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You Will Not Believe What Some People Are Willing To Do For A Paycheck These Days

It is absolutely amazing what some people will do to make a living in this economy.  Desperate times call for desperate measures, and we have not seen this kind of desperation for jobs in America since the Great Depression of the 1930s.  What some people are willing to put up with just to bring home a paycheck these days will totally shock you.  For example, would you slaughter dogs all day long even though you are really a dog lover?  Would you personally train your replacement from China even though you knew he was about to take your job?  Would you trade sex for a job?  There are people out there actually doing all these things and worse.  Every night in America, millions upon millions of people roll around endlessly in their beds and stare at their ceilings for hours because they can’t sleep.  They are sick to their stomachs because their money is gone and nobody will hire them.  They can’t provide even the basics for their families and they feel worthless.  Unemployment can be absolutely soul crushing and it can suck the life right out of you.  Things were supposed to be better by now, but they aren’t.  The month after Barack Obama took office the unemployment rate broke the 8 percent barrier and it has stayed above it ever since.  But the truth is that the “official” unemployment number greatly understates the real amount of suffering that is going on out there.  In reality, the percentage of working age Americans that have jobs is lower today than when the last recession ended.  There are millions upon millions of Americans that are desperate for some hope, and there is no hope on the horizon.  In fact, things are going to be getting a whole lot worse for the U.S. economy.

I like personal stories because they tell us things that all of the economic statistics in the world never could.

There are millions of Americans that have had their lives totally turned upside down by this economy.  They feel abandoned and worthless, and many of them feel as though life is no longer worth living.

As you read the following stories, try to put yourself in their shoes and try to feel their pain.

Also, try to remember that these kinds of stories are going to multiply in the years ahead as the U.S. economy falls apart all around us.

A 61-Year-Old Woman Begging For A Job

A recent article posted on gawker.com included the story of a 61-year-old woman who has been through hell and back during this economic downturn….

I sent out close to 500 resumes. Most never were even acknowledged and those that were I was told I was over qualified. When you would press them they would fumble but I was sure my age was part of the “over qualified”. The thoughts of wanting life to be over were with me every day. I wanted the horror to stop. Every time I would hear of the unemployment rates I would cry-what about ME.

At one point she was so desperate she took a job where she was making the decision about what dogs to slaughter at an animal shelter.  Approximately 85 percent of the dogs at the shelter ended up being killed, and she was working about 80 hours a week doing this.  The really sad part is that she really loves dogs….

In 2008 I was able to get a job at the local shelter as a dog trainer. That turned into a job as an Operations Manager. Though I was thankful for the job we had a euthanasia rate of nearly 85%. I was the one that would be the decision maker on who lives and dies of over 10,000 animals per year and the toll mentally was hard. Being salary I was working nearly 80 hours a week due to shorthanded staff.

After she was fired for not being aggressive enough in killing off dogs, she started endlessly sending out resumes once again.  Nobody wants to hire her, and she essentially feels like an old lady begging for a job….

Since February I began sending out 3 resumes a day. As the no return answer, over qualified and now I was getting I was out of engineering too long I started to set my sights lower. I have sent in resumes to sit in the booth in gas stations, secretary and so on. Local colleges have said I am qualified to teach there but they have no openings. I am for all purposes the old lady begging for a job.

Personally Training Their Replacements

If you knew that your company was going to tear down your factory and send your job to China, would you personally train your replacement?

That is what a whole bunch of workers in Illinois are doing.

The following is from a recent article that appeared in the Guardian….

The shock of losing a precious job in a town afflicted by high unemployment is always hard. A foundation for a stable family life and secure home instantly disappears, replaced with a future filled with fears over health insurance, missed mortgage payments and the potential for a slip below the breadline.

But for Bonnie Borman – and 170 other men and women in Freeport, Illinois – there is a brutal twist to the torture. Borman, 52, and the other workers of a soon-to-be-shuttered car parts plant are personally training the Chinese workers who will replace them.

It’s a surreal experience, they say. For months they have watched their plant being dismantled and shipped to China, piece by piece, as they show teams of Chinese workers how to do the jobs they have dedicated their lives to.

Can you imagine that?

Would you be willing to do the same thing just to keep the paychecks coming in for as long as possible?

Sadly, both major political parties are obsessed with promoting unrestricted free trade even though millions of American jobs continue to go overseas.

Our top political candidates even argue about which of them love “free trade” more.

It truly is sickening.

Do you remember when U.S. taxpayers bailed out the auto industry?

Well, since the auto industry bailout approximately 70 percent of all GM vehicles have been built outside the United States.

The insanity has gotten to such a level that some Americans simply cannot take it anymore.  Just consider the following example from a recent article by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele….

On his last day on the job, Kevin Flanagan, after clearing out a few personal effects and putting them in boxes in the back of his Ford Ranger, left the building where he’d worked for seven years.

He settled into the front seat of his pickup truck on the lower level of the company garage, placed a 12-gauge Remington shotgun to his head, and pulled the trigger. He was 41 years old.

He was a computer programmer. He’d been a programmer his entire working life. Until, that is, his job was shipped overseas. The business of moving traditional U.S. jobs abroad-called “outsourcing”-has been one of this country’s few growth industries. It’s the ultimate short-sighted business promoted by the country’s elite because it means lower wages and fatter profits. As for the American workers eliminated along the way, they are just collateral damage.

It turns out that Kevin’s replacement was a programmer from India that he personally trained.

Trading Sex For A Job

If you were truly desperate, would you trade sex for a job?

I hope not, but that is exactly what some Americans are doing.

The following is a story from a desperate unemployed woman that was posted on gawker.com recently….

I have been very depressed since I lost my job. I go through periods where I spend most of my days in bed, and although I’ve had a few interviews those people don’t even have the decency to let you know the position is filled. Sometimes I’d call for weeks asking for updates only to get the HR persons voicemail, and they’d never return my calls. With no experience I can’t even get a job waiting tables. I apply to every job in the paper and online, whether I’m qualified or not, and have had 7 interviews total, none of which ended with a job offer. Living paycheck to paycheck would be a blessing at this point.

She has become so desperate that she is even willing to trade her body for a paycheck….

The current ‘bright side’ is that I know someone who owns a small retail clothing chain and has offered me a minimum wage job there on the condition that we become ‘close friends’. I think you & I both know what that entails, but at this time in my life it seems like a better alternative than losing the little that I have. I’d have a paycheck equal to what I am getting on unemployment with the opportunity for overtime and advancements, full benefits and a schedule that would allow me to continue schooling.

A Lot More Layoffs Coming Soon

The frightening thing is that a whole lot more layoffs are on the horizon.

Just check out this excerpt from a recent article on thehill.com….

Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney are going forward with plans to issue layoff notices to thousands of employees due to looming defense cuts under sequestration, despite administration claims that such warnings are unnecessary.

So how many jobs will be lost?

Unfortunately, it is being projected that we could be looking at a million jobs lost….

Top industry officials have said publicly that automatic cut under sequestration could lead to the loss of 1 million defense-related jobs.

Industry leaders and their supporters in Congress say those job losses would hit battleground states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida particularly hard.

Like I have written about before, we simply cannot continue to steal more than a trillion dollars from future generations every single year, but when we do make deep cuts to the federal budget the economic pain is going to be immense.

We already have more than 100 million Americans on welfare.

What is this country going to look like if things get even worse?

The good news is that if you do lose your job and your home you might have somewhere to sleep.  New York City is opening up a bunch of new homeless shelters….

New York City has opened nine new shelters in the last two months in efforts to handle the city’s rapidly growing homeless population, officials said.

The city recorded 43,731 homeless people in shelters this week, which is up 18 percent from the 37,143 at the same time last year, The New York Times reported.

So don’t get too down.

If you can’t find a job and you can’t afford a home perhaps you can at least get into one of those shiny new homeless shelters.

Seriously, I don’t actually want anyone reading this to end up in a homeless shelter.

That is why I endlessly urge people to adjust their priorities and to work as hard as they can right now to prepare for the very hard economic times that are coming.

Now is not the time to be going on expensive vacations and now is not the time to be blowing your money on all kinds of stupid stuff.

We are moving into the most difficult times that any of us have ever seen, and if you do nothing to prepare yourself you will be very sorry.

  • Mick68

    Check Youtube under “shopping haul.” Still no shortage of sheeple women blowing money they don’t have on cosmetics and clothing. Methinks there will also be no shortage of women trading sex for food soon, sadly.

  • davidmpark

    As of two days ago, I am now the only employed man on my wife’s side of the family. She has a younger brother that supposedly just began work for Nissan as a junior executive, but we lost contact with him several months ago and no calls are being returned to anyone.

    Pretty much everyone here knows our situation, so I won’t go into it.

    We’ve got a lot of unemployment locally. The media reports our state is at around 7% unemployment, but the real figures are much higher around 20% and we have the highest welfare usage in the 50 states. Also, welfare for the truly disabled is very difficult to get while the well-connected and lawyered folks get it in a month at a higher rate. Many are living off credit cards to make it look like they’re doing well enough, but it’s a total lie.

    Many have dropped into despair so far that they’re turning to carnal pleasures to feel better about the situation. We’re getting many local reports daily of domestic violence, suicide attempts, thefts, rapes, incest, and pretty much everything one can think of.

    Let me put it this way: it’s not difficult to find good seats when late for church anymore.

    • DaytoDay

      Congratulations on finding a job Dave!

      “it’s not difficult to find good seats when late for church anymore.”

      Yea, tell me about it… The church that I use to go to had on average 15-20 people MAX, including the choir, Deacons, Treasurers and Pastor!

      This was an old school Baptist church (Built in 1920) And had DEFINITELY Seen better days…

      But what’s funny is, the the Baptist church a few miles away stayed PACKED!!! But they also had rock climbing walls, outdoor park, trampolines, concession stands, you name it… It was really more of a carnival/church (Pun intended)

      All we had was a GREAT sermon and the occasional Sunday dinner, that was made fresh in the church’s kitchen.

      • mr.kuntz

        God talks about celebration churches at http://www.formypeople.org Im encouraging everyone to read the dreams at this website as God is telling with 100% accuracy about what is about to happen. One of the dreams outlines that some time of pension is going to be taken away from millions. Read them and be absolutely amazed as they are in real time!!

      • Otown Right Guy

        The megachurches seem to be thriving. Spiritually dead, but thriving.

  • Mondobeyondo

    And all of this happening in the midst of a so-called “recovery”.
    How bizarre.

  • Mondobeyondo

    100 million Americans on welfare. 1 in 7 Americans receiving food stamps.
    Tent cities reminiscent of the Depression-era “Hoovervilles” springing up everywhere. (Maybe we should call them “Obamavilles”?!)

    We can do better than this. The frustrating part for all of us, except the Ones In Charge, is that our political and financial leaders aren’t even trying to fix this Mess. They could have, if they wanted to. Now it’s too late. The scary part for all of us, is that things are too far gone for it to be fixed, even if they wanted to fix it. We’ve crossed the Rubicon. The only way out is through. A national debt of nearly $16 TRILLION?!? We can’t AFFORD more war! We can’t afford to fight the wars we’re already in!! Dontcha get it, Obama, Romney, Petraeus, et al? Yet it seems some politicians are just itching for a new conflict with Iran. Gee whiz… I mean, cheeze whiz! They’ll never learn.

    A new Eden? Two chickens in every pot? “Brother, can you spare a thousand dollars?”

    (btw, I didn’t graduate from the e.e. cummings school of writing prose. So they rewarded me with a capital “M” in front of my name.)

  • ScoutMotto

    I am blessed to have the house paid off. I can stay in the house as long as the rent to the state is paid. Family can move in with me if needed.

  • Dano

    sex has always been traded. there is a whole industry around it now with sites like…

    *************************

    Just search “sugar babies” and see what pops up.

    I don’t condone it, or even judge it, but it’s certainly not new.

  • michelle

    heartbreaking

    Job creation is not happening here

    till it all collapses,

    we have to set the reset button, and soon.

  • Tappedops

    Chilling…your best piece yet Mr.M…

    Richard Duncan, formerly of the World Bank and chief economist at Blackhorse Asset Mgmt., says America’s $16 trillion federal debt has escalated into a “death spiral,” as he told CNBC.

    And it could result in a depression so severe that he doesn’t “think our civilization could survive it.”

  • Paul

    “would you personally train your replacement?”

    My father did it. And the unexperienced guy to replace him was even getting MORE money. But he was working in a factory across the border that was not to be closed down right now.

