Debt & evictions turn US into post-apocalyptic nightmare

Tony Gosling tony at
Sun Jan 8 18:55:57 GMT 2012

Formerly Great Cities All Over America Are Turning Into Open, Festering Sores

Once upon a time, the people of the United States constructed 
beautiful, shiny cities from coast to coast that were the envy of the 
entire globe. We had the largest and most vibrant middle class that 
the world has ever seen and life was quite good in America.  But now 
all of our prosperity is coming crashing down and many of our 
formerly great cities are turning into open, festering 
sores.  Unfortunately, we are drowning in so much debt that we can 
barely even slow down the shocking decline of our cities.  Over the 
past decade, tens of thousands of manufacturing facilities and 
millions of good jobs have been shipped out of the United States.  As 
our economic infrastructure has been ripped out right in front of our 
eyes, an atmosphere of unemployment, poverty and despair has 
descended on many of our major cities like a soaking wet 
blanket.  Today, many of our cities that once were considered to be 
some of the greatest in the world have been transformed into rotting, 
post-apocalyptic hellholes.  When you visit many of these cities and 
look into the sunken eyes of the residents, you almost get the 
feeling that something has sucked all of the hope and all of the life 
right out of them.  For a while, large numbers of Americans still 
believed that the right politician would bring them "hope" and 
"change", but now crushing despair is giving way to absolute 
desperation for millions of people.  Desperate people do desperate 
things, and as our major cities continue to decay they are going to 
become very dangerous places to be.


Even in some of our most "prosperous cities" there are areas that 
closely resemble third world conditions.  For example, in San 
Francisco there is an area known as "Hunter's Point" that is a 
complete and utter nightmare.  In Hunter's Point, more than half of 
the population lives in poverty and more than half of all children 
live in a home where there is no father present.  The following is 
what one reporter found on a visit to Hunter's Point....

Abernathy and I cut through the complex, tromping over an expanse of 
dirt and concrete toward the northeast end of the development, where 
a row of apartments looked down from a grassy hill. We paused next to 
a vacant, boarded-over unit to take in the scene: A stream of ****, 
piss, tampons, and toilet paper spewed from a dark hole in the 
sidewalk, poured down the hill, and formed a sort of **** lagoon next 
to the street. Weeds, about six inches tall, were growing in the little lagoon.

Raw ****, obviously, is not cool. Beyond the fact that it smells and 
looks nasty, fecal matter provides a haven for dangerous bacteria, 
most notably E. coli, a virulent pathogen that can sicken and even 
kill humans, especially infants. In the so-called developing world, 
according to the World Health Organization, water tainted by feces is 
a major killer, a prime cause of severe diarrhea, which takes the 
lives of an estimated 1.8 million people annually.

But in general, San Francisco is doing better than the rest of 
California is.  Down the coast, Los Angeles continues to come apart 
at the seams.  Approximately 40 arson fires were started in Los 
Angeles in just the last three days alone.  That is the highest 
number of arson fires that Los Angeles has seen since the 1992 riots.

Unfortunately, as economic conditions worsen, we are going to see a 
lot more arson all over the nation.

Once upon a time, people all over the country wanted to move to 
California.  But today, millions of people have been pouring out of 
the state as it continues its shocking decline.  If you can believe 
it, the number of children living in poverty in the state of 
California increased by a whopping 30 percent between 2007 and 2010.

That isn't just a decline, that is a free fall.

But it isn't like there are too many areas of the country that are 
doing that much better.  All over the country, our major cities are 
becoming open, festering sores and child poverty is absolutely exploding.

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4% of 
all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1% 
of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6% of 
all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6% 
of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.

Speaking of Detroit, it is almost unbelievable what has happened to 
"the motor city"....

*An analysis of census figures found that 48.5% of all men living in 
Detroit from age 20 to age 64 did not have a job in 2008.

*If you can believe it, the median price of a home in Detroit is now 
just $6000.

*Only 25 percent of all students in Detroit graduate from high school 
at this point.

Today, Detroit has become a very frightening place to live.  100 bus 
drivers in Detroit recently refused to drive their routes out of fear 
for their own personal safety.  The head of the bus drivers union, 
Henry Gaffney, said that the drivers were "scared for their lives"....

"Our drivers are scared, they're scared for their lives. This has 
been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of 
just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some 
teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police 
almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit," said Gaffney.

Right now, Detroit is a city that is being torn apart by thieves and 
vandals.  Buildings are being literally dismantled as people scramble 
to find things to sell to keep themselves afloat.  The following is 
from a recent article in the Detroit News about this crisis....

The war to keep the lights on in Detroit is a serious one. Thieves, 
antiquated equipment and a lack of funding have made it impossible 
for city officials to catch up to the problem.

City officials estimate 15-20 percent of the 88,000 lights in the 
Motor City are not working, and they acknowledge that figure could be 
as high as 50 percent in some neighborhoods.

But it is not just Detroit that is having a major problem keeping the 
lights on.  Over in Highland Park, Michigan the majority of the 
street lights have been repossessed because the city was not keeping 
up with the electricity bill.

