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March 09, 2019

Venezuela - Three Total Blackouts In Three Days - Government Presumes U.S. Cyberattack

Venezuela currently experiences multiple total outages of its electricity network. It is quite possible or even likely that the U.S. is causing these incidents. But it is not certain.

Shit happens and so do long blackouts:

The Northeast blackout of 2003 was a widespread power outage throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario on August 14, 2003, beginning just after 4:10 p.m. EDT.

Some power was restored by 11 p.m. Most did not get their power back until two days later. In other areas, it took nearly a week or two for power to be restored. [...] The outage, which was much more widespread than the Northeast Blackout of 1965, affected an estimated 10 million people in Ontario and 45 million people in eight U.S. states.

The blackout's primary cause was a software bug in the alarm system at the control room of FirstEnergy, an Akron, Ohio–based company, causing operators to remain unaware of the need to re-distribute load after overloaded transmission lines drooped into foliage. What should have been a manageable local blackout cascaded into collapse of the entire electric grid.

When the northeast blackout happened no one blamed President Bush or socialism for the outage.

Bringing an electricity grid back into full and balanced operation is quite difficult because power generation and consumption must always be balanced. Restoration can only be done gradually. It is a complicate process and takes time.

The Guri Dam hydro electric power station produces up to 10,235 megawatt. It provides 70-80% of all electricity used in Venezuela.


On Thursday afternoon local time the Guri Dam system failed: @netblocks - 22:04 utc - 7 Mar 2019
Urgent: Network measurements show extraordinary nationwide impact as #Venezuela is knocked offline amid power outages from 8:55 PM UTC (4:55 PM VET); incident ongoing #7Mar #SinLuz ...

The blackout affected 18 out of 23 states in Venezuela with some 25 million people. It took 24 hours for some power to come back.  It would have taken another day or two for the network to again reach full capacity.

But today another total outage happened: @netblocks - 16:10 utc - 9 Mar 2019
Urgent: Second national power outage detected across #Venezuela; real-time data shows 96% of country now offline #SinLuz #ApagonNacional #9Mar ..

The internet connectivity of a country if often an excellent indicator for power outages. Mobile towers, routers and switches need electricity.


The graph shows a total of three outages over now three days. The last incident might have been caused as a side effect of a previous outage, by recovery attempts or by a separate sabotage act:

Reports and videos of an explosion at the SIDOR steel company hydroelectric sub-station in Puerto Ordaz, Guayana started to circulate on social media shortly after the latest disruption was detected, indicating a cause for the new outage.

Unverified videos show a burning transformer at a larger substation.

When the first outage happened U.S. Senator Marco Rubio eagerly mocked the government of Venezuela. He also mentioned that some backup generators failed:

Marco Rubio @marcorubio - 22:18 utc - 7 Mar 2019
ALERT: Reports of a complete power outage all across #Venezuela at this moment.
18 of 23 states & the capital district are currently facing complete blackouts.
Main airport also without power & backup generators have failed.
#MaduroRegime is a complete disaster.

After the first outage the government of Venezuela said that it was caused by a cyberattack on the automated control system but gave no further details:

Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said Maduro's government planned to bring "proof" of US involvement in the blackout to a UN Human Rights envoy who is set to visit the country in the coming days.

Rodriguez pointed to the Rubio tweet:

'How did Marco Rubio know that backup generators had failed? At that time, no one knew that,' the Bolivarian government official asked.

The Venezuelan government should contact the Russian cybersecurity specialists at Kaspersky Lab who are well known for detecting U.S. produced malware like the one used for the Stuxnet attack on Iran's uranium enrichment plant. Kaspersky is highly respected in the international cybersecurity scene. Should it confirm that a U.S. attack malware caused the problem the U.S. will find it difficult to deny.

Elliot Abrams, convicted for lying to Congress in two cases and Trump's current henchmen for 'regime change' in Venezuela, denied U.S. responsibility:

“This is a multiyear decline in Venezuela,” Mr. Abrams said. “The situation there, due to the mismanagement, the economic policies and the sheer corruption of this regime, are the cause of those problems.”

