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Communications over the world wide doesnt depend on sytax or eloquence or rethoric or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard.
People can only hear you when they are moving toward you and they are not likely to when your wordss are pursuing them
Even the choices words lose their powe when they are used to overpower.
Attitudes are the real figures of speech '-Friedman

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Liking the Administration & 2009 Stimulus Package Less


By Scott Lee

Many in the financial media have been pointing to the government's stimulus package aka the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009″ as the solution to our country's economic woes. I was even somewhat excited about the prospect of the government riding to the rescue of the economy on a white horse...until I looked the gift horse in the mouth. The more closely I look at the proposed stimulus package, the less I like it.

The package will not be nearly the boon for infrastructure companies that many believe: The small percentage of the total package that will actually be spent on infrastructure projects will be spread out over a number of different industries and some of the spending will not occur for years. I highly doubt that the new government spending will come anywhere near making up for the tremendous loss of private capital that had been flowing into the sector.


Anyone who really believes that things in the government are different now that Obama is in office really needs to read the following New York Times article: Defense and No Apologies From Author of Fiscal Bill.




I hope that Obama will eventually be able to bring the best ideas from both political parties together and eliminate the waste and pork that has existed in Washington for years, but doing so will take time. The government, and probably rightfully so, wants to put the stimulus package in action ASAP. As a result, it is going to be filled with all sorts of garbage and pet projects of the bill's authors rather than things that would really simulate the economy.




I realize that Republicans are always going to feud with Democrats and that it is not surprising that they are bashing the stimulus bill in its current form, but Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the senior Republican on the Budget Committee, makes a valid point with this quote about the bill and its author Representative David R. Obey:


"This is 1936 economics,” Mr. Ryan said. “But it reflects David’s ideology and his economic doctrine. They took everything in their file cabinet that has been piling up for 100 years, threw it in this bill and called it economic stimulus.”


In what is now being called "Bloody Monday" another est. 70,000 jobs losses were announced. A trend that many economist say is likely to continue. As more corporations continue to contract or cease operations. The Government & banking industries failure to free credit markets and curtail the sub-prime mortgage debacle. Most likely will turn into a much larger crisis in the Commercial Loan industry as more businesses & retailers close doors defaulting on leases, leaving office buildings and strip malls vacant. This economic collapse seems to be creating an excellent opportunity to create a New Financial Order as evident in the following quotes from one of the longest standing envoys in America Henry Kissinger.



Should we take comfort in knowing that deviant Henry Kissinger approves of Obama and looks forward to having Obama take us into world government? In Europe, the joke is that when Henry Kissinger visits your country, you should "Quick, hide the children!" Better watch out, Obama, when Uncle Henry visits the White House! Henry Kissinger, like David Rockefeller and the Zbig, are all seditious traitors with a vision of a world government. They intentionally created all the problems you see unfolding before you, but would instead have you believe that some of the most intelligent people on the planet made some astounding errors in judgment that have destroyed the world economy and financial system, with America now being to blame for the whole debacle, meaning that America is no longer qualified to lead the world politically and economically, and that we must have world governance with everyone putting their two cents in. What gall they continue to demonstrate as they attempt to move us toward their One World Order or Order Out of Chaos.


The following paragraph extracted from Herny Kissinger's latest article, entitled "The Chance for a New World Order:"



"That opportunity involves a seeming contradiction. On one level, the financial collapse represents a major blow to the standing of the United States. While American political judgments have often proved controversial, the American prescription for a world financial order has generally been unchallenged. Now disillusionment with the United States' management of it is widespread."

"At the same time, the magnitude of the debacle makes it impossible for the rest of the world to shelter any longer behind American predominance or American failings."

"Every country will have to reassess its own contribution to the prevailing crisis. Each will seek to make itself independent, to the greatest possible degree, of the conditions that produced the collapse; at the same time, each will be obliged to face the reality that its dilemmas can be mastered only by common action."

"Even the most affluent countries will confront shrinking resources. Each will have to redefine its national priorities. An international order will emerge if a system of compatible priorities comes into being. It will fragment disastrously if the various priorities cannot be reconciled."


"In the end, the political and economic systems can be harmonized in only one of two ways: by creating an international political regulatory system with the same reach as that of the economic world; or by shrinking the economic units to a size manageable by existing political structures, which is likely to lead to a new mercantilism, perhaps of regional units."


"The extraordinary impact of the president-elect on the imagination of humanity is an important element in shaping a new world order. But it defines an opportunity, not a policy."


So basically, Uncle Henry thinks there are only two options -- their way, or the highway. Either we all get together and sing "Kum ba yah" with Obama and the leaders of all the other countries in One World Bliss, or we suffer fragmentation and disaster. We would like to suggest that there is a third way, however. In fact, we can't wait for the fragmentation to start, as that would give us the opportunity to finally "get it on" with Henry Kissinger & Company. We can't wait! Hope you will join us in exploring the third option!





Signs of larger losses underscore the importance of the Obama administration's measures to halt foreclosures that are feeding a downward spiral in the housing market, already in its worst downturn since the Great Depression. Until the declines in house prices are broken, the cycle will continue and the economic recession could get worse, economists say as many news outlets are now even mentioning the "D" word.



While they are nice and they help people, things like $30 billion to subsidize health insurance for those who lose their jobs and $15 billion to increase college Pell Grants will do very little to stimulate the economy right now, which is what we need.


The State of California budget crisis is so bad it announced the suspension of welfare checks, state tax refunds and student grants starting Feb 1st. This alone could lead to increased crime rates and civil unrest as millions are cut off from their only form of income. Others states are also facing budget shortfalls. Earnings reports from many others industries continue to offer a bleak assessment with large 4th qtr losses,.



Even the tax cuts in the proposed bill stink. More than half of the cuts in their current form are $500 tax credits for people who earn less than $75,000. Didn't we learn our lesson when the government sent out the stimulus checks last year? Studies have shown that one-time tax breaks are more likely saved than spent. They don't do nearly as much to stimulate economic activity as permanent tax cuts do. This type of tax cut is ignorant. It will not get spent with consumer confidence sitting at such a low level and the jobless rate rising.




This sort of tax credit doesn't cut it. By nature, the government is wasteful, just like any other large organization is. A very valid point that government spending does not really stimulate demand because every dollar spent by the government must be eventually paid for with taxes that are taken out of the economy. One could argue that deficit spending to help us out right know when the economy really needs it is necessary. Fine, but it you're going to do it, do it right. Either give Americans a real tax cut and stop wasting money on pet projects OR spend the money on real projects that provide a lasting benefit for the country and create real jobs like modernizing the power grid improving railroads, building mass transit, etc...


