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Venezuela Celebrates 11 Years of "Bolivarian Revolution" & Further Cabinet Changes Announced


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Simon
- 1634 days ago - venezuelanalysis.com
Since 1st elected by Venezuela's poor majority, the Chavez govt has used wealth from the country's oil resources for the poor majority of Venezuela, e.g. for health care & education; has given land to poor farmers; & has built up & diversified the economy



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Simon Wood (207)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 8:44 am
Love live the people of Venezuela and their democratic egalitarian revolution!!!
 

Pastor Tim Redfern (599)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 9:31 am
In a nationally televised speech in the Teresa Careño Theatre in Caracas, Chavez outlined the achievements of his eleven years of government, arguing that the Bolivarian revolution “is here to stay.” “The Venezuelan people are destined to write history,” he said.
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It would seem to me they've already written it!

Y'know the old thing that says people get the government they deserve?
I'd say the Venezuelans are fine people, considering the government they've got,
and made for themselves.
Conversely, what does this say about Americans.......and Australians?

Thanks, Simon!
Viva la Revolucion de Venezuela!
noted.

 

Yvonne White (231)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 10:53 am
Right on Simon!
 

Simon Wood (207)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 7:37 pm
Good on you for posting here, Pastor Tim and Yvonne! : )
 

Brigitte T. (69)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 2:06 am
Long live to them indeed! :) Thank you Simon!
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 2:32 am
: ) You know that Hugo Chavez is part Indigenous, yeah, Brigitte? ; )
 

Brigitte T. (69)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 3:28 am

Well not only is he part Indigenous... but he's been there for Indigenous Peoples, including the Indigenous tribes in the USA: especially when he sent them free fuel while countless families freezing on various reservations were let down by good ol' USA. Good for him! :) I like people who walk the talk...

"How did it happen that the President of Venezuela reached out to help the poor and the indigenous people of the United States? After two major hurricanes devastated the Southern U. S., a group of U. S. Senators sent out a plea to the major oil companies to help low-income families with energy assistance. Most major oil companies were coming off of scandalous profits because of the sharp rise in fuel costs. Only one company heeded the plea of the senators and that was Citgo Petroleum Corporation headed by Chavez."

"Although major oil corporations like Exxon had reaped more profit last year than at any time in their history, they declined the invitation to lend a helping hand to the poor people of America. Hugo Chavez stepped in to fill the gap. What motives would prompt him to do this? Certainly it would not help him politically, at least not in America where one of this Nation's top religious figures, Pat Robertson, called for his assassination."

" There is an old saying out here that goes, "You will know me better when you walk a mile in my moccasins." Hugo Chavez is a member of an indigenous tribe in Venezuela. He has been called "Indio" and worse while growing up as the child of very poor parents. He has walked in the moccasins of the indigenous people.

In America it is very easy to hate someone who verbally attacks the president of the United States. Chavez has never held his tongue even amongst his own people or in criticizing other nations in South America. I am told that he was appalled when the major oil companies in America did not step forward to help their own poor and low-income people" [...]
"if the profit mongering oil companies of this Nation had stepped forward when called upon, there would have been no reason for Chavez and Citgo to step up.

There is a lot of respect for President Chavez among the Indian nations of this country. He didn't make promises that he couldn't or wouldn't keep, but instead put his money where his mouth is. American Indians appreciate that form of directness." Tim Giago
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-giago/hugo-chavez-steps-up-for-_b_43630.html
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 6:19 am
: )

Ah yes, I forgot about those facts - important things to remember - thankyou for reminding me, Brigitte : )

And thankyou for all the extra information, too : )
 

Brigitte T. (69)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 10:31 am
You are welcome, Simon :)
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 6:55 pm
: )


Hmmm... so few of my 303 "Care2 friends" noted this article : (

I guess most of them prefer a political economic system of rich people exploiting the poor majority?
 

