No really, it was a compliment


Inside the Jose Antonio de Sucre hydro dam in Puerto Ordaz. Open the bay door, HAL.

Dear nice people in the Venezuelan government and PDVSA who read this website (and you know who you are): When I said it was good news that electricity rationing would be maintained, I meant it’s good news for the pueblo, and by implication, it was good news for the stability of your government. Just cause I speak English doesn’t mean I meant that it’s good news for the bourgeois apatrida sifrina pitiyanqui imperio ricachon desestabilizadores etc etc. Well, anyway, nice work — I’m sure Guri will recover just fine without rationing. No really, it’ll be cool. (And yes, I know I said a while back that it doesn’t matter if they end rationing, as it wasn’t doing much. But ending rationing for the people is different from ending rationing for the big factories in Guayana, where there were tremendous energy savings. Oh wellsies.)

Thanks to the eagle-eyed scholars at the smart, speedy and snarky Structurally Maladjusted for the note alerting me to the news.


7 thoughts on “No really, it was a compliment

  1. sapitosetty Post author

    No joke — I wonder if this is all just a favor to people in Caracas who want to run their giant-screen TVs 6 hours a day without running afoul of rationing rules.

  2. Marcus

    Aren’t you really Canadian?

    I’ll bet you didn’t expect to watch someone pull the goalie when you moved to Venezuela.

    Well, that’s what just happened. You’ve just watched Chavez pull the goalie. It’s a desperate situation. The “big factories in Guayana” either earn desperately needed foreign exchange or produce basic materials to keep the economy going. He can no longer pay to import what he can’t produce.

    Now he has to score by September 26. He’s not worried about whether he has enough in the tank to make it to April.

    (You explain “pull the goalie.”)

  3. marc in calgary

    the “pull the goalie” analogy is quite apt, and funny, in a crappy kind of way.

  4. sapitosetty Post author

    OK, if memory serves, you can only have so many hockey players on the ice at one time, so when you really need to score you take your goalie out of the game and put in someone who is a bit more lightly dressed who might be able to help you overwhelm the other team’s defense and get some goals in the last minutes of a game.

    But this assumes there’s a method here. I think it’s just magical thinking and innumeracy.

  5. mccool

    In soccer, what you do is to send the goalie up for corners and free kicks thus adding an extra attacker. But it does leave your own goal exposed.

    Keepers have been known to score but it’s also pretty risky and a last roll of the dice.

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