Sep 17

Venezuelan military personnel named to oversee food distribution:

Not a sign of progress.

(From Yahoo News)

Caracas (AFP) – Venezuela named publicly 18 military commanders to oversee the production and distribution of food and basic goods in an effort to alleviate severe shortages affecting the country.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez selected the military personnel for the “Great Mission of Sovereign Supply and Security,” appointments formalized in the state newspaper.

“We will have thorough, precise control of the strategic areas,” Padrino Lopez told journalists Saturday.

“This semester we will record supply levels greater than what we presented in the first semester, and next year, we will already have a structure to increase projection and improve distribution.”

Click here for the article.


Source

“Venezuelan military personnel named to oversee food distribution.” AFP, Yahoo.com, 2016-09-04.

H/t reader kevin a.

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Sep 14

Venezuela’s “Death Spiral” – A Dozen Eggs Cost $150 As Hyperinflation Horrors Hit Socialist Utopia:

Submitted by Susan Warner via The Gatestone Institute,

  • The question of whether Socialism can be an effective economic system was famously raised when Margaret Thatcher said of the British Labor Party, “I think they’ve made the biggest financial mess that any government’s ever made in this country for a very long time, and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything.”
  • There are dire reports of people waiting in supermarket lines all day, only to discover that expected food deliveries never arrived and the shelves are empty.
  • There are horrific tales of desperate people slaughtering zoo animals to provide their only meal of the day. Even household pets are targeted as a much-needed source for food.
  • President Maduro is doubling down on the proven failed policies and philosophies of “Bolivarian Socialism,” while diverting attention away from the crisis — pointing fingers at so-called “enemies” of Venezuela such as the United States, Saudi Arabia and others.
  • A dozen eggs was last reported to cost $150, and the International Monetary Fund “predicts that inflation in Venezuela will hit 720% this year.

For many Venezuelans, by every economic, social and political measure, their nation is unravelling at breakneck speed. Continue reading »

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Sep 02

H/t Reader squodgy:

“Hmmm!
Nothing in the Mainstream Media again!”


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Massive protests in Venezuela to recall Maduro govt:

More than one million people have poured into the streets in Caracas demanding the vote recall for the Maduro government

At least 1 million Venezuelans marched Thursday in the capital, Caracas, to demand a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro in what the opposition described as the “largest mobilization in decades”. Continue reading »

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Sep 02

H/t reader squodgy:

“I’ve always maintained that any country which chooses to share the spoils of its resources with its people is not acceptable to the bankster cartel.

If in doubt ask John Perkins, author of “The Confessions of an Economic Hitman.
A riveting true story about bribery for bankster control.

Venezuela is a classic case in point where America constantly interferes to get the oil.”


US-Led Economic War, Not Socialism, Is Tearing Venezuela Apart

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Sep 01

Ultra-Violent Venezuelan Gangs Ignore Maduro Crackdown: “Better To Fight Police, Than Each Other”:

Amid threats of violence, opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas today (2 million strong) in a major test of their strength and the government’s ability to tolerate growing dissent. However, for a nation that is forced to slaughter stallions for meat, line up for toilet paper, and dying from lack of simple medicines, Reuters reports that there is another destabilizing factor – ultra-violent street gangs are thriving“It’s better to work together than be enemies. It’s better to make war with the police than with each other.”

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Aug 24

Venezuela Will “Purge” All State Workers Who Sign Maduro Recall Petition:

Last week we reported that in addition to confiscating the guns of Venezuela’s famished population, president Maduro had a warning for would-be coup plotters (perhaps sensing that a coup is imminent): “Did you see what happened in Turkey?” said Maduro, in a televised public event on Thursday evening. “Erdogan will seem like a nursing baby compared to what the Bolivarian revolution will do if the right wing steps over the line with a coup.”

He didn’t stop here: as Bloomberg reported last week, in a replay of one of the ugliest chapters in the two-decade rule of the socialist party in Venezuela, a top government official said Thursday that a list of those who signed a petition seeking to recall President Nicolas Maduro will be handed over to government ministries and state-run companies. The tactic is clearly an attempt to intimidate government workers into staying away from the recall petition, and thus to keep Maduro in power. Continue reading »

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Aug 24

H/t reader squodgy:

“If we can’t all learn from the situation in Venezuels, which has been created by the banksters as a lesson to the people for wanting to share the spoils of their oil assets, then we have no hope.

It is coming to us all, we have had enough warnings and notice, we have no excuse.”