In 2003, during the northeast blackout, Mr. Abrams was a special assistant to President G.W. Bush. He did not blame "the mismanagement, the economic policies and the sheer corruption" the Bush regime when that much larger outage happened.

It is quite possible that the U.S. is causing the outages in Venezuela's network. The second total outage yesterday and the third today could be explained by a malware hidden within the control system of the whole network or in some important side components. It took the Iranian government months to find the malware that again and again crashed its uranium centrifuges. Simply restarting the control systems did not help.

The U.S. is well know for cyberattacks as well as for attacks on electricity networks. In 2012 it knocked Syria off the internet when it 'bricked' the central router in Syria while attempting to install malware. In 2015 it systematically bombed Syria's power plants.

The CIA and other U.S. agencies have been quite active in Venezuela for a long time. In 2017  then CIA director Mike Pompeo admitted that he was tying to get others on board for 'regime change':

In one of the clearest clues yet about Washington’s latest meddling in the politics of Latin America, CIA director Mike Pompeo said he was “hopeful that there can be a transition in Venezuela and we the CIA is doing its best to understand the dynamic there”.

He added: “I was just down in Mexico City and in Bogota a week before last talking about this very issue, trying to help them understand the things they might do so that they can get a better outcome for their part of the world and our part of the world.”

In preparation for the 1973 coup against Allende in Chile the U.S. also caused blackouts. Back then the New York Times reported:

SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 13 — A power cut brought a total blackout here as President Salvador Allende Gossens was in the middle of a nationwide address on the country's political crisis.
The electricity went off at 10:15 P.M., 35 minutes after President Allende had begun to speak, citing long list of recent acts of terrorism and sabotage that he attributed to “fascist opposition.”

He went back on the air, The Associated Press reported, as power was beginning to be restored in some areas, and said that the blackout could have been either “a technically explicable failure or a fascist attack.” The news agency said that unidentified saboteurs blew up an electric‐power transmission line outside the city, attributing the information to Fernando Figueroa, general manager of the state power system.

It wasn't just the "fascist opposition" but the CIA behind it that caused the chaos:

As described in the Church Committee report, the CIA was involved in multiple plots designed to remove Allende .. [...] [T]he CIA, with the approval of the 40 Committee, attempted to bribe the Chilean legislature, tried to influence public opinion against Allende, and provided funding to strikes designed to coerce him into resigning. [...] In addition, the CIA gave extensive support for black propaganda against Allende, channeled mostly through El Mercurio. Financial assistance was also given to Allende's political opponents, and for organizing strikes and unrest to destabilize the government.

On February 24, after the 'humanitarian aid' stunt at the Colombian border failed, we foresaw that such incidents would happen:

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will arrive in Colombia tomorrow to tell Guaido how to proceed. The focus will most likely be on how to start a sabotage campaign and a low level guerrilla war within Venezuela. Both will certainly hurt the country and its people but they are unlikely to achieve the larger "regime change" aim.

A U.S. cyberattack on Venezuela's power grid will have taken some time to implement. One first has to understand a system before one can sabotage it without leaving obvious fingerprints. If the U.S. is involved in these incidents, it is likely that it prepared for this months if not years ago.

Attacks on electricity networks affect the civilian population. Hospitals are hard to run without electricity. Lives are endangered. Both , the Obama and the Trump administration, rejected international attempts to ban cyberattacks that "indiscriminate or systemic harm to individuals and critical infrastructure":

All members of the European Union signed the agreement. Australia and Turkey joined the United States in declining.
Israel, which along with the United States conducted the most sophisticated cyberattack in history, the Stuxnet attack on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, also declined to sign.

The U.S. also rejected an agreement that would ban cyber manipulation of elections. The given reasons are of interest:

[T]he United States has interfered in foreign elections before, including Italy in the 1940s and Iran and Latin America in the 1950s and 1960s, and some officials say that no American president should be forced to give up that tool if it could prevent a war.

