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Despite "Absolute Calm" Claim, Venezuela Appears Just A Little Out Of Control

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President Maduro and his ministers have stated (fully supported by Argentina):


However, between armed groups reportedly firing shots (see clip below) into the Students Assembly and the disappearance of the protest leader, the protests appear to be anything but "calm."


Stunning collage of clips from the last two days...


and some additional images...


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Thu, 02/13/2014 - 14:54 | 4433193 spork
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Thu, 02/13/2014 - 14:59 | 4433230 RSloane
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This proves that people will put up with all kinds of shit as long as they have unfettered access to toilet paper.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:03 | 4433246 Mark Carney
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Oh look, distraction!

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:07 | 4433256 Grande Tetons
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Bullish Che Guevara TShirts. 

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:10 | 4433279 Stackers
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Give me toilet paper or give me death !

My only regret is I have but one life to wipe.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:29 | 4433360 eclectic syncretist
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They need to hire Baghdad Bob to help control the media spin on the situation.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:56 | 4433441 BLOTTO
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Brasil 2014 - World Cup...i would stay away from there and that whole area.


Even the logo for Brasil14 looks like a weeping head with hands covering a face...


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:23 | 4434279 Emergency Ward
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What a horrendous logo.  Compare that to the Mexico '86 World Cup Logo -- El mundo unido por un balon:

and the cute '86 mascot "Pique":

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:10 | 4433282 sixsigma cygnus...
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Where the hell is Sean Penn?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:25 | 4433345 TeamDepends
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Stealing toilet paper to give to the poor and downtrodden.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:02 | 4433471 thamnosma
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Or Danny Glover...

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:03 | 4433480 TBT or not TBT
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Or the tally me bananas crooner.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:48 | 4433423 ElvisDog
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Wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt in a protest against the Venezuelan government would be somewhat ironic, don't you think?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:06 | 4433454 Grande Tetons
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About as ironic as our current Hope and Change dogma.

Che..for better of for a symbol for revolution....and, yes...the irony was not lost on me.

It is all about marketing! 

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:29 | 4433592 disabledvet
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send in the Aircraft Carrier Battlegroups..

"Here's your hope and change now jerkwads. Chicago's friggin' freezin' and we're running short on girls too."

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 20:19 | 4434492 Buck Johnson
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It looks like we are on a cusp of financial meltdown and we are seeing the first of it live on television.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:02 | 4433233 BTFDemocracy
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I wonder what goes through those coward minds that work for these tyrants and shoot at their own people. Can you fall lower?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:12 | 4433285 john39
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they are trained not to think.  Kubrick's 'full metal jacket' illustrated the effect (of training and indoctrination) better than any other movie i have seen.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:18 | 4433319 Grande Tetons
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DaddyO, watched the youtube video. I think the last 15 seconds somes up the emotion that many of us feel. Moreover, the last 15 seconds could be applied to almost all nations at this point.  I think our greatest weapon is our passion to restore. It is an American passion as much as it is a human/global passion. 

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:37 | 4433378 DaddyO
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Isn't it about that still small voice crying out inside for freedom?

GT uses the word passion to great effect and it rings true in my ears!

Brandon Smith has this article up on his website and it is quite consistent with a common idea being put forth by many here on ZH.

Where the tipping point falls in the USA remains anyone's guess...


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:21 | 4433321 Skateboarder
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Look at the men in that picture in the article - they are middle-aged, overweight, and look dumb as bricks. If this is the publicly admitted training exercise of a squad that barely matters, you don't have to extrapolate much to figure what the real smart, stealthy individuals are being trained for.

Species traitors, every last one of them.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:33 | 4433376 Grande Tetons
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Hey, Skate...things in Latin America work a little differently. These rolly polly halfwits actually do some good.

You can downvote me for posting the huffpost link.  It was timely...was the reason for the link. 

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:05 | 4433484 Skateboarder
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I was talking about how the ONG loooked. I heard the story of the farmers of Michoacán, Grande Tetons - it's been going around for a little while now. They are heroes, in the correct usage of the word.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:08 | 4433501 Grande Tetons
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Same page, Skate. I hereby kick myself in the ass. 

