In this heartbreaking new story over at SHTFPlan by Mac Slavo he reports that hungry children in the failed socialist nation of Venezuela have taken to joining gangs to fight other children with sticks, knives and machete's with the prize of 'survival' on the line with the object of their fights something most Americans throw out in the garbage every day: scraps of food barely good enough to eat.
As Slavo reports, the children in one particular 15-member gang, whose youngest member is only 10 years old, work together to survive vicious fights for what they consider 'quality garbage' that is tossed away in the few 'more affluent' areas still remaining in Venezuela, also scoping out restaurants for whatever they might throw away in the shortage-plagued dystopia that should be seen as a warning to America of our possible future should we continue along the path we're on.
As this story over at the Miami Herald reports, once oil rich and exceedingly wealthy for South America with a health system envied across the region, the mass desertion of doctors who were able to leave combined with widespread corruption and medical shortages have decimated the country with highly contagious diseases spreading as chronic food and medicine shortages continue.
And as the Herald story also reports, despite an outbreak of measles in Venezuela that has already spread to neighboring Brazil and Colombia, the Venezuelan government refuses to acknowledge the outbreak and thus refuses to do anything about it while the outbreak continues to spread.
As another new heartbreaking story from the Miami Herald reports, these children are joining gangs because there isn't enough food for them in their homes nor communities. And so they form their own groups to protect each other, some of them coming from many miles away to join the gangs. From the Miami Herald story:
Caramelo — who asked that the full names of the group’s members be withheld for fear that they will be targeted by police — has created a hierarchy within the Chacao gang. There’s an inner circle she calls the “small combo.” It includes her, Paola and seven other members who roam the city together to “recycle” black trash bags, meaning they search the bags for food and drink.
Whatever they find, they share. The rest of the gang is left outside of the leadership circle for various reasons — violent behavior, keeping food to themselves or sometimes a personal dislike.
But when it comes to defending their territory, all differences and antipathy are forgotten. Caramelo convenes all 15 members into the “big combo” to present a united front to gangs from different neighborhoods.
That’s how Caramelo’s gang took control of Chacao even though many members don’t come from the neighborhood — including Caramelo, who was born and raised in Junquito, a Caracas neighborhood in the mountains about 10 miles away.
A year ago, the gang was “stationed” around a supermarket at a mall called Centro Comercial Ciudad Tamanaco that generates tons of garbage. But a feared rival gang from the neighborhood Las Mercedes also wanted the garbage.
Caramelo’s gang was attacked and chased out of the zone. So they took their weapons — knives, slingshots, broken glass and machetes — and seized the nearby neighborhood, Chacao.
“At this point, we had enough members and we were organized. We pushed the other group out of here,” said gang member Patricio, 23, who added that the clashes with Las Mercedes group “toughened” them up.
The reason for the violent takeover, which in gang slang is called a “change of government,” was simple and sad — Chacao’s many restaurants offer a better chance to find food in the garbage.
With most children in Venezuela turned into hardened criminals before they reach adulthood just so they can survive into adulthood, in this recent story picked up by Zero Hedge which was originally published over at the Guardian they report that according to Stanford University professor Paul Ehrlich, the collapse of civilization is now a virtual certainty. While ANP hates to put potential dates upon future events that are out of our control, Ehrlich's prediction that this 'collapse' WILL happen, 'certainly within decades' according to him, might be coming to pass much sooner than even he expects.
While we disagree with much of what Ehrlich argues, especially his 'solutions', we'll agree that humanity is now being 'driven over the edge' due to our "continuing destruction of the natural world that sustains all life on Earth".
Warning that we are massively overconsuming natural products here while replacing them with synthetic chemicals, as Ehrlich warns, "there is an increasing toxification of the entire planet by synthetic chemicals that may be more dangerous to people and wildlife than 'climate change'" and we're seeing Ehrlich's warnings coming true in numerous stories about the mass deaths of animals happening all across the planet over recent years as meticulously kept track of by the End Times Blog. From the Guardian story:
“Population growth, along with over-consumption per capita, is driving civilisation over the edge: billions of people are now hungry or micronutrient malnourished, and climate disruption is killing people.”
“It is a near certainty in the next few decades, and the risk is increasing continually as long as perpetual growth of the human enterprise remains the goal of economic and political systems,” he says. “As I’ve said many times, ‘perpetual growth is the creed of the cancer cell’.”
It is the combination of high population and high consumption by the rich that is destroying the natural world, he says. Research published by Ehrlich and colleagues in 2017 concluded that this is driving a sixth mass extinction of biodiversity, upon which civilisation depends for clean air, water and food.
Yet we also see in the Guardian story the globalists 'solution' for this growing problem of massive overpopulation and overconsumption and it echoes what we see written in granite on the Georgia Guidestones.
The solutions are tough, he says. “To start, make modern contraception and back-up abortion available to all and give women full equal rights, pay and opportunities with men.
“I hope that would lead to a low enough total fertility rate that the needed shrinkage of population would follow. [But] it will take a very long time to humanely reduce total population to a size that is sustainable.”
He estimates an optimum global population size at roughly 1.5 to two billion, “But the longer humanity pursues business as usual, the smaller the sustainable society is likely to prove to be. We’re continuously harvesting the low-hanging fruit, for example by driving fisheries stocks to extinction.” (ANP: Keep in mind there are over 7 billion living here now!)
Ehrlich is also concerned about chemical pollution, which has already reached the most remote corners of the globe. “The evidence we have is that toxics reduce the intelligence of children, and members of the first heavily influenced generation are now adults.”
While the 2016 population for Venezuela was 31 million people, the website Deagel.com forecasts 30 million people to be living there in 2025, an expected population drop off of only 1 million. And as we see in the other economic numbers being forecast for the failed socialist nation, Deagel is forecasting Venezuela will actually be doing a little bit better in 2025 than they are now. Yet with children fighting other children for food now, for Venezuela to fall even further by 2025 would be a complete catastrophe.
Yet as we see and hear in the videos below, with the Venezuelan dictator Maduro quite literally using food as a weapon against his own people, much of the catastrophe we're already witnessing there is of their government's making.
Forecasting 270 million fewer to be living here by then than were living here in 2016 and showing a forecast economy in complete shambles, should several hundred million Americans one day face the same plight as the people of Venezuela, there will be almost nothing that can stop the coming carnage. And there but for the Amazing Grace of God go we.
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