Sunday, April 22, 2018

They also have gay Komissars

I came across this tweet today and I can hardly express my indignation in words. Every day chavismo/madurismo seems able to reach new lows of vileness.

This tweet is to bring in the gay vote for Maduro through a special social "activity" to help the LBGT community.  Not only it is a vile attempt, but it is also an insult to the intelligence. Then again it is a chavista specialty, is it not?

Long time readers of this blog are well aware that I often documented the innate homophobia of the regime (as well as its anti semitism and other anti).  In short for late comers, this is a military regime that has never backed down at using anti gay slurs, from bad jokes to outright attacks on opposition politicians. It has been deliberate, a constant in time, and Maduro has perhaps been the worse offender (though Diosdado Cabello runs a tight contest).

But that is not all. Since the bolivarian revolution scam came to power in 1999 with a promise of expanding human rights we have degenerated into a dictatorship that is not afraid to kill (and export its repression model to Nicaragua, for example). While this was taking place many Latin American countries moved on to legalize gay marriage, even our neighbor in Colombia.  Venezuela is the lone continental country where gay rights may have regressed in the past 20 years.

So, what does that tweet says? First, it a campaign act. It does not matter what public social services may show up, they are there because they have to support the Maduro campaign logo.  The manipulation goes far enough to put the rainbow flag in the twisted M normally with the Venezuelan colors.

But let's play the game and check out what services did go to the event (note: there is at this time no tweets or pics or stuff of the activity posted, so a resounding success it was not). There are five logos.

The first is the number that you supposedly call when you find no treatment or no medicine and they tell you where to go. Nobody calls, they never answer. Like most public services in Venezuela that rarely answer the listed phones.  And yet in an international interview Maduro claimed that health in Venezuela was fabulous and all solved through that 800 number which gave you immediate attention.

The second one is "barrio adentro deportivo" which was initially to equip low economic neighborhoods with outdoor activity equipment.  Yeah, right, they are going to sponsor gay kids junior leagues in the barrios.....

SAIME is to do ID cards and passports. I doubt that they will be doing transgender name changes.

Then there is the one for you to get registered at the PSUV/Fatherland card. Yeah, right again....  I do not know whether it means that the only LGBT that will receive food or care have to register with a fascist party the PSUV.

Finally some vaccination program, which is of course only for chavistas as vice president Tareck El Aissami said that to have your kids vaccinated you needed to show your fatherland card.  Opposition kids can rot, for all that we know.

Now about the real needs of the LGBT community, those ones? Screw them!  They are not even allowing for the control free import of anti VIH treatments for those who can pay for them. Only those with family and financial support can have them brought in suit cases from folks travelling overseas. The other VIH folks are left to rot. Just like opposition kids? This is eugenics.

Never mind the other needs, maybe not as life threatening but as pressing: protection for transgender people, name changes, education in school to protect gay teenagers, at least a legal civil union, etc.  As a matter of fact there is a transgender representative in the parliament elected in 2015, Tamara Adrian, through Voluntad Popular, the lone party promoting openly gay mariage. There was talk of discussing a civil union / equal marriage law. That was quickly shot by the regime. Which, by the way, could have already voted on that easily through the constitutional (illegal) assembly elected last July. Why has it not be done?

Regardless, that "presidential commission on LGBT" tweet has not even 400 followers, and its time line is way more about propaganda/politics than gay issues in Venezuela.  No wonder the gay community is not following.  But managing the site gets folks a job, probably a certain "advocate" for LGBTI issues, Miguel Franco.  In his tweets you will read stuff about the Petro (not how it will allow for us to buy antiretroviral drugs) or the standard mandatory retweets that you see in any chavista time line. Even a gay chavista cannot be a tad original [sigh]. Well, he does have more followers than I do but then again like most chavista "influencers" he follows about the same. They follow each other or their master's whistle. Who knows?

