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The plot to kill Venezuela

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And who is caught between an economy reliant on oil revenues and a sanctions regime designed to create suffering? The people caught in the squeeze of factors beyond their control.

HUGO Chávez knew that Venezuela was very vulnerable. Its oil revenues account for 98 per cent of its export earnings. Chávez was familiar with the thinking of Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo, Venezuela’s minister of mines and hydrocarbons in the early 1960s and one of the architects of OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries). In 1976, Pérez Alfonzo wrote, ‘Ten years from now, twenty years from now, you will see, oil will bring us ruin.’ He called Venezuela’s oil the ‘devil’s excrement.’ If oil prices remained high, as they were when Chávez came to power in 1999, then oil revenue could be used to finance a project for the landless workers. If oil prices collapsed, then the country — laden with debt — would face severe challenges.
Venezuela’s economy had not been diversified by the oligarchy that ruled the country before Chávez took office. By 1929, it had become apparent to the oligarchy that the flood of oil revenues had damaged the agricultural sector — which shrank in the decades to come. There was neither an attempt to enhance agricultural production (and make Venezuela food sovereign) nor was there any attempt to use oil profits for a wider industrialisation programme. Occasionally, presidents — such as Carlos Andrés Pérez in the 1970s — would pledge to use the influx of oil revenues to diversify the economy, but when oil prices would fall — as they did periodically — Venezuela went into punishing debt.
It would have taken Chávez a generation to pivot the economy away from its reliance upon oil revenues. But Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution simply did not have the time. In the 2000s, when oil prices remained high, the revenues were used to enhance the social lives of the landless workers, most of whom suffered high rates of malnutrition and illiteracy. Gripped by the need to deal with the social blight amongst the landless workers, Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution simply did not have the capacity to tackle reliance upon imports of food and of most consumer goods.
In 2009, a U.S. State Department cable from Caracas noted that the decline in oil prices had placed the Venezuelan government in great peril. The government’s oil company — PDVSA — had provided the revenues to fund the social missions, the programmes to lift the low standard of social life for the landless workers. ‘Unless oil prices rise significantly’, wrote John Caulfield from Caracas, ‘we are increasingly certain that the game will be up, from an economic standpoint, by early to mid 2010, as no one will be willing to continue to finance PDVSA and a vicious cycle will be inevitable.’ The June 2008 price was $163.52; by January 2009, it had collapsed to $50.43. Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution was in peril.

Sanctions
THE United States government and the Venezuelan oligarchy first tried to overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution in 2002. Great hope in Chávez prevented a discredited oligarchy from victory. Oil revenues then allowed Chávez to build up pillars of support for the revolution. But the depletion of the oil prices from 2009 threatened the Bolivarian process. Chávez died in 2013. The combination of low oil prices and the death of Chávez changed the political calculations.
Egged on by the United States, opposition leaders Leopoldo López and María Corina Machado called for demonstrations against the newly elected president Nicolás Maduro in 2014. It was clear that the protests were intended as a provocation, drawing a crackdown from the government forces, which allowed US president Barack Obama to sign the Venezuela Defence of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014. This act allowed Obama to sanction individuals in the Venezuelan government. It was extended in 2016 and will expire — unless extended again — at the end of 2019. The sanctions policy was to be the new lever to pressure a vulnerable Venezuela.
In March 2015, Obama declared Venezuela a ‘threat’ to US ‘national security’, an extreme step, and sanctioned a handful of Venezuelan government officials. The administration of Donald Trump only sharpened and deepened the policy. Obama sanctioned seven individuals, while Trump has — thus far — sanctioned 75 individuals. Obama forged the spear; Trump has thrown it at the heart of Venezuela.