Total Societal Collapse: What the Media Isn’t Telling You About Venezuela:

Venezuela — Life in Venezuela now consists of empty grocery stores, record rates of violent crime, and widespread shortages of just about everything. The economic and political conditions have been deteriorating for years, but recent stories coming from this once-rich nation are astonishing. Bars have run out of beer, McDonald’s can’t get buns for their Big Macs, and rolling blackouts are a regular occurrence. The average person spends over 35 hours a month waiting in line to buy their rationed goods, and even basics like toilet paper and toothpaste are strictly regulated.

The fiasco began when the price of oil collapsed and sent Venezuelan finances into chaos. The oil-dependent nation, despite its imposing government policies, couldn’t prevent the fallout. The current problems are further compounded by rampant corruption throughout the Venezuelan government. The likelihood of a peaceful resolution is decreasing by the day, and political dissents are likely to be met with brutal crackdowns. The desperation of the masses could explode violently under the right circumstances, and there are few things more dangerous to a nation than a hungry population. Continue reading »

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Aug 23

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Venezuela’s Latest Response To Food Shortages: Ban Lines Outside Bakeries:

Submitted by Anthony Fisher via Reason.com’s Hit & Run blog,

The tragedy of Venezuela continues unabated, but that doesn’t mean the government of President Nicolás Maduro has stopped trying to fix problems like the devastating scarcity of food which has led to malnutrition, riots, food truck hijackings, vigilante lynchings of petty thieves, and the starvation of zoo animals.

No, Maduro hasn’t admitted the failure of Chavismo — the brand of Bolivarian socialism imposed on the oil-rich country by his late predecessor Hugo Chavez — instead, Venezuela’s embattled leader has launched a war on “anxiety.”

The National Superintendency of Fair Prices has reportedly instituted a policy of fining bakeries that allow lines to stretch out their front doors, according to PanAmPost. The head of this particular bureaucracy, William Contreras, claims the lines aren’t a true indicator of a severe shortage of bread, but rather, a political “strategy of generating anxiety.”

Contreras claims there is no shortage of raw materials to make bread, but seems to not understand that bakeries just bake bread, they don’t process the different kinds of wheat used to make the flour that’s then used to make bread. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

From the article:

“Did you see what happened in Turkey?” said Maduro, in a televised public event on Thursday evening. “Erdogan will seem like a nursing baby compared to what the Bolivarian revolution will do if the right wing steps over the line with a coup.


After Confiscating Their Guns, Venezuela’s Maduro Has Another Warning For Coup Plotters:

Yesterday we reported that Venezuela’s Interior Minister, Nestor Reverol, launched a campaign in Caracas to “disarm” citizens in an effort to curb rampant violence.  Venezuela has the world’s second highest murder rate which Reverol attributes, at least in part, to heavily armed gangs roaming the streets with guns which are acquired from “corrupt” police officers.  To address the violent crime issue, Venezueala has decided to chop up over 2,000 shotguns and pistols and laser tag ammunition as apparently the majority of ammunition used for violent crime in the country is manufactured by the state and “sold by corrupt police” as well.

To be sure, Venezuela does indeed have a high murder rate:

Venezuela Murder Rate

However, the real reason for the crackdown on guns was different: after last month’s failed Turkish coup, the socialist ruler is worried – with good reason – that he may be next. Continue reading »

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Aug 18

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Venezuela Confiscates Guns As Murder Rates Soar:

Just to prove the US isn’t the only place where governments seek to cure symptoms rather than diseases for political benefit, Venezuela’s Interior Minister, Nestor Reverol, launched a campaign in Caracas to “disarm” citizens in an effort to curb rampant violence.  Venezuela has the world’s second highest murder rate which Reverol attributes, at least in part, to heavily armed gangs roaming the streets with guns that they apparently acquire from “corrupt” police officers.  To address the violent crime issue, Venezueala has decided to chop up over 2,000 shotguns and pistols and laser tag ammunition as apparently the majority of ammunition used for violent crime in the country is manufactured by the state and “sold by corrupt police” as well.  We’re noticing a trend here.  Per Reuters:

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Aug 18

Coming to a country near you soon.

And the migrant crisis, hyperinflation, hunger and civil war coming to Europe has been foreseen by Alois Irlmaier in around 1950.


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Aug 18

Coming to a country near you soon.

And the migrant crisis, hyperinflation, hunger and civil war coming to Europe has been foreseen by Alois Irlmaier in around 1950.


Jul 30, 2016

Oil-rich Venezuela is struggling to feed its people. With a spiralling economic and political crisis, the country is threatening to slide into anarchy. Vladimir Hernandez returns home to meet those struggling to survive and finds thousands queueing for hours in the hope of buying basic food items.

