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November 27, 2009 – Comments (9)

Almost all the camping grounds within 100 miles of Los Angeles are now filled with people living in them.

Two years ago about 1,300 people were evicted from properties in central LA. Last year it was 15,500. Across the wider Los Angeles region 62,400 people were thrown out of their homes.

Up to 100,000 people are sleeping on the streets or in shelters on any given night. Some have been living like that for years. Others found themselves suddenly destitute as the bank seized their home or they lost a job and couldn't pay the rent.

Deanne Weakly was among the first to the microphone. The 51-year-old estate agent told how a couple of years ago she was pulling in $80,000 (£48,000) a year from commissions selling homes in LA's booming property market.

When the bottom fell out of the business with the foreclosure crisis, she lost her own house and ended up living on the streets in a city with more homeless than any other in America. She was sexually assaulted, harassed by the police and in despair.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/12/united-nations-us-property-fallout

This is Zombulation fellow Fools.  The stuff the mainstream press doesn't report.  When tens of millions lose jobs and homes....many end up homeless.  Zombulation is now moving up the social scale affecting people never expecting to end up with no options. 

As government budgets get cut due to lack of funds, the resources to assist people will dwindle further.....and we will become a Zombulation Nation.

Police officers and firefighters are being deluged with responses to assist the mentally impaired as many institutions are shutting down and sending patients out on the streets.  And to make a difficult situation even worse, we are now firing large numbers of police officers and firefighters due to lack of funds.

This problem is about to get dramatically worse as millions of Americans are likely to lose their jobs as the year draws to a close as cities, counties, states and businesses try to adjust to shrinking year end budgets.

When you give bankers unlimited free money, and incentivize them to cut off credit to the economy.....the economy shuts down due to lack of money resulting in fewer and fewer fulfilling contractual obligations until most of the economy is Zombulated.

But  I guess we can look on the bright side, maybe some Fool can teach us how to attach a flat screen to the side of a tent?...but those poor Fools might lose their flat screens when government is forced to tax us 100% to fund our growing deficits.

Oh well...maybe we can have a pancake breakfast to celebrate our new life of Zombulation.

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#1) On November 28, 2009 at 12:38 AM, sleepreading (< 20) wrote:

Alstry,

 What about rope and blankets?  You can make a tent of those 2 items as well.

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#2) On November 28, 2009 at 12:47 AM, Tacomatight (73.76) wrote:

That's true sleepreading. Also cardboard is nice. You can get a big shipping box and cut windows out and use crayons to draw flowers and a white picket fence on the front.

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#3) On November 28, 2009 at 1:01 AM, tkell31 (23.45) wrote:

Great points!  I was going to the gym today and almost got killed by the pieces of falling sky myself.  I suggest everyone keep their eyes to the sky or you cold be next!  Looks like the end of the world is almost here, yep, economic crisis is so bad we have homeless people.  Party it up peeps.  As a matter of fact why are any of you on an investment website since clearly our society is collapsing?

Hmmmm, on second thought, maybe if people excercised some restraint and financial responsibility they wouldnt be having the problems they are currently in.  Yeah, I'm pretty sure if I had 12-18 months of expense free living (seriously, does anyone know of a case of someone being foreclosed on in less then that amount of time?) I would be able to make some other arrangements...rather then moving out into the street.  You can find places to live in Vegas for 25K and in Detroit for 15K...at least you have a roof over your head.

It's pretty horrific to think that our entitlement programs may have to end.  I mean why should I have to work at all?  Arent we entitled to a house, nice clothes, and nice things just by virtue of being here? 

Why are there so many whiners and cryers like Alstry on a finance website?  Am I the only one sick of seeing his stupid posts?  It's not like there arent hundreds, maybe thousands of them.  The end is near!  financial doom! blah, blah, blah, blah.

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#4) On November 28, 2009 at 3:45 AM, alstry (35.46) wrote:

My friend,

Hmmmm.  Since we are a domestic based consumer economy, maybe if people didn't spend, we wouldn't have much of an economy.  We could simply shut down half of everything we have and leave half the nation unemployed.

Now that is a great idea....restraint.

Or maybe the government could be fiscally responsible and balance the budget so you could get a clue......

First, let's take 40,000,000 people off of food stamps and 16,000,000 off of unemployment.  That cuts WalMart's sales by 33%.

