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What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries?  And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited?

That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now.  The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding” that ID cards will be issued to families.  These will have to be presented before foodstuffs can be purchased.

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…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.

“The rich people have things all hoarded away, and they pull the strings,” said Juan Rodriguez, who waited two hours to enter the government-run Abastos Bicentenario supermarket near downtown Caracas on Monday, and then waited another three hours to check out.

Checkout workers at Abastos Bicentenario were taking down customers’ cellphone numbers Monday, to ensure they couldn’t return for eight days. Shoppers said employees also banned purchases by minors, to stop parents from using their children to engage in hoarding, which the government calls “nervous buying.”

Rodriguez supports both measures.

“People who go shopping every day hurt us all,” he said, drawing approving nods from the friends he made over the course of his afternoon slowly snaking through the aisles with his oversized cart.

Reflecting Maduro’s increasingly militarized discourse against opponents he accuses of waging “economic war,” the government is calling the new program the “system of secure supply.”

Patrons will register with their fingerprints, and the new ID card will be linked to a computer system that monitors purchases. On Tuesday, Food Minister Felix Osorio said the process was off to a smooth start. He says the system will sound an alarm when it detects suspicious purchasing patterns, barring people from buying the same goods every day. But he also says the cards will be voluntary, with incentives like discounts and entry into raffles for homes and cars.

Expressionless men with rifles patrolled the warehouse-size supermarket Monday as shoppers hurried by, focusing on grabbing meat and pantry items before they were gone.  (source)

Last year in Venezuela, it became a crime to “hoard” food, and the country’s Attorney General called upon prosecutors to crack down on “hoarders” by imprisoning them for the “crime”.

Some people may read this and think to themselves, “Why on earth do I care about what happens in Venezuela?”

You’d better care, because this is our future.

Already the Obama administration has moved the pieces into place on the board to be able to appropriate supplies from anyone, at any time.  Mac Slavo of SHTFplan warns:

It should be clear from the laws that are already in effect that the government has given itself a legal pretext for confiscating anything they so choose in the midst of an emergency.Should an emergency befall the United States, the military, national guard, and local police operating under orders from the Department of Homeland Security will have carte blanche to do as they please.

In a widespread emergency where supply lines have been threatened and millions of Americans are without essential resources because they failed to prepare, the government will swoop in and attempt to take complete control.

They will enter our homes and search them without a warrant. They will confiscate contraband. And they will take any ‘excessive resources’ that you may have accumulated. This includes food, toiletries, precious metals and anything else emergency planners and officials deem to be a scarce material. (source)

Just think how much easier it would be to do so if every purchase you make is tracked and documented for future reference.

How Much of a Footprint Are You Leaving?

Now, think about those “loyalty cards” that every grocery store in North America promotes when you go through the checkout. Have you noticed how much more those are being pushed lately? Could there be a nefarious purpose to that?  I doubt the person at the cash register thinks twice about it – if these actually are data collection tools, it is something put in place by people far higher up the food chain (pun intended) than the staff of your local supermarket.

I strongly recommend you think twice about collecting “points” – the discounts may not be worth it if it means that your stock-up purchases are in some database, easily accessible to the NSA.  If you feel it is imperative to have one of those cards, consider using a pseudonym and false address.  You really don’t want to provide an inventory of your stockpile to the government. Some cards, like the one from Target, for example, even take it a step further and link to your credit card or debit account.  I can’t even wrap my brain around giving out that type of information to the person who rings up my paper towels and garbage bags.

To take this even further, if you haven’t been convinced yet that you need to begin producing your own food by gardening and raising micro-livestock, this should solidify the importance of not being totally dependent on “the system” for what you eat. Looking at the drought conditions across America’s farmland, is it a stretch of the imagination to think we could soon be facing rationing like that which is currently happening in Venezuela?  As the middle class gasps its last breath here in America, we may soon be faced with a situation where only the wealthy can afford to avoid rationing.  By becoming independent from the purveyors of food, you can assure that your family will not go hungry at the whims of a government who really doesn’t care.

Plan of Action

Here are a few things that you can do to pre-empt feeling the effects of a system like the one in Venezuela before such a change occurs on our own soil. Start now to leave less of a footprint for the government to follow.

