I finally got around to watching Red Dawn today (the recent remake, not the original): the images of North Korean humvees occupying Spokane, while jarring, were also entertainingly improbable. But as I read the weekend news from Venezuela, I couldn’t help but think that most of those poor souls are facing almost the same thing in their cities and neighborhoods. Check it out.
Not to beat a dead horse (Mr. Maduro of Venezuela), but the irony here just seeps through the screen. The last line is oh so diplomatic:
Despite being one of the world’s largest oil producers, Venezuela is regularly affected by power cuts.
Translation: Years of ruinous government pilfering of the energy infrastructure has left the country in tatters.
Bonus: Check out the comment by ‘common sense’.
I was trying to think of a catchy, consumer-friendly phrase that the government of Venezuela might want to use to brand this effort. All I can think of is “MaduroCare”. From USA Today:
Thousands of Venezuelans lined up outside the country’s equivalent of Best Buy, a chain of electronics stores known as Daka, hoping for a bargain after the socialist government forced the company to charge customers “fair” prices.
President Nicolás Maduro ordered a military “occupation” of the company’s five stores as he continues the government’s crackdown…
…Members of Venezuela’s National Guard, some of whom carried assault rifles, kept order at the stores as bargain hunters rushed to get inside.
What a great use of a country’s armed forces, huh? This begs the question, though: Why not just give everything away for free? He didn’t stop there, though:
Daka’s store managers, according to Maduro, have been arrested and are being held by the country’s security services.
Wow. Why not public executions? Never mind. The best, though, is USA Today’s last summary point:
Some see the move as pure politics by the president, who faces elections Dec. 8
You don’t say?