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Sometimes it can be easy to forget that behind all of the horrible economic numbers that we hear about are millions of real people that have had their lives absolutely devastated by this economy.  Elderly couples are being brutally evicted from their homes, young families are living in their cars, terminally ill people are dying because they cannot afford medication that they need and millions of parents can’t sleep at night as they wrestle with anxiety over not being able to provide for their children.  Often those that lose their jobs or their homes discover that people start looking at them very differently and that there is very little compassion out there these days.  As you will read about below, one major U.S. bank is even kicking an elderly woman with stage 4 breast cancer out of her home because she cannot make her full mortgage payment each month.  When the next major global financial catastrophe happens, we are going to see a whole lot more economic despair.  Will society respond to that crisis by becoming warmer and more compassionate, or will the world around us become even more cold and even more cruel?  As bad as things are right now, it truly is frightening to think about what the world is going to look like after the next major economic downturn.

Many of the stories that you are about to read are truly heartbreaking.  Unfortunately, they represent thousands upon thousands of other stories that never make it into the news….

Foreclosing On An Elderly Woman With Stage 4 Breast Cancer

Wells Fargo is threatening to evict an elderly woman with stage 4 breast cancer named Cindi Davis from her family home in North Carolina….

“They want us to make a house payment of almost $900 a month,” Cindi told the station of their lender, Wells Fargo bank. “We can afford maybe half that. I pay $1,100 a month in prescription medications.”

The couple says they have tried to work with Wells Fargo, even sending notes from Cindi’s doctors explaining her condition, but haven’t been able to come to a workable solution.

“They’re just going to put us out and it’s like, we are willing to pay what we can pay, but it’s not enough,” Cindi said.

Her cancer is in her lungs, lymph nodes and on her liver and she’s gone through a double mastectomy and multiple chemotherapy treatments, but Cindi has handled her disease like a fighter.

Cindi and her husband say that if they are evicted they may have to move in to their pickup truck.

Can you imagine living your last days in a truck as you try desperately to battle stage 4 breast cancer?

Crushing Poverty In Greece

As I have written about before, Greece is essentially experiencing a full-blown economic depression at this point.

There is a severe shortage of medicine in Greece right now, and many doctors are essentially volunteers at this point because so few people can actually afford to pay their bills.  The following description of the chaos in the Greek healthcare system comes from a recent Natural News article….

The economic situation in Greece is only continuing to worsen, as reports indicate that hospitals and care centers throughout the nation are running completely out of medicines, and many healthcare workers are now voluntarily providing care services without pay.

Strapped with spiraling debt, the Greek healthcare, which is government-run, has had to receive gobs of international financial aid just to keep operating with some semblance of normalcy. There has also been plenty of IOUs issued, and desperate patients quietly forking over cash “gifts” to doctors to receive treatments. All in all, the healthcare situation is in utter chaos, save for those that have sacrificed their own time, often free of charge, just to help those in need.

But it is not just the healthcare system that is deeply troubled.

Economic conditions have gotten so bad in Greece that some parents are actually abandoning their children in the streets according to the Daily Mail….

Children are being abandoned on Greece’s streets by their poverty-stricken families who cannot afford to look after them any more.

Youngsters are being dumped by their parents who are struggling to make ends meet in what is fast becoming the most tragic human consequence of the Euro crisis.

Could you ever do that to your children?

Sadly, it looks like things are going to get even worse in Greece.  It is being projected that the unemployment rate in Greece will reach 30 percent by the end of the year.

Economic Shutdown In Portugal

Greece is not the only European nation that is going through an economic nightmare right now.  The truth is that much of southern Europe is virtually shutting down right now.

Simon Black has described what he witnessed during a recent visit to Porto – the second largest city in Portugal….

Excluding the city’s still-bustling tourist areas, it’s very quiet around the city.

Street-level retail shops and restaurants are either devoid of customers or have been vacated. On many blocks I’ve seen more “for lease” signs than operating businesses.

Officially, the unemployment rate is 15.2% in Portugal, and the economy will contract 3% this year… yet the clear lack of economic activity suggests the real figures are much greater.

Without doubt, reality has set in. Locals have capitulated ‘hope’ that the good times will magically re-appear and have adjusted their habits accordingly.

American Families Living In Their Cars

In some areas of the United States you would never even know that an economic crisis is happening, but in other areas things are clearly falling apart very rapidly.  There is a very serious shortage of decent jobs in most parts of the country, and we are seeing clear signs of societal breakdown in many of our major cities.

During the last recession, millions of Americans lost their jobs.  Because a lot of them did not have much money saved up, many of those unemployed Americans also quickly lost their homes.

In the end, some of them ended up living in their vehicles.

And living in a car can be absolute hell.  The following is from an ABC News report….

Three children — one suffering second-degree burns — were taken into protective custody Monday after they were discovered living with their parents in a “filthy” car in a Walmart parking lot.

Police were called to the parking lot Monday morning in Mount Dora, Fla., where they found the family of five living in a 1987 Cadillac Coupe de Ville full of clothes and garbage. Police told the Orlando Sentinel that days-old chicken bones were strewn about the car, along with a spoiled carton of milk and a bottle of tequila.

Other families try to make the best of it that they can.  The following is one touching example from a recent 60 Minutes report….

This is the home of the Metzger family. Arielle, 15. Her brother Austin, 13. Their mother died when they were very young. Their dad, Tom, is a carpenter.  And, he’s been looking for work ever since Florida’s construction industry collapsed. When foreclosure took their house, he bought the truck on Craigslist with his last thousand dollars. Tom’s a little camera shy – thought we ought to talk to the kids – and it didn’t take long to see why.

Pelley: How long have you been living in this truck?

Arielle Metzger: About five months.

Pelley: What’s that like?

Arielle Metzger: It’s an adventure.

Austin Metzger: That’s how we see it.

Pelley: When kids at school ask you where you live, what do you tell ‘em?

Austin Metzger: When they see the truck they ask me if I live in it, and when I hesitate they kinda realize. And they say they won’t tell anybody.

Arielle Metzger: Yeah it’s not really that much an embarrassment. I mean, it’s only life. You do what you need to do, right?

Could you imagine being 13 years old or 15 years old and living in a truck?

Unfortunately, during the next major economic downturn a whole lot more families are going to end up living like this.

Desperately Hoping For Rain

Yesterday I wrote about how corn crops are dying all over the United States right now.

For most Americans, this will just mean higher prices at the grocery store.

But for corn farmers, a lack of rain can be absolutely devastating.  The following are some recent comments from farmers about this crippling drought on agweb.com….

I am a small farmer, but my crops in Wayne County, Ill., are the worst I have had sine 1952-53. Corn will be lucky to make 10 bu. and beans are going downhill. It’s been over 100 degrees for 11 straight days. Bad crop.

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Dryland corn is done! Some people in denial need to walk in field. Later corn tasseled and pollinating with no silks! No rain in seven days or low humidity 90 degrees and warmer by weekend. Yield range for corn on our farms…0 to 0 bpa. Soybeans…if it rains which is a big if may have some hope, not holding my breath!!

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This is my 50th year of grain farming, so I think that I can say that I’ve seen it all. This is worse than 1988-Much worse for corn. Beans could still be fair if it starts to rain soon. Sat.-Sun. rains totaled only 1/4 inch.

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This is worse than 1983 and 1988. Corn yield will be 30 to 40% of last year’s yield. The jury is still out on the beans. $10 corn is likely, because there will be so little of it relative to demand. Very sad…

You can see some incredible pictures of the drought in the middle part of the country right here.

When the economy falls to pieces, the politicians and the big banks get all the air time, but it is average hard working people that feel the most pain.

As the economy gets a lot worse (and it will) there is going to be a huge need for more love and compassion.  The government is not going to be able “to save” everyone, and even now way too many people are falling through the cracks in the “safety net”.

Instead of looking down on the homeless and the unemployed, don’t be afraid to give them a helping hand up.

You never know, you might be the one in need of some assistance someday.

  • stevefraser

    Perhaps people on the outs would consider turning to the churches for charity…This might be one way of getting some help and at the same time get out from under the yoke of the State.

