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Caracas Is Burning As Maduro Warned May Face Military Coup

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With all eyes focused on Ukraine, the situation in Venezuela has once again escalated as protest leader Leopoldo Lopez' arrest (and possible 10 year jail sentence) prompted more violence overnight. However, as we warned, the government crackdown is starting to raise concerns about the stability of the government.

  • *VENEZUELA PROTESTS ESCALATING INTO NATIONWIDE UNREST: IHS
  • *ESCALATION OF PROTESTS PUTS STABILITY OF GOVT AT RISK: IHS
  • *RISING VIOLENCE COULD LEAD TO MADURO OUSTER BY MILITARY: IHS

As opposition leader Capriles asks Venezuela's military to uphold the constitution, he exclaims that "the poor' must participate for government to change.

  • *VENEZUELA HATILLO MAYOR DAVID SMOLANSKY SPEAKS IN CARACAS
  • *VENEZUELA PEOPLE WON'T STAY QUIET: SMOLANSKY
  • *SMOLANSKY SAYS VENEZUELA SUFFERED TERROR LAST NIGHT
  • *SMOLANSKY CALLS FOR MASSIVE VENEZUELA PROTESTS SATURDAY

 

The opposition leader speaks:

  • *VENEZUELA OFFICIALS SHOT AT PROTESTERS YDAY: CAPRILES
  • *VENEZUELA ARMED FORCES SHOULD ALLOW PEACEFUL MARCHES: SMOLANSKY
  • *VENEZUELA STRENGTHENING TIES WITH CUBA, RAMIREZ SAYS
  • *VENEZUELA GOVT USING VIOLENCE TO HIDE ECO PROBLEMS: CAPRILES
  • *CAPRILES SAYS SOME IN VENEZUELA GOVT WANT MADURO OUT
  • *CAPRILES ASKS VENEZUELA ARMED FORCES TO UPHOLD CONSTITUTION
  • *VENEZUELA POOR MUST PARTICIPATE FOR GOVT TO CHANGE: CAPRILES
  • *CAPRILES SAYS HE WON'T BE FORCED TO TALK TO VENEZUELA GOVT

 

And IHS warns:

  • *VENEZUELA PROTESTS ESCALATING INTO NATIONWIDE UNREST: IHS
  • *ESCALATION OF PROTESTS PUTS STABILITY OF GOVT AT RISK: IHS
  • *RISING VIOLENCE COULD LEAD TO MADURO OUSTER BY MILITARY: IHS

 

Images from last night suggest this is getting considerably worse...despite Maduro's claims of "absolute calm"

 

and of course the terrible death of a former Miss Venezuela...

 

And finally there's this:

 

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Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:09 | 4458241 redpill
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Those arches aren't so golden with an inferno behind them.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:14 | 4458265 nuclearsquid
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I don't know why people keep complaining about cold weather affecting the global economy.  Clearly it is very warm in many non-US cities.

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:15 | 4458273 economics9698
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I guess people get real pissed when a Big Mac cost $31.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:20 | 4458323 ACP
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Just one request...whoever puts a cap in Maduro's ass, please post it on the web. And send a copy to C. Fernandez.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:26 | 4458376 StacksOnStacks
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I wonder if they'll Gaddafi him?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:28 | 4458398 macholatte
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WHICH “death of a former Miss Venezuela” is being propagandized here?

 

01/07/14

Former Miss Venezuela Shot to Death in Highway Robbery

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304617404579306871211801710

 

 

 

12/20/11

Former Miss Venezuela dies of breast cancer aged 28

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/dec/20/miss-venezuela-dies-breast-cancer

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:39 | 4458487 bobola
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How about a photo of the fire after it spread to the grease dumpster in back of that Mc Donalds?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:50 | 4458564 StacksOnStacks
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You didn't start that fire.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:30 | 4458628 Supernova Born
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"Don't forget that 's protests started because of lack of food & high criminality. Nothing to do w politics."

Is this guy being sarcastic?

Highly criminal politicians powered by BASELESS FIAT are the number one threat to food and tp and freedom.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:33 | 4458773 Clint Liquor
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Surprise! The pursuit of the 'Socialist Paradise' results in no food for the people. How many countries can you count where this has happened? And yet they never tire of promoting Socialism.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:41 | 4458821 James_Cole
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Hands down one of the better CIA operations. Look forward to the declassified docs in 30 years. If the US manages to get Venezuela back in the fold (looks almost certain) they'll own Latin America once again I guess. 