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Massive Lay Off in the World





Devasting situation by the International financial Crisis , 85.000 jobs will be lost for 2009 in Europe and United States
Companies like Laboratories Pfizer , General Motors , ING and Caterpillar , are looking for reducing cost with a great uncertain horizon

Black Monday started in Europe by the Ducth Company Philips who will quit 6000 jobs on the second semestre 2009 for reducing costs of 400 millon euros and it registered a lost of 1.500 million euros on 2008 .

Also the deutch giant ING , dedicated to banking and inssurances , will fire 7000 employes from 13 000 , for reducing the costs 1000 millones of euros , and his executive director were replaced

The siderurgic english dutch Corus , the second producer of steel in Europe , will fire 3500 jobs , 2500 only in UK

Life a domino effect companies like Caterpillar, Home Depot , Sprint Nextel announced massive laid off. Canterpillar the major manufacture of equipment of construction , will fire 20 000 persons that represent 1/5 of the total of employees , Canterpillar said this year will be the worst from the World War II ,

Home Depot , annouced that will fire 7000 jobs , 2% from the total , the closing about design will affect 5000 employes and 2000 from administration and commercial areas

Sprint Nextel , the 3rd provider of telephony mobile in United States , will fire 8000 jobs .

AT&T announce will fire 12 , 000 jobs , Laboratories Pfzifer will eliminate 8 000 jobs ,

General Motors is prepared to announce new lay off , in spite of the loans received 4 000 millons dollars , they will fire 2000 jobs from Michigan , Ohio , and announcing the temporary closing of some of the factories in US and Canada

Microsoft has anticipated will fire 5000 employes and 1400 inmediately

This shows how the financial crisis is hitting on the real economy , and it is knows 6 days after that the president Barack Obama said that going through the crisis will not be easy and could be worst .

Obama said to act fast with the plan , there is not more time , that will help millon of people , the plan is 825 000 millons dollars that has resistance from the republicans . Arround 600.000 persons ask the inssurance of unemployment the rate of unemployment is 7.2 % on the active population . it is the record after 16 years .

Saturday, January 24, 2009

OBAMA 'S STIMULUS PACKAGE



President-elect Barack Obama said that an analysis of his stimulus proposal found that the capital infusion could save or create as many as 4 million U.S. jobs by 2010, nearly 90% of them in the private sector. Obama previously estimated that his estimated $800 billion strategy for winching the American economy out of its year-long recession could save or create 3 million jobs, but the new study has found that the actual number would range between 3 million and 4 million.


The analysis was submitted by Christina Romer, head of Obama’s council of economic advisors, and Jared Bernstein, the economic advisor to Vice President-elect Joe Biden. The analysis


directly follows an official government report showing that U.S. employers slashed more than half a million jobs in December, pushing the unemployment rate to 7.2% and bringing the number of jobs lost last year to 2.6 million — the worst showing since 1945.




The jobs we create will be in businesses large and small across a wide range of industries,” President-elect Obama said on his weekly radio and Internet address. "And they’ll be the kind of jobs that don’t just put people to work in the short term, but position our economy to lead the world in the long term.”




Because of the plan’s high cost and proposed tax cuts, Obama has faced opposition from Republican and Democratic lawmakers. The incoming president’s top aides visited Capitol Hill on Friday to attempt to allay lawmaker concerns. The plan would combine the tax cuts, aid to states and public-works projects.


Obama said his plan would create nearly 500,000 jobs by investing in clean energy, by committing to double the production of alternative energy in the next three years and by improving the energy efficiency of 2 million American homes. However, he also warned yet again that the economy is likely to get worse before it gets better and that any recovery will not happen overnight.

ECONOMIC PACKAGE URGENT APPROVAL AND AUDITING TO LOANS GIVEN



Barack Obama is trying to meet soon congressmen to discuss for the urgent approval of the economic package .There are differences from the republican point of view , as the congressman Eric Cantor says that he prefers to reduce the tax on profits instead of giving 500 dollars of subsidies per capita to people. The republicans are not agree with the programas on public work , they sostein that it creates too much dificit on taxes when they are the base of generate emoployment.Obama remarked that the big philosophical difference between democrats and republicans are known .


Obama promised to use restiction to the future federal aid, cause he believes that there were no transparency no one gave explanation what companies did with the money that they received , there are reports that many used the money for other goals that arent allowed


One of the example is merril Lynch , who was integrated to Bank of America,


For this one of the messures will be the control of the using of fund , it will be forbidden for buy other banks , make donations or paying bonus , money have to be used for the credit to families of workers and raise the consume. Neil Barofksy , general inspector of finnacial Program will send to 300 companies which has received money how were used the funds, and this companies have 30 days to reply if they dont will be convocated by justice ,


It s expected the confirmation for the future Treasure Secretary Tim Geithner who has great experience for facing the finnacial crisis .

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Detailed Analysis of Barack Obama's Health Care Reform Plan


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Barack Obama’s health care plan follows the Democratic template—an emphasis on dramatically and quickly increasing the number of people who have health insurance by spending significant money upfront.

The Obama campaign estimates his health care reform plan will cost between $50 and $65 billion a year when fully phased in. He assumes that it will be paid from savings in the system and from discontinuing the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 per year.


Obama breaks his health care reform plan down into three parts saying that it builds “upon the strengths of the U.S. health care system.”

The three parts are:

1. Quality, Affordable & Portable Health Coverage For All
2. Modernizing The U.S. Health Care System To Lower Costs & Improve Quality
3. Promoting Prevention & Strengthening Public Health

Obama claims that his health care reform plan will save the typical family up to $2,500 every year through:

* Health information technology investment aimed at reducing unnecessary spending that results from preventable errors and inefficient paper billing systems.
* Improving prevention and management of chronic conditions.
* Increasing insurance industry competition and reducing underwriting costs and profits in order to reduce insurance overhead.
* Providing reinsurance for catastrophic coverage, which will reduce insurance premiums.
* Making health insurance universal which will reduce spending on uncompensated care.

Will Obama be able to cut the typical family’s health care costs by $2,500 a year?

Well, yes and no.

