Venezuela Crisis: A Warning to America

Don’t elect a democratic socialist like Sanders or Clinton

From gun confiscation to economic collapse, what’s happening in Venezuela is exactly what a Clinton or Sanders Presidency would mean for America.

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America Looks A Lot Like Nazi Germany Did Just Prior To World War II

In fact, I would venture to say that the Nazification of the United States is pretty much complete
America Looks A Lot Like Nazi Germany Did Just Prior To World War II

by Michael Snyder | End Of The American Dream | October 20, 2015


Once upon a time America fought a great war to rid the world of the Nazis, but now we have become just like them.

In fact, I would venture to say that the Nazification of the United States is pretty much complete.  As you will see below, we have a heavily socialized economy where tax rates are out of control and lots of freebies are given out just like the Nazis did.  And just like the Nazis, our society has become highly militarized and our government has become increasingly obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and controlling the general population.  But more than anything else, all of the pageantry and beauty in our society masks an evil which has grown to a level that is almost unspeakable.  The other day, my wife and I were watching some footage of the beautiful parades and celebrations that were held in Germany before World War II, and they certainly were very impressive.  But under the surface, a great evil was growing.  Just because something happens behind closed doors does not make it okay, and just like the Nazis, our society is about to learn an exceedingly painful lesson in that regard.

Let’s start out by talking about the economy.  Most people tend to regard the Nazis as “far right”, but the truth is that they were socialists.  By heavily taxing and spending, the Nazis were able to temporarily restore economic prosperity after the great economic crisis that occurred under the Weimar Republic, and this helped fuel their wild popularity.  The following comes from Wikipedia

In the midst of the Great Depression, the Nazis restored economic stability and ended mass unemployment using heavy military spending and a mixed economy. Extensive public works were undertaken, including the construction ofAutobahns (high speed highways). The return to economic stability boosted the regime’s popularity.

Just like the Democrats of today, most people don’t consider the Nazis to have been socialists, but that is precisely what they were.  I think that former game show host Chuck Woolery nailed it with some of his recent public statements

Chuck Woolery, perhaps best known for being the host of the show “Love Connection” from 1982-94, also frequently takes to Twitter to express political viewpoints. In a recent series of tweets Woolery, 74, offered his opinion on politics, the size of government, and the political nature of the Nazi party:

“Nazi is described as a right wing organization, Yet their were Socialists [sic]. They were left. But Chuck. But My BUTT.”

“National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Nazi Party. Hitler. Need I go on?”

“Maybe better. Democrats don’t value the country. They value the power of Government. There is a difference ya know.”

I knew there was a reason why I always liked that guy.

Just like Barack Obama and the Democrats, the Nazis loved to give out free stuff.  Kitty Werthmann was a child in Austria at the time the Nazis took over, and her description of the freebies the Nazis were handing out sounds very much like what the Democrats want to do today…

Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

I like free stuff too, but in the end someone always has to pay for all of that free stuff.  According to Kitty Werthmann, “our tax rates went up to 80% of our income“, and in America we are moving in the same direction.

In the United States today, when you add up all federal taxes, all state taxes, all local taxes, all property taxes and all sales taxes, there are some Americans that actually pay more than 50 percent of their incomes in taxes.

Somehow we still have the audacity to claim that we are not socialists even though that is exactly what we have become.

And the Germans had their own version of Obamacare too.  The following is more eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann

Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna . After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.

There is no way that you can get around it.  The Nazis were never on “the far right”.  The were always leftists, and they always hated capitalsim.  National Socialist theologian Gregor Strasser once made the following statement

We National Socialists are enemies, deadly enemies, of the present capitalist system with its exploitation of the economically weak … and we are resolved under all circumstances to destroy this system.

Not even Barack Obama or Bernie Sanders would make such an extreme statement today.

And like the Nazis, our society has become highly militarized.

Just prior to World War II, the Germans probably had the most powerful military on the entire planet, and they loved to use that military to push other countries around.  They stunned the entire world when they swept through Poland, and the lightning speed with which they defeated France changed the way war is waged forever.

