Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Seu Lição de Português para hoje / Your Portuguese Lesson for Today:

O QUE UMA ESCRITORA HOLANDESA FALOU DO BRASIL LEIA COM BASTANTE ATENÇÃO

Os brasileiros acham que o mundo todo presta, menos o Brasil, realmente parece que é um vício falar mal do Brasil. Todo lugar tem seus pontos positivos e negativos, mas no exterior eles maximizam os positivos, enquanto no Brasil se maximizam os negativos. Aqui na Holanda, o resultados das eleições demoram horrores porque não há nada automatizado.

Só existe uma companhia telefônica e pasmem!: Se você ligar reclamando do serviço, corre o risco de ter seu telefone temporariamente desconectado.

Nos Estados Unidos e na Europa, ninguém tem o hábito de enrolar o sanduíche em um guardanapo - ou de lavar as mãos antes de comer. Nas padarias, feiras e açougues europeus, os atendentes recebem o dinheiro e com mesma mão suja entregam o pão ou a carne.

Em Londres, existe um lugar famosíssimo que vende batatas fritas enroladas em folhas de jornal e tem fila na porta.

Na Europa, não-fumante é minoria. Se pedir mesa de não-fumante, o garçom ri na sua cara, porque não existe. Fumam até em elevador.

Em Paris , os garçons são conhecidos por seu mau humor e grosseria e qualquer garçom de botequim no Brasil podia ir pra lá dar aulas de ' Como conquistar o Cliente'.

Você sabe como as grandes potências fazem para destruir um povo? Impõem suas crenças e cultura. Se você parar para observar, em todo filme dos EUA a bandeira nacional aparece, e geralmente na hora em que estamos emotivos.

Vocês têm uma língua que, apesar de não se parecer quase nada com a língua portuguesa, é chamada de língua portuguesa, enquanto que as empresas de software a chamam de português brasileiro, porque não conseguem se comunicar com os seus usuários brasileiros através da língua Portuguesa.

Os brasileiros são vitimas de vários crimes contra a pátria, crenças, cultura, língua, etc... Os brasileiros mais esclarecidos sabem que temos muitas razões para resgatar suas raízes culturais.

Os dados são da Antropos Consulting

1. O Brasil é o país que tem tido maior sucesso no combate à AIDS e de outras doenças sexualmente transmissíveis, e vem sendo exemplo mundial.
2. O Brasil é o único país do hemisfério sul que está participando do Projeto Genoma.
3. Numa pesquisa envolvendo 50 cidades de diversos países, a cidade do Rio de Janeiro foi considerada a mais solidária.
4. Nas eleições de 2000, o sistema do Tribunal Regional Eleitoral (TRE) estava informatizado em todas as regiões do Brasil, com resultados em menos de 24 horas depois do início das apurações. O modelo chamou a atenção de uma das maiores potências mundiais: os Estados Unidos, onde a apuração dos votos teve que ser refeita várias vezes, atrasando o resultado e colocando em xeque a credibilidade do processo.
5. Mesmo sendo um país em desenvolvimento, os internautas brasileiros representam uma fatia de 40% do mercado na América Latina .
6. No Brasil, há 14 fábricas de veículos instaladas e outras 4 se instalando, enquanto alguns países vizinhos não possuem nenhuma.
7. Das crianças e adolescentes entre 7 a 14 anos, 97,3% estão estudando.
8. O mercado de telefones celulares do Brasil é o segundo do mundo, com 650 mil novas habilitações a cada mês.
9. Na telefonia fixa, o país ocupa a quinta posição em número de linhas instaladas.
10. Das empresas brasileiras, 6.890 possuem certificado de qualidade ISO-9000, maior número entre os países em desenvolvimento. No México , são apenas 300 empresas e 265 na Argentina.
11. O Brasil é o segundo maior mercado de jatos e helicópteros executivos.
12. Por que vocês têm esse vício de só falar mal do Brasil?
13. Por que não se orgulham em dizer que o mercado editorial de livros é maior do que o da Itália, com mais de 50 mil títulos novos a cada ano?
14. Que têm o mais moderno sistema bancário do planeta?
15. suas agências de publicidade ganham os melhores e maiores prêmios mundiais?
16. Por que não falam que são o país mais empreendedor do mundo e que mais de 70% dos brasileiros, pobres e ricos, dedicam considerável parte de seu tempo em trabalhos voluntários
17. Por que não dizem que são hoje a terceira maior democracia do mundo?
18. Que apesar de todas as mazelas, o Congresso está punindo seus próprios membros, o que raramente ocorre em outros países ditos civilizados
19. Por que não se lembram que o povo brasileiro é um povo hospitaleiro, que se esforça para falar a língua dos turistas, gesticula e não mede esforços para atendê-los bem

Por que não se orgulham de ser um povo que faz piada da própria desgraça e que enfrenta os desgostos sambando.

É! O Brasil é um país abençoado de fato.

Bendito este povo, que possui a magia de unir todas as raças, de todos os credos.

Bendito este povo, que sabe entender todos os sotaques.

