Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control

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  1. jason_els

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    That's the headline of the strangest article I've read in a while. Do you have a sense of pending doom? Do things seem as bad as all that? I talk to people, read the news, and suddenly my survivalist friend with 9 guns and a cache of MREs doesn't seem so nuts any more. Economists darkly predict disaster, gas prices are expected to rise to $5.00 a gallon by the end of the summer, there may be a nuclear attack on Iran, our government displays no leadership what-so-ever, prices are soaring as the dollar plummets, and unemployment is rising.

    Am I just paranoid? I know I tend to be fearful and yet it seems many other people, even former Fed Chairman Greenspan, think we're on the edge of a major economic and social meltdown we haven't seen since the Great Depression. What do you think?

     
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    My favorite quote is "air fare, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable." Border? They jumped the fucking fence ages ago and have since run miles away from the border, they're in Unaffordableland as we speak, having a good unaffordable time.

    And what does the article mean by "polar bears are adrift?" Are they floating on ice islands?
     
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    They said Bush would ruin this country. I think we are headed for a depression, and the Government is telling us lies.

    But I do not fear impending doom, I am an optimist by nature.
     
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    You're moving to Florida! Talk about impending doom...
     
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    :biggrin1: Impending tropical waters. Doom always hits NYC first. :wink:
     
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    I think that Bush is the guilty.
     
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    What do I think? That the doomsayers have had a lock on the news for eons because that&#8217;s what sells. There&#8217;s plenty of news from the other side but what fun is good news?

    That aside, I keep a personal arsenal for A) weekend fun, and B) just in case society does flip-out one day.
     
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    I think its the gays' fault.
     
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    and we're not at the beginning yet guys

    now Iran is getting hotter

    I think we could be on the brink of a third world war, or something like that, all that mess in the middle east and poor country is going to shift toward west

    and people not daring criticize their government choices (everywhere, in the US and Europe) are guilty, as if we hadn't voted for them

    they got rid of basic rights, they're going to get rid of freedom of speech, you can't even send an mp3 by email that's illegal, and you find people who support the majoir in that cause against freedom, what do you expect then?!
     
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    I don't think you're paranoid. Alot of badness is happening at once and it's easy to feel as if the world is spinning down the drain. But times of turmoil are not uncommon throughout history. While things are shite over here in America, other parts of the world might not be feeling it the same. I know when I was in Japan, the price of gas didn't change over a three month period. It was more expensive than here but there are environmental reasons for discouraging motorists from going crazy at the pump. The country is also experiencing an economic upswing. As is China. Meanwhile, third-world countries are still suffering much worse than anything we've experienced here.

    My point is, most of us have lived in the US during a comfortable time. Now that the water is rough, it may seem like the ship is about to sink. All storms pass, however, so I wouldn't fret too much about it.
     
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    I agree. Gays killed my mother and raped my father...then redecorated my room.

     
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    We are lucky that we are not in a country where we are starving and have no means of getting food or clean water for ourselves and our family.

    We are lucky that we do not have to cross the border, and end up dead from thirst in the desert, to earn money to put a new tin roof on a shack.
     
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    Greek, I'm extremely offended that you posted a link to an article that's been floating all over the internet for two days. Shame.

    Hugo, post#10 wins the award for most sensible, logical post in this thread.
     
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    This era reminds me a great deal of the 70s complete with dodgy presidents, oil crises, Iranian issues, vicious left/right politics, an unpopular war, inflation and stagflation, recession, airplane hijackings and terrorism, environmental, minority, and gay activism, resurgent Russia and China, and social upheaval. The only thing lacking is rollerdisco! For those of you who didn't live in those days, that's the 70s you didn't see on That 70s Show. The parallels are kind of uncanny and not in a good way.
     
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    But what happened after the 70s? The roaring 80s! Eventually we got to the 90s and things were all good. This current crapfest of events will pass like all the ones before it and we'll experience a boom once again. And then another crapfest. Followed by more booming. Then the second coming of Jesus Christ. Than a lull as the world rebuilds. Then another upswing.
     
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    Yeah but what’s different this time around is we have a Ronald Reagan type in the White House and not a Obama Carter, oops, I mean Jimmy Carter type. If there is a god I prey we don’t get another liberal-without-a-clue leading things here and if there ever was one it’s Jimmy and his friend Obama.
     
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    They broke into my house and replaced everything with an exact replica.

    The bastards/
     
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    Reagan had better advisors than Bush. Bush is not so smart. He clamped down on the White House openness. What happens after the administration is finished will be interesting.

    It's a pity to be so sure of yourself (or full of yourself) when things go wrong.

    Carter? He tried to please everyone and got nowhere because he didn't want to upset anyone. Billy Carter might have been better.
     
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    No, that would be the 80s. Bush is no Reagan by any means. All politics aside, Regan had outstanding leadership and communications qualities. He was genial, well-spoken, had the respect of foreign leaders, had enormous respect for the constitution and office of President, and managed to keep us out of war with the USSR. Bush is doing what Carter did in his later days, sequestering himself to the Rose Garden to wonder how it all went so wrong.
     
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