"It's Pure Chaos Now; There Is No Way Back" - Venezuela Morgues Are Overflowing

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When we previewed Venezuela's upcoming hyperinflation, which in January was predicted to be 720% and as of this moment is likely far higher...


... we said "This Is What The Death Of A Nation Looks Like" and said "there is no good news in any of the above for the long-suffering citizens of this "socialist paradise" which any minute now will be downgraded to its fair value of "socialist hell."

Subsequent news that Venezuela was now openly liquidating its gold reserves while its president, in an amusing twist, announced last week, that henceforth every Friday will be a holiday, (the term there was a slightly different meaning) to cut down on electricity usage (while blaming El Nino for its electricity rationing) merely confirmed that the end if nigh for this once flourishing Latin American nation.

Sadly, while we have been warning for years about Venezuela's inevitable, economic devastation, we said it was only a matter of time before the chaos spreads to broader society and leads to total collapse.

That may have arrived because as even the FT now admits, after visiting the main Caracas morgue, Venezuela risks a descent into chaos.

But back to the morgue of central Caracas, where FT correspondent Andres Schipani writes that the stench forces everyone to cover their nostrils. "Now things are worse than ever," says Yuli Sánchez. "They kill people and no one is punished while families have to keep their pain to themselves."

Ms Sánchez’s 14-year-old nephew, Oliver, was shot five times by malandros, or thugs, while riding on the back of a friend’s motorcycle. His uncle, Luis Mejía, remarked that in a fortnight three members of their family had been shot, including two youths who were shot by police.

Sounds a little like Chicago on a Friday... only in Venezuela things are even worse: "an economic, social and political crisis facing Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s unpopular president, is being aggravated by a rise in violence which is prompting fears that this oil-rich country risks becoming a failed state."

Even the morgue employees are asking if they should give up.

"What can we do?" Mr Mejía asks. “Give up.” The morgue employee in charge of handling the corpses notes that a decade ago he received seven or eight bodies every weekend. These days, he says, that number has risen to between 40 and 50: "This is now wilder than the wild west."

Critics say that the Venezuelan government is increasingly unable to provide citizens with water, electricity, health or a functioning economy which can supply basic food staples or indispensable medicines, let alone personal safety.

In other words, total socioeconomic collapse. This is what it looks like:

Last month alone, Venezuelans learned of the summary execution of at least 17 gold miners supposedly by a mining Mafia, the killing of two police officers allegedly by a group of students who drove a bus into a barricade, and a hostage drama inside a prison at the hands of a grenade-wielding criminal gang. On Wednesday, three policemen were killed when an armed gang busted a member out of a lock-up in the capital.


At least 10 were killed in a Caracas shanty town after a confrontation between local thugs armed with assault rifles, while a local mayor was gunned down outside his home in Trujillo state last month. There are widespread reports of lynchings.


All this is creating a broad unease that Mr Maduro is unable to maintain order... There is a lack of basic goods. Analysts warn that the economic crisis risks turning in to a humanitarian one.

Some refuse to acknowledge that a state erected on so much oil wealth can be a failed state:

“Failed state is a nebulous concept often used too lightly. That’s not the case with today’s Venezuela,” says Moisés Naím a Venezuelan distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “The evidence of state failure is very concrete in the country that sits on top of the world’s largest oil reserves.”

Alas, a failed state is precisely what Venezuela has become: Venezuela is already one of the world’s deadliest countries. The Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, a local think-tank, says the murder rate rose last year to 92 killings per 100,000 residents. The attorney-general cites a lower figure of 58 homicides per 100,000. This is up from 19 per 100,000 in 1998, before Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez took power.

It gets worse, because in addition to a soaring murder rate, the government itself is implicated.

"Venezuelans are facing one of the highest murder rates in the hemisphere and urgently need effective protection from violent crime,” said José Miguel Vivanco HRW’s Americas director. “But in multiple raids throughout the country, the security forces themselves have allegedly committed serious abuses.”

Their findings show that police and military raids in low-income and immigrant communities in Venezuela have led to widespread allegations of abuse, including extrajudicial killings, mass arbitrary detentions, maltreatment of detainees, forced evictions, the destruction of homes, and arbitrary deportations.

And like all other failed governments, Maduro's administration is quick to deflect blame, instead accusing violence within its borders on Colombian rightwing paramilitaries "engaged in a war against its revolution." But as David Smilde and Hugo Pérez Hernáiz of the Washington Office on Latin America, a think-tank, recently wrote: “Attributing violence in Venezuela to paramilitary activity has been a common rhetorical move used by the government over the past year, effectively making a citizen security problem into a national security problem.”

For many Venezuelans it no longer matters who is to blame. "It is a state policy of letting anarchy sink in," says a former policeman outside the gates of a compound in Caracas.