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Aug 09

And you better hope that he can manifest out of thin air!!!


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In Last-Ditch Effort To Save The Economy, Venezuela’s Maduro Hires Marxist “Jesus Christ Of Economics”:

When socialism fails, your citizens are starving and all hope is lost, you look for… Marxist Jesus? Nicolas Maduro has hired what he calls the “Jesus Christ of Economics” Alfredo Serrano, a 40-year old Marxist economist from Spain as his new main economic advisor.

The previous economic advisor, Miguel Pérez Abad, was fired last week after he endorsed the plan, which called for direct subsidies to the poorest families, the elimination of foreign-exchange controls and a reduction of price controls according to the WSJ. Continue reading »

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Aug 04

Big Events Coming & 1 Oz Silver Buys 6 Months Of Food In Venezuela

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Jul 31

Related info:

Let Them Eat Cake: Venezuela Celebrates Chavez’ Birthday With $100,000 Cake, While Citizens Starve


Starving Venezuelans Break Into Zoo And Eat Equally Starving Animals:

We can’t decide what’s sadder, the fact that the people and zoo animals are starving, or that the people are now eating the animals.

 A food shortage plaguing Venezuela right now has thrown citizens into a frenzy in search for sustenance and they have resorted to breaking into zoos to butcher and eat the animals.

Last week, groups of intruders broke into Caricuao Zoo in Caracas, Venezuela, pulled a rare black stallion from its cage, and slaughtered him there on the spot. They left behind only his head and ribs, which zookeepers found in the morning when they entered to care for the lone horse. Continue reading »

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Jul 30

From Socialist Utopia To Slave-Nation – Venezuela Unveils Shocking “Forced Labor” Law:

While we here in the United States debate pressing issues in the wake of the upcoming Presidential election, like the urgent need for gender-neutral bathrooms, the people of Venezuela remain entrenched in a food crisis that continues to sow widespread unrest which has become increasingly violent in recent months (see our post here).  So what do you do if you’re the President of a Socialist government with mounting civil unrest and growing political opposition seeking your ouster via a recall referendum?  Well you enslave your entire nation, of course.  

As Vice News reports, President Nicolás Maduro signed a new law last week that requires “all workers from the public and private sector with enough physical capabilities and technical know-how” to work in agricultural fields on demand.  The new law mandates that citizens can be required to work in the agricultural sector for a period of 60 days which can be extended “if the circumstances require it.” Continue reading »

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Jul 30

Let Them Eat Cake: Venezuela Celebrates Chavez’ Birthday With $100,000 Cake, While Citizens Starve:

Nothing describes socialism more aptly than baking a 4 feet tall cake weighing 90 kilos for Hugo Chavez’s birthday (a dead man) while the rest of the country starves, cannot find basic necessities

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The cake is a recreation of the “Cuartel de la Montana”, the palace that Chavez famously stormed in 1992 as an army commander to protest Carlos Andres Perez’s government.

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Jul 19

Coming to a country near you … soon … very soon.


This Is What Hyperinflationary Collapse Looks Like:

There was some good news for citizens of Venezuela yesterday, when the government – having mostly given up on trying to provide its citizens’ with even the most basic food needs – announced it has opened its border with Colombia for the second time this month to allow people to buy food and medicine unavailable at home in their country’s collapsing economy. Colombia’s government said 44,000 people crossed on Saturday to buy food, medicine and cleaning products and said it expected that number to almost double on Sunday.

Bus terminals were packed and hotels filled to capacity in the border town of San Antonio, with many traveling hundreds of miles to shop.

The result of the scramble to obtain much needed staples is shown in the photos below.

This Is What Hyperinflationary Collapse Looks Like
Venezuelan citizens waiting to cross into Colombia to buy supplies

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More than 100,000 Venezuelans crossed into Colombia over the weekend in
search for food and medicine.

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Jul 18

123,000 Venezuelans cross border shopping for scarce food:

SAN ANTONIO DEL TACHIRA, Venezuela — More than 100,000 Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home.It was the second weekend in a row that Venezuela’s socialist government opened the long-closed border with Colombia, and by 6 a.m. Sunday, a line of would-be shoppers snaked through the entire town of San Antonio del Tachira. Some had traveled in chartered buses from cities 10 hours away.

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Jul 13

Did Citi Just Confiscate $1 Billion In Venezuela Gold:

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday that Citibank planned to shut his government’s foreign currency accounts within a month, denouncing the move by one of its main foreign financial intermediaries as part of a “blockade.” What Maduro did not mention is that among the central bank accounts closed by Citi will be at least one, rather prominent, gold swap launched just over a year earlier, which saw some 1.4 million ounces in gold swapped over to Citi in exchange for cash… gold which now appears to be confiscated.

