Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Hardness of choosing between the Angel and the Devil.

It has began..

At least for us down here in Brazil. the running for the presidency now took off, and once again, we are splattered with lots of stupid jerks saying how good they are, how much the've done to help you and how much they will do wether being picked by you. Just a good exercise for motivating your spirit for this kinda "annoying" idea of citzenship.

Despite most of you think that I'm making fun of the democracy, let me tell you this: If there wasn't democracy I wouldn't be over here writting this things. My complains goes straight flush to the midia whose responsability was not only to explain the whole meaning of the vote but also, explain the conscience that being a citzen goes away far than get stucked into a line thinking that vote is an inopportune obligation.

It's too bad that millions of people over here have this "little problem". Trying to avoid talking about politics. For sure some progress have been made. However, we are too far from other Nations which already discovered the meaning of vote. Perhaps because they developed efficient measures to fight against corruption and their punishments are better off applied.

Sometimes I wonder if just a good education and job would be enough to inform precisely a good citzen. To make him capable to dissociate the good politician to the other ones. the whole tradition of corruption in Brazil kinda mixed into the subconscious of the people and now we have to decide which one could be some sort of "nice thief". It's dangerous to have this thought as much as giving up the right for vote.

that's why its so important to figure out a better way to see how your candidates are stepping aside you. The one and first "boss" is you.

Good Luck
Rafael Gomes

Sunday, August 06, 2006

China: The Constant Energy Draft

Accepting the idea of US as some kind of Empire, shall the US step aside while its greater contender start spreading out its power, showing-off repeatedly that it's gonna be the Future? A signs of time that US is no longer the Empire (which played and still play the roll not that good actualy) of his Magnificence. The Dragon from the ortherside of the world is breathing its fire and burning out a lot of jobs not only in America but down here in Brazil as well.

What have we learned from the Old Empires? that was necessary to spread out our values and during the years creating the idea of a "unique" culture which would be the identidy of its society and repassed. Well we still have one of those unique cultures, (Pop culture is a good example, right?) but I'm really wondering to know: What If China take this idea out? Will the future generations act like we all do with the American culture?

Kinda introspective question but its relevance must be considered. The example of a poor guy, from the country side of Brazil, arriving at the first time in a Big city like Sao Paulo who hasn't seen a buiding before. For sure his eyes will be fascinated with the huge constructions everywhere he looks. Some times I feel the same way when I look steadily to China.

Althought it happens really fast. (China grows its economy for 27 years without dropping) The west model of development is facing the new China. Therefore, no matter who is gonna be the next richest country, the basic Model should be with huge skyscrapper, Corporative Banks, roads and traffic to drive you crazy.. Is it a good model of prosperity? This is the only thing we can not compete with China: Our Polititians are far away nastier than Them.

Concerning about the whole economic situation. US can't do much to stop this draft of energy from China. It is already enought to say that. US needs to refinance almost $ 2 billion dollar (a Day) the debts of the running account and most part of that comes from China which means: If China Breaks out, US come along as much as all of us.