January 2nd, 2013

All is not well…

with Hugo Chavez.

Expert at gaining, holding, and wielding power, he could outmaneuver the opposition and finesse the elections. But health is another thing entirely.

It’s hard to say exactly what’s going on with him right now, but it sounds quite dire. Then again, his good buddy Castro was rumored to be at death’s door in recent years, and he’s still chugging along.

12 Responses to “All is not well…”

  1. vanderleun Says:

    Whenever one of these far-far-too-long-lived dictators finally circles the drain I always hark back to Tale of Two Cities:

    “The Gorgon had surveyed the building again in the night, and had added the one stone face wanting; the stone face for which it had waited through about two hundred years.

    It lay back on the pillow of Monsieur the Marquis. It was like a fine mask, suddenly startled, made angry, and petrified. Driven home into the heart of the stone figure attached to it, was a knife. Round its hilt was a frill of paper, on which was scrawled:

    “Drive him fast to his tomb. This, from Jacques.”

    Sadly, this seems to be more fiction than fact since, with the exception of Hitler and Il Duce, most of the monsters seem to live long, long lives.

  2. Artfldgr Says:

    Funny, but have u ever noticed succession in marxist states? And if so…. ever notice any trends and historicals???

    stalin poisoned lenin…
    Stalin was poisoned by beria

    Even cancers were induced…
    The old material thorium
    The new palladium

    Pravda has reported american cia doing such to african leaders. And you know when they falsely jaccuse the opposition as their actions assume others do the same

    Now pravda is reporting that ghe cia gave chavez cancer.
    Which means his friends dosed him during his soviet trips

    I said and listed assasinations all over… but ignored or rather noted and forgotten in passing…

    Its like being in ciurt and not allowed to build the case as your limited

    Lugo, kirchner, chavez, silva- all cancer

    But a while back i said that they r switching leaders for war…. everywhere. New younger leaders who wont fail do to age n stress

    The four above
    The white russia states
    Syria, etc.
    Korea

    China grabbing land and as of today claiming the china sea and the oil of many countries
    Russia grabbing Georgia after invading

    Arafat….

    The article brings up a list that is their own.
    But after conviently denying litvenenko they also ignor politskya and about 200 journalists

  3. Artfldgr Says:

    Inducing heart attacks is well known after the assasins defected and confessed. (Defenestration was also popular)

    The way it was done was with a small tube. If you read they will now claim it was cyanide. Its not…

    The person would just fire it into the face
    The gasp reflex would cause them to suck in
    (Same happens in feul explosions and kills)
    And they would drop

    Other methods are thought to be used today and may include microwaves…. though its tin hat. Unlike the gas tubes.

    Hard to find but worth the read isvinfo on kamera
    The soviets stillbgoing toxins and bio war section.

  4. Artfldgr Says:

    Veterans today

    AssassinationsByInducedHeartAttack AndCancer
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/08/07/assassinations-by-induced-heart-attack-and-cancer/

    Sift for the valid

  5. Artfldgr Says:

    They erroneously report the soviet avtive measure of aids origins which was to accuse the us of bio war to cover the escape of anthrax that caused a lot of deaths aftercit literally went up a chimney on a breeze
    It was many years after said treaties to halt such

  6. Don Carlos Says:

    I fear you are quite wrong, Artfldgr, in your assertions of cancers induced by radioisotopes as a form of political murder.

    Yes, irradiation can and does cause cancers, but ONLY after a very long delay, > 10 years, and not by any means predictably in all persons exposed to the same dose to the same body site(s).

    Now, wiping out someone’s bone marrow with a bone-avid radioisotope is eminently and predictably doable; death occurs in weeks, but from bone marrow wipeout, not from cancer induction.

    Radiation carcinogenesis was systematically and prospectively studied by the USA in Japan after WWII by our Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission.

    Chavez grew his cancer all by himself, without help from any source. He most likely has a sarcoma, e.g. leiomyosarcoma, that originally invaded his pelvic sidewall (thus unresectable) which responds v. poorly to even Cuban elitist chemo- and radio-therapy.

  7. Gringo Says:

    Neo,…with Hugo Chavez. did not link to anything about Chávez.

    Here is an article from Foreign Policy Transitions blog, written by Juan Cristobal Nagel of Caracas Chronicles [disclosure: JCN is a Maracucho- as those from Maracaibo are called.] Because linking to the article has been shown to be problematic, I am copying it in full.

    A quiet, tragic exit for a man who did everything with a bang.

    It has been close to four weeks since Hugo Chávez underwent an unexplained surgical procedure for the undisclosed form of cancer he has been suffering from since mid-2011. Since his operation, the president has neither been seen nor heard from. The government has only admitted that the president’s condition “is complicated.”

    That may be the understatement of this young year. Rumors continue to filter out of Havana, where the president is “recovering,” but each one is more somber than the next. Whether the president is in a coma or is simply under the weather for a respiratory infection, it appears his cancer is incurable.

