Social Media and the Upcoming Election

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The next Presidential Election looms in front of us, in the not-so-distant future.  President Barack Obama is coming to the end of his term as President of the United States, and will surrender the reins to his successor in January of 2017.  What this means for America is a fresh perspective, new policies, and possible answers to much-asked questions.  What it means for humans, especially Facebook users, is the spewing of political rhetoric all over the internet.  There is no escape, so buckle down and bear it for the next year and some change.

Every four years in the country, we elect a new President, or re-elect the current one.  The second article of the Constitution was the initial mention of the four year rule, and then the twenty-second amendment promised that a President would serve no more than two consecutive terms.  Many have cried for a change to this policy, but as of yet, there has been no change.  So basically, this means that every four years, we have to deal with a barrage of idiocy via the web.  In reality, we have about two and a half years of peace, until campaign season starts all over again.

We live in a country founded on the ability to have our own opinions, and express them freely.  However, all too often we are found hiding behind the freedom of speech, as we spew hate speech, and spread vicious rumors across social media.  For those who frequent social media channels, this can be quite a bit of a downer during the day to day, but there are ways to get around the vitriol, and embrace social media once again.  Short of avoidance, altogether, there are few options to not become a party to petty arguments.

First, and this is my favorite recommendation, is to unfollow.  Most people are unaware that the unfollow option exists.  This does not mean that you sever your virtual friendship with a person, but it does mean you don’t have to see what they’re posting every time you turn around.  If you have a particularly mouthy friend that can’t seem to get their facts straight about politics, the best way to avoid them is to unfollow them.  This does, however, mean that you will miss their other status updates, but if these updates are important to you, you can always journey over to their page, and check things out.

Another option, in irreconcilable situations, is to unfriend the person.  As a friend, I don’t expect for people to always agree with me, in fact, I enjoy people that have a little bit of fight in them and can make an educated argument about their beliefs.  It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I change my mind, based on an excellent and irrefutable argument.  Then there are the people that argue just to argue.  They are bitter or unhappy in other areas of their lives, and take to the public to spread their message of ignorance.  For me, the unfriend button is used when people use offensive language, are personally insulting, or I become the subject of their fear-laden rants.  It’s not a fun thing to do, but sometimes it is the only option.

Third, in extreme cases, there is the option to block the Facebook user.  I say this extreme, because it basically makes it look as though you’ve never existed on Facebook, and can cause some drama in your social circles.  For instance, you block Jimmy, Jimmy says something to Katie about you, and Katie says you just posted something cool on Facebook.  After that, Jimmy pulls up his Facebook on his phone, and can’t see that you even have a profile.  Commence drama.  If Jimmy is enough of a jerk to warrant a Facebook block, he’s enough of one to confront you in person.  Be prepared to back up your block if this is the route you take.

The final option, and this is not to be taken lightly, is to report the person to Facebook.  This is not an instance in which you don’t like something someone is saying, but this is when you’re being very personally attacked, threatened with bodily harm, or you’ve become the enemy of an angry mob, simply because you’ve disagreed.  If someone calls you a jerk, don’t report them.  However, if someone calls you a racial slur, threatens to kill you, or is making claims that they’ll be doing something drastic to harm others, reporting them to Facebook is the best and only option.  All too often, people have ignored what they believed to be idle threats, and regretted it at a later date.

When we’re in public, it’s easy to ignore people’s political babble.  We can put our earbuds in our ears, crank our music up, and pass them by.  We can smile and nod, and walk away at the first possible chance, and we can just refuse to be around that person until the election passes.  Social media makes it more difficult than actual human interaction, however, because people tend to be a little bit more outspoken when they’re not looking in your eyes.  Facebook has given everyone a soapbox, but that doesn’t mean you have to listen.  When you’re considering any of these options though, make sure you’re not the one that needs to be silenced.

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Why the Upcoming Economic Collapse is Being Hidden in Plain Sight

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This is not a conspiracy theory. This isn’t an alarmist perspective, either. Go to your local economy professor or banking expert to verify that there will be a worldwide economic collapse in the near future. At this point it would take a miracle to keep it from happening in the short term and nothing can stop it from happening in the long term.

