El lado no tan lindo de la noche…

From comments, as translated by FT, I’m a woman, born and raised in Venezuela. My problem with Miss Venezuela isn’t that some girls decide to go hungry, undertake the risks implied by unnecessary surgery and compete to do something that in many cases doesn’t require any talent beyond a certain grace in showing off bodies…

El País que No Cambió – Miss Venezuela LiveBlog

Just for old times sake, I’m watching Miss Venezuela tonight. (It’s streaming live online – just click here!) It’s so weird that this still goes on. It’s like a time-warp straight out of the tacky, unreconstructed 80s still surviving somehow in the middle of the revolution. Fuck it, I’m going to live-blog it… 11:45 –…

Censored Ad Update

The CNE ordered TV stations to take off the air this 30-second spot of Leopoldo Lopez’s political party Voluntad Popular, titled “Security is the Way”. Here’s the ad in question: The Electoral authority has already shut down other ads, including the series made by NGO Ciudadania Activa about the “ventajismo” of using State resources for…

Schrödinger’s Bond

Did Chávez have his “you didn’t build that” moment after the Amuay disaster when he said that, accident or no accident, “as some philosopher whose name I don’t remember said, The Show Must Go On“? Both were gaffes, and the attacks each spawned are arguably unfair. But both seem to transcend questions of context by…

#AccountabilityFail

After recounting the whole sordid series of fuck-ups that have plagued PDVSA over the last nine years, from Maletingate and PudreVAL to Illaramendi and the Guarapiche Spill, The Economist quips, In theory, such a string of mishaps should have put Mr Ramírez in trouble with his supervisor, the petroleum and mining minister. Erm…it’s a funny…

PDVSA’s oil spills go global

Just right after the Amuay disaster, PDVSA has another problem in its hands: this time in Ah, Oh, Curaçao. An oil spill from the Isla Refinery, currently handled by PDVSA, has stricken the natural reserve of Jan Kok located nearby. Several wild species including flamingoes (one of them seen in the picture) call Jan Kok home.…

There Must be 222 Ways to Leave Your Skin Behind at Amuay

Thanks to the miracle that is this leak, we now know that a report dated May this year by RJG Risk Engineering’s Roger Gregory noted there were 222 accidents of various types at the CRP last year, including around 100 fires and nine “Notable Incidents”. Out of the 222 incidents, 173 were never actually investigated at…

CPJ Takes on Communicational Hegemony

On the heels of a scathing LA Times piece on the tone of campaign coverage in the National System of Public Media, the latest report on the state of the media in Venezuela by the Committee to Protect Journalists exposes the seamy underbelly of Communicational Hegemony in painstaking detail. Since 2003, the government has financed the…

Annals of Fiscal Responsibility

Check out fringe presidential candidate Reina Sequera’s interview with Últimas Noticias, particularly the bit starting at 4:34. Yup, the crazy lady is actually promising One Million Dollars Cash to every man woman and child in the country (from “the oil excedent”). Thankfully, it’s a nice round number, which makes the maths straightforward. There are 29 million…

Miraflores Sit Room Exposed!

The latest cadena from Miraflores had a different setting than usual: Meet the “Presidential Command Post”. Probably you have heard of it by its other name: The Sala Situacional. But, is this the first time it’s been seen in public? Not too bad for our standards, but doesn’t it just look like a cheaper version of…