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Comment Re:Not according to Sean Penn (Score 1) 452

Comparing Hitler and Mussolini to Chávez? Comparing Nazi Germany to Venezuela? Seriously?

dictatorship refers to an autocratic form of absolute rule by leadership unrestricted by law, constitutions, or other social and political factors within the state. [From wikipedia]

A dictator is one who has absolute power, not one who abuses power, that's a corrupt politician. If Chávez had absolute power, he wouldn't need a referendum in order to change the constitution, nor need the approval of the parliament. So no, I don't think he is a dictator.

In the next elections, people can vote for another person, and he'll have to leave office. Only if he doesn't, against the will of the people, can he be considered a dictator. Not before.

Comment Re:Not according to Sean Penn (Score 1) 452

Because the main opposition parties let down their voters and withdrew, loosing all their power. It wasn't Chávez the one who killed the opposition, it was the right-wing parties themselves. They were the ones who decided to give Chávez 60% of the seats in the parliament.
Venezuela's elections' turnout are always higher than U.S., for instance, yet I don't see anybody calling U.S. presidents "dictators".

Comment Re:Not according to Sean Penn (Score 0, Troll) 452

Excuse me, but why should defamation not be punishable? What he said is,

"Every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it, and accept it. And this is mainstream media. There should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies."

And there is, you can go to jail for these false accusations. But of course, it's much more eye-catching using a title like "Sean Penn: Journalists who call Hugo Chávez a dictator should be jailed" than writing the actual quote.


Submission + - L.H.C. Results start to come in (

des_irl writes: The first round of results from the Large Hadron Collider are being published and the results aren't quite what Scientists expected. The colliding beams produced more particles then current models predict. Which, when you think about it was one of the reasons for the experiment in the first place! Current models not proving everything accurately, and all! Good reading though. Oh and surprisingly, the LHC website doesn't have the news up on it! I guess the scientists have better things to do then write web pages!!

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