59F and damp this am.
I see more an more evidence every day that the decline is well underway and may be accelerating.
Venezuela took only ten years to completely implode, and the last five were pretty sudden…
We have crumbling infrastructure in most of our major cities, with no plan or money to replace it. Major crimes were decreasing steadily but now are on the rise again. Social fabric is being eroded daily by the constant influx of literal barbarian hordes. Polarization politically and socially continues to increase among the people. Radical political ideology is becoming commonplace.
Worldwide geopolitical changes are underway. Populism and maybe even nationalism is on the rise all over the place. Long simmering grievances are getting new airing. Russia took over Ukraine AND NO ONE DID ANYTHING. Taiwan is next.
Look at the return of diseases once conquered here. Typhus in city hall in LA. Hepatitis in LA, San Diego, and San Francisco from people sh!tting in the street. Measles. Polio- “like” disease throughout the midwest.
There is a general breakdown of morality and social norms. Deviant sex is now commonplace. Mental illness is everywhere you look. Crazy people roam the streets, beggars are everywhere. Parts of downtown look like Tijuana with all the lumps of people sleeping in the open and all the beggars. Drug use, destructive to life, is now also widespread, making inroad to the remaining middle and worker classes.
We’re the frog, and the pot is getting warmer every day.
Stack it high. Learn new skills. Put money somewhere inflation won’t erode it’s value in a few years. Look for income streams that don’t depend on things getting better. Start building ‘tribe’. If it gets really bad, it will be you and your neighbors. Better have some good ones.