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Venezuela: The Tower of David: Highest Vertical Squat in the World

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I first read about the Tower of David in the New Yorker magazine last year, in these stories:

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Slumlord and its successor piece The Real “Tower of David”, both written by Jon Lee Anderson.

The Guardian has also written about The Tower of David here

Here's a BBC video about it.

From YouTube

n Venezuela, Hugo Chavez has been dead for a year. Since then the country has been engulfed by runaway inflation, rampant crime, food and housing shortages. The crisis is clearest in one building in downtown Caracas. It's called the Tower of David - an unfinished skyscraper planned as a glittering monument to capitalism, It's now home to thousands of squatters. They police it, renovate its rooms, and plumb it into the city's electricity and water, and all for peppercorn rent. Olly Lambert has been to the Tower. He met three of its residents: Elvys Merclan, elected president of the tower cooperative, Miriam Figueroa - a shop keeper on the 22nd floor, and Yecenia Polanco, a young mum with 5 children.

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Video- Fox & Friends' Steve Doocy Asks Guest About "Parallels" Between Hugo Chavez And Barack Obama

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Via MM.

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies

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 Hugo Chavez is seen in a rare image with his daughters during his cancer treatment Photo: Reuters


Hugo Chavez is seen in a rare image with his daughters during his cancer treatment Photo: Reuters

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Via an email alert:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the charismatic socialist whose "Bolivarian Revolution" reduced poverty in his country and galvanized anti-American sentiment across Latin America, died today. He was 58.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

He was battling cancer.

UPDATE: Chavez's successor in Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro

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Video- Hugo Chavez Sings About His Dislike For Hillary Clinton

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At least his voice isn't that bad. Via Wonkette.

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VIDEO: Sarah the Socialist

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By GottaLaff

Great catch by our pals over at The Mudflats:

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From the Mystik Lubricant website:

Mystik is an exclusive engine oil sponsor for the 2010 Iron Dog Snowmobile Race and a sponsor of Team #22 Scott Davis and Todd Palin – past Iron Dog Champions.

"So what?" I hear some of you mumbling. "Big deal," I detect from afar. "Now what goofy name is Laffy gonna come up with for Sarah Palin?" I suspect you may be thinking.

Here's the big deal:

It turns out that Mystik Lubricants is owned by… wait for it … Citgo. Yes, that same Citgo that’s owned by Venezuela. Socialist Venezuela. Socialist, Hugo Chavez lovin’, Venezuela.

See? It was worth wading through that rinkydink ad just to witness Lubey McHypocrite step in it one more time.

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Thank you Mudflats!

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Riding Coats-Tails: Dan Coats Tied to Chavez-Connected Oil Company

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By GottaLaff

Just what we need more of in the U.S. Senate. What an attractive record:

Former Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN), who wants to challenge Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) for his old Senate seat, "lobbied for a Texas-based oil and gas company that partnered with Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez," Politico reports.

The Hotline notes Coats has also "spent the past several years advocating on behalf of pharmaceutical companies, major health care firms and big corporations."

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Video- Beck compares Obama to Huge Chavez

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Oh Glenn, I did miss you while you were gone.

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