What Caused the Great Depression is NOW

This video is from a protester at Occupy Wall Street New York. While I don’t believe that politicians are the solution, this young man knows more about what is going on in the world than most people my age.

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Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it
~ A Hooverville from the 1930′s

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
— George Santayana, 1863-1952

It is clear to me that the masses are not paying attention or they are being lulled by the media into believing what they want to believe.

The United States economy is NOT in a “recovery”. Nothing could be further from the truth as business owners can tell you. We are clearly in a DEPRESSION. The best way to understand why is to read the best REAL History of the United States I have seen.

See also this Timeline that clearly shows who has controlled the economies
of the world since 1776: The History of the House of Rothschild which is the
History of Banking and the Federal Reserve

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The owners who are able to look up from their despair and see clearly in spite of their fear will realize it is NOT just them – it is the entire country! I know because I have friends across many niches and geographies.

During the Great Depression Unemployment Caused People to be Lose Their Homes

During the Great Depression Unemployment Caused People to be Lose Their Homes ~ Do You Know Anyone Who Has Lost Their Home? Click Image to Read More

How bad is it?  BAD! The input I get from businesses is supplemented by what Ron Cripps, a successful Affiliate Marketer who has made his living for years from marketing products for other businesses across many niches. What he knows benefits us all:

Sales are down over the past two years by roughly 60% across all niches and especially sales from the United States.

The economy is NOT affecting just SOME businesses; it is affecting almost ALL businesses. (There ARE ways to make YOUR business one of the exceptions. Ron and I are part of a team with specialized skills creating best practices to save as many businesses as possible. Contact us and we will offer guidance to all those we can. )

It is not affecting JUST business; it affects JOBS. In my previous post on How Word of Mouth Can Save Our Favorite Businesses I shared statistics that showed that 20% of Americans were already underemployed – many working 2 or even 3 jobs and making less than half what they once made: less money when food, utilities, gasoline and shelter cost more each day!

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Unemployment statistics are lies intended to make things appear better than they are. They do not count those who have been out of work more than a certain amount of time nor do they count those who have given up looking. Do YOU know anyone who is unemployed and wants to work?

I do. 80% of my neighbors have already been laid off. My next door neighbor and his wife are BOTH laid off. None of these people has found full time work at any wage much less what they used to make. They get by with whatever side work they can find.

How many are already on the street? How many more will be? There but for the grace of God go I - and even YOU!

How many are already on the street? How many more will be? There but for the grace of God go I - and even YOU!

We all need a crash course in what is really going on starting with the fact that we are in what Paul Krugman calls The Third Depression. I share these resources to help those who are interested in taking action to survive what is coming:

 

There is nowhere to go that is not also affected. Click this image to learn what you MUST know to survive.

There is nowhere to go that is not also affected. Click this image to LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU MUST KNOW TO SURVIVE

There will be many tough decisions to make. Those who act most quickly will be in far better shape. Consider all of these:

How to Make Ends Meet:

  • Learn to cook real food instead of eating fast or convenience foods. You can buy a twenty pound bag of potatoes for about what ONE bag of potato chips costs! Do you know how many meals you can make with twenty pounds of potatoes?
  • Stock up on staples like tea, salt, sugar, cinnamon and other spices, flour, corn meal, beans, rice and pasta.  Quick bread is EASY to make – ANYONE can do it. (Yeast bread is what takes so long and requires far more knowledge.) You can mix up cornbread or biscuit bread in five minutes and bake it in a toaster oven (cheaper and turns the heat off when the time is up so you don’t forget it!) Our new blog at PSPLiving will cover how to live simply but well. Buy a few staples whenever you have money and store them properly and you will not go hungry!
  • Get that toaster oven out of the cupboard or buy one.  You can probably find one at a garage sale or second hand shop. It is less expensive to use a toaster oven and they shut themselves off so you don’t burn things or waste electricity – and they generate much less heat than your regular oven so your Air Conditioner won’t be running more and costing you.
  • Use ceiling fans and natural breezes through screened windows to reduce your utilities. It can often be less expensive to heat or cool one room than your entire house (but if you have a forced air system DO NOT close the vents in one room – seems logical but that doesn’t work well). Consider installing awnings or exterior shutters – they can greatly change the temperature in your home or business.
  • Find less expensive and healthier food sources by buying through your local Organic Food Co-op or CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture).

If you are laid off or lose your home consider moving somewhere less expensive where you can grow your own food and raise chickens. The ideal location:

  • Has soil that is healthy (to grow food)
  • Not located near anything that leaches toxins (that will kill your garden, animals and eventually you!)
  • Not in areas where foolish growers spray chemicals (what kills weeds will also kill your garden!) – You do NOT want to move where food is grown commercially – you want to move to rural areas where YOU can grow YOUR OWN food or buy it from others who do.
  • Where there is an adequate water supply (water shortages are the next coming crisis in many states)
  • Located ABOVE sources of pollution (i.e., at a higher altitude or in the mountains)
  • Several hours away from any sizeable town or city (because hungry, desperate people will be taking what they need by force)
  • Has high speed Internet access if you work online. See my post about HughesNet complaints for tips on how to find High speed point-to-point access from a Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISP). If none exists contact the closest WISPs to find out how many people they would need to expand to your area.

