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Brazil's Illusion of Wealth Forgets "Made in Brazil" Is Not the Same as "Created in Brazil" PDF Print E-mail
2012 - October 2012
Written by Cristovam Buarque   
Monday, 01 October 2012 01:58

Usiminas The upsurge of the so-called "emerging countries" is a worldwide geopolitical phenomenon at the beginning of this century. Until recently, countries were divided into First, Second, or Third World. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Second World concept was dropped. Now, a group of countries is integrating into a different bloc, called "emerging."

Although not part of the First World, this group is differentiated from the other developing countries. China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, South Korea, Mexico and others form the group, which is characterized by its important participation in international commerce, as well as in the worldwide GDP.

Beyond this, they are countries marked by low educational indices, precarious healthcare, income concentration and a high corruption index. They are emerging economically but not socially.

Even worse, they are emerging tardily and making a belated arrival in the First World.

The emergence of these countries coincides with a crisis in the proposal of the world into which they are emerging. The countries that serve as their model and define the ideal now seek new models to measure development.

We are emerging in the direction of a no-longer-satisfactory objective. It is as if a plebeian family should be emerging into the nobility in Czarist Russia on the eve of the socialist October Revolution.

The developed world is based upon four great principles: Political Democracy; Economic Growth; Social Welfare; and Technical Innovation. At the very moment in which the new countries are emerging, however, this synergy has entered into crisis due to four new factors: the Ecological Limits to Growth; the Mega-Concentration of Income; a Scientific Revolution; and the Unraveling of the Financial Sector in relation to the economic reality, as well as to the national borders.

From now on, the First World countries, rich countries, will be obliged to choose among continuing their economic growth, leading to a grave ecological crisis; restraining the social benefits in the direction of fiscal equilibrium; balancing their national economies in an integrated world; adjusting their jobs in the era of the new science and technology; dominating the mega-concentration of income without putting the brakes on the democracy; fulfilling presidential commitments to a population with a longer lifespan.

The concept of development and progress that attracted the emerging countries is seeking an alternative.

Throughout the world, the measurement of progress and, therefore, the standard to define who has emerged or who continues to lag behind, cannot now be based merely upon economic growth.  The new emerging countries, concerned with emerging into the world of elevated GDP, underestimate the concern with the environment and with their people's well-being, and they are not making the investments necessary for their own leap in the direction of innovation.

Even worse, just as these countries are emerging, thanks to production of agricultural or industrial primary goods, the developed countries are entering into an economy based upon knowledge, science and technology. The emerging nations are copying and anyone who copies is already lagging behind.

Brazil is emerging into a type of development that faces extinction. The industrial civilization consolidated in the 20th century has entered into a crisis and is preparing for a new standard of progress.

We continue, however, to be so dazzled with our emergence into the old one that we are living in the euphoria of one that is newly obsolete.

This has happened with other course changes in past Brazilian development. Brazil was a rich country producing gold and sugar at the same time that England was industrializing.

Brazil and Portugal came into wealth in the old colonial world, but they lagged behind because the Industrial Revolution was consolidating as a new way to make and define wealth.

Once again, we are repeating the same situation.

We are emerging thanks to the exportation of commodities that have left us with a strong currency, with an elevated GDP. With some exceptions, however, we continue to be importers of high-tech goods.

We are emerging as the country of "made in Brazil" at the same time that wealth is measured and defined by "created in Brazil."

We are emerging for production and per-capita income when the world has evolved toward more free time, greater cultural production, better distribution and more quality in public services, respect for the environment; more attention to public health, to the retired and to the children; revolution in universal education and in the concept of lifelong education; concern for welfare and even for happiness, instead of the moth-eaten GDP into which we are making our tardy emergence.

Cristovam Buarque (CBUARQUE@senado.gov.br) is a professor at the University of Brasília and a senator (PDT-DF).

Translated by Linda Jerome (LinJerome@cs.com).



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written by João da Silva, October 03, 2012

I respectfully invite Adrian & Simpleton to comment on this article.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
Brazil is a self-sufficient careless country with no intelectuals
written by Katrina Kaif, October 04, 2012
Brazil is self-sufficient, and has not given the rest of the world anything except for
1. cheep samba and country music
2. soccer players
3. self help literature with no artistic value: Paulo Coelho

You have no literature worth mentioning, no science, no Nobel prizes.
India has 7 Nobel prizes.
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written by João da Silva, October 04, 2012

You have no literature worth mentioning, no science, no Nobel prizes.
India has 7 Nobel prizes.


An interesting comment Katrina, but....but...but...I beg to differ from your view on Noble awards. IMHO, this "prize" became a sort of "political Prize" decades ago.smilies/sad.gif

For example, Al Gore & PBO were awarded the much coveted "peace prize" (not to forget Sadat, Begin,Kissinger,etc; ), but..but...but... a notable exception was Gandi.Or was he one of the 7 Indians, you are talking about? Please clarify ASP (beg your pardon, ASAP).smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif:
Begin (beggin"?) forgiveness
written by Simpleton, October 04, 2012
Not sure but I've either been unscrupulously targeted regarding my comments under another article on this site, or, the site is yet again under cyber attack and so my comments in response to a "Kras" individual wherein I was very much lauding the "indians" I encountered in rural "Minas" ended up suppressed. I'll withhold any comment on this article until the matter appears, (IMJ), resolved.
BTW
written by Simpleton, October 04, 2012
Tomorrow is yet another feriado when no one works and next Friday will bring yet another one. With over thirty such days (which turns out to be more like half weeks or full weeks if not even weeks on end) occuring in Brasil with the Brasilian's highly advanced focus on "more free time" and "concern for welfare and even for happiness, instead of the moth-eaten GDP", as Cristovam points out, topping up on all that with the various virtual citywide / countrywide shutdowns due to bank worker strikes, teacher strikes, airport worker strikes, customs officials strikes, (eo lista ad nauseum), ...

