In 2016 forty million Americans are so poor they are forced to endure the indignity of living on food stamps to the howls being labeled ' moochers' by the US media. Americans live in a country that is the world leader in wealth disparity. In the last 30 years since the creation of 'Reaganism', America has become a caste system of a small number of very wealthy 'haves' and an ever growingly larger number poor 'have nots'. Americas seniors for the most part live in poverty, with their poverty level pensions constantly under threat.

Americans are the most indebted people on earth, slaves in a lopsided sociopathic economic system, high interest credit cards alone account for over a trillion dollars of debt. Americas children, Americas future leave school slaves to a trillion and a half dollars of high interest school debt.

Even after Obamacare 30 million Americans have no health care, for them even a minor treatable illness can result in terrible suffering or even the threat of death. This while the remaining 'insured' are forced to pay outrages disproportional amounts of their incomes out of fear of illness or being financially ruined by a health event.

Americans blindly consume a contaminated food supply, Frankenstein foods , chemically saturated GMO's, the creation of US chemical companies in the pursuit of ever increasing corporate profits. Americans the target of the US multibillion fast food and junk food corporate industry, which has unshered in an obesity epidemic, so much so that predictions are now todays youth will not live as long as their parents.

Americas fresh water supply now comtaminated with a cocktail hundreds of carcinogenic and neurological chemicals, pumped into their watershed by multinational energy and oil companies through a million and a half fracking wells, companies exempted from environmental laws by previous crooked corporate friendly US governments . The result an epidemic of cancers, children being the most vulnerable.

Americans have even the the privacy of their personal lives now intruded upon by a trillion dollar private corporate domestic surveillance system hired by the US government without American knowledge or permission, until Edward Snowden blew the whistle. Every American now constantly monitored and treated as a potential threat to the establishment, this under the guise of anti terrorism.

Hundreds of thousands of US families have been forced to grieve the death, dismemberment or psychological damage of their youth who have been continually placed in the harms way in dozens conflicts. Duped by successive US governments who in truth were only protecting corporate interests world wide, while telling the families of Americans the lie that their sons died protecting freedom.

For many Americans their country has become one big for profit penal colony. America with 5% of the worlds population jails more of its citizens than those so called evil empires of Russia and China combined. One in every 32 Americans is under the control of the US penal system either through parole or incarceration, an even higher number have debilitating criminal records that make them second class citizens and easy subjects of abuse by the system.

Americas five media corporations owned by the richest fraction of the one percent of the population, control 90% of everything Americans see, read or hear and ultimately the input of information that Americans put trust in to make decisions on world and domestic affairs.The truth is of course, the only thing Americans know, is what the establishment allows them to know.

America political system has now been corrupted on every level by establishment operatives to the detriment of the population in general. Their judiciary has been bought and paid for and now generally rubberstamp establishment policies again to the detriment of the majority.

Americas civilian police have become unshamed quazi military thugs, torturers and executioners of mostly troublesome minorities, immune and protected from prosecution by racist policies ingrained in centuries of apartheid US rule.

Nationalism the last tool of the despot, is continually used as a weapon against 'enquiring Americans' , those brave enough to question the ligitimacy of a very visible sick society.


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humanitys team 3 years 24 weeks ago

Organised Religion and Nationalism these are the main problems as they both work against bringing humanity together and ending its seperations.

Highly Evolved beings saw that a concept such as Nationalism works against their First Guiding Principle : WE ARE ALL ONE .

We need to abandon the concept of seperation and adopt the concept of visibility..Never see ourselves again as seperate from one another ,and never see ourselves seperate from the divine .Never tell anything but the whole truth to anyone ,and never again accept anything less than our grandest truth about the divine .

The first choice will produce the second ,for when we see and understand that we are all One with everyone ,we can not tell an untruth or withhold important data or be anything but totally visible with all others because we will be clear that it is in our own best interests to do so.

Bringers of the light .

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TomDorr 3 years 24 weeks ago

While I agree with many of your findings, and the fact that the media has become a generator of money rather than a trusted disseminator of information, I would like to briefly point out some of thw causes for these serious problems.

