From “White Udder” to the seven-legged bull

Illustration of a cow. (14ymedio)

Illustration of a cow. (14ymedio)

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 5 May 2015 – For a long time the extraordinary, the unusual, was our hope. On this Island which must have been Atlantis, the reincarnation of Alexander the Great was born and there lived a cow who gave the most quarts of milk in the history of humanity. Like all childish people we needed to feel that nobody surpassed us and that the ordinary rested far from our borders. White Udder, the cow that still owns the Guinness World Record, was a sacrificial victim on the altar of this national and political vanity. Gone are the times of those exaggerated ranching achievements, now we can only crow about our anomalies.

Muñeco is a bull with seven legs. The local press just narrated his story, a wild yearling born from two commercial zebu breed cattle, and ultimately adopted by the cattle rancher Diego Vera Hernandez in the Trinidad area. What distinguishes this exemplar from so many others that die of hunger and thirst in the Cuban countryside is that springing from its back, near the shoulder hump, are three additional legs and one testicle. Its anatomy includes everything the official rhetoric needs: on the one hand the inconceivable, on the other, this piece of virility that should not be lacking in anyone or anything that wants to brag about being made in Cuba.

Gone are the times of those exaggerated ranching achievements, now we can only crow about our anomalies.

Muñeco’s three legs have saved him from the illegal slaughter to which so many of his peers succumb due to the needs and poor livestock management displayed by the current system. That piece of another bull hanging from his back has freed him from the middle-of-the-night butcher’s knife because a clever farmer realizes that he has before his eyes a fair animal, a circus creature, to show off to journalists at the agricultural fairs. But there is not much difference from this pet with mischievous genes and that cow that represented all our hopes of seeing milk run in the streets and factories drowning in cheese and yogurt.

White Udder died from the excesses of a leader who needed results, but Muñeco has lived for the pride of this nation burdened by its own malformations.

34 thoughts on “From “White Udder” to the seven-legged bull

  1. The idea that poverty is “quaint” just shows us how ignorant tourists from rich countries are.
    RC probably doesn’t have to worry about the next US prez. Most likely the cumbaya will continue arm in arm with Hillary…

  2. Cuba has lost half a century of progress. So much has changed in all that time that it’s impossible to go back to what once was.
    However, a shiny new 21st century is waiting to receive Cuba and so many other nations that need to catch up…

  3. “The minimum wage as it is in the United States hinders economic growth. Why??? the unsustainable capitalistic society of the United States growth in GDP depends on 76% of this number on the American consumer demand for the products and services of the economy.”

    HERE GOES Omar Fundora AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN WITH THE “BAD OLD USA” SONG! HE NEVER CAN FIND A RELEVANT ARGUMENT OTHER THAN THIS ONE!

  4. Neutral Observer:
    Middle class property nationalization in Cuba. The only people that lost their property and received nothing for it were the people that left the island. People that stayed and owned property, got to keep it. Small businesses were nationalized and the government gave you the option of running your business as a manager and not as the owner. There were some monetary compensation made like a severance pay if you decided to stay in Cuba, but, not work your business as a manager. (This was the arrangement given to my family).
    Unions and low wages: Unions are viewed favorably by Economist in the United States. The minimum wage as it is in the United States hinders economic growth. Why??? the unsustainable capitalistic society of the United States growth in GDP depends on 76% of this number on the American consumer demand for the products and services of the economy.
    Democracy exist in Cuba. Democracy in the United States has been dollarized with bad results for the American worker.
    shooting unarmed American citizens by the security forces of the United States violates the law of the United States and is condemn by the civilized World. Yet, the perpetrators have gone unpunished and the people has had to take the law into their own hands against the security forces of the United States on several occasions.
    Creation of an Inclusive World is the mandate from the People of the World and the Socialists have been the trail blazers before the rest of humanity realized that it is a good idea.
    We must abandon Capitalism if humanity is going to get serious about the conservation of life on this planet.

  5. Omar,

    Here’s a clue about how to make things better in the USA:

    Make them better, Don’t make them worse!!!!

    You don’t solve middle class financial problems by confiscating all middle class property and starting famines (Soviet Union, China, Cuba, North Korea)

    You don’t solve pollution by getting rid of all environmental protection (Cuba, etc)

    You don’t solve low wages by making unions and all protest illegal (Cuba, etc)

    You don’t solve lack of democracy by total dictatorship (Cuba, etc)

    You don’t solve crime by supporting criminals and throwing rocks at good police officers (who risk their lives protecting you) in the USA

    You and me agree we have some of the same problems.

    The problem is your solutions.

    If the USA became like Cuba, you’d find out what misery and hunger and police brutality really look like.

    Socialists have to give up their childish fantasies and learn from the Castro disaster, or else they will always be part of the problem.

  6. NOT ONE DAY GOES BY THAT Omar Fundora DOES NOT SING THAT “BAD OLD USA” SONG! SOOO BORING AND SUCH A LAME RESPONSE TO COUNTER THE INFORMATION AND POSTS BY US ANTI-CASTROS!

    MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE: While American tourists begin to flock in, Cuba’s economy still sputters – Life has improved only for a minority of its citizens since its diplomatic tensions with the U.S. eased about five months ago.

    What tourists find quaint seems stifling to many Cubans themselves.

    For a lucky minority, life has improved since President Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raúl Castro, announced last Dec. 17 that they would seek to end five decades of hostility.

    This activity is expected to boost economic growth from last year’s meager 1.3 percent. But there is little sign as yet of the $2.5 billion a year in investment that the government hoped to woo with a new foreign-investment law last year, mostly because it sends mixed signals.

    All this creates a headache for Castro. He has less than a year before a Communist Party congress in April. There he will have to defend reforms launched at the previous congress in 2011, including a planned unification of Cuba’s two currencies, despite their disappointing results. Castro must also worry that a Republican will succeed Obama, who will leave office in early 2017. To forestall a renewed tightening of the American embargo, he will want to show that Cuba is making economic progress.

    Next April’s congress could also mark the start of a generational change in Cuba’s leadership. Castro, who took over from his brother, Fidel, in 2008, is expected to step down as president in 2018. He has said he is keen to promote younger leaders, replacing the “historic generation” who fought under Fidel in the 1959 revolution.

    He is grooming Miguel Diaz-Canel, the 55-year-old first vice president, to replace him. There is a possibility that Castro could step down as head of the party next year. Economists working for the government say some of Diáz-Canel’s peers are receptive to reformist ideas. They are often seen carrying PCs or tablets, suggesting an interest in bringing more Internet to Cuba. But they are reluctant to defend reform publicly, so it is hard to know what they stand for.

    Castro may be preparing to take on Communist Party conservatives. The party’s central committee said in February that it would discuss a new electoral law at next year’s congress. It gave no details; no one expects anything like political freedom. The aim may be to pressure mid-level bureaucrats to stop paralyzing reform. “Change starts from the top and those at the bottom want it, but it gets stuck in the middle,” says Rafael Hernández, editor of Temas, a social sciences journal

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://www.startribune.com/while-american-tourists-begin-to-flock-in-cuba-s-economy-still-sputters/304182991/

  7. HA HA HA! Omar Fundora! THOSE STATISTICS OF PRE-CASTRO CUBA ARE FROM THE UNITED NATIONS DEAR! GUESS THEY ARE PART OF THE RIGHT WING CUBANS! HA HA HA! DUDE, YOU CANNOT HIDE THE TRUTH HERE!

    YOUTUBE : CUBA BEFORE FIDEL CASTRO’S COMMUNIST REVOLUTION 1/12

    PART 1/8: HAVANA: Images of Havana,before Castro’s communist revolution,showing modern architecture,highrises, beautiful clean avenues;traffic showing new cars;elegantly dress pedestrians; elegant shops;hospitals;university;new urbanization;hotels; construction;sport events;industry with data of its progress …

    CURRENT STATE OF CUBAN ARCHITECTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURE – IMAGES ARE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS!
    VIMEO VIDEO : Paraiso (The Cuban Paradise)- by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

  8. This is the classical economic model: Keep the people poor in your own country or the 3rd world.
    However, this isn’t sustainable in a rapidly progressing world. They, whoever and wherever they are, may seem untouchable now, but their rule won’t last forever…

  9. Yes Jill, Cuba and the world has had more than enough of ¡Revolucion y muerte!. The revolution that Cuba and so many other countries needs is to become full members of the world society of nations and the world economy.

  10. Neutral Observer: How can you not realize how “shallow” is your view of Cuban governance???….you regularly get caught up in your own view and interpretation of things and deny the metrics….you know…if you live in the U.S., you should be asking the same questions….where does 40 years of more than 10 to 16.7 Trillion dollars annually go??? why there is so much hunger, lack of opportunity, bad affordability of healthcare, bad national infrastructure, no social justice for the black and other minorities in certain territories of the country, 33,000 people killed by firearms annually on average, why do we spy on our own citizens, why we allowed too many people to live in California to the point that there is not enough fresh water to drink…why we rejoice about becoming self sufficient in oil and instead of conserving our oil resources we sell it to other nations when we know that 1/2 of all the oil in the World is gone and we have no economic substitute. We are tapping into the Ocean water for our potable water and dumping the excessive saline water solution byproduct back into the Ocean when we know that excessive levels of salt in sea water will kill plant life and sea creatures….I guess what I am trying to tell you is that the problem is not the architecture of our institutions and how they function, the problem is Man.

  11. Omar says Cuba needs 8 billion to correct the misery in Cuba.

    Venezuela gives Castro between 5 and 12 billion a year according to different estimates, ever since Chavez came to power.

    The Soviet Union gave over a 100 billion to Castro with nothing in return.

    The UN gives billions to Cuba.

    Tourists give billions to Cuba every year.

    US relatives give over 5 billion a year to Cuba, a very conservative estimate.

    Before Castro there were wave after wave of housing construction, no welfare required.

    Since Castro, 100s of billions in handouts given to Castro, what is the result?

    A few Soviet Style suburbs (now decaying) and apartment blocks in Havana built for the Communist elite, but for the majority just wave after wave of housing collapse and massive homelessness,

    What did Castro do with all the money?