Sanctioned economy
THESE early sanctions went after individuals, offering an inconvenience for some Venezuelan politicians and for sections of the state. The US government would soon move the sanctions from individual inconvenience to social collapse. Trump’s policy, from 2017, was to hit Venezuela’s petroleum industry very hard. The US government prevented Venezuelan government bonds from trading in U.S. financial markets, and then it prevented the state’s energy company — PDVSA — from receiving payments for its export of petroleum products. The US treasury department froze $7 billion in PDVSA assets, and it did not allow US firms to export naphtha into Venezuela (a crucial input for the extraction of heavy crude oil).
The country relied on oil revenues to import food and medicines. The theft of the $7 billion in PDVSA assets, the seizure of the $1.2 billion in Venezuelan gold in the Bank of England, the transfer of ownership of the PDVSA subsidiary CITGO in the United States to the opposition and the pressure on oil exports squeezed Venezuela very hard. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton estimated that the United States (and Canadian) sanctions had cost Venezuela about $11 billion.
When the United States began to put pressure on transportation firms to stop carrying Venezuelan oil, the schemes to export oil to the Caribbean (PetroCaribe) suffered, as did the fraternal delivery of oil to Cuba. This policy inflamed the situation in Haiti — which is in a long-term political crisis — and it has deepened the crisis in Cuba — which has now had to enforce rationing. The countries in the Caribbean, which relied upon Venezuelan oil, are now suffering deeply.

Impact of sanctions
ECONOMISTS Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs calculate that the US sanctions have resulted in the death of 40,000 Venezuelan civilians between 2017 and 2018. In their report — ‘Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela’ (April 2019) — they point out that this death toll is merely the start of what is to come. An additional 300,000 Venezuelans are at risk ‘because of lack of access to medicines or treatment’, including 80,000 ‘with HIV who have not had antiretroviral treatment since 2017.’ There are 4 million people with diabetes and hypertension, most of whom cannot access insulin or cardiovascular medicine. ‘These numbers’, they write, ‘by themselves virtually guarantee that the current sanctions, which are much more severe than those implemented before this year, are a death sentence for tens of thousands of Venezuelans.’ If oil revenues drop by 67 per cent in 2019 — as has been projected — the death of tens of thousands of Venezuelans is guaranteed.
Venezuela has imported food goods worth only $2.46 billion in 2018 compared to $11.2 billion in 2013. If food imports remain low and Venezuela is unable to hastily grow enough food, then — as Weisbrot and Sachs argue — the situation will contribute to ‘malnutrition and stunting in children.’
In 2018, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights — Michelle Bachelet — made the case that the cause of the deterioration of well-being in Venezuela predates the sanctions (a report from Human Rights Watch and Johns Hopkins University underlined this point). It is certainly true that the fall of oil prices had a marked impact on Venezuela’s external revenues and the reliance upon food imports — a century-old problem — had marked the country before Trump’s very harsh sanctions.
But, the next year, Bachelet told the UN Security Council that ‘although this pervasive and devastating economic and social crisis began before the imposition of the first economic sanctions in 2017, I am concerned that the recent sanctions on financial transfers related to the sale of Venezuelan oil within the United States may contribute to aggravating the economic crisis, with possible repercussions on people’s basic rights and wellbeing.’ A debate over whether it is mismanagement and corruption by the Maduro government or the sanctions that are the author of the crisis is largely irrelevant. The point is that a combination of the reliance on oil revenues and the sanctions policy has crushed the policy space for any stability in the country.

Illegal sanctions
WEISBROT and Sachs say that these sanctions ‘would fit the definition of collective punishment’, as laid out in the Hague Convention (1899) and in the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949). The United States is a signatory of both of these frameworks. “Collective penalties,” says the Fourth Geneva Convention, “are prohibited.” Tens of thousands of Venezuelans are dead. Tens of thousands more are under threat of death. Yet, no one has stood up against the grave breach of the convention in terms of collective punishment. There is not a whiff of interest in the UN secretary general’s office to open a tribunal on the accusations of collective punishment against Venezuela. Allegations of this seriousness are brushed under the rug.

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44 Comments on "The plot to kill Venezuela"

  1. anon on Fri, 17th May 2019 1:43 am 

    short synopsis: like most people, chavez and maduro built their power squandering a one-time bonanza of ephemeral wealth. Now that it’s gone, they’re out of bright ideas and, like every time, the only thing that can do to hang on to power is blame everyone else and violently repress anyone who challenges them. and enough of the people were fools to buy into it during the good times when they were enjoying their share of Free Shit, but now theyre bitching because it’s over and theyre hungry. One could say about the same thing for the industrial civilization as a whole, just on a slightly different time scale.

