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11-08-2019 06:05 AM
DarkPhoenix13
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Originally Posted by Greg5791 View Post
Great. They seem to be a quite cheap alternative.

My video seems to have been deleted from YT?...Will upload it again right now. I canīt find it...!

Youtube has been...problematic lately.
11-07-2019 12:10 PM
Greg5791
Hey there!

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Old Coach View Post
Don't worry about William, Greg. He's just virtue-signalling.

Big glass bottles are hard to come by now, but something I've discovered for smaller volumes is the glass jars that Smucker's natural peanut butter comes in. The screw-down metal caps seal so well that salt and sugar will never cake no matter how humid the weather. Conversely, herbs will never dry out.
Great. They seem to be a quite cheap alternative.

My video seems to have been deleted from YT?...Will upload it again right now. I canīt find it...!
11-05-2019 01:14 AM
The Old Coach Don't worry about William, Greg. He's just virtue-signalling.

Big glass bottles are hard to come by now, but something I've discovered for smaller volumes is the glass jars that Smucker's natural peanut butter comes in. The screw-down metal caps seal so well that salt and sugar will never cake no matter how humid the weather. Conversely, herbs will never dry out.
11-04-2019 11:00 PM
Greg5791
Hey there!

Quote:
Originally Posted by William Ashley View Post
I came across info - on my research on the Venzeulan cultural sector for a proposed non paid field placement there, on how some of the larger national momuments are "safe zones" for people.

If you are interested in somewhere to unwind national momuments that have been looted already have provided a place where people can unwind.
Churches likewise seem to be fairly nice sanctuaries.

My carear interst is in working in hotzones/ and cultural resource protection. Venzeula has faced some challenges in its cultural sector over the past years.


Greg if you have any leads on cultural sites (....) Really wanted to try to help on the ground there, was thinking about flying in with some stuff, and seeing about helping at a cultural site for few months.
William...risking myself giving you some advice to keep you safe, (surely against a good democratic majority of members following this thread )

After all, I am a man with some degree of conscience and wouldn't let my kid play with matches in a gas station neither...my best advice is not going there for the time being.

I could blend in easily, but it's a place I know perfectly. However my allergy to anyone with an uniform and following an "ideology" will make me stay away of such places. I have declined wonderful job offers in *****ia because I know how things work when you are in an isolated place surrounded by armed uniformed guys. That's why most of my gear is industrial type instead of military looking: I could allege that it's for my job. Adding a hard hat and yellow work gloves and boots, for instance.

I've been trying to avoid the major cities from a long time ago for a good reason.

Dear Terri,

This is an old method I learned in my youth from some Italian friends. They used to store grain (her dad lived the WW2 in Italy until he could board a ship to Venezuela back in the late 40s) in huge glass bottles where mineral water came in. The caps were metal, sturdy and the sealing was good. The vacuum inside allow them to store grains even for two or 3 years without oxygen absorbers...something I did not knew until joined Survivalist board.

Their father started to see bad indications after El Caracazo (1989), and being large, well-fed Italians, needing truckloads of food to keep themselves working, they built up a pantry with pasta, white rice, beans, home made tomato sauce, another refrigerator just for cheese, and a fridge just for poultry, meat, dog food, cat food (made with residues from their meals, by themselves, not factory produced) and some other stuff, like frozen juice. All of these products came from their own patch of land by the way. No one I knew those years did the same. Venezuelans don't have that food storing and preservation culture. Oil made the generations before my own lazy and laid back, maybe. Grain was always available. Just going to the Ramon's little shop around the corner and bringing a pack of black beans for lunch. Some sweet peppers, maybe pork lard for some taste, and white rice. Cheese on top...that was usual lunch for poor people..Shredded meat, fried plantains for the wealthier, and bingo. Everything was available.

