9 strange things thieves steal
When times get tough, just about anything is fair game for criminals. These days, there are black markets for detergent, hay and even teeth.
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We ate lard on our bread to fill up. Mom baked 7 loaves of bread a day of course there were 10 of us.
We had lots of wild plums, apples, grapes in the fence lines of our property. Now all are gone due to atrazine weed killer. Oh yes elderberries, raspberries' and black berries also. We had a big garden and Dad had about 50 to 80 acres of potatoes. So many people rapped on their door to offer to pick potatoes all day if they could have 1/2 bushel. Of course Dad had all the help needed. He was so stressed out by not being able to accommodate all the people asking, he almost quit farming. The inside of any used envelope was cut nicely for our grocery list. Only essentials were purchased or traded for the eggs, fowl, potatoes, etc. I could go on and on. The children just don't realize what we went through. Actually we need another time like this to put the children back in to perspective. Cell phones, I pads etc. etc.. We quit electricity and took out the phone. But we all survived.
My Father, Mother, Aunts and uncles went through the depression...to say they were resourceful is an understatement...They certainly were not thieves....
They were not wasteful...
After going through that period hardly anything of value was thrown out...They recycled and created things from parts and pieces....
The entire country is run basically like a crooked carnival that only benefits the smallest fraction of 1% of the people while the rest are taken advantage of and told to blame illegal immigrants, minorities, women, gays or any other scapegoated group with the exception of the pirates that are stealing the majority of the nations' wealth through clever deception.
The most popular stolen articles in my area are copper pipes from abandoned houses (we have lots of them), frozen seafood and manhole covers. Of course scrap metal dealers shouldn't accept man hole covers. I drive an elderly car which I plan to run into the ground. My TV is 20 years old; I only use it to watch DVDs. I am a vegetarian because I cannot condone the horrors of factory farming, but also because meat is full of anti-biotics and growth hormones. Try giving up meat, after a few months you won't miss it, likewise cigarettes. The greatest incentive to quit smoking, I think, is to think how stinky it makes your breath! Keep that in mind.
I do buy a lot of clothes, from my favorite thrift shop, carrying names like Liz Claiborn, Jones New York, Eddy Bauer, LL Bean, and others. I've gotten all-wool coats and unworn leather shoes. It's fun! The only new things I bought this year is underwear from Walmart, and a pair of winter boots, which will probably last forever, from LL Bean.
I seldom go out to eat, which I consider "recreational eating" which is making Americans fat, diabetic, and unhealthy. I am not into status symbols, fads, or the latest technological toys. My motto is from Henry David Thoreau "A man is wealthy according to the things he can let alone."
I realize my life style, which I am quite happy with, would be an impractical hardship for many people, especially for people with kids. I feel parents who buy their kids everything they want are raising kids who will be (let's face it) downwardly mobile, maybe even poor, and will not adjust to their less affluent lives. Instill a love of reading and take them to the library, as soon as they can read.
Prolonged Economic Downturn? Ha ha .. That's code for "Welcome to your new reality, America - thanks to socialism."
This is only the tip of the iceberg.
I read this and am both amused and annoyed at the same time. Am amused as it shows how "creative" people are about making money. As several of my relatives used to tell me if they put half that effort into an honest job they would be a great person. Am annoyed as many seem to miss what i see as the main point of the slide show/ article. The point being that there are always those that will use means other then legal to procure a living and some of those means will seem weird or out there to those of us that are relatively law abiding.
The only person that I have to answer to for my actions in the mirror each day is myself so i make sure that I can answer myself with a good heart.
This is what you reap when you coddle the entitlment / Me Me generation. And as Government makes you more dependent on it, the more disonesty creeps in. You voted for it-now you got it.
Wait a minute! The reverend Al and all the Left-wing media are saying things are looking up. The prospects for "America" are great. Our leader is a gift from god, the new-age messiah. Who can possibly believe a story like this? When the doctor and his staff that told us they may have to go out business when the first of Obamacare bomb**** them, I told them to watch Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz explain why they're crazy.
The American people are not just stupid, it seems - they're crazy, too. Ah, but that's gonna be taken care of by another federal Obama program - right?
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