed just like the Soviet Union.

The US dollar and the biggest default in history
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...did=121313


The Crumbling of America
http://youtu.be/zBSPcIGGcIc


Poor America - BBC Panorama - 13 Feb 2012
http://youtu.be/NlZqaXd0uRg


Americans idea of healthcare for its population
http://youtu.be/OGnE83A1Z4U


General Motors is becoming China Motors
http://youtu.be/Lvl5Gan69Wo


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American superiority and a reality check
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 13, 2012

Ricardo: Reply to American superiority

American superiority and a reality check:

China's economy is already bigger than the US economy
http://youtu.be/n8g_Ok6LIpI


China Invading America NOW (2012) The Silent Takeover!!
http://youtu.be/o6rXrWy--hg

Americans can't even build its own infrastructure anymore they need the Chinese to build it.


America no longer the land of opportunity?
http://youtu.be/XObkUNdogxI


Bankrupt America
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06...index.html


San Bernardino, Calif. declares bankruptcy
http://youtu.be/snU5AiIXJ5I


Stockton bankruptcy filing
http://youtu.be/F-VH_ojVUvc


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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, July 13, 2012

China Invading America NOW (2012) The Silent Takeover!!


No Ricardo, China started invading America from February of 1972 & they were quite silent at that point of time and continue to be so even in 2012.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

40 years of "Silence" is quite deafening.smilies/cool.gif
overwhelming military superiority
written by american ultra superiority, July 13, 2012
ricardo a-moron-al... the worlds largest military industrial complex, and !!! the worlds largest and most superior armed forces in the history of the world, and !!!the worlds number 1 most powerfull and richest nation in the history of the world has no country in the entire universe capable of defeating it in a military battle ...no one !!.. The united states of america faced with a staggering depression in the 1930,s mobilized into the worlds most powerfull military in the world and fought a world wide war ( II ) that stretched from asia to europe and every thing in between ...the united states is capable of ending china,s existence, and is capable of ending "business" as usual with china which then would cause a collaspe in china,s economy....any questions?..i don,t think so ..
GRU
written by Ederson, July 13, 2012
Did someone mention something about GRU? If you want to make me happy, take me back in time 30 years to GRU. Yeah, I know, a better runway and approaches are cool, but the girls!smilies/smiley.gif
Ederson
written by João da Silva, July 13, 2012

Did someone mention something about GRU?


Dear Ederson,

I was the one who mentioned about GRU,but..but..but.. I dislike to be called "someone", because it reminds me of my humble peasant background!

But...but..but.. as for the girls in GRU, I have no complaints whatsoever (unless you are referring to the ones in the Russian GRU!).smilies/cool.gif
GRU
written by Simpleton, July 14, 2012
Hmmm, cattle hurding through GRU, yep, know about that asp. The girls from GRU 30 years ago, well, Rddie, you did certainly date yourself but popping you into a time machine to send you back is beyond anyone's means at this point. But don't remorse, the move from commercial piloting to crop dusting in Ioway did you no harm - those cornshuckers will F your socks off so why would you even think about going back? Just for the eye candy? You can check out any old c-video on the tube for that, try baby's got back for instance. And as for interesting approaches, check the charts for some of the ones going into Montreal. If your new glass c**kpit draws those S-curves in reverse due to differences in interpreting communications / map encoding standards - now that can get interesting - kinda like your greeting upon making intrusion into highly controlled airspace or the tree-line parking lot!

Sokay Joao, humble or not you'll always be a very respected noone to your dedicated readership.

Cheers (and glad as hell I'm not in Novo Friburgo - 2C!)
American superiority and a reality check
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 14, 2012

Ricardo: Reply to American ultra superiority

Here is a very humbling reality check for collapsing America

Dr.Paul Craig Roberts – July 10, 2012
http://youtu.be/NHgcsu7G_4I

Interesting interview with Dr.Paul Craig Roberts who served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration earning fame as a co-founder of Reaganomics.

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written by asp, July 14, 2012
yeah, well i tell you, something weird is happeining in the world, becaue miami airport has an abundance of sensual foxy women compared to any airport

dallas is the worst airport for me, some of the ugliast people, but, guess what, get to the miami gate and its like an oasis of foxes waiting to go to miami

yep, too bad i get back to sao paulo and gru, and it looked dreary depressing

ill tell you something else that is really depressing, you go to any airport in brazil and try to count the number of phenotye black people who are traveling , and it is a vey small amount

not so in the usa, a country with a much smaller pércentage of phenotype black people than brazil , has a magnificent amount of pheno typy black people traveling in the airports and staying at high end hotels.....something is wrong....

it is blatently and painfully notable

and to top it off, some of the drop dead gorgous woman in the miami airport are extremly dark colored woman who are just incredible beauties
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written by sashimi, July 14, 2012


China owns 90% of all American Debt :

I wonder if China can sell the USA to the highest bidder?
Reply to by Sashimi
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 14, 2012

Ricardo: It is hard to sell a bankrupt country.

As far as the US to continue as the main world reserve currency - that free lunch has reached the end of the road.

Capital Account – July 13, 2012
Jim Grant on Safe-Haven Bubbles

http://youtu.be/Mr-JHFmYT3o

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American superiority and a reality check
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 14, 2012

Ricardo: Reply to American ultra superiority

Delusional American and wishful thinker wrote: “the worlds largest military industrial complex, and !!! the worlds largest and most superior armed forces in the history of the world, and !!!the worlds number 1 most powerful and richest nation in the history of the world has no country in the entire universe capable of defeating it in a military battle ...no one !!.. The United States of America faced with a staggering depression in the 1930,s mobilized into the worlds most powerful military in the world and fought a world wide war ( II ) that stretched from Asia to Europe and every thing in between ...”

After that the United States lost the Vietnam War in the 1960's and 1970's you can watch that at:

Fall of Saigon
http://youtu.be/MwmCPNid9Kk


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The Iraqis kicked the US Army out of Iraq in 2012, and the United States has nothing to show for after waging war against Iraq for 8 years – other than US$ 3 trillion of wasted money in that war, and Americans are leaving this debt for future generation of Americans to pay it.


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Now, regarding Afghanistan, a country that was already destroyed by a long war against the Soviet Army, the US army after being in Afghanistan for over 11 years, is losing that war to the Taliban and is getting ready to pack in and accept defeat just like in Vietnam.

The US had a real hard time in Iraq for over 8 years to fight what was left of Saddam Hussein's army. The US Army can't defeat even a small army like the Taliban armed with weapons vintage WW ll – and that shows that the US Army is overestimated and the perception of superiority is more of a product of the Hollywood studios than the reality that we find in the wars in such a place as in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

What kind of superior army has such a hard time defeating a very small army such as the Taliban in Afghanistan?

Delusional American and wishful thinker, before you come here to the Brazzil website to post your hot air, check the facts and you will realize that if the US Army is having such a hard time with nothing armies such as in Iraq, and Afghanistan, then imagine the trouble the US Army would have if they had to confront a real army such as Russia/China.

Here is a reality check for the United States:


Afghanistan:

Country: slightly smaller than Texas

Population: 30,419,928 (July 2012 est.)

Age structure

0-14 years: 42.3% (male 6,464,070/female 6,149,46smilies/cool.gif
15-64 years: 55.3% (male 8,460,486/female 8,031,96smilies/cool.gif
65 years and over: 2.4% (male 349,349/female 380,051) (2011 est.)

GDP: $17.9 billion (2011 est.)


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U.S. Losing The War in Afghanistan
http://youtu.be/a1eg6hm0nqs


'Leaked Afghan files hid a losing war, not military secrets'
http://youtu.be/QmoCCewcZ7o


US SOLDIERS ACCEPTS LOSING IN AFGHAN
http://youtu.be/q8bTUPH8KCk


'Afghan war is lost and US govt has to face it'
http://youtu.be/IJozCCHdSNA


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overwhelming military superiority
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 14, 2012

Ricardo: Hah, hah, hah...

Lol = laughing out loud

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American superiority and a reality check
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 14, 2012

Ricardo: Reply to American ultra superiority

Reality check:

By the way, here is the silliest thing you said on your posting: "the united states is capable of ending china,s existence, and is capable of ending "business" as usual with china which then would cause a collapse in china,s economy....any questions?..i don,t think so ..."


What the US government and the American people are going to say to China?

The United States is not going to borrow money anymore from China to keep our US economy afloat.

The United States is not going to buy anymore from China just about everything that we find in the shelves of department stores here in the old USA.

The United States is not going to borrow money from China anymore to keep the US economy afloat, and we rather have empty shelves in our stores here in the USA just like in the old Soviet Union, than buy all kinds of stuff from China on credit.

