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The birthday card I received from my vegetarian brother.

The birthday card I received from my vegetarian brother.

Happy birthday.

Thank you Mr dick-nipples

Hummus is delicious

Please, mr. dick-nipples is his fathers name.

Thanks Obama!

Thanks Obama!

Settle down guys, it's Photoshopped.

I'm so fucking sick and tired of the photoshop

I'm pretty sure he can only pardon those in the federal system.

Show me somethin' natural like obama's ass with some stretch marks

The graffiti in Dublin, Ireland has the right idea

The graffiti in Dublin, Ireland has the right idea

You know your property market is out of control when there's a 'FOR SALE' sign on a burnt-out husk of a building.

That's Dublin alright.

Hmm, whiskey, I'll have.

Stop Wars....by whatever means necessary!

Over 2.5 million take over the streets in Venezuela

Over 2.5 million take over the streets in Venezuela

That's pretty significant considering their population is a little over 30 million.

That's equivalent to 25 million protesting in USA

Women's march is estimated to be around 3 million

Cool, I'll be sure to tune into the major networks nightly newscast to see a story about zoo pandas tonight.

That's equivalent to 25 million protesting in USA

Around the population of Texas.

Women's march is estimated to be around 3 million

Around the population of Iowa.

Just another protester pic

Just another protester pic

$550 Million opening weekend. We'll be getting Fast & Furious 15 at this rate.

Gonna get a Dom origins story titled First of the Furious

Fast10 your seat belts!

Sorry, I can't complain about something that millions of people are still paying to watch while I can easily just ignore it myself.

Both 81 and widowed, my friends grandmother just married her prom date after starting to speak again 64 years later

Both 81 and widowed, my friends grandmother just married her prom date after starting to speak again 64 years later

What the hell happened to that clock? It shrunk in 60 years?

Congrats, OP's grandma!

Oh man, that's going to be a wild honeymoon. 162 years of combined experience.

Hairstyles remain the same -- albeit with a little less volume. Very cool pictures!

It unsuccessfully tried to duck from the picture.

The best pic I've seen that captures the courage and adversity being faced by those protesting in Venezuela.

The best pic I've seen that captures the courage and adversity being faced by those protesting in Venezuela.

I didn't take this picture, nor do I know who did so I can't credit the photographer As indicated by u/Spartan2470 below, the picture was taken by Cristian Hernandez of Agencia EFE, but I think its one of the pictures that best represent the disparity of Venezuelan reality at the time.

I no longer live in Venezuela, but I did for about 20 years; I was out there for the protests from 2007 started by the ban of RCTV (Oposition news channel) from transmiting in open signal to the day I left in 2012. While I lived through many crazy things, the people who are out there now fighting for this have courage beyond what is imaginable, the 2012 Venezuela was a joke compared to the 2017 Venezuela.

I won't go into details as to what is happening as there are some other threads that give a good tl;dr here and here(nsfw).

I hope the deaths of the 4 people till now are for something, I hope this generation of protesters can achieve what we weren't able to.

Never could understand soldiers who are against their own people.

Here is a much higher resolution version of this.  

According to here (and Google Translate):


CAR232. CARACAS (VENEZUELA), 04/24/2017 - A group of demonstrators walks alongside a road while members of the police guard during a protest against the Venezuelan government today, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Caracas, . Hundreds of opponents in different parts of Caracas today clashed with security forces to stay on the streets protesting, despite the use of tear gas by police forces to disperse and block the passage of the marches. EFE / CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ

is a much higher resolution version of this.

According to here (and Google Translate):

CAR232. CARACAS (VENEZUELA), 04/24/2017 - A group of demonstrators walks alongside a road while members of the police guard during a protest against the Venezuelan government today, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Caracas, . Hundreds of opponents in different parts of Caracas today clashed with security forces to stay on the streets protesting, despite the use of tear gas by police forces to disperse and block the passage of the marches. EFE / CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ

Well, the chain of command is against their own people. The individual soldiers and police are generally just like everyone else, trying to put food on the table for their families. If they quit their jobs, there will be repercussions and it's likely their family will starve. So they do what they have to.

A police department in Minnesota has set up traps throughout the city today

A police department in Minnesota has set up traps throughout the city today

I don't even smoke weed and I'd fall for that trap

That's entrapment nigga

I think this cop just wants friends to hang out and play video games with.

Thanks for the tip, OP.