Civil war in Ukraine is moving along quite well too. Bullish UST

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:18 | 4458999 gallistic
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Absolute truth.

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:21 | 4459008 James_Cole
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Don't even need declassification actually, in the US fed budget there's actually 5m$ officially for opposition protestors in Venezuela lol

They don't really try to hide it: there's $5m in the 2014 US federal budget for funding opposition activities inside Venezuela, and this is almost certainly the tip of the iceberg – adding to the hundreds of millions of dollars of overt support over the past 15 years.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/18/venezuela-protests-...

US taxpayers $ hard at work! 

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:21 | 4459011 Clint Liquor
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Yes. Everything in the Socialist Paradise was going perfectly until the CIA got involved.

//sarc

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:28 | 4459046 James_Cole
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Yes. Everything in the Socialist Paradise was going perfectly until the CIA got involved.

You're right of course, every time a democratically elected .gov comes into power and the economy doesn't do well the government should be overthrown via military coup. Always works out for the best. 

Just like the Ukraine, why wait a year (or less) for elections, overthrow now!

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:54 | 4459155 Clint Liquor
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The Socialists have been destroying the economy of Venezuela for 20 years. The amazing thing is it took the People so long to put an end to it.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:14 | 4459244 economics9698
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41 years.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:28 | 4459245 James_Cole
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Sure, the .gov there hasn't done a great job in many ways. But they also have the cards heavily stacked against. It's amazing you boneheads read zh regularly and can't see the obvious. The US is trying to force Venezuela (and Argentina) onto the USD. It has nothing to do with evil socialists.

http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/wp-content/uploads/hanke_ven...

How to fix? Go onto the USD!

http://www.frbatlanta.org/pubs/economicreview/official_dollarization_and...

Spend ten seconds reading any business news and they all say the same thing, Venezuela must adopt the USD to get their crisis under control. And they’re probably right.

A country can fight the US for a while, but sooner or later they either get economically obliterated or militarily invaded. There's a bit of a pattern if you haven't noticed. 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/12/sp-cuts-venezuela-credit-...

https://www.emfunds.us.assetmanagement.hsbc.com/resources/images/content...

https://www.emfunds.us.assetmanagement.hsbc.com/resources/images/content...

If the US had its credit rating cut to B-, what sort of inflation would you expect?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 23:12 | 4460614 mjcOH1
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Your post would be better received if Maduro had half the cult of personality that Putin does.   The fucker has to do something.....wrestle a cat....shake the man-titties.....recall his glory days as a bus driver before Comrade Colonel Chavez recognized his true potential....bang a dead Miss Venezuela.....anything but the deer in the headlights look on (state) TV.    Anything.    There have to be at least 2 neurons firing in there.    Do something, for the love of Lenin!

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 03:34 | 4461076 sylviasays
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James_Cole has resorted to using aljazeera as a news source?  Why it must be true! 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:40 | 4460216 downwiththebanks
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As I did yesterday, I challenge you to come up with one measure of social existence that got worse since the IMF regime you so laud and worship was thrown out of power in 1999.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 03:30 | 4461073 sylviasays
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Ah, how about no fucking toilet paper for the masses? 

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 03:29 | 4461070 sylviasays
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"Absolute truth."

Not.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 09:12 | 4461364 macbone
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One can only hope the CIA is directing this. And it's good to see so much confidence expressed in our ability to control every conflict in every country. Thank you for support, good citizen. And always remember we are watching YOU.... you commie rat bastard.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 23:48 | 4460722 StychoKiller
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"They talk like Marxists,

Rule like Stalin and

live like Rockefellers,

while the poor suffer!"

 

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 14:48 | 4462638 TheRedScourge
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They never run out of burgeoisie to blame for their own economic ignorance. Remember what Upton Sinclair said about socialist academics; it's difficult to make a man understand something his salary depends on him not understanding.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:51 | 4458877 V in PA
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Glad someone else caught that. I think he actually believed that shit.

