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Does Brasília Matter? A Close Look at Rhetoric and Reality in Washington PDF Print E-mail
2013 - November 2013
Written by Chris Cote and Mark S. Langevin   
Monday, 04 November 2013 02:20

Presidents Barack Obama and Dilma RousseffThe revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency has been reading the text messages and e-mails of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and other senior officials and gathering information on the national oil company Petrobras led to a scramble for new Brazilian Internet protocols, a rewiring of the greater part of the continent, and, of most immediate consequence, a postponement of President Rousseff's October State Visit to the United States.

Even a last minute U.S. visit by the Foreign Minister could not circumvent the embarrassing postponement for the Americans.

The debacle has led many observers in both countries and across the world to ask fundamental questions about U.S. intentions with respect to Brazil and its role in the world. Michael Shifter, President of the Inter-American Dialogue concluded,

"The revelations suggest that the U.S. went way too far, beyond any reasonable justification of containing security threats… Such an overreach is disrespectful and has touched a real nerve in Brazil, a country that prizes its sovereignty and is understandably sensitive about such abuses."

In large part the U.S.-Brazil relationship is decentralized across a number of bilateral dialogues, ranging from the Strategic Energy Dialogue to the Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability among dozens of other consultative mechanisms. How has U.S. spying on the Brazilian government damaged these dialogues and breached whatever bilateral trust existed before the debacle?

Does Washington have the desire to conduct an honest, mutually respectful relationship with its largest South American ally and trading partner or – reckoning back to a Cold War mentality – has it been hoping only to manage this global swing-state, to balance Brazil away from Russia or China, and perhaps – as many in Brazil suggest – prevent her rise?

Too Much Dialogue, Too Little Negotiating?

Representative David Nunes, Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, noted in his opening remarks in a June 12 hearing on the US-Brazil trade and investment relationship, that "currently there are around thirty U.S.-Brazil bilateral dialogues. About half focus on trade and economics, with the White House, USTR, Commerce, State, Treasury, Energy, and USDA all leading different dialogues with numerous Brazilian agencies."

Recent remarks from U.S. government officials and business leaders center on the key issues of: energy, investment, trade, and defense and democracy.

Energy

Energy is the foundation for a large part of the US-Brazil relationship. Biofuels and deep-water drilling make up the bulk of the conversation. Biofuels have been an official area of cooperation since 2008, when the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding, but current discussions center more on Embraer and Boeing cooperating on the research and development of biofuels for jet engines. U.S. officials have repeatedly cited this example as a strong area of cooperation on biofuels.

In May 2013 Vice President Biden remarked:

"We're making things together. We both know there's a future in biofuels and aviation. Embraer and Boeing are jointly researching and testing the development of biofuels and the capability to use it as jet fuel. If they're successful, the market is limitless."

On September 10, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro noted that, "the United States and Brazil are already innovating together. One such example can be found in biofuels and aviation. Brazilian and U.S. aircraft manufacturers Embraer and Boeing are doing research and experimenting with the development of biofuels as jet fuel. If their experiments are successful, then together we will have created a brand new growth opportunity for both companies and countries."

When Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank visited Brazil with a trade delegation of U.S. business representatives, they visited Embraer.

The other area of energy where the U.S. has made efforts to cooperate is in deep-water oil production. U.S. oil companies have their eyes set on the investment possibilities in the large pre-salt oil fields, but a quartet of new laws to govern the promising fields diminish opportunities for foreign participation while boost the share of work ceded to domestic content suppliers and Petrobras, the state controlled, national oil company. In his May visit, Vice President Biden stressed U.S. experience in the industry and a hope for cooperation:

"But I would argue that we have as much expertise in deep-water extraction and unconventional fuels and petrochemicals as any nation in the world. And we stand ready to be your partner."

Rob Mosbacher Jr., chairman of Mosbacher Energy Company, chairman of the Council of Americas Energy Group and former head of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation echoed the vice president's confidence in the expertise of America's oil companies at the September 4 meeting of the Council of the Americas:

"We are compelled to share best practices throughout the Americas if not the world on drilling and completion techniques, on issues of water utilization, and field emissions."

Mack McLarty, former Clinton chief of staff and chairman of McLarty Associates, noted in testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee that:

"The enthusiasm surrounding Brazil's discovery of enormous pre-salt oil deposits off its coast has been tempered by the acknowledgement that deep-water drilling remains a difficult and risky endeavor. The United States' significant technological and operational safety expertise could be coupled with Brazilian know-how to produce meaningful results.

"Chevron and Exxon Mobil participated in the 11th oil and gas bidding round conducted by the Brazilian authorities in May; but more can be done to further our technical and commercial cooperation in deep-water exploration and production."

McLarty also explained that room for cooperation in shale gas extraction and production had increased and commended the House Ways and Means Committee's "leadership in lifting the ethanol tariff," so that "our two countries more aggressively pursue business opportunities in ethanol production."

Investment

The drive to expand and facilitate investment opportunities runs through much of the U.S. government's engagement with Brazil. The 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games are two significant opportunities that have framed U.S. government and companies' most recent efforts to influence Brazilian public policy.

Tom Shannon, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Ambassador to Brazil, along with Reta Jo Lewis, Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of State, discussed the evolving bilateral relationship since the two countries signed the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding designed to forge greater cooperation in support of these global sporting events. Both highlighted the growing list of opportunities for U.S. headquartered firms at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in February 2013.

There are plenty of opportunities for investment in major infrastructure projects, such as stadiums, airports, and roadways, but too few U.S. policymakers have worked to expand these opportunities within a broader, strategic approach to Brazilian development.

Of course, this U.S. posture is most clearly demonstrated by the U.S. unwillingness to comply with the World Trade Organization ruling against U.S. cotton production and agricultural commodity export subsidies.

Trade

Roberto Marques, representative of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council (affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) and chairman of Johnson & Johnson, lamented to the House and Ways Committee hearing on the U.S.-Brazil trade relationship that:

"U.S. and Brazilian firms have barely tapped the possibilities of this relationship. Brazil's market is far more open to imports than it was 15 years ago, but its tariffs and other barriers are on average significantly higher than those of most other middle-income economies."

But Marques reported that the Brazilian private sector was emerging as a voice for greater free trade and that the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry is,

"dissatisfied with the way Mercosul has held Brazil back from undertaking external trade negotiations. Brazil's Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo has echoed this dissatisfaction with Mercosul, suggested that Brazil's internal market may be insufficient to guarantee its future, and has indicated that Brazil should explore the possibility of negotiating market-opening trade agreements bilaterally."

Several months later Deputy United States Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Miriam Sapiro, proposed a Bilateral Investment Treaty to the Brazil-U.S. Business Council.

Trying a multi-avenue strategy to encourage Brazil to change the way it handles foreign business transactions, the United States also hopes to draw Brazil into negotiations toward developing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, regional trade agreements that would further streamline the flow of goods and services between the countries.

A larger issue shaping the bilateral trade agenda is the cotton dispute. For over a decade Brazil and the United States have sparred over the latter's agricultural support programs, largely within the institutional arena of the World Trade Organization.

This commercial conflict came to a head in 2009 when the U.S. government exhausted every possible appeal to the WTO's decision that subsidies for cotton production in the U.S. were illegal and that the GSM-102 agricultural commodity export financing program was also illegal under international trade law.

The WTO authorized Brazil to impose $829.3 million in retaliatory cross measures, including intellectual property, making for one of the largest cases in WTO history.

In March of 2010 the Brazilian government published a list of U.S. goods whose import tariffs would be greatly increased under the WTO's retaliation authorization. Also, Brazil announced its intention to carry out so called "cross-retaliation" on a number of intellectual properties, as authorized by the WTO. Quickly thereafter, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, its Brazil-U.S. Business Council, and representatives of many U.S. headquartered industries targeted for retaliation by the Brazilian government advocated a solution or suspension of this historic commercial conflict.

A month later, the Brazilian and U.S. governments agreed to suspend this conflict temporarily under a Memorandum of Understanding that among several points of agreement provides for an annual payment of US$ 147.3 million to the Brazilian Cotton Institute (known as IBA). The Brazilian government agreed to suspend trade retaliation in exchange for this financial support of Brazil's cotton industry and a good faith effort to reform U.S. subsidies for domestic cotton producers.

Years after the WTO decision and bilateral accord, the Obama administration and Congress have failed to pass a new Farm Bill that brings U.S. agricultural support programs into compliance with international law, nor has the USTR attempted to negotiate a definite settlement to this case with its Brazilian counterparts.

This state of bilateral affairs has left the Brazilian foreign ministry with few options short of retaliation. Indeed, it appears that the U.S. government will now violate the bilateral agreement that suspends trade retaliation by suspending payments to the Brazilian Cotton Institute in the midst of the budget battle in the U.S. Congress.

Defense and Democracy

In recent years, the military establishments of both nations have engaged in expanding consultation and cooperation, but this may be in jeopardy given the Brazilian government's public protests against U.S. spying. In April of 2012, then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visited Brazil to reinforce the trend toward increasing security cooperation and advocate for the sale of Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet jets to Brazil.

He spoke at Brazil's Superior War College and noted Boeing's efforts to make the sale had the full support of the U.S. Congress and "contains an unprecedented advanced technology sharing that is reserved for only our closest allies and partners." He also reiterated U.S. intentions to work with Brazil on cybersecurity and humanitarian assistance related issues.

Woven through the rhetoric of U.S. government officials and Washington insiders is the notion of shared values in democracy and liberty as shared values that bind bilateral relations. During the February CSIS event, Ambassador Shannon said that it was in the national interest to help Brazil succeed in hosting the World Cup and Olympics "to show that an emerging democratic power could do as well as an autocratic power."

In a similar vein, McLarty testified at the recent House Ways and Means U.S.-Brazil trade hearing and pointed out a number of commendable changes in Brazil's foreign policy:

"In a shift of from even a decade ago, the Brazilian government is more actively engaging in commercial diplomacy and pressing for the rule of law in countries like Ecuador and Bolivia. This trend is almost certainly correlated with the increasing presence of Brazilian multinational companies invested in the region."

Vice President Biden accentuated the importance of shared values in the bilateral relationship.

"That's why we look to you to recognize the difference between undue interference in other nations' affairs and deepening democracy and human rights when they're under attack… On all these great issues between us – from trade and investment to energy to human rights – we'll have our disagreements. All countries do no matter how close they are. But I want you to know, whether we disagree, we start from a position of respect.

"Building Trust and Partnership Given the legacy of state surveillance in Brazil — by a U.S.-supported military regime — did U.S. officials expect Brazilians to take pride in the NSA spying as a sign of just how important Washington regards Brazil's place in the global system?" – Julia Sweig, "Post Mortem Questions"

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's decision to delay her State Visit to the White House is the immediate consequence of the rapid deterioration of bilateral relations fueled by the spying scandal and Washington's inability to adjust to Brazil as global swing state. Brazil can be both ally and obstacle, but it depends on how quickly and decisively the Obama administration and Congress can demonstrate respect and restore Brasilia's trust in Washington.

Toward this end, the U.S. government should negotiate binding agreements of cooperation that reflect mutual respect and demonstrate a sense of urgency and compromise focused on advancing the critical interests of both nations. Moreover, it is time to refocus the bilateral relationship away from the diffuse and growing list of consultative mechanisms and toward a sharply focused set of negotiations on the issues that matter most right now.

1. Given former Secretary of Defense Panetta's views on bilateral relations, including cooperation on cybersecurity, the U.S. government should accept the Brazilian government's request to negotiate an agreement to cooperate on this important collective security issue to restore Brasilia's trust in the U.S. government and work out a cooperative arrangement that strengthens anti-terrorism and non-proliferation efforts.

This is the first step toward building a strategic partnership based on shared values, mutual respect and a trust that can fuel greater cooperation on the most pressing security challenges, including Syria and Iran, as well as a reform of the United Nations Security Council and Brazil's prospects for a permanent seat.

2. President Obama should authorize the USTR, in concert with the USDA and congressional leaders, to negotiate a definitive resolution to the WTO cotton dispute and agree to eliminate trade-distorting subsidies and compensate Brazilian cotton producers for past losses associated with the price and production-distorting impacts of U.S. cotton subsidies.

Working together, the National Cotton Council and the Brazilian Association of Cotton Producers (ABRAPA) provided the U.S. government with a set of recommendations for resolving much of the cotton case. Moreover, the agreement should include a reform of the GSM-102 export subsidy program to gradually phase out the trade distorting aspects of the program.

The agreement should be negotiated quickly and jointly with the respective producer associations, then presented to Congress to be incorporated into the reauthorization of the Farm bill.

3. Given the promotion and success of renewable transportation fuels in both countries and the growing interdependence in ethanol production and supply, it is time to negotiate a bilateral free-trade agreement on biofuels that provides greater certainty to investors, increases supply and price stability, and offers the opportunity for others in the region to build a regional biofuels marketplace.

Removing Barriers to Partnership

The most important part of the binational relationship is what makes both nations so exceptional: their people. There are far too many barriers that unnecessarily distance and ultimately frustrate cooperation between people, organizations, universities and research centers, firms, and investors across the binational borders.

Accordingly Langevin reports:

U.S.-Brazil relations feature a dense web of social and economic relationships that exact greater cooperation and partnership. Brazilian emigration to the U.S. has grown exponentially, increasing the social, organizational, and economic connections between the citizens of both countries, including remittances that Brazilian immigrants send to relatives back home.

Trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) flows between the two countries have multiplied in ways that deepen commercial relations despite the high profile trade conflicts that plague the bilateral trading agenda. The movement of people, goods, services, and investments between the U.S. and Brazil is accelerating, too, without much fanfare or scholarly attention.

Moreover, these forces of gravity continue to amplify cross-national connections and consequently test U.S. and Brazilian governments in both bilateral and multilateral arenas across a host of issues.

The most sensible step forward for U.S. foreign policy toward Brazil is to unilaterally remove as many of these obstacles as possible and begin to negotiate the rest with Brazil to formalize an agreement that facilitates what U.S. and Brazilian citizens are already doing, cooperating along a broad spectrum of social and economic issues and relations.

Toward this end, the U.S. government should waive the visa requirement for Brazilians for family reunification, tourism, business, scholarship and scientific activities without expectations of reciprocity from the Brazilian government.

Perhaps there is too much talk, too many consultative mechanisms, and too few focused negotiations on the issues that matter most to both countries. Too many consultative mechanisms, dialogues, and working groups diffuse the bilateral relationship rather than concentrate attention upon its strategic promise for both nations.

