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 Post subject: Re: More news from a the people's paradise.....
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:35 pm 
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Hum, don't we have an Admiral of the Ocean Sea down there somewhere? Maybe he can fix things up. What was his name? Pendragon?

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jwilkerson wrote:
It takes a while to create a victim/cargo culture ... we've been working on ours hard for 50 years ... so I would expect it takes a while to unmake one ... enough people have to truly HIT BOTTOM ... before the tide switches ... but once it does ... it won't be stoppable ...


Initially, I suspect that, most of those who might have the balls and the know-how to be promising revolutionary spearheads, are much more likely to become black marketers and criminals. It is much easier for a revolution to form when there is an "external" threat, meaning a "cultural other" for whom a wide spectrum of locals all share animosity.

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I want dat!

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Venezuellian military grabs 4 million toys ... :D

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38274267

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Now you have some - now you don't ... money that is ...

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Venezuela's highest denomination banknote has ceased to be legal tender, in a move that has caused cash chaos and long queues at banks.
Protests against the move led to looting in parts of the country, with shops attacked and roads blocked.
Some cash machines on Thursday were still issuing the old 100-bolivar notes, hours before they expired.
President Nicolas Maduro said new higher-denomination bills would be fully distributed in January.
He has closed the borders with Brazil and Colombia until Sunday to stop "mafias" hoarding the currency abroad.
The sudden withdrawal of the 100-bolivar note has triggered protests throughout Venezuela
People protesting over the lack of cash and new notes outside Venezuela's Central Bank (BCV) in Maracaibo city, Zulia State (16 December 2016)Image copyrightAFP
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The 100-bolivar note is worth just two US cents on the black market
Anger over the move led to skirmishes in six cities on Friday, the Associated Presss reported the authorities as saying, with 32 people being taken into custody and one injured.
The sense of frustration has been compounded because there has been no official explanation as to why bank branches throughout Venezuela do not yet appear to have the larger denomination bank notes intended to replace 100-bolivar notes.
The opposition argues the currency initiative is another sign that President Maduro is ruining the economy and must be ousted.
Venezuelans have been queuing outside banks after they were given 72 hours to exchange the 100-bolivar note for new larger denomination notes and coins.
The 100-bolivar note is worth just two US cents on the black market.
Venezuelans mock 'useless' banknote
What's behind the crisis in Venezuela?
Some people on Thursday still received the 100-bolivar notes when they withdrew money at ATMs, then immediately had to queue up again to re-deposit the soon-to-expire notes.
"I don't get the joke," office worker Yarelis Carrero, who lives in the capital Caracas, told the AFP news agency. "When you withdraw cash at the ATMs, they give you 100-bolivar bills. And you can't get the new ones inside the bank, either."
Another bank customer said no-one had seen the new bank notes yet. "A guy I know who works for an armoured truck company said even they haven't seen them. Pure lies!" Saul Bernal said.
Experts see little economic benefit in taking the note out of circulation
But President Maduro praised Venezuelans for their understanding in a televised address on Thursday.
"This is a big effort we're doing to tackle so many evils and tricks. We're burning the hands of the mafia," he said, quoted by Reuters news agency.
He said the new bills were already being distributed and would be fully circulated in January. However, the replacement bills have yet to be seen in the streets.
He also extended the border closure with Colombia and Brazil - in place since Tuesday - by another 72 hours.
Long queues formed outside banks as people tried to meet the deadline to exchange their notes
Central Bank data suggests there are more than six billion 100-bolivar notes in circulation, making up almost half of all currency.
Buying almost anything with cash means a dangerous exercise carting around hundreds or thousands of bank notes in a country where robbery and violent crime is rife, says the BBC's South America correspondent Wyre Davies.
President Maduro has blamed currency speculators and gangsters in neighbouring Colombia for inflation that has reached 500%.
Economic experts, however, say the measure to take the note out of circulation will have little positive effect on the country's chronic economic and political problems.

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Oh man . . . if whats-his-face, 'ex-bus-driver turned People's Champion . . . if he has done THIS bad while Obama was in office in U.S., imagine how much worse it is going to get with Trump calling the shots in D.C. . . . NOT a good time to be Venezuelan I think, nor a good time to plan on a Venezuelan Vacation.


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A long video about the people's paradise:


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It wasn't that long ago that Chavez was taunting the US and offering cheap oil to poor Americans with high heating bills.

He was the stupid cunt that gave the "El Diablo" speech at the UN and all the useless tinpots had a good laugh. venezuela was pumping $125 a barrel oil out of the ground for a decade just by turning on the tap and now they are completely goat-fucked. Only a socialist could fuck things up that badly. It should be a lesson to every other Latin-American country for 100 years......but it won't.

