Self-employed Christmases

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Tiny plastic trees peek out here and there, with garlands saved from other years and a wire star at the top. Superb conifers with every little detail, placed in the lobby of some grand hotel or in the living rooms of residences in Miramar. Lights, colors, melodies that play over and over without end. On a street in Nuevo Vedado neighbors compete to see who can most-strikingly decorate their balcony railings or garden hedges. But there is also house after house, thousands of them, without a single detail relating to this December holiday. Perhaps because of atheism, or for lack of resources, or simply apathy towards the celebration.”Celebrate what?” many would say if asked.

This Christmas self-employed workers have made the year-end festivities their own. In the food stalls, the tiny rooms where trinkets are sold, and the private restaurants in Havana, there is a determination to decorate the spaces with images of Santa Claus, glass balls and twinkling lights. An explosion of colors and carols in the private service sector marks a big difference from the State-run counterpart. As if the excess of details and ornamentation were another way to distance themselves from the depersonalization of the many sites run by ministries and institutions. These visual excesses of today are very likely the popular response to all those Christmas eves celebrated in whispers, or totally ignored, in which a tree with a nativity scene constituted evidence of “ideological deviation.”

They also bring to mind a circular, today attributed to Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, banning Christmas trees in public places. A failed attempt to continue to regulate the way in which we say goodbye to the old year, one which, fortunately, could not be sustained for long. Those excesses of proscriptions and false austerity have led to the current exuberance. Many want the image of the Virgin and child in their living rooms, even if they don’t know whether to put hay or snow at the foot of the manger. On all sides there are bright red flowers, blinking lights, and plump faces topped by pointy hats. So many Decembers between the swings of “no we can’t” or “yes we can” have nurtured this Christmas frenzy. Now few want to leave the garlands safe in their boxes, or the five pointed stars in the back of some drawer.

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71 thoughts on “Self-employed Christmases

  1. Got you, liars, didn’t I?

    Only the truth hurts and provokes such reactions.

    anonimous loser, you ARE not, of course “FRIENDLY” translator. your own words show that perfectly. But you are that person for no one else could possibly know that the proxy I use is in Australia. Only someone with access to the visitors log (you – the unfriendly loser translator) can do that and then write about it.

    As for the spaniard copy and paste genius, s/he says it all with what little s/he has to say about anything:

    NOTHING

    Go, find his/her own admision here early this year. Do not think of changing it as I have made a screendump long time ago and have the original admission to prove you liars, should you try to make it look different.

    A sparrow hatched in an eagle’s nest is stil a sparrow, so stick your “birth certificate” and your invalid passport up your spanish backside, for it is good for nothing else, impostor.

    I do NOT want to be Cuban. I am proud of my own ancestry, not ashamed of it like yourself. I need not anything else.

    You and alikes of you, on the other hand… Numerous mental problems and ailments, fuelling your rants and lies over the internet sriously need an urgent intervention by a professional.

  2. Dummy Damir, I am not the “friendly translator.”

    Humberto has stated that one of his grandfathers was Spanish, not his entire family, dummy.

  3. Damierda!! A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO BE CUBAN LIKE YOU! LUCKILY I DONT HAVE TO, BORN THERE SWEETIE AND HAVE MY PASSPORT AND BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO PROVE IT! HAPPY HALLUCINATING HOLIDAYS DEAR! LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE RANTS FROM YOU NEXT YEAR!

  4. Ok, back to business of destroying what little of your credibility you think you have the team “yoani”

    Let me commence with one of my older questions:

    Where is the money for all your internet access coming from?

    1/2 an hour in Cuba costs 5 CUC. You are on the net all day every day.

    Explain now.

    Or, if you prefer to go down the “we are sending the sms to our friends overseas who then post the tweets in our name, explain where the money for sms to abroad is coming from.

    One sms from Cuba costs 1 CUC. You smack up to 200 tweets every day, and have peaked on a number occasions with 700.

    Where is all this enormous amount of money coming from? Surely, you will agree for these are your own words, you are not making that money in Cuba.

    Not to mention that should the sms-ing your “tweets” be the truth, that would mean that people abroad are actually managing your tweeter profile.

    Care to elaborate on that, wannabe terrorist and Castro after Castros?

    And please enlighten me on This Rodlies guy’s genealogy too: an uncle is a general of Castros’ revolution, and his father was in State Security Agency.

    Castros after Castros. Children of communist leaders raising against their parents!!!???

    Yeah, right.

    DO tell, the “world” is listening.

    I say you are nothing but a double spy who is preparing for the throne once it is vacated. The next generation of parasites getting itchy for the power and more blood of Cuban people.

    What say you, parasite?

  5. “friendly translator”, look in the mirror for the dummy one. humberto himself had stated that his parents were

    SPANISH

    and that he only lived in Cuba a few short years of his life, before his parents moved on to the usa.

    As he had littered the internet with self-promotion and personal details, although some have recently removed (too late viejo impostor, I already have your full bio that you have posted all over the internet earlier), and you can still find some pages (“social” media) with his details.

