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Miracles of Cuban medicine

So, I’m guessing they have Hugo Chavez hooked up to the latest modern machinery. While I suspect they will soon reach the limits of potato-based medicine, I’m not comfy calling the Dead Pool until we get an official death notice. That could take Some Time.

(On an unrelated note, did you see where Ariel Sharon is showing significant brain activity hooked up to a Functional MRI? Brrrrr).

No new Dead Pool tomorrow, even in the unlikely event they call him out before six WBT. So, tough luck, Hutch…for now.


Comment from mojo
Time: February 28, 2013, 10:39 pm

Kinda the opposite of this:

Comment from mojo
Time: February 28, 2013, 10:42 pm


“What’s that, Lassie? Uncle Hugo fell into the well?…”

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 28, 2013, 11:00 pm

Heh heh.

Comment from JeffS
Time: February 28, 2013, 11:34 pm

“In other news, Presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is still alive.”

PS: I think you get more “juice” using citrus fruit, than from potatoes, yer Stoatiness.


PPS: On the other hand, I’ve always thought of Chavez as “Mr. Potato Head”…..

🙂 🙂 🙂

Comment from Hutch
Time: March 1, 2013, 12:25 am

Damn. I think they’re trying to thwart the dick on purpose…

Comment from Nina
Time: March 1, 2013, 2:19 am

I wouldn’t put that past Hugo, Hutch.

Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: March 1, 2013, 2:38 am

I’m guessing they have Hugo Chavez hooked up to the latest modern machinery.

If we’re going by Venezuela standards, it’s probably a stationary bike with a crude dynamo hooked up…

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: March 1, 2013, 2:51 am

Can you imagine a large, high definition print of this matted and framed and hanged/hung/hunged in your living room?

Can you imagine the comments from house guests, and other comments once they’ve left?

I’m not Elvira but I can ‘OOOOOOOHHHHHHH’ with delight.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: March 1, 2013, 4:03 am

There will be very few tears in my part of the world when Chávez finally conks out. Not much love lost for the Chavista wedge in Costa Rica. The mischief he has caused will long outlive him, sadly.

Comment from Oceania
Time: March 1, 2013, 7:16 am

And your medical research is better because … ???

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: March 1, 2013, 7:28 am

There’s been no discussion of this at Caracas Chronicles, so I wouldn’t give it much credence.

Chavez’s official death triggers a presidential election,
so it’s probable it won’t be announced until the chavista leaders have their preparations made. This means getting a lot of $ from somewhere to pay for a subsidized consumption binge.

Right now – Venezuela is effectively broke. The Chavernment has squandered all the oil revenue and then some, borrowing massively at credit card rates. They’ve also screwed up domestic production, so that Venezuela now imports most of its food.

Thanks to “socialism” and price controls, there are severe shortages of everything, even staples like corn meal.

Chavez, though still a semi-divine figure to a huge number of Venezuelans, only narrowly won re-election last year (55%). This despite a huge state-financed consumption boom.

To win a new election, his successor will have to find the money for another such spendathon, on top of finding money just to avoid immediate food riots.

(There are reports of organized “flash mobs” cleaning out food stores, including the state-owned ones.)

That will take some time. So I think Chavez will be kept “alive” for a fair while longer.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 1, 2013, 2:49 pm

Rich – You say that Chavez is “a semi-divine figure to a huge number of Venezuelans”. Would you estimate that number to be about 47% of the population? Just askin’.

As for Cuban medicine, isn’t that where the ‘Have a baby, have a cigar’ thing started? Although I understand that the cigar was originally for the mother to bite down on during giving birth since there was a shortage of painkillers.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: March 1, 2013, 4:47 pm

So he’s brain dead. How will we be able to tell any difference if he’s not hooked up to a machine?

Comment from Deborah
Time: March 1, 2013, 6:04 pm

Bonnie Franklin has died.

Comment from Redd
Time: March 1, 2013, 6:22 pm

Sorry to hear that. I use to enjoy that silly sitcom she was in.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 1, 2013, 6:26 pm

Oh, wow. Hm. Now what? She was on the list (ironically, the next pick after Hutch).

Comment from mojo
Time: March 1, 2013, 6:29 pm

No Starsky?

Comment from Pupster
Time: March 1, 2013, 7:03 pm

New dead pool post has got to be easier than whatever you were planning on posting today.


Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: March 1, 2013, 7:31 pm

Headline: Hutch Pinched By Fawn

Comment from Davem123
Time: March 1, 2013, 8:24 pm

It would be a shame if a dick were not awarded for Hugo’s untimely (not soon enough) passing. Perhaps a special award should be made in that instance, or a simultaneous international party could be held.

Comment from Hutch
Time: March 1, 2013, 8:39 pm

That’s too bad. I liked Bonnie Franklin. It’s unlikely that Chavez will live long enough to make it to the next pool either. Back to my old standbys I guess.

Comment from Fawn
Time: March 1, 2013, 8:42 pm

Sorry your quest for dick was ambushed by modern S.A. medicine or politics.
Always enjoyed Bonnie Franklin’s work, but it’s finally my first in the Win column. Cloud = Silver Lining.
Sweas, will gladly take some signed artwork in lieu of Dick, hopefully of a cat if you let one near the chickens. If not, Weasel’s choice.

Comment from thefritz
Time: March 5, 2013, 10:10 pm

Chavez is REALLY dead

Comment from Hutch
Time: March 5, 2013, 10:30 pm


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