A.R.T. gala raises $1.4M for artistic, community programs

first_imgThe American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Producer Diane Borger, raised a record $1.4 million in support of the theater’s artistic, community, and education programs at its annual fundraising gala held April 1. More than 500 guests attended the event at the Boch Center Wang Theatre that celebrated Paulus’ 10th anniversary season and honored Harvard President Emerita Drew Faust with the theater’s Angel Award.Faust dedicated much of her tenure as president to developing a more vibrant arts culture at Harvard. At the gala, she was recognized for elevating the role of the arts on the University’s campus and beyond.“I’ve seen how the arts can bring us together around issues that seem impossible to resolve,” Faust said in accepting the award.  “It is my hope that what we do at Harvard in the arts and in theater will somehow be an inspiration, a model, a contagion for the rest of the world.”Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus (left) and Harvard President Emerita Drew Faust. Faust received the A.R.T. Angel Award at the gala. Photo by GretjenHelene.com“How lucky I was to arrive at the A.R.T. when you were president,” Paulus said to Faust. “You have been a mentor, and a guiding light for me for the past 10 years.”Paulus also acknowledged the A.R.T.’s Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors; Terrie and Bradley Bloom; Harvard partners President Larry Bacow, Provost Alan Garber, Dean Nitin Noria, Joe O’Donnell; and David and Stacey Goel.“I am humbled by the support in this room for this theater, our mission, and my journey here,” said Paulus. “Thank you so much for coming out this evening to celebrate this theater, Harvard University, and the arts.”Gala co-chairs were RoAnn Costin, Fay and Bill Shutzer, and Lis Tarlow and Steve Kay.The evening began with a performance by from The Gershwins’ “Porgy & Bess” by Sumayya Ali (“The Black Clown,” The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”), who was followed by Desi Oakley (“Waitress” national tour), Betsy Wolfe (“Waitress” on Broadway), and Elizabeth Stanley (“Jagged Little Pill” at the A.R.T. and on Broadway this fall) who surprised Paulus and the audience with music from “Waitress” and “Jagged Little Pill,” two world premiere musicals that were developed and premiered at the A.R.T. Davóne Tines and members of the cast of “The Black Clown” — also developed and premiered at the A.R.T. — performed two songs that brought the audience to their feet.The gala’s live auction included packages to see the New York premiere of “The Black Clown” at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival; a private dinner with Gloria Steinem and Paulus before the opening night of A.R.T.’s 2019-20 production of “Gloria: A Life”; tickets to “Network” on Broadway and a meet-and-greet with Bryan Cranston (“All the Way”); and a “Jagged Little Pill” Broadway opening night experience.last_img read more

Neanderthals Win Toolmaking Olympics

first_imgScientists have taken another step toward debunking the myth of the “stupid Neanderthals” who went extinct when competing with their supposedly advanced neighbors, the “modern humans.”  Science Daily is one of several news sites reporting a study on toolmaking by the two groups of humans, that concluded that “stone tool technologies developed by our species, Homo sapiens, were no more efficient than those used by Neanderthals.”  In fact, Neanderthal tools may have been superior.    More important than the study about flint knife efficiency was the change of attitude expressed by Metin Erin (U of Exeter), lead author of the paper:Our research disputes a major pillar holding up the long-held assumption that Homo sapiens were more advanced than Neanderthals.  It is time for archaeologists to start searching for other reasons why Neanderthals became extinct while our ancestors survived.  Technologically speaking, there is no clear advantage of one tool over the other.  When we think of Neanderthals, we need to stop thinking in terms of ‘stupid’ or ‘less advanced’ and more in terms of ‘different.’Museum displays had long portrayed Neanderthals as stoop-shouldered, beetle-browed, grunting cavemen not as evolved as the upcoming modern humans.  “Many long-held beliefs suggesting why the Neanderthals went extinct have been debunked in recent years,” the article said.  “Research has already shown that Neanderthals were as good at hunting as Homo sapiens and had no clear disadvantage in their ability to communicate.  Now, these latest findings add to the growing evidence that Neanderthals were no less intelligent than our ancestors.”Are you angry at the evolutionists who misled generations of impressionable students with their myth of the stupid Neanderthal caveman?  Why not?    Look at another atrocity stemming from evolutionary doctrine.  Read this entry on New Scientist about the “forgotten scandal of the Soviet apeman.”  Ilia Ivanov, wanting to vindicate Darwin by demonstrating that humans were closely related to apes, tried to breed them together.  Notice the line: “When Ivanov approached the government, he stressed how proving Darwin right would strike a blow against religion, which the Bolsheviks were struggling to stamp out.”    Don’t think for a minute that today’s evolutionary doctrine has now been purged of all its pernicious motivations.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Black boxes found in Colombian plane crash

