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Brazil's Thriving Underground Economy Is the Fruit of One Belief: All Politicians Are Corrupt PDF Print E-mail
2013 - October 2013
Written by B. Michael Rubin   
Monday, 07 October 2013 01:43

Brazil's informal economyAs an American living in Brazil, I'm more attuned to the surprises of daily life here than most Brazilians. Some of my observations are ridiculous, as it's common for foreigners to make inaccurate assessments based on limited information. On the other hand, some things I've noticed are so routine that they create no greater response from Brazilians than, “Why does that seem strange to you?”

Here's an example: Brazilians are so cynical about their government that they consider Americans to be highly patriotic. One Brazilian told me, “Other than once every four years during World Cup, when have you seen a Brazilian flag flying in front of someone's house?”

From my experience, I don't think Americans are any more patriotic than Brazilians. If you think Brazilians are not patriotic, try watching a foreigner criticize Brazil.

On the English-language website Brazil Business in São Paulo, an article entitled “How to Negotiate with a Brazilian” offered this advice: “Brazilians can be critical of their country for such problems as corruption, poor quality education, violence, etc. However, never criticize Brazil in front of other Brazilians even if they are, or if they're saying positive things about other countries and how it should be like that in Brazil.”

Another observation: Why is the train system here so inadequate? Despite Brazil being the world's largest sugar and coffee and soybean producer, only 30 percent of Brazil's freight moves by train. The airport system, desperately inadequate, is finally now getting upgraded thanks to the World Cup and Olympics.

Yet, while the Brazilian economy struggles (7.5% GDP growth in 2010 but less than 1% in 2012), and infrastructure is a surefire way to stimulate the economy, politicians insist the  government lacks the resources for a massive investment in infrastructure improvement.

Ignoring the amount of funds lost to poor planning, bureaucratic red tape, particularly in the tax codes, and endemic corruption among politicians, the response from Brasília is that too many tax dollars are being lost to Brazil's underground economy. Underground or unofficial economies are common in developing nations, but estimates range from one third to one half of Brazil's economy (GDP) is underground and hence nontaxable.

It is common for Brazilians to make regular trips to the US solely for the purpose of shopping. They leave with one suitcase and return with four, stuffed with everything from Levis jeans to Victoria Secret's body lotion. They sell these items in Brazil for more than they paid for them in the US, but less than they cost in stores here. Some Brazilians are so successful at this that their illegal transactions become their main income source.

Additionally, the underground economy isn't fueled only by individuals. While cash businesses in the US - such as bars and restaurants - are known for hiding income from the government, not to mention hiring illegal aliens to work and paying them in cash, in Brazil respectable professionals like doctors and dentists participate in the underground economy as well.

Doctors hide some of their income from the government by offering patients discounts on their bills if the patient declines a receipt for the doctor's services. The difference in the fee between a surgery with a receipt and one without is significant. Without a receipt, the services go unreported and thus enter the unofficial economy.

Private schools in Brazil cheat on their taxable income by under-reporting what they earn and what they pay their employees. Because these activities are common and conducted by professionals and large companies, they are never questioned. It's the way of doing business in a developing country, and no one is surprised about it.

The unofficial or shadow economy has gotten so endemic here that when a Brazilian writes a check to pay for the services of a carpenter or a party caterer or a private English school, they enter the amount of the check, but the line where the name of the recipient goes is left blank.

Banks are not permitted to accept checks without a recipient's name, but there are unofficial places to cash checks. Also, if the recipient brings the check for deposit to a bank, the blank line allows the recipient to fill-in someone else's name as another way of supporting the underground economy and keeping his income hidden.

More evidence of the shadow economy in Brazil surfaces when middle and upper-class Brazilians approach banks for large loans, such as a mortgage to buy an apartment or build a new home. Banks require loan recipients to provide official documentation to prove their income is sufficient to cover the bank loan monthly payments.

Such documentation can include copies of their employment paychecks or a copy of their previous year's income tax. It's not unusual for a Brazilian to have problems with this documentation process because his income is mostly unofficial.

When asked for receipts of his paychecks, his response is, “I work for myself.” When asked for income tax forms, he can't locate them. To show he can afford a bank loan, he will bring in his bank statements, proving that in fact he has a great deal of money in his bank account.

What Brazil faces today might be called “economic schizophrenia”. Brazil has a split personality. On the one side, the government points to the tax dollars being lost to the underground economy as the reason for the failing infrastructure. Large construction projects like new roads and bridges require large financial investments, but the government revenue from tax collection isn't high enough.

On the other side, Brazilians blame politicians for stealing their tax dollars in kickback schemes, or wasting it on expenditures like taxpayer-supported helicopter transport. In state capitals like Curitiba, three or four helicopters fly in and out of the governor's office buildings every business day.

Thus, when Brazilians are asked why so many people here support the underground economy, the response is always: “The politicians are only going to steal our money. They're not going to spend it on health care or education. The less I give them, the better.”

Needless to say, the 'system' in Brazil is desperately damaged. Many politicians are corrupt and the tax system needs to be drastically reformed. When the laws and tax codes for opening a new business are grindingly complex, naturally an underground economy is going to flourish. Given the current situation where all Brazilian people believe all politicians are corrupt, citizens do not feel guilty cheating on their taxes.

Let me be clear that I don't consider Brazilians to be a dishonest people, certainly no more dishonest than any other country, including the US. What goes on in Brazil is a logical extension of an overriding distrust for the government.

Given that the world's sixth largest economy can't find the revenue to fund a train system or a full day of school for its children, it's not a mystery people have lost faith in their government. When Brazilians observe every day the damaging effects of misleading leaders who are more interested in growing their own personal wealth than in an educated country, the proliferation of a deceptive economy is not surprising.

Michael Rubin is an American living in Curitiba. He's the editor of the Internet magazine, Curitiba in English. (www.curitibainenglish.com.br)



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It's stock market “PANIC” time.....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 07, 2013
It's “PANIC” time.....

It is a tradition on Wall Street to have a nice stock market crash during the month of October.

Right now the US stock market is overdue for another stock market crash.

We have an artificial stock market in the old USA where Bin Bernanke tries very hard to blow a bubble, and keep the US stock market and the US banking system from collapsing.

It's time to “Panic”and move out of the stock market ahead of the herd.

Stock market crash of 1929

Black Monday - October 28, 1929
Black Tuesday - October 29, 1929


Stock market crash of 1987
Black Monday - October 19, 1987


Stock Market Crash of 2000/2001

March 10, 2000, with the NASDAQ peaking at 5,132.52
In October 2002, the NASDAQ was trading at 1,108.49

Stock Market Crash of 2008

From October 1 to October 10, 2008: DJIA down 22.11%.
During these eight trading days, the DJIA would drop a total of 2,399.47 points or 22.11%.


The Stock Market Crash of 2013/2014 is underway...


Evidence: Stock Market Crash is Coming – October 1, 2013
http://youtu.be/eMRfDv8v-UM


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US Big Banks in Danger of Imploding...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 07, 2013

Dr. Jim Willie-Big Banks in Danger of Imploding – October 6, 2013
http://youtu.be/3pny7v62YSE


Dr. Jim Willie, Publisher of the Hat Trick Letter, thinks, "Reversal in the Treasury bond market could be a death blow for these zombie New York banks . . . These big banks are in danger of imploding." Dr. Willie predicts, "I don't think the Fed is going to taper its bond buying. I believe they are going to double it." Dr. Willie goes on to say, "The Fed will say let's continue QE, and instead of suffocation from rising rates, we'll have drowning from rising costs. . . . They are going for drowning because it's slower." Join Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.com as he goes One-on-One with financial analyst Dr. Jim Willie of GoldenJackass.com.

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No Crash, Just Cash
written by Lloyd Cata, October 07, 2013
Hi Ricardo, hope you are watching Vatican Central these days smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cool.gif

Here comes the 'easing' part of QE-x[$4T], where all the QE-'assets'[bonds/shares/mortgages] are "turned over to" the banks for "fiduciary management"; the biggest swindle/con in human history(!)

See, Lula was wrong about Bernanke throwing money from helicopters, which is why the "Inflation bubble" never took off(?) The $4T was targeted to: [instruments/bonds] and [institutions/mortgages], very selective 'targets'(?) Targets that could very easily be 'transposed' from government(peoples money) back into the banking/finance/realestate sectors of the economy. The banksters only have to wait it out until the transposition could occur(...?) Obviously, this couldn't happen in the middle of a political/social/financial circus in Washington, so leaving the 'market' bewildered, Bernanke extended QE-x until saner heads prevail. However, the plan is still in place to turn those "real assets/instruments" purchased through printing(people's money) back over to the comrades on Wall Street, thus refloating the 'private capital markets' putting the US economy on firmer footing with a nice foundation of $4T...(?)

Not to worry; some of that money will "trickle-down" to Main St, which is on life-support, and will be sickly until they understand "who is really in charge". Much of the $4T will be used globally to buy more "real assets" with QE-[printed] money, thus the Americans get to play "hero" again saving the world from economic armageddon. How 'exceptional' is that; the biggest swindle in human history, which is how you 'spin' straw into gold["JPMorgan buys Brazil's Gavea for $6B"; peanuts] or ["JPMorgan offers $11B settlement for criminal activity].

The banksters will give/settle for any amount for their crimes, as long as they still get to participate in the $4T swindle that is being organised by the Federal Reserve Bank. Which is exactly why Obama/Wall Street wanted Larry Summers at the Fed to make sure the swindle/con went through as planned...(!)

Brazil is prepared to put out the FOR SALE sign, given the exposure of the World Cup/Olympics. Sadly, people who have printed their way to prosperity will be flying helicopters with money over Brazil and many other places, because as you 'see' the helicopter money is not even in the air yet, and won't be, until the ignorance in Washington subsides[... its never over].

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written by Lan , October 07, 2013
Some points from a Brazilian that may clarify some things that people do without even realizing anymore the reason because it's deeply ingrained in the subconscious by now. Our duplicity in relation to patriotic demonstrations comes from a need to distinctive. sociate with the military forces that in the past governed the country and made being patriotic an obligation. The more patriotic and flag waving Brazilians are, without a doubt, ALL in the forces. The average Brazilian finds the parade of September 7h pretty, waves at the tanks, children wave flags etc. but we're all too aware of the grandpa that keeps saying that the Ditadura should be back. And we think that being too much "patriotic" can make you be seen as a nut type that wants the Ditadura back.

Ask your average Brazilian and they don't know how to explain WHY they're so cynical without thinking about it but this is the reason. And this is why even if we sound cynical to you we'll still defend our country: as you said: we ARE , indeed, patriotic. Just traumatized by the past.
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written by Lan , October 07, 2013
"why is the train system so inadequate?"

Answer: Juscelino Kubitschek was convinced in the 50s BY THE AMERICANS that the best way of modernizing the country was to build roads and not railroads and this led to one of the biggest external debts in the history of Brazil. We learn all about it in History classes by middle school, you REALLY didn't know that? We're still building some of those roads and the debt extended through the 80s. And everybody with a pinch of sense knows we got screwed in the bargain but... Too late.
Can Democracy Cure Capitalism?
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 07, 2013

State of Democracy: Richard Wolff – October 3, 2013
http://youtu.be/uSfdMKu7POw


Can Democracy Cure Capitalism?

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Masters Of Money - John Maynard Keynes
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 07, 2013

Masters Of Money - John Maynard Keynes (BBC Documentary Series) – April 12, 2013
http://youtu.be/vCcyq-u2y_8


BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders examines how three extraordinary thinkers, Keynes, Hayek and Marx, helped shape the 20th century.

John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, was a British economist whose ideas have profoundly affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, and informed the economic policies of governments. He built on and greatly refined earlier work on the causes of business cycles, and is widely considered to be one of the founders of modern macroeconomics and the most influential economist of the 20th century. His ideas are the basis for the school of thought known as Keynesian economics, as well as its various offshoots.

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Masters Of Money - Karl Marx
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 07, 2013

Masters Of Money- 3-3 - Karl Marx (BBC Documentary Series) – April 12, 2013
http://youtu.be/QdbyUy-DN80

Time: 1 hr.

BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders examines how three extraordinary thinkers, Keynes, Hayek and Marx, helped shape the 20th century.


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The Truthseeker - October 6, 2013
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 07, 2013

Reality check

The Truthseeker: 'Worse than Hiroshima': US war chemicals and 'stinking hypocrisy'
http://youtu.be/CXlFDDAIlyU


One in three American servicemen permanently disabled, 'the worst genetic damage in any population ever studied', 'confirmed' US govt behind world record Afghan opium crop, and October's protest calendar. Seek truth from facts with Iraqi-Kurdish activist Houzan Mahmoud, Afghan war specialist Prof. Anatol Lieven, former intelligence officer Scott Rickard, Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Conn Hallinan, and the author of Questioning the War on Terror Dr. Kevin Barrett.

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Lan
written by Lloyd Cata, October 07, 2013
"Why is the train system so inadequate"? - Lan

For the same reason that Iran has inadequate Petroleum Refineries(...?) The refinery capacity[RC] was 'strategically' designated for Saudi Arabia(!) Same in South America, where the RC was pretty much designated for Venezuela...(?) Venezuelan refineries is what fuels USA angst against Caracus. Until those refineries come back under USA control there will be no peace between Venezuela and the USA(.)

This is a driving force for construction of XL Pipeline in USA(!) Those refineries were built to 'crack' Heavy Crude, which is Venezuelan brand or from Tar Sands(?...) Easier to build intercontinental pipeline than refinery in USA/Canada. Besides, what to do with all the "excess capacity" that is no longer importing Venezuelan crude(?) Texas doesn't like to lose...(!)

Brazil was helping build refinery in Iran, but "Obama Sanctions" put a stop to that(?) Yet, the sanctions/animosity with Iran/Venezuela are preventing oil market stability. Both will undervalue OPEC which is not good for the oil oligarchy(?) The only other mechanism for keeping the oil price high is the instability of terrorism, even though the only attacks against oil was the US invasion of Iraq(!) What other terrorist incidents targeted any oil refineries(?)

So, even North/South Sudan negotiated over the oil/refinery scenario, so it is just a small template of the global oil agenda....(?)

(note: US moving to become the worlds largest 'energy' exporter! Accidents/coincidents are not 'calculated' in the global energy agenda)
South American Rail
written by Lloyd Cata, October 07, 2013
Ever wonder why Brazil port/shipping facilities so inadequate(?) You can 'control' Trade/Resources through which facilities are designated for which resources...(?)

Vale has no trouble shipping ore, but others have big problems shipping corn? The facilities are built for 'selective resources', not Brazil's export interests. Petrobras is also part of this equation, which is why so little Western interest in the last auctions(...?)

Perhaps, Ricardo Amaral, being the forums leading economist, will give some indication of Petrobras "market value", but $80/brl oil puts Brazil underwater...(.) So much for the states splitting the profits, ...maybe fighting over covering the loses(!)
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written by João da Silva, October 07, 2013

Perhaps, Ricardo Amaral, being the forums leading economist, will give some indication of Petrobras "market value", but $80/brl oil puts Brazil underwater...


Why should Rickey give any indication? For that matter, why should I? Amarals & Silvas are not saviors of Brasil.If Rickey thinks he is, he may go ahead. But...but...but..., I'd rather plant Garlic & Onion instead of discussing about the "market value" of Petrobras (since I don't own a single stock in that company).smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
Citizenship; Disappearing Valuation In Global New World Order
written by Lloyd Cata, October 08, 2013
I'd rather plant Garlic & Onion instead of discussing about the "market value" of Petrobras (since I don't own a single stock in that company). - Joao

So, when did you 'renounce' your Brazilian citizenship(?) Perhaps Ricky has 2 passports(...?) Mine is only 'one-way'[internal exile]; since they certainly will not let me back in ... smilies/cry.gifsmilies/shocked.gifsmilies/cool.gif

$60/brl oil will certainly 'change' the price of onions, and 'everything' else in Brazil(???)

