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Things getting real in Venezuela
#1
Well, I didn't see all that coming.  Then again, haven't been paying close attention.  Apparently there is a crime that didn't get committed that might have been obstructed or something.

This is an interesting example of a nation-wide SHTF.  So next time you decide to get all uppity about whatever recent offense to your rights that your party of choice may have made, remember that .Gov (all three branches, both sides) craps all over the constitution daily, you are all armed better than the average Venezuelan soldier, and they are out there with flags taking on armored cars.

Bravo!!!!!  I will gladly support them in their quest for freedom.  
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#2
It has been interesting watch the different feeds from there, seeing people using rocks and sticks. While so far, the images of law enforcement/soldiers have showed most armed with shotguns and pistols. I have seen a few rifles, but not many.

It is something worth watching and learning from. Venezuela use to be a very stable and rich state:

"Venezuela used to be considered a miracle country. Until the early 1980s, it was one of the only four Latin American countries certified by the World Bank as an upper-middle-income economy. It was also a stable, center-left democracy, quite an oasis in a region plagued by authoritarianism, insurgency, or unrest."

Yet, through Socialist gain, the country has been destroyed in a matter of a few decades.
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#3
The late wife had relatives who left Venezuela in the 1980s as they saw the handwriting on the wall. It took longer than they expected for the place to go all the way downhill.

Russia, Red China and Cuba are freaking out. The leaders of those countries made bad bets, are owed billions, and the monies will never be repaid whether Maduro stays in power or not. It is a replay of the bad bet of the Soviet Union/Russia to have financed the Iraqi military.

When we rue the stupid political leadership of the USA, just reflect that the Communist stupidity has hurt them as well.
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#4
Latest I saw was protesters getting run down my APC's (armored personnel carriers).  The citizens are using sticks and stone because, well, that's really all they have since they've been disarmed.  As Bob stated, a good example of a nation-wide level SHTF.
Governmental dependance makes for poor self reliance.

"What could possibly go wrong with a duct tape boat?"  Cody Lundin

The best defense against evil men are good men with violent skill sets.
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#5
And also - note that they got disarmed. So don't believe it can't happen.

The thing is, it isn't Zombie Apocalypse. There are stores, jobs, etc. As always, what happens is services and goods become "unreliable". They are there, but in a much diminished capacity or not always available. Right now there are people going to school, in hospitals having babies and all that in VZ.

The question is how do you address that situation. My answer is leave town, go sit rlatives in the most non-political spot possible, or merely stay indoors!
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#6
The problem is that staying indoors is only viable if you've prepared ahead of time.  And there is a difference between the U.S. and Venezuela in that we have the 2A and they've allowed themselves to be disarmed.  Having food, water and other necessities stockpiled for a specific duration of time, with the means to defend it if necessary is quite different that what they have available down there.  Even if someone prepared ahead of time, how are they going to hold on to it?  Answer...they're not.
Governmental dependance makes for poor self reliance.

"What could possibly go wrong with a duct tape boat?"  Cody Lundin

The best defense against evil men are good men with violent skill sets.
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