Maybe spend the night.

Or the rest of her life.

Given the size of her manic eyes she may be able to light the place up a bit.

Far as I am concerned I do not feel the least bit sorry for these people. They voted these assholes into power. OVERWHELMINGLY.

Actions have consequences, baby!

Question- What did Socialists use for light before candles?

Answer- Electricity

Walking for hours, making oil lamps, bearing water. For Venezuelans today, suffering under a new nationwide blackout that has lasted days, it’s like being thrown back to life centuries ago.

El Avila, a mountain that towers over Caracas, has become a place where families gather with buckets and jugs to fill up with water, wash dishes and scrub clothes. The taps in their homes are dry from lack of electricity to the city’s water pumps.

“We’re forced to get water from sources that obviously aren’t completely hygienic. But it’s enough for washing or doing the dishes,” said one resident, Manuel Almeida.

Because of the long lines of people, the activity can take hours of waiting.

Elsewhere, locals make use of cracked water pipes. But they still need to boil the water, or otherwise purify it.

“We’re going to bed without washing ourselves,” said one man, Pedro Jose, a 30-year-old living in a poorer neighborhood in the west of the capital.

Some shops seeing an opportunity have hiked the prices of bottles of water and bags of ice to between $3 and $5 — a fortune in a country where the monthly minimum salary is the equivalent of $5.50.

Better-off Venezuelans, those with access to US dollars, have rushed to fill hotels that have giant generators and working restaurants.

For others, preserving fresh food is a challenge. Finding it is even more difficult. The blackout has forced most shops to close.

“We share food” among family members and friends, explained Coral Munoz, 61, who counts herself lucky to have dollars.

“You have to keep a level head to put up with all this, and try to have people around because being alone make it even harder.”

– Scouring trash –

For Kelvin Donaire, who lives in the poor Petare district, survival is complicated.

He walks for more than an hour to the bakery where he works in the upmarket Los Palos Grandes area. “At least I’m able to take a loaf back home,” Donaire said.

Many inhabitants have taken to salting meat to preserve it without working refrigerators.

Others, more desperate, scour trash cans for food scraps. They are hurt most by having to live in a country where basic food and medicine has become scarce and out of reach because of rocketing hyperinflation.

The latest blackout this week also knocked out communications.

According to NetBlocks, an organization monitoring telecoms networks, 85 percent of Venezuela has lost connection.

– ‘People need to eat’ –

In stores, cash registers no longer work and electronic payment terminals are blanked out. That’s serious in Venezuela, where even bread is bought by card because of lack of cash.

Some clients, trusted ones, are able to leave written IOUs.

“People need to eat. We let them take food and they will pay us when bank transfers come back,” explained shop owner Carlos Folache.

Underneath an office block of Digitel, one of the main cellphone companies, dozens of people stand around trying to get a signal.

“I’m trying to get connected to get news… on this chaotic episode we’re going through,” said one man, Douglas Perez.

With Caracas’s subway shut down, getting around the city is a trail, with choices between walking for kilometers (miles), lining up in the outsized hope of getting on one of the rare and badly overcrowded and dilapidated buses or managing to get fuel for a vehicle.

Pedro Jose said bus tickets have nearly doubled in price. “A ticket used to cost 100 bolivares (three US cents) and now it’s 1,500 (45 cents),” he raged.

As night casts Caracas into darkness, families light their homes as best they can.

“We make lamps that burn gasoline, or oil, or kerosene — any type of fuel,” explained Lizbeth Morin, 30.

“We’ve returned to the Middle Ages.”

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  1. bogsidebunny says:

    Maybe we need to test some nukes and Venezuela is a perfect spot. Heck, it can’t get any worse on the ground and the 10,000 year 1/2 life green glow will suffice in the absence of electricity.

  2. Leonard Jones says:

    I purchased a paperback copy of Atlas Shrugged many years ago put off
    reading it because of its near 900-page length. Even back then, the Ayn
    Rand Institute was planning a movie version so I said fuck it, I’ll wait.
    I had to wait quite a while for the slow drip release of the 3 DVD set.
    Seeing the lights going out across the eastern seaboard at the end of
    disk 3, then witnessing the same thing happening in Venezuela convinced
    me that her prediction nailed it!

  3. dekare says:

    I agree with the above…these people DESERVE this. Embracing capitalism made this place very rich, and they were getting ready to become just like America. But nope, the people voted for socialism. They knew all the same warnings of what would happen, but they ignored them. They instead listened to and believed in the beloved politicians who promised them everything. They thought they could have their cake and eat it too. Sadly, they now have no cake and nothing to eat. If there was ever a warning of what socialism does…this place is it.

    And now, these people cannot seem to put things back to the way they were. The socialism is so entrenched in their political system that I believe they can no longer vote their way out of this mess. The only fix is a revolution. And that is going to be pretty damned hard to do when the govt has taken all the guns.

    Why do you think the democrats want illegal immigrants in and a ban on all guns. The illegal vote combined with the ignorant will all but ensure they win election after election. A total ban on guns will make sure We The People can never remove them from power once they get it.

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