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:01 | 4433473 TBT or not TBT
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Well daddyO, bad scenarios for police state drills or episodes of 24 MUST designate a whitey sort of antigovernment plot, or at least whiteys pulling the strings of duped faux baddies of some given designated oppressed identiity group Because it would not be PC to caricature a non whitey group as fundamentally bad Also, some groups like to cut the heads off of people who merely insult them a little bit.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 14:53 | 4433202 centerline
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Looks like Miami on any given day.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 14:56 | 4433208 onewayticket2
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"pay no mind to that molotov know kids these days!"

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 14:55 | 4433213 CrashisOptimistic
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Frankly, none of this matters.  Only Venezuela oil matters, which btw is over $100 STILL.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 14:57 | 4433218 RobD
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Where are all the hot riot chicks?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:01 | 4433232 ThroxxOfVron
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Donde esta Kanellos, Chickas?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:03 | 4433238 surf0766
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South American Spring when all the socialist get run the hell out of every country.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:37 | 4433392 jmp esp
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And then one of two things will likely happen:

  1. The US will (most likely covertly) intervene in order to instill a puppet government or
  2. a new socialist elite will rise from the ashes, promising even more free shit.
Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:00 | 4433717 Parafuso
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Free shit, but no TP....alas....

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 23:22 | 4435179 Balanced Integer
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This comment should've been upped to the Moon.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 22:06 | 4434903 o2sd
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When will Spring arrive in North America do you think?


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:03 | 4433244 Ancona
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They appear to be primarily "misguided youths".


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:06 | 4433253 walküre
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Doesn't seem organized well enough. Same as everywhere else. Unless a strong alternative leadership emerges and stands upfront, well armed and respected against the current regimes, this is not going anywhere. Sorry, just anger and frustration on the run aren't enough. The youth needs to be molded by older spirited revolutionaries. Guidance from their parent's generation is much needed.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:10 | 4433278 Skateboarder
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Their parents drank the koolaid. Grandparents are where they need to go, and they're about to kick the bucket.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:39 | 4433397 DaddyO
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And the sad, almost mystifying fact is that the parents continue to embrace socialism.

I've given it quite a bit of thought and would put forth the notion that here in the states, the Boomers want to make sure they continue to get theirs.

The best way to do this is at the end of the .gov gun barrel.


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:38 | 4433396 Cannon Fodder
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"strong alternative leadership" = drone strike.... just sayin'....

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:29 | 4433604 disabledvet
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oh I'm sure with all this internet stuff they'll figure it out.

"Ukraine.disorg" or something thereabouts.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:53 | 4433677 jmp esp
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Maybe the CIA can lend them a hand.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:08 | 4433263 noguano
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They both have excellent soccer teams.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:10 | 4433270 skwid vacuous
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and in other news... 1830 on the Spooz, at this rate ol' yellen is gonna make Ben Shalom look like an amateur

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:12 | 4433286 astoriajoe
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uhh, exactly how many bullets have the various domestic agencies of the U.S. Federal Government purchased in the last two years?

but more importantly, how much did they save by buying in bulk?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:13 | 4433300 NoWayJose
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Equally interesting - how many of those "Homeland Security" bullets are now being fired by Al-Qaeda rebels in Syria....

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:15 | 4433309 astoriajoe
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I'm a bit more worried about the post office bullets. That guy comes to my place daily.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:02 | 4433479 thamnosma
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just saving the taxpayers some money, Joe.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:13 | 4433292 NoWayJose
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Latin American dictators are so much better at repressing marches and demonstrations than their Arab counterparts....

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:20 | 4433318 whatthecurtains
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But says the people love Presidente Maduro

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:51 | 4433443 WillyGroper
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Have a friend that arrived there Sat.

He'd tell you differently.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:22 | 4433333 pashley1411
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Just another front in the world-wide war against the middle class.   Those bastards, hanging onto their houses and cars.

In light of certain human rights concerns, Obama sends troops to "restore order" in Caracas in 3...2....1...

