Venezuela Declares Every Friday A Holiday To Conserve Electricity

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When we last checked in on everyone's favorite Latin American socialist paradise, Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents "had gone crazy." Or at least that’s how Maduro described the situation in a “thundering” speech to supporters at what he called an “anti-imperialist” rally in Caracas in mid-March.

Meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators had been holding counter-rallies calling for the President’s ouster. Maduro angered the opposition - which dealt Hugo Chavez’s leftist movement its worst defeat at the ballot box in history in December - the previous month when he used a stacked Supreme Court to give himself emergency powers he says will help him deal with the country’s worsening economic crisis.

"Now that the economic emergency decree has validity, in the next few days I will activate a series of measures I had been working on,” he said, following Congress’s declaration of a “food emergency.”

The "emergency measures" in effect, amounted to a shutdown of the country. "Venezuela is shutting down for a week as the government struggles with a deepening electricity crisis," Bloomberg wrote. "President Nicolas Maduro gave everyone an extra three days off work next week, extending the two-day Easter holiday, according to a statement in the Official Gazette published late Tuesday."

The reason for the electrical rationing was the water content of Venezuela's Guri Dam, which supplies more than two-thirds of the country’s electricity. As The Latin American Herald Tribune writes, the dam “is less than four meters from reaching the level where power generation will be impossible. Water levels at the hydroelectric dam are 3.56 meters from the start of a ‘collapse’ of the national electric system. Guri water levels are at their lowest levels since 2003, when the a nationwide strike against Hugo Chavez reduced the need for power, masking the problem."

(arrow shows where the water shoud be if the dam were operating at capacity)


As a result, Maduro blamed El-Nino for implementing what was a three-day weekend.

"The emergency decision we took is due to El Nino," he said. "We will save more than 40% from these measures."

For now, however, the weather has refused to comply and as Bloomberg reports this morning, Maduro has expanded his mid-March decree, and designated every Friday in the months of April and May as a non-working holiday in his ongoing bid to save electricity as a prolonged drought pushes water levels to a critical threshold at hydro-generation plants.

The country will unveil details of a 60-day plan to conserve energy Thursday, Maduro said, adding that measures would include asking large users such as shopping malls and hotels to generate their own electricity for nine hours a day. Heavy industries operating in the country will be asked to cut consumption by 20 percent, he said.

“This plan for 60 days, for two months, will allow the country to get through the most difficult period with the most risk,” Maduro said on state television late Wednesday. "I call on families, on the youth, to join this plan with discipline, with conscience and extreme collaboration to confront this extreme situation” of the drought blamed on the El Nino weather system.

As noted above, the announcement comes after Maduro shut down the country for a week over the Easter holiday last month, giving workers an extra three days off. Those efforts saved almost 22 centimeters of water at Guri Dam in the southern state of Bolivar, which supplies as much as 75 percent of the electricity consumed in the capital Caracas.

If water levels at the dam fall below 240 meters above sea level, the government may have to shut down the plant to avoid damaging turbines - a move that would inevitably lead to increased rationing. The level is currently around 243 meters, Maduro said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the new four-day work week would be extended only to public sector workers or if the measure would include the private sector.

It also wasn't clear if, in case the water level drops below 240 meters, and Venezuela is essentially without power, if the 3 days weekend would be expanded to comprise every day of the week.

Then again, considering the economic state of Venezuela, this may not be bad news for the long-suffering local population.

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Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Socialism at work and coming to a country near you.


Chupacabra-322's picture

More like:

"FEEL THE REEM", up ypur ass that is.

NidStyles's picture

I see that Marxism works great there, if you're a party member that is.

Uchtdorf's picture

Meanwhile Obama declares Mulligan Mondays forever.

NoDebt's picture

For a dictator, giving people time off work is usually a bad idea.


Latina Lover's picture

In the interests of protecting the environment and saving trees, he also decreed that BOTH sides of Toilet paper must be used.

Money Counterfeiter's picture
Money Counterfeiter (not verified) Latina Lover Apr 7, 2016 7:48 AM

Bankers dream come true. Buy shit at $1 to 1200 bolivars, lots or whores, cocaine from Colombia readily available.  Socialism is a banker’s best friend in ripping people off.

