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Is America About To Reach A Breaking Point? Anger Grows As Unemployment Benefits Get Cut
In America today, there are close to 50 million people living in poverty and there are more than 100 million people that get money from the federal government every month. As the middle class disintegrates, poverty is climbing to unprecedented levels. Even though the stock market has been setting record high after record high, the amount of anger and frustration boiling just under the surface in our nation grows with each passing day. And now extended unemployment benefits have been cut off for 1.3 million unemployed Americans, and it is being projected that a total of 5 million unemployed Americans will lose their benefits by the end of 2014. In addition, as I have written about previously, 47 million Americans recently had their food stamp benefits reduced. The conditions for a “perfect storm” are certainly being created. So how much longer will it be until we see all of this anger and frustration boil over in the streets of our major cities? Is America about to reach a breaking point?
If you think that the title of this article is “alarmist”, you probably have not been paying attention to what has been happening over the past few weeks. For example, a 600 person brawl broke out at at movie theater in Jacksonville, Florida just the other day…
Five teenagers were arrested when a 600-person brawl broke out in a Florida movie theater’s parking lot on Christmas night.
Described by police as a “melee,” the fight occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday outside the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville when a group tried to storm the theater’s doors without purchasing tickets, police said. Several had rushed an off-duty police officer working as a security guard.
The officer “administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol,” said Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Soon after the pepper spray was used, “upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars,” she said.
And a “flash mob” of “400 crazed teens” was so violent that it forced a mall in Brooklyn to shut down just a few days ago…
A wild flash mob stormed and trashed a Brooklyn mall, causing so much chaos that the shopping center was forced to close during post-Christmas sales, sources said Friday.
More than 400 crazed teens — who mistakenly thought the rapper Fabolous would perform — erupted into brawls all over Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin on Thursday at 5 p.m., sources said.
The troublemakers looted and ransacked several stores as panicked shoppers ran for the exits and clerks scrambled to pull down metal gates.
In addition, the release of new Air Jordan sneakers caused mini-riots and brawls to break out all over the country just before Christmas.
So why is all of this happening?
Of course people will come up with all sorts of theories to explain these outbreaks of violence, but what pretty much everyone should be able to agree on is that we are seeing levels of anger and frustration rise to very dangerous levels in this country.
Right now, there are approximately 6 million Americans in the 16 to 24-year-old age group that are not in school and that are not working either. What that means is that we have an alarmingly high number of very frustrated young people that do not have anything better to do than to cause trouble.
In some of our largest cities this has become a massive problem. In fact, quite a few major U.S. cities actually have more than 100,000 “idle youth” living in them…
Just look at some of the nation’s largest cities. Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, Calif., all have more than 100,000 idle youth, the Opportunity Nation report found.
But the Obama administration says that this should not be a problem. In fact, the Obama administration tells us that the unemployment rate has been steadily “declining” and that there are plenty of opportunities for everyone.
Of course that is a giant lie. Just before the last recession, about 63 percent of all working age Americans had a job. During the recession that number fell below 59 percent and it has stayed there ever since…
So the notion that we are experiencing an “employment recovery” is absolutely laughable.
But most of our politicians appear to believe this lie, and it is being used as justification to cut off extended unemployment benefits.
And the funny thing is that by cutting off these benefits, it is going to make it appear as though unemployment has gone down even more. Millions of unemployed workers that are being forced into the streets will now be counted as having “left the labor force”, and it is being projected that the unemployment rate could decline by as much as half a percentage point as a result.
What a joke.
A lot of the people that are having their benefits cut off are really hurting. For instance, consider the case of 63-year-old paralegal Laura Walker…
“Not all of us have savings and a lot of us have to take care of family because of what happened in the economy,” said Walker, of Santa Clarita, who said she has applied for at least three jobs a week and shares an apartment with her unemployed son, his wife and two children. “It’s going to put my family and me out on the streets.”
So what is she going to do?
Well, at this point she appears to be down to just one option…
“I just don’t know what to do, except pray.”
And of course the unemployed are not the only ones that have had their benefits cut. As I mentioned above, all 47 million Americans that are currently on food stamps recently had their benefits reduced. The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Mac Slavo…
Earlier this year government benefits for nutritional assistance were reduced after the expiration of emergency legislation that was enacted following the 2008 financial collapse. Nearly all of the 48 million people receiving food stamp distributions were affected. The move led to warnings from food pantries and recipients around the country who said that the $40 billion in cuts would leave many American families without the ability to put food on dinner tables across America. According to Feed America, the roughly $29 per family that would no longer appear on their EBT cards will amount to about 1.5 billion meals in 2014.
