You visit America’s countryside, you choose to become engaged in a rural community. Eventually you have a few friends and you are invited to someone’s wedding you bonded with. Many guests are relatives, workmates, and neighbors celebrating the popular local couples nuptial. Some of these guests have never left their county and some of them have little to do with the outside world. News comes from the tv or radio. And you find in the old local pubs many like you who live and die as good neighbors mirroring each other.
One of the guests after a few cocktails starts murmuring “well if the authorities come on my property and they want to take it or me off of my land, I’m gonna defend whats rightfully mine”. He went on with no one commenting about his paranoia he had guns. When you work on the land there are many times a small caliber gun or rifle can protect you. Coyotes, wolves, bears, poisonous snakes and rabid raccoons and other infected wild life require a measure of protection, and unless you know how to outrun a bear by running downhill bonsai style, or can stay totally still even though your human scent can be picked up miles from where you are a firearm works. In case of the fear that the government might come in to confiscate you or your property for taxes is a real ongoing fear, especially after the economic crisis the geniuses of government created.
My nature isn’t paranoid, but trusting. And sure as shootin’, don’t feel the need to carry a fire arm to defend me or my property. Others have needs of one but even when I am loaded with valuables, traveling alone in a busy city or visiting the countryside, being somewhere in bumf__k America, it doesn’t cross my mind to feel fear. I am white.
Traveling on airplanes before 9/11 and even earlier, one knew the flight would be full of comfort and amenities to make airplane flight less frightening, after all you are on a craft, vacuum sealed, afloat, and how do they do that, the scary take off make you consume a drink or two before you leave the tarmac. Today the fun of flying by air unless you have your own jet, is misery served on a plate. Pavlov could have studied our human compliant behavior and wondered if a whistle was replaced with politics of fear.
Fear is an audio issue. The ears hear fear, it’s not often originating in vision, or sense of smell like fire, or touch like itch, burns, and other environmental skin poisons. The fantastic song from the film “South Pacific”, the one with the lines, “you’ve got to be taught to hate and fear, you’ve got to be taught from year to year, it’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear, you’ve got to be carefully taught’”, tells it like it is. Fear is taught. We are not born that way.
Americans have lots of fear these days. Our politicians are unable to reason with one another, there is too much “quid pro quo” at stake. Americans are right to look at this mess we trusted our leaders to avoid. The assassination of JFK created a rift in our country still unhealed. Oswald’s televised assassination only created the death of any truth or trust with the Dallas and Texas politics of the time. Who knows what those Texans chose to not see, or the CIA, and some of our Military leaders fearing civil unrest. The rush to engage in Indochina, particularly the false premises used in Viet Nam, after Kennedy was trying to disengage, speaks volumes where much of Boomers minds are to this day. There were many on the Right, who were just as happy to lose our leader as when they hated the election of FDR or Jimmy Carter. These things don’t change they get handed down like heirlooms from past generations.
Todays fear frenzy is being fed by a gold-plated thug, mob tied to the Chinese backers, (quid pro quo), and others in the Casino, gambling business. The thug like landlords of New York, have every lawyered angle to suppress their tenants who aren’t fortunate enough to have the money to fight in courts that are overwhelmingly unnavigatable. A one-percenter if ever there was one pretends he is friends to the world. Anyone outside of NYC is star struck, blinded by the bluster and the distortions. Fear has an advocate, I may fear our Creator, but loud mouth thuggery is in one ear and out the other.
The other Cuban heirloom mentalities, are just as bad foaming at the mouth over the economy they destroyed with the last presidency, blaming every available issue on our current scapegoated president. It’s a big game to inflame, distort, uplift the fear like a dose of heroin to the uneducated among us. Most of us are part of the 99%, it is time to address us, our fears, our hopes, and our disappointments from the past GOP and democratic promises to nowhere but bankruptcy of the Social Safety Net.
What every New Yorker feels is the affects of the Bush 2 presidency, allowing our World Trade Center to fall under suspicious circumstances. And one more war coverup to divert the truths of which again the people with the power believe that WE CAN’T HANDLE.
