Sunday, May 1, 2016
Sunday Reading - Near and Mid Term Preparation Differences
As the decline and collapse we are in continues no matter how loudly those in power attempt to convince us otherwise or make up more numbers to show "green shoots" and hide the real losses there are always several real indicators that cannot so easily be swept under the rug or covered up in other ways.
As I wrote several years ago government fines, fees and taxes are constantly being raised as the beast clamors for more. One interesting development I did not foresee however was the incredible rise in the (Non) law enforcement assets seizures. I am sure most readers here have seen the articles and stats linked around the web. If not do a simple search and you will see what I am talking about.
I frequently chronicle the visible ways I observe the decline out here in rural middle America and the ways those of us out here deal with or adapt to those changes but I rarely get a look at how urban areas are dealing with the problem.
One reason I suppose is I rarely get to urban areas as much these days but while reading an article on how Rome is dealing with it's own financial collapse and the results of decades under criminal government rule I was suddenly struck with another thought.
Scandal Plagued Rome is Becoming a Do-It Yourself City
While I know Italy has had it's own issues with the influx of illegals swarming in I rarely hear about many cultural clashes in Rome itself. While reading the above linked article it occurred to me that the predominant culture in Rome was still traditionally Roman and all the names of the volunteers appeared to be Italian as well.
Calls and text messages pour into Cristiano Davoli's cellphone from citizens alerting him to ominously widening potholes on their block or routes to work. On weekends, Davoli and four helpers — an off-duty doorman, a graphic artist, a government worker and a retiree — who call themselves "Tappami" (Fill Me Up) load their car trunks with donated bags of cold asphalt and fan out.
Can you imagine the current diversity impaired governments of America's large cities allowing ordinary citizens to fix streets on their own? Can you imagine the public sector unions standing for such a thing even if the local governments turned a blind eye to it? Can you picture our currently divided and culturally different groups coming together for such a thing?
I can't. All we do is blame each other and as a member of the favorite go-to blame group I'll be damned if I am lifting a finger to help the others.
American cities in particular will have the large problem of diversity to deal as they adapt to the decline which is probably why most of the early ones to suffer like Detroit are not handling the problem near as well as this article suggests Rome is. Certainly there are also European cities that are also hampered with diversity issues. Paris and London come to mind quickly but I think Rome maybe an example of just what a bonus non-diversity maybe when dealing with a crisis.
Something to think about as we adapt to the decline.
Keep Prepping everyone!!!!!!!