Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
4 February 2007

FNB hackers….

I received the following email on Friday that was clearly sent out by hackers trying to get your details:

Wachovia - Personal  Finance and Business Financial Services

Dear Customer,

FNB understands that your trust in us depends on how well we keep
your, business, and account information secure.
We’ve just upgraded our new SSL servers to protect our customers for a better and
secure banking service,against any fraudulent activities. Due to this recent upgrade,
you are requested to update your account information by
following the reference below…

https://www.fnb.co.za/legallinks/securitycentre/tips.html

FNB, Customers Care Center. 

If I was the paranoid type, I would wonder about the timing of this email, arriving on the same day that FNB decided to can their campaign against crime directed at President Mbeki. I am sure the National Intelligence Agency has better things to do, but this is the kind of stuff conspiracy theorists swoon about.

Wonder what Billy Masetla has been up to lately……?

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