The New York City Police Department announced Wednesday that it will deploy, then track, what it calls “harmless” gases into the city’s subway system over three non-consecutive days this summer.
The plan, to be enacted in July, will investigate New York’s readiness to handle a chemical terrorist attack by dispersing the colorless gas and tracing it as it flows through the city, according to Scientific American. The test is expected to cost $3.4 million and is scheduled to be carried out in all five boroughs and dozens of stations on 21 of the city’s 34 subway lines.
“The NYPD works for the best but plans for the worst when it comes to potentially catastrophic attacks such as ones employing radiological contaminants or weaponized anthrax,” police commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement.
The police will use roughly 200 detectors to monitor the gas. Dubbed the Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange, the test will be the largest of its kind and organized in cooperation with the energy department’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. They’ll use perfluorocarbon tracer gases (PFTs), which are frequently used to measure potential sites for underground construction.
Despite the science fiction catastrophe a plan of this magnitude naturally conjures, Fernando Ferrer, the acting chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority maintained that it will not impact commuters.
“The NYPD, in partnership with the MTA, is responsible for keeping more than 5 million daily subway customers safe and secure,” he said in a statement Wednesday. “This study will bolster the NYPD’s understanding of contaminant dispersion within the subway system as well as between the subway system and street, thereby improving its ability to better protect both customers and the city population at large.”
The scheduled gas deployment comes years after investigators foiled an Al-Qaeda terrorist plot to bomb the New York subways, the largest public transportation system in the world. Three men had planned to detonate suicide vests just days before the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in what US Attorney General Eric Holder at the time called “one of the most serious threats” to the United States since 2001.
The United States is a deeply unhappy place. We are a nation that is absolutely consumed by fear, stress, anger and depression. It isn’t just our economy that is falling apart – the very fabric of society is starting to come apart at the seams and it is because of what is happening to us on the inside. The facts and statistics that I am going to share with you in this article are quite startling. They are clear evidence that America is a nation that is an advanced state of decline.
We are overwhelmed by fear, stress and anxiety, and much of the time the ways that we choose to deal with those emotions lead to some very self-destructive behaviors. Americans have experienced a standard of living far beyond the wildest dreams of most societies throughout human history, and yet we are an absolutely miserable people. Why is this? Why is America #1 in so many negative categories? Why are we constantly looking for ways to escape the pain of our own lives? Why are our families falling apart? There is vast material wealth all around us. So why can’t we be happy?
Just look around you. Are most of the people around you teeming with happiness and joy? Sadly, the truth is that most Americans are terribly stressed out. Yeah, many of them may be able to manage to come up with a smile when they greet you, but most of the time they are consumed by internal struggles that are eating away at them like cancer.
So why is this happening? Is modern life structured in a way that is fundamentally unhealthy?
Below I have posted a short excerpt from a message that one of Charles Hugh Smith’s readers named Kenneth Daigle recently sent to him. I think that it does a good job of describing the incredible stress that many people contend with on a daily basis…
Think about how our culture is now structured for the average adult: STRESS, everywhere you look–commuting in horrible traffic, as you want to scream in frustration–money stress, to pay rent/house note, tuition, utilities, gas, insurances, vacations, cable bill, rising food costs, and on and on and on–stress from family problems, divorce, delinquency, drugs, crime, infidelity, keeping up with the Jones, etc.
People have too high an expectation of what they should have out of life, and get overly stressed over it all. How does all of this manifest itself? A prescription drug culture (Zoloft, Xanax, etc.) that tricks people into thinking a pill will knock back the stress, when these drugs, in my opinion, only make things worse.
I am hearing more and more that people just want to drop out from it all, as they are reaching a breaking point, and have decided less income and dependency on entitlements will reduce their stress, and is not so humiliating, so giving up working becomes more acceptable, to KEEP ONE’S SANITY.
