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Thursday, March 31, 2005

I think this is no more than wishful thinking on the part of some that want Chavez out by any means. It is foolish to spread rumors like this because it makes the people that are seriously oppsing Chavez think that the work will be done for them and it will be easy. It is never easy. It just doesn't happen this way.

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Tyranny's Full Tank. How high oil prices hurt democracy. By By MARINA OTTAWAY. [NYT > Opinion]

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Some time back there was some noise about Venezuela moving towards Open Source, because of a government order to use Open Source Software. Today I'm learning from some friends how on target was my scepticism about this issue.

If you are a government employee, you need to file your taxes online and despite how easy it is to do multi platform web development this efficient government has manage to force the use of Windows to file taxes. Way to go! How do they plan to increase Open Source this way? Even their stupidity is closed source! (and very much not free!).

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Saturday, March 12, 2005

bookofjoe - 'Hail Estonia!'[per thou] Rated #4 in the world in the 2005 Index of Economic Freedom.


Truly amazing, what can happen when government backs off.

Buried in the Soviet system after World War II, Estonia essentially ceased to exist until the Communist world collapsed.

Now, in little more than a decade, Estonia is behind only Hong Kong, Singapore, and Luxembourg in the degree of freedom, transparency, and fairness in its business sector.

Surprising, at least to me, is that the U.S. only comes in tied for twelfth, falling from fifth in 1998, just six years ago.

Also amazing to me is that Venezuela, once one of the richest countries in the world, is today in the bottom group of "repressed" countries, along with Haiti, Cuba, and Zimbabwe.

The list has been created for the past eleven years by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal.

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To be fair, Venezuela was never a Free country from an economic point of view (or most others for that matter), but it is amazing that a country with so little freedom looks for solutions in even less freedom... You'd thing it will learn from its mistakes and demand more freedom instead. But here we are in the same old, sameold. Different Mister, but the same stick.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Uruguay signs deal with Venezuela. Uruguay's new left-wing president signs an energy deal with Venezuela and restores ties with Cuba. [BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]

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Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Venezuela arrests key Chavez foe. Venezuelan police say they have arrested a key player in strikes against President Hugo Chavez two years ago. [BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]

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