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Tweet of the Year

.@lubrio El término "malandro" es de la 4ta. Nos han propuesto "compañeros en situación temporal de hamponizidad, en vías de recuperación" — Aporrea (@aporrea) April 29, 2015 With these jokers you can never be sure, but it doesn’t look like a joke… “Compañeros en situación temporal de hamponizidad, en vías de recuperación.” It’s…I don’t even…I…I…

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Dim Wattage

See if you can detect the tension between these two recent news items: April 17th: In an interview with Barquisimeto newspaper El Impulso, Electrical Engineer Luis Vásquez Corro said that if there’s no rain in coming days (due to the El Niño phenomenon) Guri hydro-electric plant would be forced to shut down its turbines. Two days later,…

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Sobremesa chronicles

(For this week’s sobremesa, Rodrigo chimes in re. the “morality” of selling your dollar allowance) In Venezuela you get a yearly dollar allowance. If you use your allowance, nothing happens. If you sell your allowance, you could face jail time, and also be considered traitor to you Fatherland. But is it morally wrong to sell what the…

The fantasy

Defending the consumer society

For the last decade we have been told that consumerism … is bad. It is evil. It sustains the capitalists, who in return exploit the common folk. The State must intervene on behalf of the common folk and restore the means of production to the proletariat. Stop exploitation is the calling. We need to call them…