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As Venezuela's Blackout Drags On, Protesters Fill The Streets Of Caracas

As Venezuela's Blackout Drags On, Protesters Fill The Streets Of Caracas
Protesters took to the streets Saturday with tensions rising between opposition leader Juan Guaidó and President Nicolás Maduro, as crisis-wracked Venezuela began to emerge from the chaos of an electricity blackout.

In the midst of one of the most extensive power outages in Venezuelan history, the country's opposition leader Juan Guaidó urged his supporters on Saturday to mobilize against the government of President Nicolás Maduro. "Venezuela, let's go to the streets," Guaidó, who declared himself interim president in January with endorsements from dozens of countries, said in a video on Twitter in response to the massive blackout blanketing most of the nation.

Maduro, without offering evidence, blamed the outage that started Thursday afternoon on the United States, calling it an "electricity war." The blackout appears to have stemmed from a failure at the main hydroelectric plant in Venezuela, which has suffered from years of underinvestment. Guaidó claimed the outage knocked out power in 22 of the country's 23 states.

Protesters showed up in the the streets of Caracas in open defiance of a ban by the Maduro government on political rallies in the heart of the capital. NPR's Philip Reeves reports the rallies were particularly remarkable considering it wasn't easy for demonstrators to get there with the subway system out of service and a massive deployment of police, National Guard and army soldiers blocking the roads.

Maduro held his own rally inside the presidential palace for supporters.....

Science says liberals, not conservatives, are psychotics

Science says liberals, not conservatives, are psychotics

Turns out liberals are the real authoritarians.

A political-science journal that published an oft-cited study claiming conservatives were more likely to show traits associated with “psychoticism” now says it got it wrong. Very wrong.

The American Journal of Political Science published a correction this year saying that the 2012 paper has “an error” — and that liberal political beliefs, not conservative ones, are actually linked to psychoticism.

“The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed,” the journal said in the startling correction.

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Why a "surprising" correction?

Some of us knew all along the conclusions were wrong; no surprise.

Americans have a clear message for 2020 presidential candidates

Americans' message for 2020 presidential candidates: Keep your socialist hands off our government programs

Twenty months before Election Day, Americans have a clear message for 2020 presidential candidates: keep your socialist hands off our government programs.

That paradoxical verdict emerges from the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. And it underscores the challenges facing both President Donald Trump and his Democratic adversaries.

As a philosophical label, socialism fares dismally alongside capitalism in public sentiment. Just 18 percent of Americans react positively to the mention of socialism, while 50 percent react negatively. Capitalism draws almost exactly the inverse reaction: 50 percent positive and 19 percent negative.....

Wallowing in stupidity

Wallowing in stupidity

Now that we now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her friends are running the Democratic Party, or wielding a veto power over the party leaders, attention must be paid. Attention comes at a cost, for her musings present an extended case study in stupidity. She spouts stupidity in stream of consciousness form. How long before we are treated to a little red book compiling quotations from her?.....

…..They serve as a useful reminder.....

Julian Castro makes slavery reparations offer no one could possibly refuse

Oh my.

Read that very very very carefully.

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Julian Castro considers direct payments to African-Americans over slavery

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro isn’t ruling out direct payments to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery – a stand separating him from his 2020 rivals.

“If under the Constitution we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn’t you compensate people who actually were property,” the former Obama-era housing secretary and ex-San Antonio mayor said on Sunday...…

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Okay, fine, I'm all for it.

Let's find all the still-living people who were once slaves, and cut them a check.

Ol' Joe leads Iowa poll for Demo presidential nominee

Iowa Poll: Not even in the race, Joe Biden leads herd of Democrats; Bernie Sanders close behind

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If I were Breadlines Bernie, I wouldn't get too excited about being in second place; once Hilda enters the race, for the old crank, it's over.

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.....Right now, the contest in Iowa could be characterized as a two-person race. The next-closest challenger, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, trails Sanders by 16 percentage points. Support has ticked up slightly for Warren and California Sen. Kamala Harris is in fourth place. Warren is now at 9 percent, up from 8 percent, and Harris is at 7 percent, up from 5 percent.