Hah, hah, hah....

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Correction
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 14, 2012

As far as the US dollar to continue as the main world reserve currency - that free lunch has reached the end of the road.

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Simpleton
written by João da Silva, July 15, 2012

Cheers (and glad as hell I'm not in Novo Friburgo - 2C!)


Urupema was much more pleasant this morning, Simp. -5.1 C and a nice & cool Southern wind blowing.smilies/cool.gifsmilies/cry.gif

According to the "Weather Persons", the temperature is expected to go down further during the week end. ASP's cabana should be consuming plenty of Bolivian "Natural Gas" to keep him & his harem warm. smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
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written by american , July 15, 2012
You f-ing green horn liar.. go fk ur self putrid little maggot.. only an idiot or a jealous envious and insecure little sh*t stain of a weasel from some obscure third world dump could possibly believe your drivel.take your anti-america agenda and stuff it up your ignorant impedint third world arse .
it is said that these south american girls fantasize and dream about rich handsome american men
written by american , July 15, 2012
the worlds main reserve currency is the us dollar ..ha ha ha ha..and will remain so .... ha ha ha ..now go fk ur self out of your delusional fantasy on that one..
Reply to American
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 15, 2012

Ricardo: A few videos showing the real truth it is worth more than "One thousands words."

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fair winds
written by Simpleton, July 15, 2012
Yeah Joao, Erupema sounds perfect for me actually. None the less, I will tough it out and wait here until we have about the same weather (horrible last night, frigid low of +22C), enjoy the fishing, fall colors, & Oktoberfest for a week during the time the first ex plans to visit our chalet here, then takes us to sunny southern cal (by way of Vegas of course) for a short visit with family and then on to the cruize liner for a real vacation - Recife, Fortaleza, Joao Pessoa, Bahia, etc.. She will be paying for all transit costs for the three of us. If she insists we stay in Brasil longer (xmas / revelion) and offers again the suite in the cobertura, we will probably not decline. She's very hard to say no to.
Reality check
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 16, 2012

July 15, 2012

SouthAmerica: Today Europeans and Americans are entering sham marriages to get Brazilian Visas.


Business Insider – July 10, 2012
Desperate Europeans Are Entering Sham Marriages To Get Brazilian Visas

http://www.businessinsider.com...sas-2012-7

Being young and European right now can be pretty bleak, with the average EU youth unemployment rate standing at 22.4% — and rates in Spain verging on a Great Depression-like 51%.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of young Europeans want to move abroad, but moving abroad isn't always easy — or even legal.

This report in Brazilian newspaper Folha De S. Paulo shows the lengths young Europeans are going to to get a Visa — marriage, temporary apartment moves, a few thousand dollars payment to a bride.

It's not easy but its the best option for many of those who want to get a permanent visa for Brazil, and it seems like a lot of people want to work in Brazil, where unemployment rates sit currently at 5.8%.

"I’m a bit afraid, but I know three Germans in Rio and an American in São Paulo who did the same," 31-year-old Spanish student tells Folha De S.Paulo. "I could look for a job in Germany, where I was before I lost my job. But Europe is getting worse and worse, while the situation here is just the opposite.”


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TED – July 2012
Todd Humphreys: How to fool a GPS

http://www.ted.com/talks/todd_...a_gps.html


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TED – July 2012
Marc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future

http://www.ted.com/talks/marc_...uture.html


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Revolution is also coming to Saudi Arabia, and other Arab states...

'Protests will engulf all of Saudi cities' - Press TV News – July 15, 2012
http://youtu.be/cdTmLXQevuY

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marriage fraud to obtain a "green card " is a serious felony in the usa
written by american, July 16, 2012
the penalty for marriage fraud to obtain a "green card " in the usa is 15 years (full sentence)in federal prison and a $250,000 fine..And of course permanent deportation AFTER the full sentence is satisfied.marriage frauds to obtain a green card have been uncovered with brazilian nationals in south florida ,miami,pompano beach,deerfield beach,allston massachusetts,framingham massachusetts,somerville massachusetts,hyannis massachusetts,danbury connecticutt, and santa barbara california..estimates are there are 150,000 to 400,000 illegal brazilian nationals in the usa with most entering on "tourist visas" and overstaying .the remainig numbers entered via smuggling routes in the carribean with the assistance of criminal smuggling and counterfeit document dealers based in brazil .the illegal brazilian problem in the usa is facing mounting displeasure from the american people who are enraged that the government of brazil does nothing to prosecute these criminal orgs facilitating this serious crime... americans are demanding that us law enforcement agencies actively seek out these illegal aliens and deport them back to their country of origin .permanently..it is a felony to be a illegal alien in the usa with counterfeit documents or to employ a illegal alien ..with this being an election year and illegal immigration being a major contentious issue along with obama facing certain defeat in his re-election bid it is a given that the noose is tightening on illegal aliens in the usa...
Reply to American
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 17, 2012

Ricardo: Since I posted this information on the Elite Trader Economics forum the exodus of Brazilians moving back to Brazil has snowballed.

The real unemployment rate in the United States
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...ost1736969

January 5, 2008

SouthAmerica: I mentioned a number of times on this forum that thousands of Brazilians are returning to Brazil – legal and illegal immigrants. And that is also happening to other groups of foreigners who were living in the United States.

The Exodus is going on…..

Another example and also a clue to this trend you can find out by looking the figures related to cash transfer businesses in the US such as Western Union that many of these foreign workers use their services to send money home to their families. (We are talking about billions and billions of US dollars here.)

In 2007 many of these cash transfer businesses were saying that the amount of these money transfers had declined drastically when compared with prior years and some were saying that the amounts of transfer had declined by 30 to 40 percent from the prior year.

These declines are a combination of two things: first, many illegal immigrants are returning home, and second, the ones who still living in the United States are having a problem earning money as in prior years – many of these people work in the housing construction business.

These are people who have initiative, they want to prosper at any cost, they are hard workers, these are the people who took a chance and moved to a foreign land on their pursuit of a better life, these are people who would find any type of work and they are not afraid of getting their hands dirty – these are the type of people who serve as engines that help the economic pie to grow.

When this type of people starts giving up on a country such as the US, and they start moving to a better pasture some place else - then you know your economic system has a real problem.

Here is an article that someone send me via email in August of 2007 – Bu the way, it is estimated that there are around 200,000 Brazilians immigrants, half legal and half illegal, living in Massachusetts around the Boston area.


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“Leaving Massachusetts”
By Bianca Vazquez Toness
WBUR – Boston News Station - NPR

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - August 13, 2007 - In the midst of the debate about immigrants coming to America, something unusual is happening in Massachusetts: Brazilian immigrants are quietly packing up and leaving.

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Reply to American
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 17, 2012

Ricardo: The exodus of immigrants leaving the United States it doesn't include only Brazilians, also includes people from many other Latin American countries.

The economic impact of the current Exodus from the United States
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...ost1867372

April 3, 2008

SouthAmerica: The Exodus from the United States continues and it is slowly snowballing.

Last Saturday a friend of ours came for diner at our house. These is a couple who used to live here in Bergen County, New Jersey since the mid-1960’s, then they moved to Miami about ten years ago, but some of their sons still live on our area and they visit them on a regular basis.

She was telling me that her grandson who also live in Miami with his father is very depressed because all his friends have moved to Brazil. All his father friends have moved back to Brazil in the last few years and there is nobody left in the area.

She also told me that about ten years ago in downtown Miami they had a major shopping center with mostly Brazilian stores, not only the shopping center but many of the businesses in the area belonged to Brazilians including restaurants, real estate offices, bakeries, and so on. Today the shopping center is closed and most of the businesses in the entire area are gone. It looks like one of these ghosts towns that they have in the middle of nowhere that were abandoned decades ago.

These days they feel kind lonely living in Miami since everybody that they knew went back to Brazil – an extraordinary exodus that it is hard to believe that so many people left town to never return.

I have been mentioning about this exodus for quite some time now, but only in the last few months The New York Times and now the Financial Times are finally reporting on this exodus.

The US government it does not know for sure if there were 12 or 20 million illegal immigrants living in the United States in 2005. Since then thousands of legal and illegal immigrants have been moving back to the countries from where they come from or they are trying to go to a country with better prospects for the future.

A few years ago was estimated that there were about 1.3 million Brazilians living in the United States 50 percent legal and 50 percent illegal immigrants.

The interesting part is that not only the illegal immigrants are moving back to Brazil, but thousands of people who had been living in the US for 10, 20 years or even longer. All these people are giving up on the American dream because they have realized that the American dream is gone or is dying at the speed of light.

