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Hi Frankie.  Just gave you a 5 rating at the first link.  Your first paragraph was a stunner; loved it.  Me?  I'm waiting for someone with sense to start writing diaries on how the rules change once:

  1. Serious violence erupts in the streets.

  2. The next world war looms, this time with nukes at the front end, not at the back like WWII.  

All this crap we see now is just prologue, posturing.  I'm waiting for Chap. 1.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Mar 22nd, 2009 at 03:49:35 PM EST
Last time we had a descent into Fascism and Nazism.  When you look at where the GOP and Rush Limbough is going, it looks like the USA hasn't leaned the lessons Europe learned the hard way...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Mar 22nd, 2009 at 06:17:49 PM EST
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Yup.  Just had tutoring and I'm (kinda) drunk right now.  So, just maybe, we should prepare to some extent to descend into the pit.  And how do we handle it on an individual level and what do we shoot for at the end.

Time to get crackin' as they used to say.  Obama is a nice guy but he'll need some help.  I'll step up.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Mar 22nd, 2009 at 11:19:43 PM EST
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Serious violence may erupt on many streets - but not on basically private Pacific or Caribbean islands. But it seems people can keep mum in pain quite long time.

Are World Wars real desperate brawls for diminishing riches? Or are they just human sacrifice rituals by the elites?

The rich of the world had united nicely. For proletarian folks, union thoughts are tabu.

A revolution now is much more problematic than 100 years ago. The nukes is just one reason enough.

by das monde on Mon Mar 23rd, 2009 at 01:48:33 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | Business | Recession 'could trigger unrest'

Former Labour minister Frank Field has told the BBC the financial crisis is so severe that if not properly handled it could trigger civil unrest, even riots.

"I can't underestimate how terrible the financial crisis is even if it doesn't get a penny worse," he said in an interview with Panorama.

"No sensible person would sit in front of this camera and tell you there is no possibility whatsoever of disorder."

Mr Field spoke to Panorama for Monday's programme on Britain's pensions crisis.

In Who Will Save the Savers? Panorama looks at how the credit crunch is pushing Britain's long-running pensions and savings timebomb to a critical new stage.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Mar 23rd, 2009 at 07:58:48 AM EST
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Britain's long-running pensions and savings timebomb
The old trope, unchallenged.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 23rd, 2009 at 09:59:18 AM EST
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I touched on this a bit in my story on the G20 Summit and unions' recommendations.  I'm querying whether a state of aquiescence still prevails, even though potentially this situation could lead to a huge shift now some of the walls have been knocked down. Problem is if people couldn't see the walls in the first place, they aren't to know they've been knocked down, or at least that the door is unlocked, so they'll stay as they are unless things get really bad.

This buys time for those who have held the power for so long, to keep their grip and return to full dominance without having made any substantial changes bar buying a few people off and placating them with rhetoric.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 23rd, 2009 at 10:17:52 AM EST
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