US To Sanction Venezuelan VP For Being "Drug Kingpin" As Socialist Utopia Resorts To Eating Flamingoes

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After years of investigations over alleged drug-trafficking and money-laundering, Venezuela's vice-president Tareck El Aissami faces sanctions by US authorities as a "specially designated national." El Aissami would be the highest-ranking Venezuelan official hit by U.S. sanctions, and we are sure will warrant a furious response from President Maduro who has already accused US of 'economic war' numerous times... and being responsible for forcing his people to resort to eating flamingoes now.

The sanctions mark an extraordinary step against the second-in-command of a foreign government and are sure to lead to a further deterioration in U.S. relations with the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who appointed El Aissami as vice president on Jan. 4 amid a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis. El Aissami, the son of Syrian and Lebanese immigrants, has long been one of Venezuela’s most controversial and feared politicians. In just over a decade, the 42-year-old climbed government ranks from a student leader in rural Venezuela, to interior minister, to his previous post as the governor of Aragua state.

After being tapped by Maduro to lead a "commando unit" against alleged coup plotters and officials suspected of treason, Bloomberg reports, his ascent prompted a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers to call last week for further measures against Maduro’s government. In a Feb. 8 letter to President Donald Trump, 34 members of Congress including Senators Ted Cruz and Robert Menendez cited El Aissami’s appointment and urged the U.S. to “take immediate action to sanction regime officials.”

Amid hyperinflationary chaos,  El Aissami, nicknamed “the narco of Aragua” by Venezuela’s beleaguered opposition, has thrived. As Bloomberg details, critics allege he has used his vast political network to help turn the country into an international hub for drugs. The State Department, in its 2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, described the Caribbean nation as a “major cocaine transit country,” citing “endemic corruption throughout commerce and government, including law enforcement.”

The vice president’s ties to the nation’s civil registry services before he became interior minister have also fueled accusations by U.S. investigators that he’s aided Middle Eastern extremists by allowing them to create Venezuelan identities and a web of front companies to move money outside the country’s borders.

 

The U.S. move would worsen a relationship long strained by mistrust and Venezuelan accusations that Washington supported a failed attempt to overthrow then-President Hugo Chavez in 2002. In the years following the attempted coup, Chavez aggressively criticized U.S. ties to Latin America, helped lead rallies around South America against “Yankee aggression” and nationalized investments by companies including U.S.-based Exxon Mobil Corp.

Meanwhile, as the so-called "narco of aguara" enjoyed the high-life, the people of his socialist have resorted to eating flamingoes and anteaters... (as The Miami-Herald reports)

Biology student Luis Sibira stumbled across the first set of gory remains last November: eight pink flamingos, their breasts and torsos sliced out, leaving their heads, spindly legs and vivid feathers scattered across the marshy ground at Las Peonias Lagoon in western Venezuela.

 

Flamingo hunting is both illegal and unusual at the lagoon, less than 200 miles from the Colombian border. Sibera, who had been studying the pink birds that nest there for years, had never seen anything remotely like that before.

 

 

Since then, though, he's seen at least 20 similar cases, most recently in January, when he found several carcasses hidden under shrubs, with a shotgun shell nearby.

 

But this isn’t simple poaching, he said. Sibira and other investigators from Zulia University, a public university in Maracaibo, are convinced that the protected birds have become the latest victims of Venezuela's growing hunger crisis. People have become so desperate, he said, that they are butchering and eating flamingos.

 

There are other signs that food shortages have led to the slaughtering of animals not generally considered meat: giant anteaters, for one.

Doris Rubio, CEO of the Venezuela-based Animal Protection Association, is alarmed. But she also understands what’s going on.

“We find these killings grotesque, but how can we be critical of someone who hunts a pigeon, a dog, a cat or any animal because he or she is hungry?” she asked.

 

“People used to hunt lizards for sport. Now they do it out of necessity.”

Ricardo Boscan, the head of Maracaibo’s waste collection department, said that six out of every 10 garbage bags or trash cans are being looted by hungry people. “The situation has gotten worse since 2015," he said. "It’s happening because hunger is rising to a massive scale.” But resorting to flamingos is something new.

Of course, President Maduro will use this as an excuse to blame the 'yankees' for the utter horror that his policies have uneleashed on a once wealthy nation.

