Socialism Nightmare: Venezuelans Now Eating Dogs, Cats and Pigeons to Survive

At the start of 2014, Venezuela’s GDP stood at $371.34 billion, with nearly half of that coming from oil (it accounts for almost 100% of exports). But after a year-high of $105.54 in June, crude plummeted by more than 50% to $48.51 by the end of the year. Oil has held steady in the $50-a-barrel range since, allowing the country’s socialist policies to materialize without the guise of high crude–and economic disaster has ensued.

Just this year, Venezuela has faced shortages in toilet paper, diapers and milk (and more) forcing more than 6,000 people to cross the border in Colombia to purchase necessities. The country had to ration its electricity use because of severe power shortages. It also could no longer afford to print its own money. Come 2016, the IMF forecasts Venezuela’s inflation rate to exceed 1,600%.

A Bolivarian Republic, Venezuela turned to socialism in 1998 when Hugo Chavez was elected president after two unsuccessful coup attempts to oust his predecessor. The new regime brought not only a new constitution, but higher oil prices as well. The following year Chavez passed laws redistributing land and wealth, which he followed in 2005 with a land reform decree that would eliminate larger estates to the benefit of the poor in rural areas.

In 2007 the government took control of important oil projects in the Orinoco Delta and later expropriated two U.S. oil companies, furthering Chavez’s nationalization plans.

Nationalization continued with the Bank of Venezuela and household fuels distributors and petrol stations. In 2011, with a 27% annual inflation rate, the Venezuelan government introduced price controls of some basic goods (they would extend to other products in the following years).

By the time of Chavez’s death in 2013, inflation had grown to 50% and rose to 63.4% in the following year. Towards the end of 2014, the country entered into a recession.

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Present-day Venezuela is facing a humanitarian crisis and Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s hand-picked successor, and his socialist regime is rightly shouldering the blame. The country’s emphasis on oil exports, price controls and a heavily-controlled economy are all features found in other current and former socialist countries–features that have contributed to the demise of whole economies, or brought them close to it.

Perhaps the most obvious example of economic failure is the Soviet Union (or USSR), With its highly centralized government and economy, the USSR survived for 69 years until its collapse in 1991, representing the longest time a state has been led by a Communist Party (China comes in second at 67 years).

While oil prices were high, the Soviet Union appeared to have a strong economy and could maintain its focus on increasing its military power. But when oil prices fell towards the end of the 1980s, the USSR found itself forced to borrow from Western banks. Its sluggish economic system and dependency on the West also weakened the control that it had over countries under the USSR’s control and eventually led to its demise. Venezuela now finds itself in the same difficult position.

Venezuelan officials like to blame the crisis on the United States and right wing business owners aiming to sabotage the system, it seems obvious that the heavily centralized state-run system inherited from Chavez is what is driving Maduro’s country to ruin. With a GDP percent change of -8% from 2015 to 2016 and an unemployment rate of over 17%, the only thing that can save Venezuela is ditching socialism.

The opposition has called for a referendum to oust Maduro this year, but the process is still in limbo–meaning relief for the Venezuelan people might not come until 2018, the next scheduled presidential election.

Even then, change can never be promised in the world’s 9th most corrupt country.

Superfoods That Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck

Source:Mercola
Date: 20 March 2017
Author: Dr. Mercola

Ideally, food is your “medicine.” It’s certainly one of the best preventive strategy I can think of, and getting more raw organic foods and healthy fats in your diet are key considerations.

However, while any type of whole food is better than none, some choices can give you more bang for your buck than others.1

For example, while lettuce is a staple in most people’s homes, even if they don’t eat a whole lot of vegetables in general, and many may even spend the extra money on organic lettuce, there are far more cost-effective ways to get higher quality nutrients into your diet.

Below are 17 of my personal favorites in no particular order, with some added cost-saving and nutrition-boosting tips thrown in along the way. Continue reading Superfoods That Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck

Why Political Correctness Must End | Milo Yiannopoulos and Stefan Molyneux

Milo Yiannopoulos and Stefan Molyneux discuss the state of American college campuses, the rise and fall of social justice warrior culture, why feminism really hurts women, the importance of tough love, how to avoid being a victim and what Donald Trump means for the war on political correctness.

