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DISASTER FUNG EXTREME ADVISORY: The America You Knew and Loved is Gone......An Extreme Reckoning is Here!
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    FUNG EXTREME ADVISORY: The America You Knew and Loved is Gone......An Extreme Reckoning is Here!

    Lately, I've been seeing more and more articles which compare our present situation here in CONUS to that of ancient Rome. The general tenor(civility index) of everyday folks that I interact with on a daily basis is changing.......and that change is IS NOT POSITIVE...WHATSOEVER.

    Please read the article I'm posting here.....and read it several times. This author nails our predicament precisely in my view.......


    https://journal-neo.org/2017/12/03/a...-of-reckoning/


    The America we once knew is gone forever. The 21st century has dawned just as the true light of liberty fades into shadow. The sooner the world recognizes this, the better off humankind will be. RussiaGate, Bill and Hillary Clinton revelations, Donald Trump’s quasi-populist misdirect, and a great nation turned amoral, this and much more forewarn of a cataclysm.

    I’ll tell you about the instant I gave up on America ever being great again. When my oldest friend failed to reach me on Skype a few weeks back, a strange reconnect on his device put me in the position of a fly on the wall with he and two other high school friends. At first, I thought my old friend and I were connected as per usual, on a conference call. Then, when I realized I could hear them without the trio hearing me, the real American tragedy unfolded. The realization struck me hard, I’ll tell you. Listening to old pals discuss my new book that debunks many RussiaGate lies, “Putin’s Praetorians” met with nasty and harsh criticism without my chums having even read what is inside. Their obtuse and unfair criticism made me finally realized Vladimir Putin and the Russian people have no chance whatsoever – no chance of ever being friends with the United States of America. Three intelligence college graduates, professional men, demonstrated the utter ignorance of a people. Some of my closest friends shouted in my ears that day; “the propaganda worked – CNN has already won.”I know this is a harsh reality for many of you to accept. Losing hope is not something to take lightly. But get ready, the war will come eventually.

    When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election the hopeful among us considered his victory a successful populist revolt against the Washington swamp of globalists. Trump swore to us he would take on the technocrats and the elites in favor of the “forgotten of America” – and the new president sold himself as a man of the people. However, billionaires are not ordinary people, and we should all have remembered this. Many of us voted Trump just to keep a certified psychopath from winning, but Trump and Clinton are nothing more than symptoms of a far more widespread contagion. Now let me describe the infectious host my country has become, and a bit on how Lady Liberty will finally succumb.

    The United States of America is the modern and digitalized Rome. Just why we were not taught this in grade school, it escapes me. After all, we always believed our teachers and trusted them to tell us the truth. The unarguable fact that Americans have been the most privileged people on Earth since World War II. But we were told for decades that our privilege was due to our industriousness, our intelligence, and because God had blessed us. In the 1950’s and early 1960’s this may have really been true. For those who recall that we made stuff back then, and that we conformed more often to our religious convictions, my meaning here is clear to you. We Americans benefitted largely because of our hard work back then, and not sometimes because of brilliant industrialists too. Then the two Kennedy brothers were shot and killed, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were assassinated, and Lyndon Baines Johnson and his boys carried us into Vietnam. In the meantime, those of us too young (or chicken) to fight in southeast Asia, we got our fill of Woodstock, a popular anti-war movement and the hippie revolution, and decades of drug culture that nobody talks about much these days. But this component of the American metamorphosis is far too important and massively deep to discuss here. It should suffice those from that era to know, that “I” know what you know. This was the moment the American people dipped themselves in the narcotic of too much self-love and when we began to exceed and excel in moral promiscuity. Today an entire nation is drowning in a sea of vanity that originated back then. We saw this moral lasciviousness when the last President, Barack Obama spat out our “exceptionalism” right in the world’s face. Let’s now take a candid look at this how collectively extraordinary we Americans have been.