The FT adds that the former police station now houses the Frente 5 de Marzo, one of the political groups that consider themselves the keepers of socialism’s sacred flame. The gates bear the colours of the Venezuelan flag and are marked with bullet holes. The man believes there is something akin to a civil war going on.

Venezuela is pure chaos now. It seems to me there is no way back,” the former policeman says.  He is right.

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And since words can not fully do a failed state justice, here is a video clip from Jeff Berwick showing the reality on the ground in the country where "socialism's sacred flame" is about to go out for good.

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ShrNfr's picture

I extend my thanks to James Carter for certifying the bogus election of Hugo. May he rot in his own santimonious hell.

Billy the Poet's picture

Anyone care for a spot of Soylent Green?

stacking12321's picture

luke rudowski and jeff berwick just did a video in caracas, crazy stuff going on there:


You Won't Believe What We Saw In Socialist Venezuela


Escrava Isaura's picture



Venezuela? Yea, sure.

dolph911: Don’t get misled by the minutia of what the stock market is doing, or what the economy is doing on a quarter to quarter basis. Besides it will drive you insane, as these markets are heavily manipulated and swing wildly based on the sentiments of billions of human monkeys who can’t even see their noses in front of them.

Keep your eyes on the big picture:
1) Transition away from American empire, and eventual implosion of America into civil war
2) Relentless resource decline
3) Inevitability of resource triage and war, and breakdown of globalization and reversion back to nation state/regional block power

That is the narrative. As long as you keep those things in mind you will get most other smaller details correct. 



samjam7's picture

China is doing shit about this place, although it's their mess also, because they propped up that government with billions in loans for oil in the hope of maintaining a foothold in Caracas. Well, I guess that backfired badly and it will be another malinvestment by the Chinese.

In the meantime uncle Sam and the vultures at Wall Street and in Washington are waiting, biding their time. Sooner rather than later Maduro and his military cronies will fall and when they do, Washington and the IMF will stand ready to help whoever comes in next, desperate to turn around what is left of Venezuela. 

DC knew a coup was not necessary in this case, as the regime was bound to self-destruct with its utter economic ludicracy and stupidity. This way imposing its rules will be all the easier. 
Too bad ordinary Venezuelans need to suffer for this, oftentimes with their lives! 

Aaronson.Jones.Rutherford's picture

"Failed state": country that refuses to submit to Western Imperialism.

xavi1951's picture

Reflect on life in the U.S. under Bernie or Hillary............

Kissy Ass's picture

Bernie Sanders will HELP 'merica not harm it.

Vote for Bernie. Feel the Bern!

MagicHandPuppet's picture

@kissy dumbass.. Please visit Venezuela.  The socialists have proven their helpfulness.

nmewn's picture

"And I mean, those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory — you should just decide what works." - Comrade Obama

Nothing interesting or argumentative about whats happening in Venezuela cumrad. Socialism ain't working...lol.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) nmewn Apr 10, 2016 6:27 PM

You should have just handed over the oil to our American corporations and elected our neoliberal puppet.  Now you have to be made an example of.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Someone should ask Bernie Sanders what the differences are between his Socialist State and that of Venezuela.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Wow.....socialism rocks!


We need to get us some of dat!!!

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) VinceFostersGhost Apr 10, 2016 7:04 PM

Saying that socialism caused this is like saying that Jewish ancestry caused the gas chambers because they were so strongly correlated.  This is straight-up punishment from the banksters.

JLee2027's picture

Gun free zones are working just as designed. Only the criminals have them.


"murder capital of the world"

Paveway IV's picture

"It's Pure Chaos Now; There Is No Way Back" - Venezuela Morgues Are Overflowing

Here is the one giant mistake being made in Venezuela today:


If you're going to have a revolution, kill the right fucking people, for God's sake.

Keyser's picture

We will know things are getting serious when they drag Maduro out into the street and publicly execute him... Until then, it's business as usual... Economic anarchy is the keyword of the day... 

Four chan's picture

how much will they take for their gold, i got some fiat frns for them.

boattrash's picture

I'm still holding onto my FRNs, but I'll trade cases of shit-tickets (TP) for gold...

jeff montanye's picture

regarding the u.s. knowing a coup would not be necessrary:


bernie's biggest socialism is national healthcare like every other advanced country in the world (costs half as much as what the u.s. is doing now) and free higher education at public schools like california had for much of its history.

i'd bet donald trump would support both those changes, paying for them by stopping the bush/obama wars and generally seeing what savings an even handed policy in palestine might offer.

but it's going to be hard getting there.  the israeli citizens are utterly stationed throughout our government and military.  take a look at general jack weinstein, now full commander of u.s. missiles.  he is said to be an israeli citizen on blogs and no official denial anywhere but who really knows?  the mossad fucking knows and not just this.




Pickleton's picture

"like every other advanced country in the world "


And of course, every other advanced country in the world is trailing by half the innovations, nobel prizes, access, and on and on.  You cretins get that don't you?