  2. Theedrich on Fri, 17th May 2019 3:13 am 

    The Constitution IS a suicide pact. It’s only a matter of time until mass egocentrism puts an end to the U.S. attempt to halt evolution.  Its billionaire oligarchy is based on violating nature via race-mixing and evironmental devastation.  With the millions of subhumans now invading the U.S. illegally (courtesy of the Democrat traitor party), the ballooning Ponzi-scheme, debt-based economy will have collapsed within a decade.

    Everyone knows this, but no one will stop it, because it would be a Constitutional and electoral no-no.  In addition, the lords of the realm assume that all other cultures are pervaded the same “democratic” pathology as Yankeeland.  Thus they employ indirect means to starve women, children and old men to death in countries they want to conquer.  Until the near the end of the twentieth century, the U.S. would covertly threaten its non-nuclear targets with nuclear annihilation or actually invade them.  But then North Korea developed nukes and Iran started to do so.  The technique of nuclear threat became too dangerous, so DC relied on its old methods of covert subversion and “sanctions” to starve its prey into regime change.

    These methods, too, are losing their effectiveness.  Which means that America is now stalemated, both within and without.  Internationally, it dare not start another war;  and domestically, Republican “conservatives” on the one side, and Dems+RINOs on the other, have only hate for each other.  (Note that the Russians have nothing to do with this antipathy.)  Thus everything is at an impasse.  At the same time, the U.S. is losing military supremacy to the Russkis and the Chinks, while internal problems and rot of every type increase amidst reciprocal accusations.  The result:  it now appears that the national economy will begin to break down in Q1 of 2021.  (The economy will be artificially buoyed up until after the presidential election.)

    If the Indispensable Nation tries anything funny after that period, its demise will be all the more sudden.

  3. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 17th May 2019 8:40 am 

    Maduro was to gone years ago, according to MSM, and was gone for sure last Dec/Jan.
    You fools still using that news source?
    I’ve got a bridge for sale—

  4. Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 8:59 am 

    Maduro’ s days are numbered. Maybe not because of the US but because somebody will be blamed and held accountable for collapse. He has blamed this collapse on the US for years instead of looking in the mirror. Recently the US is the new problem but not earlier. Chavez succeeded in marginalizing the US along with the help of China and Russia.

  5. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 17th May 2019 9:07 am 

    Maduro’ s days are numbered.
    They were numbered years ago, according to MSM.
    They are probably less numbered now.
    You are getting info that has been constantly wrong.
    I know no one in Ven currently, but have had several comrades in the past, so I have no primary knowledge. But MSM is a comic book presentation.
    Do you like comic books Davy?

  6. Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 9:44 am 

    Show me my MSM sources? IOW back it up with proof

    As soon as enough generals go unpaid they will make choices.

    Idaho, you carry around an anti-American hard-on just like Bobby so you base your points on that binary agenda. I kind of admired Chavez in the day with his social justice but once I saw the crazy economics combined with unaffordable Bolivarian global power plays I saw the writing on the wall. You just want a US failure so you can say “I told you so stupid Americans”. Look how smart I am.

  7. dave thompson on Fri, 17th May 2019 9:50 am 

    The US is always touting the capitalist trope of open and free markets. How exactly does putting sanctions against a sovereign nation fit in to this capitalistic idea?

  8. Anonymouse on Fri, 17th May 2019 1:11 pm 

    Your days are numbered delusional davytard. The collapse of the lingering, tattered remnants of your ‘sanity’ is due any day now.
    Sources? Every single thing you have ever done or said here for the last….lets go with 5 years.

