Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Have you tried to connect with someone in Venezuela lately?

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Over the last year, I’ve met several Venezuelans who are living in the Dallas area.   All of them are under some asylum timeline and waiting for a judge to confirm or deny their case.  They are generally well educated and connected to the anti-Chavez opposition.  They fear for their lives or personal safety and I understand that.  Last, but not least, they obeyed the law.
They also complain about internet connections to Venezuela.  They will often go days without making contact with their families.
Today, I saw this post by Sabrina Martin about internet connectivity:  
Venezuela, one of the countries with the least amount of freedom in the world, now enjoys yet another dubious distinction: it is among the three nations with the worst internet connection in the entire world.
According to the Speedtest Global Index, the country, governed by Nicolás Maduro, was ranked 128th out of 130 countries, ahead of only Algeria (129) and Yemen (130). The study also reveals that Venezuela is the country with the worst internet connection in Latin America.
Algeria and Yemen?   Not good company, to say the least.
With all due respect to anyone from Algeria and Yemen, Venezuela was a middle-class country with a very developed TV and radio market.  Until recently, they also had a very good internet situation.
So what’s going on?  The Maduro government borrowed a page from the Castro regime.  
Over the years, the Castro regime played the “lights out” game whenever they wanted to stop Cubans from listening to Miami radio or Radio Marti.  Most Cubans don’t have battery operated radios so “No lights no Miami Radio/”
In Venezuela, they are using the connectivity excuse to keep the opposition from talking to each other or doing interviews with foreign media.  
I’ve had to reschedule many podcasts because we can’t get an internet connection.  We try phone lines and the contact goes off often.
This is censorship not poverty or anything like that.  The Maduro government does not want Venezuelans talking with their relatives in Dallas or elsewhere.
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Thank you Adrian Beltre


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We learned that Adrian Beltre announced his retirement.

Frankly, it is not a shock.  I felt all along that Beltre would retire.

We say thanks for a wonderful career and 8 great seasons in Texas.  He was a big part of the 2011 AL championship team and the 2 division titles in 2015-16.  He was also a great player on and off the field.  Beltre's influence on the young players was profound.

Beltre retires with Hall of Fame credentials:  a .286 average, 3,166 hits, 477 HR & 1,707 RBI over 2,933 games.

Will he stay active with the Rangers?  Maybe later.  Like Michael Young, he may join the organization and continue to influence the younger players.

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Happy # 52 Troy Aikman, Hall of Famer on the field and great as a game analyst




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We remember Troy Aikman who was born in Oklahoma on this day in 1966.

Has it been so many years since the Cowboys played in a Super Bowl?  Can you believe that?  

Those were the days when Troy Aikman led the Cowboys to 3 Super Bowls in 4 years.

On the field, Aikman was great:  # 1 draft choice, 3 Super Bowl rings, a couple of Super Bowl MVPs's and a great role model and citizen. 

Since he stopped playing, Aikman has been a Fox Sports analyst.   He is grown to be an excellent game analyst.




Happy # 52 Troy Aikman


We remember Troy Aikman, who was born on this day in 1966.   

Aikman joined the Cowboys in 1989 and led the team to 3 Super Bowl victories.   He was one of the greatest QBs in NFL history.



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