“Christ, this is embarrassing...
On the other hand, doesn't this speak volumes of Maduro's political charisma?Bringing Christmas early as a political campaign...Pathetic.
And bonuses will be paid out by Dec. 1...What, don't they have any more motorcycles, washing machines or crumbling viviendas dignas to hand out this time? Had Chavez been alive, the political campaign for the municipal elections would have started a long time ago, yet so far, nothing but radio silence. I guess they have nothing to promise.
Hard for people to be happy that Christmas is coming early this year when you see how the inflation rate makes it almost impossible for anyone to buy Christmas foods, let alone gifts.”
Oct 18, 2013 at 07:46:28
“In my experience, arguing with this gareth character is akin to hitting yourself in the head with a hammer. I can't even bring myself to read his comments in full, so let me help you out.
This is a link from the AVN where they praise Weisbrot's predictions of solid growth in Venezuela's economy, and how he claims that inflation will soon begin its descent...When he predicted this is the best part: July of this year. In fact, he explicitly states Venezuela is on the right course: http://www.avn.info.ve/contenido/mark-weisbrot-pronostica-crecimiento-econ%C3%B3mico-s%C3%B3lido-y-menor-inflaci%C3%B3n-para-venezuela
Hope you know spanish, though.”
“What's even more sad is that these were undoubtedly the fall guys...The scapegoats that could be used in case the plan backfired. No one in their right mind would believe that all it took was three soldiers to load 1,300 kg of pure cocaine on an international flight.
No, the real big fishes are still out there, somewhere between the high ranks.”
GarethJonesLives on Sep 25, 2013 at 13:10:11
“Nobody is implying that it only took 3 soldiers. As the Interior Minister stated yesterday, more arrests are expected.”
“For venezuelans and people who have traveled enough times to Venezuela, this is a cinch. If you've ever set foot in Maiquetia more than once, you will know that the bags are handled by soldiers of the National Guard, inspected beforehand by the soldiers of the National Guard and opened by the soldiers of the National Guard, if they have reason to suspect your bags have something you ought not to have...like, for example, coffee, chocolates or flour. Or, they might just be opened if they think you've got some valuables you can afford to miss.
France has been very poised with this affair, but they must know who is in charge of security and baggage handling in Venezuela's airports...So, chalk another glorious achievement up for the armed forces of the country, Lord knows they've done so many good things in the past....”
Aug 30, 2013 at 15:38:44
“What was the source for this? Well, it certainly was not Maduro speaking on live TV....
It's not that he recognized he might be understood, he fully realized that he had said the word penes on a national broadcast. At least the guy was actually keeping track of what he was saying and corrected himself, a feat I never would have expected from him, given his extremely long list of pathetic errors in linguistic and general knowledge.”
Aug 30, 2013 at 15:17:45
“The Chavez-admiring folk here on this thread would much rather believe that the international media is ill-intentionally mincing Maduro's words, or taking them out of context, or mistranslating them. To them, Maduro and Chavez are irreproachable.
Wait until you have a conversation with other people to whom you explain worse things about the regime, like the predicament of political prisoners or the insanity currently ongoing in the Parliament, and they just brush it off with no counterargument but think that it's all justified anyway. That's when the real magic happens.”
Peric Overde on Aug 30, 2013 at 21:02:42
“Most of those you are referring to don't live in Venezuela, have never set foot in Venezuela and probably cannot even read Spanish. Thus, they have no clue what is like to live day to day under the foot of the traitors and criminals running the country. Their only source of news is what they read or what they are told and, in that regard, one has to acknowledge that chavismo has a very well oiled PR machine. Ironically, they are the ones accusing the rest of the world of being brainwashed by propaganda.
The other component of their behavior is the desperate wishful thinking that somewhere there is a communist regime that actually works. Communism is a failure but if there is the slightest chance that it is working somehow they cling to that and will overlook whatever horrible things these regimes are doing. Of course, most of them have never lived under a communist regime either but will point the advantages of living under such regimes while sipping their triple cinnamon mochachinos in a nice cafe supported by a capitalist economy.”
