This article has some info about the fallout of the power outage. Infrastructure crisis looms in Venezuela.
First up there is some info about the agricultural sector in the country.
Word from the countryside is that farmers have been unable to find seeds and fertilizer. And the planting season is about to start. Everyone from Wall Street analysts to Rodríguez, who has sold carrots, parsley, bananas and garlic here for decades, worries that this will be the year Venezuela’s agricultural sector collapses.
When Venezuela had 5 days without power, 4.4 million pounds of meat spoiled. No electricity. No refrigeration. Also no water pumping equipment.
As power shut down, the country’s aluminum industry was further crippled: Molten metal solidified and destroyed machinery. When power was restored, leaping voltage burned out computers, air-conditioning units and refrigerators. Transformers blew up.
Things will get a lot worse before they get better.
The Power outage has entered its 4th day, though there were some reports that the power was “flickering” ‘This Is Going To End Ugly’: Venezuela’s Power Outage Drags On.
“The food we had in our refrigerators has spoiled. Businesses are closed. There’s no communication, not even by cell phone,” 49-year-old Ana Cerrato told Reuters. “We need help! We are in a humanitarian crisis!”
I want you to think about 5 days without electricity. The food in fridge is gone. The food in your freezer is on its way to gone. You can’t cook – except on a BBQ, assuming you have gas or charcoal. And something to eat. The stores aren’t in much better shape, but in Venezuela they haven’t had much in the stores for a while.
After 3 or 4 days institutions that have backup generators are running out of fuel. Water systems breakdown. Hospitals struggle. Communication. What will you do if you can’t call the police, or an ambulance?
Maduro blames the US, but has provided no proof.
Meanwhile, the opposition has said the blackout is the result of years of incompetence that has caused the power grid to deteriorate.
Because that’s what government control usually amounts to.
Maduro blames the USA. Of course he does. In Venezuela, massive blackout continues as Maduro blames U.S. for outages.
CARACAS, Venezuela — One of the severest power outages in Venezuelan history ravaged the country for a second day Friday, with hospital patients languishing in the dark, most supermarkets closed and phone service largely knocked out in the oil-rich but economically collapsing country.
No electricity means no internet. No WhatsApp, no Signal, no F*c*book, etc. Means the peons have no way to communicate what is going on.
Hat tip to Lucianne, and American Thinker, who notes the following.
Socialism has always been about putting a society in a state of war — from the war pronouncements of its leaders yelling revolution to the socialist shortages otherwise seen only in wartime to the socialist efforts to turn neighbor against neighbor, both from class warfare and internal spies for the regime. In Venezuela, there´s a new front — the equivalent of an EMP attack, an attack on all the people, based on the massive and unprecedented electrical blackout still covering the country.
Venezuela’s government would rather see people starve than get the help they need. Venezuela crisis: Maduro to close border with Brazil.
When a Socialist country loses the support of the BBC, you know that something bad is going on.
And he will also close the border with Colombia. In both cases it is to keep relief supplies out.
The embattled leftist leader went on TV to say that he was also considering shutting the border with Colombia to stop the opposition bringing in relief.
He denies any crisis and calls the aid delivery plans a US-orchestrated show.
And then there are the statistics. I do love the statistics. Venezuela: All you need to know about the crisis in nine charts.
The charts include the state of inflation, or hyperinflation, the decreasing quality and quantity of food available, the increase in the number of malaria cases. Go take a look.
Past tense: “has.” Venezuelan general defects as anti-Maduro rallies draw huge crowds.
A high-ranking Venezuelan general called on the armed forces to rebel against President Nicolas Maduro and to recognise the opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim chief as huge crowds rallied against the head of state, adding pressure on Maduro to step down.
It doesn’t say, in the linked article, but Francisco Yánez is a general in Venezuela’s Air Force.
Washington, along with many countries in the western hemisphere, has recognised Guaido as the legitimate president, arguing that Maduro stole his second term, and imposed potentially crippling sanctions this week that are likely to further weaken the OPEC nation’s struggling oil industry.
Things fall apart. More on that later. Once Again Socialism Runs Its Course.
Dictators, phony elections, military turned on its own people. Sounds like Socialism to me.
Fraudulent elections have a way of supporting socialism and Venezuela is no different. The Presidential elections last May were plagued with allegations of fraud and rigged voter registration. It was rumored that some of Maduro’s campaign advisors were Hillary Clinton and Donna Brazile.
Don’t expect things to end calmly.
I suppose it couldn’t be any other way, really, since they love socialism. What Is Happening in Venezuela? How It Got Here and Why It Matters.
The closest that they get is admitting that .gov controls industry. Which is what socialism/communism are all about. Free markets? They don’t like free markets. People might decide to buy things they don’t approve of.
But he has centralized power in the executive branch, tamping down on dissent through violence and intimidation, and winning the loyalty of the military by giving it control of lucrative industries.
Violence and intimidation – like Antifa, or the attempt to vilify the kids from Covington Catholic for not toeing The Party Line. Though Maduro and Chávez jailed and killed people, called for rewriting their constitution (Beto – call your office), and basically threw a wrench into democracy.