Save Yourselves

Look away! Look away!

Look away! Look away! (Photo credit: Norm Walsh)

August 25, 2012

This week, in politics here, President Obama has apparently put pressure on the Eurozone not to boot Greece out before the November elections, lest the effect on our markets make the prez look bad and hurt his chances of reelection.  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/obama-asks-eurozone-to-keep-greece-in-until-after-election-day-8076852.html

And as Obama and David Cameron warned Syria of interventions if they brought out the chemical weapons in their civil war, Vladamir Putin warned them, again, not to interfere in Syria.

While all of this smacks of the political gamesmanship and hubris typical of imperial leaders and will probably be about as effective in actually changing anything for the better as King Canute commanding the tides not to rise, for sheer unadulterated crazy, the Republicans won hands down this week.

In Texas an elected Republican judge of Lubbock county worried on a local radio interview that if Obama was reelected we might have civil war.

“He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N., and what is going to happen when that happens?”[ Judge] Head said. “I’m thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations. We’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.”

“Now what’s going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He’s going to send in U.N. troops. I don’t want ’em in Lubbock County. OK. So I’m going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say, ‘You’re not coming in here’.” http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/24/13458896-weird-week-in-lubbock-judges-civil-war-comments-make-republicans-cringe?lite

Meanwhile, here in Missouri, our own Republican crazy, Todd Akin, is still hopping around on one foot trying to get the other foot out of his mouth, after his insulting and inaccurate remarks about women who have been “legitimately” raped being able to shut down their bodies to prevent pregnancy.  (Yes, I know, all you dear fundamentalist Christians who still support him, the man merely misspoke and has asked our forgiveness. I don’t care.  He’s still an idiot.)

And the RNC is looking forward to a great convention in Tampa next week in spite of the fact that the convention center where it will be held is right on the gulf only six feet above sea level and tropical storm Issac is expected to turn into a category one hurricane before hitting Tampa either full on or with a hefty glancing blow. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/republican-convention-hurricane-preparation_n_1826533.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

“[Republican Governor Rick]Scott partially activated the state Emergency Operations Center. “Obviously, we are hoping Isaac doesn’t hit Florida, but we must take every precaution,” Scott said in a statement Thursday evening. “That’s what we’re doing on a state level, and it’s what everyone should be doing on a family and personal level. If you haven’t already, get prepared and get a plan.”

The warnings offer little comfort to the more than 50,000 visitors expected in Tampa beginning Sunday for the four-day convention, which runs from Monday to Thursday.

“Monday are Tuesday are definitely in jeopardy,” said meteorologist Bill Karins on MSNBC Thursday. “I don’t see any way possible that Tampa’s going to be completely missed at this point.””

So, there you are.  To which I say, “Go ahead on, you crazy bastards.  There’s nothing to perk up a slow news day like the image of some nutty politician being flattened by a UN personnel carrier, an irate rape victim or a hurricane.”

Yes, I’m tired to death of all the slick, sick politicians with their imperial schemes and crazy ideological fantasies.  Not a one of them has the intestinal fortitude to tell the American people that the American Dream they prattle on about is deader than the proverbial doornail.  We have allowed them to murder it with ideology, cronyism and greed and we, like the unlucky Floridians in Tampa, are facing a hurricane – this one of our own making.

The global economies, including our own, continue to wobble and weave as the whole system slides toward a new, lower energy state.  The financial world bobs up and down, grabbing onto every word from our own Fed and the other central banks like the kitten in the “hang in there, baby” poster. Our bought politicians promise us energy independence and a return to greatness, knowing full well that all of the oil and oil precursors that we can scavenge from the last places on earth will leave us nowhere near the energy levels we had at our own peak back in the early seventies.  And that,  as energy demand rises yearly in the developing world while the giant oil fields level out and decline, not even our “one hundred years” of gas and coal will save us.

All the while, the glaciers and ice sheets melt, our coastal sea levels rise, our forests and grasses burn and our bread basket and those around the world crumble to dust under increasingly harsh droughts.  Food prices are rising, leaving  billions around the world at the mercy of commodities traders who don’t give a damn whether those billions starve or not as long as they make money.

Apparently, the only man in America with the guts to tell the truth, this week, was the psychopath in charge of agriculture commodities trading at Glencore, the world’s largest commodities trader.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/well-make-a-killing-out-of-food-crisis-glencore-trading-boss-chris-mahoney-boasts-8073806.html

Glencore’s director of agriculture trading, Chris Mahoney, sparked the controversy when he said: “The environment is a good one. High prices, lots of volatility, a lot of dislocation, tightness, a lot of arbitrage opportunities.

“We will be able to provide the world with solutions… and that should also be good for Glencore.”

Read between the lines, folks.  Whoever wins the election in November, whatever they promise, do you honestly believe that, when our turn comes to pay to play, these people will worry about saving us over saving themselves?

The main purpose of this blog has been to let people know that we are already on the path of the next leg down on our long descent toward collapse and to urge people to prepare every way you can for that.  The window for preparing is closing.