I'm terribly sorry dear scholar. I was right there with you and actually "diggin" what you were saying / trying to convey right up to the point where you wrote "fulfilling presidential commitments to a population with a longer lifespan". Did you mean longer attention span? Maybe later when my insomnia kicks in I can get back to reading the rest of your article. I only "skimmed it" and am certain there are flaws and points to confront over what you've claimed for the future of out beloved Brasil.
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written by asp, October 05, 2012
joao, main man...

how do you define "soul", because brazil has a lot of it...

and brazilians know how to improvise , in this crazy world these days, who knows what will happen to economies, so, if people are ready to improvise , they can make it through crisis...

i dont think people are over euphoric, they are enjoying it while they can, and, sure, some people are unscrupulous
asp
written by João da Silva, October 05, 2012

First of all, thanks for letting us all know that you are alive, well and kicking (some arses).smilies/cheesy.gif

Second of all:

joao, main man..


It should read "Hans, mein Mann".

Having said it:

how do you define "soul", because brazil has a lot of it...

and brazilians know how to improvise , in this crazy world these days, who knows what will happen to economies, so, if people are ready to improvise , they can make it through crisis...

i dont think people are over euphoric, they are enjoying it while they can, and, sure, some people are unscrupulous


You got it right! We are not very different from the Americans in "improvising, getting through the crisis, etc;". On the contrary, the Europeans are pessimistic, dull, rudderless, etc; So my economic forecast is the Euro Zone is going to go kaput sooner than predicted by the "pundits".smilies/sad.gif

BTW, I haven't decided whom to vote for on Sunday.smilies/cool.gif

Cheers
“Limiting Foreign Ownership of Land in Brazil”
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 06, 2012

Ricardo: I just posted my new Blog: “Limiting Foreign Ownership of Land in Brazil” and you can read it at:

Saturday, October 6, 2012
“Limiting Foreign Ownership of Land in Brazil”
By: Ricardo C. Amaral

http://limitingforeignownershi...nd-in.html

...When I wrote the 4-part article published at Brazzil Magazine on October 2007 "The Smartest Thing China Could Do Right Now: Invest US$ 200 Billion in Brazil" - Written by Ricardo C. Amaral - I wasn't suggesting in any way for the Chinese to buy a massive amount of farmland in Brazil.

Nowhere in my article I suggested for them to buy farmland in Brazil.

I suggested that they would make an agreement with the Brazilian government to guarantee a certain amount of food for China on a annual basis.

The Chinese grasped very fast about what I was saying on my article regarding food production, freshwater supply and so on, and they didn't waste any time in securing as much farmland as they could in Brazil.

I am sorry this is happening, because I am against foreigners owning land in Brazil. It is OK if a foreign want to buy a small piece of land to have a Chacara to spend the weekends, but it not OK for foreigners to own a piece of land bigger than a certain established size.

The Brazilian government should pass a law for all foreigners to sell their land holdings bigger than a certain size in Brazil to a Brazilian in a period of 5 years. If at the end of 5 years any foreign land owner could not find a Brazilian buyer for his property, then the Brazilian government would buy at current market price.

That means that at the end of 5 years no foreigners would own land in Brazil which is bigger than a certain size.

In the past, going back even more than 15 years ago, I always suggested that the Brazilian government should have laws “Limiting Foreign Ownership of Land in Brazil” - at that time the subject came up because of the foreign land ownership in Brazil by Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his Unification Church.

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“Limiting Foreign Ownership of Land in Brazil”
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 06, 2012

Ricardo: I also posted the link to my new blog at various web locations including the Elite Trader Economics forum at:

Limiting Foreign Ownership of Land in Brazil
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...did=250755

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“Limiting Foreign Ownership of Land in Brazil”
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 06, 2012

Ricardo: Brazil should have a federal law to restrict foreign ownership of farmland in Brazil to avoid the Balkanization inside the Brazilian territory.


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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, October 06, 2012

The Chinese grasped very fast about what I was saying on my article regarding food production, freshwater supply and so on, and they didn't waste any time in securing as much farmland as they could in Brazil.

I am sorry this is happening, because I am against foreigners owning land in Brazil.


Not enough to say "I am sorry this is happening", Ricardo. You got to use your influence with the Brasilian government to stop it.

The Chinese & Europeans are a lot smarter than the Yanks and we the Brasilians.It is time for us to decide whether to fight them on or declare our unconditional surrender.smilies/sad.gif
Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, October 06, 2012

It is OK if a foreign want to buy a small piece of land to have a Chacara to spend the weekends, but it not OK for foreigners to own a piece of land bigger than a certain established size.


