Shop shelves are empty and people are down to their last sheets but the President says it is all an "anti-government conspiracy".Venezuelans have been hit by a chronic toilet paper shortage leading to empty supermarket shelves and long queues to snap up the remaining rolls.
When new stocks arrive at supermarkets customers have been rushing in to fill their trollies.
The country is used to a scarcity of basic food items such as milk and sugar but even by the country's usual standards the toilet paper shortage has caused considerable consumer panic.
One 70-year-old woman said she had been trying to find toilet rolls for two weeks before locating a few rolls in a supermarket in Caracas. Maria Rojas said: "Even at my age, I've never seen this." Another customer in the same supermarket, Maria Perez, said: "Here there's a shortage of everything - butter, sugar, flour." But, she added: "There always used to be toilet paper."
President Nicolas Maduro, who was chosen by the dying Hugo Chavez to carry on running the country and won April's election, claims it is a conspiracy to destabilise the country.
However, the government has agreed to import an extra 50 million toilet rolls to cope with demand.
His Commerce Minister Alejandro Fleming said "excessive demand" for tissue had built up due to a "media campaign that has been generated to disrupt the country." He said monthly consumption of toilet paper was normally 125 million rolls, but current demand "leads us to think that 40 million more are required."
"We will bring in 50 million to show those groups that they won't make us bow down," he said.
Economists say Venezuela's shortages of some consumer products stem from price controls meant to make basic goods available to the poorest parts of society and the government's controls on foreign currency. Steve Hanke, professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University in the US, said: "State-controlled prices - prices that are set below market-clearing price - always result in shortages. The shortage problem will only get worse, as it did over the years in the Soviet Union."
But economic theory does little to help those down to their last few sheets.
"I've been looking for it for two weeks," Cristina Ramos said at one store. "I was told that they had some here and now I'm in the queue."
Many factories operate at half capacity because the currency controls make it hard for them to pay for imported parts and materials.
After the attacks of September 11, Congress handed over the power to the Executive Branch to declare war. The Authorization to Use Military Force Act empowers the president to fight the 'War on Terror' anywhere on the global and is set for repeal. On Thursday, the Senate held a hearing over the 12 year-old legislation, but will this legislation remain unchanged or will Congress regain the authority? To discuss, RT's Sam Sacks gives us his take on the AUMF.
Think stars are having all of the fun? Think again. These days nobody's making more and spending more than the buttoned-down badasses of Wall Street. From their sprawling estates and tricked-out private yachts to exotic vacation homes and multi-million dollar art collections-- these guys are living larger than anyone else on the planet. Welcome to The Fabulous Life of Billion Dollar Wall Street Ballers
Let's talk salaries people. Hedge Fund King Steven Cohen pulled in $1 billion in 2006. Financier Edward Lampert? He raked in $1.5 billion. That's right...in just one year. And you'd better believe these guys know how to spend their hard earned money too...especially when it comes to real estate. Billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein? He lives in the absolute largest dwelling in all of Manhattan, a 51,000-sq-ft palace on E. 71st street. Eddie Lampert paid over $20 million for a magnificent waterfront property in Greenwich, CT...only to tear it down and rebuild. But of all the Wall Street spenders around, absolutely nobody can outdo Steven Cohen. He's got a 32,000-sq-ft Greenwich home complete with massage, exercise and media rooms, plus a full-size basketball court, tennis court, ice-skating rink and even a 700-square-foot house just for his Zamboni. Cohen has also spent over $700 million in just the past five years building one of the country's greatest private art collections, including works by Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. But not every Wall Street heavyweight digs fine art. Florida financier John Devaney? He spends his multi-millionaire dollar fortune on some very expensive toys including a private Gulfstream jet and TEN yachts. And these tycoons even turn charity into a massive spending spree too. In 2007, Wall Streeters raised $71 million for the poverty-fighting Robin Hood Foundation in just one night.
From their unbelievable mega homes to their mindboggling bonuses and the insane splurges that go with them...this is The Fabulous Life of Billion Dollar Wall Street Ballers.
Bitcoin, the digital, virtual online currency is the canary in the cage, and has shown us that we are indeed prisoners to this system, designed for debt and to trap the people in its lifetime web like a spider does, though the spider is less cruel than the unscrupulous oligarchs, at least the spider lures you into its web, ties you up, rendering you helpless then eats you in a couple of weeks, whereas the ruthless governments who have enslaved humanity, trap people in the web of debt, and keeps them alive feeding off their energy for their whole lives, literally as slaves in their work camp using their currency and nothing else, which they give us then we give it back when we spend it again.
