Visions of a Freeman - Brain Age - 17, March of 2015
I want to know where those numbers come from, least I am suing The Guardian and Reuters.

Evidence to a very sharp drop in the credibility of The Guardian among the Academic/Scientific sector.

Evidence number 1.

Take a look:
Venezuela advert in US press demands Obama rescind 'national security threat'
New York Times advert accuses US of trying to ‘govern Venezuela by decree’
President Obama imposed sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials last week

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A man walks past graffiti depicting President Barack Obama in Caracas on Monday. The graffiti reads, “Gringo, respect us!” and “Obama go home”. Photograph: Carlos García Rawlins/Reuters

Oliver Laughland in New York
Tuesday 17 March 2015 20.25 GMT

Venezuela’s foreign ministry has demanded President Obama retract an executive order declaring the South American state a threat to US national security in a combative full-page advert published in the New York Times.

The advertisement – published under the title: “Letter to the people of the United States: Venezuela is not a threat” – also demands the cancellation of sanctions against seven senior law enforcement and military officials, accused by the US of corruption and human rights violations.

The order, issued last week, blocks the seven individuals – including Venezuela’s head of intelligence and a senior prosecutor – from entering the US, freezes their assets in the country, and prohibits US citizens from engaging in business with them.

The advert, published on Tuesday, frames the sanctions as an attack on Venezuela’s sovereignty.

“Never before in the history of our nations, has a president of the United States attempted to govern Venezuelans by decree,” the letter argues. “It is a tyrannical and imperial order and it pushes us back to the darkest days of the relationship between the United States and Latin American and the Caribbean.”

Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, seized on the order to call for emergency powers, which the Venezuelan national assembly, controlled by Maduro’s United Socialist party, passed on Sunday. The “Anti-Imperialist Law for Peace”, passed after a debate lasting about two hours, allows Maduro to rule by decree. It remains unclear how the president plans to use the new powers.

Maduro’s popularity rating has plummeted in recent months to about 22% as inflation in Venezuela soars to over 60% and the price of oil – of which the US is a key export market – sinks to a five-year low.

David Smilde a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America said the New York Times advert was arguably designed to serve Maduro’s domestic political cause rather than his international relations.

This is what Maduro spends all his time talking about – that there’s economic war [with the US], that there’s an effort to try to undermine Venezuela, to sabotage it. Now this declaration of a national security threat fits perfectly with that narrative and provides it with substance,” Smilde said.

“The more Maduro can keep attention on this, the better opportunity for him. So it [the letter] doesn’t surprise me. I think it is probably more written to the Venezuelan people than to Americans.”

The seven officials named in the sanctions are alleged to have orchestrated the harsh crackdowns against anti-government protests last year and the arrest of a number of opposition politicians. Anti-government protests and arrests of politicians have continued into 2015.

The timing of the White House sanctions has been interpreted as a way of exerting influence on the National Assembly elections later in the year. No date has been set for the vote and it is unclear if Maduro’s newly acquired powers will bear any influence on the timing.

Dr Gregory Weeks, an expert in Venezuelan politics and chair of the department of political science and public administration at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, said the sanctions would now make it harder for other leaders in the region to lobby for clean elections.

“I tend to think that the US acting unilaterally is going to make it even harder for Latin American presidents to speak out against Maduro because they don’t want to be seen as simply doing what the US wants,” Weeks said. “I would have gone for more quiet diplomacy with Latin American leaders and not become a sort of lightning rod with this very public decision and the inflammatory language attached to it.”

The Union of South American Nations, a regional intergovernmental body, has condemned Obama’s executive order.

Evidence number 2.

Take a look:
Voice of America
News / Americas

Poll: Venezuelan President's Popularity Sinks to 22%

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro stands before reporters on the sidelines of a bilateral meeting with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, Jan. 2, 2015.

January 02, 2015 2:20 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's approval rating has slipped to 22 percent, the lowest of his nearly two-year rule, as a result of economic problems, a local pollster said Friday.

Maduro, 52, won election to replace his mentor, Hugo Chavez, after the latter's death from cancer in early 2013, but has seen his popularity eroded since then as the OPEC nation suffers an economic slowdown, product shortages and soaring prices.