first_imgBAe146 Credit: Keith Newsome Investigators have recovered the flight data and cockpit voice recorders – the “black boxes’’ – from the wreckage of a Bolivian plane that crashed in Colombia on Monday carrying the Chapecoense football team.The recorders, which will be instrumental in uncovering what went wrong with the plane, are said to be in good condition.Seven  of the 68  passengers  and nine crew on board the plane survived the crash near Medellin’s Jose Maria Cordova International Airport but one survivor subsequently succumbed to injuries to put the death toll at 71. Authorities originally thought there were 81 people on board but four did not board the doomed plane.The dead included soccer players heading to play a final in Colombia and journalists covering the event.The 95-seat Avro RJ-85, registered CP-2933 and owned by Lamia Airlines, was operating  flight LMI-2933 from Sao Paulo Brazil via Santa Cruz in Bolivia to Medellin and was about 30km south-east of the airport in a holding pattern when it crashed in the mountains.An airforce helicopter had to turn back due to low visibility and weather has been bad in the area.Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez told Blu Radio that said that it is a “tragedy of huge proportions.,”The Colombian Civil Aviation Authority said that the pilots declared an emergency at 10pm local time saying they had electrical problems.The accident has shocked the football world anda left Brazilians mourning the loss Chapecoense, which had been due to play Atletico Nacional in the finals of Copa Sudamericana 2016 in Medellin.The first division team, from the small city of Chapeco, made it to Brazil’s first division in 2014 for the first time since 1970 and won its way through to the Copa Sudamericana finals last week by defeating one of Argentina’s top clubs San Lorenzo.The finals were suspended.Medellin’s Jose Maria Cordova International Airport is located at an altitude of 2142m amongst mountains.According to Flightradar24 the plane crashed while in the holding pattern at about 16,000ft.The particular Avro RJ85 was built in 1999 and was one of two owned by the small Bolivian airline.last_img read more

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia plays down Deeney wind-up celebration

first_imgWatford boss Gracia plays down Deeney wind-up celebrationby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia hailed goalscorer Troy Deeney after victory over West Ham.The Watford captain slammed home a first-half penalty and Gerard Deulofeu added a late second to stun West Ham 2-0 and scupper their bid to win five matches on the spin.Deeney celebrated his successful spot-kick by punching the corner flag out of the ground in front of the West Ham supporters.”What I saw was that after the goal he was running to the corner,” Gracia said.”I don’t know what he said. I can’t tell you if it’s a good or bad celebration, I often see players running into the corner.”I like the way he plays, his commitment, all the things he does day by day. Like all the players he maybe makes mistakes but he is our captain and an important player for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Höegh LNG Signs ThreeYear FSRU Charter with CNOOC

first_imgzoomBy courtesy of Höegh LNG Höegh LNG has secured a three-year time charter contract for its floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Höegh Esperanza.The deal, which was agreed with CNOOC Gas & Power Trading and Marketing (CNOOC), has a one-year extension option.Under the contract, Höegh Esperanza will be utilised in FSRU mode at the Tianjin LNG terminal in China for no less than an agreed-upon minimum period each year, with the balance of the year in LNGC mode and/or FSRU mode.The contract will commence with immediate effect, and has a rate structure that corresponds to the mode of use.Höegh Esperanza was delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea in early April 2018. This high-specification FSRU is designed for open, closed or combined loop regasification operation.It has a storage capacity of 170 000 cbm of LNG and a maximum regasification rate of 750 million standard cubic feet per day. It is equipped with a GTT Mark III membrane containment system and dual-fuel diesel-electric (DFDE) propulsion.last_img read more

Athabasca Chipewyan battling oilsands project

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation is trying to stop hearings into an oilsands expansion project on their traditional territory.The Alberta government’s justice review panel is supposed to begin public hearings into Shell Canada’s plans to expand one of their open pit mines.But the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is trying to get a court injunction to stop them.They say the government failed to consult properly over the Jackpine Project.They want to know more about predicted losses of habitat and wildlife before the hearings go ahead.last_img read more

