Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Como hacerce millonario (en dolares) con un prestamo de 10 mil Bs F o $1500?

La matemática es sumamente sencilla compra a 6.50 y vende a 30 y compra a 6.50 solamente 10 veces y tiene mas de un millón de dólares. Bueno imaginese los que pueden crear una “empresa fantasma” y multiplicarlo por 100 con solo 10 ordenes de compra, son mas de 100 millones de dólares. Esta es la razón por que los “enchufados” quieren mantener Cadivi. Y este sistema es para ayudar a los pobres? Como diria Joselo, ponte a cree

Monday, December 19, 2011

Meeting Havel, the "Czech Idol"

It's been a while since I have written anything serious in my blog, but today I felt compelled to do so because two opposite leaders died during this past weekend: Havel and Kim Jong Il. I will not waste my time writing about the latter. It is ironic; however, that two leaders that died almost the same day could be so opposites. Havel demonstrated that the "pen is mightier than the sword"; and Kim Jong Il could have started the first nuclear war of the modern era.

My first visit to the Czech Republic was right after the "Velvet Revolution" It was my father's first time back to his country after escaping from Communism in 1948. He did not want "to make the same mistake his parents had made of staying when the Nazis came". This is a whole different story, and soon the book on my father's memoirs will be published for those interested in his experience as a Holocaust survivor.

In the summer of 1995, my parents and sister attended my Harvard graduation. We were all excited because Havel was getting honoris causa doctor. After the ceremony was over, there was a long line of graduates waiting to get his books signed. My father and I made the line, but unfortunately (or fortunately), security decided it was time for him to leave. He was President of the Czech Republic; so he had a lot of security around him. My dad yelled in Czech to him something, and he stopped walking away and told security to let my father and I come to him to say hello, which became a 10 minute conversation all in Czech, of course. I could see my father and Havel laughing like two guys who just met in a bar -- the same Havel, who became legendary and an idol in Prague and the world, showing that it was not a tale after all. Finally, he looked at me and said: "your father is very proud of you and should be". Later, my father told me they were laughing because he was saying that finally he gets a degree from Harvard, which was what his mother would have always wanted. Ok, now he was gone; I think someone named Bill Clinton was waiting for him. I don't know if I will write a autobiography when I get old, but this was definitely a highlight in my life.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Articulo del Universal: "Yes baby, soy un pitiyanqui..".

Cuál es el sueño de la gran mayoría de los niños Venezolanos? Jugar en Grandes Ligas y vivir EEUU. Las pocas estrellas de beisbol Venezolanas que conozco lo primero que hacen pedir la residencia y ciudanía, y mandar a sus hijos a colegios privados y universidades en EEUU. Algunos se pasan unas semanas en Navidad y Semana Santa, pero en realidad viven en EEUU. Por qué? Yo he vivido la mitad de mi vida en EEUU y lo otra mitad en Venezuela. Todos los Venezolanos que viven en EEUU tenemos nostalgia de aquellos tiempos de nuestra adolescencia en Venezuela, de rumba en rumba. No voy a hablar de todo lo bueno de EEUU sino porque Venezuela es otra. Hace apenas 30 años, andábamos los niños esperando solos el autobús por la madrugada, íbamos al kiosquito de la esquina, jugábamos toda la tarde fuera de la casa, visitando a nuestros amigos, caminábamos varias cuadras sin necesidad de un adulto. Uno escuchaba de algún secuestro de algún hacendado o algún asalto por lo barrios pero la gente no tenía miedo de salir. Hace 20 años, la gran mayoría de estudiantes graduados en las mejores universidades de EEUU en gran parte gracias a Fundayacucho, volvieron a Venezuela a ser profesionales en empresas. Algunos a dar clases en las universidades, otros trataron de trabajar en el Gobierno y Alcaldías. También los graduados universitarios de Venezuela tenían oportunidades con grandes multinacionales, o domesticas, tratar de abrir un negocito. En 1993, la Procter & Gamble tenía cinco fabricas que producía para varios países y construye la sede Latino Americana en la Trinidad. El Presidente Mundial visitaba Venezuela todos los años y se reunía con el Gobierno. Muchas empresas multinacionales seguían los pasos de Procter. Pero ahora que esperanza tienen los jóvenes profesionales? Hace 60 años mi padre llegó de Europa a Venezuela. El describe esa Venezuela como un paraíso inclusive durante la dictadura de Perez Jiménez. La razón principal era por que había oportunidad para la gente que quería trabajar duro y honestamente, y sin el miedo que lo maten al salir a la calle o a sus hijos. La gran mayoría de esa gente se fueron a Europa. Por qué? Sr. Presidente, ya es hora que se mire en el espejo y deje de echarle la culpa de todos los males a EEUU.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Letter to WH and Congress on Dream Act

I think the WH and Congress did a very poor job of explaining to the American public what is the Dream Act. Most believe it is automatic amnesty. The American people understand fairness. It is not fair for someone who arrived to the U.S. when they were 5 years old that now that they are 18 cannot go to college in the U.S. even by paying it in full. Anyone from around the world can get a student visa and go to college in the U.S., but these kids are not allowed that. Many of these kids are willing to do the ultimate sacrifice for their country (because they grew up in the U.S. and don't know another country). We are denying them of that too. So, they have no choice but to go into illegal labor or worse. So, where is the WH to explain all this to the American public?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Update on the Venezuelan Economy | venezuelanalysis.com