    A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage . . . . Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elite, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    I’ll not even attempt to describe the rise of consumerism in America following WW II, nor can anyone explain in such limited space how the average American benefited from our role in that war. As the only major nation untouched (literally) by the massive destructive force of the world war, the United States quickly became a nation blessed with a giant middle class. And with this burgeoning middle class came a youth culture that will absolutely melt down when the next big crisis comes. This foreboding moment can be understood if we look at American society’s rise to affluence in the 60’s, 70’s, and even the 1980’s, as compared to the disenfranchised in the country today. But I said I would not delve too deeply into this part of Americanism. What makes the United States even an unique country in modern times is how the world lost while America consumed. Make no mistake about it, the real American exceptionalism cost every man, woman, and child on Earth an incalculable price. Citizens of my country have used fully one-fourth of every resource utilized since World War II, and the ongoing wars and corporate shenanigans perpetuated the damage. Up until the 21st century, the curve of American gluttony rose sharply in between 1900 and 1995. A paper (PDF) entitled; “Consumption of Materials in the United States, 1900–1995”, from the USGS by Grecia Matos and Lorie Wagner discusses this in depth. Here is the short version from the paper on materials use:

    “During this century, the quantity of materials consumed has grown, from 161 million metric tons in 1900 to 2.8 billion metric tons by 1995, an equivalent of 10 metric tons per person per year.”

    The report details our consumption from many directions including environmental impacts, and so on. Nowhere is our “exceptional” appetite for world resources more prevalent than in our energy use. This report from 2011 shows how America went stark raving mad using coal, natural gas, petroleum Šnd nuclear energy after WW II. For comparative purposes, Americans used about 10 quadrillion btu’s of petroleum in 1945, as compared to just over 40 quadrillion btu’s at the peak in 2005-2006. On energy, it’s fair to assert here that all those “energy wars” the so-called conspiracy theorists write about are real news stories, rather than fake concoctions. But let’s forget about American politicians opening up North America for a toxic fracking future for the moment. This Scientific American story points to Americans as the least sustainable society on Earth. From the article Sierra Club’s Dave Tilford tells us:

    “The average American will drain as many resources as 35 natives of India and consume 53 times more goods and services than someone from China.”

    The final take here is telling. [B ]The United States, with less than 5 % of the global population, uses more than 25% of the world’s fossil fuel resources, by burning up nearly 25 % of the coal, 26 % of the oil, and 27 % of the world’s natural gas.[/B] Another way of looking at our “exceptional” self-destructiveness is to think how many “worlds” it would take to support humanity, if everyone consumed like we do. But this my point is the fact that our addictive and suicidal behavior costs all of humanity. America’s unique exceptionalism will very soon lead to a horrific cataclysm for out sick culture. I’ll frame for you now.

    “Sick cultures show a complex of symptoms such as you have named…but a dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Friday

    Drugged on the self-aggrandizing drugs of excess, lude and lascivious lifestyles, and utter godlessness, the United States is all set for an apocalypse few in my country see. Before I describe how this cataclysm will likely play out, let me introduce an economic surety. Debt and constricted growth are about to cause a gigantic bubble to burst.

    Most readers may not know that the world’s central banks are about to be decimated. The balance sheets of most of these banks have gone from an indebtedness of $6 trillion in 2007 to over $21 trillion today. To make matters worse, the rate of debt expansion exceeds a pace of $200 billion every month. In the UK, the Bank of England prints money on a pace to equal that of the European Central Bank (ECB) and even the Bank of Japan in a hopeless effort of Quantitative Easing (QE) that involves buying the bonds – or debts – of governments and investment grade companies. Subsequently, bond prices have shot sky high, while yields are now at record lows. A further indication is contained in a rather innocentpress release about UBS Wealth Management’s UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index 2017. According to this news San Francisco and other real estate markets are ripe for a second devastating housing bubble catastrophe. Also included in the report are; Amsterdam, Stockholm, Munich, Vancouver, Sydney, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. I could go on and on presenting indicators such as the massive $750 billion dollar trade deficit America runs. But pointing out the reality of America’s $20 trillion dollar national debt is useless for swaying even one typical consumption addict to pay attention. Like my pals who refused to even crack open a book before condemning a friend, most Americans are simply too ignorant and self-involved to give facts a glance. When the lie of CNN or Bloomberg will do, as long as the cheap gas flows, Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again (MAGA)” slogan is a fairytale. America has not been great in a very long time, and she never will be great again. Now let me show you who knows this.