    • http://www.marcfalcone.com/index_files/Devilinthechurch.htm Marc

      There are no more charity in the church today. Poor people are insulted and evicted from the church, rich people are urged to pay they tithes, even the pastors preach them to NOT help the poors, because they want to receive ALL from the tithes people are only willing to pay…

      • Highspeedloafer

        That is not true in most of the churches I know about. My church will feed you the same stuff we eat. Now we’re not going to give you beer or drug money but please don’t talk about things you can’t backup.

  • EISENKREUTZ

    LIBOR IS THE SCANDAL OF THE CENTURY AND SHOULD BE ON EVERY FRONT PAGE AND EVERY PRIME TIME NEWS. BUT WE CANT BE BOTHERED TO REPORT ON IT WITH THE TOM CRUISE DIVORCE GOING ON. THE IDIOT POPULACE DESERVES TO HAVE ALL THEIR MONEY STOLEN AND TO LOSE THEIR JOBS AND TO BECOME DESTITUTE AND PENUROUS. YOU MORONS REAP WHAT YOU SEW. IM REALLY NOT SYMPATHETIC.

    • Saint Simons

      Unfortunately….you speak the truth.

  • Another Richard

    The wonderful song “God Bless America” we sing today and for many years now and God did bless America greatly. However, the people did Not bless God in return for His grace and goodness,through greed and pleasure and wantoness. It is therefore no wonder that God is now letting America reap the consequences of our sin and self indulgence. No, America it is no wonder. When our song as a Nation turns back and goes something like this “Bless God America” and we mean it from our wicked hearts and turn from our wicked ungodly ways, then God will hear from heaven and then God will again “bless” America and not before. That is His promise from His Holy Word.

  • Matthew

    I like to search $1000 worth of Half Dollars at a time to find Silver. That weighs 50 pounds and I can easily carry it on my back. However, I was recently put in crutches and had 50 pounds of Half Dollars in my backpack from earlier in the day. After 6 days of being unable to carry it into the bank, I noticed a homeless man holding a sign that said need money or work.

    I pulled up and asked the man if he could carry 50 pounds. He said yes, and I told him I would pay him $2 to carry my backpack into the bank for me. As we got inside he said he would wait outside. As soon as I went to drop the coins in the machine, I noticed a large object stuck inside. It was a 1923 Peace Dollar. Their sign specifically says please no Eisenhower Silver Dollars. The bank let me have it for free. When I got outside, I paid the homeless man $5 instead, since the Peace Dollar is worth about $21.

    I was taken off the crutches about 2 weeks ago after having spent 5 weeks in them.

  • K

    Great article. Now add to that, the latest attack on working people. Scranton Pa. just cut their cops and firefighters, to minimum wage. If that stands, expect other cities to follow. Things get more insane every day, and still most people see nothing wrong.

    • mondobeyondo

      Yeah, I heard about that this morning. Scranton’s close to bankruptcy, as is San Bernadino, California. Stockton, CA is already bankrupt.

      Imagine being a cop earning minimum wage, while the people flipping burgers at McDonald’s are earning more than you do. That’s got to do something to a person’s psyche and spirit.

      • K

        Mondo you are right, they only have a little time to fix this. No sane person will do that job for min. wage. The good ones will leave, and leave you with the worst of the worst. The ones that would do the job for free, just to have a badge and a gun. I would rather have no cops, than those kind.

        • dishwasher

          You’re being too optimistic in my opinion. More likely, some of these cops will end up joining some extremely dangerous gangs for drug money a la Mexico’s cartels.

  • 007

    This is another critical proble which we will face on top of the economic collapse. This is going to drive the price of everything up sharply. The only benefit is that you can invest in commodities and make a little money on the deal.

  • man from far a way

    may be this, and the financial trouble facing the country will change the mentality of those ruling the US, and MAYBE affect their way of dealing with countries far a way from the US. like in the M.East.

    But, I doubt it, cause the trouble affect the people not the upper ruling class there.
    it may take worse than this for people to wake up, and demand change. hoping it may turn to some fairness in the part of the US toward the World, screaming from their savage policies!!!

  • Cinderella Man

    What a time what a place to be alive in history… We are experiencing a life changing period. We have world events that have not taken place in a very long time. Drought and depression havent been seen in this country in almost 80 years. But here we are on the brink of collapse society falling to pieces more everyday. Some of my friends wonder why Im so doomy about the future. Maybe its because they were somehow spared from the wrath of this new depression we have been living in for the past few years. See once you have lived in your car, stood in a line to get food at a homeless shelter, slept in a tent in October, unemployed for two years you kinda get a sense that nothing in this world lasts forever and we are all living on borrowed time. Im grateful everyday that God has gave me a second chance at life and Im able to pick myself back up but I realize that a time of struggle greater than 4 years ago is coming soon again. When you see govts becoming this powerful to be able to destroy their populace’s lives on a whim you know that a breaking point is going to be reached. How can most people be so blind to the writing that is so clear on the wall?

  • Gary2

    Michael–you look good in a bandanna. The black and white photo makes you look less conservative.

    • mondobeyondo

      I thought it was a photo of Willie Nelson, LOL!

      • Gary2

        yeah come to think about it Michael kinda does resemble old Willy! I guess better that then slick willy

    • Alasha

      lol

  • Rodster

    As usual excellent article and makes you think how quickly your life can change. In the past when times were really tough I too had to live out of my vehicle for a short period of time. So I can relate to the stigma of those families you mentioned.

    It looks like many of us in the future might have to make some of those same decisions.

  • Rodster
  • david

    It is a sad world we are living in! Where is the human compassion . . .those riches are destroying our world . . . .Is the time for Global Up-Rising? You bet it is . . . .
    Dear friends across the globe, I am writing to all of you who are in those situations no matter where you are . . . .The real change is about to come this year 2012 predicted, the end is coming! It does not mean the world will cease from existing, but it means a new beginning , hope . . . . .for all of us.

    I believe the only way to make this world a better place to live is by standing up and up-rising against the riches . . . .The Systems across the globe not functioning for THE PEOPLE . . .It is time to re-set the whole damn thing and have a major global reform.

    There is no way this situation could sustain itself . . .. and we all know that . . let´s pass on this message to as many as you can because our time is very critical for millions of desperate people across the globe . . . .We can no longer sit back and do nothing about it . . .we are all involved with this crisis . . .

    Let´s save our world from the hands of those who are destroying our lives . . .. Our time is really running out . ..

    Thanks to all

    David

    • David G.

      And who, do you propose, will decide who we rise up against? That’s the scary part about what you say. Rise up! But who decides who the bad guys are and who the good guys are. You’re speech sounds like what the Nazis and the Communists and the Socialists say in order to get people, in times of distress, to abandon their morals, their kindness and their charity, and lash out. The end result will be another Chech republic. Top down. Bottom up. Turn the whole thing inside out. I think you should rethink your battle cry before you end up with a dictator in the white house and martial law on the streets. This is a ridiculous call to arms. If you were calling us to fight for freedom, then you might be on the side of some truth. But rising up to “get em” is the call that comes from socialist minded people who want to take control. Move to China.

      • david

        Your comment is absolutely ridiculous.
        Our global financial system is controlled by the riches and powerful yet corrupted corporations . . . . .I don´t care what you are going to call this . . .Nazi, Communist, Socialist . . .whatever. 2/3 of the global wealth is being controlled by the riches. There is no shortage of money in this world but distribution of money. Furthermore, the GREED of those who want to suck the hell out of lives more and more . . . .more for themselves and less for you must be stopped. No matter which way you are going to slice this, it will be a lot of casualties or war perhaps and things will start to fall apart . . .It won´t be an easy solution and global uprising is necessary . . .Major global reform is necessary. People are sick and tired of the whole systems everywhere . . .Bye the way, Your comment was totally ridiculous about Socialist minded people . . .There is no perfect Governments and all are corrupted by the riches….So whatever is about to come, we will have no control anymore . . .So Fasten your seat belt for a wild and bumpy rides . . .

  • A.S.

    Michael,

    Is there a way to adopt those abandoned children in Greece? I don’t have much money, but I am willing to house a child and feed him. Or doesn’t have to be from Greece. Any abandoned or orphaned child (so long as he doesn’t have psychological problems) will do.