But my own dad told me he remembered, being a small child, how his mother saved carefully 200 liters steel barrels, in a special storage room at their small house in the Llanos. One for black beans, other for those you call pintos, one for brown beans (my favorites). Cleaning thoroughly, to store grain for the entire year.
Corn was maintained in a quite traditional way: a special stacking method with a log structure, and stacked one starch with another so tight that even mice couldn't get through, half a meter over the bare ground. A small bonfire was lit underneath, with lots of smoke to avoid critters. Usually a snake would came in to hunt everything trying to eat the corn. Bonfire was fed without disturbing this extremely sophisticated device. Talking about symbiosis.

He says droughts could be one year long. He remembers raining for days in a row in the rainy season, and neighbors checking on her coming in a canoe, meanwhile in the dry season they came on a donkey or horse.

Of course, their father was a country boy who was near starvation until he could leave the post war Europe and was terrified about something similar happening to his loosely 500 kg worth represented by his 3 "offsprings"

I feel better. Maybe I start some work projects this week and some money will start to flow in the right direction and I could be able to have lunch again, instead of the two meager meals I am having now. LOL.
11-01-2019 07:02 AM
The Old Coach And the USA would be friggin' crazy to let him go, unless it's permanent.
11-01-2019 06:32 AM
GatorFL
Quote:
Originally Posted by William Ashley View Post
I came across info - on my research on the Venzeulan cultural sector for a proposed non paid field placement there, on how some of the larger national momuments are "safe zones" for people.

If you are interested in somewhere to unwind national momuments that have been looted already have provided a place where people can unwind.
Churches likewise seem to be fairly nice sanctuaries.

I'm actually very interested in doing a non paid placement in Venezuela in a museum or at a historic site but it seems that without an embassy in this country, and not speaking fluent spanish its been impossible to navigate the situation to gain a non paid placement there.

My carear interst is in working in hotzones/ and cultural resource protection. Venzeula has faced some challenges in its cultural sector over the past years.

Really unfortunate there is no route do it there as I think it would be a good learning environment for me, especially with all the shortages and resource limitations that in turn can add to cultural resource management.


Greg if you have any leads on cultural sites that need a trained lab tech /museum studies arhaeology/history etc.. grad to do non paid field placement any leads are very welcome. From what I've read there are so many sites that are facing challenges don there, particularly the UNESCO sites like the university gardens that are suffering from water resource issues.
I need to complete a 4 month placement at a cultural site as part of my college program between January and May. Really wanted to try to help on the ground there, was thinking about flying in with some stuff, and seeing about helping at a cultural site for few months.
You're friggin' crazy. And you probably can't get a 4 month visa anyway.

https://travel.state.gov/content/tra...-advisory.html
11-01-2019 03:32 AM
William Ashley
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Originally Posted by sherrieallen View Post
As tired as you are you must find some way to rest and be healthy
I came across info - on my research on the Venzeulan cultural sector for a proposed non paid field placement there, on how some of the larger national momuments are "safe zones" for people.

If you are interested in somewhere to unwind national momuments that have been looted already have provided a place where people can unwind.
Churches likewise seem to be fairly nice sanctuaries.

I'm actually very interested in doing a non paid placement in Venezuela in a museum or at a historic site but it seems that without an embassy in this country, and not speaking fluent spanish its been impossible to navigate the situation to gain a non paid placement there.

My carear interst is in working in hotzones/ and cultural resource protection. Venzeula has faced some challenges in its cultural sector over the past years.

Really unfortunate there is no route do it there as I think it would be a good learning environment for me, especially with all the shortages and resource limitations that in turn can add to cultural resource management.


Greg if you have any leads on cultural sites that need a trained lab tech /museum studies arhaeology/history etc.. grad to do non paid field placement any leads are very welcome. From what I've read there are so many sites that are facing challenges don there, particularly the UNESCO sites like the university gardens that are suffering from water resource issues.
I need to complete a 4 month placement at a cultural site as part of my college program between January and May. Really wanted to try to help on the ground there, was thinking about flying in with some stuff, and seeing about helping at a cultural site for few months.
10-31-2019 04:35 PM
Kansas Terri Greg, I am praying that you find the guidance that you need.