The bonus for bankers is old people and children starve to death.  A little side entertainment.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I think they're just doing it wrong!


On paper Socialism looks practice.....not so much however.


Which is why I think we need to go back to the old fashioned know......the real stuff.


You know...where they jail bankers.....but just the bad ones.

eforce's picture

They have run out of wealth to steal so they need to go back to capitalism, generate some more, so they can steal it all over again.

0b1knob's picture

Damned capitalist stooge El Nino.

Obviously bribed by the CIA.

38BWD22's picture



It's all George Bush's fault.



GadExp's picture

This is absolutely rediculous!  EVERY day of the week should be a working holiday!!!

janus's picture

actually, DoChen, this time it's all janus' fault...i'll take the blame here, and i do deserve it.

i suspect maduro may've been reading my mind; and the more i think about it, the more certain is my suspicion.  how this bus driver was able to drill deep into my brain all the way from caracas exceeds my understanding -- but it happened, and now all of northern south america will have to suffer for it.

it's like this:

janus is working on a story based in mississippi.  and as i set to thresh the back channels of my noggin for anecdotes and memories particular to the magnolia state, one funny little tid-bit recalled to mind a time of carefree days in starkville's cotton district sippin beers, tossin the frisbee and tokin on a number with Jonbob (yes, that was/is his legal first name), Pat, Neil and Trey.  

Jonbob & Pat were best friends...positively inseparable were these pals; wherever the one was found the other was sure to be close at hand.  Jonbob was a buddah lookin dude: portly and pudgy with wise eyes.  Pat was a pretty boy, but not too quick on the up-take.  Jonbob was from an olde mississippi family/ Pat's parents were working class. 

Pat was always nose-deep in one zany escapade or the other...Pat's picadillos and scenarios were the stuff of legend; but inasmuch as Pat didn't know how to tell a story, the job fell to Jonbob.  which is to say, they were Pat's stories but Jonbob owned them.

if memory serves, this very song came on the stereo as Jonbob set to tell the tale of Pat and his days with the united states postal service during the course of one hot, acrid delta summer outside indianola...time for a cig:

back in the day, welfare checks were actual paper checks and foodstamps were physical paper stamps, not digitally encoded bits 'loaded' onto a plastic card.  these provisions for necessities were all delivered on the same friday statewide -- from olive branch to moss point, every mississippian (whether they were beneficiaries or not) felt the effects of check-day.

on check night every juke-joint was filled to capacity.  the delta in particular was a hive of kinetic activity bristling with electricity.

okay, in the summer of 94' Pat took a job delivering letters.  fairly standard procedure.  open the proper box, put the appropriate letters in their respective boxes, close box, repeat.  


and for 26 days a month, Pat was a happy and unperturbed postman.  and then there was check-day...freaky-friday, as they say.

first week on the job just so happened to be check-week; and Pat was told that he'd need some assistance on his particular route that first friday...check-day needed a mentor on its first few runs.  the task was not fit for the faint of heart.

at each and every neighborhood's entrance, a brood of snarling bitches would be waiting to greet the postman demanding that 'their' check be handed over immediately...all of 'their' problems of a far more pressing nature than each of their neighbor's.  

and at each and every neighborhood's entrance, the same stern speech would have to be barked to each and every bevy of belligerent bitches: "i'm telling you right now!  if every single one of you don't march your asses back inside your house, i'll skip this street and you'll see your check sometime next week!"

loud and passionate protests were returned...threats of exotic retaliations were from them issued...cautions that the postman was messin with the wrong bitch were tossed about.  but, after a few minutes, they all trotted back to their homes and waited -- eyes peeking from their door window.

