Venezuela’s latest economic shortage — drinking water

posted at 6:01 pm on June 2, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

In order to combat what we are meant to believe is the work of malicious Venezuelan businesses owners hoarding-and-speculating with basic goods and services in order to wage an “economic war” against the regime of Nicolas Maduro — not to mention the murky yet ever-present conspiratorial capitalist forces interfering from abroad — the Venezuelan government announced last month that they would begin rationing water and electricity in order to cope with what they assured residents was merely a temporary problem.

It’s gone about as well as you think it has. Via Bloomberg:

Residents of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, who already struggle to find toilet paper and deodorant, are facing a new shortage — drinking water.

The rationing of tap water amid a drought and a shortage of bottles because of currency controls are forcing people to form long lines at grocery stores and bottle shops as soon as deliveries are made. Truck drivers spend much of their day outside water dispatch centers as they try to meet demand.

“I used to have to wait an hour to refill the truck, but now I have to wait six,” said Carlos Miliani from his truck outside the Alpina dispatch center in eastern Caracas. “More trucks are lining up here because of the shortage of plastic containers and the fact that plants that bottle mineral water have shut down.” …

Regulated prices for bottled water have not been raised since November 2011, industry association Anber said in a May 19 statement. Since then, consumer prices have risen 110 percent, according to central bank data, while the bolivar has lost 87 percent of its value on the black market, according to dolartoday.com, a website that tracks the value on the Colombian border.

Some areas of Caracas are only receiving water service three days a week, and when water does flow, the stuff is so contaminated that few residents dare to drink it anyway. Winning.

And while Maduro was most put out last week by yet another alleged shadow plot to assassinate him designed by the right-wing fascists of his political opposition (backed by the United States, of course), he was full of praise for the Obama administration’s for speaking out against the Venezuelan sanctions recently passed by the House:

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said passage of legislation to impose sanctions on officials could cause his country to shut down its diplomatic missions in the United States, but he praised the Obama administration’s opposition to the bill and said it has led him to name a new top diplomat in Washington. …

Maduro spoke in response to comments by Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, who once again urged the U.S. Senate to vote against the measure. The bill calls for freezing any U.S. assets and denying visas to Venezuelan officials accused of violating human rights during a wave of protests that started in February.

Maduro said that he had read the remarks “with great attention” and said the “leap toward good sense” had led him to name a new top diplomat in Washington.

Even lukewarm praise from Venezuela’s government is remarkable following an avalanche of denunciations. Maduro and his backers, following the path of former President Hugo Chavez, have repeatedly accused Washington of trying to topple him and have blamed the U.S. for stirring up the protests in which at least 42 people have died.


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I don’t identify as liberal, I identify as progressive-marxist.

libfreeordie on April 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Hmmm…sounds like the old USSR…how’s THAT workin’ for ya?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Sean Penn is always welcome in this wonderful communist paradise. America sucks, right Sean.next time you casually take a drink from your tap or drink $3.00 Evian, remember you hate America but you love your cash.

jaywemm on June 2, 2014 at 6:09 PM

I would point and laugh…but that’s where we’re headed soon.

AUINSC on June 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Nahh, that’s covered too. The next R administration will cause a lot of Washington DC to wet themselves.

WryTrvllr on June 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

It’s like the plot from Atlas Shrugged.

Othniel on June 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I would point and laugh…but that’s where we’re headed soon.

AUINSC on June 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

All too true. With EPA running amok and here in California in the midst of a lengthy drought maybe all TOO soon.

hawkeye54 on June 2, 2014 at 6:13 PM

It’s like the plot from Atlas Shrugged.

Othniel on June 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Nope. Atlas already shrugged.

This is the aftermath.

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

“1984″ “Atlas Shrugged”

Who’d ever believe when these were written we’d now be living out some aspects of the fiction in reality.

What’s next to live out, “Soylent Green”?

hawkeye54 on June 2, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Hmmm…sounds like the old USSR…how’s THAT workin’ for ya?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Heh, they didn’t do it right….this time Bammy’s gonna do it mo betta!!

hawkeye54 on June 2, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Is Joseph Kennedy II getting ready to send tankers full of water to Venezuela?

