Faren. This blog is full of random shit. Run while you still can.
A lot of you may be coming in tonight from the Oscars and from Jared Leto’s speech wondering what’s going on in Venezuela.
Here’s some information about Venezuela that I’ve put together. First off, thank you for your interest.
Venezuela is experiencing grave economic problems. Last year, inflation hit a 56% and devaluation of the local currency resulted in prices flying - your money on January would be worth half within months. Moreover, crime rates hit a high of 79 murders per 100000 citizens - resulting in over 20000 murders last year.
The events - a brief synopsisOn February 12th, Venezuelan youth day, students took the streets to protest about the rampant crime rates, inflation, and the government’s inefficiency at solving them. These protests had actually started two weeks prior in the Venezuelan state of Tachira. However, the government responded with repression, and the protests escalated into riots, while government response equally escalated, with cities being militarized, the army being deployed and entering private property to root out students and protesters,several deaths (six as of the moment this email is sent), and hundreds of detained students. Several students faced several human right violations, with some claiming to have been tortured and raped. The national guard continues to fire tear gas into homes and intimidates the populate not to go out.The leader of the opposition to the Venezuelan government, Leopoldo Lopez, turned himself in when he was cited by the Public Prosecutor, and was taken to the Ramo Verde prison, tried outside of court and accused of crimes that would mean 28 years in prison.The students’ claims remain the same, as of today including the demand that the state turns over to the re-institution of democracy, the release of all detained citizens, and for the government to stop torture and violation of human rights.
Where to find information
Venezuelan TV is under state control. The existence of the Venezuelan “Law for Responsibility in Radio and Television” has given the government all the means to control and cause self-censorship, at the risk of fines. Twitter was blocked at points, Pastebin remains blocked in Venezuela, and most news sites are blocked by the state-owned CANTV ISP.
What can you do to help?
- Contact your local media and inform them of what’s going on.
- Share information about Venezuela across several networks. Talk about it on twitter, over facebook!
- Show the world wha’ts going on!
However, follow these steps to make sure the report is taken seriously:
- AVOID FALSE IMAGES. There are images going around that don’t belong to the Venezuelan protests. Here are some examples. These are traps to discredit the movement.
- How do you know an image is from Venezuela?
- Ask a Venezuelan.
- Google image search anything your find. Check the date/location of the image. If there’s no other online reference of the image, it most likely is current. Most Venezuelan images are coming from tweets.
- The twitter account https://twitter.com/proyectobase/ is trying to post only confirmed things. Check that out!
- Favor videos about what’s going on.
- Present the information politely. “Hello, I’m deeply concerned about what’s going on in Venezuela. I found the following photographic/video evidence.” Present research if you have it. Keep your commentary brief and concise. You want to get their attention.
- Do not link to Venezuelan tumblrs or blogs. Send the images or videos from youtube, and only from tumblr if there’s no other choice. Remember, you may expose bloggers to media attention or make them targets of the Venezuelan government.
- Translate this guide to other languages, or translate articles and information about Venezuela to other languages. Get the word out.
So I was wondering whether or not to get a copy of Bossypants by Tina Fey because it’s on clearance and maybe would be interesting. So to Goodreads I go, to look at reviews.
2 stars out of 5???? MORE THAN ONE REVIEWER??? BECAUSE IT’S NOT FUNNY ENOUGH???!?
it’s an autobiography it’s not supposed to be a comedy?????????????
like there is so much Tina Fey hate because she had the audacity to speak candidly about her experiences in the industry in her autobiography *gasp very shock so surprise* Most of the reviews were giving her low ratings literally just for the fact that they were expecting her to spend the whole book telling jokes and she didn’t. Like they were basing their reviews off the way they thought she should have written her autobiography instead of basing their reviews on the strength of the work she actually produced and I honestly can’t tell even after reading through them whether it’s an interesting book or not. And IDK it all just seemed really misogynistic somehow, can’t quite put my finger on why I felt that why. Just. ugh.
I seriously hate everyone right now* >:F
*ETA: except Patrick Rothfuss because Patrick Rothfuss just reviewed it and liked it a lot and also called the other reviewers out on their bullshit. I KNEW I LIKED YOU, PAT.
wanna swap a smoothie for chocolate cake with wine sauce? FOR BREAKFAST?
I washed it down with coffee and a brownie. >.>
If you were expecting these brownies to still be here when you arrive, you are wrong. <.<
Brownies, hah, your game is weak - look at what I just made:
MAKE THEM FOR ME BABE
I’ve noticed that most posts about Venezuela as of late aren’t making anything more than 20 or 30 reblogs. Not just mine, but most of them. And moreover, a lot of the reblogs are just Venezuelans.
We are still an issue. This is still going on. Please, don’t abandon us - I know it’s hard to constantly have to deal with hardships and human right issues on your blogs, but all the same, imagine how much harder it is for 30 million people to be living this. We can’t just “turn the page” and expect to move on.
Imagine, moreover, what’s going to happen to everyone who has been actively passing on information. Think about what awaits us. Imagine the more than 1000 people who are detained by the authorities, those who have been tortured or raped. Think about them. Do you think that this is old news for them? For all Venezuelans?
PLEASE help us keep Venezuela in the news before it’s too late!
- Make #oscarsforVenezuela a trending topic. Get in touch with actors and oscar nominees through twitter and ask them to talk about us. [Instructions here.]
- Reblog the Video Masterpost.
- Keep track of the news. Reblog them! This tumblr account has daily summaries of the news.
- Contact your local media about Venezuela!
Remember, we need you to do more than #PrayforVenezuela. We need you to #helpVenezuela.