    Like Rome, the heyday of America’s empire was been based on expansion and growth. Propped up with militarism and the legendary military industrial complex, Washington has played Wall Street’s gambit for many decades. The recent villainizing of Russia and her president Vladimir Putin is not about the spread of democracy, it’s about Putin standing in the way of privatizing like that which occurred under Yeltsin. Putin is in a fight against the American supported liberal world order bent on gobbling up Russia’s massive resources to fuel further American (plus EU & British) addictions. Without new markets and resources America will very soon be out of gas – literally. So, assuming I am correct here, what happens when a land of consumer zombies runs out of gas (or food)? This Fortune Magazine article speaks of an education economics bubble about to destroy lives and dreams on a scale never witnessed. The foreboding article touches on but one facet of a fractured American society – the society presidents, senators, and congresspersons swore would benefit from high tech jobs and new age technologies. Now that I’ve painted a small portrait of dread, insert all the twenty-something and thirty-something smart phones you saw in use yesterday in town! You forty-something and fifty-something readers, can you sense the domino effect when the entitled youth cannot get cell service or buy a cappuccino? For further reading on this catastrophe see Zero Hedge and read Ron Paul’s assessment of the imminent doomsday. My conclusion here is pretty short and sweet.

    “Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.” ― Arnold Joseph Toynbee

    Vladimir Putin is the barometer everyone should watch. And Vladimir Putin has all but given up on reconciliation with the west. This report from World Socialist Web outlines reports that suggest Putin is ramping up in preparations for the coming war. At the recent Sochi meetup, the Russian president had this to offer on Russia’s economy being prepared:

    “The ability of our economy to increase military production and services at a given time is one of the most important aspects of military security. To this end, all strategic and simply large-scale enterprise should be ready, regardless of ownership.”

    Putin’s recent moves, his ongoing pragmatism during these new crises, and the “all or nothing” approaches of western governments toward Russia tell us all we need to know here. Putin is admittedly testing the capability of Russia’s economy to defend in an all-out war with the west. Read Alex Lantier’s article above, then correlate everything you can find on global defense in the last few months. Putin is only following suit after NATO recently discussed improving infrastructure for war-making. In Moscow the thinkers know once the petro-yuan replaces the dollar, that general chaos will rein in America. And the American globalists know this too. Now imagine a dollar being worth ten cents. Imagine store shelves empty and several million more foreclosures. Imagine Apple not selling iPhones for two months. Visualize what happens in America if another big recession hits now. The kid who was 12 when 2008 rolled around, is now 21 with a college degree and a mountain of student loan debt, working at McDonald’s to pay for an $800 dollar smart phone. Fox News just reported on the 5 dead and 20 wounded in Chicago over the Thanksgiving weekend, and Trump’s policies have been a shot in the arm for Wall Street. If the big bubble bursts the disenfranchised will turn to cannibalism. Putin and the Washington swamp knows this too.

    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”- John Adams

    So, when America does finally succumb to the death throes we’ve seen happening the last thirty years or more… They’ll push the button, you bet they will. Zombies could care less about Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. You unplug the intravenous joy and it’s over. And this is the truth of an America since 1955. Find yourself a cave here on Crete, fort up and get ready. It’s coming.

    Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”
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    After carefully reading this article, one can understand why the globalists wish that the U.S. in its present incarnation,to just disappear. These globalists IMHO are fomenting internal changes here in CONUS in order to BRING US DOWN. At no time in the history of the world has such a large untoward undertaking happened. When the dust settles, this will be one for the history books.
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    What do I do to occupy my days.....knowing what's about to befall us? Well, I chop and split wood. It's starting to get very cold here in Michigan, and keeping warm next to a very efficient wood burner can be very gratifying. As Henry Ford stated so aptly years ago....chopping wood warms a person twice...once during the act of cutting the wood....the second time sitting by that warm fire.


    Physical activity is a must, in my view. Without it, our minds and bodies tend to atrophy.

    Note: Mental, Physical, and Spiritual prepping go hand in hand. All these acts are necessary for one to construct the proper foundation to withstand the tsunami that could befall us.

    Note2: Without spiritual preps......doing just mental and physical preparation is useless.....remember, we are spiritual beings encased in a material body....
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor_fungcool View Post
    What do I do to occupy my days.....knowing what's about to befall us? Well, I chop and split wood. It's starting to get very cold here in Michigan, and keeping warm next to a very efficient wood burner can be very gratifying. As Henry Ford stated so aptly years ago....chopping wood warms a person twice...once during the act of cutting the wood....the second time sitting by that warm fire.