Losing your home or job may be a blessing in disguise if you take that opportunity to relocate to a safer area where you can grow food.

Many people do not realize that the cost of living can be as much as 70-80% less in areas that are too far to commute to a city. If you make your living online or have a skill you can offer to a community you DO NOT need to live in high cost areas – especially where hungry people will be roaming.

We want to hear YOUR story:

  • Are you unemployed or underemployed? Are you still looking or have given up and just trying to get by with whatever money you can get?
  • How long has it been since you lost your well-paying job that had benefits?
  • What about your friends, family and neighbors?
  • Are you having trouble making ends meet?
  • Does food cost far more now but “stuff” costs ridiculously low prices?
  • Have you started growing some of your own food or shopping locally?

Please leave your story in the comments of this post. Read and comment on others stories too. If you are a business use your comment to bring you more traffic and potential buyers by reading about how to use KeywordLuv and CommentLuv.

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Gail Gardner

Small Business Marketing Strategist at GrowMap
Creator and owner of GrowMap.com, Gail is primarily known for mentoring small businesses and encouraging bloggers to join collaborations to share skills and support small business.

Comments

  1. Hi Gail,
    This is a pretty good article. It shows a lot about what is going on in this world, and shows where this world is going to go unless we do something to stop it. Thanks for posting this,
    Andrew

  2. Times are hard, people are loosing jobs everyday..this is a sad reality.I hope we recover soon

  3. Occupy events has been happening all around the country.It’s great that people are very aware of the struggles our economy is going through. I support Occupy Wall Street

  4. the issue with Occupy Buffalo right now is that how are paying for the electric bill?also it starting to get cold here in NY and they are battling with the elements now too.
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  5. we also have Occupy Buffalo Now and a lot of my friends has joined the cause.

  6. How to Make Ends Meet list is great,it will help a lot of people..we all need a reality check on our spending
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  7. it’s not the best economy right now..not only in the US but worldwide.People are struggling all over.It’s a global depression

  8. Realities of logic can hold its’ own. Actions on the actions of the exaggerations seem bold for propaganda. Making mountains out of mole hills??? Why not scale back and downsize the situation for a breath of fresh air. In the interests of arbitration there is an upswing to being resourceful and successful. Researching constructively develops quality skills that are lucrative in today’s market. Making revenue water into wine, or was that whine?

  9. times are hard right now..and it is undeniable that the economy is not recovering as we want it..suze orman stated on oprah that it will recover on 2015
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  10. Guitar Melody Tabs and Performance says:

    Interesting historical record, and took a lot of attention hehehe … ^ _ ^
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  11. Philip says:

    Thanks buddy , i am going to change my life style after reading your post.

  12. People (and the government) need to start living within their means or we will soon be facing another depression worse than the 30s.
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    • Hi Jen,

      Even if they do that it is too late to stop what is going to happen. We were born into a game of monopoly and the bankers control all the cards. We’re all playing with a deck of 51 so ‘winning’ in their game is impossible before you ever start.

      The only solution is to stop playing.
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  13. Pamela Hazelton says:

    While there are areas where the unemployment and foreclosure rates are staggering (there are thousands of foreclosures where I live), it’s not the same everywhere.

    Many people have had to learn to adjust – in short, stop living beyond their means. Let’s not ignore that millions of people weren’t saving money and instead spending it on tech, vacations and other “extras.” I haven’t changed my spending habits at all (I was never overly materialistic).

    Also, there are plenty of businesses that are fulling thriving. The economy has definitely scared people, but Outback, Chili’s and other restaurants still have hour-long waits even on weeknights. People are simply being more selective with their money.

    I know many businesses whereas sales have not decreased, and many others that have actually seen an increase. And, yes, some are selling novelty goods.

    Just a point, because, while it isn’t ideal across the board, there are those who are still making things work.
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    • Hi Pamela and welcome to GrowMap,

      While it has always been true that many Americans spend more than they make, part of the reason for that are declining wages and purchasing power. We have definitely not seen the worst of this yet.

      Saving money when the value of the dollar is sliding would not be very wise because it will buy less and less with each passing month. Now is the time to stock up on food staples like beans, rice, pasta, flour, sugar, corn meal, etc. and plant gardens.

      No matter how bad things get there are always some who still have money and many of them have second, third or even fourth homes in Florida so those areas will not be as affected.

      That does not change the true solution to our economic decline and eventual crash which is to support small businesses and stop buying from multi-national corporations. People do have a choice and those who create self-sufficient communities are going to fare far better than most others.

