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Friday, August 12, 2005

Had to reproduce this great post in its entirety. This is what happens when ideologues trumps intelligence.
The poor helping the rich in the stupid revolution.
I still can't get over the fact that Venezuela will give cheap financing for the Uruguayans to buy oil from Venezuela. I am revisiting this topic because I thought it was a joke the first time I heard it. A country with 68% poverty and a GDP per capita of $4,000 per year, will subsidize oil for a country with a GDP per capita of US$ 12,000. Can that make any sense? Why not ask for the same deal in return? Maybe Uruguay could send us meat, which they produce a lot of and of very high quality, under the same financial terms to Venezuela. Would they? Of course not, they can sell it for full price at the international markets (or even to Venezuela) and they feel no need to feed poor Venezuelans in contrast with our President who will subsidize Uruguayans going to Punta Del Este this summer. They can sure use it, with two star Hotels at 160 bucks, cheaper gas can ease the pain on those poor Uruguayans getting a tan at the beach down there during their month-long summer vacation. Meanwhile the majority of their Venezuelan counterparts are up here, getting a daily tan as they walk down the barrio, no car, no public transportation either, for a job that pays a minimum salary comparable to a night at that Hotel in Punta del Este. Hey! since we are down there expressing our solidarity, maybe we can buy their crappy airline too and solve that silly problem for them too. Next stop: Venezuela helps out Malaysia with its problems. No, No, let's help those people from Singapore, they really need it! .
[The Devil's Excrement]

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Tuesday, August 9, 2005

I'm starting to think that a US invasion of Venezuela is actually Chavez exit strategy...
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CD copy protect excels at impeding legal copying. While music fans frown when they learn that they can't always play their latest purchase on a device of their choosing, piracy rages on.

By (Ken "Caesar" Fisher). [Ars Technica]

This is so brain dead! Best of you by the Foo Fighters is the number one swapped song in the P2P networks! You can't buy it in iTunes, you can't buy a CD and get it to iTunes... Guess what? The pirates selling CDs in my country already have it! What's the point?
Update: Bullshit! You can find it in iTunes... That actually makes it even worse, since anyone can buy it in iTunes and burn a not copy protected CD. Wake up guys... And wake me up too! (I actually searched in iTunes and couldn't find it, but then I noticed I've already bought it there, either the iTunes search or me are brain dead. I suspect me, since I found it the second time I tried).
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Monday, August 8, 2005

Chavez says US drug agents spying. Venezuela's president accuses the US Drug Enforcement Administration of using its agents to spy on the country. [BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]
This is actually an interesting development. This will help the flow of drugs through Venezuela which may end up in being a huge win for the ruler party pocket. It will also revitalize construction and... perhaps become the final drop in the bucket for the administration. Will the US press for sanctions? Will they stop buying our oil or selling us stuff? Will they, at least, get angry? Fidel is accused in some circles of helping and protecting drug traffickers. I've heard that the higher standard of living in Cuba can be found looking for people that are persecuted as criminals in other countries. Venezuela would be perfect for that since there are so many "nouveau rich" already...
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