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Jul 08

Venezuela – Most snow ever seen in national park

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Jun 30

This Is How Venezuelan Truckers Avoid Looters:

You know it’s bad in the socialist utopia when…

Venezuelan trucks – afraid of looting – now carry “Not Transporting Food” signs…

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h/t @AKurmanaev

Who can blame them – no one wants the money anymore, it’s worthless – as many food trucks now require armed guards to keep them safe

With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as street gangs fought over food.

Venezuela is convulsing from hunger.

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Jun 20

Armed Man Breaks Into Venezuela’s Central Bank – Crime In Progress:

In addition to violent, and often deadly, looting taking place at virtually every Venezuela venue that still has food, moments ago Reuters reported that – in what appears to be a crime in progress – an armed man has broken into Venezuela’s central bank, and employees were hunkered down in their offices. “An armed person got in,” one of the sources said by text message from the office in downtown Caracas. “We’re shut in our office. We don’t know what’s happening.”

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Jun 15

How Would You Survive Hyperinflation in Venezuela?:

Venezuela is currently in the throes of a devastating economic collapse that was spawned by the ignorant socialist policies of the Chavez/Maduro government. Everything is falling apart there. The water system, the roads, the electrical grid, the hospital, and especially the food distribution system. Venezuelans are so desperate that they are forced to scrounge for food in dumpsters and hunt down cats and dogs. Crime is rampant as well, and the capital city of Caracas now has the highest murder rate in the world. Mobs of vigilantes are frequently seen picking up the slack of the corrupt police; that is, when they’re not busy looting grocery stores. Venezuela is practically a war zone now. Continue reading »

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Jun 13

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Violent Riots And Looting Are Now A Daily Occurrence In Venezuela:

Last month we reported that citizens in Venezuela had finally become so desperate for food that angry mobs flooded the streets and looted all of the supermarkets that were rumored to still have anything left on their shelves.

Not long after, tired and hungry protesters took to the streets of Caracas once again, this time marching toward the presidential palace as they chanted “No more talk – we want food!.” The mob was able to get within about six blocks of the palace before police in riot gear blocked the way, and began to shoot tear gas into the crowd to disperse the protest.

And now, as president Maduro remains defiant on allowing a referendum to take place to vote on his ouster, food riots and violent looting are taking place every day in a stark reminder of just how far the socialist utopia has fallen. Continue reading »

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Jun 10

Caught On Tape: Starving Venezuelans Storm A Truck To Steal Chickens:

Another day, another glimpse into what a descent into socialist purgatory looks like, this time courtesy of a clip of starving Venezuelans storming a stopped farm truck to steal live chickens.

In a society such as this one, which has effectively disintegrated, these lucky few who show brutal initative and an animal determination, will have fresh dinner.

Millions of others will remain hungry.

 

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Jun 09

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Venezuela Opposition Leader Hit On The Face With Metal Pipe As Police Watch:

Following the recent tragic stories of mass looting by the country’s starving population, which has resulted in at least one death, and even people resorting to killing animals for food, little can shock us anymore as we follow Venezuela’s total social disintegration. Which is why we took today’s news that the leader of Venezuela’s congressional opposition bloc was hit in the face with a pipe, and bloodied as he attempted to make his way into a government building, with hardly any surprise at all.

As photographs circulating online show, government supporters attacked Congressman Julio Borges with a pipe. Continue reading »

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Jun 06

Venezuelan Woman Shot In The Face After 500 Looters Storm Food Warehouse:

Several weeks ago, when we showed dramatic scenes from a Venezuela looting in which countless people were wounded after 5,000 looters stormed a supermarket, looking for food…

… we said that at this rate it is only a matter of time before we get the first casualty of Venezuela’s “social apocalypse.” Continue reading »

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May 31

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It costs $150 to buy a dozen eggs in Venezuela right now

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May 31

Will We Never Learn? The Economic Lessons From Venezuela’s Current Collapse:

Shops are being looted as Venezuela’s citizens, who live on top of the world’s largest oil reserves, are literally starving and dying for lack of food and medicine; all while the country’s gold reserves are being sold to finance its debt. With 1.8 million signatures on a petition for a referendum on Nicolas Maduro’s presidency, the country is threatening to become a failed state.

Venezuela is in crisis…

So, Ricardo Hausmann, former minister of planning for Venezuela, explains (via Project Syndicate) how too much heteredoxy (read – monetary policy experimentation and central planning and control) can kill you… Continue reading »

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