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by FrankPintor
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Venezuela crisis
Replies: 262
Views: 5960

Re: Venezuela crisis

and here for all you preppers: https://www.caracaschronicles.com/2019/03/13/of-preppers-and-the-great-march-blackout/ every time i read these stories i think back to the hours and days after the 2010 earthquake, but it became pretty apparent fast we were not that bad off (other than not knowing how...
by FrankPintor
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Venezuela crisis
Replies: 262
Views: 5960

Re: Venezuela crisis

I think the idea is to have a “human avalanche “ escort the aid across the border, there probably won’t be a clear shot at an engine, and any sniper will cause huge and televised panic. I’d send a bulldozer in front of the convoy but that’s just me.
by FrankPintor
Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Venezuela crisis
Replies: 262
Views: 5960

Re: Venezuela crisis

If you want to follow this in real time, Instagram is the place to look. Caraota Digital puts up verified content, it’s a bit slower than cronica_policial and lasverdadesdesalazar. DolarToday is also there but with its distinct slant. I’m watching CNN en Español at the moment, they have reporters at...
by FrankPintor
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Leaving Venezuela
Replies: 24
Views: 765

Re: Leaving Venezuela

Getting the family to Chile seems to be fairly difficult. Maybe a more reasonable objective would be to get them somewhere safe. If they don’t have even expired passports, then I understand that they can travel to Brazil (Boa Vista or Manaus) with only an ID card and then on to Argentina. The airlin...
by FrankPintor
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Leaving Venezuela
Replies: 24
Views: 765

Re: Leaving Venezuela

If they had valid passports they would be able to extend them past the 5 year validity period with a stamp either in Venezuela or at a Venezuelan consulate outside. For a new passport I’m told the going rate is $2500, paid under the table to get the document quickly. The other thing to consider is t...
by FrankPintor
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Venezuela crisis
Replies: 262
Views: 5960

Re: Venezuela crisis

Guaidó has an interesting background, he and his wife are very middle class people, his father is a taxi driver in Spain, and his wife’s father died because of the typical lack of medicine in Venezuela. So they at least know how normal people live, they’re not scions of Bolivar or hereditary politic...
by FrankPintor
Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Venezuela crisis
Replies: 262
Views: 5960

Re: Venezuela crisis

Interesting articles, thanks Fraggle. I wonder if it will be possible to organise elections quickly... the electoral rolls are out of date, I think before the elections in July they were registering something like 100 new voters per day. There are something like 4 million Venezuelans outside the cou...
by FrankPintor
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Venezuela crisis
Replies: 262
Views: 5960

Re: Venezuela crisis

You have no sense of humour, pretty much everything Maduro says is laughable. Should I find you the link for the military parade in question? It was all over YouTube
by FrankPintor
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Venezuela crisis
Replies: 262
Views: 5960

Re: Venezuela crisis

Well, seems the Russians have arrived. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-25/russia-sends-security-contractors-venezuela-protect-maduro Supposedly Russian military contractors have arrived. Now, that is reported on zerohedge, so got to take it with a grain of salt and something. Well, given wha...
by FrankPintor
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Venezuela crisis
Replies: 262
Views: 5960

Re: Venezuela crisis

I can't see anything dramatic happening yet... US support for Juan Guaidó amounts to some bluster and $20 million, like really, less than a dollar per person humanitarian aid? That was a really embarrassing offer. The only real "action" from the US until now is to refuse to withdraw their diplomatic...
by FrankPintor
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Lobby
Topic: Venezuela crisis
Replies: 262
Views: 5960

Re: Venezuela crisis

I’m just checking in from the coast in Vargas state... trying to make sense of what I’ve seen over the past few days. First off, million percent inflation doesn’t really mean anything, the economy is dollarized, and paper money or local sovereign Bolívares are only used to lubricate small transactio...
by FrankPintor
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Living in Chile
Topic: Ski Season Los Lagos
Replies: 24
Views: 1733

Re: Ski Season Los Lagos

The trip from Puerto Varas to Bariloche vía Peulla is great, I did it years ago, but it takes 2 days or so. Andesmar has buses from Chile to Bariloche, as far as I know there are no international flights to Bariloche though.