Let’s take a look at the three main parts of the Obama health plan:

1. “Quality, Affordable & Portable Health Coverage For All”

Obama follows the Democratic health care template by building on existing private and public programs such as employer health insurance, private individual health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Obama’s key components here include:

* Establishing a new public program that would look a lot like Medicare for those under age-65 that would be available to those who do not have access to an employer plan or qualify for existing government programs like Medicaid or SCHIP. This would also be open to small employers who do not offer a private plan.
* Creating a “National Health Insurance Exchange.” This would be a government-run marketing organization that would sell insurance plans directly to those who did not have an employer plan or public coverage.
* An employer “pay or play” provision that would require an employer to either provide health insurance or contribute toward the cost of a public plan.
* Mandating that families cover all children through either a private or public health insurance plan.
* Expanding eligibility for government programs, like Medicaid and SCHIP.
* Allow flexibility in embracing state health reform initiatives.

Obama would also mandate guaranteed insurability, a generous minimum comprehensive benefits package such as that required for federal workers, the ability to take their policy from one job to another (portability) when it is purchased through the new Medicare-like public plan or the "National Health Insurance Exchange," and he would require providers to participate in a new plan to collect and report data about standards of care, the use of health information technology, and administration.

In Europe they have a way of explaining the general philosophy toward universal health care for all. You often here the term, “solidarity.” The concept implies that everyone is in it together—all are covered in the same pool and share the burden equally.

Obama sets as his goal quality, affordable, and portable coverage for all.
. Modernizing The U.S. Health Care System To Lower Costs and Improve Quality

Obama would argue that I am wrong about the notion that he has no effective cost containment ideas. In this section of his plan he argues he will contain, if not reduce costs, with a long list of proposals.

He would reinsure employer plans for a portion of their catastrophic costs. This would reduce employer costs but it would do so by simply shifting them onto the government. He runs the risk of shifting these costs away from a market that now has incentives to manage them to a big government program that likely will not have the same incentives to confront and manage them. I don’t see this as cost saving as much as just cost shifting.

Obama goes on to outline a long list of quality initiatives that include disease management programs, coordinated care, transparency about cost and quality of care, improved patient safety, aligning incentives for excellence, comparative effectiveness reviews, and reducing disparities in health care treatments for the same illness.

Obama would also reform the medical malpractice system by strengthening “antitrust laws to prevent insurers from overcharging physicians for malpractice insurance.”

Obama makes investments in health information technology an important part of his cost containment strategy.

Obama would make the insurance markets more competitive and efficient by creating the “National Health Insurance Exchange” to promote more efficient competition and he would set a minimum health cost ratio for insurers

He would legalize drug reimportation. However, the amount of drugs imported from Canada, for example, has fallen by half in recent years, as this once popular scheme hasn’t produced the savings to even maintain itself at past levels

He would emphasize the use of generics by making it harder for drug companies to payoff generic makers to stay out of their markets—a good idea that also has bipartisan support.
He proposes lifting the ban on Medicare being able to negotiate drug prices—including those for the senior Part D program. However, recent Democratic proposals to do so do not allow Medicare to take a drug off the Medicare formulary when the manufacturer is not willing to reduce its prices. If Medicare doesn’t have the power to walk away from a drug maker, its power to negotiate is a hollow one. Obama does not tell us if he would give Medicare the leverage it would need to get real results.

Promoting Prevention & Strengthening Public Health

At the core of this Obama health care proposal is the notion that, “Each must do their part…to create the conditions and opportunities that allow and encourage Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles.”

Obama lists employer wellness programs, attacking childhood obesity in the schools, expanding the number of primary care providers, and disease prevention programs as part of his effort.

Again, his emphasis on healthier lifestyles is embraced

Perhaps the most important thing a new president can do in this regard is to use the “bully pulpit” to place far more emphasis on just how unhealthy Americans are becoming. We can pass all of the health care reform proposals we like and spend the many more in billions of dollars each year but that will do little as we watch our youngest generation on its way to becoming the first in American history to be less healthy than the prior generation.

Will the Obama health reform plan work?

The Obama health reform plan would get almost everyone covered.
  • the question for them is how will they create an affordable health care system with only incremental cost containment ideas?

  • here’s one little problem with using the FEHBP as a model, FEHBP promotes premium-saving competition among a wide variety of health plans, but they are all private plans, ranging from managed care plans to health savings accounts

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cristina Kirchner met Fidel Castro and Raul Castro in Cuba


The President of Argentina Cristina Kirchner did the historic visit to Cuba after 23 years . She met The President of Cuba Raul Castro where they signed important bilateral agreements in different areas: Healthcare , Science , Education and agriculture, technology transfer .
She stayed 3 days at La Habana, and met Raul Castro , but before she visited the main Scientific Organism of Genetic and Biotechnology , where has been shown the production process of the vaccine againt hepatitis B among others , then she visited the plant of laboratory Labiofam and she attended the Economic Seminar about Opportunities of the Commerce , Investmens and Business between Argentina and Cuba
Then she offered a magistral class at the University of Habana, receiving a special honour and this was assisted by the cuban authorities , professors and students ,and she met argentine studends at the Latinoamerica School of Medicine (ELAM) giving a message to them
The International Commerce between Argentina and Cuba has been increased along the last 6 years 345% and the last 3 years the argentine exportation is around 100 millon dollars .

Cristina has the personal mission to bring to Argentina the Doctor of Neurology Hilda Molina is a top cuban brain surgeon prominent doctor , top researcher who desafied Fidel Castro about Healthcare system, was denied a visa at the Argentine Embassy in Havana last year. She desperately wanted to visit her grandson in Buenos Aires. fidel suspected she might not be back, and so, instead of showing the world his 'family man' "concern" about uniting families, as he pretended to do in the case of Elian, he told her no, declaring that she was a commodity product belonging to the state, and therefore could never leave the country. Shamefully, the Argentines caved in and denied her an exit visa in response to savage pressure from fidel.
She also defied fidel over stem-cell research, because she didn't want to chop up aborted babies for the research as he did. For those two unforgiveable things, fidel has made her life hell on earth for the past ten years.

Of course she can't get a job or make use of her talents anymore. All she can do is write letters now and hope one of her messages in a bottle reaches some civilization
But the goverment of Argentine support her and want to bring her back through diplomatic negotiations .

By Surprise , Cristina could meet Fidel Castro , who he received her with great welcome and she said they could talk about everything and one important topic was the opinion of Fidel about Obama,he said that the President Barack Obama seems a sincere person and with good ideas and he followed the transmission of his inauguration .
Cristina asked for not be interrupted between the 12 and 1 pm , for watching the Obama Inauguration listening his speech and the watching the ceremony that paralized the world ,after it was finished she decided to celebrate in public at the University of La Habana saying that the speech of Barack Obama confirms the good expectations he has generated and the most important that he said the world has changed and no one can ignore the changes that has been done . She expected from him a multirateral vocation and interest to dialogue opened and frankly towards LatinoAmerica .
Only Cristina Kirchner could celebrate the inauguration of new President Barack Obama in Cuba !
Yesterday , Cristina received a letter from Fidel of congratulations for the conference she did at the University of La Habana .











Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January 20th 2009, One Great Icon in History of United States -The Renaissance




Will be the major concentration in the History in Washington, it will be expected between 4 and 5 million people , the last one was when Lyndon Johnson assumed in 1965, with 1,2 million people .
Barack Obama will swear at the Capitolio stairs desafying the cold weather , he will swear over the Bible which was used by Abraham Lincoln in 1861, main figure who abolished the slavery who he most admires. Invocation and Blessing will be the main parts of the protocol.
All security systems are organized and the presence of Media to be shown over the world .
Obama said his goverment will be a renaissance and he asked to people to not lose the hopes he recognize that his nation is in war , the economy in the biggest crisis since the Depression 1930, million people are losing their jobs and homes and people feel insecure and anxious for solutions , he said this is the challenge that he will face talking in plural as We are the nation, that it will take time to solve ,but he stands on the hopes and belief what United States is capable to do, he remarked as George Washington , Lincoln y Franklin D. Roosvelt and Martin Luther King as real references of Hope .
The nice round number—100—was like gum on the shoe of presidential newbies. Barack Obama and his people have tried to win a longer time horizon; they prefer to be judged on year one. But even that reflects an understanding that, in this game, most scoring takes place in the first quarter.
Today, the President-elect will be putting the final touches to his inaugural address. Like Lincoln and Roosevelt, he is a natural orator of exceptional gifts. His speeches will allow him to persuade the public to support his policies. He has the gifts of eloquence, humour and sympathy; these aspects of eloquence, and particularly humour
A change of leadership in Washington will not lift this burden. In this new century, Americans and Europeans alike will be required to do more, not less.”
Invoking the fall of the Berlin Wall after the historic call by President Ronald Reagan at the nearby Brandenburg Gate, Obama declared that the greatest danger now “is to allow new walls to divide us from one another.”

“The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand,” he said. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christians and Muslims and Jews cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.”
Obama asserted: “I know my country has not perfected itself.”

“But I also know how much I love America,” he said. “We are a people of improbable hope. With an eye towards the future, with resolve in our heart, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the world once again.”

Obama’s sweeping vision also includes:

— "This is the moment when we must renew the goal of a world without nuclear weapons."

— "This is the moment we must help answer the call for a new dawn in the Middle East."
"America has no better partner than Europe. Now is the time to build new bridges across the globe as strong as the one that bound us across the Atlantic. Now is the time to join together, through constant cooperation, strong institutions, shared sacrifice, and a global commitment to progress, to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

— “My country must stand with yours and with Europe in sending a direct message to Iran that it must abandon its nuclear ambitions.”

— “The world should support the millions of Iraqis who seek to rebuild their lives, even as we pass responsibility to the Iraqi government and finally bring this war to a close.”

Barack Obama clearly understands this. As an African-American (literally, since his father was from Kenya) his background is not one of privilege and superiority. He will be open to the world
he will show once again the value of the American dream.
This is no guarantee that he will be a success as president

But the outside world is set to be delighted by Barack Obama's victory. And its view of America will change accordingly.


By Stephanie

Sunday, January 18, 2009

ALAS - Obama invests 10.000 dollars for Children Education Program - Inauguration







18 de Enero 2009


CARTA ABIERTA ARTISTAS FUNDACION ALAS

Este documento es respaldado por la Fundación ALAS y firmado por Alejandro Sanz, Diego Frenkel, Fonseca, Jorge Drexler, Juanes, Miguel Bose, Shakira ,Tania Libertad y Carlos Clemente (Director Ejecutivo) para comunicar y generar conciencia sobre la importancia de la educación temprana.

La Fundación ALAS y todos los artistas queremos destacar la decisión del presidente electo de los Estados Unidos de invertir 10.000 millones de dólares para universalizar la educación temprana en su país. Esto significará un gran salto cualitativo para el sistema educativo americano. Queremos hacer eco de esta decisión, en primer lugar para festejar la noticia de que muchos niños se verán beneficiados por la medida, la cual se convertirá en un gran igualador de oportunidades, especialmente en sectores donde la población hispana tiene una presencia importante. En segundo lugar, porque esto ratifica lo que venimos haciendo y diciendo desde la Fundación ALAS sobre la importancia de invertir en la educación temprana y de entender lo mucho que esta en juego.

Las investigaciones que se han llevado a cabo en estos últimos años coinciden en que es en la etapa de los 0 a 6 años cuando mas y mejor se pueden potenciar los talentos de una persona. La educación temprana es el inicio de un circulo virtuoso para el niño que recibe el beneficio, para su familia y para la comunidad que lo da. Es el camino mas efectivo hacia la igualdad de oportunidades y el desarrollo económico y social de un país. Esta decisión del Presidente electo Barack Obama viene a confirmar la importancia, cada vez mayor, que el tema esta teniendo y tendrá en el mundo.

En tercer lugar queremos motivar a nuestros gobernantes para que redoblen sus esfuerzos. Es importante que no nos quedemos atrás, en un mundo globalizado la brecha entre los países que universalicen la educación temprana y lo que no se hará muy grande. La inversión del estado en este segmento nos ahorraría todas las consecuencias y los grandes gastos posteriores en sistemas de rehabilitación. Sabemos que bajaría drasticamente los índices de deserción escolar y de violencia juvenil, aumentaría el ingreso per capita de los futuros trabajadores y el estado recibiría un claro y medible retorno a su inversión. Nosotros los artistas, a través de nuestras voces, queremos hacer llegar nuestro mensaje: Invertir en la educación temprana tiene que ser una prioridad en la región. El pre-escolar tiene que ser universal y gratuito como lo es el sistema escolar. El desafío es grande, lo sabemos, pero solo cuando todos tomemos conciencia de lo fundamental que es esto para nuestro futuro empezaremos a construir una solución definitiva. Si a todos nos importa, seguramente lo podremos lograr.




SHAKIRA INVITED BY OBAMA FOR THE INAUGURATION



Shakira , for many of some people was a surprised to be invited to the Inauguration .
Lets see why :

Colombian superstar Shakira says Democrat Barack Obama is the best candidate for president, citing his leadership skills.

In a statement Saturday, the Grammy-winning pop artist said Obama can restore peace and the world's confidence in the United States. Obama faces Republican presidential nominee John McCain in the Nov. 4 election.

