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The Greater Depression

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Cognitive Dissonance

Once or twice a month Mrs. Cog and I pack up the car and head to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. For us poor mountain folk, that’s the big city and the best destination when our need for certain items calls for visiting particular stores.

Each trip down from the mountain elicits at least one observation about recent changes to the Matrix. For example, Mrs. Cog noticed the big box stores appear to be reducing their selection significantly. Once it was brought to my attention, it was suddenly obvious they were narrowing their inventory to those items with high margins and quick turnover. Essentially they are abandoning the rest of the low margin consumer market to the likes of, and so on.

But what we stumbled upon as we hunted down a used book store near the heart of Winston-Salem was a bit surprising to say the least. It is common to find beggars and panhandlers working the stop light at busy intersections. Often they are soliciting the right hand turn lane or narrow island of grass separating the traffic flowing in opposite directions using the tool of their trade; a cardboard sign describing their particular plight in hand written black marker.

Two or three years ago the physical condition of the beggars clearly indicated distress, usually by way of their unkempt appearance and worldly possessions gathered on or around them as they solicited. These were ‘street’ people doing whatever they had to do in order to make it through another day.

Sure, some were drug and alcohol dependent, others just trying to make a quick buck tugging on the heart strings of those passing by. And some were hard core street people making some money the only way they could considering they had no home, no transportation and no support system.

I’m not here to judge because at one point in my life I was that man on the corner begging for a meal and a night out of the cold. Long before finally turning my life around, I wallowed in the socioeconomic lowlands for a decade or more. I blame no one or thing but myself for my ordeal. But that doesn’t make my experience any more or less real. Nor does it invalidate what I am today, here and now. It is simply a part of the woven fabric that constitutes the whole me.

Over the last year or so the quality, if not also the quantity, of beggars has gone more upscale, with many of those on the side of the road appearing better dressed, washed and groomed. As well, their signage has morphed from a simple plea of “Please Help!” or “Homeless, Anything Will Help” to more involved explanations such as “Between Jobs, Need Some Help”, “Lost My Job, Then My Home” right down to the truly crestfallen “I Can’t Feed My Family. Please Help!”

In addition, the cast of characters has greatly expanded. It is somewhat common these days to find a man or woman holding a sign begging us to help their family. Off to their side on public display, usually ensconced under a shade tree or other such cover, is the actual family we presume needs our help.

That must have been one interesting family meeting.

While it’s one thing to scam the general public on your own, it’s another thing entirely to involve the spouse and children in the ruse in so obvious and blatant a manner. The ‘tell’ I look for to indicate sincerity is the level of obvious embarrassment etched on the faces of the children and spouse.

In fact, when I encountered one such situation a few months back, the look on the teen’s face instantly compelled me to roll down the window and pass out twenty bucks. She most definitely was not faking it and would rather have spent the day in hell than on that street corner. There was just no way she could hide her immense embarrassment and public humiliation.

Sadly what I saw was just another family on the express elevator down to poverty.

Mrs. Cog and I have assumed this change in the face of roadside solicitation was simply another indicator of the ongoing and escalating rape and pillage of the American middle class. Being the oldest of our union, I clearly remember a similar descent by members of society into monetary purgatory during the 70’s and early 80’s. Then again, the people motoring by back then were much more likely to help the fallen than people are today.

Our most recent encounter was simply more of the same. A Caucasian couple, presumably husband and wife, were working the side of the road. She was front and center while he was just off to the side in the shade looking forlorn and beaten. I don’t know which was more haunting, his face or hers. But I do remember seeing the same face staring back at me in black and white images from the Great Depression. The last Great Depression; not today’s Greater Depression.

You’ve seen those images. I know you have.


Face of the Fallen

Take a good look. Look at the eyes. See the body language. This is the face of the fallen.


She was clearly middle class, possibly even professional middle class, with freshly washed hair, presentable clean clothes and very light makeup. It was a breezy day and she was trying in vain to keep her long straight hair in place. Clearly her appearance mattered to her, her head held high as she unflinchingly faced the people she was soliciting. This wasn’t arrogance or false pride, but simple straight forward dignity on display.

Her sign said it all.

“We are both working, but not enough to pay bills. Please help.”

For just a moment, try putting yourself in their shoes. Can you imagine the conversation they must have had over dinner last night?


The wife, looking tired and depressed, to her husband. “Honey, we need to talk.”


“Honey, we need to talk…now.”

