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Formerly Great Cities All Over America Are Turning Into Open, Festering Sores

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Once upon a time, the people of the United States constructed beautiful, shiny cities from coast to coast that were the envy of the entire globe. We had the largest and most vibrant middle class that the world has ever seen and life was quite good in America.  But now all of our prosperity is coming crashing down and many of our formerly great cities are turning into open, festering sores.  Unfortunately, we are drowning in so much debt that we can barely even slow down the shocking decline of our cities.  Over the past decade, tens of thousands of manufacturing facilities and millions of good jobs have been shipped out of the United States.  As our economic infrastructure has been ripped out right in front of our eyes, an atmosphere of unemployment, poverty and despair has descended on many of our major cities like a soaking wet blanket.  Today, many of our cities that once were considered to be some of the greatest in the world have been transformed into rotting, post-apocalyptic hellholes.  When you visit many of these cities and look into the sunken eyes of the residents, you almost get the feeling that something has sucked all of the hope and all of the life right out of them.  For a while, large numbers of Americans still believed that the right politician would bring them “hope” and “change”, but now crushing despair is giving way to absolute desperation for millions of people.  Desperate people do desperate things, and as our major cities continue to decay they are going to become very dangerous places to be.

Even in some of our most “prosperous cities” there are areas that closely resemble third world conditions.  For example, in San Francisco there is an area known as “Hunter’s Point” that is a complete and utter nightmare.  In Hunter’s Point, more than half of the population lives in poverty and more than half of all children live in a home where there is no father present.  The following is what one reporter found on a visit to Hunter’s Point….

Abernathy and I cut through the complex, tromping over an expanse of dirt and concrete toward the northeast end of the development, where a row of apartments looked down from a grassy hill. We paused next to a vacant, boarded-over unit to take in the scene: A stream of ****, piss, tampons, and toilet paper spewed from a dark hole in the sidewalk, poured down the hill, and formed a sort of **** lagoon next to the street. Weeds, about six inches tall, were growing in the little lagoon.

Raw ****, obviously, is not cool. Beyond the fact that it smells and looks nasty, fecal matter provides a haven for dangerous bacteria, most notably E. coli, a virulent pathogen that can sicken and even kill humans, especially infants. In the so-called developing world, according to the World Health Organization, water tainted by feces is a major killer, a prime cause of severe diarrhea, which takes the lives of an estimated 1.8 million people annually.

But in general, San Francisco is doing better than the rest of California is.  Down the coast, Los Angeles continues to come apart at the seams.  Approximately 40 arson fires were started in Los Angeles in just the last three days alone.  That is the highest number of arson fires that Los Angeles has seen since the 1992 riots.

Unfortunately, as economic conditions worsen, we are going to see a lot more arson all over the nation.

Once upon a time, people all over the country wanted to move to California.  But today, millions of people have been pouring out of the state as it continues its shocking decline.  If you can believe it, the number of children living in poverty in the state of California increased by a whopping 30 percent between 2007 and 2010.

That isn’t just a decline, that is a free fall.

But it isn’t like there are too many areas of the country that are doing that much better.  All over the country, our major cities are becoming open, festering sores and child poverty is absolutely exploding.

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4% of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1% of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6% of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6% of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.

Speaking of Detroit, it is almost unbelievable what has happened to “the motor city”….

*An analysis of census figures found that 48.5% of all men living in Detroit from age 20 to age 64 did not have a job in 2008.

*If you can believe it, the median price of a home in Detroit is now just $6000.

*Only 25 percent of all students in Detroit graduate from high school at this point.

Today, Detroit has become a very frightening place to live.  100 bus drivers in Detroit recently refused to drive their routes out of fear for their own personal safety.  The head of the bus drivers union, Henry Gaffney, said that the drivers were “scared for their lives“….

“Our drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit,” said Gaffney.

Right now, Detroit is a city that is being torn apart by thieves and vandals.  Buildings are being literally dismantled as people scramble to find things to sell to keep themselves afloat.  The following is from a recent article in the Detroit News about this crisis….

The war to keep the lights on in Detroit is a serious one. Thieves, antiquated equipment and a lack of funding have made it impossible for city officials to catch up to the problem.

City officials estimate 15-20 percent of the 88,000 lights in the Motor City are not working, and they acknowledge that figure could be as high as 50 percent in some neighborhoods.

But it is not just Detroit that is having a major problem keeping the lights on.  Over in Highland Park, Michigan the majority of the street lights have been repossessed because the city was not keeping up with the electricity bill.

All over the country, cities are going dark and fixtures are being torn out of homes and businesses as thieves search for something to sell.  As one of my readers shared recently, there are some parts of California that are literally being transformed into hellholes by hordes of desperate people….