Let's get rid of medicare/medicaid....nice, that cuts healthcare revenues by over 50%...drug companies, hospitals, and drug stores.......yipee, that takes 10% out of the GDP, wipes out a bunch of taxes and about 25% out of the stock market's market cap....poof!!!!......and that doesn't even factor the multiplier effect.

If we just balanced the budget....our economy would have 40,000,000 people standing in food lines.......over 100,000,000 people uninsured and bankrupting the entire health care system.

A balanced budget leads to a 50% unemployment rate and rioting in the streets....why???......a $2 Trillion dollar deficit employs a lot of people, you may want to do the math.

Welcome to Zombulation Nation...it is not about doom and gloom, nor is it about the end of the world.....it is simply about the end of a world as you know it......

Welcome to the Alstrynomic revolution, where economics no longer applies in an insolvent world.  It's a new school of thought that will lead the way.

and those who see it coming can score more points in one day than most caps players can score since they started playing.

Alstrydomous....1.01.10  welcome to reality where you can't avoid it anymore and being sick of Alstry's posts will seem like the good ole days.

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#5) On November 28, 2009 at 8:32 AM, cashkid79 (93.28) wrote:

Alstry --

Just wondering - you obviously dedicate a great deal of time and research connecting your points to real economic numbers/news-links, replying to posts, etc. to CAPS and your blogs when there are so few people who could successfully work full-time {regardless of the capacity in which one could define work or the work sector, i.e. government/private/political/non-profit/ft day-trader/small business e-bay online sales/ANYTHING that constitutes structure of some sort over a daily-weekly-monthly span and is done following a repeated pattern for the purpose of gains and/or providing for one's own and/or other's needs whatever the socio-economic situation} and contribute at the level that you do to CAPS on a continual basis...to say nothing of having a wife, family, hobby, social-network, etc...HOW do you manage to continually operate this way? or am I simply overlooking something simple you may have already disclosed on here??

I know that as an individual, I am very efficient, knowledgeable in a diversity of fields (not just finance), have always been at the highest of (relative) aptitude levels for academic projects, conceptualizations, creative/innovative solutions, and other activities requiring more abstract thought processes, including aircraft pilot, classical piano student/performer, etc...AND this question I find myself asking you has me questioning MY time-management skills, BUT >>>

<<<  The ONLY reason I am saying anything about myself now is that having observed your presence on CAPS, I can tell that you are intelligent, capable of higher-level thought processes, etc., and apparently highly motivated to share your ideas and educate/influence/persuade/inform people who read the blogs on CAPS (at a minimum) --- and I want to understand WHY (and how, depending on your circumstances) for lack of a better way to phrase it...

Also, I'm certain there are others who would love to know, unless of course I've missed the blogs where you covered my questions...

It's a great contribution, no doubt.  However, I cannot help but recognize that you could be (and are quite possibly) doing something directed or focused on a larger scale that would probably be as and likely much more rewarding or much more effective at sharing/spreading your ideas if that is your only primary objective (regardless of my opinion/support/disapproval of your ideas and/or the facts that you present in the manner that you do). 

Not to downplay how useful CAPS is for investors (or how significant/informational your presence is on CAPS), as I always recommend acquaintances, friends, and family to use TMF services - but you are Alstry, not TMFAlstry. 

I'm tired so I'll cut to the chase - would you be allowed to let anyone know if you were paid by some division of TMF or associated company??  And if not, have you blogged or do you currently on any other websites (Alstry on Facebook, haha -- O/T: FB is re-organizing for possible IPO I recently heard)??  Do you hold any advanced/post-graduate degrees??  Are you independently wealthy to the point that you can dedicate your time to CAPS at this level because you have no need (or desire) to work a traditional (not a F/T investor or retired) job to support your lifestyle and retirement??  If so, how old are you??  Either way, do you now, or did you at some point in the past use CAPS in a professional capacity not linked to CAPS, but as a tool to assist you as a financial services broker/agent or independent investor??  And, finally, do you have a form of employment, family, social life, and actually maintain your CAPS participation in 'extra/other' time??

If the last is indeed the case, hats off to you my friend...at least tell me your secret to the time management and/or other skills that make this possible for you!!  Your occupation (or status thereof) that allows you the time for CAPS at 100+ blogs/month would be useful info also... 

