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20 January 2011 @ 02:49 pm
What do you guys think.....  
is coming to America; America's future when austerity comes here. The BBC being very comprehensive I assume most or all of you are pretty familiar with the devicivness in America, both cultural and political. Things seem to be very volitile although the media downplays. The media predicts no type of civil unrest although our President has 20,000 troops on standby to "supplement" and "aid" any Govenors which may request them to quell civil unrest.
And Obama has requseted authority from Congress to "shut down" the internet in an emergency. I can see no benefit to this except to try to cut communications from/between our militias.

Anyway, I was just wondering what you guys think, because I think you can provide a more objective perpesctive.

Thanks in advance for any opinions voiced. Thank you.
the adventures of Christinecdaae on January 20th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
I suspect that a lot of us are more concerned about what's going on in our own country at the moment, where our government seems determined to persecute the poor, vulnerable, and disabled rather than make massively wealthy corporations pay their taxes.

I'm not sure whether things in the US can be much more frightening or divisive than they were in the Bush era. I lived in CA during the Bush years, and am going back to visit for a month soon, so I guess I'll get to see for myself.

I've been largely avoiding most news media, because it's generally so extremely depressing.
Marksunnydays4me on January 20th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
It is depresing. All you hear on the news is violence, inflation, deflation, and nothing about recovery except maybe "a long, long road".

In the case of the UK, I cannot blame students for uprising. Clearly the previous generation is determined that after having used their children's money for themselves they're also going to yank the carpet out from under them (and the poor) to pay for their own excesses.

I also have a feeling that this is not over. The last time we had a monetary, gloal problem like this it caused a world war.
DanGdan_g on January 21st, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
No. The great depression was NOTHING like this.

That and the next world war will be far shorter and with a shed load more casualties because we have got so much better at killing and maiming each other. So good in fact that a world war is incredibly unlikely... And we shall instead see the smaller poorly defined skirmishes that we have been doing pretty much non-stop since the cold war.
Marksunnydays4me on January 21st, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
I don't think either of us can say with certainty what will happen with the global instability.
I found this a exceptionally good read. It's some history and some speculation, however it is well founded.
Marksunnydays4me on January 20th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
PS:, I think you'll find the atmosphere has worsened considerably since the Bush era.
What part of the US are you coming to? I think you'll, as a Brit, find California or the Northeast much, much more to your liking.

You can use the visit as an opportunity to go into a gun store with a range, and you can rent an AK-47 to fire a few hundred rounds.
the adventures of Christinecdaae on January 20th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm going back to California, to catch up with friends. I think I'll mostly be in areas where people find Obama a good deal preferable to Bush.

I've never fired an AK-47, but I did used to enjoy shooting targets with a 9 mm!
Marksunnydays4me on January 20th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
California is one of the few states that requires the military physical features of the AK-47 to be altered, but you can go next door to Utah, Nevada Arizone, ect ect and fire an AK with a 75 round drum. I'm not pushing it mind you, but I thought maybe you'd like an experience you can't get at home.
9mms are great, I have 3 of them. The bullet is just big enough to make it a killing round, so you can put a lot of bullets in each magazine. I just bought a Taurus PT-809 with a capacity of 18 rounds per clip.
And yes, California is one of a handful of states that are more leftward driven.

I hope you get to enjoy the ocean. I'd never live in california because of it's leftward politics but it is a very, very beautiful state.

I'd like to visit the UK. Visit mind you, not live there. I'd like to see Buckington Palace, the Scottish Highlands, London, and maybe out of curiousity the Pete bogs in Ireland. I'd like to drive The Chunnel :-), and I think the way you guys talk over there is kind of cool.
I fear I'd never get used to driving on the left side of the road.