The fact that government dependence has soared to all-time highs even in the midst of this so-called “economic recovery” is just another sign that the middle class is dying. For years, middle class families have tried strategy after strategy in an attempt to survive, but now it has become apparent that the middle class is rapidly approaching a breaking point…
Rising income inequality is starting to hit home for many American households as they run short of places to reach for a few extra bucks.
As the gap between the rich and poor widened over the last three decades, families at the bottom found ways to deal with the squeeze on earnings. Housewives joined the workforce. Husbands took second jobs and labored longer hours. Homeowners tapped into the rising value of their properties to borrow money to spend.
Those strategies finally may have run their course as women’s participation in the labor force has peaked and the bursting of the house-price bubble has left many Americans underwater on their mortgages.
And even though the Obama administration and the mainstream media have tried to convince us over and over that the economy is “getting better”, most Americans are not buying it. In fact, according to a new CNN poll, 70 percent of all Americans believe that “the economy is generally in poor shape”.
As the economy continues to decline, not all Americans will respond to their desperate situations by getting violent. Many suffer quietly, hoping that things will eventually turn around for them. Unfortunately, the ranks of the suffering grow with each passing year. For example, a recent CNN article discussed the continued growth of “tent cities” all over America…
The total number of homeless people residing in tents and makeshift homes is unknown. Many of these communities are small and hidden from public view, while others claim hundreds of residents and are sprinkled through major urban areas.
Some, like those tucked under roadways, are temporary and relocate frequently. Their conditions are vile, unsanitary and fail to provide refuge from storms and winds. Then there are communities, such as Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon, that have a more sustained presence. The 13-year-old “ecovillage” set up by homeless people is hygienic and self-sufficient.
Preliminary findings by The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty show that tent cities have been documented in almost every state, and they’re growing.
So how do we solve these problems?
Are there any solutions that could get us out of this mess?
Of course there are. But don’t hold your breath waiting for any of them to be adopted. In fact, the American people continue to express great support for the very people that got us into this mess in the first place. For example, according to a Gallup survey that was just released, Barack Obama is the most admired man in America by a very wide margin and Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America by a very wide margin.
And the mainstream media will continue to tell all of us that “leaders” like Obama, Clinton, Reid, Boehner, McConnell and Pelosi can be trusted to get us out of this mess.
If you believe that, there is a bridge that I would like to sell you.
The American people need to stop having blind faith in the relentless propaganda that is being spewed at them through their televisions screens. The pretty faces that you see “reporting the news” do not care about you and they are not watching out for your best interests. The corporate-controlled news is highly scripted and it is pretty much the same whatever channel you turn to. If you have any doubt that “the news” is scripted, just check out this video…
This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog. Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.
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Amber Lyon: I saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.
I saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.
- Amber Lyon
The Amber Lyon story is just the latest in a series of articles that expose the total Joseph Goebbels like censorship rampant in mainstream media today. The first one I posted several weeks ago exposed how the NY Times basically just regurgitates whatever government officials tell them, while the other showcased how an NPR reporter covering D.C. had to leave and do her own thing out of frustration. This is precisely why alternative media sites are taking off. They provide the only outlets left for genuine journalism.
So back to Amber. Back in March 2011, CNN sent a four person team to Bahrain to cover the Arab Spring. Once there, the crew was the subject of extreme intimidation amongst other things, but they were able to record some fantastic footage. As Glenn Greenwald of the UK’s Guardian writes in his blockbuster article from today:
In the segment, Lyon interviewed activists as they explicitly described their torture at the hands of government forces, while family members recounted their relatives’ abrupt disappearances. She spoke with government officials justifying the imprisonment of activists. And the segment featured harrowing video footage of regime forces shooting unarmed demonstrators, along with the mass arrests of peaceful protesters. In sum, the early 2011 CNN segment on Bahrain presented one of the starkest reports to date of the brutal repression embraced by the US-backed regime.
Despite these accolades, and despite the dangers their own journalists and their sources endured to produce it, CNN International (CNNi) never broadcast the documentary. Even in the face of numerous inquiries and complaints from their own employees inside CNN, it continued to refuse to broadcast the program or even provide any explanation for the decision. To date, this documentary has never aired on CNNi.
Having just returned from Bahrain, Lyon says she “saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.”