In the end the effect is near zero, besides upsetting people like me. But then again it is yet another shinning example of growing chavista vileness. And I could not let pass that.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Venezuela is officially a basket case

It is hard to overstate the importance of the communique of US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Today he made it official that the situation of Venezuela is dire, that there is no way it can get help as long as Maduro and Co. are in charge, but that there is a will to help massively if the conditions are right. Let's go by parts.

The attendees

The following countries were represented at the meeting: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Of course, those are the usual suspects but this time we have JAPAN. I mean, the potential of the Venezuelan default, of its unstoppable drop in oil production and of its potential millions of economic refugees make this a world crisis. Note that China (and even less Russia) do not participate in such kind of meetings since having so many skeletons in its closet it stays clear from any closet elsewhere. Never mind that Chinese are not known internationally for their generosity...

The reason

Monday, April 16, 2018

Medicine for the rich, or how to postpone some genocide for a little while

So I had an event due to stress that had me hospitalized for two days and that will change a lot of my life. No details necessary, the stress under which I have been subjected for the last 4 years is the real explanation. But the damage is done and now I have to rebuild what I can from my old life with all the same problems as I had before. And even worse as my S.O. health is not doing better the more so that his support is not shipshape.


I have had a health problem. Blogging is kind of on wait but I still tweet. In fact I am even doing true microblogging in threads of 3-4 tweets.

I am doing better and will have a first account post on Venezuelan health system at this time. Stay tuned.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Ñangaras in the mist

There are no new news in Venezuela. It is all a repeat performance, each time running lower in its theatrics.  Take for example the talk of the week, that three zeroes are going to be chopped off the currency reading because, well, some web pages cannot handle anymore the full extent of digits in large financial sums.  It would be funny if it were not so sad and dépassé. After all we did that in 2008 (I think). There you have your measure of chavismo fiasco, in ten years the currency has lost 99,9% of its value...

Thus ignoring that 1 Bolivar of 1998 is equal to 1.000.000 Bolivar of June 2018 let's see if there is something else worth talking about.  Worthy of discourse are lack of food and medicine and hospitals and security and cash and...  but nobody really cares. Except those protesting that are swiftly repressed while state TV says we are in the best of all possible worlds. No point discussing that again, I guess.

Friday, March 16, 2018

We are going somewhere

But we do not where, nor do we/I care much, to tell you the truth.

Yes, it is time for a quickie survey on how close to the abyss we stand. I shall be brief. Promise.

Chavismo is trying to make the coronation of Maduro palatable.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Idiots in NYC: or how Falcon sunk his presidencial run

Last post was hard to write, and the whirlwind of political news too hard to write about comprehensively. Thankfully procrastination does pay and today's picture from the UN plaza in NYC was worth the wait.  An epic photo-fail if ever.

From left to right, a kebab from hell:
Samuel Moncada, regime's ambassador to the UN and vice minister for foreign affairs;
Henri Falcon wanna-be Maduro successor; Felipe Mujica head of the near extinct weather vane MAS;
some hired help; and Pedro Pablo Fernandez, son of wanna-be foreign secretary to Falcon Eduardo Fernandez,
and probably aiming himself for some crumbs somewhere as no one in the MUD would be caught dead with him.
In this historic pose you can see how Henri Falcon sunk any chance he may have had to be elected president next May 20. By posing in front of the United Nations accompanied by the ambassador of Venezuela there, the much reviled and insufferable Samuel Moncada, Henri Falcon admits that his presidential candidature is wanted by the regime, and that he is in agreement with it.  That is, Henri Falcon and the scattered losers that support him are complicit with the regime in the fraudulent elections coming May 20.


These people had the chutzpah to try to get a meeting with high members of the UN so as to force this one to send an observation team to validate the election of May 20.  That a serious observation requires at the very least 3 months of observation and more before for mere preparation is not computing with them.  Then again whoever low key UN member that received them ("the UN is under obligation to help Venezuela" was said by the traveling show)  had probably already read that.

There are some damage controls that are beyond reach.  A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.