Similarly, the Pentagon worries about commitments to avoid using cyberattacks as a prelude to military action. The United States had a secret program, code-named “Nitro Zeus,” which called for turning off the power grid in much of Iran if the two countries had found themselves in a conflict over Iran’s nuclear program. Such a use of cyberweapons is now a key element in war planning by all of the major world powers.

It will take a cyberattack on vital U.S. systems with long lasting effects to change its malicious standpoint and behavior.

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Re Stuxnet: Ted01 @57 and others.

Stuxnet is also supposed to have hit Fukushima, causing twelve of the thirteen backup generators to fail together. The 12 were "under the control" of the control room and the thirteenth was not. Only the independent unit continued to operate normally during the flooding etc. As mentioned above, the system in use was Siemens software.
What is supposed to have happened is that Stuxnet overrode the controllers (technicians) to continue running themselves, until the backup generators blew up.

That a transformer in Venezuela (next b's post/open thread) collapsed suggests that a new version of stuxnet is being used, but the same end result is found again. Stuxnet originally was a US/Israel joint effort.

Posted by: stonebird | Mar 10, 2019 1:17:49 PM | 101

Posted by: Ant. | Mar 10, 2019 12:37:20 PM | 100

"It will take a cyberattack on vital U.S. systems with long lasting effects to change its malicious standpoint and behavior."

I think that is unlikely at best. If anything, it will only provoke the manic authorities in the US of A to even more vicious and overt military assaults on sovereign nations. And that is why it won't happen.

"And that is why it won't happen." - So you think that's why 9/11 never happened, because bin Laden calculated that it would provoke the manic authorities in the US of A to even more vicious and overt military assaults, thus hastening the empire's self-destruction, and he therefore said "I better not do that"?

No, on the contrary that's precisely why they did it. And that's also why such cyberattacks would be done. I agree that nothing can change the malice and psychopathy of the US and its voting citizenry, which is precisely why the world's only hope is to induce them to the fastest self-destruction possible.

Those whom the gods would destroy they first make insane. When you're dealing with the homicidal-suicidal insane, the one and only thing that can work is to get them to commit suicide as fast as possible.

Posted by: Russ | Mar 10, 2019 1:19:07 PM | 102

to all who commented on my post
Thank you, happy to be of use and thank you to b- who makes all of this information gathering and analysis possible!
I must give credit for much of what I found to Jim Stone and I recommend his posts on Fukushima, he feels it was a virus as well with far, far worse effect.

Posted by: frances | Mar 10, 2019 2:19:11 PM | 103

re the US regime change formula
I think the formula is being successfully used in California (perhaps as a testing site for full US implementation of Agenda 21).
Before you condemn the idea consider the game plan calls for attacks on infrastructure.
Critical for CA with its vast agricultural areas and large population. What happened? The govt insisted o keeping the dam floodgates open to accommodate a non native fish draining the dam completely. So when drought came as it always does, there was no water for the vast farms and they were destroyed with a huge loss of biodiversity, jobs and businesses.
Remember Enron?
And how many times now has P&G burnt out communities? Have you seen the videos of arcs of blue light coming from P&G towers directly toasting cars and homes?
Quality of life
California currently hosts a third of the nation’s welfare recipients. Over one in five Californians lives below the poverty line. One in four Californians was not born in the United States.And what is with the huge addict populations living on the streets?
End of rant:)

Posted by: frances | Mar 10, 2019 2:39:47 PM | 104

Frances 106

Critical for CA with its vast agricultural areas and large population. What happened? The govt insisted o keeping the dam floodgates open to accommodate a non native fish draining the dam completely. So when drought came as it always does, there was no water for the vast farms and they were destroyed with a huge loss of biodiversity, jobs and businesses.

