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Posted August 01, 2006 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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I’m sure I will take some heat for being so cruel and tasteless but I think many Havana Journal readers would like to weigh in on the prediction for Castro’s last day on this earth so I figured I would put this post out there as a contest instead of a boring request for predictions.

DEATH: The Havana Journal will award $100 to the person that most closely predicts the official DATE AND TIME OF DEATH of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, under or over.

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT: The Havana Journal will award $100 to the person that most closely predicts the DATE of the death announcement of Fidel Castro. I am assuming that there will be a delay of many hours and most likely days, before the Cuban government actually releases the news of Castro’s death.

FUNERAL: The Havana Journal will also award $100 to the person that first predicts the day of the Fidel Castro funeral.

RULES: Only one entry of each of above per person. If tie, first post wins. All predictions must be for 2006. Contest ends December 31, 2006.

In order to make the contest entries easier to understand, please preface your predictions with DEATH: DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT: and FUNERAL:

(No purchase necessary. Not valid where prohibited grin

Good luck.

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on August 01, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Okay, I’ll go first. I have been informed that stomach surgery can be very serious and usually does not have a good prognosis for full recovery especially for an 80 year old person.

    So, I say Fidel will make it through surgery fine because he will have very good medical care but will have to have one or two more surgeries and that he won’t make it through after the second or third.

    Of course he could just settle in to a less active lifestyle and be an armchair quarterback too.

    DEATH: Anyway, I say August 14, one day after his birtday.

    DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT: August 20.

    FUNERAL: Funeral will be an international event that will bring world leaders to Cuba under HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY security on August 26.

    Note: Even though I picked these days, anyone is eligible to pick these dates and be eligible to win the $100 prizes.



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on August 01, 2006 by Ari

    This is macabre, but I’d love to participate :o)

    Death: August 26 (my birthday)
    Death Announcement: September 2 (my brother’s birthday)
    Funeral: September 9 (my dad’s birthday)

    Creepy as it sounds, we’d celebrate our birthdays with extra zeal if we know Castro’s kicked the bucket.

    Thanks!


  3. Follow up post #3 added on August 01, 2006 by a.saarony

    So sick.

    Death: Jan 11, 2007
    Announcement: Jan. 19, 2007
    Funeral: Jan. 23, 2007


  4. Follow up post #4 added on August 01, 2006 by Lars

    Is Havana Journal to follow this path? Yes, this is truly tasteless!


  5. Follow up post #5 added on August 02, 2006 by Ralph

    Lars you yourself just hit the nails on the head,this blog is sullying its reputation with this unethical contest. Publisher that is a PUKE.


  6. Follow up post #6 added on August 02, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Appreciate the comments but I wanted to try and lighten things up and not be so serious all the time.

    I am also using this contest as sort of a poll of Havana Journal readers to find out the mix of pro-Castro vs. anti-Castro people.



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  7. Follow up post #7 added on August 02, 2006 by Spanish Eyes

    Publisher,

    Good attempt on trying to “lighten up” an issue that strikes at the heart of many people’s lives and ideologies.  I think it was pretty creative.

    But why not just come out with a poll as to who is pro and anti Castro?  Or does that guarantee the press police showing up on your door and we’ll never hear from you again?

    Having lived under a dictator myself, I laugh at the “anti-Bushies” and “pro-commies” who spout platitudes about living in Castro’s world.  There is a clear difference between living to a standard by one’s will, ingenuity and hard work versus living to a standard by the state’s will and “rewards” system.

    Whether Castro is dead or alive makes no difference to me, for I don’t live and delude myself in that type of existence anymore.  But I never found anything tasteful about Castro’s governance, methods, “American victimization,” and paranoia.

    Best wishes for finding a form of government that works for the Cuban people, in or out of Cuba.  I genuinely feel terrible for those trapped by the system and those who had to give up everything to escape it.  I suspect things will not get better under Raul, but he’s only 4 years younger than Fidel.  If ideologues and academic non-practitioners don’t maintain a strangelhold and continue to bad-mouth or blame other governments to prop up their idea of a good one, then Cubans worldwide have a chance of coming home to a safe, and free Cuba.


  8. Follow up post #8 added on August 02, 2006 by Cathy Carlson

    Death Date:  August 30th 2006 - 1:00 p.m. eastern time
    Death Announcement:  September 5th 2006
    Funeral Date:  September 11th 2006


  9. Follow up post #9 added on August 02, 2006 by Rick Thomas

    Death sept 15 2006
    announcement Sept 16
    funeral Sept 22


  10. Follow up post #10 added on August 03, 2006 by Mako

    I love “Ghoul Pools” We used to do it all the time:
    Death -  October 15,
    Announcement- October 20
    Funeral- October 25
    Parties in Miami…The rest of the year


  11. Follow up post #11 added on August 03, 2006 by Bruce Douglas

    I’ll go for Death 11.30am Havana time - August 9th 2006.
    Death announcement 9pm Havan time - August 10th 2006
    Funeral - August 13th
    Cheque or bank transfer now will do.


