America the third world, and how to accept and deal with it is
the subject of this blog entry.
I believe Obama is a good, intelligent man and the best President we have had in a long, long time...I have had to accept the logic that it is however too late for us. A good man chosen too late....unable to repair the damage done by his predecessor. We deserve our fall into the third world. Purposely stupid, suspiciously religious, juvenile, greedy society that we have become...for our failure to mature...like a 17 year old Camaro driver our nation goes into a pole at full speed and full radio volume....
For a moment do away with the required, standard American chest thumping talk of greatness. Put down the propaganda, the spin you carry with you every day acquired from the government, the press and our education system and try to understand that the United States of America is now a member of the third world. 90% of Americans will not believe or understand this statement. Let us run down a logical checklist of the characteristics of a 3rd world nation that you can admit apply to us without the nonsense of back and forth, for and against statistical proof.
1- Incapable and corrupt central government------------------check
2- Large standing military,and military budget----------------check
3- Large prison population (we lead the world in this category)----check
4- No G20 style national health care----------------------------check
5- High infant mortality rate (we rank 35Th in the world)----check
6- Lack of multiple political parties (only two)-----------------check
7- Lack of national labor protective legislation-----------------check
8- Tribal in nature, religiously separatist------------------------check
9- Debtor Nation----------------------------------------------------check
10-Lack of manufacturing capability------------------------------check
11-Imports energy requirements----------------------------------check
12-Demonizes other states as control propaganda-------------check
13 Failed banking system------------------------------------------check
14-10% or less of population controls 90% of wealth----------check
15-Lack of public transportation-----------------------------------check
I could go on and on and on. But why? If you don't get it by now you never will.
The Bush administration took America from a the position of a 1st world country with a treasury surplus to that of a 3rd world debtor nation in 8 years. Under the Bush administration the greatest movement of wealth in history occurred to the top 10% of the population. The greatest reduction in salary and earning power for the rest of the population occurred. The Bush administration ended with the collapse of a banking system which was allowed to become corrupted and rotted during this wealth transfer. Add to this two unnecessary wars draining the treasury into private---greedy hands and here we are.
With the current national debt level, the approaching 78 million boomer demands on social security, medicaid and all health services, the upcoming collapse of the commercial real estate market to match the private housing collapse...702 additional banks threatened with closure, states and municipalities threatening bankruptcy, a government reported 10% unemployment rate (which is truthfully more in the area of 20-25 %) peak oil ahead which no one wishes to speak of---- combine all these situations along with the checklist above and we are simply done for. We are no longer members of the 1st world nations club.
The individuals first and most important step is to realize that our world as Americans is about to drastically change for the worse. To stop fooling ourselves that there is a golden solution out there, that the government will fix this because there is no golden solution and the government does not care about you whatsoever.
The second step is to realize that the best outcome is based on your ability to adapt and overcome---to grow as much of your own food as possible---to stockpile necessities---to accept the lack of medical care and work health issues outside the previous standards of commercial healing. To conserve finances---to produce a percentage of your own power if possible. To realize that you are responsible for your own safety and protection. To avoid corrupt authority. To be able to purify your own water. To band together with your neighbors for support, commerce, and to create viable communities that rise above the surrounding desperation. To have the personal will and ability to create something out of nothing.
The thing is that there is still a little time to prepare---take advantage of it....
I spent 10 years of my life in multiple 3rd world countries. As our nation descends further into the 3rd world---- specific protocols need to be adopted. Unfortunately many of these protocols are considered cultural, absolutely not true, these protocols of interaction are survival techniques.
In the United States we have no protocol, social requirement or demand to remove one's shoes prior to entering a home. Removing your shoes prior to entering a private space is not cultural, it is health related. As our infrastructure fails and our national bankruptcy reaches greater depths--sanitation as in sewers, storm drain maintenance,street cleaning,public latrines all services supplied by local governments will fail. Public health standards will fail at the same time---greater disease, long term untreated conditions due to no national health service and poverty will become commonplace.
The result will be public area's contaminated with shit & urine both human and animal, hacked up TB globs, dead animals, and eventually dead people. This is the standard public area conditions in many 3rd world nations.
You have to be out and about in this world.....everything out there attaches itself to your feet---entering a private space with those shoes on contaminates the owner's living area with this buffet of germs---THAT'S WHY YOU REMOVE YOUR SHOES prior to entering someones home or private space. CONTAMINATION CONTROL....not some obscure foreign social requirement that Americans think is quaint------this is also why displaying the soles of your feet or shoes to someone is considered an insult abroad in many locales---It means I purposely infect you and consider you to be like the material on my soles. This is why George Bush II got those shoes thrown at him in Iraq---the greatest possible insult you can apply to a human.
Get used to removing your shoes prior to entering your home or anyone else's home as our personal fortunes fall and our public services are curtailed or fail outright......
No touching of hands------------as in shaking hands when meeting, receiving change during purchases--and never accept the insane hug by those touchy, feeley people you encounter even in business today-----------basically no touching whatsoever until a relationship is established that has displayed the health of the individuals involved---- such as relatives and very, very close friends. This is again not simply some cute foreign "Namaste" ritual. It has a specific purpose in restricting the spread of deadly disease, parasites or simply dirt from the unwashed without intending insult. The next time you are at a Chinese restaurant watch how you are handed your change. It will be held by the edge---you are to accept it at your edge--no touching of hands in the transaction.
No dogs in the house---again for the same reason the contamination of the private space with disease either carried in from their paws, coats etc. or inherent diseases due to lack of vet care. Only in America will you see children run up to strange dogs and hug them---In the third world they throw rocks at them to keep them away---disease, fleas and rabies you know? Not I'm not saying to train your kid to throw rocks at dogs---just train them to stay away from strange dogs as a standard safety practice. Like the stranger with candy in a car.....
These 3rd world practices are absolutely necessary to put in place as standard operational procedure---NOW----not when N1N1 is on the loose but rather as a new way of life for you as a new 3rd world American citizen.
I am constructing several small...survival fishing kits. A reel of line for .25 cents on sale, used Altoid tins spray painted olive drab,----combined with a few basic tackle pieces, small hooks, leaders, bobbers from Walmart for a total of $5.00 US makes 4 emergency fishing kits for bug-out bags, packs and web gear pouch. I'm not being cheap on this issue...it is just that survival fishing kits of this size sold commercially(pictured) really have no advantages compared to my homemade kits!
I live in the high desert..although there are rare streams, and even rarer rivers...I can't overlook the additional food possibilities. These small kits made for handheld fishing will work just fine for my area without a huge investment in fishing tackle.
Your garden is your number one survival food source but having the capability to survival fish when encountering a stream can't hurt as a source of additional oils and other dietary requirements. Fish can be dried and easily transported. Although I may have to hike out a distance to a source of water large enough to support fish--it may be worth it at some point. If while in the process of some other endeavor I encounter fish able water I can take advantage of it with my easily carried kit.
The future has a way of arriving unannounced.