Imagine living underwater for 31 days Or better Watch other people do

first_imgRelated posts:Actor Leonardo DiCaprio talks about illegal fishing in Costa Rica’s Cocos Island Sea Shepherd’s R/V Martin Sheen lands in Costa Rica for 4-month research mission Chile declares huge Easter Island marine reserve; US announces 2 more protected areas Obama will propose expanding Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary “What It’s Like to Live Underwater for 31 Days,” appears in the Atlantic magazine.“Fabien Cousteau is on the ocean floor right now, and he’s not coming up for air until July.” So begins Svati Kirsten Narula’s story in the Atlantic magazine about the undersea adventure called Mission 31.Cousteau — grandson of the legendary Jacques — and a small team of fellow aquanauts are living in an underwater habitat called Aquarius and hope to stay there for 31 days. Sitting on stilts about 60 feet beneath the surface a few miles off the Florida Keys, Aquarius is about 9 feet by 43 feet — about the size of a school bus, as Cousteau says. To combat claustrophobia, the crew plans to spend several hours every day doing rocket-pack-assisted swims and tooling along the continental shelf on underwater motorbikes. Fabien Cousteau and fellow aquanauts are living in an underwater habitat off the Florida Keys and hope to stay there for 31 days. (Carrie Vonderhaar)Cousteau and two technicians arrived June 1 and plan to remain on Aquarius for the entire 31 days. Two teams of three researchers each will each spend half the time on board, mainly studying the effects of climate change and pollution on the coral reef. Beyond that, they just want to get better acquainted with the vast underwater world that oceanographers including Cousteau believe is woefully underexplored. (As submarine designer Graham Hawkes once scolded the scientific community, “Your rockets are pointed in the wrong g—— direction!”)To engage a global audience, the underwater team will keep up regular communication with reporters, teachers and students via email and Skype. And the entire adventure is being broadcast live online at the Mission 31 Website.When we tuned in the other day, the interior of Aquarius was pretty mundane, with T-shirt-clad researchers sweeping something off the floor (there’s no sound, so we didn’t know what), checking their dials, squeezing quietly past each other in the narrow control space. But the action outside was lively, with dozens of brilliantly colored fish poking attentively at the 80-ton behemoth that had suddenly appeared in their world. Curiosity, it seems, works both ways.Watch Jacques Cousteau’s and Louis Malle’s exquisite documentary about the first manned undersea colony, which won an Academy Award in 1964: © 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Rep Runestad recognizes local scholarship semifinalists

first_img Categories: Runestad News 11Oct Rep. Runestad recognizes local scholarship semifinalists Rep. Jim Runestad today congratulated two local National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, Jack Lewis from Milford High School and Matthew Person from Lakeland High School.“I’m honored to represent such talented and dedicated young individuals in my district,” Rep. Runestad said. “Jack and Matthew should be very proud of this impressive achievement. They definitely have bright futures ahead of them.”The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships among high school students. Semifinalists are selected based on their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) performance. Approximately 16,000 students each year qualify as semifinalists on a state-representational basis.Finalists and winners of the National Merit Scholarship will be announced early next year.last_img read more