We won’t dive into the details too much about how the economic collapse is shaping up, what effects it will have on individuals around the world, or even how it can be prevented. There are plenty of sources that go in-depth on these topics. Here, we’re going to discuss how and more importantly why the powers that be are hiding the upcoming economic collapse. Hopefully, those who have read my posts in the past realize that I’m not an alarmist nor am I one who blames everything on “the man.” In this case, however, there are alarm bells that plenty of people are ringing and it’s my responsibility to chime in with a slightly different perspective, one that doesn’t require a degree in economics to understand.

And yes, this time we truly can look to “the man” when it comes to the upcoming troubles, but only because they really have no other choice (at least from their limited perspective).

First, “hidden” in plain sight is not the right way to put it. There really is very little hidden other than some preparations likely being made by the economic elite in the world. Rather than calling it hidden, the proper way to categorize it is that it’s been made more complex than it really is. To use an appropriate analogy, let’s compare the current and future state of the world economy to an under-powered car going up a steep hill.

Imagine that the “CentralBankCar” driving the economy has already taken on a tremendous amount of weight, more than the engine can handle. This is, of course, representative of the burdens the CentralBankCar took on after the 2008-2009 collapse-avoidance maneuvers. It’s now a car with more weight than the engine can really handle.

To keep things going forward, they’ve put their foot all the way down on the gas. This represents the current state of interest rates. They’ve floored it and they have no way to make it go any lower. Unfortunately, there’s still not enough power to keep it going at a good pace so they’ve actually gotten out of the car and started pushing it as well. This is quantitative easing, producing power that the engine really doesn’t have to keep it running.

So, we have a car with too much burden trying to make it up the steep hill of global economic needs with the passengers now out of the car pushing it up the hill to try to supplement the power that’s coming from a gas peddle pushed all the way to the floor.

Eventually, the car’s going to run out of gas. It will roll back over the people that are currently pushing it and careen back down the hill of the world economic condition. It will crash. We’ve exhausted all possible solutions.

Before the CentralBankCar runs out of gas, the powers that be will have to do something drastic. Or they won’t. The problem that we’re all unwittingly faced with requires a different analogy that I’ll bring up below. First, let’s look at the ugly solution that may or may not occur. To keep the CentralBankCar from rolling backwards to an utter crash, they would have to jettison some of the cargo. They’d have to reduce weight. Unfortunately for the average person who doesn’t realize what’s happening, we’re the weight. Our credit, our properties, even the money in our wallets represent portions of the weight that must be jettisoned. To do this would require drastic actions that most governments will avoid at all costs… at least we’d hope.

The question that governments and bankers, powers and principalities face today is whether to let the crash happen and hope to recover relatively quickly or prevent the crash by taking control of all debt and therefore most property. As insane as it sounds, those are the real options that they have before them. They could dramatically cut expenses to the point that they will likely no longer be able to operate. They could raise taxes to the point that people will no longer be able to operate. They could do both. Even if they do, there’s no guarantee that it would save the world economy because of the repercussions that such actions would have on other parts of our economy.

Trying to explain all of this in a blog post is difficult and that’s the very reason why the coming economic collapse is hidden in plain sight. It’s an extremely complex issue that makes most people glaze over. They have to count on that fact. They realize that a huge component in the success of an economy is perception. If the people believe the economy is collapsing, they’ll unwittingly contribute to making it collapse more quickly. As much as I’d love to say that it’s the evil bankers and politicians who are hiding these things from us, they’re not. It’s all right there for everyone to see as it should be, but it’s veiled in enough confusion and doubletalk to prevent it from becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Economic Collapse

Now, for the unfortunate analogy that represents our reality. The ship is sinking and there aren’t enough lifeboats for everyone. There are millions, even billions of people who will drown in the waters of economic collapse. The question is whether they will start pushing people off the boat or wait until it starts rapidly sinking. Either way, they’re getting on the lifeboats and many of us will not be given that option.

It’s not my intention to scare people to the point of acting inappropriately. Things are simply out of our hands. Personally, I’m not worried because I have faith, not in the economy but in God’s plan. Now is the time to be fully prepared for what’s to come.

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