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(Chicago Trib)   Bikers for Maduro terrorize Venezuelans   (chicagotribune.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Venezuela, Paramilitary, Caracas, Protest, Leader of the Opposition, President Nicols Maduro, Human rights, Activism  
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2019-03-15 12:48:43 AM  
So that's where El Presidente Tangerino got the idea. Didn't think it was original.
 
2019-03-15 12:52:47 AM  
According to NationStates an anarchy must have political rights widely abused

/That phrase "widely abused" does not mean what you think it does in this instance
//NationStates players'll get the reference
 
2019-03-15 01:20:24 AM  

cman: According to NationStates an anarchy must have political rights widely abused

/That phrase "widely abused" does not mean what you think it does in this instance
//NationStates players'll get the reference


That's why Chevronia has compulsory nudity. If you want to sneak a weapon into an assembly, you'd better have made room for it.
 
2019-03-15 01:26:25 AM  
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2019-03-15 02:17:37 AM  
As long as they don't start that silly Cirque du Soliel pole dancing nonsense, it's fine.
 
2019-03-15 05:10:35 AM  

felching pen: So that's where El Presidente Tangerino got the idea. Didn't think it was original.


Just another example of the "wonderful" peaceful political tools Putin has brought back to the world stage.
 
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2019-03-15 06:03:01 AM  
Bikers for putin, bikers for trump, bikers for Maduro...
 
2019-03-15 06:18:23 AM  
 They look like Military personnel, not civilians that can't get food.
 
2019-03-15 06:27:31 AM  
The fact that they're on old Hondas takes some of the menace off, I guess.  Or maybe that makes it scarier. I'm cycling between the two.
 
2019-03-15 06:29:16 AM  

mrwknd: They look like Military personnel, not civilians that can't get food.


They are apparently criminal gangs who make money in the black market and get access to government goods for their support for Maduro.
 
2019-03-15 06:32:52 AM  
They should try filling the bottles with something flammable 1st. Bandannas aren't exactly fire retardant.
 
2019-03-15 06:50:05 AM  
"Now we can't even protest, because they'll shoot at us,"

No, they will shoot you when you throw shiat at them
 
2019-03-15 07:07:19 AM  

Twilight Spark: mrwknd: They look like Military personnel, not civilians that can't get food.

They are apparently criminal gangs who make money in the black market and get access to government goods for their support for Maduro.


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Where's the Toecutter?
 
2019-03-15 07:15:51 AM  
this is our future.

if you're an american.

if not, lucky you.
 
2019-03-15 07:27:10 AM  
Authoritarian dickbags the world over think having biker gang enforcers are "tough". A trend started by Putin, and embraced by Trump.
 
2019-03-15 07:34:31 AM  

Turbo Cojones: "Now we can't even protest, because they'll shoot at us,"

No, they will shoot you when you throw shiat at them


Russian biker gang rules South Florida.
 
2019-03-15 07:50:41 AM  
Authoritarian assholes sure love their biker gangs.  Pathetic.
 
2019-03-15 07:56:48 AM  
If they tried that shait around here, we'd have a new collection of their bikes and their wallets. Also pictures of them all over our social media.
 
2019-03-15 07:59:18 AM  
I'm gonna go ahead and assume the homoeroticism of sharing a motorcycle seat with your bike buddy is a feature, not a bug.

Surprisingly progressive.
 
2019-03-15 08:07:01 AM  

Skleenar: I'm gonna go ahead and assume the homoeroticism of sharing a motorcycle seat with your bike buddy is a feature, not a bug.

Surprisingly progressive.


Was just going to comment on how that really lessens the intimidation value. They look about as menacing as a provincetown bear parade.
 
2019-03-15 08:21:20 AM  
I'm not worried.
I'm sure that the pro Maduro farkers will be here any minute now to explain how this is a good thing and doesn't mean he's some sort of dictator.
 
2019-03-15 08:36:46 AM  

felching pen: So that's where El Presidente Tangerino got the idea. Didn't think it was original.


Trump and Maduro were both inspired by the same guy:

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2019-03-15 09:18:08 AM  
Nothing that some chain stretched across the road at, oh say, neck height won't fix
 
2019-03-15 09:22:15 AM  
Those are some terrifying mopeds
 
2019-03-15 09:40:58 AM  
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2019-03-15 10:08:57 AM  

Bslim: Twilight Spark: mrwknd: They look like Military personnel, not civilians that can't get food.

They are apparently criminal gangs who make money in the black market and get access to government goods for their support for Maduro.

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Where's the Toecutter?


