The Census, the Counted, the Censored…

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I was not a number in the last census taken in Cuba. I didn’t appear in the figure of 11,177,143 people who — by choice or by resignation — inhabited the country at that moment. Asphyxiated by the lack of expectations, I had left my country some months earlier, before the start of the great national count. But I remember my family and friends writing me, frightened, about the social workers who knocked on the door and asked a ton of questions. In a country where the great majority have something to hide, every inquiry on the part of the State is suspect. For example, on that occasion they asked whether the family had a computer, six years before Raul Castro authorized stores to sell them legally. People lied and lied, in order to conceal from the census takers — or censors? — where their income came from, the number of appliances they owned, or how many people actually lived in the house.

Recently they’ve announced a new population census and the television has no lack of commercials, programs and reports to dispel the suspicion this generates. They announced that they will not ask for identity documents, and that the information will only be used for “statistical purposes”… not handed to the police. But tearing down the wall of distrust is not so easy, especially in a society where privacy in the home has been greatly invaded by official institutions. Thus, the widespread tendency to deceive the State requires a question mark to be added to each piece of data extracted from a house-to-house survey. Almost comical situations arise when, in a building like mine, the survey takers arrive at a building and neighbors pass the word to hide under a blanket — or in the closet — those objects that are prohibited or whose origin is illicit.

Notwithstanding the apprehensions and doubts, taking such an inventory would be quite useful right now. We could confirm with the numbers some obvious trends. Among these is the marked aging of the population, the low birthrate, and the growing emigration. Probably, even if the sociologists manage to get the numbers, we will never be informed about the rate of suicides, divorces or abortions, because these  figures disrupt the image of the “island paradise.” Also, for each number published — as in every study — we will have to add a margin of error and subtract a certain percentage for falsehoods, those saving lies with which so many will respond to the detailed questionnaire of the upcoming census.

62 thoughts on “The Census, the Counted, the Censored…

  1. Thank you Pamela, after my last mistake I decided never to click on one of his links again. He seems clearly beyond help.

  2. Help&Humberto
    I will keep myself better informed as to all things Cuba. I promised my father to bury his ashes in his Oriente , he passed 3 months ago . We have no one in Cuba but will look for ways to get things to bloggers to keep the message going. I just hope that this change happens before all those who had to leave 50 years ago are only returned as ashes. My Grandmother use to tell me “no hay mal que dure cien anos ,ni cuerpo que lo resista. Lets hope this stands true. Thank you for all that you are doing to keep the real revolution alive.

  3. Check out Wikipedia entry on Aaron Russo, conspiracy theory nutcase extraordinaire who didn’t want to pay his taxes, and was caught in so many lies he didn’t know which end was up.

  4. BRING THE ADULT PAMPER FOR DAMIR AND VIVA LUIS POSADA! WE GOT OURSELVES A REAL MESS OF DIARRHEA OF THE MOUTH HERE! OR THE KEYBOARD!

  5. The best part of the video is when Russo reveals that Nick Rockefeller told him “make people believe that socialism is bad. And the usa IS a socialist country. usa is a COMMUNIST country today!!!”

    “some kind of pragmaitc capitalism”.

    It is actually a “communist” system in Rockefeller
    s OWN words!!

    You stupid little fools!!!!!!!!

    Servs, as Rockefeller cals you.

    He’s damn right about THAT…

  6. Aron Russo was a known usanian journalist, filmmaker and writer. He met Rockefellers and stroke a friendship with Nick Rockefeller.

    The friendship was confirmed after Russo’s death by his family who provided many photos of the two men together.

    Russo candidly reveals his private discussions with the nazist Rockefeller.This is “some kind of pragmatic capitalism” at its’ worst.

    These are the people teh team “yoani” serve blindly in their absolute isolated, small time village stupdity.

    Stupidity only a willing servant, slave actually, can muster.

    Cubans cannot fall for those self-declared slaves of white gods. Cubans are smarter than that, no matter how little that may be.

  7. VIMEO AUDIO INTERVIEW (Spanish only): Hablan Héctor Maseda y el Rev. Ricardo Medina sobre anális restos de Laura Pollán – Laura Pollan’s husband Héctor Maseda and the Reverend Ricardo Medina speak to Radio Mambi about the hair and skin samples that they sent abroad under the noses of the CASTROFASCISTS to do analyses and see what was the real cause of Laura Pollan’s death was.

    COPY AND PASTE LINK, THINGS ARE LOOPY TODAY!
    vimeo.com/30880711

  8. MAmir! SOMEONE NEEDS A BIG GUSANO HUG AND KISSES MORE THAN ANYTHING!! OUT TO THE ETHER!

  9. FOR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND SPANISH THIS IS A GREAT INTERVIEW OF EL SEXTO (see Yoani’s post on him) REGARDING HIS KIDNAPPING BY THE POLITICAL POLICE! ONE THINGS THAT STANDS OUT IS THAT THEY LET HIM GO APPARENTLY DUE TO THE OUTPOURING ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ABOUT HIS ARREST! HE EVEN SAID THAT THEY KIND OF APOLOGIZED TO HIM FOR THE “INCIDENT’!! SO THERE YOU GO! CYBEWAR FOR THE ARTISTS, DISSIDENTS AND PEOPLE OF CUBA!

    YOUTUBE: El Sexto sobre su secuestro en SATS – El Sexto about his kidnapping on SATS

    COPY AND PAST LINK, SYSTEM IS WHACKY!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHkA0YuH_ts&feature=autoshare

  10. Damir said: “It goes to show who is REALLY in panic, and jumpy. Go copy and paste some more. You will still be uly the next morning. No amount of that moisturiser th white gods leak on your faces will help.
    And THAT is the fact!!!”

    Dear Damir! I USE OIL OF OLAY DAILY! IT HAS BEEN PROVEN AGAINST WRINKLES OF OLD AGE AND CASTROFASCISTS AGENTS! HOW DO I LOOK NOW? THAT IS WHEN THE SYSTEM LETS ME PUT MY FACE PICTURE! WINK!

  11. Javier, it would be great to have such a conversation, but it would be the end of anyone in Cuba who took part in it. Their only chance of survival, the way they see it at least, it too remain totally committed to peaceful change.

    Like Humberto said, in addition to many historical differences with the middle-east, what country is as tightly controlled as Cuba or the other Marxist regimes we had? Even Iran and Saudi Arabia, in some ways worse than Cuba, allow free markets, don’t tell people where they can live and work, and allow access to more outside information. People there are used to more freedom. The Cuban life was controlled from birth, where to live, study, work, starve.

    Less repressive regimes are easier to change. Mussolini was easy compared to getting rid of Hitler, who I’m sure most Germans hated towards the end of the war. I’ve talked to some who served under him, fear was too great to even talk to your closest neighbor about what you were thinking.

    The really good news is that almost nobody in Cuba believes in Castro or Marxism. Communists are rarer in Cuba than a Pizza Hut in North Korea. So maybe Castro just has to pass away, and like happened after Franco, or with Gorbachev, the system will disintegrate.

    I hope it happens quick, so some of you guys can go home again.

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