Cheers
Lloyd Cata
written by João da Silva, October 08, 2013

$60/brl oil will certainly 'change' the price of onions, and 'everything' else in Brazil(???)


Lloyd, I have been paying lots of attention to your comments about the oil price. $60/brl is reasonable. We are closer to Venezuela than to the M.E. and really don't have to depend on the "good will" of the Sheiks there. You guys seem to be sitting on top of abundant "shale oil", thus making you absolutely energy independent (supposedly). You can invoke Monroe doctrine and we the "Andrada" doctrine and remain isolated and let the rest of the world sort our their problems by themselves. smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Cheers
Can the European Union Hold?
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 09, 2013

I wrote so many articles over the years about the euro and the US dollar, and I enjoyed this very entertaining discussion about the euro.

I always enjoy listening to what Emmanuel Todd has to say...he is a first rate historian and analyst.


Harper's Magazine – October 3, 2013

Can the European Union Hold?
http://youtu.be/I-Mh-EiS-ek

Time: 1 hr. 55 min.

Can the European Union survive — and should it? Does a united Europe represent the transcendence of the continent's bloody twentieth century, or its continuation by other means? Has a project begun in a spirit of liberty, equality, and fraternity turned authoritarian, hierarchical, and antagonistic? If the union is as bad as its critics claim, why does it remain so popular in many member nations? And what does all of this mean for the United States?

On Thursday, September 26, Harper's Magazine hosted Can the European Union Hold?, a public forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The panelists were James K. Galbraith, from the University of Texas, Austin; Ulrike Guérot, from the European Council on Foreign Relations; John N. Gray, Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics; Christiane Lemke, Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies at New York University; and Emmanuel Todd, a social anthropologist at the National Institute of Demographic Studies in Paris.

A print version of the forum, moderated by Harper's columnist Jeff Madrick, will appear in the February 2014 issue of the magazine.

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President Obama to nominate Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve Bank
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 09, 2013

I wonder why someone would accept to be the new Captain of the Titanic when the ship is already sinking.


President Obama to nominate Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve Bank
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/...00920.html


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Reply to Lloyd Cata
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 09, 2013

Lloyd you wrote: "(note: US moving to become the worlds largest 'energy' exporter! Accidents/coincidents are not 'calculated' in the global energy agenda)"

That is an American illusion...like many others.

Today we live in the world of illusion here in the old USA.

The US economy has been in a coma for many years, and it has been surviving with the life support gimmicks provided by the Federal Reserve.

We have an artificial financial system heavily supported by money created from thin air.

At the core of the US economic and financial system today, we have a lot of hot air and no substance.

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Reply to Lloyd Cata
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 09, 2013

Keiser Report: Hierarchy of Price Fixing – October 8, 2013
http://youtu.be/iS5HPCTpSqY


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert, discuss the good news for the economy as compensation payments for fraud trickles into the local economy and then they introduce the concept of the People's Price Fix and a Keiser's Hierarchy of Price Fixing.

In the second half, Max interviews Professor Antal E. Fekete of FeketeResearch.com about Fed induced hyper-deflation and why the American Austrians were wrong to predict that quantitative easing would cause inflation.

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Undaunted
written by Lloyd Cata, October 09, 2013
Never doubted that you we're not only following events(good links), but doing your part to 'educate' both the illiterate and the ignorant. Being the esteemed graduate of Rutgers gives you particular skills in treating the illiterate, and that leaves others such as myself, with my rather unorthodox education, to wrestle with the ignorant(...!)
smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

Don't know if you saw the link in the last thread(FHC) about the lady whistleblower(ex-World Bank Chief-Consul); a very interesting economic analysis that cannot be refuted - Truth(...!) You might also agree with her Vatical Central analysis, and I am not unsympathetic to that view, as I have long said, "corruption/money has infected the heirarchy of the Church"(?) There are, and will be, in the coming days, many things to address this situation; Catholic Reformation(....!) Those corrupted act in accordance with 'instructions' from those providing money/protection(.)

Following the money is a particular skill; specifically when the perpetrators(Federal Reserve/IMF/World Bank), have no intention that you or I discern the Truth(!...) Yet, we continue, at some risk to ourselves(whistleblowers), all over the world to not only 'find' the Truth, but to "Tell It..."; as we say in the hood smilies/cool.gif
Janet Yellin; Chairwoman Of The Federal Reserve
written by Lloyd Cata, October 09, 2013
Now there are 3 women now leading the worlds Central Banks; USFed/Janet Yellin, IMF/Christine Lagarde, and German Economy/Angela Merkel(by proxy) with such rising stars as Russia/Tatyana Gennadyevna Nesterenko(...?) As there is NO chance that China or Japan will follow such enlightened representation, these women will primarily have effect on Western economies.

What this means to the global economy should not be underestimated(!) That is not to say there are not 'interests' that determine their decisions, but it does mean a shift in the 'financing' of those interests(?) Who can deny that, since World War II, the worlds central bankers have financed the legacy of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin(???) It is only hoped that the 'paradigm' of the "direction of finance" will change to address the needs of humanity over agendas of "special interests"(...?) The present paradigm of "global income inequality" & "global social engineering" cannot last; it breeds discontent[West] and terrorism[East]...(?)

Mrs. Yellin will 'defend' the dollar unquestionably[QE-x], if you can get away with printing $4T without consequences(...?) As I said, at some point the reins will be released on that money[see Fannie/Freddie 'mortgage swindle'] and the Empire will try to use that money to restore its "monetary hegemony" over the 'resources' necessary to restore itself? Make no mistake, in this endeavor, Janet Yellin will follow the lead of Ben Bernanke, and anyone getting in the way will be buried in "inflated dollars" or the "ashes of Empire"(?...)
Joao
written by Lloyd Cata, October 09, 2013
Considering[ http://goo.gl/GXsNny ], perhaps you have some insight into Jamie Dimon's offer of $11B to 'pardon' his banks gangsterism(?)

I assure you this will be a large pipeline for dollars once the vaults are opened(!) No better inroad to Brazil[ http://goo.gl/JprMDV ] than your own central bank(?) Eventually, Brazil will recognize this criminality, ...and I wonder what the pardon will cost then, because it will be the Brazilian people, just like the American people who will pay the price[adjusted for INFLATION, of course]...!
Confederation of European States(EU)
written by Lloyd Cata, October 10, 2013
There's a very good reason the British did not jump into EU with both feet; sovereignty(?) Which is exactly why "nobody is allowed to leave(!) If you can imagine 'why' everyone was 'bailed out', then you know why they will never get out short of war. Even PIIGS are 'states' of the Federation, with the money capital in Berlin(?...)

The 'other' esteemed Harvard-educated Economic Scholar & Nobel Prize winner, Paul Krugman, is presently under fire for his predictions of EU collapse(!) Like his alumni in the White House, Janet Yellin adds another Harvard alum to the stable of US government dysfunction.
Lloyd Cata
written by João da Silva, October 10, 2013

Considering[ http://goo.gl/GXsNny ], perhaps you have some insight into Jamie Dimon's offer of $11B to 'pardon' his banks gangsterism(?)


No, L.C., I have absolutely no insight into what you are talking about. The link does talk about Morgan & Gavea Investimentos and mentions about our ex-Central bank President during the period of FHC. In case you didnt know FHC is considered to be the "father" of our Privatization program that brought economic stability and prosperity to our country. Like the creation of EU brought prosperity to the "poorer" countries in old Europe.You are right about one thing, though. The less fortunate members of the EU will never get out of it short of war and they are not going to wage any soon.

But...but...but...today's interesting news in the Newspapers is that Telecom Italia is considering to sell their Brasilian Operations (TIM do Brasil) for 9 Billion Euros. Posting the link below:

http://economia.estadao.com.br...7022,0.htm

Maybe you should use your influence with U.S. bankers to get financing to buy the company and declare yourself as its Headman.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
Joao, You Rascal, ...
written by Lloyd Cata, October 10, 2013
Telecom Italia is a "structural component" of Brazil government/commercial/social 'communications(?) I will be looking at this sale very closely; PIIGS with wings, ...when virtually minutes ago they were stumbling around looking for creditors and now these deals will be 'financed' by 'whom'(?...) I.e., I will be following the money, and will not be surprised to find something in Mr. Snowden's revelations concerning the Telecom Italia operations, being the 'paranoid' member of the discussion smilies/cool.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/cool.gif

Actually, I am working on a article concerning a certain 'social networking/email site that has 'distinct' Israeli signature, ...very popular I hear in Brazil...(?) Can't remember the name, though(???) I was a member at one time around 2001-2...

Oh well, must be age smilies/sad.gifsmilies/shocked.gifsmilies/wink.gif, but I will approach from a different direction; perhaps a visit to Tel Aviv to cheer up Bibi smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/grin.gif He seems a little out of sorts since the Iranian clerics put a stop to the "Red Line Express" with stops in Tel Aviv And Riyadh(!) Apparently Obama has not acceded to his carpet bombing campaign, from Damascus to Teheran. Poor Iraq caught in the middle is getting blasted every day. smilies/sad.gifsmilies/sad.gifsmilies/sad.gif So much for 'regime change'(...?) Given Iran/Afghan/Libya/Egypt/Yemen/Somalia, makes your neighborhood a zona tranquila...(?)
smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif Perhaps better to keep your head down, as long as its not buried in the sands of Ipanema smilies/tongue.gif
Lloyd Cata
written by João da Silva, October 10, 2013

Joao, You Rascal, ..


I can be one when I want, L.C. I was LMAO, when I read it. It is not just this news. A new "merger" is about to take place in the Telecom sector.Portugal Telecom & Oi. I wouldn't be surprised if the Spaniards (Telefonica) are kicked out too in the not too distant future. You better follow the "money" and keep us informed.

Actually, I am working on a article concerning a certain 'social networking/email site that has 'distinct' Israeli signature, ...very popular I hear in Brazil...(?) Can't remember the name, though(???) I was a member at one time around 2001-2...


Can assure you that I wasn't operating that site. But...but...but... "social networking" was (and still is) a great business for the "Communication" companies. smilies/cool.gif

Cheers
Underground Economics
written by Lloyd Cata, October 11, 2013
US $20 bill, the currency of underground commerce(...!)

You do understand that the 'new' US $100 bill has now been technically enhanced to 'eliminate' fraud(...?) The 'bill' itself is a "tracking device"(!!!)

Imagine that, ...through RFID, I can tell who in the club has the most money in their pocket, and not only that, but I can plan/plot/track where every one of those $100 bills has been, and for how long...(?) No need to wait for the bank data; we now can track the cash money economy in 'real time'. You've heard about this tech with 'credit cards', but this is going to "CHANGE THINGS" smilies/shocked.gifsmilies/shocked.gifsmilies/shocked.gif

http://goo.gl/uop4rl NKoreans will not be the only ones caught up in "phoney/drug/fraud" CASH(!...) Did you really think the US Treasury was going to 'finally' issue/release the CASH portion of that $4T without being able to track it to its 'intended' destination(?) While at the same time denying the HaqqaniNetwork its ability to move boxes of $100's around the Middle East and elsewhere.

Let's just say, "underground currency flows" will behave rather strangely for the next 3 years, but the trick for the Masters Of The Universe [like Lloyd Blankfein & Jamie Dimon] will be to 'wash' their *undeclared clients* money with the 'new' bills(*!*)

I knew you would catch on...; how to 'wash&wear' the old/new $100's(?...) The only way today in the USA is the REAL ESTATE MARKET, where CASH transactions are not tracked as closely for 'monetary providence'(!) "We Buy Ugly Houses For Big Money"(-!-)

Banksters, gangsters, and drug lords will be joining Mr. Kim in North Korea in re-aligning their 'cash portfolio', and your property, including most of Brazil is up FOR SALE(...?) No sir, those ladies that Asp denies frequent his neighborhood will want $100's to replace those $20's, it's called INFLATION[don't take it personally]...!!! smilies/angry.gif
asp
written by João da Silva, October 11, 2013

No sir, those ladies that Asp denies frequent his neighborhood will want $100's to replace those $20's, it's called INFLATION[don't take it personally]...!!!


Ah think you are picking on ASP, just because he is an "Afro-American" from South side Chicago and not a "First American" from Bronx , like your good self. It is a bit unfair to ill treat ASP in such condescending manner,L.C. I take umbrage to your negative attitude towards him. I'm sure our scholarly friend Simp would certainly agree with what I say (if he doesn't agree, he is entitled to complain to his Senatorsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gif)

Cheers
Joao
written by Lloyd Cata, October 12, 2013
These many years I have good-naturedly endured all the ignorant abusive attitude from your 'humble guest' from the South Side. The war going on there is 'worse' than when he left...? Do the children in the barrio where he lives now need armed escort for school(?...) Yeah, I know it seems like it with the new "UPP Pacification Agenda", but what's old is new again and we wind up with the latest case ____ of 'disappeared', like 20 years ago Argentina..., no?

So, if it appears that my Asp-related comments are demeaning to his sensibilities, ...perhaps his memory of South Chi is not what it was(?) Perhaps he will one day understand that the mechanisms creating the environment in South Chicago are the same as the Rio favelas(...?) The danger/drugs/corruption/gangs/...and fine-a$$ed booty?

Illiteracy/Ignorance/Indifference are the visible daily 'symptoms' of the same 'results' perpetrated by the same agendas. An Israeli settler is of the same mentality as the 'settlers' from Europe, no? Palestinians are inconsequential 'savages' according to the New York Jewish Defense League(!!!)

Asp has every opportunity to defend his mission of oogling some of the finest specimens of humanity that Brazil has to offer, and it is true that in another lifetime we might have enjoyed the sights together(?...) If I find his vocabulary and literary skills somewhat distasteful, I do respect his opinion on the situation. Yeah, the 'anarchists & hired thugs' are out to discredit the MST/Unions/Indigenous peaceful rallies; burning buses, banks, and businesses. "Destabilisation has many sponsors, but one result, the Destruction of the Status Quo"(!!!) Who is trying to 'destabilize' Brazil, and in whose 'interests' benefit from overturning the status quo? I don't think asp would really join the anarchists in destruction, but if he matches them in ignorance; same result, huh...(?)

I participate in the forum to perhaps better understand Brazil. Much I don't know and the diversity of opinion here is well appreciated, as well as the discussion, agreeable or not, b-b-but if I wanted to get the South Chicago point-of-view, complete with the South Chicago mentality, then I certainly would be on FaceBook right now with the Bloods&Crips(?) I.e., your sidekicks "legitimate beef" gets "lost in translation"(...)
beneath the beltway
written by Simpleton, October 12, 2013
Sorry Joao if you've mistaken me for being a pole sitter. I wrote my whore bitch senator before the shutdown started. No she hasn't called or written me back yet other than to promise she will do so and respond to my concerns sometime in the future.
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written by asp, October 12, 2013
yeah, im running from chicago, i dont want to know about chicago...and, im not afro american , i was married to an african american woman from the now defunct roosevelt taylor homes , projects from the south side...you would be surprised at the tie ins i can find between the favelas and the south side, though...i more than you do about both of them...ive had experiances in the south bronx also...i had guns pulled on me in the south bronx, and have done good profesional work there also

loyld , when you get hugo chavez and fidel castro are right in there playing the same game, you will finaly get that weight off your back
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written by asp, October 12, 2013
and, lets make no mistake, you started with the personal attacks , loyld , i put down your opinions, but never you, until you started ragging my personal life , as though i am the epidimy of the enemey and exploiter...

racking up huge numbers of panties from the various conquests in the cabana, and occaisionaly giving them a sniff for memory does not make me the gringo dog exploiter
It Would Be Funny...
written by Lloyd Cata, October 13, 2013
http://goo.gl/bUl8XG

...but the people of the USA, and the people of Greece, are not laughing(...?) The birthplace, and the after-birth of Democracy must both answer to #TheTruth(!)

