Apologists for the status quo contend the last eight years couldn't possibly be classified as a depression. The narrative of economic recovery has been peddled by corporate media mouthpieces, feckless politicians, Too Big To Trust Wall Street bankers, Federal Reserve puppets, and government apparatchiks flogging manipulated data as proof of economic advancement. They point to the lack of soup lines as proof we couldn't be experiencing a depression.The article makes the point much more eloquently than I can.
First of all, if there were soup lines, the corporate media would just ignore them. If they don't report it, then it isn't happening. Secondly, the soup lines are electronic, as the government downloads the "soup" onto EBT cards so JP Morgan can reap billions in fees to run the SNAP program. Just because there are no pictures of starving downtrodden Americans in shabby clothes waiting in soup lines, doesn’t mean the majority of Americans aren’t experiencing a depression.
Are US automakers also cooking the books? The FBI is reportedly "interested" in Fiat Chrylser sales figures: "Investigators are examining whether Fiat Chrysler improperly adjusted monthly numbers to show growth over the prior year,..."
Here's the thing: the economy is in depression. Couple that to automakers who are producing hideously expensive vehicles ($30k MSRP not uncommon) that only approach affordability if purchased with 5-6-7 year loans. The market for such vehicles is becoming saturated, to the point that lending standards for new car loans are edging ever lower, much the way mortgage standards did about eight, ten years ago.
See where this is going?
And if you doubt that we're in depression, recall that the world's seventh largest shipper is in bankruptcy. Hanjin, by itself, accounts for 3.2% of container shipping worldwide. (The article says it's "only" 3.2%, but come on--one company moves 3.2% of the transoceanic container freight in the world and they're bankrupt.)
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Government to people: stop being self-sufficient!
It reminds me of that time I went to the DMV and people were lining up for something, and a bureaucrat told everyone to sit down in the waiting area until called...and then proceeded to call people to line up, with the result that nearly everyone who had been in line was in line again. Made it pretty obvious to all and sundry that it wasn't the line which was the problem; it was the unauthorized self-organization which was the problem.
If we become too self-reliant, then it becomes obvious we don't need them or their ridiculous regulations. This is the greatest fear of those in power: our knowledge of their irrelevance.Nothing I can add there, either.
And maybe that's the real reason for the complete lack of coverage of the flooding in Louisiana. Not only was the flood a non-story because it doesn't fit the current narrative of Black vs. White. It doesn't fit the narrative that we are helpless and in need of the government to save us.
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If you are capable of bearing children, you're a woman. Sex is not a social construct.
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The older I get, the more difficult I find it to read white text on dark backgrounds. What did older guys do back in the greenscreen days? I suppose they didn't have to switch to black-on-white, so it didn't matter. *sigh*
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Lately I've started thinking about watching Gundam W again.
I've never been interested in mech shows, but GW is a big story and it's pretty well done to boot. Back when I lived in Cedar Rapids, I caught it when it was being run on Cartoon Network, liked what I saw, and started buying the DVDs, which were better because the dub was only so-so. (As I explained to Mrs. Fungus the other day, too many of the male characters sound alike. Not because they reused voices, but because the actors they got had similar voices.)
Well, maybe when I have some time. Which won't be soon. *sigh*