HenryHall's picture

>> DC knew a coup was not necessary in this case, as the regime was bound to self-destruct with its utter economic ludicracy and stupidity.


That didn't stop them from trying a coup.

And won't stop them from trying again so "Our man Yats" or someone similar is put in power.

And who will decamp when there is nothing left to loot.

Dave Whiteman's picture

I gave you 6,000,000 ups.

Dave Whiteman's picture

Who is behind socialism- yes same banker wankers.

ArmedLiberal's picture

Instead of remaining totally ignorant about Sanders and Venezuela, you should read about both and not just spout what other ignorants like you think is information.  You must get your news from Fox News. US : a country of sheep guarded by wolves and owned by pigs. 

mkkby's picture

Well, I read Bernie's web site YESTERDAY.  He says he want to raise taxes and make everything free. 

I've got news for you, dumb ass.  You'll go broke from all that free.

Not socialist?  How so bright boy?

jeff montanye's picture

everything free?  you know that is not true.  

his "tax" that he claims will pay for free higher education is a securities transaction tax that will fall disproportionately on high frequency traders which are a cancer on the markets, imo.  not as bad as the fed, etc. but not good at all.

we are actually going broke from the bloated military and idiot wars the u.s. has fought since vietnam and for paying way the fuck too much for medicare, medicaid and now obamacare vs. what every other advanced nation does.

social security may have overpromised as well but that will iron out as boomers die and the worker/retiree ratio improves.

our foreign policy should be trade and aid not loan and drone.  and the cia doesn't actually need to be in the illegal drug business.  drugs could be legalized and taxed, increasing tax revenues and saving lives and money.

Not My Real Name's picture

The cost of those wars is dwarfed by social services. The former is at least authorized by the Constitution; the latter not. It's okay though ... I blame such ignorance on the public school systems.

Pickleton's picture

So you know the TROOOF about Sanders do ya skippy?  Ahhh, you musta got your newz from MSDNC.  FUCK OFF!

Sanctuary2's picture

uhmmm....your brain on drugs?

DirkDiggler11's picture

The problem with Venezuela is they didn't go "Full Socialism", they just went "Socialism Light". Next time they will go "Full Socialism" and it will evolve into the utopia that we always dreamed was the result of full Socialism. A chicken in every pot and your own spot in line at the grocery store or morgue. Enjoy !

shovelhead's picture


Bernie's got em.

nmewn's picture

"You should have just handed over the oil to our American corporations..."


Pretty sure Chavez NATIONALIZED it all so whats the problem? Teddy Kennedy even took 2.6 million barrels for the Socialist Republic of Massachusetts and his Citizens Energy Corp if I recall correctly, I actually thought he was gonna drop to his knees & suck Chavez's dick over it at one point...lol.

Why do you hate Citgo & Kennedy ;-)

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

At least Teddy's alcoholisim is finally cured.


RevIdahoSpud3's picture

After 2,418 days Ted Kennedy is still dead.

FreedomGuy's picture

However, he is probably still voting Democrat.

what's that smell's picture

org chart topdown:

1) neocuckocon deep state

2) state dept.

3) bloomberg

4) zerohedge

5) zerohedge basement

6) zeroheads

7) bitches

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Good riddance to a pathetic fuckwad!

nmewn's picture

And trying to pass a drivers license test.

Apparently he was one helluva swimmer tho ;-)

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

...and muff-diver, but no medals for life saving though. He also knew how to take a hint and step-and-fetch-it after Jack boy showed him how to buy the farm with a few grains of lead. Yazzah, Massa! Ah's comin'!

401K of Dooom's picture

Joe Kennedy, it is Joseph P.  Kennedy the III who runs Citizens Energy and accepted the so-called free petroleum from good-old Hugo Chavez. 

Money Counterfeiter's picture
Money Counterfeiter (not verified) Kissy Ass Apr 10, 2016 8:03 PM

Yea I remember the Zionist laughing up up at the (Caracas)airport a couple of years ago.  I guess they are happy and celebrating now.  After a few million are killed a good investment opportunity.

Champaign corks popping in Tel Aviv.  More war.  More printing paper and buying other people’s land real cheap.

All bankers want this chaos.  Pennies on the dollars for assets.  Clear the dead bodies and build again.  Most of these sociopaths are Zionist MF's.   

Meant what I said.  

Saw these assholes at Caracas airport 2 years ago, I knew what was about to happen, they had a -10% real interest rates at the time, 10% - 25%.   They knew what would happen and the MF's were in a group hug laughing about it amoung themselves.  

Yea I was watching you scumbags. 

Beowulf55's picture



Did you not read this article? 


Did you not see the video?


Can you not connect the dots?  I can see you were not burdened with an over abundance of education.  And what education you did get must of been a government school.......




jeff montanye's picture

it's must have been not must of been.  

educated one.

CaptainObvious's picture

I have already done that.  This, kids, is why we stack.