On a lighter note, I LOVED your Patron post about putting a lighted candle in with the grain before you put the lid on, to burn up the oxygen. That was a new idea for me!
10-31-2019 02:37 PM
Bluesman60 Hang in there Chamo and keep praying....
10-31-2019 01:25 PM
Greg5791 Faith is exactly what I need right now.

Dear Sherri, yes, Iīm exhausted, you are quite perceptive. Looking for something to make a living but doors have been starting to close for us here. Thereīre too many migrants now. Not even an interview on one month and a half, and they expect to pay an experienced professional 1/3rd of the wage they pay to nationals. They can go play with themselves. I canīt sleep more than 4 or 5 hours a day, and thatīs getting me sick, I think. My kiddo has been having stomach problems too. This is exam week. He threw up his breakfast and could not go to present the todayīs exam. Stress seems to be affecting us all. My family there is asking for us to come back. Situation with power has been somehow corrected (5 million of people less, implies much less stress on the grid). Internet is not as good but hopefully wonīt need it too much, because I should be busy with the cottage.
If I canīt get a job, my YT channel and postings will become much more interesting once I see myself forced to come back.

The other alternative to go was Chile, a much more industrialized country with plenty of more options for engineers...now we canīt come in without 700$ in cash and an invitation letter of someone already inside able to host us. Go figure. But there are some other solutions: one of my friends rents his flat in Caracas to journalists, via the AirBNB platform. With that he gets some dollars to make the ends meet.

Relying on a fixed income job there is off the question. Itīs barely impossible. I contacted a private oil and gas company...and even the Human Resources Manager migrated to Spain. Dang.

Thankfully, I have some means to provide ourselves with some basic staples, and barter the rest. My father is getting too old and sometimes he needs help in the field. Iīve starting to believe that maybe I could come back for a while (anyway this is not a country to stay for too long) because according to my sources, prices are even cheaper than here in Lima. For those who donīt know, everything here comes by truck from places 4 or 5 hours away, like many other cities. This was a desert. Nothing grows here. Nor in the hills, nor in any place. Good news are, that the competition and abundance of food production is good and prices are decent, you can eat with 6$ a day. The ancient tribes living here had an incredible courier system and the food chain supply for the city seems to keep more or less intact...except when there were some terrible earthquakes and landslides and the access to the city was blocked for weeks. THEN it was pretty hairy according to some people Iīve talked to.

I have the strong feeling that I have to come back because something is about to happen and they need me there. I donīt know how to explain. Itīs the very same feeling that made me leave out. The worst part of the collapse seems to be past now. Everything is being paid with dollars or some South American currency (including Peruvian one)

Thanks for your support, fellows. You encourage me to keep going. Word.

Iīve been publishing my posts availables to the general public in patreon ok? Not just the general situation but Iīve been posting some other stuff like grain preserving, old fashion style.


if you have any suggestions just take a look and let me know.

Stay tuned!
10-28-2019 01:09 PM
sherrieallen I hear exhaustion in your words. Please try to find someway to unwind for just 1 day of rest. I know that may sound strange but you can't keep this up 24-7. The world as you know it has turned upside down and you have placed the weight of all that on your shoulders because you love your family, friends and country. You can't help anyone if you are broken mentally and/or physically. I can not imagine the pressure and grief you are suffering. You are a man of faith and I imagine even that is being tested right now. Please try to find a park, a river bank, the ocean - anywhere that reminds you all the world is not ugly, mean and falling apart. Try to close your eyes and feel the sun warming your face and remember you are not alone. People do care and others are holding you up in prayer. You are fighting a war that started many years ago - before you even knew you were in war. That's how evil operates. It promises "pie in the sky" goodness but it is setting you up for pain and misery which is what your country is now dealing with. As tired as you are you must find some way to rest and be healthy because a big battle is looming and you can't fight it if you are not healthy. I am praying for you and your country and so are many others.

