Thursday, August 27, 2015

Venezuela’s Food Shortages Trigger Long Lines, Hunger and Looting

By Maolis Castro and Kejal Vyas

 
Violent clashes flare in pockets of the country as citizens wait for hours for basics, such as milk and rice.  Hours after they looted and set fire to a National Guard command post in this sun-baked corner of Venezuela earlier this month, a mob infuriated by worsening food shortages rammed trucks into the smoldering edifice, reducing it mostly to rubble.  The incident was just one of numerous violent clashes that have flared in pockets around the country in recent weeks as Venezuelans wait for hours in long supermarket lines for basics like milk and rice. Shortages have made hunger a palpable concern for many Wayuu Indians who live here at the northern tip of Venezuela’s 1,300-mile border with Colombia……In past years, when oil prices were high, Venezuela’s leftist government flooded markets with subsidized goods ranging from cooking oil to diapers. It gave citizens in border towns like La Sibucara not only access to cheap supplies, but also a source of income as many people trafficked products—including nearly free gasoline—to neighboring Colombia, drawing handsome profits.…….To Read More…..

My Take – So you think things are bad now….wait…..it’s going to get a whole lot worse.  Venezuela is doomed!  They only thing they have is oil and most of the income derived from that resource was wasted by that arrogant blithering babbling idiot Hugo Chávez promoting socialism in South America.   His chosen successor, Maduro, and his socialist cronies are left with this one inescapable fact.  No one is going to want Venezuelan oil in the very near future.  Their oil is so crude, viscous and filled with contaminates the only refineries in the world who are willing to deal with it are – you guessed it – the United States, the country these blithering idiots won't deal with.  Fraking is changing the world's economics in more ways than has been fully appreciated.   Fracking oil is not only sweet and light – its ultra sweet and ultra light.  It won’t be long before those refineries won’t be accepting Venezuelan oil for economic reasons.  What happens then?  This is a country with terrible infrastructure, and their rail system doesn’t even connect with any other country in South American, and geographic conditions make them largely isolated from their southern neighbors and their only economic hope faces north – to the United States. 
 
It’s going to be interesting to watch arrogant blithering idiots change into crawling beggars - or will there be new “leaders”, who understand economics.  I wonder if Sean Penn – one of Hollywood’s top communists and fellow travellers - will find that disturbing?  So to prevent that do you think he and his fellow Hollywood socialists would be willing to donate their fortunes to Maduro in order to allow him to continue down the great socialist path they love so much?  And Bernie Sanders can act as economic advisor.  Hey Bernie - Tell us once again about the greatness of socialism and how it brings about equality.  I guess when everyone's starving that's a form of equality!  What I don't understand - and perhaps Bernie and Sean can explain it to me - why is it socialist leaders never seem to be standing in lines and starving with their "equal" partners in these great socialist utopias? 

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