Click here to see this developing story

first_imgClick here to see this developing story — — Recommended Link Justin: Interesting. And what do you think of Guaidó? Many Western countries have recognized him as the acting president of Venezuela.Doug: Guaidó is conducting a coup d’état. Or a golpe, as they say here in Latin America. The army and the police – who have all the guns – have apparently declared for Maduro. Of course Venezuela has something like 2000 generals – an almost unbelievable number. I’m sure most of them, as well as thousands of colonels, are living high off the hog and don’t want to see a change.On the other hand, the rank and file are likely sympathetic with the common people. They may desert if pressed. Or maybe some charismatic captain or top sergeant will rise up. Anything is possible. Including an actual civil war. Anything’s possible in a country suffering a total economic disaster.Now, just to be clear, I despise Maduro. He’s a thug, a criminal, and a socialist with an IQ of – I’m guessing – about 90. But give him credit. He’s totally destroyed what was once the richest country on the continent, and that takes special talent. Even Clinton, Bush, and Obama in sequence couldn’t do that to the U.S.If you listen to him talk, he uses very simple Spanish. Even with my very substandard Spanish I can understand him perfectly when he speaks. That’s because he uses very simple, bus driver-type language. You can easily imagine him in his bus driver’s uniform, piloting around the streets of Caracas. But he’s said some things that are quite intelligent.Justin: What sort of intelligent things has he said?Doug: Well, when Trump seemed to threaten an invasion, he said, “Are you going to repeat a Vietnam in Latin America?”It was a very intelligent question to ask. Even people that hate Maduro may decide that it’s such an affront having American soldiers invade their country that it could easily turn into a Vietnam. They’ll figure the U.S. is there to steal their oil.It’s quite stupid – not to mention illegal – for Trump to say, “We don’t like your regime so we’re going to send troops in to change it.” It’s just asking for trouble. It’s as if the U.S. learned absolutely nothing from trying to change regimes in a score of countries since the end of WW2.Another intelligent thing Maduro said is, “Everything depends on the level of madness and aggressiveness of the northern empire.” He was referring to the United States, of course.For many years the U.S. has, in fact, been acting like an empire. But not so much like the Roman Empire, which conquered and occupied places. Although, the U.S. does that, too. That’s why we have troops in South Korea, Germany, Japan, and scores of other countries. The U.S. is more like the Athenian empire, which was effectively a commercial empire, as opposed to a military empire.Maduro’s quite correct. Americans are not always the good guys. If a visitor from Mars were to examine this planet, they’d have to say the most dangerous entity in the world today is the U.S. government. I know most Americans may be affronted to hear that. We’re used to thinking of ourselves as the “good guys.” And that’s true, when it comes to our culture and civilization. But the U.S. government has a life of its own. It’s different from the country. Just as Venezuela’s government, and the attached Deep State, isn’t the same as the average Venezuelan.Maduro also said that, “It’s as if I told the European Union that I’d give it a few days to recognize the Republic of Catalonia.”He was referring to when Catalonia attempted to break away from Spain in October 2017. And he’s absolutely correct. I was 100% on the side of the Catalans in that misadventure. Governments shouldn’t stick their noses into other people’s business. Major wars can start over trivial incidents. WW1 is the perfect example.Some of Maduro’s observations are intelligent and correct. But I’d still say he’s a borderline moron, the AOC of South America, judging by everything else he’s done and believes. That doesn’t mean that he can’t say intelligent things from time to time.Justin: What are the chances Trump sends troops to Venezuela?Doug: Well, Trump is a genuine loose cannon. He has no core beliefs, just gut feelings. He flies by the seat of his pants and seems to be capable of doing almost anything on the spur of the moment.Trump likes to show strength. He likes to demonstrate that he’s a tough guy who can’t be bluffed. He’s quite capable of invading, on some pretense. There are plenty of precedents for that sort of thing. Don’t forget the U.S. actually invaded Grenada, which was about as illegal as Hitler invading Poland in 1939 or Japan invading Manchuria in 1931.The U.S. also invaded Panama on the pretense of its president dealing in drugs. Another completely illegal invasion. It nearly invaded Cuba with Bay of Pigs incident in 1961. Haiti, the Dominican Republic – the U.S. treats countries in the Caribbean as satrapies in its empire. It doesn’t treat them like real countries. Which is ironic, because in most cases they aren’t real countries – they’re banana republics, run by kleptocrats. But that’s beside the point. It’s very bad policy to do this type of thing, on several levels.So, sure. Trump is entirely capable of sending in the Marines. Justin: Interesting. Doug, I’ve become friends with quite a few Venezuelans during my travels. They fled to countries like Colombia, Argentina, and Peru because the situation at home was so unstable.And many of these people are very hopeful about the future of Venezuela in light of what’s happened lately, specifically