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If You Are Waiting For An “Economic Collapse”, Just Look At What Is Happening To Europe

European UnionIf you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the “economic collapse”, just open up your eyes and look at what is happening in Europe.  The entire continent is a giant economic mess right now.  Unemployment and poverty levels are setting record highs, car sales are setting record lows, and there is an ocean of bad loans and red ink everywhere you look.  Over the past several years, most of the attention has been on the economic struggles of Greece, Spain and Portugal and without a doubt things continue to get even worse in those nations.  But in 2014 and 2015, Italy and France will start to take center stage.  France has the 5th largest economy on the planet, and Italy has the 9th largest economy on the planet, and at this point both of those economies are rapidly falling to pieces.  Expect both France and Italy to make major headlines throughout the rest of 2014.  I have always maintained that the next major wave of the economic collapse would begin in Europe, and that is exactly what is happening.  The following are just a few of the statistics that show that an “economic collapse” is happening in Europe right now…

-The unemployment rate in the eurozone as a whole is still sitting at an all-time record high of 12.1 percent.

-It Italy, the unemployment rate has soared to a brand new all-time record high of 12.7 percent.

-The youth unemployment rate in Italy has jumped up to 41.6 percent.

-The level of poverty in Italy is now the highest that has ever been recorded.

-Many analysts expect major economic trouble in Italy over the next couple of years.  The President of Italy is openly warning of “widespread social tension and unrest” in his nation in 2014.

-Citigroup is projecting that Italy’s debt to GDP ratio will surpass 140 percent by the year 2016.

-Citigroup is projecting that Greece’s debt to GDP ratio will surpass 200 percent by the year 2016.

-Citigroup is projecting that the unemployment rate in Greece will reach 32 percent in 2015.

-The unemployment rate in Spain is still sitting at an all-time record high of 26.7 percent.

-The youth unemployment rate in Spain is now up to 57.7 percent – even higher than in Greece.

-The percentage of bad loans in Spain has risen for eight straight months and recently hit a brand new all-time record high of 13 percent.

-The number of mortgage applications in Spain has fallen by 90 percent since the peak of the housing boom.

-The unemployment rate in France has risen for 9 quarters in a row and recently soared to a new 16 year high.

-For 2013, car sales in Europe were on pace to hit the lowest yearly level ever recorded.

-Deutsche Bank, probably the most important bank in Germany, is the most highly leveraged bank in Europe (60 to 1) and it has approximately 70 trillion dollars worth of exposure to derivatives.

Europe truly is experiencing an economic nightmare, and it is only going to get worse.

It would be hard to put into words the extreme desperation that unemployed workers throughout Europe are feeling right now.  When you can’t feed your family and you can’t find work no matter how hard you try, it can be absolutely soul crushing.

To get an idea of the level of desperation in Spain, check out the following anecdote from a recent NPR article

Having trouble wrapping your head around southern Europe’s staggering unemployment problem?

Look no further than a single Ikea furniture store on Spain’s Mediterranean coast.

The plans to open a new megastore next summer near Valencia. On Monday, Ikea’s started taking applications for 400 jobs at the new store.

The company wasn’t prepared for what came next.

Within 48 hours, more than 20,000 people had applied online for those 400 jobs. The volume crashed Ikea’s computer servers in Spain.

Of course that should kind of remind you of what I wrote about yesterday.  We are starting to see this kind of intense competition for low paying jobs in the United States as well.

As global economic conditions continue to deteriorate, things are going to get even tougher for those on the low end of the economic food chain.  Poverty rates are going to soar, even in areas where you might not expect it to happen.  In fact, one new report discovered that poverty has already been rising steadily in Germany, which is supposed to be the strongest economy in the entire eurozone…

A few days before the Christmas holidays, the Joint Welfare Association published a report on the regional development of poverty in Germany in 2013 titled “Between prosperity and poverty—a test to breaking point”. The report refutes the official propaganda that Germany has remained largely unaffected by the crisis and is a haven of prosperity in Europe.

According to the report, poverty in Germany has “reached a sad record high”. Entire cities and regions have been plunged into ever deeper economic and social crisis. “The social and regional centrifugal forces, as measured by the spread of incomes, have increased dramatically in Germany since 2006,” it says. Germany faces “a test to breaking point.”

Of course poverty continues to explode on this side of the Atlantic Ocean as well.  In the United States, the poverty rate has been at 15 percent or above for three years in a row.  That is the first time that this has happened since the 1960s.

And this is just the beginning.  The extreme recklessness of European banks such as Deutsche Bank and U.S. banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and Goldman Sachs is eventually going to cause a financial catastrophe far worse than what we experienced back in 2008.

When that crisis arrives, the flow of credit is going to freeze up dramatically and economic activity will grind to a standstill.  Unemployment, poverty and all of our current economic problems will become much, much worse.

So as bad as things are right now, the truth is that this is nothing compared to what is coming.

I hope that you are getting prepared for the coming storm while you still can.

  • wcmdeaf

    and US government will continue to cover up or manipulate the statistic for unemployment rate

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      and the new jobs numbers.
      and the Obamacare numbers.
      and everything else.

      • garand555

        It’s disgusting how everything has become fraud. The illusion of prosperity must be maintained, else the sheep might get restless, and we might have to make some major changes to our system.

        • Graham

          The sheep unfortunately won’t exercise what control they have left over the systems that are being changed… against them.

          • harleyrider1778

            outlawing your freedom then selling it back to you for a governmental fee!

          • Graham

            It’s an ingenious system created by the hybrid bloodlines, all for their own profit of course.

            Follow the “big” money and discover their genetics. That alone will open up Pandora’s box, especially in the Middle East.

        • harleyrider1778

          A simple return to our original constitution as it was written would suffice and tossing off 200 years of re-lawyered re-definitions of what the constitution says and means. It was written in language the illiterate could understand and know what it meant………..But not so today take any article and you will find it has been basterdized to no end from its original intent and meaning to satisfy an overbearning monarch that has become the Federal Government!

          • GSOB

            American Society and American Government are becoming increasingly bolder and, yet, more honest about their hostility to God, the Bible, and Christianity.

          • Gay Veteran

            self-pity is not good

          • reid

            perfectly put! lol

        • sherlock32555

          Their motto is keep the dumb Americans in the dark so they can finish their agenda. They are almost done now and then the blinders will come off and the people will see the true evil that is their government.

        • Jason7189

          Well, there is a change coming down the road….but it’s not so good. Basically, you have to give allegiance to the Government or the antichrist, if you want to eat or want Healthcare…ect.

          Revelation 13:17 “so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”

          I personally think Obamacare, is in part a mechanism of one of the systems, to achieving control over our choices.

    • NetRanger

      Its difficult to foment class warfare when the people on the low end don’t see the people on the rung or two above them as better off and not decending. The illusion must be maintained or the war on America cannot be maintained. The only way to break America’s back it to break the middle class. The Middle Class Is The American Dream.

      • GSOB

        For most

  • Tim

    Macy’s just announced that it will cut 2,500 jobs and close 5 stores.

    The recovery is picking up steam!
    /sarc off/

    • Jodi

      We will probably see a wave of layoffs and store closures now that the Christmas season is over. The steam will start to pick up on this soon.

      • Jim Davis

        I went to a local mall on the Saturday before Christmas and I could not believe how dead it was. If that was their “peak retail season” then many of them are going to be closing soon.

        • Ob

          But unemployment is not a “collapse”. A collapse is either a collapse in asset values or a collapse in the underlying currency.

          • Jim Davis

            If you are the one who is unemployed with grim future prospects, it is very much a collapse to you!

          • Georgiaboy61

            “A recession is when your neighbor loses his job; a depression is when you lose yours…” Harry S Truman

          • Mondobeyondo

            Yes indeed.

          • Freebyrd1968

            A “recovery” is when Obama loses his job.

          • Freebyrd1968

            That will follow.

        • Jodi

          The three weeks before Christmas in Utah weren’t that crowded at all. I’ve never seen it that way before.

          • Jim Davis

            Part of it is economic collapse and part of it is people doing much more online shopping. I foresee a big reduction in brick and mortar retail. I don’t know what all of the out of work retail employees are going to do.

          • Jodi

            I agree, I don’t know what people are going to do about jobs. It’s getting scary out there.

          • Bill

            Are you nuts—–unemployment just dropped to 6.7% so the economy is great—THAT’S what mainstream wants you to believe!

            Yes it is scary, but as Michael says it is getting worse every day. Does anyone believe unemployment just dropped .3%? At the same time the 10 yr dropped like a rock. The 10 yr was in dangerous territory @ 3 by endangering the budget. The unemployment drop is just another lie to “fix things”.

            VOTE TO FLUSH out the DCS criminals

          • BonusGift

            We now have an ‘unemployment rate’ that can be theoretically zero yet nobody has a job. That is, we can have 0% ‘unemployment’ yet 100% unemployed. Orwell, couldn’t make this stuff up.

          • Mondobeyondo

            Do you actually, truly believe the unemployment rate is 6.7 percent?!

          • Drud

            It’s all about how you manipulate the numbers. And it is easy to fool a dumbed down populace. For instance I could say 5+5=A. This is a mathematically true statement if you make the correct assumptions (namely hexadecimal vs decimal numbering). Few understand the depths of mathematics ( I certainly do not) so many are willing to believe numbers rather than their own eyes.

          • Bill

            No, but I do believe in sarcasm.

          • Bill

            Spell check is not my friend sometimes. It was not meant to be DCS. DC (without the S) is for District of Columbia. Lower case dc is for lower class criminals.

            VOTE TO FLUSH out the dc criminals.

          • davidmpark

            underground economy?

          • none

            Are you kidding?
            I just posted a way to reduce the unemployment rate, also the deficit. Then send all the foreigner’s home.
            {See above).

          • davidmpark

            Went to a Wal-Mart in Midvale on the 23rd of December. Looked like it was abandoned.

          • Jodi

            Most of the Wal-Mart stores in Utah county weren’t as busy as they usually are around the Christmas season.

          • bob cratchette

            my answer to all this saying people are not buying much either is really how many televisions and other items do people need it is like a bunch of zombies wondering around saying must have more stuff like 10 flat screens and 5 computers and 2 x boxes aren’t enough, really stop spending and start saving. the jobs that have left are never coming back and china does not need us as consumers they have enough population to support their own economy so they will buy our broken down cities like Detroit and make them their own and end up owning more of America than we do, face it Americas best days are behind us the politicians continue passing laws that they do not obey but expect us to live by them or go to jail, internet said today the majority of fed politicians are millionaires they can buy options on stocks they are manipulating but for us it is insider trading, vote every last one of the bastards out on both sides of the aisle come nov 2014

          • piccadillybabe

            I went to WalMart today and it was pretty dead here in the NE. At the checkout, the cashier was carrying on a conversation with a disgruntled employee and my grapefruits spilled all over the ground because she was not paying attention. When I said, “now they are all bruised,” she said “no they’re not” and kept on talking to the other lady while another lady picked up my grapefruits and wondered what the heck was going on. I felt like reporting her but she looked like she wanted a good fight. Sometimes the less said the better. I spent quite a bit of money and the store was practically empty and what kind of thanks did I get for shopping there?

          • Joynaz

            Well Babe, You are the sourest grapefruit I’ve heard from in awhile. Ain’t
            You special! LOL.

          • Freebyrd1968

            You probably just got what you VOTED for!

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Is that the one with multi-level parking garage?
            Yeeech, that one should be abandoned.

          • davidmpark

            It’s one off Fort Union Blvd. with the outside parking lot with spaces to narrow for a normal car.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Oh ok!

