How would the USA do if the economy collapsed? Dmitry Orlov witnessed the collapse of the USSR first hand. He compares the similarities, relative advantages and disadvantages of the USSR then, to the US now.This LITTLE item was the heaviest thing I read all summer.I suggest that YOU read it. The observations that Mr. Orlov makes are truths that should not be sidestepped.Of course, I am very cynical as I see so much DENIAL it's driving me crazy so I don't expect that many will read this, but everyone should pay attention to this cautionary tale!!
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Scarce sent in this video and rough transcript of Bruce Springsteen’s appearance on NBC this morning. He slammed the Bush administraion over the way they have attacked our core US values. He sums it up nicely, wouldn’t you say?
“This is a song called Livin’ In the Future. But it’s really about what’s happening now. Right now. It’s kind of about how the things we love about America, cheeseburgers, French fries, the Yankees battlin’ Boston… the Bill of Rights [holds up microphone, urging crowd to cheer] … v-twin motorcycles… Tim Russert’s haircut, trans-fats and the Jersey Shore… we love those things the way womenfolk love Matt Lauer.
But over the past six years we’ve had to add to the American picture: rendition, illegal wiretapping, voter suppression, no habeus corpus, the neglect of our great city New Orleans and its people, an attack on the Constitution. And the loss of our young best men and women in a tragic war.
This is a song about things that shouldn’t happen here—happening here.”