AJ Redford (245)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 7:15 pm
:-} Sorry Simon; I've been having some compatibility trouble with my Norton and Care2, or I would have gotten here sooner. Meanwhile, I'm doing my best to get as much done as I can before I freeze up! Thanks for all you do, and even when I'm stuck outside of Care2, I still think of you and Dave C, and everyone who posts real information here.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 7:28 pm
Good on you for noting and writing here, AJ! : )

The title of this article might csound boring to those who are not heaps into Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution... but if you read the article, you will find it to be a great introduction to the topic of the Revolution! ; )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 7:34 pm
Ah, and once you know about Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, you will see what the people of Venezuela are achieving that way, and how great it is compared with capitalism's endless wars, oppression, exploitation, impoverishment, and global warming and other environmental destruction.

And you will see that this kind of revolution is humanity's last, best hope!!!
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 10:10 pm
Hi again, Pastor Tim, you wrote:

"I'd say the Venezuelans are fine people, considering the government they've got,
and made for themselves.
Conversely, what does this say about Americans.......and Australians?"

Well, Venezuelans are Americans... all people in America (a.k.a. "the Americas") are Americans. : P

Amerigo Vespucci was the the leader of the first European expedition to find the American mainland, and the first leader to understand that it was a new continent, not "Asia", as Colombus had said it was. Amerigo Vespucci led his expedition along the coast of the land now called "Venezuela", and it was he who named that land "Venezuela" (meaning "Little Venice" in old Spanish.)

Anyway, America - the continent - was named after Amerigo Vespucci.

Ok, enough history lesson ; )

Now, to respond to what you wrote, Pastor Tim : ) -

Well, the many people in the USA and Australia have apparently not thought to question what they are told by the capitalist system (e.g. the capitalist education system, capitalist politicians and capitalist media). As a result, many people in the USA and Australia believe capitalist propaganda, so they support capitalism, are loyal the wealthy capitalist ruling classes of the USA and Australia... and also, another result is that they believe the slander that is said about socialism, and don't bother to learn more about it.

Another result is that they believe the slander about Third World countries, blaming Third World countries for their miserable conditions, when in fact, the first world impoverished the Third World in the frist place, by colonising and plundering the Third World for hundreds of years, to bring that wealth to the first world, and enrich and develop the first world. And when in fact, even now, every year, the first world takes about U.S.$500 billion net from the people of the Third World each year.

And they treat Third World countries that are independent from first world imperialism, as enemies, and certainly not as countries that they can support, defend, and learn from, about how to increase equality, democracy and human rights at home and abroad.
 

Christoffer Blomlöf (18)
Monday February 8, 2010, 4:21 am
Ohh yes, viva la revolution, soon nobody will be allowed to say anything negative about the "great" Chavez, that will be the day.
 

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Monday February 8, 2010, 4:33 am
***Help Haiti - Drop the Debt*****
Note it and sign this petition below, thanks!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/196437118
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday February 8, 2010, 5:13 am
"Christoffer IsNotMyAlias" wrote: "Ohh yes, viva la revolution, soon nobody will be allowed to say anything negative about the "great" Chavez, that will be the day."

Socialism means "society owning and controlling the emans of production, distribution and exchange" - i.e. an expansion of democracy to include the sphere that is most important to human survival, and that dominates everything else, including government politics: economic sphere. It also requires that this democracy be more participatory and more direct, more truly GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE, compared with capitalist style "representative democracy".

The socialist revolution in Venezuela is this kind of revolution - a genuine socialist revolution - unlike the fake "socialist" revolutions in the USSR, eastern Europe, China, etc., in which only a SECTION OF SOCIETY (an authoritarian party) controlled the economy and everything else. Those systems are more honestly described as "state capitalist", or, as George Orwell described them: "oligarchical collectivist", NOT SOCIALIST.

Thus, we can see that Venezuela has the most progressive constitution in the world, a contstitution which was made by the people, and approved by the people in a referendum.

Venezuela has the most free media in the world.

