The state of play

So, there are all sorts of things coming through right now. Zero Hedge has various scenarios, mostly gloomy and here is the case for imminent collapse.

These days everyone has his pet theory and even the most crazy might have elements of truth to them – this from comments at Zero Hedge:

The ugly fact is that the higher you go, all roads lead to luciferianism.

Then there is the survivalist mentality and I’ve been looking at a few of these sites.  Here’s a typical comment:

Certainly, small communities that work together will survive.  People who depend on banks, will be doomed.  People who depend on a government handout, will probably die.  Those that go out of their way to fight back, will also die.

I’m betting survivability of what is coming will come down to a combination of being virtually invisible, off the grid( which would collapse anyway,) and being able to survive on the fruits of one’s own labor.  Survival of the fittest.

Although you can’t prepare for each and every possible scenario,  you can certainly  prepare for the most obvious ones.

We’re mired in lies.  Look at the way the climate figures have been creatively interpreted to produce global warming.  So what we’re getting as our raw data to work on is in fact lies.

The sceptical view:

What will happen is already happening, so we can all see it live and in person.  When systems collapse, they will be taken over by the socialist authorities.  If food systems stop, farms and grain stores will be nationalized and resources handed out via Fema or other agencies.  If energy flows stop they will be rationed. Call that your large group if you like.

Society will adapt without going feral.  There will be winners and losers, but after the dust settles a better, more fair system will arise.  Maybe we’ll even try capitalism for the first time.

Someone mentioned that this is managed austerity, poverty etc. to make profits for the few.  At ground level, I phoned a builder I know to see if he’d take on a guy I know looking for work and he said he was laying off two of his four guys this week, similar with other builders he knows, the bottom now having fallen out.

Yet if you look at Jobsite, Total, Monster, that sort of site, there’s work all over the place, most of it telesales.  We know of the Euro situation, Spain etc.  Christians are getting ready for the big one.  Many in work now are knackered as to keep a job, you give 110% these days and comply with everything, often commuting long distances.

A stroll over to C@W and it’s mainly about price-fixing there, ditto at Jesse’s.

Rather than having to choose from these, rather they might all be part of what’s going on.  All the things I’ve blogged about – Them, the march to serfdom – all part of it but not the whole story.  Someone said that what is happening is that imbalance is being artificially maintained at this time to get various arrangements and profits into place then, once it’s all done, it’s allowed to go back to balance but the people who were becoming a threat – the middle class on credit – are no longer middle class but serfs again.

Meanwhile, the government obfuscates:

Court order prevents BBC from broadcasting film about riots

… and Asian sex gangs groom white girls, horrific things are happening within families, suiciding is increasing with the late middle-aged male, women think everything’s fine because they have jobs and can put up with crap better than men can. Politicians and journos are really the lowest form of human life at this time and all of that sort of thing.

Unusual weather has been doing the rounds these past few years.  If I think it’s induced, I have no way to prove that.  Democracy is now a joke.  Some say all-in depression is on the way and inevitable because the whole system has for some time now been based on fresh air and promises.

Rossa sends this guy’s post:

Agenda 21 calls for migration of the human living experience into green centers, urban zones where everything okay and ICLEI. Conforming to the new commandments of the green bible, driven by defeating the new adversary; carbon emissions, this movement will explode the concept of the city itself. Let’s take St. Louis for example. It’s population is 319,000 + change. Imagine it with 1 million people. Thinks its insane? Think again. By moving the population into massive, vertical structures, cities will be able to double and even triple their population.

Fanciful?  Councils are moving people out of homes right now and into shared accommodation where council officers “mix and match” by themselves who lives with whom, who is compatible etc., all under the compassionate eye of Common Purpose.  Currently on the list are any in more than one bedroom.

We’ve seen that all fields, e.g. engineering, education, have been cheapened and the newly qualified are preferred to the properly qualified and experienced because they’re less able to call-out what is going down.

People are becoming infantilized.

Work Programmes are getting people into temporary work which doesn’t last.  Multinationals farm human life out to the highest bidder.  Porn is out of control for any age.  We’re entering the days of the Lord of the Flies, when the painted and mutilated, the tribal, rule [see pic], where youth are dumbed down, where everyone’s dumbed down and no one has any direction and an almost non-existent moral compass.  Every day a new fatherless family is created and the mother seems perfectly happy on benefits – who cares about the kid?

Any good news?  Sporadic acts of kindness, blogs which ignore it all and just show nice things, such as Mark’s, can take our minds off it for some time, funny things which happen everyday, the appearance of normality to many people oblivious to any troubles.  I envy them because they’ll go down, just as we will, only they’ll be far happier than us when they do.

It’s all a jigsaw.  With that in mind, I go off for an interview today.  LOL.  Triumph of hope over experience.

