Friday, March 25, 2011

Hugo Says ... Martians!

According to Reuters (via Gregory White of the Business Insider) Hugo Chavez has taken up the study of extraterrestrials when he's not studying which industry to nationalize next - or at least he dreams about those little green men occasionally, culminating in a rather shocking public pronouncement recently:  "The death of a former Martian civilization may have been the result of capitalism, according to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. ... Chavez' remarks were made during a World Water Day speech."  Now hold on here, Yougo, there is scientific evidence that there once was water on Mars - and growing conjecture that there may still be some there, frozen underground (just waiting to be nationalized) - but jumping from World Water Day to a moist Mars to the supposed inhabitants of a moist Mars to the political economy of the supposed inhabitants of a moist Mars to the reason for the demise of the political economy of the supposed inhabitants of a moist Mars is a series of very big (and very convoluted) leaps.  Thanks to this penetrating glimpse into Martian history your credentials as a bona fide wackjob are secure.  (Bets are that wasn't water in the clear plastic cup you were brandishing during the speech in the WWD photo.)  Apparently being troubled by visions of dancing pink elephants after a night out on the town in Caracas pales in comparison to apparitions of greedy capitalist little green men.