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Looting Sweeps Venezuela As Hunger Takes Over

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posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 04:37 PM
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Mass hysteria apparently in the nation of Venezuela.

Another failed government.

Micromanaging fails again.

Corruption rampant.

Collective Chaos.

MSM semi-silent? Wonder *WHY*



It’s the law of the jungle in Venezuela, as shopping for groceries becomes an increasingly dangerous activity. As the shortage crisis worsens, more and more angry mobs are raiding the nation’s supermarkets, looting whatever basic goods they can find.

During the first half of 2015, the Venezuelan Observatory for Social Conflict (OVCS) registered no fewer than 132 incidents of looting or attempted looting at various stores throughout the country. In addition, Venezuelan consumers staged over 500 protests that condemned the lack of available products at state-run grocery stores, markets, and pharmacies.

[source 1]

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As Venezuela’s economy continues to worsen — its currency having entered “free fall mode,” according to the Financial Times — the desperate Maduro government has taken the extreme measure of nationalizing the nation’s food industry.

Venezuelan farmers and food producers are now required to sell anywhere from 30 percent to 100 percent of their products to state-owned stores. The order covers staple foods such as rice, milk, oil, sugar and flour.

[source2]


Are the Bankers Licking Their Chops Yet?







posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 04:55 PM
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Sumpin' tells me Venezuela was a bit too dependant on US purchases of oil at the time oil was topped out.

Now at clearance prices, and the US is now a producer country.

It isnt looking good for them with all these high mileage and electrics driving past the pumps anymore.



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 05:11 PM
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maybe time for venezuela to become the next bangkok?



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 05:26 PM
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originally posted by: smirkley
Sumpin' tells me Venezuela was a bit too dependant on US purchases of oil at the time oil was topped out.

Now at clearance prices, and the US is now a producer country.

It isnt looking good for them with all these high mileage and electrics driving past the pumps anymore.



But this is the way it should be - check out this infographic below for world oil consumption per capita. It is from 2010, so is a little old but it clearly shows that the USA, Canada and Australia are using way more energy per capita than other countries.



By being smarter and using more fuel efficient vehicles, we can still have the lifestyle we are accustomed to and keep oil at a reasonable price for everyone around the globe.

Venezuela is just another economy in the global house of cards to fall. My question is how long can we put our heads in the sand and just plain ignore these collapses before the contagion spreads to our own nations.

We are like Nero playing his fiddle while Rome burns at the moment - we are just not caring and completely denying the signs that the global economy is in absolute ruins thanks to years of uncontrolled capitalist rape of anything and everything in the name of profit for the global elite.
edit on 7-8-2015 by markosity1973 because: Forgot graphic



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 05:36 PM
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If the UN and IMF were living up to their chartered ambitions Venezuela would be able to get a low interest loan with no strings attached like privatize your water, public services, etc.
The developed nations could do much to ease the suffering and build goodwill among nations as we once did.
Now they view problems there as opportunities to cash in here.
Sad.



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 05:41 PM
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a reply to: markosity1973

Good graphic and likely still valid, with exception of China of course.

The graphic though displays btu consumption, and even though they have the btu to gallon conversion in the legend, it is otherwise confusing and unclear where these btu's were measured. Does it include coal? Does it include btu's consumed from solar or hydroelectric sources?

I cant tell.



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 05:49 PM
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a reply to: Asktheanimals

I could be wrong but I thought Venezuela was looking to join brics now and left imf and the world bank years ago. Why would imf do anything?



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 05:50 PM
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originally posted by: Asktheanimals
If the UN and IMF were living up to their chartered ambitions Venezuela would be able to get a low interest loan with no strings attached like privatize your water, public services, etc.
The developed nations could do much to ease the suffering and build goodwill among nations as we once did.
Now they view problems there as opportunities to cash in here.
Sad.


Here's the thing - Venezuela doesn't want to privatize. They are going in the opposite direction and that's creating their problems. They can't attract investors or business because anyone who brings something in to the country is risking having it arbitrarily commandeered by the state for the state's purposes with no compensation.

Basically, this is what happens when there is NO respect for private property rights. Either Venezuela has to restore some protections for private property and let goods and services be brought in and sold at market value -or- they have to figure out how to more or less become self-sufficient and centrally planned. Right now, I'd say the former is the their best bet because they seem to be too incompetent and poorly developed for the latter.

They were riding on their petroleum money before, but money does not magically transform into basic staples as they are discovering and when the oil market drops, they suffer.



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 06:05 PM
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originally posted by: xuenchen


MSM semi-silent? Wonder *WHY*



Venezuela has been shockingly mismanaged. Chevez and the personality cult just papered over the cracks.

Venezuela is periodically on the BBC, but in truth who cares about another failed regime. They are ten a penny in South and Central America.



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 06:11 PM
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originally posted by: paraphi

originally posted by: xuenchen


MSM semi-silent? Wonder *WHY*



Venezuela has been shockingly mismanaged. Chevez and the personality cult just papered over the cracks.

Venezuela is periodically on the BBC, but in truth who cares about another failed regime. They are ten a penny in South and Central America.