    Physical activity is a must, in my view. Without it, our minds and bodies tend to atrophy.

    Note: Mental, Physical, and Spiritual prepping go hand in hand. All these acts are necessary for one to construct the proper foundation to withstand the tsunami that could befall us.

    Note2: Without spiritual preps......doing just mental and physical preparation is useless.....remember, we are spiritual beings encased in a material body....
    Nice but not enough. The cities and suburbs will implode first. Then surrounding towns and villages.

    The folks with gardens, orchards, wood, water, had better be a VERY long ways away from all the others without when the bubble bursts. In fact, the innocent, self-supporting had better be praying for divine protection, because a collapse of America will be volcanic.
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    The United States, with less than 5 % of the global population

    And this ultimately will be the crux of our demise.

    With all our faults, there simply are not enough of us to prevail when things go kinetic, because only 25% of the 5% are actually Americans at heart.
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    So many thought running through my head, how do I put them into words! Very thought provoking article. Materialism has become so many people’s God! We are advancing at such a fast pace (the whole world) without Godly values, that man will destroy each other with such advanced technology! Most are know longer the simple folks that started with basics, hence cultivating the land, putting seeds down and letting God take care of the rest with prayers. It gave us satisfaction and a closeness to our Father. Everything is that way from clothing to the food we eat! We are such advanced that man feels he is God and can make robots into people and people into robots! From a Bblical perspective, God is telling us that in Revelations, Although hard to understand, our times exactly fit what God is telling us! God will intervene and that is our hope!

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    I am struggling with developing a response to this thread.

    The America I know and loved pretty much died in the 70s but....

    still thinking on this one.

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    I was just reading an article on how energy demand is shrinking in the USA. However, I would agree that we collectively lost the high moral ground a ways back. I used to say that you could make a good living while exercising good moral judgement. Since that time, I have had to deal with insurance companies for coverage I was paying for. I lost my faith. Now I am surprised when treated with respect. I have no idea what this means for the USA, but I suspect it is not good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jed turtle View Post
    Nice but not enough. The cities and suburbs will implode first. Then surrounding towns and villages.

    The folks with gardens, orchards, wood, water, had better be a VERY long ways away from all the others without when the bubble bursts. In fact, the innocent, self-supporting had better be praying for divine protection, because a collapse of America will be volcanic.
    To put it in terms that an "average American can understand: Road Warrior + Zulu + Idiocracy + Dawn of the Dead (2004) = The Road.

    The planet has never seen a meltdown like the one the USA has festering inside of it. I'm glad my boys have finally reached the stage of "Young Men" - I pity those with small children in the years to come.

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    One of the books I'm currently reading is Jack Weatherford's History of Money.

    https://www.amazon.com/History-Money...2582719&sr=1-1

    Weatherford is an anthropologist, not an economist or historian, and his book has a far different flavor than might be expected. His chapter on Rome seems to fit right in...
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    Mark...

    I have yet to formulate a response to this thread but you are seeding my thoughts:

    The planet has never seen a meltdown like the one the USA has festering inside of it. I'm glad my boys have finally reached the stage of "Young Men" - I pity those with small children in the years to come.
    I have several sons and worried about them when they were young. They are now grown and very capable.....

    .... and now there are grandchildren.... and nieces... and nephews... and so on.

    There is no end to the demand for our labors.

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    I have heard for many years that Americans at 5% of the world's population use up 25% of the world's resources yet when I look for more detailed information on exactly what those resources are and how those numbers came about, I find that the information is coming from the same sources that have been blowing smoke up all our butts for a long time now. The sources are the Globalists. Agenda 2030 comes to mind here. The same people who want a world government so they can manage the world's resources including every one of us.

    Here I find an article stating that the USA is number two in the world for natural resources behind Russia.

    https://www.investopedia.com/article...-resources.asp

    It states the USA has over 31% of the world's coal and burns up (according to this article... http://www.worldwatch.org/node/810 ) nearly 25% of the world's coal. Well who's coal is it anyway? The globalists?

    Apparently the Globalists think everything belongs to them and they are the ones who want to divy up the countries resources according to their numbers game. They are the ones consuming the majority of the resources ad nauseum.