But just like the leftists in our own nation, the Nazis definitely did not want the general population to be armed.  Kitty Werthmann remembers very well what happened in Austria under the Nazis…

Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long after-wards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

And just like the leftists of today, the Germans were extremely suspicious of individual liberty and freedom.  The secret police were everywhere, and anyone that was even suspected of anti-government activity was monitored very closely.

Sadly, we are becoming just like the Nazis in this regard, only now we have the technological capability to take things so much farther.  Government control freaks are systematically watching us, tracking us, recording our phone calls and monitoring our emails.  It has gotten so bad that even 64 percent of all reporters believe that the government is spying on them.  We spy on our enemies, we spy on our friends (just ask the French and the Germans about this) and we even spy on the little old lady down the street.

We have been sold the lie that we have to give up our privacy and our liberty in exchange for security.

It is the same lie that the Nazis told.

But perhaps our greatest similarity to the Nazi regime of the 1930s is our lust for blood.

What the Nazis did behind closed doors was so horrific that it is hard to even speak about it.  Once the Holocaust was revealed, the world should have never allowed crimes against humanity like that to ever happen again.

But they are happening.

They are happening behind closed doors in America today, and most Americans are perfectly okay with this.

In this country, millions of babies are being systematically murdered and their organs are being harvested.  Those organs are then sold off to the highest bidder and they are ultimately used in extremely bizarre scientific experiments.

In recent months these crimes have been put on display for all the world to see, and yet the American people have not responded with outrage.  In fact, only 29 percent of Americans even want to cut off the hundreds of millions of dollars that Planned Parenthood is getting from the federal government every year.

Do you know what that 29 percent figure tells me?

It tells me that America is done.

America is finished.

And it turns out that Hitler was actually a huge fan of the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger.  As I have written about previously, it was Sanger that once said the following…

“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

Hitler echoed this sentiment when he penned the following in Mein Kampf…

“The demand that defective people be prevented from propagating equally defective offspring. . . represents the most humane act of mankind.”

Of course those on the left are going to get very upset by all of this, and I am sure that some of them will leave some very nasty comments following this article.

But the truth is the truth.

And it isn’t just Democrats – most Republicans in Congress are in the exact same boat too.

If we don’t want to be like the Nazis, we should stop acting like them, and that includes not pushing Christianity out of every area of public life.  The following information was uncovered by author Bruce Walker, the author of “The Swastika Against the Cross: The Nazi War on Christianity“…

The Nazi tract Gott und Volk was distributed in 1941, and it describes the life cycle of German youth in the future, who would:  “With parties and gifts the youth will be led painlessly from one faith to the other and will grow up without ever having heard of the Sermon on the Mount or the Golden Rule, to say nothing of the Ten Commandments… The education of the youth is to be confined primarily by the teacher, the officer, and the leaders of the party.  The priests will die out.  They have estranged the youth from the Volk.  Into their places will step the leaders.  Not deputies of God.  But anyway the best Germans.  And how shall we train our children?  Thus, as though they had never heard of Christianity!

Our nation is falling apart because we have rejected the values and the principles that were handed down to us by our forefathers.

We have embraced the same lies that the Nazis embraced, and if we don’t turn around we will experience a similar fate.

I think that the following excerpt from a recent RT editorial sums things up pretty well…

The United States is in decline. While not all major shocks to the system will be devastating, when the right one comes along, the outcome may be dramatic.

Not all explosives are the same. We all know you have to be careful with dynamite. Best to handle it gently and not smoke while you’re around it.

Semtex is different. You can drop it. You can throw it. You can put it in the fire. Nothing will happen. Nothing until you put the right detonator in it, that is.

To me, the US – and most of the supposedly free West – increasingly looks like a truck being systematically filled with Semtex.

But it’s easy to counter cries of alarm with the fact that the truck is stable – because it’s true: you can hurl more boxes into the back without any real danger. Absent the right detonator, it is no more dangerous than a truckload of mayonnaise.

But add the right detonator and you’re just one click away from complete devastation.

Absent a major crisis, the United States may be able to keep going down this same road for a few years more.

But I wouldn’t count on it.