Pat handled himself with aplomb.  by the 3rd neigborhood, he was successfully able to master the situation and assume total control.  Pat was a natural-born letter-carrier.

the next week went-off without a hitch.  the birds were chirpin.  butterflies doin their thing.  all was right in the world; and everyday was a beautiful day in the neighborhood right outside indianola.

one more song and one more cig in dedication to an indianola legend and american icon -- Muddy Waters:

stalking the streets of indianola was a crazy man named sloopy.  the proof of sloopy's crazy was found in his eyes.  sloopy wasn't firing on all six cylinders.  and this would all be well and good, but sloopy was a mountain of a man...capable of doing great harm to anything unfortunate enough to find its way to the business end of his crazy.

for the most part, sloopy was harmless.  so long as you didn't trigger him with sass, he'd let you pass unmolested.  

the only real problem sloopy posed to indianola's city fathers fell every single friday.  for you see, sloopy had it settled firmly in his crazy eyes that every friday was check-day.  nothing could on this matter dissuade sloopy.  not even Emanuel Kant could form an argument sufficient to subdue sloopy's conviction.

a solution was at one point settled upon that met with the pleasure of all concerned parties.

whensoever sloopy approached a postman, that postman was authorized -- nay, required -- to pepper-spray poor ole crazy sloopy every single friday afternoon.  

now, for the squeemish and simple-minded, this sounds cruel and inhumane.  but, here's the thing, sloopy's people were poor, reagan shut down all the nut-houses in the 80s and, most of all, sloopy would furiously maul any postman unwilling to hand over his check every single friday.

so, do you lock poor sloopy up in the county jail for assault and let those charges multiply by orders of magnitude over the years?  do you chain him indoors every friday like an animal?  do you export poor sloopy to the mean streets of some grim mega-city and let him live out his days a beggar?

really, tell me, what would you bleeding hearts do in such a situation?  i promise you, all your tender-heartedness could not convince sloopy that every friday wasn't check-day...such a thought just did not with him register.  in fact, there is every chance you'd be mauled if you kept insisting as much.

anyway, on the first non-check-friday, Pat was again escourted around his route.  you never knew where or when sloopy would spring from the bushes; but you could be sure it was coming.

imagine all the world is right and you're excited to start the weekend, and then something like this pounces with fury from the bushes:

you wanna know what you'd do?  why, you'd pepper-spray the fuck outta sloopy.  and here's what would happen:

what was one second prior a holy terror had in a flash of orange mist been transformed into a howling terrified man-child.  

and the funniest part was when Jonbob would remind us that sloopy never remembered being pepper-sprayed.  you would pull it out, warn him, remind matter, sloopy always forgot that 3 fridays weren't check day and pepper spray hurts.

mississippi's just a different kind of place.  some of you judgemental bitches condemn it...i'll tell you the Truth: there's more love of fellow man among black and white in the smallest corner of mississippi as is found in all of the eastern seaboard.  but, think what y'all want.

anyway, Jonbob, Pat, Trey & Neil...see y'all come october.  and somebody check in on sloopy...make sure he's doing all right:

take me back/

to a time so long ago/

where the sweet magnolia blossoms/

cotton fields, white as snow,



Antifaschistische's picture

It seems like it would have been more appropriate for him to "call on all the now vacationing people" to go to the lake and urinate in it to save the country.   He could have been a hero!!

TeamDepends's picture

Free Fridays, college, phones, gas, mortgage! Feel The Bern!

silverer's picture

Screw it all. A three day work week is enough. Excellent for the environment, less plundering and use of limited resources.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Eventually the state gets around to imposing dirt naps, with barely different arguments.  

Freddie's picture

As much as I loathe Bern - the Bush/Romney/Neocon GOP-e trying to steal it from Trump with their Canadian and the Bushes vile friends the Clintons are even worse.

Don't make fun of the Venzueleans because the USA is getting a lot closer to Venez.   I remember talking to a middle to upper middle class Austrian-Venezuelan guy who spoke perfect Engish.  The parents were trying to get him out before Chavez really went to town.  Really sad what has happened to that country and to America.

The GOP/Bushes are trying to do to Trump what they did to Reagan.  Not that Trump is the answer but the Bushes-Cruz, Clintons or Bern are not the answer.

