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Old 10-10-2005, 03:14 AM   #1
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Capitalism 'causes natural disasters'

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VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez has blamed global capitalism for earthquakes hitting India, Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as for mudslides that have struck Central America and Mexico.
On his weekly radio and television call-in program, "Hello, Mr. President," Mr Chavez said these catastrophes were nature's answer to the "world global capitalist model".

"This model is destroying the world. The world is in danger. Never has there been such disasters, hurricanes, droughts, torrential rains. Incredible! The world is dangerously off balance," he said.

Earlier yesterday, US television evangelist Pat Robertson, who caused ripples weeks ago calling for Mr Chavez' assassination, said the natural disasters pointed to the end of the world and the imminent return of Jesus Christ.

"These things are starting to hit with amazing regularity," Mr Robertson told CNN, remarking on the coincidence of a major earthquake that killed thousands in Asia on Saturday and recent killer hurricanes slamming the US.

Those disasters come less than a year after a huge tsunami levelled huge portions of South Asia, killing more than 20,000 people and leaving a million homeless.

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Mr Chavez said he had prayed for those lost and injured.
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Old 10-10-2005, 04:56 AM   #2
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Indirectly, of course, the connection makes some sense. Nobody will think that a tsunami is created directly by capitalism (how could it be), but put this into context.

With more and more (over-)production, there is more pollution. Nobody will deny that lots of additional pollution was created with the start of the industrial revolution. And nobody, except of a few notable "experts" maybe, will deny that pollution causes the environment to react. Arguably also the society of waste we live in doesn´t have a positive effect.

That said, other (political) systems were destroying nature just as much; I don´t think the USSR had filters in every coal mine etc., and I doubt communist leaders cared a lot about environmental problems.
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It's not so senseless what he says..................
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Dinosaurs probably died out because of capitalism, too.
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Wow, maybe now Pat Robertson will resconsider his plan to assassinate Chavez, as they agree on stuff, and stuff. Praise Jesus!
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:35 AM   #7
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Fuck, that should be 'reconsider'. LOL I know how those damn typos affect my credibility here! What can I say, I'm a drunk.

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Everything may be possible, but no tsunami, which follows a seaquake, and no earthquake could ever have been caused by capitalism, neither directly nor indirectly.

It's is not the capitalism that causes global warming and natural disasters. It's the industry, and it doesn't matter whether there is capitalism or communism.

But quakes are caused by the nature only.
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Personally, I blame the googly spaghetti monster.
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I blame plate tectonics ~ curse the laws of thermodynamics!
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chavez =
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I've always considered Chavez a bit off the wall. For natural disasters, there was the Black Death in the Middle Ages, a hell of alot worse than any hurricane as it wiped out half of Europe in three years. That happened when feudalism was falling apart and capitalism was rising.
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still waiting for my cheaper gas.




buy a Prius!





















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your citgo station didnt lower the prices?
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