Indeed, too much of the rhetoric and consultations reflect a U.S. drive to expand exports to Brazil, including the advocacy on behalf of Boeing, rather than a concerted negotiation to work out the politics and processes for achieving a strategic partnership. Evidently the myriad of consultative mechanisms have not built sufficient mutual respect and trust to prevent the United States from spying on Brazil or resolve the decade long cotton dispute.

Brazil is a global swing state and its future development and geopolitical footprint may challenge Washington at times. Yet, the Obama administration and Congress must adapt, comply with its commitments to Brazil, and seek to resolve those conflicts that undermine the mutual respect and trust that both U.S. and Brazilian citizens expect.

Ultimately, the promise of the bilateral relationship can only be achieved if the U.S. government makes the first move and dedicates efforts to making bilateral relations work for both nations. Brasília matters and Washington's foreign policymakers must reconcile themselves to this essential fact.

Chris Cote is Research Associate and Mark S. Langevin, Ph.D., the Director of BrazilWorks. BrazilWorks provides consulting services to Brazilian and United States based private sector enterprises, civil society organizations, and policymakers interested in Brazilian markets, investment opportunities, public policies and regulations, the national political economy, and international commercial relations. BrazilWorks specializes in agriculture, biofuels, climate change, capital goods, energy, healthcare, local content policies, oil and gas, development and regulatory policy, and international commercial and investment negotiations. This article was published originally at http://www.brazil-works.com/does-brasilia-matter/

 



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The Time Is Now for Brazil to Build a Strong Military!
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 04, 2013

Brazzil Magazine - Monday, 01 August 2011
“The Time Is Now for Brazil to Build a Strong Military! Just Hire Laid-off NASA Scientists”
Written by Ricardo C. Amaral

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


“It's Imperative and a Matter of National Security For Brazil to Build a Strong Military ASAP”

...The Brazilian government has a great opportunity right now to build and fund its own defense and aerospace industry in Brazil, and leapfrog these industries into the future.

It's becoming obvious that Brazil should not buy any armament from foreigners; Brazil needs to build its own defense and aerospace industries, and today Brazil can accomplish that goal very easily.

The Brazilian government should award a major long-term multibillion dollar contract to Embraer's defense and aerospace subsidiary for them to develop and build a new line of fighter jets in Brazil, and drones for military use, as well as to catapult the Brazilian space program into the future.

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"Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism" - By: Ha-Joon Chang
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 04, 2013

Ha-Joon Chang, "Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism" (Bloomsbury Press, 2007)
http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Sama...1596915986


“Lucid, deeply informed, and enlivened with striking illustrations, this penetrating study could be entitled ‘Economics in the Real World.’ Chang reveals the yawning gap between standard doctrines concerning economic development and what really has taken place from the origins of the industrial revolution until today. His incisive analysis shows how, and why, prescriptions based on reigning doctrines have caused severe harm, particularly to the most vulnerable and defenseless, and are likely to continue to do so.”—Noam Chomsky


*****


Using irreverent wit, an engagingly personal style, and a battery of examples, Chang blasts holes in the “World Is Flat” orthodoxy of T homas Friedman and other liberal economists who argue that only unfettered capitalism and wide-open international trade can lift struggling nations out of poverty. On the contrary, Chang shows, today’s economic superpowers—from the U .S. to Britain to his native Korea—all attained prosperity by shameless protectionism and government intervention in industry. We have conveniently forgotten this fact, telling ourselves a fairy tale about the magic of free trade and—via our proxies such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World T rade Organization—ramming policies that suit ourselves down the throat of the developing world.

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Robert Reich: Inequality for All
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 05, 2013

Bill Moyers & Company – September 20, 2013

Robert Reich: Inequality for All

http://youtu.be/q-rpkZe2OEo

Time: 57 min.

Bill Moyers talks with Economic analyst Robert Reich about the new film Inequality for All. Opening in theaters across the country next week, the film aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality.


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written by asp, November 06, 2013
what the fuk, they just found out some brazil company was spying on the usa

everyone is spying on everyone, what do people think is going on around the world? wake the fuk up

this is just because people like snow-job, ass-ange and wo-manning think they are going to be big pricks and pull the covers off the usa
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written by asp, November 06, 2013
what the fuk, they just found out some brazil company was spying on the usa

everyone is spying on everyone, what do people think is going on around the world? wake the fuk up

this is just because people like snow-job, ass-ange and wo-manning think they are going to be big pricks and pull the covers off the usa

fuk, the chinese have hacked the usa relentlessly, israel was caught spying on the usa...get a fuking life for gods sake
Is China the new idol for emerging economies?
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 15, 2013

TED – November 2013

Dambisa Moyo: Is China the new idol for emerging economies?

http://www.ted.com/talks/ damb...g_economi
es.html


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Is China the new idol for emerging economies?
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 15, 2013

Correct link

TED – November 2013

Dambisa Moyo: Is China the new idol for emerging economies?


www.ted.com/talks/dambisa_moyo...omies.html

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Russian Lawmaker Pushing to Make Accepting US Dollar Illegal...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 16, 2013

Here is more bad news for the US dollar: One country start the trend and some other countries will follow it.


Greg Hunter – November 14, 2013

ObamaCare Update, Russian Lawmaker Pushing to Make Accepting US Dollar Illegal

http://youtu.be/EgvHsZt34SM

A Russian lawmaker is pushing a bill that will make accepting the U.S. dollar illegal. He contends that people will suffer in a dollar collapse and countries need to "wean themselves off the dollar." Join Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.com as he gives his analysis on these stories and more in the Weekly News Wrap-Up.


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Sinking like the Titanic....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 16, 2013

The employment numbers look real good in the United States...

Gerald Celente - "God Blesses Warships?" - (11/12/13)

http://youtu.be/g2b-1SLV2Bw

"In the United States there's a record 91.5 million people "missing" out of the labor force, multinationals pumping up their Veterans Day deals & apparently God blesses warships that have the potential to kill hundreds of thousands... how about THAT for taking God's name in vain!"

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written by João da Silva, November 16, 2013
asp
written by João da Silva, November 16, 2013

everyone is spying on everyone, what do people think is going on around the world? wake the fuk up


You are absolutely correct,ASP. You don't have to go around the world to prove the point, though. The old bag next door has been spying on me for a couple of years, especially when I am taking showers. I told her several times that she is violating my constitutional rights & she would never listen.smilies/angry.gif

I am left without any alternative other than to "relax & enjoy" her spying.smilies/cry.gif
reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 17, 2013

Joao, voce ja voltou para o Brazil de suas ferias?

Quantos anos ela tem uns 40?

Tambem ajudaria se voce fechasse a janela do banheiro quando voce esta no shower.

Com a janela aberta ela vai espiar mesmo.

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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, November 17, 2013

Joao, voce ja voltou para o Brazil de suas ferias?


Oi Ricardo,

Voltei anteontem depois de uma viagem cansativa, mas bem divertida. O meu comentário sobre "old bag" foi uma piada com a intenção de elevar o espirito do nosso amigo ASP.Ultimamente ele está p..da vida com a atuação do "Black Bloc".smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
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written by asp, November 17, 2013
bem vindo de volta,joao...po , cara, escerca os trapalhaos dos black blocs, agora o cabana esta bombando e espaojando vida pra carahlho...
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written by João da Silva, November 17, 2013

bem vindo de volta,joao...po , cara, escerca os trapalhaos dos black blocs, agora o cabana esta bombando e espaojando vida pra carahlho...


Thanks ASP.But..but..but.., sad to say that after almost 30 years in Brasil, you still write half arsed Portuguese.It is not o cabana,but...but...but...a cabana,lad.smilies/sad.gif
Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, November 18, 2013

Hi Ricardo.

Here is an interesting article to read.

http://blogs.estadao.com.br/vo...r-mudanca/

I think 2014 is going to be an interesting year for Brasil.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, November 19, 2013

Where the heck are you,in Cairo?smilies/cool.gif
Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 20, 2013

2014 is an election year in Brazil, but president Dilma will be re-elected.

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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, November 20, 2013

but president Dilma will be re-elected.


It looks and hope it turns out that way, Ricardo. Alckmin is a good candidate, but the "old guard" from his party wouldn't allow him to run!!
Onde esta?
written by Simpleton, November 21, 2013
No Joao, Alpha Chi Rho, no. I don't have a ten year old daughter in need of a clit-nip, the first church of Egypt is a bit of a dangerous place to be right now, and furthermore I am not a member of the Association of Xenophobic People (although those poor suckers at Princeton should be at this point.)
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, November 21, 2013


Thank you, Simpleton for letting us all know that you are alive,well & kicking.

The reason I inquired about your whereabouts and well being is because every time I passed through the f'ng airport "security" during my recent arduous trip, I remembered your comment a few months ago.

The title of this article is "Does Brasilia Matter?" Yes, it matters a lot and you gave the reason in that comment.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Cheers.
Vaguely matters or Voguely matters?
written by Simpleton, November 23, 2013
Yes Joao, being able to remember things from a few months ago is quite a feat / admirable given your recent ardors, etc.. Was it my hodgepodge curt comments above about the many forms of old, current and new news events and considerations regarding AXP (or simply Cairo as you stated) in this post that made you feel that I had given the reason Brasilia does matter? Please elaborate. I remember a bright sun rising yesterday but . . .
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, November 24, 2013

Vaguely matters or Voguely matters?


Simp, sometime ago you (probably jokingly) said, perhaps we would buy the deactivated body scanners at your airports. I was referring to that particular comment of yours! Since from last year the security checks at our airports have been quite vigorous and the norms differing from one airport to another, including the removal of shoes, belts (my pants almost dropping down every time), reading glasses, etc;

To my surprise, at the European airports we passed through, people have to take their Tablets, Lap Tops, Cameras and Cell phone also out of their carry on bags.

While I am not sure if the security check service at our airports has been outsourced to private firms (it is quite possible), I observed that the staff is not as well trained as the government employees (PF/INFRAERO?). Until last year I have heard lots of my fellow country persons bitching and moaning about the shoe removal at the U.S. ports. It was amusing for me to observe everyone of them removing their shoes & belts and meekly submitting to the "newly implemented security measures" at our airports to make air travel safer. If they decide to protest, we may end up buying the deactivated equipment from you to make the travel much more safer.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

Anyway, in spite of all the inconveniences, I did enjoy my trip to Europe. On hindsight, would have avoided Paris (recommend Quebec City to appreciate the French culture, instead). Immensely enjoyed Berlin. From what I could make out from the Cabbies there, our "blue eyed" adversaries have managed to conquer Europe economically, but...but...but.. they are quite modest about their victory.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

BTW, in CDG, I did come across some of your old acquaintances from Algeria & Tunisia, wielding sub machine guns to keep law & order among the passengers. smilies/cool.gifsmilies/tongue.gif
U.S. wants to expand NATO into South Atlantic/South America/South Africa!
written by Itaia Muxaic, November 24, 2013
All the nice details about U.S.-Brazil relations are subordinated below the U.S.NATO plan "Cut the Atlantic-divide". Brazilians are still naively hoping or denying that forces in the U.S. will never concede to an "independent" Brazil as one of the geopolitical poles in a multipolar world: Brazil's "independent" geopolitical strategy in BRICS, UNASUL/UNASUR, CELAC, ZOPACA - are "too damn uppity independent" and attempt to exclude the "security partnership" (read: Control) of the U.S. and its NATO "partners". ---For 2014 - elections and the World Soccer Championship - the thousands of NGOs who are de facto agents of the U.S. and its NATO "partners will ignite and finance attempts to destabilize Brazil's government or at least damage its capacity and image for a geopolitical role towards a multi-polar world. To understand what Brazil is facing - study what the other "too damn uppity independent" BRIC nation - India - was able to enact this year: 4,142 NGOs of the U.S., Britain, France, Germany that are active in India, were forbidden to receive further funding "from outside India": Reason- DIVERSION OF FUNDS AGAINST THE NATIONAL INTERESTS OF INDIA. And for NATO expansion into the South Atlantic study the "publicacoes" on the internet of FUNDACAO KONRAD ADENAUER RIO, titled: Conferencia Seguranca Forte Copacabana 2010, also 2011, 2012 and if available 2013 - some is also in English. In 2010 Brazil's Defense Minister Nelson Jobim told the NATO envoy, the German General Klaus Naumann: "Wir are not partners of the USA for its role in the world: Only South Americans are responsible for the defense of our subcontinent and we need a DISSUASIVE force against threats from outside our area!" (The Germans were shocked and now they bring along "specialist" from Washington to the annual conference...). The fact is : The U.S. has a trade surplus against Brazil and does not buy enough from Brazil. China is Brazil's biggest economic partner: Brazil buys U.S. exports from earnings of Brazil's export to China. The U.S. is no longer the overwhelming economic factor for Brazil. As for technology - there are 1,600 branches of German tech-firms in Brazil (800+ in Sao Paulo) and Mercedes, Volkswagen, BMW are building yet more new plants in Brazil. But the U.S. has forbidden the Germans to cooperate with Brazil's space program, rocket development and nuclear technology.
Paul Craig Roberts: Dollar enters death throes
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 24, 2013

Dollar enters death throes: US economist – November 23, 2013
By: Paul Craig Roberts

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2...economist/

The role of the US dollar as a reserve currency is coming to an end, terminating the US financial bully status, an American economist writes in a column for Press TV

“… the dollar’s role as reserve currency is coming to an end, which means the termination of the US as financial bully and financial imperialist,” Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, a former editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Business Week, wrote in a column for Press TV.

Craig Roberts noted that the growing avoidance of the dollar by many countries to settle trade imbalances, China’s plan to let the dollar decline further in value and considering to price oil futures on the Shanghai Futures Exchange in Yuan shows how dollar is losing its word’s reserve currency status.

“This blow to the dollar in addition to the blows delivered by jobs off shoring and the uncovered bets in the gambling casino created by financial deregulation means that the US economy as we knew it is coming to an end,” the economist added.

The People’s Bank of China said on Wednesday that the country does not benefit any more from increases in its foreign-currency holdings.

Explaining reforms recently outlined by the Chinese government, Governor Zhou Xiaochuan wrote in an article that the monetary authority would “basically” end normal intervention in the currency market and broaden the Yuan’s daily trading range.

“As the dollar enters its death throes, the lawless Federal Reserve and the Wall Street criminals will increase their shorting of gold in the paper futures market, thereby driving the remnants of the West’s gold into Asian hands,” Craig Roberts added.

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The US dollar has reached the end of the line...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 24, 2013

November 24, 2013

It's nice to have influential people such as Paul Craig Roberts, Gerald Celente, and Max Keiser to come out and support what I have been saying for a number of years.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Final Collapse of the US Dollar
By Author and Columnist: Ricardo C. Amaral

http://thefinalcollapseoftheus...of-us.html

...Porter Stansberry quoted me (Brazilian economist Ricardo C. Amaral) on this video. This was the first time that I heard of Porter Stansberry – but it turned out he is supposed to be a very well known figure to the investment community in Wall Street.

