May 29, 2005


Cooking with Fidel: As blackouts multiply, Castro pleads for power thrift (AFP, 5/27/05)

Faced with crippling power outages and a grumbling public, Cuba's President Fidel Castro has made an urgent televised appeal for energy thrift, even demonstrating the relative merits of Chinese-made pressure cookers.

"Exceptional measures are being taken" to cope with the crisis, Castro, 78, said in an hours-long appearance on state television late Thursday, as the crunch has begun to yield more blackouts, and longer ones, as Cuba heads into the hottest summer months.

As if to underscore that he, too, feels the heat, Castro read aloud "opinions" collected from the public, replete with harsh criticism for the blackouts.

As local jokes have it, they are more reliable than the power supply.

Okay, we've proven that Socialism doesn't work--now can we just get rid of him?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 29, 2005 12:00 AM

[A]n hours-long appearance on state television...

Yeah, that'll cut power usage...
Why not an 11 minute appeal to use less electricity ?

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at May 29, 2005 3:01 AM

Fidel needs to call some of his Hollywood friends and hit them up for some of those portable power generatiors they use fo on-location filming. Then if he can only get Hugo to cough up some free petroleum, the revolution lives on!

Posted by: John at May 29, 2005 5:37 AM

Lucky for them, Castro has prepared Cubans for this day. They are all in the pink of health and able to read the instructions on the Chinese pressure cookers. Viva la revolucion.

Posted by: erp at May 29, 2005 6:16 AM

40,000 pressure cookers from China...

For Cuba, a major policy coup to proclaim to the masses,years in the making, worthy of media coverage around the world...

For Wal-Mart, just a monthly shipment, buried in the thousands of other shipping containers.

Posted by: BC Monkey at May 29, 2005 10:06 AM

Speaking of Cuba, I thought this picture of my old [Catholic] high school's state championship soccer team was nice until I noticed the kid in the second row, second from the left.

I hope he just doesn't know what he's wearing.

I'm afraid this tends to confirm OJ's stereotypes (phenotypes?) about soccer players.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at May 29, 2005 12:51 PM

Okay, we've proven that Socialism doesn't work--now can we just get rid of him?

No. JFK promised we wouldn't. Sorry.

Posted by: kevin whited at May 31, 2005 11:09 AM