          • davidmpark

            Oh, been there. :P

          • Tox

            Have you been to City Creek Mall lately?

          • Jodi

            Yes, most of the stores are overpriced.

          • davidmpark

            It’s pretty nice, but that nice comes with a high cost; you’re right.

        • Mondobeyondo

          Stores I went to here (metro Phoenix) were practically dead as well.Especially Sears and Dillard’s.

          • Annette Smith

            Mondo, what part of Phoenix do you live in? We were in Mesa.

          • Mondobeyondo

            West Phoenix. Beautiful downtown Maryvale, to be specific. (ugh)

          • Jodi

            Dillard’s is overpriced. I don’t know how they stay in business.

          • davidmpark

            Mostly it’s people who have no money to actually buy normal clothes or any capability of self-reliance; and yet have a strange psychological defect that drives them toward false affluence and shiny objects.

            So, it’s pretty much all my relatives. :)

        • Annette Smith

          someone who was shopping in the Beverly Hills mall was shocked that no one was there. She shot a picture and put it on twitter or something. let me see if i can find the pic.

      • http://karmaeconomics.blogspot.com/ lavista4u

        The elites are shifting the dynamics to Asia. I’m Asian. There are lots and lots of demand for English Speaking teachers, management trainers in China, Korea etc..

        It would behoove if you start making plans on moving to Asia….Yes. You won’t live the dream life you wanted, which 90% of humanity anyway don’t have anywhere…BUT you will have a good paying job which pays your bill, gf, family, good weekend out…all in all ..you will live a good. stable life not a life of unpredictability…

        • Graham

          Many things are happening in “Eurasia” just now that should be of concern to the Western powers (that were).

          • neverironic

            Eurasia includes Europe.
            Europe includes UK, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Holland, Belgium etc.
            last I heard all of those countries were ‘western’ – just not ‘American’.

      • http://americandictators.blogspot.com/ WarriorClass III

        The bigger picture that takes jobs from Americans and lowers the wages of those still working are LEGAL immigration and WORK VISAS. Those are the middle class jobs that are going to foreigners at the expense of Americans. The illegal aliens tend to take the lower paying jobs that black people won’t do and white kids are no longer allowed to do.

        Companies would rather hire a foreign national since that person can’t demand a raise or just go across the street and get another job. A foreigner would have to go back to his country of origin and then start looking for a higher paying job. This keeps wages down for both the foreign national
        and the American worker. The massive legal immigrants add directly to the labor pool of American workers, driving down wages generally. This is simple supply and demand for labor.

        Increase the supply of labor and the price of labor goes down. All of you “law abiding” that support LEGAL immigration are cutting your own throats, and the big corporations are helping you do that with work visas.

        Nevertheless, the dumbed down masses cry for “legal” immigration while their paycheck whittles down to nothing and they can’t afford to send their kids to college while the aliens go for free.

      • Richard

        We are buying all our clothing at Goodwill stores and the stores are always busy. We can not afford brand new clothing unless it has been discounted 60-80% on the remainder rack.

    • libsarescum

      its the gary economic miracle!

    • Rodster

      This is the result of Central Planning and Central (fractional reserve) Banking.

      • Graham

        Human being wise, can you name who actually runs this show and which renowned “movement” they all happen to be a part of?

        The truth is always easy to find for those prepared to look, but the real the problem is so few want discuss it openly.

        • Ono

          Keynesians?

        • Mondobeyondo

          1) The Bilderburgers
          2) The Trilateral Commision
          3) The World Bank
          4) The United Nations

          Specific people come and go, but by and large, those organizations, among others, are behind it

          You can find the rest on your own. Google is your friend,

          • Graham

            Add in:-
            Committee of 300
            Council of Foreign Relations
            Royal Institute of International Affairs
            Club of Rome

            Main policy think tanks:-Brookings Institute (USA)
            Tavistock Institute (UK)

            One other group overshadows them all, and it is not the Jesuits, despite them wielding enormous power in the not so distant past.

          • Luis

            No my friend… all roads lead to Rome.

          • Graham

            I don’t think Rome runs the global Federal Reserve banking system, nor does it run AIPAC, ADL, JDL (etc).

            Neither does Rome control the heads of many critical US/UK government departments. Whilst many roads may run through Rome, that is not where the main parking lot is.

            Try further to the east and research all the official statements that are on the public record from those who consider Rome as a “drive thru”.

            Given… the Jesuits wield immense power, but who were the first Jesuits? Also, Lucifer was not traditionally a worshipped entity in Rome.

            A certain Cardinal stated not long ago on CNN that the RC church is now corrupt at the core and a sect does worship Lucifer.

          • BonusGift

            “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” ― Voltaire
            Now let me think, we have a new Vice Chair of the Fed who previously was the head of the Bank of Israel. The new Fed chairman is Yellen who is Jewish, Bernanke is Jewish, Greenspan Jewish, most of the Board of Governors … . If want to upset your stomach just watch the Congress respond like trained seals when they interact with AIPAC or the leader of Israel you would think they were at a revival meeting. Hum, it must be a coincidence. Gee, I wonder what they all have in common Sarc. off.

          • Graham

            Go and find out what they believe in and what they are purposely doing, as I’m sure you will already know.

            The vast majority are “converts to Judaism”, hence not true Semites. This has been proven genetically. Bloomberg had a post up on this subject recently. Very daring!

            They have even managed to entrap certain aspects of Christianity into doing their bidding and financing their cause, yet destroy them at every other angle.

            I could easily post many research links here that exposes the full truth, but it will be censored. The blogs author is now in possession of those links but nothing more will be heard here about the truth they contain.

            How do you reverse well over 100 years of severe corruption and delusion?

          • BonusGift

            Yes, posting links to such things does indeed seem to result in censorship.

          • Georgiaboy61

            Don’t forget the Bank of International Settlements, or BIS – the banker to the largest mega-banks in the world. Located where else but Switzerland?

    • Mondobeyondo

      The whole dynamic is changing. Most of the old legacy retailers (Sears, J.C. Penney, Montgomery Ward – oh wait, they’re dead) are dying. It’s because they’re following an early 20th century business model, It’s now 2014. Adapt or die.

      People of a certain age (ahem) will remember getting the Sears “Big Book”. It was a catalog full of exciting things you could buy at Sears. It was almost a family tradition. Today, if you ask kids about the Sears catalog, they’ll give you a blank stare and say, “What’s that?”

      • Graham

        With the way Common Core is moving, kids will soon be looking in the mirror and asking the exact same question.

      • tom

        I loved the Sears Wish Book Catalog as a kid!

      • Tim

        I miss Montgomery Ward. That’s where my mother got a lot of my clothes when I was a kid. And those clothes were made in America (Hill & Archer, Munsingwear, etc.)

        Just a bit of nostalgia early this morning. :-)

        • Mondobeyondo

          i bought my very first camcorder at Wards. *sniff*

        • Jim Davis

          I remember Ward’s selling low end crap. I don’t miss it at all.

      • janey1113

        I believe that was the Sears and Roebuck catalog, and it was stored in the outhouse. Now you know how old I am..

      • Bill

        Back in the 50’s—-I’ll never forget the distinct smell of that freshly printed catalog when Dad brought it home a day before general delivery, from the Post Office where he worked. I wonder how many jobs were attributed to the catalog?

        • nekksys

          I would guess hundreds, possibly edging up to 1000. It takes lot of people to make a glossy color catalog today. It would have taken double and probably triple that number way back when.

          • Colin

            Those department stores were funded by middle class consumers. With the shrinking middle class, these stores are struggling to find new sources of income. The rich may have money, but they aren’t big spenders. Most place their money in savings and investmenmts. And the poor don’t have enough money.

          • normanramsey

            One common fallacy you share is that the rich don’t spend money. That is simply not true. What is true is the rich don’t spend their money where the poor or middle class do. The rich are not driven by finding the lowest price like most of us. They can shop based on greatest value. The problem for the poor or middle class is what is most valuable to us is how cheap can it be.

          • Colin

            I didn’t said that they didn’t spend money. I said that they weren’t big spenders. Of course, they buy products that meet their needs. Or, rather, in some cases, their assistants do.

          • Zip

            You are way off on this one. They spend much more money than the average person.

          • Carl White

            There comes a point where you have all you need. Any money beyond that just goes onto the stack.

          • nekksys

            Exactly, spot on, Colin. I was talking about the number of folks needed to produce just the catalog, both then and now. Even so, you are right. It’s all going down the dumper and in a blue hurry.

      • pRIMrose7

        When we moved from the big city to a small town, all we had was a catalog store. Almost everything I owned came from the catalog.

      • michael

        what is sears catalog?lol >.<

    • Sabretooth

      These are low performing stores. They are also opening 8 new stores.

  • libsarescum

    garynomics destroys all.

  • libsarescum

    garynomics destroys all, bwhahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • libsarescum

    gary is 5’1″ and lives in his mommies basement, bwahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    • Jimbo

      I have down voted you. Not because I agree with Gary, but because you are cluttering this page with crap. You need to grow up.

      • MeMadMax

        For some reason, I think it’s actually gary on a alt account…

        • DiscouragedOne

          I would not be surprised.

      • libsarescum

        Jimbo is apparently 5’2″, BWHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • Mondobeyondo

    Only a matter of time before you see people in Berlin chanting, :Ein, Zwei,,Vrai, now Die!!

    Sigh.:(

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      three = Drei

      • Mondobeyondo

        You’re right. Oops, sorry! German is my third language :(
        What can I say, I’m an American. Many people here can’t speak English properly.

    • Ralfine

      Get some Rammstein songs.

  • Jimbo

    The interesting country is the UK which appears on the surface to be bucking the trend. However, when you look into the numbers, you see a similar picture to the USA.

    Government debt has more than doubled in five years, the trade deficit is still huge, unemployment is coming down but with low quality jobs and *zero hours contracts (*Zero hours contracts allow employers to only pay you for the hours that you are needed. You have to be available during working hours but you can be sent home after just one hour if things are quiet or you could be told not to come in at all. You are classed as employed in the official numbers even if you don’t actually work for a whole week or month).
    Real wages are down or stagnant, personal unsecured debt is increasing and the economy (GDP) is growing? The government borrows 7% of GDP for deficit spending which is the fourth highest in the OECD (even more than the USA, Spain, Italy and Greece as a percentage).

    What is stoking growth in the UK at the moment, is the funding for lending scheme which offers low or zero deposit mortgages to first time buyers. This is blowing a new housing bubble.

    • Graham

      I believe the UK debt stands at £1.3 trillion just now (with a pound sign, not $), unless that recent figure was a projection for 2015.

      Let’s see how the UKIP do in the next elections (2015) and Scottish Independence won’t really be independence at all if they get it this year.

      You don’t set the pace for independence by wanting a seat on the ECB, let alone two seats on the Federal Reserve system partner known as the Bank of England.

      Instead, you coin your own money and get the Rothschild cabal trash out of the bed.

  • MeMadMax

    Italy seems to be in a full on downturn now.

    This brings up another thing: Those idiots that are advocating the Ukraine to join the EU are insane…
    Follow the money from the paid rioters to the EU boss at the top!

    • harleyrider1778

      Torch in one hand and a bottle of gasoline in the other………..it makes governments fall!

    • http://savepenrhos.co.uk/ Savepenrhos dot co dot uk

      The issue in Ukraine is west vs slav. The slavic population – who are Orthodox religion and use the cyrillic alphabet, don’t want anything to do with western culture (which is what they perceive the EU to represent) and thus look to Russia to protect them. The western population of Ukraine are mostly Catholic, use the Roman alphabet and are scared of being under the Russian yoke again so look west to the EU.

