The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society

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By David DeGraw, AmpedStatus Report

Report Contents:
———————I: U.S. Societal Breakdown
———————II: Environmental Crisis
———————III: The Obama Myth
———————IV: Economic Coup – Theft of Trillions
———————V: National Emergency

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The economic elite have launched an attack on the U.S.
public and society is unraveling at an increased rate.

I: U.S. Societal Breakdown

The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society: We are in a NATIONAL EMERGENCYYou may have missed it in the mainstream news media, but statistical societal indicators are reading red across the board. Before exposing the root causes of this breakdown, let’s look at some vital statistics and facts:

* The inequality of wealth in the United States is soaring to an unprecedented level. The US already had the highest inequality of wealth in the industrialized world prior to the financial crisis. Since the crisis, which has hit the middle class and poor much harder than the top one percent, the gap between the top one percent and the remaining 99% of the US population has grown to a record high.

* As the stock market went over the 10,000 mark and just surged to a 13-month high, the three big banks that took taxpayer money and benefit the most from the government bailout have just set a new global economic record by issuing $30 billion in annual bonuses this year, “up 60 percent from last year.” Bloomberg reported: “Goldman Sachs, the most profitable securities firm in Wall Street history, had a record profit in the first nine months of this year and set aside $16.7 billion for compensation expenses.” Goldman Sachs is on pace for the best year in the firm’s history, they are also benefiting by only paying 1% in taxes.

* The profits of the economic elite are “now underwritten by taxpayers with $23.7 trillion worth of national wealth.”

As the looting is occurring at the top, the US middle class is just beginning to collapse.

* Workers between the age of 55 – 60, who have worked for 20 – 29 years, have lost an average of 25 percent off their 401k. During the same time period, the wealth of the 400 richest Americans went up by $30 billion, bringing their total combined wealth to $1.57 trillion.

* Home foreclosure filings “hit a record high in the third quarter [of 2009]… They were the worst three months of all time… 937,840 homes received a foreclosure letter” in this three month period. “3.4 million homes are expected to enter foreclosure by year’s end, with some experts estimating that next year will be even worse.”

President Obama has enacted a $75 billion taxpayer funded program that has been a spectacular failure in stemming the foreclosure crisis and has proven to be another massive waste of billions of taxpayer dollars.

* 25 Million people are unemployed or underemployed.

This means we have 25 million people who urgently need to increase their income, and they’re quickly running out of options. The unemployment rate is expected to rise further and remain high for several years. “The president’s chief economic adviser warned that the nation’s unemployment rate could stay ‘unacceptably high’ for years to come.”

The NY Times reports: “Americans now confront a job market that is bleaker than ever in the current recession, and employment prospects are still getting worse. Job seekers now outnumber openings six to one, the worst ratio since the government began tracking…” As this ratio continues to grow, it will lead to a further reduction in wages – average worker wages have seen a sharp decline over the past year.

Economist Nouriel Roubini, a man who accurately predicted our current crisis, just reported on unemployment stating: “Think the worst is over? Wrong. Conditions in the U.S. labor markets are awful and worsening…. So we can expect that job losses will continue until the end of 2010 at the earliest. In other words, if you are unemployed and looking for work and just waiting for the economy to turn the corner, you had better hunker down. All the economic numbers suggest this will take a while. The jobs just are not coming back.”

* As the few elite banks thrive, there have been 123 US bank failures thus far this year. Recently, three banks that the government declared “healthy” and gave taxpayer money to have folded. The Wall Street Journal reports: “U.S. regulators have seized or threatened at least 27 banks that got capital infusions from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, including some lenders government officials knew were troubled when they awarded the money. The troubles put taxpayers at risk of losing as much as $5.1 billion invested in the banks since TARP was launched in October 2008.”

* As bankruptcies surge across the board, 10 US states are on the verge of bankruptcy, with several ready to declare a financial state of emergency. California, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wisconsin are all “barreling toward economic disaster, raising the likelihood of higher taxes, more government layoffs and deep cuts in services.”

This is occurring at a time when the “federal budget deficit for the fiscal year that just ended was $1.4 trillion, nearly a trillion dollars greater than the year before.” In total, “US public debt topped 12 trillion dollars for the first time in history… The public debt topped 10 trillion dollars in September 2008. The debt is quickly approaching the statutory limit of 12.104 trillion dollars, meaning Congress would have to raise the ceiling to prevent a shutdown of government operations.”

Economist Dean Baker explains the risk of running such a large deficit: “The debt limit must be increased at regular intervals in order to allow the government to function normally because the government is currently operating at a deficit. If the debt limit is not passed, then at some point the government will not be able to pay workers and contractors. It won’t be able to send out Social Security checks or make payments for Medicaid and unemployment insurance to state governments. And, it will not be able to make interest payments on government bonds, effectively defaulting on the national debt.”

Needless to say, all of this will make life drastically more difficult for citizens of the US. As the middle class continues on the path of economic decline, the number of citizens living in poverty has already hit an all time high.

* Although the government’s official figure tries to low-ball the number, 47.4 Million US citizens live in poverty, and the US poverty rate is the highest in the industrialized world.

Predictably, homelessness is rising at an increased rate as well. “The US government does not tally the numbers but interested organisations say that more than 3 million people were homeless at some point over the past year…. The fastest growing segment of the homeless population is families with children.”

Children have been hit especially hard by the economic crisis:

* 50% of US children, one out of every two children, will need to use food stamps to eat.

One out of every two children in the United States of America will need to use a food stamp… to EAT!

