Archive for August 5th, 2004

The thugs of the revolution show their intolerance

August 5, 2004


The pro-Chavez forces who had three stands in Plaza La Candelaria destroyed the opposition stands which supporters of the “Si” vote were trying to set up. Some of the Chavistas used firearms and the National Guard intervened with tear gas. Two people were injured and two women were asphyxiated by the tear gas. This is the type of intolerance Chavez has taught his supporters.  These are the thugs of the revolution, we need to stop them both.

The thugs of the revolution show their intolerance

August 5, 2004


The pro-Chavez forces who had three stands in Plaza La Candelaria destroyed the opposition stands which supporters of the “Si” vote were trying to set up. Some of the Chavistas used firearms and the National Guard intervened with tear gas. Two people were injured and two women were asphyxiated by the tear gas. This is the type of intolerance Chavez has taught his supporters.  These are the thugs of the revolution, we need to stop them both.

Moody’s and the Venezuelan banking system

August 5, 2004

Moody’s is a credit rating agency from the US that gives impendent opinions on the credit risk of private companies and governments. In its July “Bank risk Monitor”, there is an article about the Venezuelan banking system, some highlights:


-The average Venezuelan bank has about five times its capital in government bonds. This is a huge amount of exposure and is one of the reasons why our average bank financial strength rating for Venezuelan banks is an extremely low E+


 


-At the same time, the average return on equity of Venezuelan banks is, by far, the greatest in Latin America, about 26- to 28 percent.


 


-Basically, Venezuelan banks have ceased to serve as a normal banking system…The banking system is very weak. The banking system has shrunk by about 60% over the last five years in real terms. This is a banking system that is slowly wasting away.


 


-The depositor’s money is really just a pool used to make payments. Because the money is mainly in direct demand accounts, the banks use this no-cost funding to purchase up to five times capital in investments in government paper, at relatively high nominal interest rates. …the money never leaves the banking system; it just gets debited and credited to different accounts.


 


-So, there is a very large and predictable margin there, but it’s not a margin earned by a real banking system, it’s one gained as a payment system or as a transaction system. That is where the impressive profitability is really from, especially when nominal rates are high.


 


The Venezuelan Government has indeed shown in the recent past…..the ability and willingness to take political action to support the banking system, if necessary. It has even supported weak banks that are not “too big to fail” in a classic sense.


 


There you have it! The true face of the “pretty” Chavez revolution “for and by” the poor! Please!

Take advantage of it ladies and gentleman, the 15th., the 15th.!

August 5, 2004

My friend and faithful reader Maruja wrote this article in today’s El Universal and I simply could not resist translating it, it combines the seriousness of the situation we are in with the light side that every day should have:


 


Take advantage of it ladies and gentleman, the 15th., the 15th.!


 


By Maruja Lander de Muci


 


I can’t stand it! I am counting the days for the famous August 15th.!That day I am going to have a banquet and I am going to take advantage of it and revoke a lot of people, dead and alive. Beginning obviously with the most obscene assasin of our hopes, thief of the future, compulsive liar, the most perverse personality that has stepped on these lands in the last one thousand years: The un-namable. With him I am going to revoke that bunch of dead people that accompany him, Bolivar and company, we have to return them to their tomb and let them rest in peace, we need to forget about them and understand that those times are nothing like the present we are living and even less like the future we want. The dead ones have no place here today, no more heroic dizziness please!


 


That day, with my forceful and secret “SI”, I am also going to revoke a bunch of opportunists from the IVth. that lately have been stealing the show and stretching their necks to jump on any podium around. They think that these thousands of anonymous heroes that have marched risking their lives are dumb and we have no memory; they are the ones that are the dumb ones that have yet to understand that the rallying cry that mobilizes us is nor Chavez, nor a jump backwards, I revoke all of those people, Yupii!


 


As a society we have this golden opportunity to straighten out this terrible mess and we can not waste it, that day the appointment is a date with our future, a sort of new beginning that we can even apply to our own personal life. Take advantage of it Madam, take advantage of it Mister, revoke your couple if you decided you can’t stand it anymore, revoke the butcher that cheats on you, the neighbour that looks at you funny, the mother in law that torments you, the son in law that makes your daughter suffer, take advantage of the 15th. to put some order in your life and that of Venezuela!

Take advantage of it ladies and gentleman, the 15th., the 15th.!

August 5, 2004

My friend and faithful reader Maruja wrote this article in today’s El Universal and I simply could not resist translating it, it combines the seriousness of the situation we are in with the light side that every day should have:


 


Take advantage of it ladies and gentleman, the 15th., the 15th.!


 


By Maruja Lander de Muci


 


I can’t stand it! I am counting the days for the famous August 15th.!That day I am going to have a banquet and I am going to take advantage of it and revoke a lot of people, dead and alive. Beginning obviously with the most obscene assasin of our hopes, thief of the future, compulsive liar, the most perverse personality that has stepped on these lands in the last one thousand years: The un-namable. With him I am going to revoke that bunch of dead people that accompany him, Bolivar and company, we have to return them to their tomb and let them rest in peace, we need to forget about them and understand that those times are nothing like the present we are living and even less like the future we want. The dead ones have no place here today, no more heroic dizziness please!


 


That day, with my forceful and secret “SI”, I am also going to revoke a bunch of opportunists from the IVth. that lately have been stealing the show and stretching their necks to jump on any podium around. They think that these thousands of anonymous heroes that have marched risking their lives are dumb and we have no memory; they are the ones that are the dumb ones that have yet to understand that the rallying cry that mobilizes us is nor Chavez, nor a jump backwards, I revoke all of those people, Yupii!


 


As a society we have this golden opportunity to straighten out this terrible mess and we can not waste it, that day the appointment is a date with our future, a sort of new beginning that we can even apply to our own personal life. Take advantage of it Madam, take advantage of it Mister, revoke your couple if you decided you can’t stand it anymore, revoke the butcher that cheats on you, the neighbour that looks at you funny, the mother in law that torments you, the son in law that makes your daughter suffer, take advantage of the 15th. to put some order in your life and that of Venezuela!

Best poster of the campaign

August 5, 2004

Definitely the best poster of the campaign: Yes or No You Decide, Vote!


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