The Beginning Of The End
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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….

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.


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!!


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.


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.

  • 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. :)


    • 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 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

    Can Americans Escape the 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 ..

  • 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


      You are welcome. :)


  • 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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