22 Signs That the Thin Veneer of Civilization That We All Take for
Granted Is Starting To Disappear
In order for
a society to function, there has to be a certain level of trust.
Each day when we leave our homes, we take for granted that most
people are not going to attack us for no reason, that there will
only be isolated incidents of theft in our community and that rioting
and violence are not going to erupt in the streets. Whether we realize
it or not, we depend on the fact that the vast majority of the people
around us are going to act in a civilized manner. Unfortunately,
the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is
starting to disappear. When I was growing up, I was taught that
challenging times reveal our true character. There are many that
believe that the declining economy is causing a lot of the chaos
that we are now witnessing, but perhaps what is going on is that
these challenging economic times are simply revealing the character
that has been there all along. For decades, a "false prosperity"
that was fueled by unprecedented amounts of debt has masked a lot
of the internal rot that has taken hold in America. But now that
our prosperity is crumbling, our lack of values is becoming startlingly
and extreme self-centeredness have deeply infected our society.
We see this on
Wall Street and in
Congress, and we see this among those that are trying to survive
on the mean streets of our largest cities.
is breaking down on every level. If by some miracle we were able
to fix our economy, that would mask our problems for a while, but
it would not solve them.
as I write about nearly every day, there are a whole host of indications
that our economy is about to get even worse. When it does, millions
of Americans will become even more desperate, and as we are now
seeing all over this country, desperate people do desperate things.
are 22 signs that the thin veneer of civilization that we all take
for granted is starting to disappear....
In Detroit, 100 bus drivers recently refused to drive their routes
out of fear for their own personal safety. An article posted
on the website of the CBS affiliate in Detroit is quoting the
head of the bus drivers union, Henry Gaffney, as saying that the
drivers are "scared for their lives"....
drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been
an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of
just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some
teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police
almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit,” said Gaffney.
In Wilmington, Delaware recently, a man offered to help someone
carry a television down the street, but quickly realized that
it was his own television which had just been stolen out of
resident who stopped home for lunch about noon today saw a man
carrying a flat screen TV down the street and asked the man if
he needed help.
recognized the television as his own, looked up and saw the door
to his home ajar, said Master Sgt. Adam Ringle.
Shocking video has surfaced of a young thug walking up to a defenseless
elderly man in a Chicago subway station and knocking him out cold.
In the video,
the friends of the young man are cheering him on and laughing at
how easy it was to knock the old man out cold.
Beating up old people for no reason seems to be catching on all
over the country. Just check out the following report from a recent
ex-university official savagely attacked by four young punks during
a walk in Wissahickon Valley Park earlier this week theorizes
that the beating he endured was a cruel game of "get the old geezer."
a former vice president of university relations for Temple, from
1968 to 1983, walks up to five miles on Forbidden Drive, in Fairmount
Park, three times a week, but that type of stamina wasn't enough
to stave off the lowlifes who not only beat him bloody, but dealt
a blow to one of the things he holds most dear - his pride.
All over the United States, police are wailing on Occupy Wall Street
protesters with clubs and liberally using pepper spray on them.
Whatever you may think of the Occupy Wall Street protests, the reality
is that this is not a sign that things are becoming "more stable"
in America. You can see video of one very disturbing confrontation
Clashes between police and protesters in Oakland, California recently
became so violent that at one point the streets of Oakland resembled
a war zone.
Unfortunately, as the American people become increasingly frustrated
with out system many of them are actually starting to consider violence
as a solution. According to one recent survey, 31
percent of all Occupy Wall Street protesters "would support
violence to advance their agenda".
In New York recently, a confrontation between two female customers
and a frustrated cashier ended with the cashier beating the living
daylights out of them with a metal rod. The following is how a
local CBS affiliate in New York described this incident....
to have started when two female customers argued and yelled obscenities
at the cashier when he questioned a $50 bill they gave him.
the female customers then slapped the cashier. A woman is then
seen jumping over the counter while the other woman goes behind
when the cashier can be seen on the video disappearing into the
back of the fast-food restaurant. He comes back with a metal rod
and begins hitting the women.
You can see
video of this violent confrontation right
These days, many Americans are so "on edge" that just about anything
will make them snap. For example, a 60-year-old woman in New Mexico
stabbed her boyfriend because she thought that he was cheating
during a game of Monopoly.
If you thought that the above example was crazy, just check out
what one man down in Georgia did recently. He actually firebombed
a Taco Bell because they did not put enough meat in his Chalupa.
In Cleveland last week, a 49-year-old man was sent to the hospital
after a poll monitor working for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections
to bite his nose off.