Venezuela's government has the most tolerant treatment towards anti-government acivists in the world.

And Venezuela has the most democratic system in the world, with elections that are monitored by the Carter Center and other NGOs, which declare those elections as free and fair every time;

with plenty of referendums for constiutional changes;

with the constitutional right of people to recall their elected representatives from mid-term onwards for a re-election;

with government programs that have taught hundreds of thousands of illiterate adults how to read and write, has doubled the number of people in the education system, has raised the standard of living significantly, and has increased workers' rights, Indigenous rights and other human rights, all of which enable the poor majority to participate meaningfully in politics for the first timein Venezuela's history;

plus there is now DIRECT DEMOCRACY at the local level with the COMMUNITY COUNCILS.

In recent years, the people of Venezuela have become much more politically conscious and politically active than the people of most other countries (and do criticise President Chavez and other government people on many issues). This political consciousness and politically activism is the way that people anywhere guarantee their rights.

In contrast, in recent years, the people of many first world countries, such as the USA, have let their government introduce new draconian so-called "anti-terrorism" laws, which have decreased freedoms, and increased the power of the state and the capitalist ruling class.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday February 8, 2010, 5:15 am
Good on you for promoting that compassionate petition, Angel! : )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday February 8, 2010, 6:11 am
PS, if you want more information about how the people of Venezuela have become much more politically conscious and are making this revolution, then this article is a great place to start:

Voices of Participatory Democracy in Venezuela: A Review of Venezuela Speaks!

http://www.care2.com/news/member/860103097/1372812

"Venezuelans in this revolution have created cooperatives; taken over factories; occupied urban & rural lands; launched community radio & TV stations; built centres for culture & popular education; participated in creating national legislation; & much more"
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday February 8, 2010, 6:15 am
Oops, I made a spelling mistake above. I wrote:

'Socialism means "society owning and controlling the emans of production, distribution and exchange"'

But I meant to write "THE MEANS", i.e.:

'Socialism means "society owning and controlling the means of production, distribution and exchange"'

; )
 

David S. (55)
Monday February 8, 2010, 9:58 am
While little understood outside of Venezuela, perhaps the role of Minep (ministerio de Economía Popular) was the most important to guiding the policies of the Bolivarian revolution. It was at Minep that the idea of co-management for PDVSA was first formulated, as well as the process of training and funding ordinary Venezuela's to create cooperatives. Some of the best and brightest minds in Venezuela had passed through the doors of the Minep building in Caracas in the first half of the revolution, and then went on to help other older parts of the government complete the transformation.
 

Dusty w. (1339)
Monday February 8, 2010, 10:05 am
Thank you Simon for bringing this to my attention (and the kick in the butt for not being here sooner) I've had some issues dealing with my PC and Care2 messing up so I'm trying my best to get to everyones stories (too many blank pages) And for all the additional info.........I've passed on to my other groups to note as well! Thanks for all you do! It is appreciated.
 

Amena Ravenwing (187)
Monday February 8, 2010, 3:25 pm
"Hmmm... so few of my 303 "Care2 friends" noted this article "

Do not make assumptions. Perhaps some of them did not see the article. And, there may be other reasons.

Anyway, I am proud of Venezuela and hope she provides a successful role model for others.
 

Anne T. (179)
Monday February 8, 2010, 4:50 pm
Noted and shared :)
 

Anne T. (179)
Monday February 8, 2010, 4:53 pm
Is anyone else having trouble submitting a comment, quite often my comment won't submit and it is sending me nuts. Also when I note an article I have to try several times so that I can be sure it's "taken". Has anyone else noted that, haha no pun intended.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday February 8, 2010, 10:17 pm
Hi Amena,
you wrote:
'"Hmmm... so few of my 303 "Care2 friends" noted this article "

'Do not make assumptions.'

I could answer that by saying: do not tell me not to make assumptions. : P And I did not make any assumptions, anyway. : P

You wrote: 'Perhaps some of them did not see the article. And, there may be other reasons.'