  9. Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 2:47 pm 

    Annoy, where is your dumb fuck friend juanpee? More like you are nearly the last of the dip shits. How long until you are also gone? It will be good riddance you useless piece of shit. VICTORY

  10. JuanP on Fri, 17th May 2019 3:20 pm 

    DavyTurd, unlike you, my life does not revolve around PO.com 24/7. I have better things to do with my time than moderate and neuter you.

    That being said, I’m not going anywhere. When you deserve a spanking, I will always be here to administer your punishment.

    Davy@PrickFace.com

  11. Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 5:18 pm 

    Juanpee, your obsessions are 24/7. I am intellectual. You are a stalker. Big difference fuck nut. SUFFER

  12. Anonymouse on Fri, 17th May 2019 5:28 pm 

    There he is, the board moderator and most respected contributor by far, the one and only, JuanP. Give it up for him dumbass.

    The exceptionalturd has been neutered, double-neutered in fact. Again. And it is still early yet.

    What a dumbass….

  13. makati1 on Fri, 17th May 2019 5:43 pm 

    Maduro is going to keep giving the US the finger and blaming all the problems where the blame should go, to the US meddling. The US cannot allow any country to be non-subservient to the Empire. If they do not bend knee and kiss ass they will be destroyed. Well, that is until Russia and China became their superiors in most areas.

    More and more countries are telling the US to go fuck themselves and are turning to Russia and China for new allies and support.

    I laughed when I read this: (From the Arctic Council Summit.)

    “Lavrov: I believe you don’t represent the South American region, do you?

    Pompeo: We represent the entire hemisphere.

    Lavrov: Oh, the hemisphere. Then what’s the US doing in the Eastern Hemisphere, in Ukraine, for instance?

    There was no response from Pompeo.”

    https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/article/what-putin-and-pompeo-did-not-talk-about/

    The US’ Pompous ass, had no good answer. Russia’s Lavrov “neutered” him!

  14. Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 5:49 pm 

    Annoy is triggered just like his friend juanpee. It is so nice you stalkers have an unhealthy obsession. Assholes deserve pain. Expect no let up annoy, with my contributions. The fact you and pee brain have sunk into irrelevance is related to my participation here. You two don’t evan make real comments anymore because you are afraid of the consequences of a neutering. LMFAO

  15. makati1 on Fri, 17th May 2019 5:56 pm 

    Triggered? Going postal soon Davy? We all expect it. Your delusions fit the terrorist mentality 100%.

    I bet all of your ‘goats’ are also neutered. Cannot have them competing with you can we. You arrogance has no bounds, nor your delusions. Get help Davy. Yip! YIP! lol

  16. Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 7:30 pm 

    No, I win again makato. I am intelligent and educated, and you and the other dumbass extremists are stupid. I produce real essays, the best in fact, and highlight the top zero-hedge insights and articles. You are afraid of my experience and intellect, LMFAO.

  17. JuanP on Fri, 17th May 2019 7:41 pm 

    This is a juanpee posting

    Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 7:30 pm
    No, I win again makato. I am intelligent and educated, and you and the other dumbass extremists are stupid. I produce real essays, the best in fact, and highlight the top zero-hedge insights and articles. You are afraid of my experience and intellect, LMFAO.

  18. Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 7:44 pm 

    “Triggered? Going postal soon Davy? We all expect it. Your delusions fit the terrorist mentality 100%.”

    Makato, you are getting just as bad as juanpee and annoy with the obsessive stalking. The first thing you do when you get on board is attack me. NUETERED

  19. Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 7:58 pm 

    This is a mentally retarded dumbass Davy posting.

    This is a juanpee posting
    Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 7:30 pm
    No, I win again makato. I am intelligent and educated, and you and the other dumbass extremists are stupid. I produce real essays, the best in fact, and highlight the top zero-hedge insights and articles. You are afraid of my experience and intellect, LMFAO.

  20. JuanP on Fri, 17th May 2019 8:15 pm 

    This is a juanpee posting

    Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 7:58 pm

    This is a mentally retarded dumbass Davy posting.

  21. I AM THE MOB on Fri, 17th May 2019 8:18 pm 

    Mak

    You nailed it..Davy is always getting triggered and but hurt over the pretty much anything..He knows this dying empire is over and wants to lash out at anyone and anything..