    Socialism in action.

  12. Jill,
    I am a firm believer that you don’t throw stones when you live in a glass house. You may have visited other places around the World, but, from all the misery you describe about Cuba clearly indicates to me that your conclusions about Cuba are subjective and not objective. The reality is that regime change in Cuba is not going to improve the lives of most Cubans. The government of Raul Castro correctly has told the World that they need $8 billion dollars in annual investment to correct the misery you describe. In other words Jill, the government of Cuba see the same thing you see, but, the government of Cuba is not going to give up its sovereignty to the United States or any other country to correct the misery that you witness, just like the Rich and Republican Party is not willing to give up controlling more than 50% of all the money in the United States to deal with the inequality problem, lack of living wages and 50 million Americans requiring government financial support. As far as voting, the People of Cuba vote and no one puts a gun to their head to vote for their leadership. It is a one party system, but, there are Leftist who believe in more butter and more empowerment of the People just like there are Leftist that believe in less butter and less empowerment of the People. In other words, having only one Party does not mean there is no democratic process. The budget of every country is manage very similar around the World. In the United States, a two -party system dominates the political system. But, the budget of the United States is manage the same way by Republicans or Democrats. The rest we see is nothing more then a ideological disagreement for the masses. ( Republicans on the conservative side and protection of the economic apartheid in our society, the Democrats on Charity for the American People that are being crushed by the “swings” of the legal, educational, economic and social dimensions of our society). The diet heavy on sugar, please, in our country 60% of our diet was wheat and sugar until recently. Therefore, the damage of eating too much sugar has already affected you and your family before you realize that it was a problem. Robbery and other crimes???….we in the United States live in a country that leads the Rich countries of the World in crime. What did you think caused the Great Recession that affected the entire World??? : Good Capitalistic Practices with a touch of corruption. Lack of technological conveniences??? The American People were living with a higher standard of living prior to all the conveniences you have become addicted to…and unless you haven’t realized it by now. Most of the technological advances are a necessity because we have eaten our way out of a country in the United States. Yes…we need technology to learn how to get off planet Earth. Many scientists continually remind us that the days of planet Earth are numbered. The only chance for Humanity is to be able to live elsewhere.
    But, the other reason for the break neck pace of technological research is to compensate for the destruction of the natural world we still depend on to survive.
    Should we be critical of the Cuban Revolution??? I think we need to be critical…but, the Cuban People are the ones that should be doing so and not tourists. In Cuba through many organizations and cooperatives there is an open forum for constructive criticism over governance, education, economy and social silos of the Cuban society. Activism to destroy governance is not tolerated by any country in the World including the United States. Activism is a two edge sword, societies need the activist for ideas on where the social DNA needs to be engineered to create a better quality of life for its citizens. But, activism for the sake of change directed by opportunistic individuals that simply suffer from “I want to be King because the World is mine” need to be crushed before it begins in any society….

  13. Jill,

    The only thing I’ve been asked for in Detroit is money for drugs. Even homeless drug addicts are fed at least 3 meals a day, given nice clean beds, nice clothes and all the soap they need. Even computers and cell phones.

    Castro’s supporters aren’t good at dealing with reality.

    Their new party line is “capitalism/tourism is increasing poverty in Cuba”

    Don’t know how they figure that billions injected into the Cuban economy every year is making the country poorer, but I guess they can figure that.

    That “hellhole of poverty” you saw in Cuba is actually bustling prosperity compared to the way it was before the Western tourists and a bit of capitalism came.

    I’ve seen the change.

  14. Omar, I’m bewildered why you would think my recent trip to Cuba was like your recent visit to St. Louis etc. I haven’t been there but do I take it then that the people of St. Louis live in crumbling buildings with roofs that cave in? And that they barely have working electricity, terrible plumbing, great gaping dangerous holes in the sidewalks, the roads full of rubbish, no welfare, no shops to buy anything, no open worldwide news on television, only 2 stations full of propaganda, people who think nothing of throwing their rubbish anywhere on the street, no internet, get arrested for speaking their mind, stand in a queue for an hour to get inside a bank, even longer for the telephone company, have to ask tourists for soap, have to ask permission to live in Havana, have no charity shops where they can buy decent clothes instead of rags, eat substandard food where absolutely everything is loaded with sugar? Anything else? Oh wait, and people are not allowed to vote in St. Louis either even if there was someone to vote for. The world should hear about this.