I'm going down to volunteer for the "Save the Beauty Queens" regiment right now.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:22 | 4433338 QQQBall
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So you wear a full mask and drive your motorcycle with a license plate. Sharp

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:13 | 4433513 saints51
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+1 LOL. I damn near lost my beverage on the monitor...haha

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:23 | 4433340 youngman
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When you control the polling control the country...and the Sociallists control the polling booths..cheating wins

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:26 | 4433344 americanspirit
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The courage of the people on the streets of Venezuela contrasts dramatically with the corwardly acquiescence of people in the US to a government that in many ways is far more totalitarian than anything in Latin America's worst nightmares. Maybe its just that the US government isn't actively shooting at us yet - but I think its more than that. Millions of families have been thrown out of their homes by agents of the US government (AKA banks) and told to go live under highway overpasses in cardboard cities and not one government or bank building is burning. Millions of our children are being rendered brain dead by a combination of poisoned food, poisoned water, poisoned air, poisonous "education" and poisonous 'medicines' - all with either tacit or active government involvement - but not one politician or bureaucrat is hanging from a lamppost. Our police have been turned into an army of occupation that has been completely corrupted and brainwashed into believing that citizens are the enemy, and they are being equipped with weapons of war - yet millions of idiot sheep drive around in their cars with "I support The Police" bumper stickers.

What will it take?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:58 | 4433456 Bugsquasher
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Running out of toilet paper and/or lottery tickets.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:15 | 4433534 jmp esp
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Putting an end to the mass poisoning would help. I'd wager that a mass tainted by bizarre endocrine disruptors like bisphenol A and triclosan is less likely to take to the streets.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:19 | 4433558 saints51
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We are alone in this dark hour.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:34 | 4433383 samsara
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Tylers et al 

 I  Highly recommend this week's article by John Michael Greer;

Fascism and the Future, Part One: Up From Newspeak


There’s a massive irony in that situation. When George Orwell wrote his tremendous satire on totalitarian politics, 1984, one of the core themes he explored was the debasement of language for political advantage. That habit found its lasting emblem in Orwell’s invented language Newspeak, which was deliberately designed to get in the way of clear thinking. Newspeak remains fictional—well, more or less—but the entire subject of fascism, and indeed the word itself, has gotten tangled up in a net of debased language and incoherent thinking as extreme as anything Orwell put in his novel.

These days, to be more precise, the word “fascism” mostly functions as what S.I. Hayakawa used to call a snarl word—a content-free verbal noise that expresses angry emotions and nothing else. One of my readers last week commented that for all practical purposes, the word “fascism” could be replaced in everyday use with “Oogyboogymanism,” and of course he’s quite correct; Aldous Huxley pointed out many years ago that already in his time, the word “fascism” meant no more than “something of which one ought to disapprove.” When activists on the leftward end of today’s political spectrum insist that the current US government is a fascist regime, they thus mean exactly what their equivalents on the rightward end of the same spectrum mean when they call the current US government a socialist regime: “I hate you.” It’s a fine example of the way that political discourse nowadays has largely collapsed into verbal noises linked to heated emotional states that drowns out any more useful form of communication.


Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:53 | 4434399 One of We
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It was a simpler time when you could just call someone a lazy nigger or toothless cracker to let them know your opinion of them.....

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:04 | 4433474 alangreedspank
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Socialists going after socialist. What a clusterfuck of a hell hole.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:14 | 4433511 earleflorida
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the Chinese will come in as liberators and all will be well!

natural resources!

can't keep the panama canal closed indefinitely as an economic choke point

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 16:32 | 4433613 Rising Sun
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Good business opportunity for the US to arm some rebels to kill a few government officials.


Get on it Barry - you need the fucking revenue - that deficit isn't getting any smaller.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:44 | 4434140 Emergency Ward
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Maybe Barry and Eric can arrange with the DEA and the ATF to run some military hardware, behind the scenes, coordinated by the CIA......wait a second....

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 17:45 | 4433929 Zymurguy
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Why don't those people shoot back?  Oh, yeah, another disarmed society:

Good luck to any citizenry that gives up your guns.  You'll be working as a slave for those who have them soon.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:01 | 4433993 f16hoser
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Courtesy of the US Federal Reserve!!! FED exports INFLATION, STARVATION and POVERTY! Why is this so difficult to understand?

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:15 | 4434050 max2205
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They need a COSTCO

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:40 | 4434124 Emergency Ward
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....with subsidized memberships and below-cost products.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 18:24 | 4434083 MagicMoney
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Problem in Venezuela is that it's not real socialism. Venezuela needs real socialism....

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 19:09 | 4434241 zipit
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Brass nuckles cop and dude he apparently just smacked around with them:

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 00:16 | 4435251 Dr. Destructo
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Fund the rebels because they are on our side.

Stop funding the rebels because people are catching on.

Fight the rebels a decade or two down the road.



It worked so well last time, and the time before last, and the time before last...


Couldn't get Syria so the U.S. guv'mint decided to take Venezuela to pass the time.

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