Here, in the California desert, many vacant houses are being taken over. Fixtures are being ripped out and sold as scrap. Trench latrines are being dug in backyards and water is being pilfered from neighboring pools and hoses. While most of these folks are simply trying to keep a roof over their heads (while they keep their heads down), many are also setting up meth labs and in-door marijuana grows.

I can see the eventual day when the total breakdown of the economy and our society will drive thousands from the cities. A lot of those will be looking for ‘opportunities’.

As sad as it is, if you’re not one of the most unfortunate, it’s time to prepare a defense for your goods, family and self. You are going to be viewed as wealthy, no matter how poor you feel, by someone with nothing left to lose.

Do not rely on police or government authorities. We all saw how that went in New Orleans. Be ready as an individual family unit.

In Fresno, California the theft of copper wire from street lights has become a major crisis.  At this point, the loss of copper wire and the cost of repairing street lights is costing Fresno about $50,000 a month.  So far, approximately 2,500 street lights have been stripped of their wiring.

Over on the east coast, there are some cities that have lost so much industry that many young people feel as though there are not many viable options left other than selling drugs or selling their bodies.

In an extraordinary article entitled “City of Ruins“, Chris Hedges did an amazing job of documenting the nightmarish decline of Camden, New Jersey.  Today, it is estimated that the actual rate of unemployment in Camden is somewhere around 30 or 40 percent.  For most young people in Camden, there are very few legitimate opportunities for a better life at this point.  The following is a brief excerpt from “City of Ruins”….

There are perhaps a hundred open-air drug markets, most run by gangs like the Bloods, the Latin Kings, Los Nietos and MS-13. Knots of young men in black leather jackets and baggy sweatshirts sell weed and crack to clients, many of whom drive in from the suburbs. The drug trade is one of the city’s few thriving businesses. A weapon, police say, is never more than a few feet away, usually stashed behind a trash can, in the grass or on a porch.

If the area where you live has not gotten that bad yet, you should be thankful.  But the reality is that these economic conditions are spreading and they will get to where you live soon enough.

Disease is also becoming a huge problem in many of our major cities.  The combination of poverty and moral decay has created some very frightening conditions in many areas of the country.

This is even happening in some of our most prosperous cities.  For example, the rate of HIV infection in Washington D.C. is actually higher than it is in West Africa according to the director of the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration….

“Our rates are higher than West Africa,” said Shannon Hader, the administration’s director, who used to spearhead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s work in Zimbabwe. “They’re on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya.”

Up in Canada, they have come up with some very “unusual” methods for preventing the spread of health problems.  For example, in Vancouver, British Columbia authorities are actually handing out free crack pipes to addicts in an attempt to slow down the spread of diseases.  But there is a limit – only one free crack pipe per day is allowed.

Crazy stuff.

What is happening to this world?

But perhaps we should all be thankful to at least have some place to lay our heads at night.  Today, there are more than 700,000 homeless people in America, and that number has grown by about 20 percent since 2007.

After the next major financial crisis, that number is going to go even higher.

The truth is that the economy is in much worse shape than most people think, and the poor in America are rapidly getting poorer.

As Gerald Celente has said many times, when the poor lose everything that they have they tend to lose it.

Desperate people do desperate things, and we are already starting to see signs of this all over the nation.  For example, you can watch one homeowner defend his home against four armed invaders right here.

So what are our leaders doing to fix this?

Well, unfortunately there is not a whole lot they can do.

Our federal government is absolutely drowning in debt.  During the first three years of Barack Obama, the U.S. government accumulated more debt than it did from the inauguration of George Washington to the inauguration of Bill Clinton.

Of course it would help if the Obama administration would stop wasting money on stupid things and would start spending it to rebuild this country.

For example, did you know that the Obama administration gave a $529 million loan to a U.S. electric car company so that they could manufacture electric cars in Finland?

Talk about stupid.

Is it any wonder that there is such a lack of confidence in the government at this point?

According to one recent survey, 77% of all Americans now believe that there is a leadership crisis in America.

Our economy is dying and formerly great cities all over America are being turned into open, festering sores.  This country is in so much trouble that it is hard to find words that can adequately describe it.

2012 is going to represent a huge turning point for this country.  If we do not get enough Americans to wake up now, we might not get another chance.

If you love America, please make this a year when you take more action than ever before.

Working together, we can make a huge difference.

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    • building 5

      this is what happens under progressive rule., Death, destruction , and misery.

