Europe Going Dark Physically and Spiritually

 

The US is so consumed with inflation, the midterm elections, and the constant tension of radical social battles, that hardly anyone is reporting on the conditions in Europe 2022.

The European continent is experiencing the worst drought in 500 years. Some have reported that the drought is so bad that ancient, medieval towns once underwater are resurfacing! The olive crops in Spain, their main source of revenue, are drying up. Headlines about the worst drought ever hitting Spain are in the news.

“Half of the water produced in the desalination plant is used to water the crops here. Spain produces more fruit and vegetables than any other country in the European Union.” This story is dated August 29. (Two-thirds of Europe is under some sort of drought warning, in what is likely the worst such event in 500 years.)

The latest report from the Global Drought Observatory says 47% of the continent is in “warning” conditions, meaning soil has dried up.” The report warns that the situation is worsening in countries including Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania, Hungary, northern Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Ireland, and the UK. The researchers’ stark warning follows rapidly-sinking river levels across Europe, which have exposed relics of the past — including so-called “hunger stones” warning of potential famine and the sunken remains of World War Two Nazi ships.” (Europe’s drought the worst in 500 years – report.)

Along with historic record heat and drought, Europe’s energy resources are drying up too. Russia is turning off the gas.  Embracing Green Energy being pushed by the World Economic Forum, turning away from traditional sources while experiencing mass energy problems is throwing the Europeans into a panic, dimming the lights at major tourist destinations like the Eiffel Tower and London Bridge in desperation. Fear of a heat shortage this winter prompted emergency talks to free up funds by the European Union and protests are already starting. So an energy crisis in Europe, while at the same time, the massive push to all electric vehicles? Add a major conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with satellite countries fearing a spillover, is prompting Poland to arm up. (European ministers will hold an emergency meeting this month on measures to lower surging energy prices across the EU.)

I wonder if the fact that Christian Europe, which has been withering for some time, is now seeing and feeling the consequences of turning away from God and embracing the new secular, post-modern, technocratic systems. Along with the barren ground, some of which used to be holy ground, the faith of many has grown cold, drying up, and turning to dust. The abandonment of the faith has forced the closures of many churches and monasteries in recent years, turning them into secular spaces of work and amusement. The following article warned of this decline in 2015. Enter 2022. Seven years after that warning, a devastating drought, following a major pandemic, and now a serious energy crisis.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Naftali Bendavid describes empty churches that entrepreneurs and city officials have repurposed as skateboard parks, gymnastic training arenas, museums, supermarkets, gyms, and even bars. But it’s a trend that can’t continue indefinitely. These rapidly emptying church buildings, though, are only a symbol of Europe’s true spiritual decline.

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary predicts that five years from now, the number of Christians in Western Europe will have fallen by almost 23 percent since 1970. And actual attendance is abysmal, with less than 2 percent of the population darkening the door of a church on a regular basis in Britain, France, or Germany.

According to the European Values Study reported by The Christian Post, half of the population in many areas of Europe never attend religious services. And Germany, a country with one-quarter the population of the United States, is home to 10 times as many atheists. (Europe’s Abandoned Churches a Warning for America.)

In seven years, Western Civilization has wholeheartedly embraced the new Woke Agenda, with its multi-genderism, and replaced worshiping God with worshiping Self and Planet Earth. The world has openly and boldly rejected our Creator, so is Creation now rejecting us? Devastating drought, fires, food shortages, mass censorship, war, strange viruses, and energy shortages seem to be encompassing Europe and other countries at a rapid rate, causing tremendous suffering and hardship that we have not even begun to realize.

Is the dimming light of our souls and spiritual lives coinciding with the dimming and coming darkness we see descending across the world? Is this a wake-up call?

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  1. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Food for thought! 

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  2. Instugator Thatcher
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    If you have sufficient electricity, you can make water.

