Another day, another questionable report


_mg_66831366314561Just when the smear about alleged attacks to CDI-clinics around the country has been proven false by multiple sources (including independent human rights NGO Provea), State media made public a brand new case.

Health Minister Maria Eugenia Sader has accused opposition supporters yesterday of “sabotaging” the air conditioner system of the J.M. de Los Rios Children’s Hospital in Caracas.

But newspaper Ultimas Noticias talked with the hospital’s director Huniades Urbina, who recognized that the AC system was already having technical failures since last month and that he reported the problem then. The AC system came from an agreement with Spain.

The hospital already had its share of problems: Its staff protested in late February for the constant pay delays and the lack of discussion of their collective bargaining agreement, which expired in 2001. Last year, the hospital admitted that it didn’t have enough number of specialists to treat its patients and is still in the middle of a lengthy remodeling process.

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  1. In his deplorable inauguration speech El Gran Bigote said ‘dozens’ of CDIs had been attacked by the opposition. These are probably the same places where, according to la Sader, Barrio Adentro ‘saved two million lives’ in recent years.

      • “[T}he broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.”

        • Or as George Orwell called it: “To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed….”

  2. Guys, hate to rain on your parade, but

    “La titular del Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE) de Venezuela, Tibisay Lucena, pidió hoy a los venezolanos no hacerse “falsas expectativas” con la auditoría que la institución aprobó ayer sobre el 100 % de los votos de las elecciones presidenciales del domingo pasado.

    Lucena señaló que la auditoría aprobada es para demostrar que “la plataforma tecnológica funciona perfectamente y que los resultados son fiel reflejo de la voluntad soberana de los venezolanas y las venezolanos”.”

    • As I understand it, the object of the exercise is to establish the truth. Perhaps what Miss Piggy is trying to tell us is, don’t be so naive.

    • I keep reading many different bits mentioning 100% of the votes, yet the original announcement and the one I heard afterwards from Capriles only speak of “46% of the remaining votes”, not “the remaining 46% of votes”. Have they changed to include all the non audited votes, or is it just a possibly terrible misunderstanding brewing?

        • But it’s not a total audit of the whole 46%, just of a sample, unless I’m mistaken. By my calculations, 12,000 boxes (400 x 10 x 3) amounts to 30% of the total number, not the remaining 46%.

          • No, 30% of the total number of tables. So that by the end of the exercise, over 80% will have been audited. Certain questions arise: for example, how will this ‘sample’ be selected? will there be international supervision, or some ‘neutral referee’? how certain can we be that the chain of custody has not been violated? And for that matter, where did the figure of 12,000 come from anyway? Should we be concerned that the remaining 16% might be precisely the ‘problem area’ and that these have been hidden, burned or otherwise disposed of?

          • donacobius,

            The 12k came from multiplying the number of boxes they plan to examine each day (400) and the number of days they plan to examine them (30).

            If we consider the 400 boxes per day but assume that they don’t work weekends, then we’re talking 400 times 22 workdays, or 8.8k.

            This matches CNE’s original statement. They claimed that 46% of the remaining tables would be examined. If the total was 40k, and 54% had already been examined, then 18.4k are left. 46% of 18.4 would mean 8.5K would be examined.

            Capriles did say that they would count the ballots, check the information on the vote registry, and the machine tallies. I have not heard how the sampling will be done, but if anything less than truly random is accepted the excercise is pointless. Legally, the specific boxes depicted in any of the complaints should be analized regardless of the method of sampling chosen.

  3. Since we’ve wandered totally OT, can I suggest GHA makes this whole, crucial issue the point of the next post? There is some rather unappetising food for thought in this from Luis Manuel Aguana, who reckons the whole thing is a set-up and has some good, cogent reasons for thinking so. Among them: the supposed 54% (que no es tal) which is supposed already to have been audited is a myth; and, worse than that, it is in this supposedly audited (but not really) sub-set of boxes that ALL the single-mesa voting centres are to be found. In other words, precisely the most dubious and problem-prone mesas will be off-limits. According to Aguana, the CNE will decide which boxes get audited, there will be no participation by the MUD and no international observation.

  4. The false reports of of sabotage by Chavista officials to cover up their own incompetence should not come as a surprise. They are simply imitating their leadership, from the top down.

  5. No surprise GAC, Arturo and the gang are not here to address this absolutely pathetic, idiotic assertion by their Chavista leaders.

    Their ilk is unwilling to forgive anything but an airtight case of fraud as presented by Capriles, demanding absolute proof across hundreds of incidents only listed as questionable. When their own leaders come out and directly tie an air conditioning unit failure to the opposition, they take it a face value without question. They are mindless drones unworthy of serious consideration.

    • I’ve been to some of those centers in Barinas and they look like they have been 90% destroyed, but that was months if not years before this election.

      Maybe that is where the *confusion* lies.

      • The way the government is shamessly lying to people, firing them from the public sector for voting for Capriles and inciting to violence, I’ll be surprised if Maduro survives a revocatorio.

        • As others have posted (not sure if it was on this entry), if that campaign would have lasted another 2 wks Capriles would have flat won.

          Now, I’m not sure that would have been the best thing for the oppo. Everytime Maduro opens his mouth he seems to shoot himself in the foot.

          • He did win. Fraud was abundant. Section with 700 votes turning 100% to the government, total allocation of voting qregistration resources to chavista areas, fake ids found. Maduro lost and is not lasting.


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