We have willingly chosen to tear down and destroy everything that our forefathers built, and we were convinced that we had a better way.

Now decades of incredibly foolish decisions are starting to catch up with us, and yet we still persist in our stubbornness.

So where do we go from here?

What will the fate of America be?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

They Want To Use ‘Hate Speech Laws’ To Destroy Freedom Of Speech In America

Hate speech laws are going in all around the world
They Want To Use ‘Hate Speech Laws’ To Destroy Freedom Of Speech In America

by Michael Snyder | End Of The American Dream | July 3, 2015


Hate speech laws are going in all around the world, and progressive activists in the United States want to use these kinds of laws to destroy free speech in America.

You see, the truth is that these hate speech laws that are being implemented all over the planet are not just about preventing speech that promotes violence or genocide against a particular group of people.  Instead, these laws are written in such a way that anyone that says something that “offends” or “insults” someone else is guilty of “hate speech”.  Even if you never intended to offend anyone and you had no idea that your words were insulting, in some countries you can be detained without bail and sentenced to years in prison for such speech.  Today, there are highly restrictive hate speech laws in Canada, in Mexico and in virtually every single European nation.  The United States is still an exception, but the truth is that our liberties and freedoms are being eroded every single day, and it is only a matter of time until “hate speech laws” are used to take away our freedom of speech too.

If you don’t think that this could ever happen in America, you should consider what the American Bar Association has to say on the matter.  This is the national organization that represents all of our lawyers, judges, etc.  So when the ABA speaks on legal matters, it carries a significant amount of weight.  The following is how the American Bar Association defines “hate speech”

Hate speech is speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits.

Did you catch that?

If I say something that offends or insults you, there is a very good chance that I have just committed “hate speech” according to the ABA.

And support for these kinds of laws is growing.  In fact, one survey found that 51 percent of all Democrats now support hate speech laws.  It is only a matter of time before progressives start pushing for them in a big way.

Sadly, many of these progressives don’t even understand that our Constitution protects free speech.  Just consider what CNN anchor Chris Cuomo recently had to say about this

Hate speech is not the same thing as free speech, wrote CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on the ultimate forum for public discourse:Twitter.

Amid debate about free speech after a shooting at an anti-Muslim protest in Texas , a user tweeted at Cuomo: “Too many people are trying to say hate speech (doesn’t equal) free speech.”

In response, Cuomo, who has a law degree, said, “It doesn’t. Hate speech is excluded from protection. Don’t just say you love the Constitution … read it.”

No, I think that it is Cuomo that needs to read the Constitution.  The fact that he gets to deliver “the news” to millions upon millions of Americans is absolutely frightening.

But without a doubt, we do need to have a conversation about “hate speech” in the United States.  If I offend or insult you, that does not mean that I “hate” you.  And if I disagree with you, that does not mean that I “hate” you either.

Some of the things that are considered to be “offensive speech” these days are absolutely ridiculous.  For example, just consider the following excerpt from a recent article by Paul Joseph Watson

Here’s an actual list of things that according to the University of Wisconsin are racist:

– Asking someone where they are from or where they were born.

– Telling someone they speak good English.

– Telling someone that you have several black friends.

– Saying that you’re not a racist.

– Complimenting an Asian person by telling them they are very articulate.

– Asking an Asian person for help with science or math.

– Uttering the phrase “There is only one race, the human race.”

– Saying that you think America is a melting pot and that when you look at someone you don’t see race.

– Believing that the most qualified person, regardless of race, should get the job.

– Thinking that every person, regardless of race, can succeed in society if they work hard enough.

– Telling a black person who is being too loud to be quiet.

– Telling an Asian or Latino person who is too quiet to speak up.

– Mistaking a person of color for a staff member when you’re in a store.

– Calling something “gay”.

– Doing an impression of someone’s dialect or accent.

Could you imagine going to prison for any of those “offenses”?

But this is where our country is heading if we don’t stand up for our rights.

Right now, the progressives are on a roll.  In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage, some progressives are already talking about going after the tax exemptions of churches that oppose it.  In fact, the New York Times recently published an article entitled “Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions“.