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Majestic12's picture

Too much dark meat...

peddling-fiction's picture

Immediate payback for dissing CNN, Making (up) News.

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-13/maduro-kicks-cnn-out-venezuela-...

 

Follow that thread to see how I just exposed an IRS employee on ZH, GadEXP, account age less than 1 year.

NoDebt's picture

Flamingo... it's what's for dinner.  (Tastes like chicken.)

 

DaNuts's picture

Flaming flamingos, BBQ with chilli sauce, tastes like Nandos.

Jim Sampson's picture

Drug Kingpin huh?  So what's that make the U.S. Gov't?

GadExp's picture

 

 

I heard if you eat too many flamingos, your skin will turn pink.

GadExp's picture

I exposed a jerk today.  Prisoners_Dilemna!!!

 

Imagine a world where the only "honest" people are those who are as smart as you!  I have a hard time believing that Prisoners_dilemna cares one bit about helping people learn the truth.  Rather he seems to only care about proclaiming a 'high ground' and jamming facts down people's throats.

 

I picked up on the income tax issue 6 months ago and since then i have amended 6 different returns for myself and others.  Then on PD's comment, I try to encourage the truth.  Instead, I was basically assaulted with the weird accusations that I am an IRS agent.  Go ahead and read the thread.  You decide if an IRS agent would say the things I said.  Ha ha!

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-13/maduro-kicks-cnn-out-venezuela-...

 

I'm pretty happy with where I am on the subject of income tax after just 6 months of being aware of the fraud.  I will continue to study and learn.  Obviously PD proved himself to be more experienced on the subject, and thus smarter than me on the topic.  But he also proved himself to be a paranoidly suspicious jerk.

 

Three cheers for the truth and the Constitution!

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

You got one thing correct, "Obviously PD proved himself to be more experienced on the subject, and thus smarter than me on the topic"

You misdirected, mis-cited, and now you mischaracterize.

You've been exposed and now cry and resort to ad hominem.

Why did you not offer definitions for the custom defined Terms "United States", "State", and "includes"??

I call bullshit on "I helped 6 people". You audited 6 people today is what you did.

I'm not the jerk because you decided to fight me.

Welcome to Fight Club, Snowflake.

 

Nothing you said today remotely resembles the speech of a CTC educated American.

You are a fraud, and I suspect you are an IRS employee.

 

Come back swinging harder next time and perhaps you will defeat me.

Maybe then you will be ready for CTC and taking on the most duplicitous agency known to Americans.

GadExp's picture

Right.  I am an insidious lying IRS agent who tells people that they should read the tax code and read Cracking the Code and pay less taxes to the bankers.  That makes sense.  That is the most reasonable thing I have ever heard!

Of course, everything I say is a deceiving lie, except that I do auditing work.  That has to be true! You believe that one!  What, did you have a CPA screw you in your business sometime in your past?  I smell anger.  (btw - I audit the financials of non-profit organizations.  I'm not even a CPA.  I do nothing with taxes at my work.)

 

btw - I never joined fight club.  I joined ZH.  I never came here to fight.  You on the other hand, seem to be looking for a fight.  Whatever.  It doesn't make a difference to me.  It doesn't make a differenct to me if you convince the whole world that I am an IRS agent.  It may be the biggest waste of time you ever spent!  Have fun with that!  

 

I only came here to read a few good articles and see some different perspectives.  

 

Welcome to ZH where at least one member is so paranoid that they can't see past their own keyboard!

 

You're pretty good at copy/pasteing court cases PD.  But you've got the character judgement of a worm.

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

IRS employees are ignorant, and they are used as a shield by insidious IRS agents.

I dont use a CPA, I read the law for myself.

I do not generally approve of cowardly rent-seekers, although you now clarify you are not a CPA but you perform financial audits.

 

You are still green. Zerohedge is fight club.

When I step into the ring I am ready to rumble.

Snowflake, tell me where this statement originated...

"On a Long Enough Timeline the Survival Rate for Everyone Falls to Zero".

 

As I told a dolt today,

"A wise man opens his mouth because he has something to say,

A fool opens his mouth because he has to say something".

When I post a truth, I do not need your validation and if you start spouting bullshit I will take you down with my copy and paste.

 

I've watched many trolls come and go over my half decade here. I got a nice list going.

You are on my list.... Snowflake.

I will copy and paste you to pieces every time.

GadExp's picture

Have fun with that!  Anything to add some adventure and meaning to your life.