The exodus does not include only Brazilians – the exodus includes people of other nationalities and is it not affecting the illegal immigrant population, it does include thousands of legal immigrants as well.

Between the legal and illegal immigrants in the United States we are talking about 50 million people and if only 10 percent of these people decide to go back to where they come from we still talking about 5 million people.

And you can bet that when 5 million people leaves town they have a major impact on the communities that they leave behind with a major economic impact to the country and also to the communities where these people used to live.

Just wait until the American mainstream media finally realize the economic impact of this exodus on the US economy – it will take a while since the American media takes a long time to catch on even about the most obvious things.

Given enough time eventually they are going to connect the dots and they will realize the major negative impact that this exodus is having on the price of real estate in many parts of the country – making the real estate crisis even deeper and worse for years to come.

This exodus of people from the United States it has many economic ramifications for the US economy including the impact on the price of real estate in the United States

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Simpleton
written by João ba Silva, July 17, 2012

None the less, I will tough it out and wait here until we have about the same weather (horrible last night, frigid low of +22C), enjoy the fishing, fall colors, & Oktoberfest for a week during the time the first ex plans to visit our chalet here, then takes us to sunny southern cal (by way of Vegas of course)


Well that sounds like plenty of "Natural Gas" your emitting on your own Simp, but...but...but...perhaps that will raise the shackles of ASP & Ederson enough to desire tea and crumpets.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
Reply to American
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 17, 2012

Ricardo: Not only legal/illegal immigrants are leaving the United States to look for a job somewhere else – Well-educated young Americans (human capital) are also leaving the old USA to try to find a job in other lands such as Brazil, China and India.

Most of the Jobs being created in the US economy in the last few years are part-time jobs or Burger King type of jobs with minimum wage and no benefits.

In 2010 the United States had 33, 655 PhD recipients on Food Stamps and other forms of welfare, and there were also 5,057 janitors with PhD's, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Today the US job market is so inefficient that there are 5,057 PhD's cleaning toilets in the United States, and that is another sign of a fast declining society.

The New Standard of Living in the USA
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...ost3513617

April 29, 2012

SouthAmerica: The article said: “According to a report this week by the Pew Hispanic Center, the net flow of migrants from Mexico to the US has ground to a halt and may even have reversed after decades during which about 12m Mexicans moved to the US – as many as half of them without immigration papers.”

When even the Mexicans are returning home that means that today the US has an imploding economy that is nothing to write home about it.

The other day the Financial Times had another article about the exodus of well educated people (human capital with master degrees, and PhD's) who are returning to the countries where their parents came from – we are talking about 100's of thousands of very well educated young human capital who are leaving the United States because they think the best days of the US economy is long gone.

The standard of living in Brazil is in the way up for a fast growing middle class in that country – contrast that with the declining standard of living in the United States that is heading south very fast – for example: in the last 10 years over 30 million people moved up to the middle class in Brazil, and at the same time the food-stamp program for destitute people in the United States grew by another 30 million people.


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The Crumbling of America
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...ost3525125

May 13, 2012

SouthAmerica: Talking about the US economic and financial system being an efficient system with a track record like this no wonder the US economic and financial system is imploding and melting down just like Chernobyl.

The number of PhD recipients on Food Stamps and other forms of welfare more than tripled between 2007 and 2010 to 33, 655.

All these factors, plus a less-than-stellar job market, have forced many PhD's to work in menial jobs. There are 5,057 janitors with PhD's, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The best thing that Americans can do today is try to understand the total collapse of the Soviet Union and how they managed their transition to the Russian system that they have today.

It is just a matter of time for the entire international monetary system based on the US dollar to collapse and have a massive meltdown - basically that can happen at any time when people least expect it to happen.


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July 15, 2012

This event reminds me of the old days when the United States also had a space program.

Today, the United States economy is going through the last stages before its complete collapse - an economy kept alive with money borrowed from China, and also by money being created by the FED from thin air.

NASA funding has been cut to the bone and in no time America leadership in space exploration will be a thing of the past - as the American economy becomes once again just an agrarian society.

Spectacular Launch: Soyuz takes new crew to ISS – July 15, 2012
http://youtu.be/kmhW4j9QsRY


In a nutshell: The United States used to be a leader in space exploration in the old days of American power.

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The Crumbling of America
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 17, 2012

C-SPAN2 – Book TV – July 13, 2012
Noam Chomsky and Glenn Greenwald with liberty and justice for some – July 13, 2012

http://youtu.be/4ikDHnZIQ2Q

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Simpleton
written by João da Silva, July 17, 2012

Well that sounds like plenty of "Natural Gas" your emitting on your own Simp, but...but...but...perhaps that will raise the shackles of ASP & Ederson enough to desire tea and crumpets


I did not write this comment, Simp. Must be one of our mutual friends with equal sense of humor like mine.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
Yaya
written by Simpleton, July 18, 2012
When it's possible to get high on life and all the diversity of activities and beneficial relationships that can develop from it, even those reportedly not to exist, (like what the mother of my second ex says about my relationship with my adopted daughter in spirit) as long as you keep your heart and mind open, pure, and maintain your personal integrity, it can be such a gas.

Guess I opened myself up to that one Joao with my "fair winds" title - How sweet (smelling) it is! (That would be Jackie Gleason if I'm not mistaken). If forrest were still around maybe I could have put a Jumping Jack Flash It's a Gas Gas Gas twist to it. Mow em' Down Shoot em' All Around, I'm the Barber of Seville (and very deft with my rechargable electric or a plain old Bic available in any nearby Drogaria - they all love such personal attention!)

"will raise the shackles of ASP & Ederson enough to desire tea and crumpets" - Asp apparently escaped being placed in shackles (ie. didn't get caught) and therefore does not need any razing or stimulation of his desire to partake, and Eddie, he has been notably silent about the marvels of his own ball and chain (which he should cherish and value much as you and I do our own Joao). A chi (quero chi, quero cha, quero cha cha cha) and frumpet party from time to time never hurt anyone. A good old rock and roll party out back by the hot tub works too. (BTW Joao, your last post with the "I did not" has seemingly put you into the denial mode. Don't go there!)
Simpleton
written by João ba Silva, July 18, 2012

(BTW Joao, your last post with the "I did not" has seemingly put you into the denial mode. Don't go there!)


Your grace and wisdom is most appreciated, Simp.

But...but...but...my peasant roots will sometimes take charge and cast me in unfortunate directions. I am lucky to have someone, like your humble self, to straighten things out for me on those rare occasions.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Sign language
written by Ederson, July 19, 2012
Simpleton, my wife and I do not speak the same language, even after all these years. My English is too accented, anyway. Around her, if I'm happy, I smile, and when I'm not, I just gesture wildly. The fact that we can communicate at all is a testimonial to the fact that love conquers all. Thankfully, she is about 10X times smarter than me, but I didn't marry her for her brains. Try telling a girl that in sign language. smilies/wink.gif
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written by american , July 19, 2012
illegal brazilians can not be accurately counted in any state they are found in the usa simply because they are a insular underground population who entered the united states via smuggling routes ..the tourist visas overstayers from brazil are more than half of the total illegal brazilian population and they can be counted by tracking from the us embassies that issued those visas.brazil is a high violater of us immigration laws especially the tourist visa ...once obama is sent home packing from washington a new president ROMNEY will at the insistence of the overwhelming majority of americans will end this security problem with having foreign nationals abusing the tourist visa .an entry exit tracking system will put the overstayer on a sure path to be arrested and deported rapidly ...high violater countries (brazil) will be sanctioned and held liable for turning a blind eye to the sending of their ignorant illiterate mutts with the blood of a thousand whores to the usa.. america does not want them.
light up my life
written by Simpleton, July 19, 2012
Joao, Eddie (or imposters there of) you have no clue how your wits have lit up my life! I haven't been given such a huge bout of laughter since about a week before I had no choice but to leave the mother of my future natural children. For sure at 5 am when the bread winner in the family gets up to go to work I will catch hell for the disturbance you've caused. ... Bravo

usa_superpower / american, even with the huge progress made in the entry exit and tracking systems on both sides, I dare you to go tour the areas and favelas I have and say that the problem with illegal aliens and visa overstayers is uniquely one the US citizens don't want. That blood of a thousand whores was poluted by mostly just such type of foreign invasion.
Brazil and the Syria/Lebanon Connection
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 19, 2012

Ricardo: It is time for Brazil to take a side on this new crisis regarding Syria.

Brazil should back up Russia and China in an effort to stop the UN from using its rogue army (NATO) from destroying the entire infrastructure of Syria as they have done in Libya.