    Then my dad found a nice doctor and went to sick leave. And as people couldn’t get fired while on sick leave, he was on sick leave until retirement.

    When the management doesn’t care about people, then the people don’t care about the company.

    It’s as easy as that.

    • Louise in MO

      PAUL

      I’m sorry your Father had to do what was his only way out. Desperate times require desperate measures.

      Many of us would have done the same.

  • chiller

    At the major air conditioning manufacturer I work for we’re not only training our Chinese replacements but our Mexican ones as well. Crossing into Canada, if you mention the word “work” at the boarder, you’ll never get in. Coming back into the US, they can’t wait to send our jobs away.

  • Bob

    God Bless America! Please!

    • http://asouthernwriter.com Joyce

      2 Chronicles 7:14 – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

  • http://moneymorning.com Worried

    http://moneymorning.com/ob/jim-rogers-issues-dramatic-warning/ Micheal just read this . Posted it for others as well.

  • the ragged trousered philanthropist

    We all evolved from hunter gatherers and it looks like we will all have to re-evolve to become them again. The days of just gathering dollars (paid jobs)are over and the best strategy will be to learn new hunter gatherer techniques. Our ancestors both survived and then flourished in a far harsher world than we do now and with far fewer resources, so we should be able to do the same.
    It’s a question of mind set.
    You have to forget the paradigm of a paid job, which is basically only a form of bondage and use all your energies in re-learning the skills that brought our species to where we are today.

    • http://endzone2.weebly.com Craig

      Men were never hunter gathers, and that cave man thing is ridiculous. Also, we haven’t evolved. Also fossil fuels is a lie. Oil doesn’t come from dinasours. Dinasours in Saudi Arabia? Haha.

      • Saq

        call me crazy, but i think oil is made by the earth. Kind of like how our bodies make blood. I have opened my mind to other possibilities since the bottom line is know one knows where oil comes from or how it was made.

    • Concerned Person

      So right – my husband and I scrounge around selling scraps to make extra $. I think selling scraps is the wave of the future. As for work, we both do odd jobs. It’s not terribly steady of course but it’s what we can do now.

  • k

    keep in mind the recession was still going(jobs were still being lost) on until mid 2009.

    It takes a while to stabilise the worlds largest economy. Its not as simple as pushing a button.

    So blaming only obama and sparing the republicans is unfair.

    Both are responsible.

    Do you why? both parties polices are very very favourable to the fed, big banks, big corporations, big oil etc.

    If obama wins again or if romney wins they will still continue giving more power to the fed,still continue the wars and welfare, and tax breaks to the super rich while cutting support to the poor.

    • http://asouthernwriter.com Joyce

      And the only way we can stop this mess is for the American people to wake up and stop voting for the lesser of 2 evils. Mainline America has to break free of the left/right mentality. I really don’t see any of that happening anytime soon…

  • k

    In my first sentence i meant…recession was still going on until mid 2009.

    • Saq

      Uuuumm.. the ‘recession’never ended. In fact it never started… It’s a ‘depression’ and it has been on going since 2007, and won’t go away anytime soon.

  • k

    To the writers of this blog,

    Dont take sides or be biased to one party especially when you know that both were responsible.

    • John W.

      Were they? seems most of the current problems started when Pelosi and reid took over the House and Senate during Boy Georges second term. The Repubbies are inept but the Dems are evil and do malicious things with the intent of causing economic harm. Cloward Piven and Alinsky are their role models.

  • RickyD

    Homeless shelters today, FEMA camps tomorrow. They will lead and the sheep will be to demorolised not to follow.
    Clever bastards the elites…

  • http://theeconmiccollapseblog road dog

    its going to get real ugly… material preps are good… but how many ae mentally prepped? I don’t worry for myself.. I worry for those who love “soft Living” as Teddy Roosevelt described.. He also said “safety first before duty first, the get rich quick theory of life, peace at any price, and prosperity at any price” are the things which will destroy america….. how prophetic.

  • http://theeconmiccollapseblog road dog

    you may take our lives……… but you can never take our……FREEDOM!!!

  • http://www.survive2balive.com GA

    There truly is a lot of pain and sufferring occurring already. There will be much more to follow. We have had to start our own side business to make ends meet and to make some extra cash for prepping. SHTF can come in many different forms. It doesn’t have to be the apocolypse. Job loss can create your own personal SHTF. Educate yourself on how to prepare from different sources. Check out http://www.survive2balive.com and other sites to gain some knowledge to help you prepare and ease certain pain that is coming to all of us.

  • K

    Good article. Very good. I wish I knew what to do about things.

  • Steve

    Scary times are coming. Are you prepared? NOW is the time to get your affairs in order: pay off your debts, stock up on canned goods, ammo, water, etc. Not much time left in order to do this, I think.

    And completely off-topic, that picture at the end of the article has awesome depth-of-field. Where did you find it?

  • William

    Well, Americans, if you think this is bad, just wait until the USA goes to war again with BORROWED money. The failed and phoney Obummer is not the answer to America’s problems. BUT, it will be much worse if Mutt Romney and Ryan are elected. These two will gut the social safety nets, destroy what is left of Social Security, while reducing income taxes for the wealthy.
    Both Obummer and Romney are pawns of the Illuminati, who will win if either is elected. America is no longer the home of the free and the brave. This is just the coming into fruition of the Protocols, and has been planned since the late 1700s. Your representatives in the US Congress are slaves of whining and racist criminal bigots, and the military industries. Last person out, turn out the lights.

    • Cathy

      exactly

    • NorthernCanuck

      Time, I think, to re-read the Protocols which, for supposed “forgeries”, have been surprizingly prophetic.

      Or perhaps not so “surprizingly”…

    • Mondobeyondo

      Imagine the U.S. going to war with China, and having to pay for the war with dollars borrowed from China. Oh, the irony!!

  • Rancher

    IMHO … there is little to nothing we all can do about any of this. Regardless of who gets to be Prez this time around the underlying will of the feds and the state govt’s are to entrenched and weakened by way to many years in office to actually take the very painful steps needed now to change direction.

    They refused to do it 20 years and or 10 years ago when it would have been much easier. Now it is to late and they will run us aground and shipwreck the whole lot of us as they continue to deny the truth and act accordingly as honorable citizens or this nation.

    IMHO … you best be doing all you can to network with other well supplied much wiser preppers and be ready to make a stand against the hoards of hungry, homeless, angry, desperate people which will be pouring out of the wood work in the near future. Get you cash out of investments all the way right now, buy supplies while they are still around. Buy coins of all sorts and above all fine the self sustaining defend able location with others to weather the storm for more than likely …years.

    Even doing all that the odds still are not all that great on surviving intact. Anything less though will be a 100% failure rate.

  • A.S.

    I have an interesting question: once ALL high-tech, scientific, financial, defense, high-education, etc., jobs are sent overseas, like every job quoted in that article by Barlette, how will the average American be able to afford the products they once made on just $10 per hour or less? That means at some point in time, the corporate profits will level out, since no one will be able to afford to buy anything new.

    Eventually, if someone does want to buy something new, then they would have to sell their home, land, cars, and eventually themselves as slaves. Slavery will be legal again in the U.S., and such a person, in order to work off their debt, will be sent overseas, to make those products they bought on massive credit card debt. Or maybe, heavily indebted people will have to give up their lives in order that their organs be used, in exchange to wipe away credit card debt, so that their families may start over again. Just a personal prediction, because something similar has been done before (like suicide in order to cash in on an insurance policy).

    • LordRhynn

      That is the stupidity and arrogance of Corporate America. Cut the cost of building products by shipping manufacturing overseas to countries whose biggest customers are the people whose jobs you just eliminated. Then later, whine about unsold inventory and what throes of pain your firm goes through trying to reconcile.

      Well it’s going to get worse for them as well, unless they are planning to buy up all of their own stuff. And worse, when their new manufacturer friends don’t get their financial quotas met through sales volume anymore, they’ll have no choice but to raise unit cost to compensate.

      It’s called being hoist on one’s own petard.

      • Old Man

        “That is the stupidity and arrogance of Corporate America.”

        Corporate America as a whole is not stupid or arrogant. Most of these biz leaders are well-educated and have accomplished much as they climb the corporate ladder.

        But they do practice a special type of business philosophy – one where they must produce profit every single quarter. Because that’s is what Wall Street demands from public companies. Failure to ‘meet Wall Street expectation’ means certain dismissal.

        Those who achieved the super-human feat of profitability quarter after quarter are rewarded with an insane amount of money. Thus CEOs will do anything, ANYTHING, to deliver quarterly result because they know they are only as good as one quarter. Like a pitcher must hit a home run every single game of fired.

        Given the full power to fire workers (since they have killed off trade unions), it is easy to fire thousands of people to maintain high profitability. In short, they kick workers out to be either left to fend for themselves, or become a high welfare cost to the government. Yet refuse to pay the necessary corporate taxes to help government take care of the people they fired or lay off. Because then, profit is not maximized.

        This is called Non-Stop Maximization Capitalism. It has been burned into the America culture and cannot be tamed, less reduced. Maximization of Exploitation.

        How long can this continue? It can continue as long as it can, but not a single day longer. Just like the Arab Spring.

    • jimmy

      Slavery WILL be legal? Uh don’t look now but slavery never REALLY ended, Sir.

    • Paul

      “That means at some point in time, the corporate profits will level out, since no one will be able to afford to buy anything new. ”

      Ahaa!

      Did you ever hear the word “consumer credit”?

      If people do not have the money, they can take a credit. And credit card companies scramble for new “customers”, because the more debt they have in their books the more likely they will get bailed out by the tax payer (via their congressmen/lobbyists).

      And then, that tax money is converted into bonuses for the top managers who then convert it into gold for almost any price. And they will tell you in honey-layered voice to sell them your unneeded gold to get cash.

      And they will buy land, because like in England, you can always rent out land and land use and get royalties for anything the tenant gets from that land.

      And even the land lays empty for a hundred years, then your family can sell the wood, etc. etc.

      • A.S.

        You did not read my comment above far enough. I implied they take on a new CC. But how can they, when they are already maxed out on all of them, behind in payments, and possibly on the verge of defaulting on one of them?

  • James

    The collapse is definitely coming soon. Even the mainstream media like gawker is telling the real stories of poverty and despair in our country. I found a thinktank that argues the economy will collapse in april of 2013. I know you Michael are leaning towards this fall, but I think we can all agree it is coming soon. With 2015 being the latest.

    • Michael

      James:

      It is always hard to say exactly when moments of great crisis will happen, but without a doubt the collapse will continue to unfold.

      Michael

  • Syrin

    FOUR MORE YEARS !!

    FOUR MORE YEARS !!

  • NorthernCanuck

    Coming soon to the U.S. as the dollar collapses in value…?

    “Italian customs seize £30m from savers after thousands try to smuggle banknotes and gold out of the country

    By Nick Pisa
    Daily Mail, London,
    14 August 2012.

    Italian officials have made seizures worth more than £30million as people try to smuggle banknotes and gold out of the country because of the single currency crisis.

    That is an almost 80 per cent jump in the first seven months of the year.

    Most of the money and goods people are trying to get into the banking safe haven of Switzerland, said officials…”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2188015/Italian-customs-seize-30m-savers-thousands-try-smuggle-banknotes-gold-country.html#ixzz23WhUOi5s

  • Jodi

    No matter what the circumstance is all these stories are tragic. The feeling of having a good job and knowing if you loose your job is a horrible thought. I knew when I lost my job almost a year ago, it would be difficult to find one. For the last 4 years with the company I worked for, I wasn’t really all that happy but I knew I couldn’t quit my job because there was nowhere else to work. So far, my experience has not been devastating, thankfully, my husband still has a job. But you never know what is going to happen, if he looses his job we are screwed. I know plenty of others who are in the same boat. They are surviving with one job in the family and if the other looses their job they will be screwed too. Even though we are not suffering, it does get depressing at times. All you can do is keep your head up high, prepare the the worst and hope for the best. It’s not going to change anytime soon.

  • Grandee

    My brother-in-law is a very good artist. He has worked for 24 years as a stained glass artist, making new windows and rebuilding old ones from churches, train stations, etc. I have seen him in action and have seen some of the ones he builds and rebuilds. Beautiful! Really a fine artist. He was let go a year ago due to the bad economy. With no hopes of regaining his old job and no other job available in the stained glass industry where he now lives–he has taken a job in a local grocery store, in the produce department, weekends only. He is able to still do a bit of stain glass work at his brother’s home. He no longer has any benifits, though. We try to encourage him with, “at least you have a job” , but he just looks so miserable. Such a talent–working in the produce section!! So sad, really.