"Do you SEE ME Toecutter?  Do you SEE ME MAN?!?!?"
 
2019-03-15 10:10:41 AM  

ifky: Nothing that some chain stretched across the road at, oh say, neck height won't fix


Why would anyone do something so stupid? You need to use wire that can't be seen easily.
 
2019-03-15 10:51:15 AM  
The whole "Bikers for Fascists" movement has literally made me give up on motorcycles.  Other motorcycle people are becoming really farking tiresome to deal with.
 
2019-03-15 10:57:43 AM  

nijika: The whole "Bikers for Fascists" movement has literally made me give up on motorcycles.  Other motorcycle people are becoming really farking tiresome to deal with.

Becoming

?

They've been obnoxious look-at-me assholes for decades.
 
2019-03-15 11:01:52 AM  
Does the Chicago Tribune know that damn near everyone rides a scooter/motorcycle in Venezuela? That photo just looks like some Venezuelans using their normal mode of transport and carrying flags.

Also, somehow guys riding 250 CC South American Hondas don't seem as menacing as the Hells Angels.
 
2019-03-15 11:02:19 AM  
The problem with Venezuela is not socialism.  The problem with Venezuela is that it is what happens when the kind of people who wear MAGAt hats in our own country, decide to try to do socialism.  

Also for socialism to work you need it to be based on a stable market economy.  This means you don't kill off all your industry through corruption while planning to pay for everything with a single product, this case oil, that is known to fluctuate wildly in prices.  

Chavez was right in that the oil was Venezuela's, and that the money from its sell belonged to all Venezualans.  He was wrong when he tried to pay for everything through that alone, and when he killed off all the other industries by sitting prices based on what his supporters wanted to pay without consideration to what it cost to produce those goods and services.

You can nationalize natural resources.  You can regulate prices.  But you have to do so in a way that is realistic, with numbers that are well thought out, and can be supported by the regulated industries, not what you pulled out of your ass.
 
2019-03-15 11:10:39 AM  

VictoryCabal: Authoritarian assholes sure love their biker gangs.  Pathetic.


Gaetz used to appear in public quite frequently in the FL Panhandle.  He would always be surrounded by guys on Harley's, all wearing colors. Your point is valid
 
2019-03-15 11:20:08 AM  

winedrinkingman: The problem with Venezuela is not socialism.  The problem with Venezuela is that it is what happens when the kind of people who wear MAGAt hats in our own country, decide to try to do socialism.  

Also for socialism to work you need it to be based on a stable market economy.  This means you don't kill off all your industry through corruption while planning to pay for everything with a single product, this case oil, that is known to fluctuate wildly in prices.  

Chavez was right in that the oil was Venezuela's, and that the money from its sell belonged to all Venezualans.  He was wrong when he tried to pay for everything through that alone, and when he killed off all the other industries by sitting prices based on what his supporters wanted to pay without consideration to what it cost to produce those goods and services.

You can nationalize natural resources.  You can regulate prices.  But you have to do so in a way that is realistic, with numbers that are well thought out, and can be supported by the regulated industries, not what you pulled out of your ass.



Well, he also killed the oil industry by removing qualified employees at PDVSA and replacing them with unqualified loyalists. Not only is the price lower, they've experienced production shortfalls. Their oil company was never the most advanced but it was in a position to give technical assistance and work with other national oil companies in places like Mexico, Ecuador and Peru. Now they're in dire need of technical assistance themselves.
 
2019-03-15 11:48:18 AM  
Somehow the schaudenfreud and entertainment over glad it wasn't me about Venezuela is in league with watching Howard Schultz fails. But not the same as Detroit. Detroit seems to have leveled off.
 
2019-03-15 02:11:41 PM  
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2019-03-15 03:10:07 PM  
This is why we need a Second Amendment. You may vote yourself into socialism, but you'll have to shoot your way out of it.
 
2019-03-15 04:22:15 PM  

jjorsett: This is why we need a Second Amendment. You may vote yourself into socialism, but you'll have to shoot your way out of it.


yeah...  I remember when Leach Walesa and Vaclav Havel pulled out their AK-47s and killed all the commies.
 
2019-03-15 06:08:45 PM  

felching pen: So that's where El Presidente Tangerino got the idea. Didn't think it was original.


Having observed the Russian Ultras in Marseille in '16 I gather they both learned that trick from Putin.
 
2019-03-15 06:12:03 PM  

VictoryCabal: Authoritarian assholes sure love their biker gangs.  Pathetic.


Yes, well, they're not all wearing helmets and we don't refer to them as "donor cycles" for nothing, so I'm okay with this.
 
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