Bendito este povo, que oferece todos os tipos de climas para contentar toda gente.

Bendita seja, querida pátria chamada Brasil

Divulgue esta mensagem para o máximo de pessoas que você puder. Com essa atitude, talvez não consigamos mudar o modo de pensar de cada brasileiro, mas ao ler estas palavras irá, pelo menos, por alguns momentos, refletir e se orgulhar de ser...

...BRASILEIRO!!!

"SOMENTE OS BRAVOS SABEM O GOSTO DA VITÓRIA"

Interesting thought from Huffington

Michael Brenner: Obama vs. Obama

Michael Brenner: We have in Obama a president who is what we used to call a moderate Republican before the species became extinct. That means suspicions of government programs, a strong belief that we should always give private interests the benefit of the doubt, an assumption that the rich deserve their riches, and an insensitivity to the plight of salaried Americans. Abroad, Obama is ready to deploy military might in dubious causes defined by the country's hawkish defense establishment. Far-fetched? Let's take a clear eyed look at what President Obama actually has done and said. Click here to read more.

From Secret Peace via Sen McG: Collaborative Consumption

Last week I spoke with Rachel Botsman & Roo Rogers, authors of the upcoming book What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption. They are tracking the rise of new economies based on sharing, swapping, and lending - democratically distributing ownership. These new economies are being made possible by new technology, and have the potential to radically reduce the costs of certain goods for people as well as lower their environmental impact.

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From JMG: Tracey Ullman As Everybody

Tracey Ullman does Rachel Maddow, Ariana Huffington, Christiane Amanpour, Meghan McCain, even Barney Frank. Her Ariana kills.



(Tipped by JMG reader Zed)

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A Climate of False Crisis

A Climate of False Crisis

Posted: 11 Feb 2010 07:20 AM PST

Dear Diane,

Leisure is an essential ingredient for a successful working democracy. We need time to think and unbundle some of the contradictions by which we live. If "elitism" is wrong for charters, why is it okay for public schools? Why do we presume that poor kids need a more rigid and authoritarian school climate than "ordinary" kids? How can I both believe in the importance of local decision-making where possible, and also support choice in schooling? My list is long.


But my time for discussing such issues isn't enough.


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Brillant!

Rachel on Climate Change

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Tips for Handling Telemarketers

Three Little Words That Work !!

(1)The three little words are: 'Hold On, Please...'

Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.

Then when you eventually hear the phone company's 'beep-beep-beep' tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.

These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.


(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?

This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone.


This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a 'real' sales person to call back and get someone at home.

What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible This confuses the machine that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer !!!

(3) Junk Mail Help:
When you get 'ads' enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these 'ads' with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.

When you get those 'pre-approved' letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.

Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 41 cents postage 'IF' and when they receive them back..

It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

One of Andy Rooney's (60 minutes) ideas.
Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back!
If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them.

You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 41 cents.

The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it...Twice!

Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need to increase postage costs again You get the idea !

If enough people follow these tips, it will work ---- I have been doing this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.

THIS JUST MIGHT BE ONE E-MAIL THAT YOU WILL WANT TO FORWARD TO YOUR FRIENDS

From BH: Re: Credit Cards

If you use credit cards and pay them in full each month, most of this will not pertain to you but you may want to forward this to someone you know who usually only pays the minimum amount due each month.

Commencing 02/22, here are the new rules for credit card companies:

-Your upcoming statement will tell you your minimum payment and how long it will take you to pay off the balance if you only make the minimum payment.

-Your new statement will tell you what payment you need to make to pay off your balance in 3 years.

-Your due date will now be the same each month, so you will consistently know when the payment is due.

-This one I really like, as many are not aware how this was done in the past. If you transfer a balance and get a low teaser rate and then make subsequent purchases, the monthly payments were always applied to the teaser rate and the purchases with the much higher rate were not paid off until the low rate transfers were paid off. Now, any payment above the minimum amount due must be applied to the higher interest rate.

-The key of course is to pay off your balance monthly but that isn't always possible. If you're not paying the balance due in full, if you can, do not use those cards until they are paid off. Use your debit card until your balances are paid in full and then use your credit only if you can pay off the balance each month. Take a look at how much of your payment goes to interest payments each month. Pay the cards off each month and now the interest you have been paying can go to you and not the credit card companies.

Courtesy of Barry Harris

John Pilger | Why the Oscars Are a Con

John Pilger, Truthout: "Why are so many films so bad? This year's Oscar nominations are a parade of propaganda, stereotypes and downright dishonesty. The dominant theme is as old as Hollywood: America's divine right to invade other societies, steal their history and occupy our memory. When will directors and writers behave like artists and not pimps for a world view devoted to control and destruction?"

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What's in a name?

This week I found two long lost cousins that I haven’t seen for over 40 years. It’s a long story. In so doing, long lost Cal wrote to me jokingly calling me Danny, as that was what folks called me when we last knew each other.