Lack of food and high criminality are caused by politics.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:38 | 4460211 downwiththebanks
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Don't forget that racist fascists who have lost every election for the last 20 years, funded from abroad, started this round of rioting.

You would think the oligarchs would deploy some different tactics than those that have failed before.  Maybe they figure without Chavez, a military man, their little coup funded by Wall Street can succeed...

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 03:51 | 4461086 sylviasays
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Only a delusional socialist libtard would think that "racist" fascists started this rioting.   Despite sitting on the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela’s socialist government couldn't even manage to keep the power or the lights on.  There were shortages of food and even toilet paper.  Once again the socialist pigs at the top fucked up the economy and are trying to blame it on everyone but themselves!

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:16 | 4458992 gallistic
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Tyler(s)

Are you serious?   Of course you are, or you would not have posted it!

Are you aware of all the disinformation and propaganda flying around this thing?   Of course you are!

Are you are posting unattributed pictures from some twitter activist/warrior in San Francisco and passing it off as facts?  Of course you are! 

Perhaps we should exercise a little (just a teenie smidge) of critical thinking before swallowing the Soma...

Pathetic!

Hell in a handbasket- I am fast losing respect for this site.

 

 

 

 

Dig deep and find out who "Smolansky" really is, his loyalties, his training, and his relationship with Israel and the US. Maybe I will help you and show you some truly eye-opening facts.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 01:08 | 4460886 gallistic
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Here is an excellent example of the noxious effects of publishing "twitter news" as the Tyler(s) have done.

Scroll to the bottom pictures in this article.

http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_66410.shtml

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:29 | 4458412 johnQpublic
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everyone needs to calm the fuck down and have a happy meal

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:50 | 4458535 Ignatius
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Calm down?  CALM DOWN ???

I will personally take any former or current Miss Venezuela into my home -- as a humanitarian gesture -- because that is the kind of selfless commitment that is needed NOW.

And let it be known:  I have toilet paper.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:48 | 4458859 WillyGroper
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Well there must be some truth to that as all the news stations were telling us to

"Don't worry, Be happy".

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:12 | 4458683 Dubaibanker
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Watch this film as a prelude to the cap going inside as a finale. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFS6cP9auDc

Great video to show what has happened in Venezuela in the past 2-3 days.

Plus Twitter and internet has been massively censored. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/02/venezuelas-net-crackdown-escalates

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:15 | 4459251 Freddie
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A lot of that blood is on Jimmy Carter's hands, the Rockefellers and the Red Shield family.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:22 | 4458330 Joe Davola
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Just wait til they find out the guy just ahead of them in the drive thru got the last Shamrock Shake.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:31 | 4458427 johnQpublic
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this is what happens when they run out of mcrib sandwiches in los angeles

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:59 | 4458911 LFMayor
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I would add Memphrica to that list, too.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:33 | 4458436 Stoploss
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*RISING VIOLENCE COULD LEAD TO OBAMA OUSTER BY MILITARY:

 

See Barry?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:38 | 4458482 LMAOLORI
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DHS is stocking up on bullets they just made another purchase but don't worry I'm sure Obama would never use them on citizens :)

 

(do I have to put a sarc tag on that?)

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:41 | 4459337 Freddie
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Sadly he was installed by MIC-AIPAC people like Lester Crown aka General Dynamics.

No one seems to mention a lot of these problems are  Bernake and Yellen exporting inflation.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:23 | 4459279 Freddie
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McDonalds caught on fire there because they tried to run real meat through the broiler/cooker thingy.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:17 | 4458281 flacon
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The problem is... that Venezuela's socialist utopia is collapsing. What it needs is full blown Communism in order to succeed. Oh, and also it needs concentration camps for any one who disagrees. 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:24 | 4458360 Bangin7GramRocks
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No. It should be ruled by large corporations like the U S of A. The 2 best buildings not burned to the ground will become an Apple Store and a Chipotle as soon as Lord Business takes control.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:28 | 4458697 Supernova Born
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Try to turn off your Wifi after an Android/Windows 8.1 update. Like trying to turn off HAL.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:47 | 4458533 RSloane
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Good news Flacon, Maduro has ordered that any journalists attempting to cover the riots should be arrested and imprisoned. A station that was publicizing the protestors' demands was suddenly taken off air without warning, citing that CONATEL [the state sponsored media telecommunications agency] found them to be publishing information that was not approved.

