I was actually surprised to see this printed on a mainstream site, especially an investment publication.
Charismatic president Hugo Chavez, 58, died of respiratory complications caused by pelvic cancer on Tuesday evening in Venezuela.
Or did he?
The announcement of Chavez’s death came hours after vice president, and now interim president Nicolas Maduro, met with Venezuela’s top political leaders and military brass to discuss the president’s ever-worsening health condition. At the time, Maduro apparently suggested that someone may have deliberately infected Chavez with cancer or some other agent that made him deteriorate, according to CNN. Maduro went so far as to call Chavez’s death an assassination, according to The Washington Post.
Stories of Chavez being essentially poisoned by the CIA have been around since his first tumor was reported back in 2011. Even controversial drama-loving Chavez himself wondered out loud if it were possible. To which the U.S State Department public affairs staff responded with a “that’s reprehensible”. What else are they going to say? You caught us?
For the sake of argument, we can say Maduro said no such thing about Chavez. Does one actually get injected with cancer? I mean, even if you did, your immune system would have to already be compromised already. We have cancer cells floating in our bodies all the time. They get destroyed, hopefully, on a daily basis.
But since Chavez announced he was heading to Havana for cancer treatment, conspiracies of a U.S. involvement began immediately. Chavez egged them on, if not outright got them rolling.
For those who can understand Spanish, this video of Chavez talking to the military questioned whether the U.S. was infecting rival leaders in Latin America with cancer. He said he found it an odd coincidence that major leaders south of the border, from Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to Dilma Rousseff, his handpicked successor, to the president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, all got cancer around the same time. And now…it was Chavez’s turn.
“I find it very strange. It is hard to explain,” he says in the video.
Of course, most of this has fallen on deaf ears. Even the video itself got under 10,000 viewers. And Hugo Chavez is, since Lula left office, the most famous politician in Latin America. He”s far from an unknown. The conspiracy angle has not caught fire.
The death of Chavez did not really rally the left outside of his home base. In Latin America, Lula was seen as the more charismatic, if not more practical leader of South America. Chavez was a firebrand, stoking Cold War rhetoric with Washington. As Latin American politics goes, Chavez was the anti-American.
So it is not surprising that here at home, the harshest critics of good, old fashion Yankee imperialism came out Wednesday in notes circulating in email in-boxes nationwide that Chavez may have been the victim of a U.S. plot to get rid of him once and for all. And while the left in the United States send out Viva Chavez, Viva La Revolucion kudos to the most reviled leader in Washington other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the right wing, in their usual lust for kindness, is busy expression their sheer joy that the man is gone.
The Daily Caller wrote in an op ed by Christopher Bedford that “No, the U.S. didn’t kill Chavez. But we should have.”
Tea Party Republicans called him a tyrant, expressed relief that he was no longer a “force” to reckon with. Force quotes are mine, not his. Because, really, was Chavez a force to reckon with anywhere outside of Venezuela?
Meanwhile, there is a relative calm in Venezuela according to press reports and investment sources on the ground in Caracas. The market expects Maduro to be elected within 30 days.
Unless the CIA gives him cancer.
To see this printed in Forbes goes to show that even if there’s a hedge of truth to the “cancer” meme, the attitude of the public is “meh” and “What’s the deal ?” “The U.S. Government assassinates people on a daily basis.”
And goes to show how over-rated Chavez was to begin with.
As this year is getting under way, national and world news offers little in change, yet.
This past Friday (1/2), Wall Street wonks give a positive, though cautious analysis about the new year’s stock markets around the world, giving a boost to Asian and Eurozone exchanges this morning; (Asia)http://www.cnbc.com/id/19832390/ , (Eurozone)http://www.cnbc.com/id/19794221/ .
I’m not buying into this meme, due to the fact that in alot of states, state governments are levying more taxes and cutting services to low, middle income folks and not raising taxes on the rich folk. According to New York State governor, David Paterson, raising taxes on the rich is “unpalatable” and to be used as a last resort; http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/nyregion/21millionaire.html.