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  3. Zafar Member
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    Front Seat Cat: In seven years, Western Civilization has wholeheartedly embraced the new Woke Agenda, with its multi-genderism, and have replaced worshiping God with worshiping Self and Planet Earth.  The world has openly and boldly rejected our Creator, so is Creation now rejecting us?  Devastating drought, fires, food shortages, mass censorship, war, strange viruses, and energy shortages seem to be encompassing Europe and other countries at a rapid rate, causing tremendous suffering and hardship that we have not even begun to realize.

    Or….there could be something to this climate change thing?

    Edited to add: and sanctioning your major source of energy has some predictable results, ie a shortage of energy? I don’t know for sure, but it’s a thought?

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  4. Kevin Schulte Member
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    Front Seat Cat: Is the dimming light of our souls and spiritual lives coinciding with the dimming and coming darkness we see descending across the world? Is this a wake up call?

    Yes !

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  5. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    Zafar (View Comment):
    Or….there could be something to this climate change thing?

    No, “climate change” as discussed by politicians, is a hoax.    Another La Nina is forecast for next year, which means dry conditions in Europe again.    It all comes down to energy.   With it water can be moved or created anywhere.   But, the eco-commies are determined to punish humanity for our prosperity offends Gaia.  Europe is in bad shape, but they are wealthy and will do much better than the poor countries of the world.   Famine is coming.

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  6. Al French Moderator
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    I am surprised to see so little in the news about the likely energy crisis Europe is facing. It is possible – if not probable – that such crisis will send Europe into a severe recession or a depression, which could plunge the entire world into economic misery. 

     

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  7. Flicker Coolidge
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    Every time I read of things like this I think of the use of the word repent in Revelation.  It’s only used four times, but each times it’s used to say that despite the plagues, no one repents.  The way plagues are written they are more devastating  than today, but they are categorically the same: famine, pestilence, pandemics, war and death.  What didn’t they repent of?  Their deeds and the work of their hands: they did not give God his rightful glory, nor repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

    For example, Rev 16:8-9:
    Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire.  And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.

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  8. RufusRJones Member
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    Front Seat Cat: So I wondered if the fact that Christian Europe, which has been withering for some time, is now seeing and feeling the consequences of turning away from God and embracing the new secular, post-modern, technocratic systems? 

    https://brownstone.org/articles/fiat-money-and-the-covid-regime-actually-existing-postmodernism/?utm_medium=onesignal&utm_source=push

     

    Life is about supply, not finance, money printing, and government. 

     

     

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  9. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat: In seven years, Western Civilization has wholeheartedly embraced the new Woke Agenda, with its multi-genderism, and have replaced worshiping God with worshiping Self and Planet Earth. The world has openly and boldly rejected our Creator, so is Creation now rejecting us? Devastating drought, fires, food shortages, mass censorship, war, strange viruses, and energy shortages seem to be encompassing Europe and other countries at a rapid rate, causing tremendous suffering and hardship that we have not even begun to realize.

    Or….there could be something to this climate change thing?

    Edited to add: and sanctioning your major source of energy has some predictable results, ie a shortage of energy? I don’t know for sure, but it’s a thought?

    I don’t rule out climate change Zafar. I don’t think most of it is man-made as many of the environmentalists do. Being good stewards of the land is a good idea and we are making positive changes towards that.  But many have turned it into a religion (enter ESG) and are imposing costly hardships on people and companies that are impossible to meet.  

    If that were the only challenge, I might see it differently, but there seems to be a clear coming together of judgements – self-imposed, on so many levels.  

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  10. RufusRJones Member
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    You don’t need to understand anything except that there is not one single thing bad about putting compact nukes everywhere. 

    Multiple times I have heard that China is putting up a new coal plant every single week.

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  11. RufusRJones Member
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    Do not miss this thread.

     

     

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  12. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    Or….there could be something to this climate change thing?

    Since there were no coal-powered factories or celebrity-carrying private jets 500 years ago, that drought must have been caused by vast herds of farting cows.  SCIENCE!!   