Ricardo, your suggestion is not viable. I don't think "foreigners" like ASP would be happy to own a "small piece of land" to spend just the weekends. ASP might like to own a large piece of land to plant potatoes, corn, raise chicken,cattle, etc; and throw lavish parties during the weekends (especially in the summertime). Fortunately (or unfortunately) the Brasilian laws permit him to indulge in such gainful , luxurious & lascivious economic activities.smilies/cheesy.gif

So IMHO, the best thing to do is to bring in laws to prevent foreign firms (large or small) from buying farmlands directly or through their Brasilian proxy.smilies/angry.gif
ric e ric e ric e
written by Simpleton, October 07, 2012
Ricardo, are your eyes brown or something? Your US$ 300 billion chinese investment in brasil recommendation you used to spout off about over and over again seems to have reverted to US$ 200 billion according to your post above. Is that the difference in 2007 dollars vs 2009/2010/2011/2012 ones??? You don't seem to be much of patriot to your country of origin, some us's country of choice. Are you that dedicated to setting things up to erase a few more zeros off of the brasilian currency like our brother ch.c loved to point out? Pretty sure there's already a restriction of 25K hectares on farmland lot sizes that can be foreign owned (which still requires a brasilian proxy if it's a corporation). The five year plan you are espousing doesn't wash. If after five years they can't get a brasilian buyer to take the parcel off their hands that inherently means it's worthless (which does save the brasilian goverment a significant amount of money since they are forced to buy it at current "market value" which, due to the lack of buyers, is basically zero.)

VAI VOTA JOAO!!! FARC ASP!!!
oooppaaaa
written by Simpleton, October 07, 2012
Sorry about the typos above, no asp, that was not directed at you (nor your favorite imposter). I think the correct term to go with the F word was supposed to be ASAP (as soon as possible). The F word was hosed as well (but for sure there are plenty of ho's there if that's what trips your bubble). Today Joao will go to the polls and you will probably get to use your's.smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Not that it has much at all to do about voting day in brasil, but does anyone think Hugo will garner enough "sympathy" votes based on his battle with cancer last year? I beat mine and "that's a fact jack". To borrow a phrase from someone with birther issues / somehow qualified and duly elected to become a governor of a major state (but not this nation of immigrants), "I'll be back!"
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written by asp, October 07, 2012
joao, what are you talking about? i live in a horrible apartment in a great location, and, got it when it was extremly cheap...i couldnt even afford to buy it now..and it is a peice of s**t...bunker living all the way...i wish i could just buy a better bigger place, forget about buying any huge land ....im not a land guy

yeah, i think its weird to have huge tracts of land sold off to foreign countries to grow their food....mass farming is only going to put more of a strain on the eco system, for sure i want brazil to be in control of that...not the usa or china...man, save some trees for gods sake..the usa shure didnt

ok simps, what ever you say..just out dusting off the cabana today, better get your strafing skills going , if you want to watch the difile marching in ( i think a strafing job to syphon off the first wave of hardlegs coming in , usualy bus loads of argentinians, that could get you a chair with no guarda sol about 25 yards distance, the guys who are in charge of those chairs know me , and know i run it on my beach, and through them you can get a chair , 50 doallars extra for the guarda sol, and at least watch the foxes lining up outside of the cabana, which beleive me, anybody coming from midwast cornfeilds in january would pay quadruple that much for the thrill they never could get where they live) , the action is going to be coming ...damn i hate winter here where i live.....its f**king usless, joao!!!
asp
written by João da Silva, October 07, 2012

joao, what are you talking about? i live in a horrible apartment in a great location, and, got it when it was extremly cheap...i couldnt even afford to buy it now..and it is a peice of s**t...bunker living all the way..


Never mind about my comment. I was just conducting an "attitude check" on ya.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

Now it is certain we are not going to have a "Commie" mayor.smilies/grin.gif As usual, I had been paying more attention to the "Vice-Mayoral" candidates and my prediction came true! The outcome in SP was a big surprise to me, though. Never trust the "opinion" polls.smilies/sad.gif
Hugo Chavez is The President of Venezuela
written by a.norlina, October 08, 2012
This video is one of the best illustration by Mr Chavez on how NATO slaughtering it's victim.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ED_cxSUnu0

Thank you Mr President Hugo Chavez for being the best inspiration for all of us especially through the most hardest time in the world history. Congratulations to you too Senor Alejandro. Your hard work simply worth more than diamonds
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written by asp, October 08, 2012
f**k you hugo chavez

you have powered your way into more terms now than any legitimate democracy deserves

i definitly dont think you are a dictator, you were elected, it doesnt matter that all the people on government payroll were coerced into voting for you or they would lose their job, if the people cant muster a landslide against you, they truly deserve you

i dont even wish for you to die of cancer, i just say f**k you , you big full of s**t bag of hot air
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written by asp, October 08, 2012
hey, norina! where is your head at? how in gods name can you say this is the worse time in history?

that is bulls**t...im sick of people that only start world history with the atom bomb dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki, and read off the soviet propaganda papers with castros snot on it..looking at the world only up the usa's ass hole with backwards binoculars

what the f**k do you think world war 2 was about? 42 f**king million people died in that war, and you think these are the worse times?

what the f**k about millions dying under stalin? are that many people dying in conflicts around the world now (not even the congo has those kind of numbers)? or how about chinas cultural red rebbelion and the millions that died because of marxist back to the feilds policies....are that many poeple dying now?

give me a f**king break, this type of mentality scares me as much as the white racist far right republicans
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written by Double-Dot, October 08, 2012

Thank you Mr President Hugo Chavez for being the best inspiration for all of us especially through the most hardest time in the world history.