Sadly, the people of Greece don't get to "make the rules", nor do the people of Brazil...(?) How long can world institutions(IMF/WTO/Davos/UN) 'pretend' that the absolute dysfunction and ignorance of Washington can make the economic rules for the rest of the world. Truly, it is not working for most Americans, so how is this "model" good for the world(???)

CasinoAmerica has revealed what's "behind the curtain", and only ignorant people believe that "435 US members of 1/3 of the USA government" should be able to change Humanities economic destiny(?)

If that is to be the case, ...then we are already at New-World-Order & One-World-Order(!)
Which Also Applies To War&Peace, Life&Death
written by Lloyd Cata, October 13, 2013
...(?)

While I despise the tactics of the USA Tea Party, I also applaud their exposure of how 'corruption[Wall Steet], gerrymandering[ALEC], and ignorance[Tea Party] can change the future, not only for Americans, but all Humanity. "Ignorance is Popular", and the 'only' news on the world economy is the Washington Circus(!) Remember, I once said that Mr. Obama's legacy could be as "Janitor"; riding a donkey and cleaning up after the elephants(...?) Either way; "Place Your Bets!", the Wheel Of Fortune is coming to your country, community, family, ...favela(?)
Ricardo
written by Lloyd Cata, October 13, 2013
The US Federal Reserve QE-x 'bond purchases' are directly tied to restoring the credibility of the EU. 2/3rd's of QE went into these 'instruments'; "straw for Real Assets"(...?) Just how much did it cost to train PIIGS to fly, and how good was the 'magic' trick that fooled the world into thinking they could; $4T...(?)
Reply to Loyd Cata
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 13, 2013

Loyd, if you had been reading my articles and postings over the years, then you would know that I have been against the "Hot Money" going into the Brazilian economy, and I suggested many times for the Brazilian government to create an exit tax to get the "Hot Money" in the way out - and that tax would help clean up the wreckage that the "Hot Money" leaves behind when they run for the exits and have a major negative impact in the economy of any country.

The Fed QE program has not been bad only for the emerging markets economies (they blow bubbles everywhere the hot money goes), but the QE program and the manipulation of interest rates here in US - the artificial low interest rate that we have had in the US for many years is very damaging for pension funds, insurance companies, and is destroying the financial foundations of the senior citizens population in the United States...since interest rates are so low a lot of senior citizens have been depleting their principal to be able to survive.

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The seminar is excellent and worth watching it...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 13, 2013

Robert Atkinson: Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage – October 2012
http://youtu.be/vWM08DzTuhY

Time: 1 hr. 23 min.

Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage

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written by João da Silva, October 13, 2013

L.C./ASP

Gentlemen,

It was never my intention to start an "Inter-Bairro" pissing contest (Bronx vs South Chi town). Please do accept my sincere apologies if you two thought I was resorting to "divide and dominate" policy.smilies/sad.gif

Ah must confess that I've never been to Bronx but...but..., several times to South Side Chi and enjoyed the "hospitality" of that charming bairro. In fact, the "povo" there should stimulate tourism by following the example of the favelas in Rio.

P.S to Simp: How many times were you mugged in Rio during your numerous visits there?
His Magistrate
written by Simpleton, October 13, 2013
LC, please don't get angry for my asking, I am just but a simpleton, but what exactly was it that you were exposed to? Did cid, paraquat or agent orange do to you what appears to have been done? I have several IQ160+ folks in the subdivision and a couple more from the lake property clan to my west that occasion the isolated pub up the hill from us. As much as I stimulate them, give them good laughs and on occasion a good run for their money wondering who's really smarter than who, you kind sir are just way over the top!

Ricky, I just have to say that if you would simply change your writing style / the mente that you commence from with your communications, more people would likely listen to you and not just say f'k that broken record noise.
Reply to Simpleton
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 13, 2013

Simpleton, if you like bulls**t, then all you have to do is read, and watch the mainstream media (a dinosaur).

Sorry, but I can't give you the bulls**t that you are asking for...

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No need to be sorry
written by Simpleton, October 13, 2013
"Sorry, but I can't give you the bulls**t that you are asking for..." - it's okay Ricky, no harm done, watching the house and senate proceedings day after day is dinosaurish enough, the main stream media twist thereon is like icing for a cake baked of s**t wouldn't you say?

Joao, you know better than to ask me how many times I've been mugged in Rio. Not once, not twice, well .... in fact not ever and yes I have been there a lot and for the most part live in the street despite having friends in high places. You know about the time the two Argentinians and their brasileira friend tried to swarm me and ended up paying me to not arrange for their deportation. (Candidate muggee turned mugger!) Ya, there has been two other times someone tried to fish my pockets and ended up rather upset when I caught them and twisted their arms up behind their backs. I can't say that any of my brasileiro or brasileira friends that live in Rio have had such good fortune as I, night or day. Many times over I have repaid the kindness one indio brasileiro showed me one night way back when when I was Muito Gringo by escorting me 3/4ths of the way home thinking I was drunk and might get mugged. Making such "brothers" so quickly and easily is not something I would expect to happen in So Bronx or ChiTown. Maybe you're right, maybe they would do well to evolve and develop a level of civility akin to that in the favelas of Rio.
Excellent interview with Noam Chomsky about the "Cold War"...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 14, 2013

Noam Chomsky: "Independent Nationalism and the Cold War" – September 7, 2013
http://youtu.be/mg_z6hyB-TE


NEW Interview (September 7, 2013) of Prof. Noam Chomsky on how the "cold war" was only a pretext (just like "terrorism") used by the United States to dominate the world and suppress any form of independent nationalism.

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Neo-Liberalism/Neo-Classical Economics; Foundation Of Military & Economic Exceptionalism
written by Lloyd Cata, October 14, 2013
Ricardo - Yeah, the topic was worth it, but the points gets lost in such a long presentation smilies/tongue.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/cool.gif How does 'Ignorance' win? By ignoring the 'Truth/Facts'; Too Big To Fail, Too Big For Jail, & Too Right To Be Wrong(!) Which is why US 'exceptionalism' has joined Brazilian 'corruption'(...?)

http://goo.gl/D47T0H
http://goo.gl/9bUeR3
http://goo.gl/WATWzx

"We don't know who this Black Bloc is...", but we do know that their 'objective' is to discredit and destroy the legitimate peaceful protests of the people(...!)

The people would not be in the street protesting if they had a 'fair hearing' around a bargaining table. Remember, "50,000 FARC and a Mouse"(?) SouthernCommand/NSA/NRA will provide the guns/illegal/immoral solutions(!)

"We Can't Possibly Be Wrong..."
written by Lloyd Cata, October 14, 2013
...because, "If we're wrong..."; your 'all' screwed(!)

Truth is, "If we're right..."; only 99% of you are screwed(!)

Fuzzy math, fuzzy logic; Barack Obama, Ted Cruz, and Janet Yellin were all "indoctrinated" at that esteemed educational institution called Harvard(?) Not advocating for Le Sorbonne, but "institutional ignorance" allows the alum of the same schools to screw up the world. Putin has a KGB education, but no less relationship to the Truth as any other leader;

via ‏@lloydcata 9 Oct

They Can’t Handle the Truth; @nytimesKrugman http://nyti.ms/19zNSqy So, this is a #Psychological #argument(...?) Not #Economics at all...(?)
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written by asp, October 14, 2013
MOAN MUTHERFUKING CHUMPSKI IS FULL OF s**t

ITS SO FUKING FUNNY, IN MY LIFETIME, 20 MILLION CHINESE WERE ELIMINATED IN THE FUKING RED CULTURAL REVOLUTION, 30 MILLION WERE STARVED IN MAO'S VOLTA AO CAMPO MARXIST AGRICULTURAL FIASCO, 6 MILLION CAMBODIANS WERE KILLED BY THE MARXIST KHEMER ROUGE, NORTH KORREA IS A PARIAH...AND THIS BITCH TRIES TO MAKE IT LIKE THAT WASNT A GOOD ENOUGH REASON TO FIGHT AGAINST MARXISM?

THIS IS THE SAME BIYOTCH THAT SAID CHINA HAD BETTER HEALTH CARE BACK THEN WHEN 30 MILLION WERE DYING OF STARVATION...!!!??? WHAT THE GODDAMN HELL FUKING BULLS!T IS THAT?

FUK HIS PUNK ASS...FUK FARC TOO
Stalin Is Dead, Mao Is Dead, Kissinger Still Is Revered By Chinese Poliburo
written by Lloyd Cata, October 14, 2013
Kissinger [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kissinger ] - The American bombing of Cambodia killed an estimated 40,000 Cambodian combatants and civilians. Pol Pot biographer David Chandler argues that the bombing "had the effect the Americans wanted – it broke the Communist encirclement of Phnom Penh," while Christopher Hitchens asserts that the bombing may have increased recruitment for the Khmer Rouge. Along with North Vietnamese Politburo Member Le Duc Tho, Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1973"

Nobody 'politely' asks Henry about his Khmer Rouge policy/friends(?) He'll just tell you, "all that died with Nixon"(.)
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written by João da Silva, October 14, 2013

Stalin Is Dead, Mao Is Dead, Kissinger Still Is Revered By Chinese Poliburo


L.C. might have lots of defects, but...but...but.. I wouldn't classify his sharp memory & quick wit as his "shortcomings".

As for the Nobel "Peace Prize": I read somewhere, a kid was nominated for this award this year and she made a statement that "she was too young" for this "honor". Very elegant & bright little Lady.smilies/tongue.gif
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, October 14, 2013

Joao, you know better than to ask me how many times I've been mugged in Rio. Not once, not twice, well .... in fact not ever and yes I have been there a lot and for the most part live in the street despite having friends in high places.


Probably because you have the "right approach", Simp. I have known
some European tourists who were mugged and harassed in Rio & elsewhere. They all came with the notion that all the Brasilians are thieves & untrustworthy and probably the faveladas wanted to confirm their theory. Always be good to your "guests",right.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
Simp
written by Lloyd Cata, October 14, 2013
Agent Orange is a long slow process, and I do know personally(...!)

However, History gives us a 'timeline' to the present? Get your arse "on the record" whether Depleted Uranium;

goo.gl/k307tH
goo.gl/sFpN2m
goo.gl/jVJ9EZ

...is the 'new' Agent Orange(!)

War is 'never' pretty[look in the Mirror], but War for the USA is a "economic necessity"(!!!)

No, the Agent Orange some of us live and die with, and my 'only' case is for Illiteracy, Ignorance, and Indifference is "not acceptable".

BTW Joao, DE-1041 USS Bradley, my old "Broken B" that I served on in Vietnam was purchased by Brazil many years ago(...!) Imagine that(!!!) Perhaps a forensic [paint]analysis would confirm its inclusion in the 30 years of review(?) Suplus goods from the "War on Terror" should take care of that Black Bloc nicely(?) Please remember to police the spent shell casings; they are not child friendly(...?)

Over the top; http://goo.gl/VIS17M "Extremism in the defense of Liberty..." ~ B.G ...(?)



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written by asp, October 14, 2013
On, well who killed the Six million people? Marxist policies did...no one is excusing America, but its just like chumps do , blaming the usa for deaths other people commit. , they just cant tale responsibility for the failures of communism

Its like people who blame america for all the deaths in that War, a vietnamese girl once wrote Souto vietnamese solders died at the rate of ten to one to americans, and she asured that there were huge numbers of vietnamese who didnt want communism, and huge numbers of people were fleeing the red cultural revolution from china...only chumps try to dump all the blame on América
Blame Game
written by Lloyd Cata, October 14, 2013
http://goo.gl/2OSpM5 - Now that I 'know'[NSA] what you 'like'[FaceBook], the rest was easy(...?)

...and that's why Brazil winds up with 'first generation' F-18's(?) Yet, I am hopeful to be proved wrong, but it will take more than some MidWest ex-pats to show otherwise(.)

Maybe, if you ask nicely, the Zionists will show you how they "souped up' these birds, but Washington might not like that, so they do it[backdoor] with China...(!) Why do you think NSA #1-"spy target" is Israel(?) If you want to know what the Chinese are working on...
Simplet things
written by Simpleton, October 14, 2013
Ya Ya Joao, "communidade de respeito" I know well. I was briefed prior to my first tour to try to learn at least one new word every day and use them - the locals would eat it up. I know one young gringo that had an affinity only for the rich and beautiful. In the first three months he spent hob knobbing and "helping" his conquest babysit rich folk's mansions in gated communities he got ripped of his money, documents and fancy electronics five times - every time by the "Policia".
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, October 14, 2013

Ya Ya Joao, "communidade de respeito" I know well. I was briefed prior to my first tour to try to learn at least one new word every day and use them - the locals would eat it up.


Simp, you have a healthy attitude (though I hate to confess!). The first rule of "engagement" is to learn a few words of the Language of the Land (LOL) you are visiting. The second rule is to memorize the sentence (in the native language): "I am sorry, I do not speak your language well. Could you please tell me where the nearest Pub (or Whorehouse) is". If the guy doesn't speak English or Portuguese (Brasilian, he calls his cunhado or cunhada and finds out the answer (without charging anything from ya). It always works, ole boy.

Maybe you & I should write a book titled "How to Visit and Survive in an Inhospitable Land". smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Cheers.
Lloyd Cata
written by João da Silva, October 14, 2013

BTW Joao, DE-1041 USS Bradley, my old "Broken B" that I served on in Vietnam was purchased by Brazil many years ago(...!) Imagine that(!!!) Perhaps a forensic [paint]analysis would confirm its inclusion in the 30 years of review(?)


It would be interesting to find out where exactly your loyal DE-1041 is in Brasil, Lloyd. If it is still running, I'd buy it (provided the price is reasonable) & use it as a cab. You see, from the marketing point of view, people always look for a differential and ah think DE-1041 would be a big success as a cab during our tourist season.

As for your rants re F-18: If PBO gives a good deal to PDR, what's the problem? BTW, you think F-18's can protect our "borders" and oil fields?smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Cheers

F-35
written by Lloyd Cata, October 15, 2013
http://goo.gl/H3dcCR

When the ladies cook up something special, we say "she sure put her foot in it", and that is what the USA has done with this aircraft. To be sure, it is an 'exceptional' dish(.) "In your hotel window from 40+ 'miles' away"(!)

This 'weapon', like any weapon has "purpose"; offensive and/or defensive. NRA; "people kill People"(?) When your "in the business" of killing people, like the US Prison Industrial Complex[AmericanGulag], that 'should be' another story, ...but since our Glorious Corporations are People, ...well you see the Logic(...?) The corporations have tied the American people into their killing machines...(?) Works for 'our' economy, huh?

Tell you what; incorporate all the AWACS tech -&- all the AEGIS tech into one aircraft, then give it a jet fighter/helicopter platform. This 'machine' is the "real deal" in airspace superiority.

Joao, "What is the PURPOSE of your F-18's"(?) I can think of a few uses, such as 'support' for that division of "jungle fighters" presently being trained by the Brazilian Military, F-18's to chase FARC back to Colombia, ...further "extermination" of the Remant(?...)