      Yes, there is another alternative: derive your income from the mega-rich who are least affected. If you don’t mind supporting those who choose to live in luxury and not care whether everyone else starves or not that is another way to go. It isn’t for me, but I know many are taking that route.
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      • Pamela Hazelton says:

        You said: “While it has always been true that many Americans spend more than they make, part of the reason for that are declining wages and purchasing power.”

        I say: That may be the reason now, but what about prior? For plenty of folk this “suffering” was totally avoidable. Case in point: 6 years ago a neighbor borrowed against their house and used the money to buy new vehicles (more than $40k), remodel and take a cruise. A month later they cried they hadn’t been able to save any money to send their two kids to college. I didn’t feel sorry for them – not at all.

        You say: “Saving money when the value of the dollar is sliding would not be very wise because it will buy less and less with each passing month. Now is the time to stock up on food staples like beans, rice, pasta, flour, sugar, corn meal, etc. and plant gardens.”

        I say: A stock up on necessities is fine, but you still need to save CASH for emergencies. If that means cutting off cable and bypassing filling the pool this summer, so be it. I refuse to trade entertainment and swimming for, say, my family’s urgent care.

        You say: “No matter how bad things get there are always some who still have money and many of them have second, third or even fourth homes in Florida so those areas will not be as affected.”

        I say: Have you been to SW Florida? It is a leader in foreclosures. It matters not if the homes are bought by investors, because the people living in them have squat. So, yes, it is affected. My point was that people are tending to be more selective about where they spend their money.

        That does not change the true solution to our economic decline and eventual crash which is to support small businesses and stop buying from multi-national corporations. People do have a choice and those who create self-sufficient communities are going to fare far better than most others.

        You say: “Yes, there is another alternative: derive your income from the mega-rich who are least affected. If you don’t mind supporting those who choose to live in luxury and not care whether everyone else starves or not that is another way to go. It isn’t for me, but I know many are taking that route.”

        I say: I don’t even understand what you mean by that. I hope you aren’t saying I’m not a local supporter, volunteer and helper, because I most certainly am. I’m just a girl who was raised to realize my needs vs. wants, but only what I could afford, and save. I didn’t buy my first house until my late 30s. I drive old cars. I don’t have as much as others around here because I don’t have the debt. It’s that simple.

        I’m sorry, but it’s hard to cry for people who did this to themselves when they had the ability to prepare for it, when there are those who couldn’t survive before this recession.

        I’m all for helping and supporting folks who are deserving. But I’m also for educating them on what to do when they start to get back on their feet. I.e. your kids don’t need an XBox as much as they need a bicycle.
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        • Hi Pamela,

          It is obvious that you have more common sense and wisdom that the average American. Most do not think far enough ahead. They make decisions based on the big raise they think they will get and never consider what will happen if they get laid off.

          I totally agree that many have created their own financial distresses by living beyond their means – something we are all continually conditioned to do. Your neighbors made decisions that have consequences and as you say you can’t really feel sorry for them getting what they chose.

          That said, many have no idea what the consequences of their choices will be. They do not see the dollar sliding or know that the same bankers who handed out loans like candy only do that to then take away whatever they bought with them (from both the original buyer AND seller). They don’t understand the game they were born into that even more than gambling in Vegas is rigged against them.

          There are still parents today who can’t understand why their children don’t have 30 year careers with a Fortune 500 company with full benefits and real pensions. That game changed in the middle of my being in it. What we were promised by IBM IN WRITING for 23 years disappeared like a puff of smoke.

          Any person who made their decisions on where to live, what home to buy, what cars to drive, what they could afford made those decisions based on those broken promises.

          Those pensions they lost would have supported a real retirement unless hyperinflation hit. Saving for retirement is simply another game that most can’t win because who knows what any amount of money will buy decades into the future? Those who buy into that game are likely to get burnt.

          There are many people whose kids will never have an XBox or a bicycle because they don’t even have enough food to eat – and yes I am talking about in the U.S. Feeding America’s Hungry Children estimates 12.4 million American children go to be hungry.

          I do not consider college a necessity – there are better ways to learn a vocation that don’t require going into debt. I do not consider buying wants a major issue. What concerns me most is our collective priorities created by societal conditioning.

          Even people who live within their means are too self-focused. Do they really need a new couch or a new car when others have no bed and no food? It is way too easy to blame the victims for their situations. Yes, some made choices that put them where they are, but many have few real choices and no way to dig out.

          TRULY….there but for fortune…go you….or I. Many refuse to believe that but they are about to find out the hard way how true that is.
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  14. I think that many suffer from “head in the sand” syndrome, but I can only speak for myself on what I’m about to type. I know, for me, for the longest time, I’ve looked at things and tried to do whatever I could as a point of trying to help make the world a better place. However, when I look at the larger issues at hand, the only way I foresee change is in LARGE groups massing together, a collective gathering momentum.