But of course the ultimate goal is far more insidious.  In the end, they want to shut down all speech that offends them in any way

The American Unity Fund is a heavily funded new super-PAC looking to blanket the country with LGBT anti-discrimination laws.In effect, those laws aim to wipe out any alternative voice to the LGBT agenda. The effort is being spearheaded by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer and another wealthy hedge fund manager, Tim Gill. Gill’s operations—the Gill Foundation and Gill Action—have been dedicated to “nonpartisan” gains for the LGBT lobby on the legislative and judicial fronts.

Those that do not believe that this could ever possibly happen in “the land of the free” should consider what has already happened in our neighbor to the north

Anyone who is offended by something you have said or written can make a complaint to the Human Rights Commissions and Tribunals. In Canada, these organizations police speech, penalizing citizens for any expression deemed in opposition to particular sexual behaviors or protected groups identified under ‘sexual orientation.’ It takes only one complaint against a person to be brought before the tribunal, costing the defendant tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. The commissions have the power to enter private residences and remove all items pertinent to their investigations, checking for hate speech.

Of course the same kind of thing is already happening over in Europe as well.  For instance, one Christian pastor in Northern Ireland is being prosecuted for calling Islam “a doctrine spawned in hell”

An evangelical pastor in Northern Ireland is under fire and will be prosecuted after calling Islam “satanic” and claiming that its doctrine was “spawned in hell” during a controversial 2014 sermon that streamed over the Internet.

Pastor James McConnell, 78, of Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, made his comments — which included calling Islam “heathen” — in a sermon delivered last May, the BBC reported.

“The Muslim religion was created many hundreds of years after Christ. Muhammad, the Islam Prophet, was born around the year A.D. 570, but Muslims believe that Islam is the true religion,” he preached. “Now, people say there are good Muslims in Britain. That may be so, but I don’t trust them.”

McConnell continued, “Islam’s ideas about God, about humanity, about salvation are vastly different from the teaching of the holy scriptures. Islam is heathen. Islam is satanic. Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell.”

Once such laws are in place in the United States, it won’t be difficult for the government to find you if you are committing “hate speech”.  As I have written about repeatedly, the U.S. government already monitors virtually everything that is said and done on the Internet.  The following is an excerpt from an article that was recently authored by Micah Lee, Glenn Greenwald, and Morgan Marquis-Boire

The sheer quantity of communications that XKEYSCORE processes, filters and queries is stunning. Around the world, when a person gets online to do anything — write an email, post to a social network, browse the web or play a video game — there’s a decent chance that the Internet traffic her device sends and receives is getting collected and processed by one of XKEYSCORE’s hundreds of servers scattered across the globe.

In order to make sense of such a massive and steady flow of information, analysts working for the National Security Agency, as well as partner spy agencies, have written thousands of snippets of code to detect different types of traffic and extract useful information from each type, according to documents dating up to 2013. For example, the system automatically detects if a given piece of traffic is an email. If it is, the system tags if it’s from Yahoo or Gmail, if it contains an airline itinerary, if it’s encrypted with PGP, or if the sender’s language is set to Arabic, along with myriad other details.

And as I wrote about yesterday, western governments are already using paid trolls to identify and combat “extremists” on social media websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

We are rapidly becoming a “Big Brother” society, and if we don’t stand up for our freedoms and liberties now, it is inevitable that we will eventually lose just about all of them.

Unfortunately, most of the population is absolutely clueless about all of this.  In fact, as Mark Dice demonstrated the other day, many Americans don’t even know what we are celebrating on the 4th of July.  As a society, we have become extremely “dumbed down”, and we have lost connection to the values and principles that this country was founded upon.

So is there any hope for us?  Please feel free to tell us what you think by posting a comment below…

TPP Endgame: Turn America into a Third World Wasteland

A worldwide corporate plantation of serfs indebted to global government
TPP Endgame: Turn America into a Third World Wasteland

by Kurt Nimmo | Infowars.com | June 25, 2015


The end result of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passed by a traitorous Congress will be to reduce America to a third world wasteland on par with Mexico where the median household income is $4,500.

