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    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago in gifs

    I've already watched her Empire Files, Venezuela, she shows the bias in the media, I agree, but bias in media's does not give merit to Maduro. This is because I noticed she exposes the wrong of Western media, but ignores the wrong of Maduro. So if we only watch her, we are fully aware of one sides problem but completely ignorant of the other.

    For, one example of bias in information:

    16 parties participated.

    The author of that article, here, ignores that the only candidate that was pulling ahead of Maduro, Leopold Falcon was arrested and barred from running. Leopoldo was polling 40% voting intention vs 26% voting intention for Maduro.

    So while what the author says it's true, it also shows his own bias by ignoring the issues that actually make the election unfair, the banning of anyone who polls high.

    Or for example here:

    The same system was used in December 2015, and the opposition won.

    I made another comment on your pt1 post, that if we look at the poll numbers we can get closer to the truth at whom is lying to us.

    So, let's look at the poll numbers for this election and compare with the results

    Here is the Wikipedia of it with a list of all the polls under "opinion polls"

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Venezuelan_parliamentary_election

    So the polls give in average between 15% and 35% lead to MUD, the opposition party.

    MUD won by 16% lead.

    The results match the polls. Unlike the 2018 presidential election, which showed Maduro losing yet the election result gave him a huge landslide win.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago * (lasted edited 19 hours ago) in gifs

    I appreciate the effort you took on this reply

    Ok, so we can stay here on "this guy says this" "but that guy said that".

    There is a simple way which can show who is being disengenuine here. We can look at the polls. I don't know if you are aware, but polls are the #1 way of detecting election fraud, because rarely do election number differ more than 3-5% from poll numbers.

    I got a Wikipedia link on the election, and they have a list of several polls on a table, here is the link, we both can look at it, it's under public opinion.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Venezuelan_presidential_election

    We can see here, the vast majority of polls show Maduro and Falcon with less than 10% difference. Majority even with Falcon ahead.

    The only difference we see here is ICS and Hinterlaced, which give just above 50% to Maduro. I'm not sure why these two are so different from the other polls, but we can look it up to help us both come closer to the truth. However it immediately stands out that those 2 polls barely have any "undecided" voters.

    The final election results deviate as much as 30%.

    The polls also are showing that just 30% of voters said they intended to vote. Voter turnout was 46%. This is a 16% difference.

    This 16% difference is about 3 million, this actually gives merit to Smartmatic claim that the voter turnout was manipulates.

    On the whole, the big difference in both voter turnout and poll voting intention and election results from actual poll data makes it more likely that Maduro is lying than the CIA.

    I'll follow up later with why ICS poll is such an outlier compared to the other ones, but the fact that the table doesn't show sample size or have 0 undecided is odd.

    [–] Japan Scrambles Fighters to Intercept 4 Russian Strategic Bombers and 4 Fighter Jets gman2015 -3 points ago in worldnews

    Russia is no doubt #2 in the world right now in terms of military power, and completely self sustainable.

    /u/ManicLord don't know what he's talking about.

    The only difference was that in the 50's it was bigger than the US and today it is probably a fraction worldwide, but bigger regionally.

    [–] Japan Scrambles Fighters to Intercept 4 Russian Strategic Bombers and 4 Fighter Jets gman2015 5 points ago in worldnews

    Exactly, op completely ignores Russians insane war experience and ability to mobilize.

    Only the US can match that, but even so, the US ability to project power is limited, making Russia the de facto military power all around it.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in gifs

    Maduro was elected by a democratic vote, far more monitored than US ones

    More monitored by whom?

    Like placing 13.000 government red spots which have small prizes to people that voted for Maduro is fair and Democratic.

    Same one that uses state assets for his own political campaign.

    Let's completely ignore that Smartmatic, the company that manufactures the voting machines, issued a complaint that their machines were being broken into and manipulates during the elections.