 

Seriously.  give it all you got!  The more the better.  It will help me quantify the measure of your general intensity in online fighting.

 

Don't let me see you slack off after a day or two.  If I see you slow down your copy/paste IRS accusation, I'll have to give you a reminder to keep it up.  

 

btw - ZH is not a fight club.  It just has some members who want to fight.  Some people like to fight online.  I get it.  You've got to win some victories somewhere.  You might try some video games.  They'll get you a few quick fixes.  That's what I do.

 

I don't fight with anyone.  I can't see much reason to fight over anything.  Fighting assumes a lack of confidence on a real subconscious level.

 

Also, btw - it takes a special sort of person to care whether someone calls them a snowflake.  But it takes an even more special type of person to believe that calling someone a snowflake might actually hurt them.

 

I'm a snowflake.  

 

Sincerely,

 

 

GadExp

IRS Employee

Special Agent

Online Countermeasures Division

ID # 1018-3865-5301

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

I OWE GADexp AN APOLOGY. i AM STARTING NOW AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL APRIL 14TH.

I misinterpreted the things he wrote in this thread; http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-13/maduro-kicks-cnn-out-venezuela-...

This following explanation does not excuse my accusation.

I probably give the IRS too much credit. IRS employees may or may not troll forums like our beloved ZH and I might've been too itchy to call one out.

GADexp called one thing correctly and now I realize where I made my mistake, here it is from Petes mouth himself...

"No one has collected a federal refund of amounts withheld or paid-in more than three years before the filing of the claim, [my name]. The IRS will not cooperate with claims going further back, and only two times have I seen a court extend the period to six years, neither in regard to a CtC-educated filing.

Brian Slabaugh and a number of others went further back not to claim refunds, but to correct bad information on which collections were being conducted against them. There is no look-back limit on that kind of action."

This is one area of CTC that is not well developed. A fellow warrior in my state has succeeded six years in a row, and now the IRS has sent an unlawful, unsigned levy notice to the employer. The employer bent right over and by ignorantly complying has opened themselves up to a lawsuit. The IRS preys on the ignorance of America.

GADexp I hope you will understand where I was coming from and forgive me. I do not who you are. You were correct to say "The only problem is that the IRS will never honor the 6-year statute because they operate under the assumption that you are a taxpayer".

The IRS always operate under the presumption that we are all "taxpayers" but we are successfully rebutting erroneous "wage" statements and getting our money back. Your statement that "they operate under an assumption", appeared to me as discouraging others from utilizing CTC.

 

Perhaps in my next comment I will say more. For now I apologize for accusing you of being an IRS agent.

That said I thoroughly enjoyed our debate and I hope you will "fight" me again, for the good of ZH.

Get your court citations around and lets do battle!!!

 PS  "Snowflake" and "on a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero" both come from the movie Fight Club.   I've been a registered users for 5 years.  I was a lurker for a few years before then.

We fight with words and ideals here. Not with accusations.

"There is an element of truth in all paranoia".    Please forgive my trespass.

 

kochevnik's picture

But why would people at resorts eat flamingos?  It would seem they have enough money without hunting

nmewn's picture

Socialist.

Paradise.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Wow, my brain hurts after reading that thread.  You are one smart cookie.

GadExp's picture

I exposed a jerk today.  Prisoners_Dilemna!!!

 

Imagine a world where the only "honest" people are those who are as smart as you!  I have a hard time believing that Prisoners_dilemna cares one bit about helping people learn the truth.  Rather he seems to only care about proclaiming a 'high ground' and jamming facts down people's throats.

 

I picked up on the income tax issue 6 months ago and since then i have amended 6 different returns for myself and others.  Then on PD's comment, I try to encourage the truth.  Instead, I was basically assaulted with the weird accusations that I am an IRS agent.  Go ahead and read the thread.  You decide if an IRS agent would say the things I said.  Ha ha!

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-13/maduro-kicks-cnn-out-venezuela-...

 

I'm pretty happy with where I am on the subject of income tax after just 6 months of being aware of the fraud.  I will continue to study and learn.  Obviously PD proved himself to be more experienced on the subject, and thus smarter than me on the topic.  But he also proved himself to be a paranoidly suspicious jerk.

 

Three cheers for the truth and the Constitution!