    • Michael

      That is a good question.

      Does anyone know the answer?

      Michael

    • Rodster
    • rancher

      a.s. It is people like you who make me ill. Pass over the thousands of needy children here if not hundreds of thousands to adopt some kid from another land and put him in front of AMERICAN CHILDREN. Nice guy fool…

      • GaryToo

        you still have foster care for departments still running on debt dollars for american children. A kid is a kid, a fat american kid does not suffer any mopre than a greek kid from hunger or abandonment. that attitude is why the rest of the world hates the usa. You can see a disaster or massacre where 5000 people die any month of any year, but only one is such a tragedy it changed the world forever and everyone is meant to grieve and be traumatised forever by it. If you think there really are any american children up for adoption in 2012 let angelina jolly and madonna in on it, save some jet fuel.

    • Paul

      There should be fostering agencies in your country.

      Or visit your local street worker.

  • Paul

    “I pay $1,100 a month in prescription medications.”

    That’s why it is so important to Americans to fight medical insurance?

  • Paul

    “discovered living with their parents in a “filthy” car in a Walmart parking lot”

    Why does your home have to be filthy in the first place?

    Go to any slum in Manila and you will see the kids leaving their home every morning with immaculate clean pressed shirts to go to school.

  • Paul

    “Could you imagine being 13 years old or 15 years old and living in a truck?”

    Well, after WWII, my mom, with her mother and siblings lived in the windowless fridge of the butcher. She remained in bed with her sister all winter at -25C because she had only one set of clothing, there was no heating and only one blanket.

    • Josh

      she remained in bed all winter cuz she only had one set of clothing, what a ******** excuse not to get out of bed.

      • Paul

        Maybe you can’t survive in a set of summer clothing outside the bed, where the water freezes in the bucket?

  • Paul

    And next time there is an election, make sure you give your vote to that millionaire who spends most for his campaign, and drives the most flashy car.

    Don’t even think about asking him what he has done for you.

    Don’t even think about maybe someone else.

  • Paul

    “The government is not going to be able “to save” everyone”

    Could they do it, even if they wanted it?

    After all, they can only take from the poor, because the rich would flee the country if they asked them for contributions.

  • Mainuh1

    It will not be long before we are Greece. I volunteer at our local food bank. We have had more clients in two days than we have in our busiest week. Unemployment insurance has run out for most of our new clients and welfare benefits have been cut for others with a 30% increase in new unemployed clients that don’t qualify for unemployment. Things are going downhill in a hurry.

  • R Essler

    The most serious crimes that impact on society
    are white collar crimes. they can and do end
    in devastating losses for people, causing some
    in despair to suicide,divorce or turn to crime
    in desperation to feed their family. Yet the
    perpetrators are rarely punished, often rewarded. Nothing will change until severe
    repercussions are visited upon them. Life
    sentences and seizure of assets should be the
    minimum and a few death penalties would restore the system to a healthy balance for
    the greater good.

  • markthetruth

    Be nice to those you meet on the way up,

    because you will meet them on the way down…..

    the end.

  • sayldog

    Matthew 24:12

    And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

  • Aliceinwonder

    No foreclosures are done LEGALLY. Everyone facing foreclosure needs to go to ‘What Lies in Your Debt’? They will help you.

    All clergy should request each church to pray for rain during church service and request all pray for rain every single day.

    The economy will get worse IF WE THE PEOPLE ALLOW IT. Demand that the Federal Reserve and the IRS be abolished today. There are 310 million of us. And only a few in control. Take your power back!

  • Rodster

    And in other News ….

    “San Bernardino Third California City to Choose Bankruptcy”

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0711-san-bernardino-20120711,0,5646419.story

  • http://apocalypseparadigm.blogspot.com/ A’E

    I call out to Thee
    Father, my God.
    Look with eyes of Mercy
    on all those & that around me,
    on America, & the Good Earth.
    And in Your Righteous kindness
    bring us back to You on our knees
    that we may once again
    be able to call down your protection.
    amen, amen.

  • Tim

    The city of San Bernardino, CA has filed for bankruptcy protection. That’s the third California city to do so in just the last few weeks.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-07-11/san-bernardino-bankruptcy/56142392/1

    In Scranton, PA, all city employees have had their wages reduced to the federal minimum wage because the city is out of money.
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/state/20120710_ap_pamayorcutscityworkerspaytominimumwage.html

  • MountainHome

    Yes, real people and real dreams that are now destroyed by govt. & their Wall St. friends.

  • rancher

    While I can and do feel badly for some of these folks there is the other side of the coin as well.

    Like when a landlord or owner of a residence or anything which is being paid for over time by another does not get the agreed upon monthly payments then the money must come from somewhere so the original owner can make their payments back to their lender. IE a rental. If one buys/finances a rental and the renter does not make the rent payment the bank still wants the landlord to pay the mortgage payment. Right and justly so. They had a contract and their word.

    I use to loan money short term. I did not want the property just my money back with interest as I lived on the interest…. thus if they failed to pay I legally took the whole property over and resold it to get back what they had borrowed. Sure it sucked for them but it also sucked for me to lose said wealth so me comes first… that is life.

    • 9/11/24/7

      Do you sometimes get to keep your tenants personal belongings after you evict them? Man, that would be freakin awesome. How many properties have you lost because tenants didn’t pay rent? You sound like a real prize of a landlord. Go ********* Yourself.

      • rancher

        one eye…. I never had a rental as I do not wish to deal with loser renters. I lent a hundred thousand or so at a time to a person short on finishing a building etc.

        They had to have a 70% investment free and clear into the project so if they failed to pay me back I was not stuck with a loss. Sorry dude I was not raised as a fool or dummy chump. I am a capitalist at heart… and I retired debt free at 50 with enough cash to live another 50 years and leave my kids some stuff.

        By the way A/H I started out in life hitch hiking for two years after high school. i simply got serious about life and got it done. I am also a prepper with a great ready to go group for about any disaster for many years with no grid…… So what is you excuse//// ?

      • GaryToo

        Do you think tenants who get evicted leave anything behind except junk to take to the tip? Im a landlord since 89′ have 4 rental houses. I KNOW. There is no more capital gain, landlords can only lose money from here on. So even after being suckered so many times and getting tough with tenants who DO as rancher said, leave you in danger of default for your trouble for them. Now even renting to GOOD tenants is just charity providing housing to people who dont want to buy, as there is no profit any more.

  • http://apocalypseparadigm.blogspot.com/ A’E
  • Syrin

    Witness the end game of liberal utopia. No wealth creation, but everyone destitute. That’s “fair”. Seemed like the idiots would have learned from Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Mussolini’s Italy, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Cuba, Pol Pot, Ancient Rome, Yugoslavia, all the PIGS, etc etc etc, but nope. People keep on letting liberalism destroy their nation.

    • Pete

      It was the Liberal trade unions and Liberal / progressive legislation like the New Deal, G.I. Bill, and civil rights, etc.that allowed the development of a large and vibrant middle class for the first time in this country’s history.

      Before that we were largely a nation of Robber Barons, subsistence farmers, and urban working poor.

      • Kevin2

        Pete

        There is a lot of truth in what you said.

        Henry Ford created the middle class but a nice push from Walter Reuther moved it forward.

    • Gay Veteran

      both parties led us to deregulate Wall Street and the big banksters, look at the results

  • Land Lord

    famines are coming enjoy full bellies while there is still time.its a good thing they’re using all our corn for ethanol, that will help us feed our livestock.soon we will not be able to afford to buy groceries.the price of everything made with grain is going to skyrocket.

  • Dale Mallon

    This story broke my heart. The social safety net has too many holes and the affected children will be scarred for life. The government and banks must show some compassion for the poor or the chaotic social fallout will overwhelm them some day too.

  • NorthernCanuck

    Michael, you do a great job in trying to wake people up to the reality of what is coming and it’s greatly appreciated by many of us. Thank you for all of your hard work.

    Some people, understandably, are still in denial. It’s more comforting to hope and believe in the regularities of the supposed ‘business cycle’ than to grasp the terrifying enormity of an global economic and financial paradigm shift, with all of the destructive consequences which that can have for individuals and families.

