The Route of the Plastic

palito_tenderOn the ground, turned over, and with a huge hole in the bottom, lies the dumpster on the corner. It was put there just months ago, with its bulky gray body ready to swallow the garbage. But it didn’t resist. Vandalism, coupled with the poor quality of its material, have left it in an almost unusable state. One street farther down another ran into worse luck and disappeared, later being found near the Tulipan station. Two others, with their wheels ripped off and their lids missing, rest a few yards from the train line. According to an official from the Community Corporation, “as many as 50 dumpsters in one day” have been stolen. At night you see them full — with their stink, flies and feral cats — and in the morning they’re not there, all that’s left are the contents dumped in the street.

There are many ways to measure the physical state of a nation and one of them is listing what people loot from public spaces. I remember when, in the early nineties, we had to guard the light bulbs in the hallways and elevators, almost as if they were gold bars hanging from the ceiling. Pillaging has increasingly become a form of public protest in a gesture that combines predation and social retaliation against a State that has been — for too long — the omni-proprietor. Those raised by parents who lived by diverting resources from their workplaces, rarely hesitate to plunder. Rather, they become adults versed in “express theft,” in crimes born of both maliciousness and desperate need.

The dumpster’s wheels will make their way to the cart that brings waters to neighborhoods where the supply is unreliable. The plastic structure travels a longer route, it is melted down and turned into clothes pins, funnels to transfer fuel, or into orange juicers. In the absence of a wholesale market where raw materials can be bought, any object in the public street can end up transformed into a product to be sold. Not a trace is left, barely a few streaks of gray in a scrub brush recall the dumpster that had been on the other corner.

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73 thoughts on “The Route of the Plastic

  1. Damir,

    You can say what you want but we in the U.S. and in the rest of world are reading and watching and all you say at Yoanis is inconsequential. It’s clear what makes you angry: even though your favorite dictatorship can control its people, it can’t stop the truth.

    I read the story about Gross….it’s funny to me that its a crime to distribute any equipment that might help people communicate, something that induces so much panic in Cuba that it can lead someone to years in jail. And its even funnier that you point to it and say “See! He’s working against us!”. You obviously see things differently than the rest of the world. Basically, you’re out of touch with the world’s perspective.

    So, when you tell Yoanis that she’s intellectually disabled, I assume she must be glad to know that you think so. Because if in your world intellect is measured by the ability to prevent communication, I’d want to have a zero IQ.

    Rafa

    P.S. You obviously don’t understand how the American congressman gets his position. Read a little. Let me know if you’d like me to send you some books, or a copy of the Constitution…you might find it interesting.

  2. And oh, by the way, since you are all so full of it (“democracy” crapper and how Castros are dictators), please explain how is Fidel’s 50 years as a president DIFFERENT to usanian congress members being self-appointed congressmen

    FOR LIFE.

    How is THAT a democracy, you turds? Hypocrites and nazist imperialists.

  3. Read here what the pro-capitalist, nazists’ own press says about the TRUE nature of Gross spying activities in cuba:

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/02/11/what-was-alan-gross-doing-in-havana/

    Bunch of re**ds.

    It is cristal clear that you are intellectualy disabled. Not being able to understand the stu***ty of you useless efforts you keep making bigger and bigger I**ts of yourselves and indoing so actually killing your already nano particle-sized chances of any success.

    So go on. You make the world laugh at you.

    If we were to believe that other bullshift and self-delusion you all repeat here constantly: :the whole world is reading this page”.

    (I suggest you take note of rapidly sliding ratings of the page. So much about the “whole world”.)

  4. Helplessly repeating party line on the usanian nazist spie, who idonically is a jew too, poste of the post 66(6) keeps making an I**ot of himself.

    Alan Gross was incarcerated for bringing laptops and satellite mobile phones for dissidents in Havana, not some backward village in Cuban hinterland.

    Even you losers know that.

    And contrary to “there’s not a shred of evidence” bullshift, Jewish Association in Havana have confirmed his attempts to coerce them into co-operation with other dissidents and cia, as per nazist gulag’s plan to UNITE various potentially valuable entities with the goal of creating a perception of widespread dissatisfaction among Cuban population.