See, they're way ahead of you! If no one can see it, its not really happening.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:59 | 4458610 flacon
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I did not know that, but why does it not surprise me.... :(

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:42 | 4460225 downwiththebanks
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By "cover" you of course mean "propagandize for the CIA and Wall Street."

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 03:56 | 4461089 sylviasays
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"By "cover" you of course mean "propagandize for the CIA and Wall Street."

Maduro and his socialist cronies are so corrupt and inept that the CIA and Wall Street did not have to get involved in this uprising! 


Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:44 | 4459352 Freddie
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Full blown communism like say Detroit.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 19:58 | 4459858 Accounting101
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Bring down the dumb. The Oligarchs always win. It's too easy.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:16 | 4458287 superflex
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Holy 36 Double D's

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:19 | 4458311 Jumbotron
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Like everything else in Venezuela.....they were HIGHLY inflated.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:48 | 4459132 Ignatius
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I forgive her.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:21 | 4459271 Jumbotron
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Too bad her government didn't.

Heads need to be on pikes.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:29 | 4458319 RSloane
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That's the most interesting shot of the arches I've ever seen. Its like an unspoken promise that even in hell you can supersize your fries.

Wasn't it Maduro who recently said, "Trust me, I'm a Socialist, I know what I'm doing" or words to that effect? I have to do some digging in the ZH archives.

Edit:

Here it is for anyone interested: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-18/maduro-reassures-venezuelans-im-socialist-and-i-know-what-i-am-doing

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:31 | 4458421 JLee2027
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LOL. Instant classic.

 

even in hell you can supersize your fries.


Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:22 | 4458334 SofaPapa
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"Those arches aren't so golden with an inferno behind them."

 

Good spot.  Adbusters couldn't have manufactured a more telling image of the true state of our modern global corporate reality.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:25 | 4458368 GolfHatesMe
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Not a Smidgen of Anti-Calm

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:30 | 4458413 Ironmaan
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I wonder what Shawn Penn and Danny Glover are thinking.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:33 | 4458439 InflammatoryResponse
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neither of those two morons THINK, that's the problem with the two of them.  2 people  not a brain in sight.

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:13 | 4458259 Winston Churchill
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Civil wars everywhere and gold seems stuck at
$1315 per.
No siree no manipulation in the gold market.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:22 | 4458335 gmrpeabody
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It's like a WTF moment...

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:24 | 4458361 Quinvarius
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I am sure we will see some stress and cracks in the facade.  Maybe some bankers will lose it and commit suicide.  Something that shows the fantastic stress of running a massive failing ponzi scheme, while ignorant mafia like killers demand you do the impossible to keep it running and pay them off, and you are also under investigation.  Stuff like someone so boxed in they have only one way out, and it happens to be a window on the 33rd floor.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:24 | 4459024 Almost Solvent
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Shut the garage door, tube connected to exhust pipe into vechiel, nice bottle of Jack Daniels, turn up the tunes, gobble down some sleeping pills and fire up the car.

Like going to sleep vs. oh shit SPLATTTTTTTTTTTTTT

 

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:13 | 4458260 mayhem_korner
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Gold medal match in "headlines" between the thong bikinis and the Chernobylites.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:17 | 4458294 Jumbotron
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HHmmm.......the Middle East.....Kiev......Venezuela.

All have major stores of fossil energy.....and lots of folks running major industrial / military empires that want that stuff.

Any connections ?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:20 | 4458316 Herd Redirectio...
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No, no, no, its just the 21st century form of the 'Dutch Disease', is all...  Go back to sleep...

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:22 | 4458336 CitizenPete
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Irregardless of the connections, one has to be impressed with all the balls the CIA/NSA/CSS is juggling all at once. Field services deserves a bonus this quarter.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:26 | 4458382 GolfHatesMe
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Regardless

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 19:19 | 4459722 CitizenPete
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give in to change ;)

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:44 | 4460235 downwiththebanks
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Nope--just read ZeroHedge:  commies are taking away toilet paper.  That explains why Venezuela's oligarchy wants to install the CIA into power.

What's not to understand?

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 04:13 | 4461103 sylviasays
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downwiththebanks thinks that if every country would just install more corrupt socialist dictators like Maduro then everyone would have toilet paper

What's not to understand? 

