Filmed on 19 February 2016; published on 23 February 2016
- VIDEO BY ALICE
- SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
- Development Opportunity: Abandoned Planned Subdivision 40 Miles South of Barstow
- Route 66 Redevelopment and Resettlement Opportunities
- Scenes from Route 66, January 2016
- Not Covered in the News: The Great Slowdown That Is Taking Place in the American Economy
- Inflation, Perhaps Not Fully Represented in Changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
- Call to Action: Let Congress Consider How to Help Middle America Achieve the American Dream
- Would a Changeup to Sustainable Living Negatively or Positively Affect Quality of Life in America?
- Would Less Ownership of Electronics Abate Neighborhood Theft?
- What Can We Do to Make America a Better Place to Live?
- MORE INFORMATION
- Sustainable Living
- Correlation of Handhelds with Child Crime
- Consumer Price Index ‘Spin’
- Mass Media Coverage of Relatively Unimportant News
- Shall We Abate Factors Giving Rise to Serial Killing, So As to Create the Opposite Effect?
Here are my thoughts on the United States economy, the American Dream, and things we as a community of humankind might think of working on together for ourselves and for the sake of our children.
Local economies, middle America, small business. Prices and the Consumer Price Index (CPI). How can we have safe places, good businesses, good schools, environments where the American ideals are looked up to?
How can folks in our communities support each other in grassroots ways?
What would be the advantage of smaller homes, electronics-free homes, and sustainable living?
The healing effect of interacting with the Great Outdoors, with church, and with friends.
How can we help our children grow into the ideals of Democratic living that were envisioned when the Constitution was written?
The video is followed by an edited Summary …
VIDEO BY ALICE
SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.
I have something to say about the United States right now, and the economy, that really struck me as I traveled about. I only have the video of this place, but I will talk a little about some other places I visited too.
Development Opportunity: Abandoned Planned Subdivision 40 Miles South of Barstow
Right now I am maybe 40 miles south of Barstow. It is desert land. There are mountains here; and I expect, if you live higher up on the mountains, it is cooler in the middle of the summer. It is pretty barren; I will show you. [Shows a curbed, greystone-paved road in the desert.]
You will notice these curbs here in the middle of the desert. There was a road here; this is greystone in the middle. or greystone mixed with granite. And then there was this pretty fancy curb, going along here.
And off in the distance there are, probably water pipes or sewer pipes? … And more of them [piled on the sand] all around here.
And there was this giant subdivision apparently planned here, some time ago. [Shows a planting of trees in the desert.] And you will notice these trees here seem to be part of the plantation that took place, in addition to the curbs and the roads that were set up.
And those trees are still alive; but there were quite a few palm trees that just did not make it. This was a little forest of palm trees that did not make it … See here? [Shows dead palm trees.]
And over here, on the other side, this was the main road into the planned subdivision … [Shows majestically wide, greystone-paved road] … and there are plantings of palm trees all along it. I thought maybe some were still alive, but [zooms to the top of one palm tree] I think maybe they passed on for lack of water.
I just came in the entrance road. Then I took a look at the buildings over here. There are a few buildings … [shows buildings, with graffiti on their outer walls] … all deserted, and then I guess there is a school over there, which is in excellent repair … a good-looking school, on the other side of the [paved] road [outside the subdivision].
But basically, what we have here is somebody’s dream … one person’s American dream. He probably put a lot of money into it … probably bought the land for not much money, then arranged for this build-out … what do you call it, when you get the curbs and the roads in? …. Also, I saw drainage ditches for water to flow through in the wet season.
So they planned for water drainage too, and probably had plans for all the utilities, for people they hoped would buy homes here.
But the few buildings that were on the property are just to wrack and ruin right now. And then this other building over here … [shows a one-story, smallish building] … it had a tile roof. Maybe it was a sales office? … The tiles are all down. Maybe somebody is using them to build a new house, or is demolishing that place? I do not know.
Route 66 Redevelopment and Resettlement Opportunities
So, a little earlier this winter, I was travelling down Route 66. You know Route 66 … the song about that from long ago, and how you get your kicks on Route 66?
Video: “Rolling Stones – Route 66 1976.” by Hairyblues, 24 march 2014 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE36QIwwkOc ..
It used to be the main thoroughfare that people used … one of them … from the East to the West, in the United States.
And then later, the superhighways were built, East to West, and all the businesses along Route 66 languished because of it … because most of the traffic would bypass Route 66 and go down these very fast superhighways instead.
But, if you would really like an enjoyable trip through America, I would suggest taking what remains of Route 66, if possible, because it is much more scenic.
One thing I noticed about Route 66 was that it was a little like this [the abandoned planned subdivision]: There were just so many buildings that were boarded up, or half-way demolished or deserted. Or maybe one person would be living in a motel or hotel that used to see a thriving business.
