An Update on Everyday Life in Venezuela

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By J. G. Martinez D.

Here is a bit of an update about basic everyday life in Venezuela, and the troubles people are facing these days as the situation continues to evolve. This covers a few different topics.

Home defense and personal security away from town

A reader asked about how people homesteading are dealing with the thieves and personal security away from town.

The short answer is, not so good. Anyone who could see a dozen starving people chasing a horse or a cow in the last footage back 2 or 3 years ago, to kill it instantly and tear it apart knows what I´m talking about.

I´d written a little bit about that, but at the public´s request, I will write an update.

Traditionally, in Venezuela private property respect is…somehow a grey area.

Criminals know people can´t be armed and they take advantage of that. No surprises there.

The good thing is, when someone living in a cottage, or a faraway farm is armed and responds to the aggression, usually the world ends up being a better place. The gang stays, wondering why some of their members disappeared, and they start to concern themselves about their numbers being too short to keep intimidating. That being said, some certain trees here and there inside that farm grow really superbly after one of those incursions…

Industry remains at a halt.

One of my cousins is going through hardship these years. Her husband works in the building industry, and as you may already suppose, there is no industry any longer to support these workers. Everything is at a halt. This is highly concerning. I myself have been affected because of this, as you must know. If the oil industry doesn´t get back on track anytime soon, how am I supposed to come back home?

And shadowy thoughts start flowing into my mind. Working temp jobs really is a pain. No medical insurance, nor a good school for kiddo. Dang, it´s hard. Could I come back someday and live there again? I have come, after 3 years abroad, to question myself this more and more.

One of my cousins there has told me that, should I think about coming back, I had better think about it very carefully. She says they´ve been growing some crops, but the general state of their local economy is crappy, to say the least. They have food, but the quality and amount is not the same without commercial fertilizers. I suggested she look for qualified assistance ASAP. She´s city people, never lived in the open country until now, when her husband received a patch of land as an inheritance. They live too far away from anyone – including people who might help them, and personal safety there is a concern. Roads to their place have been neglected maintenance for years, and they are torture to drive or ride on. Supplies are scarce because of this. Getting a car in good shape is incredibly hard if people are not skillful with maintenance and don´t establish a careful budget to follow.

Coronavirus

Regarding the NCV-2019, people seem not to be quite concerned. China is pretty far away, they say.

But we have an uncontrolled international airport, in our capital city, Caracas, within a day’s ride of every major city in the country. An infected person could be on the opposite side of  my wonderful country in less than 10 hours, driving. An open mind has never been a trait of most Venezuelan people. Precautions for the future, neither. People seem to be quite busy feeding themselves, to waste time in concerns. Information is fragmented, incomplete and outdated, too, as it is to be expected under an internet control and monitoring, and an informational blackout. Most of the population seems to have surrendered to this status quo, though.

However, it seems this virus doesn´t seem to like warm climates. We should be good, as long as it doesn´t mutate and decide start visiting the Caribbean.

Fuel

Now we arrive to this point, there is something I want to mention.

It is the fuel situation. I´ve received mixed and contradictory information. Allow me to provide a quick picture. The West of the country has a long time oil-producing tradition. The East has some refineries as well, but not as big as those in the West, in Paraguana.

Nowadays, in order to paralyze the country up to a degree the invaders needed, oil production is not there: the little crude being produced is destined to pay the mercenaries armies, and the largest refinery in all of Latin America is not producing anything, guts corroding slowly as we speak. Gasoline, engine oil, and other derivatives are running low now. Of course, all of this is happening, and regular people tries to keep on going with their “regular” lives, the best way they can. But scarcity and lines in the gas station are common. Rationing is in place, by the last number of your plate. 30 liters for cars per week, 15 liters for motorcycles.

If something happens, like an outbreak hits or some other danger, how are you going to bug out, if you need 120 liters to arrive to your place? Once you get there, you need the car to move around. It´s almost a fact you´re not going to get any: gas stations nearby are not going to be considered a priority.

This is what I consider the worst part of the collapse: inner cities and towns are just being thrown into the oblivion. And that p**ses the heck out of me. Pardon my French. It´s like receiving kicks after you´re lying on the floor.

And even worse, I´d already researched (six months before having to flee) the purchase of a diesel quad: they can be bought as farming equipment, and being a rural town there is no problem for getting into town to repost or look for supplies. I have even some notes in order to makeshift one, if things got bad. As they have gotten, indeed. They are slow, meaning they´re not going to be a thief´s choice. And they have plenty of uses in a cottage.