I'm sorry this turned into a religious message but I felt led to remind you that you are loved, you are worthy and you are being prayed for.
10-27-2019 01:45 PM
Greg5791 Hello friends.

I believe some people has (still) some doubts about me being from Venezuela.
Thatīs their problem, indeed.
Iīve refrained of posting too much personal information. But those that really put some minutes searching will find easily a lot. Things are going to a definite result.
Iīve been too screwed these last few weeks to give importance to some stuff in forums and such. I find much more useful to share information and assist people to deal with their own prepping plans and problems that they can find.
My brother just asked me to be careful. One of his friends (I donīt know him personally) got his a$$ kicked in the city where I am by a xenophobic gang. One broken arm and a large cut in the scalp.

As you can see I have important stuff to take care of, and my health these days sucks.

A lot of money has been destined to medication and being unemployed (again) just increases the stress in a downward spiral.

Those who follow my channel, I hope tonight upload a new video with some advice...mostly how I am thinking in defending myself if the xenophobia gets worst. I canīt carry, although Iīm legal. Foreigners under temporary migration status canīt carry. There is the need for another legal paperwork after one year of staying.
See you soon!.
10-20-2019 11:30 PM
William Ashley
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Originally Posted by The Old Coach View Post
Who are the bond holders, I wonder. China?

And I wonder if the drugs gangs that now control most of the country will care if PDVSA defaults.
A Canadian Gold company holds a chunk.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/b...creditors.html

https://www.petroleum-economist.com/...in-the-balance

Quote:
Holders of Pdvsa’s 2020 bond and Russia’s Rosneft may be first in the queue to assert their claims on Citgo. The $3.4bn bond has 50.1pc of Citgo’s shares used as collateral. The remaining 49.9pc of the firm was offered as security to ensure financing from Rosneft.

and
British
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashmore_Group
?? https://www.forbes.com/profile/mark-coombs/


https://finance.yahoo.com/news/loomi...125612063.html


Don't be confused though.. the default is on Guido as the companies are dealing with him not with Maduro. So they are effectively illegal seizures. Everything is being sullied and a poison apple because they arn't dealing with the state of venezeula as they are recognizing a self declared person who is illegitimate and doesn't actually run Venezuela.

Its like me saying i am now the president of bank of America and everyone should deal with me for bank of america financial matters including any payments they are due, and that if I don't pay them then well they are default payments for bank of America.. doesn't pass the litmus test.

The fact this is not isolated and they are hacking up Venezeulan assets around the world on the basis of not recognizing the leadership of the country is pretty apalling.


Quote:
Besides Crystallex, other companies with claims against Venezuela also are targeting Citgo for compensation, including Owens-Illinois Inc., ConocoPhillips Co. and Rusoro Mining Ltd.

Quote:
That’s forced PDVSA’s ad hoc board and Guaido’s attorney general to consider seeking an injunction against MUFG Union Bank, the trustee on the bonds, to prevent it from trying to sell Citgo, people familiar with the matter said.

The argument would be that the 2016 debt swap that created the notes was invalid because it wasn’t approved by the opposition-led National Assembly, the people said. The legislative body is set to discuss the matter Tuesday morning, according to an agenda obtained by Bloomberg.
10-20-2019 11:01 PM
Greg5791
Youīre short my friend...

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Originally Posted by bunkerbuster View Post
THIS IS CRAZY.
The Maduro regime is certainly a human rights abuser on a well publicized grand scale.
About 4 MILLION have fled the county because of Maduro's actions

Venezuela-wins-seat-on-un-rights-body-despite-opposition

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...cid=spartandhp
Itīs almost 5 million, my friend.

Including me, and my kids.

