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    Many Of You Will Not Believe Some Of The Things Americans Are Doing Just To Survive



    You might not want to read this article if you have a weak stomach. Most Americans have absolutely no idea what is going on in the dark corners of America, and when people find out the truth it can come as quite a shock. Many of you will not believe some of the things Americans are doing just to survive. Some families are living in sewers and drain tunnels, some families are living in tents, some families are living in their cars, some families will make ketchup soup for dinner tonight and some families are even eating rats. Some homeless shelters in America are so overloaded that they are actually sending people out to live in the woods. As you read this, there are close to 50 million Americans that are living below the poverty line, and that number rises a little bit more every single day. America was once known as the greatest nation on earth, but now there is decay and economic despair almost everywhere you look. Yes, money certainly cannot buy happiness, but the lack of it sure can bring a lot of pain. As the economy continues to decline, the suffering that we see all around us is going to get a lot worse, and that is a very frightening thing to think about.

    The following is a half hour documentary produced by the BBC entitled "Poor America". Trust me, this is a must watch. Your heart will break as you hear some American children talk about what they have to do for food....



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    Wasn't that video absolutely mind blowing?

    Those of us that still live comfortably are often completely unaware of what life is like out on the streets of America at this point.

    There are millions upon millions of Americans that have lost all hope and that are living on the very edge of life and death.

    And more join the ranks of the hopeless with each passing day. This upcoming weekend approximately 80,000 people in the state of Michigan will lose their unemployment benefits.

    So what are those people going to do after that?

    They have already been unable to find work month after month. Their savings are most certainly gone. Now the only money they had coming in is going to be eliminated.

    Yes, I have written many times about how the U.S. government is absolutely drowning in debt and cannot afford to be giving out so much money. My point here is to show the other side of the equation. There are millions upon millions of Americans that are barely hanging on and there are no jobs for them. The suffering that those families are going through is very real.

    Millions of other families are trying to get by on the incomes they pull in from part-time jobs. According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans that are working part-time jobs but that would like full-time jobs is now higher than it has been at any other time in the last two years. The number of the "working poor" just continues to increase, but most Americans don't have much sympathy for them because they "have jobs".

    Well, when you are making 8 bucks an hour it can be incredibly tough to make it from month to month.

    Just look at how much it costs to buy the basic things that we need.

    Without gasoline, most of us would not even be able to get to our jobs. The price of gasoline has increased 83 percent since Barack Obama first took office, and it is poised to soar even higher. Right now, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States is $3.51. Never before has the average price of gas gone above $3.50 so early in the year. Many believe that we could set a new all-time record this summer.

    But last year was bad enough. In 2011, the average American family spent over $4,000 on gasoline.

    So when you are making just a few hundred dollars per week, it can be a massive struggle just to put gas in your car and food on the table.

    The article that I wrote the other day about the decline of Detroit really struck a nerve. All over America, people can see similar things happening to their own neighborhoods. People are scared and they want some answers.

    Well, the truth is that we should have never allowed tens of thousands of businesses, millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of our national wealth to be shipped out of the country.

    Just check out this stunning photo which compares the decline of Detroit to the rise of Shanghai, China.

    Do you think that it is just a coincidence that Detroit is falling apart and that cities in China look sparkly and new?

    No, the truth is that it is a natural consequence of our foolish economic policies.

    There are hundreds of communities all over the country where third world conditions are setting in. For example, the following is how one blogger describes what life is like in a decaying suburb of Phoenix called Maryvale....

    Crime and gangs are widespread. Most houses have either fallen into disrepair, or been remade with outside walls sporting spikes and ironwork. Many of the front lawns are now just dirt (or worse, gravel), the pools green and lethal.

    Now we stand on the precipice of another major global financial crisis. Economic conditions in America are going to become significantly worse. The politicians in Washington D.C. may make sure that the boys and girls on Wall Street are always taken care of, but there will be no bailouts for the large numbers of Americans that are about to lose their jobs and their homes.

    If you want an idea of what is coming, just look at what is happening in Greece. 25 percent of the businesses have shut down, one-third of all money has been pulled out of Greek bank accounts and unemployment and poverty are absolutely rampant.

    For years, a lot of prominent voices out there were screaming and yelling about the dangers posed by our soaring trade deficits and our soaring budget deficits.

    But the American people did not listen. They just kept sending the same politicians back to Washington D.C. over and over.

    As a result, soon millions of those same Americans will find themselves doing things that they never dreamed that they would do just to survive.

    Many Of You Will Not Believe Some Of The Things Americans Are Doing Just To Survive

    Black Blade: I have seem poverty before. I have seen people eating rats (and bats) before. You do what you got to do to survive. This is why we prep to survive. This is the difference between the Grasshopper and the Ant. Those who prep during good times are better prepared to make it through the bad times.
    When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America , you get a front row seat. - George Carlin


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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Blade View Post
    But the American people did not listen. They just kept sending the same politicians back to Washington D.C. over and over.
    I hope that was just something you quoted, Blade. Because you certainly know better.

    I never had a choice as to who went to Washington. The Democratic and Republican Parties, which are corporate entities who aren't responsible to the Fed or the people, make those decisions. They play out a "democratic" charade of primaries and runoffs, but they pick every single candidate I'm allowed to "vote" for, and there's fuck-all difference between them. So I schlep down to the polls every time, and vote against the one who looks like the biggest idiot.

    We have political parties because our electoral system is a popularity contest. The parties started out as fund managers turning contributions into advertising. Now they've inserted themselves into the election process so that in most places you can't even get a candidate onto the ticket without party backing.


    "I don't care who does the votin' as long as I do the nominatin'." - Boss Tweed

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    The Ocala National Forest has blocked all "un-numbered" access roads with piles of sand.
    Too keep out the homeless.
    "Man needs but two things to survive alone in the woods. A blow up female doll and his trusty old AK-47" - Thomas Jefferson 1781


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    if you have been eating fast food you probably got a little rat meat and paid for it!

    the BBC loves to smear anything bad in the US cause they think it makes the socialist UK look better somehow.

    i haven't been to the UK in years. last time i was at londontown i said i would never return to that shit-hole.

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    Some of the 80,000 could move to West Texas or South Texas, where there is very little unemployment. Leave the areas where there are no jobs and go to where the jobs are. Many of the unemployed are that way 'cause they want to be that way. They refuse to look "outside of the box" (or area) for a job. Same argument for those complaining about living in a high crime area... MOVE! Yes, there are families without work due to plant closures. Most plants do not close without warning. Too many bury their heads in the sand and fail to notice the glaring signs prior to job loss. Sorry Charlie, the union won't save your job.

    There is a stark contrast to the poor in America compared to the poor elsewhere. Seems our poor are fat, as evident from the linked video. These differ remarkable to the bloated bellys of the poor and straving children in Africa or South America.

    It is disconcerting to read such rhetoric in a prepper forum. If these folks had prepared, they would still have a stash and a plan. Such talk foreshadows what one would really do in a SHTF scenario; "The poor pitiful masses". The cold reality is, "Ya can't save everyone."

    To those who can't afford gas to get to their minimum wage job: get a job at the McD's down the street, or ride a bicycle a couple of miles to a different McD's.

    (rant off)

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    Last edited by buckmeister; 02-25-2012 at 01:12 PM.

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    Read the book, "America Alone" and you will learn that Europe's crumbling social programs and policies have it way ahead of the United States in going down the drain.

    The BBC had better focus on their own issues and problems.

    Swampbilly

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