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    •  We can go on strike. (14+ / 0-)

      Buy good used clothing and appliances from excellent thrift shops like Savers or local church thrift shops.

       Buy groceries and cook wonderful meals at home- there are a million food programs on teevee now - everyone should be able to produce everything from excellent pizza to a gourmet meal.

      Borrow movie, books and magazines from your local library, which desperately needs our support right now.

      Take walks with your dogs, kids and parents, go on day trips to all of the local scenic beauties instead of theme parks. This summer, sit on your balcony/rooftop/backyard and read. Put on plays with your kids/grandkids.

      Grow a garden. Every rooftop, balcony, city lot, backyard, borrowed back yard can provide us with fabulous tasting, pesticide free and nutritious food.

      If we could all value a simpler life, without all of the glittery activities and newest tech gadget, we could have a happier life, all while starving the beast whose sole purpose is to suck us dry.

      •  Many more people are doing that (8+ / 0-)

        INvoluntarily as their wages shrink.....the "staycation" was kind of a joke about 4 years ago, but many people still must do it.  

        Dropping out of the rat race voluntarily would put some power back in our own hands.

        I remember emails going around a few years ago about not buying Citgo gas for a day because of Venezuela! Too bad we can't find a way to paint the scary face on Walmart and ask people to just not shop there for a week.  It would take only a week to make a helluva point.

        David Koch is Longshanks, and Occupy is the real Braveheart.

        by PsychoSavannah on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 06:56:52 AM PST

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      •  Climate change keeps killing my gardens. (5+ / 0-)

        I live in Central Texas, and for the last three seasons it has been too hot for anything to germinate much of the year. Then when something manages to bloom, the 100-degree temps kill it before we can harvest and eat it. I got three jalapenos and two tomatoes last year out of many kinds of seeds and plants.

        Hard to feed a family on raggedy weeds and dirt.

        "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

        by Brooke In Seattle on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 07:54:05 AM PST

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        •  My you're a long way from Seattle. Texas is in (2+ / 0-)
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          what will soon be the new 'dead zone'. The strip around the equator that will just be an extension of the Sahara as the Earth heats.

          Between sea level rise, desertification and fresh water scarcity, mass migration to the remaining habitable zones is inevitable. The next few generations are going to find the planet a very cramped place indeed for the survivors.

          Texas has no future.

          Physics is bulls**t. Don't let them fool you. Fire IS magic.

          by Pescadero Bill on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:53:08 AM PST

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        •  Those of you in Texas will need to adopt (3+ / 0-)
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          the planting schedule for the desert, with two shorter growing seasons in the spring and the fall.

          Adapt or die- that is our new motto for every day use.

          Most pollen is rendered sterile when temps rise above 92 degrees - this is certainly true for tomatoes and green beans- i don't envy you your Texas experience.

          We would be happy to have more Kossaks up here in the foothills of the White Mountains of NH...lots of rain in the summer, great soil and some new accents to acquire.

    •  Shoot. The stores are filled end to end, top to (3+ / 0-)

      bottom with all softs of stuff. Why would people think they even have to challenge a system the provides so damned much?

      Sure most of it's crap, and if you could pull from the shelves those 'food' products that contained sugar additives, your run-of-the-mill super market would be damned near empty (if not empty altogether in some cases), but the fact remains many Americans are quite content with the system.

      Rotten teeth, diabetes, cancer, they don't care. It's good so long as it's sweet, colorful and plentiful.

      Hell, like distractions kept Rome in business for centuries.

      As a case in point, my local Safeway Supermarket is packed day in, day out with mindless consumers. It downright depresses me when I have to go in there.

      Physics is bulls**t. Don't let them fool you. Fire IS magic.

      by Pescadero Bill on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:43:57 AM PST

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      •  the wrong things are cheap (1+ / 0-)
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        americans, even if money is very tight, can buy lots of things, and have been so beguiled by the tv and now iphones, etc., that they're hooked on external gratification

        so if you don't know how to cook, you can get cheap food that's made of stuff that's filling but not nutritious; the dollar stores are everywhere and the multiplicity and variety of the products are attractive but most won't last, made of shoddy material, contributing only to the landfills ultimately

        so we're all like the frog in the slowly heating pot, thinking we've got some kind of life for ourselves and our family, while wages stagnate, unemployment stays high, and prices rise

         

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