Why is it that Socialist and Communist Paradises Have to Wall Folks IN?

Venezuela is worried about people leaving, because starvation and violence. Venezuela Reopens Border With Brazil, Colombia Perimeter Still Closed

The border with Colombia had been closed on the orders of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to prevent 100 Bolivars from entering the country, which he said were being hoarded by “mafias” in the border city of Cúcuta, Colombia.

The border was supposed to be closed for only 72 hours, during which time banknotes were supposed to be delivered to banks and then removed from circulation. However, the border with Colombia has remained closed.

Brazil had to work through diplomatic channels to get their citizens OUT of the country, when Venezuela closed the Brazilian border.

For conditions in the country, see my previous post on the subject.

The Socialists in Greece Follow the Usual Path

First they destroyed the economy. Now they are taking over the media, and using the government – in the form of police raids – to attack anyone who doesn’t do exactly what their betters tell them to do. They will be following the lead of Venezuela in no time and instituting forced labor.

First we have the police raids. Raid on office of central banker’s wife raises concerns in Greece. The central-banker-in-question has clashed with Syriza government on many issues relating to the Greek economy.

Mr Stournaras has clashed frequently over issues of bank governance with the leftwing Syriza-led government of Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister. Hours before the raid on Mindwork, the central bank rejected the appointment of a new chairman and chief executive at Attica Bank, a struggling small lender with close ties to the ruling party. It also banned new lending by Attica until their replacements were named.

Almost like using the IRS to silence conservative groups in this country.

Then there is the question of controlling the media. European Federation of Journalists Concerned About Media Pluralism in Greece. The government is limiting – for no good reason – the number of private TV broadcasters in the country to 4. There are currently 8 broadcasters and 4 will have to close. (Apparently they were too “independent.”)

“Early this year, the Greek government has passed a law to allow only four TV licences to issue to private broadcasters. The European Commission expressed serious concerns about media independence in the country. On August 30, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government launched the auctions claiming that it would crack down on corruption in the media sector and enable better regulation,” the EFJ announcement said.

In other words, he was tired of having to deal with the media saying things he didn’t like.

We don’t have to worry about that right now because the media in this country are completely in the control of the Democrats. Except Fox which is the control of the Republicans. Independent media? That is SO 20th Century!

Quote of the Day: SJW Edition

Any comment I could offer is redundant. SJWs Demand ‘Deus Ex’ Video Game Not Let Gamers Make ‘Immoral’ Decisions | PJ Media

We’ve seen [Social Justice Warriors] demand that fictional entertainment reflect their values, regardless of whether that makes any sense for the specific project. If you don’t like the finished, politically correct product? They scream about what a horrible person you are. (See: Ghostbusters. Or don’t!)

When Socialists Run Out of Money They Become Dictators

This isn’t a new occurrence. Venezuela Now a Military Dictatorship

A former head of the armed forces commission in the now emasculated congress, Luis Manuel Esculpí, said, “This is now a completely militarized government. The army is Maduro’s [sole] source of authority.”

Putting the military in charge will not make raw materials appear (as the head of the Chamber of Commerce has noted), nor will it clear up the problem with their balance of payments. It does mean that the “President” of Venezuela doesn’t have to worry about anything like democracy getting in his way.

In Case Anyone is Interested in “Why Brexit?” (Aside from claims of xenophobia…)

The people who hate democracy – and there are a lot of them – want you to believe that Brexit is all about immigration. But that is simplistic and self-serving. Why Britons Should Vote to Leave the EU, by The Editors, National Review. The arguments from before the vote…

First, the EU was designed to suppress democracy. The folks who started the ball rolling blamed democracy for WWII. They wanted to stamp it out for that reason, and because they knew better.

They quite consciously set out to avoid submitting their grand design to democratic debate and the verdict of the voters. Instead it would proceed “functionally,” treaty by treaty, regulation by regulation, committee vote by committee vote, largely shielded from oversight, until one day the peoples of Europe would discover they were living under a new “European” government. That bright new day has now dawned.

Today the non-democratic nature of the EU is pretty clear for all to see.

There is no right, said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker recently, to vote against Europe.

You don’t have the right to choose. You gave away your rights be Britain or France in the 50s, 60s and 70s. You now have to abide by whatever we say, even when we break the agreements we made with you in good faith, because “good faith” is for suckers.

[The agreed upon rules for the EURO] above all the “No Bailouts” rule, were swept aside by the European Central Bank in the interest of safeguarding the euro against the currency crises it had invited. EU institutions backed by the French and German governments removed two democratically elected prime ministers under the thinnest veil of constitutionality. They replaced them with technocrats (one of whom, the Italian, received a derisory share of the vote in the subsequent election). Chancellor Merkel’s unilateral decision to invite the world to Europe broke the Dublin Accords on refugee reception.

I can’t find the quote now, but at one point during the Greek financial crisis, Juncker (or one of his lackeys) said that there was no time for democracy. The Greeks had better just do what Brussels ordered. (So, how’s that working out?)

Next up: Netherlands Exit or Nexit.

[Hat tip to Jim Treacher.

Flight Delayed Because Math Professor Was Doing Math

EvilMathThis would be funny if it wasn’t so completely screwed up. He was doing math (a foreign language to the passenger who complained), and being Italian, he has dark skin. Academic questioned by American Airlines officials for doing math on plane

He didn’t want to make small talk with the woman next to him. And he was writing in a some sort of code. And he has darker skin. Yep, he must be a terrorist.

Guido Menzio is associate professor in the department of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. One of his specialties is search theory. He was on his way to give a talk in Quebec.

Here he was suddenly having his mathematical intentions searched.

Oh, and he has slightly darker skin. But, as his name suggests, he’s Italian — not, well, whatever other nationality bad people are supposed to be.

A 2 hour delay, and an innocent man questioned over math. Next they will outlaw it. Or something.

Stupid people with inflated fears. If he had been writing in Arabic, what would that have meant? Arab-Americans do fly on American airlines. And some of them probably write in Arabic. Doesn’t make them all terrorists. (Writing is not a dangerous activity, no matter the language.)

I guess the lady in question didn’t have much faith in the TSA process.