      • GSOB

        What are the material aspects of the offer and agreement that they don’t agree on on?

  • Ralfine

    if people buy less cars it also means they make less debts.

  • Tatiana Covington

    People are increasingly outdated. As Ettinger once said: “What do you do with ten billion unemployed?”

    • Jim Davis

      Grind them up and use them as fertilizer?

      • Graham

        Monsanto have to grind them up with the ingredients of their existing fertiliser first. Work in progress!

      • Tatiana Covington

        Do you know who Ettinger is?

  • Edward

    As a British resident I can tell this country is going to blow very soon. I’d say once the weather gets warm most likely summer.

    You go into any big town or city and you can feel the tension.

    All it needs for it to happen is for the wrong person to be killed in unjust circumstances and there will be massive civil unrest.

    • cannuck21

      Friends back in the UK say exactly the same. These are not radical people by any means – just normal working & middle class people. The Labour government when in power made cynical policy to allow huge numbers (not just 10’s of thousands but now into the million +) of people from third world countries so that they would vote for a Labour Government. Significant numbers of these groups do not like the UK nor the West – ‘America is the Great Satan’ nonsense. The UK is now the most overcrowded country in Europe and as Edward writes is “awaiting for civil unrest’. I suspect that that the Conservative Government would have done the same if it would have helped their cause. Politicians world wide are the same untrustworthy crooks.
      Prep now before it is too late

      • Graham

        Care to tell all exactly “who” those crooks are, what they “stand” for and what renowned “movement” they are “all” affiliated with?

        If you don’t know, that’s fine, but the evidence is everywhere one looks. Perhaps a look is no longer enough, therefore “examination” may be a more appropriate term.

        • cannuck21

          Graham
          In reply to the above post and the one below. I hesitate to suggest that this is ‘organised’ both in Europe & the US but it certainly appears so. Your good comment about ‘water canons’ or even in the US the huge purchase of armaments by HLS are so correct – this is very disturbing and so sad. It does appear as a global change – i.e. the Western financial systems are now in decline. Perhaps after some periods of unrest (sic) peace will return?

          • Graham

            I can only see “peace” returning when the practice of usury is abolished, along with the removal of those who have far too much influence in essential government departments, lat alone mega corporations (etc)

            The latter are all of the same ilk and it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The truth has to come out across the board as to who has been doing what and why.

            They are throttling us, so a tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye. I believe it can be done with the best thinkers society has to offer.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          Progressive globalists. Deep roots in Fabian socialism and Marxism. Philosophy leans heavily toward State Run Captialism, or more simply Fascism.

          • Graham

            There is underlying “level” that promotes all of what you have stated.

            They purposely operate in the shadows. Track them down through research and you have found the main source of today’s mayhem.

            It isn’t hard to find.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            So what do I get?
            A, A-, B+..?

          • Graham

            Neither.

            A/half +

      • Edward

        The last Labour government did more damage to the UK than Hitler ever did.

        The 2011 census said there is 63.5 million people in the UK.

        But the supermarket bosses say there is 80 million people in this country. They worked this out according to how much food they sell.

        The NHS is falling apart because there is to many people. Schools have classes with 30 children speaking 30 different languages and none of them is english.

        If I was one of the people responsible for this mess I would be very worried that I will die a very nasty death.

      • http://savepenrhos.co.uk/ Savepenrhos dot co dot uk

        It’s not the UK that’s overcrowded at all. It’s London and the south east of England that’s overcrowded. Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and most of the rest of England are empty. North Wales *where I live) actually has a declining population and a surplus of housing.

      • seth datta

        America/UK IS the great Satan. I am Christian. But the FED and foreign banker wars have made the UK/US citizens unwittingly complicit in murder for the last 60+ years. We have taken arab oil, via coups and via wars. Now, the bankers have turned their apparatus against the naive sheeple, whom the bankers deem must be destroyed for the most part, to usher in a one-world-government. The sheeple also have been complicit in allowing immorality, bad parenting and cognitive dissonance to permeate their behaviour for many decades.

        This can never be fixed in the UK. Never mind being the home of the Rothschilds, it is also the case that there are too many people here relative to resources. Only Japan and Singapore have the same problem as the UK, and in many respects, their situations are better. UK is totally finished, but the US can be saved, even decades into the future, but it is imperative the rot stops soon.

    • Graham

      And that is exactly why the UK Police want the delivery of “Water Cannons” by the summer of this year.

      Don’t think for one minute that those in the shadows “controlling” the public facing puppet show in the halls of power haven’t anticipated the backlash that is coming.

      The people now need to uncover the correct target, which is the elephant in the same room as just about every other nation, aside from the one’s who dealt with them many years ago.

      You don’t have to dig very deep to find everything that needs to be known about that elephant, nor the groups who overwhelmingly support it for reasons none other than complete insanity.

      • http://savepenrhos.co.uk/ Savepenrhos dot co dot uk

        We don’t have a UK police. We have local police forces – it’s London’s Met that wants water cannon. No other force is interested in them.

        • Graham

          I should have put in the word “aspects”.. of UK Police.

          In Scotland, we now have a “unified” force known as Police Scotland.

          Water canon training took place in Northern Ireland last summer.

          • http://savepenrhos.co.uk/ Savepenrhos dot co dot uk

            All Police forces routinely do water cannon training in Northern Ireland – a bit of a piss up. Quick visit to the Bushmills distillery near Coleraine, take in the murals.

            Only the Met is trying to buy one.

      • seth datta

        They are going to instigate the backlash, if they choose to do so.

    • Phil from Germany

      The killing of Mark Duggan is not over by a long shot, see more riots in the UK soon I think.

      • http://savepenrhos.co.uk/ Savepenrhos dot co dot uk

        The riots associated with the Duggan killing only took place in England – they didn’t affect the rest of the UK.

    • Georgiaboy61

      Re: “As a British resident I can tell this country is going to blow very soon. I’d say once the weather gets warm most likely summer. You go into any big town or city and you can feel the tension.”

      Let me guess… it involves the so-called “religion of peace” in some manner, I’ll bet… mix that in with some dire economic conditions, and, well, you can fill in the blanks…

      Hope you weather the storm…

      • Edward

        The far-left have brought the Muslims into this country to be the foot soldiers for them to get their Marxist state.

        I hope the Marxists end up like their comrades did in Iran.

  • Tatiana Covington

    I recall Germany has already been tested to a breaking point by poverty and misery and look what happened in result!

  • K

    There is no doubt, the plan to crash the U.S. and European economies continues on schedule. Michael says he hopes you are preparing, so do I. Just remember as you prepare to allow for your location.If you are in a location where large scale riots, or violence of any sort are likely, have somewhere else to go..I would rather live in my car, in a safe area. Then live in a well fortified house, in a war zone. Those of you with young children need to consider this most of all.

  • GSOB

    I suggest that, if we truly understand the universal, immoral human condition, then granting more power and authority to morally corrupt human beings in government, especially as they sweet-talk us into voting for them by promising us a more enjoyable and happier life, whether through a kinder, gentler nation or through hope and change, ought to be the very definition of insanity.

    • Graham

      The more the true elephant in the room gets the public to believe it is all their “governments” fault, the more likely the public are to support the “power” that awaits in the shadows, which controls almost every existing government anyway.

      Ingenious plan, written over a hundred years ago, and since validated as authentic “twice”. Several ex US Presidents acknowledged that power publicly!

  • Syrin

    That 75% tax on income in France is bound to stimulate the economy. After all, who doesn’t want to risk investing capital when they can keep 25% of what they make after they pay corporate taxes, fees, etc.?

    • libsarescum

      its called garynomics

  • Rufus T Firefly

    Appropriate as we celebrate the centennial of the First World War.

  • libsarescum

    LIBERAL DESTRUCTION IS ALMOST COMPLETE

  • GSOB

    Christians are deceived by the propaganda of their leadership into thinking more highly of themselves than they should. By ignoring the biblical message that no one ever escapes his moral depravity this side of eternity, the American Church is a
    Beast and deceives people about their ongoing, moral corruption.

    • Graham

      That is one of the most astounding posts I have ever seen you write!

      Now I challenge you to “fully expose” the “other half” of the problem that so many are completely blind too.

      That would be the precise reason the American Church has become a “beast”, or more to the point, why it “fully supports” the gigantic elephant in the room that has turned it into a “beast”.

      • GSOB

        All the apparent biblical education that goes on within the American Church is intended to motivate people to support the institution of
        the Church, not to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior.

        The ultimate goal of the American Church is to put food on the tables of pastors and roofs over their families’ heads, to attract people to their weekly entertainment shows on Sunday mornings so that they participate enthusiastically in a religious ceremony that uses biblical terminology that, in turn, permits both the leadership and the people to state proudly and publicly how many people attend their Church, and to engage in activities that give the appearance of being loving and charitable toward others, even to the far reaches of the globe.

        The ultimate goal of the American Church is not to teach people solid, biblical truth so that they can face into and endure suffering, pain, and persecution as tests of their faith.

        The ultimate goal of the American Church is to manipulate people into making each Church organization a successful business.

        • Eric Quintero

          I think this is a limited world view in thinking that all churches in American adhere to these “American Church” practices. Ive seen good churches and Ive seen questionable ones, but most that Ive seen personally are generally charitable and give back to their communities.

        • Graham

          Where does the remainder of their “billions” go?

        • Gay Veteran

          just like every other “priest” through history

  • http://chartistfriendfrompittsburgh.blogspot.com/ ChartistFriendfromPgh

    you guys should look up dr. joseph chiappalone on youtube

    he quotes this blog on his website and has some very deep insight regarding why things are collapsing and degenerating

    • GSOB

      He’s a Kuk and you, a troll.

  • harleyrider1778

    Then and Now………..we can see the same game plan played out to the bitter end theres absolutely no difference…………

    Drinking Can Disfigure Your Grandchildren
    1910
    The Women’s Christian Temperance Union was all in favor of educating the nation’s youth about the dangers of alcohol well before they tried it for themselves. (More on that in a minute.) One of their lessons included the idea that drinking doesn’t only impact you—the effects can be passed down through your family to future generations. Even your great-great-grandchildren will suffer.

    According to these groups, the offspring of parents who are known to have a drink or two won’t mature into grown men and women. They’ll have their physical growth stunted, and their poisoned life’s blood, tainted with alcohol, will drive them insane. Even inhaling alcoholic fumes was said to then create children who would cry for a drink of alcohol at the sight of anything bottle-shaped.

    ……………………………………………….
    Magical Genetics Claim: Maternal smoking causes asthma in …

    Aug 05, 2013 · Epigenetics is a major new front in junk science. Imagine — smoking irreversibly changes gene expression in existing eggs so as to effect health three …

    ………………………………………………
    Grandmother’s Smoking Linked to Asthma in Grandchild

    Mar 05, 2013 · Grandmother’s Smoking Linked to Asthma in … It is environmental factors that cause second-generation asthma. … Scientists Discover Second Genetic Code …

    Does it end, of course it does. Its just funny to see these idiots playing the same game 100 years apart. Its like they just dusted off the formula book and recanted a new line with the same claims!

  • Jim Davis

    The collapse is already here for many. If you’re in your 50s and get laid off at work, then good luck ever finding a real job again and welcome to the collapse! If you just graduated college and have six figure student loan debt but no real job, then you would call it a collapse. No need to wait. Economic collapse is all around right now.

    • DiscouragedOne

      I have found a job in my 50s and know others who have, although mine is contract, others I know are mixed, some contract, some permanent. It has a lot to do with skill level in my line of work.

      • quercus454

        That is always good to hear.