    As a self-declared “blogger” “geniuses”, you should know that much, “friendly translator”. And be able to find those details to confirm your own dummines a derivative of “dummy”).

    But, knowing who I am dealing with, I wonder if you will…

    (no, I’m not. we both know you will continue to deny the facts and promote your nightmares)

    Luckily, the (fiscal) cliff is getting closer and closer… Can you see the crowd swelling? We are all coming to see you falling off into the abyss of oblivion. There’s no return form that.

    Was about time the nazist gulag sinks into the sewage of its own making.

  6. LOL, I guess being born in Cuba, to Cuban parents, does not make one Cuban in the eyes of the Croatian. What a total dummy.

  7. He is a self-confessed disliker of CUban government. He lives abroad and hopes for a change in Cuba. You have to give it to him. He’s eloqunt and he KNOWS what he is talking about. I liked especially the part where he talks about the family of the pin=-up granny traitor and wannabe Castro after Castros!

    An uncle a general from revolution, an aunt working in State Security!!! The family of this “yoani sanchez” traitor and double agent, according to the Cuban dissidents in Europe!!!

    One cannot but laugh at the transparent duplicity of this liar and a clown “yoani”!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyESmy3j5L4

  8. Copy and paste “genius”, you are only a liar. You are Spanish immigrant, who only lived a few short years in Cuba. You were nine years old when your parents immigrated to usa, and you yourself confirmed that earlier this year.

    You have absolutely no connections with Cuba, other thn yuour delusional and hysterical obsession with and hatred for everything progressive and left in political spectrum.

    You are as Cuban as Iam. And I am

    NOT

    Cuban.

    Stop deluding yourself, for you are nothing more than a pathological liar who needs urgent professional help.

  9. The Man! IM CUBAN, THAT’S HOW WE TALK! BESIDES, IT GIVES THESE COMMENT SECTION MORE “CUBAN” FLAVOR, DONT YOU THINK? HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

  10. Yeah Humberto, and A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you and you gang too ! Shouting less gets you more everywhere….

  11. The Man said: “Humberto next time you pull stats please pull too those stats from the 50’s which showed how much a small country like Cuba was feeding the American economy through corporations!… maybe that is the dream you have… to feed big daddy back again cos he very hungry after 50 years! But then again you cannot ask a parrot to play a better tune…”

    The Man!TO YOUR COMMENT #45, YOU REALLY NEED TO START DOING YOUR OWN HOMEWORK DEAR! IM NOT GOING TO DO IT FOR YOU! DIDNT YOUR MOM TELL YOU THAT WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE BOY/GIRL??

  12. YOANI SANCHEZ TWEETS ‏

    + The Cuban Parlament looks more like a family reunion. Now Mariela Castro became a member #No1MoreCastro – 17 hours ago

    +The family clan, the pedigree, the ancestries, the lineageare the most important cualities to reach high management positions in #Cuba – 17 hours ago

    +Once they called themselves “revolutionaries” & made us believe in “utopias”, Truth: they created a monarchy with no room for illusion – 17 hours ago

    +And not because nepotism is widespread in the world we, Cubans, will have to settle for. True or not? #No1MoreCastro – 17 hours ago

    COPY LINK TO BROWSER AND SEARCH TO REACH YOANI SANCHEZ TWITTER IN ENGLISH!

    https://twitter.com/yoanifromcuba

  13. RELATED TO MY ARTICLE POSTED ON #37!!

    TRINIDAD GUARDIAN: Cuba on FATF money laundering blacklist

    Cuba, which is at the centre of a money laundering case in which Republic Bank has been named, is on a list of 15 countries that have been identified as not being sufficiently compliant with the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the inter-governmental agency that develops provides international policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.
    The list is hosted on the Web site of T&T’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), which is required to publish the list of countries by virtue of Section 17(1)(a) of the Financial Intelligence Unit Act of T&T. The public notice is dated February 23, 2012—seven days after it was issued by the FATF—and is signed by the FIU’s director, Susan Francois.

    There is a double asterix next to Cuba’s name on the list which draws attention to the fact that the Communist country “has not engaged with the FATF in the process.” There is also a note below the list in which the FATF “calls on its members to consider the risks arising from the deficiencies associated” with each of the 15 countries deemed to be non compliant.

    Anti-money laundering guidelines issued by the Central Bank in October 2011 require local financial institutions to ensure that, at a minimum, the guidelines are also implemented in their branches and subsidiaries abroad. “Where the local applicable laws and regulations prohibit the implementation of this Guideline, the Central Bank must be notified,” according to the document.

    Further, the Central Bank guidelines require that local financial institutions “pay attention to and report if suspicious,” business transactions “undertaken with persons and transactions with financial institutions in or from other countries which do not or insufficiently comply with the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force,” such as Cuba.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.guardian.co.tt/business/2012-06-23/cuba-fatf-money-laundering-blacklist

  14. The Man! THAT FUACATAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WILL WEAR OFF IN A FEW DAYS DEAR! JUST DRINK A LOT OF WATER AND GET SOME REST! SORRY ABOUT THAT, BUT YOU CASTRO AGENTS/APOLOGISTS/BOOTLICKERS KEEP ASKING FOR IT!