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  13. David Foster Member
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    See Claire Berlinski’s ‘Menace in Europe’, which I reviewed here.  The book was published in 2006, but is still very relevant.

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  14. ToryWarWriter Reagan
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    Instugator (View Comment):

    If you have sufficient electricity, you can make water.

    They dont have the electricity.  Many of them got rid of fireplaces in there houses the last ten years.

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  15. Unsk Member
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    As Doomberg hinted at above, according to Climate Scientist Valentina Zharkova, after studying thousands of years of climate data,  she says that the earth has these ummm Super Grand Solar  Minimum thingys  every 400 years or so and  so we are due for another apparently.  According to her the latest Super Grand Solar Minimum started in 2020 and will last 35 years or so. The last one, often referred to as Maunder’s Minimum or  the Little Ice Age, in which the Thames and the Canals of Venice regularly froze, started in the early to mid  16th century and lasted over 70 years.

    The thing is that these Super Grand Solar Minimums are associated with not only colder overall global temperatures but extreme temperature variations, droughts, earthquakes, massive volcanic eruptions, and meteor showers which can really ruin your day or week or year or life.  So these droughts the world over are nothing new; just another cyclic  weather variation we earthlings tend to  experience every now and then or every 400 years. 

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  16. Flicker Coolidge
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    Unsk (View Comment):

    As Doomberg hinted at above, according to Climate Scientist Valentina Zharkova, after studying thousands of years of climate data, she says that the earth has these ummm Super Grand Solar Minimum thingys every 400 years or so and so we are due for another apparently. According to her the latest Super Grand Solar Minimum started in 2020 and will last 35 years or so. The last one, often referred to as Maunder’s Minimum or the Little Ice Age, in which the Thames and the Canals of Venice regularly froze, started in the early to mid 16th century and lasted over 70 years.

    The thing is that these Super Grand Solar Minimums are associated with not only colder overall global temperatures but extreme temperature variations, droughts, earthquakes, massive volcanic eruptions, and meteor showers which can really ruin your day or week or year or life. So these droughts the world over are nothing new; just another cyclic weather variation we earthlings tend to experience every now and then or every 400 years.

    Yes, this is the other thing that gets me.  All this argument about CO2, and here Zharkova has mapped out the interactions of the sun’s twin dynamos, and correlated them to earth’s temperatures, and iirc has demonstrated predictability.  And yet no one is looking at this, or verifying it, or taking it into account for developing policy.  Instead they are saying we can’t eat meat because cows fart, and are actually trying to fill the atmosphere with reflective particles to further cool the earth.

    This is crazy, insane, suicidal.

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  17. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    Al French (View Comment):

    I am surprised to see so little in the news about the likely energy crisis Europe is facing. It is possible – if not probable – that such crisis will send Europe into a severe recession or a depression, which could plunge the entire world into economic misery.

     

    Germany has very strict bankruptcy laws.   If a business misses a payment, they have 3 weeks to get square or they are liquidated.   Lots of businesses are going to be missing payments on huge energy bills and will be shuttered.  Additionally all the energy distribution companies will likely go bankrupt.  Chaos!   Government will react by nationalizing the entire energy sector and bailing out businesses.  Look for the EU to suspend rules on budget deficits.  Printer goes burrrrr!  

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  18. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    The people of Europe deserve it. They have elected these bozos over and over. Their “right” parties are all leftistsa.

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  19. drlorentz Member
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    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):
    Or….there could be something to this climate change thing?

    No, “climate change” as discussed by politicians, is a hoax. Another La Nina is forecast for next year, which means dry conditions in Europe again. It all comes down to energy. With it water can be moved or created anywhere. But, the eco-commies are determined to punish humanity for our prosperity offends Gaia. Europe is in bad shape, but they are wealthy and will do much better than the poor countries of the world. Famine is coming.

    Gee, I dunno, Don. It may be that we’ve angered Gaia and now must make a sacrifice. Maybe throw some virgins into a volcano… something like that? Couldn’t hurt. Oh, I know! Let’s throw the entire political class into a volcano. That should satisfy her.

