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Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #414: Then Die!

November 15, 2008

Welcome to your Drop Dead Future.

Dad Chains Himself To Meter To Save Girl

HILAND PARK, Fla. — In a desperate attempt to prevent his power from being turned off, a father chained himself to the meter outside his home saying his daughter, who requires a feeding tube and other electrical equipment, could die without electricity.

Tony Duncan chained himself to the meter Thursday fearing what will happen to his 5-year-old adopted daughter Makayla if they lose power. Gulf Power officials said the Duncans have not made payments on their electricity bill since July and owe about $2,000 and gave them until Friday morning to come up with the money. But an anonymous donor heard the news reports and paid the bulk of the bill.

Tony Duncan said he has been out of work for more than a year because he had several strokes and seizures and has been unable to collect unemployment or find a new job because of his medical condition.

Emphasis added by me.

And what happens next year?

Sand, Surf, And Infection

October 25, 2008

Beaches in U.S. Host Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Researchers Find

Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) — A drug-resistant germ linked to surgical wound and urinary tract infections was found on five U.S. West Coast beaches, according to scientists who said the bacteria isn’t usually seen outside of hospitals.

Samples of sand and water were taken from seven public beaches and a fishing pier in the state of Washington and southern California, according to a study reported today at a meeting of infectious diseases doctors in the nation’s capitol. While the level of public risk is unknown, the beaches may help transmit the germ called enterococci, study authors said.

Though enterococci hasn’t reached the level of methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, it’s growing as a public-health threat and the findings suggest the germs may have moved out of hospitals and into the general population, said Marilyn Roberts, a study author,

“I think it’s the tip of the iceberg,” said Roberts, professor of public health at the University of Washington, Seattle, in a telephone interview. The resistant enterococci “have almost always been associated with some kind of health-care facility before.”

OK, how the hell did that happen? How did it get there? Pestilential homeless people ejected from hospitals?

It now makes me wonder what the hell they’d find on the beaches of Cape Cod!

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #285: YOU

September 29, 2008

This is what you should be told on TV. This is what none of you have considered.

How the failure to pass the bailout will inevitably and inexorably affect you:

1) Your credit card will be canceled without warning

2) No credit card could mean no cellphone (you do have a landline phone, right?)

3) No credit card could mean a crash-course in cash-only, which many people simply cannot do — especially those newly unemployed — and for you techies: say goodbye to your PayPal account!

4) Your insurance rates will go up: car, home, small business, medical

5) If you run a business, you will not be able to meet payroll

6) If you are an employee of such a business, good luck meeting your bills — especially if your credit card is gone

7) Certain goods will become scarce or very expensive because oceanic shipping companies cannot get the loans they need to operate

8) Certain goods will become scarce or very expensive because domestic truckers will go out of business due to lack of credit

9) If your daily needs have been run via credit card, say goodbye to your Internet, cable TV, pay TV, etc.

10) Expect utilities to hammer down on overdue payments

11) Your local government will curtail services as well as greatly increase fees, such as tolls and licenses

12) You will encounter people asking you for money all the time. Not just on the street, but people ahead of you in line in a store who “come up short.”

Those are just twelve things. Off the top of my head.

At some point, someone will do a comprehensive article. Maybe then you’ll believe.

I’ve already covered what happens beyond that: American Gotterdammerung.

All Chronicles of Depression 2.0 posts.

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #263: Houston

September 28, 2008

See what life was like for someone in Houston, post-Gustav, without electricity for two weeks: beginning again

Survival advice (lite!) for American Gotterdammerung.

– via Twitter from CPhillips0923

AMERICAN GOTTERDAMMERUNG

September 24, 2008

This post is a Sticky. It will remain here until the alleged bailout by Congress has been approved.

Update, Friday October 3, 2008:

For new posts, scroll down to the next one.

I’ve seen posts elsewhere by people stating they’d rather see the collapse of the entire economic system instead of having the current alleged bailout go through. They believe they could live through the consequences of that.

They are so wrong.

Get Depression 1.0 out of your head right now.

We are not that people. We are not that population.

A collapse on the scale we are in danger of right now is unprecedented in all of human history. There is absolutely nothing else to compare it to. This is a strange land we have never before visited.

I’m going to take you through a tour of this possible future. I intend to scare the living shit out of you in doing so. I do it not of out some perverse glee. I do it to try to wake all of you up to the very real and probable calamity ahead.