“I don't think the folks at the CIA would care about the sake of appearances if they really wanted to get something done. When Hugo died, everyone who ever agreed with him pointed fingers to the US, and they would have done the same even if he had died of old age.
If anything, they have an even bigger carte blanche because no matter what happens to Maduro, they'll absolutely be accused in the end, so they're in a position where they can dispense with elaborate covers and get to brass tacks...The NSA is the perfect example of that.
Say they send in an elite sniper to shoot him in one of his public appearances and have a venezuelan citizen planted for the frame: They totally could and would get away with it...And what difference would it make to them, given that everyday people like yourself already suspect them of foul play?”
“Do you not think that the CIA would already have had him killed if that was their wish? They had a pretty good chance back in April. I mean, are we dealing with an all-powerful illuminati-esque Big Brother that can send cancer cells via tiny flying nanobots or an organization that just lives to knock off people for shi*s n' giggles whenever the fancy strikes?”
simian sez on Aug 11, 2013 at 18:35:27
“Well, they have to keep up pretenses so they can't make things too obvious.
That's difficult and takes a little more time and planning.
But fear not...they're busy elsewhere doing what they do, as we speak.”
“A few things...
1- Most of that influence was gained through "gifts" to other leaders like free petroleum, electricity plants or just flat out bribery.
2- He was a supporter of Gaddafi, Mubarak and Assad.
4- Geographically, Colombia is right next to Venezuela, so the US doesn't need to fly over Venezuela to get to Colombia. Plus Chavez praised the FARC on any number of occasions.
5- Given that Castro is a dictator, how is that a good thing?
6- He also willingly sold more than half of Venezuela's oil to the US for years.
7- And yet there was (and still is) a certain love for the fruits of american capitalism in his regime.
8- Venezuela can't even maintain its own economy, so its not an alternative so much as an opportunity for other leaders to receive petrodollars before the country collapses.
9-And? At no point in history has there ever been an american military invasion in Venezuela for oil. For further reference, see number 6 above.
How exactly is it propaganda against Venezuela if this is coverage on something the intellectually challenged Maduro actually said? Never mind if Maduro does something wrong like political persecution (he's doing that), the american media simply can't report it because its anti-propaganda, correct?”
“A few things:
One, his private life concerning his relationship and sexual habits do not affect the school in any way. He only needs to keep his professional life separate from his personal life, as is expected from every single person on Earth. If homosexuality goes against Catholicism and merits his termination, then the same goes for all the other teachers, as they must have worn different fabrics to work, eaten shrimp at some point, or cut their hairs or beards on a regular basis..things that Leviticus also says are no-no's. If they're going to base themselves on scripture, they might as well go all in, wouldn't you think? They should kill them all while they're at it...After all, it's in the Bible.
Second, if the Pope himself, the Vicar of Christ, the highest authority of Catholicism on the planet, says that he can't judge homosexuals, then what, in the name of logic, gives everyone else the right to judge them? Nothing, that's what.”
“Quite unexpected! I recall reading one of the Pope's statements shortly after he was elected that said he did not agree with homosexuality, but left it at that. No fiery speeches of denouncement or condemnation followed, so I assumed he would just stand by the Church's position on that matter. Although this is hardly going to change the core of the conservative nature of Catholicism, I applaud Francis for being one who recognizes that this is not about making the Church a supporter of LGBTs, but merely about actually practising what they preach: tolerance, compassion, understanding, and forgiveness.
I hope Francis continues to be an improvement from Benedict.”
“Venezuela is offering asylum to a government intelligence agent from the US who has exposed truths and secrets concerning them...And meanwhile, venezuelans who expose truths and realities concerning the country and its government are persecuted and/or branded as nothing less than government intelligence puppets from the US....
Can someone, anyone, fathom some sense out of this?”