The husband, clearly irritated and angry, snaps back. “Yes, I know. What do you want to do?

Silence. Neither wants to be the first one to say it.

She finally tries the back way around. “Marcia at work says she knows a friend who did it last week and made more than a hundred dollars in a day.”

He shifts in his seat, but doesn’t respond. Encouraged, she pushes forward.

“She said be sure to bring food and plenty of water. And your dignity because it’s not your fault. (Pause) We’re good people, we’re working but we just don’t make enough money to pay all the bills.”

His head jerks up; he looks like he’s ready to cry. “I don’t want to do this. Isn’t there some other way we can try?


She fights back her tears, then bites her lip until she can regain her composure. Why does she always have to be the strong one?

Reaching across the table to hold his hand, almost in a whisper she pleads, “I don’t know what else to do. We’re gonna lose the apartment if we don’t pay them some of the back rent. I need your help with this honey. I can’t do it alone.”

His shoulders drop, and with them all resistance. “OK. When!

Wasting no time, she lays out her plan. “We’re both off tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be ok. Marcia said that stop light near the book store is a good place to try. It’s nearby, so we can walk.”


“Tomorrow’s Friday…payday. People will have money. (Pause) It’ll be OK.”


“Come on, help me make the sign.”


Sister daughter wife

This is my sister, my daughter, my wife, my ‘self‘.


This is the face of the fallen, of perfectly capable and productive people slowly squeezed out of the middle class through little to no fault of their own. While I don’t know the specific situation of our Jane and Joe, the trend is unmistakable. We’ve seen it germinate, then accelerate over the last few years.

What compels an entire family to stake out a busy street corner and beg strangers for help? Or induces a man and wife to take turns holding a cardboard sign by the side of the road, soliciting help from passersby? This isn’t exactly easy ‘work’ after all. Like I said, I’ve been there and know exactly what they are going through.

Many people avert their eyes and attempt not to see what is clearly evident to any who acknowledge the suffering on display. Some make a disapproving face, disgusted by what they see. A surprisingly large number flip them the bird or make some other obscene gesture. And a few will roll down the passenger side window and shout some degrading comment at the solicitor.

But every now and then someone stops and thrusts bills out the window, no time to talk or exchange much more than “God Bless You” because the light is now green and those waiting behind want to move along. Charity waits for no traffic light.

Then there are the very young children strapped into the back seat of passing cars and SUV’s. They don’t often see people standing on a street corner, at least not in places designed strictly for vehicle traffic with pedestrian traffic shunned and displaced.

These young children, innocent toddlers really, have no understanding what is unfolding before their eyes. Their life experience is narrow and mostly pleasant. In supermarkets and department stores, those who pass them smile or stop and engage in animated baby talk while conversing with the rents. So, unsurprisingly, several smile, giggle and wave at the human debris perched by the side of the road.

If witnessed as a third party disinterested observer, one can quickly surmise how far they have psychologically fallen by their reaction to these most basic displays of innocent humanity and abject cruelty. Those freshly minted to roadside petitioning will return the smile and even manage a small wave, their dignity and sense of self worth still mostly intact.

But the knife that cuts the deepest are the children just a few years older, after they have begun their social indoctrination and imperial conditioning via boob tube, video game, play ground and parental teachings. You know…the do as I say, not as I do parental teachings. Some of those kids can be downright nasty when they think the rents up front aren’t looking. Other kids don’t really care if they are.

The obscene and angry displays are at first shocking and humiliating, but then mostly ignored with stone faced resolve and resignation. Those further down the rabbit hole of despair and hopelessness have fully evolved their defensive shields and show little to no emotion regardless of what they see, hear or feel. It’s simply too exhausting to do otherwise.

Having been on both sides of the curb, when time permits I try to be observant of the scene in its entirety, of both the actors on stage and the actors in the audience. This is real life drama playing out on your street corner, regardless whether you are cognizant of it or not. One measure of a society is how well, or poorly, it treats its weakest members. It doesn’t get any more real than this.

In the most general of ways I fully understand the anger on both sides of the political aisle. I was born poor and, through drug and alcohol addiction, plumbed the depths of poverty and despair as a young adult. I pulled myself out of the abyss by my bootstraps, by sheer will and determination…or to be more accurate and honest, desperation. While I presently have little in the way of wealth and material goods compared to many in America, I regained my dignity and self-worth through hard work and perseverance.