The idea behind the so-called trade agreement is to replace and expand NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement passed by the supposed liberal president Bill Clinton.

“NAFTA was supposed to create 200,000 new jobs through increased exports to Mexico but, by 2010, growing trade deficits with Mexico had eliminated 682,900 U.S. jobs, with job losses in every U.S. state and congressional district,” write Robert E. Scott for the Economic Policy Institute.

NAFTA streamlined the process of moving manufacturing jobs from the United States to Mexico and eventually China and now Vietnam where the monthly salary is around $150 per month.

NAFTA resulted in the loss of around 5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs and the TPP will dramatically increase the losses.

40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if the current trend deindustrializing America continues under TPP, notes Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University.

In addition to sending jobs offshore, the TPP will significantly decrease the wages of non-college degree workers.

Scott writes that “expanded trade with low-wage countries has reduced the annual wages of a typical worker by $1,800 per year. Given that there are roughly 100 million non-college-educated workers in the U.S. economy (about 70 percent of the labor force), the scale of wage losses suffered by this group translates to roughly $180 billion.”

“The TPP’s implications on the poor and working class of the United States are grave and serious. From information gathered thus far it is known that the TPP would drive down wages even further,” writes the Rev. Bruce Wright, President’s Commission on Ending Homelessness.

The corporate trade agreement will create a “potentially dramatic increase in poverty, unemployment, and homelessness due to decreasing wages, further joblessness, and increased health costs.”

The federal government’s Census Bureau reports half of the United States population is now living at or below the poverty line. Median household income adjusted for inflation has declined for five years in a row.

“During the four years that marked President Barack Obama’s first term in office, the real median income of American households dropped by $2,627 and the number of people in poverty increased by approximately 6,667,000, according to data released today by the Census Bureau,” CNSNews reported in September, 2013.

More than 50 percent of the population — 165 million of 308 million Americans — receive some sort of government assistance and the number of Americans on welfare has increased from 97 million to 107 million since Obama took office.

The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.

The New Corporate Serfdom

This corporate drive to impoverish humanity and consolidate wealth and power is part of a process designed to reinvent and modernize the feudal system of the Middle Ages. The new serfdom now emerging will not simply control Europe, but the entire world under the rule of a globalist government.

In the Middle Ages under monarchical feudalism peasants were slaves who had no rights, were perniciously taxed, were forced to turn over the best part of their harvest to manorial lords, were not allowed to own oxen or horses, hunt (under penalty of death) and had to ask permission to move or get married. They were not allowed to own weapons.

As Daisy Luther notes, a return to this system is now emerging. From globalist trade agreements and corporate monopolization and ever increasing government regulation, today’s oligarchs are ushering in a return to serfdom.

“Agenda 21, a document devised by the United Nations, goes even further to separate the 90% from the 10%,” she writes. “In the name of tree-hugging largess,  A-21 is quietly working to round up the peasants and place them in cities, with massive restrictions on their movement.  Through public transit that only goes to certain places, A-21 is ‘keeping the peasants on the estate.’ People are shoehorned into tiny apartments with no opportunity to become self-sufficient and grow their own food.  Using ‘national land’ (parks) requires payment in many areas.  Even the collection and use of rainwater is being targeted by Agenda 21, sending the very clear message:  WE OWN EVERYTHING.”

TPP is about the global elite not only owning everything but also reducing humanity to a state of grinding poverty. People on the edge of starvation and homelessness are less concerned with liberty and overthrowing the elite and their minions than merely surviving.

Neo-Feudal USA: The Death of Democracy

In neo-feudal America, the financial aristocracy and political elite are judged under a different set of laws
Neo-Feudal USA: The Death of Democracy

by Gerald Celente | Trends Journal | May 27, 2015


Neither a conspiracy nor conjecture: By every quantitative measure, 21st century America has degenerated from being the beacon of democracy to a neo-feudal state.

From crime and punishment to the vast wealth and income-inequality gap, the rules are different for the political elite and economic nobility than they are for the common man bound to live by the letter of the law and brought to justice for minor infractions — all while political insiders, corporate charlatans and financial bandits are left free to rape, pillage and plunder.