    • Azrael

      Wrong, you can easily find work if your skills are what the market requires.

      • http://savepenrhos.co.uk/ Savepenrhos dot co dot uk

        In the UK the competition between employers is huige for young people. Because fo the aging population and the governmet raising the retirement ages etc etc older are seen as a liability and less open to change. Younger are seen as more maleable and they will take a less experienced younger person over an older one because they look at them as a long term asset that they can mould.

        • nekksys

          Just as it is here in the US.

      • GSOB

        that presupposes that the market will continue to exist.

  • GSOB

    When God miraculously changes our hearts and we actually embrace biblical truth with a genuine desire for God’s mercy and salvation, we do not become good people who have shed our moral depravity and corruption. We simply become morally despicable Christians.

  • GSOB

    The ultimate task of a human being is not
    to make sure that the world is a better place when he dies, that life is more fair for everyone when he dies, that people are better fed, clothed, housed, and educated when he dies, that either capitalism or socialism is squashed by the time he dies, that traditional orthodoxy is better protected and more secure when he dies, that the Bible is more respected by our culture or global humanity when he dies, or that his Church still exists and people are continuing to be evangelized around the world because of the Church’s efforts when he dies.

    The ultimate task of a human being is to prepare himself for the judgment.

    • Azrael

      When you’re dead all judgement is superfluous – what they’re going to do, dig up your rotting corpse or ashes to punish them?

      • Guest

        No, you have a soul that is eternal.

        • Azrael

          Nope, no soul here, just a human body with a working brain.

          • Guest

            Wrong. Like all human beings, there is a material and immaterial part of you that makes you who you are. The material part is your body. The immaterial part is your soul. Your soul is eternal and will exist somewhere eternally.

          • Azrael

            Wrong, there is no soul, just like there is no supernatural/immaterial realm, part, mumbo-jumbo or whatever you want to call it.

          • Graham

            That’s a very honest admission to make.

            Anton Lavey’s “church” would be very proud of you.

          • Azrael

            No church or religion needed for that, just a simple look at the evidence. If you’re too dumb to do that…

          • GSOB

            The soul/spirit = the invisible part of Azrael is dead towards the things of God. But feels and loves everything else.

            The bible teaches, and please look it up and read it for yourself, that we are all -children of wrath, seperated from God… but when the Spirit regenerates, the hostility ends.

            That’s God doing. Won’t you read Ephesians chapter 2 in the New Testament and pray, ask for forgiveness and new life…

            Ok?

          • Graham

            You might get further by playing him/her Led Zeplin on your drums.

          • Azrael

            No, not even close to OK. First, something that doesn’t exist can’t e dead towards something that doesn’t exist.
            Second, the bible doesn’t teach anything at all.
            Finally god isn’t doing anything since it doesn’t exist and all the bs in the world won’t change that.

          • GSOB

            None of us are perfect.
            And we will die.

            I thought about you twice today, since I asked you to read Ephesians chapter 2.

            Would you like me to post the chapter?

            Are you thinking, willing to be closed minded to a small portion out of the most published book ever?

            Tempting is it? Only 19 verses. Have you read it Azrael?

          • Azrael

            Let me give you 4 verses to see why you shouldn’t take anything written in there as worthy of anything:
            Matthew 10: 34 Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter in law against her mother in law, your enemies will be the members of your own household. 36 Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. 37 Anyone who loves a son or a daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

          • GSOB

            Thanks for sharing scripture with me Azrael.

            How far would you go to defend what is right?

            Would you die for your friend?

            Let’s hope your right then

            Jesus is God incarnate.

            Born to die.

            Now, there is virtue in that.

            Not all believe.

            The seriousness of what is at stake, is what’s depicted in those passages you shared.

            Not unreasonable for any King. But Jesus is the King.

            Revelation 19:15
            From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.

            16. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

            I hope that gains your interest Azrael.

            Back to Ephesians Chapter 2.
            Did you read it Azrael?

          • GSOB

            “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

  • 2Gary2

    Americans look like poverty cases when compared to many countries around
    the world. We drive ratty cars, have poorly built houses, wear cheap
    clothing and eat crappy food. Do some traveling in Norway or Japan and
    see how far we have fallen.

    • DiscouragedOne

      I have, have you? I don’t think so because your head is in the usual place, and it is not a good place.

    • Mike D

      Yes, you’d think after 5 years of Obama, we’d be doing better than this huh???

    • Jimbo

      Both countries (Norway and Japan) have the highest deficit to GDP ratios of any countries in the world.

      • Graham

        Why else do you think those countries appeal to Gary?

        In Japan, he may deem the radiation to be healthy too.

        I like G’s posts as they force me to completely change my thinking.

      • 2Gary2

        So?

        • Jimbo

          It means that they live beyond their means.

    • Graham

      Thanks for your lifestyle and look description dude. Are you by any chance living in a Democrat stronghold?

      • 2Gary2

        I live in WI where republicans took over in 2010 and promptly ruined the state. Walker is a joke who will not come close to his promise of 250,000 new jobs. Maybe if these low info dolts would quit looking in woman’s uterus they could actually help create jobs.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          Ruined it how? Turning the budget and employment positive?
          LMAO! You have GOT to be 18 years old and still piss down your leg daily.

        • Graham

          I was reading a link last night which suggested that the Republican Party was established in Wisconsin.

          I support your home state in that I own two “Trek” bikes. Both made in the USA due to the models they happen to be.

          “Low info dolt”. Haha. I must start using that line in the UK, which funnily enough would be with our socialists.

          • 2Gary2

            Mary Burke-one of the owners of Trek is running as a dem against walker so I would guess you like the dems?

          • Graham

            Does it make me a “Democrat” because I ride Trek bikes around Scotland?

            Bear in mind, George W Bush rode a Trek bike in Scotland too.. and he’s a Republican.

            Funnily enough, Dubya fell off after crashing into a Scottish Police officer and had to be taken back to the Gleneagles hotel in a van.

            Excellent President (for comedy), especially when he upstaged the Queen during a toast.

  • 2Gary2

    Indeed,
    Republicans are seeing their entire worldview crumble. Even though
    Obamacare was invented at Heritage and implemented by their 2012
    presidential nominee, they’ve convinced themselves that it is worse than
    Hitler. And yet it is the law and won’t be going anywhere.

    Getting rid of the filibuster will now allow Democrats to “pack” the courts and agencies by, you know, filling vacancies.

    There
    are married gay people in UTAH! Their innermost stronghold has been
    breached, and even though the Supreme Court stayed that decision, 17
    states now allow unfettered love and commitment, and more will soon
    follow suit. And what’s more, if the courts were to strike down marriage
    bans, Americans would approve!

    • Mike D

      Yes, because I want to marry 2 of my sisters and my brother. but these stupid laws about only having one spouse at a time HAVE TO GO!!!
      Who the heck is the gov’t to tell me I can only love 1 person at a time?!?!? And then they have the GALL to tell me I can’t marry a sibling!! Those HATING BIGOTS!!!

      • Graham

        Brilliant!

        The UK is up to the exact same nonsense, especially with programming the kids.

        The next thing they will be doing is genetically removing the essential parts for breeding.

      • 2Gary2

        I thought all you conservatives, especially in the South did marry your sisters and cousins? Isn’t that why republicans are referred to as inbreed morons? I guess at least your honest in your wanting to marry your sister. I guess it gives a whole new meaning to the term sister wives.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          well wouldn’t that be their right according to you mouth breathers?
          And how dare you foist your thoughts on them you hateful, bigoted, incestophobe.

    • Graham

      When they are finished “crumbling” the Republicans, do you expect a tea party will be held for the remaining Democrats?

      Always go for the leaders of the pack first. The rest are usually cannon fodder. It’s the leaders who shape a country whilst others view it as a nipple.

      Does the USA of today not remind you of a beached whale? It’s infrastructure and integrity sure looks to me like blubber.

    • Azrael

      Man, are you high or what? What are you talking about? What has all this to do with the european economy – the subject of this article?

      • 2Gary2

        We need single payer healthcare

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          Yea, like you need another gaping hole in your head.

        • Azrael

          Yes, you’re somewhat correct but, again, what has this to do with the article ?

          • GSOB

            don’t have too…

            isn’t the internet fascinating?

    • 2guest2

      Running low on meds again? Don’t worry your messiah king obama will save you ;-)

    • C.L. Strasburg

      TRASH Copy/Pasted from THE DAILY KOS 1/8/2014 “White guys are an endangered species, and everyone else votes wrong”

      Wow, Gary ..YOUR “people” (Latinos, Asians, single women, young voters & African Americans) label anyone who carries a pocket constitution a racist!

      • Graham

        I believe it is still safe and legal to carry one around… inside the National History museum.

        • C.L. Strasburg

          Yes ….. until someone starts bleating that it OFFENDS them.

    • wenmklbfwejlhrfwejklwe

      Glad you were FINALLY able to get married in Utah.

    • Drud

      I never understand this line of reasoning: “Republicans really created Obamacare, so it is a terrible idea, but I completely support it because I am a Democrat.”

  • 2Gary2

    Chris Christie Denies Knowledge Of Bridge Payback Scheme

    Another right wing tea bagger going down. ha ha ha ha

    • Jim Davis

      Seriously Gary2, that’s dumb even for you. Chris Christie is an Obama supporting lefty who HATES the Tea Party.

      • 2Gary2

        I do admit I really enjoyed his embracing of Obama and pretty much making mittens loose. This is your guy for 2016???

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          They made mittens loose?
          Yikes! What were they doing with the mittens?

          Oh!!! You meant LOSE, and in your usual illiterate manner, just pissed all down your leg in your excitement.

        • Graham

          Gary…

          Putting the Mormon up against the coke snorting bisexual terrorist will make for superb entertainment across the Atlantic.

          Is old Bill still taking South American shipments straight into Arkansas?

          Source: Cathy O’Brian
          (Transformation America)

    • Mike D

      Gary2…. If you think Christie is a right wing tea bagger, you seriously don’t have a clue.

      • 2Gary2

        walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, even looks like a duck.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          In other words, you have no clue what you’re talking about.

    • Graham

      Hate to tell ya G, but the whole coin is going down, which includes all 3 sides.

      Two of the sides are obviously far more dominant in size than the third, but are they not all embedded and bound “in and by” the exact same “metal”?

      It’s the “metal” you need to focus on!

    • Azrael

      WTF has this to do with this article? BTW he’s a RINO, not a tea-bagger.

      • 2Gary2

        I guess it has nothing to do with the article, however, I am never one to pass up pointing out how pathetic repubes are.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          …and demonstrate how pathetic you are in the process. LOL!

    • Jodi

      Your comment is laughable. Chris Christie is a nightmare, not a tea party guy.

    • rentslave

      Fort Lee should have been bulldozed years ago,but the Saturday people have too much pull.

      • DiscouragedOne

        I liked when Palisades Amusement Park was there, they should have left well enough alone, and then we would still have Little Miss America.

    • goldminer

      Dolt… Christy is in no WAY no HOW how a Teabagger. He is one of yours! Gary you should reach out , Give him a big ol hug and welcome him as one of your family.
      IMO he is out to destroy the Republician party. he is a socialist thru and thru.
      You should give his big fat face a big slobbery kiss.

    • libsarescum

      hi clueless fembot, Chrisie is a liberal Republican you shmuck

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      So Christie should ‘go down’ for orchestrating heavy traffic, but you’re good with Obamaguns killing border agents and the dereliction of duty that killed 4 in Benghazi?
      Or is that ‘Another left wing dbagger getting away with murder’?