    Well, his own jews refused to be drawn into a nazist spy game and serve as slaves of capitalist imperialism.

    The usanian spy had a plan b and that is where he got caught and thrown in jail where he belongs.

    Then there are Cuban five who, contrary to the party ideological line of nazist imperialism, were NOT WORKING AGAINST the usa. They were simply doing their job, which is what EVERY country in the world does in every country in the world where it has diplomatic representation.

    They simply collected information on terrorists who were conspiring AGAINST CUBA!!

    That, contrary to your bullshift actually IS LEGAL.

    That is why you are such a bunch of cr**ns and have NO impact WHATSOEVER, no matter what you do, say or write.

    So, go on. You only make yourselves bigger f** ls than you already are.

    Since that is the only success you will EVER have, keep doing it. It is good to see that you did find SOMETHING you are good at!!!

    : )

  5. ALAN GROSS needs to visit with his ailing mother. That Simple. Cuban authority are some MEAN BASTARDS, with double standards. No wonder why the country is so corrupt and falling apart. Mucho cuento y mucha mentira. HASTA CUANDO

    FRY THE FIVE, they had plenty of court cases and found guilty. Spies should be punished as they were trained agents of the CASTRO REGIME unlike ALAN GROSS.

  6. I love how pioneers whose lives revolve around this web page, for there’s NOTHING else in their lives worth time – after all, their “democracy” is a farce, their “some kind of pragmatic capitalism” in shambles – unquestioningly parrot nazist gulag’s ideological propaganda!

    It is akin to pretending to be sailing full sails while the boat is sinking FAST!!!

    Make that going down to the bottom of the sea like a stone.

    http://www.usdebtclock.org

    Those who follow the clock have noticed that the deficit has accelerated and grew in the past 12 monts significantly. In layman terms, that means that the country, the nazist concentration camp usa, is drowning faster than ever before. As predicted by many reputable (in capitalism) economists of that failed capitalism, the end is nigh and by 2020 there will be no usa to speak of.

    Can’t wait to see it drown and disappear under its’ own excrement!!!!

    Why, you ask?

    It will take down the team “yoani”, self-confessed liars and traitors who are taking foreign money for destabilising their own country and trying to destroy it.

    Hasta la vista baby. There will be NO come back.

  7. I love how CBS and AP unquestioningly print Cuban government propaganda.

    Not one shred of evidence has been produced by the Cuban government that Gross committed any crime known to civilized man. On the contrary, all the evidence produced shows full disclosure on his part, and the Cuban government encouraging his entry into Cuba and a planned hostage taking on their part.

    Any foreigner who comes to the USA to help a backwoods village connect to the internet will not be put in prison here for “regime change” activities or for anything else.

    Although it is beside the point, any person in the world is welcome to practice “regime change” activities in the USA, including known terrorists, as long as they don’t use bombs.

    We celebrate “regime change” activities in this country, they’re called elections.

  8. OF COURSE ALAN GROSS IS A HOSTAGE TO TRADE FOR THE CUBAN 5 SPIES!! THATS WHAT YOURE AFTER SPIT IT OUT CASTROFASCIST REPRESENTATIVES!! EXTORTION AT ITS MOST CYNICAL!! WHAT EVIDENCE WOLF BLITZER ASKS!! HE HAD A RECEIPT AND GOT THRU CUSTOMS! THIS IS SOO TRANSPARENT!! SUCH BULL!

    CNN THE SITUATION ROOM: Top Cuban official weighs in on detainment of U.S. citizen- Wolf Blitzer talks to top Cuban official Josefina Vidal about Alan Gross, the U.S. citizen being detained in Havana. Watch the full interview above. – May 10th, 2012

    situationroom.blogs.cnn.com/category/situation-room/

  9. THE LATEST ON ALAN GROSS! THE US IS NOT PLAYING GAMES ANY MORE!! JUST LIKE ALAN GROSS ON HIS CNN INTERVIEW! JUST LISTEN TO IT, HE IS NO LONGER THE MEEK ONE! TELLING IT LIKE IT IS!