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:19 | 4458301 LordAarioc
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R.I.P. Miss Venezuela...You'll sit in heaven amongst the Angels. Hopefully when you reincarnate back on this level 1 kindergarden planet we will have things in much better shape then when you left it.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:30 | 4458419 maskone909
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god bless the dead

kinda messed up.  chances are when you die some asshole will be right there taking selfies next to your dead body.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:19 | 4458302 superflex
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It's funny how civil war and unrest never seems to erupt in countries without oil exports.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:22 | 4458333 Jumbotron
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"It's funny how civil war and unrest never seems to erupt in countries without oil exports."

 

Forward guidance.....perhaps ?  One can only hope.

 

http://www.energylivenews.com/2012/12/21/obama-us-will-be-%E2%80%9Cnet-e...

 

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:01 | 4458620 superflex
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Well, in that case, better call up Palmetto State Armory and order another 2,000 rounds.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 20:00 | 4459864 Jumbotron
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You'll need more than that.  Corp/Fed's up to 2...maybe 3 billion rounds now.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 04:18 | 4461108 sylviasays
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Another conspiracy theorist who has forgotten about countries where civil war has occurred that were without much oil exports like Vietnam, Korea, South Africa, Cuba, etc.

 

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:19 | 4458305 CrashisOptimistic
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Mild reminder.  Chavez did win his election.  And so did Maduro.

There are always claims of voting irregularity.  There are such claims in the US, too.  But the numbers of such would not have reversed the result.

So these rioters are trying to remove an elected government.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:23 | 4458340 Bosch
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A lot of stupid in one post. 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:23 | 4458341 Jumbotron
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Yeah....we here in the states could learn by example.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:23 | 4458348 economics9698
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I think they want to be able to afford to eat, just a guess.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:30 | 4458414 Mercury
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So what?

Being elected doesn't give you carte blanche.

Hitler was democratically elected.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:21 | 4458719 flp
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Get a clue

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:39 | 4458812 AchtungAffen
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Yeah, they did. Which doesn't change the fact that the regime is at best a plebiscitary autocracy. Just last month, after some ruse to get an opposition legislator out of the parliament, they voted a law to give Maduro the power to rule by decree without congress for 1 year. He who rules by decree/dictate is a dictator.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:53 | 4459381 lakecity55
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Yeah, just like "Executive Orders." Caracas isn't the only joint with a Dictator!

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:30 | 4459054 Meat Hammer
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Woodrow Wilson won the election, too.  How'd that work out?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:36 | 4459083 LFMayor
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You're the fucking guy that invented the "left on green arrow only" sign, aren't you?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:47 | 4460248 downwiththebanks
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Chavez didn't win one election.  He won about a dozen.  And Maduro has now won 2.

The oligarcy knows they have no chance to take power in Venezuela by legitimate means.  Just like Chile in 1971, the only thing that will allow the CIA and the oligarcy to win power is a coup.

So that's what the lemming-like Chicago boys here at ZeroHedge are rooting for. 

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 04:20 | 4461109 sylviasays
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"Chavez didn't win one election.  He won about a dozen.  And Maduro has now won 2."

Correction: they stole elections.

Corrupt oppressive socialist dictatorial elitist pigs STEAL elections through voter fraud and voter intimidation. 


Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:33 | 4458310 Mercury
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Should we parachute Spicoli in there to calm things down?

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 04:23 | 4461110 sylviasays
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Should we parachute Spicoli in there to calm things down?

Send the leftist pig Sean Penn in without a parachute. 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:20 | 4458320 Who Laughed
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This makes me sick to my stomach.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:28 | 4458402 Uber Vandal
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You certainly do not want to go to Live Leak and see some of the footage of what happened in Thailand, or the Ukraine, or Syria, or JFC EVERYWHERE!!...... Those warnings really are on there for a reason.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:21 | 4458325 kralizec
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Shooting beauty queens in the face.  Yup, I think these goons were trained by the same trash shooting people in the face in Ukraine.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:39 | 4458489 CrashisOptimistic
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Bogus photo.  She was killed in a robbery in January.  Has nothing to do with the protests.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:06 | 4458650 RSloane
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Link to article re death in protests presented in this thread. See posts above.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:22 | 4458329 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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He who has plenty of food and tp has plenty of problems. He who doesn't only has 2.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:23 | 4458352 youngman
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again freedom and liberty seem to be worth fighting for....

