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This is truly amazing!

Some more changes are taking place in Cuba - for the better.

The newest development is pushing the country towards more of a capitalist state!

Cuba is set to abolish their equal pay system and will allow for workers to earn performance bonuses.

The average worker in Cuba earns about or less than $20 a month, with everyone making around the same salary - a system that was put in place back in 1959 during the communist revolution.

Can U live on just $20 a month????

According to Cuban officials, the new wage system should improve production and services, since the current one has removed all incentives to excel due to everyone earning the same regardless of performance.

Workers will receive a minimum 5% bonus for meeting targets and will have no ceiling on salaries.

As for managers, they could earn a 30% bonus if their team increases production as well.

A rep for the government said "It's harmful to give a worker less than he deserves, it's also harmful to give him what he doesn't deserve."

Wow.

And it just took 50 years to realize that?????

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  1. LILLE says – reply to this


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    HURRAY CUBA!

  2. Jess says – reply to this


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    Finally!!

  3. WHORE says – reply to this


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    FAT, SLOPPY CRACKHEAD!

  4. brend says – reply to this


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    =]

  5. tyler says – reply to this


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    $20 / month? Wow! Che was a true hero…Communism sure is the way to go. Can't wait to put his sticker on my dorm room door!



  6. 6

    Go0o0 Cuba

  7. not 1 says – reply to this


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    not 1st

  8. perez says – reply to this


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    hey everyone

  9. b says – reply to this


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    first

  10. as says – reply to this


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    asdf

  11. Liz!! says – reply to this


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    First! I think that is so good!!! Congrats to cubans!!!

  12. cathe says – reply to this


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    viva cuba libre!
    as ayn rand said
    "
    The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism. It is a system where men deal with one another, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit. It is a system where no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force, and no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. The government acts only as a policeman that protects man's rights; it uses physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use, such as criminals or foreign invaders. In a system of full capitalism, there should be (but, historically, has not yet been) a complete separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church.
    "



  13. 13

    I love me my cuban men! … yummy!

  14. Barbs says – reply to this


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    Now THIS is actual good news for Cuba.. not that sick shit of sex change operations becoming legal or gays marriying. Good news is when it benefits everyone!

  15. ilo says – reply to this


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    first

  16. stefy says – reply to this


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    I'm happy to hear about this economy change.

    That's one of the problems with communism…this idea of economic equality. There is no incentive to perform better than others. Rights of the workers, my ass. Get paid for your performance. If others can't work at your level, screw them.

    Let's hope that Cuba will finally be open to Americans. If you want to bring down communism in Cuba, get some crazy kids and Spring Break down there. That's the ticket.

  17. osk says – reply to this


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    PEREZ CAN YOU PLEASE GO BACK TO CUBA and LEAVE ALL BEHIND??? Thanks

  18. yay! says – reply to this


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    this is amazin news but i agree w/ mario y did it take them so long to realize this??

  19. Laura says – reply to this


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    and yet in America we want to push for equal pay… dumb asses like Perez understand capitalism until it means you might have to work yourself.

  20. Ilo I says – reply to this


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    first!!!!

  21. Sicko says – reply to this


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    I get that these things are important to you and you want to use your voice to get "good" stuff heard but I am SO SICK of hearing about Cuba and charities. I will donate on my own and I will learn about Cuba on CNN. ENOUGH ALREADY. This fame has gone to your head and you think you are Oprah now and your site has totally changed. Stick to what you know and that is drawing dicks on Hollywood sluts' faces!!!!!

  22. jenny says – reply to this


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    fiiirst

  23. Cryst says – reply to this


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    Fantastic!! Great news!

  24. Cuban says – reply to this


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    When can we start legally smoking cuban cigars!? Seems like it should be soon.

  25. Cee says – reply to this


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    Fantastic!

  26. xtina says – reply to this


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    this isn't that great at all, it just means pretty soon there will be MORE poverty in cuba and a very small percentage of people with all the wealth!

