Archive for October 26th, 2007

Got Milk? There are ways in the Venezuelan robolution

October 26, 2007

I always find it hilarious when the cheerleaders of
the revolution who live abroad question the veracity of shortages of
food in Venezuela, after all they claim, how can there be shortages
when oil prices are at all time highs and the country is in the middle
of the biggest windfall in its history? As if we could invent such a silly concept!

The explanation is easy,
it is called populism, economic populism. Price controls, Government in
charge of imports and distribution and the absurd fixed exchange rate
have led to shortages of the most basic foodstuffs, while you can buy
caviar and foie gras at stores because they are not part of the
Government’s control.

But those of us who live
here, see the shortages daily. For some items like corn oil, sugar and
milk, the shortages never ease. For others, like black beans, meat and
eggs, it varies. The latest victim is bread, as the shortage I wheat
flour (all imported) have created a new form of rationing at bakeries,
where you can buy up to Bs. 2,000 of bread after you stand in a brief
line for ten minutes.

Today, I actually did not
have lunch, because we had a case of good news, bad news. The
supermarket in the building where I work, had powdered milk for the
first time in about ten or twelve days. Thus, when I attempted to go
buy my usual lunch there, lines stretched out for about three hundred
meters and actually went to the sidewalk. Just imagine, people making a
half hour line so that they could get in the end two kilos maximum per
person of awful powdered milk. Such is the state of things in the
robolution in Venezuela these days, despite oil hitting $90 a barrel
this week.

In fact, things are so ridiculous,
that I decided to try out what happened if I put the word milk into
mercadolibre’s website and low and behold, you can buy powdered milk
(leche) in Venezuela’s equivalent of eBay. \u003c/div\>\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\u003cdiv\>Just in case the skeptics visit, here is the screen shot of one of the results:\u003c/div\>\u003c/div\>”,0]
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Just in case the skeptics visit, here is the screen shot of one of the results:


As my sister told me today, had she known how severe this would get, she would not have stopped feeding her one year old baby five months ago. In fact, she said, she could actually feed all three of her kids if she had not stopped!

What can I say? It’s called a rebolution for some reason, no?

The ugly head of Chavista fascism blocks dissent once again

October 26, 2007

Disregarding the now empty voice
of the Minister of Defense, who yesterday called for accepting
dissidence and respecting the rights of others, Chavista thugs today
once again used violence and threats to silence the opposition in their
attempt to voice their objections to the proposed Constitutional
reform.
 
It was once again a carefully prepared
plot by the pro-Chavez fascist thugs who claim they are students, but
look like they were in graduate school in the eighties. As the
Secretary of the student parliament Yon Goicochea began addressing the crowd
at a meeting organized to present their objection to the Constitutional
reform, the violent Chavistas came in the room and prevented him from
speaking. The disruption became violent, some sort of firecracker was
exploded and a student injured and as Goicochea tried to protect
himself his nose was broken.
 
It was juts one
more event of a long list in the past couple of months in which the
voice of dissent was shattered by violence and the intolerance as
Chavismo tries to approve this one sided and illegal reform without
even allowing a significant fraction of the population to even express
its dissent.
 
Ironically, Goicochea was saying
that any constitutional reform should arise out of a consensus and
without any violence as the violent groups disrupted him.
 
Thus,
Chavista groups are so accustomed to running amok without control that
the Minister of Defense carries no weight. What else is new in the
autocracy?
 
Thus the reform continues its
unstoppable momentum towards the vote in December, no matter how
illegal it is and how much it violates the current Constitution. It has
been a on sided process, even repressive in the way it has been pushed
through without regards for those that either do not agree with it or
would like a reform that is the result of a consensus as any democracy
should be. \u003c/span\>\u003c/div\>\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\u003cdiv\>And as empty as the words of the minister of Defense are those of the Deputies of the National Assembly who day after day carry on in the name of the “people” and “democracy”, while both are simply outrageously ignored in the fundamental definition of the future of rule of law in Venezuela. \u003c/div\>\u003c/div\>”,0]
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And
as empty as the words of the minister of Defense are those of the
Deputies of the National Assembly who day after day carry on in the
name of the “people” and “democracy”, while both are simply
outrageously ignored in the fundamental definition of the future of
rule of law in Venezuela.

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