I forwarded it to all of my Care2 friends.

You wrote: 'Anyway, I am proud of Venezuela and hope she provides a successful role model for others.'

Good on you Amena. : ) But will you promote news of Venezuela to the people of the world, especially the people of the USA? ; )

Anyway, my point is that, whatever the REASON for not supporting news of democratic socialist revolution (a great alternative to capitalism's endless wars, oppression, exploitation, impoverishment, and global warming and other environmental destruction), the result is the same: no-one else will learn about it, if we don't promote it to them, for WHATEVER reason.

And the result of that is less people building democratic socialism in their own countries (e.g. the USA), so the horrors of capitalism will continue instead....

And another result of not promoting this information to people, is more people outside Venezuela (especially the imperialist USA) will support an escalation of the dishonest and violent U.S.-led campaign to reimpose a capitalist regime of oppression, exploitation and impoverishment on Venezuela, including a possible war to accomplish that. Here are plenty of articles about that issue:

Drones Violate Venezuelan Air Space Near Colombian Border

CháVez: Netherlands & U.S. Planning Military Aggression Against Venezuela From Dutch Antilles

Venezuela Declares Commitment to Peace & Dialogue, Prepares Defense of Natural Resources

Chavez Says Venezuela Will Defend Itself Against Colombian-U.S. Aggression

Colombia-Venezuela: The Threat of Imperialist War Looms in the Americas

Venezuela-Colombia Dispute Reaches WTO, Border Closed After 2 Venezuelan Troops Shot Dead

Venezuela: Colombians Massacred Near Border Were Paramilitaries

US Air Force Document Reveals True Intentions Behind US-Colombia Military Agreement

Venezuela Tells UNASUR Meeting, U.S. "Talking About War"

Venezuela: U.S. Military in Colombia to Control Region's Natural Resources

Eva Golinger: U.S. Privatizes Colombian War With Its Transnational Mercenaries

South American Leaders Concerned Over Colombia-U.S. Military Plan

US War Plans Target Latin America

Why the U.S. Government Hates Venezuela

Venezuela Prepares Defense Against Potential U.S. Aggression From Colombia

Venezuela Reviews Relations With Colombia as More U.S. Bases Established

Honduran Oligarchy: "The War Is Against Chavez"

In Right-Wing Bizarro World, Military Coups Are the Embodiment of Democracy!

Obama Still Doesn't Get It

Perhaps the U.S. campaign will include a dirty terrorist war, like the U.S.-backed war by the "contras", against the people of Nicaragua, in which the terrorist "contras" maimed, tortured, raped, traumatised and killed tens of thousands of people, as punishment for the Nicaraguan people's "crime" of making a democratic socialist revolution.

Already, U.S.-backed Colombian paramilitaries have infiltrated into Venezuela, and are acting as death squads: terrorising and murdering peasant activists, Indigenous activists, labour unionists, homosexual people and others who don't fit the fascist ideal... so a U.S.-backed terrorist dirty war is a real possibility.

Here are some articles about it:

Legislators Denounce Separatism & Paramilitarism in Venezuelan Border State

Venezuelan Socialist Governor & Land Reform Activists Create Farmer Rights Council in Portuguesa State

Venezuela: Separatist Opposition Uses Paramilitaries for Social Cleansing, Destabilization

Colombia: A US-Backed Terror State

The terrorist dirty war could be used in combination with other methods, such as the current U.S.-funding of the capitalist class's political groups (more than U.S.$50 million so far), some of them fascist groups which have already caused much destruction, suffering and death, e.g. in the city of Merida. E.g. you can read these articles for more information:

Venezuela: Violent Protesters to Face Criminal Charges

Violence and Transformation in Venezuela's Public Universities

Plus, of course, there is the pro-elite, anti-poor-people propaganda campaign against the Venezuelan people's revolution, in the capitalist media. E.g. you can read these articles for more information about that:

