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  • Pondering Gravitational Waves

    02/13/2016 5:52:10 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 2/11/16 | Paul Gilster
    Pondering Gravitational Wavesby Paul Gilster on February 11, 2016 "Einstein would be beaming," said National Science Foundation director France Córdova as she began this morning's news conference announcing the discovery of gravitational waves. I can hardly disagree, because we have in this discovery yet another confirmation of the reality of General Relativity. Caltech's Kip Thorne, who discussed black hole mergers way back in 1994 in his book Black Holes and Time Warps, said at the same news conference that Einstein must have been frustrated by the lack of available technologies to detect the gravitational waves his theory predicted, a lack...
  • Is 'Social Justice Warrior' a Pejorative?

    04/14/2015 12:17:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    I was reading a post-mortem on the delicious Sad Puppies/Hugo nominations imbroglio last week when an interesting point came up. George R.R. Martin, the "Game of Thrones" chappie, wrote on his Not a Blog that Sad Puppies commenters on his blog should lose the Social Justice Warrior, or SJW moniker. Because courtesy. >>>Let's not throw around insults, or charges of misogyny and racism, please. And Puppies, sad or happy, if any of you feel inclined to reply, please avoid the term "Social Justice Warriors" or SJWs. I am happy to call you Sad Puppies since you named yourself that, but...
  • Sci-Fi’s Pod People - Sci-Fi taken over by PC heavies— face serious resistance.

    04/10/2015 11:37:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 74 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 10, 2015 | Daniel J. Flynn
    "....The controversy over the Hugo Awards contains elements of a good dystopian science fiction story. Unfortunately, the media brat-fit over the successful effort to rescue escapist fantasy literature from its political pursuers comes not from the pages of Brave New World but from Slate,Salon, and Entertainment Weekly.Like sports, video games, and cake baking, science fiction strangely finds itself in the crosshairs of ideological killjoys. Perhaps it was only a matter of time and space before the genre obsessed with time and space became a culture-war battlefield.“To many of the people involved in this industry, politics and message trump entertainment or...
  • The Hugo Awards: How to Fight Back in the Culture War

    04/08/2015 6:43:22 AM PDT · by Salgak · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 8, 2015 | Robert Tracinski
    This is the era in which we are all being drafted in the Culture War. It doesn’t matter if you’re secular or religious, political or apolitical, frat boys or geeks, hipsters or bros. Nobody gets to be neutral or sit on the sidelines, because we’ll all be expected to make our obeisance to the latest politically correct opinion handed down to us by a Twitter mob. By now, we know the basic ingredients of a typical skirmish in Culture War 4.0. It goes something like this: a) a leftist claque starts loudly pushing the “correct” Culture War position onto b)...
  • Venezuela seizes warehouses packed with medical goods, food

    10/26/2014 8:31:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Andrew Cawthorne
    President Nicolas Maduro's government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that "bourgeois criminals" were hoarding for speculation and contraband. The socialist government says businessmen and wealthy opponents are trying to sabotage the economy to bring Maduro down, while also seeking to make profits from hoarding, price-gouging and smuggling across the border to Colombia. Critics say 15 years of failed policies of state intervention are to blame for the OPEC nation's widespread shortages, high inflation and apparently recessionary economy. They accuse nouveau riche officials and military officers of illegal business practices....
  • HUGO CHAVEZ: Champion of the Poor

    03/26/2013 10:56:43 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 27 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
  • Sean Penn on the Death of Hugo Chavez: "I Lost a Friend" (Bwahahaha!)

    03/05/2013 8:38:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 5, 2013 | Natalie Abrams
    Sean Penn on the Death of Hugo Chavez: "I Lost a Friend" Despite his criticisms of the United States, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez did have supporters in Hollywood, including Sean Penn, who mourned Chavez's death Tuesday. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dead at 58 "Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had," Penn said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "And poor people around the world lost a champion. I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela." Chavez,...
  • Meanwhile at the Little Commie Shop (or Dead Hugo) - Vanity

    03/05/2013 7:28:49 PM PST · by mnehring · 9 replies
    Mr. Castro: 'Ello, I wish to register a complaint. (The owner does not respond.)Mr. Castro: 'Ello, Miss?Owner: What do you mean "miss"?Mr. Castro: (pause)I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint!Owner: We're closin' for lunch.Mr. Castro: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this Hugo what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.Owner: Oh yes, the, uh, the Venezulian Red...What's,uh...What's wrong with it?Mr. Castro: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!Owner: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.Mr. Castro: Look, matey, I...
  • BREAKING: Hugo Chavez Dead

