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The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch | Caracas Chronicles
Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night.What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.
What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.
Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries onmotorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting. People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street. And that’s just what came out in real time, over Twitter and YouTube, before any real investigation is carried out. Online media is next, a city of 645,000 inhabitants has been taken off the internet amid mounting repression, and this blog itself has been the object of a Facebook “block” campaign.
What we saw were not “street clashes”, what we saw is a state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.
After the major crackdown on the streets of major (and minor) Venezuelan cities last night, I expected some kind of response in the major international news outlets this morning. I understand that with an even bigger and more photogenic freakout ongoing in an even more strategically important country, we weren’t going to be front-page-above-the-fold, but I’m staggered this morning to wake up, scan the press and find…
As of 11 a.m. this morning, the New York Times World Section has…nothing.
10 Rules for Students and Teachers by John Cage
Rule 1: Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for awhile.
Rule 2: (General duties as a student) - Pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students
Rule 3: (General duties as a teacher) - Pull everything out of your students
Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment
Rule 5: Be Self Disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.
Rule 6: Follow the leader. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.
Rule 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It is the people who do all the work all the time who eventually catch onto things. You can fool the fans — but not the players.
Rule 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.
Rule 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.
Rule 10: We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules, and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for “x” qualities
Always be Around
Come or go to everything
Always go to classes
Read everything you can get your hands on
Look at movies carefully and often
SAVE EVERYTHING. It may come in handy later.
Seen at the Olympic Park.
So weird this looks like a rendering
If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp .
According to news reports today, Facebook has agreed to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.
That’s the highest price paid for a startup in history. It’s $3…
The last paragraph of this post is one of the biggest issues facing the United States right now. If not *the* biggest.
On February 20, 1909, one hundred and five years ago today, Paris newspaper Le Figaro published the Futurist Manifesto, written by Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. The manifesto declared with great fanfare the tenets of Futurism, embracing technology, industrialization, and speed, and inserting their energetic style into all aspects of political and cultural life.
Jason, Eric, Alex, Phus and Lena suited up for the Idiotarod <3
The United States may well be on the way to becoming a ‘Downton Abbey’ economy.
You probably won’t read this but you should. Especially if you’re under 30. Say hello to your possible future!