If you didn’t think starvation was a serious threat in the US, just read this new Washington Post report: “The nation’s economic crisis has catapulted the number of Americans who lack enough food to the highest level since the government has been keeping track, according to a new federal report, which shows that nearly 50 million people — including almost one child in four — struggled last year to get enough to eat… Several independent advocates and policy experts on hunger said that they had been bracing for the latest report to show deepening shortages, but that they were nevertheless astonished by how much the problem has worsened. ‘This is unthinkable. It’s like we are living in a Third World country,’ said Vicki Escarra, president of Feeding America.”

The United States Department of Agriculture released these findings in a study that was completed in December 2008, which means these numbers don’t take into account the millions more unemployed throughout 2009. The numbers of people living in poverty and struggling to eat has seen a significant increase since then.

This a national tragedy. But it gets much worse.

* In 2008, according to the Census Bureau, the number of US citizens without healthcare grew to a record 46.3 million. “The new figures, however, understate the severity of the economic downturn because a large portion of nation’s job losses and unemployment rate increases occurred after the Census survey data was collected in March as part of the annual Current Population Survey.”

* Lack of health Insurance has caused 45,000 preventable U.S. citizen deaths in the past year. The American Journal of Medicine recently released a study that stated “Nearly two out of three bankruptcies stem from medical bills, and even people with health insurance face financial disaster if they experience a serious illness.”

A Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study reported that 17,000 children have died due to lack of healthcare. You can also add in a recent report that revealed that 2,266 US Veterans have died in 2008 due to lack of insurance.

The 50 million now uninsured and the 45,000 preventable deaths per year statistics are expected to drastically rise over the next few years. As the Senate continues to strip meaningful amendments from a healthcare bill that wouldn’t even take effect until 2013, it has become clear that, despite the media hype, the healthcare bill is going to fall far short of meaningful reform and continue to rig the game in favor of large insurance company profits at the expense of the US population. With the highest cost healthcare in the world, current trends will continue and much needed change is not on the horizon.

Never before has the United States had so many citizens with so little means, little to no income and heavy debt. Debt and costs of living have now shackled US citizens just as it has shackled people throughout the world. The economic hit men have now hit the US as well and millions of US citizens are now effectively sentenced to a slow death.

Economic Imperial blowback has hit the mainland.

And the clock is ticking louder by the day…

Here’s another fact for you:

* The gun and ammunition manufacturing industry in the United States has over 200 companies producing billions of dollars in annual revenues. This huge manufacturing base cannot fulfill demand quickly enough. The demand for guns and ammunition has hit a record high and the gun industry cannot produce enough bullets to keep up with orders.

American’s are arming themselves to the teeth!

* In the past year, 100 new armed militia groups have been formed, as militia members have doubled in numbers. Federal authorities are gravely concerned about the “uptick in militia activities.” One federal authority recently said, “All it’s lacking is a spark. I think it’s only a matter of time before you see threats and violence.”

So let’s breakdown these numbers.

You have a population of 50 million people who are in desperate need of money, they most likely have no health insurance and can’t afford to get healthcare or help of any kind. Part of this population probably also has loved ones who can’t get life sustaining medical treatments, or loved ones that have already died due to lack of costly medical treatment. The clock is ticking loud for these people and they are running out of options fast, and time delayed is time closer to death.

While the richest one percent have never had it so good, a significant percentage of the US population now has firsthand experience in this. Millions upon millions of Americans are poor, broke, struggling, starving, desperate… and armed.

We are sitting on a powder keg!

We are now witnessing the critical unraveling of US society.

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II: Environmental Crisis

Add to this picture an environmental crisis the likes of which humanity has never faced.

Considering our current economy, what will happen when another extreme weather event like Hurricane Katrina hits a major US city? What will happen when storms, droughts and fires continue to spread with increasing intensity? How many have to die before even modest actions are taken to prevent environmental catastrophe?

Extreme weather events are pounding the globe, it is as if the environment has declared war on us as a species. Humanity has become a polluting cancer in the environmental system, and if we don’t urgently act to stop the bleeding, things are going to get drastically worse in a pace faster than anticipated. And this is not an opinion; it is happening now, there is plenty of empirical evidence that anyone can see before their own eyes, if they care to look.

US public opinion on the climate crisis has been distorted by the mainstream US media in stunning fashion. A recent Pew Research study revealed that only 36 percent of the US population thinks the climate crisis is a result of human activity.

Regardless of your beliefs, due to climate change, we are on the verge of experiencing major water shortages spreading “across the country. Sooner rather than later…” California has already been hit by extreme drought and water is in very short supply. As the Arctic continues to melt, California will continue to experience extreme drought. A new study revealed: “when Arctic sea ice disappears, the jet stream—high-altitude winds with a profound influence on climate—shifts north, moving precipitation away from California.” A recent “sweeping water-reform bill” in California temporarily eased public outcry, but the problem remains. The U.S. is confronted by a serious water crisis.

For a global example, there is currently an extreme drought in East Africa as well, which has 23 million people on the verge of dying from starvation. Due to the drought, crops have been killed in unprecedented fashion. Events of this nature are happening all over the globe.

Of the worldwide record one billion people going hungry, the leading cause is destroyed agriculture due to extreme weather.

As a significant percentage of humanity faces death due to climate change, we are in the midst of our planet’s sixth great extinction. Over 17,000 species are threatened with extinction, “more than one in five of all known mammals, over a quarter of reptiles and 70 percent of plants are under threat.”

The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society: We are in a NATIONAL EMERGENCYFor those of you unaware, the earth’s ecosystem is a very delicate balance. Being in the midst of the earth’s sixth great extinction is not a matter to be ignored.