This mind you was way back in the last century during, I believe the Kennedy or Johnson administration, before color television and when phones were nailed to walls. When kids actually walked to school and we had air raid drills and hid beneath our desks and looked at the girls’ underwear. Duck and cover was great fun for a kid with a touch of ADD. When the air raid sirens went off, we all jumped under our desks as two or three monitors pulled the huge big curtains closed. It was fun to see the girl's underwear in the desk in front of you, even though the teacher yelled at us to keep our heads down and eyes closed... I remember one time a girl named Iris started to cry, and someone else asked the teacher if we were all going to die.

When the all clear signal went off, and the curtains were opened, I think she was visibly shaken, but tried to calm us down by saying that the school district had installed special “magic windows” over the weekend, and that if there was an explosion, they would blow out not in, and that was why we had these curtains all lined in lead to protect all the children in Steindorf Elementary School... I look back as an adult and think now, that she was really great. As she, as well had to have been scared, and worried about her own kids and family, and if it was the big one or not…


But, really, I can’t stand being called Danny… let me tell you why.


4th grade was a big deal in San José, you learned to do long division and made models of missions. Little did I know it was going to be momentous for an other reason…

When I was in 4th grade I remember working up the guts to ask Mrs. Moore, who was as large and intimidating as any teacher could be to a squeaky little kid who had more energy in him than was possible for a 4th grader at the time, to ask her to stop calling him Danny.


One day, while everyone was working, and Mrs. Moore was in the back of the room by the water fountain, I got up from my desk, walked back to the water fountain, and took a long drink (this no doubt began my long and storied career in the study of liquid fortification… but I digress), and I turned to her.

Suddenly she seemed well over 200 feet tall, as she stood towering over me with enormous bosoms that loomed over me like glacier point from Camp Curry, with hands on her hips, and asked me,

“Danny is there something you want to ask me?”

“Yes, mam”, I replied in my squeaky 10 year old voice, “I wish you would not call me Danny anymore”.

She looked at me thru her pointy glasses, and replied,

“Well then, what shall we call you?”

Gulping I replied, “My name is Dan”.

Thereby she turned to the rest of the class, and clapped her hands loudly, and declared,

“Class, we now have a NEW student, his name is Dan”.


I shrunk inside, no doubt turned bright red.

Whereby they all looked at me and my arch enemy by the name of Les broke out in a huge evil smile, and I shrunk to the size of a pea. When I got back to my desk, he began a whispering chant,

“Danny Fanny... Danny Fanny… “


Now, I want to say that I jumped out of my seat and pounded the crap out of him, but by then I was beginning my intellectual pursuits, and being deeply intrigued by the mysteries of solving a page full of long-division problems, turned to him and told him to shut up, which of course Mrs. Moore who had been teaching for over 300 years and was possessed with super human hearing or something, overheard, and gave me a demerit.


Later, after years of work in Latin America, I decided to use my real name, Daniel… but it doesn’t really matter, just don’t call me late to lunch (or Danny, for that matter).

From JMG: Matthews: Sarah Palin Is Frightening

Sarah Palin says the only way Obama can save his second term would be to declare war on Iran.

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From PFAW

Dear Daniel,

The criticism of Sarah Palin by the media and the progressive blogosphere this week has been intense, but their focus has missed what is important: it's not the writing on her hand, it's the writing on the wall.

On Saturday, Palin delivered the keynote speech at the first "National Tea Party Convention" in Nashville. It was a broad, right-wing political barn burner, incorporating Religious Right rhetorical swipes and jabs at Obama's foreign policy -- things the Tea Party movement itself has never been about. But it did also included plenty of obligatory red meat attacks on the Democrats' agenda and Obama administration initiatives famously unpopular with that crowd -- the stimulus, health care reform.

To the amusement of pundits, Palin was seen on camera checking crib notes she had written on her hand as she delivered the speech. She taunted the millions of Americans who, driven by a sincere desire for change, were inspired by Barack Obama's candidacy for president: "How is that hopey-changey stuff working out for you?"

Beyond the theatrics, her speech was full of empty rhetoric aimed at capitalizing on the anti-establishment rage that defines the Tea Party movement. It was riddled with inaccuracies and bent the truth. But more important than what it lacked, is what it revealed and acknowledged:

1. That the Right is running on empty. They have no ideas or solutions for dealing with the significant problems that we face. Their movement at this time is all about exploiting and inciting the rage of disaffected and frustrated Americans.

2. As the Tea Party movement becomes increasingly co-opted by the Republican establishment, the tea party narrative has managed to become the narrative of the Right Wing.

Whatever "populism" the Tea Party movement once possibly had, Palin's speech might have signaled its end. The anti-establishment anger that the movement purports to speak to is very real, and how we as Americans deal with this anger will have tremendous influence on the future of our country.

Some in the Democratic Party think that trying to appease the Tea Party element is smart short-term politics. But this will lead nowhere. We need your help to fight against this dangerous thinking. With your support, People For the American Way will help make sure that Tea Party politics don't limit Americans' options on Election Day to a choice between somewhat right-wing and ultra right-wing.

You can help to expose the Right during this critical election year with a contribution to help fund our work.

As always, your continued support is deeply appreciated.

Sincerely,


Michael B. Keegan, President

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