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America the Land of the Greedy

Updated on November 25, 2012

Greed and Disinformation

As many of you that have read my Hubs already know, I enjoying writing Hubs on topics most writers wouldn't touch if they were paid too! This article America the Land of the Greedy will be no exception.

I recently graduated from college at age 48 and can honestly say that my High School education thirty years ago was ten times better than the education I just paid for.

While in school, I was only able to find part time work as an umpire and because of the money I earned in this seasonable profession I was unable to qualify for many benefits from the State such as food stamps. Unfortunately I'm honest and didn't lie to get these benefits as many of my fellow citizens do.

So I applied for and received Credit Cards, which helped tremendously, especially in today's economy. Because the curriculum was so easy a fifth grader could graduate easily without even studying (all the exams are multiple choice) I got really good grades and qualified for government grants.

Soon I was receiving grants that easily paid my tuition and then some, well being a person that has learned a few things in my life, I used the extra income to pay off those pesky credit cards.

Knowing the temptation would be too great if I left them open with a zero balance, I cancelled the ones that I had paid off . . . or at least I thought I did!

A couple of months later I received a bill from both CC companies claiming that I was being charged for not keeping my balance above zero. These charges were from cards that I had been told over the phone were cancelled. So I called again and was told of course that it was a mistake and that if I would pay the balance off that they would make sure it was closed permanently, Hmmm! I did as I was told and felt for sure the matter was closed.

Lo and behold months later I received statements from both Credit Card companies saying that I again owed them money. As you can imagine I was furious and this time not only called them but sent them written notice to terminate the cards. This seemed to settle the matter until I checked my credit report a year to the day after canceling my cards the first time.

Both credit cards are still open, but I have not received another bill, so I'm willing to let it go for now.

The one remaining credit card I do have is now playing the same game with me claiming ignorance while saying they don't have my correct address to send me my bill. So because my payment is late this month ( I received a bill one day before it was due ), they are now charging me twice the interest the Mafia would have charged me.

Because I have learned to live a frugal lifestyle while making less per year than what most people pay in rent or mortgage a year and even learning how to save money, I will simple pay the balance off and no longer do business with the greedy bastards.

The reason I'm writing this article is to help others that find themselves in similar situations to know that there is hope and to make them aware that they are not alone. Living in America the land of the greedy is an eye opening experience, the key is to accept this and change your way of thinking to learn how to deal with it.

Many companies play the ignorance and disinformation game with us the consumer, but what they don't realize is that most of America has had enough.

To quote the fictional character from the movie Network Howard Beale played by Peter Finch,

"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

But of course being mad ain't going to pay the bills, so I have to out think my opponent.

My opponent?

The greedy bastards that run this country and profess ignorance while spreading disinformation at a hefty price.

Some say that ignorance is bliss and I would agree except it comes with a very steep price tag, one which I'm no longer willing to pay, are you?

So you ask what can be done, short of revolution and rioting in the street, well I for one am going to give them exactly what they want. Let's face it they want our money, so I'm going to give it to them.

I'm going to practice what I preach and give them their money and nothing else, no more freebies. I will pay everything I owe off in less than a year, by living frugal!

But, and this is the key, that is all they are going to get from me. I'm done playing their silly games of ruining lives and shattering dreams.

See folks, when I was a kid, I didn't grow up wanting to be a person in debt up to my ears always owing, continuously working to the very end to pay for someone else's dream.

The American Dream . . . it ain't my dream!

Living in America has turned into one scam after another, for instance, I recently moved from one part of the state to another part. I called my internet provider to let them know I was discontinuing my service, two months in advance. The customer service rep I talked to told me she was not authorized to do that type of transaction and asked if she could put me on hold, twenty (20) minutes later I was still on hold.

I gave up waiting and hung up, a couple days later I called back and went through the same process, this time I was only on hold for ten minutes before I gave up. This little game was played out every time I called them, in essence, they like my credit card companies would not allow me to discontinue service.

I can't force my credit card companies to cancel the accounts and I can't force the internet provider to cancel my service.

After trying unsuccessfully to cancel my service three times I gave up and just discontinued my service on my own. Figuring they would try to charge me for the equipment, I took it with me.

Now the internet provider calls me at least five times a day, usually by texting me sometimes they leave messages. When I call the number listed all I get is a recording telling me that if I provide a address which they already have since they continue to try to bill me, they will come pick up the equipment for free.

