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Of Machismo and counterrevolution by Teodoro Petkoff

January 24, 2005

Teodoro Petkoff in today’s Tal Cual on Chavez sexist and racist remarks yesterday


Of Machismo and counterrevolution by Teodoro Petkoff


There is no anti imperialism, nor nationalism which justifies the things that Chavez said yesterday about Condoleezza Rice. It was not a joke with double meaning but of a single meaning, gross and crude. An overly machista and sexist insolence, which offends both women as well as all Venezuelans, whose national pride Chavez pretends to raise in front of the intromission of the US Government in our affairs. I would like to know some reaction, from the Chavismo side, but in particular from the women that accompany “the process”, given Chavez’ words yesterday about Mrs. Rice. They are neither to be laughed at, nor to be excused searching for a non existent anti imperialistic meaning.


 


Fidel, who Chavez will surely not pretend to give lessons to on these matters, has never lowered himself in his speeches to that level of political and human indigence. No, in that jesting there is no anti-imperialism, nor nationalism, nor anything noble, but a brutal disdain for women and black people (“I would not make that sacrifice for the country”). You don’t have to be Freud to perceive the whole background of discrimination and supreme machismo that lies behind those despicable “jokes”. Machismo and racism, Hugo Chávez, are counterrevolutionary.

Of Machismo and counterrevolution by Teodoro Petkoff

January 24, 2005

Teodoro Petkoff in today’s Tal Cual on Chavez sexist and racist remarks yesterday


Of Machismo and counterrevolution by Teodoro Petkoff


There is no anti imperialism, nor nationalism which justifies the things that Chavez said yesterday about Condoleezza Rice. It was not a joke with double meaning but of a single meaning, gross and crude. An overly machista and sexist insolence, which offends both women as well as all Venezuelans, whose national pride Chavez pretends to raise in front of the intromission of the US Government in our affairs. I would like to know some reaction, from the Chavismo side, but in particular from the women that accompany “the process”, given Chavez’ words yesterday about Mrs. Rice. They are neither to be laughed at, nor to be excused searching for a non existent anti imperialistic meaning.


 


Fidel, who Chavez will surely not pretend to give lessons to on these matters, has never lowered himself in his speeches to that level of political and human indigence. No, in that jesting there is no anti-imperialism, nor nationalism, nor anything noble, but a brutal disdain for women and black people (“I would not make that sacrifice for the country”). You don’t have to be Freud to perceive the whole background of discrimination and supreme machismo that lies behind those despicable “jokes”. Machismo and racism, Hugo Chávez, are counterrevolutionary.

Seminar on Tuesday in the Bay area on electronic vote tampering, using the RR as an example

January 24, 2005

If you are anywhere near San Francisco/Palo Alto: Seminar on detecting electronic vote tampering


Tomorrow afternoon, Prof. Jonathan Taylor of the Department of Statistics at Stanford University, will be given the seminar described below. Dr. Taylor was consulted right after the recall vote by the Carter Center to verify the statistical probability of some anomalies in the recall data reported in the Venezuelan press (and blogs!). Prof. Taylor briefly reported in his website then that his results “should not be interpreted as overwhelming evidence of fraud” in the Venezuelan election, which later was toned down by removing that word.


 


I encourage anyone in the Bay area interested in the problem (or our problems!) to go to the seminar and send in to us your impressions, comments and the conclusions reached at the talk. Here are the details:



STANFORD UNIVERSITY


DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS


DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR
 
   4:15 p.m., Tuesday, January 25, 2005
   Sequoia Hall Room 200
   {(Cookies at
3:45 in 1st Floor Lounge)
 
   Jonathan Taylor
   Department of Statistics
   Stanford University
 
   Detecting electoral fraud: a case study from
Venezuela
 
   Abstract:
 


In this talk, we superficially address the general problem of detecting   electoral fraud, specifically electronic vote tampering. While there have been many allegations in recent months, we focus on a particular case in which the data is relatively clean: a recently held election in Venezuela to decide whether or not to recall sitting President Hugo Chavez.


The talk focuses on describing some of the political context, the dataset and a simple Poisson model for a “fair” election.