    With matters the way they are, nothing will change without large numbers. Therein lies the problem, ORGANIZING the large numbers. I think many realize that, and as there are no large organizers, people tend to wonder what they can do. Things are just so out of hand, and partly, as a people, we created it. I just see no way to affect change without large numbers working together, and that’s clearly not something our government, nor the wealthy who want to keep it this way, will allow it. It’s also not anything the government, nor the wealthy will do for us either.
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    • Hi Jim,

      I agree with you that far too many suffer from “head in the sand syndrome” and things are definitely out of hand as was predicted. If you only look at our situation from a physical perspective they seem so dire that many would give up hope; however, I see two bright spots on the horizon.

      One is that bloggers are collaborating and using CommentLuv (I recommend you register your forum for it so that you can use it too – see How CommentLuv Works for how you can register non-blog sites and the post I’ll put in CommentLuv in this reply for how to get it for your blog.

      The other is that quantum physics has proven that we live in an illusion created and maintained by something or someone. I choose to believe God created everything. I have repeatedly seen with my own eyes what is “impossible” in the physical so I know that supernatural intervention exists and that is why I am not concerned.

      I believe the purpose of this life is to make a choice and there is only one choice that really matters in the long run.
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  15. COMMODITY TRADING COURSE says:

    The past Christmas season did well for retailers, but 2010 had the highest rate of foreclosures ever. It is expected to be worse in 2011. Many are still out of work, and they cannot find a job. It is still tough, and I wonder how long before we recover.

    • Did you read the post or any of the links in it? The economy WILL NOT RECOVER because the dollar is going to crash. They just keep printing more worthless pieces of paper which means every one of them is worth less. I truly do not understand why most people can not understand that concept.
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  16. Very interesting article. It saddens me when I see that there are some people who take some things for granted, especially food. If they have ever been to third world countries (for example, Philippines) or other poverty-stricken countries, I’m sure they would look differently at the importance of food. Many people, especially children, die every day because of starvation. My heart goes out to those poor children I have seen on a documentary who eat and even fight over the leftover food that is supposed to be “feed” for the pigs. Seriously, if you are really really hungry (like you haven’t had a decent meal in days), can you eat food coming from a pail full of mixed rice, gravy, chicken bones, saliva and other “God knows what’s in there?”

    • I agree with you Felicia that most of us take necessities for granted and few even know the difference any more between necessities (food, water and shelter in that order and ONLY those three things) and luxuries (everything else). Unfortunately many are likely to find out the hard way in the coming years.

      I suspect that the reason for fasting in religious practices is to allow those who have enough to know what it is like to feel hunger. There are already hungry people in every country today and that problem is growing but getting little media coverage.
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      • COMMODITY TRADING COURSE says:

        We are spoiled in the Western World. I am not complaining, just a fact. I hear people complain about border jumpers (one of nicer terms). If I was watching people throw out enough food every day that could feed my family for a week, I cannot say I would not be trying to get there. I cannot imagine that life. Well, I could, but it makes me sad. I just wish more in the western world realized how spoiled/lucky/blessed we are.

        • We are fools is what we are. We don’t question why our grocery stores are full of “stuff” that isn’t food that is killing us or why computers and televisions are ridiculously cheap but the cost of staples like bread and sugar are spiking.

          There will come a time when we will not need to imagine the lives that people in third world countries live because it will be just as bad here. And it is our own fault because many still believe the silly nonsense that if they just get a college education and work really hard they too can become one of the wealthy global elites. How naive so many still are.
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    • We just don’t know what it’s like to really suffer and it’s going to be a shock if things do continue to get worse. What’s likely to make them start to improve, that’s the BIG question? Living in the UK, where the population is old and a whole generation prefer benefits to work and we produce nothing doesn’t bode well for the future. Felicia mentioned the Philippines and I know it well, I lived there for 15 years and learned what it’s like to see real poverty. Yet I met the nicest people, who would share everything with you, despite having only rice 3 times a day. We are so spoiled in the ‘developed’ world and I am so glad my children grew up with traditional Filipino values. Times are hard in the UK right now, global catastrophes and wars do not help. Maybe people will learn to appreciate that plasm screen TV’s, delivered junk food and a new mobile every month does not constitute true happiness.
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  17. You Gail,

    I was thinking of doing a blog post about this same thing. My Mother God bless her sole keeps telling me to find a BETTER job and work FULL TIME. I Know better because I have been watching. As Obama rhetoric has been “Summer of Recovery”. I am finding myself in the unique position of how to survive. I am glad however that my part time work is bringing home about the same as my Blogging. Which can be taken as technically a full time job. If it was for my Blog income, I would be in even more of bad shape. I have started to blog more seriously and Thought about how I could make a difference and in turn bring in even more income. We should get a community of bloggers and writers together to come up with a way to survive these hard times that are about to hit us! I am sure it will be that way for the next few years if not longer. I just hope we can last until this depression is over with. Only GOD knows what will happen. Great Post by the way!!

