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President Hugo Chavez dead at 58

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Cheezy the Wiz, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. TheLastOne36

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    I am not sure what happened to my post. Did I cut+paste but screwed up the pasting bit? Cause my post was cut off. Weird. I don't remember what I was going to say but I'll answer your question either way.

    Hated is a loaded term, (I don't even think I 'hate' him) so I'll assume you mean 'were opposed' to him. The proof are the last elections where the opposition finally unified against him. Despite Venezuela being an illiberal democracy, the opposition were strong and showed very well in the polls, all things considering.

    No, I merely don't care for the partisan politics you love so much.

    I defend Luiz often on here because he get's attacked on various statements relating to Latin America because the people attacking him, yourself being an obvious example, just simply do not understand the social-economic realities of Latin America. Relating back to Venezuela, you seem to have this idea that Chavez is some leftist Jesus of sorts. Luiz and myself don't need to share a similar position on the political spectrum to know what he really is. He is a kleptocrat, a kleptocrat who repeatedly betrays many leftist ideals at will. The real left in Venezuela is quite clearly the opposition headed by Henrique Capriles, the opposition candidate to Chavez.

    I have no idea why you are so fond of Chavez. You of all people should be supportive of Capriles. Which just goes to show how ignorant you and others are of the region.

    I never claimed such, only reporting what a cousin told me. Personally it doesn't surprise me as Venezuelans are some of the most extreme pyromaniacs I've ever come to encounter.

    I don't think there was wide-spread celebration, most people anti-Chavez probably have mixed feelings about him dieing like myself, and as people showed earlier, are sympathetic to him losing his battle to a terrible disease. But let me repeat myself, the people opposed to Chavez are not right-wing extremists (those guys have already been expatriated and are living in Florida or Alberta). The people opposed to him are people who largely comprised the middle classes of Venezuela, the people with jobs and steady incomes, the small-business owners, the Jews and the entrepreneurs; alongside the students at universities and the educated in general, from both sides of the political spectrum. I bolded that to ensure you understand it, the educated leftists in the country are opposed to Chavez, because they, like Luiz and myself, see Chavez as the kleptocrat he is and supported an actual leftist politician in Capriles.

    Wtf? :crazyeye: :lol: :crazyeye:

    Seriously, are you just attempting to troll anyone you deem to be opposed to a leftist figure you have chosen to idolize or do you really believe that drivel you just posted?

    All that I said in that post comes from common knowledge of someone not ignorant of the country as well as personal knowledge of having actually lived in the country.

    I don't expect other leftists on this forum to be as opposed to him as I am, they do not have the same experience with Chavez and Venezuela as I do. Likewise, the only rightist I am echoing is Luiz because although he and I may share different views, we can both call out Chavez on his repeated betrayals to many leftist and socialist ideals he spouts out, his vacuous populism, his tyrannical abuses of power on the media, banks and businesses and his outright thievery of the state's wealth.
     
  2. Murky

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    (bolding is mine)
    How do you know this to be true? Have you been there?
     
  3. TheLastOne36

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    Agreed. That is certainly not the reality in Venezuela.

    Unless Forma wants to make an argument that the rise of the middle class in Latin America is somehow Chavez' doing. :lol:

    Read above.

    You are right. Chavez definitely wasn't as radical as other leaders or dictators. And that was largely because unlike those other leaders who sought to revolutionize the country to one political ideology, Chavez and his cronies stopped at acquiring Venezuela's wealth for their own, securing high-paying positions in various nationalized industries for their families and populist drivel.
     
  4. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    Do you really want me to quote past threads regarding Chavez where your hatred of him is even more clear than bragging that some were even so callous to celebrate his death by fireworks, as well as how you continue to overreact to me merely disagreeing with your own personal opinions?

    So you admit to not even knowing anything at all about my own views? I am neither a Republican or a Democrat. I fault Obama regarding many of his current positions.

    The mere fact that you are trying to portray his far-right opinions as being "realities" again shows you own quite clear biases in this regard.

    Contrary to my continual statements that I dislike and disagree with many of his views and acts. :crazyeye:

    I just don't think he was the evil tyrant that so many think he was due to the quite deliberate propaganda campaign to portray him that way merely because he was socialist.

    Why don't you start by reading the article I posted above and even try to refute any of the facts presented in it. :lol:

    And you might want to look up the meaning of the word "troll" as well, unless you were deliberately trying to provide an excellent example with this utter nonsense you just posted.

