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Old 12-20-2016, 10:45   #76
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Well, who saw that comin'?

Looting leaves stores in ruins in Venezuela's Ciudad Bolivar

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CIUDAD BOLIVAR, Venezuela – Hundreds of people in Venezuela's Ciudad Bolivar are massing outside the few supermarkets that survived massive looting over the weekend, waiting for them to open.

Dozens of businesses were destroyed or ransacked. Streets are full of trash, rubble and burned motorcycles from the protests and looting that wracked the riverside city in Venezuela's interior.
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Old 12-21-2016, 11:19   #77
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Well, who saw that comin'?

Looting leaves stores in ruins in Venezuela's Ciudad Bolivar



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Yeah, and we keep placing incompetent social experiments in the White House and that will also happen to the United States.
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Old 01-18-2017, 16:20   #78
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Things are lookin' up

The new decorator-motif toilet paper should be welcome.

Ahhhh, me oh my.
Everytime a socialist economic model doubles-down on a proven Rx for disaster someone at the Mises Institute gets their wings. So I guess it all balances out.

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Old 01-18-2017, 17:44   #79
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The new dictator-motif toilet paper should be welcome.
Fixed your spelling for 'ya.

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Old 01-18-2017, 19:23   #80
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Fixed your spelling for 'ya.

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Old 01-19-2017, 06:52   #81
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The new decorator-motif toilet paper should be welcome.

Ahhhh, me oh my.
Everytime a socialist economic model doubles-down on a proven Rx for disaster someone at the Mises Institute gets their wings. So I guess it all balances out.

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Old 02-11-2017, 03:51   #82
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Tastes like Statism, I mean chicken...complete article at link. And the Statists/Globalists want to spread the chaos and misery...

Venezuelans killing flamingos and anteaters to stave off hunger amid mounting food crisis
By Andrew O'Reilly Published February 10, 2017 FoxNews.com

Venezuela’s food crisis has gotten so bad that people are apparently killing pink flamingos and other protected animals in order to stave off hunger.

While flamingo hunting is both illegal and uncommon in the South American nation, investigators from Zulia University in the northwestern Venezuelan city of Maracaibo have noted at least 20 cases of bird carcasses being discovered with their breasts and torsos removed.

And flamingos aren’t the only unusual animal to become a victim of Venezuela’s worsening food crisis. Remains of everything from dogs and cats to donkeys and even giant anteaters have been found in garbage bags at city dumps around the country.

“Sometimes we only find the animal’s heads, guts and legs. We used to see this very little in the past, but this practice is now out of control and on the rise,” Robert Linares, a Maracaibo waste disposal worker, told the Miami Herald. Linares added he recently found on the street the remains of a dog that had been skinned and dismembered.

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Old 02-11-2017, 06:56   #83
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It's the new "bush meat" - which does not bode well.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:08   #84
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Tastes like Statism, I mean chicken...complete article at link. And the Statists/Globalists want to spread the chaos and misery...

Venezuelans killing flamingos and anteaters to stave off hunger amid mounting food crisis
By Andrew O'Reilly Published February 10, 2017 FoxNews.com

Venezuela’s food crisis has gotten so bad that people are apparently killing pink flamingos and other protected animals in order to stave off hunger.

While flamingo hunting is both illegal and uncommon in the South American nation, investigators from Zulia University in the northwestern Venezuelan city of Maracaibo have noted at least 20 cases of bird carcasses being discovered with their breasts and torsos removed.

And flamingos aren’t the only unusual animal to become a victim of Venezuela’s worsening food crisis. Remains of everything from dogs and cats to donkeys and even giant anteaters have been found in garbage bags at city dumps around the country.

“Sometimes we only find the animal’s heads, guts and legs. We used to see this very little in the past, but this practice is now out of control and on the rise,” Robert Linares, a Maracaibo waste disposal worker, told the Miami Herald. Linares added he recently found on the street the remains of a dog that had been skinned and dismembered.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02...od-crisis.html
Wonder how they'll spin the socialist experiment when the cannibalism begins. I'm sure somehow it will be countries who espouse capitalism fault that Venezuela failed so miserably.
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Wonder how they'll spin the socialist experiment when the cannibalism begins.
A novel program of combined population control and food sustainability.
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:02   #86
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A novel program of combined population control and food sustainability.
What's old is new again...