  15. Humberto: you are a victim of the old, old Cuban Right Wing Propaganda about the living conditions in Cuba prior to 1959. This is the result of Cubans living under U.S. imperialism and its camouflage of Freedom, Liberty and Democracy with a Free Market Economy nonsense to hide exploitation, racism, extractive private American businesses and the corruption of the Cuban Culture with American Social Hegemonic necessity because the United States have eaten their way out of a country. California needs to drink Pacific Ocean Water because all the fresh water in the State of California is not enough to quench the thirst of the people living there. Cubans that think about the quality of life in Cuba prior to the revolution the way you do are victims of their own dilutions and confused about reality because of the constant bombardment of lies about what the outcome of capitalism should be, but, we know are not achievable. Capitalism is unsustainable and on its way out. It was a bad, very bad experiment in governance that delivered few good outcomes when compared to the cost to planet Earth and Life on the planet. We need to bring it to an end in the United States …why do you want to bring this failed economic system to Cuba…..do you want to see the island of Cuba natural World completely destroyed??…

  16. UNESCO: WORLD ILLITERACY AT MID-CENTURY: A statistical study published 1957 (p. 30)

    TABLE 5: Number and percentage of illiterates in the population 15 years old and

    COUNTRY: Year – Total number of persons – Cannot read and write – Per cent illiterate

    COSTA RICA: 1950 – 457,786 – 94,492 – 20.6%
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC : 1950 – 1,185, 424 – 677,293 – 57.1%
    PANAMA: 1950 – 442 249 – 132,978 – 30.1%
    PUERTO RICO: 1950 – 1,255,328 – 335,799 – 26.7%
    ARGENTINA: 1947 – I I,318,896 – 1,541,678 – 13.6%
    (could not find Cuba on this table)

    UNESCO: WORLD ILLITERACY AT MID-CENTURY: A statistical study published 1957 (p. 41)

    CUBA: 1950 – 3,400,000 – 680 to 850,000 – 20-25%

    http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0000/000029/002930eo.pdf

    COUNTRY NAME – Latest Data Available for years 1950-53 (%) – year 2000 (%) – and % Increase
    ARGENTINA: 87% – 97% – 11.5% (increase)
    CUBA: 76% – 96% – 26.3% (increase) or 32% at 100% litteracy
    CHILE: 81% – 96% – 18.5% (increase)
    COSTA RICA: 79% – 96% – 21.5% (increase)
    PARAGUAY: 68% – 93% – 36.8% (increase)
    COLOMBIA: 62% – 92% – 48.4% (increase)
    PANAMA: 72% – 92% – 27.8% (increase)
    ECUADOR: 56% – 92% – 64.3% (increase)
    BRAZIL: 49% – 85% – 73.5% (increase)
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: 43% – 84% – 95.3% (increase)
    EL SALVADOR: 42% – 79% – 88.1% (increase)
    GUATEMALA: 30% – 69% – 130% (increase)
    HAITI: 11% – 49% – 345.5% (increase)

    Source: UN Statistical Yearbook 1957, pp. 600-602; UN Statistical Yearbook 2000, pp. 76-82.
    a. Data for 1950-53 are age 10 and over. Data for 1995 are age 15 and over, reflecting a change in common usage over this period.
    b. Data for Argentina 1950-53 is current as 1947 data, the latest available, and reflects ages 14 and over.
    c. Data for 2000 are age 15 and over

    http://ctp.iccas.miami.edu/FACTS_Web/Cuba%20Facts%20Issue%2043%20December.htm

  17. HA HA HA! Omar Fundora! WHO ARE YOU KIDDING DEAR! AND YOU NEVER PUT A LINK TO YOUR STATEMENTS DEAR! WHY IS THAT?? YOU SHOULD NEVER BE AFRAID TO BACK UP YOUR STATEMENTS DEAR! OR YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL CASTRO AGENT/APOLOGIST!!

    PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: FIDEL CASTRO- Pre-Castro Cuba
    On the eve of Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution, Cuba was neither the paradise that would later be conjured by the nostalgic imaginations of Cuba’s many exiles, nor the hellhole painted by many supporters of the revolution, who recall Cuba as “the brothel of the Western hemisphere” — an island inhabited by a people degraded and hungry, whose main occupation was to cater to American tourists at Havana’s luxurious hotels, beaches and casinos. Rather, Cuba was one of the most advanced and successful countries in Latin America.
    Success by the Numbers
    Cuba’s capital, Havana, was a glittering and dynamic city. In the early part of the century the country’s economy, fueled by the sale of sugar to the United States, had grown dynamically. Cuba ranked fifth in the hemisphere in per capita income, third in life expectancy, second in per capita ownership of automobiles and telephones, first in the number of television sets per inhabitant. The literacy rate, 76%, was the fourth highest in Latin America. Cuba ranked 11th in the world in the number of doctors per capita. Many private clinics and hospitals provided services for the poor. Cuba’s income distribution compared favorably with that of other Latin American societies. A thriving middle class held the promise of prosperity and social mobility.
    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE REPORT, VIDEOS ETC.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/castro/peopleevents/e_precastro.html

  18. Jill,
    Cuba suffered a 40% contraction in GDP. This was a greater economic collapse than the Great Depression in the worst years of if. As you know the Great Depression lasted 10 years in the United States and only World War II made it possible for us to get out of it. Cuba has to do it by sacrificing some of its sovereignty to foreigners. Cuba trade balance is also problematic. Ever since Cuba was a colony of Spain, Cubans have had to import almost everything they consume. Cuba needs $ 8 billions dollars in new investments and have very little to offer in return for it. (nickel, tourism, tobacco, rum, some pharmaceuticals, a few other items that can be obtained elsewhere). Cuba has always being a poor country, from 1898 through 1959 illiteracy was rampant, the U.S. owned most of the most important businesses in the island and only a few Rich opportunistic Cubans were living it up while the majority of Cubans were living without. Now do to the fact that in order for the Revolutionary government to exist they have to integrate capitalism into their economic model, some of the same inequality problems of the past are starting to creep in again into the fabric of the society. I don’t know how they are going to be able to establish a bonified Socialist Democratic Republic without the inequality problem of the economic apartheid system of capitalism.