The upcoming climate summit in Copenhagen was considered by leaders throughout the world to be the most critical environmental summit in the history of civilization. International headlines read: “We only have months, not years, to save civilization from climate change.”

However, the United States and the head of the United Nations just announced that no legally binding treaties are expected to come out of the summit. This is devastating news!

The reason why no deal will be reached at the summit: the United States is refusing to take necessary action.

In a PR move to calm criticism in advance of the summit, the US and Japan announced a vague agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions… in 2012. However, the “agreement on this ambitious reduction target could not be reached during the APEC summit, and so was dropped from the draft statement.”

It would be smart of the public relations department to at least get one photo op with Obama actually at the climate summit. Instead of being at the most important summit, perhaps in the history of civilization, it appears Obama will be blowing it off to give his speech on how it feels to win the Nobel Peace Prize… H E L L O.

We are living in an insane asylum.

The Goldman Sachs PR guy is out giving speeches on how cool it is to cast the illusion of peace and hope, while the earth burns.

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III: The Obama Myth

I don’t mean to dismiss the Obama myth, his words, the change we need is real, its just his actions don’t even come close to measuring up. Just read the legal documents he has signed his name to. Read them. His actions are most often the opposite of what he says. I venture to say a 10 year old can recognize that after doing a school day’s worth of research.

Obama is a national tragedy. He is a symbol of the times. He is not a leader, just a symbol. He projects the change we need. He was our shortcut to correcting our diseased political system, a way to rid it of corruption. He symbolized the change millions so desperately need. People came out in the millions for the first time “hoping” if they could work and organize to put him in office, we would have some representation to defend against the economic elite that have put the overwhelming majority of US politicians on the payroll and brought humanity to a breaking point.

The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society: We are in a NATIONAL EMERGENCYPeople just need to research how the Obama myth was hatched. Goldman Sachs saw Obama early on and said, “He’s our guy!” When Obama became THE MAN in Iowa, he was on the Goldman Sachs pay roll. Goldman financed the psychological operation that is the Obama myth, the Illusion of HOPE – something to keep a suffering nation pacified just a little bit longer. Obama is truly a national tragedy. His failure and inaction has disillusioned millions upon millions of desperate citizens who turned to him as their best chance for justice.

As further evidence of Obama’s duplicity — beyond repeatedly signing his name to documents covering up the Bush Adminstration’s highest crimes and increasing an already bloated military budget — in one of his very first moves as President he put Goldman Sachs’ criminal mastermind Tim Geitner in charge of the treasury.

A new report from the TARP Inspector General further exposes Tim Geithner’s role “in overpayments that put billions of extra tax dollars in the coffers of major Wall Street firms, most notably Goldman Sachs.”

Which brings us to the ultimate theft of wealth in history, and to the root cause of our current crisis.

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IV: Economic Coup – Theft of Trillions

URGENT NATIONAL EMERGENCY: TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PUBLIC WEALTH HAS BEEN STOLEN

This crime makes Bernie Madoff’s look like an elementary school lunch money stickup. No, I’m not talking about the hundreds of billions in the housing crisis scam cooked up by JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs that left millions homeless and investors suckered the world over, or even the $2.75 trillion oil futures market scam that has siphoned 50% of all our spending on gas and fuel.

These huge scams are just diversions from the ultimate crime.

Trillions of dollars, trillions of our money, of our tax money — the money that comes out of your paycheck every week of your working life, all the thousands upon thousands that have been taken away from you and your family and are supposed to fund our government and keep our society functioning — have been handed over to the economic elite, to the Llyod Blankfeins and Jamie Dimons of the world.

Hank Paulson and his confidant Tim Geitner, the Goldman Sachs wonder twins, have looted the US treasury. There has been an economic coup in the United States!

Trillions of our dollars have vanished! You need to understand this!

We have just witnessed the greatest theft of wealth in history, the greatest transfer of wealth from the working class to the economic elite ever. An organized banking cartel has seized the US treasury and they are making up the “laws” and the rules to this rigged game. The covert economy has grown at a staggering rate due to taxpayer-funded injections. As a result of this, economic shackles are just beginning to fall upon the American public like never before. 99% of our nation is now sentenced to a slow death.

The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society: We are in a NATIONAL EMERGENCYJust as economic hit men have done to governments throughout the globe, they have gained complete control of the US government and have now shackled US citizens as well. The economic elite do not want to deal with “spoiled Americans” anymore, that’s how they see it. To them the middle class was always an annoying nuisance to be tolerated so the economy could keep functioning well enough to allow their scams to perpetuate. But once their scam known as the US stock market came crashing down, and they were threatened with losing their ultimate power, they turned to the US middle class and opened fire. “Enough with you, we are taking over your government and stealing your tax money!”

This is exactly what happened!

The economic elite are operating under the belief that the world is theirs, they own it, and to hell with everyone else. They also take the view that as the environment grows more destructive, they don’t want us around to compete for resources.

This is self-evident after some research into policy actions that have been carried out. Research it for yourself!

Recent investigations into the illegal practices of Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have revealed the US economy and stock market to be a fraud. As more of the world becomes aware of this, the dollar will continue to plummet and the U.S. public will pay a devastating price – things are just beginning to unravel.

The US economy has been hit by a deathblow, it lay in ruins naked and exposed to “Too Big Too Fail” thieves who have raped and pillaged, who are looting public wealth in unprecedented fashion.

