Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Venezuela --Collapse.

Tom's Journal.

Hello Friends,
    When I was young my parents would always say that we should 'clean our plates' and eat everything that Mom put on our dinner plates at meals, and we were never to make a face or complain...  'bad manners.'  Besides that we always heard how bad the starving people in China, etc., were in their constant hunger.   And no matter why people are starving to death, be it political struggle, poor planning, Socialism or Crop  Failure,  the human suffering is horrible and destructive !   My Dad told me that he wouldn't wish hunger and starvation on his worst enemy!  Me either.
    But I really learned a lot, first hand, when I was in Vietnam, where small boys would pimp to 'sell their older sisters'... in prostitution !   That was a big enterprise in the Orient and War really ruins an economy, as one side, or more, purposely withhold and CONTROL the food in that region or country.    It's a shame that few people in America ever learn about the real facts, and the 'Lame Stream Media is at fault, and also regulated by our Gov't  .... and  we are an ignorant, fat, spoiled nation....  sorry to say.   And who is to say that we will remain so rich and fat, with grocery stores loaded with great, beautiful, luscious fresh fruits, veggies, fresh, prime meats of every stripe and flavor ! !   'What goes up --- must come down,'  and History always repeats itself, ever since Adam and Eve walked this earth 6000 years ago !   Yes,  that IS A FACT, too!   Just look up Luke chapter 3 and read how Jesus Christ traced his genealogy all the way back to Adam !  In fact, if you deny Adam, Eve,  Noah and the flood [book of Genesis ] -- you also deny Christ !   This is NOT 'rocket science,'  friends,  I am talking and teaching the BASICS, here -- today !   Ha!   And so many people don't even know for sure if they are going to heaven or not....  duh.   Most folks don't even know WHY we were put here on earth and what our main directives are -- from our Maker/ Creator !
     Friends/  Readers,  in a time when everything could be turned upside / down, and very unstable $$$, THIS IS THE TIME that we really need to know, share, teach and STUDY THE KJV BIBLE !!   Go invest $$  in a LARGE print,  "DEFINED KJV BIBLE, " TODAY !!  Please visit/ check out:   --- and invest in a large print, easy to read Bible, and pick out  a nice Leather copy [$$$] that will last a long time, and pray to the Father to send the H.S. [Holy Spirit] BEFORE you start reading, to allow the full impact and meaning to soak into your brain and heart.   Don't thank me....  but thank GOD the Father for all the blessings that will drop into your lap, after you start to apply what you have learned.   I always ask people to read the "Gospel" first and then the book of Romans, to get the basics down in your mind, and reap the benefits of Jesus love and sacrifice, Grace, and Salvation thru His precious blood, and then you will feel the Spirit work in you ! !   Smile.
       I am but a small 'tool' in my Master's Hand, and very thankful that I found Him and His Son !

