Sunday, September 6, 2009

"21st Century America"

WHAT WE EXPECTED.










WHAT WE GOT.










(Click on these, and weep.)

16 comments:

Uncle 2012 said...

We did this to ourselves because we wouldn't take control of our own destinies.

We let others rob, and drug us, and so here we are.

Sorry I don't know what to do about it.

Anonymous said...

Rummaging around cities for food is called "Urban Foraging". It's become quite popular. Why not try it?

By the way Sidney, you can still take control of your own destiny, but you have to be a bit clever, find the right raw materials, and you may have to move to someplace else. Lots of people have already done this so there it's not even necessary to reinvent the wheel to be successful.

Anonymous said...

And while you're at it, stock up on weapons to kill all those fuckers from the city when they come to forage on your land...
'Lo, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, 'cause I'm the meanest, best-armed mother-fucker around!!'

Anonymous said...

Anonymous of 8:08 AM,

I said "Urban Foraging". But in any event ownership of land is a quaint notion whose time has past. May I suggest you use your gun to kill yourself.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Sid you can not save the world ! you do not need to say you are sorry all you can do is just help were you can no more no less, hugs antony

Uncle 2012 said...

Actually I 'had' land upstate once. Had to sell it years ago to care for my Mom. Crappy insurance, and all that.

'Wish I had them acres now, but I'd let them go again for Ma in a second.

She didn't make it btw, but life goes on.

Uncle 2012 said...

Hi anthony!

Glad you're there. You're right. We can only do what we're able to. Do what good we can when we can.

Peace.

Uncle 2012 said...

As for taking my life well I've had two near death encounters so I know what the doors of death look like.

Ironically the last Pope was right. There is 'no' fear there. Just a calm, a soft calm.

Also both times it was made clear that I wasn't quite finished in this slag heap of a planet yet.

So they sent me back. ...twice.

Back to a world with everything from roses to wounded people that would annonymously suggest my death.

Peacenik said...

Sidney, the anonymous of 11:50am was addressing the anonymous of 8:08am. They were two different people and the later guy was pissed off at the guy said he was going to shoot people on his land. OK? It wasn't directed at you.

Zaek said...

The two pictures add up to an accurate picture, I fear: the first being old fond fiction about how the future was going to be, the second present brutal fact.

The turning point I think was as I've probably mentioned before: Reagan's ascendancy to power. That's when the American people turned over their sovereignty to Big Daddy, and the appalling decay we are now experiencing is the result of that oh-so foolish choice. The worst consequences are further down the timeline. I don't say this to be a bummer, it's just what seems to me to be true.

BTW, sitting on a stockpile of ammo and other stuff out in the sticks by yourself or with a few chums during a time of collapse isn't a recipe for survival, but rather for becoming a conspicuous target for brigandage. Eventually you'll run out of ammo. Historically the basic unit of survival is a community, not an individual. Not that having some arable land with access to clean water wouldn't be a good thing.

Jeremy said...

Land as a personal possession is becoming more and more indefensible Zaek.

Zaek said...

There was a time when it was defensible? More defensible than, say, inviting your host to blow his brains out?

Jeremy said...

Huh??????????????????

Zaek said...

It gets worse. Here's a brand new item from Yahoo:

"Americans who don't get health insurance once the system is overhauled would be fined up to $3,800 under a proposal that circulated in Congress on Tuesday..."

I thought it might come to this: yet another way for corporations to fuck over poverty-stricken Americans, who of course are the ones most likely not to have insurance because they can't afford it. They must be made to pay for their poverty, and pay and pay and pay!

They did this with car insurance 25 years ago. But of course one does have some choice over whether to own a car. With medical that's not the case. This is statism in the service of corporatocracy.

Bodmin said...

There's a word for it, Zaek: kleptocracy.

Uncle 2012 said...

Change We can Believe in!