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(BBC)   He donates 90% of his salary to charity; his most valuable possession is a 1987 VW Beetle. He is...the most interesting President in the world   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
    More: Interesting, VW Beetle, Edward Mujica, Montevideo, Cuban Revolution, developed country  
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24929 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Nov 2012 at 9:37 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-11-15 10:05:09 PM  
5 votes:
files.abovetopsecret.com
2012-11-15 09:52:54 PM  
4 votes:

Heamer: ilikeracecars: You know how I know Uruguay?

Uganda be kidding me, what a terrible pun.


Bolivia me, it's just going to get worse.
2012-11-15 09:44:26 PM  
4 votes:
oneeyebrowraised.files.wordpress.com

/oblig
2012-11-15 09:42:09 PM  
4 votes:

ZAZ: She's the Secretary of State of the richest country in the world. Tune in Click for this week's wacky hijinks.


The first episode chronicles her being infuriated that he isn't returning her texts... only for her to discover he doesn't have a cell-phone, leading to a heartwarming apology/forgiveness scene.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-15 09:48:02 PM  
3 votes:
Rev.K: For anyone with an ounce of interest in European soccer or the World Cup, Uruguay is not a country no one has heard of.

OK: He's the poor president of a country nobody in North America has ever heard of.

I mean, North America north of Mexico. Because technically Mexico is part of North America.

North America north of Mexico and south of Canada.
2012-11-15 11:49:29 PM  
2 votes:

fallingcow: bunner: Socialism, capitalism, and a couple of other isms being touted, fought over and stapled to various nation states are not absolutes. They are not all in one, One True Ways™. They are useful components of something that, when stewarded by honest man, mostly work to the benefit of everybody. Until we get a call from Diogenes saying "Touchdown!", it's largely a moot point whether or not you subscribe to ANY of them but please know that if you subscribe, all in, patch-sewn-on-my-coat to ANY of them exclusively, you've already missed the part where our ideas are supposed to serve us, not give other men leverage to make us serve them.

Pft, why don't you go blow Stalin, you commie. The pure free market is man's natural state and it's immoral to subscribe to any other system. The free market existed before government and totally doesn't require an act of collective creation to exist in any meaningful or useful form, so government and society have no authority to attempt to steer its economic power for the benefit of the general public, in even the tiniest way. Furthermore, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, it is in fact utterly impossible for a government to take such action without objectively causing far more harm than good.

Jesus, It's like you haven't even read anything by Ayn Rand, or you have but were tainted by some assuredly-Communist courses in basic logic, political economy, or political philosophy first. They never read Rand in those because she's way smarter than all the Communists they do read, like Adam Smith and Milton Friedman.

/ What sane people in the US are greeted with any time they try to participate in political discussion.
// Not from everyone, but always from someone.
/// Especially on Slashdot; you think political discussions here are deranged... yeesh.


I have too read Ayn Rand. I own an autographed copy of "Dagney the Douchebag Goes Quantity Surveying"!
2012-11-15 10:56:23 PM  
2 votes:

bunner: Socialism, capitalism, and a couple of other isms being touted, fought over and stapled to various nation states are not absolutes. They are not all in one, One True Ways™. They are useful components of something that, when stewarded by honest man, mostly work to the benefit of everybody. Until we get a call from Diogenes saying "Touchdown!", it's largely a moot point whether or not you subscribe to ANY of them but please know that if you subscribe, all in, patch-sewn-on-my-coat to ANY of them exclusively, you've already missed the part where our ideas are supposed to serve us, not give other men leverage to make us serve them.


Pft, why don't you go blow Stalin, you commie. The pure free market is man's natural state and it's immoral to subscribe to any other system. The free market existed before government and totally doesn't require an act of collective creation to exist in any meaningful or useful form, so government and society have no authority to attempt to steer its economic power for the benefit of the general public, in even the tiniest way. Furthermore, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, it is in fact utterly impossible for a government to take such action without objectively causing far more harm than good.

Jesus, It's like you haven't even read anything by Ayn Rand, or you have but were tainted by some assuredly-Communist courses in basic logic, political economy, or political philosophy first. They never read Rand in those because she's way smarter than all the Communists they do read, like Adam Smith and Milton Friedman.

/ What sane people in the US are greeted with any time they try to participate in political discussion.
// Not from everyone, but always from someone.
/// Especially on Slashdot; you think political discussions here are deranged... yeesh.
2012-11-15 10:30:05 PM  
2 votes:
All the big charity heads with their seven figure salaries say: "Only 90%! You selfish bastard!"
2012-11-15 10:17:01 PM  
2 votes:

RTOGUY: I don't trust people that say they don't need money and I'm twice as distrustful of a politician that isn't interested in money.


Then you must think the American congress is Christ Jesus returned.
2012-11-15 09:49:47 PM  
2 votes:

TastyEloi: "Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies?" 

No, of course it doesn't--at our current level of technology. Fortunately, ever-advancing technology may allow more people to live at a higher standard of living.


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2012-11-15 09:45:04 PM  
2 votes:
You know how I know Uruguay?
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-15 08:13:37 PM  
2 votes:
Elected in 2009, Mujica spent the 1960s and 1970s as part of the Uruguayan guerrilla Tupamaros, a leftist armed group inspired by the Cuban revolution.

Nice to see he didn't turn into a nasty, selfish dictator.