I realize that I have a wealth of Financial knowledge when I took a break from my Welding trade to check out the Financial world, even though I never got rich,  I learned the good things of never making stupid mistakes or investing in the wrong things, stocks, bonds, etc.-- at the wrong times, as times and things change, so we need to be somewhat educated in those ways.   One hand washes another...    It's not how much you earn....  but how much you can save/ invest in the basics, in case the bottom falls out of our messed up economy, and worse.   "Pay yourself FIRST, and invest in the right things, and don't be so greedy, and help other Christians... if you can."   Friends,  I am tired of beating the giant GONG, and the drum, like some "Chicken Little... and the sky is falling routine."   But,  on the other hand, what is happening in other countries like Venezuela [read the article below--] WILL HAPPEN HERE and the rest of the world.   Heck !   I knew most of this stuff 30 years ago.... that things would eventually get so bad that all the people of all the nations WOULD SOMEDAY BEG  [Yes,  BEG !!] FOR THE NEW WORLD ORDER to come in and take effect ! !   Just think,  if your family was starving in a place like I just mentioned, what would YOU do ??   And for those who have never been to a war zone, or a 3rd world country, with much poverty and crime,  it is going to be a real eye-opening experience, if you are not filthy rich and powerful and ' well connected !'   
       Really, folks,  if you have been reading many of my past articles and posts,  you should already know what kind of 'pictures I paint,' and what I, personally, think you and I should do.   Acquire the Basics, and train the heart and mind for battle.... Both Spiritual and physical warfare.   Because, 'what good is it to gain the world -- but then lose your soul forever in a place called hell ?'   OK,  I know that was a 'play on words,'  but you know what I mean.  
      And when you really stop to think when you are alone.... we don't even need 1/4 of all the goofy things and gadgets we have in our homes, and what good will they do us in the end ?  Get your priorities straight, now.  Just look at some of the people in Louisiana who lost everything they own in that flood !   Sometimes the most important thing in the world is a cold bottle of pure WATER !   Well,  it's EZ for some of us living in a secure spot on a high hill watching TV in our Air Conditioned, pretty, well stocked home to ask:  'Why didn't they just hop in their car and drive North, far away from the flooded area ???   Duh....  One of the reasons is the FAILED, stupid, Gov't policy of keeping those kind of people poor and dependent on Government assistance from generation to generation, the Democratic Socialist way !!  And perhaps, if they would have read their bibles about gaining the pure Basics of life and mobility, to 'get out of Dodge'... BEFORE the flood, maybe they would have been better off.   But bad things do happen to nice people, even God's people !  And so we would want to help our brothers if we can.     And if they cannot even afford to have 'flood/ home Insurance'  and they know that a flood could come ---what will they turn to then ??   I have bought 4 different houses in my life, so I know what I am talking about.    And the VA protected my investment by making SURE that my houses were NOT situated in a "Flood Plain !"    And the house HAD TO BE UP TO STANDARDS, too.    The VA tries to protect it's Veterans in that way. 
    Well,  I have actually seen some of the leaves on trees turning colors already, U.P. in the U.P., and we had plenty of rain too to make the weeds shoot up.  

Here is a last thought for today, folks....  'If you cannot invest in the Basics for Survival....  try learning the discipline, "to live on Less."   That's right,  live on less, and live poor !  That way when the 'stink does hit the fan,'  it won't be such a big shock for us.  And pray every day and night.  

Warm Regards,
Tommy   Schuckman

Venezuela Isn’t Just in Crisis, But Faces “Total Societal Collapse”

