Hugo No More

Kim Monaghan and I recorded an epic episode of Coincidence Control Network today. It’ll likely go live by Thursday. During the recording Monaghan was moved to declare his love for Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. The legally elected Chavez has been vilified as a mad dictator despite the fact that his political roots reach back to his heroic resistance of the former Venezuelan government that ordered soldiers to kill citizens during an uprising.

Tonight, news reports that Chavez has died are all frantically emerging across the mediascape. Chavez had cancer and had contracted a severe infection.

Oliver Stone’s South of the Border (2009) profiles Chavez, picturing a hero of the Venezuelan people who is vilified for his anti-business politics – in other words, he wouldn’t take orders from America. The film also pictures Chavez as the de facto leader of a “pink wave” of socialist leaders who have emerged throughout the region: : Evo Morales of Bolivia; Cristina Kirchner and former president Néstor Kirchner of Argentina; Rafael Correa of Ecuador; Raúl Castro of Cuba; Fernando Lugo of Paraguay; and Lula da Silva of Brazil.

Tonight you’ll hear one, homogeneous story echoing across the mainstream media outlets. Here is another.

JoeNolan

Joe Nolan was born under a bad sign on June 13th in Detroit, Michigan in the last Metal Year of the Dog. Polymath, provocateur, inter-media artist, his tell-tale signs have turned up in music, visual art, journalism, poetry, fiction, video and film. A double Gemini, his interests range from the pharmacology of phenomenology to fly fishing; from mysticism to mixed martial arts; from chaos science to chaos magick. Joe Nolan's Insomnia blog republishes to some of the most read counter-culture sites on the web and the Coincidence Control Network podcast which he hosts has been downloaded more than half-a-million times.He is recording his fourth CD in Nashville, Tennessee where he lives to the east of the Cumberland river on a little wooded lot dubbed Bohemian Walnut Grove.

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  • d4l3d

    In another coincidence, Mar 5 was also the anniversary of Stalin’s death. Horrific juxtapositions will most likely ensue from the right.

  • joe nolan

    Very interesting! Thanks for the fun fact.

  • Apathesis

    Venezuela has the 4th highest intentional murder rate in the world.

  • Apathesis

    Venezuela has the 4th highest intentional murder rate in the world.

    • InAwe

      you’re point being?
      are you trying to draw a correlation? Better still, subtly suggest a causation/conclusion.

      ugh. what a bore of a comment.

    • InAwe

      you’re point being?
      are you trying to draw a correlation? Better still, subtly suggest a causation/conclusion.

      ugh. what a bore of a comment.

      • Apathesis

        No point. Just stating facts. Not suggesting there is any correlation.

    • LifelongLIb

      Actually you have to look at the overall amount of violence, not just murder. Murder rates depend on a lot of other things like how good the emergency medical system is.

    • LifelongLIb

      Actually you have to look at the overall amount of violence, not just murder. Murder rates depend on a lot of other things like how good the emergency medical system is.

  • echar

    I have to say, it really is painful how oblivious the average American is about some things. In some ways I wish I could be, but It’s not in my nature. *sigh*

    • echar

      Honestly

  • Raz

    Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chàvez, mi Amigo By Greg Palast
    http://www.gregpalast.com/vaya-con-dios-hugo-chavez-mi-amigo/