    03/05/2013 7:17:07 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 32 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 05 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Well folks, proud anti-American Hugo Chavez has finally bought it. The right has been resilient down there -considering- yet the VP who's recently taken charge of affairs is not just a Marxist but a Sopranos-style thug who's reportedly managed executions of Chavez opponents in the past, so any expecting a more just and uncorrupted democratic process are probably in for some disappointment... Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez dead at 58... VENEZUELA DEPLOYS ARMY AND POLICE... Fears of spiralling violence... Venezuela Expels American 'Spies'... Socialist Leader 'Amassed Private Fortune of $2 Billion'... Penn: 'I Mourn a Great Hero'.. h/t Drudge
  • Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Hugo Chavez

    01/04/2013 4:53:56 PM PST · by SteelToe · 27 replies
    Voltaire Net ^ | January 3, 2013
    The Venezuelan Minister of Correctional Services, Iris Varela, has announced on her Twitter account the expulsion of a French citizen known as Frédéric Laurent Bouquet, December 29, 2012 Mr. Bouquet (photo) had been arrested in Caracas on June 18, 2009, with three Dominican nationals in possession of an arsenal. In the apartment he had acquired, forensic police seized 500 grams of C4 explosives, 14 assault rifles including 5 with telescopic lenses, 5 with laser sighting and one with a silencer, special cables, 11 electronic detonators, 19,721 cartridges of different calibers, 3 machine guns, 4 hand guns of different calibers, 11...
  • Hugo was spied on by police

    09/25/2006 2:13:23 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 8 replies · 504+ views
    Gulf Daily News ^ | 25 Sept 2006 | Staff
    PARIS: Victor Hugo was a miserly money-grubber, poet Rimbaud "a monstrosity", and Verlaine "a worthless human being" - such are the verdicts on 19th-century French literary lions found in long-forgotten police files recently published in Paris. Even more startling than the unflattering portraits, says Bruno Fuligni, an employee at the National Assembly, or French parliament, who discovered the dust-covered files and compiled them into a book, is the vigour and thoroughness with which the most revered writers of that era were spied upon by snitches and secret police. "Beyond criminals and political figures, there are files on writers and artists....
  • Cuba after 2012: Unknowns in 2013

    12/21/2012 10:43:20 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Havana Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | Isaac Risco (dpa)
    It was a year marked by the long awaited immigration reform (that 0 couldn't or never meant to deliver) the visit by Pope Benedict XVI, the "accidental" death of Oswaldo Paya, hurricane Sandy striking eastern Eastern Cuba suffered the worst hurricane damage in perhaps 50 years in Hurricane Sandy. Hundreds of thousands of homes were wrecked .( + attendant cholera and dengue fever)
  • Chavez to Obama: I'd vote for you, and you for me

    09/30/2012 12:31:03 PM PDT · by NoCmpromiz · 21 replies
    Yahoo (Reuters) ^ | 9/30/12 | Helen Murphy
    With both presidents facing tight re-election fights, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez gave a surprise endorsement to Barack Obama on Sunday - and said the U.S. leader no doubt felt the same. "I hope this doesn't harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I'd vote for Obama," the socialist Chavez said of a man he first reached out to in 2009 but to whom he has since generally been insulting.
  • Venezuela’s Amuay Refinery Explosion Shows Why Hugo Chavez's Socialism Is A Powder Keg

    08/28/2012 7:35:05 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 27 August 2012 | Editorial
    Energy: Oil is rising sharply from two disasters in the Caribbean region — one, a fierce storm, and the other a massive blast at the world's second-largest refinery in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. Only one was perfectly preventable. When the strongman cracked the whip on Venezuela's oil industry in 2003, firing 20,000 experienced oil managers from state-owned Petroleo de Venezuela (PDVSA) to break a strike he admitted he had provoked, he insisted that merit didn't matter anymore, only political loyalty. "There will be no more meritocracy," he told his cheering red-shirts. That philosophy has been laid out in all its glory...
  • Hugo Chavez looks to God as cancer clouds future