The economic elite are vultures feeding off the carcass that is the US economy. The whole political structure has been gutted by corruption. Democracy was the façade that this house of cards was built on – a pyramid scheme that was built on the illusion of law and freedom.

Historians will look back at this time as a period in which corrupt despots ruled the masses with utter short-sighted greed and casted an illusion over the base population to keep the scam rolling along, until the end of the American empire, until the public driven economy came crashing down in a thunderous economic cloud of greed and corruption.

The smoke is still in our eyes, but the masses are beginning to see, to realize.

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V: National Emergency

Many middle class US citizens don’t realize all of this yet, I understand their lack of action and confusion because I have also been bred as a middle class American in the propaganda system known as the US mainstream media, but I’m writing this to let you know…

Our survival instinct has to quickly override our conditioned naiveté and passivity that has been bred into us. We are threatened as a country and a species at the same time.

We, as a nation, must overcome heavy doses of propaganda administered by the mainstream media for hours a day, every day of our existence. Shake off your conditioned naiveté and passivity. This is a brutal world we live in, and we are now at war…

The American dream state is over. It’s time to get real, time to sound the alarm.

I am of the sincere hope that we will be able to rise up as a counterweight to the economic elite. In the overall scheme of things, history has placed us in a pivotal position. We are a vital countervailing force to the economic elite and must immediately start exercising our rights of redress.

People throughout the world understand that the US middle class has to serve as a counterweight to an economic cartel that has brought humanity to a breaking point.

The economic elite also understand this, this is why they have launched a war on us.

Now that our existence is directly threatened as well, people are awaking from a propagandized existence and realizing the gravity of our crisis.

We must sound the alarm and discard our illusions.

It is time to evolve from a state of “Hope” to a state of “Action.”

We desperately need intelligent leadership, free from the shackles of the banking cartel.

We, as a nation, cannot continue to settle for the politics of corruption. We must begin by addressing the root cause of our troubles and hold accountable those directly responsible for the greatest theft of wealth in history.

We must flood the halls of Congress; we must engage our House of Representatives and begin to rein in the economic elite.

This Is A… NATIONAL EMERGENCY…

Economic justice is possible, it may be hard to believe here in the US, but a nation of law is still possible. It is possible only if YOU begin to act.

We are 99% of the population, they are only 1%.

The outcome is not assured; we must start organizing on a mass scale.

Take your plight to your representative. SOUND THE ALARM!

We must understand “the fierce urgency of now!”

The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society: We are in a NATIONAL EMERGENCY

THE ALARM HAS BEEN SOUNDED . . .

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46 Responses to “The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society”

1.

David McElroy said:

About the “Unraveling of US Society”… Americans are spending what funds they have left to arm themselves and stock up on food and commodities because they are not stupid. They are being robbed and they know the banksters have the best congress money can buy in the District of Criminals. Government openly declares population reduction to be a goal, and of course dead people don’t collect on Social Security, Medicare, or pension funds they paid into for many years. Those funds are now missing because they were stolen, and the lack of plaintiffs helps the criminals avoid becoming defendants. Beware vaccines and mandatory “healthcare”! Government can fool some of the people all the time, all the people some of the time, but it can’t fool all of us all the time. And a lot of us are wise to their deceits, thefts, and murders. Corruption has evolved to where politicians don’t even pretend to be honest anymore! It is time to refresh the tree of liberty!

November 18th, 2009 at 11:33 am
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Jeff said:

David and Amped Team,

GREAT WORK! This is an amazing job of reporting here. If we had a real news media, this would be the lead story!

THANK YOU!!!!!

November 18th, 2009 at 12:11 pm
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Erica said:

I don’t know what is more mind boggling: the fact that this is happening right now, or the fact that the news media, including the progressive news sites, don’t seem to be reporting on this except for in passing. Can there be any more important news than this?

I think you hit the nail on the head: “We are living in an insane asylum.”

November 18th, 2009 at 12:18 pm
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Joost said:

I just spent the past two hours going over this report – in the middle of my work day too. This is an amazing piece of journalism… real, actual, journalism. Could you image if this was a front page story on the NY Times?

November 18th, 2009 at 2:20 pm
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D.L. said:

Good work…but you lost me when you brought up the BS issue of Global Warming! Don’t you realize Al Gore made a big deal about this just to prop up his “green company” shares and become very rich on the BS cap and trade bill? Why are you being a tool for these “green” oligarchs? Sorta cancels out the great work in the rest of the report. Too bad.

November 18th, 2009 at 3:10 pm
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Les Visible said:

Powerfully done. major kudos!!!

November 18th, 2009 at 3:24 pm
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Karen said:

I think people are more aware than you think. People are quietly getting ready–but make no mistake, we are all getting ready and we are doing our best to WAKE UP those family members and friends who still do not get it. We know our government is against us and not working FOR us as they should. We know they are the enemy.

What lifts my heart is walking into a gun store on a Saturday afternoon and seeing it packed FULL of people getting ready. None of us are going down without a fight. We know we are in this together without speaking a word to each other.

It’s just too bad that the elites cannot think of what they have as enough when what they have is so excessive. I do not think it will end well for any of them.

November 18th, 2009 at 6:39 pm
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Neddy said:

Good article but I agree with DL above. Global warming is the biggest part of the scam.