Ah cant yet figure out how Christine lost.smilies/shocked.gif
Regarding Hugo Chavez victory in Venezuela
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 10, 2012

Ricardo: I posted the following at the Elite Trader Forum:

Socialism
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...genumber=2

October 10, 2012

SouthAmerica: Losers from the perspective of the "Ownership Society" here in the old USA - end Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid - and keep only the Ben Bernanke welfare state and give away to the gamblers of Wall Street.

Let's put everything on number 36 and let the roulette give you the biggest thrill of your life - just hope for the best!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's how a sound capitalist system should work according to the Republicans and Wall Street.

Here is a victory of an American Boogieman.

According to Wall Street and the US government: the old system before Hugo Chavez came to power was a much better system since a few people at the top of the Venezuelan government lined up their pockets and the remaining oil revenue was sent to the New York Banks to be gambled away.

And now Hugo Chavez has the balls to use that money to help the poor people in Venezuela with a new educational system, clinics to help the poor with their helthcare needs, and for the first time the Venezuelan population has access to food at supermarkets at subsidized prices that they can afford.

21st Century Socialism: Anti-poverty course behind Chavez victory – October 8, 2012
http://youtu.be/WGkOvB6Duwg


*****


Polar opposites: Will Chavez worship beat Capriles promises? - October 7, 2012
http://youtu.be/W0sE30OsVhs


By the way, I asked a few people in Brazil about what they think about the Hugo Chavez victory in Venezuela, and I have been told by the Brazilians that nobody pays any attention to Venezuela or Chavez in Brazil.

And they laugh about the American obsession that the United States government has about Hugo Chavez.

Americans are always looking for a new Boogieman.

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Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 10, 2012

Ricardo: Joao, agriculture land is becoming a very valuable natural resource, as the population keeps growing around the world, and the weather is creating problems everywhere as a result of global warming and massive pollution that is affecting the global environment.

I did send the information to various members of my family who are politicians in Brazil, and I also sent to other Senators and Deputado Federais that I am connected to them on Facebook. And I asked them all to pass the information to the other members of Congress in Brazil.

Brazil should not allow the foreign ownership of land in Brazil above a certain size as a matter of national security - (foreigners should be allowed to own a small chacara if they want to spend their vacations in Brazil)

Where in South America is Sun Myung Moon?
By David Keating - November 5, 2004

http://narcosphere.narconews.c...myung-moon

...Paraguayans accuse Moon of carving out an empire of smack

Exerpt:

"Since 1999, Rev Moon has built his personal empire which begins on the marshy banks of the River Paraguay and stretches beyond the hazy, level horizon through 600,000 hectares of arid land - equivalent to more than two Luxembourgs - punctuated by solitary clusters of withered trees and sad bushes which struggle desperately for air.

The scorching sun beats relentlessly on one of Latin America's most desolate zones. It is here in the northern province of Chaco, directly above the GuaranI aquifer, the largest resource of fresh drinking water in the world, where Moon's associates claim he wishes to build an ecological paradise.

Nevertheless, national Senator Domingo Laino sees a different pattern in Moon's acquisitions. "There are two principal branches to Moon's interest in Paraguay," he said, "control of the largest fresh drinking water source in the world and control of the narcotics business", which is so prevalent in this area. "President Lula told me that Brazil took serious measures to curb Moon a few years back as it became evident that he was buying up the border between our two countries," said the senator.

Allegations from local law enforcement officials support this claim. The so-called Dr Montiel, Paraguay's drugs tsar from 1976-89, said: "The fact that they came and bought in Chaco and on both sides of the Brazilian border is very telling. It is an enormously strategic point in both the narcotics and arms trades and indeed the available intelligence clearly shows that the Moon sect is involved in both these enterprises." "

Exerpt:

"Not content with expanses of potentially invaluable land, Rev Moon has also taken over entire towns, including factories and homes. In Puerto Casado, tensions between Moon disciples and locals led to violent confrontation over the last year following the closure of the only source of work, a lumber factory, and the dismissal of 19 workers who tried to form a union in order to demand an eight-hour day and the national minimum wage of GBP80 sterling per month.

According to Senator Emilio Camacho: "The Moon sect is a mafia. They seek to subvert government control and are effectively building a state within a state. I believe they are hoping the local population will leave so they have unquestioned authority in the zone and are free to do whatever they want."

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written by asp, October 10, 2012
yeah, ric, what would you care about hugo chavez...you dont live down here where he used to aid and abett farc , you know , the same farc that fernando beiramar connected up with in a gigantic coke and arms hook up for both, that has carried on down , thanks to beiramars leutenents keeping the connection...

so what would you care that chavez would be involved in helping them...i mean you do know that the coke problem with drug traficing is a huge drag on brazilian life, and i have brought in article after article implicating farc dealing connections in various locations in brazil

he did also send suitcases of money to influence elections in other countries, the direct definition of imperialism, if the usa was caught sending suitcases of money to countries in south america, peopel would scream bloody murder

you think its a boogy man, i think you are the one pushign the america as boogy man

you need to wake up with whats really happening down this way in your country as to what some of the really debilitating factors are
Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, October 10, 2012

I did send the information to various members of my family who are politicians in Brazil, and I also sent to other Senators and Deputado Federais that I am connected to them on Facebook. And I asked them all to pass the information to the other members of Congress in Brazil.


Its a wonderful initiative on your part, Ricardo and my kudos.

I am just curious: How do your family members feel about the verdict of the STF on "mensalão"? BTW, I always thought it would end up in a "pizza", but....but....but...., the outcome is a big surprise to me.