Milo Yiannopoulos is the Senior Editor for Breitbart News, host of ‘The Milo Yiannopoulos Show” and is the most fabulous supervillain on the internet. Milo’s ‘Dangerous F@ggot’ Tour returned to American college campuses this fall and has dates scheduled through February 2017.

Brexit begins: Date Article 50 will be triggered to start process of UK leaving EU now confirmed

Source:RT
Date: 20 March 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on March 29, formally starting the process for Britain to leave the European Union.

May will write to the EU next Wednesday announcing the beginning of Brexit. It will start the clock on a two-year countdown to Brexit and allow negotiations between London and Brussels to begin.

Tim Barrow, the UK’s ambassador to the EU, formally notified the office of the EU Council President Donald Tusk on Monday morning, the Telegraph reports.

The PM’s official spokesman said: “We said it would be by the end of March and thought it would be helpful to say when it will happen.

“We want negotiations to start promptly. We expect it will be a two-year process and we are confident that is what we will achieve. So Britain will exit the EU on 29 March 2019.”

The UK “expects to receive a response within 48 hours,” the spokesman added.

Talks on the terms of the departure and future relations are not allowed under the Article 50 process until the UK formally tells the EU it is leaving.

If negotiations go according to the timetable, a Brexit should be achieved by March 2019.

Downing Street says there are no plans for an early election, according to Sky News.

EU Commission chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters at a briefing in Brussels that eurocrats were ready to begin talks “immediately” and that they had a comprehensive plan in place.

“Everything is ready on this side.

“The first step after the notification will be the adoption of guidelines by the European Council, which is the political reaction.

“The European Commission will then immediately – and I mean immediately – issue a recommendation for the negotiations. This is the legal mandate and after this draft recommendation the European Council will formally adopt the mandate to the EU negotiator Michel Barnier.”

Responding to the announcement, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis issued a statement.

“Last June, the people of the UK made the historic decision to leave the EU. Next Wednesday, the Government will deliver on that decision and formally start the process by triggering Article 50,” he said.

“We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation.

“The government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe – a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union.”

Rumors that May would trigger Article 50 last week were quashed by sources close to the PM, after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared her desire for a second independence referendum. That led to speculation that May did not want to appear cavalier about the future of the UK.

The PM’s spokesperson said Barrow had a conversation with Tusk’s office earlier on Monday morning to give the EU notice of the date.

“There will be a letter, [May] will notify president Tusk in writing, and the prime minister has already confirmed she will give a statement to parliament as well.

“More details will be given in due course,” he said.

My Conclusion: Nationalism is on the raise. As Untied Kingdom decide to leave the Europe Union since the people voted for UK to leave the European Union. And I heard there are at least several countries in the EU now wanting to leave the EU. Nationalism is on the raise and Globalism is being rejected on a large scale.

US Govt Says CO2 NOT Driver of Climate & Agriculture Solutions for the Mini Ice Age

US EPA chief comes out and says that CO2 is not the primary driver of the climate and that it is impossible to correctly measure the entire surface of the globe to get a true assessment of changes in Earth’s climate system. Australia is closing the Hazelwood power plant that is a back up for South Australia if power from wind is not available, now what, no back up for that. Snow on tap for the SE USA in the coming week and new food growing techniques with SquareRoots LED Vertical farms.

My Conclusion:  I enjoy watching David’s youtube video Adapt 2030 because he talks about the oncoming little ice age. I enjoying watch what Trump EPA chief (Scott Pruitt) quote that “I believe that we as an agency and we as a nation can be both pro energy and pro jobs and pro environment; that we don’t have to choose between the two” and Scott Pruitt have that well covered that we can be both pro economy and pro environment and you have to choose between the two. For Me I’m pro environment but I also pro economy; I understand that environment is important but having a good economy in a nation is also important. But left will say that “no the environment is always important; environment and economic can’t coexist. you have to sacrifice economy for the rights of nature” and you can find that on Zero Hedge. I will say that “don’t listen to the left wingers; don’t let them let you otherwise” As it said in the video about Hazelwood power plant in Australia closing down and cause a lost of a 1,000 jobs according  to The Guardian. That is done with in the of stopping Climate Change and protecting the rights of nature; that just insanity. I cover more news related to this topic.