You must help me with this, my friend...(!) After we did go round and round this question for month's as I remember, yet when I come to this question: silence, or is it that particular Brazilian tradition of 'navel-gazing' when the issues become difficult? See, how the Mirror of History, even the rather short history of my participation here, has revealed The Truth(?)

I did ask our missing Limpopo, faithful servant to Col. Ederson, what he saw in the waterfall, and he did answer Truthfully(?) What is it you see at Iguassu(...?) Maybe I will never understand Brazil, but I like to think that it is a challenge for both of us... smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cool.gif
cunhada
written by Simpleton, October 15, 2013
Joao, I'm sure you understand that in Saudi Arabia and some other places your second rule doesn't work so well. In brasil, for sure they all have at least one "cunhada" with talents for getting you over the "lingua" barrier.

BTW, that "cab" you're interested in, DE-1041 / D 30, is a bit unwieldy (and probably already scuttled due to the corrosive nature of (brasilian) sailor piss.) Perhaps I can make a run up the road and look into picking up some soon to be government surplus "gringo bus" straight from the factory lot.
Has Gerrymandering Distorted/Destroyed The World's Default Democracy/Currency?
written by Lloyd Cata, October 15, 2013
Heard today the simplest explanation of the term "gerrymandering" today; "political system where the politicians get to choose their voters instead of vorers choosing their politicians"...(?)

Understanding that todays US Congressional Districts are a result of 'racial/income' distinctions, can there be any wonder why the nation is in a constant state of schizophrenia(?...)

The question for 'every' other nation is; if this model/process/affliction/disability should lead the world in economics/war&peace/society, given the latest exposure of democratic breakdown(?) Disabilities, even schizophrenia, do not necessarily 'determine' behavior, but when they produce 'dysfunction', that is another matter(!) Even severely autistic children are known to have 'exceptional' abilities to function on some 'levels'; spacial/linguistic/music, etc(...?). So, I think we can divorce 'exceptionalism' from the realm of functionality or even *sanity*. I.e., the 2nd Amendment argument in the 21st Century, where 'mentally challenged' people have every right to purchase weapons and to use them for their 'intended purpose'(?) The 'indiscriminate' application of this Law defies 'sanity' thoughout the developed world, yet the disability/dysfunction holds fast to an ideology that permits/promotes 'universal' gun ownership.

Does a nation which cares for, and is sworn to protect and defend, its people behave so indifferently when their citizens are being gunned down every day, ...at numbers the 'terrorist' will never match(...?) Remember, disability is not dysfunction, and can have aspects of exceptionalism(!) Dysfunction is the 'inability' to perform as 'expected'(!!!)

Former president Lula, or even the world's central bankers, may not like the 'exceptionalism' of "printing prosperity"[$4T], but at the end of the day he too joined in to 'save' the dollar(???) Even after the Masters Of The Universe, with the complicity of the Federal Reserve, "schemed" to blow up the world economy[Greenspan's Bubble), and then bailed themselves out[straw becomes gold]...(?)

As I have seen no 'evidence' of this dysfunction in Democracy called "gerrymandering" in Brazil, other than the 'normal' presence of corruption that runs through 'any' government, what say my sunshine patriots in Brazil to this affliction?
Lloyd Cata
written by João da Silva, October 15, 2013

F-18/Bradley Fighting vehicle

You must help me with this, my friend...(!) After we did go round and round this question for month's as I remember, yet when I come to this question: silence, or is it that particular Brazilian tradition of 'navel-gazing' when the issues become difficult? See, how the Mirror of History, even the rather short history of my participation here, has revealed The Truth(?)


To be honest with you, Rafaele/F-35/F-18 all have disappeared from the news after Madame.Rousseff took over the govt and appointed our super diplomat Dr.Celso Amorim as the Minister of Defense. The last I heard about buying fighters was a year so ago and our President seems to have taken personal interest in this issue. I read she decided to spend around $670 Millions to revamp our existing fleet,instead. Maybe Mr.Amorim advised her to do so instead of going in for expensive French or U.S.made fighters. IMHO, they are both more competent & capable of studying the "external" threats and come out with a defense policy than their respective predecessors. One thing I would like Mdme.Rousseff to look into is the development of our Space program (which is at stand still, the last I heard).
Simpleton
written by Lloyd Cata, October 15, 2013
cunhada - simp

Thanks for the "lingua barra" heads up. smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/cool.gif I would have never suspected 'little sister' smilies/shocked.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

Although, during the war, based in the Phillipines, I did have a young Filipino gentleman perform much the same function as translater, guide, and general 'partner' in various activities smilies/tongue.gif This arrangement generally worked out well, though I still suspect that 'mulher da casa' was getting all my movementssmilies/sad.gifsmilies/cool.gif In any case, I felt very safe wherever I went, since I had something of an early warning system; very 'practical' for the price of safety in a strange land(...?) I can tell you that we did go places that I might be hesitant to go with 'little sister'...it's a "hood thang" smilies/smiley.gif

Perhaps A Different Perspective To Appease My Frenemies
written by Lloyd Cata, October 15, 2013
Eric Idle - America the Half Beautiful http://goo.gl/j57t2W

"Currently you appear to be almost in a state of civil war. If one party can shut down the government, then the social compact to rule is broken. In most other democracies this simply could not happen."


'Most' foreigners understand that the American people are also 'victims' in this Second Civil War(?) Perhaps, I exaggerate since the shooting hasn't started yet for US...(?) But make no mistake, it is very possible, under the present 'rules' for a "minority-of-the-minority" to decide not only for Americans, but for the World(!) This is how it is so easy to 'provoke' the USA into war, even if the majority oppose(?)

Finally the American people, and the world, are beginning to understand, and they are neither entertained nor amused(.) There are some very serious issues facing America and the world, and there is absolutely no reason why 'leadership' should enter the discussion simply because America has an 'exceptional arsenal'. After the last decade of war, even that should be suspect...
Brazilian Diplomat Finally Speaks
written by Lloyd Cata, October 15, 2013
Joao, I know you tire of my diatribe concerning American 'exceptionalism' and what it means to Brazil and the world smilies/sad.gifsmilies/tongue.gifsmilies/sad.gif

So, I'll just let a Brazilian who 'knows' explain;

http://goo.gl/8zXfCp

Perhaps he will favor us with a post... smilies/cool.gif
Lloyd Cata
written by João da Silva, October 15, 2013

Joao, I know you tire of my diatribe concerning American 'exceptionalism' and what it means to Brazil and the world


Not the least, ole boy.smilies/smiley.gif I went through the link you posted.It is a link to a Newspaper from India wherein our diplomat has expressed displeasure at both the govts of U.S. and India. Sure he has some points sounds very honest. What he failed to mention is about the premature demise of another Brasilian diplomat (Sérgio Vieira de Mello) in Baghdad in 2003 (or was it 2004?) trying to bring peace and harmony in Iraq at the employ (?) of the U.N.

Sure Bustani has every right to complain about India which stabbed him on the back. I wonder if PRC (India's archrival) supported supported him, either. I am happy that Bustani is blunt in his interview.

BTW, do you remember about the "Last Round" of Doha "Talks" on trade? It took place during the final days of your ex-president GWB. I wonder why PBO hasn't "resurrected" the "talks". Food for thoughts. smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
João
written by Lloyd Cata, October 16, 2013
// Food for thoughts. // - João

Exactly!!!, my friend. DOHA is not important until the $4T "swindle", and all the political stupidity[US&Brazil], has accomplished its work(?)

Why 'negotiate' when we can wait until your back on your knees, and not so prone to reject FTAA-II(...?) By then our financial' difficulties will be over, and yours will be _____(?)

Not to worry, the USA will ready to save you from yourselves; after you wake up from [http://goo.gl/m6AkOt] & [http://goo.gl/w8pVSp] smilies/smiley.gif & smilies/smiley.gif

DOHA is not in US interest to negotiate now(!) Would you, if you had the Circque De La Folie camped outside the White House(?) Sadly, Obama could not even go to the APEC Summit, and it only got worse from there(.) Chinese are really taking it in 'good spirits'; don't want to disturb their "cash cow" too much, but there is a point that they will have to 'move' against [QE-x]...(?) Everybody is taking a haircut on the Dollar(!!!) The trick will be not to lose your head in the process(???) smilies/shocked.gifsmilies/angry.gifsmilies/shocked.gif
Lloyd Cata
written by João da Silva, October 16, 2013

[http://goo.gl/m6AkOt] & [http://goo.gl/w8pVSp]


I went through both the links and thanks. Do you remember a bright blogger who went by the screen name DnB ? He had made some predictions regarding these two great events. Lets see if they turn out to be true.smilies/cry.gif
WTF?
written by Simpleton, October 16, 2013
Has the left wingnut media gone all teabaggerish on us? They dutifully cut in to the live speech from the senate majority leader announcing a deal had been struck within the senate but just a few short seconds after the senate minority leader started into his speech they cut him off to show some live hallway press op with Ted Cruz. WTF is the left wingnut press doing? Obamas bidding??? Are they trying to intentionally demonstrate what the DEMs truly have buried deep under their facades, that they feel minorities truly warrant no place or respect in America whatsoever except to pay lip service to? Only in America can such enormous disrespect be so blatantly displayed under the power of one. (Except maybe in Brasil.)
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, October 16, 2013

Only in America can such enormous disrespect be so blatantly displayed under the power of one. (Except maybe in Brasil.)


Ah keep on telling everyone who cares to listen to me that we have so much in common. Bitching and moaning about our respective govts is our God given right.In S.Arabia (paradise for western tourists), it may not function (like my rule#2), though.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Outages
written by Simpleton, October 16, 2013
I may have found my "out" from falling into the Medicaid gap next year (thus relaxing my self imposed restriction of returning to my pais adotiva this winter.) Two ways actually. My soon to be college graduate has indicated an advanced degree was a heart's desire. Claiming as a dependent and pulling pre-mature distributions from tax deferred accounts to pay for the higher education will produce "income" (but without federal and state penalties). The long dead (but not so rich) aunt left an IRA annuity which I converted to a "stretch" IRA. That could be cashed in on in whole or in part to generate "income" for Medicaid / ObamaCare book keeping purposes (again without causing penalty taxes). 2015?????

Joao, the tour I was offered in S. Arabia was advertised to me as being with endless beaches (i.e. so many kilometers of sand / sand dunes you couldn't see the beach from the compound) and choice dinner entres (beef stroganhoff or ???, ??? or beef stroganhoff, beef stoganhoff or ???, ad infinitum). Seemed too good to be true and despite some rather healthy "perks" that were offered after my initial decline (with admonishment that they not to be discussed with the other tripulantes and potential candidates) I simply had to declined based on my frail health issues.smilies/cry.gif
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, October 16, 2013

Outages


Jolly good show,Simp. Clever manoeuvrings on your part to keep your fragile health well insured & my kudos.One thing I didn't understand was "my soon to be college graduate". Please clarify to all the noble as well as rascal peasants in this blog what exactly you meant AS(A)P.

As for the endless Saudi Arabian beaches & Beef strogon-off (HTF, do you spell it?), I certainly wouldn't mind the pleasant trip provided the Kingdom of S.Arabia finances it. I hear the Emirate Airlines is a nice company to fly, though I wonder if they serve cold ones to quench the thirst of a Brasilian peasant during his arduous journey to Riyadh and beyond. smilies/cool.gifsmilies/wink.gif
Ask and thy ___ shall receive
written by Simpleton, October 17, 2013
As you wish malandro Joao: "my soon to be college graduate" is not bone of my bone nor blood of my blood nor that of the house keeper for the past 35 years but none the less will achieve a double major in Economics and Finance from a very reputable institution. Wish I could claim more responsibility for the achievements other than holding in my arms since seven hours after birth but I can't really, I've never been more than just a gear head engenheiro (with a big heart).
Bicamaral Relationships
written by Simpleton, October 17, 2013
Ya gotta love bicamaral relationships. My adopted daughter's roommate once share her lower bunk birth with me. (My apology to you navey guys, it wasn't a case of hot bunking). Years latter she took the upper birth in the bicama in my temporada's sala. Again completely naked (as to support because just like before nobody else was home nor had keys to gain entrance) and making inviting gestures if not verbally begging :pleesse (as my natural masseuse talents were already widely known). But still, regardless of the opportunity and "open" invitation, this el Presidente is / was / will never be prone to accepting compromise of any sort current or future - end of discussion, no negotiation then, now, nor in the future . . . (#backonhisword #Obama) How f'd is that?
A True Republican; With A Heart Of Gold Without The Wallet To Match
written by Lloyd Cata, October 17, 2013
Bravo, Mr. Simpleton!!!

Knew there was 'something' of intelligence, common sense, and Humanity in the fibre of my countryman, who finds joy in building a better world(?) Maneuvering his 'rights/entitlements' to maximize his outcomes, a padron of the community, and a champion of children and education. Well done(!)

Parenting is a 'special' function of Humanity; family is the 'first' social introduction to Humanity(?) "The apple does not fall far from the tree"~[Eastern proverb] All Inhumanity, Illiteracy, and Ignorance springs from from the Garden in which it is grown(...?)

We want many things for our family, children, nation, people, ...but we are only 'known' by the product of our efforts to have a good, healthy, peaceful Society. That trumps all the Injustice, Intervention, and "Propaganda of Exceptionalism"(!!!) Freedom over Tyranny is not Exceptional(...?) It is the challenge we give our children to 'preserve the natural state' of Humanity(.) God-given Freedom, not the construct of politicians or tyrants...(?)

What is the 'lesson' of History with regard to Birth and the surety
of Death? Look at the men and women who have changed, and captured the imagination of Humanity(...?) Surely, you see that they have come from 'humble' families and environments(?) "We Shall Overcome..."(!)

I once said that a Brazilian-American would shape the relationship between Brazil and the USA, and I am overjoyed that Mr. Simpleton has advanced this 'theorem', with his simple, humane, and commen sense approach to the effort. The American people are "not" the problem(!) That has been made perfectly clear in the last few weeks, and I am 'hopeful' the American people and the Brazilian people have now seen the "Consequences Of Ignorance", because the next challenge will be the "Profits Of Chaos"(...?) Mr. Simpleton's progeny could contribute to understanding the Truth with respect to Business and Finance, ...that we may also overcome this challenge to Humanity(!)
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written by asp, October 17, 2013
you know, the fact the black bloc is only breaking and burning buses public phones and public cach machines , only proves they are pampered lily pons students who have no concept that they are destryoying public property that the common brazilian uses and needs badly in their everyday existance...

they had scenes of average citizens pulling guns and shooting them towards the rioters...they didnt seem to be police because they handled their guns in a crude mannor...

how long before bodies start dropping ? people who live in these areas , must have their lives totaly disrupted ,and the small businesses and people traveling from the favelas and suburb ghettos to get to work in these areas have to be slowly getting angriar and angriar

asp
written by João da Silva, October 17, 2013

you know, the fact the black bloc is only breaking and burning buses public phones and public cach machines , only proves they are pampered lily pons students who have no concept that they are destryoying public property that the common brazilian uses and needs badly in their everyday existance...


Interesting comment, ASP. "Black Bloc" has nothing similar to "Caras Pintadas" that were supposed to have brought down FCM.

Talking about FCM, I read today that he gave a thunderous speech in favor of "Vale Transporte". Kudos to him for having turned out to be another "Elderly Politician".smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Cheers
Remember Guiliani's Brazil Contract, and the Export/Import Of Terrorism?
written by Lloyd Cata, October 18, 2013
http://goo.gl/vNDk2w

The term "black block" was already in use when gangs ran amok during the anti-globalisation protests outside the World Trade Organisation meeting in Seattle in 1999. Since then it has been applied to the highly organised groups who plan "actions" separately from mainstream protesters and have no contact with them.