  27. jenni says – reply to this


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    Mario,
    I honestly do not know where you are getting your facts (lies) that cuba is getting any progress. Because there is NO progress but just lies that Raul and the government are trying to let the U.S. believe so that they will lift the embargo, and allow more money to be sent to cuba. Porque my parents family members that are living there now as recent as 2 weeks just came back and they reported that its still the SAME cuba as its always been. They allow cell phones but they are no towers!!! computers but no internet! and not to mention the inhumane ways they treat homosexuals. so no Mario there is NO progress. Maybe your too far out west to sympathize with us here in miami. So please YOU of all people should understand and realize that cuba is far from being "progressed"

  28. Ali says – reply to this


    28

    Thats MIAMI (:

    Varsilles is the shit!

  29. deez1 says – reply to this


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    PEREZ HILTON meets AMY WINEHOUSE in a hilarious mash-up!

    Only at The Fug dot com

  30. Joe says – reply to this


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    Unchecked Communism does not work! Just look at Cuba. Unchecked capitalism does not work! Just look at the United States. Oversight and balance is needed in both.

  31. mina says – reply to this


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    perez i'd advise you to stop posting about cuba.

    a) no one reads your site for info on politics
    b) the reason is because youre knowledge is clearly limited and biased by your beliefs
    c) 20$ a month is nothing in a capitalistic, consumer based, materialistic culture that we have. living in a country where everything is provided by the government sort of makes having personal wealth obsolete. not saying i agree with that way of life, but it's another perspective which your limited view influenced by personal biases can't see.

  32. WHORE says – reply to this


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    FAT AND SLOPPY AND USED THE FUCK UP BY EVERY MAN AND WOMAN ON THE PLANET!

  33. AT says – reply to this


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    yeah, you really don't know what you're talking about.

    PEREZ HAS PEAKED! PEREZ HAS PEAKED!

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    PEREZ HAS PEAKED!PEREZ HAS PEAKED!

  34. trist says – reply to this


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    who ever said a capitalist state was any good?????

  35. jab says – reply to this


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    Reports Hot Topic eyewitness:"ONLY 7 people showed up. SEVEN. That’s it. Mario was BEYOND upset texting and DEMANDING the right water, food, ETC he was a rude royal pain in the ass and BEYOND crass… My manager was trying to get people to come in to meet Perez by handing out $5 gift cards NO ONE WANTED TO MEET HIM! …he left around 8:45PM without saying goodbye to anyone & looked like he had been crying like the little bitch he is. We sold a grand total of $6.45 of Perez Hilton items between 6PM - 9PM. My manager has already talked about discounting his ‘line’ !" [New York Magazine]

  36. alici says – reply to this


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    Soy cubano, Soy popular!

    im so happy… little by little we're making progress
    :)

  37. perez says – reply to this


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    ….good news, yet you support the Democrats who want to move us to a similar system where government attempts to solve all of your problems, while providing no incentive for hard work.

  38. Molly says – reply to this


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    Perez,
    Even though I realize this is your blog and as such entitles you to your own opinon I find your posts in regards to Cuba incredibly biased. Capatalism is not the pinnacle of economic existence nor has it ever proven entirely beneficial to the West.
    Obviously the vast majority of readers of this site have little knowledge of the revolution or Cuba's history in general (specifically Tyler) or they would have a quite different opinon of Che.
    While I applaud your movement towards posting political news on your site, I also fear for those who use this website as their only source of news.

  39. Mimi says – reply to this


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    Communism FTW

  40. Anon1 says – reply to this


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    What a retarded country !!! lol

  41. N.S says – reply to this


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    While I don't agree with how Castro ruled Cuba, and the suppression of its people, for you to suggest that pure capitalism is the best thing ever is ridiculous! Keep buying into the corporate/government (they're basically interchangeable) spin machine…



  42. 42

    WOW that's really really good…!!!

    MORE MORE MORE MORE =D

  43. nagna says – reply to this


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    Re: trist

    Thank You!Not everyone posting is smoking crack! Since when is capitalism a good. Over consumerism and uneven distrubution of wealth. They rich get richer and the poor get poorer..how is that good?