Brazil has a dog in this fight, since over 10 million people who live in Brazil are descendents from Syrian/Lebanese people.

There's a strong human connection between Brazil and Syria/Lebanon.

By the way, my screen name at the Elite Trader Economics Forum is: SouthAmerica


Thursday, July 19, 2012
Brazil and the Syria/Lebanon Connection
By: Ricardo C. Amaral

http://brazilandsyrialebanonco...gspot.com/


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written by jon, July 19, 2012
We here this all the time...the esteemed magazine of virtue, the Economist,
has an new issue on the American economy..yet to be seen, but probably true:
http://www.economist.com/node/21558576
taking sides
written by Simpleton, July 19, 2012
Ricardo, being that Syria was so well equiped and trained militarily from both sides (US and Russia) over the past few decades, how in the heck do you think a no nothing country fighting forces-wise like Brasil could make any kind of dent either directly or by threat in the situation? Economicly speaking, Brasil has no chutzpa there either despite it's worldly and eclectec residential heritage. I have been thoroughly surprise by asp not jumping down your throat about your incredible idoicies regarding your predelection to citing Not-a-man Chumpsky as a credible source for your ideology. I'm begining to think you and superpower are the epitomy of a perfect dicotomy.
BTW
written by Simpleton, July 19, 2012
To the general readership and author: Please don't think that the chit chat and odds and ends regarding whatevers being exchanged on this thread are completely off subject. The tears that can be pulled from a man's eyes by his love for someone / anyone are a precious commodity even if such a water resource is most clearly already highly privatized.
the professor
written by anthropology 101, July 19, 2012
the bastardization of brazil and venezuela and colombia happened long ago when the conquistadores copulated with the monkees and indians in the jungles ..
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written by Double-Dot, July 19, 2012
Howdy to Y'all

Ah just returned from a trip to Brazil. Cool N nice. Plenty of water to drink,shower and swim. Mah cousin was a pain in the butt though,pissing me off all the time.
Reply to anthropology
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 19, 2012

Part 1 of 2

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Noam Chomsky

http://thefinalcollapseoftheus..._8716.html

It is so important that you keep an open mind to new ideas, and to the opinions of people with superior analytical capabilities such as Noam Chomsky.

It is important not to dismiss someone simply because you’ve heard his opinion about something that you disagree with – then you wrote that person off about everything else.

Noam Chomsky is considered the number one intellectual alive here in the United States today.

He is the number one most quoted “living author” today, and he is the number 8 most quoted author in history.

I love Noam Chomsky, and I enjoy all his lectures and writings.

Noam Chomsky represents the "Last of a Dying Breed" here in the U.S. - Americans who use their brain to think.

By the way, the US mainstream media is completely clueless about what has been going on around the world for a long time.

Noam Chomsky is one of the few people here in the US who can connect the dots, as he consistently grasps the essence and what is at the core of most problems here in the US and abroad.


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Noam Chomsky on American Foreign Policy and US Politics – October 26, 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...ature=fvsr

Time: 24 min.

The Young Turks interviews Noam Chomsky.


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Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now – the Middle East – May 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DTQjPHYsjM

Time: 15 min.


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Noam Chomsky: History of US Rule in Latin America – December 19, 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKwJI9axblQ

Time: 1 hr. 15 min.

History of US Rule in Latin America; Elections and Resistance to the Coup in Honduras - Professor Noam Chomsky PhD. - Filmed by Paul Hubbard at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on 12-15-09
Excellent lecture by Noam Chomsky about Latin America history and United States military intervention in that area of the world.


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Boston University School of Law – April 24, 2008
Noam Chomsky Lectures on Modern-Day American Imperialism: Middle East and Beyond

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...re=related

Time: 2 hrs.


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written by dot-less, July 19, 2012
that explains why you have s**t for brains and piss on your pants....doocshebag..next time buy american f*cking idiot
Reply to anthropology
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 19, 2012

Part 2 of 2

Standing Army: A journey into the world of US Military bases with Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdd7d37G17U


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Noam Chomsky on the State-Corporate Complex:
A Threat to Freedom and Survival – April 12, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...r_embedded


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Noam Chomsky: What Is Globalization?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...re=related


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Noam Chomsky: Discussion on Globalization
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHJPSLgHemM&NR=1


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Noam Chomsky: Obama's Imperialist Policies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...re=related

Time: 56 min.

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Simpleton
written by João da Silva, July 19, 2012

Economicly speaking, Brasil has no chutzpa there either despite it's worldly and eclectec residential heritage.


I beg to differ from you, Simp. "Economically speaking", we have plenty of "Chutzpa", but...but...but... "militarily speaking", we have none.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

But..but..but..but.., I'd rather have the opinion of an expert on the middle eastern "affairs" such as our buddy Eddie, before expressing my viewpoint!

BTW, how many ex(and current)wives do you have? You must be a Mohammedan to be allowed to have such privilege.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/angry.gif

Cheers
Reply to anthropology
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 19, 2012

Part 3 of 3


A renowned American political analyst says Israel gets away with numerous violations of international law as the Jewish entity is a client of the US and therefore enjoys "total impunity," Press TV reports.

Noam Chomsky: US and Israel violate international law with total impunity – June 14, 2012
http://youtu.be/DtzFY4lgV94

A renowned American political analyst says Israel gets away with numerous violations of international law as the Jewish entity is a client of the US and therefore enjoys "total impunity," Press TV reports.


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Noam Chomsky: Obama Administration and US Foreign Policy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...ature=fvwp


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Noam Chomsky: Iran is NO Threat (2011, University College London)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=rutrNbkrhIA


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"Interventions" written by Noam Chomsky-Epilogue – July 07, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSOreLcO3xk


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Noam Chomsky: The New War on Terror
http://youtu.be/PszLZLD9m7g


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Economic Chutzpa
written by Edersson, July 20, 2012
I beg to differ Joao. Relying on commodities and communists to keep the finances chugging along can not be characterized as Chutzpa. It is more like lighting a fuse and hoping you don't happen to be in the blast perimeter.smilies/smiley.gif
the only good communist is a dead one
written by us observer, July 20, 2012
noam chumpsky is a marxist a communist a anarchist a racist a coward a scum bagging bottom dweller and pathological liar and impedint homosexual.
there can be only one
written by Simpleton, July 20, 2012
No comparasion to a Mohammeden Joao. Only two ex's (of the wifely type - the first will be a life long "grande amiga" and we will continue as an inseparable part of each other's lives and the second would be rated more simply as XXX with eyes of a pirhanna and no real heart, that's truely over and done). I would not execute or have publicly stoned for adultery or alleged adultery either of them although the second did one time petition her father directly and in my presence to plead with me not to kill his daughter. The ex adopted daughter is another matter. One which I will not discuss further, only to say that she was informed of her change in status just yesterday. The prospective mother of my future natural children is just that. She simply cannot become an ex anything. Her dearly departed mother notably had said that there is no insect, bicho, animal, plant or tree that does not bear fruit. That there is biblical precedence for a man taking a second when the one and only is barren is not lost on any of us including the one and only. Being "allowed" or in any sense feeling "privileged", naw, it's not like that at all Joao, it's just the maze of love and life and the strange twists and turns, dead ends and circle backs that it may bring. In the end, there will be a way out of any pickle or predicament one might find themselves in. The way out Jack Nicholson had in the finale to "The Shining" ain't gonna be mine!
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written by asp, July 20, 2012
ricy, ricy , ricy

im so sorry, but, moan chumpski....blechk, vomit, yawn , bore..
every time i give that bag of air a chance, he just sucks the mop all the way...he has an agenda..

i just read his tired ass in huffington post and this idiot is saying how medical help for the chinese under mao was better than the usa

i mean what the f**king goddamn hell, are you bulls**tting me? at that time , millions and millions and millions of chinese were dying from " volta no campo flawed commie crap and then the mao red revolution killed millions more , and this sob tries to make it seem like chinese health care was better...but you probably will die from starvation or a communist purge....

i mean common, the guy is a real peice of s**t....i resent intelligent mother f**kers like him not telling the whole truth and quit running his punk butt agenda....

moan chumpski is a diarea stain, i wont waste time keeping on reading his s**t, he bores me to death
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written by asp, July 20, 2012
green tea or black with those crumpets ? its f**king cold..

joao, that crazy guy and his dancing crew are at a place called cafe de la musique tonight....i know you are busy, but, ill be there hoping that samba dancer will be doing her thing....they have a break crew also.....now that is entertainment...samba dancers and break dancers...

i might make my move on her tonight...she is such a petit thing..i feel like she might wilt under my bad breath..but god is she fine and can dance samba and all that bahian stuff...im hooked
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written by asp, July 20, 2012
i mean , ricy, you cant dress up a turd and try to say he smells good...

green tea or black ?

by the way , joao, im going to catch that crazy guy and his dancers at cafe de la musique tonight, i know you shun such elite snobby places, but, i want to see that petit fire cracker of a samba dancer they have...she is so good , does the bahian dances too, i think ill make my move tonight...im afraid this petit beauty would wilt at the smell of my world weary breath...but, sometimes you have to take the risk

they have some break dancers too, now that is entertainment, samba dancers and break dancers
ricardo a-moron-al rejected and denied entry
written by us observer, July 20, 2012
ricky amoron... you seriously belong in venezuela or cuba to live your delusional latin america communist utopia .. if you are in the usa then your a perfect example of why americans want a moratorium on all immigration .your gay infatuation for the dead marxist che guevarra is pathetic ..you are a loser .and quite out of fashion in these times .perhaps no one has told you that socialism/communism is dead on arrival
asp
written by João da Silva, July 20, 2012

joao, that crazy guy and his dancing crew are at a place called cafe de la musique tonight....i know you are busy


ASP,its great to hear from you after a long time.

