Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Definicao de Capitalismo (Inglesa vs Portuguesa)

Definicao Inglesa de Capitalismo:
"Um sistema economico no qual o investimento e possessao dos meios de producao, distribuicao e troca de riqueza e feita e mantida, primariamente, por individuos privados ou corporacoes, em contraste com riqueza gerida e possuida por cooperativas ou pelo Estado.

Definicao Portuguesa de Capitalismo:
"Influencia ou predominio economico ou politico do capital.
Conjunto de Capitalistas"

Sou so eu que noto aqui uma certa influencia de Esquerda na conotacao negativa da definicao do Capitalismo...? :o)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5 Reasons Why Socialist Sweden Stinks

Just came across this really interesting article titled "5 Reasons Why Socialist Sweden Stinks".
Its a very interesting read so...here's the entire article (in case they some day take it down):

Socialists love to point to Sweden as a model of success for a centrally planned economy. They hate talking about Venezuela or North Korea, or the former Soviet Union. Still, Sweden stinks too. And here’s why.

#1. Something about those Swedes…

Once a Scandinavian socialist bragged to Milton Friedman about their low level of poverty in the country, saying “In Scandinavia, we have no poverty. Friedman offered a witty rejoinder, saying: “That’s interesting-because in America, among Scandinavians, we have no poverty either.”
That wasn’t perfectly accurate, of course. At the time, in Sweden they had a poverty rate of about 6.7%. And in America, the poverty rate amongst Swedish Americans? It was 6.7%. Apparently Swedish people do fairly well wherever they are, not just in socialist Sweden. So there doesn’t seem to be anything special about being in Sweden, in terms of poverty. Maybe there’s just something about their culture that makes them so hardworking?

#2. What’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander.

Sweden’s centrally planned economy and social order might work well in a homogenous country with a state-sponsored, taxpayer funded churches, but that wouldn’t fly in heterogenous countries like the U.S. Even President Obama understood the problem of trying to apply socialism to the United States when he was asked a question about why Sweden was able to recover from the 2008 financial crisis so quickly. Someone asked Obama how Sweden managed their banking crisis better than the United States directly, and the president surprisingly responded:
“They took over the banks, nationalized them, got rid of the bad assets, resold the banks and, a couple years later, they were going again. So you’d think looking at it, Sweden looks like a good model. Here’s the problem; Sweden had like five banks. [LAUGHS] We’ve got thousands of banks. You know, the scale of the U.S. economy and the capital markets are so vast and the problems in terms of managing and overseeing anything of that scale, I think, would — our assessment was that it wouldn’t make sense. And we also have different traditions in this country.
Obviously, Sweden has a different set of cultures in terms of how the government relates to markets and America’s different. And we want to retain a strong sense of that private capital fulfilling the core — core investment needs of this country.”
Quite a strong statement from Obama, and certainly it’s one you might hear at any Tea Party rally across the country.

#3. Sure they have socialized medicine, but they’re the “sickest” people in the world.

Swedish Journalist Ulf Nilson reports that Sweden has the “sickest work force in the world.” And (perhaps not) surprisingly, Monday is the sickest day of the week! Everybody hates Mondays! Some people are even calling it the “Swedish disease,” because on Mondays, out of about five million in the workforce, there will be approximately 1 million of those people calling out sick to work. Strangely, the sickliest group of individuals are young men, worse than any other group in the country, which is strange considering how they are usually the healthiest group overall.
Nilson thinks he knows why:
“… Most of the young men, thousands of them every day, lie when they call in sick. The same goes for thousands of young women. And older people too. They call in sick, without being sick-and why? Because it has become a habit. And because-very important this!- given the idiotic tax system, you lose very little by not working.”
If reports are correct, then Swedish people are the sickest people in the world! Approximately 20% of working-age Swedes receive some form of an unemployment benefit, mostly related to illness or disabilities.

#4. Guess why we have IKEA?