    That is the difference between me and him..I accept my fate and will go down with the ship with honors..He will go kicking and screaming..

  22. Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 8:34 pm 

    LOL, Not MOBster.

    juanpee, MOBster does not talk about “this dying empire” This could also be cloggo. cloggo like to discuss empire. LMFAO at this lunatic board

  23. Davy the Snitch on Fri, 17th May 2019 8:50 pm 

    DavyTurd was that kid in class everybody hated. He was a snitch from the get go and continues until the present.

    JuanP posted this, JuanP posted any comment I dislike.

    Fricking tattletale.

  24. Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 9:33 pm 

    Y’all don’t say I’m the delusional exceptionalturd supertard for nothin. I work real hard at being the board’s biggest dumbass.

  25. I AM THE MOB on Fri, 17th May 2019 9:34 pm 

    This is gonna trigger some tighty-righties

    https://i.redd.it/2xiaf9syruy21.jpg

  26. Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 9:43 pm 

    STFU SLOB. I’M NOT TRIGGERED. YOU STUPID CUNT!

  27. makati1 on Fri, 17th May 2019 10:18 pm 

    “I am intelligent and educated”

    Prove it Davy. No one here can see any evidence of your claims. We do see your arrogant bullshit and delusional denial of the US collapse and your rabid Sino/Russophobe view of your betters. Intelligent people have a realistic view of the world today, not an Amerocentric one. That viewpoint is history, so 20th. LOL

    GO TRUMP! TRUMP IN 2020! TRUMP, THE US’ GODZILLA, DESTROYING AMERIKA ONE DAY AT A TIME!

    BTW: Your run-on, word salads are not read by anyone here. Bloviating is not an essay, it is a pathetic attempt at getting attention. The only attention you will be getting is from the gestapo.

  28. makati1 on Fri, 17th May 2019 10:21 pm 

    MOB we agree on your observation about Davy. I abandoned the ship USS DEBT, but the rest of the world is going to have bumps also. Not as drastic or painful as in the US, but still disruptive. All I can do is prep to ease the change and ride out the storm. Good Luck! Get out if you can.

  29. makati1 on Fri, 17th May 2019 10:27 pm 

    BTW: Davy, if you truly noticed and were not such a liar, you would see that I post comments often, about various subjects and never mention or allude to you. But your massive ego has to make everything about delusional Davy. You are destined for a lot of self-imposed pain, Davy. So be it. Well deserved. How’s the weather there in “food security” land? LOL

  30. Cloggie on Fri, 17th May 2019 10:52 pm 

    Oh dear, I’m getting support from nobody less than the architect of Reaganomics, Paul Craig Roberts, who just became pro-Hitler:

    https://russia-insider.com/en/history/world-war-ii-foundational-lie-our-era/ri27041

    He did so after reading the magnificent work of David Irving, the greatest Briton alive today, whom I had the privilege of shaking his hand twice, once in London and later in The Hague, during “conspiratorial” private gatherings at secret locations, to keep antifa away, by fooling them.

    Old politicians or other high-ranking public figures with one leg in the grave are dangerous because they have nothing to lose. Examples:

    Paul Finley: Jews run the US
    Jim Traficant: the US is Israel’s bitch
    Ron Paul: neocons run US politics
    Francesco Cossiga: 9/11 was a CIA-Mossad inside job
    Paul Craig Roberts: the WW2 story is a lie
    Bishop Richardson: the holocaust didn’t happen
    French FM Roland Dumas: Syria was organized by the US-UK.
    Vladimir Putin: the Russian revolution was a Jewish revolution.
    Malcolm Fraser: if we don’t dump these Americans now, we will end up in Chinese hands.
    Mahathir Mohamad (Malaysia): Jews run the world.

    And losely related: Michael Heseltine: Brexit will cause that Germany will win WW2 after all.

    ZOG can be defeated. Sorry mobster clown.

    Paul Krugman: the West is dead:

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/the-good-news-zog-is-dying/

  31. makati1 on Fri, 17th May 2019 10:58 pm 

    Amerika is “food secure”! Don’t make me laugh!

