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Food Rationing in Socialist Venezuela Leads to Mob Fighting Over Milk
frontpagemag.com ^ | february 11, 2014 | daniel greenfield

Posted on 02/11/2014 11:38:19 AM PST by lowbridge

Last week, we were walking near a Bicentenario (large, government-run markets offering products at reasonable or “friendly” prices) and saw a number of people walk out with cans of milk.

“Hey, look!” said my partner, who’s always on the lookout for these kinds of things, as though she were the one from Cuba.

When we went inside the market, we were somewhat disappointed: there wasn’t a single can of milk left on the shelves, even though purchases are restricted to one can per person.

Someone said to us: “Stay close to the chekout counters. When one person tries to buy two cans, they take one away from them and you can have one of those.”

Team work is always more productive, so I stood in line to buy something while my partner went out to hunt, that is, to stand by the check-outs to see if some unfortunate soul was forced to part with one of their cans of milk.

It took nearly two hours to get to the check-out counter and, during this time, I was able to see and hear a bit of everything.

Standing in line ahead of me was an elderly gentleman who had left his home early in the morning to go shopping at the opposite end of Caracas and had to walk a very long distance to get his hands on some milk for his granddaughter (the child’s father could not take on such a journey, for he was bed-ridden, recovering from a gunshot wound).

While we were talking, a man arrived, stuck his hand into a pile of bags of bread on a shelf and “found” a can of milk. He darted off with it, in the direction of a check-out.

The people in line immediately reacted.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: foodfights; foodrationing; socialism; venezuela
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1 posted on 02/11/2014 11:38:19 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge
Coming soon to Obamaworld.
2 posted on 02/11/2014 11:39:33 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: lowbridge

If they hadn’t been freed from job-lock by their government, the wouldn’t have been able to make the choice to riot.


3 posted on 02/11/2014 11:40:22 AM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Kartographer

Coming soon to ObamaAmerica.


4 posted on 02/11/2014 11:43:04 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: lowbridge

When this happens in the US, a trip to the govrnment food lines will make argentina and venezuela look like paradise.


5 posted on 02/11/2014 11:43:15 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: lowbridge

I’ve been reading about the milk shortage there for at least 2 years.


6 posted on 02/11/2014 11:43:41 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: lowbridge

The communists transformed Venezuela into a country where you have to fight over milk and toilet paper.

When you beg a guy to transform your country, sometimes you get what you asked for good and hard.


7 posted on 02/11/2014 11:49:27 AM PST by marron
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To: lowbridge

Take notes.


8 posted on 02/11/2014 11:51:11 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
So have you stocked up on powdered milk?

/johnny

9 posted on 02/11/2014 11:51:15 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: lowbridge

I remember receiving an email from a friend who had just taken a consulting job in Caracas before Chavez took over. She emailed me and said they were pulling people out of houses and shooting them on the street outside where she was. Fortunately she had some coworkers who sheltered her. Americans were apparently big targets of the communists.


10 posted on 02/11/2014 11:52:06 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: lowbridge

A look into the paradise that awaits us....


11 posted on 02/11/2014 11:55:41 AM PST by Tzimisce
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To: marron

They have achieved True Communism.


12 posted on 02/11/2014 11:56:51 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Kartographer

Ping.


13 posted on 02/11/2014 12:01:09 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: lowbridge
Socialism of anything creates an nearly-instantaneous shortage of that thing.

(U. S. Healthcare, as it progresses down the shining collectivist path? The waits for rationed care will be killers (perhaps literally so).

14 posted on 02/11/2014 12:01:48 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Kartographer

ping


15 posted on 02/11/2014 12:02:18 PM PST by bgill
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To: dfwgator

Communists are people who can’t abide living in a world where you don’t need them. So they design an infantile world where you have to have their permission to go to the john.


16 posted on 02/11/2014 12:02:30 PM PST by marron
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To: lowbridge
How's that vote for Hugo Chavez workin' out for ya?
17 posted on 02/11/2014 12:03:36 PM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: JPG
How's that vote for Hugo Chavez workin' out for ya?

You laugh now, but how soon before some are posting, "How's that vote for Barack Obama workin' out for ya?

18 posted on 02/11/2014 12:05:05 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: lowbridge

Mama always said, why buy the cow when the milk can be looted in a food riot?


19 posted on 02/11/2014 12:06:02 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: JPG

That photo is a Kroger’s in Atlanta two hours before the snow starts falling.


20 posted on 02/11/2014 12:07:02 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: lowbridge
 

Warning. Graphic pics of the violence.


21 posted on 02/11/2014 12:07:48 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: lowbridge

Just as predicted. How many times will people fall for the lie that you can have something for nothing?


22 posted on 02/11/2014 12:08:11 PM PST by BinaryBoy (Starve the RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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To: F15Eagle; bgill; PA Engineer; appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; ...

Preppers’ PING!!

Hat tip to F15Eagle; bgill; PA Engineer for the heads-up!


23 posted on 02/11/2014 12:09:05 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: dfwgator

The problem is that too many would answer, “just fine.”


24 posted on 02/11/2014 12:09:09 PM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: lowbridge
Socialism / Communism, with a long tradition of bringing out the best in people... Stalin Mao Ceaușescu Pol Pot Kim Jong-il and a host of others...
25 posted on 02/11/2014 12:09:12 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

America has no more right to anything not available to the most corrupt poor place in the world.