Obama said he was honored to receive the singer's endorsement. The Illinois senator praised Shakira as a role model for young Latinas in the U.S. and beyond.

Shakira encouraged U.S. Latinos to vote in November.

The United States "has a profound importance to me, and I think to the whole world as well," she said.


Obama invites Shakira to sing at inauguration

Obama saying, “It’s an honor to receive so much support from someone that talented and a person that generous.”

It has finally been confirmed! Shakira will be performing at the 2009 presidential inauguration to bring in the new president of the United States of America, Barack Obama.



Shakira selected as “Humanitarian of the year”


People en Español has elected Shakira as the Humanitarian of the Year in the latest edition of the magazine which will be on shelves November 10th. She was recognized for all of her charity work with impoverished children through her own foundation Pies Descalzos and Latin America in Solidarity (ALAS). www.fundacionalas.org

“What’s most important is not how much we can give, it’s how,” said Shakira in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE en Español.

“There are people sometimes who help the most just by giving a few words of encouragement, a priceless gesture of love towards a child, which is more valuable than donating money with indifference.”

The singer learned about poverty early on when her family went bankrupt, and her parents showed her that they were far better off than most families who lived harsh lives and orphans who would whiff gasoline and chemicals to forget their hunger and misery. “We had a comfortable life, and then one day I was shown something else. From that day on, I became obsessed to vindicate my family, my family’s economic situation, and to one day help those kids that I saw on the streets,” says the singer

Saturday, January 17, 2009

BUSHISM'S- Famous Quotes & Bush´s Goodbye


With only 24% popularity Pres. Bush leaves office with the country mired in two wars and an economy suffering from its worst Economic Crisis since the Great Depression of the 30´s.

In his last speech, this was the Presidents final opportunity to convince Americans that many of his goals were accomplished and successfully implemented. Then again, has Pres. Bush ever been one to be self critical or admit past mistakes?

He remarked that he has kept America safe since the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01 and how important it was to incorporate Homeland Security as a coordinating branch of the CIA, FBI, NSA and Military to share information and become more efficient. The United States is equipped with the best technology for monitoring terrorist activities and planned attacks and able to freeze financial resources to minimize their funding for future attacks. "I did what I thought was right, our nation is more secure than 8 years ago¨.

In economic area, taxes were reduced and there is more access to education and health-care and protections in the law against abortion.
He repeatedly said ¨I hope you remember me as a President who could take the hardest decisions in favor of his country" and believes that in the long term he will be judged positively.

Bushism's quotes :

  • "I want you know when we talk about war in reality , we are talking about peace."( Washington Jun 18th 2002)
  • When I campaigned I said, "I want to be a war President, nobody wants to, but i do." (Des Moines, Iowa October 26th 2006)
  • "It would be a big mistake for the Congress to accept whatever else about human cloning" (Washington, April 10th 2002)
  • "I know that human beings and fish can co-exist peacefully."--(Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000)
  • "We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease."-(Gothenburg, Sweden June 14, 2001)
  • "This is an impressive crowd -- the haves and the have mores. Some people call you the elite -- I call you my base." --(2000 Al Smith Dinner)
  • "I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe -- I believe what I believe is right." --(Rome, Italy July 22, 2001)
  • I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." --(White House Menorah lighting ceremony, Washington, D.C. Dec. 10, 2001)
  • "You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror." --(interview with CBS News' Katie Couric Sept. 6, 2006)
  • "I'm the commander -- see, I don't need to explain -- I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president." --(quoted in Bob Woodward's Bush at War)
  • "I will not withdraw, even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me." --(talking to key Republicans about Iraq, as quoted by Bob Woodward)
  • "Do you have blacks, too?" --(to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C. Nov. 8, 2001)
  • This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." --(quoted by the New York Daily News April 23, 2002)
  • "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." -("Good Morning America," Sept. 1, 2005) six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina.
  • "I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it...I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with answer, but it hadn't yet...I don't want to sound like I have made no mistakes. I'm confident I have. I just haven't -- you just put me under the spot here, and maybe I'm not as quick on my feet as I should be in coming up with one." --(after being asked to name the biggest mistake he had made, Washington, D.C. April 3rd, 2004)
  • "The most important thing is for us to find Osama Bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." --(Washington, D.C. Sept. 13, 2001)
  • "I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." --(Washington, D.C. March 13, 2002)
  • "I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." --(to a group of Amish he met with privately, July 9, 2004)
  • "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." --(speaking underneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003)
  • "We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories ... And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." --(Washington, D.C. May 30, 2003)
  • "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" --(Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000)
  • "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." --(Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000)
  • "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense." --(Washington, D.C. April 18, 2006)
  • "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." --(Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004)
  • "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." --(Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004)
  • "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." --(to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina debacle, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005)
  • "There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on --shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --(Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002)
Trying to get positive side from his presidency

The WSJ’s The 9/11 Presidency. It is a concise and accurate, excellent overview of the Bush presidency, and it is a must read. Even the haters should read it, if for not other reason to see what they’ve missed bitching about
The very continuation by Democrats of Bush’s policies will be grudging, if silent, acknowledgment of how much he got right.
no matter how badly you want to blame Bush for the bursting of the housing market, you can’t do it without looking at the Democratic policies that Bush tried to warn us all about. You can’t talk about it without mentioning Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and the legislation - written in the 1990’s - that demanded sketchy loans be made in the first place.
Or, as Richard L. Connor says here in History May See Lincoln-Like Greatness in George W. Bush:
And the economic woes of this country — just like other monumental, sea-change problems — did not simply appear one day or go away the next. Sure, this happened under his watch but the seeds for our mortgage, home loan crisis and those of the domestic automobile industry collapse were sown long before Bush first took office.

Yeah, times are tougher, now. But President Bush never did get credit for the 52 months of uninterrupted (and huge) growth, or the great unemployment numbers we had between the recession at the start of his presidency and the recession at the end of it. He never got credit for much of anything, simply because some people were too spiteful and dishonest to give it.

So, I’ll give him credit, now. He deserves some.

An exhaustive and definitive look at Bush’s humanitarianism.