    “Farm Crisis: Suicides Spike In Rural America As Trade War Deepens”
    “Total Catastrophe For U.S. Corn Production: Only 30% Of U.S. Corn Fields Have Been Planted – 5 Year Average Is 66%”
    “It’s in the Weeds: Herbicide Linked to Human Liver Disease”
    “Farm Crisis: Soybeans Crash To Decade-Low As Trade War Intensifies”
    “E. coli outbreak: 196 people in 10 states now sick, linked to ground beef”
    “China’s new tariffs are hitting US farmers at ‘every single angle,’ economist says”
    “Stress levels rise as weather continues stalling farmers”

    http://ricefarmer.blogspot.com/

    This is less than one week’s farm news.

  32. makati1 on Sat, 18th May 2019 1:12 am 

    A good weekend read for open minded Americans…

    “Fourth Turning: Crisis Of Trust” 4 parts:

    https://washingtonsblog.com/2015/09/fourth-turning-crisis-trust.html

    https://washingtonsblog.com/2015/09/fourth-turning-crisis-trust-part-2.html

    https://washingtonsblog.com/2015/09/fourth-turning-crisis-trust-part-3.html

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2015/02/12/fourth-turning-the-shadow-of-crisis-has-not-passed-part-four/

    Did he have a time machine to 2019? It sure seems like he did. Enjoy!
    assed-part-four/

  33. JuanP on Sat, 18th May 2019 5:19 am 

    JuanPee posted these

    Davy the Snitch on Fri, 17th May 2019 8:50 pm
    Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 9:33 pm
    Davy on Fri, 17th May 2019 9:43 pm

  34. Davy on Sat, 18th May 2019 5:30 am 

    Wow, makato 3 davy stalking comments when I am asleep along with junapee support. Typical cowardly activity. What are you guys afraid of? Do I kick your asses that bad in a debate? PUSSIES

    “Prove it Davy. “
    I prove it daily stupid and that is why you are so triggered. Prove to me how intelligent and educated your stalking is, makato.

    “BTW: Your run-on, word salads are not read by anyone here. Bloviating is not an essay, it is a pathetic attempt at getting attention.”
    You read them because you always have to comment on them. They trigger you either through jealousy or the neutering you get. VICTORY

    “MOB we agree on your observation about Davy.”
    Makato, you mean you agree with your stupid friend juanp that wrote that. You are such a hypocrite whining about this fake activity but supporting it.

    “BTW: Davy, if you truly noticed and were not such a liar, you would see that I post comments often, about various subjects and never mention or allude to you.”
    Liar, you stalk me daily at night when I am asleep like a coward or when your 2 buddies annoy, and pee brain protect you. You are a loathsome stupid old man losing his mental capacity. You are easy to moderate these days.

    “But your massive ego has to make everything about delusional Davy.”
    You are the ego maniac as is your stupid friends if this were not so you would not attack me around the clock. VICTORY

    “You are destined for a lot of self-imposed pain, Davy. So be it.”
    LMFAO

    “ Well deserved. How’s the weather there in “food security” land? LOL”
    Fine, best hay crop in years, makto. I am not worried but you should be.

  35. Davy on Sat, 18th May 2019 5:35 am 

    “Amerika is “food secure”! Don’t make me laugh!”
    Makato, food in the US is cyclical both financially and with weather. We don’t have to worry because we can be food independent. You can’t be in the P’s. If the US has problems it will hurt your Asia where you are going to see significant inflation. You already have the Pork and army worm in China. Who is laughing? You shouldn’t be.

  36. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 18th May 2019 5:38 am 

    Will peak oil save Earth’s climate?

    https://www.greenpeace.org/international/story/20026/will-peak-oil-save-earths-climate/

    Bye Bye China..Sorry Chinky eyes!

