Society at the Seams | May 2016

South American Misery is Good Sport for John Oliver on HBO

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– Last weekend the comedian John Oliver went on a long rant about the dire situation in Venezuela, which in his world safe in NYC, must seem quite hilarious.

Sadly people are dying and truly suffering. Oliver went on to blame the societal meltdown of the socialist nation on the falling price of oil, curiously failing to mention the other major issues you will see below. Unfortunately Mr. Oliver blocks youtube playback on other sites, so you’ll have to see it there.

Unfortunately, the socialist situation there is a bit more complex than John Oliver will allow, a “country you think about so little….” Really John?

See the video here @ HBO

 

 

Meanwhile Bernie Sanders Goes to the Happiest Place on Earth

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– For the record:

“Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most visited park in the world that calendar year.[2][3] According to a March 2005 Disney Company report, 65,700 jobs are supported by the Disneyland Resort, including about 20,000 direct Disney employees and 3,800 third-party employees (independent contractors or their employees.”

…continue reading @ wikipedia.org

 

Our Story – Venezuela’s Secret & 21st Century Socialism

– Youtube

– A detailed and heartrending statement on behalf of the students of Venezuela suffering under the Chavez imposed socialism of the past 17 years.

None of this was even alluded to by John Olivers’ odd piece, and while Bernie talks about Danish socialism as a model for the United States, he never seems to mention Venezuela, nor its students who are fighting the socialist regime.

See the whole video here @ Youtube

 

Man Hurls Fire at Albuquerque Police During Anti-Trump Rally

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American students play at socialist ‘revolution’ in Albuquerque

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It’s No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians

– NPR

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Venezuelan comedian Laureano Marquez performs a stand-up routine at a theater in Caracas last year. Marquez says the government is now cracking down on comedians who make jokes about the government and the country’s economic problems.
Photo credit: Christian Veron/Reuters/Landov

“Laureano Marquez was performing a benefit at his old high school in the Venezuelan city of Maracay. The comedian dwelled on the absurdities of life in this oil-rich nation, where gas is cheaper than water but it’s hard to find milk, toilet paper and many other everyday goods.

In the supermarket, Marquez said, desperate customers will steal scarce items right out of your shopping cart.

“In Venezuela, you get robbed of stuff that isn’t even yours yet,” he said to a round of laughs.

Turning serious, Marquez tells the crowd that the socialist revolution, launched 16 years ago by the late Hugo Chavez, is collapsing under the weight of bad policies and corrupt public officials.

That message doesn’t sit well with Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro. Besides jailing opposition leaders and cracking down on protesters, the Maduro government is now going after comics.

Marquez says that three of his recent shows were canceled after all three clubs that booked him were suddenly closed down for alleged tax evasion. He’s also been shut out of government-run theaters and hotels.”

…continue reading @ NPR