And, as you have learned by now from this experience, the only available fuel without having to get in line at 4 am until noon, the only fuel you´re able to buy on foot in a station, with your jerry can…is diesel. The good, old, diesel. The same diesel they use in their troop carriers to mobilize the personnel to harass civilians in demonstrations. No scarcity, it´s always there. Just for the civilians in the know. Some other geniuses modified their Japanese diesel trucks, installing gasoline engines. Now they want to sell those frankentrucks like the big thing. “Runs faster, spares are cheaper, everyone can fix it,” they say. It runs faster, yeah, but only when you can find fuel and it is the day of your rationing.

One of my friends keeps complaining about having to get in line to refill his tank. I told him one year ago to get rid of his cage and get a good chevy truck with a diesel, auto transmission equipped, as he is a gentleman and has to consider his wifey. We´re colleagues; he´s an engineer, too, and even so, he laughed at me when I told him to ditch the gasoline engine for good. Now he doesn´t. Maybe in a few months, he will come to me, asking for some assistance in trading his beloved Japanese sedan for something that could run even on wasted engine oil.

Personal Thoughts

My birthday came in, and we had a Twinkie in my bedroom with my kiddo and my immediate family via the internet singing happy birthday on Skype. Anecdotical data that will make us appreciate the good times ahead.

Any of these items will be useful for my future life in the cottage once I´ve gone back to my homeland. Ammo cases for example, instead of carrying ammunition, will be used to design a new “adventure” bike rack, suited for preppers, and I have not seen commercially available nothing like that. I could build them by the dozen myself, with my CNC machine, and have them available. The design will be simple, reliable, and affordable.

Business

It is now time to do some good business. That is for those like me, who want to come back someday.

The problem is the scarcity of materials like thick, good quality aluminum plates in Venezuela to proceed with a serious business.

Commies made sure to destroy every major employment source to take over the country. Anyway, technical problems can be sorted out somehow, and as much as we have some degree of freedom for currency exchange (that being the main indication that made me flee away in the first place), we could hang on until we end by resolving this situation.

Want a hint?

We have common, and very insidious enemies.

America must unite. The North, the Center, and the South. And we’ll be invincible.

About Jose

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. Follow Jose on YouTube and gain access to his exclusive content on Patreon. Donations: paypal.me/JoseM151

 

J.G. Martinez D

J.G. Martinez D

About Jose 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. Follow Jose on YouTube and gain access to his exclusive content on Patreon. Donations: paypal.me/JoseM151

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  1. Venezuela is struggling and on the verge of collapse because of the US.

    Socialism doesn’t work and has brought many problems to Venezuela, but the US is trying to kill the country.

    Sanctions are used by Trump to bring misery to any country that disagrees with US foreign policy.

    Trump has recently tried to overthrow the government of Maduro and install a puppet.

    Millions have suffered because of this insane cruelty.

    Of course, Trump is not the first US President to beat a country to death. Bush 1 and Bush2, Clinton, and Obama are guilty as well.

    There will be a karmic price to pay by the US.

    Reset is coming.

    1. I am tired of fighting off this type of comments, buddy. I am a Venezuelan, and my country has recovered hope BECAUSE of Trump has intervened to sanction those morons looting my country. You don´t have the first hand information I have. You can´t just balantly regurgitate your hatered just because. If you hate Trump, go to a place where you will receive your petting in the head.

      I stand up for facts, and for truth. Our collapse was BECAUSE of the thugs in power looting billion of dollars and destroying our economy. Rafael Ramirez, the former PDVSA CEO knows where most of that stolen money is, and he´s hiding in Europe, like the coward he is, with billions of stolen money.

      If you were a Venezuelan, you would understand Maduro has no legitimity. He was NOT elected. If you don´t understand that, I cannot explain it in some other way. If you hate that country (I doubt you´re from the USA) then go to some other place to rant.

      Not in here.

      1. Jose:

        You may be Venezuelan but your are blind.

        The US has no right to intervene in the affairs of another country.

        Let me say that again……The US has no right to intervene in the affairs of another country.

        If you Venezuelans hate Maduro, do something about it. Stop begging the US to stage a coup.

        Trump is a vicious globalist masquerading as a nationalist. His sanctions are killing your people.

        Sanctions are an act of war.

        “I doubt you are from the US.”

        Wrong again. At least you are consistently wrong.

        “Buddy,”

        I am not your buddy.

        1. DOM seems your not anybody’s “Buddy” unless they fawn all over your brilliance. You USED to post interesting and useful comments, what happened?

          I trust someone with skin in the game more than any self proclaimed expert on every subject brought up on Organic Preppers website.

          Oddly enough I do agree as Proverbs 26:27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them. And America is due for some as you say Bad Karma many reasons.

          Pray for our Republic not to stumble into the nightmare Jose’s people are living today.