So I fully understand how one quickly disappears into the shadows when one is poor in America, detritus quickly discarded and forgotten. I get it. But America is no longer that land of opportunity so widely advertised via various glowing screens, for we now have a permanent underclass deeply embedded within the socioeconomic system.

And their numbers are rapidly increasing.

The Rich

Not everyone suffered during the Great(er) Depression.


The rich keep on getting richer while the poor remain poor. Since the (global) financial apparatus is now maintained via various emergency life support measures, meaning those nearest the cash register gain the most, the financial looting will continue until morale improves or the body politic collapses. Or at least until the wide swath of middle class is finished being strip mined and enslaved.

Can you say ‘disappearing pension’ and ‘bailed in’?

What we are witnessing is better described as a crumble than a collapse. Only now they aren’t even bothering to dig out the bodies before bulldozing over the entire bloody mess. Those still breathing, walking wounded really, are the ones found panhandling on the side of the road, plumb out of luck and with rapidly dwindling options.

Mrs. Cog once observed while surveying the human wreckage that it’s a recession when it happens to someone else, a depression when it crashes into you or me. If I have no eyes to see and no compassion to feel, does that middle class panhandler camped on the corner really exist? The Matrix would have you believe not.

The cognitive conundrum is simple; the official numbers tell us one thing while our lying eyes another. Those running the show helpfully inform us all is well, the recovery nearly complete and consumer nirvana just around the corner. Just a few more Federal Reserve cash machine refills and flushes and all will be as right as rain.

Here’s an ugly truth, one that has ALWAYS been self evident for all to view with the courage to see. The intent of government statistics is not to tell you or me the truth, but to allow us to remain comfortable with the public lie. And while liberal and conservative alike bemoan the state of the state, hypocrisy reigns; don’t you dare touch my piece of the public pie.

Just because one slice comes from gainful employment via defense contracts or Wall Street alchemy while another is served a la mode via various liberal educational institutions or Silicon Valley magic means nothing. The real world definition of public hypocrisy is complaining about the quantity and quality while still firmly attached to the rapidly diminishing teat. Or in this case, Uncle Sam’s wealth redistribution and Ponzi enabling purse strings.

Make mine to go and hurry it up.

Anyone who sincerely thinks the root cause of all our problems lay way over there, on the other side of the divide, really should consider cutting back on the ideological bong hits. I strongly suggest it’s time to just say no, then attempt to clear our severely befuddled heads.

Whatever our globally heralded ‘constitutional’ political system might once have been, it clearly no longer is. It’s regressed to the point where it’s every man, woman and child for themselves. Confirmation of our decline springs from study after global study showing America’s solid hold on the lower middle of world rankings…and sinking fast.

Which is precisely why the USS Titanic, just like all Titanic’s in the past, will continue sailing straight forward until it wrecks on the rocks in plain sight. We all know the only class with reserved lifeboats is first class and above.

Anyone who still thinks a corrupt and hopelessly dysfunctional political system can be ‘fixed’ by changing a few figure heads at the top desperately wants, no needs, to believe this public fiction above all else. Thus the canned statistics continue to be pumped out.

“See, if we just tweak a little here and remove that over there, things are sure to get better.”

Mother and Child

Don’t avert your eyes. This is the face of exhaustion and hopelessness.


The fiat spice flow is all that counts. And everyone at every level, including those dwelling at the bottom, intuitively knows this. If a dysfunctional system remains severely dysfunctional even though everyone claims they prefer otherwise, someone is lying somewhere. What is actually going on is everyone is lying, to themselves and to each other. And deep down everyone knows it.

This is the big lie.

Those who wish to manage us know one amazingly simple fact. If everyone is lying and no one wishes the lie to be exposed for fear they will miss out when the truth is told, then perpetuating, twisting and manipulating the lie is the path to total control. Massage the narrative and you control those enthralled and dependent upon the narrative.

The key to a really good lie is to mix in some truth. When we speak ‘truth’ to others, especially unspoken ‘truth’, it helps smooth over the lingering lies that remain tightly bound to what we identify as our ‘self’. This is how we intellectually support our own glaring hypocrisy.

Ramp up the moral certainty and righteous indignation and we’re off to the races, all doubt and introspection abandoned on the side of the beggar’s road in our quest to save the world from ourselves. Of course, since we are righteous and morally correct, we can never admit this to our self, let alone to anyone else. This deeply embedded and desperately hidden cognitive dissonance is the root of all the suffering we create and the source of our everlasting insanity.