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http://hotair.com/archives/2017/02/10/v ... o-survive/

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Venezuelans eating cats, dogs, donkeys, horses and even pink flamingos to survive
POSTED AT 7:21 PM ON FEBRUARY 10, 2017 BY JOHN SEXTON


It’s illegal to hunt pink flamingos in Venezuela but some people on the “Maduro diet” have no choice but to resort to eating the colorful birds, as well as more pedestrian animals like cats and dogs, in order to survive. From the Miami Herald:

Biology student Luis Sibira stumbled across the first set of gory remains last November: eight pink flamingos, their breasts and torsos sliced out, leaving their heads, spindly legs and vivid feathers scattered across the marshy ground at Las Peonias Lagoon in western Venezuela…

But this isn’t simple poaching, he said. Sibira and other investigators from Zulia University, a public university in Maracaibo, are convinced that the protected birds have become the latest victims of Venezuela’s growing hunger crisis. People have become so desperate, he said, that they are butchering and eating flamingos.

There are other signs that food shortages have led to the slaughtering of animals not generally considered meat: giant anteaters, for one…

In the city’s dump, more evidence of hunger-driven desperation: dismembered dogs, cats, donkeys, horses and pigeons have been found since last year, all skinned or plucked, with signs of having been eaten, according to the city’s garbage teams.


The head of Venezuela’s Scientific Studies Institute tells the Miami Times no Venezuelans have ever made pink flamingos a part of their diet, going all the way back to the Spanish Conquest. This is desperation caused by the rampant inflation and chronic shortages that have been a problem in Venezuela for the past two years.

In a story published today, Reuters compares the situation to “the waning days of the Soviet Union.” Venezuela borrowed $50 billion from China and another $5 billion from Russia with the promise of repayment in the form of cheap oil, but the nation is now falling behind on those deliveries:

The total worth of the late cargoes to state-run Chinese and Russian firms is about $750 million, according to a Reuters analysis of the PDVSA documents.

At the end of January, PDVSA was late on nearly 10 million barrels of refined products that the company owes the firms – with shipments delayed by as much as 10 months, according to the documents. It also failed to make timely deliveries of another 3.2 million barrels of crude shipments to China’s state-run China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).


The article goes on to say that last year’s oil production was the lowest in 23 years, despite plans by the state-run company to increase exports to China. So far, neither Russia nor China are saying anything publicly about the delays.

The wheels continue to come off this disaster of a socialist state. Here’s hoping the collapse of President Maduro’s government happens before too many more people feel forced to hunt pink flamingos to survive.

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U.S. sanctions Venezuelan VP for drug trafficking
POSTED AT 9:01 PM ON FEBRUARY 13, 2017 BY JOHN SEXTON


The Trump administration announced sanctions Monday against the Vice President of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, and an associate. The Treasury Department designation of El Aissami came under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. From Reuters:

“El Aissami facilitated shipments of narcotics from Venezuela, to include control over planes that leave from a Venezuelan airbase, as well as control of drug routes through the ports of Venezuela,” a senior U.S. administration official told a conference call with reporters.

“El Aissami oversaw or partially owned narcotics shipments of more than 1000 kg from Venezuela on multiple occasions including shipments from Mexico and to the United States,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.


Bloomberg reports targets of the sanctions, “have their assets blocked and U.S. citizens, institutions and companies are prohibited worldwide from dealing with them.” Also targeted by the sanctions was an associate of El Aissami’s named Samark Lopez Bello, a wealthy Venezuelan described as a “frontman” by the Treasury Department. Thirteen companies owned by Lopez Bello were targeted by Treasury.

Last week a group of 34 U.S. lawmakers sent a letter to the Trump administration calling for more sanctions on the socialist regime. The letter specifically mentioned El Aissami who has been on the U.S. radar for years. From the Associated Press:

Lawmakers reserved their most-stinging criticism for El Aissami, a hardliner socialist who would take over from Maduro should the president step down or be removed, as his opponents are seeking. El Aissami has been targeted by U.S. law enforcement since almost a decade ago, when dozens of fraudulent Venezuelan passports ended up in the hands of people from the Middle East, including alleged members of Hezbollah. He was also accused in 2011 by one of the nation’s top drug traffickers of taking bribes through his brother to allow huge shipments of cocaine to leave from the country’s main port.

“Given these reports, the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country, and his prominence in the regime, we urge the appropriate agencies to thoroughly investigate Tareck El Aissami’s conduct and activities,” the letter said.


Meanwhile, Venezuelans desperate to escape the socialist nightmare created by President Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez have resulted in Venezuela becoming the number one country in one metric: asylum requests. More than 18,000 requests were made to the U.S. last year, six times the number made in 2014.


Tareck El Aissami. That doesn't sound like a veryLatino name.

What could possibly be controversial about him?

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So what is the consensus on how far down they have spiraled at this point? Second, third, fourth Circle of Hell? What?

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