Happy Nomad on June 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

…who gives a shit about their water?…we have people in this country trying to get us killed…we’re the ones dying of thirst!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Heh, they didn’t do it right….this time Bammy’s gonna do it mo betta!!
hawkeye54 on June 2, 2014 at 6:17 PM

That’s what I’m afraid of…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Welcome back, KA!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Speaking of Socialism:

Historic $15 Dollar Wage Lootery Happening in Seattle,..like NOW:

1h
Photo: Crowd waits for Seattle City Council vote on $15 minimum wage – @evanbush
see original on twitter.com

https://twitter.com/evanbush

https://twitter.com/hashtag/minimumwage?src=hash

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM

…Hi Newtie!
*waves vigorously…like CoffeeLover*

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

…who gives a shit about their water?…we have people in this country trying to get us killed…we’re the ones dying of thirst!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

KOOLAID2: If the Oceans would rise up,…it would take care of the
problems facing Venezula!!:)

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

…who gives a shit about their water?…we have people in this country trying to get us killed…we’re the ones dying of thirst!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Its just that what goes on in Venezuela is a current model and a repeat of just about every leftist tyrannically run failure of a nation and could be a model of what may occur in our own Republic’s future. Sort of a PSA for us for what our progressives have in store for us if they get their utopia in place.

hawkeye54 on June 2, 2014 at 6:27 PM

I don’t identify as liberal, I identify as progressive-marxist.

libfreeordie on April 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Schadenfreude on June 2, 2014 at 6:02 PM

It’s easy to be a marxist when capitalism has your back.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

These poor people. Can’t Penn and Stone and Glover do anything?

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

…good one!…and the media would tell them…it is fresh water!…drink all they want!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:29 PM

…Hi Newtie!
*waves vigorously…like CoffeeLover*
KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I see what you did there… ;-)

And CoffeeLover would be so flattered… :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on June 2, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Maduro: Don’t complain about being thirsty! You’ve got just as much water as the rich guy down the street!

Steve Z on June 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM

These poor people. Can’t Penn and Stone and Glover do anything?

Cindy Munford on June 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

“Paging Mr.’s Penn, Stone and Glover to the white courtesy phone…”

Midas on June 2, 2014 at 6:36 PM

shortage of drinking water

Let them drink Corona.

Emperor Norton on June 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Let them drink Corona.

Emperor Norton on June 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

corona is a mexican beer produced by grupo modelo (mexico). the most popular venezuelan beer is polar brewed by empresas polar (venezuela).

did you just assume venezuelans must drink corona because all latinos are the same to you?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 6:44 PM

I’ll miss hearing about the true state of the world from Erika

DarkCurrent on June 2, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Its just that what goes on in Venezuela is a current model and a repeat of just about every leftist tyrannically run failure of a nation and could be a model of what may occur in our own Republic’s future. Sort of a PSA for us for what our progressives have in store for us if they get their utopia in place.

hawkeye54 on June 2, 2014 at 6:27 PM

…when I look at the media’s reaction to what is going on…we are already there!…the bites just are increasing…with frequency!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM

corona is a mexican beer . . . the most popular venezuelan beer is polar

I mentioned Corona because I’ve tried it and it tastes like water to me.

Emperor Norton on June 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM

…SOCKCOT the idiot!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

I would point and laugh…but that’s where we’re headed soon.

AUINSC on June 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

#Venezuela
#sosvenezuela
#prayforvenezuela

DinaRehn on June 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

…SOCKCOT the idiot!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Done. Everybody needs to take the pledge.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

In order to combat what we are meant to believe is the work of malicious Venezuelan businesses owners hoarding-and-speculating with basic goods and services in order to wage an “economic war” against the regime of Nicolas Maduro — not to mention the murky yet ever-present conspiratorial capitalist forces interfering from abroad…

Between all the petite bourgeoisie revanchist profiteering and the counterrevolutionary Trotskyite organizations abroad with their lapdogs within the USA government restricting rainfall with the devious HARP, how are the people to survive.