    Let's completely ignore that he moved the elections ahead without any legal footing whatsoever, because his approval was dropping.

    Maduro is as Democratic as a rock is liquid.

    So who's not being permitted to run? The election is over.

    Leopoldo López, the candidate polling ahead of Maduro. He was arrested and barred from running.

    Very Democratic.

    This corporate-rich sponsored man is claiming he's president based on no electoral basis.

    The Assembly was electorally selected, for claim that it has "no electoral basis" is either ignorant or pure propaganda.

    If you want to debate, do it in good faith with factual information

    It's in good faith, but claiming that Maduro "held fair elections more monitored than even us elections" is just bad faith. Maduro is not a democratic leader, he is a selfish leader that is abusing his position.

    For elections means that you give equal opportunity to opposition and let the people decide on which arguments are best. He did not do that. He he prevented opposition parties from running, used state assets as his campaign funds, arrested anyone that started polling too high, was giving away "free gifts" near polling stations, a practice illegal in almost any other democratic country.

    Then, best of all, he pulled that whole international observers charade, where he sent a letter to he UN asking for international observers, only he "accidentally" sent the letter to the wrong UN body, which denied the request saying "wrong address". Then he spent the entire time saying "we asked for international observers, most monitored elections ever" the exact same lie you just quoted on your reply. Maduro is throwing sand into the eyes of anyone that doesn't pay too much attention.

    My apologies if my reply seems aggressive, but so many people in love with the socialist ideology is giving him a pass for his undemocratic behaviours.

    I'll give you a tip to spot when leaders are acting undemocratic by disguise. Look for political opponents arrested under "catch all laws", meaning laws in which almost everyone in the country in breaking so it is selectively enforced. Corruption law is a classic. For example in Russia Putin's main opposition candidate Nevalny was arrested on corruption and barred from running. It doesn't mean he's not guilty, but everyone has some level of corruption in the country, from the guy that bribes the cop to not get a ticket to the mayor that uses state money privately. Everybody goes unpunished untill they become a political threat.

    By selectively enforcing the law, if they spot anyone polling too high, the prosecutor brings corruption charges. If his polls numbers are low, he is allowed to run to give some legitimacy to the election.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago in gifs

    You are missing the point that is not binary.

    Meaning that society's aren't "yes or no" on socialism, but that there is some amount of socialism present. In some are more than others.

    For example, in your case, drive you didn't have generational wealth and came from a poor place, had you been afflicted by a particularly bad disease or accident, before you made it, it might have affected your capacity to work hard and prosper.

    Too much socialism doesn't help society, bit a little bit can help offset bad luck in life.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago in gifs

    Only in a perfect society.

    In the real world there are many barriers of entry against hard work and there are many misfortunes, such as, if you catch a bad disease before you are able to collect the fruits of your hard work.

    Capitalism is also very affected by generational wealth.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago in gifs

    I certainly did not mean to come off as disdainful against the Venezuelan cause, and you have my apologies if it came off like that.

    Thank you for taking the time to write all of that. I read everything.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago in gifs

    Hahaha

    You are dealing with extremes to make a point.

    Like "why go to doctors, like doctors are any good at healing people" or "why go to police, like police is any good at fixing crime".

    Some are more effective than others, however inside a democracy people tend to elect governments that are in the long term minimally effective (long term for countries, as in 50 to 100 years)

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 6 points ago in gifs

    Just want to say thank you very much for that comment there. :)

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago in gifs

    Preventing people from running is the opposite of fair elections.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 22 points ago in gifs

    While you are not wrong, perhaps if you took the time to write a little bit of your perspective instead of using that same time to complain, you could help a little.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago in gifs

    Socialism isn't a binary, it's a set of ideology that has a very big spectrum.

    You should read on it to form a more balanced opinion.

    The current view on Democratic socialism, (which is a different ideology from the one in Venezuela) is that government intervention can help correct some skew created by the free market.