Despite what liberals, conservatives, libertarians, socialists and communists say, this isn’t about saving the world. On a personal level, the only level that counts, this is about personal redemption from our big lie. And by hook or by crock we shall be redeemed.

Unfortunately there is no redemption, only absolution. And the absolution must come from within, from our own hand and only after a brutally honest self examination, then an inner cleansing is complete. Since this is precisely the route we do not wish to pursue, the inner tension continues to increase exponentially.

Once we crest the peak and start our descent, we cannot hold on tight enough nor do we have the courage to let go and change course. Therefore we drive our own ship of state directly onto the rocky shoals. The nation simply follows the individual in the same manner the body follows the direction of the head.

Try walking in a straight line while your head is turned all the way to one side or the other. It simply can’t be done. Inevitably you change course. On the flip side, try walking to the left or right while keeping your head fixed on a point on the horizon.

Neither you nor I can personally save those people begging on the side of the road. The socioeconomic system is failing because we are failing morally, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, as individuals, as a community and as a nation.

I needed to hit rock bottom before I became willing to do what really needed to be done, to look directly in the mirror and conduct a fearless moral inventory. Only then could I start to change everything connected to my own big lie so the healing could begin. We as individuals and as a nation need to follow the same prescription.

But ‘We the Nation’ are not willing to do this just yet. This is because we as individuals must take the first step forward, to admit we have no choice but to stand on the busy street corner and beg complete strangers for help. A little humble pie does wonders for a tormented soul.

I’ve been there before and I stand ready, willing and able to be there again.

What about you?

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41 Comments on "The Greater Depression"

  1. onlooker on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 11:03 am 

    Well, all I can say is welcome to the Real World US of A. In this country we were an aberration, over brimming with wealth and decadent materialism and consumption. Well, it is about time, we learned to live as so many in the world, frugally. That is what this planet needs. Oh and not the Greater Depression but the Endless Depression.

  2. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 11:48 am 

    This is the Peak Oil website?
    This is the social justice website.

  3. JJHMAN on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 12:33 pm 

    My only argument with this article is the emphasis on “lying” by the political elite.

    I think the elite actually believe what they are saying, that is that the system is working and that they are doing the best that can be done in view of the unreasonable behavior of their opponents. The “little tweeks” that are offered as solutions unfortunately are of the opposite effect depending on which side of the elite they stand. Bernies of the world want more government aid to the unfortunate. The Paul Ryans want to get those lazy buggers off the government teat and back to work.

    Most Americans will never believe that more government involvement will make the world a better place. Most Americans refuse to believe that we can learn anything from the experience in other countries. We are just too special.

    Most Americans will never accept, short of a massive die-off, that an impoverished population with a minuscule ruling class is the norm since the beginning of agricultural society 10,000 years ago. The comfortable middle class, 1950s version, was a short lived aberration of history yet Americans think it is a norm.

    Intractable situations such as we are now in, where expectations can never be realized by an increasing number of people, can only end in traumatic upheaval.

    Trump looks very much to me like the beginning of such an upheaval.

  4. Sissyfuss on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 3:42 pm 

    Tough times are arriving everyday for more and more people. Get used to a falling standard of living, it’s inevitable and inescapable.

  5. makati1 on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 5:49 pm 

    The U$ is in a depression, and as Sissy says, it will only get worse. I am not sure how many Americas can ‘save themselves’. The system will not allow it. And few have the backbone.

    There are laws against most everything positive.
    Personal debt averaging $40K per man, woman and child in the U$. Taxes/fees/liscences that add up to over 50% of the paycheck for those that have a job.
    One of the most expensive, yet failing, healthcare systems in the world.
    Jobs still being outsourced to Asia.
    A money system that is built only on ‘trust’ and that ‘trust’ will end with the next market crash, taking down their retirement future to zero and the USD to pennies.
    Infrastructure dying.
    Schools dying.
    Colleges dying.
    Family units dying.

    Invest in tin cups because that will be a booming market as the beggar numbers explode.

  6. makati1 on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 5:51 pm 

    GSR, these ARE the signs of peak oil. Everything is the result of the declining ability to buy and use that resource profitably. America was built on cheap, plentiful oil. That is now history. So is the “American way of life”.