Next is former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who has seen his support fall by about half since December as he continues weighing a possible run. Five percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers now say he is their first choice for president — down from 11 percent in December. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar tie with 3 percent.

No other candidate gets more than 1 percent, and some — including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and California Congressman Eric Swalwell — were not named as a first choice by a single poll respondent.

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".....and some--including New York City Mayor Bill de Blobbio--were not named as a first choice by a single poll respondent."

Why Breadlines Bernie's trendy brand of "socialism" is doomed

Why Brooklyn’s trendy brand of ‘socialism’ is ultimately doomed

The Marxists have been telling us for 150 years that capitalism contains the seeds of its own destruction. Based on what the socialists are up to, I think I’ll just keep placing my chips on capital, thanks.

A story in New York magazine last week, teased on the cover as “When Did Everyone Become a Socialist?” and inside as “Pinkos Have More Fun,” was not convincing about either of these notions. Far from seizing the reins of power, I’d say the socialist movement is a little more like the Marilyn Manson craze. Highly visible, but not particularly scary. To put it another way, if your revolution assumes an army of male-feminist Pajama Boys coming to get me and my friends, I like our chances...…

…..Even that is overstating the importance of the DSA. It’s pretty much exclusively a Brown-Brooklyn — call it Brownklyn — phenomenon, unnoticed by normal Americans. There’s a scene in the article in which young, excitable white people who made it 30 pages into “The Marx-Engels Reader” try to get a black bartender in Brooklyn excited about the socialism of then-gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon. “Who?” replies the barkeep.....

…..A lot of the Bushwick Bolsheviks are too young to remember any of this, but memory turns up innumerable examples of leftist movements that got lots of media attention at the time but fizzled out without accomplishing anything. Occupy Wall Street was a national obsession eight years ago; actual results were nada. In 2008, Barack Obama thrilled the left when he said he was on the brink of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Didn’t happen, and pretty much his only accomplishment, ObamaCare, is now implicitly dismissed by the left when they call for replacing it with Medicare For All. Before Obama, there were the Howard Deaniacs and the Nader Nerds and before that, there were the anti-globalist window-smashers of the 1990s and before that, there were the Summer Vacation Sandinistas and Fidel Castro fanboys … like Bill de Blasio and Bernie Sanders......

Breadlines Bernie has to pay

Brooklyn College charged Sanders campaign $70K for rally

Brooklyn College is feeling the green after hosting Bernie Sanders’ presidential kickoff rally. The school, part of the public City University of New York system, charged the Sanders campaign $70,000 for the March 2 event.

The rally attracted about 13,000 people to the Midwood campus, where Sanders, a Brooklyn native seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination, attended school for a year. A CUNY spokesman said its campuses could be used during off hours by outside groups, but organizations would be charged fair market value and expenses for “partisan political use.”

A Brooklyn College spokesman said the money covered expenses such as security and that “a portion of the fee will be reinvested into upkeep of our facilities.”.....

least expensive movies made

1993--El Mariachi
$7,000 budget
$2,040,920 gross


1972--Deep Throat

1997--In the Company of Men


1995--The Brothers McMullen


2004--Super Size Me


1972--The Last House on the Left


2006--Facing the Giants

1987--Hollywood Shuffle

1998--The Mighty

1920--Over the Hill to the Poorhouse

2015--The Gallows

1915--The Birth of a Nation

1968--Night of the Living Dead

2012--Your Sister's Sister

She Guevera owes back taxes; won't pay

Company founded by Ocasio-Cortez in 2012 still owes $1,870 in taxes

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to pass sweeping tax hikes on the wealthy, but the freshman lawmaker might want to take care of her own unpaid tax bill first. Brook Avenue Press, a company she founded in 2012 to publish children’s books in The Bronx, owes the state $1,870.36 in corporate taxes, public records show.

The state slapped the company with a warrant on July 6, 2017, two months after Ocasio-Cortez announced her candidacy to run against Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley for the district that encompasses parts of Queens and The Bronx. The state requires businesses to pay a corporation tax on a sliding scale based on revenue. The minimum payment last year was $25.

“The company probably got numerous letters from the state and probably ignored them,” one New York City accountant theorized. Public records show the state dissolved the company in October 2016, which can happen when a business fails to pay corporate taxes or file a return.....
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