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Old Jul 21, 2012, 7:28 PM   #1
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passed through the little town of Washtucna on the way to Palouse Falls the other day... had to be one of the most depressing places i've been in years. half the buildings in town were shuttered, deserted, and decaying... the only one that showed any real signs of life was a tavern with 4 shiny motorcycles parked out front, and i'd bet my next paycheck if i had one that those belonged to tourists on their way to or from somewhere else. the 2010 census says they have 208 people there... i saw only one person on the street, a guy sitting on a bench on the sidewalk, elbows on his knees, looking at the pavement... a look of utter despair. can't say as i blame him...





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Old Aug 23, 2012, 2:46 AM   #2
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This is happening all over America! I think we are losing our way of life. It is sad to see small towns dying out like that.
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 10:23 AM   #3
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It was inevitable and is still accelerating since most of us succumbed to:

1. WalMart (Arkansas) low prices
2. McDonalds (Chicago) Big Macs
3. Starbucks (Seattle) fancy coffees
4. CitiBanks (?) 10 million ATMs
5. Ebay's (?) cheap prices and no local sales tax
6. etc.

All of which took profits out of the local economies. Is anything locally-owned anymore?

Very sad
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G'day Rocky

Excellent series - along with your sentimental msg
Same is happening over here in Oz

We get it on 2 fronts - same as above > people moving off the land into the cities and - overseas companies buying up Aussie businesses & closing them down to import their own stuff into Oz

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Gentlemen!

It's to be expected

when you base your economy on banking in stead of production,

when you let the jobs go abroad,

when you spend enormous amounts of money on perpetual war,

when health care is a mess,

when you let the corporations take over basic social functions,

when media is owned by corporations

when the military-industrial complex

when....

As an outside observer it's very easy to see. It may be harder when you live right in the middle of it

I want to drop a few names

Noam Chomsky

Howard Zinn

Chalmers Johnson

Chris Hedges

I know this is sensitive, I really hope you don't get offended. You've got to do something

These pictures are important, significant. There should be more pictures like that.

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G'day Torgny

Yes mate ~ it is a sensitive topic all around the world
We have here in Oz as well > do we encourage "economic devlopment" by allowing big money overseas corporations to buy up smaller aussie companies in the hope that the "economic development" will keep our production running... ?

While the pollies spruke the line "it'll all be okay in the end" we voters see the lies for what they are > overseas big money corporations buying up aussie companies, shutting them down and all we're left with is US copies of what we had before > and [thinking of soft drinks/ chocolates (candies in the US) / biscuits(cookies) here] often the US copies are poor substitutes of our original products

I could go on but I can't find my soapbox this early in the morning

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Very sad to see town like that shutting down across the country. I remember growing up thinking that, a small town, is where I would like to live.
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These photos will become a historical record of what is happening all over the world. It's a shame that greed is fuelling all progress.
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