Saturday, February 15, 2003

VIAGRA DID NOT STOP

Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. In the Tal Cual newspaper, Friday edition

My translation of the news blurb

VIAGRA did not stop

Data from the national survey of pharmaceutical sales indicated that Viagra
was the medicine most sold through December, in Venezuela, which reveals
that men with erectile dysfunction did spend their leisure time well during
the general work stoppage. The sales of Viagra were higher than those of
Atamel, one of the medicine of widest usage among the population [ a form
of Tylenol, favored medicine against fever and pain because of the presence
of Dengue in Venezuela].


These results do not surprise: studies confirm that Venezuela is the third
country in world consumption per capita of Viagra, and the first one in the
Americas, doubling the US numbers and above Brazil and Mexico. To date
more than 6 million of the blue pills have been consumed.


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The same paper reveals two other items.
32 % of the oil industry workers have been fired.
The imported gasoline has been shown to contain significant amounts of
compounds normally not found in gasoline such as cyclopenta hexadiene.
This would explain consistent reports of toxicity through downtown areas of
Caracas, weird allergy cases, etc... One wonders what weird deals does
Chavez people make to get gasoline. And not even in adequate amounts
judging from the permanent lines at the gas stations...

Oh well....

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