My only hope is, that once that fat MF clown tries to get out of the country, they can throw him in jail.

This journalist is exposing EXACTLY what is happening in Chile: families in their car being attacked in the streets, and even ambulances being burned.
The commies are making a huge scandal of this, because they want to remove president Piņera who threatened Maduro with a blockade.

This is not coincidence.

Raul Castro is trying to set the entire continent on fire. They want to end the democracy in the American Continent.

America has to act united. North, Center, and South.

10-19-2019 07:15 PM
D2 Red Flag laws and more are the Beginning for USA.
Look at what politics did to Australia, New Zealand, And Canada, even England got worse, its the politicians that enacted anti gun laws.
Venezuela is a recent victim of socialist anti gun liberalist and more will follow if people dont stand for there right.
All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing
10-18-2019 03:35 AM
Potawami II
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Originally Posted by bunkerbuster View Post
THIS IS CRAZY.
The Maduro regime is certainly a human rights abuser on a well publicized grand scale.
About 4 MILLION have fled the county because of Maduro's actions

Venezuela-wins-seat-on-un-rights-body-despite-opposition

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...cid=spartandhp
I see Sudan got a seat as well. I'm so glad President Trump pulled us out of that hypocritical cesspool.
10-18-2019 02:08 AM
bunkerbuster Sadly NOW with so many corrupt competing factions in Venuazala, even with Maduro's bullet riddled corpse hanging from a street corner lamppost, the problems will not be resolved. In fact, they may get far worse.
10-18-2019 01:51 AM
The Old Coach We're gonna look back and wish we HAD run a coup on Chavez when we could have succeeded.

And maybe not so far in the future from now, either.
10-18-2019 01:42 AM
bunkerbuster
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Originally Posted by small.business.guy.1 View Post
Get your popcorn.....
Its really sad what Venuazala has turned into. Good climate, fertile soil, abundant natural resources & massive oil reserves.

A few decades of irresponsible .gov mismanagement, populace fleeing by the MILLIONS & the country has turned into a Murphy's Law Nation = everything that can go wrong IS.

No need to wonder why either.

HOW & WHEN it will end, is the only question.
10-18-2019 01:08 AM
small.business.guy.1 Talk about getting really strange....

Hand over control over state oil company PDVSA to Russia’s Rosneft

Quote:
he Venezuelan government is readying to hand over control over state oil company PDVSA to Russia’s Rosneft, a local newspaper has reported, citing sources from the industry.

Russian TASS reports, quoting El Nacional, that the radical move is being discussed as a way of erasing Caracas’ debt to Moscow. The debt is sizeable: at the end of June this year, money owed to Rosneft alone stood at $1.1 billion. That’s down from $1.8 billion at end-March.

Two years ago, Caracas and Moscow sealed a deal for the restructuring of another $3.15 billion debt to Russia over 10 years with minimum payments over the first six years. Since 2006, Russian loans to Venezuela have reached more than $17 billion in total.
Ok, this one boggles the mind....

First off, this changes the Bus Driver's continued existence from 'IF' to "WHEN'. Apart from creating any issues with the USA (which will be massive), it's going to create massive issues inside Venezuela with all the current power brokers.

Venezuela's military has been 'running' PDVSA. It's been the military's 'cash cow'. If this occurs, they are no longer at the top of the food chain. In fact, Venezuela's cash cow has basically been 100% offshored to Russia (Rosneft), Cuba (working for Russia), China (some, not much, IMO), and a few others.

The real problem for Russia will likely be that most of the other big oil producers (the Majors) won't have anything to do with Rosneft from there on out.

Here's why: Venezuela expropriated large oil properties & facilities from the Majors back 10 years ago or so. There's still really massive projects and facilities being litigated.

ConocoPhillips just settled some disputes a year or so ago which may or may not already have turned back into default status. This could get really, really messy.

Get your popcorn.....
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