 

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

You got one thing correct, "Obviously PD proved himself to be more experienced on the subject, and thus smarter than me on the topic"

You misdirected, mis-cited, and now you mischaracterize.

You've been exposed and now cry and resort to ad hominem.

Why did you not offer definitions for the custom defined Terms "United States", "State", and "includes"??

I call bullshit on "I helped 6 people". You audited 6 people today is what you did.

I'm not the jerk because you decided to fight me.

Welcome to Fight Club, Snowflake.

 

Nothing you said today remotely resembles the speech of a CTC educated American.

You are a fraud, and I suspect you are an IRS employee.

 

Come back swinging harder next time and perhaps you will defeat me.

Maybe then you will be ready for CTC and taking on the most duplicitous agency known to Americans.

GadExp's picture

Right.  I am an insidious lying IRS agent who tells people that they should read the tax code and read Cracking the Code and pay less taxes to the bankers.  That makes sense.  That is the most reasonable thing I have ever heard!

Of course, everything I say is a deceiving lie, except that I do auditing work.  That has to be true! You believe that one!  What, did you have a CPA screw you in your business sometime in your past?  I smell anger.  (btw - I audit the financials of non-profit organizations.  I'm not even a CPA.  I do nothing with taxes at my work.)

 

btw - I never joined fight club.  I joined ZH.  I never came here to fight.  You on the other hand, seem to be looking for a fight.  Whatever.  It doesn't make a difference to me.  It doesn't make a differenct to me if you convince the whole world that I am an IRS agent.  It may be the biggest waste of time you ever spent!  Have fun with that!  

 

I only came here to read a few good articles and see some different perspectives.  

 

Welcome to ZH where at least one member is so paranoid that they can't see past their own keyboard!

 

You're pretty good at copy/pasteing court cases PD.  But you've got the character judgement of a worm.

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

IRS employees are ignorant, and they are used as a shield by insidious IRS agents.

I dont use a CPA, I read the law for myself.

I do not generally approve of cowardly rent-seekers, although you now clarify you are not a CPA but you perform financial audits.

 

You are still green. Zerohedge is fight club.

When I step into the ring I am ready to rumble.

Snowflake, tell me where this statement originated...

"On a Long Enough Timeline the Survival Rate for Everyone Falls to Zero".

 

As I told a dolt today,

"A wise man opens his mouth because he has something to say,

A fool opens his mouth because he has to say something".

When I post a truth, I do not need your validation and if you start spouting bullshit I will take you down with my copy and paste.

 

I've watched many trolls come and go over my half decade here. I got a nice list going.

You are on my list.... Snowflake.

I will copy and paste you to pieces every time.

GadExp's picture

Have fun with that!  Anything to add some adventure and meaning to your life.

 

Seriously.  give it all you got!  The more the better.  It will help me quantify the measure of your general intensity in online fighting.

 

Don't let me see you slack off after a day or two.  If I see you slow down your copy/paste IRS accusation, I'll have to give you a reminder to keep it up.  

 

btw - ZH is not a fight club.  It just has some members who want to fight.  Some people like to fight online.  I get it.  You've got to win some victories somewhere.  You might try some video games.  They'll get you a few quick fixes.  That's what I do.

 

I don't fight with anyone.  I can't see much reason to fight over anything.  Fighting assumes a lack of confidence on a real subconscious level.

 

Also, btw - it takes a special sort of person to care whether someone calls them a snowflake.  But it takes an even more special type of person to believe that calling someone a snowflake might actually hurt them.

 

I'm a snowflake.  

 

Sincerely,

 

 

GadExp

IRS Employee

Special Agent

Online Countermeasures Division

ID # 1018-3865-5301

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

I OWE GADexp AN APOLOGY. i AM STARTING NOW AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL APRIL 14TH.

I misinterpreted the things he wrote in this thread; http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-13/maduro-kicks-cnn-out-venezuela-...

This following explanation does not excuse my accusation.

I probably give the IRS too much credit. IRS employees may or may not troll forums like our beloved ZH and I might've been too itchy to call one out.

GADexp called one thing correctly and now I realize where I made my mistake, here it is from Petes mouth himself...

"No one has collected a federal refund of amounts withheld or paid-in more than three years before the filing of the claim, [my name]. The IRS will not cooperate with claims going further back, and only two times have I seen a court extend the period to six years, neither in regard to a CtC-educated filing.