Whoa Dammit's picture

See what happens when you repatriate your gold Larry? (not that you got to keep it anyway, but you still must be punished)

jus_lite_reading's picture

You can't make this shit up--


Bernie says, "'Yes' I'd apologize for slavery and I'd make reparations by investing in low-income communities'


I swear to fucking Christ I'll go ballistic if that apologetic communist CUCK fucking piece of cunt lice gets into office... I better bite my tongue.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

How come every promise the Bern makes involves paying off voters in some form or another?  What a waste of human organs


Pumpkin's picture

I think reparations are a good idea.  Everyone that used to be a slave should get paid. I never had any slaves myself, so I have nothing to apologize for.

BarkingCat's picture

I prefer repatriation over reparation.

silverer's picture

The US has been paying "reparations" to the blacks in the US since 1966. You have to wonder how many billions it would take to make the liberals happy? But I don't think liberals are ever really happy. They "strive", and pat themselves on the back for that.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The war on poverty has cost us more than all our real wars combined, and yet we still have a bottom quintile of income in the wealth distribution.  More fairness must be imposed.  

Dubaibanker's picture

Let there be no doubt.

Lack of power is no more a socialist utopia, but also a democratic one.

Power: How Nigeria experienced zero megawatt 

Read more at:

Antifaschistische's picture

Nigeria is an example of democracy!

Dubaibanker's picture


This is as hilarious as it gets...if Nigeria is a democracy! Just like America is a free country! :)

Nigeria Is What Democracy Looks Like
Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I can't wait until the US becomes as much a Banana Republic as Venezuela is. Oh....wait....

jus_lite_reading's picture

In the US, we already have socialist utopias- Chicongo, Detoilet, LA, Baltimore etc. All gun-free and all with the highest crime rate in the nation, along with the highest bond yields. If that is not evidence enough that Hitlery's and Sanders communist ideals don't work then it might be already too late.

Some call me Richard Parker's picture

Maduro - Obama, and whatever type of pitiful excuses come next.

yogibear's picture

The US is well on it's way. Centrally planned economy, media and calling the constitution a worthless document.

Add in the youth thinking socialism is the solution.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The scariest part of the whole horror show.

But in a way it makes sense. If you were born into this shit show and told repeatedly your standard of living will be lower than your parents and you won't get anything out of the SS tax you pay, you might demand that the 'authorities' do something about it.

Freddie's picture

No waiting bro.  We are there. 

new game's picture

friday off, lol. in government everyday is friday, except they show up and play head games.

so if one day off saves 40 percent, three would save 120 percent, sure - ok ....

jus_lite_reading's picture

Maybe they should declare everyday a holiday! Save 3000% electricity!

AC_Doctor's picture

Tic-Toc mutherfucker.  The fun starts when you run out of "OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY" to spend. 

If Bernie loses to Hillary, is he going to run against Maduro, after a quickie Hooked on Phonics Spanish CD?

Arnold's picture

So , now I can visit the Mosque, Temple and the Sepulchre this week!

pupton's picture

Wow, even better than "Daylight Savings Time"....Maybe our rulers will give us a three day weekend too...

Arnold's picture

Many of us would like a three day work week.

That would be like a 50% raise.

BandGap's picture

Every day is a holiday for the EBT Army. No need to add more.

Catullus's picture

A country with all that oil has an electricity problem. What a great country!

Supernova Born's picture

He has small hands and he stole my grandmother's gardening hat.

boattrash's picture

U.S. Fed Gov did this during the 70s oil embargo, only to find that when you give people 3 days off, they take road trips, camping trips, Etc...

BarkingCat's picture

camping is good. Not using electricity nor water and sewer.

boattrash's picture

At that time it was all about gasoline. In Arkansas most people camp with boats, ATVs, cage buggies Etc... It didn't take them too long to figure that out and return to 5 day work-weeks.

Tinky's picture

Imagine the amount of energy that could be saved if no one worked at all!


Chupacabra-322's picture

Ah, yes. But then the Elite couldn't control anyone its the illusion of wealth through Credit & Fake Fiat Currency.

TalkToLind's picture

Shhh. Let's not give Obama, Hillary or Bern any new ideas.

new game's picture

others peoples money can be qe, til qe doesn't work. japan style. fed=boj.

4.2 trillion and counting. or euro style, kitchen sink, buy it all...