In February 2011, two friends of mine mentioned to me that they had seen the enclosed video, and that Bill Gross, Jim Rogers and I were quoted on this video regarding the US dollar. Since December 2010 over 22,000,000 people (22 million people) have seen this video so far on various locations on the web, and I am quoted around the minute 38 to 41 into the video presentation as follows:


As Brazilian economist and strategist Ricardo C. Amaral wrote recently:

“The US dollar served its purpose since the end of WW II, and became the major foreign exchange reserve currency...[but] the days of the US dollar playing that special role...has reached the end of the line, since today that system is very sick, and it is dying a slow death...


Mr. Amaral added that we will soon see: “the major collapse of the US dollar creating the biggest international monetary crisis the world has ever seen...”


Here is one location where you can watch the video:

Porter Stansberry Research - The End of America – December 14, 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...ature=fvwp



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On July 6, 2012 a friend of mine called me to tell me that he had just received a investment newsletter from James Dale Davidson, and he noticed that James Dale Davidson had quoted me on this newsletter regarding the US dollar.

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

James Dale Davidson on minute 35 min. of this video he mentioned Jim Rogers, Bill Gross, and Brazilian economist and strategist Ricardo C. Amaral regarding the US dollar.

James Dale Davidson -- Fall of Capitalism
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckx_Zosrhug


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janelas e chinelas
written by Simpleton, November 25, 2013
Those old (new) nude image body scanners ... yeah, Joao, they probably won't be a good fit for use in Brasilian airports. No belts, no shoes, no papers of any kind including boarding passes, passports, folding money, a note from mommy, no jewelry (including intimately placed piercings she's not willing to have visually and manually re-verified off to the side in a private room) ... very safe. On the other hand it's been a decade since I've seen someone have to relinquish their eyeglasses but perhaps my disobedient seeing eye dog distracted them. Cell phones, PDAs, iPODs, tablets, headphones, battery operated travel alarm clocks and electric razors, etc., etc. have to pulled out and put in separate bins you say? I've never been asked to pull anything out of my carry-on bags or guitar case except the laptop and fluids. Yes times have changed and then changed back and then changed again in some airports. The belt / shoe thing has become the "new normal" just like pocket change and car keys. My last trip to / through CDG the lock blade stayed in the briefcase until just prior to re-entering security in CDG to board an Air Algiers flight(after which it remained very close to my personage until back). Are we to take it that you found the French French less than perfectly pleasant?

Ricardo, did you see the latest clip regarding the 650B or so of undeclared / untaxed off-shore stashes of multi-millionaire Chinese and their plans to emigrate / what the Chinese government appears to want to do? What does a suitcase filled with 50,000 yuan weigh in comparision to it's current equivalent in physical gold? Any comment regarding the peace-for-oil deal being struck with Iran?
Very important area for Brazil's economic development in the coming years
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 26, 2013

Here is a very important area for Brazil's economic development in the coming years.


Big Think Interview With Juan Enriquez
http://youtu.be/YF1pbtu1s3E


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Biotechnologies and Scientific Developments - Juan Enriquez at USI – September 6, 2013
http://youtu.be/ZRpSZMRzE2A

Juan Enriquez, author, businessman, and academic, is one of the world's foremost authorities on emerging (and disruptive) medical technologies. How are extraordinary advances in life sciences changing the way we live and do business?


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Brazil should outlaw fracking 100 percent...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 26, 2013

Brazil should outlaw fracking anywhere in Brazil.

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/


Getting oil using fracking technology is a short-term bonanza, and a long-term environment nightmare.


*****


Robert Kaplan - Oil, Gas, Shale and Natural Resources : The New Global Security Parameters ?
http://youtu.be/-6pbAebJe8o

Forum MEDays 2013 (13-16 novembre), Sous le Haut Patronage de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI.

SP4 : Pétrole, Gaz, Schiste et ressources naturelles : les nouveaux paramètres de la sécurité globale ? Samedi 16 novembre

Avec Robert Kaplan, Robbie DIAMOND et Mehmet Ogutcu . Modéré par Souad Mekhennet.


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But keep in mind, Americans are very reckless in many ways...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 26, 2013


As they mentioned on the above video, most of fracking technology is happening in the United States today.

But keep in mind, Americans are very reckless in many ways, and you don't need to look any further than Americans policies regarding the derivatives market ( a major Ponzi Scheme), and the reckless policies that the Federal Reserve has been following for many years).

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written by João da Silva, November 28, 2013

Could any of our noble fellow bloggers explain what exactly this Le Merde "Black Friday" is? Even the Estadão is warning that it is going be a bleak and black Friday for Brasil.smilies/shocked.gif

A kind of doomsday for the Americas in general and Brasil in particular?smilies/sad.gif

Going out to my bunker at midnight today to avoid any catastrophic event.smilies/cool.gif
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, November 28, 2013

Are we to take it that you found the French French less than perfectly pleasant?


You got it absolutely right!

Hope you are hunkered down in your basement to avoid the fall out from this "Black Friday" and wake up only on "Lilly White Saturday" .smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 29, 2013

Black Friday

1. 1.
(in the US) the day after Thanksgiving, noted as the first day of traditional Christmas shopping, during which crowds of consumers are drawn to special offers by retailers.


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Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...(shopping)


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Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 29, 2013
Black / White / Red
written by Simpleton, November 29, 2013
Somewhere in late May or early June is theoretically when working americans have earned enough (assuming they spent nothing) to pay their taxes (whether officially and visibly seen as taxes or embuito). Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is like an American greeting card industry invention. Isn't it the day retail businesses begin seeing whatever they take in as pure profit? They go from being in the red to being in the black on paper about that time of the year. The competition for the pre-Xmas / pre-Chanukah / pre-Kwanzaa holiday spending binge bucks, when many americans have a free and usually paid day off (thanks to old unionism effects), has gotten fierce over the years but so has the falsity of the advertisement, etc.. Do you really believe the 60 percent off, 75 percent off signage? Why should anyone ever buy anything that is not indicated as a "two-fer" sale item? "Huge Discounts", "Fire Sale" (aka Jewish bargain), "Going Out of Business Sale", ... Come on now, who would even consider purchasing new sheets, bath towels, etc., except during JC Penney's "White Sale" early in the spring when there aren't any holidays being celebrated.

And what happens with the 13th salary in Brasil? Do you think it gets saved up for perhaps some misfortunate event where someone might need anesthesia or prescription medications which the public health plan and most private ones don't pay for?? And, like the American greeting card inventions, why does there appear to never be a week all year long that Brasilians don't celebrate a holiday and thus have reason major portions of the population don't work, close the doors to their lojas, or seemingly become highly unproductive (whether hangover induced or not)?

Doing "Xmas in July" giving presents purchased on post-holiday clearance or re-stocked / returned merchandise has picked up a lot of momentum. Is it becoming the "new norm"? It's like who buys a new swimming suit but only at the end of the summer when the mittens and parkas start coming out of the warehouses?
The "Currency Wars" is snowballing....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, November 29, 2013

Things are moving faster than most people realized....regarding the US dollar and its status as the main world reserve currency.

The "Currency Wars" is snowballing...

On the «bombshell» dropped by China on 20 November 2013
http://www.strategic-culture.o...013-i.html

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po lease blotter
written by Simpleton, November 30, 2013
Can't wait to get next weeks local rag sheet to read the police blotter. Although the JC Penney outlet store in town got sold and then a new big Walmart went in, the Walmart down the road from me, which isn't even on a bus line, has always had issues including the type Ricardo mentions about shoppers on "Black Friday". I don't go shopping there much. The high prevalence of young, forward but yet not outright solicitous booty seemingly there just to hang out like they do in the inner city malls and seeing all the pimpmobiles in the parking lot as you drive in always made me feel a bit uncomfortable. I always went a runnin' when Kmart announced a blue light special on ham and cheese sandwiches at the deli counter. At the Walmart I cringe every time there's something coming over the PA system. Don't know what to expect, "First blood, lot A7" or "Price Rollback, Hookers Aisle 13".
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, November 30, 2013

w/ c.c to Rickey:

Gentlemen, thanks for your info on the "Black Friday". Sad to inform that the effect of this sinister day was felt only on this "Gloomy (literally) Saturday.smilies/sad.gif

Mah Missus went on a shopping binge today and when she reached the cash counter to pay, the machine informed that her (our) credit cards were "Bloqueadas". She was chagrined, but...but...but... dumped 3/4th of the load in the shopping cart and bought just the essentials. Paid with our real currency (pun intended).

Came back and called the 0800 number to lodge her complaint and after spending almost an hour, she was informed by a dumb clerk that for our own "segurança", the cards have been bloqueadas and nothing could be done.smilies/shocked.gif She was smilies/angry.gif and I was smilies/cheesy.gif

BTW, I went out yesterday and could use the card without any problem (though I didn't spot of any item with fat discount as they promised). As far as I can remember, this is the first time an attempt was made by some stores in Brasil to extract money from poor Brasilians by bringing in the holy "Black Friday" theme. Timed it wrong. End of the month and salaried folks don't get their paychecks until the 5th working day of the following one. I bet the advertisement agency responsible got lots of money from the stores!!!
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, November 30, 2013

At the Walmart I cringe every time there's something coming over the PA system. Don't know what to expect, "First blood, lot A7" or "Price Rollback, Hookers Aisle 13".


Great minds think alike, Simp. Our BIG was bought out by yr Walmart years ago, though the "Brand Name" still remains the same. The "Customer Service" and the products are just like the Walmart stores in the U.S. (!!!)
BIG, very BIGGIE
written by Simpleton, November 30, 2013
The Barra "Walmart" was very much more upscale and pricey than those here when it opened many moons ago although I would agree about the "Customer Service". I don't want to jinx your good fortune, sink your battleship or send you down the well but, but, but ...... you might want to inform the missus that it's a CREDIT card not a DEBIT card and be sure she confirms the cashier knows the difference when they enter it. Also, when the register reaches 200 or so, close the bill and start a new one for rest of the purchases. Be sure there is at least 10 minutes between card swipes. That way the credit card company won't feel the need to make it bloqueado to protect themselves for YOUR "seguranca". Although I was only taking care of hors d'oeuvre and a round or two of top shelf drinks for some VIPs and a bottle of wine for those that had feminine accompaniment at a famous eyetalian restaurant there, it was because the bill topped 600 that my business card got blocked and left me stranded because I had no other card with me nor the cash. Sorry MFs, no matter how much I try, no matter how much pre-notification and special requests I have them enter into my record, I still get scr_wed at the worst possible times under the worst possible situations. My hired assassin has run into the same situations at the f'ng grocery store of all places.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 01, 2013

Although I was only taking care of hors d'oeuvre and a round or two of top shelf drinks for some VIPs and a bottle of wine for those that had feminine accompaniment at a famous eyetalian restaurant there, it was because the bill topped 600 that my business card got blocked and left me stranded because I had no other card with me nor the cash.


Questions:

1.600 worthless U$ or the Real ones?
2.How did you get out of the mess, by washing dishes?



Oi ve
written by Simpleton, December 01, 2013
Of course it was 600 Mexican paesos not 600 reais you dolt! smilies/cheesy.gif smilies/cheesy.gif Three months scrubbing pots and pans??? You are soooooo funny.

It turned out both my hired assassin and the one gay guy in our troupe de elite knew the proprietor. He let me leave on deposit my prized possession, a 1000 Turkish lira note, with the understanding I would return the next evening to settle the bill and get it back. To my surprise the new bill had been reduced by the "Serviço". Maybe that had been taken care of via other means?

Anyway, we did and still do try to send them business whenever we run into eyetalians there on business or holiday. For an eyetalian joint, their gazpacho is simply the best.
China plan to quit dollar infuriates United States...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 02, 2013

China plan to quit dollar infuriates US – December 1, 2013
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2...riates-us/

China is dropping the US dollar for other currencies.

The decision by the Central Bank of China to no longer accumulate foreign exchange reserves in dollar has infuriated the United States, an analyst says.

Finian Cunningham made the remark in a Sunday column for Press TV amid escalation of tensions between US and China over Beijing's enforcement of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

“The escalation of military tensions between Washington and Beijing in the East China Sea is superficially over China’s unilateral declaration of an air defense zone. But the real reason for Washington’s ire is the recent Chinese announcement that it is planning to reduce its holdings of the US dollar,” he wrote.

Cunningham said China “move to offload some of its 3.5 trillion in US dollar reserves” poses “a mortal threat to the American petrodollar and the entire American economy.”

“China - the second biggest economy in the world and a top importer of oil - has or is seeking oil trading arrangements with its major suppliers, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela, which will involve the exchange of national currencies,” he wrote, warning that the development threatens “the petrodollar and its global reserve status.”

Cunningham said Beijing’s November 20 notice about plan to “shift its risky foreign exchange holdings” in US dollars for other currencies “is a harbinger that the American economy’s days are numbered.”

“But, in the imperialist, megalomaniac mindset of Washington, the ‘threat’ to the US economy and indebted way of life is perceived as a tacit act of war. That is why Washington is reacting so furiously and desperately to China’s newly declared air corridor. It is a pretext for the US to clench an iron fist,” concluded the analyst.

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Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 02, 2013

Rickey has been talking about decline of the mighty dollar for a couple of years. Now the PRC's plan to dump the U.S. currency has "infuriated" your lawmakers (as well lawbreakers) in D.C.

But...but...but...in spite of your name, you are not all that Simple, Simp. A man with future vision, I must admit!

So you converted all your dollar assets into Mexican Pesos, Turkish Liras & Zimbabwe Dollars a long time ago,eh? Jolly good show,ole chap.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
Dollar Survival Behind US-China Tensions
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 03, 2013

Information Clearing House – December 1, 2013

“Dollar Survival Behind US-China Tensions”
By Finian Cunningham

http://www.informationclearing...e37025.htm

The escalation of military tensions between Washington and Beijing in the East China Sea is superficially over China’s unilateral declaration of an air defense zone. But the real reason for Washington’s ire is the recent Chinese announcement that it is planning to reduce its holdings of the US dollar.

That move to offload some of its 3.5 trillion in US dollar reserves combined with China’s increasing global trade in oil based on national currencies presents a mortal threat to the American petrodollar and the entire American economy.

This threat to US viability - already teetering on bankruptcy, record debt and social meltdown - would explain why Washington has responded with such belligerence to China setting up an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) last week extending some 400 miles from its coast into the East China Sea.

Beijing said the zone was aimed at halting intrusive military maneuvers by US spy planes over its territory. The US has been conducting military flights over Chinese territory for decades without giving Beijing the slightest notification.