Leona Helmsley would approve.
On the world front, Zionist Israel is continuing its pogrom on the Palestinians, killing hundreds of civilians in order to get at Hamas “terrorists”; http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/jan2009/gaza-j05.shtml .
World opinion is against Israel, of course, and using civilians as human shields is a shitty way for Hamas to get their message across. And of course, the Israeli government is backed wholeheartedly by Bu$hco, who is raking up mega-monopoly-money via the military-industrial-congressional complex from the slaughter not only in Gaza, but world-wide.
So what’s with a little exit plan profit taking?
The incoming Obama administration’s meme of spreading fiat currency around the country for infrastructure, school and green tech is hitting rough ground as some in Congress say that there’s not enough time to get an economic plan together by the Inauguration, but by the middle of February instead; http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/us/politics/05spend.html?bl&ex=1231304400&en=99a6130dae16eb41&ei=5087%0A .
There’s plenty more news I can comment on, but I still want the focus to remain on science and science-fiction in this ezine.
Have a good week folks and remember to convert to gold!
Today is July 4th, 2008, the 232nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the transformation of the Thirteen North American British Colonies into the United States of America.
Perhaps it is time to ponder if we are truly “independent” in any real interpretation of the word.
According to the online dictionary, yourdictionary.com, the definition of independent is, “the state or quality of being independent; freedom from the influence, control, or determination of another or others.”
Hmmm, think about that for a moment, “freedom from the influence, control, or determination of another or others.”
Can you think of any situation in your life right at this moment where you can apply the above statement truthfully and honestly?
And no, not in the etheric ‘spiritual’ sense either, in the actual three dimensional space you’re currently occupying.
You can’t, can you, if you’re honest with yourself. I’m certainly not. If you’re an ordinary working shmuck like me, you have to answer to your boss at work, spouse and children at home, friends and perhaps most of all, society and the GOVERNMENT.
Now people in this country are perhaps the most delusional in the history of “Western” civilization. We believe that we are “The Chosen” by God, like the Jews, to spread our form of culture throughout the world and “enlighten” the unwashed masses to our way of “freedom” and “democracy.”
And we actually still believe we have freedom, democracy and a “Republic” here, and that the ‘government’ still answers to the people, despite the evidence to the contrary over the past eight years!
The rest of the planet laughs at us, because they see the Emperor of the World has no clothes, while we picture ourselves wearing the finest vestments of gold, silver and jewels.
Psychopathic. Sociopathic. Schizophrenic. Genocidal. Delusional.
Just plain nuts.
And who fools us into thinking we are “independent?”
I could go over a litany of globalist elites who actually run the government and the planet here, things I have gone over and over again in the past. But I won’t. I will give a list of things that everyday people will recognize immediately though that directly impact their lives:
1. The IRS. Need I say more?
2. OPEC/ExxonMobile/Chevron/British Petroleum, etc. Need I say more on that?
3. Department of “Homeland” Security/FEMA. This government agency takes away the complete illusion of ‘freedom’ during a perceived national emergency. Homeland = Fatherland = Motherland. Get a clue.
4. NAFTA/CAFTA/SPP/WTO. Trade agreements made and signed over the past 16 years without a vote from citizens and instituted without the knowledge thereof. Effectively gave the manufacturing capability of the nation away to places where no labor or environmental laws exist. But we still have the industrial ability to make weapons of mass death and sell them. Not everyone has those high paying jobs though, thank goodness.
5. Wal-Mart. Globalist company du jour. China’s biggest customer and dumper of el cheapo stuff on the American public. Most of which can only afford to buy anyway since all good paying manufacturing jobs went to China!. Viscious circle!
I could go on all day, but you get the point here. The United States and its citizens are no longer independent in any true sense, but are instead one big cog in the ever growing globalist machine that is going to enslave us all.
Awareness is growing, but not fast enough I fear.
We need to awake from the bread and circuses we are being fed and once again be the independent people we claim to be.
Or the idea of Independence will once again be a memory for another 6000 years.