    Ever watch the movie The Light Bulb Conspiracy or Planned Obsolescence? Us little people didn't create the consumer models. Those at the top did to make themselves wealthy. How bout some of the inventions of free energy? Why are those still being sabotaged or bought up and never to be heard of again?

    Sorry Doc but I don't trust the numbers game played by the globalists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki View Post
    I have heard for many years that Americans at 5% of the world's population use up 25% of the world's resources yet when I look for more detailed information on exactly what those resources are and how those numbers came about, I find that the information is coming from the same sources that have been blowing smoke up all our butts for a long time now. The sources are the Globalists. Agenda 2030 comes to mind here. The same people who want a world government so they can manage the world's resources including every one of us.

    Here I find an article stating that the USA is number two in the world for natural resources behind Russia.

    https://www.investopedia.com/article...-resources.asp

    It states the USA has over 31% of the world's coal and burns up (according to this article... http://www.worldwatch.org/node/810 ) nearly 25% of the world's coal. Well who's coal is it anyway? The globalists?

    Apparently the Globalists think everything belongs to them and they are the ones who want to divy up the countries resources according to their numbers game. They are the ones consuming the majority of the resources ad nauseum.

    Ever watch the movie The Light Bulb Conspiracy or Planned Obsolescence? Us little people didn't create the consumer models. Those at the top did to make themselves wealthy. How bout some of the inventions of free energy? Why are those still being sabotaged or bought up and never to be heard of again?

    Sorry Doc but I don't trust the numbers game played by the globalists.
    As to the truth regarding the various numbers that are bandied about........I don't have a clue as to the truth of any of it. Nobody can build a case using bogus stats....that's for sure.

    However, I contend, vehemently, that there are certain powers that be that wish to replace the current population .......( those who currently live here in CONUS) with a less sophisticated....less needy, less dependent group of folks who don't expect....nor will they receive, the perks that most Americans now enjoy. The globalists therefore are trying to replace the residents of CONUS with a more pliable group of poor and uneducated citizens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki View Post
    I have heard for many years that Americans at 5% of the world's population use up 25% of the world's resources yet when I look for more detailed information on exactly what those resources are and how those numbers came about, I find that the information is coming from the same sources that have been blowing smoke up all our butts for a long time now. The sources are the Globalists. Agenda 2030 comes to mind here. The same people who want a world government so they can manage the world's resources including every one of us.

    Here I find an article stating that the USA is number two in the world for natural resources behind Russia.

    https://www.investopedia.com/article...-resources.asp

    It states the USA has over 31% of the world's coal and burns up (according to this article... http://www.worldwatch.org/node/810 ) nearly 25% of the world's coal. Well who's coal is it anyway? The globalists?

    Apparently the Globalists think everything belongs to them and they are the ones who want to divy up the countries resources according to their numbers game. They are the ones consuming the majority of the resources ad nauseum.

    Ever watch the movie The Light Bulb Conspiracy or Planned Obsolescence? Us little people didn't create the consumer models. Those at the top did to make themselves wealthy. How bout some of the inventions of free energy? Why are those still being sabotaged or bought up and never to be heard of again?

    Sorry Doc but I don't trust the numbers game played by the globalists.
    Thanks for the injection of reality Vicki. However I think our collapse will come about anyway, and they will indeed get to divvy up what's left the way they want to.
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    US population - 325 million

    World population - 7.5 billion

    Not willing to address the consumption issue but the numbers seem to be pretty standard across the board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor_fungcool View Post
    As to the truth regarding the various numbers that are bandied about........I don't have a clue as to the truth of any of it. Nobody can build a case using bogus stats....that's for sure.

    However, I contend, vehemently, that there are certain powers that be that wish to replace the current population .......( those who currently live here in CONUS) with a less sophisticated....less needy, less dependent group of folks who don't expect....nor will they receive, the perks that most Americans now enjoy. The globalists therefore are trying to replace the residents of CONUS with a more pliable group of poor and uneducated citizens.
    I believe it's the same old game, divide and conquer. I can't imagine the globalists wanting the third worlders for anything except to make us all kill each other off. We're all being used as their tools for a means to their ends. I respect your knowledge Doc. I'm not trying to argue with you. I just see the big picture better then the details and it's the same people doing the same thing they've been doing all along. World Government, world economic system and world religion... theirs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Thanks for the injection of reality Vicki. However I think our collapse will come about anyway, and they will indeed get to divvy up what's left the way they want to.
    I think we will continue on the slow burn Catherine Austin Fitts called it but the globalists will be dealt with eventually. Their time is short and growing shorter day by day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor_fungcool View Post
    Lately, I've been seeing more and more articles which compare our present situation here in CONUS to that of ancient Rome. The general tenor(civility index) of everyday folks that I interact with on a daily basis is changing.......and that change is IS NOT POSITIVE...WHATSOEVER.

