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Keeping our 2009 hopes low…

Well going into 2009 in a few hours, at least here in portugal were about 3 hours apart from the new year, everybody is trying to keep our expectations quite low. It’s a good strategy, in fact this next year will be dificult, no question about it.

I’m not going to place here the usual remarks.. good year, blá, blá, blá, best wishes, season greetings – no! let’s be specific about it !

I wish we can bbe able to replace the playstation by any book, i wish we can place ourselfs in a theather instead of a television set, and finnally that the new year brings me some pieces of pure happiness, from the kind of happiness you only recognize when it’s over, from the one you cannot define in words, from the one, that makes every rainy morning seem like a sunny afternoon – yeah you know what i’m talking about.1632915-happiness-0

Economy is essencial, money, politics, society is important, but in the end, when you look back, it’s the pure happiness that matters – be purely happy guys!

2009 is going to be the year of this blog, so it’s going to be a great one!

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These few weeks will be important, everybody will try to establish a position, everybody will try to show their strengh, until Barack Obama is the president of the USA, on january 20th, many countries will not wait.

rusting_tank_at_the_highway_of_death_in_iraqThat is a sign of worry to the next administration, nothing they did not expect, but it’s not only the USA but the world to put in a word of advise. If russia president says he can use the force as a last resource on Russian’s interests, and if Israel is saying they can invade Gaza with a broad offensive, maybe it’s time for the UE to say something to, after all the USA are in transition, but the world cannot sit down and simply wait.

It’s all words, yeah, that’s true. But if things aren’t answered firmly, other world leaders will follow, with words of power, other regions of the world can start boiling.

In my oppinion, now that the USA cannot firmly take any word or any action, other world leaders should stand up and speak. The risk is too much, the word untold is probably more dangerous right now.

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Charles Dickens again…

It’s my favourite Christmas story – A christmas story, by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge’s dream comes to live in my memory every year this season. I know, I know.. it shouldn’t be only in this season, it should be all year long… but i’m not perfect! Stopted trying to be a long time ago.

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Even so, for for me remenbering scrooge is a great way to go inside what christmas should mean, and waking up to the nonsense christmas has become. I thing we have to do all we can to make the world economy get back on tracl, and that includes obviosly spending. But this time of year spending, gifts, light on a tree should be the least of our worries. The christmas i believe in does not include a wrapped gift. It includes going out and giving something to another person that really needs it.

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How many homeless persons do you walk upon every day? How many did you try to help this christmas? That should be the question in everyones mind, and not “to whom did i forget getting a christmas present?”  – The gift we should be giving, should go directly to our hearts, and believe me, it’s very good for your health to simply give. Not because you should, but because someone else really needs.

The best christmas gift  is the one you can’t wrap and place a ribon on!

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Yeah, this christmas we, for some strange reason, are not asking what can santa leave on our shoe, but at whom should we throw it against… after all, we still have to find someone to put the blame on, we still have a dark 2009 ahead, and with no solutions at sight.

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Is Bush the only responsable? Surely not, but he is without any reasonable doubt, a very good target to throw a shoe. And we still say Iraq is still a very weak democracy.. well this shoe-throwing-at-stupid-presidents-that-can’t-distinguish-nuclear-weapons-even-if-theey’re-seated-on-one is a very advanced filosophy… in my opinion, one that can be defined as avant-garde.

Next it wil be the computer game, the t-shirt, the pin, we will have lot’s of at-bush-shoe-throwing memorabilia – the fact still remains: no war is a road to peace.

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If for nothing else, this auto industry crisis all arround the globe makes us be sure the year of 2009 will not be a year to remenber, at least if you have a regular job, with regular bills to pay every month’s end. 

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The problems we watch every day with auto corporation’s keeping their production pauses a bit longer and speacking about cutting jobs and of a decreasing market, are a sign for many more other production branches – the auto industry provides business to many other businesses… if we let the auto industry fall we wil fall with them also. These are tijmes for extraordinary measures.

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The Obama administration is already making pressure, maybe today a package will be placed on the auto industry. Sure it’s money from the american’s taxes, sure Obama’s promises need this money, but no administration can be sucessfull in a job crisis like the one we may be facing in this comming 2009 year.  Every episode will affect  the world – in the EU community measures are also being considered – we cannot excape recesion, we can simply try to outcome it.

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