This game they are playing has now gone on for over five months, finally about two weeks ago I got to talk to a live person and she provided me with a location that I could drop off the equipment, of course the closest location is over an hour away from me and the only time I can do it is on Saturday as they are closed all other times. Since I work on Saturday's, I rarely get the chance but made the effort and drove the forty miles to drop off the equipment, of course they were closed.

Of course they say that if I don't pay they will put it on my credit report, guess what, I don't care about my credit report anymore, because that is a scam also!

America is one BIG SCAM, the American DREAM is a scam, buying a new car is a scam, the War in Iraq is a scam, Terrorism is a scam, Global Warming is a scam and the list goes on and on and on . . .

When I went to get the power turned on in my new place the Power company required a 250.00 dollar deposit, WOW! That was four months ago and yet I have yet to get a bill over 100.00 dollars, why does the Power Company get to charge me that much, because they are a monopoly and the only game in town.

But I thought there were no such things as a monopoly in America . . . oh yeah, I forgot, silly me America is One Big Scam!

America makes up it's own rules and then only plays by them when it works in their favor. Does it really take TEN years to discover that Iraq doesn't have weapons of mass destruction and never did, does it really take TEN years to track down the Taliban in Afghanistan and put them out of business?

Get real folks we are getting scammed every time we turn around, if Social Security will not be around when I retire why do I have to continue to pay for it?

"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

  • Does anyone really believe we can keep anthrax out of the country but can't find the hundreds of tons of marijuana and cocaine being imported into this country? SCAM!
  • Does anyone really believe we can put a man on the moon but can't figure out how to make a car that gets more than forty miles to the gallon? SCAM!
  • Does anyone really believe that their vote counts in a Presidential Election? SCAM!
  • Does anyone actually believe anything the Government tells us is the truth? SCAM!
  • Does anyone actually believe the War in Iran and Afghanistan is because of terrorism? SCAM!
  • Does anyone actually believe the most wanted man in the World was killed, but that we didn't keep a shred of proof and actually dumped his body in the Ocean? SCAM!
  • America is the land of the greedy, but we as a society can change this way of thinking by learning to give what we don't need and expecting nothing in return.


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      Keeley Shea 5 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Lots of good insight here! I will be looking for ways to live my life differently. It is funny how all of these great services that America claims they provide are there when you don't need them but when you do no one will even talk to you. :(

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      Micky Dee 5 years ago

      American history is so lied about Americans are some of the dumbest educated idiots in the world.

      Ask the religious to stand up. There is not a God in "this" world big enough, just enough, benevolent enough - to get the religious, who claim their righteousness, - to get off their inflated pews. God is great. But the "god" of this world is Mammon - just as it was 2,000 years ago- just like it was 3500 years ago.

      History is written by the asses not the masses.

      History is rewritten to expunge the evil of their deeds. But this America will not awaken. The "saints", the prophets including Jesus are murdered. The prophets only fulfill prophecy. The reason Jesus is not already king of this Earth is that nobody stood for Jesus 2000 years ago. Regardless of prophecies and explanations - the religious sit. They pray. They participate in the continued murder of saints. It's apathy and apathy is stronger than their God. Apathy requires NOTHING.

      My God rescues. My God does not imprison. My God does not enslave.

      I will never sit on a pew waiting for "a" god to open doors in "this" realm. This realm be.longs to the evil one. Anyone who disagrees only disagrees with written scripture.

      My broken record is the Golden Rule. America cannot accept the Golden Rule. God does not visit this Wall Street and international bankers. This world of finance is a step-ladder to hell. The evidence is everywhere.

      Thank you for another great message!

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      geordmc 5 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      As always, WE the PEOPLE of this "Great" Nation don't actually have a say in what goes on. Yes, we're lied to on a daily basis and we keep believing that the next administration will change things. In your word, SCAM!

      There are so many lies out there no one can see the truth anymore.So, how do we stop all the bull!@#$ short of revolution & riots in the streets?

      I don't have that answer, but like you I'm mad as hell!

      Maybe one day the people of the world will WAKE-UP, but that is such a long shot the odds are astronomical.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      geordmc,

      For me the glass is always half full, I believe we can change our world one human at a time. I believe that as we change and 'live the change', others see and try to change also!

      Can one person change the World, yes! By living the change and setting an example.

      I really expected to get slammed on this article but so far the comments are positive!

      Micky Dee,

      Don't give up brother the change is happening as we speak, we just have to perceiver and continue to help those on the fence make up their own minds!

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      John Daffodils 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      You say all the things I think every day! I hate America but it's home, it sucks to see it happen all around you and to good people who don't deserve it (like you with the credit cards - I've seen it happen to people who aren't as savvy as you and end up in the hole forever!!) The only solution is to like move to Mexico or go completely off grid - when is all this going to change?