  44. Mel says – reply to this


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    Yipee!! Now THIS is the Cuba my Poppi always knew it could be!!

  45. lenin says – reply to this


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    wait a minute- you are an Obamunist! How can you believe in capitalism if you back obama? moron.

  46. dane says – reply to this


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    Re: Nancy – this country has the most innovations and success, you anti american whore. You must be looking in the mirror, loser.

  47. Yoly says – reply to this


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    Por tu madre era tiempo. Cuba Libre :)

  48. Emily says – reply to this


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    this picture was NOT taken in Cuba. This is MIAMI. Although Miami is populated mainly by Cubans, if you are writing an article about Cuba, i think you should have a picture of Cuba. And i would know, i live in Miami and i go to that restaurant all the time. Come on Perez, get it right!

  49. Yup. says – reply to this


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    :)

  50. Kate says – reply to this


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    Re: N.S – you don't like corporations? Then quit buying gas, toilet paper, groceries, cars, houses made of produced materials, ipods. Go live in a hut made out of leaves you collect youself and wipe your butt with grass clippings. Who do you THINK should make medicines, paper, machinery, electronics, etc? Your next door neighbor? STUPID.

  51. Yoly says – reply to this


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    Hey Sicko, FYI perez is proud of his heritage. If you don't like it to visit his website. Perez you are awesome… They just hate us latin people…

  52. Joe says – reply to this


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    American Capitalism is a Halloween mask and underneath it lies the face of Fascism

  53. Lulu says – reply to this


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    No one gives a shit. Leave the news to real news networks. You're an idiot

  54. Canuc says – reply to this


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    Re: perez – I've lived in the U.S. and Canada, and the government doesn't try to solve any of my problems. It's.the.same., right down to the news stations plus a few. I simply have universal health care.
    I still have to work my butt off if I want something.

  55. Micha says – reply to this


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    I am so happy for Cuba :D Congrats

  56. Nancy says – reply to this


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    Re: Canuc – But In America we are fed right wing corporate proganda to believe Canada's health care system does not work. As if ours is so much better. We are fed to hate our fellow america if he/she has more than we do. We seem to praise and glorify the wealthy and rich, yet kick the poor in the face as if they are the blame. So sad

  57. x says – reply to this


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    see that's one of the problems with communism! anyone who thinks communism is good is retarded

  58. Nancy says – reply to this


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    Re: Lulu – "Leave the news to real news networks" HAHAHAHAH You mean the corporate media where you get the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I come from a time when the media was the friend of the people and stood up for the country. Now they bow down in fear!

  59. Pffft says – reply to this


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    Re: lenin – #46, quit drinking the Koolaid. AS IF Obama isn't a believer of free enterprise, pffft. The only difference is that he appears to also have a conscience. The two can co-exist, and do, in most other English speaking countries with tax funded social safety nets.

  60. Marx says – reply to this


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    Re: nagna – capitalism : An economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods. Also promotes a free market regulated by supply and demand.
    *
    What would you have our economic system run by? The USA no longer reflects true capitalism, but some bastardized version, why else would you see the Gov bailing out companies left and right (auto/airlines etc), as well as private citizens (like idiots who didn't know what an ARM was and how it would effect their monthly mortgage). Where are your facts supporting that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? The US has actually seen an increase in middle class to upper middle class. There are, unfortunately about 17% of US children living in poverty…why? Maybe because of too many single parent head of households and unplanned pregnancies.
    *
    Again, what economic philosophy are YOU proposing, Mr. Lenin?

  61. Stace says – reply to this


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    xtina says – isn't that great at all, it just means pretty soon there will be MORE poverty in cuba and a very small percentage of people with all the wealth

    ABSOLUTELY!!

  62. Canuc says – reply to this


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    Re: Nancy – I hope you get coverage soon. France, England, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Norway, oh forget it, I can't list them all. Just google 'countries with universal health care' and look at the map to see who it IS working for. Then look and see who the countries are that DON'T have it that the U.S. is lumped in with. Fear of something new can be a terrible thing, and having it perpetrated compounds it. Good luck on whatever you guys decide.