It’s always easier to be with the jeering crowd than to stand aside from it. But Chesterton said it better:

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

It s very hard to judge a Presidency , it is worst to judge a President , there is no President in the world that can be free of bad press , comments or opinions.
What stop the world , a country , a society is the HATE , as we see in the wars that are happening and in many other kind of wars are hidden, this word is what separate , destroy and always will make to take the WRONG decision .
For who are agree with President Bush , all the respect , because we are still in a world of freedom of thinking , of feeling of speaking .
Who are not agree with President Bush , dont stuck on the mistakes , the complain , just build up , action words , it is too late now for more speeches or claims to be , just be , just do , and there is a new chance that people have already chosen this is what have to be respected by everyone , and think in positive to build up and dont cry ( as complaining is a way of baby crying ) on what is done or not , just do it better . Time will tell .
New Chapter will start in United States , wishing that Peace , Health, Economy and development in a nation like this , could make history for the near future, and we are all wittness how all we can get through from all kind of differences and crisis , no because of miracles , or thinking that Obama is like a Mesias , it is a President with a team and a society that will let things happen in right way if the other variables ( power centers ,lobbys , corporations , alliances with other countries) also converge to the same goal to save the nation and make it growing up in a prosperous enviroment .


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Forced Labor Builds Largest U.S. Embassy


“My agent promised me a job in Dubai as a caterer,” said Mohammad Ashraful, 36. “But he seized my passport from a Dubai hotel and forced me to go to Iraq,” he told Reuters.



January 5, 2009 the U.S. opened its American Embassy in Iraq. Not only is this the largest U.S. Embassy; about 10 times larger than any other, this is also one of the most expensive embassys in U.S. history. The cost of the completed construction was a wee bit over $700 billion and it's estimated there will be a yearly cost of 1 to 2 million dollars to operate with 1,000 to 3,000 employees. One U.S. official said the cost of running the new complex is expected to be so exorbitant that the United States government will be forced to rent out part of the space. Times Online UK

A fortress-like compound, the Iraqi-U.S. Embassy is located in the "heart of the green zone" and is what some in the U.S. government refer to as the most noticeable, visual sign to "a new chapter in the US and Iraq relationship." One would think this is the story, but there is another one buried deep beneath the construction of the Embassy which involves the U.S., Kuwait and Bangladesh. It's a tale not known to many nor one that mass media is likely to cover in any depth. A dirty little smear on the newly built embass, and not the fact that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki did not attend the opening ceremony due to his travels to Iran This even though Ambassador Ryan Crocker said that since 2003 invasion, "perhaps no single week has been more important than this past week."

This little secret is about the sweat of Bangladesh (South Asia) and Filipino workers tricked into working on the embassy, a story that once again proves fact is stranger than fiction.

Of course everyone that has been following the construction of the embassy in Iraq already knows that the U.S. did in fact outsource the construction to a Kuwaiti company, First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting. The private construction company in 2008 declined repeatedly to provide safety inspectors with reports on fire protection systems at the embassy and according to a past Guardian article, the Bush administration blocked inquiries into the construction of the world’s largest U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, citing that the embassy suffers from basic flaws in its water, kitchen and fire alarm systems. Yet there is still more to be learned about First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting and their ethics, such as forced labor and mistreatment of employees.

There have been rumors of forced labor in Iraq by the company for several years, but U.S. government officials in the past had discounted such allegations by workers from Nepal and the Philippines in the past, even as the company continued to rack up contracts now totaling several billion dollars from the Pentagon and U.S. State Department. Late in 2006 several U.S. citizens also said they boarded separate chartered jets in Kuwait loaded with work crews from the Philippines, India, Pakistan and Africa holding boarding passes to Dubai, but the planes then flew directly to Baghdad.

In 2007 a U.S. citizen told IPS that he was told by workers from Ghana on the embassy site that they thought they would have jobs in Dubai but were then taken to work in Iraq. First Kuwaiti's general manager, Wadih al Absi, flatly dismissed the accusations as unfounded and false. Since getting the U.S. Embassy in Iraq First Kuwaiti has won additional contracts worth roughly $200 million more for embassy projects in Africa, India and Indonesia, even while the company has been under some; if slack, investigation of forced labor.

Workers from Bangladesh and Filipino; who in some cases paid an agent to find them jobs, were told they were going to work on a project in Dubia. When the worker got to Dubia their passports were taken and since the Bangladesh closed its embassy in Iraq in 2003, the undocumented Bangladesh workers were left with little choice than to work and hope for a return home after the job was completed.
There's a well known story about a medic named Rory Mayberry, who was contracted by First Kuwaiti to work on the embassy project. His story broke in 2007 and was reported by NBC in summer of 2007. State Department Inspector General Howard J. Krongard, says he did a "limited investigation" after Mayberry's complaint and found no wrongdoing. But then added that the company had three months notice that he was coming. Had Krongard visited earlier and unannounced, he may have witnessed something very different then what his memorandum related. "Most of the allegations (from the U.S. citizens) were true before he arrived," claims Juvencio Lopez, who says he was a high-level project manager under the U.S. State Department over the course of two years.

Barbara Slavin of USA Today writes that the U.S. Senate wanted more Iraqis to be hired for the construction of the embassy, if First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting, could get them “properly screened.” There was bad blood between Iraqis and Kuwaitis even before Desert Storm.

Yet, Mayberry was not the first whistleblower. In 2005 Trina Flowers, an American actively working for those expatriates whose basic human rights are routinely violated by the Kuwaitis was arrested by the Kuwaiti authorities for threatening to expose First Kuwait and the PM of Kuwait. Flowers claimed that First Kuwaiti was violating the rights of foreign workers from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Thailand, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, and many other poor countries. (Flowers was hired by the University of Kuwait to teach English and when her contract was up she was hired by another technical institute.)

There are many cited accusations that First Kuwaiti is still continuing abusive ways toward foreign workers and one can't help but wonder if this is truly the way to start a fresh and new relationship between Iraq and the US. Can the US Embassy in Iraq be a place of healing when it's smeared with doubts and cheap, forced labor?

Even though Iraqi President Jala Talabani stated at the dedication ceremony, as reported by Fox News, “The building of this site would not be possible without the courageous decision by President Bush to liberate Iraq. This building is not only a compound for the embassy but a symbol of the deep friendship between the two peoples of Iraq and America.” The citizenry of Iraq may disagree and maybe they are right.