  15. Hey, slaves of the white “gods”, this is going to hurt your “democracy” facade alittle:

    lapupilainsomne.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/wikileaks-revela-5-millones-de-emails-de-la-cia-en-la-sombra/

    5 millions of emails from Stratfos (Strategic force), a nazist organisation from the usa that works closely with the dictatorship on destabilisation of foreign countries when and where that serves some perverse purpose of the nazist dictatorship.

    Including this site and its share of those “useful id***s”, as cia officially calls its’ fifth column collaborators abroad and at home.

  16. Wonder if the cr***n capable of writing this:

    “why Castro and HSBC chose to launder Castro’s money through US Banks instead of outside the USA?

    Maybe he likes publicity? Could Fort Knox contain Castro’s ego?”

    Actually understands what s/he is saying with that…

    Not likely in 1000 years.

    Listen to the voice of the reason instead:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyESmy3j5L4

  17. Nothing sets off these crackpots more than stating the obvious fact that US trade restrictions don’t affect Cuba.

    The Cuban press itself constantly brags about all the business Cuba is doing with the rest of the world.

    HSBC is free to do all the business with Castro it wants, just not illegal transactions through their US BASED Banks, which is what the fines were about.

    Actually the fines were more about Iran and other terrorist financing through US Banks, Castro was only a small part of the case.

    The big question is why Castro and HSBC chose to launder Castro’s money through US Banks instead of outside the USA?

    Maybe he likes publicity? Could Fort Knox contain Castro’s ego?

  18. You have to give it to him. He’s eloqunt and he KNOWS what he is talking about. I liked especially the part where he talks about the family of the pin=up granny traitor and wannabe Castro after Castros!

    An uncle a general from revolution, an aunt working in State Security!!! The family of this “yoani sanchez” traitor and double agent, according to the Cuban dissidents in Europe!!!

    One cannot but laugh at the transparent duplicity of this liar and a clown “yoani”!!!

  19. And just so you all finally wake up from your delusions,”yes, we can” meant that even a nigger can be a prez of the nazist gulag.

    S/he only has to sing the tune set for him and all is good.

    However, singing the masonic tune from Cuba is not going to make any difference in the life of a loser who is invented, created and paid by the naist gulag usa.

    The nazist gulag seems to have a nasty habit of disposing of their useful id**ts once these idi**s fulfill their role in the grand plan of those nazist masons from the nazist gulag usa.

    Once yo deliver your own country back into their murderous hands, they will dispose of you the way they dispose of all those useful id**ts: kill them or throw them in jail for long enough that they lose any desire to contest that “injustice” loudly.

  20. And, my simple question to end all questions, for the team “yoani”:

    If “some kind of pragmatic capitalism” (the thing that doesn’t exist for capitalism is a farce better known as slavery and imperialism – just ask why the richest people of the world have their own personal meeting, where Bill Gates calls for some kind of “pragmatic” REDUCTION of population on the Earth, and he and his fellas richos are storing all the organic seedlings for food in a purpose-built storage in the Arctic circle) is such a wonderful thing, why is it

    self-destructing?

    For it is cr*p. (Don’t let me pre-empting you stop you from answering it in your own words.

    If you can do so without consulting the real writers of your rubbish, the cia aparatchiks.

  21. The same old copy and paste “genius”, who also stupidly posed as couples of people (students if you were dumb enough to believe any of it), from some obscure “university” in california, also continues to pretend (the only thing s/he knows how to do, albeit rather poorly) that there’s no embargo except on the paoer.

    Even the team “yoani” were composed enough to

    CONFIRM that the embargo does exist and is hurting Cubans.

    It has to be also said that the team “yoani” supported it, although they swear on their childrens graves they only have the best intentions and only want the best for Cubans. Even if that makes them, CUBANS of course, suffer in the meantime.

    Since delusional copy and paste “genius” doesn’t know the head from the bum, this is the embargo the whole world is talking about and s/he is missing it:

    news.yahoo.com/u-n-urges-end-u-cuba-embargo-21st-192516276.html

    just yesterday his nazist gulag usa has introduced further punishments for the banks working with Cuba, or in Cuba.

    And let us not forget the other usanian nazist law called “Cuba ‘democracy” act”, which also prescribes the sanctinons against Cuba, sovereign country,

    AND

    against any other country in the world that dares to trade with Cuba.

    As for the statement that usa nazist gulag is the Cuba’s biggest trade partner, only delusional idi**s like the copy and paste “genius”, do not understand the full extent of usanian nazist hypocrisy.

    This from the CDA itself< should explain the “trading partner” delusion:

    Food, medicine, and medical supplies for humanitarian purposes should be made available for Cuba
    under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance
    Actof1954 if the President determines and certifies to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the
    House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate that the government
    in power in Cuba–

    usanian nazist gulag sells the food to Cuba that is intended for “humanitarian” purposes.

    That is to saythat usannazists starve Cubans, deplete the countr’s cash reserves and then

    SELL them “humanitarian” food and medicines!!!!

    Criminals.

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