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    Hugo Chavez Dies

    Buh-bye...

    Hugo Chavez, passionate but polarizing Venezuelan president, dead at 58

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who went from a young conspiratorial soldier who dreamed of revolution to the fiery anti-U.S. leader of one of the world’s great oil powers, died March 5 in Caracas of complications from an unspecified cancer in his pelvic area.

    Hugo Chavez, passionate but polarizing Venezuelan president, dead at 58 - The Washington Post
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    A Deplorable Bitter Clinger

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    He did a lot of good things and pissed the seppo's off too.

    RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen View Post
    He did a lot of good things and pissed the seppo's off too.

    RIP

    Yes , he did a lot of good , he supplied a lot of low income Americans with free heating oil .

    Hugo Chavez Gives Heating Aid to U.S. Poor Following Obama Budget Cuts


    RIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen View Post
    He did a lot of good things and pissed the seppo's off too.

    RIP
    Could you name one ?

    Mark

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    that's a tragedy, another anti-American hero gone

    wouldn't be surprised if he was poisoned by the CIA,

    after all, the CIA tried to stage a coup against him in 2000, and failed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    that's a tragedy, another anti-American hero gone

    wouldn't be surprised if he was poisoned by the CIA,

    after all, the CIA tried to stage a coup against him in 2000, and failed
    Heh... Socialist Symmetry: Chavez Dies On Anniversary of Stalin’s Death.

    How 'bout that?

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    In the end like any socialist spending money he did not have he was a net negative for Venezuela and irrelevant to The US.

    I fiery leader no doubt

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    Some of his legacy:

    "Venezuela long ago ceased to be a country with real press freedom or real economic freedom. Besides imposing a series of draconian restrictions on media content, the Chávez government has “blocked critical coverage, closed broadcasters, sued reporters for defamation, excluded those it deems unfriendly from official events, and harassed — with the help of government allies and state-run media — critical journalists,” as the Committee to Protect Journalists detailed in an August 2012 report. It is a regime that seizes not only television and radio stations, but also banks, oil facilities, cement plants, food factories, sugar plantations, and much else.

    Between 1999 (when Chávez took office) and 2012, Venezuela’s score in the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom dropped by 32 percent. The only countries with a lower overall score in the 2012 index were Eritrea, Libya, Cuba, Zimbabwe, and North Korea. Not a single country scored lower than Venezuela for property rights. Meanwhile, in the Ease of Doing Business Index that the World Bank released on October 23, Venezuela placed well behind Zimbabwe and ahead of only the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, the Republic of Congo, Chad, and the Central African Republic. (Cuba, Libya, and North Korea were not ranked.)"

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    He dramatically reduced poverty in Venezuela, especially extreme poverty. Millions learnt to read and write and received a basic education. The nation's Gini coefficient came down substantially. The proportion of national wealth held by the richest was reduced (though not by enough, by far). And the comments about sulphur he made at the UN (and the Mr Danger stuff) were worth the price of admission alone. In a world increasingly governed by neo-liberal, IMF-sponsored technocrats, he will be badly missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    Venezuela long ago ceased to be a country with real press freedom or real economic freedom. Besides imposing a series of draconian restrictions on media content, the Chávez government has “blocked critical coverage, closed broadcasters, sued reporters for defamation, excluded those it deems unfriendly from official events, and harassed — with the help of government allies and state-run media — critical journalists,” as the Committee to Protect Journalists detailed in an August 2012 report.
    Doesn't this sound awfully familiar to you Booners? A bit like the USA? And Britain as well? And most of Europe?

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    So badly missed that perhaps the murder rate will come down, huh?

    "Plagued by high inflation, food shortages, power outages, and mounting debt, Venezuela has become one of the most economically dysfunctional nations in the Western Hemisphere. It has also become one of the most murderous. According to the independent Venezuelan Observatory of Violence (OVV), the country suffered no fewer than 21,692 homicides in 2012, up from 19,336 in 2011. Its national murder rate (73 per 100,000) is among the highest anywhere in the world, and easily the highest in South America. The homicide rate in Caracas is much, much steeper — the OVV has estimated that it was 200 per 100,000 in 2011 — making Venezuela’s capital arguably the most dangerous city on earth."

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    Did President Obama send in the Navy Seals.?
    Jokes aside,I predict this to be the year of many elder statesman who are going to kick the bucket. Who's next? Castro,Thatcher.........

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    ^ Kissinger would be a good one - but alas I think he drink too much blood from sacrificed children lol

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    Sean Penn reported in deep mourning...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zooheekock View Post
    He dramatically reduced poverty in Venezuela, especially extreme poverty. Millions learnt to read and write and received a basic education. The nation's Gini coefficient came down substantially. The proportion of national wealth held by the richest was reduced (though not by enough, by far). And the comments about sulphur he made at the UN (and the Mr Danger stuff) were worth the price of admission alone. In a world increasingly governed by neo-liberal, IMF-sponsored technocrats, he will be badly missed.

    he was a leader with the poorer people in mind

    the oil revenues were wasted before he took office; with help from the Cuban leaders, he set up good schools and healthcare for poor people

    he will be missed

    whilst his anti-American rhetoric was quite virulent at times, it was possibly deserved. As usual, the CIA wanted to control this country with oil reserves and wasted many lives in trying to do so
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    he was a leader with the poorer people in mind
    You are a sick mind Andy.

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    Just listened to BBC world news and according to the vice president of Venezuela "Chavez was injected with CIA chemicals that caused his cancer"
    I had a hearty laugh,so funny,after just reading suspicions about it on here.
    And Who are these citizens,crying in public because a politician has died. I have never felt any morning for any political twat that has kicked the bucket,another anus will replace them.

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    RIP Hugo. Even though the devil will dance on your grave you'll be missed by many.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen View Post
    He did a lot of good things and pissed the seppo's off too.

    RIP
    Didn't take long for the resident TD socialists to show up.

    Are you taking the day off work ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen View Post
    He did a lot of good things and pissed the seppo's off too.

    RIP

    Yes , he did a lot of good , he supplied a lot of low income Americans with free heating oil .

    Hugo Chavez Gives Heating Aid to U.S. Poor Following Obama Budget Cuts


    RIP.


    Yep, of course



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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    that's a tragedy, another anti-American hero gone

    wouldn't be surprised if he was poisoned by the CIA,

    after all, the CIA tried to stage a coup against him in 2000, and failed
    What a cry fest by a bunch of mis guided morons.

    If Venezuela is so great, go live there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi
    I have never felt any morning for any political twat that has kicked the bucket
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    I think there may be a connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zooheekock View Post
    He dramatically reduced poverty in Venezuela, especially extreme poverty. Millions learnt to read and write and received a basic education. The nation's Gini coefficient came down substantially. The proportion of national wealth held by the richest was reduced (though not by enough, by far). And the comments about sulphur he made at the UN (and the Mr Danger stuff) were worth the price of admission alone. In a world increasingly governed by neo-liberal, IMF-sponsored technocrats, he will be badly missed.
    And how did he pay for it ?

    Venezuela Bolivar Currency Devaluation - Business Insider
    The bolivar has weakened 53 percent to 18.39 per U.S. dollar in the past year, according to Lechuga Verde, a website that tracks the rate.

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    What's really a puzzle is there's still folks out there that strongly believe that government can eradicate poverty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    long ago ceased to be a country with real press freedom or real economic freedom. Besides imposing a series of draconian restrictions on media content,
    are we talking Venezuela or the US here ?

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