          1. Michael sez:

            “DOM is not anybody’s buddy unless they fawn over your brilliance.”

            The truth has few friends.

            First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Then it is finally accepted.

            “Self proclaimed expert.”

            I am am proficient in many things. I have lived a long and full life with my eyes wide open not shut.

            “You used to post useful comments, what happened?”

            If I open someone’s eyes to truth, is that not useful?

            If you grasp this one idea, it has been worth my efforts:

            The Creator loves truth. It lifts the darkness and allows the Light to shine.

        2. It’s fine to disagree with my writers – we encourage lively conversation. But it’s rather ridiculous to tell a person who has lived an event that they don’t know what they’re talking about, while you, for some reason know more about it. It’s like the guy who tried to tell Selco he didn’t understand the Balkan War. And taking umbrage at someone calling you buddy? Come on now.

          1. Daisy: Y

            ou don’t seem to realize that people have agendas behind what they say and do.

            Things are rarely what they seem.

            The author behind these Venezuela articles has an agenda.

            You just can’t see it, or perhaps you don’t want to see it.

            My point is that regardless of who is President, the US foreign policy stays the same.

            A foreign policy that uses the economic warfare of sanctions to crush countries around the world is monstrous. In addition the US overthrows any government that it does not agree with. Trump (the White Obama) just tried to overthrow the Venezuelan government, but the people rejected the coup.

            I object to the use of the term “buddy” when it is used in a derogatory manner.

            Say it in a friendly manner and I will smile.

              1. Pinky:

                Your question is PERFECT.

                See, I remember, when in the meetings they forced us to attend in the oil company, the commies mentioned “agenda”…and I already knew about some deviations of the corporative regulations but without any serious law enforcement institution to inform…and the chasing and harassing of those professionals who did not comply their demands, accusing them of “anti revolutionaries”..I realized this: they were getting rid of those who were an obstacle to their OWN AGENDA.

                Once this guy says someone else has an “agenda”, is because HE has reasons to attack the messenger instead of arguing with valid points.

                It´s a communicational strategy communists have used for decades: an “agenda”, providing “mistery” and trying to cast “shadows” on my person.

                Using vague terms, being slippery, confronting without facing, being insidious. That´s the way socialists/communists are.
                Their propaganda does not work anymore. The world is not as they thought it is.
                Now we should have strong reasons to believe this guy is effectively spreading misinformation about what I am writing, and some reasons he could have.
                Interesting.

        3. Nope, I´m not blind at all. I see things (I had a priviliged position in the oil industry) and know things many people doesn´t.
          We don´t hate that guy, he´s just a criminal, and he´s custodied by a bunch of criminals that Venezuelans don´t have the means to fight against.

          Oh and I was just being polite and friendly.
          Obviously you don´t deserve it, therefore, consider yourself insulted then with your favorite name.

          Stop spreading non-valid information to the members of this community, and show respect for them.

          1. You are part of the US population who is permanently ornery and hateful. Trumps only “agenda” is to help the people of Venezuela just as he built the strongest US economy for American’s because he cares about our country that is being destroyed right now in the name of politics by opponents of Trump. You’re part of the problem not the solution & you don’t understand sanctions at all. At all.

      2. @ Jose,
        Right you are.
        Venezuela problems start long before Trump ever came along.
        Heavy handed government intervention, gross government miss-management, and under Maduro the worst in nepotism, and corruption.
        Your articles have been first hand accounts into the Venezuelan failure, NPR, The Economist, Washington Post and many others have documented it.

        1. Thanks.
          Our problems started as far as 1967, I think. Communist sphere needed a much more significant beachhead to spread their disease and finally we learned about this the hard way. The corruption of our government started in those years much more accelerated. How do I know this? because interviewed dozens of people who lived the golden years in Venezuela, the 50s, and REMEMBER how things used to be until the communist party was allowed to exist (worst mistake ever). years later, the slow decadence started, getting much worst in the 70s and 80s. This will be in my book, though.

      3. Jose,
        Very well said. These people want to blame Trump for everything. When will these young people get it that Socialism destroys and thank goodness for President Trump he is the only thing standing between the US and socialism.

        1. Update.
          Dear Morgan,
          This pandemics seems to be a biologic modern warfare. I can´t find another explanation. the first SARS was 800 casualties and just in Italy it was almost that number in a single day.

          It really looks like China wants to hit Trump as hard as they can.

          The signs are on the wall for whomever want to read them.

  2. Meanwhile back at the ranch……….

    Zerohedge: “Trump considering military action in Venezuela including a naval blockade.”

    The orange dotard is ready to commit an act of war.

    By the way, hasta la vista.

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