    By the way it sounds like your experience in your recent trip to Cuba is very similar to the ones I experienced in my business trips to St. Louis, Mo and Detroit, Michigan. Do to our declining standard of livings in the United States for the last 40 years, you really don’t need to visit a struggling country to experience the ravage results of inequality, oppression, exploitation and racism.

  19. Omar, I’ve just returned from Havana and Varadero. Yes, Varadero is a nice beach. The hotels are crap, the service is crap, the food is disgusting, Havana is exotic and interesting but a hellhole of poverty. The whole country is a pitiful disgrace. I’ve been travelling the world for 40 years and I repeat, Cuba is a pitiful disgrace. A complete and utter failure of the Castro government. It’s a verdant, lush beautiful island. It should grow everything. It should be flourishing. It should be one of the most sublime countries to live in. It’s a nightmare. Even the Cadecas are corrupt. I was ripped off by 50 pesos. I returned to the teller next morning and said I knew she short-changed me. She gave me the money. No questions asked! No excuses, no sorry, no maybe you spent it by mistake, nothing. Just handed me the money. They’re obviously all in the racket and doing it all day to tourists. I was constantly asked every day for soap and shampoo, even clothes. I left all my clothes behind and as much stuff as I could. For god’s sake, is this what Castro’s revolucion has come to after 56 years? Begging for soap? Pathetic. Viva la revolucion! A NEW ONE!

  20. LETS NOT FORGET Elian Gonzalez’s MOTHER Elizabeth Brotons ! AND HER SACRIFICE TILL HER DEATH TO BRING HER SON TO THE LAND OF FREEDOM, THE “BAD OLD USA” ACCORDING TO Omar Fundora! NOW THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA IS TRYING TO USE HIM AND HIS FAMILY FOR ANOTHER PROPAGANDA ATTEMPT TO SWAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO LIFT THE LEFT OVER OF THE CUBAN “EMBARGO”! BUT THEN AGAIN, THE CASTRO CLAN HAS ALWAYS USED THE CUBAN FAMILY FOR THEIR POLITICAL GAINS OF OVER 56+ YEARS!

  21. Tania Bruguera ….an activist hiding behind art….I think she needs to realize that her strategy does not work….you are either an activist or you are an artist….breaking Cuban law and whine about it when they punish you is unproductive. It only shows the World how inmature Mss Bruguera really is… Iike the old saying goes: ” don’t urinate against the wind because you only get wet”….

  22. So the Frenchies agreed to search for oil in Cuban’s territorial waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Baraqui Obama has not ruled out a visit to Cuba…I wish he would go so that he can see that Varadero beach is a nicer beach than any beach in Hawaii …

  23. What Tania said about people coming to the Biennial is really important. Those people can then go home and tell the world about what’s really going on in Havana and Cuba.
    This reminds me that YoaniBlog is about the needs of ordinary people. In Havana the evidence that those needs aren’t being met is there for all to see in the streets.

  24. IMPOLITIKAL: Q&A WITH TANIA BRUGUERA: AN UNCENSORED MINUTE – MAY 17, 2015
    Tania’s situation is representative of the conflicted relationship a lot of Cubans have with their homeland. Many who dare voice their desires for a free Cuba end up effectively trapped within it. Meanwhile, the international media currently ripples with stories of how the country’s newly-relaxed borders are opening it to (mostly commercial) opportunity.
    As the Havana Biennial prepares to open once again this week – during the course of which an unprecedented number of art collectors from the US and elsewhere are expected to visit Cuba’s capital – Tania remains in effective exile within her own country. In this interview with Sarah Illingworth she asks that those attending the Biennial don’t forget that the day-to-day realities Cubans are forced to deal with differ greatly from the image served to an international audience.
    Can you explain what happened on December 30, and your interactions with the Cuban authorities since? On December 17 – the day both the president from Cuba and from the US announced their decision to reestablish diplomatic relationship – we witnessed a moment when political beliefs Cubans had were put into question precisely by Raúl Castro, someone who has fiercely defended the image of the US as our historical and worst enemy. We witnessed a moment of identity crisis of the Cuban Revolution because it was a moment when all things established could suddenly have a very different meaning. It was a historical moment because everything could be interpreted differently and circumstances were claiming a different way of thinking on our part. As an artist I felt this very strongly and my reaction was to write a letter to Raúl asking about his vision for Cuba and his plans for Cubans. This letter sped immediately among Cubans and a platform called #YoTambienExijo started on Facebook. Within a week we had more than 14,000 followers and many debates regarding the situation. And we decided to enact one phrase in my letter, where I invited Raúl to let Cubans speak their minds regarding the new course of events and their vision on the future of the nation.
    On December 30 I was planning to bring a microphone to the Revolution Square and give any person who wanted it one minute to express freely. The response of the government was to cut my phones – cell and landline – and arrive at 5:30am that day to detain me. Since they didn’t have a detaining order they told me they just wanted to talk with me, but once I arrived at the police station I was dressed as a prisoner. I was detained three times in four days and interrogated around 16 times in the course of two months. My passport was taken as well as my computer and the microphone by the police. I have been waiting for the prosecutor’s decision for almost five months now.
    I’m still trying to understand why the Cuban governm
    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://impolitikal.com/2015/05/17/qa-tania-bruguera-an-uncensored-minute/