Shaun Bradley
August 24th, 2016
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This article was written by Shaun Bradley and originally published at The Anti-Media.
Editor’s Comment: Obviously, things aren’t going to just get better. The people of Venezuela, forced to wait in long lines for basic necessities, are under the thumb of what has now proven to be a ruthless dictator. He has killed, and will increasingly use violence (and any means necessary) to hold onto power.
Eventually, Maduro will likely be ousted, but only after forcing his people into literal starvation. Yes, the U.S. likely is waging economic war on Venezuela, with tanking oil prices putting on the pressure; yes, the U.S. is involved in coups all across Latin Americas, but Venezuelans are now between a rock and a hard place. It is just indecent, and the world’s attention has been turned elsewhere.
Total Societal Collapse: What the Media Isn’t Telling You About Venezuela
by Shaun Bradley
Life in Venezuela now consists of empty grocery stores, record rates of violent crime, and widespread shortages of just about everything. The economic and political conditions have been deteriorating for years, but recent stories coming from this once-rich nation are astonishing. Bars have run out of beer, McDonald’s can’t get buns for their Big Macs, and rolling blackouts are a regular occurrence. The average person spends over 35 hours a month waiting in line to buy their rationed goods, and even basics like toilet paper and toothpaste are strictly regulated.
The fiasco began when the price of oil collapsed and sent Venezuelan finances into chaos. The oil-dependent nation, despite its imposing government policies, couldn’t prevent the fallout. The current problems are further compounded by rampant corruption throughout the Venezuelan government. The likelihood of a peaceful resolution is decreasing by the day, and political dissents are likely to be met with brutal crackdowns. The desperation of the masses could explode violently under the right circumstances, and there are few things more dangerous to a nation than a hungry population.
The food lines seen throughout Venezuela are reminiscent of the Great Depression. Thousands fill the sidewalks and wait for hours to get their hands on basic staples. Tensions have risen so dramatically that several people have been killed in recent food riots and lootings. Dogs, cats, and birds are finding themselves on the menu, and a group even broke into the Caracas’ Caricuao Zoo to slaughter the animals for meat.
In an effort to relieve some of the pressure, President Nicolas Maduro briefly opened the border with Colombia, prompting over one hundred thousand people to pour across in search of products that have gone extinct in their own country. The border was originally sealed back in 2014 in an attempt to prevent the smuggling of food and people. The uncertainty of what the future holds has forced people to spend what little savings they have on securing enough food to get by. Without access to the resources needed for production and distribution, commerce has come to a complete standstill, and food shortages aren’t the only consequence.
The Venezuelan healthcare system, once a symbol of socialism’s success, has been crippled by vast medical supply shortages. Gloves, soap, and antibiotics have all vanished, with power often only working one or two days a week. The economic woes have created a full-blown public health emergency. Malnutrition combined with doctors’ inability to treat patients effectively has led to outbreaks of diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. With such extremely limited resources, many patients are falling through the cracks. Even simple illnesses are going untreated, leading to dangerous complications.
Jason Marczak, director of the Latin America Economic Growth Initiative, spoke about the crisis:
“When people are literally going hungry and children are dying at birth because there aren’t the right medical supplies … when basic things like Tylenol aren’t even available … this causes a huge amount of angst in the population.”
Yet another disturbing pattern has developed since traditional forms of birth control have become unavailable in stores. Record numbers of women are resorting to sterilization to prevent unplanned pregnancies. Local clinics have hundreds on the waiting lists for appointments. Aside from the financial burden, the possibility of watching their children starve is too much to handle and has prompted many women to take drastic action. This means the current economic depression is going to have long-term effects on generations to come.
Life in Venezuela is now built around waiting in lines. As much as the lines have become the key to survival, they are also hotbeds for violence. Crimes are often committed in broad daylight, with assailants meeting little resistance. For other people in line, the risk of leaving their spot to intervene is just too high. Their dependence on government has literally robbed them of their ability to help others in need.
“These days, you have to put the line above everything,” said pharmacist Haide Mendoza, who witnessed a murder in the line at her store, CBS News reported.
The hyperinflation currently affecting the Venezuelan currency, the bolivar, is undermining every function of the government and economy. The inflation rate is now the highest in the world and is expected to hit 1,600% by next year. Despite the government raising the minimum wage three times to appease workers, the move has only fueled a rise in prices. In a highly controversial move, the government imposed forced labor policies to keep food production going. Maduro’s emergency decree promises severe punishments for those who refuse to work in the fields without pay. The social contract appears to have no end when it comes to the ‘greater good.’
It’s always interesting to see the selective coverage the media rolls out, but the struggle of people on the ground is getting too severe for them to ignore. The same policies increasingly pushed by Western governments are on display in Venezuela as the country descends into chaos.
In the coming months, this story of societal collapse will likely force its way into the mainstream. Food shelves haven’t been restocked, the police haven’t restored order, and the food lines continue to grow. The faith in the State that was the cornerstone of stability under Hugo Chavez has been completely eroded. If oil prices surge, it may provide some relief, but the symptoms plaguing their economy are past the point of no return.  The only way to remedy this type of repression is to hold the criminal government officials in power responsible for their contributions to the crisis.
This article was written by Shaun Bradley and originally published at The Anti-Media.

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Author: Shaun Bradley
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Date: August 24th, 2016
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