    05/07/2012 2:17:18 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 44 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 5/7/2012 | yahoo news
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has spent much of his career praising the socialist ideas of famed atheists such as Karl Marx and Fidel Castro. Now in the thick of a prolonged battle against cancer, however, the leftist leader is drawing inspiration from a spiritual leader: Jesus Christ. Chavez has been praying for divine intervention during increasingly infrequent appearances on television, holding up a crucifix while vowing to overcome his illness. He says living with cancer has made him "more Christian," talk that has spurred speculation that cancer might cut short his bid for re-election in October....
  • Hugo Chavez looks to God as cancer clouds future

    05/07/2012 2:16:59 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 16 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 5/7/2012 | yahoo news
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has spent much of his career praising the socialist ideas of famed atheists such as Karl Marx and Fidel Castro. Now in the thick of a prolonged battle against cancer, however, the leftist leader is drawing inspiration from a spiritual leader: Jesus Christ. Chavez has been praying for divine intervention during increasingly infrequent appearances on television, holding up a crucifix while vowing to overcome his illness. He says living with cancer has made him "more Christian," talk that has spurred speculation that cancer might cut short his bid for re-election in October....
  • 2012 Oscar Nominations Announced

    01/24/2012 6:42:28 AM PST · by Borges · 54 replies
    Cinema Blend ^ | 1/24/12
    BEST PICTURE The Artist War Horse The Descendants Moneyball The Tree of Life Midnight in Paris The Help Hugo Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close BEST DIRECTOR Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Alexander Payne, The Descendants Martin Scorsese, Hugo Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life BEST ACTOR Demian Bichir, A Better Life George Clooney, The Descendants Jean Dujardin, The Artist Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Brad Pitt, Moneyball BEST ACTRESS Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs Viola Davis, The Help Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Michelle Williams, My Week With...
  • Anyone seen "Hugo"?

    11/28/2011 7:08:52 PM PST · by nuconvert · 41 replies
    Just wondered if anyone had seen Scorsese's new 3D movie, "Hugo". I saw it this weekend and enjoyed it and wondered what others thought? (you might want to avoid reading this thread if you haven't seen it yet)
  • Chávez Goes After Venezuela's Rich and Their Yachts

    11/03/2011 10:14:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    time ^ | Nov 1, 2011 | GIRISH GUPTA
    Hugo Chávez announced earlier this month he'd like to expropriate much of Los Roques' private property for state tourism — including yachts like Alvarez's, which el Presidente says would be better used for ferrying visitors. "Expropriating a boat is completely absurd," says Alvarez, 39. "I don't see how they can take away something you've worked hard for and bought." Actually, Chávez has made it look pretty easy during his 12 years in power. His socialist Bolivarian Revolution has nationalized and expropriated everything from utilities to ranches to golf courses — and with his re-election bid approaching next year, seizing a...
  • Vanity: Of Hurricanes and Angels

    08/26/2011 7:27:01 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Former Fetus
    Reading about hurricane Irene reminds me of a night, almost 22 years ago. My eldest daughter was exactly 3 weeks old and hurricane Hugo was supposed to "brush past" the South Carolina coast. We lived inland, so we were not concerned at all. My husband had farmed all his life and said that probably we would get some nice rain. I didn't know what to expect, this was my first hurricane, besides I was too busy with my newborn baby. So we went to bed. Just before midnight, the wind was getting very strong and the rain was hitting the...
  • Woof! Venezuela demands TV soap featuring dog called 'Little Hugo' is dropped

    01/16/2011 10:56:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 16, 2011 | Robin Yapp, Sao Paulo
    The country's National Telecommunications Commission condemned the programme for it's "degrading treatment of Venezuela" and asked Televen to immediately stop broadcasting it. In the show, called Chepe Fortuna, the girl called Venezuela has a better behaved sister called Colombia. In one episode, Venezuela is shown searching for her dog after he goes missing, calling out: "Little Hugo? Baby? Baby? Cutie?" Later Venezuela is seen crying as she talks to someone over the phone and asks: "What will become of Venezuela without Little Hugo?" A man replies: "Venezuela will be free. Lately Little Hugo was defecating everywhere." The show was not...
  • Caption Hillary and Hugo

    01/04/2011 10:47:25 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 27 replies
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during a reception for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at Planalto Palace in Brasilia January 1, 2011. Rousseff is the first woman to become Brazil's president, taking the reins of an emerging giant with a booming economy, vast new oil reserves and growing international diplomatic clout. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his wife Marisa Leticia stands with them, during a reception for Lula's successor Dilma Rousseff at Planalto Palace in Brasilia January 1, 2011. U.S. Secretary...
  • Hugo Feels The Love

