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I Survived the General Strike in France (1995)

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Published on Apr 7, 2012

copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com

Near the end of this clip, I fail to mention that the ten years of hard economic times cited were the last ten years of the 19th century in the USA. Sorry about that.

This is a video response to willTrade4food and her recent clip inviting responses -- it deals with how trucks are so necessary to the smooth running of life in the USA.

My other channel on YouTube is CUTECATFAITH, and on Dailymotion, I post under "LisaFalour." I hope to reconnect with my webmaster, who has relocated recently, and update my website, getting one of my movies from 1979 posted there again and more pertinent info about what I'm about these days in the text. Soon, I hope!

What we are best equipped to speak about is what we have experienced directly, ourselves. We must try to remain objective, but our first hand dealings with things in life are valid as such -- valid in their own way. Even if SUBJECTIVE.

I assure you, the entire decade of the 1970s was a bummer for me in the USA, and the '60s, I found traumatic -- martial law, violence, segregation, assassinations, unpopular military actions, disinfo, etc. And lots of people on "pep pills" and similar junk!

The '80s were full of denial, weird stuff such as "Hands Across America," warnings about why it was important to "buy American" (generally ignored) and to be concerned about the national debt (also generally blown off), and then there were some famous scandals. And remember BCCI? Remember all the bank failures in the '80s? Remember the RTC? Double digit interest rates? (On the positive side, remember SubPop records and cassette indie zines and music clubs, independent of The System?) (Remember dissent?)

Half the small- to medium-sized businesses in NYC failed during the long recession of '87-'93. I'd drop off my shoes for repair in the morning, or my dry cleaning, leave a deposit, and return at day's end to find the businesses -- and my possessions -- gone. My own business failed after I had an accident (broken down infrastructure, many of us were harmed that way just trying to get to and from work), and I became uninsurable at any price. Lack of healthcare in the USA was one of the deciding factors in my expatriation in 1994.

Remember what you are made of. Rise to the occasion. Do not give up. At the same time, "desire not the fruits of thy labors." Confusing, eh? While leaving your country might be the thing to do, remember, you may well be better off staying and taking a stand to improve things -- even if it costs you your life, and even if that puts your family and loved ones at risk. (Heck, you're likely to see 'em again in another incarnation, and they'll get even with you then! Your kids will likely be your parents! hee hee!!) Getting your passport, being nimble, looking into a permanent home and another citizenship abroad are good strategies, whether you make the move or not. You have the option if you plan. I had to save and research for ten years to expatriate. I waffled for a few years before that. My waffling years, sort of mixed in with some cheap pancake batter.

More pressing than any economic or political issues are ecological ones. Remember, faith is a belief in that which cannot be proven. If your religion steadies you, go for it, but I never did get my bills paid that way. Hope is not proactive. Love is selfish and essentially sinful. (Only love of your inner Messiah, which is you, and all which is divine is said to be valid. I tend to agree.) (Otherwise, it falls under the sin of Avarice -- greed -- selfishness.) The eighth deadly sin was Melancholia. The Ninth, Accedia. Then, things got "edited," sin-wise. As have most sacred texts -- the ones not burned in intolerance and lack of understanding.

The truth shall set you free. If you're like most people, utterly convinced of your own cuddly niceness, fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride.

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