67 thoughts on “Happy Monday, everyone!

  1. My first thoughts were “what a good looking group of students” (actors perhaps?). And you got it right about that logo at the end – a tank with the gun barrel pointed at your face with 4F HCRF stamped on front. That’s got to be the best part. That is one helluva way to close an anti-protest message, much as it is in reality.

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  2. I call Poe on this one. I can’t tell if it’s parody or just real blind zeal.

    Removal of a constitutionally elected president is nothing but a coup? Well, I’m sure Nixon would agree … not many others though.

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  3. If the English subtitles are anything to go by, the language teaching in state universities is una mierda.

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        • Well, Roy was busy, in Washington. And Eva (*) was shopping for a new red outfit for her gig at Russia Today.

          #Esloquehay.

          (*) With Chávez dead, the widow of the revolution sets her sights on bigger fish: Poot’n.

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    • (1) The translators might be the same people making subtitles for bootleg copies of Hollywood flicks.
      (2) They used raw output from google translate.
      (3) It adds a little authenticity – otherwise it might seem like actual professionals are behind the production.
      (4) Anyone catch a not so terribly venezuelan accent among the actors, or am i not hip with the profligacy of local accents in Venezuela?
      (5) Tanks are cool. They project strength and virility, ask Joe Camel.

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        • Agreed with the context, but be careful with using the brush too widely with this “Hijos de extranjeros de mierda”. Much, if not all, of the Venezuelan society is made up of a true mix of Europeans, Africans, and Asians immigrants. It is in our blood. This is now a global world we live in. Hate to all foreigners is not conducive to anything positive. Need to learn from other countries that have embraced diversity.

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      • I’m prone to believe, from my experience, that this was translated by a native Spanish-speaker who has significantly better spoken English than written English. My wife is one of these types and I see several near-homophonic errors that don’t get picked up in speaking, but become quite apparent in writing. Things like “threats” versus the intended “threatens” and “this” versus “these” stand out because the “s” sound masks the softer consonants so it doesn’t get picked up when writing it out; with someone who is much more verbal, the writing part never quite catches up and they never learn to distinguish between similar sounding words in a written context.

        Just my humble opinion. Personally, I’m the opposite: much easier for me to read than speak since I trip over the Spanish stuff with all the Latin, Greek and Italian that was crammed into my head. One on one, I’m fine, but I drown at the local Venezuelan parties (especially with the slang).

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  4. Warring logo + peace activism, not for those carrying arms + false claim of a literacy rate + shaded eyes from some actors = ZERO COHERENCE

    The monies paid to Sean Penn and Oliver Stone are simply not producing results.

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    • Don’t worry, they can make all the videos they want, and the oppo can do all the social media it cares for. At the end of the day the reality is simple: no hay harina pan, no hay seguridad en las calles (i am talking even before the protests), no hay, no hay, no hay. Ideology on an empty stomach doesn’t wash, never has never will.

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  5. “… su mercancía es la democracia.”
    y ahora la democracia es mala, vale?

    these actors could certainly be parodied in a flash, using as counterpoint background the real-life photography of police and GN firing onto protesters without armaments and clubbing innocent bystanders, when tanks are not firing into residential areas.

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  6. “Para ellos, solo eres el muerto que necesitan mostrar.”

    I gotta say I wasn’t convinced but when they called me a corpse I went bolivarian all the way.

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  7. I am pretty sure that I recognize at least 3 of the actors from large billboard ads for the youth vote for Chavez leading up to the 7O election in 2012.

    I am certain that the girl that appears at 0:21 is on a billboard for the youth vote (mi primier vota es por Chavez) that can still be seen on the Puerto Cabello to Valencia autopista near where Monica Spear was murdered. I also think I recognize the women that appear at 0:39 and 0:49 from similar billboards. Real, true students and not professional paid actors?

    Also, where in Venezuela in the last 10 years can you go and find absolutely no garbage on the streets and no graffiti? Had a laugh out of the 4F HRCF logo, a true democratic revolution at the barrel of a gun.

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    • Well, it would be cool if we could find them ASAP and make a collage of their faces, identify all of them, if possible! A challenge for the Tweetosphere?

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  8. this one is funny: “they (oppo students) beat the crap out of us but since we’re too poor to afford smartphones, we could not record it”

    they are getting better all the time at online disinformation and deception!

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    • Municipio Maracaibo? It means that guy, CI V-11662201, has to go from Maracaibo to the Caserío San Juan Diego of Rosario de Perija to vote?
      Perhaps they wanted to show another version where it was 20 men and two elephants that tramped on them. I miss the Soviet Pravda.

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  9. I do not agree that college education “must be for everyone” – not everyone is fit for it, or will produce results by going to the university. Higher education must be reserved for the best.

    Please go ahead and let me know how I am an elitista de mierda.

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    • Y qué tiene que ver eso con este tema?
      And do you think you are the best? I guess if you had the kind of school most people in Calabozo or El Tigre had with the same kind of books their parents could afford you would have managed to study as “brilliantly” as you apparently did.

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      • Maybe if they’d built better schools in Calabozo or El Tigre… Remember “Escuelas Bolivarianas”? Those kids would be in college by now.

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        • I do not what you are getting at. I went to a public school in Venezuela with good teachers, I went to public university in Venezuela, I had no problem, I went to a great university in Germany and succeeded. But I had the parents support that and I had the books.
          And that is what most of those who say “oh, we did it because we are so fucking SMARTER than they” had as well…but apparently they are not smart enough to realise it has a lot to do with
          what you get as input initially during your childhood and teenage years.