Guaidó’s rise to power.Do you share this optimism? Do you see things getting better in Venezuela?Doug: Yeah, that’s a great question. Venezuela’s biggest problem is that it’s sitting on a huge amount of oil. Possibly the world’s largest reserves, although it’s mostly heavy, high-sulfur sludge – not light, sweet crude. However, the quality of the hydrocarbons isn’t the problem. The problem is that it’s all owned by the State. That means anybody that wants to be wealthy and powerful has to get control of the State. Or be a crony.These people will continue fighting for it. They’ve totally politicized the country’s economy.How would I solve the situation? It’s essential to get the power and money out of the hands of the State. The only way to defuse this situation is to probably take 100% of the State’s shares in the Venezuelan oil company, and divide them, pro rata, to all the people in the country.In fact, do that with all the State’s assets. I’ve pitched a program like that to a dozen governments over the years. It’s become a hobby, and I’ve written about it [Editor’s Note: see here and here]. This would give the average Venezuelan a stake in the government’s assets.Of course they’d also have to install an impeccable board of directors who wouldn’t use it as a vehicle to enrich themselves – at least, not too much. That’s unlikely, I know. Just a fun thought…Justin: Doug, you’ve had a lot of success speculating in markets that the average investor wants nothing to do with.Do you see a crisis investing opportunity shaping up in Venezuela?Doug: Well, here’s the thing. Venezuela is a huge country. It’s 30% bigger than Texas. There are only 30 million people, including lots of European immigrants. It’s potentially immensely wealthy. Huge possibilities in every regard. The only thing wrong is the political system. Mining, tourism, ranching, farming. It should be an industrial powerhouse, too. But, like every country in Latin America, the labor laws, taxes, regulations, and currency debasement make real development very risky.The good news is that Venezuela is still going to be there. Regimes come and go. Unfortunately, it’s still going to have problems because of the ingrained culture, and the oil situation.Which brings us to your question. Is there any way that we can profit from all of this?I’m reasonably familiar with both real estate speculation and Latin America, having been to every country in Latin America, in most cases a number of times. I’ve lived in three.You can buy an apartment in Venezuela for very cheap now. It’s said real estate prices have fallen about 60% in just the past year. I’ve looked at the websites to get an idea of what prices are. They look very cheap for what you get. But the numbers are meaningless.It’s going to depend on what you offer the guy and how desperate he is.Justin: Where would you consider buying real estate in Venezuela? Caracas is one of the most dangerous cities on the planet these days.Doug: Caracas would not be the first place I’d want to buy. Caracas has turned into your classic shithole. The city’s basically in a valley surrounded by hillsides covered with what they call “ranchos” full of poor people. In Brazil, they call these neighborhoods “favelas.” Every Latin country has its own name for the slums where people build their houses out of cardboard and flattened tin cans.There’s one partially completed skyscraper I know of. Probably 30 stories tall. It’s been abandoned, but it’s occupied to at least the 20th floor with squatters. No higher, I guess, because of the logistics of hauling water and such.But the mobs of people are just one problem with Caracas. The electricity probably doesn’t work half the time. The water can’t be trusted at this point.Fortunately, it’s a huge country. So I would go to one of the outlying cities and look to buy a farm – although I’m sure all the farms and ranches in the country have gone to seed, the cattle stolen and slaughtered by starving people. Most important, it’s probably very hard to get a good title to a piece of property once you give the owner money for it.But I’ve always said I’ll buy anything if the price is right. You might find the right desperate seller who’s just totally fed up. And you may get the bargain of a lifetime. It happens all the time, all over Latin America.This can be an excellent time to go shopping, if not particularly in Caracas, which is just too sketchy. You could find something good in one of the other cities, and particularly on Margarita Island, in the Caribbean. It has certain advantages because it’s not really connected to the mainland and its problems. It’s a center for all kinds of offshore activity, like gambling. It has the beaches. I’d look at that first.But it’s something where you’ve got to put boots on the ground. Before buying anything, you’ve really got to spend a month there.Justin: Why is that?Doug: All kinds of problems are going to arise. For one thing, you should really occupy something once you buy it. In Latin America, there’s a big problem with squatters. If you own land but you don’t visit it or manage it, you could eventually find somebody else living there.After a few years, they have a legal argument that it belongs to them. So, it’s a tremendous opportunity but one that has to be acted on carefully. Should you do it? Look, I should have bought that castle outside of Umtali in Rhodesia in 1979 for $85,000; it sold for $13 million five years later. But I would have had to live there. Long story.There’s little question in my mind that Maduro is going to be out. If he’s smart he’ll grab his billion