On the contrary, agriculture destroys biodiversity (that's why it's called "monoculture", an antonym), agriculture grossly wastes water, deforestation (e.g. for agriculture) causes drought and desertification, and "vast farms" destroy jobs and businesses as well. Anyone who really wanted those things back, the first thing you'd do is abolish industrial agriculture.

And of course all dams need to come down.

Posted by: Russ | Mar 10, 2019 3:02:48 PM | 105

reply to Russ 107
"...On the contrary, agriculture destroys biodiversity..And of course all dams need to come down."
Not in this case, the avocado, date, citrus trees in southern California were heirloom stock, the farms were very old and their crops had not been genetically modified. The death of all these trees is a serious blow to biodiversity.

As for the dams, why do they need to come down?

Posted by: frances | Mar 10, 2019 9:46:55 PM | 106

It has been reported that Marco Rubio had specific insider information on the terrorist attack on the Guri dam and reported in within three minutes following the attack.

:Marco Rubio‏Verified account @marcorubio Mar 7 ALERT: Reports of a complete power outage all across #Venezuela at this moment. 18 of 23 states & the capital district are currently facing complete blackouts. Main airport also without power & backup generators have failed. #MaduroRegime is a complete disaster.”

“They attacked the automated control of the Guri system that supplies the country with energy, Rodríguez said in his speech. This information was handled by US Senator Marco Rubio shortly after the aggression was executed as he let it be known on his Twitter posts. 'How did Marco Rubio know that backup generators had failed? At that time, no one knew that,' the Bolivarian government official asked.”

This is consistent with his calls for terrorist attacks within Venezuela:
“At Senate hearing on Venezuela just now, Marco Rubio called for the US to promote “widespread unrest” (violent guarimba riots) as a means of encouraging regime change. His proposal was met with approval.”

Posted by: Krollchem | Mar 10, 2019 9:57:41 PM | 107

Thank you #45
Interesting #55.
After March 21 interesting retrogades #68.

All: Embassies are attached to power lines too.
We need smart protests now worldwide! ,;)

Posted by: I-was-trumped | Mar 10, 2019 11:29:10 PM | 108

Frances 108

"The death of all these trees is a serious blow to biodiversity."

The alien industrial commodity plantations and all the poisons and carbon emissions that go with them are murderous of all biodiversity including human diversity. Directly in the immediate region, and then all around the world. Those thirsty invasives you name and the hydraulic infrastructure needed to support them have eradicated what was an abundant natural community which supported a vast diversity of creatures including many First Nations tribes who were able to live sustainably as part of the Earth, not as vandal squatters defacing it.

"As for the dams, why do they need to come down?"

Because they enslave rivers, destroy riparian ecology and from there terrestrial and oceanic ecologies, are used to spur the ramification of industrial agriculture and other purely destructive systems, and wipe out indigenous peoples and small farmers and their communities.

And no, they're not "carbon neutral" sources of industrial electricity. (The term "carbon neutral" is always a scam, used only by industrial accountants engaging in accounting fraud, and the politicians fake NGOs which then propagate the fraud.) On the contrary, the lands dams inundate emit huge amounts of methane for decades, the result of dam-destroyed natural carbon sinks.

You can't destroy the Earth and live on it too. But I think civilized hominids are going to insist on learning that fact in the hardest way possible, since there's zero indication they'll ever ratchet the destruction down even one turn. On the contrary it's nothing but 100% full speed ahead with the destruction.

Posted by: frances | Mar 10, 2019 9:46:55 PM | 108

Posted by: Russ | Mar 11, 2019 4:41:02 AM | 109

The best thing about Rubio and Venezuela is his Dam talk.
That is not cherry on top, that is a pineapple!

I think B should coipy this screenshot to his very article!

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 11, 2019 5:58:09 AM | 110

Excellent article b. Some reflections:

1) I fully concur Venezuela should ask help from Russia, China and Iran, they all have been under cyber attack by US/Israel before. Traces of the virus will be found and link back to the source.