Actually, the US is not a caste system, where upward mobility is strictly limited and station in life and occupations are determined. As shown clearly by a Black middle class whose numbers and incomes have been steadily growing, and by the enormous success of Asian and African immigrants, there is significant mobility in terms of opportunity and attainment.

Looking closely at the 40 million people who receive at least some food stamps, it appears that three things are driving this. The first, is corporate control and greed, as well as its aggressive push to whore out our intellectual capital, manufacture in low wage countries, and evade taxes by moving parts of its operations and headquarters out of the US. I think we're in agreement there.

The second driver is the US's disfunctional immigration policy, which allows business to hire illegal immigrants with relative impugnity. Especially in construction, landscaping, and light manufactureing, illigal immigrant workers not only displace American workers, but lower wages by undercutting them. The Pew report on immigration in 2011 found that in 2009, 24% of carpenters were illegal immigrants. The construction industry would be a provider of millions of additional family supporting jobs for those without College education, if not for corporations and contractors hiring illegals immigrants.
Finally, we are shooting ourselves in the foot by lack of personal responsibility and demanding immediate gratification. Family structure changes over the last 50 years have resulted in the reduction of children, both in real numbers and percentages, raised by two married parents. The greatest predictor for economic security and the success of children is family structure. Only 6% of those in families with two married parents live in poverty, while 34 % of single parent families headed by a female do so.
I totally disagree with your analysis of our police.
I agree with the poor diet and obesity phenomena phenomena as a big problem. But once again, I say this comes down to personal responsibility.
Finally, I believe technology advancement drives the ability for surveillance abuses. Laws and safeguards must be made to "catch up" with these advances to protect the privacy of those in their houses and in other non-public areas. However, I see high def cameras and facial recognition advancement as a useful enforcement tool in public areas. I don't care how many cameras "catch" my image when I'm walking down a city street or shopping. Because I'm not doing anything illegal, and the tapes would be boring.
Zap-Thanks again for the intriguing blog.

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zapdam. 3 years 24 weeks ago

I don't know, call me cynical, but using your children for canon folder to protect corporate business interests, allow the same to poison your food supply and your ground water, your politicians lack morality,can be bought off to the highest bidder, allow less than 1% of your population to control 90% of your news and information to serve their self interests, have 1 in every 32 Americans under the control of your penal system, and the rest under electronic surveillance, just doesn't sound like the country I'd like to live in.

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TomDorr 3 years 24 weeks ago

zap-I do like this country. Of course I didn't sire children before I got married, worked hard to succeed in public school, worked diligently at a responsible job for the railroad, and was also a union rep for 23 years. My union negotiated a very good health insurance package for us, starting about 40 years ago. We are very happy with it, but we earned it. I didn't commit crime, so I am not one of those in jail.

I feel that I have freedoms that the vast majority in the world don't. I have a great retirement plan, as does my wife. I don't fear police, but I certainly respect them. My taxes are fair, although I wish I had more say in how they were spent.

From my perspective, I really don't want to live in another country. I also understand there are problems, as all major countries have challenges. But I am not a hand-wringer or self-flaggelator. And I'm certainly not alone. I'm not a one-percenter, but I am one of many millions who has done well in this country.

Value education, don't procreate until you are able to support children, don't commit crime, and work hard, and the chances are very great you will succeed. Every year, our legal immigrants prove this.

This netion is not the sum of its problems. No nation is.

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zapdam. 3 years 24 weeks ago

Tom Dorr Sounds like through discipline, many breaks and hard work you've had a great life and still do, but you're not representative of America today, stats back that statement up. Plus as a white man you've enjoyed endless privileges not afforded a non white, perhaps the reason you have no bitch against your police. The life you've experienced doesn't really exist for today's workers, unions have all been decimated, wages and employee packages you still enjoy have been stripped away, today's workers are service industry people ,poor incomes, no security , certainly no negotiated perks and definitely no pensions.

Perhaps the America you remember no longer exists. Please understand this is not criticism of your life , not in the least, in fact when you describe your life, I wish all of your fellow countrymen could be so lucky.

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zapdam. 3 years 24 weeks ago

Humanitys team...