Yes indeed.I know that joint. You are right. I am quite busy tonight and during the week end.

As a matter of fact, I have been trying to meet you personally to "tirar satisfação" over many "controversial issues" you have been posting in this noble forum.

But..but...but.. you are as cunning as the proverbial fox and slippery as an eel. If you had really wanted to meet me for a duel at that joint, you would have given me at least 72 hours notice.smilies/shocked.gifsmilies/sad.gif

BTW, "estou de saco cheio" with "Comrade" Academicians like Chomski & co. Unfortunately our country is also full of such "scholars". smilies/sad.gif
Reply to US observer
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 21, 2012

Ricardo: Your comments about communist utopia, dead Marxist Che Guevara shows that your mindset is frozen in a time long gone.

I have news for you, the Soviet Union collapsed about 20 years ago - in case you have not heard the news.

By the Way, the Russians are not coming - and you can get out from below your bed. It is safe for you to come out.

The Commies from China are giving a lesson about capitalism to the United States. And they have the old USA by the balls they took away a big piece of manufacturing from the United States and they are enslaving the American people with a Mount Everest high of debt.

Here is a reality check for the American people:


World Economic Collapse The 11th Hour – July 12, 2012
http://youtu.be/5XbaTEmCkjI


The above video reminds me of the following:


Gerald Celente - The Corbett Report – April 27, 2012
http://youtu.be/PI3PtbHip6A

On this video Gerald Celente talks about how Germany became a police state one step at the time.


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Reply to US observer
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 21, 2012

Ricardo: I hope you noticed that I am using the type of language that brought me down to your level of understanding when I said: "The Commies from China..."

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Reply to US observer
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 21, 2012

Gore Vidal - American Empire
http://youtu.be/pXDzeg3i_bw


Gore Vidal Explains how the pillars of the constitution are GONE & they're gone forever until we force a revolution. There has been a coup in America. In 1 decade we witnessed the destruction of the constitution & due process of law. The fall of our republic will be followed by a police state, Marshall law, rationing & 3rd world status.

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written by asp, July 21, 2012
joao, wow, was it exiting last night !!!! yeah, sorry i didnt let you know sooner.....next time...

ohoh, you are trying to track me down over controversial issues....?

you know the leady cabana is closed now due to frio

ricy, the chinese arnt commies anymore by the book, they are authoritarian capatalists...cheapest labor on the planet...lets all become chinese workers , right ?...
Ederson
written by João da Silva, July 21, 2012

I beg to differ Joao.


Thanks for differing,Col. I like to discuss controversial issues with my friends.smilies/cheesy.gif

Relying on commodities and communists to keep the finances chugging along can not be characterized as Chutzpa.


I agree with you wholeheartedly. But...but...but... when I said "economically speaking, we have plenty of Chutzpa, I meant we are self sufficient in almost everything. I failed to mention (conveniently!) that our rulers lack the political will to use our clout.

Coming back to our commodity exporters to the "commies", you have known my position for a long time! Do you remember about the "150 years of beef economy of Argentina"? I would love to see our economy growing like it did from early 60's to mid 80's, stimulating the local enterprises (and entrepreneurs). However, we do not seem to have learned the lessons from the follies of the Yanks and Europeans. Last year I was in Europe and this year in the Yankee-land. Hard to find goods made locally. The average American seems to be as upset as his Brasilian counterpart about stimulating the "Commie" economy at his cost. But...but...but.. I think we are in a better situation to stop or slowdown their advance into the Americas. But my question again is: Do our rulers have enough will power? Only the time will tell and hope it is not too late.

BTW, you should be aware that Brasil as of Yesterday shifted all our Embassy personnel in Damascus to Beirut? I wonder how things are going to play out in the coming months.Afghanistan,Iraq,Tunisia,Egypt,Libya and now Syria. When is the turn of S.Arabia?smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
clout busters
written by Simpleton, July 22, 2012
Apply pressure to that reluctant governing body to accept the 30, 50, 100, 300 billion Ricky wants the Chinese to "invest" in Brasil for Brasil's benefit infrastructure-wise then capitalize off of that and keep working on growing the kosher beef production and export to S. Arabia and other locales in the middle east you wish to keep the current regimes propped up in.

Brasil is self sufficient in almost everything??? Hmmmm. Do you have any statistics on the import / export ratios for crack, ectstasy and lulu? And what about hoes? Maybe a "seasonally adjusted" figure would have to be devised. In years past the figure for those going to Europe for the season was high but in return there seemed to be an increased influx of Argentinians, Peruvians and Bolivians to make up the deficit.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, July 22, 2012

Brasil is self sufficient in almost everything??? Hmmmm.


I ain't going to fall into your trap,Simp, especially when I am fully aware that you are not all that "Simple" as you claim.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

Cheers
Brazilians had an estimated amount between US$ 520 billion to US$ 1 trillion hidden in secret tax havens around the world by the end of 2010.
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 22, 2012

Ricardo: Brazilians had an estimated amount between US$ 520 billion to US$ 1 trillion hidden in secret tax havens around the world by the end of 2010.

http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...did=246375

Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, July 22, 2012

Brazilians had an estimated amount between US$ 520 billion to US$ 1 trillion hidden in secret tax havens around the world by the end of 2010.


Ricardo. I am glad you brought of this topic. It also clarifies the "doubt" of Simp, whether our country is self sufficient or not.smilies/smiley.gif

A long time ago, I studied "Basic Economics". It was drilled into my head that Land, Labor & Capital are the most essential things for growth. We have plenty of Land and both skilled and unskilled Labor. We always lacked suffecient capital. Could you imagine what we can accomplish if the 1 Trillion dollars are brought back to be invested?

Food for thoughts.smilies/smiley.gif
Elite Trader Forums a source of relevant economic and international finance discussions...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 23, 2012

Ricardo: If one of the major Wall Street firms buy the Elite Trader website then that will be the end of that website.


Larger companies wanting to buy Elite Trader bad for some reason
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...enumber=16

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Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 23, 2012

Ricardo: Nice to hear from you Joao.

Joao said: "A long time ago, I studied "Basic Economics". It was drilled into my head that Land, Labor & Capital are the most essential things for growth. We have plenty of Land and both skilled and unskilled Labor. We always lacked suffecient capital. Could you imagine what we can accomplish if the 1 Trillion dollars are brought back to be invested?"

As soon as I read your posting the first thought that came to mind was: It would be a disaster for the Brazilian economy if the Brazilians decided to repatriate most of this money.

Because such repatriation would be equivalent to the inflow of "Hot Money" that have been going to Brazil for many years, such inflow of money it would appreciate the Brazilian currency against the US, Euroland and Chinese currencies resulting in the destruction of manufacturing and tourism industry in Brazil.

But I think I have a solution for the Brazilian government regarding this massive problem.


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hot hot hot
written by Simpleton, July 23, 2012
Joao, thanks for showing your typical suave (and two faces - now saying you wish to avoid but having just recently stated your enjoyment wrt discussing controverial issues with friends).

Repatriation and altruistic investment just isn't going to happen, not here, not there, not anywhere. As to the fact that Brasil has a huge Labor pool that refuses to actually work, a vast majority that refuses to think about the necessary expenditures that they simply cannot avoid the next day, week, month, year and spends every centavo they can get their hands on basically immediately for some instant and seemingly gratifying . . . Make a significant capital investment to suffer with with? No thanks. That and there is still living a generation of folks there that somehow wisely chooses to do that, not driven by gratification but based on first hand experience with what happened with the banks and inflation . . . History repeats. That there is a new generation(s) there that will continue in like and kind because it's been spoiled by the hard work of an older generation and the thought of working for only slightly more (or less) than a survival wage just doesn't interest them when they've been "educated" in finding ways to just party and have fun spongeing off of others when the opportunity arises . . .

