May 12, 2018

CNN on Venezuela’s Oil Industry Collapse: No Mention of Socialism or Maduro

Wednesday, CNN presented yet another story about Venezuela’s implosion which did a fine job of portraying that country’s human misery, this time in the oil industry. Unfortunately, it was yet another example of a story failing to mention its socialist form of government or even its leader, President Nicolas Maduro. Though such omissions have long been routine in establishment press reports, reporter Stefano Pozzebon’s were particularly galling, given that the governments of Maduro and especially Hugo Chavez, his Bolivarian socialist predecessor, are entirely responsible for Venezuela’s oil collapse.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051218)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Boy regains consciousness after parents sign papers to donate his organs

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Mobile, Alabama (video at link; HT Twitchy):

May 6, 2018, 5:42 PM

A 13-year-old boy who suffered severe brain trauma in an accident regained consciousness after his parents signed paperwork to donate his organs. Trenton McKinley of Mobile, Alabama, suffered the injury two months ago when a small utility trailer he was riding flipped over.

“I hit the concrete, and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don’t remember anything,” he told WALA-TV.

He suffered seven skull fractures in the accident, and his parents were told that Trenton would never be the same.

His mother, Jennifer Reindl, said she signed the papers to donate Trenton’s organs because five kids needing transplants were a match.

“A man from the UAB organ donation came and talked to us in the family conference room about donating five organs to UAB children’s hospital that would save five other children. We said yes, that also insured that they would continue to keep Trenton alive to clean his organs for the donation,” Reindl told CBS News on Sunday.

But just a day before doctors were set to end Trenton’s life support, he showed signs of cognition, and now he’s slowly going through recovery.

“The next day he was scheduled to have his final brain wave test to call his time of death but his vitals spiked so they cancelled the test,” Reindl said.

He’s dealing with nerve pain and seizures and will soon undergo surgery to reconnect part of his skull, but Reindl said he’s getting stronger everyday.

“From no brain waves to now walking and talking and reading, doing math. A miracle,” she said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.