Please answer this post, even if it's a repeat - But I get the feeling that if you had already, I'd know by now what I wanted, and if you haven't, there is some reason...hopefully, my post wasn't a complete waste of time!!! I don't put out 100s of blogs a month so this took me a few minutes to post (and then some)!! 

No matter the case, CAPS will by it's very nature be a better place with your contributions in my opinion...perspective of successful investors holds more value due to increased utility realized when you can figure in (among other things) the investor's sentiment | bear/bull and you are def. THE BEAR of CAPS...plus, the law of large numbers...larger the number or amount of info gets to total or full realizeable level = closer to real number/info one gets (in risk analysis anyway; seems to just get economists in trouble thinking a market has set boundaries or 'assumptions' of some constant in said market)...

ALL investors should be able to pull something beneficial when and whether or not they need/choose to from CAPS and the info/links/blogs inside - the mysterious Alstry's I find useful, just think would be more useful with less mystery personally.  So, is there a person behind Alstry or have you completely syncronized digital and individual percepts?

-cashkid79  

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#6) On November 28, 2009 at 8:35 AM, cashkid79 (93.28) wrote:

Alstry --

Just wondering - you obviously dedicate a great deal of time and research connecting your points to real economic numbers/news-links, replying to posts, etc. to CAPS and your blogs when there are so few people who could successfully work full-time {regardless of the capacity in which one could define work or the work sector, i.e. government/private/political/non-profit/ft day-trader/small business e-bay online sales/ANYTHING that constitutes structure of some sort over a daily-weekly-monthly span and is done following a repeated pattern for the purpose of gains and/or providing for one's own and/or other's needs whatever the socio-economic situation} and contribute at the level that you do to CAPS on a continual basis...to say nothing of having a wife, family, hobby, social-network, etc...HOW do you manage to continually operate this way? or am I simply overlooking something simple you may have already disclosed on here??

I know that as an individual, I am very efficient, knowledgeable in a diversity of fields (not just finance), have always been at the highest of (relative) aptitude levels for academic projects, conceptualizations, creative/innovative solutions, and other activities requiring more abstract thought processes, including aircraft pilot, classical piano student/performer, etc...AND this question I find myself asking you has me questioning MY time-management skills, BUT >>>

<<<  The ONLY reason I am saying anything about myself now is that having observed your presence on CAPS, I can tell that you are intelligent, capable of higher-level thought processes, etc., and apparently highly motivated to share your ideas and educate/influence/persuade/inform people who read the blogs on CAPS (at a minimum) --- and I want to understand WHY (and how, depending on your circumstances) for lack of a better way to phrase it...

Also, I'm certain there are others who would love to know, unless of course I've missed the blogs where you covered my questions...

It's a great contribution, no doubt.  However, I cannot help but recognize that you could be (and are quite possibly) doing something directed or focused on a larger scale that would probably be as and likely much more rewarding or much more effective at sharing/spreading your ideas if that is your only primary objective (regardless of my opinion/support/disapproval of your ideas and/or the facts that you present in the manner that you do). 

Not to downplay how useful CAPS is for investors (or how significant/informational your presence is on CAPS), as I always recommend acquaintances, friends, and family to use TMF services - but you are Alstry, not TMFAlstry. 

I'm tired so I'll cut to the chase - would you be allowed to let anyone know if you were paid by some division of TMF or associated company??  And if not, have you blogged or do you currently on any other websites (Alstry on Facebook, haha -- O/T: FB is re-organizing for possible IPO I recently heard)??  Do you hold any advanced/post-graduate degrees??  Are you independently wealthy to the point that you can dedicate your time to CAPS at this level because you have no need (or desire) to work a traditional (not a F/T investor or retired) job to support your lifestyle and retirement??  If so, how old are you??  Either way, do you now, or did you at some point in the past use CAPS in a professional capacity not linked to CAPS, but as a tool to assist you as a financial services broker/agent or independent investor??  And, finally, do you have a form of employment, family, social life, and actually maintain your CAPS participation in 'extra/other' time??

If the last is indeed the case, hats off to you my friend...at least tell me your secret to the time management and/or other skills that make this possible for you!!  Your occupation (or status thereof) that allows you the time for CAPS at 100+ blogs/month would be useful info also... 

Please answer this post, even if it's a repeat - But I get the feeling that if you had already, I'd know by now what I wanted, and if you haven't, there is some reason...hopefully, my post wasn't a complete waste of time!!! I don't put out 100s of blogs a month so this took me a few minutes to post (and then some)!! 