    The UK ‘Daily Mail’ has recently run several remarkable and haunting collections of period photographs, some in colour, which graphically show the tragic personal effects of the Great Depression on those who lived through it.

    Sometimes a picture really can be worth a thousand words in waking up people to what this presesent combination of crises can all culminate in for them in the near and not-too-distant future.

    Except that this time it might turn out to be far, far worse, especially if people are not prepared for it…

    “Juke joints, tins shacks and a home-cooked meal: Poignant pictures show how the poorest of families survived the Great Depression”
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160512/Poignant-pictures-poorest-families-survived-Great-Depression.html

    “And you thought it was bad now… Never-before-seen pictures capture everyday life of destitute Americans during the Great Depression”
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2156728/Long-lost-Depression-era-photos-capture-everyday-life-destitute-Americans.html

    “Great Depression in the Deep South: Remarkable photographs capture daily life of African American labourers” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2113456/Great-Depression-Deep-South-Remarkable-photographs-African-American-labourers-daily-life.html

    “In the bleak light of the Depression: Rare colour photographs of the era that defined a generation” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1388179/Rare-Library-Congress-colour-photographs-Great-Depression.html

    • DaytoDay

      Great links, thanks for posting!

  • sharonsj

    I was also reading about a woman and her teenage son; she lost her job, they lost their house, and now they live in one of those storage units where people usually stash furniture and Xmas ornaments.

    I was making up my shopping list for today and I added flour, but there’s not enough room to add everything affected by the lack of corn and wheat. Think of all the farm animals affected. I forgot it’s not only bread or cereal, it’s also milk, meat and butter.

    We are in terrible trouble and not only do our politicians dither but the media can’t or won’t give us the truth.

  • i’vegivenup

    Michael:

    Living in S FL I see homeless people every day beggging for jobs or any money you can give them. I realize that some of these people are just “bums” and don’t want to better themselves but many are indeed on their last leg. How can anyone differentiate between the two types? You give to one who just goes and buys more booze or you save the life of one who is truly starving and willing to work for minimum wage. Like you said…it will get worse. Our society will continue to rot until it is no more…

    • Michael

      It can be very hard to differentiate between who just wants to buy booze and drugs and who is honest.

      We just have to do the best we can and love the people right in front of us.

      Michael

  • Buzzy Watts

    The homeowning middle-class quality people are becoming crueler out of desperation to cling to the fantasy that they really are part of the “mini-Bourgeoisie,” as opposed to a bunch of saps who got tricked into serving as the unwitting pawns of the real oligarchs. They feel threatened by the dawning realization that they aren’t half as special as they were conned into believing, so they lash out to convince themselves that their status is what they want it to be.

    It doesn’t make sense for someone at risk of homelessness to denigrate the poor; thus, as they conclude, if they denigrate the poor they must not be at risk of homelessness. It wouldn’t make sense for a poor person to max out eight credit cards, so if they max out eight credit cards they must not be poor. It wouldn’t make sense for someone unrepresented by our political system to support that system, so if they support it they must be represented by it.

  • mondobeyondo

    A truly sad state of affairs we are in…

    For those poor souls who are living out of their cars – maybe buying a tent at the local Wal-Mart or sporting goods store would help. Depending on your vehicle, it could be stored in the trunk of your car, or the bed of your pickup truck during the day (put a cover over the truck bed so curious people will think that you’re a landscaper or something.) At night, after you’ve found a decent camping/set-up spot, put the tent up, do some basic hygiene, let the kids run around, sleep, swim in a river or creek, etc. It’s a lot more room than the back seat of a Toyota Camry. As Arielle said in the “60 Minutes” clip – think of it as an adventure!

    Extreme measures, I know – but extreme times call for extreme measures. If you do end up losing your home, and you’re fortunate enough to own a camper or motor home, you’ve got it made in the shade.

    Ahhh, but this is not what I’m used to, you say. No big screen TV! No steady job anymore! I can’t afford to take the family to Applebee’s! The kids can’t see “The Amazing Spider-Man” this weekend because we’re broke. (Quoting the late comedian Chris Farley) We’re stuck living in a van down by the river! WAAAAAHHHHHHH!!

    I beg your pardon… no one never promised you a rose garden.

    • GaryToo

      good post mondo. apartments and mcmansions are set to become uninhabitable anyway even if you dont default on them.

  • erheault

    Unfortunatly civilasion is only skin deep when times get tough is turns into a survival situation and all bets are off including destruction of our cities by the unemployed and disinfranchised denisens, Hope for the best and prepare for the worst as the government will be in a hopeless situation to stop it.

  • Get ready here it comes

    Micale wirtes;
    There is a severe shortage of medicine in Greece right now, and many doctors are essentially volunteers at this point because so few people can actually afford to pay their bills. The following description of the chaos in the Greek healthcare system comes from a recent Natural News article….

    We in the USA are not that far behind
    http://www.scpr.org/news/2012/07/10/33194/scranton-workers-see-pay-slashed-to-minimum-wage/
    Roger Leonard saw his pay plunge to $340 from about $900 for two weeks’ work, after Scranton’s mayor unilaterally cut city-employee pay to minimum wage.
    A fight between political leaders in Scranton, Pa., has left each and every city employee earning $7.25 an hour — minimum wage.

  • Colin

    Earlier this morning, I watched the movie Batman Begins. One line in particular caught my attention. The line was, “Create enough hunger and everyone becomes a criminal.”

  • http://www.magnifiedview.com Yoda

    Exceptional reality check feature article.

    Exaccerbating the drought, the U.S.A. is the only society in history stupid enough to burn-up our food.

    Be aware and be prepared.

    Right on Economic Collapse – WRITE ON!

    Respectfully, Yoda@magnifiedview.com

    http://www.magnifiedview.com/2010/09/17/yodas-little-known-tactics-to-avoid-being-a-target/

  • Manuel

    There’s an underground world in the United States that most people are completely oblivious to and there’s usually only way way anyone finds out about it. Housing expenses are so inflated, that many young adults, young couples and college students unknowingly share the same epiphany. “What if I just showered at the gym, and slept in my car? I never eat at home, and the only thing I use it for is sleeping anyway!” It’s cheaper to have a decent SUV, only pay registration, insurance and gas, and move around in discreet locations, than it is to try to cover all that and housing costs combined. You can actually save money this way, and millions of people are doing it. The reason no one knows about it, is because you can be completely invisible- keep your car clean, use the laundry mat, shave and shower at the gym. Get up early, go to bed late. People have gotten so good at being invisible because it’s illegal, and the police will harass you if they catch you. The only way you know about it, is when you live that lifestyle, and you notice on every single street, you see ten other people, doing the same exact thing.

    This is a full blown depression we’re living in right now. The tent cities are massive, parallel, invisible and likely right on your street. You’re just too busy watching American idol to notice it.

    • Old Man

      “You’re just too busy watching American idol to notice it.”

      Actually I was busy watching TomKat divorce. This thing is so interesting, so important to national well-being, I just have to learn all I can about it. They are symbols of the American Dream, and I am merely doing the patriotic thing. Watching how they smile while their lawyers slug it out for millions of dollars, all of my worries just disappear.

    • Dianna

      Interesting article:

      ” The Sharp, Sudden Decline of America’s Middle Class…

      They had good, stable jobs – until the recession hit. Now they’re living out of their cars in parking lots. “…

      http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-sharp-sudden-decline-of-americas-middle-class-20120622#ixzz1zNcDoazu

  • http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/47VbpL4a4D9elSYce3 Prepared Pastor

    The 60 Minute episode was a while ago, yet although admittedly getting worse this problem is not the pandemic the media makes it sound. I am starting to lose sympathy for these people for the following reasons:
    1. The Bible commands the land remain fallow every 7th year which means farmers are expected to save 1/7 of each harvest (or at least the cash equivalent) for the shallow years. If the last time they had no harvest was in the eighties, they are still ahead.
    2. I’ve tried to help people in high-unemployment areas on both coasts relocate to low-unemployment areas. This family is living in a box truck because he is unwilling to drive it here where there are advertising for maintenance workers in every Sunday paper and even a security guard can rent a place for ten hours pay per week.