I actually got caught at a park by one of these traps, but I just told the officer I was there to watch the kids on the playground and he let me go with an apology.

VENEZUELA Today.

VENEZUELA Today.

Keep this up, that's how you get a new government.

We should host the Olympics there

At some point the people won't take anymore. I know that there were already mass protests back in 2014, but with things getting this bad I feel this time they won't back down:


People are literally starving to death. The average Venezuelan lost 19 pounds last year. People are resorting to hunting stray animals and even breaking into the Caracas zoo to butcher a horse for food.
The rationing of basic goods has completely failed, with long lines ups for things like toilet paper and bread
Inflation is expected to rise 1660% this year and 2880% in 2018, according to the International Monetary Fund. 
Crime is rampant, Caracas is now the most violent city in the world, with the highest homicide rate on the planet.
Basic medicine that people need is unavailable. Having universal healthcare access doesn't mean much when you can't get any medicine and have long wait times.
Power blackouts and water shortages are regular part of life, and are only getting worse.
76% are now below the poverty line, with nearly half of Venezuelans not getting 3 meals a day.
The country is ranked as #1 on Bloomberg's misery list.


This is democratic socialism, as much as Reddit refuses to accept it. The Venezuelan government was democratically elected by the people to seize the means of production and ration out the benefits. The United Socialist Party of Venezuela insituted democratic socialism build on the socialist policies of Hugo Chavez. It was failing long before the oil prices fell, there were chronic food shortages back in 2013 when the oil was close to a $100.

This is socialism, it has lead to ruin and misery in many states before. At some point when it's failed economic policies start leading to starvation, the people start revolting and it inevitably starts demanding more authoritarian power to maintain its control.

And before someone jumps in to mention Scandinavia....Scandinavia is not democratic socialism, as much as Bernie Sanders sold many young, naive millennials with that talking point. This was something that was rebuked by Denmark's PM himself. In the Scandinavian countries the means of production are primarily owned by private individuals, not the community or the government, and resources are allocated to their respective uses by the market, not government or community planning. Scandinavian countries are highly capitalist, and incredibly high on the Economic Freedom Index. Entrepreneurship and free markets are fervently embraced, Sweden adopted a universal school choice system in the 1990s that is nearly identical to the system proposed by libertarian economist Milton Friedman, and there are no minimum wage laws in Sweden or Norway or Denmark. What Nordic countries practice is the Nordic Model, something that is possible there because of their tiny homogenous populations and high natural resources to support the taxation need for the welfare programs. In fact the social success of the Scandinavian countries predate this model, with several studies showing that the greatest decrease in income inequality there came prior to the implementation of the big welfare state. And even if you say their baseline quality of life is better than the average American, in reality it's a function of vast demographic difference. In reality, Danish-Americans have a measured living standard about 55 percent higher than the Danes in Denmark. Swedish-Americans have a living standard 53 percent higher than the Swedes, and Finnish-Americans have a living standard 59 percent higher than those back in Finland. The emigration rate from this supposed Scandinavian Utopia to the US is positive, with Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway having so many people emigrating to America and very few going the other way. 

If you want to see what these same big government welfare states look in larger countries that don't have the natural resource taxation wealth to fuel them, look no further than Spain or Greece or Italy. As nice as Norway seems, its a  country with a smaller population than the Philadelphia Metro Area sitting on a gigantic fossil fuel deposit, not really something the USA can emulate. 

What is really sad to see here is that so many on Reddit fervently defend socialism and are even trying to deflect by comparing this protest to the feminist "women's march" protests here in the USA. 

The leftist college kids need a reality check: We have it incredibly good if you live in the capitalist, free market, individualist USA. This is by any measure the most prosperous and powerful country in history, and a big part of that is because we have fervently opposed the socialist cancer that has destroyed so many other nations like Venezuela. This is why we have a million people immigrating here every year, because they know that while equality of outcome isn't guaranteed in the US, becoming an American citizen gives you access to a very high quality of life and economic opportunities that are unmatched in the world.

edit: Just got banned from /r/LateStageCapitalism for this post. I never even posted there.

At some point the people won't take anymore. I know that there were already mass protests back in 2014, but with things getting this bad I feel this time they won't back down:

People are literally starving to death. The average Venezuelan lost 19 pounds last year. People are resorting to hunting stray animals and even breaking into the Caracas zoo to butcher a horse for food.

