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How Venezuela’s corrupt socialists are looting the country to death
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Venezuela is no longer a country with a government, institutions and a civil society. It’s a geographic area terrorized by a criminal enterprise that pretends to govern, with a civil society made up of two sets of people: accomplices and victims.

More than 30 million of the latter.

The Hugo Chavez-led looting spree began in 2000. By “looting,” I mean fraudulent government contracts, a celebration of bribery, phantom payrolls across all government ministries, bogus government-grant programs, the sacking of Venezuela’s gold reserves and a massive currency-exchange scam.

More than $1 trillion has disappeared — some of it wasted on social programs that produced nothing — and a staggering amount has ended up in bank accounts in Andorra, Panama, New York, Hong Kong and Switzerland.

And the pillaging has turned Venezuela into a dystopian landscape. There are shortages of every imaginable foodstuff and basic necessity; diseases once thought eradicated are back with a vengeance; and a crime wave that has given Caracas the highest murder rate in the world.

http://nypost.com/2017/01/10/how-venezue...-to-death/
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#2
an Obama like administration could have done that and might still one day, do that to the USA

cept it'll be a 100 Trillion dollar damage bill, instead of ONE Trillion

and we'd have SO MUCH "Equality" to show for it
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Quote:corrupt socialists

redundant adjective

[i]Using an adjective to describe something that is already intended[/i]

eg

  • the pretty model won all of the awards

  • the smart genius answered every question

  • the dangerous monster ate the man

  • the fast jet

  • the floating buoy
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(01-11-2017, 11:57 AM)DaveGillie Wrote: an Obama like administration could have done that and might still one day, do that to the USA

cept it'll be a 100 Trillion dollar damage bill, instead of ONE Trillion

and we'd have SO MUCH "Equality" to show for it

There has been a of governement condoned or practiced collusional theft in this country for many administrations.
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(01-12-2017, 05:45 AM)cbeatty Wrote:
(01-11-2017, 11:57 AM)DaveGillie Wrote: an Obama like administration could have done that and might still one day, do that to the USA

cept it'll be a 100 Trillion dollar damage bill, instead of ONE Trillion

and we'd have SO MUCH "Equality" to show for it

There has been a of governement condoned or practiced collusional theft in this country for many administrations.

Yes, not "many";   ALL

the trick is keeping the theft under some control

SOME Peoples do NOT have much "self control" though
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(01-12-2017, 05:34 AM)andrew_o Wrote:
Quote:corrupt socialists

redundant adjective

[i]Using an adjective to describe something that is already intended[/i]

eg

  • the pretty model won all of the awards

  • the smart genius answered every question

  • the dangerous monster ate the man

  • the fast jet

  • the floating buoy
I remember having that principle rammed down my throat as a child, and having to listen to other people being ridiculed for their poor grammar for using two words that mean the same thing, so one of the words is redundant.

When I write things for my own use, I like to use redundant words for emphasis, same way as I use capital letters, coloured pens, underlines and circlings. 

You might have a beached buoy, that isn't floating, and need to differentiate the one that is floating.  You might have a cute, harmless little monster, an ugly model, or a genius that is stupid in some things.

In general I hate any superfluous bits in language, that get in the way of the meaning, even an extra letter that isn't needed.  But language is absolutely about driving your meaning home, and using a bit of emphasis by way of saying the same thing twice in another way seems to me more acceptable than picky grammarians.  Emphasis is not superfluous.

Having said that, I do try to avoid it when I am writing stuff for other people to read.
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(01-12-2017, 04:59 PM)silverfish Wrote:
(01-12-2017, 05:34 AM)andrew_o Wrote:
Quote:corrupt socialists

redundant adjective

[i]Using an adjective to describe something that is already intended[/i]

eg

  • the pretty model won all of the awards

  • the smart genius answered every question

  • the dangerous monster ate the man

  • the fast jet

  • the floating buoy
I remember having that principle rammed down my throat as a child, and having to listen to other people being ridiculed for their poor grammar for using two words that mean the same thing, so one of the words is redundant.

When I write things for my own use, I like to use redundant words for emphasis, same way as I use capital letters, coloured pens, underlines and circlings. 

You might have a beached buoy, that isn't floating, and need to differentiate the one that is floating.  You might have a cute, harmless little monster, an ugly model, or a genius that is stupid in some things.

In general I hate any superfluous bits in language, that get in the way of the meaning, even an extra letter that isn't needed.  But language is absolutely about driving your meaning home, and using a bit of emphasis by way of saying the same thing twice in another way seems to me more acceptable than picky grammarians.  Emphasis is not superfluous.

Having said that, I do try to avoid it when I am writing stuff for other people to read.

Very good SILVERFISH!!
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My comment was, of course, an attempt at humour.
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(01-13-2017, 04:43 AM)andrew_o Wrote: My comment was, of course, an attempt at humour.

yes, I recognized that.

interesting how we each have our specialties and personalities, you're good at mean humor
Silver is good at deep thinking of people's creative motivations and at writing it down

and others have theirs
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Mean?
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