    • Saq

      Couldn’t he teach stained glass? I know I would be interested in learning a dying art like that. Heck, it would be an honor.

  • Isis2012

    We are having our ‘karma finals’ … and not only, do our ‘test pages of life’ seem to focus on question for answers, covering our weakest points … but this final test seems to present itself under the worst of condition imaginable ….

    Yet three of the most helpful advice I could give to any one during this ‘worst of times’ test period … would be to; one …. “Train yourself to let go… of everything you fear to lose …. two … constantly pray for strength to endure and guidance to show you the way … three …. stay on the Positive Light path, care for one another within the means of your ability, and always show Love …

  • Sarath

    Hi i am from india;I am really sorry for the americans who are losing jobs.Around 10 years back while i was studying in college, my grandfather used to say that we all should work and Think like americans.But things changed now; nowadays my grandfather saying we all should work like chinese people.Chinese becoming super power now,They are holding around 2 trillion american dollars.I dont want to see Communist as super power.It will be horrible to see war in our country.

  • sharonsj

    So far, the only people weathering the economic storm are those who didn’t have much to begin with. Meanwhile, if the U.S. follows Europe into the death spiral of austerity measures, you will see increasingly violent protests.

    I watched a C-Span presentation by two election pollsters and amazingly one of them said that the American public was so angry that any spark could set them off–a revolution was brewing. According to other benchmarks I’ve seen from experts, we have many of the problems that led to the Arab Spring and the Eurozone burnings, with one exception–we spend a small percentage of our income on food compared to the rest of the world. I wonder if global warming, the droughts and the floods, will change that?

    • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

      Speak for yourself. THose of us with very little to start with are in pretty damn dire straits. Where on earth did you come up with that one?

      • Cathy

        exactly. Now instead of eating just once a day I get to eat once every other day.
        Being disabled sucks, losing my disability appeal sucked-
        Being a sort of “Jill of all trades, master at none” sucks when what you know requires physical & many times is strenuous activity when one is in pain 24/7.

        (I still don’t see my long comment from yesterday)

        • Michael

          Cathy:

          Sometimes the software can be a bit glitchy – especially with really long comments.

          I did not delete any of your comments, so the best explanation I can give at this point is “the computer ate it”. :(

          Michael

  • http://back2theland.com Old Timer

    Traditionaly since ancient China and on through our Great Depression the salvation has been to increase Civil Sservice jobs. Yes, government steps in and makes work happen. I do not see either parrty doing this.

    Debt: Look at Argentina, they are still n business after several monetary changes.

    The premise of the political system is to promote fear and hidden agendas of evil mnanipulators at the top. This may appease the masses but the truth of the big picture is that no one wants to take real control.

    ‘As things go, my speculatyion is that the military will take over and we will form a National Socialist Government setting aside the Constitution as we know it now. However, still looking at history,without the civil sxervice approach there is always WAR.

    In the measn time we all weep for the unfortunates. Perhaps they need to march on Washington enmass.

    OT

  • Mountain Man

    Not me, I refused to work with the system anymore since it is crooked. Learn survival skills and move to remote locations. Learn how to take care of yourselves. Tell the FEDS and JOBS to go screw themselves. Let them ship all the jobs overseas. The more Americans realize what is going on then maybe we can take this country back?

    • Ascetik

      I actually respect this sentiment very much. I just wish I had the balls and know-how to go out and live off the land without getting arrested by the DHS.

  • Kevin2

    This deserves repeating until everyone clearly sees the futility of the Democrat verses Republican dynamic.

    “Sadly, both major political parties are obsessed with promoting unrestricted free trade even though millions of American jobs continue to go overseas.”

    “Our top political candidates even argue about which of them love “free trade” more.”

  • Barn cat

    I saw an article awhile back about how there was a significant number of professional women taking jobs as strippers.

  • Martin

    She has become so desperate that she is even willing to trade her body for a paycheck….

    Bad idea.
    If you run any business, some gold diggers might try to sue you (at least in US).

    So no sex and no job.
    Sorry babe.

    • Saq

      I’m sure that there are plenty of men out there that disagree with you.

      • Martin

        But clever ones would offer pocket money but not a job.

  • Mr. G

    Free trade is such an ugly lie. It looks philosophically like it makes sense, and people believe it does because they think this is a new world which is interconnected.

    But in truth it has been understood for all the ages that you have to cover your own damn back and your own nation’s back, too! We failed in that, and now we are being picked apart, piece by piece.

    These politicians who won’t put America first – they make me sick. Yes, I said it – “Put America First.” Does that make me a dirty guy for saying it?

    How many here know big-minded upper middle class crackers who claim to be “citizens of the world?” Gee, welcome to the world.

    See, it is true that working Americans aren’t worth any more than working Chinese or working Indians. That is why our politicians are supposed to put us first, and see to it we get more.

    That’s mean, that’s unfair – so damn what? It’s life, and we failed at this game!

    Anyone who has not heard Merle Haggard’s recent song “America First” needs to watch it on YouTube. It’s fantastic!

    It is all so sick, just sick. We had a great country here. We do not any more. This is a disaster and G-d only knows what is coming next.

    Mr. G

    • Mal R.

      How many here know big-minded upper middle class crackers who claim to be “citizens of the world?”

      You discredit your own argument using racism.

      • Mr. G

        Who said I wasn’t one?

        And besides, why should I care?

      • Mr. G

        More to the point, I must say that I see no need to feel like being nice to people who are the foot-soldiers for the people who control us all. I came from that upper middle class background and they are the Nazis-in-the-making. Every time I hear someone express surprise that “respectable” people like doctors and lawyers became Nazis, I just laugh. No surprise to anyone who knows them from the inside out.

        Mr. G

  • NorthernCanuck

    It’s back to Bread & Circuses in an attempt to distract the desperate masses…

    “After Olympics Boost, Britons Face Austerity To 2020

    ‘Quite frankly the Olympics is helping to paper over the fact that we are on the verge of a depression’

    By Sven Egenter.
    Reuters, via NBCNews.Com,
    8/13/2012

    LONDON — After the party, the hangover looms: London’s golden Olympics may soon be a distant memory as Britain returns to the reality of its economic mess and years of more belt tightening.

    The 2012 Games have lifted the nation’s spirits, but the government has few alternatives to an austerity drive that may last for the rest of this decade – although some academics and economists believe yet more radical policies may be needed.

    “Quite frankly the Olympics is helping to paper over the fact that we are on the verge of a depression,” said Simon Lee, senior politics lecturer at the University of Hull. “If the economy goes into freefall, then politicians desperate to get re-elected will discover that they can do much more radical things in the national interest.”…

    …Notwithstanding the Olympic boost, the economic mood among the 62 million people in Britain has been rock-bottom for most of the past four years. Finding an economic fix remains Britons’ top priority, said Gideon Skinner from polling firm Ipsos MORI.

    The economy has shrunk for the last nine months and now produces 4.5 percent less than before the crisis. Government debt is well above 1 trillion pounds and is predicted to rise above 90 percent of GDP even with the austerity policies.

    Many Britons have experienced the worst squeeze in their living standards since the dark 1970s.

    “Everything’s a struggle. The mortgage is extortionate, electricity bills are hitting the roof and it’s generally not great,” says Francesca Woolloff, a 25-year-old accounts assistant in insurance, taking a smoking break outside her office in London’s City financial district.

    A 20 percent drop in the pound’s value since 2007, an increase in sales tax and climbing costs of raw materials and oil have driven up consumer prices, eating into meager wage rises and hurting the poorest most.

    Even middle-income earners will have seen 7 percent of their spending power wiped out by the end of this year compared with pre-crisis levels, the Institute for Fiscal Studies estimated.

    The crisis has hit young people the hardest and youth unemployment has soared above 20 percent. Young families are also scaling back spending to meet banks’ demands for higher deposits when they take out a mortgage loan to buy a home, an aspiration ingrained in the national psyche.

    Britons must also save more for their retirement as pension schemes suffer the effects of record-low interest rates.

    All this makes a return to the pre-crisis consumerism funded by the credit card unlikely. Total household debt is still 1.5 trillion pounds, equal to total annual gross domestic product…”

    More at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48650322/ns/business-world_business/?__utma=14933801.1659418161.1342392343.1344821842.1344869165.64&__utmb=14933801.58.10.1344869165&__utmc=14933801&__utmx=-&__utmz=14933801.1342392343.1.1.utmcsr=%28direct%29|utmccn=%28direct%29|utmcmd=%28none%29&__utmv=14933801.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc|cover=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.nbcnews.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=86626968#.UCpxE6OHG_I

    • Esta

      I just read in the newspaper that tourist revenue shrank in London, and throughout Britain, this summer compared to last summer despite the boost from the Olympics.

      • NorthernCanuck

        Yes, Esta – Boris Johnson, London’s flamboyant mayor, and others went overboard warning people to avoid London during the Olympics to avoid traffic gridlock and transportation overcrowding, and to work from home if they could. It worked only too well. The message got out far and wide that London was going to be packed and impossible to move about in during the Olympics, so regular tourists stayed away in droves. It wasn’t helped by the fact that hoteliers who gleefully anticipated ripping off visitors to the Olympics during the games raised room prices astronomically for that period – then belatedly had to slash them. For all its hype and glitz, sadly, modern Britain is a shadow of its former self. Americans, be warned – Britain was a superpower in its day and just look at it now!

    • Mondobeyondo

      Sounds like Athens 2004, version 2.0.

  • Concerned Person

    I love this country but I have lost all hope that America can be saved. If you can possibly emigrate somewhere else do so, that is my plan.

  • the ragged trousered philanthropist

    Oliver Cromwell drove the indigenous Irish off the good land and said “You can go to Hell or to Connacht”.
    Connacht/Connaught is the name for the extreme west of Ireland and at the time it was the poorest land, mainly rocks and bogs and was thought uninhabitable.
    It was and is extremely hard to survive there, but people did, (and have) and what they endured should be a lesson to all.
    Tyrants may try to crush us but the human spirit is indomitable.

  • erheault

    Unfortuunatly at this time there is little that the sheeple can do to stop the madness, Even Mother Nature seems to be turning against us with heat and droughts hitting the Worlds food and livestock feeds.
    Get out of debt if at all possible, Store food and water if possible and hang on it is going to be historic.

  • NorthernCanuck

    Hmmm…who’ll be drone-targeted for producing THIS motion picture, “SHADE”, due out this fall (http://shadethemotionpicture.com/)?

    Topics it covers are:

    The Depopulation Agenda

    The Bilderberg Group
    MK-NAOMI
    The Globalist Agenda
    Club of Rome

    Key Players & Figureheads

    The Rockefeller Legacy
    Henry Kissinger
    Bill Gates
    Ted Turner
    Billionaires for Eugenics
    Many other prominent supporters of eugenics including pre World War II Zionists, Nazis, and more

    Depopulation Documentation

    Global 2000
    National Security Study Memorandum 200 (NNSM 200)
    Limits to Growth White Paper
    Numerous white papers, documents, and quotes proving a mass depopulation plan

    Geoengineering/Chemtrail Operations

    The Secret Chemtrail Budget
    Health Effects
    Global Effects
    Blood Tests

    Bioweapons Testing on the General Populace

    Public Law
    Pandemic Level 6 Martial Law
    Pandemic Plans
    Mass Graves & FEMA Coffins
    Potential for a Mass Extermination of the Useless Eaters

    Inspiration

    Activism
    Solutions

    Lots to think about there as you watch the jobs melt away and the drought dry up the food supplies….

    • Cathy

      thank you. You know there are other players & their agenda

      • NorthernCanuck

        Yes, Cathy, and headed by the “Council of 13″ in Zurich, apparently.

        Soviet Premier Brezhnev gave a fleeting reference to them (which perplexed Sovietologists at the time) when he was asked at a press conference on a trip to the West why on earth he had crushed the ‘Prague Spring’ in Czechoslovakia (he had sent Soviet tanks in). “Because”, he said, “it seemed good to the Council of Thirteen”. There was no “Council of Thirteen” in the Soviet hierarchy.

        For several decades after World War Two, British Prime Ministers would be summoned to Zurich to receive instructions concerning the British pound, devaluation, the economy etc., and muttered darkly about “The Gnomes Of Zurich” from whom they received these orders.

        When the highly-secretive amd Masonic “P2 Lodge” (Italy’s secret Masonic government) came to light as a result of the Robert Calvi Masonic murder and the Vatican Bank scandal, those interrogated spoke fearfully of an even higher, pan-European lodge (supposedly a “P1 Lodge”) from whom they took their orders. I wouldn’t be surprized if it was this same powerful and secretive group in Zurich.

