(Este post en español aquí)
Well, on the first anniversary of this blog, way back then, I wondered how long I could keep it up and somehow I am still around. I actually spent the day copying all of the files from my previous blog, as userland (Who made my old software) recently announced that it will be shutting down their service at the end of the year and any renewal to continue to have access had to take place today. Instead, I left a message there telling people to look for the orchids in the following blog pretty soon:
which was the only part of the old blog which I actually had not transferred from there. In fact, I haven’t transferred it yet, I copied all of the pictures and I have started transferring them, it will take a while. I am slowly going through 2003 so far. Take a look at that blog and if you have any suggestions let me know.I think it looks good, but I am not completely satisfied.
In this seven years, Venezuela and Chavez have gone from strange to bizarre. Somehow these guys defend themselves as if they were doing a great job, but have done very little but promise and that is all Chavez knows how to do: Promise and then ignore what he said.
Meanwhile corruption has reached levels that are extremely obscene, with a new class of “bolibourgeois” rising. But if you are with the process, you are not only untouchable, but you have protection from the top. Witness these charges in Caracas Gringo, that Daniel has commented on. In what other country can a man go from 0 to 1.6 billion in ten years by having Government ties and everyone knows about it and nothing happens? And the charges go beyond simple corruption…
But Mr. Fernandez keeps adding properties and wealth, just this week he reportedly purchased Banco Canarias for a few hundred million bucks. Source of funds for this? Nobody really knows, because it would be very really hard to explain. And he is not alone in buying sprees of money losing, dysfunctional financial institutions, the robolution opens opportunities to all its supporters to get involved in these enterprises.
But that is why it is called the robolution, one that works with remarkable impunity and as long as they keep doing it, we will keep writing what we learn, until it seems to dangerous to continue, which appears to be closer and closer every day.