Skip to comments.The “Depression that Shall Not Be Named” — things we notice that the corrupt media won’t report
Posted on 09/19/2012 12:15:19 PM PDT by grundle
Full title: Ground Reports from the Depression that Shall Not Be Named things we notice that the corrupt media wont report that show this is indeed a Depression
On my desk, just under the computer monitor, I have a little box full of slips of scrap paper. Ive been doing this since I was a kid because the nuns who taught me in Catholic School refused to ever waste paper. Anything that comes into my home thats blank on one side and has outlived its usefulness is drawn and quartered and spends some time as scrap paper in that little box for a while before it goes anywhere near the trash bin. When I get ideas for stories or someone tells me something thats happened to him or her, I jot it down on these slips and then tack them up on the cork boards around my desk until I have time and a better idea of how I want to communicate that information to you on this site. Often, these slips sit there for a while because theres not enough there for a big post in itself. Today Im cobbling a few of them together into a Ground Report for Illinois that deals with some of the things I notice that make me conclude that YES we are most certainly in an economic Depression regardless of what the corrupt media is telling you. This is the Depression that Shall Not Be Named because Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper and the rest of the pro-Obama talking heads keep using magic tricks and diversion to obscure this invisible Depression for as long as Barack Obama is in office. In their role as the Obama Palace Guard, they are better than David Copperfield, Doug Henning, or Siegfried & Roy ever were on the stage or the Deatheaters were in all those Harry Potter books.
I invite you to share anything that YOU see in your own home towns that leads you to believe we are in an economic Depression, regardless of what the news is calling the current economy under Barack Obama. Here are a few of my observations:
* Storefronts are empty and long-abandoned in the fanciest buildings in Chicago downtown in the Loop, and thats never happened before. While shops fail, they are usually replaced immediately by something else. Ive never seen empty stores on Michigan Avenue or entire buildings completely vacant in Chicago. This is the kind of thing that was common in Cleveland in the 80s and 90s, but never in Chicago. When I moved here in 2005 or so, I was amazed by the fact that so little was ever empty or boarded up in this town because I grew up in an economically depressed city where this was common. Chicagoans are now experiencing this sort of thing. That cant be good, folks. Entire shopping malls downtown have been failing and these were the luxurious vertical malls that travel brochures used to brag about when it came to shopping on the Magnificent Mile. There is no mention of coming to Chicago to shop anymore in any of the Convention & Visitors Bureau material that Ive seen in the last year or so though there has been an ever-more-desperate push to bring in tourist dollars. Something is definitely wrong.
* I have a friend who used to be a realtor, with her own business. She had a beautiful two bedroom apartment near Boystown in a historic building that she owned, where she lived with her dog. Since Obama was elected, the woman lost her business and had to take a job as a cashier at Target just to keep the lights on. She had to sell off a lot of her designer clothes on eBay to buy money for food. Then she had to get rid of her dog, because she couldnt afford to feed him and pay all her bills. Next, she had to move out of her apartment and take the extra room at her moms place because she needed to rent out the home she owned so that the rent money would pay the mortgage. Shes 37 and would have been homeless if not for her mother. Her tenants are frequently late with their rent because the husband in that couple lost his job and has not been able to find a new one.
* My boyfriend Justin plays this online video game with something to do with Star Wars. He started playing a year or so ago, when we were just starting to date and he explained how the game works to me: you pay a monthly subscription and get access to the game, which was originally hosted on 200 servers. You can create characters on a server you pick and interact with other players who are running around in this virtual world. In the time Ive known Justin, that game has had to shrink from 200 servers down to just 10 because they keep losing subscribers. The game is impressive-looking, but people cant afford to continue paying the membership forever. Theyre about to eliminate more servers and rework the game into a free version that would just require purchases of special weapons and gear to play at a higher level. Star Wars fans are rabid and live and breathe this stuff, so if a Star Wars game is failing like this then something is seriously wrong.
* A friend of mine is a recruiter/membership coordinator for a high-end gym. People are missing their payments and dropping their memberships like crazy in Chicago. The gym recently had to run an incentive for new members where if you sign up theyd reimburse your joining fee of $160 if youd use the gym 80 times or so in the next 90 days. Ive never seen this gym chain ever give any sort of breaks like this. Those joining fees were always nonrefundable and non-waivable. They are hurting for business so bad that they have to use desperate measures to recruit people.