        For my money, the Illuminati are alive and well and living in Zurich. How convenient for them that the world’s leaders, movers and shakers come to Davos, Switzerland, every year for the World Economic Forum, to be thoroughly briefed and instructed after the annual Bilderberg meeting and the yearly Trilateral conference.

        Fanciful? No quite. Nearly 15 years ago, this incautious reference crossed the newswires….

        “The World’s Elite Meet In Geneva To Wheel, Deal And Have Fun

        by Alexander G. Higgins,
        Associated Press,
        29 January, 1997.

        Geneva, Switzerland – Many of the world’s power-brokers and power-seekers will wind their way up a narrow, avalanche-prone Alpine valley in the remote eastern resort of Davos, Switzerland, this week for six days of deal-making, deep thinking, and fun. Headliners at this year’s economic forum [which is the follow-up to the Bilderberg meeting] which will open tomorrow include Bill Gates, U.S. House Speaker Newt Gringrich, top Russians and, as usual, key players from the Middle East. The group of Illuminati, including top scientists and experts…will have their pick of a bewildering array of meetings, discussions and dinners, many of them held simultaneously…”

        The Rothschild-backed and -funded Illuminati, as you know, have been the key and corte group behind the multi-generational plan for a World Government. Any doubt on this is removed by the immense body of historical proof provided in that exceptional book, “Under The Sign Of The Scorpion.”

        So I agree. There certainly are other players and agendas. Nothing in politics happens by accident.

        One thing I’d like to say clearly, though. This isn’t a “Jewish” conspiracy. Zionism and Israel were both to be set up from the beginning to be used and then callously destroyed in a Third World War, according to Albert Pike’s famous letter to the top Italian Mason, Mazzini, towrd the end of the 18th Century. The average Jew wants peace and security and prosperity for his family as much as the average Gentile does. Both are just pawns in the game, to be used and abused by those who are chosen to “lead” them toward the fulfilment of Illuminati goals.

        The Illuminati form their own separate and invitation-only tribe, occultic in nature and belief, and have loyalties to no one and nothing else. And certainly not to the citizens of the countries they come from.

        • NorthernCanuck

          Sorry for the mis-type! Albert Pike, of course, wrote his infamous “Three World Wars” letter to Mazzini at the end of the 1800’s (the 19th Century) not, as I wrote, the “18th century”.

          For those who’vbe never read it, here it is (I found this copy via Google at Rense.Com, but it can also be found widely on the Web):

          “Pike’s Amazing Predictions Of Three World Wars

          2-1-8.

          Albert Pike received a vision, which he described in a letter that he wrote to Mazzini, dated August 15, 1871. This letter graphically outlined plans for three world wars that were seen as necessary to bring about the One World Order, and we can marvel at how accurately it has predicted events that have already taken place.

          Pike’s Letter to Mazzini

          It is a commonly believed fallacy that for a short time, the Pike letter to Mazzini was on display in the British Museum Library in London, and it was copied by William Guy Carr, former Intelligence Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. The British Library has confirmed in writing to me that such a document has never been in their possession. Furthermore, in Carr’s book, “Satan, Prince of this World”, Carr includes the following footnote:

          “The Keeper of Manuscripts recently informed the author that this letter is NOT catalogued in the British Museum Library. It seems strange that a man of Cardinal Rodriguez’s knowledge should have said that it WAS in 1925″.

          It appears that Carr learned about this letter from Cardinal Caro y Rodriguez of Santiago, Chile, who wrote The Mystery of Freemasonry Unveiled.

          To date, no conclusive proof exists to show that this letter was ever written. Nevertheless, the letter is widely quoted and the topic of much discussion.

          Following are apparently extracts of the letter, showing how Three World Wars have been planned for many generations.

          “The First World War must be brought about in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars in Russia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. The divergences caused by the “agentur” (agents) of the Illuminati between the British and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. At the end of the war, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions.” 2

          Students of history will recognize that the political alliances of England on one side and Germany on the other, forged between 1871 and 1898 by Otto von Bismarck, co-conspirator of Albert Pike, were instrumental in bringing about the First World War.

          “The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm.” 3

          After this Second World War, Communism was made strong enough to begin taking over weaker governments. In 1945, at the Potsdam Conference between Truman, Churchill, and Stalin, a large portion of Europe was simply handed over to Russia, and on the other side of the world, the aftermath of the war with Japan helped to sweep the tide of Communism into China.

          (Readers who argue that the terms Nazism and Zionism were not known in 1871 should remember that the Illuminati invented both these movements. In addition, Communism as an ideology, and as a coined phrase, originates in France during the Revolution. In 1785, Restif coined the phrase four years before revolution broke out. Restif and Babeuf, in turn, were influenced by Rousseau – as was the most famous conspirator of them all, Adam Weishaupt.)

          “The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustionWe shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time.” 4

          Since the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001, world events, and in particular in the Middle East, show a growing unrest and instability between Modern Zionism and the Arabic World. This is completely in line with the call for a Third World War to be fought between the two, and their allies on both sides. This Third World War is still to come, and recent events show us that it is not far off.”

          Source: http://rense.com/general80/pike.htm

        • Cathy

          A few months before my dad died, we were talking on the phone- he said “you know how you’ve been saying Wall Street is going to crash? I think you’re right- but I hope to God you aren’t.”

          He died in Aug. 2006. I only recently (last couple of years) figured out what he meant. It was more than Wall St. crashing- that was just the catalyst for the economic breakdown globally. It wasn’t an accident.

          He had talked to me about the Illuminati for years. He named names-lots of names & unfortunately (maybe not) I’ve always been bad at remembering names.

    • the ragged trousered philanthropist

      This sounds like a “must see” film.
      Thank you for letting us know about it.

      • Mal R.

        Nah. Alex Jones worked on it. I’ve seen one of his documentaries and it had all the credibility of the steaming piles Michael Moore produced. Dont aste your time.

        • NorthernCanuck

          Alex Jones is one of a number of people interviewed in it. He didn’t make the film itself.

  • http://asouthernwriter.com Joyce

    It’s really sad what people have to do to keep jobs, or to make an income. I never understood the “over qualified” thing when trying to find a job (or the entire job process itself). What are they afraid of? The over qualified person may take their job position? It’s hard finding a job, a good one that would atleast sustain you. I am not knocking jobs like McDonald’s or anything because any little income helps, but when they take out taxes and you have to deal with the stresses of the environment, it’s not worth it. You really end up with pocket change, and many people are having a hard time getting those jobs depending on where you live. It’s really a mess out there. The black market is going to be growing, and this is only going to get worst as far as I see. And going college isn’t gonna help much either… Just my views.

    • Mr. G

      They understand the overqualified person may think too much for the job at hand. Most jobs are not intended for anything but stooges and robots. Mr. G

      • http://asouthernwriter.com Joyce

        Yeah, unfortunately…

        • Mr. G

          A lot of this is simply a matter of keeping the unions down. They know that if someone who can think gets into a labour-type job, then a union can’t be long in coming.

    • Orange Jean

      I hate to say this, but as a survival thing the solution to this problem would be to LIE! (Not that I normally advocate lying, not at all).

      But in his early 60s my father was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease – he had this idea (which seemed to help actually) that if he could find manual labor that required use of his hands, arms, etc. he could stave off the worse of it. He tried for over a year to find basic minimum wage labor, couldn’t find any when he told the truth (he was retired firefighter)… so then he applied for a job told them he’d never worked. Was hired, got to do his manual labor and it helped. It isn’t like that kind of lie would be hurting anyone…

    • mike Beale

      Just my views.

      and excellent views they are Joyce!

  • MIWolf

    I have sent out over 1K worth of resumes for any and all jobs. Only got 3 responses and 1 part time job at a pizza joint making $200 a WK.

    I have an Associates Degree in Medical Insurance but I have only had 1 response for a job that I didn’t get.

    In June I had open heart surgery and had 2 valves replace and now have close to $200K in medical bills plus $12K in student loans.

    I have no job and no chance of getting one in my rural area. Jobs don’t exist here anymore. I have to move, sell 2 houses of my mom’s, and hopefully find anything. But having major heart problems and my age won’t make this easy at all.

    I have to get money from my mom who is on SS and we live together. I HATE not being able to do my share of providing for us, but what can I do? Even the local fast-food joints turn me down.

    I HAVE to apply for Medicaid if I want to keep the hospitals from sending my debt off to collections agencies. I may have to go into bankruptcy and maybe disability.

    And I don’t want to do that!

    All I want is a job that’s full-time and pays $9 an hour. I could pay off a lot of my debts but even that is so hard to find.

  • Rikki

    “Overqualified” really means “WE WANT TO HIRE A MORON!”

    Also to all you readers..dont fret about losing your home…..foreclosure can be your best friend in times like this…we have documented proof of people 7 years and finally the bank took possession and the sheriff came to kick them out…

    The banks dont want your house…so live in in rent free pay down debt…pay off the CC. and especially your Student LOANS……just Don’t move without a court order..

    I wish I could have been a jerk and bought with no money down i could be doing well today not having to pay rent..

    • Mal R.

      DONT LISTEN to these idiotic Occupy Wall street types. Some bank MAY NOT have wanted immediate posession of that house for a myriad of reasons up to and including, the house was worthless in the first place. The people living there destroyed the house. It could have been cheaper to let the people stay there.

      If you put a down payment on your house, have consistently paid for it and it’s worth something. The bank is gonna throw your a$$ out as fast as possible. I’m speaking as someone that worked for Countrywide and another mortgage place that specialized in foreclosures named SPS. Assume they arent going to throw you out at your own peril.

  • K

    Michael, it is sad what many have to do,to keep or find a job. Now imagine those same people, not fighting for a job, but fighting for survival. Scary picture. Pray for guidance, then follow it. In the case of a total collapse, we may be down a lot longer, than some of you are thinking.

    • Michael

      K:

      You are right – this is just the beginning….

      Michael

  • Dan

    People, it is CRITICAL to take control of your lives, including your income. Start a part time business…

  • NorthernCanuck

    And yet more global pain on the way for everybody as…

    “China’s Economy Falters”
    http://www.acting-man.com/?p=18958&cpage=1#comment-2942

    “…China: bank credit as a percentage of GDP (graph source: Morgan Stanley). Since December of 2008, $5.3 trillion in additional loans have been disbursed. Relative to GDP, this is the functional equivalent of the US banking system extending about $11.2 trillion in new loans. If that had actually happened in the US, we’d have witnessed a crack-up boom that would have everybody greatly worried by now…”

    (the comments below this article are WELL worth reading!)

  • lee

    stories like these are the worst. i can imagine hearing of people i know having to do things like these and i know there will be people very eager to use people as they see fit simply because they have power or money in the freest nation on earth.

    i see some real dark times coming for the US if it doesnt get its fiscal house in order fairly quickly.

  • NorthernCanuck

    “Economist Richard Duncan: Civilization May Not Survive ‘Death Spiral’
    By Terry Weiss,
    Money Morning

    Richard Duncan, formerly of the World Bank and chief economist at Blackhorse Asset Mgmt., says America’s $16 trillion federal debt has escalated into a “death spiral, “as he told CNBC.

    And it could result in a depression so severe that he doesn’t “think our civilization could survive it.”

    And Duncan is not alone in warning that the U.S. economy may go into a “death spiral.”

    Since the recession, noted economists including Laurence Kotlikoff, a former member of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, have come to similar conclusions.

    Kotlikoff estimates the true fiscal gap is $211 trillion when unfunded entitlements like Social Security and Medicare are included.

    However, while the debt crisis numbers are well known to most Americans, the economy hasn’t suffered a major correction for almost 4 years.

    So the questions remain: Is the threat of collapse for real? And if so, when?

    A team of scientists, economists, and geopolitical analysts believes they have proof that the threat is indeed real – and the danger imminent.

    One member of this team, Chris Martenson, a pathologist and former VP of a Fortune 300 company, explains their findings:

    “We found an identical pattern in our debt, total credit market, and money supply that guarantees they’re going to fail. This pattern is nearly the same as in any pyramid scheme, one that escalates exponentially fast before it collapses. Governments around the globe are chiefly responsible.