  7. Cloggie on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 6:06 pm 

    Good old Lew Rockwell: US wants war with Russia:

    Alex Jones is right, deep state needs to be destroyed:

  8. Anonymouse on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 7:27 pm 

    amerikan-style, mass consumption is to blame for all the above and much more besides. Auto-mation, out-sourcing, consumption for consumption s sakes, mass marketing, endless propaganda all selling the same message.

    You can have endless economic growth(with no downsides), and the benefits will always trickle down so everyone(almost), gets a piece of the pie.

    Except you cant, and it doesnt. The amerikan empire was able to make the above model ‘work’ for a time, when it could steal the entire worlds resources, more or less un-hindered. That time, is either drawing to a close, or has already. You cant keep 300+ million serf-slaves gorging themselves on the worlds resources on an endless line-of-credit, while the rest of world is increasingly asserting their rights to a more equitable share of the planets (remaining) resources.

    It could not be happening to nicer bunch of war-mongering psycho-paths.

  9. onlooker on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 7:41 pm 

    You said exactly the way it should be said Anonymous

  10. makati1 on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 8:14 pm 

    Amen, Anon. Amen.

  11. Davy on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 8:48 pm 

    Circle jerkin

  12. Apneaman on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 9:07 pm 

    clog, look out for those AGW consequences come to get ya.

    Code red fire warning for northern Brabant heaths as drought continues

    “Much of the Netherlands is extremely dry following weeks with little or no rain and high temperatures. The KNMI weather bureau is expecting the temperature to rise to as high as 36 degrees in the south on Thursday.”

    Pretend it’s not happening and talk about sum trump tweets instead. Feels better already don’t it.

    You’ll never guess what… We spend 80% of our time gossiping–We-spend-80-cent-time-gossiping.html

    More evolutionary programming. Not really choosing.

  13. Hello on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 10:02 pm 

    Just visited the Great State of California.
    Economy humming along, booming. Construction projects from San Francisco to LA. High tech companies, innovation. Abundance of food, opportunity and choices. Can do spirit !

    Whities practically extinct. CA is in the hands of chineese (high tech) and mexicans (all low level labor).

  14. Cloggie on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 10:29 pm 

    Washington beating the drum for regime change in Iran:

    Why? Because under Khomeiny Iran escaped from being a US client state.

    Wonder who is going to do the fighting? A new ISIS? Hardly. The US army like in Iraq? Iraq is largely flat where Iran is mountaineous.

    Russia and China can and will supply Iran via the Caspian Sea, perhaps even with troops and the most modern weapon systems. This could cost the US its naval presence in the Gulf.

  15. Cloggie on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 10:36 pm 

    “Code red fire warning for northern Brabant heaths as drought continues”

    Nice Summer weather is over unfortunately. Low temperatures for the foreseable future. And 7 days of mostly rain.

    I’m sorry apneaman, you have made a fool of yourself again.

  16. Cloggie on Sun, 25th Jun 2017 10:38 pm 

    Weather Eindhoven:

  17. Cloggie on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 2:18 am 

    Whities practically extinct. CA is in the hands of chineese (high tech) and mexicans (all low level labor).

    California will secede from Washington. The only question remains who will own it after that event: Mexico or China. I tip Mexico, but it will continue to operate on higher than Mexican average thanks to Chinese input. China will dominate most of the North-American West-Coast after WW3. And a naval base in Hongcouver.

    Ah well, people come, people go in California/West Coast…

    Chief Seattle > Russians > Europeans > Jews > Chinese

    The dynamics of history.

    China taking over Hollywood (from the Jews), that’s not necessarily bad news btw. End of One World propaganda.

    Why do you think apneaman is so nihilistic and depressed. His tribe is not going to own the world, so

  18. Cloggie on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 2:34 am 

    It is not necessary for the US to fall apart, it could just “devolute”:

    The USSR fell apart and was replaced by the CIS.

    Something like that could happen to the US: radical decentralization after the downfall of empire.

  19. dooma on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 2:54 am 

    As several have already stated in various ways, the middle class is over. In all developed countries.

    For as long as there has been a class system there have been rich and poor people. The middle class were are special “once off” created on the back of cheap energy, labour intensive jobs and affordable housing.

    Now manufacturing has all but gone NOT just because of outsourcing but because of automation and the drive of so few to make so much from so few.

    Trump, the compulsive liar, just allowed Carrier to send a large majority of it’s workforce to Mexico. After he used this company as the pinup child of making America great again during his’ campaign of bullshit.