    01/03/2011 6:33:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 3, 2010 | Staff
    Diplomacy: If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, how is one to characterize Hillary Clinton's latest grip-and-grin encounter with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez in Brazil on Saturday? Less than two years ago, the Secretary of State made what might have been dismissed as a beginner's mistake at a summit in Trinidad, going out of her way to shake hands and share laughs with the thuggish tyrant of Caracas. The idea then was to turn a new leaf in troubled U.S.-Venezuelan relations on the premise the only obstacle had been President Bush. In two...
  • President Chavez seeks decree powers in Venezuela

    12/11/2010 8:37:06 PM PST · by TheRevolution1776 · 9 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 10, 10:16 PM (ET) | FABIOLA SANCHEZ
    Chavez said he needs an "enabling law" for the fourth time in his presidency to pass emergency laws quickly in a range of areas, including housing, land use and banking. "There is no time to lose," Chavez said on state television, citing the country's emergency efforts to help thousands of people displaced by deadly floods and mudslides. Chavez's request comes shortly before the Jan. 5 installation of a new National Assembly in which a bigger opposition presence will prevent him from obtaining the two-thirds majority he would need to obtain such decree powers. Government opponents accuse Chavez of growing increasingly...
  • Hugo Chavez blames massive flooding on capitalism as 70,000 remain homeless in Venezuela

    12/05/2010 7:42:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/5/10 | Nina Mandell
    Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez said he knows what's been causing the floods that have killed 32 people in his country and left 70,000 homeless: "criminal capitalism." "The developed nations irresponsibly shatter the environmental order, in their desire to maintain a criminal development model while the immense majority of the earth's people suffer the most terrible consequences," he said on Venezuelan television Sunday.
  • Chavez says Russia lends Venezuela $4 billion for arms

    11/27/2010 2:08:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/10 | Deisy Buitrago
    (Reuters) - Russia gave Venezuela a $4 billion credit to buy weapons when President Hugo Chavez visited Moscow last month, adding to billions the socialist leader has already spent on re-equipping the army. Venezuela and Russia have forged deep ties in energy and defense, with Russian investment flowing into the OPEC member's oil fields at the same time as Chavez has become one of Moscow's most important weapons customers. Washington views with suspicion Chavez's purchases of tanks, fighter jets and air defense systems in the last few years but the soldier-turned-president says he is merely modernizing Venezuela's aging kit. "We...
  • Chavez Orders Seizure of Venezuela Steelmaker

    11/01/2010 3:59:53 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/01/2010 | Andrew Ross Sorkin
    President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela ordered the expropriation of the country's largest privately owned steel producer Sunday, the latest in a series of takeovers that has raised concerns among business leaders...The president said the seizure of Siderurgica del Turbio, or Sidetur, is part of his strategy to transform Venezuela into a socialist state, frpa
  • America’s Chavez

    09/29/2010 4:31:06 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-29-10 | DrJohn
    Hugo Chavez has nationalized American oil rigs, shut down 34 radio stations, is busy confiscating private property and annointed himself President for life. America has its own Chavez. Doug Ross reminds us that Mark Levin observed that we are as close to a dictatorship as we have ever been. Last May, Mark Levin -- the President of Landmark Legal Foundation -- stated that President Barack Obama was the "closest thing to a dictator" this country had ever seen. The list of horribles included his naked attempts to silence critics, his encouragement of voter intimidation, his support of rampant vote...
  • Christopher Hitchens: Hugo Boss (Chavez so nuts he may announce "that he is a poached egg")

    08/03/2010 2:53:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies · 48+ views
    Slate ^ | 8/2/10 | Christopher Hitchens
    What I learned about Hugo Chávez's mental health when I visited Venezuela with Sean Penn.Recent accounts of Hugo Chávez's politicized necrophilia may seem almost too lurid to believe, but I can testify from personal experience that they may well be an understatement. In the early hours of July 16—just at the midnight hour, to be precise—Venezuela's capo officiated at a grisly ceremony. This involved the exhumation of the mortal remains of Simón Bolívar, leader of Latin America's rebellion against Spain, who died in 1830. According to a vividly written article by Thor Halvorssen in the July 25 Washington Post, the...
  • Venezuela defends plans to nationalize idled rigs

