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Lights Out! Power Rationing in Venezuela

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Lights Out! Power Rationing in Venezuela

 

It keeps getting worse for our neighbors in the South American nation. Last week I did an entire video, my longest ever, on what we can learn from the unfolding disaster. Every day it seems there’s a little more, and one more story. Here’s todays:

 

Anggy Polanco and Isaac Urrutia fro Reuters, report, here via Yahoo News, on the latest calamity in Venezuela – rolling, planned power cuts. Learn more there; check the summary, here:

 

Picture by Reuters/Yahoo.

 

The feature picture shows a patient, lying in bed, in a hospital without electricity. I mentioned the medical refugees fleeing the country a few days ago. This is one reason why. I mentioned it in my video.

 

“Venezuela imposed electricity rationing this week in six western states, as the crisis-hit country’s creaky power grid suffered from a drought that has reduced water levels in key reservoirs needed to run hydroelectric power generators.


The four-hour formal outages began on Thursday. But many residents scoffed at the announcement, wryly noting that they have been suffering far more extended blackouts during the last week.”

-Reuters

 

We have these every once in a while. They’re called rolling blackouts. And they’re a pain. Here, they are used to prevent catastrophic shutdown under emergency overload scenarios. In Venezuela the emergency has become the norm. Once more: this is your modern nation on socialism.

 

There’s no money or resources to run or upgrade power production. So, they have to selectively shut it down to stop overloads which could (probably still do) kill the whole system. The recent drought has only made matters worse but they were bad enough to begin with.

 

Now. Rest assured, dear readers. I’m sure the leaders, the elite, those most equal among the citizenry, still have power. It’s probably diverted for their needs in especial. It’s funny how that always works.

 

Some people spend more than four hours in the dark – and the humid heat.

 

And, for those who can get a steady supply of juice, the prices have skyrocketed. Inflation and hyperinflation do that. More gifts from the central planners to the common people. If you can no longer afford it, then you get a permanent blackout.

 

Homes, schools, churches, businesses, offices, and even hospitals are affected. Imagine if you needed an operation, the doctors were about to get started, and then the lights went out. We might call that more than a mere inconvenience.

 

The situation is getting worse not better.

 

Again, we present all of this not so much to generate sympathy for our southerly friends – they voted for this – but to raise awareness that it could all happen here. As noted above, it sometimes does, even under normal conditions.

 

There are things you can do to save yourself from such a fate.

 

Practically, and as a prepper, invest in alternative power and a lifestyle not so prone to being hit hard by such lack. This may be easier said than done but it can be done.

 

Also easier said than done is avoiding the econo-political mess that generates these problems. We drift further everyday towards mass totalitarianism in America. The people seem to love it: the lies, broken promises, crime, decay, and failure. This says something about human nature. You cannot hope to change that but you don’t have to be a part of it.

 

Reject statism in all its evil forms. Let it be lights out for communism, not for your house.

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

Writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom ​​and​​ ​​more​​ ​​​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​​​.​​ ​​His weekly National Affairs Column - never a dull read - appears at The Piedmont Chronicles​​​​. THE SUBSTITUTE​​ is his first Novel. He​​ ​​is​​ ​​still none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018

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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018

 

A big, busy, crazy week in prepper land! Spring has sprung and it has sprung forth all manner of issues to keep us on our toes. Here’s a review of the bigger stories bearing down on preppers and freedom lovers. Please enjoy (and subscribe!):

 

Video by Perrin Lovett/FPTV/YouTube.

 

Perrin recently learned that something called “airplane mode” stops incoming debt collection calls and hate texts from interrupting our recordings! Will wonders never cease?

 

 

Quality will improve immediately…

 

In the news:

 

The Caravan

 

Mass migration

 

Troops out of Syria, to Rio Grande?

 

More Snow?!

 

YouTube shooting

 

China and tariffs

 

UK/US/Russia

 

Mueller

 

 

And, we’re in full swing at The Masters!

 

Thank you, as always. Don’t forget to check www.freedompreppernews.com every day for all the stories that affect preppers, survivalists, and the rest of the sanity crowd. Well, check it now – rumor has it the news will soon be incorporated into the new, new revised and improved FP.com. Stay tuned.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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Get Your Game On! Wild Game Butchering and Cooking

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Get Your Game On! Wild Game Butchering and Cooking

 

Well, this one is slightly out of season in the Northern Hemisphere. We don’t start the hunts for a few more months. But, if your in New Zealand, I think Red Stag season opens any day, right? Anyway, today we discuss and present a subject that more preppers and survivalists need to know about if they don’t already. Veteran hunters may stop here and now.

 

This one is all about cleaning, preparing, and cooking wild game! Bill White at Survivopedia kindly wrote up an extensive guide to game prep. And I mean extensive with a capital “E.” Make sure to read through the original at least once. Save it for when hunting season comes around.

 

Here’s a quick look at some of what is included:

 

Picture by White/Shutterstock.

 

So, this article really isn’t about hunting nor “pure” prepping. It’s about food security. Rural folks will still tell you that hunting and trapping (and fishing) still go a long way toward putting meat on the table. That’s important, especially if you find yourself in a survival situation. Read on:

 

“Within the prepping community, we see this manifest in how people deal with their need for food. At the beginning, we all start out with building a food stockpile. But as time goes on, we tend to start looking at various ways of supplementing that stockpile, such as raising our own food, foraging for edible plants and hunting.



For those of us who are hunters, it makes sense to hunt for food. But what about those who are not? Granted, anyone who can shoot a rifle accurately can kill an animal, assuming they can find one to kill. That’s the hard part of hunting and the one that will give most post-apocalyptical hunters the most trouble.





The other thing you’re going to have to know how to do is turn that dead animal into usable meat, once you kill it. Killing an animal is one thing, butchering it is another thing entirely. If you don’t do that correctly, the meat could be tainted and dangerous to eat.”

-White

 

Follow along with White as he discusses:

 

Hunting background;

 

Cleanliness;

 

(He assumes you’ve already brought down the animal);

 

Cleaning (Gutting and Skinning);

 

Necessary knives and tools;

 

Cutting procedures; this gets tricky, “icky” even, read and operate carefully. Perrin will add: watch the bladder and lower GI tract … yeah;

 

Blood disposition (get used to it);

 

All about birds (don’t run afoul…);

 

Skinning techniques;

 

Butchering (great chart! and more are available online);

 

Cooking in the Wild (like on the bug out trail);

 

Smoking (the meat but a cigar);


Jerking (not a Steve Martin movie);

 

He also includes a video, downloads, and more tips than one can almost keep up with. Many thanks to Bill White*.


*Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them.

 

Again, you may not need this information for a few months. But, if you get serious about hunting and/or survivalism, then you will need it.

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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