IKEA is the poor college student’s dream. Affordable, attractive furniture at a very reasonable price, and no staffers on the floor. But did you know how that company developed its business model? It did it because of the high labor costs. Who can afford Swedish workers at these prices?
“Some in Washington jokingly refer to IKEA as the Swedish Embassy. And there is no doubt it is the most successful Swedish retail outlet throughout the world. IKEA is well-known for its lack of staff both on the floor and in the back office. Shoppers experience IKEA as a do-it-yourself store. The shopping style stems from the high cost of Swedish employees. Ingvar Kemprad, founder of IKEA, constructed an employment model that minimized state-imposed labor costs.”
Minimum wage standards in Sweden are set by collective bargaining across different sectors. About 90% of all workers have collective bargaining agreements imposed on them, so they don’t really get that much choice in trying to negotiate with their employers. That’s all taken care of for them.
Former trade-unionist Jan Edling is harshly critical of the government’s reporting on the unemployment statistics in the nation, arguing that actual unemployment in the country is about 20%. Edling argues that the government is suppressing the real numbers. The government also finds ways to keep the numbers down by taking unemployed workers and putting them into what they call “labor market political activities.” Sounds like make work jobs to me.

#5. The gravy train always ends one day.

While socialist countries such as Sweden and Norway are doing fairly well overall, owing to the fact that they are using their oil revenues to fund big government, but that won’t always be the case.
Danske Bank, one of the largest financial enterprises in the region have warned the countries that the falling oil prices could have a severe impact on their economies in the near future. “The Nordic countries have been looking strong in recent years, with economic and financial crisis in much of Europe… However, after years of robust growth, the shine seems to be wearing a bit off,” said a team of their economists.
Also, Sweden’s economy isn’t expanding very quickly, likely due to a housing crisis that is stifling growth. Growing levels of household debt and an overly complicated marketplace which bars investment is one of their biggest problems. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently limited their growth projections from 3.1 percent to 2.8 percent. Still, Sweden’s own finance minister, Magdalena Andersson, believes it will be lower, at 2.4 percent this year. The Swedish government is planning to do what socialists always do when the chips are down… raise taxes.
Andersson claims that “the barns are empty,” and “bleeding.”
“In the short term, we see that Swedish growth has still not really taken off. The slow recovery abroad is holding back growth in the Swedish economy,” she added.
“It’s not looking better than in the autumn, quite the opposite. The money has run out,” Andersson said.

Friday, February 13, 2015

A crise grega e a história que contaram aos alemães

"A crise grega e a história que contaram aos alemães"...ou, pelo menos, assim o diz este video!

Entao este video vem dizer que foi anunciado que o parlamento Alemao tinha aprovado um emprestimo de 130 mil milhoes a Grecia mas, segundo eles, a Grecia so tinha emprestado ate a data 15.2 mil milhoes de euros.

Ora, eu que sou um gajo chato, dei-me ao trabalho de pesquisar sobre o assunto e eis que encontrei isto:
- segundo o video, esta reportagem data de 2012-03-02
- ja segundo esta noticia, de 2012-02-27, o parlamento tinha ACABADO de aprovar esse valor (pelo que os comentarios que se comecaram a ouvir nas noticias foram, aparentemente, sobre o que o parlamento disse que IA FAZER, e nao sobre o que JA TINHA FEITO)...

Mas, posto isto de lado, dizem que a Alemanha esta a lucrar com a desgraca da Grecia.