Brian Slabaugh and a number of others went further back not to claim refunds, but to correct bad information on which collections were being conducted against them. There is no look-back limit on that kind of action."

This is one area of CTC that is not well developed. A fellow warrior in my state has succeeded six years in a row, and now the IRS has sent an unlawful, unsigned levy notice to the employer. The employer bent right over and by ignorantly complying has opened themselves up to a lawsuit. The IRS preys on the ignorance of America.

GADexp I hope you will understand where I was coming from and forgive me. I do not who you are. You were correct to say "The only problem is that the IRS will never honor the 6-year statute because they operate under the assumption that you are a taxpayer".

The IRS always operate under the presumption that we are all "taxpayers" but we are successfully rebutting erroneous "wage" statements and getting our money back. Your statement that "they operate under an assumption", appeared to me as discouraging others from utilizing CTC.

 

Perhaps in my next comment I will say more. For now I apologize for accusing you of being an IRS agent.

That said I thoroughly enjoyed our debate and I hope you will "fight" me again, for the good of ZH.

Get your court citations around and lets do battle!!!

 PS  "Snowflake" and "on a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero" both come from the movie Fight Club.   I've been a registered users for 5 years.  I was a lurker for a few years before then.

We fight with words and ideals here. Not with accusations.

"There is an element of truth in all paranoia".    Please forgive my trespass.

GreatUncle's picture

Was thinkign the same ... CNN dissed.

Fake news outrage conjured up out of thin air to hide the CNN article.

1980XLS's picture

Seems they have been eating all the Black Swans too.

Hence the VIX.

 

Bastards!

HardAssets's picture

Soylent Green . . . is really pink.

They just dye it green.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture

Eating Flamingos causes Global Warming.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

I hope to god they are taxing Flamingo Farts, it's an epidemic!  Trump is making the Flamingos Flatulant Again!  Gnarrrrr!!

trumpala's picture

The US imperialists continue their brutal game against Venezuela

Pure Evil's picture

Whatever happened to the Socialist Utopia?

Oh........this is the socialist utopia.

Who knew?

Friedrich not Salma's picture

Unlike Libya and Syria, the people of Venezuela crave for the USA to intervene and save them. Will it go down just like the other operations where snipers nail protesters on both sides and then a magical puppet will be installed and the oil drained away?

NoDebt's picture

If all goes according to plan, yes.

just the tip's picture

going according to plan, the CIA won't need afghanistan much longer.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Venezuela?

Did you research America history? I mean, from its foundation.

There’s nothing new here……………….if one is paying attention.

 

 

HardAssets's picture

"Venezuela? Is that somewhere around Cabo ? We vacation there. " - response of average upper middle class USA h.s. or college student.

shovelhead's picture

I remember The Great Invasion of Brazil in 1826.

Gawd Bless the Marines.

shovelhead's picture

Haha.

Just like Greece.

No fault of their own. "It was the other guy."

HardAssets's picture

The new serfdom.

'Loan' 'money' made up outta thin air to people & charge them interest on it. The energy that they exert beyond mere survival will be spent paying you for the rest of their lives. Those who aren't brainwashed into consumerism will still be entrapped by 'the national debt' that bribed politicians create.

Amazingly, many of the serfs will insist they are 'free'. They cannot see through mental prison bars.

booboo's picture

Ribeye of the Sky, no seriously, that is what we call the Sand Hill Crane, I suppose Flamingo cannot be much different.

HRH Feant's picture

CNN has been booted from Venezuala for fake news.

Flamingoes? I thought the locals down there had moved onto eating long pig.

JamesBond's picture

They will seek revenge.  

 

 

Dollar_Store_Confucius's picture

You know shit's getting real when people start eating flamingos.

Pure Evil's picture

It's all that pink.

Maybe they thought it was a vagina with feathers and they just wanted to 'grab some pussy'.

michael777's picture

You know shit's getting real when people start eating people.

xrxs's picture

Well, they were eating people, so it sounds like things are getting better.

markar's picture

They say it tastes just like chicken

No.Fifth.Turning's picture

It's all pink on the inside!   (oops, wrong forum)

Chet Ricco's picture

What a waste. Did you see all that meat left on the neck? If I was starving like these Venezuelans everything but the feathers and half guts would go into the pot. The feathers and the rest of the guts go to the dogs, or liberals if I'm feeling generous.