Venezuela or South Australia? Who can tell?

Caption: No, it’s not a South Australian serial killer hit by that state’s unreliable green power.

A failed socialist state suffers through devastating blackouts and a rising death toll ? no, we?re not talking about South Australia. It?s Venezuela, of course, where the only serial killer is the government. Quote:

Venezuela entered its fourth day of blackouts in an “electricity crisis” that plunged most of the country’s 23 states, including the state home to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, into complete darkness.

Reuters reports that international non-governmental organizations estimate that at least 17 people have died, nine of whom were waiting for emergency medical attention. Reuters was not able to independently verify the numbers, but they are being tabulated by the non-partisan NGO, Doctors For Health, which has been treating patients in Venezuela.

“The outage is by far the longest in decades. In 2013, Caracas and 17 of the country?s 23 states were hit by a six-hour blackout, while in 2018 eight states suffered a 10-hour power outage, government officials said at the time,” Reuters reported Sunday. Six of the country’s 23 states have no power at all. End of quote.

But, as is the way with socialism, it?s always someone else?s fault. Quote:

Bloomberg reports that the outage began when a transformer exploded at the Guri Dam, one of the nation’s most important hydroelectric plants. The government says the explosion was “sabotage,” but it’s not immediately clear what caused the system to collapse. One government official blamed the problem on eroding infrastructure.

?Practically nothing is working anymore, not even the backup thermal-power plants,? he said. ?We don?t have the replacement parts, the trained personnel??Hospitals can’t even use emergency generators because of Venezuela’s ongoing fuel shortage. Without gasoline to power the generators, the country is reliant on the grid system to deliver power, even in emergency situations.

The electricity shortage is also in addition to food and medicine shortages, and other fuel shortages, all consequences of Venezuela’s “hyperinflationary collapse.” End of quote.

But a good socialist never looks a gift crisis in the eye. Like socialists past, Maduro is turning the explosion at Guri Dam into his very own Reichstag Fire moment. Quote:

As people suffered Saturday, Nicolas Maduro held a rally in Caracas, where he blamed the electricity problems on “electromagnetic and cyber attacks directed from abroad by the empire,” (by which he means the United States).

“The right wing, together with the empire, has stabbed the electricity system, and we are trying to cure it soon,” Maduro added, trying to calm the crowd.

“I will tell this for the first time,” Maduro continued. “We are in the process of investigation and correcting it all because there are many infiltrators attacking the electrical company from within.” End of quote.


It?s only a matter of time before Maduro digs up the corpse of Marinus van der Lubbe and holds a show trial.