Heartening to read that a "Afro-Brasilian" has been appointed as the President of STF. Not because the color, but...but...but... because of his merits .

As for Chavez being reelected, it doesn't bother me the least. If the Venezuelans want to elect him as their "eternal" leader "democratically", it is their problem.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
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written by asp, October 10, 2012
e tu joao?

i guess you dont see the hook up of farc and coke and the problems you are experiancing in your neighborhood , and mine too...not saying farc is responsible for all the coke in brazil, but, hey are part of the problem and hugo helped them

i dont care if he is elected either, i dont want him to die of cancer, i just want to say f**k his big bag of hot air ass hole....yeah, if the venezuelan oposition cant come up with better plans for the poor voting segment, they deserve to lose
give me a f**king break, this type of mentality scares me as much as the white racist far right republicans
written by Diogo, October 11, 2012

I would be interested in an example of what a white racist far right republican is and what specific legislation reflects that.

Always found the that Democrats and the left in general are the worst racists you can find.
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written by asp, October 11, 2012
start with anyone who wants to cut funds to help schools with predominantly minority schools

go on to the ones trying to say obama is a muslim and wasnt born in the usa

stopping abortions would affect minorities, and its a great freedom for women to be able to choose....i believie in afirmitive action, those white power people arent giving it up for anything they have to be forced to make up for decades of racism and discrimination by whites from both parties

i didnt say specific legislation, you did,i say its reflected in general atitudes that affect how people vote, among other things

you do know white people invented "racism", the classification of people by races , to actualy justify slavery, dont you?
ur right
written by Simpleton, October 11, 2012
Yep asp, damn those far right republicans that have been trying like forever to cut funding to those failing minority schools and keep the kids what can enslaved. Try this specific peice of legislation and it's history on for size:

http://www.schoolchoicewi.org/k12/detail.cfm?id=7

Regarding education...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 11, 2012

Ricardo: Interesting video about France's new Socialist government wants to demand less from their schoolchildren.

Hollande to ban homework, but kids can't vote – October 9, 2012
http://youtu.be/-cAOmfZkSUo

While many nations are forcing children to study longer and longer, France's new Socialist government wants to demand less from their schoolchildren. France's young students already have Wednesdays off, more vacation than their Western counterparts and often a 2-hour lunch break. But the cost is a school day that often doesn't end until 5 or 6pm.

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written by asp, October 11, 2012
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/...index.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/us/politics/ohio-early-voting-battle-flares-after-racial-comment-by-republican-official.html?_r=1

http://www.politicususa.com/republicans-transcend-birtherism-embrace-brazen-racism.html

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/08/no-republicans-dont-have-lock-racism

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written by asp, October 11, 2012
Reply to Joao da Silva - Corruption: Brazil vs. United States
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 11, 2012

Part 1 of 2

Ricardo: Joao, at the end of the day the “Mensalão scandal” in Brazil is about corruption at a level of “nickels and dimes.”

The “Mensalão scandal” is described as: “the boldest, and most scandalous case of corruption ever to have taken place in Brazil.”

Basically we are talking about a small number of people who participated on this scandal (about 40 people), and a very small amount of money – we are talking about “nickels and dimes.”

And surprisingly the high powered people involved on this scandal are all going to end up in prison in Brazil.

Contrast that with the most corrupt country on earth where the well connected people are free do do anything they want with no chance of any of them ending up in prison.

Today, the United States has the justice system of a “Banana Republic”, and the hot shots of Wall Street and senior US government officials from the Treasury Department can act with impunity.

In the United States we had the biggest financial scandal of all time that affected and still affecting millions of people around the world, and the US justice system has done nothing about all the widespread corruption that has been going on in Wall Street for many years.

In Brazil they are sending to prison the powerful people for a scandal regarding “nickels and dimes.”

In contrast the “Banana Republic of the United States” has done nothing regarding the corruption and fraud regarding trillions of US dollars.

Here is what is at the core of the problems regarding the US political and economic problems: "In contrast, the United States has a much more polished and sophisticated corruption system called lobbying." Here is what I wrote on this subject about 2 years ago:

Brazzil Magazine – April 23, 2010
Brazil and the New Economic Miracle. The US Has a Lot to Learn!
Written by Ricardo C. Amaral


...And if you don't believe me that the US economic system is in deep trouble and beyond repair, then you don't need to look any further than what has transpired in the United States since the financial meltdown of 2008. The US financial system ended up in intensive care, and almost died a quick death. And what has happened in the United States since then regarding any efforts by Congress to try to fix the problems that caused the collapse of the US and global financial system in 2008?

As usual, Americans learned nothing from these past fiascos, and if anything the problems are becoming even bigger today with much bigger surviving financial institutions that are fighting very hard against any government regulation of their business, and they use their powerful lobbying connections to fight very hard to keep things as they were before the last financial meltdown.

How dumb can you be? And next time, when the coming collapse and financial meltdown become a reality once again, then the safety net of the US government won't be there. This time around Wall Street has exhausted the financial resources of the United States.

Remember, since the Wall Street bailouts of 2008, the scoundrels of Wall Street have consistently been milking all the US government resources to the bone, and they also have been putting in place a structure for another major US government bailout of Wall Street in the future - for US taxpayers to pay for the bets that went sour for Wall Street.