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Reference: Bisphenol A (BPA)

September 16, 2008

Packaging chemical ‘increases heart disease risk’

Exposure to a ubiquitous chemical used in plastic baby bottles, food cans and a host of other products may increase the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, a study suggests.

In the first major study of the possible health effects of bisphenol A (BPA), one of the world’s most heavily-produced substances, researchers found that even small traces in the body — less than 100 times the current recommended limits — were potentially linked to health problems.

BPA can be found in detectable levels in nine out of ten people, suggesting that it is widespread and enters the body primarily through food but also through drinking water, dental sealants, absorption through the skin or inhalation of household dusts.

The researchers, from the Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, found that relatively high levels of the chemical found in urine were associated with a three times higher risk of cardiovascular disease and more than twice the risk for type-2 diabetes.

OK, this is really really really freaking me out now.

This is a chemical I also mentioned at the old blog: Today’s This Is Just Too Damned Scary For Me To Think About

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #194

September 14, 2008

Three dominoes are about to fall:

Lehman Brothers set to collapse after Barclays and Bank of America pull out of bidding

Barclays tonight pulled out of a deal to save U. S. investment bank Lehman Brothers, which is on the verge of collapse.

In a further blow, the Bank of America also ruled itself out of a rescue deal.

Both were scared off after the U.S. authorities refused to provide guarantees protecting them against potential losses from the stricken Wall Street giant – the world’s fourth biggest investment bank.

Emphasis added by me.

Everyone who’s been scoffing at my Chronicles of Depression 2.0 posts, note this:

Alan Greenspan also described the banking crisis as the worst of his career and possibly the worst in a century including the 1929 Wall Street crash.

‘There’s no question that this is in the process of outstripping anything I’ve seen, and it still is not resolved and it still has a way to go,’ he said.

Emphasis added by me. All of you are familiar with Greenspan. He does not routinely make such scary declarations! He usually understates everything.

Now do you begin to see? Next up:

Bank of America in Talks to Buy Merrill Lynch

Bank of America is in advanced talks to buy Merrill Lynch for at least $38.25 billion in stock, people briefed on the negotiations said on Sunday, as a means to preserve that investment bank while Lehman Brothers looks likely to collapse.

The move suggests a desperate effort at triage on Wall Street, as Bank of America works to shore up the likely next victim of the credit crunch. A deal, valued at between $25 a share to $30 a share, could be announced as soon as Sunday night, these people said. Merrill shares closed at $17.05 on Friday.

Bank of America, the nation’s second largest bank by asset size, had been mulling buying Lehman, perhaps in a consortium with other financial players. But with financial aid from the government looking unlikely, Bank of America has moved on to Merrill, these people said.

And one probably none of you suspected:

Rush Is On to Prevent Big Insurer From Failing

State insurance regulators and executives of the American International Group, the insurance company, rushed on Sunday to arrange a capital infusion to stabilize the company in the face of possible credit downgrades.

It was unclear whether A.I.G. would succeed in its capital search, but a person briefed on the discussions said it was seeking more than $15 billion even as it tried to sell assets to shore up its financial footing.

Investors, afraid that A.I.G. would have to absorb further write-downs in its already damaged mortgage securities and collateralized debt obligations, have driven down the company’s shares in recent days. The stock closed Friday at $12.14 a share, a decline of 46 percent for the week.

A.I.G.’s problems are not new. The company lost $13.2 billion in the first six months of 2008, largely owing to declining values in mortgage-related securities held in its investment portfolio and collateralized debt obligations it owns.

But the company’s outlook grew grimmer last week when Standard & Poor’s warned that it was considering downgrading the company’s debt as a result of further write-downs it might have to take.

Emphasis added by me.

How many banks have to collapse? How many large companies have to be bailed out? How many layoffs must there be?

Until all of you are finally on the same page as me?

I stated it back in January. It was my fifth post in this new blog. Already — over nine months ago — I saw the shape of things coming up.

While all the rest of you debate the current configuration of the upcoming election as if it was a cheap sporting event, I’m trying to impress upon your brain the absolute and critical urgency of the mess we are in.

This is goddam serious!

We are going to be facing something unprecedented in American history — perhaps even in human history.

Keep ignoring the facts. There will come a day — perhaps before Election Day — when you will gasp.

And if there is a God, may he have mercy on us all!


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