Most of the black block in Genoa came from Germany, Italy, France and the Basque region in Spain. Few, if any, are believed to have been arrested.
Lloyd Cata
written by João da Silva, October 18, 2013

Key Infos furnished by Dr.L.C,our Leading Conspiracy expert.smilies/smiley.gif

1.Remember Guiliani's Brazil Contract

2.Black block was already in use when gangs ran amok during the anti-globalisation protests outside the World Trade Organisation meeting in Seattle in 1999. Since then it has been applied to the highly organised groups who plan "actions" separately from mainstream protesters and have no contact with them.

3.Most of the black block in Genoa came EU. Few, if any, are believed to have been arrested.

AND 2014 is an election year in Brasil and look at the potential candidates and their resume. smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/cry.gif

AND L.C. is much better informed than average Zé .smilies/wink.gif
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written by asp, October 18, 2013
Old news, I already mentioned the word relating to that group came from germany
asp
written by João da Silva, October 18, 2013

Old news, I already mentioned the word relating to that group came from germany


So you think it is really the Germans that want to gobble up our Amazon Rain Forest and not the Yanks? If so, it makes sense.Dr.L.C. might like to expound further on it.

Off topic: The weather has gone crazy in my Bairro. How is it going in yours?smilies/cry.gif
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written by asp, October 19, 2013
João , no, its just the name came from there....there have been people from Chile caught with the masks and explosives , though

Latest report, the black bloc liberated some dogs from an animal testing center...they didnt protest for that black pedreiro, who was tortured and killed in sp...they dont care about black brazilians, they break public property the average brazilian needs, bises, phones bank machines, they are pampered white students out of touch

I hope the weekend will be good, watch out for gigantic rain next míd week
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written by asp, October 19, 2013
oh, this is rich...the black blockers are rioting with animal rights activists,,,they rescued a lot of beagles from a drug testing place, and are in riot mode now with police as we speak

i better be careful, when i made a joke on this blog about dogs, i got hate comments ...

all i can say is , wonderful to see their priorities...burn the buses, break the public phones, break the cash machines, the rich need those .gosh gee wikickers, a real rite of passage for a generation, hey , if no bodies drop, its great training for the troops for riot patrol............or, its just going to be the copa, riots, and olympics at the same time...actualy, that could be very apealing for some tourists to be around..the police could have a safe zone, and the tour guides text message black blockers for riot locations, any tourist who goes outside the zone, has to sign a waiver saying no one is responsible, and just get back to the van at such and such hour, or the van will leave you

just hope some nut job with his compramises destroyed, wont pull out his pistol and shoot someone...
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written by Simpleton, October 20, 2013
asp, here's a domestic terrorist story for ya: http://willystreetblog.com/wp/...-lemonade/

(note the part about how funny the money smelled rsrsrs)

lot's going on wrt animal rights group activity at UW Madison recently

Seeing non-relevant tag-alongs committing senseless violence and property damage on the periphery of peaceful protests is not a new thing. People with "agendas" arranging for it / instigating it / paying for it to happen in order to tarnish the cause is not new either.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, October 20, 2013

I went through the link you posted and thanks.

Seeing non-relevant tag-alongs committing senseless violence and property damage on the periphery of peaceful protests is not a new thing. People with "agendas" arranging for it / instigating it / paying for it to happen in order to tarnish the cause is not new either.


Thanks for putting my line of thoughts in your eloquent English. When you and ASP really want, you guys can write plain English to enable the humble and simple peasants to understand.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

But...but...but... please pay attention to the post I addressed to L.C. Especially the comment under point#3.smilies/cool.gif
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written by asp, October 20, 2013
gees, simps, who said it was new? that doesnt matter, this breaking of public phones , buses and bank machines is turning into a cronic rite of passage for these lily pons naive fools

the fact they would be doing this , with out really addressing the issues of poor black brazilians for example, the ones who suffer the most at the hands of this corruption, and take their protest to save dogs, only speaks to the shallow pampered middle class life they lead...extremly out of touch with the problems of the real people, and as a matter of fact, breaking public property and services the everyday people need and use

this is nothing but a media circus now...there is no real focus...just pick a cause and dress in a black mask and break something...that is their real agenda...they avtualy beleive in anarchy..they are real anarchists by their definition

i really do hope bodies dont start dropping...the game changes then
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written by asp, October 20, 2013
what pathetic individuals...that is what im talking about..they do some stupid action using bombs and it kills people

affect their s**t for the rest of their lives...what idiocy...

people havent died yet here, this isnt egypt...i hope nobody does

these fuking political agendas that call for violence just fuk peoples lives way into the future

beleive me,it chumpsm like that and the sds at nyack new york that makes me so damn happy i didnt think i better be a punk bitch for somebody to be convinced to do some stupid s**t and fuk my life up for the rest of it

pathetic
Come on now,
written by Simpleton, October 20, 2013
lets all get together and feel alright...

asp, you might find these lily pons more entertaining:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Mallon and his side kick Leon Varjian (Leon had quite some history while at IU as well). Note that it was the feminists that committed the wanton act of destruction burning down lady liberty. When these jokers defunded the foreign student's "cultural" set-aside and gave all students a "Penney Rebate" on their tuition things didn't get nasty (after all they were foreigners.) They did muster an attempt to prosecute the corrupt politicians though. (The undistributed rebate penneys were purportedly spent buying cold ones at the local pub.)
Merda que sai a boca
written by Simpleton, October 21, 2013
Obmama ja dizem agora, "coisas nao foi "Ass Moothly" a que ele quer". Que e um "Moothly"? Nao entendio qualquer merda ele disse.
Intermisssion; A Word From Our Sponsors
written by Lloyd Cata, October 21, 2013
"On The US, Israel & Double Standards" - MJ Rosenberg

http://goo.gl/E05hHk

Joao, I do believe my recommendation for point #3 was to hire Frank Serpico, instead of Guido and ThePoodle(?) Yet, CIA/NSA/GCHQ/Interpol has failed to penetrate Black Bloc, so what does that tell you(...?) "Destabilization" is not an 'internal' Brazilian problem, ...it is not 'indigenous', rather an 'attack' intended to create chaos, both from civil discourse and political/police reaction, which is exactly the purpose of these 'reactionary forces'(!!!)

Since you are aware that I am fond of 'fairytales', I leave it to you to find the 'breadcrumbs'...(!) smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
Underground Economy, Underwater Economy, and Understanding Economics
written by Lloyd Cata, October 21, 2013
US crude dips below $100 as output surges http://on.ft.com/1azG0q5 via @FT

Does Brazil move to "ownership society" when it is unclear what you own is worth(?) That's the prescription for selling 'sovereignty' for the price of bananas, or Manhattan Island for $24 worth of beads(!)

Still waiting for Dr. Amaral's analysis of Brazil/Petrobras at $60/brl(...?) Clue: match "refinery capacity/location" to "petroleum production"; source/destination, including transport, time, and currency...(!)

note: "Vale Transport" big winner in Brazil export sector. They do know how to get the goods from Point-A to Point-B(!)

Lloyd Cata
written by João da Silva, October 21, 2013

Still waiting for Dr. Amaral's analysis of Brazil/Petrobras at $60/brl(...?) Clue: match "refinery capacity/location" to "petroleum production"; source/destination, including transport, time, and currency...(!)


Hi Lloyd,

Rickey has been in contact with us in the other thread:

http://www.brazzil.com/compone...ether.html

In a nut shell, he has been quite busy since April and couldn't participate actively in this forum. Besides, his mom passed away 3 weeks ago. I think we should give him a few days to recuperate. I am sure by now he is aware of the result of the "auction" of the "Campo Libra" and probably he has some thing to say or add.

BTW, the auction went well, in spite of the protests planned by "Black Bloc". Too bad the cops are too timid to rip the black masks off these gentlemen. If they do, it is possible they will discover the protestors under black masks are really blondes and have blue eyes ( who according to our ex-president, are responsible for our "miseries"). Maybe they belong to the Brasilian version of KKKsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif smilies/cool.gif
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A Private Sector Perspective on Brazil's Energy and Infrastructure Challenge...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 22, 2013

I posted the following on my Facebook page yesterday:

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar - October 8, 2013

A Private Sector Perspective on Brazil's Energy and Infrastructure Challenge
http://youtu.be/al00RHEBrJ0

Time: 1 hr. 44 min.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C., DC 20004

Paulo Sotero
Director of Brazil Institute at the Wilson Center

Carlos Cavalcanti
Director of Energy and Infrastructure of the Federation of Industries of the state of Sao Paulo

Christopher Garman
Director of Eurasia Group Emerging markets area.


*****


Here are my comments regarding the discussion on the above video:

1) Brazzil - Tuesday, 03 September 2013
Can't We All Get Along in Brazil? Otherwise We Will All Sink Together
Written by Fernando Henrique Cardoso
http://www.brazzil.com/compone...l#comments

Regarding the above article....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 19, 2013

Regarding the Petrobras, I am glad that they slowed down the investments in the pre-salt area – I don't think they have the technology to fix a problem if something goes wrong like the BP catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.

Regarding the American revolution of the shale gas – that is an American experiment that is going to end up very badly and very costly with massive damage to the environment around the country.

Regarding the Brazilian economy I am very optimistic, and I agree with the excellent outlook for the Brazilian economy in the coming years given by James Dale Davidson on his book:

"Brazil is the New America" - How Brazil Offers Upward Mobility in a Collapsing World" By: James Dale Davidson


*****


2) Regarding Petrobras:

Brazzil Magazine – July 2008
Why Brazilians Should Demand the Renationalization of Petrobras
Written by: Ricardo C. Amaral

http://www.brazzil.com/compone...obras.html

…Brazil has a very short window of opportunity to implement the renationalization of Petrobras and also implement the enclosed economic development plan since competition from other countries it would make impossible for Brazil to find the necessary technical people and the materials available to build the nuclear reactors and the other parts of this plan.


*****


In the comments section of the above article I suggested that instead of buying Petrobras stock the Chinese should lend the money to Petrobras...

And that's what the Chinese did regarding Petrobras...

*****

Chinese investment soars in Brazil, with eye on resources
by Anella Reta Anella Reta
AFP – Mon_Oct_25, 2010

SAO PAULO (AFP) – Chinese investment in Brazil is expected to reach 30 billion dollars this year, according to observers -- a sum aimed at securing access to the Latin American nation's oil and other resources.

The inflow has been sudden, and dramatic.

"Up to the end of last year, the amount of Chinese investment in Brazil was tiny, less than 400 million dollars. Over the first half of 2010, it's gone over 20 billion dollars -- and it should hit 30 billion dollars this year," Charles Tang, head of the Brazil-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Sao Paulo, told AFP.

Two-thirds of the total coming into Brazil this year will be invested in the oil sector, to which China has privileged access after extending a 10-billion-dollar credit line to Brazil's state-owned Petrobras, and after China's Sinopec bought the Brazilian subsidiary of Spain's Repsol for seven billion dollars.

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3) Regarding capital controls and financial exit tax for the "Hot Money"...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 22, 2013

3) Regarding capital controls and financial exit tax for the "Hot Money":

Brazzil magazine - July 9, 2009
“With US Capitalism’s Demise It’s High Time for Brazil to Adopt the New Asian Currency” – Written by Ricardo C. Amaral
http://www.brazzil.com/compone...rency.html

...To reduce the risk of this kind of devastating event to repeating in the future in Brazil, the Brazilian government should adopt a new set of rules with heavy penalties to keep the global hot money away from the Brazilian economy. The tax on these foreign investments should be designed in such way as to discourage short-term gains with the heavy exit tax of around 80 percent for moneys leaving the country up to one year from date of investment; after two years the exit tax should be around 50 percent, after three years 25 percent, and so on...and the system should be designed to encourage mostly long-term foreign investment of at least 5 years.

The Brazilian government should find a way and develop a system to penalize with very heavy taxes the foreign "hot money." They should build a system to discourage the international "hot money" from investing in Brazil.

Brazil has to build a system to avoid in the future the "hot money" that rushed in and out of emerging markets during 2008 and caused a market crash in these countries - hot money that came from irresponsible banks, hedge funds, insurance companies and many other types of speculative capital that flows regularly between financial markets in search of the highest short-term interest rates possible, and other short-term investment opportunities.

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4) Regarding the exchange rate of Real vs. US dollar...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 22, 2013

4) Regarding the exchange rate of Real vs. US dollar:

When I was writing about the devaluation of the real by 40, then 35, and then 30 percent it was always to bring the real to an exchange rate of R$ 2 = US$ 1.

The current exchange rate as of October 21, 2013 is around R$ 2.16 = US$ 1.

Considering the economic situation in China, and in Europe then the current exchange rate of about R$ 2.16 = US$ 1 is about right for the Brazilian economy.

By the way, my screen name at the Elite Trader forum was SouthAmerica.

I also had posted most of this info on Brazzil magazine.

http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...enumber=10


August 21, 2012

SouthAmerica: Reply to jem

Jem you got all wrong, this is what I have been saying for the last 2 years.

The real appreciated even more against the US dollar see my posting below - and I wrote a number of times here on ET and also on Brazzil magazine that they should devalue the Brazilian currency by 35 percent against the US dollar and also against the Chinese yuan.

In the last years the Brazilian currency has been devalued by 33 percent so far – exactly what I had been suggesting all along.

The only problem is that today Euroland, China, and the US economies are all imploding and going to hell, I suggested that the Brazilian currency keep pace with the US dollar and also the Chinese yuan on this race to the bottom.

I was pissed with Ben Bernanke's QE.....XXXXXXXXXXXX..program, because what he is doing is exporting inflation, bubbles and trouble to the economies of the emerging countries including Brazil.

And when the Selic interest rate was over 12 percent in Brazil (the Brazilian fed funds rate) I have been suggesting for the Brazilian Central bank to reduce it all the way to 7 percent to get ride off the “Hot Money” that was flooding the Brazilian economy and blowing bubbles inside the Brazilian economy.

I hope the Selic rate reaches the 7 percent level by early 2013.

If the race to the bottom gets worse against the US dollar and the Chinese yuan then they should lower the Selic rate even further to 6 percent to keep the “Hot Money” away from the Brazilian economy.

Here is one of my postings here on ET forum from almost 2 years ago.

http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...id=3627351

...November 1, 2010

SouthAmerica: In my opinion, on Wednesday when Ben Bernanke announces the next wave of QE2, then Finance Minister Guido Mantega should also announce a 30 percent devaluation of the Real, and adopt a fixed rate currency system pegged to a basket of currencies including the US dollar and the Chinese yuan – a program designed to stop the “Hot Money” from going into the Brazilian market to blow all kinds of bubbles in Brazil.

There's nothing wrong with this strategy, since the 2 countries with the 2 largest economies in the world are not playing a fair game in the international monetary arena, and Brazil should play the game according to their rules.

If having a currency system pegged to the US dollar is good for China, it should also be good for Brazil. And since these 2 countries are very important for the Brazilian economy, then Brazil should first devalue its currency by 30 percent, then adopt a fixed rate currency system pegged to a basket of currencies including the US dollar and the Chinese yuan.

And neither country has the right to complain anything to Brazil if Brazil adopts this currency strategy, since this strategy is designed to protect Brazilian manufacturers, the tourism industry in Brazil, and to keep the “Hot Money” from blowing bubbles inside the Brazilian economy.

After Brazil follow these steps, Henrique Meirelles at the Central Bank should take action and reduce the Selic interest rate in Brazil in the coming months to a level around 8 percent or even lower.

And don't forget to put a penalty in place for when the “Hot Money” starts to leave Brazil in a stampede – make these guys pay on the way out for the damage that their actions will cause to the Brazilian economy.