The Washington Post "Knocks" the Bolivarian Revolution

A Decade of Propaganda? The BBC's Reporting of Venezuela

Chavez and Press Images

Media in Venezuela: Fact and Fiction

Venezuelan National Assembly Discusses Combating Media Terrorism

Venezuela: US Criticisms of Venezuelan Drug Policies Hypocritical

Microsoft Verses Venezuela

Reporters Without Borders Lies About Venezuela

Honduras: Latin America's Media Battle Continues

Venezuelan Education Minister Response to False Opposition Propaganda (CIA's Operation Peter Pan)

CIA Tries Second Version of Operation Peter Pan [1st Against Cuba, Now Venezuela]

The main things I am doing in Care2 is trying to do something to counter the lies and deception of that anti-working-class, pro-capitalist-class, capitalist media propaganda campaign. I would like you to join me in showing the truth to counter the lies, Amena, so that we can reduce the support for aggression against Venezuela, and so that we can build support for democratic socialism.

However, there is no obligation for you to participate... I won't call you "wrong" if you don't participate. Like Shakespeare said: "nothing in this world is good or bad, but thinking makes it so." ; )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday February 8, 2010, 11:19 pm
Thanks for that information, David : )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday February 8, 2010, 11:35 pm
Hi Dusty : ) You wrote: "Thank you Simon for bringing this to my attention (and the kick in the butt for not being here sooner) I've had some issues dealing with my PC and Care2 messing up so I'm trying my best to get to everyones stories (too many blank pages) And for all the additional info.........I've passed on to my other groups to note as well! Thanks for all you do! It is appreciated."

Oh, thankyou for your kind words, mi amiga! : ) I am simply trying to keep my Care2 democratic socialist news mailouts only to those who will note and promote them.... nd the easiest way for me to do this is to reduce my Care2 friends list to those people who have shown that they noted those news articles I sent them in the recent past....

Oh, computer problems, Dusty? I welcome you to ask me about any computer problems you have, mi amiga. : ) I have picked up a bit of knowledge about computers and how to fix them over the past few years....
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday February 8, 2010, 11:39 pm
Hi Elfmagic : ) Good on you for noting and sharing this news article! : )

You wrote: "Is anyone else having trouble submitting a comment, quite often my comment won't submit and it is sending me nuts. Also when I note an article I have to try several times so that I can be sure it's "taken". Has anyone else noted that, haha no pun intended."

Hmmm... I didn't have any problem with submitting comments, recently myself (it did happen to me a couple of times, a few weeks ago, though).... On the other hand, my internet is only dial-up, so it is slow (and Australia has the 3rd slowest internet in the OECD), and sometimes I must wait a while for my comments, network messages, etc., to register....
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday February 8, 2010, 11:41 pm
Oh, I just noticed a mistake in my first comment: I wrote: "Love live the people of Venezuela and their democratic egalitarian revolution!!!"

But I meant to write: Long live the people of Venezuela and their democratic egalitarian revolution!!!

See if you can spot the difference ; )
 

Brigitte T. (69)
Tuesday February 9, 2010, 12:24 am
"The main things I am doing in Care2 is trying to do something to counter the lies and deception of that anti-working-class, pro-capitalist-class, capitalist media propaganda campaign."

And you do a great job, with passion and knowledge! Thank you so much for all your time, insight, efforts and the information you post. Thank you for making a big difference, Simon :)

 

Simon Wood (207)
Tuesday February 9, 2010, 1:28 am
You are very kind to say that, Brigitte! : )

You are doing a great job yourself, Brigitte! ; ) I guess you know that already?
 