    (Click here to see how banks are escalating the collapse…
    http://moneymappress.com/pro/Pyramid0712MMR.php?code=PPYRN813&n=PYRAMIDMMR49EADMMP )

    “And what’s really disturbing about these findings is that the pattern isn’t limited to our economy. We found the same catastrophic pattern in our energy, food, and water systems as well.”…”
    More at: http://moneymorning.com/ob/economist-richard-duncan-civilization-may-not-survive-death-spiral/

  • http://TheEconomicCollapse Dave of Oklahoma

    What concerns me is because it is so bad out there to get and hold a job, employers will abuse their employees: psychologically, withholding pay increases, work extra hours off the clock, and make up for the fellow worker that was fired at no additional pay. While the boss or supervisor gets additional pay, works less hours at the same pay, and grinds the fact it into the employees faces. Of course that will last until the SHTF; then this guy will be found strung up by the neck, hanging in the stairwell.

    • Mal R.

      Had something similar happen to me back in 08. Was first laid off and then found another job quickly (It’s pretty easy when your skills are in demand). The company laid some ppl off and then cut everyone else’s pay 5% soon after. It applied to EVERYONE though. That’s integrity and honor. Yea it sucked, but it was better than getting laid off.

  • Michael

    It makes me sick to see how bad of shape this country is in. I’m a junior in high school and ever since I turned 16 I’ve searched for a job. I’ve applied at all the local fast food resturaunts, all the local grocery stores, even at Best Buy. I left all my contact information with each of these places. I have not heard back from a single one, I haven’t even had a job interview with any of these places yet. I realize how important my first job is. If I want a vehicle to get around and if I want to start saving money for college, then I need a job. If I want to get an apartment when I turn 18, then I need a job.

    ************* YOU OBAMA!

    • Orange Jean

      Don’t just leave your contact information and expect them to get back… that behavior is way too passive for the current economy, even with minimum wage jobs.

      What you need to do be a lot more aggressive (but in a pleasant way) to find work in a competitive situation. What I’d recommend is that 1 week after you applied, go back to the place in person and ask them if they’ve hired yet. Be polite, smile and sound positive, let them know you’d really hoped to be able to work for them, dress clean and neat, keep on trying. Repeat… once a week, for however long it takes.

      That approach doesn’t always work, but sometimes someone will be impressed by your persistence and if they have a job available may give you a chance.

  • Michael

    Actually, ******* all the people who voted for obama AND ***** obama with his “Job creation”

  • Michael

    And I hope that our econnomy does collapse, so I can ******* all of the MORONS who voted for obama and who still think that they voted for the right person!

  • Washington

    Republican Keynesians Come Out of the Woodwork to Oppose Sequestration August 14, 2012 by Dan Mitchell

    http://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/republican-keynesians-come-out-of-the-woodwork-to-oppose-sequestration/

  • Xander cross

    And yet, you all continue to support corporations and when they send jobs over to china, you complain at Obama, but never blame the CEO of these companies. Oh, by the way, notice what color are these CEO’s that are sending the jobs to china are?

    • Mal R.

      YAWN! Know who Andy Stern and Richard Trumpka are? They are the Bamster’s most common visitors to the WH and coincidentally are the communists that are on video talking about GLOBAL unionism. That’s outsourcing low pay jobs like yours, since you didn’t know that.

      Why has the price of gas DOUBLED since the Bamster took office, which was evil, cronyism, murdering the poor and elderly when prices spiked under Bush but ok under Bamster?

      Why have permits for energy drilling gone thru the floor under Bamster, but somehow he’s cares about the poor and elderly?

      Why does BamsterCare take 700+ billion from Medicaid and yet it’s the republicans that didn’t vote for it that are making them poor seniors choose between dog food and medicine?

      I see you blame the companies for sending jobs overseas but not the Govts oppressive taxes, regulations and overpaid non-productive unions CITED by those businesses for why they sent the jobs overseas. Oh yea, everyone in govt was duped by EVIL corporations.

      Betcha you voted for Obama and will do so again.

      “notice what color are these CEO’s “. WOW, a racist too. Why am I not surprised. Racist, thy name is democrat.

      Oh, by the way, notice the political affiliation of the party that wants to keep increasing those taxes, regulations and union benefits causing those corporations to send the jobs overseas and then turns around and blames those corporations.

      • Gay Veteran

        you’re a right-wing tool. korporations have been shipping jobs overseas FOR YEARS before Obama

        but go ahead and lick your master’s boot

        • Gay Veteran

          and you forget how Bush the Stoopid had massive tax cuts yet American jobs CONTINUED being shipped overseas

    • Louise in MO

      XANDER CROSS

      As former President Bill Clinton would say “I believe you just played the race card.”

      Not necessary!

    • mike Beale

      notice what color are these CEO’s that are sending the jobs to china are?

      Typical liberal attitude, bringing race into the conversation. Hypocritically, to be against Obama (tea party for example or your favorite, Ron Paul) equals being a racist in your eyes.
      You can’t have it both ways Xander.

  • Cattle, Inc

    willing to do ANYTHING- except organize and network with friends, neighbors and family to unite and fight to save themselves. pathetic.

    • Anon

      It really depends on your community and where you are. I’ve tried to reach out to my family, but they’re so dysfunctional and screwed up it’s not worth it. They just ignore me etc. Some so called “friends” from school who have jobs may help a bit, but they are not going to network with me and help me get connections. One “friend” from college told me that she would help me get connected. I didn’t even ask her to. She offered. And then when I approached her again she told me she only helps her family. I’ve even helped this particular person by stepping in so she wouldn’t get beat up.

      The problem is if you don’t have family you’re really screwed that is unless you live in a community where neighbors help each other. Because at least from most people I’ve encountered they say, ‘have you asked your family?’ How about people who are orphans? Do people ever think of that? Plus many of these people may be shunned by family, friends and neighbors because they don’t have a job. Over the past several decades, there has been a breakdown in society. Some people won’t even talk to their neighbor or even get to know their neighbors. I don’t think it’s fair when you say what these people are doing is pathetic. We don’t know their whole situation.

  • Cathy

    I posted a comment earlier this morning- is there a particular reason for it not being shown?

    • Michael

      Cathy:

      There is always a delay with the comments because they have to go through moderation first.

      Michael

      • Cathy

        thank you. It was the first comment I made yesterday morning. It was long & I included many links to back up what I said.
        It was also before I subscribed to this comment feed.

        Over the years I’ve learned that EVERYTHING is relevant. Even if it doesn’t seem to be related. They are just different pieces to one huge puzzle. From the poisoning of our food, water, skies, environment, vaccines, wars, outsourcing jobs, importing labor, housing bust, Wall St., corporate power, politicians prostituting themselves for corporate $$.

        These are just a few things. The list is very long. Our so-called elected reps. are guilty of TREASON & at minimum have violated their Oath of Office.

  • Old Man

    For much of the decades after WW2, America adopted a new (really, new) economic system – globalized take-no-prisoner capitalism. Why? Because it won the war, where itself was left mighty while much of the rest of the world was destroyed. It worked, and worked most fantastically. America was in-charge, economically, culturally, and militarily. It runs things. The U.S. dollar become the all-powerful global currency is one result of that. American Dream and American Arrogance became world famous.

    But now the developed world has fully caught up, while a few billion people of the developing world has entered the world stage competing for prosperity. Hell, a few developed countries have even surpass America in many ways. But America has not changed anything in its economic system – economic/business leaders still prefer to run things globally (and thus outsource jobs the moment it makes them more money). Workers have become more lazy, less educated and skilled, ‘fat and dumb’, while demanding being paid in high US dollars. Combine these and you get massive, permanent unemployment. Desperation for a quarter of the population.

    Starting 3 decades years ago, fabric and clothing manufacturing were all farmed out to Asia, and then to Africa. 2 decades ago, just about all electronics were designed and made in Asia, for much less cost and higher superiority. Today, a 25-year old guy in a developing world, lightly educated, can develop most software for $2/hr just a good as a U-educated $25/hr American. Look, a few million websites were designed and deployed around the world natively.

    So the warnings have been on the wall for a long time. America chosen model of economic system, plus reality of a changing world, WILL add up to end of the easy good times for millions in the USA. But nobody listen and adapt. Instead, millions prefer to spend like mad, save nothing, and borrow until they are drown to keep up with a living standard that’s way way unrealistic. Worse, millions prefer to lower their skills and education, while up their soak time to the TV.

    There are only 3 ways out if you belongs to the 100 million people stressed and challenged today: 1) figure out a way to produce 10 times more value for the same pay, or 2) cut your pay to 1/10th, or 3) expat.

    Oh yes, there is another way – change the economic system and adapt. But don’t hold your breadth. As to looking for politicians for leadership, I liken that to looking for the Pope for scientific leadership.

    • zandru

      Sound to me like medieval times are coming back again. long term servitude for the sheeple masses in this country. don’t blame china or India it is just business(the one percent who owns the riches of the world)

      • Ascetik

        The good thing about medieval times was the guild system, it worked amazingly well. The manor system worked amazingly well too, you got a FREE house, yes.. FREE, and you got free land to work on the manor, all you had to do was give your manor Lord a percentage of what you grew, it really was an amazingly good system. Secondly, you had unity across Christendom because everyone was Christian, or at least 95%. Now you have this trash called multiculturalism in America, which does not help unity amongst the people. Americans pride themselves on being “tolerant” of other religions, tolerance is not a virtue, it’s a corruption, you don’t tolerate false philosophy and religions, that’s why medieval Europe did so well because they didn’t put up with erroneous ideas that could corrupt the masses.

        If I see another COEXIST sticker I’m going to lose my mind.

        • http://Keeperscircle.wordpress.com Keeper Joey

          Thank you.
          You helped keep the flame stoked!

          Many blessings of Grace and Peace to you in Christ Yeshua

        • Old Man

          “Now you have this trash called multiculturalism in America…

          Back in the good old days, say between 14,000 years to 500 years ago, there was great cultural unity in both north and south America. Because people of the land all came from north eastern Asia, what is now eastern Russia and Mongolia. When they arrived after the most arduous journeys some 15,000 years ago, they found out the great continents housed no humans – they were the first and original. Finders keepers!

          Then a funny thing happened in the 16th century. Those ************ dirty & starved Europeans arrived and mucked things up big time. See, they introduced multiculturalism and those insanely stupid religions into the great unspoiled unicultural American continents. And to top it off, these foreigners proceeded to exterminate natives by the millions. In the name of God, of course.

          I wonder what would happen if the Mongolians decided to enter America by the millions to reclaim their original ancestral land? Like, where would you go?

        • Trave’

          It hit me kind of late but I surely agree with the COEXIST sticker comment. Smh!!

        • Vox nihili

          Man those were the days. Back then, women & girls were the PROPERTY of their husbands and male family members to with as they pleased… actually, it reminds me a lot of many modern Islamic countries and THEIR attitude towards women, funny that.

          Nowadays, women get to have careers and choose who they want to marry and whatnot. Women’s suffrage really set back the progress of humanity as a whole! Truly, human society has been going downhill since the end of the 15 century. We gotta take a good look at the way many of these Islamic nations are treating their women and get back to that, to the good ol’ days.

          Medieval times = golden age

    • Jay

      Well you know women didn’t like servitude to their husbands and they didn’t feel fulfilled at home, so they got a career in public. Men wanted the extra income and weren’t all that excited about having their wives at home so they said “sure honey, get a job.”

      Well, women got jobs and men lost theirs as a result. Now the economy is based on women working outside the home and men playing Mr. Mom. But then again the divorce rate kind of confuses the issue so we won’t talk about that.

      But hey, women got a job and now they are fulfilled. That’s what counts, right? But we probably haven’t seen the full cycle yet. Somehow I don’t think there’s going to be enough men left to go around. But us guys didn’t protest it very much on the way out.

  • comnenus

    If one is cowardish enough not to turn the Chinese replacement into a chop suey, one deserves to lose the job.

    If the players were brave enough to lynch Jackie Robinson on 1945, none of this would have happened to begin with.

    • William Burke

      SHAME on that talentless Jackie Robinson – taking jobs from way less talented WHITE baseball players! There were perfectly good jobs picking cotton, too… what a pity. WHAT A PITY IT WASN’T A DINOSAUR LIKE YOU THAT WAS LYNCHED INSTEAD. What a pants-load of hot slush you are, Mr. Big Talker, hiding behind your nom de shite!

    • sashay

      well help me here comnenus…how exactly would have killing Jackie Robinson have prevented the chinese from owning us today? I dont get the connection.

    • thiscreepingmalaise

      tell your sis and mom I have a job for them.