All over the country, cities are going dark and fixtures are being 
torn out of homes and businesses as thieves search for something to 
sell.  As one of my readers shared recently, there are some parts of 
California that are literally being transformed into hellholes by 
hordes of desperate people....

Here, in the California desert, many vacant houses are being taken 
over. Fixtures are being ripped out and sold as scrap. Trench 
latrines are being dug in backyards and water is being pilfered from 
neighboring pools and hoses. While most of these folks are simply 
trying to keep a roof over their heads (while they keep their heads 
down), many are also setting up meth labs and in-door marijuana grows.

I can see the eventual day when the total breakdown of the economy 
and our society will drive thousands from the cities. A lot of those 
will be looking for 'opportunities'.

As sad as it is, if you're not one of the most unfortunate, it's time 
to prepare a defense for your goods, family and self. You are going 
to be viewed as wealthy, no matter how poor you feel, by someone with 
nothing left to lose.

Do not rely on police or government authorities. We all saw how that 
went in New Orleans. Be ready as an individual family unit.

In Fresno, California the theft of copper wire from street lights has 
become a major crisis.  At this point, the loss of copper wire and 
the cost of repairing street lights is costing Fresno about $50,000 a 
month.  So far, approximately 2,500 street lights have been stripped 
of their wiring.

Over on the east coast, there are some cities that have lost so much 
industry that many young people feel as though there are not many 
viable options left other than selling drugs or selling their bodies.

In an extraordinary article entitled "City of Ruins", Chris Hedges 
did an amazing job of documenting the nightmarish decline of Camden, 
New Jersey.  Today, it is estimated that the actual rate of 
unemployment in Camden is somewhere around 30 or 40 percent.  For 
most young people in Camden, there are very few legitimate 
opportunities for a better life at this point.  The following is a 
brief excerpt from "City of Ruins"....

There are perhaps a hundred open-air drug markets, most run by gangs 
like the Bloods, the Latin Kings, Los Nietos and MS-13. Knots of 
young men in black leather jackets and baggy sweatshirts sell weed 
and crack to clients, many of whom drive in from the suburbs. The 
drug trade is one of the city's few thriving businesses. A weapon, 
police say, is never more than a few feet away, usually stashed 
behind a trash can, in the grass or on a porch.

If the area where you live has not gotten that bad yet, you should be 
thankful.  But the reality is that these economic conditions are 
spreading and they will get to where you live soon enough.

Disease is also becoming a huge problem in many of our major 
cities.  The combination of poverty and moral decay has created some 
very frightening conditions in many areas of the country.

This is even happening in some of our most prosperous cities.  For 
example, the rate of HIV infection in Washington D.C. is actually 
higher than it is in West Africa according to the director of the 
D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration....

"Our rates are higher than West Africa," said Shannon Hader, the 
administration's director, who used to spearhead the Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention's work in Zimbabwe. "They're on par 
with Uganda and some parts of Kenya."

Up in Canada, they have come up with some very "unusual" methods for 
preventing the spread of health problems.  For example, in Vancouver, 
British Columbia authorities are actually handing out free crack 
pipes to addicts in an attempt to slow down the spread of 
diseases.  But there is a limit - only one free crack pipe per day is allowed.

Crazy stuff.

What is happening to this world?

But perhaps we should all be thankful to at least have some place to 
lay our heads at night.  Today, there are more than 700,000 homeless 
people in America, and that number has grown by about 20 percent since 2007.

After the next major financial crisis, that number is going to go even higher.

The truth is that the economy is in much worse shape than most people 
think, and the poor in America are rapidly getting poorer.

As Gerald Celente has said many times, when the poor lose everything 
that they have they tend to lose it.

Desperate people do desperate things, and we are already starting to 
see signs of this all over the nation.  For example, you can watch 
one homeowner defend his home against four armed invaders right here.

So what are our leaders doing to fix this?

Well, unfortunately there is not a whole lot they can do.

Our federal government is absolutely drowning in debt.  During the 
first three years of Barack Obama, the U.S. government accumulated 
more debt than it did from the inauguration of George Washington to 
the inauguration of Bill Clinton.

Of course it would help if the Obama administration would stop 
wasting money on stupid things and would start spending it to rebuild 
this country.

For example, did you know that the Obama administration gave a $529 
million loan to a U.S. electric car company so that they could 
manufacture electric cars in Finland?

Talk about stupid.

Is it any wonder that there is such a lack of confidence in the 
government at this point?

According to one recent survey, 77% of all Americans now believe that 
there is a leadership crisis in America.

Our economy is dying and formerly great cities all over America are 
being turned into open, festering sores.  This country is in so much 
trouble that it is hard to find words that can adequately describe it.

2012 is going to represent a huge turning point for this country.  If 
we do not get enough Americans to wake up now, we might not get another chance.

If you love America, please make this a year when you take more 
action than ever before.

Working together, we can make a huge difference.

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