Ricky, when we get back to R4 per dollar I'll consider doing some serious tourism. I shouldn't have to wait long.
leftist dooschebaggs like ricky amoron are impedint little worms with a inferiority complex
written by the generals , July 24, 2012
right shorty ?.. brazil,china,india are seeing a 53% decline in their economies .brazil in particular is the worst of the three .... with usa elections approaching, the world will hold its breath as the united states of america the worlds most powerfull and richest country in the world once again shows why it is indeed the worlds only super power ..the usa the envy of the world..
Reply to the generals
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 24, 2012

Ricardo: Here is a reality check for you:

Full documentary: WAR CRIMES US soldiers speak I killed innocent civilians – July 22, 2012
http://youtu.be/pM_UwiNEtRc


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OFFICIAL NEWS ALERT! DHS Preparing for U.S. Domestic WAR - July 21, 2012
http://youtu.be/i315VIqzEAE


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Gerald Celente - The Corbett Report
http://youtu.be/PI3PtbHip6A


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End of America
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...enumber=13

Business Insider – July 21, 2012
“The Whole Country May Soon Look Like These American Wastelands”
By: Michael Snyder


...The rest of the country is declining too.

If the city where you live is not a hellhole already, it will be soon enough.


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Marc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future – July 2012
http://www.ted.com/talks/marc_...uture.html


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Simpleton
written by João da Silva, July 24, 2012

Repatriation and altruistic investment just isn't going to happen, not here, not there, not anywhere.


Yeah, I know that and acknowledge that I am a lotus eater (who quoted it?, I have no idea whatsoever, though!!)

History repeats. That there is a new generation(s) there that will continue in like and kind because it's been spoiled by the hard work of an older generation and the thought of working for only slightly more (or less) than a survival wage just doesn't interest them when they've been "educated" in finding ways to just party and have fun spongeing off of others when the opportunity arises . . .


History repeats indeed, Simp.smilies/smiley.gif I had a neighbor & close friend (now deceased), who was an American and in a party many brought up the topic of modern youngsters "swindling away" the wealth the "elders" worked so hard to build. He gave a short and sweet statement: "Aristotle who was born in 679 B.C. used to complain the same thing about the youngsters. Y'all are quoting the old Greek and Ah had enough of your complaints".

So my dear fellow, you are repeating the history.smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/angry.gif

But...but...but..., I am very interested in reading Rickey's solution to the Brasilian government, as how the "hot money" the Brasilians have stashed away overseas could be channeled back to give a stimulus to our economy without accelerating our inflation rate.

You are a very good moderator in the forum, Simp (in spite of your being a Yank smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif). Keep up the good work.smilies/tongue.gif

Customary cheers.
Reply to the generals
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 25, 2012

Ricardo: Quoting from Emmanuel Todd's book: "The only remaining superiority is military. This is classic for a crumbling system. The final glory is militarism. The fall of the Soviet Union took place in an identical context. Their economy was in decline, and their leadership grew fearful. Their military apparatus gained in size and stature and the Russians embarked on adventures to forget their economic shortcomings. The parallels in the US are obvious."

http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...genumber=6

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dagnabit
written by Simpleton, July 25, 2012
Joao, once again I have failed. (Moderator? Try Provocateur or Devil's Advocate.) The cultural significance of calling someone there two-faced is not lost on me, I was trying to fire one for effect and see if I could stimulate a much stronger response from your wise old self but it simply rolled off the ducks back so's to speak. Thought I'd be able to ruffle your feathers but alas, you stayed calm, smooth and well heeled (although sight unseen your feet may have been paddling like hell beneath the water line!)
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, July 25, 2012

I was trying to fire one for effect and see if I could stimulate a much stronger response from your wise old self but it simply rolled off the ducks back so's to speak.


You ain't going to get any "strong response" from me, Simp, because even though I am nationalistic but certainly not Xenophobic.smilies/wink.gif You made some good points about our labor being a lazy bunch of leeches on our society and I am not willing to contest.

But...but...but...look at your country (good ole U.S.Of A). What have you been doing? Outsourced all your jobs to the Chinese,Indians, Pakistanis, Vietnamese, etc; during the past 3 decades., thus turning all your youngsters into "sales clerks" for Walmart, K-Mart and other "Marts". Eddie is right. We export our commodities and other natural resources to the far "Orient" which in turn churns out "inexpensive" (read cheap) finished goods to the "Occident" where our "highly trained" salespersons peddle them to the "final user" to be paid in 12 equal monthly installments w/o "Juro".smilies/angry.gifsmilies/sad.gif

Then we have these Eddie's friends Sunnis, Sufis & Shiites to whom we export Frozen "Food Products" to keep our "trade balance" well balanced , when our own citizens can no longer afford to buy beef & chicken for affordable prices.smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/angry.gif

Its a sad, sad, sad world, Simp. I hope the modern day youngsters (regardless of their nationalities) have a solution for the problems that are plaguing the entire planet Earth right at the beginning of this century.smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Cheers
modern warfare
written by the generals, July 26, 2012
little ricky go fondle your futebolly..listen,,, your grasp of american history sounds like some south american ignoramous (the average brazilian has an 8th grade education).where the fk do you get your information from the minister of propaganda and revisionest history of the peoples communist manifesto . comparing the united states of america to the former soviet union is ridiculous .the soviets collasped because they could not afford to feed its own people (massive shortages and inflation) and pay for a modern military industry ..incidentally their weapons were allways considered far inferior to the united states ultra superior systems ..another words soviet military arms are lousy and ineffectual .no country in the world (today)could survive a total war against the united states of america .not brazil not venezuela,not cuba,not equador,not bolivia ,not china not russia !!or all of these countries combined !!!!!..the usa has the ability to encircle the entire continent of south america from the air and sea and snuff out its miserable existence..
Marvelous
written by Simpleton, July 26, 2012
Thanks for the clarifications and enlightening remarks Joao. I for one will not hold my breath for a solution from the modern day youngsters. Question for you though, will the upcoming solar events give pause to that hugely expanding pool of kiddies having cell phones and their 14,000 plus text messages per month button pressing addiction? We may need that 21st century Brasilian spacelaunch port up and running to perfection and at volume much sooner than the country of the future can manage providing it.
Reply to the generals
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 26, 2012

Ricardo: You have been watching too many Hollywood movies.

Let's get back to reality now:

Tsar Bomba - Largest Nuclear Device Ever Tested (50MT)
http://youtu.be/H9AMtUeyDP0

The Biggest Bomb Ever!!!

57 Megatonns!!


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Tsar Bomba - Largest Nuclear Device Ever Tested (57MT)
http://youtu.be/wyFbJ_zeywQ


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Tsar Bomba - King of the Bombs - 57,000,000 Tonnes of TNT
http://youtu.be/LxD44HO8dNQ



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The Aftermath of the largest nuclear detonation in history the usual US response: Cry baby!!!!!!!
http://youtu.be/LOwEcLiK4cA


Your bomb is bigger than mine, and I don't want to play anymore!!!!!

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Reply to the generals
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 26, 2012

Ricardo: Here is a reality check for you:


Big Ivan, The Tsar Bomba (“King of Bombs”)

The World's Largest Nuclear Weapon

http://nuclearweaponarchive.or...Bomba.html


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Simpleton
written by João da Silva, July 27, 2012

Question for you though, will the upcoming solar events give pause to that hugely expanding pool of kiddies having cell phones and their 14,000 plus text messages per month button pressing addiction?


You sure your forefathers were not from Greece, Simp?smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Ah tell ya what. The weather is cold down here in the South and at 5 P.M. our time, I intend turning on the Telly to watch the opening of the Olympic games. Of course with plenty of pop corn and I 'll skip the Crumpets and tea this afternoon.smilies/wink.gif I suggesst you do the same.smilies/cool.gif
Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 27, 2012

Ricardo: Joao da Silva said: "But...but...but..., I am very interested in reading Rickey's solution to the Brazilian government, as how the "hot money" the Brazilians have stashed away overseas could be channeled back to give a stimulus to our economy without accelerating our inflation rate."

There's no simple answer here. I think I have the solution, but I need to check further regarding my solution because there's always ramifications and collateral damage that you did not see it before you make a proposal to fix something.