26 posted on 02/11/2014 12:09:14 PM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: lowbridge

“While we were talking, a man arrived, stuck his hand into a pile of bags of bread on a shelf and “found” a can of milk.”

I wouldn’t fight over milk found hidden in the bread. They must like it sour?


27 posted on 02/11/2014 12:09:44 PM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: lowbridge

If Saudi Arabia went socialist, they’d be out of sand in five years.


28 posted on 02/11/2014 12:10:23 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: dfwgator
how soon before some are posting, "How's that vote for Barack Obama workin' out for ya?

Some of us have been posting (and saying) that very thing for some time now...

29 posted on 02/11/2014 12:10:36 PM PST by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: Beagle8U

In all likelihood the guy hid the milk with the bread himself, so he could buy one can then return later to buy the second one after the remaining inventory was gone.


30 posted on 02/11/2014 12:13:16 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: dfwgator

I wonder if we’ll actually have another free election in this country.


31 posted on 02/11/2014 12:13:38 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Beagle8U

Duh, sourdough joke. Nice. Didn’t get it until the moment I hit “post”


32 posted on 02/11/2014 12:16:17 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: dfwgator

That’s where it’s heading, I’m afraid.


33 posted on 02/11/2014 12:16:54 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: JRandomFreeper; Kartographer; greeneyes; All

“So have you stocked up on powdered milk?”

I have some from the grocery but need to get more the next time I go. I have some professionally packed for long term storage also. No matter how much you have, you need more of this product.

I ran out of regular milk yesterday and opened a quart package of the instant which is one quart. One quart does not last long at all, can use that in one day if you drink it and cook with it. Drinking it only (not cooking with it) might make it last two days.

There is a difference between instant milk at the grocery and powdered milk one can get from long term storage companies. If you compare a cup of instant and a cup of powdered, you get more milk using powdered. It takes a bit of stirring for powdered to dissolve and it costs less, so I got the powdered from one of those companies - I figured I could stir a bit to have more milk.


34 posted on 02/11/2014 12:16:58 PM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Kartographer

What’s the best way to store powdered milk...for long term? Thanks, Kart ;p


35 posted on 02/11/2014 12:18:42 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: driftdiver

Yes, we will. But I’m increasingly convinced that a whole heck of a lot of people are going to die before it happens. Not advocating violence or any sort of coup/overthrow (let alone seeking to participate in fostering such) mind you. I just see a lot of indications we’re headed in that direction.


36 posted on 02/11/2014 12:19:27 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: Responsibility2nd

The photos show that the commie government buckshot is pretty weak.

Winchester super X wouldn’t have been stuck in the skin like that!


37 posted on 02/11/2014 12:21:59 PM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: JRandomFreeper
So have you stocked up on powdered milk?

I grew up in a semi-large family and we would occasionally run out of milk. Mom would give us powdered milk. Yuck. I've got a bunch of it but would probably only use it for cooking.

38 posted on 02/11/2014 12:22:16 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Marcella

If you add some hot water to the powder first, then stir to form a paste, it will further dissolve better as you add the cold water. Once it is all dissolved, cap the bottle and shake until some bubbles form. That puts some air back into the mixture and improves the taste.

Once upon a time, there was only non-instant powdered milk.


39 posted on 02/11/2014 12:25:05 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Beagle8U

I know, right?

Maybe they WANTED to use crowd control pellets.

Ahhhh, if only Hugo was still alive. They’d be bringing out body bags by the hundreds.

(The good old days)


40 posted on 02/11/2014 12:25:41 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: driftdiver

I’m afraid Bush may be the last Republican we’ll have in the White House (notice I didn’t say ‘conservative’ as somebody misconstrued one time - not you).

I would say more, but not right now.


41 posted on 02/11/2014 12:27:40 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Maybe they WANTED to use crowd control pellets.”

Those are plastic or rubber, what was in the photos were plain lead.


42 posted on 02/11/2014 12:31:19 PM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U
My bet is on hard rubber shot used for crowd control shot at closer than recommended range.
43 posted on 02/11/2014 12:35:33 PM PST by Polynikes (What would Walt Kowalski do. In the meantime "GET OFF MY LAWN")
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To: Responsibility2nd

The cops went nuts with that buckshot.


44 posted on 02/11/2014 12:36:00 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Polynikes

“My bet is on hard rubber shot used for crowd control shot at closer than recommended range.”

But I think that is brown, these are the color of lead.

The plastic ones are yellow or white.


45 posted on 02/11/2014 12:38:51 PM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: lowbridge
Last I heard, they had lots of cattle in Venezuela.

There shouldn't be any problem with milk and the people shouldn't have to buy it in cans.

Apparently, the citizens of Venezuela are victims of their own rulers, who apparently decided to regulate and restrict production, distribution, packaging and price.

We in the U.S. are headed there if we don't wake up.

46 posted on 02/11/2014 12:40:17 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: Jane Long

Vacuum pack with oxygen absorbers. Can or glass. You might try getting some from your locale LDS cannery/pantry, a good price and well canned.


47 posted on 02/11/2014 12:44:44 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: F15Eagle

Russia had elections the whole time the communists were in control, with 98-99% voter turnout. They were so efficient the people didn’t even have to go to the polls.


48 posted on 02/11/2014 12:45:27 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Organizing for Russia!

The People’s Democratic National Committee!


49 posted on 02/11/2014 12:47:51 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Beagle8U

If it’s really in a can, it could be evaporated milk.


50 posted on 02/11/2014 12:48:37 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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