    06/26/2010 11:32:04 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 19 replies · 1+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | June 26, 2010 | Dan Molinski
    CARACAS (MarketWatch) -- Venezuela, facing criticism over its plan to nationalize 11 idled rigs owned by Helmerich & Payne Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!hp/quotes/nls/hp (HP 39.07, +0.04, +0.10%) , said Friday the Tulsa-based company was the only one of 33 oil services companies that refused to renegotiate rates starting in early 2009, when oil prices were falling. "Despite meetings with representatives and directors of H&P for nearly a year, it wasn't possible to reach an agreement due to the inflexible position of the said company," according to a statement from state oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA. Of the 32 companies that...
  • Venezuela's Chavez offers cure for kids' insomnia (have the kids watch his speeches)

    06/14/2010 7:17:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 174+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/10 | Esteban Israel
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is offering parents a cure for children who don't want to go to sleep. Have them watch his televised speeches. In a television appearance on Thursday to extol the virtues of a portable computer his socialist government plans to introduce at public schools, Chavez said youngsters had stopped him in the street to tell him they saw him on television. "It seems that there are mothers here who, instead of putting their kids to sleep with cartoons, put them to sleep with Chavez," he said. "And the child dozes off and dozes off,...
  • Venezuela Murder Rate Has Quadrupled Under Hugo Chávez

    03/14/2010 10:39:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 511+ views
    Miami New Times ^ | Mar. 12 2010 | Kyle Munzenrieder
    One person is murdered every two hours in Venezuela. The murder rate in the South American country has more than quadrupled since Hugo Chávez came to power in 1999. There were 54 homicides per 100,000 people last year, a rate only exceeded on the continent by El Salvador, where there were 70 homicides per 100,000 citizens. "The problem is not so much the criminals, but rather the government's inaction and lack of policies," Briceño blames an ineffective justice system and high rates of corruption. The capital city, Caracas, has the highest murder rate on the continent
  • Hugo Chavez Sends Army to Change All Lights in Venezuela to CFLs

    03/13/2010 3:17:38 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 816+ views
    Inhabitat ^ | 03/11/10 | Yuka Yoneda,
    Venezuela has been suffering through its worst energy crisis in the last 50 years. President Hugo Chavez’s solution? Change all the light bulbs! Well, that might not be the only action the country is taking (they’ve also put electricity rationing into effect) but an army of Venezuelan soldiers has been given direct orders from the president to distribute thousands of Firefly energy-efficient CFL bulbs. In terms of slashing electricity use, it doesn’t help that Venezuelans are the highest energy consumers per capita in Latin America. In fact, state run electricity company Corpoelec says Venezuelans use more than 1,000 kilowatt hours...
  • Hugo Chavez Demands Queen returns Falkland Islands to Argentina

    02/22/2010 11:22:44 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies · 1,886+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/10 | Tom Leonard
    President Hugo Chavez delivered a bizarre attack on the Queen when the firebrand Venezuelan leader demanded Britain return the Falkland Islands to Argentina.The outspoken Mr Chavez used his weekly television and radio show Alo Presidente to rally Latin America behind the cause of his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner by making a direct appeal to Buckingham Palace. "Look, England, how long are you going to be in Las Malvinas? Queen of England, I'm talking to you," said Mr Chavez. "The time for empires are over, haven't you noticed? Return the Malvinas to the Argentine people." Still addressing the Queen, he went...
  • Hugo's Socket Logic

    02/08/2010 5:41:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 500+ views ^ | February 8, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Socialism: The lights are flickering in oil-rich Venezuela, a victim of the same shortages that appear wherever socialism is tried. With the grid verging on collapse, the final irony is to see Hugo Chavez calling Cuba to fix it. Most leaders serious about fixing a collapsing power grid call up companies like Bechtel or APR Energy because they're capable of swiftly setting up small power plants in emergencies, even in infrastructure wastelands such as Haiti. But that's not whom President Hugo Chavez called when he got word that Venezuela's electricity is in a state of collapse and may go black...
  • Chavez turns to Cubans for help with energy crisis

