Venezuela power cuts? You heard it here first

Just sayin. Me on Sunday:

It’s a big deal for Venezuelan electricity consumers, who have come to depend on natural-gas-fired power plants.

Reuters today:

Widespread power failures hit Venezuela this week, leaving eight states including oil-producer Zulia without light for hours and causing chaos on the Caracas metro in a new headache for President Hugo Chavez.

Several areas of the capital will suffer staggered cuts due to maintenance until Friday, the city’s state-owned power company said in a statement.

Hours-long blackouts hit eight states on Tuesday, as the main power station in Zulia failed after a suspected rebel bomb on a Colombian gas pipeline that feeds it.

As a result, power was cut in three states to ration supplies, Vice President Elias Jaua said late in the evening.


13 thoughts on “Venezuela power cuts? You heard it here first

  1. locojhon

    When I read/hear about these reports, I ask ‘who benefits’?
    Who would benefit from reducing Colombia’s GDP by internal terrorism, thereby ensuring continued dependency on outside support/funding?
    Who would benefit by simultaneously creating economic and social havoc in socialist-Chavez-led Venezuela?
    Who benefits by creating discord between those two nations?
    Then I ask ‘who has the proven capabilities/resources/reach to accomplish/carry out such missions’ (or the ability to make the problems ‘go-away’ if caught) like the recently infamous Ray Davis murderous dust-up in Pakistan?
    I realize that the pattern established elsewhere before Operation Phoenix (and many others) does not constitute proof–still–as a conspiracy realist–I ask, who else?
    ‘Who’ else answers all the above questions–better/more-likely than the USA, that is???

    1. Kepler

      “socialist-Chavez-led Venezuela”? You are crazy, man. There is nothing socialist about that military caudillo.

      As for who benetis:
      I suppose you will say the many thousands of people murdered by the FARC (no, I am not talking about the many others murdered by the others) were not really murdered by the FARC, but by the CIA.
      I reckon the decades of wasted time in Colombia where the FARC has been scaring away millions of compatriots were all US’s fault.

  2. Angel P.

    That “who does it benefit” argument is pretty much a fallacy. Is like saying that since the hat industry benefited from the death of JFK they were the ones who killed him.

    1. locojhon

      @Angel P,,,
      Your claim that the “who does it benefit” argument is pretty much a fallacy” is refuted every day by countless police and other investigators all around the world, who use that mind-set to lead to non-insane criminals. I called a cop to confirm it–perhaps you might want to as well.
      Your analogy is a joke, right?

  3. Steve

    1. IMO the US does not benefit by creating havoc in Venezuela or by a weakened Colombia. The US benefits from having friendly neighbors with strong economies that (a) are reliable oil producers and (b) buy lots of US goods and services, including trips to Disney World.

    2. To call Venezuela “socialist” is an insult to real socialists.

    3. “Conspiracy realist?” Sounds like an oxymoron.

    1. locojhon

      1. Your opinion re. Venezuela and Colombia does not take into account the previous history with the US–a history based upon economic and military domination. Does the announcement of the US to “conduct full spectrum operations” throughout South America from the seven newly acquired Colombian bases ring a bell? The US does benefit from friendly neighbors–no doubt about it–but it benefits even more from compliant neighbors.
      2. I don’t think you speak for “real socialists”, or for that matter any kind of socialist–you’d have to be one first. One of the most difficult political feats in the world, is to take a capitalist state and turn it into a socialist state–especially with the full force of the USA and her puppet allies working against the transition, too.
      3. Anyone who believes the term “conspiracy realist” is an oxymoron, has no concept of history, nor the many conspiracies that comprise it. FYI–Personal situations 1 and 2–When I was in the Navy early-on during the war against Vietnam, I was told by two sailors (one each from the Maddox and Turner Joy) at different times that the Gulf of Tonkin was a fabricated, false-flag event. It turns out that documents released through FOIA requests now confirm that what I was told way back then was true.
      Personal situation 3–I happen to have over fifty years of experience cutting and welding steel–and can say without equivocation that atmospheric fires (ie. not fed with pure oxygen, but with air) can not possibly attain the temperatures necessary to melt steel, nor to uniformly weaken it to cause a collapse–yet large quantities of iron and molten steel were found under the remains of WTC towers 1, 2 and 7–many weeks after 9-11. What turned those three steel-framed skyscrapers into uniformly-collapsing, free-falling scrap-iron? It sure as hell wasn’t jet fuel, but it just so happens that nano-thermite–only available from US government-controlled laboratories–can melt structural steel in a matter of seconds.
      If you can’t believe in the above real conspiracies–you have at the very least self-proved the moron part.

      1. Kepler

        “I don’t think you speak for “real socialists”, or for that matter any kind of socialist–you’d have to be one first. ”
        Are you one?

        What the hell do you know about Venezuela?
        Oh, man…another Starbuck socialist

  4. loroferoz

    Locojohn: Undoubtedly the U.S.A. will apparently benefit when PDVSA goes under… But that would be the results of XXIst. Century Socialism, the Comandante-Presidente and Rafael Ramirez’s management. Will we posit a conspiracy with these guys being in CIA’s pay? Or will we blame incompetence?

    1. locojhon

      Though I appreciate your admission that “undoubtedly the U.S.A. will apparently benefit when PDVSA goes under…”–what matters to me is proof.
      As a realist, I recognize that incompetence and corruption can both play parts in the scheme of things–and often does–no doubt about it.
      Unfortunately for your argument, recognizing that fact does not diminish my suggestions of possible (likely?) US involvement.

  5. rene

    Jajaja Locojhon you have really drunk the chavista CIA conspiracy koolaid! Like Steve says the US benefits from PDVSA producing as much oil as it can so oil gets cheaper not more expensive!

    1. locojhon

      Your argument might make more sense if the US intended to pay fair market pricing for the petroleum commodities–as determined by agreements within the OPEC nations.
      One reason why Libya is under attack is they chose to pump only about 100,000 bpd–the champagne of oil–when their capacity is three times that amount. Similarly, Iraq is now producing more oil than before the US attacks and regime change–imagine that for a coincidence!
      If the US can create conditions of unrest and upheaval, they then have the opportunity to step in to any country–think Libya–and for so-called “humanitarian” reasons, depose any leader who acts in their own country’s interest, as opposed to US interests.
      It is the way things work with empires–it always works that way.
      Which part do you refuse to understand or acknowledge?

  6. sapitosetty Post author

    I have deleted the pure neener-neener comments from the bottom of this thread and am closing comments now. I like comments with new information, not those that are just commenters poking fun or challenging one another to a fight. Locojhon’s ideas may sound wacky to some, but there’s no harm in his expressing them. Calling him names isn’t going to change his mind or that of anyone who agrees with him. Onward, please.

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