  • DiscouragedOne

    There are lots of posts on here about how to get prepared, and they are not what you think. To start, click on Preppers in the top menu.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Cue the Patsy Cline song “I Fall to Pieces”. I dedicate this to the continent of Europe.

    • El Pollo de Oro

      I dedicate the Patsy Cline song “Crazy” to anyone who thinks there will be a happy ending for the EU (which Nigel Farage accurately describes as a “union of failure”).

    • El Pollo de Oro

      I dedicate Buck Owens’ “Cryin’ Time” to all the Italian youths who have advanced business degrees but are saying, “I’m here to apply for the dishwasher position. I’m also very good at mopping floors.”

  • davidmpark

    At least they’re allowed to work. :(

  • davidmpark

    Germany accepted a return of their gold from the Federal Reserve recently. They’re taking a lot of their gold back to the motherland over the next few years. Turns out “their” gold was missing identifying numbers and markers – it was melted down before shipping. Might not had been their actual gold.

    Not a good sign.

    • Graham

      The story I read stated they were denied being allowed to view it after requesting to do so. The final agreement reached was repatriation would take “7” years.

      Curiously, Neil Keenan wrote a letter to Merkel last week stating that the 300 hundred tonnes requested wasn’t Germany’s in the first place.

      According to the calculations his team made from combing through available records, America “lent” Germany 17,000 tonnes to finance Hitler. Has anybody ever successfully traced where “Hitlers” gold disappeared to after WWII?

      Merkel is apparently out the game for a few weeks after her “ski accident”. This curiously coincided with the arrival of the letter, which has been published online.

      The mind boggles.

      • chris

        17,000 TONNES! Are you sure? That’s about 8 years of current global gold production i think. If you’re right what you are effectively pointing out is that America is responsible for WW2. Conspiracy theorists should be able to work something around this.

        • Graham

          I’m not “personally” sure, but that is the figure they calculated and there has been some intense debate over it. The group are 100% certain of their calculation.

          Conspiracy fact doesn’t often leave much room for the conspiracy theorists to work with. Does anything else support the claim? The bankers are known to have financed both sides of just about every war since the Napoleonic.

          Find out which factions of the Rothschild dynasty controlled which European banks and in what countries.

          You may also want to research the connections Prescott Bush (Scherf) and others had during the war with Germany.

          A huge number of senior ranking German officers were also given new identities and brought to the US under Operation Paperclip.

      • davidmpark

        Thanks for the extra info. I didn’t see that.

      • djvita

        that gold was originally peruvian/mexican, then the conquistadores stole it, and then the spanish lost/sold them in the wars in europe over the centuries…

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      It most definitely wasn’t “their” gold.
      There is so much more going on with that too.
      Yea, they were denied looking at it, they were denied immediate repatriation, and then according to the 7 year schedule, this initial shipment was short…
      Not only was the gold rehypothecated (sold on paper several times over), but the physical gold was also sold.

      • Graham

        One person who has a very similar view regarding Fort Know, was notably Ron Paul. I still follow him regularly on his site.

        “Ron Paul Institute”

      • davidmpark

        At this point, I don’t think an audit of Fort Knox could be believed. These politico’s have no credibility anymore – even if they showed photos, videos, and had a traveling exhibition; there’s just too many variables and bad reputations.

        Think it’s safe to assume the gold isn’t there anymore. And probably that the international community’s gold in the Federal Reserve is gone, too.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          The last time the gold in Ft Knox was viewed by the public, it was a reporter (on live TV I believe) in the 60s(?) with a huge following of people. I think I might believe THAT, if it was repeated along with some metallurgical analysis etc.

          • davidmpark

            I saw that video. But the 60’s was a much different culture compared to today. With what the feds and media have pulled so far, I just can’t trust what any of ‘em put out anymore.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Sooner or later you gotta trust some way of verification short of allowing tourism thru the vaults.

          • nekksys

            Unfortunately, even that can’t be trusted. Heist or crime movies often simulate gold bars to a very realistic level. With today’s machining technology, I can machine a block of soft maple and gold leaf it to look like whatever country’s gold it’s supposed to look like.

          • davidmpark

            True. But not with all who’s in charge.

  • MeMadMax

    Whomever is the boss of Bernanke/Yellen…

    • Roger Smith

      I think we’ll find the head of the snake in the Tower of Basel…..

      • Graham

        The head of the snake is an “egregore”. See above.

    • Graham

      Their boss would be Lucifer, assuming they follow the traditions of their bloodline faction.

  • DJohn1

    The problem with Europe and Britain is the welfare state. Socialism is firmly imbedded there.
    I suggest that China is selling goods there just like they have taken over retailing here. So when they have all the money, where is the employment?
    I was in England less than ten years ago. I tried to buy a printer cord for my brother. The price was close to double what I could get the same cord for here. Since then I have found the same cord at a Dollar Tree for a dollar. In England the same cord was close to 15 dollars.
    They also had value added taxes.
    They also have socialized medicine. Just like the government here is trying to put together with Obama’s insurance scheme.
    Britain has gone the route of the small business plan where Mom and Pop stores are everywhere.
    We have went with big corporations like WalMart.
    I took a bus. It was like a huge garage sale market place all over the numerous neighborhoods I went through on the bus.
    The difference is the number of government bureau people making a living off the rest of us. England has a whole scheme of civil servants. But never fear, we are approaching their level fairly soon.
    What made this country different was their deep resentment of big government. Gradually we have gotten as bad as all the rest in the world.
    I suggest that the way out of this is to get out of the government business as much as possible.
    Let us quit supporting the world. Instead lets take care of the people right here in the USA. That means a business policy that takes away the advantage of having a currency worth nothing on a world market. I speak of countries with huge populations with no way to feed them except an industrial explosion that takes everyone else’s jobs and leaves the entire world poverty stricken.
    We are seeing greedy companies here that are sending lots of jobs to places like India. It has happened everywhere.
    I say make it against the law to do so. Make it unprofitable to do so by huge fines against companies that do so. If they take those jobs overseas then they are taking away tax money that should remain here.
    We have seen the result of open markets. Ask Detroit about open markets.
    Open markets only work if you have equal working conditions. If we are on a level playing field between them and us. Our ancestors were a whole lot wiser than us. They knew that in a world of starving people there is no even playing field for business and labor.
    That is why the playing field was made more towards the laboring classes than we have right now. That is why government tried to make the playing field more towards bargaining between the wealthy and the poor. It resulted in a tax base that made our government wealthy.
    Gradually over the years that same government has cut the very foundations that made a middle class in this country.
    I am for capitalism. But I am also for a tax base that is fair to everyone. The current scheme is anything but fair to the majority of people in this country. It is far worse in Europe.

  • Ralfine

    YES, IT IS REALLY, REALLY BAD IN EUROPE, better stay where you are.

  • chilller

    The sound of silence from the financial carnival barkers about 2013 holiday sales is deafening. No one wants to admit how bad sales were so they remain quiet. You know if there was anything good about it, they would be blaring it from the highest mountain. Yet one more sign of the contraction in spending.

    • Joe Shmo

      Look at the first time UE numbers released today (thursday). Yesterday they crow about the 238K jobs created for Dec. Today I have to look up the UE first time weekly claims. Unadjusted totaled 486,033 in the week
      ending January 4. Wow. And I can’t find a story written about this anywhere.

      • nekksys

        The numbers I heard were that only 78K jobs were created… Seems there really is “regional” news…

  • chilller

    From our tax dollars we continue to pay the government to tax us higher, take away more liberties, the police to abuse us more, the banks to rape us further. About the only institutions left who actually protect us in any way with our tax money is fire and rescue. But unfortunately…they cannot help us with the kind of fire we all need rescued from right now…

    • FounderChurch

      Fire and Rescue is ripping us off along with all other government employees. There should be no such thing as a government employee. Everything they do should be totally privatized.

      Government so-called “workers” are way overpaid for the totally unskilled work they do. And as for the exorbitant pensions, and other bennies they extort from us, they are all totally inappropriate, unChristian and unAmerican.

      Everyone without any exceptions should WORK, from 2 to 102 at some work they can do, and want to do, Not one person should be unemployed, including the super rich, sick and handicapped.

      We shouldn’t force people to work, but we need to make they very uncomfortable if they don’t. No rich person should be allowed to sit on his rear end as a public spectacle and disgrace on a beach in Bermuda an live off of his money, which is really God’s money.

      If he doesn’t show evidence of working regularly he needs to have all his taxes doubled and tripled or even be thrown in jail. I’m a Conservative Capitalist but EVERYBODY working is non-negotiable.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        It’s as simple as Ben Franklin said. You have to make the poor uncomfortable in their poverty so they do something to get out of it.

        • FounderChurch

          All taxes should be sin taxes. that is to say, all taxes should be levied on conduct you want to see less of, and little or no taxes should ever be levied on conduct you want more of.

          Insane America does the exact opposite: We give tax breaks, rewards, and privileges to the kind of conduct that is most harmful to the nation and to the individual.

          Then, insanely we tax heavily, and punish and penalize the very conduct that would help the individual and the nation the most. Think about it. Does this make sense?

          Do we want more unemployment? If not, then punish and tax the unemployed in as many ways as you can think of, and reward those who work by never taxing them when they work. The income tax is a disincentive to work.

          If you don’t want AIDS, and other communicable diseases, penalize and tax them, and you will get less of them.

          Is Obesity bad for the individual and bad for the nation? Then tax and penalize it, don’t reward it with all kinds of benefits.

          I could go down a list of hundreds of these various behaviors, and the same reasoning would apply to all of them.

          If you want fewer squirrels in your backyard, get a cat and dog, and don’t put out squirrel food.

          If you put out squirrel food, don’t be surprised if you yard fills up with squirrels.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            No, sin taxes are just as fascistic as the left.

            It’s abhorrent to tax a man on his labor and his property so how about just 1 simple sales tax. You wanna support the poor, GREAT, taxes on food and clothing remain VERY low.
            You wanna screw the rich, GREAT, you sales tax their Yachts at 50%.

            EVERYONE pays.

          • FounderChurch

            I don’t think you have a clue about what sin taxes are. Your sales tax approach is a European idea and just a disincentive to not buy and not work either. It would, and does, destroy economies. Sin taxes function to make people better an help the economy and are fair because they punish bad character and reward good character. Everyone should not pay but just the bad acting ones. Are you one of those?

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            And I dont think you have a clue what fascism is.

            Whose going to decide what’s sin and what isn’t?

            I sure as hell don’t want conservatives telling me I cant smoke a joint if I want and I sure as hell dont want leftists telling telling me not to drive my truck because I’m killing the planet.

            Have a good one. fascist.

          • FounderChurch

            I knew you were a criminal Democrat from the start, thanks for confirming it.

            Like all Liberals, when you lose an argument on the facts you resort to ad hominem slurs, get mad and take you ball and mitt and go home to sulk some more.

            Go Smoke your Joint Criminal Bum Druggie or clean yourself up, find God and become a Conservative Believer, and amount to something in the eyes of God and humanity.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            BWAAHAHAHA.
            Get the hell outta my face with that garbage.

  • Phil from Germany

    There was an article today on German national radio over Greece, and the massive problems just about everyone is facing. Everything from electrictiy to non essential foods is cut , most have taken thier cars off the road. If you need drugs for a medical condition, then put quite bluntly you are probably going to die. Much the same story in Spain, and soon Italy

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      “most have taken thier cars off the road.”

      Do you know why? anyone that still has any means “dresses down”. Literally, in the clothes they wear and they aren’t seen in public with anything that could be construed as wealth, because it’s a magnet for Gary

  • Ralfine

    If countries in the Middle East and Africa are in continuous war and unrest, they can’t buy anything manufacturered elsewhere.

