September 02, 2003


It’s easy to reduce your nation’s illiteracy rate. You just ask Fidel Castro, and he carefully explains that by erasing high numbers and replacing them with low numbers, the illiteracy rate will drop accordingly:

Chavez and Castro are strong political allies and close friends. Chavez thanked the Cuban leader for technological assistance that he said helped sharply reduce Venezuela's illiteracy rates.

The “technological assistance” referred to here is presumably some white-out and an abacus. Speaking of Cuba, John Kerry is currently flip-flopping like a boated bass.

UPDATE. Another small southern island needs to call Fidel.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 2, 2003 12:36 PM

This technology wouldn't be "books" and "pens" or even a "desk top computer"? No, computers are the result of capitalists. Bark and charcol aren't though so roll on the new industrial revolution for "the people".

Posted by: Jake D at September 2, 2003 at 12:47 PM

Quote in the SFGate Chavez-Castro item:

"Coming to Cuba is to come to a country where there are true friends of Africa," Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said.

You said it, Mugsy.

Posted by: ilibcc at September 2, 2003 at 01:02 PM

John Kerry flip-flopping on an issue? That's a new one... :-)

Posted by: Raj Against The Machine at September 2, 2003 at 02:33 PM

It does'nt surprise me that almost half of tassie cant read or write. Look who they voted in at the last state election. VOTE LABOR! REMAIN IGNORANT!

Posted by: roscoe p coltrane at September 2, 2003 at 05:43 PM

Just wondering why the lefty trolls haven't spent any time on this post. Slack bastards...

Posted by: Jake D at September 2, 2003 at 07:42 PM

Follows an old banger up Bridge Rd yesterday. Loved the 2 stickers on the rear window" "NO WAR [Greens]" and "VIVA CUBA". Say no more.

Posted by: Walter Plinge at September 2, 2003 at 10:03 PM

What was it; a Renault 12, a Volvo wagon or a Kombi?

Posted by: pooh at September 3, 2003 at 11:06 AM