There were some businesses that would cater to the local population, that were open and doing ok. But that was the minority of businesses in those places.
Scenes from Route 66, January 2016. [The below photos are not in the video.]
Image: “Along Route 66 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0
Image: “Along Route 66 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0
Image: “Along Route 66 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0
Image: “Along Route 66 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, January 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0
Not Covered in the News: The Great Slowdown That Is Taking Place in the American Economy
What I got, in those areas, is that the slow-down in the economy in the United States is pretty big … and that there are other issues that may be covered in the news, that are really not relevant to our lives, as Americans, that are taking up the spot, on the news, that should be covered by discussion of what we should do about the local economies. What should we do. to help Middle America rise to meet its financial needs? What, in the way of business aid? What, in the way of helping people accomplish their dreams in America? You know?
Inflation, Perhaps Not Fully Represented in Changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
And the other thing that I have been noticing lately, whenever I go to a store, is that the prices are … I do not know what has happened, in the last few years, with regard to prices … It is phenomenal, really, how much prices have risen. At least, so it seems to me. I do not know what the cause of it is. It seems to me, too, that this increase in the cost of goods is not fully represented in changes in the consumer price index (the CPI).
Call to Action: Let Congress Consider How to Help Middle America Achieve the American Dream
- the failure of businesses, in all but the large cities, it seems,
- and the very greatly increased price of goods, which I do not find that much substantiation for, in the Consumer Price Index,
… these two things add up to economic difficulties in the United States that are not being squarely and honestly faced, I feel.
And I hope, during the coming year, that Congress has a chance to look at all this, and hear the stories of Americans, and rise to the aid of the average person, who needs a safe place and a good business, good schools, to keep his or her family safe, and to let them grow up in an environment where the American ideals are cherished and espoused and looked up to … rather than a crime-ridden place that is full of bad examples of the way to Wisdom and Love and Light … the kind of place where a family can feel that their lives are not threatened, as they go about their daily activities.
But instead, the community looks, one family to the next family, for support and understanding and assistance in grassroots growing of local businesses, and sustainable living. What do you say?
Would a Changeup to Sustainable Living Negatively or Positively Affect Quality of Life in America?
Suppose we had much smaller houses, with a lot more space around them … Would not that be easier to heat and to keep cool in the summertime? Would not the prices of utilities be lower? And outside, the children could be playing, right? Would not that be cool?
Would Less Ownership of Electronics Abate Neighborhood Theft?
And the other thing I am thinking is that, the question might be raised … family to family … Whether we really need the electronics that are so sought after by the break-in experts, and the thieves, and so forth. What would happen, if our family did without television sets and computers and handhelds, and so forth? How would our quality of life be affected? Would it be worse, or would it be better? Would we be stronger in our ethics and our values with, or without, the virtual reality?
I made up my own mind about this long ago, and decided I did not really want television in my life. I did not want that kind of entertainment; that my entertainment would be the Great Outdoors, and church, and friends … playing dominoes, and so forth.
What Can We Do to Make America a Better Place to Live?
My thought is: What can we all do, to make America a better place to live? More safe for our children? And what can we do to help our children grow into the ideals of democratic living that were envisioned when the Constitution was written? That is what I think. We have a lot of questions to answer right now.
You all, take care. I love you lots. I wish you great abundance, and prosperity, and happiness … each and every one.
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
Sustainable Living. For many decades of wisdom regarding sustainable living, see …
Link: “Mother Earth News” … http://www.motherearthnews.com/ ..
Correlation of Handhelds with Child Crime. There are quite a few articles substantiating the relationship between handhelds and child crime. Here is one:
Link: “A Pediatric Therapist Wants All Handhelds to Be Banned for Children Until Age 12,” by Katherine Martinko(@feistyredhair), 7 January, 2015 … http://www.treehugger.com/family/pediatric-therapist-wants-all-handheld-devices-be-banned-children-until-age-12.html ..
Consumer Price Index ‘Spin’. Here’s what ‘spin’ can do to inflation reporting: Consumer Price Index …
Link: “Consumer Price Index,” by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor … http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ ..
Mass Media Coverage of Relatively Unimportant News. Here’s the ‘news’ mass media considers important …
Link: “CNN” … http://www.cnn.com/ ..
Shall We Abate Factors Giving Rise to Serial Killing, So As to Create the Opposite Effect? Here is an analysis of the factors giving rise to the modern phenomenon of serial killing. This list might be deconstructed with a view to co-creating the opposite reality …
Link: “Modern Serial Killers, by Kevin D. Haggerty1 , 13 August 2009, http://cmc.sagepub.com/content/5/2/168.short?rss=1&ssource=mfr ..
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