Then and now

Now they’re starving in Venezuela. A year after the country nationalized the oil industry, we crossed into Venezuela from Colombia in a mountainous area, while on a trip with a coal company client. We saw slices of meat hanging outside on nails; must have been some sort of primitive butcher shop. By far the oddest thing we saw were kids with rickets. Damn fools haven’t learned a thing in 40 years.

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