Back in April 2001, a Chinese fighter pilot was killed when his aircraft collided with a US spy plane. The American crew survived, but the incident sparked a diplomatic furor, with Beijing saying that it illustrated Washington’s unlawful and systematic violation of Chinese sovereignty.

Within days of China’s announcement of its new ADIZ last week, the US sent two B52 bombers into the air space without giving the notification of flight paths required by Beijing.

...A second intrusion of China’s claimed air territory involved US surveillance planes and up to 10 Japanese American-made F-15 fighter jets. On that occasion, Beijing has responded more forcefully by scrambling SU-30 and J-10 warplanes, which tailed the offending foreign aircraft.

Many analysts see the latest tensions as part of the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the islands known, respectively, as the Diaoyu and Senkaku, located in the East China Sea. Both countries claim ownership. The islands are uninhabited but the surrounding sea is a rich fishing ground and the seabed is believed to contain huge reserves of oil and gas.

...It is hard to justify Washington and Tokyo’s stance on the issue. The islands are much nearer to China’s mainland (250 miles) compared with Japan’s (600 miles). China claims that the islands were part of its territory for centuries until Japan annexed them in 1895 during its imperialist expansion, which eventually led to an all-out invasion and war of aggression on China.

...However, it is the background move by China to ditch the US dollar that is most likely the real cause for Washington’s militarism towards Beijing. The apparent row over the air and sea territory, which China has sound rights to, is but the pretext for the US to mobilize its military and in effect threaten China with aggression.

In recent years, China has been incrementally moving away from US financial hegemony. This hegemony is predicated on the US dollar being the world reserve currency and, by convention, the standard means of payment for international trade and in particular trade in oil. That arrangement is obsolete given the bankrupt state of the US economy. But it allows the US to continue bingeing on credit.

China - the second biggest economy in the world and a top importer of oil - has or is seeking oil trading arrangements with its major suppliers, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela, which will involve the exchange of national currencies. That development presents a grave threat to the petrodollar and its global reserve status.

The latest move by Beijing on November 20 giving notice that it intends to shift its risky foreign exchange holdings of US Treasury notes for a mixture of other currencies is a harbinger that the American economy’s days are numbered, as Paul Craig Roberts noted last week.

This is of course China’s lawful right to do so, as are its territorial claims. But, in the imperialist, megalomaniac mindset of Washington, the “threat” to the US economy and indebted way of life is perceived as a tacit act of war. That is why Washington is reacting so furiously and desperately to China’s newly declared air corridor. It is a pretext for the US to clench an iron fist.

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10,000,000 Deutsche Mark
written by Simpleton, December 03, 2013
I've got one of those too Joao! I'm sailing on easy street ala Cruzeiros. Ricardo still has not answered my question regarding whether a suitcase filled with 50,000 yuan will fly free domestically or intercontinentally for that matter. If a couple of empty 50+ year old B-52s and a handful of "friendly" F-15s doing their usual and customary route over newly disputed territory can raise such a ruckus ... oh, okay, my mistake, maybe that's a Real problem since 1895.

Everyone should diversify. Although eyetalian babes are a bit hairy for most peoples taste, they generally are built for speed, just like a bedouin or a faux from the wild wild west (indies). Should such torpedos ever make anyone feel threatened? Do Greek shipping magnates worry about what's coming up their rear ends?
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 03, 2013

10,000,000 Deutsche Mark.I've got one of those too Joao!


You a Numismatist too, eh, Simp? 10 M DMs, currency note. Issued by the Wiemar or FRG?smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
Chinese around the world hold at least US$ 5 trillion dollars outside China...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 03, 2013

Simpleton wrote: “Ricardo, did you see the latest clip regarding the 650B or so of undeclared / untaxed off-shore stashes of multi-millionaire Chinese and their plans to emigrate / what the Chinese government appears to want to do? What does a suitcase filled with 50,000 yuan weigh in comparison to it's current equivalent in physical gold? Any comment regarding the peace-for-oil deal being struck with Iran?”

Ricardo wrote: Simpleton, only now that you mentioned again that I saw your comment.

Simpleton, if you had been reading my articles, then you would know that $ 650 billion dollars is just a drop in the bucket for the Chinese – and keep in mind the estimated figures that I mentioned on my article are estimates from about 8 years ago – the current estimates are probably a lot higher, and I would not be surprised if Chinese around the world hold at least US$ 5 trillion dollars.


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Brazzil Magazine - March 2, 2007
“Here Is Why Brazil Should Adopt the New Asian Currency”
Written by Ricardo C. Amaral

http://www.brazzil.com/compone.../9821.html

..."The economic resurgence of Asia, driven by an aggressive global network of Chinese entrepreneurs and off-shore money, is moving in the direction of eclipsing the West. Unless the United States and Europe start to participate in the new Asia game, they will end up playing second fiddle to the new global leaders in Asia as early as the beginning of the next decade...The modernization of Asia - economically, politically and culturally - is by far the most important event taking place in the world today.

...But China's potential, as it usurps Japan's economic leadership, is not simply a matter of size. The true force that we must promptly come to reckon with is more dynamic, a secretive sophisticated network - invisible to most - that will make China and the Chinese the world's dominant economy. It is decentralized, Pan-Asian, increasingly global and family and education-oriented, and most of all, fabulously rich. It is the phenomenon of the Overseas Chinese. There are 57 million of them, 53 million in Asia alone. They have been around for centuries, but only now is the world becoming aware of their awesome presence.

The Overseas Chinese: The New Great Economic Power.

The dynamics of Asia's extraordinary growth cannot be understood without a thorough examination of the Overseas Chinese, the greatest entrepreneurs in the world. According to an assortment of estimates, Chinese around the world hold between $ 2 trillion and $ 3 trillion in assets, and many believe the real figure is higher.

...Fujitsu Research in Tokyo looked at the listed companies in just six key Asian countries. As its findings below illustrate, the overwhelming majority were owned by Overseas Chinese as follows: Thailand 81 percent, Singapore 81 percent, Indonesia 73 percent, Malaysia 61 percent, and the Philippines 50 percent.

This astonishing revelation about the tremendous economic power of the Chinese is confined only to the publicly listed companies. What about the less glamorous small and medium-size enterprises that together make up 96 percent of all companies in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) realm? According to Bustanil Ariffin, the former Indonesian minister who co-chaired the Pacific Business Forum, it is believed that small and midsize companies employ half of the workforce in most Asian countries. Chinese own 90 percent of these companies.

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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, December 03, 2013

Sub: The Chinese Economy & their latest ruckus with the Yanks.smilies/cry.gif

Ricardo,

You have been posting some interesting comments (of your own & that of other pundits) re the subject.

Nobody denies that they are bright entrepreneurs like their other Asian & Middle-eastern counterparts.

But...but...but.. they do owe their success (in penetrating the "Western Markets") to the Americans. Especially to two great leaders the Yanks still revere (until date).

The Americans can afford the luxury of outsourcing their industries to PRC. But...but...but... my question is: Can we afford?. Not that I am advocating "trade barriers" against the PRC, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, etc; All I am saying is that we are still stuck with the "Intermediaries" in Europe & elsewhere that make huge profits out of the poor Brasilians as well as the ones from the countries listed above. Probably you remember your experience in MESBLA!

Brasilians are fully capable of directly dealing with other "emerging nations" & don't need the goodwill of our "European Masters" to do so. For that matter we don't need to embrace upon the "New Asian Currency" just to trade with the Asians. smilies/angry.gif

Sorry for being blunt.

Cheers
Fora do pais
written by Simpleton, December 03, 2013
Ricardo, my comment and questions regarding the article I saw was in regards to Richie-rich chinamen still living in china / not about those already living abroad. Is the 650B "escondida" an accurate number, who would possibly know? The fact that these folks aren't re-investing inside of their own economy, were seemingly looking to outright remove / ship out their local fortunes and escape was the crux of the matter. If you think the good ole USA sinking it's own battleships, outsourcing, etc., etc., will bring on the collapse of the world, just wait until you see the fireworks when China does a financial coupe d'état.

Joao, with thirty plus holidays, very very few actually willing to work work, I doubt Brasil can afford much less enjoy the luxury it has already seen. Maybe in in another fifty years of going slow and steady, when they own all of Ioway, things will be better.
regrets
written by Simpleton, December 04, 2013
Do I regret the 500 and 1000 notes I held in my hands and then mistakenly dispensed with in trade when I was very young? Of course I do Joao. Does Ricky hate trying to solve simple math story problems, yes of course he does. U$100 note, approximately one gram. Chinese 100 yuan note, a little more than 6x per U$100 at current exchange rates. Physical gold, spot market today at about U$1220 per TROY ounce. 50,000 yuan worth of gold in a suitcase excluding the tare weight, about 6 ounces. Does he really think chinamen will chose to ship 18-19 pounds of local currency in lieu? Does he really think all the petrodollars the middle east folks have long ago converted to physical gold does not far outweigh anything china or brasil has accumulated or could possibly produce? He needs to go back and read the book I recommended before he spouts off again.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 04, 2013

Joao, with thirty plus holidays, very very few actually willing to work work, I doubt Brasil can afford much less enjoy the luxury it has already seen.


Simp, you can not stereotype the entire workforce like that. Yes, I agree that our labor laws are outdated , we have laughable minimum wages (though the members of our "labor court" pay lip service to the plight of the "trabalhadores", they earn hefty salaries and other perqs), etc; For more please refer to the the most recent article titled "Elevator Operator and Other Useless Professions You'll Only Find in Brazil" written by Janer Cristaldo.

But my previous comment referred to the "Chinesation of the WEST". It did start in the good ole U.S. of A first and spread like wildfire to the other continents. Didn't it? How do the American workers feel about it? The question is: Do our "trabalhadores" want the same thing to happen to them in Brasil?. If they don't want, what are they going to do about it (since they have a big say in our "labor government" (do they?!!!!!!)).
Lip service
written by Simpleton, December 04, 2013
Sorry Joao, haven't gotten around to reading the most recent article, maybe later.

:Yep, you're not anyone until you sue someone, and why do they call it the "Workers Party"?

Of course everyone does at least a little something in order to get a bite to eat at the cheap cheap cheap Chinese owned and operated suco bar, have a cachaca or garaffa after tending to the trash or car parking or elevator door opening and button pushing or discount flyer / advertisement passing out on the calcado. If I'm stereo typing, there's got to be a reason for the partiers right? I told you how much I appreciated the huge smile under the straw hat of the donkey cart driver out in the boonies where the women to men ratio was something like 13:1. Now that guy was one seriously working dude! That the local quicky mart out there was selling bottled water from a business that was locate about 200 klicks north of me was even more amazing.

Ricardo can clue us in on the "Hot Money" issues and concerns in Turkey long ago, not much different from the ones he's been doing battle with to argue to fight against in Brasil. It's a Brave New World.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 04, 2013

Brave New World.


Aldous Huxley. You are the second Yank who has heard of this Gentleman & my kudos. You get the silver medal.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
and when they thought they could control me ...
written by Simpleton, December 05, 2013
I became a specialist in negative utopias (after the grade school and high school ran out of advanced math and science classes they had put into place.) A sleeper. Getting silver, gold, bronze medals never stoked my interest after a rather dirty bastard from West Waterloo Iowa took out an elbow forcing me to decide to hang up the wrestling shoes instead of being top dog in my weight class that year. What do you think about French Horns and Baroque music played in cathedrals? I was pretty good at that too.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 05, 2013

Getting silver, gold, bronze medals never stoked my interest after a rather dirty bastard from West Waterloo Iowa took out an elbow forcing me to decide to hang up the wrestling shoes instead of being top dog in my weight


I had a similar experience when ah was a kid in the orphanage in La Paz, Simp. But...but..but...instead of beating the sheisse out of him, ah decided to invite him for a Chess Game. He readily accepted and within 5 moves, he surrendered unconditionally. Sore loser, though. I lost touch with him a month or so after that "incident". I am sure he is doing very well bullying his "nearest and dearest ones".

What do you think about French Horns and Baroque music played in cathedrals? I was pretty good at that too.


Glad to know you were good in the music at the El Church. I gave up going to the church a long time ago. Until my recent trip to Europe. Got to see Catholic, Lutheran & other churches. Reminded me of the good ole inquisition era.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
Pomp and Circumstance
written by Simpleton, December 06, 2013
That was the fun of playing a horn in F. Many convites from full concert band, parade marching band, field show, orchestra, Glee Club, special events, musicals, pep band, the Baroque Choir, etc.. Was a little peeved the Jazz Club didn't find a way to work me in but I went to see a majority of their shows.

You do know that the elbow is a rather interesting joint. Really nothing but a few ligaments and tendons from keeping your lower arm from pointing 90 degrees in the wrong direction. A well placed knee to the right part of the rib cage with the amount of force that was inappropriately applied to me would certainly have taken out my liver and so I'm thankful to be winged but alive.

The guy that started to teach me how to play chess refused to play me again after the fourth game. Sore losers abound.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 07, 2013

Pomp and Circumstance


Simp, I have been studying yr "Perfil" for years. I hereby declare you to be a real TOFF.smilies/shocked.gif

How is the cold out in WI?

Cheers
Units of Metre
written by Simpleton, December 07, 2013
As an old Norsky would say, it's a chilly day. But with a jug of gin, to keep the blood thin, a lively tune and a dance or two, no matter who's partner is who's, the feet will keep from sticking while the ice is thickening.

Any plans to mend any fences Joao? Maybe after the water recedes?

Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 08, 2013

Any plans to mend any fences Joao?


Mend fences with who,Simp? With ASP, Dr.L.C., Rickey, Ederson, Limpopo & other distinguished fellow bloggers?smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
comme ci comme ça
written by Simpleton, December 09, 2013
asp might certainly have done some fencing but that was long long ago before he escaped the south side of Chitown, Dr L.C., ya, he probably did try his hand at fencing, Rickey, although not doubting the diversity and quality of his education and non-curricular endeavors, I somehow doubt he's managed any fencing, when he's out of sorts jousting seems to be more his style (although we wish he would just drop it when he's got his mind set to skewer some horses ass - going at it from the wrong direction is unsportsmanlike ne'?), Ederson, he avoids the fences during both the spray run passes and the approaches although he did tell us about the tree parking incident he had (and he's not the only aviator I know who has managed that trick!), Limpopo, nope, sorry, still really don't know the feller, is he another peasant farmer type like your kind self that does what must be done to keep the critters in or the neighbors out?

Did the sand bar form on your back porch after the recent deluges?
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written by asp, December 09, 2013
cmon, isnt there more important things to talk about?

I think I saw you on tv , João , in joinville, brandishing a pipe, wailing on something..
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written by asp, December 09, 2013
wasnt that you on tv, João, in joinville , brandishing a pipe wailing on something?
asp
written by João da Silva, December 10, 2013

cmon, isnt there more important things to talk about?