No matter the case, CAPS will by it's very nature be a better place with your contributions in my opinion...perspective of successful investors holds more value due to increased utility realized when you can figure in (among other things) the investor's sentiment | bear/bull and you are def. THE BEAR of CAPS...plus, the law of large numbers...larger the number or amount of info gets to total or full realizeable level = closer to real number/info one gets (in risk analysis anyway; seems to just get economists in trouble thinking a market has set boundaries or 'assumptions' of some constant in said market)...

ALL investors should be able to pull something beneficial when and whether or not they need/choose to from CAPS and the info/links/blogs inside - the mysterious Alstry's I find useful, just think would be more useful with less mystery personally.  So, is there a person behind Alstry or have you completely syncronized digital and individual percepts?

-cashkid79  

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#7) On November 28, 2009 at 8:58 AM, abitare (38.38) wrote:

FYSA - Hawaii has the same thing going on as LA. There are about "15 miles of people living in tents" there the exact number of people is unknown.

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#8) On November 28, 2009 at 11:23 AM, alstry (35.46) wrote:

Cash,

Alstry is not employed by TMF nor a paid blogger.  Alstry was created to simply document the facts leading to the eventual and inevitable Concentric Contraction.

Soon many will realize that the world, most of our jobs and wealth was simply a derivitive of ever expanding debt....even if you didn't have any debt.  The world's economy simply became a product of an ever expanding debt bubble and productivity became secondary.

Whatever you own is priced as a derivitive of a massive debt bubble, taxes were paid as a product of a massive debt bubble, and prices for goods and services were charged at rates due to massive currency floating around.............

once the bankers cut off credit, THE source of funds necessary for the system to continue to function, it was relatively easy to forecast that everything would collapse....real estate, banking, business, and government.  With the collapse of the above, wages would collapse as well.

What was unbelievable was how the citizens permitted government to bail out the banks and let the rest of the economy fail.....never would I have dreamed our nation would permit such nonsense without massive rioting.

Since, I have gained new insight into the power of control mechanisms on population thought and its application to investing.  If you tell the world that the world is warming, and tell them enough times with enough different people, pretty soon the world will believe it is warming even if it is actaully cooling.

I called this process Zombulation and the eventual result will be Concentric Contraction.  It doesn't matter if government prints more money or not....we are dealing with an insolvency issue and not illiquidity issue like The Great Depression.

Hotel owners, like home owners, behind on payments

Pretty soon.....we will hit the final stage of the collapse....The Government Collapse.  How this unfolds is anyone's guess because politicians like to protect their turf.  There are many possible outcomes with a systematic government collapse.....as it has never happened before in history.....

possible outcomes include war, rioting, pandemic, depression......right now we have massive numbers losing jobs, massive numbers of business shutting down, and government facing massive deficits.........

My goal on caps was simply to stimulate thought and discourse on how to deal with what is coming....but it appears many prefer to alstrybate rather than contemplate.

The outcome will affect us all.

Strange times indeed.

“This downturn has had more of a global impact,” said Tony Ciochetti, chairman of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“Dubai may have to unload some very prestigious properties at distressed prices and this will drive the price of all commercial real estate lower,” wrote Richard Bove, a banking analyst at Rochdale Securities in Lutz, Florida.

In the United States, Dubai World’s portfolio includes several well-known properties, and the fallout could have a larger impact on the entire real estate market.

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#9) On November 28, 2009 at 6:36 PM, tkell31 (23.45) wrote:

Alstry is an alarmist who LOVES to talk about the impending doom of the American economy.  Apparently he thinks the concepts are new. The world has been living on credit for years, and anyone who thinks an economy can expand at 10% a year in real growth has never really thought about what that would mean from a practical standpoint.  However, with that being said our economy is in no more danger of collapsing then we are of going to war with China.

"What was unbelievable was how the citizens permitted government to bail out the banks and let the rest of the economy fail.....never would I have dreamed our nation would permit such nonsense without massive rioting."

Yikes.  Thats pretty scary thinking and really sounds like a person who is encouraging some form of armed insurrection.  Is this really a voice we need to listen to?

"Since, I have gained new insight into the power of control mechanisms on population thought and its application to investing."

Ah, but the omnipotent Alstry knows and sees all.  Whenever someone makes an announcement like this run, do not walk, away from them.

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