This is a very complex problem, and this US$ 1 trillion dollars did not leave Brazil in a short period of time - this amount of money grew over the period of many decades one step at the time.



telsat and a lack of exposure to modern youngsters
written by Simpleton, July 27, 2012
Joao, as far as I know the Greeks never designed, built or launched a major telecommunications satellite (nor has yet Brasil but if the theory regarding solar flares and earth orbiting relays and other sensitive electronics communications pathways holds true - someone's gotta step in after the fact and deal with it). Apparently creating big shipping magnates is / was the Greek's most significant global contribution. What's left in their economy and prospects at this point? For sure, given your age and location, your kiddies going off the wall bezerk with texting would not be within your realm of first hand experiences. More fiber / less wireless is in Brasil's grasp at this point (although ya can't cut trenches to bury it throughout most of the country) but whatever "most advanced" technology infrustructure Brasil claims to have in abundance, more so than any other nation, it folds up with the rest of the world under the solar event scenario and they won't get bailed out anytime soon unless those siphoned off funds Ricky speaks of find their way home. The users there simply can't afford the exorbitant prices that's already being extracted by the big telecom piranha (and now the government piranha).

Ricky, the process for formulating the answer you are hesitant to reveal should be simple. Just wait for the collateral damage to come from external events, see the ramifications thereof, then you can go propose a fix. 20 / 20 hindsight always works for some people.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, July 27, 2012

Joao, as far as I know the Greeks never designed, built or launched a major telecommunications satellite (nor has yet Brasil but if the theory regarding solar flares and earth orbiting relays and other sensitive electronics communications pathways holds true - someone's gotta step in after the fact and deal with it).


I take umbrage on your calling the Greeks "Bunda- Moles"smilies/shocked.gif Have you forgotten that they invented "pi" (22/7) or have you ever heard of Pythagoras? smilies/shocked.gif They, Indians, Jews, Romans and (later) Arabs were great mathematicians. Unless you are good in Maths, you can not design nor develop a "Telecom Satellite" nor launch it. Besides, the Greeks were very good in philosophy,literature, etc; (besides shipping, which you admire so much-probably because a former first lady of yours married a Greek shipping magnate!).

I watched the opening of the Olympics games. The first ones to parade was the Greek delegations (small) and the last ones were the Limeys (large). What was so funny was the first language of the IOC is French and the second is English. Considering that the Olympic games originated in ancient Greece, the first language should have been Greek!! Poor Greeks were pioneers in many things but they always get shafted.smilies/sad.gif

Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 28, 2012

Ricardo: London Olympics 2012

In the last Olympics in China the highpoint of that Olympics was the opening ceremonies were the Chinese gave a spectacular show to the world.

In the current London Olympics they decided to start with the lowest point of their Olympics with the most boring show in the world.

I just watched the show for 1/2 hour and decided to watch a video instead of that terrible Olympics opening ceremony show.

Queen Elizabeth was picking her nails when Great Britain marched into Olympic Stadium (PHOTO)
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/...--oly.html

Queen Elizabeth was picking her nails when Great Britain marched into Olympic Stadium - I guess it is because the queens' helpers did not let her take a nap during the show.


http://www.facebook.com/photo....=3&theater


http://www.facebook.com/photo....=1&theater

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Reply to the generals
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 28, 2012

Ricardo: I know that you believe in the Hollywood version of World War II, but here is another reality check for you regarding the Soviet Union:


Fall of EU could help a new Hitler come to power – July 27, 2012
http://youtu.be/VIkj1yUJUeg

The political and economical crisis of the EU might help a new European Hitler to emerge, warns historian Geoffrey Roberts. He believes the current rise of ultra-nationalism in Europe resembles that one of 1930s as history tends to repeat itself.

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I am against gun control...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 28, 2012

Part 1 of 2

Ricardo: Alex Jones had an excellent interview with Paul Craig Roberts as follows:

Paul Craig Roberts: The Endless War on Gun Owners! - July 25, 2012
http://youtu.be/eL-bI6nnauc


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In 2007 I posted the following at the Elite Trader Economics forum:

...May 25, 2007

SouthAmerica: I said that I am against gun control.

If you have gun control - “Gun Control” is the first step into the end of freedom.

If you want to understand what I am talking about then read the following book. I believe it is in “The Sovereign Individual” – that these authors describe the development of warfare and they explain when we had a turning point in history that changed the monopoly of state power.

The day that the American people surrenders their arms and the right to bare arms to the state – that is the day that Americans also gave up their freedom.


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1) THE SOVEREIGN INDIVIDUAL: How to Survive and Prosper during the Collapse of the Welfare State, by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg.


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Ricardo: Here is the book that I mentioned that gives the story of warfare since the middle ages.

Regarding “The Sovereign Individual “ by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg, one of the strongest points about the work of Davidson and Rees-Mogg is that they are able to present historical patterns and explain their relevance to the dynamics of change in the world of today and the near future. They deal with mega-politics or more specifically, with "the returns to violence" to analyze the rise and fall of institutions.

The authors point out that the development of the armored knight on horseback in the 10th century overwhelmed the ability of the impoverished farmers to defend their villages. The early knights looted and murdered with impunity (one chapter subhead calls them "Hell's Angels on Horseback") – a malevolent equivalent of modern motorcycle gangs.

Into the vacuum stepped the Church, the one institution that operated throughout Europe and that could exert moral influence. They helped establish the feudal system, dispensing jurisdiction over local territories to the knights in exchange for peace. The new "nobles" could gather enough wealth from the serfs to build castles and hire men to defend them and the serfs of the manor from marauders. The Church helped develop chivalry as a system to bind the nobles and lesser knights by oaths of allegiance and fidelity. The Church dominated the legal system, regulated businesses, improved agricultural techniques, and performed public works projects. Although far from a libertarian system, it was less coercive than the marauding gangs of the late Dark Ages or the centralized governments that came later. A key influence on institutions during the Middle Ages was that thanks to castles and the local nature of jurisdictions, the scale of warfare was small and defensive strategies dominated.

According to the "returns to violence" theory, Davidson and Rees-Mogg consider the inventions of gunpowder weapons and the printing press to be the two key elements in the destruction of the structures of the Middle Ages. The rising merchant class allied with monarchs and provided them with the wealth to recruit large armies and build the firearms and cannons that blew down armored knights and castle walls. The power shift enabled kings to expand their control over large territories. The proportionate expansion of the scale of the economy increased the wealth of the merchants, a trend which was accelerated by the discovery of the New World and the technological improvements in ships and navigation which enabled the massive expansion of world trade. This set the stage for the rise of industrial production, which multiplied wealth and enhanced the ability of national governments to amass power both against other nations and internal dissidents.

Today, the nation-state has run the same course as the medieval Church, becoming corrupt, bloated and a drag on society. New weapons technologies are reducing the returns on violence. An inexpensive Stinger missile can bring down a multi-million dollar jet aircraft. The sprawling centralized systems of government and other industrial-age entities are increasingly vulnerable to terrorist attack using compact explosives, or even chemical, biological or mini-nuclear weapons. Very small groups or even individuals can wreak havoc if they wish. The sledgehammer approach of large industrial-age military forces is becoming obsolete. The authors also point out that pure information warfare within computer systems using "logic bombs" will be a part of future conflict, and they point out that Bill Gates and Microsoft Corporation, if they needed to, have far more computing resources for such action than most governments.

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I am against gun control...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 28, 2012

Part 2 of 2


Cover story: Time magazine – July 6, 1998

The Gun in America 1998

http://www.time.com/time/cover...06,00.html

I remember the article saying that there were more guns in New York City than the number of people.

It is estimated that there were more than 3 million illegal guns in New York City.


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http://www.reuters.com/article...3820070828

Reuters – August 28, 2007

GENEVA | Tue Aug 28, 2007

(Reuters) - The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said.

U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.

About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States, it said.


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In a nutshell:

Since 9/11 the United States has become a police state, one step at the time, and “Gun Control” is the final step to the end freedom in the old USA.


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July 28, 2012

SouthAmerica: As more Americans are moving out of the country, it's getting harder for an American to move his assets out of the old USA.


Capital Account – July 27, 2012

Doug Casey on Crisis Investing, Political Risk, and a Benign Anarchy!

http://youtu.be/fbyF_17GTNA

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the BRIC countries are the highest violaters of us immigration laws
written by usa the envy of the world, July 28, 2012
riky ricardo is a vile pathological liar ..this brazilian dwarf monkee spews venonmous hate about the united states ...not one thing is true !!!..
Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, July 28, 2012

Hi Ricardo,

Here is a gem for you!

http://www.estadao.com.br/noti...7137,0.htm

Marina did indeed disappoint me.smilies/sad.gif

In the last Olympics in China the highpoint of that Olympics was the opening ceremonies were the Chinese gave a spectacular show to the world.

