Nada for Thee – Empanada for Me!

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Nada for Thee - Empanada for Me!

Maybe he was bored. Pre­sid­ing over the mass star­va­tion of your country’s peo­ple isn’t a cake­walk, after all.

Venezuela’s Joe Stalin looka­like dic­ta­tor has been crit­i­cized for becom­ing a fat bas­tard while the peo­ple in his coun­try wait for hours in line to get bread, resort to pick­ing through trash for any­thing edi­ble, and die in the streets of hunger — but that won’t make Nicolás Maduro lose his appetite:

Amer­i­can Thinker has more about this:

Thurs­day, Maduro was in the midst of a long-​winded national speech known in Venezuela as a “cadena.” He paused, pulled a sandwich-​like object out of his desk, and took a bite, chomped it down, and then con­tin­ued his speech. He was eat­ing what looked like a Venezue­lan arepa, a tasty cornmeal-​based snack with prob­a­bly some meat inside, although the Latin press accounts iden­ti­fied it as an empanada, a dish more com­monly asso­ci­ated with Argentina and Chile.

It comes at a time when the Venezue­lan daily min­i­mum wage, just raised for the sixth time this year, won’t even cover the cost of an empanada, let alone an arepa, given that infla­tion is run­ning at close to 3,000% and Maduro has just intro­duced the new 100,000 boli­var note.

Efecto Con­cuya, via Google Trans­late, reports:

For the sixth time in 2017, Pres­i­dent Nicolás Maduro announced a new increase in the min­i­mum wage that placed the daily salary at Bs. 5,916, but the num­ber of prod­ucts that can be pur­chased with that amount is increas­ingly reduced.

In a sale of break­fast and lunch located in the munic­i­pal­ity of Lib­er­ta­dor, a pie costs 5,500 boli­vars and a filled arepa exceeds Bs. 12,000. There was Rodolfo Gutiér­rez, who bought two empanadas and a malt for an amount of Bs. 15,500. That is, some­one who only receives a min­i­mum wage, noth­ing else could pay for a pie.

In a restau­rant located in El Cafe­tal, munic­i­pal­ity Baruta, it is impos­si­ble to even buy a pie, because it has a price of Bs. 7,500. A large cof­fee is also inac­ces­si­ble since it is sold above 8,000 bolivars.

What it shows is the Venezue­lan elites’ com­plete indif­fer­ence to the suf­fer­ing of Venezuela’s peo­ple. They mark their supe­ri­or­ity over the masses – not by flash­ing Rolexes any­more, but by eat­ing in front of them.

And don’t think such a mes­sage didn’t get out. Cade­nas in Venezuela break into every TV set, every radio show, every pro­gram with­out warn­ing, no mat­ter what’s play­ing. You don’t have the option to flip the chan­nel, because the cadena is on every channel.

And cade­nas can last for hours. The logic was that the president’s announce­ments were so cru­cial, so impor­tant, and so nec­es­sary that every other broad­cast could just be bro­ken into, like the emer­gency broad­cast system.

You got that? It wasn’t just a video ver­sion of the “hot mic”, peo­ple had no choice in watch­ing it if they had a tele­vi­sion on, and Maduro knew it.

Is this man stu­pid or just cruel?

Please pray for the peo­ple of Venezuela.

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MJ Steven­son, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla​.com. She lives in a wood­land shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her fam­ily and a large pack of guardian com­pan­ion ani­mals.

Maybe he was bored. Presiding over the mass starvation of your country’s people isn’t a cakewalk, after all.

Venezuela’s Joe Stalin lookalike dictator has been criticized for becoming a fat bastard while the people in his country wait for hours in line to get bread, resort to picking through trash for anything edible, and die in the streets of hunger – but that won’t make Nicolás Maduro lose his appetite:

American Thinker has more about this:

Thursday, Maduro was in the midst of a long-winded national speech known in Venezuela as a “cadena.”  He paused, pulled a sandwich-like object out of his desk, and took a bite, chomped it down, and then continued his speech.  He was eating what looked like a Venezuelan arepa, a tasty cornmeal-based snack with probably some meat inside, although the Latin press accounts identified it as an empanada, a dish more commonly associated with Argentina and Chile.

It comes at a time when the Venezuelan daily minimum wage, just raised for the sixth time this year, won’t even cover the cost of an empanada, let alone an arepa, given that inflation is running at close to 3,000% and Maduro has just introduced the new 100,000 bolivar note.

Efecto Concuya, via Google Translate, reports:

For the sixth time in 2017, President Nicolás Maduro announced a new increase in the minimum wage that placed the daily salary at Bs. 5,916, but the number of products that can be purchased with that amount is increasingly reduced.

In a sale of breakfast and lunch located in the municipality of Libertador, a pie costs 5,500 bolivars and a filled arepa exceeds Bs. 12,000. There was Rodolfo Gutiérrez, who bought two empanadas and a malt for an amount of Bs. 15,500. That is, someone who only receives a minimum wage, nothing else could pay for a pie.

In a restaurant located in El Cafetal, municipality Baruta, it is impossible to even buy a pie, because it has a price of Bs. 7,500. A large coffee is also inaccessible since it is sold above 8,000 bolivars.

What it shows is the Venezuelan elites’ complete indifference to the suffering of Venezuela’s people.  They mark their superiority over the masses – not by flashing Rolexes anymore, but by eating in front of them.

And don’t think such a message didn’t get out.  Cadenas in Venezuela break into every TV set, every radio show, every program without warning, no matter what’s playing.  You don’t have the option to flip the channel, because the cadena is on every channel.

And cadenas can last for hours.  The logic was that the president’s announcements were so crucial, so important, and so necessary that every other broadcast could just be broken into, like the emergency broadcast system.

You got that? It wasn’t just a video version of the “hot mic”, people had no choice in watching it if they had a television on, and Maduro knew it.

Is this man stupid or just cruel?

Please pray for the people of Venezuela.

*******

MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals.