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The level of anger is rising everywhere and will reach dangerous levels. It’s very noticeable in traffic as well as the ass media. Here are three recent traffic examples.
Earlier this summer I slowed my car down to allow a mother and her children cross a four lane street (what the hell were they doing?) Then I looked up and realized I was the culprit as I was rolling through a red light at one of the city’s few pedestrian crosswalks. There was no sense stopping under a red light (can’t see the light when it turns green). Looking both ways, I saw no more pedestrians, so I picked up speed and continued on my way.
Moments later I noticed an old pick-up truck weaving in and out of traffic behind me. I could have guessed what was about to happen. He pulled up beside me, window down and screaming that I went through a red light. Several thoughts presented themselves. “Who made you a cop?” and “Wasn’t your reckless high-speed driving more dangerous than my slow-rolling red?” Judging by the veins popping out of his red face, I realized the white trash was in no mood for conversation nor was my car’s custom paint job any match for his dented pick-up. Discretion being the better part of valor, I ate crow, repeatedly apologized until he finished venting and name-calling, and then he drove away.
Yesterday no sooner did the light turn green than another jerk behind me leaned on his horn. WTF? This is a small Canadian city, not New York. I quickly drove on, but the angry jerk in the pick-up raced past, window rolled down, shaking his fist and yelling something indecipherable. It left me with two questions. Did his mother raise any children that weren’t assholes? And, why do so many jerks drive pick-ups?
This morning, a high-powered Acura beside me waited for the light to turn green then he raced past three other cars and stopped behind a dozen other vehicles at a red light which then drove through when it turned green. The jerk in the Acura deliberately slowed down almost to a stop, waited for the light to turn amber and then raced through leaving four cars behind him including myself stranded at the red light.
Clearly, not every jerk drives a pick-up. While I admit to admiring his chutzpah and the elegance of his maneuver, it says much about the increasing number of jerks behind the wheel. And, it’s evident everywhere, not just on the road.
I discarded my TV in 1988 and got a life. I rarely watch it now except for the occasional Stupor Bowl visit with friends or in a hotel room away on business. As such, I’m much more conscious of the increase in anger than someone whose regular TV watching conceals the gradualism of change. Everyone on TV today seems to be yelling and screaming.
Apparently, Donald Trump’s appeal as a Presidential candidate taps into this anger. Enough said.
Another barometer of anger is readers’ comments on alternate blogs. They are angrier today than ever. Read the calm comments on this Zero Hedge article from early 2009 and then note the increase in anger in today’s Zero Hedge articles readers’ comments.
I’m sure the reasons for this increased anger are both numerous and debatable, and sometimes laughable. Bloomberg blames climate change. “Climate change is making us angry.”
You might ask why this increase in anger is important to you. There’s one common element in the three traffic incidents above. All three involved young men in their twenties or early thirties. Today’s twenty-somethings are teenagers until they’re well into their thirties, and their lack of impulse control and paucity of anger management skills makes them dangerous. And, there are a large number of these Echo-boom Millennials being the second largest demographic after the boomers.
Ok, so why does that matter? Think U.S. presidential election. As a political science major, I’ve observed the last ten Presidential elections, and this one is, without a doubt, the angriest and most polarizing one I’ve ever seen.
Are you prepared for civil disturbance and the breakdown of law and order? Do you have a stockpile of food and water and other essentials? Are you prepared to stay safely at home for a long time during riots and martial law? Do you think this breakdown will be limited to the U.S. or will it spread beyond the U.S. border? We will soon find out.
There are three possible outcomes to the U.S. Presidential election less than two months, and I list them below in the order I think they are most likely to happen.
- Hillary Clinton gets elected
- Donald Trump gets elected
- The shit hits the fan, Obama cancels the election and declares martial law
Hillary has been selected by ‘our owners’ (as Carlin called them) for the plebes to elect as the next President. Liberalism is an incurable mental disorder infecting more than half the population who appear immune to Hillary’s corruption. Most women hate Trump so it’s unlikely he’ll get a large enough majority to overcome the vote rigging.
The abuse that Trump supporters have silently suffered by Democrat trolls at Trump’s rallies means that Republicans are unlikely to take up arms and revolt if Hillary gets in. On the other hand, we’ve seen how quickly Democrats riot and burn down neighborhoods when they get angry so if Trump gets in all hell will break loose.
Note: I rarely ever correctly predict election outcomes despite my Political Science degree (or perhaps because of it.) Martin Armstrong’s Socrates computer is forecasting that Trump “Should” win.
The only fly in the ointment is Hillary’s health. If that gives out, then we immediately go to number three. Conspiracy theorists think that may be the plan. Hillary has been running such a lousy campaign, raising so many questions and refusing media interviews that she’s being thrown under the bus and pulled from the limelight allegedly for Pneumonia.
I don’t know if this is a ploy to resurrect her shortly before the election after she’s ‘recovered’ or an excuse to go to number three and cancel the election and declare martial law. Either way, it looks like the shit is going to hit the fan.
If all hell breaks loose, as seems likely, the Democrat controlled jurisdictions like California, Michigan, Illinois, etc. will erupt in civil disobedience and riots. Other areas may be affected but not to the same degree. Supply lines will be affected, and power and water supplies shut down to regain control of an enraged population followed by martial law.
Are you prepared? Have you stockpiled essentials? Do you want to be on the streets or fighting enraged mobs looting the stores? You’re running out of time.
Sept 11, 2016
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50 years of monetary madness enabled the compounding of multiple mass manias, almost like instead of a house of cards it’s a mountain of different delusions stacked one on top of the other. It’s not rocket science to see that when one topples, they all topple. For 35 years if Congress (or corporations, or individuals) borrowed money, the resulting debt was treated as an increase in wealth, an asset.
This meant that borrowing (and squandering, stealing or burning the resultant funds) was an act of wealth creation. It was madness…yet a veritable ocean of bonds was filled, and at least until now, Pollyanna sailed it. Everyone is now addicted to seemingly unlimited resources. From boondoggle weapons programs to LINK cards, from campaign donations that began as Congressional appropriations for the donors to payments made to foreign and domestic kleptocrats, everyone acts like there’s a never-ending smorgasbord of money to be dispensed by the people managing Uncle Sam and every corporation on the planet. Every industry is addicted to this flow of funds. This also “paid” for delusions about immigrant invasion and about open sexual perversions and the enabling of outright insanity (e.g., a genetic and phenotypic man can be a “woman” just by labeling himself as such.)
It will all dry up as soon as interest rates begin to climb, which will signal that the willingness for the Mass Mind to embrace this greatest-ever fantasy of wealth “creation” is over. German bunds just had a massive two day selloff and Japanese Government Bonds have cut their investors’ wealth by 15% in the last couple months. The tidal wave may finally be cresting. If so, this period will in retrospect look like Georgia during the Antebellum years, only ours will have a lot more corpses. The white hot rage of people who awaken, like Rip Van Winkle, to reinterpret the reality around them as a slap to the face, well….that rage will take many paths, not one of them pleasant or orderly. “Be careful who you enrage” could be a good mantra for life, but methinks that the last 50 years have arranged to enrage hundreds of millions of North Americans and the tsunami of that rage bursting its dam will undoubtedly be record-breaking.
Excellent observations, DC! I couldn’t agree more and I also feel, although unquantified, that the racketeering is coming to an end. It’s only a matter of when, not if.
And, I think it will end with a bang, not a whimper. Like Hemingway said when asked how one goes bankrupt; “Slowly at first, then suddenly.”
I’m surprised it’s continued as long as it has. Good advice also, “Be careful who you enrage” although that may be easier said than done when most everyone turns into a powder keg. I’m glad I’m as old as dirt and childless.
BTW – you’re an excellent wordsmith in the vein of J.H. Kunstler thankfully without his Libtard mentality. You should consider creating your own blog. You too, could be a stranger in a strange land and join the rapidly shrinking minority of thinkers.
I hope you’re wrong Gerold regarding your conclusions as to what’s coming next. And I think you may be, but time, as ever, will tell. As for the anger, it’s impossible not to notice too wherever one goes these days……… surely the number one driving force behind it is fear. Everyone is afraid these days….of everyone else mostly…..and what is going on in the world. Of course, this is a result of design by the “owners” as they seek to exert yet more and more control over the helpless plebs who without any control over their own lives seek to exert control over yours and mine. God help us all.
I, too, hope I’m wrong, Tim!
You make a good observation about the anger driven by fear. And yes, our ‘owners’ are no doubt behind it.