¿Qué?!

Quico says: One nice thing about living in Holland is that I’m close enough to England to pick up the BBC’s radio and TV broadcasts. It’s a balm. With its fixation on high production values, its fanatical refusal to take any BS from politicians, ever, its parallel dedication to very silly comedy and devil-make-care-if-this-comes-across-as-elitist cultural…

¿Qué?!

Quico says: One nice thing about living in Holland is that I’m close enough to England to pick up the BBC’s radio and TV broadcasts. It’s a balm. With its fixation on high production values, its fanatical refusal to take any BS from politicians, ever, its parallel dedication to very silly comedy and devil-make-care-if-this-comes-across-as-elitist cultural…

Get a grip!

Quico says: The government could barely contain its collective orgasm today over the launch of “the first Venezuelan satellite.” Venezuelan?! Se fumaron una lumpia…Chinese design, Chinese engineering, Chinese manufacturing, Chinese testing, Chinese software, Chinese rocket, Chinese launch control…the only thing that’s Venezuelan about Venesat-1 is the money that paid for it.

Get a grip!

Quico says: The government could barely contain its collective orgasm today over the launch of “the first Venezuelan satellite.” Venezuelan?! Se fumaron una lumpia…Chinese design, Chinese engineering, Chinese manufacturing, Chinese testing, Chinese software, Chinese rocket, Chinese launch control…the only thing that’s Venezuelan about Venesat-1 is the money that paid for it.

58%

Quico says: That’s the proportion of Venezuelan voters who still like Hugo Chávez. Datanalisis dixit. Granted, just 35% have confidence he can help solve the country’s problems. But 58% still like him. Ten years out, riding on a discourse that’s equal parts Monty Python and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, this is simply an…

Known unknowns

“There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns.” -Guru Rumsfeld Quico says: It was interesting reading through the comments to Juan’s latest post. Everyone seems to think…

Known unknowns

“There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns.” -Guru Rumsfeld Quico says: It was interesting reading through the comments to Juan’s latest post. Everyone seems to think…

Putting the fun in devaluation

Juan Cristobal says: – Let’s play psychic. With oil tanking and the world veering on recession, things are not looking good for Venezuela, no matter what Chávez says. Specifically, it’s looking like the government will be forced to devaluate some time in the future just to keep afloat. Now, obviously, things could change and oil…

Putting the fun in devaluation

Juan Cristobal says: – Let’s play psychic. With oil tanking and the world veering on recession, things are not looking good for Venezuela, no matter what Chávez says. Specifically, it’s looking like the government will be forced to devaluate some time in the future just to keep afloat. Now, obviously, things could change and oil…

Some nuggets are worth keeping

Juan Cristobal says: – The President talks a lot of bunk, but sometimes, the stuff he says is really meaningful. Like yesterday, when he said: “We have managed to detach ourselves from the capitalist economy, and we have created our own, solid economic system…” “If the price of oil receded to what it was in…

Some nuggets are worth keeping

Juan Cristobal says: – The President talks a lot of bunk, but sometimes, the stuff he says is really meaningful. Like yesterday, when he said: “We have managed to detach ourselves from the capitalist economy, and we have created our own, solid economic system…” “If the price of oil receded to what it was in…

The chats of others

Quico says: A few nights ago I was blown away by Florian von Donnersmarck’s brilliant 2006 film, The Lives of Others. In a quiet, methodical way, the film profiles the East German secret police’s system of internal espionage and repression, yielding a chilling, sobering portrait of the mechanics of totalitarian control. It’s the kind of…