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Saturday, May 21, 2005

In Darth Vader's Family Values the author talks about the political inuendo in the latest of the Satr War Saga... It has been there all the time. But when reading lines like this:

For those Democrats, the signature line in this "Star Wars" is the one spoken after the chancellor, citing security threats, consolidates his power by declaring that the republic must become an empire. Senator Padmé listens to her colleagues cheer and says, "So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause."

All I can think is Chavez and Venezuela. Someone will very likely write a parallel between Chavez, Bush, and Star Wars. All three have used the line "If you are not with me you are against me" and all three have accusation of subverting democratic rules in order to get their ways. Now, the emperor uses both sides of a war to subvert things (he is the higher in command in both the Republic and the separatist forces), Chavez has been accused of fabricating opposition forces or controlling them in one way or another. Can you imagined if it is discover that Bush is allied with Al-Qaeda? That would be huge news... ¿no? I think all parallels have limits.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

A friend sent me this 3D visualization of the satellite images of Caracas which is pretty neat, so I thought I would share it. For those that have never been here, on the right you have the valley of Caracas, 1000 meters (3,000 feet) above sea level. In between you have the majestic Avila mountain of the Cordillera de la Costa and then you have the coastal area, you can even see the international airport on the left by the sea.

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Left I on the News - Join the BUY-cott!.
Jeff Cohen wants to direct our energy in a positive way which sounds good to me:
"Citgo is a U.S. refining and marketing firm that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company...By buying your gasoline at Citgo, you are contributing to the billions of dollars that Venezuela's democratic government is using to provide health care, literacy and education, and subsidized food for the majority of Venezuelans.

"So get your gas at Citgo. And help fuel a democratic revolution in Venezuela."

Interesting idea, unfortunately the Venezuelan government (the one pushing that "Democratic Revolution" you talk about, though I can't see it) says that it doesn't get much from Citgo and may sell it. So, soon, you may end up benefiting some capitalist monster with this idea. Life is full of irony... Anyway, since Venezuela sells 25% of the oil used in the US you can contribute with the revolution just by pumping gas anywhere, that will keep the price up and the government (or someone) coffers full. So, drive your SUV and joined the revolution! (we'll thank you (much) later). All this reminded me of an old girlfriend that said: "A revolution is spinning around once and ending up in the same place you started at." Yeah, that explains a lot!
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