    For example healthcare, where the free market tends to dictate the the price somebody is willing to pay for a treatment that will save his life is all the money that he has. Limited government intervention here can help fix this skew.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago in gifs

    The price of oil is down and their oil is deep underground where it's expensive to extract, unlike a country like Saudi Arabia, where the oil is really close to the surface and it's super cheap to extract.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago in gifs

    Hahahaha

    Just in case you were serious, it happened on the 12th of February, yesterday

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago in gifs

    Right now income tax is the most effective tax, and of the top of my head, corporate tax represents 1/3 of the income tax revenue.

    Historically, corporate tax and income tax should have a 1:1 proportion

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 1 points ago in gifs

    You are ignoring proportions.

    A country like Venezuela people are starving because there are good shortages. There are good shortages because Maduro did a few ridiculous things

    • Printed a shit ton a money, based solely on how much he needed to finance his policies, instead of how much the economy could take

    • When inflation skyrocketed, he blamed the producers and the "capitalists" for increasing their prices and legislated he price of staple products (i.e. passed a law that says X product can only be sold for Y)

    • When producers stopped manufacturing and selling in Venezuela he again blamed the "capitalists" that were boycotting him and trying to undermine Venezuela, ignoring that the prices he was setting for those products were lower than the cost of production. This created the initial shortage of products.

    • His solution? Expropriated those capitalists and installed party loyalists in its place. Of course replacing somebody who's been a farmer for 20 years with somebody that has no farming experience whatsoever has catastrophic consequences for the business. The food shortage skyrocketed to the point it is now.

    • Somehow all of the above was the fault of the USA.

    Now, the USA, Europe and many other capitalists countries also have homeless and people that have issue having 3 means a day, however none of them have entire cities skipping a meal because of shortage.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 6 points ago in gifs

    That's some serious bullshit.

    Venezuelan economy crashed because Maduro did not implement any realistic monetary policy in the country.

    America did not make Maduro print 15x the total currency in circulation in Venezuela in a single year. Maduro did.

    He created an administration that is ineffective in running a stable country based on tax revenue.

    [–] Rally against the dictatorship. Venezuela 12/02/19 gman2015 5 points ago in gifs

    How is Guaido installed by America? He was voted in office by the assembly and which was formed by popular vote.

    He is enjoying support from every country in the world, except for Russia, China, Uruguai and 2 others that I forget.

    It's not like the US is the only country supporting him nor like he is a rebel that was armed by the CIA, he is a democratic leader that was voted into office.

    [–] Brazil to erase LGBT+ content from school books gman2015 1 points ago in worldnews

    He made his ideology clear during the presidential, as LGBT+ culture is to be accepted but not celebrated.

    Meaning you can't discriminate against but you shouldn't make a TV series saying how good it is to be gay.

    Comes from the idea that it kids see it, they might think it's okay to go down the "wrong path" or something.

    [–] Brazil to erase LGBT+ content from school books gman2015 3 points ago in worldnews

    Upvote should mean that you want something to have visibility.

    But I guess people enjoy the idea of having a little bit of power over the fellow human, and use it to reward or punish.

    [–] Brazil to erase LGBT+ content from school books gman2015 1 points ago in worldnews

    Brazil today is nothing like Brazil I'm the 2000, which is nothing like Brazil I'm the 80's.

    The country is doing fine and you are being prejudicial with your comments.

    [–] Venezuela Crisis Explained | Decolonizing Media Ep. 6 gman2015 1 points ago in communism

    He quotes the New York Times as evidence that what is happening in Venezuela is a US backed coup, yet from that exact same article

    American officials eventually decided not to help the plotters, and the coup plans stalled. But the Trump administration’s willingness to meet several times with mutinous officers intent on toppling a president in the hemisphere could backfire politically.

    He should read more carefully the sources he uses.

    Here's a link to the source:

    https://nyti.ms/2O36Xyk