    WORLDWATCH: Official: Cuba ready to talk about Gross case – By Portia Siegelbaum

    CBS News) HAVANA – The Cuban government got a rare opportunity to put its position on a U.S. contractor jailed in Havana and on hostile U.S.-Cuba relations before an American audience Thursday when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewed a top Foreign Ministry official.

    Josefina Vidal, via satellite from Havana, said that while Cuba is ready to dialogue with the U.S. about the case of Alan Gross they are not advancing any formula, such as a prisoner swap. Instead, the head of the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s North America Division declared Havana wants to sit down at the negotiating table with Washington to discuss all outstanding issues in an effort to establish normal relations.

    Vidal says that the U.S. demand that Cuba release Gross before it takes any steps to improve relations with the island is just a “pretext” not to do so.

    The State Department reacted sharply, saying Vidal’s statements only reinforce the U.S. belief that Gross is being held hostage and that there is no justification for his imprisonment.

    There hasn’t been diplomatic relations between the two countries for five decades, although ever since the Carter presidency they have maintained Interests Sections in each other capitals.

    Vidal was echoing the position laid out in an official letter sent to Blitzer earlier this week saying Havana has offered to hold a “dialogue to find a humanitarian solution…on a reciprocal basis” to the case of Alan Gross, sentenced to 15 years on charges of trying to subvert the government.

    That offer provoked speculation that the Cubans were holding out to swap Gross for five Cuban imprisoned in the U.S. on spying charges for nearly 14 years. Cuba says the men were only seeking information that would help prevent terrorist actions against the island and not U.S. government secrets.

    The Gross family has been agitating the media to cover the story and Gross used one of his weekly calls to his family to dial in to Blitzer’s show, The Situation Room. In their conversation broadcast May 4th Gross describes himself as a “hostage”.

    Jorge Bolanos, head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, took umbrage with the way Blitzer and Gross presented the case. A copy of the letter he sent to Blitzer last Tuesday was given to CBS by a Foreign Ministry official. In it, Bolanos insists it is incorrect to say Gross came to Cuba to help the Jewish community connect to the Internet, as claimed by the U.S. State Department. Instead he says Gross concealed from those he met here that he worked for the U.S. government and that he was a paid professional who was “implementing a U.S. government program” aimed at subverting the legal Cuban government.

    In an interview with a local CBS station in Baltimore, Gross’ wife Judy said, “We know now that he did break Cuban law. He did not know that until he got to Cuba and was arrested.”

    However, leaked documents obtained by The Associated Press, reveal that Gross sent messages from Havana in 2009 expressing concern that he could be arrested and that he knew his task for USAID was risky.

    The letter from Bolanos refers to Gross’ “undercover activities” as constituting “crimes in many countries, including in United States”.

    Vidal speaking in English stuck to the same points outlined in that letter.

    However, the Cuban media is reporting on her statements to CNN in Spanish in which she says that Havana is disappointed with the lack of improvement in relations since Obama took office. They had higher expectations, according to Vidal. According to the local media, she admitted President Obama has taken some positive steps but stressed that Washington’s basic hostile policy toward Cuba remains unchanged.

    President Raul Castro has expressed the same opinion on several public occasions over the past year, noting that the U.S. has made only cosmetic changes in its relations with Cuba by somewhat relaxing its restrictions on travel to the island, but he stressed that nothing has been done to ease the more than five decades-old economic and trade embargo of the island.

    Gross has served more than two years of a 15-year sentence. His wife has given very few interviews since his arrest, but she told CBS affiliate WJZ this week that she fears for his health and worries that he will never come home.

    The Cubans have allowed his wife and a string of political and religious figures to visit Gross in the Havana military hospital where he is being held rather than in a common prison.

    Despite this week’s rash of publicity there is no evidence of any movement in the case.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-57432308-503543/official-cuba-ready-to-talk-about-gross-case/

  10. Woe to those who call evil good
    and good evil,
    who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
    who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter.