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    • Hi Paul,

      Don’t be too hard on your Mother. She was conditioned to believe that whole “go to college, get a career” plan that was once possible but no longer exists. I was at the very end of that – just missed being able to get a full retirement. As it turns out that doesn’t really matter because real pensions got replaced by cash pensions that were worth less than half anyway.

      We are already working on exactly what you’re talking about – bloggers who collaborate to create a better economy for all. If I haven’t already invited you in that is only an oversight. I’ll get your email address and send you the info.
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      • Gail,

        How can I be to harsh with my mom. I understand she thinks we have jobs available where I am but I also know more about my area then she does. I have seen people get fired because of a well respected grocery chain(BIGGS) shuts down 6 of their 12 grocery chains. I know they have to find jobs other places and I have seen some of my old work friends from old jobs telling me they were dismissed or fired for various reason but they also suspect that it was due to the economy. I tend to agree with them on that. I also hear from my brother-in-law that he might have to find a new job because of the company putting pressure on them to SELL, SELL, SELL but no one is buying!! That company has been rumored to start laying people off also. So I am unique position to see that I should concentrate on my blog more and more because that seems to be the only viable option right now. I seriously doubt, and this is a BIG DOUBT, that I would even have a chance to find a suitable job to help pay my bills.

        So when my mom calls asking me if I have been looking, which I have, I tell her I have but no luck. I think I won’t get a chance for an interview for quite some time probably until we start to get out of this predicament that we are in right now.

        Wonder if it will change once Obama gets out of the Presidents office? Hopefully it won’t take that long but I don’t expect anything for a few years at the most!!
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        • Hi Paul,

          The only difference who is in office makes is in which part of the illusion we’re fed. We have to become aware that those who control the money supply control the economies of every country. It is no accident that things are the way they are – it is by design.

          If anyone doubts that I can provide all the evidence any thinking person could possibly require to come to the same conclusions.

          Those who choose to control their own futures must focus on creating their own separate economies they control themselves. That starts with knowing what necessities are (water, food, shelter – in that order) and acquiring the ability to provide those instead of relying on anyone else for them.

          All our lives we have been conditioned to believe that raising our own food = poverty and a hard life. That is nonsense. Yes, it is more physical work but not everyone has to grow their own food. Each community can do it and some members will do other things.

          The only reason there is famine and hunger is greed. There is abundant food and wealth worldwide to feed and shelter every living soul. Doesn’t anyone else wonder why we don’t give people land and teach them to feed themselves?

          Instead the opposite is done in every “third world” country. They take away their ability to feed themselves so they can control them instead. There is a very good reason why Gandhi wore homespun cloth and advocated that everyone else do the same – and an important lesson in that reason.

  18. Hi Gail,
    The world’s economic situation is truly sad. The worst part of it all is the how the economy affects the violence in major cities. It’s just awful. Personally if I had to grow my own food I would probably starve….
    My hope is to just look up to our Creator and just depend on Him, being led by His spirit each and every day.
    Blessings to you,
    Eren
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    • Hello Eren,

      As long as you are listening carefully, I know you will be guided to do whatever is necessary. I believe we will not each do everything ourselves. That we live such separate lives is part of how we have been mislead. In communities some grow the food, others build things or maintain things, some have unique knowledge – and all benefit collectively.

      I like the title of an article I once read about How the Baby Boomers Almost Saved the World. I don’t remember what it was all about but I do remember thinking, yes, we could have made a difference – and still might at least for the few who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
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  19. I’m not familiar with the US but for a lot of countries, manipulating the statistics to make the government of the day look good is very, very common. Coming from a South East Asian country, the government here has perfected that art of spinning the numbers and putting a positive slant to negative news. It’s all have to do with politics.
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    • Hi Audrey,

      Believe me they know how to do that in EVERY country. That is why so many Americans believe our economy is recovering even though anyone with common sense can see that is simply impossible.

      You can not have over 30% of the population making less than half what they used to make and expect them to spend what they used to spend.

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  20. Great thoughts. Here in out country, Philippines, they are a lot of unemployed citizens. Even they are college graduate, it’s really hard to find a job. And if they have a job, it doesn’t compensate their everyday needs.
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  21. This sounds all too familiar. Of course not as bad but we can definitely compare what has happened in the last 2 years to this event.

    • Hello Roch,

      The economy is far, far worse than most people realize. Unless you know businesses in other countries who market to the U.S. or are a business owner who interacts with many other business owners in more than one niche, most people do not realize how deeply the economy has already been affected.

      I urge people to re-read this post if they aren’t clearly understanding that the economy IS NOT and CAN NOT recover unless profound changes are made in the decisions we as individuals make about where we spend what money we still have.

      All those who continue to shop at Big Box stores like Wal-Mart either do not realize the damage they are doing or do not care. I recommend reading excellent sites like WalMart is Bad for Business and Wal-Mart Watch and Wake Up WalMart and watching the movie about WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price.

