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Venezuela Introduces Two-Day Week To Deal With Energy Crisis

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Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36145184

Venezuela's government has imposed a two-day working week for public sector workers as a temporary measure to help it overcome a serious energy crisis.

Vice-President Aristobulo Isturiz announced that civil servants should turn up for work only on Mondays and Tuesdays until the crisis was over.

Earlier this week, the government put the clocks forward by half an hour to reduce demand for electricity in the early evening.

Last week, it announced it was introducing power cuts for four hours a day.

The power shortages have deepened the country's serious economic crisis.

Many businessmen and opposition politicians blame the energy crisis and shortages of basic goods on government economic mismanagement.

They say tough currency controls introduced in 2003 by the late president, Hugo Chavez, have only made this worse.

But Venezuela's economy has also been hit by a sharp fall in the price of its main export, oil.

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Is the UK immune to this crisis?

Is it good though? Do we really need to work too hard? Technology development should reduce our working ours, right?

Edited by Fairyland

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Why don't they simply burn the oil they can't export in an oil fired power station?

Because the "socialists" in the government are too busy smuggling it all out of the country to line their own pockets.

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Venezuela is probably what that one eyed tnuc had in mind for the UK when he embarked on his spending spree in 2004.

Unfortunately, the UK is still heading that way.

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How awful for them, cut down to only 2 days a week, how 3rd worldish dodgy economyish - but hey isn't the two day working week exactly what hundreds of thousands of UK workers have done for years now - zero hours contracts and all.

So Venezuela is only just now having to fall into the UK's line.

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Saw something on Channel 4 news about Venezuela a few weeks back. Never realised whats happened to the places in the past few years.

Most violent place on the planet now. The number of murders is crazy. There are gangs going around actively searching for Police to shoot just to steal their guns. Just on this one Channel 4 piece they were talking to one Policeman who had his partner killed recently. They followed him to the school he was picking up his 2 kids from - walked up to him and shot him in the face in front of his kids - then casually picked up his gun and walked away.

Apparently this sort of thing is daily occurrence these days in Venezuela. :huh:

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Earlier this week, the government put the clocks forward by half an hour to reduce demand for electricity in the early evening.

How awful for them - but hey didn't something similar happen in the UK recently, in fact in the UK something like that has happened every year twice a year and for decades now.

To be fair for comparison purposes although prices are generally well lower than in the UK (house prices are generally on average about a quarter) their average local purchasing power seems to be extremely low. So if you have a well above average wage it seems as if it would be very affordable to live there.

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries_result.jsp?country1=Venezuela&country2=United+Kingdom

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apparently their inflation rate is 700%+ per annum.

and ken livingstone/corbyn hold it up as the poster child for how socialism is good for the people.

...but it's just crap,and going to get worse.

we've seen it all before.

first the riots, then the police state crackdown(like they don't have one already), then the death squads, and finally the ceaucescu style revolution that puts all the leaders in front of the hangmans noose(if they are lucky....the unlucky ones get sodomised with bayonets first)

it could just as easily happen with monopoly corporatism too, which is something our leadership ought to bear in mind if they push things too far.

orange squash theory boys and girls.

capital is just like orange squash.

dilute too much- undrinkable and rancid

concentrate too much- undrinkable and sickly.

there are certain basics in life..ie food,fuel and shelter, that need to be kept in an affordable bracket for a country to function.

shelter(affordable) is the number 1 problem in the UK at the moment, but things can change rapidly.

..all it takes is a fairly big regional fisticuffs in the ME, to turn that priority to fuel, and due to the lack of it..food- as it cannot be so easily obtained,produced or distributed.

sunni v shia 30-years-war type scenario between the islamic factions would certainly fit the bill.

lack of supply+trade rutes(like suez) could quite easily tip the scales on oil at $500 per barrel for a short time.worth bearing in mind that both the US and russia would not be awfully concerned by such a prospect-if they agreed between themselves to keep it a proxy war

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