Governments worldwide have made it illegal to use any currency other than theirs, what an audacity, making it clear that we are their slaves and we will not escape the prison they have forced us into. They are literally the heroin dealers and the populations are their addicted users, having been rendered virtually helpless without their money system they have told us we can use.
Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are a nightmare for the governments, our slave masters, and captors because these new currencies are allowing humanity to turn their backs on the system of complete control and fear via complete slavery, and creating a sort of escape tunnel away from the government prison of debt and despair.
At last the chloroform and amnesia is lifting for humanity, and the shocking truth is emerging from the fog of fear and deception that we have been coerced and manipulated to think we are free, but in truth we are all born into a prison of debt and a lifetime of slavery where we literally have our lives and time bought, but that is changing as people everywhere are at last feeling and seeing the chains that bind them.
It is a fact that the realization that you are in a prison only becomes evident if you try to leave, whether you ask nicely, or make a break for it, because only then do you feel the wrath of the prison warden who tells you to return to your cell and get on with it.
Bitcoin is an attempt to break out of prison, and although it is a better alternative to governments notes and coins, it is still another prison of debt via a money currency, albeit an illusory, virtual one, which further highlights the insanity of our system generally. As Gurdgieff said: ‘If you want to escape from prison the first thing you must do is recognize you are in prison’. I have been telling people for years that we will only be free when we can operate completely free from government control, I believe that point is upon us now, and it is us the population that will ultimately make the decision and distinction between freedom or continued slavery. – Jason Liosatos. www.jasonliosatos.com
Friday: The Alex Jones Show. The Disintegration of Posse Comitatus and The 2nd Amendment. On the Friday, May 17 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex continues waging a full-frontal assault on the lies of the Obama administration, with new information regarding the IRS's targeting of conservative groups showing the IRS withheld knowledge of the scandal until after the 2012 elections. Alex also breaks down the erosion of posse comitatus as the Department of Defense issues new instructions allowing the military to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances. We'll also cover pro-Second Amendment news mainstream outlets conveniently neglect to report. On today's show Alex welcomes the Saturday host of Coast to Coast AM, John B. Wells to examine the massive scandals engulfing the White House and the accelerating panic to demonize all opposing voices.
Noam Chomsky Interview
Jason Liosatos www.jasonliosatos.com interview with Noam Chomsky. We talk about ethical compromises, and government actions without vision or wisdom which is creating terrible consequences and feedback loops. We also talk about the Drone killings, the US terrorist manufacturing campaigns, the dangerous indoctrination and conditioning of soldiers and the public, Navy Seals killing Bin Laden who was only a suspect and the Polio vaccine horror in Pakistan, Sadistic Guantanamo torture, fear, and the great danger of our government and collective psychosis...and more.
Sen. Rand Paul discusses the Benghazi controversy with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
"misdirection"? cover up! LIEs, more lies, liars. Why do they keep hamming on the "talking points"? We already KNOW that is a pack of LIES. What about obamagod telling the rescue forces to stand down? What about that? ONLY the president could have authorized such a move, ONLY him. obamagod is such a punk, for political gain he let Americans be killed. Every service member KNOWS he will have no support from this corrupt administration if ever in harms way, they are leaving the service in droves.
this video is one of the best wake up call videos that i have ever seen....david icke is telling the truth in a way that (the sick evil world leaders) cant deny or even begin to dispute divirsions,distractions,fake terror,boogie men, and most of all (fear) is what you are faced with every moment of your life.................................mind control..100%..mind control Too bad Icke is against the religions and our best ancestral wisdom. Like, the Upanishadic teaching that the exterior is a personal dream. It's through chastity & God-meditation that the exterior world-dream upgrades. Icke is against those things. The more human we become, the wiser we become. If we look, act and feel human, everything else will come naturally. The false world of invented values was made by the shaved monkeys. Your quest is to become normal to your species, not your time
5/17/13 - Rep. Paul Ryan destroyed acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller today during testimony at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing.
In heated Capitol Hill testimony, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) pointedly asked Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, "Is this still America? Is this government so drunk on power that it would turn its full force, its full might to harass and intimidate and threaten an average American who only wants her voice and their voices heard?"
He then asked Miller to name the names of those responsible for targeting conservative groups ... a question Miller couldn't answer.