  20. Davy on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 5:41 am 

    Clog, California is very much bigger than your little dutch principality in area, population, and GDP. It is more likely will California own Mexico when it dissolves. As for China it is likely to be one of the first to dissolve into chaos probably right after Europe. Overconsumption and overpopulation do these things. Most Chinese with the means will try to escape with California being one location. Yes, once China and Europe melt into oblivion the US will be there too so don’t get a wedgie over it.

  21. Davy on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 5:47 am 

    “Now manufacturing has all but gone NOT just because of outsourcing but because of automation and the drive of so few to make so much from so few.”

    Dooma, do a little research before you look intellectually lazy and emotional. We know you hate American.

    “China Has a Dominant Share of World Manufacturing”

    “China is the largest manufacturing economy in the world, with a 22% share of manufacturing activity. The U.S. is in second place with a 17.4% share. China has achieved this position through extremely fast growth in physical volume of manufacturing activity with modest inflation. China has more than four times the population of the United States, and though its manufacturing intensity of $1,856 per capita value-added in 2012 is high for a developing economy, it is well behind advanced countries such as the United States ($6,280).”

    I reference this particular article for the dumbass anti-Americans so they don’t get too hot and bothered. This is acknowledging China as the largest manufacturer. IMA it is the most polluted and a significant amount of its output is low value.

  22. Davy on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 5:49 am 

    “amerikan-style, mass consumption is to blame for all the above and much more besides.”

    Your stupid Canada is just as much part of it troll monkey.

  23. dooma on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 6:05 am 

    Davy, I hate all western society that has been greedy. This includes both your and my countries. I do not rant about America every day as you seem to have a delusion that I do.

    You are the one who writes their fucking memoirs daily on this site. It is always “China this and China that”. You are a sore loser if I were to ever see one. You tiptoe around blaming your own country but you are a true patriot through and through.

    Your country got fat lazy and stupid. But you can (and do) bomb tiny countries to satisfy the knuckle-draggers.

    I am entitled to post my opinion here just as you are. If you want to pick a fight by petty insults, why don’t you go a fuck one of you animals and get it out of your system.

  24. makati1 on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 6:24 am 

    Hahahahahaha! Nice one dooma. You hit the nail on the head.

  25. Davy on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 6:42 am 

    Lol, dooma, you talk emotionally about you anti- Americanism. You love the anglosphere. I write about personal solutions. Your solutions are hate based and intellectually devoid of substance. This is why you like dumbass makati. He is hate based and anti-American. I talk about China and collapse along with the rest of the global system and collapse. The reason you have a problem with that is you are emotionally attached to the idea of China as a new superpower and global leader. I like shooting that down becuase Asia is actually the nearest to an overpopulation induced collapse at the same time they are reducing their sustainability and resilience by overdevelopment. So go whine somewhere else anti-American. Don’t you have some home country issues you can enlighten me on? Your stupid Australia is as bad as Canada.

  26. shortonoil on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 8:06 am 

    China is doing so well that anyone who can get their money out of the country is leaving. Europe has dissolved into a multicultural hell hole where one of the cultures wants to destroy any remnant of any other. South America is down to selling 100 year bonds, and Venezuela is eating its cats and dogs. The Middle East is trying to bomb themselves back to the stone age with the help of anyone they can find. Half of Africa is planning on killing the other half. North America is waiting patiently, and diligently for the next Lehman moment when it will put out its gone out of business sign.

    For those myopic adherents of; “it can’t happen in my backyard” they have failed to notice that the entire world is melting down!

  27. Dooma on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 4:46 pm 

    Oh for Christ’s sake, I assume that you can read. Look up your own news.

    And for the last time, where is my anti-Americanism in my last post? Oh do you mean my swipe at Trump? lol, surely you can’t be defending that Fanta-faced fool?

  28. Apneaman on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 4:56 pm 

    Hey clog, buckle your chin strap old man – here they come.

    EU Refugee Crisis To Escalate – 30 million Expected, Just 17 Per Cent Employable

    “Just 17 Per Cent Employable” but no jobs for most of them except drug dealing, stealing, whoring and sucking on the government’s tit. That won’t be enough for the Muslim fanatics so they will kill and blow up even more shit. All it takes is one willing nut job fanatic per 100,000 to jack up the terror.

    stay frosty clog

  29. Davy on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 5:12 pm 

    Dooma, quit being dishonest. You hate Americans that is plain to see. I don’t give shit about your stupid country. My comment was directed at you to look at your own dirty laundry for once.