"His popularity has gone down a lot. He's at 22 percent approval. People are waiting for solutions,'' Datanalisis director Jose Antonio Gil told local TV station Globovision.

Recession-hit Venezuela has the worst economic performance of any major nation in the region, with widespread shortages of goods from milk to car parts and 64 percent annual inflation.

The plunge in global oil prices, with Venezuela's crude worth $47 a barrel now — half of what it was five months ago — has exacerbated the scenario. Maduro blames a U.S.-inspired "economic war" by political foes, but opposition leaders say 15 years of socialism are the cause.

Gil said 60 percent of people did not believe in Maduro's argument.

"Venezuelans' main problem is shortages," he said, confirming what other polls have shown — that product scarcities have overtaken violent crime as Venezuelans' main worry.

Opinion polls in Venezuela are divergent and controversial, but Datanalisis is one of the most closely watched and respected. Gil did not say when the latest poll was taken or how many people were interviewed.

Datanalisis had put Maduro's rating at 24.5 percent in November and about 50 percent after his election in April 2013.

Facing parliamentary elections this year, Maduro has promised a six-month economic recovery plan, including reform of currency controls that are more than a decade old.

A three-tier system currently pegs the dollar to 6.3, 12 and 50 bolivars, depending on sectors, while the greenback goes for more than 170 bolivars on the black market.

Many economists recommend a devaluation or unification of rates and other measures to boost state coffers, such as a rise in gasoline prices or sale of the Citgo refining unit.

Such moves, however, could have a political cost for Maduro, as Venezuela enters 2015 with the ruling "Chavismo" movement at arguably its lowest ebb since a brief coup against Chavez in 2002.

Only 16 percent felt "identified" with the ruling Socialist Party, he said, but the divided opposition coalition was hardly doing much better, with just 19 percent.

Evidence number 3.

The Guardian pushing to stroke hatred between Venezuelans and the people of the United States.

Take a look at what I just found on a social network:
VTVCANAL8 ‏@VTVcanal8 31 minHace 31 minutos
Pdte.@NicolasMaduro: Relaciones de respeto, en clima de igualdad, queremos con el Gobierno de EEUU

VTVCANAL8 ‏@VTVcanal8 32 minHace 32 minutos
Pdte.@NicolasMaduro: Estamos en el mejor momento de relaciones con el Pueblo de EEUU. Y ese es el camino que vamos a mantener


President Nicolas Maduro says: A relationship of respect in equal conditions, that is what we want with the Government of the United States. We are at our best moment of relationship with the people of the United States. And that is the path we will maintain.

The Guardian and Reuters are doing Politics, because they are certainly not doing Ethical and Professional Journalism. The Guardian makes the unethical Poll business anonymous and does not even mention it, that is not only a serious lack of ethics, it is citing an anonymous source, leaving it to imagination and that is anonymity. The best wishes of President Nicolas Maduro to improve the relationship with the United States have been censored.

The Law is the Law.
Article 40: Political rights are reserved to those who are Venezuelans*, with the exceptions established in this Constitution. Naturalized Venezuelans who have entered the country prior to reaching the age of seven years and have resided permanently in Venezuela until reaching legal age shall enjoy the same rights as Venezuelans by birth.
Article 57: Everyone has the right to express freely his or her thoughts, ideas or opinions
orally, in writing or by any other form of expression, and to use for such purpose any
means of communication and diffusion, and no censorship shall be established. Anyone
making use of this right assumes full responsibility for everything expressed.
Anonymity, war propaganda, discriminatory messages or those promoting religious intolerance are
not permitted.
Censorship restricting the ability of public officials* to report on matters
for which they are responsible is prohibited.
Article 58: Communications are free and plural, and involve the duties and responsibilities indicated by law. Everyone has the right to timely, truthful and impartial information, without censorship, in accordance with the principles of this Constitution, as well as the right to reply and corrections when they are directly affected by inaccurate or offensive information. Children* and adolescents have the right to receive adequate information for purposes of their overall development.

It is also a good time to expose The Guardian and Reuters to the world as the UNETHICAL WAR PIGS that trash and prostitute basic Professional Journalism Ethics putting the honest British people in great shame.

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