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The average desktop computer costs the equivelent of three years worth of wages in Cuba

After the resignation of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and the transfer of power to younger brother Raul Castro, life in Cuba is getting better for some citizens. For many years, Cuban’s were denied the things we take for granted here in the U.S. because of presidential decree.

A few weeks ago, Raul Castro lifted a ban that forbade Cubans from legally owning cellular phones and DVD players. This week, BBC News reports that Raul Castro lifted a ban that prevented Cubans from legally owning personal computers.

Desktop computers are now available in Cuba and BBC News reports that a crowd formed at the Carlos III shopping center in Havana when the first PC shipments arrived. Despite the large crowds most were there only to look on as others bought.

The average price for a new desktop PC in Cuba is reported to be around $800 and the average monthly wage in Cuba is a mere $20. That would mean an average computer in Cuba would cost most citizens over three years of pay.

Most Cubans have access to supplementary income according to BBC News, typically from family who live abroad. Despite the availability of computers on the island nation, internet access is still limited to a few locations like workplaces, schools and universities.

The Cuban government is unable to connect to undersea fiber optic cables due to trade sanctions imposed by the U.S. The internet access available in the country is via limited bandwidth satellite connections.



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RE: A nice transition, but...
By FITCamaro on 5/6/2008 2:40:21 PM , Rating: 1
You're correct. Pure democracies don't work in practice. Thats why the electoral college exists. Our countries founders wanted a protection mechanism in place in case the people ever tried to vote in someone who clearly wouldn't be good for the country.

Of course these days, it seems the minorities opinion matters more than the majority. The majority of this country speaks english and feels it should be the official language. The minority so far have kept that from happening. The majority of this country is Christian and doesn't care that "In God We Trust" is on the currency, the minority are trying to stamp it out and could some day succeed. Hell do public schools even say the pledge at the beginning of the day anymore? God forbid we offend the minority who don't want to say it and make them feel excluded.

In a Republic its supposed to be that the majority opinion wins but we just be mindful of the minorities rights. Today it seems we just say screw the majority, give the minority what they want to shut them up.


RE: A nice transition, but...
By BMFPitt on 5/6/2008 3:01:32 PM , Rating: 2
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Of course these days, it seems the minorities opinion matters more than the majority.
A democracy/republic assures that people get the government they deserve.
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The majority of this country is Christian and doesn't care that "In God We Trust" is on the currency, the minority are trying to stamp it out and could some day succeed.
I don't get the meaning of this statement. Are you saying that a majority of Christians do or do not feel so insecure and/or power hungry that they need to have their faith recognized on currency?

And by the way, what's with the atheist tattoo on your forehead? (I'm assuming you don't have "In God We Trust" tattooed on your forehead. If you do, then my bad.)
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Hell do public schools even say the pledge at the beginning of the day anymore? God forbid we offend the minority who don't want to say it and make them feel excluded.
It hasn't been officially required since sometime in the 70s or 80s I believe, when some Jehova's Witnesses got beaten and tied to a flagpole for not reciting it.
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In a Republic its supposed to be that the majority opinion wins but we just be mindful of the minorities rights. Today it seems we just say screw the majority, give the minority what they want to shut them up.
So what you're saying is that a republic should really just be a democracy that pretends the tyranny of the majority doesn't exist? I, for one, am glad you were not one of the founding fathers.

If I didn't think McCain had already won the election, I'd ask how you would feel about minority rights if Obama/Clinton had 55% in both houses next year.


RE: A nice transition, but...
By MamiyaOtaru on 5/6/2008 4:36:11 PM , Rating: 2
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I don't get the meaning of this statement

Obviously. I'm pretty sure you took the meaning of his post to be the opposite of what he intended.


RE: A nice transition, but...
By FITCamaro on 5/6/2008 7:40:43 PM , Rating: 2
Glad someone picked up on it. When the majority of the citizens of a nation do not see a problem with something that doesn't even affect their daily lives.


RE: A nice transition, but...
By JonnyDough on 5/7/2008 3:04:15 PM , Rating: 1
That isn't why the electoral college exists.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_%28...

The electoral college exists to simplify voting. However, with modern technology we might consider doing away with it, and let every citizen actually (online from home). The problems lie within accuracy and security, which we have now anyway. Therefore, wouldn't it be better and cheaper just to vote for issues online? Why should a select few represent us all? Should we not have the right to represent ourselves? It's like talking to a priest who talks to God, because we're incapable. It's the priest who tells us we can't talk to God in the first place though...


RE: A nice transition, but...
By JonnyDough on 5/7/2008 3:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
This nation is not majority Christian. That's a misconception that Christians would have you believe, because it's proclaimed Christians that go around holding political power and making the most noise. Most atheists don't go around "speaking blasphemy". I mean, how can you? The church will either shut you up, kick you out, or ban you with politics (RIAA, ESRB, FCC, etc). Atheists don't really assemble much, it's not like we go around singing anti-religious carols together at Christmas, or wearing black on St. Patty's day in protest. We usually partake in all of the religious holidays, because someone in our family invites us to. See how nice all us Atheists are?


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