      Every person who refuses to make themselves aware of what shopping at Wal-Mart and any other store with similar business practices deserves what IS going to happen to them. There IS NO RECOVERY on the path they are taking. They WILL suffer at EVERY level.

      .-= Gail Gardner´s featured blog ..We Need INDEPENDENT Open Source Alternatives =-.

  22. really like the tips of savings..and never waste food cook as much as you need to

    • Hi Alaska,

      Unfortunately many Americans do not know how to cook non-convenience foods any more. Hopefully at least some will be willing to learn when they find out how much money they can save.

      It is possible to eat on a few dollars a day. Many meals I eat cost less than fifty cents per generous portion. Nothing that comes in pre-packaged is as inexpensive as cooking from scratch.

      You may want to look into the Local Search Listings explained in the CommentLuv featured post.
      .-= growmap´s featured blog ..Local Search Directory Listings =-.

  23. Your tips are very practical and I thank you for being one of the few bloggers who takes time in helping those unemployed cope up with their struggles in the best possible way you can. Good job in doing that.

    .-= Amanda from Unemployment Office´s featured blog ..10 Practical Ways to Empower Yourself during Unemployment =-.

  24. Dennis Yu says:

    Gail,

    This is some of the most practical advice I’ve seen on how to adapt to the obvious financial crisis in the US. Anyone who is laid off or needs help coping should read it! Because most of our team is on-line, meaning that our client base is all over the world, the concept of a single office doesn’t make sense. It does mean that folks like myself have to travel a lot to physically meet clients, but that paradoxically, does allow our engineers complete freedom on where they live and how they work.

    I predict that there will be MANY more small companies like BlitzLocal that can serve a niche with many virtual workers. Well, it’s not my prediction, but certainly a different way of thinking compared to the traditional “get a job” mentality.

    Dennis
    .-= Dennis Yu´s featured blog ..A clever trick to automatically invite all your Facebook friends to be fans of your page =-.

    • Great to see you here Dennis. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Unfortunately, although it is obvious to those of us who are paying attention that the U.S. economy continues to decline many are still lulled into hearing what they want to hear.

      Many of the owners of businesses that are already affected are still paralyzed by fear instead of pro-actively working to save their businesses before it is too late for them to turn it around.

      Any business that does not have clients flying in does NOT need to be located in a major city. They can save 50% or more on their overhead by relocating somewhere inexpensive with tranportation within a reasonable distance or as you mention go completely virtual.

      What many city dwellers do not realize is that TIME NOT MILES is the major differentiator in viable commuting distance. The less often you have to fly out of an airport the less important that distance and time become.

      It can take over an hour to drive across Dallas or an hour to commute fifty miles to a secondary airport to connect with flights elsewhere. Why locate in Dallas and pay more for everything from office space to taxes to homes when you can pay less than half somewhere else?

      An affordable alternative a company like BlitzLocal may wish to consider is a virtual office. They range from offering little more than a mailing address and answering service to offices and meeting rooms with the latest presentation technology to have a virtual office with an upscale addresses.

      Here are some for those may be interested:
      Online Mail Management
      Mail Forwarding and Product Fulfillment
      Virtual Office Services

      This site has a great video about cutting down on paper usage and more tips on How Virtual Offices Work.

      Dennis, do be sure to read the post I’ll feature in CommentLuv in this reply.
      .-= growmap´s featured blog ..We Need INDEPENDENT Open Source Alternatives =-.

  25. Dennis Edell says:

    I am in 100% agreement with you second half…growing food, cooking for yourself, buying staples, etc.

    However it is not just government, media and so forth. Now i am by bo means FOR either of them, just stating a fact here…

    PEOPLE in MANY areas (mostly non-rural) are just as much to blame; more to the point, their sheer and pathetic LAZINESS.

    I live on Long Island, 40 minutes from Manhattan by train. Our newspapers are filled – F I L L E D – with job openings, everything from minimum wage on up. Not to mention other HUNDREDS you’ll hear about just by word-of-mouth…..not worth the money to actually advertise.

    I couldn’t count with a planetary sized calculator how many would rather collect welfare or fake disability then “flip burgers” so to speak.

    My retort – that’s fine, I just hope and pray someone takes your children as you starve to death – JACKASS.
    .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s featured blog ..Aweber Affiliate Link Contest Update – WINNER- =-.

    • Hi Dennis,

      Yes, there ARE many people who are lazy and do not want to work. Many of them have been raised that way and our welfare system rewards their behavior.

      I personally know a woman who went on welfare to escape an abusive husband the first time he decided their children were fair game too. She found a job that paid less than what the government was paying her but she would rather work than stay on the dole.

      She reported dutifully to the government only to be told that if she took the job they would take away her children’s health benefits. The official actually TOLD HER that they were never going to let her get off welfare.

      In a small town I once lived in, the local grocery store clerk had a particularly bad attitude. I asked him once what his goal in life was and his reply was that he wanted to find a way to get on welfare or disability. He was the only one in his entire family who was not receiving a government check.