    “Until the cities lie ruined
    and without inhabitant,
    until the houses are left deserted
    and the fields ruined and ravaged,
    until the Lord has sent everyone far away
    and the land is utterly forsaken.
    And though a tenth remains in the land,
    it will again be laid waste.
    But as the terebinth and oak
    leave stumps when they are cut down,
    so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”

  11. MAYBE THE GRAVE…OR THE CUBE SYMBOL…IS CUBA.IT IS NOW… the dumpster on the corner….with a huge hole in the bottom,AS THE GENERATION Y THINK…WROTE HERE

  12. WHAT HAPPENED MARIELA? WHY DID YOU KEEP SILENT ON THIS VOTE? HYPOCRITE, LIAR & CYNICAL! AND TRY POSTING A COMMENT ON HER “BLOG”!! GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

    LGBTQ Nation: United Nations vote will lead to more LGBT murders, activists claim- By Mark Singer- November 22, 2010

    A vote last week by the United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Committee has LGBT and human rights activists outraged over the decision to remove “sexual orientation” from a resolution that protects people from arbitrary executions.
    The UN’s main assembly normally passes similar resolutions, condemning extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings every two years, and the most recent resolution in 2008 declaration had contained an specific reference to LGBT killings.

    Representatives from the African nations of Morocco and Mali had introduced an amendment on behalf of other African and Islamic nations calling for deletion of the phrase “sexual orientation” and instead substituting the phrase “discriminatory reasons on any basis” in its place.

    Following is the list of countries that voted to remove “sexual orientation” from the anti-execution resolution:

    Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brunei Dar-Sala, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba,…..

    LINK NOT WORKING, COPY & PASTE TITLE TO BROWSER TO FIND ORIGINAL ARTICLE!

  13. WHAT HAPPENED MARIELA? WHY DID YOU KEEP SILENT ON THIS VOTE? HYPOCRITE, LIAR & CYNICAL! AND TRY POSTING A COMMENT ON HER “BLOG”!! GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

    LGBTQ Nation: United Nations vote will lead to more LGBT murders, activists claim- By Mark Singer – November 22, 2010

    A vote last week by the United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Committee has LGBT and human rights activists outraged over the decision to remove “sexual orientation” from a resolution that protects people from arbitrary executions.
    The UN’s main assembly normally passes similar resolutions, condemning extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings every two years, and the most recent resolution in 2008 declaration had contained an specific reference to LGBT killings.

    Representatives from the African nations of Morocco and Mali had introduced an amendment on behalf of other African and Islamic nations calling for deletion of the phrase “sexual orientation” and instead substituting the phrase “discriminatory reasons on any basis” in its place.

    Following is the list of countries that voted to remove “sexual orientation” from the anti-execution resolution:

    Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brunei Dar-Sala, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba,…..

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2010/11/united-nations-vote-will-lead-to-more-lgbt-murders-activists-claim/

  14. YOU CANNOT RUN FROM THAT GENE OF HYPOCRISY, LYING AND CYNICISM THAT RUNS RAMPANT IN THE CASTROFASCIST FAMILY!! MARIELA GETS IT FROM HER UNCLE & FATHER, DOUBLE WHAMMY!! JE JE JE!

    HUFFINGTON POST: Mariela Castro, Cuba President Raul Castro’s Daughter, Backs Obama On Gay Marriage

    HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro’s daughter congratulated Barack Obama on Thursday for his support for gay marriage, but said his comments are just a first step toward changing policy.
    The U.S. president delivered a message that was “humane, understanding, in which he even recognizes that he too has been changing his opinion in favor of marriage, the free union of same-sex couples,” said Mariela Castro, who is Cuba’s most prominent gay rights activist as head of the National Center for Sex Education, or Cenesex.

    “Hopefully his words will be taken seriously in the political and legislative decisions made in different states and in the whole world,” Castro said, adding that such statements by Obama and other politicians must be accompanied by concrete actions if they are to be made into reality.

    Castro’s group is pushing a proposal to allow same-sex unions that is under consideration by Cuban legislators.

