Τρίτη, 14 Σεπτεμβρίου 2010

Michigan: Side effects

Αφιερωμένο με πολύ συμπάθεια σ' ένα άτυχο θύμα νεοφιλελεύθερου limbo (βλ. Inception): τον πιο κάτω παρατιθέμενο, διάσημο για την ακρίβεια των προγνώσεών του, και οικείο στο παρόν ιστολόγιο, z......i. Επ' αφορμής σχολίου του για το αριστούργημα Π. Μανδραβέλη. Το σχόλιο:
Οσο για το 8 [σ.σ: εννοεί τον "μύθο" #8 στο κείμενο του Πάσχου] ισα ισα, μακαρι να φυγουν αρκετοι νεοι στο εξωτερικο, να βγαλουν χρημα και να μαζεψουν εργασιακη εμπειρια αντι να ειναι απραγοι στις καφετεριες. Οταν γυρισει ο οικονομικος κυκλος, ας επιστρεψουν, πιο παραγωγικοι και με κεφι. Πολλοι λενε οτι οι ΗΠΑ εχουν τοσο resilient οικονομια ακριβως λογω της κινητικοτητας των πολιτων. Το Μισιγκαν πχ εχει χασει εκατομμυρια θεσεις εργασιας λογω της μακροχρονης πτωσης της αυτοκινητοβιομηχανιας, χωρις να εχει καταντησει θεοφτωχη πολιτεια. Ο λογος ειναι φυσικα οτι μαζι με τις θεσεις, φευγει και κοσμος, αντι να καθεται να κλαιγεται και να ζητα ενισχυσεις απο την κυβερνηση.
Μακριά απ' τον κόσμο όπου είναι παγιδευμένος ο ευτυχισμένος αλλά τόσο εγκλωβισμένος σε βαθύ όνειρο φίλος μας, σ' αυτό που λέμε πραγματικότητα:
Twenty-five percent increase in poverty in Michigan
By Charles Bogle
5 January 2004
The Detroit News recently reported a 25 percent increase in poverty in Michigan in 2002, and predicts that conditions will worsen before they improve. Michigan’s leading conservative newspaper adds that the growing numbers of poverty-level citizens are straining the resources of food assistance and shelter programs.


One-third of Detroit’s population lives below poverty line
By David Walsh
2 September 2005
According to US Census Bureau figures released August 30, Detroit is now the poorest city in America, with fully one-third of its residents living below the official federal poverty level, a derisory $19,157 in household income for a family of four. Nearly one half of the city’s children, 47.8 percent, live below the poverty level.



The Grand Rapids Press
More people in West Michigan are bottoming out.
The U.S. Census Bureau shows the number of Grand Rapids residents in extreme poverty -- at $10,325 or less for a family of four and half the federal poverty line -- climbed from 13,957 in 2000 to 22,497 in 2007, a 65 percent increase. That number represents 12.3 percent of the city's population.
In Kent County, 78,198 people were in poverty in 2007, or 13.2 percent, compared to 49,832 in 2000, or 8.9 percent. The number in extreme poverty jumped from 22,061 in 2000 to 36,597.


Obamacare and the Death of Detroit, the First U.S. City To Face Extinction 
Gary North, 24/3/2010
Detroit is dying. Yes, I know that there are lots of books on "The Death of. . ." That word sells books. But Detroit really is dying. It is the first metropolis in the United States to be facing extinction. We have never seen anything like this in American history. It is happening under our noses, but the media refuse to discuss it. To do so would be politically incorrect. Two factors tell us that Detroit is dying. The first is the departure of 900,000 people – over half the city's population – since 1950. It peaked at 1.8 million in 1950. It is down to about 900,000 today.
In 1994, the median sales price of a house in Detroit was about $41,000. The housing bubble pushed it up to about $98,000 in 2003. In March 2009, the price was $13,600. Today, the price is $7,000.


America's Fastest-Dying Cities
www.forbes.com, 08.05.08
The turmoil of the mortgage market granted a temporary reprieve from hearing about the woes of America's Rust Belt. That doesn't mean things are better. Despite a decade of national prosperity, the former manufacturing backbone of the U.S. is in rougher shape than ever, still searching for some way to replace its long-stilled smokestacks.
Where's it worst? Ohio, according to our analysis, which racked up four of the 10 cities on our list: Youngstown, Canton, Dayton and Cleveland. The runner-up is Michigan, with two cities--Detroit and Flint--making the ranking.



Στο Inception, μπορείς να βγεις απ' το όνειρο με το cue ενός προαποφασισμένου μουσικού αποσπάσματος. Η πρότασή μου για τον z.....i είναι στο μοτίβο της μετανάστευσης ως κάτι σαν διακοπές, από όπου επιστρέφουμε "πιο παραγωγικοι και με κεφι" σε πρώην εγκατελειμμένες πόλεις που βέβαια παραμένουν σε ονειρικά άθικτη κατάσταση, με το τραπέζι στα σπίτια στρωμένο ένα πράμα: Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!

Πεσ' τα Sufjan!

Sufjan Stevens, Michigan: Greetings from the Great Lake State
Oh Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)
Once a great place. Now a prison.
All I can say. All I can do.
People Mover: Bad Decision.
From suburban. Now a prison.
All I can say. All I can do.

From the trembling walls. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!

Once a great place. Now a prison.
All I can say. All I can do.

Henry Ford. Henry Ford.
Public Trans. Public Trans.
Pontiac. Pontiac.
Feed the poor. Feed the poor.
City Hall. City Hall.
Windsor Park. Windsor Park.
Saginaw. Saginaw.
After dark. After dark.
Tigers game. Tigers game.
Eighty-four. Eighty-four.
Industry. Industry.
Unemployed. Unemployed.
Gun control. Gun control.
Wolverine. Wolverine.
Iroquois. Iroquois.
Industry. Industry.
Public Trans. Public Trans.
Auto Cars. Auto Cars.
Jefferson. Jefferson.
Michigan. Michigan.

From the trembling walls. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!
From the Renaissance. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!
Throw them all away. It's a great idea!
From the Renaissance. It's a great idea!
Everything you want.
(Hesitate to burn the buildings)

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