      Newspapers full of ads does NOT mean there are any jobs. Almost every position is filled before the ads start running and/or are filled by personal connections – NOT by answering an ad. Many employers are obligated to advertise openings but not to hire from those who apply that way.

      I am NOT saying that no jobs are available that way – only that the sheer number of help wanted ads is not a measure of how many jobs are actually available. Some DO get hired that way; however, we also have to remember that there may be dozens, hundreds or even thousands of applicants for every open position.

      I have seen help wanted signs stay up a long time in convenience stores and other low paying jobs in rural areas that few were willing to take. Part of that is that so many in poor areas can count change or run a cash register and part of it is that if you can grow your own food people are less likely to trade their time for jobs that do not pay a living wage.

      As one convenience store owner I knew responded when I explained to him that one of his employees was so slow that I would shop elsewhere if she was working, he said his employees were either “incapable of actually doing the job or knew how to steal enough to make a living wage”.

      To be wise we must not take things on face value. Appearances are very often highly deceiving.
      .-= growmap´s featured blog ..We Need INDEPENDENT Open Source Alternatives =-.

  26. This a very informative post. I have already started using some of your advice for example cutting down on utilities. It is a hard time for a lot of people. Hopefully it will run its course and we can bounce back.

    .-= Mike ´s featured blog ..Youtube to Mp3 =-.

    • Hi Mike,

      When I launch the other blog I will include tips on how to reduce utilities too. There is much we can do because most homes today were built poorly during a time when heating and air conditioning were less expensive to use.

      We need to add those things that will keep our homes cool and warm that are missing such as ceiling fans and exterior shutters.

  27. Great article, what are we doing as an individual to prevent depression? By now we should learn the lesson from history, we need to cut our expenses and reduce our overheads. Communication companies are attracting customers by offering them free smart phones and blackberries, on the other hand they are binding customers for 2 years commitment.

    • Hello Azam,

      We created this mess by allowing ourselves to be brainwashed in focusing on money instead of what is truly valuable. The solution is to focus on what IS important – and to realize that every thought and action has consequences.

      When we buy at big box stores that force their suppliers to cut costs until they use child labor and have their employees working twelve hour days seven days a week and living in dormitories with no lives WE are the DIRECT cause of THEIR suffering.

      When we buy from small local and online businesses – even if they must charge more for the very same things – we are creating a better world for all INCLUDING OURSELVES!

      It is IMPOSSIBLE to take advantage of others and end up not crashing our own economies in the process. We are the cause and we are the only solution.

      Few will decide to change; those who do need to work together and not waste their time on the rest. They are happy being selfish and will stay selfish until their last breath.
      .-= growmap´s featured blog ..Support Small Businesses =-.

  28. Excellent article. I really like the point you made about potato chips – I see so many people who are literally broke, eating fast food and junk food because they think it’s the cheapest food they can get. If you learn how to cook basic things, you can get by on very little money.

    [NOTE: I added anchor text to your comment to benefit your site. Please read how to use KeywordLuv for details.]

    .-= Alex´s featured blog ..Using Multiple Domains to Dominate AdWords =-.

    • Hi Alex,

      Many Americans today have no idea how to even start cooking regular food. Even people my age (around 50) rarely know how to grow a garden, cook, bake or sew because their parents either did not know or did not teach them.

      Few realize that it is still possible to eat on $1-3 a day per person IF you eat staples instead of convenience or fast foods. I am one of many bloggers who do have those skills and will be sharing that information online in the very near future.

      PayPerClick is NOT the best way to make money. There are many pitfalls as I have shared in several posts about ppc which you can reach from my Best of GrowMap post.
      .-= growmap´s featured blog ..Best of GrowMap – Our Most Important Posts All in One Place =-.

  29. As a business owner and a person who follow factors that effect the economy we are no where near a recovery. in fact if you are really paying attention it is getting worse. And trying to buy our way out of it is not the way to go becuase even if it worked it would tank the economy in the future.

    • Hello Ryan,

      I wish more business owners would look up from their own concerns and see that it is NOT just their business. I suspect many are so focused on their fears that they do not realize what is happening.

      There ARE things businesses can do to survive but they need to get started RIGHT NOW and they need to collaborate with those who know what to do because there is no time to research and learn to do it themselves.

      I would like you to join our collaboration. Many of those we work with have blogs with Alexa scores under 30,000 and know how to use anchor text and spread the word about your business via Word of Mouth. Look for an email from me.
      .-= growmap´s featured blog ..Word of Mouth Marketing =-.

  30. Hi Gail,

    You really have a good working relationship with Ron, I can see the confidence from you both teaming up (a pretty strong force as for what I can see). Anyway, I think it would be much harder for people to face depression today, since we were brought up living an extravagant lifestyle, with technology there of course. And these tips you’ve given are truly practical.