Sakura L. (41)
Tuesday February 9, 2010, 8:13 am
thanx for posting, brigitte
 

Alice B. (241)
Tuesday February 9, 2010, 9:46 pm
Noted! Ever since I was a baby my native USA has been undermining democracy and sabotaging socialist movements throughout the World, using brutality and brainwashing, torture, rape and murder. Whenever the USA-fostered media sources for Latin America [e.g. Univision] bash away at a leader that's a clue to take a second look. Thank you, Simon - and thanks for alerting me to this article via a personal e-mail, too. I'm just getting back fullswing into Care2 after a tricky apartment-move and some health concerns. Fine now - and ready to rock! ;)
 

Alice B. (241)
Tuesday February 9, 2010, 10:15 pm
p.s. One thing that makes me laugh out of my a** is when analysts [pun intended] try somehow to blame Chavez for the country's water shortage. Guess what folks: many countries that invested powerfully in hydro-electric power and are dealing with global-warming impacts will be having the same problems - regardless of the politics of their leaders. In a drought there will water shortages: check out the extreme drought conditions in California, USA - all made infinitely worse by BIG AGRIBIZ the crapitalistic creepolas who bring us farmworker union busting, toxic, GMO crop "farming" and factory "farms" that are absolutely savaging our Mother Earth here in the US of bleepin' A. But of course the mainstream media here is well-trained and well-paid to play dumb and blame drought here on "Mother Nature," while Uncle Sam continues to have carte blanche to go on torturing and murdering Mother Earth and her Indigenous & mestizo children....
BIG LIES = MO' MONEY MAINSTREAM MUCK.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 1:41 am
Thankyou for your great comments that challenge this ridiculous capitalist system, Alice : )
 

Wildchips F. (127)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 8:19 am
thank you for sharing this news on venezuela, simon..
 

Anne T. (179)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 5:52 pm
Simon Said Oh, I just noticed a mistake in my first comment: I wrote: "Love live the people of Venezuela and their democratic egalitarian revolution!!!"

But I meant to write: Long live the people of Venezuela and their democratic egalitarian revolution!!!

See if you can spot the difference ; )

Hehe, I can see the difference Simon and I don't mind the first part anyway as if we do not have love then we have nothing and it may seem a very long life indeed. :) Still all jokes aside we all know what you meant. :)
I didn't realise that you had dial up Simon as I do too and it is the most slow connection and then to cope with Care2 Glitches on top of it all leads to a great deal of frustration.
I also have a family that say things like "they wouldn't do that" and treat me as the village moron when I try to say "yes they do do that" Talking about things like the USA deliberately going into countries and destroying their economy so that millions are killed and/or starved into submission. :)
 

Pastor Tim Redfern (599)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 6:15 pm
Simon, me good man,
I have to agree with you:
52 notes in four days is weak, poor and pathetic.
I wouldn't blame you if you were disappointed by this.
Maybe too many of your friends (and others) are too
bashful to (seemingly) align themselves in solidarity
with a government like Venezuela's?

Also, thank you for correcting my Amero-Centrist
attitude: it's ALL "America", from the Arctic Circle
to the tips of Chile and Argentina.

I think the only point I was really making above
is that too many people in the U.S. and Australia simply
don't give a damn, or they complain without ever doing
anything to actually effect change, as have the people of
Venezuela (and Cuba) done.
It reminds me of the saying,
"The activist is not the one who says the river is dirty,
the activist is the one who cleans it up."

I assume it's much the same in Australia, but too many people
in the U.S. are so wrapped up in their tightly ordered little
lives of home, career, kids, vacations, personal plans, etc., and if
a thing occurs on a national level that does not directly touch their lives,
they couldn't be bothered.
This is why WAY too many people have no Idea that the United States
has become a Fascist Plutocratic police state, because the fascism, the
plutocracy, and the police-stateism have not (yet) touched them...........
or so they think.
 

David S. (55)
Wednesday February 10, 2010, 9:00 pm
Pastor Jim, the indigenous impression is that the United States is being turned into one giant reservation, as all the tools of modern American fascism were first practiced widely on the American Indian. But whatever terms we use for it, yes, the result is clear.