See what Lord Moncton has to say on you tube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quyu1egWuHo

November 18th, 2009 at 10:18 pm
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Tony Lynch said:

One of the most obvious signs of the unraveling of the USA is, of course, the fear of the real that manifests itself so beautifully in the Climate Change “skepticism” to be found above. You poor guys don’t have a chance…

November 18th, 2009 at 11:24 pm
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god said:

it is true the the rest of the first world population is counting on the middle class americans to fight for us. when you wake up we will wake up when you fight and kill we will fight and kill
when you no longer live the lie we will see the truth
but really global warming and billion for bore and his friends and less for you

get some balls people

November 18th, 2009 at 11:27 pm
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Pam Green said:

Thank you, David. I’ve read every one of the articles in your Economic Death Squad series, and forwarded them widely. I agree with Erica above that it is most astonishing, and demoralizing, that even the so-called progressive media is ignoring the immensity and urgency of this crisis! The details in your reports are riveting. But one mystery to me is that $1.6 million donation to Obama’s campaign from the University of California! Now the UC system is nearly bankrupt; can you comment on the logic or motives of this outrageous contribution, paid for, I’d imagine, in higher tuitions, staff layoffs etc.? UCLA Library can’t even afford to subscribe to some of the major scientific journals anymore! Was this contribution made secretly? Were state taxes indirectly tapped for this extravagance?

November 19th, 2009 at 1:00 am
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woody188 said:

Pretty good but like others have mentioned you have yet to tie the Global Warming scam with the globalist agenda. Green taxes are to fund the global government.

November 19th, 2009 at 1:54 am
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stephen said:

Many facts posted in this article are being held up by strong opinions. How should one react to this piece of “journalism?” With fear? A sense of helplessness? It’s articles like this that scare people into overreacting. The economy is not the best it’s ever been, but I can still buy exotic fruit at the grocery store in cold cold November. I can feed myself and my family. The train is still running, and the mail man still delivers my bills. Many people criticize the main stream media (rightfully so) for having a biased opinion. Well this article seems to be quite opinionated, furthermore; many of the statistics seem to have been taken from mass media resources.

So, who thinks Obama’s doing a bad job as president? Try to be the leader of the free world while everyone’s standing with their hand out. Whoever wrote this would probably complain a lot if they were president. My favorite is the graph at the top of the article with everything moving down. Where did that come from? And does it mean anything?

A final thought-
To those people who don’t believe that global warming is real: Who cares if it’s real or not? We all know it’s wrong to throw trash on the ground and cut down miles of forest. Does someone need to tell you the world is going to end to stop you from polluting? Jeez, it’s like everyone’s missing the point.

November 19th, 2009 at 2:20 am
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Rob Burns said:

This article provides an overview of the ’state of affairs’ and provides a succinct analysis of where the ‘Republic’ is and the lack of MSM attention to the most grim and dire scenario ever to face the US and indeed the world. The last US president who actually stood up and tried to govern for the people was JFK who did many things but two significant ones were the adoption of US government notes of around $4Billion on issue thus trying to break the monopoly of the Fed, and secondly the breaking up of the CIA which is now a body unto itself with a known reputation as the world’s largest drug dealer. The known magnitude of deep and endemic corruption within the Congress and Senate counterparts has to be the definitive reason to say ‘no taxation without representation’ and I suspect the arming of US citizens and the lack of supplies of ammunition would tend to speak of the last act of desperate citizens who are now beginning to wake up to the non representation of all arms of the government in what is by any definition ‘fascist’.

I agree with Mr McElroy that ALL Americans whether military or civil authorities must take back the Republic for which they swore an oath to protect it from all enemies both foreign and domestic. The smoke and mirrors of ‘war on terror’ only makes for the arrogance of those pulling the strings behind the scenes so much more transparent as we now see the endgame is for an elite and the rest of us as slaves to their will. Time for not just an American revolution but indeed a global one.

November 19th, 2009 at 2:41 am
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November 19th, 2009 at 3:20 am
16.

jim said:

stephen, Obama is NOT the leader of the free world!!!!!!

He’s your useless shit-eating president, but not mine!

November 19th, 2009 at 3:50 am
17.

Rena said:

Yes I agree with your information, and I would love to take ACTION as you suggest. But contacting government representatives will do nothing, because they are bought and owned by the rich. We have no voice, because they will not listen. Government is all an illusion. A good example of this is the hugh public out cry when they passed the bail out bills. At that time I called, wrote, and faxed almost daily along with a lot of other americans. Our representatives did as they pleased and what they were told to do by the rich, they did not listen to us. Look at health care, they are also going to shove that down our throats, wait and see. We have already lost our country because most of us are acting like sheepel. Our only hope is to get organized by neighborhoods, towns, and cities. But will this happen, no because we do not have the want, to do it. Were is the leadership we need to get this done? It is already too late, we will just contiune with the decline until we are all homeless and and hearded into camps to die. We better enjoy the time we have right now, because this will end soon.

November 19th, 2009 at 8:31 am
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November 19th, 2009 at 8:32 am
19.

C-Dawg said:

Agree with everything but the climate change section. The truth is that the entire solar system including our sun is undergoing change. Our planet’s magnetosphere has altered and is full of holes. The sun has had almost no sunspot activity for years and scientists are baffled. This is the key contributor to our planets change. There is no doubt that humans contribute to this change thru pollution etc. but it is debatable the extent of our impact. I do believe we should find ‘green’ solutions and reduce our imprint but even if we stopped tomorrow, climate change would continue. TPTB are exploiting this to make even more $ and gain more control.

November 19th, 2009 at 10:26 am
20.

Vance said:

Ron Paul 2012 and American Tea Party citizens for office ONLY in city, state and federal government or each state should secede in order to survive.

November 19th, 2009 at 10:37 am
21.

Vance said:

Throw congress out in 2010 elect Ron Paul 2012 and American Tea Party citizens for office ONLY in city, state and federal government or each state should secede in order to survive.