I know I am correct, from the feedback I hear every day, and the financial media does not see this like I hear it every day. People don’t want to admit that they are too weak to deal with stress, so the financial pundits are not aware of this critical factor because they don’t talk to Joe Sixpack.
Most Americans live lives of “quiet desperation” that are punctuated by moments of great crisis. We spend our prime years working for others (making them rich) in order to pay off debts that we have foolishly accumulated (thus making the banks even wealthier). When most Americans reach the end of their lives, they look back and wonder what they actually accomplished.
James Altucher published an incredible article the other day entitled “Why Do People Hate Their Jobs?” It did a great job of describing what life is like for the modern worker in America. The following are a few of the reasons that he says people tend to hate their jobs…
-Jobs are modern-day slavery. We are paid just enough to live and not more. You are punished if you ask for more.
-We are often verbally abused on the job and we take it because we think it’s normal that people would yell at us.
-The government gets up to 50% of your paycheck and then 10-20% of that goes to kill people on other parts of the planet, including our own children.
-From 7am to 7pm you are either A) going to work, B) at work, or C) coming back from work. Hence, the times when you can be most creative are garbage-compacted into your cubicle.
-When you are paranoid at a job, you are probably correct. THEY are, in fact, talking about you and backstabbing you right now.
-You realize that all the dollars you spent on degrees to get you a job that will make you happy were completely wasted. You were scammed but you can’t let the next generation know how stupid you were so now you become part of perpetuating the scam.
-Your spouse is tired of hearing about your job after six months. And you couldn’t care less about hers. Ten years later you wake up next to a total stranger. 40 years later you die next to one.
-When you were a kid you liked to draw, and read, and run, and laugh, and play, and imagine a magical world. You’re never going to do any of that again.
-Over time everyone is getting fired and being replaced by younger, cheaper, more temporary, more robotic, versions of you. You see this but are afraid to do anything about it.
And of course when we get home from work there is even more stress. In America today, we are witnessing a breakdown of the family unlike anything we have ever seen before. The United States leads the world in divorce and in single person households. We are having an increasingly difficult time relating to one another, and many of us drown our sorrows in our addictions. We are addicted to pills, to alcohol, to food, to entertainment, to sex, to gambling, to shopping and to anything else that will make us feel good and forget about our problems for a while.
The following is a collection of facts and statistics that prove that America is being absolutely consumed by fear, stress, anger and depression…
-Suicide has now actually surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of “injury death” in the United States.
-More U.S. soldiers killed themselves than were killed in combat last year.
-As I mentioned in another article, Americans will spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.
-Nearly one out of every four women in the United States are taking antidepressants.
-The percentage of women taking antidepressants in the U.S. is higher than in any other country in the world.
-In 2010, the average teen in the U.S. was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs. Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.
-Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.
-According to a recent article by David Kupelian, “one-third of the nation’s employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all ‘millennials’ (18 to 33 year olds) experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder.”
-Tens of millions of Americans use alcohol and drugs to numb the pain that they are experiencing. In the United States today, there are about 28 million Americans with a drinking problem and about 22 million Americans use illegal drugs.
-More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in America than anywhere else on earth.
-There are also tens of millions of Americans that try to deal with anxiety and stress by eating. Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese. Mexico is #2.
-Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese. Today, approximately 36 percent of all Americans are obese.
-Many people try to escape from the pain of reality by getting lost in entertainment. Incredibly, the United States is tied with the UK for the highest average number of hours spent watching television each week.
-The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.
-The United States has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.
-According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married. Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in the United States were married.
-At this point, approximately one out of every three children in America lives in a home without a father.
-For women under the age of 30 living in the United States today, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.
-The United States has the highest child abuse death rate in the developed world.
-In the United States today, it is estimated that one out of every four girls is sexually abused before they become adults.
-The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world by a very wide margin.
-The United States produces more pornography than any other nation in the world.
-If you can believe it, there are 20 million new STD infections in the United States every single year.
-The U.S. has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.
-It is estimated that about one out of every six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes.
-Sadly, one out of every four teen girls in the U.S. has at least one sexually transmitted disease.