    LOL

  37. Davy on Sat, 18th May 2019 5:55 am 

    MOBster, the immediacy of peak oil is not critical. It is a dynamic that is influencing the economic sphere but it is no longer the force of immediate doom we once thought. Renewables are coming on strong also pushing out a date for PO issues. Get over it man, your life is a failure. I can’t believe this late in the failed PO doom story you would quit life to wait for the rapture. You are just like religious nuts you hate so much.

  38. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 18th May 2019 6:28 am 

    Clog

    Your list is like a who’s who of whacko’s

    Talk about grasping at straws..And nobody on this board cares about your stupid Illuminati/lizard/Jewish people running the world conspiracy..

  39. Davy on Sat, 18th May 2019 6:35 am 

    “Will Robot Tractors Save America’s Farming Industry After It Crashes?”
    https://tinyurl.com/y5xdhepv zero hedge

    “Agriculture automation has the potential to reshape the farming industry in the 2020s and beyond. A new analysis from Bloomberg shows robot farm equipment is becoming commercially available, which means tractors will have no cabs – able to spray, plant, plow, and weed cropland with artificial intelligence.”

    This is a very important development for some of the biggest farms. The inputs put on fields is a significant cost and the variability of needed application a huge source of savings. I am not a fan of industrial agriculture but it is a reality of modern life. I am a permaculture grass fed multi-species rotational grazing operations. In my opinion we need to embrace AI farming where it has a niche but we also need to have more people back on the land in permaculture operations. Permaculture does not produce the profits large scale industrial agriculture produces. This means many permaculturist will need to have jobs off the farm. This means part time farming and hobby farming are necessary. It is vital government support these permaculture efforts. I see a need for a hybrid farming future with localism combined with an industrial agriculture that becomes bigger and more autonomous. We are unfortunately beyond leaving industrial AG with today’s populations. The best we can do is reform some of it.

  40. I AM THE MOB on Sat, 18th May 2019 7:59 am 

    Davy

    See all you post from is ZeroIQ..Nonstop with fake doom like robot tractors..You are an expert at spamming disinformation..

  41. asg70 on Sat, 18th May 2019 8:14 am 

    This article is worthless propaganda. Venezuela’s biggest problem is itself.

  42. makati1 on Sat, 18th May 2019 6:11 pm 

    asg70, I disagree. Venezuela’s problem is America. The US elite want its oil. It has all the resources it needs to be a successful country, and that is why the US wants to destroy it. America is dying and we are witnessing its death convulsions.

    Stop drinking the Koolaid and think for yourself.

  43. Cloggie on Sun, 19th May 2019 3:41 pm 

    The downfall of Austrian populist Strache.

    More details have come out. The niece of a Russian oligarch turned out to be fake, in reality she was a Lithuanian leftie activist.

    It needs to be said that the behavior of Strache was naive beyond belief. He destroyed his career by falling into a simple trap. He was lead to believe that Russian money was standing by to support Strache’s party, money with which he hoped to by the “Krone” newspaper and turn it in a populist newspaper.

    So who was behind it? The lefties of der Spiegel give a hint:

    https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/strache-video-wer-ist-der-spindoktor-tal-silberstein-a-1268182.html

    A (((Tal Silberstein))).

    He is a socialist spin doctor, with a long history of dirty operations.

    Likewise it is probable that Joerg Haider, a predecessor of Strache, who died in a mysterious car crash, was sabotaged in a similar fashion.

    Put Pim Fortuyn, the man who was on the verge of becoming the first populist PM in the western world, in 2002 in the Netherlands, on that list too.

    And then there was Hitler-admirer JFK…

  44. Cloggie on Sun, 19th May 2019 3:59 pm 

    Merkel deeply pessimistic about the future of the West, the world-order is falling apart:

    https://www.spiegel.de/plus/angela-merkels-duestere-visionen-nach-ihr-die-finsternis-a-00000000-0002-0001-0000-000163955828

    “Nach ihr die Finsternis”

    “after her darkness”

    She is just another prominent politician, basically saying that liberal, race-blind, globalist modernity is walking on its last legs:

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/the-good-news-zog-is-dying/

    For people with no stake in modernity, this is not necessarily bad news.
    “Clash of Civilizations” is next.

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