  25. In a speech on January 30, 1969, Fidel Castro said: “Of course, our traditional cattle are Zebu, an animal which is resistant to heat and other adverse tropical conditions. In other words, it is an animal which is quite resistant but does not produce milk. We need Holstein cows as foundation stock to develop some new cattle breeds and above all to produce hybrids of dairy cattle and Zebu cattle….

    Suffice it to say that in 1975 Havana Province will have 9,500 caballerias producing milk.
    This gives you an idea of our country’s possibilities….

    At the present time, Havana Province has 60,000 Zebu cattle which have arrived in the last few months and it will have some 250,000 by year’s end….

    We should have some 600,000 dairy cows and the province will achieve something else, something that seemed difficult some time ago, in the future it will be self-sufficient in meats.”

    The results of the artificial insemination of Holstein cattle with Cebu to develop the new breed of cattle F-1, which would have the milk production of the Holstein and the resistance of the Cebu was a completed failure.

    The progressive deterioration of the cattle stock, which from 5.9 million head of cattle and a population of 6.6 million in 1958 equivalent to 0.9 heads of cattle per capita, fourth in the world, has been reduced to 4.06 head of cattle with a population of 11.3 million in 2011, equivalent to 0.36 heads of cattle per capita, due to the absurd dairy cattle project of the Castroit regime.

  26. OH MAN Omar Fundora!! EVEN ON SUNDAY YOU CANNOT STOP SINGING THAT “BAD OLD USA” SONG!!! IM SORRY YOU HAVE TO KEEP BENDING OVER THAT EMPTY BARREL OF RESPONSES TO KEEP PULLING OUT THAT REPETITIVE “ARGUMENT”!

    WASHINGTON POST: Venezuela’s people need the world’s help – By Leopoldo López – May 15
    It has been almost a year and a half since the people of Venezuela took to the streets demanding change, and my country’s crisis has only gotten worse. Venezuelans of all backgrounds denounced our failed state and marched for a constitutional change of the current regime. It was because we spoke out publicly against the government’s corruption and inefficiency that I and so many others are in prison. Last year, the United Nations found that I am being held in violation of international law, and I will not relent until the people’s demand is met: Democracy must be restored to Venezuela. To achieve this critical goal, we need an end to state repression, the release of all political prisoners and free and fair elections.
    The Venezuela we live in today calls itself a democracy, but this is a facade. Under the heavy hand of President Nicolás Maduro, our country is in a profound economic, social and political crisis. We have a government that fears its people. Rather than listening to what its citizens have to say, it seeks to silence us. Forbidden from speaking out, from exercising our constitutional rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly, we are persecuted; we are imprisoned; we are killed. Our media are silenced. And now the president has even authorized the use of deadly force against protesters. At a time in our country’s history when we have the potential to be one of the world’s largest oil producers, our children have less food to eat, our sick can’t find medicine, our inflation rate is the highest in the world, our murder rate is the second highest and we have one of the most corrupt governments on Earth. All we seek are the rights guaranteed by our constitution.
    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/venezuela-needs-the-worlds-help/2015/05/15/ac9edc32-f97a-11e4-9030-b4732caefe81_story.html

  27. AMERICANS HAVE BEEN DUPED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THEIR FOOD SUPPLY FOR DECADES. FRANKESTEIN DOMESTIC ANIMALS AND THEIR UN-NATURAL EVOLUTION CAN HURT YOUR HEALTH. CUBANS BEWARE OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD FROM THE U.S. CUBANS WILL BE THE ONES WITH 7 LEGS AND MULTIPLE BREASTS ON WOMEN…. :) :)
    Beef is a mainstay of the traditional American dinner. Many even eat it for lunch or a late night snack. It’s many forms show up at summer barbecues, holiday feasts, workday dinners, and just about anywhere that people are eating. In fact, Americans eat more meat than any other population in the world, with the typical American eating over 60 pounds of beef a year. Which brings me to my point–much of this beef, the vast majority of it by far, is filled with harmful additives and is raised in such a way that it at best provides little more for your body than something to fill your stomach, and at worst is contributing to the degeneration of your health.

    Think about it–do you really know where your prime rib or hamburger meat came from? Where did the animal live? How was it raised? What did it eat? Was it healthy or diseased? Perhaps you’d rather not think about it because you have an intuitive feeling that the answer would not be pretty.