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:30 | 4458416 disabledvet
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Yep.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 19:14 | 4459703 Accounting101
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For Christ's sake. Stop the freedom bullshit. If the current government is deposed, the Venezuelan people will go back to living like dogs. They certainly won't have economic freedom. The Oligarchs will be back in control.

And no dumbass, that is not a plug for Chavez or his successor. But if they could dig him up, his corpse would beat the shit out of the opposition in an election.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:55 | 4460257 downwiththebanks
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FACTS:  AWAY WITH YOU.

ZeroHedge wants the CIA and IMF running Venezuela again.  They're tired of the useless eaters, poor people who should just die.  What business does any government have providing education and health care to them?  And god damn any leader who thinks oil belonging to their nation shouldn't go to Wall Street and hedge fund jackyls needs a bullet between the eyes.  

If the market decides the poor should die, then we are obliged to kill them!

ZeroHedge+Oligarchy+CIA+Fascism+Toilet Paper=Bliss

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 04:25 | 4461094 sylviasays
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So downwiththebanks wants corrupt socialist communist elitist pigs to continue running Venezuela?

corrupt socialist elitist pigs = bankrupt country = masses of starving people without food and toilet paper!

AWAY WITH YOU downwiththebanks to the socialist worker’s paradise of Venezuela!

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:24 | 4458354 pods
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The whole world is starting to burn.  On the edges first, but the big logs will catch fire soon enough.

pods

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:50 | 4458536 bsdetector
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One common thread of causation includes a populace that gets tired of corruption to the point where everything breaks. I believe there are plenty in the Ukraine who have just had their fill of corruption and now they are releasing their anger. It may well be that outsiders are taking advantage of that anger but that does not diminish the fact that anger and hatred are the fuels that are kindled. A lesson should be learned by individuals in the US. A while ago a top DOJ official stated he was affraid of the effect of criminal prosecutions in the financial system because of the negative effect it could have on the system. Well, that is turning a blind eye to corruption isn't it? It is that kind of attitude that displays complicity with corruption. And that corruption will lead to systemic failure just as it has in the Ukraine. It seems pretty clear that much of the financial crisis was caused by fraudsters and no prosecutions were even attempted. John Corzine, case in point. If we don't go after the fraudsters Ukranian problems will reach our own shores, its just a matter of time.   

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:06 | 4458645 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  its just a matter of time

True,  but the corruption has to affect people's live in a negative way.

The US peasants still live very well and are unaffected by corruption - except for their bitching about it.

When the OldFarts stop receiving SS welfare because of corruption THEN it will affect the US. 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:19 | 4458708 bsdetector
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You finished my observation. There is a line somewhere here that suggests the same could happen if EBT cards go down for 30 days. Our drugged, obese, distracted and otherwise mollified populace does not seem concerned about problems others face on a daily basis. Our dollar is strong but if that changes that might be the common denominator that will affect the entire US. 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:31 | 4458764 pods
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Well it is true that Amerikans are not affected to the degree that many emerging countries are, but taking 4-5% of your spending power YoY ain't exactly unaffected.

We have been less affected due to being able to access cheap credit to replace purchasing power.

And the old will not get SS. Or medicare.  Or they will get medicare and there will be one hospital that accepts medicare and it will have one entrance and the exit will be a sausage casing.

Sorry, you cannot hide a $220 trillion elepant under the rug.

We are merely the prettiest horse in the glue factory.  But we are there.

Or the biggest log on the fire if you will. Takes the longest to light, but once lit, burns mightily.

pods

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:39 | 4458811 bsdetector
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Wow, those thoughts really rip the bandaid off the wound. You write with common sense.  

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:42 | 4458832 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  Sorry, you cannot hide a $220 trillion elepant under the rug.

Actually you can...    We've been doing it for generations now.    It's amazing what the smart-n-savvy people can do with bullshit these days.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:15 | 4458989 pods
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Maybe you are thinking dog generations?  

Rabbits?

