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Better Justice System

I recently attended a presentation about justice system in US. The
presenter was Adam Foss and he was in an event Ted Talks. I love the format
of TED. The presentation are given through storytelling and the people
which are called to be a presenter, have 15 minutes to show your point of
view. It’s a wonderful way of sharing stories and everyone was amazed with
his history.
First, Adam was not nice. He asked about who have been committed a small
crime when they were teenagers. After he increased the small crime until
arrived in a big crime and everybody thinks that he must be arrested. So,
he showed us that someone that has a criminal record, don’t have any chance
of survive and maintain a home in US. This person is likely to commit new
crimes. So, someone helped him and today, he is a prosecutor and works with
this type of case.

Personal Finances

Two years ago, my wife and I got a little and wonderful baby. So, my wife
stopped working to take care of our baby. She’s received benefits for 6
months and after that I’d started to pay all the bills.
No problem because it was the deal that we agreed to. But everything
increased in these last two years and our buying power disappeared. The
country has been going through difficult times. Dozens of corruption cases,
the Olympics and one president removed from power.
So, my wife returned to work and I am getting some jobs as a freelancer
daily to pay the bills and save the money for the future. Things are
looking up, but we’ll be thriftier for all my life.

Social networking

## How often do you visit social networking sites?

## What words of caution would you give someone who wants to create an
online profile on a social networking site?

## Did you use any of these phrases to give advice?
Can you think of any more?

### had better –
talk to about someone – essential – must do
you had better be careful with your private information online, or someone
might use it against you

### ought to –
Same meaning should – suggestion
You ought to make your profile under a false name.

### must
You must be careful when talking to strangers online.

### might consider
You might consider not uploading any picture.

### might think about

### could
make suggestions too

Which of the phrases express optional things?
Which express essential things?

## What advice would you give?
1. You ought to be extremely careful.
2. You should hide your personal information from public view.
3. You might think about screening the photos that you upload.
4. You might consider using an avatar instead of your real photo.
5. You could limit your connections to people you know.
6. You must set your privacy level in the site settings.
7. You had better be wary (cauteloso) of scams (golpes).

scams – try to get your money, chick you

Must piece of advice here.

## You have been chatting with someone you met on a social networking site
for the last three months, and now they want to meet you in person.

Student A: Ask Student B for advice on what you should do.
Student B: Give Student A advice on the best way to handle the situation.

Do you think I should meet this person?
I think it’ll be fine, but you might consider bringing a friend with you.

I met a person on the internet.

Meeting summary

At the beginning of the meeting, the manager said about the proposal of
adjusting our wages. In his opinion, this was one of the best proposal from
our company in the last years and it was consistent with the market.
There were only had two segments in Brazil that achieved better
readjustments, but these segments have always been strong and they didn’t
get such good indexes. We all agreed with points from manager and we argued
about our position.
Finally, he asked us to vote in this wage campaign, if we are in favor or
not. These readjustments surprised me, because my segment in Brazil has
been very weird and almost, got to inflation.

Natural Disaster in Petrópolis

Unfortunately, every year I hear talk about disasters in Petrópolis, Rio de
Janeiro. When summer is approaching, rains are more frequently and begins
the mudslides. It’s an announced tragedy because it happens every year and
people don’t charge for solutions by the rulers.
My brother was in a New Year’s Eve 2 years ago there, when happens an
accident. On the night after party, had a huge mudslide, which passed in
the hotel where my brother slept. We didn’t know where he was sleeping, but
we worried because he stayed in the city. Next day he called us and give
all details what happened. He wasn’t in the hotel, but he had to came back
because the city was destroyed.

Safety laws

I love driving my car and move to another place, but it’s happening less and less. Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world when we talk about traffic and it brought strict laws. It’s common pay an expensive fine, not counting the huge traffic jams.
I’m consider a lucky man, because I choose live near from my job. I don’t take my car and go out for some place. Last week I went to São Paulo and that’s outrageous! If you parking in a simple shop of the city, you will pay R$50 more or less. I preferred hang out with Uber and leave my car in hotel. Unfortunately this is a trend.

Outback

My wife and I love eat in Outback Steakhouse! This restaurant is fabulous and we’ve been always well attended.

Last week, we returned again to the restaurant without making reservations. We waited 10 minutes, but it was well appreciated, because we started to drink a wonderful ice-cold beer. After sitting, we asked for a Bloomin’ Onion. It was unbelievable! My wife love this onion and for our main course, we both ordered a grateful Ribs on the Barbie! Then, grand finale was Chocolate Thunder. This dessert was mouth-watering! An extra generous brownie topped with rich vanilla ice cream, warm chocolate, chocolate shavings and whipped cream.

Of course, we’ll go again to this restaurant.

How I met my wife

When I was in second year of high school, I turned tutor to a class just entering at high school. This class had a beautiful blonde girl called Tammy. She was very cheerful and soon, we became friends. We’d spend hours talking and our afternoons were great.

But I had a girlfriend and one friend wanted to date her. I was jealous because of her. Then, I broke up with my girlfriend and soon as possible, I asked her when she could go out with me. She traveled on holiday and I hung out with a friend. When she arrived, I told her what’s happened and she cried a lot. I finished what I had barely begun and ran into her arms.

We are married today, together for 13 years old, we have a wonderful daughter and we are very happy.

Life-changing product

I love my Kindle for three years.
First, I bought it because I went to my work by bus and during the journey,
I’d like to take this time somehow. Until the day I saw a person using it.
I went back to see the specifications of this device and for a good price,
I ended up taking it.
This was the best thing I could do. I read one book a week. Over two years,
I read several interesting books and I’ve acquired a passion for reading.
Last year, the office had to change and for my lucky, it came nearer to me.
Now, I’m walking to the office and I stopped this habit. I’m frustrated
because I need more hours of readings and I don’t have more time.

Regards,
Marcos

Summary of a meeting

Hi, Mr. Wilson.
Last night I had a meeting with Sally Cassidy, the VP for GXC Solutions. We
went to a great steakhouse and we talked for hours. She was very happy with
the last year. She told me that she reviewed it and she came to the
conclusion that our relationship is more mature and better to do business.
GXC Solutions wants to increase their purchases from us by 20%.
All this news is very positive. Sally wants to meet again with us soon to
talk about the future. She’d like to know what’s the road map for the
future and how the GXC Solutions can help us make the best solutions about
a number of future opportunities. I will give you all the details when I
get back.
Regards,
Marcos