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      geordmc 5 years ago

      Unfortunately, even though we try, most people are blind, scared or just plain refuse to change for any reason. That's why we have a world full of cynics and disbelievers.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      John you really have a thing for Mexico, save your money and move there and see how that works out for you, of course learning Spanish might help, I don't speak it, but would love to live there!

      I personally am fixing to move to Montana and go off the grid, my health is failing me and I don't expect to live ten more years but, who knows?

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      Micky Dee 5 years ago

      Nothing is safe. Everything is actually on the grid. Every country and all of Earth is not safe. Everything and everybody is a resource for the banking institutions and their support. "WE" are merely resources. Americans and all who support the banking institution as it is at present are "favorable subjects" to a "financial dictator" or we can call them king and queen - self appointed. The banks will get a bail-out that will again break the backs of the workers. Another tragedy will occur. Another war started by another false flag will take place. And the rich or their pawns will tell us that it is the rich that provide jobs. The rich evidently poop gold bricks. Oil comes out their arse. But they never muscle the fruit from the ground or from the tree. We do it.

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      Knowing Truth 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi somethgblue, very sad to learn that you are very mad of your country. I am mad to learn that many countries, especially the developing and the undeveloped countries are taking America as example. What has happened to the world right now, what has gone wrong? Are greed, ill-will and ignorance the roots of of these problems?

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      War is not the answer only LOVE can conquer hate, but knowledge can awaken the masses to the corruption of all countries!

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      geordmc 5 years ago

      If every developing or underdeveloped country looks at America for its example then they need to fight for it whether through revolution (remember WE had to fight a war to win OUR independence)or other means(preferably non-violent)and change their own country, NOT beg us to do it for them!

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      I think you may have missed the point, America through the CIA (criminals in action) are creating these revolutions, they are not asking for our help.

      Libya is a perfect example, those were the best fed and weaponized rebels I've ever seen!

      I seriously doubt if most of them were Libyian nationals, that was a joke!

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      aly543 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi somethgblue. Great hub! It was almost as if you were telling the story of my life. I just wanted to add.. did that college education get you a good paying job? I had been told all my life that obtaining my four year degree would ensure a good career with good money and benefits. So, I got my degree, graduated with honors, and was inducted into two honors societies. I am also a world traveler and speak Mandarin Chinese (yes, I am a white American who speaks an Asian language, very hard to come by). So all this knowledge has landed me where? $13K in student loans and a bartending gig that doesn't pay enough to keep a roof over my head. We are looking for answers everywhere, but all of the possibile answers are dangerous to peoples livlihood. "Don't pay your mortgage", "don't pay your credit cards bills", "don't pay your student loans"... if EVERYONE did this it would be a possibility. However, corporate America has us in their money sucking grips. They hold the money. If you don't pay these things you will be kicked out of your house, have your assets seized, damage your credit score, etc. I hope one day here soon ALL of America will wake up and join hands in creating a peaceful honest society. Im feeling your hub! It is good to know I am not the only one that has hit brick walls even though I have done all that the good American citizen is expected to do in order to "make it".

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      aly543,

      I have a job in my field which is graphic arts, so that is cool. I made more money twenty years ago in the same field, but worked a heck of a lot harder to get it, so . . .?!

      Perhaps you should read my living frugal hub that won the awards and was one of my first hubs as I'm not convinced making money is the key to enjoying life.

      I'm trying really hard to get to the point where I owe nothing to anyone and becoming mobile and truly free to move about the country and perhaps out of the country.

      It could be a lot worse and try to always find the positive side to things and keep an open mind to all possibilities. Some of the most enlightened people I know get stuck in the paradigm and don't continue to seek and learn which I feel is a mistake.

      I believe in the next eight years we will see a huge rise in the way humans perceive their world and live their lives, pretty specific time frame wouldn't you think.

      You might think I have some inside knowledge and all I can say to that is that I'm constantly rearranging my reality as I gain more knowledge of the true existence of mankind and the planet we live on!

      so hang in there and do what you feel is right in your heart, but really what is making it, are you happy slinging alcohol? Would you take less money to work in your field?

      Let me put it to you this way, I LOVE getting up in the morning and going to work, but could make more money doing a lot of other things, so . . .?!

      thanx for the comment!

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      jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      What the hell are food stamps ?!!!How apalling !!

      Could write a book or two on corrupt injustice from Banks to Councils not to forget Freemasons.