First Kuwaiti's KBR (Halliburton Subsidiary) subcontracts


First Kuwaiti's US Army contracts


First Kuwaiti's website

NBC's report

Nightly News report on the Embassy with Brian Williams

The Australian Report

Trina Flowers


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CES - Las Vegas - Set the Tone for Innovation


More than 2,700 global companies, including 300 new exhibitors, unveiled an estimated 20,000 new technology products at the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, electrifying the technology industry and helping lead the way to economic recovery
New trends unveiled at the 2009 CES will shape the future of consumer electronics, including 3D HDTV, advances in OLED, green technologies, Internet TV and digital entertainment. Produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2009 International CES® ran January 8-11, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
More consumer technology business deals start at the International CES than any other event on earth. The success of the 2009 International CES gives us optimism that innovation will restart the world’s economic engine.”
The level of excitement on the CES show floor was at an all-time high with ground-breaking technologies such as the Palm Pre, Sony’s flexible OLED display, 3D HDTV, Yahoo!’s TV Widget, LG’s Watch Phone and a 1/3 inch thin energy efficient Plasma HDTV from Panasonic,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. “Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer announced Windows 7 Beta at his pre-CES keynote and the download response was so high, it overloaded their systems.”

The 2009 International CES featured addresses from dynamic industry leaders including Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, Sony’s Sir Howard Stringer, Ford’s Allan Mulally and Intel’s Dr. Craig Barrett and Cisco’s John Chambers as part of the Technology and Emerging Countries program.

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft Corporation, delivered his first CES keynote address on Wednesday evening. Ballmer discussed the economy and noted that the challenges we face today should be viewed with optimism. “No matter what happens with the economy, our digital lives will only get richer,” he said.

Ballmer outlined three opportunities that lay ahead for the technology industry – the convergence of the PC, phone and TV; a more natural consumer interaction with devices that will incorporate speech and hand gestures and the connected experience between devices.

Ballmer announced that Windows 7 is on track to deliver the ultimate Windows experience, complete with “simplicity, reliability and speed.” A beta version will be available for worldwide download on Friday. Ballmer also announced exciting partnerships with Facebook, Verizon and Dell, which will pre-install Windows Live and Live Search on its entire consumer line of PCs.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Troubled Bubble for the Fed?


Weeks ago when the Fed announced a strategy designed to bring down long-term interest and home mortgage rates through unlimited Treasury bond purchases, government debt staged a nice rally. To the most observers, the spike may be difficult to understand. After all, why would the value of Treasury bonds rise while their underlying credit quality is deteriorating? The move is actually a perfect illustration of the tried and true strategy of “buy the rumor and sell the fact”.

If it is well known that Fed will be a big purchaser of Treasuries, those buying now would be positioned to unload their holdings when the buying spree begins. If the Fed pays higher prices in the future, traders can earn profits. If the traders lever up their positions, as many are likely doing, even small profits can turn unto huge windfalls.

The downside of course, is that all of the demand for Treasuries is artificial. Treasuries are now in the hands of speculators looking to sell, not investors looking to hold. These players are not unlike the mid-decade condo-flippers who flocked to new developments for quick profits. They did not intend to occupy their properties, but rather flip them to future buyers. Once these properties came back on the market, condo prices collapsed.

This is precisely what will happen with Treasuries. As the U.S. government issues mountains of new debt to finance the trillions in annual deficits planned by the Obama Administration, speculative holders of existing debt will be offering their bonds for sale. In order to prevent a collapse in the bond prices the Fed will have to significantly increase its buying.

The only way the Fed can buy bonds is by printing money, the more they buy the more inflation they will create. As inflation diminishes the investment value of Treasuries, this scenario will could result in a downward spiral. The more active the Fed becomes in their quest to prop up bond prices, the bigger the incentive to hit the Fed’s bid. The result will be that all Treasuries sold will be purchased by the Fed. But with the resulting frenzy in the Treasury market, and with inflation kicking into high gear, we can expect that demand for other debt classes that the Fed is not backstopping, such as corporate, municipal and agency debt, to fall through the floor, pushing up interest rates across the board.

To “save” the economy from these high rates the Fed will then have to expand its purchases to include all forms of debt. When that happens, run-away inflation will quickly turn into hyper-inflation, and our currency will be worthless and our economy left in ruins.

To avoid this scenario, the Fed should pull out of the bond market before it’s too late and let prices fall to where real buyers, those willing to hold to maturity, re-enter the market. Given how high inflation will likely be by the time this happens, long-term Treasury yields would have to rise well into the double digits to clear the market.

We should know that the bursting of the bond market bubble will have even more dire consequences than the bursting of prior bubbles in stocks and real estate. Significantly higher interest rates and inflation that will result will severely compound the current problems. How much worse would our be if we faced double digit interest rates? In addition, not only will homeowners be confronted with record high mortgage rates, but the Government will be staring at trillion dollar annual interest payments on the national debt, making interest by far the single largest item in the Federal budget. Just like homeowners who relied on teaser rates, the Government will face a similar problem when all its low-yielding short-term debt matures.

The grim reality of course is that when the real estate bubble burst the Government was able to “bail-out” private parties. However, when the bond market bubble bursts, it will be the U.S. Government itself that will be in need huge bailouts. If U.S. taxpayers or foreign creditors are unwilling or unable to pony up, and if the nightmare hyper-inflation scenario is to be avoided, default will be the only option. If misery really does love company, Bernie Madoff’s clients might finally find some comfort.

Obama: New Chapter for Latinoamerica


U.S. president-elect Barack Obama today met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who was recognized for his courage in his fight against the narcotics trafficking. Obama promised strengthening the United States' bilateral relationship with Mexico, which he recognizes as an ally and a country reflecting U.S. values of democracy and human rights. Obama also indicated that his administration is looking forward to opening a new chapter of cooperation between the United States and Latin America in general.

Obama also indicated a desire to renegotiate the Agreement of Free Commerce of North America (TLCAN) because it has resulted in a loss of jobs and has created environmental issues.

The president-elect also showed interest in creating an immigration strategy that helps both nations. The majority of the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States are Mexican.



Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will meet Obama in London during the April meeting of the G-20. The two will later meet in Trinidad Tobago during the Big Meeting of America which will involve all the nations of the Americas including Venezuela.



World expectations are high that the incoming Obama administration will have a positive influence on events in the Middle East and in relationships between the United States and Latin America. The hope is that the new administration will be act in concert with other nations and not as unilaterally as has the outgoing Bush administration. Argentine Ambassador to the U.S. Hector Timmerman anticipates an open dialogue with the new administration. Among the things on his agenda, reducing barriers on the marketing of meat and other products that can be traded between the two nations.

Timmerman notes that there are those in the new Obama administration, including vice president-elect Joe Biden, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanual, secretary of state designate Hillary Clinton and Obama transition team co-chair John Podesta who are astute about Latin America and have an understanding of the need for expanded cooperation with Argentina, Mexico and Brazil.