2) The black out strategy in Venezuela attends many levels of interests:
a- create support issues for President Maduro, which seems to have backfired since Venezuelans truly believe this is made in US cyber attack.
b- use the black out to infiltrate terrorists and special forces thru the border with Colombia and set up terrorist's camps inside Venezuela to foster riots.
c- a naive attempt to render Venezuela Armed Forces crippled without power as if there is no power generators in the country.

The on going issue will only show the US is committing another crime against humanity. Things will escalate at the UN.

Posted by: Canthama | Mar 11, 2019 7:02:39 AM | 111

I agree that Russia must investigate this power outage and if the U.S. is responsible, Venezuela must file a criminal complaint against the U.S. and also exact billions in damages.
Posted by: Circe | Mar 9, 2019 10:50:00 PM | 65

I'm sure it wasn't deliberate but that statement reflects the cultural cringe mindset which the Neocons are trying to establish by smearing the inhabitants of countries populated by 'inferior' strains of Humanity. The fact is that the People of Venezuela, via their govt, decided to build a huge state of the art hydro power station. It was successful and they've since improved and upgraded it.
They've been successfully managing all aspects of its operation for 30+ years which is ample evidence that they're neither ignorant nor helpless when it comes to diagnosing the precise cause of a breakdown.

i.e. AmeriKKKa wants people to believe that Venezuelans are less civilised, and more ignorant, than AmeriKKKans. But that would be impossible, would it not?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 11, 2019 11:11:01 AM | 112

Nicolas Maduro 'fears' order to arrest Juan Guaido 'would not be obeyed': John Bolton

That Bolton threat is the argument some people here use : "Maduro shouldnt "provoke".
But as we see, that stance is not benefitting Maduro.

Posted by: Zanon | Mar 11, 2019 2:12:45 PM | 113

I liked the addition of the Gideon Levi article.
Here is moar Levi about Omar:
It's Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy

More and more are jumping on the banwagon.

Posted by: the banned | Mar 11, 2019 2:38:07 PM | 114

@ M. Simon #87

Thanks for that link. When I threw away my physical copy some years back it didn't occur to me that I might someday want to again have access to it - if for no other reason than to grub out Tainter's 'logic'.

It won't take much space on my harddrive and will be quite out of sight there.

Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 11, 2019 10:19:04 PM | 115

@115 gideon levy has always been a straight shooter and in the haaretz news paper no less!

Posted by: james | Mar 12, 2019 12:00:53 AM | 116

"U.S. to withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela....
..“This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy,” the State Department said in a statement."

After threatening Venezuela if it kicked out US diplomats, US in now withdrawing them because they are a 'constraint' on US policy... looks like Wiley E Coyote has come up with a new scheme.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Mar 12, 2019 5:49:50 AM | 117

Final countdown: US diplomats given 72 hours to pull out of Venezuela

Finally, although like 40 days late, the ongoing damage is unstoppable by now I am afraid.

Posted by: Zanon | Mar 12, 2019 11:14:52 AM | 118

The US-funded CANVAS organization that trained Juan Guaido and his allies produced a 2010 memo on exploiting electricity outages and urged the opposition “to take advantage of the situation…towards their needs.”

Seems like a Smoking Gun memo to me. CANVAS is:

"... the Center for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), a Belgrade-based 'democracy promotion' organization funded by the US government that has trained thousands of US-aligned youth activists in countries where the West seeks regime change."

And there's more to the article than just Venezuela. Clearly, the Outlaw US Empire is behind the electrical crisis 100%. Yet another impeachable offense committed by Team Trump, for which Pelosi can't be bothered to pursue.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 12, 2019 2:21:18 PM | 119

@ karlof1 #120

Yet another impeachable offense committed by Team Trump, for which Pelosi can't be bothered to pursue.

Though I intensely dislike Pelosi, I can't disagree with her refusal to indict Trump - at least for now. With the Senate still stacked with Trump Dead-Enders, it would be a waste of time, and in the worst case might make him even bolder. A sense of immunity can do that to evil-doers like the Orange POTUS and his henchmen.

Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 12, 2019 3:03:39 PM | 120

Zach @121--

You'll also have noticed my call for Pelosi's Impeachment. This item shows just how closely she's allied with Trump and how far out-of-step she is with her constituency. She has refused to do her duty as a member of Congress on numerous occasions, and is an ongoing--over several decades now--enabler of War Crimes. IMO, she's worse than Trump as she's akin to Hillary Clinton in too many ways. That she remains in office provides glaring testimony to the utter stupidity of the citizens of San Francisco, the city I was born in. In a word, Pelosi's despicable, right up there with Pompeo, Bolton, Abrams, Trump, Pence, and HRC.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 12, 2019 4:54:09 PM | 121

@ karlof1 about impeachment

Folks need to understand that Trump just threatened to take down the whole thing because the Dems are as guilty as the rest. Pelosi and the rest won't touch Trump because their necks are on the line as well and they know it

It would be fun to watch if so much was not at stake.

I said before Trump was (s)elected that he would be good for the world because he would bring things to a inflection point and he certainly is doing that....the Liberace grifter, whoda thunk

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 12, 2019 5:11:22 PM | 122

To debunk that it was a failure in maintenance and that the system controlling El Guri is analogyc, both lies claimed by usurper Guaidó and his mariachis in Washington and Miami,the following report by Misión Verdad which widely explains what is happening:

(...)5. Characteristics of the aggression. This time there was no attack on substations or electricity transmission lines, as had been tried on different occasions, according to CIA sabotage manuals against the Sandinista Nicaragua of the 80s, already declassified.

It should be noted that the software used (called Scada) in the Automated Control System (SCA), that operates the functioning of the engines, is the one created by the company ABB, which has not worked in the country for years. This ABB company, which in Venezuela worked as ABB Trilateral Consortium (ABB Venezuela, ABB Canada, ABB Switzerland), designed a Guri modernization project at the end of the last decade, during the government of Hugo Chávez, in which it describes in depth both the system under attack and the basic organization of Guri.

Geopolitical analyst Vladimir Adrianza Salas, in an interview with TeleSur, relates the attack with the consortium. He explained that the Guri damn "requires a control system that is technically called 'scada system', which is nothing more than a system of supervision, control and data requisition that allows, from a computer perspective, to control all the elements of energy generation. If you sabotage this, you sabotage the operation. But to sabotage this you need two things: either you must have access from the outside or you must have internal complicity to modify the processes.

Precedents of this type are found in countries directly attacked or pressured by the United States, such as Iraq and Lebanon, where blackouts have been systematic and consecutive, one after the other for tens of hours. The "aftershocks" in the interruption of the energy supply would respond to these sequences of offensives that have already been experienced in other contexts of asymmetric and irregular warfare.

The creation of hacker armies and cyberwar materials by the CIA and NSA has been documented by this website: we reviewed a documentary explaining the origin of the Stuxnet virus, which should point to the corridors of these U.S. intelligence agencies. That cyberattack instrument aimed both at sabotaging nuclear research facilities in Iran and at installing a circumstantial picture that could lead to an attack on Iran's automated national electricity network (analogous to the Guri system), in the event of a declared war between Washington and the Islamic Republic.

President Nicolás Maduro, in the evening hours of March 9, was certain that this was the biggest attack against Venezuela in the last 200 republican years, after the attack on the national electrical system was extended intermittently at 60 hours.(...)

Posted by: Sasha | Mar 12, 2019 5:32:18 PM | 123

@Posted by: the banned | Mar 11, 2019 2:38:07 PM | 115

I could not read the Ha´aretz article because it says me when going there that I must be suscribed or otherwise sign in with an account...
Well, I would not want really to make myself an account to sign in in any Israeli newspaper,the more left tendence it could have.
Any other way to read it?
I find the man quite interesting, sounds very honest...

Posted by: Sasha | Mar 12, 2019 5:44:51 PM | 124

I wonder why there is no some Chinese especialist from the Three Gorges Dam or some Soviet or Russian specialist of those who built so many dams in the USSR already in Venezuela helping.