It was forty days ago today

January 24, 2005

It was forty days ago today, VP Rangel held the stage that day. It was days after the overwhelming, high abstention and fraudulent victory by Chavez’ MVR in the regional elections. Still under the high from that victory, the Vice-president of Venezuela, Jose Vicente Rangel, held a meeting with the Ministers of the Cabinet, Governors and Mayors for 48 hours. At the end, a joyous Rangel held a press conference to tell the world the extent and reach of the important decisions and conclusions arrived at this important revolutionary summit. There were no more obstacles in the way, the oligarchs had been destroyed. All institutions were now in the hands of the revolution and, after six years of empty promises; the revolution was ready to deliver. And he said:


“The officialdom will make a jump forward to promote a revolution within the revolution and define the goals for a new political map for the country”


 


And he was quite precise:


 


“We are laying the groundwork for a more effective Government”


 


And he added:


 


“We will offer a new model of development for the country that will be based on the conception that puts the accent on the future, even if we are not ready to forgive the politicians that have opposed us”


 


And he concluded:


 


“In 40 days, a special committee at the highest level will have to present the proposals to end poverty in the country…The Government will center its work in the reduction of poverty which is the main enemy that needs to be defeated, we will devote all of the resources to eliminate poverty”


 


Well, apparently they only  forgot to devote time and effort to this grandiose promise and plan. Tonight at midnight, only four hours from now, Caracas time, the forty days are over. Nobody has heard anything about this goal, project or plan since that day. 39.83 days ago. I guess the revolution has more important things to worry about, like Danilo Anderson, Rodrigo Granda, Condoleezza, Latifundia, Uribe. But just wait, once they have total control of the Continent, poverty will finally be attacked and eradicated. It’s a promise!

It was forty days ago today

January 24, 2005

It was forty days ago today, VP Rangel held the stage that day. It was days after the overwhelming, high abstention and fraudulent victory by Chavez’ MVR in the regional elections. Still under the high from that victory, the Vice-president of Venezuela, Jose Vicente Rangel, held a meeting with the Ministers of the Cabinet, Governors and Mayors for 48 hours. At the end, a joyous Rangel held a press conference to tell the world the extent and reach of the important decisions and conclusions arrived at this important revolutionary summit. There were no more obstacles in the way, the oligarchs had been destroyed. All institutions were now in the hands of the revolution and, after six years of empty promises; the revolution was ready to deliver. And he said:


“The officialdom will make a jump forward to promote a revolution within the revolution and define the goals for a new political map for the country”


 


And he was quite precise:


 


“We are laying the groundwork for a more effective Government”


 


And he added:


 


“We will offer a new model of development for the country that will be based on the conception that puts the accent on the future, even if we are not ready to forgive the politicians that have opposed us”


 


And he concluded:


 


“In 40 days, a special committee at the highest level will have to present the proposals to end poverty in the country…The Government will center its work in the reduction of poverty which is the main enemy that needs to be defeated, we will devote all of the resources to eliminate poverty”


 


Well, apparently they only  forgot to devote time and effort to this grandiose promise and plan. Tonight at midnight, only four hours from now, Caracas time, the forty days are over. Nobody has heard anything about this goal, project or plan since that day. 39.83 days ago. I guess the revolution has more important things to worry about, like Danilo Anderson, Rodrigo Granda, Condoleezza, Latifundia, Uribe. But just wait, once they have total control of the Continent, poverty will finally be attacked and eradicated. It’s a promise!

Quotes from the crypt: Amazing statements from the revolution

January 24, 2005

Hugo Chavez on Condolencia Rice (verbatim):


“Give me the “I can do it” (reading) method, to send it to Condolencia, who continues to show she is a total illiterate. It seems that she dreams with me, I am capable of inviting her to a meeting to see what happens with me. First she said she was mad. The next day she said she was sad and depressed because of Chavez. Oh daddy! Forget about me. What bad luck that lady has. I won’t do that sacrifice for the country. Let someone else do it. Cristobal Jimenez, Nicolas Maduro or Juan Barreto, who is single”


 


MVR deputy Iris Varela


 


“Anyone that does not march today is a lackey of George Bush and Uribe…the kidnapping of our brother Granda is treason”


 


Ministry of Finance communiqué:


 


“The Venezuelan Government will notify (the payment) through United States newspaper The Financial Times”


 


With contributions like this to this blog, I don’t even have to think.

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