I take your point, but I suppose that the people that live there and are trying to figure out how to feed their kids care. They probably care a lot. It's so sad.



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 06:17 PM
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a reply to: redhorse

It is sad. What's even sadder is that many of those same people have enabled the same system that now abuses them. They voted for Chavez and now Maduro. They buy into the idea that the government cares about them and wants to provide for them. They believe, and look where it has brought them.

They need to realize that they are being victimized by the same people they enabled and break that cycle or nothing will change.


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posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 06:21 PM
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a reply to: ketsuko

That sounds very familiar, they are called democrats and republicans in the US



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 06:27 PM
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originally posted by: smirkley
a reply to: markosity1973

Good graphic and likely still valid, with exception of China of course.

The graphic though displays btu consumption, and even though they have the btu to gallon conversion in the legend, it is otherwise confusing and unclear where these btu's were measured. Does it include coal? Does it include btu's consumed from solar or hydroelectric sources?

I cant tell.


As far as I know it is overall energy consumption. - I looked at the enlarged graphic, which can be found here and it lists the CIA world fact book as one of it's data references.

Here is the breakdown page for Australia from the CIA World Fact Book


Electricity - production:
239.7 billion kWh (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 17
Electricity - consumption:
226.9 billion kWh (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 17
Electricity - exports:
0 kWh (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 103
Electricity - imports:
0 kWh (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 117
Electricity - installed generating capacity:
61.94 million kW (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 16
Electricity - from fossil fuels:
79.7% of total installed capacity (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 93
Electricity - from nuclear fuels:
0% of total installed capacity (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 42
Electricity - from hydroelectric plants:
13.2% of total installed capacity (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 108
Electricity - from other renewable sources:
7.1% of total installed capacity (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 46


As you can see it is an exhaustive list, and it covers absolutely everything. BTU is probably the best unit to measure with as not all of the energy used is from fossil fuels as you rightly point out.

You can see that Australia gets still gets just under 80% of it's electricity from fossil fuels (including coal I would presume) This is in spite of all the wind farms etc we are installing to reduce our reliance it.

The point I was making is that USA, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia actually are using way more energy than other nations. Yes, some of it is from sources other than fossil fuels, but these nations are massively reliant on oil.


edit on Fri Aug 7 2015 by DontTreadOnMe because: trimmed overly long quote IMPORTANT: Using Content From Other Websites on ATS

edit on 8/9/2015 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 06:30 PM
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Communism.



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 06:34 PM
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originally posted by: ladyinwaiting
Communism.


Would you like to expand on that a little maybe? A one word reply does not really illustrate much of an argument for us to understand your point of view.



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 06:38 PM
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posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 06:51 PM
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a reply to: ketsuko

State controlled economies never work because they stifle creativity and growth. They always become so top heavy with bureaucrats that it becomes impossible to do everyday business in an economical manner.

Even China, the greatest and biggest state run economy of them all has admitted defeat and let go of the reins a little - causing the greatest economic transformation of the 21st century.

The reason communism fails is because as humans, we are not able to accept ourselves as being completely equal (and having exactly the same as everyone else)

Capitalism succeeds because it feeds off the basic human trait of greed, which if left to go unchecked becomes as much of a failure as communism in the grand scheme of things because the world's resources are finite and in order to have more than someone else, you need to take a part of their share of something (this is most easily expressed in terms of money, but is ultimately tied into global resources)



posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 06:56 PM
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The country has no pretense of being democratic, and these problems don't occur in socialistic countries, so it's definitely not socialism. The courtship has been long with communism, and the current issues point to that. I'm not claiming to actually verify the word I used, but current problems seem to be in line with communist countries.


As the economy is spiralling out of control, the government is casting aside any pretence of being democratic. Maduro, who currently enjoys the power to rule by decree, has consolidated his regime’s grip on the media: all TV stations either belong to the government or toe its line. International networks have been blocked from cable. Dozens of opposition radio stations have seen their licenses revoked, and the newspapers, the last bastion of the free press in Venezuela, are weeks away from shutting down because the government denies them the hard currency they need to buy print paper.

Maduro’s main challenge is that he doesn’t command the same level of loyalty, much less adoration, as his predecessor Hugo Chávez. Thus, with the indispensable help of Cuba’s security apparatus, he relies on ever more ruthless tactics. He even said recently that he doesn’t mind being called a dictator. Unfortunately, the army and the National Guard are firmly aligned with the government and there is little or no chance that they might baulk at exercising unrestrained violence against unarmed civilians. With no diplomatic pressure coming from other Latin American nations or regional groupings such as the Organisation of American States, the Venezuelan government has a free hand to repress its people.


www.cityam.com...

Just a thought.
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posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 07:02 PM
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posted on Aug, 7 2015 @ 07:09 PM
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originally posted by: ketsuko
Here's the thing - Venezuela doesn't want to privatize.


Well good for them!
We all see where the world economy is going and I would try to be as independent as possible.

Leave the privately owned crony capitalism ship before it's too late I say!



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