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5) Regarding nuclear power plants, I still believe that Brazil should do the following...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 22, 2013

5) Regarding nuclear power plants, I still believe that Brazil should do the following:


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


…The final conclusion is: It's imperative that China move forward in an aggressive fashion and implement with Brazil the plan described in this four-part series of articles. And China should look at it as a matter of national security and future survival.

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

...Major investment areas in Brazil regarding this plan

1) Nuclear power plants - US$ 60 billion

I would suggest first, that Brazil borrow US$ 60 billion from China, and use the money to add at least 20 new 1,000-megawatt (MW) nuclear power plants over a 10-year period in strategic areas of Brazil (these nuclear reactors cost less than US$ 2 billion each), and also use part of the money to do some upgrading of its current uranium enrichment facilities. Today, Brazil has one plant, located at Resende, less than fifty miles from Rio de Janeiro, and this plant was designed to initially enrich only 60 percent of the material needed to supply their original two reactor plants. Ultimately, Brazil aims for complete nuclear energy self-sufficiency.

Brazil is home to the world's sixth-largest uranium reserves, and developing its uranium enrichment facilities makes economic sense since the global nuclear power plant business is making a comeback in many countries, and it is growing with potentially large commercial global markets as more countries build new nuclear power plants.

Besides the 20 new nuclear power plants, Brazil should invest part of the money in a state-of-the-art nuclear waste reprocessing plant instead of having to find a place to store the spent nuclear fuel.

Used nuclear fuel (often called spent nuclear fuel) is nuclear fuel that has been irradiated in a nuclear reactor (usually at a nuclear power plant) to the point that it is no longer useful in sustaining a nuclear reaction. If not reprocessed to retrieve the remaining usable uranium and plutonium, it is a form of radioactive waste.

Nuclear reprocessing separates any usable elements (e.g., uranium and plutonium) from fission products and other materials in spent nuclear reactor fuels. Usually the goal is to recycle the reprocessed uranium.

It is the process that partially closes the loop in the nuclear fuel cycle.

Use of breeder reactors combined with reprocessing could extend the usefulness of mined uranium by more than 60 times.

The technology for making reprocessed uranium fuel is well established, and there is no technical reason limiting its adoption. And nuclear reprocessing is a much better choice than the one the United States decided to adopt where used nuclear fuel is currently planned for disposal in deep geological formations, such as Yucca Mountain, where it has to be shielded and packaged to prevent its migration to mankind's immediate environment for thousands if not millions of years.


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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, October 22, 2013

Regarding the Petrobras, I am glad that they slowed down the investments in the pre-salt area – I don't think they have the technology to fix a problem if something goes wrong like the BP catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.


Hi Ricardo,

I think you are not aware of the auction (of the pre-salt oil field Libra) that took place yesterday. Posting a link below:

http://www.estadao.com.br/noti...8272,0.htm

I suggest you also read all the related links listed in that article to keep you updated.

You have made an extremely interesting comment, especially knowing full well that the technology to extract oil from that depth still is in the development stage.

While I am not exactly in par with this new model of "parceria", I am wondering if a) the winners of this auction bid are going to pay the money to the government immediately. b) the news will have any impact on the oil price/barrel in the short and medium terms.
asp
written by João da Silva, October 22, 2013

http://www.estadao.com.br/noti...8438,0.htm

Don't ya think it's so elegant on the part of our President to "pedir desculpas" to the Cuban doctor?
Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 23, 2013

Joao, I had seen the news at BBC news, but they did not go into any detail of that deal.

All I can say is that I am glad "BP" is not involved on this deal.

I am very skeptical about this pre-salt business, because if something goes wrong this time around...it will be a major environment catastrophe, and a lot worse than the problem that they had with the BP catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.

I am not being negative, it's my impression that they don't have the technology to drill for oil so deep...

I don't mean only Petrobras, I mean all the oil companies in the world don't have the technology to drill so deep, and be able to fix the problems afterward if something goes wrong....

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written by asp, October 23, 2013
joao, im not that flustered over cuban doctors here, its more the information you gave , and i verified , that they only get part of the money and the rest goes to te cuban goverment

what ever publicity games both sides are playing with it seems funny at this point...they are here, i hope they can get them where they need them...

in the mean time...did you see them at windsor barra? remember i told you i was at the windsor just a ffew weeks ago on business...these people are following me around

but, i mean cmon, joao, youve seen the reports of an ajudante do pedreiro from rochinha, who was tortured and killed? by the police

i mean where the fuk is the "black (white boy) block" when that is happening? there is a clean cut case of torture and murder...in the news everyday..people know about it...but , the black white boys are rescuing dogs.....

rock in rio is one of the biggest capatalist celibrations in brazil, if there was ever a target for anger at american corps...there it was...sponcered by coke...where was the black white boy block?

actualy, i know, that is their music of choice...break the public phones, burn the public buses and smash the bank machines of the average joe...but, dont touch the biggest celibration of american capatalism in brazil..

fuk it, last sunday in the cabana was one of those days that you dream about, and you dont know when they will come like that again...

mother fuker torched the barra...i used to live there
non-starter
written by Simpleton, October 23, 2013
asp, have you ever tried to find a public phone that functioned / functioned decently in Copacabana? It's not the black (white boy) block that fuks them up and it's been like that for many many years. Such acts just don't get any press. Granted it's not done while there's a crowd and media cameras around and more often than not it's because the user became pissed as hell with the party they called instead of being motivated by a random "let's go break something while we're here" mentality. The disservice to the common ordinary everyday folk is the same.

Was it the black (white boy) block folks that were torching the busses on your line last year? I forgot how many they burned. Six? Seven?

Joao, the 15 billhoes Dilma spoke of while somehow her audio feed to the media was disrupted (NSA involvement???) appears, according to my read of the estado article, to get paid upon contract signing (i.e. vaporware.)

Ricardo, really, you're just happy BP is not part of it??? Quite likely it will prove to be better in the long run if Petrobras was not part of it (but those blue eyed devils would have none of that and gotten the auction overturned if it had gone down that way!)
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written by asp, October 23, 2013
shame on you, joao, what kind of rationalising is that?

i got very mad at the bus burnings on our line, and pointed right at the source...and im mad at these punks for destroying public utilities we need...

cmon, joao, you know the differancve from some poublic phones wont work and wanton destruction of every phone in an area, and, bank machines are really important, and need the bus, you are dam real i get pissed if any sob just fukking destroys public buses for nothing

i guess you are the growing number of people who actualy sympathises with them as they get coddled by the authorities, they bettert not get too hard , they might hurt some rich important person's son or daughter

what ever, let the strange back and forth of the police and demonstrators go on ad finitum, the normal everyday citezen be damed in this, as their buses, bank machines, and public phones get trashed where these disturbances take place

i guess its all just a joke...a pedreiro gets tortured and killed and they go ape over passa livre, their professors (they deserve higher salaries, but their syndicate leaders have issues), the copa and olympics the workers party is resposible for bringing,and dogs for testing...just lovely set of priorities
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written by asp, October 23, 2013
you must be having lunch with their relatives , too, like stedile's
asp
written by João da Silva, October 24, 2013

shame on you, joao, what kind of rationalising is that?


ASP, were you under the influence of alcoholic refreshments when you wrote this merde? It was our noble blogger Simpleton who was bitching about the pay phones in Rio.smilies/sad.gif

you must be having lunch with their relatives , too, like stedile's


An invitation is still pending from their side. If it is extended I will certainly accept and during the lunch, I shall communicate your "concern" about their activities.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
destaques
written by Simpleton, October 24, 2013
Enem 2013 is making test time accommodation for Adventists, Jews and Sabatistas. Of course none of those will cheat. No news with regards to how prayer times will be dealt with. Foreign language section options are limited to Spanish and English.

According to oGlobo, the moradores of Pavaozinho tried to block the favela entrance after a firefight between criminals occurred in the middle of the night. Of course the policia of the UPP received reinforcement.
mais um destaque
written by Simpleton, October 24, 2013
Sorry, missed one item I meant to include above. IBGE says unemployment in the six major metropolitan regions (Recife, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo e Porto Alegre) was at 5.4% in September compared with 5.3% in August with only 1.3 million unemployed. Median income R$1908 with a participation rate of 54%. No break down as to sex and the underground (undercovers?) economy.
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written by asp, October 24, 2013
Só sorry, João !! A thousand apologies

Funk you , Simp., for making me think tou were joao
under the influence
written by Simpleton, October 24, 2013
Ja Ja Joao, I did get the same kind of impression (that asp had somehow mistaken me for you) but didn't want to say anything. I was gloating over the feeling that I had come up in stature and been likened in premise to our most favored peasant. Great minds think alike hey?
asp
written by João da Silva, October 24, 2013

Só sorry, João !! A thousand apologies


Your apologies accepted, as I am the sort of person not to hold grudges against anyone (especially a good neighbor like ya) But...but...but..I suggest you pay special attention to the name of the commentator in future. smilies/cool.gif

BTW, I intend mailing one of my used cell phones to Simpleton, to his Rio address, during his visit to Brasil. He can afford to buy a SIM card and use it to communicate with his nearest and dearest, thus bypassing the pay phones that do not and never functioned in Rio. Pay Phones (in Brasil) is a very favorite topic of mine, as I did some studies on them a long time ago.

But....but...but... you are absolutely right. To destroy the ATMs and burning the buses? Unpardonable. The bank strike caused enormous problems for common folks. Many old people do not even know how to use the ATM's and were helpless. Would you believe that I was asked by several simpletons to help them out? I had to oblige them (though I refused to look at their "senha"). Fortunately in our city (and state), the Blue eyed "Black Bloc" KKK members were neutralized!

Cheers to all
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, October 24, 2013

I was gloating over the feeling that I had come up in stature and been likened in premise to our most favored peasant. Great minds think alike hey?


We , the humble and simple peasants think alike, Simp. The problem is with aristocrats such as Dr.L.C.smilies/sad.gif

BTW, where the heck is L.C.? Running errands for his Mrs.?smilies/cool.gif

Cheers
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written by asp, October 25, 2013
yes, joao, i should pay more attention

and , simps, this constant implication on your part that these black blocking pampered lily pons idiots arnt so bad ,just shows you are a long distance from what is happeing

this wanton random violence, undermining any real valid protest issues, for any random elite whims with their pampered life styles,like freeing dogs, is starting to get cronic and extremly disruptive for the common person trying to deal with the daily problems that are growing steadily , anyway

they have little focus on really narrowing down these protests to any funtioning statement about what is going on these days and how to fix it...

they protest yelling anarchistic and anti capatalistic marxist phrases when the workers party is in power and brought the copa and olympics to brazil with a communist party member as head of one of the commitees

its like bulls**t..especialy when black people are getting tortured and assasinated

it raises serious questions and is an eery throw back to very similar ingrediants of chaos that were on the table here in the 60's, and points out the painful reality that the people who went in for armed revolution were quite a few students and marxists who didnt represent the real people of brazil in the first place

the differance is there will be no military coup, and i dont think dilma is going to start a huge represion..but these black white blockers should be spanked and their personal computors and cell phones broken so they know how it feels

but, if the protests grow and the violence grows and some people start dying...who knows what will happen
but you are too far away to even begin to get the daily cronic bulls**t this is turning into
It's just that ...
written by Simpleton, October 25, 2013
a lot of brazileiros are not as stupid as the world would make them out to be. They learned quick from the true black bloc'ers and took on their garb because they know there are security cameras just about everywhere these days and so they hide and masquerade non-carnival style while they are out doing just plain s**tty things. The animal rights protesters are just that. Animal rights protestors. That fringe elements will intrude, take over, forward other agendas, become the spokespersons for an otherwise worthy peaceful clean protest ... well that happens. Just take a look at was has become of Tea Partiers, Occupy Wall Street, ... The violence will come when some locals end up taking things into their own hands, take back their neighborhoods and thoroughly trounce and tromp on some anarchists breaking s**t they don't want broke in their hood. Unfortunately these will be the same folks that don't seem to mind the drug trafficker and crack house next door and because of their standing up for things that actually mean something to them in their daily lives, the gov will come down on them hard in the next phase of escalation and the good shall be punished.
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written by asp, October 26, 2013
are you enjoying the latest footage joao ? from sao paulo

cronic...wanton violence

you know the professors in sao paulo,or their syndicate leaders, have linked themselves with the black block...this isnt about outsiders coming in now...

ha, where is this going, round and round the merrygoround goes, where it stops no one knows
Excellent lecture by Richard Wolff
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 27, 2013

Excellent lecture by Richard Wolff

Richard Wolff: Capitalism Hits the Fan
http://youtu.be/TZU3wfjtIJY

Time: 1 hr. 45 min.

Economist, author, Professor emeritus UMass, Amherst, Richard Wolff, speaks about the current economic crises, its' roots and what we can do about it.

Filmed by Paul Hubbard at Brown University, Providence RI on December 2, 2009

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Excellent lecture by Richard Wolff
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 27, 2013

Global Capitalism: June 2013 Monthly Update – June 12, 2013
http://youtu.be/49LcN_0d_8Q

Time: 1 hr. 50 min.

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Excellent lecture by Richard Wolff
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 27, 2013

Richard Wolff: State of Democracy – October 3, 2013
http://youtu.be/uSfdMKu7POw

Time: 1 hr. 30 min.

Can Democracy Cure Capitalism?

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Excellent lecture by Richard Wolff
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 27, 2013

Richard Wolff: A Cure for Capitalism – March 14, 2013
http://youtu.be/guSdjsctrUQ

Time: 2 hrs. 7 min.

After five years of deepening crisis, failed "solutions," and aborted "recoveries," millions see a capitalist system no longer serving most Americans. It's time to demand a cure big and bold enough to work. Richard Wolff spoke on to hear that cure presented, explained, and justified. Instead of resignation to economic decline, come and help build real and positive change.

This evening was the launch Wolff's latest book, Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism released September 1st, 2012 by Haymarket Publishers.

Filmed by LinkTV September 6, 2012

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The coming financial meltdown....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 27, 2013

StormCloudsGathering - March 13, 2013

U.S. Government Preparing for Collapse
http://youtu.be/MkAn3VIe1yQ


The Economy isn't going to recover. The government knows this and is getting ready, but in ways that are very disturbing.


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What I enjoyed watching on this video was the visual representation of 17 trillion dollars of US government outstanding debt.

It would be nice if the video also had shown the visual representation of the other 80 to 100 trillion dollars of US government outstanding liabilities related to all kinds of US government programs.

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Financial Time Bomb
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 27, 2013

There's a major difference between these guys: Bernie Madoff was just an amateur when compared with Jamie Dimon.

Few people lost a few dollars because of Bernie Madoff shenanigans, but Jamie Dimon shenanigans will bring the entire US financial system into a total meltdown....

You can bet on that....

Financial Time Bomb: Five Megabanks monopolize $700 Trillion derivatives market
http://www.system-88.com/archives/129

...JPMorgan’s Dangerous Derivatives
May 7, 2009, Bloomberg/Businessweek

The derivatives market is now estimated at over $700 trillion.

..JPMorgan had the face-value equivalent of $1.7 trillion in derivatives on its books. Today that number has jumped to a mind-boggling $87 trillion.

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I Like Eike
written by Simpleton, October 27, 2013
nuf said
As reservas de Libra são estratégicas e o Estado deveria ter contratado a Petrobras para operá-las em 100%
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 28, 2013

Folha de Sao Paulo – 28 de Outubro de 2013

Gestão de reservas de Libra deveria ser exclusiva do Estado, diz 'pai do pré-sal'
http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/m...-sal.shtml

As reservas de Libra são estratégicas e o Estado deveria ter contratado a Petrobras (que as descobriu) para operá-las em 100%. A opinião é de Guilherme Estrella, 71, considerado o "pai do Pré-Sal" (ele não gosta dessa denominação, pois diz que o mérito é de uma equipe).