Update on the Venezuelan Economy | venezuelanalysis.com

Review & Outlook: The Obama Economy - WSJ.com#articleTabs%3Dcomments&mg=com-wsj#articleTabs%3Dcomments&mg=com-wsj

Review & Outlook: The Obama Economy - WSJ.com#articleTabs%3Dcomments&mg=com-wsj#articleTabs%3Dcomments&mg=com-wsj

I agree that the recovery has been very slow at best, but if I understand the republican alternative would have been no stimulus and cutting taxes for the rich? It is not simple to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. I agree that it was not the best time from an economic stand-point to pass health care reform, but it was the only chance politically to pass. What got us in this mess to start with? The mortgage bubble was disastrous for a lot of middle class owners who have now a debt some time twice higher than the value of their homes. People have lost confidence in Wall Street banks. They have earn it back. You did not mention in your article that the Dow has grown about 50% since it is all time low. I think business are waiting for the market to stabilize before starting to hire. People will start to consume more when they feel safe about their jobs. Unfortunately, our country is losing competitiveness because of high labor costs ...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chavez Embargo Threat Fails To Roil Oil Markets

By Forrest Jones


CARACAS (Dow Jones)--The international oil market largely shrugged off Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's threats to cut crude oil sales to the U.S. if a diplomatic confrontation between Venezuela and Colombia, a Washington ally, escalates into a military conflict.

In the past, Chavez's threats of turning off the spigots in Venezuela have spooked markets and governments alike. But this time, analysts say, Chavez picked a bad time with spare capacity in the market and the end of the U.S. summer driving season in sight.

Venezuela on Thursday severed all diplomatic ties with Colombia after the government of President Alvaro Uribe charged that Chavez tolerated the presence of Colombian leftist guerrilla groups in Venezuelan territory. On Sunday, Chavez said that if Venezuela were attacked from Colombia or elsewhere, he would halt oil sales to the U.S.

The outgoing Uribe administration has maintained silence since Chavez severed ties, and officials of the incoming administration of Colombian President-elect Juan Manuel Santos, rather than talking of attacks, have been talking of restoring strained trade ties with Venezuela. Santos is scheduled to take office Aug. 7.

The U.S. denied having any plans for military action against Venezuela, Agence France-Presse reported Monday, quoting a State Department spokeswoman as saying the U.S. and Venezuela have a mutually beneficial energy relationship, "and we wish to see that relationship continue."

But even if Chavez's comments were aimed at rattling oil markets, they failed to do so Monday. Crude for September delivery settled flat at $78.98 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, again failing to close above $80, the top of its range of recent months.

Alan S. Hegburg, a senior fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said there are an estimated five million barrels of surplus capacity in the oil market right now, which could be tapped to meet any potential shortfalls resulting from an embargo.

Also, the end of the driving season is near, and that means less demand for gasoline and therefore for oil. "That does put a damper on any fears in the marketplace," Hegburg said.

Even if Caracas does cease oil shipments to the U.S., others would find a way to fill in the gap. "High prices tend to bring more oil into the marketplace," he said, and in any case Venezuela will still remain a relevant player in the world's oil markets.

Venezuela has been seeking to cut crude sales to the U.S. in the past few years, and Chavez wants to increase oil sales to China, the world's second-biggest oil user after the U.S.

In recent years, Venezuela has been the fifth-biggest source of crude oil imports for the U.S., with much of it going to the refining network of Citgo, the refining and retail unit of Venezuela's state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA.

The South American country has accounted for up to 11.5% of annual U.S. crude imports since 2007, down from 12.9% during the 2004-2005 period and well below levels of the late 1990s, before Chavez took office. In 1997, Venezuela was the top source of U.S. crude imports, with a 17% share and volume of near 1.4 million barrels a day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the statistical and analytical arm of the Department of Energy.

In 2009, combined U.S. imports of crude oil and petroleum products from Venezuela averaged 1.078 million barrels a day, the lowest in any year since 1991.

The most recent figures from China, meanwhile, show that in the first six months of 2010, China's crude oil imports from Venezuela were up 168.3% from the same period a year ago, while China's imports of Venezuelan fuel oil were up 14.5% from the same period a year earlier, making it the third-biggest supplier.

Juan Pablo Fuentes, an economist at Moody's Economy.com in Philadelphia, doubts Venezuela is ready to break commercial ties with the U.S., especially with many Citgo refineries on the Gulf Coast configured to handle Venezuela's heavy crude.

"In reality, Venezuela has much more to lose than the U.S. if Chavez cuts oil exports," he said. "Venezuela would have to sell it on the spot market at a deep discount. Such action would result in substantial loss of revenues for Venezuela in the short term, which the country can hardly afford at this particular moment."

Citgo, meanwhile, would have to buy crude oil at a premium in the spot market. "It is a lose-lose proposition for PDVSA and Venezuela," Fuentes said.

From the U.S. point of view, the impact would be very minor, as Saudi Arabia or Kuwait would jump at the chance to fill the gap with their ample spare capacity.

-By Forrest Jones, Dow Jones Newswires; (58) 414 249 6821; forrest.jones@dowjones.com

(David Bird and Jerry A. DiColo contributed to this report.)

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