    And the west financed the growth of the recent decades by loans for consumption.

    In Hong Kong they say: No investment – no return.

    So, if there is only consumption of wealth, but no investment, there is no return with which to pay back the loans.

    In America there is more consumption than anywhere else. In Europe they build houses to last centuries or until the next war. In the US they last until the next flood or storm. A house became a consumption item, along with everything within.

    Add to that all the war items – fuel, bombs, missiles, etc.

    On the other hand – those who sell these perishable goods are doing well.

  • Selaretus

    Our clueless ‘President’ just announced yet another useless, ineffective ‘program’ to ‘drastically reduce poverty’ and…..*ahem*….’create jobs.’ The Government, like the ‘stock market’, is so completely uncoupled from reality that it defies explanation. I guess when you are fat, rich and happy it’s all good!

    • Joe Shmo

      What really bugs me about the presidents proposal is the talk of creating a “National Infrastructure Bank”. WTF? The government creating a bank? This raises so many questions it’s hard to even begin.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        See: Soviet Constitution.

        The Marxists are starting to take their masks off. It won’t be too much longer that they just come out and say – “yea we’re Marxists, so what’.

        • Graham

          Are we seeing a repeat of what the “Bolsheviks” tried to achieve in Russia, prior to being booted out and heading to America?

        • Joe Shmo

          Yes, I realize that. I was in the military during the end of the “cold war”. I was in the gulf, my brother, in Germany when The Wall fell. I know what it looks like. I just have a hard time accepting that it’s here now. We all gave so much to stop it, and now it’s consuming our country.

          • Anonymous

            “We all gave so much to stop it……”

            Is that a joke? Americans are the ones that married the Nazis, Communists, Socialists, etc. and rolled out the red carpet for all of them to get here, live here, and thrive here. When is the last time you saw an American married to another American? Then, the children of such unions are raised by a Communist parent. How exactly have Americans “given so much” to stop Communism when Americans are marrying and importing those politics daily?

          • Joe Shmo

            You misunderstand. I was replying to Malcom as “kin”. His avatar is the USMC emblem. I was speaking to the former/current military brothers and sisters. Not to the civilian pukes. My family has had a person in the military for every conflict since WWII. Now in Sudan. Yes, we have given much.

          • Gay Veteran

            if you have family currently in the military then they are fools and cannon fodder for empire

          • ConcernedAmerican

            One of the best books I have read was “War is a racket” by Smedley Butler.

          • jonno

            A whole family of baby killers.

          • Joe Shmo

            A whole family of Patriots. There, fixed it for you. I mean really, do you view the entire US Military this way? If so, your education is seriously lacking some historical facts.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            *sigh* you’re depressing me.
            I lived in Germany when I was a teen. On one of the family’s many tours of Europe we were in Berlin and we went to Checkpoint Charlie. I remember VERY vividly looking over the wall.
            I swear it was like someone turned off the color. It was a dull, drab black and white world.
            I too have a hard time accepting that black stain coming here.

  • enes

    you only can talk. you can do nothing. i want to kill you all stupid americans

    • Killer Virus

      You want my address tough guy?

      • Graham

        Hilarious!

    • libsarescum

      now gary, behave

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Come and take it beotch.

      • Graham

        Here here Malcolm, I hope your not talking about using your weapon?

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          Utah law provides for killing scum when in protection of life OR property.
          I will not lose sleep killing someone to protect my life or my family’s.
          Ya, I’m not using my bare hands to do it and I’m pretty damned proficient with firearms.

          • Graham

            Going by the wording you used, I thought you were talking about your “other” weapon.

            All in tune with today’s Common Core teachings of course, so consider what I said to be very “modern” thinking. Haha.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            This is my rifle this is my gun…

          • GSOB

            To walk my post in a military manner, observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing…..

  • Vlad Lenin

    Here’s the disconnect… Ikea opening a store in Spain. High employment, whole country spiraling around the toilet bowl, and they’re opening a store. Sure Ikea has a low cost appeal, but what’s happening. Do these people have the cash/credit to buy or is Ikea brain dead? I see plenty of brain dead commercial real estate expansions in my area… build, sit empty.

  • FounderChurch

    Another Teaching from FounderChurch: EUROPE has been a garbage can for centuries. It staggers from Absolute Monarchy, to Communism, to Fascism, to Nazism, to Anarchy, and on to racist wars, and back again repeatedly over and over.

    They have no conception of the words free elections or human rights, never mind of such a thing as a Bill of Rights.

    Every tiny village hates the village down the road. They speak a hundred languages, and have a dozen religions all hating the guts of the other ones.

    George Washington said to leave them totally absolutely alone to stew in their own juice, and ONLY trade with friendly nations, and never have any commercial dealings with any unfriendly nation.

    Of Course, Democrat Traitors, Jefferson chief among them, have violated all of these instructions coming directly from the Father of our Country. He also counselled us to allow no political parties, and have only non-partisan elections based on individual character. “FounderChurch”

    • Graham

      Does any European country use software controlled electronic voting machine’s? Until they follow in the footsteps of the USA, I would say “free voting” still exists.

      Europe in the main still requires by law that food packaging labels GMO content. I also don’t know of any European country that fluoridates it’s water.

      Keep eating and drinking the water in your neck of the woods. The effects of it are clear for all Europeans to see :)

      The “Father of your Country” has retired and become a historical relic. Welcome to the MOTHERLAND where the uniform depicts the new power.

      • FounderChurch

        You are cherry picking, which is not a accurate evaluation. Yes, Europeans are clever, clever, clever etc, but so is the devil and so was Lenin, Stalin, Napoleon,Hitler and a thousand other nut cases that befouled the world.

        I don’t buy your response as convincing. Europe fails in all the essentials, while being good on some lesser things.

        BTW I make my own water, and grow my own food, so your examples don’t apply to me, but still I agree with with you we are failing in lots of ways.

        I blame it all on Demon Rats chewing away at our substructure. Search “FounderChurch”

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      “They have no conception of the words free elections or human rights, never mind of such a thing as a Bill of Rights. ”
      they have no idea what freedom is.

      • FounderChurch

        Exactly! Like it or lump it, the English speaking peoples are the only people on earth that have, or ever had, any conception of the dignity and worth of the individual, and things like “inalienable rights” and simple equality.

        Of course Demonkrauts, who have always been in love with Europe, have twisted and perverted these concepts in order to make them come to mean the opposite of what they were intended to mean. In this ignoble work, the veritable leader and founder of the Demon Party, Jefferson, led the way and set the example. Check him out.

        So the Slaver Demoncrats have now just about stripped us of all our hard won rights, thereby setting world civilization back a thousand years, back before Magna Carta written in England in the year 1215. .

      • Graham

        I come from “Wallace” country and I think we do, or did for a short while.

        That opportunity will arise again this September. Be prepared for more flashing butts… on TV.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          LMAO! I am also of Scottish and English descent.

          • Graham

            You are genetically entitled to flash “half” a butt then.

            Luckily, we were all given two cheeks :)

          • Graham

            I always recognised their was a “natural” arrogance in ya. Must be the Celtic gene!

  • Steve

    I passed this article on to my friends in the EU. Here is the reply from Spain. All should find it enlightening.

    Spain has the super-high unemployment rates cited. Hovering at about 27% for adults, and almost 50% for young adults (inexperienced kids including many freshly-minted university graduates). I see only professional adults this year; no teens. They all fear for their jobs. Maybe half like their jobs. The other half toil away to eke out a living; usually as half of a working couple. And, half of them are childless and thankful for not having to feed, care for and pay expenses to raise some child/ren.

    There are beggars on almost every corner and at every metro station entrance/exit. Africans (the most dignified, polite, courteous & respectful of the beggars) occupy main doors to all neighborhoods’ key supermarkets. There are countless lottery ticket hucksters. Beggars infest the metro trains, roving from car to car in the 4- and 6-car trains. It is common to have 1 beggar pass through one car between stations 1 and 2, followed by the next beggar in the same train car between stations 2 and 3. Frankly, they feel like pests (flies at a picnic) which may be unkind to say.

    There are numerous metro musicians. They, too, rove from car to car between stations/stops. At least they produce something (music, well sometimes it’s only almost music) as depressing as “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”; all too popular a tune of metro musicians. And they occupy key junctions in the metro system’s underground passages. Some are quite good. Most make me want to howl like a dog trying to tone-deafly sing/howl along.

    Crowds swarm the government’s ubiquitous unemployment/job-finding office. Almost all have official documents that appear to be more related to collecting further unemployment payments instead of prospective jobs documents. Lots of immigrants (South Americans and Romanians) take low-paying labor such as maids, gardeners, and fast-food restaurant workers. Mostly Spaniards take janitor jobs (“portero” which is the building maintenance person [man or woman] who cleans halls, elevators & stairs, empties garbage, watches who comes & goes thru the main door, and spends most of the work hours sitting on their butts).

    Car production (Seat) and sales have been falling. I have a Seat exec. He’s reviewed sales figures with me to confirm this. Mortgage applications are WAAAAAAYYY lower than in the irrationally hyper-inflated, speculative mortgage-boom pre-2008. But the banks are sitting on their loot. They do NOT loan any to businesses that actually have solid business history. Instead, they appear to loan to crime partner shysters. If post-2008 loans are defaulting, then it’s “Inside Job ~ part 2″. But in the automotive, infrastructure, and big-ticket item manufacturing/production industries, loan money is scarce.

    Inside Job ~ part 2 means the fraud and economic terrorism industry thrives.

    Spaniards who are real producers who create new wealth and actually add value to Earth are seeking projects and long-term business relationships outside of Spain. They are fleeing. The government is incrementally raising taxes in various and sundry ways, some are insidious and/or oft-proposed in the past but now imposed because of “austerity” to bail out banksters. Many of my professionals are growing success internationally despite mammoth parasiting by godvernment.

    Many Spaniards know this Truth.

    The story about the IKEA anecdote perfectly illustrates the Spanish mindset of finding your quasi-secure niche in a big, multi-national corporation. That is 2nd most coveted “work” in Spain. The 1st is a “job” with the government. It is dream #1 for most residents. The classic street repair crew has 12 men; 1 digging, 11 watching, talking and smoking. I see it on more than 50% of street/sidewalk repairs. It’s a joke. There is a near-terminal, negative work-ethic bad attitude. It seems to be national and epidemic. It is Spain.

    It’s no picnic. But not all is bleak. There is money in key cities if you know comrade parasites, or if you actually work in the right industry to create new wealth by doing/delivering something of true value.

  • americalsgt

    The only businesses hiring the over 60 crowd is the one they start on their own. Otherwise they, I, would end up greeting at Walmart or checking out the tip jar to see how it will split 5 ways.

  • Drud

    It is simple IMO. Just like basic investing, think of it in four sectors: Food, Security, Energy, Wealth Preservation. Most critical is food: dried, canned, basic ingredients (ie., don’t store bread, store wheat, oil, yeast).Second is security. Yes, guns, but if you have no experience with them there are plenty of non-lethal alternatives for protection, bear spray is one, stun guns another, perhaps a crossbow for hunting/security (not non-lethal of course). Also, part of security would be medical supplies/first aid. Next is energy, and this always seems to be overlooked: inverters, solar chargers, solar power systems, generators, etc. but also propane (stores forever, endless uses), some gas (rotate every couple of months), diesel, alcohol, crank flashlights, etc. Wealth preservation (if you have any to preserve) would be obvious things like gold and silver, but also barter goods (ammo, alcohol, tobacco, plastic sheeting, water containers, cosmetics, medical supplies). Virtually anything that you use on a day-to-day basis now that does not go bad will have great value when markets collapse and credit cards buy nothing. Most important of all is to be physically, emotionally and spiritually prepared. Plenty of prep lists out there for the stuff, but emotional and spiritual preparedness is unique for each individual.

