I am devastated because of the news of these last few days. The reality is, the reason for the power grid country-wide failure is the corruption level of these last years. Our main electricity generation company is a state-owned one, and the budget for the maintenance was stolen.
Plain and simple.
The funds are now in some tax haven under the name of God knows whom.
Now, start with the real topic: how to deal with the consequences.
The blackout in Venezuela has no end in sight.
This extremely extended blackout is going to stay a long time. I have been sent reports of people charging 1$ to charge your cellphone 10 minutes. Go figure. I have seen pictures of a 5 kg ice bag being sold at 10$. This is not going to last too long. The military is going to jail those abusing their ice production capacity…not for “justice” but to take it over, for themselves. This is too easy to predict. And that is why living in a large city once things start to become hairy, stinks.
In Caracas, the capital, people are driving in the opposite direction in the highways, trying to locate a spot with cellphone signal to send messages via the internet. They are roaming desperately in the streets looking for drinking water, ice, medicines, or food.
The country became a concentration camp, courtesy of uncles Hugo, Fidel, Raul Castro, and Diaz Canel. If someone out there believes that Cuba Island should not be freed, let me know the reasons. They are responsible for all of this mess. Just look at the history: they tried to invade Venezuela in 1963 and then again in 1967. Changing the tactics, they introduced a mole in the army in 1974 – Hugo. This has been extensively documented by Ivan Carratu Molina, and he has been interviewed many times. I am sure he has published some of his work translated to English, explaining how they arrived to the chair to weld themselves into the power.
There is a terrifying scarcity of news after over 50 hours without any electricity.
I have not received messages from my family in the last 3 days. As they are in a very small town and have access to an underground stream and power generation, a fruit garden, and small cottage and farms all over the place I assume they are coping with the situation. My concern is for them to have access to gasoline and food, as the electronic payment has been severed with the blackout. However, they, being widely known in the town, should not have too many problems. I have tried to make phone calls to the landlines but they are disabled too.
The few notices I have received is that there are lootings in Caracas and surrounding areas. I can´t know how extended or severe this situation is. There is no one there with means to transmit what can be happening.
This is an ideal situation for the activation of a HAM based network information. Solar panels, a small battery to run the equipment, safely from a remote station, and we are set.
It is very likely that any station transmitting somehow sensitive information like looting places, dog-eat-dog shootings, gunfights, road blockages, and alike, could be targeted by the authorities, though. In our case, it is more about connecting people in other countries with their relatives inside.
The harsh reality of surviving a collapse is hitting people in Venezuela now.
I read in the social networks people that start to provide survival advice, with basic items, and newbie prepper stuff. I used to receive jokes and used to have coworkers laughing at me when they watched my house evolve and my gear. I just hope now that they don´t loot it while I am not there!
The food, scarce and extremely expensive, is getting spoiled after over 2 days without power. People are really starting to face, in a tropical climate with temperatures over 29 Centigrade (84 F), how hard it is to survive. The water pumping system is down, so people with tanks or gravity systems already have a backup…but without any power to fill the tank, the situation is going to become nasty.
Thank God the sewage system there is designed to work without any pumping.
One of my friends in our city has a solar panel, but he can´t find a battery at an affordable price. He earns a 5$ salary and the battery is 80$, cash. He won´t use the old battery of his truck because it won´t last, and it is beyond its natural life limit. He has a small genset, but can´t find oil for 2 stroke engines, again, at a price he can pay.
This should raise concerns to those living on a wage of a state company, all over the world. My dad has been able to deal with inflation because he is a freelancer, and he adjusts his price, sometimes even bargaining and getting food or goodies.
It is becoming harder for me to focus on writing. Being jobless in a foreign country, and without knowing anything about my parents is not something that helps. I apologize if this seems to be written a little erratically.
Being without power is making food preservation and cooking difficult.
OK now, let´s see. There is no power during the day, and the supply is 2 or 3 hours daily if that. No power means no water, in the cities, at least. The food in people´s fridge is rotting after 48 hours in the dark. Many of them reported this on social networks.
I don´t have a clue how many changed to electric kitchens because of the inability to find bottled propane. That´s almost impossible to know, but it must be an extremely large number. That worked fine…until now when we face a total power grid collapse. No one bothered in researching some alternative cooking means just like solar dishes or similar ways.