Such as what, your ever expanding harem?smilies/shocked.gif

wasnt that you on tv, João, in joinville , brandishing a pipe wailing on something?


That was my twin brother ASP.This time he was just wailing. He usually beats his chest too.smilies/wink.gif
Reply to Simpleton
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 10, 2013

Simpleton wrote: “Fora do pais - Ricardo, my comment and questions regarding the article I saw was in regards to Richie-rich chinamen still living in china / not about those already living abroad. Is the 650B "escondida" an accurate number, who would possibly know? The fact that these folks aren't re-investing inside of their own economy, were seemingly looking to outright remove / ship out their local fortunes and escape was the crux of the matter. If you think the good ole USA sinking it's own battleships, outsourcing, etc., etc., will bring on the collapse of the world, just wait until you see the fireworks when China does a financial coupe d'état.”


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Ricardo wrote: Simpleton, the Chinese are investing a ton of money around the world, including all over Africa, and these investments open new markets for the Chinese to sell their goods around the world.

Simpleton, you have not grasped as yet what has been happening in China for the last 25 years regarding the economic explosion of the Chinese economy.

Please read this article that I had posted on the Elite Trader forum in May 2005 regarding China's economy, and keep in mind that since that time the Chinese economy has doubled in size.

The figures about the Chinese economy are mind boggling, and the economy of scale is of a scale never seen before.

The US$ 650 billion figure that had such an impression on you – in China's terms that is just a drop in the bucket.

"The China Price" - The best business article I have seen in years...
http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/...genumber=1


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Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 10, 2013

Joao da Silva wrote: “For that matter we don't need to embrace upon the "New Asian Currency" just to trade with the Asians. Sorry for being blunt.”


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Ricardo wrote: “They are not creating the 'New Asian Currency” as I suggested in many of my article in the last 8 years. And when I suggested in the last 8 years that Brazil should adopt the 'New Asian Currency' I always clarified the difference between adopting the 'New Asian Currency' and the Chinese currency - the Chinese yuan.

As I predicted about 12 years ago the world is moving fast now to a multiple currency system. And in the last year the “Currency Wars” is spreading like wildfire.

It's mind boggling how fast things are happening right now, for example, one year ago China's currency share of world trade was 1 percent, and a year later China's currency share of world trade has increased to 9 percent.

In contrast, one year ago the euro's currency share of world trade was 8 percent, and a year later the euro's currency share of world trade has decreased to 6 percent.

It's obvious that the Chinese currency the Yuan, is also taking market share from the US dollar in the last year.

The “Currency Wars” is moving faster and faster....

Venture Capital: How Chinese Yuan has overtaken Euro – December 8, 2013
http://youtu.be/ytFq_M5jYSY

Katie Pilbeam explores how the Chinese Yuan has overtaken the Euro as the second most widely used currency in this week's episode of Venture Capital. David Kuo from The Motley Fool offers his view on the changing role of China in global trade. Also, as the political situation in Ukraine intensifies so does the risk of an economic default -- we ask economist Daniel Bruno from First National Innovation Brokers if Kiev was right to turn away from the EU Free Trade zone. Plus -- Russia welcomes the first ever home grown smartphone and we find out if our in-house investor Sean Thomas chooses caution or throws caution to the wind.



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December 7, 2013

Paul Craig Roberts on the Dollar Demise and the Future of the Negative Interest Rate – December 3, 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rsCzXUVNjo

Where have all the banks gone? Well, according to statistics from the FDIC, banks are going the way of the dinosaur. We'll tell you all about it.

Also economist and former Assistant Treasury Secretary, Paul Craig Roberts, joins Erin today to discuss all things Fed policy.

Finally, Rachel Kurzius and Erin discuss the high net-worth practice of "jurisdiction shopping" in today's Big Deal.


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Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 10, 2013

Joao, here is more information for you:

China Times – December 10, 2013

Ruble to be first foreign currency permitted for use in China

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/...3&cid=1102


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The London Economic – December 10, 2013

Why we should teach our Children Mandarin

http://thelondoneconomic.com/2...-mandarin/

...The large trading of the yuan

Another source of the Chinese economic power is the yuan. On December 3rd, Bloomberg reported that the Chinese currency surpassed the Euro as the second-most used trade-finance currency, according to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. This amazing achievement is the result of the Chinese efforts to build a greater role for its currency in the global trade

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Nothing worth talking about
written by Simpleton, December 10, 2013
Senseless violence, useless, ineffective or counter productive government, exorbitant health care costs (where available) or horrendously delayed or out of stock or inexplicably low quality (possibly deadly) this or that ... shoveling this white s**t that comes down when I'd rather be someplace else doing ...?
US in economic collapse as China, Russia 'moving away from using dollar'
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 10, 2013

US in economic collapse as China, Russia 'moving away from using dollar' – December 10, 2013
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2...om-dollar/

The United States is experiencing an “economic collapse” because major powers like China and Russia have decided not to use US dollar in trade, a political analyst says.

“The American economy is just beginning to collapse. China, Russia and many other countries are moving away from using the US dollar in trade,” Linh Dinh said in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.

“So when the US dollar loses its status as reserve currency, life will get much harder here. But coming months will show how desperate this situation is, so the lies will be even more insulting to people who have to suffer daily in this situation,” he added.

The analyst criticized American news media for not telling the truth about the economic situation.

“The lying media put out news that the so-called recovery is picking up speed. The new lie is that the unemployment rate is down to 7 percent, but this is pure nonsense. In fact, only 47 percent of American adults have full time jobs, and 40 percent of US workers make less than $20,000 a year,” he said.

“Many people make so little, they must rely on food stamps to buy groceries. Many go to church pantries. I know a family of four, with two jobs, who must do this. The father, with a full time job, must also sell blood occasionally,” Linh Dinh explained.

He also compared Americans’ income with their monthly spending.

“Even as the big banks receive bailouts and make record profits, they pay their bank tellers only $12 an hour, before tax, and a minimum wage worker only makes a ridiculous $8 an hour. Some even less. Meanwhile, prices go up, especially for food, rent and gas, but the inflation figure is also a lie,” he said.

He noted that the US government “keeps on lying to deceive foreigners and the rich Americans who buy stocks. If there was a recovery, 47 million Americans wouldn’t be on food stamps, a record high, and 1.2 million American public school children wouldn’t be homeless.”

“There are tent cities in every state now. Within a hundred miles of where I am, there are several tent cities where people live in the freezing cold and defecate into a bucket. Does that sound like life in the so-called greatest country on earth?” he asked.

“Meanwhile, the richest Americans become even richer, and this is all thanks to a government that serves only the richest, while masking over their failures and betrayal of ordinary Americans by lying about it, daily,” he concluded.

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Japan's yakuza mobsters are becoming “Goldman Sachs with guns”
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 10, 2013

Keiser Report: Banker Bego-crats – December 5, 2013
http://youtu.be/0AnEbyZCudI

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the need for powers to stop the aggressive banker bego-crats constantly shaking down those passing the City. They look at 'Goldman Sachs with guns' in Japan and the shakedown unit at RBS and their threatening messages demanding money from small businesses.


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France24.com

Headline news in Japan


Japan's yakuza mobsters are becoming “Goldman Sachs with guns” - experts say the yakuza is branching far outside their traditional business into everything from insider trading to funding business startups. “Insider trading has become huge...you can make much more money manipulating stocks” than extorting businesses, says Jake Adelstein, a crime writer whose bestselling memoir “Tokyo Vice” is set to become a Hollywood movie in 2014.


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From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up.

At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime . . . crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For twelve years of eighty-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake. But when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan’s most infamous yakuza boss—and the threat of death for him and his family—Adelstein decided to step down . . . momentarily. Then, he fought back.

In Tokyo Vice, Adelstein tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter—who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial-arts battle with a senior editor—to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. With its vivid, visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, Tokyo Vice is a fascination, and an education, from first to last – on this book he said: 'Japan's yakuza mobsters are becoming “Goldman Sachs with guns”...'


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Goldman Sachs is it a Cancer or just a Parasite of the US financial system?
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 10, 2013



Goldman Sachs is it a Cancer or just a Parasite of the US financial system?
http://goldmansachsthepillagepeople.blogspot.com/


...Goldman Sachs is the most powerful Mafia family in the United States in every way, and more profitable than any of their peers:

1) Goldman Sachs the Pillage People
2) Lucchese
3) Bonanno
4) Gambino
5) Colombo
6) Genovese



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written by asp, December 10, 2013
just kidding, simps, and joao...of course your music experiances are interesting, simps...

but, wow, joinville was going crazy

it has nothong to do with the copa...nothing at all...those thugs wont be going to selection games...maybe those other thugs, but not those ones...the world press shouldnt speak bad about it
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written by João da Silva, December 10, 2013

shoveling this white s**t that comes down when I'd rather be someplace else doing ...?


I recommend you to consider the Sahara as your "someplace else". Great weather at this time of the year.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
Damn shame
written by Simpleton, December 10, 2013
both of my "preferred" teams got downgraded. I won't hang my head low nor hold back from wearing my tricolors, but I admit joinville did receive some muddled global media attention - enough so that although she spends all day on the kindle, she caught wind of the evil things I have been trying to use as my excuse for not doing my usual migration excursion. I had to explain what the heck was really happening down yonder and separating the this from that.
Reply to Simpleton
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 10, 2013

Simpleton, what you need is a real team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Santos FC.....

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and there be no doubts
written by Simpleton, December 10, 2013
Ricardo, I don't know whether it was you that reiterated the facts, one of your links that reported it (accurately or inaccurately) or some other unqualified source I might have read about it, but sure, yes, something like 8.31 percent of world international commerce is now done in Chinese yuan vs 81+/- percent in dollar denominated transactions and the level has been swaying towards the yuan and other methods unassociated with the currency of what will be the greatest failed democracy the world will ever see. The 650B fleeing china under the covers vs your 13T (if I recall the number you mentioned above correctly) in above board and on-going ex-pais expansion is agreeably a drop in the bucket (only 5 percent). Compare that to the overly underestimated illicit drug market revenue in the US alone. What the heck can any of us say about the infancy of "globalization". As much as you denigrate your "host" country and poo-poo the country your ancestors ripped off but were greatly lauded for having "built", maybe you still have foresight, might encounter a personal epiphany of sorts or develop a wonderlust that would open your eyes to a bigger picture than what we all will undoubtedly never live to see.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 11, 2013

might encounter a personal epiphany of sorts or develop a wonderlust that would open your eyes to a bigger picture than what we all will undoubtedly never live to see.


Simp, we are all aware that you are a highly qualified cryptographer that likes to write in puzzles which are too difficult for peasants like me to decode.

What big picture are you seeing?

Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 11, 2013

Joao, here is the big picture that can explode and get completely out of control at any time at the speed of light:

On November 7, 2013 published its latest BIS statistics on over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets show that notional amounts outstanding totalled $693 trillion at end-June 2013.

If anything the situation got worse from June 2012 to June 2013 by US$ 48 trillion dollars.


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I had posted this information on January 1, 2013:

...According to the Bank for International Settlements latest data, the total outstanding notional amount was US$645 trillion (as of June 2012).

According to Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the total outstanding OTC derivatives the total outstanding notional amount was $708 trillion (that was about 11 time the global GDP) as of June 2011 and the top 5 banks in the US accounted for a massively disproportionate amount of it which is 96% of the $250 trillion in total outstanding U.S. derivative exposure according to Office Of the Currency Comptroller (OCC). Considering that the U.S. banking sector had only $16 trillion in total balance sheet assets, this was reckless to the extreme.

This unregulated market presents a massive financial risk as one institution's failure could potentially bring down or adversely affect a large number of biggest financial institutions because of counter-party risk. Thus it became clear that the reasons OTC derivatives promote systemic instability are fundamental.

...The total outstanding notional amount of US$708 trillion (as of June 2011). Of this total notional amount, 67% are interest rate contracts, 8% are credit default swaps (CDS), 9% are foreign exchange contracts, 2% are commodity contracts, 1% are equity contracts, and 12% are other. Because OTC derivatives are not traded on an exchange, there is no central counter-party. Therefore, they are subject to counter-party risk, like an ordinary contract, since each counter-party relies on the other to perform.


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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, December 11, 2013

As I predicted about 12 years ago the world is moving fast now to a multiple currency system. And in the last year the “Currency Wars” is spreading like wildfire.


Hi Ricardo,

Been reading all the exchanges between you & Simpleton. Extremely interesting and thought provoking. Re this particular above quote of yours, I'd like to make the following observations:

1) The "multiple currency system" always existed in the world for a long time (in one form or other).

2) Though I am not an economist, I recall that the first time an "unified system" of currency in post ww2 era was the "Euro". It was supposedly meant to "unify" the entire Europe, even though the Brits, the Swiss and some "Nordic" countries decided to retain their own currencies. In a nutshell, the Germans & (to a certain extent the French) took over the entire Europe with their all Powerful "Euro". Now that the s**t has hit the fan,the poorer countries in Europe are the slaves to their "Masters" who couldn't enslave them by arms, but...but...but...an "unified currency". Ruble, nem pensar. Old Stalin must be rolling in his graves.

3) Re China & their ex-pats: Simpleton has written some very interesting comments on how they flee the mainland not with suitcases full of their currencies, but...but...but.. by other precious metals. According to him the oil rich Arabs have already converted their "Black Gold" into Real Gold (probably they have more than the Gold at Ford Knox and our BC in Brasilia). But...but..but.. all those folks cant drink their "Black Gold" to quench their thirst, eat the "Real Gold" and their respective currencies to fill up their bellies.

4) That takes us to Simpleton's comment on the "Big Picture". He could be very enigmatic, but certainly not a fool either. You are not a fool either, Rickey. Suggest you go back and re read your article in this magazine which I read for the first time in 2006 (or 2007,2008,?),got to know you and made several comments.

Cheers & take care
Damn straight
written by Simpleton, December 12, 2013
Thanks Ricardo, I knew you'd come through if properly stimulated. Joao, your missus needs to pluck those tail feathers of your's. You're being too much of a c**k pheasant in wonderlustville. It's been since 2006 (or 2007,2008,?) since we've seen you come out of your turtle shell.

Joinville, Farmville, Titusville ... what's the real difference except the violence? (Hints: Fantasilandia, Uberlandia)
Richard Wolff: Global Capitalism - December 2013 Monthly Update
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 12, 2013

Richard Wolff – December 10, 2013

Global Capitalism: December 2013 Monthly Update

http://youtu.be/hdr_9TVXx8g

Time: 1 hr. 26 min.