      Some of your stuff-as in trying to duck out of the system- puts me in mind of one of the best writers Jack London or at least his characters !

      Good thought provoking write...

      best from jandee

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      This is part of a letter I wrote to my mother this very evening and seems fitting to your comment about Jack London . . .

      The American Dream is not my dream, I long to lose myself in the mountains and never come back, but perhaps that would be selfish of me.

      The only people I talk to are my fellow employees, I've always been more comfortable alone, especially when alone in the mountains.

      Funny how life turns out . . .

      it was about how the more our society turns to electronic devices for entertainment and information the more it counters my philosophy of life.

      Dying alone in the mountains wouldn't bother me in the slightest and I long for the simple life that mirrors nature, is that selfish of me?

      Perhaps I need to spend the years or days I have left giving of myself to others, as living a dream in the mountains would be selfish when there are so many in need!

      Food Stamps are the US's way of supplementing the poor with food . . . I'm listening to Erin Neville atm do you like him?

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      Rehana Stormme 5 years ago

      It's just so sickening how the American government has manipulated not only American citizens but the whole freaking world. They get the masses to dance to their tunes by using fear to control them. The so called 'war on terrorism' is being funded by tax payers' money and no one's complaining because they've been brainwashed to think that it's 'for their own safety'. How absolutely appalling...

      This is a refreshing article, Dan. The credit card thing is just so irritating. Debt is one of the easiest ways to control people. And of course in today's capitalist world, anything and everything is done to ensure profit, profit, profit. Keep in touch and keep me posted about your move to Montana! Nice to read you after so long. :)

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      aly543 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for the advice somethgblue. I checked out your living frugal hub and it was very inciteful. At the moment, I would bartend or do something in my field of expertice, so long as I made enough money to pay my bills. I am a 29 year old single mother - not ideal, but well worth it - and between paying daycare expenses, my personal bills (cell phone, insurance, etc) I don't make enough money for rent payments. My son and I moved in with my parents so I could go back to school. Like you, I was forced to work while I studied full time to pay my bills, and my financial aid checks went straight to my personal loans and credit card debts. However, it was more like I had just consolidated all of my debts into one big one... my student loans that I still have to pay for. While finishing college I managed to get my car paid off, and like you it is no flashy car but it gets great gas mileage (2004 Hyundai Accent). Of course it is on its last leg, but I am trying my best to keep it running as long as possible. So I finished my degree in June 2010, and stuck at my parents house because with my income where it is, and if i stuck to your 25% or less rule of thumb, I would have to find somewhere that the rent would only cost $200. This is possible, but like you said I would have to sacrifice the safety of myself and my son, something I am not comfortable doing. I am still adamently searching and applying for new jobs, but so far no luck. If there is no change soon in my searches, I am tempted to move me and my son back to China to teach English and return when our struggling economy comes back around. Thank you for your help and keep up the good work. Your hubs are extremely inciteful and informative.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      aly543,

      Or you could find an older single man in Tennessee looking to help others and willing to share his limited wealth in order to help other less fortunate than him survive . . . know any?

      Just a thought!

      Is it possible to find people that want to help other people and expect absolutely nothing in return . . . Yes, but they are very rare breed of human.

      My thinking is that if one practices a set of principles (integrity) that it will rub off on others, but you must set the example by living the example, interesting concept don't you think?

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      The Stormme is Back . . .,

      I missed you, that being said perhaps your perspective of the matter is worthy of a Hub?

      Plus it would give me more hints . . . I believe that Hubs written about America from those outside looking in is very important and would relish the opportunity to read that perspective.

      The World is changing whether we are willing to accept this or not is beside the point, but unique and different perspectives are what we need to begin to see a way out of the coming Doom & Gloom!

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      clkf 5 years ago

      While I agree there is serious coroption in pollitics I am not sure I agree with everything being a scam...ie. Global warming. I try to maintan a positive outlook knowing there are scams like the credit card compalines I don't agree with all of your comments. God is love and anything wlse is a distration. We can pull together and change this world to a better place. I will be posting my next hub refering to our capatistic society. I hope you humaor me and read it. Thanks for your hub, I enjoyed reading it.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      I was going to comment on your spelling but after reading your Hub on Capitalism, with every word spelled correctly and so well written it was a pleasure to read, I won't even bother!

      I agree God is love and the truth, and the answer to all questions!

      We can change this World one human at a time.

      I think you should be writing more as you are a really good writer, did you miss your calling . . .!

      Global Warming is a big time scam read my piece on Polar Shift and we will talk more, I used to think it was because of us twenty years ago, but now am convinced we have very little to do with it!