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  20. JoshuaFinch Coolidge
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    it’s God’s revenge for the Holocaust. Modern anti-Semitism came out of France and the Pope during World War II was apathetic about the plight of the Jews. And Germany, despite its rich cultural heritage, was taken over by murderous thugs. Although at the Wannsee conference where the fate of Europe’s Jews was sealed, 7 of the 15 attendees had PhD’s. Even though most of the Jews murdered were from Russia and Eastern Europe, the philosophy that brought their death came directly from the. French “Enlightenment” and it’s Godless sages, most notably Rousseau and Voltaire, the latter a rabid anti-Semite.

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  21. Victor Tango Kilo Member
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    This is how the cycle of Apostasy works. Nations grow prosperous and strong when the Lord is at the center. Their strength and prosperity lead them to turn away from God. Turning away from God makes them become decadent. Nations that become decadent collapse and are rebuilt by those with abiding faith in God.

    Eurotopians aren’t having babies, but their Muslim immigrants are.

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  22. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    This is how the cycle of Apostasy works. Nations grow prosperous and strong when the Lord is at the center. Their strength and prosperity lead them to turn away from God. Turning away from God makes them become decadent. Nations that become decadent collapse and are rebuilt by those with abiding faith in God.

    Eurotopians aren’t having babies, but their Muslim immigrants are.

    The more assimilated the Muslim population becomes the smaller the families.  

     

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  23. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat: In seven years, Western Civilization has wholeheartedly embraced the new Woke Agenda, with its multi-genderism, and have replaced worshiping God with worshiping Self and Planet Earth. The world has openly and boldly rejected our Creator, so is Creation now rejecting us? Devastating drought, fires, food shortages, mass censorship, war, strange viruses, and energy shortages seem to be encompassing Europe and other countries at a rapid rate, causing tremendous suffering and hardship that we have not even begun to realize.

    Or….there could be something to this climate change thing?

    Edited to add: and sanctioning your major source of energy has some predictable results, ie a shortage of energy? I don’t know for sure, but it’s a thought?

    If you want the truth about the ravages of Climate Change, check out Elena Freeland.

    It is occurring and is responsible for a great many things. including droughts, floods, immense tornadoes that drop down out of the atmosphere w/o warning, and more.

    Research the facility in Gakuna Alaaka, and how this type of facility is now spread across the world. (Including one such facility in Australia.)

    The arrays of antenna these facilities utilize manage to conjoin what would be one transmitting beam from one antennae to a singular beam from all of the antennae such that the amount of energy thus made available  can allow for transforming plasma in the upper atmosphere.  

    Anyway Freeland has the best sources of information with citations of any one making such info public.

    But the human activity does not have to do with Suzie using her hair dryer too often, or Daniel using his Hummer.

    It involves a black op program that has been in existence for years. The Space Initiative that was proposed under Reagan’s day stalled due to the technology that was needed not being available.

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  24. RufusRJones Member
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    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):
    Eurotopians aren’t having babies,

    I follow this hedge fund guy named Mike Green. The way the West is set up, you have to force people to procreate W-2 slaves at gunpoint. If someone doesn’t procreate non-felons, you have to tax the crap out of them. If they procreate non-felons, you pay them a bonus. 

    Both parties knew that Medicare was an actuarial disaster by 1974. Nobody did anything. The best time to fix it was right after the Soviet Union fell. Nobody did anything.

    Then we empowered the Chinese militant mafia. 

    Government Is How We Steal From Each Other™

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  25. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Thing is, when I have a flt tire, I don’t think “I bet my relationship with God is to blame,”

    I may turn to God with a prayer or two that my trusty husband is able to put the spare in the flat tire’s place.

    So it is with the weather… I pray about the weather, but I accept it is not people turning away from God thatputs us inthis quandry, but people refusing to hear what some of the best minds of my generation have been trying to tell people.