Does he dress up for official visits to the UN or Washington?  I sense a sitcom in the making. He's the poor president of a country nobody has heard of. She's the Secretary of State of the richest country in the world. Tune in Click for this week's wacky hijinks.
2012-11-16 12:17:06 AM  
1 vote:

bunner: I dunno about alla dat


Maybe you should go to Afghanistan, where you come from

/Syriasly
2012-11-15 11:12:38 PM  
1 vote:

fallingcow: Pft, why don't you go blow Stalin, you commie.


i694.photobucket.com
2012-11-15 10:53:30 PM  
1 vote:
Elected in 2009, Mujica spent the 1960s and 1970s as part of the Uruguayan guerrilla Tupamaros, a leftist armed group inspired by the Cuban revolution.

He was shot six times and spent 14 years in jail. Most of his detention was spent in harsh conditions and isolation, until he was freed in 1985 when Uruguay returned to democracy.

Those years in jail, Mujica says, helped shape his outlook on life.


He should license his image to a t-shirt company. He could make a fortune selling them to American college students, and donate the proceeds to small businesses in Uruguay.
2012-11-15 10:34:50 PM  
1 vote:

miniflea: My wife is from Uruguay, and she's never met him but much of her family has. He had lunch with her grandmother a few weeks ago. Her father (who has also met him) could be his younger brother, they are in many ways cut from the same cloth.


For you.
2012-11-15 10:28:00 PM  
1 vote:
If he were a real man of the people he would have named his dog Tripod.
2012-11-15 10:23:49 PM  
1 vote:

Hot Carl To Go: Heamer: ilikeracecars: You know how I know Uruguay?

Uganda be kidding me, what a terrible pun.

Bolivia me, it's just going to get worse.


Oman, Alaska you one more time to stop this for the sake of everyone India country. Costa Rica get richer and the poor man complains that Egpyt while we sit here making jokes about your mother's Djibouti. Syria's lee
2012-11-15 10:23:44 PM  
1 vote:

TWX: AverageAmericanGuy: Too bad he's a communist. He seems like a good guy.

Honestly, if he's a Communist, he's the first Communist who has actually lived as a proletariat while holding the highest office in his nation that I've heard of, and one that I could respect for his beliefs even if I don't agree with them.

Though I'm not going to disagree with his perspective on the rat race most of us participate in. My wife and I have chosen to live below our means and we've watched friends and associates crash and burn when hit by comparatively minor setbacks while spending every dime trying to keep up with Madison Avenue's suggested lifestyle, and we've weathered it by actually figuring out what we want and moderating our acquisition of it. It's not much of a hardship to refrain from buying new TVs or new cars or new computers when what we have still works. I played that game for awhile, and I learned that regardless of how many new video cards I bought, there would always be a better one out shortly.

So, we buy things when we need them. We use tube TVs. My 'new' car six months ago is seventeen years old, though admittedly had only 6500 miles on it. Her laptop still has a built-in optical drive, but is a Thinkpad and will easily last another five years, probably more like eight tp ten. I replaced my T-Mobile G1 smartphone when the keyboard finally fully croaked. She replaced her analog cell phone when the provider started charging extra for analog service, and it probably would still work if there was service available.

Live for yourself, not just for appearance sake or because advertisers say to do something.


you sound poor.
2012-11-15 10:23:24 PM  
1 vote:

BeerGraduate: Hot Carl To Go: Heamer: ilikeracecars: You know how I know Uruguay?

Uganda be kidding me, what a terrible pun.

Bolivia me, it's just going to get worse.

Columbia over here, let me show you the way

/Syriasly


You know, by now, you'd think I'd learn to spend my time better than to Peru these threads with all these bad puns.
2012-11-15 10:17:55 PM  
1 vote:

miniflea: AverageAmericanGuy: Too bad he's a communist. He seems like a good guy.

I may be asking a dumbass question here, but is this a troll account, or what?

My wife is from Uruguay, and she's never met him but much of her family has. He had lunch with her grandmother a few weeks ago. Her father (who has also met him) could be his younger brother, they are in many ways cut from the same cloth.


i'm pretty sure what you experienced was called a joke. lighten up a bit
2012-11-15 10:16:11 PM  
1 vote:

ZAZ: Rev.K: For anyone with an ounce of interest in European soccer or the World Cup, Uruguay is not a country no one has heard of.

OK: He's the poor president of a country nobody in North America has ever heard of.

I mean, North America north of Mexico. Because technically Mexico is part of North America.

North America north of Mexico and south of Canada.


yeah -but "a country americans have never heard of" is pretty much all of them except for like, what - 9 places?
2012-11-15 09:49:05 PM  
1 vote:

AverageAmericanGuy: Too bad he's a communist. He seems like a good guy.


I'd like to see Morales or Chavez put their money where their mouth is and do the same thing.
2012-11-15 09:46:04 PM  
1 vote:

ZAZ: He's the poor president of a country nobody has heard of


For anyone with an ounce of interest in European soccer or the World Cup, Uruguay is not a country no one has heard of.
2012-11-15 09:42:15 PM  
1 vote:
FTFA:
In 2010, his annual personal wealth declaration - mandatory for officials in Uruguay - was $1,800 (£1,100), the value of his 1987 Volkswagen Beetle.

This year, he added half of his wife's assets - land, tractors and a house - reaching $215,000 (£135,000).

So he married money.
 
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