    For years, Venezuela, which sits atop the world’s largest proven reserves of oil, was synonymous with Chávez. The charismatic leader, a darling of the world’s left and most of its media, held sway over his nation like few before him. But on the heels of a commanding re-election, the 58-year old seems to have run out of luck.

    What comes next? In order to understand Venezuela’s transition, one has to focus on three men.

    The first is Nicolás Maduro, the current vice president and Chávez’s appointed political heir. In a dramatic speech before his surgery, Chávez asked people “from the bottom of his heart” to support Maduro in case he died and new elections had to be held.

    The problem for Maduro is that his term as vice president expires January 10th, when the current presidential term ends and a new one begins. Chávez, who is also president-elect, may not be healthy enough to be sworn in and appoint him vice president again. If that doesn’t happen, Maduro will be out of a job, even though he would remain the ruling party candidate in any follow-up election.

    Who, then, will run Venezuela after January 10th? The second man to watch is Diosdado Cabello, the president of the National Assembly (Venezuela’s parliament), a close ally of Chávez and, in contrast to the relative newcomer Maduro, a longtime comrade-in-arms of the Comandante. Cabello was one of several military leaders in the 1992 coup that catapulted Chávez to fame, and he holds significant sway over the armed forces, the Parliament, and many of the economic elites that have benefitted from Hugo Chávez’s strange form of socialism.

    The Venezuelan constitution is not exactly clear about what happens when a president-elect cannot be sworn in due to a temporary “inconvenience.” However, according to constitutional lawyer José Ignacio Hernández, the only reasonable solution is for the president of the National Assembly to hold office until either the president-elect is strong enough to be sworn in or, in case of his death, a successor is elected.

    By parsing the public statements from chavistas, it’s clear the absolute absence of the President will not be declared until Chávez actually dies. In the meantime, and assuming Chávez fails to take office, Cabello will rule. (There is a small chance that the National Assembly will replace Cabello with someone else, but that is unlikely).

    If Chávez dies, the constitution clearly mandates a new election be held within 30 days of his death. What will happen then? The third man to watch is Miranda governor (and defeated presidential candidate) Henrique Capriles.

    Venezuela’s opposition has demanded more information, and insists the government must follow the constitution. In spite of a few rumblings from its more radical wing, the consensus on Capriles as unity candidate seems to be solidifying. There is simply nobody else in the opposition with the necessary name recognition to mount a serious challenge to Maduro in such short notice.

    Who will win? Much will depend on the timing. If months go by, Venezuela’s economic situation could deteriorate, making Maduro’s odds longer.

    Maduro has none of the charisma for which his boss is famous, nor does he command the same sort of religious fervor that Chávez inspires in the electorate. In recent gubernatorial elections, chavista forces won, but they lost roughly three million votes in the process (though the opposition lost votes as well, it should be noted). Polls taken some six months ago showed Capriles comfortably defeating Maduro in an election, although the pollsters did not, of course, take into account the intense sense of loss that many chavistas will feel if the president passes away.

    Underlying all this uncertainty is the possibility of a deeply ironic ending to Hugo Chávez’s chaotic, larger-than-life rule. In the most likely scenario, Hugo Chávez will die far away from his native land, in his adopted homeland of Cuba. It is very possible he will never be heard from or seen again.

    A quiet, tragic exit for a man who did everything with a bang.

  8. Gringo Says:

    From the New Yorker: After Chávez, Who?
    Always worth perusing. I got the links from the below blogs
    http://caracaschronicles.com/

    http://devilsexcrement.com/

  9. neo-neocon Says:

    Gringo: thanks, fixed the link.

  10. blert Says:

    Art….

    Historical correction…

    It’s now official: Lenin died from syphilis.

    This is consistent with his last attending physician — renown as the best medical expert in all of Russia WRT syphilis.

    It also explains his ‘final daze’ behavior. Syphilitics are driven raving mad before they kick off. Paranoia is par for the course.

    His final rantings may have had a profound impact on Stalin — that historians have completely missed. In his final daze, he was blaming all and every for doing him in.

    Now, reflect back upon Stalin’s attitude about his own inner circle.

    ============

    Stalin, in contrast, was almost certainly put down by Beria. His fellow Georgian had scoped the full intent of the ‘doctors plot’ and the wave of blood sure to follow — with Beria’s head a coda for the period.

    ============

    As some wags would put it: Columbus didn’t discover the New World — he discovered — and transported — syphilis.

  11. neo-neocon Says:

    blert: as far as Columbus and syphilis go, although that’s probably the case, it may be more complicated than that.

    See this for the yaws/syphilis connection, as well as this. If I recall correctly, yaws is spread by non-sexual contact in hot areas where there isn’t much clothing worn, and syphilis is a different form that is more likely to be found with the advent of clothing, and is sexually transmitted.

  12. Gary Rosen Says:

    Fetch me the world’s tiniest violin.

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