I can’t even blog today. The situation is too depressing. I’m headed for Cardinale-level despair. My major is in jail on bizarrely trumped up charges. Sumate’s leaders are up next. Chavez wants to arm his supporters to the teeth and there’s no way to stop him. The very notion of a recall referendum is starting to look like a sick joke. Crazy (seeming) rumors are flooding into my inbox – too far-fetched to repeat, but still worrying. I try to picture Venezuela on the morning of August 20th, 2004, and every version I can come up with is a horror story. Sorry folks, wish I was more inspired.Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.