Monday, January 12, 2009

By: Said Leghlid, poet, writer :Dim Light

I approached the light that used to burn ablaze with a nostalgic passionate edge, and I fought the moment with tears, just as I wanted to hold it with hope. I yearned to embrace it, dwell on it, whisper to it, and nurture it.
The mirage shunned my open arms, and replaced the ardent encounter with lights that grew fainter, and shallower. I could no longer see the luminance and the reasons behind my return to witness the glory of life in his eclipsed eyes. Ashes replaced the sparks and the smiles that used to be our twilight of happiness in a world bigger than life, stranger than existence, and dearest to both of us.
I stood there, trying to hold my trembling heart from not shaking the ground, so it would not disturb the peace down below. My lips murmured in agonizing silence: "How could this be real?"
A breeze passed by and never noticed my pain. It slipped into its old possible fleeting ways oblivious and sober to the moment. It has been here before, and will always flow in the direction of hope.
I faded into my grieving self.
Another breeze strolled by, found me still there, alone, gently whispered a faint stroke of existence, and brought me back to the surface...I was no different, I was drowning and agonizing in thoughts just as he drowned under the raging currents that day...
Shallow and docile, inviting, and serene, the creek was clear, crisp and pure. She charted her path along countless trails, and landed on a dastardly legacy with a senseless ubiquitous trepidation.
She displayed an indolent appetite for carefree adventures, just as existence intended. She thread destiny with the patience of nature, and flushed life with sharp piercing jaws that bit the lining of a perfect biological loom.
She overcame unnatural obstacles, frowned at dams, rocks and surrounding woods, and she continued to flow with shameless abundance. Nature intended her to behave that way, and nature prevailed.
Its path lingered below a trestle where the only disturbing moments of peace were ancient diesel trains, occasional squirrels and deer. Life passed by and never looked behind. One more bridge to cross and one step closer to its ultimate destination.
The engines roared to tame the tracks, and moments of oblivion often faded into distant echoes that waned as the tracks shriveled and fell into muted shivering neon.
The creek flowed with powerful elegant beauty, defiant and reckless and worry free. It had no other reason to feel otherwise. Until that day...
I stood there! Where the spirits of two souls approached the serenity of the creek; gazed at the waters that gave life with no grudge and plunged them into another world. Pondered how she took his life with defying fury, eclipsed it with rage, and abated his innocence with amazing upheaval. She unraveled fury into my numbness, and made the doldrums of other life concerns less queasy.
Today was a reminder of a chilling July when I was startled with the news of his drowning. I walked within inches from where it all happened. My heart skipped a beat for the creek, two beats for destiny, three beats for reality, and four beats for how life can change forever.
I looked back and noticed that I walked where my son-s life ended, and my heart started beating like an awkward clock...Tic, tic, tic...In reverse.
Time to go, time to let go... Time to let the breezes of life carry our dreams to their destiny, His was cut short, and mine was a brief encounter with a blossoming beautiful child who lived a full life.
I realized, for the first time, that I was talking to a grave. The other world is for the ones who left early, and those who were here to enchant and mesmerize, even while they linger in eternal physical inertia.
Their spirits, smiles and memories remain behind to remind us that life can still give, even in total darkness, and in total silence.
This world is a very short stroll for the living, only until they join those who saw the end sooner than most. Sooner than he was prepared, and sooner than I ever expected, it was suddenly a day of memories.
I had to see every stride with a sparkle of hope. I have no choice. Something out there can be born, amid ashes, amid all teary eyes, amid broken dreams, and even in the crispiest echoes that turn life’s most treasured moments upside down.
Something, something...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

New horizons for automobile companies in the New Year

Thinking is progress. Non-thinking is stagnation, Thinking leads to action Knowledge with action, converts adversity into prosperity.

The automobile industry, facing a crisis in which it fights for its very survival. But from this crisis comes development. A renewed effort to understand the needs of society and the market. The industry, collectively, is now concentrating on innovative and creative projects.

The top management of America's Big Three, Ford, Chrysler and GM are already announcing new products that are more efficient and durable.

General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner has revealed plans to manufacture a mini car which will get 40 MPG and a Cadillac powered by electricity, the much talked about E-REV Caddy concept, similar to the Chevrolet Volt.

General Motors previously said that the Chevrolet Spark (the production version of the Chevy Beat) and the Chevrolet Orlando would not be marketed in the United States However, as consumer demand shifts to more compact and fuel-efficient cars, GM has changed its mind.

The 2010 Chevrolet Spark and the 2010 Chevrolet Orlando will both come to the U.S. market in 2011. The Chevy Spark will make its world debut in full-production form at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March - sales will begin in Europe starting the first-quarter of 2010. Production and availability plans for the 2010 Chevrolet Orlando will be released in the coming months


The new Cadillac Converj Concept made its debut today at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show showing off bold design and a range of interactive technology. Nothing has been said about a production version of the Converj but GM says that the concept is “intended to show how GM’s revolutionary electric propulsion technology – called Voltec – can power a luxury coupe with a typically Cadillac ‘no compromises’ design."
Chrysler Chairman and CEO Robert Nardelli said its new fuel efficient product will appear next year but the more immediate goal is to survive 2009 as an independent company.

And just when you thought Chrysler was done throwing out E-REV (Range-extender electric-vehicles) concepts after the Dodge Circuit EV and the Jeep Patriot EC , the troubled-American automaker has pulled another one out of its ENVI bag of tricks. Chrysler says that the new 200C EV concept is influenced by the proportions of the Chrysler 300 to create a modern E-REV that appeals to both luxury and sports car enthusiasts.

After digging Chrysler’s press release, we managed to separate all the info about the design of the 200C EV and its Range-extender Electric Vehicle Technology (which was basically just a paragraph long). The Chrysler 200C EV uses a small gasoline engine and integrated electric generator that produces electricity to extend the driving range to 400 miles. it can do 40 miles with zero fuel consumption and zero tailpipe emissions.

Ford Motor Co has announced plans to bring pure battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), next-generation hybrids and a plug-in hybrid to market within the next four years

To start, Ford will introduce in North America: - A new battery electric commercial van in 2010 - A new battery electric small car in 2011 to be developed jointly with Magna International - Next-generation hybrid vehicles, including a plug-in version in 2012

Ford says that its new electric-vehicles will have a range of up to 100 miles on a single charge without using any gas at all.


Chrysler and GM took the loans from the U.S. government in order to remain afloat. Ford, which has greater cash on hand, is forging ahead on its own.

The management of these companies believe that they are on the way to recovery. They are presenting restructuring plans to Congress that includes new union concessions, lower costs and new products .

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