In the current London Olympics they decided to start with the lowest point of their Olympics with the most boring show in the world.


I enjoyed the Olympics opening ceremonies both in China in 2008 and London now in 2012. PRC did a great job in divulging the Oriental history and culture, while the Brits were equally good in divulging the "Western" history & culture. I thought Danny Boyle displayed his "subtle" British sense of humor, by bringing in World famous figures like the Queen, James Bond, Mr.Bean, N.H.S., etc;smilies/smiley.gif

BTW, our SUS is as good as their NHS. Hope, in 2016 Olympics, we will be able to display SUS as one of our proud accomplishments.

The most hilarious moment was when H.M.Elizabeth & James Bond parachuted from the chopper and landed into the stadium.smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
Reply to: by usa the envy of the world
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 29, 2012

Ricardo: You seems to be in complete denial about the "Titanic" decline of the United States.

I understand your frustration...go ahead and call me a few more names If that makes you feel good...but at the end of the day every empire follows the same path: they move upward , they reach maturity, then decline faster than most people realized...

The only reason the United States has not collapsed just like the Soviet Union - it 's because the US dollar has a special status as the main world reserve currency - a status that has reached also the end of the line and slowly the US dollar is losing its special status one step at the time, and these steps are moving faster and faster in the direction of eliminating the US dollar as the main world reserve currency.

The US dollar without that special status as the main world reserve currency that means the United States economic system would collapse just like the Soviet Union did many years ago.

Today we are leaving in the last stages of the United States as a superpower - but when we take in consideration the state of the US economic system to be realistic we probably can't justify calling the United States a superpower anymore.

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Correction
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 29, 2012

Today we are living in the last stages of the United States as a superpower - but when we take in consideration the state of the US economic system to be realistic we probably can't justify calling the United States a superpower anymore.

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leftist dooschebaggs like ricky a-"moron" are impedint little worms with a inferiority complex
written by usa the envy of the world, July 30, 2012
you are a impedint moron that is obsessed with putting out lies and propaganda against the united states ... the us currency will allways be the main worlds reserve currency... the united states of america !! the richest and most powerfull nation in the history of the world !!!..
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written by asp, July 30, 2012
ricy ricy ricy

the opening olympic ceremonies were horrible, incredibly boring and the rio pan am game opening ceremonies wiped it out and china's too...

all rio has to do is stay in that vein and be like the pan am opening ceremonies and not get an idiot in charge thinking they have to be like the europeans or chinese

the problem is , you cant use old stupid english rock as the showcase as what is suposed to be your most powerful aspects of your culture. that music has no depth so it came up shallow and boring. rio had elza soares, spok frevo and drums...brazilian drums...and the london pacing was just death.....the london symphony orchestra with mr bean? what a waste, and another waste playing that olympic movie theme....bah

meanwhile, what the f**k is wrong with the designer of the womans futebol uniforms? they look like a high school girls gym costume from idaho...please write your chinese freinds, the ones who follow your writings, to tell them to get the chinese the hell out of brazilian womens clothing fasion, they are f**king everything up, most importantly, beach bikinis, but, everything else they touch also...chinese women arnt built like brazilian girls....
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written by Simpleton, July 30, 2012
"...chinese women arnt built like brazilian girls...." - Ah'd hatta say a big AAAAYYYYMENNNNNN to tha you old snake eyed asp! But is there something wrong with high school girls from idaho except for their gym costumes?
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written by asp, July 30, 2012
idaho girls arnt built like brazilian women either...

and the team has the best in the world, marta , and she is cute and maurine is a stone fox....how could they dress them up in those drab gym class dirty green grey blue blek color uniforms..

stop the chinalisization of brazilian women's clothes.....stop right now!!
asp
written by Jo�o da Silva, July 30, 2012

the london symphony orchestra with mr bean? what a waste, and another waste playing that olympic movie theme....bah


ASP, on behalf of the "Crumpets & Tea" fraternity (and sorority), ah must lodge mah protest against your horrifying and horrible comment.smilies/shocked.gif How could you stoop so low in criticizing our buddy Mr.Bean?smilies/sad.gif Just because he is a Limey? You Mid-westerners indeed have a superiority complex over the Limeys. smilies/shocked.gif

You didn't like H.M.Elizabeth jumping of her Royal chopper? Absolutely shocking. smilies/cool.gif

She is supposed to perform the same task in Vegas on July 4th of next year. I intend to be there and demand your presence also.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

P.S: It´s quite cold and the weather forecast for this week isn't pretty. I wish I had extended my stay in the Midwest till end August.smilies/sad.gif

Cheers and turn on the heater and keep your posterior warm.
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written by asp, July 31, 2012
i loved the james bond stuff and thought it was going to be really interesting

but, the pacing was terrible....it was death

and only worse was the music....just proves my point that rock and roll has no depth and sounds really weak if you are trying to make it the center of your presentation about what is special about england

i have nothing against england, i just think the people who put it together sucked....the rio pan am ceremonies were spectacular

mr bean....meh...not funny to me, even though that little segmet was kind of funny....but olympic ceremonies funny in front of the whole world with the london symphony ? playing that dumn movie theme ? only apropriate if you are the tea and crumpets crowd...

you would have liked to staid in chicago until august ? i was in south beach looking at some of the biggest asses anywhere trying to fit into some o the tightest dresses anywhere...tell me about wanting to have staid longer.....lucky the olympics are on this week, ill get next to the space heater and just look at the 400 meter and under female sprint, the womens gymnastics, female beach vollyball, womens diving, womens syncronised swimming, ....s**t, there are no fio dentals on the beach now, i have to get my sensual jones on from somewhere besides porn hub at this time
it's not a complex
written by Simpleton, July 31, 2012
"You Mid-westerners indeed have a superiority complex over the Limeys" - Joao, it's not just the Limeys, it's everyone and it's not any kind of complex, just a simple fact. That some choose to somehow exhibit it for showoff purposes or to rub it into someone's face for whatever reason, it doesn't change the fact but I would have to agree those outwardly expressions are indicative of some kind of underlying complex, even some of our newly indigeonous Limeys do that.
Both videos have an excellent interview with Max Keiser
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 31, 2012

Ricardo: Both videos have an excellent interview with Max Keiser...

Max Keiser: fictitious capital with Michael Hudson – July 28, 2012
http://youtu.be/SRzJ8rMP-WY


In this edition of the show Max interviews Michael Hudson from Michael-Hudson.com. He talks about the fictitious capital; what it is? And who is pushing it? Michael Hudson is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET), a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and author of Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire (1968 & 2003), Trade, Development and Foreign Debt (1992 & 2009) and of The Myth of Aid (1971).


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Freedomain Radio Interviews Max Keiser – July 24, 2012
http://youtu.be/K4pBVcvnQlQ

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Don't Boo other countries
written by adrianerik, August 01, 2012
I must admit that London's very boring opening ceremonies will set Brazil up to have an excellent reception for their preview of the 2016 Olympics when these games are over. ANYTHING will be more interesting than 'workers working in factories'. I am still surprised that Rio has these games. I know friends who participated in the Pan Am games and they were shocked that other countries were boo'd by the Rio crowd. The idea of the Olympics and other international games is that other countries ARE YOUR GUESTS, not your opposition. Yes, you are there to cheer for your country but not wish ill on other countries. Some of my friends came to Salvador after the Pan Am games and were quite pissed off with the reception in Rio. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Federation games in 2013 and the World Cup in 2014.
Old adage from Ioway
written by Simpleton, August 02, 2012
The husband for a pig farmer's daughter in Iowa once said to me in regards to guests booing the opponent - "Root for YOUR TEAM". And please ban the vuvuleza, if I can't even bring an Antartica into Estadio do Engenhao with me and have to bare my belly / waistline as I walk in to show I'm not packing a pistol, why should such disgusting armaments be openly allowed?
Here is the solution on how to fix the problem with the banksters and help clean up Wall Street...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, August 03, 2012

Ricardo: Here is the solution on how to fix the problem with the banksters and help clean up Wall Street...
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...enumber=64


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written by João da Silva, August 07, 2012

It will be interesting to see what happens with the Federation games in 2013 and the World Cup in 2014.


I am also curious to know how our economy is going to be benefited (or screwed) after 2014,2016 & beyond. smilies/cheesy.gif

An interesting link to read is:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/...onomy.html

Our distinguished fellow blogger Jon from the Canuckland has written many times as how Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau (1976) indebted Canada for 30 years to get back their "Return on Investment".smilies/cool.gif

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