From the brilliant Michael Ramirez,
The dead idol of a broken system, in an island where the military run the businesses,
Fidel Castro’s ashes carried by broken car being pushed by the military:
The Communist regime issued guidelines for the official mourning period:
1. Cubans are forbidden from saying “Good morning” (“Buenos días”) to each other.
2. No alcohol is allowed.
3. Nightlife, the lifeblood of tourism, is shut down.
4. No loud music.
5. The neighborhood watchmen, Comités de la Revolución, are keeping track of any violations to the above rules. They also keep track who shows up (or doesn’t) to sign the book of condolences at the 1,000 designated locations across the island prison after standing in line for hours under the hot sun.
6. Mourners are also compelled to sign a statement of commitment to the Revolución.
Read the rest here.
Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Teresa May, Vladimir Putin, Justin Trudeau, and Michelle Bachelet are not attending the bloody dictator’s funeral.
There’s a ban on alcohol, music and nightlife.
— Nic Robertson (@NicRobertsonCNN) November 29, 2016
You can be sure the Comités de la Revolución are keeping track of who goes.
So what really was Fidel’s Cuba? A huge tick – sucking blood for sixty years. First, during the years of the Soviet Union, turning the country into a client state of that defunct system for a few billion dollars a year; enough to keep people fed, well mostly. Then the USSR fell and the tick crawled elsewhere in the desperate search of lifeblood – and those were terrible years, called the “Periodo Especial” in Cuban nomenclature (google it). Rickets, nutritional-deficiency-induced blindness. Starvation. Then along came Hugo – a product of the temper tantrum that paid huge dividends, and the tick latched on. Until Venezuela dried up – this article is the most poignant I’ve ready for a while. But I also wrote one that went viral, “The Suicide of Venezuela” that could have as easily been called a homicide, perpetuated by warden Fidel.
I’ll be on Silvio Canto’s podcast tonight at 8pm Eastern. Will add the link later today.
Linked to by Doug Ross. Thank you!
Lastly, for all of Castro’s ranting about the exploitive nature of capitalism, it takes a truly mercenary mind to come up with the schemes his regime employed to garner hard currency — from drug-running, to assassinations to, well, vampiric behavior. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights reported in 1966 that 166 Cuban prisoners were executed on a single day in May of that year. But before they were killed, they were forced to undergo the forced extraction of an average of seven pints of blood from their bodies. This blood was sold to Communist Vietnam at a rate of $50 per pint. Those who underwent the bloodletting suffered cerebral anemia and a state of unconsciousness and paralysis. But that didn’t stop the executions; the victims were carried on a stretcher to the killing field where they were then shot.
On second thought, Dante may have found it a suitable punishment for Fidel.
Officials did not say where they talked, but photos appeared to show them inside Castro’s home. A government statement said the two leaders discussed the importance of food production and threats to world peace.
Yeahm “the importance of food production and threats to world peace”; that, and the billions of freshly-laundered cash that Obama so kindly shipped to the mullahs. Rouhani praised Cuba’s “economic resilience.”
Carlos Eire has the perfect headline:
Nosferatu and little brother King Raul meet with Iranian despot Rouhani
They’re Two of a Kind,
This time I found a keeper, I made up my mind
Lord the perfect combination is her heart and mine
The sky’s the limit, no hill is too steep
We’re playin’ for fun, but we’re playin’ for keeps
NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders was thrilled, thrilled, over flying to Cuba (h/t TCS),
The on-screen headline proclaimed: “U.S. Flights to Cuba Resume; Jetblue Makes History With First Flight in More Than 50 years.” Sanders gushed: “This morning, Americans can once again buy a commercial airline ticket and fly from the U.S. directly to Cuba. The last scheduled U.S. Flight was a Pan-Am DC-6 back in 1961. JFK was in the White House, hardly anyone had heard of the Beatles.”
Funny that Sanders mentioned the Beatles; Fidel Castro banned them back in ’64.
I was visiting Babalú Blog and came across this post by Carlos Eire: Evo Morales enthusiastic about Moringa pills given to him by Fidel Castro
“It’s such an important nutrient. Fidel now sends me Moringa pills,” said Evo Morales, president of Bolivia.
Evo just visited Fidel, to help him extend his 90th birthday celebrations.
El coma-andante Fidel has been promoting the cultivation of the Moringa plant for years, promoting it as a “miraculous tree” and urging its cultivation.
Carlos had added an illustration with the benefits, and a caption,
Moringa is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth and used appropriately. The leaves, fruit, and seeds might be safe when eaten as food. However, it’s important to avoid eating the root and its extracts. These parts of the plant may contain a toxic substance that can cause paralysis and death. Moringa has been used safely in doses up to 6 grams daily for up to 3 weeks.
There isn’t enough information to know if moringa is safe when used in medicinal amounts.
Regarding the “Nutrition for infants . . . and pregnant and nursing mothers,”
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s LIKELY UNSAFE to use the root, bark or flowers of moringa if you are pregnant. Chemicals in the root, bark, and flowers can make the uterus contract, and this might cause a miscarriage. There is not enough information available about the safety of using other parts of moringa during pregnancy. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Moringa is sometimes used to increase breast milk production. Some research suggests it might do this, however, there isn’t enough information to know if it is safe for the nursing infant. Therefore, it is best to avoid moringa if you are breast-feeding.
Back in the olden days, there were similar remedies with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory properties,
So better check WebMD before you take advice from Evo and Fidel.