Michael Jackson


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My address to Congress

Alfredo —

Last night, I addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time.

To confront the serious economic challenges our nation faces, I called for a new era of responsibility and cooperation. We need to look beyond short term political calculations and make vital investments in health care, energy, and education that will make America stronger and more prosperous well into the future.

Watch a few highlights from my address and share it with your friends now:

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A little more than a month into my administration, we’ve already taken bold steps to address our urgent economic problems.

Through the Recovery Act, the Stability Plan, and the Housing Plan, we’re taking the immediate necessary measures to halt our economic downturn and provide much-needed assistance to working people and their families.

But to set our country on a new course of stability and prosperity, we must reject the old ways of doing business in Washington. We can no longer tolerate fiscal deficits and runaway spending while deferring the consequences to future generations.

That’s why I pledged last night to cut our deficit in half by the end of my term. Achieving that goal will require making sacrifices and hard decisions, as well as an honest budgeting process that is straight with taxpayers about where their dollars are going.

Watch some key moments from my address now:


Central to this plan will be a renewed commitment to honesty and transparency in government. Restoring our country’s economic health will only happen when ordinary citizens are given the opportunity to hold their representatives fully accountable for the decisions they make.

I look forward to continuing to work with you as we bring about the change you made possible.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

De Al Gore

Dear Alfredo,

Today, I will be testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about repowering America and the need for us to resume global leadership on the climate crisis. As you know, it’s a critical time in our country and we all have a role to play.

I’ve recorded a short video message to share my perspective on what’s at stake right now. Take a moment and please watch it.

Al Gore's message on the recovery.

In Congress, our leaders are debating an economic recovery package. It includes unprecedented support for putting Americans back to work building a clean energy economy.

But entrenched interests in Washington will be working hard to weaken the legislation — opposing funding for clean energy programs that support things like wind, solar, energy efficiency and a new national electric grid.

As members of Congress work out the details of a bill that can pass both the House and the Senate, it’s important that you let each of your elected representatives know that you want the recovery to be about repowering America.

You and I know that continuing with the status quo will not revitalize the U.S. economy. Please make sure your elected officials know, too.

Watch the video and send a quick note to Congress:


Today, we can start to get America back on track.

Thanks for everything,

Al Gore


Para começar a falar em Inteligência Competitiva

Creio que um provérbio africano, pode ser um bom começo para se falar sobre a importância e o contexto atual, de Inteligência Competitiva.

Todos os dias de manhã, na África, o antílope desperta.

Ele sabe que terá de correr mais rápido que o mais rápido dos leões, para não ser morto.

Todos os dias, pela manhã, desperta o leão.

Ele sabe que terá de correr mais rápido que o antílope mais lento, para não morrer de fome.

Não interessa que bicho você é, se leão ou antílope.

Quando amanhece, é melhor começar a correr.

Bom dia e bom trabalho.

From President-Elect Obama: The future of this movement

Alfredo —
I have some exciting news to share about the future of this grassroots movement.
I recorded a personal message for you. Please take a minute to watch the video:



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What you built can’t stop now. Together with our partners at the Democratic National Committee and its new chairman, Governor Tim Kaine, this movement will continue organizing and bringing new people into the political process.
The challenges facing our country are too great, and our journey to change America is just beginning.

I look forward to working side-by-side with you in the months and years ahead.




Mercado Financeiro: Perspectivas da Semana

O Panorama Setorial com a análise da equipe econômica do Banco Schahin, assinado pelo economista-chefe da instituição, Silvio Campos Neto, lembra que “os mercados têm buscado seguir uma tendência mais amena neste final de ano, a despeito das inúmeras fontes de incerteza e dos temores envolvendo as frágeis perspectivas para a economia global em 2009.

Os sinais que mostram uma ligeira redução da aversão a risco dos investidores estão presentes na incipiente recuperação dos índices de bolsa pelo mundo, na reação dos preços das commodities e na desvalorização do dólar nestes dias recentes, fatores cujo comportamento foi inverso no período mais agudo da crise, até o final de novembro”.

A agenda desta semana volta a ser intensa. No Brasil, destaque para a divulgação da Ata do Copom e dados de desemprego e vendas no varejo. Nos EUA, destaque para a última reunião do ano do Comitê de Mercado Aberto do Fed e que se espera o anúncio de mais uma redução dos juros, atualmente em 1%, para 0,5% ao ano.

Fonte: CDN/Equipe econômica do Banco Schahin, assinado pelo economista-chefe da instituição, Silvio Campos Neto.

O Banco Schahin ficou em segundo lugar no ranking da Agência Estado, neste terceiro trimestre, que compara o índice de acertos nas projeções econômicas entre as principais instituições do país.

São coletadas previsões para variáveis como taxa de câmbio, IPCA, IGP-M, taxa Selic, crescimento do PIB, balança comercial e relação dívida/PIB.