What should have been headline news and met with outrage last Wednesday barely made the front page of newspapers or the top of broadcast news. Deemed not as important as the murder of a wealthy family who lived near Vice President Biden, or the motorcycle gang war that left nine dead, five of the world’s largest banks, including JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, pleaded guilty to felony charges for rigging the $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign-exchange markets.

Regardless of “brazenly illegal behavior” on a “massive scale,” the trend is clear: Despite a long track record of “breathtaking flagrancy” of stealing billions, the government, in case after case, gently hits banks with a slap-on-the-wrist fine — and not one top bankster is sent to jail.

It’s the same with whistleblowers and those who leak government information — more of whom the Obama Administration has sent to prison that all presidents combined. And when Washington insider, former general and CIA Director David Petraeus is caught giving his mistress classified material for her book, a small fine and no prison time result.

Cross the yellow line when driving, taillight out, don’t put on the turn signal, don’t lower the high beams, had one drink too many, can’t say the alphabet backward while standing on one foot… hefty fines and/or a handcuffed ride to the police station. Too poor to pay child support, missed a court date? Jail time.

Caught with a piece of crack the size of a kernel of popcorn, some marijuana, busted for shoplifting? Fifteen years in the prison industrial complex… or life without parole for the over 3,000 who committed non-violent crimes.

As with other articles and amendments to the Constitution that have been abrogated, We the Little People lost our right to have “equal protection of the laws.”

In neo-feudal America, the financial aristocracy and political elite are judged under a different set of laws.

Prepare Your Homes And Neighborhoods For The Violence That Is Going To Sweep America

The thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis is beginning to disappear
Prepare Your Homes And Neighborhoods For The Violence That Is Going To Sweep America

by Michael Snyder | End Of The American Dream | May 27, 2015


The thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis is beginning to disappear, and a new era of chaos and anarchy is coming to our cities.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but violence is increasing on the streets of America.  Over Memorial Day weekend, 29 people were shot in Baltimore and 55 people were shot in Chicago.  But of course the trend that I am talking about is much broader than that.  According to the FBI, the number of police officers “feloniously killed” in the line of duty rose by an astounding 89 percent in 2014.  We live at a time when Americans are becoming extremely angry and extremely frustrated, and this is only going to intensify as economic conditions worsen.  But already we have seen some of this anger and frustration boil over into violence in Ferguson and in Baltimore.  And you know what?  The vast majority of Americans expect more of the same in the coming months.  According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey that was recently released, 96 percent of all Americans believe that there will be more civil unrest in America this summer.  What we have seen up until now is just the warm up act.  The main event is still to come.

If things are this bad already, how bad will they be when the next great economic crisis hits this nation and unemployment skyrockets and poverty is everywhere?

That is why I am encouraging people that currently live in the heart of our major cities to consider moving.  Unfortunately, most Americans are completely dependent on the jobs that they currently have, so moving is not really a practical option for a lot of people.

For those that cannot move, you are just going to have to get prepared right where you are.  That means making your home and your family as unattractive a target to potential criminals as you possibly can.  The goal should be to avoid a violent confrontation if at all possible.  So you will want multiple layers of security between you and those that would potentially harm you and your family.  You want to try to deter the bad guys from ever coming on to your property in the first place, but if they do come, you need to be ready to deal with them.

At the moment, we are still in the midst of relatively stable economic times.  But even in these relatively stable times, violence is escalating.  Just consider what happened in Baltimore over the recent holiday weekend.  A grand total of 29 people were shot…

Police say 29 people were shot, 9 of them killed over this weekend, adding to the  record-breaking violence.

The shooting didn’t stop on Monday night after a 9-year-old boy and another man were both injured by gun fire in the 2900 block of Arunah Avenue. Police say the child was shot in the leg and another man suffered a graze wound to the head.

Overall, this past month has been the deadliest month for Baltimore in 15 years.

Things are even worse in the city of Chicago.  Over this past weekend, 55 people got shot…

Twelve people were killed and at least 43 — including a 4-year-old girl — were wounded in shootings across Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, police said.