    Please read the article I'm posting here.....and read it several times. This author nails our predicament precisely in my view.......


    https://journal-neo.org/2017/12/03/a...-of-reckoning/


    The America we once knew is gone forever. The 21st century has dawned just as the true light of liberty fades into shadow. The sooner the world recognizes this, the better off humankind will be. RussiaGate, Bill and Hillary Clinton revelations, Donald Trump’s quasi-populist misdirect, and a great nation turned amoral, this and much more forewarn of a cataclysm.

    I’ll tell you about the instant I gave up on America ever being great again. When my oldest friend failed to reach me on Skype a few weeks back, a strange reconnect on his device put me in the position of a fly on the wall with he and two other high school friends. At first, I thought my old friend and I were connected as per usual, on a conference call. Then, when I realized I could hear them without the trio hearing me, the real American tragedy unfolded. The realization struck me hard, I’ll tell you. Listening to old pals discuss my new book that debunks many RussiaGate lies, “Putin’s Praetorians” met with nasty and harsh criticism without my chums having even read what is inside. Their obtuse and unfair criticism made me finally realized Vladimir Putin and the Russian people have no chance whatsoever – no chance of ever being friends with the United States of America. Three intelligence college graduates, professional men, demonstrated the utter ignorance of a people. Some of my closest friends shouted in my ears that day; “the propaganda worked – CNN has already won.”I know this is a harsh reality for many of you to accept. Losing hope is not something to take lightly. But get ready, the war will come eventually.

    When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election the hopeful among us considered his victory a successful populist revolt against the Washington swamp of globalists. Trump swore to us he would take on the technocrats and the elites in favor of the “forgotten of America” – and the new president sold himself as a man of the people. However, billionaires are not ordinary people, and we should all have remembered this. Many of us voted Trump just to keep a certified psychopath from winning, but Trump and Clinton are nothing more than symptoms of a far more widespread contagion. Now let me describe the infectious host my country has become, and a bit on how Lady Liberty will finally succumb.

    The United States of America is the modern and digitalized Rome. Just why we were not taught this in grade school, it escapes me. After all, we always believed our teachers and trusted them to tell us the truth. The unarguable fact that Americans have been the most privileged people on Earth since World War II. But we were told for decades that our privilege was due to our industriousness, our intelligence, and because God had blessed us. In the 1950’s and early 1960’s this may have really been true. For those who recall that we made stuff back then, and that we conformed more often to our religious convictions, my meaning here is clear to you. We Americans benefitted largely because of our hard work back then, and not sometimes because of brilliant industrialists too. Then the two Kennedy brothers were shot and killed, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were assassinated, and Lyndon Baines Johnson and his boys carried us into Vietnam. In the meantime, those of us too young (or chicken) to fight in southeast Asia, we got our fill of Woodstock, a popular anti-war movement and the hippie revolution, and decades of drug culture that nobody talks about much these days. But this component of the American metamorphosis is far too important and massively deep to discuss here. It should suffice those from that era to know, that “I” know what you know. This was the moment the American people dipped themselves in the narcotic of too much self-love and when we began to exceed and excel in moral promiscuity. Today an entire nation is drowning in a sea of vanity that originated back then. We saw this moral lasciviousness when the last President, Barack Obama spat out our “exceptionalism” right in the world’s face. Let’s now take a candid look at this how collectively extraordinary we Americans have been.

