Zombie Makes Appearance

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Well, Fidel Castro surfaced in video and in still photos. This is supposed to prove he is still alive. Now, put aside the fact that there are a number of ways that this could have been set up in advance. Let's not play the conspiracy theory game. Instead, take a look at the photo published in Cuban media. If he is actually still alive, he is a very, very sick man. He looks awful.

The Communist Youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde dedicated its front page to the Cuban president, printing a blown-up picture of a pensive Castro with the title "Always fighting for something, and fighting with optimism!"

The 80-year-old Cuban leader, who temporarily ceded power to his brother Raul in July following intestinal surgery, had not been seen since mid-September when photographs of him receiving world leaders at a summit in Havana were released.

The latest photos apparently were taken during the filming of a video broadcast Saturday, in which Castro, looking thin and tired, was shown walking slowly but steadily in an unidentified room and reading in a loud voice from Saturday's edition of Granma, the Communist Party daily newspaper.

"They've declared me moribund prematurely," he said. "But it pleases me to send my compatriots and friends this small video."

He said his recovery would be prolonged and not without risk but added he was making good progress.

"I am coming along just as planned … I feel whole," he said. "I'm not the least bit afraid of what will occur."

He called rumors of his death ridiculous and insulting, claiming they were the work of his enemies.

"Let's see what they say now," he said.

I'd say Fidel has a voodoo priest handy with direct access to Baron Samedi.

When necromancy is performed, the Baron Samedi is invoked in a cemetery. Three people must be present. They dress the cross on the grave with Baron Samedi's traditional clothes, and burn incense and herbs. Then they request his help. They know the Baron has arrived when the clothes on the cross flap as if disturbed by wind. Some actually claim to see him – a tall black man with white beard and eyeless sockets in his head, though he can see very well.

The participants ask the corpse various questions. If it answers them, the corpse is rewarded by a limited time as a zombie. The zombie acts as the servant of the people who raised him, and performs tasks for them.

That would explain (T)Hugo Chavez's report that Fidel wanders about at night all over Cuba. Zombies own the night, after all. So Fidel "surfaced" in a quite literal sense.

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