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Let there be rice...

by Willy / March 1, 2009 2:39 AM PST

Instead of seizing rice plants and the like, Caverz should at least use his "oil wealth" to buy rice on the open market and dump it in his country to help depress the price of rice. Instead, he wants to look good as if he's doing something, but really he hasn't increased any more rice sources or offered price decreases on other products, like cooking oil, etc.. He a farce waiting for the final current call if was anything worthwhile to his country he can't seem to fathom what it is.

link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29450223/

Adios -----Willy Shocked

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Chavez is destroying his country
by James Denison / March 1, 2009 3:07 AM PST
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Someone needs to get that mad man out of power.

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It was evident to some that the policies of Hitler
by drpruner / March 1, 2009 4:16 AM PST
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would eventually ruin his country. Likewise with Stalin ... Banda ... Mugabe ... Mussolini ... Napoleon l'Empereur ...

The damage is always done first, then the reckoning. At the cost of many lives.

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Despite the negative filter of the article there are one or
by Ziks511 / March 1, 2009 9:14 PM PST
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two anomalies that stand out. Why was the largest factory producing at half capacity? If there was a crop failure, why wasn't it mentioned, if there wasn't, then why the low production. Despite my personal dislike for Mr Chavez's behaviour, there are at least indications that he may have been right when he said that the major producers were contributing to inflation.

Additionally, I have difficulty in trusting the Third World corporate management of petroleum resources. If they manipulate the US market (and I at least think they do) as they were proved to have done in the Canadian Market in the Trudeau years, then heaven knows what they get up to in Venezuela.

And why stick that large red quotation about Fidel Castro in the middle of the article except to bias the American reader and associate Chavez with Castro. It was totally irrelevant to the article itself, even if true. It was, if you'll pardon the expression, a red herring.

MSNBC seems to me to be the most liberal leaning of all the TV outlets, but this web article should be a sign that it's not leaning very far.

Rob

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I'd like to see...
by J. Vega / March 2, 2009 1:32 AM PST

I'd like to see the 2008 rice production statistics. I found them for years past, but that list only goes to 2007. Those figures are still worth examination, so below is a link to them. Something that may be a factor in the amount of rice available for the people is the amount of their rice exports, so in the upper left of that page select that to chance the chart and figures to that variable.

http://www.indexmundi.com/agriculture/?country=ve&commodity=milled-rice&graph=production

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