As person who cares for all humanity, I find great difficulties enjoying my privileged position ,when I know there is so much suffering.That's why I write share my knowledge try to inform others. My actions don't stop at writings, every 3rd month I send money to a 50 something friend I met 20 years ago in Indonesia, where there are no safety nets. I most likely will never see this person again, in fact I vaguely remember him, but most importantly I know he exists and my help makes his life better.

There are many cultures that are certainly more compassionate than ours. In Asia during severe recessions in many countries, workers voluntarily give up work hours so as to create equal work for fellow workers and avoid layoffs.

I wish we taught the value of compassion and empathy in school, shown examples of how a little sacrifice, we could make a difference in the lives to people we don't even know and be shown that all things worthwhile are not monetary but that the enjoyment in acts of humanity supersede all rewards.

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Ou812 3 years 24 weeks ago

Zapdam, I don't know where you dig up this BS, you never give references. I feel sorry for you. You have no life, probably sitting around in your underwear typing out hate. Seek help. Most of the health care plans in Canada offer psychiatric care.

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George Reiter 3 years 24 weeks ago

An excellent post, striking at the heart of Corporate America!

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zapdam. 3 years 24 weeks ago


food stamps, actually now its probably closer to 50 million Americans on food stamps.

1 in 32 in jail or on parole, again its actually higher

5 media giants control 90% of information, actually its 6 but 2 are trying to merge.

"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism." Smedly Butler USMC .

Nothings changed in fact its gotten worse.

AND NO i don't just sit around in my underwear waiting for comments, i have a 'smart phone' and it tells me when people like you are annoying me. Although at 70 , i do have plenty of time. Perhaps one day a project will be to create 'GREYPOWER' in which i seek out and enlist all the wise old owls and become a political force both sides of the border. Clean up this fucking political, environmental mess we helped create.

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zapdam. 3 years 24 weeks ago

George Reiter

Thank you for taking the time to stop and read my post and make a comment. yes the corporations have grown to big for their brtiches, some now have more money and power than mid sized countries.All of this in the hands of virtual corporate board room dictators and whats more they are ruthless.

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Ou812 3 years 24 weeks ago


You're a year younger than I am. I spend my time teaching high school (part time), working out in the gym, taking yoga and reading. For laughs I read what the washed up lefties write.

One of my favorite quotes is from the book "Even Cowgirls get the blues by Tom Robbins. The quote is one of the characters, Jellybean Bonanza talking about politics. Here it is. "Politics is for people who have a passion for changing life, but lack a passion for living it. Here is one more from the same book. "I believe in political solutions to political problems. But man's primary problems aren't political; they're philosophical. Until humans can solve their philosophical problems, they're condemned to solve their political problems over and over and over again. It's a cruel, repetitious bore."

Don't worry about cleaning up the mess you baby boomers made (actually I'm one year too old to be a boomer). I have all the faith in the world in the up coming generations. They'll fix it,

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zapdam. 3 years 24 weeks ago

NO Pebbles does NOT want to get back in her CAGE


"If you make me go in that cage, squawk , I'm gonna go all raptor on yo ass "

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TOM D. 3 years 23 weeks ago

Zap. I dropped back in , and commented on your "lets get this straight" post. Personally I think canada is pretty great, but who the hell am I eh? I agree with your synopsis on this post. And I also think all these "Ism's" ( conservat'ISM, liberal'ISM, libertarian'ISM....etc ), are all just labels that the connected "political people" in Washington use to sell themselves (and their influence) to wall street. So, nothing actually gets better (for us anyway...THEY of course seem to be laughing all the way to the bank though). Like the classic Who song: "wont get fooled again" though , we still keep getting fooled. Btw ZAP, I'm not Tom Dorr, Its pure coincidence that our names are so similar. From his posts he seems like a cool dude. Sorry for any confusion. Tom

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zapdam. 3 years 23 weeks ago

Tom D

This time i got it straight and yes TomDorr and i don't always see i to eye, but he is a very intelligent 'cool dude'. Canada today is the America that once was, minus the racism, guns and a with a heavy springling of ' I do give a damn' socialism.

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