What the hell is going on in Venezuela?
Venezuelan here. Mind you I was on today’s protest on the anti-government side, this means I’m biased. You may not know, but Venezuela is spiraling into debt. With Chavez death and the rule of President Nicolás Maduro, we had two bid devaluations. The Dollar went from 4,30 Bs (Bolivares "Fuertes") to 11,36 approx. on one year. We can’t find basic food elements like milk, flour, cooking oil, and even toilet paper on our marts and markets, this scarcity is beyond patience. Insecurity is rampant. We are now one of the most violent countries on the world. We had even one of our Miss Venezuela killed, it wasn’t because she was famous, not because she had money, it wasn’t a hitman. She died with same modus operandi every Venezuelan gets killed. The government is secretly working with a lot of "collectives" (mafias, armed groups, violent gangs) as means of intimidation and is turning a blind eye to violence. Here is a video of the police and government enforcers shooting and kicking people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrpihh6mewQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsjIb62_PoM Here are some videos of these armed collectives shooting protesters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mb97ZcOd8g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3DS2uxihGk you can see one protester shot death and the police not doing anything. Police brutality against protesters (not today, not in Caracas but in Mérida) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15xj1Tf3sU0Armed collectives shooting and robbing. These are the Tupamaros, considered a legal political party:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC_K3oPeQ0A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNULcdQ6a0I#t=20You won’t find this on the news except on CNN. Our TV media is buyed by the goverment. It was funny and infuriating watching TV today and finding soup operas an bullshit shows while everybody was marching and the tension was boiling. –migvello
A Texan walks into an Irish pub...
and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, "I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I'll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back."
The room is quiet and no one takes up the Texan's offer. One man even leaves. Ten minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. "Is your bet still good?", asks the Irishman.
The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses drinking them all back-to-back. The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement.
The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, "If ya don't mind me askin', where did you go for that 10 minutes you were gone?"
The Irishman replies, "Oh...I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first".
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Prison Vs. Jail
In the State of New Jersey, if you are convicted of a crime that comes with jail time, you will
either serve that time in the county jail (in the county the charges were brought up in, not necessarily your county of residence), or a State facility. The difference basically comes down to how much time you’ve been sentenced to.
Anything less than 365 days will be served in the county jail. Anything 365 days or more will be served in a State facility. A lot of times, I see people confusing “jail,” and “prison.” This is the difference (at least in NJ).
A lot of people asked about this. A lot of these comments could probably be attributed to pubescent boys living in their parents’ basements, but I will address this issue anyway. First, let me say that in the 5 years I did in prison, I neither saw nor heard of anyone getting raped. To be fair, though, I will say that prison rape DOES indeed happen, but it wasn’t something that happened while I was there. Because I had a fairly short stay, compared to others, the facility I spent the majority of my time housed inmates doing 10 or less years. Think of it this way: If you know you’re only going to be locked up for ~5-7 years, are you going to just wake up one day and decide to start committing rape to deal with the fact you no longer have access to vagina? I didn’t think so.
Since I don’t feel like re-typing what I had already said in the previous thread, I’ll just copy/paste what I said before: –====I just want to clear something up. The whole rape thing. It seems like that’s all people think prison is all about. When you get sentenced to state prison (in NJ, anything over 364 day is state prison, less than that is served in the county jail), it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be serving your sentence with people serving life sentences.
Before you get transferred from the county jail to the State prison, you go to a sort of “in between” place to get classified called CRAF. In CRAF (Central Reception and Assessment Facility), they decide based on your age/criminal record/length of sentence/education which State facility you would be best suited for. In short, if you’re 20 years old, a first time offender, and only serving a few years, chances are extremely slim that you would be sent to a prison where rape even occurs. Think about it. If you and those around you were only serving ~5 years, do you really think people would want to start raping each other? No. As for the lifers, I can’t really speak for them. I do know rape in prison is definitely REAL, but in the 5 years i did, I never personally saw anything like that happen. Sure, there was consensual encounters happening, but the whole “drop the soap thing?” Nope. Also, I think it’s important to point out that the facility that I spent the majority of my sentence in, there were PARTITIONED SHOWERS. Yup. You read that right. Shower curtains and everything. Also, it wasn’t uncommon for inmates to have friends or other gang members stand guard in outside of the shower in case anyone would want to attack/fight the person while they were in the shower and vulnerable.====–
Okay. Enough about rape.