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It's common for the National Guard in Venezuela to carry assault rifles even on urban duty, thus it was natural to have them there. Of course it's overkill, and given the historically high insecurity it's likely a crude attempt at making the city look safer.
And yes, the whole thing started because “the prices are too high” - words like “usury” and “speculation” are (mis)used to describe prices you don't like.
What about videos from random witnesses, and outrageous speech by Maduro himself? The “don't leave anything on the shelves” quote in TFS is there.
There's not unrest in the streets, but individual stores were looted in the first two days; there are pictures of people carrying even the demonstration TVs too quickly for the 3-4 cashiers present at these stores to have checked them out, in front of passive National Guards (who have also been photographed carrying merchandise in their patrol pick-up trucks). In the following days, other appliance stores haved cut their prices down to prevent similar incidents and queues have formed at their doors while the NG oversees the “controlled sales”.
Some of these people are hoping to resell the goods for a bit of profit; others are just taking advantage of the “fire sale”; and yet others want to do *something* with their money before it loses value to the rampant inflation (54% over the last 12 months).
Many fell for Chávez et al.'s socialist act, especially since out there you don't have enough tidbits to glean and see their true colors: authoritarian, bald-faced liars, sore losers, sectarian... It's all been a gradual power grab with "boiled frog" written all over it.
But you cannae change the laws o' economics, and the whole farce was teetering before Chávez died (officially on March 5, but his voice hadn't been heard since early December). Maduro's ineptitude as a statesman is more evident than Chávez's only because of his frequent blunders (Bush 43 shines by comparison), but the collapse was a matter of time:
* Local production of goods has waned, in good part because of ridiculous controls and destructive expropriation of businesses, increasing the demand for foreign goods and the currency to buy them.
* Venezuela barely exports anything beyond oil and some steel.
* The state oil company was run into the ground by bad management and direct social spending (by presidential mandate); even less dollars coming in.
Venezuela owes some $215bn (60% of GNP), and Maduro had to go in person to China to negotiate the latest $5bn loan. 12-month inflation is 54%, likely to increase as December rolls in. Nope, not looking good.
Can any headline which ends in a question mark be answered by the word no?
Wasn't it supposed to be Google's alternative? Was it too hard to adapt to mobile?
Yes, WIkipedia tells me that the Great Britain was floated out. It may have been the 1898 battleship HMS Albion, whose launching washed ~200 people standing on a rickety temporary "bridge" at a slipway on the opposite bank, of which 34 drowned.
Do you know anything about this "controlled launch by tether breaking"?
The headline reminded me of a story in a book of mine:
When Brunel's Ship the SS Great Britain was launched into the River Thames, it made such a splash that several spectators on the opposite bank were drowned. Nowadays, engineers reduce the force of entry into the water by rope tethers which are designed to break at carefully calculated intervals.
When the first computer came into operation in the Mathematisch Centrum in Amsterdam, one of the first tasks was to calculate the appropriate intervals and breaking strains of these tethers. In order to ensure the correctness of the program which did the calculations, the programmers were invited to watch the launching from the first row of the ceremonial viewing stand set up on the opposite bank. They accepted and they survived.
Very funny, and it's a matter of knowing when to stop complicating them and write a bit of code to help (eg switch statements).
That said, basic knowledge is sorely lacking among coders.
I believe the proper unit in this case is either earth-moon distances (33.3), or NYC-LA straight lines (3,265)
[Cue unoriginal, long-drawn Aerosmith "power" ballad]
Nice. Then the third link is related - the nanoparticles ease phase change at the microfluidics scale by adding nucleation sites, like boiling chips do at a larger scale.