When it comes to forms of corruption, in Brazil they still have a crude and old system and they use terms that include: bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement. In contrast, the United States has a much more polished and sophisticated corruption system called lobbying. And the American lobbying system works in a very efficient way by buying favors directly from the politicians through campaign contributions.

US Economic and Financial System Is Incapable of Meaningful Change

Let me give you another major example that would explain why the US economic and financial system is doomed, and incapable of meaningful change.

...Anyway, the American economic and financial system is in shambles, and it does not have a prayer to get better any time soon, because of the way lobbying and the free market work.

Conclusion

Brazil is ready for the new economic miracle of this new century, and it is prepared to lift the Brazilian economy to new heights; to materialize and make a reality one of the great economic development stories of the 21st Century.


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Reply to Joao da Silva - Corruption: Brazil vs. United States
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 11, 2012

Part 2 of 2

BloombergBusinessweek – October 10, 2012
“Brazil: Majority of top court convicts ex-top aide”
Jenny Barchfield – Bloomberg


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The one-time right-hand-man of popular former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was found guilty on a corruption charge by a majority of 10 Supreme Court justices Tuesday, who ruled he orchestrated a widespread cash-for-votes scheme that came to light seven years ago.

Six of the eight justices who voted found Jose Dirceu guilty of "active corruption" by organizing the scheme to buy congressional support for Silva's policies through regular payments to legislators in exchange for their votes. Two more justices will vote Wednesday, producing a formal verdict, but a majority is all that's needed for conviction.

The case is known in Brazil as "mensalao," or big monthly allowance, for the sums of up to $10,000 handed over to politicians.

Widely seen as the biggest political corruption scandal in Brazil's history, the case has done little to tarnish the reputation enjoyed by Silva, who left office after two 4-year terms on Jan. 1, 2011, with an 87 percent approval rating. Silva, who remains a powerful political force in Brazil, faces no accusations of wrongdoing. A poll by the Datafolha polling institute said earlier this year that 57 percent of Brazilians would like to see Silva return to the presidency in 2014.

Dirceu, a former revolutionary turned federal lawmaker once seen by many as a potential Brazilian president, was an early member of the leftist Workers Party and served as party president from 1995 through 2002, when he was named chief of staff upon Silva becoming Brazil's first working-class leader. In that role Dirceu was the second most-powerful man in Latin America's largest nation before the scandal broke in 2005 and forced him from the Cabinet.

The public prosecutor's office maintained that Dirceu helped both to orchestrate the flow of bribe money as well as to broker deals with lawmakers on the dole.

Dirceu denied involvement in the vote-buying scheme throughout the investigation. His lawyers argued before the top court that the accusations against him were invalid but did acknowledge some off-the-books accounting. They said Dirceu took responsibility for the irregular accounting and insisted Silva's administration had no knowledge of it.

Under Brazilian law, the corruption charges that Dirceu was convicted on carry a sentence of two to 12 years in prison. Dirceu will be sentenced at the end of the proceedings, which are continuing and will see all 37 defendants tried together because of the interconnected nature of the 1,089 counts they collectively face. Those charges include corruption, money-laundering, misuse of public funds, embezzlement and conspiracy.

Other defendants include legislators and their business associates. Twenty-two of them have already been convicted and four have been acquitted.

Tuesday's verdict marked the final fall from grace for Dirceu, who was once considered a top contender to succeed Silva.

He entered politics as president of the leftist National Students Union and resisted Brazil's 1964-85 military dictatorship, which arrested him in 1968. The following year, an anti-regime group kidnapped U.S. Ambassador Charles Elbrick and demanded the release of 15 imprisoned guerrillas, including Dirceu. Soon after arriving in Mexico he traveled to Cuba, where he had plastic surgery to change his looks and underwent guerrilla training.

Dirceu then sneaked back into Brazil and lived covertly, not even revealing his true identity to the woman he married. Only after the government decreed a political amnesty in 1979 did he go public, helping found the Workers Party with Silva, then a leftist labor union leader.

Though Dirceu maintained his innocence throughout, he resigned as Silva's chief of staff and was expelled from congress after allegations surfaced in 2005.

Silva tapped current President Dilma Rousseff to replace Dirceu as his chief of staff.

Rousseff, who had never held elected office before, won the presidency in 2010 after being anointed Silva's chosen successor.
The "mensalao" scandal has not hit Rousseff's reputation. She's seen as being tough on corruption after pushing out seven of her own Cabinet ministers after allegations of various misdeeds arose in the Brazilian press.
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Associated Press writer Bradley Brooks in Sao Paulo contributed to this report.

Source:

http://www.businessweek.com/ap...x-top-aide


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You can read about the details of the “Mensalão scandal” at:

Mensalão scandal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mensalão_scandal

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written by João da Silva, October 11, 2012

You can read about the details of the “Mensalão scandal” at:

Mensalão scandal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mensalão_scandal


I don't have to read about "Menslão" in the wikipedia nor Bloomberg, Ricardo. I am quite aware of it not from the Brasilian MSM, but...but...but..from some independent sources (quite reliable, I should say).

A poll by the Datafolha polling institute said earlier this year that 57 percent of Brazilians would like to see Silva return to the presidency in 2014.


