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Monday, May 30, 2005
  More on Chavez
Roger Simon appears to be doing the most active linking on this.

Babalu Blog: Is Hugo Chavez dead?: "People are gathering in big numbers at Miraflores Palace in Caracas amid rumors Hugo Chavez had a heart attack or something like it. The goons have just shut down Avenida Urdaneta in front of the palace to stop inquiring questions from the adoring masses. Venezuelan government spokesman Andres Izarra says that Chavez cancelled his street rally appearance yesterday and his Alo Presidente weekly Sunday TV show 'to spend more time with his family.' And all's 'normal,' he says. Kim Il Sung's spokesman could not have said it better.

I wonder if spending more time with his family means one of his ex-wives did him in, they're the kind of people who throw frying pans. Some say he's reviewing military officer promotion lists, which from his point of view, is important, given that he trusts none of them. The castro press claims there was a new death plot - maybe it means they are preparing to say the guy was assassinated when in fact it might have been something like a cocaine binge. I don't know.

One friend on the ground in Caracas thinks it might be a publicity stunt, but thinks what's going on is getting weird. There still isn't any leaking information, which is odd.

Something's going on, and for some reason, Hugo Chavez won't come to the balcony to reassure the descamisados. If he doesn't come out soon, it means something. Already the rumors are flying. This may be nothing. But right now it seems to be building to something."
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