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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Failure

Failure happens to all of us at some point, no matter how successful we are or how well we prepare for the worst. At some point in life we all fall flat on our faces, metaphorically of course. Unless you are me then it's literal.

What I've come to learn through my failures is to find small successes in those series of events. Even when things are at their worst I try to keep some semblance of positivity about me, because the anxiety and stress that failure carries with it only makes me more prone to failure.

Of course it's important to recognize why I failed and fell on my face, but I have to stand right back up, while the blood off and try again. Nearly nothing great was ever achieved on the first attempt.

Take the moon landing for example. It took several tries, many lost lives and an army of some of the brightest minds on the planet to put Niel Armstrong on our closest celestial bodies.  We could have easily scrapped the program as unfeasible or impractical, but instead we kept working and eventually made that "Giant leap for mankind."

I've failed at most things I've done in the last five years. School, work, women, streaming, writing, you name it I've probably failed doing it. Currently I'm at the lowest point in my life, late on rent and Moving back home to restart. Is it embarrassing? Horribly. It's the type of embarrassment where you don't want to face the day, or your friends and family.

Despite whatever negative emotions I may have, I have to keep going. I have to keep plugging away at my dreams and all of my failures have to be redefined as lessons, because giving in isn't an option. Giving up might be only inexcusable act I can think of. It means I'm weak willed and foolish.

So I'm going to try again, and again and again until I get it right.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Venezuelan Food Crisis Worsens

 Venezuelans face many problems but few are as dangerous as it's food shortages. Long lines and lack of access to basic goods have led to widespread protesting, incidents of looting, and Venezuelans turning on one another. More than 20 out of 100 goods are no longer found on shelves in stores. And the problem only appears to be getting worse.

Much of the problem has to do with an inept and corrupt governing class. Hugo Chavez started a mass appropriation program which has been used to seize much of countries farmlands and to target political opponents. While current President Nicolas Maduro also uses this tactic, often citing that the farm land isn't being used efficiently, food production in the country has been drastically reduced.

The situation has gotten so bad that the Government is now calling for citizens to grow their own food. President Maduro claims he and his family have 60 chickens (which they likely took from someone else) and fails to recognize that 83% of the population lives in cities. After the government seized farms and cut production, telling citizens to grow their own food is patronizing at best. Criminal at worst.

Land appropriations continue with more than 300,000 acres being taken by the government each year. Farmers have also been under strict price setting by the Maduro regime, often being forced to take a loss on their production, which naturally led to farms going under. The farms that remain open lack the essential supplies to increase their production, such as pesticides and seeds.

When times were good and the price of oil was high, the Venezuelan government forced the price of goods down. Some went so far as to betray their people by hoarding goods for future extortion, or just selling them across the border. Maduro instated laws to prevent hoarding and smuggling and uses force to recover contraband goods.


It would be easy to get political, or even start calling names, but the important thing is that he people of Venezuela need our help. It is neither fair nor just for them to suffer by the actions of their leaders. I guess it's just another example of the failed economic practice of a megalomaniac socialist regime which thinks it can out think the free market.