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Chávez’s Legacy: PanfletoNegro Edition

PanfletoNegro has always been one of those oddities of Venezuelan cyberspace: minimally managed, open for anyone to write in and “anarchic” in the etymological sense, the site ought to be awash in unreadable garbage. And yes, there’s some of that, but there’s also a surprising proportion of very readable garbage, as well as some stuff that…

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So Long and Thanks for all the Dish

Andrew Sullivan, the weirdo-crank/intellectual/beard-fetishist/dope-smoker/Catholic/beagle-fan/pro-obama-conservative/English/American/Palin-obsessive/HIV+ genius who invented both blogging and gay marriage published his final blog post today. I’m verklempt. I read his blog religiously, day-in and day-out for the final eight of the staggering 15 years it was online. To say I “didn’t always agree with him” would be a platitude: not just because his ideas were so…

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The Sound of 1.1 Trillion Pennies Dropping

People are starting to put 2 and 2 together. This Reuters report finds that 40 major U.S. companies have big-time exposure to the Venezuelan shitshow, in the form of at least $11 billion dollars worth of paper profits in bolivars that are going to vanish in a puff of logic the second the Bs.6.30:$1 fiction –…

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Of all the photos on Google Images … (Update: Photo dropped)

FitVen, Tourism Minister Andrés Izarra’s flagship Venezuela Promotional Expo, needed an image to demonstrate just how welcoming the country is to outsiders. So of course they came up with this one: Who is the strapping young man being welcomed into the sweet embrace of the patria? He’s Miami Herald reporter Jim Wyss, in 2013, returning home to the States…

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Ration Card Now

Estimado Nicolás, No te preocupes, no te voy a ladillar más con la cantaleta de siempre: que si que hay que unificar el tipo de cambio, que si que hay que liberar los precios, que si la oferta y la demanda, que si el pato y la guacharaca. Sé que te ladilla, y además sé…