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      First off somethgblue, I think a big congrats is in order for going back to school and graduating, regardless the ease of completing, you may just be to smart for your own good :)

      I agree with the plethora of American scam themes. About the food assistance, here where I live if you could see all the scamming for government benefits occurring, your head would explode. I find it disgusting to see people drive 50,000 cars receiving any kind of assistance.

      Although I have been very tempted into getting a credit card, I will not, just for the reasons you have written about. I have no tact when it comes to scathing corporations and due to my ill choice of vocabulary, the credit card companies will no longer bother me. Something about being treated with respect and should be called grotesque obscenities, hey I call them how I see them.

      Great article, I think it conquered the frustrations that many Americans go through.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Uh Oh . . . if you keep reading and commenting on my articles with intriguing and insightfulness, I will be forced to spend the rest of the day reading your Hubs . . . hopefully you don't have too many!

      I like the part about the vocabulary and using BIG College words like plethora really turn me on, speaking of heads exploding have you ever seen the sci-fi classic movie Scanners?

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      Scanners, oh yes, I believe sci-fi relates to more to reality than one wants to imagine, at least in mind anyway.

      I do have my moments of apprehending the larger words into my regular form of very fowl dialect from time to time.

      I hope I do not disappoint your high standards while you read my hubs.

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      writeronline 5 years ago

      Can't speak for anyone else, (I could, but I hate it when people speak for me, so I won't do it) and as this is about the USofA, where I don't live, I can't speak about there either. However, if you took out 'America' and put in 'The Western World', where millions of us do live, I'd me amazed if the vast majority of those millions (on whose behalf I'm not speaking) didn't stand up and applaud if they read this piece. I know I am.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      No need to stand, that actually made me laugh and that is hard to do, as I'm just naturally angry!

      Check out the new one on the Philippines called Wake Up and Smell the Swamp Water, I'd like to know what you think as I think both you and Jenubouka are great writers!

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      Blake Ford Hall 5 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Voted this one sideways, LOL. You should look back at my comment to yours a few minutes ago. But appreciate your input whenever it comes. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Ooooo revenge, I get it, constructive criticism isn't part of your life, feel free . . . I can handle it and won't start crying because the GREAT Blake4d is offended!

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      jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello S,

      how's it going? just read Micky Dees comment again ,it stands today!It will stand for too long,

      bestfrom jandee

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Yeah agreed . . . haven't seen much of him except of course his Hub on Teachers that was really good!

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      nigma 4 years ago

      "but we as a society can change this way of thinking by learning to give what we don't need and expecting nothing in return"

      this is all we need to do. that's it. great insight. if we share with our fellow human being and if we always share and never keep, if we always work for the betterment of our fellow humans, if no one keeps lazy and if we keep our spirits high and if we always help each other, if we exclude those who ruin this brotherhood and high standards and if we unfortunately have to kill them whilst they do not let us live virtously we will save our lives and it will be heaven.

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      somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      My sentiments exactly and if the Polar Shift levels the playing field perhaps it is more doable than one might think.

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      nigma 4 years ago

      exactly why i am looking forward to the Pole Shift. We have to break free of our time's Pharaoh and this is only possible if God starts destroying their kingdom

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      somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      The Zeta Talk 7 of 10 scenario which although is channeled information shows clearly that this is progressing as the media continues to call it freak weather insisting it is only a local phenomenon.

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      Marc Hubs 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Global Warming is definitely a big scam, even my physics teacher in school used to suggest that the theory was flawed then go on to explain himself.

      Are they really insisting the freak weather is only local?

      Here in the UK it's the middle of summer and it has been pouring down with rain every day for the last month. The weather forecast is that the next 2 days may bring a month or two's worth of more rain!

      The sun has been nowhere to be seen all summer!

      I would also like to point out that US have just delcared Aghanistan as their newest non-NATO ally!

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      somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      My most recent article touches on this very subject https://hubpages.com/education/Flood-Maps-From-Nat...

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      Sanxuary 4 years ago

      Since the economy crashed I have noticed a lot of people becoming human. I like this side of poverty and its terrible that it takes something like this to make people real again. This reality has never shown up for most employers and never television and advertising. I can say that it has only made them greedier. Scraping for every dime and an endless supply of cheap labour it has actually kept us poor longer and worked against them. Imagine if they paid people more what they would be buying. This is capitalism destroying its self. It has no concept of sustainment and will cut profitability at every corner believing it will profit more. I have seen no change but hope that the generation sick of this culture will destroy them when they get the opportunity to build something better.

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