The only thing we have to be anxious about is anxiety itself

Flores everywhere
Flores everywhere

Does the thought of First Lady Combattant Cilia Flores seeding relatives all through the upper echelons of the Venezuelan state render you anxious?

See, that right there is your clue that reporting on it is not to be tolerated.

A few hours before the new, government-friendly Globovision was served its first investigation for making us all antsy by reporting on shortages, they’d run a piece about the fact that Carlos Malpica Flores, the just-appointed National Treasurer, happens to be Cilia Flores’s nipote.

A few hours later and

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  1. The article now rests at the bottom of the Memory Hole.

    But its presence there does not allow First Combattant Celia to rest easy. When she is removed from power like her predecessor Madame Mao, (Jian Qing), the Memory Hole coughs up its secrets, probably expressed as “To further the plans of her reactionary Anti-Party Group, she stealthily seeded the peoples’ government with representatives of her feudal family clique.”

  2. … or aren’t the ‘extended [family] members’ of the Chavez, Cabello, Flores clans just really committed public servants — talented technocrats qualified for, and deserving of, high office?

  3. There is something humorous and disturbing about a TV station getting investigated for creating “zozobra”. The term probably has a legal definition in Venezuelan telecom regulations, but isn’t one of the functions of journalism to create zozobra (i.e., intranquilidad) by reporting troubling truths? Or is that only in the normal world and not in our magical kingdom of bizarroland?
    “Bad TV station! causing people to get all worked up over things like that! That is not cool. Please only report about Miss Venezuela, la vinotinto and official statements”

    • Did you know she went to China-Canada (and wanted to go to NY) taking with her not only her grand children but also two female friends of hers and her HAIRDRESSER?
      Yes, she has a hairdresser. Believe it or not! And that hairdresser travels around the world with the money that should be used to give textbooks to Venezuela’s children or to provide water to Valencia’s public hospital.

      • Well … I’m sure other first ladies travel with some sort of hairdresser/valet. Even Merkel probably travels with someone who does her makeup or hair. It’s par for the course for female politicians.

        • Juan, come on: we would expect something for the money. Have you seen Cilia’s greña?

          And they usually don’t travel around with their wee friends…at least they give those friends some posts (but that is an issue and it tends to come up in the news sooner than later in Germany)

          • We should offer a trade – let Cilia have as many hairdressers as she wants as long as she takes her red, muddy paws off the National Treasury!

  4. OT: Maduro has announced the expulsion of three U.S. diplomats from Venezuela for plotting sabotage:

    Now as we all know, the U.S. will have to take some sort of tit-for-tat diplomatic measure. Of course, the usual measure is the expulsion from the U.S. of three similarly ranking Venezuelan diplomats. But, in this case, I think that the State Department could be so much more creative. I propose a contest to see who can come up with the best suggestion for the U.S. response to this latest diplomatic temper tantrum from Maduro.

  5. The govt is looking for a fight with the US . thats obvious from all the extravagant accusations and claims made during recent weeks of plots , conspiracies , imaginery insults etc allegeded instituted by the US govt agaisnt Maduro and its govt. Why is Maduro so intent on picking a fight with the US ?? 3 reasons : 1.- to distract attention from the many disasters that are befalling its govt in terms of shortages , run away inflation , rising crime , spread of corruption , infrastructure breakdown etc. 2.- to rally its supporters (including any ‘red blooded patriots’ ) agaisnt the imperialist enemies of Venezuelan dignity . 3.- to slowly create a climate of opinion favourable to some drastic action against whats left of Venezuelan democratic institutions , justified by the need to answer the

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