[H/T coauthors]

12 Responses to “The state of play”

  1. Mark in Mayenne July 17, 2012 at 06:43 Permalink

    I have a blog that ignores it all and just shows nice things. There are a few reasons for this: (Should that be there is a few…?)

    I have opinions on matters financial and political, but so does everyone else. However there are plenty of political blogs where well-researched news is published, where I can comment if I’m motivated. Since I don’t research original articles myself, I’m not convinced that publishing a blog with my political views will add much.

    I also run a gîte, and I’ve seen enough blogs to know that everyone objects to at least some subset of everyone else’s views. So if I publish enough of my own, I’m going to annoy every one of my potential customers. This is probably a bad idea.

    So I just talk about sutf that is affecting me from day to day in my practical life. And about the only person who reads it is my mum. And my sister.

  2. James Higham July 17, 2012 at 07:12 Permalink

    I’ll get on over there, Mark and link to it later. Have to go out today.

  3. JD July 17, 2012 at 08:55 Permalink

    James – you promised me you were going to cheer up!
    What happened?
    :)

  4. Rossa July 17, 2012 at 09:06 Permalink

    The daughter of my Mum’s friend is facing the Council wanting to move her because they had put her in a 3 bed flat and she has 2 ‘spare’ rooms.

    I’ve also been told that if you are in receipt of council tax benefit but not housing benefit and have a spare room they will try and make you take in a lodger. So they are targetting private property owners too!

  5. Rossa July 17, 2012 at 09:09 Permalink

    In California there is a plan to take over mortgages from lenders and reduce the payments to try and keep people in their homes. With several Counties going bankrupt they are desperate not to have a load of vacant properties that could end up being condemned.

    Needless to say the lenders are not happy with this and have threatened to cut back on lending to anyone living in an area where this takes place. Certainly radical but a sign of the times.

    http://news.yahoo.com/calif-cities-eye-plan-seize-mortgages-190416716–finance.html

  6. James Higham July 17, 2012 at 09:30 Permalink

    Mark, Rossa – thanks.

    JD – I’m keeping it for this afternoon. Can’t waste it, you know.

  7. JD July 17, 2012 at 10:20 Permalink

    I’ve also been told that if you are in receipt of council tax benefit but not housing benefit and have a spare room they will try and make you take in a lodger. So they are targetting private property owners too!

    Not true.

  8. James Higham July 17, 2012 at 10:50 Permalink

    How do you know, JD? Perhaps England and Scotland are treated differently?

  9. andy5759 July 17, 2012 at 17:19 Permalink

    Round up the Usual Suspects; Agenda21, Common Purpose, The Intergenerational Foundation (who he – Ed). If we are living alongside the thin end of the wedge right now, how much elbow room will we be allowed when the wedge reaches full thickness?

  10. Wolfie July 18, 2012 at 07:11 Permalink

    Being a Father is a good antidote for all that gloom. It keeps you focussed on your need to somehow navigate your family to safety through whatever is happening around us.

    Yesterday my daughter said that she loved me and wanted to marry me. (but she also wants a diamond ring like Mummy has!)

    Having “Bambi” on continual repeat in the living room reminds me daily of the values that really matter.

    We will live through this era of madness. Somehow.

  11. James Higham July 18, 2012 at 07:29 Permalink

    You’re so right, Wolfie. When I was in the family way, it was the essence of each day – not 24/7 but it was the main focus and added meaning to life.

    Now, with grown-up kids out there and being footloose and fancy free, it’s also a hollow gap. There’s probably a place for such as me [no narky comments ;-) ] in the firmament, to publicize this or that still but it’s somewhere people drop in, have a look and move on to more rewarding things.

    I’m quite comfortable with all that from a personal point of view. Having all that in the history, there’s not a sense of unfulfilment gnawing but more of where do we go now.

    The macro-scene is depressing and upsetting – what is being done to people and the death of style and talent. Think it’s more an aesthetic thing with me. I’m not going to kill myself over it but it’s still not good and when we see something wrong, psychologically we have to say so.

    So well done with your family. You have one hell of a wife and I’d assume your daughter is a bit of both in character. She’ll be brought up right and what more can any kid ask?

  12. Rossa July 18, 2012 at 07:39 Permalink

    JD. It was a DWP adviser who told me that. It will be a condition on receiving help with the mortgage. The alternative is to be put on the new mortgage assistance scheme which only lasts 2 years. After that you’re on your own financially if you’re unemployed. I already know 2 people who have had their mortgage interest payments stopped completely with no warning and no right of appeal. The new scheme was started by the Coalition in 2010 so we can expect a rise in repossessions as more people fall off the cliff when they can no longer afford to live in their own homes.

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