  • TX4Life

    Today, a 30 something year old man and his 2 children were checking out at the grocery store in front of me. His debit card was declined and he insisted to the cashier that he had the $ in the bank. He then proceeded to pay with his credit card but only $20 of the purchase was approved. The young man apologized to the cashier for the inconvenience and left the store embarrassed. Not sure what was going on but am certain we will see more of this in the future with both prices and unemployment rising. If we hadn’t just found out our household is getting a pay cut, I might have been able to help this man. Thankful for the preps in my pantry and my garden.

    • http://www.ianwelling.com Ian

      thats’s always been happening. Not a sign of collapse, but just a sign of poverty.

  • comnenus

    >It turns out that Kevin’s replacement was a programmer from India that he personally trained.

    If he were to take out himself, he should have made the Hindoo’s brain into curry before he took out himself.

    • Gary

      @comnenus,Dude come on,You really think that it’s the guy from India’s fault?,
      You best get your priority’s straight!

    • Abbass

      Not very helpful. Why should the hapless Indian be killed for just taking a job offered him? He is not the one who took your job, your boss gave him your job. Striking out blindly is just stupid. The people who gave your job away are the ones who deserve to have brain soup made of their grey matter.

  • Washington

    Exclusive: U.S. banks told to make plans for preventing collapse By Rick Rothacker Fri Aug 10, 2012 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/10/us-banks-recoveryplans-idUSBRE87905N20120810

  • doug

    To the author of this forum,

    I did an internet search on all money is backed by debt and got an old post of yours. I would love for you to update that post with the new figures. That issue seems paramount to me because it goes to the futility of our situation. Most people still think things will turn around at some point, but the math and debt are impossible. If you could re-post that thread and update it that would be great. BTW, if you could explain in there how Great Britain and other countries got out of major debt problems and why we can’t in the context of all money backed by debt, it would really drive the message home.

    Thanks!

    • Chemgal

      Doug,

      All currencies, even the Swiss Franc, are now fiat (printed without precious metal or other backup)currencies. The US Dollar is loaned into existence by the so-called Federal Reserve, which is a quasi-public representative of a private financial cartel of the major banks. When you look at a “Federal Reserve Note,” you are looking at something similar to a Treasury bond; a note is a bond. It is loaned into existence, and bought for the debt service. In our case, the Treasury pays the debt service with US tax dollars. This situation was created by the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, signed into law by a hoodwinked President Wilson, a former President of Princeton, on the pretext that it would lessen or even obviate the boom and bust cycles; they merely became far worse, as the dollar lost value.
      It has now lost nearly 100% of the value it had at the creation of the Fed Act. For further review, please see “The Creature from Jekyll Island”, by G. Edward Griffin. Jekyll Island, SC was where the Morgan cabal created the Fed in secret.

      The UK is in even worse shape than the US in terms of debt; it has never gotten out of major debt problems. The worst case among developed nations is Japan, with no hope of getting any better. They were lucky enough to have their own currency and a former national savings rate of 18%, invested primarily in JPY debt, so the currency was never affected (Japan and China have been regular buyers of our debt as well, thus supporting our currency too). Now with a severely aging population, few jobs for the young, and a greatly reduced savings rate (2% currently), Japan is also facing the abyss.

      It’s a giant Ponzi scheme, and it will all implode. The only question is when.

      • David

        I disagree that the UK and Japan are in worse shape financially than the USA which is 20+ TRILLION dollars in debt. We are now the poorest country in the history of the world!

      • doug

        I know much of what you are saying, and agree with you 100% and appreciate your level of knowledge. With regard to the UK, I was referring to its recovery from over 100% debt to GDP level after WWII. Yes, it has once again gone into severe debt the past few decades but assuming a nation with high debt could grow GDP at a higher level than debt, could it slowly recover as England did? I fully realize that for our countries now (Europe in general, UK, Japan, US) to grow GDP higher than debt may be impossible. Some of my colleagues on the left are praying for something as yet unknown (miracle) to pop up and save the day.

        • paul

          @doug

          The idea that a country can grow its way out of debt is tantamount to admitting that the only way to service debt in a debt based money system is to create more debt. Because when debt is created, the principle to repay it is created, but the interest is not.

          Consider the banker lending ten dollars to each of seven poker players. The interest is one dollar. At the end of the game, all players are even, but they each owe the banker eight dollars. They can’t each pay eight because the total owed is eighty, and the banker’s seven loans created only seventy dollars. The only way they can each pay is for the banker to lend them more money with which to pay, although the new loans cannot be paid off either.

          In a system like that, the debt must grow or borrowers will default. Debt circulates as money, so the money supply grows. The money must maintain some reasonably stable value or people won’t accept it as money. So, the economy must grow in order to match the growth in the money supply.

          Bottom line, infinite economic growth is required to satisfy the requirement of the stupid debt based monetary system, which is debt must continue to grow forever or the money system will collapse. It’s simple high school level math to prove the debt growth argument and simple economics that the money supply must maintain some reasonable correspondance to the economy.

          So, why isn’t something being done about it? Same reason that no bankers have gone to jail for crashing the world economy in 2007.

  • doug

    BTW,

    Mike Maloney says that “if we pay down the debt, the system collapses.” Why is that if, eg. we are somehow able to grow GDP higher than the rate of growth of debt? I realize that isn’t the case, with GDP growth at about 1.5% and debt growth at 10%, but assumming bigger growth in GDP, why cannot our fiat currency system withstand a decrease in debt?

    • Pauly

      All debt repaid = no fed notes in circulation.

      • doug

        But all debt is owned by someone or some institution/entity. When they receive payment of principal and interest, they have the money to circulate. If I own a treasury bond and it matures, I receive the principal and last interest payment. I then have that money to spend. It didn’t disappear out of circulation when it was paid off.

        • paul

          @ doug No, when a bank creates a loan, a number is entered into two accounts, the bank’s loan account, and the borrower’s checking account. That is what is sometimes called “creating money out of thin air”.

          The proper term for the number in the loan account is the “note principle”, and the number in the checking account is “bank credit”. The borrower may spend the bank bank credit which circulates as “currency”, but the bank retains the borrower’s note which states the principle AND interest to be repaid. When the borrower repays all of the principle and interest, the bank retains the interest, but the note becomes defunct and the principle ceases to exist.

          I realize that is not the way it works when you loan some money to a friend or family member, but that is how financial institutions work.

          Bottom line, the bank/institution does NOT have the principle to spend, only the interest. And, because the bank did not create the interest when it created the principle, the only way the system works in its entirety is for other financial institutions to always be making other loans out which previous borrowers can make their interest payments.

          No paying down the overall debt, just debt growing perpetually forever with minor fluctuations. That’s debt-based money.

          • Doug

            Paul,

            That was great. Thanks!

  • gypsytrampthief

    Vegas hospital expect Nurses to train their Philippine replacement[16]who had undercut their salaries by 2 bucks an hour.[average salary for them is 60 bucks a MONTH] This is a major issue no one knows/talks about. In San Diego, good luck getting an American Nurse. Foreign Doctors are taking over too. The writing is on the wall, but how many can read it? Personally, I feel like we working class are actually hated. One thing someone promised us a long time ago will come to pass, “your children will be homeless on the very land their fathers fought for”…

    • Kevin2

      gypsytrampthief

      It’s interesting that you bring up the job losses in the professional ranks. About two decades ago just prior to NAFTA we had a discussion in work regarding “Free Trade”. The people present were skilled technicians and power plant operators and one degreed Mechanical Engineer. Only the Mechanical Engineer thought that “Free Trade” with low cost labor nations was a good idea. He touted how it makes companies stronger and better. Fast forward a decade plus during some serious layoffs and the same Mechanical Engineer reading a trade journal in the control room is complaining about how the engineering ranks are loosing so many positions to India. He actually stated that it was not “fair” to get them for $20,000 / yr .

      It’s funny how many think that the “trickle down” theory only applies and that “they” are immune from the fallout of “Free Trade”. A Physician in the US can make 500K only because those entering his office are making 50K.

      It’s a big ****************** sandwich and 99% of us are taking a bite of it.

      • DaytoDay

        Great comment Kevin

        I absolutely agree… 20 years ago that engineer was all for “Free Trade” Why? Because he was smart enough to know he would be able to get a lot of stuff (Junk) for CHEAP!!! But he wasn’t smart enough to know, that it would eventually be his ****** on the chopping block!

        And that seems to be the social mentality… Illegals? Who cares? I don’t have to live them or be around them (Until you do) Free Trade? Who cares? It’s not my job (Until it is) The economy? what of it? I still make 6k (Until it’s gone).

        Stories like that really upset me… Because I know, that a lot people have that mindset (Selfish, ME!, short-sighted) So, it would be nice if we could let “Free Trade” work for the people who voted for it. ;)

    • orange

      Yep, this was happening in Northern VA before I left. I just looooved having a Filipina nurse that was surly, rude and spoke little English! it was almost as great as all the phlebotomists (sp) being African…because I really want people from Third World hellholes with hugely high rates of AIDS sticking needles into me! Even here in my small town my one doctor is some foreigner (he’s literally the only one but at least he was born and raised here), and almost all the other doctors are foreigners. This is in a small, almost 100% American town, it seems there’s no place one can go to be around Americans any longer…in America. How sad.

      Even now in Northern VA you still have the moronic “vibrant diversity” cheerleaders that gripe about the astronomical taxes and police state, yet seem to have no idea when and why it all started. This may shock some, but it was right around the time the place became flooded with surly, ungrateful foreigners! They certainly don’t send their precious children to the public schools, and they don’t live amongst those they profess their love for so vociferously to other deluded rich liberals in their almost 100% white, heavily patrolled neighborhoods. I couldn’t leave that place fast enough, the hypocrisy and disregard for suffering Americans is disgusting and those people deserve everything they get. And they WILL get theirs, I saw it happening before I left. The Filipina nurses and foreign doctors, along with the Asians (a whole neighborhood of them in Northern VA, called Annandale was a nice place once, now it’s called Asiandale and non-Asians are not welcome) taking the science jobs and filling the slots at the prestigious Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology…it’s coming and those idiots are actively cheerleading their own displacement and disenfranchisement. And the sad thing is, they STILL won’t ever figure it out, even when they’re down here begging for the scraps with the rest of us. I know I won’t help them, not after the way they treated me….like I was less than garbage for *gasp* not going to COLLEGE and working at a restaurant. So I say let them reap what they’ve sown, they will get no help or sympathy from me.

  • Kevin2

    This is the “Mission Statement” of the US Government.

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    Take note of “To Ourselves and Our Posterity”. That sums up who benefits. OURSELVES…..no one else but us and our future generations. It’s not for “Wall Street”, certainly not for the UN or globalists and not for world development either.

    • http://www.PeakDollars.com Scoob

      Since .gov has apparently been failing miserably at it’s stated mission for quite some time, now, shouldn’t We, The People be starting a serious
      national conversation about abolishing it?

  • Lajaw

    People can no longer fend for themselves. Instead of lying in bed staring at the ceiling, they should get up, go outside of the city limits, and look for place to stay that has some land. There are millions of acres of CRP farmland just sitting idle. It’s not legal to farm it, but most is owned by absentee landowners and I’d squat before I’d let my family go hungry. People used to farm on shares. I’ve done it before. But most of you are incapable of growing your own food and cooking for yourselves. It is time to learn. Let the bank foreclose on your house. Then you are free. Get out to flyover country and befriend some rural people. You know the song, A Country Boy Will Survive! He will. But will you?

    • http://google Rapture Ready

      You are so right. country folks know the meaning of living off the land. Planting/growing/harvesting and then the process of storage. The things I learned living in the country. Find out what veggies and fruits have the life sustaining nutrients to survive. Learn how to make a fire without matches and kerosene. Learn how to hunt/trap. Learn how to be a solution instead of the problem. There will always be those who, through ignorance, will steal what they want, instead of leaning how to survive.
      As long as you have your health, and the smarts to survive,(read those books now) you can make it. Yes, I will survive and so will my family.

  • chiller

    One item some employees take advantage of while training their replacements…gathering the companies current customers names and addresses so we can under cut our “former employer”. After we’re let go, we’ll service them ourselves for way less, with better contracts and do a better job.

  • none

    GOOD NEWS: Micheal

    More people are getting off prescription drugs now days.

    Since they have cut out meat and eggs. There cholesterol levels have dropped way down.

    • Paul

      That only means the Pharma industry needs bailing out by the tax payer.

      • orange

        Yeah, like here in my small town people have stopped wasting water so much because nobody has any money, so what do they do? Raise the rates so that you’ll still get screwed and they’ll still make the money they want! There is literally no way to win, it seems.