    02/03/2010 9:55:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 507+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/3/10 | Christopher Toothaker - AP
    CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez has turned to his friends in Cuba for help in tackling Venezuela's energy crisis, drawing criticism for seeking advice from the communist-led island that has struggled with its own electricity woes. Chavez gave few details on Wednesday about what is expected of Cuba, but insisted that "it's valuable experience that's serving us well." He said that he spoke for hours Tuesday with Cuban Vice President Ramiro Valdes after his arrival in Venezuela to lead the consulting team. The decision to seek help from Cuba bewildered Venezuelans coping with the nation's power shortage. "It's laughable...
  • Chavez: US Weapon Test Caused Haiti Earthquake

    Russia Today: Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has once again accused the United States of playing God. But this time it's Haiti's disastrous earthquake that he thinks the U.S. was behind. Spanish newspaper ABC quotes Chavez as saying that the U.S. navy launched a weapon capable of inducing a powerful earthquake off the shore of Haiti. He adds that this time it was only a drill and the final target is ... destroying and taking over Iran.
  • Chavez Calls on Venezuelans to Prevent Price Increases

    01/12/2010 10:13:16 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 35 replies · 1,143+ views
    CARACAS – President Hugo Chavez called on his supporters over the weekend to stop stores from raising their prices as a result of the devaluation of Venezuela’s currency, which went into effect Monday amid widespread criticism and uncertainty. “Some of the bourgeois, the oligarchs ... are saying that because of the measures announced Friday, they have to raise all their prices. There’s no way we’re going to accept that!” Chavez said during his weekly program. “The first thing I’m doing is calling on them not to do it, and on the people not to let themselves be robbed. There’s no...
  • Hugo Chavez Lashes Out at Newsweek

    12/31/2009 7:12:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1,024+ views
    Fox news ^ | 12/31/09 | Jim Angle
    Empire Strikes Back Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had some choice words in response to Newsweek magazine's prediction that he would be ousted in a military coup in 2010. Chavez called the publication "the empire's magazine," saying in a televised address that: "They feed on hatred and the wishes of the imperialism that they represent — big money, big newspapers, the TV stations of the global bourgeoisie."
  • Colombia to Chavez: Maybe 'spy plane' was Santa

    12/21/2009 10:10:22 PM PST · by pissant · 8 replies · 587+ views
    Google/AP ^ | 12/21/09 | staff
    BOGOTA — Colombia's defense chief joked Monday that Venezuelan troops might have mistaken Santa's sleigh for a spy plane, dismissing accusations by President Hugo Chavez about drones flying over Venezuela. Chavez on Sunday accused the United States of violating Venezuela's airspace with an unmanned spy plane and ordered his military to be on alert and shoot down any such aircraft. The Pentagon has declined to comment on Chavez's accusations. Colombian Defense Minister Gabriel Silva and armed forces commander Freddy Padilla told reporters Monday that Colombian aircraft couldn't fly the kind of espionage mission described by Chavez. "Colombia doesn't have that...
  • Colombia to build new military base on Venezuelan border

    12/19/2009 5:37:55 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 562+ views
    AFP ^ | December 19, 2009
    Colombia has announced it will build a new military base near its border with Venezuela, in a move likely to further strain its tense ties with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Defense Minister Gabriel Silva said Friday that the base, located on the Guajira peninsula near the city of Nazaret, would have up to 1,000 troops. "It is a strategic point from a defense point of view," Silva said. Army Commander General Oscar Gonzalez meanwhile announced Saturday that six air battalions were being activated, including two on the border with Venezuela. Venezuela shares a ...1,250-mile border with Colombia . In November...
  • Penny Wong jeered, Hugo Chavez cheered ( Copenhagen )

    12/16/2009 10:08:05 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies · 1,191+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 17, 2009 | Lenore Taylor,
    THE Copenhagen climate summit was pretty much summed up in the high-level segment yesterday when Penny Wong's speech was interrupted by whistles and chanting and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez got a standing ovation. President Chavez brought the house down. When he said the process in Copenhagen was “not democratic, it is not inclusive, but isn’t that the reality of our world, the world is really and imperial dictatorship…down with imperial dictatorships” he got a rousing round of applause. When he said there was a “silent and terrible ghost in the room” and that ghost was called capitalism, the applause was...
  • Minister to resign as Venezuelan bank probe widens

