I’ve had it.
Read my post here.
Despicable Me fans thought Gru was visiting Paris incognito while wearing a black wig. The sighting took place when a Gru-like figure shadowed Cuban dictator Raul Castro during his official visit to France‘s Socialist president Hollande:
Alas, it was not Gru, it was Raul’s grandson.
Hollande called for sanctions to be lifted.
Hollande ought to read – but, as a good socialist, won’t – the Washington Post’s editorial board look at the Obama administration’s Failure in Cuba:
What’s most evident over the past year is that the Castro brothers are effectively preventing real change and reform even as they reap the rewards of Mr. Obama’s opening. The president’s only response has been more unilateral concessions, along with talk of a visit to the island before he leaves office. Autocrats everywhere must be watching with envy the Castros’ good fortune.
Carlos Eire points out that
This encounter is all about profiting from Cuban slave labor. Nothing more, nothing less.
Cuba is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. This is the lowest ranking of any country in Latin America.
Mary Williams Walsh reports on How Free Electricity Helped Dig $9 Billion Hole in Puerto Rico
In fact, the power authority has been giving free power to all 78 of Puerto Rico’s municipalities, to many of its government-owned enterprises, even to some for-profit businesses — although not to its citizens. It has done so for decades, even as it has sunk deeper and deeper in debt, borrowing billions just to stay afloat.
Now, however, the island’s government is running out of cash, facing a total debt of $72 billion and already defaulting on some bonds — and an effort is underway to limit the free electricity, which is estimated to cost the power authority hundreds of millions of dollars.
But like many financial arrangements on the island, the free electricity is so tightly woven into the fabric of society that unwinding it would have vast ramifications and, some say, only worsen the plight of the people who live here.
And now for the “no sh*t, Sherlock” moment:
“If the towns don’t get free energy, they’re going to have to pay for it by increasing their property taxes or something, so the people will end up paying,” said Eduardo Bhatia, the president of the Puerto Rico Senate.
The prior governor had started a solar power project that is actually working. The current administration stopped any further solar projects.
“Free” electricity: Decades’ worth of government handouts, waste, inefficiency, overspending, and kicking the can down the road.
At the Watchers’ council,
It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!
Here are this weeks’ nominees….
MessNBC’s Resident Dingbat, Mellisa Harris-Perry!!
The Noisy Room– My nomination for Weasel of the Week goes to Melissa Harris-Perry (again). She whined on MSNBC that poor, misunderstood illegal immigrants are being deported from the US. Then she laughingly compared their plight to that of slaves in the 1850s. What a maroon:
Melissa Harris Perry: I don’t want the Obama administration’s final year to be marred by a fugitive slave law around the question of this deportation that leads in the context of Flint to actual children actually being poisoned because they’re afraid to open the door to clean water.
Just wow. She’s unhinged and I can’t even understand really what she’s ranting on about. She’s mixing slavery, with illegal immigration, with lead tainted water in Flint, MI… Someone is definitely off their meds here. Her concern is that knocking on doors of illegal immigrants is essentially the revival of the Fugitive Slave Act, a law from 1850 that allows slave owners to recapture any runaway slaves. Just laughable.
If that didn’t make your head hurt enough, here’s RedState’s take:
You see, if you are an illegal immigrant, and you answer the door when the government comes calling, you are deported on sight. The result of this is that people in Flint, Michigan, who are suffering from lack of usable water, won’t open the door for fresh water deliveries out of fear that they are being tricked into being deported. She called this a potential “black-brown coalition moment.”
Talk about reaching. So, there are so many illegal immigrants in Flint that no one will get fresh water. Uh no. But if they were slaves, shouldn’t we set them free and send them home? Just sayin’.
For being a racist moonbat and a liar extraordinaire, Melissa Harris-Perry and her tampon earrings should get Weasel of the Week. Maybe she can pawn it to get fresh water to all those would-be slaves in Flint. You know, the place that has a majority black council that is responsible for the whole leaded water brouhaha in the first place.
The UN Signers of The Global Warming Diktat!!
Dante would place them in the 8th Circle of the Inferno, along with the frauds. Fittingly for the U.N. setting, the hypocrites’ in the 8th Circle wear golden cloaks lined with lead – only that it’s us paying for it all.
Former Arkansas Governor, Presidential Candidate And Bass Guitarist Mike Huckabee!!
The Brazilian government has approved a Public Health Emergency Measure allowing health department employees accompanied by police to enter private homes by force, if necessary, to fumigate for Aedes aegypti mosquitos.
The Aedes aegypti transmit dengue, chikungunya, and zika.
O Globo reports that it applies to homes where the owner has been absent and appear to have been abandoned. Health department officials must give notice ten days in advance to the owner of record, and verify its vacancy by visiting the property twice during the 10-day period.
You can read the original article in Portuguese here.