Have only seen these types of projections in the last decade to be generous, and these big numbers have just come out.

pods

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 18:51 | 4459610 Accounting101
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Oh, you're getting hard on big numbers are you? How about this big fucking number? $23 trillion, since 2008. That's how much the big banks and financial services received from US taxpayers. That's not some hypothetical bullshit unfunded, underfunded, almost funded over the next 100 years nonsense. That $23 trillion is real, and it no longer belongs to us.

Wow! The Oligarchs hooked you big time. They have you convinced that your assets don't belong to you.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:14 | 4460138 TimmyB
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Welcom to ZH, where fascists believe in fairy tales.     

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:20 | 4460153 satoshi411
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Welcome to ZH, where FASCISTS (AIPAC) feed shit to morons.

Where Bot's generate insipid comments 24/7, where Indian Call Center English majors write boring text and post like Bot's.

The purpose is clicks google nickels, but its all owned by GOLDMAN-SACKS since day-one, they think by creating MORONS they can bring back the stock market.

NOT

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:24 | 4460161 satoshi411
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Everyone to become a Billionaire.

Already Stewart Resnick of California is the world FIRST Trillionaire on paper.

This Elephant will go to billions of trillions,... no fucking problem, MURDER-INC is the enabler. The monkeys always keep their mouth shut when they see blood.

Folks you haven't seen anything yet, and the AmeriKKKan people don't have a fucking clue.

Looky looky here on ZH the AIPAC assholes talk   convoluted bullshit and charts and talk of QE/TAPER endlessly, but its all BULLSHIT,...

MADOFF said it best "THE USA IS THE BIGGEST PONZI ON EARTH"

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:46 | 4459118 AchtungAffen
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4-5% a year? Hah, that's nothing compared to Venezuela's over 40% inflation...

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:24 | 4458357 SDRII
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Magnitude 5.5 quake 6 miles South of Sanare, Venezuela according to USGS

Yest'd: 6.5 in Barbados

2 days ago: Venezuela expels three U.S. diplomats

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua accused the U.S. officials of using a visa program as a cover to meet with youth organizers at private universities "for training, financing and creating youth organizations through which violence is promoted in Venezuela."

NYT 2011

A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington, according to interviews in recent weeks and American diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.

Late last year russian bombers put down in Venezuela then proceed to violate Colombia airspace

August 2012: Officials at the US Embassy in Venezuela made contact with an American detainee earlier this morning, according to sources at Reuters. Suspected of being a mercenary by Venezuelan authorities, the individual has been jailed for at least a week since President Hugo Chavez announced the capture of a man illicitly attempting to cross the border from Colombia.

Opposition leader claims anti semitism

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:34 | 4458782 pods
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Reminds me of the story of the "teacher" that was killed in Egypt or Libya a while back.  Macho hunky guy who was a "teacher" and shot while out jogging.

Too much smell for it to be nothing. We have spies everywhere the FRN is accepted.

Lovely.

pods

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:27 | 4458389 DeliciousSteak
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It's amazing but somehow most of the enemies of freedom and justice are having a lot of trouble hanging on to power. It's like the jewish god, who has over two billion followers in different iterations, truly has his hand in this and is guiding the people to freedom and prosperity. Liberty for all!

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:30 | 4458415 no2foreclosures
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Ah, the Cancer In Americas is working overtime is Venezuela, Thailand, Ukraine, and where else?

Whom the Gods would destroy, they make insane and hubristic first.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:31 | 4458428 therearetoomany...
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  • *VENEZUELA PEOPLE WON'T STAY QUIET: SMOLANSKY
  • *SMOLANSKY SAYS VENEZUELA SUFFERED TERROR LAST NIGHT
  • *SMOLANSKY CALLS FOR MASSIVE VENEZUELA PROTESTS SATURDAY

It's that simple Amerika...we could change these fuckers in a day if enough people showed up....

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:42 | 4458497 NOTaREALmerican
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All that's needed is:

1)  A Smolansky
2)  Actual pissed off Mericans who aren't really just dead-beats living off of some socialist scam they pretend to hate so much.
3)  The NFL, NBA, and MLB seasons to be canceled, because we surely have to have our priorities of what's most important.
4)  The shopping malls to close, because as everybody knows:  We can defeat trrrsss by shopping more.
5)  All the porn sites to shut down.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:59 | 4460278 gallistic
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All that's needed is: 1)  A Smolansky

 

Lmao! You people have no clue on who Smolansky is and who his handlers are, do you?