Our political system has been corrupted beyond repair by both parties.  Our courts have sold our political system to the highest bidders.  The corporate and financial PACS and the politicians they have bought will tell you the most outrageous things, promise you the most outrageous things and do the most outrageous things – not for our benefit, but for theirs – in their drive to get or retain power.

They will not only stand by and watch the world burn, drown or starve to keep their power, they will do anything to profit from those atrocities to maintain the wealth that buys that power and tell you it is necessary in a “free market” system.

Do not let the politicians hornswoggle you.  Whoever gains power this November, we are on our own.  Whatever they do to address the problems we face will be the minimum they have to do to maintain their power and status and will be at a price – financial, political or military – most of us would not be willing to pay.

We must get prepared – personally, locally and regionally – and stand together however much they try to drive us apart.  If you are not prepared, read through the sections at the top of this blog.  Read through the blogs at the blog rolls to see how others are doing it. Look at your own lives, your families, your neighbors; be honest about both the strengths and weaknesses.  Use the strengths and work at the weaknesses, but get prepared, now.

The plotters and their manipulations get more desperate; the loonies get more strident; the black swans circle the lake for a landing.  Now is the time.  SAVE YOURSELVES.

 

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21 Responses to Save Yourselves

  1. witsendnj says:

    I wouldn’t worry about the Republican Convention. Thanks to God being on their side and all, If threatened by a legitimate hurricane, they’ve got ways of spontaneously shutting that whole thing down.

  2. David Waddle says:

    When things collapse the death toll is going to be huge. I have no illusions that I would be among the survivors. Those who put away food and stocked up for bad times are going to be under constant threat from those that didn’t. Eventually your food is going to run out. Finding clean water is going to take up most of your time and effort and you will have to find it everyday. Growing food is going to be difficult at best due to the crazy weather. Daily Bathing is out of the question. Shelter will be a whole other issue all together. People will be covered in lice and other parasites just like the good old days. Staying alive and living whole fulfilling lives are going to be difficult at best. I am sorry but I don’t share in the hope that humans can come through this very well at all. Anyway my plan is that when this goes down and all hope is lost I have a gun and I am going to put one bullet in that gun and Take myself out because I don’t want to live in a world like that.

    • theozarker says:

      Hi David, thanks for your honesty. I know people who feel the same way. Personally I don’t think we’re anywhere near the bottom yet. I think the next step down will be a lot worse than 2008, but TPTB will do everything they can to maintain the imperial power structure, just like they did then. And that means throwing us enough crumbs to keep us at bay until the next drop and the next … They will keep it going, by hook or by crook, as long as they can. At my age, I won’t live to see the final fall, barring some whoppin’ big-ass black swan landing on their heads. But whether I live another day or another decade, I will probably stick it out just to see what happens.
      Glad you posted.

    • luckybuster says:

      Can I have your trailer?

  3. graveday says:

    She’s not the fat lady, but i want to hear Elizabeth Warren’s speech if I can, and even Chris Christie’s, if he can waddle to the podium. He’s not the fat lady either, just fat.
    And a salute to Wit’s joke, though what is shut down in those Akinites is common sense, humanity, empathy, and most of the good qualities called humanitarian. They’re going to kill us for our own good passes for humanitarian with them.
    I understand David keeping one bullet instead of billions, and I understand wanting to see what happens. I understand the latter better from watching adult parties as a kid. I don’t really understand bullets.

    • theozarker says:

      I admire Warren’s tenacity for the ordinary people. Don’t really know Christie’s record as a governor, but the one or two speeches I’ve heard sounded like typical political red meat. Sadly, grave, the qualities you mentioned as being shut down in the Akinites used to be called Christian qualities. Now, far too many of them take a word (abortion) that isn’t even in the Bible and make it the hallmark of whether or not you’re a “good” Christian or, worse, a good politician.

  4. When I found out we’re really in Dutch,
    I stocked up on tuna and such;
    But now that I know
    How fast things can go,
    I don’t think I’ll need all that much.

  5. *C* says:

    Girl? I LOVE your writing style — and naturally, one reason is because you share my feelings.

    Have cross-posted this in my own blog (with full credit and links to you).

    Thank you!

  6. justcaroles says:

    Don’t know if you’ve returned to the news story, so I’ll re-post a comment from one of the Care2 members (Dandelion) to you:

    Monday August 27, 2012, 9:59 am
    Gee, sorry I didn’t get a chance to get on here last night, speaking of being in a fog, my mind was last night. But have enjoyed reading the blog as well as the comments on here this morning. I noticed that Carole left the link to this C2 submission by Caitlin to the writer of the blog, so if she does happen to read this I want to thank her also for some of her other writings, I enjoyed the Cherokee Child short story, very nicely written.

  7. freethnkr1965 says:

    Great post. I’m sad to say that I think you’re spot on.

    • theozarker says:

      Hi free, doesn’t look promising, does it? BTW, really enjoyed your posts on the loom. I’ve read through them several times. (I’m one of those people who, no matter how clear the instructions and how great the photos, has to read, look, reread, relook, etc., until the “aha moment” finally dawns and it comes together in my brain. Am waiting faithfully for that moment. :D)

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