  12. Follow up post #12 added on October 04, 2006 by CECILIO

    HE WILL DIE ON OCTOBER 26 2006, THE WORLD WILL KNOW THREE DAYS LATER


  13. Follow up post #13 added on December 11, 2006 by bronxboy422

    he will die a long lingering death, about april 22, 2007
    us will again deal w/ cuba after the 2008 elections


  14. Follow up post #14 added on December 13, 2006 by estelita

    Wednesday December 13, 2006
    Fidel Castro is death
    Fidel is already in his tumb
    Raul is now in charge continuing with the tradition


  15. Follow up post #15 added on December 14, 2006 by halplus

    Death: Dic 8, 2006
    Announcement: Dic 23, 2006
    Funeral: Dic 24, 2006


  16. Follow up post #16 added on December 28, 2006 by ALIANA

    Fidel Castro died november 29, 2006. They kept the silence due to caos


  17. Follow up post #17 added on December 28, 2006 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Aliana,

    Thanks for your post but unless you have some international news that no one else has access to, let’s say you mean to pick that date as his death but please don’t post it to be a fact.



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  18. Follow up post #18 added on January 19, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Well, since 2006 has ended and it appears that Fidel is still alive, I guess we have to close this thread.

    However, if I get five people to post a request for a 2007 death pool, I will open another thread and make a new prize.

    If I start a new thread, I will award $100 to the closest DEATH, DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT AND FUNERAL START DATE. That would be three $100 prizes.

    So, what do you think? Do I have five people who want to see a 2007 Fidel Castro death pool?



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  19. Follow up post #19 added on April 14, 2007 by Pedro

    Let’s do it…


  20. Follow up post #20 added on April 16, 2007 by Yunior

    This may be the year…lets start our predictions!


  21. Follow up post #21 added on April 16, 2007 by Pedro

    I predict he’ll die on August 5th of this year.
    It will be announced on August 7th, and he’ll be buried on August 17th.


  22. Follow up post #22 added on August 08, 2007 by peterror

    He died today at 4:00 p.m,when will they announce it i dont know or the burial either


  23. Follow up post #23 added on August 08, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    The source please?



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  24. Follow up post #24 added on August 17, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Pedro, today is August 17th and the chatter has reached a fever pitch. We have quoted other sources with other stories in this post

    Hate to do this but… Perez Hilton is reporting that Castro is dead.



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  25. Follow up post #25 added on August 23, 2007 by kjg034

    I say he passes away august 23, 2007


  26. Follow up post #26 added on August 24, 2007 by gerard

    He will die on 8/24/07 around 1 pm to 3 pm


  27. Follow up post #27 added on August 24, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    More rumors right now at 4:47pm on Friday August 24, 2007.

    Please visit this post where I am posting all sources I can find:

    http://havanajournal.com/politics/entry/is-fidel-castro-dead-more-rumors/



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  28. Follow up post #28 added on August 26, 2007 by the death of a tirant 5767

    i truly hope this evil man is very dead.
    i am a cuban born who hates his soul.


  29. Follow up post #29 added on September 04, 2007 by rodge3713

    february 10th, 2008   thn takn communism down


  30. Follow up post #30 added on September 25, 2007 by Jeff Powell

    On Nov. 23 2007 Happy Thankgiving Cuba.


  31. Follow up post #31 added on September 25, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Lots of good guesses but no winners yet.

    Keep the guesses coming. I will give $100 to the winner.



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  32. Follow up post #32 added on December 27, 2007 by MrFortuneTeller

    im just curious. . no updates here . .is he still alive?


  33. Follow up post #33 added on January 14, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Here is the latest as of 4:40pm Eastern time Wednesday January 14, 2009:

    More chatter that Fidel Castro is dead - UPDATED Fidel Castro reported to be in a coma



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  34. Follow up post #34 added on July 13, 2009 by Dave Sinkiewicz

    Fidel Castro will die 30 days after Michael Jackson, on July 25th. Any other Questions?


  35. Follow up post #35 added on July 13, 2009 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    how long las this speculation that fidel is dead/dying going on???  just look at first post…..
    But gotta be right one of these days ..... remember tho, it aint over til its over ....


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