I had been fortunate enough to visit Venezuela on a number occasions over the years, there is a great difference between the claims of the American press and the reality that is Venezuela and it's revolution. But I wrote this article after my very first visit there in 2005: http://www.greens.org/s-r/40/40-12.html
 

Simon Wood (207)
Friday February 12, 2010, 4:59 am
Thankyou for the comment, Elfmagic : )

Our situations sound similar, my friend ; )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Friday February 12, 2010, 5:02 am
Wow, Pastor Tim, I very much agree with you! : )

And you are very humble, too (which I am not)! : )

Thankyou for your kind words : )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Friday February 12, 2010, 5:04 am
Wow, good on you for your comment, and article, David! : )

Have you posted it as a Care2 article? ; )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Friday February 12, 2010, 6:56 am
You're welcome, Che : ) It's great to see you commenting here! : )
 

David S. (55)
Friday February 12, 2010, 6:25 pm
Simon, if you wish to post it, please do, you have a much better idea who to email about it than I would. I had also thought about writing an article of my most recent trip to Venezuela, though it was earlier last year, and among other things the new "peoples" markets in Caracas where people can setup stands for free, which has meant that there is no longer people selling on the streets. Oh, and also about the "dollar inflation" around a certain hotel in Caracas where the opposition leader (Rosales) appears to regularly meets with his CIA handlers ;).
 

Simon Wood (207)
Friday February 12, 2010, 9:48 pm
Hi again David : )
I reckon if you write a new article, that would be great, too! : )

I don't need to post it, in order to email (Care2 message) it to people. You can post it, and you can send it to your Care2 friends, including me, and I can then forward it on to my Care2 friends. ; )

I already have ALOT of other news that I want people to see. And I bet people dislike me more than you - so I reckon an article posted in Care2 by you would be more successful than one posted by me, if we both send that article to all of our Care2 friends. ; )
 

Aisha Mohammed (613)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 1:09 am
salaam-gr8 article and viva Venezuela!! Further as a gr8 revolutionary org says "All power to the people"!!
 

Simon Wood (207)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 3:28 am
Salaam, Aisha : )

Good on you for reading, noting and commenting here, compa! : )
 

Cathe Romano (348)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 8:42 pm
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article. Simon. As Alice B. noted above the USA has long been hard at work trying to destroy any form of Socialist movements. The propaganda machine that we have here would shock those who think of us as living in a free and liberal democracy.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 10:22 pm
You're welcome, Cathe : )

Thankyou for your kind and educational words : )
 

David S. (55)
Friday February 26, 2010, 4:42 am
Cathe, that is not strictly true. Socialism for the wealthy few exists and is actively promoted in the United States government...
 

Simon Wood (207)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 1:43 am
Heheheh : P The capitalist system is certainly welfare for the wealthy. I wouldn't call that socialism, though. Socialism means: "society owning and controlling the means of production, distribution and exchange."
 

David S. (55)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 5:41 am
Well it is a kind of a sick parody when a bunch of wealthy parasites gather together like old mob style and choose how they will distribute the wealth of society among themselves, "to each according to his or her greed..."
 

Simon Wood (207)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 6:59 am
Yes, I agree with you there, David.
 