Ora, entao, vamos analisar la isso:
- eles dizem que, por causa da Grecia, o Euro desvalorizou e isso fez com que a Alemanha aumenta-se as suas exportacoes.
-- como demonstrei ha dias, de facto, as exportacoes de VARIOS paises da UE (nao me dei ao trabalho de verificar todos) aumentaram, claramente, as suas exportacoes ao longo dos anos. Nao ha nenhuma discrepancia entre o aumento das exportacoes Alemas e a dos outros paises
-- alem disto, eles tornaram-se mais competitivos no MERCADO GLOBAL, nao na UE! Porque, se o Euro desvalorizou, desvalorizou para todos os Estados membros. Logo, so beneficia quem nao usa a moeda e pode comprar bens e servicos mais baratos a quem usa a moeda mais fraca

Mas isso nao basta para o programa de investigacao jornalistica, CLARAMENTE Comunista, "Monitor", e entao falam, tambem, de como a situacao de uma empresa com fabricas na Alemanha e na Grecia e completamente diferente.

Mas qual e, exactamente, o espanto nisto?! Sao paises diferentes, um muito mais corrupto do que o outro, com montes de moinas e onde nao ha qualquer competividade (ou incentivo a competividade).

Por fim, falam em como a Alemanha esta a ter muito lucro pelos juros do dinheiro que emprestam aos outros (referem entre 45 a 65 mil milhoes de euros, mas nao especificam durante que periodo OU qual o valor total que esta emprestado...) e referem-se a isso como se de algo negativo se tratasse.

Os emprestimos funcionam assim mesmo:
- empresta-se dinheiro com a promessa de receber o dinheiro emprestado de volta E uma percentagem em cima (pelo risco de nao receber o dinheiro de volta E pelo facto de que o dinheiro sai das maos de quem o empresta durante um certo periodo e, por essa razao, nao pode ser investido noutras coisas)
- o juro e acordado entre ambas as partes e e calculado sobre o RISCO que o emprestimo representa!

Contrariamente ao que comunistas gostariam, quanto mais instavel for a situacao de quem pede dinheiro, MAIOR e o risco e, por essa razao, maior e o juro cobrado.

Os juros baixos praticados nos emprestimos a Alemanha mostram apenas e so que eles sao um povo ALTAMENTE organizado, a quem emprestar dinheiro representa um risco ALTAMENTE baixo.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

So you say Germans were the only ones to benefit from the European Union?

I just came across this interview, where it was said that "Germany is the Country who has benefited the most from the European Union" and that "from the inception of the Euro, [...its the] only Country that managed to achieve a positive balance and grow enormously".

(watch from 7m49s)
Well, lets put that claim to the test, shall we?

Here are Germany's exports, from 1980 to 2015:

And here are Portugal's...

And Spain's...
Hell, let's throw in Greece's exports in too (though only between 2001 and 2015, seeing I couldn't find any export data before 2001)...

Well, these graphs show us that ALL countries grew their exports over the last 20 years (even Greece did).

So now you know...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fox News...such an evil, sensationalist network

Yeaps...Fox News is CLEARLY a sensationalist piece of crap network :oP
...they should be more like CNN, MSNBC and all those other networks who are objective and, clearly, have no political agenda.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Low Carb High Fat Sweet Pizza Crust

Last weekend I did the awesome low carb high fat pizza I posted about several months ago and my wife had a great idea: "what if we didn't add the powdered garlic to the crust and did a sweet pizza with the same crust?"

So today I decided to try it and here's the result:

The idea is to use these small pieces and add a syrup on top (like chocolate or strawberry), as well as a couple of pieces of fruit (e.g. strawberry, blackberries or raspberries).

The recipe is very similar to the one I use for the crust of the low carb high fat pizza.

Crust Ingredients
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar is best)
  • 16 oz of cream cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups of almond meal flour
  • 2 cups of artificial sweetener

Melt the shreeded cheese and the cream cheese in the microwave for 1 minute and then just mix everything together in a blender (or by hand) and put it in the oven at 425F for about 10 minutes (if I use my electric convect oven, I need about 10 minutes, but on the gas oven it took about 15 minutes) - just keep an eye on the oven to make sure you don't over cook it!

And that's about it! Enjoy! :o) 

Monday, September 29, 2014


Ah, I just learned a new awesome Linux command: iotop :oP
Should I feel ashamed that I only found out about it today?