Hello Carla! No worries - I'm doing well, and I'm pleased to hear that you're well as well! Yes, that's sounds like fun! Going to the beach must be the treat for enduring school, eh?? Here, the beach just got another foot of snow! Have a good nights rest down in the paradise place.
Hey Chuck! You don't know how glad I am atm.... finally someone understands all this crazyness about the president election in my country.
1. Yeah he is their friend... he denied it a 1000 times, I get so angry when people like him thinks we all are a bunch of dumb people.
2. As far as I heard, he's doing good things in Brazil, so mainly having comunist ideas is not the problem, the problem is when they start to interfere with almost everything in the country, the media, banks, not letting you use your own money, the money you've been saving, not letting you leave the country (if you wanna come back that is) without the autorization of someone from the government who's in charge of keeping the order in you neighbourhood... things are getting really insane in Venezuela.This guy (the communist one) first said he supported abortion and now like 2 months after that has told everyone he's gonna build who knows how many hospitals, and gonna help poor pregnant women with medical attention and all of that stuff, according to him it will be for free, that's a great idea but I'm not sure that can ever get to happen, we live in a poor contry for God's sake... the PNUD (is a UN program that makes studies about countries economic-social situation) last year they said that if our country wants to do better and get outta this situation, we women should stop giving birth for the next 25 years unless we feel like we can give our kids a decent life, cuz most of the women don't even have a nice job and don't think about having one child only, they have 3 or more. Cultural issues I must say.
3. Thanks! I like my country pretty much... I just wish it was a better place (who wouldn't). Yeah I know about poor people thinking about radical solutions, it's actually happening I just hopw somehow the y get to see how much people in Nicaragua are complaining for the lack of food, cuz even rcih people can't buy food, cuz there's no food anywhere... just imagine what poor people goes through in there... I don't want that to happen in here.
4. When we were in a civil war, he was some sort of leader, hidding in the mountains plannig how to kill army soldiers and all... he can't be tried cuz it happened 20 years ago, and the main problem is that they buried/burnt the bodies all over the country, so it'll be a little too imposible to find every single body, plus the justice system is not the most reliable in here, witness are murdered or blackmailed... and since he killed 200 people already killing one more person won't make a huge difference right?
5. Leaving my country to leave in a neighbouring country will be as if you run away from a fire to end up in hell... seriously Guatemala is a really REALLY dangerous country... some years ago the US embassy in Guatemala sent a letter to american tourists teling them how dangerous that country is, Honduras... Mel Zelaya(the president) is Chavez's puppet, so is Nicaraguan president (Daniel Ortega)... Belize is a really poor country... so If I wanna move to a country near mine I'll have to pcik between Costa Rica (such a beautiful country), and Panama... I'm praying that I won't have to pick between any country and stay where the ones I love are.
Moving to the states might be a possibility... I don't wanna be illegal in there, I just have a tourist VISA, and applying for assylum takes its time... sometimes I feel hopeless about this situation... I find it so unfair having to think about leaving my country, the place I love and grew up in just cuz some jerk wants to pay to be God and decide everything for everyone.
BTW this is quite curious... the communist guy had a TV propaganda, where he used Obama's image saying that you all people in america were told that Obama was related to terrorists and was friend with Chavez but in the end he proved that all those acusations were mere lies and that he is the most popular president right now... trying to compare himself to Obama pretty ambitious.... so yesterday the US embassy in my country sent him a letter asking him politely to remove that propaganda from TV cuz they have NOTHING to do with my country's communist party or the way we salvadorians choose our leaders... Take that! I ROFL when I read that in 2day's newspaper!
Thanks for everything Chuck... and for sharing what you know about economics with me, a really smart person you are!
I'm off to now I have a class about Bank and money story at 6:30 am 2morrow
Hello Carla! 1. Hmm.. a communist who's a friend of Chavez and Castro.. :/ Sounds a bit extreme..
2. Sounds better, albeit not perfect!
Lula's Brazil, I remember a bit from reading about his efforts to improve Brasil; also watched a wide-angle program on Lula & Brazil. He has gotten quite a bit of praising, but I need to refresh my memory on him & his policies. If Marx's principals were ever put into practice, I suppose it could work! Mainly a balance between social needs and concerns, and private enterprise seems to make the most sense.
