Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dictators, Bears and other fun stuff

President Hugo Chavez is back in Venezuela and announced publically he was in Cuba fighting cancer. With or without him, Venezuela is one of Latin America's most troubled nations. The country of 28 million people had been wracked by energy shortages and rolling blackouts despite claiming to have the globe's biggest oil reserves. It suffers the world's second-highest rate of inflation, and one of the worst rates of crime.

Now the 56-year-old president has returned home from surgery in Cuba, insisting he is back in control and hinting he's ready to run for re-election next year. Many of his compatriots, however, wonder how their leader will tackle problems that he wasn't able to solve before falling ill.

Chavez's success in raising incomes for the poor and bringing social services across the nation's slums have helped him maintain his hold on power so far. Recent polls show about half of Venezuelans approve of his administration, despite its shortcomings. Although that is down from the 63 percent who re-elected him in 2006, sympathy for his suffering could boost his ratings again. In the end, however, only solving Venezuela’s problems will solve Hugo’s problems.


A 57-year-old California man was mauled and killed by a Grizzly Bear last week, His is the third death in the greater Yellowstone area in the past 12 months. Despite Wednesday's fatal mauling of a hiker in Yellowstone National Park, officials say it's extremely rare for grizzly bears to kill humans.

But the statistical chance of being killed by a grizzly in the park is roughly one in three million, said wildlife biologist Kerry Gunther. Wow, I feel so much better now... *of course those odds do not add in the chances of snake bite, spider bite, poison ivy, lime tick disease, mountain lions, wolves and all those other funs little creepy crawlers…

You go to the beach and get attacked by a shark, go to the forest and there is a Grizzly waiting. Move from California to Florida to escape earthquakes and get hit by a hurricane –move to the mid-west and here comes a tornado. Do you think Mother Nature is trying to tell us something?

Live Long and Prosper....

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