Many people have a grill, at least, and finding some firewood in a nearby park should not have been so hard, to prevent the food from rotting. Of course, some city people won´t want to damage their image collecting firewood. Darwin kicks in and hurts.
The worst part is that most of the apartments must be now dark, humid and hot caves. Not a place I would like to be these days. Outside, things can get really hairy in a heartbeat. Talking with my wife, while having some coffee, we realize how lucky we are, despite being both jobless and broken beyond belief. But we are still a family.
The reports I have been receiving are stuff like…a girl I met in the SSNN giving a ride to a granny with a stroke and her son to a private medical center…and they almost refused to attend her, because there was no place. They insisted until the doctors admitted her. The guard of the clinic approached the girls and told them to go home because an explosion was coming. The girl described extreme tension in the environment.
Being the capital city, the rest of the country already was struggling with some issues, and being punished as well by the gang. But nothing prepared the people of the capital to face this.
Carrying water bottles, 2 gallons each, by the stairs up to a 15th floor is not something that your average next door girl used to do every day. Paying dollars because no one wants some other currency is something that never was in the realm of the possibilities. I am proud to say, I saw that, especially that, coming in 2015 and told it to a friend of mine. Many of those early warning signs (I wrote about those signs, indeed, in one of the first articles) are now a cold and painful reality.
That said, I must recognize something. It was extremely expensive and difficult to stock a pantry when my wife and I started prepping circa 2008. Nevertheless, we did it. In the top of our preppings, we calculate two months for the 4 of us, without leaving home. Provided no power collapse, of course, and water supply was more or less constant, to fill up the tank.
This is very important, and have to be considered in any prepping plan made to survive long term: after our acquisition power started to vanish, working for a salary was NO LONGER VIABLE. Our pantry got a deep beating in less than the half of the calculated time, fellows!
I can´t explain if this was something atypical, or if this was to be expected in hyperinflation. There was no way to buy food after the hyperinflation process started to develop itself. We had to consume our stock, mainly because the rationing taking place made IMPOSSIBLE TO replenish. This is why I hate those…demons.
After a while, I was entirely relying on my other online job (working until 12 am often to wake up at 6 am for the day job) and exchanging a good portion of that salary to be able to buy most of our food. We invested in the improvement of our education (I don´t know to do anything else than my profession, and my only vocation perhaps is to talk a lot, besides writing of course). We saved some of the money, but plenty of that was for home improvements and food.
The very hard choice of our forced displacement had to be made, with me leaving early to try to set up something before bringing along my family (and I will always appreciate those who sent assistance those days for the tickets, and will be eternally thankful for that).
Please read a summary of the situation I have seen and my conclusions in the next article, in a couple of days.
Jose is an upper middle class professional. He is a former worker of the oil state company with a Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. He has a small 4 members family, plus two cats and a dog. An old but in good shape SUV, a good 150 square meters house in a nice neighborhood, in a small but (formerly) prosperous city with two middle size malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival stories from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Thanks to your help Jose has gotten his family out of Venezuela. They are currently setting up a new life in another country. paypal.me/JoseM151
Pleas send this report to every member of Congress!
I would be honored if this reaches someday those heights, dear Old Soldier.
I’m not by habit an overtly religious man, but I would like to pray to GOD for these two requests:
A) That the hate filled insane clueless no talent bigots currently running Venezuela be replaced by men and women with talent and sober judgement. The people there deserve better than this.
B) That this is accomplished without America sending in troops. As long as we keep thinking we can solve all the world’s problems, we will never truly begin dealing with our own.
I believe that the foremost of our own problems is the impulse that first sent Venezuela over the edge in the first place: the belief in some obnoxious, fact free ideology, over a proven track record of actual accomplishment. For a perfect example, look no further than this side by side comparison:
Person A: Our current commander in chief, who has built skyscrapers in Manhattan, one of the most competitive markets in the world. Is he a boaster and super full of himself? Yes he is. Does he have something to actually point to and boast about, which he can say, yes I built that? You bet he does!
Person B: That dimwit socialist from the Bronx, who thinks we have to tear down and reconstruct every building in America, or the world will come to an end. Fifty bucks says this clueless big mouth has never in her life swung a hammer or cut a board in half. Ever. Yet somehow, she’s an “expert” in construction.