  63. *** says – reply to this


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    Why are Americans so scared of Cuba? You probably could live off of $20 a month in a country with a very low cost of living, and free healthcare & education systems - all things are relative.



  64. 64

    Who cares about cuba? Is it full of pot bellied pedophiles like yourself perez???

  65. Pulit says – reply to this


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    Is Fidel still dead, douchebag?

  66. BTW says – reply to this


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    Actually, google 'What countries have universal health care?' for map.



  67. 67

    Re: AT – ANd have you noticed how immature and petty he is with certain stars, like sam ronson and lindsay totally pissed him off and its so obvious, I love it. LOL

  68. Pulit says – reply to this


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    PEREZ! Answer me, you savvy news reporter, you!

    Is Fidel still dead? You know, like you "reported" from "reliable sources"?

  69. Pulit says – reply to this


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    Why won't you answer me? Where's Fidel's body? Show it to us!

  70. GoAwa says – reply to this


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    So why dont you move back to your homeland then, you've wore out your welcome here wetback

  71. Neil says – reply to this


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    who cares, they are still a backward, uneducated country filled with CUBES!!!

  72. Alexi says – reply to this


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    Capitalism sucks! Why does Cuba want to do that? Gosh. The world is coming to an end!

  73. Marta says – reply to this


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    Perez don't fall for the propaganda my fellow cubans in exile. The Castros have a doctorate in manipulation of people's opinions.

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  75. I kno says – reply to this


    75

    Putting a picture that was CLEARLY of Miami and making everyone think it was Cuba is just WRONG! If Cuba is becoming a wonderland as you say then why cant you post a few pictures from there??? hmmmmmmm Maybe its because Cuba is still a shitty place to live, and the people are still being treated like SHIT!! If not how come they STILL wont allow cuban disedants and anyone else that wants to leave a VISA FOR THE USA….SCREW CASTROS BROTHER…..HES JUST A SHORTER PENDEJO IN DICTATORS CLOTHES!!!

  76. WGAF says – reply to this


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    This is the United States. Who gives a shit???? If you want to talk about your heritage go to fucking Cuba. I don't sit around yacking about the country of my heritage all day. This is supposed to be a celebrity gossip column. But, it sucks more and more every day.

  77. Cass says – reply to this


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    Goods and services are more expensive here than there, so, no–we could not live on twenty dollars a month– :(

  78. Bette says – reply to this


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    You're such a poseur, Pigman. Stick to gossip. No one cares what you think about politics. Hell, no one with a brain cell cares what you have to say.

  79. N.S says – reply to this


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    Re: Kate

    I never said that I hate corporations, but not having any kind of check upon them is wrong! Look at the PRICES of the things you listed. Medicine, food and gas are ridiculous, and the main theory that you're trying to defend (capitalism), says that this shouldn't be happening because a "free market" would drive prices down , not up. The capitalist theory did not take into account that people are GREEDY BASTARDS. You're the stupid one! Do some research before you try to step to me!

  80. moron says – reply to this


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    Re: Neil
    jajaja you make me laugh Cubans uneducated jajaja that is the funniest thing I have heard in a while. For yourinformation the education in cuba is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy better that in the US and free

  81. Puma says – reply to this


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    Re: cathe[/re]

    I truly hope you don't think Laisse-Faire capitalism is the best way to go about developing a third world country. It's usually not a good idea.

  82. Toe says – reply to this


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    Best damn place to vacation,beaches and the booze are awesome the people are nice and the guys are super hot looking,Love from Canada

  83. Skeez says – reply to this


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    So Perez. Are yew still claiming Fidel is 86'd? Cuz yew need to prove dat. But knowing yew, he could croak 10 years from now and there yew'd be, claiming yew had it first!

  84. CHRIS says – reply to this


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    STFU YOU OVER CONSUMING CAPITALIST PIG!!! GO HAVE ANOTHER WHOPPER WHILE SHOPPING FOR YOUR OVER PRICED PINK SPARKLY HATS AND TSHIRTS.