Not only do TSA agents make us feel like dehumanized cattle as we
go through airport security, some of them are evening making fun
of us at the same time. For example, one TSA agent recently scribbled
YOUR FREAK ON GIRL” on a TSA inspection notice after discovering
a sex toy in the luggage of one female traveler.
Identity theft is rising to very alarming levels all over the United
States. For example, a recent article in
the Palm Beach Post described what has been going on down in
Florida this year....
first half of this year, the Federal Trade Commission received
more than 20,000 complaints from Floridians whose identities had
been stolen nearly as many as in all of 2010. More than
half of those reporting their Social Security numbers or other
personal information had been ripped off and used to commit fraud
or theft were in South Florida, with heavy concentrations in parts
of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.
kind of increase is really shocking,'' said Vance Luce, deputy
special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service in South Florida,
which investigates identity theft and financial crimes. "The fact
that it's on the upturn doesn't surprise me at all, but that's
In the Seattle area, an elderly couple in their eighties was recently
brutally attacked by a 31-year-old man armed with a crossbow and
a hatchet. The following description of this brutal crime comes
from King 5 News....
say 31-year-old John Chase was walking down the highway when he
saw Ralph Aldrich, 88, in his back yard. Detectives say Chase
shot and killed Aldrich with a crossbow and then went inside the
home and repeatedly hit 83-year-old June Aldrich with a hatchet.
As America falls apart, more of us than ever are taking medication
for depression. At this point, more
than 1 out of every 10 Americans over the age of 12 is taking
In some areas of the country, people have been literally tearing
apart their own cities in an attempt to find things to sell. I recently
discussed this phenomenon on The
American Dream Blog....
California the damage caused by thieves stealing copper wire from
city street lights is costing the city about $50,000 a month.
So far, about 2,500
street lights have been stripped of their wiring.
As people become more desperate, we are starting to see some truly
bizarre crimes in many parts of the nation. In northern Alabama,
one team of crooks has
been using a forklift to pull entire ATM machines out of the
Most Americans don't realize this, but all over the U.S. livestock
is being stolen from ranchers in unprecedented numbers. The following
is from a
recent Associated Press article....
the brazenness may be unusual, the theft isn't. High beef prices
have made cattle attractive as a quick score for people struggling
in the sluggish economy, and other livestock are being taken too.
Six thousand lambs were stolen from a feedlot in Texas, and nearly
1,000 hogs have been stolen in recent weeks from farms in Iowa
and Minnesota. The thefts add up to millions of dollars in losses
for U.S. ranches.
say today's thieves are sophisticated compared to the horseback
bandits of the rugged Old West. They pull up livestock trailers
in the middle of the night and know how to coax the animals inside.
Investigators suspect it's then a quick trip across state lines
to sell the animals at auction barns.
At this point, thieves are becoming so bold that they will steal
literally anything that they are able to cart away. For example,
in the San Francisco area a while back thieves actually stole a
copper bell that
weighs 2.7 tons.
According to the FBI, the number of gang members in the United States
has increased by
a staggering 40 percent since 2009. Right now, there are 1.4
million gang members terrorizing citizens on the streets of America.
Down in Miami, thieves have become so bold that they have actually
into parked police cruisers and stealing guns and ammo out of
them. Many of those guns undoubtedly are ending up in the hands
of gangs members.
Be careful who you befriend online. They might just hold you captive
and use you as part of a Satanic sex ritual. The following description
of an incident that recently happened in Milwaukee comes from thesmokinggun.com....
Milwaukee women were arrested this week after an 18-year-old Arizona
man--who traveled to Wisconsin by bus after meeting one of the
suspects online--told cops that he was held captive in the duo’s
apartment for two days and slashed and stabbed more than 300 times
as part of an apparent satanic sex ritual.
Anger and frustration
are growing to unprecedented levels in this country, and all of
this anger and frustration is manifesting in thousands of different
As I have written
about previously, the rioting, the crime and the violence that we
are seeing now is
only just the beginning of what is coming.
Unless a miracle
happens, our country is going to keep heading down the road toward
societal collapse. For even more examples that show that our country
is starting to come apart at the seams, please see the following
articles that I have authored previously....
It won't happen
all at once, but unless our nation changes direction dramatically,
we will see things get progressively worse and worse.
teaching our children to love and care for one another, we have
taught them to be incredibly self-involved. Today, way too many
Americans deeply love themselves, deeply love money and are deeply
addicted to entertainment. Each new generation seems to be even
more prideful, even more arrogant and even more violent. As a nation,
we are losing our empathy for others, our compassion for the needy
and our respect for the elderly. Our family units are breaking down
and thousands of our communities are being transformed into hellholes.
What in the
world is happening to America?
with permission from the Economic
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