In the mean time like David and Karen voiced arm yourselves and stock up on food and commodities.

November 19th, 2009 at 10:42 am
22.

profnasty said:

The core issues of america’s sickness have not been addressed. 1. Who placed bombs in the World Trade Center? 2. Mexican ‘work dogs’ will continue to flood into this “country” until they can make more money in Mexico. 3. The Fed is part of the World Bank Establishment and is bent on looting the US Treasury. 4.The Pentagon is a Money Toilet which has greatly contributed to america’s bankruptsy. It risks life and limb to protect foreign borders as America’s borders have been surrendered. 5. Israel is the defacto ruler of the american Quasi Nation. Amen.

November 19th, 2009 at 11:29 am
23.

kikz said:

um….. as to the trillions stolen… missing..

why didn’t the author mention rummy’s tv appearance on 9/10/01…. how quickly it’s forgotten… 2+trillion with a T, was missing from the Pentagon under/on dov zakheim’s watch.

this crap didn’t begin last year folks..and it didn’t begin then.

November 19th, 2009 at 11:56 am
24.

hankster said:

Succinct and bang on. It’s the waking up part that confuses most however. Let me try and help here. Contacting your representative is useless, and amounts to letting the enemy know what you are planning. As has been stated, they are bought and paid for. Every one of them knows what happened on 911 and has chosen to perpetuate the lie and sweep it under the carpet, and will continue to do so, because they are now, all guilty after the fact. Oh, and they know we are well armed. THAT is our only remaining hope. At this point, only direct action will save us, because the mechanism of government has been stolen, and no longer represents. Our only hope is to seize our constitutional right to get rid of a government that no longer represents, and elect a completely new one. The only way that happens is with a million man, second amendment march to washington, where we the people not so politely invite our entire government to vacate our houses, from the capital to the white house. Until we the people get the courage to do THAT, the economic death machine that has taken over our country will continue. We have two choices: stand up and fight or bend over and take it.

November 19th, 2009 at 12:14 pm
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Junious Ricardo Stanton said:

“Take your plight to your representative. SOUND THE ALARM!”

This is a well written and informative piece you have indeed sounded the alarm loudly. However, in most cases “our representatives” are already bought, sold, compromised, white mailed or totally compromised. The question is, who do you call where do you go for redress? For the most part deeply entrenched incumbents do not fear the people because they know they can rig elections to keep themselves in office for years. The courts are becoming increasingly corrupt, the political system local, state and federal are based on money and media approval/exposure that the average person cannot raise or access. The gap between the super rich and the rest is widening daily and they are determined to protect their corporate monopolies and death-grip on the masses.
We have to get back to basics, start your own organic garden, organize a community food co-op, begin to assert yourself and establish means for alternative ways to do business like barter, skills/service exchange. Arrange your budget and finances with the goal toward getting out of debt and scale back on your spending. Worst case scenario organize grass roots strategies for your own security, survival and sanity. The struggle is just beginning, prepare yourself!
Junious Ricardo Stanton

November 19th, 2009 at 1:18 pm
26.

Kelli said:

Hank – Well said! I’m with you 100% an armed march to D.C. is the only thing that we can do at this point. Guess I should get a gun! Al Gore is making millions from global warming, notice how it changed to ‘climate change’ when the earth started cooling. Yes we should stop polluting the earth, yes we should find alternative energy methods but ‘cap and trade’ and carbon credits/more taxes are a scam!!!! They are using us!!!!

November 19th, 2009 at 1:33 pm
27.

dwill said:

Nice piece, except that is does not go deep enough. I am hopeless with regard to the future of this country. I am dismayed at folks who simply think that an armed uprising will take this country back (as if they ever had it). Our education system has raised people upon half truths and omissions so that they actually believe in the benevolence of this country. They look to the founding fathers as if they were apostles. They were the elite, highly educated and land owners (and owners of white and black slaves). They did not want the general populations to vote. So they invented ways to lessen the power of mob rule. So how can you take back what you never had. And do you really believe the the result of any revolution would be any better. If you do, please study or read anything regarding Bosnia, for that is exactly what would result. Sure it is fun to glamorize a Hollywood ending, but that is not what would happen. Please just observe the people around you. I believe in goodness of people, but their is a potential evil that can come out of even the best of us and war and conflict usually bring these things to the surface.

In Bosnia the militia were made up of drinking buddies with guns who with their newfound power went and did anything they wanted, took anything they wanted, killed people for sport, raped girls and women when they got the urge. Just look at your neighbors. Do you honestly think that when they take over the country they would not enrich themselves also. Would they appoint their family and friends? Would deep seated prejudices come out in their policies. Porn is the US hidden shame, billions are made on this debasing desire. What would these addicted people do when they get power and authority? Will you as a women feel safe, what about your young daughters? Just watch ‘To Catch a Predator.’ We are infested with people who commit murders, slaughters every day on video games. They enjoy gory movies that do unimaginable things to people. If they get a chance to do it for real, would they? Altered minds on drugs prescription and otherwise. Look even the tea party groups can’t get along, suppose they had guns and territory? Can people soaked in me-ism really do something for the greater good? Even now this is possible, just think of what we could do for others? We could eliminate infant malnutrition for the cost of one military aircraft. If anyone would propose such a thing the evening news would be filled with politicians and everyday folks decrying about ‘big government.’

There is so much good that could be done it is mind boggling, yet a nation of Christians would not tolerate it, they would not be able to by the 52′ TV.