The 4-year-old, identified by her family as Jacele Johnson, was shot about 8 p.m. Friday in the West Englewood neighborhood. She and her 17-year-old cousin Romare Wilson were inside an SUV in the 7000 block of South Justine when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to their family and Chicago Police.

Early in April, I went on the record and specifically named Chicago and Baltimoreas two of the cities where we would be seeing civil unrest.  Since that time we have seen horrible rioting in Baltimore and the violence in Chicago continues to spiral out of control.

Other experts are issuing similar warnings.  For example, consider what an assistant professor at New Jersey City University recently had to say

Urban unrest expert Dr. Max Herman says that the United Statesis on the “cusp” of a wave of domestic disorder and that the country will see more race riots.

Herman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at New Jersey City University, told the New Republic’s Joel Gillin that the economic downturn, in addition to incidents of police brutality, have provided fertile conditions for civil unrest.

He sees the re-emergence of a 60’s-style “protest ideology” amongst black communities which will lead to more disorder.

“It’s very clear from studying history that these things tend to run in cycles,” said Herman, adding, “I think we are at the cusp of another cycle.”

Author Chris Hedges is saying similar things.  The following comes from a recent article about him in the National Post

The United States is primed for a rebellion. So argues Chris Hedges in his new book, Wages of Rebellion, in which the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and polemicist examines revolts from 1700s to the ending of apartheid in South Africa, as well as the “sublime madness” that drives the people at the centre of such rebellions.

When asked by the National Post why he wrote his new book, this is what Hedges had to say

I didn’t write it as a warning or a prediction. I wrote it more as an assessment. I covered disintegrating societies like Yugoslavia. I know how they break down; I know what the warning signs are, so it’s familiar. I don’t think at this point there’s much dispute. Even just the financial indicators in terms of wealth disparity and chronic unemployment. The fact that Congress has a nine-per-cent approval rating. Where I’m coming from, the book is an attempt to explain where we are in this particular historical period.

But it isn’t just that we are entering a new cycle of unrest.  Our “leaders” have made things much worse by the decisions that they have made.  For instance, Barack Obama’s decision to leave our southern border virtually unguarded has resulted in a massive flood of illegal immigrants coming into this country.  As a result, violent gangs that have roots in Central America and South America have mushroomed in size.  So now major cities far from the border such as Charlotte, North Carolina are being absolutely terrorized by these gangs…

Recent busts of murderous MS-13 gangsters put the lie to President Obama’s sympathetic amnesty narrative of illegal immigrants as “workers who mow our lawns, make our beds (and) clean out bedpans.”

Authorities Wednesday rounded up 37 MS-13 gang members in Charlotte, N.C., on racketeering conspiracy charges, along with charges of murder, attempted murder and firearms violations. All of them are illegal aliens from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Several are round-trippers — illegals who broke in once, committed crimes, got deported and broke back into the U.S. — proving that our border is porous and unsecured.

Charlotte police discovered the rat’s nest of foreign gangstersafter some of them started shooting up local nightclubs and bars.

In 2015, it isn’t just our own citizens that we need to be concerned about.  At this point, many of our biggest cities are absolutely packed to the gills with gangs made up primarily of illegal immigrants.

I discussed Chicago earlier.  Did you know that it is estimated that approximately 150,000 gang members now live there?

When things start really breaking down in this country, those gangs are going to have a field day.

America is changing, and not for the better.  And when violence starts sweeping this nation, don’t count on the government to come in and rescue you.  After watching what happened in Ferguson and in Baltimore, you should know better than that by now.

It is time for the American people to prepare their own homes and their own neighborhoods for the chaos and the violence that is coming.

For the moment, things are still relatively stable so we have a little bit of time to prepare, but it won’t last for long.

How California’s Drought Could Sever America’s Entire Food Supply

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After he announced statewide mandatory water cuts on April 1, California Governor Jerry Brown was criticized for exempting farmers, who use 80 percent of California’s developed water supply.