  • Rancher

    I have not darkened the doorways of a mall in years even though the region has some. I will take your word for it. I notice the parking lots are all but empty….

    Otherwise I try to do business with locally owned and operated business or most of the time internet shop when needed. Being I do not leave the Ranch for ten ten days at a time or so the internet is a good source and our smaller town and area has a very lean selection on the remaining key items I am procuring.

    When I do go into town I play the game I have of searching for yet more …for rent, for lease, closed or empty and for sale signs around the edge of town and on into town.

    Glad to be done prepping now and taking it easy. Hope the fishing is better this spring because I wish to not be buying west coast product thanks to Japan. If you have not gotten your plans to handle the future together you only have yourself to blame. No excuses cut it when you are cold, hungry and have no hope.

    You also best not deceive yourself and think some other preppers will take you in out of pity. No matter what bravado is written now about all that….in that day all you will get is some hot lead.

  • 2centsforyou

    what’s up with the colors on the map,some countries are blue some are red,some green???

    • DiscouragedOne

      I think it is separated by Eurozone (the blue majority), EU members with free-floating currencies (red color), and ERM II members (green).

      • 2centsforyou

        Thank u

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    Apres moi, le deluge!

    • DiscouragedOne

      J’espère qu’il s’effondre juste sur leur tête des responsables dans la force de leur vie et leurs enfants trop, ils lui ont valu.

      • DiscouragedOne

        In English: I hope it collapses on the heads of those responsible while they are still in the prime of their lives, and their children too, they deserve it.

        • MrsBulldoggy .

          Unfortunately, it’s going to collapse on the rest of us as well.

  • RICHARD RALPH ROEHL

    During the ‘$talinist’ era… the Russians often repeated a bitter aphorism that said: “THE WORSE, THE BETTER!”

    An Amerikan-$ovietnam war era corollary to the infamous Russian aphorism is: Your Honor, we had to burn down the village in order to save it.”

  • Alexandros HoMegas

    WWIII is coming this year, thanks to the KIKESCUM KOSHER RATZ

  • janey1113

    To bad these countries cant print their own money like we can. If our printing presses ever run out of ink, we are sunk.

  • Scared Economist

    I just got back from Cancun Mexico.
    I was amazed– 95% of the people in the hotels and on the beach were Middle Class Mexicans. About 3% were Canadians and Europeans, and only 2% Americans.
    I talked with a couple of locals on the beach. Both told me the same thing– they had lived and worked in the US for a long time. The one guy had owned a carpet cleaning company in Columbus, OH. They both told me the economy is now better in many parts of Mexico than in the US.

    • DiscouragedOne

      I believe it.

    • cord

      I see this first hand. I live by the border and know many people who live over the border in a large mexican city. All the money that comes in to this town comes from over the border. They even built a shopping complex right next to the border crossing. People who use to live here that moved there never came back. Houses there are cheap and it’s easy for them to live a middle class life.

  • David Fuhriman

    I recently returned to the States after having worked in Eastern Europe for six months. During my return, I stopped in Germany for nearly three weeks. I was in Berlin and in Nuremberg for the Christmas season. In both cities, Germans were out shopping in droves. The stores throughout the cities were packed with holiday shoppers. Of course, in three weeks, it is impossible to see everything-good and bad. Maybe Germany’s day of reckoning is still to come but Germans are sturdy people and will find a way to weather any storm.

    • DiscouragedOne

      Germany is not too bad off (yet).

      • Anonymous

        If Germany is so great, why are there so many with German heritage in the USA (it has been said 1 in 5 Americans has German heritage). So, why did all of those Germans move to America and have children in America instead of staying in their beloved Germany?

        Perhaps Americans that feel the grass is greener, smarter, and better in Europe should relocate to Europe? Perhaps Europeans and UK persons that wish to change America into Europe could kindly remain in Europe and the UK? The USA already has the Prussian school and degree system here and look at how that has worked out (look at literacy rates before and after the Prussian system came to town and look at the current percentage of discouraged, bored students that drop out, and look at the cost and where the USA ranks in the world for education under our Prussian system). Research why the Prussian school and degree system was created to begin with (it taught obedience and punished independent thinkers and created a Caste/Class system). Does the USA really need to be more like Germany? Should police in the USA be allowed to do the same things the German police do?

        I will give that Europe has much better public transit than America. I will also say that Europe has shown wisdom and respect do their people by labeling GMO foods and keeping fluoride out of the drinking water. However, Europe leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to space for living, driving, etc. The cars are very uncomfortable since they are made for Europe’s tiny roads, in my opinion. Some of the food choices can be shocking to some Americans (like snails, or octopus with the ink for sauce, calf brains, for example). Having keys/locks on a phone, high gasoline prices, showering weekly and not using deodorant would be an uncomfortable change for some Americans.

    • Anonymous

      And Americans are survivors, explorers, innovators, inventors, idealists, and visionaries, with the biggest hearts of anyone in the world, from my experience. Are there things that Americans could improve upon, of course. Every human and every human system has room for improvement. Is it heartbreaking that Americans choose to force GMO food and flouride onto their fellow Americans, yes. Is it wrong that some Americans choose to force their way of life and their life choices onto other Americans, yes. Does public transit leave a whole lot to be desired in the USA, yes. There is a lot that Americans need to work to improve. Sadly, since studies have shown that Americans work more than any other industrialized country in the world, I think Americans are just too tired after working 2 jobs and going to school for their entire lifetime, and still having to worry how they will pay bills or find time for family and hobbies, to do much about the problems. Perhaps keeping Americans exhausted was part of the plan.

      Europe has poor people, just like the USA has. Europe has people that must resort to prostitution to make a living, just like the USA has. Europe has a strong class system, something America wants very much, as evidenced by some Americans and their contempt for the poor (America has even brought back prison for those that can’t pay their debt, another gem America got from old Europe and the UK). I think we have more than enough of Europe happening in America, thank you.

  • todd

    Learn wild edibles.

  • Trailer Park Investor

    Survival is the name of the game, buy food, water, water filters etc. A great site to check out for survival info and living off the grid is:
    http://www.iplantosurvive.blogspot.com

  • libsarescum

    garynomics in action

  • Mondobeyondo

    For those who missed it the first time ’round…

    “Optimistic Voices” – from “The Wizard of Oz”:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f62tvZ3FSXs

    You’ve got to keep your chin up.

    (It’s the scene where Dorothy and the gang exit the poppy field after the snowfall, and head for Emerald City)

  • Jimbo

    The US Dollar as world reserve has been the biggest rip off in the history of mankind. It has allowed successive governments to borrow to finance war, entitlement programs and to grow government to disproportionate levels.

    All this because the US printed vastly more currency than it held in Gold reserves. It is the original paper gold scam.
    The USA and to a great extent by proxy, much of the western world, has enjoyed a standard of living way beyond what it would have without the dollars reserve status.

    • GSOB

      And now that it’s almost coming to and end… I wish I that I could live it all again.

    • MrsBulldoggy .

      True. But how are people going to react now that the rug is being pulled out from underneath them? Desperate people do desperate things…

  • David Fuhriman

    I was in Berlin and Nuremberg for the Christmas holiday. I went to several department stores in both cities during my time there. The stores were packed with Germans buying clothes, food, electronic equipment, jewelry, and other items. Tourists from every corner of the earth were also in both cities-boosting the German economy.

    I also just read a Bloomberg report saying that the number of unemployed Germans decreased by 15,000. Industrial output has also increased in Germany. All countries have unemployed people and always will.

  • GSOB

    Thanks. I watched it and it was good and I agree with what is said. I was surprised to hear about Israel attacking that did not make the news…

    Stagflation and inflation.
    China and Russia securing oil outside the petrodollar.

    • Graham

      Covert Israeli attacks are rarely ever reported on the American mainstream media. Glad this billionaire mentioned it. He clearly knows a lot more. Few dare speak out about Israel.

      See “Veterans Today”. They cover this kind of stuff regularly, including what they are doing to Christians.

    • Washington76

      History shows us everything we see today.

      • GSOB

        Yes ….
        but history has a purpose, then it ends.

        There will be a restoration
        and God will be all and in all.

  • GSOB

    This video has no moral compass.

  • Saintmatty

    Let’s not forget all those”shovel ready” jobs. I’ll give you a shovel full of Shiite!!

    • rentslave

      There’s only one shovel ready job I want Obama to create.

  • Mondobeyondo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCS-g3HwXdc
    The opening salvo in the New World Odor, I mean Order. If you want to interpret it as such.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Am I saying a revolt is imminent in the U.S.?
      No.
      But it’s getting close. People are ticked off.

  • Frank Bell

    Car sales in the UK are up 23.8 percent. They are up 115 percent in the Netherlands. They are up in Portugal. They are up in Italy with 1.4 percent. They are up 9.4 percent in France.

    So much for a crisis regarding car sales…

    • Jimbo

      Cheap finance, buy now pay later (or not pay later).

    • libsarescum

      you are correct, Auto and Student Loan debt are leading the way across the world

  • Cooter Bug

    A little off topic: if you want to get a glimpse of a dystopic police state run amuck check out the Clive Owen movie City of Men. The movie is not all that coherent but the FEMA type Camp scenes and the depictions of the social breakdown are sobering and worth consideting.

    • GSOB

      Then watch…

      ‘Jack Reacher’

      with Tom Cruise

  • Mondobeyondo

    Kent State University, Ohio, May 4, 1970
    This is what happens when a government decides to put its fist down. A sneak preview of things to come.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCS-g3HwXdc

  • 2centsforyou

    Appreciated.

  • Mondobeyondo

    “Pull out of it”?
    Are you serious? Seriously?
    You have the flu.
    Doctor tells you to just “go home and pull out of it”, After all, it’s only temporary”.

    Okay.,.,.

  • Bill

    CNBC says dismal jobs report—–
    The dc criminals say unemployment down .3%

    Is there ANY doubt who lies?

    VOTE To FLUSH out the dc criminals

  • Diana

    I just read an article that states the unemployment rate for youth in Spain is 57%. May Jesus not tarry.

  • Freebyrd1968

    If anyone believes the unemployment rate is 6.7% or that the rate of inflation is 1.5% then they are as delusional as the Obama Administration MORONS!!!

    They’re pissing on our heads and telling us it’s raining.

  • libsarescum

    where is gary to tell us to tax the rich hard?

  • Mondobeyondo

    The new jobs report was released today. Try as they might to put a happy spin on things, it looks like there are finally some cracks in the facade of the mainstream media. They’re actually admitting that in spite of the lowering (?!) unemployment figure, it’s because many people have simply given up looking for work.

    Oh, so it’s not lower because more people are getting hired? Really?

    No. It isn’t.

  • tom

    Greed is the engine that has gotten the US to the point it is.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Yes, it is.
      The 1987 movie “Wall Street” – well, it’s more than just fiction.

      • david f miller

        Greed?

        For the past 100 years, we Americans admired people that rose from rags to riches.

        We praised Bill Gates for his Windows and ignored his workings for the NSA.

        We admired Warren Buffet, though he sold us out.

        Americans are receiving what they used to praise and hold in high regard.

        What a shame.

        • DiscouragedOne

          I have NEVER admired Bill Gates. DOS was basically pirated from CP/M by Gates and IBM from the original creator Gary Killdall, it infringed on CP/M (basically they stole the core) and Gates stole Windows from Steve Jobs who stole it from Xerox, heck they are all a bunch of thieves, what is there to admire? No wonder Bill Gates is a philanthropist, he probably realizes how he took advantage of others to get where he is.