Venezuelan Health Minister Luisana Melo on Friday said there are 4,700 people allegedly infected with the Zika virus in the country, out of which 225 people are suffering from one of the virus complications: the Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Although the minister, in an interview with state-run TV channel VTV, further admitted that Venezuela lacks immunoglobulin, which is the main treatment for the virus, she pointed out that THE antibody would be provided to patients who need it, since “we are facing a crisis.”
As for plasmapheresis, which is another treatment for this disease, Melo stated it is available only in 46 hospitals nationwide.
Seemingly, the local health authority said there is a 25% medicines deficit in drugstores. “We cannot deny this situation,” she stressed.
Melo, who blames consumers who brush their teeth for the toothpaste shortage, says “the country’s pharmaceutical industry would produce 80% of high-consumption drugs late in July this year”.
Good luck with that.
Zika virus is in the headlines, but there’s another noteworthy item: The Italian castrati sang Rouhani’s Iranian tune, to avoid offending Nassan Rouhani, the same Rouhani that Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was murdered almost exactly a year ago, had tied to the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, the largest terrorist attack prior to the 9/11 in our hemisphere.
No insult to hugely talented Farinelli intended.
Don’t blame her, Evo: Bolivia’s Morales Thanks Mother Earth for Decade as President
Brazil Losing the Battle to Debt. Brazil is losing the battle to tame its ballooning debt as the government struggles to revive a moribund economy amid political gridlock, a central bank report showed Friday.
The Brazilian Doctors Who Sounded Alarm on Zika and Microcephaly. The van der Linden family of physicians identified a likely link between the virus and a spike in birth defects involving incomplete brain development.
Antonio Banderas interview: Why I will never spill the secrets of the Chilean miners. The 33, a film of the Chile mine collapse, opens in the UK on Friday. The actors, miners and government figures tell Harriet Alexander why the story is so vital – and so strange
Legalizing evil: Colombia asks US to remove Farc from terror list in event of peace deal. President says of removal of largest rebel group ‘the sooner the better’ ahead of White House visit, as country looks to move beyond five-decade civil war
Zika Virus Detected in 22 People in Ecuador. Health officials in Ecuador have detected the Zika virus in nearly two dozen people, while neighboring Peru reported its first case on Friday, fueling regional concerns about the spread of the mosquito-borne virus.
This week’s podcast,
Wednesday 7pm CT: Doing business in Cuba plus US-Latin America stories of the week……… https://t.co/Nguu2PJb2m
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) January 27, 2016
The film that started me on my Baroque and Early Music decades-long obsession,
and my idea of heavenly music, Jordi Savall (who actually played the music you hear in the film’s soundtrack) performing the Spanish Variations on viola de gamba,
Savall has re-introduced the Early Music repertoire to modern audiences as his fellow Iberians Pablo Casals and Andres Segovia did with cello and classical guitar in the 20th century.
The heartbreak of the film’s plot matches the real-life tragic life of Guillaume Depardieu; however, the beautifully executed music makes it worthwhile.
Baha Mar: The hotel that threatens to bankrupt the Bahamas. The Baha Mar resort was supposed to add 12 per cent to the Caribbean island’s GDP. But it has turned into the world’s biggest white elephant and the investors have gone to war. The case will soon hit the London courts. Michael Bow reports
Read the sad tale of too big a project, not enough funds, but this jumps out (emphasis added)
Mr Izmirlian, the son of commodity tycoon Dikran Izmirlian, who made his money cornering the global peanut market, was asked to try and revitalise the rundown area of Cable Beach, a dilapidated area of the island long overlooked in favour of other boltholes.
He bought land around Cable Beach and signed a deal with a US construction group in 2007 to develop the site. He securedfinancing for the project but the onset of the global financial crisis scuppered the plans.
But in March 2009 Mr Izmirlian got a break, thanks to the Chinese.
CSCEC, through its US arm CCA, agreed to come on board and construct the resort with the proviso that debt financing came from Cexim, which stumped up $2.45bn of secured credit.
CCA, led by president and chief executive Ning Yuan, is the largest division of CSCEC and has been operating in the US for 30 years. CSCEC added another $150m and Mr Izmirlian $850m.
The Chinese company was given the green light to start building in February 2011, with a completion scheduled in November 2014.
Despite the company’s size, the Baha Mar president Tom Dunlap said it had concerns about whether the Chinese could deliver such an ambitious construction project. CSCEC drafted around 5,000 migrant Chinese labourers on to the holiday island to build the resort, winning work permits for them from the Bahamian government.
“Although [CSCEC] is one of the world’s largest contractors, it had little experience in constructing single-phase resorts projects of [the] size and complexity of the [Baha Mar] project,” Mr Dunlap said in a statement filed as part of the bankruptcy proceedings.
Keep that in mind every time you read about the proposed Nicaragua Canal.