So I say the article did not go deep enough, because we are the mire out of which our politicians and bankers and elite come from. Who taught these folks when they were babies. They’re not aliens. And if you were in those shoes, would you really say, ‘hey I have enough money, i don’t need to go to Europe for vacation. Would you really? Are you doing it now? Ron Paul has been talking this way for years, nobody cared, as long as they were getting their share who care about others or the constitution.

The US economy has been bad for decades, it has only been by means of wars and schemes out of the mind of the elites that has kept the ship afloat this long. Now there are no more schemes, we are indebted. Obama is the scapegoat.

November 19th, 2009 at 3:05 pm
28.

Joost said:

It looks like some of the comments here are from potential militants. If we give up on trying to influence congress, then you are talking eventual violence.

November 19th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
29.

Mike Allison said:

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November 19th, 2009 at 4:09 pm
30.

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The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society…

The economic elite have launched an attack on the U.S. public and society is unraveling at an increased rate. You may have missed it in the mainstream news media, but statistical societal indicators are reading red across the board. Before exposing the…

November 19th, 2009 at 5:15 pm
31.

Tito Roman said:

In Brazil, we have been having, and have had, a very similar deception, if not greater!

In the ‘hope’ of a ‘radical change’, we have surprisingly elected, over 7 years ago,
a ‘true’ leader, with an ‘operary background’ as a ‘poor worker’, who promised not to pay anymore the criminal external debt our nation is asked to pay and fight the Elite.

We have been struggling several decades, spending a significant part of our income every year only to pay the INTERESTS of this unpayable debt, but NEVER EVER being abble to pay the debt, per si, which only grows higher. It is, every school children with access to information learns, a ‘disguised’ slavery state, with no reasonable perspective of going out, in the way we are going in.

Lula promised, in his campaign, not to pay it anymore and ‘to the hell with the Big Financial Sharks’! We elected him, knowing a big struggle was awaiting, and the majority of people were ready to support him in that.

A few days after his election, we have learned the Sad Truth, the same you have been learning, with this ‘promise of Change’ nicknamed Obama.

He not only did not quit paying our debts…
but has increased the payment of this non-sense ever-increasing-debt, which could be very usefull if applied otherwise in our contry, but has no utility at all in the way it is used.

This debt, and your own debt, as you know,
Is like throwing water in the Sun, in the hope of turning it off.
While it could be used in a helpfull way to end the thirst of all of us.

But, in truth, this water is poisonned
And just like the continual and natural flow of life would eventually heal a poisonned River,
It is kept poisonned only by our continuous renewal of it’s poison and it ‘poisonness’ every moment, every day, as ill routines are set.

We can either wait for all the poisonners, the conscious and unconscious ones, to die by their own poisonning and poison consumming, which could mean several-of-ourselves-and-our-acquaintances-everywhere-around-the-world’s death

Or, somehow, to stop poisonning at all.

Brothers, Sisters, we are in the desert, a sand storm is coming,
and most of the charges we’ve been carrying on our backs is not needed
It may feel like a loss if you think about the future and get worried of everything you could be doing with what you have right now and may lose, or what you don’t have and might get,
But it is the greatest Relief if you get the real situation: that we really are in a desert, it won’t last forever, as you know it right now, and that this sand storm well describbed here can be seen already, in the horizon.

You could be much better in your skin with less weight, and more confidence in what is weightless.

Our not-so-dear President Lula, before, used to bark like a big Dogweiller, and now, he roll his eyes like a gentle Chihuahua to the same Big Sharks which are pulling his marionette strings, and people here are used to it, and, I believe, now, already unconsciously hopeless of any change to come.

It was THE time.

It just won’t happen again, at least, in the means of Democracy.

Some, out of desilusionment, couldn’t believe, and were expecting him to be just playing Strategies, in order to avoid an immediate crisis, and to, in a few years, start the big revolution that was expected.

It’s just the same deception, and you are not alone.

Let’s be reasonable and forget about miraculous Leaders
In order for someone to be a ‘mass-leader’, in such a populated world, he would need the support of the media, or at least the non-hypnotizing-interference of it, and such a man could only become, sooner or later, a puppet, a demon in our own media-lized eyes, or a corpse.

The very energy spent on searching or hoping for external leaders and external solutions, could be used to search and elect this internal, equanimous, leader, for those who spend energy at all in such searches.

In such a situation, politics, wherever it comes, is not reliable, economics is not reliable,
the only reliable thing can be our needlessness of relying on anything, except that which we can carry without weight.

November 19th, 2009 at 5:24 pm
32.

Harry said:

Blah blah blah! Seemed like an interesting article at first, but then it drifted off into opinion instead of facts. You better read the papers from MIT on global climate change and global warming. While I agree climate change is happening, it is not caused by us humans. Are we, humans, affecting the other planets too? Reports of climate changes on planets in our solar system are available. Sheesh! Look at the science, please! This piece started turning into a propaganda piece for the NWO as soon the author started accusing the US of not wanting to sign any legally binding deals in Copenhagen. Sorry people, but as an American, I will not have any Commissar over my freedoms or our Constitution. If you are smart, then I suggest you do the same for your country too. Things are going to get rough ’cause the elitists want the US to fall into the fold. But understand this, the administration will bow down, but us freedom loving souls in this country will die before we bow to anyone in this world. Liberty or death!

November 19th, 2009 at 9:33 pm
33.