-The United States leads the world in eating disorder deaths.
-Nobody in the world gets more plastic surgery done than Americans do.
-Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.
-America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a very wide margin.
Fear is one of the primary things that motivates the American people, and that is a very powerful weapon that can be used against us.
As I wrote about yesterday, those that commit acts of terror want to get attention and they want to create fear.
And that is exactly what the Boston Marathon bombing accomplished. It captured the attention of the nation for days on end, and it absolutely paralyzed the entire Boston area with fear.
When we allow ourselves to be terrorized, we actually encourage more terror attacks. When we give terrorists what they want, it just encourages more psychos to commit acts of terror. If you don’t believe me, just check out the following links that I found posted on The Drudge Report on Monday…
*”3 Alabama hospitals evacuated after bomb threats”*
*”Connecticut Courthouse Evacuated After Bomb Threat”*
*”South Hills Village Evacuated After Bomb Threat”*
*”Rock Island neighborhood evacuated after bomb threat”*
*”Bomb threat forces evacuation of Seabreeze office building”*
The appropriate response to a terror attack is to refuse to be terrorized. Yes, we should also work to expose and punish the individuals, organizations and governments that are behind terror. But we should also not let terror change how we live our lives, and we should definitely not allow terror to be used as an excuse to rip our liberties and freedoms away.
Sadly, as Ron Paul has detailed, some of our politicians are already calling for “tighter security” in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing…
Sadly, I expect this week’s tragic attacks in Boston to be used to justify new restrictions on liberty. Within 48 hours of the attack in Boston, at least one Congressman was calling for increased use of surveillance cameras to expand the government’s ability to monitor our actions, while another Senator called for a federal law mandating background checks before Americans can buy “explosive powder.”
I would not be surprised if the Transportation Security Administration uses this tragedy to claim new authority to “screen” Americans before they can attend sporting or other public events. The Boston attack may also be used as another justification for creating a National ID Card tied to a federal database with “biometric” information. The only thing that will stop them is if the American people rediscover the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin that you cannot achieve security by allowing government to take their liberties.
But no matter how much liberty and freedom we give up, we will never be 100% safe. Bad people are always going to do bad things, and unfortunately we are probably going to see some pretty nightmarish things in the years ahead as the world becomes even more unstable.
If we allow the bad guys to get us so frightened that we throw out the U.S. Constitution and abandon our liberties and our freedoms, then we are the ones who lose.
Yes, the years ahead are going to be tough. The economic collapse is going to accelerate greatly, there will be tremendous natural disasters, there will be war in the Middle East and there will be other problems that we cannot even conceive of right now. At the same time, the American people will continue to become even angrier and even more frustrated. According to a recent Pew Research survey, the percentage of Americans with a favorable view of the federal government is now at an all-time low. As the economy crumbles, there will likely be great civil unrest as people demand solutions. Unfortunately, our problems took decades to develop and they will not be solved overnight even if we did have good people in office.
So why am I saying all of this?
And why am I constantly warning about the coming economic collapse?
Is it because I want to create fear?
No, just the opposite of that.
I am a watchman on the wall.
In ancient times, a watchman would warn the people when the enemy was approaching.
When you receive the warning, there are a few different ways that you can respond to it…
#1 You can become consumed with fear and run away from the enemy. Unfortunately, cowards never get the victory in the end.
#2 You can dismiss the warning and pretend that the enemy is not approaching. But then when the enemy comes you will be completely unprepared.
#3 You can do everything possible to get prepared to face the enemy that is coming with strength and courage.
And that is how I would encourage all of you to approach the coming economic collapse and the other great problems that we will soon be experiencing as a nation.
Do not be afraid.
Instead, be strong and courageous and prepare well for the storms that are coming.
Source: Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,
SECURITY COSTS FROM 9/11 BROKE AMERICA’S ECONOMY
Everywhere in America and all around the globe, American and Allied interests responded to the terrorist threats largely fomented in the Middle East. From Bin Laden to our once allied partner against Iran Saddam Hussein, when the Ayatollah turned Iran into an Islamic Fundamentalist state, the security sector BOOMED.
