Remember the good old days when the problem was that Venezuelan food was rotting in the ports? Yeah, at least then we had food. PDVAL was the state-owned company at the center of all food supply scandals. After a while, PDVAL disappeared from the front pages.
It seems as if the government wants to relaunch the rotten food franchise. A few days ago, a cousin of Diosdado’s was appointed as President of PDVAL. We expect great things from him, given how Gustavo José Cabello Canales combines the names of the two most powerful living Venezuelans.
- Pull out your old PIPs
The Daily Beast came up with this article titled Venezuela now has toilet paper but no breast implants. Self explanatory. A future article could be about the relation between the breast implant shortage and the next toilet paper shortage. Remember, before silicone there was TeePee.
- Dueño de nada
José Luis Rodríguez “El Puma” is calling on the military to step up to the plate and honor their uniform. “Save the country from disaster”. El Puma should know that it is the military who rigged the game.
Of course, Maduro did not miss the opportunity to make a fool of himself while dissing the beloved Maracucho singer. Guess he didn’t know Chávez was a fan. (Please do hit this link to listen to the Supreme Commander singing Dueño de Nada, priceless)
- Rayma v. El Universal
The media crisis in Venezuela is just like any other Telenovela. You watch it, knowing that at some point the protagonist will go blind or end up in a wheel chair. Or both. Then, you act all surprised anyway.
Well, it happened. Rayma, one of the country’s most respected cartoonists was fired from El Universal, Venezuela’s hundred-year-old paper, was recently bought by a shell company owned by a brake-repair shop or whatever. Apparently she crossed the “line.” Read Gustavo’s post to know which line.
There is yet another version to the Rayma story. Arturo Casado, former VP of sales and marketing (he took over in JULY), resigned from his position in El Universal a day after Rayma was fired. He wrote a post in his Facebook page to inform his friends and family of his decision, and to rant on Rayma’s attitude for the past months,
implying saying that she was trying hard to get fired so she could get double pay. He failed to explain why he resigned. The post is worth a read. It gives a clear notion of what the new administration of the paper understands for (quote) Freedom of Expression (unquote).
- The devil you know
On Monday, which —thanks to the Chronosynclastic Infundibulum where Venezuela is stuck— was ages ago, Henry Ramos Allup said that the opposition should have no primaries for the upcoming elections. Nope, no primaries, just stick with whatever crap the parties throw your way and shut it.
If you speak Spanish, and have some fondness for AD, please do yourself a favor and follow @DLaraF on Twitter. A true adeco and the most sincere Ramos Allup ranter.
- Asymmetric War, Media War, Economic War, Psychological War, and now, of course, Bacteriological War, or something like that.
Perhaps in an attempt to restock on political prisoners, Central Government has ordered the imprisonment of Angel Sarmiento, President of the Physicians Association of Maracay. The reason? His statement regarding the outbreak of an unknown disease on a Maracay Hospital. You know, exercising freedom of speech to do his job. The dumberment has been all over the place trying to explain whether he lied because there was no outbreak, or it was an outbreak but the disease was not unknown, or people just die because that is what people do, or because the CIA infected Chávez with cancer. (The last one was actually retweeted by Nicmer Evans).
Most relevant news this week? Iván Simonovis’ release. One can be nothing but happy that the man is home. However, we’ve hardly seen the end of this story.The imprisonment of Simonovis was the backbone of chavista mythology. Just go ahead and check out the timeline of dirtbags such as the head of the Chavismo Unplugged Movement, Nicmer Evans. Irate is an understatement.
Juan just wrote a piece on what might be behind the release of one of Chávez’s first political prisoners. Right now, the only certainty we can have in Venezuela is that there’s a whole lot of smoke in our eyes.
- Great Sunday reading
Just off the presse… um, Internet! Leopoldo speaks to Boris Muñoz. Lots to chew here. Will be posting about it this week.
- For whatever it’s worth
The oil barrel closed at its lowest since june 2012: $ 88.39
17 thoughts on “The Week in Bullets”
Communism in action – it didn’t work the last 10 times so let’s try it again!
The archetipical alcagüeta commie says:
“It didn’t work for the last 15 years, so please give them more time.
Like 75 years more, that should do the trick.
If that doesn’t work, well, it doesn’t matter, you’ll be dead by then, so go and **** yourself.”
You forgot the good ol’ “That’s not communism”.
(Yes, one reader went for it.)
Good wrap up, Raúl. Interesting other side to the Rayma-got-fired hysteria. Look forward to your analysis of the LL interview.
Hehehe, yeah, it’s like the casado guy was angry because he “had” to resign his new, shiny position.
Besides, who ordered him to resign? It’s not like he signed a blood pact with the other folks who stepped out if somebody was fired or something like that, he could remain in his post with his mouth shut and no one would have noticed.
Also, I could bet double to single that Rayma wasn’t paid a single penny when she was fired because she was “fascist”, that’s the chavista way, after all (ricardo molina “me importa un coño las leyes laborales”).
The Puma / Chávez track made my day. I somehow begin to miss hearing Chávez’s awesome voice inflections: “dueño de naaAAAda”.
I think Maduro would relate more
Coincidentally I read your comment a second or two before I heard Chávez sang “dueño de naaAAAda”.
Hugo may not have been very good as an administrator, but he made a helluva TV personality.
Jajaaaaa río para no llorar. Loved the sarcasm. Well done!!! @raulstok. Aplausos.
Just read the interview of LL. I was a little disappointed. All of his answers were very predictable. I didn’t see anything inspirational. I will be interested to see what the rest of you think of it.
Great summary! Thanks!
Some random thoughts:
“Mythology” is almost an understatement. Blood-crazed zealots.
“(Please do hit this link to listen to the Supreme Commander singing Dueño de Nada, priceless)”.
I tackle both because there’s such a contrast: López insists on public debate between the opposition, while Ramos Allup insists on closed-door meetings. And while I’m not a fan of Capriles, the idea of voting for the apprentice of Manuel Rosales “because we said it so, deal with it” repulses me. If I wanted to vote for whoever the party says, I would vote for the PSUV.
I think this Nicmer guy is even more dangerous than el cucuteno team. He is very upset because the government is not left leaning enough… just imagine if he manages to convince a few more wackos to his cause
That moron is just another drone who was manipulated with the hatred instilled by commies since the 60s, and then by the wax doll after the 98.
Artificial hatred against all the non-chavistas to manipulate them, if disociado or maburro tell him to shut up and suck it, he would gladly do it.
After all, those “base” chavistas hate us the rest of venezuelans way much more than they love themselves, that’s why they can put up with scarcity, corruption, shitty services and the genocidal drug lords.
Clorox is bugging out now. Goodbye jobs and bleach.
OT, but at the same time, not so much:
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