How reliable is the "polls" conducted by Datafolha? We will know by the evening of October 28th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.


asp
written by João da Silva, October 12, 2012

e tu joao


I always suspected you were an authority on Shakespearean literature, ASP. But...but...but..you didn't have to Americanize good ole Shake´s English (or Latin).smilies/sad.gif If I ain't mistaken, it should read "et tu João".smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif



Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 12, 2012

Ricardo: Joao, I am aware that you know very well the detail about the “Mensalão scandal”. I added the above information for the readers of Brazzil magazine who don't know what the “Mensalão scandal” was all about.

This subject is giving us in Brazil a great opportunity to contrast government justice between Brazil and the United States.

The United States is all talk and no action - and today Brazil is giving a lesson to the United States about bringing to justice the people who think that they can do anything they want because they are above the law.

If the United States system were not so corrupt then a lot of people from Wall Street and from the US government would be in prison today including Jon Corzine, the gangsters from "Goldman Sachs the Pillage People" and their network of thieves and much more.

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Regarding my posting on the Elite Trader forum "Corruption: Brazil vs. United States"
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 12, 2012

Ricardo: I posted the following on the Elite Trader forum regarding my posting "Corruption: Brazil vs. United States":

October 11, 2012

SouthAmerica: Since I became a member of the Elite Trader about 7 years ago this is the first time that one of my postings have been deleted by the Elite Trader web manager.

I already had made a link to that posting for the entire world to see it.

That say volumes about the substance regarding my posting.

I am going to mention in all websites that I had posted that information that the fact that my posting has been deleted from the Elite Trader Forum which gives even more relevance to the subject of that posting. And I will follow up with an actual article about this subject to put the spotlight on the state of government justice between Brazil and the United States.

The reaction to my posting such as my article being deleted by the Elite Trader manager gives me an important feedback - that tells me that I hit a nerve and a subject that Americans are afraid of talking about.

The usual American reaction and current mindset: "Denial" - maybe if we ignore it the problem will go away.

The “Mensalão scandal
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...did=251050


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October 11, 2012

SouthAmerica: Please start watching this video at minute 13 the point of the video where the interview with Dr. Michael Hudson starts.

Keiser Report: Max Keiser talks to Dr. Michael Hudson regarding the former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair's book which exposes the corruption in Wall Street and its connection to the top officials of the US government including Timothy Geithner's role in facilitating the takeover of the banking system by the Wall Street mafia...

http://youtu.be/OqN5GGYXNF0

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Regarding "Operation Clueless" in the Middle East
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 12, 2012

Ricardo: Here is another chapter of "Operation Clueless" in the Middle East:

'Turkey's interception of Syria-bound plane an act of war OKed by US' – October 10, 2012

http://youtu.be/PCoxHhVAuL8


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Note: September 5, 2012 - SouthAmerica:

Now “Operation Clueless or Gulf War III” it has been underway.

The United States likes to give cute names for its military adventures around the world such as “Operation Desert Storm or Gulf War I” in 1990 – 1991. Then came "Operation Iraqi Freedom or Gulf War II” in 2003 – 2012. And now “Operation Clueless or Gulf War III” it has been underway.

The name "Operation Clueless" is very important in this case, because it defines what the United States is trying to accomplish in the Middle East.

The name “Operation Clueless” is also important, because when you don't have a clue about what you are doing any result it will be O.K.

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written by asp, October 12, 2012
well , joao,im not an expert on shakespear, i havent read his "war and peace" yet
sokay
written by Simpleton, October 12, 2012
asp, maybe joao didn't quite convey the right flavor of translation - perhaps et tu fe (like in go suck crawdad heads, they are delicious!) would work for ya?

subzero as the dawn arrived today, still waiting on the tickets to be lined up, a holiday in socal with the missuses or back to the cobertura alone - I don't care which!
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written by Double-Dot, October 12, 2012

im not an expert on shakespear, i havent read his "war and peace" yet


Ah don't think our fella American ASP wrote this comment, because even a first grader in America knows the book was written a Rusky by name Leo Solzhenitsky.

God bless America
Book: "War and Peace"
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 12, 2012

Ricardo: The author of “War and Peace” was the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, and the book was first published in 1869.

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written by asp, October 12, 2012
....oh yeah, sorry, shakespear wrote "catcher in the rye"...
asp
written by Double-Dot, October 12, 2012

....oh yeah, sorry, shakespear wrote "catcher in the rye"...


Y'all Midwesterners are pretty dumb, ASP.smilies/shocked.gif . Catcher in the rye was written by Henry Kissinger.smilies/cry.gif Ah haven't read it yet and never intend to.

God bless America
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written by asp, October 12, 2012
yeah , right, next thing you know you are going to tell me he didnt write "the sun also rises"...
asp
written by João da Silva, October 13, 2012

yeah , right, next thing you know you are going to tell me he didnt write "the sun also rises"...


What´s wrong with you, ASP? It is not even summer, but...but...but... the mild spring weather seems to be affecting you already. smilies/sad.gif I don't think your "fella American" ( and our esteemed fella blogger) Double-Dot is an educated soul,but...but...but.. to hear you say Shakespeare wrote "The Sun Also Rises" is absolutely smilies/shocked.gif.
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written by asp, October 13, 2012
what? am i wrong again?

well then at least my favorite shakespear novel of all time will not be denied, "tropic of cancer"...some of the pages of my copy are stuck together, any tips on how to get them unstuck (its my favorite parts...that ole shakespear , what a mind)?

its not warm here, joao, i woke up with a big chill...i dont want to go in the water when its like this (i did several days ago, but, that really disapeared in our typical october fasion "now you see it now you dont...")
Here is another example of "Operation Clueless" in the Middle East going bad for the old USA.....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 13, 2012

Ricardo: Here is another example of "Operation Clueless" in the Middle East going bad for the old USA.....