  30. Apneaman on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 5:36 pm 

    Davy, it appears that you are attempting to defend the indefensible. Are you not curious why it disturbs you to such a degree? Most other Americans seem to take it in stride – thicker skin and all that.

    How you can’t find the humor in it is beyond me.

    Donald Trump claims attaching solar panels to Mexico border wall will ensure fortification ‘pays for itself’

    ‘We’re thinking of something that’s unique, we’re talking about the southern border. Lots of sun, lots of heat,’ the US president said

    The US is a fiction the humans agree to pretend is real along with all other nation states and religions and politics and all the rest of the human constructed fictions. When the humans go bye bye (soon) how many of their fictions will remain? None. The land and the trees and the mountains and oceans will still be here, but all that human fictions won’t because there not actually real.

    Trying to fight “anti Americanism” is a losing battle and one only a fool would attempt. My guess is there is anywhere from 100,000 to 1,000,000 website solely dedicated to hating the American empire. Have at her O knight in shining armor.

    Ever hear the phrase, ‘never bleed in a pool of sharks?’ Apparently not.

  31. Davy on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 5:52 pm 

    One asshole at a time ape. Surely you can relate. You clearly have your own obsessions. I rather enjoy raining on anti-Americans parade. It so easy becuase dumbass anti-Americans fail to connect the dots of who and what they are. Canada is a perfect example of this mental rot. Extremist who are immature and emotionally starved tend to fit he MO.

  32. Anonymouse on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 6:46 pm 

    How about the that, the exceptionalist having another meltdown. Hardly ever see that (cough).

  33. makati1 on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 7:21 pm 

    Ap, even the constructs of humans will be eroded and rusted away in a thousand years or less. Most things built in the last century will not even make it to 2200. Oh, the pyramids and the Sphinx and a few other old, well built things will remain for a while longer, but in a million years there will be no sign of humans or their stuff except, maybe, the junk we left on the moon. All the satellites will have crashed and burned long before.

  34. makati1 on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 7:24 pm 

    Anon, it must be difficult being one of the last mule headed defenders of the indefensible. Thanks ti the internet, the world is seeing the U$ for what it really is, not the bullshit portrayed in Hollywood movies and the other U$ MSM propaganda outlets. All the U$ is good at now is making enemies.

  35. makati1 on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 7:25 pm 

    Anon, I was speaking of a certain Missouri mule, not you. ^_^

  36. Apneaman on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 8:19 pm 

    Davy, looks like a job you might want to apply for. All the torture victims are probably anti Americans – it would bring your sad life such meaning.

    In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates

    “MUKALLA, Yemen (AP) — Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the “grill,” in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found.

    Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses. Interrogating detainees who have been abused could violate international law, which prohibits complicity in torture.”

    BTW, every thought and every action humans have from birth until death is “emotional”, so constantly puking that word out in the manner you do is totally meaningless and only makes you look more like a fucking retard….if that’s even possible.

  37. Apneaman on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 8:23 pm 

    Davy, I bet this makes the folks happy eh?

    Trumpcare isn’t about health. It’s a tax cut for the 1%

    What’s worse than American 1%er scum? How about their emotionally unstable, semi retarded spoiled offspring.

  38. Davy on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 8:43 pm 

    Wow, got your attention. Was it something I said…9999

  39. makati1 on Mon, 26th Jun 2017 10:46 pm 

    Davy, hard to win a battle when you are fighting against reality and have no ammo, not to mention being alone. A situation the U$ is fast approaching. LOL

  40. dooma on Tue, 27th Jun 2017 3:28 am 

    FFS David. How many times do I have to state that I don’t give a rat’s arse about my own country? It is one big polluting quarry.

    But YOU, I can just picture you with a tear in your eye and you cock in your hand as you raise the stars and stripes on your property.

    My country is just another western waster of precious resources.

    It is you who pretends to be ready for the worse but probably clings to a bible and an assault rifle. Your country has screwed over so many other countries that I cannot see many people rushing to your aid if you fall into civil war. Karma is a bitch.

  41. Davy on Tue, 27th Jun 2017 5:14 am 

    Wow this is great I am the most wanted American on an anti-American site. I see I got dooma to express what is going on with his dumbass. This is what I enjoy on this site. I like seeing people like makati and dooma all hot and bothered because of their emotional extremism. It means I have succeeded and my work is showing fruit. LMFAO.

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