These Tuesday evenings begin with updates and analyses of the last month's major economic events. We focus on the global capitalist economic crisis, government responses, and the growing challenges to contemporary capitalism. We examine resistances to "austerity," "deficit reduction" and other programs aimed to "socialize" the costs of capitalist crisis. Alternative theories for understanding these issues are considered. Likewise, we examine alternatives to capitalism as solutions to today's economic problems. When time permits, we open the floor to general discussions. Our goal: to develop all participants' understanding and ability to explain economic developments to others.

Topics this evening will include the ongoing capitalist global crisis in the US, Europe and Japan versus that of China, India and Brazil and the crisis of socialisms spanning Europe to China. We will also consider emerging economic and political movements that are developing in response to these crises.

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Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 12, 2013

You're being too much of a c**k pheasant in wonderlustville.


I may be a Dick Pheasant, Simp. But...but...but.. you are an ale (sorry),an eel

BTW, finished reading "Winter der Welt". An interesting book. You should read it after you master "Basic German for Dummies".smilies/wink.gif
Reality check about job market in the United States
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 13, 2013

If the US Government still using the same statistical standards of calculating the unemployment rate that the US government had been using until 1994, then the current unemployment rate would be 23 percent in the United States.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Government Statistics – December 11, 2013
http://youtu.be/cnXWuo9Hk8c

Late last month former Bank of Canada governor and recently-appointed Bank of England governor Mark Carney surprised many by criticizing the quality of the economic data being provided by the UK's Office for National Statistics. To be clear, what was surprising was not that the ONS data is incomplete and misleading; everyone with an ounce of economic understanding already knew this. What is surprising is that a high-ranking bank official was admitting that the data they and the market in general is relying on is so unreliable. Find out more about the practice of cooking the books in this edition of The Corbett Report.

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If you wonder why Americans are going crazy like never before...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 13, 2013

If you wonder why Americans are going crazy like never before...

Corbett Report – December 10, 2013

Who Decides Who's Crazy? - Big Pharma and the DSM

http://youtu.be/PuH-qVjTtVA

Commonly referred to as the psychiatric diagnostic "bible," the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has always generated controversy. How are disorders diagnosed? What criteria are used to establish disorders in the first place? Are the categories subjective? Do they reflect cultural biases?

Find out more about the DSM and big pharma influence over the modern psychiatric profession in this week's edition of the Boiling Frogs Post Eyeopener report.

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Borschtstonian
written by Simpleton, December 13, 2013
When you can't jump in the boat and head out from some small Massachusetts harbor to go catch conger eels and cod, you run your dog up the fence rows to flush pheasants. Only the c**ks are shot (if you wish to preserve the harvest for future years and stay within the laws). Their long tail feathers give them away. Winters with good snow cover improves the production rate for the following year because better cover during the lean times results in lowered predation. This year, according to what's happened so far and the old farmers almanac, should be a good year.

What will become of this cheese head (from WI) lead budget deal worked out with the soft shelled blue crab (from MD)? Is it really a subjective vs objective diagnosis and start on the course of any kind of real remedy or are we still awaiting snake serum and tonic salesmen?
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 13, 2013

Borschtstonian


A great essay full of facts (no figures) on birds and fish, Simp. I am sure all our distinguished as well as non distinguished fellow bloggers are fully appreciative of it.

But...but...but...does this issue really matter in Brasilia? smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
Elected or Appointed?
written by Simpleton, December 14, 2013
Your question Joao requires some serious vegetative thought. . . . . . . . . . . . actually, as long as I'm given my commission to be a warden of those that have not a voice nor a vote, then yes of course Brasilia matters!
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written by asp, December 15, 2013
"only the c**ks are shot" kind of my technique down here, you can tell them by they arnt wearing fio dentals

better snow cover in winter leads to predation of more bundha when it gets warmer...you can tell by the feathers on the new style bikinis coming out this year....
fachionistas
written by Simpleton, December 15, 2013
85F+ weather and halter tops in January . . . I ain't drooolin' but what's the need for the clothes asp? "Good" fish have scales, "mammos" feed on "leite quente", "Hairy monsters" are not to be feared (although better if shaven vs shorn.)
Ho Rei
written by Simpleton, December 16, 2013
It looks like we finally got some new articles posted to the site after over a month of a an apparent (cough cough) dry spell. Our buddy Tad appears to have resurrected himself. A "must read" me thinks, but noted that the article Joao tried to redirect me to in a comment above never got one single repost. Sorry old chap, we won't break your 100 comment "bingo" payday (or is that paydu?) commission limit on this thread. Gday all.
Here is a very good series about China and its role in the global economy...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 16, 2013

Watch Ted Koppel, managing editor of the Discovery Channel, and "The People's Republic of Capitalism", a documentary series on the rapid rise of China and its role in the global economy.


Ted Koppel: The People's Republic of Capitalism Part 1 of 4
http://youtu.be/Mtf2H4YrYVw


This video is not meant to offend the ordinary Chinese people, it shows what life is like for millions, the haves and the have not's. the poor and the greedy corrupt. Money takes first preference in China. labor and life are cheap. the video's tell the real story of modern China. and it continues that way.



Ted Koppel: The People's Republic of Capitalism Part 2 of 4
http://youtu.be/VB2WyQOO83E



Ted Koppel: The People's Republic of Capitalism 3 of 4
http://youtu.be/JTKRk4EEhYM



Ted Koppel: The People's Republic of Capitalism 4 of 4
http://youtu.be/Dva-d50tRNA


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Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 16, 2013

Sorry old chap, we won't break your 100 comment "bingo" payday (or is that paydu?) commission limit on this thread.


Sorry, ole chap. Ah don't get any any commission here for commenting. If you know any other "magazine" that pays for mah comments, gimme the site address (if you please).

Our buddy Tad appears to have resurrected himself. A "must read" me thinks


Interesting enough. But....but....but...Tad has omitted to mention one point: Prostitution and Homosexuality have existed ever since the monkeys discovered the (man & woman) kind.

But...but...but... what do peasants like me know about the ancient, current and future history?

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written by asp, December 17, 2013
fuk snow-job, i wont be surprised if he gets asylum, i mean fuk, batisti did , if its up to certain members in congress, snow-job will be on the barra, with his two freinds , one has a choice apartment right on sernambatiba...checking out the fine booty that only the barra has to offer....but fuk him, he is a jerk, its not like everyone isnt spying on everyone else, canada was caught doing the same thing, a brazilian company was spying on an american one, israel was caught spying on the usa, and china is always hacking in on american gov computors...fuk snow-job

sure , you bet your ass he would like to come to brazil...writes a letter to the brazilian people, coached by his resident freind in the barra, and his boyfreind, who is brazilian , no doubt, on exactly how to apeal to the people who drool over this, there sure is a local tv station down here that probably would fall on its face to help get him here...

snow-job stinks...ill bet he will be in my beach real soon, fuk, a lot of dudes on the beach have his haircut and look like him...id spit if i saw him

hero my ass...he isnt even a traitor, he is a punk bitch...who just wants to spend his exile on a brazilian beach , looking at booty...yeah , exile should be so dificult...hell, batisti is cooling out, touring, did a f**king lecture down here, fuk him especialy...what a fuking world...i must be just lucky to be able to see this go down...motherfukers in the usa only look dumbfounded "i thought communism was dead? dude, you are in the past..." the fuk i am
firsts
written by Simpleton, December 17, 2013
Oh well Joao, just chalk it up to one more of those "firsts" and "country of the future" kind of things that although well inclined towards and conducive of supporting, must be factually declined to be attributable to Brasil. Bonobos.
John Naisbitt e Doris Naisbitt - About the future
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 18, 2013

XIII Fórum Internacional de Administração e do IX Congresso Mundial de Administração, no dia 31 de outubro de 2013, em Gramado, no Rio Grande do Sul

XIII FIA e IX CMA - Primeiro dia de palestras - John Naisbitt e Doris Naisbitt
http://youtu.be/O0ye1S5wuHQ

Time: 2 hrs. 5 min.

Primeiro dia de palestras do XIII Fórum Internacional de Administração e do IX Congresso Mundial de Administração, no dia 31 de outubro de 2013, em Gramado, no Rio Grande do Sul.

Neste vídeo, acompanhamos a conferência internacional "Megatendências para o futuro: O que podemos fazer agora para o futuro da Administração e dos negócios", com John e Doris Naisbitt como palestrantes e o Adm. Rogério Bohn (CRA-RS) como coordenador de mesa.


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Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 19, 2013

Joao, here is an interesting European Union inquiry with journalist Glenn Greenwald about NSA's global spying...

He mentioned on this speech the NSA spying on Petrobras in Brazil.

I still can't get over the collapse of Eike Batista's empire in Brazil -
I would not be surprised to find out in the future that Eike has been set up for his fall based on corporate spying and other dirty stuff.

In my opinion, Eike Batista was in the right path, and he was building some of the needed infrastructure that Brazil needs for growth in the long term.


December 18, 2013

'NSA's goal is elimination of privacy worldwide' - Greenwald to EU (FULL SPEECH)

http://youtu.be/COmxAnVDegk

Time: 1 hr.

The NSA's ultimate goal is to destroy individual privacy worldwide, working with its UK sidekick GCHQ, journalist Glenn Greenwald warned an EU inquiry, adding that they were far ahead of their rivals in their "ability to destroy privacy.


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Chileans have Rejected Reaganomics...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 19, 2013

The Big Picture – December 17, 2013

Chileans have Rejected Reaganomics - How About Us?

http://youtu.be/bVaZ47NdQM4

Dr. Richard Wolff, Democracy at Work, joins Thom Hartmann. Chile has just elected a new president - and believe it or not - there's a lot she could teach politicians here in the U.S. about how to run a country.

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written by asp, December 19, 2013
fuk that....mother fukers are trying to hack my computor every day, to try to rip money off, the police, or anyone with the right equipment , can listen in on all my cel calls...

There is nothing private about the internet, or cel phones, everyone is spying on everyone, including brazil spies on the usa

Buying into these bitches bullsh!t , by anyone, is lame
The stench of kenya and boston is too thick in my nostrils
I could give a fuk what anybody thinks
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written by asp, December 21, 2013
yeah, they found a black bloc leader dead in his hotel room down here...after having lunch with joao......
asp
written by João da Silva, December 22, 2013

yeah, they found a black bloc leader dead in his hotel room down here...after having lunch with joao......


Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to have lunch with the poor fellow before his untimely departure, ASP. I missed the honor of befriending him.smilies/sad.gif

But...but...but.. I am surprised that you read the news only now. Though they started speculating "foul play", his own family made a statement that he was suffering from some sort of brain tumor for years which ultimately lead to his demise. Contrary to what many thought, he wasn't an "Afro-Brasilian" either.

He was not from here either.
In a Nutshell:
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 23, 2013

Keiser Report: Warty Debtnuts in Pool of Fraud – December 21, 2013
http://youtu.be/8l4vgP3Elwg

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the warty sea walnuts that are the populations floating through credit space seeking to soak up more debt to feed the pool of derivatives and fraud in which they live and breathe.

In the second half, Max interviews coder, hacker and author, Andreas Antonopoulos about Bitcoin. While, at the moment, Bitcoin is a shallow pool of volatility, it cannot be uninvented and is a a way of achieving consensus on a distributed ledger of assets without the ability to cheat. Its role as a currency is just the first 'app' on the bitcoin network; other applications could be stock exchanges and peer to peer lending.


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In a Nutshell:

What I suggested on my article 2 years ago, became a reality...They area going to build these Saab jet fighters in Brazil, and they are going to get the parts from at least 15 companies from Germany, from Italy, and other defense industry contractors from Sweden, Switzerland, France, Iran and Japan.


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O Globo – December 18, 2013

“Governo brasileiro decide comprar caças suecos”
Ministro da Defesa e comandante da Aeronáutica anunciam oficialmente a decisão

http://oglobo.globo.com/pais/g...s-11103374

...A partir de agora, a FAB deverá acertar detalhes do contrato. Os caças deverão ser produzidos em São Bernardo do Campo, com a participação de pelo menos 15 empresas.


Translation:

As of now, the FAB will work out details of the contract. The Saab fighters will be produced in São Bernardo do Campo, with the participation of at least 15 companies.

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FAB: ( Força Aérea Brasileira / Brazilian Air Force )


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Brazzil Magazine - Monday, 01 August 2011

“The Time Is Now for Brazil to Build a Strong Military! Just Hire Laid-off NASA Scientists”
Written by Ricardo C. Amaral

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

“It's Imperative and a Matter of National Security For Brazil to Build a Strong Military ASAP”

...U.S. President Barack Obama's visit in March raised hopes that Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet might emerge as the new favorite but Rousseff's administration cited budgetary constraints and issued the first of several postponements of a decision on the jet deal.

Saab's modified and modernized Gripen NG - for New Generation - is a serious contender and uses the General Electric F414G engine, developed from the F/A-18E/F used on the Super Hornet's engine."

...The Brazilian government has a great opportunity right now to build and fund its own defense and aerospace industry in Brazil, and leapfrog these industries into the future.

It's becoming obvious that Brazil should not buy any armament from foreigners; Brazil needs to build its own defense and aerospace industries, and today Brazil can accomplish that goal very easily.

The Brazilian government should award a major long-term multibillion dollar contract to Embraer's defense and aerospace subsidiary for them to develop and build a new line of fighter jets in Brazil, and drones for military use, as well as to catapult the Brazilian space program into the future.

The Brazilian government on its effort to building up large-scale defense companies in Brazil also should create joint ventures with companies such as Rheinmetall AG from Germany, or Alenia Aermacchi from Italy, and other defense industry contractors from Sweden, Switzerland, France, Iran and Japan.


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In my opinion, Bitcoin is just the latest Ponzi scheme...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 23, 2013

Regarding the comments made by Max Keiser and his guest on the above video about Bitcoin.

I don't understand why Max Keiser and many others are so bullish regarding Bitcoin.

Why he thinks that Bitcoin is going to replace the fiat currencies?

In my opinion, Bitcoin is just the latest Ponzi scheme.


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Estimated Information as of December 2013


Money

For the narrowest definition, or what's called "M0", that includes only physical money, paper bills and metal coins that constitute currency. That figure is around 5 trillion dollars. The next step up is M1, which includes all the physical money, plus quickly accessed money like that in checking accounts, and comes in at $25 trillion. M2 includes M0 and M1, but also pulls in stuff like savings accounts and CDs under $100,000. That figure is around $60 trillion.


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Gold

At a price of US$1,200 per troy ounce, reached on December 2013, one tonne of gold has a value of approximately US$ 39 million. The total value of all gold ever mined would exceed US$ 7 trillion at that valuation.