John said:

We are a nation of bigoted selfish individuals who condemn the elite class for acting like us all. The first step toward salvation is to build a communal bond among citizens without discrimination since the true strength of the elite is in dividing the public so we are easy to conquer. Notice on television it is race against race, generation against generation, man against woman, social groups against social groups, religion vs. religion etc. to destroy the fabric of society and make us alienated caged individuals. We don’t know our neighbors or ourselves. If we can come together as one nation we stand a chance. Otherwise those fearsome gun owners will each be expecting a 3 am visit from Blackwater, inc. and it won’t be pretty (a la Katrina). We must hang together or we’ll all hang seperately.

November 20th, 2009 at 12:44 am
34.

Jeff Little said:

the sky is falling, the sky is falling!!!!

November 20th, 2009 at 8:19 am
35.

Jack said:

When the country collapses, and the dollar is worthless, the rich will have dethroned themselves better than we ever could – the public is preparing themselves for this eventuality. America’s will be a slow death, but this is the way the world ends: not with a bang… but with a whimper.

November 20th, 2009 at 10:27 am
36.

Kelli said:

I don’t want to see violence erupt, what I want to see is an armed march to D.C. and a citizen’s arrest of the guilty. Should I throw some names out or do we all know who I am referring to? Then it’s off to Texas to find Bush. Where is Donald Rumsfeld these days? He’s just disappeared and rode off into the sunset. Karl Rove too!

I know it will never happen but it’s a great dream!

November 20th, 2009 at 10:32 am
37.

Alex said:

The article can say that we must “sound the alarm and discard our illusions” and yet suggest that we “Take your plight to your representative”? That has the definite political content of pressuring the Democrats (or Republicans).

No change will come from a single one of them. They are a collection of corporate thugs and liars. As far as anyone advocates appealing to them, trusting them in the slightest, that is how far the solution to the problems outlined here has been retarded.

The great task will be for the American working class to break from the *both parties of the financial elite*, turn its face toward the most powerful social force on Earth, the *international* working class, and to build a party based on a socialist program. There are no quick or easy answers, but also no answers besides this. Read wsws.org, please.

November 20th, 2009 at 11:51 am
38.

truthexcavator said:

Fantastic summary of the present delusions and the troubles ahead.

November 20th, 2009 at 12:54 pm
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November 20th, 2009 at 1:24 pm
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November 20th, 2009 at 2:14 pm
41.

Mike said:

It understand your words to be true. Global warming, why not. Why not? And remember, the auto industry lobbied congress for inefficiency and here we are bailing them out. And to see the stance many of your readers have taken. This I can’t quite grasp. I don’t get ‘plunder’ and all of these things. Real quick. Somalia was hit w/ a shock back in ‘91′. Today is a is one of the worse countries on the planet. The capital, Mogadishu had approx 7,000 murders in ‘07′, one city. This is not my opinion. So when you speak of the paradox of arming one’s self, I have to wonder, where have I heard this? And it is written that the world is sitting on a powder keg. Any day now we shall have a dead planet, a point of no return. Then what, repatriate the $$$$$$$? There is one way out, the ‘Golden Rule’.

November 21st, 2009 at 4:40 am
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November 21st, 2009 at 8:14 am
43.

joebanana said:

Most excellent, the ducks look much different when all lined up. We American’s really need to put a stop to this madness. We have the DUTY to remove a tyrannous government, and replace it with a just one, by force if necessary. It is time, the level of corruption, and destruction of our rights and liberties, by an enemy within, has got to be stopped. These “elected leaders” are criminals, every damn one of them, they must be dragged from their offices and be punished, our judicial system is dysfunctional beyond hope, we must administer justice. This is a critical situation, action by the people is the only thing that can stop this cancer on society, the old system is dead, and is now harmful, and dangerous, just as any terrorist regime. Haven’t we, as American’s, had enough of this piss poor excuse for a government? This isn’t a government, it’s a criminal cartel. Obama is what’s known as a bull shit artist, he’s no leader, his entire political experience consists of getting ONE bill passed in his name, ONE. We can’t afford to let him finish his term, look at the damage he’s done in one year, three more is unacceptable. Not one campaign promise, as this fine work by David points out, has been fulfilled, in fact he’s done a complete 180 on a lot of his campaign spewin’.

November 21st, 2009 at 1:34 pm
44.

Frugalvoter said:

The posts just read indicate many from different view points KNOW we are approaching a crossroad.
I am both relieved and distraught. Relieved that all viewpoints here have come to the same conclusion. Corruption abounds, elite scoundrels partnering with government officials plan to squeeze every bit of money and what’s left of personal power from every citizen! Then no doubt they would turn on each other. We can not wait for that. Expose, Teach, Be Ever Vigilant, Prepare, Plan for a nonviolent revolt. Withdraw support of those damning us. Organized tax revolt perhaps. Taxes filed at state level only perhaps. What some of us still have is the money or land or power THEY want. Vote everyone OUR every chance. There are a few who have not become part of the plan, find them, support them. Let us not die with a whimper over a long period of time but resist, resist, resist! SOCIALISM IS NOT THE ANSWER! Socializm is not the answer but a step toward dictatorship.

November 21st, 2009 at 2:38 pm
45.

Stewart said:

OK, this is what is going on. What can be done?
Let the internet fix America.
See http://newswatch.org/let_the_internet_fix_america.htm

Workable. Pass it on.

November 21st, 2009 at 9:44 pm
46.

jimbo said:

The easiest non violent and effective way to bring down the goons is to with draw all money from stocks, banks and bonds. The goons depend on the fractional reserve banking system. Check out chrismartenson for more details. Buy gold, silver, ammo, guns and food. Try to grow as much food at home as possible. Get to know the neighbors and be aware.

November 21st, 2009 at 10:54 pm

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