    • babygirlway

      What is it about you that really bothers me? Oh, I know… maybe the screen name of “Prepared Pastor” and that fact that most of your posts are conspicuously lacking compassion. At least you are consistent. The family in the box truck was meant as an example, but yet is hardly representative of every situation. Your comment about the land remaining fallow does not in any way change the economic impact of those crops failing on the farmers, or the consequent price of food rising on a society which is already stressed. I’m thinking you should really rethink your screen name as it is easy to change that and not your views. You give the title “pastor” an icky aftertaste.

  • LowDog

    “And I ask, ‘For the depths, of what use is language?'” —Edgar Lee Masterson.

    Three words: pray, prepare and share. I think The Master would agree.

  • JAH666

    Americans on the whole haven’t a clue what’s coming. When people in an area that takes a downturn start seeing more and more signs of collapse they just pull inward and refuse to see it. Places where the economy is still thriving don’t want to be told about what’s coming. One third of the total number of Americans on welfare programs reside in California. It will become more and more surreal for those that refuse to admit to themselves that the Good Times are coming to an end. Many will “party like there is no tomorrow”. Todays world is a weird mix of Orwell and Dickens…

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Trust in Big Brother!”

  • Jeff

    Its is sad to see, very sad. Its just seems like one hit after another.
    Food prices are going to rise because of this and its not going to be great.
    Michael thanks for all you do. Here a place to check out http://www.dailyjobcuts.com

  • Dennis Swanson

    Until the filthy banker are investigated and sent to jail expect only endless war and poverty.

  • Bob Marshall

    I agree that as a nation we need to show more love and compassion to those in need. Remember, there but for the grace of God go i.Do unto other as you would have them do unto you.

  • william

    Landlord was forclosed on. I was renting an apartment from him. I had just received a Bone Marrow Transplant, needing a full year of isolation to recover when it. Cant blame the landlord as he a ARM type of loan. He did the best he could for me but I had to go.

    • Rikki

      William and all others BIG deal he got foreclosed on people are living mortgage free for 5 years in FL.

      Nobody has to leave ANY place of residence unless You are taken to court and lose….then a sheriff will notify you usually 72 hours to move out…..

      So everybody learn how to use a computer…and research these things..We see so many people just vacate properties only to be vandalized because you moved out when you didnt have to.

  • Reggie

    coldness and cruelty. that’s always been the human way when things get too tough. look at the centuries of human history. there is no lack of devastation michael. the world has basically ended hundreds even thousands of times over.

  • http://googlecrome sequoia

    Here in San diego California,the situation is also worsening.It may not be as bad as some other American cities,but you can see it here too.In downtown San diego,near Petco park(the baseball stadium of the San Diego Padres,that the city government fleeced billions of dollars from the tax payers to build),are many homeless people camping along side of some streets and next to the trolley tracks.A lot of these people have put up card board boxes,plastic tarps and tents to live in.Some people look like they try to have things in order,in these horrible conditions.A few of these people still have their pet dogs and walk them around (on chain and leases) around the town.In Balboa park, there are public restrooms that many of these people use, just trying to keep clean.People are also camping in the brush out of the authorities sight.There are many people sleeping in their cars and R.Vs.San Diego is supossed to be America’s FINEST CITY,but instead it is a MEAN ARROGANT,city to those that don’t have money.Some American people have crossed over to Tijuana,Mexico to live,because the RENT is much cheaper.I have also seen American street people roaming the streets of Tijuana,collecting recyclabes.Some of these American ECONOMIC REFUGEES have commited crimes in Tijuana,like robberies rapes and drug posession.The Mexicans get criticized that they commit crimes in the USA,Americans also commit crimes in other countries.I personally see this,because I live in Baja California,Mexico and cross the International border every day to go to work in San Diego.Hundreds of thousands of people do this EVERY DAY,because you cannot afford to live in San Diego making sub minimum wage and pay the outragous rents.There are some Amerian people that actually been DEPORTED from Mexico back to San Diego because they have made problems down here.There are way less people living in the streets down in Tijuana, than San Diego.
    There are American ECONOMIC REFUGEES, that are trying to go to Canada.The Canadian government will NOT put up with this and will DEPORT Americans,who DON’T have permission to be there.Canada has deported many Americans.
    Here in Mexico,the Mexican government is also starting to crack down on Americans withiut papers.You need to get a F3 or F2 visa to be down here.
    REMEMBER ONE THING,NO OTHER COUNTRY WANTS POOR AMERICANS IN THEIR COUNTRY.OTHER COUNTRIES ARE ACTING THE WAY WE HAVE ACTED WITH OTHER PEOPLES,AND NOW IT IS HAPPENING TO US.

    • mondobeyondo

      Bizarre to hear about American citizens going to Mexico to live because of the cheaper rent. Usually it’s the other way around – Mexicans flooding across the U.S. border looking for jobs.

  • Greg Burton

    No jobs, no home, no welfare, no disability, no medicare, no social security, hyperinflation, no food? aren’t you glad the ObamaCare “death-panel”-mobiles are standing by to help you!

  • patriot alice

    DEBT is the problem…We borrow and spend money we don’t have….No one wants to live within ones means in today’s society…If you can’t afford a home/phone/car etc. the government will provide it somehow…If someone has cancer you can’t evict them? How about Aids? How about MS? How about not enough money? How about a headache? How about drunks and fools? Don’t be generous with my money…Some of our leaders learned to have a bleeding heart because they were raised by a single mothers and have missed out on having a father’s attitude of tough it out, and shut up about it…Has Pres. Obama missed out on his father’s teaching, and so his heart is bleeding all over the place? Maybe a President should have been raised by both parents to better balance his emotions…

    • Highspeedloafer

      I agree 100% Alice.

  • Captain Ron

    All well and good, I think what this article fails to point out is the obvious correlation between America’s utter societal complacency and America’s current situation. Freedom ain’t free… and self-accountability is non-existent in this country… no one ever said life was gonna be easy. For too long Americans have feasted on the deeds of their fore fathers… time to reap some of what’s been sowed… for decades. America is no longer the “greatest country on the planet”… and justly so.

    • Diane C

      I’m afraid I’m a bit offended by your comment, and some of the others. Yes societal complacency and lack of accountability has been a problem in the past many years. But that is only from some of the people who would rather take welfare and cheat than to work. There are many many more people who have done what they can to make their life comfortable and safe and didn’t get caught up in all that debt or over their heads in a mtg scams.

      Many hard working people have done just that. But our GOVERNMENT is more at fault than any regular American because of their crazy spending and pushing programs on everyone just because they want to keep busy or they think we need to be lead. I’m angry at them! I’m angry at the politicians who have decided they are more important than the American people and therefore they work their bribes, get rich and walk away with more than you or I could ever have.

      Yes, people bought homes they shouldn’t have, bought using credit cards they couldn’t pay. Who shoved all of that into our lives… Big business and Government. Unfortunately, many people got hooked into the wrong path, and should have known better. But now they are paying the price. And because of all of that, we are ALL going to pay the price. Yes, I’m angry. I will help those who help themselves. I will not help the people who have been sitting on welfare for generations.

  • sean hopkins

    everyone

    The other third secret of Fatima

    I am sending this e-mail regarding the third secret of Fatima.
    The third secret of Fatima is not about the Pope John-Paul 2nd been shoot(A FALSE

    LIE).The last part of the third secret of Fatima was fulfilled when Lucia died.Lucia

    died on 2-28-2005,from what i can see from the coding is that the next great war

    (WW3) will start on 10-4-2012.seven years,seven months, & 7days(1 week) from the

    time of her death.It was also interesting to see that from her birth in 1907,seven

    years after she was born WW1 (the first great war was stated) almost to the day..
    Jacinta:Her coding has a lot to do with world wide events

    as-well,Jacinta also has a connection to the Bayside prophecy Queens NY and the photo

    (Polaroid) that was taken of the statue of the Virgin Mary, with “Jacinta” & “1972″

    on the image.1972 marks a mid-point from 1917 55years and an end point only in one

    sense in 2027.there is another mid point here as-well Jacinta birth 1909/1910,which

    will end (calm down) in 2034/36.(new era)
    There is also coding in her name…it showed 9/11 not

    just one but two i feel, the next 9/11 (between the 11 & 14 & 18 of September) will

    be financial(total mess). It showed other coding as-well.., from what i can see the

    nuclear fire crackers will be going off December 11 to 13-2012 in this once great

    nation of ours THE USA.
    I also saw another date 11-12-12, but i do not know if this is a

    turning date that will make or break a truce in the war or that marshal law will

    declared in the US (maybe a bad geo/comsic event).This country is in for a world of

    hurt and pain not seen sense the great flood.there is another event to happen on 3-

    3-2013….it sense to me that the EARTH will be rockin & rollin…..There will be

    97% complete destruction on this GOD given good green/blue earth.There are other

    dates as well…2017/6….. 2019… 2021… 2024 just to name a few…
    Francisco: his coding is more to do with 1918

    onward after the first world war up to 1949…,different events in between….