'Erdogan nervous on Syria rebel defeats' – October 13, 2012
http://youtu.be/cNoKbBUfKXY


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gone hysterical over the defeats inflicted on the insurgents in Syria, a political analyst tells Press TV.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, an author and historian from Washington, to further discuss the issue.

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asp
written by João da Silva, October 13, 2012

well then at least my favorite shakespear novel of all time will not be denied, "tropic of cancer"...some of the pages of my copy are stuck together, any tips on how to get them unstuck (its my favorite parts...that ole shakespear , what a mind)?


I also have a copy of this book autographed by Bill himself, ASP. I too had similar problem with stuck pages until a few decades ago. Then I decided to soak the book in a bowl of white wine for a few minutes and sun dry it for a day or two.Now all the pages are unstuck. You should try it too.smilies/cool.gif
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written by asp, October 13, 2012
wow ,joao, you must be old...

didnt bill write it, "tropic of cancer" in the 1920"s ?

you know what they say about bill, how he could play to the gallery , could really apeal to the regular guys like us...

as far as to those other books i thought bill wrote.....

IM CLUELESS
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written by asp, October 13, 2012
oh , and thanks for the tip on the pages

otherwise, i would be CLUELESS as how to get them unstuck
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written by Double-Dot, October 13, 2012

didnt bill write it, "tropic of cancer" in the 1920"s ?


Joe, ah hold no hard feelings against ya for calling me an uneducated soul. But ah think that book "Topic of Cancer" was written by a Kraut by name Heinrich Muller and describes several types of cancer and prescribes remedies for them.
Book: “Tropic of Cancer”
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 14, 2012

Ricardo: The book “Tropic of Cancer” is a novel by the American writer Henry Miller, and it was originally published in 1934.

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written by Double-Dot, October 15, 2012

Ricardo: The book “Tropic of Cancer” is a novel by the American writer Henry Miller, and it was originally published in 1934.


Thanks, Dick. Ah didn't know the book was written by a real American. Ah 'll try to find it in the local public library.

God bless America and its writers.
Here is another episode of "Operation Clueless" in the Middle East going bad for the old USA.....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 15, 2012

Ricardo: US “Operation Clueless” or Gulf War III it has been underway, and you can follow its progress at:

The name "Operation Clueless" is very important in this case, because it defines what the United States is trying to accomplish in the Middle East.

The name “Operation Clueless” is also important, because when you don't have a clue about what you are doing any result it will be O.K.

Middle East Meltdown and US Foreign Policy
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...enumber=70


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October 15, 2012

SouthAmerica: Here is another episode of "Operation Clueless" in the Middle East going bad for the old USA.....

'US aggression bound to ignite world war' – October 15, 2012
http://youtu.be/USGSd_YWKqU

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off topic
written by Simpleton, October 16, 2012
As this thread appears to have about run dry I thought it might be okay for me to vent on something I just saw during the morning news. It was a political ad run by the Obama campaign that IMHO reaches a new all time low in american slimeball politics. It was a short clip purportedly querying Romney on the low effective tax rate percentage he paid (14 percent). It is an appeal to the entirely stupid amongst us and is intellectually offensive to all of the rest (regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof). The sequence ends with the questioner asking if Romney thinks it is fair that he pay less than the capital gains tax rate (capped at 15 percent) and less than someone making fifty thousand dollars (15 percent marginal rate ignoring subtractions, exemptions, deductions and write-offs). The reply Romney is shown making is an old video clip of Romney responding to a different question saying: yes, he thought that that was fair because it stimulates economic growth. But of course Romney is a tax cheat (and Obama isn't) and feels he should get better than the little guy does (and Obama doesn't) hey?
more off topic
written by Simpleton, October 16, 2012
In thinking about the 75 percent tax rates recently imposed on some europeans I came up with a radical solution to providing both economic growth stimulation and tax reform for the US. Start out by eliminating all taxes entirely, income, corporate, business, capital gains, FICA, fuel and other excise taxes, ... the whole kit and kaboodle. Put in place in it's stead a 75 percent tax on all income in any form to any one individual tax payer identification number (whether local or foreign) on everything over 250 thousand dollars to include the value of stock options grants, corporate or business provided housing, transportation or other perks, etc., etc., etc.. Of course there would still be somewhat of a bias towards favoring the rich who choose to value marriage and family (since married couples would somehow arrange to shelter a half million between them, even more where ever polygamy is allowed, and might even drive somewhat of an up tic in the population explosion within that class vs the lower classes being their legal offspring could also similarly benefit from the loophole). With regard to social security, medicare, medicaid, disability, unemployment, etc., etc., ya, unfortunately, a bit more socialism might have to be allowed to creep into place since to provide those at whatever level the majority of the general populace feels is correct you would have to steal funds from the fed's general coffers built up from what they collect from the rich.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, October 16, 2012

As this thread appears to have about run dry I thought it might be okay for me to vent on something I just saw during the morning news.


It is perfectly okay for me too, Simp. But....but....but... I am thrilled to see ya jumping off the fence and taking a firm stance.smilies/cheesy.gif

Cheers
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written by bo, April 17, 2013
man, save some trees for gods sake..the usa shure didnt


What are you talking about? The U.S. has huge, untapped supplies of timber/wood.

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