After Lyon’s crew returned from Bahrain, CNN had no correspondents regularly reporting on the escalating violence. In emails to her producers and executives, Lyon repeatedly asked to return to Bahrain. Her requests were denied, and she was never sent back. She thus resorted to improvising coverage by interviewing activists via Skype in an attempt, she said, “to keep Bahrain in the news”.
In March 2012, Lyon was laid off from CNN as part of an unrelated move by the network to outsource its investigative documentaries.
“At this point,” Lyon said, “I look at those payments as dirty money to stay silent. I got into journalism to expose, not help conceal, wrongdoing, and I’m not willing to keep quiet about this any longer, even if it means I’ll lose those payments.”
Amber Lyon, I salute you.
Please forward this post to everyone you know. I for one want to live in a country with some real and free press. Not some CIA propaganda arm that pretends to be a reliable source of news.
Read Greenwald’s excellent article here.
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Always sad to see true investigative reports put down over doing a fine job and replaced with script readers approved by D.C. By the way, although the article may read “Former Reporter”, I think not. Maybe the title should read “Former CNN Reporter Gets Promoted In The Eyes Of We The People For Showing True Integrity”.
By J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) Millions of Americans have long suspected that the so-called “mainstream media” is big-time controlled, whether selectively or institutionally. A recent New York Times story not only substantiates that belief, it proves just how controlled the messages are that are coming from those who mean to rule over us. What’s more, the story demonstrates that most major media sources are complicit in the packaging of information the public is “allowed” to hear.
The revelations may not necessarily be groundbreaking news to many Americans who already suspected they weren’t getting unfiltered and unbiased reporting, though the extent of control over the information reaching the public from the major campaigns may surprise many.
But the revelations should certainly be disturbing to voters who are trying to make choices based on altered or incomplete information.
Of course, that’s the point. Full disclosure would mean giving a rival something to campaign for (or against), so it’s understandable for a candidate to want to carefully control his or her message.
Where it becomes shameful is when the media willingly goes along.
Published on Apr 17, 2012 by oversightandreform
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, discusses the full committee hearing examining the wasteful spending practices at the GSA and the scandal involving Secret Service in Colombia days before President Obama’s arrival.
CNN – John King USA – April 16, 2012
Please remember regarding the Secret Service, when the story first broke, Columbia expelled the secret service people for their actions, not the DC administration. So we have more than just a break in secret service procedure. Betting good money, although still fiat, these “hookers” were well under age. It would be a nice comparison as to who this issue was reported in the Columbian press verses the white washed filtered news we see daily for the main stream media. Never assume, what was the age and were they girls or boys that the secret service members were hunting for?
Ron Paul may officially have come in third in Iowa. But actually be the Overall Winner in Delegates for him. Not hearing “Iowa doesn’t matter” in media now. Why is that? Paul’s Iowa Speech
Ron Paul may have officially (fraudulently?) come in third in Iowa’s caucus after GOP’s secret counting of votes in Iowa, but in reality he may be the over all winner with delegates.
Iowa elects their delegates right after the caucuses are done in Iowa so Ron Paul supporters made sure to stay for the election of delegates.
This is so totally Awesome! Considering all the fraud of the media and GOP in their lies about Ron Paul and ignoring him, Paul’s supporters may have beat them any way.
It is amazing how those who follow Ron Paul are being called “cult members”. I have a question about that.
How come all those who followed Obama in 2008 were called supporters and not cult members? How come because people believe in Ron Paul and our freedoms in the United States, besides small government, ending of the wars and financially stability, we are called cult members?
Does that mean those who followed our founding fathers were also cult members? Since Ron Paul believes in going back to the country that our fore founders created 240 years ago and the people that follow him believe that too, how is it we are cult members?
It proves how the media and government officials are so corrupt, since believing in the country as it was formed is now considered “wacko, cultish, crazy, etc”.
OH,…… one other question – Gosh darn I am not hearing from the media this morning how “Iowa doesn’t matter.” What happened? All of a sudden Iowa does matter? I would like to know why “Iowa matters” now in the media. What happened to all that Iowa’s caucuses are not how the rest of the country will vote?
Don’t people see, even the most asleep now that Romney “officially” won, the media are saying How important Iowa is?
The media are also saying “Ron Paul only got 21% of the vote” they are showing him with the “bottom tier” now of candidates.
FYI – Drudge had a caucus vote up on the page last night, Ron Paul had a land slide victory over all the others, but the vote is no where to be found now on the site.
