permaculture OT: Hugo Chavez, R.I.P., a true Venezuelan hero.| hilarious spoof of bad AP obit.

Hugo Chavez, R.I.P., a true Venezuelan hero.

| hilarious spoof of bad AP obit.

AP: Chavez made “meager” gains, only reduced poverty, didn’t build the world’s tallest building – Boing Boing
http://boingboing.net/2013/03/08/ap-chavez-made-meager-gai.html

Associated Press business reporter Pamela Simpson wrote a terrible obitfor Huge Chavez, writing:
“Chavez invested Venezuela’s oil wealth into social programs including state-run food markets, cash benefits for poor families,
free health clinics and education programs. But those gains were meager compared with the spectacular construction projects
that oil riches spurred in glittering Middle Eastern cities, including the world’s tallest building in Dubai and plans for branches
of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums in Abu Dhabi”

Jim Naureckas has an appropriately scathing response::
“In case you’re curious about what kind of results this kooky agenda had, here’s a chart (NACLA,
10/8/12) based on World Bank poverty stats–showing the proportion of Venezuelans living on less than
$2 a day falling from 35 percent to 13 percent over three years. (For comparison purposes, there’s
a similar stat for Brazil, which made substantial but less dramatic progress against poverty over the same time period.)
Of course, during this time, the number of Venezuelans living in the world’s tallest building went from 0 percent to 0 percent,
while the number of copies of the Mona Lisa remained flat, at none. So you have to say that Chavez’s presidency was overall
pretty disappointing–at least by AP’s standards.”

AP: Chavez Wasted His Money on Healthcare When He Could Have Built Gigantic Skyscrapers
http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/03/06/ap-chavez-wasted-his-money-on-healthcare-when-he-could-have-built-gigantic-skyscrapers/

FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting — The national media watch group http://fair.org/

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