Odds and ends

Quico says: Way too busy this week. Unless Juan picks up the slack, posting may be light. I’m aware of, but powerless over, the “issues” with the IntenseDebate commenting platform. I have no idea why it randomly eats comments, or why the right-side column works at a ministerio’s pace, or why it just generally sucks…

Misdirected Outrage

Quico says: Turns out that catastrophic interview of Allan Brewer-Carías appeared on the NYTimes website as a result of a content-sharing agreement with the Council on Foreign Relations: the thing was produced, edited and released on CFR’s website first. Kindly mentally reassign the fury induced away from NYT and towards CFR.

¡Golpista!

Quico says: We’re so used to hearing the word “coup-monger” tossed around indiscriminately as an all-purpose slur against government critics, we’re pretty much inured to it by now. Perversely, the wanton overuse of the term makes it easy to forget that, back in the early morning hours of April 12th, 2002, there really was a…

World’s Weirdest Scam

Quico says: A hearty congratulation goes out to Alex Dalmady, only guy I ever met who’s blown the top off a multibillion dollar fraud. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, so I want to go on the record saying I used to hang out with him before he became an international media darling!…

The opposition we need

Quico and Juan Cristobal say: Yesterday we had an interesting but somewhat circular discussion about the ills of the opposition. Though much huffing and puffing ensued, we failed to reach a consensus and were mostly talking past each other. This happens, I think, because we’re hung up on the problem. We’d be better off focusing…

Elections have consequences

Juan Cristobal says: You know the old saying, “elections have consequences”? Well, I think we need to put it in practice. What’s it going to be? Who lost this election? Who’s gonna take the fall for this one? Omar Barboza (who, in case you didn’t know, was Blanca Ibañez’s handpicked governor of Zulia back in…

Redesign this Blog!

Are you a web-designer? Know any good ones? JC and I have decided Caracas Chronicles needs a professional makeover. We’ve launched a contest on 99designs, an innovative crowdsourcing site that allows anyone to bid on a design project. We’re offering $400 to the winning design…and we intend to give you, the reader, a vote on…

I just called to say you love me

Quico says: Imagine you were a ni-ni, or a government employee, weighing whether or not to go out and vote yesterday. The phone rings. Who could it be, bothering you on this lazy Sunday afternoon? “Compatriota, es Chávez…” Believe it. According to Descifrado, echoing a story from El País, robocalls made their grand debut in…