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Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.
Horatio Alger, twist in your grave.
The can-do, bootstrap approach embedded in the American psyche is under assault. Eroding it is a dour powerlessness that is chipping away at the country's sturdy conviction that destiny can be commanded with sheer courage and perseverance.
Residents of the nation's capital and its suburbs repeatedly lose power for extended periods as mere thunderstorms rumble through. In California, leaders warn people to use less water in the unrelenting drought.
Want to get away from it all? The weak U.S. dollar makes travel abroad forbiddingly expensive. To add insult to injury, some airlines now charge to check luggage.
Originally posted by Mainer
It is an interesting story because it is so un-news like. At almost any point you can find bad things to consolidate into a "national malaise." I think the midwest floods are what really pushed his into the theme of bad times.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
also, am i the only one where the power outs happen out of nothing and their internet loses connectivity even when it was the smallest of thunderstorms?
Ever say to urself, what the hell? i lost power over that small rain or thunderstorm? that was nothing!!! And thinking this for the last...... 6 months or so?
Originally posted by Zepherian
This is all part of the push to get America down. The richest people in the world are not americans and they seem to have targeted the US for consolidation. This means that the economy must go down, people must have a hard break, and companies must be sold off for nearly nothing. This is what the elites have always done, ruin economies for personal profits.
Originally posted by Zepherian
And in a way the American people went along with it, and are co-responsible, for had there not been such an exagerated militarism and such a willingness to take over the world the budget and the national debt would be far more manageable. There's some Karma to consider here.
Still, this is the information age, and money these days is just information, so it might be possible yet to sidestep the upcoming hardships and keep the country together. Best of luck.
Originally posted by hildar
Thinking about thunder showers we are about ready to get one here in about 20 minutes. But I also have noticed that almost every thunder shower lately has had a warning with it of tornadoes, which is not normal. I can normally see about 3 - 7 per month through the summer for our area but not every one of them. And lately its every single one.
What year was that and what country?
Originally posted by Asherah
Many things are taking place at the same time yes, but this is certainly not the only year or time where things have been this way. I have seen years that are worse.