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Silver

At a price of US$ 25 per troy ounce, reached on December 2013, one tonne of silver has a value of approximately US$ 804 thousand. The total value of all silver ever mined would exceed US$ 1 trillion at that valuation.


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Platinum

Platinum is even more scarce than gold. Only 3.6 million troy ounces are produced per year. Its specific gravity is 21.45, and it was discovered in the 18th century. If you assume that the world has produced 3.6 million ounces per year for 50 years to estimate the total worldwide supply, all of the platinum in the world would fit in a cube that is 6.3 meters (about 20 feet) on a side.


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Regarding money:

Fiat currencies Global M1 = US$ 25 trillion

Gold = US$ 7 trillion

Silver = US$ 1 trillion


Note:
Average daily turnover in global foreign exchange markets is estimated at US$ 5.3 trillion per day.


Compare that with:


Bitcoin the most valuable crypto-currency, has a current market cap of $ 8 billion US dollars.

Note: Bitcoin value as of December 20, 2013


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Reality check about the future...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 23, 2013

There's No Tomorrow
http://youtu.be/LUvPTJ6-RWo


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Griep-ing??
written by Simpleton, December 23, 2013
Ricardo, you are still fooling yourself with the "wishful" thinking about a completely indigenous thing happening there in Brasil. Plenty of AMX's left from the last consortium effort, just no engines for them because they spread the "technology import" web too far and now you think the way over protected BY LAW, heavily subsidized and corrupt Embraer is going to manage to go it alone / avoid anything with engines from Sin-cinnati?

Where exactly was that "leader" from the black bloc found? To honor him, I want to be sure that neither my 2nd-ex nor my baby mamma had anything to do with it.
Reply to Simpleton
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 23, 2013

Simpleton, you are too negative about Brazil.

Brazil is one of the best places in the world for people to live in the 21st century.

I love Brazil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for you and your family.

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Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 23, 2013

Where exactly was that "leader" from the black bloc found?


About 45 minutes drive from ASP's cabana. During the summer time, it may take much longer.

To honor him, I want to be sure that neither my 2nd-ex nor my baby mamma had anything to do with it.


I suggest you file an inquiry with your friendly local Interpol office to check about the possible involvement of your parentadas in this "incident".smilies/shocked.gif
Gipsy Kings - Live at the Kenwood House in London
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 23, 2013

Gipsy Kings - Live at the Kenwood House in London
http://youtu.be/UxU0I5cXck4


January 22, 2013

Gipsy Kings - Live at the Kenwood House in London:

1- Rythmic
2- Rumba Tech
3- Lieva Me el Compas
4- Tristessa
5- Amigo
6- Petite Noya
7- Como Siento Yo
8- Sabroso
9- Como Ayer
10- A Mi Mora
11- Jobi Joba
12- Boleria
13- Fandangos
14- Legende
15- Quiero Saber
16- Tampa
17- Poquito a Poco
18- Baila Me
19- Todos Todos
20- Bamboleo
21- Volare

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written by asp, December 24, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo1z_T5oGz8

well, ricy, the gypsy kings are all well and good, but i love brazil and brazilian culture , too, so lets celibrate that

i found this youtube floating around about afro bahian culture....now that is something to embrace and celibrate

best to brazil in the new year...and fuk snow-job. ganggreenwald and his boyfreind, wo-manning and ass-ange
To all my friends on Brazzil magazine Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 25, 2013

I wish to all my friends here on Brazzil magazine a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Reply to ASP
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 25, 2013

If you want to talk about real Brazilian music then listen to this:

Brazilian music
http://youtu.be/Wunq6YlcSX0

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written by asp, December 25, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmLZqSS0rs4

oh ricy, soory, that sounds like it was made in argentina...the accent is all wrong...there are huge referances to salsa

better get back down here ...check out the clip above to regain your memory

and those candomble rhythms i brought in, are the roots ...so many popular brazilian rhythms and dances, have their roots in candomble beats
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written by asp, December 25, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IszYtnkTGxc

or how about maracatu from nacao pernambuco

nice try, though, ricy,...i love this country
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written by asp, December 25, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d749sjCutaI

bloco afro from salvador
you need to get back down here ricy...they are trying to bury this culture , but , its too strong
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written by asp, December 25, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=099uUoGMPwY

you know they actualy violently tried to destroy afoxes in salvador in the early 19 hundreds
Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, December 25, 2013

I wish to all my friends here on Brazzil magazine a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Thanks Ricardo. I join you in wishing all our friends in this magazine, a Merry Christmas & a great 2014. Though we do not know each other personally, separated by geographical distances and hold different views on many things, it has still been a fun to blog with you guys.
Feliz Natal
written by Simpleton, December 25, 2013
Independentemente das batalhas que vc têm de enfrentar, se aqueles são, por circunstância ou por escolha, independentemente da sua causa ou razão, sejam eles pessoais, sociais, econômicos, políticos, etc, tentar ter um momento para se reconectar com esse pequeno elemento que existe no fundo de cada um de nós, vemos claramente que onde verdadeiramente somos todos iguais.

May your battles be few and our differences taken all in a good light.
John Naisbitt e Doris Naisbitt - About the future - Part 2 of 2
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 26, 2013
Part 2 of 2

XIII FIA e IX CMA - Segundo dia de palestras - Meeting John e Doris Naisbitt – November 1, 2013
http://youtu.be/T2WrCsm_AHU

Evento realizado no dia 01 de novembro, segundo dia de palestras do XIII Fórum Internacional de Administração e do IX Congresso Mundial de Administração, em Gramado, no Rio Grande do Sul.

Neste vídeo, acompanhamos a encontro exclusivo com Administradores, autoridades e os autores John e Doris Naisbitt.

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Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 26, 2013

Joao, I agree with you: " Though we do not know each other personally, separated by geographical distances and hold different views on many things, it has still been a fun to blog with you guys."

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The party is over for the US dollar...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 27, 2013

Greg Hunter – December 24, 2013

Rob Kirby-When China Doesn't Get Their Gold-That's When This Ends

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPXOZYn4qSY

Rob Kirby of KirbyAnalytics.com claims the U.S. "arbitrarily set the price of all strategic goods in the market." As an example of control, Kirby explains, "We have 10-year U.S. bond rates under 3%, and I would say the United States is actually insolvent, and we have countries like Greece where 10-year bonds are yielding over 9%." When does this end? Kirby points to look to the finite physical gold market and massive Chinese global buying for a clue. Kirby says, "When China doesn't get their gold, that's when this ends, and that might be when we have a war." Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Rob Kirby of KirbyAnalyitics.com


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Wealth in the future it will be measured in kilos of US$ 100 dollar bills per one oz of gold.

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NSA manipulates bank accounts...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 27, 2013

Keiser Report: NSA manipulates bank accounts? - December 26, 2013
http://youtu.be/v7ukocsQo7Q

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the suggestion that the NSA may be manipulating bank account balances and financial markets. They also discuss 'accidental' tax breaks for billionaires in America; while, in the UK, the tax office 'loses nerve' about pursuing multinationals and instead targets small and medium sized enterprises.

In the second half, Max interviews precious metals analyst and presenter, Jan Skoyles, about silver, gold, handbags, crowdfuncing and Chateau du Pepe.

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When the bubble bursts
written by Simpleton, December 27, 2013
will masses with ornate machetes win out over those equipped with a large supply of silver bullets to kill the zombies? Kevlar and Twaron are produced from the recycleable waste shipped at great cost from the US to China?

http://blogs.barrons.com/focusonfunds/2013/12/27/gold-useless-in-the-apocalypse/?mod=yahoobarrons&ru=yahoo

Foodstuffs, raw materials and energy feed bellies and maintain lives. At the pinnacle of any ancient society has glittery shiny bangles baubles and bling done anything more than lead to their downfall?
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, December 27, 2013

When the bubble bursts


Ah don't give a scheisse about the bubble bursting. Instead, we need a complete weather report in your region and whether you are or not able to cope up with it. Not easy to live without electricity nor drive on frozen highways.

If it becomes too much to bear with the inhospitable weather, please let us know. I have enough clout to forcibly seize Asp's leaky cabana & house you there. Just make sure you bring a nice tent as a New Year gift to him.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

BTW, where the heck is ASP?smilies/cool.gif
If you had ten ounces of gold in Argentina before 2001, after the crisis you were the happiest guy in the country...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, December 28, 2013


Argentina: A Case Study in How An Economy Collapses
by Adam Taggart

http://www.peakprosperity.com/...pses/59179

...Argentina's currency collapse in 2001. He notes that the decline initially began slowly, with most of the populace slow to wake to the danger. But when the eventual collapse occurred, it happened practically overnight - catching the country by surprise. In the wake of the collapse, dealing with poverty and violent crime became the dominant themes.


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March 26, 2013

Argentina & Cyprus Collapses: “Gold & Silver Protects You From These Events” - By Tekoa Da Silva

http://bullmarketthinking.com/...resources/

I had the chance yesterday to speak with Fernando Aguirre, author of a book entitled, “Surviving The Economic Collapse”, based on his first-hand experience of the 2001 economic collapse in Argentina. It was a powerful interview as Fernando and his family lived through one of the more extreme financial crises of Argentina’s modern history.

Part of what he experienced was a full banking-system shutdown cycle, a dramatic currency write-down, and the witnessing of human desperation that always follows. All of which he explained, is happening again in Cyprus, which may be, “the guinea-pig experiment” for the rest of the European Union.

...With respect to the incredibly liberating power gold and silver can offer in this environment, Fernando said that, “Gold & silver are one of the things that protect you from these sorts of events...If you had ten ounces of gold in Argentina before 2001, after the crisis you were the happiest guy in the country.

This was a powerful interview with one of the few people in the world to document Argentina’s frightening 2001 currency & economic collapse.


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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, December 28, 2013

I had the chance yesterday to speak with Fernando Aguirre, author of a book entitled, “Surviving The Economic Collapse”, based on his first-hand experience of the 2001 economic collapse in Argentina. It was a powerful interview as Fernando and his family lived through one of the more extreme financial crises of Argentina’s modern history.


Ricardo, Question: 1) Did Fernando move away from Argentina after "Surviving The Economic Collapse" of 2001? 2) Is he aware (and if so) did you tell you that Argentina is confronting another crisis now?

The Brasilians survived the "Economic Collapse" of the post-Military government and to my knowledge, nobody wrote a survival guide, but...but...but... took Marta's advice: Relaxed & enjoyed.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

With respect to the incredibly liberating power gold and silver can offer in this environment, Fernando said that, “Gold & silver are one of the things that protect you from these sorts of events...If you had ten ounces of gold in Argentina before 2001, after the crisis you were the happiest guy in the country.


You know who was the happiest guy in our crisis? Not the one with 10 ounces of gold, but a small family farmer with a piece of land in the interior. He could feed his family as well as his friends and relatives in nearby towns!

Another happy guy was the one who bought a freezer and stocked it up with plenty of food( Spent his worthless Novo Cruzados buying these items, instead of "investing" in the savings bank a/c).smilies/angry.gif
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written by asp, December 29, 2013
"where is asp?"....asp is losing internet capabilities and his phone line was cut off by some stupid worker in the next f**king apartment...you know aint nobody coming here until into the 7th

and im just enjoying the influx of new tourist bunda along with more celulite and babies...im the only one qualified to have celulite on my beach. all other celulite is unwanted...no, no one just automaticly gets in the cabana, they have to recipricate big time, with what i like not them...like, bring some bateria and passistas and you can get in...

well, here its getting ready for 2014, and ricy is telling now the dollar will colapse...ive been trying to follow his advice since he said it would colapse in 2012...ive lost a lot of money waiting for it to colapse like ricy said it would..but i just know if i beleive everything ricky throws down the pike about americas colapse, it will happen...yeah, ricky, 2012...im waiting and waiting and waiting..but so far, ch c was the one who called the real deal....about what would happen to these currencies
asp
written by João da Silva, December 29, 2013

"where is asp?"....asp is losing internet capabilities and his phone line was cut off by some stupid worker in the next f**king apartment...you know aint nobody coming here until into the 7th


ASP, I am glad you are still alive & kicking. Some stupid worker? He aint no stupid ASP. But.....but....but.... he must be a Goddam Commie and reporting directly to his Masters in Moscow & Beijing.

Never mind about these minor inconveniences caused by such saboteurs. Go ahead and enjoy the Bundas & we will await your further report on this "sensitive" but...but...but... "delightful" issue.

Cheers and have a great 2014
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written by asp, December 31, 2013
João, he was stupid, along with the neihbor because they denied at every step that they might have made a mistake and could have accidently messed with the phone lines, when my son heard noises right at the point our phone lines are....

O cara, feliz ano novo, saudades, lets do lunch after carnival....
asp
written by João da Silva, December 31, 2013

João, he was stupid, along with the neihbor because they denied at every step that they might have made a mistake and could have accidently messed with the phone lines, when my son heard noises right at the point our phone lines are....


You think those ignorant rascals are harassing you, just because you are a law abiding American & believe in "Ordem e Progresso"?

BTW, you should call 103 and complain. They cant let you down until the 8th. They are supposed to operate 24/7 all around the year.smilies/angry.gif

O cara, feliz ano novo, saudades, lets do lunch after carnival....


Thanks dude. For you too. Shall lunch with ya even before the Carnival, if you have time. Saraiva, may be? Please do let me know.

Take care. Talk to ya next year.
Cheers

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written by asp, December 31, 2013
saraiva...which one? , iguatemi, beira mar shopping?

as soon as it thins out and i can get my phone line fixed, lets hook it up

im staying in my apartment for tonight..we can see the fire works over the buildings...the beach has gotten out of hand...visions of women vomiting like a fire hose was coming out of them , packs of loud dudes screaming drunk and looking for fights has drivin me off what was once a very quaint special uncrowded night on our beach...if they ever got bateria and passistas rolling at one of the beach clubs instead of dj's,i would think of going there..

have a good one , joao
Happy New Year to all our friends here at Brazzil magazine...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year - to Rodney, Joao da Silva,ASP, Ederson, Lloyd Cata, Simpleton and everybody else...

Have a great, happy, healthy and prosperous 2014!!!!!


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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year - to Rodney, Joao da Silva,ASP, Ederson, Lloyd Cata, Simpleton and everybody else...


Thanks Rickey. But..but..but.. you forgot to include our Zimbabwean blogger Mr.Limpopo. Messers Cata & Simpleton? They must be celebrating the New Year by shoveling snow off the side walk (their respective missuses (ex, current & future) driving them crazy)). I should have mailed them some good cachaça to "pep up their energy & spirits" to accomplish the task. smilies/sad.gif Very thoughtless of me.smilies/sad.gif May be in Dec 2014, I 'll remember to do it.smilies/cry.gif

While you guys are freezing your sacos in the harsh N.Hemisphere winter, ASP & I will be wining and dining with all the female "celebrities" that are swarming over our place like night flies.smilies/cool.gif
Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 02, 2014

Happy New Year!!!!