    Yes, given the control that exists inside the Deep state to affect the weather, I do turn to prayer. I know to bring about a turn to healthy normal weather, people need to wake the hell up. But since most people refuse to see that a conspiracy theory when proven by reality is a conspiracy, and so discussing these matter with others leads once again (sigh) to the “You are a conspiracy theorist” accusation, prayer might be informed humanity’s only shot at changing things.

    We are running out of time.

    So here is a thought to consider: if the tiny but affluent nation of Dubai can send specially designed drones into clouds, and each drone shoots an electric charge into the clouds, thus producing volumes and volumes of rain, why can’t the nations of Europe, the drought stricken US as well as Australia all do the same?

    In the wildfire prone regions of Calif and Oz land, the cost of doing this would be magnitudes of order smaller than the monetary cost of losing another half million acres, and neighborhoods like those that were incinerated in Santa Rosa and Fountain Grove Calif in Oct 2017…

    And yes. cloud seeding requires clouds. But three weeks out of four, these past months there have been at least two days a week when there were clouds. So there is no excuse except that the weather geo engineers will geo engineer.

    We have been told cloud seeding is dangerous. Yet Calif lets ski resort  owners employ that technology every year, so that the ski resorts prosper, the employees continue to have jobs and city-bound Californians can go and play in the snow.

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  26. RufusRJones Member
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    You want to be alone? You have a personality disorder? You hate people? You have a low IQ? Your parents did every single thing wrong to help you develop your human capital?  Tough. You have to procreate a W-2 slave, or we tax the crap out of you. 

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  27. Front Seat Cat Member
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    David Foster (View Comment):

    See Claire Berlinski’s ‘Menace in Europe’, which I reviewed here. The book was published in 2006, but is still very relevant.

    I read it – good book. I had no idea of some these insane groups and ideologies that she cited in her book.

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  28. Front Seat Cat Member
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    This is a paragraph from a letter I wrote to The Harvard Divinity Bulletin in early 2010 and they printed it. One of their professors was pushing this whole climate worshiping business and it was disturbing.  The piece entitled, Cities, Climate Change and Christianity by Sallie McFague  was the cover story.  I wrote in response to her article:

    “However, while climate change (used to be called global warming) is evident, to say that 90% is manmade is unsubstantiated.  We are coming out of a winter where huge amounts of snow, ice, and bitter temperatures broke records across the world.  Space agencies are reporting changes in our entire solar system, visible with the Hubble.  NASA recently launched an Atlas V rocket to study changes in the sun, including increasing solar activity affecting the earth’s atmosphere.  Russian scientists have reported changes in the upper levels of the Earth’s atmosphere where HO gas is forming that wasn’t there before; not related to global warming or fluorocarbon emissions.  Something is changing, but is it all manmade and does it warrant implementing a global regulating body who can impose large taxes and strict regulation on any country, and redistribute wealth to even out living standards across the world? That should raise a red flag to free societies everywhere.”  

    She seemed to bash wealth, Jews, Christians, and used terms like ‘well-off city dwellers vs. slum dwellers’. It was bizarre and she was in education……..  The poor Bulletin went downhill from there and now there’s no resemblance to a school for studying faiths….it’s a mess.

     

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  29. RufusRJones Member
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):
    She seemed to bash wealth,

    You can bash wealth all you want, that is the only thing that is going to pay off or stabilize the ridiculous debt to GDP ratio. These people are morons. The only thing that is going to fix the global debt to GDP ratio or any debt to GDP ratio is cheap fossil fuels and more babies. The other thing that could fix it is nuclear fusion, which is basically how we act is going to happen.

    Everybody is a Neo-Keynesian. Good luck with that.

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  30. Rodin Member
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    First things fail slowly, then quickly. I would say that Europe would be an early warning for America, but the powers that be think they have a moat so they don’t care. It will be grim satisfaction for them to discover their moat is not a real barrier, but for the fact that everyone else will have already suffered.

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