Brady then asked for assurances that none of the information provided to the IRS by these groups was shared with any other federal agency. Miller said, "That would be a violation of law and I do not believe that happened." When Brady pressed him to make an assurance of that fact, Miller said, " I would be shocked, Congressman, if that happened. Shocked!"
Informative sermon done by pastor Doug Batchelor of Amazing Facts. Speaking from the word of God explaining the US in bible prophecy. I don't own the copyrights to this video and it was uploaded strictly for educational purposes. Enjoy & God bless!
Rob Ford, proud Canadian and Toronto mayor, was caught on tape smoking crack in the ghetto. Ford is famous for his heavy drinking and conservative notions of race and sexual orientation, but crack smoking might be a new low for him. The tape is in the hands of a shady character related to Ford's deceased drug dealer Anthony Smith, who was shot to death in front of a night club two months ago. The tape will go to the highest bidder, and it allegedly shows Ford smoking rock and laughing like a hyena.
(The Star) A cellphone video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine is being shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade. Two Toronto Star reporters have viewed the video three times. It appears to show Ford in a room, sitting in a chair, wearing a white shirt, top buttons open, inhaling from what appears to be a glass crack pipe. Ford is incoherent, trading jibes with an off-camera speaker who goads the clearly impaired mayor by raising topics including Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and the Don Bosco high school football team Ford coaches. "I'm f---ing right-wing," Ford appears to mutter at one point. "Everyone expects me to be right-wing. I'm just supposed to be this great...." and his voice trails off. At another point he is heard calling Trudeau a "fag." Later in the 90-second video he is asked about the football team and he appears to say (though he is mumbling), "they are just f---ing minorities." The Star had no way to verify the authenticity of the video, which appears to clearly show Ford in a well-lit room. The Star was told the video was shot during the past winter at a house south of Dixon Rd. and Kipling Avenue. What follows is an account based on what both reporters viewed on the video screen. Attempts to reach the mayor and members of his staff to get comment on this story were unsuccessful. A lawyer retained by Ford, Dennis Morris, said that Thursday evening's publication by the U.S.-based Gawker website of some details related to the video was "false and defamatory." Morris told the Star that by viewing any video it is impossible to tell what a person is doing. "How can you indicate what the person is actually doing or smoking?" Morris said.
The Justice Department's disclosure that it had secretly subpoenaed phone records from the Associated Press has prompted a wave of comparisons between President Obama and Richard Nixon. Four decades ago, the Nixon administration attempted to block The New York Times from publishing a secret history of the Vietnam War leaked to the newspaper by whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Two days after the Times first published excerpts of what became known as the "Pentagon Papers," the Nixon government asked for and received a Supreme Court injunction against the newspaper, arguing that publication of the documents posed a "grave and immediate danger to the security of the United States." We speak to James Goodale, the general counsel at The New York Times during the Pentagon Papers crackdown. Goodale is a leading legal expert on the First Amendment and has just published a new book, "Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles." Goodale said he wrote book in part because of the work of Julian Assange of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, and how he is likely being targeted by the U.S. government in an ongoing grand jury probe. "My book is meant to be a clarion call to the journalist community. Wake up! There's danger out there," Goodale says. "You may not like Assange . But wake up! The first amendment is really going to be damaged. If Obama goes forward and succeeds, he will have succeeded where Nixon failed."
5/16/13 - Rachel Maddow tonight highlighted another potential problem in the growing IRS targeting scandal plaguing the Obama administration this week. The tax-collecting agency provided private tax information about several conservative groups, including ones whose applications had not been fully processed yet, to the website ProPublica. Maddow said that strictly speaking, this was illegal, and will only make things worse for the IRS.
Maddow claimed that the Tea Party now suddently "wants to be back on the wings of the IRS scandal," and said that things are awkward politically because essentially everyone else agrees with them on this scandal. She acknowledged the "improper scrutiny" being given to conservatives groups that seemingly eluded their liberal counterparts.
Maddow highlighted how the same IRS Cincinatti office involved in the targeting scandal released documents to ProPublica for the site's series of posts on groups misleading the IRS about their political activities. Documents were provided for a number of conservative groups, even from nine that were not approved yet by the IRS, which is technically illegal because "it's supposed to be secret" if an application has not been approved.
When ProPublica attempted to find out why exactly they were given the documents, Maddow said the IRS's response was basically "We shouldn't have done that!" She admitted that the agency "screwed up here" and could end up making its level of scrutiny worse after this week.