Posted by: Sasha | Mar 12, 2019 5:53:45 PM | 125

Sasha @126--

Telesur video says there are cyber war experts being employed, some of which may be Russian or Cuban. But the way the sets of attacks have been quickly documented leads me to believe Venezuela's getting some outside help. As for the physical structural safety of Venezuela's dams, the terrorists can do little harm; sub-stations and transmission lines are soft, easy targets. Click my link @120 for an excellent article about the planning involved.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 12, 2019 6:57:57 PM | 126

Intervention by Spanish MEP, Javier Couso, from Spanish left party Izquierda Unida at EP:

Posted by: Sasha | Mar 12, 2019 8:00:11 PM | 127

Can you just imagine how much damage was done with America's attacking Venezuela's electricity production?

People in hospitals or old-age homes who were hurt and killed?

People dependent on many life-saving machines, even in their homes?

People's stored food in refrigerators ruined - millions of refrigerators full of food.

What a vicious stunt.

Done by leaders of the world's most powerful nation, people craving the world's respect and admiration. People constantly mouthing words about rights and humanity and democracy.

I see this as a new low in America's lousy behavior.

Posted by: JOHN CHUCKMAN | Mar 13, 2019 10:48:18 AM | 128

Re: JOHN CHUCKMAN #129 @10:48:18am 2019-03-13 . . . who gets to be the one this time to say, "We think the price is worth it"?

Posted by: John Anthony La Pietra | Mar 13, 2019 10:08:32 PM | 129

"US Regime Change Blueprint Proposed Venezuelan Electricity Blackouts as ‘Watershed Event’ "

These findings thus have Gene Sharp's fingerprints all over them.

Posted by: Avid Lurker | Mar 14, 2019 9:04:04 AM | 130


Since 1949 I have been reading similar predictions of imminent Chinese economic collapse. Maybe this time it will happen! Most of the debts are internal and the stock market is a very small part of the Chinese economy. Most houses in China are bought and paid for, this is not a mortgage crisis. Call me callous if you like, but if some property developers have to sell houses below cost price, I am not going to lose much sleep over it.

Posted by: foolisholdman | Mar 14, 2019 2:02:00 PM | 131


So you think that's why 9/11 never happened, because bin Laden calculated that it would provoke the manic authorities in the US of A to even more vicious and overt military assaults, thus hastening the empire's self-destruction, and he therefore said "I better not do that"?

You have made an invalid assumption sir. I would claim that Usama Bin Laden had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, he was simply a convenient patsy that was once a 'useful idiot' for helping overthrow the Russian-friendly government in Afghanistan. Much like Saddam Hussein was ince a 'useful idiot' for attacking Iran. Usama Bin Laden always denied he had anything to do with it (except for a dodgy video that has been claimed wasn't him at all). The 911 Commission was a farce from beginning to end.

Further about 9/11: A very damning video about the 'dancing Israelis', who admitted they were there to 'document the event'. Which necessarily implies fore-knowledge:

Ignore the last half of the video, that seems little more than bigotry.

But back to topic: virus attacks on infrastructure:

I'll be willing to bet there are now a variety of Russian and Chinese IT experts and engineers that are now busily virus-proofing Venezualan infrastructure.

And one last piece of information, which B. might have missed. Consortium News is claiming that a certain set of 'regime-change specialists' previously flagged attacks on Venezualan electricity supplies would be a better was to energize anti-government protests that simple activism, yay back in 2010:

Posted by: Ant. | Mar 15, 2019 8:56:52 AM | 132

I beg your pardon. @100 should have been REPLY TO @106

Posted by: Ant. | Mar 15, 2019 9:07:38 AM | 133

Aargh! Scratch last post! Stupidly hit instead of . Oh for an edit button!

My reply 133 was to @103.

Apologies to both posters of 100 and 106. My bad.

Posted by: Ant.. | Mar 15, 2019 9:11:03 AM | 134

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