* Another friend in New York just got married. She bought her dress on eBay. The day after the wedding, she put the dress up for sale on eBay. She essentially rented her wedding dress because she could not afford to buy one and then she recycled it to someone else.
* Consignment shops in Chicago are so flush with goods from people trying to sell their designer clothes that some wont even take anymore product from people hoping to sell things.
* Coffee shops are closing. Not the big Starbucks ones and not Caribou, but the local ones, the mom & pops, and the limited area chains. I noticed one downtown that had actually just opened about a year or so ago (cant think of the name) when it replaced the Ethels Chocolate Shop/Coffee Bar in the mall next to the Marriott on Michigan Avenue; and now that place is gone too, despite being in a busy area right next to a giant hotel and on Michigan Avenue.
* There is a real sense of desperation from anyone who works on commission whenever I go into a store. They really are laying on hard-sells, when before they were more laid back.
* Its easy to walk into any restaurant in Chicago now, when they used to be packed. Places youd never get a table now need no reservations and bars that used to be jumping 7 nights a week are now only busy on Friday and Saturday.
* At the grocery store I go to theres a customer service stand at the front by the registers; this is where I buy my bus passes. When Im waiting in line, I cant help but watch people checking out and I see almost every other person using a purple and yellow Illinois EBT card. ALL kinds of people are using these now. There is a look of shame and embarrassment from most of them as they swipe their cards, too. This particular store makes someone who is using an EBT card announce it to the cashier, who has to push a special button to allow it as an EBT transaction and the humiliation on some peoples faces as they have to tell the cashier they are using EBT is heartbreaking. Its cruel the way this store has this set up.
* Ive written about this before, but places that would always have tons of job openings have nothing these days. The universities around Chicago are a good example because they previously always had, at any given time, at least 100 active open positions on their online Jobs Boards. Now, when I check these listings there are maybe 5 to 10 jobs open and they are all for very specialized and highly-degreed fields like professor or Vice President of Development. There are no entry level or mid-management jobs to be had in Chicago at a university or nonprofit. The paid internships are also almost all gone. Unemployment here is much worse than the corrupt media will ever allow you to know. About a year ago, friends of mine who are head-hunters stopped asking me for leads for anyone I could think of to fill jobs they were looking for they dont need leads anymore because they have more jobseekers than open positions and theres a glut of applicants at every skill level in the system. That has not happened before in all the years my friends have been head-hunters.
* The panhandlers are nastier and more aggressive than ever in Chicago. More plentiful too. Crime in Boystown is up with robberies, pickpocketing, and burglary common here now. All over Chicago, there is more violence as the unemployed and desperate resort to crime to survive.
* If you check Craigslist for Chicago, there are more people selling themselves for money than ever before. There is an explosion of male prostitution in this town. This is noticeable because while youd often see female hookers here and there on the streets, now you see groups of 20-something blonde boy hustlers working the streets too and not just in Boystown, but everywhere. They look like guys who could be college students but for whatever reason are on the street and selling themselves instead.
* The workers at Burger King and Dairy Queen have gotten a lot better looking and are often times English-speaking now, when in the past the fast food jobs were usually filled by low-lifes or Spanish-speakers in Chicago. Now, people who would have worked at Borders or Best Buy or something are now working at Burger King, which means that the people who would have gotten jobs at Burger King probably have no jobs now (since they were displaced by this other tier of people).
Are you noticing any of this where you live?
Chime in below in comments or send us a ground report on signs of the Invisible Depression the Depression that Shall Not Be Named via HillBuzz@gmail.com.
If you arent seeing anything like this, please tell us where you live because the lot of us need to move there by you.
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... “* My boyfriend Justin plays this online video game with something to do with Star Wars. He started playing a year or so ago, when we were just starting to date and he explained how the game works to me: you pay a monthly subscription and get access to the game, which was originally hosted .... “
This happens to all of the mmorpgs, Post retail the there are lots of servers to handle the million + subscribers who bought the game for $69 USD. Then as interest tapers off, they leave to other games or go back to wow. The $15 per month is still rather trivial as I bet most of those peeps still have their Cell phones with $90 data plans.
But you’re right, times are tough. The best indicator is just go to the grocery store and look at the prices of fresh produce and meat. 3 years ago you could get a nice london broil that feeds 4 with left overs for under $8. Now it’s around $15.