People with proven track records using time tested ideas; or poisonous socialist fairy tales.
I may be a simple man, so to me this looks like a simple choice
D.P. Elemm, I usually refrain from political arguments, but your logic is so flawed I just can’t refrain. I can’t stand the “bigmouth” you refer to, & will not defend her, but please! Do you really believe Trump has ever cut a board or held a hammer? He took his daddy’s money & turned it into a bigger fortune but he has cheated, lied, & not paid his share while using charitable donations to further his agenda. The world would be a better place if we took the two of them (and several more) & put them on a far-away island. We need a fresh start with some sane, honest people. Wish I knew where to find them. Peace.
Wonderful words. Thanks
I read about the black out several days ago. I have to admit that I had to stop reading because it was so sad. Maduro and his bunch need to be ousted ASAP. I fear it will take decades to restore Venezuela to what it once was.
If Venezuela had caves they’d soon be living in them. A perfect example of what happens when you promise free stuff in order to attract votes. We’ve got a couple very popular politicians who are, and have done the same thing, Crazy Bernie, Aoc, and Gavin Newsome is also getting into the sham.
According to Jim Stone (http://18.104.22.168/.xo3.html), the U.S. government caused Venezuela’s blackout in order to further destabilize the country so we could go in and take over their oil for our corporations. I’ve never known whether or not his many theories regarding world events are valid or not, but he seems to be quite knowledgeable on techie matters, and he claims a Stuxnet virus was introduced into VZ’s grid by U.S. operatives, and that Maduro caught two of them. He also claims that the grid was in very good condition after a 2010 update. If you go to the link I provided above, you’ll have to scroll down quite a ways to find this info because it’s in at least three different sections that are posted between other articles. Just keep scrolling!
Maybe the grid was in “good shape” in 2010 but I’d like to know what exactly they mean by “good shape.” I doubt it’d be 24/7 electricity. I corresponded closely with a dear friend in Caracas for several years — he finally escaped in 2017 after being there almost 10 years; and no, the electricity was not reliable even then.
“good shape” – by 1960s standards >>>> that’s the “technology” involved – by alllll reports there was maintenance problems prior to the socialistic revolt – spare parts were just about impossible already in the 1980-90s …
keep blaming the US for the socialistic problems – it’s the same thing the Euro commie bloc dictators did before they were overthrown and hung ….
There were some improvements, mostly in the control and sensor systems, as far as I know, and of course computers. I doubt that the mainframes controlling the internal network had any connection to the Internet. These systems need to be isolated of any external influence. I must remind you, the Engineer Chief of the company was kidnapped by the Sebin and murdered in a “mutiny” inside the prison. His name was Angel Sequea. Google it and you will see. He could say the truth and destroy the image of the mad man Jorgue Rodriguez, a real sociopath.
What a crock. Idiots used to say we were in Viet Nam for their oil, too. Today, Texas alone outproduces Saudi Arabia, so we don’t need ANYTHING from that disgusting country of Maduro’s.
Don’t be rude, Alej. We have quite a number of very nice Venezuelans here, including the author of the post. Also – Venezuela is spectacularly beautiful!
That disgusting country you refer to is the byproduct of Russian/Chinese social re-engineering. It was never so bad like now.
The state I used to live in produced more oil than Colombia back in the days.
One third of the gasoline in your tank came from my homeland, buddy. Your refineries in Texas were designed for our high sulfur crude.
You should learn more about the world you live in, indeed.
This is not true, I mean the part of the 2010 update. There was a huge amount of money stolen by Jessi Chacon, and Nervis Villalobos former viceminister of energy. Chacon lives now in Austria, like a PRINCE. He was a broken lieutenant in 1998 before Chavez got the chair. Villalobos is now in jail, think, and owns over 40 luxury mansions in Spain, unable to explain where he got the money for them. My region in the East suffered blackouts that were increasing in length and frequency.
Just remember. It can happen here.
We (U.S.A.) are not that special.
Don’t ever think that it can’t happen here.
Dear Grammy, I truly hope that you NEVER live anything remotely similar to that. No one deserves finding themselves in such situation.
No electricity? No water? No fuel? It’ll be Mad Max and the Middle Ages real soon.
Unless the Venezuelans kill all the communists and socialists.