    12/06/2009 3:54:33 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 581+ views
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | December 07, 2009 | Darcy Crowe
    ONE of President Hugo Chavez's top collaborators will resign from his post following the arrest of his brother as part of a brewing banking scandal. Jesse Chacon, who currently serves as Science and Technology Minister, offered his resignation after his brother, Arne Chacon, turned himself in to the Venezuelan secret police on Saturday as part of a widening probe by prosecutors into the financial system. Chavez moved to distance himself from the scandal ... Chavez also said that he told the Venezuelan secret police to swiftly imprison Arne Chacon... "I'm very sorry that he is the brother of a minister,...
  • Pact signed to expand US use of Colombia bases

    10/30/2009 7:36:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 275+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/30/09 | Frank banak - ap
    BOGOTA – In a private, low-key ceremony, the U.S. ambassador and three Colombian ministers on Friday signed a pact giving American personnel expanded access to military bases in this drug-producing country, a deal that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has called a threat to the region's security. Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez said the 10-year deal takes effect immediately and restricts U.S. military operations to Colombian territory — alluding to fears expressed by leftist leaders in the region that it would make Colombia a base for asserting U.S. power in South America. Details of the pact, which aims to boost drug and counterinsurgency...
  • Showering With Hugo

    10/27/2009 6:49:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 663+ views ^ | October 27, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff.
    Tyranny: In his latest absurdity, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is dictating three-minute showers and no singing. Claiming it's to save water, his act is nothing but a "green" fig leaf to cover his socialist mismanagement. 'Some people sing in the shower, in the shower half an hour," Chavez ranted on his Sunday TV show "Alo Presidente." "No, kids. Three minutes is more than enough. I've counted, three minutes and I don't stink." His words echo those of environmental extremists, blaming shopping malls, El Nino, tourists and sabotage. But the water and electricity shortages are his own doing, and the scope of...
  • Venezuela seizes a landmark Hilton Hotel

    10/14/2009 6:47:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies · 1,902+ views
    AFP ^ | October 13, 2009
    President Hugo Chavez has ordered the "acquisition by force" of a landmark Hilton Hotel on Venezuela's Margarita island, the government's Official Gazette announced Tuesday. The facility, on the Caribbean resort island of Margarita in Nueva Esparta state, was targeted for state takeover less than a month after it was used to host the Africa-South America Summit. It is not the first time Chavez's government has checked into a Hilton and stayed for good. Caracas has already seized the Hotel Hilton in Caracas, rechristening it the Hotel Alba, a reference to the Venezuelan-led leftist regional alliance Alianza Bolivariana para las Americas...
  • Chavez's Deadly Star Turn In Venice

    09/08/2009 5:08:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 481+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 8, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Global Security: Radical chic hit its zenith in Europe Monday as Venezuelan despot Hugo Chavez strolled the red carpet to adoring crowds at the Venice Film Festival — just as he was plotting with Iran to destroy the West.It was the thuggish Venezuelan dictator's moment of glory, just two days after thousands of Latin Americans bitterly marched against him in "No Mas Chavez" demonstrations on Friday. The humiliation of that was over when the film industry crowds at the Venice premiere of Oliver Stone's "South of the Border" heaved forward to touch his clothes and the paparazzi begged him for...
  • South American leaders attack US bases plan

    08/28/2009 4:40:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 787+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/28/09 | Indalecio Alvarez
    BARILOCHE, Argentina (AFP) – South American presidents attacked plans for US bases in Colombia at a summit on Friday, and issued a statement warning "foreign military forces" against threatening national sovereignty. The meeting, in the Argentine mountain resort of Bariloche, heard fears from Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and his leftwing allies that the bases were part of a US strategy to act freely in Latin America, possibly against his oil-rich country. The final summit declaration warned that "foreign military forces must not... menace the sovereignty and integrity of a South American country and in consequence regional peace and stability." Its...
  • Breaking News: 2009 Hugo Award Results

    08/10/2009 7:34:33 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 6 replies · 528+ views
    Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK) Click the link for the rest.
  • Chavez Admits He's Infiltrated CNN

    07/19/2009 4:49:21 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 17 replies · 666+ views
    Pensieve ^ | Aaron Ortiz
    If you can stand 10 minutes of a rambling Chavez without dramamine, listen to the nugget at the end of this video, (9 minutes 30 seconds). Chavez admits infiltrating CNN even before becoming president in 1997! He said he wanted to take over CNN back then, failed, but that "the people are still there. CNN, we have them infiltrated."