    A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage . . . . Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elite, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    I’ll not even attempt to describe the rise of consumerism in America following WW II, nor can anyone explain in such limited space how the average American benefited from our role in that war. As the only major nation untouched (literally) by the massive destructive force of the world war, the United States quickly became a nation blessed with a giant middle class. And with this burgeoning middle class came a youth culture that will absolutely melt down when the next big crisis comes. This foreboding moment can be understood if we look at American society’s rise to affluence in the 60’s, 70’s, and even the 1980’s, as compared to the disenfranchised in the country today. But I said I would not delve too deeply into this part of Americanism. What makes the United States even an unique country in modern times is how the world lost while America consumed. Make no mistake about it, the real American exceptionalism cost every man, woman, and child on Earth an incalculable price. Citizens of my country have used fully one-fourth of every resource utilized since World War II, and the ongoing wars and corporate shenanigans perpetuated the damage. Up until the 21st century, the curve of American gluttony rose sharply in between 1900 and 1995. A paper (PDF) entitled; “Consumption of Materials in the United States, 1900–1995”, from the USGS by Grecia Matos and Lorie Wagner discusses this in depth. Here is the short version from the paper on materials use:

    “During this century, the quantity of materials consumed has grown, from 161 million metric tons in 1900 to 2.8 billion metric tons by 1995, an equivalent of 10 metric tons per person per year.”

    The report details our consumption from many directions including environmental impacts, and so on. Nowhere is our “exceptional” appetite for world resources more prevalent than in our energy use. This report from 2011 shows how America went stark raving mad using coal, natural gas, petroleum Šnd nuclear energy after WW II. For comparative purposes, Americans used about 10 quadrillion btu’s of petroleum in 1945, as compared to just over 40 quadrillion btu’s at the peak in 2005-2006. On energy, it’s fair to assert here that all those “energy wars” the so-called conspiracy theorists write about are real news stories, rather than fake concoctions. But let’s forget about American politicians opening up North America for a toxic fracking future for the moment. This Scientific American story points to Americans as the least sustainable society on Earth. From the article Sierra Club’s Dave Tilford tells us:

    “The average American will drain as many resources as 35 natives of India and consume 53 times more goods and services than someone from China.”

    The final take here is telling. [B ]The United States, with less than 5 % of the global population, uses more than 25% of the world’s fossil fuel resources, by burning up nearly 25 % of the coal, 26 % of the oil, and 27 % of the world’s natural gas.[/B] Another way of looking at our “exceptional” self-destructiveness is to think how many “worlds” it would take to support humanity, if everyone consumed like we do. But this my point is the fact that our addictive and suicidal behavior costs all of humanity. America’s unique exceptionalism will very soon lead to a horrific cataclysm for out sick culture. I’ll frame for you now.

    “Sick cultures show a complex of symptoms such as you have named…but a dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Friday

    Drugged on the self-aggrandizing drugs of excess, lude and lascivious lifestyles, and utter godlessness, the United States is all set for an apocalypse few in my country see. Before I describe how this cataclysm will likely play out, let me introduce an economic surety. Debt and constricted growth are about to cause a gigantic bubble to burst.

    Most readers may not know that the world’s central banks are about to be decimated. The balance sheets of most of these banks have gone from an indebtedness of $6 trillion in 2007 to over $21 trillion today. To make matters worse, the rate of debt expansion exceeds a pace of $200 billion every month. In the UK, the Bank of England prints money on a pace to equal that of the European Central Bank (ECB) and even the Bank of Japan in a hopeless effort of Quantitative Easing (QE) that involves buying the bonds – or debts – of governments and investment grade companies. Subsequently, bond prices have shot sky high, while yields are now at record lows. A further indication is contained in a rather innocentpress release about UBS Wealth Management’s UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index 2017. According to this news San Francisco and other real estate markets are ripe for a second devastating housing bubble catastrophe. Also included in the report are; Amsterdam, Stockholm, Munich, Vancouver, Sydney, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. I could go on and on presenting indicators such as the massive $750 billion dollar trade deficit America runs. But pointing out the reality of America’s $20 trillion dollar national debt is useless for swaying even one typical consumption addict to pay attention. Like my pals who refused to even crack open a book before condemning a friend, most Americans are simply too ignorant and self-involved to give facts a glance. When the lie of CNN or Bloomberg will do, as long as the cheap gas flows, Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again (MAGA)” slogan is a fairytale. America has not been great in a very long time, and she never will be great again. Now let me show you who knows this.