dollars and leave now. The new guy will seem like a reformer for a few years, then probably turn into a criminal who’s looking to steal his own billion dollars. Of course a renaissance is always possible, like Chile under Pinochet.I’ve been to Venezuela four or five times, including out into the countryside and up the Orinoco River. It’s a great place. But you’ll have to live there for a while, and get connected, in order not to make a mistake.I first went to Venezuela like 25 years ago. At the time, a mining boom was underway. But the Hugo Chávez government basically stole everything, all the assets of the mining companies. Now what’s left is vandalized, destroyed, and worth zero. Typical Third World stuff.That’s the problem with a country like Venezuela. The usual suspects – socialists, populists, even common criminals – get control of the government. Foreigners put money in, and the government feels they can steal it with impunity – in the national interest, of course. And they’re right. They can.This is why development is very hard in countries that don’t have a firm grasp of the basics of Western civilization and the rule of law. I’m afraid Venezuela’s shown itself to be in that class.It’s also Indian country, and the natives are getting restless. That’s true of most countries in Latin America now. Indians feel they’ve been held down. They want to steal things from people of European descent, take over, and run their countries the way the Incas used to.I’m not terribly optimistic for Venezuela’s future. But it could still be a very interesting speculation. As was Rhodesia in 1979.My guess is that if you could find a nice cattle ranch in the hands of the right owner, you could probably buy 100,000 acres for $1 million. That would include whatever’s left of the houses, barns, cattle, machinery, and what have you. If you’re in a position to do that and defend your property, you could make a fortune.And have the adventure of a lifetime. I kid you not.Justin: Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me today, Doug.Doug: You’re welcome.Justin’s note: Mark your calendars… on February 27, Doug and Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker will be revealing the top money-making strategy to use in 2019. This little-known strategy can generate gains 10x bigger than options. And Doug and E.B. say now is the perfect time to use it. It will be one of the most important events in Casey Research’s history. Stay tuned for more details…Reader MailbagToday, a question about the world’s greatest safe-haven asset…What is the outlook for gold? I own several gold coin sets. Should I just hold them?– MattJustin’s note: Thanks for writing in, Matt. Here at Casey Research, we always recommend holding physical gold for the long term. It’s the ultimate safe-haven asset and can protect you during crises.We also see big upside in the gold price this year. If you haven’t yet, check out Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker’s piece on why gold is set to soar in 2019.E.B. also recently shared a fun and obscure way to invest in gold, which you can read here.In Case You Missed It…Take a look at this picture.It might not look like much, but this barren strip of land holds a secret. In fact, Dave Forest was recently able to make 5,205% in two months by unlocking this secret.The secret revealed… right here. Click here now to see why Justin’s note: Venezuela is in a state of despair.The country’s economy has collapsed… inflation is through the roof… and food and medicine shortages are rampant. But there’s hope. I say this because Venezuela has a new president. Well, sort of… You see, Juan Guaidó just elected himself interim president of Venezuela.And many countries, including the United States, now recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s active president instead of Nicolás Maduro.It’s a promising development, and not just for Venezuelans. As you’re about to see, a major crisis investing opportunity could be shaping up there… Justin: Doug, how do you see the situation in Venezuela shaking out?Doug: Well, it’s a bit of a complex question because Maduro is the “legally” elected president of a supposedly democratic country. Now, I say that with the proviso that I don’t believe in democracy as a way of organizing the world. Democracy is really just mob rule in a coat and tie.Of course Maduro’s election was rigged, which is so very often the case in Latin America, Africa, most of the Third World. And even the United States, for that matter.Since election fraud is the case almost everywhere, you can’t hold that against the guy. He’s really just working within the system. That’s just the way things are. He’s actually the president, like it or lump it. Venezuela isn’t Switzerland… Recommended Link Trump is Getting a HUGE Favor from this EX-CIA InsiderThe liberal media hope you never see what this man is revealing here. By exposing the global elite’s most disturbing plan yet, he could be saving our President’s rear end…and helping out everyday Americans in the process. Hurry. Events may unfold as early as March 31st. HINT: Too controversial for the lame-stream media U.S. Seniors Can Now Collect Monthly Income By “Piggybacking” Switzerland’s Social Security Program?!Without ever living, working in, or even visiting Switzerland… Savvy American seniors have discovered a way to supplement their retirement income by as much as $3,204 every month… Thanks to a strange – yet completely legal – clause in Switzerland’s constitution. This is very quickly becoming one of America’s biggest retirement trends…last_img read more