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The President of Venezuela has urged women to stop using hairdryers and offered alternative styling tips as the country’senergy crisis continues.

Nicolas Maduro has announced a decree giving state employees Fridays off for two months as part of measures to offset a crippling electricity shortage.

He urged his compatriots to increase other efforts to save power, including cutting appliance use and raising the temperature on air conditioning units.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/venezuela-energy-crisis-president-tells-women-to-stop-using-hairdryers-and-go-with-natural-style-to-a6976246.html

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I love the priorities of Socialist systems.  I wonder how many hours of hair drying equal the amount of energy consumed by this one television program.

The 60-day plan's fine print will be announced on Thursday, said Maduro during the television program, which included music, dancing and giant pictures of late leader Hugo Chávez.

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2 hours ago, kicker said:

Such as the government...

 

1 hour ago, pzummo said:

I love the priorities of Socialist systems.  I wonder how many hours of hair drying equal the amount of energy consumed by this one television program.

The 60-day plan's fine print will be announced on Thursday, said Maduro during the television program, which included music, dancing and giant pictures of late leader Hugo Chávez.

The Sean Penn's and the Michael Moore's of the world (including some in the Democratic party) think this is the way we should go.  I just don't see what they or anyone else sees in this form of government?  

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1 minute ago, WhenFalconsWin said:

 

The Sean Penn's and the Michael Moore's of the world (including some in the Democratic party) think this is the way we should go.  I just don't see what they or anyone else sees in this form of government?  

I have a theory.  They laser focus on the worst situations in the country.  That starts their opinion that it has to be the government that fixes it, because no individual citizen could tackle it.  They don't care to research how the changes might effect the middle class because the middle class has food and a roof over their heads.  They don't care about middle class upward mobility because that's a much less significant problem than people being homeless.  They apply the worst situations to the definition of "poverty" in our country.  

What they don't realize is there are around 500 thousand homeless people in this country.  The $1T our government already spends on programs would be $1.7m per year per homeless person if those were the people benefiting from these programs.  

The programs are not setup properly.  They are inefficient, filled with waste.  Almost 10% is spent on fraud alone.  The majority of homeless suffer from untreated mental illness, which none of the programs they propose try to fix.  All of the programs over-reach to where those that are suffering in situations beyond their control are getting crumbs while there are others that choose to voluntarily stay on a government program.

In other words, I do think Michael Moore and Sean Penn genuinely care and want to make things better for the people that are suffering.  They are just so laser focused on the worst situations imaginable, it justifies government action, without any consideration of how existing programs are part of the problem or how continuing this path of spending hurts everyone.

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4 hours ago, pzummo said:

I have a theory.  They laser focus on the worst situations in the country.  That starts their opinion that it has to be the government that fixes it, because no individual citizen could tackle it.  They don't care to research how the changes might effect the middle class because the middle class has food and a roof over their heads.  They don't care about middle class upward mobility because that's a much less significant problem than people being homeless.  They apply the worst situations to the definition of "poverty" in our country.  

What they don't realize is there are around 500 thousand homeless people in this country.  The $1T our government already spends on programs would be $1.7m per year per homeless person if those were the people benefiting from these programs.  

The programs are not setup properly.  They are inefficient, filled with waste.  Almost 10% is spent on fraud alone.  The majority of homeless suffer from untreated mental illness, which none of the programs they propose try to fix.  All of the programs over-reach to where those that are suffering in situations beyond their control are getting crumbs while there are others that choose to voluntarily stay on a government program.

In other words, I do think Michael Moore and Sean Penn genuinely care and want to make things better for the people that are suffering.  They are just so laser focused on the worst situations imaginable, it justifies government action, without any consideration of how existing programs are part of the problem or how continuing this path of spending hurts everyone.

I have always maintained they are the party that creates problems that they claim only they can fix, when indeed that particular problem is the one they created in the first place. Yes, of course republicans create problems as well...

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This would be the US under Bernie Sanders...Oh, Venezuela has also run out of beer:o

 

Blackouts, Zika, recession and now this: a two-day work week. This is life in Venezuela, a crisis-stricken country.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro decided Tuesday night to shorten the work week to two days -- Monday and Tuesday -- in an effort to save energy and electricity. The country's most important source of electricity, El Guri dam, has record-low water levels.

 

Maduro had previously announced earlier in April that all Fridays through May would be holidays for public sector employees. Now Wednesdays and Thursdays will also be holidays for public sector workers at least until the end of May.

Maduro said the upcoming weeks will be "critical and extreme" for the country.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/27/news/economy/venezuela-2-day-work-week/

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On 4/14/2016 at 4:06 PM, WhenFalconsWin said:

 

The Sean Penn's and the Michael Moore's of the world (including some in the Democratic party) think this is the way we should go.  I just don't see what they or anyone else sees in this form of government?  

Because they want to point out countries like Sweden, etc instead of going around and talking to people who actually were born and raised in places like Venezuela and Cuba...

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1 hour ago, Forever Julian said:

A nurse I know was telling me about Venezuela earlier this week and it is shocking how much of what she said sounds just like other places I knew of that fell into such practices.

 

Here is a new article about the disaster the nation as become:

Venezuela is falling apart

 

Socialism simply does not work.

Exactly, which makes you wonder what Bernie supporters are thinking?  

 

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Why are you guys trying to be so simple...

when you have an economy that only lives off one source and isn't diversified wtf do you expect?  It's th exact same things that are happening to textile towns and coal towns.  If you have no economic diversification you are screwed regardless of government form.  Diversification works for more than just mutual funds...

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30 minutes ago, lostone said:

Why are you guys trying to be so simple...

when you have an economy that only lives off one source and isn't diversified wtf do you expect?  It's th exact same things that are happening to textile towns and coal towns.  If you have no economic diversification you are screwed regardless of government form.  Diversification works for more than just mutual funds...

Pretty much. The government policies were idiotic and were causing economic problems before this. However, what really pulled the rug from under the country was total reliance on not just oil but expensive oil so once prices went down you get this.

This should also be a disturbing reminder that Middle Eastern states aren't much different. It's especially unnerving with Saudi Arabia since once their oil economy slows down that will lead to mass unemployment and it's entirely within the power of the religious branch of their government, which is Wahhabist, to effectively overthrow the monarchy once they lose the 'favor' of God.

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3 hours ago, Forever Julian said:

A nurse I know was telling me about Venezuela earlier this week and it is shocking how much of what she said sounds just like other places I knew of that fell into such practices.

 

Here is a new article about the disaster the nation as become:

Venezuela is falling apart

 

Socialism simply does not work.

Julian! Long time no see

How is it going?

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6 hours ago, lostone said:

Why are you guys trying to be so simple...

when you have an economy that only lives off one source and isn't diversified wtf do you expect?  It's th exact same things that are happening to textile towns and coal towns.  If you have no economic diversification you are screwed regardless of government form.  Diversification works for more than just mutual funds...

This is very true. Socialism hasn't shown itself to be effective though. Seeing people struggle with toilet paper is always the sign of a failed state.

5 hours ago, Dago 3.0 said:

Julian! Long time no see

How is it going?

Pretty well. How's life been?

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