          • ConcernedAmerican

            “He probably realizes how he took advantage of others to get where he is.”

            You just told the story of how the majority of the wealthy became wealthy. “Behind every great fortune LIES a great crime.” -Honore de Balzac

  • Mondobeyondo

    It’s worse than what you’re being told. Much worse.

    What happened to all those jobs that were supposed to be created during the holiday season?

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jan/10/us-economy-adds-74000-jobs-december

    • Frank Bell

      How do they earn their money if they don’t seek a job???

      They have to pay their rent, electricity, gas, food, and so on.

      HOW on earth do they get money without a job?

      Please help me to understand this phenomenon!

      • DiscouragedOne

        How on earth do they get a job when there are so many out of work? You just have to be the lucky one they hire I guess.

        • ConcernedAmerican

          How on earth do they get a job when there are none available and even fewer desirable jobs available?

          • djvita

            welfare, the dole, or in my country vales de despensa

      • djvita

        welfare…ding ding ding! yes its a chicken and egg situation until big brother govt saves the day!

  • GSOB

    J5 MJ music…. comon….

  • douglas gray

    For years, most of these Countries have made it progressively more expensive and complicated to employ people, so most businesses say when in doubt, don’t hire.

  • frank1569

    Meanwhile, the first burrito-bot has opened for business in CA. And, according to reports, ‘people love it.’

    Now, imagine, tomorrow, ya walk into a Taco Bell and, instead of humans manning registers, you find a row of Watson-enhanced smart foodbots which are never rude, never late, never sick, and which also happen to deliver perfect meals with record speed every time…

    Big Fast Food employs about 4 million Americans. Let’s say they decide to replace only half with smart foodbots, at an average savings of $20K/year per replaced human. That’s 2 million jobs x $20K for a total of $40 BILLION in saved labor costs. Per year. Every year. Forever.

    Tick… tick… tick…

    • wally

      The robots aren’t free. There will be years to realize ROI.

      • ConcernedAmerican

        True, but neither are employees. There are no benefits or insurances that an employer must provide by law to a robot. Many employers don’t even want to pay minimum wage and don’t care that some employees can’t afford food, electricity, clothes, families, or rent. Since wages haven’t kept up with the cost of living, I suspect many employers will use the “We just can’t afford it, so we had to buy robots” since some workers are asking for $15/hour in order to afford rent in the city they work in. One thing employers never seem to state on t.v. is how much money the employers and executives are making, the neighborhood they are living in, the car they are driving, or the profits their company makes off the backs of the working class. I read an article that said it would take a minimum wage worker about 550 years to make what many CEOs make in one year. Yet, nobody seems to be able to tell me what special skills or what hard work many CEOs are doing to deserve multi-million dollar annual salaries.

        • DiscouragedOne

          OK, but if they did give in and pay $15/hr. minimum wage, it would not come out of their pocket, it would be passed on to the consumer, who would then buy less product, resulting in less demand and loss of jobs, and therein lies the problem. People buy fast food because it is relatively cheap, make it twice as expensive, many will not do it as they are not the rich executives who probably never eat the crap they got rich selling to others.

    • DiscouragedOne

      I would feel compelled to boycott places that use them.

  • Mondobeyondo

    As I’ve often cited here…
    I’ve been unemployed longer than Michael Jackson’s been dead.

    Laid off from my job – June 15, 2009
    Michael Jackson’s death – June 25, 2009

    • jonno

      Get out and start a business. Use the energy to create something rather than sitting on your backside and whining.

      • Jimbo

        In a true free market anyone can start a business, but in an over regulated centrally planned economy, you need a lot of start up capital.

  • none

    GOOD MEWS MICHEAL: Almost.
    A few weeks ago I figured out how to solve the high unemployment rates, National debt and possible currency wars.
    Yesterday, someone posted a u-tube video on how to do this.
    After the currency collapses, Our country will become something like the south after the civil war.
    The Chinese could come into this country and buy it up(with all our money we borrowed from them).
    Then we could work for them, on their farms. And cure our unemployed. All foreigners will leave, and open up more opportunities for Americans

  • DiscouragedOne

    Has anybody checked out the effects of NAFTA after 20 years (it is 20 years old this month). Just search for “jobs lost NAFTA”. Depending on the report you view, between 700,000 to 1,500,000 were lost, I believe the second number, record income inequality, etc., etc. Would make a good article on here.

  • Sandbagger

    “When that crisis arrives, the flow of credit is going to freeze up
    dramatically and economic activity will grind to a standstill.”

    It’s easy to read this quickly and not ABSORB the full force of what you’re saying.

    I read it over twice, and felt my heart sink. :(

    This means production of most goods (and services) in this country will cease. And since businesses rely upon credit to purchase materials, based on projected and actual orders, and also to pay their employees, etc. it is only going to be like a giant snowball that wipes out the jobs of those who support businesses-banking, suppliers, etc. Then it will wipe out restaurants, retail establishments, schools…

    We’re in for some SERIOUSLY dire times.

    I feel most sorry for the kids who are going to grow up (if they don’t starve) in the NWO economy.

  • libsarescum

    time for a new article so we can continue laughing at gary the communist pos

  • ConcernedAmerican

    What if every working class person refused to work until they were paid in line with the cost of living? I guess all of those skilled executives would have to come down from their ivory towers and actually work for their multi-million dollar salaries?

    • DiscouragedOne

      So don’t work and do what instead?

  • TtT Engine

    Grotesque, Gargantuan, Growing Godless Government crowding out the private sector like an obese person fills a subway car or overloads a sofa. You lefties, including You CINO scribes and pharisees, have replaced God with Government. Enjoy the crushing ride towards a Government take all and a Godless nation. Feed the monster with taxes until it eats the host alive. While you enjoy your Narco Marxist train ride, think about the 55 million dead babies murdered via abortion, the welfare state, our busted out cities, the chronically unemployed, the $17 trillion in national debt and the $127 trillion in long term promises that are unfunded. God will answer justly in His time. May the faithful be spared. Christi Fidelis !

  • Mondobeyondo

    It’s tough out there.
    For those of you who say “just get over it” –
    I say to you: “You have the flu. Just get over it”.

    “But I can’t”, you say.
    You may have a point there.

  • Mondobeyondo

    Things I Sometimes Ask Myself:

    – Why am I up past 12:39 am
    – Oh no, let’s wait…

  • mike

    Look for example to the country “Bosnia and Herzegovina”, which is not part of the EU, but is geographically located on the European continent: the unemployment rate is astounding 44% and youth unemployment even as high as 60%. And did anything spectacular happen there?, any riots, any public unrest? In fact, nothing special happened. People are getting used to poverty (not that they were used to a particular high living standard, but in the good days almost every family could afford a car, a house, etc…). They did suffer a lot through last 30 years (as a result of the war there) and they maybe come to be immune to economic downturns, but what makes you think that nations around the western world haven’t already become immune to economic downturn as well?

  • pRIMrose7

    And the ones that are left are putting our credit at risk.

  • enough already

    almost there I guess

  • Keith Belair

    There is no big surprise here at all. What you need to look at is the root cause(s) of their current conditions. There are two separate primary causes that have brought these conditions about. Both are not necessarily the cause in all cases, but both are present in large measure. First is socialist programs that wind up forcing the government to continually pay out more and more to keep the programs afloat. This is a root cause in Spain, Greece and to a lesser degree Italy. The second is that their financial institutions (like Deutsche Bank and others) operate worldwide just like the US major financial institutions do and they are all in the same situation. Between their leverage ratios and derivatives obligations and exposures in combination with the horrid lack of oversight by the appropriate regulatory agencies (the SEC for example) they have ventured so far out on the ice that it’s paper thin beneath them and they are all jointly hoping for a miracle that they don’t fall through. The current condition of the financial markets are just a huge house of cards and they are all scared to death that the first cards is going to fall.

  • enough already

    i don’t think any type of collapse will happen but it sure is fun to talk about

  • Mondobeyondo

    “Mondo, do you think things are rapidly spinning out of control?”

    No, I think things are slowly spinning out of control.

  • Diane Ryan

    Yes, America is right behind Europe. Folks, you know it in your hearts. America is bleeding out. But like Oath Keeper’s Chaplain Chuck Baldwin
    says, “There is hope!” Something will rise from the ashes of this once-great nation. With God’s grace we may mold it and pass liberty on to our children.

  • Jimbo

    The US is not the worlds top oil supplier. It is a net importer of Oil requiring 17 mbpd and producing 10 mbpd (a shortfall of 7 mbpd). .

  • Mondobeyondo

    It’s going to get harder, a lot harder.
    What, you thought life was easy?

    “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden”*

    I’m starting to get it now. You can’t play the blues unless you’ve lived the blues. Fake it all you want, but you can tell who’s really lived it.

    * Linda Ronstadt

  • Mondobeyondo

    It’s hard to watch a country fall apart before your eyes. I really hope I’m wrong.

    “Ein, Zwei, Drei, now Die”?

    No, not Germany, The U.S.
    The raging of the furies, in the streets, are set to explode.

    • tunafisheater

      i think the people will go like sheep, not like lions

    • Mondobeyondo

      Maybe a bit melodramatic – but I don’t think I’m too far off the mark

  • Mondobeyondo

    We’re sitting on top of a bomb. It’s a time bomb.
    When will it go off? That’s anyone’s guess.
    It’s a time bomb. When it explodes, you’ll know.

  • eddiestale

    scared, worried, nervous, can’t believe I should buy 50 libs of rice

  • paparatso1

    When have you eben in Europe for the Last time? Every time I’ going to fly down to Greece from Germany I’ m afraid to find poor people looking for food in the rubbish, that’s because of the news in TV and newspapers like yours. And every time I’m surprised to stay in frond of restaurants and bars fool of fashion dressed people who look to enjoy live better than people in Germany do where i live. German cars stay everywhere, the prices are high, don’t go down and people can afford it. I know nobody without a car and noddy who can’t pay his drinks. The same in Spain where we were last summer. So, what are you speaking about? A High level crisis?
    At least. Look at America. Henry Miller once wrote. “it’s gonna destroy the whole world”. And, that’s the biggest problem.

  • prasoon kalantri

    Dear Writer

    its great to read your article

    but now i pretty much

    confused as i read your previous article” who is controlling the world economy” where in you mentioned that its all controlled by Big Banks including above banks goldman sachs . who got big individuals to fund them or would say stand as a backbone .. okey …now here you stated that ” JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and Goldman Sachs is eventually going to cause a financial catastrophe far worse than what we experienced back in 2008″… please clear the inference

  • nekksys

    True, however, with the media-hypnotized masses a picture is all they need.

    “If it looks like gold it must be, right?”

  • mzinertz

    We live in Belgium and come from The Netherlands. These two countries show increasing unemployment and poverty. Although problems are not as big as in France,Spain and Italy Problems are getting more louder. In The Netherlands more and more peoople have payback mortage problems. One of the other problems are the loans of students of both Netherlands and Belgium. A large amount of students can´t payback their loans when they leave school and so a new sort of bubble is building up. Another problem is the retirement generation. Who is going to pay all this. So I can imagine that big probelms for the EU are ahead of us.

  • Dietl

    I thought Mercedes-Benz recently announced record breaking sales.

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  • 0jr

    take a good look at what happened after they invested in amerika bonds real estate ect further more look what happened to multi tons of german gold that was only stored in gangster amerika.its going down the crapper and taking the world with .misery likes company

  • wroooomneridiket

    What happens when you let bankers run the world?

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