You truly are dumb sheep; you are a shoo-in for the Darwin Award.

http://www.darwinawards.com/

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:33 | 4458440 SandiaMan
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Oh no! EU sanctions now coming your way.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:36 | 4458462 youngman
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The y are not paying us here in Colombia....so pretty much trade has stopped between the two countries....except the illegal trade of what gets snuck across the rivers....in a couple of weeks the country will be running on fumes...no food or anything...no one can restock a shelf...cant buy it..no dollars for trade..and cant sell it for what it costs...not a good business model...buy high sell low...

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:32 | 4459061 DoChenRollingBearing
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Thanks for the update from Colombia.  That makes perfect sense.  If Venezuela does not pay, they do not get the goods.  

And yet, Maduro and his buds will be just fine.  They likely have quiet agreements for cushy digs in one or more of their Fellow Travellers in Brazil, Cuba and Argentina.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:38 | 4458477 NOTaREALmerican
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Huh,  I hear the Merican patriots talking about this, but it seems that sports and porn must be higher in the priority list.

I guess when they get REALLY mad at our "communist" government they'll get off their fat asses and... oh yeah, get another beer from the refigerator.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 14:41 | 4458496 astoriajoe
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Looks like the long-enough timeline is getting shorter and shorter.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:23 | 4458729 robnume
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Is it Soylent Green day yet?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:27 | 4458751 wcvarones
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Say, that looks like fun!

Why don't we elect a leftist demagogue with authoritarian tendencies here? 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 15:34 | 4458774 NOTaREALmerican
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We have been for 60+ years now,   where do you think Big-Ag, Big-MIC, Big-Road, Big-Water, Big-Airport, Big-Energy, Big-Ed, Big-House, Big-Fin, Big-OldFart, Big-OldFartHealthcare, Big-AntiDrug, & Big-PoliceState came from?

It seems that in Merica, tho, everybody LOVES the socialist scam they are personally leaching off of.  

We've got the best socialist state in the world.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:28 | 4459295 The Most Intere...
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Our man learned from the best!

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:00 | 4458924 LFMayor
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They said "Don't come back here Yanqui"
but if I ever do
I'll make more money...

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:19 | 4459006 khakuda
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Should we drop spanish versions of Atlas Shrugged over Caracas?

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:36 | 4459080 SmittyinLA
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They would burn them for heat or or use them as toilet paper

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:49 | 4459135 AchtungAffen
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Atlas Shrugged IS toilet paper

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:16 | 4460143 TimmyB
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You insult toilet paper.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 04:07 | 4461099 sylviasays
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real toilet paper is the communist manifesto and of course the NY Times

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 16:32 | 4459056 SmittyinLA
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Uh no, Venezuelan protesters DO NOT get US political protection like Ukraininan protesters (they only protect bankers, not workers) in Venezuela the state protects the international bankers, no matter what, even if they have to seize every piece of property in the nation and every bank account in the nation, the bankers will be protected.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 20:01 | 4459314 The Most Intere...
Thu, 02/20/2014 - 17:59 | 4459408 flp
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Murderers!!

I hope that one day all these Chavistas can be lined up against the wall and shot.

The only good communist is a dead communist.

 

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 18:45 | 4459569 MagicMoney
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Venezuela needs more state socialism. The reason for the collapse is from the engineering of capitalist pigs I TELL YOU!!!!! Sarcasm...

 

Sarcasm aside, seems Venezuela is paying the price for allowing demogoguery to take over thier economy. Adolf Hitler's hero when he was growing up, and before he became Fuhrer of Nazi Germany was the beloved national socialist mayor of Vienna who preached against capitalism, and the jews that ran it. His name was Karl Lueger, mayor of Vienna, Austria.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 19:52 | 4459836 Accounting101
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Now you are just being a dumbass. It's fine to argue against socialism, but you're not allowed to make up shit. To imply that Venezuela was some sort of economic tiger or a capitalistic paradise, then the people fucked things up by voting for Chavez is ridiculous.

Please don't post on the topic of Venezuela if you don't understand it's tragic history.

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 20:02 | 4459875 satoshi411
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