The rationing of basic goods has completely failed, with long lines ups for things like toilet paper and bread

Inflation is expected to rise 1660% this year and 2880% in 2018, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Crime is rampant, Caracas is now the most violent city in the world, with the highest homicide rate on the planet.

Basic medicine that people need is unavailable. Having universal healthcare access doesn't mean much when you can't get any medicine and have long wait times.

Power blackouts and water shortages are regular part of life, and are only getting worse.

76% are now below the poverty line, with nearly half of Venezuelans not getting 3 meals a day.

The country is ranked as #1 on Bloomberg's misery list.

This is democratic socialism, as much as Reddit refuses to accept it. The Venezuelan government was democratically elected by the people to seize the means of production and ration out the benefits. The United Socialist Party of Venezuela insituted democratic socialism build on the socialist policies of Hugo Chavez. It was failing long before the oil prices fell, there were chronic food shortages back in 2013 when the oil was close to a $100.

This is socialism, it has lead to ruin and misery in many states before. At some point when it's failed economic policies start leading to starvation, the people start revolting and it inevitably starts demanding more authoritarian power to maintain its control.

And before someone jumps in to mention Scandinavia....Scandinavia is not democratic socialism, as much as Bernie Sanders sold many young, naive millennials with that talking point. This was something that was rebuked by Denmark's PM himself. In the Scandinavian countries the means of production are primarily owned by private individuals, not the community or the government, and resources are allocated to their respective uses by the market, not government or community planning. Scandinavian countries are highly capitalist, and incredibly high on the Economic Freedom Index. Entrepreneurship and free markets are fervently embraced, Sweden adopted a universal school choice system in the 1990s that is nearly identical to the system proposed by libertarian economist Milton Friedman, and there are no minimum wage laws in Sweden or Norway or Denmark. What Nordic countries practice is the Nordic Model, something that is possible there because of their tiny homogenous populations and high natural resources to support the taxation need for the welfare programs. In fact the social success of the Scandinavian countries predate this model, with several studies showing that the greatest decrease in income inequality there came prior to the implementation of the big welfare .... And even if you say their baseline quality of life is better than the average American, in reality it's a function of vast demographic difference. In reality, Danish-Americans have a measured living standard about 55 percent higher than the Danes in Denmark. Swedish-Americans have a living standard 53 percent higher than the Swedes, and Finnish-Americans have a living standard 59 percent higher than those back in Finland. The emigration rate from this supposed Scandinavian Utopia to the US is positive, with Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway having so many people emigrating to America and very few going the other way.

If you want to see what these same big government welfare states look in larger countries that don't have the natural resource taxation wealth to fuel them, look no further than Spain or Greece or Italy. As nice as Norway seems, its a country with a smaller population than the Philadelphia Metro Area sitting on a gigantic fossil fuel deposit, not really something the USA can emulate.

What is really sad to see here is that so many on Reddit fervently defend socialism and are even trying to deflect by comparing this protest to the feminist "women's march" protests here in the USA.

The leftist college kids need a reality check: We have it incredibly good if you live in the capitalist, free market, individualist USA. This is by any measure the most prosperous and powerful country in history, and a big part of that is because we have fervently opposed the socialist cancer that has destroyed so many other nations like Venezuela. This is why we have a million people immigrating here every year, because they know that while equality of outcome isn't guaranteed in the US, becoming an American citizen gives you access to a very high quality of life and economic opportunities that are unmatched in the world.

edit: Just got I never even posted there.

Venezuela goes hard on 4/20

After 3 weeks of protests in Venezuela, today is happening the biggest one and the whole WORLD have to see it

After 3 weeks of protests in Venezuela, today is happening the biggest one and the whole WORLD have to see it

Hope most of the protesters can stay safe out there. I'm hearing a lot of reports of government brutality.

Wait no it's way more than that! It's complicated as all things are but basically the leader has declared something tantamount to dictatorship, invalidating the power of the parliament and giving it to courts. They aren't protesting for currency reform, they're protesting for the freedom and future of their nation.

I believe that their currency completely tanked and the cost of goods skyrocketed. Hyperinflation is no joking matter.

Edit: Adding another users reply to make sure people see much more detailed explanations. Hijacking this to say, see reply by /u/LastManOnEarth3 below for a more thorough explanation.

Why or for what are they protesting?

Try one of these subthreads