    Does anybody read the articles I post, and even take the time to bold, in these threads?

     
  5. Arakhor

    Arakhor Dremora Courtier Moderator

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    Quite frankly, I start to scroll through any long quote-filled post, whether it's by you, GW, Mobboss etc.
     
  6. TheLastOne36

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    Is that relevant?

    Didn't say I don't know or care for your views. I'll consider and reply to them like a reasonable person. What I don't care for is the bi-partisan notion of supporting one ideology above and beyond all others.

    Opinions of what? Common knowledge of a region both Luiz and myself have lived in? I didn't know that common knowledge was the property of the far-right.

    Then again, why do you idolize him so much? Why aren't you supporting the opposition in Venezuela? The true left of the country?

    I've read what you bolded. A lot of it is simply untrue or contrary to my first hand experience of the country, and other parts of it were biased conclusions itself.

    Why don't you try to find an objective article instead?

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    Regarding college enrollment and health care, both are a lie. The health care system there is effectively useless for the vast majority of the populace in poverty and the education system is going to produce a generation of under-qualified workers.

    What Chavez did to education is unrealistic and unsustainable. When you increase the number of teachers like he did, the quality of the teaching inevitably drops. Also something insane he did to get these over-inflated numbers of those enrolled was to reduce the number of years needed to graduate with a degree from university from 4 years to 2, for the purpose of allowing more people in university.

    These policies aren't solutions, that's why severe health care and education reform were part of the oppositions platform in the last election.
     
  7. Murky

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    Trying to Eulogize Chavez as some heroic figure is going to be a tough sell outside of his fan base (which I think is rather small).
     
  8. Disgustipated

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    I don't know Chavez, but I'm assuming he's a smoker and died of lung cancer (they mentioned breathing problems so I'm assuming it was lung cancer).

    I'll put it bluntly. All smokers deserve to die of lung cancer. Smokers clearly do not love themselves, or even like themselves, and they hate other people by making them sick from their smoke. Smokers deserve to die the most excruciating death from lung cancer possible.


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    As for Chavez, I'm glad he stood up to the evil nation that is the U.S. and to the evil president Bush. But other than that, he hasn't done a whole lot worth mentioning. The country is a craphole.
     
  9. TheLastOne36

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    He had a stomach cancer.
     
  10. Disgustipated

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    The Time article I just read says the cancer is still undisclosed.
     
  11. GhostWriter16

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    This is just disgusting. And offensive. I think smoking is a crappy, stupid idea, but come on.
     
  12. Arakhor

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    Pretty much, yes.
     
  13. Leoreth

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    It's also pretty illogical. "Smokers deserve to die because they're doing something that could kill them!"
     
  14. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    Tobacco is highly addictive. And its production and marketing is in the hands of fairly very unscrupulous multi-national corporations.

    So people have the free choice to try it initially (while they're generally teenagers and still very impressionable, though) - under the influence of multi-billion dollar marketing campaigns. But after a week or so they can be fairly heavily addicted and many of them may well find it almost impossible to give up.

    Isn't the free market a wonderful thing?
     
  15. GhostWriter16

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    Yeah, really.

    I also think suicide should be punishable by death:lol:

    Spoiler :
    Yes, that was sarcastic.
     
  16. Old Hippy

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    you should read the article...

    the rest of the article makes a good piont for banning the Guardian if it was Australian :D but then it not journalism but a joke commentry....

    I particularly liked

     
  17. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    You should definitely read the article.

     
  18. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    I meet lots of people. And few of them have anything similar to my political outlook. The point being that there are a lot of reasons to oppose Obama on issues. And plenty of reasons to dislike him. But to actually hate him?

    What has he done?

    Most of what he is accused of doing by those who hate him are deliberate and flat out lies.
     
  19. GhostWriter16

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    How about the fact that he acts an awful lot like Bush.
     
  20. kulade

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    Hating the president is irrelevant; that's not why I spoke up and that's not what you said. You specifically and proudly accused the majority of people who hate the president as racists, as if they couldn't possibly object to anything but his race. It goes to show you're either ignorant of their litany or willing to misrepresent them so you can feel free to ignore them without preoccupation.

    "Hating" the president is pretty natural; I'm sure you remember the visceral bile people expelled on cue against the Bush administration, and neither case comes close to the divisive hatred people had for FDR, who was five times the "omg librul tyrant" that Obama is.
     

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