    NOTE: (UPDATE) NOVEMBER looks like there will be up to 11 events every Sunday &

    Thursday… going into DECEMBER (second week)………….!!! WOW

    Yours
    A Citizen of this once great nation… UNITED STATES of AMERICA
    I posted this on your sister site…..thanks

  • Evie

    Yep, I give beggers money. That way I know it is going to benefit them and not some gov. Or corporation.
    A big fight in philly. It seems the mayor does not want people to feed the homeless. Wow, I will give people money all I want. Isnt that my choice?
    People living in cars should beg with a big sign about their situation.
    The gov.and banks do not like this as they will not be able to give corporations money to dole out crumbs to the people.
    If it wasnt for the corporations and gov. I do not think we would have economic collapse.

  • MarkieMark

    Grapes of Wrath all over again only with Extended Cab F-250s.

    We had a guy come into our Emergency Food Pantry the other night. He listed his address as 1988 Pontiac. We’ve had several who are iving in the woods just outside town.

  • Prepply

    I have opened my home to a homeless person and it is really funny the amount of flak I have received from all family members who know about it. My parents even stooped to asked me what color the person was… These people are the Christians of my family and they are super selfish. (I wasn’t bragging about helping but was trying to find a cheap rental for the person and trying to see if anyone also knew of any job prospects). Things are really desperate for some people and it seems that if you are not the one affected you just ignore all the problems of the people around you. It is kind of sad…

  • Sympathetic Ear

    It’s sad but it will get worse, worse than you or I are ready to acknowledge. The rich won’t suffer, but the vast majority will. The more you have, the longer you survive.

  • Mack

    Homeless people in America with young children, (older teens need to get a job and pitch in. Boys were working at twelve cutting lawns and caddying at the country club in the 60’s.)parents need to get them in foster care asap with decent housing. This is child abuse, living in cars and other homeless areas. They are unfit to raise kids; should have never had them in the first place. Kids cost a bunch and many cannot afford them even if they are employed.

    • erheault

      Hate to tell you this but it against the law to employ childern under 18 as they are suposed to go to college and run up thousands of dolars that they have noway to pay back, Even open up a lemonaide stand without the licences and health department permit and city licence receive a big fine that the parents are stuck with. Brave new world enjoy.

  • Old Man

    I interview the director of the Great American Institute for Free Enterprise and Absolute Capitalism. Excerpt:

    OM: The numbers around the country all look pretty grim. How say you?

    Director: The numbers don’t tell the full story. For example, corporate profitability across the country is extremely healthy. The health care industry is booming – hospital owners, medical and legal professionals are all making a killing. So is the new fracking oil & gas industries, despite all this nonsense about a billion ton toxic water going into lakes and rivers. This is all due to capitalism at work.

    OM: But there are a hundred million unemployed or using food stamps.

    Director: This is also healthy. This is a natural consequence of destructive creation. It is one of the beauties of capitalism.

    OM: You mean destroying and creating human beings?

    Director: Of course not! The former is against the law, while the latter contributes to a healthy sex industry. What I mean is, capitalism does not care about human beings. It only care about, well, capital. And the only capital the Fed make is Reserve Notes.

    OM: What about all these talk about human capital?

    Director: That’s utter nonsense. There is no such thing.

  • robertsgt40

    Welcome to the “land of plenty”. Plenty of misery and suffering. All to the delight of a precious few.

  • markthetruth

    One news piece, Looks like We can’t trust anyone with power.

    http://news.yahoo.com/tailhook-whistle-blower-petitions-hearings-lackland-sexual-assaults-151217085–abc-news-politics.html

    Second trash piece, a whore is a whore who’re ally cares…

    http://www.okmagazine.com/news/kim-kardashian-cheating-kanye-west

  • Dammerung

    God blessed this country my ass. He didn’t do much to bless the American Indians who lived here first, or the Mexicans in the Mexico-American war. All you people who think God is going to do anything to help us or that we were ever right with God in the first place are freaking ignorant. Good Christian soldiers killing Good Christian soldiers all over Europe in WWI and WWII, dropping an atomic bomb on the most Christian city in Japan (Nagasaki,) the list goes on and on. America is a godly country like the Goldman is doing God’s work.

    • xander cross

      The indians were not here first.

      • Old Man

        A small group of people that originated today’s south-central Siberia traveled across the Bearing Strait 14,500 years ago and arrived in today’s Alaska. During the peak of the last Ice Age, the Bearing Strait is a large swat of land. This group proceeded to migrate and multiply along the western coast of the Americas, travel mostly by the sea coast and spreading inland, for the next 5,000 years. By around 10,000 year ago, they arrived at the southern tip of today Argentina. All of the civilizations of the America, with the exception of the Eskimo, came from this original group of ‘Mongolian’. The Eskimo came from a second migration across the Bearing Strait. This story is established scientific fact backed by extensive journal papers.

        So the ‘Siberians’ were in the Americas first. They were called ‘West Indians’ by Christopher Columbus in a flight of delusional fancy, since he was exploring to find a new route to Cathay Indie.

      • PB

        Oh so its a race? A race of races I suppose.

    • http://moonbeamcandle moonbeam

      Wow,right on dammerung!!

    • JR

      Ah yes, the name tells it all. We all get you Twilight allusion. We also understand your insult…. just not your (poorly mande) point. The American Indian issue has been addressed before, and well. I suggest you do a little more reading, and try having an open mind. and try **listening**for once, rather than thinking you are the reigning savant of your little section of Podunck Jct. The Mexicans in the Mexican American war is non sequitur, just like your Native American “America” (N.B.: I doubt the Indians called it “America) but what the heck. And WWI was “Christian,” somehow, led by adulterer Woodrow Wilson? Puhleez.

      You might start with working through the four theories of war, when (or if) it is justified. Otherwise, and unfortunate post, penned by someone who appears to think more highly of his intellect than merited.

      • GaryToo

        “the american indian issue has been adressed before” By who and how? thats the poorly made point. Dammrungs is obvious and indisputable.

      • Dammerung

        Your response to the self-proclaimed Christian annihilation of American Indians is… Indians didn’t call America, America?

        Wow. Hahaha, oh wow.

    • Alasha

      Dammerung u r apparently confused and do not really grasp the meaning of earth ….

      Please give ur mind and heart open and you will begin to understand…

      (Matthew 6:10) Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.

      Godspeed

      • PB

        Kumbaya

      • M

        :)

    • Kevin2

      Dammerung

      And that hype “Onward Christian Soldiers” just tears me up.

      I have a German Belt Buckle. It’s the only NAZI thing I own (I despise the very thought of them). I bought it because of what is written on it, “Gott Mitt Uns”. Translated it’s “God Is With Us”.

      Who’s side is God on in war? God is on everyones side but the communists because at least they’re truthful in that single regard not claiming their doing, “Gods Work”. Ask Jews, Moslems, Hindu, Christian of any host of others and they are convinced “God” is on their side.

  • mondobeyondo

    You don’t need some souped-up Delorean automobile to go “back to the future” these days.

    A lot of Americans are living like it’s 1812 instead of 2012, through no choice of their own. No electricity. No telephone. Hunting and gathering their food, living off the land. Begging friends, neighbors and strangers for assistance.

