Reports are emerging that Venezuela is attempting to repatriate 14 tons of gold from the United Kingdom (archived). The British are obstructing by insisting plans be offered for the gold after it is removed from their custody, though they could be stalling for a lack of actual gold to deliver. Meanwhile new USG sanctions this week target people involved in the gold trade who do business with Venezuela making insurance for the shipment difficult to acquire, but it is not outside the realm of possibility that a Bolivarian Navy warship could ferry 14 tons of cargo across the Atlantic.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro was allegedly attacked by explosive drones as he was giving a speech to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the "Bolivarian National Guard" (archived). Maduro celebrated his survival by delivering a speech condemning new NATO affiliate Colombia and the far right for the apparent attempt on his life.
A supply glut in combination with bottlenecks between fields, refineries, and tankers in the once-independent Republic of Texas, has enticed unknown refineries to blend cheaper (and poorly-characterized) cutter stock into their bunker fuel products to hit viscosity numbers, damaging fuel systems in northwards of thirty vessels in the Gulf region (archived).
No interest has publicly been expressed by oil insiders on the numerous shambling cryptographic provenance solutions in search of prolems and customers; but this has not deterred Team Cockchain ("Smokin' it!" ™®) from announcing eleventeen different projects to disrupt this massive industry from their mothers' basements.
Maduro's criminal gang in Venezuala has seized Kellogg's cereal production factories after the carbohydrate giant decided to quit Maduro's ongoing transformation of the petrostate into a Marxist Theocracy (archived). Maduro declared Kellogg's exit "unconsitutional" and proceeded to turn the means of production Kellogg left behind over to "the workers" according to what are surely Maduro's sincerely held religious beliefs.
Venezuala will be holding presidential elections on Sunday.
Venezuela's education minister and former Vice President Elias Jaua blames empty grocery store shelves on his fellow Venezolanos and Venezolanas eating too much (archived). This was accompanied by his declaration that:
Thank God there is a Bolivarian Revolution and our people have a right to eat meat, chicken, milk, that they did not have ten, 14 years ago
Meanwhile the "right to eat" won by the Bolivarian Revolution has resulted in a net drop in Venezuela's per capita human mass of 11 kilograms. This resembles the manner in which Obamacare substantially reduced access to healthcare in the United States.
Today the USG under the name of President Trump announced sanctions against an ICO offering advanced by the Maduro government in Venezuela. Expect substantial wank and declarations of "effectiveness" in the USG's combat against "trade" in this plainly toxic asset no one but the criminal ICO issuers wanted in the first place. Full text below: Continue reading
The government of Djibouti seized the Doraleh Container Terminal from UAE based DP World. In doing so the theives governing Djibouti unilaterally breached a 30 year contract they entered into with DP World in 2006 allowing the firm to develop the port out of nothing and operate the port as part of their enterprise. Operations at the port began in 2009. (archived)
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro officially launched his own socialist shitcoin, "El Petro" today for pre-sale, and claims that each coin will be backed by a single barrel of oil. Maduro said there will be around 100 million coins total, arbitrarily valued at $6 billion USD which he promises will be "a total success for the welfare of Venezuela.” $38.4 million of that amount were up for grab during today's pre-sale at discount prices in an attempt to lure new investors into his scheme. The ICO was allegedly opened as a counter to crippling economic sanctions, the majority of which are imposed by Maduro's "Ya Socialismo", and El Presidente is hoping that it will provide a new outlet for payments of goods and services in the territory.