    Like Rome, the heyday of America’s empire was been based on expansion and growth. Propped up with militarism and the legendary military industrial complex, Washington has played Wall Street’s gambit for many decades. The recent villainizing of Russia and her president Vladimir Putin is not about the spread of democracy, it’s about Putin standing in the way of privatizing like that which occurred under Yeltsin. Putin is in a fight against the American supported liberal world order bent on gobbling up Russia’s massive resources to fuel further American (plus EU & British) addictions. Without new markets and resources America will very soon be out of gas – literally. So, assuming I am correct here, what happens when a land of consumer zombies runs out of gas (or food)? This Fortune Magazine article speaks of an education economics bubble about to destroy lives and dreams on a scale never witnessed. The foreboding article touches on but one facet of a fractured American society – the society presidents, senators, and congresspersons swore would benefit from high tech jobs and new age technologies. Now that I’ve painted a small portrait of dread, insert all the twenty-something and thirty-something smart phones you saw in use yesterday in town! You forty-something and fifty-something readers, can you sense the domino effect when the entitled youth cannot get cell service or buy a cappuccino? For further reading on this catastrophe see Zero Hedge and read Ron Paul’s assessment of the imminent doomsday. My conclusion here is pretty short and sweet.

    “Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.” ― Arnold Joseph Toynbee

    Vladimir Putin is the barometer everyone should watch. And Vladimir Putin has all but given up on reconciliation with the west. This report from World Socialist Web outlines reports that suggest Putin is ramping up in preparations for the coming war. At the recent Sochi meetup, the Russian president had this to offer on Russia’s economy being prepared:

    “The ability of our economy to increase military production and services at a given time is one of the most important aspects of military security. To this end, all strategic and simply large-scale enterprise should be ready, regardless of ownership.”

    Putin’s recent moves, his ongoing pragmatism during these new crises, and the “all or nothing” approaches of western governments toward Russia tell us all we need to know here. Putin is admittedly testing the capability of Russia’s economy to defend in an all-out war with the west. Read Alex Lantier’s article above, then correlate everything you can find on global defense in the last few months. Putin is only following suit after NATO recently discussed improving infrastructure for war-making. In Moscow the thinkers know once the petro-yuan replaces the dollar, that general chaos will rein in America. And the American globalists know this too. Now imagine a dollar being worth ten cents. Imagine store shelves empty and several million more foreclosures. Imagine Apple not selling iPhones for two months. Visualize what happens in America if another big recession hits now. The kid who was 12 when 2008 rolled around, is now 21 with a college degree and a mountain of student loan debt, working at McDonald’s to pay for an $800 dollar smart phone. Fox News just reported on the 5 dead and 20 wounded in Chicago over the Thanksgiving weekend, and Trump’s policies have been a shot in the arm for Wall Street. If the big bubble bursts the disenfranchised will turn to cannibalism. Putin and the Washington swamp knows this too.

    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”- John Adams

    So, when America does finally succumb to the death throes we’ve seen happening the last thirty years or more… They’ll push the button, you bet they will. Zombies could care less about Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. You unplug the intravenous joy and it’s over. And this is the truth of an America since 1955. Find yourself a cave here on Crete, fort up and get ready. It’s coming.

    Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”
    I don't disagree with any of this.
    Susan

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor_fungcool View Post
    What do I do to occupy my days.....knowing what's about to befall us? Well, I chop and split wood. It's starting to get very cold here in Michigan, and keeping warm next to a very efficient wood burner can be very gratifying. As Henry Ford stated so aptly years ago....chopping wood warms a person twice...once during the act of cutting the wood....the second time sitting by that warm fire.
    Three times if you count taking the tree out of the woods!
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by packyderms_wife View Post
    Three times if you count taking the tree out of the woods!
    Around this homestead, we maximize our use of the wood:

    Four: stack it in the woodshed

    Five: bring it, armload by armload, into the house to load into the stove

    Six: carry out the ashes and hot coals to the metal drum with lid

    Seven: sift those pieces of pure charcoal from the ashes and store in water proof drums for the charcoal gasifier to run the generator to charge the batteries when the sun doesn’t shine on the solar panels

    Eight: take the ashes and biochar after sifting for charcoal and store for spreading on the garden, fields, woodlot, and icy driveway after ice storms.
    Ē Watch ye therefore and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of ManĒ
    Luke 21:36

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