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Hell freezes over….(sort of)….

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USA Today actually reports on something well known by all Cubans but constantly ignored by the news media 

Maybe it's because there is snow on the ground in 49 states right now.

Maybe it's because Lake Superior is almost completely frozen over, and the ice is over ten feet thick.

Maybe it's because someone put LSD in the water coolers at USA Today.

Whatever the reason, something very unusual happened today, much like one of those harmonious convergences that align planets and stars in certain configurations every few millennia.

USA Today has actually revealed to the nation --perhaps other nations as well -- that THE 'EMBARGO' IS TOO FULL OF HOLES TO BE A REAL EMBARGO.

They could have revealed many more facts about the phony so-called embargo.  True.  They only scratched the surface.  But this is USA Today, where brevity is the ultimate virtue.

It's a start.  Let's see if anyone else follows up on this most unusual turn of events.

HOMESFOLAXHAV

Voices: Cuba embargo? What Cuba embargo?

Despite the trade ban, there's plenty of commerce between the U.S. and the island.

Danilo Gomez chuckles when asked whether the U.S. embargo on Cuba should end.

"What embargo?" he says, sitting on top of his scooter after picking up some groceries near downtown Miami.

Gomez's observation underscores a fact little known outside Cuban-American communities in the United States. While the U.S. touts the embargo as a way to starve the Castro government of funding it needs to survive, and the international community routinely criticizes America for it, U.S. companies exported more than $350 million in goods to the island last year. Four years ago, it was more than $700 million.

In past years, the U.S. has been the main food supplier to Cuba. U.S. companies send medicine, medical devices and agricultural products. Cuban Americans send untold amounts of consumer goods to relatives back home, from TVs and computers to toilet paper and T-shirts. Nearly 100,000 American citizens visited the island in 2012 through a variety of specialized visa programs, according to Cuban government figures.

The biggest contribution comes through cash remittances that Cuban Americans send to relatives — more than $2.6 billion worth in 2012, according to a study by the Miami-based Havana Consulting Group.

"That's not an embargo," says Gomez, 71, who left Cuba in 1975. "Money, clothes, food, medicine — we send all that."

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