Posted on 23rd February 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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  1. davel says:

    We won’t know about the war in Venezuela until we wake up to find 12 million illegal Venezuelans working jobs in Arizona and the Mexican Embassy files a complaint.

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    23rd February 2014 at 10:25 am

  2. KaD says:

    “I have been following what is going on in Venezuela and the hoarding situation. Now of course their regime has made it illegal to hoard anything. So, I have been following what items that are in short supply. Not in any particular order they are: toilet paper, milk, powdered milk, coffee, corn flour, wheat flour, diesel, all soaps of any kind, and tires for cars and trucks. A black market is thriving, of course. The penalties for hoarding range from 6 to 14 years in prison. The very government that created this mess is now trying to lay blame on the merchants and people.”-

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    23rd February 2014 at 11:11 am

  3. Stucky says:

    “The penalties for hoarding range from 6 to 14 years in prison. The very government that created this mess is now trying to lay blame on the merchants and people.” ——– KaD

    Excellent observation.

    That’s the scary aspect of prepping even here in the USA. What’s to stop our own fascists from enacting similar or even more draconian laws … suddenly and severely? And to enforce it they’ll go all East German on us and have our neighbors spy on us and turn us in.

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    23rd February 2014 at 11:26 am

  4. Zarathustra says:

    A country such as Venezuela presents a challenge for libertarians. It has vast oil and gas wealth, and not a hell of a lot else. Completely privatizing what lies in the ground (mainly offshore) would be a criminal act. On the other hand, how to you equitably distribute it to the people without creating a lazy and needy FSA? It’s a dilemma of the sort that Gayle posted with her mercy article.

    I don’t have the answers. About the only thing I can think of is using it to make Venezuela such an attractive place to do business and create employment that people from around the world would flock to it. Sort of like Hong Kong. Hong Kong thrived when it was surrounded by dirt poor communist shitholes. Venezuela is a skip across the pond from the US market, and not all that far from European ones so it ought to work.

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    23rd February 2014 at 2:04 pm

  5. Westcoaster says:

    Meantime I’m sure the CIA is doing what it can to “help things along” in the overthrow of yet another sovereign government. They couldn’t do it while Hugo Chavez was around so he had to be “cancered”.

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    23rd February 2014 at 2:15 pm

  6. ragman says:

    The laws are already on the books in the US. Obongo can confiscate whatever he want to, right now.

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    23rd February 2014 at 2:42 pm

  7. AWD says:

    Venezuela is what the U.S. will be before long, probably without the protests. They’re socialist, we’re socialist. This is what happens when you let the government run things. Look what happened during Katrina, and then extrapolate out across the whole country. Once the banking system implodes (like 2008), and no bail-outs are forthcoming, the Fed already has a $4 trillion balance sheet, and the government is $17 trillion in debt. The banks stop working, nobody gets paid, so nobody sells wholesale goods, no shipping, the stores are emptied out in a matter of hours.

    Poof, anarchy as the USSA fatties can’t get their cheetos and cokes. Then the government takes over, martial law, food and money controls, bank runs. Imagine the imbeciles running our government trying to run and supply everyone with gas, food, water, toilet paper, you name it. Then there’s the looting, cleaning out the pharmacies, warehouses. Pretty soon DHS thugs, all the police, in APC’s patrolling the streets, shooting and killing anyone past curfew or looting.

    It’s all going to start with an economic collapse. We have weakened this country beyond repair with debt, more debt, and money printing. The Fed and government have used and spent all their resources already. Nobody wants our IOU’s/debt anymore. If the Fed starts QE money printing full-out, the dollar will collapse. It seems like it’s going to happen one way or another. The leaders know this, and it’s why they’ve bought almost 3 billion bullets and increased the DHS to 400,000 thugs. It’s probably planned anyway, to subvert the population. Most are subverted government-dependent parasites anyway, and will probably not even know the difference.

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    23rd February 2014 at 2:58 pm

  8. TeresaE says:

    Lessons I’m learning:

    A country can collapse, appear to rebuild, then collapse again.

    Anyone that depends on government to fix things will always be disappointed, if not dead.

    Prepping and personal assets (like guns, ammo, salt, tampons) should NEVER be disclosed on the web. When things get all hinky, those posts may very well come back to haunt you. has told me that I should prepare for up to 10 days of survival, and no more. The Administration has said 3 days.

    And that is all I have, not one day’s more of supplies.

    I am safe, I am American.

    Please stop laughing.

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    23rd February 2014 at 1:37 pm

  9. NIck A says:

    AWD – it’s interesting (and relevant) to note that the largest supplier of Insulin formulations globally is Novo-Nordisk, and they certainly are not American. As a fellow Clinician you are certainly aware that “swapping” insulin formulations is a non-trivial exercise.

    Even if all the US population of Insulin-dependent diabetics (and I’m not including those on oral hypoglycaemics who use a long-acting insulin (e.g. Glargine) for baseline HbA1c management) were to switch to a US product (e.g the Eli Lilly Humulin range), if social unrest has led to supply constraints, there would certainly be a shortfall in product availability at point of use, and there are quite a few Type 1 Patients out there –

    Add in all the other necessary paraphernalia associated with the management of both Type 1 and Type 2, and ONE disease ALONE would really stretch the capabilities of the Continental supply chain. This aspect was rather nicely (and disturbingly) covered by William Fortschen in his novel “One Second After”.

    Now, what will happen with all the other Patients out there – those on long-term immunosuppression (transplant recipients), the vast army of chronic pain sufferers (consuming kilogramme – quantities of Gabapentin, and to a lesser extent, Pregabalin) along with top-up opiates, those with vascular implants and or valve prostheses requiring lifelong anticoagulation, those with AF also on lifelong anticoagulation? And, the list goes on, and on . . . . . .

    ANY significant disruption to ANY part of the supply chain (including the supply chain servicing the Pharmaceutical Companies), and it might be no exaggeration to suggest that things could rapidly become “pretty Biblical”!! People do NOT tolerate pain particularly well, and we now live in a very intolerant “I’ve got RIGHTS, Mate!” Society. (Well, we certainly do in Australia!).

    Bye bye thin veneer of “civilisation”, hello “rule by brutality”!

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    23rd February 2014 at 4:57 pm

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