3. You live in a beautiful country!! Hardly 3rd world, although poverty is present in El Salvador. (and it's here too; we just pretend there are no poor people.). I understand what happens when people are so poor - they look for more radical solutions, which aren't always the answer (because they are so despirate, they often get misled). Here in the US, at one time many rural farmers were reading lit on communism (propaganda from the USSR actually!), and had Socialist leanings as well. This is what the Great Depression did to people - they wanted radical change, and while the New Deal was Socialism, it was a far cry from the extreme the farmers were willing to go to politically. So, I can understand the sentiment with the majority, but please correct me if I'm mistaken?
4. Well, a coup is not the best thing, as it starts a bad trend. Can't he just be tried for his crimes before he makes it into office (well, hopefully he won't get in, but if he does, then what?)
5. If all else fails, maybe plan ahead, and seek asylum in a neighboring country? Or, how about Brazil?? :-)
I just wish we had real reforms here in the election's financing, because of the ripple effect. Without honest representation, we end up demanding trade agreements that favor large multi-national firms who then exploit the sothern hemisphere nations (Brazil being an exception). The trade policies favor the rock-bottom lowest price for farm commodities, and that destroyed the coffee plantation growers in Guatemala, and caused mass migrations for work to the north (Mexico & US). I buy the fair trade products whenever I can, but it's hard to find them - and that's not enough to fix it. But it leads to poverty which leads people to support totalitarian dictators disguised as communists, which leads to civil unrest, which isn't the best way to move forward. I'm rambling here, but I keep thinking that the developed nations need ethics reforms to get the money out of political contests, because they take it from the most unscrupulous businesses, to create trade and monetary policies which are unfair to people throughout the globe, especially the poor workers and farmers. That ties into the problem I had with crop biotech - it's a monster of a problem, but more than I can put here. Anyhow, you're welcome here, if things get too bad, Carla! It's probably 3,000 miles, and how you would seek asylum I haven't a clue! Our country is bad at accepting assylum seekers, unless the country they're from is one where the seekers were operatives for the US military; and that's rare even so. Sad how we function..
hahhahaa I don't think that'll happen (about cars and all)... I'm just a little too worried... we choose president in less than a month... two options:
1. Comunism... a friend of Chavez, Castro and all those "cool" dudes
2. Same as we are... he's been making promises all over the country, and I don't know it he'll be able to actually make them all come true, but I want to keep my freedom... if you know what I mean.
I agree comunism can work... the kind of comunist ideas Lula (Brazilian president) has.
Since I live in a 3rd world country much people don't really get to see how bad it'll be if the 1st option wins... they say once that dude wins they are gonna murder him so the vice president (he killed about 200 people when my country was in war 20 years ago and supports uptight comunism more than anything) will take over... I am really afraid of my future in here. I have plans but if they win I dunno what I'm gonna do
Hello Carla! Hmm.. sounds like an odd situation, but I've suffered through similar types.. Sometimes I wonder how they even got their degrees! Well, what's wrong with the El Salvadoran government making sure everyone has a car, food, money, etc? I'm moving down to El Salvador, when that happens!
Yes, I see - it's the economists who fail to understand fully what makes the most sense. Sure Communism works, sort-of. But the only incentives left then are fear and loyalty to the country & cause, which only goes so far with some.. Here it's the opposite, where the dichotomy between rich and poor has reached historic levels, and it's starting to ruin the country.. We actually could use a little more government leveling of the playing field. But off my soap box!
Yes, I did get a degree in that field, but had found serious ethical problems with the area I had chosen; still an issue to this day (genetic engineering of crops, etc.).. So, I took a different path in life.
see the problem with this teacher is that he doesn't really know how to express himself... he speaks just weird... he uses slang to be more specific... really disappointing since he is a teacher
Well he quotes Keynes that much cuz he's the kinda oerson who thinks goverment HAS to provide food, home, clothes and even cars if that was possible to every salvadorian... also he supports communists ideas...
Yeah we need some new and better models... he suggestes a hybrid... not sure what he meant
Kust Fredrick - isn't that in reverse? I know a Paul Kust..! Hmm.. Maynard Keynes - Keynsian economics.. Early ideas, but the start. Perhaps this is to "make it stick in your mind" that he's trying to impress the knowledge? Personally, I think they need some new models in Econ - the old stuff is not fitting reality..
My Major - I graduated with a major in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. :>