    And they call this “progress”? Maybe… if it’s any comfort, none of the Founding Fathers enjoyed electricity, refrigerators or air conditioning.

    • TX4Life

      Yep, I see it right in my neighborhood. However, the boat and SUV’s are still in their yard……priorities.

  • mr.kuntz

    http://Www.formypeople.org Read all the dreams that God is giving with complete accuracy as to what is going on.

  • soviet utopia

    Leaving the dollar store one day I saw a homeless guy and gave him a dollar. It was hot out and hopefully he got some water at the dollar store.

    • FindingNemo

      I sincerely hope someone who is in need of money would not spend it on something they could easily get for free.

  • http://EconomicCollapse Already Gone

    You never know someday it could be you in need of assistance. Nope,no way,never.
    Why may you ask? Because i am a PREPPER/SURVIVALIST i seen this coming a long time ago and took the necessary steps to make sure that i would not be in that kind of situation.Prep!Prep!Prep!

  • C

    Don’t count on the churches, the really cool super church my gfriend goes to, they throw out food, then chase the homeless guy away from the dumpster.

  • http://www.thewelcominghouse.blogspot.com Heather

    Reading so many of these comments give me such hope, and some lead me to despair. What you give returns to you………I will not let my family starve, but I would also not turn away someone in need. I am sad that more people do not see what is happening and where we are headed, that it can not possibly end well…and that they need to be more prepared.
    As the parent of two adopted children, I wish I could give A.S. a hug right now—May God bless you, sir for having such a heart for those children! And I hope someone has an answer, because we would be right there as well…although I have a sick feeling there will be more of those children on our own streets before this is all said and done. Thanks, Michael, for another fantastic article.
    ~Heather

    • Michael

      You are welcome Heather. :)

      And I hope people will check out your very cool blog….

      http://thewelcominghouse.blogspot.com/

      Michael

      • http://www.thewelcominghouse.blogspot.com Heather

        Thanks! I was astonished to see over 50 visitors from your blog when I checked in today! Have a wonderful day and please, keep writing about all of this—I have linked your page again and again, and I think you will keep getting many return readers from it! :)

        • Michael

          I am glad some people decided to stop by your blog. :)

          Michael

  • Rodster

    Wow Spain just unloaded on it’s population a 21% sales tax. 8O

    Socialism never ends well.
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/48144383

    • Cynical Aussie

      Huh. How’s your capitalism working for you? As I saw in a cartoon the other day; Father at dinner table: “Wu Han! Eat your vegetables! Don’t you know there are children going hungry in America who would want what you are having?”

  • Barn cat

    You have to pay your mortgage. Being sick doesn’t exempt you from paying your bills.

    Decades ago if you couldn’t afford the hospital bill you didn’t get treated at the hospital. That’s life. That’s how it should be today. My hospital bill shouldn’t be raised to pay for the drug dealer who got shot 10 times and now requires $500,000 in medical care. Let him die.

    • Paul

      In China, if patients cannot pay, they are loaded into an ambulance and dumped at the local landfill.

      In China, I saw every day 1 dead body on the street – traffic accident. Nobody touched the body, for fear of having to pay the expenses.

      You want that for Christian America too?

    • TX4Life

      True. Think the drug dealer will purchase insurance now or pay the tax/penalty? Or will he qualify for Medicaid under the expansion?

  • http://www.hotbedinfo.com KT

    A breaking eyewitness report from an ex-military man in Los Angeles is claiming that radiation levels on the West Coast in general are spiking because of the Japanese Nuclear disaster in March of 2011.

    http://hotbedinfo.com/2012/07/eyewitness-los-angeles-radiation-skyrocketing/

  • imnotoldjustolder

    I read these sites every day, but NOBODY I know is talking about this stuff. WHY is that?

    • Michael

      That is a very good question.

      Michael

    • Rodster

      They’d rather you not know the truth. How would you feel if you knew the entire financial system is a giant ponzi scheme? That’s why they’d rather not worry the masses. ;)

    • laura m.

      Most everyone knows nothing about the NWO plans, because most all Americans are inflicted with brain fog/stuck in stupid mode. Even retirees only care about golf and various self indulgences. Children today later will spit on their parents graves, knowing they did nothing beyond living for self.

    • mondobeyondo

      Because even though the truth will set you free, the masses prefer to live life in comfortable, luxurious, ignorant captivity… as long as the power and cell phones are on, there’s food available, and there’s America’s Got Talent on TV, the sheeple don’t care. “Not my problem! Now go away, you’re interrupting the talent competition!”

    • http://ramennoodlenation.blogspot.com/ The Squawker

      I am noticing no one seems to care either. They just do not want to know. Being poor today means living an odd existence of not even being able to talk about the realities of your life. You try to warn them about what is really going on and you get a blank face. I think that is what makes this Depression worse the first, now you are expected to suspend your own reality. Just look at our media see any working class voices on there or poor people? We are invisible to the elite and it’s that way on purpose. There’s no shows like Laverne and Shirley with working class characters, everyone’s rich on TV. I try to warn people and 99% just do not want to know. –The Squawker

  • Dianna

    ” The Sharp, Sudden Decline of America’s Middle Class

    They had good, stable jobs – until the recession hit. Now they’re living out of their cars in parking lots. ”

    http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-sharp-sudden-decline-of-americas-middle-class-20120622#ixzz1zNcDoazu

    .

    • xander cross

      This is why it’s important to save up your money.

      • doh

        ABSOLUTELY! Give the Feds as much as possible to steal from you – every last penny, keep saving up, SO THE FED CAN SOAK YOU AGAIN LOLOLOL

  • Gary2

    The real reason businesses aren’t creating more jobs is American consumers — whose purchases
    constitute 70 percent of U.S. economic activity — don’t have the money to buy more, and they can no
    longer borrow as before. Businesses won’t invest and hire without consumers

    • Kevin2

      Gary2

      The reason US consumers are not purchasing is that they have been devoid of wealth creation for some time due to the ever expanding Free Trade Agreements with slave labor nations. The public has been relying on personal and governmental debt to make up the shortfall. The solution is wealth creation. Stimulus is an euphemism for not having a solution. While some redistribution can reduce the pain for many it is not in itself any more of a solution then depleting your ATM / MAC bank account and not putting more in.

      We’re presently feeling the effects of globalism without the false buffer of debt to mask the pain.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    YOU DON’T HELP THE POOR?YOU EITHER A SHEEP OR A GOAT!!!!When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

    34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

    41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.YOU DO IT TO THE POOR YOU DO IT TO JESUS!!WHAT ARE YOU A SHEEP OR A GOAT???SHEEP GO TO HEAVEN GOATS GO TO HELL!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzKUzRJUzQ0

    • PB

      More helpful Kumbaya

    • NotaChristian.

      Hmmm, that rant is like a Hippy punching me in my Aura- not worth much.

      • LordRhynn

        This is gold. This one right here. I’d pay you royalties for its re-use, but my company has been downsized and I spent my last check on Patron. Silver to be specific – I do pay attention to the silver and gold talk around here.

        Now hurry up and expect to see your one liner plastered all over the place for free as if it were the campus slut’s phone number.

  • Evie

    It is against the law to live with kids in a car? People will soon have no choice. Not enough shelters and gov. Aide cut. It is just a place to sleep so no big deal.
    Sometimes the foster parents are worse than real parents.
    I guess neither party is pro family.

    • sunshine

      I agree with you 100 percent. It is better to keep families together. Imagine how many families could be helped with just the money that is spent on vacations alone for “the 1st family”. If the car is safe and clean then it’s better than nothing. A Rv or camper is not much different than a mobile home. I think a car would be a lot better than a tent for tons of reasons and I didn’t think it’s illegal to live in one. The money spent on tearing families apart, paying foster parents. …could be used to help the family live in a home of some sort. I don’t know how the powers that be ever got their jobs or how they keep them because they sure don’t use common sense or spend money wisely.

  • TX4Life

    Here in the country, I know of 2 families living in yellow school busses. Also, the RV parks are pretty full and more RV’s have been showing up in people’s yards around here with family/friends living in them. Fertile ground here but you don’t see many gardens. A friend who recently took a 20% paycut at work and struggles not to be overdrawn reported a $500 electric bill this month. Can’t turn the air up because they like it 70 in their home at all times. Others around me who struggle to keep the lights on feed 4 or 5 dogs and eat out a couple of times a week. What does it take???