    By the way, I just noticed that you really over-deliver in giving “valuable contents” to your readers. this morning I was reading your blog about dofollow links (and damn I enjoyed that post so much!). Very useful, I’ve even bookmarked it for future purposes. I particularly enjoyed the dofollow search engine tool you have shared there, loved it big time! Thanks thanks thanks for that post!

    Regards,
    Jason
    .-= Jason @ Art of Covert Hypnosis´s featured blog ..Chasing Success – Covert Hypnosis Vs The Law of Attraction =-.

    • Hi Jason,

      Ron is part of a very important team working on a method to monetize blogs and benefit many small businesses. His unique article marketing will single-handedly make the difference between staying open and closing.

      I am very fortunate to be working with him. His article marketing techniques are so advanced that I leave all article marketing for clients and our JV projects to him now.

      If this is the dofollow search engine you refer to it was created by another of our key collaborators Kristi Hines who many know as Kikolani.

      They are two of many who are working together for the greater good. Do check out the list of blogs in the post I’ll feature in this reply. They are the blogs I have identified so far who welcome businesses, have KeywordLuv and CommentLuv installed and are DoFollow.
      .-= growmap´s featured blog ..DoFollow CommentLuv KeywordLuv Community =-.

  31. Thing are not getting better as Obama and his gang would like you to think. World wide this recession is on a slow slide deeper into a world wide depression that I think can if not checked, make 1930-1941 look like a Sunday pick nick.

    [Pobept: I hope you don't mind that I added a valuable anchor text link for your Garden Worm home page. Please read my post about how to use KeywordLuv so you can do this for yourself in the future.]

    • Hello Pobept,

      I answered you just before the storms blacked out both of my Internet connections. Yes, it will be really bad on a global scale and last longer than the Great Depression.

      There will be some winners and many losers as always because that is precisly why they do these things. People will be so desperate they will accept anything.

      I predict that they will introduce public programs that pay next to nothing to rebuild the infrastructure. Many will jump at the chance of being fed and sheltered and having some money to send home. They will do much and get in shape and then be sent off to World War III.

      It is not big challenge to predict that – it IS exactly what they have done over and over. That is why this post opens with those two quotes.
      .-= growmap´s featured blog ..We Need INDEPENDENT Open Source Alternatives =-.

  32. Thomas Tarler says:

    Sir,
    Your article is subjective and does not reflect economic realities. The definition of ANY recession, or depression, is that there must be two quarters of economic contraction. This means that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has to shrink for two quarters in a row. To be out of a recession, GDP has to grow for one quarter in a row.
    Since the third quarter of 2009, GDP has grown on a quaterly basis. I get this results from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, these results can be replicated on http://www.bea.gov. The BEA is a non-partisan agency that is the primary GDP accounting agency for the US. However, if you doubt these results you can find them replicated by a number of different sources.

    We are not in a recession. Unemployment may be high, but I request that you used proper economic statistics when making an argument. Otherwise, it appears to be VERY stupid. Thank you.

    • Congratulations on being the first troll to comment. I am sure that your statistics will be a great comfort to the many sleeping under bridges and hoping there is a soup kitchen that is only a short walk away.

      Did you read my post just prior to this? I will feature it in CommentLuv in this reply. I am certain that you will find it “VERY stupid” as well. You are welcome to comment “anonymously” using any number of names. (Did you notice that you are one of the few commentators who has EVER not used a link in their comment in this entire blog).

      You will find, though, that you are wasting your time here. No amount of disinformation is going to change my mind and my readers are far too intelligent to fall for your tricks.

      All wise people know that manipulating statistics and media spin are the favorite tools of the plutocracy. We know PRECISELY where you are trying to take us. Do you really think we are foolish enough to listen to your silly numbers?

      .-= growmap´s featured blog ..We Need INDEPENDENT Open Source Alternatives =-.

  33. I’ve been trying to tell people that I know about this very thing! It’s time to return to growing and raising our own food – that’s not an art we need to loose especially in this economic downturn.
    Thanks for this very insightful post!
    .-= Kiesha @ We Blog Better´s featured blog ..Social Media can Kill your Blog =-.

  34. Whoa great post!

    I really like your advices on saving costs associated with our living style.

    It is true, if you cannot control your income, you can control your expenses. Very nice tips you give there!

    Nabeel

    PS: Hypertext not done properly: Our new blog at PSPLiving will cover how-to live simply but well.

    • Welcome back Nabeel,

      Thank you for letting me know about that link. I fixed it. I hope that many will use my tips; however, a huge percentage of Americans do not know how to garden or cook or bake or sew. They have no idea what physical necessities are (water, food, shelter – in that order and ONLY those three).

      That is why I advise that people form communities far from cities. We will not be able to feed all those who will be hungry. Each of us must listen to our hearts to know what we are meant to do.

      Did you read the related post just prior to this one? I will put it in CommentLuv in this reply.
      .-= growmap´s featured blog ..We Need INDEPENDENT Open Source Alternatives =-.

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