  85. Yup. says – reply to this


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    Re: moron – Neil - He's right. Cuba has an excellent, free educational system. Re: Marta – Cuba will change, bit by bit. You can't fight progress. Look at China. Cuba may have been fighting a U.S. embargo, but other countries trade and come and go there freely. It's inevitable, if slow.

  86. websn says – reply to this


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    $20 a month is a lie.

    FLAT.

    OUT.

    LIE.

    If cubans made $20 a month why was the an insane line up for when cell phones became available for $40 dollars a month? Was having a phone more important than food? As a person who's actually BEEN to cuba I can say that it may not be the most democratic country, but saying the people aren't taken care of is just a lie.

  87. Fidel says – reply to this


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    Perez, remember when you said I was dead?

  88. Skeez says – reply to this


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    Fidel? Is dat really yew? HOLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO!



  89. 89

    MUERA CASTRO..MUERA CHAVEZ…FUERA COMUNISTAS..FUERA..

  90. Perez says – reply to this


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    I'm getting a bit stinky. Do you think that I might be dead, or do I just need a shower?

  91. diane says – reply to this


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    Please, PEREZ, just stay out of politics. I don't come here to read about politics. I thought this was a celebrity site. Also, I don't come here to be solicited to donate to something. It's turning me away from this site.

    POLITICS IS BORING and easily read about on thousands of other websites and on tv.

  92. Fidel says – reply to this


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    Re: Perez – No, that would be me!

  93. moron says – reply to this


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    Re: websn
    I agree with you, my High School Chemistry teacher came from Cuba an he told us his salary ther was around $275 a month. So if you take to cosideration the fact that you dont have to pay for anithing, even food, and that everything there is cheaper and that it is a Comunist cpuntry its not that bad

  94. Sue says – reply to this


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    Re: nagna

    So if someone has earned money, they should immediately give it to someone who sits on their ass all day collecting welfare? NOT! I've worked hard for every single penny I've earned. I don't mind giving when it's warranted. But don't force me to give what I don't want to give! Get a friggin' job and quit bitching about not having shit.

  95. Skeez says – reply to this


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    Re: Perez

    OMFG! STOP! LOLOLOLOLOL!

    Yew got mold on yew!

  96. Raoul says – reply to this


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    Fidel, would you shut the hell up and let me run the country for a change?

  97. lily says – reply to this


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    Perez — Have you not the intelligence to see that the U.S. is leaning the way of the old Communist Cuba through the income redistribution that has been going on in this country for more than 40 years? The government takes from the hard working and gives it to the lazy, good for nothings IT IS COMMUNISM!!! IT IS NOT LIBERALISM!!! I work in the health care field. Most people receiving welfare or charity benefits are not needy. They are working the system. WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. " - Thomas Jefferson

  98. jenn says – reply to this


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    All this positive news is just thrilling to so many people around the world. My cousins are Christian Missionaries that have made trips in the past to Cuba to help set up churches and bring supplies to the pastors there. The pictures and stories (and a very moving Documentary that my cousin made of the trip) about the conditions that people live under were all but unbelievable, and I can not believe that they put up with it the way they did. Fear does that to a country. Let's just hope that all the changes for the better continue!!!

  99. Messy says – reply to this


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    WTF! $20 a MONTH!!!! I can't even live on $20 an HOUR that's F*cking sad and insane! well good for them that change is coming! I'm glad this website touches on REAL issues as well as celeb gossip, I wouldn't know half this shit if Perez didn't post it, GOOD FOR YOU PEREZ!!! :)

  100. Jake says – reply to this


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    America is the country that needs to have its socio-economic values criticised! Where else could a fat man make money by typing puerile comments about people in the entertainment industry? This guy is a total parasite. For the record I stumbled across this post whilst searching for articles about Cuba. I won't be visiting here again, and I suggest that any of you who feel equally annoyed by this blog's politics might want to look elsewhere for celebrity gossip. There are plenty of alternative sources that don't ram all this nonsense down your throat.

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