    • Kevin2

      TX4Life

      Food and circus (and by extension creature comfort).

      As long as they are obtainable by any means the population at large is not truly worried about it. By the time many reach the point to be worried their actions will be too little, too late.

      I know many “adults” that are middle age that behave like teens caring only for the very short term.

  • http://www.thewelcominghouse.blogspot.com Heather

    Wow TXLIfe—around where I live the gardens are in almost every yard, sometimes two to a yard, people are sharing their extras with others, helping out people in the community down on their luck, erasing bills, and bringing meals when someone loses their job. We have RV’s in yards too, and everyone is all in the same boat since there are quite a few homes standing empty due to the housing crisis (which supposedly is finished, but sure isnt around here). I think you should come live here! :) :) I am glad I live in rural America, because the more I hear about how people are living in the cities, I am just more sobered with what we are facing soon.

  • Ralphieboy

    If for anything else but your own self-respect as a human being, seems obvious to me that we always should do the best we can in helping others – even if it is just a small action.

    I am back in Greece this week – and today as I pulled up to an intersection on my motor scooter I saw a bedraggled man with a big smile on his face putting on a “juggling” show. Pretty talented guy – and it was fun to watch his skillful activities as he entertained motorists. Very hot out there on the asphalt with temps in the 105 F range today -and as sweaty and dirty as this guy was – and with no one bothering to pay him attention much less give him so much as five Euro cents – he remained smiling and enthusiastic. I dropped a bunch of Euros in his hat and he practically fainted from gratitude. Frankly, I really admired him for making such a cheerful and creative effort – offering his entertainment with hopes of scavenging a few coins.

    Not one of us is immune to financial catastrophe. In the ’73 recession I was broke, living in my car, and making about $15/day working odd jobs through Manpower, when the jobs were available. Although the next few years were very tough – things did eventually improve and I never lost hope. Sometimes it takes just one small act of kindness to give sufficient encouragement to a struggling soul. And if we happen to be blessed with prosperity for ourselves – our gratitude for our blessings can certainly be expressed when we reach a helping hand to others.

    My parents barely survived the Great Depression. But in those days, many people did learn to help one another. Here in Greece, where I work a few months a year, I see neighbors helping neighbors and people are managing to get by. Of course, Greece is a small country – very family oriented – and very spiritually oriented, with 98% of the population belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church. The radical protestors are a small minority. Most just go about their daily business. But it is with these strong values that Greeks have survived, often with a smiling face, generations of extreme hardship. I can only hope that we Americans will suck it up and do the same.

    • Michael

      Good to hear a report right from the streets of Greece. :)

      Michael

    • mondobeyondo

      We Americans could learn a lot from seeing how the Greeks cope with their economic crisis. But sadly, it seems the whole “I, me, mine” mentality has completely overtaken American society.

  • J.J.C

    Not long ago I was approached by a 30 something soccer-mom type in the parking lot of the grocery store with her 10 year old son. She told me she was working but ran out of money and literally had no food in the house. I gave her everything in my wallet, which was only $17 but that disturbed me so much.

    I thought there but by the grace of God go I.

    • laura m.

      I give food items to people in need, never cash..as they may use it to buy cigarettes or beer, candy bars. Some friends do likewise…a can of beans, corn box of cereal,etc. direct them to the nearest food bank or Salvation Army, local rescue mission, etc.

      • sunshine

        I applaud you for giving food items to others in need. However, there are other needs that people need money for. Power, water, gas to get to work, shoes, toiletries and the list goes on. If you give someone cash and they spend it on beer then shame on them. If they buy a candy bar once in a while I don’t have a problem with that especially if it’s a well deserved treat for a child that already has to do without so much. Do you offer transportation to and from the nearest food banks etc? Do you offer to keep the children if there are any entertained for a while so the parents can look for a job or wait for hours at the food bank? Every little bit helps when you are in need. I have been there because of sickness and having a disabled child. By the grace of God my Family has been blessed after hitting rock bottom and losing everything not once but three times. It was not because of being lazy or wasting our resources. My husband and I both have worked all of our lives. He is a disabled veteran that is still working a full time job. I am disabled stemming from a accident when working in law enforcement and we raised one disabled child and have another disabled child that will be with us until we pass away, God willing and the Creek don’t rise. Again, I applaud you for giving food to folks. Just keep in mind when you are giving food to others that beans and cereal are good but a person can’t survive on that alone. Buy what you eat and what you would want if you were ever in need. It makes people feel good to donate a few food items once in a while doesn’t it. There’s so much more that folks can do to help others in need. If you think about it and put yourself in the other persons shoes, show kindness, don’t assume that you or anyone else is any better than the less fortunate…..don’t judge people, only God has the right to judge anyone. Give what you can to include money when someone is in need. I assure you that most people in need will not spend money on beer, drugs etc. Most people that are down on their luck can make a penny squeak and they spend wisely. What goes around comes around. If giving food is all that you can do then it’s great of you to give it. If you have money to spare or you blow money, if you live a comfortable life and you know of someone in need but you don’t do everything that you can to help them, I don’t know how you can enjoy anything or how you sleep at night. Unless you are part of the one percent that is insanely rich, think about how easy it would be for you to be the less fortunate and how you would want people to help you and give you enough credit to know whether to buy beer, a candy bar. …but for the Grace of God, there too go I.

  • Dr. Carl S. Hale

    Thanks for this website brother…it’s an awesome resource for many. Please pray and remember others during the coming crisis; our blessings are given to bless others: the poor, homeless, disabled, elderly, widows, and especially orphans. This is what the Word of God says, what Jesus Christ commands of all those who are Christians around the world. Let’s be doers of the Word of God. Now is the time to be generous. Jesus is testing us. If we cannot be faithful with a little, how will He trust us with more. God loves a joyful giver. Thank you Lord Jesus for giving us the opportunity to serve and share. To Christ the righteous be all glory!!!

  • Matthew

    The Collapsing US Economy and the end of the world
    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/07/08/the-collapsing-us-economy-end-world/

    Can Americans Escape the Deception?
    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/07/04/can-americans-escape-deception/

    Dr. Roberts is writing some great articles. He talks about the fake republican vs. democrat politics. I really like him.

  • Jay

    Cuba is a socialist country, I’d rather live there as a poor person than the U$ where being poor makes you suffer extra.
    Other Countries give their people (“their people”) life long health care and benefits not cut off causing destitution. Yet the home of selfish greed is collapsing despite its meanness to its own and your rich live in a parallel
    Universe not giving a rats arse about their wretched fellow americans who might as well not exist. You have no community.Trouble is your sh*t ideology has been transplanted to other places where simple folk suffer in your pursuit of filthy lucre and profit.
    It wasn’t always so in the 50s and 60s when you had more social policies until Raygun got in!

  • Charles
  • william

    Hi I had a bone marrow transplant. I was forced to move twice during both treatments. Two and half years worth of chemo/radiation Out of work since the BMT. Having cancer in no way shape or form prevented me from being forcfully evicted from my rentals. I had a good lawyer on my side and it did not help!

  • Washington

    Homeland Security gives UC-Berkeley an ‘armored counterattack truck’ June 29, 2012 ..

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/homeland-security-gives-uc-berkeley-an-armored-counterattack-truck/article/2501042?custom_click=rss

  • M

    This is all coming to an end, soon. Don’t worry people, it won’t be long now before the books are closed and Jesus finally comes back! Don’t give up!
    And thanks to whoever writes these articles, it’s good to know what’s going on! :D

    • Michael

      M:

      You are welcome. :)

      Michael

  • ByGeorge

    So, the Greeks are leaving their children on the streets? An old story and one that is with us today if we understood it. The German story of Hansel and Gretel, that we take to be a fairy tale, was actually written to tell the story of the famine in Europe during that period of history. It was written as a fairy tale for political purposes, as an attempt to silence free speech to avoid serious charges of inciting the public, or something to that effect. Things that Obama wants to do now if he get’s a 2nd term.

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