“They’re not watering their lawn or taking long showers,” Brown told ABC News the following Sunday. “They’re providing most of the fruits and vegetables of America to a significant part of the world.”

If you think California’s water problems are, well, California’s problems, think again. The drought has far-reaching implications for the entire nation’s food supply.

Although known primarily for its almonds and grapes, California grows a staggering amount of the nation’s produce.  The state grows 94 percent of our fresh plums, 84 percent of our fresh peaches, 99 percent of our artichokes, 94 percent of our broccoli, 90 percent of our leaf lettuce, 83 percent of our Romaine lettuce, 83 percent of our fresh spinach, 67 percent of our carrots and about half of our asparagus.

The California Central Valley, stretching 450 miles between the California Coast Range and the Sierra Nevadas, produces two-thirds of the nation’s produce and 80 percent of the world’s almond supply.

(Listen to Off The Grid Radio’s in-depth report on the drought here.)

However, while almonds and grapes — which both do well in California’s brief winters and long, dry summers — are particularly suited to the state, many crops, such as lettuce, celery, tomatoes and carrots, can be grown elsewhere.

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And before the 20th century, they did.

Small and mid-sized farms growing fruits and vegetables once were plentiful across the Midwest. Many of those farms, however, have been replaced by fields of corn and soybeans, and from 1996 until the most recent version of the Farm Bill, farmers that grew these “commodity” crops were prohibited from also growing “specialty” fruit and vegetable crops.

From 1995 to 2012, the U.S. government spent nearly $85 billion dollars subsidizing corn, most of which was used as livestock feed or as ethanol. Between 2002 and 2012, the amount of land dedicated to growing the nation’s top 25 vegetables fell from 1.9 million acres to 1.8 million. During the same period, corn production increased in acreage from 79 million to 97 million.

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How did this happen? In the days before California became irrigated – to the tune of nine million irrigated acres today – the state’s main crops were corn and wheat using natural growing conditions. By end of the 19th century, however, the grain industry had depleted much of the soil.

Thanks to the transcontinental railroad and new engineering feats, such as the ability to divert rivers, early 20th century farmers discovered they could make a good living growing produce and selling it to East Coast markets.

Today, however, there is much less surface water. NASA reported late last year that California’s Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins, which include the Central Valley, have suffered significant losses. These river basins lost four trillion gallons of water each year between 2011 and 2014. That amount is more water than all 38 million Californians use for their domestic and municipal supplies each year. The state is in the middle of a megadrought, and some scientists even have posited that the state was founded in the midst of an unusually wet period. In other words, what we are experiencing now is the norm.

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Mike Hamm, director of the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, recently told thinkprogress.org that the U.S needs to regionalize food production “in part to take water pressure off of California and in part to take pressure off of developing countries where we get fruits and vegetables from.”

Michigan is well-suited for growing diverse produce, according to Hamm. He said that Iowa, which historically has had a diverse agriculture but is now dominated by large commodity farms, would have a more difficult transition. “They neither have the land that is producing it, nor do they have the human capital,” Hamm told thinkprogress.org.

The change from a single crop to a more labor-intensive diverse production can happen, however. Former tobacco farmers in western North Carolina, for instance, have diversified in recent years.

Thirty years ago, western North Carolina had about 7,000 tobacco farms. When federal quotas for tobacco farmers that were set up as part of the New Deal were phased out during the George W. Bush administration, the number of tobacco farms had dropped to 94 by the time of the 2012 census.

However, with the help of the nonprofit Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), former tobacco farmers began to grow fruits and vegetables for local markets.  Between 2002 and 2012, the number of farms there decreased from 12,212 to 10,912, but the number of farms selling produce directly to the local community increased from 740 to 1,190.

According to a report by the ASAP, southern Appalachian farmers found they could provide local communities with nearly 40 percent of their fruit and vegetable needs.

After several years, the California drought shows no signs of lessening. It is time for the nation to make the necessary changes to our food system.

“If we decide we want to change agriculture, I think it’s quite conceivable that we can recreate this whole food system,” Charlie Jackson, ASAP executive director told thinkprogress.org. “We just need to wake up to the fact that we’ve got a problem and start working on it.”