Our military budget knew no limit to the threat. It was clear to anyone that saw the machismo reaction to the World Trade Center decimation that America would spend.
From the fear that our water would be targeted, or our Nuclear and Energy industries could be targeted, America took action. Unfortunately the reaction ended up in nepotistic hands that made sure their interests came first.
One example the butchering of the roads around the Ashokan Resevoir in the County of Olive in New York State, and the timber contracts given to Canadian companies, destroying small communities and small businesses along the routes, damaging the fragile ecology to the Catskill Park it is located in forever. Why did this decision not end up locally but instead outsourced to Peekskill, N. Y.
No one understood that the targets of the Pentagon and the World Trade Center were symbolic and deadly. Our Water and our Nuclear industry were not targets just our Military and Corporate Global behavior was.
We have not stopped the endless war/fear fomenting from those industries, and until then the price of security and the gas at our pumps will be making the ONE PERCENT richer than ever and everyone else footing the bill
MDC says, On this past quiet FOURTH OF JULY, feeling melancholy, enduring the heat and humidity indoors with the air conditioning, I see America at a peaceful moment.
These past ten years have seen our hero Soldiers fight far away and return as empty carcasses of spirit, needing the healing, only partners, family, friends, and community provide.
No soldier ever goes out alone. Each has their connections to the people in their lives anchoring any returning reality.
A Soldiers duty is not to political party. Their duty is to Country and hard fought values of Independence, Liberty, and the Four Freedoms.
Separating a Soldiers duty and mission from the politics that sent them into battle, is necessary. Civilians enjoying their protection, expertise, and skill sets, foment over political talking heads, deciding the fate of men and Country.
At home politicians beefed up unfunded security in the name of terrorism, real or imagined, which obliterated the freedoms our Soldiers fight for.
Yes, many a citizen has taken the pill of fear given out by TVLAND on a daily basis. American History has been quickly forgotten. Yet today we should indelibly remember that what we Americans have is the “FREEDOM FROM FEAR”, and our brother and sister Soldiers are why.
Are you afraid of terrorists invading your property? Are you a redneck sitting on your small acreage, with a loaded rifle and a keg waiting, fomenting, assuming the end is near and the terrorists, be it our own government or the commies are coming to get you and take away your property?
Are you that idiot gun owner thinking that we have a half black President and the world is collapsing on his watch and you can’t do anything about it but move your money if you have any to Switzerland or defend your property at all costs with only the local government leaning on you because you can’t afford your property taxes now that you put in the well?
Fear is an emotion that can easily be manipulated by politicians, friends, and even your grandmother saying whatever out of her own fears true or false.
Fear is the government warning on everything from cigarettes to soda, acting as if we cannot decide ourselves what is good or not good for ourselves.
The politicians, the drug manufacturers, the health industry, have all jumped on the fear bandwagon to sell us their bill of goods.
Are we the suckers that P.T. Barnum so eloquently described, when he said, “There is a sucker born every minute”.
The only remedy for fear is “TRUST”.
So if you live in fear from the lobbyists copy on how to create the fear in your constituents, get over it, vote, and throw those fear politicians and their lobbyist supporters, out once and for all. And learn to trust yourself and love your neighbor because that is all we have.
MDC takes on Friday the 13th.
1. 13 is said to get a bad rap because it follows the number 12. 12 is considered the number of completeness: 12 months in a year, 12 hours on a clock, 12 zodiacs, 12 gods of Olympus.
2. The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia (pronounced pair- uh – SKEV – vee – day – CAT – tree – uh – FOE – bee – uh). That’s a mouth full!
3. Every year has at least one and at most three Friday the 13ths. The triple-threat occurs only once every 11 years. 2012 is a triple threat (January,April,July).
4. Many hospitals do not have a room 13. Some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13.
5. About 20 million Americans alter they daily routine out of fear of Friday the 13th.