Drive by all the strip malls and see all the empty businesses. Even grocery stores are shutting down.
The current major media has totally failed at their stated goals of being the govt watchdog, thank goodness for the internet news.
Major outlets for news have become Obama cheerleaders.
No, it isn't cruel - it is admirable. There should be stigma to living on the dole. I wish my little town's stores here did that. Instead what we see are welfare mommas obliviously flaunting them - in some cases, bragging. I have NEVER seen one of them trying to 'hide' using the card - EVER..... Disgusting.
Well, I have noticed that the city Democratic propaganda paper is laying off in greater numbers. And, one of the socialist seniors I know has two children out of work. : )
The author needs to COME ON DOWN to D. C. & suburbs. Talk flush! The food isn’t cheap, but I’ve got AT LEAST 8 high-end supermarkets to choose from, and that doesn’t include the international markets and single-nationality markets. Car-dealers, restaurants, department stores, gyms, country clubs are everywhere. The government and its press corps have no reason whatsoever to believe that anything’s different elsewhere. It’s Hollywood in the depression 30s.
Chicago is falling apart because of the media ignored and extremely high rate of BLACK crime!!!
When blacks become a certain percentage of n urban population, the crime rate ALWAYS goes up while economic activity plummets.
Chicago is well on it’s way of becoming another Detroit.
They get to go because their wives are the only ones working and her job has cut her hours and her pay.
These people are desperate and their desperation is embarrassing to them.
All tribute flows to the new Rome.
I am in a small midwest city and just this morning I heard that 3 yes THREE funeral homes are going out of business because of “economic hard times”.
I never thought FUNERAL HOMES could have hard times since their business never really ends but I have seen it now.
Yup, whole lines of stores boarded up. When I moved here in 2006 there was a new very nice strip mall with 4 stores, a Pet store, a Circuit City, a Pier I and one other. Starting in ‘08 they began closing and now the row is empty.
The town I live in has maybe 50,000 people if that.
Apparently so, but there are none of those in my town. Most of the ones on welfare (TANF) are second and third generation. They have never seen a job. Only the back seat of some guy’s car and the local maternity ward 9 months later where momma (grandmomma) hands her an EBT card all her own.
I watched a woman with 2 gov’t cards buy groceries, 1 cart plus a little, then another cart with a lot of clothes, books and I don’t know what else. I didn’t know there were different cards for different items. She used one card for some of the groceries and all of the clothes. The other card she used for groceries. Her fingernails were beautiful, as was the pedicare, the clothes she wore were not from Walmart.
Just don’t you laugh your ass off when the cooperatint comrades of the MSM call the current economy “The Great Recession?”
Wouldn’t that at least rise to the level of “Minor Depression?”
Things aren't really that bad around here but I ain't telling you where that is because way too many people are already up here and I'm still looking for work myself.
It is so bad up here in my little north Georgia town, it is a shock to me when I go to Walmart and do NOT get behind one with a WICs certificate, or an EBT card, or both (most times). For the things they need that aren’t allowed, grandma (also on EBT, but has a SS check now) brings the cash for the beer, wine and smokes. All it takes is a little baby and a penchant to sit in their Section 8 trailer/rental house eating cheese doodles all day long.
They are enemy soldiers. This is no longer funny, this is deadly serious.
So what happens when the economy crashes and all of the EBT cards (Electronic Benefits Transfer) flash **ERROR**?
“When the music stops: How America’s cities may explode in violence”
I was down sized to 32 hours per week in 2011 and the lost wages really hurt the budget.
Our family’s favortie weekend past times is to drive around the three reservoirs in our vicinity and enjoy the outdoors and wildlife. We have not enjoyed one of these drives in over a year because we cannot splurge on the extra gasoline.
Other cut backs are too numerous to mention, but we are just like other middle class Americans that have been affected by Obama’s economic policies. I can’t wait to vote against him in November.
Since LBJ’s 1965 New Deal, we have whole families who quit working and never even thought of finding a job. These people have long beautiful fingernails, beautifully dressed hair, drive the newest cars with the fancy hub caps, their gov’t cell phones and i-pads. They can also pop out babies like no one’s business, one about 5/6, another 4/5, another a toddler and one in the hamper, both races.
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