|A Food Line in Venezuela|
The country of Venezuela has made a major step toward restricting the purchase of food to only those who are biometrically registered with the state. The government is saying that this biometric ration card is voluntary, but that is unlikely to be true. The markets in Venezuela are government run.
Despite having considerable petroleum wealth, the economy of Venezuela is in rapid decline. This has produced widespread protests which have been brutally repressed by the Maduro run government. The Venezuelan government has killed, tortured and detained thousands of its citizens. The Vatican has offered to mediate talks between the two sides.
The government is taking advantage of this economic crisis to find ways to monitor the basic activities of its citizens and keep them under control. This begins with registering the population by their biometric information so that they can easily track who is buying what. They are also tracking where and when the purchases are being made. This information is sent uploaded to a computer database where it is analyzed for what the government is calling “suspicious purchasing patterns”.
The Bible in Revelation 13 tells us of a similar system in which no one will be allowed to buy or sell except for those who are marked with the mark of the world leader; a man referred to as “the beast”. During times of crisis, people are easily convinced to do whatever is necessary to maintain their life.
Venezuela Issues ID Cards to Curtail Food Hoarding
Caracas, Venezuela (AP) -- Battling food shortages, the government is rolling out a new ID system that is either a grocery loyalty card with extra muscle or the most dramatic step yet toward rationing in Venezuela, depending on who is describing it.
President Nicolas Maduro's administration says the cards to track families' purchases will foil people who stock up on groceries at subsidized prices and then illegally resell them for several times the amount. Critics say it's another sign the oil-rich Venezuelan economy is headed toward Cuba-style dysfunction.
Registration began Tuesday at more than 100 government-run supermarkets across the country. Working-class shoppers who sometimes endure hours-long lines at government-run stores to buy groceries at steeply reduced prices are welcoming the plan.