I watched Ron Paul’s speech last night and was thrilled the cable news networks ran the whole speech. Ron Paul was very smart to make his speech during a lull time and force the media to give him attention, so he could get his real message across to the people.
All I can say… for those who think this will be over soon…. you are very wrong!
In fact Dana Bash let it slip that the GOP is worried and so is she is that Ron Paul will stay in the race for the long run.
Ron Paul is on CNN right now 12/4/12 8:10 AM est – They are trying to play “gotcha” with him, but also something I noticed. Every time they ask Ron Paul a question and he is answering it – they turn up the volume on the back ground noise in the cafe, so you can barely hear Ron Paul. When they are asking the questions the back ground noise is hardly there. Jeez……. I guess the people just talk more and louder when Ron Paul speaks, funny how that is.
FYI – CNN – It was so frickin obvious last night you cut off the Military Ron Paul supporter speaking last night….. people are not stupid!
I can only laugh at the media and I hope others are using enough common sense to see what the media does.
Now this is so funny – MSM is so blatant in their dislike of Paul.
Both Romney and Paul were on the Today show this morning. What is funny is when you click on the Ron Paul video part of the Today show it goes to Romney’s interview on the Today show. In fact you can’t even pause it or anything. I have tried multiple times to watch the video, but each time it is Romney.
MSM is so blatant in their hiding Ron Paul. I guess “We the People” will show them, the more they do it the more people will vote for Ron Paul!
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December 09, 2011 – He may not be a front-runner, but Ron Paul seems to be gaining some steam in Iowa. CNN’s Lisa Sylvester reports.
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I am glad that Ron Paul raised between $2 million and $3 million from his super-bomb tied to the news blackout against him. On this, I agree with Ron Paul, very strongly. I have certainly not blacked out Ron Paul, and while his supporters like some of my columns and not other columns, I have always tried to give him the attention he deserves, and explore various aspects of his philosophy, especially some commonalities between Ron and Occupy Wall Street on certain issues.
It is amazing that Paul, who has serious ideas and a serious following, has received comparatively little attention compared to, say, Donald Trump. He is right about this, and I am glad he raised money in response to this.
I have been a critic of much major media on various levels. For today, here is another example.
On the “Meet the Press” this past Sunday there was a discussion of Occupy Wall Street that included panelists Jack Welch (obviously no friend of Occupy), David Brooks (who has attacked Occupy) and the man billed as former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford (who has various relationships, almost never disclosed to viewers, with Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs).
You get the idea. Three voices on one side, while the other side, the Occupy Wall Street side, is blacked out in this panel on “Meet the Press” without even fair disclosure of the financial interests of Harold Ford, who in my view represents what is wrong with the Democratic Party.
I could go on.
For now, I think Ron Paul has a valid complaint. I think there are dramatic biases in far too many places in the media. I think some voices are blacked out while others are promoted every day. I think this is wrong whenever it occurs, by whomever the culprit.
I would not give money to Ron Paul myself, but on this matter he is right. If others choose to give him support to give their viewpoints a greater voice, I say:
Bully for them. I get it.
[CIM Comment: Photo added for re-posting purposes.]
Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, just concluded another successful online campaign fundraiser. According to a press release from Paul’s campaign, the GOP candidate’s “Black This Out” money bomb hauled in $2.75 million in “small donations.” Paul continues to rely on grassroots fundraising efforts to run his campaign.
Paul’s money bomb began on October 19 and finished on October 24. According to the press release, Paul garnered “small donations” from supporters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, US territories and US military bases. In the 3Q 2011, Paul received more donations from active military members than Obama. Paul also received more donations from active military members than all of the Republican presidential candidates combined.
This moneybomb’s success conveys that Ron Paul’s supporters, whether independent or loosely organized, are poised to dig in deep and back him even during this government-imposed economic downturn,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton in the press release. Benton added that the “block of voters supporting Dr. Paul is growing and is comprised of generous Americans having no plans to switch to another candidate.”
Paul’s “Black This Out” money bomb was named after his lack of coverage in the national media. “None of our hard work matters unless I can raise the resources to break through the media blackout and take my message of liberty straight to the voters,” Paul said in an email to his supporters at the beginning of his money bomb.
“Despite polls consistently showing me within striking distance of first place over the past few months…a recent study confirmed the national media’s all-out blackout of my campaign,” Paul argued. Paul cited a Pew Research Center study that confirms that the Texas Congressman has been the main focus of 2 percent of news stories on the 2012 presidential race.
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