  • http://theeconomiccollapse tray2000

    nothing will ever change in america until the people realize that both political parties, both work for the same people, and it ant us, ( we the people ). most Americans truly believe that one political party or the next will make conditions better for them, when they both work to make conditions better for the ultra rich, and mega corporations.

    most Americans have know idea how they are controlled by the forth branch of the government the whore ( media ) the media lobs softball questions at the candidates, never asking any real question like ( why do we have unrestricted free trade even though millions of American jobs continue to go overseas.)
    or why do we need the federal reserve? . the candidate are asked questions like, what team will win the Superbowl, and the unemployment american becomes as gitty as a school girl on prom night.

    • k

      true

  • welfare checks still go out

    Relax comrades chicago jesus is the immaculate messiah and will save us. As soon as he is done lowering the water levels in the ocean and healing the planet.

    • JEFF GORDON

      Just great – another psychotic republican.

      • thiscreepingmalaise

        right? the only thing worse is a democrap.

  • bobcat

    Requiring employees to train their replacements is a rotten thing to do but it’s not new. This has been commonplace for the past 2 decades. Typically, it is required as a condition of receiving severance.

    This practice started a couple years after the H1-B program started. Companies would hire foreign workers on H1-B visas. Then they required their US citizen employees to train the H1-B workers as a condition of receiving severance later when they laid them off. No doubt hundreds of thousands of technical workers have be ushered out of their jobs this way.

  • Louise in MO

    The examples of personal suffering are heart wrenching. All were terrible accounts of the time we live in. The young woman who was expected to prostitute herself for a job is a PRIME example of what the moral fabric of our country has become. I do not fault her, but the man who demanded that as a a requirement for a job should be shot!

    My God, what have we become?

    • Brian

      Louise…I agree 100%! Anyone who would take advantage of someone like this and sexually harass(which is what this is) them with a ‘quid pro quo’ is scum.

  • Chris

    America was never created for the people, they were just used for the elite agenda…You were ignorant enough to buy the lies all these years that America is some kinda paradise for humanity. Since, day 1 America was like this…They gave you good times, when it served their purpose, now they are done with America and they are destroying it now.

    If you still believe some hope and help is gonna come, you will fall right into the hands of the elites again and this time, they will slaughter you, sorry to be harsh..no matter what it takes…get out of America right now….You need to only know this…

    America was never ever created for you…It just served the elite purpose one time or the another…even when you had the job…you were just used…99.99% of even American have no clue whatsoever, what monster America truly is…its coming after its own people now

    • Mal R.

      HAHAHA! Oh man thats a knee slapper. Of course, your assertion stands in direct opposition to the proof of ~250 years of history.

      Well played madam.

    • TrtskyWon

      You couldn’t be more right, Chris. It’s always been between the rich and the poor. Americans have been duped by civil religion(rouseau)

  • James

    If my boss asked or told me I had to train my replacement. I would walk out the door. I might as well since I am going to lose my job anyways.

  • igotadose

    Oh please. Old news. At the .com collapse, IBM closed whole divisions of people in White Plains, forcing them to train their replacements. This isn’t new.

    Get used to it – with the uncontrolled breeding and booming population of this country, this is why there are replacements for all of us willing to work cheap. Nothing advocated on this blog, ever, will change that – filling the basement with canned food and buying gold coins is ridiculously foolish. What are you expecting to do – barter for your food? For how long? The next couple years you live in your survivalist nightmare until someone better armed, organized and, probably, younger, comes for you and your stuff?

    Yeesh. Get a grip. Don’t bring children into your apocalyptic fantasy if you *really* care. And guess what – as there are fewer replacements in the mill, you might hold on to your job longer, and the strain on gummint resources leading to the enormous debt, 80% due to entitlements for kydz and elderly, and the military entitlement that protects us from… Cuba?… will lessen.

    This blog used to post new stuff and was interesting, but it’s just jumped the shark, repeating the same old same old. I guess its what the advertisers want.

    • William Burke

      Yep! It’s not like children are our “replacements” or anything! Better yet, KILL YOUR CHILDREN, AND YOUR NEIGHBORS’ CHILDREN – that way they can’t take your pwecious JOB!!

    • xander cross

      I agree with you all the way. About time someone noticed this as well. I personally believe that there is an agenda witht this site.

    • Mal R.

      “with the uncontrolled breeding and booming population of this country”

      Yea, It’s too bad that birth rates are under replacement levels except for the illegal immigrants ushered into the country.

      “the military entitlement that protects us ”

      Huh? WTH are you talking about?

    • orange

      Like I shouldn’t have children so my JOB is safe? You must be out of your mind. The illegals get to have as many children as they please, on MY dime, but *I* should once again be forced to give up something I really want and value so that I can watch an army of invaders get handed everything on a silver platter? Yeah, you go ahead and not have kids, but to tell someone else that they shouldn’t is insane. Why not mosey on over to Africa and tell them to stop breeding? Better yet, why not keep some of our foreign aid to help needy AMERICANS?

      And if you want to talk about an agenda, just look at the crap you’re spewing. Don’t breed, whitey….but destitute impoverished Turd Worlders with an average IQ of 85 can breed as many future criminals as they wish? Hmmmm, sounds mighty suspicious to me? ****************************

  • Kerry

    Wow! We have really experienced CHANGE under Obama!

  • Bill Jones

    Not to get on people, but you people just don’t get it do you? If the kosher boys didn’t make the markets go up and down inlfating and deflating money. Then a house would not cost $10,000 more in ten years. The prices would remaine stable and things would just hum along, but then the stock markets wouldn’t make money. The rich make wars and cause things to be destroyed and then they have to be rebuilt.
    You talk about poor and misery imagine post WWII Germany all the cities are blown to bits and the only work is rebuilding and hauling away burned out junk.
    We are in a DEPRESSION because the bankers have done this to us. It’s the same thing that happened in 1929.
    Now what would the people do if this was explained to them? Let’s say Yadolf Lister came along right now in the USA and explained to you why you are poor and who is responsible and asked you if you wanted to do something about it. YOu would say hell yeah. Then another guy who just wanted to straighten out the crooked bastards and in the end he would be blamed for the whole mess.

  • Tommy B.

    This country is nothing but boom and bust. It’s been that way from the start. Start with the Civil War. Things got worse and worse the politicians were taking the money produced from the South and things got really bad and they went to war. After the war everything in the South was destroyed. The only thing to do was rebuild what was destroyed. Then you had WWI and blowing up what people built for centuries. Then good times rebuilding what we blew up. You had the rejoicing and the roaring twenties. Then the bankers created the depression and then WWII and after that more horrnedous rebuilding. People were breeding like flies. Time for Korean War. Then more breeding and time for Vietnam War. We have used to have a big war every twenty years, but now it’s like war after war on top of more wars.

    Would ordinary people have wars? Not unless they were attacked. We are heading straight to a depression created by the same ones who gave you the last depression. But soldiers can make a nice paycheck.

  • Travis M.

    All we are going to do is talk and talk. We know we should get rid of politiicians. Why do we need thousands of new laws on the books? Thousands of new tax laws every year. You pay 10% whether you are rich or poor. Problem solved.
    The corporations run things. They only want to make money. They could do things fair and make 5 billion a year, but they destroy everything to make 20 billion. It would be the same thing if all anyone thought about was money and no regard fo the other people or the environment.

    You see peopple concerned about recycling and trying to conserve and save energy. When the governmetn wastes trillions. Get ready folks, because what you are going to experience the next few years will make the Great Depression and WWII look like child’s play.
    But this was handed to us. Your forefathers went to Germany and destroyed the best country in Europe. Your people murdered and destroyed your own kind. Imagine that’s like going to war with your brother next door. It makes no sense.
    Now we pay. Since WWII society has gone dowhill. The free sex and drugs are not freedom and all the problens they cause.

    So you know something is occurring in this country when the government starts blowing up buildings like the Murrah building and murdering citizens like in Waco.
    Then our apathy got us 9/11. They just get worse and worse. The government was involved in 9/11. The bastards we elect to represent us and do what we want have decided to allow 9/11 and only to give us more laws and to restrict us even more.

    We need another Adolf Hitler. So we can fight back and then blame hime for the whole mess when it’s all over with. Not the bankers or corporsations. Blame someone who came along to try and change things.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Umm, we don’t need another Adolf Hitler. That is the LAST thing we need!

      In this day and hour, we need leaders, not dictators.
      Some may argue, “but dictators ARE leaders!”
      Not necessarily. Dictators do not rule by example, but they definitely rule by force. Leaders lead by example. In most cases, no force is necessary.

      In fact, some of the best leaders of the past couple of generations, like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., were vehemently against violence and force.

  • Jerry T.

    Corporations always need this growth stuff. The average family just needs food on the table and heat. It’s these rich people that don’t like things to just be normal. You see these corporations buying other corporations for 40 billion dollars. All they think about is money. When people only think about money they become not so mice to be around.

  • hogwash

    The whole problem is this global stuff. We have 800 military bases all over the world. Look at the cost of this.
    WHY WHY WHY can’t we just have maybe 200,000 men in the military and if there is trouble they can train a million people in six weeks.
    We are involved in Europe’s troubles. We got subarmines and ships all over the place. What is the purpose for these subs and ships to be all over the place. We have 10 aircraft carriers. I think China has one and Russia might have some that are rusted hulks. Why do we need 10 aircraft carriers. Wouldn’t 4 or 5 suffice.

    China acqiored one and the military brass acted nervous. We got 10 aircraft carriers and military bases everywhere and a huge country like CHina gets one aircraft carrier and we act like we are threatened. How do all those other countries feel about our presence?
    You got Russia, USA and China and they are the only ones who have any desire for war. I think the problem could be solved if we busted up these big countries and made them no bigger than Germany. Guess what the bankers and kosher boys could not rule the world. BIg countries have too many social problems. Huge cities polluted you don’t want to breath the air.
    We could take all the states and make each one of them a country and no more bullies to police the world.
    WHen the kosher boys took control of Russia this huge hulk of a country made it easy for them to bully other countries.
    Does the Netherlands have hundreds of military bases all over the world?
    I feel China just wants to murder millions of their own people and maintain power among their own people. The USA is causing Russia to spend hundreds of billions rebuilding it’s war machine. China and Russia are sick and tired of this country. No way Americans can be proud knowing we have destroyed the Middle East with depleted uranium.
    France and Spain are not causing problems. It’s the USA and they are causing Russia and China to become agressive.

  • Perry

    For people who think hoarding a basement full of food. What would you do if there was no food delivered to the stores? Would you just go to pizza hut? Just think if the government stopped the food trucks. Do you understand that this drought here will cause a 50$ reduction in food and the Asian countries are being flooded. I think food will double in price this WInter.

  • Chik’n Li’l

    “The sky is falling!”

  • Bacon

    But they are having such a highlarious time of it in that sitcom “Outsourcing”. It makes me want to send all of my work off-shore so some brown man can do my job for pennies on the dollar!

  • Charlie

    Many have been deceived with the idea that jobs have been offshored because of high American labor costs. Though that may be partially true, by far the biggest motivation for this has been the lack of regulation in other areas – specifically taxes and environmental.

  • Cathy

    see if this comes up if Googled:

    Silent Weapons for a Quiet War .. Learn the game plan.

    This document is the doctrine adopted by the Policy Committee of the Bilderburg Group during its first known meeting in 1954. A copy found in 1969 was in the possession of Navel Intelligence.

    The following document, dated May 1979, was found on July 7, 1986, in an IBM copier that had been purchased at a surplus sale.

    Top Secret
    Silent Weapons for a Quiet War
    An Introductory Programming Manual
    Operations Research
    Technical Manual

  • Ann

    For the last 30+ years the rich got richer and the poor got poorer, while the rest of us said, so what! Now look, the rich are still getting even richer while the Middle Classes are joining the ranks of the poor. So, go ahead and continue to not give a damn and see where we’ll end up in fascist corporate America.

  • Cathy

    Another issue is many employers won’t hire the unemployed.

  • David

    In 1965, Ted Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson destroyed our immigration
    policy, increasing it to 1,000,000 MILLION per year, every year,
    year after year!

    No country can sustain, or provide jobs for this many immigrants.
    That’s why each year it gets tougher and tougher.

    Get involved at numbersusa.com, going back to a sensible immigration
    plan.

  • Wade

    I’m not trying to be a **************, but my wife has been trying to hire American engineers, computer programmers and people with advanced natural science degrees with NO LUCK!! She has used job sites, recruiters, friends and university placement centers. So, where the hell are all of these educated unemployed people!! She is offering clean, well-paying jobs in a creative field and gets NO TAKERS! In a way, I’m calling bullshit on this article.