          I have talked this extensively with friends who are currently teachers at the USB, pretty clever people (by the way: USB is a public university and the private universities in Venezuela don’t offer anything like it does in engineering/science). Some of them came from public schools, most from private ones. They all see it that way: public schools often had huge deficiencies but that is not something inherent to public schools as we could see that from those who did get something decent (and we analysed what our schools had others did, when and where and what our parents gave us that most of those who failed didn’t).

          A few of the public schools had great teachers but that started to disappear in the eighties. Now it is all gone.
          Evidently, public education before Chávez was better and yet it was becoming more and more inefficient, particularly pre-college education.

          Why? Most pupils were getting inadequate teachers (the ones you could have for that salary),
          the schools in such areas had a TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE ratio of worked days (teachers would just stop going or else) and pupils had no books.

          In the USA and in Norway pupils get real books from the State.
          In Venezuela that was hardly the case before or now.
          If your parents read to you or at least you see them reading, chances increase you will do that afterwards and go and learn.

          If we had invested more and more efficiently on basic education, we would have less chavistas than we have now and less misery.

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          • True. Public universities in Venezuela are pretty good, and some of them approach excellence in particular areas of knowledge. Public university professors in the 70s and 80s enjoyed great international exposure in the form of grad studies and research abroad, and conferences, etc. All publicly funded. From my own personal experience, public universities are particularly good in science/technical majors because of their vastly superior resources (labs, etc) compared to most private ones. Alas, I don’t know if all that continues to be the case in Chavismo. However, just below the surface of my enthusiasm, there is the suspicion that all that excellence came at the expense of basic level education, the most important one. I guess it’s because our politicians have always been more attracted to the glamour of universities, i.e. it’s much more impressive and media-worthy to open a brand new library at a university than at a “Unidad Educativa de El Tocorón”.

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  10. Its clearly intended to have a yuppie appeal , not for the barrio dwellers , but for the students that are already part of the protests . the actors are too neat and attractive , they look like tv advertising models , their speech is nicely modulated and evidently rehearsed with planned pauses , emphasis points and so on . Its an ad paid for by boliburgueses for boliburgueses .

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  11. You have included a warning that watching this video is contraindicated for persons with high blood pressure. And the logo at the end? Wow! That is “in your face” stuff.

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  12. As I only drink hot chocolate in the morning, will pouring very hot water onto my keyboard, then shaking it around a bit, remove the sticky cocoa/sugar from the base panel? Just wondering…..

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  13. Well… What I get from this is that all Venezuelans are cursi, don’t matter if you’re a right wing fascist or a murderous left wing castro-communist. Maybe our point of understanding is somewhere in between “El Sol sale para todos” and “Cristal.”

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    • The weird thing is that beneath all that cursilería, that corniness, lies an immense amount of pent-up violence, ready to be unleashed. It´s like bumpling into someone, politely saying sorry and then if you are frowned upon, well, you just proceed to simply fire the 6 bullets in that revolver you carry around. The problem is that we go from cursis that would cause a diabetic to crash to absolute beasts. No middle ground.

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  14. Poor Jorge Rodriguez Jr. probably had to sell one of his Audis to finance this commercial and the startup of Fundacion Jorge Rodriguez Padre (an Audi in Venezuela costs more than a lifetime of sueldo minimos at the parallel rate) ??….

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  15. Interesting that they make the claim that theirs is a “constitutional government” rather than a “democratic government”. Ever since the revelations of Aponte Aponte, that has been a claim impossible to sustain. It makes a big target for anyone to respond to, much more so than the claim that the government was democratically elected. It wasn’t, but figuring that out requires a high-information citizen or PSF, which not everyone is.

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  16. Lo mejor de este vídeo es que lleve el nombre de Jorge Rodríguez padre. Un radical de la ultra-izquierda que murió torturado por agentes de la policía política en el primer gobierno de CAP (agentes que por cierto fueron sentenciados a cárcel por ese delito). Los jóvenes que hablan en el vídeo manejan un discurso de hermanitas de la caridad. Sabrán esos carajitos qué es el foquismo? Sabrán quién fue Jorge Rodríguez padre y el tipo de actividad militante en la que estuvo involucrado? Sabrán estos muchachos que Jaua y compañía, jóvenes que militaban en la misma ultra que Jorge Rodríguez padre, quemaba un camión todos los jueves en la entrada de la UCV? Lo que más asco me da de esta dictadura es su discurso hipócrita.

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  17. Todos esos detalles son secundarios Rouge!

    En la geurra por al atencion de tu audiencia, solo tienes segundos , si acaso, para conseguirla, y mucha suerte para mantenerla por algunos minutos….Por eso colores bonitos, y nin@s bonitos!!!

    Lo importante como alguien dijo es enfrentar fuego con fuego. El frente emdiatico para los medios sociales…. Buena produccion, buenos actores, buenos (entre comillas) mensajes.

    Bueno, los rusos tambien juegan, so what else is new?

    To me the accepts were all funny too. Maybe I am loosing my ear after being away for so long….

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  18. my favorite part is the girl on the 2:27 mark, saying that “the forced exit of the president is not other thing than a coup (sic as fuq)”… EXACTLY 20 seconds before the video shows a tank… honoring the 4F coup and its leader… in a video made by a group named after the 4F coup… can’t make this shit up.

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