Posts Tagged ‘Economy’

Placing Value on people

This is the beginning of a trully remarkable story. In Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, this is happening. People, even if their in the bottom part of the hospital structure are valued has indispensable. The whole staff responded.


Placing the value on People. Maybe that’s is the right path.


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Long weekend, lot’s of news, important ones.

Let’s start with probably the most important one: stem cells – in here – this will open a huge door to research and to development. There are dangers of course, but the only way we can solve some disseases like cancer is by researching, a lot. Obama overturns Bush narrow sight, and move foward , it’s just anotehr step… Foward!

China is moving forward as one of the worlds top countries in the next few years, and violence seem to be back again in the Northern Ireland – The future has a lot of question marks on it. The way the world we live is changing, our chalanges are new every second. Here is a great presentation to make you think about that. It’s a must see!

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The world keeps turning around and the economy still doesn’t seem to easy our minds. That’s the main story of the last few days, lot’s of jobs lost, major corporations losing a lot of steam. Economis seem to divide their opinions, either this is going to be a huge slump, one we never witnessed before, or this will start to come around this year. Either way, we are going to see this society a lot differently in a few months.


Social policies are demanded right now, and governments got it just a little too late. In Europe unnemployment is spreading around like a plague, and European Union has it’s first obvious advantage : the euro. Without it, many more Iceland’s would be bankrupt right now.


In the states, Obama didn’t have a good start, but one thing we have to grant him – he has had a honest one, and that is a lot more then we can say from the last US presidents. The stimulus plan is huge in amount and in importance to the entire world. The new paradigm has started; we simply still don’t have a clue about what it really is… 

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17greece-600One of the most important events in the last month of 2008 was the trouble in greece. It seems over, it seems the new year brought the so awaited peace in the greek streets, it was not only a simple gathering, the conflict was much more deep and it is far from solved.

This was not a simple protest against the death of a youngster by a police officer, to reduce the rage to simply that, is to make a huge mistake. That was only the ignition factor, the reasons behind all those days of protesting in the streets, those reasons are very deep not only in the greek youth, but in most of the civilized countries youth.

We are creating in each society a very large bulk of people, that are educated, have superior degrees, have high hopes , high expectatives in life, have the tools and the knowledge to do it, simply they don’t stand a chance. Why? because we simply don’t need them.

Our developing model has proven wrong – our youth are feeling it on their hopes, and as Jean Daniel , a french journalist said : “The worst evil of our times is the lack of hope, to live deprived of your future.” It started in greece, but 2009 will make it worldwide as usual, we have few time to place a new word in our youth vocabulary: Hope.


Otherwise protests will spread arround the so called civilized world. The thing called by so many as capitalism has started to colapse not only on wall street, but also on the minds that represent our future.

In 2009 something as to change. I don’t know what but we have to be able to place new, brighter horizons on our youth path.

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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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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.


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. 


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.

Obama 2008

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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