Ex-diretor de Exploração e Produção da Petrobras, o geólogo que mapeou a megareserva faz críticas ao leilão realizado há uma semana e alerta para problemas no interior do consórcio que vai extrair o petróleo (Petrobras, a anglo-holandesa Shell, a francesa Total e duas estatais chinesas).

Para ele, as grandes empresas petrolíferas mundiais, inclusive a Petrobras, representam e defendem os interesses de seus países. "Energia é fator crítico da soberania e do desenvolvimento de qualquer país. Há, portanto, um potencial conflito de interesses geopolíticos absolutamente inerente à presença de estrangeiros numa gigantesca reserva petrolífera como é Libra. Se vai eclodir, não sei. Mas que está lá, está.", afirma.

Dai o artigo continua...sao 11 paginas em total.

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Relations with China from the Perspectives of Brazil
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 28, 2013

Very good seminar about Brazil and China.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – Washington D.C.

“Relations with China from the Perspectives of Brazil and U.S. Global Businesses”
http://youtu.be/9CXbI-Q2Lk4

Time: 1 hr. 36 min.

On Friday October, 12, 2012 the Wilson Center had for a half-day a conference on China's on going partnership with Brazil, Canada, and the United States.


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oiyei vay
written by Simpleton, October 28, 2013
Ricardo, thank you for not posting the other 11 pages. Does everyone understand that this pre-sal thing is something that from a reality standpoint isn't going to be a "you can actually feel it, touch it smell it, ..." kind of real for approximately another 20 years. It's harder than landing on the moon and since when has brasileiros or anyone else done that? I don't care which international name brands anyone cares to include or exclude nor the reasons they chose to do so whether nationalistic, politic, pre-f**kupic, etc.. It's a lose-lose / win-win game of financial three card monty until the world truly grows sufficient demands after other potential sources are ruled out or used up. Guilherme Estrella is 71 for cripes sake. He won't see one drop be harvested nor spilled (nor will many of us 'esteemed' bloggers.) This new (old) intensified focus on 'national' energy independence will surely rape, plunder and ruin this one and only planet faster than the bullet train from Rio do Sul to Agape.
Limiting Foreign Ownership of Land in Brazil
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 28, 2013

Brazzil - Saturday, October 6, 2012

Limiting Foreign Ownership of Land in Brazil
By: Ricardo C. Amaral

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

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Relations with China from the Perspectives of Brazil - Part 2 of 2
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 28, 2013

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – Washington D.C.

“Relations with China from the Perspectives of Brazil and U.S. Global Businesses” - Part 2 of 2

http://youtu.be/p4foADtBmCw

Time: 1 hr 30 min.

The presentation will focus on a topic of special relevance for a deeper understanding of the bilateral relations between Brazil and China.

Featuring:

Claudio Frischtak, Consultant, China-Brazil Business Council
Richard Lapper, Editor, Brazil Confidential, Financial Times

Discussion:

Ambassador Sergio Amaral, President, China-Brazil Business Council
Erin Ennis, Vice President, U.S.-China Business Council
Claudio Frischtak, Consultant, China-Brazil Business Council
Richard Lapper, Editor, Brazil Confidential, Financial Times

Moderator:

Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute


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They mentioned Brazil and Hyperinflation on Part 2 of 2 above.
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 28, 2013

They mentioned Brazil and Hyperinflation on Part 2 of 2 above.

Brazil and Hyperinflation

http://brazilandhyperinflation.blogspot.com/

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Insightful analysis about China...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 29, 2013

Joao, Dan Collins gives an interesting analysis about China's economy.

Keiser Report: Debtocholics Anonymous – October 24, 2013
http://youtu.be/Mnu-dKyry9w

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert, discuss George Osborne in China from where he dissed the jumper class while refusing to come up with more than a 5 day plan for UK command and control economic and monetary policies favoring the bankster class.

In the second half, Max interviews Dan Collins of TheChinaMoneyReport.com about calls in China for a de-Americanization and a rapidly rising pot of savings.

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Cell phones and brain tumor
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 29, 2013


The Truthseeker: 'Casualty catastrophe' - Cell phones & child brains – October 20, 2013
http://youtu.be/6ld8pCSjNcA

Insurers stop covering for cell phone use, called the next 'casualty catastrophe' after tobacco and asbestos; phone manufacturers hit with a class action and personal lawsuits; and the warning deep inside your mobile. Seek truth from facts with Ellie Marks, whose husband Alan is suing the industry for his brain tumor, 'cell phone survivor' Bret Bocook, leading radiation biologist Prof. Dariusz Leszczynski, Microwave News editor Dr. Louis Slesin, Storyleak editor Anthony Gucciardi, and former senior White House adviser Dr. Devra Davis.

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The Economic Collapse Is Coming
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 29, 2013

The Economic Collapse Is Coming - Documentary – September 4, 2013
http://youtu.be/o_N04tREGS0

Time: 46 min.

The Market even coined a term, NINA loans: "No Income, No Assets, No Problem!"

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Simultaneously pursue economic growth and human development
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 29, 2013

He says it is possible to simultaneously pursue economic growth and human development.


May 4, 2013

Growth vs Development: Nobel winner Amartya Sen discusses way ahead for India with NDTV
http://youtu.be/p3aj9Ha-p0g

Dr Sen pitches for the Asian model of development, first championed by Japan in the 1860s. He says this model put "the emphasis on making the country fully literate, educated, providing health care providing nutritional support in a way that people are able to work and be productive." He says it is possible to simultaneously pursue economic growth and human development.

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Is Germany poised to break free from US?
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 30, 2013

Is Germany poised to break free from US? - October 29, 2013
By Rodney Shakespeare

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2...e-from-us/

Is Germany about to break free from Europe, from the USA, and, in particular, from Zionist Israel?

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Government -- investor, risk-taker, innovator
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 30, 2013

TED – October 2013

Mariana Mazzucato: Government -- investor, risk-taker, innovator

http://www.ted.com/talks/ mari...er_innova
tor.html



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Journalist Michael Hastings Dies in Fiery Crash
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 30, 2013

Journalist Michael Hastings Dies in Fiery Crash Hollywood RAW FOOTAGE – June 20, 2013
http://youtu.be/vE4p-R2MoI0


Journalist Michael Hastings, whose blunt Rolling Stone profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal led to the resignation of the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, died today in a car crash in Los Angeles, according to the magazine and a website for which he worked. Officials with the Los Angeles County coroner's office could not immediately confirm if the 33-year-old Hastings was the person who died around 4:25 a.m. when a car smashed into a tree and caught fire on Highland Avenue near Melrose Avenue in the Hanc**k Park area. The circumstances of the crash were under investigation, but a cameraman at the scene said the vehicle, a Mercedes, was being driven at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred. The car's engine ended up 200 feet away from the collision site, he said. Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner's office said the body was burned beyond recognition, and the identity of the victim would not be known until at least Wednesday.

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Filme militante é uma tragédia', diz cineasta Eduardo Coutinho
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 30, 2013

Joao, aqui esta um artigo sobre meu primo Eduardo Coutinho (A avo paterna dele era irma de minha avo paterna – ele tambem e membro da familia “Souza Queiroz” e “Andrada e Silva”.)

Folha de Sao Paulo – 30 de Outubro de 2013

'Filme militante é uma tragédia', diz cineasta Eduardo Coutinho

http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/i...inho.shtml


Grande homenageado da Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo, Eduardo Coutinho renega o cinema como instrumento político de intervenção no que o público pensa ou deveria pensar.

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It's just a matter of time for the s**t to hit the fan...Panic time ahead.....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, October 31, 2013

Joao, as you must know by now I have been suggesting for almost 3 years that the Brazilian government dump the US dollar currency reserves, and replace it with actual gold reserves.


January 14, 2013

Here is what I posted on various places on the net including Brazzil magazine about the "Currency Wars":

They closed my account at the Elite Trader because of my posting where I mentioned that the Brazilian central bank had started replacing its US$ 400 billion dollars international reserves with gold reserves.

That really scared the Federal Reserve at a time when they are flooding the market with trillions of US dollars and turning the US dollar into confetti.

In that thread there is a lot of information that the Federal Reserve and US Treasury doesn't want you to see it.

The only reason that I can think for them to close that thread is because my last posting raise the red flag and it is PANIC time at the Federal Reserve and US Treasury, and they were told to close that thread.

Here is the posting that created the “PANIC”.

By the way, in the last 2 years I had been suggesting on my articles and postings on the web for the Brazilian Central Bank to replace at least 80 percent of its US dollar foreign reserves holdings with GOLD.

Here is the posting that created the “PANIC”.


Elite Trader Forum: Central Banks and the US Dollar
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=bcb0e35ebf4dac457df744d86bc4994b&threadid=81958&perpage=6&pagenumber=109

December 12, 2012

SouthAmerica: Finally the Brazilian central bank started replacing its US$ 400 billion dollars international reserves with gold reserves.

In an effort to diversify the central bank reserves in September/October 2012 alone the Brazilian central bank bought 19 tonnes of gold with more purchases to come.

Congratulations - a very smart move by the Brazilian central bank!!!!!

By the way, the Financial Times (UK) had an article on December 11, 2012 "Brasilia joins Latin American gold rush".

The article mentioned that in 2011 Mexico bought 100 tonnes of gold, and besides Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Colombia also bought some gold in 2012.


*****


Joao da Silva, I recommend that you take the time and watch this video:


Greg Hunter – October 29, 2013

Jim Sinclair: Gold Will be $50,000 per Ounce, Gold Confiscation, Dollar Gets Hammered and More

http://youtu.be/8IQ_TBJHrcU

Time: 45 min.

According to Jim Sinclair of JSMineset.com, by 2016, "Gold will be $3,200 to $3,500 an ounce."

By 2020, Sinclair predicts, "Emancipated gold will be $50,000 per ounce." As far as gold confiscation goes, Sinclair says that Its not going to happen, but a windfall tax could definitely be in the cards. Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with renowned gold expert Jim Sinclair.

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Onde foi ch.c
written by Simpleton, November 01, 2013
That's right Ricardo, in Sep / Oct 2012 was the ideal moment for the Brazilian government to be replacing their US$400 billion currency reserves with hard gold at historic prices at your behest. Sure did help bring gold prices down didn't it? You said buy buy buy and ch.c said sell sell sell. Doubt that anyone thinks long term, mid term and short term strategies don't collide and interfere with each other at times but, but, but ... so far unless those US$800 an ounce 'at cost' purchases were made directly from the government funded slave operated in country mining operations ... We're still at or below the early 2011 London price fixings. Smooth move by the latin faction in 2011 / 2012. Here at the end of 2013 there are so many dollars out there you can use very much fewer of them to buy much more gold.
Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 02, 2013

Joao, the above links that you posted is not working from my computer.

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Reply to Simpleton
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 02, 2013

Now I have a better understanding why Jim Sinclair has been right about many of his predictions in the last 30 years...He is the ultimate insider among the small group of globalists that run the entire world economy.


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Annihilation of U.S. Dollar Coming-Jim Sinclair – October 30, 2013
http://www.jsmineset.com/2013/...-sinclair/

Renowned gold expert Jim Sinclair says financial calamity is just around the corner for America. Sinclair contends, “We are facing the annihilation of currency. We are facing the shift of America as the leading and most influential nation of the world to some form of banana republic. . . . If it wasn’t for food stamps, we would be facing long lines of people waiting for free food.” For gold, everything hinges on the U.S. dollar, and Sinclair says, “I think the dollar gets hammered. I believe we are headed for hyperinflation.” One of the many black swans, according to Sinclair, is the possible abandonment of the U.S. dollar by Saudi Arabia. If Saudi Arabia stopped selling oil only in U.S. dollars, what would that do to the buying power of the buck? Sinclair says gasoline would be “$10 a gallon very soon, without a doubt.”

Sinclair predicts retirement funds and bank deposits are going to be taken by the government. How much of your money could you lose? Sinclair says, “In Cypress, it was a total of 83%. . . . Cypress is the blueprint, and it’s what we are going to experience here in the United States.”

Jim Sinclair, who has just accepted the position as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the establishment of the Singapore Gold Exchange, says, “The exchange will trade physical gold only and not future gold. . . . You have to make delivery.” Meaning, there will be no naked short selling or manipulation of this new market. Sinclair says, “This will emancipate gold from the paper price.” How high will gold go? Sinclair predicts, by 2016, “Gold will be $3,200 to $3,500 an ounce.” By 2020, Sinclair predicts, “Emancipated gold will be $50,000 per ounce.”


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May 18, 2010

JIM SINCLAIR: The Sinclair-Rothschild-Goldman Sachs-Lehman Bros. Connections
http://wakeupfromyourslumber.c...onnections

..."The single reason Jim Sinclair would be able to accurately predict the exact timing of the dollar collapse would be his access to inside information at the highest level. It should not be overlooked that Jim Sinclair's ancestors, the House of Seligman, partnered with the House of Rothschild and the House of Morgan, which places him in the inner circle of the Learned Elders of Sion."


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Saturday, August 16, 2003
Author: Jim Sinclair

http://chasegalleryconnect.org..., ....html


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Timeliness
written by Simpleton, November 03, 2013
If the 2009 advice of Sinclair had been heeded to instead of doing what Ricardo advised for doing in 2011/2012, latin America and Brasil would have garnered a tidy profit instead of currently showing a loss of 23% plus. Hopefully they didn't already bail out of those positions and realize the loss as I'm afraid Sinclair's October 30, 2013 surmise is fairly accurate. One thing though, I surmised basically the same thing a full 24 hours before that October 2013 post!
Reply to Simpleton
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 03, 2013

I have no idea what you are talking about on the above posting.

Simpleton: "instead of currently showing a loss of 23% plus."

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exchange
written by SImpleton, November 03, 2013
Ricardo advised Brasil to exchange reserve USD for gold at the height of historic gold prices. With the pull back since then, that gold is worth 23 percent less. As I said, sometimes long term, mid term and short term objectives collide and interfere. As an economist we EXPECT Ricardo to understand these things and keep all his insights in proper perspective and maintain currency (temporal type) and relevancy. Sometimes he's just plain wrong, can't see things from anything other than his own point of view, disregards or refuses to consider facts, etc., etc., but we like him anyway.smilies/grin.gif
Ricardo Amaral
written by Joao da Silva, November 03, 2013

Right now I am in ole Europe, Ricardo and not too familiar with the tablet I brought from home. Guess getting too old!

The refers to the intention of Petrobras to use "gatilho" to increase the price of gasoline. Our friend
Guido M doesnt seem to be too happy about it.smilies/cry.gifsmilies/sad.gifsmilies/shocked.gif
LOL
written by Simpleton, November 03, 2013
Joao, you're not getting too old to learn are you??? Yes, going from a selectric with both the tactile and audible feedback to a tablet isn't exactly natural but your navel caressing finger will eventually adapt to single digit hunt and peck typing assuming your eyesight still allows you to see the on-screen keypad and the screen size isn't too small.

It's good to know you can still make light of your old age but one question: Since they apparently let you bring your tablet onboard, did they also let you bring your chisels? smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 04, 2013

Joao, I hope you have a great time in Europe during your vacation.

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Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 04, 2013

Joao, I hope you have a great time during your vacation in old Europe.

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Reply to Simpleton
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 04, 2013

Simpleton, 3 years ago when I started to suggest that the Brazilian Central Bank should start replacing its US dollar currency reserves, and replace it with gold the price of gold was around $ 1,350.00 per oz.