Yesterday, I met a group of friends to have coffee and wish a happy new year.

When one of our friends were getting ready to leave, my other friend told him: “If you need to give a toast to a friend or a group of people this new year's eve, here is what you should say: I wish that the best day you will have in 2014 to be equal to the worst day you had in 2013.”

After he left, I told my other friend that wasn't a nice toast.

She asked me why?

Then I repeated to her what she had said to our friend that just left.

I told her you said: “I wish that the best day you will have in 2014 to be equal to the worst day you had in 2013.”

I believe that what you're trying to say: “I wish that the worse day you will have in 2014 to be equal to the best day you had in 2013.”

Then she said: “He knows what I really meant.”


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Economic Forecast for US Economy for 2014 and Beyond...
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 02, 2014

Every year I make a forecast for the new year and beyond.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Economic Forecast for US Economy for 2014 and Beyond

http://economicforecastforusec...gspot.com/

...We have reached a major turning point regarding the global economy; we can see that we already reached the second leg of the first Great Depression of the 21st century – this is where the s**t really hits the fan.


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written by asp, January 02, 2014
Ric...cômputor problems and internet server problems, only have some smooth sailing this morning, and it may change, but , just want to return the happy new year to you, and , your wonderful country that I live in and am an eternaly grateful guest , and to say, yes, me and João are wining and dining with some stunning female company...they may not be at our perspective tables , but we are drooling at them with well being and good spirit for all human kind...being in the presence of fine booty will make you feel that way..

My god, João, Im sitting in my cabana yesterday , getting pounded by rain, and only on my beach can you still see fine booty...getting soaked , all wet and naked, like some wet dream....only because its jan 1 ...
Reply to ASP
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 02, 2014

I am glad you guys are having a great time.

The police of our town just called to say that a big snow storm is coming our way, and the temperature can reach 10 below zero, and will be very windy with the possibility of power failure.

He asked me to stay home for the people to be able to clean the snow around town, and he also said to make sure you have a supply of food for at least 3 days, and medications if a person is taking medications.

It looks like I am staying home for the next 3 days, and I have a bunch of videos to watch.

Nice way to start the new year....

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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, January 02, 2014

I am glad you guys are having a great time.


So far so good, Rickey. But the situation is about to change just like your region.While you are going to be hit by a snow storm, we are going to have thunderstorms with around 4 inches of rain in the next two days. To make the matter worse, we have unruly mobs of tourists completely out of control. Just read what ASP wrote: Instead of going to the beach to confront (and comfort) the naked women, he has to sit at his cabana and indulge in voyeurism. IMHO, he was a bit discourteous to them. The least he could have done was to invite them into his cabana & provide fresh towels to dry and then cover themselves (to prevent from being prosecuted for indecent exposure in public places). smilies/shocked.gif
Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 03, 2014

It's snowing hard right now, and it's very windy and the temperature ia around zero degrees.

These people who are stuck in that ship in the North Pole they must be warmer than we are in our area.

Thanks God for our heating system.

Your rain looks good compared with the weather in our area right now.

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Economic Forecast for US Economy for 2014 and Beyond - Revised and final version
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 03, 2014

I made some corrections to my article - related to web links that were not working - and added a web link to further help the readers understand why we are in the second leg of a great depression:

January 2, 2014

Economic Forecast for US Economy for 2014 and Beyond

http://economicforecastforusec...gspot.com/



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written by asp, January 03, 2014
ok , joao, you got me on that one...good idea, note to self...must take beach towels and hot toddies to hand out to the nude women in the cold rain

well, ric, i sympathise, after being raised the first 28 years of my life in chicago,with 8 more in new york after that, i have been totaly destroyed of ever being able to enjoy snowfall and winter fun...my back is broken...i deserve these last decades of my life on the beach looking at booty...it does get cold in the winter here, though
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written by João da Silva, January 03, 2014

ok , joao, you got me on that one...good idea, note to self...must take beach towels and hot toddies to hand out to the nude women in the cold rain


Hot Toddies? Yak. Feed them with some good cachaça which is less expensive and warms them up faster. Haven´t you heard of Cost/Benefit analysis?smilies/cool.gif
Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, January 03, 2014

These people who are stuck in that ship in the North Pole they must be warmer than we are in our area.


Ricardo, "those people" were stuck on the ship in the Antarctic and NOT North Pole. However, the passengers were rescued by the Chinese yesterday. There are still 22 crew members left and hope the ice doesn't crush their ship along with those poor sods on board.smilies/sad.gif

Thanks God for our heating system


You should thank not only the GOD, but also the American architects, engineers, government & the OPEC countries. BTW, we could use the solar & wind power to heat up and cool down our buildings. Though we have technical skill, we lack the political will. Instead of our Government financing (though BNDES) the purchase of Burger King, it should stimulate young entrepreneurs to develop alternative energy sources by granting low interest loans.smilies/angry.gif

It is cool and nice here in Southern Brasil, with heavy rains. Hope all the tourists will get the hell out of here, leaving us all in peace.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
Economic Forecast for US Economy for 2014 and Beyond
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 05, 2014

Here is the location for a discussion about my latest blog:

Asia Times Online Forums – January 2014

Economic Forecast for US Economy for 2014 and Beyond

http://spengler.atimes.net/vie...=3&t=20366


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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, January 05, 2014

Economic Forecast for US Economy for 2014 and Beyond


Ricardo, I really feel sorry for the U.S. Economy in 2014, But...but...but... the ordinary & extraordinary Americans like ASP,Simpleton, etc; seem to be doing something to salvage their wrecked and miserable Economy. Please read below what the "Polar Star" is doing to help out the Chinese, Ruskies and the Aussies who no doubt went on a cranky "misadventure":

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_...c-ice?lite

It is a noble task and hope the Yanks are adequately "compensated" for their good Samaritan mission.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
sokay
written by Simpleton, January 06, 2014
I'm sorry for those poor bastards too. Although the multinational crew on the Polar Star had to cut short their shore leave in Sidney I'm hopeful that after the mission is accomplished there won't be three ships stranded. For economics sake and reward for heroic humanitarian efforts, maybe the mericans, ruskies and chinesa can take a short respite from their ardors and do a layover in Rio to thaw out.smilies/wink.gif
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, January 06, 2014


Simp, you ole coot! You still alive, in spite of the Polar Vortex trying to transport you the heavens?? Ah always suspected you took a crash course on "Survival" at MIT (or was it at Cal Tech?)-like I did at U of B smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

But...but...but.. your latest comment doesn't make any sense.

I'm sorry for those poor bastards too.


You feel sorry for your fellow country persons whose economy is going down the drain everyday OR those reckless adventurers in the North Pole? Please clarify ASP.

Although the multinational crew on the Polar Star had to cut short their shore leave in Sidney I'm hopeful that after the mission is accomplished there won't be three ships stranded


It is Sydney and NOT Sidney, unless you are paying homage to our favorite singer Sidney Magal.smilies/shocked.gif

For economics sake and reward for heroic humanitarian efforts, maybe the mericans, ruskies and chinesa can take a short respite from their ardors and do a layover in Rio to thaw out.


I fully second your "motion"! May I add that during their "layover", they get laid prim & proper?smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif

Cheers. You still in WI?
making no cents
written by Simpleton, January 07, 2014
The "i" / "y" (Sidney / Sydney) transposition was only due to the mind numbing cold. aye aye aye (or is that ai ai ai??) My boots (which I wear around even inside the house on some days) are rated to -45C stationary. Survival is not an issue but the cold has shrunk the HDPE decking on the veranda so much you could drop a three year old Argentinian through the cracks!

Being we can't depend on our fellow blogger Jon to light those tar sands in Alberta on fire and send us some type of heat wave, the missus agreed today that I could return to my other home for a few months but only after carnivores. (The delay being for various reasons including economic factors, manifestations, tourist infestations and the attendant crime, etc., etc., etc..)
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, January 07, 2014

Being we can't depend on our fellow blogger Jon to light those tar sands in Alberta on fire and send us some type of heat wave,


Its a sad truth, Simp. Your Northern neighbors don't dance according to your music anymore.smilies/sad.gif

But...but...but...you can straighten out the situation, by sending an invasion force disguised as tourists and teach them an unforgettable lesson.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif
tourist destinations
written by Simpleton, January 07, 2014
As a young child I saw open pit coal mining operations out east, as a teenager I saw what "managed" clear cutting operations were all about "up norte" in my state and knew as a young adult what pillage and plunder our neighbors to the north in BC were laying upon the land to build our stick houses. From what I saw of the National Geographic program involving the Caterpillar 497B, it sure didn't look like those tar sand mining zones were amenable to tourism. Perhaps with my Brazilian connections developing a new age "fur" trading business could prove quite lucurative? After all Brasilia seems to have settled on treating it as a renewable resource. Just have to work on some those free trade barriers and import / export licensing issues.
Simpleton
written by João da Silva, January 07, 2014

tourist destinations


Very touching tale, Simp. You have covered everything from your childhood to present date and narrated how the Canucks screwed (and still are screwing) the good ole U.S.Of A. Cunning folks whom you can not rely upon. They think they are protected by the Crown (and the maple leaves under which they hide) and cant be touched by mortal Yanks like you. Don't be disheartened. A day will come when the marauding Chinese will take over the sands of Alberta and set fire to it (according to your instructions) and send in the heat wave to warm you (and your popo) in your creaking cabana.

BTW, BC is Northwest of WI. How come you place it North of you? Please explain AS(A)P.

As for the "fur trade" you are proposing: Nem pensar. smilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif
John Williams-Massive Dollar Selloff in 2014-Game Over
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 08, 2014

John Williams-Massive Dollar Selloff in 2014-Game Over – January 5, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQt-FFDM_5k

John Williams of Shadowstats.com has a grim view of 2014. He says, "It's really going to be a currency panic . . . when the fundamental selling pressure really starts to pick up, when the selling gets heavy . . . in turn, the weakness will be seen in a spike in oil prices and a spike in gasoline prices." Williams says there will be a panic out of the dollar and he predicts, "Once you see a massive sell-off here, I see the game as being over." Join Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.com as he goes One-on-One with economist John Williams.


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Williams, who holds a BA in economics and an MBA from Dartmouth College, analyzes government economic and unemployment data using methodologies from earlier in the history of the United States.

Government statistics guru John Williams believes the most important economic indicators used by our political leaders in their decision-making - the Consumer Price Index, the unemployment rate, the Gross Domestic Product - are deeply flawed in how they're calculated. Whether these flaws result from letting theory trump reality or by machinating politicians, the result is the same: we are fooling ourselves at our peril. We have been understating the risks we face - which is why we are working harder for less today than the previous generation, and why our economy is not only not in "recovery" - but on the precipice of crisis.

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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, January 09, 2014

John Williams of Shadowstats.com has a grim view of 2014.


John is a defeatist & pavão, Ricardo. If I were you, I'd ignore him.
Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 10, 2014


I have seen many well known economists and analysts interviewing and quoting John Williams statistics such as Paul Craig Roberts, Gerald Celente, Max Keiser, Jim Rogers, Jim Sinclair, Richard Wollf, Chris Marterson, Greg Hunter, Alex Jones, and Bill Gross – just to mention a few people.

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Employment Situation Summary – January 10, 2014
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 10, 2014

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment Situation Summary – January 10, 2014



Great news about the unemployment rate as of the end of December 2013 – the US unemployment rate went down from 7.0 % to 6.7 %.

There were very few jobs created, but another 500,000 went into the Black hole. Just like magic these people were gone...

The civilian labor force participation rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 62.8 percent in December. The lowest civilian labor force participation rate in almost 40 years.

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged down by 0.1 hour to 34.4 hours in December.

http://youtu.be/G8ey_RBdxYM


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Paul Craig Roberts: If the Currency Collapses & You Try to Flee Into Gold,There Won't Be Any
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 11, 2014

Greg Hunter – January 8, 2014

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: If the Currency Collapses & You Try to Flee Into Gold,There Won't Be Any

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ojASipDzVY


Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts says, "The West is draining itself of physical bullion. . . If there is a currency collapses and you try to flee into gold, there won't be any there. The Chinese will have it." So, is this the year gold and silver stage a big turnaround? Roberts says, "It's gone on longer than I thought it could go on. I didn't realize all the deceptive and crooked methods they would use to rig the markets. The notion that a democratic capitalist country having its markets rigged by its own authorities--it blows the mind. This is not normal. What will they do next? I don't know." Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with economist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.

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The Psychology of Power
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 12, 2014

Rule from the Shadows - The Psychology of Power – January 7, 2014
http://youtu.be/p8ERfxWouXs



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Chinese mindset looks to the United States as a militaristic “Paper Tiger”
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 16, 2014

Regarding inflation among other things Pippa Malmgren mentioned that Paul Volcker suggests that people should check the work of John Williams if they want to know what is really happening regarding inflation and real unemployment rates.


Keiser Report: Shrinkflation – January 14, 2014
http://youtu.be/XK31juzbw4w


In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the moral sink estate that is the City of London where dealers sell debt crack on street corners and many old ladies have their pensions stolen. They also discuss the corruption of the leveraged buyout whereby now whole nations are stolen using the nation's own assets and resources as collateral and now, with the TPP deal, the globe is about to be taken for cheap.

In the second half, Max interviews investment adviser, Pippa Malmgren, a politics and policy expert who used to be Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Economic Policy on the National Economic Council and former member of the US President's Working Group on Financial Markets. They discuss 'shrinkflation,' inflation and the Plunge Protection team.


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As Gerald Celente mentioned on this video the Chinese mindset looks to the United States as a militaristic “Paper Tiger”.


Gerald Celente - This Week in Money - January 13, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQEFxYIOKkM


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JP Morgan is already in default....
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, January 16, 2014

Greg Hunter – January 12, 2014

Jim Willie - This Year-Currency Explosion

http://youtu.be/jbhxPRamhHQ


Dr. Jim Willie, Editor of the Hat Trick Letter, predicts, "This is the year we have the currency explosion." Don't think Obama Care is going to make things easier. Dr. Willie thinks, "It will be 100 times the nightmare than you think it might be. . . . Obama Care is a big plan to track people, both their money and their bodies, like a bunch of herded animals. This is going to manage death of the individual and manage death of the economy." Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Dr. Jim Willie of GoldenJackass.com.

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I'll dedicate this video clip to the US president Barack Obama...
written by a.norlina, May 25, 2014
It is pretty sad that the Russian duo has been booed during Euro Song Contest......however, I don't have video any clips regarding the US president speech at UM university during his recent visit to my country.......however this video clip is simply smashing...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff_SuAzll90

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