    Here’s my offer: If you know someone with a technical degree with experience who has been laid off, send them to this website:

    http://www.rschoolpc.org/

    Have them study it and if they feel they are qualified, have them call her directly at 850-387-3751. Have them tell her “WADE” suggested they call. She particularly needs people who are technically bright who could create textbook materials.

  • Trish

    How about being creative and looking at the available opportunities out there. After applying for over 300 jobs I started thinking outside of the “I need to find a Job” box. How about food storage as a financial investment and earning money with it too? My cousin is consultant for a food storage company. She is earning good money and gets a lots of free and 1/2 price stuff. Read more info at http://www.srcareers.com I am signing up too as soon as my kids are off to school.

  • Bonnie Blue

    igotadose,
    It’s not overbreeding by anybody whose people were in the USA prior to 1960 that is leading to less pay, less work for USA citizens. We are at BELOW replacement in the USA–just like in Japan and Europe, yeah, all first world nations. We need to STOP permitting all the flotsam and jetsam of the third world to come here on various scams, visas, and immigration schemes when we DON’T need them or their so-called expertise. If our government truly spoke for the PEOPLE we’d be able to have succesful businesses, employment, etc., for USA citizens. Unbridled immigration and corporate greed killed the USA goose that laid the golden egg.

  • http://www.americanussr.com andrej_krakus

    training your replacement?
    maybe until he joins you at the bar one night after his shift and doesnt return to work anymore.
    Yes, we are cowards.
    Let them have the jobs.

  • David

    For a while I used to believe America really was in shambles reading this blog. But then I looked at Apple’s fat profits and realized that America is still doing well. Unless I see people starving to death in the streets, it’s not that bad.

    • Mondobeyondo

      Sorry to burst your tech bubble, but Apple’s U.S. employment base is something like 1/70,000,000th of total U.S. employment. If it’s even that much.

      The pirahnas at the top get the big bucks. The trout, guppies and goldfish at the bottom are left with the scraps.

    • Ascetik

      “used to believe”? Wow. Then why are you still reading it?

      Apple makes insane profits because they charge 1800$ for a product that costs about 300$ to make in China. And their marketing ploy is to spoiled rich hipster kids living high on their parents credit card debts in their mcmansions.

      Apple is a rip off, the price you pay for a macbook pro you could get a pc for 1/5th the price and get the exact same hardware. That’s why they make record profits, because people buy into their stupid marketing.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfKF3HoOPYI Jim

    Thanks for writing the article. Bringing attention to the situation is all we can do. I wrote the song Give Me a Job in 2010 thinking the economy would improve. It hasn’t, it’s gotten worse.

    Enjoy the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfKF3HoOPYI

  • http://yahoo.ca Mike from Toronto Kanada

    …My parents arrived in Winnipeg after the Hungarian Revolution. My father was a watch maker and couldn’t find a job in the early 1960’s and my mother didn’t work! We still managed to survive by doing odd jobs…construction, dishwashers etc. and no body starved. There was no welfare in those long ago days and no “FREE” medicare in any Canadian province then! Life goes on and we make the best of it! And as for outsourcing, I can remember beach ball and shirts that my mother purchased at Woolworth in the 1960’s that said…MADE IN FORMOSA (now modern day Taiwan)! The Amerikan capitalist went, even in those long ago 1960’s, to cheaper labour countries, so OUTSOURCING is nothing new! And Canada never had a booming economy compared to the United States..to get a good job in Canada (especially government) you relied on extreme nepotism! For example in Toronto (which was a very, very WASP city), you had to be of Anglo-saxon background and be a free mason-catholics,east europeans need not apply! The sob stories mentioned on the above paragraphs are just sucky baby sob stories about people who don’t want to get their hands dirty! Get any job-construction,deliver flyers etc., but don’t just sit and mope!

    • orange

      So, you think you’re above it? When you lose your good job with benefits and are forced to work in a miserable minimum wage job with illegals undercutting you, don’t you dare complain, you sucky baby! Be GLAD you have to slave like a peasant in what was once a First World country while the banks rake in the billions! Take the scraps we toss at you, serf, and lick our feet for it! Or get down on your knees and open your mouth, your choice…but if you think it’s not going to happen to YOU, you’re insane.

  • Arwen

    This may sound mean but in a situation where you are forced to train someone from India, China, Mexico (or wherever)to replace you do the brave thing and just leave and refuse to train them. No need for violence. There comes a time in your life where you have to stand up for yourself. Those men should have done that. Even if it means selling or renting the house out (having your family in live in your paid off vehicles)or moving out of the area. I know this is easier said then done. But this is a situation where you need to take a stand. Staying and willingly training these people will not help your life, it will not help you find another job, and it will not get you respect (you don’t need to be a jerk to get respect but being walk over will not get you respect). I hope I never have to be in that situation. I hope I would be brave enough to live in my car, find work wherever, and rent my house out. I hope more of these people speak out such as the dog lover forced to kill dogs or the lady willing to have sex for a job.

  • Mynewjob

    I got a job picking up dog crap in dog parks for 8 bucks an hour here in california .At age 46 i never thought id be doing his but it is either this or the streets . When the maggots and worms and the hot heat, the smell can be overwelming at times to were i start to gag . I fill up about a 50 gallon drum a shift . Welcome to my world in the wonderful world of poo !

    • Aurora

      You are my hero. (I’m serious)

  • therooster of Christ

    No need for panic. The solution does not rest with the elite who reside near the top of the economic hierarchy. It rests with the rank & file of the real market …. us. We are all able to monetize personal gold & silver and thereby, increase liquidity without adding debt. The addition of debt-free liquidity will free up debt based currency to find the hands that need that currency for debt servicing. IOW, we are in a time where Gresham’s Law is reversing. Keep in mind that Gresham’s Law is/was predicated on FIXED values placed upon gold, such as what we saw during Bretton Woods @ $35/oz.

    Gold could never extinguish much in the way of debt at $35/oz, but since bullion values have been set free to float, the extinguishing of debt has been left to us …. the market , not the elite. Gold is money but always had poor liquidity because of fixed values placed upon it. That has changed thanks to the age of information. Implementation of a monetary application must come from the grass roots, however. It cannot be a top-down process (even if so desired) because the dollar would crash far too quickly and abruptly. The market is the tool of transition.

  • Terra

    Growing up in times one past -the gas crunch of the 70s made me understand one single thing (everything is inner connected) when that occured one idea was for certain -what a mistake it is to be reliant on resources beyond my control . Today, what is more evident are people who others are so reliant upon for responsible decisions (politicians and corporate leaders and banking ). Greed is not a dirty word today in fact its called; business, there is where the true deception is . The populations are being herded into desperation by the lies of those who have created this ;the no win situation for us all – my grand mother used to say : your never happy till its gone . For the rich and powerful that is what they all want is: the poor and under class gone -thats fine with me they can have the world because there will nothing left when they are done with it and no one to wait on them hand and foot . Humans are the most disasterous beings in this world and they are never satisfied until they have wrecked everything and that day is fast approaching -forget warnings or prophecy that does not matter to those of a narrow view of this life they see one thing only :Greed and having it all -so let them and in the end they will face their own demise and eternity to remember it!

  • morphiss

    The bottom line is this ! This govt is non functional and a total pathetic mess. Taxpayers complain and nothing happens. Washington wont listen until people take to the streets big-time or stop paying taxes. Both of which will never happen as the american taxpayer is a wuss !!! So here is the mess !!

  • markww

    One thing America can do is stop all the Government intrusion into business, it has made business go overseas. Then make all the countries that owed us from ww-1 up to pay us back what they owe us. Take and AUDIT THE FED see who is stealing all the money and where it went how many millions paid to dishonest governments and dictators and more. Mark

  • Nam Marine

    Sure I would! Just look at the TSA !

  • Yourmaster

    Welcome to the plantation economy slaves. DID I SAY YOU COULD WASTE TIME CHITCHATTING ONLINE? GET BACK TO WORK!!!!!!!!!! “ending music from Requiem for a Dream playing in the background.”

  • Stephanie S

    I don’t have a car and sometimes ask a friend to give me a ride home from our local bar/dance place. A woman I didn’t know well offered me a ride one day and I took it. The next time I saw her there, knowing she was unemployed and looking for work, I asked her if she would drive me home again (only about 2 miles and not out of her way) and offered to pay her for her gas. She seemed to get a little uptight but said okay. When I got in the car, I put a dollar in the cup holder and told her I really meant it, I would contribute for her gas whenever she drives me. She told me it wasn’t necessary and in her (South American country) culture people don’t do that. The next day she told a mutual friend that I had somewhat offended her culture by offering money, as in her country people do favors for others without being paid. Please explain to me why I have to adjust to HER culture in MY country, oh wise ones, and what was wrong with offering to help pay for gas?

    • orange

      Because you’re a terrible racist if you don’t, and how DARE you even question it? Also, isn’t it nice of the elites to keep allowing these people to immigrate here when there aren’t any jobs for the natives? Now we’ve got another mouth to feed, another person to support and they’re not even American and obviously don’t want to integrate! But, once again, if you dare say that, you’re a terrible racist!

      Pathetic, isn’t it?

  • JungianINTP

    Two words explain the
    ROOT CAUSE of the
    decline of the West, not
    by happenstance or even
    incompetence, but BY
    DESIGN (( i.e., it had been
    planned by this cabal and
    implemented by this cabal,
    with the goal of collapsing
    the meritocratic/capitalistic
    Western system for GLOBAL
    ECONOMIC SOCIALISM under
    ONE-WORLD GOVERNMENT )):

    Federal (sic) Reserve.

  • Tim Kozlow

    I feel for all these people. Here is the one thing I do not understand. If you loose your job and determine that there are no jobs in your area.
    If you cannot find a job period anywhere then why would you continue to live here?

    I would have no problem leaving this country. I never used to say that but I could care less now. I would move anywhere I had too where I could work.

    I have been out of the country several times now and I can tell you one thing, most of the places I have been the people are alot more free than we are.

    Endless laws, regulations, global trade whatever it is has made this place a dump.
    Can’t find a job, embrace it, use this time to get the hell out of here.

  • Steve

    I don’t give advice but here are some suggestions to cope with the economic horror. Try buying and selling stuff online. It’s not big money but you can earn $50 to $100 a week buying stuff at flea markets and then selling to people who still have $25 or $50 to buy something. You also can buy an item online and then sell it the same way for a $5 or $10 profit. Check out vocational colleges to train for a practical trade skill, i.e. hospital technician, repair, or computer troublshooting rather than spend $80 grand for a worthless senior college degree. Avoid careers in insurance sales, real estate sales, multi-level marketing sponsors, virtual franchises, etc. – especially if they ask for money up front – a sure sign that it’s a MLM pyramid scam. even if it’s legit – there is no market as no one is buying. Try getting two or even three part time jobs rather than a rarer than ever full-time job. Avoid temporary staffing agencies – theyt have almost all become scams – one assignment for two weeks and then after they and the client have made a profit off of the scut work they offered you – they never call you again. If you get fired, leave the workplace without complaint but be ready to fight for your benefits – some employers will claim its your fault you got canned to weasel their way out of paying you your benefits. If you have a job, don’t do anything stupid, i.e. stealing, watching porn, getting into fist fights, etc. Document all firing incidents and then fight furiously at any unemployment benefit hearings. Advertise yourself as a free lance willing to work even for a few days. Some “employers” will pay you cash “under-the-table” to beat minimum wage and tax deduction laws. If they do – take the money! Try writing books and articles for money. If there is any federal money or assistance you think might be available – go for it. If you can’t get a link card (denied to you if even one family member has a job) you can always go to food pantries – sometimes you can even visit three or four different pantries per month and get five or six bags of canned food and dry foodstuffs. If your house in foreclosure don’t be afraid to apply for chapter 13 (not chapter 7!) bankruptcy. Sometimes the judge will allow you to pay less than your previous mortgage payments at an amount you can afford for up to three and even five years. Give up expensive shoes and clothes and buy neat and attractive clothing that costs less. Go to restaurants only once every three or four months – maybe for a birthday or wedding anniversay. Frequent fast food places but don’t gorge on junk food – there are healthy offerings there, too. Even if you have a car use the bus and trains much more, i.e. get a monthly pass. Keep abreast of the news on the TV, radio, newspapers and internet. Always know what’s going on in the world and how it affects you. Try barter with people you know – nothing expensive – you know – maybe a computer for a television set or a used car for a washer and dryer. Always try to make money doing something you like to do even if you’re currently doing something you dislike or hate. Stay alert, try your best and keep on trucking.

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