    • marksamanda

      Its time for open Revolution in this country. I don’t understand why people think that its the governments job to fix our economic and social problems. The governments job is to stay out of our every day lives with over bearing laws and regulations and protect our liberties too many Americans have fallen into the trap that the education system has set up we have successfully been DUMBED down and no longer are capable to think for ourselves. We have allowed our government to grow into a monster that feeds on our personal rights and liberties. It spends our nations wealth unchecked on personal interest and wars that are not our’s to be fighting. The system has failed because while the American people have slept the government was wide awake sneaking around like a cat burglar in the night spinning its web to make even the simplest of changes so complicated with loophole and earmarks that only those who wrote it could figure it out. In the web they spun they have given the people two choices a donkey or an elephant but both are bred from the same stock we go round and round with the two but always the out come is the same and the people bear the brunt of it.

    • Banderman

      If you want to see what 30+ years of rule by the democrats will do to a city; visit Detroit today! The decay has been slowly but surely growing over those 30 years; it did not happen overnight.

    • Anonymous

      Funny how the areas worst hit are those were there is a high percentage of non-Whites.

      Oh dat’s sooooo wassit…

    • westside prepper

      i seen above only 80 percent believed this story true.
      who is the 20 percent,are they just plain stupid or asleep

    • asterflower

      These desperate people are the ones going to FEMA Camps. That’s why they were built.

    • macewan

      this is why we protest
      this is why we perform other online duties

    • grasscrown

      None of this would exist (for anyone that matters) if there were apartheid between eurasians and non eurasians. THAT is the tragedy.

    • Anonymous

      If you want to see what 30+ years of conservative, trickle down economics does to a country, visit the United States today! The decay has been slowly but surely growing over those 30 years; it did not happen overnight.

    • Anonymous

      It wasn’t republicanism, trickle down, trickle up, socialism, free-market or democracy that destroyed this nation. Each were tools; employed in their time to hasn’t the demise of America and all of these were methods of social conditioning.

      While we were being socially conditioned, the International jew was robbing the banks, stock markets, bankrupting industry and making it a “favorable environment” for the goy to sell to them at pennies on the dollar. Then they shipped all the jobs overseas.

      The problem with most of you goy is that you can only see, at the most, half of the picture. (And then you misinterpret that!)

    • Hermit

      Although I am sad to say it, the US is finished and is being dismantled by design. The people running the country are its demolition engineers and you wouldn’t expect a team of demolition engineers to fix a leaking roof. They aren’t going to fix America’s problems. They are the architects of them.

      To the ordinary people of the US the terrorists are in governement. To the Governement the terrorists are the people, because if they ever wake up and work out what their government has done, deliberately, then they *will* become terrifying, *to* the government.

    • Blacksheep

      Some evil supernatural thing is behind this dismantling by design stuff. I mean! We the people can’t be that dumb!

      Or are we?

      Obama along with his demorats must go…

      We need a paper trail to make dang sure there’s no cheating this time around….

    • whitebear

      Big Cities…
      They’re the first to go

    • Blacksheep

      This article is right on target, our cites are indeed crumbling morally as well as financially too… I’m afraid to travel on the highways and byways because, these inner city areas now resemble gang infested demilitarized zones…

      Believe it or not, our country is slowly but surely dying from a new fatal disease from which there’s no cure… Thus, edging on disbelief, I’m now witnessing the beginning of the end here in the home that I still love.

      We are now trillions in debt…

      A growing number of soup kitchens and homeless shelters are popping up all over the place, right here were i live too…

      Each new act of evil puts another nail in Miss Liberty’s coffin.

      Look at Obama spitting in the face of every poor citizen who foolishly voted for him. This lawless monster takes million-dollar vacations while scores of sad depressed people walk those filthy crime-ridden streets homeless shivering in the blistering winter night air, with no hope…

      Even more tragic, many have unfortunately become accustom to this form of hell on earth existence…

      How, disgraceful this attitude is when you live in the richest country ever created…

      Is it any wonder that we would also mimic the great Roman empire in our last days too? As an once sovereign God fearing country?

      Last one to leave “please turn out the lights” forever!

      America, RIP!