    Cenesex is leading an awareness campaign this month linked to the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/10/mariela-castro-obama-gay-marriage_n_1507845.html

  15. Even Rome imported its eagle as its colonies in Europe and in Americas did…but the real symbol of ROME is WOLF….and its eagle originated from east in areas as present Albania,Greece,Turkey,Lebanon,Canaan,Egypt and it did go west,fly like the sun goes from east to west…where it sets down USA…maybe in Cuba and than after that it is all dark,a scary night in the west full of hunters and who is all watching at night?
    Not the bats,vampires and ghosts or zombies or rats and the beasts but its the OWL…

  16. USA was never Rome but just a colony of Rome so why the hell the eagle must live in the colony or jungle when its nest is far way from other animals? So what is the USA symbol is than?…Maybe a bird who can see at night…to whom the future presidents do worship in the woods…in a big statue…so the west is night and eagles dont like night that much but day…because it help to see the land down all lighted from sun

  17. I see it differently; that each time that USA sent or know that someone is going to Cuba…it tells it to Castro,Cuba as closed friends or lowers…a love which is top secret and must show as a hate to the world eyes…and so does Cuba,the prostitute role which help USA and tell to her if some agents from Cuba or from other country enter USA…This is not for all the world idiots to understand and know but just few;

    Cuba was never enemy with USA…who put Castro in charge and keep him there for a mission; to make both americas communist as china and russia,corporation continents.
    So if USA loved Castro and Che…than why did let Che to die? Maybe he knew the truth and he maybe did not like it…because make him look fool fighting around the world…
    So Cuba exported communism was the same as the other side of the medal of the USA…was made not in Cuba but USA as it was made the communism of Russia and China.
    So USA is not that lazy to fight or be in one camp but in both camps and run both..
    This mean that USA play two roles left and right which are parts of the same team.
    So USA is the New Rome…but there is no more eagles there…but just an empty nest…and there are same other strange birds living in it now who are not eagles

  18. AUDIO LINK: DISSIDENT JOSE DANIEL FERRER HAS BEEN RELEASED AT NOON TODAY. ON THIS PHONE CALL HE NARRATES HIS DETENTION IN HAVANA & HIS EXPULSION TO SANTIAGO DE CUBA HANDCUFFED AND UNDER A 6-MAN, ARMED MILITARY ESCORT! HE ALSO TELLS US THAT HE IS UNDER HOUSE ARREST WITH TWO CARS OUTSIDE HIS HOME IN ORDER TO STOP HIM FROM TRAVELING ANYWHERE, THEY HAVE KILLED HIS GUARD DOG WHO WARNED THEM OF ANY INTRUDERS AND HAVE PUT METAL BARS WITH UPRIGHT NAILS IN ORDER TO FLATTEN ANY CAR OR BICYCLE TIRES OF ANYONE TRYING TO VISIT HIM. (Spanish Only)

    AUDIO: José Daniel Ferrer narra su detención en La Habana y expulsión hacia Stgo. de #Cuba

    http://www.hablalosinmiedo.com/2012/05/jose-daniel-ferrer-narra-su-detencion.html

  19. Griffin, I think it’s more a case of picking on the world’s favorite scapegoat than any personal prejudice. Don’t forget that Castro is an ally of Nazi Iran and other nazi regimes, so an innocent Jew is a good choice for a hostage.

    Castro tries to impress his terrorist friends.

  20. Humberto, the Castrofascists are paranoid of America, afraid of allowing their people to communicate and are deeply antisemitic. Alan Gross, an American Jew, was bringing internet equipment to a Cuban Jewish group. The regime’s paranoia went into overdrive. Add to that the chance to grab a pawn to barter for their “Cuban Five” and they couldn’t resist the temptation.

  21. ALAN GROSS HAD A RECEIPT FOR WHAT HE BROUGHT IN AND THAT FACT CAME OUT IN THE TRIAL! THIS WAS SOMETHING THE CASTROFASCISTS WERE NOT PREPARED FOR! THAT IS THE REASON THEY CHANGED HIS CHARGES FROM BRINGING IN A “SATELLITE” PHONE TO “CRIMES AGAINST THE STATE”!! MR. GROSS DOES NOT SPEAK SPANISH! SOME SPY! AN IF THE CASE WAS SUCH A “SLAM DUNK” WHY WAS THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS BARRED FROM HIS TRIAL AND THE SUBSEQUENT APPEALS? JUST ASK YOURSELF THAT SIMPLE QUESTION!

    CNN INTERVIEW: Clinton to Cuba: Release Alan Gross – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comments on the detention of U.S. citizen Alan Gross in Cuba.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA3XO8WmGgQ

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