I was not suggesting that they did that in one transaction, or in a very short period of time – I was suggesting that they should do that over a long period of time to not affect the current market price of gold – and if they had followed my suggestion then their average price for gold in the last 3 years would have been around $ 1,500.00 per oz.


http://www.gold.org/investment...ice_chart/



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Bloomberg News – December 21, 2012

Brazil Doubles Gold Reserves as Central Banks Buy Bullion

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...s-buy.html

...Brazil boosted gold reserves for a third month in November to double the country’s holdings since August as central banks from Russia to Belarus and South Korea add the metal to diversify their assets.
Brazilian holdings expanded 14.7 metric tons in November to 67.2 tons, the most since November 2000, according to data on the International Monetary Fund’s website. The country bought 17.2 tons in October after adding 1.7 tons in September, the first increase since 2008.


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Note:

During the period that the Brazilian Central Bank bought gold reserves from August to November 2012 they probably bought at an average price of $ 1,650.00 per oz.

As of the end of September 2013 Brazil still had only 67.2 metric tons. of gold, and Brazil still holding US$ 369 billion dollars in foreign currency reserves. About US$ 300 billion dollars in US government securities....

The Brazilian Central Bank should keep buying more gold (and keep it stored in Brazil) and average down its cost since from the current price of gold of around US$ 1,300.00 per oz the downside risk of gold from this level is about another US$ 150.00, and the upside potential gains basically the sky is the limit - but a price target of about US$ 2,000.00 to US$ 3,000.00 per oz. it's reasonable today, since the real value of the US dollar is being debased and is being tuned into confetti.

It's time for the Brazilian Central Bank to start dumping these US government securities before it's too late, and replace it with gold reserves – the s**t can reach the fan at any time now regarding the value of the US dollar, and its use as the main international reserve currency.

Some central banks are playing games and they are keeping the price of gold artificially down with the paper games that they play – but these games are going to end with gold exchanges that trade only in physical gold.

No more massive naked shorts to artificially depress the price of gold...

The term paper gold means you have a piece of paper acting as a substitute for the physical gold. With paper gold, you don't own the gold; you own a promise to receive physical gold. In plain English, it means you are a creditor of the corporation issuing the paper gold certificate, thus subject to counterparty risks. Owning the physical gold has no counterparty risk and is fully under your control.

Examples of paper gold are gold certificates issued by banks and mints, pool accounts, futures accounts and the NYSE listed exchange-traded fund. With these products you own a piece of paper rather than physical gold. These paper products give you exposure to the gold price; you can make a profit by selling them to someone wishing to own paper gold, however when the music stops and nobody wants to purchase paper anymore, it becomes worthless since you may not able to redeem your metal.

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Reply to Simpleton
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 04, 2013

I also like to remind Simpleton that I started writing on my articles about the price of gold in 2001 when gold was trading at US$ 295.00 per oz., and I said at the time that the price of gold would go up in the coming years in US dollar terms, because of the currency debasement of the value of the US dollar.

I also have been writing about the "Currency Wars" for many years, and the race to the bottom.

By the way, I mentioned that the price of gold was going to rise in US dollars on my book that was written in 1999, and published in May 2000.


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Organization of provision of bank instruments
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possibly right advice possibly wrong timing possibly wrong location
written by Simpleton, November 04, 2013
From your own bloomber quote, Brasil doubled their ENTIRE gold holdings at your estimated average price of $1650 during the later part of 2012 - nifty short term move that you in a previous post above indicated you were advocating strongly that they do during the 2011/2012 bubble. They ran with the hurd so's to speak (if you can call Russia to Belarus and South Korea a hurd.) Doubling down is the strategy that you are now advocating.

I myself stopped dabbling in the physical gold market a long time ago - in at around 275 / out at around 450. Year over year ROI after storage costs basically sucked. And how about that huge delivery of arms for the police to a (cough cough) secure facility there in Brasil years ago? Oh, that's right, the bandidos broke in and got it all shortly after it arrived. Store the gold in Brasil?? Let Brasil be first among nations to provide homebase for an exchange that deals in physical gold only!!!

Sad to see that they are still stuck with 300 of their 369 billion reserve in US government securities. Shoulda ditched those while the ditching was good. (I'm assuming they didn't buy them during 2011 / 2012 during which period prices were high / yields were low.) But then maybe they're sticking to the adage ch.c seems to have always believed Brasil applies - buy high, sell low.
Reply to Simpleton
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 05, 2013

Simpleton, the Brazilian Central Bank bought gold only during the months of August, September, October and November 2012 and as of the end of September 2013 the Brazilian Central Bank still have the same amount of gold.

It took a long time for Brazil to earn all these currency reserves - not long ago the Brazilian government had only about US$ 35 billion in foreign currency reserves - and they built over time the reserves to almost US$ 400 billion dollars.

They built these massive positive currency reserves with the compliments of China.

As I mentioned to you before, at this point, from the current price of gold of around US$ 1,300.00 per oz the downside risk of gold from this level is about another US$ 150.00.

And the upside potential gains basically the sky is the limit - but a price target of about US$ 2,000.00 to US$ 3,000.00 per oz. it's reasonable today, since the real value of the US dollar is being debased, and the US dollar is being turned into confetti.

China has been buying a lot of gold, and by 2014 China might have as much as 5,000 tons. of gold compared with Brazil's 67 tons.

China is a major producer of gold, and they don't sell any of their gold in the gold market - China is building a massive reserves of gold.

China must have something in mind, since they have been building such a large inventory of gold, and China stopped buying US government securities, and they started reducing their inventory of US government securities.

The downside risk of gold is small as I mentioned above, but the downside risk and decline in value of the US government securities that the Brazilian Central Bank still holding can be catastrophic with massive losses as the US dollar is turned into confetti.


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We are talking about macroeconomics here, and a long-term perspective, and you are talking about short-term Wall Street mindset.

The Federal Reserve and the banksters of Wall Street are manipulating the price of gold in every way they can, otherwise the derivatives market would explode with massive losses for the banksters of Wall Street.

I would not use a bank statement of these banks too big to fail in Wall Street, even as toilet paper, never mind invest in that kind of garbage.

Eventually, the s**t is going to hit the fan, and the price of gold is going way up in US dollar terms - I am talking about holding physical gold, and not the paper garbage that Wall Street sells around the world.

Watch this video and Paul Craig Roberts gives a better explanation for you to understand what I am talking about.

Paul Craig Roberts-Fed Trapped by Money Printing – November 3, 2013
http://youtu.be/GIMiKBbdGzo

Time: 29 min.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts-Fed Trapped by Money Printing

Economist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts says the Fed is never going to stop printing money. Dr. Roberts contends, "They're trapped because you can't expect them to say let's blow up the world right now so we don't have a crisis in the dollar next year." Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.

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Here is an interesting video about the Mexican drug cartel
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 05, 2013

TED - November 2013

Rodrigo Canales: The deadly genius of drug cartels

http://www.ted.com/talks/rodri...rtels.html


Up to 100,000 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the last 6 years. We might think this has nothing to do with us, but in fact we are all complicit, says Yale professor Rodrigo Canales in this unflinching talk that turns conventional wisdom about drug cartels on its head. The carnage is not about faceless, ignorant goons mindlessly killing each other but is rather the result of some seriously sophisticated brand management.

Rodrigo Canales wants to understand how individuals influence organizations or systems--even those as complex as the Mexican drug cartels.

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written by Joao da Silva, November 05, 2013
Ricardo: Thanks

Simpleton: Brought the chisels & broom sticks too (to clean the screen). Getting better and better in typing. I still prefer the midwest over ole E.U . to spend quality time.smilies/cry.gif
Of Course You are Right
written by Simpleton, November 05, 2013
Brasil's reserves that were built up had nothing to do with the bailouts from decades prior whether that was paper or lead weight now did it Ricky? I would assume you are well familiar with the works of JK Galbraith. My copy of "Money, whence it came, where it went" is signed by the author.

Joao, glad you managed to skip the digi-pen phase but please do tell us more about those European broomstick riders cleaning your slate. Here in the mid-west there are still plenty of quarry in case writing down your iron stone clad thoughts about quality time runneth over.
An interview with Paul Craig Roberts
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 06, 2013

Press TV - November 6, 2013

An interview with Paul Craig Roberts

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2...g-roberts/

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How the NSA betrayed the world's trust
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 09, 2013

TED – November 2013

Mikko Hypponen: How the NSA betrayed the world's trust - time to act

http://www.ted.com/talks/ mikk...s_trust_t
ime_to_act.html



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Keiser Report: Debtonomics of Suicide – November 7, 2013
http://youtu.be/FZnU1tD8Y_g

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert burning matches at stall speed as the US is now producing as much new debt as goods and services and the rate of currency dilution exceeds the rate of production growth. And what happens when an Empire hits 'stall speed?' They plunder and steal from workers and savers through inflation; or through the NSA 'surveillance.'

In the second half, Max interviews Wolf Richter about the ongoing and escalating economic fallout from the NSA spying scandal.

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Sustainability the right government policy for the Brazilian economy in the coming years...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 09, 2013

Exponential Function and Growth

The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand “The Exponential Function”.

The growth in any doubling time is greater than the total of all preceding growth!



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Dr. Albert Bartlett interview - May 22, 2012
http://youtu.be/F8ZJCtL6bPs

Time: 1 hr.

Dr. Albert Bartlett discusses population growth, climate change, energy, and consumption.


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Sustainability 101: Exponential Growth - Arithmetic, Population and Energy (Full - Updated)
http://youtu.be/o0ghHia-M54

Time: 1 hr

Dr. Albert Bartlett discusses the implications of unending growth on economies, population, and resources. Presented at UBC on 5/19/2011.

This compelling lecture is easy to pay attention to and gives a basic introduction to the arithmetic of steady growth, including an explanation of the concept of doubling time. He explains the impact of unending steady growth on population. He then examines the consequences steady growth in a finite environment and observes this growth as applied to fossil fuel consumption, the lifetimes of which are much shorter than the optimistic figures most often quoted.

He proceeds to examine oddly reassuring statements from "experts", the media and political leaders - statements that are dramatically inconsistent with the facts. He discusses the widespread worship of economic growth and population growth in western society. Professor Bartlett explains "sustainability" in the context of the First Law of Sustainability:

"You cannot sustain population growth and / or growth in the rates of consumption of resources.

This 1708th presentation of this material by Dr. Bartlett brings the listener to understand and appreciate the implications of unending growth on a finite planet, and closes noting the crucial need for education on this topic.

Professor Bartlett has given this celebrated one-hour lecture beginning in September, 1969, to audiences with an average attendance of 80 in the United States and world-wide. His audiences have ranged from junior high school and college students to corporate executives and scientists, and to congressional staffs.

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Gerald Celente - Declare your Independance
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 09, 2013

Gerald Celente - Declare your Independance - November 5, 2013
http://youtu.be/88Pz9NSauuk

Gerald Celente provides an update on the economy/projections for future


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United States and Israel lose “UNESCO” voting rights – November 9, 2013
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2...ng-rights/


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The party is over....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 09, 2013

BloombergBusinessweek – November 7, 2013

Retiring Boomers Will Hurt Consumer Spending, Economic Growth

http://www.businessweek.com/ar...mic-growth

He earns about one-third of his final pay since leaving the auto company in 1990. “There is no magic bullet,” says Fransetta, 77, who lives in Wellington, Fla., near West Palm Beach. “I have cut vacations and travel. You have to manage your food very closely. You don’t go out and buy expensive cuts of beef. You have to catch things on sale.”

As millions of baby boomers join Fransetta in retirement, income growth will provide less oomph for the economy in the next 20 years. The labor force that remains will include a growing share of workers with less earning power.

Together, the trends will act as a brake on consumer spending, which makes up 70 percent of the gross domestic product of the U.S. “If we don’t change, we are grinding to a halt,” says James Paulsen, the Minneapolis-based chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management. “The capability of the economy, its potential to grow, is far less.”

Long-term growth of about...

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Professor Michael Spence - The Next Convergence: the future of Economic Growth
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 09, 2013

Professor Michael Spence - The Next Convergence: the future of Economic Growth - 15 October 2013
http://youtu.be/atA2lXwR5FY

Time: 1 hr. 5 min.

About the Speech:

With growth sluggish in the West, but continuing a pace in the BRICS, the world economy could look very different in just a few short years. Prof Spence was the chairman of the independent Commission on Growth and Development, an international body that from 2006-2010 analyzed opportunities for global economic growth. In his presentation to the IIEA he developed on this work, on his 2011 book "The Next Convergence -- The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World" and on his more recent research to give us an insight into the prospect for growth around the world and what this means for the global economy.

About the Speaker:

Michael Spence, a Nobel laureate in economics, is Professor of Economics at NYU's Stern School of Business, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Academic Board Chairman of the Fung Global Institute in Hong Kong. His work on education and job-market signaling in the early 70s was a major breakthrough in economic theory. He was awarded a Nobel prize in 2001 for his research in economics. Prof Spence is also a frequent public commentator and writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate.

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The Brazilian government and the state governors in Brazil should watch this video...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 11, 2013

Joao da Silva, if you have some time watch this video.

By the way Joao, what happened to our friend Ederson?


The Impending Collapse of the World Economy – July 2013
http://youtu.be/YdYG_ZEw2xw

Time: 1 hr. 50 min.

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Enjoy watching these videos....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 14, 2013

Gerald Celente - RTTV International - November 11, 2013
http://youtu.be/eV9UHDMDdJw

Gerald talks about the French blocking the Geneva deal on Iran


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Keiser Report: Troika Occupiers - November 12, 2013
http://youtu.be/MNXmL771mBA

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss drinking the kool aid (never mind the cyanide) while the young and unemployed of Ireland are encouraged to emigrate by government economists determined to flatter their Troika stats.

In the second half, Max interviews author and investor, Peter Schiff, about inflation in fraud as governments want a cut of financial crimes and the trickle down monetary policy ponzi scheme.

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Satyajit Das - The Australian Dream is Over
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 14, 2013

Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2013:

Satyajit Das - The Australian Dream is Over – November 11, 2013
http://youtu.be/3K2m7NnO7iY

Time: 1 hr. 5 min.

Australian dreams of prosperity were built on the wealth trinity -- a good well-paying job, a nice house and comfortable retirement financed by superannuation. Unfortunately this has now become an illusion. Australians are now members of the 'precariat', the precariously employed proletariat.

Globalisation's combination of off-shoring and relentless technological change has reduced job security and income for all but a select few. Housing was seen as an Australian birth right and retirement nest egg leading to massive over-investment in real estate. Now lower housing affordability and reliance on housing prices has undermined this pillar of the Australian prosperity. As for superannuation, unrealistic expectations, poor returns and investment losses mean that the golden years of retirement funded by super have vanished. How did the great Australian dream come to this?

Satyajit Das outlines the reality of Australian prosperity. In this provocative talk, he shows how in the words of historian George F. Kennan: "The truth is sometimes a poor competitor in the market place of ideas -- complicated, unsatisfying, full of dilemmas, always vulnerable to misinterpretation and abuse".

Satyajit Das is a former banker and the author of the books Extreme Money and Traders Guns & Money. He is a regular financial commentator for international news outlets, and appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job as well as television documentaries for PBS Frontline and BBC TV.

Chair: Whitney Fitzsimmons hosts the Business Today program on ABC News 24 and on Australia Network. Previously, she presented news for Australia Network, worked as a senior producer for Lateline and reported on stories for the ABC's domestic news service.


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Satyajit Das
http://economistsatyajitdas.blogspot.com/


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