    • Str8Talker

      Folks, America has been hit, bombed, attacked and suffered great tragedies over her 235 year history. But know this one thing… she has always rebounded, healed and rebuilt from the ashes of corrupt leaders, gangs and politicians when her people did 3 simple things, historically speaking:
      1. ASK FOR GOD’S FORGIVENESS: We kicked him out of the USA… along with his blessings & protection. This isn’t God’s fault… it’s ours! Sheesh, what did you expect?
      America’s Freedom is a major FLUKE is human history… it was NOT an accident… or man-driven, why? History proves mankind loves dictatorship control over people’s lives… as 99% of the world can attest to. WE WERE DIFFERENT…
      2. ACCEPT GOD’S WAY: Like your spouse or your date… God gets jealous too. He’s not a cold concept or idea or an idol. He’s a living, breathing, thinking & wonderful Creator who wants nothing more than to love, save, help and protect us all. But he’s also a GENTLEMAN… and never FORCES himself on anyone.
      Man (NOT GOD) is the author of Bible thumping, forced religious conversions and guilting the masses to give out of guilt. God is like a whisper, waiting, in need of nothing… but wants us to learn to live, give and love one another.
      3. ALLOW GOD TO HEAL OUR NATION: I know… sounds stupid AND impossible, right? Well, consider our current IMMORAL state dictating our lives: Corrupt political, leadership & personal morals, theft of every kind, $$ Con-artistry, increading violence, forced manipulations & loss of personal rights, dignity & value.
      Sure, God’s morals are a bother… no argument here. But, a little self-control, love, caring for others, thoughtfulness & justice are WHAT WE ALL CRAVE, Right?
      Well, without God holding us all accountable for how we treat or mistreat each other, there is no deterrent… thus no justice for anyone. Those nations who hate God & Jesus Christ most have some of the most repressive governments & horrific punishments ever seen. Who needs Hell? It’s already here.
      Don’t you get it? When God’s goodness & protection leave with him… Hell is all that’s left.
      Choose Wisely…

    • Spytre Man

      This debt is new, very new, brought on by Obama explicitly to crash America. He is spending money like he won the lottery. If you couple that with Clinton gutting the manufacturing sector it is a disaster.

      Let me explain something to you all that most Americans do not know: we live in a republic, not a democracy. The difference is that in a democracy the majority rules through a strong central government but in a republic the people rule by weakening the central government. This is the primary difference between the democratic and republican parties – one wants to make us into a democratic government and the other wants to keep the republic. However, due to the two party system and the corruption related,, both parties have sold out completely and are interested primarily in usurping power for their own personal gain. Ron Paul is the only real republican I have seen on the presidential run in a while, aside from that I vote independent because I cannot in good faith continue to throw our country away to these two parties which have so obviously failed us.

    • mythoughtsalone

      I am from the UK, so I am deeply sadden to read this article,
      I follow websites like this, because we hear nothing about what really goes on in the USA from the UK Media, nothing what so ever apart from elections…

      I have been following reports over the years about Ron Paul, and would think that he would be my choice, as from what I have watched and read, hecomes across as a genuine person, but again, in the UK the only parties we have seen on the news is the other runners, never him…

      In my book, if he is being made to look invisible, he is the right Man for the Job.

      I also think that the lady (cannot remember her name) who has dropped out of the running , gave a very truthful departing speach that said heaps about Obama, being a brought and paid for puppet…
      Maybe now, the general Public, will sit up and start thinking….

    • O. Ryan Faust

      Consider the high-tech weapons of today. Smart bombs that can be directed through a fricken bathroom window.

      Consider the special ops guys, how good they are at what they do.

      Consider the money the gov’t plays with every day, and the smart people they can hire with that money. These aren’t stupid people. These are the best and brightest able to accomplish precisely what they want to accomplish.

      Now consider that all this was planned.

      It was designed, graphed out, planned and executed exactly as originally conceived.

      When Ronald Reagan was confronted with increased government costs and the need for more tax money to come in, he followed the advice of a smart accountant that understood human behavior and he cut taxes.

      Like clockwork, wealth-creators used the surplus money from lower taxes to hire more people to increase their wealth-production. Since wealth is the only thing that can be taxed, more wealth means more taxes! Reagan accomplished his goals, lower tax rates increased tax revenues.

      Jimmy Carter created new government agencies designed to impede wealth-creators. Clinton handled the decreased production by looking to China, a stop-gap measure that made it look like we were enjoying Reagan years all over again.

      Then came the Bush years and increased gov’t spending and the economy collapsed.

      Obama is the fall guy. Kenyan born . . . black . . . Marxist . . . inexperienced . . . muslim . . . a lying POS . . . arrogant . . . treasonous. He’s got something for everyone to dislike.

      Hopefully the next president will pull the US out of this tailspin. But let’s start making better choices. Romney is another ‘more of the same’ politician. Santorum is ok, but he doesn’t have Ron Paul’s consistent record or appeal to as broad a range of people.

      Ron Paul is the man who can bring America back from the brink.

    • Blacksheep

      Hell man, Obama has already won 2012… It was over long before it got started this time around…

      All he we do is buy some key votes with lots of cash goodies…

      The American sheeple have become so dumb that they still believe they have a voice in D.C = (Don’t Complain) if the election has rigged you peasant scum ….

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