Perseverance, comrades, that is how, the might and will of the people shall win out…

Time will pass. The graves of the odious traitors will be overgrown with weeds, covered with the eternal contempt of Venezuelan people, of the whole Venezuelan nation. But over us, over our happy country, our sun will shine with its bright rays as clearly and joyfully as before. We, our nation, will walk as we did before, on a road cleansed of the last impurity and vileness of the past, following our beloved leader and teacher — the great Maduro — forward and ever forward, to Tyrannical Dictatorship Communism Socialism !!!1!!elventy!!

So until the moment of our inevitable and ultimate victory, top scientists in the field would like to remind the people that eight drops of bleach will purify one gallon of water, double dosing recommended for urine…

elgeneralisimo on June 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

…SOCKCOT the idiot!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Done. Everybody needs to take the pledge.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

i hope you all are aware that any word taking its ending from ‘boycott’ should end in 2 t’s..not 1.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Maybe the Hollyweed elite can throw a benefit concert.

GarandFan on June 2, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Isn’t socialism great?

/sarc

sadatoni on June 2, 2014 at 7:16 PM


RE:

Speaking of Socialism:

Historic $15 Dollar Wage Lootery Happening in Seattle,..like NOW:

1h
Photo: Crowd waits for Seattle City Council vote on $15 minimum wage – @evanbush
see original on twitter.com

https://twitter.com/evanbush

https://twitter.com/hashtag/minimumwage?src=hash

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Vote is in:
=============

Evan Bush @evanbush · 19s
.@Mayor_Ed_Murray in celebration mode after #minimumwage vote. Seattle gets $15 an hour.

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Seattle, WA, US
33m
Seattle City Council approves plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage over the next 7 years – @seattletimes
Read more on seattletimes.com

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

It’s much more convenient to assume that you’re racially insensitive. So funny.

blink on June 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

not racially insensitive. ethnically. perhaps i overeacted but my interpretation did make some sense too. sorry i assumed motives that werent there.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 2, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Meanwhile Maduro is ordering his secret police to take all necessary steps to stop the specially trained squirrels being airdropped by American drones from destroying the pineapple crop.

Their solution? They have boobytrapped all the walnut trees.

////Trying to come up with something too bizarre for even Maduro to do

clear ether

eon

eon on June 2, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Um, this is awesome. I might need to steal this some day.

blink on June 2, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Have at it. It won’t hurt my feelings.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Ah, the Socialism/Marxism that Pope Francis so wants for his flock.

RJL on June 2, 2014 at 7:42 PM

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

…good one!…and the media would tell them…it is fresh water!…drink all they want!

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2014 at 6:29 PM

KOOLAID2: Haha:0

canopfor on June 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I lived in Caracas during the 90s. There were always days the water was turned off. That was because the city water system leaked so much they turned it off to conserve water. We and many others had water tanks we drew from to avoid the off times. What this is referring to is the water of the barrios. Those are huge squatter communities around Caracas. There is no plumbing in them and they depend on water trucks to bring them water. The barrios have been big supporters of Chavez. I wonder if their support for Maduro will dry up.

AnotherJones on June 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

It’s easy to be a marxist when capitalism has your back.

Judge_Dredd on June 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

For a little while…

Tsar of Earth on June 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

With a nation as rich as this with oil wealth and they waste it. Are they all just insane in Venezuela or just on drugs of some sort?

SC.Charlie on June 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM

May I suggest that when Obama leaves office that he go down to Venezuela and become a community organizer there. I am sure he can straighten out their mess.

SC.Charlie on June 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM

I lived in Cabimas more than 20 years ago. They would only turn the water on for 2 hours every day in some parts. This plus the fact that it was so hot you left footprints on the asphalt made it a miserable place to be.

TheBubs on June 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM

“We are going to fundamentally change America – Into Cuba, Venezuela, or (pick your Muslim hellhole)” – B H Obama

Kuffar on June 3, 2014 at 11:36 AM

“More trucks are lining up here because of the shortage of plastic containers and the fact that plants that bottle mineral water have shut down.” …

So what’s the problem comrades?

The capitalist pigs that bottled the water were driven from our shores, this is exactly what we voted for, what we demanded!

Oh….you mean the govt has no idea how to create a cheap plentiful supply of one of the most abundant substances on the planet earth?

Who could have forseen that?

Oh, and koch says you’re all racists. Cuz capitalism.

runawayyyy on June 3, 2014 at 2:23 PM