    Most Commercial Cattle are Fed Grains

    As more and more Americans realize the importance of eliminating or reducing grains in their diets, beef is likely to become an increasingly popular substitution. However, since nearly all cattle are grain-fed before slaughter, if you eat most traditionally raised beef it will typically worsen your omega-6:omega-3 ratio.

    According to a study published in The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, livestock that are fed on grain have more omega-6 fat, which may promote heart disease, and less omega-3 fat, which is beneficial for cardiac health, than both wild animals and grass-fed livestock.

    It is therefore much to your advantage to eat grass-fed beef, but you must also be careful as many stores will advertise beef as grass-fed when it really isn’t. They do this as ALL cattle are grass-fed, but the key is what they are fed in the months prior to being processed. You will need to call the person who actually raised the cows, NOT the store manager, to find out the truth.

    The least expensive way to obtain authentic grass-fed beef would be to find a farmer who is growing the beef who you can trust and buy a half a side of beef from him. This way you save the shipping and also receive a reduced rate on the meat. Alternatively, you can order authentic grass-fed beef from our site.

    An inexpensive, yet effective, way to determine if the beef is really from a grass-fed animal is to purchase the ground beef. Slowly cook the beef till done and drain and collect all the fat. Grass-fed beef is very high in omega-3 fats and will be relatively thin compared to traditionally prepared ground beef. It will also be a liquid at room temperature as it has very few saturated fats, which are mostly solid at room temperature.

    Hormones

    Most traditionally raised beef calves go from 80 pounds to 1,200 pounds in a period of about 14 months. This is no natural feat. Along with enormous quantities of grain (usually corn) and protein supplements, calves are fed or implanted with various drugs and hormones to, as the beef industry says, “promote efficient growth.”

    Any combination of the natural hormones estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone, and the synthetic hormones zeranol and trenbolone acetate may be given to cattle. Another hormone, melengesterol acetate, may also be added to feed to “improve weight gain and feed efficiency.”

    Measurable amounts of hormones in traditionally raised beef are transferred to humans, and some scientists believe that human consumption of estrogen from hormone-fed beef can result in cancer, premature puberty and falling sperm counts.

    Antibiotics

    About nine million pounds of antibiotic feed additives are used annually in the cattle-raising process. Many people don’t realize that the largest use of antibiotics in the United States is to feed to animals, often so that they will gain more weight, but also to prevent disease outbreaks that could easily fester since the animals are raised in such crowded conditions.

    This routine antibiotic use is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance in humans. Animals raised in natural environments, not the traditional “factory farms,” rarely require antibiotics. You may be able to find antibiotic-free beef in your local health food store, but be sure to be certain that it is grass-fed as well.

    Along with antibiotics, traditionally raised cattle are given various vaccines and other drugs. The following is just one recommended course of care for a whole herd of cattle as shown on Pfizer.com:
    •CattleMaster 4+VL5: a 4-way viral plus 5-way leptospirosis vaccine and vibriosis protection
    •UltraChoice 8: a vaccine to prevent clostridial diseases
    •Dectomax Pour-On or Dectomax Injectable: drugs to prevent and treat internal and external parasites
    •ScourGuard 3®(K)/C: a vaccine to prevent calf scours

    Irradiation

    Some commercial beef is irradiated, which means it has been treated with gamma rays produced by the radioactive material, cobalt 60, or electricity to kill bacteria. The effects of long-term consumption of irradiated food products remain to be seen.

    This issue is virtually the same issue as with milk. Once milk is pasteurized to “protect” us, it is seriously damaged and actually causes more harm than good for most who drink it. However, if milk is consumed in its real raw form, then it is typically an amazing health-producing food for most who consume it.

    If you value your long-term health, I strongly encourage you to avoid irradiated meat. All meats will not be irradiated, so your best bet is to purchase non-irradiated meat.

    Many may not be aware that school districts have the option of purchasing irradiated beef for their lunch programs, and parental notification is not required. If you are a parent you can work with your school district to discourage the use of irradiated foods, or at the very least contact them to find out whether irradiated beef is being served in your child’s school cafeteria.

    The following Web site has more information on how to work with your school district to stop the purchase of irradiated foods: http://www.safelunch.org.

    You can also contact your representative and senators today to urge them not to support irradiated food in school lunches.

    Environmental Problems

    Alongside the dangers that traditionally raised beef pose to your health are the dangers they pose to your environment. Substantial areas of forests, particularly the rain forests of Central America and the Amazon, are being cleared to make way for cattle. And in the United States, cattle production is a major source of environmental pollution.

    Among the most severe problems are water pollution from the nearly 1 billion tons of organic waste produced by cattle each year and the enormous amounts of petro-chemical fertilizers used to produce feed crops, and air pollution–waste and waste treatment methods of grain-fed cattle are responsible for producing a significant portion of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide (the three major gases that are largely responsible for global warming), along with other harmful gasses.

    Inhumane Treatment of Cattle

    Traditionally raised cattle are treated as commodities and are deprived of some of the most basic requirements of life–fresh air, space and normal social interaction. Along with the health benefits of the grass-fed beef on our site, you can rest assured that the animals are raised in their natural environment–a green pasture.