  1. Plant a garden.
  2. Grow food indoors in sunny windows.
  3. Consider an aquaponics set-up in a spare room.
  4. Raise chickens and meat rabbits.
  5. Stock up NOW on long-term staples like grains and beans, before limits are instituted.
  6. Buy heirloom seeds – lots and lots of seeds.
  7. Practice careful OPSEC (OPerational SECurity) when making large purchases.
  8. Store longterm food supplies in more than one location. That way if you lose some of your supplies to thugs (government or other varieties), you still have supplies to fall back on.
  9. Learn to preserve food.
  10. Stock up of preservation supplies like lids, jars, etc.
  11. Do NOT use so-called “loyalty cards” or memberships to make large purchases.
  12. When ordering large quantities of supplies, consider having them mailed to some place other than your home.
  13. Use cash or prepaid VISA cards purchased with cash to make large purchases.
  14. Don’t tell others about your supplies and purchases.
  15. Teach your children not to discuss things like food pantries and preparedness.
  16. Don’t store your supplies out in the open for anyone who comes into your home to see. Stash your 5 gallon pails away in closets, under beds, or in the basement.
  17. Disengage from the system by purchasing from small local farmers.
  18. Use the barter system whenever possible.  When money was tight and I lived in a place where I couldn’t grow much food, I worked on a farm harvesting vegetables in exchange for produce that I could preserve for my family.
  19. Change the way you eat – go with a local, in-season menu that is far more difficult to track than grocery-store purchased items.
  20. Learn to forage. Even in the city, you might be surprised at how many things can be found growing in your own back yard or falling off of the trees in a local park.  My children and I picked up one small bag of walnuts a day at a little park down the street one year, resulting in almost 15 pounds of shelled nuts by the time we were through.

Whatever your plan, don’t delay. We need only to read the many articles predicting a food shortage this year due to poor weather conditions to see the writing on the wall. You must become responsible for your family’s sustenance if you don’t want to suffer at the hands of those in power. I have no intention of standing in line for hours with my “ID card”, only to be allowed to purchase a small amount of highly inflated food.

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5 Responses to “Venezuela enforces fingerprint registry to buy groceries: What to Do before rationing starts in America”

  1. Jay

    Wretha,

    Prepping is very interesting to me and myself along with friends have a backup of stored food, water, meds and essentials to carry us through most catastrophic events. You of course are missing my entire point. Showing your points in a calm collected manner will reach more people than frantic panicking that Obama is about to burst down everyones doors and steal their possessions.

    Either way I still think there is too much prepper talk on this off the grid webpage and I probably won’t be visiting as frequently. If I wanted this drudge report is where I would start!

    Bye

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    • WrethaOffGrid

      I rather like Drudge :)
      Seriously Jay, I sincerely hope you and those around you are ready for whatever might befall us, hopefully it’s nothing and none of this is needed. Many people who are interested in the off grid life are also interested in prepping, people do things for different reasons, some have a mistrust of the powers that be, others just want to create a safety net for themselves and their families, there are many other stories here on this site, I am just one of the contributing authors, living off grid and prepping happen to be 2 of the subjects I discuss here, among other subjects. I have seen you here leaving comments before, I hope you stick around, I would suggest skipping over the articles you don’t wish to read, nothing hard about that, right? Either way, good luck and blessings to you.

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  2. bobby

    Venezuala is a pretty messed up country, with the dictatorship and all. If the government tried to enforce fingerprints for buying groceries there would be an uproar. Heck, in my state they are trying to pass a law requiring photo IDs for food stamp cards to reduce fraud and the Senate struck it down.

    Then again, who knows what can happen in a couple of decades. With climate change and shortages of food and fresh water, rationing might be upon us pretty soon.

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  3. Jay

    21. Live in a cave in the middle of nowhere and never venture out.

    With 270 million guns estimated to be in this country I would think a government takeover with 836,000 cops and 1.3 million military is highly unlikely. Imagine how many are paper pushers, clerks, non active personal and that number drops significantly. Then take into account how many people would be against such an action and it drops further. Be realistic people.

    Food prices concern me, Gas prices concern me but a total government takeover is a little much. I really am getting tired of the prepper stuff on this site. Yes it is smart to be prepared for a disaster and yes most people don’t but coming across panicked at every little turn and bump in the road is not the way to convince people to do it as they don’t want to seem as neurotic as you seem.

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    • WrethaOffGrid

      I wouldn’t consider this neurotic, what part of this seems neurotic to you? What is so bad about prepping, being ready for any problem that might come down the river? If you don’t believe the government is a potential problem for the law abiding citizens who just want to live and be left alone, then you might be part of the problem… governments overstep their boundaries on a regular basis, what about Obamacare (forced purchasing of a product or else)? What about what is happening right now to that rancher in Nevada? I call those two cases of major overstepping. We have a president who thinks the Constitution is a stumbling block for him.

      Sorry if prepping doesn’t interest you, it is important and people need to hear about it, hopefully you are in good shape, if not you need to get that way, not everyone is ready for even a small problem, much less a large one. I sincerely hope nothing happens (large or small) and all these preps are never needed, but it’s better to have and not need, then to need and not have.

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