Elaine B. (21)
Tuesday March 30, 2010, 11:48 pm
Simon, excellent article!! Thankyou for sending it my way. We have the same problem in the USA with Media Ownership. 20 yrs ago, 50 companies owned the media. Today it is about 5. The first and biggest being GE, yes, GE.(They also happen to be one of the biggest US Defense agencies...bigger than Ratheon!!) If you'd like to see what kind of control is going on with media ownership, and the lack of Broadband Internet Access problems that exist in the states here, I'd like to offer you to go to http://www.freepress.net , and press the box that says "Stop Big Media". or go to stop big media dot com. or maybe it's dot net. When you see that open up, you will see "who owns the media", and it will start with GE. Then when you open that up, you will see it broken down all the way to the local level. It will blow your mind. Did you know that Uzbekistan has better broadband than the US? The US is rated 37th in the world. They are about to unleash a financial collapse, and they want to control EVERY one and thing. There are approx. 330 million people in the US. And approx 60 million have internet access....that includes "dial up"...not everybody is so lucky. So unless you want to go to the library and wait in line, AND that's if your local library even HAS access, please do not be so quick to judge. You see, the same people that have that MEDIA advantage over my friend Hugo, also have the same advantage everywhere else in the world. So if you have high speed internet access, please do not make the assumption that everyone else does, too. Jay Rockefeller wants to shut the internet down so we loose net neutrality. That means you pay for every website you go to. Can you come up with double the $$$ for your ISP if you have no job? If you are on a fixed income and disabled?? I found from watching "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", just how bad this monopoly is, world wide. The information we get is how we judge our world. And the media owners and the big bankers are one and the same. And there WILL be a crisis soon, you will see. Simon, I can see why you are upset that more people are not joining you. And Pastor Tim, I see you feel the same way. But can you please both remember that before you judge another that you walk a moon phase in his moccasins??? Because I love the conversation you bring to the table, Simon. But I (and maybe many of your other friends) don't always get to sit at the computer and focus most of our attention on one website. Or maybe we don't have a computer and we are using someone elses. I would like to suggest that if you have so much energy that it's bursting at the seems, to join other sites like, FreePress dot net. THEY NEED YOU!!! Spread your energy around and share what you have such an abundance of!!! You have no idea how lucky you are to HAVE that energy. Not everybody gets the same amt of sleep. Maybe some people spend most of their time in medical facilities. Maybe some really want to be a part of a wonderful website like this but have a sick child and works 2 or 3 jobs. I understand your aggravation. Please understand others' limits. I feel like I know exactly how Hugo feels. I am one of a few Americans who have looked to alternative means for information about the world. Simon! Try "The Daily Bell" dot com. It is a daily newsletter from Switzerland. I just recently found it. And it tells me more about what is going on in the US than any US source!! They would LOVE your feedback on world events! THOSE WHO CONTROL YOUR INFORMATION, CONTROL HOW YOU SHAPE YOUR VIEW OF THE WORLD. The internet is our last hope. Jay Rockerfeller is hinting at "terrorists" who are tring to hack into the USA'a Defense Computers....riiiiiiiiggghhht. They will just do another falseflag attack on themselves, point to some little cave in Afghanistan sceaming "terror" "terror", and then they will have their Fox news TV excuse to shut down the internet. Or they will just let loose one huge EMF Pulse and throw ALL of us into the Dark Ages. Literally. And "Big Media" is buying out politicians like you've never seen it before. I mean.....LOOK AT HUGO CHAVEZ!!!!! THE PRESIDENT OF HIS OWN COUNTRY AND HE ONLY HAS ACCESS TO PUBLIC TV?????!!!!! He is not alone. And if you REALLY want to sink your aggravation into the audacity of BigCorp., go to google video and watch "The World According To Monsanto".....gmo foods will be the death of us all. AND THOSE WHO CONTROL THE FOOD SUPPLY CONTROL OUR LIVES!! And if Monsanto is not already where YOU are, "it", "they" will be soon. Go to "Seeds of Deception" dot com. See Jeffery Smith's video. If you think that not enough of your friends are engaging with you in caring about humanity and the world, then please, I ask you to reconsider your stance. You are needed "out there" Simon, more than you know. Just invest a bit of your time into other websites that affect humanity, and I promise you that you won't be just posting long responses on Care2. I admire your vigor and your energy. So for those of us who may be older or more frail, please consider dontating some of it to other just as needy websites.
And thankyou for listening. I hope you can take my message and see not criticism, but see a call for help with a bit of request to it. I admire you. That's why I requested your friendship as soon as I found you. I hope you will still see me as a friend even if I cannot run as fast as you, ok? :p I love you, my friend.
 
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