  28. NUMBEO COST OF LIVING IN CUBA: Numbeo is the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. Numbeo provides current and timely information on world living conditions including cost of living, housing indicators, health care, traffic, crime and pollution. – 1,744,983 prices in 5,229 cities entered by 221,114 users (information updated 2015-05-14)
    DATA FOR THE FOLLOWING:
    Restaurants
    Markets
    Transportation
    Utilities (Monthly)
    Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment $5.95
    Sports And Leisure
    Salaries And Financing
    Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) $24.11
    These data are based on 412 entries in the past 18 months from 44 different contributors.
    CLICK LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION
    http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Cuba

  29. YOU KNOW THAT THAT MILK THAT YOU TALK ABOUT THAT IS “GUARANTEE” IS NOT FREE DEAR! AND AFTER A CHILD PASSES THE 7 YEARS THEY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR SUBSIDIZED MILK. AND DID YOU KNOW THAT IS POWDER MILK! DID YOU KNOW THAT I CAN GET A GALLON OF MILK FOR UNDER $3 IN THE BAD OLD USA! AND DID YOU KNOW THAT FOOD STAMPS CAN PAY FOR THAT $3 GALLON OF MILK DEAR!

    HAVANA TIMES: Cuba Reinstates Powdered Milk Price
    The Ministry of Finance and Prices of Cuba on Friday reinstated the price of the bag of milk powder sold in hard currency stores, reported the Cuban News Agency.

    The price for a ½ kilo bag returns to 2.90 CUC (3.30 USD); it had risen 45 cents in April of last year. A 1 kilo bag now returns to 5.75 CUC, dropping 85 cents .

    The price of a kilo of milk powder is the equivalent to just under a third of the average monthly wage of workers in the island, around 20 CUC.

    According to the note, the decision was taken since the product’s international price has fallen considerably.

    The powdered milk sold at subsidized prices for children up to 7 years old and those persons with medical diets, remained the same in regular domestic currency (CUP).
    http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=110888

  30. I liked the words “milk run in the streets and factories drowning in cheese and yogurt.”

    The author of this blog did not dare to utter “milk” because she knows very well that Cuba is the only country in the Caribbean where every child under 7 receives one liter of milk per day.

    Or maybe she doesn’t know that?
    The fact is that she jets around the world as far as to distant Poland, but she has never visited the neighboring Haiti (closer to Cuba then Florida)

  31. A SEGMENT OF “La Vaca de Marmol” ABOUT UDDER THE COW O AS I REACALL “Matilda” ON THE CUBAN CARTOONS! BUT EVEN MORE OF A CARTOON IS FIDEL’S SPEECH ON THIS MATTER, PRETTY FUNNY/ARROGANT!

    YOUTUBE: DOCUMENTARY “La Vaca de Marmol” (The Marble Cow)

    The Cow That Would Change Cuba / 14ymedio, Ignacio Varona – A new documentary by Enrique Colina recreates the life of this ruminant creature, and the political and social delirium that was generated by her prodigious milk production.

    In the space of less than fifty minutes, his documentary “La Vaca de Marmol” (The Marble Cow) recounts those moments in which the entire future of the country depended on the milking of those prodigious udders. With humor and occasional moments of true drama, the director and movie critic tackles a story that appears taken more from mythology than from reality. The story of Ubre Blanca is told by those men who cared for her, milked her and cured her of her diseases on the Isle of Pines, but also by the voices of ordinary people who grew up hearing of a future when milk “would run in the streets” as a result of the increase in production, for which this cow was supposed to be the vanguard.

    Colina is a creative genius who needs no introduction. His program 24 y segundo for years has produced the most intelligent critical cinematography and entertainment on Cuban national television. Also, he has ventured in the direction of documentaries, producing classical pieces such as Jau, Vecinos (Neighbors), and Chapucerías (Shoddy Work). In 2003, he made his debut in fictional cinema with the film “Entre Ciclones” (Between Cyclones). His work has been noted in the Cuban film panorama for its good humor and its incisive criticism of social problems.

    http://translatingcuba.com/the-cow-that-would-change-cuba/

  32. Muñeco reminds me of the eight-legged horse of Norse mythology, as something wonderful and suprnatural.
    However, the fascination for this type of phenomenon exists because of a not very positive side of human nature: When our prospects for the future aren’t bright, we take comfort from the fact that we’re not total freaks.

  33. In a speech on June 17, 1968, Fidel Castro said: “And daily milk production ought to increase 4 million liters more a year. In other words, if we attain 4 million in 1970, we will attain 8 million in 1971; 12 million in 1972. The rate will increase until we reach a production of 30 million liters of milk a day in 1975!”

    As early as 1962, when the law establishing the ration booklet was passed, milk was rationed to one liter only for children up to 7 years old and adults with special diet. The production of milk in 1958 was 784 million liters per year with a consumption of 119 liters per capita. By 2011 the production has declined to 582 million liters with a consumption of only 52 liters per capita, a 56% decline. Unbelievable! Another among many of the industries obliterated by the Castroit regime.

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