Soylent verde es la gente !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 02-20-2017, 21:28   #87
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The socialist diet.

Study: Venezuelans lost 19 lbs. on average over past year due to lack of food
Published February 20, 2017 FoxNews.com

In a new sign that Venezuela’s financial crisis is morphing dangerously into a humanitarian one, a new nationwide survey shows that in the past year nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of 19 pounds for lack of food.

The extreme poor said they dropped even more weight than that.

The 2016 Living Conditions Survey (Encovi, for its name in Spanish), conducted among 6,500 families, also found that as many as 32.5 percent eat only once or twice a day — the figure was 11.3 just a year ago.

In all, 82 percent of the nation's households live in poverty, the study found.

The lack of food has even earned a nickname: “The Maduro Diet.”

<snip> complete article at link.

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I suspect that the advice "find the socialists and kill them" would be discarded as being simplistic.
Maybe next year.
If there are any free citizens of the country alive.
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Down to the last drop

Who could've ever imagined?

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Over the remainder of 2017, Caracas needs to fund $7.2 billion in debt payments – an amount that it can only meet if oil prices spike far higher than the ongoing boosts caused by OPEC’s output reduction agreement. Current reserves stand 66 percent lower than levels in 2011, when the government held $30 billion in foreign currencies to spend on loan repayments and other official business. "The question is: Where is the floor?" Siobhan Morden, head of Latin America fixed income strategy at Nomura Holdings, told CNN Money. "If oil prices stagnate and foreign reserves reach zero, then the clock is going to start on a default."

Venezuela’s financial report for 2016 stated that roughly $7.7 billion of the remaining $10.5 billion in foreign reserves had been preserved in gold. Last year, in order to fulfill debt obligations, Caracas began shipping gold to Switzerland. The drastic fall in oil prices in 2014 and widespread corruption have both caused an economic meltdown in the South American country, where citizens had become accustomed to imported goods paid for by fossil fuel revenues. President Nicolas Maduro has resorted to opening the country’s border with Colombia to allow Venezuelans to purchase necessary medical and day-to-day supplies.

Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA’s default is probable, according to the ratings agency Fitch, which cited the oil giant’s weak liquidity position and high amortization scheduled for 2017 as the causes of the default problem last month. "Should oil prices remain around current levels, average recovery may lead to additional future defaults to further reduce obligations and allow for necessary transfers to the government," said Fitch’s senior director Lucas Aristizabal. The company has projected that its oil production will maintain its 23-year-low in 2017.
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Meanwhile, our foreign policy with Latin America, most notably Venezuela, is beginning to take shape.

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During the first month of President Trump’s administration, the question of U.S. policy on Venezuela and other Latin American countries remained largely unknown. But recently, political leaders in Venezuela have a good idea of what America’s new position might look like. We could be seeing a much more hardline approach compared to the policy under former President Obama. In early February a bipartisan group of congress members called for sanctions on Venezuela and demanded for the release of political prisoners. They specifically pointed to Venezuela’s Vice President Tareck El Aissami, and his possible links with drugs and terrorism. In response, last week the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions against El Aissami for drug trafficking under the Kingpin Act along with other prominent Venezuelans. This first act sent a sharp message to Venezuela’s socialist leader, President Nicolás Maduro Moros, known as Maduro.

Following this, Trump used his Twitter account to post a picture of himself with Vice President Pence and Senator Marco Rubio (FL-R) along with Lilian Tintori, the wife of a prominent Venezuelan opposition politician, now being held as a political prisoner. In the tweet, Trump called for the release of Tintori’s husband, Leopoldo Lopez. Then the U.S. Department of State called for the release of more than 100 prisoners of conscience, including Lopez. In addition to calling for the release of political prisoners, the sanctions against Venezuela are also a way of condemning the human rights abuses (including the imprisonment of Lopez) happening in this south American country

For opposition activists, such as youth party leader Carlos Graffe, recent U.S. actions are welcome. Graffe, youth wing leader for Proyecto Venezuela spoke with Opportunity Lives almost a year ago about the protest movement in Venezuela and his hopes for the future, which include overturning President Maduro’s government.
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Old 03-02-2017, 16:56   #90
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DIY, thanks for those. Hey, Maduro, is that foreign policy too nuanced for ya?

I'll have to fire up the key this weekend & CQ YV and see if there's anyone down there yet that hasn't sold their radio to buy bread.
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